Vol. 15/Number 17
Catch and Release!
Fire district election date could change By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
Eastchester senior Kristin Martin throws the ball to second base during an April 22 tilt with Dobbs Ferry. Behind Martin and pitcher Danielle Cacciola, the Eagles have jumped out to an undefeated start this year. For more, please see page 15. Photo/ Mike Smith
Bronxville district adopts $45M school budget By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER email@example.com
An adopted $45.4 million budget for the Bronxville Union Free School District rests in the hands of voters as the May school elections draw near. On April 18, the Bronxville Board of Education adopted the district’s spending plan, which poses a .93 percent tax rate increase. After several budget workshops, Board of Education members agreed to cut the costs of discretionary equipment, supply and contractual spending by 2 percent. Additionally, the board incorporated the cost to replace a vacancy in the physical education department and the potential need for an additional kindergarten section. In order to offset any tax increases as a result of this, the board agreed to allocate an additional $100,000 from its fund balance to cover the cost. The adopted budget projects a spending increase of 2.53 percent over last year, when voters approved a $44.2 million budget with no layoffs or reductions in class size. Of the three biggest costs driving this year’s school budget, increases for state employee and teacher retirement systems account for ap-
The Bronxville Board of Education has adopted a $45 million budget that will increase school taxes .93 percent in the upcoming year. The adopted plan poses no reductions in stafﬁng, school programming or class sizes. File Photo
proximately $958,500 of the $1.1 million adopted increase. Unlike last year’s school budget, which upped the levy .98 percent to meet the threshold mandated by the state, the district has calculated a levy increase of approximately 2.44 percent. The adopted levy is exempt from reductions to debt service and excess teacher requirement costs above the 2 percent allowed, falling well below the calculated 3.23
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percent cap limit. “The board strongly believes these budget measures are very helpful to long-term sustainability,” said School Board President David Brashear in a recent interview with The Town Report. According to Assistant Superintendent Dan Carlin, not only did the levy drop signiﬁcantly since the tentative proposal was made BUDGET continued on page 8
A bill intended to change the Eastchester Fire District election date to November, and sync it up with town elections, is currently in the state Assembly and Senate, which would make it easy to pass if residents are supportive. This is the ﬁrst time that a bill to move the election date from its current December schedule has gained support in the state Senate since it petered out in the Assembly last year. If passed by both houses and made into law, the date change would effect this year’s election. Moving the ﬁre district election to coincide with the general election has been a topic of debate over the past year, with some residents and ﬁre commissioners saying it would save about $30,000, while others are concerned that the ﬁre district election would get overlooked. Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Sen. George Latimer, both Democrats, are sponsoring the two bills. A community forum will be hosted in May to hear the community’s opinion, Paulin said, and if they’re supportive, the bill could easily pass since it’s present in both houses. “Last year we had a bill, but there was no bill in the Senate,” Paulin said. “It’s more viable this way.” Paulin said that, with local bills, it’s necessary to get the opinion of residents before proceeding and so far, she hasn’t heard much feedback yet. Though the bill would save the ﬁre district money, Paulin said that a signiﬁcant concern is that the community won’t be paying as much attention to the ﬁre board. Holding
a separate ﬁre board election costs about $40,000, while the district only budgets about $10,000 for their yearly election. “After being involved with the League of Women Voters and now as an elected ofﬁcial, I understand the pros and cons,” Paulin said. The intent is to get more voters to the polls, and some feel that changing the date would make it easier to do so. Voter turnout for the ﬁre board elections is generally quite low; just 1,174 votes were cast last year in an election that includes Eastchester, Tuckahoe and Bronxville. This was the highest turn out since 2000, when 2,600 people came out for an election that saw George Mayor defeat Peter Iodice for an open seat. The heightened turnout in the December 2012 election has been attributed to earlier voting hours. In past years, polls were only open between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., but they were extended to begin at 2 p.m. last year in hopes of attracting more voters. Eastchester Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita, a Republican, said that, while he is supportive of a heightened voter turnout, he doesn’t think that moving the election to November is the best idea as ﬁre board commissioners are not politically endorsed candidates. “It would be making something partisan that is non-partisan,” Colavita said. The supervisor said that combining the ﬁre district election with the school board elections in May could be a solution, because they are non partisan elections as well and it would improve voter turnout for both the school boards and the ﬁre district. “There isn’t really a reason why ELECTION continued on page 9
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Tuckahoe to see ﬁrst local brewery By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
Beer connoisseurs, rejoice. Broken Bow Brewery is set to open this summer on Marbledale Road in Tuckahoe; the ﬁrst brewery to ever open its doors in the village. The business is owned by Merrill Lynch head-turned-beer brewer Lyle LaMothe, his wife and three adult children. Named after Mrs. LaMothe’s hometown in central Nebraska, Broken Bow will serve distinct lager, stout and American pale ale recipes that will be distributed to local bars and restaurants in the community. Mr. LaMothe, 52, of Bedford, started home brewing about 10 years ago when his eldest son Michael came home with a beginners brewing kit. As they became more experienced, LaMothe said they started creating their own recipes. After LaMothe retired as the head of wealth management for Merrill Lynch two years ago, he said that friends started to rave about his beer and suggest that he open his own business. “It’s a hobby that grew into a profession,” LaMothe said. “Over the past ﬁve years, we increasingly received pressure from friends who tasted the beer and said that we should open a micro brewery.” The LaMothe family’s realtor searched for six months before they found the property on Marbledale Road, which was once home to a
tile warehouse. Opening a brewery requires an industrial setting because of the size and nature of production, and LaMothe said that he had to apply for Zoning Board variances because there has never been a brewery in the village before. Once the board decided that the brewery wouldn’t have a negative impact on noise level and trafﬁc, they gave Broken Bow an approval. Though the family lives in Bedford, LaMothe said that Tuckahoe and the abandoned tile building were perfect for his brewing business. “When you’re trying to brew beer commercially, you look for high ceilings, lots of power and a good source of good water,” LaMothe said. “It so happens that water here close to New York City is exceptional for it.” David Barbuti, the architect for the project, said that seven stainless steel tanks will be set up on the inside of the brewery for fermenting along with two copper kettles. The skeleton of the old tile company remains, but Barbuti said that the entire inside had to be upgraded and insulated. Broken Bow will have a rustic look to it, he said, and LaMothe is trying to reuse as many of the items left behind in the building as possible. “There was a large sink inside, and it’s going to be drilled out and taps will be put in there,” Barbuti said. “They’re very sustainable so they’re trying to reuse a lot of things.” LaMothe said his lager recipe is similar to what a customer may ﬁnd in the supermarket,
Broken Bow Brewery is set to open on Marbledale Road in Tuckahoe this summer, the ﬁrst brewery ever to open in the village. Photo/Ashley Helms
but with a slightly richer ﬂavor. His stout is comparable to Guinness, but a little lighter with a hint of chocolate ﬂavor. Broken Bow’s American pale ale is hops-based with a citrus taste. LaMothe collected his brewing equipment and the hops for his recipes from around the world. “We’re opening a tasting room with tours on Fridays and Saturdays,” LaMothe said. “We want people to come in and experience ﬁrst hand how it all works.” The family has knowledge and experience in web design, yeast culturing, marketing and
ﬁnance, LaMothe said, and that, as a parent, it’s great knowing that his children want to get involved in his business. “It’s really become a family fashion and I’m happy to say that my extended family now wants to get involved,” LaMothe said. Although this is the village’s ﬁrst brewery, Tuckahoe Mayor Steve Ecklond, a Republican, said that the village once had a soda bottling company located on Columbus Avenue. LaMothe said that he hopes to have construction ﬁnished by the end of April or beginning of May, with an ofﬁcial grand opening to be set as the project ﬁnishes.
