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WE’REDONE Eastchester and Tuckahoe Class of 2013 graduate. For coverage, see pages 6-7 & 22-23.Photos/Bobby Begun

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Town Republicans secure Independence Party endorsement By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER

As the November 2013 election draws closer, the Westchester County Independence Party has endorsed Eastchester’s three incumbents seeking re-election this fall. The party, run by Giulio “Doc” Cavallo, backed Republican councilmen Luigi Marcoccia and Fred Salanitro along with Supervisor Anthony Colavita. All three candidates have been backed by the party in prior elections. Town Council members serve three-year terms while the supervisor serves a twoyear term. Although the three Republicans received the Independence endorsement prior to town Democrats naming a candidate, it doesn’t appear that there is any interest on the part of Democrats of challenging for the line. Michael Denning, who has been endorsed by Democrats to run against Colavita, said that he most likely will not primary for the Independence Party nomination. The Democratic party is not planning to nominate any candidates for the two open council seats. After an interview process with Cavallo and his committee, members of the Independence party will circle petitions to the registered independents in town in order to get the candidates’ names on the line. “I had the support of that line in each of my

prior elections, so I’m happy to have received their vote of confidence again,” first-term Councilman Marcoccia said. According to data from the county Board of Elections, there are 1,025 registered independents in Eastchester to go with the 8,167 Republicans and 6,732 Democrats. Keeping taxes in check, doing more with less funding and successfully navigating the budget process are issues that Marcoccia said he is looking forward to working on if he is reelected. Though privatizing certain services in the town can be a difficult decision because some employees will inevitably lose their jobs, the councilman said the reality is when there is no money in the budget, the board has to make these tough decisions. “Privatization has been key in cost savings in our town,” Marcoccia said. “We’ve done a lot of things to contain cost, but it has been one of the things that has enabled us to keep things down.” Salanitro, who is seeking his third term as a councilman, said that he has been endorsed by the Independence Party before and is happy to be backed by them again. The councilman said he is still waiting to see if he will receive the Conservative Party endorsement, but is hopeful that he will because his stance on different issues are in line with the Independence and Conservative parties. Salanitro said that he’s not particularly concerned with the controversy surrounding the Independence Party chair.

Anthony Colavita

Fred Salanitro

“Within leadership, there’s always going to be controversy,” Salanitro said. “People are happy or not happy; it’s part of the process.” In the race for county executive, accusations have emerged recently from incumbent Republican County Executive Rob Astorino’s campaign that Cavallo, who endorsed New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, the Democratic candidate, did so out of spite when Astorino failed to grant county jobs to

Luigi Marcoccia

people in the Independence Party who were close to Cavallo. Astorino now plans to collect enough petitions to primary for the line, which is considered crucial to the county executive’s re-election bid. Eastchester council members receive a yearly salary of roughly $16,000 while the supervisor position is paid about $98,000. Calls to Supervisor Colavita were not returned as of press time.


The Town Report will not print a July 5 edition. The next print date is scheduled for July 12. Happy Fourth of July.

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C ommunity Briefs

Bronxville Library events Musical performance by Lou Del Bianco Tuesday, July 2 at 7 p.m. A wonderful evening for the whole family spent on the library lawn. In case of inclement weather, event will be held indoors. For more information, call 914-337-7680 x34 or email Tuckahoe Library events Babytime Join Miss Ellen for stories, songs and rhymes especially for babies. Open to ages birth to two years Thursdays at 11 a.m. July 11, 18 and 25 Aug. 1 and 8 Registration is required. 914-961-2121 Preschool storytime Join Miss Ellen for stories and songs for 2 to 6 year olds. Fridays at 11 a.m. July 5, 12, 19 and 26 August 2 and 9 Registration is required 914-961-2121 Children’s book club We pick the type of book, you pick the actual book. Bring your favorite book and share it with the group. Maybe you will find a new favorite. Tuesday, July 9 Tuesday, Aug. 13 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Open to ages 5 to 10 years. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required. 914-961-2121 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 will be held on June 29, July 27 and August 31, 2013at 6:30 p.m. Good News Christian Coffee House Saturday, July 13, 2013 when Dianne Steele and Doreen Newton will take center stage and Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, when Bob Stanhope will take center stage. The Coffee House opens at 7 p.m. with gourmet coffee and pastries, and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students. Children $3, ages 5 to 12. Vacation Bible School Monday to Friday, July 15 to 19, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Children in kindergarten through Grade 5. Interactive Bible stories, crafts, songs, skits, snacks and games. On-site registration beginning at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2013. Suggested Donation: $20/child, $30/family. For more information call Mimi Blanco at 914-337-3202 x 1026 or or Faith Forliano Village Lutheran Church is located at 172 White Plains Road, Bronxville, New York, 10708. 914-337-0207 or New Rochelle Library events BID family market days in June The popular BID Family Days will become “BID Market Family Market Days” for the month of June, when the new BID Grand Market opens on Library Green, at Huguenot and Lawton Streets, each Saturday. While parents are browsing the wide range of produce and fruits, specialty foods, fish, breads, baked goods, cheese, pickles, NYS wines and micro-brews, and unique artisan products at the new market, children will have the chance to join in the fun provided by great children’s entertainers. The BID Family Market Day shows will start at 11 a.m. each Saturday. In the event of inclement weather, they will take place in the Ossie Davis Theater of the New Rochelle Public Library. For more information about the BID Grand Market and its activities during the summer months, visit the website of the Downtown Business Improvement District: BID Family Days are presented by the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District with the Public Library, the City

School District and the Department of Parks & Recreation. All programs are on a firstcome, first-served basis to the capacity of library facilities. All programs are subject to change. 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 noncompetitive 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. Puppy/dog meet & greet Saturday, June 29 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ward Acres Broadfield Road New Rochelle 914-834-6955 Women of jazz Saturday, June 29 at 8 p.m. The White Plains Performing Arts Center presents Women of Jazz on Saturday, June 29 at 8 p.m. in the theatre on the third level of City Center in downtown White Plains. The program on June 29 features the music of Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday in an evening of smooth tunes from some of the most distinctive young jazz singers performing in NYC today. Join Kat Gang, Terese Genecco and LaTanya Hall as they wrap their spine-tingling vocals around classics such as “That ‘Ol Black Magic,” “What a Difference a Day Makes,” “Mr. Wonderful” and “Strange Fruit,” accompanied by the Barry Levitt Trio. We’re chilling the martinis and turning up the sizzle. Tickets are $35 for adults; $25 for students in high school and younger. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the WPPAC website at www.wppac. com, call the box office at 914 328-1600 or visit the box office during business hours at the third level of City Center. Bronxville Pops concert series The Bronxville Pops Concert Band will present their 39th annual free concert series on Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m., July 10, 17,

24 and 31 on the Great Lawn in front of the Bronxville High School, Pondfield Road and Midland Avenue in Bronxville. Bring a blanket, bring some wine and cheese, and enjoy a beautiful evening of live music under the stars. Donations kindly accepted. PO Box 284, Bronxville 10708 For info: 914-325-1819 Classical music performance at Katonah’s Caramoor On Sunday, July 21 at 4:30 p.m. in the Venetian Theater, The Emerson String Quartet will make its American debut performance with its new cellist, Paul Watkins. Watkins, a much-lauded cellist as well as music director of the English Chamber Orchestra, replaces David Finckel. The distinguished soloist, award-winning conductor, and dedicated chamber musician joins the quartet’s Eugene Drucker, Philip Setzer and Lawrence Dutton for their 37th season. Watkins officially joined the group May 11, 2013, and will perform with his new colleagues extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia after the Caramoor debut. Tickets: $15, $20, $30 and $40. Children under 18 are half price. To order tickets, call the box office at 914232-1252 or visit Summer art classes at Greenburgh Nature Center Enjoy a five-class series of art instruction. Learn, explore and create in the beautiful outdoor setting of the nature center. Students work independently and in groups, learning to use a variety of basic supplies, as well as simple sketching, painting and more. Each class focuses on a new technique, ranging from landscapes to portraits, cartoons to still-lifes. Instructor Jake Hurwitz is a fun, outgoing and experienced art teacher who relates well with young students. Session Dates: Saturdays, July 13 to Aug. 10 Sundays, July 14 to Aug. 11 Class Times: Group 1, ages 7 to 10: Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon Group 2, ages 7 to 10: Sundays 10 a.m. to noon Group 3, ages 11 to 14 plus: Saturdays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Classes run for two hours and are held outdoors, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, class held indoors. Pre-registration and pre-payment required online. See website to register and pay. Classes start promptly, so please arrive on time. Dress appropriately for outdoor activity. Session Fee, which covers five classes and all supplies: Members $150 Non-members $175 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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Eastchester High School’s class of 2013 bids farewell

