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Christine Novello belts out a song from the ‘60s.

Summer heats up in New Rochelle

The Striped Bass Band took the stage on Wednesday, Aug. 12 for the continuation of New Rochelle’s Emil Paolucci Summer Sounds Concert Series 2015. The band performed at the Hudson Park Bandshell from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., playing classic rock tunes from the ‘60s to the ‘90s in front of a large crowd accompanied by terrific weather.

The concert series kicked off on July 26 and runs through the end of the month.

The last event of the concert series is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 26 when 3D Ritmo de Vida, playing Latin-
tropical music with a New York attitude, performs. Admission to the concert series is free and takes place in Hudson Park.

-City Review staff

Teri Lamar and New Company delivers a popular tune from 
the ‘60s for the audience 
last Thursday evening 
at Garth Road.

Teri Lamar belts out tunes in town

Teri Lamar and New Company gave the Town of Eastchester a treat on Aug. 13, with a concert performance in Garth Road Park.

The event, which kicked off at 7:30 p.m., was sponsored by the Westchester Choice Realty and the Garth Road Cooperative Council. The performance also marked the finale of the Town of Eastchester Summer Sounds 2015 Concert Series. The series began on July 29 with a weekly performance at Lake Isle Country Club.

-Eastchester Review staff

CAREY

Column: Winning freedom of religion in New York

John Bowne, born in Derbyshire, England in 1627, settled in Flushing, Queens, where he built a house in 1661 that is still standing. The house is not far from where Citi Field now stands, and is considered a shrine of American religious freedom.

Bowne married Hannah Feake in 1656. One of their descendants married a Philadelphia Quaker named Haines. Among the Haines’ descendants was my mother, a “birth-right Quaker,” meaning she was born into the faith.

I can remember having a playdate with a little girl named Haines when both of us were 4 or 5 years old. Since my family then had only boys, I was inept at playing with dolls and must have been a disappointing date.

The last Dutch governor of New Netherlands was Peter Stuyvesant, after whom an avenue in the City of Rye is presumably named. The colony was controlled by the Dutch West India Company, to which Stuyvesant was responsible. Stuyvesant sought to promote the Dutch Reformed version of Christianity in the colony. He therefore ordained that no other faith could be practiced by people in groups. This meant that the local Quakers were forbidden to hold their weekly meetings, at which members could speak when and as the spirit moved them.

My mother used to tell a story about a Quaker who spoke too long at meetings. Several members decided to take matters into their own hands, literally. The next time the long-winded one rattled on, four of them picked him up and carried him outside. As he was about to disappear through the door, he was heard shouting, “I am greater than my Lord, for my Lord was carried by one ass, and I am carried by four!”

Though not himself a Quaker, Bowne was offended by Stuyvesant’s restriction and vowed to defy it. He invited Quakers to hold their meetings in his house in Flushing. For this, he was arrested and carried off to jail in lower Manhattan. His young family was left to fend for itself. In 1662, Bowne was banished across the Atlantic.

This kind of oppressive treatment had been met by opposition from residents of Flushing, who in 1657 had penned a defiant document known as the Flushing Remonstrance. Bowne himself was subjected to a proceeding in the Netherlands before the West India Company, which ultimately found in his favor. He returned home to his family after an absence of 19 months, the price he paid, with his family, for defending freedom of religion.

For much more, see “Journal of John Bowne 1650-1694,” copyright 1975 by the Friends of the Queensborough Community College Library.

CONTACT: j_pcarey@verizon.net

 
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Column: Common sense doesn’t cost a cent

By PAUL BOOKBINDER
Frequently, readers call or email, and ask me if they can ask a stupid question. As I used to tell my students, when you’re learning about something new, there are no stupid questions, (other than asking if you can ask a stupid question). This especially holds true when it comes to remodeling. However, many a question can be answered by using “common sense,” and if you just think about it for a minute, sometimes the answer just pops into your head.

In the dictionary, common sense is defined as sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts. For example, you are about to cross the street and an 18-wheeler is barreling down the street toward the intersection. Should you cross or wait for the truck to pass by? If you chose to cross the street, you’re probably reading this column in your hospital bed, after being crushed by the truck, because you didn’t use your common sense.

