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Two attorneys campaign for Carvin’s seat

Former trustee of the Village of Rye Brook, Gary Zuckerman, left, will go up against former Rye Town Attorney Aldo Vitagliano for the open Rye Town supervisor seat in the November election. Current supervisor Joe Carvin announced that he would not seek re-election to a thid term this year. Photos courtesy Gary Zuckerman, Aldo Vitagliano

Former trustee of the Village of Rye Brook, Gary Zuckerman, left, will go up against former Rye Town Attorney Aldo Vitagliano for the open Rye Town supervisor seat in the November election. Current supervisor Joe Carvin announced that he would not seek re-election to a thid term this year. Photos courtesy Gary Zuckerman, Aldo Vitagliano

By JACKSON CHEN
After the incumbent supervisor for the Town of Rye declined to seek a third term, two local attorneys will be facing off to fill the open position. 

Combined with his experience as a former Village of Rye Brook trustee and current Planning Board chairman, Gary Zuckerman, 70, recently announced his intention to run for the Rye town supervisor position on the Democratic line. Opposing Zuckerman, the former Rye Town Attorney, Aldo Vitagliano, 57, wants to bring his expertise of law and local government to the race.

The Town of Rye is comprised of the Rye Neck section  of the Village of Mamaroneck and the villages of Port Chester and Rye Brook, where Zuckerman holds eight years of experience as a trustee and 10 years of experience on the Planning Board.

As for Vitagliano, who will be running on the Republican line, he’s spent nine years with the Town of Rye covering property tax enforcement and certioraris and has currently been working as a special counsel to the town since 2008.

“When Joe Carvin decided he was going to step down and people were looking for candidates, I had the credentials,” Vitagliano said. “It was the right time for me to consider stepping up and doing a little more public service.”

While Vitagliano, a Port Chester resident, currently manages his own private practice that handles mostly family transactional law, he wants to bring his experience with local governmental law back to the Town of Rye.

On the other hand, Zuckerman, who is also running on the Conservative line, said he comes from a nonpartisan government background since there is little to no political influence in Rye Brook’s government. Outside of the village, the candidate also serves as an advisor to the Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Mike Kaplowitz, a Yonkers Democrat. On top of his various governmental roles, Zuckerman also works as a real estate attorney.

“When I decided that I would run for supervisor, one of the things I saw was that there was a lot of conflict, sometimes between parties, between areas of the town,” Zuckerman said. “It’s the same thing that’s being reflected on a national basis, on a state basis, even in the county, that people were aligned in parties in different areas.”

Using his experience with Kaplowitz as a springboard, Zuckerman said he wants to bring the Board of Legislators’ coalition type of government, where opposing parties may work together on certain issues, to the Town of Rye.

“In any local government, there are issues of who gets jobs, issues of qualifications, of how you do things,” Zuckerman said. “And we are going to look and see the best way to efficiently operate town government, without regard to party affiliation.”

While Zuckerman has several detailed ideas on his drawing board, Zuckerman said he intends to focus on making the town’s assessment office as efficient as possible.

“There has been some controversy over assessments and I think that we simply need to look at the office and how the assessments are done,” Zuckerman said. “We also need to make it easier for the residents of the town to know what their assessments are and, if necessary, to protest them.”

As for Vitagliano, he said the key to working with the town’s assessment office is communication and transparency.

“I would expect that my style of governance would follow what I have done many times in my life, which is to explain, teach and help,” Vitagliano said, adding that he had years of experience managing tax assessments and certiorari cases.

Since the town encompasses three different areas of Westchester County, two of the major roles of Rye Town include tax assessment and oversight of Crawford and Rye Town parks.

“It’s time for a strategic reinvestment in our parks,” Zuckerman said, adding that the parks should be considered town assets to be maintained and improved. “This is a gem that is used for community purposes by people in Port Chester, people in Rye Brook, people in Rye Neck.”

While the Democratic candidate applauds Carvin, a Republican, for his efforts to reduce the town’s overall tax burden, Zuckerman wants to continue the town supervisor’s fiscal discipline.

Carvin has held office since 2007. And since then, the supervisor has reduced spending, downsized the town government’s operations, relocated the town offices to Port Chester Village Hall and turned down an annual stipend for the supervisor position.

After threats of town dissolution—a proposal first brought forward by Carvin—fizzled recently, Zuckerman said he wants to make the municipality even stronger.

“We have a Town of Rye today and it’s our job, if we’re fortunate enough to be elected, to make it the most efficient, well-run town in the county,” Zuckerman said.

