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Vol. 13/Number 16

Board of Education elections may be unopposed By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER dan@hometwn.com

The fate of two seats on the Harrison Board of Education rest in the hands of local voters in next month’s school district elections as the board vice president and one trustee’s terms are set to expire. Harrison Central School District Purchasing Clerk Gene George explained that, as of press time, three people have declared an interest in running in the upcoming school district elections, two of whom are interested in the trustee seat. Unlike many other school district elections in the state, in which the top three vote-getters win the available seats, the Harrison school board elections are conducted annually on a seat-by-seat basis, with each candidate declaring for a seat held by a specific incumbent.

Rachel Estroff looks to unseat incumbent Trustee Jason Schecter in this year’s Board of Education elections. Estroff is the only newcomer to announce an interest in running for the board, so far. Contributed photo

For newcomer Rachel Estroff, the intent to run for the trustee seat currently occupied by incumbent Jason Schechter was sparked by her vested interest as a parent and a taxpayer. Apart from a Ph.D. in politics, Estroff is a mother of two Harrison elementary school students and has been actively involved in the public school district since 2009. She has also served as a representative with the district’s Parent-Teacher Council, Citizen’s Budget Advisory Committee, and Elementary Enrichment Committee. “The Harrison Central School District and public education, in general, are at critical junctures,” Estroff said. “I am committed to the district, working hard and collaboratively with other board members and administration at strengthening ELECTIONS continued on page 14

West Street construction may lead to congestion By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER dan@hometwn.com

Local travelers driving along West Street, at the Harrison-Mamaroneck border, will need to seek alternate routes due to an upcoming construction project. Town officials, however, were unable to provide any start date to the proposed roadwork. On April 4, the Harrison Town Council awarded the project to Bilotta Construction Corp. to realign a complex curve in the roadway and to install a new drainage pipe underground. Bilotta’s bid of $241,259 was the lowest of ten the village received. Town Engineer Michael Amodeo said the project will be funded through the department’s capital budget for 2012. “We had a bad situation out there,” Amodeo said. “Not only is there a complex curve in the road, but it’s compounded with a lack of drainage.” According to Amodeo, the town acquired an old parcel of property along West Street that enabled them to realign the street as well as grant the appropriate drainage easement.

“Once we get into the main construction aspect, we should be done within a month,” Amodeo added. The drainage aspect of the project will require portions of a stone wall along West Street and Winfield Avenue to be removed and replaced in order to perform work on the existing underground pipeline, which must include inlet and erosion protection. Harrison Mayor Ron Belmont, a Republican, said West Street will need to be closed off for a short period of time where it intersects with Union Avenue and Century Trail to accommodate the construction. “There will be a limited inconvenience for some drivers,” Belmont said, “But we hope to have it where only one lane is closed [at a time].” An added provision in the contract requires that West Street, as well as the adjacent Winfield Avenue, maintain at least one open lane during work hours. According to the contractor, while the exact start date of the project has yet to be determined, they have been told the town intends to begin the project as soon as possible.

In addition to the project, Republican Councilman Steve Malfitano suggested the contractors provide an estimate of the cost necessary to repave a portion of the roadway, at the intersection with Century Trail. “Because of the repaving that had taken place in the past, there is a fairly decent drop-off in pavement elevation and grade level,” Malfitano said. “In some instances, it’s greater than a foot.” Councilman Malfitano said he discussed the idea with the town engineer, who also agreed it was something the town should examine further. With a recently approved increase in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program funding provided by the state, the town could undergo additional repairs to local roads and highways. As approved in the 2013-2014 state budget, Harrison will receive a total of $172,453 from CHIPs, an increase of $38,000 from the last fiscal year. Whether or not the board intends to utilize these funds towards additional repaving remains unknown.

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Schools release $108M budget By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER dan@hometwn.com

The Harrison Central School District released its budget proposal, a $108 million plan that will once again meet the district’s goals as well as fall .81 percent below the state-mandated tax levy threshold and force no reductions in programming or class size. “The district has been working to pare down any potential savings in order to keep our programs,” said Harrison School Superintendent Louis Wool. “There are a host of moving parts…and we are just about extracting blood from a stone.” On April 10, the Harrison Board of Education clued the public in to the preliminary details of the budget‑the first financial numbers released this calendar year‑more than a week after hearing some criticism over transparency. But, while the district touted using every piece of data available to iron out the budget, district officials have yet to disclose the preliminary tax rate increase proposed by the $108 million plan. “We’re not going to mention that right now,” said Assistant Superintendent of Business, Bob Salerno. “Not until we get more information from the town assessor.” During the meeting on April 10, Salerno presented his overview of the upcoming budget cycle for the 2013-2014 school year. Showing a series of reductions totaling more than $855,000, the district estimates a $3.79 million spending increase from last year— a budget-to-budget increase of 3.6 percent. These reductions include decreases to the district’s certiorari and capital budget lines, loss of vacant positions through attrition,

staffing adjustments, and decreases in social security, unemployment, contractual services, the cost of fuel and several other cuts for smaller budget items. According to Salerno, approximately $17.9 million, or 64 percent of the total budgetary increases, are due to state mandates that have upped the cost of teacher and state employee pensions as well as the cost of special education. The proposed budget anticipates that the district’s cost to the teacher retirement system will increase $2.2 million, while state employee pensions will increase $221,786 from the current budget. The district also budgeted for increases in special education costs of $565,452, $1 million in employee salaries and roughly $449,000 in health insurance. “[The district] also anticipates property assessments will increase [approximately] $150,000 between now and when we close the rolls,” Salerno said. Although the final assessment roll has not been adopted as of press time, the school district estimates the proposed budget will call for a tax levy increase of 3.47 percent. The state property tax levy cap requires that public school districts use a specific calculation to determine the allowable levy limit. According to the calculation, the Harrison school district can up the levy by as much as 4.28 percent in the upcoming school year. Proposing to levy approximately .81 percent less than the maximum allowable increase, the 2013-14 preliminary budget is $757,557 less than the amount of tax revenue the district could collect. BUDGET continued on page 6

