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Friday, March 18, 2011

Grapevine Preview: Yonkers’ American Idol Falls Short But Makes Us Proud
wide, that thousands of competitors put forth their best efforts and sing their hearts out, all with the same goal; to impress the judges well enough to make it to Hollywood. Born in Rosenheim, Germany in 1993, Ademi experienced the harshness and difficulty of war; at times, conditions were unbearable and, soon enough, her parents became war refugees from Kosovo, headed towards Germany for a better life. Fortunately, the Ademi family won the “green card lottery” and had the opportunity to immigrate to America, the promised land of opportunities. “I was fortunate because if I didn’t come to America, I wouldn’t have the opportunities today to pursue singing and get a great education,” said Ademi. Ademi presented a touching story to Idol viewers of the struggles of her family’s past, yet it did not match her magnificent voice, which truly impressed the judges. Her impressive onstage aura and beautiful confidence helped assure the three judges, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson, that Melinda was a star shining in her spotlight. Steve Tyler said, “I like that you’re very pretty and beautiful and play it down and your singing was sweet and straight and beautiful.” Randy Jackson commented, “I think you’ve got potential and I am going to say yes.” Jennifer Lopez told her, “Now you’re here and you can live the American dream.” And so, with three sure-fire responses of yes from the judges, Ademi was on her way to Hollywood to live her dreams of stardom. When the time came around for the first episode, Ademi, her fans and viewers and all of her friends and family, especially those at Yonkers High who made time to watch her shine, were anxious and waiting in their seats. Ademi and her “singing-sister,” Thia Megia, sang “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles. Like all good things that have a reason, Ademi was not asked to continue on into the next Continued on Page 3

Katherine Brezler Announces 5th District Council Run

Katherine Brezler announcing her 5th City Council District Candidacy

Melinda Ademi

By Dan Murphy Democrat Katherine Brezler, a Teaching Assistant at Family School 32 in Yonkers, announced her candidacy for City Council in the 5th District at an event outside of the former Stewart Stamping Company plant last week. “I look forward to meeting the challenges that elected officials face here in Yonkers, and I look forward to facing them alongside the residents of this great city. I will listen to my friends,

neighbors and community leaders. This is the perfect time to run,” said Brezler, 29, who brings the civic-minded, grassroots energy of the next generation of Yonkers residents stepping forward to lead. Brezler’s work experience in the Yonkers Public Schools makes education one of her priorities, along with encouraging smart economic development and strengthening community orgaContinued on Page 10

Editor’s Note: Please enjoy this story, which will appear in the next issue of the Yonkers Student Grapevine By Bayan Baker, Yonkers High School Everyone dreams of winning the lottery; everyone dreams of achieving their goals and making their wishes come true. Seventeen year old Yonkers High School senior Melinda Ademi has certainly won the lottery. She gained the opportunity to live out her dreams with her golden ticket to Hollywood. Ademi was featured on the newest season of American Idol earlier this year, on one of the show’s preliminary competitions. It is here, world-

The Redevelopment of Yonkers: Some Successes, Some Delays

Can Yonkers Balance ‘Insurmountable’ Budget Deficit?
By Dan Murphy Parents, students and staff in the Yonkers Public Schools YPS are calling the projected $102 million budget shortfall in the city’s upcoming budget “insurmountable,” and they may be right. City services, city and YPS alike, which had to made cuts last year, now need to make additional, and more painful, cuts this year. At a recent City Council budget committee meeting, councilmembers inquired about how possible cuts to the Yonkers Fire Department (YFD) would affect a federal grant for $4.8 million the city recently received thanks to Congresswoman Nita Lowey. The funds were for the re-hiring of the 16 firefighters who were laid off last year. These firefighters have been re-hired and are back at work, with the grant paying for their salary and benefits for two years. After two years, the funding runs out. The problem is that, with the city facing another massive budget hole, layoffs will likely have to come from all departments, including the YFD. Firefighter and Firefighters Local 628 President Barry McGoey explained that the city is entitled to layoff these same 16 firefighters, “but it wouldn’t save a penny. These firefighter’s salaries and benefits are paid for over the next two years by the federal grant. If you lay them off, you are wasting the grant and the money will go back to Washington to be awarded to and spent by another fire department.” While all councilmember’s at the meeting asked repeated questions about the grant, the requirements and how it will affect the upcoming budget, Councilman Dennis Shepherd got to the crux of the matter. “Isn’t this grant tying our hands with the fire department in the upcoming budget?” Shepherd asked. “And does this grant mean that while we
A rendering of the completed River Park Center

By Dan Murphy The current $103 million budget facing Yonkers underscores the fact that new investment and development are a crucial part of the future of New York’s fourth largest, and Westchester’s single largest, city. Under Mayor Phil Amicone, the results have been a mixed bag; some projects have been completed and are successful, while other plans stagnate on hold. The redevelopment of Yonkers, along with

similar projects in communities across the country, came to a halt in late 2008 as a result of the financial crisis and recession. Financing for new development projects dried up quickly, but Yonkers fared better than most, with several projects already built or ready to break ground. They include: • Ridge Hill — this long-debated and sometimes controversial project is well on its way to Continued on Page 10

Mardi Gras Yonkers Style!
Councilman Dennis Shepherd

Photo by Donna Davis

will have to make layoffs everywhere, it doesn’t make sense to layoffs in the fire department?” The answer to Shepherd’s question is that the city would have to lay off more than 16 firefighters, in order to see any budget savings, which is possible. But Shepherd is correct in that Lowey’s grant for the YFD insulates them from anything but cuts deeper than the city has seen in decades. The budget outlook for the YPS is even bleaker, with Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio facing an $88 million hole. Members of the Yonkers Council of PTAs/PTSAs (YCPTA) sent out this message to Yonkers stakeholders: Continued on Page 2

what’s inside
School 23 Takes 1st at History Day
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Young church-goers from St. John’s celebrate Mardi Gras

IG’s Towing Report
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Philipse Manor Hall is Back!
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Yonkers Dentist Gives Free Smiles
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Yonkers Hyperlocal
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Last Taste of St. Patrick’s Day in Yonkers
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Next Week Lesnick vs. Amicone The Gloves Come Off

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Sacred Heart vs. White Plains in School 23 Captures 1st Place at History Day and Prepares for State Competition Round 2 of ‘The Challenge’
Photo by Greg Baldwin

Following their first-round victories, the academic teams from Sacred Heart High School from Yonkers and White Plains High School are moving on to Round 2 of “The Challenge,” an academic quiz show designed to test students’ knowledge in a Jeopardy-style format. The second round match-up between allstar student scholars from each school will air in high definition on Wednesday, March 30 at 5:30 p.m. on MSG Varsity, Cablevision’s iO TV

– Channel 14. Representing Sacred Heart will be (above left, l to r): advisors Florence Caragine and Christa Napolatino, Joseph Mahoney, Michelle Muzzio, host Jared Cotter, Captain Matt Schwalbenberg and Amanda Fernandes. Representing White Plains will be: (above, l to r) advisor Les Roby, Aneesh Bhattacharya, Captain Alec Johnsson, Adam Jaffe and Eric Smiley.

History teacher Danielle Alvarez (center) with her History Day winners, Tayael McCallop, Dianna Torres, Katherine Valle and Alejandra Guevara

Yonkers NAACP Celebrates Unsung Heroines

The Yonkers NAACP will celebrate Women’s History Month on Monday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Nepperhan Community Center, located at 342 Warburton Ave. Elvina Schullere On May 28, 1929, Elvina Denise Whittaker Schullere was born to Eustace Delrico Whittaker and Marguerite St. Elmo Oxley Whittaker in Woodbrook, Port-Au-Spain, Trinidad, then a British colony. Schullere was awarded as Associates degree in Humanities from Elizabeth Seton College and a Certificate of Nutrition Education: Fundamentals for Consultants from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In 1984, she earned a Bachelor of Arts from Donsbach University and later her MS and PhD in Clinical Nutrition. In her capacity as a nutritionist, Schullere has been a supporter and guest speaker to the Cancer Support Group at St. Johns Riverside Hospital from 1992 through present. Phyllis Jackson A Yonkers resident and long-time member of the NAACP and the African Heritage Committee, Jackson has a strong spiritual background which guides her through her every day journey. She is always willing to giver of herself to help others. Dwanita Crosby Dwanita Crosby was born in Mt. Vernon and raised in Yonkers, where she was a longtime member of Messiah Baptist Church. As a member, she was a part of various church choirs and the Praise and Worship Team and often helped with church banquets. Crosby attended

Second time is a charm as seventh grade students from School 23 took first place at the 20th Annual Lower Hudson Valley History Day on March 12. Under the guidance and direction of Danielle Alvarez, history teacher at School 23, students captured first place titles in two categories. Tayael McCallop’s “Junior Individual Performance” and Dianna Torres, Katherine Valle and Alejandra Guevara’s “Junior Group Documentary” reigned number one in a stiff competition, which included representation from Westchester, Rockland and Orange County schools. Alvarez facilitated countless hours of preparation as students collaborated, designed and researched projects and presentations. McCallop’s dramatic performance included retelling the history of the African Burial Ground in NYC

and the “Junior Group Documentary” debated if a memorial should or should not be erected at the African Burial Ground site. Alvarez and History Day participants Margaret Morales, Elira Avdiu, Rawan Abualteen, Giselle Toribio, Sabrina Bosch, Salivette Martinez, Giselle Ruiz, McCallop, Torres, Valle, Guevara and Shannon Rogers are now preparing for their 2011 New York State History Day competition. The State finals are taking place in historic Cooperstown on Friday, April 29. Join us as we congratulate and celebrate students and Alvarez, who has “enhanced history education so that every student will be equipped with a working knowledge of history and develop the skills necessary to contribute to the public good of our nation.”

Mary J. Blige Participants Honored on Women’s History Month

Dwanita Crosby

the Nepperhan Community Center After School Program and volunteered in the community with organizations to increase services and opportunities in the community. Due to her volunteerism, the YWCA of Yonkers offered her a summer position each year as an Assistant in Day Care and worked one summer with Executive Director Patricia Sadler. In 2000, she graduated from Lincoln High School where she was a member of the Lincoln High School Gospel Choir.

Budget Deficit:

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year. “A $102.9 million dollar deficit is projected for next year if the State Senate and Assembly bills are passed: $25.4 million cut in federal aid, $21.9 million cut in state support (originally projected by the state as $17.6 million), $15.2 in VLT proceeds on top of a $40.5 million increase in expenses. “This loss of funding represents more than a 20 percent deficit to our schools funding and opens us to the potential of having to lay off 25 percent of the staff. “The YCPTA will be outlining what we believe to be the unbearable circumstances under which our children will have to attend school next year. YCPTA feels that is imperative that the devastating effects to the Yonkers Public Schools be singled out as, yet again, we are slated to receive less money while our sister districts across the state are earmarked to receive more. We cannot stand by and allow this to happen! “YCPTA President AnnMarie Smith believes it is of the utmost importance to make sure the voices of Yonkers parents are heard in this time of fiscal crisis.” The critical budget question facing Yonkers is; where will the funding come from? With state and federal funds dried up, Yonkers must hope on a reprieve from Albany, perhaps in the extension of the millionaire’s tax, which could restore some state education aid for the YPS. The only other option is more funding from the city — from the taxpayers — which means higher property taxes. Mayor Phil Amicone will present his proposed budget next month. In the past, Amicone has held the line on increases to property taxes to five percent. A five percent property tax increase this year will fall far short in closing the deficits on either the city or school budgets, leaving no alternative but layoffs and/or union concessions. Rallies for Education were held this week, with coverage in next week’s edition of Yonkers Rising. What is your view on the city’s budget? Are you willing to pay more in property taxes? What cuts should be made? Send your letters to dmur phy@risingmediagroup.com.