Members of the graduating Class of 2013 eagerly await their diplomas, drawing their high school careers to an end. Photos/Bobby Begun By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER

On the first day of summer, hundreds of proud families and friends gathered on the field of Eastchester High School to watch the Class of 2013 bid farewell. Although this school year was partially characterized by unfortunate weather events like Hurricane Sandy, the bright June 21 morning proved fortunate for the attendees and graduates as the commencement proceeded without a cloud in the sky. As the class said goodbye to a place that had become like a second home, so did Superintendent Marilyn Terranova, who is retiring in July and will be replaced by former Eastchester Middle School Principal Walter Moran. Annie Carforo, class president and daughter of Eastchester School Board President Dave Carforo, said it’s time for the graduates to step out of their comfort zone as they enter college the same way they did as they entered freshman

The Eastchester Eagle has landed.

The Eastchester High School band performs during the school’s commencement ceremony last Friday.

Graduates prepare to celebrate the finality of their high school careers.

year of high school. It may be scary to move on, Annie Carforo said, because many of the students have been in school together since kindergarten, but being nervous shouldn’t be a setback. “Being scared is a good thing,” she said. “It means we have something to lose and so much to gain.” Principal Jeffrey Capuano commented on how the school year was somewhat tumultuous. The Class of 2013 lost a week of school in October 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy, and there was heavy rain during the senior prom and awards show. Despite some weather-related setbacks, Capuano said this was the best commencement the school has had in 15 years. “Together, you took 329 [advanced placement] classes with roughly four college acceptances per student,” Capuano said. In addition to excelling academically, the principal said that the senior class raised money for charity and provided for the less fortunate. He encouraged the students not to listen to those who say “you can’t,” and that people who soared to greatness were

average folks who dared to do something big. “Don’t wait; do things now that will make the world a great place for others,” Capuano said. Echoing Capuano’s recognition of the class’s fundraising efforts, Terranova said that community service was the cornerstone of the Class of 2013 and told the students to take advantage of new opportunities. “It takes a lot of work to fundraise for a cause you care about, and it takes a lot of courage to help those that others never would,” Terranova said. Andrew Ling, the graduating class’ valedictorian, said that, while he was writing his speech, he was looking for a reason why the Class of 2013 is so special. Ling said he realized it was the camaraderie and closeness among the students. He said that he often saw students shouting until they lost their voices at sporting events and painting themselves from head to toe during school spirit week. “I’m excited to see all of us move from the little bubble in Eastchester and moving out into the world and carrying that cohesion,” Ling said.

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Valedictorian Andrew Ling

Salutatorian Abigail Orlando

Class President Annie Carforo

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Eastchester High School Class of 2013 Douglas Accatino Patrick Agababian Sadid Alam Jon Alkins Luigi Amoretti Ana Carolina Antonio Michael Arvonio Karen Afua Asiedu Hannah Baalbaki Briana Balsamo Ryan Barbara Samantha Bastone John Battaglia Julianne Befi Isabella Bellizzi Bruno Bertozzi Robert Bevilacqua Joseph Boscia Edward Brundsen Patrick Bryson Angela Bujaj Danielle Cacciola John Calby Ciara Calise Stevie Capasso Marc Capparelli Annie Carforo Alexa Carone Marie Cascione John Cerasi Anthony Cesarini Raylla Chan Leo Cho Daniel Ciardiello Jennifer Cimons Sam Clark

Gabrielle Cocco Grant Cohen Nicholas Comas Jessica Costa Robert Crai Kyle Crimmins Paulina Cruz Timmy DeJesus Courtney Dempsey Nicole Dennis George Denti Peter Denti Christopher DeSantis Daniel Desideri Paul Despotakis Patrick Devir Melissa Difabio Jon Ross DiBrino Gregory DiCarlo Daniel DiMirco Maria Dombeck Andrew Eickmeyer Ian Elwell Jacqueline Espinoza Nicholas Feigenbaum Danielle Fendrich Gianna Ferrara Olivia Fitzpatrick David Flores-Rivas Ashley Flynn Richard Fonte Samuel Frankle Jacqueline Fusaro Sean Michael Garcia Gyanat Garcia-Almonte Angela Gentile

Anjali Madappallil George Christian Giammarella Gabriel Giustiniani Alexis Goldman Thomas Greig Alessandra Grillo Taylor Ariana Groccia Nicole Gruber Jessica Gulotta Melanie Hartmann Eric Haywood Kurt Hellthaler Keith Hernandez Kevin Hernandez Rebecca Hernandez Samantha Hernandez Brennan Hoban Kimberly Hofmann Christopher Hogan Andrew Holzberg Matthew Holstein Daniel Jun Pyo Hong Marisa Iaccarino Sanjay Jaipargas Jonah Kachur Kristina Karathanasis Meissa Kart Joseph Keenan Patrick Kennedy Michael Kenny Nina Kozak Kerri Krippel Ariana Kukaj Eri Kuwabara Fernando Lara Sarah Lynn Larson

Lauren Leal Joong Bin Lee Nicolas Leo Andrew Ling Justine Liszovics Austin Lopez Maria Lucia Michael Macri Michael Magardino Arlette Maher Christopher Mahoney Jing-Hui Mai Gabriella Mancini Lauren Mancini Riley Mann Michelle Mariani Cynthia Marques Kristin Martin Carina Martusevici Alyssa Massi Margaret Massimo Hamayra Mayat Sana Mayat Kristin McKavanagh Katherine McDevitt Kellie McDevitt Casey McMahon Marc Medico John Mercurio Devin Merone Natalie Mirante Fabian Molina Ashtyn Monachelli Katie Mulligan John Murphy John Napolitano

Michael Napolitano Nicholas Occhicone Abigail Orlando Timothy Palmieri Jamie Palumbo Jung Eun Park Brian Paulus Katherine Pelham Amanda Piacquadio Brittani Piro Arthur Porto Matthew Power Kristine Pulaski Evan Pushkal Jasmie Quetell Alyssa Raguso Alan Ramirez Lauren Ramunto Samantha Reich Anastasia Reilly Danielle Rella Dominique Ricciardi John Risi Emily Rissoff Daniela Robayo-Rodriguez Natalya Rodrigues Stephanie Rodrigues Sergio Rogliano Michael Romeo Rodrigo Romero Isabella Rosario Pavel Rusakov Giovanni Russo Kevin Ryan Adonis Sanabria Deana Santomauro

Jake Scannell Ashley Scheur Anne Schmitt Aubrey Scott Sora Shiraishi Michael Siciliano Rachel Sider Christian Skalaski Stephen Sorgi Daniel Spicehandler Matthew Steccato Angelica Stramandinoli Matthew Sullivan Kuki Takahashi Lauren Tartaglia Kevin Teahan Elana Tee Alyssa Telesco Kokoro Tetsuka Pamela Tiavises Nicholas Todino Brianna Travers Thomas Trerotola Lhamos Tso Mark Valente Juan Vasquez Ronald Vickory Andrew Visconti Timothy Walsh Roisin Wiley Hyeok Jung Yong Jonathan Yu Christina Zaccardi Caralyn Zeltner Linda Zhang

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Kensington Road saga continues, Bronxville seeks new developer By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER

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After failing to break ground on a proposed development in 2008, the Village of Bronxville Board of Trustees has issued another request for proposals to develop owner-occupied housing along Kensington Road. Essentially identical to the RFP issued in 2003 and 2004, the project calls for the development of residential condominiums and an underground parking garage with a minimum of 200 spaces for municipal parking as well as an additional level of parking for residents of the development. In its current state, the property serves as an open-air parking lot for residents, merchants and commuters with permits. “The property, off the tax rolls, has long been a visual eyesore,” said Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin, a Republican. “The idea of finally getting a high-quality development on the property will enhance not only the village landscape, but increase surrounding property values.” Under a previous developer, WCI Communities Inc., the project received all the necessary approvals to be deemed “shovelready” by village officials. However, in 2008, when the real estate market bubble burst many developers—including WCI—went bankrupt. After WCI filed Chapter 11 due to a hefty investment in the Florida real estate market, the property was left in its existing state, as a parking lot. “The project never broke ground…[the developer] was probably about a month away when the bottom fell out,” Village Administrator Harold Porr III said. According to Porr, the property was home to a power plant several years prior to the initial proposal, which necessitates that any developer interested in the project be willing to ensure the completion of environmental remediation. “There is approximately 20,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil that needs to be removed,” Porr said. “That’s why it’s going to be an expensive project.” Although the entire cost of the project could not be made available as of press time, Porr said the project is anticipated to cost roughly between $6 million and $8 million for remediation alone. In addition, any new developer would inherit agreements, executed under the prior developer, made with the MTA and MetroNorth Railroad regarding access, construction

The existing parking structure on Kensington Road was previously tapped for development, but hit a roadblock in 2008 when the previous developer, WCI Communities Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Photo/Corey Baumer

management, drainage and utility issues; with the owners of the adjacent property located at 1 Pondfield Road to modify a pre-existing easement and provide the relocation of utilities; with measures to protect the property of Christ Church; and with the United Water Company regarding the replacement of an existing water main. Some in the community, however, haven’t fully embraced the large-scale project claiming it may hurt the village’s character. “I don’t think anyone wants to foot the bill to clean [the contamination] up…someone should step up to the plate,” said Florence Kooluris, owner of the Fine Arts Gallery in Bronxville. “The design looks good on paper, if people are gullible enough to think it can be done.” For Kooluris, the expansive design of the proposed development is too large-scale for such a small amount of space. A resident of the village for the past 30 years, Kooluris is of the belief that the project is not the best use of taxpayer dollars and that, ultimately, the village retail district will suffer due to the expansive development proposed along Kensington Road.




“It’s not right…there is too much waste and nothing is being cared for,” Kooluris added. “They’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars planning and hiring…it’s almost comical.” However, not everyone in the village shared Kooluris’ sentiment on the potential for development. According to John Gordon, president of Bronxville’s Admiral Real Estate Services, the development has the potential to be a great benefit to parking woes in the area if it were to include additional parking layered above grade from the already-plotted 200 spaces. “The key is not only to replace the existing parking, but add additional parking,” Gordon said. “If [the village] was to increase the net inventory of parking, it would greatly benefit the central business district.” Initially designed for village residents looking to downsize, while still remaining in Bronxville, the project, based on prior proposals, would consist of owner-occupied units and would provide few bedrooms, dining rooms and staffing amenities. According to Porr, the project will not include any federally-mandated affordable housing units. Mayor Marvin said, “[The development] was literally gone over several times in the past two and a half years…this was something fully-vetted and looked at from every possible angle. I really think it will enhance the neighborhood.” According to Marvin, any potential developer interested in the project can use the initial proposals provided by the project architect and engineering firm. The RFP will remain open until Sept. 3. Once complete, the development is anticipated to generate approximately $650,000 annually in property taxes to the village, on a property that currently generates none. -With reporting by COREY BAUMER


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STARTING STRONG How to make the gym work for you from the get-go

THE HIDDEN TRUTH Lesser known benefits of cardiovascular exercise

MAKING THE CUT Simple ways to cut calories

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The lesser known benefits of

cardiovascular exercise Active people tend to have varying views on cardiovascular exercise, or cardio. Often done at the end of a workout, cardio rarely evokes a staid response from fitness afficionados asked to share their thoughts on this valuable type of exercise. Fans of cardio will admit they love the feeling they get during and after a rigorous round of this type of exercise, which includes activities like running, cycling and walking. But those men and women who dread their time on the treadmill, elliptical machine or stationary bike are likely to categorize cardio as a boring and uninspiring activity. But regardless of a person’s opinion on cardio, there’s no denying it offers numerous benefits, many of which even avid athletes might be unaware. • Cardio boosts brain power. Perhaps the least known benefit of cardio is its positive impact on the brain. During cardiovascular exercise, the brain is being flooded with chemicals that improve decision making, memory and problem solving. Cardio can also help preserve memory and improve its ability to learn. So while the physical

benefits of exercise are widely known and noticeable to the naked eye, cardiovascular exercise can be just as effective at improving cognitive function. • Cardio can improve your appearance. Improving physical appearance is a motivating factor for many physically active men and women, and cardio can go a long way toward improving physical appearance because it increases lean body tissue while reducing fat. Cardiovascular exercise is a healthy way to burn calories, and burning calories is a healthy means to losing weight. • Cardio can help reduce the severity of preexisting conditions. Arthritis sufferers have long looked to cardiovascular exercise as a healthy means to relieving the pain caused by their condition. Water exercises like swimming make for great cardiovascular exercises, especially for those looking to relieve arthritis pain. That’s because an exercise such as swimming keeps joints moving while strengthening muscles surrounding those joints. Studies have shown that cardiovascular exercise also can lower blood pressure.

• Cardio can improve mood. Cardiovascular exercise can benefit men and women suffering from depression or those who are simply having a bad day. That’s because the mood-boosting chemical serotonin is released to the brain during cardio, helping to improve mood and alleviate symptoms of depression or fatigue. • Cardio can make tomorrow’s workout easier. Recovery time is important to athletes, many of whom want to ensure

their bodies are ready for tomorrow’s workout even before they finish today’s. Cardiovascular exercise helps to deliver more oxygen-rich blood to muscle tissue, aiding in tissue repair and recovery. The quicker your body can rebound from today’s workout, the more effective tomorrow’s workout will be. So even if you don’t enjoy that pit stop at the treadmill before you head home, it’s paying more dividends than you might know.

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Simple ways to cut calories P

eople take a variety of approaches when attempting to lose weight. Some try fad diets that may or may not produce results, while others commit to a daily exercise regimen. One of the more popular ways men and women attempt to lose weight is to cut calo-

When making a sandwich, hold the mayo in favor of mustard, which contains far fewer calories.

ries from their diets. Cutting calories can be an effective way to shed extra pounds, but it should be done in a way that does not compromise your overall health for the sake of a slimmer waistline. Any changes adults make to their diets should be discussed with their physicians prior to going forward, but the following are a handful of healthy ways to cut calories. • Put away the potato chips. Potato chips are a favorite snack of many people, but those delicious chips could be a reason your belt size is getting bigger. Instead of potato chips, opt for air-popped popcorn, which contains roughly one-fourth the amount of calories as potato chips. Popcorn also is a whole grain, which means you’ll be adding fiber, minerals and vitamins to your diet while decreasing your caloric intake. • Add healthy flavor to your pasta. Perhaps because it’s become increasingly available in recent years, whole grain pasta has risen in popularity. But men and women looking to cut calories can go even further when cooking up some pasta for dinner.

When making whole grain pasta, cook about half the amount you normally would, and then add fresh or even frozen vegetables to the mix. Reducing the amount of pasta will reduce the amount of calories you consume, and the vegetables will add nutrients to your diet. Another way to cut calories from your favorite pasta dishes is to leave the parmesan cheese on the sideline. Parmesan cheese can be loaded with in calories, and the vegetables should add all the flavor you need. • Choose the right condiment for your sandwich. Many people love a good deli sandwich slathered in mayonnaise. But while that sandwich might be delicious, that mayo could be adding a significant number of calories to your meal. One tablespoon of mayonnaise can have as many as 57 calories, while an alternative like mustard can be just as flavorful while containing far fewer calories. • Say “so long” to soft drinks. Perhaps no method to cutting calories is more effective for soft drink lovers than cutting soft drinks from their diets. Sugary beverages are not only loaded with calories, but such

drinks offset the body’s blood sugar, increasing appetite as a result. Instead of reaching for a soft drink at the convenience store or at home, try water. It’s a much healthier alternative, and it’s sure to help you achieve a slimmer waistline. • Don’t forget to eat fruit. Fruit is not just a fresh and delicious snack, it’s also a fiber- and antioxidant-rich and low-calorie alternative to more popular snack foods. Strawberries are a popular fruit, and men and women might be surprised to learn that a pound of strawberries contains nearly the same amount of calories as a half-cup of vanilla ice cream. When eating breakfast in the morning, add some fruit to your cereal or oatmeal. Allowing the fruit to occupy some of the space that would otherwise be occupied by more cereal or oatmeal will lower your caloric intake while adding fiber and antioxidants to your diet. When choosing fruits, opt for fresh instead of dried fruit. Sugar and calories are much more concentrated in dried fruits than fresh fruits, so choose fresh fruits whenever possible.

