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Vol. 15/Number 9

March 1, 2013

New home brings flood concerns By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER chrisg@hometwn.com

Junior defenseman Brian Schiff scores on a slapshot in the Feb. 22 semifinals against Lakeland Panas. Schiff will again anchor Mamaroneck’s defense next year. For more, see back page. Photo/Mike Smith

Residents of Mamaroneck Village’s North Barry and Beach avenues are finding themselves with fewer and fewer places to turn for a solution to the flooding problem caused by a modular home constructed in close proximity to their neighborhood. After months without a resolution, an appeal for the approval of grading changes to the new property was brought before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Feb. 7. The newly constructed modular home, located at 418 North Barry Ave., caused significant concern among homeowners in the surrounding area who said their voices have not been

heard by the Zoning Board. Grading, which measures the slope of a propertry, is done primarily in areas where flooding is a concern. In many cases, the slope may become too severe and dirt must be filled into the foundation to re-adjust the property's grade. The home at 418 North Barry had its grade increased significantly during construction, by anywhere from 12 to 30 inches, according to Carina McCabe, a resident who lives in a neighboring house. This increase in property grade, McCabe said, is a violation of village law and is also causing water to funnel down onto the properties of residents on North Barry and Beach avenues. FLOODING continued on page 6

Residents return after displacement Village finds compromise in meeting procedures By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER chrisg@hometwn.com

Residents of the apartments on 680 West Boston Post Road can finally re-enter their homes after a water pipe burst on Jan. 27 causing severe water damage to a large part of the building. After the pipe burst, several ceilings collapsed because of excess water, and the village fire department was forced to enter the building and knock down over 30 doors, which rendered the building temporarily condemned—a precaution that was met with harsh criticism from some residents. The village Building Department issued a temporary Certificate of Occupency on Feb 22, allowing residents to return, despite the building technically not being fully up to code.

Electricity and water were turned off inside the building for a number of weeks and were restored on Feb. 5, but the delay in ordering replacement doors kept the building from complying with village code, and therefore made it uninhabitable. Until recently, residents were only allowed to enter the building under the supervision of the building manager to retrieve personal belongings, making the ability to finally re-enter a major relief to nearly 100 of the building's formerly displaced tenants. However, Village Manager Richard Slingerland revealed that six of the apartments have been excluded from those that can be reentered, because of sheetrock that sustained severe damage. There are

The Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees came to an agreement on the hotly debated issue of revising its meeting procedures. After weeks of discussion and disagreement, the board was able to settle the issue, albeit with some lingering dissent. Photo/Chris Gramuglia

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By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER chrisg@hometwn.com

Proposed changes to the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees’ meeting procedures have caused tension to erupt between the mayor and the Democratic majority in recent weeks, but ultimately both sides reached a compromise at the board’s Feb 18 work session.

Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican, said the end result represented a middle ground. “While I was, very honestly, quite opposed to this from the beginning, I would like to congratulate this board,” Rosenblum said. “I think we've reached a point where not everybody is particularly happy with the outcome, but certainly satisfied with it.” Inititally, Trustees Andres

Bermudez Hallstrom, Leon Potok and Ilissa Miller completed a draft for a series of amendments to meeting procedures and brought it before the rest of the board. One of the most controversial proposed changes was the amendment that aimed to shift some of the mayor's authority over what can and cannot be added to the


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New tennis bubble sought for Sportime By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER chrisg@hometwn.com

A large bubble that covers Sportime's eight tennis courts and protects patrons from the winter weather may be nearing its final days of use. The Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees recently negotiated with managers of Sportime concerning the need to replace the bubble because of damages it sustained during Hurricane Sandy. However, the board anticipates resistance from residents who live in the surrounding area of Harbor Island Park, where Sportime is situated. Eric Fromm, Sportime’s executive regional manager, said he would rather resolve the larger issue of whether or not to move the Sportime facility before dealing with the replacement of the bubble. “It's really up to the Board of Trustees,” Fromm said. “The dilemma is that we have to get a new bubble because of the damage done by Hurricane Sandy.” Deputy Mayor Louis Santoro, a Republican, said that ordering a new bubble is urgent if the installation is to be completed by next winter. “Installing a new bubble will cost $1.2 million,” Santoro said. “That's an expense that might delay the moving of Sportime, but being that they have no direction, it will happen regardless.” In the past, manufacturers of bubbles like the one presently covering Sportime made entirely opaque structures that sealed inside light on tennis courts from reaching the surrounding area. Currently, transluscent material is standard, and has become a factor in the village board's decision and how the bubble will affect residents in the nearby area. “If the transluscent bubble causes a lot of light

Sportime manager Eric Fromm has been collaborating with the Mamaroneck Village Board of Trustees in an attempt to reach an agreement to replace the bubble covering the facility's tennis courts. Photo/Chris Gramuglia

pollution, there could be people objecting,” said Mayor Norman Rosenblum, Republican. Rosenblum echoed Santoro in the urgency in the matter, but also believes the board “owes it to the people” to handle the matter with their best interests in mind. “There is going to be a lot more light in the sky, which could be an issue for people who like their quality of life-stargazing for instance,” added Democratic Trustee Ilissa Miller. According to Fromm, transluscent bubbles are actually more eco-friendly, since they do not require any indoor lighting during the day, whereas opaque bubbles require lighting at all times. The third option would be an opaque bubble with a transluscent sunroof, that would allow natural light to enter during the day. Fromm plans to meet with the Board of Trustees again in the upcoming weeks to review data from bubble manufacturers on the amount of light pollution a new bubble might cause, and to discuss the future of Sportime.