Mary J. Blige Center participants Latonia Johnson, Joarlyn Vega, Diashanany Graham and Sharmaine Gaskill and Center Director Michelle Hammett at a Women’s History Month luncheon at Casa Frela Gallery

At the invitation of Catherine WarrenBishop of Kitty Rose Lifestyles, several participants of the Mary J. Blige Center and Program Director Michelle Hammett were honorary guests at a recent luncheon at Casa Frela Gallery in New York City to celebrate of Women’s History Month. Guest speakers, including talent promoter and AIDS activist Maria Davis, clothing designer Latish Daring, writer and CNN contributer Michaela Angela Davis and entrepreneur Michael Walker, shared inspirational stories during the event. “The young women of the Center and I felt extremely honored to be part of this motivational event,” said Hammett.

Marthalicia Matarrita, a professional artist whose work was displayed at the luncheon, donated an art piece she worked on at the event to the MJB Center. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from the luncheon will go to the Center. Located in Yonkers, The Mary J. Blige Center for Women is a partnership between WJCS (Westchester Jewish Community Services) and FAWN (Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now). The program aims to provide girls and women with skills, knowledge, resources and supports that will empower them to pursue their personal goals and become self-sufficient, confident women.

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Yonkers’ Hyperlocal News
Pierorazio & Stewart-Cousins Ask Yonkers to Speak Up for Education Funding

Philipse Manor Hall is Back!

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Superintendent of Schools Bernard Pierorazio

In letters distributed this week to district staff and parents, Superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools (YPS) Bernard P. Pierorazio urged stakeholders to speak up for the District’s 26,000 students and 3,500 employees. “We must unite and speak up to demand proper funding of the Yonkers Public Schools as well as the preservation of people and programs that have elevated the district to new heights,” wrote Pierorazio. In recent months, Pierorazio has traveled to Albany to address the disparity in state education aid. He will soon journey to Washington to continue efforts for equitable funding. In his letters, Pierorazio asked district staff and families to join him and speak up by con-

tacting elected officials. “We must be heard beyond our local representatives, who support education; everyone must contact the governor’s office and our state and federal legislators to make sure that funding is secured,” he said. See Pierorazio’s full letter below. State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins also rallied to restore proposed state budget cuts to education funding, joining several of her democratic colleagues and the Alliance for Quality Education at a press conference in Albany. Stewart-Cousins says the cuts, totaling more then $1.5 billion, can be restored by continuing the income tax surcharge on individuals netting Continued on Page 6

Philipse Manor Hall in Downtown Yonkers

American Idol

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round; nevertheless, she stands tall and proud to this day, and is quite jubilant with her achievements! Congratulations Melinda for making it that far! We are all terrifically proud of you! “I am so happy that I had a chance to be a part of American Idol and it was an amazing experience. It was a complete dream come true experience when I earned the famous ‘golden ticket,’” said Ademi. “Actually, being in the show and making it to the Top 60 made me realize that the possibilities in life are endless.” Ademi says that she will continue living out her dream of expressing herself and signing. She plans to release a Demo CD within the year so, Yonkers students, family and friends — be on the lookout! Westchester has a talented and amazing young woman who is not afraid to shine! Best of luck, Melinda, and congratulations on making it

that far! We are all terrifically proud of you. May all your dreams come true. Follow Melinda Ademi at www.facebook. com/melindaofficial and www.youtube.com/Me lindaAdemi.

Philpse Manor Hall, a Yonkers treasure, is now open again after being closed for a period of time recently due to state budget cuts. The Friends of Philipse Manor Hall (FPMH) has announced a new concert series, which will premiere on Saturday, April 2 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, to celebrate the reopening. The first show is a double bill performance featuring soprano and FPMH Boardmember Yolanda F. Johnson and the Hudson Valley Chamber Singers, one of Westchester’s most highly sought-after vocal ensembles. FPMH is dedicated to the support and enhancement of Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site. Located in downtown Yonkers, Philipse Manor Hall serves as a museum of history, art and architecture, as well as host to community organizations, meetings, educational programs and special events. Highlights of the hall include its 18th century, high style Georgian architecture, a 1750s papier mache Rococo ceiling and an impressive collection of presidential portraits, including the six Presidents from New York State. FPMH’s goal is to foster public interest in and support for the hall, and they offer a number of exciting and educational events throughout the year, including concerts, lectures, a Spring Flower Festival, Yonkers Riverfest activities and holiday events. Johnson has had an outstanding career as a performing artist, educator and supporter of the arts. She is an accomplished pianist as well as vocalist. Johnson holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocal performance and arts management, respectively. She has performed in several musical genres, including opera, concert, oratorio and sacred music. She is an active recitalist/lecturer on many

musical subjects, most notably, her concert/lecture on African-American spirituals, A Spirituals Experience. She has also performed as a guest soloist with various orchestras and made her NYC operatic debut as Zerlina in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” Johnson has performed internationally, including at the Elysium Music Festival in Germany. She is a member of the Sigma Alpha Iota International Women’s Music Fraternity, a lead singer at First Baptist Church of Tarrytown and is on the artist roster of Sing for Hope. She has been a featured presenter at Performing the World International Performing Arts Conference and was recently featured on “Music with a Mission,” a popular podcast series from Times Square Church Music in Manhattan. The Hudson Valley Chamber Singers is a 10-member vocal ensemble, selected from the larger Hudson Valley Singers, a well-known and highly-respected music organization in Westchester. The group’s objectives are to contribute to the cultural life of the community, especially underserved areas, through public performances of choral music of the 17th through 20th centuries. The Hudson Valley Chamber Singers are directed by renowned conductor Eugene Sirotkine, a St. Petersburg, Russia-born conductor who debuted with the Latvian Philharmonic in St. Petersburg in 1989 and was an assistant conductor and assistant chorus master with the New York Metropolitan Opera from 1999 through 2008. He is also the conductor of the New York Metamorphoses Orchestra. Over the past two decades he has conducted orchestras and choruses across the globe. For more information on Philipse Manor Hall and its programs, visit www.philipsemanorhall. blogspot.com.

“I didn’t count on leaving SUNY without a degree.”
“No one told me that SUNY budget cuts would mean I couldn’t afford to stay in college. I didn’t plan on it taking five or six years to graduate. “But with larger class sizes, fewer professors and cancelled courses, that’s exactly what’s happening. And it isn’t just me. SUNY is maxed out.” SUNY has already lost $585 million in the last two years. It can’t afford to lose any more state support. Facts: � Threats to cut another $100 million in state support would mean a 30% reduction in SUNY’s operating budget. � SUNY has lost 1,300 faculty since the 1990s. � 26,000 more students attend SUNY’s four-year schools than did 15 years ago. � Several state-operated campuses have suspended admissions in key subject areas.

“You think you’re cutting costs? Your cuts cost me my future.”
Tell state lawmakers: Stop SUNY budget cuts. Take action!

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Yonkers’ Hyperlocal News
Congressman Eliot Engel to Attend Next Chamber of Commerce Breakfast
The Honorable Eliot L. Engel will address the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast on Tuesday, March 22, to be held at Saint Joseph’s Medical Center. Engel will serve as the Keynote speaker for the breakfast, sponsored by Saint Joseph’s Medical Center. Early Bird Coffee and the opportunity to network with members starts at 7:30 a.m., with Breakfast at 7:45 a.m. The cost is $15 for members, $20 for guests of members and $25 for non-members. Come early for networking and bring an ample supply of business cards and hand outs. To reserve, call the chamber office at 914-9630332 and ask about our annual breakfast reservation ticket.

Hidden Heroes: Big Jim Howard Part II

Congressman Eliot Engel

Rotary Club of Yonkers: 91 years of Rotary Fellowship
Fellow Yonkers Rotarians, On Wednesday, February 23, Rotarians in New York celebrated Rotary’s 106th birthday together with Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith, Rotary International Vice President Thomas Thorfinnson and Rotary International Director Kenneth Grabeau, during the Next Generations Luncheon at the Rotary Club of Chinatown. Later the same day, The New York Stock Exchange celebrated Rotary Polio Plus by prominently displaying the Rotary logo and END POLIO NOW on the wall of the New York Stock Exchange for everybody to see. This was followed by a very successful VIP Reception and a Cocktail Buffet organized by the Rotary Club of Wall Street. This was one of the greatest Rotary moments in New York history. The speaker during our next Rotary meeting, on Thursday, March 17, will be Don Hubert, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Bronxville. Hubert will speak about when he, as a kid, had his portrait painted by the famous Norman Rockwell. Hubert is a Paul Harris fellow and Past President of the Bronxville Rotary Club. He has also served in our Rotary District as Assistant Governor and Membership Chairman. He attended the Rotary International Convention in Glasgow, Scotland. To be a Rotarian has many advantages and privileges. To be a Rotarian also has obligations. The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self.” Rotarians are responsible leaders who give back to society. One way of giving back to society is to support the Rotary Foundation, which is one of the most efficient charities in the world, because 100 percent of our donations are used for charity. There is no percentage deducted for administration! If each of us Rotarians contribute $100 per year to the Rotary Foundation, Rotary, with its 1,221,920 members around the world, will collect $122,192,000. One hundred dollars per year is only 27 cents per day. That is a very small price to pay in the spirit of Service Above Self. Those 27 cents per day will help the Rotary Foundation make an even bigger difference in the world. You can read about the Rotary Foundation at www.rotary.org/foundation. You can conveniently make a tax deductible $100 donation to the Rotary Foundation via the Internet at the Web site, www.riweb.rotaryintl.org/ donor_xml/contributionmenu.asp Membership in Rotary gives added credibility! Matts Ingemanson, President Rotary Club of Yonkers District Governor Nominee 2013-2014

Photos by Paul Jerome

A young Jim Howard in his boxing prime (above) and one of Howard’s pupils, Chris “Sugar Ray” Ventura (top)

Yonkers Public librarY Still Life Painting Classes at Riverside The Hudson River Artist Guild, which meets at the Riverfront Library, will offer an eight-week series of art classes in techniques of drawing and painting still life compositions taught by Claire Madlin, a professional art teacher. The classes will be held on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 6, 13 and 27, May 4, 11, 18 and 25 and June 1 in the second floor Arts and Crafts Room. The classes are free, but participants must provide their own materials: drawing pencils, erasers, sketchbook, 11- by 14-inch canvas, acrylic paints, brushes and paint palettes. No experience is required. Class size is limited to 15 people of any age. Yonkers residents have priority for registration. Registration begins on Wednesday, March 23. To register, call 914-375-7966 or come to the 3rd floor Information desk. For questions about artist materials and class instruction, contact Claire Madlin at 914-819-0741 or cmplpw1@ymail.com. Blood Drive at Riverside Donors are urgently needed for the Riverfront Library’s Community Blood Drive on Monday, April 4 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for adults and teens aged 16 and older. Teens must have written parental permission with them at the time of donation. Hudson Valley Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center, will be collecting donations in the first floor Atrium. Register to donate at the third floor Information Desk or call 914375-7966. Donors will receive a coupon for one

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additional hour of Internet access at the Riverfront Library. For more information contact Jody Maier, 914-337-1500 ext. 492. “Songs of Love and Life” at Will “Songs of Love and Life,” a musical featuring the IMA Singers, will be presented on Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m. at the Yonkers Public Library Grinton I. Will branch, located at 1500 Central Park Ave. Admission is free of charge, no tickets are required and seating will be in the 325-seat auditorium at the library. “Songs of Love and Life” features an afternoon of the classics from Opera to Broadway on these timeless themes. Singers include Jacqueline Buffone, Kristin Halliday and Janette Lallier with Gene Ballarin as narrator and Chun-Wei Kang on piano. The IMA Singers is a group of professional singers who perform across the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. The group is dedicated to bringing first class music events to diverse audiences. Call the library at 914-337-1500 for further information and directions. Yonkers Historical Society at Will Yonkers Historical Society invites you to attend our 2011 Annual Meeting and Archival Display, “A City in Motion — Images of Transportation in Yonkers,” on Saturday, April 2. Display will be from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the meeting and program is at 1 p.m. in the Flynn Room of the Will Library. Special guest speaker will be Joe Schiavone.

Serving Our Country
serving with the 1156th Engineer Company, Vertical, has been promoted to the rank of Specialist.

