Sound &Town Serving Mamaroneck & Larchmont
Vol. 15/Number 23
June 14, 2013
Village Democrats find candidates By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
A nice place to live? Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club is pressing on with plans to build, among other things, seasonal residences on its property, but a local homeowners group is fighting the proposal every step of the way. For story, see page 11. File photo
USDA: Mamaroneck goose egg oiling a success By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER email@example.com
After months of deliberation and heated debate, the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees made a decision on how best to deal with an ever-growing goose population in its parks, settling on egg-oiling—a humane form of contraception—and having now completed the process, has touted the method as a successful first step. Initially, the village entered into a contract with the USDA on Dec. 14, 2012 that would have called for the slaughter of a significant num‑ ber of the community's waterfowl, but, after vociferous opposition from animal rights groups like the Animal Defenders of Westchester, the board was forced to re-evaluate its strategy.
During the month of March, USDA officials treated 23 nests‑that included 95 eggs‑with corn oil dur‑ ing three separate visits to the vil‑ lage. One nest was left untreated because officials could not gain ac‑ cess to the property, but, generally, the approach caused a significant reduction in the amount of goslings found in the village. Egg-oiling is performed by locat‑ ing nests, removing the eggs, drop‑ ping them in water to determine the progress of embryo development, and then halting development by coating the eggs with corn oil, which stops the oxygen exchange between the egg and the outside world, according to GeesePeace, an organization devoted to finding low-costs methods of managing wa‑ terfowl in local communities. “I did a survey of Harbor Island
Park and counted 52 adult geese with zero goslings there,” said Ken Preusser, a USDA official who worked with the village over the past few months to determine a suitable method of managing the animals. “That is not to say that there might be some goslings that I didn't survey, but the oiling was successful.” Preusser said that egg-oiling is only the first part of the puzzle, and that it may be as long as 10 years before Mamaroneck sees permanent results. “It will take ten years to make the population decrease 25 percent. It's going to be a long-term process,” he said. Preusser also said that remotecontrol boats and trucks as well as border collies have all been useful GOOSE continued on page 10
At long last, the Village of Mamaroneck Democratic Committee has chosen two candidates to run in November. For mayor, Democrats have selected Clark Neuringer, 67, an architect and 38-year village resident who has served on all three of the commu‑ nity's land use boards and is a current member of the Harbor Coastal Zoning Management Commission. “This campaign is not about me,” Neuringer said. “All I'm trying to do is get out a message and informa‑ tion to give the electorate a clear compelling choice in November.” If elected, Neuringer said he hopes to encourage residents to take a more active role in government and hopes that they will come to feel that their voices will be heard. Neuringer also criticized the current village board for several instances during public meetings in which those wishing to speak on various topics were given a three-minute time limit. “When I was on the Zoning Board, we had some contentious issues, but not once did we ever put a time clock on a person's ability to speak,” he said. “From day one, the first thing I'd like to do is bring civility back to Board of Trustees meetings.” Neuringer also served as chairman of the Industrial Area Revitalization Task Force and as a member of the county Housing Implementation Commission and is a Board mem‑ ber of the Washingtonville Housing Alliance and the Orienta Point Association. For the other open trustee seat, the Democrats have chosen Kerry Stein, 55, a 21-year resident of the village and managing director at Lloyds Bank. Stein has coached
The Village of Mamaroneck’s Democratic Committee has chosen Clark Neuringer, 67, to run for the mayoral seat against incumbent Republican Norman Rosenblum. Neuringer is an architect and has served on every land use board in the village. Photo/Gay Rosen
in the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Youth Lacrosse league and is a current coach of the Mamaroneck Blackhawks U-14 travel soccer team. Stein is also vice chair of the Board of Trustees at Franklin Pierce University and a member of the Emelin Theatre Advisory Board. He is also married and has a son in the 8th grade at Hommocks Middle School and a daughter in 11th grade at Mamaroneck High School. “This is new to me, this is my first real foray into elected office. For right now, it's very much a work in progress,” Stein said. “I think the motivation behind it is twofold. Mamaroneck seems to be at a cross‑ roads between growth and trying to maintain itself as a really bucolic place to raise your kids in. I think the main goal is to keep it that way.” Stein also said that he is not op‑ posed to development in the village, but does believe that development and growth without the proper forethought could cause potential problems. “Both men are very well known and well-liked in the community,” DEMOCRATS continued on page 10
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Doggone it: Residents ask for removal of violent canine CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
The dog days may be over for one canine in particular. After a series of attacks on pets and resi‑ dents in the area, a number of homeowners on Stanley and Delancey avenues in the Village of Mamaroneck are living in fear of a pit bull mix named Lola, who is owned by Karen Murray. Murray Lives at 405 Delancey Ave., and was Lola's owner until Oct. 12, when Murray transferred ownership of the animal to her daughter Courtney Febus, according to emails sent from Deputy Clerk Sally Roberts to the village Board of Trustees. Roberts said the village has no record of either Murray or Febus renewing Lola's license, which expired on Jan. 14, 2013. Lola was removed from Febus’ home via a village court order during the week of June 3 and is currently being held in a secure pound in New Rochelle, according to Village Attorney Charles Goldberger. Merell Gisondo, who lives at 521 Stanley Ave., had one of her pets attacked by Lola in June 2012. Gisondo's dog Jeter—a pet that the village has utilized to haze its geese popula‑ tion—was attacked by Lola, resulting in a visit to the family's veterinarian in which the
Gisondos paid $350 for stitches, according to Village Manager Richard Slingerland. The dog also attacked an unidentified wom‑ an on May 29, according to an email from residents Jack and Ellen Plunkett sent to the Board of Trustees. Mr. and Mrs. Plunkett, of 534 Stanley Ave., said they think that Murray's attempt at trans‑ ferring ownership of the dog to her daughter Courtney was to try and evade responsibility for the attacks. Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican, referencing attacks by another pit bull that sparked outcry and debate last year, said, “As far as I'm concerned, I got notice from the residents because this is a repeat of an initial concern where there was adjudication.” The animal from the previous incident at‑ tacked another dog, and severed the owner’s finger during the altercation, prompting the board to consider Breed Specific Legislation. The proposed law never even made it to a vote, however, because local municipalities are not allowed to discriminate against animals based on breed, according to the state Agriculture and Markets Law. “The dog is no longer on site, and I think that this emphasizes the process that we are going through from the public discussions, which is a very valid discussion of which dogs are allowable,” Rosenblum said of the most
recent incidents. “The goal is to have that dog removed, because it has demonstrated clearly that it shouldn't be around.” Village Prosecutor John Cherico said that the case has now been reported to the county District Attorney’s office, and that, after their consultation, Murray will be charged by the Village of Mamaroneck Police Department with reckless endangerment and a misde‑ meanor as a result of violating the state Agriculture and Markets Law. The provision of the law that was violated states that all dogs over the age of four months must be registered within the community they are owned. Lola's registration expired in January, making her not only older than four months, but also long overdue for a renewal. Cherico wants to see Murray held account‑ able for her dog’s actions. “I was of the strong opinion when consult‑ ed and remain of the opinion that, based on Ms. Murray's actions...and seeming disregard of the conditions set forth in the court's order, that we should collectively use all resources to ensure that she is prosecuted fully in what‑ ever forums are appropriate,” he said. Some residents, like Michael Day, will not be satisfied until they can be assured that the dog will not return to Mamaroneck. “We have witnessed firsthand the damage, and the repeatedly demonstrated incapacity to
Delancey Avenue is home to a pit bull mix named Lola that has been the source of fear for many residents in the surrounding area. Witnesses have seen the dog act violently toward animals, and even residents. Photo/Chris Gramuglia
manage this dog on the part of...Ms. Murray. No other result is acceptable,” Day said. A phone call to village police was not re‑ turned as of press time.
