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Town board appoints Lt. Olsey as next police chief Rye Brook considers law to regulate gun stores By COREY STOCKTON and FRANCO FINO Staff Writers

Town officials are expected to make three promotions in the police ranks including promoting Lt. Michael Olsey to chief of the department. Lt. Edward Detlefs is also expected to be promoted to police captain. And Sgt. John Vasta will be promoted to lieutenant to fill one of the positions left by Olsey and Detlefs.

Mayor Ron Belmont, a Republican, confirmed on Wednesday that the town board would appoint and formally swear in all three officers during a town board meeting on Thursday, Dec. 1, after press time. Olsey has been the acting chief of the Police Department since former Chief Anthony Marraccini was suspended in September amid an internal investigation and a federal probe. Marraccini resigned on Oct. 6 while he was still suspended

with pay. Olsey was one of three members of the department who interviewed with the town board for the chief position. Having served on the town’s police force for 20 years, Olsey told the Review he would look to continue the programs the department is currently utilizing, but would also work to improve community outreach using a variety of approaches including social media. Olsey may have already impacted the organization of the

department. Last month, Councilman Steve Malfitano, a Republican, told the Review that the town board would ask for input from the new chief in considering whether to reinstate the police captain position, which had been vacant since 2010, when then-Capt. Marraccini was promoted to chief. Olsey confirmed that the board asked for his input, and that he recommended reviving that position. “I CHIEF continued on page 11

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ASSIST In an attempt to shed light on the dangers and consequences of drug and alcohol use among teens, the Eastchester school district enlisted the aid of former NBA player Chris Herren, an ex-heroin addict who nearly lost his life battling the disease. For story, see page 14. Photo/Andrew Dapolite

By COREY STOCKTON Staff Writer The village of Rye Brook plans to propose a local law that would regulate where gun retailers would be allowed to open stores within the village. The pending legislation comes in the wake of the recent opening of a gun store in a contentious area in Harrison last month. According to Rye Brook Mayor Paul Rosenberg, a Democrat, that legislation “will seek to, on a local level, dictate where gun shops may be located within the village of Rye Brook.” Rosenberg told the Review that legislation could be proposed as early as the Dec. 13 village board meeting, and added that a first draft of that legislation had already been written. Both Rosenberg and Chris Bradbury, the Rye Brook village administrator, said the specifics are still being investigated by the village attorneys to prevent potential legal backlash of an overreaching law. Meanwhile, village officials have asked for collaboration from members of the Harrison town board in proposing the law. In a letter addressed to Harrison officials, Rosenberg asked them to join Rye Brook—and potentially other neighboring communities—in considering the adoption of legislation that would restrict the location of gun stores regionally. Bradbury and Harrison Mayor Ron Belmont, a Republican, said they have since discussed meeting.

Similarly, the city of Rye has formed a gun safety committee in response to the location of the Harrison shop. That committee could look to propose similar legislation to regulate where guns could be sold within the city. However, city officials have not collaborated with officials in Rye Brook as of press time. Rosenberg’s letter to Harrison expressed specific concern about the location of L&L Sports, the gun store at the center of controversy. The shop opened in early November on Halstead Avenue in Harrison, and is less than 1,000 feet from Parsons Memorial Elementary School. Its proximity to the school and also two churches has drawn concern from town residents and its neighboring communities; an online petition protesting the store’s location has garnered nearly 3,500 signatures, as of press time. However, Harrison officials have said that there is nothing they can to prohibit the business from operating. The federal Gun-Free School Zones Act prohibits someone from carrying a gun within 1,000 feet of a school unless the weapon is unloaded and kept in a locked case. However, that law has a provision that allows gun stores to operate within a 1,000-foot zone. Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker, a Rye Democrat, said she may also look to propose a countywide LAW continued on page 8


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DA charges golf club employees with theft The Westchester County district attorney’s office has charged six Purchase golf club employees, including two from Harrison, with multiple felonies related to the theft of unemployment benefits. Michael Gonzales, of Linden, New Jersey; Severino Livramento, of Purchase; Edgardo Villanueva, of Cos Cob, Connecticut; Danilo Martinez, of Purchase; Jose Noguera, of Yonkers; and Ronilda De La Cruz, of Rye Brook, have each been charged with grand larceny and offering a false instrument for filing, class D and class E felonies, respectively. The group collected a total of $109,032 in unemployment benefits to which they were not

entitled, according to the district attorney’s office. The district attorney’s case entails unemployment claims over a four-year period, 2011 to 2015, during which time the men worked at Century Golf Club, located on Anderson Hill Road in Purchase, as waiters, laundry room attendants, locker room attendants, golf course attendants, kitchen attendants and housekeeping attendants. According to Robert Wolf, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, the men allegedly traveled out of the country while they were employed, during which time they continued to file for and collect unemployment benefits. For a person to collect unemployment, they must be present in the country.

The DA’s office also alleged that the defendants had other people file documents for them, including falsely certifying that the defendants were in the country when they were not, which is considered fraud. The district attorney’s office collaborated with the New York State Department of Labor Office of Special Investigations and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during the investigation. All six men pleaded not guilty at their arraignment, and are due back in court on Dec. 8. A class D felony carries a maximum sentence of seven years. For a class E felony, the maximum sentence is four years. -Reporting by Corey Stockton

