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Killian to run for Senate again By JAMES PERO Staff Writer

Priska Diaz, a mother of two and founder of Bittylab, has reinvented the baby bottle by introducing an air-plug that removes air from the bottle which helps to prevent gas build up in babies using them. For story, see page 6. Photo/Taylor Brown

Westchester lawmakers ban gun shows on county property By FRANCO FINO Staff Writer In a 12-5 vote on Feb. 5, the Westchester County Board of Legislators, BOL, passed a law banning gun shows on county-owned property, codifying an executive order signed earlier this year by County Executive George Latimer, a Democrat. The vote was split down party lines, as the BOL’s five Republican county legislators voted against the bill, which will not impact gun shows on properties that the county doesn’t own. Earlier this year, Latimer signed an executive order on Jan. 2 banning gun shows on county property, fulfilling one of his

promises during his campaign against former County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican. The former senator signed the executive order just one day into his new role as county executive. The BOL passed a similar ban on gun shows last year while Republicans made up a majority of the legislature. At the time, the bill was approved in a 9-8 vote, with all Democrats voting in favor of the policy in order to block a gun show that was to be held at the Westchester County Center. However, Astorino vetoed the bill and the gun show was held on the county property anyway last year. Gun shows on county property were previously banned after a shooting that was orchestrated

On Feb. 5, the Westchester County Board of Legislators voted to ban guns shows on county-owned property, solidifying an executive order already in place from County Executive George Latimer. Photo courtesy

at Colorado’s Columbine High School in 1999, in which 13 people were killed by two students

of the school. Around that time, former County Executive Andy Spano, a Democrat, issued the executive order banning gun shows. In 2010, Astorino lifted the ban on gun shows with the intention of allowing them to be held at the County Center. A show that was scheduled for 2013 at the county center was cancelled after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in 2012. With the BOL passing the legislation, the law will now become permanent, meaning current and future county executives cannot change the gun show policy without the vote of the local Legislature. CONTACT:

Former Rye Councilwoman Julie Killian, a Republican, will take another shot at the state Senate by running for the seat vacated by Westchester County Executive George Latimer, a Democrat, earlier this year. This will mark Killian’s second run at the very same seat for state Senate District 37, which encompasses much of Westchester County’s Sound Shore, after a failed bid to defeat Latimer in 2016. The position in Westchester’s 37th Senate District has been left open since Jan. 1, and a special election will be held on April 24 after Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, set a date last month. Killian will join a now two-person field of potential Republican nominees that includes former prosecutor Dan Schorr. Bedford attorney Sarmad Khojasteh, announced this week that he would drop out from the race. Killian’s bid for state Senate was confirmed by a press release sent out by Khojasteh on Feb. 5, which stated that he will endorse Killian for a Republican nomination process slated to take place on Feb. 7, after press time. “I am ending my campaign today and supporting Julie Killian in this race,” Khojasteh said in a statement on his campaign webpage. “I have spoken with Julie and she has assured me that she will continue to promote policies that help lower and middle-income New Yorkers achieve financial security and upward mobility.” Killian has served on the Rye City Council since 2012, and in her bid for New York state Senate in 2016, she ran on a platform of political reform in Albany, as well as greater emphasis on combating an opioid epidemic in the

Rye City Councilwoman Julie Killian, a Republican, will take another shot at running for New York state Senate. File photo

county and nationwide. If given the nomination, Killian would square off against Democratic nominee and state Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, who was chosen to lead the charge for Latimer’s vacant seat during a convention process in January. Mayer will look to build off of a wave of Democratic wins throughout the county this past November and elsewhere that capitalized on opposition to President Donald Trump, a Republican, and a reinvigorated Democratic votership. The 37th Senate District encompasses the cities of Yonkers, White Plains, New Rochelle and Rye; the towns of Eastchester, Harrison, Mamaroneck, Rye, Bedford and North Castle; and the villages of Harrison, Bronxville, Tuckahoe, Mamaroneck, Larchmont, Rye Brook and Port Chester. Killian could not be reached for comment as of press time. CONTACT:

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Marcotte is St. Patrick’s parade grand marshal White Plains man charged with grand larceny The Eastchester Irish American Social Club, EIASC, announced Sheila Marcotte, village of Tuckahoe resident, well known for her service as a volunteer, real estate agent and elected official, is the grand marshal for the EIASC’s 14th annual Eastchester St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade is Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. stepping off at Immaculate Conception Church in Tuckahoe. The gala honoring Marcotte and honorees Patrice Buckley and Peggy Lynch, both Eastchester residents, is Saturday, March 3 at Greentree Country Club in New Rochelle. Gala and parade details are at “Serving the Eastchester community as a volunteer and elected official has been a privilege, and as grand marshal it gives me the opportunity to recognize and thank everyone who helps make this a great town,” said Marcotte. She traces her Irish heritage from her father, Richard Chesmore, with her paternal great grandparents hailing from County Mayo and coming to the U.S. in the late 1800s.

Sheila Marcotte, grand marshal of the 14th annual Eastchester St. Patrick’s Day parade. Contributed photo

Born and raised in Framingham, Massachusetts, Marcotte attended the College of New Rochelle. Upon graduation, she began a career in finance with EF Hutton. In 1991, she married Tom Marcotte and eventually left Wall Street, as a vice president for Lehman Brothers, to raise their family.