Similar to Zuckerman’s remarks, Vitagliano said he’s not running on a dissolution platform. As an alternative to removing the town, the Republican candidate said he would prefer to run a “solid, honest, and minimalistic government for Rye Town.”

Vitagliano said he wants the town government to maintain a parental role over the individual municipalities where Rye Town would mostly handle their jurisdictional duties, but step in to assist the villages when necessary.

The Rye Town supervisor is elected to a four-year term.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Carvin could not be reached for comment, as of press time.

CONTACT: jackson@hometwn.com

 
The Village of Mamaroneck will be spending more than $640,000 on LED streetlight upgrades that are expected to cut energy costs and greenhouse emissions. File photo

Village to spend $640K for LED upgrades

The Village of Mamaroneck will be spending more than $640,000 on LED streetlight upgrades that are expected to cut energy costs and greenhouse emissions. File photo

The Village of Mamaroneck will be spending more than $640,000 on LED streetlight upgrades that are expected to cut energy costs and greenhouse emissions. File photo

By JACKSON CHEN
A $640,000 project will be making the Village of Mamaroneck greener with plans to retrofit the village streetlights with LED upgrades.

The agreement for the project was promptly adopted during a special village Board of Trustees meeting held on July 27. According to the agreement, the village’s more than $640,000 payment to Lumen Light Solutions, a Yonkers-based company, would yield an analysis and upgrade of the 1,455 streetlights throughout the village.

“We’re really excited to implement this from an energy-saving perspective and then a cost-saving perspective down the road,” said Trustee Ilissa Miller, a Democrat.

On top of the installation of the light-emitting diode, LED, fixtures, Lumen would also study problem areas where some streetlights may either produce too much light or are too dim. After the study is completed, the village would be tackling a five-year implementation period, according to Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican.

While the project may take some time to complete, Marc Karell, co-chair of the village’s Committee for the Environment, said the village would average a savings of $150,000 during its first year of running LED bulbs.

“I call it the first-year savings and of course the rate is only going to go up in the future,” Karell said of his conservative estimation, adding that the village’s savings would likely rise nearly 4 percent every year.

Karell and the committee were responsible for introducing the idea of the LED counterparts to the village administration after they submitted a report inclusive of several ways to save energy within the village. The 10 committee members alongside Democratic Trustee Dave Finch also produced several studies on the village’s carbon footprint of energy use and greenhouse gases.

“Reviewing the information, we saw that streetlights were a really huge usage of the village’s energy,” Karell said, adding that the lights were running off decades-old technology.

After the committee submitted their recommendations, the board felt upgrading the streetlights with LED bulbs gave them the most “bang for the buck,” Karell said. The co-chair added that the upgrades would reduce the streetlights’ energy usage by 50 to 60 percent and reduce the village’s emission of greenhouse gases by 250 metric tons, or approximately 12 percent of the village’s total carbon footprint.

While the results will only be seen after implementation, the village’s green actions follows suit of many neighboring municipalities in embracing the onset of LED lighting. The villages’ nearby communities like the Town of Mamaroneck and the Village of Larchmont already installed a fair amount of LED lighting in their streetlights and municipal buildings.

Since the need for LED lights has been noted in the village for a while, the board seized an opportunity to piggyback a similar recent agreement between the City of New Rochelle and Lumen Light Solutions. New Rochelle’s contract allowed many municipalities to essentially jump into working with Lumen to install LEDs.

On top of the village’s agreement with Lumen, they’ve also retained an energy consultant firm called Brite Energy to oversee the project that would replace all of the village’s streetlights.

For Rosenblum, the approval of the LED upgrades was a simple choice that would brighten a green future for the next generations.

CONTACT: jackson@hometwn.com

 
This rendering, which is how the project would be seen from Summerfield Street, depicts the five-story apartment building, which neighbors say will loom over their one-to-three story neighborhood. 
Rendering courtesy DELV DevelopmentRendering courtesy DELV Development

Summerfield to return to Planning Board­­­­­

After a nine-month layoff, the Summerfield Gardens project is expected to return to the Eastchester Planning Board in September for final site plan approval, according to the developer’s attorney.

Among the final preparations for the project was DELV Development’s plan to fix the storm and sewage pipes in the area that were discovered cracked in certain points, causing flooding and sewage backup during heavy rainstorms.

David Steinmetz, the attorney for the developer, said everything is in place to go in front of the Planning Board in September, at which time the board would decide whether to give the project its final site plan approval.

First introduced in 2012, the Summerfield Gardens development calls for the construction of a 92-unit apartment building for seniors 55 or older with an accompanying underground garage on the site of Ted Hermann’s Auto Body, which is located at 151 Summerfield St.

