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Vol. 15/Number 12

March 22, 2013

Geese get stay of execution

The Village of Mamaroneck has had to rethink its plans to euthanize a number of wild geese, like these photographed in Mamaroneck last summer, after receiving overwhelming opposition from Westchester residents. File photo By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER chrisg@hometwn.com

The Village of Mamaroneck may find that its goose is cooked, but not in the way that it planned. Animal rights activists from across Westchester County converged on Village Hall March 11, criticizing the Board of Trustees’ contract with the USDA that effectively called for the slaughter of hundreds of the village’s geese. Speakers were given one minute each to make their case, and the comments became so pointed that several speakers compared the issue to mass-murders in human history. Mayor Norman Rosenblum put an end to the public comment period. The contract, originally signed to combat the excess amount of droppings left by geese in the village’s parks, would allow USDA officials to round up the birds during their molting stage (a period during the year in which they are unable to fly) and then use gas to slaughter them. In addition, USDA workers would cover any existing eggs discovered in the village’s parks in corn oil—a method that prevents the eggs from hatching. The meat from the slaughtered geese would then be donated to local food banks. The attendees who spoke before the Board of Trustees were almost unanimously opposed to the slaughter, and presented a number of more

humane solutions to the ongoing problem, ranging from the use of dogs to chase the geese away, to utilizing various methods to train the geese into learning that they are not welcome in the area. One popular method, advocated by Kiley Blackman of the Animal Defenders of Westchester, is a program called “Geesebusters.” Geesebusters is operated by Robert Guardagna, who has offered to solve the issue for the price of $8,600, undercutting the USDA’s price of $10,000. Guardagna’s method involves training geese to sense that there is a predator in the area through conditioning, causing them to associate certain stimuli like whistles or noises, with the threat of danger. “There is a guarantee on Geesebusters,” Blackman said. “The process involves a whole training system. Someone goes to the parks repeatedly, and uses a whistle to condition them, much like Pavlov’s dogs.” The cost of such a service seems to be a major selling point to activists like Blackman because of the low cost and humane methodology, especially since the village has already spent $30,000 on a Rake-OVac to clean its parks. Gina von Eiff told The Sound and Town Report that the village has underutilized the Rake-O-Vac, and that no more money should be spent. “[The village] bought it and left it sitting,” GEESE continued on page 8

The second annual Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day parade was held on March 17. Hundreds of residents braved the cold to watch the procession down Mamaroneck Avenue in Mamaroneck. For more, see page 10. Photo/Sandra Geroux

Sound Shore marks St. Paddy’s Voters re-elect two Larchmont trustees, judge

Democratic Trustees Lorraine Walsh and John Komar and Village Justice Thea Beaver were re-elected Tuesday. File Photo By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER alexandra@hometwn.com

Larchmont voters re-elected two village trustees and a sitting village justice in uncontested races Tuesday. Democratic Trustees Lorraine Walsh and John Komar each won

their second term with 41 votes and 42 votes, respectively. Justice Thea Beaver was elected to her fifth term with 47 votes. It has now been seven years since the last contested election in Larchmont. Back in 2006, Liz Feld unseated incumbent Mayor Ken Bialo. Current Village Trustee

Marlene Kolbert and former Trustee Jim Millstein were also elected that year. In addition to a lack of challengers, a late winter storm that dumped a few inches of snow in the village overnight Monday also contributed to the low turnout this year, according to poll workers Cynthia Cheney and Roy Schuford. The lunchtime rush brought about four or five voters into the Village Center at the same time, Cheney said. She estimated that 25 to 30 voters had cast their ballots by 6:30 p.m. “Everyone was enthusiastic about the person they were voting for,” Schuford said. “The people who are running are running for good, highranking positions.” Schuford said he met Beaver and Walsh and thought both are well qualified to retain their respective positions. Walsh has lived in the village for 15 years and has served as the cochair of the Town of Mamaroneck/ Village of Larchmont Coastal Zone Management Committee. She has also served as chair of the Larchmont Democrats and volunteered at the Sheldrake Environmental Center. A former high school science ELECTION continued on page 11


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Sewage pipe damaged by bridge reconstruction project By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER chrisg@hometwn.com

Ongoing reconstruction work to the Jefferson Avenue bridge recently caused damage to a 21-inch underground sewage pipe, concerning residents who believe that any heavy rainfall could cause sewage to seep into other parts of the Village of Mamaroneck. The damaged sewage pipe, which sits relatively close to the Mamaroneck River, was temporarily repaired by the installation of a generator and two pipes leading into a sewer cap. The reconstruction to the bridge began in September 2012 at a cost of about $3.5 million, and the recent damage done to the sewage pipe is not the first time the project has caused controversy. Before its construction, the Village of Mamaroneck and the Town of Rye were locked in a legal battle over who was responsible for the reconstruction, as the bridge links the two municipalities. The case ended with the cost being split by both communities. Also, earlier this year, Mamaroneck resident Stuart Tiekert wrote an email to the village Board of Trustees cataloging various safety hazards and what he called “unacceptable conditions” on Jefferson Avenue caused by the construction. According to Tiekert, both sides of the construction site lacked adequate barriers, making it possible for people to not only enter the construction site, but possibly fall into the river. The project was also stalled

for several months because of contractual issues between the contractors and the Village of Mamaroneck, Tiekert said. Some residents of Jefferson Avenue are less than optimistic about the makeshift fixes that have been put in place to stop the sewage from leaking, mainly because they suspect a heavy rainfall could cause flooding and damage the two temporary pipes and generator. “If we get a nice good heavy rain before they fix the pipe, all the water that leaks will contain raw sewage,” Gina von Eiff, a resident of Jefferson Street, said. “The way our weather has been lately, that brook could go up in a matter of minutes, now we’ve got the raw sewage going all over the street.” Von Eiff said that fixing the pipe should be a priority because simply hoping that it doesn’t rain while regular construction continues is not a solution. “If we get this under control, everything could be fine in two weeks,” she said. Village Manager Richard Slingerland said that a permanent long-term plan is being developed to prevent any of the sewage from leaking into the river, and that the pipe has been plugged as of March 15. “It’s a real concern, and we’re taking it very seriously,” Slingerland said. “We’re doing everything we can to pressure the contractor.” The village’s goal, according to Slingerland, is to allow work to continue on the bridge, but do so in a way that will also permanently address the damaged pipe.

