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Developers are beginning to weigh in as the Rye City Council carefully works on constructing a rock chipping law. File photo

Developers disagree with chipping law

Developers are beginning to weigh in as the Rye City Council carefully works on constructing a rock chipping law. File photo

Developers are beginning to weigh in as the Rye City Council carefully works on constructing a rock chipping law. File photo

By JACKSON CHEN
Developers, contractors and builders in the City of Rye are expressing strong opposition to the ongoing creation of a restrictive rock chipping law that will be detrimental to their livelihoods, as it currently stands. 

Rock chipping, a common construction practice that steadily breaks through large rocks with the use of mechanical tools, prompted a need for some legislation after a project on 135 Highland Road persisted for more than seven months. Neighbor complaints of the project and its continuing rock chipping led the Rye City Council to consider new regulations for the disruptive construction practice.

While the council is still in the early stages of public hearings, the draft law currently requires developers to obtain permits seven days in advance, give ample notice to nearby residents and be limited to only one machine on site.

Rock chipping would also be limited to 30 calendar days and allowed only on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., according to the draft law. Additionally, the draft included that any type of rock removal would be prohibited on major holidays and testing days for nearby schools. In terms of violations, developers would be hit with a $1,000 fine, a stop-work order, 15 days in jail or any combination of the three.

As the council knew it would take time to mold such a contentious law, they put into place a rock chipping moratorium that shares many of the same stipulations of the draft law on June 17. Currently, developers are facing the 30 calendar day restriction, which usually equates to about 22 working days because of the weekend and holiday restrictions.

With a reduction in the amount of working days, developers felt the restrictions placed on rock chipping are proving to be detrimental to their current projects and future prospects.

“It was like going 100 miles an hour to zero,” said Roger Paganelli, a Rye resident and co-owner of a Rye-based development company. Like many other builders, Paganelli was not against the creation of rock chipping regulations, but said that the draft law was overreaching right out of the gate and needs thorough review.

Sharing Pagnelli’s sentiments, many developers felt the 30 calendar day limit was unfair. Instead, developers proposed a 30 business day limit as an alternative.

“30 days… is not really 30 days, it’s 22 days,” Paganelli said. “If it falls on a month with federal holidays, it’s only 18 days.” The developer added with the shortened time limit during the day, the draft law would also take out approximately five more working hours of the week.

For many in the development industry, the restriction of 30 calendar days only added to a project’s uncontrollable aspects, like poor weather and equipment breakdowns. On top of those, builders also require approvals from several utilities companies, according to Anthony Cassano, a city resident and local builder. Cassano said the process of seeking approvals for gas, electric and water companies takes about a day each.

To combat the possible delays from the utilities approvals, Councilman Richard Slack, unaffiliated, said the council is looking at possibly including an exemption within the 30-day limit for developers to acquire certain approvals.

While builders in Rye are strongly opposed to how the law stands now, most residents agree with the current iteration. Some residents even felt there was a need for further regulations, including noise limitations and environmental impact mitigation.

But for Paganelli, he said the draft law should be scrapped and reconstructed with more input from the construction community in Rye.

“We really do need to come to a mutually beneficial agreement and compromise on these issues,” Paganelli said. “We don’t want to scrap this and never revisit it; we want to scrap it and redo it with our input.”

The Rye City Council is expected to revisit the rock chipping issue during its next meeting scheduled for Aug. 5.

CONTACT: jackson@hometwn.com

 
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Rye reaches new contract with clerical unit

By CHRIS EBERHART
The city has come to terms on a new contract with the city’s clerical unit that runs through 2016. The announcement came at the July 8 Rye City Council meeting.

As part of the new contract, the salaries of the CSEA Local 1000 clerical unit will increase 2.25 percent each year from 2014 to 2016 and is retroactive for current members as of Jan. 1, 2014. Members are to contribute 25 percent of the cost of their health premiums and 50 percent of the cost of health benefit premiums for retired employees and their dependents during the retired employees’ lifetime. The previous contract expired at the end of 2013, which is when negotiations towards a new agreement were first initiated.

Rye Mayor Joe Sack, a Republican, said reducing long-term healthcare costs, especially through retirement, has been a focus of the current city council.

