WESTCHESTER’S OLDEST AND MOST RESPECTED NEWSPAPERS PRESORT-STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID White Plains, NY Permit #7164 Vol 110 Number 21 www.RisingMediaGroup.com Memorial Day Has Special Meaning in Yonkers Lt. Patrick Murphy, far left, with comrades in Afghanistan. By Phil Foley This weekend, the City of Yonkers and several veterans organizations and neighborhood associations will hold Memorial Day parades and events to remember, and memorialize, those we lost fighting for our country. Pictured above is Lt. Patrick Murphy III, far left, during his tour in Afghanistan. The Murphy family owns a service station on McLean Avenue, and Pat is now a member of the Yonkers Fire Department. We are happy to report that everyone in the photo made it back home safely after their deployment. Lt. Murphy is still a member of the National Guard out of Ford Drum in upstate New Continued on Page 5 Friday, May 22, 2015 Al Del Bello: He, Too, Was Yonkers By Eric W. Schoen The year was 1982 and the venue was the old Carvel Inn on Tuckahoe Road, where Tom Carvel trained legions of ice cream store managers at his “Carvel College of Ice Cream Knowledge.” People from across the country would come and learn how to make “Fudgy the Whale” and “Cookie Puss.” They would bring to the heartland of America soft serve ice cream that despite its creation when Carvel’s truck broke down in Hartsdale, expanded through the world from its humble Yonkers base. The Carvel Inn (now the Royal Regency Hotel) had a gigantic banquet room and plenty of parking, perfect for political rallies as well as Boy Scout and charity affairs. The beauty of the place was that if the event you were attending was boring, you could walk over to the Carvel store on premises and get Former Yonkers mayor, Westchester County executive and lieutenant governor, Al DelBello a brown bonnet or other ice cream treat. his candidacy for lieutenant governor of New Or get a slice of fresh pound cake or a do- York State. Al was a Yonkers boy (whenever nut from Dugan’s bakery – hot out of the oven. you are born to parents in Yonkers you are a On this particular night in 1982, the event “Yonkers boy,” even if you are 80 years old) was a kick-off rally for Westchester County so the room was filled not only with political Executive Al Del Bello, who had announced Continued on Page 8 Saunders High School’s 2015 Valedictorian & Salutatorian School 21 Earns Mayor’s School of the Month Honor Saunders High School Valedictorian Sabrina Madera and Salutatorian Karthik Maddur. Photo by Bayan Baker. Students from School 21 in Yonkers recently celebrated earning the mayor’s “School of the Month” recognition. By Bayan Baker Saunders High School Valedictorian Sabrina Madera and Salutatorian Karthik Maddur recently sat down with Yonkers Rising to discuss the many ways in which Saunders High School has prepared them for success and their future. Sabrina and Karthik held their teachers and the administration at Saunders in high regards and appreciate everything the school has done for the better of their education and future goals. Sabrina is graduating from Saunders this June with a 99.6 grade-point average, and Karthik is graduating with a 97 GPA. When asked about the teachers they admire the most, Sabrina said her favorite teacher is also her mentor within the architecture magnet program, Mr. Carlo Mitrione, who teaches architecture is a “supportive Continued on Page 8 Mayor Mike Spano presented the city’s School of the Month Award to School 21 last week, specifically recognizing the school’s commitment to its community through an intergenerational program at Coyne Park Senior Center. Once a week, third-grade students visit Coyne Park to interact with Yonkers seniors. “We often talk about our community in terms of how we can improve it for our chil- dren, but in reality, sometimes our children are the ones who improve the community for all of us,” said Spano. “The impact of the intergenerational program is far reaching and I’m so proud that a program like this exists in our city.” School 21 has participated in the intergenerational program with Coyne Park Senior Center for the past seven years, and several Continued on Page 8 Yonkers Charter School Hosts Career Day Yonkers Rising Editor-in-Chief Dan Murphy with CSEE students at Career Day. Photo by Donna Davis. See more photos on page 9. By Bayan Baker The Charter School of Educational Excellence in Yonkers hosted its annual Career Day on May 13, when students heard from several prominent Yonkers and Westchester professionals, including Police Commissioner Charles Gardner, News 12 reporter Lisa Reyes, City Councilman Christopher Johnson, DPW Commissioner Tom Meier, Deputy Parks Commissioner Steve Sansone and Yonkers Rising Editor-in-Chief Dan Murphy. All of the speakers told the audience of students how they got started, where they came from in life, what career they wanted to be in when they were young, and their first jobs leading up to their current positions. Lessons learned from the students, who asked interesting and thoughtful questions, included: * You have to start somewhere with your first job; working at McDonalds, or any first job, will give you the experience and the lessons of hard work for your future career. * Follow your dreams – pick a job or career that you want and go for it. * Study hard, get good grades, listen to your parents and say “no” to drugs. If CSEE students follow these four simple lessons, their chances at future success and the career that they want will be greater. Other highlights from the CSEE Career Day included a visit from the Yonkers Police Department’s K-9 unit, in which students were able to Continued on Page 9 PAGE 2 - Yonkers Rising - Friday, May 22, 2015 Free Public Kayaking at Yonkers’ JFK Marina Members of the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club enjoying the Hudson River off the Yonkers pier. The Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club will again offer free kayaking to the public at JFK Marina in Yonkers this summer, every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. from June 18 to Aug.27, as well as Sundays, July 26 and Aug. 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. Groups and individuals should register at www.yprc.org. For more information, email [email protected] YPRC has successfully run free kayaking programs since 2006, putting thousands of youth and adults on the water and introducing them to environmental stewardship of area waterways. “In the summer of 2014, YPRC’s free public kayaking put more than 1,050 youth and adults on the water – a threefold increase from the summer of 2013,” said John Maggioto, a Hastings resident and Commodore of YPRC. “We expanded our program to meet this need.” Individuals are welcome to walk-up and sign-up on the spot as long as space is available; YPRC encourages groups of eight or more to register on yprc.org in advance. “It’s harder than you’d think to kayak in the Hudson if you don’t have your own boat – if you’re just beginning, without spending a lot of money,” said Cathy Bobenhausen, a YPRC member from Dobbs Ferry. “Community groups like Nepperhan Community Center, Scouting and Yonkers Bike Club bring people to YPRC’s free public kayaking. I love to see how much fun families and young people have kayaking for their first time, and how they progress as they keep com- ing back. People really learn to love being on the river!” YPRC’s free kayaking sessions last approximately 30 minutes, and YPRC provides all equipment including boats (single and double sit-on-top kayaks), life jackets and paddles. YPRC also provides safety-trained volunteers on and off the water in a protected cove at JFK Marina to make sure that every participant is safe and has a rewarding experience on the water. Phil Giller, a resident of Riverdale and coordinator of the free public kayaking, noted: “This program is a gift from our members and trained volunteers to all who want to kayak. It is our hope that by introducing youths and adults to the natural wonders that can be found in their backyard, they will begin to form a connection with the environment and become stewards of the waterway.” YPRC is known for is its community involvement – in particular, its free public kayak sessions at JFK Marina in Yonkers, which are sponsored by Hudson River Foundation for Science and Environmental Research, Inc.; Toyota; the City of Yonkers; and Public Lands Every Day, a National Environmental Education Foundation Program. YPRC maintains a close relationship with the neighboring Beczak Environmental Center and other community organizations and is involved in Hudson River clean-up and environmental education projects. It also hosts rescue skills clinics, paddling skills clinics and a winter boat-building workshop. Floating Sculpture on the Hudson is Awe Inspiring Look for the “Bottle Sphere: a Floating Sculpture” when walking along the Yonkers downtown riverfront. By Robert Pfitzenmeier “Bottle Sphere – A Floating Sculpture,” will be anchored off the shore of the north end of Yonkers’ downtown waterfront area (just north of the Science Barge) until May 30. The sphere responds to the ever-changing currents of the river. Like a boat, it trails down current and when the current accelerates, the sphere rotates. After dark, the Sphere is illuminated with solar-powered lights. The Hudson River has such a powerful presence, in which I am constantly awe struck. I am delighted by the time I spend on and around it. Constructed with a stainless steel frame clad with 720 recycled/reused plastic bottles, two stabilizing weighted buoys hold the position to allow it to turn on its axis when the flow is present. Sponsored by Groundwork Hudson Valley, “Bottle Sphere” was launched from the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club floating dock May 1 to kick off Yonkers Arts Weekend. YPRC’s support was essential, special thanks to Commodore John Magiotto. I want to acknowledge Bob Walters for his relentless extraordinary support. “Bottle Sphere” was constructed over the six weeks preceding its launch. I was very fortunate to have extensive help from my son Norden, daughter Lhakdon and my wife, Nancy Jo – along with my family, friends and neighbors who put in days of prepping parts and assembly, including Suprina, Glen Madison, Shaun Gorman and Ilona Fabian. Realizing this sculpture grew to a task I could not have imagined a month ago! Winners of Memorial Day Oratorical Contest Announced Participants and winners of the Memorial Day oratorical contest. Students from Yonkers Public Schools recently participated in the annual Memorial Day Peter Joseph Oratorical Contest, reciting Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” from memory at Yonkers Middle High School on May 14. The event was organized in conjunction with the Central Committee of Veterans Organizations, and the winners were: Middle School Division (Grades 7 and 8) Jonathan Guerrido from Khalil Gibran School, Teacher Moderator Louis DiMonaco, first place Kennedy Bordas from Saint Eugene School, Teacher Moderator Anne Castanaro, second place Noel Roy from Patricia A. DiChiaro School, Teacher Moderator Nick Naber, third place High School Division (Grades 9 to 12) Denice Moran from Yonkers High School, Teacher Moderator Tara O’Sullivan, first place Omaima Pervez from Yonkers Montessori Academy, Teacher Moderator Sharon Governali, second place Chrislyn Webster from Lincoln High School, Teacher Moderator Aferdita Silverman, third place FRidAY, MAY 22, 2015 - YoNkERs RisiNG - PAGE 3 Lincoln Teacher Wins Barnes & Noble Contest Untermyer Chairman Honored Untermyer Gardens Conservancy Chairman Stephen Byrns Lincoln High School teacher Helena Osinloye, recognized for being named Barnes and Noble’s “My Favorite Teacher” contest winner. Lincoln High School teacher Helena Osinloye has been named the winner of the Barnes & Noble “My Favorite Teacher” contest, and was honored at the Yonkers store April 15. The recognition is the result of the efforts of one of Osinloye’s students, Chelsea Reynolds, who acted on her own initiative and submitted a winning essay in the Barnes & Noble’s national “My Favorite Teacher” contest. She named Osin- loye as her favorite teacher, explaining her reasons in eloquent detail. Osinloye received a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card and plaque, and Chelsea was recognized for her work and read her essay to the audience. Her essay will be submitted to the national contest where both she and Osinloye stand to achieve even greater recognition, as well as $5,000 for Osinloye and $5,000 for Lincoln High School. Draconian Layoﬀs & ‘Punishing’ Program Cuts Imminent for YPS The Yonkers Board of Education continues the arduous task to provide the City of Yonkers with a balanced budget for 2015-16 by May 26. At the special Audit, Budget and Finance Committee meeting last week, trustees repeatedly noted that the task before them is not what they believe is good for Yonkers students – or good for the community. The actions they are required to take are forced upon the district due to the lack of adequate funding, they said. Dr. Nader Sayegh, board president, reminded the public that the budget process, which began last fall with a request for a $584 million budget, would have restored critical programs and services that were depleted over the years. “It is a budget that is right for our students and would have required an additional $89 million to return a sound, basic education to Yonkers children,” he said. When it became clear that budget request would not be funded, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Yazurlo presented a status quo budget of $551 million, with no increases in services or programs over the current year. At this point, only $525 million is committed to the district for next year from the state and the city, forcing the trustees to cut $26 million in personnel and services. By consensus last week, the trustees agreed to bring to a vote next week the severe, detrimental and devastating cuts that include eliminating 60 teachers (20 art teachers, 20 music, 10 physical education and 10 high school teachers), as well as bus monitors, all sports and sports and charter trips not funded by grants, and reducing transportation costs. There will be a 50 percent reduction in supplies and materials, as well as travel, at the district. In addition, certified and non-certified overtime will be reduced; there will be fewer student interns; utility expenses, building repairs, contractual expenses, tuition for out-of-district residents and special education programs will be reduced. Also, six administrators will be cut, including an assistant director; as well as 35 civil service positions, including 13 clerical staff, 15 custodial, two retirees, three infrastructure support staff and two sports secretaries. In addition, the district plans to add four Early Start schools, including the DiChiaro School, Pulaski School, Family School 32 and Gibran School. “These cuts are not healthy and not in the best interest of a learning atmosphere,” said Sayegh. “Our direction is clear, the board and the superintendent will continue to explore every avenue – local, state and federal – to seek additional funding. We will not give up our efforts.” The Superintendent has directed the Central Office administrators and budget staff to continue to find efficiencies in the 2015-16 proposal to potentially reduce the number of staff cuts. The trustees will vote on the cuts at the Audit, Budget and Finance Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room, One Larkin Center. Dr. Farrah Gutwain Rheumatologist Board Certified Internal Medicine Fellowship Trained at New York Medical College Specializing in the treatment of arthritis lupus osteoporosis Now located in Sleepy Hollow (914) 631-2070 and Croton (914) 269-1700 Accepting new patients P H E L P S Phelps Medical Associates phelpsmedicalassociates.org The Foundation for Landscape Studies bestowed its Place Maker Award to Stephen F. Byrns, founding chairman of the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy, on May 13 in the Boathouse in Central Park. Byrns is a partner at BKSK Architects in New York, and is a resident of the Bronx. The Place Maker Award is given annually to an individual “whose vision and imagination are responsible for the creation of a landscape of exceptional beauty.” Untermyer Park and Gardens, owned by the City of Yonkers, was once the private garden of attorney Samuel Untermyer. It was called “America’s Most Spectacular Garden” in the national press in the 1920s. The Conservancy, founded in 2010, works in a public-private partnership with the City of Yonkers to restore the great gardens for the benefit of the public. A few years ago, the Place Maker Award was presented to the founders of the High Line, now a sensationally popular park in New York City. The Foundation for Landscape Studies was established by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers to foster an active understanding of the importance of place in human life through scholarly publications, research materials, tours, exhibitions, awards and guidance to stewards of significant landscapes. Rogers was the Founder of the Central Park Conservancy in 1980, the first publicprivate partnership chartered to restore a major American landscape. On This Day in Yonkers History… The Yonkers War Memorial in 1922 Sir Henry Clinton By Mary Hoar President emeritus, yonkers historical Society monday, may 25 May 25, 1872: Six houses on Main Street were moved back 25 feet to widen and straighten the road. May 25, 1903: A petition from several McLean Avenue residents was presented to the Common Council. It asked that