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Rye Town Park close to deal for new restaurant operator
The Rye Town Park Commission is close to a long-term agreement with owners of the popular Thornwood restaurant, The Barley House, to run the restaurant and food and beverage stands at Rye Town Park and Oakland Beach. File photo
Leah Kenny takes a shot against Bronxville in an early-season contest. Kenny and the Garnets are eying a first-round playoff matchup against Sleepy Hollow on May 19. For story, see page 15. Photo/Mike Smith
Mamaroneck Diner slow to reopen after virus scare Mamaroneck Diner, a village of Mamaroneck mainstay, reopened this week after a norovirus scare lead to a voluntary shut down. On Friday, May 11, the diner, located on 405 E Boston Post Road, voluntarily closed its doors after at least two employees became ill with norovirus—a highly contagious virus that causes vomiting, diarrhea and other flu-like symptoms. Some customers who ate at the restaurant have also become ill though it’s unclear how many. “It has recently been brought to our attention that a few people
have gotten ill from a common virus in and or around our diner,” read a social media post from the diner on Friday. “We have voluntarily decided to work under excessive caution in this situation and have closed the diner… to be 100 percent certain that our place of business is clean…” On Monday, May 14, the diner was cleared by the Westchester County Department of Health to reopen but, as of press time, they have yet to do so, citing lengthy restocking efforts. According to a statement from the county Department of
Health, the Mamaroneck Diner has been cleared of any wrongdoing and has not been cited with any health code violations. The illness likely spread from person to person. Some employees are waiting to be free of symptoms for 72 hours at which point they will be allowed to return to work. The restaurant has already hired an outside professional cleaning company to disinfect the restaurant and Department of Health officials have continued to supervise on-site as is standard procedure. According to the Centers for
Disease Control, CDC, tens of millions of people are infected with norovirus each year making it the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the U.S. To decrease the chances of contracting the illness, the CDC recommends regularly washing your hands, safely preparing food, and properly and regularly disinfecting potentially bacteria-rich surfaces. A representative for the county Department of Health could not be reached for comment, as of press time. -Reporting by James Pero
The Rye Town Park Commission is near an agreement with the owners of a Thornwood restaurant group for control of the food and beverage operations at the park this summer. According to Rye Town Supervisor Gary Zuckerman, a Democrat and president of the park commission, the commission is finalizing a long-term contract with a restaurant group that owns and operates The Barley House in Thornwood, a hamlet of the town of Mount Pleasant. The Barley House features an array of draft beers and plenty of food options, including appetizers, burgers, sandwiches and other bar-friendly items. Last July, the restaurant organization also opened up a location in Tarrytown called the Barley on the Hudson with a similar menu of American bar food. According to Zuckerman, the park’s restaurant will not be open by Memorial Day considering how long contract negotiations have lasted with 3 Guys Restaurant Group, which owns The Barley House. The park’s beach and pool area has always opened its season during Memorial Day weekend. With the park commission nearing an agreement with the restaurant group, the commission’s most recent vendor, Home-
style Caterers, which owned and operated the Ocean Grille and several Nathan’s Famous hot dog stands around the park, will not return for this upcoming season. Homestyle Caterers’ contract expired last October after replacing the park’s previous restaurateur, Seaside Johnnies, in the same year. While Homestyle Caterers’ operation was short-lived, it was always the intention of the park commission to find a long-term deal with a vendor. The park commission received permission last year from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, to negotiate food-service contracts up to 20 years with tenants. Under current state law, the park commission cannot accept a deal with a vendor that exceeds three years without special state approval. The park, which overlooks Oakland Beach and the Long Island Sound, is located off of Forest Avenue in the city of Rye. The 62-acre green space and beachfront offers seasonal swimming and year-round use for passive and semi-active events. The park commission consists of members from the city and town of Rye, the villages of Port Chester and Rye Brook, and the Rye Neck section of the village of Mamaroneck. -Reporting by Franco Fino
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BOL opposes citizenship questions for 2020 census By JAMES PERO Staff Writer The Westchester County Board of Legislators will take a preemptive stance against
a question set to appear on the 2020 census regarding citizenship. On Monday May 7, lawmakers passed a symbolic bipartisan resolution opposing the addi-
tion of a question on the Census asking citizenship status. That question was also submitted to a congressional oversight committeehearing on the issue that took place last week.
