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Vol. 15/Number 8

PLAYLAND PROBLEMS

There are now growing concerns within the county that the Playland boardwalk, which was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy, will not be fully repaired in time for the amusement park’s scheduled May opening. For story, see page 5. File photo

Former priest indicted on additional rape count By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER alexandra@hometwn.com

Allegations against the Rev. Richard McCormick, a former New Rochelle resident, mounted recently as a grand jury in Essex County, Mass., indicted him on an additional count of child rape. McCormick, 72, stands accused of five counts of child rape in connection with alleged incidents in Massachusetts nearly three decades ago. According to a statement issued by the Essex District Attorney’s Office, a second victim came forward “late last year.” A grand jury that convened March 7 indicted McCormick in connection with the most recent allegations. “The new indictment alleges that the defendant raped a child between the ages of 7 and 9 from 1981 to 1983,” the statement from Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office said. The alleged incidents occurred at the Retreat Center of the Salesian Brothers in Ipswich, Mass. A not guilty plea was entered on McCormick’s behalf during an April 5 arraignment in Salem Superior Court. Authorities arrested McCormick on the first set of charges at his New

Rochelle residence Aug. 30, 2012. Ipswich, Mass., police obtained the “indictment warrant,” allowing them to take McCormick into custody following a lengthy investigation into the alleged rape of a male victim approximately 30 years ago. Police and prosecutors began the yearlong investigation that resulted in the issuance of the indictment warrant after the alleged victim in the case approached the Essex District Attorney’s Office. According to Assistant District Attorney Kate McDougall, the prosecutor at McCormick’s first arraignment said the alleged victim claimed McCormick raped him while he attended a summer camp at the Retreat Center of the Salesians in Ipswich during the summers of 1981 and 1982. Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said there is a statute of limitations that expires 27 years from the victim’s 16th birthday. However the clock stops “any time an alleged perpetrator goes out of state.” “It would appear that Rev. McCormick has been out of Massachusetts for some time, so we are well within the statute of limitations [in this case],” Kimball Monahan said after McCormick’s initial arraignment.

McCormick, the former head of the Salesian Brothers’ eastern division, pleaded not guilty to five counts of rape of a child during his Aug. 31, 2012 arraignment in that case. Judge Timothy Feeley released McCormick on $1,000 cash bail following the arraignment. Feeley also ordered that McCormick continue to live at the Provincial Residence of the Salesians in New Rochelle, but the court changed those arrangements on Oct. 23, 2012. McCormick must now reside at the Vianney Renewal Center in Missouri, report to superior court probation by telephone once per week and in person on every court appearance, attend each and every court appearance, and not have unsupervised contact with minors. McCormick, who is represented by Boston attorney Stephen Neyman, can be held without bail for a maximum of 60 days if he fails to abide by any of those conditions, prosecutors said. In the meantime, a pre-trial conference in the new case and a status hearing in the old case have both been scheduled for June 5. Feeley waived McCormick’s appearance at those hearings, prosecutors said. Neyman was unavailable for comment as of press time.

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Public weighs in on Iona dorm By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER alexandra@hometwn.com

A disagreement over management of a future Iona College residence hall that could be built along North Avenue surfaced during a public hearing at the City Council’s Tuesday night meeting. Dozens of people spoke at the hearing regarding the proposed North Avenue zoning ordinance changes meant to “reflect the recommendations in the final report of the Community College Planning Committee.” Tasked with finding a way to meet the school’s housing needs in a way that is palatable to the community, the committee met for a year before releasing its final recommendations last fall. The committee ultimately endorsed a local developer’s proposal for the construction of two buildings–one of which would be a seven-story residence hall built along North Avenue “near the college.” As proposed, it would include groundfloor retail space with six floors of

student housing above. The committee’s final report stipulates that Iona would manage the residence hall portion of the building, which would accommodate approximately 260 beds for Iona students. Iona, which wants to own the building, could ultimately “take title to it” after 30 years, according to the report. The first speaker, Naomi Towers, served on the planning committee. She read an email sent to city officials that she said reflected not only her own concerns, but those of some of her fellow committee members. She said they object to the changes in the zoning code that would allow a private company to manage the dorm. “We recommended building the residence hall only if it was managed by Iona,” she said. Conversely, the zoning text amendments submitted for the City Council’s consideration include the following language: “Documentation shall be submitted indicating the IONA, continued on page 9

Iona students, college officials and residents are at odds over who should be allowed to manage a possible residential hall that could be built on North Avenue. File photo

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Internet safety program comes to Isaac E. Young Middle School By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER alexandra@hometwn.com

Small groups of sixth, seventh and eighthgraders eagerly took to the stage at Isaac E. Young Middle School April 5. But they weren’t rehearsing for a school play or getting ready for a talent show. Instead, the students in four technology classes did skits and a power point presentation about responsible use of the Internet as part of the Optimum Power to Learn “Internet Smarts” Event. “This was challenging for us because we are technology teachers, not theater teachers,” Mark Spreter said before his eighth-grade technology class did its presentation on social networking. “Our skit is about some of the bad things that can happen when you meet strangers online,” he added, noting that the students wrote and produced the skit. The other presentations by students in Jack Ottomanelli, Jeffrey Toich and Ted Flemming’s classes focused on topics including “digital permanence,” illegal downloading of music, and the wealth of misinformation on the internet. “Digital permanence means that there’s a permanent record of anything and everything online forever,” said Leandra Reilly, an

