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Vol 110 Number 41
Friday, October 10, 2014
Greenburgh Accepts $1M
Donation to Acquire Parkland
Sen. Stewart-Cousins
Ready to Make History
Undeveloped land near Taxter Ridge Park in the Village of Tarrytown.
State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, third from left, at the 2014 Yitzhak Rabin Peacemaker
Awards ceremony at New Rochelle City Hall, with recipients Joel Fridovich and the Rev.
Hyacinth Lee and their families.
Last week, the Greenburgh Town Board
unanimously approved a resolution to accept a $1
million donation offered by AvalonBay communities and Robert Martin Company to be used solely
for the purpose of funding the acquisition of undeveloped land abutting Taxter Ridge Park in the
Village of Tarrytown.
The 28.7 acres of land will be used for dedication and use solely as a public park expansion
for all town residents with no acquisition, maintenance, liability or other costs to residents of the
unincorporated area of town. The New York State
Parks department endorsed the acquisition, as did
the village.
The donation comes from part of an agreement made between the East Irvington Civic Association and Robert Martin Corp/AvalonBay ComContinued on Page 8
Fall Harvest Fest is This
Weekend at Empire Casino
By Dan Murphy
State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins is
seeking re-election to a 5fifth term Nov. 4 to
represent the 35th District, which includes the
Westchester communities of Scarsdale, Greenbugh, Hastings, East Yonkers and parts of White
Plains and New Rochelle.
First elected in 2006, the veteran legislator
from Yonkers has risen to become the first female leader of a legislative conference in New
York State history, when, in 2012, her Democratic colleagues chose her to be the Democratic
conference leader. But Stewart-Cousins was denied her rightful position as the Senate majority
leader when a renegade group of five Democrats
defected and formed the Independent Democratic Caucus, and joined with the Senate Republi-
cans to form a majority.
Over the past year, Stewart-Cousins clearly
and calmly explained the rationale for a Democratic majority in the Senate, and how Democrats who had voted for a working majority of
their party were deprived that right by the IDC.
“Part of restoring the faith in government
is knowing that when you are electing someone,
that person values your vote enough to represent what they said they would represent,” said
Stewart-Cousins. “New Yorkers sent a clear
message in 2012 when they elected a majority
of Democrats to the State Senate. This election
year, let’s finally give New Yorkers the progressive government they voted for.
“We were able to work together and accomContinued on Page 8
Is Hillary’s Hometown
Racially Discriminatory?
Empire Casino at Yonkers Raceway
Westchester residents and families know
that fall is in the air when the annual Fall Harvest Festival returns to Empire Casino at Yonkers Raceway.
The sixth annual event, set for Saturday,
Oct. 11 from 4 to 8 p.m., includes family-fun
events such as pony rides, face painting, a
pumpkin patch, musical entertainment and
more. Those over age 21 can enjoy this year’s
newly added beer garden offering a large selection of New York State craft beer, along with a
wing tent that will tempt attendees with a variety of recipes and flavors. Festival-goers will be
able to vote for their favorite wing flavor and the
winning recipe will be featured on the menu of
the trackside restaurant, Empire Terrace.
Also set for Saturday is the most significant
“political race” of the season, and it’s not a gubernatorial debate. A dozen elected officials –
members of the New York Assembly and Senate
from Westchester, Long Island and New York’s
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Harrison Public Library
Kicks Off Renovation
“I have no reason
to disagree with the
federal findings.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
“The governor owes
the people of
Westchester an
Westchester County
Executive Rob Astorino
By Dan Murphy
Two of the country’s top Democrats reside
in the Town of New Castle here in Westchester.
New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls Mt.
Kisco home, while former U.S. President and
Secretary of State Bill and Hillary Clinton reside
in Chappaqua – both in the Town of New Castle.
Last week, Cuomo charged that Westchester County towns and villages discriminate
against minorities, based on an affordable housing settlement between the county and the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The settlement, agreed to by former County
Executive Andy Spano, requires the creation of
750 units of affordable housing be built in 31
small Westchester towns and villages. The administration of current County Executive Rob
Astorino is building the units ahead of schedule,
with more than 400 units having financing and
building permits, and 174 units occupied.
Continued on Page 8
Exciting New Season Planned
For Pelham Women’s Club
A rendering of the renovations planned for Harrison Public Library.
The total renovation of the Harrison downtown library will begin with a kickoff event Saturday, Oct. 25 at noon at the Halperin Building
at 2 Bruce Ave. Town and library officials as well
as donors and the public will celebrate the start
of the long-planned project designed to provide
21st century library services to the community.
The Halperin Building will be reconfigured to include a new Technology Center, spacious children’s room, teen center with expanded group and private study space, as well
as improved lighting and an enhanced wireless
network with dedicated charging stations. A television studio provided by Cablevision has also
been incorporated into the new library.
The renovations were made possible by a
public-private partnership spearheaded by a $1.1
million contribution from the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Fund. The Town/Village of Harrison matched the contribution with $1.1 million
in capital and other funding. The Harrison Public
Library Foundation raised additional funds from
numerous private and corporate donors, including a $50,000 donation from the Javitch Foundation to honor the late Harrison resident Lee
Jaden Corporation contributed $100,000
Continued on Page 9
Members of the Pelham Women’s Club.
After adding four new members to its
Board of Directors, the Pelham Women’s Club
settled down to planning an exciting new season beginning Sept. 17 at the Richard J. Daronco Town House at 20 Fifth Ave., Pelham.
Many new ideas were presented and discussed by the board, and a bran new program
will be presented on Presidents’ Day in April.
The luncheon at the Davenport Country Club
will feature the Hanamizuki young Japanese
women whose beautiful voices will be singing
in English, Japanese and Italian.
Many other interesting programs are being planned. For more information on the Pelham Women’s Club, call Lucille at 914-3375054.
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YoFi Spotlight: ‘Unfit to Print’ Wildlife Photography Exhibit
A Satire of Local Journalism
On Display in Larchmont
Photographer Julie Larsen Maher with an African elephant calf.
In anticipation of the upcoming YoFi Fest, the
Yonkers Film Festival, set for next weekend, Oct.
17 to 19, we feature additional Westchester filmmaker and their work.
“Unfit to Print,” a comedic short film made
by and starring Westchester County filmmakers,
will make its world premiere Oct. 18 at YoFi. The
movie tells the story of idealist career changer
Matt, who joins the staff of a small-town community weekly newspaper run by a clueless editor.
The result is some uncomfortable and ethicallyquestionable on-the-job training.
“Unfit to Print” was filmed in Mamaroneck
and White Plains and was written and directed by
Westchester natives Mark Lungariello and Liam
McKiernan, who also star in the film. The two began writing together in 1999 as students at Manhattanville College in Purchase, and drew inspiration for the story from Lungariello’s career as a
journalist in Westchester.
“Luckily, this wasn’t autobiographical,” said
Lungariello, who grew up in White Plains and is
currently contributing editor and columnist for
Westfair Communications Inc. (WAG magazine,
Westchester and Fairfield County business journals). “Like they used to say in the beginning of
some Three Stooges shorts, any similarity between
real human beings and the characters is a dirty
Lungariello currently lives in Brooklyn and is
also a radio host on Whitney Media’s WVOX in
New Rochelle.
McKiernan was born and lives in Mount Vernon. He has been a line producer at Viacom Media
Networks for the past decade, working on more
than 75 productions including “Black Ink Crew,”
“Best Week Ever,” “I Love the 70s,” “I Love the
80s” and “I Love the 90s.” He was accepted into
the Directors Guild of America Training Program
in 2005, outperforming thousands of applicants for
one of only seven available spots.
“It’s pretty cool that our little movie will debut at home here in Westchester,” said McKiernan.
“We both attended the YoFi Fest’s opening night
last year and we made a pact right then and there:
To eat more greens. We also agreed to submit a
movie for the next festival.”
McKiernan said that years of industry favors
were called in and as a result, the duo produced a
professional-looking short on virtually no budget.
For a complete listing of films featured at
YoFi Fest, visit www.YoFifest.wix.com
Julie Larsen Maher, the first woman to be appointed staff photographer for the Wildlife Conservation Society, will share fascinating wildlife
photos from her collection at the Woman’s Club
of Larchmont meeting Friday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. at
Larchmont Avenue Church, 60 Forest Park Ave.
Maher, who has a keen interest in bringing
awareness to conservation issues surrounding
wildlife and wild lands, takes photos at the WCS’s
New York-based parks including the Bronx Zoo,
Central Park Zoo and the New York Aquarium. She
also has photographed some of the world’s leading
conservationists, animal experts and their projects
in biodiverse locations found in countries such as
Argentina, Ecuador and Zambia, as well as sites
in Yellowstone National Park and the Adirondacks.
Her work is regularly picked up by the wire
services; her photos appear in National Geographic publications, and newspapers such as the Wall
Street Journal, the New York Times and USA Today.
The program is open to the public. For more
information, contact Margaret Shultz at 914-8347218.
Purchase Students Part of
International Coastal Cleanup
Zen Herter, a Purchase College junior and environmental study major. Photo by Kyung Baek.
Devoye Folkes, a Purchase College junior and liberal studies major. Photo by Cheyenne MacDonald.
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Forty students from the introduction to
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in Rye, where they recovered more than 200
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where the natural world and human society
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Westchester Residents Gather
To Fight Poverty & Inequality
Lasdon Park Hosting Train
Show & Halloween Party
Attendees at the Westchester People’s Assembly Against Poverty event. Photo by AJ
Last Saturday, a hundred Westchester residents braved the rain to attend the Westchester
People’s Assembly Against Poverty, a gathering
organized by the grassroots group Community
Voices Heard. Together, residents demanded their
county elected leaders take action by supporting
the Westchester People’s Agenda Against Poverty.