Ongoing construction to the Jefferson Avenue bridge recently caused damage to an underground sewage pipe, worrying residents in the area. File Photo

Von Eiff recently wrote an email to Slingerland to express some of her concerns, and said that she was dissatisfied with the response she recieved. “As a taxpayer, I’m asking questions, and no one is answering,” she said. According to von Eiff, the contractor cannot move forward with repairs to the pipe or construction to the bridge until the village draws up new plans. She said that the broken pipe belongs to the village and there has been no sign of any progress regarding a strategy for repair. The contractor was required to do a large amount of work prior to the construction, which involved moving several gas and phone

lines as well as displacing 64 parking spaces. Von Eiff said that the work that was done in preparation of the reconstruction, indicating that the contractor is not to blame for the damage to the pipe, and that the mistake was the result of inadequate plans that were issued prior to the project’s start. “We still don’t know if the agency was wrong, or if the agency was given the wrong plans by the village, but the fact that the plans were wrong is unconscionable,” von Eiff said. Currently, the sewage is not leaking from the pipe, and the village plans to move forward with the project.


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C ommunity Briefs

of Scarsdale in this unique exhibition of two and three-dimensional works. 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.

Counseling center offers programs for parents The Larchmont-Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center is creating more opportunities for parents through its successful Parent Center and parent support groups to help our community navigate the challenges of raising teens and pre-teens in today’s world. Over the years, the LMCCC has seen hundreds of parents who have found participating in all groups to be a rich and rewarding experience. For more information about these groups, including our successful and effective “Staying Connected With Your Teen” program, please visit us at www.communitycounselingcenter. org/parent-center or call us at 914-698-7549.

Pet Rescue Events “Smooch the Pooch” Saturday, March 23 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Larchmont Floral Designs 114 Chatsworth Avenue, Larchmont Contact: www.NY-PetRescue.org, petrescueny@aol. com (914) 834-6955 Kitten and cat adoption day Saturday, March 23rd 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Petco 324 N. Central Avenue, Hartsdale Contact: www.NY-PetRescue.org, petrescueny@aol. com (914) 834-6955

Local artists exhibit at Mamaroneck Artists Guild The Mamaroneck Artists Guild brings together a quartet of artists beginning March 22 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)

Irish Cheer We invite you to the Irish Fleadh on Sunday afternoon, March 24, 2013 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in Monsignor Walter F. Kenny Hall at St. Augustine’s Church at Larchmont Avenue and Cherry Avenue in Larchmont. Kick up your heels to the music of the Wild Irish Rovers and Emerald Fire Stepdancers. Entrance fee is $5.00 per person and $20.00 per family to be paid at the door. Light refreshments, arts and crafts, and a great opportunity

to dance. This event is open to the public and we look forward to seeing you.

Author speaks at Mamaroneck Public Library Pamela Sargent is the author of many highly praised novels for teens and adults, including Earthseed, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She has won the Nebula Award, the Locus Award, has been a finalist for the Hugo Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and is the winner of the Pilgrim Award for lifetime contributions to science fiction/fantasy studies. She is also the author of Ruler of the Sky, her 1993 historical novel about Genghis Khan that was a bestseller in Germany and Spain. On Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m., Pamela will be reading and discussing her recent books and signed copies of her books will be available for purchase. To sign up for this free program, call the Teen Room of the Mamaroneck Public Library at (914) 630-5875. To reach the author for interviews, email Ms. Sargent at pamsargent@gmail.com. For more information on the author visit http://www.pamelasargent.com Topical novel discussion Love at the Edge, written by noted writer and educator Joan Katen, will be the focus of a discussion with the author at the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester on April 7 at 10:30 a.m. Based on the realities of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, the novel tells the story of two young people of opposite backgrounds, culture, and belief systems, who meet in Paris and fall in love. The ECSW is located at 7 Saxon Wood Road, White Plains, next to the Saxon Woods Pool, off Mamaroneck Avenue. It is wheelchair accessible and childcare is available. There is no charge but donations are always welcome. Call Bridget McGraw 914-777-5022 for more information or visit www.ethicalculturesociety.org. Boat Show Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Mamaroneck. McMichael Yacht Brokers will have more than fifty boats on display 15’ to 50’. Sail and power. 447 E. Boston Post Rd. and 700 Rushmore Avenue, Free admission. 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 and Ovarian Cancer Support Group Apr. 4, at 10 a.m. • Breast Cancer Support Group Apr. 23, at 7 p.m. • Young Women’s Breast Cancer Support Group: For women who have or had breast cancer at a young age. Apr. 10, 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. At Northern Westchester Hospital in Chappaqua: • Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group Apr. 4, at 7 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. Give spring cleaning a new meaning Sign up today for the Outdoor Community Yard Sale and Sustainability Fair on Sunday, April 21, to be held across from Memorial Park, sponsored by the Larchmont/ Mamaroneck League of Women Voters. Go to www.lwvlm.org to print the registration form and learn about the silent auction and other events. Free admission. Proceeds from space rental and silent auction will go to benefit the energy improvements and renovations to the Hommocks Ice Rink. You keep the rest. Deadline for our Community Briefs section is every Friday at 12 p.m. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your listing. Please send all items to news@hometwn.com.


