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Vol 50 Number 19
Hastings H.S. Advances to
State Envirothon Contest
Members of the Hastings High School team include, from left, Ariadne Bazigos,
Clara Weinstein, Veronica Erdman, Miranda Mitchell and Alexandra Bazigos.
For the second year in a row, Hastings High
School has been recognized as Westchester’s
highest scoring team in the Hudson Valley Regional Envirothon.
Of the 23 teams participating from high
schools around the region, Hastings ranked fourth
in the 2013 competition April 26 at the Sharpe
Reservation in Fishkill. Two different teams from
The Mount Academy in Ulster County placed first
and second; Hudson High School in Columbia
County placed third.
In May, the highest scoring team from each
county will compete in the New York State Envirothon at Morrisville State College.
The Westchester County Department of
Planning and the county’s Soil and Water Conservation District co-sponsored the Hudson Valley regional competition, and will co-sponsor
Hastings High School’s participation in the state
“Congratulations to the team from Hastings
High School, whose members advance to represent the county in the state finals,” said County
Executive Robert Astorino. “I am proud of its
achievement, as well as the excellent effort of all
our Westchester teams.”
Seven teams from six Westchester schools
participated, including Walter Panas at Lakeland School District in Cortlandt, John Jay High
School at Katonah-Lewisboro School District in
Cross River, Hastings High School in the Village
of Hastings-on-Hudson, Ossining High School
in the Village/Town of Ossining, Yorktown High
School in the Town of Yorktown, and the Tech
Center High School at Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES in Yorktown Heights (two teams).
The primary goal of the Envirothon is to encourage students to learn about the natural environment and to become good stewards of the land.
The teams, each made up of five students, are
tested on their knowledge of five environmental
topics, including soils, aquatics, forestry, wildlife
and current environmental issues. In preparation
for the events, students develop research skills,
practice team building and gain an appreciation
for consensus decision making.
The Hastings High School team was led by
teacher Melissa Shandroff.
New Rochelle Family Honored
For its Service to Community
From left are Marc Utay, chair of UJA-Federation’s Volunteer and Leadership Development
Division; Sophia, Darren, Emma and Jayne Peister; and Judy Uman, Bronx Jewish
Community Council’s director of social services.
In celebration of National Volunteer Week,
UJA-Federation of New York recognized the Peister Family of New Rochelle for outstanding volunteer work with its beneficiary agency, the Bronx
Jewish Community Council, which provides enhanced quality of life to the residents of the Bronx
- particularly older adults - by offering services,
support and coordination of community resources.
Darren and Jayne Peister and their two
daughters, Emma, 16, and Sophia, 13, have become friendly visitors with a homebound Holocaust survivor, brightening her day with commit-
ted and ongoing visits.
Thirty-four outstanding volunteers were
chosen from nominations by staff of UJA-Federation’s network of agencies.
“This group of honorees represents thousands
of hours of service and many more lives touched,
and your accomplishments have not gone unnoticed,” said Marc Utay, chair of UJA-Federation’s
Volunteer and Leadership Development Division,
addressing the volunteers.
For more information, visit www.ujafedny.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Mariano Rivera Fundraiser
Aids Children Family Services
Yankee great Mariano Rivera with Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Yonkers PAL Kids.
New York Yankee great Mariano Rivera
tapped into the thousands of Westchester Yankee
fans last week, when the Old Stone Mill hosted
“An Evening With Mariano Rivera” fundraiser to help raise funds for the Refuge of Hope
Church in New Rochelle. Rivera and the church
raise money through the Mariano Rivera Foundation to help children and families with health
and education needs, both in New Rochelle and
in Rivera’s native Panama.
Rivera was gracious and worked the packed
dining rooms at the Old Stone Mill to take pictures with everyone who came out to support the
cause. Former Yankee Roy White also attended
to support Mariano’s charity.
Yankee fans who attended enjoyed meeting
Rivera and donating to a great cause. Six kids
from the Yonkers Police Athletic League were
given tickets to meet Mariano. Yonkers Mayor
Mike Spano and County Executive Rob Astorino were among those who attended.
Residents Encouraged to
‘Walk for Wounded Veterans’
“Walk for Wounded Veterans.” Due to
Superstorm Sandy, the event was postponed from Veteran’s Day in early November, and has been rescheduled for
Saturday, May 18 in honor of Armed
Forces Day.
The event draws people from
around the Westchester County and
Hudson Valley region to pay tribute
to military veterans, to increase public
awareness and to educate the public on
the ways in which service dogs help
disabled veterans live their lives with
greater independence. It also helps The
Tower of Hope raise the much-needed
funds for these expertly-trained service
dogs that help wounded and disabled
veterans like Pat Horan, who was injured in Iraq In 2007.
This year, they announced that
they will again host their annual Walk
for Wounded Veterans at Tibbetts
Brook Park, at Midland and Teresa
Avenues in Yonkers. The event will
include several dignitaries and political figures.
As in the previous years, a large
Area residents will have an opportunity May 18 to help
raise funds for veterans like Pat Horan.
turnout is expected and organizers are
asking walkers to pre-register at The
For the past two years, in honor of Veteran’s
Day, ShopRite Supermarkets and The Tower of Tower of Hope website, www.thetowerofhope.
Hope has hosted the annual Westchester County
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103 Years Young
And Still Giving Back
what’s inside
Playland Opens
Seniors & Health Care
Eastchester Honors
Record Runner
Arbor Day in Westchester
Hidden Heroes
Paramount Theater
to Reopen
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St. Joseph’s Medical Center volunteer Lena Trippardellal, celebrates 38 years of volunteering, and her 103rd birthday. Photo by Greg Baldwin.
By Dan Murphy
Saint Joseph’s Medical Center held a volunteer recognition day April 24 to thank its
long-serving volunteers for making a difference
in the lives of others. Medical center President
and CEO Michael Spicer and Coordinator of
Volunteers Arlene Penn thanked the volunteers
for having the dedication and compassion to
give back.
Twenty-five volunteers were honored for
giving their time at St. Josephs for more than
10 years. Topping the list in volunteer years was
Maria Ganzi, who has volunteered 43 years and
2,201 hours, touching the lives of thousands of
patients. Ganzi, who was also recently named by
Mayor Mike Spano as one of his five outstanding Yonkers volunteers, will be featured in next
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Playland Opens May 11
Get ready to zoom, spin, splash, swing
and soar your way through acres of amusement park rides from the cooling log flume
to the famous Dragon Coaster - and all your
other favorites - as Playland Amusement Park
in Rye hosts its opening day Saturday, May 11.
The fun gets underway with a parade and
entertainment beginning at 11 a.m., and rides
opening at noon.
Special opening day admission is $15,
which is good for unlimited rides until the
park closes at 7 p.m. Admissions go on sale
at 10:30 a.m.
The opening celebration begins with
strolling entertainment at the Fountain Plaza at
11 a.m., followed by the traditional parade
with the Port Chester High School Marching
Band accompanied by local dignitaries, staff
and Playland’s mascot, Coaster the Dragon.
Grab a seat in front of the Music Tower
Theater stage to hear the band Reunion perform hit sounds from the ‘50s,’60s and ‘70s,
at 1, 3 and 5 p.m.
Unique, science-based entertainment will
leave children and their families laughing and
mesmerized at “Mad about Science,” the fea-
tured act in Kiddyland for two shows at 4:30
and 5:30 p.m. Playland’s Kiddyland DJ will
also entertain with the “Play it DJ” show, with
four performances at 1, 3, 5 and 6 p.m. Kids
will move, groove and be smooth as our DJ
plays their favorite dance tunes.
Admission is $15 on weekends (May 11
and 12, 18 and 19) for unlimited rides; and $30
for unlimited rides or $20 for “junior” tickets
(under 48 inches) starting Friday, May 24.
Westchester residents with acceptable proof of
residency are eligible for a $5 discount.
Spectator admission is free for Westchester residents and $10 for non-residents.
Season Passes are available for $95 for
unlimited rides all season, with a $15 discount
for Westchester residents; or $35 for spectator
admission all season, for non-residents.
Parking is $5 weekdays, $7 weekends and
$10 on holidays.
Playland’s pre-season schedule is noon to
7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until Memorial
Day weekend, after which the spring schedule
begins. For the season schedule, go to www. or call the park at 914-8137000.
View your favorite paper online!
Mixed Media Exhibit in Scarsdale
Peacock Paparazzi by Miriam Schulman.
Scarsdale Art and Frame will present the
mixed media art of Miriam Schulman for the
month of May in a solo extravaganza with oodles
of art and accessories in all sizes for mom, for
your home or just because.
This theme features her signature peacocks
on mugs, handbags, hand-embellished T-shirts
and jewelry, as well as original art. In addition,
Schulman explores collage to its fullest potential
in her tree and floral works, which are both whimsical and lyrical.
Music lovers also adore the incorporation of
sheet music in Schulman’s collages.
In addition, there are affordable fine art prints
of her original art and a selected works of Scars-
dale landscapes in watercolor.
Schulman is best known locally for her watercolor portraits and teaches watercolor at the
Scarsdale Adult School, in her studio and also online classes at This is her
third solo exhibit with Scarsdale Art and Frame.
She is also a published and gallery-represented artist with collectors all over the world.
Scarsdale Art and Frame is located at 46
Christie Place; hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 914-725-1066.
For more about Miriam Schulman, call 917750-5664 or go to www.miriamschulmanstudio.
Family Continues to Raise Funds
For Children’s Org. with Tag Sale
Michelle Daum, left, visits Save the Children programming in Ethiopia.