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C ommunity Briefs County recruiting foster and adoptive homes
There are hundreds of children in Westchester County who need a temporary, safe and loving home. Westchester County has a fantastic foster care system, however there are never enough homes for theses vulnerable children–especially babies, teens, and sibling groups. For information, calls United Way’s 2-1-1 by dialing 211 or visit www.uwwp.org/foster. shtml
Tuckahoe Senior Center events
“WWII and New York City” April 30 New York Historical Society Box lunch at the museum Sign-up required Events at the Lutheran Church Tag Sale Saturday May 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Proceeds beneﬁt the San Antonio Youth Gathering Trip. Donations and buyers appreciated. Collection days April 28 to May 2. The Village Lutheran Church is located at 172 White Plains Road, Bronxville, New York, 10708. For more information call 914-3370207 or www.vlc-ny.org.
St. Paul’s Church events
Church tower walk Friday, April 19, 3 p.m. Join us for a hike up the wooden staircase in the church tower, leading to the historic, 250-year-old metal bell, and ﬁne views of the surrounding counties. Note: This program is repeated, every other Friday, weather permitting, through early October. The church is located at 897 South Columbus Avenue, Mt. Vernon, NY 914-667-4116 www.nps.gov/sapa
Friends’ book sale at New Rochelle library
Stock up on gently-used hardcover and paperback ﬁction and nonﬁction at the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library monthly book sale on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the library lobby. In addition to great adult and children’s books, the sale also offers DVD’s, videos and other items—all available for purchase at very affordable prices. The executive board of the Friends of the Library coordinates the book sales, with the assistance of other Friends’ volunteers. Money realized from book sales are used to underwrite the Library’s extensive public programs. The Friends of the Library bookstore is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
41st annual Strawberry Festival
The College of New Rochelle’s 41st annual Strawberry Festival has something special
for family members of all ages. On Sunday, May 5, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on the Maura Lawn of CNR’s main campus at 29 Castle Place in New Rochelle, the college will host a fun-ﬁlled day of outdoor activities, music, entertainment, and strawberry treats. Admission is free; there is a charge for food, games, and rides. Grab your family, a blanket, and prepare for a great day. The rain location is The Wellness Center. A big red chair on which visitors can take pictures will be present this year, as well as the exciting giant slide. There will be face painting, a rock wall, a dunk tank, gladiator joust, castle bounce house, henna tattoos, and much more.
Youth Bureau Presents: An Evening with Guy Davis
Back by popular demand, legendary blues musician Guy Davis will perform in concert to beneﬁt the New Rochelle Youth Bureau on Thursday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at Temple Israel, 1000 Pinebrook Blvd. This signature event, “An Evening with Guy Davis,” is presented by the Youth Bureau Board of Commissioners. All monies raised will be used to support Youth Bureau programs, including Summer Youth Employment. “An Evening with Guy Davis” will feature a wine and cheese reception, concert and dessert and coffee. Tickets are $40 each/$75 per couple. In addition, a 50/50 charity drawing will be held. For tickets, further information and reservations, contact the New Rochelle Youth Bureau at (914) 654-2045.
Greenburgh Nature Center events
May weekday classes for young children Children and parents or caregivers come for an hour of nature fun. Dress for outdoor activity. Except in extreme weather conditions, a portion of each class is spent outdoors.
Admittance closes 15 minutes after the start of the program. No pre-registration or pre-payment required. Nature Bugs for 2 to 5 year olds Nature discovery for youngsters, with a parent or caregiver. Meet a museum animal each week, hear a story and do a craft or nature game. Mondays: 1:30-2:30 p.m. May 6, 13, 20 Members: $5 adult; $4 child Non-members: $9 adult; $7 child Critters, crafts and kids for18 months to 5 years olds Enjoy wonderful spring days at the Center with walks, live animals, stories and crafts. Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Members: $5 adult; $4 child Non-members: $9 adult; $7 child May evening program for adults and high school students Wednesday, May 8, 7 p.m. for refreshments, 7:30 p.m. program: What’s the buzz with honeybees? Enter into the busy life of a honeybee hive with GNC naturalist Greg Wechegelaer. Learn why and how these amazing creatures are critical players in our own lives and global economy. Greg discusses the threats currently faced by honeybees, and how what harms bees threatens us in turn. The evening includes a taste test of some local honeys. Program presented in partnership with the Sierra Club Lower Hudson group; designed for adults and high school students. Free Deadline for our Community Briefs section is 12 p.m. every Friday. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your listings. Please send all items to email@example.com.
