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BOL opposes citizenship questions for 2020 census By JAMES PERO Staff Writer

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"Sister Act,” based on the 1992 comedy starring Whoppi Goldberg is playing at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. Read Michelle Jacoby's review on page 6. Photo/John Vecchiolla

Westchester announces 50% recycling rate for 2017 Westchester County Executive George Latimer and the Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities are proud to announce the county achieved a 50 percent recycling rate in 2017. This rate matches the county’s recycling performance for 2016, ensuring that Westchester continues to perform at the top in all environmental management performance measures. The county’s 50 percent recycling rate is even more impressive when compared to the national recycling rate of 34.6 percent.  “Westchester County’s recycling rate has stood well above the Environmental Protection Agency’s national goal for years,” Latimer said. “One way that all county residents can con-

tribute to improving our environment is through waste reduction and recycling. These rates are a testament to Westchester County’s commitment, and we can always do better.” Louis Vetrone, deputy commissioner of the Department of Environmental Facilities, said, “We are thrilled with the continued reduction in waste generation. Waste reduction is one of the highest priorities in municipal environmental management, and these statistics are a reflection on the recycling programs and educational initiatives offered by Westchester County and its municipalities.” Westchester also reduced the amount of residential garbage it disposed of in 2017 by almost

6,000 tons compared to 2016, continuing an impressive trend. Since 2005, the county has reduced the amount of residential garbage by a whopping 30 percent.  Reducing waste and recycling are not only good for the environment, they save money. It cost the county more than $91 to dispose of a ton of garbage, which means the 6,000 tons in waste reduction saved the county more than $540,000. Additionally, the county markets and sells the recyclables that it collects. In 2017, the county generated almost $6 million in revenue from the sale of recyclables.  Westchester was able to achieve its high recycling rate with the help of the robust municipal recycling programs in place throughout the county. West-

chester’s recycling rate includes a wide variety of materials collected and diverted from the solid waste stream beyond cans, bottles and paper collected curb-side. The percentage also accounts for roadway millings, large bulk metals, construction debris and composted organic waste. The highest curb-side recycling rates for local municipalities in 2017 are as follows: • Bedford (35%) • Lewisboro (33%) • Rye City (30%) • Bronxville (29%) • Somers (29%)  The county’s 2017 recycling performance demonstrates why Westchester is considered a regional leader in environmental management. (Submitted)

The Westchester County Board of Legislators will take a preemptive stance against a question set to appear on the 2020 census regarding citizenship. On Monday May 7, lawmakers passed a symbolic bipartisan resolution opposing the addition of a question on the Census asking citizenship status. That question was also submitted to a congressional oversight committeehearing on the issue that took place last week. “This resolution is an unequivocal statement of the Westchester County Legislature to Congress that we want everyone counted in the 2020 census, regardless of their immigration or citizenship status,” said county Legislator Lyndon Williams, a Mount Vernon Democrat. “The addition of a citizenship question in the 2020 census will undoubtedly suppress participation of immigrants and noncitizens leading to potential massive undercount here in Westchester County and around the country.” The resolution passed by a margin of 13-3 with Republican Gordon Burrows, of Yonkers Republican, serving as the only Republican to vote alongside Democrats. County Legislator Catherine Borgia, an Ossining Democrat, was absent for the vote. Burrows cited worries over appropriations of federal funding in casting his vote for the resolution. Specifically, he said that if Westchester residents choose not to respond to the Census due to fears over their citizenship status, it could mean that the county is undercounted and, as a direct result, could potentially lose crucial

federal funding. Likewise, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman came out in opposition of the question, along with 19 other attorney generals from across the country, in February this year saying the move would threaten federal funding for many. Schneiderman has since resigned from his position as state attorney general, however, after allegations of sexual harassment and physical abuse against four women came to light on May 7. The Census is a decennial event—happening every 10 years—that is designed to tally the number of citizens in the country. Its use is directly linked to the number of representatives that a state receives—the higher the number of citizens, the more representatives allotted. It is also a tool used for tracking shifting demographics such as the number of people living in urban or rural areas; how many children are in each household; and also racial and ethnic makeup. Each year more than $400 billion used for public services and infrastructure is also allocated using census information. Regardless of citizenship status, all U.S. residents are required to complete and submit a census form with potential fines, ranging between $100 and $500 for noncompliance, according to bipartisan fact-checkers Politifact. Last week, congressional lawmakers said they intend to issue a subpoena demanding John Gore, a Department of Justice official, to testify about why the question was to be included in the 2020 Census. CONTACT:

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Latimer announces next steps for county airport Delivering on his promise of transparent government, partnering with the people of Westchester County and the “Good Neighbor” Policy, County Executive George Latimer announced his strategy to move forward on planning the future of the Westchester County Airport. “We are laying out a process,

without presuming what the final product will be, that results in a combination of citizen input, legislative discussion, executive branch review, input from professionals who run the airport and ultimately public policy that is set by my office and the Board of Legislators,” Latimer said. “This is what

I believe has been missing in terms of dealing with airport issues. We have a responsibility to get to the best public policy with public input.” The four main areas of the airport plan are: • Master plan • Governance

• Operations • Citizen involvement Master plan The development and adoption of a plan that will serve as a roadmap to guide the airport through the coming years in all facets of its operation. The county is long overdue in its 2012 commitment to the FAA to develop a master plan. The FAA has been cooperating with the county and agreed to extend its deadline until July 15. To avoid losing the $1.38 million grant, and to avoid jeopardizing future FAA grants, the county will be submitting The Astorino Administration’s Master Plan without prejudice. The Latimer Administration plans to immediately start working on a supplement to the Astorino Administration’s Master Plan that will incorporate additional public input and a full county Board of Legislators review. The Latimer Administration will also ensure the Terminal Use Restrictions re-

main in place. Governance Over the past two years, the prior administration has submitted for Board of Legislators, BOL, review plans that would change the governance of the airport, and allow a private sector entity to exert operational control over the airport. The 2016 plan was rejected by the BOL, and the 2017 plan was not acted on by the BOL. We are now encouraging the board to explore the issue. A public hearing will also be held on the matter.  Operations The Latimer Administration will conduct a thorough review of every facet of airport operations, researching the external concerns over flight volume, noise, drainage, environmental impact, flight paths, landing altitudes, type of equipment used, frequency, curfews, operations of Fixed Base Operators, parking, etc. Community input meetings will be held on this topic. Many of these issues will be part of the

ongoing work of the Airport Advisory Board. Citizen involvement Westchester County residents are our full partners in the discussions about the airport, accordingly, we intend to do the following: Announce new members for the Airport Advisory Board, including community representatives from local jurisdictions on June 1. Hold community input meetings on the following topics: •  Master Plan, June 6 7 p.m. Rye Brook Village Hall 938 King Street Rye Brook, NY 10573 • Governance, June 11 7 p.m. Hergenhan Recreation Center 40 Maple Ave., Armonk, NY 10504 • Operations, June 25 7 p.m. West Harrison Senior Center 251 Underhill Ave., West Harrison NY 10604 (Submitted)

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The Surveillance State: Big Date, Freedom and You On Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This is part of the Great Courses DVD lecture series. Uncover the surveillance of our society and consider its impact on our privacy and civil liberties. Big data is here and that means the government and private industries are collecting massive amounts of data about each of us. In these revealing lectures, professor Paul Rosenweig will scrutinize our system of oversight for intelligence agencies and the way the information impacts our civil liberties. The series includes lectures and guest speakers. You need not attend all sessions to participate. Coffee will be served. No registration required, all are welcome.

Kirkpatrick, he graduated with degrees in both classical and jazz performance and received many honors and awards from the University. He is currently on the faculty of the music program at Ramapo College of New Jersey. He has performed solo concerts in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and the United States.

The EDNA Project presents ‘Renascence’ On Sunday, April 15 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Yeager Room. The Edna Project delves deeper into the catalogue of Edna St. Vincent Millay with the poem that launched her career in 1912. Set to music by Liz Queler, this epic work is operatic in dramatic scope, while staying true to the folk/ rock roots of The Edna Project’s debut CD. Free and open to the public; $5 suggested donation at the door. Generously sponsored by Friends of the Bronxville Public Library.

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 Yoga

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On Saturday, April 14 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Join us for our adult yoga class. Please bring your own yoga mat or towel and a water bottle.

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.