In 1998, they moved to Tuckahoe where she served in several volunteer capacities, which led to her career in elective office including terms as village trustee and Eastchester councilwoman. In 2010 she won a special election for the county legislator seat in District 10 where she served for seven and a half years. Marcotte is a licensed realtor with Steckler Real Estate, and continues to volunteer locally in many organizations. She and Tom Marcotte have four children, Thomas, Meghan, Matthew and Kevin. At the gala, the grand marshal and honorees will be presented with their parade sashes. Traditionally sold out, the gala is attended by EIASC members and their guests. EIASC membership is open to those of Irish descent and anyone interested in Irish culture. Membership info at EIASC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1966 with members from Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Bronxville, Crestwood and surrounding communities. (Submitted)

Schorr says he’ll stay in Senate race By JAMES PERO Staff Writer As of press time, a Republican nomination process may turn contentious as two candidates— Julie Killian and Dan Schorr— both eye a key open seat in the New York state Senate. Ahead of the convention, neither candidate has shown signs of dropping from the race, even after Republican candidate and Bedford attorney, Sarmad Khojasteh, confirmed this week that he would step aside to support Killian in her bid. According to Schorr, however, leaving the race is not an option. “I believe I’m the strongest candidate to win this election and head up to Albany and clean house,” he said. Because of the special election, there will be no primary. The nominee will be decided by a majority of district leaders. While Schorr said he will stay in the race for the nomination process on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at Westchester Manor in Hastings-on-Hudson, he said that he will support Killian if the results fall her way. “I believe I have a lot of support going into the convention,” he said. “But if the convention

Two potential nominees will vye for a Republican nomination in a key state Senate race. Pictured is Dan Schorr, who will be competing with Julie Killian, both Republicans, as of press time. File photo

chooses Julie, I will enthusiastically support her.” The race for the 37th Senate District—which will be decided in a special election slated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, on April 24—is considered a crucial one for both Democrats and Republicans, who currently maintain a slim one-seat majority in the Senate. Before Westchester County Executive George Latimer, a Democrat, vacated the seat this January, he faced constant Republican challenges, including one from Killian in 2016, and a precedent-setting race against Bob

Cohen, a Republican, which saw record money spent in a state race. The eventual nominee for the Republican ticket will square off against Democratic nominee and state Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, who won support from the Democratic caucus earlier this year. The Republican nominee will be forced to contend with a growing wave of Democratic votership that helped push Democrats across the county and elsewhere to victory. The 37th Senate District encompasses the cities of Yonkers, White Plains, New Rochelle and Rye; the towns of Eastchester, Harrison, Mamaroneck, Rye, Bedford and North Castle; and the villages of Harrison, Bronxville, Tuckahoe, Mamaroneck, Larchmont, Rye Brook and Port Chester. CONTACT:

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino Jr. announced on Feb. 1 that Criminal Investigators from the District Attorney’s Office and Rye Brook Police have charged Eric Jackier, 48, of White Plains, in two separate incidents related to taking money under false pretenses. In White Plains, the District Attorney’s Criminal Investigations team charged Jackier with grand larceny in the third degree after the defendant stole $16,475.00 from a White Plains woman. The money was supposed to be used to set up a charity but instead Jackier used the money for his own purposes. The theft took place between May 15, 2015, and Aug. 20, 2015. Jackier was arraigned in White Plains City Court. His next ap-

Eric Jackie. Contributed photo

pearance was scheduled in White Plains City Court for Feb. 6, 2018. In a separate case, Rye Brook Police have also charged Jackier with Grand Larceny in the second degree in the theft of $167,000 in checks written by the complainant, an elderly Rye Brook

woman, to Jackier. Jackier claimed to be an expert who could help secure veteran’s benefits, giving himself the title of “Non-Attorney Representative” who could handle veteran and Social Security cases. The woman was seeking help for her elderly husband. The theft took place between Aug. 1, 2013 and Oct. 4, 2017. Jackier was arraigned by John Colangelo, Rye Town Court judge. He posted $15,000 bond. His next date in Rye Town Court is scheduled for Feb. 21, 2018. Criminal Investigator Timothy Ryan made the arrest for the Westchester District Attorney’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Gwen Galef, chief of the Economic Crimes Division. (Submitted)  

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Teen Yoga On Monday, Feb. 12 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Join the library for its Teen Yoga class series starting on Feb. 12. Please bring your own yoga mat or a towel and a water bottle. Registration is required online for this program. This program is open to grades six and up. For more information, contact Amelia Buccarelli at 721-8109.

Adult Yoga On Monday, Feb. 12 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Join the library for its Adult Yoga class series starting on Feb. 12. Please bring your own yoga mat or a towel and a water bottle. Registration is required online for this program. For more information, contact Amelia Buccarelli at 721-8109.

Chat & Color Book Club On Monday, Feb. 12 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Open to adults. Join the Chat & Color Book Club to discuss this month’s book, “The Address” by Fiona Davis. Participants will be meeting in the Book Sale Room. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk. Pictures and colored pencils are provided, and light refreshments will be served. Online registration suggested. For more information, contact Amelia Buccarelli at 721-8109.

Free AARP Tax Help On Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get free AARP tax help every Tuesday through April 17. No appointments necessary; first come, first served. For more information, call the library at 793-5055.

Valentine’s Day Craft On Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for children ages 3 and 4, and from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. for grades K–5. Make a chocolate rose for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.

‘W.E.B. Du Bois, A Man for All Times’ On Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. Join the library for a one-man play, “W.E.B. Du Bois, A Man for All Times.” This play entertains and enthralls, as it compels the views to travel on this near-100 year journey. Free tickets will be available to all at the Reference Desk. Limit is four tickets per person. Brian Richardson portrays W.E.B. Du Bois, a black American born just after the Civil War, and five years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Du Bois broke many barriers: he graduated from Harvard, studied in Europe, ran for senator, co-founded the NAACP, participated in the founding of the United Nations, and saw segregation declared unconstitutional. He fought tirelessly for anti-lynching laws and civil rights for all people. He died in 1963 on the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington.

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Social Needlers On Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Join the library for a knitting and crochet hour every Monday and Wednesday. Participants can chat and socialize while making beautiful items which will be donated to the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

Adult Coloring Group On Mondays from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Coloring has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety. Come and be creative and meet new friends, all while listening to tranquil music. Coloring sheets and materials will be provided.

The Life & Crimes of Alfred Hitchcock On Monday, Feb. 12 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Join this spine-tingling look behind the scenes of The Master of Suspense’s notorious classics, from “The Lodger” (1927) to “Frenzy” (1972), and the meticulous planning that went into them. Presented by film historian and author Max Alvarez.

Dawny Dew Concert On Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. A fun sing-along filled with music and puppets. Best for ages 1 and up.

Drop-in Valentine’s Craft On Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Teen Room. Open to ages 9 and up. Make some-

thing special for that special someone. All materials are provided.

Chinese New Year Storycraft On Thursday, Feb. 15. This year is Year of the Dog. Make a craft for Chinese New Year and listen to all books about dogs.