Marcus Serrano, who sat at the dais on July 8 for the first time as Rye’s city manager, said the contract is a win for the city because of the contributions into retirement as well as the percentage that the city will be receiving, which Serrano said is among the highest in Westchester County.

This contract has been a source of contention between the CSEA Local 1000 Clerical Unit and the city that nearly ended up in court. On May 4, the local union group filed a notice of claim against the City of Rye that stated female employees were “being treated less favorable” than the male employees within the same union with respect to salary increases and negotiated benefits.

The union’s attorney, Alison Cagle, said the notice of claim was eventually dropped last month as the city and union finalized a new contract. Futhermore, Cagle said, the issue wasn’t with the current city council and administration but with Scott Pickup, the former city manager who headed contract negotiaons on behalf of the city. Pickup left Rye unceremoniously in 2014 after a brief, yet tumultuous, four-year period that was marred by several high-profile controversies. Because the city and the union reached a mutual agreement on the contract, Cagle didn’t want to dive into details, but said “some things that were done in previous negotiations left a sour taste.”

“But we’re happy with the current contract,” Cagle said. “Our concerns were addressed with former interim City Manager Frank Culross and the [city] council. They listened to our concerns and were understanding and sympathetic.”

CONTACT: christopher@hometwn.com

 
Originally built in 1927, the Eastchester High School is in need of major renovations and expansion of the building to accommodate increasing enrollment. The Eastchester Board of Education is currently considering undertaking this project. File photo

Moran: EHS in need of expansion

Originally built in 1927, the Eastchester High School is in need of major renovations and expansion of the building to accommodate increasing enrollment. The Eastchester Board of Education is currently considering undertaking this project. File photo

Originally built in 1927, the Eastchester High School is in need of major renovations and expansion of the building to accommodate increasing enrollment. The Eastchester Board of Education is currently considering undertaking this project. File photo

By CHRIS EBERHART
The Eastchester School District is looking to continue with a series of capital projects in the school buildings that started with the renovation and expansion of Waverly Kindergarten Center to include first grade in 2000 and the middle school in 2014. 

During the 2015-2016 school year, the district’s attention will turn to a high school in need of more classrooms and modernization.

The same building that housed an enrollment of 526 students in 1996 nearly doubled to 905 by the 2014-2015 school year. Student enrollment numbers in the high school are projected to increase to more than 1,000 students by 2020.

In an effort to keep up with rising enrollment, the old gym in the high school was turned into “makeshift temporary classrooms” for AP math and computer science courses in 2003, according to Eastchester High School Principal Dr. Jeffrey Capuano. But the classrooms remain 12 years later and will continue to be used into the foreseeable future, Capuano said.

In the meantime, the school district will look to improve other areas of the school, including the weight room, which is currently a carved out space in the back of the boys’ locker room, a cafeteria that is too small and an auditorium with a currently water-damaged stage, outdated lighting and chipped paint.

“The high school building is aging and in need of updating, renovating and additional classroom space,” Eastchester Schools Superintendent Dr. Walter Moran said. “The district concluded a five-year process of research, enrollment analysis and cost analysis that has led to the approval of a draft plan by the Board of Education Facilities Committee.”

The Board of Education will mull over a possible bond referendum to complete the project, but the cost of the bond and details of the plan are not yet known. The plan is only in the draft stage at the moment.

The school board is expected to discuss the plans for the project throughout the summer and into the 2015-2016 school year.

Just last year, the new middle school wing, a $12.8 million project that was funded by a bond approved by public vote in 2011, was completed. The new wing added 13 new classrooms, two new state-of-the-art science labs, small instructional spaces used for foreign language classes and the school’s intensive special needs program, bathrooms and an enlarged cafeteria. The science labs, which will have new technology such as interactive white boards, student computers and wireless capability, coincide with the newly implemented STEM—science, technology, engineering and math—course.

Prior to that, in 2000, the Waverly Kindergarten Center was expanded to twice its size with the addition of 14 classrooms to include first grade and to help keep class sizes in the Anne Hutchinson and Greenvale schools down.