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also various repairs needed that will affect the building as a whole. “A large amount of sheetrock had to be torn down when it got soaked, and they [tenants] don't have use of the garage because the building is still not entirely up to code. There was also some damage to the water valves,” said Slingerland. There appears to still be some confusion among residents of the building, according to one of the building's managers, Sam Garofalo. “There has been a lot of misinformation floating around…we will have an informational meeting, where we will be able to bring all the residents up to speed on what's happening with the renovations,” Garofalo said. Vilage Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican, has experessed his desire to install Knox Boxes within the building as a preventative measure against potential necessary damage done by the police or fire department. A Knox Box is a small box that mounts onto a wall within a building and contains keys to all of the doors inside. The box can be accessed during an emergency by police or firefighters, allowing them to open doors manually, rather than break them down in order to evacuate residents from a building. A local law already exists in which the fire

Repairs to the apartments at 680 West Boston Post Road continue as residents move back in this week after the village Building Department issued a temporary certificate of occupency. Photo/Chris Gramuglia

department is granted access to buildings in the event of an emergency and cites such “key boxes” as an option.


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C ommunity Briefs

At Home on the Sound seeks local volunteer drivers Volunteer drivers are needed by At Home on the Sound, the local aging-in-place organization serving older adults in Mamaroneck and Larchmont. The drivers take senior citizens in the community to occasional appointments, on errands or shopping. Drive as your schedule allows–just once a month, or every week. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Pat Hachey at (914) 899-3150. For more information, visit AtHomeontheSound.org. Drivers must be at least 25 years of age. Woman’s Club meeting The next meeting of the Evening Section of the Woman's Club of Mamaroneck will be held on March 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the club house, located at 504 Cortlandt Ave. in Mamaroneck. The guest speaker will be Judge Christie Derrico, Mamaroneck Justice Court. For more information, contact the membership chair at (914) 698-9364. Registration underway for DIY classes at the Center for Continuing Education The Center’s theme this spring is DIY or DoIt-Yourself. Everyone loves a good DIY project and most are easier than you think. The expert faculty members of the Center for Continuing

Education will give you step-by-step guidelines to create your own projects. We’ll teach you how to make a flower arrangement for a special event, improve your business writing, create a photo book, knit a sweater, prepare gluten free meals, upload cool photo apps to your iPhone or iPad, paint with oils & acrylics, speak Italian, enhance the visibility of your website and much more. Spring classes begin the week of March 4 and you may register for them at www.LMCCE. org or call 914-698-9126 for information. Let The Center for Continuing Education be your Center to Take a Different Course. Anti-fracking film to screen in White Plains “Dear Governor Cuomo,” a documentary about a concert and rally sponsored by New Yorkers Against Fracking, will be shown on March 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester, located at 7 Saxon Wood Road (off Mamaroneck Avenue) in White Plains. A blend of music and message, the film describes the environmental, economic, and heath impact of fracking and includes performances by Natalie Merchant, Joan Osborne, Dan Zanes, the Felice Brothers, Citizen Cope, and Medeski Martin & Wood. Suggested donation is $10. For more information, visit ethicalsocietywestchester.org. CIA daughter reads from memoir Literary journalist Sara Mansfield Taber reads from "Born Under an Assumed Name," a memoir of her exotic childhood as the daughter of a covert CIA operative, on Sunday, March 10, at 4 p.m. Her book chronicles the thrilling

and confusing life of a girl growing up abroad in a world of secrecy and diplomacy, and the heavy toll it takes on her and her father. The reading takes place at Larchmont Village Center, behind the Larchmont Library at 121 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Friends of the Larchmont Public Library. Complimentary refreshments at 3:30 p.m. For more information, go to friendsoflarchmontlibrary.org. Local artists exhibit at Mamaroneck Artists Guild The Mamaroneck Artists Guild brings together a quartet of artists beginning March 5 through March 30 who will exhibit an eclectic range of imagery – everything from the realistic to the abstract. New Rochelle artists, Jeanie Ritter (oils), Shelia Benedis (mixed media), and Jane Petruska (mixed media and sculpture) join forces with Carol Gromer (pencil drawings) of Scarsdale in this unique exhibition of two and three-dimensional works. Come meet the artists at an opening reception on March 9, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. The gallery is located at 126 Larchmont Ave. in Larchmont. Admission is free. 19th Annual Larchmont Antique and Collectibles Show On March 9-10, the 19th Annual Larchmont Antique and Collectibles show will be held at Mamaroneck High School from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $6. The show benefits the Larchmont/Mamaroneck community, as well as the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation. Free foreclosure prevention workshop On March 11 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., Human Development Services of Westchester Neighborhood Preservation Company offers a free workshop for anyone interested in foreclosure prevention at the Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library. This not-for-profit organization

