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Voters in the Bronxville School district approved a $46.5 million budget, on top of a separate referendum moving the reconfiguration of Hayes Field forward, which includes transforming if from grass to synthetic turf. File photo

Schools could face 0 percent tax cap

GLANCEBy CHRIS EBERHART
Based on economic trends as of June, school districts in New York state would need a supermajority of the public vote next year to add even one penny to their existing budgets.

A recent report by the New York State Educational Conference Board, which is a coalition of seven leading statewide education organizations representing parents, teachers, administrators, and school boards, said, based on the first four months of the consumer price index and projections by the state Division of Budget, the state-mandated tax cap levy increase would be zero for the 2016-2017 school year, meaning budgets would have to remain flat.

The consumer price index is an index of the variation in prices paid by typical consumers for retail goods, services and other items such as transportation, food, medical and car. As per current state law, any school budget that seeks an override of the state-mandated tax levy cap requires a 60 percent vote of the public, as opposed to the typical 50 percent plus one vote during school budget votes in May.

As the tax cap law now stands, the cap on the tax levy, which is the amount of money collected through property taxes, is either 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower. In most cases, the cap is lower than 2 percent.

And for the 2016-2017 school budget, districts will be facing even greater constraints.

“Over and over again, voters are told that New York state has a 2 percent tax cap. We do not,” said John Yagielski, chairman of the Educational Conference Board. “And it now seems likely the property tax cap will tax another bite out of New York’s already fiscally struggling schools. The difference between zero and 2 percent is more than $400 million [statewide] in local funding that won’t be available to public education.”

Tuckahoe Board of Education President Julio Urbina said it’s “unlikely” that costs to the school district would be held at zero growth, which could mean a reduction in staffing and programs.

“Anticipated increases in healthcare and pension costs, along with unanticipated tax certs, means that the resources to pay for these increases will need to come from our programs rather than being covered by any tax levy increase,” Urbina said. “Our district does a great job in controlling those costs we can control, but our hands are tied on those we have no control over.”

State Sen. George Latimer, a Rye Democrat, could not be reached for comment, as of press time.

CONTACT: christopher@hometwn.com

 
The Pondfield Road underpass which runs underneath Kraft Avenue is getting a facelift. Village Administrator James Palmer says the renovations should be complete by the end of this month. 
Photo/James Pero

Underpass renovations nearly complete

The Pondfield Road underpass which runs underneath Kraft Avenue is getting a facelift. Village Administrator James Palmer says the renovations should be complete by the end of this month.  Photo/James Pero

The Pondfield Road underpass which runs underneath Kraft Avenue is getting a facelift. Village Administrator James Palmer says the renovations should be complete by the end of this month.
Photo/James Pero

According to Bronxville Village Administrator James Palmer, renovations to the Bronxville Metro-North train station underpass, which runs along Pondfield Road, underneath Kraft Avenue, are near complete.

The purpose of the project, which began in April, was to beautify the underpass’ façade—which was chipped and considered unsightly—by restuccoing and repainting its walls.

“The peeling paint was very unattractive,” Palmer said, adding that the project, from the village’s end, is likely to be completed this month.

While Bronxville is responsible for renovating the underpass’ northerly wall, the southerly wall, which is under the jurisdiction of the MTA, has already been completed.

From the village perspective, the renovations to the underpass, in all, are set to cost about $50,000.

-Reporting by James Pero

A Rye Golf Club employee reseeds the course’s greens after turf damage has rendered them unplayable. Club officials are unsure as to the source of the problem. Photo/Jackson Chen

Golf club: Greens unplayable

A Rye Golf Club employee reseeds the course’s greens after turf damage has rendered them unplayable. Club officials are unsure as to the source of the problem. Photo/Jackson Chen

A Rye Golf Club employee reseeds the course’s greens after turf damage has rendered them unplayable. Club officials are unsure as to the source of the problem. Photo/Jackson Chen

By JACKSON CHEN
The Rye Golf Club’s greens have been closed off until further notice as the staff has been tackling a turf degradation problem that has left areas unplayable. 

Jim Buonaiuto, the city-run golf club general manager, said that at its worst, anywhere from 30 to 70 percent of the course’s greens were compromised and unplayable. The issue of playability of the course first became evident around Memorial Day weekend, but proceeded to get progressively worse, according to Buonauito. With such conditions and no signs of improvements for the greens, the golf club made the decision to close off the greens indefinitely on June 1. The rest of the course is playable and in excellent condition, Buonauito said.

Leon Sculti, chairman of the Rye Golf Club Commission, said there were email alerts from the staff towards the end of May that brought the turf loss issue to the commission’s forefront.

“The first email talked about growth regulars and extremely cold and dry weather…that was one possible cause of some of the conditions we’re seeing on the course,” Sculti said.

