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What’s going on in Rye 12-4-2015

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Family storytime and craft

On Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon. For ages 3 and a half and up. Children listen to age-appropriate stories and participate in fun games, rhymes and other activities to develop preliteracy skills and an interest in books and reading. Felt boards, puppets and other props are sometimes used to enhance stories and model future classroom experience. A fun craft project is designed around the story theme or a seasonal topic. Parents and caregivers are asked to assist younger children using scissors, glue and other art materials.

Musical Monday

On Monday, Dec. 7 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Meeting Room. “White Christmas” is a 1954 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, loosely based on the 1942 film “Holiday Inn.” Filmed in Technicolor, it features the songs of Irving Berlin, including a new version of the title song, “White Christmas.” Running time: 120 minutes.

RAISE lecture and meeting

On Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Presented by Rye All Inclusive Special Education, a sub-group of the Rye PTO and a support group for parents who have children with an IEP or 504 and live in Rye. This meeting will feature a lecture about helpful techniques for finding a college for a child with a 504 or IEP.

Windows 10 basics

On Thursday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Raho Technology Center. Windows 10 is the new Microsoft operating system for all new computers. This new system has new functions that are different from previous versions. This seminar will cover how to use the new Start Menu along with the apps that are in the new system. Also covered will be the new look of Windows Explorer and handling files. This seminar will be helpful to those thinking of buying a new computer as well as some who have a new computer with Windows 10.

Attendees that have laptops with Windows 10 installed may bring them with a fully charged battery to the seminar. No advance sign-up. First come, first served. Classes are taught by Mike Negrelli who worked for IBM for 37 years.

Personal care products and safety

On Thursday, Dec. 10 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Make sure you really know what’s in your products before you buy them for the holidays. Who regulates the personal care products industry, and how are consumers protected? Which ingredients are safe and which are not? How can we help protect the broader community as well as our families? Jane Sanders’ educational presentation is based on her work with Beautycounter, a company on a mission to change how the beauty industry operates in the name of consumer health and safety.

Wainwright House

Dickens Weekend

On Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come for a Dickens of a weekend with free arts and crafts for kids; free holiday snacks and refreshments; live music; hand bell choir; an Irish dance troop performance; a marionette show; a caricature artist; a holiday cooking demonstration; free souvenir photos; a raffle; and a tempting holiday marketplace offering handcrafted, unique gifts.

Rye Presbyterian Church

Happy Holidays Concert

Happy Holidays Concert, presented by the Westchester Choral Society led by conductor Frank Nemhauser, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. at Rye Presbyterian Church, 882 Boston Post Road in Rye. Program features Durante/Pergolesi’s “Magnificat,” Bonia Shur’s “Kol Haneshamah,” Craig Courtney’s “A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas,” and other holiday favorites. Fee is $25 for general admission, $10 for students. For tickets and more information, visit

Rye Recreation 

Resident registration for winter programs begins online on Monday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. Non-resident registration begins online on Monday, Dec. 14 after 10 a.m. To view the winter 2015-2016 brochure, visit For more information on programs and registration, you can also email or call 967-2535.

The Damiano Recreation Center is located at 281 Midland Ave. in Rye. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Register early. Most programs have minimum requirements and may be cancelled due to low enrollment. Nothing cancels programs more than waiting until the last minute to register. In addition, programs have maximum enrollments and may fill up quickly.

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What’s going on in Harrison 12-4-2015

Harrison Recreation

Swimming lessons

This seven-week-long program will begin on Saturday, Dec. 12 at LMK Middle School and is appropriate for children in kindergarten through fifth grades. Lessons for children in fourth and fifth grade will begin at 9 a.m., lessons for children in second and third grade will begin at 10 a.m. and lessons for children in kindergarten and first grade will begin at 11 a.m. Lessons will be taught by Red Cross certified instructor Dorothy Klein. The total cost of lessons is $100 per child. Checks may be made payable to the Town/Village of Harrison. Enrollment is limited and will be closed when all spaces have been filled. For more information or to enroll in this program, call 670-3035.