Tuckahoe students perform at Julliard On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Kaito and Yuuki Ohsumi, students at the William E. Cottle Elementary School in Tuckahoe, performed for the Music Advancement Program at the Juilliard School in Manhattan. Kaito, who is in fourth grade, and his brother Yuuki, who is in ﬁrst grade, played J. S. Bach’s double violin concerto in front of an audience of about 50 MAP students and faculty. The performance was such a success that members of the audience interviewed the boys for more than 40 minutes afterwards about their practice habits, favorite music, and other topics of interest. The Ohsumi brothers’ performance at the Juilliard School was by invitation from their strings teacher, Lubima Kalinkova-Shentov, who also teaches double bass, orchestra, and Performance Practicum classes at the MAP program. The strings program, new this year at Cottle, is made possible by the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Edward J. Reilly, the Tuckahoe School Board of Education, lead by President Dr. Julio Urbina, and the Tuckahoe School community. This is a memorable year for the Ohsumi brothers. Later this year, Kaito and Yuuki will perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as winners of the second prize of the
Kaito and Yuuki Ohsumi performing at Julliard on April 6 for the Music Advancement Program. Contributed Photo
American Protégé International Music Talent Competition. In addition, after Kaito won the Golden Strings of America International Competition in 2012, he was recently invited to perform on June 1, 2013 at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in the Lincoln Center. The W. E. Cottle Elementary School community is proud to mark the success of the Ohsumi brothers this year and wishes them all the best in the upcoming performances and their future endeavors. (Submitted)
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Bronxville adopts $14.3M village budget, taxes up 2.4 percent By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bronxville Board of Trustees adopted a $14.3 million spending plan, which will increase village property taxes 2.4 percent for the 2013-14 ﬁscal year. After a series of adjustments to the tentative proposal, the budget increases the total tax levy $8.4 million, upping the rate by a 2.9 percent margin over last year. According to Village Treasurer Robert Fels, changes made during two work sessions included a 1.5 percent increase in salaries for library employees with the civil service union, police overtime, and a projected increase of revenue from building and parking fees. The changes resulted in a spending increase of $364,774–or 2.61 percent–over the $13.9 million spending plan adopted last year. The adopted budget also increases the total tax levy $8.4 million, upping the rate by a 2.9 percent margin over last year. Despite the recent changes, Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin, a Republican, said that the biggest cost drivers for the village continue to be mandated increases to the state retirement system. “It has gotten to a point where it is the best we can do,” Marvin said. The ﬁnal budget also includes a 13 percent increase for state employee pension plans, a
six percent increase in health beneﬁt costs, and a salary increase of 2.25 percent for members of the Bronxville PBA, which will go into effect June 1. In addition, one vacant administrative position was cut. Because of a tax levy increase totaling $236,223, village ofﬁcials enacted an override of the state-imposed tax levy cap for a second consecutive budget cycle. “In prior years, the village stood almost alone in the state by passing several budgets with zero percent [levy] increases,” Trustee Robert Underhill, a Republican, told The Town Report in a recent interview. The levy cap, which was ﬁrst signed into law in 2011 by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, limits residents’ total property tax liability. Last year, Bronxville’s budget exceeded the levy limit by a nominal $166 margin. Village Administrator Harrold Porr said, because of an expansion of the village tax base, the tax rate dropped signiﬁcantly from the 3.6 percent increase initially proposed, to a ﬁnalized 2.4 percent tax hike. “We had an expansion of our tax base this year, which made our rate lower,” Porr said. “It is always a positive sign when [the village tax base] increases.” Unlike neighboring municipalities, Bronxville conducts a revaluation of all its commercial and residential properties in three-year intervals to ensure more equi-
A series of adjustments made by Village of Bronxville ofﬁcials for the 2013-2014 ﬁscal budget cycle include a 1.5 percent increase for civil service union employees of the Bronxville Library, pictured here. File photo
table assessments. The adopted rate reﬂects a $3.01 increase per $1,000 of assessed property value.
For residents with a home assessed at $1 million of real property value, this equates to an increase of $3,014 for municipal taxes.
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Scott Wynne to become Eastchester Middle School principal
Scott Wynne, the current Eastchester Middle School assistant principal, will take over as the school’s principal this summer. His promotion follows the announcement that middle school Principal Walter Moran will become Eastchester’s superintendent. Photo/Ashley Helms By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER email@example.com
Scott Wynne, Eastchester Middle School’s current assistant principal will take over as the middle school’s principal following Walter Moran’s promotion to district superintendent. Wynne said he is planning to continue improvements to the school’s curriculum, including new technology-based classes for the roughly 720 students enrolled at the middle school. Changes are being made to the curriculum following a look into how older students conduct online research and how middle school
children can be trained in technology at an earlier age. At the seventh and eighth grade level, students have an opportunity to pick their own research project, which Wynne said will give them the opportunity to improve critical thinking and creativity. “We’ve had projects on terrorism and AIDS research,” Wynne said. “They get very in-depth.” Another class will be almost completely online driven, where students submit all their ﬁnished work through the Internet, but still attend class. According to Wynne, the teacher is working on completing screen casts of his lessons so students can watch them at home
and come to class ready for hands on learning. Digital labs in the classroom will bring science, math and 21st century technology together in one place, the new principal said. “I think kids can rise to the challenge,” Wynne said. In conjunction with new high-tech classes, students will also be educated on how they should conduct themselves online in the digital age. “Things they do now can affect them not only in high school, but in college and in life,” Wynne said. School Board President David Carforo said that the board is delighted that Wynne will be taking over as the school’s principal, and the district fully expects he will continue to develop new academic initiatives. “We are fortunate to have an administrator of his capability already in the district with a demonstrated commitment to the children of Eastchester,” Carforo said. Since he became an assistant principal in 2009, Wynne has served as chairperson for the math, science, special education and art departments, according to Mary Ellen Byrne, public relations coordinator for the Eastchester School District. “During that time, he implemented innovative character and anti-bullying campaigns, designed a new sixth grade orientation program and was responsible for maintaining
student behavior and discipline,” Byrne said. The transition to a new position is expected to go smoothly, Wynne said, because he already has experience within the school. His new job duties will ofﬁcially take effect on July 15, the day after current Superintendent Marilyn Terranova vacates her seat and Moran takes over as superintendent. As principal, Wynne will now oversee the ongoing construction project at the middle school. Construction has already begun in the cafeteria with improvements projected to be complete by fall. “We gave up half of our cafeteria so they can begin construction to the outer area,” Wynne said. Wynne received his undergraduate degree in economics and math from Lafayette College. He also attained a master’s degree in special education from Pace University and is working on his doctorate in educational leadership from Manhattanville College. Both Wynne and Terranova worked in the Carmel School District before coming to Eastchester. Wynne said he highly enjoyed the time he spent getting to know each student, and that no two days in Eastchester Middle School are the same. “I’ve spent my whole career in middle school,” Wynne said. “To me there is nothing more rewarding.”