MSG Varsity media education consultant and “on-air” personality who emceed the April 5 event. “Damaging material on YouTube and Facebook can cost people jobs.” Illegally downloading music–which is considered theft-also has dire consequences, including hefty fines. In their presentation on the subject, the students in Toich’s technology class said a college student accused of engaging in the activity got a $700,000 fine. Even so, 96 million songs were illegally downloaded in the United States in just one year, Toich said. Approximately 43 million were downloaded in the United Kingdom in the same timeframe. After the last presentation, Dan Ahouse, Cablevision’s area director of government affairs, explained the value of Internet Smarts events. “It is important to engage students, faculty and staff in the appropriate use of technology,” Ahouse said. “But we also need to be cognizant of the impacts inappropriate use of technology can have on our future.” The Internet Smarts program helps promote safe and responsible use of the internet by bringing resources to 5,000 schools in Cablevision’s service area. Program coordinators rely heavily on community leaders in the service areas to help determine how to direct

the resources, he added. In this case, state Sen. George Latimer, a Democrat, suggested that Isaac E. Young Middle School students get an opportunity to participate in the program. “When I was sworn in at Jefferson Elementary School five years ago, I promised to help you,” Latimer told the students. “You, as individuals, matter and your future matters. You need to understand what good there is on the internet and that it can help you become successful. [But] you also need to understand that it can be dangerous.” After he finished speaking, Latimer signed a large Internet Smarts certificate, and the student presenters signed an Internet Safety pledge.

State Sen. George Latimer and MSG Varsity Education Consultant Leandra Reilly hold a signed “Internet Smarts” certificate aloft after student presentations at Isaac E. Young Middle School. Photo/Alexandra Bogdanovic

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C ommunity Briefs “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” CNR Drama will present William Shakespeare’s enduring romantic comedy from April 12 to April 21, 2013, on the Main Campus of The College of New Rochelle. Regular evening performances will be at at 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, April 12, 13, 19 and 20. Early evening performances at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, April 15, 16 and 18. Matinees at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21. Romita Auditorium at The College of New Rochelle, 29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805. Tickets $15 general admission, $10 seniors and students. Discounts for CNR students, employees and alumni. Group discounts available. Call (914) 654-5373 to reserve your seats now. Or email cnrdrama@cnr.edu. Library presents Astaire events The popular song-and-dance group, New York Cabaret Unlimited, will showcase music from Fred Astaire’s great films in a fullystaged, narrated program they have titled, “Astaire Way to Heaven”. The program will take place on Sunday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m. and seating will be on a first-come, firstserved to the capacity of the 138-seat Ossie Davis Theater at the New Rochelle Public Library. The program is made possible by the Friends of NRPL. A donation of $2.00 is suggested at the door. On Monday, April 15, at 2:00 p.m., the library will present the film “The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle” starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers as the renowned ballroom dancers of the years preceding World War I. The movie begins in New Rochelle, where Irene Foote Castle lived with her parents before meeting Vernon Castle at the New Rochelle Rowing Club. The black and white film, which runs 93 minutes, is part of the series, “Set in New Rochelle”, for the city’s 325th anniversary.

There is no charge for the viewing, which will take place on the big screen of the Ossie Davis Theater. Stewart-Cousins at April “Coffee and Conversation” New York State Senator Andrea StewartCousins will be the guest at the League of Women Voters’ Coffee and Conversation on Friday, April 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the New Rochelle Public Library’s meeting room. Cousins will share her insights on current issues being addressed in Albany and how they may impact New Rochelle residents. A question and answer session will follow. Complimentary coffee and light breakfast fare will be served. For more information, call 632-8254. Cancer support available Support Connection, Inc., a not-for profit organization that provides free, confidential support services for people affected by breast and ovarian cancer, offers a wide range of free support groups women with breast and ovarian cancer. Groups focus on topics pertaining to living with cancer through all stages of diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment. They are offered in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess, and by toll-free teleconference. For a complete calendar of groups at all locations, visit www.supportconnection.org. Advance registration is required for all groups; call 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. The following support groups are scheduled Westchester in April: At the support connection office in Yorktown: • Breast Cancer Support Group Apr. 23, at 7 p.m. At Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt Manor: • Breast Cancer Support Group Apr. 15, at 7 p.m. At the Yorktown Jewish Center in Yorktown Heights: • Support Group for Women Living with Recurrence: For women living with recurrence of breast or ovarian cancer, with advanced stage and/or metastasis. Apr. 19, at 12:30 p.m. By teleconference: For those unable to attend groups in-person, there are monthly Telephone Support Groups via toll-free teleconference, enabling

women to participate regardless of their location and from the comfort of their homes. Call a few days ahead to learn how to participate. The Ovarian Cancer Telephone Group will take place on Wednesday, Apr. 10, at 8 p.m. The Breast Cancer Telephone Group will take place on Tuesday, Apr. 16, at 8 p.m. Westchester Library System’s 22nd annual Book & Author Luncheon The Westchester Library System will hold its 22nd annual Book & Author Luncheon on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at CV Rich Mansion in White Plains, NY. The event celebrates National Library Week and features talented authors Deidre Bair, Marie Howe and Dorothy Wickenden, who will discuss their newly published books. The luncheon, which will be held from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., will be followed by an author signing. Registration begins at 11:15 a.m. Tickets for the Book & Author Luncheon are $95 for general admission. Proceeds from this event will support WLS’s efforts to expand its e-book collection and increase digital media content for all Westchester public libraries. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (914) 231-3226 or visit www.westchesterlibraries.org. 22nd annual Long Island Sound Citizens Summit Super Storm Sandy and the “New Normal” Friday, April 26, 2013 Iona College, New Rochelle, NY 9:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m. The aftermath of Super Storm Sandy has left many in our region wondering how to successfully address the changing climate and its impacts on our infrastructure, policy and natural resources. Please join us as we bring together experts from many fields to answer these questions. For more information, please contact Brittany Chamberlin Martin at bchamberlinmartin@savethesound.org Chamber Symphony to feature renowned pianist Romanian-born pianist Andrei Licaret will appear with the Westchester Chamber Symphony on Saturday, May 4 at 8:00 p.m. at Iona College’s Christopher J. Murphy auditorium.