Because of the size of the project and the amount and significance of the 11 variances requested with the project, along with the potential for environmental impacts, the proposal drew the attention of North Eastchester residents who neighbor the property.

Since the project’s inception, droves of area residents filled Eastchester Town Hall during every land use board meeting in opposition of the plan.

The story left off in November 2014, when the Zoning Board voted 4-1 in favor of granting the 11 variances. The Zoning Board included a 30-month expiration date for the approved variances from the date of the final site plan approval. During that time, the developer has to obtain a building permit and complete a substantial amount of construction.

Construction is estimated to be completed between 18 and 24 months.

-Reporting by Chris Eberhart

Dennis Bolger on guitar and lead vocals for The Mighty Fergusons at Flint Park. 

Mighty Fergusons fight off poor weather

On Thursday, July 30, The Mighty Fergusons took the stage in Flint Park as part of the Larchmont Summer Concert Series. Braving some inclement weather, the groove-oriented jam band belted out tunes to those in attendance that remained. The band, who plays songs from artists like Phish, Grateful Dead, Pearl Jam, Bob Marley and Sublime, held court for more than an hour.

-Mamaroneck Review staff

 

 

 

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What’s going on in New Rochelle

New Rochelle Library 

Free programs for all continue

Adventures abound at the New Rochelle Public Library this summer. Whether it’s checking out great books and DVDs, being part of an exciting workshop, or enjoying a performance in the Ossie Davis Theater, the library continues to offer terrific summer experiences for all ages.

A full listing of all weekly workshops for children and teens, information about the daily “Summer Fun on the Patio” at Huguenot Children’s Library, and a wide array of classes and services for adults can be found by visiting nrpl.org.

In addition to the weekly workshops, a number of family-friendly programs will take place in the Ossie Davis Theater of the main library during the weeks of Aug. 10 and 17.

Needlework

Needlework workshops help participants start, fix or finish a knitting, crochet, needlepoint or embroidery project. Expert guidance is provided by Rosalie Hollingsworth and Charlotte Kastenbaum. Meeting Saturday, Aug.8 from 10 a.m. to noon on a drop-in basis in the Community Gallery on the first floor.

Disney Summer Hit Parade

The final film in the Disney Summer Hit Parade series will be “Treasure Island” (1950) which will be shown on Monday, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Ossie Davis Theater. Rated PG.
Running time: 96 minutes.

Family Film

The last family film, “Treasures of Matecumbe” will be screened on Monday, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Ossie Davis Theater. Rated G. Running time: 117 minutes.

Adventures in Architecture

Explore the world of design through fun building projects and neighborhood investigations that reveal New Rochelle’s amazing architecture. Design a fantasy dream house, build a soaring skyscraper, construct working models of bridges and propose improvements to the city’s downtown. Think big and build big, using the tools and strategies of architects and engineers, and sharpen math and science skills—all while having a great time with educators from the Dobbs Ferry-based ArchForKids. Event is on Tuesday, Aug. 11 on a drop-in, first come, first served basis beginning at 12:45 p.m. Program starts at 1 p.m. and runs for one hour in the Meeting Room.

Live show for the Younger Set

On Wednesday, Aug. 12, a series of films from Picture Books for the Younger Set will provide enriching entertainment for children ages 2 to 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The stories that will be featured include: “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” “Wild About Books,” “Inch by Inch,” “Five Creatures,” “Blueberries for Sal,” “A Story A Story” and “Millions of Cats.” Meets in the Ossie Davis Theater.

Animal Embassy

At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12, children grades two to five are invited to join Animal Embassy for an exciting South American adventure and a chance to meet a spectacled owl, a red-footed tortoise, a red-eyed tree frog, chinchillas, a Boa constrictor and more. Participants will have a chance to explore the Pantanal region of Brazil with amazing photographs and stories. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis at the 100-seat Theater Stage/Meeting Room.

Free video workshops for teens

The main library is offering free workshops for teens interested in entering the “I Found It at the Library” short video contest, which has a $1,000 first prize. New Rochelle residents in grades nine through 12 are invited to unleash their creative energy and capture the magic of the New Rochelle Public Library with a 60 to 90 second spot themed “I Found It at the Library.” Deadline for submissions is midnight, Sept. 7.

Free workshops taught by industry professionals include “Introduction and Overview” on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 10:30 a.m. to noon and “Editing 101” on Monday Aug. 10 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 pm.

The free workshops will be taught by Tony Ely, a media producer who is also a professor of media production at Manhattanville College and a teacher at Southern Westchester BOCES; Michael Castaldo, a graduate of the School of Visual Arts who works in the media department at Manhattanville College; and Arsalan Danish, an independent filmmaker and staff producer for MasterCard.