The agenda includes policy proposals to
address the need for free and low-cost childcare
and afterschool programs, fair-chance hiring
practices for people with criminal records, and
truly affordable housing. According to Community Voices Heard member-leader and Ossining
High School student Carlos Panjon, the people’s
agenda was created through “conversations with
members of the most poverty-stricken areas in
Westchester County…We spoke with people in
Yonkers, White Plains, Port Chester, Ossining,
Mt Vernon and Peekskill in libraries, community
centers, churches and homes…to create a shared
vision for our communities.”
Although Community Voices Heard members and staff invited all 17 county legislators
and seven committed to attending themselves
or sending a representative, only one legislator,
Catherine Borgia attended the gathering and one
legislator, MaryJane Shimsky, sent a statement to
be read on her behalf.
Borgia and Shimsky publicly committed to
work with Community Voices Heard in order to
create legislation around each of their policy proposals: increased funding for childcare subsidies
and free/low-cost afterschool programs, banning
the box that asks job applicants whether they
have ever been convicted of a felony, and an affordable housing needs assessment based on the
2010 Census.
Even though the county executive wasn’t
able to attend, his office sent a statement that
read: “Each day, he and his office hear from
so many individuals in desperate need of food
stamps, rent assistance and other services. With
the help, vision and compassion of groups such
as Community Voices Heard, many can look forward to a brighter tomorrow.”
However, some residents weren’t convinced
that the county executive would commit to working on the anti-poverty agenda without a fight.
“Notice how he didn’t say anything about his role
to address poverty,” said CVH member-leader
Louie Romain.
Yonkers resident and Community Voices
Heard member-leader Doris Pemberton was disappointed that there weren’t more legislators in
attendance. “We need to wake them up as to the
needs that are growing here in Westchester,” he
said. “They’ve got to get on the ball and address
these growing numbers and discontent.”
During the meeting, Community Voices
Heard member-leaders made a plan to bring their
agenda straight to the legislators who did not attend, as well as to County Executive Rob Astorino. Community Voices Heard members will also
attend the County Board of Legislators meeting
Monday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.
Community Voices Heard is a member-led,
multi-racial organization, principally made up of
women of color and low-income families in New
York State, which builds power to secure social,
economic and racial justice for all. It does so
through grassroots organizing, leadership development, policy changes and creating new models
of direct democracy.
Social Security Q&A
By Julissa Javier
Social Security assistant district manager,
Question: How can I protect myself against
identity theft?
Answer: First, don’t carry your Social Security card with you. Keep it secure at home with
your other important papers. Second, don’t readily give out your Social Security number. While
many banks, schools, doctors, landlords and others will request your number, it is your decision
whether to provide it. Ask if there is some other
way to identify you in their records.
If you are the victim of identity theft, you
should report it right away. To report identity
theft, fraud or misuse of your Social Security
number, the Federal Trade Commission (the nation’s consumer protection agency) recommends
you place a fraud alert on your credit file by
contacting one of the following companies (the
company you contact is required to contact the
other two, which will then place alerts on your
reports): Equifax, 1-800-525-6285; Trans Union,
1-800-680-7289; or Experian, 1-888-397-3742.
Also, review your credit report for inquiries from companies you have not contacted,
accounts you did not open, and debts on your
accounts you cannot explain; and close any accounts you know, or believe, have been tampered
with or opened fraudulently.
Lastly, file a report with your local police or
the police in the community where the identity
theft took place, and file a complaint with the
Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-438-4338
(TTY 1-866-653-4261).
Q: Can I conduct my Social Security business online in the event of a hurricane or other
disaster that keeps me from visiting an office?
A: Yes, you can conduct most of your business with Social Security online at www.socialsecurity.gov, where you’ll find a wealth of
information and services. For example, you can
create or access your own “My Social Security”
account, apply online for Social Security benefits or Medicare, and check the status of your
pending application. If you’re already receiving
Social Security benefits, you can change your address, phone number or your direct deposit information, get a replacement Medicare card, or get
an instant proof of income letter.
You also can get your Social Security statement online. Your statement lets you check and
verify your earnings record and see estimates of
your future benefits. You also can find out if your
local office is open at www.socialsecurity.gov/
emergency. That site lists any office closings and
Also, make sure you receive your benefits
electronically. While the mail can be disrupted
during severe weather or other emergencies,
electronic payments arrive in your account on
time, all the time – no matter what. Go to www.
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Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial in Somers.
Aliens, flying saucers, mutants and other
extraterrestrial surprises will “invade” northern
Westchester during the October “Area 51” Halloween festivities, including a themed train show
and costume party, at Lasdon Park, Arboretum
and Veterans Memorial in Somers.
Throughout the season the Lasdon main
house will be decorated with an eerie alien/space
theme of “Area 51,” which is the Nevada desert
Air Force complex famous in pop culture as home
to secret extraterrestrials, UFOs, strange otherworldly experiments, and conspiracy theories that
surrounded them.
The annual Lasdon Halloween model train
show, decked out in an alien theme, will be on
view Saturday, Sunday and Monday Oct. 11, 12
and 13; and Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 18, 19,
25 and 26, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31, viewing hours are 3 to 6 p.m.
The display consists of Lionel trains chugging along on more than 300 feet of track, past
tiny buildings and miniature deserts.
Admission to the train show is $2 for children younger than 12 and $5 for adults.
To add to the fun, the Lasdon hay maze will
return this year – bigger and better than ever.
There will be a scavenger hunt for children and
costumed ET will be available for photo opportunities in or out of his space craft. The maze will be
open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
October County Board Meetings
Board of Acquisition and Contract
Thursdays, Oct. 16, 23 and 30 at 11 a.m.
County Executive’s Office, Conference
Room A
148 Martine Ave., White Plains
Municipal Planning Federation Board
Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 9 a.m.
Cassella Conference Room 420
148 Martine Ave., White Plains
Board of Health
Thursday, Oct. 16 at 8:30 a.m.
10 County Center Road, second floor,
White Plains
Parks, Recreation and Conservation
Thursday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m.
Muscoot Farm
51 Route 100, Somers
Soil and Water Conservation District
Friday, Oct. 17 at 9:30 a.m.
Hilltop Hanover Farm
1271 Hanover St., Yorktown
Solid Waste Commission
Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m.
Finance Department Conference Room,
seventh Floor
148 Martine Ave., White Plains
Police Board
Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.
Commissioner’s Conference Room, Westchester County Police Headquarters
1 Saw Mill River Parkway, Hawthorne
African-American Advisory Board
Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m.
County Executive’s Office, Conference
Room A
148 Martine Ave., White Plains
Airport Advisory Board
Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.
Westchester County Airport
Industrial Development Agency
Thursday, Oct. 23 at 8:30 a.m.
County Executive’s Office, Conference
Room A
148 Martine Ave., White Plains
Transportation Board
Friday, Oct. 24 at 8:30 a.m.
Department of Public Works and Transportation Offices
100 E. First St., Mount Vernon
Public Utility Service Agency
Friday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m.
Law Department Conference Room, sixth
148 Martine Ave., White Plains
Chalk It Up! Festival
Is Oct. 19 in Ossining
Letter to the Editor
Columbus Day Observed
As we approach Columbus Day, Oct. 14,
let’s celebrate Christopher Columbus and his
achievement and accomplishment. It was Columbus that believed the world was not flat.
He set sail and discovered the New World in
Marco Polo traveled to India and established a trade route. Amerigo Vespucci was an
explorer; his name was given to that what we
call America. Verrazano, a navigator and merchant, sailed to the lower part of Manhattan.
The Village of Ossining will host its first
Chalk It Up! Festival on Sunday, Oct. 19, when
families and visitors from throughout Westchester
are invited to enjoy a day of music, dance, crafts
and food alongside amateur and professional artists painting Ossining’s Main and Spring Street
sidewalks with chalk pastel. Sponsored by the
Village of Ossining through its Downtown Events
Committee, the free festival will be held from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m.
“This is the first time ever that Ossining
will host Chalk It Up! and we are eager to welcome the Westchester community to this familyfriendly festival,” said Ingrid Richards, manager
of downtown and economic development. “Sidewalk painting is challenging, yet rewarding. The
Ossining Downtown Events Committee is encouraging artists of all levels to share their artistic
Prizes will be awarded at the end of the festival for first, second and third place. Space is also
still available for food and vendor booths.
Children’s illustrator Rose Mary Berlin will
serve as the festival’s featured artist, hosting a
free drawing activity for children at 11 a.m. and
2 p.m. An artist all her life, Berlin has illustrated more than 40 children’s books, including the
“Itty and Bitty” series for McWitty Press, and
other publishers such as Golden Books, Harper
Collins, Simon and Schuster, Sesame Workshop,
Pearson Learning and School Zone. She is currently illustrating “Little Bunny” for Highlights
for Children’s Hello and High 5 magazines. She
also licenses her art for products such as greeting
cards, puzzles and flags.
Berlin, who resides in Yorktown Heights
with her husband and two children, will have
books and art available for purchase at the festival.
“Again the village brings public art to the
heart of downtown – a pledge we made at the conclusion of the stupendously successful ‘Ossining
in 3D’ celebration,” said Mayor William Hanauer.
Chalk It Up! is the first major event sponsored by the newly-formed Ossining Downtown
Events Committee. Established by the village to
promote the downtown area as a lively, safe and
vibrant community, the committee is charged with
developing a variety of special events and activities at Ossining’s Market Square. The committee
is also the result of a joint partnership study with
the Business Council of Westchester, which focused on how to attract young professionals to the
historic village.
Among the study’s key findings was the desire for additional high-quality programming for
local residents and visitors to enjoy.
For more information on Chalk It Up! visit
Then there’s Galileo, an astronomer; and
artists Michelangelo and Da Vinci.
There is probably not one nationality that
hasn’t had a greater effect on the world as we
know it.
As Americans we should be proud; Italian-Americans should be equally proud during this Italian Heritage Month. And let us not
forget the personal sacrifice and commitment
Italians had on the great country of ours.