“This resolution is an unequivocal statement of the Westchester County Legislature to Congress that we want everyone counted in the 2020 census, regardless of their immigration or citizenship status,” said county Legislator Lyndon Williams, a Mount Vernon Democrat. “The
Westchester County lawmakers signed a resolution last week opposing the inclusion of a citizenship question on the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census survey, citing concerns over a potential loss in federal funding. Photo courtesy Flickr.com
addition of a citizenship question in the 2020 census will undoubtedly suppress participation of immigrants and noncitizens leading to potential massive undercount here in Westchester County and around the country.” The resolution passed by a margin of 13-3 with Republican Gordon Burrows, of Yonkers Republican, serving as the only Republican to vote alongside Democrats. County Legislator Catherine Borgia, an Ossining Democrat, was absent for the vote. Burrows cited worries over appropriations of federal funding in casting his vote for the resolution. Specifically, he said that if Westchester residents choose not to respond to the Census due to fears over their citizenship status, it could mean that the county is undercounted and, as a direct result, could potentially lose crucial federal funding. Likewise, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman came out in opposition of the question, along with 19 other attorney generals from across the country, in February this year saying the move would threaten federal funding for many. Schneiderman has since resigned from his position as state attorney general, however, after
allegations of sexual harassment and physical abuse against four women came to light on May 7. The Census is a decennial event—happening every 10 years—that is designed to tally the number of citizens in the country. Its use is directly linked to the number of representatives that a state receives—the higher the number of citizens, the more representatives allotted. It is also a tool used for tracking shifting demographics such as the number of people living in urban or rural areas; how many children are in each household; and also racial and ethnic makeup. Each year more than $400 billion used for public services and infrastructure is also allocated using census information. Regardless of citizenship status, all U.S. residents are required to complete and submit a census form with potential fines, ranging between $100 and $500 for noncompliance, according to bipartisan fact-checkers Politifact. Last week, congressional lawmakers said they intend to issue a subpoena demanding John Gore, a Department of Justice official, to testify about why the question was to be included in the 2020 Census. CONTACT: email@example.com
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What’s going on... Rye Free Reading Room
ence “Don Pasquale” by Gaetano Donizetti. Made possible by the support of the Dineen Classical Music Gift Fund.
For more information on hours and programs, visit ryelibrary.org.
Mother Goose Monday On Mondays from 10 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. in the Children’s Room. Recommended for infants and toddlers. Nursery rhymes, songs, and finger plays. “Granny Jean” Klein, wellversed in early childhood development, introduces babies and toddlers to playful rhymes, songs, and puppetry. Parents and caregivers participate with the children at the library and are encouraged to continue the activities at home. Because the program is often a child’s first experience in an audience setting, it is important that adults strive to arrive on time and actively help children focus on the presentation. For more information, call the Children’s Reference Desk at 231-3162.
Lunch at La Scala On Mondays from noon to 3 p.m. No need to travel to Italy. Join the library here in Rye for six Mondays at noon (bring lunch or a snack) and watch some of the most popular operas ever recorded at Italy’s famed La Scala. On April 17, experi-
On Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Children’s Room, when the library is open. For grades K–5. Drop by the library where Rye teachers offer homework help to students attending local public and private elementary schools in the Rye and close surrounding areas. This is a free program sponsored by the Auxiliary Board of the Rye Free Reading Room, Woman’s Club of Rye/Children’s Philanthropy Section, and the PTO of the Rye Schools.
Marilyn’s Musical Maracas A Bilingual Storytime On Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Meeting Room. Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers. Join Marilyn Castillo at the library on Tuesday mornings for a blast of culture, music, and language in Spanish. Have fun learning simple words, numbers, and colors en español through simple songs and rhymes, while moving to music fiesta style. Music helps children retain words and expressions much more effectively. The rhythm of the music, as well as the repetitive patterns within the song, helps kids memorize new words, making it an easy way to teach a second language.
Spin-A-Yarn On Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ogden Nash Room. Open to the public. Information needlework, fabric arts get-together. Bring your own
project and supplies and work and chat.