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A lifetime of healthy vision is the goal of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary’s Rye Brook office By AlfonSo PonCe, MD

Previously in Inside Westchester, we discussed the importance of remaining active and spending time outdoors for the health of your eyes. The younger you are when you start, the better your body will be prepared to confront the changes that happen with aging. A study published in the prestigious journal Ophthalmology in May reported that children who spent more time playing outdoors will be less likely to develop myopia compared to children spending the same amount of time indoors. High myopia (extreme nearsightedness) is an eye condition that can put your eye at risk for many other problems. If left uncorrected in a child, it can produce amblyopia (or lazy eye), preventing that eye to see clear permanently. Eyes that develop high myopia are more prone to have retinal tears and detachment which can lead to blindness in later years if left untreated. A good ophthalmological and retinal evaluation can determine if you have myopia or any retinal problems. Another benefit of remaining active outdoors is to maintain good circulation in the body and to consume ingested calories, reducing the chance to develop systemic diseases. Mayor Bloomberg launched a campaign in New York City to restrict the ingestion of sugar-loaded beverages since there’s a direct link to obesity.

Obesity in turn can produce diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure and high cholesterol–all of which are risk factors for diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Smoking is another risk factor in eye disease. So, even if you are taking medication to keep cholesterol or systemic blood pressure controlled, but you are a smoker, it’s equally important to check your retina early before it gets affected. In addition to time outdoors and control of smoking, your eyes are helped by a good balanced diet including green vegetables that are high in antioxidants and Lutein, fish (especially salmon that is rich in omega acid) and berries. Commercially available supplements that contain Lutein, beta carotene and omega-3 can support the health of your eye. But always discuss the use of supplements with your ophthalmologist or your primary physician before starting taking them. So summer is here, get your hiking gear and hit the beautiful trails that the area has to offer. Don’t forget your sunglasses and sun block. And remember, balance is the key to a healthy life. To make an appointment with Dr. Ponce, please call 914-934-5280 or visit www.nyee. edu/westchester to book online through ZocDoc.

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healthy diet can improve quality of life and reduce a person’s risk of developing disease or other negative health conditions. For example, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can boost the immune system and promote cardiovascular health, lowering your risk of heart disease in the process. While the benefits of including fruits and vegetables in your diet are widely known, the medical benefits of dairy are often overlooked. The following are a handful of ways that dairy products like low-fat milk, cottage cheese and yogurt can make a nutritious and beneficial addition to your diet. • Dairy packs a protein- and calcium-laden punch. One cup of nonfat yogurt can provide as much as one-third of your daily recommended calcium intake and nearly 20 percent of your daily recommended protein intake. Though dairy products like ice cream don’t pack the same nutritious punch as yogurt, healthier fare like reduced-fat cheese and skim milk can go a long way toward meeting your daily intake of protein and calcium. • Dairy is a great source of vitamin D. In addition to providing sufficient calcium and protein, dairy also helps men, women and children boost their vitamin D. That’s especially important in the winter months when people tend to get less exposure to the sun. Exposure to the sun is a natural way to boost your vitamin D, but the shorter days and colder weather of winter can make it hard to get sufficient vitamin D during that time of year. Dairy products like low-fat milk can boost your vitamin D, which can improve your bone health and, according to recent research, might help reduce your cancer risk. • Dairy may help lower your blood pressure. Men and women with high blood pressure might benefit from including more dairy in their diets. In a study of 5,000 adults, Spanish researchers found that those who reported consuming the most low-fat dairy products were more than 50 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who consumed less low-fat dairy. Though researchers are not certain as to the reason behind low-fat dairy products’ impact

on blood pressure, some theorize that their calcium and protein content are likely behind the benefit. • Dairy benefits your bones. Dairy has long been known to improve bone density. But it’s not just seniors who benefit from the bonestrengthening impact of dairy. Youngsters who consume dairy can also expect an increase in bone mass, which can make them less susceptible to injuries like broken bones. Seniors who consume dairy to improve their bone density should know that a recent study from researchers at the Institute for Aging Research found that not all dairy products are equal when it comes to improving bone density. While milk and yogurt were linked to higher bone mineral density, dairy products like cream and ice cream contain less protein, calcium and vitamin D and more fat and sugar than yogurt and milk, and these products may actually be associated with lower bone mineral density. Though there are many ways men and women can improve their overall health, it’s important to consider the nutritional value of dairy when making any alterations to your diet.

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Make the gym work for you from the get-go M

any people aspire to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, which medical professionals have long advised is an essential element of a healthy life. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend adults get at least two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, every week and some muscle-strengthening activities that focus on all the major muscle groups on two or more days per week. While adhering to such an exercise regimen might not appear that difficult on the surface, many men and women know just how difficult it can be to make the transition from a relatively inactive lifestyle to one in which exercise is a significant part of the daily routine. Much of that difficulty stems from the intimidation many people feel when visiting a gym. Walking into a gym for the first time can be similar to the first day of school, when a lack of familiarity with one’s surroundings inspired fear and anxiety. But there are ways individuals can make their first forays into the fitness club a success right from the start. • familiarize yourself with the layout prior to your first workout. It’s easy to feel like an outsider when visiting a gym for the first time. Your fellow members already know their way around, and you might be hesitant to ask any of them for advice as to where certain equipment might be. To avoid a wasted workout opportunity spent wandering around the gym, ask a gym representative to show you around once you’re ready to start exercising. Such a tour was likely provided when you signed up for the gym, but the layout is easily forgotten between that visit and your first workout. Allow a trainer or another gym employee to show you the ropes right before your first workout so you don’t feel as though you’re lost in a vast sea of dumbbells and treadmills. • Accept the gym’s offer of a free training session. Many fitness clubs offer a free consultation with a personal trainer to new members. Accept this offer regardless of your fitness level or familiarity with the facility. The trainer can help you find your way around and tailor your workout to meet your goals. You may even find working with a personal trainer is something you want to do, and this can prove a great introduction to a service that many men and women find valuable and motivational. • Don’t worry about what your fellow members are doing and thinking. One of the biggest mistakes you can make at the

Enlisting a friend as a workout partner is one way to increase the chances your workout routine will be a success from the get-go.

Skip stretching before a workout Stretching before a workout may not be as beneficial as people once thought. Reserve stretching for your post-workout routine.


any athletes have been told to stretch before starting a workout, as such a routine prepares the body for physical exertion. But new evidence suggests that stretching before a workout may do more harm than good.

onset of a new fitness regimen is paying too much attention to what your fellow members are doing. Just because someone working out next to you can bench press a few hundred pounds does not mean you should attempt to follow suit. It’s easy to feel as though your fellow gym members are watching you workout and judging your performance, but oftentimes nothing could be further from the truth. They’re likely too locked in on their own workout to notice what you’re doing, so don’t feel embarrassed if you feel like you’re not lifting enough weight or going easy on yourself on the treadmill. The more you workout, the more comfortable you’ll become and your performance will reflect that comfort level. What’s more, the more comfortable you become the less attention you will pay to your fellow members. • find a time that works for you. When beginning a new workout routine, it helps to visit the gym at different times to find the time that best fits your schedule and makes you feel most comfortable. Beginners often prefer to avoid peak hours when fitness clubs tend to be most crowded. Many clubs are most busy during the post-work hours of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

During these hours, beginners may feel intimidated by other members who appear to be in tip-top shape or frustrated when having to share machines with other members. But some beginners might be motivated by a packed gym. To find the time that’s right for you and your schedule, visit the gym at various times of day over the first couple of weeks of your membership. Once you find a time that fits, commit to visiting the gym at that time several days per week. Establishing a routine is essential to making your exercise regimen a success. • Go with a friend. Enlisting a friend to workout with you on the buddy system is a great way to stay committed to a workout routine. A friend who works out with you can motivate you to go on those days when you really don’t want to, which is a significant hurdle to clear for beginners and veterans alike. When choosing a workout partner, make it known to each other that you both expect to be held accountable to your joint commitment. Beginning a new workout regimen can be exciting and intimidating. But beginners can employ several strategies to ensure their new lifestyle is a hit right off the bat.