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Mamaroneck High School students receive science awards By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER chrisg@hometwn.com

On March 9, at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair, 16 students from Mamaroneck High School won awards for their in-depth research and presentations on topics ranging from mercury contamination in Cape Cod’s ponds to the disease severity of a skin ailment called “pseudoxanthoma elasticum.” More than 350 students from across Westchester had their projects judged by six experts in the fields of life science, physical science, environmental studies, psychology and engineering. Participation in the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair is part of a three-year elective course offered at Mamaroneck High School called Original Science Research. The course begins during a student’s sophomore year, with students finding an area of interest that they would Sixteen Mamaroneck High School students won awards for their research and presentations at this like to research and then contacting a year’s Westchester Science and Engineering Fair. The professional mentor for guidance. The award-winning presentation seen here was done by course culminates during the student’s Rachel Brissette, a senior, who conducted her research senior year, when they synthesize on a rare skin disease. Photo/Chris Gramuglia their research into a presentation for ing and learning various research techniques competition. Students typically work full-time in labs that they apply to their own projects. Some with their mentors over the summer, observ- students also conduct their research in school,

via a survey that they themselves develop and then submit for approval by the Institutional Review Board. Guido Garbarino teaches the Original Science Research course, and told The Sound and Town Report that he is pleased with the recognition his students received for their work. “It’s the biggest and best science fair in Westchester County, and it was a good year for us,” Garbarino said. Rachel Brissett, a student whose research on skin disease won her the Future of Medicine Award, said that participating in the elective course as well as the competition was a good experience. “It’s definitely a valuable skill to have a stranger come up to you, and then explain a project to them that you’ve been working on for three years,” Brissette said. Jenn Gottfried, a student whose presentation on the early stages of dementia won her an award in the medicine and health category,

said that she learned a lot from doing her own research. “It was rewarding. I worked on this project almost every day over the summer and I thought it was a great way to present my work,” Gottfried said. Matthew Plaut’s project on mercury contamination won him two awards: one from the U.S. Metric Association, and another for projects that utilized the best visual representations of data. Plaut said that participating sparked his curiosity, having never done anything similar in the past. “I never presented scientific data before,” Plaut said. “This got me more interested in the field.” The thirteen other students who received awards for their OSR projects were Jami Nicholson, Elisha Haber, Moni Kaneti, Joseph Friedland, Benjamin Kaplan, Lauren Pfeffer, Gray Putnam, Danielle Zelin, Joby Bernstein, Valentine Olivier, Juliet Strauss, Andrea Mathieux and Benjamin Miller.

Correcting the record In the March 15 edition, in the article, “Village adopts new protocols for release of public information,” we reported that municipal governments are required to respond to FOIL requests within 30 days after they are filed. According to the Committee For Open Government, municipal governments, in fact, only have 20 days to respond, either by accepting the request, denying it or providing a reason that it was delayed.


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Local activist arrest case continues

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Author and community activist Luis Quiros appeared in Village of Mamaroneck Court on March 14, after a two week postponement, to answer charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct stemming from a Feb. 14 arrest. Quiros and his attorney, Mayo Bartlett, requested the case be further delayed until April so the details of the incident can be further reviewed. Quiros’ arrest followed an altercation with village police outside of his Rockland Avenue home. An officer approached Quiros, who was sitting in his car, and told him he looked suspicious. Quiros says he was not read his Miranda rights during the incident, and was injured and frisked inappropriately by two officers. He was detained in the village courthouse for six hours following his arrest. The case has attracted considerable attention from members of the community concerned with police accountability and racial profiling and has sparked two rallies to outside the village courthouse. “What this neighborhood is great at is de-

Luis Quiros

veloping the disguise of justice and protecting their gentlemen’s agreement that ultimately preserves home values and a strong elite flavor and foundation,” Quiros said after his March 14 court appearance. Quiros is due back in court on April 11. He and Bartlett said that they hope the case will ultimately be dismissed. -Reporting by CHRIS GRAMUGLIA

WITH HONORS Wasington University in St. Louis has named the following students to the dean’s list for the 2012 fall semester: Seth Robert Girsky of Mamaroneck, who is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences. Steven Edward Hirsch of Mamaroneck, who is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences. William James Jacobs of Larchmont, who is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences. Evan Michael Karson of Mamaroneck, who is enrolled in the university’s College

of Arts & Sciences. Emma Monti Loebel of Larchmont, who is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences. Adina Rose Bauman of Larchmont, who is enrolled in the university’s College of Architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. Ian McKeige, a resident of Mamaroneck, received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy during the December 2012 Southern Methodist University commencement ceremony.

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Larchmont Board of Trustees passes plastic bag ‘ban’ By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER alexandra@hometwn.com