Wiggle, Giggle Time On Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m. or 11 a.m. in the Meeting Room. Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers. Please choose one session to attend. Children will wiggle to music, giggle to funny rhymes, and pretend to be wild and wonderful animals in this lively interactive program with “Dawny Dew” Halasz. Music is a natural connection tool. It brings people together and helps them interact with one another. Children are engaged with the use of puppets, felt board activities, nursery rhymes, and songs. This activity encourages active participation by parents and other caregivers. This 20-minute weekly musical program promotes early language skills and socialization. Please note that doors close five minutes after the program begins to prevent interruptions and help focus audience attention on the presenter. Please be prepared to enjoy the Children’s Room while waiting for the next session to begin. For more information, contact the Children’s Reference Desk at 231-3162.
Graham Clarke’s Musical Fridays On Fridays from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Meeting Room. Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers. Families are always welcome. Rock out at the Rye Free Reading Room on Friday mornings when popular children’s musician Graham Clarke performs. Kids love Graham’s silly humor and fun songs and will enjoy moving and grooving to the beat with this energetic performer. Please arrive early to find parking; doors will be closed 10 minutes after show begins or when room is at “fire code” capacity, and no one will be admitted after that. Weather permitting, Graham’s performance will be outside on the Village Green where a larger audience can be accommodated.
The Rye Arts Center The Rye Arts Center is located at 51 Milton Road in Rye. Winter classes have begun. For more information, call 967-0700 or visit ryeartscenter.org.
Spring and Summer Classes Spring and summer classes are now available. The Rye Arts Center offers a wide range of
visual and performing arts and STEAM program opportunities for children, teens and adults at all skill levels. Explore the center’s guide and find the perfect creative outlet for you and your family at ryeartscenter.org.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester LEGO City Builder Enjoy building city scenes with LEGO bricks at home? Let your creativity loose with LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester’s newest play space: LEGO City Builder. This is an interactive city that visitors can add their own elements and designs right into the display. The new play area includes skyscrapers, police and fire stations, cafes, suburban streets, beaches, a LEGO Friends section and more. Celebrate the grand opening of this exciting new space with photo opportunities and custom builds created by Master Model Builder Anthony Maddaloni. Admission starts at $16.95; children under age 2 are free. Opening hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is located at 39 Fitzgerald St. in Yonkers. For more information, call 844-740-9223 or visit westchester.legolanddiscoverycenter.com.
County news Golf course openings The six county-owned golf courses are now open, with the last of the snow melting. The courses are: Dunwoodie, 231-3490, and Sprain Lake, 2313481, 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. For more information, visit golf.westchestergov.com.
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What parents need to know about teens, depression Close to 20 percent of teens in the U.S. will experience symptoms of depression before adulthood, and 5 percent of teens will develop major depression. While these statistics may seem scary, there are things parents can do to understand if children need help. Knowing the risk factors and warning signs is a good place to start; depression often looks different in teens than it does in adults. For parents worried about their children, we are here to help. In addition to the suggestions below from our Rye Youth Council, RYC, mental health professionals, the RYC offers free and confidential information and referrals to mental health organizations and professionals across the county. We are only a phone call or email away: 967-3838 or email@example.com. Knowing the risk factors can help us take proactive steps to build additional support around vulnerable youth. Know the warning signs: Any of these signs can occur in people who are not depressed. It is when we see them together across a few weeks that they become a red flag for depression.
• Changes in weight or eating, either decreased or increased • Changes in sleep, such as difficulty falling asleep, waking in the middle of the night and unable to go back to sleep, or sleeping too much during the day Alcohol or drug use, such • as nicotine or marijuana • Restlessness and agitation • Lack of enthusiasm or motivation for things that used to make them happy • A sense of hopelessness, helplessness, guilt, extreme unhappiness or low self-esteem • Fatigue, lack of energy or inability to perform simple tasks • Difficulty concentrating or trouble focusing • Tearful or frequent crying • Thoughts of death or suicide • Decline in school performance Withdrawal from friends or a • change in friends • Withdrawal from family (Teens may isolate themselves from parents) • Withdrawal from regular activities • Not caring about the future • Dramatic change in personality or behavior—increased moodiness or irritability/hostility
(Teens can appear more angry when depressed while adults often appear more sad) • Complaints about headaches and stomachaches, other aches and pains or “not feeling good”
What to do if you suspect your child is depressed? Start a conversation: Talk to your child. Share your observations and concerns. Ask them what is happening at home and school that may be bothering them, and encourage them to share their feelings. Let them know that you love them unconditionally and are there to help them. Seek help: Make an appointment with your pediatrician. Sometimes symptoms of depression are a result of other underlying medical issues. Pediatricians now screen for depression in youth ages 1221 and are prepared to make referrals to mental health specialists. Follow through with the referral. Promote good health: • Follow through on seeking treatment and sticking to it, whether it is regularly attending therapy or taking medication.