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Ebook downloads from the library On a rainy day, isn’t it nice to know that you can stay home and download a free e-book from the Mamaroneck Library? Go to our homep‑ age, www.mamaronecklibrary.org and click on the “Download eBooks & eAudio” icon on the lower right side of the homepage. Please have your library card number on hand. Meditations in Nature Sheldrake Environmental Center, 685 Weaver St., Larchmont, N.Y. 10538 914.834.1443 June 14, 9:30 a.m. Sheldrake is teaming up with 2bpresent to offer a guided nature walk and meditation ex‑ perience. Five-hour prelicensing class Formula One Driving School located at 584 Mamaroneck Ave. Mamaroneck, N.Y. has the 5-hour prelicensing class scheduled for: Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 19 at 4 p.m., Sunday June 23 at 10 a.m., Wednesday June 26 at 4 p.m. and Saturday June 29 at 10 a.m. This class is required by New York State for new drivers before they can take their road test. Please call 914-381-4500 or visit our web site at formulaonedrivingschool.com to register for this class, or for other services, and for upcoming insurance reduction/point reduc‑
tion class dates. Kitten & cat adoption day Sunday, June 16 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Petco 324 N. Central Avenue Hartsdale www.NY-PetRescue.org email@example.com 914-834-6955 Westchester County Nature Center events Friday, June 14 Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Routes 35 and 121 South, Cross River 914-864-7322 Second Annual Firefly Festival 8 p.m. Witness the daily light show at dusk, enjoy an ice cream social, and learn about and catch fireflies. Saturday, June 15 Cranberry Lake Preserve, Old Orchard Street, North White Plains 914-428-1005 Managing Invasives with a Fork and Knife 1 p.m. Learn which ones are edible and how to con‑ trol the rest. Marshlands Conservancy, Boston Post Road, Route 1, Rye 914-835-4466 The Dragonflies of June 2 p.m. Bring binoculars to observe the dragon and damselflies in the pond and salt marsh. Sunday, June 16 Marshlands Conservancy, Boston Post Road, Route 1, Rye 914-835-4466
One for the Waders 1 p.m. Bring binoculars to view egrets, herons and other shore birds feeding along the shoreline at mid-tide. Summer reading and writing program For parents concerned their children will lose academic ground over the summer, The Center for Literacy Enrichment-Pace University has a solution–The Summer Reading & Writing Program. From pre-schoolers to middle schoolers, the program provides children with an opportunity to not only maintain their reading, writing and comprehensive skills, but also to make gains academically in fun and informative ways. The program, which runs from July 1 to 31, offers full-day and half-day sessions. Certified teachers provide small-group instruction complemented by theme-based indoor and outdoor activities, including science experiments, crafts and games in a non-competitive setting. The Summer Reading & Writing Program is held on the campus of Pace University Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains. Early bird registration, prior to June 14, quali‑ fies for a 5 percent discount on tuition. For more information, or to register your child, contact Center Director Sister St. John Delany, PhD at 914-422-4135. Mamaroneck Public Library events Guitar Bob’s Music For Kids on the Move Original music that inspires children to sing, pretend and dance. Guitar Bob’s high energy concert gets kids bopping, jumping, shaking and dancing. Friday June 28 in the community room of the Mamaroneck Library at 11:30 a.m. Call the Mamaroneck Children’s Library at 914-6305894 to register. Teen events Monday Night Movies: 7/1, 7/15, 7/29, 8/12, 8/26 Wednesdays Hands-On Activities 5:30 p.m. June 26: Beneath the Burst: Bouncy Balls July 10: Beneath the Pages: Smashbooks July 24: Beneath the Lid: Terrariums August 7: Beneath the Streets: Graffiti Art August 21: Beneath the Ground: Vegetarianism Volunteer meeting: June 15 at 1 p.m. Read aloud adaptations of teen novels Teen/tween readers’ theatre Wednesdays July 17, 31 and August 14 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Open to grades 5 through 10. Read real adaptations of teen novels that have been performed in Chicago Theaters. Table read them and bring them to life. Librarian Emma Caywood has worked as a director and actress in the Chicago Theater and as a monologue coach in Los Angeles. Please call the Mamaroneck Library to Register 914-630-5894 www.mama‑ ronecklibrary.org. Beginner’s sewing Learn hand sewing with basic stitches, basting and hemming. Work on a different project each week. Space is limited. Registration is required. Open to Grades 4 to 8. Meets Wednesdays July 17, 24, 31 & Aug. 7. Call the Mamaroneck Children’s Library 914-630-5894 Are you a Business Owner in Westchester County?