Unfortunately, you can’t go to a convenience store to buy common sense. You get your allotment when you’re born and that’s it, but, most people have at least a modicum of this priceless attribute. The real trick is to use every bit of it that you were born with, and never ignore it just to save a buck or take the easy way out. You should know better.

So, you’re getting estimates for new semi-custom kitchen cabinets. Diligently, you get three estimates and two are about the same at $10,000 and one comes in at $5,000. What does your common sense tell you? There has to be a reason one estimate is considerably cheaper than the other two. Common sense dictates that you must evaluate what the cabinets are made of, where they are being manufactured, and most importantly, who you are buying them from. Most likely they are made from sub-standard materials, from a country that doesn’t pay its workers a living wage and the dealer has a less than stellar reputation and will probably be long gone before cabinets are delivered or your warranty expires.

Comparing appliance prices is not as complicated as the cost of cabinets, but even the appliance companies are making it more difficult to make “apple to apple” comparisons. If you choose a certain brand of dishwasher from a box store (big home center that’s shaped like a box), often it is not the same model as one you find at your local appliance dealer. The model number may be KCMA1223QV34-W1543 for one and KCMA1223OV34-W1543 for the other. Deceptive, isn’t it? (Why can’t the appliance companies call it a model “5” instead of a hundred numbers and letters? But that’s another topic.) Check the model numbers carefully if you want an accurate comparison.

Common sense is not limited only to pricing; it has to be used when dealing with every aspect of a remodeling project. An equally exciting example is the location of a wine rack in the design of your new kitchen. I’ve had clients insist that it be positioned over the refrigerator (model #X123ABF25Q15a-2b) or next to the dishwasher. Although I’m not a wine connoisseur, my common sense tells me it gets hot over the fridge and next to the dishwasher. Find another place, so your wine won’t turn to vinegar.

One last example before I let you go. When you empty your dishwasher, you can stack several plates on the counter and then bring them all to the cupboard where they are stored. But, you can only carry two glasses at a time, unless you want to risk breaking them. So, which cabinet should the glasses be stored in and which should be used for dishes? Think real hard and let your common sense answer this question for you.

Most of the remodeling basics will be taken care of by your kitchen designer, because with training, experience, and common sense they will know what to do. It’s your job to use your common sense when picking the right kitchen designer and contractor. If you choose strictly by price, you usually get what you pay for, and you may end up drinking vinegar.

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What’s going on in Mamaroneck

Mamaroneck Public Library

For regular programs and events, visit mamaronecklibrary.org.

All Ages Hour

Come in on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. for stories that will appeal to all ages of kids and their caregivers. Stay or come at 11:30 a.m. to make a craft simple enough for the little kids and creative enough for the big kids. No registration required for both events, and both activities meet in the Children’s Room on the second floor.

Saturday Dance at the Movies

The final screening in this series will be “Carmen” with a Flamenco twist, directed by Spaniard Carlos Saura who also did some of the choreography. On Saturday, Aug. 29 from 2 p.m. Running time: 102 minutes. Free admission. Hearing-assistance devices are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Screening in the Community Room. For more information, call the Reference Desk at 630-5888.

English conversation group

Make friends as you practice speaking English. Registration is suggested but not necessary. Meeting every Wednesday at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Historical Society Room. Contact the Adult Reference Desk or call 630-5887 for more information.

Larchmont Public Library

For regular programs and events, visit larchmontlibrary.org.

Kindermusik

On Wednesday, Sept. 2. For ages 18 months to 3-and-a-half at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; for ages 3 months to 18 months at 11:30 a.m.; and for ages 3 to 4-and-a-half at 3:30 p.m. Can you clap up high? Sing down low? Tiptoe so quietly? Together we’ll learn new songs, sing old favorites, play rhythm instruments, dance, laugh and snuggle. Come see just how much fun music can be.

New Movie Matinee

“Where Hope Grows” will be screened Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 11 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. Calvin Campbell is a former professional baseball player sent to an early retirement due to his panic attacks at the plate. Even though he had all the talent for the big leagues, he struggles with the curveballs life has thrown him. Today, he mindlessly sleepwalks through his days and the challenge of raising his teenager daughter. His life is in a slow downward spiral when it is suddenly awakened and invigorated by the most unlikely person—Produce, a young man with Down syndrome who works at the local grocery store. Rated PG-13.