To register for the workshops, email videocontest@nrplfoundation.org or call 813-3706. For more information on the contest,
visit nrpl.org.

New Rochelle’s Down to Earth
Farmers Market

The New Rochelle Down to Earth Farmers Market is open Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Located at Huguenot Park and Twin Lakes, off North Avenue.

On Friday, Aug. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., find out what the Beth-El Food Ambassadors have cooking in a demo as part of a weekly recipe series.

On Aug. 21, sample some tomatoes when the Seasonal Tastings series makes a stop in New Rochelle from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle

West End Summer Fest

The Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle is hosting its first annual West End Summer Fest to take place on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; rain date is Sunday, Aug. 16. Summer Fest will be held at Columbus Elementary School’s playground area, located at 79 Seventh St. There will be live outdoor bands, festival food, waterslides, bouncy houses, games, arts and crafts, vendors selling their crafts and much more. This Summer Fest is for all ages. A $5 charge will get you an all-access ride pass. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit bgcnr.org, call 235-3736 or email events@bgcnr.org.

New Rochelle Art Association

100th Annual Open Juried Show

Call for entries. Submission deadline is Friday, Sept. 4. Work will be displayed from Saturday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 25 with an opening reception on Sunday, Sept. 27.

This year’s judge is Carole Perry, artistic director of The Edward Hopper House Art Center in Nyack, N.Y. With an M.A. in art history, Perry has an extensive background in curatorial work, having previously worked as an exhibition manager at the Guggenheim Museum and as a freelance curator for several years.

Notes on submissions: Media allowed are oil and acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, pastel, graphics, sculpture, fine crafts and photography/digital. All work must be original—no giclée prints—and completed within the last three years, not shown before in an NRAA Open Juried Show.

There will be a minimum of $2,500 in cash and awards.

Entry instructions: Jurying for acceptance is by JPEG image format sent to nraajuried2015@gmail.com or by CDs mailed to Gina Kingsley, 57 Rockland Place, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801.

Visit nraaonline.org to download a prospectus and for more information, including
entry fees.

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 Public Library 

Teen End of Summer Reading Game Cosplay Party

For those entering grades six and up. The theme is “UNMASK!” Registration is now open and will continue through the end of the game on Wednesday, Aug. 12. Registration required and is done online. Dress as your favorite hero and take part in a summer raffle, trivia games and sundae bar. Contact Elizabeth at 721-8102 or eportillo@wlsmail.org for more information.

End of Read-to-Me Game Party

Join musician Kurt Gallagher for a fun-filled, superpower-charged music concert to end this summer’s Read-to-Me Game. The concert will be followed by the Read-to-Me Game Raffle. Online pre-registration is required, and will begin on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 9 a.m. For Read-to-Me Game participants only. Please register for each attendee including parents/caregivers. Contact Teresa Chang at 721-8105 or tchang@wlsmail.org for more information.

Free technology lessons

If you need help accessing the library’s digital collections, call the Reference Desk at 721-8103 to make an appointment for a free one-on-one technology lesson.

Bronxville Public Library

Book donation drop-off

On Saturday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. to noon, bring in your gently used books for the ongoing library book sale. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Bronxville Library. Limit 10 books per patron.

Mahjong

Become an expert player in mahjong, the Chinese game of skill and luck. Geared towards beginners and amateurs to learn the basic rules and strategies. Master a social, competitive game that requires practice, strategy and a little bit of luck. Taught by Regina Klenosky, a player and teacher for decades. On Mondays, 11 a.m. to noon. For more information and to register, call 337-7680 ext. 24 or email bronxvillelibrary@gmail.com.

Teen movie Monday

This week’s screening is “The Incredible Hulk,” screening Aug. 10 at 2:30 p.m. Rated PG-13. Running time: 112 minutes.

Create your own Superhero Shield

Design a shield worthy of a superhero. A drawing and pasting activity for children ages 3 and up. On Monday, Aug. 10 at 3:30 p.m. for one hour.

Social Needlers

Join us for a knitting and crochet hour every Wednesday, 11 a.m. to noon. We chat and socialize while making beautiful items which we donate to the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. For more information, call 337-7680 ext. 63 or email cutchel@wlsmail.org.

Family Film Friday

On Friday. Aug. 14, “Wreck-It Ralph” will be screened at 3:30 p.m. Rated PG. Running time: 101 minutes.

Tuckahoe Public Library

For adults

Learn how to Skype in a workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. Also, join the knit and
crochet group that meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Please call to register at 961-2121.