Licaret, who recently performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, will play Schumann’s “Piano Concerto, op.54 in A minor.” Since making his orchestral debut at age 11, he has given concerts throughout Europe and the United States, including appearances with the Mexican Philharmonic, the Bucharest Philharmonic and St. Martin in the Fields. He has been a First Prize winner in several competitions. In addition to Licaret’s performance, the symphony will present Beethoven’s “Symphony no. 4 op. 60 in B flat major” and the twelfth annual Composers of the Future showcase of student compositions. All concerts are at Iona’s Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium, 715 North Ave., New Rochelle. Individual concert tickets are $50 for general admission, $35 for seniors and $15 for students. This concert series is sponsored in part by the Iona College Council on the Arts through the generosity of JoAnn and Joseph M. Murphy and the Baron Lambert Fund. For more information or tickets, call (914) 654-4926, email info@westchesterchambers ymphony.org or log onto www.westchesterchambersymphony.org. Class of 2003 to reunite The New Rochelle High School Class of 2003 Reunion will take place on Saturday Aug. 10, 2013, at Pelham/Split Rock Golf Course in the Bronx from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Ticket price is $150 per person until June 15. After June 15, the price per person is $200. Ticket price includes cocktail hour, buffet dinner, four-hour open bar and entertainment. Payment will be accepted via Paypal, money order and bank check. To pay via PayPal, use nrhs2003@gmail.com at https://www. paypal.com/. To pay by other methods, please email Rachel McCain at nrhs2003@gmail.com for more information. 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.

Former editor wins state writing honors Mark Lungariello, former editor-in-chief of our parent company, HomeTown Media Group, took home several distinctions at the 2013 New York Press Association convention and Better Newspapers Contest awards. Lungariello earned third place in the Sports Feature category for a description of his break-up with the New York Jets. He also finished third in Feature Story for debating the merits of twist off beer caps versus pry offs. Best of all, Lungariello earned an honorable mention for Writer of the Year, the most prestigious category of NYPA awards. In reference to one of Lungariello’s columns on Playland’s Dragon Coaster, a contest judge said, “I particularly enjoyed his column on a roller coaster and the way he turned a physical act at the beginning into a thought-provoking metaphor at the end.”

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County Democrats question Playland repair delays By LIZ BUTTON STAFF REPORTER liz@hometwn.com

As Rye Playland’s recovery continues from the $12 million in destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy, it seems beach lovers may have to wait even longer than expected to take that first spring stroll down the boardwalk. County administration officials announced last week that there will be further delays in repairing damage caused by the October 2012 storm’s high winds and massive tidal surges. In addition to delays on boardwalk repairs, the county-owned park’s Ice Casino skating rink, which sustained damage to its roof, basement and boilers, is no longer projected to open this September, and may not open until next winter. At a recent meeting of the county Government Operations Committee, county legislators were told to expect further delays in repairs, which could mean the boardwalk’s repairs will be incomplete for the park’s projected May 11 opening. After the county received bids last week, county attorney Robert Meehan There are now growing concerns within the county that the Playland boardwalk, which was destroyed said that the repair work on the board- during Hurricane Sandy, will not be fully repaired in time for the amusement park’s scheduled May walk did not legally qualify for the opening. File photo

emergency contracting process, which allows for expedited bidding. According to Meehan’s legal opinion, the county must put the repair work out to bid again for two weeks, since a contract has not been signed and too much time has elapsed since late January. In January, the county Board of Legislators approved $12.5 million in bonding, with one bond act for boardwalk repairs totaling $7.5 million. Despite this delay, Republican County Executive Rob Astorino’s deputy communications director Donna Greene said last week that the administration expects repairs to the boardwalk and other projects, excluding the Ice Casino, will still be completed on time. “The contract is now in the bid process. The date for completed work is May 15, but we expect it to be completed in time for May 11,” Greene said. “Some of these repairs are things such as some of the electrical systems…and general infrastructure, in addition to the boardwalk.” Following news of the delay, members of the Democratic-led Board of Legislators, like Democratic Chairman Ken Jenkins, have voiced concerns. Jenkins, who is running for election to county executive against Astorino in 2013, PLAYLAND, continued on page 10

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FEMA seeks applicants for youth council By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER alexandra@hometwn.com