Preschool Palooza

For ages 3 and 4. Thursdays, Sept. 3, 17 and 24 at 10:30 a.m. No registration required. Share stories, songs, and interactive rhymes and more in this early literacy enhanced program.

Making Music Together

On Wednesday, Sept. 9 for ages 19 months to 3 at 10 a.m. Online registration required. Join Karen Hamlin of Sounds Good Westchester as we sing, dance and play instruments with babies, toddlers, preschoolers and the grown-ups who love them. Our family music program, based on 27 years of research, believes that all children can learn to be musical. To register, visit the library’s website.

LMCTV

‘The Local Live!’

Tune in to LMCTV’s hyper local, interactive news show Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. on Cablevision Channel 75, Verizon Channel 36. During the show, join the discussion. Call 381-0150, email thelocallive@lmctv.org or tweet @thelocallive.

Spooktacular volunteers needed

Spooktacular returns on Sunday, Oct. 25. The Village of Mamaroneck Chamber of Commerce is very excited that the Spooktacular has become one of the most anticipated events in our community. We can’t do it without the help of many volunteers and donations that are generously given.

If, in the past you have contributed, we are asking, can you again this year? We need music, performances, printing, pumpkins, gifts and candy for the goodie bags, and of course financial donations to defray the costs. The most important component of a successful Spooktacular—volunteers. You can send an email to Pam Moran at chamber10543@optonline.net, call her at 698-4400 or mail your donations to the Mamaroneck Chamber Office, 430 Center Ave.

Please don’t let the children of Mamaroneck down; sign on to help make this Spooktacular the best ever.

Kiwanis International

Car show and flea market

Kiwanis International’s 42nd annual car show and flea market will be held at Harbor Island Park on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. If any chamber of commerce members are interested in renting vendor space at the show, the cost of space is $40, and the cost of placing an advertisement in the show’s journal begins at $50. For more information about renting vendor or ad space, contact Vince Marconi of Tri-City Auto Parts at 698-9222.

Deadline for our What’s Going On section is every Thursday at noon. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your listing. Please send all items to news@hometwn.com.

 
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What’s going on in Eastchester

Eastchester 5K run

The Eastchester 5K will be run on Sunday, Sept. 27. All proceeds from this year’s race will go toward improvements at the Eastchester Public Library. More details to follow.

Free museum passes

Looking for something to do during the lazy, hazy days of summer? Thanks to the Friends of the Eastchester Public Library, the library offers free museum passes to 11 different museums. Ask for more details at the reference desk or visit eastchesterlibrary.com for more information.

Storytime program

Fall Storytime programs will begin in October this year. New registrants must come to the library with proof of their child’s age, using a copy of their passport or birth certificate in order to sign up. Returning registrants who participated in Storytime during the spring of 2015 and had regular attendance may pre-register via email, and will receive an email with instructions on how to do so.

Eastchester and Tuckahoe library cardholders receive priority for Preschool Storytime. Non-residents will be placed on a waiting list; if there are still openings one day prior to the beginning of the program, spots will be offered to those on the waiting list. More information is available at eastchesterlibrary.org. Please note the change in dates.

Bronxville Public Library

Family Film Fridays

The library’s weekly film series will continue with “Epic” on Friday, Aug. 28, screening from 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group of characters in order to save their world. Rated PG, running time: 102 minutes. The next film in the series will be “Miniscule,” screened on Friday, Sept. 4 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Join a little lost ladybug as she is thrown between two feuding colonies of ants in this groundbreaking animated masterpiece of insect proportions. The race is on as her unlikely new friends must transport the ultimate treasure, a stolen picnic basket, back home to their colony. With a fierce army of fire ants standing in their way, the little insects must work together to make the perilous journey home. Running time: 89 minutes.

Wednesday Movie Matinee

The library’s weekly movie matinee will continue with “Unbroken,” screening on Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Rated PG-13, running time: 138 minutes.

Adult Summer Reading Grand Finale

This year’s adult summer reading workshop wraps up with a final party on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Grand prizes will be raffled off at the event.

