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Vol 7 Number 36
Friday, September 3, 2010
Two Northern Westchester
The Angelo DiPietro Case: Part 2 Primaries Will Test Tea Party Clout
Rising Exclusive
John Perazzo — Westchester’s Bernie Madoff
John Perazzo
By Dan Murphy
Rising Media recently began an exclusive
series on the case of Angelo DiPietro, who is
currently serving a life sentence for a host of
crimes that he may never have committed. DiPietro was apparently wrongfully convicted by
a federal jury for his alleged participation in a
kidnapping that government witness Maurizio
“Mo” Sanginiti claimed to have occurred at
the Cross County Shopping Center on June 29,
At DiPietro’s trial, the victim of this possibly-fictional kidnapping was identified by
Sanginiti as John Perazzo, a relatively unknown
ponzi scheme con artist who bilked millions of
dollars from innocent Westchester residents.
Perazzo, dubbed by Rising as Westchester’s
Bernie Madoff, began his multi-million dollar
scam years ago and has apparently never relented in his conning ways, despite being caught
red handed.
Living as a professional con, Perazzo solicited millions of dollars from Westchester inves-
tors by creating an empire of false profits and
promises. He teased early investors with financial gain, while never attempting to repay new
investor money that he had successfully stolen.
According to New York State Police reports,
Perazzo also never discriminated against his potential victims, as he unremorsefully succeeded
in taking money from elders, friends, local businessmen and poverty-stricken families.
One of Perazzo’s alleged victims was business owner Alan Grippo, who previously sued
Perazzo for the loss of his entire life savings.
According to court documents, Perazzo first
approached Grippo in New York about investing money in foreign currency exchange markets and debt securities. Perazzo claimed that
he could guarantee profits in foreign currency
trading because his company was heavily involved, knowledgeable and experienced. Perazzo also repeatedly told Grippo that he was
privy to multi-governmental information, which
provided a form of security that any investment
would be retuned at a high profit with no financial risk.
Based upon Perazzo’s false representations,
Grippo, like many other Westchester residents,
began investing. Perazzo allegedly took approximately $1.4 million from Grippo alone, while
seducing other large amounts of cash from naive
bystanders. Perazzo’s flair with words and ability to deceive appeared to be the pivotal component in stringing investors along. He apparently
continued this scam for years by telling his victims that he could not provide specific information about their “securities,” because he needed
to secretly shift the investments, so that they can
attain the highest rate of return.
Grippo’s lawsuit noted that Perazzo would
also tell investors that they could make better
returns by investing in stocks, particularly the
stock of a medical supply company that supposedly had a new break-through product. Specifically, Grippo claimed in court documents
that “[f]rom September 1998 until July 2000...,
PERAZZO falsely represented that by making
additional investments in stocks, especially the
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Steve Katz
Assemblyman Greg Ball
By Dan Murphy
The power of the Tea Party movement will
be put to the test on primary day September 14
in northern Westchester, Putman and Dutchess
Counties. The Republican primaries for State
Senate in the 40th district and for assembly in
the 99th district give voters a choice and an opportunity to vote for real change.
The Republican primary for State Senate in
the 40th District pits Assemblyman Greg Ball
against Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy.
Murphy is endorsed by both the Westchester and
Putnam Republican parties, with Ball collecting
enough signatures to force a primary.
Since his election to the Assembly in 2008,
Ball has been one of few in Albany calling for
a property tax cap, cutting spending and term
limits. His efforts, and his bombastic style, have
won him both friends (taxpayers and voters) and
enemies (Albany establishment and Republican
leaders in the Hudson Valley).
Murphy, the supervisor of Somers, where
she has served since 1998, also supports a tax
cap and has presented a plan for job growth in
the Hudson Valley. She has also picked up many
expected endorsements from unions and elected
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United Hebrew of New
Rochelle’s Lazarus Gallery
Features Animal Art Exhibition
A Pirate Moves To Westchester
From the Animal Art Exhibit at Lazarus Gallery
Pirate David Engel (center) with kids at one of his Pirate School shows
David Engel, a full-time physical comedian,
actor, vaudevillian and sailor is the creator of the
popular all-ages comedy family show, “Pirate
School!,” and he’s moving to Westchester this
Featured in New York Magazine’s “Best of
NY: Kids!” and beloved by thousands of families
throughout the tri-state area, Engel is leaving the
congestion and noise of Brooklyn and landing at a
cottage in a verdant glen overlooking the river in
Just like sea captains of bygone days, Engel
will have a view of the river traffic as well as easier access to all his gigs at local libraries, schools,
camps and family events.
A full-time entertainer since 1984, Engel performs an average of 200 solo shows a year with his
signature blend of mischievous, interactive clown
theater, music, magic and mayhem, most notably
as his bumbling pirate character, Billy Bones The
(Generally) Good Pirate.
“Pirate School!” is a madcap, slap-dash pirate
training academy that allows both youngsters and
their parents to discover their inner-swashbuckler.
This one-man sea-faring vaudeville spoofs the
Golden Age of Sail and satisfies children’s universal curiosity about the briny buccaneers of yore.
During the show cannon boom, skulls talk, cutlasses drop, pets run amok and bellies laugh. Kid’s
rejoice as their boisterous natures are drummed up
by the “generally good pirate” Billy Bones and his
antic Pirate Lessons. Parents marvel as their kids
are transformed into ‘good’ pirates, swaggering out
of the theater encouraged and emboldened by this
heartwarming show fit for all ages.
For more information or to contact Engel,
visit www.mypirateschool.com.
See story on Page 4
Children Sing to Sen. Klein at ECDC
what’s inside
Concordia Open House
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Westchester Riverwalk
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In Your Backyard
Pages 4 & 5
Westchester Educational
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Seniors & Health Care
Senator Jeff Klein (center) with children at the Eastchester Child Development Center
Page 7
Letters to the Editor
Page 10
Senator Jeff Klein visited his youngest constituents, toddlers aged 18 months to 5 years,
at the Eastchester Child Development Center
(ECDC) in Tuckahoe on August 13.
Two classes sang to Klein and presented
him with homemade cards. A full third of the
more than 50 children enrolled in ECDC reside
in the Town of Eastchester and its two villages.
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Concordia Conservatory Eastchester Rotary Gets Kids
Ready for School
Announces Open House
Photo by Kate Cordsen
Concordia Conservatory students in music and the visual arts from ages 5 to adults and
seniors enjoy the end of summer on the porch of its home, Stein Hall at Concordia CollegeNew York in Bronxville .
Concordia Conservatory, Concordia College’s
community music and visual arts school, announces
its 2010-11 open house to introduce its music offerings in early childhood, youth and adult programs
on Saturday, September 11, from 1 to 4 p.m.
There will be student and faculty performances, demonstrations and visits to the OSilas Gallery
throughout the afternoon. Also included in the open
house are early childhood preview classes and opportunities to meet with students, faculty and staff.
One of many new Adult programs will be
“Coffee and Cabalettas: Opera Talks” on Thursday mornings in October. This four-week session
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A Giant Step Towards 51-Mile Riverwalk
Eastchester Rotarians with their donations of back to school backpacks
The Eastchester Rotary Club moved forward in its commitment to local children and
families in August by preparing 35 brand new
backpacks, fully stocked with the supplies that
every child needs and every school requires for
According to Club President Thomas
Bloomer (third from right), “this project was
presented to us and every member embraced the
chance to help schoolchildren succeed.”
The backpacks were presented to the Andrus Children’s Center, which operates two facilities in town: the Eastchester Child Develop-
ment Center (ECDC), a premiere early childhood
center in Tuckahoe, and the Eastchester After
School for Youth (EASY) program, an afterschool care program for children in grades K-7
at the Ann Hutchinson School on Mill Road.
The backpacks each represent an investment of $35 to $50 and will be shared with
families for whom the economic climate is still
a serious challenge. Andrus annually gathers
more than 500 filled backpacks for distribution
at its nine sites throughout Westchester County.
Numerous families in Bronxville, Tuckahoe and
Eastchester support this project each year.
Teatown Lake Reservation
Benefit and Live Auction
County Board Chairman Ken Jenkins (left) and County Legislator Tom Abinanti (3rd from
right) join with County Executive Rob Astorino (with scissors) and local and county officials
to unveil new piece of Westchester Riverwalk.
County and local officials and residents
welcomed the unveiling of the newest segment
of RiverWalk. The new one-mile paved path provides magnificent views of the Hudson River as
it winds its way through Tarrytown.
A public-private partnership, this latest segment passes through the historic Lyndhurst estate, a property of the National Trust for Historic
Preservation, and sites owned by Kraft Foods
Global, Metro-North Railroad and the village of
The Westchester County Department of
Planning worked with the Lyndhurst estate to
retain the historical character of the property.
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Period lamp posts and benches line the path and
interpretive signs with information about the
Hudson and Lyndhurst enhance the experience
for walkers.
When complete, the Westchester RiverWalk, part of the Hudson River Valley Greenway
system, will have 51 miles of pathways spanning
14 municipalities along the Hudson River.
Thirteen Metro-North Hudson Line stations and 27 Bee-Line bus routes connect with
the path, affording easy access for residents.
Westchester County, local municipalities and
private developers will contribute necessary resources to the project.
Join us at Yonkers
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for an interactive
discussion about
Dorry Swope (left) and Mary Anne Benedetto
On Sunday, September 26, Teatown Lake
Reservation will hold its annual benefit, A Night
in the Woods, at the Sleepy Hollow Country
Club in Scarborough, New York.