Are you Self-Employed? Find out more about how the New York Health Benefit Exchange affects you. Enrollment be‑ gins Oct. 1, 2013, so please join us for this free program designed to help you navigate these changes. Presentation sponsored by Business Council of Westchester County. Call the Mamaroneck Library for details 914-698-1250. mamaronecklibrary.org. Children’s programs Pirate party June 25. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dig into these Tuesday programs Ages 5 and up. Registration begins two weeks before each program. 4 p.m. on Tuesdays 7/2 Dig Into Egypt 7/9 Dig Into Chocolate 7/16 I Dig Jamaica 7/23 Dig Into Creative Drama 7/30 Digging with Bunnies 8/6 Dig Into Improv 8/13 Dig Into the Beach Call the Mamaroneck Children’s Library 914-630-5894 www.mamaronecklibrary.org/ Make a movie at LMC-TV this summer Geared for young people 12 and up, LMCTV’s summer filmmaking workshops are an opportunity to learn hands-on video and film‑ making skills. From script writing, to cinema‑ tography, to computer video editing and more, participants will write, shoot, direct, act and edit his or her own movie. Each workshop is held Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for three weeks at LMC-TV’s Studio 2, located at 145 Library Lane, Mamaroneck, NY 10543. Workshop I runs from July 1 to July 19 (no class on July 4) and Workshop II from July 22 to Aug. 9. Led by independent filmmaker and LMC-TV staff member Dena Schumacher, the workshop is in its thirteenth year. Open enroll‑ ment starts now. Space is limited so please call Matt Sullivan at 914-381-2002 ext. 202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up today. Soundview Sports Summer Mini Day Camp Soundview Sports Summer Day Camp has developed a unique movement-based program for 3 and a half to 5-year-old boys and girls. Age appropriate sports and activities, includ‑ ing swim instruction, will be offered. Created by Soundview Sports educators, together with experienced pre-school and elementary school physical education and health professionals, the Soundview Sports Summer Mini Day Camp focuses on fine-motor as well as gross-motor skills. For the past 18 years, Soundview Sports has offered a Summer Sports Skills Building Day Camp at Manhattanville College for boys and girls ages 5 to 14. The Soundview Sports Summer Mini Day Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m .at Manhattanville College throughout the summer. Lunch is included. Camp starts on Monday, June 24 and ends on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. Please call Soundview Sports at 914-3235400 and/or visit soundviewsports.com for fur‑ ther information on all of our programs. 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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Westchester Children’s Museum still awaits move to Playland By LIZ BUTTON STAFF REPORTER email@example.com
It appears doubtful that the Westchester Children’s Museum will get its four walls just yet. While the museum received approval from the county Board of Legislators in June 2012 to move into the 1920s-era North Bathhouse along the county-owned Playland boardwalk, the county administration has not yet granted the museum permission to begin the 18 to 24 months of construction work needed to trans‑ form the property. It is the contention of some on the Democratic-dominated county Board of Legislators—who held a press conference on the Playland boardwalk in May—that County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, is us‑ ing the museum as leverage to get the board to approve his choice of a park management firm: The non-profit Sustainable Playland, Inc. Tracy Kay, the museum’s executive direc‑ tor, said fundraising for the project has been somewhat stymied since the museum has not yet received access to the bathhouse itself to begin construction. According to Julie Sootin, the museum’s director of development, the non-profit cam‑ paign for the Westchester Children’s Museum has raised more than $9 million for the project over the last 12 years, but still needs to raise $10 million more.
Legislators have criticized the county ex‑ ecutive for rushing the SPI agreement through approvals at the executive level, at one point attempting to bypass the legislature until of‑ ficials confirmed the board’s approval was needed on any structural changes to the park. SPI spokesman Geoff Thompson said that there is a good reason that the county has connected the two projects because, in oper‑ ating the entire park, SPI will pay for some of the museum’s essential maintenance and operational services—like snow removal and certain cleaning, utilities and security ex‑ penses—helping all tenants on the property to control costs. “[The museum is] not going to operate as an enclave unto themselves and they don’t want to,” said Thompson. The county executive signed a statement of intent to sign a contract with SPI on October 11, 2012, and this April announced an asset management agreement with SPI. According to this agreement, SPI would take over the park in October of this year if the improve‑ ment plan submitted to the county last month is approved by the Board of Legislators. Astorino and a citizens’ advisory commit‑ tee picked Sustainable Playland out of pro‑ posals from 12 management firms, after the county executive sent out the original request for proposals in 2010 to refurbish the park. All of the four finalists currently being vet‑ ted by the legislature include the museum in their plans.
The museum’s website contains renderings of its new location at Playland. Currently, the museum has offices in White Plains, but it does not have an official building, calling itself “a museum without walls.” Photo courtesy Westchester Children’s Museum.
Since its founding in 2000, the children’s museum, which calls itself “a museum with‑ out walls,” has provided interactive educa‑ tional programs at schools and other venues to lower income youth, serving around 9,000 children each year. Kay said he has waited for 13 years to move from the non-profit’s modest White Plains office into a “real” building, and is eager to get started. However, it is a fact that museums don’t crop up overnight, he said. “When you’re working with a government
partnership, there are lots of hurdles,” said Kay. The museum will benefit jobseekers in the county, according to museum officials, which projects 25 to 30 construction jobs and 15 per‑ manent positions to be added during the first year of operation. With an estimated annual visitation of 200,000 people, the Westchester Children’s Museum is projected to add over $4 million a year to the local economy, according to MUSEUM continued on page 12
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Independence party endorsement: An act of revenge? By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
The Westchester County Independence Party has made its official endorsement for the upcoming county executive race, choos‑ ing New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, who received the Democratic Party’s nomi‑ nation in April. Four years ago, Bramson’s opponent, incumbent Rob Astorino, a Republican, received the Independence nomination, but party chair Giulio “Doc” Cavallo said that rising property taxes and a lack of job creation strategies under the current county executive caused the party to shift its sup‑ port elsewhere. However, representatives from Astorino’s campaign have said that Cavallo’s decision to endorse Bramson was no surprise and was done vengefully, after the county ex‑ ecutive refused to grant jobs to a number of people in the party who are close to Cavallo. According to the county Board of Elections, the Independence Party has 22,132 registered members in Westchester, making it the third-largest political party, trailing Democrats, with 250,232 registered voters, and Republicans, with 132,460 vot‑ ers. In 2009, Cavallo endorsed Astorino when he ran against then-County Executive Andy
Spano, a Democrat, and played an instru‑ mental role in Astorino’s victory. “In 2009, we had the support [of the Independence Party] and really appreciated it,” said Bill O’Reilly, Astorino’s campaign manager. “We won on both the Republican and Independent line.” O’Reilly said the campaign expected Bramson would receive the endorsement over Astorino this time around, and that Cavallo is, “getting back at Rob for not get‑ ting him those jobs.” After Astorino won the election, Cavallo expected to reap the benefits of his endorsement through cushy county government jobs for members of his party, but never got them, according to O’Reilly. “He’s got a group that is close to him in the party, and thought everybody would get parked somewhere with a very nice salary,” O’Reilly said. In published comments, Cavallo has de‑ nied that he has used his party’s endorse‑ ment to get people jobs, and that he controls the party. However, Cavallo is viewed as the outright leader of the Independence Party wielding his political power for gain. Barry Caro, a spokesperson for Bramson, said the campaign is happy to have received the Independence Party nomination for a number of reasons, and believes the shift‑ ing focus in the party is due to Astorino’s
changing policies. “We are obviously quite happy that [the endorsement] has switched because no Republican has ever won countywide office without the support of the Independence Party,” Caro said. “I think it is clear that there has been a marked change in inde‑ pendent voters’ impression of Astorino’s policies over the years. They have seen what he’s about and they don’t like it.” Tony Sayegh, a Republican political ana‑ lyst, told The Sound and Town Report that Astorino’s ability to traverse political party lines will make his lack of endorsement from the Independence Party mostly irrel‑ evant. “It certainly would be almost a require‑ ment for someone to get the Independence line to be viable in the county. But Rob has transcended political boundaries,” Sayegh said. “He is able to take his message and win support from a broad spectrum.” According to Sayegh, Astorino’s success in cutting taxes, reducing spending and success‑ fully negotiating with a number of public ser‑ vice unions, make it clear that party lines will not be a major factor in the county executive’s attempt at keeping the seat. Westchester’s county executive is elected to serve a four-year term. An attempt to reach Cavallo for comment was unsucessful as of press time.