Area teens interested in being on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Youth Preparedness Council are now invited to apply. “The Youth Preparedness Council provides an opportunity for young leaders to serve as a member of a distinguished national council,” FEMA representative Hilary Kraus said in a statement announcing the opportunity. “Another benefit is completing a youth preparedness project of their choosing.” Anyone age 12 to 17 who is engaged in “individual and community preparedness” is encouraged to apply to serve on the council, Kraus added. Examples of such activities include participation in National Preparedness Month; participation in the Citizen Corps Council; using social media to further disaster preparedness; participation in various after school activities focused on disaster and emergency preparedness; and increasing local disaster awareness. Nominations by adults “familiar with the youth’s preparedness activities” are also being accepted. “The nomination announcement went far and wide, including outreach to state, local, tribal and territorial officials, emergency management associations, congressional offices, private sector partners, faith-based and non-profit organizations,” said FEMA Spokesman Dan Watson. Only 14 members serve on the council at any given time, Watson added. Council members will be selected based on vacancies and announced next month. Members typically serve one-year terms, but FEMA can invite council members to extend their service for an additional term. “Those who are chosen will attend the Youth Preparedness Council Summit, a meeting with emergency management leadership to discuss steps to strengthen the nation’s resiliency against all types of disasters,” Kraus said. “Council members may also participate in national, regional, state, tribal and local preparedness meetings.” Their responsibilities aren’t limited to participation in the summit, however. Council members must also represent their peers’ perspectives on disaster readiness and “relay information within their communities.” Council members are also expected to “develop and complete a preparedness-related project specific to his or her region and interests.” The completed project can also be presented at national, regional, state, tribal and local meetings. Finally, the council members will participate in conference calls with FEMA. During those calls, they will provide “ongoing input” on various “strategies, initiatives and projects.” FEMA created the Youth Preparedness Council in 2012. According to a portion of the agency’s website dedicated to the topic, the Council supports “FEMA’s emphasis on and dedication to involving the whole community in preparedness related activities.” “Engaging youth is an integral step in preparing the nation for all hazards,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “Youth have a unique ability to influence their peers and families to be more resilient, and children play an important role in disaster preparedness, during and after a crisis.” In order to be considered for selection to the council, prospective candidates must submit a completed application form, a narrative and a letter of recommendation. The letter can be from any adult, such as a parent, guardian, community first responder or teacher. All applications and supporting materials must be received by April 19. To get application packets and learn more about the Youth Preparedness Council, visit ready.gov/youth-preapredness.

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Rye City discusses deer population control By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER ashley@hometwn.com

RYE – City officials are considering a bowhunting proposal intended to control the growing local deer population this fall. Officials and some residents say that the deer population in the city’s wooded areas has grown past the point of being manageable, though others question the effectiveness of hunting with a bow and arrow. The proposal comes on the heels of other animal population control initiatives in neighboring municipalities. According to Councilwoman Catherine Parker, a Democrat, the proposal for a deer management team came after city officials received numerous emails in January from residents, particularly in the Greenhaven section of the city, who were concerned with the deer population. Three properties located on Boston Post Road in Rye have been identified as areas where a deer management program would be effective: Rye Golf Club, the Jay Heritage Center and the Marshlands Conservancy. “The deer have presented themselves as a driving hazard and they are carriers of deer ticks which in turn carry Lyme Disease,” Councilwoman Parker said. City Manager Scott Pickup said that deer sometimes attract coyotes, which attacked three local children in the summer of 2010.

He said that because of such a high deer population, they lack food and subsequently destroy the city’s natural habitat. Pickup said, “It’s supposed to be as humane as hunting can be considered.” The county Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation has been managing a deer control program since 2008 following a symposium four years earlier that determined that deer were a problem in the county and hunting was the best way to control them. John Baker, director of the county program, said that the number of deer are five to 10 times higher than what local forests can support, and the animals are destroying healthy fauna growth that will regenerate only when the population is decreased. Similar deer management programs were implemented in communities such as Millbrook in Dutchess County and Pound Ridge after a spike in deer numbers in 2010. But not everyone felt that bow hunting was the best way to take care of the deer. Norman Cooper, a 40-year Rye resident, said that, though he has tried sound and odor devices to keep deer away from his property and hasn’t seen any improvement, he didn’t think hunting with a bow and arrow was practical in a suburban area like Rye. “To say that we’re using a handful of bow hunters, it sounds to me that we’re going back 200 years,” Cooper said. Rye resident Chris Molinari she has a

problem with the proposal. Molinari said that, by conducting her own research, she found 24 studies on bow hunting from across the country that show that the practice is inhumane and wasteful. “What we are dealing with is wounding and crippling our The City of Rye is proposing a bow-hunting program to reduce the deer deer popula- population in three wooded areas during the fall. Local officials say that the tion,” Molinari deer population is five to 10 times higher than what the city’s forests can said. “As an avid support. Contributed photo user of our parks and marshlands, I feel like This deer discussion comes shortly after deer are part of that experience.” the Village of Mamaroneck signed a contract After her 8-year-old daughter was recently with the USDA to have a large number of the stricken with Lyme Disease, Alison Heaton, who village’s geese slaughtered in order to cut lives near the Rye preserve in the Greenhaven down on droppings in local parks. Just like section of the city, said that the consequences the deer proposal has in Rye, Mamaroneck’s of doing nothing to control the deer are severe goose initiative caught the ire of some resias well. She said that her children no longer dents, national media and wildlife defenders, want to play in their backyard because of the who said that the process of killing geese is overabundance of deer droppings. cruel and inhumane. “As a mother of four, I really hope we do someThe city will continue its discussion of deer thing to curb the deer population,” she said. control in May.

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Conference puts focus on teaching autistic children By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER alexandra@hometwn.com

A conference at the College of New Rochelle April 26 will give educators an opportunity to learn more about how to work with students with autism spectrum disorders. “With the increase in diagnoses, it is important for educators to be trained to work with these learners,” said Simone Pusey, who will give one of the talks. “By having this conference, we hope to bring awareness and provide current and future educators with proven strategies for working with these learners.” According to its website, the Mayo Clinic defines autism as “one of a group of serious developmental problems, called autism spectrum disorders, that appear in early childhood—usually before age three.” Though symptoms and severity vary, all autism spectrum disorders affect a child’s ability to communicate and interact with others, according to the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Mary E. McDonald, president of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment, will deliver the keynote address at the daylong conference. She said only one in 1,000 children were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders when she entered the field roughly 20 years ago. Now one in 88 children receive the same diagnosis.