Several studies now indicate that static stretching, or slowly moving muscles until they start to hurt and then holding the position, may impair strength and speed. One study published in the April 2013 Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research concluded that those who stretch before lifting weights could find themselves feeling wobblier and weaker than expected. Another study at the University of Zagreb in Croatia reviewed 104 studies of people who practiced static stretching as a warm-up. Muscle strength was reduced by more than 5 percent in those who stretched. Another study examined men who did basic squats while lifting barbells. Men who stretched and those who didn’t were examined. Those who stretched lifted 8.3 percent less weight than those who skipped stretching. Many personal trainers now discourage extensive stretching before a workout, feeling that stretching post-workout provides the most benefit. A number of people have long confused stretching with warming up muscles, but static stretching is a different activity from actual muscle warmup, which generally involves low-impact movement of the body. There is no evidence that STRETCHING continued on page 10

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Fostering healthy eating habits in children

f kids had their way, pizza, chicken fingers and french fries would make up a significant portion of their diets. But parents know they must make kids’ culinary choices for them so youngsters get all of the vitamins and nutrients they need to grow up strong and healthy. Parents also tend to know how difficult it can be to convince kids to embrace healthy eating. Healthy eating habits can help kids live healthier lives and perform better in the classroom while setting them up for a lifetime of making the right choices at mealtime. Though encouraging kids to eat healthy may not always be easy, the following are a few tips for parents hoping to foster healthy eating habits in their children. • Stick to a schedule. Parents should establish a regular eating schedule, for both meals and snacks, so kids learn the importance of not skipping meals. Kids who learn to eat at regular intervals are more likely to continue doing so as they grow older. When kids stick to a meal schedule, they are less likely to overeat and they’re likely to have more energy

throughout the day, which should help them stay attentive at school and be more engaged in their extracurricular activities. • Involve kids when choosing the menu. Kids might be more excited about eating healthy when you involve them in choosing the menu. Invite them along on trips to the grocery store and allow them to choose one of their favorite foods for the meal in exchange for eating the healthy fare you have chosen. Parents may end up eating a lot of side dishes of macaroni and cheese, but their youngsters will also end up eating their vegetables. • Plan healthy desserts. Dessert is often considered an unhealthy indulgence, but there’s plenty of nutritious desserts that are so delicious kids likely will not realize they’re eating healthy. A dessert of fresh fruit and a small serving of yogurt can provide the same post-meal refreshment as ice cream or cake, but it does so with much fewer calories and a lot more nutrients and vitamins. What’s more, kids will come to look at dessert as a chance to eat fresh fruits instead of an opportunity to load up on ice cream or other, less healthy alternatives.

• Serve healthy portions. Sometimes it’s not just what is on the plate but how much is on the plate that can be healthy or unhealthy. When doling out portions for the family, create healthy portions so kids are not encouraged to overeat. Kids who grow up eating healthy portions are more likely to continue doing so into adulthood. Overeating is one of the culprits behind being overweight and obese, so kids who learn to control their portions are much less likely to overeat and gain excess weight. • Don’t reward kids with food. Some parents try to reward youngsters with food, allowing kids to indulge in unhealthy fare in acknowledgement of a good report card or something else kids should be proud of. But using food as a reward is an unhealthy eating habit that can lead to problems down the road as kids become adults responsible for their own eating habits.

• Set a positive example. Kids are more likely to eat healthy when mom and dad are healthy eaters. If your first choice at snack time is to reach for a bag of potato chips, then don’t be surprised when your kids opt for chips over healthier fare like a piece of fruit. “Do as I say, not as I do” is a tough sell to youngsters when it comes to their eating habits, so parents should set a positive example for their kids by ensuring their own diets are healthy.

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7 myths

SHRETCHING from page 8

about body fat


ody fat is often considered the enemy for those looking to get fit. People will try many types of diets and exercise in an effort to rid their bodies of excess fat, and such regimens produce varying degrees of success. Part of what makes fat so confounding is the misconceptions surrounding this natural component of anatomy. By separating the myths from the facts, men and women might find their efforts to banish body fat that much more successful.

stretching before a workout makes muscles more limber or reduces the risk of injury during a workout. Some experts liken stretching muscles prior to working out to overstretching a rubber band. The muscles may get limp and overworked prematurely and then not be able to perform to peak when power intensity is needed. Others argue that when

people engage in stretching, the muscles are actually tightening, rather than relaxing, which may make athletes more prone to injury. Stretching improves flexibility and range of movement. But some fitness experts suggest stretching be reserved for times when exercise will not immediately follow, such as after a workout has been completed.

Myth #1: Body fat is only under the surface of the skin. While body fat near the surface of the skin, which is known as subcutaneous fat, may be most noticeable, body fat is actually accumulated throughout the body. Organs can accumulate fat, and this internal fat, known as visceral fat, can wrap around the heart and marble muscle. According to Dr. David Haslam, clinical director of the National Obesity Forum, visceral fat can be toxic and unhealthy. When people begin to exercise, they burn away this visceral fat and the results are often noticeable shortly after an exercise regimen begins. Myth #2: Muscle turns to fat without exercise. Muscle and fat are two separate entities, and one cannot become the other. People will gain weight after they stop exercising because fat will begin to accumulate more readily because it isn’t being burned. Fat may mask muscles that were once there and are no longer as pronounced. However, the muscles will not turn to fat. Upon returning to regular exercise, a person can regain his or her physique. Myth #3: Body fat develops from eating fatty foods. Fat in food will not necessarily turn to fat on the body. That piece of bacon will no more turn into a spare tire around your midsection than would a banana. Fat is formed from excess calories. When the body takes in more calories than it uses for energy, that excess is stored as fat reserves. Whether calories come from a lean protein or fatty gristle, if the calories are all used up they will not turn into fat. Myth #4: Starving oneself will burn fat. Depriving the body of calories may initially force it to burn body fat stores. However, if the calorie restriction is so marked, the body may actually go into “starvation mode,” where it breaks down fats more slowly. Also, when food is reintroduced, the body may store more fat in anticipation of

future deprivation. This can cause a person to gain more weight and body fat than if he or she had just adhered to a moderate diet all along. Myth #5: A person can lose body fat from just one area. There are a number of exercises purported to burn fat from a specific area of the body. For example, doing hundreds of crunches will banish belly fat. However, fat will not diminish in just one spot from targeted exercise. The body burns fat evenly so that one portion is not depleted more than another, resulting in an area of the body that is not naturally insulated by fat. Therefore, a diet and exercise plan will produce gradual shedding of body fat all over the body. Yet, the appearance of diminished fat may be visible in particular areas more so than others. Myth #6: fat modulates body temperature. Scientists used to believe that body fat was instrumental in regulating body temperature. New information suggests that it is actually muscle that helps regulate body temperature, although it is not entirely understood why. According to a report published in Nature Medicine, muscle protein called scarlopin is believed to help regulate body temperature. Muscle contractions also help to generate heat. Myth #7: fat weighs less than muscle. Muscle and fat weigh the same. A pound of bricks will weigh the same as a pound of cotton. Muscle is more dense than fat, so if a person is exercising and building muscle while shedding fat, he or she may not notice a big change in weight. Body fat is often shrouded in mystery, but understanding the science behind body fat can make shedding it that much easier.