KNOW THE RISK FACTORS Low self-esteem Loss of a loved one Family conflict Problems with friends/peers Chronic illness Homosexuality Family history of depression History of trauma or abuse
Depression is not like a headache that goes away after two aspirin. It takes time. Partner with your child’s therapist. Stay engaged and observant. Share any changes, positive or negative, that you see. • Good mental health requires the same ingredients as good physical health: a healthy diet, enough sleep and exercise. • Good mental health also includes healthy connections to families, friends and teachers at school. Some symptoms of depression can compromise these connections, so it is important to be aware of this and encourage re-connecting. • Limit screen time and en-
courage healthy physical and positive social activities and oneon-one time with parents. • Reduce stress by requesting accommodations in schoolwork and fostering lowered expectations for school achievement, and reducing requirements for chores at home as well. • Educate your child, family and friends about depression. Depression is a disease, not a character flaw. Tell your child about the family history to increase their understanding of depression as a medical condition with predisposing genetic factors. • Help your child learn healthy coping skills. Find times to relax together. Down time is important
and down time with loved ones even more so. Talk to your child about how they are feeling, and be there to listen and provide reassurance. Offer to help problem-solve tasks that might seem overwhelming, so they can feel successful. (Submitted) May is Mental Health Month. “What parents need to know about teens and depression” is the first of a three-part series from the Rye Youth Council to help parents understand and support their children’s mental health. Stay tuned for teh next two articles, “Teens and anxiety” and “Friends helping friends; helping your teen support a friend with a mental health disease.”
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“Sister Act” introduces us to Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva lounge singer who happens upon a murder and enters a witness protection program at St. Katherine’s Parish in downtown Philadelphia. The sisters do not know Deloris’ true identity but there is no hiding her enormous spirit and colorful personality. “Sister Act” is based on the 1992 comedy starring Whoppi Goldberg. The stage version is written by Bill and Chris Steinkellner. The team also consists of Lyricist Glenn Slater and Oscar- and Tony-winning composer Alan Menken. Menken decided to create a new score of 70’s music rather than the 90’s, the original setting for the movie. Zuri Washington is superb as the rebellious Van Cartier. Her attitude gets her into trouble especially with Mother Superior, played by veteran actor Mary Jo McConnell. McConnell’s pensive confidence up against Washington’s zany character leads to several amusing scenes. The talented actors play off each other’s strengths without upstaging one another, making them quite the duo. The sisters of St. Katherine’s Parish took vows of poverty, obedience and silence during prayer and meal times. When Van Cartier enters the picture all “hell” breaks loose. The sisters are intrigued, nervous and inspired
By MICHELLE JACOBY Contributor
at the same time. Van Cartier lifts their spirit with song and dance, and finds some of the sisters sneaking a peak at the unholy life outside the convent. The elder Sister Mary Lazarus played by Sandy Rosenberg is a hoot as she tries to stick to the convent rules. Katelyn Lauria plays Mary Patrick, the spunky sister who wants to be involved in all the action, holy or not. Mary Robert played by Lani Corson, the so-called quiet sister, eventually feels the spirit and lets go of the
“habit” in, “The Life I Never Led.” The sisters and Van Cartier whoop it up on stage with, “Raise Your Voice.” The other rockin’ holy sisters include: Melanie Burg, Joanna Noelle Caruso, Hannah Eakin, Keyonna Knight, Stephanie Sable, Jessie St. George and Karen Webb. Deloris’ past catches up to her. Philip Michael Baskerville as Curtis Jackson, Jason Elliott as Joey, Jason Long as Pablo, Corben Williams as TJ and Danny Wilfred as Eddie Souther are the
gangsters that need to find her before she turns on them. Baskerville as Jackson is the leader of the bad guys, and fun to watch as he starts to lose control. His partners in crime, the triple threat, Elliot, Long and Williams have a strong comedic bond with each other and give the audience a lot of laughs with, “Lady in the Long Black Dress.” Kudos to Elliot for his fancy dance moves. Ken Jennings plays the frazzled Monsignor O’Hara who talks Mother Superior into sheltering Van Cartier. The show has upbeat, spiritual music combined with colorful characters and fun choreography. The gangsters and the sisters provide the theme of good vs. evil in the production; love, friendship, loyalty and the Lord all rolled into one makes “Sister Act” one great musical comedy. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Directed and choreographed by Donna Drake; musical direction by Bob Bray; costume design by Heather Carey; set design by Steve Loftus; sound design by Mark Zuckerman and lighting design by Andrew Gmoser. “Sister Act” is playing now through July 1 at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford. For more information, please contact 5922222 or visit their website at broadwaytheatre.com.
