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Vol. 15/Number 21

May 24, 2013

Voters approve $75M school budget By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER

It’s A Winner!

Two trustees who are no strangers to the Eastchester Board of Education, along with one fresh face, will be sworn in this summer to continue their work on the board following Tuesday's contested election. Voters also passed a roughly $75 million school budget with a tax levy increase of 3.7 percent. First-time candidate Judah Holstein and incumbents Mary Messner Martin and Paul Doyle were elected to three-year terms on the board. Doyle was elected to his third term with 1,241 votes and Martin to her second term with 1,214 votes. Holstein secured 941 votes while the fourth candidate, Anita Ezertic, totaled only 805 votes.

Voters were vastly supportive of the 2013-2014 budget, with 1,115 residents voting in favor of the budget and 630 residents voting against it. According to Doyle, the differential between those who were in support of the budget and those who were against it is the largest since at least 1996. The district has yet to release the anticipated tax rate increase, with officials stating they have to wait on the town to come up with the number, which likely won’t be available until the summer. Prior to her tenure on the Board of Education, Martin served as the co-president of the Parent-Teacher Association at Anne Hutchinson School and did extensive volunteer work for PTA councils. She said that she'd like to see a continued BUDGET continued on page 10

The classic musical “Guys and Dolls” is rocking the Westchester Broadway Theatre. For more, see page 9. Photo courtesy Westchester Broadway Theatre

Eastchester firefighters settle new contract By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER

The Eastchester professional firefighter’s union has ratified a new contract, which will be in effect until the end of December 2014. Any firefighter hired on or after Jan. 1, 2013 will contribute 10 percent to their medical coverage; as opposed to the fire district footing the entire bill after each employee’s fourth year on the job as outlined in the expired contract. The union’s 75 paid firefighters have been without a contract since the end of 2009. The change in medical coverage will, in turn, reduce cost to the

district over time based on each firefighter’s salary. The contract was retroactive dating back to Jan. 1, 2010 and will expire on Dec. 31, 2014. In previous contracts, firefighters paid 20 percent of their medical coverage for the first four years of employment and starting the fifth year, the district would pay 100 percent of each firefighter’s medical coverage. With each new hire pitching in 10 percent, Shawn Stewart, president of the Eastchester Professional Fire Fighters Local 916, says it takes some financial burden off of the district which covers Eastchester,

Bronxville and Tuckahoe while providing emergency medical services as well. He said that, compared to other police and fire unions in the area, the Eastchester firefighters are one of the lowest paid unions in the county. “We didn’t want to just ‘keep up with the Jones’;’ we wanted to do what was fair,” Stewart said. “It keeps some sting off of the district.” Stewart said that a contract compromise was established in just three hours of deliberation. The somewhat lengthy delay in crafting firefighters continued on page 6

Eastchester voters approved a $75 million 2013-2014 budget and re-elected school board incumbents Mary Messner Martin and Paul Doyle, along with newcomer Judah Holstein. Residents at the polls on Tuesday said they were concerned with taxes and an increase in class size, which may occur at Waverly Elementary School. Photo/Ashley Helms

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Tuckahoe school board incumbent, newcomer elected, $30M budget passed By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER

First-time candidate Catherine CanalReichelt and Tuckahoe Board of Education President Julio Urbina scored victories to three-year terms following Tuesday's election. Simultaneously, voters overwhelmingly passed a $30 million 2013-2014 school budget with a tax levy increase of 3.8 percent. The district has yet to release the anticipated tax rate increase, with officials stating they have to wait on the town to come up with the number, which likely won’t be available until the summer. Total votes in favor of the school budget more than doubled the votes against it, similar to the results in Eastchester and many other Westchester municipalities. Reichelt and Urbina gained 361 and 351 votes, respectively. Anthony Buonocore, a 15year veteran of the Board of Education, gained 296 votes while Stacey Alexander totaled 252 votes and Eboni Alexander totaled 225 votes. The budget passed by a landslide; with 459 voters supporting it and 202 voting against it. Reichelt, who has lived in Tuckahoe for 18 years and has three children in the district, said she’d like to see the creation of a more positive learning environment. Reichelt is a registered nurse and a PTA member in Tuckahoe. Urbina has been in the district for over 16 years and has two children in the Tuckahoe

school system. The board president, who will be sworn in to his second term in July, said that while the district's work is far from over, his opinion is that it has been steered in the right direction and he is glad to see that the budget passed with such a wide margin. Though he lamented Buonocore’s departure, Urbina said he is confident Reichelt will succeed him well. Nearly half of Buonocore's years living in the district were spent as a member of the Board of Education, and Urbina said he considered Buonocore a friend and mentor. "We are losing someone of great value, but gaining someone who will have the same commitment," Urbina said. In a previous interview, Reichelt said she wants to improve learning at lower grades and would like to see children involved in more outside activities and volunteering. "If you can't read in Cottle, it doesn't matter what you do in high school," Reichelt said. The approved school budget for 20132014 will see the elimination of the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services Occupational Education Program and required transportation to the classes. But after the proposed BOCES cut drew the ire of some residents, Board of Education members said that they will try to work with families who would be affected by the cut to find a suitable solution. Other reductions include reducing the district’s computer equipment and the

On May 21, Tuckahoe voters overwhelmingly approved a $30 million 2013-2014 school budget and elected first-time Board of Education member Catherine Canal-Reichelt. Voters also reelected School Board President Julio Urbina to a second term. Photo/Ashley Helms

elimination of a full-time health teacher. Classroom sizes and technology were also a concern for at least one voter outside of the Community Center on Tuesday. Rev. Michael Gerald said that, because of large class sizes, teachers don't have the support to conduct specialized education for each student depending on their individual needs.