Major General Patrick A. Murphy, The Adjutant General for the State of New York, has announced that Luke Cleveland, Yonkers,

Kitchen & Bath Insider: Springtime Kitchen Compulsion
Paul Bookbinder, M.I.D., are many qualified kitchen C.R. designers available to create The blizzards have fia functional, as well as aesnally ended and soon, many thetically pleasing, kitchen to people’s thoughts will turn satisfy your desires. towards the traditional, yearly Look for a firm that is ritual of home improvement. associated with the National And, of those contemplating Kitchen and Bath Associathis upcoming, seasonal comtion. This is the largest orgapulsion, many will focus on nization in the industry and it their kitchen. Like the swalsets the standards for kitchen lows returning from wherdesign. But don’t expect to ever they went, this need is get something for nothing not something to be ashamed because, (if I remember my of; our species simply has no Shakespeare), “nothing will Paul Bookbinder, M.I.D., C.R. control over it. come of nothing.” If you are facing the Most successful kitchen uncontrollable urge to remodel your kitchen, designers charge for their initial work, however you will probably need some help. But don’t their charges and pricing structures vary greatly. despair; you don’t have to do it alone. There Continued on Page 6

By Paul Jerome It’s amazing what we don’t know about the people living right next to us. For example, our hidden hero Big Jim Howard; if you see him you would agree Jim is a big man — he stands six foot five and weighs approximately 260 pounds. Impressive in stature and hard to miss in any neighborhood. Yet not many know about this big man’s even bigger heart and what he has done in his community. Let’s catch up on what happened that makes Howard a hidden hero in the Getty Square community and, for that matter, any where he has touched the lives of others. But, I am getting ahead of the story. In 1967, Howard hurt his hand while out with some of his friends. The accident happened without warning and was a life changing event. As Howard relates the story, someone slammed the car door on his hand; at that moment Jim’s “world stopped.” Needless to say, my friends, this was not a good thing to happen to a boxer on his way to stardom. Howard had to make some decisions. Imagine yourself as big Howard, just for a moment; what would be going through your mind? You’re in the heavyweight class with the promise of fame and, hopefully, fortune because of your boxing skills. Howard recounts his win against Ken Norton, who has beaten Cassius Clay. Managed by Gus D’Amato, Howard could KO a man with either hand. An adept two fisted hitter is not too often seen in boxing. He was ready to take the world on. Suddenly fate, or just plain destiny, steps in, changing Howard’s life forever. With that slam of a car door, his promising career was over. Over! Remember, I told you in Part I that Howard always had two jobs; he was a security officer and house detective at the Niagara Falls Holiday Inn as well as a fighter. In the late 1960s, after his accident, Howard made a decision and went to work for the Working Boys Home in the Niagra Falls area, a decision he would never regret. Howard has said that he did not make the decision to work there easily after the accident, and he had help from a man you could say was quite a character and, as you will soon see, a wicked sense of humor. His name was Franklin Kellehier. Kellehier was born in the early 20s. Throughout his life, sports were always very important to him. He was a star athlete in high school and he later matriculated at Holy Cross in Dorchester, Massachusetts. While there, he starred on the basketball and baseball teams. He was also the star heavyweight boxing champion for two years. Soon, he became the top amateur boxer in the New England area.

Kellehier was one of those people who, like Jim, you pass in the street but would never guess how unique he was. In June of 1930, he studied for the priesthood. He was ordained a priest and soon after was assigned to the Buffalo diocese. As a young priest, he had a parttime career as a professional wrestler without the church’s knowledge; Father Kellehier wore a mask to all his bouts. For four years, he had a successful and prosperous career as The Masked Marvel and, later, as The Red Devil. He wrestled in Montréal, Toronto, Cleveland and occasionally in Buffalo. In 1932, at a match against Sam Cordova, a well known football player and wrestler, Kellehier’s, mask came off. Soon, the real identity of The Red Devil reached the diocese of Buffalo. Well let’s just say Kellehier’s matt career came to an abrupt halt. As Howard’s hand slammed in a car door changed his life, the un-masked priest’s life would also change and, ultimately, bring him and Howard together. Although Kellehier’s career was quite short, he was able to save enough money that would later be used to help fund the Working Boys Home. Kellehier was asked to take over the directorship of the poorly-run home and held the position for 39 years. Kellehier used boxing and other sports to help the 50 troubled boys that lived at the home. Kellehier began entering a team of amateur boxers in the local Golden Gloves tournaments. He also promoted amateur boxing on regular basis. Profits from these shows were used constantly to remodel and refurbish the Working Boys Home. When Howard met Kellehier, Kellehier had become a Monsignor. Both men clicked, according to Jim, and he soon made his decision to work at the home with these troubled young boys. Helping at risk young boys become outstanding young men soon became Howard’s calling, thanks in part to the guidance and support of Kellehier. On Saturday, March 5, I met up with one of Howard’s young men, Chris Ventura. I have to admit that I was extremely impressed with Chris. He spoke almost reverently about Howard, but at first seemed hesitant to share his personal story. I broke the ice when I shared a little about my youth and the people that most influenced me to take the right path. Ultimately, Chris “Sugar Ray” Ventura, as he likes to be called, told me about his life. Venture was hanging around with cliques and gangs when he met up with a friend of his who told him about Howard. “Sugar Ray” laughed when he told me about the suggestion of getting involved in boxing. Venture had no interest at all in boxing, but went to meet HowContinued on Page 6

Old School 1970’s Party At Runyon Heights Center
An Old School 1970s-themed party and fundraising event will be held on March 26 at 9 p.m. at the Runyon Heights Community Center at 21 Runyon Avenue in Yonkers. Tickets are $10, and the event is BYOB. For tickets or more information, call Dane at 914-207-4058.

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Ladies of Comedy at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway

This, Too, is Yonkers

Photo by Greg Baldwin
Nathan’s on Central Park Avenue

Jessica Kirson

“Ladies” and “laughter” will be the watchwords at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway on Wednesday,March 23 at 7 p.m., when comediennes Jessica Kirson, Arden Myrin and Lisa DeLarios will be the “Belles of the Ball” on the first-ever “Ladies of Comedy Night” in the casino’s Good Time Room. There is free admission for Empire Club members and the cover charge for non-members is $15. Signing up for an Empire Club member-

ship is free and easy — visit the Promotions Booth on the first floor of the Gotham Palace for more information. Kirson headlines the “Ladies of Comedy Night.” Kirson’s wide variety of characters brings a diverse energy to her routine. She has performed on Comedy Central, HBO and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. For more information, call 914-968-4200 or visit www.empirecitygaming.com.

Inspector General’s Report: City Towing Contracts
of Yonkers.” Among other items, it sets forth requirements for situations in which vehicles encountered by the YPD are disabled and need to be towed. The YPD maintains a “police list” of eligible tow companies that may be called when a disabled vehicle must be towed because of an accident or other malfunction. These companies on the police list, also known as the “emergency roster,” must conform to various mandates outlined in Section 111. Currently, nine tow companies are on this roster, and they perform a total of approximately 600 to 700 tows per year. In order to successfully apply to be on the police list, a tow company must own and operate a, “New York State-registered body and fender shop,” and, “must have a place of business within the City of Yonkers.” The Code also specifies other requirements, such as paying the requisite license fee, maintaining a specified amount of insurance coverage, being on 24-hour call and responding within 20 minutes to a YPD tow request. Section 111 provides that the YPD rotate which licensed tow company on the police list is called for each emergency tow. Impounded Vehicles Contract The YPD and PVB order the impound of vehicles on certain occasions, such as when they are illegally parked in certain areas, suspected to be evidence in a pending criminal investigation, Continued on Page 10

By Dan Murphy Yonkers Inspector General Dan Schorr issued the following report this week on the city’s policy on towing companies and contracts. Background When the Yonkers Police Department (YPD) or the Parking Violations Bureau (PVB) encounter vehicles that they believe should be towed and/or impounded, private tow companies are notified to perform such functions. These companies must meet certain minimum qualifications and, in the case of impounding, compete with each other for the contractual right to work with the city. Recently, several questions and concerns regarding the city’s relationship with and selection of tow companies have been brought to our attention. The objectives of the review were to: • Evaluate procedures for vehicle tows initiated by the city; • Review the process for selecting tow companies for city impound contracts; • Analyze financial payments made by tow companies to the city; and • Assess and recommend possible improvements for city interaction with tow companies. Tow Companies and the “Police List” Yonkers City Code, Section 111, governs the, “towing and storage of abandoned, damaged, disabled and wrecked vehicles,” in order to, “establish an orderly system for the safe and expeditious removal and storage of these vehicles from the streets and highways of the City

By Eric W. Schoen The Manhattan (red) clam chowder still tastes the same as when grandpa used to eat it when I was a little boy. And they still serve those little oysterette crackers with it, which are crucial to proper enjoyment of the clam chowder. Yes, I am talking about a great Yonkers institution, Nathan’s on Central Avenue. A few weeks ago, my friend and fellow columnist Michael LaMagna was coming down to Yonkers from Connecticut to see his mother with his two daughters, Julianna, who is 5 years old, and Gabriella, who is 1. Where do you go in Yonkers with a 5 year old, a 1 year old, and three adults where there is something on the menu for everyone, the kids can run around without disturbing anyone and, for a couple of hours, a good time can be had by all? Throw in another caveat: the 5 year old loves hot dogs. We use to go to Charlie Browns, which at lunch time was not crowded. The kids could run around and, with an extensive children’s menu and the salad bar, even the finickiest child could find something to eat. But Charlie Brown’s in Yonkers has gone to that restaurant resting place in the sky, so we put on our thinking caps and said hey, let’s try Nathan’s. When I was doing internet searches to find the name of the stores that preceded Kohl’s and Caldors (Floyd’s and, even before that, Great Eastern), whether it was on Facebook or Myspace, everyone had fond memories of going to Nathan’s growing up. And though Nathan’s has expanded with outposts in malls, shopping centers and food courts throughout the country, the constant complaint is that the hot dogs don’t taste as good as they did at the Nathan’s on Central Avenue in Yonkers. Now, don’t get upset with me, but I did not eat a hot dog during my recent visit to Nathan’s. They have this new menu item served in a hot dog bun featuring grilled chicken, onions and peppers and melted cheese. What a delicious, tasty, a-little-more-healthy-than-a-hot-dog treat! The number two reason for you to be upset with me: I did not order my favorite Nathan’s french fries. But, like in the old days, when a couple fell onto the placemat at the counter from my friend’s order, I secretly nibbled on them. I didn’t dip my fallen fries in the ketchup you pump out of the vat at the condiment bar, but if french fries are good, they don’t need any condiments or extra seasoning. And I’m happy to report that nobody, to this day, makes french fries like the thick, crinkle cut juicy ones at Na-

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than’s! So let’s start out with what’s missing from the good old Nathan’s days. I was in the mood for a good deli sandwich, and the corned beef, brisket and pastrami sandwiches on good quality Jewish rye bread are no more. The secret to their good sandwiches — the rye bread was never the one fresh out of the oven. If you serve a sandwich on rye bread that is too fresh, the meat makes the bread disintegrate. That’s why good delis use saran wrappedpackaged rye bread for sandwiches. The bakery, on the right side when you walked in, with fresh baked breads, challah rolls, brownies with a thin, hard layer of chocolate on top, delicious rugelach and big cookies for the little kids, like me, are fond memories. The pizza stand, in the left hand corner next to the game room, which by Yonkers standards did not serve the best pizza in town, is long gone. The bakery area now is the home to rides for the young children: 25 cents for a ride that moves back and forth and sideways. Do the rides feature the current children’s characters like Barney or Spongebob? Nope. Julianna and Gabriella had fun riding on, and alongside, Batman, Snoopy, the Jetsons, Spiderman and Ernie and Burt from Sesame Street, characters popular when I was a child. Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips and TCBY yogurt are now featured. The kids loved the healthier yogurt in vanilla and chocolate flavors for dessert after devouring the grilled hot dogs and french fries. My friend Michael ordered a salad with chicken, way too healthy for Nathan’s standards. The lettuce was crisp and fresh, the chicken either grilled or fried, and came with a choice of dressings. Bountiful portions, in the Nathan’s tradition. The free condiment bar, with juicy sauerkraut, grilled onions and the vats with ketchup and mustard that you put in the little cups to take back to the table, still exists. How many times did you squirt the ketchup or mustard and it ended up all over the counter or, worse yet, all over your clothing? Some parents were setting up a birthday party for their children, with Happy Birthday