Floor hockey

This free, four-week-long activity will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and is appropriate for children in first through fifth grades. Children in first and second grades will play on Tuesdays at the Sollazzo Center; children in second and third grades will play on Tuesdays at the Leo Mintzer Center; children in third, fourth and fifth grades will play on Wednesdays at the Sollazzo Center; and children in fourth and fifth grades will play on Wednesdays at the Leo Mintzer Center. New teams will be formed each week and children will learn general floor hockey skills and the rules of the game. Registration began on Tuesday, Dec. 1. For more information or to register, call 670-3035.

Write letters to Santa

Children of all ages who are residents of Harrison will have the opportunity to write letters to Santa from now until Friday, Dec. 18. All letters should include each child’s name and home address and should be addressed to the North Pole. Letters should be dropped off at the mailbox at the Sollazzo Center, located at 270 Harrison Ave., the Recreation Department at Town Hall, located at 1 Heineman Place, or the Leo Mintzer Center located at 251 Underhill Ave. in West Harrison.

Fordham University

‘Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Issues’ workshop

Fordham’s new workshop series, called “Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Issues,” will run on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. This workshop will examine current political, legal, technological and economic healthcare policy developments and will make participants familiar with legal, ethical and policy issues in the changing landscape of healthcare. For more information or to register, email or call 367-3301.

‘Healthcare Marketing, Social Media
and Ethics’ workshop

Fordham’s one-time workshop called “Healthcare Marketing, Social Media and Ethics,” will run on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This workshop will provide an introduction to the methods and strategies associated with healthcare marketing and patient information sources, and the issue of the medicalization of society will also be examined. The workshop will concentrate in evaluating medical web content, ethical advertising, and practical skills needed to provide the public with precise and reliable health knowledge. Tuition for this workshop is $175. For more information or to register, email or call 367-3301.

‘Landlord-Tenant Law’ class

Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies in conjunction with the New York Real Estate Institute has announced it is offering a seven-and-a-half hour course on New York Landlord-Tenant Law on Sundays, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The class will cover laws concerning residential and non-residential tendencies in New York, rights and obligations of owners and occupants, lease provisions or rent-regulated apartments and commercial properties and termination of the landlord-tenant relationship, including legal proceedings. The course will be taught by Salvador Rozenberg, a Connecticut and New York State-licensed real estate broker and an adjunct professor with numerous colleges and universities including the New York Real Estate Institute. Tuition for both classes is $100. For more information or to register, call 367-3301.

Manhattanville College

Fall concert

On Saturday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m., the Manhattanville College Community Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Olivier Fluchaire, will present its fall concert in the O’Byrne Chapel on the college campus at 2900 Purchase St. in Purchase. Admission is free and open to the public.

The program will feature “Moldau” by Bedich Smetana, “1812 Overture” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and other selections with the Manhattanville College Chorus, John Cuk, director, and The Quintessentials under Mark Cherry, director. For more information, call the Manhattanville College Music Office at 323-5260.

 Scarsdale Medical Group

‘Healthy Holiday Eating’ seminar

A free seminar called “Healthy Holiday Eating” will be held on Monday, Dec. 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Harrison office located at 600 Mamaroneck Ave. in the second floor waiting room. The workshop will be presented by registered dietician Daria Ventura and will focus on tips to help participants navigate the holiday season while maintaining their waistline and will cover strategies to help participants avoid overeating during holiday parties. Space is limited and pre-registration is advised. Reservations must be received by Dec. 9. For more information or to make a reservation for the seminar, email

Westchester Philharmonic 

Winter Pops

The Westchester Philharmonic presents “Winter Pops,” an annual holiday concert conducted by Ted Sperling, on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. The concert will feature musical selections sung by Ashley Brown accompanied by an orchestra and pianist Joe Mohan. The program will include American songbook standards and holiday favorites. The event will be followed by a Pops After Party, which includes mingling with performers, hors d’oeuvres and a wine tasting. Tickets are $22 per person with a Pops ticket purchase. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 682- 3707 ext. 10 or visit

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What’s going on in New Rochelle 12-4-2015

New Rochelle Public Library

Friends Holiday Book Sale

The Friends of the Library will be holding a holiday book sale on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the first floor lobby. The sale will include inexpensive good-condition books, DVDs, games and puzzles.