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Understanding and fighting hypertension

go hand-in-hand

study published in the journal Neurology found that people with high blood pressure were significantly less likely to have headaches than those with healthy pressure readings. Nosebleeds have also been linked to high blood pressure, but one study found that 83 percent of patients treated for high blood pressure did not suffer from nosebleeds. Debunking such myths is important, as it further emphasizes the need to receive routine blood pressure readings as the only reliable means for men, women and children to determine if they have high, low or healthy blood pressure. Anyone experiencing frequent headaches or nosebleeds should consult a physician but should not assume such occurrences are a byproduct of high blood pressure. Can certain foods help reduce high blood pressure? One rumor concerning HBP actually has some merit. A heart-healthy diet that includes the following foods can help men, women and children manage their blood pressure and reduce HBP if necessary: • Blueberries: Blueberries contain an-


ypertension, often referred to as high blood pressure, affects millions of people across the globe. According to the American Heart Association, more than 76 million adults in the United States alone have been diagnosed with high blood pressure. But even children and teens can suffer from hypertension, making it a formidable but largely preventable foe. Understanding high blood pressure, or HBP, may encourage adults and children alike to take steps to maintain a healthy blood pressure, which can reduce their risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. What is HBP? HBP is often associated with men and women who are considered to be constantly on edge, nervous or hyperactive. But even laid back men, women and children can suffer from HBP. As a person’s heart beats, it creates pressure that pushes blood through the body’s arteries and veins. Those arteries are made of muscle and a semi-flexible tissue that stretches when the blood is pumped through them. The more forcefully that blood is pumped, the more that flexible tissue is stretched. When the tissue is stretched too much, a person is at

Routine blood pressure screenings are often the only way men and women can learn if they are suffering from high blood pressure. an increased risk of suffering from a host of problems, including blood clots, plaque buildup that can lead to heart attack and stroke, and tissue and organ damage from arteries that have narrowed or become blocked. Are there symptoms of HBP? The AHA notes that HBP is typically devoid of symptoms. So people suffering from HBP may not know it if they have not routinely had their blood pressure checked. Over the years many myths have prevailed regarding HBP. Such myths can be dangerous, giving people a false sense of security regarding their blood pressure. For example, in the early 1900s it was assumed that people with high blood pressure experienced more frequent headaches than those with healthy blood pressure. However, a

thocyanin, a natural compound that a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found can protect the body against HBP. • Whole grain cereal: A Harvard University study found that whole grain cereals that are high in fiber can reduce a person’s risk of developing HBP. • Beet juice: A study from British researchers published by the AHA in its journal Hypertension found that a glass of beet juice can lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. • low-fat dairy products: A 2008 study that examined nearly 30,000 women at an average age of 54 found that those who consumed the most low-fat dairy products, including skim or low-fat milk, were significantly less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who consumed dairy products that were high in fat. HBP is a common problem that affects millions of people of all ages across the globe. There are several ways men, women and children can reduce their risk of HBP and lower their blood pressure if it’s already high.

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Setting the record straight on affordable housing BRONXVILLE TODAY Mayor Mary Marvin

Given the constant coverage on both News 12 and in the Westchester newspapers surrounding the continuing discussions of the Westchester County Affordable Housing Settlement, an update on Bronxville’s role is warranted. As a recap, the stipulation agreement was the result of settling a lawsuit brought by the Anti-Discrimination Center of New York, a non-profit advocacy and litigation group. The Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development joined as parties against Westchester County. The lawsuit was based on the False Claims Act, with the plaintiff arguing successfully that, when the county received Community Development Block Grants and HUD funds for affordable housing between 2000 and 2006, County Executive Andrew Spano’s office stated in writing that they had complied with mandates to encourage affordable housing, when they had not. In essence, the suit was based on falsifying documents. Though not a party to the suit, as well as completely unaware of the litigation, the Village of Bronxville learned of our involvement via reading the local newspaper. Though the fourth most integrated county in the state, trailing only Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, Westchester was the first county to be sued under the “false claim” premise. Current HUD officials have told us that HUD is “actively investigating” 20 other counties throughout the nation on the same grounds, and HUD plans to “utilize the settlement in Westchester” as a blueprint for the nation. Under the terms of the agreement, Westchester County must spend $50 million and agree to build or acquire 750 affordable housing units in seven years. Of the units, 630 must be in the 24 communities, which includes Bronxville, where black residents represent less than 3 percent of the population and Hispanics less than 7 percent. Of the 750 units, 75 percent must be new construction and 50 percent must be rental units with no more than 25 percent for senior housing. A family of four could earn up to $53,000 to qualify for a rental unit and earnings up to $75,000 would allow home ownership. Communities are prohibited from giving preference for this housing to members of their local workforce such as policemen, nurses or teachers. Rather, the units must be marketed to those, “least likely to apply” per the consent agreement.

The agreement does not state a per capita distribution or assignments of units to each individual community. Given the above parameters, the trustees, Village Administrator Harold Porr and I realized the seriousness of our obligation under the agreement and have worked diligently to find affordable units in our village. We have contacted our local realtors, who have been extremely helpful, visited properties and brought county representatives to view village options. As of this time, none of our offerings have proven economically feasible to the county. In an effort to meet our obligation, we thought the rental route might be the most economically viable, and many of our landlords were anxious to help us out after understanding the settlement agreement. However, the major stumbling block has proven to be a provision in the agreement that states, “such units shall be controlled by deed restrictions or other legal measures to ensure that they remain affordable to and occupied by eligible households for a period of no less than 50 years.” I petitioned HUD via the settlement monitor to reduce this requirement to 10 years, which is still a lifetime in rental real estate but was denied. We continue to work cooperatively with the county to identify properties despite the constraints. On a parallel tract, the settlement agreement requires the designated communities to adopt a “model ordinance” in local zoning laws that promotes affordable housing. There is a concern that this “one size fits all” zoning requirement from HUD runs contrary to the provisions of the New York State Constitution, which codifies the right of Home Rule, which grants local governments the power to engage in policy making concerning local municipal matters. In addition, our current zoning and planning codes must be evaluated to ensure that they are non-discriminatory. To comply with this provision, village counsel reviewed our codes, as did Westchester County Planning Department experts. Neither found any exclusionary zoning. In the spirit of cooperation and compliance, we hired an outside independent planner to conduct a third review and are awaiting his comments. Village representatives have also attended every meeting with HUD and county officials to which we were invited, as well as multiple workshops, to better understand the multiple requirements of the settlement that affect Bronxville. The village government is committed to abide by the stipulations as contained within the four corners of the agreement signed in 2009.

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Tuckahoe class of 2013 holds intimate commencement

Valedictorian Casey Stevko By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER

To celebrate the 81st Tuckahoe High School graduation, the Class of 2013 and roughly 200 onlookers occupied Siwanoy Boulevard in front of the high school’s main front doors. The 90 seniors graduated on the steps of their village high school as guests sat in fold out chairs in the middle of the street. Beside the students stood the Class of 1963, who were celebrating their 50-year anniversary during the evening commencement ceremony on June 21. The school also bid farewell to Superintendent Edward Reilly and Class Advisor Alyse Fane; both will be retiring this summer. Christopher Ushay, the Class of 2013 salutatorian,

Tuckahoe’s graduation took place in front of the school, in an intimate and unique setting.

said that, while this was one of the largest classes to ever graduate from Tuckahoe High School, it’s still quite small with little personal privacy. At such a small school where everyone knows each other’s names, rumors and gossip travel fast. But what the students gave up in personal pri-

vacy, Ushay said they gained in a close-knit community. The Class of 2013 made up about one third of the high school’s population, the salutatorian said. As he choked back tears, Ushay said the Class of 2013 should be proud they’re different from other neighboring

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Tuckahoe’s Class of 2013 during its commencement ceremony. Photos/Bobby Begun

municipalities. “Sure, we go to a podunk school, but that’s what makes Tuckahoe special,” he said. “We should be proud that we aren’t Eastchester or New Rochelle or Scarsdale; we’re a family.” As the commencement continued, the graduating se-

Salutatorian Christopher Ushay

niors got up from their seats in small groups and walked into the crowd to hand out flowers to their parents and family members during the school chorus’s performance of “Because You Love Me,” by Celine Dion. Graduates were dressed in black gowns with different

Tuckahoe Board of Education President Julio Urbina addresses the graduates on June 21.

honor cords for the valedictorian, salutatorian and National Honor Society members. Reilly said that, during Hurricane Sandy, Tuckahoe residents came out to help their neighbors and that striving to make a difference is a noble deed. Similar to the students in the Eastchester graduating class, Reilly said that students stepped up to help their neighbors who were affected by Sandy in any way they could and raised money for charities. Tuckahoe is marked by generations who come back to the village to raise their families, Reilly said, and he hopes that many of the students will one day return. “I hope the memories that you have here will lure many of you back to continue the tradition of continuity,” Reilly said.