teacher shows a “There was student with ASD something like an 800 percent a clip of an individual or people increase in a 10-year period. using specific soIt is a clear upcial, language or ward trend,” vocational skill. The student can McDonald said. watch the clip and It is unknown whether the draemulate the bematic increase is havior. due to increased “It’s an incredibly successful awareness, diagnoses and technique because these kids are fanreporting, or tastic visual learnwhether the actual number of ers,” McDonald cases is climbsaid. ing, McDonald Tablets and similar devices said. “I think it’s a Dr. Mary E. McDonald will be the keynote speaker at are also helpful bit of both. We an upcoming conference on educating children with in teaching students with ASD are a much more autism spectrum disorder. Contributed photo educated world, at this point, in terms of learn social and job skills, according to autism. People are more likely to notice the McDonald. In some cases, simply putting red flags.” photographs associated with different activIn any case, the good news is that tech- ities on the devices can help guide a student nological advances have made it easier to with ASD through their day, she said. In addition to doing the keynote presentateach children with autism spectrum disorders, said McDonald, who will devote her tion on technology, McDonald will also lead a presentation to the topic. “breakout session” on how to promote socialIn video modeling, for example, the ization and play skills in students with ASD.

“Many students do well cognitively. They have average or above-average IQs,” McDonald said. “But while typical kids learn social skills through play, these kids need to be taught to play. It is like work for them.” Other topics will include how changes in the autism diagnosis affect services for children with ASD, how to collaborate programming for young children with autism and curriculum for students with ASD. The workshops will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the conference cost is $95 per professional or $80 per person for teams of three. The cost for students is $65 per person with college identification and $45 per person with College of New Rochelle identification. For more information, visit events.cnr/ autism.

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experience of the proposed management company selected to operate the facility as a Residence Hall [sic]. Any change to such management company shall receive approval from the Planning Board.” That did not sit well with some Iona College students and officials. “I am here to oppose the legislation as written. It doesn’t represent the discussions the Community College Planning Committee had. Management other than Iona was never considered for Building A [on North Avenue] only for Building B,” said Charlie Carlson, vice president of student life at Iona, referring to a second building that received conditional approval from the committee. “I ask that you carefully review the legislation to make sure it reflects the views of the community.” Another Iona student, Kaitlyn O’Toole, said off-campus housing managed by the school provides a safer and more secure environment than off-campus housing operated by private management. “I oppose the legislation as written,” she said. “It doesn’t meet the needs of Iona or the community.” Carlos Lassiter, director of the Office of Residential Life at Iona, also advocated for college management of the residence hall, saying his primary goal is to provide a safe, secure environment for students living on and off campus. “It is important that the college and my office be involved in the management of offcampus housing,” he said. New Rochelle resident Stanley Kaufman disagreed. “I don’t see why a private management company couldn’t do just as well as Iona,” he said. “The legislation includes measures regarding management oversight.” Jeb Kelly, another concerned New Rochelle resident, said he supports the legislation as it was submitted to the City Council and urged the council not to “hold property owners hostage to what Iona wants.” Other speakers voiced similar opinions, saying there is a growing trend in the use of private companies to manage college dorms, and that limiting management of the residence hall to the college actually subverts the success of the zoning text amendments. Mayor Noam Bramson, a Democrat, said he remains optimistic despite the divide. “Almost everyone who spoke agrees on 90 percent of what the zoning entails,” Bramson said. “We have come a long way, and that is a tribute to the community college planning process. I have little doubt we will cross the finish line in a way that will be beneficial to everyone involved.”

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Flipping the bird debate: Trustees request cancellation of USDA contract By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER chrisg@hometwn.com

MAMARONECK–The ongoing conflict over the fate of the Village of Mamaroneck’s goose population took an unexpected turn on March 27 when Democratic trustees Ilissa Miller and Andres Bermudez-Hallstrom requested that the board cancel its contract with the USDA to slaughter the geese and start fresh to find a more humane solution to the problem. The issue has caused significant controversy in previous weeks and the village has drawn criticism from animal rights activists since the contract was made public. However, the decision to slaughter the animals has also received support from residents who are just now voicing that sentiment. “If we do this in a way that allows homeless people to be fed, I think that’s a great idea,” Resident Brett Moeller said. “We kill fish to eat, we raise cows to be killed. We’re doing this a lot more humanely than anyone could imagine.” Moeller also said that he plays softball in Harbor Island Park over the summer, and that goose droppings are a health hazard. Roseanne Aresty, who was on the Board of Mamaroneck Junior Soccer League for 10 years, also contacted the Board of Trustees via email, and said that the problem of goose droppings in Mamaroneck has only gotten worse over time. “The goose population has

solve the problem,” Miller said. “This needs to be managed from a short term and a long term perspective.” Miller said that the board should leave it up to the USDA to decide if it wants to work with the village, and if a compromise can’t be reached, the board should start fresh and look for entirely new alternatives. The contract was signed Mamaroneck trustees Ilissa Miller and Andres Bermudez Hallstrom surprised residents and animal rights activists on Dec. 14, 2012, four days when they requested the village board cancel its contract after Miller and Bermudezwith the USDA. The contract, which has garnered both Hallstrom took office. The vilsupport and criticism, would call for the slaughter of the lage was given 120 days, until village’s goose population. Photo/Chris Gramuglia April 13, to cancel or reach a grown exponentially, and the harbor is liter- mutual agreement with the USDA to abandon ally covered in a carpet of goose deritus,” the plan completely. Aresty said. “It is dangerous and filthy. We “I was satisfied with a compromise to recome home from playing a soccer game, and quest that the USDA strike the part of the our cleats and clothes are completely covered agreement that said they would execute the in thick goose poop.” geese,” Miller said. Despite support for slaughtering the geese, One issue that the board is considering, as the trustees Miller and Bermudez-Hallstrom both deadline for the out clause draws near, is the postood firm in their views and said that there tential legal ramifications of canceling the conare ways to negotiate with the USDA that tract, after the 120 days has passed. “If you have may or may not result in a cancellation of the a valid signed contract as a municipality, you’re contract. At the very least, the provision that bound by the terms of that contract,” Village called for the slaughter of the animals seems Attorney Charles Goldberger said. “You could to have divided the board. be sued if you try to unilaterally cancel it.” “I don’t think killing [the geese] is going to The board met with USDA representative PLAYLAND, continued from page 5