BID family make a gift fair

Children ages 5 and older are invited to the library on Saturday, Dec. 6 anytime from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room and lobby to make three holiday gifts to give to family, friends or teachers. The library will provide materials, help, wrapping paper and gift tags.

Young Artists Concert

Accomplished musicians in grades seven through 12 will perform in the 52nd annual Westchester Musicians Guild’s Young Artists Concert on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ossie Davis Theater. The concert is free and open to the public.

Family concert with Gabriele Trachina

Gabriele Trachina, jazz vocalist and music educator, will be performing on Sunday, Dec. 13 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Accompanied by Joe Vincent Tranchina on the piano, the concert will include holiday favorites such as “Christmas Song,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Let it Snow,” “Feliz Navidad” and “My Favorite Things.” The concert is free and open to the public.

New Rochelle Opera

‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’

New Rochelle Opera’s 30th anniversary season culminates with a production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” on Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Linda Kelly Theatre at New Rochelle High School, located at 265 Clove Road in New Rochelle. In keeping with the company’s mission of exposing opera to the next generation of opera lovers, New Rochelle Opera is collaborating with New Rochelle High School’s PAVE program for this holiday presentation. The production will be staged by company co-founder and artistic director Camille Coppola, with musical direction by Derrick James and choreography by Christine Coleman. Fully sung in English, the operetta will feature a two-piano accompaniment played by Renee Guerrero and David Jutt. The cast includes Lilyana Grantcharova as Amahl, Kristin Behrmann as the Mother, Joshua Benevento as King Kaspar, Steven Herring as King Melchior and Steven Fredericks as King Balthazar. The chorus and dancers are the members of New Rochelle High School’s PAVE program, which is supervised by Marc Schneider, and the set will be designed by the Art Honor Society of the high school advised by Alexi Brock.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. To purchase advance tickets, visit or send a check payable to New Rochelle Opera, Inc., to P.O. Box 55, New Rochelle, NY 10804. To receive tickets by mail, include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. For more information, call 576-1617.

Beth El Synagogue Center

Blood drive

A New York Blood Center blood drive will take on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Beth El Synagogue, located at 1324 North Ave. in New Rochelle. This drive is a joint effort sponsored by Beth El Men’s Club and Temple Israel of New Rochelle. Register for a time slot at For more information, contact the Beth El office at 235-2700 ext. 223 or email Mitch Kaphan at

The College of New Rochelle

Exhibit: ‘Nativity Scenes from the Americas’

The College of New Rochelle’s Castle Gallery will be hosting a new exhibit “Nativity Scenes from the Americas,” featuring curated selections from the Kate Canty Crèche Collection. The exhibition opened on Tuesday, Dec. 1 and will be on display until Saturday, Jan. 10, 2016 with an opening reception scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 6 from noon to 2 p.m. and a family day scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The opening reception, family day and exhibition are free and open to the public. For more information, call 654-5423 or visit

Holiday Vendors Fair

The Student Service Holiday Vendors’ Fair will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Sweeny Student Center Dining Hall on the main campus. Unique items to be used as holiday gifts will be sold.

Iona College

Christmas Mass and Santa breakfast

Come celebrate the holiday season with Mass on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the Thomas J. Burke Lounge in Spellman Hall. Breakfast will follow immediately in Mulcahy Gymnasium in the Hynes Athletic Center. The event is $20 for adults and $12 for children ages 3 through 12, with free admission for children under 2. The fee includes a photo with Santa and a gift. In the spirit of the holiday season, attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to support the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to be collected during breakfast. For more information or to register for the event, visit

The Symphony of Westchester
at Iona College

All-Baroque program

The symphony’s season will continue on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. with an all-Baroque program featuring concertmaster and violinist Alex Abayev and violinist Ben Hellman. Abayev and Hellman will perform Bach’s “Double Violin Concerto” and more. Abayev performs as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States and abroad and participates in many international music festivals. Hellman’s appearances in the New York area, as well as in other parts of the country, have included solo recitals, concertos, chamber music and orchestral performances.