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Zuri Washington, center, as Deloris Van Cartier with the sisters of St. Katherine’s.
Zuri Washington, as Deloris Van Cartier stars in
Zuri Washington as Deloris Van Cartier and Mary Jo McConnell as Mother Superior.
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Latimer announces next steps for county airport Westchester saves $540K from recycling programs As a result of several countywide recycling programs, Westchester saved more than $500,000 in garbage disposal last year, continuing a trend of waste reduction that began more than a decade ago. In a release, the county Department of Environmental Facilities announced Westchester was able save money after achieving a 50 percent recycling rate in 2017, matching its performance from the previous year. The county also generated roughly $6 million in revenue from the sale of recyclables. “Westchester County’s recycling rate has stood well above the Environmental Protection Agency’s national goal for years,” said County Executive George Latimer, a Democrat. “One way that all county residents can contribute to improving our environ-
ment is through waste reduction and recycling.” As of press time, it costs the county more than $91 to dispose of one ton of waste. In 2017, Westchester reduced the amount of residential garbage it disposed of by roughly 6,000 tons from the previous year, resulting in the county saving approximately $540,000. According to Catherine Cioffi, communications director for the county executive, since 2005, Westchester has reduced the amount of residential garbage disposal by 30 percent. Louis Vetrone, deputy commissioner of the county Department of Environmental Facilities, said, “Waste reduction is one of the highest priorities in municipal environmental management. These statistics are a reflection on the recycling programs and
educational initiatives offered by Westchester County.” The county’s recycling rate comes as a result of its efforts, along with local municipalities’ in collecting cans, bottles and paper collected curb-side. The rate also accounts for roadway millings, large bulk metals, construction debris and composted organic waste. Among some of the county’s highest curb-side rates for local municipalities last year includes the city of Rye, the village of Bronxville and the towns of Bedford, Somers and Lewisboro. Rye achieved a 33 percent recycling rate, while Bronxville sustained a 29 percent rate. The national recycling rate is 34.6 percent, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. -Reporting by Franco Fino
County public golf courses offering season specials Westchester County Executive George Latimer, a Democrat, announced his plan for the county airport at a press conference on May 16. File photo
Delivering on his promise of transparent government, partnering with the people of Westchester County and the “Good Neighbor” Policy, County Executive George Latimer announced his strategy to move forward on planning the future of the Westchester County Airport. “We are laying out a process, without presuming what the final product will be, that results in a combination of citizen input, legislative discussion, executive branch review, input from professionals who run the airport and ultimately public policy that is set by my office and the Board of Legislators,” Latimer said. “This is what I believe has been missing in terms of dealing with airport issues. We have a responsibility to get to the best public policy with public input.” The four main areas of the airport plan are: • Master plan • Governance • Operations • Citizen involvement Master plan The development and adoption of a plan that will serve as a roadmap to guide the airport through the coming years in all facets of its operation. The county is long overdue in its 2012 commitment to the FAA to develop a master plan. The FAA has been cooperating
with the county and agreed to extend its deadline until July 15. To avoid losing the $1.38 million grant, and to avoid jeopardizing future FAA grants, the county will be submitting The Astorino Administration’s Master Plan without prejudice. The Latimer Administration plans to immediately start working on a supplement to the Astorino Administration’s Master Plan that will incorporate additional public input and a full county Board of Legislators review. The Latimer Administration will also ensure the Terminal Use Restrictions remain in place. Governance Over the past two years, the prior administration has submitted for Board of Legislators, BOL, review plans that would change the governance of the airport, and allow a private sector entity to exert operational control over the airport. The 2016 plan was rejected by the BOL, and the 2017 plan was not acted on by the BOL. We are now encouraging the board to explore the issue. A public hearing will also be held on the matter. Operations The Latimer Administration will conduct a thorough review of every facet of airport operations, researching the external concerns over flight volume, noise, drainage, environmental impact, flight