Hollywood Dance Talk with Richard Knox On Sunday, April 15 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The merging of two of the great performing arts, that of dance and film, has resulted in some of the most memorable moments in the history of American cinema. Stars such as Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Eleanor Powell, Gene Kelly, the Nicholas Brothers, Cyd Charisse, Rita Hayworth, Ray Bolger, and Vera Ellen have created a vast array of outstanding dance sequences that have continued to enthrall moviegoers right up to the present day. This program will allow us to relive some of these classic numbers from the “Golden Age” of Hollywood and greater appreciate the means by which many superb actors, choreographers, and directors have melded their talents with spectacular results. Open to all, no pre-registration required.

Free AARP Tax Help On Tuesday, April 17 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.

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Image and Sound Musical Performance On Saturday, April 14 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Classical pianist Itay Goren will present music portraying images, some real and some imaginary, by three of the major composers from the three important centers of music in the 19th and early 20th centuries: Germany – Robert Schumann’s Carnival from Vienna (Fantasy Pictures); France – Claude Debussy’s Images; Russia – Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Originally from Haifa, Goren studied music at the Rimon School of Music in Tel Aviv before continuing his education at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Under the guidance of pianist Elka

Downsizing Seminar On Tuesday, April 17 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Join us for this informative lecture about downsizing. Topics to be discussed include: reasons to downsize, considerations for staying or downsizing, how to prepare, and what to do once a decision has been made. Presented by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. Registration required: 337-7680 ext. 24 or

Protecting Your Skin On Thursday, April 19 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Join us for this lecture and presentation on the importance of protecting your skin. Whitworth Hats and Health will give a brief overview of the anatomy of the skin, with a focus on the dangers of overexposure to UV, statistics on skin cancer, and how to protect the skin with ease.

Estate Planning & Elder Law 101 Seminar On Friday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to noon. This seminar will present an overview of basic estate planning documents, types of trusts, asset preservation techniques, long-term care and incapacity planning and methods to avoid or minimize estate and gift taxes. There is no time like the present to make sure that your estate plan is up to date. This program will discuss wills and advance directives, as well as asset protection and preservation techniques. Presented by David Cutner from Lamson & Cutner, P.C. Registration required: 337-7680 ext. 24 or

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The Song Pipers On Tuesday, April 17 at 1 p.m. The Song Pipers

are a musical therapy group formed after World War II to brighten the day for veterans, who continue to perform today for a varied audience. Please join us for a special afternoon of entertainment and a trip down memory lane. Registration is required by calling the library at 961-2121.

Money Talks: Retirement Concepts On Wednesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Andrew White, a financial advisor at Charter Oak Financial. Are you feeling confident about retirement? This seminar will offer tips and strategies that can help you plan to bring your retirement dreams and goals more within reach, understand how financial and physical health may be intertwined, and learn ways to generate dependable income that could last through your whole retirement. Registration is required by calling 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

TYA Baseball spring registration Registration for the spring 2018 Tuckahoe Youth Association, TYA, recreation baseball season is now open. The program will offer baseball for the divisions/age groups listed below for children living in or attending schools in the Eastchester, Tuckahoe and Bronxville: - Tee Ball (boys and girls ages 4 and 5), fee: $135 - Rookies Baseball Division (boys and girls ages 6 and 7), fee: $175 - Youth Baseball Division (boys and girls age 8), fee: $175 - Minors Baseball Division (boys and girls ages 9 and 10), fee: $175 - Majors Baseball Division (boys and girls ages 11 and 12), fee: $175 The season will be from mid-April until late June. All divisions are based on the children’s ages as of May 1, 2018 (playing age). Games will be played at Labriola Field, Haindl Field, the Immaculate Conception School Field, Chester Heights Field and the Cottle School Field. Come join in for a funfilled season. Please visit to register your child, and email with any questions.