Alphabet Storycraft

Each month, the library will turn the spotlight on for a letter in the alphabet. This month, the storytime and craft will be about the letter A. This workshop is open to children ages 3 and up and will take place on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Annual Book Swap

Trade in gently-used books that you no longer want for other books. Take books to the Yeager Room on the lower level and pick up a ticket with the number of books you have returned written on it. Bring your ticket to the book swap and take the same number of books you dropped off, then return your ticket to the circulation desk on the first floor. Books that are traded in can be either fiction or non-fiction children, teen or adult books and should not be molded, stained, have yellow pages, broken pages, highlighted lines or broken spines. Textbooks, encyclopedia sets or reference books are not allowed to be traded in. Maximum amount of books traded in is 30 per family. The annual book swap will take place from Monday, Aug. 31 through Saturday, Sept. 5 during open hours.

Social Needlers

Join the library for a knitting and crochet hour every Wednesday, 11 a.m. to noon. Chat and socialize while making beautiful items that will be donated to the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. For more information, call 337-7680 ext. 63 or email cutchel@wlsmail.org.

Tuckahoe Public Library

For adults

Join the knit and crochet group that meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Please call to register at 961-2121.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Did you know that every 67 seconds an American is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? Or that the price tag for this disease, which has no cure, no effective treatment or way in which its course can be slowed, will total $226 billion in the U.S. in 2015 alone? Alzheimer’s affects more people in the U.S. than any of the other top 10 diseases, yet it receives the least financial support.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the single greatest source of funding for research, education and treatment. Please join the walk with your spirit and energy. To locate a walk, for information on how to form a team, join a team, contribute time or make a donation, visitalz.org/hudsonvalley. The 2015 walk for Westchester County is taking place on Sunday, Oct. 4, meeting at the White Plains High School, 550 North St., near the Bryant Avenue entrance. Check-in is at 9 a.m., with a welcome and the walk starting at 10 a.m. To sign up, visit alz.org/walk or call 800-272-3900. For more information, contact Terry Kean at 253-6860 or tkean@alz.org.

Bronxville Women’s Club

Guest artist exhibit

The guest artist exhibiting for the month of September at the Bronxville Women’s Club is J.M. Henry, showing a collection called “Yours, with ghosts drawn on my back.” The exhibition at the Bronxville Women’s Club at 135 Midland Ave. in Bronxville, will run from Thursday, Sept. 8 through Tuesday, Sept. 29 with an opening reception on Sunday, Sept. 13 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Henry, originally from New York, now resides in South Carolina. His works have been exhibited throughout the country and are in several museums and private collections. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge. For more information, call the BWC at 337-3252 or visit bronxvillewomensclub.org.

Book discussion

The Bronxville Women’s Club will discuss the book “Gone to Soldiers” by Marge Piercy on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 1:30 p.m. at the Bronxville Women’s Club at 135 Midland Ave. in Bronxville. The meeting chair will be Carole Michaels.

Movie classes

There will be two movie classes with instructor Collin Simon at the Bronxville Women’s Club. The movies are viewed with a discussion following the screening. “Big Fish” will be screened on Monday, Sept. 14 and “The Princess Bride” will be screened on Monday, Sept. 21. Doors open at 7 p.m., movies begin at 7:15 p.m. There is no charge for attendance, but donations are accepted. Open to the public, reservations not necessary. For more information, call the BWC at 337-3252 or visit bronxvillewomensclub.org.

Recital for Nepal earthquake victims

The Bronxville Women’s Club, at 135 Midland Ave. in Bronxville, will be sponsoring a cello/piano recital to raise funds for the victims of the earthquake in Nepal earlier this year. The concert will take place on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m. Donating their talents are Paul Wolfram, cello, and Manon Hutton-DeWys, piano. Donations are tax-deductible. Suggested donations are $10 for adults, $5 for children. If paying by check, please put “Nepal” in the memo section. There will be a reception immediately following the concert. Chairing the benefit are Oxana Mikhailoff, BWC music director, and Kathleen DeRusso, BWC philanthropy chairperson. For further information, call the BWC at 337-3252 or visit bronxvillewomensclub.org.

Deadline for our What’s Going On section is every Thursday at noon. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your listing. Please send all items to news@hometwn.com.

 
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What’s going on in Harrison

Harrison library events 

The Harrison Public Library will be closed for renovations and will reopen on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. Visit harrisonpl.org for updates and more information.