After receiving positive feedback about the measure during a public hearing Tuesday night, the Larchmont Village Board of Trustees adopted a new ordinance meant to “improve the environment in the Village of Larchmont by encouraging the use of reusable checkout bags and banning the use of plastic bags for retail checkout of purchased goods.” The law also encourages retail establishments to make reusable bags available for sale. Chapter 219-4 of the new law stipulates that any person engaged in retail sales “shall provide only reusable bags and/ or recyclable paper bags as checkout bags to customers.” A checkout bag is defined as “a carryout bag that is provided to a customer at the point of sale.” Under the new local law, the term is not used to define plastic produce bags, garment bags or plastic bags measuring 28-by-36 inches or larger. The first violation of the law would result in a written warning, and the offending business would have 10 days in which to remedy the situation. The penalty for each ensuing violation would be a maximum fine of $150 for each offense. The new law takes effect Oct. 1 in order to “allow retail establishments to dispose of their existing inventory of plastic checkout bags and convert to alternative packaging materials.” 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, other communities’ 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 cochair 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.” Addressing the board Tuesday night, Sarah Goddard, a member of the Rye committee that proposed the so-called plastic bag “ban” in that community, said she was surprised at the lack of fallout after the law took effect. “I didn’t anticipate how little impact there would actually be. There were a few grumblings and some merchants needed a little bit more time to phase out the use of plastic bags,” Goddard said. “But overall it is a small change that has enormous environmental benefits.” Bill Homer, who owns East Cost Surf, Skate & Snow in Larchmont, said he’s been providing reusable bags to customers for four years. He said his decision to do so has not had any significant financial impact on his business. “I am a lifelong surfer and the ocean is extremely important to me. A big concern is the amount of plastic that ends up in the oceans around the world. Approximately 1.5 million marine mammals and animals each year die [from ingesting platic],” Homer said. “It is not a matter of convenience or inconvenience. It is a matter of responsibility.” According to some estimates, 500 billion to 1 trillion nonbiodegradable plastic bags are discarded worldwide each year. Americans throw away 100 billion plastic bags annually. Recycling them is cost-prohibitive, according to Jared

The Larchmont Village Board of Trustees adopted a new local law banning the distribution of single-use plastic bags like this one for retail checkout of purchased goods. Photo/Alexandra Bogdanovic

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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Out of the studio and into our lives After a year of production requiring persis- Minutes” style field piece. “I like capturing sequences in the camera tence and a constant eye toward its goal to “celebrate ordinary Mamaroneckers,” the Village because then you can see behavior,” Stringer Arts Council and Friends of the Mamaroneck said. After the bio, the guest Library-produced mini-seis then introduced by host ries “Word of Mouth,” will Helen Rafferty, who does a have its premiere screening short interview and then inon March 20 at 6:15 p.m. vites them to review either a in the Mamaroneck Library piece of art that has inspired Community Room. them or something they “Celebrating people contook out from the library. nected to the arts, the library, Between guest segments, or both, is the best way to library employees introduce promote these vital instituthemselves and a calendar tions,” said Village Arts of upcoming events. Village Council Member and Friends Arts Council Chairwoman President Lee Stringer. Phyllis Gutterman also disThe goal is to capitalize on cusses upcoming events in the library as the repository of the arts community to raise all the arts and a center of the awareness for the Village community. Upon agreeing to of Mamaroneck Council on co-produce the program, The Lee Stringer the Arts. Friends of the Mamaroneck “Our concept is that everyone is a star Library Board and the Village Arts Council approached Larchmont and Mamaroneck’s Public and has their own story,” Stringer said. “We Access Station, LMC-TV. As Stringer notes, wanted to celebrate ordinary people.” All are welcome to “Word of Mouth’s” “For a long time, I’ve wanted to do something premiere, and light refreshments will be different with LMC-TV. This was it.” On January 9, the show taped its first three served. Following the screening, LMC-TV episodes in front of a live audience at the will air the show’s first episode on Channel Mamaroneck Library. Each episode consists 75 Cablevision/36 Verizon on Friday, March of two major bio pieces in which commu- 22 at 8 p.m., with re-airings throughout the nity members from varying fields have a “60 weekend. (Submitted)

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von Eiff said. “This summer they should use [the Rake-O-Vac] every day. They have only used it twice.” The widespread opposition to the problem prompted a discussion between village trustees and Dr. Stephen Garber of Worldwide Ecology at a work session earlier this week. Garber has a PhD. in Ecology and played an instrumental role in combating the problem of an overabundance of geese at La Guardia airport. He was contacted by Trustee Leon Potok, a Democrat, in an attempt to find a more humane way to rid the village of its own geese. Garber believes in taking a multifaceted approach to the problem that does not involve killing geese, but is not opposed to slaughtering as an option. Garber’s plan involves patrolling Harbor Island and Columbus parks in order to dissuade geese from nesting there, hazing geese, and warning the public against feeding the animals. Garber also criticized the USDA, calling its one-time fix solution inefficient and bad for the image of the village. “The USDA has offered to come out for one day. They would come out and create a PR problem. They can’t get all of them when they do a round-up, and the geese will come back.” Garber also said that, while he doesn’t want to, he could euthanize the geese for the same price as the USDA. Mayor Rosenblum, a Republican, raised some objections to Garber’s proposal, mainly regarding the issue of liabilities it could pose to the village. “My concern is that this proposal is from an individual not from a corpora-

tion,” Rosenblum said. “He would expect the village to cover him in liability. This is very faulty compared to what we already have.” Garber said that he has never had his own liability insurance, and said that he is, “going to let them deal with this issue, because it has to be done their way, and it’s on their property.” Rosenblum also said that the plan was first designed as a humane alternative to killing geese, but cited an article in the New York Post in which Garber said he supports measures like shooting geese, poking holes in their eggs, shaking their eggs—methods that the mayor feels are in sharp contrast to the aims of the proposal. Garber told The Sound and Town Report that the statements he made were specifically aimed at solving the problem at LaGuardia airport. “It was a life or death situation at LaGuardia,” Garber said, “It’s much different in Mamaroneck.” Trustee Potok said that Garber’s proposal was comprehensive, and offered several professional approaches to the problem. “He didn’t come to us with only one tool in his kit,” Potok said. “I think he showed himself to be flexible in terms of what tools he wanted to use.” Potok also supported Garber because of the option he gave the village to cancel a contract with him after one year if they weren’t satisfied with the results. “He is taking on the burden of doing the hardest work upfront.” If the village were to employ Garber to handle the issue of its geese, it would cost $11,000 per year, for an estimated three years. The USDA is charging a one time fee of $10,000 for its services.