Eastchester schools news SEPTA/Backyard Sports Attention all athletes in grades 7–12. There are

limited slots. Athletes of all abilities are welcome to coach. Backyard Sports is returning with an after-school club, Intro to Sports, specifically for special needs students in grades K–8. The school district is looking for young athletes and student leaders from Eastchester to become volunteer “coaches” to work one-on-one with the students on Thursdays for six weeks: April 12, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17, and May 24 at Anne Hutchinson, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. If you have any questions about volunteering, email SEPTA at or email

Student employment opportunity Lake Isle is currently accepting employment applications for lifeguards. Download an application at and submit it at the main office at Lake Isle. You must be at least 16 years old to apply. The contact person is George Papademetriou, the general manager at Lake Isle Country Club.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester LEGO City Builder Enjoy building city scenes with LEGO bricks at home? Let your creativity loose with LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester’s newest play space: LEGO City Builder. This is an interactive city that visitors can add their own elements and designs right into the display. The new play area includes skyscrapers, police and fire stations, cafes, suburban streets, beaches, a LEGO Friends section and more. Celebrate the grand opening of this exciting new space with photo opportunities and custom builds created by Master Model Builder Anthony Maddaloni. Admission starts at $16.95; children under age 2 are free. Opening hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is located at 39 Fitzgerald St. in Yonkers. For more information, call 844-740-9223 or visit

County news Golf course openings The six county-owned golf courses are now open, with the last of the snow melting. The courses are: Dunwoodie, 231-3490, and Sprain Lake, 231-3481, 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. For more information, visit 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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“Sister Act” introduces us to Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva lounge singer who happens upon a murder and enters a witness protection program at St. Katherine’s Parish in downtown Philadelphia. The sisters do not know Deloris’ true identity but there is no hiding her enormous spirit and colorful personality. “Sister Act” is based on the 1992 comedy starring Whoppi Goldberg. The stage version is written by Bill and Chris Steinkellner. The team also consists of Lyricist Glenn Slater and Oscar- and Tony-winning composer Alan Menken. Menken decided to create a new score of 70’s music rather than the 90’s, the original setting for the movie. Zuri Washington is superb as the rebellious Van Cartier. Her attitude gets her into trouble especially with Mother Superior, played by veteran actor Mary Jo McConnell. McConnell’s pensive confidence up against Washington’s zany character leads to several amusing scenes. The talented actors play off each other’s strengths without upstaging one another, making them quite the duo. The sisters of St. Katherine’s Parish took vows of poverty, obedience and silence during prayer and meal times. When Van Cartier enters the picture all “hell” breaks loose. The sisters are intrigued, nervous and inspired


at the same time. Van Cartier lifts their spirit with song and dance, and finds some of the sisters sneaking a peak at the unholy life outside the convent. The elder Sister Mary Lazarus played by Sandy Rosenberg is a hoot as she tries to stick to the convent rules. Katelyn Lauria plays Mary Patrick, the spunky sister who wants to be involved in all the action, holy or not. Mary Robert played by Lani Corson, the so-called quiet sister, eventually feels the spirit and lets go of the

“habit” in, “The Life I Never Led.” The sisters and Van Cartier whoop it up on stage with, “Raise Your Voice.” The other rockin’ holy sisters include: Melanie Burg, Joanna Noelle Caruso, Hannah Eakin, Keyonna Knight, Stephanie Sable, Jessie St. George and Karen Webb. Deloris’ past catches up to her. Philip Michael Baskerville as Curtis Jackson, Jason Elliott as Joey, Jason Long as Pablo, Corben Williams as TJ and Danny Wilfred as Eddie Souther are the

gangsters that need to find her before she turns on them. Baskerville as Jackson is the leader of the bad guys, and fun to watch as he starts to lose control. His partners in crime, the triple threat, Elliot, Long and Williams have a strong comedic bond with each other and give the audience a lot of laughs with, “Lady in the Long Black Dress.” Kudos to Elliot for his fancy dance moves. Ken Jennings plays the frazzled Monsignor O’Hara who talks Mother Superior into sheltering Van Cartier. The show has upbeat, spiritual music combined with colorful characters and fun choreography. The gangsters and the sisters provide the theme of good vs. evil in the production; love, friendship, loyalty and the Lord all rolled into one makes “Sister Act” one great musical comedy. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Directed and choreographed by Donna Drake; musical direction by Bob Bray; costume design by Heather Carey; set design by Steve Loftus; sound design by Mark Zuckerman and lighting design by Andrew Gmoser. “Sister Act” is playing now through July 1 at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford. For more information, please contact 5922222 or visit their website at

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Zuri Washington, center, as Deloris Van Cartier with the sisters of St. Katherine’s.

Zuri Washington, as Deloris Van Cartier stars in

Zuri Washington as Deloris Van Cartier and Mary Jo McConnell as Mother Superior.

