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Utility companies in hot water over storms
HUKSIES HALTED Victoria Lendino fights through traffic against Rye on March 3. The Garnets topped the Huskies 45-42 to win the Class A Section I Championship at Pace University. For story, see page 15. Photo/Mike Smith
Killian opens campaign HQ in Eastchester New York State Senate candidate and former Rye Councilwoman and Deputy Mayor Julie Killian has opened her official campaign headquarters in preparation for the upcoming District 37 special election on April 24. The office is located at 335 Columbus Ave., Tuckahoe. “It is my mission to bring change to Albany,” Killian said. “New York has the most corrupt state government in the country and Westchester County receives the least school aid in New York state, so it is no surprise we have among the highest property taxes in the nation. We must send people with fresh ideas and fresh perspectives to state government to objectively address the rampant corruption, stop wasting taxpayer money, and prioritize
the programs that our citizens desperately need, like prevention, treatment and recovery funding to address the growing heroin and opioid epidemic. “My opponent was a lobbyist, a top aide to two Senate leaders who both went to prison and is currently a state assembly member who defended the Assembly speaker’s cover-up of the abuse and harassment of young women. Shelley Mayer can’t change Albany. She is Albany,” Killian added. “Westchester families can’t afford Albany corruption any longer. I will work hard each and every day to fight for the change Westchester families deserve.” Killian will run on the Republican, Conservative and Reform Party lines in the special election for New York state Senate
State Senate candidate Julie Killian, third from left, stands with supporters at the opening of her campaign headquarters in Tuckahoe on March 3. Contributed photo
District 37 on April 24. Senate District 37 includes the municipalities of Armonk, Bedford, Bronxville, Crestwood, Eastchester, Harrison, Katonah,
Larchmont, Mamaroneck, North Castle, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Rye City, Rye Brook, Tuckahoe, White Plains and Yonkers. (Submitted)
In a posting on social media this week, County Executive George Latimer, a Democrat, called for the resignation of Con Edison and New York State Electric and Gas Corporation heads after lackluster response to two major storms. “I realized that the local officials and I are always accountable at the next election, and the top level Con Ed management crew [is] barely accountable at all to their public,” Latimer stated in a Facebook post on March 7. “The top crew at Con Ed must go; a new team; new attitudes of cooperation; new flexibility to win back a disaffected constituency.” After two powerful and consecutive nor’easter storms that dumped more than a dozen inches of snow in some areas of the county, thousands of Westchester residents are still without power. According to an outage map hosted on utility company Con Edison’s website, more than 29,000 customers are currently without power from Northern Westchester to New York City as of press time, while New York State Electric and Gas Corporation, NYSEG, is reporting that upwards of 17,000 customers are currently without power in the county. Con Edison stated on Twitter that it intends to have power fully restored to residents affected by the first storm by March 9, with outages from this Wednesday’s storm continuing into the weekend. NYSEG has been providing customers a timeline based on their location. Other elected officials have also chimed in on the response from utility companies, including state Sen. Terrence Murphy, a Yorktown Republican, who has called for a hearing to evaluate companies’ level of storm preparedness. “Residents and our partners in government are beyond frustrated with the poor performance and deserve answers as to what
With thousands of Westchester customers without power, utility companies are coming under fire for storm preparedness. Photo courtesy Con Edison
steps were taken in preparation and what needs to be done in the future,” he said in a statement on March 6. Outages from last week’s storm persist even despite hundreds of additional contractors from across the Northeast brought in by both Con Edison and NYSEG. -Reporting by James Pero
At a glance CE George Latimer has called on the heads of Con Ed and NYS Electric & Gas Corp. to resign over poor responses to storms As of March 8 at noon, more than 25K Con Ed county customers have been without power More than half of NYS Electric & Gas Corp. county customers remain without power as of March 8 at noon The area has been hit by two nor’easters in less than a week
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County Dems proposing to raise smoking age to 21
Westchester Democrats are proposing to raise the minimum age to be able to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco-related products to 21. Photo courtesy Ken Hawkins
The Westchester County Board of Legislators’ Democratic caucus is aiming to tighten regulations on smoking with a bill that proposes to raise the age for those allowed to purchase tobacco products. At tonight’s county Board of Legislators, BOL, meeting, Democrats will sponsor a bill to restrict any person under 21 years of age from buying tobacco or related products, like e-cigarettes, rolling papers, or pipes. The bill would not be imme-
diately voted on. It will have to make it through committee and discussed during a public hearing before being brought to a vote by the legislature. Democrats proposed to raise the smoking age last April, but the legislation failed to gain any support. As of press time, the Democratic caucus holds a 12-4 supermajority on the BOL. If approved this time, the legislation would follow what other counties have passed in their respective municipalities.
