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February 9, 2018 | Vol. 6, Number 6 |

Killian to run for Senate again By JAMES PERO Staff Writer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eric Jackie. Contributed photo

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

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

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What’s going on... Harrison Public Library

For more information on hours and programs, visit The West Harrison Branch will be closed on Monday, Feb. 12.

Winter Olympics Bingo Starting Friday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 25 at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Suggested for ages 6 to 12. Stop in the Children’s Discovery Center during the Olympics to play. With a friend or parent’s help, answer questions by marking each correct answer. Any five in a row gets a prize.

Saturday Stories (& a Craft, too!) On Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Ease into Saturday at the Library’s Children’s Discovery Center. Manhattanville College student volunteers will informally read favorite picture books and do a craft. Suggested for ages 2 to 4 years old.

What It Takes to Put a Website Online On Saturday, Feb. 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. First, the easy way: learn how to create a free website using Next, the hard way: learn how to purchase and register domain names, purchase and set up hosting, hire designers and developers, and use WordPress to create professional websites. If you are a designer who has never dealt with web hosting before, a nonprofit stakeholder who needs to oversee a web project, or a curious individual who wants to learn how to create a free website, check out this demonstration and see what it takes to put a website online.

STEM: Rubber Band Powered Vehicle On Sunday, Feb. 11 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Make your own four-wheeled vehicle to take home, while learning about kinetic energy. Instructor Irum Khan is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) enthusiast. This is the third in a weekly, five-part series for students in grades 3–6. Sessions are limited to 20 participants and are first come, first served. Come to one or all sessions.

Sing-Along Sundays with Chloe On Sundays from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Celebrate early childhood through music and movement. 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 sing-along repertoire. Get ready for a fun, creative and engaging experience.

Gentle yoga is a twist on traditional yoga making practicing yoga accessible to those who cannot stand or move easily. This form of yoga is perfect for any age. Chairs and mats are available. Please wear comfortable clothes that allow for movement and bring water. Registration is required online or by calling the library at 835-0324.

Discovery Play

Tween Tuesdays

On Mondays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Play is important work.It requires concentration, problem-solving, cooperation, and creativity. It promotes movement, persistence, and self-expression. The library believes in the positive impact of play and invites you to have fun with your child while building early literacy skills part of its Every Child Ready to Read program.

On Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. For ages 6 to 12. Call it Pancake Day, Mardi Gras, or just Valentine’s Day eve, pancakes make it a celebration. Come measure and stir as you make a delicious batch of pancakes together. STEM Alert: making pancakes is a math (measuring and counting) and a science (chemistry) lesson in one. Drop in for a different activity each week when school is in session.

Great Decisions: Turkey – A Partner in Crisis On Monday, Feb. 12 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program involves reading articles, watching videos, and meeting with a group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. The program is facilitated by Joan Katen, adjunct professor of political science and peace and justice, with special guest speakers. Participants contribute to the 2018 FPA National Opinion Ballot which can be submitted online at, or in person. You do not need a briefing book to participate. Videos and articles for discussion can be found online at A reference copy of a briefing booklet is available at the library. The Great Decision series is free and open to the public. However, due to popularity, each session is on a first come, first served basis. On Feb. 12, “Turkey – A Partner in Crisis” will be discussed, with David Phillips as the guest speaker. Of all NATO allies, Turkey represents the most daunting challenge for the Trump administration. In the wake of a failed military coup in July 2016, the autocratic trend in Ankara took a turn for the worse. One year on, an overwhelming majority of the population considers the United States to be their country’s greatest security threat. In this age of a worsening “clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West, even more important than its place on the map is what Turkey symbolically represents as the most institutionally Westernized Muslim country in the world.

Tuesday Scrabble Club On Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the West Harrison Branch. Once a week, come join other patrons who enjoy the board game of Scrabble as much as you do. For adults. Board games will be provided. Seating is very limited. Please register online, at the Reference Desk, or by calling the library at 948-2092.

Gentle Yoga: Health & Wellness Series On Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Ground your mind and body with a gentle yoga.

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Computer Tutors On Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Accomplished high school students in grades 10–12 will help senior citizens acquire computer skills. Senior citizens (beginners or intermediates) are invited to sign up for computer instruction. Please register online, at the Reference Desk, or by calling the library at 835-0324.