Art exhibition

Artists who are interested in exhibiting at the Harrison Public Library for approximately one month during 2016 are invited to submit samples of their artwork for review by a juried art committee sponsored by the Harrison Council for the Arts.

The samples and related items may be submitted in person at the library on Friday, Oct. 2 after 9:30 a.m. and must be picked up the next day, Saturday, Oct. 3 after 12 p.m. No registration or appointment is required.

Art eligible for exhibition must be two-dimensional. Samples must include two different pieces of the actual art, preferably framed, the artist’s resume and 12 copies, all different, of the artist’s work in the form of 35 mm slides, photos or prints.

All entrants will be notified by Monday, Nov. 16 by mail. Ten winners and three alternates will be selected to participate. Choice of month will be on a first come, first served basis. February and March are not available.

For more details, visit harrisonpl.org and click on the “Events and Programs/Juried Art Program” tab or contact Dan Briem at dbriem@wlsmail.org or 835-0324 or Connie Perrotta at cpcpone@yahoo.com or 315-1922.

West Harrison library events

Hours starting Monday, Aug. 3: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; closed on Sundays. The West Harrison branch will be closed on Labor Day, which falls on Monday, Sept. 7.

Citizenship and English classes

Free citizenship and English classes for adults 18 and older. Registration starts on Wednesday, Sept. 2 through Friday, Sept. 4. Class begins on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Space is limited. Please call 524-9214 for more information.

Story Time

Great stories, music and fun for ages 1 to 5. No registration necessary, bring your friends. Monday, Aug. 31 at 10:30 a.m. for 30 minutes.

Open Play Time

Come into the library and meet other parents, grandparents, caregivers and children. Open for children ages 1 to 5. Make new friends, play, read and have fun with some special toys. Meets Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

Crochet and knitting class

Want to learn how to knit or crochet a simple scarf? Join the class. Come anytime between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Bring hooks, needles and yarn or practice with materials provided. Walk-ins are welcome. No registration needed. Call 948-2092 for more information.

Mother Goose Time

Songs, dancing and fun for the little ones ages 3 and under. Meets Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Harrison Recreation

Download brochures and applications for all recreation programs, unless stated otherwise, at harrison-ny.gov/recreation. For more information, questions, suggestions and/or comments, email recreation@harrison-ny.gov.

Flag football league

For boys pre-K through grade six. Girls are encouraged to join, and a separate girls’ league will be formed if the numbers dictate it. Registration is currently underway. For more information visit harrisonyouthflagfootball.com or call Joe Gallace with any questions at 924-8380. Fee for program is $180, after Sept. 17 $200. Check payable to Harrison Youth Flag Football, mailed to 156 Lakeview Ave., West Harrison, N.Y. 10604 or may be dropped off at either the Sollazzo Center or Mintzer Center.

Event rentals

Available at both the West Harrison Senior Annex and the Veteran’s Memorial Building in downtown Harrison, the building rental fee for events is $450 for 5 hours with a $300 security deposit. Add on additional space at either center for $100 plus an additional $100 security deposit. For questions and available dates call 670-3035. To rent the facility, you must have a 2015 Harrison resident identification card.

Volunteer opportunities

The Harrison Recreation Department has many opportunities for high school students through senior citizens to volunteer with youth programs and senior programs. For more information, call 670-3035.

Harrison Senior Centers

Harrison has two very active senior citizen clubs sponsored by the Recreation Department.

The West Harrison Group meets on Thursdays from noon to 3 p.m. at the Leo Mintzer Senior Annex Building, located at 251 Underhill Ave., to discuss items of interest, play bingo and discuss activities coming up in the near future.

The Downtown Group meets every Friday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, located at 210 Halstead Ave.

The membership fee for both groups is $24 per year and refreshments are served at gatherings.

There is also a drop-in center at the Harrison Community Center, at 216 Halstead Ave., Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. where you may enjoy television, cards and socializing.

Come by the Tuesday exercise classes from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the community center.

For more information on recreation and social activities, call the Senior Citizen Center at 670-3000 ext. 3172.