paths, landing altitudes, type of equipment used, frequency, curfews, operations of Fixed Base Operators, parking, etc. Community input meetings will be held on this topic. Many of these issues will be part of the ongoing work of the Airport Advisory Board. Citizen involvement Westchester County residents are our full partners in the discussions about the airport, accordingly, we intend to do the following: Announce new members for the Airport Advisory Board, including community representatives from local jurisdictions on June 1. Hold community input meetings on the following topics: Master Plan, June 6 • 7 p.m. Rye Brook Village Hall 938 King Street Rye Brook, NY 10573 Governance, June 11 • 7 p.m. • Hergenhan Recreation Center 40 Maple Ave., Armonk, NY 10504 Operations, June 25 • 7 p.m. • West Harrison Senior Center 251 Underhill Ave., West Harrison NY 10604 (Submitted)
Westchester County is offering reduced rates on golfing this summer at five of its public courses. File photo
Golfers can save time and money with new specials going into effect Monday, May 14, at five of Westchester’s public golf courses. The courses are Mohansic in Yorktown Heights; Maple Moor in White Plains; Saxon Woods in Scarsdale; and Dunwoodie and Sprain Lake in Yonkers. A new nine-hole rate will be offered Mondays through Fridays, once per hour beginning at
11 a.m. Rates are $30 for county Park Pass holders and $35 for golfers without a park pass. Both rates include cart rental. Reservations for this nine-hole special must be made at golfnow.com. Early risers can play the back nine at a further reduction: park pass holders $15 walking, $30 with cart. Non-pass holders will pay $20 walking or $35 with cart. These early morning times are
available through walk-up reservations only on the day of play, first-come, first-served. The Monday-through-Friday junior rate will be reduced to $19 for park pass holders and $25 for juniors without a park pass. A new $46, 18-hole, cart-included rate will apply for nonpark pass holding seniors, Mondays through Fridays; reservations must be made through golfnow.com only. (Submitted)
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Rye Neck students display art at 2 exhibits A group of 60 talented art students from Rye Neck Middle School and Rye Neck High School have their artworks on display at the Mamaroneck Public Library and Rye Free Reading Room exhibits through May 31. The diverse collection of student works at the Mamaroneck Public Library features drawings, photography, painting and collage projects of 42 students in grades 6 through 12, from throughout the school year. Meanwhile, the Rye Free Reading Room exhibit features a collection of acrylic paintings of 18 high school students.
“This year’s student body is exceptionally talented,” art teacher Jennifer Dallow said. “We are thrilled to have two shows going on simultaneously. Getting artwork into the community is one of our goals as art teachers in Rye Neck. It is great for the community to view the work of the students and it is a great way for students to show their talent and enrich the lives of others.” Dallow, along with teachers Trisha Appel and Karen Fontecchio, organized the exhibits. In addition, more of the students’ artwork is currently on
display at the high school library and hallways of the front lobby. According to Appel and Fontecchio, many of the students were inspired by artists, art movements and various techniques to create the diverse range of artwork. “It is a wonderful culmination of work at this time of year,” Dallow said. “We can see the end result in a lot of areas and see students demonstrating their knowledge of media and design principles. It is rewarding for us as teachers to be able to hang such quality work in our local community.” (Submitted)
Rye Neck Union Free School District students have their artworks on display at two library exhibits through May 31. Photos courtesy Rye Neck school district
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Cuomo Bridge name being challenged by lawmakers Sunday cinema returns to the Pelham Picture House Sunday Cinema at The Picture House Regional Film Center returns on Sunday, May 13 at 8 p.m. with a screening of the new documentary “No Man’s Land.” With unfettered access, “No Man’s Land” gives a detailed, onthe-ground account of the 2016 standoff between protestors occupying Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and federal authorities. After the leaders of this occupation put out a call to arms via social media, the Malheur occupiers quickly bolstered their numbers with a stew of right-wing militia, protestors and onlookers. “No Man’s Land” documents the occupation from inception to its dramatic demise and tells the story of those on the inside of this movement—the