Online Introductions: The New Blind Date On Saturday, Feb. 17 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. In the old days, single people often relied on friends and family to introduce them to potential partners. As we well recall, this introduction was greeted with a variety of emotions, from downright fear to in-theclouds excitement. It was known as the “blind date.” Today, the blind date is often replaced by online dating and what our friends and family often did for us in the past; the computer now does. Whether you have been online for years, in the “Should I really do this?” phase, or somewhere in between, this seminar provides you with information, caveats, step-by-step instruction and encouragement. Topics include the five top-rated online dating sites, photos, profiles and profile headers, winking versus emailing, phone conversations, the first meeting, conversation starters, online dating scams, and online dating safety tips.

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‘W.E.B. Du Bois, A Man for All Times’ On Saturday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. at the Tuckahoe Community Center, located at 71 Columbus Ave. Written and directed by Alexa Kelly, presented in conjunction with Pulse Theatre Ensemble. This play entertains and enthralls, as it compels the viewer to travel on this near 100-year journey. Brian Richardson portrays W.E.B. Du Bois, a black American who fought tirelessly for anti-lynching laws and for civil rights for all people. Indeed if it were not for McCarthy having accused Du Bois of being a communist in the McCarthy era (although he was acquitted!), the name of Dr. Du Bois would be as famous in America as that of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who said of his mentor, “History cannot ignore W.E.B. Du Bois.” Registration is required by calling the library at 961-2121.

One-on-One Computer Classes On Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. These are individualized computer classes for adults, held every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Registration is required by calling the library at 961-2121.

Children’s Craft On Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. For ages 5 to 10. Participants will make an owl valentine holder. Registration is required by calling the library at 9612121.

Sliming It On Thursday, Feb. 15 at 3:30 p.m. For ages 11 and up. Participants will have fun learning a basic recipe to make slime and using it in some new crafty ways. Registration is required by calling the library at 961-2121.

Mandarin Bilingual Storytime On Friday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. For children up to 5 years old. Join Ms. Elaine and Ms. Lai for stories and songs about the Year of Dog. Registration is required by calling the library at 961-2121.

AARP Tax Aide Program On Fridays through April 13 from noon to 2 p.m. The Tuckahoe Public Library presents the AARP Tax Aide Program. No appointment necessary; first come, first served. For more information, call the library at 961-2121.

Community news Eastchester Lacrosse K-2 registration Registration for Eastchester Blue Devils lacrosse is open for children in grades K–2. The program will run on Tuesdays and Saturdays starting April 17 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Haindl Field. Boys: full equipment is required including a helmet, shoulder pads, gloves, arm pads, stick, and mouth guard. Girls: required equipment are goggles, a stick, and mouth guard. Every registration will include a free stick. Please email with questions. Register at

Eastchester schools news Stockings for Soldiers The Eastchester Teachers Association, ETA, is running its annual drive to send filled stockings to soldiers. The ETA is partnering with Homes for Heroes, the Never Forget Foundation, and the Pearl River American Legion, which will ship and deliver the stockings to soldiers overseas, returning veterans, and to the Montrose VA Hospital. Parents are invited to send in items to help fill almost 200 stockings purchased by the ETA. Donated items can be given to homeroom teachers in a bag, envelope or box to the attention of Clare Delongchamp, Eastchester Middle School, or they can be dropped off at the Easchester High School Security Desk. Items which can be included in stockings: tuna packs; breakfast bars/power bars; trail mix/dried fruits/nuts/sunflower seeds; microwaveable food; cereal in single packs; snacks/candy/gum; Q-tips; powdered drinks: iced tea, lemonade, fruit punch; toilet paper/baby wipes; toothbrushes/toothpaste/ dental floss; Vaseline; foot powder; eye drops/ nose drops; sunscreen; socks/gloves; playing cards/ crossword puzzles; magazines/books; DVDs/new CDs; iTunes gift cards; AT&T phone cards; Best Buy gift cards; Christmas candy and decorations; room fresheners. Do not put in anything that can crumble, break or spill. Please do not include any pork products. It is also nice to add a cheerful holiday card.

County news Golf course closings The six county-owned golf courses closed for the season after play on Sunday, Dec. 31. The courses are Dunwoodie, 231-3490, and Sprain Lake, 2313481, both in Yonkers; Maple Moor, 995-9200, in White Plains; Mohansic, 862-5283, in Yorktown Heights; Saxon Woods, 231-3461, in Scarsdale; and Hudson Hills, 864-3000, in Ossining. The courses are expected to reopen in March, weather and conditions permitting. The exact date will be announced. Deadline for our What’s Going On section is every Thursday at noon. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your listing. Please send all items to

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Empire City Casino announces special comedy shows

Sean Kanan is bringing his stand-up routing to Empire City Casino on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13. Photo courtesy

It may be the shortest month of the year, but February isn’t short on laughter at Empire City Casino with two special laugh fests added to the customary pair of monthly Wednesday Comedy Night soirees in the casino’s Good Time Room. On Monday, Feb. 12, and Tuesday, Feb. 13, come see popular actor and star of the daytime television series “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Sean Kanan, as he brings his stand-up routine to Empire City for an exclusive twonight engagement. Known for his role in the 1989 cult-hit movie, “The Karate Kid III,” Kanan has held leading roles in several independent and studio films and has had great success as a producer and writer, having written, executive produced and acted in the Lions Gate film “Chasing Holden.” In addition to playing Deacon Sharpe on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” the role he has made famous in over 100 countries, Kanan’s catalog of guest television stints include “Desperate Housewives,” “The Nanny,” “General Hospital,” “The Outsiders,” and “Walker: Texas Ranger” among many other series. Kanan has performed standup at some of the country’s leading clubs including The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store, and

