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Barnes & Noble, at the corner of the Vernon Hills Shopping Center in Eastchester, is the first of the bookseller’s locations to serve beer, wine and entrees, complete with tableside service. For story, see page 6 Photo courtesy Barnes & Noble

Rye Brook considers law to regulate gun stores By COREY STOCKTON Staff Writer The village of Rye Brook plans to propose a local law that would regulate where gun retailers would be allowed to open stores within the village. The pending legislation comes in the wake of the recent opening of a gun store in a contentious area in

Harrison last month. According to Rye Brook Mayor Paul Rosenberg, a Democrat, that legislation “will seek to, on a local level, dictate where gun shops may be located within the village of Rye Brook.” Rosenberg told the Review that legislation could be proposed as early as the Dec. 13 village board meeting, and added

that a first draft of that legislation had already been written. Both Rosenberg and Chris Bradbury, the Rye Brook village administrator, said the specifics are still being investigated by the village attorneys to prevent potential legal backlash of an overreaching law. Meanwhile, village officials have asked for collaboration

from members of the Harrison town board in proposing the law. In a letter addressed to Harrison officials, Rosenberg asked them to join Rye Brook—and potentially other neighboring communities—in considering the adoption of legislation that would restrict the location of LAW continued on page 9

Residents skeptical of new village zoning laws By JAMES PERO Staff Writer Even in the wake of a slew of newly passed zoning laws meant to curb what village board members and Larchmont residents have characterized as unfettered development, some residents continue to lobby for more stringent regulation. Eleven laws adopted by the village of Larchmont Board of Trustees on Nov. 21 include new or amended provisions altering the village’s regulations on setback, floor-area ratio, site planning and subdivision among other development-related guidelines. Some residents, however, worry that changes to those laws, which were originally introduced in October, may mitigate their effectiveness in curbing what has been characterized by some as overdevelopment. “We’re generally happy with the laws that were passed,” said Kelly Brock, a Larchmont resident and member of the grassroots anti-development group Preserve Larchmont. “But some changes may have diluted the laws.” A major complaint addressed during the board’s last meeting on Nov. 21 regarded proposed changes to the role of the Planning Board during site plan approval; specifically the notion that board members may now

have too much influence. “These laws leave enormous amounts of discretion to the village’s Planning Board who as we know can be wild cards depending on who occupies the seat at the time,” said Carla Porter, also a member of Preserve Larchmont. Brock said that because of the potentially central role of the Planning Board, board members—who are volunteers— could end up being overmatched when it comes to large-scale developers and their legal teams. “It’s a hard position to put a Planning Board member in,” she said. Some concern has also been voiced from Preserve Larchmont over the definition of “reasonable cause” in one law, which would allow the Planning Board to skirt some regulations if substantial evidence is presented by a property owner to the board. However, Mayor Lorraine Walsh, a Democrat, said that any changes made to the laws have not been substantial. “Some of the rhetoric that came out regarding the changes that were made made it seem like we were seriously stripping [the laws’] protective value,” Walsh said, “when really we were just making some small changes.” In regard to the new role of the Planning Board in granting ZONING continued on page 7

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City law prohibits food truck option for Rye Town Park

Despite news that Walter’s Hot Dogs of Mamaroneck is interested in operating a food truck out of Rye Town Park next season, a citywide law stands in the way of that plan coming to fruition. File photo

By FRANCO FINO Staff Writer Despite interest from multiple food truck concessioners to fill the opening left by Seaside Johnnies’ exit, a citywide provision currently prohibits vehicular vendors from peddling out of Rye Town Park, according to the city manager. Even with the Rye Town Park Commission recently drawing interest from Westchester’s famed food stand, Walter’s Hot Dogs, which is located in the town of Mamaroneck, Rye City Manager Marcus Serrano told the Review that it’s currently not possible because the city’s current peddling and soliciting restrictions prevent any vendors from operating in public spaces throughout Rye. The commission’s desire for a food truck operation comes in wake of the owners of Seaside Johnnies, John Ambrose and Sam Chernin, formally declining the commission’s final offer to continue their operation next season. Seaside Johnnies, the