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Budget matters, and why the budget matters The trustees worked extremely hard in as “very strong,” and we will certainly mainwork sessions over the past several weeks to tain our AAA bond rating. reduce the tentative budget’s 4.5 percent tax At the end of the process, the trustees and levy increase to 2.9 percent I felt very good in that we in the ﬁnal budget, which kept village departments will be ﬁled by May 1. We BRONXVILLE TODAY lean, but highly functioninitially started this process ing; there is no diminution Mayor in early January knowing of services going forward, Mary Marvin of the ﬁscal constraints and and our fund balance will challenges. remain healthy for years to The village budget for ﬁscome. cal year 2013-2014 is now $14.3 million, $8.3 In a quirk of state law, our village and school million of which must be raised via property budget years can never match up in spite of taxes. We anticipate $5.5 million in various the fact that logic would seem to dictate they revenue sources, chief among them parking should. fees and mortgage and sales tax proceeds. Per state law, village budgets must be on In order to get to this number, while absorb- a June 1 to May 31 ﬁscal year, while school ing almost a 5 percent tax increase sent from budgets are locked into a ﬁscal year of July Albany in the form of pension, healthcare and 1 to June 30 due to the constraint of state aid other unfunded mandate costs, cuts were made formulas. across the board. Our administrative staff, This slight variation is important to note library, parking enforcement staff, Public when you are either buying or selling a house Works Department and police department as the tax apportionment is not in perfect are operating with historically low manpower alignment. levels. In an effort to save time, money and paper, To recap, in what has become a dangerous we now send out one bill with two payment and unsustainable trend, pension costs again stubs enclosed. increased signiﬁcantly–this year by 13 perThe ﬁrst payment is due by June 30 to avoid cent versus 19 percent in our last budget–for a any penalties. You should receive your notitotal cost of $1.3 million to the State of New ﬁcation following the May 21 school budget York for this one line item alone. vote. In tandem, healthcare costs are now $1.7 On a very positive front, we have bucked million in the current budget and are forecasted the trend of almost all other communities and to rise precipitously in our next budget cycle. actually added $13.3 million to the village’s Taken together, these two line items comprise assessed valuation, thus lowering the tax rate 21.6 percent of the village budget. We also to 2.41 percent per $1,000 of assessed value. had to send the state an additional $250,000 As a result of keeping village property to cover various other unfunded mandates, valuations current and defendable, we had a including Workmen’s Compensation and the record low number of tax challenges. MTA payroll tax. In addition to the above operating budget, In contrast, our direct aid from the state the trustees and I annually craft a capital budamounted to $130,000 in total. get for needed improvements or maintenance We also closed out some $160,000 worth of throughout the village. capital projects that we deemed non-essential, Currently, we have $3.6 million that has and applied those monies to this year’s debt accrued over the past few capital programs, service charge. which are a blend of village projects and state We did maintain funding for a limited num- grants. Much of the funding goes toward ber of summer jobs for our students, as their public works initiatives and police and village presence is enormously helpful during the equipment and vehicles. As example, we have busy staff vacation period. $675,000 earmarked to do street paving and The 2.9 percent tax levy increase results curbing this summer. If you believe your street in the village surpassing the state tax cap by should be on this list, email our Department of $13,000. Public Works at firstname.lastname@example.org and we We did have to dip into fund balance to will review its condition. reach the 2.9 percent levy number, but even Given all the constraints and unfunded after our use of some monies, the fund bal- mandates, the trustees and I believe we ance remains at $2.2 million or 15.8 percent have crafted a very lean, responsible budget of the operating budget. Standard & Poor’s that keeps the village in good stead going characterizes our percentage of fund balance forward.
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Mamaroneck moves forward with USDA egg oiling By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER email@example.com
Mamaroneck—Since the village announced that it would take advantage of a renegotiation clause within a contract it signed with the USDA to slaughter geese, there has been a wide variety of non-lethal alternatives offered by those opposed to the original agreement. The village has now made it clear to USDA representative Ken Preusser that they wish to avoid killing the geese. This effort is primarily aimed at oiling eggs in Columbus and Harbor Island parks, which are considered property of the village. Village Manager Richard Slingerland said that the board will allow the USDA to oil eggs in both parks, but that residents are encouraged to take it upon themselves to oil eggs on private property if they choose. “We’re trying to implement a systematic plan that will eventually be rolled out villagewide,” Slingerland said. “What we’re focusing on now is village property, but in the future, we’ll try to focus more on volunteer efforts.” Scarsdale resident Kim Gold, who is an animal rights activist that has spoken out against the USDA contract, recently contacted GeesePeace, an organization that educates communities on waterfowl management, and coordinated a presentation for residents on egg oiling at the Mamaroneck Public Library on April 11.
Robert Guardagna gave a demonstration of his Geesebuster’s apparatus at Glen Island Park in New Rochelle. The predator decoy, seen here in Guardagna’s hands, is made of bamboo and lightweight fabric and is used to frighten birds into leaving an area. Photo/Chris Gramuglia
“There needs to be public and private collaboration,” Gold said. “A lot of people have nests on their property, and this was just a way to educate residents on how to deal with them.” Gold said that she thinks the village’s new approach is a good one-despite her gripes
with the USDA for its other lethal methods of waterfowl management-and that she hopes to ﬁnd a way to reach out to more residents who couldn’t attend the presentation. The GeesePeace presentation was given by Denise Savageau, the Director of Conservation for the Town of Greenwich, and focused on the proper methods that should be used to oil eggs as well as how residents can register with the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service to become certiﬁed to carry out the process on their own. Egg oiling, according to Savageau, is a process that prevents oxygen exchange from occuring within eggs before they are incubated, which effectively stops their development and prevents them from hatching. Egg oiling is a two-person job, said Savageau, mainly because there is an inherent danger of being attacked while approaching a nest if geese are in the area. Because of this safety risk, she advised that one person stand guard against potentially violent parent geese, while a partner applies oil to the eggs. Another alternative that has garnered signiﬁcant support is a method that involves conditioning the geese to leave the area through the use of a predator decoy and a whistle. The method is employed by Geesebusters, a company that specializes in waterfowl management strategies, which is operated by Robert Guardagna. Guardagna attempted to perform a demonstration of his method at Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck on April 9, but was told
by village ofﬁcials that he was not authorized to do so and that village police would be notiﬁed if he entered the park. away.” The reason the village has chosen not to chase the existing geese away, is because the birds nest in the middle of March until the end of May, and the current egg oiling strategy is only aimed at preventing new geese from being born. The board has not yet decided how it will handle the geese that already inhabit the village. Slingerland said that a program to chase away geese is just not needed at the moment, because if geese do ﬂy away they will not be able to nest, which is essential if the USDA egg oiling to is be a success. “We’ve already seen the demonstration, and at this point we don’t want to chase the geese away,” he said. But Guardagna said that his method is the most efﬁcient. “Once you introduce [the predator decoy] to an area, the birds move out completely. Egg oiling is unnecessary, we should leave nature alone, and keep our hands off of it.” Guardagna also criticized the USDA, and said that he has repeatedly tried to convince them to use his method and has gotten no response. “The USDA is killing all over the country,” he said. “I sent video tapes to all of the USDA ofﬁces in the country. Not one person returned USDA continued on page 9
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last month, but the rate did as well, dropping from 1.58 percent to the adopted .93 percent increase. Unlike other municipalities in the area, the village regularly conducts a revaluation of all its commercial and residential properties within three-year intervals to ensure more equitable assessed property values. Superintendent David Quattrone explained that, while the district is satisﬁed with its adopted proposal for the 2013-2014 school year, administrators are uncertain if it will remain stable in future years due to some anticipated cost factors. “We’re not at a point yet where we have a
sustainable budget,” Quattrone said. “We have to look at it on a year-by-year basis.” According to Quattrone, while members of the school board had considered a series of reductions in music, high school electives, and other enrichment elements, they ultimately rejected reducing school programming. In addition, the adopted budget includes no layoffs; with reductions in stafﬁng that Quattrone said resulted from implementing a teacher retirement incentive and a voluntary wage freeze from school administrators. A hearing on the adopted budget will be held May 9, with the ultimate decision to be determined by Bronxville voters on May 21.