Senior Chorus and Band Ensemble sing “Because You Love Me” during the Rose Presentation to the parents.

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Tuckahoe High School Class of 2013 Christopher Abrams Jennifer Almanzar Darrell Anderson Victoria A. Baez James Patrick Baker Nicholas Vincent Barbera Nicole Marie Barros Joseph Christopher Bellantoni Karlie Bendlin Tyler Yvette Bhola Tasheka Paula Bolt Maximillian G. Bovin Sean Patrick Byrne Alice Barbara Cabrera Victoria Rose Cardia Nathalie A. Carvajal Christopher S. Chianese Alessandra Maria Cirillo Lauren Cirillo Zackary Scott Cole Alexis Monet Coleman Thomas M. Conboy Taylor Corrado Justin Robert Cucino Michael Ryan Day Jose Renato Lucca deSouzzaNeto Jessica Marie DePietro Michael DiNoia Breanna Drew Brittney Deborah Anne Dukes Mary Laura Ehring Ginette-Elyse Faruolo Meaghan Fennell Justin R. Ferreira Christopher Fischer Alexander S. Fitzpatrick Bianca Gentile Sara Ghebrenigus Christian Thomas Goewey Christian Guido Karolina Guillen Matthew David Haith Jamar D. Harrison Gabriel E. Heras Mikael Honkaniemi Samantha Elizabeth Irwin Alexis Elizabeth Kargbo

John Patrick Kelly George A. Kyriakakos Elisabeth Paige Lefer Robert Michael Minecci Liebowitz Maria Machado Bryan Madan Danielle Marie Maisch Christina Danielle Manca Justin Nicholas Marcovici Roberto Augustine Marovic Michael Ryan McMahon Grace Elizabeth Meyer Aisling Moore Katherine Nazario Shyheim K. Nixon Michael O’Leary Brian O’Toole Andres Miguel Olivo Brian Palucci Madison A. Passeri Alexa Marie Paulercio John C. Paulino Richard R. Persico Andrew John Piliero Gregory Matthew Podolak Kelly N. Raho Steven Charles Ramirez Lindsey Elizabeth Rasmussen Kayvon D. Reid Nicholas G. Reisman Darwin Roman Samantha L. Romano Amanda Scalzo Min-Kyu Shin Christine M. Stanson Casey Marie Stevko Georgette Tommasino Robert John Tudisco Christopher Michael Ushay Vanessa V. Velazquez Alexia Vicario Nicole Vitrit Julie Vucetovic Jessica Louise Wenke Mohammad Hossein Yousefi ViniNatalie Zaninovic

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Row America Rye: Building the sport’s rep one stroke at a time What would it take to make you get up at 5 a.m. regardless of rain, snow, sleet or heat to carry boats that weigh hundreds of pounds wearing nothing but spandex? If the question were posed to me, the answer would be easy: nothing. But, to the rowing enthusiasts in Westchester County, the answer is their love and dedication to the sport of rowing. On March 18, Row America Rye officially opened as a first class rowing club in Rye, N.Y. The new club is adjacent to the Rye Boat Basin at 668 Milton Road. “We were really lucky to get this spot. You can imagine how hard it is to find waterfront property in Rye, but the community was extremely supportive. People have wanted a rowing club here for a long time,” says Laura Rauchfuss, the director The Row America Rye team in action during a recent event. of Row America Rye. Rowing seems to be all the rage begin with. The dedication that goes and then moving their training inside. in our area, with more than 10 dif- into this sport goes hand-in-hand In addition to the school team, the ferent boat clubs offering the sport, with success, both in and out of the facility also trains a composite team which is a big change from just water. The kids have to be organized made up of kids from various com10 years ago. With the addition of and good at time management. They munities as well as Row America’s these clubs, the sport is becom- push themselves on and off the wa- junior and master programs. ing more visible in Westchester. ter to succeed,” Rauchfuss said. This summer, Row America Rye But rowing is not just for is offering several two-week sesRowing has been around since the first Olympics and yet its popularity young athletes. sions offering kids from 12 to 18 On June 1, “National Learn How the oppportunity to put a toe in the compared to other To Row Day,” I water, so to speak. Sign up is on the club sports such took to the water Row America Rye website. as golf and tennis has not manifested, Mathis Jessen, one of the coaches WESTCHESTER to give the sport a try and found it at Row America Rye, is a German until now. WANDERER exhilarating. There’s a lot of National Crew Team member and Lisa Jardine “Rowing is a a co-captain on the University of talk about kids getlife sport. There Washington’s crew team, a perenting into great colleges to row crew, and if the student is a rower in Saugatuck who is 90 nial rowing powerhouse. He is athletes who train at Row America and rows every day. It’s a full body overwhelmed by the support of the workout, it’s great to be outside and parents of Row America’s competiRye are any indication, it’s true. “Our youth programs perform at it conditions and tones muscle as tive team. a very high level—they are some well as enhances aerobic fitness,” “Regattas are long, usually from of the best rowers in the nation. Rauchfuss said. 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., and we travel far The Rye High School Garnet team distances to get there,” Jessen said. We have seven or eight high school senior rowers who will row at has moved its training to the Row “The parents are always there, with great colleges in the fall—Cornell, America Rye facility and they will their tent, cooking hot meals for train there year-round, getting out on our racers and cheering them on at Columbia, Georgetown. A rower is a different breed to the water March through November, the finish line. In Germany, I had to make my own sandwiches and bring them to the race to make sure I had something to eat. These kids have the best parents supporting them. It makes a huge difference.” Row America Rye’s new facility is currently under construction and Rauchfuss hopes to have it completed by September, when the organization will most likely offer adult memberships as well. “One of our goals is to make rowing more accessible to everyone in the community and we’d love to create a scholarship one day,” Rauchfuss said. So, whether you are a sculler, who rows with two oars, a sweeper, Row America Rye’s competitive team. Photos courtesy Row America Rye who uses one oar, a bisweptual, a

sweeper that rows both ways, or a novice, Row America Rye is waiting for you. Check them out on or To contact Lisa, you can email her at and follow her on Twitter @westchesterwand

Laura Rauchfuss, left, and Mathis Jessen in front of the new Row America Rye facility, located on Milton Road in Rye. Photo/Lisa Jardine

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Strat-O-Matic, Sabermetrics and rolling the dice for Cecil Espy’s next hit For today’s baseball fans, numbers are becoming more part of the game than ever before. I’m not talking about old-school stats either. Homers, RBIs, even batting average are all falling out of vogue in favor of new metrics, such as win-shares, value over replacement player, or VORP, and ultimate zone rating, or UZR, which quite frankly, I still don’t understand. But with more fans casting a critical eye on baseball’s hallowed numbers, wouldn’t it make sense that the great old baseball game, Strat-O-Matic, could be poised for a comeback as well? Strat-O-Matic, for the uninitiated, is a baseball board game, created in 1961 by Hal Richman from Glen Head, Long Island. Using scouting reports, previous year’s stats, and some complicated algorithms, each MLB player is given a card that reflects his on-field ability. Outcomes of at-bats and plays in the field are decided by dice-rolls and probabilities. And yes, a 20-sided die is, in fact, part of the Strat-O-Matic compliment of accouterment. Think of it as Dungeons and Dragons for baseball nerds—but instead of taking control of a Level 20 mage wielding the Staff of Necromancy, you’d get to be Pete Incaviglia, headed into battle armed with nothing but a Louisville Slugger. There was little doubt, growing up in my house, that I would turn out to be a baseball fanatic. My father, a rabid supporter, never missed an op-

portunity to teach me the game. No matter where we went on summer vacations—be it to a big metropolis like Chicago, where we’d find time to check out Wrigley Field and Old Comiskey Park, or a small podunk town like Pittsfield, Mass., former home of the Single A Mets affiliate—baseball was always on the docket, and I ate it up. As my parents are fond of reminding me, I became something of a LIVE MIKE baseball maven, flawlessly reciting Mike Smith major league rosters at two years old for stupefied adults at bars, restaurants or anyplace someone would give a toddler the time of day to expound upon the merits of Mickey Tettleton. But I don’t think anything taught me as much about the game as StratO-Matic. My father and his friends would convene monthly in our basement to play out their seemingly endless Strat-O-Matic seasons, their standings ever-changing on the small chalkboard in the corner. For a few hours, our basement would become a den of cigarette smoke and stale beer stench—a fragrance I would ironically come to associate with adulthood, coming from men sitting around playing a board game—as my father and his cohorts would carry on “grown-up” conversations that were punctuated by sporadic—and quite profane—outbursts when Billy Spiers or Spike Owen failed

