Business Briefs 5-23-14

Larchmont Lions welcome two new members

Two new members were inducted into the Larchmont Lions Club, a local chapter of the largest service organization in the world, on May 4.

Approximately 1.37 million members in 46,000 Lions clubs in 208 countries are united globally in fighting eye diseases, blindness and measles as well as supplying disaster relief, environment preservation and youth development.

The highlight of the evening was the induction of Robert and Laura Pastore—proprietors of the recently opened Manor Inn Restaurant on the Post Road in Larchmont—the venue for the spirited evening of fellowship and fundraising.

Daniel Link, a past district governor of the Lions, inducted the Pastores at the event, which was attended by the local Lions and their friends.

Proceeds from the evening and the ongoing sale of the discount coupon books will be donated to several Lions causes, including local charities such as Guiding Eyes for the Blind, VISIONS Center on Blindness and Screening Eyes Early, for preschoolers who are too young to read an eye chart.

The discount coupon books, which contain 40 coupons with some inviting reductions, are valid until Dec. 31. They are for sale to the public and can be purchased for $10 each by contacting Jag Rao, 914-630-1873, or John Keenan, 914-384-8542

Weichert Realtors’ Rye office recognizes top associate for regional award

Jo Ellen Ashby, regional vice president of Weichert Realtors, announced Joanne Vanaria of the Rye office was individually recognized for her exceptional industry success during the month of March.

A top producer, Vanaria led the region, which is comprised of offices throughout Orange, Westchester and Rockland counties, in resale dollar volume.

Invite this top neighborhood specialist in to learn about the real estate services Weichert, Realtors has to offer. Vanaria can be reached in Weichert’s Rye office at 83 Purchase St., or by phone at 914-967-0460.

Local bank working to help county meet affordable housing goals

CMS Bank has announced it recently completed more than $1 million in mortgage loans to local families for affordable housing in Westchester. Several of the loans are for residences at the recently completed Comstock Heights Condominium on North State Road, Briarcliff Manor, while others have been made at Cottage Landings condominium in Rye.

CMS Bank is working closely with the Housing Action Council, a Tarrytown-based not-for-profit dedicated to expanding housing opportunities for moderate income households throughout the Hudson Valley. In closing on these residential mortgages, CMS Bank is reinforcing its goal of providing financing to families seeking such opportunities in Westchester.

By working together, CMS Bank and the Housing Action Council are also helping Westchester County meet its obligations under an affordable housing settlement with the federal government.

“As a local community bank, CMS’s goal is to help families achieve the American dream of home ownership,” John Ritacco, president and CEO of CMS Bank, said. “Providing mortgages to low-and-moderate income borrowers is in keeping with the bank’s mission to serve our local community. These loans are yet another way we are providing important and personal services to the community.”

Headquartered in White Plains, CMS Bank provides a wide range of banking products and services to the retail consumer and small business customers, including residential and commercial real estate loans and small business loans primarily in Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess and Putnam counties as well as Fairfield County, Conn.

CMS Bank has branches in Eastchester, West Harrison, Greenburgh, Mount Vernon and Mount Kisco. CMS’ lending decisions are made locally by employees who live and work in the community. For more information, visit

College of New Rochelle graduates to host summer program for children

The College of New Rochelle Graduate School provides summer programs at Ward Elementary School in New Rochelle for children between the ages of 3 and 8 years old. The program runs from July 7 through August 1, Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Children ages 3 to 5 years old in the program will participate in group activities involving literacy and math, creative arts, dramatic play, music and movement, block building and outdoor play.

Children ages 6 to 8 years old will engage in group activities including social studies, science, nature, outdoor play, creative arts, music and movement and technology. Children will also participate in small group and individualized periods of instruction each day.

For further information regarding this opportunity, please contact Dr. Angela Grille at or call 914-760-0079.

Manhattanville College GPS to launch professional development workshop series

This June, Manhattanville College’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies—GPS—will host a series of on-campus professional development workshops, focusing on women’s leadership, June 3; Myers-Briggs personality type indication, June 10 and resilient leadership, June 18. The Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness Professional Development Workshop Series is the fourth event in celebration of GPS’ 20th anniversary.

The first of three workshops, “Lead In: Balanced Leadership for Women,” is an integrative program specifically designed for female leaders and women emerging in the corporate environment. The June 3 workshop will help define enhanced methods of leading, working and contributing more holistically in the workplace.

By the end of the program, participants will be able to determine a clear leadership style, develop a disciplined approach to innovative and critical thinking, demonstrate ways to sustain results with greater impact and purpose and learn how to lead through continued change and evolution.

The workshop will be facilitated by Trish Kyle, a strategic organizational development and culture specialist and management consultant; Pat Drew, an executive leadership coach and Barbara Garber, a leadership coach, career counselor and management consultant.

The second workshop, “Understanding Type and Type under Stress: A Myers-Briggs Workshop,” is dedicated to understanding one’s “type,” “type preferences” and how one’s type experiences and responds to stress. Participants will learn to identify their type and how to best use those characteristics to their advantage. The session facilitator is human resources practitioner and adjunct Manhattanville College professor Dr. Richard Montanaro.

The final workshop, “Introduction to Resilient Leadership,” is an innovative and powerful approach to leadership effectiveness based on the acclaimed book “Resilient Leadership” by Robert Duggan and James Moyer.

The workshop will introduce participants to a unique approach to cultivating resilience, both in leaders and in the organizations they lead. Topics will include developing a non-reactive, calming presence; the importance of positioning oneself in triangles in a way that prevents burnout and skilful ways to calm the reactivity in the organizational systems of which participants are part of.

The June 3 and June 10 workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Both workshops, which include lunch, are $375 per person. The June 18 workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $575, which also includes lunch.

Maximum capacity will be capped at 30 participants due to the experiential nature of each workshop.

All workshops will be held at Manhattanville College Reid Castle, 2900 Purchase St., Purchase.

To register, visit For more information, call 914-323-5413 or email

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