Deadline for our What’s Going On section is every Thursday at noon. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best  to accommodate your listing. Please send all items to news@hometwn.com

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What’s going on in Rye

Rye Free Reading Room events

Art exhibit

Rye resident and multi-award winning artist Elizabeth B. Derderian will display a collection of still-life, landscape, cityscape and figurative paintings in an exhibition called “A New Chapter: Recent Paintings by Elizabeth B. Derderian.” The exhibition opens on Wednesday, Sept. 2 and will run until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Derderian’s paintings can also be seen hanging in Ruby’s, Sotheby’s, On The Way Café, on the postcards of the Pearl Restaurant Group and on the cover of the 2010 and 2015 Rye Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Guide.

Mother Goose Mondays

Join “Granny Jean” Klein, well-versed in early childhood development, as she introduces babies and toddlers to playful rhymes, songs and puppetry. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate with the children at the library . Because the program is often a child’s first experience in an audience setting, it is important that adults strive to arrive on time and actively help children focus on the presentation. This workshop is appropriate for children ages 6 months to 3-and-a-half years. The program will be held every Monday at 10 a.m. for 20 minutes in the Meeting Room.

Storytelling Guild

The Rye Storytellers’ Guild meets at the Rye Free Reading Room one Tuesday evening a month at 6 p.m. to share traditional and personal tales and trade tips on storytelling techniques. On Sept. 1, the group will tell stories about “School Days or Autumn’s Ways.” Listeners and tellers are welcome to join the Guild members at their meetings. To learn more, contact Angela at Booksamc@aol.com or Meg Stackpole at 967-0480 or mstackpole@ryelibrary.org.

Playland Park

International Friendship Day

On Saturday, Sept. 2, Rye Playland will celebrate International Friendship Day by giving park-goers $15 ride admission specials all day and will provide fun giveaways and activities featuring the Westchester Knicks, New York City Football Club, News 12 and the Scared by the Sound Haunted attraction. This International Friendship Day special cannot be combined with other offers and coupons will not be valid on this day.

Rye Recreation

General registration

Resident online registration for programs hosted by Rye Recreation begins on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. Registration for senior citizen programs begins on Monday, Sept. 14 and can be completed in person. Most programs have minimum or maximum requirements and may be cancelled due to low enrollment or may fill up quickly, so early registration is encouraged. Rye Recreation has moved to an online enrollment process for most of its activities, excluding senior citizen activities. To make the online registration process quicker, create an online account in “Community Pass” at ryeny.gov/recreation.cfm and follow the link provided. You may only register for your own family members. Full payment for registration is required whether registering online or in person. Rye Recreation accepts cash, credit cards or checks. Checks should be made payable to The City of Rye.

Rye Girls Softball camp

Softball camp will take place from Monday, Aug. 31 to Friday, Sept. 4 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Disbrow Field. Camp will be split into two groups, with rising third through fifth graders in one group and rising sixth through eighth graders in another. Register at ryegirlssoftball.com by clicking on “2015 Summer Clinic Registration” in the left-hand column menu.

Summerfest

Leaders of Tomorrow and the Rye Recreation Department present the 22nd annual field day of fun for kids of all ages on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. at Rye Recreation Park. The day of fun will include a bean bag toss, potato sack races, a cupcake-eating contest, the Jack Nye Memorial wood-racquet tennis tournament, hot dogs and John Carey Jr. Memorial music and dance program. For more information, contact Douglas Carey at rye1904@yahoo.com.

Jewelry and Beading Workshop

This two-session workshop is appropriate for children kindergarten through fifth grade. The first session, held on Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Damiano Recreation Center will allow participants to create and design from a selection of material including lead-free charms, pendants, crystal, sea glass and leather.

The second session, held on Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Damiano Recreation Center will allow participants to tap into their artistic and visual skills to create beautiful and wearable beaded jewelry and accessories. Everyone will create three projects to take home, including a necklace, a bracelet and a surprise project. The instructor, Melanie Rose, is the owner of Westchester-based jewelry and party service, Beadz. The fee for both sessions is $40 for residents and $50 for non-residents.

Rye Youth Soccer
fall 2015 registration

Rye Youth Soccer will now be accepting online applications for fall intramural teams for coaches, as well as girls and boys grades K through 5. The season will begin on Saturday, Sept. 19 and runs until Saturday, Nov. 14. Complete details on dates and times of the program can be found on Rye Youth Soccer’s website, ryeyouthsoccer.org, under the “Intramural” link on the left side of the home page. For more information, contact registrar Patti Adimari at pattirys@optonline.net or 967-5273. Scholarships are available upon request.