CONTACT: christopher@hometwn.com

 
The Broken Bow Brewery is a fairly new addition to the Village of Tuckahoe community. Photos/Bobby Begun

Broken Bow issued permit for emergency chiller

By CHRIS EBERHART
Broken Bow Brewery has been operating with a failing chiller for the past couple weeks. The business needs a larger, more powerful one to handle the increased workload but needs a site plan approval from the Planning Board in order to move it outside. 

Because it was an emergency situation that came about recently, there isn’t enough time to include the item on the agenda for the July 21 Tuckahoe Planning Board meeting and there isn’t a meeting planned for August. So, the Planning Board wouldn’t be able to give site plan approval until at least the end of September. But Broken Bow’s architect David Barbuti said he doesn’t know how much time the chiller has left. A chiller is a machine used to help keep beverages such as beer cold.

“The chiller is dying,” Barbuti said to the Planning Board during its July 6 work session. “I was there about a week ago, and it had a couple of wires sticking out of it, so it can go any day now.”

Michael LaMothe, one of the owners of the Marbledale Road brewery, said the chiller shuts down anywhere from three to five times a day.

To help the local brewery, which first opened its doors to the Tuckahoe community back in 2013, the village will issue a temporary permit that will allow Broken Bow to install a chiller with 250 percent of the current chiller’s power until the fall. Because of the larger size of the new chiller, it needs to be moved from the inside of the brewery to the outside, which will require alterations to the approved site plan and approval of the Planning Board.

LaMothe said the brewery had been discussing plans for an outdoor beer garden and a grain silo to handle increased demand for raw materials, but the urgency of the situation forced the brewery to apply for the temporary permit now and come back in the fall with the full project.

“We’ve been expanding a lot, and we’re seeing a lot of growth,” LaMothe said. “In the beginning, we were avoiding [clientele in] New York City until we had a delivery system in place, and now we do and we’ve started to expand into Manhattan. But [the growth] is taxing
the chiller.”

CONTACT: christopher@hometwn.com

 

David Barra was appointed to an open position on the Tuckahoe Planning Board after Antonio Leo left to take a seat on the Tuckahoe Village Board of Trustees. 
Photo courtesy David Barra

Barra named to Planning Board

David Barra was appointed to an open position on the Tuckahoe Planning Board after Antonio Leo left to take a seat on the Tuckahoe Village Board of Trustees.  Photo courtesy David Barra

David Barra was appointed to an open position on the Tuckahoe Planning Board after Antonio Leo left to take a seat on the Tuckahoe Village Board of Trustees.
Photo courtesy David Barra

By CHRIS EBERHART
The final piece of the puzzle is in place that makes the Tuckahoe village government whole again after the sudden death of Trustee Stephen Quigley in early May. 

During the June 22 Tuckahoe Village Board of Trustees meeting, the mayor appointed David Barra, 54, to the village Planning Board to replace former Planning Board member Antonio Leo, who left the board in late May to replace his late friend Quigley on the  Board of Trustees. Barra has a professional and academic background in architecture and, for the last 25 years, has been buying and refurbishing homes in the village as a hobby. His current project is a home on Fisher Avenue.

“This was something I wanted to do,” Barra said about joining the land use board. “I saw there was an opening [on the Planning Board] and reached out to the mayor and said I was interested. They knew me from my work with refurbishing homes in the village, so he gave me a shot, and I’m honored to serve the community.”

Barra, who is currently a construction manager for Citi Group and served as the director of construction for the MTV network before that, will be thrown right into the mix with the village in a state of revitalization. Already under construction are three projects at the corner of Main Street and Winterhill Road, across from the Crestwood train station, and on Jackson Avenue and two additional projects on Main Street and Marbledale Road are in front of Tuckahoe’s land use boards.

The largest project being discussed is the proposed Marriott SpringHill Suites, a five-story, 163-room hotel with a 6,400-square-foot restaurant on the first floor and 208 on-site parking spaces, at 109-125 Marbledale Road, which is an old quarry site. The location site is a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation-designated Brownfield site, which is land that has potentially hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants that would have to be cleaned up before construction can begin on.

The contaminated site, along with concerns about traffic congestion in the area and parking, has led to early complaints about the project by neighboring residents and business owners. Barra said, while he’s for the project, it’s important to listen to the concerns of the community and address as many of them as the board can.