A Night in the Woods celebrates the on-going work of Teatown Lake Reservation to provide a wide range of environmental education
programs and to serve as stewards in regional
conservation efforts. This year’s program honors Michael Bakwin, former Teatown trustee,
and Marguerite Pitts, former trustee and board
president, with the 2010 Teatown Environmental Leadership Award.
Proceeds from the event will support the
work of Teatown Lake Reservation, a non-profit
environmental organization with an 834-acre
nature preserve and education center located in
the Lower Hudson Valley in the Towns of Yorktown, Cortlandt, and New Castle, which hosts
more than 25,000 visitors yearly. Teatown’s
mission is to conserve open space and to educate
and involve the regional community in order to
sustain the diversity of wildlife, plants and habitats for future generations. Teatown is devoted
to conserving biological diversity, teaching
ecology and promoting nature friendly living.
Anita Hegarty of Briarcliff Manor is serving as the benefit chair. The vice-chairs are Dor-
ry Swope of NYC and Mary Anne Benedetto of
Croton-on-Hudson. Benefit Committee members
include June Blanc, Zita Rosenthal, Sue Wanner
and Betsy Weiner Mike Bakwin, the first honoree, has been a neighbor and friend of Teatown
for decades. Inspired by Teatown’s mission,
Bakwin served on the Board of Trustees from
1985 to 1995 and has been involved in a wide
variety of its committees and projects. Bakwin’s
vision, fiscal acumen and advice regarding environmental issues contributes greatly to the
effectiveness of Teatown’s strategic planning
and land conservation efforts. Mike has a keen
interest in botany and is an active outdoorsman
who enjoys fly-fishing, hiking at Teatown and
exploring nature on each of his many adventures
to remote destinations.
Marguerite Pitts, the second honoree, is a
trustee and past president of Teatown’s board.
Pitts helped guide Teatown’s growth and direction for more than two decades. Her family, and
now grandchildren, learn from its programs and
hike through the preserve. Her deep commitment to Teatown’s mission has inspired her to
work with both local and international conservation groups. Her eleven-year participation in an
environmental book group deepens her understanding and love of our natural world.
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What’s your EQ?
Are you an energy champ, an energy guzzler or an energy
snoozer? To find out, take the Con Edison Energy Quotient Quiz
at conEd.com/EQ or at facebook.com/powerofgreen
The Smart Grid will help all
New Yorkers become energy champs
because it will:
You can improve your hot water heater’s
efficiency by:
A. wrapping it with an insulation blanket
A. allow us to charge
electric cars
B. incorporate wind and
solar energy sources
B. purchasing an Energy Star heater
C. all of the above
C. turn your appliances
on and off when you’re
away from home
D. all of the above
answer : D
answer: C
Air conditioner filters should be cleaned
or replaced at least:
How much more efficient are
compact fluorescent bulbs than
regular incandescent bulbs?
A. every 24 hours
B. once a month
C. once a year
D. every full moon
A. they last twice as long
and use half as much
B. they last five times as
long and use 60%
less energy
C. they last ten times as
long and use 75%
less energy
answer : B
answer: C
Chargers for cell phones, MP3 players and
PDAs use energy:
What should you do if you smell gas?
B. even when the devices
are not connected to
the chargers
answer: B
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C. even when they’re not
plugged into the wall
B. do not use electrical
devices, including
C. all of the above
answer: C
A. only when charging
A. leave the area immediately,
then call Con Edison at
In Your Backyard
Mt. Olivet Church Celebrates:
Verizon Grant Helps GLSEN
Street Naming & 50th Anniversary Expand Community Outreach
Mt. Olivet Apostolic Faith Church, founded
in 1960 by Reverend Beatrice D. Bostic, continues its 50th Anniversary celebrations on Saturday, September 4, at 11 a.m. with the renaming the street on the corner of 130th W. Seventh
Street, Mount Vernon to The Rev. Beatrice D.
Bostic Way, after the founding pastor and longtime Mount Vernon resident.
The public is invited to join in this event and
others in the month-long celebration hosted by
Pastor Suffragan Bishop Errol O’Savio and Assistant Pastor Reverend Judith Bostic-O’Savio.
Other events in the celebrations include a
Banquet at Villa Barone in the Bronx on Friday,
September 24 at 7 p.m., a Reunion Service on
Saturday, September 25 at 6 p.m., a special Worship Service led by Suffragan Bishop Designate
Barrington Smith of Toronto, Canada and many
Mt. Olivet Apostolic Faith Church is located
at 130 West Seventh Street (at the corner of Rev.
Beatrice Bostic Way!), Mount Vernon. For more
information, registration or tickets for these and
other events, call the church office at 914-6641753 ext 207 or visit www.mtolivetapostolic
Career Workshop at Ossining Library
The Ossining Public Library is hosting a
free, one-day career planning workshop on Saturday, September 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The
workshop is free and is open to all adults.
It’s no secret that over the past two years
more jobs have been lost than at any time since
the Great Depression of the 1930’s. The recession
has caused people still employed to question what
they really want and expect from the work that
they’re doing, while those who are unemployed
are often forced to consider working in areas that
are completely new to them.
Regardless of your own work situation, everyone needs to have a greater awareness about
the new realities of the job marketplace and how
we fit into those realities. Getting the job that you
want can often come down to how well you market yourself and how effectively you put the information available to use.
If you have ever wanted to understand how
to assess yourself to achieve a good career fit,
learn about good sources of career information
that are available or become the manager of your
own career path in today’s changing world, then
this workshop is for you.
The workshop is lead by career counselors
that are highly qualified professionals with many
years of experience working with adults on career development issues. Many counselors also
work at college adult education centers, in agency
counseling programs, or hold private practices.
This workshop is supported by a legislative
grant from the Office of State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, and presented by the Westchester Library System’s Career & Educational Counseling
Service. For more information about the workshop, call 914-941-2416 ext 315.
Hudson Chorale to Bring
Powerful New Sound to Westchester
Hudson Chorale, a dynamic new 85-member chorus, will make its long-awaited debut this
concert season under the artistic direction of Michael Conley.
Blending two of the county’s oldest choruses, the Choral Arts Society and Westchester
Concert Singers, the newly formed ensemble
will go into rehearsal on Monday, September 13,
in preparation for its first concert. The merger of
the two choruses, finalized on July 1, marks a
major step in the evolution of two groups which
have enjoyed well-established reputations as notable choral ensembles in Westchester over the
past several decades.
The Hudson Chorale’s first concert of the
season, “Heaven’s Harmony,” will take place
on Sunday, January 23, 2011 and feature the
Brahms Requiem for two pianos, plus other
works inspired by the poetry of Walt Whitman
and Dante.
Merging the two groups has created a new
chorus which is capable of undertaking a broader range of works within the wide sacred-secular
music spectrum, including new compositions
commissioned expressly for the new ensemble.
“Both of these choral groups have been
known over the years for their beautiful interpretations of choral works of all periods and for
their high standards of professionalism,” said
Board of Directors President Martha Kenerson.
“The sound of all these combined voices from
two well-trained, highly disciplined choruses
is going to be fabulous. Some of these singers
have had extensive musical training, others less,
but all the members of these two groups have
one thing in common: their passion for singing
outstanding choral music and offering their audiences an enriching musical experience. They
range in age from college students to retirees,
come from varied backgrounds, work in many
different fields and come together from all over
Westchester and surrounding areas. “
“We have a wonderful concert season
ahead of us,” said Mirijana Kocho, former board
president of the Westchester Concert Singers,
now serving on the Hudson Chorale board.
Greenburgh Town Court Gallery
Features Modern Landscapes
“Framing the Landscape,” an exhibit of oil
paintings by Hastings artist Mia de Bethune,
will be on display at Greenburgh Town Court
from August 20 to November 20.
De Bethune is a working artist with a
master’s degree in art therapy. She earned an
undergraduate degree in filmmaking, and then
spent many years working as a film editor
and writer. After the birth of her children, she
returned to her old love: painting.
“Much of my work is based on personal
memory, often figurative or landscape images,”
says de Bethune. Her most recent work focuses
on the landscape with roads, cars, highways and
shopping centers as the subject. “As we continue
to develop and change the natural world with
architectural necessities like parking lots, and
highway overpasses, it is of interest to me how
these frame the landscape and can somehow
remain beautiful.”
The Town Court Gallery is located in
Greenburgh Town Court, 188 Tarrytown Road.
The gallery is open to the public from 9 a.m. - 5
p.m. weekdays. There is no charge for admission.
Call 914-422-1038 for further information.
Ludington Adult Day Registrants
Host Rep. Nita Lowey
Sound Shore Medical Center’s (SSMC)
Mary and Fran Ludington Adult Day registrants
recently welcomed a special visitor to their
Program, Congresswoman Nita Lowey. While
Lowey is a long time friend of Ludington’s, she
is always eager to allay concerns about legislation that may affect her constituents’ ability to
enjoy the continued healthcare and social benefits of their adult day program.
Lowey greeted the seniors and spoke with
them about their concerns regarding Medicaid
and Medicare and “possible” cuts in coverage.
She assured them of her concerns about their
ongoing healthcare needs and her commitment
to doing everything possible to safeguard their
After speaking with many of the seniors
and encouraging each of them to let her know
about any additional concerns they may have,
she wished them good health before departing.
Commenting on Lowey’s visit, President
and CEO John R. Spicer said, “we are pleased
to recognize Nita Lowey not only as a supporter
of Sound Shore Medical Center but also as a
champion of our Adult Day Program registrants
and the unique healthcare needs of seniors
throughout our service area.”