New York City and ten other counties in the state, such as Suffolk, have already outlawed the sale of cigarettes to those less than 21 years of age. Nassau County restricts the sale of tobacco products to those less than 19 years of age. According to the state Department of Health, smoking kills about 28,000 New Yorkers each year and there are roughly 750,000 in the state living with a serious smoking-related illness. -Reporting by Franco Fino
Latimer names county corrections dept. commissioner County Executive George Latimer, a Democrat, has named Westchester’s new commissioner of the county Department of Corrections. Joseph Spano, who previously served as the head of the department from August 2008 until January 2010, has been named to fill the position of commissioner once again. During the past eight years, Spano has worked in the private sector as a consultant for planning and development related to New York state jails. He previously worked as a Westchester County corrections officer beginning in 1982 and was the president of the corrections officer union from 1996 to 2004. “I am excited to come back to the place where my career began,” Spano said. “My first tenure as [the] commissioner prepared me for this role and I am eager to help move the jail and its prospects forward.” In addition to Spano’s hiring,
County Executive George Latimer, second from right, has named Joseph Spano, second from left, as commissioner and Louis Molina, furthest left, as first deputy commissioner of Westchester’s Department of Corrections. Photo courtesy Westchester County
Latimer has named Louis Molina as the department’s first deputy commissioner. Molina previously served as the first deputy chief of New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission’s Enforcement Division, and the chief internal monitor and acting assistant commissioner of the Nunez Compliance Unit of New York City’s Department of Corrections. “Both Joe and Lou will work to make the Westchester County Jail a nationwide model facility,” Latimer said in a released state-
ment. “These are serious men, taking on a serious job.” Spano will replace Kevin Cheverko, who vacated the position when Latimer became the county executive at the beginning of this year. As of press time, the county executive is also yet to name a new commissioner of the county Department of Public Safety, after former Commissioner George Longworth retired earlier this year. -Reporting by Franco Fino
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What’s going on... Harrison Public Library
Meet Dot and Dash, fun, interactive robots. Instructor Irum Khan will lead help students in programming the robots to perform a variety of tasks. Due to the nature of the program and the limited number of robots, registration is required and limited to grades 3–6. Please contact the library if your plans change, so someone else can take the spot. Please sign up for this event online or by calling the library at 835-0324.
Sing-Along Sundays with Chloe
For more information on hours and programs, visit harrisonpl.org.
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.
Net Neutrality Demystified On Saturday, March 10 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. The FCC recently repealed net neutrality rules that regulate businesses connecting consumers to the Internet. View a brief overview of what happens when you connect to the Internet and watch YouTube video clips related to net neutrality from Westchester Library System’s director of IT, FCC’s chairperson, HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” and Computerphile. Afterwards, participate in an informal discussion regarding concerns about how net neutrality might affect your favorite services (including the library), privacy, and more.
STEM: Wind Energy Meter On Sunday, March 11 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Make a tool to measure wind speed. Instructor Irum Khan is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) enthusiast. This is the fourth 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.
Robotics: Dot and Dash On Sunday, March 11 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building.
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.
Toddler Craft-Shamrocks On Monday, March 12 from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the West Harrison Branch. For ages 1 to 5. Find a shamrock, pick it up, and all day long you’ll have good luck. After Storytime, participants will make a fun craft.
Celebrating Women Panel Discussion On Monday, March 12 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. In honor of National Women’s History Month, the Harrison Public Library will be hosting a panel discussion dedicated to “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.” This lively and informative panel discussion will include a group of women from our community who will address local and global challenges women face throughout their careers and how these issues will affect future generations.
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.
Tween Tuesdays On Tuesday, March 13 from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. For ages 6 to 12. Celebrate National Nutrition Month by making healthy salsa and limeade with Luis of Halstead Ave. Taqueria. Drop in for a different activity each week when school is in session.
Tile Art Workshop On Wednesday, March 14 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the West Harrison Branch. Create your own pieces of artwork using white subway tiles, alcohol inks and rubbers stamps with Linda Moser. Participants will be able to design three tiles. Please sign up for this event online or by calling the library at 948-2092.
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 Wednesdays 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 948-3907.
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. Chloe’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.
Harrison Express Train Play On Friday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Hop aboard for a very special winter train time. Spread out in the library’s community room with more trains and more tracks. For all ages.
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 Harrison Branch. Improve your Spanish skills by prac-
ticing 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 harrison-ny.gov/recreation.
Harrison Youth Flag Football League For children in pre-K to eighth grade. This program is mostly focused on the fundamentals of the game. Players will learn the basics of football as well as practicing speed and agility drill. Teams will be formed and games begin the third week of the program. Tentative spring season starts on April 8 and will run on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. at Feeley Field. Please contact Joe Gallace with any questions at 924-8380 or harrisonyouthflagfootball@ yahoo.com. Fee: $180, with a late fee of $200 after Thursday, March 15.