“Since that time, our GM and our super have come up with another possible cause for the condition of the course and it involves the possible contamination of an agent that has been sprayed onto the green.”

In tackling the initial growing problem of blighting greens, the golf club mowed temporary greens into the fairway to allow members to continue playing. While parts of the course remain open for play, the Band-Aid approach of mowing in temporary greens shortens the games for members. With the temporary greens acting as a buffer, the golf club decided to entirely close off the greens sections of the course on June 1 and focus on a recovery effort since the problem continued developing.

“Because we have temporary greens and the majority of members will not want to play on those conditions, we’re most likely going to experience a loss in golf cart fees, guest fees and potentially golf outing fees,” Buonaiuto said, adding that it’s too early to put a number on how much revenue the club could lose.

Sculti said the members have been more than understanding and patient as club officials try to figure out what’s going on. Sculti added that the hopes to get more information out to the members as it becomes available.

For now, Buonaiuto said the golf club is currently aerating and over-seeding the greens, approaches and collars to combat the rapid turf loss.

“It is important to alleviate the greens of stress from foot traffic during this time so that the roots can strengthen and healthy grass can develop on the surface,” Buonaiuto said, adding that the club is looking to reopen the course as soon as possible, although such a time frame is unknown at the moment.

In assisting the golf club with identifying its mysterious turf issue, a consultant from the University of Rhode Island visited the golf course for an assessment in the middle of May, Buonauito said. According to the club’s head groundskeeper, Chip Lafferty, the first consultant, Dr. Nathaniel Mitkowski, was shocked at the amount of turf loss within a 10-day period. Lafferty added that Mitkowski’s initial guess was that there was a contaminant in one of the spray products that is frequently used on the greens.

As reported in Golf Club Industry magazine, a popular fungicide sprayed on courses, ArmorTech Alt 70, has been recalled and production has halted after six courses were reported to be damaged. The company’s manufacturer, TKI NovaSource, is in the process of testing and investigating to see if there was a problem, according to the magazine.

When asked if Rye Golf Club, located on Boston Post Road,  uses the fungicide Alt 70, Buonaiuto declined to comment.

On June 3, the golf commission has since hired two additional consultants, Steve McDonald from Turfgrass Disease Solutions and Dr. John Inguagiato from the University of Connecticut.

Buonaiuto said that at the request of a golf club superintendent from another nearby golf course, Dr. Brandon Horvath of the University of Tennessee, another golf turf consultant, visited the club’s greens. The general manager added that the club has been in communication with other golf courses that are having similar issues.

Buonaiuto said that each consultant was asked to investigate every possible cause of the turf loss issue, but as of press time, no definite causes have been identified. In terms of pricing, the general manager said that each consultant is going to cost around $3,000 for consultation fees, but that there would be additional laboratory costs for further diagnostic testing.

As for the cost of any eventual repairs, Buonaiuto was unsure since any repair process was still unknown.

In early July, David Oatis, USGA Northeast regional director, will be visiting the golf course to assess the current situation and offer his advice, according to Sculti.

CONTACT: jackson@hometwn.com

 
Dennis Nardone sits outside of Rock N’ Bagel Café in Harrison, with a hardcover copy of his new self-published book about growing up on the west end of New Rochelle. Photo/James Pero

DJ reflects on life in the past in book

Dennis Nardone sits outside of Rock N’ Bagel Café in Harrison, with a hardcover copy of his new self-published book about growing up on the west end of New Rochelle. Photo/James Pero

Dennis Nardone sits outside of Rock N’ Bagel Café in Harrison, with a hardcover copy of his new self-published book about growing up on the west end of New Rochelle. Photo/James Pero

By JAMES PERO
Dennis Nardone remembers. And he should, considering that his memory, and not any one person, is the main protagonist in his recently self-published book titled, “Growing Up in the West End of New Rochelle, New York in the 50’s-60’s: My Life, My Neighborhood.”

In his book, Nardone covers it all.

Whether it’s where he and his friends bought their baseballs, the thrill of playing a game of tackle football in the winter, or the sights and sounds of Italian men chattering while smoking their cigars, between his pages, a sense of nostalgia is always nearby.

“I wrote it because there’s so much history and community,” Nardone says. “Every time I talk to people, I talk about memories in the community and how growing up was different from today.”

By trade Nardone is a DJ, and former 30-year law enforcement officer, but with his acute sense of nostalgia, sometimes he seems more akin to a conjurer than anything else.

But instead of magic, Nardone conjures memories.

Dennis Nardone also hosts second show on Saturday during which he plays a wider range of music, including songs from the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Dennis Nardone also hosts second show on Saturday during which he plays a wider range of music, including songs from the ‘60s and ‘70s.

“From all over the country, I’ve gotten phone calls from grown men telling me, ‘You did it to me,’” he says in reference to his new book. “‘You put a tear in my eye.’”