Kent Iarocci
Small Biz Forum to
Focus on Cyber Security
Target, Neiman Marcus, Home Depot…
Nearly every week, a security breach involving
sensitive customer information becomes national news. But while cyber thefts of large, highprofile retailers have garnered much attention
and generated widespread public concern, the
vast majority of data security breaches involve
small businesses. In fact, more than 70 percent
of all data breaches impact small retailers, restaurants and businesses that are perhaps least
equipped to protect against a cyber-attack.
For this reason, Assemblyman Steve Otis
and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center, Inc., will host a Small Business and Economic Development Forum focusing on how small
businesses and local retailers can better protect
sensitive customer data from potential hacking
and theft. The forum will be held Tuesday, Oct.
21 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Mamaroneck
Town Center, 740 West Boston Post Road.
The forum will feature a distinguished
panel of industry, law enforcement and security
experts who will address practical, proactive
and cost-effective strategies that can help small
business owners guard against cyber security
breaches. Speakers will include Theresa Mendello, business leader/vice president of U.S. customer security and risk services for MasterCard;
Clark Russell, deputy bureau chief of the Internet Bureau, Division of Economic Justice of the
New York State Attorney General’s Office; and
Brian Rauer, executive director of the Mid-Hudson Better Business Bureau and general counsel
of the BBB serving Metro New York.
“Small businesses are especially vulnerable
to hacking, cyber attacks and the theft of confidential information,” said Otis. “So it’s vital that
business owners take steps to safeguard sensitive business and customer data. While some
owners might worry that they lack the financial
means to develop an effective data protection
plan, our panelists are here to help with strategies and resources that are tailor-made for small
business operations.”
WEDC Executive Director Anne Janiak
added: “We are pleased to co-sponsor this event
on this important topic of cyber security, a topic
on everyone’s mind these days. We know that
small business owners will receive valuable advice from our knowledgeable panelists. In addition, WEDC wishes to acknowledge and thank
Capital One Bank for its generous support of
this forum and our entrepreneurial training programs.”
The forum will also feature representatives
of various government agencies and private organizations who will provide an overview of the
services their organizations offer to local businesses, as well as one-on-one assistance and informational materials.
There is still time to register for this free
Oct. 21 forum. Interested parties should contact
Debra Lagapa in Otis’ district office at [email protected]
assembly.state.ny,us or 914-939-7028; or Maria
Guardado of WEDC at [email protected] or 914-948-6098, ext. 15.
Celebrate Fall with Pumpkins,
Movies and More in Rye
Annual ‘Hispanic Heritage Month’
Target, Neiman Marcus, Home Depot…
Nearly every week, a security breach involving
sensitive customer information becomes national
news. But while cyber thefts of large, high-profile
retailers have garnered much attention and generated widespread public concern, the vast majority
of data security breaches involve small businesses.
In fact, more than 70 percent of all data breaches
impact small retailers, restaurants and businesses
that are perhaps least equipped to protect against
a cyber-attack.
For this reason, Assemblyman Steve Otis and
the Women’s Enterprise Development Center, Inc.,
will host a Small Business and Economic Development Forum focusing on how small businesses
and local retailers can better protect sensitive customer data from potential hacking and theft. The
forum will be held Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 8:30 to
10:30 a.m. at the Mamaroneck Town Center, 740
West Boston Post Road.
The forum will feature a distinguished panel
of industry, law enforcement and security experts
who will address practical, proactive and costeffective strategies that can help small business
owners guard against cyber security breaches.
Speakers will include Theresa Mendello, business
leader/vice president of U.S. customer security
and risk services for MasterCard; Clark Russell,
deputy bureau chief of the Internet Bureau, Division of Economic Justice of the New York State
Attorney General’s Office; and Brian Rauer, executive director of the Mid-Hudson Better Business
Bureau and general counsel of the BBB serving
Metro New York.
“Small businesses are especially vulnerable
to hacking, cyber attacks and the theft of confidential information,” said Otis. “So it’s vital that
business owners take steps to safeguard sensitive
business and customer data. While some owners
might worry that they lack the financial means to
develop an effective data protection plan, our panelists are here to help with strategies and resources
that are tailor-made for small business operations.”
Enjoy the colorful scenery on Long Island
Sound during the annual Fall Fest on Saturday,
Oct. 18 from noon to 5 p.m. at Read Wildlife Sanctuary in Rye.
The day’s festivities include animal workshops and a birds of prey demonstration, performances and live music, a pumpkin patch, and
kayak demonstrations by LL Bean. There will also
be a special kids’ corner featuring face painting
and activities and crafts for the family, sponsored
by the Westchester Children’s Museum, the Rye
Arts Center, the Clay Art Center, the Rye School
of Dance, the Rye Historical Society, the Osborn
and the Friends of Read.
Admission is $10 for adults, or $5 for children ages 5 and older; parking is free. The event
will be held rain or shine.
No dogs are permitted at the sanctuary.
The Fall Fest is sponsored by Westchester
County Parks and the Friends of Read Wildlife
Sanctuary. It is located at Playland Park in Rye.
For more information, go to www.westchestergov.com/parks or friendsofreadwildlifesanctuary.org.
On Saturday, Oct. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m., the
Rye Historical Society invites families to start a
new fall tradition and create some lasting memories at the Square House Museum’s “Family
Pumpkin Carving Day.”
After carefully choosing just the right pumpkin from the “Square House Pumpkin Patch,”
families can carve their very own pumpkin masterpiece. In addition, children will be able to enjoy
a selection of fun fall-themed crafts.
The cost is $20 per family and includes a
pumpkin, carving tools and crafts. Reservations
are suggested, as space is limited, and can be made
by calling the Rye Historical Society at 914-9677588.
By popular demand, Sunday afternoon at
the movies returns to the Rye Historical Society’s
Square House Museum – popcorn included! The
fall film series will showcase some of the highlights from John Wayne’s prolific film career. Join
fellow fans of the “Duke” at 2:30 p.m. on three
Sunday afternoons: Oct. 19, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14.
Showing Oct. 19 will be “Red River,” one of
the greatest westerns of all time. This 1948 Howard Hawks classic is about an epic cattle drive
from Texas to Kansas along the Chisholm Trail. It
features one of John Wayne’s finest performances
and co-stars Montgomery Clift in his first screen
role. Showing in November will be “The Man
Who Shot Liberty Valance” and December’s feature will be “True Grit.”
The program cost is $5 per showing, and seating is limited so pre-registration is recommended.
Call the Rye Historical Society at 914-967-7588 or
visit www.ryehistory.org.
The Square House Museum is located at 1
Purchase St., Rye, and is open Tuesday through
Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The forum will also feature representatives of
various government agencies and private organizations who will provide an overview of the services their organizations offer to local businesses,
as well as one-on-one assistance and informational
There is still time to register for this free Oct.
21 forum. Interested parties should contact Debra
Lagapa in Otis’ district office at [email protected],us or 914-939-7028; or Maria Guardado of WEDC at [email protected] or
914-948-6098, ext. 15.
Cliff Jackson’s opinion piece in last week’s
Rising contained an editing error. The headline
and first line of his piece should have read “The
90th Birthday of the Great James Baldwin.” We
apologize for the error.
Student Essay Contest Announced
For the seventh consecutive year, Cablevision’s Optimum Community and Olympusat, Inc., will sponsor the “Hispanic Heritage
Month” essay contest in recognition of the rich
heritage of Hispanic-Americans. Open to middle-school (grades six through eight) and highschool (grades nine through 12) students, the
2014 contest asks students to “Name a Latino,
past or present, with whom you would choose to
spend a day, and explain why.”
All essays must be submitted in English
either through the Optimum Community website at www.optimum.net/community, emailed
to [email protected], or mailed to Cablevision, Attn: Optimum Community, 1111
Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY. Entries will be accepted through Nov. 1 and cannot exceed 500
words. Four winners in both the middle- and
high-school categories will be selected and announced in December. Prizes include a $2,500
cash scholarship (grand prize), an Apple iPad
(first prize), a laptop computer (second prize)
and a Kindle Fire (third prize).
Olympusat, Inc. is the provider of such
Spanish-language channels as CubaPlay and
TV Chile, all available on Optimum TV en Español programming service.
“Through Optimum Community, Cablevision is proud to sponsor the ‘Hispanic Heritage
Month’ essay contest that encourages students
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Latinos throughout the years,” said Vice President of Public Affairs Jen Ostrager. “Cablevision remains committed to providing educational opportunities to students in the areas we
“Olympusat is delighted to once again partner with Cablevision on this very special initiative,” said Senior Vice President of Distribution Nick Febrizio. “The Optimum Community
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students to celebrate the many contributions
of Latinos in America, and we look forward to
reading many outstanding entries this season.”
Kids’ Book Club Meets
A kids’ book club will take place Tuesday,
Oct. 14 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Tuckahoe Public
Library, 71 Columbus Ave., open to kids age 5 to
10 years. Bring your favorite book & share it with
the group – maybe you will find a new favorite,
too. Be prepared to share a book and discuss it.
Refreshments will be served, and registra-
tion is required.
Meet local children’s author Elizabeth Sachs
on Friday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. This program is open
to youth ages 7 to 10 ages and registration is required.
Call 914-961-2121 or visit www.tuckahoelibrary.org.
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This, Too, is Yonkers and
A Fribble-less Westchester
There are no more Friendly’s restaurant locations in Westchester.
By Eric W. Schoen
Looking for a Fribble – that milkshake-like
drink originally made with ice milk that comes in
a myriad of flavors? How about a Wattamelon,
Jubilee or Celebration Ice Cream Roll for that
special occasion, always sitting right up front in
the freezer by the cash register? In the mood for a
Supermelt or a Fishamajig sandwich?
Well, friends, if you live in Yonkers, Hartsdale, Yorktown or Mount Kisco, you are out of
luck. Friendly’s, famous for all of those wonderful items we grew up enjoying and contributing
to our vast waistlines, is out of business at their
locations in Westchester.
According to news reports, J&B Restaurant
Partners of New York, the franchisor that operates Friendly’s in Westchester County, filed for
bankruptcy in 2011 and is reorganizing its finances.