“I’m for this project,” Barra said. “It’s going to add a lot to the community, and if planned properly, will be a major asset to the village.

“But this project, all the projects require proper planning and development, and that’s why [public] meetings are important, because the community interest is the number one concern. These buildings are going to be here for a long time, so we have to make sure they blend in with the village.”

Barra will sit at the dais for the first time at the July 21 Planning Board meeting, when the hotel applicant is scheduled to discuss the findings of recent environmental testing.

CONTACT: christopher@hometwn.com 

 
OP/ED

Ope/Ed: Alert, conscious expose historical negligence

 

By Luis Quiros
“In my past, the combination of luxury and a lot of white people never failed to make me feel invisible” are words from my book, “An Other’s Mind.” Though referring to instances throughout my childhood growing up as a Puerto Rican in New York City, the aftermath of my lived experience under those conditions now in the late part of my adulthood still resonates—ignorance remains this nation’s dominant characteristic.

As my intimate friend Dr. John Hope Franklin often verified, the Reconstruction Era has yet to end. My perspective is this nation has yet to deal with slavery and racial-divisive symbols don’t just come down.

Why then would a white person deny her roots and orchestrate a black identity? Rachel Dolezal exposes the myth of the level playing fields and a “post-racial era.” In fact, the Birmingham, Ala., bombing in 1963 that killed four teenagers in a church and the Emanuel AME massacre in Charleston, S.C., did not lower the Confederate flag any more than it exposed the United States. The attack in Charleston reveals our interconnectedness of the trauma imposed on others.

Intelligent people, concerning the effects of slavery, would not have people of color profiled as shooters and immediately called terrorists, while white people are only labeled mentally ill. The white pilot who flew the plane into the French Alps killing more than 150 people was labeled mentally disturbed. However, the three gunmen who stormed the Paris offices of a French satirical magazine, killing 12, were immediately labeled terrorists.

In 2014, in a place of luxury overlooking the Hudson River with a “progressive” and white audience, a Puerto Rican keynote speaker addressed more than 100 attendees. One white man turned his back on the speaker. For me, that moment was a flashback to first grade—being ignored, denied my language and being made to feel that my history was not worthy of being taught. Too often demonized: our version of a swastika; a burning cross; a Confederate flag; the permanency of our intellectual genocides. Cornell West defines these gestures as the “niggerization of America”—a person of color can never truly earn a place of honor to say what is on his or her mind.

When the New York Police Department turned its back on the mayor in protest, they were not reprimanded. I reacted by addressing this rude gesture and was told to apologize and faced consequences. Yet, on June 28, New York’s highest court ruled unanimously that going on a profanity-laden rant during an encounter with police did not constitute disorderly conduct. Richard Gonzalez, not surprisingly, was sentenced to three-and-a-half to seven years for this “disorderly conduct.” Such racist views have landed tens of thousands of New Yorkers in jail over the last decade. According to the New York Law Journal, the interaction, while not pleasant, is totally legal.

When I hear the words “report suspicious activities,” chills run down my spine. Less than two years ago I was arrested in front of my house and was told I looked suspicious. I was also asked why was I “near a school.” We are suspicious by default.

Brian Williams, a white man who should have been fired for his actions, reminds me of Dr. Franklin’s wisdom once again, “We do not have the right to fail.” There is an immeasurable difference between “Black Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter.” There is a lived experience to one who has often been denied a value of being whole, worthy and trustworthy.

Bree Newsome and others like her may scale flagpoles to bring down the Confederate flag; I simply will continue to expose the hypocrites who have signed the confederate gentlemen’s agreement in their heart, while holding positions of power and influence that are perceived as being contrary to their heart.

To correct your ideologies, start by at least paying attention. Spell and say our names correctly and know that we are very visible and highly educated, in every language and color.

My mother taught me “not to believe in gravity” so I could land where and when I wanted–making choices not as a given like the status quo or the culture of this nation, which she knew was deeply rooted in racism and capitalism. Those in power create an unquestioned gentleman’s agreement dictating who the experts are, who is rude, violent, and who should remain invisible.

 

Luis Quiros is a resident of  Mamaroneck. The views expressed are his.