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Fake statistics to help your arguments Prior to the 2012 presidential election, a chart was making the rounds on Facebook and through email forwards. There were pictures of the last few U.S. presidents; below LUNGARIELLO their little presidential heads were bars in red and blue, to AT LARGE distinguish their political affiliation. The bars showed the Mark Lungariello increase in the national debt during the term or terms of each president. Poor Jimmy Carter was left off the chart; he’s even lost in the shuffle of modern Internet misinformation. What I noticed was the chart was quite different depending on who was sending it via email or posting it to social media. For those whose politics swing to the right, the chart showed that the increase under Barack Obama dwarfed every other president’s debt. When I saw the chart posted by Obama supporters, Obama’s debt contribution was negligible and the largest increase was during Ronald Reagan’s tenure. Neither chart is entirely accurate, if not for any other reason than its childlike simplification of something as complex as the national debt. (What was happening in the economy? Were there foreign conflicts? Are we attributing new debt from a predecessor’s policies?) What’s alarming about the chart isn’t the oversimplification or lack of scientific method: It’s that it’s essentially the same chart. Same graphics. Same photos. Same fonts. Different information. It’s obvious that one chart was in existence, someone didn’t like what it said and another person came in and changed “the facts” to align better with his or her views. Statistics are no longer facts, but little fictions people invent for one reason or another. That line of thinking explains why cable news is so popular. My thoughts about fake statistics, though, are if you are going to use them then why not really have fun with them? I’ve made a handy list of fake statistics for you to use when in arguments. None of these are true, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t compelling! Extreme weather statistics: Statistic: People who tie their shoelaces to the ground during a tornado are 95 percent less likely to be swept up into the funnel cloud. Statistic: Sixty-seven percent of scientists who claim global warming is real were C students in college. Out of that overall number, 23 percent are related to Al Gore. An additional 17 percent are former KGB members still hellbent on destroying the American way of life. Statistic: One out of every 10 hurricanes is caused by a really large dog chasing its tail and inadvertently creating a cyclone. Statistic: Taking a pogo stick to work can reduce your carbon footprint by as much as 33 percent annually. Anti-gun control statistics Statistic: In the United States in 2012, you were less likely to die in an accidental gun death than you were to die: -In a catapulting mishap. -From being forced by your grandchildren to listen to One Direction’s album. -After being scooped up by a giant mutated hawk, being flown in its clutches into the mountains and being fed to several young hawklings in a nest. (By the way, hawklings is the scientific name). Statistic: Despite what the Obama administration would have you believe, less people are murdered by assault weapons than they are murdered with: -Antique Webster’s Dictionaries -Electric toothbrushes -Bathtubs full of Marshmallow Fluff So why doesn’t the administration want to try to take away our fluff? Immigration statistic Statistic: By reducing the number of undocumented immigrants, the price of gasoline per gallon would drop $2. Political statistics Statistic: All of the best “Die Hard” films were made during a Republican presidential administration. The Clinton administration derailed the franchise, with “Die Hard With a Vengeance” in 1995 and the series misstepped again this year with “A Good Day to Die Hard” at the start of Obama’s second term. Statistic: Seventy-seven percent of fans of “The Waltons” are registered Republicans. Statistic: Nine out of every 10 people who self identify as “Obama supporters” enjoy the end of “Old Yeller.” Five out of every 10 admit to liking the torture of cute little puppies. Social statistics Statistic: A heavy metal music fan at an Ozzy Osborne concert is 100 times more likely to go shirtless than the average American citizen. Statistic: Ninety-eight percent of people living in Brooklyn say they are cooler than you are for no other reason than they live in Brooklyn and you don’t. Follow Mark Lungariello on twitter @marklungariello.


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Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day parade comes to Mamaroneck The Village of Mamaroneck hosted the second annual Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day parade. The parade, organized in 2012 to provide college scholarships to local students, began at 1:30 on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, and stretched across Mamaroneck Avenue, eventually concluding in Harbor Island Park. James P. Hynes, of Hynes Capital Resources, served as grand marshal for the event. Participants included the

Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department, the Cardinal Hayes HS Marching Band, the NYPD Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, the Iona College Pipers, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the Lynn Academy of Irish Dance, and the Village of Mamaroneck Volunteer Fire Department. Village Mayor Norman Rosenblum and Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson also joined the ranks of those marching in the parade, and

were followed by members of the Village Board of Trustees and the Town Council. Sponsorship for the event came from Henegan Construction, Jim Hynes, Molly Spillanes, Merrill Corp, Guinness Beer and Eastern Stone Fabricators, among others, and the Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Committee plans on continuing the tradition of promoting Irish heritage within the community next year. -Reporting by CHRIS GRAMUGLIA

Some very enthusiastic – and very green – fans cheer on the parade during Sunday’s Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day parade. Photo/Sandra Geroux

Mike Hynes, who is the co-owner of Molly Spillane’s on Mamaroneck Avenue in Mamaroneck, waves to the crowd at Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. Hynes helped spearhead the parade. Photo/Sandra Geroux

It is a kilt-laden crowd stopping by Jimmy’s Pizza on Mamaroneck Avenue for a slice on Sunday, during the Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day parade. Photo/Sandra Geroux

Molly Spillane’s on Mamaroneck Avenue was the center of the action for residents and visitors watching Sunday’s Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day parade. Photo/Chris Gramuglia


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Families line the streets and display their Irish pride, despite a winter chill on Mamaroneck Avenue. Photo/Sandra Geroux