It’s not the plot of his recent book that captures Nardone’s audience, it’s the feelings that his iterations—or more accurately reiterations—evoke.

“I got one guy who called me, and he says, ‘I gave the book to my mother who’s 89 years old,’” Nardone, now a resident of Harrison told the Review last week. “She still lives in the old West [New Rochelle] and she still hasn’t put the book down. She feels like it’s 1960.”

Sentimentality is an emotion that Nardone encounters not infrequently throughout his days. While his most recent artistic venture took the form of an 18 chapter-long book that was published this past May, since 1998 he has worked as a disc jockey for WVOX in New Rochelle and for more than a decade of that time, he has been playing—what else—oldies music from the 1950s and 1960s, doo-wop in particular.

“Collectively, [doo wop] was vocal harmonization, and I relate that to community—people together,” Nardone says. “You got together, you stood on the corner and you sang music. It didn’t matter who you were, what kind of work you did, you just got together; if you could carry a tune, you sang.”

Every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. he brings listeners—who tune in from all around the country, according to Nardone—a slice of their past, from artists like Dion, to The Regents, and everything in between.

Nardone says that sometimes 40 out of the 50 songs he plays in one, three-hour set will come from requests by people tuning in—a level of connection which has him always coming back for more.

“I like that one-on-one connection,” Nardone says in reference to his attraction to the airwaves. “The only thing between us is air… especially with community radio.”

Nardone commands the mic at WVOX where he hosts an oldies radio show every Sunday. Photos courtesy clubdennis911.net

Nardone commands the mic at WVOX where he hosts an oldies radio show every Sunday. Photos courtesy clubdennis911.net

Don’t be mistaken, though.

Nardone isn’t the only one interested in stirring the pot of days long past. His audience, particularly those who call in, play an equitable role in reflecting on memories of their own.

“There are regulars and they want the same song,” Nardone says, “Why? Because there’s some sort of memory attached to it—it was their wedding song, or one when they met their boyfriend or it was a summer beach song that they remember from 60 years ago—it’s amazing. How it puts them right there. And it happens to me as well.”

CONTACT: james@hometwn.com

 
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Coulmn: A year of accomplishments comes to an end

In every school district, June is a month for celebrations. It is also a time to reflect on the past school year. The Rye City School District had an outstanding 2014-2015 school year and there is much to celebrate.

Once again, Rye High School was ranked No. 2 in New York and No. 4 in the country by U. S. News & World Report among open enrollment public high schools. This is especially impressive as U.S. News & World Report ranks more than 20,000 high schools in the country. This is the second year in a row for Rye High School to receive this ranking. Earning this distinction reflects not only on the excellence of the high school, its teachers, students and administration but on the entire school system, kindergarten through 12th grade. The high school also ranked No. 5 in New York in the Washington Post poll and our schools ranked highly in the Niche.com poll.

This year has been a tremendous year for our seniors who will be leaving us to attend the finest colleges and universities in this country to continue their educations. This class has achieved in the classroom, on the field, on the stage and in the studio. This year 14 seniors were named National Merit finalists, an unprecedented number and more than our neighboring schools put together. Two high school seniors earned National Hispanic Recognition and 17 seniors were named National Merit Commended Students. In 2014, the college board named 213 Rye students Advanced Placement Scholars for their outstanding performance on the Advanced Placement exams: 10 National AP Scholars, 79 AP Scholars with Distinction, 61 AP Scholars with Honor and 73 AP Scholars.

Every single 2014-2015 Rye High School varsity team earned the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar/Athlete Team Award, which requires each team to earn an average GPA of 90 or higher. Thirty-one student musicians were selected to participate in the New York State School Music Association Area All-State and All-County chorus, band and orchestra. Rye students were nominated for four Metro Awards for excellence in high school theatre for their wonderful spring production of the musical “Anything Goes.”

With a huge community celebration, the school district opened the new 17,000 square feet science addition. The addition has relieved the overcrowded condition at the middle school/high school campus and provided our students state-of-the-art science labs. Project Lead the Way, the high school’s new engineering program, launched within its great new home. All of those within the school district are grateful to the community for supporting the new science wing and we are proud of the beautiful new addition to the campus and our community.

This May, our community once again demonstrated its support for our students and our award winning school district. With historic voter turnout and a 70 percent supermajority, the voters approved an override budget to maintain our excellent school system. In June, Moody’s again awarded the district its Aaa rating, one of only seven school districts in New York to be so rated.

This year saw the launch of the Rye Fund for Education, our new foundation to benefit the Rye City School District. The Fund launched with the support of founding donors whose generosity made the foundation a reality. The foundation’s initial paver fundraiser has great community support and will create a beautiful courtyard next to the new science addition. The Fund will be of lasting importance to the school district and maintaining its excellence by providing donations to the school district for projects and initiatives outside of the annual budget. The administration and Board of Education are grateful to be able to partner with the Fund to benefit Rye’s students.