 
LETTER

Letter: Reader: Fourth of July is a fraud

To the Editor,

Frederick Douglass said, “What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? A day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice, cruelty and false Christianity that he is the constant victim. Your constitution is predicated on a lie, your echoes of ‘freedom’ hollow mockery, the meaning of your Bible is trampled on every day with the evils that you commit that would disgrace a nation of savages.”

David Walker in his appeal of 1829 said, “The white man’s Christianity is a more violent and criminal enterprise than were the Romans or the Greeks when they enslaved the Helots.”

That tradition of a violent and perverse form of Christianity has always befallen members of the black church. The recent slaughter in South Carolina is a continuation of this evil part of the American landscape.

Thousands of black Christians have been slaughtered by whites throughout the history of this country. Many times, like the barbaric and horrific event at the church in South Carolina, the victims have been bombed, mutilated and killed in a house of worship by so-called white Christians. These acts that have continued invariably after slavery, show how criminal U.S. history is, and how hollow the Fourth of July truly is.

Hundreds of black churches after slavery have been burned to the ground as recently as several years ago. Indeed, from WWII to the murder of those four young black girls at the 16th Street Baptist Church, there were at least 50 bombing acts of domestic terrorism in Birmingham (“Bombingham”), Ala. In many instances, the bombings were of black churches by whites.

The racist, brutal and uncivilized nature of the United States has not changed with this act and many other acts that are going on around the country, in which the New York Police Department and sometimes law enforcement has been the perpetrator.

The proliferation of white supremacist organizations such as Christian Identity, the skinheads, neo-Nazi groups and the Ku Klux Klan has imbued the racism and hate that is rampant across this country and led to this barbaric incident in South Carolina. The Confederate flag, a symbol not only of slavery but white supremacy, has also inspired this type of hatred which has reached its apex with the election of the nation’s first black president. The nine members of that South Carolina church who were killed, had family members who epitomized the real meaning of Christianity when they forgave the racist barbarian who committed this evil act.

Those Christians who will be indulging, self-promoting and celebrating the false meaning of this holiday should look at the real meaning of their Christianity, and realize how much of a travesty this holiday is with its history of death and destruction.

As Douglass said during his July 4 speech, “Compared with every other country on this earth as far as barbarism, violence and denial of freedom and destruction of family, the U.S. is without rival in its perfidious and inhumane treatment of black people in America.”

The celebration of the Fourth of July is the ultimate slap in the face to African-Americans and indigenous peoples.

 

Clifford Jackson,

Larchmont 

 
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What’s going on in Mamaroneck

LMC-TV

Teen summer filmmaking workshops

LMC-TV’s summer filmmaking workshops are an opportunity to learn hands-on filmmaking skills, from cinematography to scriptwriting to computer video editing. This program is geared for teens 13 and older. Participants will collectively conceive of, write a script for, shoot, direct and edit a short dramatic film using high definition video equipment, editing and scriptwriting software. Participants can attend one week of workshops for $400 per week or all three for $1,100. Sibling and dual workshop discounts are available. Workshops will be held Monday through Friday, beginning on July 20 and ending on Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Internship program

LMC-TV 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 LMC-TV’s hyperlocal, 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.

Mamaroneck Public Library

Storytimes

Babytime: Books, rhythms, and rhymes for 6 to 24 months old with a caregiver on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for 30 minutes in the Program Room, Lower Level. In-person registration begins at 10 a.m., and call-ins are accepted after 2 p.m. at 630-5894.

Stories, Songs and Puppets: For children ages 3 to 5 and their siblings and caregivers on Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. for 30 minutes in the Program Room, Lower Level.

Toddler Time: Picture book stories, songs and games appropriate for 18 to 36 months. Caregivers are expected to attend and their participation is an important element of the program. Program will be held on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for 30 minutes in the Program Room, Lower Level.

Picnic Stories in the Park: For kids of all ages on Tuesdays at noon for one hour in the Children’s Room, second floor. Pack a picnic and meet in at the library for a lazy hour of stories in the sun. Cold drinks will be provided. No registration required.

Bedtime Stories: For kids of all ages on Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. for one hour in the Children’s Room, second floor. Pajamas, pillows and stuffed animals are welcome. No registration required.