current tenant, has been operating out of the park since 2000. At the moment, the commission does not have a plan in place to offer any food or beverage for parkgoers or patrons of Oakland Beach for the 2017 season. Rye City Councilwoman Julie Killian, a Republican and member of the park commission, said the city of Rye would be willing to grant a temporary exemption to its peddling restrictions to permit a food truck campaign in the park. “If the park commission formally asks [the city of Rye] to consider modifying the provision, it’s something we would consider looking at,” she said. But, according to Rye Town Supervisor Gary Zuckerman, a Democrat and president of the park commission, until the commission has a feasible and significant offer from a concessionaire, he does not plan to make a formal request to the city to alter its code. “If the commission desires to have a food truck instead of a restaurant for a year, that’s something

that can certainly be discussed; I’m open to everything,” he said. “But I’m not prepared to make an open-ended request without knowing who our possible operator will be.” Katharine Warrington Woodward, a representative of Walter’s, said there were preliminary discussions between the family-owned business and Zuckerman last week, but added there is currently no concrete offer on the table. Other than providing food and beverage options, a food truck alternative would also help minimize the financial loss of as much as an estimated $200,000 as a result of the absence of Seaside Johnnies. But with nothing worked out, as of press time, the clock continues to tick toward 2017. Rye City Mayor Joe Sack, a Republican and member of the park commission, said, “I would like to see Rye town’s officials and [their] staff approach the issue with a little more urgency.” CONTACT:

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signs and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) properties, and help construct a group architectural project.

Children’s Homework Help

Visit for more information on library hours and programs.

All ages story and craft hour

On Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Children’s Room. For school-aged children. Drop in for homework help, lead by a certified teacher. Please note that homework help will not meet on days when school is closed.

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On Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon in the Children’s Room. No registration required. There will be stories will appeal to all ages of kids and their caregivers, and a craft simple enough for the little kids and creative enough for the big kids.

Bilingual Storytime/Hora del cuenta bilingüe On Mondays at 10:30 a.m. A drop-in Spanish/ English storytime for children ages 6 months to 7 years old with siblings and caregivers. Los lunes a las diez y media de la mañana, excluyendo el 14 de noviembre. Una hora del cuento en español y inglés para niños de los 6 meses a 7 años con hermanos y cuidadores/as.

Artsy Architecture On Monday, Dec. 5 from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Children’s Room. For grades 3–6. No registration required. Learn new architectural terms, de-

Visit for more information on library hours and programs.

Kindness Garden Project On Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon. For all ages. No registration required. A caregiver must attend. Help spread a little kindness in the library. Design a rock with paint and then include a message to brighten someone’s day. The rocks we make will be dried and then placed in Ryder’s Garden.

Saturday Sahaja Meditation On Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon in the Mi-

chael P. Coords Activity Room. No registration required. Imagine being able to awaken your spiritual energy and to experience and enjoy the many benefits of meditation almost immediately. You will feel calmer, more relaxed and better focused every time you meditate. Try it for free and see.

drive. For more information or to become a volunteer, call 899-3150 or email

Avoiding common scams that target older adults

On Sunday, Dec. 4 from noon to 4 p.m., the Girl Scouts of Larchmont-Mamaroneck will hold their annual Holiday Craft and Gift Fair at the Larchmont Girl Scout House at 90 Harmon Drive. Local vendors and Girl Scouts troops will be selling jewelry, hand-knit items, pottery, pet gifts, ornaments and more. Refreshments and baked goods will be available for purchase as well as ingredients for s’mores which can be made around the campfire outside. The event is free and open to the public.

On Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Michael P. Coords Activity Room. No registration required. Irma K. Nimetz, volunteer assistant attorney general at the Westchester regional office, leads this program which focuses on common scams and frauds that target older adults—the warning signs, how to avoid becoming a victim, and where to seek help if you think you’re a victim. There will be special emphasis on common telephone scams such as the “grandparent scam,” the “Internal Revenue Service scam” and the “foreign lottery scam.” The program will also cover issues such as identity theft and Internet safety. Seniors will be provided with dos and don’ts to stay safe in their daily lives.

Chair Yoga with Vincenza Madonia On Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Village Center. No registration required. Join certified yoga instructor, Vincenza Madonia, for these five sessions of chair yoga. Chair yoga consists of arm, leg and head movements, as well as twisting your torso, that are done while seated in a chair. There are also standing movements that use a chair for support. These sessions also include learning breathing exercises that are incorporated into each yoga position. Chair yoga is a terrific way to maintain fitness of your body and mind through very low-impact exercises.

