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DiPietro Case: The Search for Justice
Prosecutors Refuse
to Turn Over Favorable Evidence
Angelo DiPietro
It appears that the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New
York has officially taken the proverbial low
road in the case of Angelo DiPietro. According to a recent court filing, the prosecuting attorneys have told Magistrate Judge Henry B.
Pitman that they have no intention of producing any of the evidence that they have been
withholding from DiPietro’s defense team for
the past seven years. Prosecutors wrote that it
is their belief that neither DiPietro’s defense
attorney Joseph A. Bondy nor Innocence
Project investigator Bill Clutter are entitled to
review any of the discoveries that may ultimately prove their client’s innocence.
In recent months, Rising Media has exclusively covered the case of Angelo DiPietro,
who is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in
prison for a crime that never even happened.
DiPietro, 54, is sentenced to a high-level seContinued on Page 10
Happy Veteran’s
Ardsley Resident Recognized
for Service in Naval Militia
Friday, November 12, 2010
Westchester 2010
Election Wrap Up
Tea Party Victories
in Northern Westchester
A review of the elections in Westchester last
week showed a mix of
results, with incumbents
winning big in lower
Westchester, anti-incumbents and Tea Party supporters winning in Northern Westcheter and races
in mid-Westchester that
are still undecided and too
close to call.
Westchester, the victories of Nan Hayworth,
Greg Ball and Steve Katz
showed that anger and fear
about taxes, jobs and being
Assemblywoman Nan Hayworth
able to live in Westchester
played a big factor.
Hayworth defeated Congressman John Hall
with 52 percent to his 48,
giving Hayworth, a Republican doctor from Mt.
Kisco, a victory and giving Westchester a representative to join the new
Republican majority in the
House of Representatives.
On election night, Hayworth said that tax relief
was number one on her
list of priorities as the new
Congresswoman in the
19th District, representing northern Westchester,
Putnam, Dutchess and Orange Counties.
Greg Ball was elected to the State Senate in
the 40th District, also
Continued on Page 8
Two Mid-Westchester Races
Too Close to Call
Assemblyman Robert Castelli
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer
See Story on Page 3
Democratic Incumbents
Sweep Lower Westchester
Congresswoman Nita Lowey
Assemblyman George Latimer
Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York (left), and Major General
Robert Wolf (right), commander of the New York Naval Militia, recognize Naval Militia Captain
Robert Pouch during a ceremony on October 15
See Story on Page 10
Serving Our Country
Airman David C. Williams
Air Force Airman David C. Williams
graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eightweek program that included training in military
discipline and studies, Air Force core values,
physical fitness and basic warfare principles and
Airmen who complete basic training earn
four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of
the Air Force.
He is the son of Clark Williams of Garth
Road, Scarsdale.
Williams is a 2005 graduate of Eastchester
High School.
State Senator Jeff Klein
In lower Westchester, Tea Party fever fizzled out, with Democratic incumbents taking
every race for both Assembly and State Senate.
The victories of Congresswoman Nita
Lowey, Assemblymen George Latimer and
Mike Spano, Assemblywomen Amy Paulin and
Sandy Galef and State Senators Jeff Klein and
Andrea-Stewart Cousins were based on their records of both delivering for their districts and
their efforts to advocate for change and reform.
The support that all of these incumbents received, in the middle of a tide of anti-incumbency, is clear proof that their constituents stand by
them and want them in office.
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‘Spirit of Jazz’ Benefit Concert
Billy Vera & Vincent Pastore
to star at VNSW Benefit Event
Music legend
Billy Vera
Photo by Margaret Fox
Jazz singers Tessa Souter and Melissa
Walker, backed up by a premier roster of musicians, had the audience tapping their toes and
swaying with the rhythm at the “Spirit of Jazz”
concert to benefit the Hospice Program at Phelps
Memorial Hospital on Sunday, October 24 at the
Irvington Town Hall Theater.
Pictured (l to r) are pianist Oscar Perez, vocalists Melissa Walker and Tessa Souter, Medical Director of Phelps Hospice Dr. Bruce Heckman, bassist Ron McClure, saxophonist Steve
Wilson and drummer Billy Drummond.
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VNSW Honoree
Dr. Olivia Hooker
He is heard every weeknight as the resident
announcer on Lopez Tonight (TBS network). Pamela Anderson recently waltzed to his signature
song “At This Moment” on Dancing With The
Stars. “At This Moment” was all over the nation’s airwaves as part of Michael Buble’s charttopping, multi-million-selling album, “Crazy
He is Billy Vera, and now — on Thursday
November 18 — Billy Vera & The Beaters will
make an exclusive appearance in White Plains as
Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester (VNSW)
celebrates National Home Care Month with its
annual Benefit Reception/Concert event at the
C.V. Rich Mansion.
Billy & The Beaters, the “dancing-est, eightpiece rock & roll band in the land,” will share
the stage with special guest Vincent Pastore, of
“Sopranos” fame.
Honored at this event will be Dr. Olivia
Hooker, a legend for her outstanding achievements and contributions to the advancement of
women and civil rights. Born in 1915, and a 45year resident of White Plains, Hooker was the
first African American woman to join the Coast
Guard, during World War II, and was recently
Volunteers and residents at the exercise room dedication at Pleasantville Cottage School;
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Philanthropy have come monthly to share lunch,
stories, projects and a bit of themselves with
these young residents, many of whom have no
women role models in their own lives. Birthdays
are celebrated, games are played and conversation flows.
As one resident, Jalika, said, “they treat
us like we’re special, that’s why I love when
the volunteers come. I love the positive energy
around me and I love the respect they give us.”
“When it snowed outside, they played with
me,” Tremell remembered. “And those were
happy times.”
While the volunteers have children of their
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named by New York State as a “Woman of Distinction.”
With a catalog of hit records covering several decades, Billy Vera is best known for the
worldwide number one hit, “At This Moment”
(the love theme from Family Ties), his roles in
several feature films (including “Blind Date,”
with Bruce Willis and Kim Basinger and “Baja
Oklahoma,” with Willie Nelson), his many television appearances (“Tonight Show,” soap operas, and more) and for his wildly-popular King
Of Queens theme.
A native “Westchester boy” who headed for
California in the late ‘80s, Billy “struck gold” as
a recording artist, songwriter, record producer,
feature film/television actor, as the voice of many
of the world’s best-known brands, TV shows and
cartoon characters. He is honored with a star on
Hollywood Boulevard Walk Of Fame, sponsored
by motion picture legend Angie Dickinson. This
concert marks Billy’s first and only appearance
back in hometown Westchester since scaling the
entertainment business heights.
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Harry Wilson for Comptroller:
The Race that Got Away
By Dan Murphy
array of New Yorkers, from
The outcomes of the
Mayor Bloomberg to Radio
elections in New York State
host Howard Stern. So how
bucked the national trend of
did Wilson loose?
electing large numbers of
Some blame the top of
republicans to the Congress
the Republican ticket and
and state governors and
legislative races. New York
Carl Paladino for Wilson
Democrats took all of the
and other Republican big
statewide offices: Governor,
losses. “Paladino killed any
Attorney General, two U.S
chance for serious RepubliSenate seats and Comptrolcan pick up throughout the
state,” said one Republican
While Governor elect
leader. “And Harry Wilson
Andrew Cuomo (who won
was the one race that we
62 percent of votes), Atcould have won — but got
torney General elect Eric
Schneiderman (55 percent),
Other Republicans are
Harry Wilson
and U.S. Senators Chuck
worried that Democrats
Schumer (65 percent) and
hold a stranglehold on
Kirsten Gillibrand (61 percent) all won elec- statewide offices in the Empire State. “If we
tion or re-election handily, the race for Comp- didn’t run Paladino, it would have been Lazio,
troller was much closer.
and Lazio would have lost by 25 points,” said
Democrat incumbent Comptroller Tom another Westchester Republican leader. “If we
DiNapoli, who won 49 percent of the vote, nar- can’t win a race like the Comptroller’s race, in
rowly defeated Republican Harry Wilson, who this political climate, the future looks bleak.”
won 47 percent, a result which disappointed
Wilson, 39, conceded gracefully, promismany looking for reform in Albany. Wilson, ing to stay active in public affairs. “I cannot
from Scarsdale, brought unique qualifications, thank enough the 1.8 million New Yorkers
having worked on Wall Street and on President across the political spectrum who responded
Obama’s GM task force, and new ideas on how to my call for fiscal accountability in Albany. I
to turn the Comptroller’s office into a more ac- congratulate my opponent, Tom DiNapoli, for
tive one.
his win yesterday and I hope that the critically
Wilson was endorsed by dozens of state important issues we raised during this camnewspapers, including our Rising papers, and paign are addressed.”
had the support and endorsements from a wide
New Voting Machines Cause Chaos
By Dan Murphy
While the primary in September was the
first opportunity for Westchester voters to try
out the new optical scan voting machines, the
general election on November 2 was the first
opportunity for many of us to vote without the
traditional voting booth. Unfortunately, problems were reported in many Westchester polling places with the new machines not working
properly, resulting in voters forced to fill out
paper or affidavit ballots.
The two complaints we have heard the
most about the new machines are that they offer little privacy to the voter, whose ballot is
scanned into the machine with the aid of the
poll watcher, who could view the ballot if they
wanted to; and second, that these new machines
are far from high tech, with the new machines
still requiring a paper ballot filled out by the
voter with a marker. The results from several
Westchester races were delayed because of the
Editor’s Note: I had no trouble voting at
my Northern Westchester polling place, but I
question why these specific machines were purchased by New York State and who benefited
from their selection as winning bidder.
Rising’s Budget Watch 2011
By Dan Murphy
As we enter the final weeks of 2010, it’s
time for villages, towns and county governments to come up with their budgets for 2011.
Rising newspapers will report on the different budget proposals and corresponding tax
increases (or decreases) so that you can compare your local community budget with those
from across the county.
The Town of Ossining Supervisor’s
Tentative 2011 Budget, released this week,
includes a tax decrease for all taxpayers in the
Town of Ossining.
“One consistent message that I have
heard from constituents this year is the heavy
burden of property taxes during these times of
great economic stress,” Supervisor Catherine
Borgia said. “I am very pleased to announce
that the Supervisor’s Tentative 2011 Budget
shows tax decreases for all taxpayers in the
Town of Ossining, including residents in the
Villages of Ossining and Briarcliff. This decrease is achieved with no loss of services.
We have heard the needs of our taxpayers in
the Town of Ossining and this budget reflects
those concerns.”
This budget has tax decreases in both the
Town General budget (-0.32 percent) and the
Town Unincorporated budget (-9.62 percent).
All residents of the Town of Ossining, including those in the Villages of Ossining and Briarcliff Manor, pay the Town General tax. It is
important to note that the Town General tax
represents less than two percent of the total
property bill. Residents in the unincorporated
area (the “town-outside” of both villages) pay
the Town Unincorporated Tax.
Borgia continued, “These tax decreases
have been achieved through careful fiscal
control by the Town managers, innovative
practices to craft government services and
cost-cutting measures taken by every Town
employee. We are very lucky to be served by
such a dedicated staff in the Town of Ossining.”
The Supervisor’s Tentative 2011 Budget
is available in the Town Clerk’s Office, the
Ossining Public Library and online at www.
townofossining.com. The Budget Hearing
will be held on Tuesday, November 23 at 7:30
p.m. at the Police-Court Facility, located at 88
Spring St. Residents are encouraged to attend
to share their questions and recommendations
on the budget at that hearing or by contacting
Catherine Borgia at 914-762-6001, 914-2628873, or [email protected].
In the Town-Village of Harrison, Mayor
Joan Walsh has proposed a budget with a 6.73
percent tax increase.
“In 26 categories there have been reductions from what was spent in 2009 and
2010 and what we anticipate for 2011. In all
of 2009 and 2010, we limited spending, and
will continue to do so in 2011. Note that since
2008, we have reduced staff by 53 positions,
with the resulting savings. Our expenses did
not balloon in just one or two years, therefore
they cannot be eliminated in just one or two
years,” writes Walsh.
“At the moment, we are looking at a 6.73
percent increase in expenses, but I expect that
to go down. The increase is due in part from
the conditions of the current economy, as we
have had to reduce our expected revenue from
sales taxes, mortgage fees, Building Deptartment fees and bank interest.
“I am not willing to put high numbers on
these lines only to fall short if the economy
doesn’t improve — and then the burden falls
on us in 2012. A second reason is the fact that
we expect our tax base — the assessed valuation of all property in Harrison — to decrease
by more than $3 million this year, a result of
Real Property protests, as almost 900 homeowners filed for reductions in their assessments.
“However, there is still a major area
where we can anticipate savings, and that is
in the area of health care. The town is selfinsured, which means we bear all the costs.
At the moment, we are still negotiating with
the unions for a proposed change in the town’s
health plan. There is a clause in all the contracts which sets the standard as it was in
1988. Those days are long gone. Earlier this
year, the unions had agreed to negotiate in
good faith for these changes. Those negotiations are on-going.
“Keep in mind that this is the first version
of the budget — the one that, by law, the Supervisor prepares. So this is a “work-in-progress,” and now goes to the full Town Board.
There will be changes as work continues.