Giulio Cavallo, chair of the county’s Independence Party, announced the party’s endorsement will go to Democratic New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, pictured. However, incumbent Rob Astorino’s campaign sees this as a way of exacting revenge on the county executive for not complying with Cavallo demands in 2009. File photo
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Letters Bramson: Out of touch on American Dream To the Editor, Democratic candidate for county executive, Noam Bramson, has taken the position that County Executive Rob Astorino is deceiving us about HUD’s intentions towards Westchester County, going so far as to accuse the county executive of creating his own “imaginary threat.” Either Mr. Bramson has no understanding of what HUD is trying to do to our county, or he is attempting to purposefully mislead us for his own‑and, perhaps even HUD’s‑political ends. We move to Westchester County for a number of reasons. Not the least of these is the subur‑ ban residential setting provided by our municipalities’ single-family homes and the thoughtful placement of its apartment or garden type housing. That setting is protected by our local zoning ordinances, which require certain minimum lot sizes and restrict multi-family homes to certain of our community’s neighborhoods, in accordance with our community’s specific culture and land planning. Some of us want and are able to afford large homes on spacious lots, but many of us achieve our piece of the “American Dream” on more modest lots of 10,000 square feet‑a common suburban lot size of less than a quarter of an acre‑or by renting or purchasing an at‑ tractive apartment in a pleasant suburban surrounding. Unfortunately, what HUD is attempting to do to us is far more than an “imaginary threat”. It is a planned assault on our communities, our suburban culture and our individual pieces of that “American Dream.” In this regard, HUD has taken the position “that 10,000 sq. ft. zoning, regardless of municipality, may have an exclusionary effect.” which, in turn, would require a forced federal remedy, according to HUD’s letter of March 13, 2013 to Westchester County. HUD is also demanding that the county override local zoning ordinances “that directly or indirectly limit the number of bedrooms in a unit, restrictions on lot size or other density re‑ quirements that encourage single-family housing or restrict multifamily housing,” according to HUD’s letter of May 13, 2013 to Westchester County. In other words, without regard to the fact that there is no proof of local racial discrimination, HUD’s social engineers want to bully Westchester into demanding that its individual communi‑ ties change their respective landscapes to conform to HUD’s idea of racially diverse housing patterns. Mr. Bramson’s campaign column informs us that, unlike County Executive Rob Astorino, he does not “get it” or, worse yet, he does not care. However, if we care about our suburban way of life and our piece of the “American Dream,” then we should clearly understand that he is the wrong leader for Westchester County. Peter Lane, Rye
Build the Children’s Museum now To the Editor, I am writing to urge the Board of Trustees of Sustainable Playland, and all elected officials who have supported the Sustainable Playland plan, to demand that County Executive Rob Astorino immediately allow the Westchester Children’s Museum to begin construction on their previously-approved and long overdue project. It is unconscionable that Astorino would hold hostage a project that benefits all of Westchester’s children in a misguided effort to extort the privatization of a public park. There is universal bipartisan agreement that the Children’s Museum will be a great benefit for all of Westchester’s children. It has been included in every proposal under consideration for Playland’s future, including the Sustainable Playland plan. Consequently, there is no rea‑ son, other than petty partisan politics, for Mr. Astorino’s stubborn intransigence. Sustainable Playland, and anyone who supports their plan, should tell Astorino to stop his childish obstruc‑ tionism and call upon Astorino to behave maturely. For public officials to support Sustainable Playland before it’s financial and practical benefits and detriments have been vetted and com‑ pared in a public forum with the other competing plans is irresponsible. By urging Astorino to act now to allow construction of the Children’s Museum, Sustainable Playland and its supporters would allow the Board of Legislators time to conduct its due dili‑ gence and help prevent Astorino’s attempt to force precipitous action. Tom Murphy, Mamaroneck Murphy is a candidate for county legislator
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Montefiore acquires Sound Shore Medical Center By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
Sound Shore Medical Center, located on Guion Place, has been sold as part of an agreement with Montefiore Medical Systems to purchase the Sound Shore Health System which also includes Mount Vernon Hospital. The recently-announced sale should not have any impact on day-to-day operations, a hospital official said. “This is the right next step to deliver on our commitment to provide high quality, acces‑ sible and affordable healthcare,” John Spicer, president and CEO of Sound Shore Health System said. “Our mission is strong and our dedication to patient care is unchanged. We are fortunate to have Montefiore as a partner because of their clinical excellence, commit‑ ment to the community and ability to provide the best care at Sound Shore and Mount Vernon hospitals over the long run.” Spicer could not be reached for additional comment about what precipitated the deal early this week. However, published reports indicate the troubled healthcare provider blamed its struggles on “cuts in government spending.” Both Sound Shore Medical Center and Mount Vernon Hospital have trimmed staff and faced financial troubles in recent years. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed to date. However, Sound Shore Health Systems reportedly claimed roughly $159.6 million in assets and roughly $200 million in debts when it voluntarily filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy petitions in federal bankruptcy court in White Plains last week. At the same time, Montefiore filed a petition in federal bankruptcy court to buy the assets of the Sound Shore Health System, whose hospitals combined have about 450 beds. Reached shortly thereafter, the agreement allows Montefiore Health System to acquire
Sound Shore Health System’s assets and some of its liabilities. Although it is allowed under the federal bankruptcy code, the deal is subject to regulatory and bankruptcy court approval, and should be completed by year’s end. Representatives from Sound Shore Health Systems did not respond to a request for ad‑ ditional information about the number of doctors, nurses, administrative and other staff members it now employs. In 1997, an affiliation between Sound Shore Medical Center, Mount Vernon Hospital, the Dorothea Hopfer School of Nursing and Schaffer Extended Care Center resulted in the creation of “one of the largest private healthcare systems between New York City.” Since then, the Sound Shore Health System has received numerous national and stated ac‑ creditations. Dr. Steven M. Safyer, president and CEO of Montefiore Medical Center, located in the Bronx, said in a statement issued last week that healthcare should be “easy to access, lo‑ cal and tailored to the needs of the communi‑ ties.” “New Rochelle and Mount Vernon de‑ serve exceptional care close to home,” he said. “Montefiore looks forward to build‑ ing on its existing clinical presence in lower Westchester and working with the dedicated doctors, nurses and staff of Sound Shore and Mount Vernon hospitals and the Schaffer Extended Care Center, who have served their patients well over many years.” Montefiore Health Systems includes four hospitals handling 90,000 admissions each year. Through its current partnership with the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore also pro‑ vides “state-of-the-art and specialty care” at 130 locations throughout the region. In addi‑ tion to that, it now operates nine health clinics in Westchester.