From used tires to a backyard ice rink, one
local family has been selling one tag sale item
at a time since 2000 to change children’s lives
around the world. The Daum family of Larchmont is set to put on its annual community tag
sale for Save the Children on Saturday, May
11, and over the years has raised more than
$125,000 for the global relief and development
“We are incredibly grateful to the Daum
family’s commitment over the years to making the world a better place for children,” said
Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the
Children. “They have come up with the perfect
combination. Tag sale lovers can get a good find
and do good at the same time.”
According to Michelle Daum, it all began
15 years ago when her daughter Carly, then 13
years old, donated all the gifts she received for
her bat mitzvah (about $15,000 worth) to Save
the Children – and then the family took a trip
to see Carly’s donation at work. So moved by
what they experienced, watching little children
from remote coal-mining communities deep in
Appalachia benefitting from Save the Children’s
education programs, the family decided it wanted to do more.
And it did.
The following year, the Daums organized
the first of many community tag sales in their
hometown, raising $3,000, which they family
donated to Save the Children. Growing steadily
over the years, the Daums’ annual tag sale has
become a huge event, and the family was able
to donate $17,000 after last year’s sale to help
change children’s lives.
“Without all the generously-donated goods
from neighbors and members of the community,
we wouldn’t have a sale,” said Michelle. “It’s an
amazing community effort. I feel moved by it.”
Over the past 15 years, the family has had
the opportunity to work with the staff at Save the
Children, both at the Westport Offices and in the
field, as far away as Ethiopia and Vietnam.
“The programs we have seen in the field
have been deeply inspiring. They reach the children in need with the provision of basic tools,
such as a loan of $150 to a mother to begin a
weaving business so that she can support her
children,” said Michelle. “We have observed the
work of community health workers who have
been taught to assess the health of newborns
and alert medical staff when a baby or child
is in critical need of care. The Save the Children staff in the field and the families who are
reached by Save the Children welcomed us into
their communities and homes. Save the Children
continually devises new, thoughtful, smart and
simple solutions that greatly benefit the lives of
children everywhere.”
Proceeds from this year’s tag sale, which
will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 11 at 54
Beach Ave., Larchmont, will be donated to Save
the Children’s emergency relief programming in
the U.S.
“Each year, Save the Children allows us
the opportunity to choose which programs will
receive the tag sale funds,” said Michelle. “In
years past, we have designated both domestic
and international programs, including Appalachia, Katrina recovery, micro-finance in Latin
America, and most recently, Every Beat Matters, an international program to lower maternal
and infant mortality. This year, due to the overwhelming events so close to home, and the immediate support from Save the Children in both
Newtown, Conn., and during Hurricane Sandy,
we have chosen to designate the tag sale funds
for domestic emergency relief.”
Very appreciative of the fund designation
for this year’s tag sale, Carolyn Miles said the
proceeds will go toward critical Save the Children programming.
“As we saw this past year with Superstorm
Sandy and the tragedy in Newtown, children are
especially vulnerable during times of crisis. The
funds raised from this year’s tag sale will help us
work with communities, schools and parents to
respond quickly and immediately to children’s
specific needs during future emergencies,” she
For more information, email Michelle
Daum at [email protected] or go to www., where visitors can help contribute donations to the Daum
Family Tag Sale and Save the Children.
Record Runner Honored by Eastchester Town Board
From left, Bronxville Trustee Guy Longobardo, Eastchester Town Councilmen Glenn Bellitto and Luigi Marcoccia, Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin, track champ Mary Cain,
Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita and Town Councilmen Joe Dooley and Fred Salanitro.
Supervisor Anthony Colavita and the
Eastchester Town Board recognized the accomplishments of Bronxville resident Mary
Cain at the April 2 Town Board meeting at the
Bronxville Public Library.
Cain is the 2013 USA Track and Filed indoor mile champion; she was the 2012 Junior
1,500-meter champion and the 2011 runnerup. She holds various junior and high school
records in the 1,500-meter race, 3,000-meter
Scarsdale Women’s Club
Holding Gardening Event
The Scarsdale Woman’s Club will hold a
Garden Section Spring Event called “Beatrix Ferrand Rediscovered,” on Wednesday, May 15 at 2
p.m. at 37 Drake Road.
Popular garden lecturer Colleen Plimpton
will present her one-woman dramatic and entertaining show titled, in full costume. Beatrix
Ferrand (1872-1959) was America’s first female
landscape architect and a founding member of the
American Society of Landscape Architects.
Many of her gardens, such as Bellefield in
Hyde Park, Hill-Stead in Farmington, Conn., and
Garland Farm in Bar Harbor, Maine, have been
restored. She designed for the Rockefellers, J.
Pierpont Morgan, the Wilson White House, Yale
and Princeton campuses, Dunbarton Oaks, in
Washington, D.C., and portions of The Mount in
Lenox, Mass., as well as Tuxedo Park.
Ferrand, the niece of Edith Wharton, was a
pioneer in her work and remains an enduring inspiration to women everywhere.
Colleen Plimpton is a noted garden writer,
lecturer, coach and educator. She lectures widely
and is a columnist for Hearst CT Media Group.
Her memoir, “Mentors in the Garden Life,” was a
finalist for the 2011 Connecticut Book of the Year.
A formal Tea will follow the event with a
raffle drawing of basket arrangements.
She is currently training with former
Olympic athlete Alberto Salazar.
Cain is a junior at Bronxville High School
with a 4.0 grade-point average.
and 2-mile races.
In 2013, Cain demolished the record
books by setting six indoor records in three
races, and last summer, she earned a spot to
compete in the Olympic trials.
Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor:
There will be a townwide meeting Wednesday, May 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Eastchester
New York State Sen. George Latimer and
state Assemblywoman Amy Paulin will be
there to discuss their proposed bills to change
the Eastchester Fire District election date from
December to the general election in November.
Local civic associations, Eastchester Fire Board
and the League of Women Voters have long supported this amendment.
By holding the EFD election with the general election in November, we will have more
polling places and absentee ballots available.
The November election date provides voting
hours that can accommodate the working public.
Pairing the EFD and general elections will
save taxpayers more than $40,000 a year. The
cost of running a separate EFD election is especially wasteful because many EFD elections
have been uncontested.
Our elected state legislators have sponsored bills to support this change. Please let
them know your views. To help register public
support I have set up an online petition with Signatures on this petition are
forwarded to both Sen. Latimer and Assemblywoman Paulin.
Please join your friends and neighbors who
have signed, at or you can Google search
“Eastchester Fire District Election”
and the petition will be the first item.
Mary Neagle Smith
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Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor:
My name is Anya Orsic and I am a sixthgrade student at HC Crittenden. According to
the Labor Education Project, about 215 million children 5 to 7 years old are child laborers. They work in terrible conditions which
are hazardous, exploiting and illegal. I believe
we should try to stop child labor, saving many
children from this terrible life. In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 26th rule
clearly states that you have the right to go to
school and receive an education. Child laborers usually do not go to school or get an education.
According to the Child Labor Public Education Project, child labor prevents education,
involves abuse, violates a nation’s minimum
wage law, and includes commercial sexual
exploitation and illicit activities. Child labor
is found in most countries, with 53 percent of
child labor occurring in the Pacific Ocean and
Asia, 30 percent in Sub-Saharan Africa, and 7
percent in Latin America. Carpets are made in
Pakistan, India and Egypt by child laborers.
According to Raymond Miller, child laborers are not allowed to play with friends or
leave the loom even to go to the bathroom.
Some child laborers only earn $9 to $12 a
month, and some are regularly beaten, not paid
anything, and are barely fed.
Some child laborers work 16 hours every
Most people are willing to pay more if the
item is made without exploiting child laborers.
When people become more aware of child labor, changes occur. Some ways to stop child
labor are writing, contacting members of Congress, and educating people who do not know
about child labor.
Children being exploited as child laborers
need our help. We should stop child labor.
Anya Orsic
Dear Editor:
Does anyone remember the beautiful 8-footdeep family swimming pool in Tibbetts Brook
Probably not, because it was reconstructed
and made into a water park with 4 feet deep
swimming areas.
Now, according to a lengthy article Friday,
April 12 in Yonkers Rising, the only local newspaper that really gives Yonkers a good “heads
up,” the Westchester County Board of Legislators can’t wait to begin construction (after two
years of dillydallying) on, get this, another water
park in Yonkers – just what the City of Yonkers
does not need.
If you’re depending on elected officials to
do the right thing, consideration must be given
to reconstructing the only 8-foot-deep family
swimming pool that is available to the City of
Yonkers residents.
If in 2011 the Board of Legislators unanimously added $8.8 million to the capital budget
in order to reconstruct the Sprain Brook Park
facility, did it ever stop to think that the only
other nearby 8-foot-deep family swimming pool
is Saxon Woods – granted a beautiful pool and
facility, however, not located in Yonkers but in
Mamaroneck, and not easily accessible by bus
for most residents in Yonkers.
The Board of Legislators should stop dragging its feet and accept the fact that it is off base
in contemplating giving Yonkers another water
park. Maybe this is a reason the Astorino Administration officials are not going along with
the water park fiasco.
Perhaps another meeting should be called
to acknowledge that reconstructing what we
already have would be better than what was
proposed; admit a mistake was made and move
along. Money-wise, finances would be saved by
pursuing this endorsement strategy.
If would be nice if people agreeing with the
comments above would also speak up and be
Joan Garrity
Food Rescue Initiative
Kicks Off in Westchester
More than 40 local school officials were
joined by volunteers from non-profit organizations at a food rescue forum held last week at
The Food Bank for Westchester in Elmsford.
During his recent State of the County Address, County Executive Rob Astorino said
the food rescue initiative is designed to reduce
food waste and hunger by recovering leftover
food from schools, colleges, hospitals, hotels
and restaurants, and then redistributing the untouched, fresh or packaged food to local houses
of worship, food pantries and soup kitchens to
feed the hungry.