“Yes, at the moment, we are looking at a
6.73 percent increase, but that can and should
go down by another three percent after the
change in the town’s health plan. I will keep
you informed,” stated Walsh.
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Congress in the 18th District: incumbent
Democratic Nita Lowey, with 62 percent of the
vote, returns to Washington to serve her 12th
term. Republican challenger Jim Russell received 38 percent of the vote.
State Senate in the 34th District: incumbent Democrat Jeff Klein, with 59 percent of
the vote, easily defeated Republican Frank Vernuccio, who received only 41 percent. Klein’s
name has been mentioned as a possible new
Senate Leader of the slim Democratic majority,
which currently leads the GOP with 32 seats to
30, possibly rising to 33-29 if incumbent Democrat Suzi Oppenhiemer wins her district (see
story below).
State Senate in the 35th District: incumbent Democrat Andrea Stewart-Cousins
won re-election, defeating Republican Liam
McLaughlin, with 55 percent of the vote to
McLaughlin’s 45, returning Stewart-Cousins to
Albany for her 3rd term.
Assembly in the 91st District: incumbent
Democrat George Latimer defeated Republican Bill Reed, with 68 percent of the vote to
Reed’s 32, returning Latimer to Albany for his
4th term.
Assembly in the 92nd District: Democrat
Tom Abinanti, who won 64 percent of the vote,
defeated Republican Tom Bock, who only took
36 percent, in this open-seat race to replace
Richard Brodsky. Abinanti, a member of the
county board of legislators, will now represent
Greenburgh in Albany.
Assembly in the 88th District: incumbent Democrat Amy Paulin, who pulled in 61
percent of the vote, defeated Republican Rene
Ayayan, who received 39 percent, sending Paulin to Albany for her 6th term.
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Two Mid-Westchester Races
Too Close to Call
In mid-Westchester, Tea Party anger got
mixed results, with two races still undecided.
In the race for State Senate in the 37th
District, representing the Sound Shore
Westchester communities, among others, 26year Democratic incumbent Suzi Oppenheimer and first time Republican candidate Bob
Cohen are neck and neck, with Oppenheimer
holding a lead of less than 200 votes, with a
recount coming.
Another recount will likely come in the
race for Assembly in the 89th District, with
Republican incumbent Bob Castelli holding a
200 vote lead over Democrat Tom Roach.
Castelli won this seat in a special election
last spring, but is fighting for his political life,
which is still to be determined.
In Your Backyard
Music Conservatory of Westchester
Updates from Greenburgh
Welcomes New Trustee Cathy Pinsky Town Supervisor Paul Feiner
The Music Conservatory
to the Conservatory for many
of Westchester (MCW) reyears and her creative talents
cently selected Bedford phowill continue to inspire our
tographer Cathy Pinsky to join
students, faculty and staff as
their Board of Trustees. The
she steps into this new role.”
Conservatory is a non-profit
Pinsky’s work can curcommunity school of the arts
rently be seen inside MCWs
providing music, theatre eduMichael Stadther & Helen
cation and music therapy for
Demetrios Recital Hall as part
people of all ages and abiliof the school’s Artist Exhibities. The appointment was antion Series featuring regional
nounced by Board President
painters and photographers.
Siew Lang Chuah.
Her exhibition, titled “Shapes
Pinsky’s career started in
and Sounds,” blends the senses
advertising and still life phowith a combination of flower
tography, moved into fashcanvases and photographs of
Cathy Pinksy
ion and has evolved into the
music students during lesson
founding of Pinsky Studio. A full service photo time. The gallery space housing Pinsky’s work
studio located in Bedford, Pinsky Studio pro- is a generous gift of Mary Lynn Marx Bianco,
vides elegant photography to both families and in honor of her parents Virginia and Leonard
businesses in the tri-state area.
“I believe there is something photographic
The MCW is located at 216 Central Ave.
about everyone,” said Pinsky. “It’s a matter of in White Plains. Follow the Conservatory on
helping their true nature shine through and cap- Facebook (Westchester Music Conservatory)
turing it.”
and Twitter (@MusicCW), or check their new
“Cathy Pinsky is the perfect addition to blog (www.musicconservatoryblog.org) for the
our board,” said Chuah. “She has been a friend latest news and updates.
Greenburgh Hebrew Center to
Host Book Fair and Boutique
The Greenburgh Hebrew Center (GHC)
hosts its annual Book Fair and Boutique on Sunday, November 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The fair features a unique and broad selection of secular and Judaic books for all ages.
Main Street Books of White Plains, serving
Westchester for 30 years, will provide the book
The selection includes hardcover and softcover books. The Sisterhood of GHC will be
selling Hanukkah and Judaic giftware, including the newest game, “No Limit Texas Dreidel.”
Adults and children ages 9 and older can learn
how to play No Limit Texas Dreidel at any time
during the fair. Game sets are also available for
The boutique features jewelry, stationary,
toys and other gifts. Luke from “Music For
Aardvarks” will entertain children for free, beginning at 10 a.m.
At 11 a.m., author and GHC member Larry
Stempel will talk about his book “Showtime:
A History of the Broadway Musical Theater,”
which will be available for sale. The book makes
an ideal gift for theater and music enthusiasts.
Food and beverages are available at the Bagel
Café. The fair runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Only cash or check will be accepted. The fair
will be held at the Greenburgh Hebrew Center,
located at 515 Broadway in Dobbs Ferry. For
more information, call 914-693-4260 or visit
Town Board Settled
Irvington, Central 7, EdgeAdditional Certioraris —
mont, Tarrytown, Valhalla and
Central 7 School Will Issue
Refund of 3 Million
If you would like to attend
The October 27 Town
a community meeting about
Board meeting was not a great
this matter or if you would like
night for the Central 7 School
to be kept informed of the acDistrict. If you read the sumtions we are considering and
maries below, the Town Board
discussions being held, let me
voted to settle a series of certioknow. In the past, reassessrari’s with Highpoint. The Cenment been avoided. However,
tral 7 School District will be isthe failure to reassess may be
suing a check for a few million
hurting everyone. So, at the
dollars to Highpoint. The town
minimum, we should have a
is also issuing a big, whopping
serious discussion: should we
Town Supervisor
check for more than a million Greenburgh
stop the bleeding and take acPaul Feiner
to Highpoint property owners.
The county and fire districts are also issuing big
Looking forward to hearing from you, at my
e-mail address: [email protected].
Big refunds to property owners are apPaul Feiner
proved at almost every Town Board meeting.
The result: our revenues are going down and Refund Check Action from October 27 Town
have to be made up with tax hikes that you pay.
Board Meeting
This year, the town will be cutting checks
These Resolutions were approved unanifor $5 million all togheter. Next year it will be mously after consultation with the School Disthe same. If we keep spending flat, you get a tax trict. We had no choice.
hike because revenues are down, due to certioraAT 1 – 10/27/10 Resolution authorizing tax
ri’s. Are we throwing your tax dollars away? Do certiorari settlement with petitioner Highpoint at
we have a responsibility to stop the bleeding?
Hartsdale Condominium I, for property located
Although the assessor can reduce taxes on Highpoint Drive. The Town’s share of the
people pay, we can’t increase the assessments refund is $478,830±; the Greenburgh Central
unless there were home improvements.
School District No. 7’s share is $1,273,274±; the
There is a new Judge assigning certiorari County’s share is $354,713±; the Hartsdale Fire
cases and he has actually expedited the process District’s share is $401,454±; the Bronx Valley
to the point that this has created a financial bur- Sewer District’s share is $46,707±; the Consoliden to the taxing jurisdictions to the point that dated Sewer Mtc. District’s share is $9,470±.
most that are able to are now bonding to pay Refunds from all sources total $2,564,446±.
back the taxes.
AT 2 – 10/27/10 Resolution authorizing tax
So the question becomes: should the town certiorari settlement with petitioner Highpoint at
reassess? We, like almost every community in Hartsdale Condominium II, for property located
Westchester, have not reassessed since 1956. If on Highpoint Drive. The Town’s share of the
we don’t reassess, certiorari’s will continue and refund is $282,382±; the Greenburgh Central
there will continue to be swings in tax rates each School District No. 7’s share is $744,535±; the
County’s share is $209,186±; the Hartsdale Fire
What do you think? If we reassess, should District’s share is $236,750±; the Bronx Valley
there be hardship provisions for senior citizens Sewer District’s share is $27,545±; the Consolior a phase in period? Usually after a reassess- dated Sewer Mtc. District’s share is $5,585±.
ment takes place, one third of the properties go Refunds from all sources total $1,505,983±.
up, one third go down and one third stays the
AT 3 – 10/27/10 Resolution authorizing tax
same. Is the failure to reassess actually costing certiorari settlement with petitioner Highpoint at
you more, since taxes keep going up due to rat- Hartsdale Condominium III, for property locatable losses and refund checks?
ed on Highpoint Drive. The Town’s share of the
In recent weeks, I have been meeting with refund is $465,360±; the Greenburgh Central
Village Boards located in Greenburgh. I have School District No. 7’s share is $1,226,979±;
written to every school district in Greenburgh the County’s share is $344,734±; the Fairview
requesting an opportunity to meet with their District’s share is $377,927±; the Bronx Valley
School Board (Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings, Sewer
Rye Historical Society Presents
DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson
& Johnson, has issued a worldwide recall of
it’s ASRTM Acetabular System for Total
Hip Replacement, after determining that
these hip implants may fail at an alarming
rate. The “metal-on-metal” composition of
these implants can release particles into the
patient, potentially causing serious and
painful reactions — sometimes requiring
complete revision surgery.
Reportedly, Johnson & Johnson has
been seeking medical releases from
recipients so that their claims adjustors
can speak with you directly and possibly
take down statements without your
having counsel present – an unwise
action for any recipient to do.
Having a defective hip implant in your body
clearly demands having your own lawyer. You
must be very cautious with dealing with the
manufacturer or its representative without
The Rye Historical Society and The Friends
of Rye Nature Center will co-host a unique program, “Exploring Native American & Colonial
Life,” on Saturday, November 20 from 2 to 4
p.m. at the Square House Museum.
During this special program, participants
will explore the tools, techniques and foods
commonly used by the early inhabitants of the
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The cost is $10 per person and reservations
are suggested, as space is limited. To register for
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at 914-967-7588.
The Square House Museum, open Tuesday
to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is located at 1 Purchase
St. inRye. For more information, call 914-9677588 or visit www.ryehistoricalsociety.org.
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New Office Hours in the Office
of the Westchester County Clerk
Starting on Wednesday,
December 1, the Office of the
Westchester County Clerk, located at 110 Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. Blvd. in White Plains,
will be closing at 5 p.m. The
Clerk’s Office will continue to
open at 8 a.m.
Days of operation are
Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. It is strongly
suggested that visitors arrive at
least 15 minutes before closing
time to ensure proper service
Westchest County Clerk
Tim Idoni
availability. Visitors should enter the Clerk’s Office through
the Courthouse, directly across
the street at 111 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Customers are encouraged to visit www.Westchester
Clerk.com to learn more about
24-hour online access to many
of our records, as well as opportunities to electronically
file documents with our office
any hour of the day.
Kids enjoying some of the many services offered by the Mamaroneck Library
A lot of people wonder who needs or even
uses libraries these days? Can’t you just get everything online? Do we even need libraries anymore?
Well the answers are: The Mamaroneck
Library is used by everyone, young, old, male,
female and everyone in between. No, you cannot get everything online, there is so much more
happening at the Mamaroneck Library beyond
books and google hits: it is a thriving social
community offline. And as far as needing libraries, just ask the teenagers in the photo!
You are cordially invited to come check out
the Mamaroneck Library at 102 Mamaroneck
Avenue. Hope to see you soon!
Holiday Boutique at Temple
Israel of New Rochelle
Shoppers can get a head start on their holiday shopping at the Temple Israel of New Rochelle Holiday Boutique on Sunday, November
14 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. An annual event,
this year the Boutique will feature more than 50
vendors with a variety of merchandise and services.
Many of the items are handcrafted and
unique, ensuring that your purchases will be
one-of-a-kind. Merchandise includes a vast array of jewelry, colorful costume styles as well
as exquisitely detailed items with semi-precious
stones, accessories of all kinds, scarves, stationery, gourmet foodstuffs and more.
Homemade baked goods will also be sold
throughout the day. Additionally, there will be
raffles — with items supplied by the vendors —
held throughout the day.
Admission is free and the community is invited. For more information, contact the Temple
office at 914-235-1800. Temple Israel is located
at 1000 Pinebrook Blvd. In New Rochelle.
Westchester Nature Programs
Family Scavenger Hunt
November 20 at 11 a.m. at the Lenoir Preserve, located on Dudley Street in Yonkers and
contactable at 914-968-5851. Come and enjoy
the trails at Lenoir while going on a nature scavenger hunt with your family.
Fall Scavenger Hunt
November 20 at 1 p.m. at the Trailside Nature Museum of Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
in Cross River, contactable at 914-864-7323.
Fall is a great time to get outside and see some
of the art and beauty of nature. Bring the family
and enjoy a wonderful walk through our park as
you go in search of nature’s hidden treasures.
Awesome Adaptations
November 20 at 1 p.m. at the Read Wildlife
Sanctuary, located at Playland Park and contactable at 914-967-8720. Big ears! Sharp claws!