ideologues, the disenfranchised and the dangerously quixotic, attempting to uncover what draws Americans to the edge of revolution. Sunday Cinema features important and timely, yet less-recognized films—the type often reserved for the theater’s 14-seat Screening Room—each Sunday in the Main Hall at 8 p.m. In recent weeks, the film series has featured intriguing films such as “The Rape of Recy Taylor” and “The Last Men in Aleppo.” Tickets to the Sunday Cinema screening of “No Man’s Land” are $12 for general admission, $10 for students, seniors and members, and are available at thepicturehouse.org or at the box office. (Submitted)
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Connect with us on @linkedin.com/company/hometown-media There are two matching bills within both houses of the state Legislature to change the name of the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge to partially reflect the previous iteration of the bridge’s name. Photo courtesy ny.gov
Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, a Brewster Republican, sponsor of A8914 which concerns the re-naming of the former Tappan Zee Bridge, amended the bill on April 25 to match Senate Bill 7671, sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco, a Syracuse Republican. The matching bills are now able to move forward and have been referred to their respective Transportation committees. The Assembly version has eight co-sponsors. The iconic bridge, which provides passage over the Hudson River between Westchester and Rockland counties, was rebuilt in 2017 and renamed The Mario M. Cuomo Bridge after a pro-
vision for such was included in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget. Dr. Monroe Mann, founder of Save Our Tappan Zee, Inc., an organization dedicated to returning the Tappan Zee name to the bridge, claims that representatives have been hearing from angry residents ever since the name change was announced. His petition on Change.org has to date gathered 108,300 signatures. The office of Sen. Joseph Robach, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, expects the Senate version of the bill to successfully move out of committee by the end of this month. Both bills would restore
the Tappan Zee name by settling on a compromise name: The Mario M Cuomo/Tappan Zee Bridge. Existing bridge signs would not be changed. “I’m very pleased that these bills can now move forward,” Mann said. “The Tappan Zee name honors the Hudson Valley’s Native American and Dutch heritage replacing the name, with no public input, was a cavalier dismissal of an important tradition to residents of the Hudson Valley. Not to mention a complete waste of taxpayer dollars. There are other, more appropriate ways for Gov. Cuomo to honor his father.” (Submitted)
Rye firefighters save woman from Playland car crash The city Fire Department freed an elderly woman last weekend after she crashed and flipped her car in front of the entrance to Rye Playland on opening day. While exiting the amusement park the afternoon of May 12, the unnamed woman appears to have accidentally hit a curb, causing her to lose control of
the vehicle, according to police. As of press time, there is no further information on how the accident transpired or the names of the occupants. Two unnamed teenage passengers were freed from the crash without injury; however, the elderly woman had to be extracted from the vehicle, according to police.
All three passengers were taken to the Westchester Medical Center, located in Valhalla, for an evaluation even though no one was injured. The one-car crash did not have any impact on pedestrians or other drivers. Playland opened for the season on May 12. -Reporting by Franco Fino
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You bettor believe it LIVE MIKE Mike Smith
There’s a story my mother likes to tell quite often, usually at family gatherings like Thanksgiving or Easter. Maybe 30 years ago or so, my uncle went into the hospital for surgery on his eyes, and during his recovery period, was rendered essentially blind for 24 hours. As he lay in the hospital bed, he asked my mother to grab the newspaper and read it to him. At the thought of being asked to read the news to her ailing baby brother, my mother’s eyes welled up with tears; but that moment of sisterly warmth was soon dashed. My uncle didn’t want to catch up on current events, or listen to the Life and Style section; he wanted my mom to read him the line of that night’s Knicks game so he could call his bookie. The reason I bring this story up is because, as we learned this week, gambling is always going to find a way. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on