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Astorino asks HUD for hearing, hints at suit By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER chrisg@hometwn.com

County Executive Rob Astorino has made it clear that he is through getting pushed around by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. On April 10, the Republican county executive asked for a formal hearing with HUD to give the county the due process he feels it is entitled to, and to partner with the county Board of Legislators in order to seek an injunction that would prevent HUD from withholding $7.4 million in Community Development Block Grant funding that was promised to the county. Community Development Block Grant funding is given to municipalities by HUD for various needs, and are typically granted to provide more suitable housing for low and moderate income areas. Vincent Hom, the Director of Community Planning and Development at HUD, informed the county of the decision on March 25, and said that the funds would be redistributed into other communities around the nation after one month. Astorino called the move, “extortion based on nothing more than its unsupported opinions.” Astorino said that, in a nation of laws, HUD must comply with the same rules as everyone else. The conflict between Weschester County and HUD stems from the fact that HUD has repeatedly asked the county to produce evidence of exclusionary zoning since a lawsuit was brought forth against the county in 2009 by a housing advocacy group called the AntiDiscrimination Center of New York. The settlement, reached under then-County Executive Andy Spano, a Democrat, required that Westchester build 750 units of affordable housing in 31 of its 43 communities, pay the federal government $8.4 million and the housing advocacy group $2.5 million. Additonally, the settlement required that the county aggresively market the new housing projects to low-income individuals outside of Westchester. The county said it has complied with all of those terms, but HUD demanded that the county produce additional evidence of its exclusionary zoning by “affirmatively furthering fair housing”--a phrase that has not yet been defined by the department. Additionally, HUD asked that the county pressure its individual municipalities to bypass their zoning regulations in order to make installation of the affordable units easier. The issue of zoning in Westchester is unique since each municipality in the county has home rule authority on all matters related to planning and zoning; meaning each adopts its own zoning ordinances. Such authority is set by state law. In an attempt to show HUD that it is taking the terms of the settlement seriously, the county underwent an analysis by the Pace University Land Use Center and has conducted several surveys of its zoning, but repeatedly found that race plays no role in the way residents are distributed throughout municipalities.

County Executive Rob Astorino has asked the Department of Housing and Urban Development for a hearing to prevent the department from following through on its threat to withhold $7.4 million in Community Development Block Grant funding from the county. Democratic county legislators have urged Astorino to submit to the department’s demands at the risk of even more severe consequences. Photo/Diana Costello

“Let’s be clear what’s going on here,” Astorino said. “HUD refuses to accept the conclusion of our objective and thorough analysis. To force the county to change its conclusions, it is holding hostage money that’s been promised to our communities, some of them not even a party to the settlement and with the biggest needs.” The Village of Mamaroneck is just one municipality that was not originally included in the settlement because it already contained a large amount of low-income housing, but is still being negatively affected by HUD’s decision to withhold funds. On April 5, county Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins, a Yonkers Democrat, released a statement urging Astorino to comply with all of the terms of the settlement by promoting Source of Income legislation that would prevent realtors and landlords from discriminating against people based on their income. “The county board voted to direct the county executive to submit his version of Source of Income legislation,” Jenkins said, who has annouced his candidacy to replace Astorino as county executive in the fall. Astorino has previously stated that he would not promote such legislation, and is still asking that the Board of Legislators, “stand up for Westchester and against this punitive action brought on by HUD.” Astorino said that if HUD denies the county a hearing and does not remedy its denial of the county’s grant funding, the only alternative will be to fully contest the issue in court.

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Community Briefs

County recruiting foster and adoptive homes There are hundreds of children in Westchester County who need a temporary, safe and loving home. Westchester County has a fantastic foster care system, however there are never enough homes for theses vulnerable children–especially babies, teens, and sibling groups. For information, calls United Way’s 2-1-1 by dialing 211 or visit www.uwwp.org/foster. shtml Adult tennis lessons The Harrison Recreation Department will offer two sessions of five tennis lessons for adults at the Harrison High School courts on Saturday or Sunday mornings. Session II classes begin May 11 or 12. Beginner and advanced classes available. Maximum of four students per class. Beginner class $150, advanced class $225. Contact Sollazzo Center, 270 Harrison Ave. at 914-670-3179 or Leo Mintzer Community Center, 251 Underhill Ave., West Harrison. Harrison Public Library events “Wings and Water: Transitional Nature Studies” Watercolors by Christine Morgan/Teter at the Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Avenue,

April 19 to May 3. Award-winning artist Christine Morgan/ Teter creates her watercolors by choosing subject matter that is both easily recognizable and radiates peacefulness at times letting the medium “wander” on its own. The exhibit may be viewed Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sundays 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For info call the library at 914-835-0324 or see www.harrisonpl.org. National Poetry Month Monday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. Celebrate with a reading by Wendy Guagenti from The Poet’s Corner. Meet the author Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. Carol Gracie will discuss her book “Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History.” Film Movement series Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m. “Off-White Lies,” a father-daughter bonding story and coming of age tale, in Hebrew with English subtitles. Refreshments courtesy of the Friends. Caring for your aging parents Monday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m., presented by Elder Law Attorney, Michelle Cassidy and Dr. Joseph Sacco. Book discussion Wednesday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. The Millennium Book Club will discuss “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. All welcome. Refreshments courtesy of the Friends.

Call the Library for more info 914/835-0324 or see www.harrisonpl.org. Children’s events Saturday, April 20 11:00 a.m. Calling all kids! Stop by to read to Angie from Therapy Dogs International. Dogs don’t mind if you make mistakes. Monday, April 22 10:30 a.m. Storyland with Miss Bonnie 4:00 p.m. Board Games in the Children’s Room 4:00 p.m. LEGO Hour. Like to build with LEGO? Come to the Library and play with our huge collection. Make a terrific creation. Have fun and meet other LEGO enthusiasts. Wednesday, April 24 10:00 a.m. Circle Time for Tots with Miss Claudia 11:00 a.m. Circle Time for Tots with Miss Claudia Thursday, April 25 10:30 a.m. Wiggle & Giggle with Dawny Dew. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 11:00 a.m. Wiggle & Giggle with Dawny Dew. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Friday, April 26 10:00 a.m. Open play at the library for kids and their caregivers Monday, April 29 10:30 a.m. Storyland with Miss Bonnie 4:00 p.m. Board Games in the Children’s Room Wheelchair basketball tournament Cerebral Palsy of Westchester’s Barrier Breakers is proud to announce they will host a wheelchair basketball tournament on Tuesday, April 23rd at the Westchester County Center.