Members of the Mamaroneck Volunteer Fire Department wave the stars and stripes as they make their way down Mamaroneck Avenue on Sunday, during the Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day parade. Photo/Chris Gramuglia

teacher in New York City and Rye Neck, Walsh now owns a small landscape design company. “When I ran for village trustee two years ago, I was a babe in the woods,” Walsh said as she accepted the Democratic nomination in January. “I was involved in the periphery [of village government]. I wanted to help, I wanted to make a difference and find out how things work.” During her first term, she said, she learned all about municipal response to emergencies, the intricacies of inter-municipal agreements and the importance of making careful decisions. “As a trustee you are always weighing what’s best for the community as a whole and what’s best for the budget,” she said. Speaking after she was officially re-elected Tuesday night, Walsh said she still “has plenty to learn” but that she’s looking forward to taking an even more active role on the board in her second term. The board will have several large projects on its plate, including the Palmer Avenue streetscape, and the restoration of the village water tanks and pumping station, Walsh added. In accepting the Democratic nomination, Komar also said he went through a steep learning curve during his first term. In his second term, he said he wants to “take the training wheels off and get things done.” Key priorities will be the Palmer Avenue streetscape and revamping Larchmont’s water system, he said.

A Larchmont resident for nine years, Komar has volunteered with the Larchmont Fire Department, served on the village Board of Assessment Review, and on the village Business District Improvement Committee. He is also a member of the Larchmont Yacht Club and a parishioner at St. Augustine’s Church. Komar is the chief credit officer for Country Bank in New York City and has more than 31 years of experience in accounting and finance. For the past 25 years, he specialized in financing and banking. “I am very appreciative of the people who supported me,” Komar said Tuesday night. “I look forward to working to improve the quality of life for the people of Larchmont for the next couple of years.” Beaver said she shares Komar’s love of the community and his willingness to serve it. She also said she enjoys being a village justice. “This is my fifth term and each time I am honored to be reelected,” Beaver said. “I love being judge.” Beaver has been a village justice since 1997. She is also a partner at Rosentrach & Beaver LLP, where she represents individual and corporate clients in “various aspects of general practice.” As a New York State attorney for children since 1991, she has represented children in cases involving abuse, neglect, juvenile delinquency, custody and visitation. All in all, Beaver is a “tremendous justice,” Larchmont Mayor Anne McAndrews said.


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Keep saying no to drugs Recently, the parents of a high school girl expressed outrage that the school suspended the girl for smoking marijuana on school grounds. Their reactions reflect a naNOTES FROM A tional casualness towards the drug. For example, the states THERAPIST’S DIARY of Colorado and Washington have made it legal, and other Hillary Volper states are following suit. LCSW While marijuana use may not be going away, parents and young people need to be educated about the adverse effects. There are serious consequences to its continued use over a long period of time. In doing an internet search on marijuana, I discovered that most articles were pro marijuana and imply it is a safe drug. I contacted the Caron Foundation in Pennsylvania, and the Hazelton Center in Minnesota. Both institutions are renowned addiction treatment facilities and are on the cutting edge of the most up to date research on addiction. They sent me several articles on marijuana use from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The office of National Drug Control Policy and the Caron Foundation. I learned that marijuana now has 6 percent more delta-9-tetrahydrocannabibol compared to the 1 percent it contained in the 1960s. It also “contains more than 400 chemicals, and can be dipped into PCP mixed with other substances, including crack and cocaine.” The drug’s allure is that it can immediately produce a high. Some use a “blunt,” which is a marijuana cigar from which the user removes some of the tobacco and mixes the marijuana in. These active ingredients enter the lungs and bloodstream, which carries the chemical to the organs and brain and produces a feeling of euphoria. The high produced can last one to three hours or less, if used with food. Marijuana affects the hippocampus and amygdala areas of the brain. The hippocampus controls our memory, while the amygdala affects our fight or flight responses to danger, which can induce anxiety. Smoking three to four joints a day is the equivalent of smoking 20 cigarettes, and the use of a blunt increases the amount of substances ingested into the lungs. Smoking continuously increases a person’s vulnerability to lung disease, including lung cancer and emphysema. And because marijuana users hold the smoke longer in their lungs, they are also holding carcinogenic smoke in their lungs. Research has shown that regular marijuana use can be associated with long term memory problems, poor academic performance, poor job performance, sexual problems and increased absences from work. The most recent research says that using marijuana can lead to dependence and psychological dependence. Some users have developed withdrawal symptoms. Children and young people experiment with the drug for a variety of reasons. For some, it is the need to belong to a group and be “cool.” But the young people who are most vulnerable to abusing it and being at risk to addiction are those who have untreated depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, along with ADHD, conduct and oppositional disorders. Their use is commonly referred to as self-medicating. Young people who smoke are more at risk for car accidents. In addition, panic attacks and paranoia, or psychotic reactions, can occur. An important factor in how a child/adolescent approaches the drug is frequently their family’s attitude and use of drugs. If parents, siblings or grandparents abuse drugs or alcohol, there is a higher risk for use by teenagers. Here are some statistics put out by the National Institute on Drug Abuse: 40 percent of teens try marijuana before they graduate from high school. Marijuana users are the largest group admitted for treatment in addiction centers. 63 percent are between 12-14 years old 69 percent are between 15-17 years old. If you suspect that your child is using the marijuana or other harmful drugs, the following are beginning steps to help: • Have an open discussion with your child, and ask if your child has been using the drug. • If you have evidence that your child is using marijuana, then give the facts. You may have to search your child’s room for evidence. • Present the facts as to why it is not acceptable to be smoking on an ongoing basis, and it will be necessary to seek help because you are concerned. • Seek out professional help who specialize in addictions. Call either the Caron Foundation or the Hazelton Institute. Both institutions have local facilities with professionals who can guide you. Confronting your child is difficult but a necessary task. You have a better chance of resolving the problem in high school and middle school. Once your child enters college and has increased freedom, it will be harder for you to help. Hillary Volper is a psychotherapist in private practice in Westchester and New York City. She works with individuals, couples and groups. She is on staff at the Training Institute for Mental Health in Manhattan. To email Hillary with questions, contact her at: HGVolper@aol.com *I would like to say good bye to our editor-in-chief, Mark Lungariello. Mark is leaving the newspaper as of April 1. I wish you luck and have enjoyed your columns with your unique sense of humor.