A snow date for this concert has been set for Saturday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 654-4926.

Humane Society of Westchester

Online auction

The Humane Society of Westchester’s Facebook online auction will conclude on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. Holiday gifts will be auctioned off and all proceeds will go benefit the homeless animals at the shelter. For more information, contact Beverly Royal Press at 632-2925.

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What’s going on in Eastchester 12-4-2015

Eastchester Public Library

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Library teen group

On Monday, Dec. 7 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The library’s teen group is back for another year. The group has helped create a lot of new programs for teens and helped shape the library’s collection. This program is open to sixth graders and up. For more information, contact Elizabeth at 721-8102 or

Middle grade book chat and advisory group

On Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. For grades four and five. This program is drop-off. Online pre-registration is suggested.

This is a new program aimed at avid readers, and will be in a “book talk” format. The librarian will start out by highlighting a book that he has enjoyed, and participants will be asked to bring in their own titles—one or two each—to share. Participants will be reminded that the goal is to get their friends to want to read the book, so they shouldn’t give away the ending. Time will be set aside at the end of the program for “advisory,” meaning the participants can offer their feedback as to what type of books they would like the library to have more of. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Johnathan at 721-8105 or

Reading Buddies Book Club

On Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. This program is aimed at avid readers in grades two and three. This program is drop-off. Online pre-registration is suggested.

The selection will be chosen and announced at least a month in advance. It will be a roundtable discussion, where participants will discuss why they liked or didn’t like the book and how it compares to other books they have read. There will be a trivia contest with prizes, and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Johnathan at 721-8105 or

Bronxville Public Library

Visit to register and for more information on events and programs, especially for young children.

Beading workshop

On Monday, Dec. 7 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Let your creativity shine as you learn how to make a beaded necklace, just in time for the holidays to make a great gift for yourself or a loved one. All beads and materials will be supplied. Adults only please.

Advanced registration is required. Stop by the Reference Desk, call 337-7680 ext. 24 or email

Let’s Build!

On Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. A Westchester Children’s Museum program: Individual and group projects engage students in this fabulous series that encourages creativity and thinking skills along with design and engineering concepts. A six-week series open to children ages 7 to 11.

The last session is called “Concepts: Nature.” Learn about trees, rocks, mountains, lakes and rivers. How are these organic creations different from everything we have built so far? An activity will be done where children will build organic creations of their choosing. Include child’s name and age when registering online.

A cappella concert

On Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Friends of Bronxville Public Library present Mass Transit, NYU’s original, all-male a cappella group. Established in 1997, Mass Transit brings a world of fun to contemporary a cappella. Always current and with a constantly updated set list, the group brings their own style and musicianship to create a fresh take on well-known songs. With a hint of holiday spirit thrown into the mix, come and be entertained by one of the country’s most elite performance groups. The concert is free and will be followed by a reception. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library.

Teddy Bear Sleepover Storycraft

On Thursday, Dec. 10 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Bring a teddy bear or stuffed animal friend from home to this storytime and let them sleepover at the library. Who knows what mischief the toys will get into in the overnight hours? Return the following day to pick up your toy. All children will receive photos of their toy’s fun at the library. For ages 3 and up.

Community volunteers and donations

Snow angels needed

The Snow Angels program needs volunteers to aid the elderly and disabled with snow removal. All requests from volunteers are matched up with a request from someone who lives near them and who has requested help with snow/ice removal.

Volunteers will receive community service hours from the program coordinator. Many local seniors rely on this help during the winter and are very appreciative of any help that they get. It is a strictly volunteer program. If interested, please contact Sheila Marcotte at She will then contact the program coordinator directly. Parents can call her at 309-6947.

Community food drive

Eastchester Community Action Partnership, ECAP,  would like your help feeding the needy families in the community this holiday season. Please help by donating: canned tuna, salmon, ham, chicken and/or beef; rice; hot and cold cereal; complete pancake mix; dry or canned beans; macaroni and cheese; pasta and pasta sauce; canned fruits and vegetables; holiday specific donations; turkeys and oven stuffer chickens; cranberry sauce; canned milk; stuffing; mashed potatoes; candied yams; pie crust and filling; gravy; salt, pepper and seasoning packets; biscuits; and more. Monetary donations are also accepted and greatly appreciated. Thank you for your generosity.