Pajama Party with Chloe On Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the West Harrison Branch. Wear your pajamas and hang out with Chloe during this evening class, which features songs, music and more. For ages up to 4 years old, siblings welcome. No registration required.

SCORE: One-On-One Mentoring On Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. SCORE Westchester matches you with experienced small business advisors who work with you on your specific business needs. These are just some of the items for which business owners often seek guidance from SCORE advisors: starting a small business in Westchester; writing or updating a business plan; identifying sources of funding and preparing documents for financing; creating a marketing plan; launching an additional location; and adjusting to growth. Registration is recommended. Call SCORE to schedule an appointment at 9483907.

Chloe’s Sign and Play On Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Give your child the gift of language. Chole’s Sign & Play is a fun class where families can learn to communicate with their pre-verbal 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.

Conservational English On Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the West Harrison Branch. This is an informal program of conversation and practice of the English language. Practice some English and make new friends.

Conversational Spanish On Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. at the West Har-

rison Branch. Improve your Spanish skills by practicing with Mariella. Knowledge of basic Spanish required.

Yoga with Angela On Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. For ages 7 to 12. Relaxing, soothing and fun. Peaceful. Like a day off. This is how tweens describe yoga with local instructor Angela Brandt.

Recreation Please be aware that parents must have a current Recreation ID card to register a child for all programs. Please be prepared to show proof of residency with a current utility bill and a driver’s license. A school report card or progress report is required for a child ID card. The 2018 Recreation ID cards are currently available. Applications for activities can be found at the recreation centers and the Recreation Department website. For the Leo Mintzer Center in West Harrison, call 949-5265; the Sollazzo Center in downtown Harrison, 670-3179. The Recreation Hotline can be reached at 670-3039. For more information, visit

Mini-Day Camp This will be held during the February school break. A fun-filled week of day camp including arts and crafts, sports, games, and special events. Camp is held Monday, Feb. 19 through Friday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for grades 1–4 at the Sollazzo Center. Fee: $185, payable to the Town/Village of Harrison. After Thursday, Feb. 8, the late fee will be $200.

Volleyball Camp Have fun while you learn the fundamentals of volleyball from the Harrison High School volleyball team. For girls in grades 4–8 on Wednesday, Feb. 21 through Friday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Louis M. Klein Middle School gym. Fee: $45, made payable to the Town/Village of Harrison. If you have any questions, please call Coach Candy Light at 374-7452.

Certified Pool Operator course The Harrison Recreation Department is pleased to host the next certified pool operator, CPO, course. This is a national certification course sponsored by the National Swimming Pool Foundation and is valid for five years. The course will be held on Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Leo Mintzer Center, 251 Underhill Ave., West Harrison. This is a twoday course. Attendance is mandatory on both days. Bob Richards will be the certified CPO instructor from Pool and Spa Rx in Ballston Lake, New York. Applications and payment must be received by March 7. For more information, visit harrison-ny. gov/recreation. All registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Applications are also available at You may also contact Recreation Superintendent Gerry Salvo at 670-3036 or

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Empire City Casino announces special comedy shows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Priska Diaz, founder and CEO of Bittylab. Photo courtesy

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announces notable honorees

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Harrison’s history and adult library programs Manhattanville to offer graphic novel workshops HARRISON HAPPENINGS Mayor Ron Belmont

Harrison’s Historical Preservation Board has updated the display case in the lobby of Town Hall, with memorabilia highlighting our town’s sports and recreation events from long ago. Features include photos and articles on the Silver Lake Ski Jump, which started in 1929, and the Thunderbird Classic held at Westchester Country Club from 1963 to 1965. The display is also full of photos, articles and mementos on recreational and high school teams dating from 1908 to 2001. When you’re in Town Hall, be sure to take a look. If you have any suggestions for the historical board on future displays, please send them an email to history@ I would like to take this time to congratulate Harrison High School senior Ryan Pertak. Ryan competed in his last dual swim meet with the Harrison Recreation Department’s Winter Swim Team. He started his swim career at the age of 7 and is planning to swim in college. Ryan comes from a family of swimmers as both of his sisters, Kaitlin and Brianna, swam for Harrison. On