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Educational Excellence in Westchester
Yonkers Academic Excellence Students on Cloud 9 Thanks to Westchester Philharmonic
Loyola University Fall 2010 Dean’s List James Dentico, class of 2011; Matthew Drexel, class of 2012; and Andrea Pesce, class of 2014. University at Albany Fall 2010 Dean’s List Renny George; Lizbeth Merelo; Melvin Philip; Nicole Fainsan; Alvin George; Demetra Malamatenios; Ashraf Mokbel; Audrey Bridge; Young An; Sibil George; Casey Ferguson; Francesca Aliberti; and Shanae Williams. Marist College Fall 2010 Dean’s List Katherine Arlotta, Yonkers, class of 2014. Ohio Wesleyan University Fall 2010 Dean’s List Suzanne Samin, Yonkers, a graduate of The Ursuline School. University of Delaware The following Yonkers residents have been named to the fall 2010 Dean’s List: Raissa Elizabeth Dempsey, sophomore, Arts and Sciences; Sabrina N. Ali, senior, Arts and Sciences; Kerrin Elizabeth Dougherty, freshman, University Studies; and Thomas Carl McKenna, sophomore, Arts and Sciences. Come rain or shine, the Westchester Philharmonic has been bringing classical music to Westchester school children for more than 20 years. This spring is no different. The orchestra is proud to announce Stormy Weather, two interactive young people’s concerts at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College on Tuesday, April 5 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The concerts are the culminating experience for nearly 2,000 third through fifth graders in Westchester County who are participants in the Philharmonic’s 2011 classroom music education program, which this year focuses on weather music. “For centuries composers have been inspired by nature. Vivaldi, Beethoven and Strauss all found ways to use music to convey the experience of weather phenomenon; from thunder to lightening to rolling clouds or tornadoes, com-

Hidden Heroes:

posers were able to transport listeners through sound,” said Philharmonic trumpet player, experienced arts educator and program conductor Wayne du Maine. Du Maine will lead area school children in a full orchestra concert featuring the music of some of these great composers, guiding young listeners through each weatherthemed piece. The Philharmonic’s classroom education program integrates music into the academic classroom through curriculum guides and live presentations. Study guides provided in advance as well as visits from professional teaching artists help academic teachers to weave the music and weather themes into everyday classroom lessons. The program culminates in a full-orchestra performance on April 5. The concerts will be held at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, located at 735 Anderson Hill Rd. in Purchase.

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ard anyway. Again, an event that would change a life forever and, as Venture said, for the better. Howard currently lives at the Yonkers YMCA and has volunteered his boxing talents as well as shared his big heart at YMCA for 17 years. Howard has been teaching on his own time for no money for the, “good feelings he gets helping the kids,” he said. I believe big Jim does it because that’s just who he is. Howard could have vanished into obscurity after hurting his hand. Instead, he has chosen to quietly help at-risk youth and is a hidden hero. Howard has affected boys and, yes, an occasional girl, who would’ve went down the wrong path had it not been for his guidance and support.

There are several who are on their way to boxing fame, like Tiger Tail and the Mexican Kid, who, like Venture, owe that thanks to Howard their. I plan to catch up with these promising young men soon, at ringside, with Howard to see them in action and bring you more about this amazing man in the next installment. For now, I would like to say to you; if you know someone like Howard, please, come forward. The world needs heroes. Hidden heroes are people with rather ordinary characteristics, like reliability and consistency, but are distinguished from others in that they are moved to take action based only on concern for others. Hidden heroes generally seek little, if any, recognition and measure their success by the impact of the actions on others rather than by the amount of recognition or thanks they get. If you know anyone like this anyone at all, contact me at Pauljerome613@gmail.com.


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more than $200,000 per year and couples netting more than $300,000 per year. The surcharge was signed into law in 2009, is set to expire on December 31 and would bring more than $4 billion in revenue to the state this fiscal year. “This is a responsible way to restore funding to our schools, and it will show the people of New York that education is, and always will be, one of our top priorities,” said Stewart-Cousins. “These budget cuts would increase class sizes throughout the state and would cause layoffs, the elimination of programs and create further strain on the already overextended school districts. “Continuing this surcharge would allow us to maintain quality education in our schools, which is what New York’s students need and deserve,” she continued. “We inevitably have difficult choices to make throughout the budget process, but we should not close a deficit by sacrificing the future of our kids.” Pierorazio’s Letter Dear Colleague and Parents/Guardians: The 2011-2012 financial forecast for the Yonkers Public Schools echoes last year’s dismal projections, except with bleaker implications. In fact, the district now faces the worst financial crisis of our immediate history, with an anticipated $87.8 million budget shortfall. For the second year in a row, YPS faces a budget gap, the result of a $25.4 million cut in federal aid, a $21.9 million cut in state aid (originally projected to be $17.6 million) and a $40.5 million increase in expenses. This loss of funding has the potential to end successful programs for our students and cause undue hardship to hundreds more employees. We must unite and speak up to demand proper funding of the Yonkers Public Schools, as well as the preservation of the people and programs that have elevated the district to new heights. Speaking for our 26,000 students and 3,500 employees, I traveled to Albany and met with various legislative budget staff members and key legislators to address the disparity in state education funding. I urged our representatives to

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banners and party favors decorating a party area next to the 25 cent children rides. When asked if she would want her birthday party at Nathan’s, Julianna loudly said “yes.” The restaurant was clean, the play area for the children was in tip-top shape which, in this day and age, that is a rarity. Bring sanitizing wipes for the rides if you are germaphobic, but frankly, from what I could see, they were not necessary. The kids ran around, played and everyone had a good time. Michael’s mom even bought a $3 jar of Nathan’s pickles to take home. The big game room in the back, now called SMILES, still exists, but my friend Michael and

I were too old, and Julianna and Gabriella too young, to play the games dotting the room, like the good old days. As for the clam chowder, Grandpa Roth was kosher and clams, of course, are not, so, to this day, I cannot understand how he would eat the clam chowder. But hey, he enjoyed it, it gave me a fond memory to share with you and I guess in the grand scheme of things, that’s all that matters. There was talk they were going to knock the Nathan’s building down and build a smaller one, but to date this has not happened. Let’s hope the powers that be keep this unique part of Yonkers history alive. Nathan’s on Central Avenue. This, too, is Yonkers! You can reach Eric Schoen at thistooisyon kers@aol.com.


take these necessary actions: • Fix the Foundation Aid formula to account for the district’s growing enrollment and provide Yonkers $12.5 million in additional state aid; • Adjust the Universal Prekindergarten grant to a more equitable rate of $5,800 per student, allocating Yonkers an additional $4.9 million; • Credit Yonkers for realizing administrative efficiencies and achieving improved student performance improvements in prior years; and • Fund or eliminate state and federal mandates. Moving forward, the following minimum efforts for our children must be non-negotiable: Restore the state aid cuts in the proposed Executive Budget; Equitably compensate the district for the 1,518 additional students enrolled over the past three years; and Increase local funding of education by the City of Yonkers. The Board of Education seeks to address this fiscal crisis with the least impact on classroom instruction. If we work together, strategies can be put in place that cost nothing and save millions. For employees, better attendance equals overall savings. Three years ago, you responded to my request to improve daily attendance and reduce the substitute budget that had ballooned to more than $3 million annually. You accepted the challenge then; attendance improved, savings occurred and staff were saved. Similar efforts now could save jobs in the future. I will be traveling to Washington to speak up for our children and staff. Join me and speak up for the Yonkers Public Schools by contacting our elected officials, whose contact information can be found at www.yonkerspublicschools.org. We must be heard beyond our local representatives who already support education; everyone must contact the governor’s office and our state and federal legislators to make sure that funding is secured. United, with one voice, we can overcome this impending financial disaster. Thank you for your continued support. Sincerely, Bernard P. Pierorazio.

Kitchen & Bath

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I know of companies that charge anywhere from $100 to $1,000 or more, for this service. Usually, this sum can be applied towards the purchase of cabinets, and I wouldn’t recommend contracting with a firm that did not adhere to that policy. After all, a good design takes a great deal of time, effort and creativity, so why should they give this away for free? An argument could be made that if you don’t like the design and/or estimate you’ve wasted your money. I don’t entirely disagree with this, and that’s why I recommend finding a firm with a minimum initial design fee. This smaller expense certainly does not compensate the designer for all the time he must spend creating your dream kitchen, but it shows a commitment on your part, indicating that you are serious about the project. Some firms have a staged design fee, which includes a minimum initial design charge. If, after reviewing the design, you wish to pursue the project, they have a secondary fee (sometimes called a retainer) for additional work on the design or releasing the drawings to you. This seems to be an equitable compromise. The designer charges a minimal fee, confident that they will create an exciting design, within the budget that you specify. You get a chance to review the design and see how much the renovation will cost, before laying out a lot of money. At that point, assuming the design fits your

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Seniors and Health Care
Sarah Neuman Center’s Respite Program Provides Caregiver Relief
husband and I, and a tremendous relief to know that Anna’s well taken care of.” Lisi is also a client in Sarah Neuman’s Adult Day Care program. She came to the Adult Day center with her husband in January of 2001, when both had health issues that needed constant monitoring. The Adult Day medical model seven-day-a-week program provides round-trip wheelchair accessible transportation, breakfast and lunch and health-monitoring by the professional staff, as well as exercise, outings and socialization with others in the program. According to Lisi, she feels well cared for in both Respite care and Adult Day care. “I love the program and the people. They’re very good to me. They help me, and I try to help them. In the Adult Day program I try to help clean up in the kitchen and sometimes try to help with the cooking,” said Lisi. “And I love the recreation programs, bingo, games, Wii; they’re all good for me and keep me busy and active.” In response to Lisi’s praise for the programs, her sister says, “The fact that Anna likes the program makes me feel good that she’s there, for both our sakes.” For additional information on the Jewish Home Lifecare Sarah Neuman Respite program, call Director Ann Frolova at 914-777-5806, or 914 777-5800. For information on Jewish Home Lifecare’s Adult Day Programs in Manhattan, the Bronx and Westchester, call Connections at 800-544-0304.

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For more than a decade, Ida Cavaliere, 74, has been living with and caring for her 68-yearold sister, Anna Lisi, in her Yonkers home. Cavaliere and her husband, Frank, 81, have been married for 52 years. For the last 10 years, the couple have been caregivers for Lisi, who has a variety of health issues that prevent her from living independently. Lisi’s husband died 10 years ago and, since, then she has moved in with her sister and brother in law. Cavaliere’s daily chores include cooking, cleaning and shopping for her and her husband as well as for Lisi. At times, the responsibilities and inherent chores are both physically and mentally exhausting. This March, the Cavalieres took a monthlong vacation in Florida. They left Lisi in a Respite program at Jewish Home Lifecare Sarah Neuman Center, where both her health and social needs are met by a staff of professionals, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, social workers, physical, occupational and recreational therapists, nursing assistants and housekeepers. For the Cavalieres, the change of scenery and relief from caregiving has been “absolutely wonderful. For a month, my husband and I can do whatever we want, whenever we want; go to a movie, eat out or just visit with friends without feeling guilty about leaving my sister home alone,” said Cavaliere. “It’s such a sense of freedom from year-round caregiving for both my

Feeling Fabulous After Fifty: Secrets You Want To Know
in Yonkers. Rheumatologist Dr. David Lans will discuss arthritis, joint pain and treatment options for helping you to live an active lifestyle. It is never too late to live a healthier lifestyle, even if you are experiencing age related changes or have a chronic illness. Bring a friend, enjoy light, healthy refreshments, ask questions and share your own aging well secrets if you care to. For more information or to register, call 914-377-6806. Bring a non-perishable food donation for a local food pantry.