a section of their street be called Midland Heights, and it was allowed. May 25, 1904: A cow owned by Alfred Goldstein of Ashburton Avenue created a new long-distance record. Bossy was found wandering around South Broadway in White Plains after meandering there from her Yonkers pasture. May 25, 1918: Public Safety Commis- sioner Mitchell announced the creation of the Yonkers Police Department Traffic Squad under the leadership of Lt. Dennis Cooper. The squad was charged with solving the perplexing matter of traffic conditions in Yonkers. Cooper was assigned 13 men to train, and the officers would spend four hours a day on traffic post, two hours in training, and two hours on general post. tuesday, may 26 May 26, 1652: Yonkers became a Dutch colony, and Adriaen Van der Donck was granted power to bequeath his lands. Wednesday, may 27 May 27, 1862: John Kendrick Bangs was born in Yonkers. This humorist ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Yonkers in 1894 on the Democratic ticket Continued on Page 8 PAGE 4 - YoNkERs RisiNG - FRidAY, MAY 22, 2015 Lincoln Park Jewish Center Indoor Skydiving Adventure Completes Sale of Unused Parcel Soars into Ridge Hill The property at 307 Central Park Ave., Yonkers. Photo by Robert Kalfus. By Robert kalfus The Lincoln Park Jewish Center completed the sale of a small parcel of unused and vacant property at 307 Central Park Ave., at the south end of its extensive campus, to the Sterling Property Group (Thomas Keenan) on May 14 for a final sale price of $155,000 The closing took place at the office of the buyer’s attorney, Lisa Johnstone, on McLean Avenue, where Jack Schweizer, president of LPJC; Sidney Goldman, treasurer; synagogue attorney Stavan Prasard of the law firm Ivey, Barnum and O’Mara; and Antonia Smith, representing the New York title research company; joined the parties in attendance. This transaction culminated a nine-month endeavor overcoming many hurdles, delays and obstacles on the path toward realizing the synagogue’s mission and vision, reapportioning the entire property, zoning/survey issues and tax/assessment review. With the diligent and focused assistance and cooperation of LPJC Rabbi Rigoberto Emmanuel Vinas, former Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick and Yonkers realtor Henry Djonbalaj, the property sale came to a mutually successful conclusion. Keenan has not yet expressed any plans for developing the property, but the sale affords the opportunity for Lincoln Park Jewish Center to expand and enhance its vision to continue to promote the synagogue’s future in the Yonkers community, with programs of education, learning, celebrating and sharing Jewish culture, spirituality and Torah learning with neighbors and friends, for many years to come. Further, it is believed by LPJC members that selling this unused piece of property, on which was a vacant shack painted white – which appeared as it at one time might have been intended as a small store selling ice cream, judging by the front window facing Central Park Avenue, but went unused for decades – will help attract new congregants and Jewish families who wish to attend Modern Orthodox services, programs, classes and holiday celebrations. This transaction reinforces Lincoln Park Jewish Center as the focal point for Judaism in Yonkers, according to members. This coming Shabbat marks the completion of the 49-day period between Passover and Shavuot, culminating in the joyous two-day holiday, Sunday May 24 and Monday May 25, of the Jewish people receiving the Torah from God at Mount Sinai. The public’s participation is welcome; call the office at 914-965-7119, or visit www.LPJC. org for more information. Yonkers NAACP to Address Gun Violence at Meeting The Yonkers Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold its monthly general membership meeting Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m. at the Nepperhan Community Center, 342 Warburton Ave. The speaker will be Assistant District Attorney Susan Brownbill-Vega, who is director of community affairs for the District Attorney’s Office. She is part of the team of ADAs who work with law enforcement and community partners on the Gun Involved Violence Elimination initiative. GIVE is a New York State-funded collaborative effort of the DA’s Office, the Yonkers and Mount Vernon police departments, NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (parole), Westchester County Probation, and oth- ers to reduce and prevent shootings and homicides. Brownbill-Vega will discuss how GIVE is addressing gun violence in Yonkers and Mount Vernon with strategic law enforcement and community outreach. Community partners include the school systems of Yonkers and Mount Vernon, the Nepperhan Community Center, the Yonkers YMCA, the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, the Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon, Family Services of Westchester and others. The focus of the GIVE community outreach is to deliver a consistent anti-gun and anti-gang violence message to parents, children, teens and community members. For more information, call 914-423-9316. Get ready for iFLY Indoor Skydiving at Ridge Hill. Representatives from Forest City Ratner Companies, owner of Ridge Hill, and Matt Ryan, president and COO of iFLY Indoor Skydiving, came together last week with local dignitaries to break ground on iFLY’s upcoming location at Ridge Hill. This new, family-friendly sports attraction will be a perfect addition to the exciting mix of shopping, dining and entertainment options that make Ridge Hill a popular retail and recreational destination for families in Westchester and beyond. iFLY, which currently has 37 locations around the world and 11 in the U.S., simulates the sensation of skydiving indoors. Its unique fan technology generates a controlled wind tunnel that creates a cushion of air on which a person can safely float. No special skills are required, and almost anyone over the age of 3 can safely experience the sensation of free fall without having to jump out of an airplane. It is sure to be a draw for families and thrillseekers alike! The iFLY structure will be located along the lower portion of Ridge Hill Boulevard, and is scheduled to open in early 2016. “iFLY provides our customers with ‘wings’ in a safe environment, making the dream of flight a reality for all ages,” said Chief Operations Officer Matt Ryan. “It’s great to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to a whole new audience, and we’re very excited to be part of one of the best shopping centers on the Eastern seaboard – Ridge Hill.” Local elected officials joined Matt Ryan and Kathy Welch, executive vice president and director of retail development for Forest City Ratner Companies, in breaking ground to welcome Ridge Hill’s newest entertainment attraction. In attendance were Mayor Mike Spano, Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin and council members John Larkin, Corozon Pineda and Mike Breen. “Ridge Hill consistently demonstrates its commitment to the Yonkers community, making a name for itself not only as a great place to shop and dine, but to play as well – and now to sky dive,” said Spano. iFLY’s extraordinary experience of simulated flight is exciting enough to have entertained millions via television appearances on multiple occasions. The company’s attractions have been featured on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” “Shopping is always a thrill, of course, and now Ridge Hill will offer the adrenalinecharged sensational feel of skydiving, too,” said Kathryn Welch, executive vice president and director of retail development for Forest City Ratner Companies. “There is no doubt iFLY is a wonderful complement to the already stellar mix of shopping, dining and entertainment that can be found ‘On The Hill.’” Additionally, iFLY as a company is committed to encouraging excitement around science, technology, engineering and math, at all educational levels. Its STEM field trips, organized in partnership with local schools in the communities in which it operates, include study of the scientific concepts that enable the flight experience. For more information, visit www.iflyworld.com. 