Halstead development gets Planning Board OK By COREY STOCKTON Staff Writer After more than two years of oscillating between the zoning and planning boards, a development proposed for 241-247 Halstead Ave. received site plan approval during a Nov. 28 Planning Board meeting. The developer, Harrison Real Estate Group LLC, plans to turn a 1-story strip of retail stores into a 4.5-story, mixed use building with first-floor retail space and 19 one- and two-bedroom residential apartments. “What we’re trying to do is produce something high quality for the [town/village] of Harrison,” said David Gross, the architect of the project and one of the property’s owners. “It’s going to bring 19 new taxpayers and spenders to our community.” Gross said the developers are also looking to bring new retail opportunities into the 3,000-square-foot first floor of the building, which he said could accommodate between one and three tenants. But the number of residential and retail tenants which the building could bring into town drew concerns over what kind of

strain it could potentially put on downtown parking. The developer needed a zoning variance for the number of parking spaces planned for the building, as the town’s downtown zoning laws require that developers provide five parking spaces for every four apartment units. The lot behind the development will only provide one space for each of its 19 units. Emil Toso, a resident of Freemont Street which is directly behind the property, told the Planning Board, “We’re at a point on our street where we’re saturated with parking [issues].” Toso expressed doubts that the developer would be able to regulate how many cars each of the building’s tenants brought into the area. In a letter he wrote to the board, he expressed additional concerns that the building’s parking lot, which had previously been used for shopper parking, would now be tied up for use by the building’s occupants. But Gross said the development is intended to follow the transit-oriented development, TOD, model of Harrison’s downtown revitalization—multiple developments designed with the hope that most of its occupants

will use the Metro-North station for their daily commutes—and therefore would not place the same degree of demand on the town’s available parking. The cornerstone of Halstead Avenue’s TOD is the Avalon Bay project, a mixed-use building on the site of Harrison’s Metro-North parking lot which would provide 143 apartments and 27,000 square feet of retail space, as well as a 500-space parking garage. Ninety-five percent of those parking spaces would be designated for MetroNorth commuters. Planning Chairman Thomas Heaslip and board member Anthony Spano recused themselves from the site plan vote as they are partners in the Harrison Real Estate Group LLC, the property owner. The 241-247 Halstead Ave. development cannot begin until the developers repair a portion of the sewer piping on the property, a condition of the site plan approval. The development also still requires approval from the Harrison Town Council. A public hearing has not yet been scheduled as of press time. CONTACT: corey@hometwn.com


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West Harrison branch temporary closing The West Harrison branch, at 2 Madison St., will be temporarily closed for carpet replacement and other repairs until sometime in December. All books must be returned to other Westchester Library System locations. Holds will be available for pickup at the Richard Halperin Memorial Building, at 2 Bruce Ave.

Sing Along Sundays with Chloe On Sundays from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Richard Halperin Memorial Building. Come together as a community to celebrate early childhood through music and movement. In this class, participants will sing, shake and move. Children and parents are sure to love the captivating songs, live accordion music, and activities designed with specific cognitive milestones in mind. This class will feature a variety of child-sized instruments and props, and a wealth of both traditional and original songs to add to your singalong repertoire.

On Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Richard Halperin Memorial Building. Need help with downloading e-books, audiobooks, apps, or using Google Drive, email, or searching the Internet with your tablet, phone or laptop? Bring your device and questions and get one-on-one assistance. Please register online, by phone at 8350324, or in person at the library.

Homemade old-fashioned candies On Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Richard Halperin Memorial Building. Learn how to make old-fashioned candies including peanut brittle, English toffee and more. They make a perfect homemade holiday gift. Presented by Nora’s Ovenworks. Please register online or by phone at 835-0324.

Mommy and Me Yoga On Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the Richard Halperin Memorial Building. Bring your own mat for a relaxing yoga class with the littlest ones. For non-walkers and their caregivers.

Chloe’s Sign & Play On Fridays from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Richard Halperin Memorial Building. Give your child the gift of language. This is a fun class where families can learn to communicate with their preverbal

children using real signs from American Sign Language. Based on the award-winning Baby Signing Time series, this class will give parents a window into the hearts and minds of their little ones. Through fun songs, stories and games, parents and children will learn many useful signs for everyday communication. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Yoga with Angela On Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Richard Halperin Memorial Building. For grades 2–5. Bring your own mat and water to this lovely, mind and body relaxing yoga experience with Harrison resident Angela Brandt, a registered and certified yoga instructor. This is an opportunity to create self-esteem, physical coordination, breath relaxation and strength.

‘Destination: Latin America’ gallery talk On Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. With scholar Marianelly Neumann. Examine key works from the exhibition, tracing the impact of the Mexican Revolution on contemporary Latin American artists and their responses to history, globalization, migration, and social criticism. General admission: $10; free to Purchase College students, staff, and faculty, and Neuberger Museum of Art Members.

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Harrison Recreation Please be aware that parents must have a current 2016 ID card to register children for all programs. Please be prepared to show proof of residency with a current utility bill and driver’s license. A school report card or progress report is required for a child ID card. Visit harrison-ny.gov/ recreation for more information on programs and the Recreation Department.

Swim lessons Learn how to swim Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., from Dec. 10 through Feb. 4, 2017. There will be seven 50-minute sessions. Participants register according to their grade. During the first class, participants are tested and placed according to their ability. For kindergarten and first grade, from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.; for second and third grades, from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.; and for fourth and fifth grades, from noon to 12:50 p.m. Location: Louis M. Klein Middle School Pool. Fee: $100 made payable to Town/Village of Harrison. Enrollment is limited to 20 kids per age group. Registration will end once the maximum number is reached.

Letters to the North Pole Write a letter to the North Pole. Please include your name and home address. The letters should be addressed to the North Pole. Drop letters off at the Sollazzo Center, Leo Mintzer Center, or Harrison Recreation Department in Town Hall from Thursday, Dec. 1 through Tuesday, Dec. 20.

Neuberger Museum at Purchase College

The museum is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase. For more information, call 5216100 or visit neuberger.org.

Community Orchestra fall concert On Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m., The Manhattanville College Community Orchestra, under the direction of Carl C. Bettendorf, will present its fall concert in the West Room of Reid Hall on the college campus at 2900 Purchase St. in Purchase. Admission is free and open to the public. The program will feature Overture to “Der Freischütz” by Carl Maria von Weber, Pablo de Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), Op. 20 featuring violinist Olivier Fluchaire, and Jean Sibelius, Symphony No. 3 in C Major, Op. 52. For further information on this concert, please call the Manhattanville College Music Office, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 323-5260.

Cabaret in the Castle On Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m., the Manhattanville College Cabaret Performance Workshop, sponsored by the Music Department, will present “Cabaret in the Castle.” The performance will take place in the West Room of Reid Hall on the college campus at 2900 Purchase St. in Purchase. Admission is free and open to the public. The program will feature the music and lyrics of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Songs will include “The Lady is a Tramp,” “Johnny One Note,” “Ten Cents a Dance,” “My Romance,” and “I Could Write a Book.” Other songwriters represented are Jacques Brel, Cole Porter, John Bucchino, and Kander & Ebb. There will be a special guest appearance by Manhattanville’s pop vocal group, The Quintessentials. For further information, please call the Manhattanville College Music Office, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 323-5260. 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 news@hometwn.com.