“No one in this county should ever go hungry,” said Astorino. “Our local food pantries,
soup kitchens and houses of worship do a great
job fighting hunger but they could always use
more food supply. Recovering and redirecting
fresh and untouched food that otherwise would
have been thrown in the garbage is a smart way
to bolster that food supply.”
Also speaking at the forum was Syd Mandelbaum, CEO and founder of the Long Islandbased non-profit “Rock and Wrap it Up!” The
organization has saved more than 1 billion
meals from being tossed away as garbage.
Any school officials interested in having
“Rock and Wrap it Up!” work with them to facilitate the recovery of leftover food can go to or call 1-877-691FOOD.
The second part of the initiative seeks to
compost touched or spoiled food. In late May,
a food waste composter will be installed at the
Household Material Recovery Facility in Valhalla. The composted food waste will then be
used to fertilize five local gardens run by The
Food Bank for Westchester.
Sports Hall Of Fame
Nominations Sought
Nominations of candidates for this year’s
Westchester Sports Hall of Fame are now being accepted, to honor outstanding professional
and amateur sportsmen and sportswomen, living or deceased, who have gained prominence
in their fields and who have made substantial
contributions to sports in Westchester County.
A prospective candidate should be a person of integrity and good character who has
gained prominence in either professional or
amateur sports as a player, coach, manager,
official, owner, writer or broadcaster. Since its
establishment in 1968, the organization has inducted more than 200 individuals into its prestigious membership ranks.
Nominees are reviewed by a committee
that selects those who best meet or exceed the
criteria of the Hall of Fame. Induction will take
place this fall, when each member will be presented with a trophy and have his or her name
inscribed on a plaque in the Sports Hall of
Fame gallery at the Westchester County Center
in White Plains.
All nominations must be received by Friday, May 31. A nomination form is available at Completed forms must
be mailed to Westchester Sports Hall of Fame,
c/o Kevin Cook, 450 Saw Mill River Road, Ardsley, NY 10502.
The Sports Hall of Fame is sponsored by
Westchester County Parks. For more information, call 914-231-4564.
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From the Mayor and Town Hall
Last week I attended
ing hours and flag men will
Westchester County Execube on site.
tive Rob Astorino’s State of
Two professional authors will be speaking at the
the County Address, where
Harrison Public Library this
he outlined his accomplishmonth. Journalist Caitlin
ments and pledged to conKelly, author of “Malled:
tinue protecting taxpayers,
My Unintentional Career
by not increasing next year’s
in Retail,” will describe
taxes while simultaneously
her experience working
preserving essential servicpart-time as a retail clerk
es. In addition, he renewed
at The North Face in White
his commitment to creating
Plains, on Wednesday, May
jobs and investing in our
15 at 7 p.m. Author Mara
infrastructure. The county
di Sandro De Matteo will
executive also discussed the
read from her newest novel,
current status of the West“The Summer of the Spanchester’s housing settlement
ish Writer,” on Monday,
case with HUD, and vowed
May 20 at 7 p.m. And forto defend local interests as
Mayor Ron Belmont
mer Harrison resident Gene
issues continue to develop.
In closing, local members of the nation’s Westmoreland will discuss his new book, “A
armed services were recognized and it was not- Game for Life: Golf’s Rules and Rewards,” on
ed that, fortunately, no Westchester residents Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m.
For further details about these events, see
were lost in combat last year.
New York State Department of Trans- the library’s event calendar at www.harrisonpl.
portation recently alerted the Town of Har- org/calendar.php.
I would like to bring your attention to
rison that it will be performing work on two
area bridges this summer: Ridge Street over, located at 240 Halstead Ave.,
I-287 in Rye (completion date is Sept. 4) and Harrison. This franchise, owned by Pat Lagathe Weaver Street (Rt. 125) bridge over I-95 in na, specializes in cell phone repairs (all carriers), computer repairs, game console repairs,
Mamaroneck (completion date is Aug.8).
As the work commences, please proceed iPhone and iPod repairs, and Microsoft Zune
repairs. If you are in need of personalized soluthrough these areas with caution.
In a related matter, the town has initi- tions to your technical needs, I encourage you
ated the West Street Roadway realignment to give Pat a call at 914-341-1616.
On Friday, May 10, I will be at Sofia’s
and drainage improvement project on West
Street, which should take no more than four to Restaurant, 212 Harrison Ave., Downtown
six weeks. It may be advisable to avoid West Harrison, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and I look
Street while work is being performed, as the forward to meeting with residents and talking
road may be reduced to one lane during work- about issues facing our community.
Serving Our Country
Marine Corps Pfc. Andrew Samuelson, a
2004 graduate of Mamaroneck High School;
and Marine Corps Pvt. Robert Autera, son of
Laura Autera of Mamaroneck, earned the title
of United States Marine after graduating from
recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot,
Parris Island, S. C.
For 13 weeks, the two stayed committed
during some of the world’s most demanding
entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with
pride, discipline and the core values of honor,
courage and commitment. Training subjects
included close-order drill, marksmanship with
an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts,
swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.
One week prior to graduation, Samuelson
and Autera endured the Crucible, a 54-hour final
test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps
emblem and called Marines for the first time.
Myers to Leave Board of
Legislators at End of Term
Legislator Judy Myers,
tect access to reproductive
health clinics in WestchesD-Larchmont, announced
ter County, gave six years
last week that she will be
of service on the county’s
leaving the Westchester
Board of Health and made
County Board of Legislasure the Board of Legislators at the conclusion of the
tors and the Department of
present term, this December.
Health worked together on
Myers’ announcement
public health initiative; and
was made at special news
served on the Westchester
conference held on the
Medical Center Financial
steps of Mamaroneck Town
Review Committee as a legCenter, where she was surislative representative, on
rounded by family memthe ArtsWestchester Board
bers, friends, fellow elected
of Directors, and on the
officials and community
Citizens’ Committee in the
review of the proposals to
“Eight and a half years
re-invent Playland.
ago I stood on these very
She was also chair of
steps in a pouring cold rain
the BOL Family Services
to announce that I was enCounty Legislator Judy Myers
Committee in 2006-07 and
tering a special election to
replace George Latimer as the county legislator was a successful advocate for a county-wide
for the Seventh District,” she said. “I went on to child care scholarship program later discontinued
win four terms, sometimes easily and sometimes by County Executive Rob Astorino; and chair of
not. But today I stand here to say that I believe in the Budget and Appropriations Committee since
term limits. I voted for eight-year term limits on 2012, tasked with the oversight of county spendthe County Board of Legislators, and although it ing
“I want to congratulate my colleague and
ended up at 12 years, I am ‘term-limiting’ myself
out at the end of this year and will not seek re- friend, Legislator Myers, on this important career
decision and thank her for her invaluable service
election to this office in November.
Among Myers’ many BOL accomplishments to Westchester County,” said BOL Chair Ken Jenkins, D-Yonkers. “With eight months still left on
since taking office in March 2005 are
legislation that mandates calorie counts in the legislative calendar, there is still a lot of work
to be done, and I’m sure Judy will keep her sleeves
fast food establishments in Westchester
County, compliance with the mandated nitro- rolled up and continue with her great work here on
gen removal in the Long Island Sound, and help the Board.”
Myers’ departure creates an open seat in the
securing federal funding to lessen the burden on
Sound Shore taxpayers while resuscitating the Seventh District, representing Mamaroneck, Rye,
waters of the Sound and keeping the county from Larchmont, parts of New Rochelle and parts of
Harrison. The district has been a Democratic-held
undue penalties.
She also participation on the county’s Flood seat for some time, with Myers serving for eight
Action Task Force, which secured $4.5 million years and fellow Democrat George Latimer (now
for area flood control projects in Rye and Mama- a state senator) representing the district for 13
roneck; and assisted in developing and ensuring years prior to Myers.
We will highlight all 17 of the County Board
approval of a lease for the Westchester Children’s
Museum to occupy the recently renovated north seats that are up for election this year, and focus
on the several competitive races, in the months to
bathhouse at Playland.
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From left are Passage to Excellence Corporation Chairman Frank Williams, Deputy
WestchesterCounty Executive Kevin Plunkett, Board of Health President Steven Nakashima,
United Way CEO and President Dr. Naomi Adler, Bethel Baptist Church’s the Rev. Dr. Edward
Williamson, Deputy Commissioner of Environmental Health Rick Morrissey.
The Rev. Dr. Edward O. Williamson of Bethel
Baptist Church and Parishioner Gilda Strudwick of the “Be Fit” program.
As a parishioner of Bethel Baptist
Church, Gilda Strudwick has always looked
to her congregation for spiritual sustenance.
Now, thanks to a healthy cooking program
held weekly at the church through its “Be Fit”
program, she has learned how to nourish herself and her family there, too.
“I have lost 15 pounds and I feel great,”
she said. “The best part is that I am not on a
diet. The ‘Be Fit’ program has simply taught
me how to eat better and that eating healthy
doesn’t mean I have to sacrifice taste. I have
become more conscious about the foods that
I buy and how I prepare them for myself and
my family. The meal planning begins while I
am looking at the weekly supermarket advertisements and I am careful to stay away from
excess fats, sugars and salts.”
Strudwick joined Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett and Board of Health President R. Steven Nakashima last week as the
board awarded the 2013 Distinguished Public
Health Service Award to the Passage to Excellence Corporation for its “Be Fit” program at
Bethel Baptist Church in White Plains.
“On behalf of the county executive, I
thank you for the important work that you are
doing to promote healthy living among parishioners at Bethel Baptist Church and the community at large,” said Plunkett. “The ‘Be Fit’
program model is ideal because it brings the
tools for success into both home and church.
We are grateful for your efforts and all that the
program has achieved.”
The Passage to Excellence “Be Fit” program at Bethel Baptist Church was selected as
this year’s recipient for its grassroots origin
and multifaceted programs that educate county residents about healthy living. Launched in
2011, the program has made significant strides
in a short period of time.