The anticipation is building for the players, who will square off against their rivals the Wildcats from The Westchester School for Special Children. Tuesday April 23, 2013, admission is free. Doors Open: 5:30 p.m. Game Start: 6:00 p.m. The Westchester County Center is located at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains, New York 10606. Manhattanville College presents The Quintessentials On Wednesday evening, April 24, 2013, at 8:00 p.m., Manhattanville’s elite pop vocal group, The Quintessentials, will perform in concert. The performance will take place in the Berman Students’ Center Theatre on the college’s campus at 2900 Purchase Street, Purchase, New York. Admission is free and open to the public. The Quintessentials have been delighting audiences with their energetic close-harmony renditions of American popular standards since 2001. Directed by Mark Cherry and Beverly Meyer, they are an official ensemble of the Manhattanville College Music Department, representing some of the best of the college’s performing arts programs. For further information, please call the music office Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 914-323-5260. Deadline for our Community Briefs section is every Friday at 12 p.m. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your listing. Please send all items to news@hometwn.com.

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Astorino, Sustainable Playland ink deal; Democratic legislators not sold yet By LIZ BUTTON STAFF REPORTER liz@hometwn.com

“Memories don’t pay the bill,” according to Republican County Executive Rob Astorino, who announced April 4 that the county is ready to sign an asset management agreement with Rye nonprofit Sustainable Playland, Inc. to reinvigorate the historic amusement park, owned and operated by Westchester County. Jokingly calling the agreement with SPI “the Dragon Coaster preservation act,” after the park’s most iconic ride, Astorino said Playland’s revenue and attendance have dropped dramatically from one million people in 2005 to just 430,000 recorded last season. “The stark reality for Playland is that, without a real reinvention for the park, Playland would eventually die,” Astorino said at a press conference in White Plains. Without intervention, Astorino said Playland will become overwhelmed with financial losses and create a burden the county’s taxpayers can no longer sustain. It has been reported that the 280-acre park has run anywhere from a $2 million to $6 million deficit annually for years. The county executive said, of all the proposals received by the county, SPI, which was founded by residents of Rye, had the strongest management team, investors and board, had ties to Westchester and had the best vision for preserving the institution and emphasizing the

space’s natural beauty. However, in response to the finalized agreement, the county Board of Legislators’ Democratic caucus released a statement calling SPI’s proposal “financially risky” and questioned whether the asset management agreement conforms with county charter. The results of the board’s independent audit on current operations and financial management of the park as well as financial audits of the four top proposals received to run Playland are expected this week, according to board officials. The legislators have spent the past few months conducted their own review of each of the top proposals. Astorino said the county Board of Acquisitions and Contracts now has 30 days to submit Sustainable Playland’s park improvement plan with their changes. The plan will then be sent to the Democratic-led county Board of Legislators for approval. If all approvals and permits go through, Sustainable Playland is scheduled to take over the management of the park by Oct. 1 after the current season ends, he said. But at a subsequent meeting of the county’s Board of Acquisition and Contracts, last week, the vote was held over by Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins, a Yonkers Democrat, raising several questions related to the pending agreement and the nonprofits financing of the project.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announces the signing of a 10-year asset management agreement with Sustainable Playland Inc., a non-profit started by Rye residents. The deal, he told the audience at a press conference April 4, would secure the park’s future. Photo/Andrew Dapolite

Legislator Catherine Borgia, an Ossining Democrat, said she doubts SPI will protect county taxpayers. “Sustainable’s proposed plan has the riskiest financial and marketing plan of the four

we have examined, and its potential for failure cannot be overlooked, especially since it has the least amount of secure financial backing,” PLAYLAND continued on page 11

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Kid artists and exploring your roots harrison Happenings Mayor Ron Belmont

Last week, I attended the Community Violence Prevention Forum at the county center hosted by County Executive Rob Astorino. A panel of medical experts, law enforcement officials, municipal leaders and educators discussed ways to insure safer communities by focusing on preventing violence. Collaboration among local professionals will center on reducing random acts of violence, thereby safeguarding our schools and communities. Identifying violence as a public health issue and sharing best practices will raise awareness and strengthen preventative measures. I would like to take this time to remind you that, with spring comes good weather, flowers and door-to-door sales people. If you have not been one of the 1,100 households to sign up for the Do Not Knock Registry, you can sign up on the town’s website at www.harrison-ny. gov, or call the town clerk’s office at 914-6703030 to request a form. Also, Town Clerk Jackie Greer will be more than happy to assist you with any genealogy research you may have. Over the past year and a half, she has coordinated the indexing of thousands of birth, death and marriage records into a computer database going back to the year 1847. The Harrison Public Library is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a grant for Creative Aging, a unique program offering arts instruction to adults age 55 and over. The Harrison Public Library will be hosting a program to assist older residents in the Harrison community in the writing and sharing of their

personal memoirs. The program will consist of a series of writers’ workshops titled, “The Power of Memoir: Bringing Stories From Your Life to the World,” and will be held at the Harrison Public Library’s Community Room every Thursday from May 23 until July 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The class is free of charge. Pre-registration is required, please call 914-835-0324. Recently, Keio Academy included me as the guest of honor at their annual Cherry Blossom Reception. It was a beautiful event filled with warm conversation and an appetizing array of Japanese entrees. I would like to congratulate Keio Academy on their long-standing presence in Harrison. In addition to being a school of excellence, the students and their families bring culture to our community and I appreciate all their contributions. This past weekend, The Harrison Children’s Center celebrated the Art of the Young Child by hosting two receptions showcasing artistic creativity. I enjoyed attending both events and am impressed with the display of talent our youngest artists possess. The colorful pieces are from several different mediums and are welcomed additions to the exhibit spaces. The exhibits will remain in Town Hall and the annex in West Harrison until the beginning of May, and I encourage you to visit these locations to see what our artists have produced. This Friday, April 19, Harrison’s Little League will have its Opening Parade and Ceremonies at Harrison Avenue School. It’s always a fun event so come out and support our athletes. The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, April 19 and I will be at Gus’s Restaurant located at 126 Halstead Avenue. I will be at this location from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.