The franchisor closed its Westchester restaurants last week.
Still craving one of those two-for-one meal
deals, an ice cream cone or a sundae? You will
have to travel 10 miles from Yonkers to Hillsdale,
N.J., to get your fix, as that’s the closest open location where you can still get Mom’s favorite, the
coffee Fribble.
If you lived in Yonkers, Friendly’s was always part of your dining vocabulary. Whether
you went after a trip to Murray’s Ice Skating
Rink, after visiting the library, or late at night after a night on the town – everyone loved Friendly’s. Fortunately, the big sign facing Tuckahoe
Road advertising the latest deal was there – otherwise you might miss it, tucked away as it is in
the Staples (formerly Finast) shopping center.
Friendly’s joins a long list of chain restaurants that once called Westchester home and are
no longer with us. Howard Johnson’s, or HOJO,
with locations on Central Avenue in Yonkers
(currently a Burger King) and on Tarrytown Road
in Greenburgh, always featuring 28 revolving ice
cream flavors on the menu. Fish Fry was Friday
night, not only catering to those who did not eat
meat on Fridays but also to those who loved fried
I can see the HOJO waitress coming around
to the tables with a little wagon with fried fish,
French fries, little rolls and tarter sauce – allyou-can-eat – as if it was yesterday. Chicken and
friend clams were later additions to that menu.
High school students would have eating
contests, inhaling the all-you-can-eat items, driving the waitresses and hostesses crazy!
On Post Road in Eastchester we had Jahn’s
Family Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor. Jahn’s
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was known for its “kitchen sink,” a gigantic cauldron of ice cream, toppings, whipped cream and
a cherry.
I was in Cub Scouts Pack 56 in Yonkers and
one day the troop went to Jahn’s for the “kitchen
sink.” One of the Scout masters, Mr. Gemola, decided to pick up the cauldron of ice cream and
dropped the whole thing all over the table and
floor. What a mess – but what a fond memory!
The only remaining Jahn’s is in Flushing,
In the mood for steaks and an all-you-caneat salad bar with peel-and-eat shrimp? Cookies
Restaurant was on Central Avenue in Yonkers,
the current home of Barnes and Noble. The salad
bar was gigantic and the restaurant was enormous. Although at times Cookies could be busy,
I never saw all the seats full.
Before peanut allergies became so common, there was Ground Round with locations in
Yonkers and next to the County Center in White
Plains. You would eat peanuts and throw the
shells on the floor, long before Five Guys Hamburgers adopted this tradition. A friend opened a
Ground Round at the intersection of Central Avenue and the New York State Thruway, but sadly,
that restaurant location has never been successful.
Manero’s on Central Avenue in Greenburgh
up on the hill served great steaks and sinfully delicious garlic bread. Patricia Murphy’s on Central Avenue at Sadore Lane, a beautiful specialoccasion restaurant with gorgeous gardens, had
the “Popover Lady” who would bring warm
popovers to your table delighting young and old
Great steaks and salad bar could be had at
Cross County Shopping Center at the Red Coach
Grill, high up on the hill overlooking Central Avenue. They had several party rooms where I attended many a Bar Mitzvah. There were several
floors and the kids would run up and down the
stairs, driving their parents crazy. Tony Roma’s
at Cross County was where you would go to dine
on ribs drenched in barbecue sauce, cleaning up
with a little towel in a package called a wash and
So many chains operated at Cross County –
everything from Horn and Hardart with its macaroni and cheese and puddings – tapioca being my
favorite – at the lunch counter at Woolworth’s.
Woolworth’s served burgers, grilled cheese,
warm apple pie with ice cream on top and, of
course, pick-a-balloon sundaes where you would
pop a balloon – frightening everyone at the counter – to find out the price you would pay for a
Getty Square in Yonkers had Merritt Farms
with freshly fried fish brightly displayed in the
window, Bickford’s Pancake House and, of
course, Chock Full O’ Nuts, which was famous
for its date nut bread and cream cheese sandwiches, coconut-frosted cake, donuts (plain
and powder-sugar-coated), as well as frankfurters with the little cup of mustard or relish that
the waitress would scoop out of a container that
swung out from under the counter. Fortunately,
Chock Full O’ Nuts coffee is still “better coffee a
millionaire’s money can’t buy!”
Department store restaurants – there were so
many! Lord and Taylor had the Bird Cage where
male diners got two desserts for coming in with
their wives or mothers. B. Altman’s in White
Plains had the Charleston Gardens where “ladies
did lunch.” The restaurant on the top floor of Wanamaker’s at Cross County , which is now Sears,
was where Mom went for her hot vegetable plate,
capped off with hot beets and totally turning me
off to that vegetable.
Valle’s on Tuckahoe Road with its twin lobster specials and garlic bread drenched in garlic
and butter; Bagel Nosh on Central Avenue, now
an auto dealership but once part of a larger chain
of stores selling our round doughy friends; and
Aunt Jemima’s Pancake House.
The list of restaurants we once loved but are
now gone goes on and on. I hope I have touched
on at least one of your favorites. If I haven’t, I’d
love to hear from you!
We have survived the loss of so many great
places to eat and we, too, will survive the loss of
the Friendly’s Fribble. Sometimes it’s just nice
to sit back, forget about the affairs of the planet
and think of the glorious dining – some fancy and
some so very simple – we enjoyed over the years.
Reach Eric Schoen at [email protected]
com and follow him on Twitter @ericyonkers.
Catch the Westchester Rising Radio Show featuring Dan Murphy and Eric Schoen on Thursdays
at 10 a.m. on WVOX 1460 on the A.M. dial.
Local Author’s 1st Book Helps
Middle-School Kids Cope
Middle school is
constant drama; everyone’s changing, everyone’s emotions are moody
and everyone’s brains are
overloaded. How can anyone survive this awkward,
challenging and sometimes just plain miserable
period of life?
To help kids get
through the emotional and
social hurdles of middle
school, Linda Elkin of
Hastings on Hudson wrote
and self-published her first
book, a combination fiction and self-help, titled
“Gaby and The Best Middle School Self-Defense
Book Ever.”
Elkin is a mother of
two daughters and the director of marketing and
human resources at Palisades Hudson Financial
Group, a wealth management firm in Scarsdale.
Although her daughters are now in their 20s,
she was prompted to write the book after recently hearing stories about the worries of the
middle school years.
“I have a lot of compassion for this age
group,” she said. “Stress with friends, bullies,
cliques, work and self-image are hard enough
to deal with as adults. Middle school is where
all of these issues start to collide with heavy
school work and over-scheduling.
“I wanted to write a story where readers
felt like they weren’t alone in tackling these
problems,” continued Elkin. “They tackle
the problems with Gaby
and smile along the way.
‘Gaby and the Best Middle
School Self-Defense Book
Ever’ also celebrates the
mutual support and caring
of good friends.”
On her first day of
seventh grade, Gaby’s two
best friends ditch her. She
then gets stuck sitting with
Lily, one of the most unpopular girls in the grade.
And English class doesn’t
make life any better, as she
has to write a nonfiction
book on anything – anything – by the end of the
Gaby has too many
problems to even think
about writing a book. But
Lily thinks the answer is just that: to write
about middle school nightmares, and deal with
cliques, crushes, bullies, friend fights and more.
Perhaps Lily’s really not that bad…and maybe
Gaby will survive the seventh grade after all.
Find out how to turn life’s challenges and
crises into something less dramatic and maybe
even humorous, through Gaby and Lily’s funny
and honest middle school survival guide. Discover all sorts of tips for middle school survival, and learn to combat shyness, stop beating yourself up, and most importantly, discover
you’re not alone.
The book is a 172-page preteen/young
adult paperback novel, available at Amazon.
The Kitchen & Bath Insider:
Is Experience Worth It?
By Paul Bookbinder, M.I.D.,
before there were any building
codes at all and you never know
Pretty much everyone’s
what you may run into. Similarheard the old adage “a picture
ly, many older homes had work
is worth a thousand words,” but
done on them over the years by
did you know that experience
homeowners who did not follow
is worth a thousand pictures?
standard building construction
Or a thousand dollars – or even
more – when it comes to reCommon sense dictates
modeling? In fact, some may
that someone who has worked
say experience is priceless. This
on similar homes successfully
is especially true for those that
will have a better grasp of what
have hired inexperienced conneeds to be done and how to do
tractors and found that their
it quickly and efficiently.
job had been done incorrectly
In Westchester, the DepartPaul Bookbinder
or took much too much time to
ment of Consumer Affairs has
conveniently included the year a company was
When people are thinking about remodeling, licensed as a contractor at the end of its home
I always advise them to gather pictures of what improvement license number. So a firm that has
they would like included in the plan, and to share license number WC012345-H99 was granted its
those pictures with their designer/contractor. There license in 1999; WC012346-H05 in 2005; etc.
is much less chance of miscommunication when Although this is not a completely accurate way
you can say, “Here is a picture of what I like,” as of figuring out how long an individual has been
opposed to trying to describe something you saw, working (an experienced contractor who worked
in a thousand words or less.
for someone else may have just gone into business
However, when you share these images with for himself) it is a handy way to see how long ago
your designer, it’s only the preliminary step in the a company received its license and has been leprocess. Now it falls on their shoulders to advise gally operating as a home improvement contractor.
whether these ideas are practical in your particular
If you want your remodeling experience to
situation and, if so, make sure they are constructed be worth it, it’s worth hiring someone with experiproperly. That’s where experience comes in. These ence to do it properly. Just do the math: A thousand
decisions are best made by someone that has the words times a thousand pictures equals a million
requisite knowledge, skill and “know-how” which reasons to team up with a firm that has experience.
they have amassed after dealing with many similar
Paul Bookbinder, M.I.D., C.R., is president
situations over the years.
of DreamWork Kitchens, Inc., located in MamaAnd, it’s not just for designing and building roneck. A master of design from Pratt Institute,
special things that you saw on Houzz.com or in and EPA-certified remodeler, he serves on the AdWestchester Magazine or other similar sources. visory Panel of Remodeling Magazine. A member
Experience is invaluable when remodeling older of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, he
homes like we have in our locale. Most of the is also a contributor to Do It Yourself magazine.