I have been honored to have received wide spread community support in my nine years of Board of Education service and I thank you for that. It has been my great honor to volunteer within this excellent school system. I believe there is nothing more important than educating our children and there is no better place to volunteer your time than your school district. I began volunteering in the Rye City School District 18 years ago and I expect I will continue to volunteer in some capacity. I have been fortunate to serve with dedicated colleagues, and work with talented administrators, teachers and staff. Our students have experiences in our school system that inspire them, lead them to discover their strengths and help them on their journey, wherever they go in the future, and it is a privilege to be a part of it. On a personal note, I would like to thank my family, my husband Richard and our children Jonathan, Kevin and Jennifer, who have always supported me in this work, and appreciated the value of my
board service.

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OP/ED: Warren Ross was very much a ‘class act’

 

 

By Peter Lane
I was unfortunately unable to attend the recent memorial service for the late former Democratic Rye City Mayor Warren Ross.  I do, however, want to take an opportunity to share some political and personal recollections of Warren; a thoughtful, highly intelligent man (he was, in fact, brilliant in his modest and unassuming way) of great integrity who I considered to be very much a “class act.”

I was the Republican Party chairman when Warren was first elected to the Rye City Council in 1985 and then as mayor in 1989. While I never believed politics should become “personal,” I consider it to be a “contact sport” and I never shied away from exchanging “political hits” when I thought it appropriate. (One of my favorite political quotes is from the late, long-time political commentator, Jack W. Germond, who was fond of reminding us that “politics ain’t beanbag.” This translates to the real world guidelines that politics is not for the “thin skinned” and we who participate in it are supposed to be grown-ups.)

While I’ve always believed that I have never crossed the line from the “political” to the “personal” (and I have Obama-like faith in my political judgment), I am aware that we all have different sensibilities. Thus, my pragmatic guidelines, and assumptions, notwithstanding, I always hope that the subject of any of my particular comments won’t feel himself or herself to have been victimized by a never intended ad hominem attack.

All of this sets the stage for my anecdote about Warren. My good friend, judicial role model and mentor—his feel for the pulse of our city on this very pro-active, “hands-on” bench was unerring—Tom DeCaro was due to retire as the Rye City judge at the end of 1991. That was a position that had long been my professional goal and the one that I very much hoped to be appointed to after Tom stepped down.  According to our City Charter, the appointment is made by the mayor with the approval of the City Council. I was, however, early in Warren’s term as mayor still the Republican chairman, so it fell to me to engage with him politically. I did that in a series of “shot for shot” exchanges in one of Rye’s then weekly newspapers. I wore only the chair’s “hat” and my political gusto was unrestrained by my ambition to don the local judge’s robe in January 1992. I could only hope that Warren would follow the same guidelines that I did and would not be a political “grudge holder” when the time for the appointment arose.

At some point, shortly after our local version of political “point-counterpoint” had ended, I resigned as the Republican chairman, although I remained a member of the Rye City Republican Committee. This turned out not to be the wisest political move that I ever made since as chairman it would have been easier to protect my “flank” against other lawyers from my party who also coveted the soon to be open judgeship.

Late in 1991, Warren diligently began personally interviewing those of us who sought to be considered for the appointment as the next Rye City judge. (My best recollection was that there were some four or five candidates, so it could not have been an easy or brief task for him.) When my turn came, I made the best possible affirmative case that I could for my appointment and then answered his questions. He asked some thoughtful ones, including how I might interact with the community for its betterment in an extra-curricular (i.e. outside the courtroom) fashion.  Fortunately, I had given that some prior thought and shared with him my intent to partner with the middle school and speak with the students about the fact that they were entering an age bracket where the legal consequences of some actions that might merely have resulted in a summons to the principal’s office in elementary school were about to become potentially serious. That must have resonated with him in a favorable way since he made mention of it when he announced my appointment to the press.

What we did not do was to allude to our past political exchanges. That would have been extremely inappropriate (not to mention incredibly stupid on my part).

What Warren was well able to do was to put those exchanges (and my role as a former political adversary) in perspective and to treat those considerations as irrelevant to the task at hand. He appointed the person who he thought would be best for the job to the bench, period. I have been in politics long enough to know that not everyone in his position would have done the same thing. He started me on what was to become a highly gratifying and fulfilling 18-year career as a judge. I will remain forever grateful to him for having the willingness and the strength of character to do that.

 

Peter Lane is a retired Rye City Court judge and current executive director of the Rye City Republican Committee. The views expressed are his. 

 
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Letter: MBYC signs serve a purpose

 

 

To the Editor,

I am writing in response to the recent letter in the Mamaroneck Review “Barry Avenue signs are mean-spirited” letter.