Slimy skin! See the incredible ways an animal’s
adaptations keep it alive. Meet live animals. Cosponsored by the Friends of Read Sanctuary.
Opening the Historic View Way
November 20 at 1 p.m. at the Marshlands
Conservancy, located on Route 1 in Rye and
contactable at 914-835-4466. Help remove saplings that are growing in the view way behind
the Jay House. Bring work gloves.
Project Feeder Watch
November 20 and 21 at the Lenoir Preserve, located on Dudley Street in Yonkers and
contactable at 914-968-5851. Co-sponsored by
Hudson River Audubon Society, Inc. Call for
times, as they vary.
Trail Repair Sunday
November 20 and 21 at 1 p.m. at the Cranberry Lake Preserve, located on Old Orchard
Street in North White Plains and contactable
at 914-428-1005. Autumn rains have made the
trails muddy again and they need our help more
than ever. We’ll dig drainage ditches and install
water bars to save the shoes of our fellow hikers.
Newbies welcome.
AKC Canine Good Citizen Test New Rochelle Happenings Downtown
Guiding Eyes for the Blind is proud to ofRegistration is $20 and proceeds support
fer the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Canine Guiding Eyes’ life-changing work. The next
Good Citizen test to all interested dog owners.
testing date will be tomorrow, November 13 at
The test simulates everyday experiences both 1 and 2 p.m.
owners and dogs may encounter in a relaxed,
To learn more or register, call 914-245noncompetitive atmosphere. All dogs passing 4024 or visit www.guidingeyes.org/caninegoodthe assessment receive a certificate from the citizen. Guiding Eyes for the Blind is located at
2 9/8/10
11:00 AM
test can be a stepping stone to therapy
611 Granite
Rd.1 in Yorktown Heights.
Whalen & Ball Funeral Home
wish to recognize National Hospice Month and
the extraordinary contributions of hospice professionals.
As fellow caregivers in our community,
we honor you and the invaluable service
you provide to families
who rely on your emotional strength.
As our nation commemorates Thanksgiving this month,
we know that many families
will remember the contributions of
hospice caregivers with profound gratitude.
Thank you for the selfless contributions you make
to a most honorable profession.
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On November 20, the ever popular 50th
Annual Valenti New Rochelle Thanksgiving Parade, presented by the Chamber of Commerce,
will fill downtown’s streets. This year, the parade is scheduled for Saturday, November 20
from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Grand Marshall is
Raymond ‘Doc’ Kiernan.
The traditional route is as follows: Starting at Eastchester Road and North Avenue, the
parade will head south down North Avenue to
Main Street, then turn right onto Main Street to
the Maple Avenue parking lot.
For more information, contact Executive
Director of the Chamber of Commerce Eli Gordon by phone at 914-632-5700 or e-mail at [email protected].
In keeping with tradition, the New Rochelle
Fund for Educational Excellence will host the
“Pancake Breakfast” beginning 8 a.m. and just
prior to the NR Thanksgiving Parade on Saturday November 20. It will be held in the Cafeteria at New Rochelle High School.
For more information, contact NRFFEE
Executive Director Sue Weisman by phone at
914-576-4657 or by e-mail at [email protected].
Also starting November 20th, the BID
2nd Annual New Rochelle BID Holiday Arts
& Crafts Market will occur weekends through
December 19 at BID Gallery 249, located 249
North Ave. in New Rochelle.
More than 20 artists and craftspeople will
be selling handcrafted jewelry, fine art, ceramics, unique clothing, glass, posters, woodcraft,
giftware and more. Support the arts and your
downtown. Don’t buy the same old stuff at the
mall. Market Hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
on Saturdays and Sundays.
Free space for artists and craftspeople is
still available. Must attend a minimum of two
weekends. Call 914-636-1166 for space availability.
This event sponsored by the New Rochelle
Downtown Business Improvement District
Downtown is emerging as an exciting arts
center offering increased opportunities for the
public to not just view the arts, but also to participate.
This month, Downtown Happenings features the MediaArts Centre, located at the BID
Artist Studio Building at 81 Centre Ave., opposite Talner Jewelry and Yoga Arts of Westchester,
10,000 square feet of newly renovated space for
artists and art businesses. Call 914-960-1460 for
rental information.
Founded by New Rochellean educator
Steve Brock, MediaArts Centre houses artist
production space, a gallery (two recent shows:
“The Photography of Chi Modu” and “Microsoft – xbox” received international press), as
well as workshops for all ages in the fine, digital,
graphic and music arts.
The workshops are structured to enable
students to explore their creativity and master
new skills in a positive, supportive environment
where the learning experience is the priority.
Small class sizes allow for personalized
instruction and create communities where students can simply enjoy making art with others.
Classes are designed to provide instruction appropriate for experience levels, for both beginning and intermediate students, so that all feel
welcome. MediaArts offers monthly workshops,
as well as tailoring programs for small groups.
For November, their class offerings range from
animation and audio recording to fashion illustration and drawing.
For more information on workshops, reservations and registration, call 914-557-6000.
Indoor Farmers Markets
at County Center
Once again, Westchester residents will be
able to buy farm-fresh local produce, cheeses
and dairy products, meats, baked goods and
wine directly from farmers all year long during
the indoor Farmers Market, to be held on select
Sundays from November through March at the
Westchester County Center in White Plains.
The dates are November 21 and December
12 this year, and January 2, February 13 and
March 20 in 2011. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This year’s market will comprise of more
than 30 vendors who are farmers and food producers, all from the tri-state area. Many vendors
from last year are returning to the County Center, along with new food and produce purveyors as well. And, to tempt shoppers and to help
them make their selections, vendors will offer
samples of their foods.
While you’re shopping, you can enjoy musical entertainment by Westchester resident Jon
Cobert. A pianist, singer, songwriter and record
producer, Cobert has recorded and played with
music greats John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen,
Tom and Harry Chapin, John Denver and many
others. He performs at Crabtree’s Kittle House
in Chappaqua and other venues throughout the
Admission is free. Parking at the County
Center lot is $4. A discount parking coupon is
available at www.countycenter.biz. The Farmers Market is sponsored by Westchester County
Parks and radio station 107.1 The Peak. The
Westchester County Center is located at 198
Central Park Ave. in White Plains. For more
information, call 914-995-4050 or visit www.
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RCDS Student David Cho
Honored by Science Competition
Rye Country Day School
filopodia (projections of acjunior David Cho was selected
tin and cell cytoplasm formed
as a Regional Finalist in the
from the cell boundary) be2010 Seimens Competition in
tween gastic cells appear to be
Math, Science and Technology
used for motility.
for his work using a Stimulated
The nation’s leading
Emission Depletion (STED)
original research competition
microscope to observe gastric
in math, science, and technolcancer cells.
ogy for high school students,
STED microscopes are
the Seimens Competition is
a major improvement in miadministered annually by the
croscopy, allowing for much
College Board, which will
greater resolution by making
award college scholarships in
use of two different lasers. Daindividual and team categoDavid Cho
vid’s high-resolution images
ries. Next, Regional Finalists
of the filopodia (also called
will go head-to-head presentmicrospikes) are the first of their kind, demon- ing their research with peers across the nation.
strating that STED microscopy is superior to Winners of the regional events will compete at
confocal microscopy. His results also show that the National Finals in December.
Justine Melissa Anderson Receives
John B. Ervin Scholarship
Justine Melissa Anderson, daughter of
Pamela and Bobby Anderson of Mount Vernon, was recently named an Ervin Scholar at
Washington University in St. Louis. Anderson,
a 2010 graduate of Rye Country Day School,
entered Washington University as a freshman
this fall.
Anderson was co-founder of the Student
of Color Mentoring Program at her high school.
She also served as co-captain of the varsity basketball team.
The Ervin scholarship is awarded to in-
coming first-year students who demonstrate
exceptional intellectual and leadership achievements, and who have engaged in or shown a
commitment to community service, can demonstrate their commitment to bringing diverse
people together, have demonstrated a commitment of serving historically underprivileged
populations and/or can demonstrate achievement and determination in the face of personal
The scholarship is renewable for all four
years of undergraduate study.
County Cheerleading Invitational
More than 1,000 cheerleaders representing high schools and middle schools from
Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess and
Bronx counties will vie for top honors during the
62nd Annual Westchester County Cheerleading
Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, November
22 and 23, at the Westchester County Center in
White Plains.
Middle school and junior varsity competition will start on Monday at 4 p.m., with varsity
beginning at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, junior varsity
will be held at 3:30 p.m. and varsity at 6 p.m.
Squads will be judged on their jumps, tumbling,
partner stunts, pyramids/basket tosses, choreography, timing, projection and the difficulty of
their routines. Trophies will be awarded for first
and second place finishes for each of three varsity divisions, first through third place for junior
varsity and first place for middle school.
The Grand Champions trophy competition,
during which the first place winners of the three
varsity divisions from each day compete, will
take place on Tuesday night at approximately 8
p.m. The Grand Champions trophy is sponsored
by Club Fit of Briarcliff and Jefferson Valley.
At the conclusion of the competition, all
varsity, junior varsity and middle school squads
will be eligible for the Team Spirit Award sponsored by the Westchester County Police Benevolent Association
In addition, Westchester County Cheerleading Association scholarships will be awarded
based on candidates’ academic average, a written
essay, school and community involvement and
cheerleading ability.
The United States Marine Corps will present the colors for the opening ceremony each
Spectator admission is $8 for adults and $5
for students with school I.D. (one ticket per I.D.)
and for children under 12. Tickets go on sale
Monday, November 1, at the County Center box
office, which is open Monday through Friday,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cash and all major credit cards are accepted.
The Westchester County Cheerleading Invitational is sponsored by Westchester County
Parks, the Westchester County Cheerleading
Association and the Westchester County Police
Benevolent Association.
The Westchester County Center is located at
198 Central Avenue in White Plains. Parking is
$4 per car. For more information, call 914-9954050 or visit www.countycenter.biz.
Local Graduates Enroll at
Colgate University
The following local residents are among
853 students who entered Colgate University
with the Class of 2014 in late August. The
class, selected from an applicant pool of almost
7,900 students, is the most diverse to enroll at
Asef Reza Ahmed, of Briarcliff Manor,
son of Dr. Tauseef Ahmed and Mrs. Neelofur
Ahmed. Ahmed is a graduate of the Hackley
Alexander Samuel Fisch, of Briarcliff
Manor, son of Mr. Jacob Fisch and Ms. Deborah L. Barlow. Fisch is a graduate of Briarcliff
High School.
Danielle Cohen Glassman, of Pleasantville, daughter of Mr. Edward Glassman and
Mrs. Michelle C. Glassman. Glassman is a
graduate of Byram Hills High School.
Samantha Glenn Leroy, of Briarcliff Manor, daughter of Mr. Richard A. Leroy and Ms.
Donna Levy-Leroy. Leroy is a graduate of Horace Greeley High School.
Christian Josef Quinttus, of Pleasantville,
son of Mr. Michael L. Quinttus and Mrs. Allison M. Quinttus. Quinttus is a graduate of
Fordham Preparatory School.
Juliana Brooke Schilsky, of Briarcliff
Manor, daughter of Mr. Lawrence D. Schilsky
and Mrs. Mandee Schilsky. Schilsky is a graduate of Briarcliff High School.
Gregory Octavius Smith, of Dobbs Ferry,
son of Mr. Gregory J. Smith and Mrs. Joan O.
Smith. Smith is a graduate of Dobbs Ferry High
Daniel Zbigniew Swiecki, of Irvington,
son of Mr. Zbigniew Swiecki and Mrs. Izabela
A. Swiecka. Swiecki is a graduate of Irvington
High School.
Emily Kiem Taylor, of Pleasantville,
daughter of Mr. John W. Taylor and Mrs. Phong
L. Taylor. Taylor is a graduate of Horace Greeley High School.
Robert Andrew Babus, of New Rochelle,
son of Mr. Steven A. Babus and Ms. Teri L. Noren. Babus is a graduate of the Horace Mann
Conor James Coughlin, of New Rochelle,
son of Ms. Laurie M. Coughlin and Mr. James
M. Coughlin. Coughlin is a graduate of Horace
Mann School.
Emily Jordan Herskowitz, of New Rochelle, daughter of Mrs. Cari Lorberfeld Herskowitz and Mr. Glen Adam Herskowitz. Herskowitz is a graduate of New Rochelle High
Madelyn Yavitz Jurish, of Larchmont,
daughter of Ms. Judith A. Yavitz and Mr. Mark
A. Jurish. Jurish is a graduate of Mamaroneck
High School.
Mara Elizabeth Lewis, of Larchmont,
daughter of Ms. Cathy L. Lewis. Lewis is a
graduate of Mamaroneck High School.
Ami Tian of Pelham Participates in
Whitman College Theater Production
Ami Tian of Pelham, appeared in the recent production of “The Government Inspector” at Whitman College’s Harper Joy Theatre,
Walla Walla, Washington.
The play, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from
the original by Nikolai Gogal, is set in a provincial Russian village in 1842. Madcap mayhem
descends on the village when its citizens learn
that the government inspector is coming.
In this classic farce’s riotous send-up of
official ignorance, corruption and hubris, 1842
Russia may seem hilariously and painfully familiar. The production ran from October 21 to
24 on Harper Joy Theatre’s Alexander Stage.