Ludington’s Adult Day Services Program
is a medical model that provides comprehensive
medical, therapeutic and rehabilitation treatment. This provides rest for caregivers and allows seniors and individuals with chronic conditions, who need some medical support — but
not around the clock — to remain in their home
setting while receiving daytime support.
For more information on Ludington, call
Director Pearl Hacker at 914-365-4220, e-mail
[email protected] or visit www.soundshore.
(L to right) Mary Jane Karger, GLSEN Hudson Valley Chapter co-chair, Catherine Gasteyer,
Verizon director for external affairs in Midstate and James Stewart, director of WJCS Center
Lane, at the check presentation ceremony
The Verizon Foundation recently presented
a $5,000 grant to The Hudson Valley Chapter of
the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) to expand two of its community
outreach programs.
The grant was awarded at a ceremony
at Westchester Jewish Community Services
(WJCS) Headquarters in White Plains. A portion
of the funds supports GLSENs collaboration
with the Children’s Media Project of Poughkeepsie to develop a public service announcement (PSA) promoting awareness of Internet
safety among teenagers.
The remainder of the funds will support the
PrideWorks for LGBT Youth Conference, an educational conference designed to make schools,
families and agencies more supportive of the
LGBT community, to be held on November
16 at the Westchester County Center in White
PrideWorks is collaboration of GLSEN,
PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and Center Lane, a community
center for LGBT youth sponsored by WJCS.
For more information about PrideWorks,
contact Mary Jane Karger, GLSEN Hudson Valley’s Chapter co-chair, at 914-962-7888.
Youth Group at Congregation
Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester’s
Youth Group invites you to the Afya Foundation
Family Fun Day. Join them at Rye Playland this
September 12, benefiting the Afya Foundation.
Afya, which means “good health” in Swahili, helps our planet go green by collecting
medical supplies from our medical facilities and
sending them to third world countries where
they are used in clinics. Call Jane at 914-6378801 for more information of if you have questions.
Community Service Events
Monday evening, October 18 at Afya Foundation: preparation, sorting and shipment of
medical supplies to Haiti.
Monday, October 25 at Gilda’s Club in
White Plains: Noogiefest, an arts and crafts
event where children will create crowns and
wands. Reservation required, so contact [email protected] or 914-637-8801
Saturday, November 6: Midnight Run: travel to NYC to distribute food, clothing, personal
care items, blankets, shoes, paper supplies and
more to the homeless.
New Youth Board Members
o-Presidents Paige Rattner and Sarah
• Westchester Temple Youth Group liaison
Emily Bodinger;
ommunity Service Representatives
Hunter Goldstein, Natalie Sternberg,
Casey Stanton;
• Secretary Liliane Lindsay
ublicity Coordinator Melissa Warshauer;
• Treasurer Melissa Goldberg;
• Outreach Jake Lerner; and
ighth Grade Representative Mirit Ritishauser.
The Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester
is located at 2125 Westchester Ave. East, Rye.
Visit www.congregationemanuel.org for more
The Afya Foundation of America is located
at 510 Nepperhan Avenue, Yonkers. Visit www.
afyafoundation.org for more information.
Chappaqua’s ‘Barn Sale’ Church
Hosts Second Annual Fall Tag Sale
For the second time, the First Congregational Church of Chappaqua (FCC) is hosting
its fall Tag Sale. This is in addition to its well
known Barn Sale held in the spring. The FCC
Tag Sale will offer much of the same high quality new and used merchandise that is sold at the
Barn Sale every year.
The FCC Tag Sale will be held on Friday,
October 22 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday,
October 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Barbara Cardone, chairperson of the FCC
Tag Sale, said the church, “is excited to be able
to now offer the community great bargains two
times a year.”
The spring Barn Sale began 60 years ago
in a church member’s barn and has grown over
the years to become “Westchester County’s
largest tag sale.” To those who have shopped at
United Hebrew
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United Hebrew of New Rochelle, a campus
of residences and services for older adults, is
presenting a new juried exhibition entitled “Call
of the Wild: An Animal Art Exhibition.”
Whether wild, domesticated, furry or feathered, animals excite the imagination and invite
us to respond.
“Call of the Wild,” which will feature more
than 30 artists including photographers, sculptors
and mixed media artists, will be in the Lazarus
Gallery of the new nursing and rehabilitation pa-
the Barn Sale, it is a goldmine of new and used
items at amazing prices.
The FCC’s Tag Sale will feature everything
from men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and
accessories along with toys, linens and plenty of
gift items.
Looking to clean out your own attic? Donations of items will be accepted on Sunday, October 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as
Monday and Tuesday, October 18 and 19, from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please note that the Tag Sale
will not accept large furniture, exercise equipment, TVs or computer equipment. There will
be no consignments and no pickups.
For additional information, call the church
office at 914-238-4411 or visit www.fcc-chap
vilion from September 15 to November 16.
The exhibition was judged by Theresa
Kump Leghorn, director of the Museum of Arts
& Culture, Yvonne Pollack, board member from
the Katonah Art Museum and Lisa Robb, executive director of the Pelham Art Center. The
curator for the exhibition is Jodi Moise of New
The public is invited to an artists’ reception
on Sunday, September 26, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
at United Hebrew Lazarus Gallery, 391 Pelham
Road, New Rochelle.
For more information or to RSVP, contact
Linda Forman at 914-632-2804 ext 1224 or email [email protected]
In Your Backyard
Westchester Sandbox Theatre Cohen: Oppenheimer, Quit Stalling
Know a young performer who dreams of
making it big someday? Registration for Musical Theatre Classes at the Westchester Sandbox
Theatre in Mamaroneck is now open.
Westchester Sandbox Theatre offers classes
for three age groups, so everyone can get in on
the fun. The instructors will provide your child
with the skills, passion and confidence they need
to shine on stage.
In honor of the upcoming National AIDS
Awareness Day, The Westchester Sandbox Theatre, in partnership with Blockhead Productions,
is presenting a limited run of the classic Terrence
McNally play, “Love! Valour! Compassion!,”
on September 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. — join eight
close friends at a lakeside vacation house as they
wrestle with AIDS, infidelity and a whole lot of
soul-searching as they also attempt to rehearse
Swan Lake in drag. This is a touching comedy
you won’t want to miss. Tickets are $20.
For more information, or to register, call
914-630-0804 or visit www.WestchesterSandboxTheatre.com.
New Rochelle BID Announces
New Restaurant & Business
Support Program
The New Rochelle Business Improvement
District (BID) announced a new BID Restaurant
and Business Support Program for downtown
New Rochelle.
The program is designed to help downtown
restaurants and stores lower their operating costs
by identifying energy saving measures, get access to conservation incentives, and most importantly, for eligible businesses, obtain financing to
assist not only in implementing selected energy
saving measures, but for business improvements
and operating expenses as well.
BID Director Ralph DiBart said, “the New
Rochelle BID is excited to announce a unique
partnership with Community Capital Resources,
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Con Edison.
Through this coordinated effort, each participating restaurant and store will receive comprehensive energy audits and incentives for energy
improvements, helping them lower their operating costs. In addition, commercial loans of up to
$25,000 will be made available to eligible businesses to assist with energy and other physical
improvements, as well as for operating expenses
and marketing initiatives to enable owners to
grow their business.”
Marc Jerome, chairman of the BID, said,
“the City of New Rochelle is quickly moving to
Angelo DiPietro
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medical supply company’s stock, that GRIPPO’s investments would grow in excess of $10
Like many other victims, Grippo made numerous demands for the return of his money, to
which Perazzo responded that the investments
were safe, and that payment would be forthcoming once he could liquidate the securities and resolve certain foreign currency exchange issues.
Nonetheless, these representations were nothing
more than a pack of lies, as Perazzo never provided any accounting for the purported investment funds or the promised returns.
Eventually, as Madoff learned, Perazzo’s financial house of cards crumbled when he could
no longer find investors or money to keep up the
scam. In August of 2001, Perazzo was arrested
and charged with multiple counts of grand larceny by the Westchester District Attorney’s
Office. Apprised by this news, many innocent
victims, like Grippo, were most likely expecting the return of their money and a swift return
of “true justice.” However, to their surprise,
tainted Westchester politics and the tricks of two
scheming con artists diminished the possibility
of such a fitting reality. Instead, Perazzo, like
Sanginiti, used his bag of tricks and scammed
his way to freedom, despite being caught victimizing Westchester residents.
Just months after his arrest, Perazzo cooperated with local authorities and incredibly
struck a deal with former DA Jeanine Pirro for
a reduced sentence. Unlike the 150-year sentence bestowed upon Bernie Madoff in 2009,
Perazzo received a recommendation of three to
nine years in prison. Appallingly, Perazzo was
released three years ago and has already begun
to enjoy his freedom back in Westchester, while
the victims of his cons continue to linger in suffering.
In the midst of her busy campaign to become New York State Attorney General, Pirro
decided to hand both Perazzo and Sanginiti over
to federal authorities. The Feds were more than
willing to hear from these apparently chronic
liars, apparently hoping to use them and their
testimony as leverage to force DiPietro into
becoming a cooperative witness against other
known organized crime figures. To the feds displeasure, however, DiPietro decided not to cooperate and turned down every single request
to meet with them. More than unpleased by this
chain of events, DiPietro was then charged with
numerous federal offenses, including the possibly-fabricated kidnapping, despite serious ques-
become a model sustainable city. We wanted the
BID and downtown to become a private sector
leader in meeting goals for a more energy efficient community. We also wanted to continue
our ongoing efforts to help our restaurants and
Mayor Noam Bramson put in his two cents
as well, when he said, “this outstanding BID
initiative will help local businesses reduce resource consumption, improve efficiency and
save money. Our entire community will benefit
as a result.”