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Sherri Paul exhibit opens at library

The Harrison Council for the Arts presents “Changes,” paintings by Sherri Paul at the Harrison Public Library, Halperin building, 2 Bruce Ave. in Harrison, on view from Sunday, Dec. 4 to Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2017. There will be a meet the artist reception on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This exhibit consists of a retrospective of the last 20 years of the artist’s work, from the New York downtown vibe to the pastoral landscapes, from the characters populating her style of “urban realism” to the softer seasonally inspired landscapes featuring natural elements such as water, air and light. All paintings are oil on linen or canvas.

Paul, an award-winning local artist, works out of the Green Studio on Fulton Street in Lower Manhattan. At Penn State, she studied under acclaimed graphic artist Harold Altman, and then went on to receive an advanced degree at Lehman College. In her New York series of paintings, Paul explores the city and its bewildering world of unlimited possibilities in a style she calls “urban realism.” These cityscapes and portraits capture the color, light and moods of the city and the variety of its inhabitants. The paintings, all in oil on linen or canvas, record fleeting moments in time with a snapshot quality and a quirky humor. In a review in Gallery & Studio,

Maureen Flynn wrote that Paul’s paintings “resonate poignantly in compositions as notable for their abstract virtues as their skilled realism.” A series of New York-inspired paintings is called “Sweet Treats” and features New Yorkstyle, mouth-watering desserts. In a recent series, Paul has produced seasonally inspired landscapes. Her paintings are in numerous private collections. The exhibit may be viewed Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the library at 835-0324 or see visit harrisonpl.org. (Submitted)

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Official Newspaper “Playland Beach” by Sherri Paul. Oil on linen, 2016. Photo courtesy Sherri Paul

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an uncharted chapter By COREY STOCKTON Staff Writer In a time when brick and mortar bookstores are becoming a thing of the past, Barnes & Noble is refreshing its approach. The newest of more than 600 store locations, the Eastchester Barnes & Noble in the Vernon Hills Shopping Center at 680 White Plains Road—which opened its doors to the public on Nov. 23—is the first of a string of new concept stores to serve beer, wine and entrees to its customers. The bookstore chain is calling the new stores Barnes & Noble Kitchens. The Eastchester store is smaller than the average Barnes & Noble—22,000 square feet—but it includes a 3,000-square-foot outdoor patio with a gas-burning fire pit, a bocce court and a variety of seating options, and a 2,600-square-foot kitchen offer-

ing breakfast, appetizers and full entrees from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. “The objective wasn’t—per se—to create a restaurant,” said Jaime Carey, president of development and the restaurant group at Barnes & Noble. “It was to create a bookstore environment that would be embraced by the community and enjoyed.” David Deason, vice president of development, added that there are several corners around the store for customers to take a book and a drink and “slip away.” Although the store has many sections, Kathie Bannon, the store’s manager, said it was designed to feel like a single, seamless space. Specific sections, like fiction and history, are left open rather than enclosed by bookshelves. “If you wanted to get a goblet of wine from our wine selection, you can walk and browse,” she said. “You can even bring food [around the store].”

But the menu is more similar to a short story than a novel. There are three breakfast options, three salads, four appetizers and six entrees, in addition to a small kids’ menu. Sheamus Feeley, the chef who designed the menu, said it was written to be brief. “You could even look at the menu and make that case that, hey, this is relatively ubiquitous,” he said. “And yes, it is. The key is to be able to do a handful of things very well.” On the reverse side of the menu are six locally sourced craft beers and more than 20 wines, which are served by the glass or by the bottle. The bar also serves a gamut of coffee drinks and teas. The store was designed to engage customers from the moment they walk in. A 600-squarefoot mural on a wall near the entrance—called the author wall— is a word search containing

Barnes & Noble at the corner of the Vernon Hills Shopping Center in Eastchester is the first of the bookseller’s locations to serve beer, wine and entrees, complete with tableside service. Photo/Corey Stockton

more than 80 authors’ names Barnes & Noble representatives also noted the large wording on the walls to clearly identify the different sections of the store for easy navigation. And for customers who are looking for

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The courtyard beside the store features an array of seating, including couches and tables for dining. There is also a gas-powered fire pit and a bocce ball court. Photo courtesy Barnes & Noble

something specific, new technology can help them find it. Search kiosks built into the store can help customers find books using an interactive map; and customers can also use the devices to text message with store employees. Employees also carry portable point-of-sale systems for easy checkout. Deason added that the company was still playing with some of the technologies and learning how to optimize them. He told the Review that while the concept was new, if it is successful, Barnes & Noble may look to convert some of its existing stores into Barnes & Noble Kitchens. “I’m not in a hurry, because I need to know what works,” he said. The Eastchester location is the first of four Barnes & Noble Kitchen concept stores to open nationwide. The bookseller announced similar concept plans in Edina, Minnesota; Folsom, California; and Ashburn, Virginia. The store was formerly a Borders Booksellers before that company declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2011. The storefront had been vacant since. “The community was really craving and wanting to support another bookstore,” Deason said. Barnes & Noble gave them that, and then some. CONTACT: corey@hometwn.com


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Author Doreen Rappaport visits school district Preston school makes strides against cancer

Students and faculty of S.J. Preston Elementary School pose after participating in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Manhattanville College in Purchase. Photo courtesy Harrison school district Award-winning children’s author Doreen Rappaport pays a visit to one of the school district’s elementary schools. Photo courtesy Harrison school district

The award-winning children’s author Doreen Rappaport visited the four elementary schools in Harrison. The visiting author program is just one of many elementary learning initiatives supported by the Elementary Enrichment Committee. Rappaport, according to her website, has received critical acclaim and awards for her unique ability to combine historical facts with personal narratives, and for

finding “new ways to present the lives of well-known heroes.” Her books include “Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust,” “Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King,” “Eleanor Quiet No More: The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt,” and “Dirt in our Skirts: The Story of the Young Women who Won the World Championship,” to name a few. Her message to the elemen-

tary school students during each visit to the four schools was, “You are the future… we need you!” She also let one of Harrison’s newest students shine by co-reading the English version of her book while he read the Japanese translation. The students were enthralled to learn of her writing process and how they can incorporate many of the lessons into their own writing. (Submitted)