The play is one of eight productions scheduled this season at Harper Joy Theatre.
County Board Announces Partnership
with Jandon Scholars for HS Seniors
ifteen outstanding economically disadvantaged Westchester County students who
otherwise could not afford college will have
the opportunity to attend, thanks to the Jandon
Scholars Program, a privately-funded academic scholarship program funded by the Jandon
The Westchester County Board of Legislators announced their new partnership with the
Jandon Foundation to administer the Scholars
Program, at no additional cost to county taxpayers. The Jandon Scholars Program provides
Scholars with the financial resources to attend
some of the finest colleges and universities in
the country.
Upon acceptance, Scholars are each awarded $10,000 (over a 4 year period) that may be
used at the college or university of their choice.
Acceptance into the program means scholars
are also provided with the nurturing and mentorship often needed to succeed and flourish in
college and beyond.
“Providing access to quality higher education to Westchester students regardless of their
financial circumstances lies at the very heart of
our commitment to public service,” said County Board Chairman Ken Jenkins.
Speaking on the new partnership between
the Board of Legislators and the Jandon Foundation to administer this scholarship program,
Jenkins said that the Board was “deeply grateful to Donald and Jane Cecil and their continued generosity to Westchester’s students.”
During the past decade of continuous commitment to supporting education, the Jandon
Scholars Program has awarded more than $1
million in scholarships to college students, encouraging them to pursue their education.
Named for Jane and Donald Cecil of
Harrison and inspired by their dedication to
education, the Jandon Scholars Program was
established in 1999 to provide academic scholarships for young disadvantaged high school
seniors in Westchester’s public high schools
with outstanding promise.
“I want to thank Chairman Ken Jenkins
and the Westchester County Board of Legislators for assisting us in continuing and reenergizing the Jandon Scholars program,” said
Alec Cecil, member of the Jandon Foundation
selection panel. “We are excited to be partnering with them as we move forward in supporting vital educational opportunities for accomplished students in our communities who have
limited financial resources.”
To be eligible, you must: 1) be a Westchester
County high school senior; 2) demonstrate
financial need; and 3) showcase a record of
academic achievement, leadership ability and a
commitment to community service.
To apply for the Jandon Scholars Program,
educators, students or parent may contact; Melanie Montalto, program coordinator of the Jandon Scholars Program, by mail at Westchester
County Board of Legislators, 800 Michaelian Office Building; 148 Martine Avenue, 8th
Floor; White Plains, NY 10601, by phone at
914-995-8620, by fax at 914-995-3884, by email at [email protected]
or online at www.westchesterlegislators.com/
resources /JandonScholars.htm.
Academic Excellence
The following local residents were awarded degrees during SUNY Plattsburgh’s commencement services this spring:
Alexander Henry Deckert of Cortlandt
Manor, bachelor’s in business.
Susan Virginia Karlik of Briarcliff Manor,
bachelor’s in TV-video broadcast journalism.
Jenna Lynn Manders of Shrub Oak, bachelor’s in individualized studies.
Halaina Babitch McKeown of Croton
Falls, bachelor’s in human development and
family relations (adolescence).
Kristin Patricia Meenagh of Amawalk,
bachelor’s in public relations/ advertising.
Amanda Marie Nesi of Cortlandt Manor,
bachelor’s in public relations/ advertising.
Paul Alexis Penagos of Mohegan Lake,
bachelor’s in Spanish.
Gregory Paul Young of Pleasantville,
bachelor’s in expeditionary studies.
Kadeem Drysdale of White
Plains Named to the Men’s
Soccer Team at SUNY Delhi
Kadeem Drysdale of White Plains is a participating member of the SUNY Delhi Men’s
Soccer Team. Drysdale is pursuing an associate
degree in Construction Technology at Delhi.
You Can Make A Difference
In the Life of a Child
Find out how you can stop child abuse, one
family at a time, by attending the Child Abuse
Prevention Center’s one-hour volunteer orientation, scheduled at your convenience.
Orientation is a prelude to our intensive 12-hour training. Learn more about the
Center’s excellent 90 percent success record
and volunteer opportunities for Parent Aides,
community speakers, grant writers, group facilitators, fundraisers and administrative office
helpers. English and Spanish/English speaking
volunteers are encouraged to attend. The next
12 hour training session will be held on Tuesday, November 16 and Thursday, November
18, both from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
As a volunteer, you can expect quality training and ongoing supervision, personal
growth, work experience, opportunities for new
friendships and the reward of being needed and
appreciated. We serve the entire Westchester
Call Linda Paver at 914-997-2642 to
schedule a one hour orientation session and for
more information. Orientation and training take
place in our easy-to-reach White Plains office
at 7 Holland Ave. Our volunteers are important
to us. You can make a difference.
12th Annual Slam
Dunk High School
Basketball Tournament
From Sunday, December 26 to Wednesday, December 29 at the Westchester County
Center in White Plains, top-ranked boys and
girls from local and New York State basketball teams face off to showcase their talent in a
competitive four-day tournament beginning at
noon each day.
Boys Teams
Albany Academy, Albany
Archbishop Stepinac High School, White
Burke Catholic High School, Goshen
Harrison High School, Harrison
Horace Greeley High School, Chappaqua
Kennedy Catholic High School, Somers
Mahopac High School, Mahopac
Middletown High School, Middletown
Mount Saint Michael High School, Bronx
Peekskill High School, Peekskill
Salesian High School, New Rochelle
Tappan Zee High School, Orangeburg
White Plains High School, White Plains
Woodlands High School, Hartsdale
Girls Teams
Baldwin High School, Baldwin
Briarcliff High School, Briarcliff
Haldane High School, Cold Spring
Irvington High School, Irvington
Kennedy Catholic High School, Somers
Ossining High School, Ossining
Mount Vernon High School, Mount Ver-
Peekskill High School, Peekskill
Ursuline High School, New Rochelle
White Plains High School, White Plains
A $1,000 Big Shot Contest, where one
contestant will be selected from the audience
during each of the championship games, will
be held. Only high school students with a
valid school I.D. and who do not participate
on school athletic teams are eligible. Halftime
games by young future stars from youth teams
from Westchester will provide further entertainment.
Tickets cost $5 for each day and can be
purchased in advance at the County Center box
office, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and before each
game on the day of the event.
For more information, call the County
Center at 914-995-4050 or visit www.coun
Seniors and Health Care
Phelps Hospital Stroke Center
Receives ‘Gold Plus’ Award
The American Stroke Association recently
awarded Phelps Memorial Hospital Center the
“Gold Plus” Performance Achievement Award
for outstanding stroke care. The award recognizes the hospital’s success in providing a high
level of stroke care by ensuring that patients
receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
To earn the award, Phelps achieved 85
percent or higher adherence to all Get With
the Guidelines (GWTG)-Stroke Performance
Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved
75 percent or higher compliance with six of
10 GWTG-Stroke Quality Measures, which
are reporting initiatives to measure quality of
These measures include aggressive use of
medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation,
all aimed at reducing death and disability and
improving the lives of stroke patients.
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost,
and the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Performance Achievement Award demonstrates
Phelps’ commitment to being one of the top
hospitals in the country for providing aggres-
sive, proven stroke care,” said Dr. Sanda Carniciu, Physician Director of the Stroke Center at
Phelps. “We will continue to focus on providing care that has been shown in the scientific
literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke
patients with evidence-based protocols.”
The Stroke Team is comprised of the hospital’s medical director, the Emergency Department medical director and nurses, quality
assurance staff, non-ED nursing staff, physical, occupational and speech rehabilitation
therapists, and radiologists and hospitalists.
“The American Stroke Association commends Phelps Hospital for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,”
said Lee H. Schwamm, MD, national GWTG
steering committee member and director of the
acute stroke services at Massachusetts General
Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation
of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in
saving the lives and improving outcomes of
stroke patients.”
To contact the Stroke Center at Phelps,
call 914-366-3397. For more information on
Get With the Guidelines, visit www.american
Town of Eastchester
Senior Programs and Services
Monday, November 15
9:00-2:00 Bone Density Screening
9:30 Line Dancing with Theresa Kover and
Pat MacLeod
12:15 Exercise with Linda Zeiss
1:15 Bob Moynihan, Musical Memories,
CDs and DVDs
Cards Daily
Tuesday, November 16
8:30 Exercise with Grace Kulinski
9:30 Exercise with Patricia Marinello
12:30 Bridge and Cards
12:30 Guest Speakers & Special Interest
12:30 Slide Lecture, Becker Trekkers,
“Russia and Estonia”
Wednesday, November 17
8:30 Bus Leaves Lake Isle 8:45 Bus Leaves
Garth Road for Mohegan Sun
9:30 Tap Dancing with Paula Tarrantino
9:30 Drawing with Stephanie Rocker
11:00 Choral Session
12:00 Grace Katz, Medicare Update
12:00 Aches & Pains Clinic, Premier Physical Therapy
12:30 Exercise with Evey Riccobono
12:30 Art Class with Betty Uses
12:30 Music/Drama with Ann Droukas
12:30 Mahjong with Miriam Roschell
1:15 Bob Moynihan, Musical Memories,
CDs and DVDs
Thursday, November 18
9:15 Country Western Dancing, Pat PacLeod
10:00 Yiddish Class
12:30 Mahjong
12:30 Pokeno and Cards
12:30 Hot Topics, Mary Ann Frusciante,
12:30 Fun Crafts with Jennifer Breitenstein
Friday, November 19
8:30 Exercise with Julie Rosen
9:30 Lite Exercise, MaryAnne Scrobe
10:45 Tracy Wright, Book Discussion
10:45 Spanish Class with Anita Marin
11:00 Gilda Press, Information and Conversation
12:30 Bob Moynihan, Musical Memories,
CDs and DVDs
12:30 Bridge and Cards
12:30 Scrabble
12:30 Chair Yoga with Louise Fecher
Tai Chi Classes
The Center at Lake Isle is offering five
weeks of Tai Chi sessions, from December 1 to
29, on Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m.
Under the direction of Master Domingo Colon, Tai Chi, a form of yoga and mediation, will
be held at the Center. There is no fee for those
participating in the lunch program. A physician
consent form is required and may be obtained
at the Center or Department of Senior Programs
and Services in Town Hall. Further information
may be obtained by calling the Senior Center.
The Center at Lake Isle again offers the opportunity to join four weeks of Zumba “Gold”
exercise classes following lunch, beginning
Tuesday, November 30.
Patricia Marinello, instructor, will lead the
group in a healthy, rewarding, beneficial work
out. Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music and dance themes to create a dynamic,
exciting and a very effective fitness class. Casual, comfortable attire is suggested.
Registration and physician approval is necessary.
There is no fee for participants registered
in the lunch program. Lunch is available by reservation.
The Center at Lake Isle is located at 660
White Plains Rd. in Eastchester. For more information or transportation, call 914-337-0390
Wednesday, November 17
10:30 Yoga with Mary
11:30 Hot Lunch Available, Reservations
1:00 Jane Rose, “Let’s Imagine”
2:00 Exercise with Rowena: Lawrence Hospital Physical Therapy
Friday, November 19
11:30 Exercise with Julie
12:30 Thanksgiving Luncheon, Reservations Required
1:30 Special Entertainment, Lu Gmoser,
Three for the Show, “Time Capsule, Circa
The Garth Road Center is located at 235
Garth Rd. in Scarsdale. For more information,
call 914-771-3340.
Social Security Column
Payments Arrive with Direct Deposit, No Matter What
By Susan Sobel, Social Security District Manager in Yonkers
These days, almost everyone gets their benefit payment by direct deposit. Whether you receive Social Security or Supplemental Security
Income (SSI), you can depend on your payment
arriving in your account on time, every time. If
you don’t already have direct deposit, there are
good reasons to sign up. For one, less money
and time spent driving to the bank to cash your
check helps you save. Second, fewer paper
checks, envelopes and stamps, and less fuel to
deliver the checks, means less waste and pollution for the environment.
Hurricane season is here for some areas.
Other areas bear the brunt of flooding. Some
areas of the nation are plagued by tornadoes
and still others must deal with wildfires, severe
thunderstorms, or even earthquakes. If you are
unfortunate enough to be in the line of a natural
disaster, the last thing you want is for your income to be interrupted because of an evacuation
or a missing mailbox. With direct deposit, you
know your payment will be in your account on
time no matter what.
When on vacation, direct deposit ensures
payments will be deposited into your account
on time, so there’s no reason to worry about the
safety of your benefit or to ask a neighbor to
look out for your check when you are away.
As an added bonus, many banks offer free
checking accounts for people who use direct deposit because it saves the bank the cost of processing paper payments. Plus, the payment probably will show up in your bank account sooner
than a paper check will appear in the mailbox…
and there’s no need to cash it. It’s already in the
Skip the line at the bank, save money, get
your payment faster and know you can depend
on your payment being in the bank no matter
what. You can do all of this with direct deposit.
Learn more about it at www.socialsecurity.gov/
Hot Topics In Healthcare
In this edition, we will disAs part of the newly encuss: 1) How US Senators are
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U.S. Senators are calling
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for an investigation into physicare alternatives, transportation
cians across the U.S. who are
options, caregiver issues and
prescribing numerous powerful
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mental health drugs paid for by
ity. Information is available in
Medicare and Medicaid.