Advance Directives are permits an individual to let their vitally important documents health care agent, appointed in which permit adults to make detheir Proxy, know what medicisions regarding their healthcal procedures they would or care prior to losing their deciwouldn’t want. sion making ability. I urge all Having an Advance Direcreaders to consider executing tive is seen as so important bethese documents. cause, in 1991, Congress passed Advance directives are the Patient Self-Determination documents that allow an indiAct, which requires most hospividual to communicate their tals, nursing homes, home care health care wishes for when agencies and hospices to inform they are unable to make the detheir patients about their right to cisions on their own before they execute these documents. reach that stage. Most people Currently, about 15 perMichael LaMagna know these documents as a cent of all adults in the United Health Care Proxy or Living States have a Health Care AdWill. vance Directive, with individuals in long term The Health Care Proxy is a document which care communities having the highest usage. allows an individual over 18 years of age to apThese documents are vitally important for point a person, called an agent, to make health people to execute. If a person loses their decision care decisions for them if and only if that indi- making ability and hasn’t executed these docuvidual can longer make decisions on their own. ments, they may be required to apply to the court Many times, this is because of an illness or in- for a Guardian, which is more expensive, less competency. private and may have an unpredictable outcome. The appointed agent can make health care For more information, visit www.health. decisions which are binding on all physicians state.ny.us/forms/doh-1430.pdf. in all health care facilities. The only limitation This article is provided for informational is regarding the withdrawal of artificial hydra- purposes only. Nothing in this article shall be tion and nutrition, also called feeding tubes. An construed as legal advice or should be relied agent can only withdraw a feeding tube if it is a upon as such. Michael LaMagna is a partner specified power listed in the Health Care Proxy. at Timins & LaMagna, practicing social secuMoreover, whether or not a person wishes to rity, health care, elder, disability, veteran, trust, have their organs donated must be specified in estates and general law in both New York and the Proxy as well. Connecticut. E-mail him at Mlamagna@tllawof A Living Will, which has no relation to a fices.com or call him at 914-534-1048 for more Last Will and Testament, is a document which information.

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55Plus, the Yonkers Partnership for Elderly and South West Livable Community Connections once again invite you to their second series of free monthly educational sessions, “Feeling Fabulous After Fifty: Secrets You Want To Know,” returning on March 21. The series of four sessions, held the third Monday of every month, was inspired by the unique factors that may affect wellness in adults over 50. If you are looking for tips about staying healthy, remaining active and other information on how to remain fabulous after 50, come March 21 at 6 p.m. to the Grinton Will Library

We e-file returns for a quick refund. We assist all taxpayers, not just seniors. We will also be available to answer your tax related questions. We served more than 5,000 people in Westchester last year. If you have any questions, call 914-714-2015.

Spring Cleaning Can Make You Happier this Year
More than 1,300 charities can use the stuff that’s cluttering your home. It’s time to throw open the windows, spruce up your home, and get rid of clutter, the emotionally gratifying way — donate things you no longer need to causes in your neighborhood or around the country. The Giving Effect (www.thegivingeffect. com) is a new Web site that makes it easy to discover who needs your stuff. Donors browse the site by needs, location, or categories to find a cause, then complete a simple form to arrange a pickup, drop off, or shipment. Participating organizations include Operation Kid Equip, a non-profit in Royal Oak, Michigan that provides school supplies, toiletries and food to tens-of-thousands of kids in need, The American Cancer Society and Habitat for Humanity locations across the country. Hundreds of animal shelters have also listed their needs with The Giving Effect.

Since its founding by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul in 1888, Saint Joseph’s Medical Center has been meeting the health care needs of Yonkers and surrounding communities. Located in Southwest Yonkers, Saint Joseph's Medical Center consists of a 194-bed acute care teaching hospital and a 200-bed nursing home and features comprehensive out-patient programs. It is also a sponsor of lowincome senior housing for frail elderly. In response to new developments in medicine and the needs of the community, Saint Joseph’s has grown dramatically over the years into a modern, progressive medical center.

These organizations can use almost anything you can spare, from clothes, food and books to cleaning supplies and lumber. Following your donation, the site generates an easily shareable web page that describes your gift and who it helped. By sharing the page, donors inspire others to give and thus increase the impact of their donation. Spring cleaning may be a chore, but if you’re doing it for a good cause it will leave you feeling great! The Giving Effect uses social media to help donors discover and connect with organizations that need items such as clothes, shoes and food. It’s the first Web site to create stories around each in-kind donation that can be easily shared online to inspire others to give. The goal is to create a national movement to get food, gently-used items, and more to people in need. The Giving Effect is headquartered in Brooklyn.

Today, Saint Joseph’s offers:

s An expanded Ambulatory Surgery Center s On-site 64 slice spiral CT Scanner and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) s Dedicated hospital-based Inpatient Renal Dialysis Services s A Hospital-based Nursing Home s One of the busiest Emergency Services in Westchester County s A Designated Stroke Center s Comprehensive Mental Health Services s A Family Health Center to provide affordable primary care s Oncology Services s Geriatrics Services and 165 units of Senior Housing s A State-of-the-art Department of Surgery for ambulatory, laser and laparoscopic surgery, micro-neurosurgery for back and neck compression pain, and Holmium laser and lithotripsy for treating kidney stones s Pain Management s The only accredited Family Medicine Residency Program in Westchester s Highly advanced diagnostic services, including Cardiology, Radiology and Laboratories, as well as a full range of rehabilitative therapies s Women’s Health Services, including accredited low-dose mammography s Patient Representatives and Pastoral Care for spiritual and emotional support

For more information, call 914-378-7000 or visit www.saintjosephs.org.

Saint Joseph’s Medical Center
127 South Broadway s Yonkers, New York 10701

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Legal Notices
By Joel J. Sprayregen
LEGAL NOTICE Notice of formation of Playtime Partners, LLC Arts. Of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/26/11. Office location: Westchester. The street address is: 5 Sussex Avenue, Bronxville NY 10708 SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process served to: Playtime Partners, LLC, 5 Sussex Avenue, Bronxville NY 10708. Purpose: any lawful act. #6176 2/25 – 4/1 LEGAL NOTICE Notice of formation of Emergency Medicine Connection PLLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/8/2010. Office location: WESTCHESTER. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Margherita Chirurgi, 6 Eastway, Hartsdale, NY 10530. Purpose: Medicine. #6179 3/4 - 4/8 LEGAL NOTICE

My Hour-Long Conference With President Obama
By Joel J. Sprayregen Early this month, I spent an hour with President Barack Obama in the White House in a conference on American foreign policy in the Middle East. I joined a delegation of leaders of Jewish organizations. Readers of “A World View” know that I am skeptical of many aspects of Obama’s policies. Sitting around a table with the President in free giveand-take in the formal dining room provided a rare opportunity to hear directly from the leader of the Free World. Numerous press reports, not all of them accurate, have been published about our meeting. Since we agreed not to quote the President directly, I shall indicate what, to me, seemed positive and what seemed problematic. The White House press release correctly reported that Obama reiterated “America’s unshakeable support for Israel’s security.” This is backed up by Obama’s maintaining Israel’s strategic qualitative edge in a dangerous neighborhood. Obama spoke of his affinity with American Jews based on shared core values of justice, freedom and lively debate. I reacted positively to Obama’s assertion that the US has no better friend in the world than Israel. Israel supports the U.S. more than any other country in voting at the United Nations. Obama said that neither the U.S. nor the U.N. should impose a solution, but that a peace deal should be hammered out between Israel and the Palestinians in tough, serious negotiations in which each side should invest in the other’s successes. Obama’s statements of support for Israel were expressed with seeming earnestness and warmth that one would expect from a master communicator. What I Heard That Was Problematic What did I hear that was problematic? Most troublesome was Obama’s view that Israeli-Palestinian peace will turn the entire region against Iran. This seems a facile excuse for shifting onto Israel responsibility for Obama’s major foreign policy challenge, i.e., making good his promise that it is “unacceptable” for Iran to possess nuclear weapons. The danger to American interests of Iran’s going nuclear exists without regard to Israel. The Arab countries understand this. Indeed, a nucleararmed Iran would motivate neighboring countries to develop their own nuclear weapons, further destabilizing the region. I also found problematic Obama’s view of the likelihood of success of peace negotiations. Obama feels that Palestinian President Abbas was close to finalizing agreement with ex-Israeli Prime Minister Olmert. He seems confident that Abbas sees such a deal as his legacy to future generations. Obama argued that Palestinians must be made to feel that Israel is as serious about giving up territory to allow creation of a contiguous Palestinian state as it is about its own security, and Israelis must see that Abbas can deliver on issues like the “right of return.” These assertions appear inconsistent with reality. If Abbas wanted to negotiate, he would not have insisted as a pre-condition on a total settlement freeze, a demand even Arafat did not present. Obama, of course, bears blame for giving Abbas this excuse. But Israelis recently told me there is a de facto settlement freeze, and Abbas still will not negotiate. Palestinian Strategy Runs Counter to Obama’s It is becoming apparent that the Palestinian strategy is to try to get the U.N. General Assembly, with its lopsided Muslim majority, to declare

a Palestinian state. The veto — which the U.S. recently used to block an anti-Israel resolution in the Security Council — is not available in the Assembly. I believe it is evident that the politically weak Abbas, whose government cannot even hold an election although its term has expired, does not want to negotiate. As to the “right of return” mentioned by Obama — i.e., the demand that Israel absorb four million descendants of Palestinians who fled during the 1948 war forced upon Israel to destroy the Jewish state authorized by the U.N — my own experience informs that the weak Abbas cannot compromise this issue. My conclusion is based on three long meetings with the powerful Arafat which I participated in between 1995 and 1998. It was clear that Arafat believed he would be assassinated by the “refugees” in Lebanon if he compromised this “right.” The word assassin was invented in Lebanon. A singular omission in Obama’s presentation was his ignoring Hamas, the terrorist Iranian proxy which rules Gaza. Hamas’s charter explicitly calls for annihilation of Israel. One of the reasons Abbas will not hold elections is his fear that Hamas would win elections in the West Bank, as it did in Gaza. Assuming the sincerity of everything Obama said, it is difficult to see how one creates a Palestinian state living in peace while Hamas retains power. Political changes in Egypt are apt to further empower Hamas. Obama was hopeful about changes in the Arab world, but acknowledged that no one knew where they will end. Obama urged that his Administration’s intentions about supporting Israel should never be questioned. He concluded that he wants nothing more than to see an Israel that is fully embraced by its neighbors. Haunted by Failure of an Earlier President All I invest in advocacy for Israel is haunted by remembrance of the powerlessness of the generation of my father (who personified the essence of tzedakah, which should not be diminished in translation to “charity,” but that is another story) to persuade an American president to save European Jews from extermination. Jewish leaders of my Father’s generation trusted completely in President Roosevelt. That type of error will not be replicated. Our meeting with Obama represented a seismic improvement over a meeting he convened in 2009 where a fringe leftist organization, secretly funded by George Soros, was used as a counterweight to the organized Jewish community. Obama understands his foreign policy will be scrutinized in 2012. Obama implored us never to question his intentions. I see little need to do so at this time, but I worry about what he will do in a second term. Obama’s declarations of solidarity must be measured against his quick abandonment of Mubarak and his abdicating help for the Libyan people to “multilateral” institutions, meaning that Russia, China or Turkey can veto U.S. action. I also learned from my father how important back-up is. After the memorable meeting at the White House, our delegation hastened to the Capital Building. There, we received bi-partisan assurances of support for Israel’s security from republican Speaker John Boehner and republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor, as well as Minority Rep. Steny Hoyer. The stakes are high. And the Middle East remains a complex dangerous region, perhaps more complex than Obama knows. Thus, I left Washington somewhat reassured by hearing words of support for Israel’s security voiced by leaders of the policy-making branches of our government. But I find no reason to relax vigilance.