Feb. 28, Ryan will compete at the Westchester Fairfield Swim Leagues Championship meet. He also swam for Harrison High School’s swim team for all four years of high school and was captain for the past two years. He is an All Conference swimmer and made sectionals in the 100-meter breaststroke. Ryan currently competes on the YWCA Middies and has qualified for the Silvers, the Junior Olympics and the Senior Mets. Congratulations to a great athlete. Please make note of the following February sanitation schedule change: Monday, Feb. 12 is a holiday. Garbage and/or recycling normally collected on Monday will be collected on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Garbage and/or recycling normally collected on Tuesday will be collected on Wednesday, Feb. 14. There will be no bulk trash collection on Feb. 14. The Harrison Public Library is on the move with exciting, new adult programs. I encourage all residents to enjoy the following: on Monday, Feb. 12 at 1:30 p.m., “Great Decisions: Turkey – A Partner in Crisis” will be held with guest speaker David Phillips. “Great Decisions” is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program involves reading articles, watching videos and meeting in a group to discuss the most critical glob-

al issues facing America today. On Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.: a book talk called “Memoir: Where the Past and Present Collide” will be held. Sarah Bracey White will be discussing her book, “Primary Lessons: A Memoir.” On Sunday, Feb. 18 at 1:30 p.m., “Kitty Yoga” will be held. Adoptable kittens are coming to the Harrison Public Library. Enjoy yoga in the company of cats with instructor Angela Brandt. On Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 3:30 p.m., “The Art of the Guqin” will be held at the library. Participants will celebrate Chinese New Year with musician Stephen Dydo who will discuss the ancient Chinese instrument known as the guqin and perform several pieces of music. On Friday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m., a lotus flower lantern craft workshop will be held. In honor of the Winter Olympics taking place in Pyeongchang County, South Korea, this month, members of the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project will be showing patrons how to make their own lotus flower lantern. The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, Feb. 16. I will be at Aquario Restaurant, located at 141 E. Lake St. in West Harrison. I will be at this location from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.

The MFA Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville College presents graphic narrative and novel writing workshops for adults and teens. Photo courtesy Manhattanville College

The MFA in Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville College aims to become a hub for graphic narrative and novel instruction, starting with its graphic novel writing workshops to be held on Saturday, March 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. These workshops are targeted at aspiring youth and adult graphic novelists. The adult workshop features instruction by Paul Levitz, past president of DC Comics and Manhattanville College MFA program adjunct professor, and will apply an advanced look at story construction, emphasizing character and story. Barbara Slate, author of “You Can Do a Graphic Novel,” will teach a youth workshop for ages 10 to 18 focusing on the mixing of drawings and words. Artistic ability is not a re-

quirement for participants nor are supplies or drawing talent needed. A special guest keynote presentation will be made by Colleen Doran, whose graphic novel adaptation of the Neil Gaiman story, “Troll Bridge,” became a New York Times bestseller. Doran’s talk at 1 p.m. is free and open to the public. “There’s a real need for advanced educational programs to support the creative growth of the graphic novel field, and I hope that Manhattanville’s MFA program can provide a good home for one, taking advantage of the New York area comics community as a resource and integrating them into their long-standing literary programs,” Levitz said. “These workshops are a great entryway for someone to intro-

duce themselves to the mechanics of graphic narrative and novels,” said Lori Soderlind, director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville College, who is spearheading the program’s graphic novel instruction. “When word and image are combined, we have a new narrative that takes the reader on a completely different journey. We are seeing steady demand for these programs and have brought leaders in the graphic novel space to Manhattanville for this workshop, our summer writers week program, and plan to introduce yearround graphic novel instruction.” Registration for each day-long workshop is $75 and includes a brown bag lunch. To register and for more information, visit (Submitted)

Harrison teacher arrested for endangering student The Harrison Police Department arrested a teacher from Parsons Elementary Middle School on Jan. 22 for endangering the welfare of a child. James Pyle, 70, allegedly had an altercation with a 10-yearold student that led to that child’s parents reporting the teacher to the police.