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Latimer announces scholarships Democratic state Senator George Latimer of New York State Assembly and Senate memhas announced that the New York Conference bers who are actively involved in promoting of Italian-American State Legislators is and celebrating the state’s Italian-American now accepting applications for four $1,500 community. The conference mission is to scholarships to be awarded June work hard to elevate and highlight 10 at their annual Legislative Italian-American contributions to Conference Day. Scholarship the State of New York and beyond winners must be present to receive in all aspects of society, including their awards. literature, the arts, architecture and “Given the high costs of colpolitics. The conference also tries lege, every opportunity must be to dispel negative stereotypes of made by local students and their Italian-Americans. working families to meet their re“Our conference is very proud quired expenses with scholarships of our role in promoting higher as well as with student loans, education and assisting students in available ﬁnancial aid, and perreaching their academic goals and George Latimer sonal contributions,” Latimer said. full potential for future success in “I highly recommend that our area’s students the global marketplace,” Latimer said. “This apply to the conference for these prestigious year’s recipients will be invited to Albany to scholarships so that they may hopefully se- receive their scholarship awards in June. cure as much extra help with their expenses Eligible applicants must reside in the as possible.” 37th Senate District which includes all of This year, the Italian-American State the Westchester communities of Armonk, Legislators Conference will be awarding Banksville, Bedford, Bedford Hills, four $1,500 scholarships to four current or Bronxville, Eastchester, Harrison, Larchmont, future college students from New York State. Mamaroneck, North White Plains, Port Eligibility will be based upon the student’s Chester, Rye Brook, Rye City, and Tuckahoe grade point average, interest in pursuing a and parts of Katonah, New Rochelle, White higher education, involvement in the local Plains and Yonkers. Area students may recommunity as well as individual ﬁnancial quest an application by contacting Latimer’s need. ofﬁce at 914-934-5250 and return it by The conference is a bipartisan organization May 8. (Submitted)
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The Village of Mamaroneck has decided to continue working with the USDA, but only by oiling eggs that are found on village-owned property. Canada geese, like this one that was seen at Columbus Park in Mamaroneck, usually begin nesting in early March and begin incubating at the end of April. File photo
my emails.” The village also began using a Rake-O-Vac, a machine designed to scour ﬁelds and rid them of goose droppings. According to Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican, the machine worked well, and the parks department will be using it frequently in the future.
“It’s scheduled to be used once a week in Columbus, Harbor Island and Florence parks,” Rosenblum said. “The main problem still exists of a hundred and ﬁfty to two-hundred geese each making a pound of waste a day, but the machine picked up ninety percent the last time we used it.”
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A bill is currently in the state Assembly and Senate to move the Eastchester Fire Board elections to November. This is the ﬁrst time that a bill has been presented in the Senate, and will pass easily if the public is supportive of the date change, according to state ofﬁcials. File photo
the ﬁre district election shouldn’t take place in May during school elections,” Colavita said. Board of Fire Commissioners Chairman Dennis Winter had previously stated that changing the election date is one of the board’s top priorities this year. Commissioner Steven Baker said that the cost of a separate election is unnecessary, though there isn’t much that can be done on the town level. “It’s in the hands of Albany, except for a grass roots movement here,” Baker said. Getting the state Board of Elections on board with the move has been tough, but Mary Neagle Smith, a frequent attendee of the
Board of Fire Commissioner meetings, said it’s not worth having a separate election when voting machines must be recalibrated, voting booth attendees must be placed and separate ballots have to be made. “In this day and age, when everyone is trying to share services, do we want to be one of the municipalities who has to duplicate services?” Smith said. A community meeting to gauge the public’s attitude toward changing the ﬁre board election date will be held on May 15 between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Eastchester Library. An attempt to reach Winter for comment was not successful as of press time.
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New Iona dorm put off temporarily By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
New Rochelle—After a lengthy discussion, New Rochelle ofﬁcials decided not to vote on zoning changes that would allow for the future creation of an Iona College residence hall on North Avenue until it gets additional feedback from city staff. The zoning amendments submitted for the New Rochelle City Council’s consideration after a public hearing last week were supposed to reﬂect “the recommendations in the ﬁnal report of the Community College Planning Committee,” A group made up neighborhood residents, city ofﬁcials and school members. The committee, which tried to ﬁnd a balance between Iona’s housing needs and neighborhood concerns, met for a year before it released its ﬁnal report last fall. In it, the committee endorsed a local developer’s proposal to build a seven-story residence hall near the college on North Avenue, and another dorm nearby. As stipulated in the report, construction of the second building would be contingent upon certain conditions. At last week’s public hearing, committee members indicated they supported the plans for both buildings only if the college managed the North Avenue residence hall. Iona students and ofﬁcials also advocated for the college to manage the future North Avenue residence hall. Numerous speakers said they could not
support any proposed zoning changes allowing for private management of the dorm. City Manager Charles Strome said it would take some time to redraft the zoning and get the staff input now sought by the City Council. Ideally, the City Council could vote on the revised zoning in June. While some of his colleagues expressed concern about delaying proceedings, City Councilman Ivar Hyden, a Democrat, said staff analysis of the committee’s recommendations and any resulting zoning changes is warranted. “I know the committee worked very hard on this, but we need to take a look at a lot of these issues. We need to do what’s best for the city,” Hyden said, adding he wasn’t “entirely happy” with the committee’s recommendations. Councilman Albert Tarantino, a Republican, also had some questions about the committee’s conclusions. Speciﬁcally, he wanted to know how and why the committee agreed to the construction of the seven-story building on North Avenue that would include ground ﬂoor retail space and six ﬂoors of student housing above. “What expertise did the committee have to decide it should be seven stories? Height is an issue, so why start out at seven stories?” Tarantino said. “We don’t know what we really need versus what we’re being asked for. Was it an arbitrary ﬁgure? We don’t want to
create a ‘corridor effect’ with a ‘wall’ on one side of North Avenue.” New Rochelle Development Commissioner Luis Aragon tried to assuage Tarantino’s concerns by saying the geography on the portion of North Avenue where the future dorm could be built would prevent the appearance of a “solid wall.” Tarantino did not seem to be convinced. “I think we need to look at whether this building would be too big, too small, or whether it is really OK,” Tarantino said. “There is a level of anxiety in the neighborhoods. A lot of people feel they were not part of the [Community College Planning Committee] process.” The council also tussled over the parking requirements that should be included in the revised zoning. “This is something we wrestled with on the committee,” said Councilman Jared Rice, a
Democrat, who favors strict parking requirements. “I think that, if the zoning adds one extra car to the neighborhood, it creates an overﬂow because parking is so limited.” Hyden had a different take on the issue. “I think the solution is an overall zoning plan [for North Avenue] including the creation of municipal lots to ease the burden on nearby streets that are already overwhelmed with cars,” Hyden said. Democratic Mayor Noam Bramson, a candidate for county executive, said he supports the call for further staff analysis, but he also said the council should “show deference” to the Community College Planning Committee. “[The members of that committee] all sat with this and had the time to review it that we won’t,” Bramson said. “I think we should still have a staff review, but I’ll need a strong counter argument to feel otherwise,” Bramson said.