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upon whom process against
it may be served. SSNY
shall mail process served to:
Barbara Rue PO Box 893
Croton Falls, NY 10519. Purpose: any lawful act.
Notice of formation of
Chauncy Property LLC. Arts.
Of Org. filed with the Sect’y
of State of NY (SSNY) on
Oct. 2, 2014. Office location: Westchester County.
SSNY has been designated
as agent of the LLC upon
whom process against it may
be served. SSNY shall mail
process served to: c/o Walsh
& Amicucci LLP, 2900 Westchester Ave., Ste. 205, Purchase, NY 10577. Purpose:
any lawful act.
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Index No. 60611/2013
D/O/F: July 16, 2013
Premises Address:
WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., Plaintiff,
YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action, and to serve
a copy of your Answer, or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve
a Notice of Appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorneys within twenty (20) days after the
service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service, where service is made by
delivery upon you personally within the State, or within thirty (30) days after completion
of service where service is made in any other manner, and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded
in the complaint.
If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer
on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against
you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can
lose your home.
Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property.
Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU
COURT. The following notice is intended only for those defendants who are owners
of the premises sought to be foreclosed or who are liable upon the debt for which the
mortgage stands as security.
The amount of the debt: $475,082.11 consisting of principal balance of $406,824.11 plus
interest of 36,164.52, escrow/impound shortages or credits of $29,336.26, late charges
of $1,229.53; Broker`s Price Opinion, inspection and miscellaneous charges of $90.00;
attorney fee $900.00 and title search $537.69. Because of interest and other charges
that may vary from day to day, the amount due on the day you pay may be greater.
Hence, if you pay the amount shown above, an adjustment may be necessary after we
receive the check, in which event we will inform you.
The name of the creditor to whom the debt is owed: WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. as
successor by merger to Wachovia Bank, FSB, as successor by merger to World Savings
Bank, FSB.
Unless you dispute the validity of the debt, or any portion thereof, within thirty (30) days
after receipt hereof, the debt will be assumed to be valid by the herein debt collector.
If you notify the herein debt collector in writing within thirty (30) days after your receipt
hereof that the debt, or any portion thereof, is disputed, we will obtain verification of the
debt or a copy of any judgment against you representing the debt and a copy of such
verification or judgment will be mailed to you by the herein debt collector.
Upon your written request within 30 days after receipt of this notice, the herein debt collector will provide you with the name and address of the original creditor if different from
the current creditor.
Note: Your time to respond to the summons and complaint differs from your time to
dispute the validity of the debt or to request the name and address of the original creditor. Although you have as few as 20 days to respond to the summons and complaint,
depending on the manner of service, you still have 30 days from receipt of this summons
to dispute the validity of the debt and to request the name and address of the original
TO THE DEFENDANTS: The Plaintiff makes no personal claim against you in this action.
TO THE DEFENDANTS: If you have obtained an order of discharge from the Bankruptcy court, which includes this debt, and you have not reaffirmed your liability for this debt,
this law firm is not alleging that you have any personal liability for this debt and does not
seek a money judgment against you. Even if a discharge has been obtained, this lawsuit
to foreclose the mortgage will continue and we will seek a judgment authorizing the sale
of the mortgaged premises.
Dated: June 21, 2013
Christopher E. Medina, Esq.
Attorneys for Plaintiff
Main Office 51 E Bethpage Road
Plainview, NY 11803
Help For Homeowners In Foreclosure
New York State Law requires that we send you this notice about the foreclosure process. Please read it carefully. Mortgage foreclosure is a complex process. Some people
may approach you about “saving” your home. You should be extremely careful about
any such promises. The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. There are government agencies, legal aid entities and other nonprofit organizations that you may contact for information about foreclosure while you
are working with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you
may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at
1-877-BANKNYS (1-877-226-5697) or visit the Department’s website at www.banking.
state.ny.us. The State does not guarantee the advice of these agencies.
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Public Notice
The Annual Report of the Corporate Angel Network, Inc. for the year ending December
31, 2013 is available for inspection during regular working hours at the principal Office
Of the Corporate Angel Network, Inc., Westchester County Airport, One Loop Road,
White Plains, New York, and will remain available for 180 days from the date of this
Business Meets Broadway
In a Red Carpet Affair
Business, Broadway and politics converge
Thursday, Oct. 16 when the leading business organization in the state, The Business Council of New
York, teams up with award-winning writer, director, producer and actor Tony Lo Bianco to host an
exclusive performance of “The Little Flower” to
benefit the Business Council Political Action Committee.
This renowned one-man show, set in the 1945
City Hall office of Fiorello H. La Guardia during
his final day as three-term mayor of New York
City, will take place at 8 p.m. at The Dicapo Theatre, 184 East 76th Street.
“Our members understand the role government and policy play in the success of their businesses, so they’ll really enjoy this performance,”
said Heather Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of
The Business Council.
An exclusive pre-production reception for
Business Council members and future members,
hosted by Lo Bianco, will begin at 6 p.m.
Lo Bianco is a stage, film and television actor best known for his roles in the cult classics
“The Honeymoon Killers,” “God Told Me To” and
“The French Connection” with Gene Hackman.
Fans will also recall his performances in “Bloodbrothers” with Richard Gere, “Heat” with Clint
Eastwood, Oliver Stone’s “Nixon” with Anthony
Hopkins, and “The Juror” with Alec Baldwin and
Demi Moore.
The Little Flower has been hailed as “mustsee” by politicians and critics alike. Seating is limited and ticket prices range from $50 for general
admission, $100 for select seating, and $250 for
preferred seating. For tickets and more information, contact Howard Becker, vice president of
membership, at [email protected] or
518-465-7511, ext. 216.
Seniors and Health Care
Youth Mental Health First
Aid Training Expanded
County Executive Robert Astorino and the
Department of Community Mental Health, in
partnership with Westchester Jewish Community Services and Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES, are expanding youth mental health
first aid training, which is part of the county’s
Safer Communities initiative. The expansion
has been made possible in part by a $100,000
“Project Aware” grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
“The ongoing demand for training sessions
shows the importance of our Safer Communities initiative,” said Astorino. “Nothing is more
important than the safety of our children. Too
often the mental health needs of our kids are
missed or overlooked. This program puts more
adults in a position of spotting warning signs
and knowing how best to address them.”
Youth Mental Health First Aid, a nationally
recognized program, teaches parents, teachers,
coaches, clergy – just ordinary people – how to
provide “first aid” to youth ages 12 to 18 for a
range of mental health challenges. The program
was first introduced to Westchester County last
March through the Safer Communities initiative – a groundbreaking collaboration of school
districts, police departments and community
mental health experts brought together by Astorino in response to the Newtown, Conn., school
“We’re excited and honored that Putnam/
Northern Westchester BOCES received this
grant,” said Adam VanDerStuyf, director of
special education and guidance and child study
at Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES. “This
will enable us to provide critical training to
teachers, clergy, law enforcement and others on
how to recognize and respond to signs of mental
illness in children and young adults.”
Since its launch, Westchester County’s De-
partment of Mental Health in partnership with
Westchester Jewish Community Services have
sponsored seven 8-hour youth mental health
first aid training sessions for more than 300
“WJCS understands that efforts to make
communities safer and stronger must include
information and resources that promote health
and wellness,” said Alan Trager, chief executive
officer of WJCS. “Through the ‘Project Aware’
grant, we look forward to partnering with Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES and Westchester County to expand the reach and impact of youth mental health first aid training in
preparing adults to act as ‘first responders’ for
youth experiencing a mental health challenge or
As demand for the program increased,
Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES, Westchester Jewish Community Services and the
Department of Community Mental Health
joined together to apply for federal grant money
to offer more courses. Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES is the lead agency on the grant,
which will enable it to offer training sessions
in concert with Westchester Jewish Community
The next youth mental health first aid
training is scheduled for Oct. 2 and 3 and is already at capacity. To meet the high demand, a
second training has been added for Nov. 6 and
7 at Westchester Jewish Community Services,
845 N. Broadway, White Plains. For additional
information or to register for future trainings,
contact the Department of Community Mental
Health at 914- 995-5225.
“Westchester County looks forward to a
continued partnership with Putnam/Northern
Westchester BOCES and Westchester Jewish
Community Services in this most important
training effort,” said Astorino.
Cancer Support Team Adds
New Executive Director
The Board of Directings, in HIV/AIDS protors and staff of the Cancer
grams, and throughout the
Support Team recently anentire maternal/child health
nounced the appointment of
spectrum including labor
Rosalie Canosa as its new
and delivery, pediatrics and
executive director.
neonatal intensive care.
Canosa has an extenMuch of Canosa’s work in
sive background in health
these settings involved incare focused on helping
terceding with families to
patients and their family
provide anticipatory grief
members cope with medical
and bereavement counselcrises and life-threatening
ing services.
illnesses and conditions.
She also served in a
She brings a rich foundavariety of leadership roles
tion in the field of psychoat South Nassau Communisocial oncology, where she
ties Hospital, the William
Rosalie Canosa
is a highly-regarded leader,
F. Ryan Community Health
clinician, and advocate.
Center, St. Mary’s Hospital
Prior to joining the Cancer Support Team, for Children and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital
Canosa served as program division director with Center.
CancerCare, a national organization headquarCanosa holds a master’s degree in public
tered in New York City, where she was respon- administration from Baruch College School of
sible for all core programs including clinical Public Affairs, a master’s degree in social work
social work services, patient assistance, educa- from New York University School of Social
tion, outreach, the national call center, and for Work, and has studied at the Fordham Universupporting fundraising initiatives and events.
sity Center for non-profit leadership executive
She has worked in acute-care hospital set- education.