Unlike the author of that letter, I actually live in the Village of Mamaroneck, pay village taxes and attend many village meetings where the owners of Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club, MBYC, and their team of lawyers have attempted for many years to steamroll over local interests and concerns in order to accept their unreasonable development plans.

Last week’s letter stated that these signs “violate the spirit of free speech.” One important fact that was omitted in the letter was what these signs say.

I, like many residents in the Shore Acres community, have placed signs on our lawns that say “No Condos On Our Creek.” We are using our right of free speech to express our opinions and concerns about MBYC building two condominium buildings so close to Otter Creek, which is a state environmentally protected preserve.

And yes, they are condominiums, as defined as “a building or complex of buildings containing a number of apartments.” Their ownership, rental ability, and seasonality is immaterial when a 3.5-story residential building is erected in a zone that does not allow residential construction and which is so close to an area of natural beauty.

Finally, over the last few weeks, our signs have been removed overnight from our properties on four occasions. Each time we have reported this trespass and theft to the police, who continue to investigate these crimes of larceny. Removing these signs is the true violation of free speech in our community.

The police are still investigating, but it does not take too much imagination to guess who would be most interested in these signs not being around.

And one more thing, we also have “No Condos On Our Creek” car magnets if anyone would like one.

 

Nina Rubin,

Mamaroneck

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What’s going on in Rye 6-19-2015

Teen gaming

The Rye Free Reading Room invites teens to play videogames the first and third Friday of the month. Play all our Wii games on the big screen. Some of our new games include Sonic and the Secret Rings, Mario Party 8, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Red Steel 2, Dance on Broadway, Trauma Team and PES 2010: Pro Evolution Soccer. Snacks will be provided.

Story time

Nursery rhymes, songs and fingerplays. “Granny Jean” Klein, well-versed in early childhood development, introduces babies and toddlers to playful rhymes, songs and puppetry. Parents and caregivers participate with the children at the library and are encouraged to continue the activities at home. Because the program is often a child’s first experience in an audience setting, it is important that adults strive to arrive on time and actively help children focus on the presentation. Program is open to six month to three-and-a-half years. Mondays from 10 a.m. to 10:20 a.m., 20 minutes.

Teacher in the library

Got homework? Drop by the library on weekdays, Monday through Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Rye teachers offer after school homework help to students attending local public and private elementary schools in the Rye area. This is a free program, sponsored by the Auxiliary Board of the Rye Free Reading Room, Woman’s Club of Rye/Children’s Philanthropy Section and the PTO of Rye schools.

Rye Arts Center

Summer program registration

Keeping kids’ creativity flowing is key to summer fun. Look no further than The Rye Arts Center to find the perfect summer program or class for your child.

With a broad range of weekly as well as summer long programs for kids ages four through teen and adults, The Rye Arts Center, RAC, provides complete flexibility to keep a child of any age, ability and interest busy with creative fun. Programs begin June 29 and can be combined for a half or full day, by the week or multiple weeks to suit everyone’s schedule.

Also new is the RAC’s Makerspace classes which feature both high tech and high touch fun in designing, creating and making. Classes include: coding, Minecraft, 3-D design and printing, film making, LittleBits, MakeyMakey, Scratch animation, circuitry, Arduino, electronics and creative building.

Musical theater workshop weeks will feature opportunities to perform stage favorites “Willy Wonka” and “Little Shop of Horrors.”  For tweens, fresh air and fine arts will be on offer with the RAC’s new plein-air painting class for ages 11 to 14.

Rounding out the RAC’s summer offerings are traditional fine arts including painting, drawing, cartooning, ceramics, digital photography, writers’ workshops, vocal pop workshops and music instruction. For young artists, ages 4 to 10, the RAC offers a three-hour creative arts immersion morning program.

The summer guide can be found online at ryeartscenter.org. For questions, call 967-0700 or stop in at the main office located at 51 Milton Road, Rye.

Rye Nature Center

Summer camp

The Rye Nature Center offers an adventurous and educational summer program for children aged 3-and-a-half to 15-years old. Set on 47 acres of forest and trails, our camp creates an ideal setting for children to enjoy the outdoors. We offer a hands-on approach to scientific inquiry and give our young naturalists the chance to encounter animals both in the museum and on the property. Registration for summer camp 2015 is now open. For more information, please call 967-5150 or email allisonbedosky@ryenaturecenter.org.

Wainwright House

Sound vibrations for healing
and balance

This bi-weekly class led by Marianne Denniston at the Wainwright House, will bring people together, relieve stress and nervous tension, and reduce impatience and restlessness. Using the resonance of Tibetan Signing Bowls, you will restore chakra strength, equilibrium, establish a refined, positive flow throughout your cellular body and increase spiritual awareness. Each class is $20 for members and $22 for non-members. The last class will be held on June 25 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Register by visiting wainwright.org.