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POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Rising Media Group, LLC, 25 Warburton Ave., Yonkers, N.Y. 10701 College of Mount Saint Vincent students from Yonkers presented their original research and service projects at the fifth annual College of Mount Saint Vincent Student Research and Service Symposium on May 14 at the college’s Riverdale campus: Nicholas Malizia of the Class of 2017 presented “The Clover and the Cross: The Adverse Long-Term Effects of Irish Immigration;” Rachel Gabriel, 2016, presented “Correlations Between Peripheral Autonomic Sympathetic Arousals and Cortical EEG Arousals in Humans;” William Aqeel, 2015, presented “Evaluation of the Watch-PAT Apparatus as a Reliable Sleep-Staging Tool;” Valerie Khayyo, 2015, presented “Photodynamic Therapy of Cancer Cells Utilizing Newly Synthesized Meso Porphyrins;” Rachel Daniel and Iryna Koziy, 2016, presented “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Veteran Population;” Valerie Khayyo, 2015, Shadi Khayyo, 2017 and Dorina Ismailgeci, 2016 presented “Synthesis and Characterization of Tri- and Tetra-Substituted Porphyrins for their Photochemical Applications;” And Jade Suleiman, 2017, presented “Using Drosophila melanogaster as a Model Organism to Study Reproductive Toxicants.” The College of Mount Saint Vincent Student Research and Service Symposium is held to recognize students who have engaged in significant research and service initiatives, as well as the faculty and staff who serve as their mentors. Students have the opportunity to present and highlight their recent research and service accomplishments to the campus community, along with college benefactors, peers, parents and local guidance counselors and principals. To join the Exchange Club of Yonkers contact Vice-President David Tubiolo at 646-596-3375 Friday, May 22, 2015 - Yonkers Rising- PAGE 5 Consider Adopting Lulu Lincoln Students Learn from Reporter During Career Day News 12 Westchester reporter Grace Noone recently participated in Lincoln High School’s annual Career Day in Yonkers. Several professionals, including Noone, spoke to students about their careers, exposing students to a variety of professions and helping them realize the abundance of future employment possibilities available to them. Here, Noone speaks with 11th-grade student Eviers Innocent. Lulu needs a loving home. There are many pets available for adoption at the Yonkers Animal Shelter. Lulu is a mixed-breed dog about 3 years old and 50 pounds. She’s a mixed Bully Breed who went to the shelter as a stray dog some months ago. While she behaves appropriately when walking in the vicinity of other dogs, she would prefer not to share her home with other pets – she wants her person all for herself. She is smart and affectionate and loves to learn. Lulu knows “sit,” “down” and “give paw.” She would love a home with a yard to run in or an active family who would like a hiking partner. She would be fine with kids age 10 and older. Visit Lulu at the Yonkers Animal Shelter at 1000 Ridge Hill Blvd., between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays, and noon and 4 p.m. weekends. For more information, call 914-377-6730 during business hours or 201-981-3215 at any time, or email [email protected] Donate A Boat or Car Today! “2-Night Free Vacation!” 1- 800 - CAR - ANGE L w w w.boatangel.com sponsored by boat angel outreach centers STOP CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN DONATE YOUR CAR Temptations, Tech & Brine Coming to Yonkers Riverfest Every year, more than 25,000 people gather by the Hudson River in downtown Yonkers to eat, listen to music and learn about new products and causes. This year, on Sept. 12 starting at noon, thousands of people of all ages will have the opportunity to enjoy some exciting new features as part of the 23rd Yonkers Riverfest, a free festival sponsored by the Yonkers Downtown Business Improvement District, the City of Yonkers and Domino Sugar. It is one of the largest family-friendly gatherings in Westchester County. The Legends of Motown (Leonard, Coleman and Blunt) are the showcase act. Including members of the Temptations, the Platters and the Drifters, the band will play such timeless favorites as “Under the Boardwalk,” “My Girl” and “Save the Last Dance for Me.” The “Innovation Station” is based on the “Maker Faire” model, and will showcase inventions and new technologies, including 3D printing, home inventions and more. Yonkers was a birthplace of the pickle industry, so the BID is bringing the brined cucumber (and other vegetables) back in a big way, with a dedicated “Pickle Pavilion,” where attendees can sample sour wares. Traditions such as arts and crafts, children’s activities, environmental exhibits and entertainment on five stages will also continue to be part of this day-long festival. “We’re also expanding our sponsorship outreach to include major national brands,” said Dan Lipka, executive director of the Yonkers BID. “We’re so grateful to the companies – both small and big – that enable us to produce this annual event. It’s a great opportunity for brands to reach a huge, diverse population” The 2015 sponsorship options are available at www.YonkersRiverfest.com/sponsors. In addition to Riverfest, the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID is gearing-up for its spring/summer activities, including a series of free events such as “Movies on Main Street,” “Friday Night Jazz, Blues and More,” “Riverwalk” Wednesday children’s shows and a Fourth of July fireworks concert. “New York area families are always looking for something fun and interesting to do during the summer and on weekends,” said Yonkers developer and BID President Kenneth Dearden. “This year, we want to give them more reasons to take the short ride up to the waterfront to see all the unique things going on in downtown Yonkers!” Memorial Day Spano. “Yonkers renews its enduring pledge to always honor and never forsake its fallen heroes.” Additional local Memorial Day events in Yonkers include: * City of Yonkers Memorial Day ceremony May 25 at 9 a.m. * Crestwood Memorial Day parade May 25 at 10 a.m. The parade/ceremony is hosted by Ernest Pasqua American Legion Post 1506, and participating groups include veterans from various posts throughout Yonkers, Mayor Spano and local elected officials, the Yonkers Police Honor Guard, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Yonkers High School marching band and the Knights of Columbus and bagpipers. * Catholic Slovak Club Memorial Day parade May 25 at noon * Empire VFW Post 375 Memorial Day service May 25 at 2 p.m. The first official recognition of Memorial Day, known then as Decoration Day, was May 30, 1868. For additional information on all Yonkers Memorial Day ceremonies, contact the city’s Department of Veterans Services at 914-377-6700 or visit www.yonkersny.gov. Wheels For Wishes benefiting Hudson Valley *Free Vehicle/Boat Pickup ANYWHERE *We Accept All Vehicles Running or Not *100% Tax Deductible WheelsForWishes.org x % Ta 100 tible uc Ded Call: (914) 468-4999 Delivery Driver Needed Delivery driver wanted for weekly newspapers in Yonkers and Westchester County. Experience and own auto preferred. To apply send email to [email protected] Continued from Page 1 York. Murphy is one of the many veterans, past and present, who call Yonkers home. On this weekend, we salute your service and remember those who never made it home. The City of Yonkers will remember and honor members of the armed forces who sacrificed their lives when it hosts its annual Memorial Day parade Saturday, May 30 on McLean Avenue. The city will host the event in conjunction with the Charles N. Bajart American Legion Post 1122. The parade will commence at 1 p.m. with a ceremony at Stillwell Park (McLean Avenue at 241st Street) and proceed along McLean to the American Legion Post at 840 McLean Ave. A ceremony will conclude the parade at the post, with the placing of wreaths. “Memorial Day is an opportunity for all of us to recognize and thank our veterans in Yonkers and all across America for their patriotism and devotion, especially to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said Mayor Mike PAGE 6 - Yonkers Rising - Friday, May 22, 2015 Legal Notices Classifieds Daylight Savings Time has arrived and so has the WAJE Spring term! ... Celebrate by joining Westchester Adult Jewish Education for one or more of these exciting classes: Jewish Art Workshop (Exploring the connection between your name and soul through the tradition of the biblical verse) 2 Monday mornings beginning April 20, JCC of MidWestchester); Making Meaning of the Laws of Shabbat (5 Wednesday evenings beginning April 15 , private home in New Rochelle); The Minor Prophets (10 Wednesday mornings beginning April 22, Congregation Kol Ami); Introduction to Talmud: Two Tractates (9 Monday mornings beginning April 13, private home in Armonk); or Talmud From the Inside (8 Thursday mornings beginning May 7, Temple Beth El of New Rochelle). WE HAVE A CLASS FOR YOU! For more information or registration, visit us online at www. waje.org, or call Alice Tenney, Director, at 914328-7001 ext. 704. Delivery Driver Needed-Delivery driver wanted for weekly newspapers in Yonkers and Westchester County. Experience and own auto preferred. 