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June 16, 2017 | Vol. 5, Number 24 | www.harrisonreview.com
3rd Republican enters tax receiver race, will primary By COREY STOCKTON Staff Writer
THE SOUND OF MUSIC Jonny Parks, a singer-songwriter from White Plains, released “The Portia LP,” a rhythm and blues and soul-inspired album on May 20. For story, see page 6. Photo courtesy Jonnyparks.com
DA drops investigation into ex-firefighter The Westchester County district attorney’s office has closed its investigation into the former treasurer of the downtown Harrison Fire Department, William Powell, who was ousted from the department last year. A March 24 letter from Assistant District Attorney Stephen Ronco to Powell’s attorney, Andrew Rubin, says that the office closed its investigation after finding insufficient evidence to support charges that Powell had misused Fire Department funds. When reached by phone this week, the district attorney’s office declined to comment or any offer specifics related to the investigation. And there are no other details related to the case available, as of press time.
Powell, a volunteer, was removed from the office of treasurer and from the Fire Department in May 2016, in an unrelated matter, after being suspended the month prior for dereliction of duty, related to the department’s loss of its nonprofit status on Powell’s watch. In 2013, the department automatically lost its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status after not filing the requisite forms with the IRS dating back to 2009. The department had previously had status as a charitable organization since 1993 or earlier. But following the loss of that status, the department was required to pay taxes on all donations it received. According to Vito Faga, the president of the Fire Department, the department’s non-profit status has
recently been restored. Powell had been a volunteer in the downtown Fire Department for decades, and had served as chief of the department in 2004. He owns several restaurants in the downtown area including Powell’s Catering, Halstead Avenue Beer Garden and the newly re-opened Wellington’s Grill. The downtown Fire Department is a mostly volunteer organization, consisting of more than 50 volunteer members and supplemented by a dozen paid professionals. It has a budget of $4.15 million for fiscal year 2017. Neither Rubin nor John Masciola, chief of the downtown Fire Department, could be reached for comment as of press time. -Reporting by Corey Stockton
A third registered Republican has told the Review he plans to run for receiver of taxes in November, triggering a crowded field and likely primary for the seat. Michael Giordano, 55, said he will seek to replace incumbent receiver of taxes Nancy Masi, who plans to retire when her current term ends at the start of 2018, joining already announced candidates Rosa Mastrogiacomo-Luongo Maria Mioli Pennella, both Republicans. Giordano currently works for Masi in Harrison’s tax office, where he has been employed for 22 years. Prior to that, he had worked for the Bank of New York and Citibank. Giordano said he would aim to bring the tax office—which he said was behind the times in some areas—up-to-date with new technologies and approaches. “I have a lot of new ideas that I want to bring to the office,” he said, adding that in his time working there, he has introduced new technologies such as check scanners, helping to modernize the office’s record keeping. He added that he is considering potential deals with credit card companies, allowing residents to pay their tax bills via credit card at a minimal expense. And he said he wants to make the town’s tax roll accessible on Harrison municipal website. Giordano said that he had first considered running receiver of taxes last time the seat was up for election in 2013. But he said he was dissuaded by Republican district leaders, who ultimately backed Masi. But this year, the Republican Committee threw their support behind his opponent, Mastrogiacomo-Luongo, who was also endorsed by the Westchester County
Independence Party. “I lost the endorsement by one vote, according to the district leaders,” he told the Review. Giordano added that he would look to challenge Mastrogiacomo-Luongo in a primary for the right to run on the Republican line in the general election. Both candidates will have to submit 285 signatures of registered Republicans who live in Harrison to the county Board of Elections by July 13 to trigger a primary election, which would then be held on Sept. 12. Whichever candidate claims victory in the primary would then take on Mioli Pennella, a fellow registered Republican who decided to run as a Democrat, after also losing out on the GOP nomination in favor of Mastrogiacomo-Luongo; Mioli Pennella is also being endorsed by the town Conservative Party. Last week, Mioli Pennella told the Review that despite her party affiliation as a Republican, she did not plan on challenging Mastrogiacomo-Luongo for the party line in a primary, and said she would instead wait until the November general election. The receiver of taxes in Harrison earns $101,050 annually and is elected to a four-year term. Election Day is Nov. 7. CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ralph’s Ices closure may be imminent After a year of deliberations over a controversial Ralph’s Italian Ices & Ice Cream shop in Mamaroneck, the zoning board may be poised to deny a special permit application, effectively shuttering the
business’ doors for good. “Everybody agrees that there was a problem with Ralph’s,” said Barry Weprin, the local zoning board chairman. “Everybody also agreed that the changes they were
making would make things better. The disagreement is if [the changes] would be enough for Ralph’s to operate.” Currently, Weprin said, there are three members of the five-member
zoning board who are prepared to deny a special permit for the business, meaning the 946 E. Boston Post Road business would lack the necessary approval to continue operations. Such a denial would follow multiple appeals by residents of that neighborhood that eventually saw
The pending denial of a special permit application from Ralph’s Italian Ices & Ice Cream, located in nearby Mamaroneck, may shutter the establishment’s doors for good. Photo/Andrew Dapolite
the business transition into being processed as a fast food establishment as opposed to its original classification as a retail establishment by Mamaroneck Building Inspector Dan Gray. In the event that a special permit application is denied, Weprin said that the business will either be closed immediately or may be given a grace period in which it can phase its operations out. Alternatively, Weprin added that Scott Rosenberg, the owner of this particular Ralph’s franchise, could sue the village of Mamaroneck, marking the second time he has done so. A previous lawsuit filed by Rosenberg in August 2016 looking to undo restricted hours imposed by the zoning board was thrown out by a judge shortly thereafter. Although Rosenberg was forced to undergo a site plan review after a zoning appeal was launched in July 2016, according to Weprin, no major work has been done to rectify exacerbated traffic conditions caused by Ralph’s influx of patrons. Residents in the vicinity of Ralph’s, namely those living on Keeler Avenue, have now long contested the introduction of the popular storefront, citing it as the root of onerous traffic conditions and noise in their neighborhood. -Reporting by James Pero
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What’s going on... Harrison Public Library
SCORE workshop: Operating a successful contracting business On Monday, June 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Building. Join this informative workshop which will examine the unique issues confronting a contractor including marketing, estimating, scheduling, and compliance. Refreshments compliments of the Harrison Public Library Foundation. Registration recommended online or by calling the library at 835-0324.