Spanish and other languages.
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Obesity Accounts for an Alarming
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A new study places obesity-related medical
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for fraud, and instead subject them to medical last year. The new study found that obesity adds
reviews. Prescription drug fraud contributes an approximately $2,800 per year to an individual’s
estimated $60 to $90 billion a year in Medicare annual medical bills.
fraud alone.
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55 Plus Annual Holiday
Forum & Meeting
The 10th Annual Holiday Forum and General Meeting, featuring a presentation entitled
“Staying Afloat in These Difficult Times: Knowing Your Options,” will be held on Thursday December 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Polish
Center, located at 92 Waverly St. in Yonkers.
Additional presentations will be offered,
including “Your Financial Future Starts Today:
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breakfast will be served.
Registration is required by Monday, November 29.
For more information or to register, call
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New Leadership at Jewish
Home Lifecare
Jewish Home Lifecare has announced
new leadership roles for professional staff at
the Bronx and Westchester Divisions.
Rita Morgan, RN, MPS of Stony Point,
has been named administrator of Jewish
Home Lifecare’s Bronx Division on Kingsbridge Road, where she assumes leadership of
the 816-bed nursing home and rehabilitation
center, as well as Kittay House, the Harry and
Jeanette Weinberg Gardens, the Kenneth Gladstone Building and Riverdale Housing for the
Elderly. This follows an extensive search including interviews by the Bronx Search Committee, comprised of staff, families, tenants
of Kittay and residents. Morgan previously
served for 21 years as Associate Administrator
and Administrator of Jewish Home Lifecare’s
Westchester Division, Sarah Neuman Center,
a 300-bed nursing home and rehabilitation
center in Mamaroneck.
Kathleen McArdle of Port Chester has
been named administrator at Sarah Neuman
Center, where she previously served for seven
years as associate Administrator. McArdle
earned her Master of Arts’ degree from Syracuse University. She is a member of the Association of Westchester Rockland Long Term
Care Administrators, where she serves as secretary, and is Board Chair for Hospice and Palliative care in Westchester and chair of their
Audit and Compliance Committee.
Gregory Poole-Dayan, RN, MSN has been
named Sarah Neuman’s associate administrator, where he previously served for nearly six
years as assistant administrator and director of
nursing. Poole-Dayan earned his Bachelor of
Commerce degree in 1988 and his Master of
Science Degree in Nursing in 1992, both at
McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
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Governor Paterson
Calls for Layoffs
By Joel J. Sprayregen
The American Civil Liberties Union — those
courthouse gun-slingers I assisted when I was a
young lawyer — have discovered a new constitutional “right:” The “right” to bomb Chicago
synagogues as well as Times Square. And also
to massacre unarmed American soldiers. This is
the inescapable logic of the ACLU’s lawsuit to
cancel President Obama’s commendable order to
“kill or capture” Anwar al-Awlaki.
Who is al-Awlaki? He is the terrorist chieftain hiding in the mountains of Yemen, who dispatched the Christmas Day and Times Square
bombers. He conducted extensive e-correspondence — most of it mysteriously still unpublished
— with Major Nidal Hasan, who massacred 13
American soldiers at Ft. Hood. Several of the
9/11 bombers attended al-Awlaki’s “sermons” at
a San Diego mosque; at least one followed him
to a Virginia mosque. Al-Awlaki is now linked
to the latest assault on our homeland, i.e, sending
bombs to Chicago synagogues (question: why
should any packages from Yemen be delivered in
our country?).
An Extraordinarily Dangerous Terrorist
The judgment of al-Awlaki rendered by a
top U.S. Official — Treasury Undersecretary
Stuart Levey is sobering:
“Al-Awlaki has proven that he is extraordinarily dangerous, committed to carrying out
deadly attacks on Americans and others worldwide. He has involved himself in every aspect of
the supply train of terrorism — fundraising for
terrorist groups, recruiting and training operatives and planning and ordering attacks on innocents.”
There is ample evidence to support Levey’s
conclusion. The Christmas Day Bomber said alAwlaki had directed him to time his attack to show
Christians that they could be humiliated on their
sacred day (See A World View, January 15, 2010,
“Merry Christmas from the World of Islam,” describing six lethal attacks on churches unreported
in the U.S. press). U.S. intelligence agencies intercepted at least 18 e-mails between al-Awlaki
and Hasan, but took no preventive action in line
with our Administration’s delusion that there is
no such menace as Islamic terrorism.
In one e-mail, Hasan says “I can’t wait to
join you in the afterlife.” A high-level intelligence official observed, after the massacre, that
“this sounds like code words.” The remaining
e-mails remain suppressed by our government,
most likely because the texts prove the idiocy
of the administration’s refusal to link Hasan to
radical Islam, notwithstanding that he exclaimed
“Allahu Akbar” as he murdered our soldiers. In
July, the FBI warned a Seattle cartoonist that alAwlaki had targeted her for death in a magazine
The al-Awlaki’s Scam the American People
The al-Awlaki family has shown extraordinary ability to exploit the generosity of the American people. Anwar was apparently born in New
Mexico while his father, Naser, was attending
university on a Fulbright grant. I wrote “apparently” because Anwar later gained a scholarship
to Colorado State University as a foreign student
and claimed birth in Yemen on his social security application. Anwar — on religious grounds
— will not shake hands with women. But he had
several convictions in California for soliciting
prostitutes, which should not necessarily invite
lascivious comparisons with CNN’s renowned
pundit, Eliot Spitzer.
By reason of Anwar’s multiple crimes while
in the U.S. and his worldwide attendance at summits directing Jihad, several charges were filed
against him in U.S. courts. All charges were
dropped, apparently due to the clout of the alAwlaki family. Naser was a cabinet minister and
university president in Yemen. Yemen’s prime
minister is a close relative. Anwar was allowed to
leave the U.S. in 2002 after extensive interrogation about his knowledge of 9/11. Before leaving,
he led prayers for Muslim congressional staffers
at the U.S. capital.
The Principle is Insane
I do not protest the ACLU’s representation
of a disreputable individual, as I have represented some myself. But I do take aim at the insane
principle the ACLU seeks to establish, i.e., that
Anwar, while in hiding, is entitled to a full U.S.
judicial hearing before he can be taken out by
drones or captured. This claim defies reality. AlAwlaki continuously sends mass murderers to the
U.S., while his influential tribe hides him in Yemeni mountains. The wise Justice Holmes taught
us that “the life of the law has not been logic, it
has been experience.” Experience informs most
sane people to understand that al-Awlaki must be
stopped before he inflicts more deaths.
Anwar’s father shrewdly solicited the ACLU
to send one of its Arabic-speaking lawyers to Yemen, claiming his son is “merely a preacher.”
ACLU eagerly swallowed the bait to advance
its program of undermining our defenses against
Islamic terrorists. The ACLU employs the ruse
of suing in Naser’s name because Anwar — as
a designated terrorist in hiding — lacks standing
to sue.
In my days 40 years ago as a young ACLU
lawyer, we brought gangsters, Communists and
Nazis to court to assert their legal claims. If the
ACLU wants to establish that Anwar has been
unfairly targeted, they should first produce him in
an American courtroom for the hearing he claims
to seek. The ACLU case is premised on the hideous notion that Anwar can continue to send mass
murderers here while a legal tango of “hide and
seek” is played out at a leisurely pace. That crusty
upstate New York country lawyer Justice Robert
Jackson — after returning from his chief prosecutorship of Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg —
warned us that not to “convert this constitutional
Bill of Rights into a suicide pact.”
Legal Notices
The Annual Report of the Corporate Angel Network, Inc. for the year ended December 31, 2009 is available for inspection during regular working hours at the
principal Office Of the Corporate Angel Network, Inc., Westchester County Airport,
One Loop Road, White Plains, New York, and will remain available for 180 days
from the date of this notice.
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Notice of formation of Lucente Supply LLC Arts. Of
Org. filed with the Sect’y of
State of NY (SSNY) on October 29, 2010. Office location:
Westchester County. The
street address is: 130 Columbus Ave, Tuckahoe, NY
10707. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC
upon whom process against
it may be served. SSNY shall
mail process served to: Lucente Supply LLC, 130 Columbus Ave, Tuckahoe, NY
10707. Purpose: any lawful
Notice of formation of CareNext Managed Care, LLC Arts.
Of Org. filed with the Sect’y
of State of NY (SSNY) on
10/27/2010. Office location:
Westchester. The street address is: 2500 Westchester
Ave. 4th Floor Purchase, NY
10577. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC
upon whom process against
it may be served. SSNY
shall mail process served to:
CareNext Managed Care,
LLC , 2500 Westchester
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State of NY (SSNY) on 21
June 2010. Office location:
Westchester County. The
street address is: 31 Pondfield Rd West #66 Bronxville,
NY 10708. SSNY has been
designated as agent of the
LLC upon whom process
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SSNY shall mail process
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Bronxville, NY 10708. Purpose: any lawful act.
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Tea Party Victories
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in northern Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess
counties. Ball, a Republican, defeated County
Legislator Mike Kaplowitz in what was the ugliest Westchester race this year, with accusations
and negative ads flying from both parties. Ball’s
attacks on Kaplowitz’s voting record for property
tax increases on the county board proved to be
make Ball the more attractive candidate for cutting spending and capping property taxes.
Steve Katz won the Assembly seat in the 99th
District, also in northern Westchester and Putnam
counties. Katz, a first-time Republican candidate,
defeated Democrat Brendan Tully and Conservative Jim Borkowski. Katz, Ball and Hayworth,
although running for different offices, all advocated less government spending and lower taxes.
All three also welcomed and embraced Tea Party
The Armonk Players Presents
‘It Happened One Christmas Eve’
This Holiday Season, be sure to take a
breather from all the hustle and bustle and join us
for our very special holiday show, “It Happened
One Christmas Eve.”
By Bob Fitzimmons and Kathy Wheeler,
musical arrangement by Steven Silverstein, direction by George Puello and Pia Haas and musical
direction by Kurt Kelly, “It Happened One Christmas Eve,” is a heart-warming musical about an
infant left on a Brooklyn doorstep one Christmas
Eve and the magic she brings to the lives of those
who find her.
This show is filled with favorite Christmas
carols and popular Seasonal songs and is sure to
please the entire family.
The show will star Jeff Aldana, Beth Brandon, Natalie Buzzeo, Marcia Cummings-Vinci,
Jason Fogarty, Kathleen Hart, Dana Laite, Mi-
chelle Moriarty, Shaine Moriarty, Hal Simonetti
and Sharon Rosenthal.
Showings are as follows:
• Friday, December 3 at 8 p.m.;
• Saturday, December 4 at 8 p.m.;
• Sunday, December 5 at 4 p.m.;
• Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m.’
• Friday, December 10 at 8 p.m.;
• Saturday, December 11 at 8 p.m.; and
• Sunday, December 12 at 4 p.m.
All showings are at the Whippoorwill Hall
of The North Castle Public Library, located at 19
Whippoorwill Rd. East in Armonk. Admission is
$18 for adults and $14 for students and Seniors
(65 years or older). Tickets are available at the
door or may be purchased in advance at www.Ar
monkPlayers.org or at Framings, located at 420
Main St. in Armonk.
National Organization of Italian
American Women Greater New
York Region, Westchester Network
The National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) Westchester Network
presents “Italian American Women Writers.”
Join distinguished Italian American authors
Linda Cardillo and Mara di Sandro De Matteo,
who will be presenting their latest works. A
question and answer session and discussion will
follow presentations.
This event will be held on Tuesday, November 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Rye Free
Reading Room, located at 1061 Boston Post
Road in Rye. Refreshments will be served. The
event is free for members or $5 for non-members. Men, as always, are invited. RSVP by emailing [email protected].
vide these kids, many of whom are overweight
and have mixed feelings about their bodies, with
a sense of control and purpose. The Pleasantville
Cottage School Recreation Director and staff are
assisting the youth in how to use the equipment
and guide them in their quest toward fitness.
“Our wish is that our time spent together has
given the residents a sense of their own worth,
because in each of them there is true promise,”
said Amy Hughson of Harrison, who addressed
the group during the dedication. “Likewise, we
hope that the exercise equipment here will empower them to understand that with real effort
and determination, they can build strength and
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own, they insist that being a part of this special
relationship means every bit as much to them
as it does to the kids. In May, the Harrison-Purchase Women’s Philanthropy decided to give the
residents a gift, raising more than $31,000 for an
exercise room. The funds were raised through
UJA-Federation’s Share a Mitzvah program. On
Tuesday, November 2, the women attended a
ribbon-cutting opening the new space for use.
The exercise room and equipment — which
includes treadmills, elliptical machines, weight
training and body-toning equipment — will pro-
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ACLU Proclaims a New
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Bomb Synagogues and Times Square
New York Governor
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“It is with this stark
for a reduction of the state
reality as a backdrop that
workforce by 2,000 emtoday I have approved
ployees, including 898 layimplementation of a plan
offs, in an effort to reduce
to reduce the workforce
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this reduction plan is fully
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realized, my administraYorkers to make sacrifices
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our State on a path to rethan 11,000 employees. In
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total, this will amount to a
is serving his last weeks as
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Governor. “I have made it
percent for the workforce
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November 21 - The Greenburgh Hebrew
Center hosts its annual Book Fair and Boutique
from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. The fair features a
unique and broad selection of secular and Judaic
books for all ages. Main Street Books of White
Plains will provide the book selection. The selection includes hardcover and softcover books. The
Sisterhood of GHC will be selling Hanukkah and
Judaic giftware, including the newest game, No
Limit Texas Dreidel. Adults and children ages 9
and older can learn how to play No Limit Texas
Dreidel - continuous throughout the fair. Game
sets are also available for purchase. The boutique
features jewelry, stationary, toys and other gifts.