Photography exhibit

Mamaroneck High School graduate and resident Kyla Ann Seleno has had a lifelong love of art and photography. She has studied at New England College, School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute in NYC. In addition to her photographs, Kyla is an accomplished painter and visual artist. She has been awarded a number of accolades and has been commissioned to photograph various events and celebrations. She founded the Tree Flame Project, an inspirational and international movement of self-awareness and acceptance through art. Her work will be on display through Aug. 9 in the Warner Gallery.

Larchmont Public Library

Bossy Frog Band Concert

On Tuesday, July 21 at 11 a.m., the Bossy Frog Band will provide a concert for infants to children 4 years old. Jeffrey Friedberg from The Bossy Frog Band is an award-winning children’s musician and a board-certified music therapist. He has released eight albums of music for children and families, his last winning a Parents’ Choice Award. Children will love experiencing the joy of making music in this interactive program filled with singing, moving, banjo, guitar and more. Tickets are required, free of charge. Exceptions cannot be made due to space. Tickets are available beginning at 9:15 a.m. on the day of the event and are on a first-come first-served basis.

Amazing Bugs Around Us

Sheldrake Nature Center presents “Amazing Bugs Around Us” on Tuesday, July 21 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for children ages 6 to 8. An extension of “Blossoms, Bees and Butterflies,” this program will expand beyond the plant-insect relationship to explore other insects and arthropods. Children will examine specimens, living and non-living, of these intriguing animals.  The event will include a visit to the garden to see what new flowers and insects have appeared since the previous visit. This program is made possible by the Westchester Library System’s Unlimited Possibilities Mini-Grant for Environmental Sustainability.

‘The Killers’

Rob Goldstone Presents “The Killers” on Wednesday, July 22 at 2:30 p.m. Goldstone presents this 1946 film noir classic starring Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner and Edmund O’Brien, based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway. Not rated. Running time: 103 minutes.

Heroes Movie Matinee

“Despicable Me 2” will be screened on Wednesday, July 22 at 3:30 p.m. The film is appropriate for children ages 6 and up. Universal Pictures presents this sequel to the wildly successful 2010 animated picture following Gru, the ex-scheming evildoer-turned-parental figure. Rated PG. Running time: 98 minutes.

Mummies and more

Super Science Series “Ancient Egypt: Mummies and More” on Thursday, July 23 at 4 p.m. for children ages 8 to 11. The event will be a fun and engaging introduction to Ancient Egypt culture and customs. An “egyptologist” will help students explore ancient times complete with artifacts, papyrus, hieroglyphs, cartouche, sarcophagi, paintings and King Tut trivia. Students will also have a chance to stamp their names using the hieroglyphic alphabet and quiz each other on other words they’ve created. This program is history, geography, language, science, art and culture rolled into a one-hour-long experience. Presented by the Westchester Children’s Museum.

Cartooning with Mike Teator

Learn to draw superheroes like Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk on Mondays, July 20 and 27 at 4:15 p.m. for children ages 8 to 11. Children will be able to create their own superhero from their own imagination. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Larchmont Library. Online registration is required by visiting larchmontlibrary.org.

Three Minute Science

Stock up on your books and come do a science experiment with  Library Ambassador Rayaan Ba on Mondays, July 20 and 27 anytime between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. for children ages 5 and up. No registration required.

Managing chronic health conditions

Learn how to manage chronic health conditions on Thursdays, July 23 and 30 and Aug. 6 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Village Center. Do you have a chronic condition or care for someone who does? Registering for these classes will empower you to better manage chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure and you’ll learn how to communicate more effectively with health care professionals. You’ll also realize health care cost savings by avoiding trips to doctors and hospitals and learn to enjoy an enhanced quality of life. Classes are open to residents of Westchester County who are 55 and up. Registration is required. For information and to register, contact Rebecca Bent at 813-6263 or email rqbe@westchestergov.com.

Project Linus Knitting
& Crochet Group

Group meets every Tuesday from 10 a.m. until noon in the Upper Level Teen Area. Join this knitting/crochet group and use your talents for a good cause. The group has created and donated several blankets to Sound Shore Hospital for the benefit of local children. No registration required. This group does not meet when the library is closed for Tuesday holidays.