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Looking back at Memorial Day in Bronxville Sunday cinema returns to the Pelham Picture House BRONXVILLE TODAY Mayor Mary Marvin

As Memorial Day approaches, I decided to dig a little deeper into Bronxville’s history of observing the day. Our village historian, Ray Geselbracht, was enormously helpful in searching the archives for our local history. As I mentioned in last week’s column, Decoration Day began in 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of the Civil War dead. Following World War I, Memorial Day was expanded to include those who had died in all the U.S. wars. Bronxville, as a village, did not participate in a serious way in Memorial Day until 1920. On May 30, 1919, The Bronxville Review and the Scarsdale Inquirer reported that, “Decoration Day will pass with but little excitement in Bronxville, probably because few or no Civil War veterans are buried here.” With a newly established Leonard Morange Post of the American Legion in 1920, the village enlisted their help to plan a village celebration going forward. Our first official village celebration was a small parade, populated by mostly post members, who marched down Kraft Avenue to the “Picture House.” A commemorative program began at 8 p.m. with prayers, hymns, taps and the reading of the names of the villagers killed in World War I. In a very prescient speech, the post commander emphasized the importance of giving new solemnity to the holiday celebration in his welcoming remarks. “You and I from childhood,” he said, “have observed this day in the pursuit of recreation and pleasure, giving little thought, perhaps, to the true purpose for which it is set

aside. Tonight we realize for the first time the meaning of the celebration which for nearly 60 years the veterans of the Civil War have observed in memory of those who gave their lives that the Union be preserved.” In 1921, the Memorial Day parade added an important new stop to its route. After now parading up Pondfield Road, everyone stopped at the Village Cemetery where the graves of eight soldiers were decorated with flowers and flags. The parade then went on to another evening commemoration at the “Picture House.” By 1926, so many different groups wanted to join the ceremonies that it had to move from the movie theatre to a midafternoon outdoor event. In 1927, and all years to the present, the event was then scheduled for 9 a.m. and included a stop at the World War I memorial at the Bronxville School. The events became more elaborate, especially after the renaming of the Westside Park to Leonard Morange Square, where a wreath would be laid on small memorials. To present day, the parade route has only changed slightly from assembly at Leonard Morange Park with a procession along Pondfield Road to the school and the cemetery. By the late 1940s, a festive reviewing stand was erected on the front steps of Village Hall. By the mid-70’s, most of the local newspaper coverage focused on the festivities—games, concerts, pony rides, raffles and chicken barbeque. The year 1980 marked an important change as two new memorials to those who served in the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War were erected in Leonard Morange Park, and those veterans were so honored. However, the press coverage for over the next 30 years con-

tinued to concentrate on the local fun and festivities. On May 26, 2005 the Bronxville Review Press Reporter carried an editorial entitled, “Memorial Day has Serious Meaning,” and “encouraged residents to come out and attend the parade and pay respects to those who gave their lives for their country.” The village has continued to stress the focus of the parade on our veterans and this year for the first time ever, we will have a distinguished female veteran, Col. Mary Westmoreland as our grand marshal. Mary retired from the Army as a colonel with her last posting as the national chairwoman of the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans under the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. A decorated combat veteran with 31 years of distinguished service, Mary is the recipient of a Bronze Start, two Legions of Merit and five Meritorious Service medals to name just a few of her career honors. A graduate of the Army War College, she is an active volunteer in the village where she has called home for 15 years. A dedicated rotarian, Mary is also an officer of the Bronxville Women’s Club and a very active member of the village Green Committee with her husband Gene, also a decorated veteran. We welcome all of our village and town veterans to allow us to honor them by walking in the front of the parade on Memorial Day. Just let Mary Ann at Village Hall know you will be joining us by phone at 337-6500 or by email Also, if you have a veteran family member or friend who passed away since last Memorial Day, we would like to know so we can add them to our Roll of Honor and recognize them during the post-parade ceremonies.