Accomplishments include a weekly Culinary Arts Nutrition and Cooking program
led by a Weight Watchers consultant at Bethel
Baptist. The program has helped more than
40 participants learn how to eat, cook and
shop healthy. In addition, a Fitness and Exercise program meets one day each week at the
church and three additional days each week at
the Thomas Slater Center. Participants’ weight
loss has ranged from 9 to 56 pounds.
Also, a Community Garden has been created in a vacant lot of the church which harvests collard, mustard and turnip greens, hot
and green peppers, lettuce, eggplant, green
beans and more. More than 200 participants
tend to the garden and range from youth in
after-school and summer camp programs, to
students at Berkeley College and church members.
The Better Health Cable Television Show
is produced at White Plains Cablevision and
features various experts on topics like diabetes, heart disease, exercise, HIV and AIDS,
and cancer. Two shows are produced each
month and are aired throughout White Plains
and Greenburgh.
Reverend Dr. Edward Williamson of
Bethel Baptist Church accepted the award on
behalf of the program. He was joined by Frank
Williams, Passage to Excellence Corporation
chairman, and Naomi Adler, CEO and president of the United Way of Westchester and
Putnam Counties, which funds the “Be Fit”
program through a grant award.
“I am happy to accept this award on behalf
of Bethel Baptist Church and the members of
the surrounding community,” said Williamson. “It is our goal to be a beacon of hope to
individuals, families, the community and the
world. Our support and promotion of healthy
diet and lifestyle choices will foster the quality of life of those we serve. It is our desire to
promote health of body, mind and soul.”
Noting that this award is presented to
recognize Public Health Week, Deputy Commissioner of Environmental Health Rick Morrissey, on behalf of Westchester County Health
Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler, took a moment to recognize those who have dedicated
their careers to improving public health and
emphasized the important role that public
health plays in the lives of Westchester’s residents.
“Public Health professionals provide a
wide variety of services to preserve, protect
and promote the health of all county residents,” he said. “Public health staffers monitor
and ensure the safety of the food we eat, the
air we breathe and the water we drink ... They
also play a crucial role in helping residents and
businesses return to their routine after a disaster, such as the disruption we all experienced
due to Hurricane Sandy. ”
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By Chef Alan Zox
Mario Batali became a household name on
the Food Network as the featured celebrity chef
on his show “Molto Mario.” He cooked and discussed Italian cuisine each week for four hungry
guests who were fortunate enough to eat what
Chef Mario prepared.
Sadly, the show is off the air now, but it
was a launching pad for Batali’s work to remake
New York City eating through the glorification
of Italian cuisine. Since then, Chef Mario and his
signature orange Crocs have become even better
known for the multiple, wonderful restaurants he
operates with his partner, Joe Bastianich. Batali has also written memorable cook books and
opened successful Italian groceries.
Now, he has introduced a new and fresh
way to cook Italian through a remarkable iPhone
application called “Mario Batali Cooks!”
But first, a word about the beauty and style
of the Batali brand.
Perhaps the brand is best illustrated by his
food emporium, Eataly, located in Manhattan.
Partnering with Oscar Farinetti who opened a
groundbreaking food and wine market in Turin, Italy, Batali, Bastianich and Lidia Matticchio Bastianich of Batali-Bastianich Hospitality
Group have brought Italy to New York.
Formerly a toy factory at 200 Fifth Avenue,
Eataly is a 50,000-square-foot marketplace that
is an extraordinary grocery, Italian food supply store, and a fun and hip place to visit. You
also can dine at tratorias without walls located
throughout the store. It can be a dizzying experience, but it is always enjoyable.
Mario’s app is another elegant example
of his prodigious creativity. The app, which is
called “Mario Batali Cooks!” is an electronic
book that guides people through his delicious
Italian recipes. The app includes 62 videos, each
2 to 5 minutes long, in which Chef Mario personally shows how to make an array of Italian dishes
from the northern, central and southern regions
of Italy.
Each video is professionally produced but
comfortably accessible and easy to navigate - a
talent that is apparent in all of his ventures. You
always feel as though you are part of the show,
as you did on his former television series. While
the presentation and design of his app is sophisticated and appealing, it is neither pretentious
nor fancy. Instead, it piques your taste buds and
explains in simple terms how to create each dish.
Best of all, the app is only $4.99, which is
far less than the cost of a hard-copy cookbook.
In addition to the appealing food videos, the
app includes ways to save recipes for later use;
a grocery list to remind people what to purchase
for different recipes that you can save and email;
and a brief history of each region and recipe that
gives a sense of time and place. I enjoy Chef Mario’s personal approach to his presentations; you
feel as though a friend is showing you his slides
and videos of his recent trip to Palermo, Rome,
or Venice, for example.
Here’s one of my favorite Chef Mario recipes for chicken. There are also many vegetarian
recipes and a timer to make your cooking even
easier. Tutti, Mangia!
Pollo Aceto Funghi (chicken thighs with
mushrooms and balsamic vinegar)
6 chicken thighs (white meat can be added
if desired.)
1 ounce of mushrooms - a mix of shiitake
and crimini brushed clean and trimmed; quarter
shiitake, first removing the stems; and cut thin
slices of the crimini
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon parsley
1 ½ tablespoons sweet butter
Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black
De-bone chicken thighs by scraping the
flesh off the bone with a knife. Then, score the
chicken in the thickest part of thigh. Season with
salt and pepper.
In a 14-inch skillet, heat the olive oil until
it’s smoking. Place the chicken skin-side down
into the hot pan, and cook until the skin is golden
brown. Do this in batches if necessary, so as not
to crowd the pan.
Prepare the mushrooms as described, and
when the chicken is golden brown, drain some of
the fat from the pan and discard. Add the mushrooms to the pan, cut side down. After about a
minute, add the tomato paste to the pan. Move
the thighs a little to make a space to carmelize
the tomato paste, and turn them over in the skillet
so that the skin side is up. (If browned in batches,
return all chicken pieces to the pan skin-side up).
Pour the vinegar into the pan and stir until it’s smooth; add butter and swirl. Bring the
sauce to a boil, and cook until the sauce looks
like a glaze (about a minute). Remove the chicken from pan, add parsley to sauce and stir; pour
over chicken.
Serve and enjoy! (Serves six.)
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‘Historic Women of New York’
Mae West
Ella Fitzgerald
There is no history more fascinating than
that of New York City. Much has been written
about the City over the years, yet there are still
stories to be told and pieces of history of the
“City That Never Sleeps” being discovered.
From the establishment of New Amsterdam
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Most people know the names Jay Gould,
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The Larchmont Public Library will host
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significant contributions of 12 New York women
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The program covers the period of 1900
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Notice of formation of East
Coast Fundamental Fitness
LLC Arts. Of Org. filed with
the Sect’y of State of NY
(SSNY) on 2/15/13. Office
location: Westchester County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon
whom process against it may
be served. SSNY shall mail
process served to: Kevin J.
Kitson, 9 Trails End, Chappaqua, New York 10514.
Purpose: any lawful act or
Notice of formation of MARIA
with the Sect’y of State of NY
(SSNY) on 3/22/2013. Office
location: Westchester County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC
upon whom process against
#6392 4/5 – 5/10
Notice of Formation of The
Portable Party, LLC. Arts.
of Org. filed with SSNY on
3/25/13. Office location:
Westchester County. SSNY
designated as agent of LLC
upon whom process may be
served. SSNY shall mail process to Jessica Cadorine, 35
Stornowaye St., Chappaqua,
NY 10514. Purpose: retail
sale of party supplies and
Notice of Formation of FRATTO CONSULTANTS, LLC.
Art. of Org. filed with Sec. of
State 02/26/2013. Off.
designated as agent of LLC
upon whom process may
be served. SSNY shall mail
copy of process to: SARAH
NY 10701. Purpose: Any
lawful business.
with Secy of State of NY
(SSNY) on 3/28/13. Office
location: WESTCHESTER.
SSNY designated as agent
upon whom process may be
served and shall mail copy of
process against LLC to principal business address: THE
LLC, 55 Main St, Tarrytown,
NY 10591. Purpose: any
lawful act.
Notice of formation of JEM
Theatricals, LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company
(LLC), filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY)
on 2/27/2013.Office location:
Westchester County. SSNY
designated as agent of LLC
upon whom process against
it may be served. SSNY shall
mail process to Evan Bernardin, 4 Laura Ct, Cortlandt
Manor, NY 10567, upon
whom and at which process
may be served. Purpose:
any lawful act or activity.
#6391 4/5 – 5/10
#6394 4/5 – 5/10
#6396 4/12 – 5/17
Application for Authority
(LLC) Airstream 2 Go, LLC.
App. for Auth. filed w/ the
Secy. of State of NY (SSNY)
on 3/7/13. LLC formed in DE
on 7/31/12. Office Location:
Westchester County. SSNY
designated as agent of LLC
upon whom process against
it may be served. SSNY
shall mail process to: c/o The
LLC, 94 Broad Brook Rd.,
Bedford Hills, NY 10507,
registered agent upon whom
process may be served. Purpose: Engage in any lawful
Notice of formation of GRMG
L.L.C. Arts. Of Org. filed
with the Sect’y of State of
NY (SSNY) on 3/29/13. Office location: Westchester
County. The street address
is: 202 Martine Ave., White
Plains, NY 10601. SSNY has
been designated as agent of
the LLC upon whom process
against it may be served.
SSNY shall mail process
served to: Robert Garcia,
202 Martine Ave., White
Plains, NY 10601. Purpose:
any lawful act.
Notice of formation of Cobble Street Market LLC Arts.
Of Org. filed with the Sect’y
of State of NY (SSNY) on
March 22, 2013. Office location: Westchester County.