L etters All for school scanners To the Editor, Re: “Town schools to install ID scanners” in the April 4, 2013 edition. I like the identiﬁcation scanner system; it would save more lives of children from sex offenders. All the schools here in Westchester County should get this system. Jennifer Johnson, Eastchester
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Online women’s magazine spurs life changes By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER email@example.com
Eighteen months ago, Larchmont resident Felice Shapiro launched an online magazine called Better After 50. Today, the publication, which can be accessed at betterafter50.com, has 85,000 readers and its growth has spurred additional endeavors. “Betterafter50.com is about real stories for real women,” Shapiro said. “Hopefully those stories will resonate.” The online magazine features articles on relationships, ﬁnances, ﬁtness, fashion and travel. Clicking on a tab labeled “work” leads users to a sub-category called “What’s Next.” There, readers can ﬁnd articles about returning to work, crafting resumes, how to “reinvent” themselves, and how to embrace change. Not too long ago, Shapiro did just that. After a fulﬁlling career in traditional publishing, Shapiro found herself at a personal and professional crossroads. She’d just lost her husband and her youngest child was leaving for college. “I dropped him off at college and focused on my ‘what’s next,’” Shapiro said. The next phase of her career turned out to be teaching entrepreneurship in New York and Boston, Mass. Eventually, she decided she wanted to get back into publishing and decided to do so while blending her love of entrepreneurship and women’s issues.
“I wrote 100 blogs over the summer and decided to launch an online magazine,” Shapiro said. Shapiro met her friend and business partner Ronna Benjamin the day after she launched betterafter50.com. “I was a real estate lawyer for 29 years,” Benjamin said. “I was in the profession for a couple of decades, fairly happily, and then I got to a point where I couldn’t do it anymore. I kept thinking that when I figured out what I really wanted to do, I would do it, but I didn’t know exactly what I wanted. I just wanted a change.” Benjamin began writing on sleepless nights and shared some of her work with friends. With positive reinforcement, the Boston-area resident wrote more “funny and emotional” stories–but she didn’t know where to send them. “Someone knew Felice and suggested we get in touch. I sent a couple of pieces to Felice and she said we had to meet,” Benjamin said. “We met at a diner in Boston and discovered we’d gone to the same high school.” After that encounter, Benjamin started submitting articles for Shapiro’s new online magazine. “I had so much fun, I decided this is what I want to do. I quit my job in real estate law and every day since then has been fabulous. My kids say I am busier than ever–and I am happier.” In addition to coordinating and producing
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Ronna Benjamin, left, and Felice Shapiro of Better After 50. Photo/Hollis Rafkin-Sax
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LEGAL NOTICE EASTCHESTER UFSD - NOTICE OF ANNUAL DISTRICT ELECTION AND VOTE The Annual District Public Election and Vote of the qualiﬁed voters of the Eastchester Union Free School District of the Town of Eastchester, Westchester County, State of New York, will be held at the Eastchester High School for those persons residing in the Eastchester High School/ Middle School Election District and at 235 Garth Road for those persons residing in the Garth Road Election District on May 21, 2013 between the hours of six (6:00) AM and nine (9:00) PM EDST, for the purpose of electing three members of the Board of Education of said District for three (3) full terms of three (3) years: One (1) member of the Board of Education for a full term of three (3) years, commencing July 1, 2013 (position currently ﬁlled by Paul Cubita) and expiring June 30, 2016. One (1) member of the Board of Education for a full term of three (3) years, commencing July 1, 2013 (position currently ﬁlled by Paul Doyle) and expiring June 30, 2016. One (1) member of the Board of Education for a full term of three (3) years, commencing July 1, 2013 (position currently ﬁlled by Mary Messner Martin) and expiring June 30, 2016. PROPOSITION NO. 1 - For the adoption of the budget for the school year 2013-14 for the schools comprising Eastchester Union Free School District of the Town of Eastchester, Westchester County, State of New York, approved by the Board of Education of said District, to be submitted to the qualiﬁed voters of the District at the Election and Public Vote to be held at the Eastchester High School and 235 Garth Road, of said District on May 21, 2013 between the hours of six (6:00) AM and nine (9:00) PM EDST, for the raising of the net sum required for said budget in one sum by tax upon the taxable property of said District. A copy of the budget for the school year 2013-14 to be voted on at the Annual District Public Election and Vote to be held on May 21, 2013, may be obtained by any taxpayer in the District at the Administration Building, 580 White Plains Road, and at each school in the District between the hours of eight (8:00) AM and four (4:00) PM, EDST, on each day other than a Saturday, Sunday or holiday during the fourteen days immediately preceding May 21, 2013, the date of the Annual District Election and Public Vote. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE - Nominating petitions for candidates for the ofﬁce of school board member must be ﬁled with the District Clerk between the hours of eight (8:00) AM and three (4:00) PM, EDST, on or before April 22, 2013, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. A copy of each candidate’s statement of expense may be obtained by any taxpayer in the District at the Administration Building, 580 White Plains Road, between the hours of eight (8:00) AM and four (4:00) PM, EDST, on each day other than a Saturday, Sunday or holiday during the ﬁve days immediately preceding May 21, 2013, the date of the Annual District Election and Public Vote. On May 7, 2013, the second Tuesday preceding the date of the Annual District Election and Public Vote, the Board of Education will convene a Public Hearing at eight (8:00) PM on the proposed budget. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE - The Board of Registration, Eastchester Union Free School District, Town of Eastchester, Westchester County, New York, will meet to prepare the register of the qualiﬁed voters of the District for the District Public Election and Vote of the School District, which will be held on May 21, 2013 at the Administration Building, 580 White Plains Road, Eastchester, New York, on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 between the hours of eight (8:00) AM and 12 Noon (12:00) PM EDST. Please note that new voters may register at such time and location on any business day prior to and including May 15, 2013, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Vote at the location at which you are registered. You cannot vote if your name does not appear upon the register, except as in accordance with NY Education Law Sec. 2019-a. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE - Any person shall be entitled to have his name placed upon said register of the qualiﬁed voters of the District provided that at the foregoing meeting of the members of the Board of Registration, such person presents himself or herself personally for registration and is known or proved to the satisfaction of such members of the Board of Registration to be then or thereafter entitled to vote at the school election to be held on May 21, 2013. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE - The said register of the qualiﬁed voters of the District, when prepared, will be ﬁled in the Ofﬁce of the Clerk of the District at the Administration Building, 580 White Plains Road, in said District and will be open for inspection by any qualiﬁed voter of the District at the said ofﬁce of said Clerk between the hours of eight (8:00) AM and four (4:00) PM, EDST, during each of the ﬁve days, Saturday nine (9:00) AM to Eleven (11:00) AM, Sunday excepted, prior to May 21, 2013, the date of the Annual District Election and Public Vote. Applications for absentee ballots may be applied for at the Ofﬁce of the Clerk of the District and must be received by the Clerk of the District prior to four (4:00) PM on May 15, 2013 if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, and/or prior to four (4:00) PM on May 20, 2013 if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. Absentee ballots must be received by the Clerk not later than ﬁve (5:00) PM on May 21, 2013. A list of all persons to whom absentee ballots shall have been issued, to date, will be available in said ofﬁce of the Clerk on each of the ﬁve days prior to the day of election, Saturday nine (9:00) AM to eleven (11:00) AM, Sunday excepted, and that such list will also be posted at the voting place or places. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE – a Real Property Tax Exemption Report prepared in accordance with Section 495 of the Real Property Tax Law will be annexed to any tentative/preliminary budget as well as the ﬁnal adopted budget of which it will form a part; and shall be posted on District bulletin board(s) maintained for public notices, as well as on the District’s website. Voting on BUDGET AND TRUSTEE ELECTION will be by machine ballot. Dated: April 5, 2013 Mary Ellen Melnyk, District Clerk