Former Sound and Town intern makes good Tyler Pager, a senior at The Masters School, has been selected as the New York State Journalist of the Year by the Journalism Education Association as part of its national Journalist of the Year competition. Pager currently serves as one of three editors-in-chief of The Masters School newspaper, Tower, and has worked on the paper for the past four years. His work has also appeared in a number of other publications, including The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition, The Daily Northwestern and he has served as an intern for The Sound and Town Report. After the first round of JEA’s competition is conducted at a state level, finalists for the national level of recognition are selected from all 50 states. Pager was chosen to represent New York at the JEA National Scholastic Press Association National High School Journalism Convention in San Francisco, California, which takes place April 25 to 28. Pager’s application consisted of a 38-page portfolio that included a large portion of his work from the past four years. As the New York state winner, his portfolio will be evalu-

Tyler Pager

ated on a national basis in comparison to the other state finalists. The winner will be announced at the JEA/NSPA conference in San Francisco in April. (Submitted)

Poetic License “. . .I was so much older then; I’m younger than that now.” -Bob Dylan Another world

POETIC LICENSE

Farmhouse-Windmill Blizzard Butterscotch pie-cocoa Candlelight supper Cream separator Choke cherry picking Crops of wheat Dust storms-drought Funerals at the Lutheran Church Grasshoppers and gophers Harvesting machines and fences Lilacs and meadowlarks Barn dances and sleighrides One room schoolhouse Rain barrels Sunflowers Thunder and lightning-rainbows Northern lights and sunrise Another world

Town/Village of Mamaroneck Poet Laureate Mary Louise Cox

Mary Louise Cox is the Poet Laureate of the Town and Village of Mamaroneck

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WVOX annual St. Paddy’s party a local who’s who

WVOX’s William O’Shaughnessy interviews Judith Huntington, president of The College of New Rochelle March 15 at Dudley’s in New Rochelle during WVOX’s annual St. Patrick’s celebration.

James O’Toole pours a little spirit at Dudley’s on March 15 during the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration hosted by WVOX Radio. Photos/Bobby Begun

WVOX, the independentlyowned radio station that broadcasts out of New Rochelle, has held a St. Patrick’s Day celebration each year for 54 years, according to station representatives. On March 15, the latest installment of the party took place at Dudley’s Parkview Restaurant, overlooking Hudson Park and Echo

Bay in New Rochelle. During the party, the station broadcasts live for five hours, with WVOX’s head honcho William O’Shaughnessy taking a microphone and wading through crowds of attendees to conduct impromptu interviews. The crowd throughout the day is a who’s who of local politicians, civic organization leaders, radio hosts as well as various listeners. Howard Sturman, the publisher of this newspaper, hosts a show called “The Hometown Hour” which airs each Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m. on WVOX. WVOX is broadcast locally on 1460AM and streams live worldwide at www.wvox.com.

It’s all thumbs up with Jim Killoran, the executive director of the local Habitat for Humanity, March 15 at Dudley’s for the annual St. Patrick’s Day luncheon.

WVOX radio jock Dennis Nardone, host of “Harrison Live” and “Remember Then Oldies Show.”

Joe O’Brien gets in the spirit and belts out an old Irish tune last Friday at Dudley’s in New Rochelle during WVOX’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.


SPORTS

Finding no fault in #TeamSwagg It’s March again, and for sports fans that means just one thing: It’s tournament time. For the past few weeks, I’ve been awash in the glow of Cinderella stories, burgeoning rivalries and thrilling competition. “But how can that be?” you may ask. After all, as of press time, the NCAA tournament will not have begun. But for me, and likely not so many others, we’ve already had some great tournament action this spring. In the World Baseball Classic. Now I get that the average sports fan doesn’t give two rips about the WBC. In its last two installments, people have written it off as glorified spring training, a shameless money grab and worst of all boring. But for those who have bothered to tune in this year, the WBC has been anything but. From the odds-defying squad from Netherlands shocking perennial powerhouse Cuba to Italy’s thrilling duel with Puerto Rico, to an intense brawl between Canada and Mexico, much of the action in this iteration of the WBC has taken on the feel of a September playoff run. These players might not be playing for a World Series ring, but for pride in their countries, be it their birthplace or adopted nationality. Heck, even American fans jumped on the bandwagon this year–rare for the WBC–labeling Mets’ third baseman David Wright ‘Captain America’ after his late inning heroics staved off an early U.S. exit. (Wright, however, would leave the WBC with an injury and may miss opening day.) But for me, the most fun part about watching the WBC this year has been the passion the Dominican Republic has exuded, as exemplified both by the players on the field and their supporters in the stands. Playing in front of a noisy pro-Dominican crowd at Marlins Stadium on March 14, the Dominican Republic took on the United States in what was arguably the greatest baseball game of this young

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spring. So far #TeamSwagg, as the Dominican team has come to be known in some social media circles, pulled off a late game run to down the Americans. It was a scene you don’t expect to see in March. The outcome of the game hung on each pitch. Big hits, like the ninth inning singles by Erick Aybar and Jose Reyes that propelled the Dominicans to victory caused such a celebration, both on and off the field, that it was clear how much the game meant to the Dominican team. Those celebrations, especially the post game poses of Dominican closer Fernando Rodney, garnered some negative press in the days that followed, with several crusty old sportswriters condemning the showboating. For me, however the exuberance was an authentic reaction. The drums, horns and other noisemakers that wouldn’t pass through even the most relaxed security gate at an MLB game–and the fans making all that noise in Miami is a testament to the importance of baseball in the culture of the Dominican Republic. For the Dominican team, the WBC was simple: some of the best players in the world, coming together to play for their country and have some fun in the process. If that’s not enough to get you on board with #TeamSwagg or the WBC, I don’t know what to tell you. Aside from the fact that the Masters starts in a month.