SSNY has been designated
as agent of the LLC upon
whom process against it
may be served. SSNY shall
mail process served to: c/o
Walsh, Amicucci & Pantaleo LLP, 2900 Westchester
Ave., Ste. 205 Purchase, NY
10577. Purpose: any lawful
#6398 4/19 – 5/24
#6399 4/19 – 5/24
#6397 4/19 – 5/24
Notice of formation of Cobble Street Sales LLC Arts.
Of Org. filed with the Sect’y
of State of NY (SSNY) on
April 1, 2013. Office location:
Westchester County. SSNY
has been designated as
agent of the LLC upon whom
process against it may be
served. SSNY shall mail process served to: c/o Walsh,
Amicucci & Pantaleo LLP,
2900 Westchester Ave., Ste.
205 Purchase, NY 10577.
Purpose: any lawful act.
Notice of formation of
Crowned Apps, LLC, a domestic
Company (LLC), filed with
the Secretary of State of NY
(SSNY) on 02/20/2013. Office location: Westchester
County. Principal office of
LLC: 27 Claremont Ave #4E,
Mount Vernon, NY 10550 .
SSNY designated as agent
of LLC upon whom process
against it may be served.
SSNY shall mail process to
United States Corporation
Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn,
NY 11228 upon whom and
at which process may be
served. Purpose: Technology Software (non-internet)
#6401 4/26 – 5/31
Notice of formation of VALKAL PUBLISHING LLC, a
domestic Limited Liability
Company (LLC), filed with
the Secretary of State of NY
(SSNY) on 04/04/2013. Office location: Westchester
County. Principal office of
LLC: 8 Lundy Lane, Larchmont, NY, 10538. SSNY
designated as agent of LLC
upon whom process against
it may be served. SSNY shall
mail process to c/o United
States Corporation Agents,
Inc., 7014 13th Av, Suite 202,
Brooklyn, NY, 11228, upon
whom and at which process
may be served. Purpose:
Any Lawful Act.
#6402 4/26 – 5/31
Notice of formation of Wei
Acupuncture, PLLC. Arts.
of Org. filed with the Sect’y
of State of NY (SSNY) on
Apr. 17th, 2013. Office location: Westchester County.
SSNY has been designated
as agent of the PLLC upon
whom process against it may
be served. SSNY shall mail
process served to: c/o The
PLLC, 1592 Central Street,
10598. Purpose: practice the
profession of Acupuncture.
Notice of formation of Hollingsworth Falu LLC, a
domestic Limited Liability
Company (LLC), filed with
the Secretary of State of
NY (SSNY) on 12/26/2012.
Office location: Westchester County. Principal office
of LLC: 237 Magnolia Ave,
Mount Vernon NY 10552.
SSNY designated as agent
of LLC upon whom process
against it may be served.
SSNY shall mail process to
Rey Hollingsworth Falu 237
Magnolia Ave, Mount Vernon
NY 10552, upon whom and
at which process may be
served. Purpose: Brokerage
Notice of formation of Green
Valley of New York, LLC, a
domestic Limited Liability
Company (LLC), filed with
the Secretary of State of
NY (SSNY) on 03/07/2013.
Office location: Westchester County. Principal office:
35 Dexter Rd. Yonkers, NY
10710. SSNY designated
as agent of Green Valley
of New York, LLC, upon
whom process against it
may be served. SSNY shall
mail process to Syed A. Kamal, 35 Dexter Rd. Yonkers,
NY 10710, upon whom and
at which process may be
served. Purpose: Real Estate
#6406 5/10 – 6/14
#6400 4/19 – 5/24
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Seniors and Health Care
St. Joseph’s Hospital Hosts
Volunteer Appreciation Day
From left, volunteers Maria Garcia, Regina Napierkowski and Maria Ganzi.
Mothers Everywhere Could
Use Some ‘Extra Help’
By Susan Sobel
Social Security District Manager in Yonkers
Think of all the times and ways that Mom
has helped you over the years – when you were a
child, and after you became an adult. With Mother’s Day upon us, now is a good time to pay Mom
back with a little “extra help” toward her Medicare prescription drug costs.
If your mother is covered by Medicare and
has limited income and resources, she may be eligible for Extra Help, available through Social Security, to pay part of her monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments.
Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,000
per year.
That means putting $4,000 in Mom’s pocket,
without having to spend a dime!
To figure out whether your mother is eligible,
Social Security needs to know her income and the
value of her savings, investments and real estate
(other than the home she lives in). To qualify for
Extra Help, she must be receiving Medicare and
have income limited to $17,235 for an individual
or $23,265 for a married couple living together.
Even if her annual income is higher, she still
may be able to get some help with monthly costs.
Some examples where income may be higher include if she (and if married, her spouse) support
other family members who live with them, have
earnings from work, or live in Alaska or Hawaii.
In order to qualify, she must also have resources that are limited to $13,300 for an individual or $26,580 for a married couple living
together. Resources include such things as bank
accounts, stocks, and bonds. We do not count her
house or car as a resource.
Social Security has an easy-to-use online
application that you can help complete for your
mom, at To apply by phone or have an application
mailed to you, call Social Security at 1-800-7721213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and ask for the Application for Help with Medicare Prescription
Drug Plan Costs (SSA-1020).
Or go to the nearest Social Security office.
Find the Social Security office nearest you by visiting
Mom has always been there to help you.
She’s sure to appreciate a little “extra help” this
Mother’s Day – especially if you can show her
how to put $4,000 in her pocket without spending
a dime!
Keep in mind as Father’s Day approaches,
you can get the same “free gift” of Extra Help for
Dad! Learn more by visiting www.socialsecurity.
Town of Eastchester
Senior Programs and Services
Arlene Penn, coordinator of volunteers, and Michael Spicer, president and CEO St. Joseph’s
Medical Center.
Photos by Greg Baldwin
St. Joseph’s Medical
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week’s Yonkers Rising.
The 103-year-old Lena Trippardella was
honored for 38 years of volunteering. She began
volunteering in 1974 and currently resides in St.
Joseph’s Nursing Home but still visits the hospital regularly, bringing a smile and good word
for everyone.
Honored for 20 to 30 years of volunteer
service were Teresa Antonaccio, Sara Dennehy and James Harmon; and for 15 to 19 years
were Lucy Aversa, Joan Garrity, Winifred Hunt,
Dorothy Linkowski, Edith O’Brien and Frank
We will print all of St. Joseph’s volunteers
in next week’s Yonkers Rising. Their volunteerism should be an inspiration to all of us.
Efforts to Prevent West Nile
Virus Under Way in Westchester
To eliminate breeding sites for mosquitoes
that can carry West Nile Virus, the Westchester
County Department of Health started prevention efforts Monday, May 6, by checking catch
basins throughout the county for standing water
and applying larvicide as needed.
Larviciding teams will begin in the northern part of the county and work their way south,
evaluating and treating as needed all catch basins on county and municipal roads throughout
the county over the next few months.
To help prevent mosquitoes from breeding,
residents should eliminate standing water from
around their properties, especially after it rains.
Large areas of standing water on public property
that cannot easily be removed should be reported to the health department at 914-813-5000.
“Through the combined efforts of residents
and county government, we can successfully
curb the mosquito population and keep cases of
West Nile Virus to a minimum,” said Dr. Sherlita Amler, health commissioner. “We must all do
our part to keep mosquitoes that carry West Nile
Virus from breeding in Westchester. Please survey your property routinely and empty standing
water from any discarded tires, unchlorinated
swimming pools, outdoor pottery, pails, birdbaths or other containers throughout the spring
and summer.”
At the request of the Board of Legislators’
pesticide management committee, the health
department will sample the water from outfall
points along the Hudson River and the Long
Island Sound, checking for the presence of methoprene, the active ingredient in the briquettes
that prevents mosquito larvae from developing.
Health department staffers will resample the
same outfall points throughout the larviciding
season and will report the results to the committee.
Street catch basins, with their ability to
contain stagnant water and organic debris, have
been documented as ideal breeding environments for mosquitoes, particularly the types of
mosquitoes that spread West Nile virus. That’s
why certified environmental health staff from
the Westchester County Department of Health
will begin evaluating and applying briquettes
of a long-term larvicide into county and local
municipal catch basins to prevent mosquito
larvae from developing into adult mosquitoes.
s will know a catch basin has been treated
by the bright orange dot spray-painted on the
pavement near the catch basin. Two orange dots
will indicate that the catch basin has been evaluated, but does not need treatment because it is
not holding water.
Westchester County has been safely applying the same larvicide since 2001 to suppress
the mosquito population.
To prevent mosquito breeding sites near
your home, the Westchester County Department
of Health recommends the following:
• Remove unneeded tires, cans, buckets,
drums, wheelbarrows and bottles from outdoor
• Cover trash containers to keep rain out.
• Clean roof gutters and remove standing
water from flat roofs.
• Place a couple capfuls of household
bleach in a basement sump-pump pit if it has
standing water.
• Keep drains, culverts and streams clean of
weeds and trash so that water can drain properly.
• Make sure stored boat covers are completely drained and store small boats upside
• Drain water in birdbaths, plant pots and
drip trays twice a week.
• Trim shrubs to eliminate hiding places for
adult mosquitoes.
• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools,
outdoor spas and hot tubs. Be sure rainwater
does not collect on their covers and disinfect
them with bleach to kill mosquito larvae and
• Fill in hollow tree stumps and rot holes
that hold water with sand or concrete.
• Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling
containers that are kept outdoors.
For more information about larviciding
and West Nile Virus, go to or, follow the health department on Twitter @
wchealthdept, or call 914-813-5000.