Visit harrisonpl.org for more information on programs and library hours.
Daddy & Me Yoga On Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Building. Celebrate Father’s Day in a flexible way. Bond through partner poses and relaxation techniques. For non-walkers with a caregiver. No registration. Limited to 15 pairs—first come, first served.
Craft: Washi tape bookmarks On Monday, June 19 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the West Harrison Branch. Washi tape is a Japanese tape that comes in a pleasing variety of designs and colors. Use this product to decorate and personalize your bookmarks. Please register in advance either online or by calling the branch at 948-2092.
On Saturday, June 24 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Building. With Angela Brandt and FURR911. For adults and ages 12 and up accompanied by an adult. Adoptable kittens are coming to the library. Do some yoga in their company. Registration recommended online or by calling the library at 835-0324.
Harrison Recreation Please be aware that parents must have a current 2017 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. 2017 resident IDs and pool passes are now available for purchase. The spring/summer brochure is currently available online, and new programs and applications are added regularly. Visit harrison-ny.gov/recreation for more information
on programs and the Recreation Department.
Summer employment opportunities The Harrison Recreation Department still has positions open for their summer camps. Please call Kristen Ciafone at 670-3068 if you are interested in working as a counselor this summer. Adults with experience preferred.
Harrison Track and Field Club This eight-week summer series will provide professional instruction and training for athletes of all ages to develop better running mechanics and introduce the lifelong sport of track and field. The program will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 27 to Aug. 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; there will be no practice on July 4. Open to youth entering grades 3–8. Fee: $85.
Pre-Team Swim For ages 7 and up. Come and develop you child’s swim skill in preparation of joining the Harrison Recreation winter or summer swim team. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Starting July 5 through Aug. 3, for five weeks. There will be 15 60-minute sessions. Child must be able to swim 10 yards unassisted. Location: Ron Belmont Pool Complex. Registration ends on Thursday, June 22. Fee: $150, check payable to Town/Village of Harrison.
Guppies Water School Introductory swim lessons for 3-year-olds that are ready for swimming. Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Starting July 6 through Aug. 8. Class size is limited. Rain dates will be the week of Aug. 7. There will be 10 30-minute sessions. Location: Ron Belmont Pool Complex. Registration ends on Thursday, June 22. Fee: $90, check payable to Town/Village of Harrison.
Tadpoles Beginning swim lessons and water safety skills for 4- and 5-year-olds. Starting the week of July 3, through Aug. 4. On Mondays and Wednesdays, or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. There will be 10 30-minute sessions. Space is limited. Location: Ron Belmont Pool. Registration ends on Thursday, June 22. Fee: $90, check payable to Town/Village of Harrison.
Harrison school news Feeley Fund annual appeal The annual appeal for the Eugene J. Feeley Harrison High School Student Aid Fund has been mailed to the community. For 70 years, the Feeley Fund has enabled needy and worthy Harrison High School graduates attend accredited colleges and/or schools. Since 1947, more than 1,000 students have received loans or grants to pursue their posthigh school education and training. Lola Geiger, from her residence at The Osborn, continues her fundraising activities for this worthy cause. She reports that The Feeley Fund is short of its goal to meet the financial needs of its eligible youth. The fund awards monies to those graduates who are accepted in accredited colleges. The Feeley Fund needs you to share our confidence in the future of our Harrison
youth. Please respond to the request by sending your contribution to: The Feeley Fund, 255 Union Ave., Harrison, NY 10528. For questions or more information, call Geiger at 939-7066.