Dangerfield’s, and authored his first book in 2011 – “The Modern Gentleman: Cooking and Entertaining with Sean Kanan,” a hybrid cookbook and advice book for young men. Limited tickets are available for each night and cost only $20 per person, which includes beer and wine from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Empire Club membership is required to purchase tickets; non-members can join Empire Club for free at the door while purchasing tickets. Kanan, who recently completed a major supporting role opposite Jason Patric in the feature period film “Gangster Land,” will meet and greet fans following each show. Love and laughs will be in the air on Wednesday night, Feb. 14, when Bonnie McFarlane brings her routine of love and anti-love jokes to tickle the funny bone of lovebirds in attendance. McFarlane appeared on “Last Comic Standing” and headlined her own HBO comedy special. She also co-hosts the podcast “My Wife Hates Me” with her husband, fellow comic Ric Vos. Mikey Garcia is the featured performer with Brooklyn-based stand-up Khalid Rahmaan as host of the night of love. Popular stand-up Bret Ernst will put a bow on the month as

the headliner on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Ernst has appeared on Tru TV’s “How to Be a Grown Up,” Comedy Central’s “This is Not Happening,” ABC’s “Comics Unleashed,” and E!’s “The Top Ten,” just to name a few. Randy Syphax, a Washington D.C., who was among the top stand-up comedians at the 2014 New York Comedy Festival, will be the featured act, while Philadelphia product and former insurance salesman, Dave Temple, is the MC. Doors for all comedy shows open at 7 p.m., with performances beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are sold at the door the night of each show. Admission for the specialty shows on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 is $20 per person, with beer and wine included until 8:30 p.m. and available for Empire Club members only. Non-members can sign-up for the free Empire Club when purchasing tickets. Admission for the Feb. 14 and Feb. 28 shows are $5 for Empire Club Members and $25 for non-members; non-members can stop by any promotions booth prior to the show and join the Empire Club for free. Elite Club and President’s Club members gain free admission. All attendees receive a complimentary drink ticket. (Submitted)

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Former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino honors Priska Diaz and her company Bittylab. Photo courtesy

By TAYLOR BROWN General Assignment Reporter After noticing an issue with the way her newborn was feeding, Priska Diaz, founder and CEO of Bittylab, created a line of baby bottles and lids that are now being tested to become certified medical devices. Diaz’s line of products include the Bare Air-Free bottles that expel air from the bottle, so the baby only consumes the milk, juice, or water. By doing this, babies are less prone to swallowing air, which can make the babies gassy and uncomfortable. “Designing [the bottle] was a big challenge,” Diaz said. The air-plug moves up the inside of the bottle when the baby generates a sucking motion, and similarly to a syringe, the air is expelled. “By the time I was done, it was so unique I got a utility patent of [the air-plug], which applies to all industries,” she said. Diaz said she wanted to make sure that with this new bottle, the opening would still resemble a nipple, so babies could drink from them without losing interest in breastfeeding. She first thought of the concept after she began having trouble with her first child, Carlton, who she had to breastfeed. Diaz spoke with her son’s pediatrician a week after his birth, where she was informed he was malnourished because she wasn’t producing enough milk during breastfeeding.

Diaz switched to bottle-feeding her son, but Carlton soon lost interested in latching during breastfeeding. Realizing this, she created two types of lids for the bottle: the Perfe-latch nipple, which resembles a mother’s nipple, and the Easy-latch nipple for babies who are already bottle-fed. Jennifer Frenette, a Bittylab customer, was first introduced to the bottle after having trouble with her daughter latching. Frenette said, “I had already tried so many other bottles, and I thought ‘well, what’s one more?’” Since trying the bottle, she said she hasn’t had any issues wither her daughter feeding. “If there’s a child that has any difficulty latching on to bottles, definitely give [the Perfe-latch] a try,” Frenette said. “It’s wroth every penny I spent on that bottle.” Diaz said she would later learn that the design of her bottle was also helping solve another issue for parents, which was that their babies were suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD, which can cause vomiting, weight loss, and makes them refuse to eat. The lower esophageal sphincter isn’t fully formed in babies, which allows food to travel back up their esophagus after it’s been in their stomach, especially when they are placed horizontally to drink from bottles without the air-plug. According to, a site run by the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck

Surgery, an organization of ear, nose, throat, head and neck specialists, “more than 50 percent of children 3 months or younger have at least one episode of regurgitation a day. This rate peaks at 67 percent at 4 months old.” Diaz said that after her product launched, she began receiving feedback from parents who noticed a decrease in GERD in their babies, because the bottles allow babies to sit upright while feeding. With this information, Diaz performed a pilot clinical study on the effects of the bottles. She said that in October 2016, “we found that 75 percent of babies with acid reflux no longer had enough of the symptoms to meet the criteria for GERD after feeding with our system.” Diaz said the findings were significant. She’s since began working with medical professionals to see how to develop her products to help premature babies, and how to adapt her products for a hospital setting. She explained that as for the future of her company, a lot of what she’ll be doing seems to be tied to the medical community. “I’m very excited about that,” she said. For more information on Bittylab products, visit CONTACT:

Bittylab has created two styles of baby bottle nipples, one for babies who are breastfeeding and one for babies who are bottle fed. Photo/Taylor Brown

Priska Diaz, founder and CEO of Bittylab. Photo courtesy

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announces notable honorees

William Crutchfield. Photo courtesy Gabe Palacio The ArtsWesthester Arts Awards Luncheon will be held on April 11 at 11:30 a.m. Photo courtesy

ArtsWestchester has announced nine individuals and organizations who will be honored at its annual Arts Awards Luncheon in April. Spanning a range of disciplines, the honorees are: Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Pocantico Center’s Presenting Series; longtime education and arts advocate Dr. LaRuth Gray; arts supporters Deborah and Alan Simon; renowned conductor and opera aficionado Will Crutchfield; The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College; The Play Group Theatre; Lifetime Arts and Lee Pope, founder of The Schoolhouse Theatre. Leaders from the county’s civic, arts, and business community will gather to celebrate the stellar accomplishments of these honorees during ArtsWestchester’s Annual Arts Awards Luncheon on Wed., April 11 at the Westchester Country Club in Rye. All honorees have impacted the cultural life of the county over the last year and beyond. This year’s luncheon is made possible by the Jacob Burns Foundation and Westchester Magazine. “The Arts Award has been presented since 1976 to recognize individuals and organizations whose vision, commitment, and leadership have enriched the cultural life of Westchester, its communities and its citizens,” said Janet Langsam, ArtsWestchester CEO. “We congratulate the distinguished honorees and look forward to celebrating with them at our annual Arts Awards Luncheon.” The 2018 Arts Award recipients are: President’s Award: Among its many roles, Tarrytown’s The Pocantico Center, which is managed by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, offers cultural events and lectures as part of its support of artists and arts organizations in the greater New York City area. Its arts collaborative produces experiences that share the creative process with the pub-

lic through on-site performances, readings, exhibits and various artist interactions. Pocantico hosts writers, playwrights, poets, dancers and choreographers, musicians and composers and more. The center shares with the public the 100-year history of Kykuit, the Rockefeller family home. It also offers programs that reflect the values of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The center provides time, space and opportunities for creatives to nurture artistic imagination. The center has set out to create a firstrate artist residency program and showcase venue that supports the arts ecosystem of the New York metropolitan area.

problems of minority isolation and declining enrollment. As assistant superintendent, she garnered federal and state dollars to engage the larger community and the entire educational community. Gray is a former president of the Board of Trustees of ArtsWestchester, where she is a current board member, serving as a committed trustee for more than 20 years.