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“That means [members of the Board of Education] are asking to collect that much less from the taxpayers,” said Harrison Board of Education Trustee and Joan Tiburzi, who is also the chairwoman of the district’s budget subcommittee. But trouble could be on the horizon. According to Board of Education Trustee David Singer, the board will not likely be

able to maintain current school programming should the school district remain under the mandated cap during the 2014-2015 budget process. “Next year, we won’t see the same growth factor,” Singer said.“This means we will potentially be restricting even more to adhere to this range, instead of going deeper into it.”

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Beautifying Your Basement Dos and Don’ts of basement finishing

Does time of year affect roofing jobs?

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Advantages of two-stage heating systems

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urchasing a new heating and cooling system could be in your future. Selecting the right furnace for your home requires understanding the various products available. A two-stage heating system is preferred by many HVAC contractors and could be the right fit in your renovation.

Choosing a new furnace and heating components can be difficult. The business has its own terminology, and there are scores of different equipment manufacturers all claiming that their brand is the best. Buying a new heating system is also expensive, making the process more stressful. Not everyone has an unlimited budget or the ability to simply select the top-of-the-line model. Therefore, understanding which features make one furnace stand out from another can help consumers make the best possible decision. One factor that will come up as you browse for furnaces is whether to choose a single-stage furnace or a two- or dual-staged furnace. There are many advantages to the latter, which makes them a favorite of HVAC contractors. Two-stage furnaces are designed to change the way British Thermal Units (BTUs) of heat are delivered to

the home. In a single-stage system, when the thermostat registers a drop in home temperature that requires the heat to turn on, the furnace will produce one level of heat output until the desired temperature is reached. This furnace is designed to heat your home on the coldest days for your climate. In a two-stage system, the furnace provides gradual heat production. In the first stage, which usually operates at around 70 percent of the system’s heating capacity, the system will try to warm the space. On mild winter days or chilly autumn days, the first stage may be all that’s needed. If the home requires additional heating, the furnace will kick into the second stage, increasing the heating power. Some two-stage furnaces not only offer two BTU offerings, but two blower speeds as well. One of the advantages to these furnaces are that the two-stage system eliminates drastic temperature

swings, which are common among single-stage furnaces. This can mean the home is more comfortable over a longer period of time. Another benefit is that because the system starts in the lower stage and may operate at that stage more so than in the second stage, the furnace is generally quieter than traditional furnaces. This greatly reduces the initial noise of turning on the furnace at full power. Two-stage furnaces will burn fuel more efficiently and may actually burn less fuel if they spend the majority of the time in the first stage of operation. If they have a variable speed blower, they may even save you money in electricity costs. Two-stage furnaces may cost more money initially because they tend to be more expensive than traditional furnaces. But over time two-stage systems might pay for themselves in efficiency, noise reduction and comfort in a home.

Did you know? Many times it is to a homeowner’s advantage to open the drapes and let sunlight shine in. Still, for shift workers, parents of young children who need to nap or just those who have south- or west-facing windows that make rooms overly warm, darkening the room is necessary at certain times of the day. The easiest and most effective way to do so is to purchase blackout curtains. Depending on the brand and quality of the curtains, some of them may block out sunlight entirely while providing additional benefits. While preventing sunlight from entering a room, blackout curtains, which are thicker than traditional curtains, may also be effective at insulating rooms against drafty windows and providing noise reduction.

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Does time of year

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here comes a time in many homeowners’ lives when they’re faced with the reality that a roof replacement is necessary. A roof can last between 15 and 30 years, and a person who owns an older home may find the lease has expired on the current roof. Is there a particular time of year that is better for having a roof installed? It depends on different factors, including the availability of a roofing contractor. According to the site, The Average Cost of Things, courtesy of the Home Buying Institute, across the country one can expect to spend $18,000 on average to replace a roof with asphalt shingles. Use of other materials, like tile or metal will cost more than this. In general, those living in big cities tend to pay more than those in rural areas. Because a roof replacement is expensive, it is something that some homeowners prefer to put off until it is absolutely necessary. Others are interested in finding the best rate around and hiring reliable roofers for the job. It’s important to note that there really is no season where roof replacements are off-limits. Most roofers can do the job effectively unless the temperature is below freezing or if there is significant rain in the forecast. In fact, planning a

roofing job for the middle of the winter actually may work to a homeowner’s advantage. This is typically a slow time of year for some roofers, and they may be anxious to get work this time of year and be willing to negotiate on price. There’s also a good chance that the roofer will not be bogged down with other jobs, enabling the company to start on a home right away. Some roofers prefer working in the colder weather to sizzling up on a roof under the hot sun at another time of year. Naturally the spring is a prime time of year for roofing projects. After the rainy season, the weather is generally comfortable and homeowners are thinking about the projects they will commence. A busy time of year for home improvement all around, homeowners may find that they have to compete with others for a good date to have a roof installed. They also may be paying top dollar for the work and materials that are in high demand. Another thing to consider during the busy season is that a project may be rushed along in order to move on to the next job or one being worked on concurrently. This may lead to corners being cut or less attention to detail. A person may be limited in their

choices of roof installation during the summer. Extreme temperatures can make working on the roof hazardous and uncomfortable for workers. For those who live in a climate where the temperatures generally cause the mercury to soar, choose a cooler time of year. Many homeowners opt to thave a roof replacement in the autumn. The crisp weather and the decline in homerenovation projects overall can make this a prime time to contract with a quality roofer. If the roof is very much damaged, replacing it before the harsh, winter weather sets in can be advantageous. Some homeowners find they can get a discount on a roof installation if they bundle different renovations together. A contractor may offer a special on siding and roofing together. For those who have the funds, this may be the opportunity to get two jobs done at once. A roofing project is no small undertaking, and homeowners are wise to get several referrals and investigate a variety of companies before settling on one. Review sites, such as Angie’s List, or simply word-of-mouth appraisals from friends and family members can help make choosing a roofer an easier decision.