Westchester County news Register for swim classes at county pools Online registration is now open for swimming and aquatic fitness classes at Saxon Woods pool in White Plains, Tibbetts Brook pool in Yonkers and Playland pool in Rye. For children and for adults just getting started with swimming, Learn-to-Swim lessons are offered for all ages and ability levels, from toddlers age 3 to senior citizens. Classes begin Wednesday, July 5, and run through Friday, Aug. 11. Lessons for adults ages 18 and older will be held only at Saxon Woods pool. The schedule for classes at Tibbetts Brook and Saxon Woods is as follows: Children ages 3–6: Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 7–10: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Children ages 11–17: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Adults (ages 18 and up): Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. (Saxon Woods only). Class schedule for Playland Pool is as follows: Children ages 3–6: Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Children ages 7–10: Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Children ages 11–17: Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Only online registration is accepted. The registration fee is $80, which includes pool admission fees for the participant. Adults and teens participating in the Learn-to-Swim program at Tibbetts Brook and Saxon Woods pools must present a valid Westchester County resident Park Pass on the first day of class; children under 12 registering for the lessons must be accompanied by a Park Pass-holding parent or adult guardian. A Park Pass is not required at Playland. For swimmers who want a high-power, cardiovascular fitness workout, a six-session Aqua Zumba class will also be offered this summer. Classes will be held on Friday nights from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Saxon Woods Pool from July 7 through July 26; and on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Tibbetts Brook Pool from July 8 through July 27. Fee is $75. A Park Pass is not required but participants must be Westchester County residents. Only online registration is accepted. For more information or to register for the programs, visit parks.westchestergov.com/ activities/swimming.
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Letters to the Editor
Party politics has no place here To the Editor, On June 15, after press time, the Harrison Town Council will consider proposed amendments to the town/village Codes of Ethics that would exempt elected officials from the prohibition under current law on serving as officers or district leaders for any political party or club in Harrison during their term of elected office. There is no better starting point for the proper frame of reference for decision-making by Harrison officials than Section 5-1 of the Codes of Ethics in the town/village: “The proper operation of the [town/village] government requires that its officers and employees be independent, impartial and responsible to the people of Harrison; that public office not be used for personal gain; that public officers and employees maintain the highest standards of morality and discharge faithfully the duties of their office, regardless of personal consideration; and that the public has confidence in the integrity of its government and the officers and employees thereof.” This provision envisions a local government that works toward achieving what is in the best interests of Harrison residents, independent of the influence of partisan politics. By permitting party officers to serve as elected officials, the proposed amendments, if enacted, would elevate party politics over the public interest. Under the proposed amendments, elected officials would be permitted to serve two masters: the party for which they act as an officer, and Harrison residents. We are all familiar with what happens in these situations—one master always loses out to the other. Inevitably, the loser will be Harrison residents. Even if some party officials who become elected officials are faithful in placing the public interest above partisan politics, the appearance of a conflict would erode public trust in town government. Residents will suspect any incidental benefit to a political party as a result of an official’s decision was the product of a quid pro quo deal. Of the seven elective offices in Harrison (supervisor/mayor, four-member town council/ village board, town/village clerk and receiver of taxes), only town council/village board members serve part time; the rest are full time. Allowing elected officials who work full time to act as officers of local political parties is an invitation for them to perform party tasks while on town time, which is unlawful. In an environment where elected officials are expected to be on call 24/7, the line between town time and personal time becomes blurred. Under these circumstances, it is important to maintain the existing bright-line rule against elected officials serving as party officers. Other towns in Westchester County have recognized the ills inherent in allowing elected
officials to hold leadership positions in political parties and prohibit such arrangements. For example, the codes of ethics of the towns of New Castle and Cortlandt contain the following provisions: Town of New Castle Town Code Section 9-11 Political solicitations and activities. E. No Town officer or employee shall hold any office in a political party or political organization. F. No Town officer or employee may serve as a committeeperson of any political party or political organization. Town of Cortlandt Town Code Section 35-5 Standards of conduct. I. No town officer or employee or any member of the Town Board, Planning Board or Zoning Board of Appeals, whether paid or unpaid, shall be a political committee man or committee woman, or a Chairman, Vice Chairman or other officer of a political party. Allowing an individual to hold an elective office and serve as an officer in a political party could lead to an excessive concentration of power in that person. It is not difficult to imagine a “czar of Harrison” with access to the levers of town government and one major party’s political machine. The proposed amendments would weaken the checks and balances that prevent the dominance of any one individual under the current system. The proposed amendments are also inappropriate in that they treat elected officials differently from the rank and file that they supervise. Rank-and-file employees of the town will continue to be subject to the rule that they are prohibited from serving as officers or district leaders of any political party. There is no reasonable justification for treating elected officials differently from rank-and-file employees on this issue. Frank Gordon, Candidate for Harrison Town Council
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releases first LP By TAYLOR BROWN General Assignment Reporter
Just a few days out of his first semester of senior year, singer-songwriter Jonny Parks released his fourth album, proving you can have the best of both worlds. Parks, who has been producing music since 2014, said that he’s successfully managed to find a balance between his academic studies and professional career as a musician, even if it means compromising on his sleep schedule. Parks has one semester left at SUNY Purchase, where he is pursuing a B.A. in literature. He explained that the only thing standing in the way of him and his degree is his senior project, which involves an analysis of the folk music scene in the 1960s. “I just wanted to pick something musical,” Parks told the Review in an interview this week. Parks came to SUNY Purchase in 2014 after leaving SUNY Fredonia. He explained that he chose to attend Purchase because he wanted to be closer to his home in White Plains. White Plains is where he began working with Rich Fabrizio, an engineer and producer at Frequency Recording. The two have worked together since Parks’ first EP “DrugFall” in 2014. “[Jonny Parks] is one of the best singer-songwriters I work with,” Fabrizio said. Fabrizio explained as they’ve continued to work together, he’s helped convince Parks to get more into production, adding in bass,
Singer-songwriter Jonny Parks performs his soul-inspired music at Silvana in New York City.