Notice of formation of Metis Capital Management, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/19/2011. Office location: WESTCHESTER. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Metis Capital Management 411 Theodore Fremd Avenue Ste 206, Rye, NY 10580. Purpose: any lawful act. #6180 3/18 - 4/22

LEGAL NOTICE Notice of formation of Pagano Senior Care, LLC Arts. Of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 12-17-10. Office location: Westchester. The street address is: 378 Midland Ave, Yonkers, NY 10704. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process served to: United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Ave., Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: any lawful act. #6174 2/25 – 4/1

LEGAL NOTICE Notice of formation of East Coast Beer Productions LLC Arts. Of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/6/11. Office location: Westchester. The street address is: #191 333 Mamaroneck Ave. White Plains, NY 10605. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process served to: John J. Bello, #191 333 Mamaroneck Ave. White Plains, NY 10605. Purpose: any lawful act. #6175 2/25 – 4/1


Notice of formation of BOTTOMS UP PROMOTIONS LLC Arts. Of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/22/2011. Office location: WESTCHESTER. The street address is: 44 Kilmen Road, Larchmont, NY 10538. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process served to: BOTTOMS UP PROMOTIONS LLC, 44 Kilmen Road, Larchmont, NY 10538. Purpose: any lawful act. #6178 3/4 - 4/8

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF FORMATION OF KARE FAMILY AND CHILDREN SERVICES, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/21/11. Office location: Westchester County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 24 S 11th Ave, Mount Vernon NY 10550 Purpose: For any lawful purpose. #6173 2/18 – 3/25

LEGAL NOTICE Notice of formation of BOWFRAN, LLC Arts. Of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/17/10. Office location: Northern Westchester County. The street address is: 24 North Greeley Avenue, Suite 6, Chappaqua, NY 10514. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process served to: Fran Levin Bowman,10440 shaker drive, suite 108, Columbia, Md., 21046. Purpose: any lawful act. #6172 2/11 - 3/18


Notice of formation of DCW ADVISORS LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on February 9, 2011. Office location: Westchester County. The street address is: 84 Third Street, Pelham NY 10803. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process served to: DCW ADVISORS LLC, 84 Third Street, Pelham, NY 10803. Purpose: any lawful act. #6177 3/4 – 4/8

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR FIVE-YEAR AGENCY PLAN FOR FISCAL YEARS 2011 -2015 AND ANNUAL PLAN FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011 The Authority will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday April 5, 2011 to discuss and accept comments on its proposed Five Year Agency Plan for Fiscal Years 2011-2015 and the Annual Agency Plan for Fiscal Year 2011 and proposed revisions to the lease. A draft copy of the proposed submission will be available at the Office of The Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers, Augustine J. Shea Administration Building, 1511 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, New York beginning Wednesday February 16, 2011 from 8:30am until 4:30pm weekdays. The public hearing will be held at Curran Court – Building #4 at 2:00pm in the Community Room and 6:00pm at Ross F. Calcagno Homes (NY3-5), 10 Brook Street -Yonkers, NY in the Gymnasium. The public hearing is open to all interested parties. Residents are encouraged to select a spokesperson to present their comments at the public hearing. Participants in the public hearing should present their comments orally and in writing. Persons wishing to speak at the public hearing will be limited to five (5) minutes each. A sign up sheet for speakers will be available at the start of the public hearing. A summary of the issues brought up in the public hearing and the Authority’s response will be made available for review by interested parties at the Augustine J. Shea Administration Building, 1511 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, New York. The Municipal Housing Authority does not discriminate in admission to or access to or participation in its federally assisted programs and activities. Provisions will be made for persons who are handicapped so that they may fully participate if they so choose. Requests for sign language interpreter must be made to the Authority by 4:00 pm on Tuesday March 29, 2011. Request must be directed to Joseph Shuldiner Executive Director, The Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers, 1511 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, New York 10710, telephone number (914) 793-8400. THE MUNICIPAL HOUSING AUTHORITY FOR THE CITY OF YONKERS JOSEPH SHULDINER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dated: Thursday March 3, 2011

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Community Calendar
ANNOUNCEMENTS April 21 - Green Design Expo announces the opening of its flagship location with “Sustainable Sourcing from an educated point of view.” GDE offers the easiest, most cost effective means of responsible building and re-modeling and the lifestyle products make great gifts, as well as instilling a sense of personal involvement in more eco-friendly ways. Weekly classes covering various topics are given on site (see the website www.greendesignexpolnet for details). GDE opened Feb. 21; Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting scheduled for April 21. Located 640 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale 10583; 914-9025305; fax 9149-202-3685. ART AND CRAFTS April-May -Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst - one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry, fashion and accessories, furniture, home décor pieces, sculptural work in ceramics, glass, metal, painting, photography, wood, mixed media, expanded food section, specialty foods, children’s activities; more than 250 artists displaying and selling their works; held rain or shine; NO DOGS ALLOWED; admission $10 general per person, $9 adults, $4 for children 6-16; children under 6 admitted free; located ½ mile south of Tappan Zee Bridge toll plaza of NYS Thruway, Rte 9, Tarrytown, free parking onsite, complimentary shuttle buses for offsite parking; Friday 10am to 5pm; Saturday, 10am to 6pm; Sunday 10am to 5pm. BENEFITS/FUNDRAISERS March - South Salem Presbyterian Church will present renowned organist Anthony Newman in concert March 20 at 4:00pm, performing Bach preludes and fugues written for the organ; the concert will benefit the South Salem Presbyterian Church; program will include the Prelude and Fugue in A and the Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C. The final concert in the series will be held on May 13th at Christ Church Episcopal Church in Greenwich, CT. South Salem Presbyterian Church is located at 111 Spring Street in South Salem. Tickets are $20 at the door. St. Matthew’s Church is located at 382 Cantitoe Street in Bedford. March 27 - Temple Israel of New Rochelle presents A Family Concert to help clothe children in need in Westchester with singer Storyteller and Port Chester native Lou Del Bianco; 1:00- to 2:30pm; proceeds benefit The Sharing Shelf of Family Services of Westchester, that collects new and gently used clothing for children in need; tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door; order at dwilson@fsw.org or call 914-937-2320 ext. 116; contact Deborah Blatt at www.thesharingshelf@fsw.org or call 914-937-2320 ext. 148; Temple Israel of new Rochelle is at 1000 Pinebrook Blvd. April 10 - Gilda’s Club Westchester will host its 12th annual “A Cappella Extravaganza” with A Cappella groups from Briarcliff, Bronxville, Horace Greeley, John Jay, Scarsdale and Mamaroneck high schools, and The Master’s School, The Ursuline School and Rye Country Day School. Manhattanville College’s group, “Manhattanville Sound” will be judging the competition and performing. The Gilda’s Club Westchester Youth Committee organized this event. All proceeds benefit Gilda’s Club Westchester. Tickets are $5.00 for students; $10.00 for adults. The event will be held at The Masters School, 49 Clinton Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, NY at 2:00 PM. Contact Dawn Dankner-Rosen, DDR Public Relations, 914-241-2910; Jen Scully, Children & Families Manager, Gilda’s Club Westchester, 914-6448844. April 13 - HLAA (Hearing Loss Association of America) Westchester Chapter will be holding couple of fundraiser events at California Pizza Kitchen at 365 Central Park Ave., in Scarsdale to benefit the Blair & Anita Mazin Scholarship Fund. The event is for all day either by dining in and/or take out. The Scholarship Fund helps towards providing funding for two deaf or hard of hearing college bound students. The scholarship winners will be announced at the June general meeting. For more information on the fundraising event with CPK and to get a copy of the flyer, please contact Debbie Dolgin Wolfe at deborahdwolfe@gmail.com. You must bring the flyer with you for the Chapter to receive their donation. CAMPS Summer 2011 - The Westchester Sandbox Theatre’s Summer At The Sandbox is a summer day camp that provides an exciting array of fun summer activities and a comprehensive performing arts curriculum for performers ages 7-13. Campers will have a great time honing their skills in acting, singing, dance and creative writing. Campers will also spend several days offsite swimming, hiking, and even taking a trip to the Bronx Zoo. Camp runs Monday thru Friday, 9am-3pm, July 11-July 29. The Westchester Sandbox Theatre is located at 931c East Boston Post Road in Mamaroneck. For more information or to register, call 914.630.0804. COUNTY PARKS PROGRAMS March 26 - Cranberry Lake Preserve, Old Orchard Street, North White Plains, (914) 4281005 - No Matches Allowed! 1 pm. Learn how to make a fire without using matches or a lighter. Once the fire is blazing, enjoy S’mores by the fire. For ages 6 and up. March 26 - Croton Point Nature Center, Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, (914) 862-5297 - Setting Up Your Summer Lunch and Conversation at noon. Bring lunch and plan a “staycation:” local travel with alternate transportation on your vacation. Get information and ideas from Westchester’s travel experts. Dessert provided. March 26 - Marshlands Conservancy, Boston Post Road, Rye, (914) 835-4466 - Shoreline Clean-up in Preparation for Nesting Ospreys 1 to 3pm Bring work gloves and help clean up the beautiful shoreline along the salt marsh. March 26- Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Playland Park, Rye, (914) 967-8720 - Wild Tea Party 1pm. A taste of teas brewed from such wild plants as sweetfern, sassafras, goldenrod and more, along with information on their culinary, medicinal and ceremonial uses. For ages 12 and NEW EQUIPMENT! 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Amazing views, very private, fish in stocked trout stream! 2 acres. $149,500. 866-275-0442 www.mountainsofvirginia.com. OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND. Best selection of affordable rentals. Full/partial weeks. Call for FREE brochure. Open daily. Holiday RealEstate. 1-800-638-2102. Online reservations: www.holidayoc.com up. March 26 - Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Routes 35 and 121, Cross River, (914) 864-7322 - Sugaring Off Party 1pm. Celebrate the end of another sugaring season with tasting, music and more. Cosponsored by Friends of Trailside. March 27 - Marshlands Conservancy, Boston Post Road, Rye, (914) 835-4466. Shells by the Shore at 2pm. Learn about and view the many creatures that inhabit the seashells found along the beach. DANCE & MUSIC, REEL & STAGE March - Jacob Burns Film Center – Jewish Film Festival - Little Rose; The Infidel; Vidal Sassoon: The Move; Grace Paley: Collected Shorts; Eicemann’s End: Love, Betrayal, Death; The Human Resources Manager; Precious Life; Norman Mailer: The American; call for dates, times, tickets; 914-747-5555; 405 Manville Rd, Pleasantville; www.burnsfilmcenter.org. March 26 - Greenburgh Nature CenterWater, Beautiful Water! Puppet Show with Jill Liflander and her creative side-kicks; for ages 2 to 7; members $2, nonmembers $6 per person; preregistration required; 99 Dromore Ave, Scarsdale; 914-723-3470; www.greenburghnaturecenter.org. March 20 - Temple Israel Center - 19th Annual Opera Concert: From the Met to Broadway; opera and show tunes performed by leading artists and some stars of the Metropolitan Opera; 7:00pm; $50 general admission $36 seniors and students; 280 Old Mamaroneck Road, White Plains 914-948-2800 ext. 1112; www.templeisraelcenter.org March 23- Downtown Music at Grace Metropolitan Masters - Laura Hamilton, violinist and principal associate concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; was a member of Chicago Symphony Orchestra and performed as concerto soloist under Sir Georg Solti; has performed with NJ Symphony as Principal Second Viollin; joined the Met in 1986, appointed Principal Associate Concertmaster in 1999; she will play a program of personal favorites. Concert at 12:10pm at Grace Church, intersection of Mamaroneck Ave and Main St, White Plains; free. For more information about Downtown Music or the March concerts, please visit our web site: www. DTMusic.org or call (914) 248-1112. March 23 - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway - The Ladies of Comedy Extravaganza with comediennes Jessica Kirson, Arden Myrin, Lisa DeLarios, first-ever “Ladies of Comedy Night” at 7:00pm in Good Time Room; free admissionfor Club members, cover charge for non-members $15 (signing up for Empire Club membership is free and easy visit Promotions Booth on first floor of the Gotham Palace for information). Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway is located at 810 Yonkers Avenue (at Central Avenue) in Yonkers, New York, Westchester County, (I-87 to Exit 2). Empire City Casino is open seven days a week from 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM. For more information call 914.968.4200 or log onto www.empirecitygaming.com April - Taconic Opera - presents “The Pearl Fishers”, Bizet’s opera of an ancient tribe of pearl divers in Ceylon (modern day Sri Lanka), a story of betrayal, forgiveness, sacrifice and love; performed in French with translations above the stage (supertitles); at Yorktown Stage, 1974 Commerce St, Yorktown Hgts, April 15 and 16 at 8pm and April 17 at 2pm; single ticket prices $32 to $42 with $9 discount for seniors and students; information, tickets, directions 914-245-3415 or email operasopr@verizon.net or visit www. taconicopera.org. April - Tarrytown Music Hall- 4/1 David Bromberg Big Band 8pm; 4/8 Dave Mason 8pm; 4/9 Spyro Gyra 8pm; 4/10 Orla Fallon 7pm; 13 Main Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591; www.tarrytownmusichall.org or 877-840-0457; www.tarrytownmusichall.org. April - Westchester Broadway Theatre -4/5 Dancesport Extravaganza, national and international gold medal winners will dazzle with their routines; $75pp plus tax, 6:15 dinner, 8pm show. 4/12 Simply Diamond: A Tribute to Neil Diamond; $75pp plus tax; 6:15dinner, 8pm show. Call (914)-592-2222; www.BroadwayTheatre. com. Coming to WBT Mainstage: Singin’ In The Rain 3/24/11 - 6/12/11; Seussical The Musical 6/16/11 -7/31/11; Altar Boyz 8/4 - 9/18/11; My Fair Lady 9/22/11-11/27/11. WBT, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford 10523. April 2 - Westchester Jazz Orchestra 8:00pm, WJO will explore the works of pianist Thelonious Monk, a stunning composer who wrote close to 100 enduringly beautiful tunes, and Gerry Mulligan, an extraordinary baritone saxophonist and superlative composer/arranger. Irvington Town Hall Theater, 85 Main Street, Irvington,NY. Reserved seating tickets $35 adults/$30 seniors/$10 students. www.westjazzorch.org, Theater box office: 914-591-6602; WJO 914-861-9100 April 10 - Hudson Chorale is offering music lovers a rare opportunity to experience chamber music as it was meant to be heard: in a gracious,