Luke from “Music For Aardvarks” (innovative,
intelligent and irresistibly appealing music) will
entertain children for free beginning at 10:00 am.
At 11:00am, the author and GHC member Larry
Stempel will talk about his book Showtime: A
History of the Broadway Musical Theater, which
will be available for sale. Food and beverages
are available at the Bagel Café. 9:30am 1:30pm.
Cash or check only. Greenburgh Hebrew Center,
515 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. (914) 693-4260.
November 21 - Westchester Community
College presents the institution’s annual President’s Forum event, Our Democracy…Polarized and Paralyzed at 2:30pm in the Academic
Arts Theatre, moderated by Lester M. Crystal,
president, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions; concludes with a wine and cheese reception and
book signing at 4:30pm; panelists are Dan Balz,
correspondent, The Washington Post; Dr. Alan
Brinkley, historian; Bob Herbert, columnist,
The New York Times; and Kimberly Strassel,
editorial board member, The Wall Street Journal. Tickets start at $25 (closed circuit TV) and
$75 (theatre seating). For further information on
tickets, please call 914-606-6505 or visit www.
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November - Tarrytown Music Hall - 11/20
Rob Bartlett at 8pm; 11/23 film: ROPE (Alfred
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November 12 - The Small Town Theatre
Company - Due to the popularity of the first annual Theatre Festival in Armonk, the Rye Arts
Center is redoing four short plays at their facility, 8:00pm: Cliché, My Boyfriend’s Wife, It’s
About Forgiveness, and She’s Fabulous; 51
Milton Road, Rye, NY; $5 members of Rye Arts
Center, $7 nonmembers; call 914-273-0300.
November 16 - The Emelin Theatre International Film Series. Nora’s Will, $15 @ 7:30pm
featuring a post-screening Q&A with Andrzej
Krakowski. Nora had a plan. It would bring her
ex-husband, Jose, and the rest of their family together for a magnificent Passover feast. But there
is a flaw in her plan- a mysterious photograph
from the past, hidden under the bed, which leads
Jose to reexamine their relationship and rediscover their undying love for each other. Winner
of 7 Mexican Academy Awards, including Best
Picture, and The Golden Astor for Best film at
the Mar del Plata Film Festival. Tickets, film
trailers, and more info available at http://www.
emelin.org/film.html. 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck, NY 10543; p 914.698.3045 x117; f
914.698.1404; www.emelin.org
November 20 - Beczak Environmental
Education Center - “Friction Farm & Siobhan
Quinn and Michael Bowers” Two duos that
blend Celtic, folk and pop into a seamless package. Expect the unexpected from original ballads
to covers of Nanci Griffith and Pink Floyd. Saturday, November 20, 7:00pm. $10 admission includes free beer from sponsor Captain Lawrence
Brewing Company. Beczak Environmental Education Center, 35 Alexander Street, Yonkers, NY
10701. For more info, contact sjuggernauth@
beczak.org / (914) 377-1900 ext. 13. Www.urbanh2o.org
November 20 - Common Ground Coffee House at the First Unitarian Society of
Westchester - Driftwood with Greetings from
Anywhere, 7:30pm, Hastings-on-Hudson; tickets on sale, 914-693-1065, commongroundfusw.
November 20 - The Music Conservatory of
Westchester presents The Pete Malinverni Trio
in celebration of their new recording, “A Beautiful Thing.” The Trio, featuring pianist Pete Malinverni, bassist Lee Hudson, and drummer Nadav Snir-Zelniker, will perform music from the
critically acclaimed new release. Joining the Trio
is jazz singer Jody Sanhaus, who will perform
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November 20, 27 - Westchester Sandbox
Theatre – Alice In Wonderland: journey through
the looking glass with its special Theatre for
Young Audiences presentation of Alice In Wonderland. This delightful version of the classic
story is performed by professional adult actors
and is presented in a fun, interactive way that
will enchant even the youngest of theatregoers.
And at only 45 minutes in length, it is the perfect
thing on a cold Saturday morning for the whole
family! Alice In Wonderland will be presented at
11am. Tickets are $10 for adults and only $5 for
kids 12 and under! Call 914-630-0804 to reserve
your tickets! The theatre is located at 931c E.
Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck.
December - The Armonk Players presents
“It Happened One Christmas Eve”, a heartwarming musical about an infant left on a Brooklyn doorstep and the magic she brings to the lives
of those who find her; show is filled with favorite
Christmas carols and popular Seasonal songs and
is sure to please the entire family. Performances at 8pm on 12/3, 4, 10, 11; 4pm on 12/5 and
12/12; 7:30pm on 12/9. $18 for Adults, $14 for
Students and Seniors (65 years or older). 10%
restaurant discounts during the show run at participating establishments! Tickets are available
at the door OR may be purchased in advance at
www.ArmonkPlayers.org; also purchase tickets
at Framings, 420 Main Street, Armonk 10504.
Whippoorwill Hall of The North Castle Public
Library, 19 Whippoorwill Road East, Armonk,
NY 10504
December - Greenville Community Theatre
presents And Then There Were None (a.k.a. Ten
Little Indians), a thriller by Agatha Christie, directed by Ray Eckerle. In this superlative thriller,
statuettes of little Indians in the drawing room
of a house on an island off the coast of England,
vanish one by one - as those in the house succumb to an unseen executioner. A nursery rhyme
tells how each of the ten “Indians” met their end
until there were none. Eight guests who have
never met each other or their apparently absent
host and hostess are lured to the island and, along
with the two house servants, marooned. A mysterious voice accuses each of having gotten away
with murder and then one drops dead - murdered. One down and nine to go - the excitement
never lets up. . and neither does the fun! Dec 1
(Wed.) - Dec 4 (Sat.) at 8:00pm; Dec 4 (Sat.) at
2:00pm. Edgemont High School Theater, White
Oak Lane, Scarsdale, $15, $13 Seniors/Students
(all General Admission) Group Rates Available.
Special Discount: On Wednesday, December 1st
only 10 (all seats) Reservations & Information:
(914) 636-2863 or email: [email protected]
December 1-26 - Westchester Broadway
Theatre presents A Sleepy Hollow Christmas
Carol, a new musical based upon the tales of
Charles Dickens and Washington Irving starring
John Treacy Egan as Scrooge. It is the enchanting musical set in the town of Sleepy Hollow,
in 1900, performances Thursdays thru Sundays.
592-2222. Also at: www.BroadwayTheatre.com
December 3 - Jazz Forum Arts celebrates
Dave Brubeck’s 90th Birthday on Fri., Dec. 3 at
8pm at Tarrytown Music Hall. (Originally Oct.
29). Good tickets remain! Info & Tix: http://
December 11 - Westchester Chamber Symphony - Bronxville resident Lawrence Dutton
will perform with the Westchester Chamber
Symphony at its all-Baroque concert, 8:00 p.m.
at Iona College’s Christopher J. Murphy auditorium, 715 North Ave, New Rochelle; tickets $50
general admission, $40 for seniors, $15 for students.
December 21 - January 6 -The Metropolitan
Opera announces the return of Mozart’s classic,
The Magic Flute, with eight performances during the holiday season; 12/21 ti 1/6/11, special
weekday matinee performances. Approximate
run time is 1 hour and 40 minutes. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit
metoperafamily.org; 12/21, 28, 29, 30, 1/3 at
11am; 12/24 at 6:30pm; 1/1 and 1/6 at 8pm; tickets: metoperafamily.org; at Lincoln Center, 65th
St. and Broadway, NYC.
Upcoming 2011 - Greenburgh Hebrew Center Nursery School - Terrific Toddlers 2012011
for parents/caregivers and toddlers; program to
those not yet old enough to attend nursery school.
The curriculum will include music, movement,
stories, process-oriented art projects, free play
and snack time. Terrific Toddlers is a program
for children who will be eligible to begin a two’s
program in September 2011, (generally those
born 1/2009 to 12/2009). Enrollment will be
limited to 8 children per class. A parent or caregiver must accompany each child. The classes
will be held on Wednesday mornings from 9:15
-10:15. There will be 30 sessions, running from
Oct. 4 through June 1 at a cost of $600 for the 30
sessions. Please contact Jackie Binstock, GHC’s
Nursery School Director at (914) 479-1421 or
[email protected] for more information.
October - December - Sound Shore Medical
Center of Westchester Blood Drives: 11/18 Mamaroneck H.S., 1000 W. Boston Rd, Mamaroneck, 8am to 3pm; 11/21, St. Augustine’s Church,
18 Cherry Ave, Larchmont, 10am to 1pm; 12/2
Mamaroneck FD (Town of), 205 Weaver St,
Larchmont, 5 to 8pm; 12/5, Beth El Synagogue
with Temple Israel, 1324 North Ave, New Rochelle, 8am to 1pm; 12/12, Resurrection Church,
910 Boston Post Rd, Rye, 8:30am to 1pm
November - JCC on the Hudson - The
JCC on the Hudson is hosting a Membership
Appreciation Weekend. Non-members enjoy
a specially priced weekend pass that includes
use of the fitness center and unlimited classes
all for only $35! Members are free. Half-hour
personal training session only $35 for non-
Sunday, November 2628. Friday, 8am noon
(fitness center), 9:45am10:45am, Zumba,
11:00amNoon, Arthritis Fitness. Saturday,
1:00 pm5:00 pm. (fitness center). 1:30pm2:00
pm Ballet-Tone, 2:00pm2:30pm. Cardio Hip
Hop. Sunday, 8:00am4:00pm, (fitness center).
9:00am10:00am Jewish Meditations and Gentle
Yoga, 10:00am11:00am Zumba. JCC members
free; $35.00 community (entire weekend). JCC
on the Hudson, 371 South Broadway, Tarrytown,
914.366.7898, www.jcconthehudson.org.
November 14 - Temple Israel of New Rochelle holiday boutique, 9:30am to 4:00pm;
more than 50 vendors with merchandise and
services jewelry, costume styles and items with
semi-precious stones, accessories, scarves, stationery, gourmet food, much more; baked goods
sold throughout the day; raffles held throughout
the day; free admission; information: 914-2351800; 1000 Pinebrook Blvd, New Rochelle.
December - “The Nutcracker” - The
Westchester Ballet Company will present its annual production of “The Nutcracker” during four
performances in December at the Westchester
County Center in White Plains. Dates and times
are Friday, December 17, 10am, Saturday, December 18, 12:30pm and 4:30pm, and Sunday,
December 19, at 2 pm. Advance ticket prices are
$18 for adults, $12 for children (ages 2 through
10) and seniors (age 60 and up); all tickets are
$22 on the day of the performance. Discounted
tickets are available for groups of 10 or more by
calling (914) 864-7077. Tickets now on sale at
the County Center box office, Monday thru Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm;
also thru Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000, at www.
ticketmaster.com or at all Ticketmaster outlets. A
$2 discount coupon is available for advance sale
tickets at www.countycenter.biz. The Westchester
County Center is located at 198 Central Avenue
in White Plains. Go to www.countycenter.biz or
call the County Center at (914) 995-4050.
December 12 - Trinity Presbyterian Church’s
annual Christmas concert, A Westchester Christmas, will take place on Sunday, December 12th,
at 4:00 pm. Snow date is December 19th. Traditional Christmas music, jazz, pop and classical; singing of carols; childcare for toddlers and
infants, and a craft program for school-aged
children will be provided. Concert will be held
at School of the Holy Child, 2225 Westchester
Avenue East, Rye, New York. For directions and
further information, visit Trinity’s website: www.
trinitychurch.cc . There is no admission fee.
November 16 - New York State Intergenerational Network (NYSIgN) - Westchester
members have organized a half-day conference
to generate greater interest in the development
of inter-generational (IG) programs, which
strengthen family and community bonds between
any two generations. The conference features
Penn State University professor Dr. Matt Kaplan. The conference takes place from 8:00am to
12:30p.m., at Reid Castle, on the Manhattanville
College campus, Purchase, NY. Conference tickets include the keynote address by Dr. Kaplan,
two workshops, a performance by the Mount
Vernon Intergenerational Choir, and a continental
breakfast. The costs: $25.00 for an individual or
the first representative from an agency, and $10
for each additional agency participant; the student fee is $10. Conference sponsors include the
Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation, United Way
of Westchester and Putnam, Westchester County
Department of Senior Programs and Services,
The Volunteer Center of United Way, Webster
Bank, the Westchester County Youth Bureau,
Manhattanville College, Fordham University,
Groundwork Hudson Valley, JCY - Westchester
Community Partners, United Hebrew of New
Rochelle, and the White Plains Youth Bureau.