Deborah & Alan Simon. Photo courtesy Sean Zanni Dr. LaRuth Gray. Photo courtesy Tim Radigan

Leadership Award: Gray dedicates herself to improving the quality of education, the quality of life for children (particularly those of vulnerable populations) and the state of social issues that address equity and opportunity. A retired Superintendent of Schools in Westchester County, she currently serves as Scholar in Residence at New York University’s, NYU, Steinhardt School of Education’s Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools.   Prior to that, she served as affiliate faculty at NYU and deputy director of the Metropolitan Center. Among Gray’s accomplishments is the design and development of the plan, process, and implementation to reorganize New Rochelle public schools to address the twin

Emily and Eugene Grant Arts Patron Award: Deborah “Debbie” and Alan Simon are a Renaissance couple – collectors, patrons, trustees and friends of many cultural organizations, including the American Museum of Natural History, Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, The Bruce Museum, Clay Art Center, Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase College and ArtsWestchester, where Debbie Simon serves as secretary of the Board of Trustees. Debbie Simon is a founding member of the Friends of ArtsWestchester group and also serves as an energetic member of the organization’s Gala Auction Committee, Arts Committee and Development Committee. The Simons have made the arts a focus in their lives and have shared that focus through their support of the local cultural community. 

Artist Award: Crutchfield is a household name in the opera world and a familiar figure on the concert stage, both at home and abroad. In 2018, he will depart Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, where he founded the popular “Bel Canto” program, and will initiate his new organization, Teatro Nuovo, with a nine-day festival at the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase in July. Crutchfield, a vocal coach and rehearsal pianist, is also dedicated to training the next generation of singers by serving on the faculties of all three New York conservatories, Juilliard, Manhattan and Mannes. Crutchfield made his name as a writer and musicologist in the mid-1980s (becoming the youngest music critic in the history of The New York Times) and returned to his theater roots in the mid-1990s to conduct opera. In his two positions as director of Opera for the Caramoor International Music Festival (19972017) and music director of the Opera de Colombia in Bogota (1999-2005), Crutchfield honed his style to reflect “a fine balance of bravado, intensity, sensitivity and scholarly savoir-faire.”  Cultural Organization Award: The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, PAC, now celebrating its 40th season, is a major professional, non-profit arts presenter in the tristate region.  In fact, it is the largest performing arts venue outside of New York City. PAC is dedicated to enriching the cultural and intellectual lives of the public and of students. PAC presents a diverse season of programming with a variety of artists and repertoire, including multi-cultural and “popular” genres, attracting more than 125,000 people with its more than 200 public performances and events each year. Its arts-in-education program is regionally recognized for providing high quality, low-cost education to students in the region. It reaches approximately 16,000 school children from over 40

school districts in six counties. By presenting a broad range of influences and traditions, its programming appeals to a broad demographic. Unique among college venues, the PAC has initiated a new partnership with the Westchester Philharmonic, making the group its resident orchestra. Other PAC programs include: classes, talks, and discounted tickets for children, senior citizens, veterans, and SUNY Purchase alumni, faculty, staff, and students. The Sophia Abeles Education Award: The Play Group Theatre is a non-profit educational theatre organization dedicated to providing process-oriented theatre training and diverse performance opportunities to children and teenagers. The Play Group Theatre strives to enable students to develop collaborative and communication skills, artistry, self-esteem, love of theatre and a dedication to the community as a whole. It successfully accomplishes this goal through classes, school residencies, technical internships, summer programs and a varied and continual performance calendar. The Play Group Theatre is true to its name, making theater like play and making play like theater.  Its Artist-In-Residence program allows students the opportunity to work with professional artists in their own classroom environment. The Play Group Theatre residency programs enhance class curriculum and lessons by facilitating creative expression. Community Awards: Lifetime Arts is the quintessential advocate and service organization promoting the arts as a lifetime pursuit. This nonprofit arts service organization works nationally to encourage creative aging by promoting the inclusion of professional arts programs that serve older adults. Lifetime Arts, established in Westchester County by Maura O’Malley and Ed Friedman in 2008, helps artists to encourage the creative capacity of older adult learners. It also fosters lifelong learning in and through the arts by increasing opportunities for participation in community-based programming. Lifetime Arts is nationally recognized as the leader in development and dissemination of Creative Aging policies, best practices, information services, artists’ training resources, technical assistance and advocacy. Most recently, it has been awarded a three-year $1.5 million grant from Aroha Philanthropies to continue transforming the creative aging landscape on a national level. Leandra “Lee” Pope