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and Democratic Vice Chair Lyndon Williams have suggested that the county’s Republican administration may have intentionally mishandled the original emergency contract bids for repairing damage to the boardwalk. According to a statement from Board of Legislator officials, Mace Contracting Corp. out of New Rochelle was the lowest bidder for the repairs project. However, other contracting firms not on the pre-qualification list were allowed to bid on the job, and after they did not win, the Mace bid was rescinded. Administration officials have not expanded on the finer points of how the bidding process was conducted. “One has to question the validity of a claim by the Astorino administration that the emergency contract provisions have not been met,” Jenkins said. The situation has become less clear to the board, Jenkins said, as the Astorino administration becomes increasingly cagey about their deliberations on both the matter of repairs and on the overall refurbishment of Rye Playland. Major improvements to the 280-acre park were a major platform of Astorino’s during his campaign for office in 2009, as it has been reported that the park has run anywhere from a $2 to $6 million deficit annually for years. Concerns include the need to increase revenue and reboot falling attendance rates, which have dipped below 500,000 from over 1 million in past years, according to some studies. After a request for proposal was put out

Ken Preusser at its April 1 work session to discuss the possibility of cancelling the contract as well as various ways to reach a compromise. The parties agreed that the village would move forward with the provision of oiling goose eggs to prevent them from hatching, but that a non-lethal approach would be taken to manage the existing geese. Preusser made several recommendations for making the landscape less attractive to the geese, which included letting grass grow taller, and enforcing a no-feeding policy for residents in the village, but also said that many techniques work more efficiently with a less-dense population of geese. Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican, said that, because of the playing fields located in Harbor Island Park, some recommendations for modifying the environment are out of the question, namely letting grass grow. Other possible alternatives that Preusser urged the board to reconsider were the use of collies to chase the geese out of the parks, as well as the use of pyrotechnics to scare them away through a process known as hazing. Preusser did mention that while some of these techniques will make the geese fly away, some will inevitably return. The board plans on continuing negotiations with the USDA to reach a compromise on the contract that will take a non-lethal, cost-effective approach to managing the village’s goose problem. to bid in 2010 on the restoration project and the administration evaluated 12 proposals, Astorino signed a letter of intent on Oct. 11, 2010, to award the contract to Sustainable Playland, Inc., a non-profit founded by Rye City residents, which intends to begin running the park as a year-round operation and make various material improvements. SPI has pledged $34 million in capital investments for Playland, which will go against the reported $32 million in debt the county has accrued in running the historic park. In the last few weeks, the Board of Legislators have asked for more time to consider the different project proposals, which cannot alter the park without their approval. They have called for an independent auditor to review current operations and financial management of the park, as well as SPI’s plan and several other proposals. County Legislator Judy Myers, a Democrat whose district covers Playland, said she was “extremely surprised” and disappointed to learn of the delays in boardwalk repairs. Myers said legislators were not told about the possible delays to the boardwalk repairs until they specifically inquired about the project’s progress. Myers said she had been giving her constituents updates about the park, and told them the boardwalk would most likely be ready for May and the Ice Casino for September. “We had been assured time and again that there would be no problem meeting that deadline for the amusement park,” she said.

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March 27…A New Rochelle teen was arrested on a felony weapons charge after police responded to a report of a man with a gun on North Avenue shortly after 2 p.m. According to Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller, an anonymous caller told police a black male wearing a brown hooded sweat shirt had a gun near 490 North Ave. Responding officers spotted a group of four black men, including one that fit the description, walking southbound on North Ave., Schaller said. The officers followed as the group headed down Winthrop Avenue and gave chase when the man fitting the suspect’s description started running towards 16 Winthrop Ave., Schaller said. Officers arrested the 17-year-old suspect when he tried and failed to jump a fence at that location, according to Schaller. Police found a black revolver and eight .22 caliber bullets in the teen’s front pocket, Schaller added. The teen was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, which is a Class D felony. While checking the area for additional evidence, police found a semi-automatic pistol with two rounds in it on the rear bumper of a truck in the area, according to Schaller. March 28…Police said they recovered several shell casings near a Crescent Avenue building after officers in the area responded to the sound of shots being fired there around 11:10 p.m. Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller said the officers found .40 caliber shell casings in a second floor apartment and outside the window. The officers also discovered holes in a van parked outside, Schaller added. The investigation is ongoing. March 28…A Glenbrook Road resident reported the attempted theft of a motor vehicle around 8:58 p.m. Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller said the caller heard a motion detector go off in the driveway. The resident then saw a white man wearing a varsity-type jacket “flee out of a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer,” Schaller said. March 30…Two Mount Vernon men were arrested after they allegedly engaged police in a pursuit through downtown New Rochelle. Howard Vondell, 21, of 21 Cooley Place, and Troy Drummond, 26, of 237 South First Ave., were each charged with reckless driving and reckless endangerment in the second degree. Drummond was also charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawful fleeing of a police officer in the third degree. Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller said the arrests stemmed from an incident in which an officer spotted three “off road motorcycles” traveling eastbound on Lincoln Avenue. When the officer attempted to stop the bikes, one of the riders ditched his dirt bike and jumped on the back of another one, Schaller said. A chase ensued through downtown New Rochelle until the bike collided with an unknown vehicle,