Murphy v. NCAA which has essentially paved the way for individual states to legalize sports gambling. But even as the politicians and moral high-grounders wring their hands about what this means for the purity of professional and collegiate sports, I have to ask: has anything really changed at all? Let’s face it, legal or not, gambling has long been intertwined with athletic competition. Heck, I’d imagine more than a few drachma exchanged hands when the Ancient Greeks held the first Olympic Games back in the 8th century B.C. And sure, there have been some famous gambling-related scandals, like the Black Sox throwing the 1918 World Series or the Holy Cross basketball team shaving points in the late 1970s, but has that been enough to sour the public on watching sports as a whole? I think not. I’ve never been a big gambler, be it sports or otherwise, but what has always bothered me about the criminalization of sports betting has been the hypocrisy. So I can bet on horse or dog racing, but
not Major League Baseball; unless I travel to Las Vegas or some other gambling sanctuary where it’s legal to plunk down $100 on a game of my choice? If gambling were this huge blight on American society as some opponents would have us believe, shouldn’t it be outlawed everywhere? Don’t get me wrong; I understand that gambling addiction, like any other addiction, can be horribly destructive to both individuals and families. But doesn’t it make sense, if people are going to do it anyway, to at least let state governments have a bit of oversight? This way, when you blow your paycheck on a dumb bet—like say, the Mets beating the Nationals—at least you’re just going to be losing money. You’re not going to have to worry about a couple of hoods named Moose and Rocco paying a visit to your home to break your kneecaps. So by all means, bring on the betting. Open up a sports book at Empire City Casino, put the apps on the phones and let the states’ cut go toward funding something
On Monday, May 14, a United States Supreme Court decision gave the power to legalize sports betting to individual states. Maybe this will pave the way for some increased revenue at Empire City Casino. Photo courtesy empirecitycasino.com
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Game Notes: • Jordan Basso led the Garnets with 5 goals • Harrison goalie Kathleen Lino made 32 saves • The Garnets & Huskies begin postseason play this week By MIKE SMITH Sports Editor In a final regular season tune up before the start of the Section I playoffs, the Rye girls lacrosse team found itself on the road against rival Harrison, taking on the explosive Huskies in the rain. But neither Harrison’s talented attackers, nor the inclement weather were enough to slow down the Garnets, who came away with a 13-10 win. Jordan Basso had five goals for Rye and teammate Leah Kenny had three to help Rye finish the regular season with a 10-6
record, which gives the Garnets a No. 3 seed in the Class C playoffs. Harrison (7-8) will be seeded No. 11 in the Class B bracket. Garnet coach Dennis Hurlie was pleased with his team’s play against the Huskies, as Rye had to contend with a tremendous performance in net by Harrison goalie Kathleen Lino who made 32 saves. “We struggled shooting a little bit, and I think we took the first 10 or 12 shots of the game before we made it 1-0,” Hurlie said. “And I think we tested [Lino] on her strong side way too much, but the nice part is we did get that many looks because we were able to control possession.” In the end, the coach added, earning a victory was far more important than earning style points. “Any time you have a game like that, on the road against a rival like Harrison who has a lot of offensive weapons, you know they’re going to be tough to guard,” Hurlie said. “So regardless of the score, we came away with a victory, and that’s all that matters.” As the No. 11 seed in the postseason, Harrison will be
on the road in their first round game, as they head up to Suffern to take on the No. 6-seeded Mounties on Thursday, May 17. At 6-10, the Mounties’ record might not be impressive, but their strength of schedule was; Suffern lost to Class A No. 2 seed Mamaroneck, Class D No. 1 seed Bronxville, and Class B No. 1 seed Yorktown by a total of four goals. Rye, on the other hand will take on No. 6 Sleepy Hollow on May 19. Both teams have identical 10-6 records, but the Garnets have a superb strength of schedule having faced off against top teams in the area including Bronxville, Mamaroneck and Class A favorite North Rockland. The winner of Saturday’s game will likely play No. 2 seed Brewster in the semifinals on May 21. “We’ve played such a tough schedule and so many close games, I think we’re ready,” Hurlie said. “Even the out-of-section teams we’ve played like North Shore and Greenwich, the games are going to be on that level; tight and close.”
Shannon Lavelle goes on the attack against the Huskies in the regular season finale for both squads. Photos/Mike Smith
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org Brie Losito rushes upfield on May 12.
Leah Kenny streaks down the field against Harrison on May 12. Kenny scored 3 goals in Rye’s 13-10 win.
Kathleen Lino makes a save. Lino had 32 stops against Rye but still managed to take the loss.
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