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Sunday Cinema at The Picture House Regional Film Center returns on Sunday, May 13 at 8 p.m. with a screening of the new documentary “No Man’s Land.” With unfettered access, “No Man’s Land” gives a detailed, on-the-ground account of the 2016 standoff between protestors occupying Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and federal authorities. After the leaders of this occupation put out a call to arms via social media, the Malheur occupiers quickly bolstered their numbers with a stew of right-wing militia, protestors and onlookers. “No Man’s Land” documents the occupation from inception to its dramatic demise and tells the story of those on the inside of this movement— the ideologues, the disenfranchised and the dangerously quixotic, attempting to uncover what draws Americans to the edge of revolution. Sunday Cinema features important and timely, yet less-recognized films—the type often

PELHAM PICTURE HOUSE SUNDAY CINEMA “No Man’s Land” screening May 13, 8 p.m. 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, NY 10803

reserved for the theater’s 14-seat Screening Room—each Sunday in the Main Hall at 8 p.m. In recent weeks, the film series has featured intriguing films such as “The Rape of Recy Taylor” and “The Last Men in Aleppo.”

Tickets to the Sunday Cinema screening of “No Man’s Land” are $12 for general admission, $10 for students, seniors and members, and are available at or at the box office. (Submitted)


County public golf courses offering season specials

Westchester County is offering reduced rates on golfing this summer at five of its public courses. File photo

Golfers can save time and money with new specials going into effect Monday, May 14, at five of Westchester’s public golf courses. The courses are Mohansic in Yorktown Heights; Maple Moor in White Plains; Saxon Woods in Scarsdale; and Dunwoodie and Sprain Lake in Yonkers. A new nine-hole rate will be offered Mondays through Fridays, once per hour beginning at

11 a.m. Rates are $30 for county Park Pass holders and $35 for golfers without a park pass. Both rates include cart rental. Reservations for this ninehole special must be made at Early risers can play the back nine at a further reduction: park pass holders $15 walking, $30 with cart. Non-pass holders will pay $20 walking or $35 with cart. These early morning times are


available through walk-up reservations only on the day of play, first-come, first-served. The Monday-through-Friday junior rate will be reduced to $19 for park pass holders and $25 for juniors without a park pass. A new $46, 18-hole, cart-included rate will apply for nonpark pass holding seniors, Mondays through Fridays; reservations must be made through only. (Submitted)

Cuomo Bridge name being challenged by lawmakers

There are two matching bills within both houses of the state Legislature to change the name of the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge to partially reflect the previous iteration of the bridge’s name.

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, a Brewster Republican, sponsor of A8914 which concerns there naming of the former Tappan Zee Bridge, amended the bill on April 25 to match Senate Bill 7671, sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco, a Syracuse Republican. The matching bills are now able to move forward and have been referred to their respective Transportation committees. The Assembly version has eight co-sponsors.

The iconic bridge, which provides passage over the Hudson River between Westchester and Rockland counties, was rebuilt in 2017 and renamed The Mario M. Cuomo Bridge after a provision for such was included in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget. DrMonroe Mann, founder of Save Our Tappwthe Tappan Zee name by settling on a compromise name: The Mario M Cuomo/Tappan Zee Bridge. Existing bridge signs would not be changed.

“I’m very pleased that these bills can now move forward,” Mann said. “The Tappan Zee name honors the Hudson Valley’s Native American and Dutch heritage replacing the name, with no public input, was a cavalier dismissal of an important tradition to residents of the Hudson Valley. Not to mention a complete waste of taxpayer dollars. There are other, more appropriate ways for Gov. Cuomo to honor his father.” (Submitted)

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You bettor believe it LIVE MIKE Mike Smith

There’s a story my mother likes to tell quite often, usually at family gatherings like Thanksgiving or Easter. Maybe 30 years ago or so, my uncle went into the hospital for surgery on his eyes, and during his recovery period, was rendered essentially blind for 24 hours. As he lay in the hospital bed, he asked my mother to grab the newspaper and read it to him. At the thought of being asked to read the news to her ailing baby brother, my mother’s eyes welled up with tears; but that moment of sisterly warmth was soon dashed. My uncle didn’t want to catch up on current events, or listen to the Life and Style section; he wanted my mom to read him the line of that night’s Knicks game so he could call his bookie. The reason I bring this story up is because, as we learned this week, gambling is always going to find a way.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on Murphy v. NCAA which has essentially paved the way for individual states to legalize sports gambling. But even as the politicians and moral high-grounders wring their hands about what this means for the purity of professional and collegiate sports, I have to ask: has anything really changed at all? Let’s face it, legal or not, gambling has long been intertwined with athletic competition. Heck, I’d imagine more than a few drachma exchanged hands when the Ancient Greeks held the first Olympic Games back in the 8th century B.C. And sure, there have been some famous gambling-related scandals, like the Black Sox throwing the 1918 World Series or the Holy Cross basketball team shaving points in the late 1970s, but has that been enough to sour the public on watching sports as a whole? I think not. I’ve never been a big gambler, be it sports or otherwise, but what has always bothered me about the criminalization of