Town Report’s Mike Smith used to play Strat-O-Matic Baseball with his father. Photos/Mike Smith

to get a bunt down with runners at first and second. I couldn’t spend enough time down there, but my mother would usually whisk me away to bed before too many brews were consumed and the group would launch into some of their bluer tales. Although I never got to “man-

Cecil Espy’s Strat-O-Matic hitter’s card showed that, in 1993, he wasn’t adept at hitting right-handed pitching. Or left-handed pitching, for that matter.

age” a game in my father’s “B&S” league—the meaning behind those initials is still a mystery to me today—I did begin playing the game with the old man when I was around nine. The teams never changed; I, being possibly the biggest Andy Van Slyke fan in southern Westchester, was always the 1993 Pirates. My dad would counter with Kevin Tapani and the Minnesota Twins. The game wasn’t easy to learn—especially for a sugaraddled elementary schooler—but it was worth it. In addition to honing my score-keeping skills, the game gave me a deeper appreciation for the sport of baseball. As a child, it’s easy to watch a game and be wowed by a home run. But with Strat-o-Matic, I was getting a crash course in the minute details that make baseball as much of a chessmatch as a sporting event. From managing bullpens, to pulling double-switches and learning situations in which small-ball can be the best course of action, my StratO-Matic years laid the foundation for my baseball knowledge. Rule #1: never, ever try to steal a base with Mike LaValliere—or any other roly-poly catcher with the nickname “Spanky”, for that matter. Over the years, especially in

college, I tried to get some of my friends into the game, but it never took. Part of me understands why: Who wants to roll dice and pretend to be Jim Edmonds when you can fire up the PlayStation and actually control the Angels’ centerfielder on the television screen as he races back towards the wall and makes a diving catch to prevent a possible inside-the-parker? I do. And I’m not alone. In 2011, over 500 Strat-o-Fanatics, including former major leaguer Doug Glanville, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the game’s invention at the Community Church of New York, proving that the old way—dice and brains, pencils and papers—can still hold sway in an increasingly technological age. But who knows, maybe as numbers continue to be crunched and a new generation of fans, Moneyballers and Sabermatricians continue to look inside what makes the game tick, maybe the game will find new life and a younger audience. If it does, I’ll be there, with Doug Drabek forever on the hill, waiting to throw the next pitch. Follow Mike on Twitter @LiveMike_Sports

SPORTS Cruz looks to stay perfect against Huffman

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On June 29, Port Chester native Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz will take the next step in his journey to become the first-ever lightweight world boxing champion from Westchester County as he will take on veteran slugger David Huffman at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY. Cruz, who turned pro last December, has had a sterling record thusfar, going 4-0 with four knockouts as he continues to establish himself as a true contender in the lightweight division. According to Ryan O’Leary, Cruz’s trainer and the owner of New Rochelle’s Champs Boxing Club, Cruz’s success isn’t a surprise—but the manner in which he’s winning fights is. “It’s going better than we thought,” said O’Leary. “He has so much more power than we thought with four K.O.s And it’s not firstround knockouts either, he’s breaking guys down, stopping them in the third, fourth round.” O’Leary has also been impressed with his charge’s ability to devote himself to the training process while the gym’s status has been in flux. As

Cruz trained for his first four pro fights, Champs BC was without a permanent home, so the fighters had to scratch out gym time wherever they could. But now, with Pee Wee training out of a fully-functioning gym in New Rochelle, O’Leary hopes to see an even stronger performance on Saturday night. “He’s going to be worlds different,” said the trainer. “Four in a row, four knockouts without a gym? I think he’s going to be a terror in there.” Of course, his opponent is no pushover. Despite a losing record, Huffman, at 4-16-1, has 21 pro fights, and is seasoned in a way that many of Cruz’s previous opponents haven’t been. The veteran has even been in the ring with the top lightweight in the world, taking on current lightweight king Adrien Broner in Broner’s pro debut. “You get these guys with losing records, but they’re journeymen, they know what they’re doing,” said O’Leary. “These are the types of guys that can cause an upset.” Though O’Leary has watched lots of film on Huffman, Cruz—true to form—has never seen his upcoming opponent fight. “He doesn’t watch film,” said O’Leary. “He trusts me to handle

Port Chester native Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz throws a punch on Dec. 8 against Jonathan Caban in his pro debut. On June 29, Cruz will take on veteran challenger David Huffman in Queens, N.Y. Photo/Bobby Begun

that. He tells me, ‘If you put me in the ring with him, I’m supposed to beat him’, and I like that mentality.” Should Cruz get past Huffman on

Saturday, his team is already looking ahead to more opportunities, penciling in a July date at Roseland ballroom and another summer fight

in Atlantic City, N.J. “We’ve got some exciting fights lined up,” said O’Leary. “We’ve got a real busy schedule.”

Tiger Camp kicks off at MHS

Tuckahoe quarterback Mike Castracucco hands the ball off on June 23 at Mamaroneck’s Tiger Camp. The four-day camp is a “ground floor” to summer football workouts for many teams. Photo/Mike Smith By MIKE SMITH SPORTS EDITOR

On June 23, some area teams continued their pre-season football workouts at the long-running Tiger Camp at Mamaroneck High School.

For four teams, Mamaroneck, Tuckahoe, Truman High Schools and Stepinac, the camp is just another step in a long summer process for area football teams. For three days, four teams will be on the field, running uppers-

only practices. The camp ends with a bang, however, as the squads will come together on June 27 for a big evening of scrimmages and competition. Many coaches, including Mamaroneck’s Anthony Vitti and

Tuckahoe’s John D’Arco, Sr., said, at this point in the summer, camps like this one are preferable to 7-on7 passing competitions because it allows the coaching staffs to work with players to implement offensive and defensive schemes while taking their time to do a little bit of coaching. “This is kind of like the ground floor for us,” said D’Arco. “We start to put our plays in, we run our top three or four plays, to make sure we’ve got that down before we move forward.” The camp is especially invaluable to teams like Mamaroneck and Tuckahoe, who are looking to fill important spots vacated by seniors who graduated this month. Mamaroneck lost 26 seniors from their 2012 team, while Tuckahoe is dealing with several losses from a team that reached the state championship game last fall. “We’re fortunate because we have a solid core back, we’re strong up the middle,” said D’Arco. “But we still have question marks. Interior line, wide receiver, we’re still fit-

ting guys in.” Much of the evaluation will come on the final day of the camp, when the teams square-off against each other, so coaches should have a decent idea about their personnel as they march on this summer with individual team workouts and other camps. “After [Wednesday’s] scrimmages, there’s going to be some re-evaluations, but we hope to kind of know where we stand,” said the head coach. “Then, over the course of the summer, when we’re having our sessions, we may make some changes.” Both Tuckahoe and Mamaroneck will remain active in the next month. Tuckahoe will be running voluntary sessions three times a week to nail down schemes, and take part in New Rochelle’s Champions Camp in July, while Mamaroneck will continue to work with other teams at joint workout sessions as two-adays approach in August. “We’ll hope to have our pieces in place,” said D’Arco. “But, as always, anything can happen.”

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