Tornadoes, Witches & Rainbows

Part of the Super Science Special Program with the Westchester Children’s Museum. Students will explore story elements from “The Wizard of Oz” as they relate to weather, color, and solids, liquids and solubility. Open to ages 5 to 10. Registration is required. On Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 4 p.m. Visit tuckahoelibrary.org or call 961-2121 to register and for more information.

Reading Buddies

Do you need some help keeping up with your summer reading? Make an appointment to read with our Learning Ambassadors Renz and Morgan. On Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 2 p.m.

Computer Buddies

Do you like to play games online? Need someone to play with? Looking for a research buddy? Sign up for a time slot with a Learning Ambassador. On Thursday, Aug. 13 at 1 p.m.

For teens

Take a peek into the future and try your hand at making a solar race car and test it in a race. On Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 4:30 p.m.

Playland MarketFest

An outdoor curated arts, crafts and packaged food market featuring the best local artisans and vendors in the lower Hudson Valley. At the Fountain Plaza and Boardwalk.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 8

Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Weather permitting. Schedule subject to change.

Historical fun for the kids

The staff of Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site invite children to see and experience some of the ways that leisure time was spent by children their own age more than 200 years ago. From bilbo catchers and whirligigs to tops and graces, children can stop by the Manor to learn about and try out some of the top toys from the 1700s. The event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on select Thursdays during the summer: Aug. 13, 20 and 27. For more information about Philipse Manor Hall in Yonkers, visit nysparks.com/historic-sites/37/details.aspx.

Westchester Ridge Hill hosts
Movie Mondays

A free family-friendly film series will start this summer on Mondays at 7 p.m. at Westchester Ridge Hill in Yonkers. The series will end on Aug. 10 with “Maleficent” (rated PG). Pre-film festivities begin at 7 p.m. and the films begin at sunset. For more information, visit westchestersridgehill.com.

Blood donation opportunities

Eligible donors are encouraged to choose their day to make a difference. Donors of all blood types—especially types O negative, A negative, and B negative—are needed.

Dates to donate blood:

Thursday, Aug. 13, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 40 Bell Road in Scarsdale.

How to donate blood:

Download the American Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17, 16 with parental consent in some states, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. For more information, visit redcross.org or on Twitter at @RedCross.

Buy a brick to help Pet Rescue

A walkway of personalized, engraved red bricks will soon lead to the front door of Pet Rescue’s new home in Harrison. Purchase a brick and add the inscription of your choice to honor, remember or celebrate a special pet or person or to express support for Pet Rescue. Your words will create a lasting memorial that will greet visitors to Pet Rescue for years to come.

This path will be a reminder of the generosity and love for Pet Rescue’s rescues. The path will also fund upcoming renovations to Pet Rescue’s home and further their mission to save helpless animals and find them safe, loving homes.

The size and cost of bricks are:

4”x8” brick can be inscribed with up to
3 lines/18 characters per line at $150.

8”x8” brick can be inscribed with up to
6 lines/18 characters per line at $300.

Array of four 8”x8” bricks can be inscribed with up to 12 lines/36 characters per line at $1,000.

Payment can be by PayPal, or you can mail a check to Pet Rescue, P.O. Box 393, Larchmont, N.Y. 10538.

Pet Rescue is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible as allowed by law. Proceeds will go to Pet Rescue’s Building Fund.

For more information on how to place an order, send an email to petrescuebricks@gmail.com or visit ny-petrescue.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 Mamaroneck

Mamaroneck Public Library

For regular programs and events, visit mamaronecklibrary.org.

All Ages Hour

Come in every Saturday at 11 a.m. for stories that will appeal to kids of all ages and their caregivers. Stay or come at 11:30 a.m. to do 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.

Teen Monday Movies

The next movie is “Soul Surfer,” rated PG-13. This is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her left arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith. Showing in the Teen Room on the lower level on Monday, Aug. 10 at 4:30 p.m. Running time: 106 minutes.

Advance Readers’ Copies Raffle

Read books before they are released. Come in and enter to win the entire basket of advance readers’ copies. Enter to win by providing us with your email address. Participants will be signed up to receive information on library programs, events and new books and movies. The drawing will be held on Monday, Aug. 10 to celebrate Book Lover’s Day. Call 698-1250 for more information.

Required Reads Roundtable for teens

Join us in the Mamaroneck Teen Library on select Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. for one hour of casual conversation followed by discussion, analysis and assignment help.

Dates: Aug. 11 for Middle School Summer Reading Books Review; Aug. 25 for High School Summer Reading Books Review.

Call 698-1250 for titles from the Rye Neck Middle and High schools, Hommocks Middle School and Mamaroneck High School lists. Walk-ins welcome. Light refreshments provided.