Teachers, staff and students of S.J. Preston Elementary School participated in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Manhattanville College in Purchase. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks are the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting communities with a shared determination to help free the world from the pain and suffering of breast cancer. According to its

website, passionate walk participants raise critical funds that enable the American Cancer Society to fund innovative research; provide free, information and support to anyone touched by breast cancer; and help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable. Members of the Preston family walk for themselves, loved ones, or friends to commemorate the brave battle of those afflicted. S.J. Preston participants this year were: Mrs. Gerri

Barbagallo, Ms. Eileen Carney, Marco Citro, Anthony Cipriano, Mrs. Susan Coby, Mrs. Patricia Colangelo, Gabriella Febbraio, Gabriella Fraulini, Nichloas Gabie, Angelina Galent, Sal Giglio, Ava Gurgitano, Mrs. Maria Kalten, Rocco Maiorana, Mrs. Lorraine Mandragona, Mrs. Cindy Neese, Payton Nicotina, and Ms. Debbie Rogers. Students received certificates from Principal Dennis Kortright at a student assembly at the end of October. (Submitted)


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Season’s happenings and leaf collection HARRISON HAPPENINGS Mayor Ron Belmont

This year, the Louis M. Klein Service Club, St. Gregory’s parish and the Harrison Girl Scouts joined together for a preThanksgiving food drive in support of the Harrison Food Pantry. Huge thanks go out to everyone who helped with organizing this year’s drive and to all who contributed donations. Hundreds of pounds of food were collected, which means many meals were provided to our community’s most vulnerable population. In Harrison, leaf collection runs from October through December. Our Department of Public Works entire, full-time highway staff and seasonal temporary employees perform this municipal service. The work detail is divided into several routes. Leaf crews remain on their route for the entire season, giving each resident numerous opportunities to take their leaves to the curb for removal. Town personnel make every effort to remove the leaf piles as quickly as possible. Crews usually take seven to 10 working days to complete one entire route before beginning again. Our DPW is not able to indicate exactly

when crews will be in a specific neighborhood or on a particular street, as those work details are contingent on the day-to-day progress of our highway department during the leaf removal season. That being said, all leaf piles must be curbside by Monday, Dec. 19, the first day of this year’s last leaf collection cycle. I appreciate your patience as we continue to clear our roadways. Don’t miss out on the following fun filled Holiday Weekend! On Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., the West Harrison Neighborhood Association presents Santa and the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in West Harrison at Taylor Square. On Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m., Chris Spinner presents her concert, at LMK, to benefit the Discovery Center; and at 3:30 p.m. in Ma Riis Park, downtown Harrison, we have our second annual Menorah and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony with Rabbi Hammerman and Fr. Guarneri, caroling by the Harrison Avenue and Parsons student choral group, a visit from Santa, treats from Nora’s Ovenworks, candy canes from Pop Culture & Hair Creations, and hot chocolate and churros from the PBA. You can also purchase your Christmas wreaths by supporting the Harrison Huskies baseball team. On a related note, several

years ago, the Holiday Project was created in an effort to spread holiday cheer to families in need, right here in Harrison. Currently, those in need encompass more than 350 individuals ranging in age from infants to the elderly. Through the generosity of merchants, and with monies collected, each sponsored family receives a “Holiday in a Basket” that includes a grocery gift card, clothing, a toy for each child and a small gift for the parents. If you are interested in sponsoring one or more families, please send a check, payable to “The Holiday Project” for $150 per family, to project coordinator Sara Pirrello at 40 Pleasant Ridge Road, Harrison, NY 10528. This is the perfect time of year to help our neighbors feel the joy of this year’s holiday season. If you would like to get involved in this year’s efforts, please contact Sara at sastort@aol.com. The next Lunch with the Mayor is on Friday, Dec. 2 and I will be at NY Pizza Station, located at 370 Halstead Ave. in Harrison. On Friday, Dec. 9, I will be at Tredici North, located at 578 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase. I will be at these locations from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and look forward to talking about issues facing our community.

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law regulating the location of gun stores, adding that local legislation could help generate interest. “As a precursor to doing something at a larger level, it would be great to show that there is a desire to do something on a local level,” she told the Review. When asked by the Review if the county executive would support a countywide gun store zoning legislation, spokesman Phil Oliva said the Astorino administration would prefer to leave the decision to regulate municipal zoning laws in the hands of local officials. CONTACT: corey@hometwn.com

A new gun store in Harrison, located less than 1,000 feet from one of its public elementary schools, has drawn the concern of area residents as well as neighboring municipalities; some of which are now considering more stringent regulations on where gun stores could be located. File photo


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Walter’s expresses interest in Rye Town Park

With news that Seaside Johnnies has decided to pull out of Rye Town Park, the ownership at Mamaroneck’s historic Walter’s Hot Dog Stand has expressed interest in operating a food truck at the park and Oakland Beach area next season. Photo courtesy Walter’s Hot Dogs

By FRANCO FINO Staff Writer Westchester’s famed food stand, Walter’s Hot Dogs, is interested in operating a food truck out of Rye Town Park to fill the opening left by Seaside Johnnies’ exit. Katharine Warrington Woodward, the public relations and events manager of Walter’s, told the Review this week that the family-owned company is anticipating a discussion with the Rye Town Park Commission about an opportunity to operate at the beginning of 2017. “We’re definitely interested in bringing a food truck to [Rye Town Park],” she said. Walter’s interest comes on the heels of the owners of Seaside Johnnies, John Ambrose and Sam Chernin, the park’s current restaurant tenants, rejecting a new deal to continue operating the restaurant for one year with an option for a second year. On Nov. 15, the park commission offered Ambrose the new deal by adjusting its previous offer of just a one-year extension. That latest proposal also offered a refund of 25 percent of the fees in rent charged—approximately $25,000—to Ambrose if he was not brought back for