“The Portia LP,” released on May 20, is singer-songwriter Jonny Parks’ first LP. Photos courtesy Facebook.com/Jonnyparksmusic
drums and keyboard to his other albums. “We basically built a band around his songs,” he said. Through this process, Parks has been able to take genres like rhythm and blues, jazz and soul and turn it into his own unique sound. He explained that when in the studio, “I have this mindset of, ‘this has to be perfect because it’s on record.’ So I’ll end up re-doing the vocals like 10 times.” Parks began working on his fourth album in fall 2015, and says that it was influenced by his job at a country club and its wealthy members. His most recent album
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Singer-songwriter Jonny Parks began work recording “The Portia LP” at Frequency Recording in fall 2015. Photo/Taylor Brown
features 14 songs originally written, of which he said his favorite track is “Reprise (From Heaven).” He explained that the creation of this song involved rewriting and reproducing one of his old songs. Parks has been writing his own music and playing guitar since he was in high school. He explained that John Mayer was a big influence for him when he first began pursuing music. “[Mayer’s] a brilliant writer, so I just [tried] to emulate him,” Parks said. Only a few weeks into the release of his latest album, Parks is pleased with the positive reaction
that it has received, especially after the self-doubts he experienced during the year-and-a-half-long creation process. He said he was worried about the reaction to his album because, “[it’s] not the same as a typical pop singer.” Parks said that his sound isn’t something you would normally find on a Top 40 chart and that throughout the process of creating his newest album, “I thought, ‘Maybe this is a little too unique.’” He said he spoke with one of his friends, who helped him realize that his particular style was something he should be proud of. Parks publishes some of his live performances and music videos on his own YouTube channel. Accompanying one of the tracks, “Smoke and Mirrors,” off his new album is a music video, which was filmed, directed and edited by Parks’ long-time friend, Steven Ferri. Parks and Ferri first met in eighth grade, but only three years ago did the two begin to work together on Parks’ music. “The way he is with his music, that’s kind of an extension of who he is,” Ferri said. He explained that the only difficulty they’ve had working together is having time in between school to do it. “[We] don’t like to rush anything,” he said. For his next album, Parks said that he has some idea of what he wants it to look like. “Each project [I work on], I want it to sonically sound different,” Parks said. Parks’ latest album can be found on Spotify, iTunes, Google Music and Tidal. CONTACT: email@example.com
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CPW receives volunteer award
Cerebral Palsy of Westchester has worked with the Food Bank for Westchester since 2016 on the BackPack Program.
On June 1, Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, CPW, was recognized at the 12th Annual Hunger Heroes Awards Breakfast. The Food Bank for Westchester awarded CPW with the Volunteer Award for their efforts in working to end hunger in the county. CPW has partnered with the Food Bank for Westchester since 2016 as part of the BackPack Program, which is designed to help alleviate child hunger by providing hungry and at-risk children with nutritious, easyto-prepare food on weekends and school vacations. CPW is the first off site location to assemble Backpacks. Each Backpack has six meals and includes; protein, milk, fruit, grain and vegetables. In the Backpack there is also a recipe with nutrition information in English and Spanish. Vocational program participants and Port Chester High School students in transition assemble over 200 backpacks a month. This provides participants with the chance to de-
velop social and interpersonal communication skills as well as employment readiness training. CPW’s Community Based Day Program then delivers the backpacks to children in need at local schools and community centers twice a month. For more than 65 years, CPW has been the leading non-profit organization in Westchester County, providing essential services to children and adults with all developmental disabilities including autism, neurological impairments, intellectual disabilities, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. It has always been our purpose to help people realize their goals, build brighter futures, and lead more independent lives as members of their community. For more information about CPW or its programs please contact Joan Colangelo, director of development, at 937-3800 ext. 215 or email Colangelo at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Submitted)
Cerebral Palsy of Westchester has been given the Volunteer Award for their participation in the BackPack Program. Contributed photos
The BackPack Program works to provide children with nutritious meals during weekends and school vacations.