The Center at Lake Isle
Monday, May 13
Line Dancing, Theresa Kover
12:30 Exercise, Linda Zeiss
1:15 Musical Memories, CDs and DVDs,
Bob Moynihan
Tuesday, May 14
8:30 Exercise, Grace Kulinski
9:30 Exercise, Patricia Marinello
12:30 Bingo, Bring a Friend
1:15 Cards, Conversation
Wednesday, May 15
9:30 Tap Dancing, Paula Tarantino
9:30 Drawing, Stephanie Rocker
12:30 Mahjong, Miriam Roschell
12:30 Exercise, Evey Riccobono
12:30 Art Class, Betty Uses
12:30 Bob Moynihan, Musical Memories
Thursday, May 16
9:15 Country Western Dancing, Theresa
10:00 Yiddish Class
12:30 Zumba Gold With Diane Sorg
12:30 Mahjong
12:30 Pokeno & Cards
Friday, May 17
8:30 Exercise Video
9:30 Lite Exercise, Sonya Lewis
11:00 Gilda Press, Information and Conversations
12:30 Bridge and Cards
12:30 Bob Moynihan, Musical Memories
12:30 Presentation on Villa Roma Trip
With Kevin Bennett
The Center at Lake Isle is located at 660
White Plains Rd. at Eastchester. For more
information or transportation, call 914-3370390.
The Garth Road Center
Wednesday, May 15
11:30 Hot Lunch Available. Reservations
1:00 “Lets Imagine” With Jane Rose
2:00 Exercise With Rowena, Lawrence
Hospital, Physical Therapy
Friday, May 17
11:30 Exercise With Julie Rosen
12:30 Pizza Party
1:30 Puzzle Solving With Ed Stein
The Garth Road Center is located at 235
Garth Rd. in Scarsdale. For more information,
call 914-771-3340.
Park Passes Available
At Many County Parks
A Westchester County Park Pass is your key
to enjoying more than 50 recreational facilities,
from pools, beaches and parks to golf courses,
an amusement park and much more this summer.
Passes are available to any county resident
age 12 and older who has either a New York
State driver’s license or photo identification accompanied by proof of Westchester residency.
The park pass is a photo ID that provides
residents with admission to all county-owned
parks, pools and beaches. One park pass holder
can bring two adults and children under age 12
into all county swimming facilities; regular admission fees apply to each guest.
The pass also entitles the holder to discounts
on golf green fees, pool and beach admission,
parking fees at various parks, and Playland admissions and season passes. And, park pass holders are entitled to purchase a Season Swim Pass,
enabling them to swim at Glen Island Beach in
New Rochelle, Willson’s Waves in Mount Vernon, “The Brook” at Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers, and Saxon Woods Pool in White Plains for
one low fee, eliminating the need to pay day-use
Go to for season
swim pass pricing.
An individual Westchester County Park
Pass costs $60 and is valid for three years from
the date of issuance. It must be obtained in person, it is non-transferable, and can only be used
by its owner.
A Family Park Pass is available for families
who need to purchase two or more park passes
for their household. The pass is $120, which covers two adult passes, plus passes for any children
ages 12 through 18 living at home. The Family
Park Pass is valid for three years from the month
of purchase. All family members must be present
at the time of purchase..
Senior Citizen Park Passes for adults age
60 and older are available for a fee of $60 and
are valid for six years from date of issuance.
Park passes for disabled residents are also available for $60 and are also valid for six years. An
eligibility form must first be obtained from the
county’s Office for the Disabled by calling 914995-2957.
Passes are now available seven days a week,
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all county-owned golf
courses, including Dunwoodie and Sprain Lake
in Yonkers, Hudson Hills in Ossining, Maple
Moor in White Plains, Mohansic in Yorktown
Heights, and Saxon Woods in Scarsdale; at Ward
Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, and at
Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson.
Passes are also issued weekdays from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westchester County Center
in White Plains and at the parks department’s administrative office at 450 Saw Mill River Road,
In addition, passes are available through Labor Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at Glen Island Park in New Rochelle. At Playland Park in
Rye, passes are available from 11 a.m. until one
hour before the park closes. For park hours, go
to or call 914-813-7010.
From Saturday, June 15 through Labor Day,
passes will be available daily at Tibbetts Brook
in Yonkers, Saxon Woods in White Plains and
Willson’s Waves in Mount Vernon. Hours are 10
a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call 914-864-PARK
or go
Westchester Community College
Open House Will be May 21
Westchester Community College will hold
its annual spring open house Tuesday, May 21
from 4 to 7 p.m. on the institution’s main campus at 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla. The event
will include a campus tour of the 218-acre campus, including the newly renovated and expanded Student Center Building and the Gateway
Center, the first county-owned “green” building.
Representatives from admissions, financial
aid, the Career and Transfer Center, counseling,
and academic advisement will meet with high
school juniors, seniors and their parents at the
event, which will begin in the gym. Current
college students considering a transfer to Westchester Community College are also invited to
The event, which attracts hundreds of individuals, will include representatives from more
than 60 of the college’s associate degree and
certificate programs. They will answer questions
about the institution’s many academic options.
Also, current students will meet with prospective students.
The focus of the open house will be on
information regarding programs leading to careers and transfer to four-year universities. As
Westchester County’s largest college, Westchester Community College offers a full range of
academic programs with courses offered days,
evenings, weekends and online. The college also
has several academic programs offered completely online.
This academic year, the college’s credit
student enrollment is close to record levels. As
has been the case for many years, more local
high school graduates move on to Westchester
Community College than any other educational
Members of the public are invited to this
free event, which will include refreshments. For
more information, call 914-606-6929 or visit
May County Board Meetings
Board of Acquisition and Contract
Thursdays, May 16, 23 and 30 at 11 a.m.
County Executive’s Conference Room
148 Martine Ave., White Plains
African American Advisory Board
Tuesday, May 21 at 6 p.m.
County Executive’s Office, Conference Room A
148 Martine Ave., White Plains
Municipal Planning Federation Board
Tuesday, May 14 at 9 a.m.
Cassella Conference Room 420
148 Martine Ave., White Plains
Airport Advisory Board
Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m.
Westchester County Airport
Youth Board Awards Night
Wednesday, May 15 at 6 p.m.
Sam’s of Gedney Way
50 Gedney Way, White Plains
Housing Opportunity Commission
Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m.
Cassella Conference Room 420
148 Martine Ave., White Plains
Stormwater Advisory Board
Thursday, May 16 at 3:30 p.m.
Cassella Conference Room 420
148 Martine Ave., White Plains
Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Board
Thursday, May 16 at 4 p.m.
100 Playland Parkway, Rye
Board of Health
Thursday, May 16 at 9 a.m.
Millwood Water Treatment Plant
4 Station Place, Millwood
Soil and Water Conservation District Board
Friday, May 17 at 9 a.m.
Cassella Conference Room 420
148 Martine Ave., White Plains
Board of Ethics
Thursday May 23 at 9:30 am
Department of Human Resources
Conference Room, Suite 100
148 Martine Ave., White Plains
Transportation Board
Friday, May 24 at 8:30 a.m.
Department of Public Works and
Transportation Offices
100 E. First St., Mount Vernon
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Advisory Board
Saturday, May 25 at 6 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting
The Loft
252 Bryant Ave., White Plains
Family Programs at Muscoot Farm
The Muscoot Farm will host a number of
activities this month.
A Main House Gallery art exhibit titled
“Hooked Rugs by Mary Parker: An American
Folk Art Goes Local,” will take place Saturdays and Sundays, May 11 and 12, 18 and 19,
25 and 26 from noon to 4 p.m. This collection
of hooked rugs were designed and created by
artist and fiber craftsman Mary Tooley Parker.
A sheep shearing event will take place
Sunday, May 12 from noon to 3 p.m., with Don
Kaling, who will entertain as he snips and clips,
giving the farm’s woolies their spring haircuts.
The Muscoot farmers market will take
place Sundays, May 12, 19 and 26 from 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m. It includes more than 20 vendors of-
fering fresh produce and food products every
Sunday through October.
A black-smithing workshop will take place
Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., where
adults ages 18 and up can learn the basics of
this age-old craft. The cost is $65 per person,
and pre-registration is required at 914-8627286.
Meet the farm’s baby animals Sunday,
May 19 from 1 to 3 p.m., when people are invited to stop by and view the proud mothers
showing off their new offspring.
Muscoot Farm is a Westchester County
park located on Route 100 in Somers. For more
information, go to
or call 914-864-7282.
Obituary Notice
Chatschik ‘Dr. B’ Bisdikian
Chatschik Bisdikian, Chappaqua resident
and LMS parent (of Eugene and Theo) passed
away unexpectedly April 24, 2013 at the age of
He was a loving father and husband, a scientist, photographer and drummer. For the past
24 years, Chatschik was a leading researcher in
wireless networking at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights. He made
several seminal contributions, including standardization of Bluetooth technology and defining
Quality of Information in sensor networks.
He was a Fellow of the IEEE and on the
editorial board of several prestigious technical
journals. He held 25 patents, published more
than 210 technical papers, co-authored the book
“Bluetooth Revealed,” and won numerous “Best
Paper” awards in a long and distinguished career.
A native of Thessaloniki, Greece, he received a degree in electrical engineering at the
Polytechnic School in Thessaloniki before moving to the United States and earning his masters
and Ph.D in electrical and systems engineering at
the University of Connecticut, garnering among
the highest academic accolades throughout his
university career.
He had a lifelong passion for drumming,
passing his musical interests on to his two sons,
both now musicians, and an equal passion and
talent for photography. He was particularly fond
of capturing beautiful Chappaqua scenes and
light, as well as his sons’ frequent musical performances, for which he always made time to attend
and participate. Chatschik was always present at
LMS shows and events, smiling, engaging and
photographing the bands and attendees.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Teresa Shen, and their sons, Eugene and Theo.
Chatschik was a man of talent, beauty and
passion who will be missed by all who knew him.