For more information about the conference, contact Valerie Cursio at 914-423-5009. Register
online at www.jcy-wcp.com. Email us at info@
November - Warner Library- Movies 11/17 from 3 to 5 pm Selena: The Movie - The
true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas
born tejano singer who rose from cult status to
performing at the Astrodome, as well as having
top albums on the Latin music charts. Rated PG.
For Teens and Adults, free with Light Refreshments. 11/20 from 2 to 4pm Step Up . In this first
of the Step Up series, rebel Tyler Gage from the
wrong side of the tracks becomes dance partner
to the brilliant dancer Nora Clark in a most unexpected twist of fate. Sparks fly between them,
and Tyler must decide if he truly wants to ‘step
up’ to a much brighter future. The fabulous dancing is a visual delight. Free for Teens and Adults.
Refreshments Provided. Rated PG-13. 11/22
from 6:30 to 8:30pm Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
2010 smash hit starring Michael Cera and Alison Pill. Refreshments provided. Rated PG-13.
Adults Welcome. In the Children’s Room 11/18
at 4pm Chat & Chew Parent/Child Book Group
is a club for third and fourth graders (with a parent or other adult) that meets once a month to
discuss a book all have read. 11/18 at 4pm Book
Bonanza is a book discussion for first and second graders. 11/24 at 11am Songs & Stories with
Nora Maher. 121 North Broadway, Tarrytown,
NY 10591; 914-631-7734; www.warnerlibrary.
November 20 -Beczak Environmental Education Center - 11/20 River Explorers: Handson Nature Programs for ages 5-12; “Beaks and
Feet”. Learn about the bald eagle, humming bird
and great blue heron, create your beak and feet to
fly away with, 11am to noon and 1 to 2pm, free,
registration required;914-377-1900 ext. 13 or
[email protected]; 35 Alexander Street,
Ardsley Resident Recognized
Solo Violists Toby Appel and
for Service in Naval Militia Danielle Farina To Perform with
Bedford Chamber Concerts
Ardsley on Hudson resident Robert Pouch
has been awarded the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal for his service as Deputy Commander for Operations of the New York Naval
Pouch, who works as Executive Director of
the Board of Commissioners of Pilots of the State
of New York, is a Captain in the Naval Militia and
is retiring after 45 years of service.
He was recognized by Major General Patrick
Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, for
his years of service at a ceremony held on October 15 at the United States Military Academy at
West Point. This was the second time he has been
awarded New York’s highest medal for service.
The Naval Militia is a New York State force
comprised of members of the Navy, Marine Corps
and Coast Guard federal reserve forces who also
volunteer to perform state active duty at the direction of the governor. A small number of naval militia volunteers, like Pouch, are retired reservists
whose only service is to the state.
The New York Naval Militia has strength
of about 2,500 members and maintains a fleet of
nine watercraft in its Military Emergency Boat
Service. New York is one of four states with active naval state defense forces.
During his service as operations head for
the Naval Militia, Pouch established partnerships
with federal, state and local agencies to further
homeland security efforts statewide. He promoted
the Area Maritime Security Committee concept,
involving the New York Naval Militia and Divi-
sion of Military and Naval Affairs as integral partners with this federal program.
A Naval Militia patrol boat works with the
United States Coast Guard to carry inspection
parties out to ships waiting to enter New York harbor, and Naval Militia patrol boats have worked
with federal, state and local agencies on Lake
Ontario, Lake Erie, the Hudson River and Lake
Pouch, who was born and raised on Staten
Island, has spent his career in the maritime industry. He is a graduate of the Maine Maritime Academy and the United States Naval War College and
has served in the Merchant Marine and the United
States Naval Reserve.
He has worked in numerous positions in the
shipping industry, including President and Chairman of the Board of Barber Steamship Lines, Inc.,
and Barber Ship Management Inc., U. S. General
Agent for the United States Maritime Administration and US Navy Military Sealift Command,
Senior Vice President for Hapag Lloyd-United
States Navigation Inc. and New York State Commissioner of the Board of Commissioners of Pilots of the State of New York.
Pouch also served on the Board of Trustees
of Irvington, as Trustee and Deputy Mayor, for 18
years and currently serves on its Ethics Commission. He is Chairman of the Foundation for the
Community Hospital at Dobbs Ferry. He and his
wife Susan have two grown children, William and
Catherine, and two grandchildren, Christopher
and James.
RTA Benefit Performance to
Feature Exonerated Prisoners
On Monday, November 15 at the Five Angels
Theater in Manhattan, Rehabilitation Through The
Arts (RTA), based in Katonah, will present “The
Inside Story,” a unique theatrical event with a cast
that includes formerly incarcerated men and women who participated in RTA’s creative arts program
while behind bars. “The Inside Story” cast includes
Dewey Bozella and Jabbar Collins, whose inspiring journeys from wrongful conviction to exoneration and freedom, recently made headline news.
These RTA alumni, along with Broadway actors,
will perform readings, scenes, monologues and
dance depicting what life is like for incarcerated
New York State Commissioner of the Depart-
ment of Correctional Services, Brian Fischer, will
be honored before the performance for his enlightened support of the arts in prison.
The evening will begin with a 6:30 p.m. reception that will include an exhibit and silent auction of prisoners’ artworks. Honorary hosts are
professional actors and performers Lewis Black,
Kate Burton, Billy Crudup, Edie Falco, James
James McDaniel and Frances McDormand.
RTA’s “The Inside Story” performance will
be held at the Five Angels Theater, located at 789
Tenth Avenue & 52nd Street in Manhattan. Reception will be held at 6:30pm, followed by the performance at 7:30pm. For tickets, call Ticket Central,
212-279-4200 or visit www.ticketcentral.com.
Lowey Calls for Enhanced Cargo Screening
cargo can be just as dangerous
Lowey, a senior member of the
as passengers,” said Lowey.
House Homeland Security Ap“The cargo on all international
propriations Subcommittee, has
flights arriving in the United
called for enhanced screening
States originating from these 14
techniques on air cargo bound
countries of interest should be
for the United States.
subject to enhanced screening.”
“A quick response to acAlthough current law retionable intelligence prevented
quires the screening of cargo
a potentially tragic attack,” said
only on passenger aircraft, a
Lowey. “But there is more that
requirement TSA has still not
can and should be done to keep
met for all international flights,
Americans safe.”
Lowey called for screening of
Following the attempted
all air cargo originating in these
terrorist attack by Umar Farouk
nations and bound for the United
Congresswoman Nita Lowey
Abdulmutallab last Christmas
States, regardless of whether the
Day, the Transportation Security
flight carries passengers or not.
Administration (TSA) ordered enhanced screen“Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
ing for air travelers arriving in the United States will stop at nothing to do us harm,” said Lowey.
on flights originating from one of 14 “countries of “All cargo on flights originating from countries of
higher risk should be screened, regardless of what
“This most recent attack shows again that type of plane it arrives on.”
On Wednesday November 17 at 8 p.m., Bedford Chamber Concerts will continue a season
focusing on specific instruments played by outstanding virtuosi performing great concerti with a
program featuring the viola.
Guest violists Toby Appel and Danielle Farina will perform along with renowned musician,
conductor and composer Anthony Newman and
the Bedford Chamber Ensemble.
The program will include one of Mozart’s
masterpieces, and his final piece written in the
concertante style, the Sinfonia Concertante in E
flat. A piece of great mood and depth, it offers
complex orchestration within a clearly defined organic whole that displays the imagination that is
the genius of Mozart.
Additionally, the program will include an
original composition by Newman. His Viola
Concerto was commissioned by the International
Viola Congress in 1985. The concert will include
the original work as well as the inaugural performance two additional movements.
Appel and Farina, who both received their
training at the Curtis Institute of Music, will serve
as soloists during the performance.
Bedford Chamber Concerts performances
take place in the Fellowship Hall of St. Matthew’s
Church, located at 382 Cantitoe St. in Bedford.
Refreshments are served during intermission and
are included in the $35 ticket price. For ticket
reservations or more information, call 914-5225150.
Art in a Bottle & Notte Siciliana
Sicily’s oenological (wine making) history is
an ancient one, dating back to the time when the
island was part of the Magna Graecia. Thousands
of years later, Sicily is Europe’s fastest growing
wine region whose products embody the region’s
fascinating legacy, shaped by a dozen different
With its perfect conditions, it should come
as little surprise that the island now has more area
under vine than any other major wine making region in Italy. Sicilian oeniculture has much to offer, including its unique varietals, magical vintage
wines, table and dessert wines, all of which boast
fame far beyond its shores.
Wine Dinner
Notte Siciliana hosts “Culture on the table,
Art in a Bottle,” on November 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Join them for an evening of traditional Sicilian
cuisine prepared by Chef Raffaele Ronca of Palma Restaurant in New York City, expertly paired
with selected Sicilian wines. A silent auction of
rare art and fine wines, courtesy of WineAppeal.
it, will conclude the night. Entertainment will be
provided by John T. La Barbera and Laura Campisi, winner of the 2009 Lucca Jazz Festival. Business attire is reguired. The cost is $125 for members and $150 for non-members or, in a special for
members only, a full table for eight for $900.
Wine Lecture and Tasting
Art in a Bottle features a wine lecture, “Sicilian Wines: Nectar of the Gods” and a tasting of
selected Sicilian wines presented by wine enthusiast Salvatore Cottone, founder of SicilyWine.
com, on November 12 at 6:30 p.m. There will
also be a preview of the rare art and fine wine that
will be auctioned by WineAppeal.it at the wine
dinner at Notte Siciliana, on Tuesday, November
16. The cost is $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers.
The Westchester Italian Cultural Center,
located in Tuckahoe, preserves, promotes and
celebrates the rich heritage of classic and contemporary Italian culture by encouraging an appreciation of the Italian language, arts and letters,
history, cuisine and commerce through educational programs, exhibits and events.
For more information on these and other
events, contact the Westchester Italian Cultural
Center by e-mail at [email protected] or by
phone at 914-771-8700 ext. 109.
verify whether or not any of their arguments
were even remotely accurate. A cunning tactic
that is, however, apparently in complete disregard of Pitman’s prior Judicial Order that specifically directed them to “submit material of
appropriate evidentiary weight when relying
upon any facts outside the record.”
The government’s disingenuous attempt
to circumvent the crucial discovery in this
case has, in fact, been an ongoing strategy.
Other court filings reflect that this very group
of prosecutors has already deployed other
unsettling tactics in order to hinder the proceedings and the fact finding process. In one
instance, both prosecutors and federal agents
claimed to have caught a convenient case of
amnesia when they wrote to Judge Pitman
that they could not “recall” whether they took
notes during the interview of a critical witness
that could have helped prove DiPietro’s innocence.
The ill-mannered tactics currently being
deployed in this case do not only undermine
the integrity of the offices involved, but also
inflicts a forbiddingly scary predicament for
defense attorneys, judges and the general public as a whole: this type of conduct, especially
by those government officials entrusted by the
public, is extremely daunting and truly unfit
for a system on which human lives are dependent. Apparently, these prosecutors have lost a
sense of their oaths to comport with the “truth
seeking process,” which is purportedly the
main objective of the criminal justice system.
The task of now dealing with the plethora
of prosecutorial misconduct ultimately falls
on the hands of Pitman. The Judge will have
to decide the discovery issues in question
and direct the government to finally produce
the documents that undoubtedly would have
changed the outcome of this trial had it not
been hidden from the federal jury that convicted DiPietro in 2005.
Rising Media’s investigative journalists
will continue to provide coverage on this important case, including Pitman’s decision in
dealing with the discovery matters that are
critical to the search for justice. Please stay
tuned for all updates and follow up on all segments of this series, “The DiPietro Case: The
Search for Justice,” which is also available at
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curity facility in Pennsylvania, where he has
spent the last seven years, convicted of a fabricated kidnapping at the behest of politically
connected Maurice “Mo” Sanginiti and dubious Ponzi scheme operator John Perazzo, who
both struck deals with prosecutors for a host
of enticing benefits, including freedom from
their own crimes and money.
Earlier this year, DiPietro’s legal team,
headed by Clutter, successfully uncovered a
plethora of evidence and witnesses which not
only prove the case against DiPietro to be suspect, but also points to it being another miscarriage of justice former Westchester District
Attorney Jeanine Pirro. However, notwithstanding Clutter’s illuminating investigation,
the Assistant United States Attorney’s Office
is still unwilling to correct the overabundance
of misdeeds that have transpired.
On November 3 federal prosecutors made
a blatant effort to further distort the truth seeking process by telling Pitman in court filings
that they think Clutter’s findings of six exculpatory witnesses, documented letters, missing
surveillance tapes, affidavits, and devastating
phone records in support of Angelo DiPietro’s
innocence is insufficient to require them to
produce any of the discoveries that they, admittedly, possessed from the very beginning
of the case but never provided to DiPietro’s
attorney. Prosecutors told Pitman that they
should not be ordered to turn over any evidence that undermines the undeniably false
evidence previously used to convict a likely
innocent man-who is currently convicted to
die in prison.