Golf Classes TGA brings the golf course to you, making it convenient and affordable to learn and play golf in a fun and safe environment. Kid-friendly instructors help students develop golf skills and knowledge, while using the sport to teach valuable life lessons like honesty and sportsmanship. Classes start Tuesday, April 10 and end Tuesday, June 12 for grades K–3 from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and grades 4–6 from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 100 Crystal St. Fee: $250. For more information contact Sean Rivera at 917685-1916 or email@example.com. Sign up today at southernwestchester.playtga.com.
County news Golf course closings The six county-owned golf courses closed for the season after play on Sunday, Dec. 31. The courses are Dunwoodie, 231-3490, and Sprain Lake, 231-3481, both in Yonkers; Maple Moor, 995-9200, in White Plains; Mohansic, 862-5283, in Yorktown Heights; Saxon Woods, 231-3461, in Scarsdale; and Hudson Hills, 864-3000, in Ossining. The courses are expected to reopen in March, weather and conditions permitting. The exact date will be announced. Deadline for our What’s Going On section is every Thursday at noon. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your listing. Please send all items to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Lowey addresses ongoing mail crisis in district
Neon as an art form at the Neuberger
U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, center, speaks on the challenges the USPS has experienced in recent months in communities in Westchester and Rockland counties. Contributed photo
U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey was recently joined by Lower Hudson Valley elected officials and residents to demand long-term solutions to the systemic issues plaguing the post office branches in Westchester and Rockland counties, including lost checks, missing bills and undelivered medications. Joining Lowey were village of Ossining Mayor Victoria Gearity; Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner; Cynthia Ferguson, an Ossining resident who has been subjected to significant breaks in delivery and late and missing mail, including bills; and Els van den Bosch, a Port Chester resident who had to pay a replacement fee for her green card that was lost in the mail. “When the postal service is not working efficiently, families and businesses can face serious consequences,” Lowey said. “Unfortunately, that’s the case for too many area residents. During the past five months, I’ve received dozens of postal service complaints which indicate a wide range of structural problems. The shortcomings in our local postal service are not merely inconveniences; they are threatening the livelihood and well-being of some of our highest need constituents. It is unacceptable that New Yorkers would have to worry about missing a bill, not receiving a payment, or not having access to important documents or medication they need. I am committed to working with the community and the entire postal service team to find long-term solutions and rebuild trust in an institution that plays a pivotal role in this nation.” “Delivery failures directly impact the lives of people in our
community,” Gearity said. “It is troubling that even after months of attempts, the postal service our residents rely on is still not fixed. We are grateful to Congresswoman Lowey for her efforts to address this ongoing issue.” “I am very pleased that Congresswoman Lowey is giving this her priority attention,” Feiner said. “The lack of reliable and dependable mail service is a crisis for our residents. I have received hundreds of complaints from residents and many of these complaints are very serious. Not receiving medication. Not getting checks they expect or bills. Mail being sent to the wrong addresses. No mail deliveries for days at a time. We need to find a solution to the problem. I hope that the postmaster general of the United States will consider our invitation to visit Westchester, to meet with postal customers and local postal employees. We need results.” At the press conference, Lowey described the pervasiveness of mail service problems in Rockland and Westchester which affect communities throughout the 17th Congressional District, and highlighted a number of cases her office has received in recent months, including: A constituent from White Plains, who relies on the mail for her heart medication, only received her medication when her husband personally waited for the carrier and asked him to check a spot in the delivery vehicle the carrier had overlooked. A constituent from Nyack had her address changed without her consent. A credit card was opened in her name, and she was the victim of identity theft.