Five-hour prelicensing classes

Formula One Driving School, located at 584 Mamaroneck Ave. in Mamaroneck, has the following five-hour-long prelicensing classes scheduled:

Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday, July 22 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday, July 29 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m; Saturday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This class is required by New York State for new drivers before they can take their road test. Call 381-4500 or visit formulaonedrivingschool.com to register for a class or for other services and for upcoming Insurance Reduction/Point Reduction Class dates.

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What’s going on in Eastchester

Eastchester Public Library 

Summer reading games

Registration is now open for Children’s Summer Reading Games. This year’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story.” Participants are eligible to win prizes based on how many books they read this summer.

Read-to-Me: This game is for younger children who are not yet reading independently, ages 2 to 5. Registration continues through Friday, Aug. 14.

Summer Reading Game: The most popular game, for children entering grades K to five who are reading independently. Registration continues through Monday, Aug. 10.

Registration for Summer Reading Games is open to all, regardless of residency or library card status. You may register in person or online. Please note that for your child’s reading totals to count toward our end-of-summer raffles, they must visit the library and fill out their raffle tickets in person.

The library will also offer a number of activities for children participating in the reading games, including concerts, animal demonstrations, and craft activities. Online pre-registration is required for these activities through the website, and begins one week before the activity at 9 a.m. Most activities are open to all; a select few are limited to Eastchester and Tuckahoe cardholders. Visit eastchesterlibrary.org for more information.

Teen summer reading game

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. Each book you read this summer will earn you one raffle ticket for prizes (including brand new books) at the end of the summer. You will also be able to earn up to one prize a day by answering our daily trivia question at the Reference Desk. For a complete list of our teen reading events, visit eastchesterlibrary.org (click on the Events tab), or stop by the Reference Desk to pick up a brochure. Registration for all events is online.

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 

Sciencetellers: Superheroes

This summer, come on an epic, laughter-filled journey that proves superheroes really do exist. Throughout the tale, volunteers from the audience help conduct exciting experiments that make the characters’ superpowers and heroic deeds come to life. See how science can make the ordinary extraordinary. Tuesday, July 21 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Social Needlers

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

Real Heroes Obstacle Course

See if you have what it takes to get through an obstacle course just like our real life military superheroes. Registration required. Open to grades five and up. Wednesday, July 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit bronxvillelibrary.org/events to sign up.

Superhero Sock Puppets

Add capes, masks and more to socks at this fun craft project. Open to ages 5 and up. Registration required. Thursday, July 23 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit bronxvillelibrary.org/events to sign up.

Family Film Friday

The next film is “Sky High” screening on July 24 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. The following week, “Underdog” will be screened on July 31 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuckahoe Public Library

For the kids

Registration is required for all programs.

Reading Buddies: Do you need some help keeping up with your summer reading? Make an appointment to read with Learning Ambassadors Renz and Morgan. Tuesdays, July 21 and 28 at 2 p.m.

Babytime Storytime: Join Miss Ellen for stories and songs for babies. Open to ages birth to 2. Thursdays, July 23 and 30 at 11 a.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. Thursdays, July 23 and 30 at 1 p.m.

LEGOS in the Library: Come to the library and create a masterpiece to display. Open to ages 5 to 10. Friday, July 31 at 4 p.m.

Preschool Storytime: Join Miss Ellen for stories and songs for preschoolers. Open to ages 2 to 6. Fridays, July 24 and 31 at 11 a.m.

Superhero Crafts: Make your own superhero costume this summer during the rest of this three-part craft program. Open to ages 5 to 10. Tuesdays, July 21 and Aug. 4 at 4 p.m. Registration is required. Call 961-2121 or visit tuckahoelibrary.org.

Puzzle Time: Come play with puzzles and share a story. Open to ages 3 to 6. Friday, July 24 at 3:30 p.m.

Teen Anime Club

Meeting on Monday, July 20 at 4 p.m. Contact the library for more information.

Knit & Crochet Group

Every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Register by calling 961-2121.