sports betting has been the hypocrisy. So I can bet on horse or dog racing, but not Major League Baseball; unless I travel to Las Vegas or some other gambling sanctuary where it’s legal to plunk down $100 on a game of my choice? If gambling were this huge blight on American society as some opponents would have us believe, shouldn’t it be outlawed everywhere? Don’t get me wrong; I understand that gambling addiction, like any other addiction, can be horribly destructive to both individuals and families. But doesn’t it make sense, if people are going to do it anyway, to at least let state governments have a bit of oversight? This way, when you blow your paycheck on a dumb bet—like say, the Mets beating the Nationals—at least you’re just going to be losing money. You’re not going to have to worry about a couple of hoods named Moose and Rocco paying a visit to your home to break your kneecaps. So by all means, bring on the betting. Open up a sports book

On Monday, May 14, a U.S. Supreme Court decision gave the power to legalize sports betting to individual states. Maybe this will pave the way for some increased revenue at Empire City Casino. Photo courtesy

at Empire City Casino, put the apps on the phones and let the states’ cut go toward funding something important, like infra-

structure or education. It was bound to happen sooner or later, anyway, and, at the very least, the Knicks just got a lot

more fun to watch.

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Harrison wins rain-soaked finale boys lacrosse




Game Notes: • Game was called due to weather in the 2nd quarter • Harrison’s faceoff wins led to offensive surge • Harrison finished the regular season 12-4 By MIKE SMITH Sports Editor On May 15, Harrison and Eastchester squared off for what would be the final regular season contest for both teams, hoping to get four more quarters of lacrosse in the books before severe winds and thunderstorms rolled in late in the afternoon. Although the inclement weather would eventually conspire to cut the contest short, the quick strike offense of the Huskies was enough to earn them one last win as the visitors topped the Eagles 8-1 to head into the playoffs with some much-needed momentum. Play was initially stopped early in the second quarter, and with Harrison leading by seven goals,

Harrison’s Tyler Menniti fights for a ball against the Eagles, as the Huskies finished out the regular season with a convincing win.

An Eagle attacker puts pressure on a ball carrier at Eastchester High School. The Eagles found themselves in an 8-1 hole when the game was called. Photos/Mike Smith

both teams decided to cut their losses, make the game official, and set their sights on the postseason challenges ahead. “We talked about it with the Eastchester coaches, we both

make the playoffs, so we figured it was best to move on and get ready for that.” With stormy weather in the forecast, Cipolla said he spoke with his team prior to the game and stressed the importance of a quick start. “I told the captains… we needed to put up as many points as we can so we don’t have to come back,” he said. “And we just went out and executed the game plan.” Harrison’s points stemmed from its dominance in the faceoff circle, as Will Kirshner and Dan Umbro teamed up keep the Huskies on the offensive. For the 12-4 Huskies, maintaining possession has been one of the strengths of the club all season long. “We have two great faceoff guys, and combined they have something like a 75 percent faceoff percentage this year,” Cipolla said. “We’ve got a good offense and that really sets the tone. The more possessions we have, the more we can score.” At 8-8, the Eagles are currently ranked seventh among Class C teams, although their seeding could change based on the boys lacrosse results from May 16, after press time. The Huskies are locked into a No. 3 seed in the Class B playoffs and will play their first game on Monday, May

kind of saw the outcome, and we agreed that we didn’t want to have to come back and play the rest of the game on Wednesday,” Harrison coach Matt Cipolla said. “We knew we were both going to

Connor Novak pushes toward the net against Eastchester. Harrison topped the Eagles 8-1 in a rain-shortened game.

Dan Umbro dishes out an assist on May 15.

21, against an opponent that has yet to be determined. “We feel we can play with anyone on any day, and we’re happy that we are going to be able to have at least one last home game

in front of our home crowd,” Cipolla said. “We’ve improved week by week, and I think we are peaking at the right time.” CONTACT:

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