A constituent from White Plains had to fight multiple battles because his nebulizer medication was lost in the mail. He and other seniors in his building consistently face missing mail and poor service. Lowey has been in frequent contact with USPS to resolve issues facing residents and to put pressure on the postal service to address these ongoing failures. In September 2017, Lowey met with United States Postal Service Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman to discuss the postal issues in Westchester and Rockland, bringing to his attention dozens of specific cases and demanding action. At the meeting, Lowey asked for a report detailing the steps the post office has taken to fix these issues, and later sent a letter to Stroman to follow up on the report, which was vague and did not include a detailed plan. Since then, the postal office has yet to address every case brought to their attention by Lowey. At the beginning of March, Lowey sent a letter to Stroman describing the “wide range of structural issues” that continue to plague local mail delivery and urging him to use his upcoming briefing session in White Plains not just as an opportunity to hear concerns, but as a platform “to announce solutions to the challenges we have repeatedly brought to your attention over the past five months.” Lowey will continue to bring cases directly to the post office officials in Washington, D.C., because the Westchester district postal service does not have an efficient way to work directly with Lower Hudson Valley residents. (Submitted)
Stephen Antonakos, “Proscenium,” 2000, neon and painted raceways, overall 20 feet, 6 inches by 189 feet; Collection of the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY. Photo/Jim Frank
Neon signs are an iconic part of the urban American landscape; they have been illuminating brands for nearly a century. But neon also has attracted artists who have realized its potential as vehicles for expression and commentary. Through June 24, the Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College will shine a new light on neon as an art form, presenting two illuminating exhibitions: “Stephen Antonakos: Proscenium” and “Bending Light: Neon Art 1965 to Now.” “Proscenium,” curated by Helaine Posner, chief curator, features a monumental, site-specific work, originally created in 2000 for the Neuberger Museum’s vast Theater Gallery. Named for a type of Greek stage, “Proscenium” wraps and brilliantly illuminates the gallery’s perimeter walls, animating the darkened space with vibrant color, glowing light, and calligraphic line. A pioneer in the use of neon as a fine art material, Antonakos (1926-2013) created “luminous environments that are both tangible and transcendent,” notes Posner. “His neon installations are classic studies in light, space, and form.” She points out that the formal radiant beauty of Proscenium “evokes a mystical relationship, for the essence of this experience is light, which from time immemorial has been associated with spirituality and the divine presence.” As Antonakos once described it: “For me, neon is not aggressive but it has certain powers. I simply thought so much more could be done with it abstractly than with
words and images. I had a feeling it could connect with people in real, immediate, kinetic and spatial ways.” “Bending Light: Neon Art 1965 to Now” presents the work of 12 artists who explore the use of this versatile medium as well as their close collaboration with skilled glass-benders. The exhibition will focus on the oft-blurred lines between commercial and fine art, and consider the complicated interplay among light, chemistry, and artistic vision. Featured are iconic works from the Neuberger Museum’s permanent collection as well as works on loan from public and private collections. Curated by Avis Larson, assistant curator, the exhibition highlights the work of Stephen Antonakos, Sarah Blood, Chryssa, Agnes Denes, Tracey Emin, Cerith Wyn Evans, Glenn Ligon, Kadir López, Ivan Navarro, Paul Seide, Keith Sonnier, and Rudi Stern. Works on view include Chryssa’s “Ampersand V” (1965), Keith Sonnier’s “Chila” (2016), Stephen Antonakos’s “Untitled (For Sally Yard)” (1985), Tracey Emin’s “The Kiss Was Beautiful” (2013), and Glenn Ligon’s “Warm Broad Glow” (2005). In “Bending Light: Neon Art 1965 to Now,” artists use neon to expand concepts of language and message, light and line, technology, and the ethereal materiality of the trapped gas. Beginning in the 1960s, artists and fabricators alike experimented with traditional techniques in new and inventive ways. Whether capturing
the gesture of a handwritten word, the precise geometry of a drawing, or a sketch drawn on a napkin, the benders helped transform neon from an advertising tool into an art form. The exhibition includes work fabricated by the following studios: Let There Be Neon, Lite Brite Neon, Spectrum on Broadway, and by the artists. “Stephen Antonakos: Proscenium” and “Bending Light: Neon Art 1965 to Now” is organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, and curated by Avis Larson, assistant curator and Helaine Posner, chief curator. Generous support for this project is provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art and by the Purchase College Foundation. The Neuberger Museum of Art opened on the campus of Purchase College, SUNY, in 1974 with a core collection donated by one of the greatest private collectors, philanthropists, and arts advocates of the 20th century, Roy R. Neuberger. Today, the Neuberger is more active and vibrant than ever. Critically acclaimed exhibitions and a wealth of educational tours, lectures, and interactive programs engage the many parts of our broad community. The Neuberger is a center of teaching and learning for all stages of life. The museum is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase. For information on group and guided tours, operating hours, and more, call 251-6100 or visit neuberger.org. (Submitted)
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New York’s Irish soldiers battle-tested in WWI trenches
This was written by Col. Richard Goldenberg of the New York National Guard. March 7, 1918 was the day the New York National Guardsmen of the 69th Infantry Regiment, New York City’s “Fighting 69th,” experienced their first major combat loss. A German artillery barrage landed directly on a dugout position of the regiment’s 2nd Battalion, killing 21 soldiers and launching a frantic rescue effort to recover survivors buried 40 feet below ground. As part of the Army’s 42nd Infantry “Rainbow” Division in World War I, the troops, redesignated for wartime service as the 165th Infantry, the regiment’s first combat duties in March 1918 marked their first casualties and combat actions for the troops in the Lunneville sector of the Western Front in a woods known as the Rouge Bouquet. Those first weeks of combat service provided cause for both celebration and sorrow for the regiment’s Irish heritage on St. Patrick’s Day in 1918. The Irish regiment, along with other infantry forces of the Rainbow Division, were serving in the line alongside French divisions of the French VII Corps throughout March 1918 in order to gain practical experience before the division would take command of its own sector later in the spring. The 165th Infantry had been in the trenches of Lunneville since Feb. 28. After more than a week of missions, the regiment’s 1st Battalion, led by Maj. William Donovan, rotated to the rear and the 2nd Battalion, commanded by Maj. William Stacom, entered the line March 7. The initial week had been a tremendous experience for the New York soldiers, recalled regimental chaplain Father Francis Duffy in his 1919 autobiography “Father Duffy’s Story.” “The trenches at last!” he recorded in his diary on March 1, 1918. “We have all read descriptions of them and so had our preconceived notions. The novelty is that we are in a thick woods.” Duffy was referring to the Rouge Bouquet, where the battalions would rotate forces to conduct raids, patrols and master the tactics and techniques of trench warfare on the Western Front. “Their main sport is going out