Tigers retooled for Section I run in 2013 By MIKE SMITH ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR sports@hometwn.com

If it seems like Mamaroneck is one of the favorites to vie for a Class A title every year, it’s simply because they are. Coming of an 184 season that ended with a quarterfinal loss to Arlington, the Tigers have some familiar faces back as they attempt to again find themselves in contention for a Section I crown. Mamaroneck’s success will be largely dependent upon the production it gets from its pitchers. Luckily, the Tigers have a solid ace in Will Hofman, a senior who has long been a mainstay on the Mamaroneck staff. With an 86 mph fastball and a plus changeup, Hofman had an ERA of just 2.73 last year, a mark he hopes to improve on. Brandon Fitzgerald will likely serve as Mamaroneck’s second starter after posting good numbers (2-0, 1.11 ERA) in limited time last year. The staff will be rounded out by Sam Bauman, Tom Muratore, and Kumar Namdier: a trio of hurlers who excelled on the JV squad last season and will be looking to make its mark on the varsity level. “Brandon wanted it bad, he’s chomping at the bit this year,” Mike Chiapparelli, who is the head coach of the Tigers, said of his No. 2 starter. “He’s been working really hard, and he’s a tough kid to hit.”

Offensively, the Tigers boast a deep lineup this year, anchored by Matt Marino, who has established himself as one of the top hitters in the state. Marino, who is a senior, had a breakout season in 2012, hitting .440 and driving in 17 runs. Chiapparelli said that Marino has shown great growth in his three years on the varsity, and has emerged as a true menace in the middle of the order. “When he was younger, he was sometimes anxious and rough on himself,” Chiapparelli said. “Now he realizes that sometimes you make an out–but I think pitchers are going to have a hard time getting him out.” Mamaroneck also has a number of bats in the middle of the lineup with some pop, including outfielder Ryan Orgielewicz (.360) and 6-5 first baseman Tyler Bingham (.320). But where the squad truly shines, according to Chiapparelli, is in its ability to create havoc on the basepaths and prevent other teams from doing the same thing. “Our goal is to steal over 100 bases this year, and I think we can do it,” the head coach said. “And on the other side, we have three lockdown catchers who have cannons, so teams won’t be stealing on them.” The Tigers will head down to Florida on March 25 to take on some top southern teams before the season kicks off on April 2 at Ardsley High School.

Senior Robert Morris takes a cut in the batting cages during a March 18 practice at Mamaroneck High School. The Tigers will be spending spring break playing in a prestigious tournament in Jacksonville, Fla.


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SPORTS

Mustangs make 10th straight trip to nationals

Head coach James Robinson Jr. draws up a play in a December game. Robinson, now in his second year at the helm of the Mustangs’ program, coached the squad to a national championship in 2012.

James Robinson Jr. cuts the net after Monroe’s national championship win on March 24, 2012. The Mustangs have punched their ticket to nationals in each of the past 10 years.

Sophomore Jasmine McRoy takes the ball upcourt in a December game at the Monroe Athletic Center in New Rochelle. This season, McRoy became the Mustang’s second all-time leading scorer. Contributed photos

By MIKE SMITH ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR sports@hometwn.com

munity. “I think the accountability that Monroe has is really important to developing a young student,” Robinson said. “They’ve shown that the system they have in place, from the cafeteria to the security, to the athletic center and weight room, that they are really interested in helping young people, and that is reflected.” On the coaching front, Robinson said, the key to Monroe’s legacy is the fact that it empowers athletes to make the most of their short time at the two-year college. “The girls come in understanding that a lot is given to them, and a lot is expected of them in return,”

On March 19, the Monroe Mustangs took on a tough team from Iowa Central East Peoria, Ill. in the first round of NJCAA Division III national championships. In a tough, hard-fought contest, the Mustangs escaped with an 87-84 win over the eighth-seeded Tritons to play another day. Though their first-round win might seem impressive on its own, what makes this trip even more noteworthy is the fact that the defending national champs have fought their way to the tournament every year for the last decade.

At 22-7, the Mustangs entered into the tournament as a nine-seed, but head coach James Robinson Jr. believes that the team’s success– both immediate and long term–is as much about the college’s support system as it is about the program itself. Robinson has been a part of the Monroe team for the last eight years, serving as an assistant under Seth Goodman before taking the reins of the program last year and leading Monroe to a national title. According to Robinson, the team’s continued success is due in large part to the support the athletic program gets from the Monroe com-

the head coach said. “They may have come from a place where all the dots didn’t connect and they could do whatever they wanted. But here, they learn that to be champion means you have to sacrifice, and that it’s not easy.” Each year, Robinson relies heavily on his sophomores–who are the de facto upperclassmen at Monroe– to lead the way, and this season, he has gotten some great play by the program’s second all-time leading scorer, Jasmine McRoy, who averaged 14.5 points a game this season. McRoy did not disappoint in the tourney opener, scoring a gamehigh 24 points against Iowa Central.

However, the Mustangs are still finding a way to play without point guard Ashley Castle who suffered a bad ankle sprain on March 14 and will likely be sidelined for the remainder of the national tournament. “That really hurt with the style that we try to play,” Robinson said. “She’s our point guard and that means we have to figure out a way to replace her skillset.” With the win against Iowa Central, the Mustangs move on to second-round action where they will face the top-ranked team from Mesa Community College from Arizona on March 21. The game will be played after press time.


Sound and Town Report, 3-22-2013