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The dos and don’ts of basement finishing

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emodeling a basement is a popular home improvement project. A finished basement makes the space more functional and, when done correctly, can add a considerable amount of living space to a home. Finishing a basement pays dividends in additional space in a home that doesn’t require the same level of investment as putting an addition on the house. Also, the groundwork for a finished room is already there, as most basements are already set up with a poured concrete floor and some walls, usually cinder blocks. Some electrical components, plumbing and the creature comforts of drywall and a more inviting floor might be all that’s necessary to finish a basement. The process can be labor-intensive, and many people prefer to leave it to a professional contractor. Whatever finishing method is chosen, homeowners should follow the proper procedures when doing the work. DO start with a detailed plan. Measure out the basement and mark any items that cannot be moved, such as a furnace, water heater or pipes. Create a design board that showcases the materials you plan to use on the project. Think about ways you plan to arrange furniture and consider all of the possible uses for the room. Will it be a home theater? Will someone be sleeping down there? Each scenario will require certain amenities and safety requirements. DON’T plan to finish the entire basement. Doing so will leave you without a storage or utility area where you house holiday decorations, tools, luggage and similar items. DO get the scoop on building codes. Knowing what the municipality allows in basement remodeling will help you to customize a plan that is functional, safe and legal. No one wants to be slapped with fines for failing to follow the rules. Plus, failure to meet building codes could mean the work that has been done must be torn out and redone. It pays to follow the chain of command and secure permits while having all work inspected. DON’T overlook adequate lighting in your refinishing plan. A basement is likely one area of the house that has limited natural light pouring in. With traditionally small windows, or no windows at all, a basement needs ample lighting in its design scheme. This may include a combination of overhead and task lighting. Ample lighting will help the room feel like part of the house and not just a forgotten storage area. DO take into consideration moisture issues in the basement. Many basements are plagued by moisture issues ranging from water seepage

to condensation forming on walls. These situations may vary depending on the weather throughout the year. Certain materials may need to be used to mitigate water issues before finishing can take place. The installation of water-barrier systems, drainage, sump pumps, or encapsulation products could drive up the cost of a basement renovation. It is essential to have a professional assess the basement water issues prior to starting any finishing work. DON’T simply cover up potential hazards, such as mold or mildew. Have them treated instead. Otherwise, you could have a breeding ground behind drywall that could lead to unsafe conditions in the home. DO have a radon test. Radon is a hidden killer that can cause lung cancer. Because it occurs naturally in the soil and water surrounding a home and is impossible to detect without a specialized test, many people are unaware of the presence of radon until it is too late. Radon may be more concentrated in the basement, where the foundation is touching the soil. Therefore, rule out radon before considering renovation of a basement area. DON’T limit furniture choices to one type. You may need to be flexible in your furniture choices, even selecting modular pieces, like sectionals, because entryways to basements may have small doorways or obstructions that make adding furniture more challenging. DO keep the possibility of flooding in the back of your head. Homes that are near waterways or at low elevation may be at risk of flooding. Basements are especially susceptible to flood damage. Therefore, think about the practicality of finishing a basement if you are prone to flooding. If you decide to move ahead, take certain precautionary measures, such as keeping electrical wiring up higher and using a more water-resistant flooring material, like tile or vinyl. House important electronics and items on shelves so they are not at ground-level. Finishing a basement is a job that can add a lot of usable space to a home. Go about the project in the right way to keep within budget and have a room that is safe and functional.

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Borgia said. The deal with SPI is a 10-year agreement with a 10-year option for renewal on both sides and will bring $34 million in capital investments to go against the reported $32 million in debt the county has accrued in running the park. Sustainable Playland will pay the county a base fee of $4 million and will make annual payments to the county of $1.2 million. A request for proposals was first put out to bid by the county in 2010, soon after Astorino took office, with the goal of reinventing the amusement park. On Oct. 11, 2012, the county executive signed a letter of intent to award the contract to Sustainable Playland, Inc. “If this is going to be bogged down in politics, if it is going to become an election year issue to try to stop it, then the only people that suffer will be the taxpayers,” Astorino said. The county executive said, under SPI’s stewardship, all of Playland’s historic amusement park rides will stay, as will the Kiddieland rides and the arcade, but some of the existing rides will be removed and new ones added, leaving over 50 rides and attractions. The park will now be open year-round instead of seasonally and undergo major improvements in the months to come. Admission will be free, and users will only pay to visit the areas they want to use, whether it is the rides and games, picnicking on the new great lawn area, the beach zonewhich will have a mini water parkthe new indoor or outdoor

playing fields, the restaurants, the ice casino or the Westchester Children’s Museum, which has a plan with the county to set up in a bath house along the boardwalk. However, due to fears that SPI would be altering the amusement park irrevocably, an online petition and a Facebook opposition group Save Rye Playland have sprung into action. The group said it is well understood in the amusement park industry that the rides are the real draw of a park. Rye resident Deirdre Curran, a member of the grassroots group, said that keeping the park open all year is not going to compensate for the money that will be lost by reducing the rides by 30 percent, which the group said will cause Playland to lose the beloved amusement park aspect. The Save Rye Playland group’s petition against SPI’s plan currently has about 2,100 signatures, according to Curran, who said the group would redouble their efforts at getting the word out. SPI spokesperson Geoff Thompson said the SPI plan merely reduces the footprint of the amusement area by 30 percent, shrinking it back to the size it was originally designed for in 1928. “The amusement component is still the largest cash generator in the park,” Thompson said, adding it would be to the detriment of Sustainable Playland and the county’s taxpayers to remove rides. In fact, he said, the genesis of SPI’s plan was in those same nostalgic feelings that are driving the opposition.