Fundamentals of Tai Chi

Robert Corrado will teach the fundamentals of Tai Chi on Mondays from 11 a.m. to noon and Thursdays 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on an on-going basis. Those interested may start anytime and classes can be prorated. Tai Chi is beneficial to people of all ages and fitness levels. Increase your flexibility and balance, reduce stress by increasing your sensation of relaxation, increase vitality and longevity. For more information, visit wainwright.org.

Learn the art of tea leaf reading

Enjoy a meditative cup of tea and light pastries and learn the art of Tasseography with Joan Carra, spiritual counselor, psychic and medium.  This ancient divination has roots from all over the world. Let the patterns of the tea leaves or coffee grinds stimulate your subconscious for intuitive messages. Even wear ear your spring hat for a tea party.  $32 for Wainwright members and $35 for non members, includes light refreshments. Coffee is available for non-tea drinkers.  Sunday, June 28 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. To register, please visit wainwright.org. Located at 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. Call 967-6080.

Cerebral Palsy of Westchester’s Annual Golf Classic

On Tuesday, June 23, Cerebral Palsy of Westchester will host their 14th annual golf classic at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale. Corporate sponsors and individual players will enjoy a day of golf and have a shot at the Hole-In-One and other competitions. After the tournament, participants will take part in the evening’s festivities which include dinner, a silent auction, raffle and a presentation of the tournament winners.

Where: Quaker Ridge Golf Club,

146 Griffen Ave., Scarsdale.

Registration: 10 a.m.

Shotgun start:12:30 p.m.

For more information or to participate, contact Joan Colangelo, director of development and public relations, at 937-3800 ext. 215 or joan.colangelo@cpwestchester.org. You can also visit cpwestchester.org.

Learn the history of craft brewing 

Calling all devotees of craft brews to the Square House Museum. On Saturday, June 27, at 7 p.m., the Rye Historical Society will host a fascinating program about the long history of craft brewing in America.

On hand will be Scott Ryan and Ronald McKechnie, founders of Six Degrees of Separation, a brewery and restaurant being built on the shores of the Hudson River at Westerly Marina in Ossining, N.Y. Brew master McKechnie is a graduate of the Master Brewers program at the University of California at Davis.

Attendees will learn about an incredible variety of beer recipes, including some that have come down the ages from founding father and third US President Thomas Jefferson. The program will include beer tasting and a raffle to win a beer making kit.

Tickets are $25 for members, and $35 for non-members. Reservations are recommended as space is limited and can be made by calling 967-7588. Attendees must be 21 or older.

The Square House Museum is located at 1 Purchase St. in Rye. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, call the Rye Historical Society at 967-7588 or visit ryehistory.org.

 

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What’s going on in Mamaroneck 6-19-2015

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 towards 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.

Workshop 1: Filmmaking

Monday, June 29 to Friday, July 17

Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Workshop 2: Filmmaking 

Monday, July 20 to Friday, Aug. 7

Monday through Friday, 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. Our program includes training in field and studio television production, development of documentary video and news projects. We also provide training in Final Cut Pro, and create 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 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

Free driving permit practice test

Afraid you will not pass the New York State Permit Test on your first try? There is no better way to get prepared than taking a free sample New York Permit Practice Test online. You will be surprised how close it is to the real exam and while practicing, you will polish your knowledge of basic road rules and traffic signs in New York. You’ll be asked to answer 40 questions with four response options to select from. Isn’t that the perfect way to study? Need to practice more? No problem. Just re-take this New York DMV Permit Practice Test as many times as you feel necessary. It is
absolutely free of charge and the questions are randomized each time, to secure your knowledge. For more information, visit mmrpl.driving-tests.org.

Cerebral Palsy of Westchester’s Annual Golf Classic

On Tuesday, June 23, Cerebral Palsy of Westchester will host their 14th annual golf classic at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale. Corporate sponsors and individual players will enjoy a day of golf and have a shot at the
Hole-In-One and other competitions. After the tournament, participants will take part in the evening’s festivities which include dinner, a silent auction, raffle and a presentation of the tournament winners.

Where:
Quaker Ridge Golf Club,
146 Griffen Ave., Scarsdale.

Registration: 10 a.m.

Shotgun start:12:30 p.m.

For more information or to participate, contact Joan Colangelo, director of development and public relations, at 937-3800 ext. 215 or joan.colangelo@cpwestchester.org. You can also
visit cpwestchester.org.

Mamaroneck Artists Guild

The Mamaroneck Artists Guild Gallery welcomes summer with a new exhibition called “Color! Color! Color!” opening on Wednesday, June 24, and continuing through Saturday, July 11.