Free entertainment workshops

Learn how to download free music using Freegal on Monday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Learn how to download free magazines using Flipster on Thursday, July 23 at 1 p.m.

Eastchester events

Calling all golfers

Kevin Chin Golf is teaming up with award-winning instructor Mark Evershed for the following events:

A seminar and presentation with Q&A by Evershed on Friday, July 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lake Isle Country Club.

Play nine holes with Chin and nine holes with Evershed on Sunday, July 26 at 3:45 p.m. at Lake Isle Country Club.

PGA and Lake Isle members receive a 10 percent discount, and Chin’s personal students receive a 15 percent discount. Contact Chin for more info: KevinChinGolf.com, 260-9459, or KevinChinGolf@gmail.com.

Bronxville events

Farmers market

Check out the Bronxville Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stone Place at Paxton Avenue, rain or shine. Visit bronxvillefarmersmarket.com for more information.

Free outdoor concert series

The Bronxville Chamber of Commerce announces the return of the monthly Bronxville Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series running through September, located on the streets of Bronxville. Attendees can enjoy live music plus dining and dancing in the street, which is closed off to vehicular traffic for the occasion. The entertainment is free, and food from Bronxville eateries is available for purchase. Each concert features a live band playing familiar cover tunes of primarily classic rock. Concert locations alternate between Parkway Road and Park Place. July’s lineup: Plan B at Park Place on Thursday, July 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sylvan Learning Center

Let Sylvan Learning Center help avoid summer learning loss with personalized tutoring (grades pre-K to 12), new STEM classes, robotics and coding (grades 1 to 8), and academic camps in reading, math, writing, and study skills (grades pre-K to 9). Call 237-4396 or visit sylvanlearning.com/bronxville for more information. Located at 850 Bronx River Road in Bronxville.

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What’s going on in Harrison

The Harrison Public Library will be closed for renovations until July 2015.

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.

West Harrison library events

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.

Train Time

Choo-Choo! Come and play with Thomas and friends using sets of toy trains for everyone to enjoy on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

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.

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.

Crochet and knitting club

Come anytime between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays to knit and/or crochet, meet new friends, share your skills and knowledge and have a good time. No registration needed, walk-ins are welcome. Bring hooks, needles and yarn or practice with ours.

Teens Reading Club

Running every Thursday until Aug. 6 at 2:30 p.m. for one hour. Contact the library at 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.

Summer Concert Series

On Wednesday, July 22, check out Club Dennis (of the Dennis “Dion” Nardone Show) for a street party on the Harrison and Halstead avenues at 6:30 p.m.

Alive N’ Kickin,’ a gold record party band, has their turn on Thursday, July 23, on the West Harrison Village Green.

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

Harrison Recreation

Lap swimming

Enjoy swimming laps at the Brentwood Pool during the weekday mornings and evenings from June 29 until Aug. 17, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Must have a 2015 Harrison recreation ID card or a senior ID card to participate.

US Sports Institute

Camp and classes for boys and girls of all abilities, ages 3 through 14. There are daytime and evening classes, plus full days and half days. The full schedule and specific programs can be found online at USsportsinstitute.com or call 866-345-BALL (345-2255). All registration is done online.

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 per 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.

Swim camp

Come and enjoy a fun filled week of aquatics at Ron Belmont Pool Complex from Aug. 10 through Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. Open to kids entering first through third grade. Instructions will include 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.

Summer baseball camp

For kids entering grades K to 7 in the fall. Served by the outstanding leadership of longtime 21CS camp director and NCAA assistant coach Josh Cuozzo, the camp program promises to be a child-centered baseball experience that seeks to maximize the development of players’ skills and knowledge of the game. Open to kids entering grades K through 7 in the fall. Camp meets Monday through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Harrison Park Turf. Camp fee is $315, available discounts can lower price to $245. Discounts apply for siblings, children who have attended a 21CS camp or clinic in 2014 and multi-week campers who have attended other nearby 21CS camps during the summer of 2015. To register or for additional camp details, visit 21CSonline.com. All registration occurs online.

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.

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.

Buy a brick to help Pet Rescue build its forever home

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” x 8” brick can be inscribed with up to 3 lines/18 characters per line at $150.

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

• Array of four 8” x 8” 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, NY 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.