Ken Hamilton Center
Named ‘Best in the Country’
Northern Westchester Hospital recently
announced that Marian Hamilton, founder of
The Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center at Northern Westchester Hospital, received top honors
from the Caregiver Action Network. In a list
of “25 of the Nation’s Best Practices in Patient and Family Engagement,” Hamilton was
named the top “Outstanding Caregiver” in the
CAN’s “Advancing Excellence: Best
Practices in Patient and Family Engagement”
recognition program identified the top 25 examples of caregivers, patients, hospital staff
and hospital systems that are creating innovative programs to help ensure healthier
outcomes for patients. The list of “25 of the
Nation’s Best Practices in Patient and Family
Engagement,” descriptions of each of the 25
programs, and the final report can be found
at http://nfca.typepad.com/pfe_top_25_best_
“Once again, Marian’s dedication to helping family caregivers is being recognized, earlier this year by the Volunteer Center of the
United Way, and now the Caregiver Action
Network,” said Joel Seligman, president and
CEO of Northern Westchester Hospital. “She
continues to inspire us, our patients and caregivers who benefit greatly from the resources
offered at the Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center
here at Northern Westchester Hospital.”
Hamilton founded the KHCC after losing
her husband, Ken, in 2004 to a rare form of
lung cancer. While she knew that Ken was receiving great care, she felt overwhelmed navigating the complex health care system while
raising two daughters.
She envisioned a place for caregivers
within a hospital where they could “refuel and
recharge,” as well as find trained, caring individuals to talk to. The center offers free supportive services to anyone providing care to a
loved one, despite whether they are a patient
at NWH, including monthly caregiver support
groups and community resource referrals.
“I am grateful to the Caregiver Action
Network for this recognition,” said Hamilton.
“The Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center is successful because we provide incredibly meaningful services to caregivers – supportive services that allow them attend to their own needs
while they selflessly care for their loved ones.
It is encouraging to see more and more health
care institutions around the country replicate
our program. It is truly gratifying.”
“The Caregiver Action Network is pleased
to recognized Marian Hamilton and her innovative vision for caregiver support,” said John
Schall, chief executive officer of CAN. “What
started as a personal endeavor for Marian, has
evolved into a comprehensive program at the
Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center at Northern
Westchester Hospital. Its proven value has
been successfully replicated by others over the
last nine years. Marian deserves this national
recognition because of her incredibly inspirational and impactful efforts to address the
largely unmet needs of the family caregiver.”
For more information about The Ken
Hamilton Caregivers Center, visit http://nwhc.
net/for-patients-and-visitors/ken-hamiltoncaregivers-center. For a complete list of services at Northern Westchester Hospital, visit
Emergency Medical Services
Now Using New ‘Fly Cars’
Pictured in front of one of the new “fly cars are,” from left (standing) Dr. Emil Nigro, director
of the Department of Phelps Emergency Medicine; Nick Franzoso, captain of the Ossining
Volunteer Ambulance Corps; Keith Safian, Phelps president and CEO; Bill McCabe, captain
of Croton Emergency Medical Services; Beth Sanger, paramedic supervisor of Ossining
Volunteer Ambulance Corps; Kevin Hunt, captain of Briarcliff Ambulance; and (bottom row)
volunteer Eli Parker and EMTs George Crown and Jake Dinkler, all of Croton Emergency
Medical Services.
Members of the Tri-Community Advanced
Life Support System, which includes Croton
Emergency Medical Services, the Briarcliff
Manor Fire Department and the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps, stopped by Phelps
Memorial Hospital Center recently to thank
Phelps for the two new “fly cars” the hospital
donated to the system.
A fly car is a rapid response emergency
medical services vehicle featuring advanced
life support equipment that usually arrives at
the scene of a medical emergency before the
ambulance. According to Dr. Emil Nigro, director of emergency medicine at Phelps, the fly car
– which is staffed with a paramedic and sometimes an EMT – “brings the ER to the patient.”
A paramedic can provide lifesaving modalities
on the scene of a medical emergency, including
IV fluids, cardiac interventions and medication,
and advanced airways (intubations). The speed
of a fly car can significantly impact outcomes in
life-threatening emergencies.
“Many lives have been helped and quite a
few saved because of fly cars,” said Nigro.
Years ago Phelps formed a partnership
with the villages of Croton-On-Hudson and
Briarcliff Manor, and the Ossining Volunteer
Ambulance Corps, which staffs and manages
the Tri-Community ALS system. Phelps has
donated a total of six fly cars since 1995.
The money donated for the vehicles comes
from a special fund created to support ambulance services.
“The partnership that the Tri-Community
ALS system has with Phelps continues to allow
the residents of Croton-on-Hudson, Briarcliff
Manor and Ossining to have high-quality advanced life support at a reasonable cost,” said
Nick Franzoso, captain of the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
Give Blood at the
Yorktown Street Fair
The Town of Yorktown and the Yorktown
Chamber of Commerce are teaming up with
the American Red Cross, the New York Organ
Donor Network and the New York-area “Be a
Match” Bone Marrow Program during the Yorktown Community Fall Street Festival and Fair
for the purpose of recruiting potential donors
for each organization.
The event will take place Sunday, Oct. 12
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center, 1974 Commerce
St., Yorktown Heights; the drive will be held in
the YCCC gymnasium.
Access the YCCC building from either
the side entrance on the corner of Commerce
Street and Veterans Road, or in the rear parking lot of the YCCC near the Yorktown Stage
Fall Harvest
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five boroughs – will go behind the starting gate
at Yonkers Raceway in the annual “Legislators’
Here’s the lineup for the heated political
battle over the historic half-mile Yonkers oval,
with post time at 5:30 p.m.: New York State Assembly: Michael Benedetto, District 82, Bronx;
Michael DenDekker, District 34, Queens; Andrew Garbarino, District 7, Bayport; Francisco
Moya, District 39, Queens; J. Gary Pretlow,
District 89, Mt. Vernon; Andrew Raia, District 12, Northport; Joseph Saladino, District 9,
Massapequa Park; Michaelle Solages, District
22, Valley Stream; and Keith Wright, District
70, Manhattan.
New York State Senate: Martin Malave
Dilan, District 18, Brooklyn; Ruth HassellThompson; District 36, Bronx/Westchester; and
Kevin Parker; District 21, Brooklyn.
Empire Casino also received good news recently, when Casino Player Magazine – America’s premier gaming lifestyle magazine based in
Las Vegas – announced the results of its annual
reader survey awarding the best-of-the-best in
the industry for casinos across North America
and lauded not one, but four of its top honors on
New York’s own Empire City Casino in Westchester County.
In the 2014 Best of Gaming Awards, Empire City Casino received the prestigious “best
casino” in North America award in the racino
category, as well as the top spot in the categories
of Best Reel Slots, Casino Where You Feel the
Luckiest, and Casino with the Best Facebook
Page – an impressive citing in today’s age of
social media.
Buoyed by a recent $50 million renovation, and the dawn of two new restaurants – Dan
Rooney’s Sports Bar and pinch American Grill –
Empire City took the top prize among “racinos”
in 10 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces.
New York’s pre-eminent casino isn’t just
a favorite amongst its 8 million annual visitors,
however; all New York residents share in the
winnings from this property through its partnership with the New York Lottery. In just seven
years, Empire City Casino has generated more
than $2 billion for New York schools and hundreds of millions more for state and local gov-
Sen. Stewart-Cousins
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plish four on-time state budgets, a middle-class
tax cut, one billion (dollars) more for education,
and work to create jobs and opportunity,” she
continued. “But our two parties differ on important issues like the minimum wage, and full
women’s equality agenda, ethics reform, campaign finance reform and the Dream Act. If you
give Dean Skelos (Republican Senate leader)
the power to say ‘no, you can’t,’ it’s impossible
to deliver on what you promised. We need to respect the will of the electorate.”
Stewart-Cousins is poised to become the
first female majority leader in the State Senate
if a majority of Democrats remain in control this
Over the summer, a compromise was
reached with the IDC whereby Stewart-Cousins
will share leadership with Sen. Jeff Klein, head
of the IDC, bringing together all Senate Democrats into one caucus, and majority.
“We are all on the same road now and I
think we will have a cohesive group going forward,” said Stewart-Cousins.
A brief look at the election map this year
for State Senate shows the likelihood of Republicans winning a majority of 63 seats is slim.
Even if two Republican Senate candidates from
Westchester (Joe Dillon and Terrence Murphy)
win, Republicans may still not have a majority.
So the likelihood that Westchester, and the
residents of the 35th District, will have a Senate majority leader in Albany, is great. StewartCousins will become the first female leader in
the Legislature and will be the first to break
through the ceiling of the “three men in a room”
(governor, Assembly speaker and Senate majority leader) adage.
“When you talk about having a woman in
the room for the first time, and a woman from
Westchester, I’m humbled and honored should
that happen,” said Stewart-Cousins. “For the
past two years I have already served as the first
female conference leader in the history of the
state, and I thank the voters in my district, and
my colleagues, for that opportunity. Having a
majority leader come out of Westchester will be
incredible. “
How will Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins
impact the district?
“I have a perspective that represents my
district – and I’ve been privileged to represent
a diverse district,” she said. “I have one of the
state’s largest cities (Yonkers) and one of the
state’s richest communities (Scarsdale), and
everybody in between. It’s the depth of that diversity that is Westchester, and that will impact
my policy initiatives, should it work out that we
have the majority.”
Stewart-Cousins has sponsored and passed
transformative legislation that has become law,
such as the landmark Government Reorganiza-
ernments, and the racing and agriculture industries. It is also the largest private employer in the
City of Yonkers, with nearly 1,400 employees.
Empire City has upped the ante to also become a destination for beer-lovers across the tristate area.