is the legendary person behind The Schoolhouse Theater and Arts Center, which has become a landmark home for the arts in Westchester County. Pope founded the theater when, in 1983, she transformed an old elementary school building in Croton Falls into a visual arts center. At that time, the cafeteria/gym was simply a white-walled room with 12 borrowed lights and no risers. The classrooms were turned into galleries and studio spaces that exhibit paintings and sculptures by many of Westchester’s most acclaimed artists. The curtain went up on Westchester’s oldest non-profit professional theater in 1986, when Jack Palance’s daughter Brooke and actor Michael Wilding opened Bedroom Farce. Since then, playwrights Jules Feiffer and Tina Howe, and director and Royal Shakespeare Company co-founder John Barton, have all seen their work produced at The Schoolhouse Theater. Devoted to the highest possible standard, no less than six of the theater’s shows have moved to offBroadway and Los Angeles. In addition to these honorees, ArtsWestchester will make special presentation of the inaugural Larry Salley Photography Award during the luncheon to Peekskill photographer Ocean Morisset, who specializes in photojournalism and documentary or “street” photography, the practice of capturing candid images in public spaces. His works often capture the authentic lives of people whom he observes on the streets of Westchester County and New York City. His ongoing series “Dad Duty” depicts African American fathers with their children in an effort to help dismantle the stereotype of the absent black father. Morisset teaches photography to Peekskill teenagers and sits on the board of Peekskill Arts Alliance, for which he organized a “truckstop gallery” during its Peekskill Open Studios event last summer. His work will be on view in ArtsWestchester’s gallery in March. The 2018 Arts Awards Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, April 11 at 11:30 a.m. with its reception and boutique, followed by the luncheon and award presentation at noon at the Westchester Country Club located at 99 Biltmore Ave. in Rye. Tickets cost $85. For more information about how to purchase tickets for the Arts Awards Luncheon or for more information about ArtsWestchester, visit (Submitted)

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Your health and that of Bronxville BRONXVILLE TODAY Mayor Mary Marvin

I often write about the importance of preserving our business district and its small town atmosphere because of the benefit to our tax base, home values, revenue stream and village aesthetic. After listening to a TED talk on aging, I can add that living in and supporting our village will add to your longevity! As illustration, citizens in the Sardinian village of Villa Grande have centenarians 10 times the number we have in the United States and six times the number in mainland Italy, just 200 miles away. After years of research, it was determined that the driving force affecting longevity was not diet quality, level of exercise or genetics. Rather, no resident lived solitary lives as they were constantly surrounded by family, friends, shopkeepers and neighbors, and village life constantly intersected. In addition, the topography of Villa Grande itself lent to interconnection as the population was small, streets narrow, housing was high density and there were several village squares—not unlike a description of Bronxville. A recent study at Brigham Young corroborated the Villa Grande experience on a US level. Their results demonstrated that close relationships, more than a life without smoking, drinking or heart disease, is a predictor of longevity. How many people one talks to during the day, both in strong union or passing acquain-

tance, has a direct effect on one’s health. Studies at the University of Chicago determined that direct human contact caused neurotransmitters in the brain to release dopamine, a natural mood elevator, as well as oxytocin which lowers the cortisol or stress hormones— simply through eye to eye contact, the brain is also engaged on multiple complex levels. Sadly, the study hypothesized that social isolation could soon be our No. 1 health issue as more than one-third of the population polled said they had two or less people they could lean on, and one quarter of those surveyed said they have no one to talk to. This is further magnified by the fact that now 1 in 3 Americans over the age of 65 lives alone. In addition, Americans now spend a staggering 11 hours a day on the computer, phone and/ or watching TV, eclipsing the amount of time we dedicate to sleep. Worldwide, women live on average six to eight years longer than their male counterparts and studies are linking it to women’s propensity to prioritize their personal friendships. In nursing home studies, the lowest rates of dementia onset were in the highly socially engaged, and social contact proved better than a pill regime for a group of men recovering from strokes. In essence, there is a biological imperative to know that we belong somewhere. As Emily Dickinson wrote of loneliness, it’s “the Horror not to be surveyed.” There is also a growing body

of research demonstrating a connection between these human health needs and the designs of towns and many of the prototypes now envisioned look much like our own village. How insightful of our forefathers to design Bronxville in the way that they did. Now I would argue it is our duty to capitalize on their forward thinking. This goal is a major priority of the trustees for 2018—to revisit our Community Plan and identify local assets and create a strategic plan based on our unique attributes. As example, the walkability of the village to our schools, houses of worship, transportation and shopping. The infrastructure of a commercial downtown with space for businesses of every size and consumer need. Varied housing stock from studio apartments to multi-bedroom homes in a dense configuration. A significant age diversity from toddlers to a strong, active senior population. An extremely safe living environment, yet so close to a world city. The value residents place on quality of life, aesthetics and open parkland. We hope to engage many of you as the process moves forward but in the interim, meet our shopkeepers, learn the names of the folks making your morning coffee, check in on your neighbor, help a senior, chat with your postman, and talk to the students out for lunch. A true community doesn’t magically appear, rather it stems from a series of small actions over time. Your health and the health of the village depends on it!

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petition and notice of foreclosure Index No. 2261/17


X The above-captioned proceeding is hereby commenced to enforce the payment of delinquent taxes or other lawful charges which have accumulated and become liens against certain property. The parcels to which this proceeding applies are identified on Schedule A of this Petition, which is annexed hereto and made a part hereof. This document serves both as a Petition of Foreclosure and Notice of Foreclosure for purposes of proceeding. Effect of filing: All persons having or claiming to have an interest in the real property described in this Petition are hereby notified that the filing of this Petition constitutes the commencement by the Tax District of a proceeding in the Court specified in the caption above to foreclosure each of the tax liens therein described by a foreclosure proceeding in rem. Nature of proceeding: This proceeding is brought against the real property only and is to foreclose the tax liens described in this Petition. No personal Judgment will be entered herein for such taxes or other legal charges or any part thereof. Persons affected: This notice is directed to all persons owning or having or claiming to have an interest in the real property described in this Petition. Such persons are hereby notified further that a duplicate of this Petition has been filed in the office of the Enforcing Officer of the Tax District and will remain open for public inspection up to and including the date specified below as the last day for redemption. Right of redemption: Any person having or claiming to have an interest in any such real property and the legal right thereto may on or before said date redeem the same by paying the amount of all such unpaid tax liens thereon, including all interest and penalties and other legal charges which are included in the lien against such real property, computed to and included the date of redemption. Such payments shall be made payable to Rocco N. Cacciola, Receiver of Taxes, Town of Eastchester, 40 Mill Road, Eastchester, New York 10709; (914) 771-3346. In the event that such taxes are paid by a person other than the record owner of such real property, the person so paying shall be entitled to have the tax liens affected thereby satisfied of record. Last day for redemption: The last day for redemption is hereby fixed as the 30th day of April, 2018. Service of answer: Every person having any right, title or interest in or lien upon any parcel of real property described in this petition may serve a duly verified answer upon the attorney for the Tax District setting forth in detail the nature and amount of his or her interest and any defense or objection to the foreclosure. Such answer must be filed in the Office of the County Clerk and served upon the attorney for the Tax District on or before the date above-mentioned as the last day for redemption. Failure to redeem or answer: In the event of failure to redeem or answer by any person having the right to redeem or answer, such person shall be forever barred and foreclosed of all his or her right, title and interest and equity of redemption in and to the parcel described in this Petition and a judgment in foreclosure may be taken by default. Dated: ______________________ TOWN OF EASTCHESTER