The BID plans to enroll 10 restaurants in
the program over the next few months. The first
three entering the program are CoromandelCuisine of India, Sabor Latino and Alvin and
Friends, a new downtown restaurant opening
this Fall that will offer contemporary cuisine
with southern and Caribbean influences.
“Energy management is absolutely critical
for restaurants and small businesses to control
costs while minimizing environmental impacts,”
said NYSERDA President and CEO Francis J.
Murray, Jr. “Combining the energy expertise
and resources of NYSERDA and Con Ed will
provide New Rochelle’s small businesses with
targeted and individualized energy solutions that
can help cut their energy costs without compromising customers’ experience in any way.”
tions about the veracity of the accusations and
the reliability of the government sources.
Startlingly, Perazzo, the victim of the alleged kidnapping, was never even called by federal prosecutors to testify. Instead, Sanginiti took
his likely-perjurious show to a federal courtroom
in 2005 and in a vindictive ploy was actually allowed to apparently create the kidnapping story
that has unjustly placed DiPietro in jail for the
rest of his life. Sanginiti, an admitted criminal
and long time associate of corrupt politicians in
Westchester, was subsequently awarded for this
false testimony and, like Perazzo, walked out
of federal prison as a free man, receiving a sentence of “time served.”
Perazzo and Sanginiti were never apparent adversaries and seem to have been “partners in crime” from the very beginning of this
case. Indeed, just days after the kidnapping that
new evidence may show Sanginiti invented,
they’re both reported to have bragged about
their capabilities to fabricate a story which law
enforcement officials, including the Feds, knew
about all along. A wiretap intercepted by the
Westchester District Attorney’s Office on July
16, 2001 and published in Federal Court documents, indicated Sanginiti telling Perazzo over
the telephone: “It’s like I told you, JP, as good a
bull-sh*tter as you are, I am better. I know how
to pour it on when it counts. I know how to put
on a show when I have to.”
It appears, however, that the “show” is now
over for both Sanginiti and Perazzo. The lies
told by these two men have reached a breaking
point, as there is simply too much conflicting evidence, witness accounts and indisputable phone
records proving their stories to be false.
Sanginiti and the group of government officials, some elected, that helped him deploy this
story in a court of law and later advocated for his
release apparently never expected anybody to go
so far to expose the truth. Nevertheless, experienced investigators from the Innocence Project in Illinios, a dedicated son and a committed
legal team have done just that, unearthing very
compelling new and suppressed evidence.
The case of Angelo DiPietro has indefinitely put the justice system to the test. There are
simply too many unanswered questions and too
much evidence pointing to his innocence. Rising
will continue its exclusive coverage, including
the unmasking of Westchester corruption, witness interviews and a focus on the judges who
will ultimately decide this significant case.
Stay tuned For Part Three: A Westchester
Miscarriage of Justice-“The DiPietro Case”
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on New Rochelle IDA Reforms
State Senate canprove projects, but has no
didate Bob Cohen has
authority over decisions
called on Senator Suzi
of the IDA to grant tax
Oppenheimer to quit
abatements or other benstalling and work with
efits. Home rule legislaNew Rochelle City
tion enacted by the state
Council members and
legislature would allow
other state legislators
the New Rochelle City
representing the city to
Council to have the final
reform its troubled Insay in granting benefits to
dustrial Development
IDA applicants and give it
Authority (IDA).
the power to determine the
“New Rochelle
real value of a proposed
has had problems with
project. Similar legislaits IDA for years and I
tion was enacted for the
applaud Council MemCity of Yonkers.
bers St. Paul, Trangu“Local officials are
cci and Tarantino for
trying to bring transpardrawing attention to
ency and accountability
this issue and workto an agency that decides
Bob Cohen
ing to make needed
how millions of taxpayer
reforms,” said Cohen.
dollars are spent,” said
“Unfortunately, while some state legislators who Cohen. “Senator Oppenheimer happily sponrepresent parts of the city are willing to help put sors any home rule legislation that imposes tax
a plan into action, Senator Oppenheimer hasn’t increases, yet is dragging her feet on this meaneven signaled an interest in the situation.”
ingful reform that will actually save tax dollars. I
A recent audit by the state comptroller’s of- urge her to join me in supporting this legislation
fice found a lack of process and documentation that will make sure development money is being
for IDA decisions, noting that the IDA does not spent wisely. “
conduct a cost-benefit analysis of projects, makSenator Oppenheimer has sponsored seving it impossible for residents and taxpayers to eral pieces of home rule legislation that imposed
judge whether approved projects deliver prom- tax increases, including the White Plains sales
ised results.
tax increase, the Rye hotel tax increase and the
Under current law, the city council can ap- New Rochelle hotel tax increase.
Tri-Municipal 9/11 Ceremony
There will be a tri-municipal 9/11 Memorial
Ceremony for the victims of the terrorist attacks
of 9 years ago who resided in our community.
The memorial is organized by the Villages
of Larchmont and Mamaroneck, and the Town
of Mamaroneck, on Saturday, September 11, at
10 a.m. at the Girl Scout 9/11 Memorial Rock
at Memorial Park on Myrtle Boulevard in the
Town of Mamaroneck.
Participants will include members of the
Fire and Police Departments of the Villages
of Larchmont and Mamaroneck and the Town
of Mamaroneck, the Mamaroneck Ambulance
District, local Girl Scout Troop and Boy Scout
Troop Honor Guards, and public officials of all
three municipalities. All are welcome.
Town of Mamaroneck
Recreation Department
Fall/Winter Brochure is going green!
As part of the Town of Mamaroneck’s ongoing effort to become more environmentally
friendly, changes have been made regarding the
Recreation Department’s seasonal program brochure.
Again this season, it will no longer be mailing its brochures. Residents are being encouraged to access the brochure information through
the town’s website at www.townofmamaroneck.
org. From this site, you can read the entire brochure or even print yourself a copy.
If you do not have a computer, a limited number of printed brochures are available
through the Recreation Department. Just stop by
and pick one up, or if you prefer we can mail one
out to you by calling the office at 914-381-7865.
Copies are also available at the Hommocks Park
Ice Rink and the Hommocks Pool.
Mamaroneck Public Library
The Mamaroneck Public Library and LMCTV proudly present “A Story about Peace; The
War Between the Sandpipers and the Whales,” a
puppet show, airing Thursday nights from 7:30
2 Northern Primaries
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Ball will have to rely on the republican members of the Tea Party in northern Westchester,
Putnam and Dutchess to put him over the top,
with Murphy counting on the rank and file republicans to come out and support the party’s
choice. This race has gotten ugly, as many races
with Ball in it do, with personal accusations being lobbed between both campaigns.
Ball and Murphy are vying to replace State
Senator Vincent Leibell, who is running for Putnam County Executive. A feud between Ball and
Leibell is rumored to be the reason Ball was not
endorsed by Hudson Valley Republicans. Waiting in the wings is Westchester County Legislator
Michael Kaplowitz, the Democratic nominee.
In the race for the Assembly 99th district
(Ball’s seat), Republicans Steve Katz and Jim
Borkowski face of in a GOP Primary September
14. Katz, a Yorktown resident and Bronx veterinarian, is a Tea Party candidate and supporter
making his first run for office. Borkowski is a former Town of Southeast Judge and the endorsed
candidate of Hudson Valley Republicans.
“Having knocked on hundreds of doors
in the district, including businesses, I can confidently say that property taxes are the prime
concern of voters. I am declaring a property tax
to 8:30 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on LMC-TV, Channel 75
Cablevision, Channel 35 Verizon.
emergency in New York. People are leaving the
state in droves because living in New York is no
longer affordable, especially for seniors on fixed
incomes,” said Katz, who has proposed that seniors property taxes be frozen at current levels
“immediately” and has also proposed a five-year
moratorium on property taxes.
“Seniors are being taxed out of their homes;
we must immediately freeze their property taxes.
High taxes equal high spending, and it’s far beyond time to get spending in line,” said Katz.
Borkowski, a Brewster resident, attorney
and former Judge, has also called for Albany reform, and supports a property tax cap, term limits and ethics reform. Borkowski has the support
and endorsements from many Hudson Valley
Republican and Conservative groups.
The Katz-Borkowski primary, like the BallMurphy primary, will show if the Tea Party movement, so strong in other parts of the country, has
any power and strength here in Westchester and
the Hudson Valley.
For more information on the campaigns of
these four candidates, visit their Web sites, listed
alphabetically below:
Greg Ball: www.ball4ny.com;
Jim Borkowski: www.jimborkowski.com;
Steve Katz: www.katz4ny.com; and
Mary Beth Murphy: www.marybethmurphyforsenate.com.
NY Lottery Draw Game Winner
Adele Maresco of Scarsdale won $10,000
on the Powerball drawing of August 18. Mares-
co’s winning ticket was purchased at the A&P at
668 Central Avenue, Scarsdale.
From Bach to Rock to Broadway and
MSG Varsity Launches 24/7 HD
Beyond: Music Conservatory of
Channel ‘Friday Night Football’ Westchester
Expands its Offerings This Fall
MSG Varsity, Cablevision’s television
network dedicated to everything high school, is
ready to kick off its sophomore year — this time
in High-Definition (HD).