LEGAL NOTICE Melissa E. Dubroff M.D. PLLC filed Articles of Organization to be a PLLC on May 8, 2013. The Secretary of State is designated as agent upon whom process may be served.The address of the PLLCis 7 Pondfield Rd., Suite 210 Bronxville, NY 10708 in Westchester County. The purpose of the PLLC is the practice of medicine.
Sound Shore Health Systems CEO John Spicer says the sale of the Sound Shore Medical Center, in New Rochelle, and Mount Vernon Hospital to the Montefiore Medical System should not affect day-to-day operations. File photo
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For trustee, village Democrats have chosen Kerry Stein, 55, who is a 21-year resident of the village. Stein said this is his first shot at politics, but the need to maintain the character of the village motivated him to run. Photo courtesy Kerry Stein
said Tom Murphy, leader of the Democrats’ Nominating Committee. “The seven-person Nominating Committee worked diligently to interview nine candidates who sought posi‑ tions. All were qualified‑were very intelligent
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people who have been active in the commu‑ nity‑and any one of them would have been a good choice.” Murphy said Neuringer's experience as a land use official made him a good candidate because of a number of pressing land use is‑ sues currently plaguing the village. Of Stein, Murphy said that, while he has not been par‑ ticularly active in politics, he is a very active member of the community, and possesses a wide knowledge of finance and budgeting. Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican, said he is looking forward to the election and hopes for productive, issue-based debates. “I congratulate both candidates and look forward to healthy discussion,” he said. “I would hope that there would be a clear de‑ lineation between myself, Deputy Mayor Santoro and both [Democratic] candidates.” Attempts to reach Democratic Party Chair Elizabeth Saenger were unsuccessful as of press time.
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in hazing the animals, and, in addition to oiling the eggs, could combat the problem from another angle. Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican, said another crucial element of managing the community's geese is col‑ laborating with other commu‑ nities to focus on making the region itself more unappealing to the wild birds. Rosenblum also told The Sound and Town Report that, while he thinks the egg-oiling was a positive step, he would have preferred sticking with the terms of the original contract that provided for the animals to be euthanized humanely. The mayor also said that the village's Rake-OVac—a machine designed to clean debris from large pieces of land‑will also be used to keep the village's parks free of excessive goose waste. Deputy Mayor Louis Santoro, a Republican, said that he thinks the egg-oiling was a success, but that the issue still has not fully been resolved, and will take more discussion and new strategies before the geese are under control. “Maybe we can get some of the [border collies] down there too,” he said. Larchmont has also met with Preusser to discuss the path it will take to manage its waterfowl population in Flint Park, and has signed a con‑
This map, distributed by the USDA, catalogs the various locations in which goose nests were found and dealt with according to the organination’s guidelines. Among the 23 nests that were found, 95 eggs were oiled, which caused a significant reduction in the village’s goose population. Map courtesy USDA
tract similar to the one signed by the Village of Mamaroneck that only provides for egg-oiling. However, Larchmont may con‑ sider other options, if they are not satisfied with the results. Wild Canada geese have been a problem for the Village of Mamaroneck, but a resolution was found when the Board of Trustees and the USDA agreed to egg oiling, which reduces the population in the community’s parks. File photo
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Shore Acres appeals yacht club compliance By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the Shore Acres Property Owners Association recently filed an appeal with the Village of Mamaroneck Zoning Board of Appeals to determine if a compliance certificate is‑ sued by Building Inspector Bill Gerety to Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club was actually representative of current zoning compliance. The Shore Acres Property Owners Association is a ho‑ meowners association that deals with a section of land that contains about 200 homes located near Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club. The group has opposed the club’s latest proposal for new development on its prop‑ erty. The “Amended Site Plan This rendering, provided by club president Lisa Rosenshein, shows what Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club will look like if the Village of Mamaroneck gives the Application,” proposal would club the green light for its new site plan. Additions include a new yacht club building and 18 seasonal residences. include an increase in size of the club’s yacht building, as and Town Report that there are three main is‑ property in a photo, but it doesn't exist that were not returned as of press time, and zon‑ well as construction of 18 seasonal residences sues that the village’s land use boards need to way. Those were his artistic renderings,” she ing board member Greg Sullivan declined to on the property. consider regarding Mamaroneck Beach and said. “We provided renderings that were based comment on the club’s zoning compliance. However, it is the belief of many residents Yacht: False acquisitions of land by the club, on our licensed architectural firms.” The zoning board will revisit the appeal at its who live in the area that Gerety’s determina‑ violations of the village’s Local Waterfront Phone calls to Building Inspector Gerety next meeting in July. tion that the club’s plans are zoning-compliant Revitalization Program, and environmental is not accurate. changes that have taken place in recent years The appeal is based on SAPOA’s belief that due to major storms like Hurricane Sandy. the owner/applicant/operator is a for-profit “The Village of Mamaroneck Local corporation; not operating a not-for-profit Waterfront Revitalization Program that the au‑ membership club and that the current zoning thors spent a lot of time on, clearly designates code is not being used and, regardless of which that [Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht] is on an zoning code is used, the proposed development area it shouldn’t be built on,” Waitt said. “In is not zoning compliant. 2007, 2011 and 2012, there has been consider‑ The appeal also asked that Gerety undertake able flood damage, primarily to Mamaroneck a second review of the property if the board Beach and Yacht. Why on Earth would the decides the club’s zoning is non-compliant. board agree to something like this, knowing The appeal was kept open by the zoning what could happen?” board at the request of Linda Whitehead, the Waitt said that, in the future, the possibility village attorney, but SAPOA President Dan of devastation or even loss of life in an emer‑ Natchez said that such a request was unnec‑ gency should be a top consideration for the essary, and that the matter should be handled village in examining the club’s site plan and between the building inspector and the zoning current zoning. board. However, Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht “The [zoning board] got a memo at the last Club president Lisa Rosenshein said that a ma‑ minute from the village attorney so she could jority of what Natchez and the SAPOA have argue the building inspector’s case,” Natchez found to be violations in the new site plan, said. “That is the first time in the village some‑ were already approved by the village. thing like that has taken