By: Rocco N. Cacciola, Receiver of Taxes ) STATE OF NEW YORK ) ss.: COUNTY OF WESTCHESTER


I, Rocco N. Cacciola, being duly sworn, depose and say: I am the Enforcing Officer for the Town of Eastchester. I have read this Petition which I have signed, and I am familiar with its contents. The contents in this Petition are true to the best of my knowledge, based upon the records of the Town of Eastchester. I do not know of any errors or omissions in this Petition.

Rocco N. Cacciola, Receiver of Taxes Sworn before me this day of ,

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Kosher Food & Wine Experience draws 2.5K

Judging from the buzz at the 12th annual Kosher Food & Wine Experience, KFWE, in New York City, the kosher food and beverage industry is exploding at warp speed and shows no sign of slowing down. The takeaway from the soldout event on Feb. 5 at Chelsea Piers: there’s no culinary or wine-making envelope that can’t be pushed. More than 2,500 guests flooded into the world’s largest kosher food and wine show to sample astonishing creations from hundreds of vendors and restaurants. More than 35,000 plates of mouthwatering modern bites were served up to the enthusiastic attendees—from lamb bacon, buffalo meatballs, and spicy Hawaiian poke to lotus doughnuts,

veal bacon-flavored brittle, and pulled beef with veal truffle pate. Not only are all of these delicacies kosher, but many are kosher for Passover. Industry professionals and consumers alike also lined up to taste more than 700 intriguing wines and spirits from around the world. More than 1,300 bottles of 300-plus wines were poured throughout the day and evening, showcasing new releases for every budget and any occasion. The remarkable wine offerings ranged from Herzog Generation VIII Padis Vineyard Napa Valley ($250 SRP) to Don Alfonso Merlot from Chile ($7.99 SRP). Exciting

Everything served was kosher, yet drew inspiration from various cuisines.

This year’s Kosher Food & Wine Experience featured more than 700 wines and spirits worldwide for hundreds of guests. Photos courtesy Royal Wine Corporation

new entrees in kosher-for-Passover spirits included LVOV Vodka distilled from beets and tequila made from wild agave. The Kosher Food & Wine Experience is produced each year by Royal Wine, the leading producer, importer, and distributor of kosher wines and spirits in the world. Among the new notable releases this year were: • The first kosher run from the legendary Château Lascombes 2015 – second cru classé from Margaux, arguably one of the finest kosher wines ever produced. • The return, after a 10-year absence, of Château Léoville Poyferré 2015 – second cru classé Saint Julien. • The first kosher run of Château Cantenac Brown 2015 – third cru classé Margaux, one of Bordeaux’s most celebrated estates. • The first kosher run of Château Fontenil 2015 from the château of Michel Rolland, the world’s most sought-after winemaker and oenologist. • The first kosher cuvée from the very modern Château Fayat 2015 – Pomerol. • Château Remo, a new boutique winery from Israel’s Galilee. • The return to America of Gush Etzion, a great boutique winery

The crowds were diverse as well, as industry insiders and foodies alike gathered at Chelsea Piers for the annual event.

from the Judean Hills, Israel, that produces an impressive array of high quality wines. • A superb Pinot Noir from Catalonia’s cult Spanish winery, Celler de Capçanes Peraj Ha’abib Special Edition Pinot Noir 2015. Jay Buchsbaum, vice president of marketing and director of wine education at Royal Wine Corp., said, “An early Passover (Friday, March 30 to Saturday, April 7, 2018) is driving an intense demand for kosher wines. KFWE has fulfilled its growing role as a key influencer in determining which wines will grace America’s Seder tables, showing wines ranging in price from $6 to $500.” The cornucopia of food represented a variety of cuisines including classical French, Japanese, steakhouse favorites, traditional Jewish cooking, nouveau American, charcuterie, fusion, Caribbean, authentic barbecue, and Mexican, as well as a variety of decadent desserts and specialty coffees. Guests enjoyed some unexpected dishes such as Thai chicken and rice, beef and beet dumplings, Hamachi with yuzu, chicken comfit with mashed cauliflower, tuna poke, lamb bacon brittle, and pulled beef with truffle sauce. Among the 30 participating restaurants, caterers and foods companies were: Breadberry, Wandering Que, Silverleaf Caterers, Great Falls Bistro, Diamond Caterers, West Wing, Judd’s Memphis Kitchen, Marani, Abigael’s on Broadway, Grow & Behold, Graze, Pelleh Poultry, Sabra, Aufshnitt Meats, UN Plaza Grill & Sushi, Koshe Poke, Buffalo2Go, Bison & Bourbon, T Fusion Steakhouse, Heritage Kosher, Le Marais, NY Brat Factory, Teaneck Doghouse, Sushi Tokyo, Urbanpops, Wissotzky, Susan Sez “Say it With Cake,” Sesame, The Nuttery, Dess Frozen Excellence, and Reserve Cut. The Kosher Food & Wine Experience is produced each year by the Royal Wine Corp. and has grown from shows in New York City and Los Angeles to a worldwide event with shows in several cities, each with its own unique spin, including Miami, Paris, London and Tel Aviv, with plans