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Scams and a national epidemic HARRISON HAPPENINGS Mayor Ron Belmont
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Harrison High School’s recent production of “The Addams Family.” The school was recently awarded four Metropolitan High School Theater Awards which honors outstanding work performed at participating high schools in Putnam, Westchester and Bergen counties. Fifty-three schools competed in 31 categories, and Harrison took home the following prizes: stage manager - Jess Prado; director - Deborah Toteda; chorus, and outstanding duet - Timothy Morris and Gianna Prignano. My office was recently alerted that a New York State Energy and Gas scam has been reported in Westchester County. Although Harrison residents receive Con Ed service, I want all to be aware of the following scam. An individual placed a phone call and said that he’s from NYSEG. The caller ID came up as NYSEG 800-572-1111 (which is in fact a correct phone number). The caller told the resident that their electricity was being turned off in 45 minutes and that they should have received a letter stating such, 10 days earlier. The resident asked questions, such as what is my account numbers, etc., which the caller could not answer, and the resident was told to call a number (their corporate office) where the request was filed. The resident called the number, got a message saying “You have reached NYSEG” and was given a reference number. They were then asked make a payment within 45 minutes or the electricity would be disconnected. If you receive a call like this, hang up and report the incident to the Harrison Police Department. Recently, I attended a Westchester Safer Communities forum which focused on the county’s response to the national opioid ep-
idemic. The panel discussed ways to educate the public, coordinate resources, and develop prevention strategies. A national group, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) aims to reduce the impact of substance abuse and has federal partners that will coordinate with Westchester County. The event was very informative and, as we collaborate with elected officials and industry professionals, my hope is that we will see a decrease in drug overdoses in our community. On a related note, Westchester County has expanded the number of drop boxes used to dispose of unused prescription drugs, and used needles, and you can find a drop box located at the Harrison police station. State Assemblyman David Buchwald and Sen. George Latimer recently announced that more than $400,000 in construction grants is being awarded to improve the infrastructure at six Westchester County libraries. The Harrison Public Library (Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building) has received $123,804 for a roof replacement. I look forward to the improvement and am glad that our patrons will continue to enjoy a state of the art community resource. With summer right around the corner, you may want to make plans for visiting our town pools. The 2017 pool schedule is as follows: both the Ron Belmont Pool Complex (9 Casarella Way, Tel.: 358-4333) and the Bernie Guanini Brentwood Pool and Park (Adelphi Avenue, Tel.: 751-8222) are currently open on the weekends from noon to 6 p.m. During the week of June 19 to June 25, the pools will be opened, daily, from noon to 6 p.m. From June 26 to Aug. 13, the weekday hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekend hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Tuesday, July 4, the hours are noon to 6 p.m. Guests may accompany ID card holders. For fee schedules and additional information, please visit harrison-ny.gov or call your neighborhood pool.
Sewage discharges on Clinton Lane
Late last month, a drainage pipe near 12 Clinton Lane in Harrison leaked for approximately three hours at a rate of up to 50 gallons per minute. Photo/Franco Fino
A drainage pipe that began leaking sewage late last month called for a visit from the state to place booms containing the discharge. On May 31, sewage discharged outside of a private home located at 12 Clinton Lane in Harrison from an 18-inch drainage pipe that lasted approximately three hours, according to the New York state Department of Environmental Conversation, DEC. The DEC is responsible for regulating the conservation, improvement and protection of New York’s natural resources and forest lands. As of press time, the DEC has estimated sewage leaked from the pipe at a rate of up to
50 gallons per minute. After the incident, booms, which are floating barriers used to contain spills and assist in protecting the environment, were placed around the spill to contain the discharge and a video camera was positioned to identify the source of the discharge. While the spill is no longer discharging, there is currently no information on whether or not sewage leaked into Beaver Swamp Brook, which is in close proximity to Clinton Lane. Kevin Frazier, a representative from the DEC, could not be reached for comment as of press time. -Reporting by Franco Fino
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Library awarded $123K for roof replacement
The Harrison Public Library’s Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building will soon undergo construction on its roof, after the library was awarded an estimated $123,000 in state grant money. File photo
The Harrison Public Library will take advantage of a state grant to make improvements to the roof of the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. In order to maintain the building, which is located at 2 Bruce Ave. adjacent to Ma Riis Park, the library will undergo an estimated $123,000 in long-needed roof work. Harrison’s library is among a number of other municipalities’ libraries that received state grants for construction, including ones in Bedford Hills, Katonah, North Castle and White Plains. Funding for the projects is part of the 2016-2017 state budget, which allocated an estimated $402,000 for the improvements. “Our community libraries are a focal point for gathering and learning,” said state Sen. George Latimer, a Rye Democrat who joined Assemblyman David Buchwald, a White Plains Democrat, to help the municipal libraries acquire the grant money. The library’s roof work comes after several improvements to other buildings of the public library. Last September, the West Harrison Branch remained closed for four months for an array of construction work, including replacement