Poised to present high school sports
and activities like never before, beginning
September 7, this 24/7 network is launching in
HD, showcasing the best that local high schools
have to offer, including 400 multi-camera game
productions, award winning series and specials
as well as MSG Varsity’s live signature nightly
sports show, “High School SportsDesk,” all in
To add to this excitement, every Friday night
MSG Varsity will feature a LIVE HD telecast of
the Friday night high school football game of the
week, including an on-site pre-game show and
action-packed half-time show tackling all the
great high school news for the weekend.
The first-ever LIVE HD series of high school
football games begins on Friday, September 10
at 7 p.m. and will cover 12 of the most exciting
and competitive football match-ups throughout
the tri-state area.
MSG Varsity’s interactive channels,
channel 614, also kicks off with a new look,
offering an enhanced hyper-local experience.
Interactive users will be able to set preferences
for a particular region or even their own school.
More than 10,000 videos that are available on
msgvarsity.com can now be viewed anytime on
For more information and schedules, visit
Education Excellence
Making Westchester Proud
The following students from Harrison were
recently awarded degrees from the Thomas J.
Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University, State University
of New York.
Christine Disisto, BS Mechanical Engineering
Ryo Ohashi, BS Mechanical Engineering
of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University,
State University of New York.
Stephanie J. Wetton, Bronxville, BA Sociology
Joseph T. Avdek, Eastchester, BA Philosophy General
Brian Chan, Eastchester, BS Spec in Financial Economics
The following undergraduate students from
Harrison were recently awarded degrees from
Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University, State University of New
Vanessa A. Guzman, BA Psychology
Richard F. Iaross, BS Spec in Financial
Irene Martin-Alciati, BA Psychology
Jennifer S. Puliafico, BA English
Samantha E. Twardy, BA Art Studio
The following University of Delaware students, College of Arts and Sciences, made the
2010 spring semester Dean’s List:
Danielle Jelensperger, Bronxville, a Sophomore
Alison Ryan, Bronxville, a Senior
Gabrielle Cristofaro, Eastchester, a Sophomore
Anna Leighton, Eastchester, a Junior
Sarah Meadows, Eastchester, a Senior
David Bendet, Hastings-on-Hudson, a senior in the College of Business and Economics, has been named to the 2010 spring
semester Dean’s List at the University of
Jennifer T. Morris, Buchanan, has earned
an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing
from Excelsior College, Albany, NY.
The following undergraduate students were
recently awarded degrees from Harpur College
of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University,
State University of New York.
Kari E. Costas, Lihncolndale, BA Art History Pre Architecture
Rebecca A. Nebel, Hastings-on-Hudson,
BS Cell and Molecular Biology
Aderonke O. Coker, Mount Vernon, was
awarded a BS in Management Leadership and
Consulting from the School of Management at
Binghamton University, SUNY.
Cindy S. Zalog, Mount Vernon, has been
awarded a BA Political Science from Harpur
College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton
University, SUNY.
Rameez Mohamed, Eastchester, was
awarded a BS in Management Leadership and
Consulting from the School of Management at
Binghamton University, SUNY.
The following undergraduate students were
recently awarded degrees from Harpur College
New York One of Ten ‘Race to
the Top’ Winners
New York is one of ten Phase II winners of
federal assistance for local schools through the
Race to the Top competition and is expected to
receive $696,646,000 in federal funds.
Awards in Race to the Top go to states that
are leading the way with ambitious yet achievable plans for implementing coherent, compelling and comprehensive education reform. Race
to the Top winners help trail-blaze effective reforms and provide examples for states and local
school districts throughout the country to follow.
The key reform priorities are:
• adopting standards and assessments that
prepare students to succeed in college and
the workplace;
• building data systems that measure student
growth and success and inform teachers
and principals how to improve instruction;
• recruiting, developing, rewarding and retaining effective teachers and principals,
especially where they are needed most;
• turning around the lowest-performing
The Music Conservatory of Westchester
will offer an exciting array of new programs in
music, musical theatre and dance this fall when
their semester begins Saturday, September 11.
Since 1929, the Conservatory has welcomed
students of all ages and skill levels, from young
children to senior citizens.
The Conservatory’s lineup of new classes
for teens and adults includes a World Percussion Workshop, in which renowned percussionist-composer John Arrucci teaches drumming
styles from across the globe, Introduction to
Rock Guitar, a Theatre Audition Workshop led
by Broadway veteran Sariva Goetz and a Vocal
Performance Workshop with former New York
City Opera leading artist Thomas Jamerson.
An expanded Adult Program features a new
vocal ensemble, Sing!, that covers selections
from the American songbook, musical theatre
and folk traditions from around the world.
“Sing! is the perfect musical outlet for
adults who are exploring their voice for the first
time, as well as those who already enjoy singing,” explained Sing! instructor Nils Neubert.
“We will explore a variety of singing styles, vocal coordination, solo and group singing, as well
as music reading and interpretation.”
For the first time this fall, class offerings
will also extend beyond music and musical theatre to include Kathak, a classical Indian dance
form that will be taught by renowned master
Pandit S.N. Charka, an esteemed dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Derived from the word
katha, meaning “a story,” Kathak dance skillfully blends intricate rhythms, dynamic footwork,
graceful gestures and subtle facial expressions.
The Conservatory offers a variety of program packages as well as financial assistance for
qualifying students. Registration is always open.
For more information, to register, or to request
an interview with Conservatory staff or faculty,
contact Director of Communications Jon Chattman 914-761-3900 ext 140 or at [email protected]
org. A complete list of programs is available at
The Music Conservatory of Westchester is
at 216 Central Avenue in White Plains. Follow
the Conservatory on Facebook (Westchester
MusicConservatory), Twitter (@MusicCW), or
on its new blog (www.musicconservatoryblog.
org) for the latest news and updates.
U.S. News & World Report
Recognizes Manhattan College
Manhattan College prides itself on being one
of the best institutions in the country, and was
recognized for just that in U.S. News & World
Report’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” survey. Manhattan topped the list as the No. 17 regional university in the North for the second year
in a row.
In addition, Manhattan College’s chemical
engineering program was selected as the fifth
best in the nation — a standout in an already topranking engineering school. The annual survey
was published in the September issue on August
31 and the 2011 guidebook, both available at
“This year’s U.S. News & World Report
rankings continue to place Manhattan College
among the very best colleges of its kind. The
overall ranking, combined with the national recognition of our strength in engineering, recogniz-
es our commitment to academic excellence across
all five of our schools,” said Brennan O’Donnell,
Ph.D., president of Manhattan College.
Manhattan College not only ranked 17 out
of the 126 best regional universities in the North,
but also attained additional recognition in economic diversity. Among all of the schools surveyed in the regional universities category, Manhattan College was listed as one of the top-ranked
schools for economic diversity due to a significant amount of undergraduates receiving federal
Pell grants for low-income students.
“Manhattan College has long been committed to providing an excellent educational experience for students from widely varied backgrounds; the economic diversity of our student
body is a great strength in itself, as well as an
indication of our fidelity to our mission,” added
Maddie Kolker Cast in
Production of ‘Polaroid Stories’
Cortlandt Manor resident Maddie Kolker, a
sophomore Acting major in the Ira Brind School
of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts, has
been cast as Echo in the school’s Philly Fringe
Festival stage production of the Naomi Iizuka cult
favorite “Polaroid Stories.”
Inspired in part by Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,”
“Polaroid Stories” is a story slam at the fringe of a
heartless city, home to a crew of punks, freaks and
runaways. Caught in an urban labyrinth, nine jive-
talking desperadoes battle and bare their shattered
souls in the diamond-hard poetry of the street.
The play creates a searing, honest and touching portrayal of what love and home mean to those
who eternally wander. It journeys into a dangerous world where myth-making fulfills a fierce
need for transcendence and where storytelling has
the power to transform a reality in which characters’ lives are continually threatened, devalued
and effaced.
Oppenheimer Encourages Parents
to Read to Children as School Prep
Westchester Library System
Enhances its Catalog
Westchester Library System’s (WLS)
480,000+ cardholders will soon have access to
an expanded catalog with additional online security as the library system undertakes two major endeavors this fall.
On Sunday, September 19, access to online
library card accounts will change when personal
identification numbers (PINs) are added to provide a greater level of security and privacy. In
the following months, the White Plains Public
Library will also transfer its patron, holdings,
acquisitions and catalog data to the WLS system, becoming the 38th library in Westchester to
fully participate in the technology consortium.
Service to WLS’s online library catalog
will be briefly interrupted between 6 and 8 p.m.
on Sunday, September 19 to accommodate the
security change. Once complete, cardholders
will be required to log-in to the online catalog
using their library card number as well as a PIN
before viewing information about their account
or to place a hold.
“The use of a PIN provides a great deal
more security,” explained Rob Caluori, WLS’s
manager of information technology. “Library
card numbers by themselves can be easily
guessed and/or randomly created using simple
programs. In combination with a PIN, a library
card number becomes as secure as a debit card,
if not more so. This provides a significant challenge to anyone attempting to gain unauthorized
access to a library card account.”
After the security improvements are in
place, WLS will continue its efforts to enhance
library access for all Westchester residents by
welcoming the White Plains Public Library as
a fully participating member. Although the library joined WLS many years ago, its collections remained separate until now. By the end of
the year, White Plains Public Library’s current
catalog of approximately 400,000 items will be
added to WLS’s central database of 5.4 million
“Once White Plains’ transition is complete, all public libraries and library patrons
in Westchester County will be using the same
system for the first time,” said Terry Kirchner,
WLS executive director. “We’re very excited to
see this transfer through as it will bring a truly
seamless library experience to all.”
The Westchester Library System is located
at 540 White Plains Road, Suite 200, Tarrytown.