New Business Hall of Fame members saluted Hall of Fame Awards, and this was the best one yet,” Gordon said. “The event was special for so many reasons, but mainly because it represents the best and brightest within Westchester’s proud business community.” This year’s honorees are: Ruth H. Mahoney, president of Key Bank’s Hudson Valley/Metro NY District (Corporate Citizen Award); Patrick L. Vaccaro, managing partner of Jackson Lewis, LLP (Entrepreneurial Award); Christopher and Sean Murphy, Murphy Brothers Contracting, Inc. (Small Business Award); Glenn Pacchiana, president and CEO of Thalle Industries, Inc. (Family Business Award); and Judith Huntington, president and CEO of The College of New Rochelle (Women in Business Award). The honorees graciously accepted their awards and each gave heartfelt acceptance speeches following special video presentations. Among the prestigious attendees was County Executive Rob Astorino, who praised the BCW and this year’s Hall of Fame inductees for their contributions to the county’s economy. Pictured at the VIP reception, from left, Christopher News 12 Anchor Scott McGee was Murphy of Murphy Brothers Contracting; Business Hall the evening’s emcee. of Fame Co-Chair Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson; BCW Since its inception, the Business Chairman Stephen Jones; Sean Murphy of Murphy Hall of Fame has inducted 60 busiBrothers Contracting; Ruth Mahoney of KeyBank; Patrick Vaccaro of Jackson Lewis; Judith Huntington ness leaders. The names of this year’s of The College of New Rochelle; Glenn Pacchiana of winners will be added to a plaque Thalle Industries; and BCW President Marsha Gordon. displayed at the Westchester County Contributed photo Airport. (Submitted) More than 600 people representing a who’s who of the Westchester business community were out in full force April 18 to salute the winners of The Business Council of Westchester’s 12th annual Business Hall of Fame Awards. The Hall of Fame Awards ceremony, which was held at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, broke records for attendance, sponsorship and fundraising, said Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of the BCW. “It’s our 12th year of having the Business
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Astorino announces “Bee-aware” bus security campaign The “If You See Something, Say Something” advertising campaign that has been a ubiquitous part of the New York City transit system since after Sept. 11, 2001, has arrived in Westchester, but in a unique Bee-Line bus way that uses humor to send a serious message, County Executive Robert P. Astorino recently announced. “The bombings in Boston are a tragic reminder to us that we cannot become casual in efforts to prevent terrorism,” Astorino said. “Citizen vigilance is a major part of that. The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness among riders that if they see a suspicious package that is left unattended, they should notify the driver or call the police.” The $433,000 “Bee-Aware” campaign will include cable TV spots, radio commercials, newspaper ads and advertising on buses and at bus shelters, both in English and Spanish, with the message. It is ﬁnanced with a $433,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security obtained by the county’s Department of Public Works and Transportation. The Bee-Line system is the second largest bus system in New York State, with close to 330 vehicles in its ﬂeet. Ridership for 2012 was 32.1 million. Average daily weekday ridership is approximately 115,000. BeeLine operates over 60 bus routes providing
local, limited stop and express service within Westchester County and to Putnam County and New York City. There are more than 3,300 bus stops in the system. “Bee-Line riders are often the ﬁrst line of defense when it comes to spotting suspicious packages or unusual activity on board buses,” Public Safety Commissioner George N. Longworth said. “I urge all those who use the Bee-Line system to alert the driver or call police immediately if they see something that doesn’t look right.” The 16-week campaign was developed by Korey Kay & Partners, the original creators of the “If You See Something, Say Something” slogan for the Metropolitan Transportation Administration. Korey Kay was selected from seven companies that had responded to the county’s request for proposals. The county obtained permission from the MTA to use the “If You See Something, Say Something” message. Working under the direction of the county, Korey Kay was asked to come up with an advertising campaign that would be speciﬁc to Westchester. “We are pleased that Korey Kay was able to develop a message that uses the bee theme and is serious at the same time. We think ‘BeeAware’ will effectively convey the importance
of public awareness for the Bee-Line System,” Deputy Commissioner Patricia Chemka of DPW/T said. Said Allen Kay, CEO, Korey Kay & Partners, “Unfortunately, everyone has to be more vigilant than ever to protect one another’s safety. The Bee-Line system is doing all they can to encourage this.” Westchester County has used Department
of Homeland Security funds before to enhance security for its bus system. Past funding has gone for cameras at the White Plains and New Rochelle TransCenters, security improvements at the Valhalla storage and maintenance facility, and the preparation of a security threat assessment and plan for addressing potential threats to the Bee-Line System. (Submitted)
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Solace in baseball’s cathedrals I started hearing the chants sometime around the sixth inning on Friday. On a blustery night at Citi Field on April 19, in the midst of an exhilarating pitching performance by Mets rookie Matt Harvey, the focus–for a time–shifted away from the play on the ﬁeld as fans, no doubt clued in by their smart phones, came to the realization that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, had been apprehended by police. From my nosebleed seats in section 414, it was easy to make out when each section heard the news. A smattering of patriotic chants down the third base line; some enthusiastic “We got him!” cheers in left ﬁeld. Suddenly, the game at hand seemed far less important as fans became aware that one of the perpetrators of a heinous attack that left three dead and hundreds more injured would be brought to justice. In the seventh, the Mets ﬂashed the news on the scoreboard. I don’t know if Citi Field has ever gotten that loud in its short history as the
crowd, as one, chanted “USA, USA” in a moment of catharsis. The nation was angry, sure, but there wasn’t anger in these chants. Instead, there was mostly pride and relief. Relief in knowing that some of the questions we, the American public, had about this attack would be answered, and pride in the way the situation was handled by our ﬁrst responders, our true American heroes. Citi Field wasn’t the only venue to play host to outpourings of American pride. Videos of stadiums responding to the news went viral. The following day, emotional pre-game ceremonies were held at Boston’s TD Garden and hallowed Fenway Park, honoring those that lost loved ones in the attacks as well as celebrating the resilience of a city–and country-that desperately needed a ‘win’. Perhaps one of the most memorable responses belonged to longtime Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, who took the microphone to address the Fenway faithful before a tilt with
Mike Smith’s vantage point at Citi Field on April 19 allowed him to see the crowd react as news of the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made its way around the stadium. Photo/Mike Smith
the Royals to remind the crowd–and the nation that was watching–that Boston was indeed their bleepin’ city. The crowed roared. FCC violations aside, the message was succinct and positive; We’ll get through this. We always do. In a time that sees much division in our nation, be it religious, ideological or otherwise, crowd reactions at sporting events this past weekend were refreshingly apolitical, a sign that for better or worse, we’re all in this together.