"There is a lack of technology to develop students in a post-modern world," Gerald said. Though he would not reveal exactly how he voted, Gerald said that he hopes the budget is reworked. "We need more money, but we need to do the right thing," Gerald said. "The district is out of alignment with the administration."

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Community Briefs Collection drive for mothers in Africa Afya Foundation, a Yonkers-based global health organization, and WESTMED Medical Group are asking Westchester residents to pitch in with gently used baby supplies for a women’s health initiative in honor of Mother’s Day. The project seeks to save the lives of mothersto-be in developing countries by supplying “birth kits” to midwives and expectant mothers. Collections sites will be WESTMED’s large medical offices in Yonkers, Rye, White Plains and New Rochelle. The baby and household items needed are: Medical gloves, plastic sheets, baby blankets, infants’ hooded towels, baby hats, Purell or a ny type of hand sanitizer, Ziploc bags, rain ponchos and rain boots for midwives. These supplies will be packaged into “birth kits” and shipped to Liberia, Malawi and Uganda. For details, call (914) 920-5081. Events at the Lutheran Church Prayer services Held regularly on the last Saturday of the month. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. following the regular Saturday service, these brief moments for meditation and prayer offer personal prayers at the altar and the ancient tradition of

anointing with oil. Future Prayer Service’s will be held on Saturday, May 25 and June 29, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. 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. 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 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 29 Members: $5 adult; $4 child Non-members: $9 adult; $7 child Walk among live butterflies Join us for our annual butterfly exhibit. The exhibit is held in a hoop house structure, adjacent to our greenhouse, so that visitors and butterflies can feel as if they are outdoors. When you enter the exhibit, in addition to colorful and fragrant flowering plants, you’ll be greeted by New York native butterflies. Flying freely among the greenery, you’ll be sure to see Monarchs, Painted Ladies and Swallowtails fluttering from blossom to blossom in search of nourishing nectar, or you may catch sight of them resting in a shady spot to cool off or see them sipping water from a puddle. While

enjoying the beauty of these delicate creatures, you’ll have an opportunity to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly‑from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly–and about the unique relationship between specific plants and butterflies. The exhibit is appropriate for all ages and free with Museum admission. Oldies Concert A fundraiser to benefit the girls basketball program. Saturday, June 1, 7:30 p.m. New Rochelle High School Starring: Kenny Vance & The Planotones, Emil Stuccho & The Classics, Jimmy Gallagher & The Passions, Bel-Airs, Ms. Jackie Dimaggio Host: Dennis Dion Nardone For tickets, call 914-374-8888 $40 reserve Seating, $35 General Admission Rome, the Eternal City: Culture and Civilization Thursday, June 6, 2013. Rome is filled with Christian art and architecture, wonderful sights, and so much more. For nearly five hundred years, Rome ruled most of what was then known as the civilized world. Professor Carlo Sclafani will present a color slide presentation of ancient and modern Rome and will discuss its historical and artistic contributions. Light reception will follow. Must register in advance and prepay. Members $15, Non-Members $25 6:30 p.m. Westchester Italian Cultural Center One Generoso Pope Place Tuckahoe, NY 10707 (914) 771-8700 Learn how to keep your leg veins healthy at the June mall walk Easy to follow techniques and strategies that can dramatically improve your leg vein health will be discussed on Friday, June 7, at The Westchester in White Plains as part of the Mall Walk program. Registered nurse Joann Kudrewicz of the Center for Vein Restoration, will discuss necessary steps to keep leg veins healthy as we age as well as signs, symptoms and treatment options for unhealthy leg veins, including a “live” leg ultrasound demonstration. The program will begin at 9 a.m. at the food court on Level Four. Admission and parking are free for members of the mall walk program. Sponsored by Westchester County Parks, this program offers year-round indoor health walking at The Westchester on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. To join, sign up at the horse fountain plaza near Crate & Barrel on Retail Level Two, on Tuesday and Friday mornings during the program. Go to or call 914231-4645. Violin-piano duo to benefit symphony Violinist Alex Abayev and his wife, pianist

Marina Rogozhina, will perform a benefit recital for the Symphony of Westchester‑formerly the Westchester Chamber Symphony‑on Sunday, June 9 in the Ossie Davis Theatre of the New Rochelle Public Library at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the recital and a post-concert reception are $40, with proceeds benefiting the Symphony of Westchester, a fully professional orchestra that was founded in 1984 and has just completed its 16th concert season at Iona College. The symphony also performs at special events and is involved in community outreach and education, such as the Composers of the Future program run in collaboration with the Songcatchers after school program. The New Rochelle Public Library is located at 1 Library Plaza. For more information or tickets, call (914) 654-4926, e-mail info@ or log onto 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, qualifies 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. Cooking with Dad Friday, June 14, 2013. In this class, Chef Franca will teach dads and their kids how to prepare a delicious meal from start to finish. Prepare and feast on assorted polpettine, Chef Franca’s crunchy salad, and a delicious pear and apple crostata. Must register in advance and prepay, $30. 6:30 p.m. Westchester Italian Cultural Center One Generoso Pope Place Tuckahoe, NY 10707 (914) 771-8700 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

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Voters approve $45.3M Bronxville school budget By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER

Voters in Bronxville passed a $45.3 million school budget by more than 75 percent of all votes cast on Tuesday. As a result, tax bills will increase by .93 percent next year. The 2013-2014 budget comes with no reductions to class size, no cuts to programming and no layoffs as a result of teacher retirement incentives and a voluntary wage freeze from school administers. According to unofficial tallies, 160 residents voted "yes" and 30 voted against the budget. “We’re really grateful for the support,” said Bronxville Schools Superintendent David Quattrone. “Over the past year, the [school] board has tried to reconcile the demands of high quality education while faced with state mandates.” According to Quattrone, while members of the Board of Education considered a series of reductions in music, high school electives and other enrichment elements, they ultimately decided against those cuts as well as reductions to any school programming. The approved spending plan for 2013-2014 comes in approximately .8 percent under the calculated cap, which equates to a 2.44 percent increase in the overall tax levy. This year's budget-to-budget increase is 2.53 percent, or $1.2 million, from the current budget.