Deadline for our What’s Going On section is every Thursday at noon. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your listing. Please send all items to news@hometwn.com

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Ex-Rye Golf GM sentenced to state prison

After two adjournments, former City of Rye Golf Club General Manager Scott Yandrasevich will serve a sentence of one to three years in state prison for failing to make restitution to the City of Rye in the amount of $271,120. The sentence was handed down in Westchester County Supreme Court in White Plains on Aug. 6, where Yandrasevich, seen here with wife Anna, was handcuffed and taken into custody.   Photo/Andrew Dapolite

After two adjournments, former City of Rye Golf Club General Manager Scott Yandrasevich will serve a sentence of one to three years in state prison for failing to make restitution to the City of Rye in the amount of $271,120. The sentence was handed down in Westchester County Supreme Court in White Plains on Aug. 6, where Yandrasevich, seen here with wife Anna, was handcuffed and taken into custody.
Photo/Andrew Dapolite

By JACKSON CHEN
Scott Yandrasevich, the disgraced former general manager of the Rye Golf Club, will serve a one-to-three-year sentence in state prison for grand larceny and two counts of falsifying records.

The sentence was handed down on Aug. 6 by Supervising Judge of Criminal Courts Barry Warhit after he denied another request by Yandrasevich’s lawyer, Kerry Lawrence, to adjourn the case once again in Westchester County Supreme Court in White Plains. With three charges, the former general manager will serve each of his one-to-three year sentences concurrently.

Following the sentencing, which was attended by Yandraseivch’s wife Anna, he was handcuffed, escorted out of the courtroom and taken into custody.

While the former manager would have received a lower sentence if he paid back restitution to the City of Rye, Yandrasevich was unable to come up with the $271,120 within the time allowed after multiple adjournments. Furthermore, he seemed to show a lack of remorse, according to prosecutors with the Westchester County District Attorney’s office.

The former golf club manager, according to Warhit, was allowed four months’ time since the first adjournment on April 9, 2015. As a defense, Yandrasevich’s attorney said he was unable to pay up due to the recent passing of his mother, who he expected to be a source of restitution.

However, Warhit said that given a four-month timeframe, Yandrasevich’s mother would have given him the money, but didn’t. On top of his mother’s money, the judge added that Yandrasevich made no effort in liquidating his own real estate assets to attempt to reach the restitution amount, leading to his ultimate denial of another adjournment.

“The case was really about decisions and choices that were made,” Warhit said. “It happened over a long period of time and involved many steps on his part, many deceitful acts and of course couple with that undermining relationships with people who trusted him.

“He had to, in order to pull this off, lied to them all the time, routinely. And he did it for greed and he’s now going to go to state prison as a result.”

In assessing the impact that Yandrasevich had on the city, Mayor Joe Sack, a Republican testified in court on Aug. 6 that the former golf club manager contributed to a “severe undermining of trust in our community, our government in general and has caused turmoil with other issues related to the trust of the City of Rye government.”

In Sack’s eyes, the restitution amount was a far more conservative estimation regarding the money he believes Yandrasevich stole from the city during a six-year period—2007 to 2013—in question. According to a Rye City Council commissioned report that investigated Yandrasevich’s actions, the former manager may have stolen upwards of $7 million through invoices from a bogus shell company called RM Staffing.

Unable to recoup any of the money to date, the city filed a lawsuit against its own insurance company, Travelers, to attempt to expedite a $2.1 million insurance claim that has seen no movement since August 2013, back when Yaandrasevich was originally being investigated.

For Leon Sculti, chairman of the Rye Golf Club Commission, Yandrasevich’s sentencing was representative of the efforts of the club’s membership to speak out about the suspicion of wrongdoing initially.

“We had to fight the city manager and the council who did not want this exposed,” Sculti said. “The fact that the Rye Golf Club members could fight through and have a general manager be found guilty of grand larceny just says a lot about the character of the members.”

Yandrasevich was originally charged with 10 felony counts of falsifying records and one felony count of grand larceny in the second degree after forming several shell staffing companies which allowed him to embezzle approximately $342,120 from the city’s golf club.

The former golf club manager, who resigned from the club in January 2013 and was arrested in November of that year, accepted a plea deal on Nov. 6, 2014 and as part of the agreement was required to pay restitution to the city for the money he stole from the golf club and its members.