ECAP, is located at 142-144 Main St. in Tuckahoe. For more information, please contact Don Brown at 337-7768.

Matthew’s Wish toy drive

When Matthew McKinnon was granted a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he sadly never got the chance to use it. His one wish was to fill an 18-wheeler truck with toys and deliver it to the hospital to surprise the children there during the holidays. Matthew was a patient at Cohen Children’s Medical Center for more than nine years. At the young age of 13, Matthew passed away, leaving his wish unfulfilled.

Matthew’s mother, AnneMarie, along with family and friends, created Matthew’s Wish, which works tirelessly each holiday season to make Matthew’s real wish come true by filling an 18-wheeler with toys and love and delivering them to these special children. Matthew’s Wish is a nonprofit organization that distributes toys during the holidays to children at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House and other worthwhile organizations that care for sick and terminally ill children.

Please send in new, unwrapped, children’s toys and put them in the bins located in the main office at Anne Hutchinson School. We will be collecting these items until Friday, Dec, 11. If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Pregiato at

Eastchester Historical Society

Annual Victorian Christmas Party

Annmarie Flannery, president of the Eastchester Historical Society, invites everyone to its annual Victorian Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Room School House at the intersection of California and New Rochelle roads.

The party is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Refreshments will be provided and people of all ages are encouraged to attend. A Christmas tree decorated with candles and old fashioned decorations will be on display, with 19th-century toys and memorabilia around it. This annual event is a time when children can learn about one of the society’s oldest traditions and adults of all faiths can meet and learn about the exciting historical activities that are planned for 2016.

The Reformed Church

The Reformed Church is located at 180 Pondfield Road in Bronxville. For more information, call 337-6776.

Messiah Sing

On Saturday, Dec. 12 at 4 p.m., The Reformed Church will host its annual Messiah Sing accompanied by professional soloists and a string quartet conducted by Dr. Sándor Szabó. It promises to be an exciting community event. The church invites everyone to join in singing Handel’s great “Oratorio” and be a part of this wonderful family tradition of fellowship and music. Scores will be provided. A reception will follow.

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Letter: Re-elect Dennis Winter for fire commissioner



To the Editor,

On Dec. 8, Dennis Winter will be running for re-election to the Town of Eastchester Board of Fire Commissioners. Dennis has served as the board’s chairman for the last three years and, under his leadership, the board has achieved many significant accomplishments. These have included:

• The adoption of a 2016 budget with no increase to the current $16.5 million dollar property tax levy.

• The reduction of the fire district property tax levy in 2015.

• Major restorations at two district firehouses.

• An increase in the district’s insurance service office rating, placing the fire district within the top 2 percentile of fire departments nationwide. This rating should result in lower insurance premiums for homeowners within the Eastchester Fire District.

• The restructure of the district’s administrative office and the appointment of a new treasurer and auditor.

I believe the fire district election is especially important this year and I encourage you to vote for Dennis on Tuesday, Dec. 8. His opponent is Cara Piliero, the former district treasurer, whom the board placed on administrative leave in 2013 after discovery of serious accounting irregularities. The board’s investigation of these irregularities found that as treasurer, Piliero billed health insurance premiums to some but not all of the retired firefighters required to pay such premiums, thus costing the fire district an estimated $800,000 in uncollected premiums, and that she failed to bill two fire commissioners who had previously been firefighters for their percentage of health insurance costs, as required. She also paid one retired firefighter an extra $235,200 in disability payments over a 13-year span, and it was found that the QuickBooks records were improperly maintained. Despite this history, Piliero now seeks election to the Eastchester Board of Fire Commissioners.

Dennis is committed to the safety of this community and the sustainability of the Eastchester Fire District. His leadership has been forward thinking, well informed, vigilant and transparent. He has worked hard to make the fire district accountable to Eastchester taxpayers.