Professional sports aren’t pure. We’ve learned that as a collective culture. But sports still have a way of capturing the American spirit, no matter what tragedies befall our country. Be it wartime baseball in the 1940s, or Mike Piazza’s dramatic homerun at Shea following 9/11, sports have a way of reminding us of what brings us together as a people. That scene at Fenway, baseball’s cathedral, served as a reminder that no matter what background we come from, we can sometimes ﬁnd solace in the church of sports.
Undefeated Eagles soaring in 2013 By MIKE SMITH SPORTS EDITOR email@example.com
Danielle Cacciola delivers a pitch against Dobbs Ferry on April 22. Cacciola is recording roughly two strikeouts per inning this season. Photo/Mike Smith
With a 12-5 win over an outclassed Dobbs Ferry team on April 22, the Eastchester Eagles continued their torrid pace, improving to a perfect 7-0 on the season. For the Eagles, the hot start is not a surprise given the veteran talent on the team. No two upperclassmen, however, might be more important than pitcher Danielle Cacciola and her battery-mate, Kristin Martin. On Monday, Cacciola ﬁred a complete game gem, allowing only two earned runs and striking out nine on the day. Offensively, she helped her own cause, going 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs on the day. Martin shared similar success with a 2-for-4 day as well, while fellow senior Christina Zaccardi went a perfect 3-for-3. Martin and Cacciola, who have been a battery since they started playing softball at age seven, have helped the Eagles start off the season on a positive note. Martin is hitting .444 on the season, while Cacciola has been tremendous in the circle, pitching to the tune of a 1.82 ERA while striking out roughly two batters per inning. According to Martin, being Cacciola’s catcher for so long has helped form a bond between the two Eagles that has manifested itself in other ways on the ball ﬁeld.
“I know how she’s going to pitch, and when to call certain pitches,” Martin said. “I think ultimately it helps the team, because if we’re up, the whole team is up.” Cacciola and Martin are both headed to different schools to continue their softball careers last year, but the two even signed their letters of intent on the same day–along with Mark Medico, the centerﬁelder on the Eagles baseball team. Martin will be playing at La Salle University, while the Eagles ace will be enrolling at Siena University next fall. “It was so exciting to share that experience with Danielle,” said Martin. “When we were younger, we always dreamed about doing that, and even though we’re going to different schools, it was deﬁnitely special.” Right now, however, both Martin and Cacciola are concentrating solely on the task at hand, continuing to win games. A recent coaches poll ranked the Eagles as the fourthbest Class AA team in New York, but it’s an honor to which the Eastchester team hasn’t given much thought. “We don’t really pay attention to stuff like that,” said Martin. “We just come to play every game instead of looking ahead.” The Eagles will contend with rival Pelham on April 26 before traveling up north to take part in a tournament hosted by R.C. Ketcham over the weekend.
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Huskies host local powers at Fulton Invitational
Harrison’s Coby Lefkowitz leaps during the 110m hurdle event. Lefkowitz placed third with a time of 15.6. By MIKE SMITH SPORTS EDITOR firstname.lastname@example.org
On April 17, Harrison’s
track program hosted its annual tournament, the Dennis Fulton Invitational, bringing some of the top teams from
around the section to compete at what has become an annual ode to the former Huskies coach. When the dust settled,
Bronxville’s John Vetromile leads the pack in the 3200m race at the Fulton Invitational on April 17. Vetromile would win with a time of 9:53.0. Photos/Mike Smith
the squad from New Rochelle took top honors in both boys and girls competition. On the girls side, New Rochelle used a strong showing in the ﬁeld events–where they amassed 52 points–to beat Bronxville, whose total score of 107 was just off the pace of the Huguenots’ 135. New Rochelle’s boys edged second-place Harrison 117 to 110, thanks to a 26-point advantage over the Huskies in the distance events. “It turned out kind of how we thought it would,” said Harrison boys coach Dominic Zanot. “Our girls placed ﬁfth, which really speaks to the depth of the ﬁeld we had here with both New Rochelle and Bronxville competing.” As is often the case, Bronxville’s girls fared well in the distance and middle distance events, with Meredith Rizzo winning the 800m with a time of 2:20.3, Courtney Campbell winning the 1500m with a 4:50.3 clip and Kaitlin Ryan taking ﬁrst in the 3000m with a time of 10:44.4. In one of the tightest races of the day, New Rochelle’s Justin Alleyne edged out the Broncos’ John Flannery to win the boys 800m run with a time of 1:55.1–just one
A New Rochelle long jumper takes off on April 17. Scarsdale’s Patrick Clark won the event with a distance of 21-06.00.
1/100 of a second faster than Flannery. “Bringing in teams like Bronxville and New Rochelle, they’re not just powers locally,” said Zanot. “You look at those programs and they compare favorably to a lot of teams in the entire country. To have these powers come to Harrison for a competition is a big deal. It allows our athletes to see and race against the best.” Harrison did manage to get a number of winners on the day, including Rula Samad in the girls triple jump, Kyle Lefkowitz in the distance
throw, and Jeremy Altamuro, who won the shotput with a mark of 46-07.30. Zanot said that, because the event featured top schools and was heavily covered by various media outlets, photographs from the day have been instrumental in helping his squad reﬁne their craft. “Looking at the pictures you can see things like [hurdler] Coby Lefkowitz being about six inches too high on a hurdle. We know that if we lower that, that can add one or two seconds to his time,” said the head coach. “We use those shots to teach.”