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a second year. Rye Town Supervisor Gary Zuckerman, a Democrat and president of the park commission, said that despite Walter’s interest, there are a number of questions remaining before the commission determines its next plan of action. “There might be community opposition to a food-truck operation at the beach,” he said. “I don’t know yet for certain if the other [park] commissioners would be in favor of that.” Even with Walter’s now a possibility at the Oakland Beach area, Ambrose, who has operated Seaside Johnnies at the park since 2000, told the Review there is still hope to work out a deal with the commission before year-end. “The door is ajar at this particular time,” he said. Ambrose, who has rejected two proposals to date, added that there’s enough time to salvage his relationship with the commission, and certainly an adequate amount of time to submit a counteroffer, which he plans to do urgently. Ambrose would not reveal any details about his potential proposal. However, according to Zuckerman, it seems unlikely that the two parties will reach a conclusion before Seaside Johnnies’ license agreement expires at the end of December. “When one door closes, another always

opens,” Zuckerman said. “If our time with Seaside Johnnies is in fact over, we must move ahead and look forward to other opportunities; [Walter’s] can be one of several opportunities.” Walter’s Hot Dog Stand, which is located on Palmer Avenue in the town of Mamaroneck, was founded by Walter Warrington in 1919. The family business, which can easily be identified by its pagoda-style copper roof with dragon lanterns, is a nationally registered historical landmark. A food truck operation at the park could help minimize the economic loss of as much as an estimated $200,000 as a result of the absence of Seaside Johnnies and no substitute able to step in to fill the restaurant on such short notice. “We’re in a good place right now; I love Walter’s as an idea for a food truck,” said Rye City Councilwoman Julie Killian, a Republican and member of the park commission. “But before negotiating with anyone, there’s still some stuff to work out.” Rye Brook Mayor Paul Rosenberg, a Democrat and member of the park commission, could not be reached for comment, as of press time. CONTACT: franco@hometwn.com

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Opinion-Editorial

Trump election is par for the course By CLIFFORD JACKSON The election of Donald Trump, as outrageous and offensive to many as it may be, is still an expression of this country’s violent, racist, misogynistic state and history of nativism. His rallies promoted that level of violence with the assaults of numerous anti-Trump protesters, as well as Trump himself saying about one protester, “I’d like to punch him right in the face.” Trump is “America,” and many people need to stop denying that. Trump is a racist, misogynist and is certainly xenophobic; but he is also an astute politician, that, in my belief, is not as extreme as all of his vile, hateful words and actions demonstrated during the campaign. What he knew was that all of the hatred and racism was a major part of the American electorate; he parlayed that, and that is one of the main reasons why he won. If he was as bad as his actions and words during the campaign, he would never have survived the polyglot of New York for 40 years, going back to his relationship with Roy Cohn, the infamous lawyer for Cosa Nostra in the 1970s. He is still morally repulsive on many levels, and his election to the presidency is the culmination of all the worst parts of America that have always existed, and there are volumes of historical data to support that statement. His election overwhelmingly was an expression of white power and white backlash that was exemplified with the more than 1,700 white supremacist and anti-militia groups—that have mushroomed during the last eight years as a

direct response to the election of President Barack Obama—who supported Trump. This includes a Ku Klux Klan-planned Trump victory celebration that will be commencing next month in North Carolina. Hillary Clinton called them “deplorables”; she was right about that, but she and Trump were wrong about America’s so-called “greatness,” because these types of people have manifested themselves throughout American history and have been a dominant force engaging in murder, mayhem and lynchings of all kinds, and the victims have primarily been African-Americans and people of color. This aspect of America’s sanguinary history was relayed in many of the policies that Trump was strident about. One example is Trump’s xenophobia and anti-immigrant hatred, calling Mexican illegal immigrants “rapists and drug dealers,” and his threat to deport 11 million is reminiscent of “Operation Wetback,” a brutally racist American policy of the 1950s that was labeled after the hundreds of thousands of Mexicans who were deported during that time frame. His describing the black community and its schools as terrible and without hope is nothing but an expression of the American racist tradition that white communities across the country have used to define blacks in order to segregate and dehumanize them, producing all of the fallout from that criminalization, helping to create the “ghettos,” and economic and social blight in those communities. Trump’s violent modus operandi when it comes to women, as far as his saying “I grab them by the p----,” is

an American tradition of not just misogyny, but being an owner of women and their bodies that have allowed thousands of women who have been raped and beaten to have their heinous crimes not taken seriously many times by law enforcement or the communities-at-large. One of the main reasons, especially in the past, why many rapes were never reported was due to the stigma, and the difficulty in trying to prove it in a court of law. All of the bombastic and outrageous statements of Trump clearly showed, as Bill Maher and others have said, that those who he attracted were not very educated. But has that not been the problem with white mob rule and the concomitant violence throughout the history of this country? At the same time, these people should be given credit they did come out to vote, unlike Clinton’s base, especially in the AfricanAmerican communities that did not. They will be paying a price for that. This election was not a mandate for Trump by any stretch of the imagination; he lost the popular vote to Clinton by more than 2 million votes, and we see daily the thousands who are protesting in the streets against his presidency. However, this election was a watershed as far as really defining what America is all about. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “America is a sick society based upon militarism, materialism and violence.” The election of Trump makes those prophetic words of Dr. King so salient today. Clifford Jackson is a resident of Larchmont. The views expressed are his own.