POETIC LICENSE Town/Village of Mamaroneck Poet Laureate Mary Louise Cox

“A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.” -Frank Capra BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT Lines captured from Poetry Live! Compiled by M. L. Cox Keep your eyes open. See your reflection in that drop of water. Memories flash! Look and dream. There is not a single sound. Why is it so quiet? Wait for a sign from the sun drifting from the cradle of night it will light up the sky,

may be able to help those with unaffordable mortgages, those working with their banks and having difficulty, and those in the court process. Se habla español. The library is located at One Haseco Avenue in Port Chester. For more information, call (914) 939-6710 x103. Campaign finance discussion Campaign Finance Reform in New York State will be the topic of a public discussion on March 13 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the White Plains Public Library, located at 100 Martine Ave. Sponsors are the League of Women Voters of Westchester County, LWV of White Plains, LWV of New Rochelle and the White Plains Public Library. The LWV of New York State supports lower contribution limits, increased disclosure, and a system of small donor matching funds. For further information, call (914) 761-4382. Parking is available in the library lot under the building or across the street at the Galleria municipal lot. Talk to explore the relationship between age and wisdom Do we really become wiser as we age? That will be the subject of a talk by the Rev. Carole Johannsen, a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of New York and a hospital chaplain, on Sunday, March 17, at the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester, 7 Saxon Wood Road (off Mamaroneck Avenue) in White Plains. Johannsen will describe what she has learned through traditional research and with the help of the 70 and 80-year-olds with whom she has worked. The program, which begins at 10:30 a.m., is free, and childcare is available. Ethical Culture is a liberal religious and educational fellowship without formal creed or dogma. For more information, contact ECSW at 914-948-1120 or visit its website, ethicalsocietywestchester.org 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. dance on the dust of snow. For a second you are made sightless by the sun glow. Breathe in-breathe out Take a deep breath. We aren’t so different you and I. Hear the whispering—“Go this way.” It’s time to change, just don’t spoil it. Never give up! Your tap shoes took off running. Do as you please. Dance! Flutter by that tree. Grow up and blossom. It’s time to think of summer, Sun on skin, butterscotch gold splashing, singing, ringing. These lines are simple questions and observations. Life in the valley is not one to keep. Reverse the procedure. Breathe out! Breathe in! Mary Louise Cox, Poet Laureate of the Town and Village of Mamaroneck


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New Rochelle Conservative to primary county executive By CHRISTIAN FALCONE ASSOCIATE EDITOR chris@hometwn.com

guise of holding the line on taxes,” Colucci said. “In the long run, you pay more While Democrats attempt to with interest. It’s the longportray the county executive as a term consequences of his far-right extremist, a New Rochelle decisions.” challenger has come forward sayColucci, 36, also critiing Rob Astorino hasn’t been concized the county executive servative enough. for his political appointAt a Feb. 22 press conference ments. He referenced the in front of the county Board of appointment of Hugh Fox, Elections offices, Kurt Colucci, the county Conservative a registered Conservative Party Party chairman, to a pomember and Tea Party supporter, sition with the county announced his candidacy for counDepartment of Public ty executive; he plans to seek the Works after Fox retired Kurt Colucci Conservative Party line through a from the Yonkers Fire primary. Department. Fox’s new po“My campaign is not about Rob sition earns him a six-figure Astorino,” Colucci said. “The focal point of salary in addition to his state pension from his my message is ‘we don’t have to live like time with the Yonkers fire department. this.’” “It was the biggest political payoff in A self-described conservative-libertarian, Westchester history,” said Colucci, who works Colucci—who said he supported Astorino in as a project manager for Chief Fire Prevention the 2009 race—labeled the county executive’s & Mechanical, a Mount Vernon-based first term in office a failure, stating Astorino mechanical engineering company. “There are could have done a better job cutting the coun- so many people with unnecessary positions to ty budget. Astorino has been criticized for his give political paybacks.” decision to borrow money to offset the tax Coincidentally, the Conservative Party rate in the county’s 2013 budget, while hold- endorsement was the subject of controversy ing true to a promise not to raise taxes during during the last county executive race when his first term in office. Astorino, a registered Republican, was passed “Rob borrowed money but did it under the over by the party in favor of Democrat Andy

Spano amid accusations from Conservative Party members of backroom dealings with former party chair Gail Burns. The matter was appealed in court, but upheld. It ultimately didn’t matter, however, as Astorino pulled off a historic upset and ousted Spano by a wide margin. But the party line is likely even more crucial to the Republican this time around. Due to an ongoing feud with the county Independence Party chair Dr. Giulio Cavallo, Astorino is not expected to carry that line like he did in 2009. If the county executive doesn’t secure the Conservative line, his chances could be hampered since Democrats in the county outnumber their GOP counterparts by roughly 100,000 registered voters. Within hours of Colucci’s announcement, Astorino’s campaign released Facebook postings from Colucci’s father, Kurt Colucci Sr., that depicted Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a nazi. The Astornio campaign said that serious candidates for public office must reject the politics of extremism, and asked Colucci to denounce the images. “Until that is done, we will not dignify Mr. Colucci’s candidacy with a comment. There is no room in Westchester County for this type of hatred,” said Jessica Proud, spokesperson for the Friends of Rob Astorino. Colucci Jr. said the intent of the message was to disorient the voters. He said the postings were distasteful and not in line with his views adding that his father was absent from

his life for 30 years. With Westchester continuing to hold the title of highest taxed county in the nation, Colucci said those rates are causing residents to flee the state. The candidate said he would look to cut appointees and salaries and tackle the long-term consequences of pensions. He blamed it on incumbent elected officials and their visions of higher office. “There is no incentive to take the fight to Albany,” he said. On the other hand, the candidate sees himself as a political outsider and his run is a “one-shot deal,” he said. Colucci did flirt with a run at county legislator in 2011 as an Independence Party candidate but ultimately backed out before the vote. Colucci also identifies himself with Westchester’s Tea Party movement. He spoke at several rallies in 2008-2009 and authored a book, titled “A Taxslaves Manifesto.” The battle will surely be an uphill climb against a popular incumbent who supporters say has followed through on his message of lowering taxes, shrinking the size of county government and making Westchester more affordable. Meanwhile, Democrats are in the process of selecting their own choice to oppose Astorino in November. Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins, of Yonkers, County Legislator Bill Ryan, of White Plains, and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson are all pursuing the party’s nomination.