Super Summer Kids Movies

“An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success” will be screened on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room on the lower level. Grace has a real talent for baking and a passion for making delicious dreams come true. When her mom announces a trip to visit relatives in Paris, Grace isn’t so sure about leaving her friends and their cupcake business—that is, until she discovers she’ll get to work with her uncle and cousin in a real French pastry shop. Unrated. Running time: 99 minutes.

Larchmont Public Library

For regular programs and events, visit larchmontlibrary.org.

Saturday Morning Yoga

Start your day with yoga and learn about its history, philosophy and practice. Instructor Damien Germino guides participants to understanding the poses and breathing techniques that will bring peace and beauty to relieve stress while you stretch. Appreciate how to incorporate the exercises and meditations into your daily life to make this year one of contemplation and concentration on centering yourself while finding gratitude and empathy for others. Yoga can have profound positive effects physically when it is practiced regularly as well as provide a foundation for relaxation and spirituality. Saturdays Aug. 8 and 15, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Village Center. No registration required, but please note you will need to bring your own yoga mat or blanket to use on the floor.

Open play mahjong and chess 

Start the week off with a game of mahjong or chess. No instruction is provided and we recommend that you bring your own mahjong or chess pieces. Come join the fun and make some new friends. Meets every Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. unless the library is closed.

Heroes Movie Matinee

Who is more of a villain then an evil Disney fairy? Celebrate this famous villain by hearing the story of a vengeful fairy driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land. “Maleficent” will be screened on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 3:30 p.m. in the Michael P. Coords Activity Room. For ages 8 and up. No registration required. Rated PG. Running time: 98 minutes.

New movie screenings

“Far from the Madding Crowd” will be screened at the Village Center on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. No registration required. This timeless story of Bathsheba Everdene’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love, as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance. Based on the 1874 novel of the same name by Thomas Hardy. Rated PG-13. Running time: 119 minutes.

LMCTV

Internship program

LMCTV is offering an internship program for interested and qualified students from neighboring area schools. The program includes training in field and studio television production, development of documentary video and news projects. The program provides training in Final Cut Pro, and creates promotional clips for series shows, station promos and public service announcements. Interns can learn hands-on production techniques by assisting with the production of existing shows.

‘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.

Village of Mamaroneck events

Summer on the Avenue

The second Mamaroneck Avenue block party will take place on Thursday, Aug. 13 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. between Halstead Avenue and West Boston Post Road. There will be something for everyone. Admission is free for this family-friendly party. We welcome everyone to the beautiful friendly village with live music and entertainment, crafts, games and activities, including a Sesame Street Learning Town, a mechanical bull ride, an obstacle course and various zones to make time fly. A reminder to all: skateboards and bicycles must be walked; dogs must be on a leash. Alcohol consumption is permitted at tables only. For more information, call 777-7784 or visit summerontheavenue.com.

At Home on the Sound

A forum with Sen. George Latimer

In keeping with its goal to inform senior citizens on a diverse range of topics, At Home on the Sound will host state Sen. George Latimer at its biweekly forum on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 11.  Representing the 36th District, which covers a wide swath of Westchester, Latimer will present a program called “Albany Update.” Latimer, who is well known for his ease at the microphone, will clarify issues important to senior citizens, as well as take questions.

The event is in Russell Hall, the community room of the Larchmont Avenue Church at 60 Forest Park Ave. Refreshments are at 3:30 p.m.; the forum starts at 4 p.m. For more information, call 899-3150.

Senior citizen programs

The Town of Mamaroneck Senior Center operates under the auspices of the Town of Mamaroneck Community Services Office. The center, located at the VFW Lodge Post 1156, 1288 Boston Post Road, is completely accessible with handicapped restroom facilities and ample parking. The center provides a wide variety of recreational, social and educational activities year round, open to seniors 55 and over.

Most activities are free or have a nominal charge. Some classes have a fee for participants. A monthly calendar of events and programs is available at the center and at townofmamaroneck.org/senior-center. The present membership fee is $35. Non-resident members may pay a higher fee for events or trips held outside the center. Identification and proof of residency is required. For membership information and a calendar of events, call activities coordinator Maria Gallagher at 834-8840.

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What’s going on in Harrison

Harrison library events 

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

 

English conversation group

Non-native English speakers can practice their English and make new friends in an informal, volunteer-led setting and learn about the Harrison library, too. No registration necessary. Group meets Mondays from 11 a.m. to noon at Uncle Henry’s Bar and Grill, 309 Halstead Ave.