An entrance to a typical WWI dugout. Some had timbers to protect the soldiers and numerous turns down a stairwell to the entrance. Photo courtesy NYS Division of Military & Naval Affairs
on patrols by night or day to scout through “No Man’s Land,” to cut wires, and stir things up generally,” Duffy wrote of the tactical operations. “With our artillery throwing over shells from the rear and our impatient infantry prodding the enemy, the sector will not be long a quiet one.” Father Duffy’s concern was prescient. German forces provided a violent welcome for the 2nd Battalion once they entered the trenches on March 7. “At about 3:20 p.m. the enemy launched a barrage of shells in the 2nd Battalion’s position for about an hour,” wrote Richard Demeter in his 2002 history of “The Fighting 69th.” With the majority of troops below ground in hardened dugouts for protection, tragedy struck when a German shell land-
ed on and collapsed the dugout for 1st Lt. John Norman, a regular Army officer and his two dozen soldiers of 1st Platoon. The dugout was some 40 feet below ground, with timbers to protect the soldiers and numerous turns down a stairwell to the entrance. “Tons of earth and stone cascaded,” recalled Pvt. Alf Helmer, a native of Norway and one of the few survivors of the barrage, explained in the 2008 Stephen Harris book “Duffy’s War.” “I remember only the crash. Thoughts ceased. I only know that I found myself in the doorway of the forward entrance, hands extended over my head.” Maj. William Donovan, commander of the regiment’s 1st Battalion, was visiting the 2nd
Battalion command post after the relief in place when the barrage struck. Allowing Stacom to continue his defensive preparations in case of a German attack, Donovan volunteered to make an assessment and assist in the rescue efforts of the imperiled 1st Platoon. Initial efforts were able to recover seven soldiers, two alive and five dead. Donovan and a rescue team could still hear other survivors, including Lt. Norman, from the crater of earth and timber. Not all of the New York soldiers perished in the initial blast that collapsed the dugout, Helmer would later recall in the Harris book account. Half the platoon had survived, but with little space for air and tons of earth and debris, Helmer expected everyone to die, using his own helmet to scoop away dirt and create space to breath. “Choking dust and gas stench filled the suffocating darkness,” Helmer’s son recalled for an interview for the Harris book. “I gave myself to prayer and making my peace with God, I was no longer afraid.” Under intense German artillery fire, including a gas attack, the frantic efforts to dig into the crater and save their fellow soldiers continued, assisted by the regiment’s engineers of the pioneer platoon. Led by one of the estimated 60 to 80 Jewish soldiers serving in the Irish regiment, Sgt. Abram Blaustein continued rescue efforts. “The pioneers were called out to try to rescue these men,” recalled Al Ettinger in his account to his son in the 1992 book “A Doughboy with the Fighting 69th.” “All night long we labored. Two lieutenants have general direction but it was Abe Blaustein who really took charge and led by example. The men worked in relays, but Blaustein always took the most dangerous position,” Ettinger said. For his heroic actions, Sgt. Blaustein received the French Croix de Guerre and the moniker “Blaustein of the Irish.” Donovan also received the Croix de Guerre for his actions in leading rescue efforts under fire. The trauma of the loss and the determination to act even touched the survivors. Pvt. Helmer, once rescued, moved on to the medical aid station and the battalion command post to report on the tragedy. Then, according to Harris in “Duffy’s War,” he requested permission to return to the site to assist with rescue efforts. “I knew that unless I was the thing through,” Helmer said, “I would never again be able to look
my comrades in the face.” As rescue efforts the following morning became too dangerous under the German artillery barrage, and no further sounds coming from the dugout, it was decided to halt work and leave the remaining 14 soldiers and 1st Lt. Norman where they were buried. The regiment placed a marker and moved on. Sgt. Joyce Kilmer, present at the scene and a famous poet assigned to the regimental Intelligence Section, penned an account of loss for the 21 soldiers in a poem simply titled “Rouge Bouquet.” “On St. Patrick’s Day that year (1918),” Demeter wrote, “The 165th Infantry celebrated as the Old 69th had always done. Father Duffy said mass for each of the three battalions, the afternoon was given over to sport and the evening to music and entertainment.” But mass for the Irish in 1918 was a special observance as Father Duffy read the Kilmer poem to the assembled troops to honor their recently fallen friends. Three days later, March 20, 1918, the Irish launched a surprise attack against the German trenches, with a green banner marked with a golden harp and the Irish motto, “Erin Go Bragh,” roughly Ireland Forever, attached to a soldier’s bayonet as he went over the top. It would be further embroidered with the name Rouge Bouquet and carried into battle for the remainder of the war. The Irish regiment, like the rest of the 42nd Rainbow Division, had learned its combat lessons and would carry them through their battles ahead, notes New York state military history director Courtney Burns. Soldiers learned the skills to survive and succeed at Lunneville, mourn their losses of the Rouge Bouquet and move forward to their mission. The entire division would form and take its full place in the line in its own sector in Baccarat, France on April 1 and confront the final German offensive of the war. In the summer of 1918, the Rainbow would go on the offensive, with the 165th Infantry often in the lead. “Thrown into the trenches in late February 1918, the 165th (Old 69th) successfully held the line at Rouge Bouquet, Baccarat and Champagne against the great German Spring Offensive,” Burns said. “In the Aisne-Marne and Meuse-Argonne Allied offensives of the summer and fall, the 165th excelled at small unit tactics and movement, often leading the advance to seize and control German-held territory and positions.” (Submitted)
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Boy Scouts host Blue & Gold banquet
Members of Cerebral Palsy of Westchester’s Boy Scout Pack 535 celebrate its annual Blue and Gold Luncheon.