For a complete list of programs and events
throughout the Westchester Library System,
visit www.westchesterlibraries.org.
Senator Oppenheimer reads to children at the Open Door Family Medical Center in Ossining
on August 10
As thoughts turn from summer vacations to
back-to-school preparations, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer reminded parents that reading aloud to their
young kids is one of the best ways to prepare them
for the challenges of a new school year.
Oppenheimer, who chairs the Senate Education
Committee, recently participated in an early literacy
awareness event at the Open Door Family Medical
Center in Ossining.
Reading the popular children’s book, “Five
Little Monkeys” by Eileen Christelow, Oppenheimer
captivated her young audience, who joined in with
the refrain, “no more monkeys jumping on the bed!”
The children and their parents were at the Open Door
Family Medical Center for pediatric check-ups.
Oppenheimer’s visit was organized by Reach
Out and Read of Greater New York, a non-profit organization that promotes school-readiness through
reading. Physicians at Open Door and other participating medical facilities in the New York area give
free age-appropriate books to children, ages six
months to 5 years, during check-ups and advise parents on the importance of reading aloud to their kids
for early language development. Every child participating in the Reach Out and Read program will have
a home library of ten books by the time he or she
enters school.
“Here in New York,” observed Oppenheimer,
“nearly 35 percent of children enter kindergarten
without the basic language skills they need to be
ready to learn. Reach Out and Read makes reading
an integral part of a child’s early well care check-ups,
instilling a lifelong love of reading that will serve
these children well in school and in life.”
For more information about the Reach Out and
Read program, visit Oppenheimer’s Web site, www.
Seniors and Health Care
EPMG Joins Children’s and Women’s
Physicians of Westchester
Children’s and Women’s Physicians of
Westchester (CWPW) continues to expand its
range of quality health care to families throughout the lower New York and Connecticut region
with the addition of Eastchester Pediatric Medical
Group (EPMG) to its network of health care offices.
The Eastchester Pediatric Medical Group,
located at 266 White Plains Road in Eastchester,
provides general pediatric medicine to infants,
children and adolescents.
Leonard Newman MD, president and CEO of
CWPW, and Jose Boyer, MD, founder of EPMG,
made the announcement jointly. The addition
of EPMG brings the number of CWPW offices
throughout the Lower Hudson Valley and Connecticut to 17.
“They’ve always said that they were interested in attracting more patients to CWPW and to
Westchester Medical Center from the lower part
of Westchester County,” said Boyer of CWPW.
“Since I’ve been sending patients to them for
years, it just makes sense. You have to be faithful
to your patients in the area.”
This means ensuring that patients in need of
a broad range of pediatric subspecialty care take
advantage of the superior services provided by
CWPW in the region, as opposed to traveling to
New York or beyond for treatment.
“The addition of Eastchester Pediatric adds
yet another dimension to the broad range of pediatric services offered through CWPW,” states
Leonard Newman, MD, president of CWPW. “We
strive to serve families throughout the region, and
now with our affiliation with Eastchester Pediatric
Medical Group, we are able to offer excellent pediatric health care to our young patients and their
families in the important service area of Southern
Westchester County.”
Eastchester Pediatric Medical Group will retain its name, Boyer explains. Its Web site, www.
eastchesterpeds.com, will be soon be changed to
reflect its new affiliation with CWPW.
Town of Eastchester
Senior Programs and Services
Monday, September 6
Center Closed, Labor Day
Tuesday, September 7
8:30 Exercise with Grace Kulinski
9:30 Exercise with Patricia Marinello
10:30 Visiting Nurse Service of Westchester,
Blood Pressure Screening
12:30 Bridge and Cards
12:30 Guest Speakers & Special Interest
12:30 Center Celebrates September Birthdays, Paul Phillips Welcomes the New Season with Music
Wednesday, September 8
9:30 Tap Dancing with Paula Tarrantino
10-10:45 Tai Chi with Master Domingo
12:30 Exercise with Evey Riccobono
12:30 Art Class with Betty Uses
12:30 Music/Drama with Ann Droukas
12:30 Mahjong with Miriam Roschell
1:15 Bob Moynihan, Musical Memories,
CDs and DVDs
Thursday, September 9
Center Extends Rosh Hashanah Greetings
9:15 Country Western Dancing, Pat PacLeod
10 Yiddish Class
12:30 Mahjong
12:30 Pokeno and Cards
1 2:30 Hot Topics, Mary Ann Frusciante,
Friday, September 10
8:30 Exercise Video
9:30 Lite Exercise, MaryAnne Scrobe
11 Gilda Press, Information and Conversation
12 Michael Libutti, Bankers Conseco, “Financial Realities”
12:30 Bob Moynihan, Musical Memories,
CDs and DVDs
12:30 Bridge and Cards
12:30 Scrabble
Wednesday, September 8
11:30 Hot Lunch Available, Reservations
12:30 Pokeno and Cards
2:00Exercise with Lawrence Hospital
Physical Therapy
Friday, September 10
11:30 Exercise, Sponsored by Senator Jeff
12:30 Donna Kane, Blood Pressure Screening
1:00 Health Discussion with Donna Kane
Social Security Column
Less Time Inside Means More Time Outside
By Susan Sobel, Social Security District Manager in Yonkers
The sun is out and there are 1001 things you
could be doing outside.
The last thing you want to do is sit in traffic
on your way to the Social Security office, or to
wait in line once you get there. From your doorstep to the local office and back again, you could
spend a lot of extra time taking care of your Social Security business. Or, you could choose to
visit our online office at www.socialsecurity.gov
and complete your Social Security business in
a matter of minutes with no commute whatsoever.
There are so many things you can do at our
online office. For example, you can apply online for retirement benefits. Our Web site makes
it simple, allowing you to apply for retirement
benefits in as little as 15 minutes. In most cases,
once you fill out the application, you’re done.
There are no forms to sign and no documents to
submit. The direct page to applying for benefits
online is www.socialsecurity.gov/applyonline.
Not ready to retire yet, or not sure? We have
online resources that can help you plan ahead
or make your decision. Our Retirement Estimator will allow you to enter different scenarios to
come up with the retirement plan best for you.
You can find it at www.socialsecurity.gov/esti-
Perhaps you need to file an application for
disability benefits. A Disability Starter Kit explains the documentation and information you’ll
be required to provide on the application, and
includes checklists and worksheets to help take
the mystery out of applying. You can find the
Disability Starter Kit at www.socialsecurity.gov/
disability on the left-hand side of the page.
You can apply online for Medicare, if
you’re within four months of your 65th birthday.
Most people, even those who don’t plan to start
getting retirement benefits right away, need to
apply for Medicare coverage at age 65. The application takes as little as 10 minutes, from start
to finish. Learn more at www.socialsecurity.gov/
There are other things you can do online,
such as apply for a replacement Medicare card
or request an SSA-1099 for tax purposes. You
can learn about these and other online services
at www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices.
So if you’d like to soak up some sun before
summer is over, we suggest you take your Social
Security business online. You may even be able
to take your laptop outside and conduct your
business in the great outdoors. See for yourself
at www.socialsecurity.gov.
Health Care Discussion at
Mall Walk Program
Learn about the new health care policy during a program on Friday, September 10, at The
Westchester in White Plains as part of the Be Fit
Mall Walk program.
Beginning at 9 a.m., Michael Olender from
the American Association of Retired People
(AARP) will discuss the new national health
care policy and how it will affect their Medicare
The program will be conducted at the Food
Court on level four. Admission and parking are
free for Be Fit members.
Sponsored by Westchester County Parks,
the program offers indoor health walking at
Westchester’s premier mall on Tuesdays and
Fridays, from 8 to 10 a.m., throughout the year.
As part of the Mall Walk program, a special
guest speaker is presented on the first Friday of
each month providing information on health issues, safety and nutrition.
To join the Mall Walk program, sign up at
the horse fountain plaza between Crate & Barrel
and Restoration Hardware on level two of the
mall, on Tuesday and Friday mornings during
the program.
For information about Be Fit at the
Westchester Mall Walk program, call 914-8647077.
The Senior Center at Lake Isle is located at
660 White Plains Rd. in Eastchester. For more
information or transportation, call 914-3370390.
WJCS Autism Center Workshop
Provides Tips for Communicating
with Your Child’s School
Westchester Jewish Community Services’
(WJCS) Autism Family Center and the Hudson
Valley Special Education Parent Center are offering a back-to-school workshop, Raising Your Hand:
Strategies and Tips for Effective Communication
with your Child’s School, on Tuesday, September
14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the WJCS Autism Family
Center, 845 North Broadway, White Plains.
Naomi Brickel, Director of the Hudson Val-
ley Special Education Parent Center at Westchester
Institute for Human Development, will discuss
strategies for effective communication with teachers, communicating with the Committee on Special Education and tips for a successful start to the
school year.
Registration is requested. Contact Autism
Family Center Coordinator Bonnie Graham at 914761–0600 ext 228 or [email protected]
Hot Topics in Healthcare
This week’s article will focus on the financial impact of health care and how the changing landscape will directly affect your pocket,
including: the EPIC program slashing its WrapAround Prescription Drug Benefit, the high cost
of medical errors and the unexpected costs of
Medical tourism.
EPIC Cuts Medicare Part D Wrap-Around
Effective October 1, those beneficiaries
who have both EPIC coverage and Medicare
Part D will begin to see a drastic change in their
prescription coverage: after October 1, EPIC
will no longer automatically cover a Medicare
Part D drug if it is denied by their Part D plan,
more commonly referred to as the Medicare Part
D Wrap-Around. Epic will only pay for drugs
that are not on the Medicare Part D formulary
if the beneficiary has filed an initial request {C ITALICS} and {C - END ITALICS} exhausted
two levels of insurance appeals.