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Homeowners on North Barry Avenue faced a grading issue that they say has flooded their properties. Some claim the Building Department was unresponsive. Photo/Chris Gramuglia

Last year, on Aug.2, McCabe contacted the Building Department, and inquired as to how neighboring residents are typically provided assistance when the grade on a neighboring property level is changed. McCabe told The Sound and Town Report that she did not get the answer she was looking for, causing her to seek the expertise of an independent engineer to examine the property. The matter was then brought before the Zoning Board at a meeting on Jan. 3, in which several residents along with McCabe asked, again, for some type of answer. “The village is here to uphold the code that the constituents are required to follow. The code is not being followed. I have an issue with that,” said McCabe. Ralph Mastromonaco, the engineer hired by McCabe, said that the primary concern of homeowners living in the area is the village's stormwater law which requires that a building applicant install 1,000 cubic feet of underground storage. Mastromonaco said, according to the consulting village engineer, the

new property only possesses 762 cubic feet of storage space. “It is a matter of fact, that I believe the Zoning Board has to decide as to whether or not the applicant conformed to its own village's law,” said Mastromonaco. Jack Pisco of Melbourne Realty—the company responsible for building the home—admitted that raising the grade of the property awas a mistake. “It was an oversight. See, McCabe was always lower than us, so its not that I raised the grade so I would be higher than her...The oversight appeared in approximately an 800-square-foot area...The whole backyard is 5,000 square feet.” The ongoing lack of a permanent village building inspector may be partially to blame, especially since residents in the past have experienced similar—and sometimes more severe—issues with flooding. David and Kinuyo Witt were forced to evacuate their home on First Avenue before Hurricane Irene, and were left with no place to live after the storm because their permit to rebuild, which was issued in error by a temporary assistant building inspector, was revoked by current Assistant Building Inspector Robert Melillo, who was serving as the village building inspector at the time. According to McCabe, the instability of personel in the Building Department has made it difficult to make any progress with the grading problem. According to Village Manager Richard Slingerland, the Building Department is very close to finding a new inspector. “Basically we're at the homestretch,” said Slingerland. “We've made an offer to the candidate, and we're waiting for a response.” McCabe plans to attend the March 7 Zoning Board meeting to further question the board's jurisdiction in the matter. A phone call to Assistant Building Inspector Joseph Angiello was not returned as of press time.

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What’s Your Beef?

What’s bothering you today?

A “Doctor Who” geek’s manifesto LUNGARIELLO AT LARGE Mark Lungariello

Collected on Purchase Street in Rye “I'm bothered by the lack of business in the Smoke Shop.”

“There are too many deer in my back garden.”

Tony D'Onofrio, 57, Rye

Derval Kenny, 56, Rye

“Capitalism is bothering me because it puts money over people.” Les Ronick, 70, Rye

“I don't like the way people treat immigrants.” Tania Bonilla, 26, Rye

-Photos and reporting by CHRIS GRAMUGLIA

Staff announcement The Sound and Town Report is pleased to announce Jason Chirevas as our new deputy editor. Chirevas has, for several months, been the reporter covering Mamaroneck for Home Town Media Group, the parent company of this newspaper. In 1992, Jason Chirevas won a Gannett News journalism scholarship. In 2012, he put it to use as the Mamaroneck reporter for Hometown Media Group. In the interim, he worked as an undercover investigator for a management consulting firm, reported for a courthouse-based news service, managed a movie theater, did two tours in retail and published some short fiction.

My obsession with the TV show “Doctor Who” can be summed up with an anecdote about my fear of flying. In January 2005, I took a flight from New York to Orlando and was convinced leading up to the trip that the plane was going crash. During the two-hour flight, I squeezed the armrests, took deep breaths and tried to convince myself I’d end up safely on the ground. I’m not religious, but on an airplane I’ll try whatever works. My request to God: “Please don’t let me die before the new ‘Doctor Who’ series starts.” “Doctor Who” debuted in the United Kingdom 50 years ago, on Nov. 23, 1963, the day after John F. Kennedy was killed. The show focused on an eccentric alien, known only as The Doctor, who travels through time and space in an old-fashioned British telephone box that is bigger on the inside than on the outside. Wherever he ends up, he’s doing good, outwitting nasty extraterrestrial monsters and protecting the Earth from the occasional invasion. He uses his mind and has a brains-overbrawn approach to problem solving. There is no magic in the plots, only scientific fact. Like many great love stories, it was love at first meeting for “Doctor Who” and me. My older cousin told me about it when I was 7 years old. He explained the premise over a plate of our grandmother’s oversized ravioli and by the time the plate was done, I was a fan, without ever having seen the show. Soon, I was taping episodes of the program, which was broadcast on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. on WLIW public television. At around 5 p.m., I’d be so antsy waiting for the show to start that I’d usually watch the Canadian teen soap “Degrassi Junior High” while I waited for the main event. Sometimes I’d videotape an episode as I watched it, planning to re-watch the same episode in the future. I’d pause when WLIW interrupted the middle of the program for their pledge drives. When my family would be out at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, I’d have to set the VCR to record before we left the house. On VCRs in those days, you could set the recording speed, with “EP” giving you the most amount of time. It also gave you the worst picture and sound quality, but I had to use that setting to make sure there was enough time to tape the entire program. That didn’t always work. “Doctor Who” had a fluidity to its format. Each episode introduced new guests, and usually new alien monsters for the Doctor to fight. The producers built in a convenient, but brilliant, plot device that immediately ensured the series’ longevity: they allowed the lead character to “regenerate” and periodically change his entire physical appearance and even personality traits. This meant that different ac-