On Feb. 9, Cerebral Palsy of Westchester’s Boy Scout Pack 535 had their annual Blue and Gold Luncheon. Most Cub Scouts celebrate Scouting Anniversary Week in February with a “birthday party” called the Blue and Gold banquet. In nearly all packs, the Blue and Gold banquet is the highlight of the year. Pack 535 celebrated with pizza, cake and smiles. The scouts also enjoyed a special presentation from JoJo the Clown from JoJo’s Party Pals. Cerebral Palsy of Westchester’s Boy Scouts are currently in the process of obtaining the Bear Patch. This will be a great success for the nonprofit’s Boy Scouts. The Boy Scout Pack 535 along with CPW’s Girl Scout Troop 1902 picked out their Pinewood Derby race cars. For the sixth year in a row, the Pinewood Derby will be held at Cerebral Palsy of Westchester on April 13 courtesy of the Mid-Westchester Elks and Boy Scouts of America. This is the Girl Scouts fourth year par-
The Boy Scouts enjoy a special presentation from JoJo the Clown.
ticipating in the race. The Boy and Girl Scouts will spend time over the next two months building their cars and decorating them for the big race. For more than 69 years, Cerebral Palsy of Westchester has been the leading nonprofit organization in Westchester County, providing essential services to children and adults with all developmental disabilities includ-
The party poses for a photo at the Boy Scouts annual luncheon last month.
ing autism, neurological impairments, intellectual disabilities, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. It has always been its purpose to help people realize their goals, build brighter futures, and lead more independent lives as members of their community. For more information about Cerebral Palsy of Westchester and its programs, visit cpwestchester.org. (Submitted)
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rator Bartholomew Bland about the preparation of the exhibition from concept to completion (March 14), a performance of songs by Gilbert and Sullivan (March 18), and guided tours and talks by artists and the museum’s curatorial staff. For more information, visit hrm.org.
The Review, in collaboration with ArtsWestchester, offers a rundown of art-related events throughout Westchester County. You can find our Arts in the Area page each month.
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this month in ArtsWestchester’s downtown White Plains gallery. The “Teen Tuesdays” initiative is designed to engage teenagers in the arts through interaction and discussion. On March 20, students will work with a professional artist to learn basic illustration techniques as they draw a clothed model. Additional workshops will be held on April 10 and 24, May 8 and June 5. For more information, visit artsw.org/teentuesdays.
redefining traditional posters with women’s faces instead of men’s. Artist Baseera Khan combines symbols that represent Islam with those referenced by gay activists during the AIDS epidemic. These and other exhibiting artists embrace and reject traditions, adapting them into an engagement with issues of modern relevance. While the exhibition is on view through June 17, the museum will present various programs that respond to topics referenced in the exhibited works. On March 10, a teen workshop includes an exhibition tour and hands-on arts activities with a master calligrapher. On March 25, “Family Day” celebrates the Persian New Year, which marks the beginning of spring. Families will view performances of classical Persian dance and music, as well as artistic demonstrations of Iranian calligraphy, miniature painting and mosaic crafting. For more information, visit katonahmuseum.org.
ArtsWestchester announces the launch of its Shop & Sip Third Wednesdays event series. The happy hour pop-up shopping experience will take place in the organization’s gallery in downtown White Plains from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month. Guests will enjoy a drink and discover local artists and designers, whose handcrafted items will be on display and for sale. The series became permanent after the success of a Shop & Sip event earlier this winter. The March 21 event will celebrate Women’s History Month with a selection of female artists and designers. Proceeds benefit ArtsWestchester’s vibrant exhibition programming. For more information, visit artsw.org/shopsip.