Unlike other municipalities in the county, the village regularly conducts a revaluation of all its commercial and residential properties within three year-intervals to ensure more equitable assessed property values. Because of this, taxpayers can expect to see their school tax bill increase by an estimated $14.26 per $1,000 of assessed property value. School board elections were a quiet event this year, with three unopposed races that saw the re-election of two incumbents–Board President David Brashear and Trustee Denise Tormey– and one newcomer who will take the seat currently held by Trustee Dr. Charles Cain. Facing no opposition, Bronxville Board of Education President David Brashear won reelection for a second three-year term on the board. Brashear was first elected in 2010 and is parent of four students in the school district. He has a background in economics. But, for Brashear, despite the approval of the 2013-2014 budget and respective school board elections, the overall turnout was deeply disappointing for the board. "We work hard all year long to ensure that we construct a budget that is responsive to community needs and supportive of the educational mission that village residents expect from the Bronxville School...and we devote a considerable amount of personal time to the effort," Brashear said. "Many, many voters were on campus yesterday for various events, including

the opening of the annual student art show, the Middle School orchestra concert, preparations for the school's Memorial Day celebrations, regular school drop-offs and pick-ups and a variety of school and non-school athletic events. That only 213 people managed to make voting a priority or take the three-minute detour to the voting School Board President David Brashear was re-elected to room to vote is very, very disheart- a second term with 68 votes in an uncontested election. Trustee Denise Tormey, center, also won re-election to a ening." second term with 71 votes total. Newcomer Ruth Wood won Trustee Denise Tormey was also election to the Board of Education with 75 votes, filling the re-elected to her second term in soon-to-be-vacated seat of Trustee Dr. Charles Cain. office. She is a mother of four, all of which are in the school district, and is cur- newcomer Ruth Wood was elected to the Board rently employed as a partner with the law firm, of Education, receiving 75 total votes. "I am very happy to be a part of a district that Dentons. "I am very pleased to have been nominated puts the kids first and is committed to public again by the Non-Partisan Committee and look education," Wood said after the polls closed. forward to working with the rest of the board for "Our Board of Education has put forward a another term," Tormey said following the vote. responsible budget that will continue to provide "The voters' support of our proposed budget our kids with an extraordinary education." The newly-minted trustee has three daughters enables the board to continue to focus its efforts on working with the administration, faculty and enrolled in the Bronxville School District and staff to maintain and improve the great educa- has been an active member of the Bronxville tional programs available to our students within community for more than 15 years. Additionally she served as chairwoman of the High School a sustainable budgetary framework." According to unofficial tallies, Tormey re- Council and executive director of the Bronxville ceived a total of 71 votes and Brashear, 68 Chamber of Commerce. Board of Education trustees are elected to votes. Additionally, Bronxville Board of Education serve three-year terms.

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Happy birthday at Lake Isle

FIREFIGHTERS from page 1

The Eastchester Fire District has ratified a new contract for its 75 paid firefighters that includes a 10 percent medical plan contribution for employees hired on or after Jan. 1, 2013. The union had been without a contract since the end of 2009. File photo

The Lake Isle Senior Center hosted its Annual 90th Plus Birthday Party on May 21. Supervisor Anthony Colavita was on hand to lead the crowd in singing Happy Birthday. The event is held each year to celebrate all of the members who have achieved their 90th or better birthday. This year, there were 40 celebrants among a crowd of 130 guests. Birthday cake was provided courtesy of Supervisor Colavita. (Submitted)

a new contract may be due in part to rifts between commissioners along with a staggering economy. For many years, the Eastchester Fire Board of Commissioners was embroiled in controversy regarding the board’s operations and financial oversight. Meetings were often heated, and personal disagreements between commissioners may have contributed to the three-year delay of a new contract. In December 2012, Commissioner Dennis Winter was elected as chairman over incumbent Ray Albanese. A new commissioner, Steven Baker, was also elected to the open seat on the board left by Winter. Two years after the last three-year contract ended at the end of 2008, the Eastchester Fire Board of Commissioners voted to ratify a one-year contract that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2009 and expired at the end of that year. The 2009 contract provided for a retroactive 2 percent salary increase for all members of the union from their 2008 salary levels. According to Eastchester Fire District Commissioner Jerry Napolitano, negotiations for the new contract took only two sittings.

Napolitano said that the fire district wanted to look at how other municipalities in the county were establishing contracts with union members while taking the country’s economy into consideration. “We try to keep costs down as much as possible and make it fair for everyone,” Napolitano said. Effective the first of this year through the end of 2014, the new contract calls for an annual 2.5 percent increase in salary; up from an annual 1.5 percent increase in salary from 2010 and 2012. Eastchester Town Comptroller Dawn Donovan said that, while she can’t comment on specific details, the Eastchester Police Department’s contract has been expired since the end of December and they are currently in the process of negotiating a new contract. Though some residents wonder why the Eastchester Fire District boasts a $16 million 2013 budget, Stewart said that it’s a reasonable amount considering its cross-municipal coverage. “The taxpayer does get a bang for their buck,” Stewart said.