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The origins of Trump’s election victory By HOWARD HELLWINKEL It seems like 2009 was just the other day, when people became so outraged with the federal government in Washington that they took to the streets in protest. It started with the Troubled Asset Relief Program, TARP, the straw that broke the camel’s back. Local protest events by small groups spontaneously occurred. That year on the day tax returns are due, April 15, 2009, was a focal point for larger more coordinated events. Rick Santelli, a littleknown financial reporter on CNBC, suggested that we hold a tea party on the shores of Lake Michigan. On Sept. 12, 2009, somewhere between 1 million and 2 million people came from across the country to protest in Washington. It was there that Matt Kibbe from Freedomworks said, “What we need is a hostile takeover of the Republican Party.” CHIEF from page 1

think it’s good for the structure of the department to have a captain,” he said. The town recently appropriated for a $5,000 pay increase for the police chief in 2017 and $164,500 for a police captain. According to the 2017 preliminary budget, the chief will receive a salary of $190,000, up from $185,000. Marraccini, as chief, had also collected a yearly stipend of $12,000 since

On Tax Day 2010, protest rallies were once again held across the county. Americans protested excessive taxation, government regulation and the upcoming Obamacare legislation. That November, we gave the Republican Party control of the House with 63 new members. John Boehner, the new speaker of the House, said we only have half of one-third of the government. Nothing happened. In 2014, we gave the Republicans control of the Senate and still nothing happened. In 2015, we changed House speakers thanks to the freedom caucus, and again nothing happened. Government was still growing. Our personal liberties were still being trampled on. Politicians were still focused on getting re-elected and not listening to the people. The caldron was boiling. Tea Party and non-Tea Party people were part of the discontent. Out of this

boiling caldron came Donald Trump. He understood what the problem was and had tapped into the discontent. At the 2016 Republican National Convention, I came away from Trump’s acceptance speech feeling that I had just seen the hostile takeover of the Republican Party Kibbe said we needed. I did not see many members of the Republican establishment on stage. It was outsiders, businessmen and others, who understood the rank-and-file Republicans, up there on the stage. It all started with a few of us going out onto the streets. The movement grew. It began to include others who didn’t call themselves Tea Partiers but held the same beliefs. We never expected it would be Trump who would become our anti-establishment champion, but maybe we got what we need.

2014 to keep the captain’s position unstaffed. In addition, the 2017 preliminary budget has allotted for four lieutenants, only three of which will be staffed following Thursday’s promotions. Therefore, the town board will have room in the budget to appoint one more lieutenant if it chooses to do so. Detlefs’ promotion to captain will be his second promotion within the year, as he climbed from sergeant to lieutenant on April 8.

Olsey and Detlefs were also promoted in tandem in January 2011, when Olsey became a lieutenant and Detlefs became a sergeant. All three promotions will be effective as of Dec. 1, after press time. John Pappalardo, an attorney representing Marraccini, could not be reached for comment, as of press time.

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Warning: Ball may bounce RHYMES WITH CRAZY Lenore Skenazy

Sick of being warned about anything and everything when it comes to the holiday season, especially all the warnings about dangerous toys? Me too. That’s why I’m ready to throw a lawn dart at a group called World Against Toys Causing Harm—W.A.T.C.H. Every year since 1973, it has published a hyperventilating “10 Most Dangerous Toys” list at Christmastime. Now maybe back in ’73, toymakers were still grinding out toy ovens that could smelt ore and chemistry sets that could actually blow things (that is, people) up. But in the 40-plus years since W.A.T.C.H. was started—by a trial lawyer who wouldn’t exactly suffer if he drummed up clients eager to sue toymakers for negligence—the regulations on toys and other kiddie products have multiplied to the point where if there’s lead in the ink in the logo that’s printed on the instep of a child’s boot, which was exactly the issue in one infamous case, the item is recalled. Because what if a kid somehow hacked the boot into pieces, peeled out the instep and ate it? And speaking of shoes, another run of children’s footwear was recalled because “the metal rivets surrounding the holes where the shoestring is secured on the shoes can have sharp edges, posing a laceration hazard.” So wrote the Consumer Product Safety Commission. What threat level are we talking about? “The firm has received one report of an adult who scratched or cut his finger,” the commission wrote. “No medical attention was required.” A miracle! But it is just this zero tolerance

for “risk” that W.A.T.C.H. exploits every Christmas. Among its top 10 dangers this year is a large, plush elephant. What danger could a stuffed animal with no sharp edges, lead paint, or exploding parts possibly present? Duh! “POTENTIAL FOR SUFFOCATION! Not to be used unsupervised.” Also on this year’s list is a kind of wearable beach ball called Bump ‘n Bounce Body Bumpers. You put the bumper around your waist like an inner tube and then proceed to bump into your friends. The manufacturer’s own warning label, already quaking at the thought of personal injury lawsuits, clearly states, “To avoid risk of serious injury or death… protective equipment (for head, elbows, knees, hands, etc.) should be worn (not included).” But somehow, even a warning about DEATH was not enough. The company was shamed because its box shows kids using the toy without any head, elbow or knee guards whatsoever. Goodbye, St. Nicholas, hello St. Pete! If they only worked a little harder, I’ll bet lawyers could stop kids from ever moving their fragile little bodies again. But so far, W.A.T.C.H. has shied away from the biggest kahuna of them all, the toy that must be stopped. So I did it for them. I ran a contest online: Come up with a warning label for a BALL! Here’s what folks came up with (some using their whole names, some not). “Caution! Sharp edges.” – Neil S. “WARNING: This is a toy and not to be used as an actual ball.” – Matthew Trescher “Warning: Ball carries germs. Wash after each use.” – Alanna But wait! There’s more! “Do not insert into urethra.” – Anonymous “For decorative purposes

only.”– Christina “Not to be used as a flotation device.” – Adam Kampia “Do not operate without protective goggles.” – Shelly Stow “Device does not provide a stable support. Do not attempt to sit or stand upon the ball.” – Scott “Toy may change direction unpredictably when impacting an object.” – Jim C. “Chasing this object could cause fatigue.” – John B. “For educational purposes only. Not to be taken internally. Do not play ‘ball’ while driving.” – Bob Magee “For recreational purposes only. Do not use as a metaphor for having a great time. Do not use as a metaphor for masculinity or courage. Do not confuse with a formal dance.” – Kenny Felder “Not to be used to exclude other children.” – Backroads “To avoid risk of serious injury or death, always wear groin protection. Do not roll or throw ball near a street, drain, sewer, or body of water without adult supervision. Do not throw ball while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you have high blood pressure or diabetes, consult your doctor before attempting to throw ball.” – Rick “Warning, if you bounce this too high it might break through the ceiling causing the house to cave in on you.” – Alaina, age 12 “To be used on padded surfaces only. Use of a helmet is recommended. If any hole or tear develops, discard immediately.” – Jessica “Not to be used by children under 13.” – Sally “DO NOT THROW.” – Jack D. “WARNING: Balls may be bigger than brains.” – Lollipoplover CONTACT: lskenazy@yahoo.com