A memorial visitation and service will be
held Wednesday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at
The Beecher Flooks Funeral Home, 418 Bedford
Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570; 914-769-0001.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a
donation be made in the name of Chatschik Bisdikian for the special needs programs to the Lagond Music School of Elmsford, a not-for-profit
organization dedicated to contemporary music
education and live music performance.
March to Work and
Live with Dignity
All people want to create opportunities for
themselves and their families. No one understands that more than the millions of immigrants
who have left behind families and familiar places
in search of work and the promise of a better life.
Their sacrifices, and those of the millions
who have come before, have built our nation
literally and figuratively, and we are a stronger
country because of them.
It is their struggles and the struggles of 11
million aspiring Americans that hundreds and
thousands across the country commemorate each
May 1, International Worker’s Day. Because of
their status, many of these immigrant families
live in the shadows, unable to speak out for
themselves or to fully participate in their communities for fear of being separated from their
loved ones, or deported.
Sadly, employers take advantage of immigrant workers, many of whom don’t speak English and aren’t aware of the rights they have as
people working in this country, and subject them
to dangerous working conditions with little to
no pay. Members of the immigrant community
– both documented and undocumented – are at
much greater risk of death and injury on the job.
Hardworking teachers, nurses, construction workers, caregivers, taxi drivers, dishwashers and farm workers routinely face wage theft,
violence on the job, harsh chemicals and other
dangerous working conditions without safety
Faced with the false choice of leaving their
job or suffering the abuse, immigrant workers
remain silent. Those who have the courage to
speak out risk deportation and being torn away
from the families and lives they have built in the
Without a commonsense immigration process that creates a road map to citizenship for
those who are American in every way except on
paper, our country will continue to have a second
class of workers who lack vital workplace protections. The 11 million will continue living in
the shadows, lacking a voice in the workplace to
defend their rights, which can, in turn, improve
standards for all workers.
Many said comprehensive immigration reform couldn’t be done, not with the fierce antiimmigrant attacks from conservatives. But here
we are, with an immigration bill that includes a
road map to citizenship. Here we are, hundreds
and thousands strong across the country – mothers and fathers and sons and wives and neighbors
and co-workers – united for a better America; a
brighter American Dream.
The labor movement is proud to stand together with our allies in the immigrant rights
community, faith groups and other community
partners to bring 11 million aspiring Americans
out of the shadows. From Seattle to Las Vegas,
to Chicago to Miami and to New York, we will
march together, united by our belief in the dignity of all working people.
There is incredible momentum and energy
around creating a just and compassionate immigration process. With the passion, courage and
hard work of our vibrant movement, we will
have a road map to citizenship in 2013. Our work
will not stop until we do and our work will not
stop until we stop tearing our families apart with
needless deportations.
We will not stop until all working people
can live and work with dignity and without fear.
The Westchester/Putnam Central Labor
Body AFL CIO 595.
National Historic Site Hosts
Special Programs in May
St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site
will host several free programs this month.
On Saturday, May 11 the site will be open
from noon to 4 p.m., when visitors can enjoy
regular tours as well as a church tower walk and
the new museum exhibition, “A Conservative
Union Parish: St. Paul’s Church and the Civil
The church’s historic benefit dinner will be
held from 5 to 9 p.m., and will commemorate
the 250th anniversary of the beginning of construction of St. Paul’s in 1763, with a talk about
religion in early America. A full-course meal,
music and recognition of three honorees will
also take place .
For reservations or more details, call 914667-4116.
On Wednesday, May 15 at 1 p.m., St. Paul’s
will host a presentation exploring the lives of
Union veterans buried in the cemetery and the
struggles of the town and parish with the great
issues of the Civil War.
A church tower walk will take place
Wednesday, May 22 at 1 p.m., when participants
can hike up the historic church tower, leading to
the 1758 bronze bell and a view of the surrounding counties.
On Monday, May 27 a Memorial Day celebration will take place, with an 11 a.m. ceremony honoring a World War I “Harlem Hellfighter”
buried at St. Paul’s. There will also be tours of
the historic cemetery recalling the lives and stories of Union veterans, living history demonstration, songs and a special 2 p.m. talk by noted
historian Barnet Schecter about the changing
nature of military service throughout American
Then, on Wednesday, May 29 at 1 p.m.,
there will be a concert featuring Collegium
Westchester, performing music for violin, bass
and organ
St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site is
located at 897 S. Columbus Ave., Mount Vernon.
Residents Encouraged
be difficult or impossible, such as turning lights
on and off, opening doors, providing balance and
support to those with prosthetics, retrieving and
picking up items. Also, many veterans turn to the
dogs as their major source of comfort and emotional connection as they return to daily life.
The walk is open to all individuals, and there
is a $20 contribution/registration fee for each
walker. Walkers are encouraged to get sponsors
for their walk. Any walker who raises a total of
$100 or more will receive a special event T-shirt
and other items courtesy of The Tower of Hope.
Registration can be done by credit card by
visiting and clicking on
the Walk for Wounded Veterans icon on the bottom right corner. Registration will also be offered
on the day of the event for $25.
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org. In addition, on-site registration begins at 9
a.m. on the day of the walk in Tibbetts Brook Park.
The walk will begin at 10 a.m. rain or shine
and will be a two-mile leisurely stroll around Tibbets Brook Park; dogs will be welcome to walk
with registered walkers. Food and refreshments
will be available along the walk route and after
the walk.
The Tower of Hope Foundation raises money
for seriously wounded veterans to receive expertly
trained service dogs so that they may lead their life
with greater independence. These dogs allow their
veteran partners to accomplish tasks that would
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Volunteer Center of United Way
Honors Community Service Providers
Kindergarteners Plant Tree
To Celebrate Arbor Day
Haina Just-Michael of New Rochelle, left, and Janet Hasson, publisher of The Journal News.
State Sen. George Latimer speaks with kindergarten students about Arbor Day.
From left are Executive Director Alisa Kesten of the Volunteer Center, Vice Chairwoman Susan
Kushner of the Volunteer Center, CEO Dr. Naomi Alder of the United Way of Westchester and
Putnam, and honorees Sandy Samberg and Lynn Halpern of Rye, founders of Sole Ryeders and
Friends. Photos by Zachary Swierat.
A group of local kindergartners met at the
Larchmont Public Library on April 26 to plant a
tree in celebration of Arbor Day. The event, coordinated by the Village of Larchmont Parks and Trees
Committee, is celebrated on the last Friday of April
each year and was attended by New York State
Sen. George Latimer, who presented the participating kindergartners with Arbor Day certificates, and
Village of Larchmont Trustee Lorraine Walsh read
a proclamation designating the event as the official
Arbor Day tree planting for 2013.
The Parks and Trees Committee works with
the community to plant trees on streets and in parks
and other public places. It also leads educational
activities and makes decisions about maintaining
Larchmont’s tree canopy. Through the efforts of
the committee, Larchmont has been recognized
as a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day
Foundation for more than 30 years.
The Village of Larchmont takes its trees seriously. The Tree City USA program, in which the
village participates, is a national program of the Arbor Day Foundation that provides the framework
for community forestry management for cities and
towns across America. Participating communities
have demonstrated a commitment to caring for and
managing their public trees.
Larchmont is one of more than 3,400 Tree
City USA communities throughout the U.S. and
recognizes the educational and environmental opportunities that being designated as a Tree City
USA provides, using Arbor Day annual tree plantings as a way to educate children, such as the kindergartners that participated this year, about the
value of trees.
For more information about programs at the
Larchmont Public Library, call 914-834-2281 or
Tree Planted at Saxon Woods
In Celebration of Arbor Day
From left, the Volunteer Center Executive Director Alisa Kesten of New Rochelle, Event Chair
Susan Kushner of Armonk, Jeffrey Warner of Mack-Cali Reality Corporation, and Volunteer Spirit
Award Winner Deborah Blatt of New Rochelle.
During National Volunteer Week, the Volunteer Center of United Way gave special recognition to eight individuals and groups at the sold-out
33rd annual Volunteer Spirit Awards celebration
and benefit last week at the Hilton Westchester,
featuring Lou Young, the Emmy Award-winning
CBS 2 broadcast journalist, as emcee.
Nearly 500 people attended the sold out
breakfast event, which raised more than $110,000
for the organization and will be used to deepen
its ability to engage more people in meaningful
volunteer opportunities and support nonprofits
throughout Westchester and in the mid-Hudson
Valley region. Last year, the Volunteer Center
connected more than 18,000 volunteers to more
than 500 charities.
These individuals, of all ages and backgrounds, contributed 256,000 hours of service
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The 2013 Volunteer Spirit Award Winners
were selected by a blue-ribbon panel of judges
and include:
• Carol Morse of Dobbs Ferry was bestowed
the Arts and Culture Award for the Hudson Valley
Singers, presented by Bunge.
• Haina Just-Michael of New Rochelle
earned the Community Hero Award for the New
Rochelle Public Library, presented by The Journal
• Marie Rama of Yonkers won the Education
and Literacy Award for Yonkers Partners in Education, presented by Reader’s Digest.
• The Going Green Award was presented to
the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct, by Con
• The New York Life Youth Group in Action
Award was presented to Let’s Play it Forward,
Inc., of Katonah, by New York Life.
• Joseph Gusmano of Fishkill was bestowed
the New York Life Youth Leader Award for East
Fishkill Community Library, presented by New
York Life.
• Sandy Samberg and Lynn Halpern, both of
Rye, earned the Quality of Life Award for Sole
Ryeders and Friends, presented by United Way of
Westchester and Putnam.
• Deborah Blatt of New Rochelle earned the
Social Advocacy Award for Family Services of
Westchester’s Sharing Shelf Program, presented
by Mack-Cali.