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Index No.: 61657/2014 Property address: 350 Ashburton Avenue Yonkers, New York Section 2 Block 2060 Lot 8 TO: KENNETH CHILVERS and NATALIE CHILVERS, Defendants YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to serve upon Plaintiff’s attorney an answer to the complaint in this action within twenty days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service, if personally served upon you, or within thirty days after service is complete, if this summons is not personally served upon you. In case of your failure to answer, plaintiff will seek a judgment against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. Trial is desired in the County of Westchester. The basis of venue is the location of the subject premises. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR REAL PROPERTY. IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY WHO FILED THIS TAX FORECLOSURE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT, A DEFAULT JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED AND YOU CAN LOSE YOUR REAL PROPERTY. SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY OR GO TO THE COURT WHERE YOUR CASE IS PENDING FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO ANSWER THE SUMMONS AND PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY. SENDING A PAYMENT TO YOUR TAX COLLECTOR WILL NOT STOP THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF CITY OF YONKERS AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: White Plains, New York OXMAN TULIS KIRKPATRICK WHYATT & GEIGER, LLP By: STUART E. KAHAN, Esq. 120 Bloomingdale Road, Suite 100 White Plains, New York 10605 (914) 422-3900 [email protected] #1369 05/22 – 06/12 Notice of formation of Oak Street TV LLC Arts. Of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on March 23, 2015. Office location: Westchester County. The street address is: 99 Kingston Avenue, Yonkers, NY, 10701. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process served to: Stephen Blanchard, 99 Kingston Avenue, Yonkers, NY, 10701. Purpose: any lawful act. #6621 05/08 – 06/12 Friday, May 22, 2015 - Yonkers Rising - PAGE 7 Seniors and Health Care Honoring our Service Members on Memorial Day By Julissa Javier Social Security assistant district manager, Yonkers On Memorial Day, we honor men and women who died while courageously serving in the U.S. military. We also recognize active duty service members, especially those who have been wounded. Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades to thank our service members and their families for their sacrifices. Policymakers put into place laws and benefits to protect our heroes and their families. For example, Social Security provides survivor, disability, retirement and Medicare benefits. Not only does Social Security have benefits to protect veterans, we also provide family benefits to protect service members’ dependents. Widows, widowers and their dependent children may be eligible for Social Security survivors benefits. Learn more at www.socialsecurity.gov/survivors. Wounded military service members can also receive expedited processing of their disability claims. For example, Social Security will provide expedited processing of disability claims filed by veterans who have a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs compensation rating of 100 percent Permanent and Total. Depending on the situation, some family members of military personnel, including dependent children and, in some cases, spouses, may be eligible to receive benefits. Get answers to commonly asked questions and find useful information about the application process at www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors. Service members can also receive Social Security, as well as military retirement benefits. The good news is that your military retirement benefit doesn’t reduce your Social Security retirement benefit. Learn more about Social Security retirement benefits at www.socialsecurity. gov/retirement, or visit the military service page of the Retirement Planner, available at www.socialsecurity.gov/retire2/veterans.htm. Service members are also eligible for Medicare at age 65. If you have health insurance from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or under the TRICARE or CHAMPVA programs, your health benefits may change, or end, when you become eligible for Medicare. Learn more about Medicare benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/medicare. In acknowledgement of those who died for our country, those who served, and those who serve today, we at Social Security honor and thank you. CancerCare Walk/Run for Hope Raises Funds, Awareness Men’s 5K winner Christopher Brennan accepts an award from Sandra Tripodi of CancerCare at the third annual CancerCare Greenwich Walk/Run for Hope at Greenwich Point on May 3, to raise funds to help those affected by cancer. More than 250 dedicated members of the CancerCare family joined together May 3 at Greenwich Point for the third annual Greenwich Walk/Run for Hope to celebrate survivors, support those who are facing cancer and remember those who have passed away. Congratulations to the men’s 5K winner Christopher Brennan of Mamaroneck, with a time of 18:04.55; and women’s 5K winner Dawn Marinaccio of Greenwich, Conn., with a time of 20:20.86. Longtime Greenwich resident Evangela Breitbart was the event’s highest individual fundraiser; and once again, the Lymphomaniacs of Stamford, Conn., won the award for highest total for a team. Kicking off the event, Greenwich native Hospital Farmers Market Season Opens With Treats Wendy Yarish spoke about her own experience as a breast cancer survivor, and why she was moved to become an advocate for CancerCare. “CancerCare’s services are so incredibly important because they help absolutely anyone affected by cancer,” she said. “There aren’t too many organizations out there that offer such a wide range of support services for such a wide range of people. They are not only there to support people with cancer, but also their family members and friends.” CancerCare is grateful to all the teams, walkers, runners and volunteers who made the event such a special day in support of CancerCare’s free, professional services for anyone affected by cancer. To learn more, visit www.cancercare.org or call 800-813-HOPE (4673). Lindsay Fastiggi, owner of Spice Revolution, with spices, baked goods and other treats at the farmers market at NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital. NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital’s farmers market kicked off the season with jams made from local fruits, spices from far-flung corners of the globe, and colorful produce plucked from Orange County’s fertile “black dirt.” This is not just any farmers market. Greeting visitors at the main entrance to the hospital at 1980 Crompond Road, the 15 vendors were all part of the hospital’s Harvest for Health program, which includes an organic garden, the Peter Kelly Teaching Kitchen and a locally-sourced food service for patients and employees. The program uses healthful eating as a way to prevent chronic disease and to positively influence a patient’s recovery. “That’s why we’re here, to be ambassadors of health as well as deliciousness” said Lindsay Fastiggi, owner of Spice Revolution in Dobbs Ferry, one of the market’s vendors. A focus on wholesome and local ingredients is key to the market, which will operate 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every second and four Tuesday of the month through November This year – the fourth year of its operation – the market has more going for it. A shuttle now stops at five places in Peekskill to bring people to the vendors at no cost, in an effort to make fresh, healthy foods more available to people on lower incomes. The shuttle and community outreach program is funded with a two-year grant of nearly $100,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which was also used to obtain an Electronic Benefit Transfer machine, allowing people to use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to purchase food. Many of the vendors use local ingredients in their foods. However, while Fastiggi’s baked goods boast dairy and eggs from nearby farms, her array of spices are from a trip around the world; smoked Spanish paprika, French sweet curry, cinnamon from Saigon and Aleppo pepper from Syria are just some of the selections available. The vendors on Tuesday include Back to the Future Farm; Bee Hive Farmstand; Brittany Natural Foods; Do Re Me Farms; Fi-Dough, Inc.; G&K Sweet Foods; Homestead Floral; Kastania Olive Oil; Leland Farms; Monty Breads; Perry Hill Farm’ Spice Revolution; Wright’s Farm; Florida Bakery and Deli; and B&B Jams. For more information, visit www.nyp.org/ hudsonvalley or call 914-737-9000. 