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tee and as a Democratic district leader. She has Democratic values." On the other hand, Jacobs' opponent is "anti-choice" and is a "strong Astorino porter," Klugman said. "I don't think that fits County Legislator Sheila Marcotte, a here." Republican, has announced that she will Of added intrigue this election will be the seek re-election in the November 2013 elec- role New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, a tion, which, if elected, would mark her third Democrat who is running for county executive term on the county Board of this year, may have in energizing the Legislators. county’s Democratic base, and what Marcotte, 48, said, if elected, impact that could have on Marcotte’s she plans to continue to protect re-election bid. Registered taxpayers, promote economic Democrats in Westchester outgrowth and protect essential number Republicans by more than services while pushing to 100,000 voters. change the county’s procureIn Marcotte’s last run in 2011, she ment policy. squeaked out a nail biter in a race The procurement policy to maintain her seat on the board ensures that goods and serover former Tuckahoe Mayor John vices procured by Westchester Fitzpatrick, a Democrat. Tallying of County that are not required the ballots spilled into a Saturday to go through a competitive Sheila Marcotte, afternoon and concluded with Republican, has bidding process are in the best aannounced Marcotte edging out Fitzaptrick by that she will interest of taxpayer money and run for her third term a mere 45 votes. are guarded from favoritism. One of the major sticking points on the county Board of “It’s a very outdated procure- Legislators. of this year separating Republicans ment policy with 21 exemp- Contributed photo and Democrats in the county has tions,” Marcotte, who has lived been source of income legislation in Tuckahoe since 1998, said. “The policy and the affordable housing settlement. goes back twenty-something years and has Recently, Republican County Executive not been changed.” Rob Astorino submitted such legislation to The county has a spending problem rather the Board of Legislatures as per a requirement than a revenue problem, Marcotte said, and put forth by the Department of Housing and since 2010, Westchester has stopped over- Urban Development. Marcotte said she has taxing its residents and slowly started to bring mixed feelings about the source of income spending down. legislation, which would bar landlords from She said municipalities are struggling be- discriminating against rent payments that cause of unfunded state mandates, and most come from public assistance; specifically towns, cities and villages are getting to the Section 8. She said one of the unintended point where they can’t cut services any further consequences of the legislation is that forcin order to save to money. ing landlords to do business with the federal “You can’t just go in swinging an axe and government will decrease the available units cutting everything; it’s a gradual process,” of affordable housing. Marcotte said “We were bloated in areas Marcotte said that she isn’t aware of any where we didn't need to be.” instances where a renter was turned down This election cycle, her Democratic op- because they were utilizing public assistance. ponent is expected to be New Rochelle resi“We need affordable housing, but when you dent Mary Jo Jacobs, although the candidate force people to do business with the governwouldn’t confirm her candidacy when reached ment and they don't want to, you can actually by The Town Report this week. Jacobs has decrease the units available,” Marcotte said. “A spent the last year or so working as a human pro is that you are guaranteed payment; money resources consultant. She was also the direc- is deposited into your account and you know tor of human resources benefits and facilities it'll be there every month.” at Mediaocean LLC (a firm formerly known Before she joined the Board of Legislators, as Donovan Data Systems in New York City) Marcotte said she didn’t have much intention for more than nine years, and held executive of becoming a politician. After working on Wall positions at other firms for roughly 13 years. Street, Marcotte said she wanted to become inJacobs has been involved in the commu- volved in the Eastchester community and joined nity as the co-chairperson of the Open Space the library board in 1999. Following the death and Community Resources group created to of a Tuckahoe village trustee in the Sept. 11, help the city update its comprehensive plan. 2001 terrorist attacks, she was appointed to the In addition, she has been co-president of the village board and re-elected in 2002. In 2004, Special Education PTA and is a former co- she was elected to the Eastchester Town Council president of the New Rochelle PTA Council. as one of just two women serving on the board. Arnold Klugman, New Rochelle Originally from Framingham, Mass., Democratic Party chairman said, "Mary Jo Marcotte attended the College of New has been extensively involved in the commu- Rochelle and began a career in finance for nity with the Board of Education, as a mem- the brokerage firm EF Hutton after she ber of the [city's] 325th Anniversary commit- graduated in 1987.

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Making things beautiful

Maryann Jonaitis and Bernie Conway

Sandy Reyes-Guerra

Gina DiMarco, George Joseph, Bernie Conway, Frank DiMarco

Elaine Garry

Members of the Tuckahoe Environmental and Tree Committees, along with Superintendent of DPW, Frank DiMarco, and DPW employee George Joseph planted more than 200 plants in the park at the corner of Fisher Avenue and Young Place. The plants were donated by the Bronx River Sound Shore Audubon chapter and the plants were purchased at the Native Plant Center located at Westchester Community College. The concept is to create a natural environment in the area by the quarry that will attract butterflies and birds and also be a beautiful spot to sit on a bench and enjoy the area. The design was done by Sandy Reyes-Guerra, a landscape architect and member of the Tuckahoe Environmental and Tree Commitees. (Submitted)

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‘Guys and Dolls’ takes over the Westchester Broadway Theatre By Michelle Jacoby CONTRIBUTOR