Dennis’s value to the district has been recognized by many, and particularly by those who have had the opportunity to work closely with him. He has been endorsed by three of his fellow commissioners and the chief of department, Michael Grogan.

Your vote is critically important in this year’s election.


Peter Incledon,

Eastchester fire commissioner 


Letter: Thank you to The Community Fund



To the Editor,

The Senior Citizens Council would like to wholeheartedly thank The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe for its continued generous support of Bronxville and Tuckahoe senior citizens.

We know that the best way to keep our many seniors healthy and vigorous and engaged in the community is to provide regular activities that promote socialization, physical exercise and intellectual stimulation. The Community Fund has long recognized this need, and over this past year has helped fund programs including bridge, tai chi and exercise for our Bronxville and Tuckahoe senior citizens. These wonderful programs have been very popular—serving more than 500 seniors at our two centers—and they have attracted new members to both centers. The success of these programs is due in large measure to the loyal support of The Community Fund.

During this holiday season, please give generously to The Community Fund’s annual drive so that vital programs like ours can continue to serve the needs of the community we love. Contributions may be made online at or by calling 337-8808.


Barbara Dimpel,
Senior Citizens Council

Karla Hay Diserens,
Bronxville Senior Citizens


Jennifer Vetromile,
Tuckahoe Senior Citizens


Bill Goodenough of The American Legion Post 90 addresses the crowd on Veterans Day.

Mamaroneck pays tribute to veterans

Peter Parente presents the New Rochelle Police Department with a flag.

New Rochelle honors local veterans

The City of New Rochelle held a Veterans Day ceremony on the morning of Nov. 11 in downtown New Rochelle. Veterans and residents alike gathered at Memorial Plaza, where Memorial Highway and Main Street meet, to reflect on their experiences and to pay respect to the men and women who have served their country.

The ceremony was sponsored by the United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association, with a special honor to New Rochelle’s police and fire departments. Peter Parente, commander of VFW Post 439 and president of the United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association of New Rochelle, was the master of ceremonies. The New Rochelle High School Band provided the music for the event.


Column: Anne Hutchinson’s story comes to an end

A depiction of the death of Anne Hutchinson and some of her family. Photo courtesy Richard Forliano

A depiction of the death of Anne Hutchinson and some of her family. Photo courtesy Richard Forliano

With George Pietarinen, author of “Anne Hutchinson,  A Puritan Woman of Courage.”
This is the fourth in a series of articles on the Colonial and Revolutionary History of Eastchester.

The dominance of religious belief in 17th century America is very difficult for people today to comprehend. Patricia Bonomi, a prominent historian of that period, stresses that at this time, “In city, village and countryside, the idiom of religion penetrated all discourse, underlay all thought, marked all observances, and gave meaning to every public and private crisis.” A person’s faith “gave a tone to everything they did in their collective and communal capacity.”

Especially in colonial New England, religion ruled. From its very inception, the Massachusetts Bay Colony was torn apart by the disarray within the Puritan establishment. Individuals like Anne Hutchinson, Thomas Hooker and Roger Williams gained their followings because of the lack of trained ministers, leading to intense debate and dissension.

Anne Hutchinson was only a resident in Puritan Boston for four years when she was put on trial for heresy. After a disruptive trial, Hutchinson and some members of her family were banished from the Massachusetts Bay into the Puritan wilderness. Anne had been excommunicated from the church, and was cast into eternal damnation. During a six-day-long April snowstorm, Anne and her children made the long and arduous journey to join her husband in Rhode Island.

In Rhode Island, Roger Williams established a colony that served as a refuge for people persecuted for their religious beliefs. There was a saying that if a person was too good for Massachusetts, he went to Connecticut; if he was too bad, he went to Rhode Island. Thus, Rhode Island was referred to as the Isle of Errors.

Initially, her stay in Rhode Island starting in 1638 added to her sadness. Ten months after her banishment, she suffered a terrible miscarriage. The governor of Massachusetts Bay, John Winthrop, saw this tragedy as divine retribution, validating her exile. But Winthrop still wanted Anne to recant and sent three emissaries to Rhode Island to exact a confession. Anne’s reply was swift and decisive. She referred to the church of Boston as “the whore and strumpet of Boston, but no church of Christ.”