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April 19, 2013 • The Harrison REPORT • 13 LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE OF ANNUAL PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING, ELECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND VOTE ON BUDGET OF HARRISON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT HARRISON, NEW YORK NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Meeting of the qualified voters of the Harrison Central School District, Harrison, New York, will be held at the Louis M. Klein Middle School, a schoolhouse in said District on May 8, 2013 at 7:15 P.M. for the purpose of this discussion of the expenditure of funds and the budgeting thereof as required in Section 2017 of the Education Law in Subdivision 5 thereof and for the transaction of such business as is authorized by the Education Law. FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a copy of the statement of the money which will be required for the ensuing school year for school purposes may be obtained by any taxpayer in the District during the fourteen days immediately preceding the Annual School District Meeting, May 21, 2013, except Saturday, Sunday or Holiday, at each of the following schoolhouses in which school is maintained during the hours designated. Harrison High School - 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Louis M. Klein Middle School - 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Elementary Schools - 9:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.: Harrison Avenue School, Parsons Memorial School, Purchase School & Samuel J. Preston School Office of the District Clerk - 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Real Property Tax Exemption Report prepared in accordance with Section 495 of the Real Property Tax Law will be annexed to any tentative/preliminary budget as well as the final adopted budget of which it will form a part, and shall be posted on District bulletin board(s) maintained for public notices, as well as on the District’s website. FURTHER NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN that pursuant to the provisions of the New York State Education Law, a Special School District Meeting of the inhabitants of the Harrison Central School District, Harrison, New York qualified to vote at School District Meetings and/or Elections of said District will be held at the places hereafter set forth on May 21, 2013 between the hours of 7:00 A.M and 9:00 P.M., prevailing time, for the purpose of voting on voting machines for the appropriation of necessary funds to meet the necessary expenditures for the school year 2013-2014, on all propositions duly filed with the Board of Education, and to fill two (2) vacancies on the Board of Education. The qualified voters will fill the following vacancies: a. The office of Abby Mendelsohn, a member of the Board of Education, which term expires on June 30, 2013, for a new term commencing July 1, 2013 and expiring on June 30, 2016. b. The office of Jason Schechter, a member of the Board of Education, which term expires on June 30, 2013, for a new term commencing July 1, 2013 and expiring on June 30, 2016. Each vacancy shall be considered a separate and specific office and a separate petition is required to nominate a candidate for each office. The petition shall be directed to the District Clerk, shall be signed by at least 45 qualified voters of the District, shall state the residence of each signer, the name and residence of the candidate, and shall describe the specific vacancy on the Board of Education for which the candidate is nominated which description shall include at least the length of the term of office and the name of the last incumbent, if any. Forms complying with these requirements may be obtained from the Office of the District Clerk, 50 Union Avenue, Harrison, New York between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 3:30 P.M., prevailing time, Monday through Friday. Petitions are due not later than on April 22, 2013 at 5:00 P.M. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that applications for Absentee Ballots may be applied for at the Office of the District Clerk, 50 Union Avenue, Harrison, New York. If the ballot is to be mailed to

the voter, the completed application must be received by the District Clerk no later than 3:45 P.M. (Prevailing Time) on May 14, 2013. If the Ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter, the completed application must be received by the District Clerk no later than 3:45 P.M. (Prevailing Time) on May 20, 2013. No absentee ballot shall be counted unless it shall have been received by the District Clerk not later than 5:00 P.M. on May 21, 2013. A list of all persons to whom Absentee Ballots shall have been issued will be available in the Office of the District Clerk, on each of the five days prior to the day of the election, except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, between the hours of 8:30 A.M. (Prevailing Time) and 3:30 P.M. (Prevailing Time). FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the place in each Election district where said voting will be held, including a description of each Election District is as follows: Election District A: At the Harrison Avenue School in Harrison, New York. Said Election District A comprises a portion of the area formerly constituting the area of Union Free School District No. 6 of the Town of Harrison, Westchester County, New York, which encompasses the area designated as the boundary line for attendance at Harrison Avenue School as follows: From the westerly side of Purchase Street from Polly Park Road that borders on Westchester Country Club and south there from to the Rye City line. The southerly side of Polly Park Road from Purchase Street to Timber Trail, and from thence both sides of Polly Park Road to North Street. Both sides of Kenilworth Road from the northerly side, of Ironwood Lane and thence southwest to the City of White Plains line. That area southeast of the City of White Plains line and east of the Villages of Mamaroneck line to the northwesterly side of the New England Thruway. That area north of both sides of Webster Avenue from the New England Thruway to Harrison Avenue; thence from the easterly side of Harrison Avenue to Hillside Avenue thence south along Macy Road and thence east along the northerly side of Halstead Avenue to the Rye City line. Thence along the Rye City line to the intersection thereof with Purchase Street and the place of beginning. Election District B - at the Samuel J. Preston School in West Harrison, New York. Said Election District B comprises the area formerly constituting the area of Union Free School District No. 7 of the Town of Harrison, Westchester County, New York, which encompasses the area designated as the boundary line for attendance at Samuel J. Preston School as follows: Both sides of High Ridge Road to the intersection with Lake Street; thence southwest along both sides of Lake Street; thence southwest along both sides of Lake Street to Silver Lake Boulevard; thence southerly along both sides of Silver Lake Boulevard to Westchester Avenue to the intersection thereof with Anderson Hill Road; thence on a direct line in a northerly direction from said intersection to and along Spring Lake Drive, Kingston Avenue, Clark Place and Sherman Avenue to Washington Street; thence northwest along both sides of Washington Street and the cul-de-sacs and dead end streets directly north and northeast of said Washington Street; thence easterly along Stony Crest Road and Rocky Ridge Road to High Ridge Road and the place of beginning. Election District C - at the Purchase Elementary School on Purchase Street, in Purchase, New York. Said Election District C comprises the area formerly constituting the areas of Union Free School District No. 2 of the Town of Harrison and Rye, Westchester County, New York, and Common School District No. 5 of the Towns of Harrison and North Castle, Westchester County, New York, which encompasses the area designated as the boundary line for attendance at Purchase Elementary School as follows:

That area east of the westerly boundary of Election District B, commencing at the intersection of Westchester Avenue and Anderson Hill Road; thence in an easterly direction along Westchester Avenue to the City of White Plains line; thence southerly along said line to Ironwood Lane thence continuing south along a projected line to Polly Park Road at the intersection thereof with Timber Trail; thence east along the boundary lines of the City of Rye, Village of Rye Brook, and boundary line of the City of Rye, Village of Rye Brook, and Town of Rye to the intersection thereof with the Town of North Castle line; thence westerly and southerly along said Town of North Castle line to the City of White Plains line where same intersects Election District B at or about Silver Lake Boulevard, including all that area north and east of the line forming Election District B, thence along said line to the intersection of Westchester Avenue and Anderson Hill Road and the place of beginning. Election District D - at the Parsons Memorial School in Harrison, New York. Said Election District D comprises a portion of the area formerly constituting the area of Union Free School District No. 6 of the Town of Harrison, Westchester County, New York, which encompasses the area designated as the boundary line for attendance at the Parson Memorial School as follows: From the furtherest southwesterly point of the boundary line between the Village of Mamaroneck and the Town of Harrison; thence southeast along said line and the Town of Rye line; thence northeast along the City of Rye line Halstead Avenue (county Road 54); thence along the southerly line of Halstead Avenue to Macy Road; thence north along Macy Road to the southerly side of Hillside Avenue to Harrison Avenue; thence along the westerly side of Harrison Avenue to a point one hundred (100) feet south of Webster Avenue; thence along said projected parallel line one hundred feet south of Webster Avenue to the New England Thruway; thence southwest to the Village of Mamaroneck line and the place beginning. FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Education Law, Section 2035, Subdivision 2, the Board of Education has adopted a rule with respect to the submission of questions or propositions to be voted upon by voting machines at school district meeting or elections requiring any petition or request from qualified voters for the submission of questions or propositions to be voted upon at any such meeting or election, and reserving to the Board of Education the right to edit such questions or propositions without changing the substance thereof for the purpose of preparing ballots for voting machines. FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that although voting machines will be used to record the votes on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, there will be no registration of voters in advance of said meeting. Accordingly, all persons shall be entitled to vote as aforesaid who present themselves at the polls and execute a statement to be provided by the Board of Education, indicating that they possess the following qualifications: 1. A citizen of the United States. 2. 18 years of age. 3. A resident with the District for a period of 30 days next preceding May 21, 2013. Pursuant to Education Law Section 2018-c, all new persons offering to vote at any school district meeting or election for which registration is not required, shall provide one form of proof of residency. Acceptable proof of residency shall be driver’s license, non-driver identification card, a utility bill, or a voter registration card. By order of the Board of Education, Harrison Central School District, Harrison, New York. Dated: Harrison, New York April 5, 2013 Christine Beitler District Clerk

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its current trajectory…ensuring all students have access to rigorous courses and the support necessary for them to succeed.” In Harrison, school board elections have gone uncontested since 2011, when three contested races resulted in a sweep for the incumbents on the board. That year, school board trustees Paul Curtis, a now two-term incumbent, Philip Silano, a now 14-year incumbent, and David Singer, a now 11-year incumbent, each won their respective bids for re-election. Candidate Estroff said, “Harrison Schools need members of the board who are deeply committed to the district and its mission, and understand the complex issues facing local school districts today.” Although Estroff hopes to unseat an incumbent trustee in this year’s election, it is not clear if Jason Schechter intends to run again. Schechter could not be reached for comment as of press time. Apart from the competition poised in the race for trustee, Board of Education Vice President Abby Mendelsohn, a sixyear incumbent, will run again and plans to reclaim her seat in what seems to be an uncontested race. “It has been a great experience,” said Mendelsohn, “The board has accomplished a lot, and I honor this opportunity.” According to Mendelsohn, the Harrison Central School District is faced with several issues coming down the pipeline in the upcoming school year. She added that it was the

Remembering Vito, Cookie and the chief

Harrison High School

district’s responsibility to inform the taxpaying public of some of the challenges looming over the district’s finances and how they need to establish a balance to adequately educate and prepare children in the district. “I plan to continue to help guide the district through the budget process…and inform taxpayers of the difficult choices that we’ll need to make in the future,” Mendelsohn said. “[The district] has had a difficult year and I don’t see it getting better in the future.” The deadline to file candidate petitions is April 22, after press time. Members of the Harrison Board of Education are elected to serve three-year terms. The Board of Education election will take place on May 21.

To the Editor, This past month, we lost three pillars of our parish and Harrison Community‑Vito Arace, Victoria “Cookie” Bisceglia, and Police Chief William Harris. They all had one thing in common, I think: Their priorities were in the right order‑Love of God, love of family, and love of country. They lived their Catholic faith, not only on Easter and Christmas, but every day, every minute of their days. They were all honest, had a good work ethic, were pro-life and staunch examples of what marital commitment is about. Vito Arace, like my grandfather, Pasquale Bisceglia, came here to America proud of his Italian heritage. He was grateful for the opportunity to come to America and learn the English language and looked forward to working here and raising his family with his lovely and dedicated wife, Catherina. He did not look for handouts, and I doubt he ever considered having children out of wedlock. He contributed to his church and the community in anyway he could. Although not formally educated, he was street smart and worked hard. He loved his family, and everyone was his family. He took my dogs and I in when no one else would. “Cookie” Bisceglia Brunetti, another “Bisceglia,” was one of the many “Bisceglias”

whose parents migrated from Italy. She raised five girls here in Harrison, all of whom I’m proud to have grown up. “Cookie” was like my second mom. She and her husband, Rudy, always opened their home to me, and they treated everyone like family. Cookie worked hard, ran a tight ship at home and couldn’t have done more for her husband, family, and extended family. She, too, lived her faith daily. Not only did she send her children to Saint Gregory’s and Harrison schools, she attended mass daily and prayed for us all. She always told me, “Everything comes to those who wait.” While I didn’t know Police Chief Harris as well as Vito and Cookie, I always held him and his lovely wife in high esteem. They, too, lived their faith and raised a beautiful family in Harrison. They were always kind, honest, and respectful. I always felt safe living in Harrison because of our fine police department. Harrison is indeed a great place to live in, and it is people like Vito, Cookie, and the chief who made it that way. I would like to do something my grandfather would have done: Raise my glass of wine and say to them, “Saluta!” Job well done. Harrison’s loss is heaven’s gain. Jane E. McCarty, Harrison