Featuring more than 60 beers on tap from
more than 30 craft breweries across New York
State, it comes as no surprise that Empire City’s
pinch American Grill has just been announced
the Best Beer Selection Award winner in this
year’s Best of Yonkers contest held by the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce. Beer connoisseurs will appreciate the fall selection of specialty brews, some of which will be exclusive
to pinch, such as Southern Tier’s PumpKing,
Warlock and Crème Brulee brews, as well as
Kuka Smoked Pumpkin Porter and Brooklyn
Impatient brew lovers will delight in
pinch’s tableside taps that allow thirsty patrons
to “pour your own.”
Pinch is the place to be with complimentary “tap attacks” where brew masters take over
pinch taps from 6 to 8 p.m., talking all things
beer, offering gratis beer samples, fun prizes and
specialty food pairings made with the featured
Speaking of getting your game on, the allnew Dan Rooney’s Sports Pub at Empire City
features nearly 50 televisions and has quickly
become a favorite destination for beer and
sports fans. This official Pittsburgh Steelers bar
(it is a replica of the original Dan Rooney’s in
Pittsburgh, after all) offers a great selection of
tap beer from local and regional breweries, as
well as Irish favorites and domestic staples. The
bar features a rotation of house-made brews by
local Yonkers Brewing Co., such as Rooney’s
Honey Blonde Ale and Rooney’s IPA.
These craft beers like to travel, too! There’s
no need to forgo your favorite brew from either
of these two locations and relegate yourself
to cans and bottles when at home. Both pinch
American Grill and Dan Rooney’s Sports Pub
offer growlers that allow you to take your craft
beer to go.
Valet parking is recommended if you’re
visiting either of these restaurants and is complimentary with a $50 minimum spend. You’ll
find Dan Rooney’s just inside the valet entrance,
and pinch is located on the second floor mezzanine level.
tion and Citizen Empowerment Act. This law
empowers communities across the state to consolidate local governments, which reduces overlap of municipal services and saves taxpayer
dollars. With her help, the community hospital
at Dobbs Ferry remains open today, continuing
to serve the health care needs in her district.
Recognizing the flawed roll-out of the
Common Core, Stewart-Cousins led the fight
for reforms that are now in place, including student privacy protections and a parents’ Bill of
Rights, student testing reductions, an indefinite
moratorium on how these tests will affect student records and a two-year teacher evaluation
“Common Core was a flawed and uneven roll out,” she said. “We met with people
throughout the district and held a hearing. I also
met with Dr. King (state education commissioner). We couldn’t jeopardize our kids’ future
Stewart-Cousins also highlighted her work
in obtaining additional state education aid for
Yonkers Public Schools and all of the school districts in the 35th Senate District. “We were able
to provide additional funding for our schools,
especially in Yonkers, working with the mayor
and our legislators and the governor to make
sure that the Yonkers School District continued
without catastrophic results. And we also continued to support additional funding for schools
in my district.”
What can a majority leader deliver to her
“I’m never one to go out and make promises,” said Stewart-Cousins. “I find that if you
do your work every day, and show a level of
commitment and honesty, and work with partners that works better for me than any grand
“I hope that my leadership will be beneficial to the people in my district, and all of Westchester,” she continued. “Westchester, and my
hometown of Yonkers, will be highlighted like
never before. I hope to bring honor to my hometown and county.”
Stewart-Cousins said she looks forward to
the future with great optimism for the Empire
“There is a new day dawning for a new New
York,” she said. “I remain committed to working
hard for my constituents whom I proudly represent in Greenburgh and Scarsdale, and part
of Yonkers, White Plains and New Rochelle. I
continue to see the opportunities we have to create a better New York, while also recognizing
the numerous achievements we have already accomplished.”
Stewart-Cousins has an opponent on Nov.
4, as Republican Robert Foti was placed on the
ballot. However, he has not actively campaigned
and Rising was unable to reach him for this story.
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NY League of Conservation
Voters Endorses Sandy Galef
The New York League
are proud to endorse her for
of Conservation Voters rere-election to the Assembly
in District 95.”
cently announced its en“Protecting our endorsement of Assemblyvironment and supportwoman Sandy Galef for
ing laws and financial
re-election to the New York
resources to accomplish
State Assembly, 95th Disthat goal has always been
trict. The backing of this orone of my top priorities,”
ganization was made after
stated Galef. “It is an honor
reviewing Galef’s record on
to have the support of this
environmental issues, legishighly respected environlation that she has authored
mental organization…We
or supported, and her votes
have experienced two years
in the New York State Asof many accomplishments
in the State Legislature,
“Voters in Westchester
including an increase of $8
and Putnam counties care a
million in the Environmenlot about clean water, open
Assemblywoman Sandy Galef
tal Protection Fund, legisspace and our natural herilation to deal with future
tage. Fortunately, they have
an Assembly member who shares their values, climate risks, ways to deal with aquatic invasive
too – Sandy Galef,” said Nanette Bourne, chair- species, protection to electric car manufacturers,
woman of the New York League of Conserva- and film plastic recycling.
“I plan to continue my efforts to encourtion Voters’ Westchester Chapter. “Sandy has
more than 20 years of experience and a long list age the use of alternative energy sources, such
of accomplishments, both in Albany and in the as solar and wind, in order to address the probHudson Valley. She is dedicated to protecting lems we encounter due to climate change,” she
our environment for future generations, and we concluded.
Greenburgh Accepts
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munities in 2009. The donation, which the town
did not negotiate, can only be used for one purchase – the 28.7 acres of land in the village of Tarrytown for Taxter Ridge Park. Avalon has built 444
apartments off Taxter Road in east Irvington and
is planning to build 68 additional units at the site.
The Town Board will be assigning the property to the village if the board accepts the donation. The village understands that the property will
be part of Taxter Ridge Park and will be available
to the general public and the maintenance responsibility will rest solely with the village. The Tarrytown Village Board is supportive of the concept
and has agreed to accept assignment should the
Town Board officially assign the property to the
“I support using the funds for parkland acquisition,” said Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul
Feiner. “I believe it’s important to balance new
development with open space preservation (that’s
why Greenburgh has the ‘green’ before the ‘burgh’
in its name). We need to maintain the quality of life
for our residents.”
The resolution reads:
“Whereas, AvalonBay Communities, Inc. and
Robert Martin Company, LLC seek to make the
donation for the purpose of funding the acquisition of land to provide additional mitigation of the
impacts of the multi-family residential project adjacent to Taxter Road and known as ‘Avalon Green
II;’ and
“Whereas, the town, with the assistance of
the East Irvington Civic Association, has identified
28.7 acres of undeveloped land abutting Taxter
Ridge Park, owned by the Holy Spirit Association
for the Unification of World Christianity (‘Holy
Is Hillary’s
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While building the affordable units, Astorino, who is also a candidate for governor, refuses
to agree to requests from HUD to supersede local communities’ zoning laws, which are not a
part of the Spano settlement of 2009.
Cuomo, who has never before spoken out
about the discrimination he now claims exists,
spoke to reporters last week. “You have a federal government that has pulled federal funding
from Westchester because they believe Westchester is violating fair housing laws,” he said.
Cuomo was asked: “New Castle is one of
the towns in the settlement. You live in New
Castle, do you believe the zoning laws as they
exist in New Castle are discriminatory?”
He replied: “I have no reason to disagree
with the federal findings.”
Cuomo’s comments, made 33 days before
the election, beg the question: Why would the
governor choose to live in a community that he
thinks discriminates?
Cuomo’s comments also resulted in a response from Astorino.
“How dare Andrew Cuomo disparage
Westchester families with a blatantly false and
inflammatory charge like that,” he said. “Andrew Cuomo owes the families of Westchester
an immediate apology. Westchester has submitted eight studies – along with an independent
study done by Pace University Land Use Center – showing that the only barrier to housing in
many Westchester communities is income. Anyone can live anywhere they can afford in this
county, just as in other county.”
Astorino inherited a settlement between
HUD and the Spano Administration in 2010,
which required that 750 units of affordable
housing be built over a seven-year period at a
cost of at least $51 million. The Astorino Administration is ahead of schedule in building
the housing units required under that settlement
and is in full compliance with its terms. HUD
has been using the suit, however, to try to force
municipalities to allow high-density housing on
any street in any neighborhood.
President Barack Obama’s HUD is expanding its so-called “fair-housing” overreach into
Nassau County now, and it expects to do the
same in suburban counties around the nation.
Spirit Association’) that the Holy Spirit Association is willing to sell to the town using monies
received solely from the proposed donation by
AvalonBay Communities, Inc. and Robert Martin Company, LLC and no additional town funds
would be required to be expended to purchase the
undeveloped land; and
“Whereas, pursuant to a letter to the Town
Board dated Sept. 11, 2014, the Holy Spirit Association has confirmed its intention to sell to the
town 28.7 acres abutting Taxter Ridge Park Preserve located in the Village of Tarrytown for $1
million; and
“Whereas, the Planning Board of the Village
of Tarrytown is prepared to grant final subdivision
plat and site development approval for Jardim Estates East at a subsequent Planning Board meeting
should the Town Board elect to assign its rights to
the 28.7 acres of land to the village utilizing funds
provided to the East Irvington Civic Association
by the Robert Martin Corporation and AvalonBay
Communities, Inc.; and
“Whereas, the Town Attorney’s Office has
had discussions with representatives of both the
Irvington School District and the Holy Spirit Association and does not believe that complying with
the terms of the 2009 Grant Agreement will in any
way adversely affect pending tax certiorari proceedings with the Holy Spirit Association,
“Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the Town
Board of the Town of Greenburgh hereby authorizes the town supervisor to accept a $1 million
donation from AvalonBay Communities, Inc. and
Robert Martin Company, LLC to be used solely for
the purpose of funding the acquisition of undeveloped land abutting Taxter Ridge Park Preserve for
dedication and use solely as public park expansion
for all town residents, with no acquisition, maintenance or other costs to residents of the unincorporated area of the town.