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Admission and parking are free. The public is invited to bring family and friends for an afternoon of entertainment featuring experts in traditional Asian dance and song and masters of the martial arts, including lion dancers. Professional artists share the stage with children’s dance troupes in beautiful traditional costumes, and there will be plenty of activities for children such as face painting, calligraphy, Chinese paper cutting, Origami and games. One of the most popular of the ethnic cultural celebrations on Westchester County’s summer calendar, the Asian-American Heritage Festival attracts as many as 7,000 residents each year. It is also a favorite showcase for small businesses and non-profits, featuring vendors selling Asianthemed cultural artifacts and handmade goods, agencies offering educational and health services, and local chefs cooking up a wide array of Asian foods. The festival is organized by the OCA-Westchester and Hudson Valley Chapter, sponsored by TD Bank and ArtsWestchester, and supported by the Westchester County Parks Department, the Chinese Schools and nonprofit organizations, Westchester corporations and local restaurants and businesses. For more information about OCA, visit www.ocanational.org. School 21 all of the dedicated teachers, staff and parents,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Yazurlo. “The school’s commitment to community involvement is an invaluable asset to our students’ education and equips them to be active contributors to society as adults.” “It’s wonderful to see Yonkers’ schools collaborating with the community to enhance instruction and school culture,” added Board of Education President Dr. Nader J. Sayegh. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we applaud the efforts of this great school for creating an environment in which students can thrive and we congratulate them on receiving this welldeserved award.” Spano’s School of the Month recognition program began in January 2014 as a way to celebrate the significant academic success, extracurricular achievements and community volunteerism of the students, teachers, administration and staff at Yonkers Public Schools. Continued from Page 1 Yonkers seniors from Coyne Park were in attendance at Wednesday’s School of the Month presentation. In addition to placing focus on the community at large, School 21 is active in celebrating writing and culture. In recognition of April as National Poetry Month, students at School 21 participated in a multicultural music and poetry celebration, and first-grade students re-enacted their performance at the School of the Month presentation. “It’s always such a treat to see our young people expressing themselves and showing us what they learn in the classroom each and every day,” said Spano. “School 21 is a vibrant learning community supported by Principal Timo Hughes and Saunders High Continued from Page 1 and organized teacher who lets students work independently and learn on their own,” she said. As a result, this class is also her favorite class throughout the school. Karthik, who is in the engineering magnet program, could not decide on one teacher, and explained that he valued the teachers of Mr. Allan Marche, who teaches electronics computer circuitry in the 10th grade; Mr. Jose Nunez, who teaches electronics computer circuitry in the 11th and 12th grades; and Mr. Rick Savage, who teaches social studies. When asked about his favorite class, it was clear to see that Karthik strongly appreciates the support and favors his electronics computer circuitry above all, as it allowed him to hone his skills and choose a career in electrical engineering. Sabrina has taken advanced placement Spanish language, AP world history, AP U.S. history, AP calculus and AP statistics during her time at Saunders High School, and will get college-level credit for these classes. In addition to taking AP U.S. history and AP calculus, Karthik also took a web design collegelevel class at Monroe College during the summer, and a psychology class. Enrolled in a magnet program at their high school, the students still managed to find time to participate in a number of extracurricular activities. Sabrina is founder and president of the Gay-Straight Alliance Club, treasurer for the Key Club, a member of Skills USA, a member of the Poetry club, a member of Yonkers Unified Student Council, and was also the treasure of UNICEF during 2014. Outside of school, she continues to partake in activities, including being a tutor through Yonkers Partners in Education for both an SAT/ACT program, and 10th grade curriculum program. Sabrina is also treasurer of the youth group at her local church, a lecturer at her church on Sundays, and has enjoyed drawing and reading ever since she was been a child. Karthik, who has been a long-time member of the Robotics Club at Saunders, is also a chapter leader of the Skills USA Club, a member of the Asian Club, treasurer of UNICEF, co-treasurer of Club 303, and also tried to form a club known as “Jammclub.” Out of school, Karthik is a member of the Youth Leadership Council, Westchester Senior Youth Council in White Plains, a volunteer through J.D.R. for the Habitat for Humanity Walk in October 2013 and 2014, an assistant librarian for the library in Saunders, and a math tutor through YPIE. Karthik also enjoys playing guitar and has always been an avid enthusiast of sports, and therefore spends a lot of time staying active. Sabrina has applied to and been accepted at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University, Cooper Union and Stony Brook University, and is planning on attending MIT. She has many goals in her future, and said she finds happiness in all avenues of her life. She hopes that upon graduating from college, she’ll take up a career in civil engineering, or perhaps become a scientist or a politician. Karthik has applied to Manhattan College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Oswego College, University of New Haven, Kettering University and the University of Maine, and plans to either attend Manhattan, Oswego or RIT, where he will pursue a career in electrical engineering. When asked what they love most about their high school, Sabrina spoke about a number of aspects that appealed strongly to her. She explained that Saunders is well known for its magnet programs, but many students do not realize how successful and helpful these programs truly are. “It allows students to see the different possibilities of what their futures might hold by choosing a number of the magnet programs,” she said. Karthik shared Sabrina’s sentiment, and said the magnets that Saunders have truly make it a unique school. “The magnet program teachers even take you a step further, and they push you to succeed,” he said. “The Robotics team just came back from the New York City regionals with an Inspirational Award.” The two leave their fellow classmates and friends with a few words of advice. Valedictorian Sabrina explained that she spent her time at Saunders by living by these words: “Life is too short to always be sensible.” She urges students to work hard, but most importantly, to have fun doing so and enjoy the time high school gives you, because “it goes by very fast.” Salutatorian Karthik added: “Don’t let anyone put you down and tell you what you can and cannot accomplish. No matter what anyone says, you should always try because you never know what may happen if you put forth the effort.” Congratulations to Sabrina and Karthik, and best of luck toward your futures! On This Continued from Page 3 May 27, 1882: The American branch of the Bicycle Touring Club made its first annual meet run from New York City to Yonkers. Thursday, May 28 May 28, 1893: Electric cars began running between Yonkers and Mount Vernon. May 28, 1928: Warburton Avenue artist Bertha Fanning Taylor held an exhibition of more than 40 of her oil and water color paintings, drawings and engravings at the Lyceum Club de France. According to the Paris edition of the Herald Tribune, she was “a perfect artist in each of these mediums.” Taylor had several other works on display in the Salon of the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts and the American Women’s Club. She remained in Paris for 15 years, then settled in Norfolk, Va. May 28, 1932: The City of Yonkers planted 350 trees at Trevor Park in honor of the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth. The spruce and pine trees were planted at the southern end of the park at the left of the roadway. Leonora Hobart, chairman of the treeplanting committee, announced, “Every tree planted throughout the United States this year is dedicated to George Washington.” May 28, 1958: Passenger service on the New York Putnam Railroad was discontinued. Friday, May 29 May 29, 1779: Sir Henry Clinton made the Manor House his headquarters; while there, he planned the attacks on Verplank and Stony Point. Saturday, May 30 May 30, 1872: Thomas Ludlow led the Al Del Bello Continued from Page 1 supporters, but family and friends. Al had already started his journey for lieutenant governor, visiting locations throughout