Coby is the kind of dog you can’t help but fall in love with when you meet him. He is a Lab mix, about a year old and weighs 36 pounds. He is very sweet, friendly and loves playing with other dogs. Coby is neutered, vaccinated, dewormed and microchipped. Make him part of your family for an adoption donation of $300. To meet Coby, call Pet Rescue in Harrison at 834-6955 or visit NY-PetRescue.org. (Submitted)
of the building’s carpeting and fresh paint. The branch, which is located at 2 Madison St., also saw a removal of the building’s asbestos tiles, which came as a later addition to the $250,000 in improvements. In addition to that, the branch received several new laptops, Apple desktop computers, and two new iPad tablets. In 2015, the branch received a $26,500 grant to replace its doors to increase energy efficiency and accessibility. Two years before that, the library was awarded two state grants, including one for $15,000 to replace 20 windows and another for $35,000 to upgrade its roof and air conditioning systems. Dave Donelson, the vice president of the board of trustees of the library, and Galina Chernykh, director of the Harrison Public Library, could not be reached for comment, as of press time. Currently, there is no timeline for when construction will begin and for how long it will last. Last year’s improvements to the West Harrison Branch were originally supposed to conclude in a month; however, the work lasted into December. -Reporting by Franco Fino
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their costumes and theatrical backgrounds recapture the energy and style of the legendary band. White Plains Performing Arts Center will present a performance by Almost Queen on Friday, June 23. All proceeds from the band’s concert merchandise are donated to Mercury Phoenix Trust, a charity that was founded by Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, and manager Jim Beach, in memory of Mercury, who died from AIDS in 1991. Almost Queen bassist Randy Gregg, who plays the role of John Deacon, told ArtsNews that guests can expect to hear “the big hits,” with which the band enjoys seeing fans “ranging from 8 to 80 years old” sing along. Speaking about his admiration of Queen, he added: “They paved the road and we’re just walking on it.” For more information, visit wppac.com. -Mary Alice Franklin
SNDF’s Parkinson’s dance program takes place every Monday year-round (this session ends on June 18 and will resume on Aug. 21). According to Judith Ross, community relations director at SNDF, the classes serve a special need in the community and also fulfill SNDF’s mission to bring dance to everyone. Additional special needs classes include “Moving Wheels and Heels Dance Intensive,” a one-week dance experience for students with and without disabilities (June 19 to June 24). Both Parkinson’s programs integrate movement from modern, ballet, tap, folk and choreographic repertory and include an array of music. Megan Williams, choreographer and dance instructor at RAC, explains that the art of dancing inspires a transformation in participants and frees them from their daily routine: “When patients step into the dance room, they are no longer a person with Parkinson’s. They become beginner dancers on a fun artistic pursuit.” Both classes welcome walk-ins. For more information, visit ryeartscenter.org and steffinossen.org. -Rocio De La Roca
A bird’s-eye view at Bullseye Glass
Bill Burr performs at The Capitol Theatre Comedian Bill Burr will take the stage at The Capitol Theater with a set of three 18-and-over shows from Thursday, June 29 through Saturday, July 1. Burr is known for his direct comedy style that offers a cynical take on common experiences within our culture—whether he is complaining about his GPS device or about notions of religion. Often sparing no feelings, his anecdotal humor is cutting and honest, putting political correctness on the back-burner for the sake of his art. Named one of Rolling Stone’s 50 best stand-up comics of all time, Burr has had numerous stand-up specials on Comedy Central and Netflix, as well as his television roles on “Chappelle’s Show,” “Breaking Bad” and his animated Netflix series, “F is for Family.” His popular off-the-cuff, twice-weekly comedy podcast, “Monday Morning Podcast,” spurred “All Things Comedy,” a distribution network founded by Burr and fellow comedian Al Madrigal, which is owned and operated entirely by comedians. For more information, visit thecapitoltheatre.com. -Mary Alice Franklin
Queen, recreated in Westchester
Diehard Queen fans want to relive the band’s live concerts. New Queen fans who never got the chance to see them perform want to experience what it was like to see iconic singer Freddie Mercury command the stage. For all of the above, cover band Almost Queen is as close to the real thing as one can get. The four-piece band has a sound that is reminiscent of Queen’s harmonies, while
Local art orgs bring dance to Parkinson’s patients This June, the Rye Arts Center, RAC, and Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation, SNDF, each offer specialized dance classes in a creative group setting for individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD). The programs are both based on The Mark Morris Dance Company’s internationally acclaimed Dance for PD program and are led by professionally trained dancers whose knowledge about movement benefits their participants. Parkinson’s causes the death of nerve cells in the brain that release dopamine, a chemical which facilitates movement in the body. Although dance is not a cure for the disease, according to the Dance for PD program’s resources, it does help patients to build a stronger connection to movement and also instills confidence. RAC, which launched its Dance for Parkinson’s program in 2011, offers free classes on Wednesdays and Fridays year-round (except August). Noah Opitz, director of Development at RAC, has noticed that the classes create a sense of community for the participants. “Depression is common among PD patients, and programs like these provide them with a support group,” Opitz explains.