In their filing, prosecutors tried to downplay the overwhelming importance of the
exculpatory evidence found by DiPietro’s
defense team earlier this year. Ignoring witness affidavits, phone records and every other
countervailing factor, prosecutors attempted
to justify their behavior to Judge Pitman by either relying solely upon their personal beliefs
or deliberately ignoring the critical facts that
have since been brought to light. In almost
every instance, prosecutors also failed to provide any of the documents or notes that could
Prayer To The Blessed Virgin
O Most Beautiful Flower of Mt. Carmel,
Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed
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Friday, November 12, 2010 - WESTCHESTER RISING - PAGE 11
Katonah Art Center to Become
Santa’s Workshop
Santa is getting ready for his trip to
David Hughes, the new co-director of the
Katonah Art Center (KAC), will help spread cheer
this holiday season. Asked to create centerpieces
and decorations for the Annual Christmas Day
Dinner in Katonah for residents of Westchester
shelters, he will host a decorating workshop at
the KAC on November 21 from 12 to 3 p.m. All
artists (and elves), KAC instructors, students and
local families are invited to help create one-ofa-kind decorations which will turn the Montfort
Academy Gymnasium, the location of the event,
into a Christmas wonderland.
“I am happy to be a part of this incredible
event,” said Hughes. “It is wonderful to be able to
give back to this community, and as an artist, this
is an especially meaningful way to do that.”
The Annual Christmas Dinner in Katonah is
an all-volunteer, non-profit project involving hundreds of Westchester residents and businesses.
Last year, the dinner was attended by more than
300 people from shelters all over Westchester. It
provides those attending with a hot meal and an
opportunity to “shop” for lightly used items. Everyone receives a shopping bag to fill with clothes,
toys and other items from a room filled with donated items for men, women and children. Each
participant goes home with gifts and a doggy bag
of food left over from the dinner.
This year, the event will be made even more
festive by the artists of the KAC and the community.
All artists and would-be artists who would
like to help create the decorations for this event
are invited to attend the workshop. KAC is located at 131 Bedford Road in Katonah. For more
information, call 914-232-4843, e-mail katona
[email protected] or visit www.katonahart
center.com. Grinches need not attend.
Yonkers Tennis Center Embraces
Celebrates 40th Anniversary
VNA of Hudson Valley
Elects New Chairpersons
Richard Halevy
Reverend Charles R. Barton
Peter Burchell
Photo by Greg Baldwin
Yonkers Tennis Center staff (L to r): Taizo Chibana, Pat Rogers, Cleary Packard, Santos De
Aza and General Manager & Director of Tennis Simon Gale
Be it solar power at Fenway Park, a butterfly garden at the Cattails Golf Course or Yale
Athletics’ pledge to reduce energy, water and
paper use, “sustainable sport” has become an
important national trend that local Yonkers Tennis Center, entering its 40th year of continuous
operation, is giving the “full court press,” as
guests will see at its Open House event on Tuesday November 9 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Yonkers
dignitaries including City Council President
Chuck Lesnick will be in attendance for the 6
p.m. ribbon-cutting.
Current and prospective members are welcome to stop by and see the new, more ecofriendly center designed to give players a quality
tennis experience that they can feel good about.
The day will include tours of the new, greener facility, top tennis retailers Adidas, Dunlop, Head
and Wilson, chair massages and healthy snacks.
Improvements to Yonkers Tennis Center
include new furniture made from recycled and
recyclable material, energy-efficient lighting,
plumbing and cleaning products and less paperbased marketing practices.
“We are proud of our conversion to 100 percent renewable green power (35 percent wind,
65 percent hydro) through Con Ed Solutions,”
said Yonkers Tennis Center President Joe Curto,
Jr. “This change will significantly reduce our
carbon footprint.”
For more information about the event, visit
The Board of Directors of the Visiting
Nurse Association of Hudson Valley (VNA)
made the following Chairperson’s appointments:
Peter Burchell was elected Chairperson
of the VNA and Hospice Care Foundation of
Hudson Valley. Burchell began his affiliation
with Hospice Care as a member of the Caring
Circle Benefit Committee. His dedication and
outstanding efforts led to a role on the board
and then Chairperson.
A vice president of investments with UBS
Bank in White Plains, Burchell has a vested interest in the program, as his four children participated in the Caring Circle. He said “my involvement has been gratifying, as I understand
the importance of the programs. It has become
a family affair, as my wife and children volunteer at the Caring Circle Camp and Tree of Life
and we all enjoy it tremendously”;
The Reverend Charles R. Barton, who has
been a member of the VNA of Hudson Valley
family for 13 years, has assumed the role of
Chairperson for Hospice Care in Westchester
& Putnam. Having served as the Pastor of the
First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown for 25
years, Barton is now retired and has been very
active in spreading the world about the VNA
family, especially about Hospice services to the
various religious communities in Westchester
and Putnam Counties.
In assuming this new position, Barton
hopes “to broaden our community’s understanding and awareness of the healing services
of our Hospice programs in helping our neighbors to address their end-of-life issues.” He is
also a strong advocate of the Caring Circle Programs in both Yorktown and Yonkers, and welcomes the new Caring Circle at Sound Shore
Richard Halevy, member of the VNA of
Hudson Valley Board, has been elected Chairperson of VNA Home Health Services. Halevy
has been a long standing friend and supporter
of our organization. As Director of Community
Relations for the City of Yonkers, he helped facilitate the Caring Circle site which serves the
children and families in the Yonkers area. He
understands the needs of all of our organizations
and will be a great champion for Home Health
Services. As Halevy said, his “affiliation with
the VNA Family has been one that I am most
proud of. It is extremely gratifying to see that
the work we do as volunteers make a positive
difference for those in our community.”
Serving Our Country
Army Reserve Spec. Francisco I. Hiraldo
is returning to the U.S. after a deployment to Iraq
or Afghanistan in support of Operations Iraqi
Freedom or Enduring Freedom, respectively.
The soldiers return to Joint Base DixMcGuire-Lakehurst, N.J., for debriefing, evaluations and out-processing procedures before returning to their regularly assigned Army Reserve
or National Guard units.
Hiraldo, a cargo specialist with four years of
military service, is a member of the 1174th Deployment Distribution Support Battalion, Fort
Totten, Queens, N.Y.
He is the son of Sandra M. Feliz of Mount
Mount Vernon YMCA
Receives $5,000 Grant from
JCPenney Afterschool
Bratcher Entertainment Debuts
Break-Out Play to Benefit Worth Cause
Montell Jordan
Bratcher Entertainment Group received
rave reviews for this fall’s smash-hit play, currently showing at the Tarrytown Music Hall,
which will benefit Westchester/Hudson Valley
Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The fact-based romantic gospel production, entitled, “He Who Findeth A Good Wife,
Findeth A Good Thing,” was the third musical
production for New Rochelle playwright Paul
Bratcher. The vibrant play premiered on Octo-
ber 22 at the Tarrytown Music Hall.
Award winning, multi-platinum R & B
singer and actor Montell Jordan and former
American Idol finalist Vonzell Solomon starred
in the play.
As patrons lined up after the play to obtain
autographs from the stars of the play, Jordan, a
lead actor, was praised for his performance and
responded, “Thank you, your feedback means
a lot to me.”
Paul Bratcher, a communications major
and graduate of SUNY Brockport, Mercy College and Fordham University, has written and
directed two other musical stage plays, “A
Mended Heart,” and, “Looking for Love In All
The Wrong Places.”
When asked if he thinks this could be his
break-out play, Bratcher responded, “I hope so,
the attendance and responses have been good.”
He looks forward to his future productions.
His production company, Bratcher Entertainment Group, L.L.C., was founded in 2006
and engages in creating the best in the form of
gospel entertainment, specializing in gospel
concerts, comedy shows and plays. The entertainment group also supports charitable organizations, donating its proceeds to benefit worthy
A portion of the proceeds will benefit LLS’s
Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter, located in
White Plains. LLS’s mission is to fund research
for the cure of leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s
disease and myeloma, as well as to improve the
quality of life of patients and their families.
For more information on future productions
and joining the mailing list, call 914-649-0555
or visit www.bratcherentertainmentgroup.com.
The recent JCPenney Afterschool grant
given to the Mt. Vernon YMCA will allow it to
keep running programs for children to enjoy,
as evident in the smiles of these two kids
Thanks to a $5,000 grant from JCPenney
Afterschool, the Mount Vernon Family YMCA
will have the opportunity to help more children
and teens participate in safe, life-enriching afterschool programs this school year.
This gift is one of 287 grants being awarded by JCPenney Afterschool to YMCAs around
the country. It is designed to help Ys provide
financial assistance to students (grades K-12)
who otherwise could not afford to participate
in afterschool programs. In Mount Vernon, the
YMCA serves around 50 children in its after
school program.
“The Mount Vernon Family YMCA is dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child
and teen, promoting healthy living and fostering
a sense of social responsibility,” said Judith Marley, Child Care Director. “This generous support
from JCPenney Afterschool strengthens our efforts by giving parents of Mount Vernon peace
of mind and their children a place to thrive.”
Harrison Resident & Fortune 500
Deputy County Executive
CEO Addresses UJA Fall Breakfast Served as Keynote Speaker At
Stepinac Career Day
(From left) UJA-Federation of New York Westchester Campaign Chair Stu Seltzer, Event Chair
David Everett, Westchester Business and Professional Division Chair Ann Silver, Event Chair
Judith Stern Rosen, guest speaker Martin Franklin and Westchester Business and
Professional Division Chair Ron Klausner
Westchester Deputy County Executive
Kevin J. Plunket
Drawing on his personal experience,
Westchester Deputy County Executive Kevin
J. Plunkett, an alumnus of Archbishop Stepinac
High School (class of ’67), told students that the
school’s tradition of strong alumni ties will help
them succeed in their future careers. He also encouraged them to consider public service, terming
it an “admirable calling.”
Appearing as keynote speaker at Stepinac’s
recent Career Day, Plunkett said the friends he
made at Stepinac have endured and have helped
him throughout his career, saying “this is the most
important network you will form and it will last a
He added that “over the years, my paths have
crossed again and again with the remarkable individuals who have excelled in a wide range of
professions and endeavors. True to our school’s
spirit, Stepinac alumni take the time to help each
other and the next generation of leaders.”
Plunkett has had a distinguished career as an
attorney and litigator and as a public servant, assisting numerous civic and environmental organizations.
“Helping people is consistent with Stepinac’s
faith-based education. I urge you to consider making public service a part of your lives. The experience will enrich you in so many ways,” said
Plunkett, who lives in Tarrytown with his wife,
Rosemary. They are the parents of five children
and two granddaughters.
Students had an opportunity to meet with
Plunkett and other distinguished alumni to learn
more about their respective professions, ranging
from industrial engineering and finance to architecture and theatre. For more information on
Stepinac High School, visit www.stepinac.org.
Peace Flag Art Exhibit
(L to r): Event Chair Judith Stern Rosen, guest speaker Martin
Franklin and Event Chair David Everett
Photos by David Vogel
Martin Franklin, chairman and CEO of Jarden
Corporation, a Rye-based Fortune 500 company
and a leading provider of niche consumer products, spoke to members of UJA-Federation of
New York’s Westchester Business and Professional Division today about his experiences as CEO of
a company with 20,000 employees worldwide and
his personal principles of doing good business.
Among Jarden’s brands are Crock-Pot, Mr. Coffee, Oster, Sunbeam, Rawlings and Coleman.
Franklin, who resides in Harrison, has offered commentary on CNBC’s Strategy Session
and Mad Money. The event, which attracted 130
attendees, took place at the Business and Professional Division’s 2010 Fall Breakfast on Tuesday,
October 26, 2010, at the Renaissance Westchester
Hotel in White Plains.
David F. Everett of Larchmont and Judith
Stern Rosen of Purchase served as chairs of the
event. Ron Klausner, a Chappaqua resident, and
Ann K. Silver, a White Plains resident, serve as
chairs of UJA-Federation’s Westchester Business
and Professional Division.
To learn more, visit www.ujafedny.org.
“Project Peace Flag,” a grant-funded program
leading by fiber artist Jeannie Thomma will culminate with an exhibition of hand-felted wool Peace
Flags at the Rye Arts Center (RAC). Each flag was
created as a personal symbol of peace by a resident
of Westchester County.
Included in the show will be a series of a dozen Peace Flags made by the artist herself. An opening reception will take place at RAC on Saturday,
December 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free and
open to the public.
The program, entitled “Project Peace Flag:
Voicing our Visions,” was designed by Thomma to
foster community, creativity and peace. The exhibition at RAC is being organized to showcase the
art works made by more than 200 Westchester residents, ranging in age from 5 to 85, each of whom
participated in one of the free community felting
classes held at various sites throughout the county
over the past year.
Felting is an ancient craft in which cleaned
and dyed wool fibers are layered to create a design.
Following the addition of warm soapy water, the
colorful wool fibers are agitated on a plastic mat,
allowing the individual fibers to knot together and
become a single piece of fabric and simultaneously
yielding a work of art.
The exhibit of community Peace Flags will
remain on display in the RAC performing arts
room and can be viewed on the following days and
Rediscover Cross County Shopping Center.
Photo by Douglas Foulke White
“I Am Free,” by Jeanni Thomma
Tuesday, December 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 3
p.m.; Wednesday, December 15 from 9:30 a.m.
to 2:30 p.m.; and Friday, December 17 from 9:30
a.m. to 3 p.m.
This project was made possible by the Arts
Alive program of ArtsWestchester, with funding
from the Decentralization Program of the New
York State Council on the Arts. For more information, call 914-967-0700 or visit www.ryeartscen

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