Westchester Broadway Theatre lights up the stage with the classic masterpiece “Guys and Dolls,” which is set in the colorful world of New York City during the prohibition era. The show, subtitled “A Musical Fable Broadway,” originally opened in New York City in 1950 and ran for 1,200 performances. The show has had many revivals on Broadway and won 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Director. The zany cast of characters ranges from missionaries to news sellers to chorus girls and gamblers. Each character stands strong in their beliefs, hoping for a better future. The contrast between the personalities provides a lot of fun and humor on stage. Gary Lynch as Sky Masterson and Courtney Glass as Sarah Brown are the perfect example of how opposites attract. The suave, coolest gambler of all time, Lynch is in total control on stage and shares beautiful songs with Brown in “I’ll Know” and “I’ve Never Been In Love Before”. Brown’s high operatic voice fits her role perfectly. She hits her mark in “If I Were I Bell” as she finally lets loose on stage. Another strong couple on stage is Michael Brian Dunn as Nathan Detroit and Allie Schauer as Adelaide. These two light up the

stage with their quirky relationship. Detroit is a gambler looking for the next big dice game and Adeliade is his high-pitched squeaky voiced girlfriend. Their 14-year engagement provides a lot of humor throughout the show. Schauer remarkably sings all of her songs with her high squeaky voice including, “Adelaide’s Lament” and “Sue Me.” The women have completely different lives, but with one thing in common, men. Glass and Schauer share a wonderful moment in, “Marry The Man Today”. The street-smart duo of Jayson Elliott as NicelyAllie Schuaer as Adelaide and Michael Nicely and Sheldon Henry Brian Dunn as Nathan Detroit in as Benny Southstreet pro“Guys and Dolls”. Photos courtesy vide energetic and upbeat Gary Lynch as Sky Masterson with the Ensemble performing “Luck Be A Lady.” Westchester Broadway Theatre scenes. Elliott shows his true talent as an actor with the song, “Sit Down, is key in a period piece like “Guys and Dolls.” good humor and a whole lot of fun. You’re Rockin’ The Boat”. The Bill Stutler and Bob Funking producThe men in the ensemble have a strong The fast-paced show is directed by Richard dance number in “The Crapshooters’ Ballet” tion of “Guys and Dolls” is playing now Stafford and Associate Director/Choreographer and “Luck Be A Lady,” where we are intro- through June 9 at the Westchester Broadway Jonathan Stahl, who do an amazing job with duced to the underground world of gambling. Theatre. For further information, please the dance numbers. The set design by John There is no crap shoot here. “Guys and call 914-592-2222 or visit their website at Farrell and lighting design by Andrew Gmoser Dolls” is a win-win combination of talent,

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focus on technology and how it can add to the curriculum across all grade levels. Like Martin, Doyle also said that he's supportive of technology-heavy classes already in place at the middle school. Martin said that she wasn't surprised that the budget passed, but is pleased it passed by such a majority. Martin also thanked the community for their support of the budget and her re-election. "I am very happy to be serving with Paul, Judah and the rest of the board," Martin said. Doyle said that the fact that the budget passed with the mandate it did was important. He said he knew Erzetic and Holstein from their involvement at school board meetings, and thinks he'll work effectively with Holstein. "To get that kind of support from the community puts us in a constructive place with the community and nothing going on is adversarial," Doyle said. Holstein, a 24-year resident of Eastchester, said in a previous interview that he thinks the district needs to continue to move forward with maintaining education for teachers and staying up-to-date with current curriculum. "I think there are a lot of different pieces to the puzzle," Holstein said. The approved budget calls for the elimination

of three elementary school classes in September and two middle and high school afternoon busses. Following a decrease in enrollment, a first grade class will be canceled at Waverly Elementary School. Two second grade classes at Waverly will have an increase in student enrollment of as many as 25 students, up from 20 this year. The increase in class sizes is something that bothered at least one voter at Eastchester High School. Laura Lee said that she voted against the budget and feels that keeping class sizes down is important. She said that, even if the budget wasn't a good fit, some administrators are still able to obtain salary increases and other benefits. Lee said that she doesn't want to see taxes go up either, an issue that was of main concern for many voters. "Taxes are a big increase; they're a big increase every year," Lee said. "Salaries aren't increasing and the economy is still doing poorly." Voter Norma Ferrara said that, while she wasn't comfortable revealing who she voted for, she said that the ballot presented strong candidates. Ferrara said taxes were her biggest concern when deciding which way she would vote. "They have to go up, but within reason," Ferrara said.

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I prayed to my mother one Sunday morning, something I never do. I'm a psychoanalyst, and I believe I can handle whatever is put on my plate. But these were desperate times. My daughter needed outfits for her bridal shower in Maryland, in five days. Do you believe the superficiality of my prayers? I wasn't praying for someone's health, or a cure for a disease or relief for a homeless family. Boston had been recently decimated by two young men. Wars, famine and abuse continue all over the world, and I'm worried about clothing for my daughter. I consoled myself that, even in war-torn nations, life goes on; people marry, babies are born and celebrations occur. In this "full catastrophe of life” I justified my prayers and hoped my colleagues wouldn’t find out. I prayed. "Mom you were a fashion model, you have the fashion gene, help us find some outfits because I’m stumped." Silence from the other end. Not even a tweet from a bird outside my window giving me the "ah hah" moment that she heard me. Besides preparing for a wedding, those of you who are mothers of brides-to-be know how emotional this period is. Each bride responds in her own characteristic way as each mother and family does. My daughter worries how she will accomplish everything. She defended her dissertation, applied for a fellowship and was transferred to a different unit in the hospital in which she works all within one year, and she is marrying. Meeting my daughter in the city that Sunday, we trekked to an upscale department store. My daughter has a lovely figure, but looked horrid in every outfit. We left and went directly to a chain store that is found in every major city in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The clothing is cute and colorful and they can outfit you from head to toe. As I was standing in the middle of the store drinking in the array of outfits, and not having a clue where to begin, as if out of a dream, like two lovers meeting, Ryan appeared between the shoes and the arm candy. Hip and stylish, he wore leopard print slip-on shoes, brown silk flowered pants and a billowing shirt. I knew he was our guy. In our oversized fitting room, Ryan deftly and swiftly brought in outfit after outfit. And not once did he flinch at our rejection of any of his offerings. We settled on an orange sherbet-colored sheath with a navy blue cardigan sweater. Ryan wanted us to go with leopard pumps with tree trunk heels. We instead chose navy blue spectator pumps: more practical. We left the store thrilled, and then I told my daughter the truth I had prayed to Nana that morning asking for her help, and she had sent us Ryan. Thank you, Mom.