Schaller added. Both riders were apprehended after they allegedly fled from the scene. March 30…A Bronx man was arrested on several charges after he allegedly broke a woman’s cell phone, hit her, and kept her from leaving a residence during a domestic dispute. According to police records, Patrick C. Graham 36, of 3629 Premier Ave., was charged with a felony count of unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, third-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief. Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller said the chain of events that resulted in the arrest occurred when Graham threw the woman’s cell phone against the wall during an argument. Graham allegedly punched the woman and dragged her back into the apartment when she got away. The victim sustained minor injuries and refused medical attention, Schaller said. March 31…Officers responded to a reported weapons complaint on Lincoln Avenue around 11:09 a.m. According to Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller, a 57-year-old New Rochelle resident heard a loud bang and discovered the front window of the house damaged around 9:30 or 10:00 p.m. on March 27. When her husband checked the damage on March 31, he found a bullet in the front window between two sets of glass, Schaller added. April 4…Clothing and jewelry worth more than $70,000 was reportedly taken from a Pershing Avenue home sometime between 9:10 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller said the burglar or burglars entered the dwelling at 140 Pershing Ave. by prying open a dining room window. They then ransacked three bedrooms and took assorted sweaters worth approximately $400 and roughly $70,000 worth of jewelry, Schaller said. There were a “handful” of residential breakins in the northern end of the city last month, Schaller added. April 4…A Bronx man was arrested on three misdemeanor counts of petit larceny after he allegedly tried to take skincare products from a Main Street store without paying. Police records show that Jose D. Quezada, 33, of 2192 Morris Ave., was arrested on the charges. Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller said the chain of events resulting in the arrests began when a store employee at 810 Main St. flagged down an officer and claimed that a shoplifting had just occurred. The officer chased the suspect, who was ultimately identified as Quezada, through a nearby gas station, where another officer apprehended him, Schaller said. Further investigation determined that the store employee also recognized Quezada from alleged shoplifting incidents on March 12 and March 14.

April 4…Tausi Raza, 26, of 1242 Kearney Ave., in the Bronx, was arrested on three counts of public lewdness and one count of child endangerment April 4, police said. According to Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller, detectives determined that Raza got “young ladies” to come to his car by asking for directions and then exposed himself to them on three different occasions. The most recent incident happened near Isaac E. Young Middle School on Centre Avenue March 11, Schaller said. The other incidents occurred on March 3 and Sept. 1. Public lewdness is a Class B misdemeanor. April 6…A New Rochelle man was arrested on a felony count of strangulation and misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child after he allegedly choked his children’s mother during an argument. Police records identify the man as Lawrence D. Alston III, 27, of 347 Huguenot St. The chain of events that resulted in his arrested began when he and the mother of his children got into an argument about how much time he was spending with them, Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller said. As the argument intensified, Alston allegedly knocked the phone away, choked the woman with his hands and pushed her face against the wall. Schaller said Alston was outside when officers arrived. The victim also came outside and appeared to be “disheveled,” according to

Schaller. She had marks on her neck and her face was swollen, Schaller said. The victim was reportedly transported to Sound Shore Medical Center, where she was treated and released. April 6…Three New Rochelle men were arrested on felony and misdemeanor drug charges, police said. According to Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller, a drug surveillance team working on Horton Avenue witnessed a transaction between the men. Further investigation determined that one of the men, identified as Nathaniel B. Keitt, 57, of 75 Brook St., had several bags of heroin and OxyContin, Schaller said. The investigation also determined that Trent W. Tucker, 50, of 61 Horton Ave., allegedly had heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana. Tucker, who is accused of running from police, was charged with criminal possession of a narcotic drug with intent to sell; criminal possession of a controlled substance; resisting arrest; fourth-degree criminal mischief; and criminal sale of a narcotic drug. Keitt was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of criminal sale of a narcotic drug, police records show. The third man, who was identified as Aretues H. Butts Jr., 75, of 17 May St., was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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SPORTS Mamaroneck boys The defending Class A champions might be just 2-2 on the season, but those two losses came to a powerhouse Long Island team and Mahopac, whom the Tigers beat for the Class A title last year–meaning Mamaroneck has been tested early on. The Tigers haven’t been scoring at an extremely high rate this year, dropping a tight 7-6 game to Mahopac, but they did turn things around in their most recent contest, a 16-1 drubbing of Eastchester. Once the Tigers get into the bulk of section play, there is no doubt that they will again prove themselves to be one of, if not the, best team in all of Class A. Plus, the early season loss to Mahopac will serve as great inspiration once the playoffs roll around.

Lax teams to watch Bronxville girls Averaging 17 goals per game, the Broncos have gotten off to a 4-0 start in 2013. They have a bonafide star in Gretchen Richter, but the team is far from a one-trick pony as a number of girls, including freshmen Charlotte Reynolds, Brooke Bonfiglio and Alina Atayan have all joined in on the scoring parade, making the Broncos’ offense a nightmare for opposing teams to combat. Right now, the Broncos’ top competition in Class C comes in the form of their perennial opponents from Rye, The Garnets (1-1). However, the Broncos will play a tough stretch of games from April 16 to 20 that will see them take on three of the top Class A teams, when they face off against Mahopac, Scarsdale and Lakeland-Panas.