The work of Montana glass artist Richard Parrish is on display in a solo exhibition that has traveled to Bullseye Glass Resource Center in Mamaroneck from the Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York. “Aerial Perspectives” draws from Parrish’s experiences as an architect, bringing shapes, patterns and vibrant washes of color to his landscape-based kiln-formed works. By mapping out fields, rivers and crop irrigation patterns, these pieces provide viewers with a look at the natural world from an aerial viewpoint. Kirsty Buchanan, curator of Collections at The Rockwell Museum, explains that “by manipulating the expected vantage point, Parrish controls our engagement with the subject matter and causes us to view the shifting topography of America from a different perspective.” The installations investigate this interaction, between the natural environment and human beings’ shifting involvement and imposition within that landscape. “Aerial Perspectives” is on view through Saturday, July 1. For more information, visit bullseyegallery.com. -Mary Alice Franklin
‘Burgers, Beers and B-flat Minor’ on Father’s Day
On Sunday, June 18, Westchester Philharmonic presents a full day Father’s Day
celebration: “Burgers, Beer and B-flat Minor.” This season finale places guest pianist Conrad Tao on stage with New York City Ballet’s Music Director, conductor Andrew Litton. The program will include Weber’s “Overture to Euryanthe” before Tao joins in Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” and Dvorak’s “New World Symphony.” Following the concert, the Philharmonic invites audiences to join Litton, Tao and members of the orchestra at a barbecue, complete with cold beer and live bluegrass music. Music lovers can start their day by attending an open, free-of-charge rehearsal at 11 a.m. They can also add to their musical experience with a pre-concert discussion between Litton and Tao with the Philharmonic’s artistic and executive director Joshua Worby one hour before the performance, at 2 p.m. The concert will take place at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. For more information, visit westchesterphil.org. -Mary Alice Franklin
PAC launches free arts access program
Pelham Art Center, PAC, has announced a public art program in conjunction with the grand opening of the newly renovated Wolf Lane Park in Pelham. This “Public Art in the Park” program aims to promote free arts access for the public. The inaugural exhibition in the sculpture garden area of the park is Anki King’s “Human Nature,” which will be on view at both the park and PAC’s courtyard through Saturday, Sept. 2. The Norwegian artist creates sculptural figures, composed of rebar, wood and natural materials, which explore the human connection to the natural world. “‘Human Nature’ speaks to humanity’s dependency on nature and the tension effected, as humanity… is at the same time capable of destroying [nature]—and thereby itself,” King said. For more information, visit pelhamartcenter.org. -Mary Alice Franklin
Group tours available in ArtsWestchester’s gallery
ArtsWestchester encourages groups, schools and organizations to book a private group tour of its current “From the Streets” exhibition. The show explores the evolution of graffiti and street artists, from vandals to cultural trendsetters. For more about the exhibition, visit artsw.org/fromthestreets. Docent-led tours are available by appointment on Tuesdays through Saturdays in ArtsWestchester’s gallery until Saturday, July 15. To schedule this art experience, contact Kim McKoy at 428-4220 or email@example.com.
These articles appear in the June 2017 issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy of the full issue is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.
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Moonshade and other summer surprises
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On Aug. 21, the first total solar eclipse visible only in the U.S. since 1776 will take place. It will also be the first total solar eclipse to sweep across the entire continental U.S. in 99 years. The U.S. Postal Service will release a stamp, pictured above, to celebrate, made with thermochromic ink, which changes color with heat and light. Photo courtesy Richard Ilse
By RICHARD ILSE Contributor Got a minute? How about 1,440 of them? May seem like a lot, but when you add them all up they equal a single day. This summer, there is a day that may have you questioning time itself. Imagine waking up in your backyard, or on the beach from a midday nap and it looks kind of dark out. You check the time; it’s midafternoon, and then you look to the sky. The sun is there, but yet it’s not! What on earth is happening? Welcome to the first total solar eclipse visible only in the U.S. since our nation’s founding in 1776. It will also be the first total solar eclipse to sweep across the entire continental U.S. in 99 years, according to NASA. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets in the way of the sun, turning day into an eerie twilight. The day is Monday, Aug. 21, and even the U.S. Postal Service is celebrating it by releasing a “Total Solar Eclipse” forever stamp on the summer solstice in June and it will have a high tech twist to it that’s never been done. It will use thermochromic ink, which changes color with heat and light. Use your finger and rub the eclipse image and it will reveal an underlying image of the moon. Remove your finger and the image reverts back to the eclipse once it cools. The back of the stamp will also provide a map of the eclipse path so it will tell you exactly how close you are to it. Best thing we’ve done to
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the moon since we went there! As for other celestial celebrations this summer, our nighttime skies will offer up two distinct meteor showers. The first is called Alpha Capricornids and occurs from mid-July through early August, with the best night being on Saturday, July 29. Although only producing a few per hour, what’s best about this shower is the bright fireballs it produces. Then there is the Perseids meteor shower in August, peaking around Saturday, Aug. 12 with a rate of 50 to 75 per hour. The Perseids are particles released from comet Swift-Turtle during its numerous returns to the inner solar system. Turning from space to time, this summer sets up as an average summer length wise in terms of how many days between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The Fourth of July however comes on a Tuesday, so if you do not already have it, put in for Monday off. There are also other notable holidays you can put in for time off. I kid you not, you can look these up. Next is Sunglasses Day on Tuesday, June 27. In July, the third is Disobedience Day (use that to call in sick on that Monday if needed). July 5 is National Bikini Day, and then Relaxation Day is on the 15th. Then there is the most absurd one, Take Your Pants for a Walk Day on the 27th; now there’s an exercise in futility. In August, another good day to take off is Just Because Day on the 27th. So enjoy your summer, and remember on Aug. 21 you can wake to the sun twice.