the vast state that is New York. After all the introductions and speeches to excite the crowd, Del Bello got up to the podium and said something that made a lasting impression on me. I don’t remember the words exactly, but the concept was simple: No matter where in New York State he went, people always brought the conversation back to Yonkers. They knew him or his family in Yonkers and/ or had some connection to our fair city. I thought of that night on Friday when I learned that Al Del Bello passed away. The last time I saw Al was at our friend and Yonkers icon Marty Rochelle’s funeral several months ago, where he was one of the main speakers. In all the years I have known Al, I never saw him get as emotional as he did when talking about his friend Marty. Several of us commented that Al was starting to realize that nothing in life is forever. Walking into the funeral that rainy day, most of us had rain coats and umbrellas. When I saw Al, he had neither. I asked him where his overcoat was and told him I was going to tell his wife, Dee, that he was out in the rain uncovered. He told me Dee was inside holding his protection from the elements. I felt better. You have read about all of the great things Al did for Westchester County: Building the Westchester Medical Center, building a stateof-the-art burn center on its campus, uniting a fragmented bus system, and focusing county resources on the arts including the bridge gallery at the County Office Building, where artists would exhibit their work – curated by his beautiful wife, Dee. Del Bello became the mayor of Yonkers at a time when the feds were all over the city investigating municipal operations. Indictments were flying and Al came into office with a mandate to clean up the mess in City Hall. He did, and for the time he was mayor he stabilized the city’s finances. In Yonkers government, stabilizing city finances – sadly – to this day doesn’t happen very often. I got to know Al during his years as county executive, although I had met him earlier as a Cub Scout at a flag-raising ceremony at Yonkers City Hall. I was a college student at the time. He was an interesting individual – very independent; not the type of person you would go out with for drinks, but you always got the sense that his heart was in his work and you knew where he was coming from. I remember a county executive debate between Al and Sen. Joe Pisani at the Lincoln Park Jewish Center in Yonkers. I was with Al handing out campaign literature, and a call came in on the pay telephone from a longtime friend and confidant of the Del Bello’s who asked me if Al had his pipe in hand on the stage. I said yes. The friend went on to tell me that political debates were not his thing and smoking the pipe was calming for him. I remember a political confidant of Al opposition to the incorporation of Yonkers as a city with the presentation of a protest to New York State Gov. Hoffman. According to Ludlow, a majority of the people who lived outside the boundaries of the Village of Yonkers were opposed to the act. The property, about 16 square miles, was chiefly farmland with few buildings. They particularly resented this being done without consultation, stating this was “against the spirit of our institutions that any portion of the people of this state shall be subjected to an entire change in the form of their municipal government without some authorized expression of the will of the people to be affected thereby on that subject.” Those signing the petition with Ludlow were Richard Lawrence, H.M. Schefflen, John Taylor, Thomas Radford, Thomas Knowlton, B.T. Weeks, G.A. Rollins and J. Henry Williams. Others expressing their displeasure were the well-known names of Shonnard and Saunders, with the latter claiming the incorporation was a scheme of just three men and did not reflect the opinion of the majority of Yonkers people. May 30, 1922: The Washington Park War Memorial designed by Isadore Konti was officially dedicated to those Yonkers citizens who lost their lives in WW I. Sunday, May 31 May 31, 1870: St. John’s Riverside Hospital was incorporated. For more information on the Yonkers Historical Society, Sherwood House and upcoming events, visit www.facebook.com/YonkersHistoricalSociety, or LinkedIn or Twitter @YonkersHistoric. For information on membership in YHS, call 914-961-8940 or email [email protected] aol.com. who rose to high ranks in state government and was asked to buy paint to repair some outdoor political signs. The confidant bought indoor paint, not realizing that outdoor paint was what was needed. The man who asked the confidant to buy the paint was in shock – but it didn’t phase Al. Campaigning for Al for lieutenant governor in Little Italy at the San Gennaro feast, I remember handing out campaign literature and reminding the old timers, “Del Bello Italiano.” After Al left the lieutenant governor post due to boredom, several of us who worked on his campaign were invited to his new home in Waccabuc. For this kid from Yonkers, Waccabuc seemed like another planet, driving over downed branches to get to the house. I was chatting in a bedroom with a friend who had been Al’s secretary in Yonkers City Hall, who said she knew Al and Dee so well that she bet his shirts were perfectly folded and stacked in the dresser. As only this woman would do, she opened the dresser draw and sure enough, the shirts were perfectly stacked and folded – better than in a display at a department store. Several times when I saw Al in private practice as a lawyer representing developers in Yonkers, he “kvelled” at the task, often sharing his expansive knowledge of the city and its people. Several months ago he was at a public meeting representing developers who wanted to build a Target in Yonkers near Stew Leonards, and the crowd wanted no part of it. Al tried to diffuse the situation, talking about Yonkers’ past, but the folks in attendance – most of whom were not around when he was mayor or county executive – were not buying his stories. Welcome to Yonkers. His tenure as mayor was not perfect; some of the political decisions that were made to build more than 4,000 units of low-income housing on the West Side of town and only 200 units on the East Side of Yonkers were made on his watch. Housing was needed in Yonkers and he had to work with a City Council consisting of members that did not want low-income housing east of the Saw Mill River Parkway. A landmark housing and school desegregation case was brought, and as they say, the rest is history. Al’s accomplishments in Yonkers and Westchester far outweigh any negatives in his tenure. His strings were not pulled by political party leaders, and he had an independent streak that was appealing to the residents in a city of hills where nothing is ever on the level and a county that gained prestige during his tenure as the chief executive. Condolences to Al’s wife, Dee (former Yonkers Public Schools art teacher), and his son Damon, a prominent Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon. Alfred B. Del Bello. Yonkers city councilman and mayor. County executive and lieutenant governor. Friend. He, too, was Yonkers! Reach Eric Schoen at [email protected] aol.com and follow him on Twitter @ericyonkers. Catch the Westchester Rising Radio Show featuring Dan Murphy and Eric Schoen on Thursdays at 10 a.m. on WVOX 1460 on the A.M. dial. Friday, May 22, 2015 - Yonkers Rising - PAGE 9 Cross County Shopping Center Announces SummerFest Lineup From left are Councilman Christopher Johnson, CSEE co-founder Sobeida Cruz, Chelsea Freeman and Donise Lyons from Youth Theatre Interactions, and Ed Birdie. Cross County Shopping Center’s Summerfest will feature Fit Fest activities, below, and characters from children’s movies, above, all on the village green. With warmer temperatures on the horizon, Cross County Shopping Center has announced a new lineup of activities for its SummerFest celebration this year. Along with several outdoor events and promotions, the summer series will include two new elements: a Style Lounge featuring makeovers and beauty workshops, and Fit Fest, offering outdoor fitness classes that promise to get participants swim suit ready. Now in its fifth year, SummerFest is Westchester County’s premier summer festival of music, arts and entertainment. “We are always so excited when SummerFest comes around, but this year we’re thrilled to introduce our brand new Style Lounge and Fit Fest for our shoppers,” said Liz Pollack, senior manager of marketing for Cross County Shopping Center. “SummerFest is more than just concerts – there are a variety of events now that speak to many audiences. The Fit Fest really focuses on shoppers with an interest in wellness and healthy living, while the Style Lounge will appeal to shoppers who love to see and experiment with the latest fashion and style trends, from hair to clothes to nails and