tors could play the role and put their own twist on it, and it also meant that the cast could be a revolving door. Over the years, 11 different actors have played the lead and each played it quite differently. Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor, with his curly hair and seven-foot long scarf, was perhaps the most iconic. There’s a photo of him on my office wall and a toy figure of him on my desk. At home, there’s a framed Time Out London with Baker on its cover. My girlfriend, Julie, gave me a set of “Doctor Who” trading cards a few years back. Recently, we sat at the dinner table with houseguests and Julie produced the cards. To show the depth of my geekiness, she flashed the front of the cards to me, each one depicting a scene from the series, and asked what was the name of the episode, who was the lead actor in the series at the time and what year the episode ran. For bonus points, I would try to name the scriptwriter and director for the episode. The guests seemed terrified at this ability, as if they had just realized I had a problem that I’d hidden from them for years. But Julie found it amusing. The poor girl is quite tolerant of “my condition.” The show became an English institution in the 1960s and, in the 1970s, it became a global phenomenon. It was known for its low-budget polyurethane sets, spaced-out sound effects and latex-masked monsters. It aired for 26 seasons until 1989, when it was shelved by the BBC. The cult continued through novels and radio plays before it was resurrected on television again in 2005. The new, more polished series has been a breakout success, running for seven seasons so far and inspiring two spinoff series as well as a number of television specials on Christmas and other holidays. Thirty plus seasons of television is a lot of material for a science fiction nerd to ingest. Julie, ever sympathetic to my condition, allowed me several concessions when she recently moved in and took over my apartment. She granted me two shelves in the bedroom to stack all of my “Doctor Who” DVDs and old VHS tapes, although she made me dispose of the duplicates: those VHS episodes I now have on DVD. Really, the show is the only reason I even have a VCR anymore after years of collecting. I’m a completist, someone who buys and watches episodes that I find terrible or difficult to watch. But, as anything this geeky goes, you are invested in the bad as well as the good. With the popularity of the new series, merchandise is suddenly for sale at places like Hot Topic or FYE. People who know me best find that this suddenly easy access to merch makes it impossible not to gift me a “Doctor Who”themed cellphone case, notebook or T-shirt. They have all become enablers and I don’t mind that one bit. The first step, as they say, is admitting you have a problem. And so what if do? Reach Mark Lungariello at mark@hometwn.com

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New Rochelle firefighter appointed to human rights commission By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER alexandra@hometwn.com

As one of New Rochelle’s bravest, Mark McLean fights fires. Now he’ll be fighting to end discrimination, too. On Feb. 15, County Executive Robert Astorino, a Republican, announced that McLean had been named to the Westchester County Human Rights Commission. “The Human Rights Commission plays a vital role in helping to eliminate discrimination and educate the public about human rights issues,” said Astorino. “Westchester is a diverse community that tolerates no less than dignity and respect for all. I thank the commission for its unwavering dedication, and I know Mark will be a valuable addition to the team.” McLean is a lieutenant with the New Rochelle Fire Department and an active member of the New Rochelle Chapter of the NAACP. As one of 15 members of the county’s Human Rights Commission, he will be tasked with reviewing cases involving allegations of discrimination. He will also attend the commission’s monthly meetings. “Serving on the Human Rights Commission will give me the opportunity to bring my real world perspective as a New Rochelle firefighter, member of the NAACP, community advocate and volunteer to the important work of the Human Rights Commission,” McLean said. New Rochelle Fire Chief Lou DiMeglio

County Executive Robert Astorino, right, recently appointed New Rochelle firefighter Mark McLean, left, to the Westchester County Human Rights Commission. Contributed photo

characterized McLean as a “good officer,” and said McLean followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the New Rochelle Fire Department on March 3, 1986. He was promoted on Sept.

18, 2008 and is currently assigned to Station 4 on Drake Avenue. His brother, Steven, is also a New Rochelle firefighter. McLean said he views “acts of unlawful discrimination” in much the same way as he views the dangers he faces as a professional firefighter. If they are ignored or otherwise go unchallenged, illegal acts of discrimination can spread, causing irreparable damage to the community, he said. “I look forward to playing a role in our efforts to combat unlawful discrimination here in Westchester,” McLean added. City Councilman Jared Rice, a Democrat, said he has gotten to know McLean a bit over the past couple of years and has already congratulated him on his appointment to the commission. The city will benefit from having a “direct link” to the commission should any issues arise, Rice said. According to information posted on the commission’s website, McLean joins Thomas Koshy as New Rochelle’s representative in the group. The other members are Jerold Ruderman of White Plains, Donna Marie Baloy of Baldwin Place, Millie H. Becker of Pound Ridge, Kimberly Morella of Mount Kisco, Charles Palombini of Cortlandt Manor, George Rios of Yonkers, William Schmidt of Peekskill and Harry Singh of Yonkers. In addition to its 15-member board, an

executive director, deputy director, director of fair housing, a housing investigator and a confidential assistant to the executive director, staff the commission. The commission “strives to investigate, uncover and prosecute violations of the county Human Rights Law and related laws.” It also provides “education and advocacy that foster racial and ethnic harmony among diverse individuals and groups” and “promotes and supports the furtherance of human rights in employment, housing, public accommodation, schools, credit and any other area.” According to its annual report for 20102011, most of the complaints the commission received pertained to race-based discrimination. For the two-year timeframe documented in the report, the commission received 593 claims of alleged discrimination. Employment discrimination’ accounted for 77.5 percent of the general claims. “At the close of 2010, approximately $66,000 was awarded and paid to complainants and an unquantifiable–but significant–amount [of] equitable relief obtained,” the report said. “At the close of 2011, approximately $210,000 was awarded and paid to complainants and an unquantifiable–but significant amount of equitable relief obtained.” “Equitable relief” includes reinstatement to jobs or “obtaining benefits which may have been unfairly withheld or removed,” according to the report.