“Westchester County is the fourth most diverse county in New York State, tied with Manhattan, and we welcome that diversity,” said
Astorino. “Andrew Cuomo ought to be ashamed
of himself. He also needs to explain what he’s
doing living in a community that he claims is
In other election news, the Cuomo and Astorino campaigns continue to negotiate the terms
of at least two debates. The Cuomo campaign
unilaterally came out with a proposal for two
debates – a one-on-one debate between Cuomo
and Astorino that would not be televised, and
another debate that would include the minor
party candidates.
“This is more games from Andrew Cuomo,” said Jessica Proud, a spokeswoman for the
Astorino for Governor campaign. “Despite their
claims, there have been no negotiations between
the campaigns. We have called for at least one
televised debate between the two major party
candidates, as is custom in every election from
president of the United States on down. The
people of New York deserve better.”
Editorial boards across the state called for a
televised debate between Cuomo and Astorino.
The Poughkeepsie Journal wrote:
“He’s (Cuomo) running out the clock, with
about a month before the election. This is bad for
the voters and for public discourse. At this point,
the Cuomo camp has suggested two debates –
one between him and Republican gubernatorial
candidate Rob Astorino, and another featuring
those two as well as two minor party candidates.
The one with all the candidates would be televised; the one just between Cuomo and Astorino
would be on radio. This suggestion is an affront
to the voters and should be deemed insufficient
and unacceptable.
“Earlier, Astorino had suggested eight regional debates, something the governor was
never going to accept. At this point, a reasonable (and realistic) compromise should be made:
The public should be entitled to see at least three
televised debates and at least one, if not two,
should include Green Party candidate Howie
Hawkins and Libertarian nominee Michael McDermott.”
Recent campaign disclosure reports show
Cuomo with a huge financial advantage over
Astorino. Cuomo has $23.7 million on hand,
compared to $1.27 million for Astorino, who
has raised about $1.5 million since mid-July.
FRIdAy, OCTObER 10, 2014 - RyE RISING - PAGE 9
Hospice & Palliative Care Manhattanville Commemorates
Honors Longtime Advocates Civil Rights Act Anniversary
From left are James P. O’Toole, event co-chair and emcee, of Darien, Conn.; honoree James
F.X. Steets, retired director of communications at Entergy, of Middletown; honoree Anna
Shereff, founder of HPCW’s Anna and Louis H. Shereff Caregiver and Complementary Care
Programs, of Bronxville; HPCW Executive Director Mary Spengler, of White Plains; honoree
William J. McGuinness, director of Tiffany and Co., of Westport, Conn.; and William Flooks
Jr., event co-chair and HPCW board chairman, of White Plains.
Linda and Anthony Ciarletta of Grassy Sprain Pharmacy of Yonkers, event sponsor.
Hospice and Palliative Care of Westchester
recently hosted its annual “In Celebration” gala,
honoring three outstanding individuals for their
commitment to furthering the nonprofit’s mission
of striving to provide extraordinary and dignified
comfort, care and compassion to individuals and
families facing a serious or life-limiting illness.
The event was held at the Westchester Country Club in Rye and recognized William J. McGuinness, director at Tiffany and Co.; James F.X.
Steets, retired director of communications for
Entergy; and Anna Shereff, founder of the Anna
and Louis H. Shereff Caregiver and Complementary Care Programs at HPCW, for their longtime
commitment to HPCW.
Mary Spengler, MS, executive director of
HPCW, thanked staff, volunteers and supporters
for their extraordinary commitment to HPCW’s
patients and families, and concluded her remarks
with a touching “thank you” and tribute to Anna
Shereff for her generous commitment to HPCW;
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and Morgan Stanley $50,000.
Fundraisers were held by the foundation as
well as by Harrison High School Students, and
individuals contributed by donating money or
buying personal engraved bricks.
In addition, construction grants from New
York State help offset some of the costs.
The architecture firm H3 Hardy designed
the project; architectural renderings can be
viewed at www.harrisonpl.org/renovation/progress/.
Shereff was also recognized by the county for her
dedication to the community and her longtime
advocacy of HPCW.
“HPCW is pleased to recognize our honorees for their steadfast commitment,” said Spengler.
Proceeds from this year’s gala will support
the Anna and Louis H. Shereff Caregiver and
Complementary Care programs, which provide
alternative therapies such as music, art and massage therapy along with Reiki and reflexology to
those receiving hospice care. These complementary therapies can help to alleviate pain, stress and
anxiety, and are offered to all HPCW patients.
The grand sponsor for this year’s In Celebration event was Anna L. Shereff. Additional
sponsors included Amoruso & Amoruso LLP,
Entergy, The Hildegarde D. Becher Foundation, Inc., Michele Fraser Geller, Grassy Sprain
Pharmacy, KeyBank, White Plains Hospital, and
White Plains Radiology Associates, P.C.
The renovated library will open during summer 2015. While the work is being completed,
the Harrison Library staff and services will be
relocated to the branch at West Harrison Public
Library, 2 Madison St. The library’s popular programs are being hosted at various locations in
Harrison, including the Jewish Community Center, the Harrison Senior Center, Uncle Henry’s
Bar and Grill and the town courthouse. The West
Harrison Library’s hours are extended to 7 p.m.
on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 9 p.m. on Mondays
and Wednesdays; and Sunday hours have been
For more information, visit www.harrisonpl.org.
From left are Manhattanville School of Business graduate students Prisca Spitz, David
Hylton and Boris Boyko; panel moderator and Manhattanville adjunct professor Arthur Matthews; and students Brian King, Chappisha Morgan and Denzer Johnson at the “Diversity
Dialogues” symposium Sept. 30.
From left are Dr. Gail Simmons, Manhattanville College provost and vice president of
academic affairs; Allyson Kapadia and Laura Montoya of Manhattanville College Career
Services; Dana Miel of the Arthritis Foundation; Lauren Ziadie of Morgan Stanley; and Steve
Albanese, Manhattanville School of Business assistant dean.
Manhattanville College School of Business observed the 50th anniversary of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a special colloquium Sept. 30 in the historic Reid Castle.
More than 75 Manhattanville staff, students,
alumni and members of the business community gathered to explore diversity, inclusion and cultural sensitivity issues facing the
workplace today.
Manhattanville College was the only
higher educational institution in Westchester
County to acknowledge this milestone.
The evening’s esteemed panelists included Rachel Cheeks-Givan, director of global
diversity and inclusion at PepsiCo; Valerie
Greenly, director of global client services at
RW³ CultureWizard; Evelyne Matthews, CEO
at Matthews and Matthews Consulting; and
Dr. Mona Siu-Kan Lau, Manhattanville College adjunct faculty member and co-founder
of both Women on Wall Street and European
Women in Business.
The panelists engaged in conversation
about the history of Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act, emerging trends and best practices in the arena of diversity and inclusion.
Each speaker provided a unique lens on issues
– disabilities, race, sexual orientation, culture,
nationality and values – based on their field
of work.
“Our students come from all walks of
life, many of whom face different types of
challenges,” said Dr. Anthony Davidson, dean
of Manhattanville School of Business. “Manhattanville takes great pride in our ability to
make these students feel comfortable and welcomed – and that, perhaps, is more important
than any of the academics or programs we
have established here.”
The colloquium, which followed a special “Welcome Back” cocktail reception, was
moderated by adjunct professor Arthur Matthews, with opening remarks by graduate student David Hylton. In keeping with the college’s diversity initiatives, starting this winter,
Matthews will teach a class in alternative/
appropriate dispute resolution, which will be
part of the school’s international management
program curriculum.
“In any negotiation, mediation or arbitration, you need to know and understand the
different cultural norms and be sensitive to
cultural styles,” said Matthews. “Diversity is
a component of any business environment, especially in doing business globally.”
For more information about Manhattanville School of Business programs, contact
[email protected]
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Late Actress Honored With ‘Ruby Dee Park at Library Green’
Actress, activist and cherished member
of the New Rochelle community Ruby Dee
will be honored by Westchester County, as
the Board of Legislators recently voted unanimously to rename the county park “Ruby Dee
Park at Library Green.”
Dee passed away at the age of 91 at her
home in New Rochelle on June 11 of this
year. She and her husband, the late Ossie Davis, moved to New Rochelle in 1963. In addition to their legendary status as film and
theater actors, they were committed activists
for social issues in New Rochelle and beyond.
Both Ruby and Ossie were key figures in the
national civil rights movement; they were cochairs of the of the 1963 March on Washington, where Martin Luther King delivered his
historic “I Have a Dream” speech.
Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Jim
Maisano, who has represented New Rochelle
on the BOL since 1995, attended many community events with Dee over the years.
“I was always impressed at how Ruby and
Ossie were willing to get involved with local
events and issues, but what really amazed
me was how approachable they were,” he
said. “In the eyes of the world, Ruby Dee and
Ossie Davis were major celebrities and stars
of stage and screen, but to New Rochelle residents they were very much a part of our community. They were very generous with their
time and resources. They didn’t just live in
New Rochelle, they were really engaged in
our community. I am very proud to support
legislation that honors Ruby Dee in this most
fitting tribute.”
Legislator Sheila Marcotte, whose district Dee lived in, said Dee’s example is one
that everyone should all emulate.
“Ruby Dee accomplished so much artistically and became a cultural icon decades
ago, but that was only a small part of what
this remarkable woman stood for,” she said.
“Ruby Dee and her husband, Ossie Davis,
never missed an opportunity to use their influence for the good of the community. From
their commitment to the civil rights movement to their love and generosity for their adopted home city of New Rochelle, we should
all remember that no matter what we’ve accomplished and sacrificed in our lives, we all
have a responsibility to remain engaged and
supportive of our local communities.”
Following the vote, Legislator Catherine
Parker added: “New Rochelle has been graced
by having had such a beautiful person as Ruby
Dee call New Rochelle home. For someone
who worked so tirelessly for equality for all,
it seems only fitting that a park – a place of
beauty in nature, which can be enjoyed by all,
no matter class, race or age – should be renamed ‘Ruby Dee Park.’”
New Rochelle, county and state elected officials join with community leaders in dedicating
Ruby Dee Park.
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