The exciting group exhibition features works bursting with colorful imagery in a variety of media: photography, oils, acrylics, printmaking, mixed media, fiber and jewelry. All works are affordably priced for sale.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Meet the artists at the opening reception on Saturday, June 27, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Established in 1953 by seven local artists, the Mamaroneck Artists Guild is the oldest artist cooperative maintaining its own gallery in Westchester County.

For more information, contact gallery director Suzanne Montresor at 834-1117 or mag2120@verizon.net. You can also visit mamaroneckartistsguild.org.

STEM summer camp for girls

Girls Inc. of Westchester is now accepting applications for their summer science camp, SmarTech. This year’s camp is two weeks, from Monday, July 27 through Friday, Aug. 8, at Purchase College, SUNY. Accepting applications from rising seventh and eighth grade girls.

About Girls Inc. SmarTech:

• July 27 to Aug. 8,

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Girls will learn about environmental science, computer coding and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields; have the chance to experience college life and academics on Purchase College’s campus; and meet women with amazing careers in STEM fields who are changing the world
Eligibility:

• Rising seventh and eighth grade girls

• Must be able to commit to the full two weeks

• Partial and full financial aid available to families who are unable to afford the full fee. As Girls Inc. runs on contributions, a suggested donation per participator is $250 per week, but Girls Inc. is flexible.

If you have any more questions or want to register your daughter, please feel free to contact their office at 419-0764. You can also visit girlsincwestchester.org, or email camp director Tara Penny at tpenny@girlsincwestchester.org.

Village seeks ad-hoc parking committee volunteers

The Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees is seeking volunteers to serve on the Ad-Hoc Parking Advisory Committee to review and advise on alternative policies and regulations in the central business district.

The committee will consider changes under consideration, including the following:

• Implementing Pay-by-Space vs. Pay-by-Plate

• Upgrading technology on Mamaroneck Avenue

• Extending meter hours

• Setting meter rates by time of day and/or length of stay on Mamaroneck Avenue

• Upgrading technology for parking lots and on-street spaces elsewhere in the CBD.

The Parking Advisory Committee will be composed of residents, representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, business owners and members of village volunteer committees.

Residents and business owners interested in serving on the committee should submit their resume as soon as possible to the clerk-treasurer’s office clerktreasurer@vomny.org and to the board mayorandboard@vomny.org.

We look forward to vigorous discussion and a transparent process for reaching resolution on changes under consideration. We encourage you to stay informed and engaged, and to consider volunteering for the committee.

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What’s going on in Eastchester 6-19-2015

Eastchester Public Library 

Read-To-Me Kickoff Party

On Tuesday, June 30 at 11 a.m., join musician Jeffrey Friedberg and the Bossy Frog Band for a fun-filled music concert to kick off this summer’s Read-to-Me game. Online pre-registration is required, and will begin on Tuesday, June 23 at 9 a.m. For Read-to-Me game participants only. Please register for each attendee including parents/caregivers. For more information, contact Teresa Chang at 721-8105.

Bronxville Public Library

Electronic instruction

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., we are offering free instruction in internet access and Microsoft Office software. Call the reference desk at 337-7680 for more information and to register. You can also get instruction online at learningexpresshub.com.

Tuckahoe Senior Center

The Tuckahoe senior citizens is an active
vital community made up of men and women, 55 years of age and older, who gather Tuesdays and Thursdays from September through July at Father Fata Hall at the Assumption Church in Tuckahoe. Members enjoy a wide range of activities including weekly exercise, tai chi, bingo, cards and games, as well as presentations on topics of particular interest: health, legal issues, history, music, culture, food, crafts, politics, art, literature, film, dancing and more.

All of these programs are included in the $20 annual membership fee. Seniors also enjoy monthly luncheons and day trips for an additional fee.

Operating in Westchester County for almost 45 years, the senior center primarily serves those residents in the 10707, 10708 and 10709 zip codes. However, membership is open to all who consider Tuckahoe and Eastchester their community, including some who live nearby in adjacent areas of Yonkers, Mount Vernon and Scarsdale.

Referrals to important services for older adults are provided by a professional director, who has a growing list of trusted partners around Southern Westchester that who can help our member’s age in place where appropriate, as well as discussing other needs as necessary.

The Tuckahoe Senior Center’s operations are overseen by the Senior Citizens Council, a community-based organization established in 1970 to provide professionally run programs and services for elderly residents of Eastchester, Tuckahoe and Bronxville.

The Chapel School 

Kids ‘R’ Cookin’ Camp

This summer, The Chapel School Explorer Camp is excited to present two options for your budding chef. The Kids ‘R’ Cookin’ Camp is for budding chefs who are aged seven to 12 and runs from July 6 through July 10, 9 a.m. until noon.  We are excited to bring the professionals from Kids ‘R’ Cookin’ to our explorer program this summer. Students will have a unique opportunity to express their love of cooking while having lots of fun exploring a variety of foods to prepare and cook. Some items might include stuffed French toast, enchiladas, fruit pies, fresh spaghetti and meatballs. Your child will learn basic food safety, utensil use and the fundamentals of cooking fresh, healthy and
delicious recipes.