Astorino announces new diabetes program

An example of a Bee-Line bus ad promoting the new diabetes awareness campaign from the Westchester County Department of Health. Photo courtesy Westchester County

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino recently announced that the county Department of Health is launching a new diabetes awareness campaign that encourages residents to identify their risk for diabetes and make lasting lifestyle changes to improve their health. The campaign includes bilingual Bee-Line bus shelter and bus ads that encourage residents to take a prediabetes risk assessment test, promoting and leading diabetes prevention classes offered through the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, and a new bilingual educational brochure. “These efforts can help Westchester residents reduce their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes and provide them with great tools to make lasting healthy lifestyle changes,” Astorino said. “Another added benefit of healthy lifestyles is the lowered costs of health care that otherwise would be spent to treat obesity-related illness and disease, including Type 2 diabetes.” This work is being accomplished through the health department’s participation in the Hudson Community Health Alliance as part of a Local Initiatives for Multi-Sector Public Health Action grant, IMPACT. These outreach efforts are being promoted in November during National Diabetes Month to highlight potential solutions to this national health problem. One in three adults in the U.S. age 20 or older has prediabetes, which means they have an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke—among the leading causes of death in the U.S., according to the federal Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention, CDC. Nine out of 10 people with prediabetes are unaware that they have it. Medical costs for people with diabetes average 2.3 times higher than for people without diabetes, according to the CDC. In 2012, direct medical costs for people with diabetes were estimated at $176 billion, with an additional $69 billion in indirect costs. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a nationally recognized program with a proven track record of preventing or delaying the onset of Type 2 diabetes. This program, which nationally costs $429 per participant, is being made available at no cost to residents through IMPACT grant funding and is offered through the Rye YMCA, in Yonkers, and Port Chester, with more locations to come. It provides the skills and support residents need to make lasting lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, increasing their physical activity and learning coping skills. “Together with the Rye Y, we are giving residents a chance to get the support they need to make meaningful changes that can help them live longer, healthier lives,” said Dr. Sherlita Amler, county health commissioner. “This program has been proven to succeed, so I strongly encourage residents who are diagnosed with prediabetes to take advantage of this opportunity.” To find out if you qualify to participate, text “RISKTEST” to 97779 on your smartphone or visit westchestergov.com/diabetes/prediabetes. To learn more, or to enroll in your area, call the Rye YMCA at 967-6363 ext. 206. YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention

Program lifestyle coaches include three health department employees who will lead classes for residents at risk for or diagnosed with prediabetes. Their training was supported by IMPACT grant funding to Hudson River Health Care, which has subcontracted with the Westchester and Rockland counties’ health departments. In Westchester, the aim of this grant is to reach adults in White Plains, Port Chester, Peekskill, Yonkers, Mount Vernon and New Rochelle, where residents are at increased risk for hypertension, diabetes and stroke. Threeyear grant funding is provided by the New York state Department of Health through a grant from the CDC and continues through September 2018. The campaign’s bus shelter and bus ads feature four different designs and prediabetes risk factor messages. The ads encourage residents to take the prediabetes risk test and promote the Diabetes Prevention Program. The interior bus ads appear in English and Spanish on every Bee-Line bus and the shelter ads have been placed throughout Westchester’s targeted IMPACT communities at locations with high volume and traffic visibility. The county health department also has developed a new “Keep Healthy and Know Your Numbers” brochure, which promotes blood sugar screening and includes a wallet card where residents can track their glucose and cholesterol level, blood pressure and other important health numbers. The brochure will be available at westchestergov.com/ health and will be distributed at health department clinics and in the community. (Submitted)


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SPORTS

Say yes to the ‘Ces’ coffers, the Mets—over the last two decades or so—have seemed LIVE MIKE to oscillate between two extremes: Mike Smith ill-advised spending sprees, and miserly penny-pinching. Maybe, just maybe, the Mets’ But with the Cespedes deal, front office is learning. I think they’ve found a happy On Tuesday afternoon, news medium. broke on Twitter that the Amazin’s While more details about the had agreed to bring back outfield- negotiations are sure to trickle er Yoenis Cespedes, inking the out over the next few days, I All-Star slugger to a four-year, have a hard time believing that $110 million deal. there wasn’t some other team And sure, while paying more out there—say the Nationals or than $27 million a year for a play- the Yankees—that would have er on the wrong side of 30 might given Cespedes more years, more seem like a gamble, for the Mets, money or both. it was a logical, smart, and thereBut the Mets, perhaps playing fore somewhat surprising move. on Cespedes’ repeated declaraMets fans have long bemoaned tions of his love for Queens, were the majority of moves made by able to resign the slugger for just their executives. Between the a small raise and lock him up until Bobby Bonilla buyout, which will the age of 35. see the Mets paying the outfielder Not exactly what we’ve come (who retired in 2001) until 2035, to expect from the Mets, huh? or the organization’s seeming reThe Cespedes signing is esluctance to pony up the dough for pecially important for the club, serviceable players in the wake given their situation around the of the Bernie Madoff scandal that diamond. “La Potencia” has been wreaked havoc on the owners’ the centerpiece of an otherwise

inconsistent Mets’ lineup for 1 1/2 years. If the Mets are able to get more production from Jay Bruce in right field—or move Bruce entirely for other pieces—they will have a strong core to go along with Cespedes, Curtis Granderson and a hopefully healthy Neal Walker. That, combined with the return of a brilliant young pitching staff that was riddled with injuries in 2016, could spell success for the Mets not just this year, but over the duration of the Cespedes contract. Of course, I know it’s still early December. Teams aren’t done building for the upcoming season yet, and many more pieces are yet to fall as the Hot Stove warms up. You never know how this is going to end. But as the Christmas season gets underway, it’s just a little thrilling that Mets fans already know something great is waiting under the tree.