The History of Ellis Island On Thursday, Dec. 8 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Village Center. No registration required. Mark St. John is a national park ranger at Ellis Island and is the volunteer coordinator for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. He has been with the National Park Service for eight years. His primary focus is on the history of American immigration and Ellis Island. Before joining the park service, St. John was the director of Student Activities and a parttime tutor at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has also taught elementary and middle school for Native Americans in New Mexico. This program is presented as part of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Second Annual Chocolate Olympics On Friday, Dec. 9 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Online registration required. For grades 3–5. Get ready for the second annual Chocolate Olympics. Compete in crazy games and challenges. It’s all about chocolate.

At Home on the Sound Volunteers needed At Home on the Sound is seeking additional summer volunteers to drive older neighbors in Mamaroneck and Larchmont to errands, shopping or appointments. The local nonprofit supports adults who want to remain in their own homes as they age. Rides will be provided on weekdays, and volunteers can determine when and how often they

Girl Scouts of Larchmont-Mamaroneck Holiday Craft and Gift Fair

Village of Mamaroneck Fire Department Toy Drive The village of Mamaroneck Fire Department will hold its first toy drive on Sunday, Dec. 11 at Columbia Firehouse, 605 N. Barry Ave. at the corner of Jefferson Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a lot of activities for the kids, so please bring them along with your donated toy (unwrapped) that day, which will be given to disadvantaged children. Enjoy complimentary holiday photos, face painting, a tattoo booth, a balloon entertainer and a raffle. All proceeds will be donated to charity.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church Blue Christmas Service A special service observing Blue Christmas will be presented at St. Thomas Episcopal Church at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. The service, with liturgy and music, is intended for those for whom the holidays are not a joyful time. Those attending the service will be invited to write their loss, sorrow or grief on index cards to be placed in a basket at the back of the church. They will be read during the service, and candles will be lit for each prayer intention. The service is composed of sacred music, readings from the Bible, prayers and a homily. While Blue Christmas is traditionally on the longest night of the year, this service will be held on Dec. 11. St. Thomas Church is located at 168 W. Boston Post Road, at the corner of Mount Pleasant Avenue, in Mamaroneck. There is ample parking space, and it is five blocks from the Metro-North station. St. Thomas’s welcomes “seekers, searchers and doubters.” It offers worship services in English and Spanish, Christian education for children, Bible study and book groups for adults, and a concert series with internationally acclaimed musicians. It also offers a weekly food pantry—the Brown Bag Lunch—a thrift shop, and a monthly free community dinner. St. Thomas Episcopal Church is the site of an after-school child care program, a winter farmers market and an annual Christmas Fair that raises money for community nonprofits. Deadline for our What’s Going On section is every Thursday at noon. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your listing. Please send all items to

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Letters to the Editor

Killian on her run for state Senate To the Editor, It was an enormous privilege running for state Senate in New York’s 37th District this year. Thank you to the many readers whom I had the opportunity to meet along the trail. Your willingness to share concerns, ideas, and even disagreements, was invaluable. I did not prevail on Election Day—it was a tough year to run as a Republican in Westchester. I am enormously proud of my team’s campaign for a more responsive government in Albany. I congratulate Sen. George Latimer on another successful re-election effort. It is my hope that issues raised by my campaign—fair funding for Westchester schools; enacting term limits; repealing arcane rules that make is so expensive to do business in New York state and unfunded mandates that drive property taxes higher; targeted digital drug education; and changing state rules that hurt our developmentally disabled community—served in some small way to elevate the discourse in and about state government. Belief that it did makes every door knock, phone call, and chilly 6 a.m. train platform visit well worth it. Thank you again. Best wishes for a wonderful 2017. Julie Killian, Rye City councilwoman