Here's the myth that is perpetrated on brides, and grooms-to-be and their families. “Getting married is the happiest time of your life." I have spoken to numerous mothers of both young women and men and to colleagues. They all agreed that, while there are many moments of happiness, they also agreed that there can be many moments of discomfort and disappointments. It’s just like life. When your child marries, it is a life-altering experience for everyone, even though no one may realize it. There is a new cast of characters that are now entering your world because of your child’s selection of a mate. The melding of families brings different challenges for both sides. Each family’s values, financial resources and personality quirks come to the fore. You are also sharing your child with another family, and we parents are changing roles. We are no longer just a parent but inlaws and we have grown older. Without our knowing it, our unconscious memories are suddenly jiggled like a bowl of jell-o. Suddenly, we may think about relatives not here to celebrate with us, or reflect on our own weddings, whether wonderful or difficult, and that we are losing our child symbolically. In those families where divorce has taken place, children can often find themselves refereeing a soccer match with each problem being kicked from one side of the field to the other. Some suggestions: Keep in mind that you have only one goal for the wedding, that it be a smooth transition for your child and a happy day. Do not challenge anyone, including your child, at the height of your frustration. Problems arise, but let yourself cool down first. Compromise wherever you can to avoid ongoing power struggles. Find a "win win" situation at all times, always going back to your original wish that it is to be a wonderful day where your child is joining her or his life with someone she or he loves. Remember, you will be seeing these people at family gatherings for many years, so it’s much more comforting to be on good terms with them. Make a decision how much you can afford for the wedding. If the in-law family is suggesting more than you can contribute, be honest, making sure to discuss your position with your adult child, instead of making unilateral decisions. Lastly, don't put the kids in the middle of your disagreements. You are grown-ups and you need to draw on all the grown up reserves you have developed over the years. And when all else fails, pray to my mother Helen, she might help. Hillary Volper, LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in Westchester and New York City. She works with individuals, couples and groups. She is on staff at the Training Institute for Mental Health, where she teaches, supervises and sits on their Board of Trustees. To contact Hillary you can email her at or visit her website:

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For Uncle Henry By Douglas Carey CONTRIBUTOR

On behalf of the American Legion Post No. 128, I urge all residents, their guests and visitors to arrive early on Monday May 27, to attend this year’s observance of Memorial Day on the Village Green and within “The Square House.” In addition to the program, which will begin at 9:45 a.m., and the reading of the roll call of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during World Wars I and II, the Korea War and the Vietnam War, an exhibit honoring over 40 Rye veterans who died in service to their country during the Second World War will be open to the public. The exhibit is based on the research spearheaded by Rye resident Chris Maloney, whose great grandmother, Margaret Kirby, tragically lost two grandsons from Rye during WWII, Sgt. John E. Bassett and Lt. James K. Taylor. The creation and updating of the website,, has served as the tool to educate residents about the sacrifices of the men and women who served our nation during the tumultuous years of the war. Maloney, whose father Sgt. Thomas Maloney served in the 8th Infantry, has organized volunteer researchers to locate information about each of the men and women who served in WWII and are listed on the Roll of Honor located on the east side of City Hall. We can honor these men and women and especially the Gold Star Mothers who

lost their loved ones, by going to “The Square House” exhibit to pay our respects. May 30, the original Decoration Day and each Memorial Day, are very solemn days of remembrance. The town, village and city of Rye have a long history of paying quiet, yet forceful, tribute to those who did not return from the battlefield. There is the official accounting of the first national Decoration Day after the Civil War, yet the townspeople of Rye did not wait for a national "holiday" to make sure that present and future generations would not forget the contributions of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Decades and decades of Decoration Days have been respectfully observed by bringing the entire community together, each year alternating locations for the community religious services between various houses of worship and then, with somber reflection, spending the entire day decorating the graves of those who were no longer with us whose bones rest peacefully and eternally within Greenwood Cemetery, the African Cemetery, St. Mary's Cemetery, the Milton Burial Ground, the old King Street Baptist Cemetery, and within several private burial plots in Rye including the Jay Family plot. The year that Rye was incorporated as a village, 1904, within the Town of Rye, there was a military hop the Saturday before Memorial Day, sponsored by the Flora A. Lewis Auxiliary of the Newell Rising Command

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No.11 of the Spanish American War Veterans (This post was formed two years earlier in remembrance of the man from Port Chester who was killed when the U.S.S. Maine “blew-up” near Havana, Cuba in 1898. He was the son of Civil War Veteran, Elihu Rising and his wife Jemima). The Charles Lawrence Post No. 378 of the Grand Army of the Republic sponsored other events that year; including the memorial service at the Presbyterian Church at 10 a.m. the next day, May 29, and later that evening, the traditional address, which was delivered at Fehr’s Opera House and finally, on Memorial Day, the gravestones of our veterans in the cemeteries within the Town of Rye were decorated with cut flowers. School children from the Rye Union Free School District were instrumental with this voluminous task. A special trolley car was reserved to take residents from Liberty Square to Rye Station and then to Greenwood Cemetery to make the annual stop near North Street. There, a special ceremony took place at the Soldiers’ Monument at the GAR plot. On this Memorial Day, even though so many Americans will spend time shopping for bargains or going away for a long weekend, for many of us, it is a weekend to visit the graves of those who did not have the opportunity to become a father, a mother, an uncle, an aunt, to be a grandparent, to have a long career or to serve our community for many decades. It is a