JBFC presents annual Jewish Film Festival
Hudson River Museum modernizes Gilded Age Through May 13, the Hudson River Museum presents more than 20 artists whose works are inspired by aesthetics of the 19th century Victorian era but also comment on contemporary social issues. “The Neo-Victorians: Contemporary Artists Revive Gilded-Age Glamour” is largely referential of the Gilded Age, masking reflections of today’s concerns with overt beauty and ornate design sensibilities. For instance, the museum’s teaching artist-in-residence Ebony Bolt introduces modern illustrations of homeless people that were drawn on the subway into digitally rendered patterns inspired by designer William Morris. Artist Troy Abbott inserts a digital screen depicting an animated bird inside a Victorian-style birdcage. The Hudson River Museum embraces the theme of its exhibition by fully immersing it with the museum’s resources. Several “Neo-Victorians” installations are incorporated into Glenview, the museum’s Gilded Age home; its planetarium presents “Victorian’s Guide to the Galaxy,” a new show that relates to the overall exhibition theme. An array of programs incorporate Victorian themes as well. Those events include a talk by cu-
The Jacob Burns Film Center, JBFC, presents the 17th annual Westchester Jewish Film Festival, which will take place from March 13 through March 29. During these two and a half weeks, the center will screen 41 documentaries, narratives and television episodes, from Israel, Morocco, Hungary and more. The films collectively explore the diversity of the Jewish experience. The festival opens with “Itzak,” a documentary about the life of violinist Itzak Perlman, which will be followed by a reception and Q&A with filmmaker Alison Chernick. Additional screenings range from sobering documentaries to depictions of heartwarming relationships. “An Israeli Love Story” tells of the real-life love affair between a Palestinian actress and the son of Israel’s second president (March 15). In “The Last Laugh,” director Ferne Pearlstein asks top comedians and prominent Jewish figures, including Mel Brooks and Sarah Silverman, whether a traumatizing event can be used as a framing device for a joke (March 16). “Persona Non Grata” is based on the true story of a Japanese diplomat who saved thousands of Jews from the Nazis (March 27). One of this year’s features will be a showcase of work by actor Alan Arkin, who will participate in Skype Q&As after several of the screenings. Special Q&As with filmmakers will also take place after select screenings. For more information, visit burnsfilmcenter.org.
Tuesday workshops engage teens in arts Two “Teen Tuesdays” programs will take place
A celebration of Classical, Romantic works
Museum explores visual traditions of Islam In the Katonah Museum of Art’s current exhibition, 31 artists of Middle Eastern and South Asian descent draw from centuries-old forms, such as calligraphy and geometric patterning, to examine contemporary subjects of religion, politics and identity. More than 50 works showcased in “Long, Winding Journeys: Contemporary Art and the Islamic Tradition” demonstrate that history does not sit in the past. Instead, it informs the present and is inherited by future generations. These visual traditions of Islam provide contemporary artists with a way in which to address their current experiences. On using traditional forms in her work, artist Shahzia Sikander said in the exhibition’s catalogue: “I recognized it as a path to expanding the medium [of miniature painting] from within… in order to open up possibilities for dialogue.” Artist Shoja Azari redefines the historical definitions of the political and religious hero by
The Hoff-Barthelson Music School, HBMS, will hold its “Spanning the Centuries” festival from March 10 through March 19. The festival is part of HBMS’s “Festivals in Style” series, which introduces students to music from specific time periods. This weeklong celebration will feature music composed between 1750 and 1900—the Classical and Romantic periods—and will spotlight music of Germanic composers like Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert. An HB Cello Virtuosi event on March 14 features members of the school’s cello faculty, accompanied by pianists, who will perform a program of works by Brahms and Schumann. On March 16, pianist and artistic director at Copland House Michael Boriskin, pictured above, will present “Ludwig van Beethoven: Madman? Genius? Both?” during which he will speak about the life and works of Beethoven. “Spanning the Centuries” also includes instrumental and choral concerts from the HBMS’s ensembles—Suzuki strings, chamber choir, festival orchestra and more—as well as nine student recitals. Locations vary in White Plains. For more information, visit hbms.org.