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Barnes & Noble begins

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

riety of seating options, and a 2,600-square-foot kitchen offering breakfast, appetizers and full entrees from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. “The objective wasn’t—per se—to create a restaurant,” said Jaime Carey, president of development and the restaurant group at Barnes & Noble. “It was to create a bookstore environment that would be embraced by the community and enjoyed.” David Deason, vice president of development, added that there are several corners around the store for customers to take a book and a drink and “slip away.” Although the store has many sections, Kathie Bannon, the store’s manager, said it was designed to feel like a single, seamless space. Specific sections, like fiction and history, are left open rather than enclosed by bookshelves. “If you wanted to get

a goblet of wine from our wine selection, you can walk and browse,” she said. “You can even bring food [around the store].” But the menu is more similar to a short story than a novel. There are three breakfast options, three salads, four appetizers and six entrees, in addition to a small kids’ menu. Sheamus Feeley, the chef who designed the menu, said it was written to be brief. “You could even look at the menu and make that case that, hey, this is relatively ubiquitous,” he said. “And yes, it is. The key is to be able to do a handful of things very well.” On the reverse side of the menu are six locally sourced craft beers and more than 20 wines, which are served by the glass or by the bottle. The bar also serves a gamut of coffee drinks and teas.

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

The store was designed to engage customers from the moment they walk in. A 600-squarefoot mural on a wall near the entrance—called the author wall— is a word search containing more than 80 authors’ names Barnes & Noble representatives also noted the large word-


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

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

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St. Thomas to host Christmas fair Dozens of volunteer Christmas elves have prepared all year for St. Thomas Episcopal Church’s upcoming annual Christmas Fair and Auction, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Heathcote Hall, on the corner of the Post Road and Mount Pleasant Avenue in Mamaroneck. Visitors are warmly welcomed at this festive traditional fair and family event which supports a special community outreach effort each year. St. Thomas’ elves have collected many unique treasures and will offer a wide range of items, including clothing; high-end, vintage and costume jewelry; Christmas gifts; well-priced toys; beautiful holiday decorations; a tremendous selection of vintage items; coffee table books; and scrump-

tious baked goods. Shoppers will find truly unique and special gifts for even the most discerning people on a holiday shopping list. A silent auction will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring a variety of small and special items. The live auction, which includes antique furniture, collectibles, and works of art, starts at 1 p.m. Among the 80-plus live auction items are a vintage Nichols and Stone Windsor rocking chair; beautiful lion bookends from the Chicago Art Institute; colored etchings by noted Judaica artist, Saul Raskin; gorgeous Federal-style table; vintage toys and housewares; and crystal, sterling silver, furs, quilts, art nouveau, art deco and midcentury items. Come early for the best se-

lection and plan to stay for a while—the Fairside Café will be open throughout the day with delectable choices for breakfast and lunch. Bring the kids along—in addition to a special booth chock full of new and nearly new toys, many other fair items are priced appropriately for a child’s holiday shopping budget. And, so parents can enjoy the auction, there will be free babysitting and crafts upstairs from noon to 4 p.m. St. Thomas is pleased to announce that Christmas Fair proceeds will support At Home on the Sound, a local nonprofit serving older adults by providing a variety of individual and group services to help them to age inplace, right here in Larchmont and Mamaroneck. (Submitted)

Mamaroneck library rolls out new cards

The Mamaroneck Public Library recently introduction new durable, stylish and lightweight wooden library cards, in both wallet and keychain styles. Patrons may ask for them when replacing a card or applying for a new card. The traditional library cards are still available for those who prefer the original design. The colorful new carabiners are offered on request free with the new eco-friendly card for kids to easily attach to their backpacks. Photo courtesy Mamaroneck Public Library

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variances, Walsh said that both she and the village board agreed Planning Board members were best suited to handle those situations. “The Planning Board is the one working in concert with the applicant,” Walsh said in regard to property owners involved in the zoning or planning process. “They’re in the best position to make those decisions.” Other concerns from residents were generated around the lack of a specific historic preservation law in the 17 new zoning and planning regulations. Brock and other members of Preserve Larchmont feel that the absence of such a facet could jeopardize what the new provisions are designed to do. “Right now a developer can come in and purchase a home of any historical significance and tear it down,” Brock said. Walsh, however, explained that despite the absence of such a law, discussions of historic preservation and even a draft of a law are likely forthcoming. The village board’s decision to not include any historic preservation regulations in the new