Baking with Mrs. Price

This camp is for budding bakers aged 9 through 12. It will run from July 20 through July 24, 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Campers will bake easy desserts and breads that will have their friends thinking they slaved in the kitchen for hours. They will learn to make delicious baked treats including Linzer (jam) tarts, bagels, chocolate walnut coffee (decaf), muffins and more.

Everest VBS

A summer kids event called Everest VBS will be hosted at Village Lutheran Church from July 13 to July 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. At Everest, kids discover what it means to hold on to God’s mighty power in everyday life. Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible memory buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out sciency-fun gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God sightings. Each day concludes with a summit celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned.  Kids at Everest VBS will join an international mission effort to provide Thai-language children’s Bibles to kids in Thailand. Everest is for kids from kindergarten to fifth grade and will run from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm each day. For more information, call Mimi Blanco 337-3202, extension 1026. The  suggested registration fee is $20 ($30 per family).  Village Lutheran Church and The Chapel School are located at 172 White  Plains Road in Bronxville. For more information about The Chapel School  and its programs, call 337-3202 or visit thechapelschool.org.

The Bronxville Pops Concert Band 

The Bronxville Pops Concert Band announces its 41st Concert Series. The series will be held on Wednesday evenings on July 8, July 15, July 22 and July 29 at 8 p.m. on The Great Lawn in Front of The Bronxville High School, located on Pondfield Road and Midland Avenue in Bronxville. Spend a delightful evening under the stars. Bring a blanket, a chair, and some wine and cheese as you enjoy an American tradition. For more information, email thebronxvillepops@gmail.com.

Westchester Italian Culture Center hosts lecture and cooking class

The Westchester Italian Culture Center will be hosting a cooking class for children followed by a lecture for adults on Wednesday, June 24.

The cooking class, starting at 2 p.m., will teach children and adults how to make dough for thin and thick crust pizza and focaccias with their choice of fresh and tasty toppings. The class is appropriate for all ages and will last one to two hours.

Following the class, the Culture Center will host a lecture starting at 6:30 p.m. The lecture, “Michelangelo: Aesthetics and Sculpture,” will analyze the second half of Michelangelo’s career and will serve as a follow-up to the previous lecture “Technique and Vision: The Development of the Michelangelo Style.”

Early registration for both events is suggested and advanced registration and payment is required. Children’s fee is $30 for members, $40 for non-members. Parent and children’s fee is $45 for members, $55 for non-members. The fee for each additional person is $30 for members, $40 for non-members.

For more information, contact the Westchester Italian Cultural Center at 771-8700, or visit wiccny.org. The Westchester Italian Cultural Center is located at 1 Generoso Pope Place
in Tuckahoe.

Cerebral Palsy of Westchester’s Annual Golf Classic

On Tuesday, June 23, Cerebral Palsy of Westchester will host their 14th annual golf classic at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale. Corporate sponsors and individual players will enjoy a day of golf and have a shot at the
Hole-In-One and other competitions. After the tournament, participants will take part in the
evening’s festivities which include dinner, a silent auction, raffle and a presentation of
the tournament winners.

Where:
Quaker Ridge Golf Club,
146 Griffen Ave., Scarsdale.

Registration: 10 a.m.

Shotgun start:12:30 p.m.

For more information or to participate, contact Joan Colangelo, director of development and public relations, at 937-3800 ext. 215 or joan.colangelo@cpwestchester.org. You can also
visit cpwestchester.org.

Hartsdale

Celebrate Irish heritage at
Ridge Road Park

A day-long salute to the traditions of Ireland is in store at the annual Irish Heritage Day Celebration on Sunday, June 28 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Ridge Road Park in Hartsdale. There will aslo be Mass beginning at noon on the stage. The event is part of a series of cultural heritage festivals held in a variety of county parks on weekends throughout the summer.

Entertainment includes the Tara Gold Band, Ian Gallagher, the McLean Avenue Band, a bagpipe band performance and the Deirdre O’Mara School of Irish Dancers.

There will be many vendors on site where festival-goers can shop for arts, crafts, jewelry, clothing and more. Activities for children include games and Westchester County’s fitness center-on-wheels, the Fit-Mobile.

Admission is $5 per adult. Children under 14 are admitted free. Parking is free. Seating is informal so bring blankets or chairs for seating on the lawn. The festival will be held rain or shine. No coolers will be allowed.

For more information, call 439-5773 or go to aiawestchester.com. You can also visit parks.westchestergov.com or call 864-PARK (7275).

The event is sponsored by Westchester County Parks and the American-Irish Association of Westchester County.

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