day to reflect on how lucky we are, why we can never take our freedom for granted. Moreover, it is important to carry the dreams and aspirations of those who did not return with us every day in the community service activities and projects in which we participate. Personally, I reflect especially on the life of our Uncle Henry, who died of wounds in November of 1944, after taking machine gun fire in the thigh and midsection near the Vosges Mountains and the Alsatian plateau in eastern France. He was only 22, and served in the 86th Mountain Infantry, having trained at Camp Hale in Colorado, the Army Specialized Training Program for German language and finally with the 114th Infantry of the 44th Division. Uncle Henry died of his wounds but, lived for seven days with five pieces of metal from a German “beep gun” in his body refusing to give up and we, in the Carey Family, will never let his memory nor his curious personality and love of life, be forgotten. We remember my father’s mother, grandma Peg, who lost her husband, a WWI veteran of four years of serving in the trenches while a teenager, and her oldest son in less than one year. I hope that we can make the time to stop our busy lives and come down to the Village Green this Monday morning to pay our respects, share the bond that common sacrifice brings and to honor so many that served so unselfishly with purpose and commitment to finish the job.

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Walter's Hot Dog Stand has been a fixture in Mamaroneck for almost a century, and the historic roadside stand's claim to fame— its world famous “split” hot dogs—were recently listed as the 15th best in America by culinary blog, The Daily Meal. Walter's competed with 34 other establishments, all specializing in their own unique kind of hot dog. Walter’s won out over popular establishments like Gray's Papaya in New York City and Boston Superdog in Roxbury, Mass. Walter's hot dogs are grilled in an open-face style in a secret sauce created by Walter Warrington when the first stand opened in 1919. The hot dogs are served on a toasted bun with homemade mustard. Originally, Warrington operated a stand on Boston Post Road, where he sold cider and apples before moving his business south on Post Road, and then eventually to 937 Palmer Avenue where the stand is today. The stand itself is a copperroofed Chinese pagoda-shaped building with dragon lanterns flanking both sides, and is situated in front of an outdoor dining area where patrons can enjoy milkshakes and french fries along with their hot dogs. The stand, declared a historical landmark in 1991, is listed on the County Inventory of Historic Places Hungry patrons line up outside Walter’s Hot Dog stand on and was described in Roadside Palmer Avenue in Mamaroneck. The historic eatery’s franks Delights as “Westchester were recently named 15th best in the nation by The Daily County's best-known contribu- Meal, a culinary blog. Photo/Chris Gramuglia tion to road-side architecture.” The stand has also been featured in The New “A lot of people talk about the way they cut York Times and on CBS. and grill the hot dogs,” said Kevin Kumar, a The Daily Meal judged hot dogs across the patron, “but it’s really not about that. It's about country on a variety of criteria, and only con- the meat they use. If you cut a regular hot dog siders vendors and establishments with trade- and grill it, it's not going to taste anywhere near marks on their recipes. as good.” “On our quest to find America’s best hot Camille Tambunting, a customer finishing dogs, we kept an eye out for drive-ins, restau- up her lunch in the backyard dining area, said rants, and roadside stands with a definitive style Walter's hot dogs are unlike any other she has of hot dog and topping, one which embodies ever had, and deserve to be considered some of not only the region’s quirks, but the particular the nation's best. tastes and culinary traditions of its people,” “No one makes hot dogs like Walter's,” she wrote editor Dan Myers. “We judged these hot said. “Also the prices are good. Other places, dogs based on several criteria: the quality of like in the city, you might pay seven dollars for ingredients...the entire hot-dog eating experi- a hot dog that doesn't taste as good.” well as reputation among professional Paul Murray, a Walter’s patron, said, “There's critics and online reviewers.” definitely a bit of an experience coming here. Customers eating at Walter's told The Town Everything is cooked in butter, which is never Report that it's not just about getting a bite to a bad thing.” eat when they come to Walter’s. It’s about the Walters is open Mondays through Saturdays experience of visiting the Mamaroneck hot dog from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from stand itself. 11:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Walter’s hot dog sign, seen here, can be seen from the street, and hangs on the side of a Chinese-pagoda shaped roof. The building was constructed in 1921, and has long been a local curio for its intriguing and original architecture. Photo/Chris Gramuglia

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Playoff-bound teams to watch Tuckahoe Baseball At 18-2, the Tigers are arguably the best team in Class C and their top seed in the playoffs exemplifies that fact. The Tigers boast a few holdovers from 2011’s state championship team, including Nick Reisman and Brian O’Toole, and they excel at every facet of the game, be it pitching, hitting or defense. The Tigers might be too deep and too fundamentally sound for any Class C team to match up with. If everything breaks well, players like Reisman and O’Toole might have another state title under their belts. Tuckahoe Softball Like their counterparts on the baseball field, Tuckahoe’s girls have also had quite the regular season, posting an undefeated record. The team’s turnaround, which started last year, has been a complete one, led by eighth-grader

Cassie McGrath, who has dominated both on the mound and at the plate. With McGrath, as well as talented veterans like Casey Stevko in the fold, the Tigers may just take home a Class C crown. New Rochelle baseball The Huguenots didn’t steamroll through the regular season as their 11 seed might indicate, but where the Huguenots have excelled this year is in their ability to play up to their competition. The Huguenots have beaten two top Class A teams in Mamaroneck and Fox Lane, and should have the confidence to beat anyone, including first-round draw Clarkstown North. If ace John Valente is going well, the Huguenots are certainly one of the toughest outs in the Class A bracket. Eastchester Softball Led by Danielle Cacciola, the Eagles have