Rye boys At 2-0 on the young season, the Garnets scored an impressive home win against Lakeland Panas on April 6. Although the Rebels are just 0-3 this year, Lakeland-Panas is widely considered to be one of the more talented teams in the section, and their tough early schedule shouldn’t count against the Garnets. Though they haven’t quite gotten to the meat of their schedule yet–they don’t take on John Jay until May 2, the Garnets have proven they can control the tempo of a game. A lot of that comes from Chris Santangelo, who has developed into one of the premier face-off men in Section I.

Bronxville boys The Class C defending champs have rung in the new season in good shape, going undefeated to start the year. At 3-0 on the season, the Broncos are coming off one of the most dominant showings of the year, a 21-1 win over Scarsdale in which a total of 12 Broncos found the net. In just three games, the Broncos have amassed 50 total goals, with sophomore Henry Grass and Junior Matt Behrens leading the way with 10 apiece. Bronxville’s Alina Atayan carries the ball against New Rochelle on April 5. The undefeated Broncos have a well-rounded attack and are averaging 17 points a game through the first four contests of the spring season. Photo/Mike Smith

Huguenots split first two games of 2013 By MIKE SMITH ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR sports@hometwn.com

On April 3, the New Rochelle Huguenots opened up the softball season with an impressive 15-8 win against perennial powerhouse Harrison. The win is a promising start for the veteran Huguenots, and could portend good things to come. New Rochelle senior Nicole Fortuna picked up the win for the Huguenots and will be one of the team’s top hurlers this year along with freshman Christy Lee, who pitched the following day in a 5-3 loss to Ardsley. “She’s a good power pitcher,” said Huguenot coach Tim Collins of his freshman hurler. “But she’s young and has to learn that, with these varsity hitters, you have to locate your pitches.” Against the Huskies, the Huguenots were powered offensively by senior third-baseman Kelly Dillon, who smacked two homers and drove in six runs on the day. Dillon and first baseman Alesandra Greco will be called upon to provide veteran leadership–and offensive production–as two of Collins’ longest-tenured players. “I’ve coached these girls since they were freshman on the varsity, but I also coached them as seventh graders,” said Collins. “To see how far they’ve come is amazing. They have turned into phenomenal softball players.”

Collins will also be leaning on the third senior captain, Jenna LoPachin, who will be behind the plate for the Huguenots this year. LoPachin was one of Collins’ pitchers previously, something he feels has made her transition behind the dish easier. “Looking at her now, you wouldn’t know she wasn’t a natural catcher,” said Collins. “She knows how to set up hitters and she’s really been helping with our pitchers especially with our freshman [Lee].” Collins has also been impressed with newcomer Stephanie Ryder, an eighthgrade shortstop who has started the season strong, going 3-for-6 in the team’s opening two games and scoring three runs. “She’s young, but she already plays like she’s comfortable on the varsity level,” said Collins. “She is going to be a very good player for us.” With plenty of returning talent, Collins believes that this could be a great year for the New Rochelle program, but he is hesitant to make any predictions about where the team will finish up in 2013. “Obviously the girls will tell you that they want to win it all,” said Collins. “Of course, we all would. But we’re in a tough league, we’re just going to take it one pitch at a time.” The Huguenots will be back in action on April 15 when they host Pelham.

Senior Nicole Fortuna delivers a pitch on April 3 against Harrison. Fortuna would pick up the win in a 15-8 victory over the Huskies. Photo/Mike Smith

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New Rochelle Sound Report Roundup Baseball 4/5 New Rochelle d. Ardsley 8-1 At Davis Elementary School, the Huguenots easily handled Ardsley, thanks to a solid pitching performance from Louis Miceli. Miceli, pitched 5.1 innings striking out five batters without surrendering an earned run. Battery-mate Daniel Dasgupta picked up Miceli at the plate, driving in two runs with a 3-for-4 afternoon.

Girls Lacrosse 4/5 New Rochelle d. Ardsley 12-8 Matisse Clayton and Danielle Medlin combined for eight goals on Friday, as the Huguenots downed Ardsley in their season opener. Ardsley’s duo of Melissa Doucha and Kristen Branckel both tallied hat-tricks for the Panthers, but it wouldn’t be enough to overcome the Huguenots solid offensive effort.

4/8 New Rochelle d. Nyack 9-3 New Rochelle continued their strong play on Monday, erasing an early two-run deficit to down the Indians 9-3. Anthony Mirabile surrendered two runs in the second inning, but the Huguenot bats got going in the middle innings, and the Huguenot hurler buckled down to keep another Indian from crossing the plate in six innings of work. Jayson Gray led New Ro with three hits and two RBIs, while Miceli picked up two RBIs of his own. The Huguenots will take on Pelham on April 10 (after press time), and Irvington on April 12.

4/6 Bronxville d. New Rochelle 15-11 On Saturday, the Huguenots tangled with one of the top teams in all of Section I and acquitted themselves well, staying with Bronxville for much of the game only to fall by a four-goal margin. The Huguenots struck first, with an early first-half goal, but Bronxville roared back, on the strength of Gretchen Richter and Aline Atayan’s strong, four-goal performances. Broncos’ midfielder Brook Bonfiglio also chimed in with three-goals and an assist, an indication of just how versatile the Bronxville attack can be. New Rochelle, however, got a great game from standout Louis Miceli throws a pitch in the third inning of an April 5 game against Ardsley. Miceli did not allow an earned run in 5.1 innings of work. Photos/Mike Smith

A Huguenot batter steps into the box against Ardsley on April 5. The Huguenots would beat the Panthers 8-1.

Catherine Willis, left, tries to stay with Bronxville’s Alina Altayan on April 6. The Huguenots would keep pace with the Broncos, but ultimately fall to Bronxville 15-11.

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