National Volunteer Week, celebrated between April 21 and 27 and sponsored by Points of
Light, is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be
at the center of social change – discovering and
actively demonstrating their collective power to
foster positive transformation. Since it was established in 1974, it has grown exponentially each
subsequent year, with thousands of volunteer
projects and special events scheduled throughout
the week.
With the fourth year anniversary of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, the creation of the Volunteer Generation Fund and the
resonant call to serve from the president, this year
was even more energizing and inspiring.
“Nonprofits depend on the actions of volunteers in good times and in bad. They are reliable
and knowledgeable, enthusiastic and dedicated,”
said Alisa Kesten, executive director of The Volunteer Center. “We have seen our communities
tested in the last year, and it is truly through the
efforts of the eight winners of the Volunteer Spirit
Awards that local organizations are able to serve
and support our communities. The Volunteer Center is proud to pay tribute to these distinguished
individuals and groups who give back.”
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Helping County Executive Rob Astorino, second from left, plant a tree are, from left, Superintendent Bill Paonessa of Saxon Woods Park, Assistant Superintendent Katherine Sclafani
and licensed landscape architect Ken Uhle of the county parks department.
In celebration of Arbor Day, County Executive Rob Astorino helped plant a two-year-old
Winter King Hawthorn tree seedling at the county‘s Saxon Woods Park in White Plains.
“Arbor Day takes on added significance this
year as hundreds, if not thousands of trees were
lost throughout Westchester as a result of Hurricane Sandy,” he said. “We all know the positive
impact trees have on our environment and we all
need to make a strong effort to restore what was
lost during Sandy and other storms.”
The Winter King Hawthorn will grow to
approximately 20 feet tall at full maturity, and
is known for attractive white flowers in spring
and small red berries that remain on the tree in
Bicycle Sundays Begin
Despite construction on the Bronx River
Parkway, one of Westchester’s longest-running
recreational programs – Bicycle Sundays – are
now underway.
During Bicycle Sundays, a portion of the
Bronx River Parkway is closed to cars for the exclusive use of bicyclists, joggers, walkers, scooters and strollers. The course runs from the Westchester County Center in White Plains, south to
Scarsdale Road in Yonkers, a round-trip of 13.1
miles. There are many points of entry and exit
along the way.
This year, due to the construction project
on the parkway, only one lane of the parkway
will be open in both directions in the vicinity of
the Crane Road Bridge in Greenburgh/Scarsdale.
However, this area will remain available for Bicycle Sunday participants throughout the season.
Bicycle Sundays 2013 are May 12 and 19;
June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; and Sept. 8, 15, 22 and
29. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Parking is available at the County Center lot
in White Plains for a fee of $5.
Bicycle Sundays is once again sponsored by
Con Edison and Friends of Westchester County
Parks, and is presented by Westchester County
Parks, with additional support provided by 100.7
WHUD radio.
Philipsburg Manor Holds
Paramount Theater to Re-Open
African-American Celebration
The Paramount Theater in Peekskill will re-open with the Daisy Jopling Band.
Music is a big part of Pinkster festivities. Photo by Bryan Haeffele.
Dining on traditional African cuisine
and enjoying music, dancing and dramatic
vignettes will be highlights for visitors of
Discover Pinkster! at Philipsburg Manor in
Sleepy Hollow on Sunday, May 19 from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m.
Inspired by the grand cross-cultural
springtime celebrations jointly created by
Dutch settlers and enslaved Africans during
colonial times, Philipsburg Manor’s Discover
Pinkster! is a rousing re-creation.
Pinkster was a joyous, festive occasion
that celebrated the arrival of spring. For the
African community riven by enslavement, it
was a profound opportunity for family members and friends – many of whom were split
off and spread out from each other – to come
Discover Pinkster!, which is sponsored
by Con Edison, features dancing, drumming,
African folktales and cooking demonstrations. Musical performers include a roaming
fiddler and a player of the kora, which is a
traditional West African instrument.
African drumming and dance demonstrations will be led by Maxwell Kofi Donkor, a
Ghanaian native and renowned drummer who
is also an award-winning sculptor and art educator. Kofi has shared the stage with drummers such as Mickey Hart of the Grateful
Dead and Babatunde Olatunji and his Drums
of Passion.
Other performance highlights include
storytelling by April Armstrong and African
Colonial dance by Judith Samuel and the
Children of Dahomey.
As in historic Pinkster celebrations, two
“grand events” mark the day. The first is the
Pinkster Parade and the Game of Lies, beginning at 12:30 p.m. After this elaborate
ceremony of matching wits, the community
crowns the Pinkster King.
Later in the afternoon, at 3 p.m., the election takes place, which names the Pinkster
Regent, who will be the king for the following year.
Besides the special performances and
grand events, ongoing activities will include
demonstrations of coopering and open-hearth
cooking, crafts, and tours of the working
gristmill and manor house.
Traditional African Palava will also be
available for purchase throughout the day.
“Pinkster” comes from the Dutch word
for Pentecost and was originally a Dutch
spring holiday that combined religious and
secular traditions. But despite the holiday’s
Dutch origins, Africans in New York and
New Jersey were so successful at incorporating their own cultures into the celebration
that by the early 1800s, Pinkster was actually
considered an African-American holiday.
Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for children 3 to 17 years old and
free for children less than 3 and Historic Hudson Valley members. Philipsburg Manor is located at 381 N. Broadway (Route 9), Sleepy
Hollow. For more information and tickets,
visit or call 914-6318200.
Stepinac H.S. Moves on
Icann ‘The Challenge’
The Paramount Hudson Valley, formerly the
Paramount Center for the Arts, has announced its
re-opening with the Daisy Jopling Band and the
Westchester/Putnam Youth Symphony. Together, the two will debut “The Concerto for Violin,
Rock Band and Orchestra,” a highly anticipated
collaboration between with acclaimed German
composer Tristan Schulze.
The concert will take place Sunday, June 9
at 7 p.m.
Originally built as a 1,500-seat movie palace by Publix Pictures, a subsidiary of Paramount
Pictures, the Paramount Theater first opened its
doors June 27, 1930. After recently changing
management and being renamed the Paramount
Hudson Valley, the nonprofit theater will operate as a year-round multidisciplinary center for
the arts, with live performances, arts-in-education programs, films, and visual art exhibitions
serving more than 63,000 people annually from
throughout the mid-Hudson Valley Region.
It’s no surprise that the re-opening of the
landmark theater will include Jopling, a Peekskill resident and veteran of the Paramount’s
stage. She is actively involved with students in
the area’s public schools to bring the world of
music to them; when she’s not spreading her mission of introducing young listeners to the world
of classical music (with an edge, of course) and
the violin, she tours.
Not only has Jopling lent her energetic performances to venues a stone’s throw from her
home, but she has also performed in most of the
world’s renowned halls, playing alongside rock
stars of the classical music world including the
composer of the upcoming Paramount re-opening concert, Tristan Schulze.
“The Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and
Orchestra” is a fiery 45-minute composition
written exclusively for Jopling and WPYS by
Schulze, an international composer and musician. Schulze traveled to the U.S. and worked
one-on-one with the students of WPYS on the
composition, which incorporates flavors of jazz,
rock, tango, Latin, Irish folk music, the blues,
and more.
As for Jopling, she and Schulze have been
collaborating on projects since 1994. He has
written two concertos for her, both successfully
Even Westchester/Putnam Youth Symphony
teamed up with Jopling at her request after she
witnessed the group perform at the Paramount
Center for the Arts last spring.
“I was so struck by the eagerness, professionalism and enthusiasm of the young musicians that I felt compelled to do something special with them,” she said. “This concert is an
opportunity for these young musicians to have
a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it will allow
the symphony to explore music from different
genres in new ways.”
Cheryl Havens founded WPYS in 1996 with
19 members. Today, WPYS is comprised of more
than 100 young musicians ranging from ages 8 to
18. The organization provides students with the
chance to perform works by various composers,
such as Bach, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky, as well
as more modern works and pieces that have been
written by WPYS members.
Havens, who holds a master’s degree in music education, has served as the music director
and conductor for more than 16 years.
“Daisy (Jopling) has a zest for music and
children that is wonderful to behold and she
puts genuine enthusiasm into her music projects,
especially those involving kids,” said Havens.
“Our young musicians are extremely appreciative of this opportunity and were thrilled to discover that all of their ideas and suggestions have
been incorporated into the Concerto … they really feel like it’s ‘theirs’ and we are so excited to
share the finished masterpiece.”
Advance tickets to the Paramount Hudson
Valley’s re-opening concert are $50, $35 and $25
and can be purchased at For more information or to purchase
tickets by phone, call 800-838-3006.
The Archbishop Stepinac High School team includes, from left, Academic Advisors Frank
Portanova and Roxanne Calvello, players Mark Soriano and Trevor Bullock, MSG Varsity
“The Challenge” Host Jared Cotter, Capt. Brendan Mohan, Dylan Pereiras and alternate
Joseph Terrigno.
Archbishop Stepinac High School has
moved on to the Regional Quarter-Finals of
MSG Varsity’s “The Challenge” and will take
on Warwick Valley High School on Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. on Cablevision’s Optimum, Channel 14.
Archbishop Stepinac High School is
joined by seven other schools from Westchester/Hudson Valley as they head into regional
quarter-final play, while trying to qualify for
the Tri-State Championship Playoffs.
The Archbishop Stepinac team is represented by Mark Soriano, Trevor Bullock, Capt.
Brendan Mohan, Joseph Terrigno and alternate
Dylan Pereiras. The academic advisors are Joe
Venice, Frank Portanova and Roxanne Calvello.
The winning teams from each region go on
to “The Challenge” Championship where they
square off in a Tri-State Showdown. The school
awarded the title of Tri-State Champion will receive $10,000 in prize money and each student
participating in the final “Challenge” Championship game will receive $500.
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