Wiggle and Giggle

On Tuesdays with Dawny Dew, there will be two 30-minute sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The event will include songs, puppets, music and laughs for children ages 6 months to 5 years. Sponsored by the Friends of the Harrison Public Library. Meets at the Harrison Jewish Community Center, 130 Union Ave.

Laptime for Babies

Songs and fingerplays with Miss Claudia. This 20-minute program is specifically designed for non-walkers. Caregiver participation is required. Meets Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at the Harrison Senior Center, 216 Halstead Ave.

Movers and Shakers

Meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for 30 minutes of songs, rhymes, finger plays, dancing and fun. For ages 1 to 3. At the Harrison Senior Center, 216 Halstead Ave.

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.

Story Time

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

Mommy and Me Yoga

Come and participate in a special yoga class with your baby. Mats and blankets will be provided or you may bring your own. For babies under 12 months and their mother or caregiver. Open to all. On Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Children’s Room. Call 948-2092 to sign up or for more information.

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 our class. Come anytime between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Bring hooks, needles and yarn or practice with ours. Walk-ins are welcome. No registration needed. Call 948-2092 for more information.

Mahjong class

Learn mahjong at the West Harrison Library every Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Classes for beginners and people who need to refresh their skills. For more information, visit the library or call 948-2092.

Mother Goose Time

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

Summer Concert Series

On Wednesday, Aug. 12, Teri Lamar & New Company are set to get revelers moving at Ma Riis Park. On Thursday, Aug. 13, Patrick Perone and the Blue Suede Rockers Show Band will perform Elvis’ classics.

Call the Harrison recreation hotline at 670-3039 for more information. All concerts start at 7 p.m. unless stated otherwise.

Harrison Recreation

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

Soccer camp

For boys and girls grades one through seven. Camp runs Monday, Aug. 10 through Friday, Aug. 14, 9 a.m. to noon at Bernie Guagnini Park on Webster and Adelphi avenues. Children will learn the basics skills of soccer and play games while enjoying a quick dip in the pool. Camp fee is $100. Checks can be made payable to the Town/Village of Harrison.

Swim camp

For kids entering first through third grade. Camp runs from Monday, Aug. 10 through Friday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ron Belmont Pool Complex. Camp will provide children with stroke development and water safety skills, water games, aquatic-related art projects and free swimming. Classes cost $150, checks can be made payable to the Town/Village of Harrison.

Basketball camp

For boys and girls third through eighth grade. Camp runs from Monday, Aug. 17 through Friday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Sollazzo Center at 270 Harrison Ave. Camp will help children develop techniques including ball handling, shooting, dribbling and passing, instructed by Gary Chiarella. Camp fee is $220. Checks can be made payable to the Town/Village of Harrison. Children should be sent to camp with their lunches; lunches will be refrigerated.

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 Center

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.

South East Consortium

The Harrison Recreation Department is a member of the South East Consortium for Special Services, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides year-round therapeutic recreation programs for children and adults with disabilities. South East offers a variety of programs and activities designed to develop physical, social, cognitive and emotional skills. These programs and services are open to all residents in the member communities. Children and adults are also allowed to participate in the regular recreation programs if some accommodations are made in cooperation with SEC on a case-by-case basis. For more information regarding inclusion programs, contact the SEC at 698-5232 or visit secrec.org.

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What’s going on in Rye

Rye Free Reading Room events

Photography exhibit

World traveler Barbara Paul will display photographs of masked dancing she has witnessed in Africa and Asia at the Rye Free Reading Room from Aug. 5 to 29.  The unique exhibit highlights the animal masked dancers at Festima in Burkina Faso and includes photographs of fascinating rituals and ceremonies in many other African and Asian countries. For more information, go to ryelibrary.org or call 231-3161.

Rockin’ Readers Book Chats

The Rye Free Reading Room invites students entering second and third grade to read and talk about “Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog” by Luis Carlos Montalvan, on Saturday, Aug. 22.

The Rockin’ Readers Book Chats, led by the children’s librarian, begin at 3 p.m. and include a discussion, games and refreshments. To participate, sign up online at ryelibrary.org. Go to “Programs and Events,” choose the event and click on the “Register” button. Then pick up copies of the books in the Children’s Room. For more information, call 231-3162.

Teen Animation Workshop

The Rye Free Reading Room invites teens to register for a three-part Teen Animation Workshop taught by Westchester artist Susan Darwin from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Aug. 13 and 20. The sessions will include an overview of animation and instruction in the medium of cut-up magazines and images to create “Monty Python-esque” films.

Participants may bring their own images—photos, magazines, posters and newspapers—ready to cut up or select from a supply of images brought by the instructor. Everything else will be provided, but teens should bring a smartphone or digital camera to test out their animations. To get the most out of the workshop, it is necessary to attend all three sessions. Space is limited. Please pre-register via the event description at ryelibrary.org. This series is sponsored by the Auxiliary Board of the Rye Free Reading Room.