CONTACT: jackson@hometwn.com 

 
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Red clay runoff resurfaces in harbor

A third incident of red clay runoff from the Sportime tennis courts leaves the Mamaroneck Harbor with a rusted hue, despite the remediation plan that’s in effect. Photo/Jim Desmond

A third incident of red clay runoff from the Sportime tennis courts leaves the Mamaroneck Harbor with a rusted hue, despite the remediation plan that’s in effect. Photo/Jim Desmond

By JACKSON CHEN
The Village of Mamaroneck Harbor was tinted red twice after discharge from the nearby clay tennis courts yet again seeped into the village waters over the past two weeks.

The more recent discharge on Aug. 11 showed the flowing storm water, muddled with the reddish-brown stone dust from the Sportime tennis courts, rippling into the Mamaroneck Harbor. The contamination, which was recorded by nearby resident and Marine Education Center staffer Jim Desmond, was a result of the early morning thunderstorms of that day.

According to Desmond, the August discharge was the third time this summer that the tennis court material flowed into the harbor. Besides the most recent spill, Desmond also caught pollutants entering the harbor on July 18 and July 30 and reported all three instances to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

“All that suspended stuff in the water goes down and settles on the floor of the harbor,” Desmond said. “And whatever is down there is being suffocated by silt.”

While the recent discharges were just a few incidents proving the red clay courts’ impact over the years, the village needed to address the issue after they were issued a violation on Oct. 1, 2014 by the DEC. According to the violation, the village would be subject to a $37,500 fine for each incident of discharge and each day the issue wasn’t resolved. Although Sportime operates the red clay tennis courts, the village is the ultimate owner of the property, making them responsible for the fines or violations.

When asked if the DEC would be issuing any fines to the village upon news of the recent discharges, the department’s representatives said they are aware of the incident, currently investigating the matter and have been in contact with the village about it.

Village Manager Richard Slingerland said he is unsure if the DEC will issue any fines, but added, “It’s anticipated that the village is going to receive some violation.”

To address the long-term issue of discharge, the village submitted a remediation plan to the DEC that included retrofitting the catch basins around the tennis courts and installing the Stormceptor, a storm water system that retains sediment for later removal and traps oils and debris through floatation.

Still, even with the remediation plan in effect for the July 30 storm, the tennis court material leaked into the harbor because the intensity of the rainwater flow proved to be too many gallons
per minute for the Stormceptor, according to Slingerland.

As part of the remediation plan, Slingerland said the village added a third level of protection by including a pump system that digs into the catch basins and spews the contaminated water into the nearby fields where the water is expected to be absorbed into the ground soil instead. The manager added that the pump process would cost an extra $45,000.

However, despite the three levels of defense in the remediation plan that cost the village approximately $100,000 in total, the August spill was a result of the newly-executed pump system failing. Slingerland said the pumps could not be primed and couldn’t draw in the contaminated water to be mitigated into the nearby soil. The village manager added that a plug deflated, which was supposed to stop the flow of polluted water within the pipes.

The village manager said the new three-level system of the Stormceptor, the pump system and the natural bio-filtration greens around the courts, should still prove to be more than 90 percent effective. However, Slingerland said there is red stone dust material still sitting in the storm drains, despite the village’s efforts to flush and clean them out three times.

With the expected costs ballooning, Slingerland said additional expenses were something that would have to be discussed with the village’s Board of Trustees when looking at further improvements, although the board isn’t just focused on a temporary fix.

According to Trustee Dave Finch, a Democrat, the long-term future of Sportime has always been a topic of discussion.

“While we’ve got to continually mitigate immediate problems, spending an undue amount of money on the current location wouldn’t seem to be prudent,” Finch said of the remediation efforts. “Part of the long-term discussion is, does Sportime move further inland up behind the wastewater treatment plant?”

Finch said the relocation is still a matter of discussion, and the village is working with Sportime to come to a compromise.

As for Desmond, the decision can be as simple as changing the surface of the courts to prevent further discharges and subsequent punishments, but nothing has happened so far.

“Three weeks these [discharges] have happened and no resolutions from the powers that be, whether it’s the village or the DEC,” Desmond said.

CONTACT: jackson@hometwn.com