It is said that Anne preached more in Rhode Island than she had in Boston. And then, tragedy struck again. The great love of her life, her husband Will Hutchinson, passed away. Will, who always stood by his wife, declared, “I do think of her as dear saint and servant of God.”

Anne was now in a precarious position. She feared that Massachusetts would take over Rhode Island and persecute her anew. Her last recorded revelation was that the Lord had prepared a city of refuge in what is today the Bronx in New York City, then called New Amsterdam. Within eight years, she had left England, then Boston, and now without her beloved husband to support her, Anne and her family were on the move again.

William Kieft, the Dutch governor of New Netherland whose jurisdiction she fell under, had a contentious relationship with the Native Americans in this area. He orchestrated vicious attacks on local tribes that precipitated Kieft’s War that raged from 1643 to 1645. When Hutchinson and her party showed up in Kieft’s domain, he placed them in a no man’s land at the height of the troubles. Less than a year after her arrival, the 52-year-old woman, six of her children and nine others perished in a Native American attack.

After the burning of her house, only her 9-year-old daughter, Susanna, survived. She lived as a prisoner of the Lenape Native American tribe for a number of years. The Dutch government negotiated for her release and she reluctantly agreed to return to her family. Susanna had forgotten her own language and all her friends. Later, Susanna married John Cole, moved to Rhode Island, had 11 children, and lived to the age of 80. In addition to Susanna, Anne Hutchinson was survived by five children who had remained behind. Eventually there were more than 30 grandchildren.

One of the sons who remained in Boston sired a line of powerful political figures including Thomas Hutchinson, royal governor of Massachusetts, during the outbreak of the American Revolution. Presidents across the political spectrum can trace their lineage back to Anne: FDR was a sixth-great grandson. George H. Bush is a ninth great grand-grandson, and George W. Bush a 10th great-grandson.

The exact location of Anne’s settlement is in dispute. Based on the records of the Town of Eastchester and other historical accounts, Anne lived on the west side of the Hutchinson River in the vicinity of Co-op City. And her legacy lives on.

Her memory survives not simply because a river, parkway and three elementary schools bear her name, or because Eastchester was settled at the site of her house. Her courageous resistance to unjust authority and unmatched brilliance in defending her beliefs despite dire consequences place Anne Hutchinson at the forefront of great women in American history.


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Letter: Library workers have right to unionize



To the Editor,

I write as a patron and supporter of the Mamaroneck library. I was proud to have served on a bipartisan Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees that voted to support a $13.5 million bond that renovated and expanded our beautiful library. I have always been impressed with the professionalism and commitment of the library’s staff.

I was surprised to read in the Nov. 13 edition of the Review that the library board of trustees doesn’t intend to immediately allow their workers to unionize. My understanding is that more than 80 percent of the library’s staff have signed card checks that request their right to join a union be recognized by their employer. The library can waive the right to a formal election if 50 percent of the workers sign card checks, and the workers have more than exceeded that threshold. The library administration seems to be trying to force a ballot, which is an unnecessary step that delays the process and promotes fear and acrimony between the workers and the administration.

I am a lifetime union member, shop steward, and have worked to try to organize nonunion workers in my trade. It has been my experience that employers who don’t recognize card checks are actively trying to deny their workers the right to organize. I don’t think that is the case in Mamaroneck, but I am also sure that most people who volunteer for local boards don’t have enough experience in this area to know what should be the fair and normal course of events.

Income inequality in our country has grown in almost direct proportion to the decrease in union membership. As a community, we should support the rights of workers to receive a fair day’s pay for a fair days work. All other municipal employees in our area have been unionized for decades; our hard-working library workers deserve those same rights. I hope the good people who serve on our library board, whose commitment and hard work I respect, will take a cooperative and collaborative attitude toward their employees. The patrons of the library and the residents of Mamaroneck will support both sides coming quickly to a reasonable agreement.


Tom Murphy,

Mamaroneck Town councilman