place, and at the end of “Part of what these people don't understand the day, it’s not the village attorney’s opinion is that this was vetted in 2010. All we are doing that counts.” is modifying our existing proposal,” she said. Based on a long history of legal battles According to Rosenshein, Gerety has between Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club deemed the property to be zoning compliant, and the village, Natchez also said it is “beyond and Village Engineer Anthony Carr recently comprehension” why the village would want said he has found no violations with the sea‑ to do anything that exceeded the parameters sonal residences the club is proposing. of the normal course of business, referring Rosenshein also said that several of the specifically to Whitehead’s action. Natchez is renderings Natchez has brought forth before also one of the original authors of the village's the Planning Board in the past to illustrate the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, a violations are inaccurate, and that architects series of laws designed to regulate waterfront working for the club have produced more use in the community. true-to-life depictions of what the property Keith Waitt, a resident who was recently will look like if the plan is implemented. elected to SAPOA’s board, told The Sound “In Mr. Natchez's renderings, he shows the
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officials with the non-profit. County Legislator Judy Myers, a Democrat who spoke at May’s press conference, said that frustratingly, despite separate approvals from the state legislature and the Board of Legislators of a 10-year lease last year, the project has not moved for‑ ward. Last October, the bathhouse’s exterior was renovated by the county,which invested $7 million to bring the building up to code for oc‑ cupancy. But, currently, the museum is an empty shell, she said. Myers said she thinks SPI’s year-round plan will bring in an increased num‑ ber of visitors. “I think it’s somewhat unfair to the children’s museum to have the museum’s fate held hostage to SPI’s progress with the Board of Legislators,” said Myers, who is in favor of SPI’s proposal. “If we could get enough of a hue and cry from the public, I think we could get the keys handed over.” However, former Village of Mamaroneck Trustee Tom Murphy, who is running for Myers’ seat, said that not everyone is in favor of SPI, which does not have deep pockets and is inexperienced with running an amusement park. Astorino is extorting the priva‑ tization of a public park at the ex‑ pense of the children who would benefit from the museum’s services, Murphy said. “I think it’s just a very heavy hand. He wants to have his way and be the operator of Playland, and he’s will‑ ing to hold a good project in jeopardy until he gets his way,” Murphy said. According to Ned McCormack, communications director for the county executive, the county, the museum and SPI have had a series of “aggressive, constructive discus‑ sions,” and now the next step is in the works. “Again, this is about dot‑ ting all the I’s and crossing all the T’s to make sure all the legal docu‑ mentation is there,” he said. “If you look at this as an anal‑ ogy to this as an office building or a mall, SPI is going to control the master lease,” McCormack said. “They’re going to be the head land‑ lord and the children’s museum will be one of their tenants,” he said. To officials, the plan makes per‑ fect sense for the county, he said. While some argue that the mu‑ seum does not have the financial wherewithal to move into the Playland space at this time, the mu‑ seum reported that, at the end of the fiscal year in June 2012, its coffers hold around $2.43 million in assets, a figure corroborated in financial documents provided by Kay.
Business Briefs Miller Clark Animal Hospital’s 110th anniversary: A day of fun fur everyone Miller-Clark Animal Hospital, renowned as one of the longest-running animal practices in New York history, will hold a special anniver‑ sary celebration on Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to celebrate 110 years of ex‑ ceptional pet care, its many accreditations and achievements, and to thank their clients past and present. With fun and education as the theme, the event is being called “A Day of Fun Fur Everyone!” and will be held outside the animal hospital at 1621 Harrison Avenue, Mamaroneck, NY, 10543. The community is invited to this free event where they’ll find activities and enter‑ tainment for all ages, including tours of the hospital, face painting, tattoos for kids, arts and crafts, promotional giveaways, raffles, door prizes, photos with your pet, and many vendors offering food, as well as pet products and ser‑ vices. Current staff members will be on hand to greet clients, dispense pet advice and answer questions, and retired and current doctors will also be present in a rare opportunity to greet clients and visit with their pet patients. Additionally, groomers and pet trainers will be on hand to give demonstrations and tips. Even the highly-respected non-profit or‑ ganization, The Tower of Hope, providing specially-trained service dogs to people living with disabilities, will be on hand to educate the community about what they do, and how community members can get involved. In ad‑ dition, the New Rochelle Humane Society, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to provid‑ ing individual loving care for lost, abandoned, injured, and mistreated animals, will benefit from the proceeds and donations of the ven‑ dors on hand. And, of course, the Miller-Clark Animal Hospital event is completely handicap accessible. “A Day of Fun Fur Everyone!” will be a great opportunity for community members to get outside after a long, cold winter, have fun and learn some valuable tips about pet care. Pets are especially welcome to join in the festivities, as long as they keep their owners on a leash. For more information, please contact MillerClark Animal Hospital at 914-698-1756, or visit http://millerclarkanimalhospital.com/ French-American School’s summer camp still open for registration Summer French immersion for students grades N to 5. A unique program where stu‑ dents will get plenty of linguistic and cultural immersion with native speaking counselors. This camp is the closest thing there is to sending your kids to France for the summer; total cultural and linguistic immersion, with French speaking counselors and lots of fun, age-appropriate activities that will give your child plenty of opportunities to hear, speak, play in French. Students are grouped by age level. Non-French speaking students get an
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hour of French instruction per day; the rest of the time, they are with the other students. Dates June 24 to July 26‑Larchmont campus, five weeks with weekly sign-up, half or full day, kids will be grouped by age. Accepting regis‑ trations for children ages 3 to 11. Counselors Our counselors are teachers from the school or French-speaking educators with years of ex‑ perience in bilingual environment. Location Larchmont Campus 111 Larchmont Ave. Air-conditioned classrooms, gym, playground, computer room, art room, cafeteria. Rates Half day: $225 Full day: $450 (includes lunch provided by La Bonne Cuisine, the school catering service) Contact Agnès Tounkara 914-250-0415 camps@ fasny.org . Register online at www.fasny.org/ afterschoolprograms. For more information, please contact: Agnès Tounkara, camp director at 914.250.0415. or via email at camps@fasny. org, or visit our website at www.fasny.org. For on line registration and class offerings, go to www.fasny.org/After-School Programs. About the French-American School of New York (FASNY) Kinetic Sports Club offers Westchester’s first five-star, family-friendly fitness facility Who says serious fitness can’t be a family affair? Certainly not Kinetic Sports Club, a new