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Larchmont considers proposal targeting single-use plastic bags By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER alexandra@hometwn.com

The Village of Larchmont could soon join neighboring communities that have taken steps to phase out the single-use plastic bags commonly distributed to shoppers by retailers at the point of sale. Within the past year, the City of Rye and Village of Mamaroneck implemented rules nixing the distribution of single-use plastic bags as “checkout bags” at retail establishments. According to Elizabeth Poyet, their efforts to rid the local environment of the bags inspired members of Larchmont’s Committee on the Environment to propose a similar measure. “We started to talk about it last spring,” said Poyet, a co-chair of the committee’s Reusable Bag Initiative Committee, a subcommittee of the larger group. “There was interest in what our sister communities were doing, and general interest in the environment. By phasing out plastic bags we can reduce the amount of non-biodegradable litter and beautify the community all through one initiative.” Poyet acknowledged that single-use plastic bags are convenient and many people have grown up using them without being aware of the damaging effects the discarded bags can have on the environment. Therefore, it will be important to educate the public about the importance of changing their habits and encouraging them to use reusable bags, she said.

To that end, the Larchmont Committee on the Environment is hosting three showings of the documentary “Bag It” March 9 through March 11. The first showing will be held at the Village of Larchmont Town Center March 9. Refreshments will be served at 2 p.m. and the movie will begin at 2:30 p.m. A question and answer session with Patti Woods of Grass Roots Environmental and a reusable bag giveaway will be held afterwards. The second showing will be at the Mamaroneck Library at 2 p.m. March 10. Village of Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican, and Trustee Ilsa Miller, a Democrat, will answer questions about their village’s new law. The last screening will be at the Mamaroneck Town Center at 7 p.m. March 11. The Larchmont Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on the proposed bag ban March 19. The village will distribute letters to merchants and post the proposal on its website so everyone can review it beforehand, according to Democratic Mayor Anne McAndrews. McAndrews also stressed that the village is not considering a universal plastic bag ban. Some items, such as the plastic sleeves used to protect home-delivered newspapers from the elements and garment bags aren’t included in the proposal, she said. “We have a proposal that is similar to [the one enacted] in the Village of Mamaroneck. There a

The Village of Larchmont could soon join other communities that have created laws targeting distribution of single-use plastic bags like the one pictured here. Photo/Alexandra Bogdanovic

few tweaks, but nothing major,” McAndrews said. The ordinance adopted by the Village of Mamaroneck last summer is meant to “improve the environment in the village by encouraging the use of reusable checkout bags and banning use of plastic bags for retail checkout of purchased goods.” It stipulates “any person engaged in retail sales should provide only reusable bags or recyclable paper bags as checkout bags to customers.” A warning is issued for the first violation of the law and the merchant is given 10 days to comply. There is a $150 penalty for each violation thereafter. Rye approved its ordinance in December 2011. The ordinance took effect in May 2012. It also banned use of the plastic bags for “retail checkout of purchased goods.” A little farther afield, Village of Tuckahoe officials are also considering a plastic bag ban. According to some estimates, 500 billion to 1 trillion non-biodegradable plastic bags are discarded worldwide each year. Americans throw away 100 billion plastic bags annually. Recycling them is cost-prohibitive, according to Jared Blumenfeld, director of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment. The cost of processing and recycling 1 ton of plastic bags is $4,000 and the resulting material can be sold on the commodities market for just $32, he said.


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Business Briefs Dr. Ameet Goyal offers latest procedures for Rye Eye Associates From correcting poor vision to improving age related eye diseases, recent advances in vision technology are helping people overcome frustrating, and sometimes debilitating, vision problems. Locally, Dr. Ameet Goyal and the physicians at Rye Eye Associates are using cutting-edge treatments such as "bladeless" laser surgery to remove cataracts and minimally invasive tear duct surgery using an endoscope, which is a thin flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end. "Our practice specializes in these advanced eye care treatments so that we can offer our patients the safest and best procedures along with the quickest recovery times and the least amount of pain and scarring," says Dr. Goyal. An oculoplastic surgeon for nearly two decades, Dr. Goyal is one of the most finely trained and skilled ophthalmologists in the tristate area, and is highly regarded for his specialty work as an ophthalmic plastic surgeon. Dr. Goyal attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, where he discovered a passion for ophthalmology during his clinical rotations. He then did his internship in internal medicine at West Virginia University. Rye Eye Associates is located at 167 Purchase St. For further information, please call (914) 921-6966 or visit newyorkeyedocs.com. Kenise Barnes Fine Art announces move and expansion After 13 years in my sweet little gallery space-and two years further up the street on Palmer-I have decided to expand and move. My lease is up at the end of March and I have been actively looking for space, both in Larchmont and neighboring towns, for six months. Although there are some good spaces available throughout Westchester County, it made me wistful to think about leaving Larchmont, and the wonderful art lovers, collectors, neighbors and friends that I have met over the years. I was just on the brink of signing a lease elsewhere when a wonderful opportunity came my way. It must be that 13 is my lucky number! I am so pleased to announce that I will staying in my building on Palmer Avenue in Larchmont and just moving up the street three storefronts. Lee Rubin, of stylish Wendy Gee fame, has decided to rework his store and will be condensing into his one large storefront, making the right-hand store available. I jumped on the opportunity and will begin an extensive build out at the end of the month. I will be able to expand from my current 650 square feet to a spacious 1,300

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Rubina Heptulla, M.D., chief of the division of pediatric endocrinology and diabetes at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, has been appointed to the Westchester County Laboratories and Research Board of Managers. Dr. Heptulla will serve a threeyear term starting this month and will oversee quality assurance, reporting and budgeting for Westchester laboratories. Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino selected Dr. Heptulla, a Rye resident and professor of pediatrics and medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, to join four existing board managers who provide oversight of environmental laboratories, forensic and toxicology services, and microbiological laboratories.