The introduction of new zoning and planning laws—which have been the product of a yearlong effort to curb tear downs and subdivisions in the village—has been met with some trepidation amongst residents who feel that some facets don’t go far enough. File photo

laws, Walsh said, was reflective of their ineffectiveness in curbing unwanted tear downs. “Of the homes torn down, how many of those homes would have met the criteria [for historic preservation]?” Walsh asked. “Nobody thought any of them would have.” Residents have been lobbying the village board since December 2015 after a proposal by the owner of an historic house located on Larchmont’s Ocean Av-

enue—which would have demolished and subdivided the property—spurred backlash and a subsequent villagewide moratorium on residential development. The intention of the moratorium, which unpacked the village’s zoning laws in an extensive review process, was to limit the number of tear downs in the village through tightening oversight on the development and subdivision of properties. As a result, Larchmont has been forced to contend with at least one lawsuit regarding the village’s injunction on residential development—which was originally slated only to last for six months but was eventually extended to nine—in addition to multiple appeals of its moratorium. Now, the village board will ramp up a new round of public hearings on six more laws that include soil grading, dimension of retaining walls, and restrictions on the demolition of houses. Those laws will be the subject of public hearings starting Dec. 19 and would mark the last approvals to the initial 17 regulations proposed in October. CONTACT:

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World AIDS Day




SAT testing

Mamaroneck elementary schools early dismissal VOM Zoning Board of Appeals 7:30 p.m., Courtroom


First Sunday Bird Walk 8:30 a.m., Harbor Island Park




VOM Board of Trustees organizational meeting 7 p.m., Courtroom

Mamaroneck school board study session 7 p.m., MHS Library

Larchmont Board of Trustees work session 7 p.m., Village Hall

VOM Tree Committee 7:30 p.m., Regatta Conference Room

Larchmont Planning Board 8 p.m., Village Center

VOM Board of Architectural Review 7:30 p.m., Courtroom


VOM Board of Trustees work session 5:30 p.m., Courtroom


Mamaroneck school board meeting 7 p.m., Tiered classroom Deer Ad Hoc Committee 7:30 p.m., Courtroom VOM Ethics Board 7:30 p.m., Regatta Conference Room




VOM Board of Trustees meeting 5:30 p.m., Courtroom

VOM Committee for the Environment 7:30 p.m., Courtroom

Larchmont Board of Trustees meeting 7:30 p.m., Village Hall

VOM Budget Committee 7:30 p.m., Regatta Conference Room

TOM board budget adoption 8 p.m., Town Center

Christmas Day


Kwanzaa begins


Holiday recess begins, schools closed


VOM Flood Advisory Committee 7:30 p.m., Regatta Conference Room

TOM board meeting 5 p.m., Town Center


Rye Neck school board 6:30 p.m., Administration building





VOM Board of Traffic Commissioners 7:30 p.m.

ACT testing


HOM Band Concert 7:30 p.m.

Library budget vote Mamaroneck Public Library Mayor’s drug committee 7 p.m., Courtroom


VOM Planning Board 7 p.m., Courtroom

VOM Council of the Arts 7 p.m., Regatta Conference Room TOM Planning Board 7:30 p.m., Town Center

Winter solstice


SAT registration deadline TOM board meeting 5 p.m., Town Center Rye Neck school board meeting 6:30 p.m., MS/HS Library


VOM Planning Board 7 p.m., Courtroom Larchmont Board of Architectural Review 8 p.m., Village Center

Rye Neck High School Holiday Concert 7 p.m.


VOM Recreation and Parks Commission 7 p.m., Harbor Island Park VOM Board of Architectural Review 7:30 p.m., Courtroom


Holiday recess begins, Mamaroneck schools closed



Hanukkah begins

VOM Recreation and Parks Commission 7 p.m., Harbor Island Park



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

they can to prohibit the business from operating. The federal Gun-Free School Zones Act prohibits someone from carrying a gun within 1,000 feet of a school unless the weapon is unloaded and kept in a locked case. However, that law has a provision that allows gun stores to operate within a 1,000foot zone. Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker, a Rye Democrat, said she may also look to propose a countywide law regulating the location of gun stores, adding that local