to expand to Toronto, Chicago and Baltimore/Washington, D.C. “The Kosher Food & Wine Experience is a chance for restaurateurs, caterers, vintners, and spirit distillers to showcase the very latest in the expanding world of kosher food and beverage. It is a chance to set trends and raise the bar,” said David Levy, vice president of marketing and special events for Royal Wine Corp., who’s already planning next year’s shows. Founded in 1848, Royal Wine Corp. has been owned and operated in the United States by the Herzog family, whose winemaking roots date back eight generations to 19th-century Czechoslovakia. Today, Royal Wine Corp., headquartered in Bayonne, New Jersey, is the leading producer, importer and distributor of kosher wines and spirits, and offers more than 300 brands in its portfolio including Bartenura Moscato, the best-selling Italian Moscato in America (kosher or not) which they own. Royal Wine Corp.’s portfolio of domestic and international wines hail from nearly every significant wine producing region in the world including California, France, Italy and Spain, as well as Israel, New Zealand and Argentina. Additionally, Royal Wine Corp. imports, produces and distributes a growing portfolio of spirit and liqueurs which includes many sought after scotches, bourbons, tequilas and vodkas as well as hard to find specialty items such as flavored brandies and liqueurs. The company owns and operates the Kedem Winery in upstate New York, with a tasting room and gift shop, as well as Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard, California, a state-of-the-art-facility featuring guided wine tours, a fully staffed modern tasting room, gift shop and catering facilities. Additionally, the Oxnard winery houses the award-winning restaurant Tierra Sur, serving the finest Mediterranean inspired contemporary California Cuisine. For more information, visit (Submitted)

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Reporting for duty LIVE MIKE Mike Smith

As good and wildly entertaining as Super Bowl LII turned out to be, I was struck by one distinct thought after the game. As the confetti poured of the rafters of US Bank Stadium and the upstart Eagles celebrated their improbable victory over the Patriots, I wasn’t thinking about the impressive performance by backup Nick Foles, Bill Belichick’s strange decision to leave Malcolm Butler on the sideline, or just how much damage the Philly faithful would cause as they took to the streets in celebration (it was a lot!). I could only think that in just 10 days, pitchers and catchers would finally report. Now, I’m a sports fan in general. I love football, enjoy a good basketball game, and live and die with the New York Rangers, who, it seems, are collectively trying to stamp out my inner joy with an absolutely

dreadful stretch of play. But for someone like me, nothing can compare with the start of a new baseball season. Whereas my enjoyment of the other sports generally is inexorably linked with the fortunes of my own rooting interests – it’s been a dark couple of months for me as a fan of the Rangers, Knicks, and Giants – baseball, for some reason, is different. It won’t matter to me if May sees my Red Sox sitting 10 games out of a wild card spot, I’m still going to be tuning in. I couldn’t tell you how many hours I spend from April to October watching baseball; it’s probably more than I’d like to admit. But most weeknights, assuming I’m hanging out at home, I’ll generally have one game on the television, audio from another on my laptop, and do my best to follow both as I get some work done. And even despite the recent backlash over the length of today’s contests, the rhythms and patterns of the game still make


it perfect for that sort of relaxed, low-stakes fan involvement. Quite literally, it becomes the soundtrack of my summer. It’s the familiarity of the game, the casual pace, that make it a reassuring companion as I’m doing my best to finish up a game story or do research for upcoming stories. And that’s why I just can’t wait till Feb. 14. It’s not because of Valentine’s Day, it’s because we are going to start to hear news about how Zack Greinke felt after a long-toss session in Scottsdale or how the Mets’ pitchers’ bodies are responding after lengthy rehab stints in the offseason. It’s crazy, I know, to be excited for a practice, especially when the real games won’t kick off for another two-and-a-half months. But it means baseball is right around the corner. And to someone like me, that’s enough to get through the winter.

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Even before the confetti rained down on the Super Bowl Champion Eagles, Sports Editor Mike Smith was already thinking about the next great sports day on the calendar; the beginning of Major League Baseball’s Spring Training. Photo/Mike Smith


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Huskies avenge loss to Eagles girls basketball league



Game Notes: • Avery LaBarbera and Ashley Stagg combined for 42 points • Cassidy Mitchell had 17 for Eastchester • The Huskies improved to 12-6 with the win By MIKE SMITH Sports Editor Over the last several years, the girls’ basketball squads from Harrison and Eastchester have waged a fierce rivalry on the court, with no shortage of playoff thrillers and physical league contests to add fuel to the fire. But on Feb. 6, Harrison may have gotten the last laugh—at least for this year—as they erased an early-season loss to the Eagles, topping Eastchester 68-41 at home. The win was uncharacteristically one-sided, considering the last time the two foes met on Jan. 19, it was Eastchester who escaped with a 47-44 win. Harrison guard Avery LaBarbera, who led all scorers with 22 points, said gaining some measure of revenge made Tuesday’s win even more special.

Ashley Stagg and Cassidy Mitchell battle for a loose ball at Harrison High School.

tually building a 31-18 lead by the end of the first half. Late in the second quarter, the already short-handed Eagles were dealt Victoria Lendino defends against Julie Murtagh on Feb. 6. another severe blow as senior forward Fiona Teahan was in- three reserve players and couldn’t jured in a scrum for a loose ball muster a comeback against the and declared out for the rest of surging Huskies. the game. The Eagles played the “Going into halftime, that’s remainder of the game with just when we thought we had it,” LaBarbera said. “But in the locker room we were just saying that we had to play strong, we had to finish, because we know they could come out and do the same thing to us.” “You never know what’s going to happen so we just had to come out and play strong,” added fellow senior Gina Nuvoloni. “We played our game and we knew we could win.” Harrison’s Ashley Stagg contributed 12 of her 20 points in the second half and Victoria Lendino chipped in eight of her 12 points after the break as well. Eastchester was led by a 17-point performance from Cassidy Mitchell. With the loss, the Eagles— who have battled injuries all season—dropped to 7-12 on the year, while Harrison improved to 12-6. The Huskies will look Avery LaBarbera drives the lane against Eastchester on Feb. 6. to lock up a league title in their LaBarbera scored 22 points in Harrison’s 68-41 win. Photos/Mike Smith final two games of the campaign as they get set to take on Byram gives us great momentum,” La- to win the league, and right now, Hills and Ardsley later this week. Barbera said. “Now we’ve got that’s our goal.” “This win meant the world, Byram and a tough Ardsley team and getting that last win at home coming up, we’ve got a chance CONTACT: Cassidy Mitchell heads to the hoop against the Huskies. Mitchell had 17 points for Eastchester. “Two years ago they knocked us off in the playoffs, they knocked us off last year to win the league,” LaBarbera said. “But this feels great, especially on senior night, to be able to beat them.” Harrison controlled the game from the outset, beginning the game on a 10-2 run and even-

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