According to an email that went out to parents on Jan. 23, Pyle has been re-assigned to non-teaching duties while Harrison police conduct an investigation. In the email, Parsons’ Principal Mark Woodard said the school district was conducting its own investigation as well. Pyle has been teaching music

in the Harrison Central School District since 1982. As of press time, the music teacher has been ordered to stay away from the 10-year-old, according to Harrison court documents. There is currently no further information on the incident. -Reporting by Franco Fino

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Senior care requests rise after holidays For adult children with aging parents, spending time together around the holidays can bring attention to changes in lifestyle or behavior that might indicate a senior needs assistance at home. For those who provide senior care, the weeks immediately following the holidays tend to be the busiest of the year as families work to arrange care for aging loved ones. According to Home Instead Senior Care, January is the highest volume month for new inquires related to senior care.

Home Instead saw a 41 percent rise in service inquiries from December 2016 to January 2017. Families who recently spent time with aging loved ones should consider these factors when deciding whether it is time to engage a senior care provider: Mood: Was a senior loved one acting different around the holidays this year? Were they less talkative or more emotional? Physical appearance: Did mom or dad lose a significant amount of weight since your last visit? Did they appear to be keeping up

with personal hygiene? Social life and routine: Did an aging relative mention socializing with neighbors and friends? Do they seem to be interested in making plans and getting out and about? Household: During holiday visits, was their home clean and orderly? Have they fallen behind on paying bills, refilling medications, or housework? Food choices: Did they have nutritious food at home, or was the refrigerator empty because they can’t make it to

The weeks following the holiday season can be the busiest of the year in terms of finding care for aging loved ones. Photo courtesy Home Instead Senior Care

the grocery store? Families who notice changes in senior loved ones can find support and resources at or by reaching out to a local Home Instead Senior Care office. For many older adults, help with everyday tasks like meal preparation, light house-

keeping and medication reminders can allow them to stay safe and healthy at home. The local Home Instead office is located at 2051 Baldwin Road in Yorktown Heights, and can be reached at 302-7181. This location serves Port Chester, Rye, Tuckahoe, Bronxville, Harrison,

Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Purchase, Scarsdale, White Plains, Eastchester, Larchmont, and Mount Vernon. For more information, visit or find another Home Instead office near you at (Submitted)

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Kosher Food & Wine Experience draws 2.5K