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Important games Tigers win Broncos baseball tournament Whenever Bronxville and Tuckahoe meet, in just about any sport, there’s bound to be a healthy dose of intensity between the two schools. Although the Tigers and the Broncos didn’t meet this weekend, Tuckahoe still managed to one-up their rivals to claim the Bronco Tourney crown. Tuckahoe won back-to-back games over Hastings and Edgemont on April 13, thanks to good pitching performances by Brian O’Toole and Nick Reisman. Mamaroneck beats Fox Lane in a bounce-back game On April 7, the Tigers lost to AA power Kennedy in a fairly one-sided game. The Tigers, however, responded in a big way a few days later, beating the Foxes on April 11 in a 5-4 thriller. Fox Lane is considered by many to be one of the best-hitting teams in the Section, but the Foxes’ bats were held at bay by a terrifc performance by Will Hofmann, who threw 124 pitches on the afternoon. Harrison softball beats Port Chester On April 11, the Huskies lost a heartbreaker to a good Fox Lane team, piecing together a comeback that ultimately fell just short as the Foxes walked off with a win in the bottom of the seventh inning. But despite the Huskies’ youth, it wouldn’t be a loss that would send Harrison into a tailspin. On April 15, the Huskies bounced right back with an impressive 10-1 win over Port Chester. Bronxville lacrosse picks up first loss Not all momentous games are good. The Broncos, who came into their April 13 showdown

A Mamaroneck runner dives back to the bag against Kennedy on April 7. Marino and the Tigers have been on a tear since the team’s April 7 loss. Photo/Bobby Begun

with a powerhouse Yorktown as the most explosive team in the section, saw their flight halted– at least temporarily–by a top team from Class A. The Huskers beat up on the Broncos, winning 15-3. But for Bronxville, the loss might be a blessing in disguise. It will be a taste of what the Broncos can expect in the post season and highlights some areas in which they need to improve, namely winning faceoffs. Bronxville was out-muscled in that department by a 16-3 margin.

“What’s Your Beef?” “What’s bothering you today?” Collected on Mill Road in Eastchester

Christina DeCarlo pitches against New Rochelle on April 3. On April 15, DeCarlo tossed a gem against Port Chester, helping the Huskies right the ship. Photo/Mike Smith

softball 4/15 Harrison d. Port Chester 10-1 Harrison hurler Christina DeCarlo twirled a complete-game three-hitter against the Rams on Monday, helping Harrison get off the snide with a 10-1 win over Port Chester. Leadoff hitter Jordan Riddle set the table with a two-hit day, while Taylor Day and Kendra Deschamps each drove in two runs for the Huskies. Coming off a loss to Eastchester, the win helped put Harrison back in the win column. The Huskies will look to keep that momentum going as they prepare to take on Scarsdale on April 22. -Reporting by MIKE SMITH

“People texting and driving.” Trevor Brathwaite, 55, New Rochelle

“I don’t like the way the country is being run. I’m worried about social security.” Basil Campi, 65, Eastchester

“There are some people who take advantage of the welfare system. This is frustrating when you actually have a family who needs that assistance.” Marvin Godette, 45, Tuckahoe

“I came up from Florida to visit, only to have to brave the cold!” Kristen Sier, 22, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

-Photos and reporting by LIZ BUTTON

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Harrison drops one to Valhalla By MIKE SMITH ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR sports@hometwn.com

Taking on a tough Valhalla squad on April 15, the Harrison Huskies fought inexperience –as well as the Vikings–before falling 9-6 for what would be their second loss of the season. Despite the misstep, however, head coach Jon-Erik Zapalla is confident that his squad will learn quickly as they adjust to varsity competition. Zapalla sensed his squad might be in trouble after a shaky warm-up session prior to the game. Those jitters carried over once the game started, and the Huskies weren’t able to right the ship, despite good offensive performances from Marissa Goldstein and Jess Finkelstein. The Vikings were led by Mary Rose Kelly, who found the net three times on the afternoon. “Valhalla played a very good game, they were more composed than we were,” Zapalla said. “We’re a young team, and I think we were a little unsettled when it came to making some plays we should have.” At 2-2, the Huskies have shown signs of solid play however, according to Zapalla. Both Finkelstein and Goldstein have been effective offensively, while the defense has been anchored by Erica Dattero, who also played a huge role in helping the Huskies control the time of possession. “She’s been amazing for us, so far,” said Zapalla. “She takes the draws up at center and then she moves back to lead our defense.” Zapalla also said that the team will get big

Grace Manning pushes the ball upfield on April 15. Despite the Huskies’ youth, coach Jon-Erik Zapalla feels that his squad has potential.

Alexis Shannon guards Valhalla’s Mary Rose Kelly closely. Kelly led all scorers with three goals.

contributions from attacker Elizabeth Klein, who figures to become a true scoring threat at some point this season. “Elizabeth definitely has the hardest shot on the team,” said the head coach. “We just need to get her into a rhythm.” With so many underclassmen on the roster, Zapalla, along with first-year assistant coach Allison Steinberg, are doing their best to make sure each player is ready to play in the Huskies’ system. “We’re doing a lot of re-teaching this year,” said Zapalla. “For us, it’s going to come down to fundamentals.” Despite the youth, however, Zapalla said he wouldn’t be surprised to see the Huskies in the mix by the time the postseason rolls around. “We definitely have some chemistry, and once you have that bond going, we’re going to be a cohesive unit,” said the head coach. “We have a lot of new types of strategies that these girls haven’t played with before, so we’re taking it day-by-day, game-by-game, goal-by-goal.” After taking on Westlake on April 17 (after press time), the Huskies will return home to take on the Croton-Harmon Tigers on April 19.

Erica Dattero, left, takes the draw for Harrison against Valhalla on April 15. DeTerro is a key cog in the Huskies defensive unit. Photos/Mike Smith


Harrison Report 4-19-13