concept in fitness located at 872 Pelham Parkway in Pelham Manor, New York. From the serious-minded adult fitness enthusiast to the family that just wants to go out and play, the state-of-the art fitness facility strives to be the first to provide five star, family friendly fitness. “We saw a real need in the Pelham area for a place the entire family could come to support their health, wellness and fitness needs,” said Laura Butcaris, general manager of Kinetic Sports Club. “Ours will have all of the beautiful amenities of an upscale fitness club, yet, unlike most upscale clubs, children and families are welcome and encouraged.” The group fitness fanatic will find much to love about Kinetic Sports Club’s three groupfitness studios and a weekly lineup of 60 to 70 classes including Pilates mat, yoga, stu‑ dio cycling with myRide+, Les Mills Body Pump, Zumba and Bootcamp. The club’s 1,000 square-foot functional training area offers clients the opportunities to train using TRX, kettlebells, climbing ropes, a kinesis workout and much more. Those who prefer to sweat individually can choose from a wide variety of equipment from LifeFitness, Precor, and Technogym. A team of elite personal trainers, some of the most experi‑ enced and well-regarded in the area, are also on hand to keep clients on track with their goals, offering one-on-one sessions, partner sessions and small group training. For the kids, Kinetic Sports Club features over 10,000 square feet of athletic fields, includ‑ ing a soccer field and regulation size basketball court. Children will be able to participate in soccer classes, basketball, dodgeball and flag football, as well as youth fitness classes such as Kids Yoga and Zumbatonic. One-on-one sportspecific coaching and training, as well a youth
athletic speed school, are also available for the serious athlete. Finally, kids of all ages will enjoy Kinetic Sports Club’s aquatic center, featuring a 50-foot adult lap pool, a waterslide and a fun splash pad with sprinklers. Swim lessons will also be of‑ fered. Amenities will rival those offered by the most elite clubs in Manhattan. The Kinetic Sports Club Juice Bar offers a wide variety of shakes, juices and snacks. Luxurious locker rooms in‑ clude steam and sauna, towel service, digital lockers, and the basics‑shampoo, conditioner and body wash. For more information about Kinetic Sports Club, visit www.kineticsportsclub.com, or call 914-738-4000. Barzotti joins Douglas Elliman Joseph Barzotti has joined Douglas Elliman Westchester’s Pleasantville Brokerage. Originally from Rome, Italy, Barzotti has lived in Chappaqua and the surrounding Westchester/ Putnam areas for the past 25 years and has been entrenched in the local real estate community. “Joseph is a real self-starter. He is passion‑ ate about real estate and possesses phenomenal business insights. He goes beyond and above for his customers, and I am thrilled to be working with him,” said Gabe Pasquale, Executive Vice President of Douglas Elliman Westchester. A former CEO of his own consulting firm, Barzotti traveled the world providing restruc‑ turing for numerous companies. A graduate of New York University with a B.A in science and engineering, he is fluent in several languages including Italian, Mandarin, and German. “Douglas Elliman is the perfect fit for me because the company allows me to follow my entrepreneurial spirit while leveraging the re‑ sources of the most powerful brand in real es‑ tate,” Barzotti said. The enthusiasm Barzotti exercises in his profession carries over into every aspect of his active lifestyle. He played professional soccer for the Italian team Juventus, was a professional racecar driver, and represented New York City in a national track and field relay com‑ petition. He is currently a certified wreck driver, as well as a tennis and soccer instructor. In his spare time, Barzotti en‑ joys spending time with his two adult children, hiking, biking and working in his garden, which includes tending to more than 200 different spe‑ cies of orchids. Douglas Elliman Real Estate is New York’s largest residential brokerage, with more than 70 offices in New York City, Long Island, the Hamptons, Westchester/Putnam, and South Florida, and more than 4,000 real estate agents and a network of national and international af‑ filiates. They are strategic partners with Londonbased Knight Frank LLP for residential busi‑ ness in all of their New York markets. Douglas Elliman ranked in the top four of all real estate companies in the nation in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. The company also con‑ trols a portfolio of real estate services, including Manhattan’s largest residential property man‑ ager, Douglas Elliman Property Management, as well as DE Title and DE Capital Mortgage. For more information on Douglas Elliman, as well as expert commentary on emerging trends in the
real estate industry, visit the Douglas Elliman site at www.elliman.com Larchmont Insurance Executive Elected to IIABNY Board of Directors Michael Coughlin, chief executive officer of Coughlin Group in Larchmont, was recently elected as regional director of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York, Inc. Coughlin is among a group of officers and directors elected May 9 during IIABNY’s Annual Business Meeting at The Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, New York. He will represent the not-for-profit trade associa‑ tion’s members in the Metro-Suburban Region, which includes the New York City metro area. As an IIABNY director for two years, Coughlin will help guide the association’s board of direc‑ tors on policies and issues vital to the interests of the organization’s members at more than 1,750 locations statewide. A member, past director and past president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Westchester County, Coughlin oversees Coughlin Group’s insurance offices in New York and Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Regis University in Denver, Colorado. The Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of New York, Inc. has represented the common business interests of independent insurance pro‑ fessionals since 1882. More than 1,750 agencies and their 13,000 plus employees currently rely on the DeWitt, New York-based not-for-profit trade association for legislative advocacy, continuing education and other means of industry support. In addition, most IIABNY members proudly identify themselves as Trusted Choice agents and brokers, a national consumer brand uniting more than 21,000 independent agencies across the United States. For more information, go to www. trustedchoice.com or www.iiabny.org. Harrison Insurance Exec Elected Secretary-Treasurer of IIABNY R. Todd Rockefeller, partner of DeRosa, Rockefeller, Sohigian & Werdal, Inc. in Harrison was elected secretary-treasurer of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York, Inc. at a recent Cooperstown gathering. New York’s oldest insurance pro‑ ducer trade association made the selection at its annual business meeting, held at The Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown May 9. During his one-year term, Rockefeller will oversee the not-for-profit trade association’s funds and report to the IIABNY Executive Committee on all fund movement and activities. He is also responsible for managing IIABNY’s records. A member and past president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Westchester County, Rockefeller has served as a regional director on the IIABNY board since 2009 and chaired the board’s Audit Committee. He is a graduate of Gettysburg College. The next Business Briefs section will run on July 5. Please send any submission for our July issue to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, June 28. Each submission can include one picture and must be between 175-225 words. If you have any questions, email Deputy Editor Jason Chirevas at email@example.com.