The board works in conjunction with Medical Examiner Kunjlata Ashar, M.D., who heads the Department of Laboratories and Research, to provide reliable, accurate and rapid diagnosis of diseases to the Westchester County health community. The board of managers, which consists of three New York State licensed physicians, holds quarterly meetings to discuss operations of the laboratories, fees and approval of building improvements and repairs to ensure that the county’s laboratories operate effectively and efficiently. Dr. Heptulla’s appointment is subject to approval by the Board of Legislators. Dr. Heptulla joined Montefiore in April 2010. An internationally recognized pediatric endocrinologist, she is an expert in diabetes, thyroid, growth, puberty and adrenal disorders, and leads research in these areas. She oversees six pediatric endocrinology and diabetes clinics that receive nearly 200 patient visits each week in locations across Westchester and the Bronx. A seventh clinic will open in early 2013. Dr. Heptulla has received numerous grants and awards for her work and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. White Plains Hospital achieves Accreditation The Cancer Program at White Plains Hospital has earned another three-year Accreditation with Commendation from The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The Commission on Cancer, a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care, is the only

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agenda into the hands of the rest of the board. Previously, Rosenblum was the only one who could officially add issues to the agenda prior to the board’s regular meetings but, after the changes, items can be added provided there is a majority vote by the Board of Trustees. Additionally, there was a proposal to have the content of the mayor's report, which usually precedes the regular meetings’ agenda, also be subject to a majority vote, which Rosenblum disagreed with and was ultimately not part of the compromise. At the work session, Trustee Potok made a final effort to expand the parameters of public comment periods during meetings, and also to encourage the board to place more emphasis on making agenda items available to the public prior to board meetings. Neither of the additional provisions were approved by the board. Potok told The Sound and Town Report that he believes the amendments he proposed to the meeting agenda would have still enabled residents to speak at meetings, but in a more controlled atmosphere. “Theoretically the new provisions would have provided that opportunity, but because Norm and [Republican Trustee] Lou [Santoro objected quite vociferously, quite frankly it’s not worth the fight,” said Potok.

Santoro reiterated his opposition to both provisions, claiming that there is no need to micromanage the structure of public meetings or rush to have items added to the agenda before each session, saying it would cause additional stress on the administrative processt. “Things take time in government,” said Santoro. “It's just better business practice.” Sue McCrory, a village resident, recently criticized the revised procedures for their apparent lack of clarity at a village Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 25. “Under the procedures, you talk about regular meetings. And then within that you talk about two types of regular meetings: work sessions and regular meetings. It just sort of confounds,” she said. In addition to village meetings, the board also conducts work sessions in which various presentations are heard, and items are added to the agenda. McCrory felt that this was not adequately explained by the new procedures. “I think what we're trying to do is make it clearer, not less clear,” said Potok. “We have work sessions in which the order of the business and the way it is conducted is different. Previously we referred to 'meetings' without making that distinction.” The board's meeting procedures have been passed as of Feb. 25 , and have officially gone into effect.


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State budget may fall short for some groups By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER ashley@hometwn.com

Leaders of some Westchester organizations say they need Gov. Andrew Cuomo to provide more money in the 2013 executive budget for certain items or lose what they view as essential services. Leaders addressed several local members of the state Assembly at a Feb. 14 state budget forum at Greenburgh Town Hall. Jeremy Ingpen is the executive director of the Washingtonville Housing Alliance in Mamaroneck and came to the forum on behalf of that organization. The nonprofit’s stated mission is to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Mamaroneck and to work to sustain ethnically diverse communities. The housing alliance has constructed or rehabilitated 115 apartments and developed 14 starter homes since the group’s inception in 1980, according to Ingpen. Ingpen spoke about income discrimination, and said that he’s shocked by how many people seek out the alliance for help because their landlords won’t accept Section 8 rent vouchers. He said that the organization relies in part on funding provided by the state to Neighborhood Preservation Companies, which, like Washingtonville, increase affordable housing opportunities for low and middle-income families. Ingpen said that while he’s happy that