Pending the appeal, EPIC will cover a 90
day supply, but only if the prescribing physician
calls EIPC’s temporary Coverage Request Helpline at 1-800-634-1340, which is not available
until October 1. For further information about
EPIC, please see the EPIC guidebook located at
Medicine That Will Make You Sick
As if the study two years ago which estimated that almost 100,000 Americans die each
year from medical errors was not scary enough,
this week a new study was published by the
Study of Actuaries’ Health Section, which put a
price tag on those costly errors. This report estimated that there are 1.5 million medical errors
each year, costing the United States Health Care
System $19.5 billion or $13,000 per error, based
on 2008 data. The study determined that $17 billion, or 87 percent of the costs, were incurred to
correct the medical errors, which included inpatient, outpatient and prescription drug services.
The most costly errors were from pressure ulcers, which developed from inactivity and post
operative infections.
The Unexpected Cost of Medical Toursim
With the increasing costs of health care in
the United States, medical tourism —travelling
abroad to seek medical treatment — is a booming industry. However, there are serious risks
involved. Scientists have isolated a new “super
bug,” named New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase
or NDM-1, which can be traced to Americans
who commonly travel to India for cheaper plastic surgery. A super bug like NDM-1 is resistant
to all known antibiotics and has the ability to
spread world-wide. So far, 3 Americans have
contracted NDM-1 and researchers are expecting many more cases very soon.
I would be happy to answer any questions
related to this article or any other related topic,
in this column. Please direct all questions to:
[email protected].com.
This article is provided for informational
purposes only. Nothing in this article shall be
construed as legal advice or should be relied
upon as such.
About the author: Michael LaMagna is an
attorney who practices health care, elder law
and general legal practice in both New York and
Since its founding by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul in 1888, Saint
Joseph’s Medical Center has been meeting the health care needs of Yonkers and
surrounding communities. Located in Southwest Yonkers, Saint Joseph's Medical
Center consists of a 194-bed acute care teaching hospital and a 200-bed nursing
home and features comprehensive out-patient programs. It is also a sponsor of lowincome senior housing for frail elderly.
In response to new developments in medicine and the needs of the community,
Saint Joseph’s has grown dramatically over the years into a modern, progressive
medical center.
Today Saint Joseph’s offers:
s An expanded Ambulatory Surgery Center
s On-site 64 slice spiral CT Scanner and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
s Dedicated hospital-based Inpatient Renal Dialysis Services
s A Hospital-based Nursing Home
s One of the busiest Emergency Services in Westchester County
s A Designated Stroke Center
s Comprehensive Mental Health Services
s A Family Health Center to provide affordable primary care
s Oncology Services
s Geriatrics Services and 165 units of Senior Housing
s A State-of-the-art Department of Surgery for ambulatory, laser and laparoscopic surgery,
micro-neurosurgery for back and neck compression pain, and Holmium laser
and lithotripsy
for treating kidney stones
s Pain Management
s The only accredited Family Medicine Residency Program in Westchester
s Highly advanced diagnostic services, including Cardiology, Radiology and
as well as a full range of rehabilitative therapies
s Women’s Health Services, including accredited low-dose mammography
s Patient Representatives and Pastoral Care for spiritual and emotional support
For more information, call 914-378-7000
or visit www.saintjosephs.org.
Saint Joseph’s Medical Center
127 South Broadway s Yonkers, New York 10701
The Bereavement Center
Legal Notices
of Westchester Support Group
The Bereavement Center of Westchester hosts
a support group for parents who have experienced
the loss of a child on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at their
offices at 69 Main St. in Tuckahoe.
The groups are led by professionals and,
though geared specifically for grieving parents, all
are invited to attend. The fee, per session, is $10,
and registration is required, so call 914-961-2818
ext 317.
Volunteers Needed to Deliver
Kosher Meals to the Homebound
Volunteers are needed to deliver kosher meals
to homebound individuals living in Mount Vernon,
New Rochelle and Yonkers.
Sponsored by Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS), the Kosher Meal Program
operates Monday through Friday from Sinai Free
Synagogue in Mount Vernon, where the meals are
picked up at 11:30 a.m.
Volunteers use their own cars and travel in
two-person teams. Each route encompasses about
five deliveries and takes about one and a half hours
from start to finish. Volunteers can participate
weekly, monthly or on an as-needed basis.
Anyone interested should contact Caron
Gelles at 914-668-4350.
By Joel J. Sprayregen
Tony Blair Clears The Air
Tony Blair made a notable contribution last
week to clearing the air about the Middle East.
Blair is the former British Prime Minister and
current envoy of the Quartet (the US, United
Nations, European Union and Russia) to the region. He addressed a distressing trend, the delegitimization of Israel.
De-legitimization means, in essence, denying Israel the right to defend itself against terrorists who murder its citizens. The notion is so
looney that it is accepted mostly by a motley
crowd of academics (like the Middle East Studies department of Columbia University) and Islamophile officials (like the UN Human Rights
Council and the leaders of Turkey and Iran).
Nonetheless, de-legitimizing slanders of Israel
are so widespread that Blair saw fit to address
the topic head-on at a conference in Israel. Here
is some of what he said:
“There are two forms of de-legitimization.
One is traditional and obvious from the quarters
from which it emanates, because it is so clear.
When the President of Iran says he wants Israel wiped off the face of the map, we all know
where we are. This is not to minimize the threat
of course. It remains and is profound. It is just
to say that were this the only form of de-legitimization, it wouldn’t warrant a conference of
analysis: simply a course of action.”
“The other form is more insidious, harder
to spot, harder to anticipate and harder to deal
with, because many of those engaging in it will
fiercely deny they are doing so. It is this form
that is in danger of growing and whose impact
is potentially highly threatening, in part because
it isn’t obvious. I would define in it this way: it
is a conscious or often unconscious resistance,
sometimes bordering on refusal, to accept that
Israel has a legitimate point of view.”
“The challenge is that this often does not
come from ill-intentioned people, but from
well-intentioned. They would dispute vigorously such a characterization of their mindset ...
Such minds are often to be found in the west.
They will say they advocate a two state solution
and they will point to that as proof positive that
they accept Israel’s existence fully. The problem
is that though this is true in theory, in practice
they wear Nelson’s eye patch when they lift the
telescope of scrutiny to the Israeli case. In a very
real sense, they don’t see it.”
What Blair Tells European Colleagues:
Would You Accept Terrorist Attacks on Your
Own Citizens?
Blair cited — as a vivid example of delegitimization — criticism of Israel’s responses
to terrorism from Gaza (understatedly not even
mentioning the 7000 missiles fired at Israeli citizens after Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005):
“They won’t accept that Israel might have a
right to search vessels bringing cargo into Gaza,
given that this year alone over 100 rockets have
been fired from that territory into Israel... No Israeli government could be indifferent to the possibility of weapons and missiles being brought
into Gaza...”
Blair then addressed the message he conveys to fellow European officials, heavily emphasizing the first sentence that follows:
“A constant conversation I have with some
of my European colleagues is to argue to them:
don’t apply rules to the Government of Israel
that you would never dream of applying to your
own country. In any of our nations, if there
were people firing rockets, committing acts of
terrorism and living next door to us, our public
opinion would go crazy. And any political leader who took the line that we shouldn’t get too
excited about it, wouldn’t last long as a political leader. This is a democracy. Israel lost 1000
citizens to the terrorism of the intifada. That
equates, proportionally, to 10,000 UK citizens.
I remember the bomb attacks from [Irish] Republican [Army] terrorism in the 1970’s. There
weren’t many arguing for a policy of phlegmatic
Why Blair Admires Israel
Asserting a “collective duty” to oppose delegitimization, Blair concluded by telling why
— as a democratic statesman and observant
Catholic — he admires Israel:
“I am a passionate believer in Israel. This is
a democracy. Its Parliament is vibrant. Its politics is, well, not notably restrained, let’s say. Its
press is free. Its people have rights and they are
“What we admire about the Jewish people
is their contribution to art, culture, literature,
music, business and philanthropy. It’s a spirit
that is identifiable, open and rather wonderful.
Whatever bigotry is, it is the opposite of it. It is a
free spirit. On holiday I read the new biography
of Einstein. He became an ardent supporter of
Israel. Look at the character of the Israel he supported: like Einstein himself — a free thinker,
a rebellious thinker even, but one supremely
attuned to the future... The best answer to delegitimization of Israel lies in the character of Israel itself and in the openness, fair-mindedness
and creativity of ordinary Israelis. That character and those people built the State of Israel.
They remain its guardians. They are why to delegitimize Israel is not only an affront to Israelis
but to all who share the values of a free human
In my previous column, I trashed the current British Prime Minister for delivering a fatuous speech in Turkey which flattered his Islamist
hosts but violated truth. Blair’s speech was delivered in situ at the Inter-Disciplinary College
(IDC) in Herzliya, a place where I myself have
spoken. IDC is Israel’s first private university
and, in my experienced view, is an institution
of emerging Ivy League quality. Lest I lose my
curmudgeon reputation, I will state one cavil:
Blair’s speech was too important to be heard
only in Israel. I pray he will have the fortitude
to deliver it again at the United Nations, which
he represents, and in Europe where de-legitimizing slanders are rampant, especially in his own
Notice of formation of Santo
Studios LLC Arts. Of Org.
filed with the Sect’y of State
of NY (SSNY) on DATE. Office location: Westchester
County. The street address
is: 42 Stratford Road, Harrison, NY 10528. SSNY has
been designated as agent of
the LLC upon whom process
against it may be served.