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Ex-NBA player shares story

Chris Herren speaks at Eastchester High School on Nov. 28. A former NBA player, Herren struggled with drug addictions that cost him his career—and nearly his life. Photo/Mike Smith

By MIKE SMITH Sports Editor On Monday, Nov. 28, the Eastchester school district held its first event in an ongoing series about student wellness and drug abuse prevention, as former NBA player Chris Herren, an ex-heroin addict, spoke with local students and parents about

his own battles with drugs and alcohol that cost him his athletic career—and nearly his life. With an escalation in heroin use in the area and several recent overdoses among youths in Westchester, the district decided to bring Herren in to speak on three different occasions over a two-day span— twice on Monday, and once

again on Tuesday morning—in an attempt to shed light on the dangers and consequences of drug and alcohol use for teens, framing his own struggles to overcome addiction as a warning. Herren, a father of three, stressed that although teenagers are often quick to shrug off cautionary tales of drug use, insisting the same won’t happen to them, addiction is an all-tooreal threat that destroys lives— and families—indiscriminately. “I remember being at these, listening to some 35-year-old guy talking and I didn’t take it seriously,” Herren told the audience in the high school’s auditorium. “But I was ignorant; I thought I was above it.” A native of Fall River, Massachusetts, Herren, 41, rose to prominence as a high school basketball player, becoming a McDonald’s All-American and one of the most highly coveted college recruits in the nation. He committed to play for Boston College in 1994, but drug

On Nov. 29, the Mets announced they had come to terms with free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, bringing the slugger back for four more years. For many fans, the signing comes as an early Christmas present. Photo courtesy Wikipedia.org

addiction quickly cut short his career with the Eagles, prompting a transfer to Fresno State where—despite his struggles with prescription pain pills, including a stint in rehab during his junior year—he played well enough to get selected in the second round of the NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets. Unable to kick his habit to prescription opioids—at his peak Herren said he took 1,600 milligrams of Oxycontin painkillers a day—he lasted just two years in the NBA before playing abroad and getting hooked on heroin. He would overdose four times, be charged with seven felonies, and contemplated suicide at various times before finally getting clean on Aug. 1, 2008. Three years later, he formed The Herren Project to increase drug awareness education and to provide help and treatment to those hoping to break their addiction. His story was also the subject of an Emmy award-winning ESPN documentary titled “Unguarded,” which aired in 2011. Herren, who gives motivational talks ranging from prep schools to prisons roughly 250

times a year, told the audience that he believes that his story is not atypical of many addicts. What started as “harmless” alcohol use in high school, often in homes where adults were present, became a steppingstone to harder and more dangerous substances. Of his 14 high school teammates, Herren said, seven ended up becoming addicted to heroin. In that vein, he believes that open dialogue between parents and children is an important first step toward combatting future addiction. “I grew up with the attitude and belief that drinking beers and smoking pot on Friday nights was right, that there was nothing wrong with it,” he said. “I hung out in basements where parents told us we were safe, and allowed us to drink, as long as we didn’t drive.” Herren, who said his goal is to impact just one person each time he gives a talk, also proposed that schools across the country take steps toward focusing more class time to address these issues. “Wellness should be a core class,” he said. “In a lot of schools, kids aren’t having

these classes and these talks until they are 16 or 17.” Herren’s talk was the first in what the school district hopes will be a path toward an ongoing dialogue in the community about the pressures and challenges facing students today. On Dec. 5, Dr. Michael Nerney will give a lecture about risk assessment and stress in the adolescent brain. In February, the family of Justin Salamone, a Mahopac teen who died of a heroin overdose in 2012, will share their story, and the speaker series will be rounded out by an appearance by police officer Jermaine Galloway, who will discuss how parents can identify telltale signs of drug and alcohol abuse in teens. On Monday night, Herren admitted that while there is no surefire way to completely stamp out drug use, lines of communication between parents, teachers, students and law enforcement officers can go a long way toward saving lives. “Addiction is tricky,” he said. “Nobody knows who is carrying that card in their back pocket.” CONTACT: sports@hometwn.com


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Titans take 2 at tourney By MIKE SMITH Sports Editor Although the Rye Town/ Harrison Titans officially opened their season on Nov. 19 with a convincing 9-5 win over Byram Hills, the 2016-17 campaign kicked into high gear last weekend, as the club played three games in three days at the annual Guy Mathews Invitational in White Plains. After falling 5-3 to Stepinac in the tourney opener on Nov. 25, the Titans rallied back to reel off consecutive wins against Harvey and White Plains to finish the weekend on a strong note and improve to 3-1 on the year. After two late Crusader goals sank the Titans on Friday morning, giving the Rye Town/Harrison team its first loss of the young season, Titans coach Jason Head said that the squad’s veteran leaders—players who have been integral parts in the club’s run to the section finals in each of the last two years—called a team meeting in an attempt to right the ship. Their efforts paid off, as the Titans rolled through the rest of the tournament, topping Harvey 6-0 and pounding host White Plains 7-2 over the next two days. “We didn’t really talk after the [Stepinac] game in the locker room,” Head said. “But we showed a ton of resolve; my captains took it upon themselves to get everyone there a half hour early the next day, called a meeting, and the guys took it upon themselves to get us where we needed to be.” Over the course of the threegame tourney, Jackson Schultz led the Titans with seven goals and five assists, while Ike Murov added five goals and four assists. Goalie Sam Smith shook off Friday’s loss to post his first career shutout against the Cavaliers on Saturday, then followed it up with another strong showing against the Tigers in the finale. “This is a sport where you have to be quick to forget,” Head said. “But when something does go your way, you want to remember it; plus I think it helps that we were

playing very strong in front of [Smith].” Head has been encouraged by the team’s performance thus far, and said that he often uses the Mathews tournament as a measuring stick before his team enters the heart of the winter season. The Titans will be back in action on Dec. 3, when they travel to Trinity-Pawling to take on the Pride.

“I always like the jampacked nature of the tournament; you get to take a look at the team and I think we’re gelling faster,” Head said. “And as far as being able to bounce back and play three hard-fought games, we’re a deep team.” CONTACT: sports@hometwn.com

Joe Bucci skates with the puck at the Ebersole Ice Rink. Photos/Mike Smith

Alex DeLitta goes after a puck in the corner against Stepinac. The Titans are currently 3-1 on the year.

Anthony Cipollone fires a shot against the Crusaders on Nov. 25. Ike Murov dives as he sends a pass to Jackson Schultz against Stepinac on Nov. 25. Murov and Schultz combined for 12 goals and nine assists during the Guy Mathews Invitational.


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