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS HARRISON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 50 UNION AVENUE, HARRISON, NY 10528 RFP #2018-6: STUDENT TRANSPORTATION SERVICES The Board of Education of the Harrison Central School District, Harrison, New York, hereby invites the submission of sealed Proposals from reputable and qualified school bus transportation companies for furnishing student transportation services in the Harrison Central School District for a five-year (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019 to July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023) period. Voter approval is required for multi-year Contracts. In the event the multi-year Contract is not approved, the Proposal submitted for the first year in the five-year Contract program may be awarded by the Harrison Central School District as a one-year Contract. In the event that a one-year Contract is awarded, the Harrison Central School District may elect to renew this Contract in subsequent years at a price to be negotiated, but in no event at a rate in excess of the percentage increase of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as approved annually by the State Education Department, unless regulations relative to Contract renewals are modified during the term of this Contract. Effective Friday, February 2, 2018, Proposal Specifications, Conditions, and forms for Proposal submissions are available on the Empire State Bid System website at To pick-up in person at the School District, come to the Business Office at the Louis M. Klein Middle School at 50 Union Avenue, Harrison, New York, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. All addenda will be transmitted to registered specifications holders and posted to Sealed Proposals will be received until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at the Harrison Central School District Business Office located at the Louis M. Klein Middle School at 50 Union Avenue, Harrison, New York, at which time all Proposals will be publicly opened and read. Proposals shall be submitted in sealed packages bearing the name and address of the proposer on the outside, addressed to: PURCHASING AGENT, HARRISON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT and clearly marked on the outside with the opening date and “RFP #2019-1: Student Transportation Services”. The Harrison Central School District is not responsible for proposals opened prior to the opening time if proposal number and opening date do not appear on the envelope. The proposer assumes the risk of any delay in the mail, or in the handling of the mail by employees of the Harrison Central School District, as well as improper hand delivery. Proposals will not be accepted that are sent by facsimile or electronically (e.g. by electronic mail.) If the Harrison Central School District is officially closed on the scheduled day of the Proposal opening due to weather, or other emergency conditions, the opening of the Proposals will be held on the next day that the Harrison Central School District is officially open at the same time and place. Proposals shall meet all requirements for Proposals set forth herein and a Proposal which does not conform to those requirements may be rejected. Notwithstanding the foregoing, however, the Harrison Central School District reserves the right to waive non-conformities or omissions which, in its considered judgment are not material. The Harrison Central School District further reserves the right to reject all Proposals if it is determined to be in the School District’s interest to do so. A pre-Proposal meeting will be held at the Harrison Central School District Business Office on Monday, Thursday, February 8, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. Interested Proposers are strongly encouraged to attend. Proposals will remain firm for a period of 45 days following the date of the opening, and shall thereafter remain firm unless the Proposer provides written notice to the Harrison Central School District Business Office that the Proposal has been withdrawn. Proposers are advised that to the best of the School District’s knowledge the drivers and the attendants/monitors of First Student at its Mount Vernon Facility are represented for purposes of collective bargaining by Local 338 of the Retail Workers Department Store Union/United Food and Commercial Workers. The mechanics are represented by Local 456 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The Collective Bargaining Agreements of the current Contractors may cover wages, hours and conditions of employment. Proposers should understand that actions taken by them and/ or circumstances surrounding Award(s) of a contract to the Successful Proposer may under certain circumstances impose upon such Successful Proposer Federal Labor Law successor obligations to recognize and/or bargain with and/or assume the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement with Local 338 of the Retail Workers Department Store Union/ United Food and Commercial Workers and/or Local 456 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters at First Student’s Mount Vernon. Accordingly, Proposers are strongly urged to consult with their own legal counsel as to the nature and extent of any such obligation and the impact of any such obligations upon their Proposal submission. The Board of Education of the Harrison Central School District will consider the following elements in determining the most suitable Proposal with the weighting factor for each element shown in parentheses after the element description: I) Previous Experience of the Contractor in Transporting Pupils (8); II) Name of Each Transportation Company where the Contractor has been an Owner or a Manager (3); III) A Description of any Safety Programs Implemented by the Contractor (10); IV) A Record of Accidents in Motor Vehicles under the Control of the Contractor (5); V) Driving History of Employees of Contractor (3); VI) Inspection Records and Model Year of Vehicles under the Control of the Contractor (10); VII) Maintenance Schedules of Motor Vehicles under the Control of the Contractor (7); VIII) Financial Analysis of the Contractor (10); IX) Documentation of Compliance with Motor Vehicle Insurance Requirements (6); X) Total Cost of the Proposal (38). The Harrison Central School District Board of Education will not make an award for any Proposal whose total weighting elements are less than 80. Three separate and independent Proposals shall be submitted for operating programs, one for regular daily Home-toSchool transportation; one for the provision of Field and Sports Trips services; and one for the provision of Summer School transportation services. The Harrison Central School District may elect to award one or all of the contracts, but it reserves the right to reject any or all Proposals. Proposers shall be required to furnish, at their own expense, a Proposal Bond or certified check for 10 percent (10%) of the first-year amount of the contract for each operating Proposal being submitted. The surety company issuing the Proposal Bond must be licensed in New York State and rated as a “Secure” carrier (Superior, Excellent, or Good) in the current edition of A.M. Best’s Insurance Guide. A single Proposal Bond or a single certified check can be provided in the total amount of all of the Proposals being submitted. The Proposal Bond or certified check will be deposited with the Harrison Central School District as a guarantee that the Contract will be signed and delivered by the Proposer, and in default of this, the amount of such check or Proposal Bond shall be retained for use by the Harrison Central School District as liquidated damages on account of such default. A Performance Bond in a sum equal to 100% of the annual amount of the operating contract(s) for each year an award is made is an alternate in the Proposal. The Proposer must submit proof of ability to be bonded with the Proposal. Proof must be consent of surety from a surety company rated in the current edition of A.M. Best’s Insurance Guide as a “Secure” carrier (Superior, Excellent, or Good), or from an agent authorized to bind the surety company, guaranteeing coverage consistent with what is specified. By order of the Board of Education Gene George, Purchasing and Transportation Agent Dated: February 2, 2018

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Reporting for duty LIVE MIKE Mike Smith

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

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


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

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


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Huskies avenge loss to Eagles girls basketball league



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

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

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

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