private setting. Starting at 3:00 pm, the chorus will hold its annual fundraiser in an historic home. The program will include a piano trio by Brahms, selected baroque works performed by David Baranowski, and friends. In addition, enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and pleasant conversation before and after the musical presentation; also a Silent Auction of quality items and services. Seating for the concert is limited and reservations are required. The event will take place in Ossining; location and directions provided to all those who purchase tickets. Admission is $75. Tickets only in advance: call (914) 462-3212 or email info@hudsonchorale.org. Visit the chorus website: www.hudsonchorale.org.

EDUCATION/INSTRUCTION Ongoing - The Westchester Sandbox Theatre (931c E. Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck) is now registering for its spring musical theatre classes for young performers! Join professional teachers in a nurturing environment and become a better actor, singer and dancer. Classes meet on Mondays: 4-5:30 for K-3rd grade, 5:30-7:00 for 4th-6th grade, and 7:00-8:30 for 7th-12th grade. This is a 12 week program with a showcase performance at the end of the semester. Fee is $300. For more information or to register, call 914630-0804.

HEALTH PROGRAMS, SERVICES, SUPPORT March - Northern Westchester Hospital 3/23 Caregiver Support Group, 9:30 to 10:30am; program offers emotional support, organization assistance to help caregivers manage their daily lives while dealing with the illness of a loved one during hospitalization or treatment; free program co-sponsored by Northern Westchester Hospital and Westchester Jewish Community Services, Family Caregiver Network. At the Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center at NWH, 1st floor, main lobby. Registration required. 914-242-8128. 3/26 - One Day Childbirth Class, 9am to 5pm. Prepares couples for the birth of their first child. $200 per couple, includes refreshments and lunch. To register, call 914-666-1292. 3/29 Siblings Class and Tour, 3:30 to 4:30pm. Class prepares children ages 2 and up for birth of a new brother or sister; class includes video, lessons diaper changing, tour of hospital room where mom will stay, peek at the nursery. Snack included, $10 per family, NWH Conference Center, register 914-666-1369. April 7 - Red Cross Life Saving Course is being offered at The Banksville Community House, 12 Banksville Road, Greenwich, CT 06831 on Thursday, April 7th from 7:00 to 10:30pm. Learn how to perform CPR, care for a choking victim and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). There is a $45 charge per participant. To register, go online to bchinfo@optonline.net. For more information please call 203-622-9597.


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LECTURES, MEETING, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS April 4 - Hearing Loss Association of America Westchester Chapter - Saturday, April 2 at 2:00pm. Topic: “What We (People With Hearing Loss) Can Expect In The Workplace”; guest speaker is John Herrion, director, Disability Rights, NYS Div. Of Human Rights. At New York School for the Deaf, 555 Knollwood Road, White Plains 10603.; Light refreshments served; assistive listening devices always available, live CART captioning; friends and family invited; website is www.hlaawestchester.org. Information, email Debbie Dolgin Wolfe at deborahdwolfe@gmail.com or phone 845-368-0968. April 4 - The Greenwich Antiques Society lecture by Jason Busch “Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs 1851-1939”; 1:00 lecture, refreshments to follow; $20 non-members; reservations: Mary Heist 203-637-0359 or Mary Kay Olson 914-6319439;; The Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT

NATURE PROGRAMS Now thru October 2 - Greenburgh Nature Center - The Way of Water: Westchester Watersheds; fee included with general admission; free for members and children under 2; $7 for adults, $6 for seniors/students. 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale; www.greenburghnaturecenter.org; 7233470

REUNIONS May - The Teaneck High School, Teaneck, NJ, Class of 1961 will be celebrating its 50th class reunion the weekend of May 20th through the 22nd at the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe in Teaneck, NJ. There will be an informal gathering at the hotel Friday evening as classmates register. Registration will continue on Saturday, followed by a tour of the high school in the afternoon. The main event, a dinner dance in the main hall of the Marriott will be held Saturday evening. We conclude the weekend on Sunday morning with a brunch at the hotel. For reunion details and to register, log onto www.teaneckhs61.com. Or call Barbara Singer Schwartz at 201-967-7855 or Sharon McGowen Stoll at 201-391-3229.

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Politics over Public Purpose
By Chuck Lesnick, Yonkers City Council President Recently, the mayor delivered his final State of the City Address that concluded with a condemnation of those whom he described as misusing politics and putting, “politics over purpose.” He stated, “Politics over purpose allows some elected officials to place their personal agendas ahead of the people’s agenda.” Sadly, the mayor and his staff are clearly incapable of following their own advice. Hopefully, most of you already know about the concert taking place at Sarah Lawrence College this Sunday, featuring the Westchester Symphonic Winds and our Yonkers Public School students and teachers as they showcase their musical and artistic talents. The brainchild of a Yonkers music teacher who requested the assistance of my office to make this concert a reality and draw attention to the pending budget cuts to our performing arts programs, the continued funding of art and music in our schools has been a longstanding concern of mine and I was happy to assist in whatever way necessary to make this event happen. After several planning meetings over the past few weeks, one of my college interns created an attractive promotional flyer — with input from all involved parties — that began to circulate. It came to my attention just this afternoon (Tuesday), that the Mayor’s Office instructed the city’s corporation counsel to inform the Yonkers School Superintendent that I was “misusing” the city’s seal by placing it on the flyer, as it was not an “officially sanctioned event.” That is… officially sanctioned by the mayor. This action immediately halted the process and caused confusion to all involved in the planning for an event that is to take place only a few days from today. At a meeting with the mayor this afternoon, he, his deputy mayor and his chief of staff confirmed, angrily, what was at the heart of the issue — they objected to my name being on the flyer! Politics over purpose? Our students deserve to be heard and I will not do anything to stand in their way. To ensure that this concert continues as planned and with the Superintendent’s continued backing, I have removed my name and the city seal from the flyer. This concert is about supporting a fundamental, well-rounded education for our children, not any person. It is unfortunate that the mayor lacks the backbone to believe and act in accordance with what he preaches. Politics over purpose, right, Mayor?

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nizations. She has written a grant application to fund a vegetable garden at Family School 32 and has always stressed the importance of civic engagement inside and outside of the classroom. Currently, Brezler runs an after school program called “Tackling Environmental Issues” that has exposed students to important environmental policies that directly affect residents of the city. “We can’t ignore the work that our teachers, firefighters, police and DPW workers do for our city,” Brezler said. “We make sure that your kids are safe and well educated. It’s vital to give our children, who are the future of Yonkers, a good education and a reason for staying here.” “We are the foundation of this city and make our city work. If you overstretch that rubber band, it will break,” said Brezler, who is completing her second Masters Degree. “I fell in love with teaching and wanted to get into the classrooms. But I’m making $32,000 per year, and a lot of city workers are like me; we aren’t making a fortune but we love our jobs. “While there are some top tiered salary employees, the unions have been leaned on already and have tightened their belts as far as they can go,” said Brezler who comes from a proud family of public servants. Brezler also spoke about development and jobs at her kick off. “This site [Stewart Stamping] represents potential for growth and development within our community. Yonkers needs to bring back longterm jobs and rebuild our city, neighborhood by neighborhood. Making sure that the citizens of Yonkers are employed should be the number one focus of the city’s elected officials. “Clearly the steps taken by previous administrations have not yielded the desired outcome — it’s time for elected officials to take a different approach to job creation and economic development. It’s time for elected officials to do more than attend ribbon cuttings, ground breakings and

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or excessively delinquent in parking violations summonses. The vehicles are then impounded and secured by one of the city tow companies. The impounding of such vehicles generates revenue for the tow companies involved. Section 111-15 sets forth that the mayor, after having received recommendations from the Police Commissioner, “shall designate three qualified licensees, each to maintain an impound area with the City of Yonkers and to remove an impounded vehicle thereto when and as directed by the Police Department.” Thus, three tow companies are selected to impound vehicles for the city, with each being awarded a two-year contract. When the current contract was awarded in early 2010, the YPD chose not to make specific recommendations regarding preferred vendors. Instead, the city created a working group with representatives from the YPD, PVB, Mayor’s Office, Corporation Counsel, Purchasing Department and Finance Department to evaluate the applicants. The committee primarily considered the applicants’ responses to the Request for Proposals (RFP) and the results of YPD facility inspections. Prior to that contract, the three tow companies designated for impounding were Don-Glo, County Auto & Commercial Towing and Transit Auto Towing. The city opened up the contract to include companies that are designated by New York State as, “itinerant vehicle collectors,” to broaden the field of those who can apply for the contract and create greater competition. As a result of this change and an increase in the fees the companies could legally charge customers, three new tow companies sought the contract last year in addition to the three above-mentioned companies. One of the new companies, A.P.O.W. Towing, received a contract along with Don-Glo and County. The current contracts expire in the spring of 2012. The City Council did consider expanding the number of impound contracts from three to a maximum of six companies, but rejected the proposal with a 4-3 vote on February 23, 2010. The awarding of this contract to a new tow company, A.P.O.W. Towing instead of Transit, resulted in litigation that is currently pending before the New York State Appellate Division. The issues involved in that litigation are beyond the scope of this report and will be resolved by the court system. Furthermore, several individuals brought to our attention accusations of alleged legal and/or financial impediments to the awarding of the contract. To the extent that such issues are not covered by the ongoing litigation, we reviewed each in detail and found them to be either satisfactorily resolved or lacking sufficient weight to prevent the awarding of the contract. Impound Records and Finances Each month, the city bills the three tow companies $100 for each impound. The YPD Communications Division maintains a handwritten log for impounds and other activity, with several columns for different information. The YPD Fiscal Services Department then utilizes these logs in order to create a monthly bill for each company. The RFP states that the companies, “will be dispatched by the Police Department’s Communications Division on a rotating basis.” In fiscal year 2010, the YPD billed County for 971 impounds, Don-Glo for 995, Transit for 632, and A.P.O.W. for 188 (Transit’s contract expired and A.P.O.W.’s contract commenced in the last quarter of the fiscal year). In fiscal year 2009, County was billed for 1,135 impounds, Don-Glo for 996, and Transit for 804. After reviewing the available documentation, it is unclear why these companies that are utilized on a “rotating basis” have different numbers of impounds each year. The different numbers may be the result of problems with record keeping, unavailability of companies when they are called, or some other reason. We recommend that the YPD and PVB review their procedures