even fragrances.” This year, Cross County Shopping Center has added an extra month to SummerFest 2015 with activities beginning in May. The events are free to the public and draw tens of thousands of residents from Upper Manhattan and the Bronx to White Plains, and neighboring Westchester communities. Event attendees can enjoy the annual SummerFest Dining and Savings Guide with special offers from nearly 30 retailers and restaurants. The following events are scheduled this year for SummerFest 2015: * Style Lounge – Celebrate summer in style with Cross County Shopping Center’s Style Lounge, presented by Macy’s. Decked out with all things glamour in an outdoor tent, shoppers will be able to walk on the celebrity-style “pink carpet” and find professional stylists on-hand providing beauty makeovers and accessorizing tips, conducting mini fashion shows, demonstrating nail art and more. * Fit Fest – Get on The Green, stretch your muscles and get moving during Fit Fest at Cross County Shopping Center. In partnership with Blink Fitness, workout classes will be held on The Green in the center of the mall. Participants can boost their mood in 30 minutes with a full body workout News 12 anchor Lisa Reyes with CSEE students. led by a certified Blink Fitness trainer. Fit Fest will take place Saturdays, May 30 and June 6, from 9 to 11 a.m. Participants must be at least 16 years of age to join the boost camp classes. * Concert Series – Get ready for the summer’s best outdoor concerts at Cross County Shopping Center. With a range of all music genres, a series of live performances throughout the summer will include: The Milagro-Santana Tribute Band on Thursday, July 2 from 7 to 10 p.m.; The Benjamins on Wednesday, July 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.; Amish Outlaws on Wednesday, July 15 from 7 to 9 p.m.; The Nerds on Saturday, July 18 from 4 to 6 p.m.; NYC Swing Band on Wednesday, July 22 from 7 to 9 p.m.; Jill Gioia on Wednesday, July 29 from 7 to 9 p.m.; FDR Drive on Wednesday, Aug. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m.; And British Invasion on Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. Shoppers can bring their beach chairs and blankets to The Green, in the center of the mall, to enjoy these free performances. * Fireworks – The July 2 concert by MilagroSantana Tribute includes a fireworks display to celebrate Independence Day. Each year, thousands of local residents and visitors enjoy the fireworks that amaze both children and adults. * Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival – On Saturday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., throughout the mall, the community can see amazing works of art created in chalk by both professional and amateur artists. * Children’s Activities – Throughout the summer, a series of kid-friendly shows will take place at the center of the mall on The Green, on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. The shows include “Jake and Neverland Pirates” on May 20, “Super Heroes” on June 10, and “Friends from Sesame Street” on June 17. A special “Pop Star Show” will take place Saturday, July 18 from 1 to 2 p.m. For more information about SummerFest 2015 at Cross County Shopping Center, visit www.crosscountycenter.com or follow the center on Facebook at Facebook.com/crosscountyshoppingcenter. CSEE students get a chance to try out a fire hose with Yonkers firefighters. Photos by Donna Davis Yonkers Charter Continued from Page 1 interact with police officers and their canine partner dogs; and a visit from the Yonkers Fire Department, in which students were able to test out the fire hose and see how strong you have to be to control it and save lives. Also, a visit from U.S. Army representatives who drove up to the school in an Army jeep, which students got a chance to hop into and explore, was featured. Yonkers Rising Editor Dan Murphy always makes a deal with the CSEE students on Career Day: “If you listen to your teachers and Principal Cindy Lopez, and study hard, I will take a picture with you and put it on the front page.” Stewart-Cousins Discusses Public Service With Students State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins reads to Yonkers students. There were so many classes to read to during Read Aloud Day in March at Paideia School 15 in Yonkers that State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins returned last week at the students’ request to visit a class she had missed. Stewart-Cousins, who is also the Democratic leader in the New York State Senate, read “Wolf!” by Becky Bloom to the first-grade students and discussed some of her responsibilities as an elected official and representative in Albany. “I always enjoy visiting schools in my district,” said the senator, who represents the 35th State Senate District. “These children are the future of New York State and we have a responsibility to ensure they receive the high-quality education they deserve. As a former teacher, I understand the struggles our state’s educators and students face each and every day, and that is why I will keep up the fight to fund and improve education.” As a former teacher who attended public school, sent her children to public schools and whose grandchildren attend public schools, Stewart-Cousins understands the vitally important role public schools play in educating New York State children. The recent visit is the latest one made to a local school as part of the senator’s continuing commitment to education. Last week, Stewart-Cousins was at the Albert Leonard Middle School in New Rochelle and spoke to students as part of their Career Day event. She also attended a citizenship and scholarship award ceremony by the Yonkers Council of Parent-Teacher Associations. Last month, she spoke at a school district and parent forum in New Rochelle, attended a Scarsdale discussion on the new teacher evaluations, and spoke to students at Yonkers Middle-High School. She also toured White Plains High School, stopping in several classrooms to observe and greet students. Also in April, the senator supported the Woodlands Falcons Nest Booster Club and middle and high school PTSAs at their Taste Off to help raise money for sports programs in Greenburgh. In February, she was a guest speaker in two classes at Lincoln High School during Black History Month. PAGE 10 - Yonkers RISING - Friday, May 22, 2015 School 23 Students Donate to Nepal Earthquake Victims Marie Martin’s fifth-grade class collected more than $100 for the Nepal/UNICEF fundraising effort. Staff and students at School 23 in Yonkers were driven to assist victims of an earthquake of 7.8 magnitude that struck Nepal on April 25, killing more than 7,000 people and injur- ing many more, with a school-wide initiative to raise funds for children in need with 100 percent of donations going directly to UNICEF. The initiative, titled “Nepal Earthquake: Help Children Now,” was quickly placed in motion as nearly 1 million children require humanitarian assistance. Pre-kindergarten to eighth-grade students rallied together to all donate $1 to the mission. School 23 proudly raised nearly $700 and mailed a check to UNICEF on Friday, May 15. Yonkers Lawmakers Tell Albany: Our Kids Matter State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins with YFT President Pat Puleo and City Council members Mike Breen, Dennis Shepherd and Michael Sabatino at a rally for education funding in Albany. CSEA President Lionel Turner at the rally outside City Hall. Mayor Mike Spano with City Council members Sabatino, Christopher Johnson and Corazon Pineda, as well as parents, students and staff in Albany. Council Minority Leader Michael Sabatino speaks at the recent rally outside of City Hall. By Dan Murphy The City of Yonkers and its elected leaders, parents, teachers and staff, have created a movement aimed at – once and for all – ending the education funding problem in Albany that has plagued the school system for decades. It is called “Yonkers Kids Matter,” and its Twitter ac- count is #YonkersKidsMatter. This week, rallies were held in Albany, on the steps of Yonkers City Hall, and at the recent Board of Education meeting where trustees were forced to make significant cuts to a school system that serves 27,000 students – but has already been cut to the bone. Yonkers Public Schools needs an additional $26 million for the 2015-16 school year in order to maintain its current level of educational services, which does not include complete sports, arts and music programs, or enough librarians, guidance counselors and psychologists for every school. There is no news yet of any decision or additional funding from Albany. The City Council will begin its budget reviews, which include a budget public hearing Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, where residents and educators can speak out.
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