State Assembly members meet with organization leaders and members of the public at an executive budget forum on Feb. 14 in Greenburgh. A common theme among the speakers was the increasing inability to pay for essential services in light of dwindling funds. Photo/Ashley Helms

the state has put aside some money for these companies on an ongoing basis, it isn’t quite enough to make ends meet. “All the good services we do are funded by these NPCs and without this money we’d be very boring little agencies,” Ingpen said. “At times of disaster, these are the organizations that are able to roll out services.” Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, a Greenburgh Democrat, said that the budget has mastered the art of looking like certain initiatives are being

funded, but in reality they’re not. “I personally object to this budget and how it funds organizations,” Abinanti said. Pat Anderson came to the forum on behalf of the United Way in Westchester. Anderson said that while the organization appreciated the significant challenges that the state is facing, there are challenges with the executive budget in terms of non-profits. Receiving $2.5 million specifically for the United Way’s 211 information and referral service line would help them

respond to calls better, Anderson said. The executive budget puts aside money for similar services, but Anderson said that the United Way is just one of many organizations that could be lumped into that budget line item. “We’ve been wanting to take some the $43 million in the budget for similar services directly to the 211 call line,” Anderson said. “We took over 25,000 calls during Hurricane Sandy.” Janice Kirshner, executive director of the Jewish Council of Yonkers-Westchester Community Partners said that their major funder, the Helen Benedict Foundation, is changing their focus as of 2014 and will cease funding the organization. The council develops intergenerational programs to meet the literacy needs of children in the community. Kirshner said that the council serves over 7,000 families and has engaged roughly 6,000 mentors at 39 sites and needs funding for new or revitalized senior centers and youth education. Kirshner said that the organization is focusing more on kinship care and grandparents raising grandchildren, things she said are increasingly difficult because grandparents don’t receive a state tax break like parents do. “As you implement your budget, we ask you to implement intergenerational work and thinking,” Kershner said. The executive budget must be implemented by the state by the end of June 2013.

SPORTS

BIGGEST SURPRISES/THRILLS OF THE POSTSEASON New Ro’s runs to the County Center It’s not really a shock to see New Rochelle’s boys or girls teams making an appearance at the County Center. For many years, the Huguenots have fielded top-notch programs for both genders. This year, however, both teams have faced their share of adversity-the boys losing to Scarsdale and the girls struggling down the stretch-but they both seem to have bounced back at the right time to ride the sixth-seed all the way to the playoffs. Look for Joe Clarke and Amirror Dixon to step up in a big way if these Huguenots teams punch their ticket to the finals. Mamaroneck’s last-second defeat The Tigers were just 58 seconds away from a section crown on Feb. 24 when a goal by fierce rival Suffern knotted the score at 2, sending the game into overtime. The goal spurred on Suffern to strike first in overtime, giving the Mounties their third-straight Section I title. John Jay wins Division II title Over the past 10 years, only two teams have won the Section I title in Division II; Pelham and Rye. That all changed, however, on Feb. 24, when John Jay used a big third period to down the Garnets in the finals to claim its first-ever title. John Jay’s 5-1 win over the Garnets was the team’s second win in three days against the normal division stalwarts and could vault them into the conversation of Section I powers in the future.

John Jay’s hockey team celebrates its first Section I title after a 5-1 victory over Rye. John Jay is the first team in the last decade besides Pelham or Rye to win Division II. Photo/Bobby Begun

Eastchester’s final four appearance Anyone who watched Eastchester play this year probably isn’t surprised that the team is headed to the County Center. One of the most unselfish, tenacious teams in the section, the Eagles have lost just one game all season. Anyone who has followed Eastchester over the past few decades, however, might believe this is a fantasy. This year will mark Eastchester’s first trip to the final four since 1971, which was more than 20 years before any players on this current team were even born.


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Tigers drop heartbreaker to Suffern in finals By MIKE SMITH ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR sports@hometwn.com

Mamaroneck was less than one minute from beating Suffern. Fifty eight seconds from ending a four-year title drought. A few heartbeats away from celebrating an improbable comeback season on the ice of the Brewster Ice Arena. And then, just like that, it was gone. A goal by Suffern’s Nick Jaeger with just 58.7 seconds left in regulation tied the score at 2-2, sending the game into overtime. Suffern didn’t stop there, getting the game-winner off the stick of Mike Redgrave in the sudden death period to win the Section I title on Feb. 24. Coming into the game, the Tigers and Mounties had split the season series, with each team winning by a 1-goal margin. As most expected, this rubber-match championship game was no different, with each team matching the other step-for-step. “Both programs are so respectful of what the other has done,” said Mamaroneck’s senior goalie Thomas Brill. “We know each time we play them that each team has a certain style. Coming into the game though, we were very confident.” After an early Suffern goal, Trey HerlitzFerguson and Pete Conley put the Tigers ahead with back-to-back goals to make the score 2-

1. Both Brill and his Suffern counterpart Nick Modica stood on their heads over the course of the last period, turning away shot after shot, until Jaeger’s shot found the net with time running out. “It was definitely nerve-wracking, playing that last period for us,” said Brill. “And then to have them steal a goal there, that was tough.” Brill thought back to something head coach Mike Chiapparelli commonly tells his players about goals–that when one goal is scored, another will follow–and said that his teammates were certainly not deflated by the near-win. “We just knew that next goal was coming in overtime,” he said. “And we went out to fight for it. Unfortunately, they scored first.” Mamaroneck will graduate 11 seniors this spring and will look to retool for another chance to win a Section I title next year. For the seniors who have played their last games, said Brill, the bitter ending is just one of the emotions swirling around as the team enters the offseason. “This one is absolutely going to hurt forever,” Brill said. “But you think in retrospect about this group that has been playing together since they were little kids, and all the fun we’ve had. To go from losing four straight games to being so close to winning a section title? That was almost an amazing thing.”

The Tigers skaters celebrate a goal in their Feb. 22 win over Lakeland Panas. With 11 seniors on the roster, Mamaroneck was a tight-knit group this year.

Junior defenseman Brian Schiff scores on a slapshot in the Feb. 22 semifinal against Lakeland Panas. Schiff will again anchor Mamaroneck’s defense next year. Photos/Mike Smith

Peter Conley pushes the puck up-ice against Lakeland Panas on Feb. 22. Conley scored a goal in the Tigers’ loss against Suffern.


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