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Baseball’s knuckleheads strike again In previous columns, I’ve stated that I’m not one of those baseball fans who demonizes players for taking performance enhancing drugs. I’m not a ‘roids advocate by any stretch of the imagination, nor do I think that Barry Bonds’ achievements should ever be put on the same level as Ruth’s, Mays’ or any of the all-time greats that came before him. But, ulti‑ mately, I understand why players do what they do to their bodies. In a culture where chasing perfection is an every day thing, many players, I believe, are looking for an edge any way they can, be it legal or not. But with this latest inci‑ dent at Florida’s Biogenesis clinic, in which 20 play‑ ers—many of whom have been previously on the hot seat for PEDs—have been linked to a dirty doctor, I may just be done. Suspend them, I say. But not for steroids, for sheer arrogance. Imagine you’re Ryan Braun—a player, coin‑ cidentally, I happen to like. You fail a drug test in 2012. Miraculously, you get off scot-free thanks to a mishandled sample and some aggressive MLBPA lawyers. That’s it for you on the ste‑ roids front, no? You flew too close to the sun, got burned, but ultimately ended up unscathed—de‑
spite having a somewhat tarnished reputation. If I were Braun, I would do everything in my power to prove to people that I am playing the game by the rules from that point on. Braun made his money. If he cared at all about his reputation, he should be acting like a choirboy. Then why was he on Tony Bosch’s list? The first reports out of his camp were that Braun con‑ tacted Bosch—who had known ties to PEDS—in order to “find out more” about how his sample could have been tainted. If Braun doesn’t have a public rela‑ tions director, he should find one. If he does have one, he should find a new one. Braun’s inclusion on the list, and his subsequent denial, are something endemic to live mike people in positions of power, especially ath‑ letes. Mike Smith Superstar athletes, having grown up with coaches, parents and friends singing their praises, sometimes have a slanted worldview, one in which they aren’t held accountable for their actions. So, it’s no surprise that players like Braun and A-Rod would find themselves in this mess. They operate under the assump‑ tion that they’re untouchable, but if MLB lawyers have their way—and these guys get slapped with 100-game suspensions–—maybe they’ll start to realize that even they have to pay the piper sometimes. Then again, it might take more than 20 players facing the wrath of Commissioner Bud Selig to get the point across. There’s always somebody waiting in the wings, just ready to grab the crown of stupidity.
Despite a crackdown on performance enhancing drugs, many major leaguers still aren’t getting the point. Photo courtesy my.hsj.org
Tigers bow in regional semifinals By MIKE SMITH SPORTS EDITOR firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the last few years, Mamaroneck’s lacrosse program has become one of Westchester’s finest. With two section titles under their belt, Mamaroneck’s senior class, which has been the catalyst for change, has done everything it could do to leave its mark on the Tigers program. Now, as that group is set to graduate, head coach Jeff Barnard is confident that its legacy will live on in the coming years. Mamaroneck’s season came to an end on May 31 in the state regional semifinals against a talented Shenendehowa team, falling to Plainsman 13-8. It was the second year the team was downed in the semis, but Barnard was effusive in his praise of the senior class which played its final game last week in Albany. “They’ve been such a great group of kids,” said Barnard. “What set them apart is that they’re relelentless in terms of hard work. They’ve done such a great job supporting each other through the years.” Last year, area fans got a first glimpse of how determined this team could be, as the Tigers lost eight games leading up to the sec‑ tion tournament, then turned things around in the postseason and won a Class A title. This year, Mamaroneck’s success surprised nobody, as the pre-season favorites to win Class A showed their resolve throughout the year. “We came in with a lot of wins under our
belt, this year,” said Barnard. “But both years, it was similar, as you could see how hard these kids work.” Although the Tigers will lose a number of standouts this year, including Pete Conley, Thomas Brill, Justin Csenge and Dylan PailesFriedman, they do have a number of returning players with championship experience. A key cog in the defense, Matt Bellis, and scoring threat Reed Malas will be two of the players Barnard expects to rely on next season. “We have some very good players coming back and we also had a great year on JV,” said the head coach. “The JV team went 16-0, which is pretty amazing.” As the years go on, however, Barnard is hop‑ ing that the exploits of his departing seniors serve as a standard to which future teams hold themselves. “I think it will help us in terms of our drive and motivation,” said Barnard. “These seniors have really been responsible for changing the program.” Many of Mamaroneck’s players will stick together this summer as the team will play in the Sound Shore League, although a handful will also be participating in other leagues in Connecticut or at Chelsea Piers. “The game is growing,” said Barnard. “Six years ago, there was nothing like the sum‑ mer circuit we have now. But I think we keep seeing all these good young athletes striving to get better.”
Reed Malas drives against Mahopac in the Section I playoffs. Malas, a sophomore, has already committed to play at Bucknell University and will be one of the leaders on next year’s Tigers squad. Photo/Bobby Begun
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Panthers take the field at White Plains tourney By MIKE SMITH SPORTS EDITOR email@example.com
On June 8, Rye Neck’s football team got a head start on the fall season, playing in the Big Apple Tournament at White Plains High School. Squaring off against a bevy of larger schools, the Panthers fared well, falling in the semifinal round. But with a host of returning players–perhaps none more important than Jakob Calvini–the Panthers could be poised for another big season come the fall. Calvini, the Panther’s all-state running back and defensive end, led the Black Hats to wins over Iona Prep and New Canaan on Saturday and will be an important piece of the puzzle as Rye Neck hopes to return to a section final game this fall. A six-year member of the Rye Neck program, Calvini was destined for great‑ ness in the eyes of head coach Nick Ianello, but coupled his natural talent by becoming something of a gym rat. “We knew, maybe as a sophomore, that he was a special player,” said Ianello. “But the thinking about Nick is that he’s always in the gym, putting in the extra work to get better.” According to Calvini, his devotion to doing the little things–be it off-season conditioning or summer workouts–isn’t only an attempt to better himself, but is also a way to motivate younger players who are just starting out. “I know that being an older guy, the young‑ er guys look up to you,” said Calvini. “It’s important to take that leadership role and set a good example for the kids just coming in.” Of course, while Calvini might be one of the more visible players in the program, he’s certainly not alone as the Panthers bring back several veterans this year, including fellow running backs Dom Brescia–who was an All-State honorable mention‑ and Ryan
Sophomore Ryan Morningstar eludes a tag on June 8. Morningstar, Calvini and Dom Brescia will make up a dynamic backfield this year. Photos/Bobby Begun
Calvini hauls in a touchdown pass at White Plains’ Big Apple Tournament on June 8. The Panthers fared well at the tournament, beating Iona Prep and New Canaan.
Morningstar. Together, the three running backs will look to lead a Rye Neck team that was resurgent last season after a tough stretch that saw the Panthers unable to put together a winning season. According to Calvini, those lean years serve as more motivation than last year’s success. “Everyone was excited about last year, but you learn more from those losing years,” he said. “To go through that, I think that made us stronger as a team.” The Panthers will continue to work over the summer, taking part in another tournament, a seven-on-seven, at White Plains High School as they look ahead towards the opening of two-adays. “We’re going to get in the weight room, and do our con‑ ditioning,” said Calvini. “We’re just trying to get better all the time.”
Jakob Calvini takes a break during White Plains’ tournament on June 8. Calvini was named all-state last season and will be back to lead the Panthers next fall.
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