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Let the mystery be LIVE MIKE Mike Smith
I don’t want to launch into another “get off my lawn”-type old fogey complaint about baseball stats here, but I feel like my hand is being forced. Now, I’ve made my peace with a lot of the new-fangled metrics like Ultimate Zone Rating and Win-Shares. Those stats, while not necessarily my cup of tea, at least serve a purpose in the game; they help front-office types evaluate players using advanced metrics to measure performance. So while I might not be running to my Baseball Encyclopedia to measure Rod Carew’s all-time Batting Average on Balls in Play numbers against Tony Gwynn’s, I’ll allow that it has a place in today’s game. But sometimes, I think numbers take away from the reasons we love the game. For me, baseball has always been as much about the numbers (755 home runs, 2,632 consecutive games played or 5,714 strikeouts) as it has been about the mythology
surrounding those marks. On Sunday afternoon, Yankee rookie Aaron Judge—a colossal human being even compared to most NFL stars—hit an absolute bomb at Yankee Stadium. I know it was a bomb because I saw it come off his bat, clear the left-centerfield wall, and hit a fan in the walkway beyond the outfield bleachers. Right away, watching that game on TV, I was convinced it was the hardest hit ball I had ever seen. I didn’t need numbers to tell me what my eyes had already seen. But of course, the numbers were coming. Judge’s ball traveled 496-feet— the furthest homer, the MLB claimed, since they starting tracking those stats in 2009. Further, the ball left the bat at a 28-degree launch angle with an exit speed of 119 miles per hour and reached an apex of 125 feet above the field’s surface. And I was told there would be no math on this exam. These numbers aren’t even all that illuminating in the first place. Stats like these are so new, there’s no real historical context in which to place them. But my biggest prob-
lem with the whole numbers game is that it’s going to change the way we talk about baseball. Just look at the way that people talked about ballplayers in the old days. Cool Papa Bell was so fast that he could “turn off the lights and hop into bed before the room got dark.” Walter Johnson threw the ball so hard that Ty Cobb once said it “looked about the size of a watermelon seed and it hissed at you as it passed.” Mickey Mantle, who once reportedly hit a ball 563 feet at Tiger Stadium—obviously before the Statcast era—once inspired a sportswriter to say, “There is no sound in baseball akin to the sound of Mantle hitting a home run, the crunchy sound of an axe biting into a tree, yet magnified a hundred times in the vast, cavernous echo-making hollows of a ball field.” As purple as the prose may have been, the poeticism that players from an older generation elicited from fans is one of the main reasons that baseball held such an important place in our nation’s dialogue for so long.
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Sports Editor Mike Smith was certainly wowed by Yankee slugger Aaron Judge’s 496-foot home run on Sunday. But sometimes, he’d like to watch a game without being bombarded by numbers. Photo/Mike Smith
Obviously, that was always going to change. We no longer get our information about the game’s top players from newspaper stories— we get to watch them every night if we so choose. But even if we don’t regard their feats with the same mythical reverence that was a part
of sports fandom, I still don’t understand the rush to quantify everything we see on a ball field today. Sometimes, a little bit of mystery is a good thing.
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Future bright for Huskies By MIKE SMITH Sports Editor After back-to-back trips to the Class A semifinals, Harrison’s baseball team has been on a roll in recent years. And although the Huskies’ season ended on May 24 with a 6-2 loss to eventual Section I runner-up Nyack, head coach Marco DiRuocco is confident that his squad will come into next year with a lot to prove, and with an appearance in the title game in their sights. Harrison finished the 2017 campaign with a 13-9-1 record and emerged victorious in two playoff games before seeing their hopes for a Class A title dashed in the semifinals. According to DiRuocco, although he expected the team to be competitive this year, the overall product turned out to be a pleasant surprise. “It was a really impressive year,” he said. “I knew we had talent and would have a decent year, but if you told me early on that we would have this kind of success, I don’t know if I would have expected it.” Especially considering the Huskies came into the season without two senior All-State hurlers that pitched the team to its solid finish in 2016, DiRuocco said that the ability of his team to find contributions from other players—including senior brothers Mike and Matt Hendler, who combined to go 9-4 on the year—rested on the overall depth and strength of the program from the youth level on up.
Mike Hendler throws a pitch against Pelham during an early season game. Hendler and his brother Matt led the Harrison pitching staff this season, posting a combined 9-4 record.
“When you can’t recruit, and you are just dependent on the kids you have in the program, you are only going to be successful when the kids are sold on the process,” the head coach said. “We had great senior leadership, great role models for these juniors, but the thing for us was that everybody bought in, everybody embraced their roles.” In order to sustain the program’s success, he added, the Huskies will need its rising upperclassmen to continue to promote that mindset. Although the Huskies will grad-
uate the Hendler twins, DiRuocco is confident that he has enough capable arms returning to once again compete in the toughest league in Section I. Scotty Lobel, Jack Woolf and Luke McCarthy all logged important innings for the squad this year and should return another year older and stronger in 2018. Offensively, Harrison will look for the continued emergence of players like junior Alex Cipriano, who hit .371 this season, and Mike Arlotta, who hit a team-high five home runs, to provide some
Matt Donohue fires a ball across the infield during a playoff game against the Eagles. Photos/Mike Smith
Alex Cipriano looks for a pitch against Pelham. Cipriano led the team with a .371 batting average.
much-needed firepower. “What Mike [Arlotta] did this year, hitting five home runs, that hasn’t been done in this program for a while,” DiRuocco said. “At least in the 12 years that I have been here.” But ultimately, the coach added, the key to continuing to play at a high level is simply maintaining a teamwide desire to improve. “We don’t know what is going
to happen or how guys are going to develop; roles change, positions change and a lot can happen,” he said. “But no matter what happens, everyone needs to be on board. This year, everyone was on board and you could see the impact that it had on the team, and that is why we flourished.” CONTACT: email@example.com
Mike Arlotta starts his swing against Eastchester on May 20. Arlotta hit a team-high five home runs this year.
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