2013 Tuckahoe baseball regular season results 4/2 @Riverside 4/4 Hastings 4/6 @Roosevelt 4/8 Yonkers 4/13 Edgemont 4/13 Hastings 4/16 @Palisade Prep 4/17 @Mount Vernon 4/18 Palisade Prep 4/22 Gorton 4/26 @Woodlands 4/29 @Schechter 5/1 Schechter 5/4 Bronxville 5/6 @Lincoln 5/9 @Eastchester 5/13 Saunders 5/14 Yonkers Montessori 5/16 @Yonkers Montessori

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Eastchester catcher Kristin Martin throws the ball to second base during an early season contest at Eastchester High School. Martin and battery-mate Danielle Cacciola are looking to lead the Eagles to a section title this year. Photo/Mike Smith

been solid this year and could be lowerWestchester’s best bet to unseat the northern powers that have long dominated the softball postseason. Cacciola has gotten it done on both sides of the ball, and seems to be

at the top of her game, if her May 17 game against Pelham is any indication. Against the Pelicans, Cacciola allowed just two runs on the day and hit a three-run dinger to propel the Eagles’ offense.

Tigers take top seed in Class C By MIKE SMITH SPORTS EDITOR

Tuckahoe baseball coach John D’Arco, Sr. knew coming into the 2013 season that his squad was a good one. However, even he didn’t know just how good his ball club would be. At 18-2 on the season, the Tigers now find themselves as the top-seeded team in Class C when they kick off postseason play on May 22, after press time. The lynchpin for the Tigers this year has been its talented and deep pitching staff. Led by Brian O’Toole, who was D’Arco’s third starter during the team’s state championship run in 2011, the Tigers have a number of hurlers‑including Nick Reisman and reliever Justin Sachinelli‑who have kept opposing hitters off balance all year. “Our pitching has been really good,” said D’Arco. “We’ve had guys like Reisman, who didn’t pitch much last year really step up and play well for us this year.” Of course, the Tigers don’t rely solely on their arms, and their offensive production has spiked dramatically from last year. Catcher Justin Cucino, whom D’Arco credits with handling the Tigers staff, and John McGrath have both raised their averages over .200 points from last year and are hitting .426 and .483, respectively. But the Tigers also feature one of the most feared bats in Class C, junior Mike Arborn, who is hitting .593 and has drawn more than 20 walks to boast an on base percentage of .831

on the season. “Mike has really done a great job,” said D’Arco. “And along with Reisman, these guys are really the nucleus of the team, offensively.” The Tigers drew Yonkers-Montessori as a firstround opponent and should fare well in the opener. Early in the season, Tuckahoe beat Yonkers 15-0. So, it will come as no surprise if the Tigers are able to handle their foes this time around, as well. A win on Wednesday would secure a spot in the Class C title game next Tuesday at Provident Park in Ramapo against the winner of Haldane and Schechter. Coming into the season, D’Arco predicted that it would be his Tigers and the Blue Devils vying for a section title. “Haldane is the barometer, we knew that coming in,” said the head coach. “We had a slightly better record, but they might have played a little tougher schedule, so we will see what happens.” The nearly week layoff will allow Tuckahoe to realign their pitching staff as O’Toole will be available to pitch both games, but that isn’t necessarily a plus, said the Tigers coach. “To be honest, it would have been better to play that game on Friday,” he said. “I think our pitching staff is definitely deeper, so if we had to play then, it would mean that they would be throwing their second or third starters, and I think we’re definitely better in that area. “Still, these are short series,” he added. “Anything can happen.”

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Sports Broncos fall in quarterfinals


On May 18, Bronxville’s lacrosse season came to an end as the girls were downed 14-8 by Albertus Magnus in the sectional quarterfinals. Despite the loss, however, the young Broncos should be poised for success next year as a rising senior class will look to lead the team back to a section title game. Despite having a slight seeding advantage over the Falcons, Bronxville coach Sharon Robinson knew her team would face a tough challenge. Although the 12-seeded Broncos fared better against the only common opponent shared with the 13-seeded Falcons, Robinson said that Magnus’ strength of schedule–and its athleticism–were going to cause some problems. “We fully expected it to be a tough game,” said Robinson. “We knew they had some nice players up front and they were very fast.” Magnus used that speed–and some goals from Meredith Kandot‑to jump out to an early lead. While Robinson admitted her team is comfortable playing from behind, Magnus did a nice job protecting the lead from repeated Broncos rallies. Gretchen Richter had four goals for Bronxville, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Broncos fell 14-8. “What they did well was handle the ball,” Robinson said. “We were able to chip away, make it closer, but we just couldn’t come back.”

Helen Wood plays defense against Edgemont during a first-round playoff game on May 16. The Broncos topped the Panthers, but fell to the Falcons in the quarterfinals.

Briana Alberghine looks to shoot against Edgemont on May 16. On May 18, the Broncos fell in an early hole and couldn’t climb out.

Despite playing an extremely challenging schedule, Bronxville’s relative youth may have played a role in the playoff loss, but Robinson is quick to point out that this game should be a building block as the team looks ahead to next season. “I hoped that our schedule would give us an edge come playoffs, but we’re going to come back stronger,” Robinson said. “We do have a lot of young people coming back, and I think they are going to learn from this experience.” Bronxville’s team will feature a large senior class next year as there were 11 juniors on this year’s squad, but it will also get key contributions from underclassmen who played meaningful minutes during the Broncos’ playoff push in 2013. With so many Broncos players playing other sports during the year, Robinson said, the push for 2014 will begin in earnest around the start of the next calendar year. “We’ll start doing some physical fitness, play in a winter league together,” said the head coach. “But I’m a big supporter of girls not specializing, and we’ve got a Lilly Grass tries to control the ball on May 16. The Broncos will look to lot of girls playing soccer and field retool as they gear up for another run in 2014. Photos/Bobby Begun hockey in the fall.”

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