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


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gun stores regionally. Bradbury and Harrison Mayor Ron Belmont, a Republican, said they have since discussed meeting. Similarly, the city of Rye has formed a gun safety committee in response to the location of the Harrison shop. That committee could look to propose similar legislation to regulate where guns could be sold within the city. However, city officials have not collaborated with officials in Rye Brook as of press time. Rosenberg’s letter to Harrison expressed specific concern about the location of L&L Sports, the gun store at the center of controversy. The shop opened in early November on Halstead Avenue in Harrison, and is less than 1,000 feet from Parsons Memorial Elementary School. Its proximity to the school and also two churches has drawn concern from town residents and its neighboring communities; an online petition protesting the store’s location has garnered nearly 3,500 signatures, as of press time. However, Harrison officials have said that there is nothing

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

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

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

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

sponse to the election of President Barack Obama—who supported Trump. This includes a Ku Klux Klan-planned Trump victory celebration that will be commencing next month in North Carolina. Hillary Clinton called them “deplorables”; she was right about that, but she and Trump were wrong about America’s so-called “greatness,” because these types of people have manifested themselves throughout American history and have been a dominant force engaging in murder, mayhem and lynchings of all kinds, and the victims have primarily been African-Americans and people of color. This aspect of America’s sanguinary history was relayed in many of the policies that Trump was strident about. One example is Trump’s xenophobia and antiimmigrant hatred, calling Mexican illegal immigrants “rapists and drug dealers,” and his threat to deport 11 million is reminiscent of “Operation Wetback,” a brutally racist American policy of the 1950s that was labeled after the hundreds of thousands of Mexicans who were deported during that time frame. His describing the black community and its schools as terrible and without hope is nothing but an expression of the American racist tradition that white communities across the country have used to define blacks in order to segregate and dehumanize them, producing all of the fallout from that criminalization, helping to create the “ghettos,” and economic and social blight in those communities. Trump’s violent modus operandi when it comes to women, as far as his saying “I grab them by the p----,” is an American tradition of not just misogyny, but

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

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Rye forms committee in wake of Harrison gun store By FRANCO FINO Staff Writer With much attention centered on a new gun store now open in Harrison, the city of Rye has formed an “open-ended” committee to investigate gun-related issues and potentially the creation of a gun ordinance. On Nov. 2, during a Rye City Council meeting, Mayor Joe Sack, a Republican, requested help from his colleagues in analyzing any potential action the city could take to better accommodate the existing laws in Rye related to gun issues. “There may or may not be anything that individual residents or the city of Rye can do with regard to something that happens outside our jurisdiction,” Sack said. “But, I think that it raises the issue of what, if anything, can we do within our own city.” The formation of the city committee, which will be cochaired by Councilwoman Danielle Tagger-Epstein, a Democrat, and Councilman Terry McCart-

ney, a Republican, comes in response to the controversial opening of L&L Sports at 261 Halstead Ave. in the town/village of Harrison. The gun store is located less than 1,000 feet from Parsons Memorial Elementary School and near St. Gregory the Great’s Church. While the Rye committee is in its preliminary stages of organizing, the city has not waited to contact officials in Harrison. Rye City Manager Marcus Serrano said he spoke to Harrison Building Inspector Robert FitzSimmons about the department’s decision to grant Louis Zacchio, the L&L storeowner, permission to open his storefront. “The building inspector said it conducted all the necessary protocol, and felt that it complied with federal laws in granting a building permit to the gun storeowner,” Serrano said. In Harrison, petitioners against the gun store have advocated for exploring town ordinances which could have placed tighter restrictions on the Gun

Free Schools Act, a federal law which regulates the possession of guns on school grounds or within 1,000 feet of a school. Gun stores, however, are specifically exempt from that law. According to Tagger-Epstein, although the committee has not yet established a list of goals, the lack of a gun ordinance in Rye is definitely on her radar. “I want to make sure that we have something on the books that protects all of our residents,” she said. “I understand gun ownership, and I respect the responsibility of owning a gun, but this is not a Second Amendment issue.” Rye City Attorney Kristen Wilson said that the city will not attempt to prohibit the sale and purchase of guns. “The committee will look at ways to see where these businesses could open up and where specifically we would prefer them to be,” she said. There is currently no time table for when the committee is expected to meet. CONTACT:

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Warning: Ball may bounce RHYMES WITH CRAZY Lenore Skenazy

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

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

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

Astorino announces new diabetes program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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