Science Fun Club at the Rye library

Science teacher Johnda Ferrari is conducting a Summer Science Fun Club for children entering third through fifth grade at the Rye Free Reading Room. On Fridays, Aug. 14, 21 and 28, the Westchester Children’s Museum will be at the library to conduct its own series of science programs. All the sessions begin at 4 p.m. and last approximately an hour. Some of the topics planned include bird and insect life, magnetism, a look inside the Earth, sharks, DNA and robotic bugs. All combine to present learning in a fun way and feature hands-on activities like experiments, games and crafts. Visit ryelibrary.org for specific information about each session and to sign up. Pre-registration is required and opens a week in advance of the program.

Family Fun Nights at the library

The Rye Free Reading Room has planned a series of Family Fun Nights for children age 5 and up and their grown-ups at 6 p.m. on Thursday evenings throughout the summer. The movie “Big Hero 6” will be shown at the Family Fun Night on Aug. 13. The film is rated PG, running time is one hour and 42 minutes. No pre-registration is necessary. For more information about these programs, visit ryelibrary.org.

“Every Hero Has a Story” Ice Cream Party Grand Finale

Participants in the Rye Free Reading Room’s “Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Reading Program are invited to celebrate their achievements with a Grand Finale at the library on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m. The evening will include a “Name That Tune” competition with musical performer Graham Clarke, the awarding of reading certificates and “special prizes,” a raffle and ice cream sundaes with lots of toppings. The event is for Rye Library Summer Reading Program participants only and pre-registration is required to attend. Sign up under the event description at ryelibrary.org, beginning Aug. 13. For more information, call 231-3162.

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, as well as tellers, are always welcome to join the Guild members at their meetings. To learn more, contact Angela at Booksamc@aol.com. For further information, contact Meg Stackpole at 967-0480 or                mstackpole@ryelibrary.org.

Wainwright House

Prenatal Yoga Training

Aug. 13 to Aug. 16: Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

Led by Sue Elkind. Also open to certified yoga teachers. Students will learn how to support women during their journey into motherhood both physically and emotionally. The training will provide essential techniques such as structuring and sequencing, asana modifications by trimester, key restorative postures, as well as alignment and anatomy. Fee: $600 for members; $650 for non-members.

For more information, call Carol Craig at 967-6080 or visit and register at wainwright.org.

Broadway! 16 Bar Cut Camp

Camp will take place from Monday, Aug. 17 through Friday, Aug. 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for children ages 10 to 13. Performers will learn essential audition tools and techniques, including how to choose the correct 16-32 bar cut to present the best audition ever. Performers will get the opportunity to work with a professional music director and participate in master classes presented by Broadway performers. Camp will conclude with a showcase performance on Aug. 21 at 5 p.m. at Wainwright House. Camp fees are $245 for members and $298 for non-members. Registration is required at wainwright.org.

Kingdom of a Camp

Camp will take place from Monday, Aug. 17 through Friday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  for children 6 to 9. This music-and-arts-based, prince and princess-themed camp will begin with a music and movement class. The royal staff will help the princes and princesses make their own crowns, activity books and will enjoy royalty-themed movies during their snack break. Camp will conclude with a short presentation and an official crowning ceremony. No performance or artistic experience necessary. Camp fees are $245 for members and $298 for non-members. Registration is required at wainwright.org.

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Air Painting

Learn to make stronger compositions and understand how to make good value and color choices with this workshop instructed by Linda Richichi, national and international award-winning artist. Workshop will take place on Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the lawns of Wainwright House. The workshop will include a 30-minute lunch break. Bring your own lunch. Cost of workshop is $150 for Wainwright members and $165 for non-members. Art supplies not included. Register at wainwright.org.

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.

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Breaking: Yandrasevich gets 1 to 3 in prison

After two adjournments, former City of Rye Golf Club General Manager Scott Yandrasevich will serve a sentence of one to three years. File photo

After two adjournments, former City of Rye Golf Club General Manager Scott Yandrasevich will serve a sentence of one to three years. File photo

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 once again in Westchester County Supreme Court. With three charges, the former general manager will serve each of his one-to-three year sentences at the same time.

While the former manager would have received a lower sentence if he paid back the restitution to the City of Rye, Yandrasevich was unable to come up with the money within the time allowed from the adjournments.

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 over a six-year period, 2007 to 2013, 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, he was required to pay restitution to the City of Rye for $271,120 of the money he stole from the golf club and its members.

-Reporting by Jackson Chen