and remedy any inequity. Our review revealed inaccuracies in record keeping and billings that, on numerous occasions, cost the city money. We reviewed YPD billings for the months of October to December 2010 and found that in each month, all three tow companies were under-billed by hundreds of dollars as impounds were not correctly counted. We recommend that the YPD review 2010 and 2011 billings and send out revised invoices to correct prior under-billing. In addition, we found in our review that Transit’s last payment occurred in April 2009 and it failed to pay the city in the last year of its contract, leaving a balance due to the city of approximately $16,000. Although Transit was repeatedly billed for these funds, the city has not initiated legal action for this money. As a result of our audit, the city reportedly will now pursue legal remedies to collect the past due amount. Conclusions and Recommendations Our analysis of the city’s dealings with tow and impound companies leads us to conclude that although the city recently took positive steps towards improving its procedures for awarding tow and impound contracts, additional transparency and objective criteria are needed. City employees who interact with the companies should provide written performance evaluations prior to the next contract. Also, companies should bid on the price of impounding vehicles in order to provide an important objective criteria and additional funds to the city. Furthermore, city records for tow company activity are often hand-written and inconsistent, resulting in instances of under-billing. Improved record-keeping and better communication are needed in order to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the billing process. We make the following specific recommendations: • Written evaluations of all current impound companies should be created by relevant city employees and forwarded to those assisting in the selection process for the next contract; • Documented criteria for company selection should include timely payment of monthly city invoices, consumer complaints, compliance with local zoning and workers compensation requirements and maintenance and security of facilities; • Interested tow and impound companies should bid on the contract price, resulting in potential increased funds to the city and an additional objective criteria for deciding which companies are awarded the contract; • Tow and impound records should be kept in a more organized and accessible format, such as in an Excel file, so that billings are more accurate and records are more easily reviewed and analyzed; • The YPD should review 2010 and 2011 billings to tow companies and send out revised invoices to correct prior under-billing; • The city should pursue legal remedies to collect past due tow and impound fees; • Tow and impound billings should itemize the amount the company owes, the amount of reduction for each applicable waiver and a final net amount that must be paid. Council President Chuck Lesnick commented on the report, saying “Time and time again, we hear from various authorities that the city has a bad track record with respect to accurate record keeping and control measures. Whether it is a past IG report on the misuse of the city’s gasoline supply, the state comptroller’s report on the IDA or this report, it is clear that the city must do a better job in maintaining transparency.” “That is one reason why, when the proposal for the new towing contracts came up before the Board of Contract & Supply, I voted against it as the council was not provided with the criteria the selection committee used nor their written evaluations,” Lesnick continued. “While this IG report validates those concerns, it does not go far enough to examine possible conflicts between the administration and the winning vendors and the process by which the city circumvented state law with respect to appropriate licenses.”

other photo-ops and focus on the long-term planning that will get us to our goal. “We need to encourage development that is done in a smart way, which is friendly to our waterfront and inviting to people. They won’t come because we look like everyone else.” Another big issue for Brezler is the role of the residents and community organizations in helping solve Yonkers problems. “It’s imperative that we start being more civically minded. We have to take more value in our responsibility to be active participants in our government. I want to help successful community organizations like Groundwork Hudson Valley, Beczak, the Nepperhan Community Center and the Ukaranian and Polish centers grow their relations and entice them to support each other and to act as a network to help our government services.” Brezler, who has lived in Yonkers for 11 years and who has served as a Democratic District Leader since 2003, is the only announced Democrat in the race. Republicans Mike Breen and Joe Crotty already announced, and a third Republican, Michael Cerrato, set to announce later this month. These five will be in the race to succeed Councilman John Murtagh, who is term limited and who is running for Mayor. “Vote for me because of my policy, not my party. Lets have an open dialogue; I want to know what you are thinking.” Brezler is making her first run for public office, but has always known that she wanted to take this step. “I’ve been running since I was in Kindergarten, I’ve always wanted to run and this is the perfect time because the seat is term limited and I am the only Democrat in the race,” she said. “Yonkers is a part of me, and I have grasp of the budget struggles we have, and have the best mind for policy making. “This is my community and I want to serve so that when I speak on the floor of the council chamber, I am reflecting the concerns as well as the hopes and aspirations of each of us. That’s why I’m running.”

Spring Coed Volleyball Tournament at County Center
Registration is now open for the spring Westchester County Coed Volleyball Tournament, to be held on April 4 and 5 from 7 to 11 p.m. each night, at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. The tournament is open to men and women, 18 years of age and older, who are members of organized teams, such as corporations, clubs, recreation centers or local Ys. The tournament will be played in Round Robin format on Monday to determine the ranking of each team, with a double-elimination tournament for the cham-

pionship round on Tuesday. The tournament will be played in two levels of competition: recreation and power recreation. Awards will be given to the winning teams and runners-up in each division. Fee is $195 per team, with a limit of 20 teams. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, March 30. The Westchester County Center is located at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains. Parking is $5. Go to www.westchestergov.com to download an application, or to receive an entry form by mail, call 914-328-1542.

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completion, with construction crews working to build “a village” of retail, entertainment and residential options. Condo units are already being sold, and tenants are signing leases for the retail portion. A targeted opening this year is still a possibility, and Yonkers Rising will be visiting Ridge Hill in the weeks to come for a closer look at a positive development story; • 66 Main and Hudson Park — while these two projects were completed before the recession, both have been able to thrive and attract new residents and revenues for the city. The second portion of Hudson Park, is close to fully rented. And the developers of 66 Main, Metro Partners, LLC, have proposed a second residential project, an eco-friendly apartment tower to be built at Tuetonia Hall; • Saw Mill River Daylighting at Larkin Plaza — this $17 million project is underway, with a new riverfront park planned for the downtown, utilizing the city’s natural resources to attract visitors and new development and construction surrounding the soon-to-be visible river; • Green Projects — the “green wave” of environmentally friendly redevelopment in the downtown cannot be forgotten; with help from community organizations like Groundwork Hudson Valley, Beczak Environmental Center and others, locations like the Yonkers Pier (and X20 restaurant) and the Science Barge have become major destination sites. The progress at Ridge Hill begs the question; what is happening with the SFC project? This massive plan to redevelop downtown Yonkers is another long-debated project that was approved last year. The approved project called for a minorleague baseball stadium and retail and residential construction in and around Getty Square, Chicken Island and on the riverfront. Developer Streuver, Fidelco, Cappelli (SFC, where the colloquial name for the stalled project came from) has considered scaled back options to their original $1.6 billion plan, and even an altered $600 million plan, while they ride out the economic downturn. Peter Klein of SFC told Yonkers Rising that their development project will happen, but it could take up to three years to even break ground. “We are actively pursuing national retail tenants who are more engaged now in reviewing new projects than they were last year,” he said. Klein explained that financing for their project will come after retail tenants agree to open in downtown Yonkers. “The uptick in the economy has enabled retailers to be more optimistic about future plans. As such, they need to decide today where they want new stories in 2013 and ’14,” explained

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Klein. “Commercial development financing is driven by leasing — once we sign tenants, we are confident the financial markets will provide the needed funding.” Klein said that SFC has a supermarket and movie theater interested in opening in their proposed River Park Center mall on Chicken Island, with efforts to secure a major retailer underway. “Developers are always in partnership with retail tenants. The delay in starting new projects is not unique to Yonkers, its indicative of the global slowdown in retail expansion,” said Klein. “Big retailers have closed stores all over the country, so its difficult to get them to open new at new locations, but we think downtown Yonkers needs another mass merchandiser. We don’t have anyone saying that they don’t want to be here.” While Klein said it was possible that SFC could further downsize their proposal, “we still plan to build a 450,000 square foot project that will be the leader in bringing more people to the downtown, day and night.” When asked about SFC’s plans for a new residential construction on the banks of the Hudson, Klein said “You need a retail destination first. River Park Center will create that place and the residential can follow. We’re encouraged by Ridge Hill’s tenant announcements; it shows that retailers are filling spaces at alreadybuilt centers and will then turn their attention to projects ready for construction.” Another key part of SFC’s downtown redevelopment plan was the daylighting of the Saw Mill River at Getty Square and Chicken Island, the same river currently being daylighted at Larkin Plaza. Thirty-four million dollars in state grants were acquired for the daylighting for SFC, but some funds have been re allocated for the Larkin daylighting. The New Main Street Development Corporation (NMSDC) was set up to acquire the state funds for daylighting purposes. The NMSDC has moved forward with plans to purchase more than a dozen properties along New Main and surrounding streets underneath which the river flows. Negotiations with property owners continue, but the possibility of moving forward using the power of Eminent Domain remains a possibility. And what about the future of the minor league baseball stadium? One downtown development player told us, “Projects like the minor league stadium are loss leaders. They certainly help fuel more development, but there are an upfront cost and an ongoing loss. Who pays for it?” Yonkers Rising has also learned that two key pieces to the downtown puzzle, Station Plaza at 86 Main St., and the 15 acres of riverfront property, where the Blue Cube (most recently used as a movie studio) is located, have been purchased recently. More on these stories next week.

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Mardi Gras at St. John’s Episcopal Church
St. John’s Church recently held their Mardi Gras celebration and pancake supper. The dining hall was packed with songs, costumes and celebration in the air. Father John invited everyone to the residence to participate in burning the previous year’s palm, which provided the ash for Ash Wednesday.

Photos by Donna Davis

Dr. Limongelli Gives Free Smiles
Yonkers Dentist Dr. William Limongelli, with offices at 12 Warburton Ave., recently celebrated Dental Health Month in February by offering free emergency dental treatments to anyone who needed them. Limongelli is pictured with his staff, patients, and with one happy and smiling patient.

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One Last Taste of St. Patty’s Day in Yonkers

Above and below: The Lynn Academy of Irish Dance troop thrilled the crowd

L to r: Deputy Mayor Bill Regan, Eilleen from Eileen’s Kitchen and Mayor Phil Amcione

L to r: Councilman Dennis Shepherd, Bill Sacco, Susan Sacco, Jim Landy and Councilman John Larkin

The McClean Avenue Band is (l to r) drummer Tony Ryan, guitarist Padraig Allen, fiddler Jessica Semins and keyboardist Buddy Connolly

L to r: Landy, Amicone and former City Court Judge Mike Doran

Above and below: Everyone was Irish for UPAC’s concert of Irish Traditon

The Marie Reilly Trio, comprised of (l to r): Oliver Charles, Noreen Charles and Marie Reilly, with Amicone

The Yonkers celebration of St. Patrick’s Day continued with an Irish concert held last week at the Montessori Academy, sponsored by the the Untermeyer Performing Arts Council, Mayor Phil Amicone and the Yonkers Department of Parks and Recreation. The evening of Irish Tradition included Irish tea and scones, soda bread, raffles and performances by the The McClean Avenue band and the award-winning Lynn Academy of Irish Dance. The Lynn children dancers, under the tutelage of Joanne Toglia-O’Hanlon, were a big hit, as were the ever-popular McClean Avenue Band. Mayor Phil Amicone also held his annual St. Patrick’s Day Coffee at City Hall last week, with everyone enjoying great food, especially the corned beef sandwiches, provided by Eilleen’s Country Kitchen on McLean Avenue, and the coffee and beverages from Rory Dolan’s. Irish Tradition photos are viewable above. Mayor’s Coffee photos are viewable at right.
The two youngest dancers were a big hit

L to r: Landy, Larry and Pat McCrudden and Amicone

Irish Traditions photos by Donna Davis

Mayor’s Coffee photos by Ed Whitman

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