These articles appear in the March 2018 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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Another slow start LIVE MIKE Mike Smith
I’ve got a serious question for all my baseball and softball-playing compatriots who make their homes in the Northeast: why the heck don’t you just move down to Florida? On March 7, Winter Storm Quinn rolled through the area, dumping inches of dense, wet snow on the ground and reminding us that, while it may have been 70 degrees outside just a few weeks ago, winter isn’t quite done with us yet. And while the storm caused a lot of logistical nightmares, especially for those still recovering from last week’s nor’easter, I can’t help but think about how this will impact our local denizens of the diamond. Nobody really knows how long the snow will be on the ground—or if we’re going to get another storm before spring gets here to stay—but the fact is undeniable; high school base-
ball and softball teams don’t have a ton of wiggle room when it comes to inclement weather during the season. On Wednesday, at the height of the storm, the Twitter account of the Bronxville varsity baseball squad raised an interesting point. Most teams, at the time of the nor’easter, had had just two full practice sessions and with the regular season slated to end on May 19, that means just 73 days remain for baseball and softball. So any disruption to the schedule, like any future winter storms, can have a tremendous impact on the spring ahead. Last year, area teams, especially on the baseball side, had a very similar experience. March snowstorms, combined with new pitching rules that dictated more rest days for pitchers, saw most teams scrambling to play a condensed regular season schedule that often saw them play as many as three games in four days. That might be fine for a major league club, but for high school teams—with a limited number of arms at their dispos-
al—that can create all sorts of problems. If you take away the pitching aspect, these early-season storms can simply hamper the preparation of ball clubs; the less time you have out on the field prior to opening day, the longer it’s going to take for your team to play crisp baseball or softball. So it’s no surprise that local squads often opt to spend spring break down south in order to get their work in. But when they come back? It’s always a rude awakening to return to blustery 45-degree days, where even a middling fastball in on the hands can be about as unpleasant an experience as one can have. So while we all may be stuck in the Northeast for now, I’ve got plans to come back as a ballplayer from Florida in my next life. Sure, they’ve got alligators down south, but at least I’d get to get on the field before May. So I’d say it’s worth the risk.
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On March 7, Winter Storm Quinn blanketed the area with snow just as high school baseball and softball teams were beginning their preseasons. But Sports Editor Mike Smith knows that for area teams, delayed springs are an all-too-common occurrence. Photo courtesy twitter.com/bxvillebaseball
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Game Notes: • Teaghan Flaherty scored 17 points & was named tourney MVP • Amanda Latkany had 10 points & 4 blocks coming off the bench • Rye’s last Section I title came in 2016 By MIKE SMITH Sports Editor Rye may have won its last Section I title just two years ago, but last Saturday, a new group of Garnets rose to the challenge to add another Gold Ball to the school’s trophy case. Taking on league rival Harrison for the Class A crown at Pace University,
the young Garnets—led by an impressive duo of underclassmen—topped the Huskies in a 45-42 barnburner, cementing their spot as one of the top programs in the Westchester basketball landscape. Although Harrison twice topped Rye in the regular season, it was the Garnets who had the last laugh on Saturday, overcoming an early deficit to put an end to the Huskies’ first-ever run to a Section I final. “This has been a dream of mine ever since I can remember,” said Rye sophomore Teaghan Flaherty, who scored 17 points en route to being named the Class A tournament MVP. “It’s what every single team in Section I is fighting for; it’s just unbelievable.” Although the Huskies started quickly, jumping out to a 10-5 first quarter lead, the Garnets made a late run with under a minute remaining in the second quarter as freshman Amanda Latkany knotted the score
at 16 with a layup Although the two teams traded leads over the final 16 minutes of regulation, Latkany— who was named to the All-Tournament team—said that the first-half surge gave the Garnets some much needed confidence heading into the home stretch. “We ended the half so well and we felt like we had the momentum,” Latkany said. “Once we started that second half, we knew we were going to win.” Rye’s success stemmed, in large part, from the defensive pressure the Garnets put on Harrison’s standard point guard, Avery LaBarbera. In two regular season games, the Canisius-bound senior torched Rye for a combined 44 points, but on Saturday, both Latkany and senior Margaret Mitchell were able to minimize her impact on the offensive end for much of the game. LaBarbera was held to just five points in the first half, but finished with 15 after a late-game flurry.
“What we’re afraid of is if you get a live turnover and you get [LaBarbera] loose in transition, she doesn’t miss much and we definitely wanted to keep her off the line, which we didn’t [do] in the first game,” Rye coach Dennis Hurlie said. “Margaret and Amanda, they covered her the most today, but we had a lot of help, and it was really a team effort, defensively.” With the win, the Garnets moved on to the state regional semifinals, where they lost to Section IV Seton Catholic at Union Endicott High School on March 6. But regardless of how the Garnets fared in the state tourney, the stage should be set for Rye to challenge for a Section I title for the next few years. “They’re capable of big things, but what we’ll talk about when this is over is not talking about how it’s our turn next year, because it doesn’t happen that way,” Hurlie said. “But I’m confident that these young girls, they love basketball, so they’re going to spend a lot of time in the offseason getting better, and we’re going to be fine.”
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Teaghan Flaherty drives to the hoop on March 3 at Pace University. Flaherty led the Garnets with 17 points and was named the Class A tournament MVP.
Amanda Latkany spots up for a jumper against Harrison. Latkany had 10 points and four blocks.
Rye celebrates its second Section I title. Photos/Mike Smith
Harrison’s Avery LaBarbera battles against Margret Mitchell in the paint. Photos/Mike Smith
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