SSNY shall mail process
served to: Santo Studios
LLC, 42 Stratford Road, Harrison, NY 10528. Purpose:
any lawful act.
#6157 9/3 – 10/8
Notice of formation of LORI
filed with the Sect’y of State
of NY (SSNY) on August
17, 2010. Office location:
Westchester County. The
street address is: 186 Murray Avenue, Larchmont, New
York 10538. SSNY has been
designated as agent of the
LLC upon whom process
against it may be served.
SSNY shall mail process
served to: LORI LEFEVRE
186 Murray Avenue, Larchmont, New York 10538. Purpose: public relations.
Notice of formation of KAMYT
Solutions, LLC Arts. Of Org.
filed with the Sect’y of State
of NY (SSNY) on March
16, 2010. Office location:
Westchester County. The
street address is: 56 Windle
Park Apt 2W, Tarrytown, NY
10591. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC
upon whom process against
it may be served. SSNY
shall mail process served
to: KAMYT Solutions, LLC,
56 Windle Park Apt 2W, Tarrytown, NY 10591. Purpose:
any lawful act.
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#6156 9/3 – 10/8
Notice of Formation of a
Limited Liability Company
LLC, Articles of Organization
filed with the Secretary of
State of New York (SSNY)
on 04/28/2010. Office Location: Westchester County.
SSNY has been designated
as agent of the LLC upon
whom process against it
may be served. SSNY shall
mail a copy of process to:
673 White Plains RD, Eastchester, NY 10709. Purpose:
Any Lawful Purpose. Latest
date upon which LLC is to
dissolve: No specific date.
#6154 7/30 – 9/3
Notice of Formation of a
Limited Liability Company
CONTROL, LLC, Articles of
Organization filed with the
Secretary of State of New
York (SSNY) on 04/27/2010.
Office Location: Westchester
County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC
upon whom process against
it may be served. SSNY shall
mail a copy of process to:
LLC, 673 White Plains RD,
Eastchester, NY 10709. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.
Latest date upon which LLC
is to dissolve: No specific
Notice of formation of
Canonchet Group LLC. Arts.
Of Org. filed with the Sect’y
of State of NY (SSNY) on
June 17, 2010. 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: Canonchet Group LLC, 35 Woodland Avenue, Bronxville, NY
10708. Purpose: any lawful
#6152 7/30 – 9/3
#6153 7/30 – 9/3
NAMED DEFENDANT: 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) attorney(s) within twenty
days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30
days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you
within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment
will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the
County of Westchester. The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the
Mortgaged Premises. Dated this 23rd day of August, 2010, TO: LEE SOON YOUNG,
Defendant(s) In this Action. The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. RICHARD B. LIEBOWITZ of the Supreme Court of
the State of New York, dated the 17th day of August, 2010 and filed with the Complaint
in the Office of the Westchester County Clerk, in the City of White Plains. The object of
this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by
JUNG JIN KIM and KYUNG HYUN KIM dated the 5th day of October, 2007, to secure
the sum of $417,000.00, and recorded at Instrument No. 473090483 in the Office of
the Clerk of the County of Westchester, on the 19th day of November, 2007; The property in question is described as follows: 99 WATERSIDE CLOSE, EASTCHESTER,
NY 10709 SEE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION Section 64P, Block 1 and Lot 73 ALL
that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon
erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of Eastchester, County of Westchester
and State of New York, shown and designated as Lot No. 73 in Block No. 12 on a
certain map
entitled “Subdivision Plat Townhouses at Eastchester, Town of Eastchester, County of
Westchester, N.Y.”, made by Charles Riley dated March 18, 1980 and filed in the Office
of the County Clerk of Westchester County (Division of Land Records) on November
7, 1980 as Map No. 20423, said lot being more particularly bounded and described
as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the Easterly side of Waterside Close where the
same is intersected by the dividing line between Lot Nos. 73 and 74 as shown on
the aforementioned map; RUNNING THENCE along the last mentioned dividing line,
South 81 degrees 45 minutes 03 seconds East, 103.40 feet to a point and the Easterly
boundary of Lot No. 73 as shown on the aforementioned map; THENCE Southerly
along the Easterly boundary of Lot No. 73 as shown on the aforementioned map,
South 8 degrees14 minutes 57 seconds West, 20.00 feet to a point and the dividing
line between Lot No. 73 and Green Area G as shown on the aforementioned map;
THENCE along the last mentioned dividing line the following four (4) courses and
distances: 1. North 81 degrees 45 minutes 03 seconds West, 60.00 feet; 2. South 8
degrees 14 minutes 57 seconds West, 5.00 feet; 3. North 81 degrees 45 minutes 03
seconds West, 37.87 feet; 4. North 37 degrees 28 minutes 49 seconds West, 19.21
feet to a point and the Easterly side of Waterside Close; THENCE along the Easterly
side of Waterside Close on a curve to the left having a radius of 46.00 feet for a distance of 14.27 feet to the point or place of BEGINNING. Premises known as 99 Waterside Close, Eastchester, New York HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE
to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are
government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work 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-BANK-NYS (1-877-226-5697) or visit
the department’s website at WWW.BANKING.STATE.NY.US. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home.
There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly
profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such
promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State
law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully
describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits
them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. § 1303 NOTICE NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME 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.
WITH THE COURT. DATED: August 23, 2010 Steven J. Baum, P.C., Attorney(s) For
Plaintiff(s), 220 Northpointe Parkway Suite G, Amherst, NY 14228 The law firm of
Steven J. Baum, P.C. and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are
attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that
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Community Calendar
September - 11th Annual Hudson River
Valley Ramble has been scheduled for September 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26; guided hikes,
bikes, walks, paddles, festivals, river explorations and historic tours will be offered throughout the Hudson Valley. For further information,
please call the Greenway at (518) 473-3835.
September 25 - Meet children’s book author Artie Bennett for a reading and signing on
Saturday, September 25, at 2 pm, at Anderson’s
Book Shop, 96 Chatsworth Avenue, Larchmont
(914 834--6900). The Butt Book, illustrated by
award-winning artist Mike Lester, is a riotous
tribute to backsides, rumps, tushies, keisters,
heinies, and derrieres, in all their resplendent
glory. Dozens of hysterical rhymes and loads of
laugh-out-loud pictures pay homage to an unsung body part that keeps both kids and grownups giggling with glee. Bottoms up! Ages 2 to
from 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm and will take place in
Scarborough, NY. “Singer-friendly” auditions
will be held on Mondays, Sept. 13 and 20, prior
to rehearsal. To receive additional information
and/or to schedule a time for an audition, contact Jeanne Wygant at [email protected]
or call (914) 478-0074.
September, October - The Westchester
Sandbox Theatre - Got a young performer in
the family? The Westchester Sandbox Theatre
in Mamaroneck is just the place for them to
act, sing, dance and create. Auditions for our
upcoming shows as follows: “Urinetown”, for
grades 7-12 on Sept. 7th & 8th from 6-8PM.
“Alice in Wonderland” for grades 4-8 on Sept
12th from 11AM-1PM and Sept 14th from
5-7PM. “Aladdin” for grades K-5 on October 17th from 11AM-1PM and Oct 19th from
5-7PM . For more information, call us at
(914) 630-0804 or visit our website at www.
September 10, 11, 12 - Fall Crafts at
Lyndhurst- A Festival of Contemporary Craft,
Art, Music and Food Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm; rain
or shine. The show includes one-of-a-kind and
limited edition jewelry, fashion and accessories, furniture, and home décor pieces, as well
as functional and sculptural work in ceramics,
glass, metal, painting, photography, wood and
mixed media. Despite its name, the fair offers
more than just crafts. Visitors can also purchase
specialty foods, participate in children’s activities, and enjoy live music all throughout the
weekend.1/2 mile south of Tappan Zee Bridge
toll plaza on Route 9 in Tarrytown; free onsite
parking; offsite parking with complimentary
shuttle buses; no dogs allowed; admission $10
per person, seniors $9, children 6-16 are $4;
under 6 admitted free. Travel Directions: Visit
www.artrider.com or 914-631-4481 For information: Call 914-631-4481 or visit www.CraftsAtLyndhurst.com
September 12 - The 34th Tuckahoe Challenge Road Race. There will be a 1-mile and
5-mile race. “The Challenge” is to do both
races but you are invited to do either race as
well. The 1-mile race will begin at 9am and the
5-mile race will begin at 9:30am. Check-in and
registration begins at 7:30am at the Tuckahoe
Community Center, 71 Columbus Ave. Save
money and register in advance. Registration
forms and details of the Tuckahoe Challenge
Road Race may be found at Tuckahoe Village
Hall, the local libraries or on the Tuckahoe Village website under the announcement scroll at
www.tuckahoe.com.Any questions please call
Tuckahoe Village Hall at (914)961-3100 x 4.
September 27 - Divine Compassion - Annual Divine Compassion Golf Classic, this year
at Whippoorwill Club in Armonk. Our perennial favorite fund raiser is back again with
more fun in store than ever! There’s still time
to sign up and come to the luscious and green
Westchester Hills Golf Club for golf and dinner, or just dinner. To benefit the ministries of
the Sisters of the Divine Compassion. Call Sr.
Jane Keegan at 914-798-1286.
October 18 - 12th Annual Mats Wilander
Celebrity Tennis & Golf Classic - attendees will
join tennis legends, Mats Wilander and John
McEnroe, and a host of other celebrities for a
full day of golf, tennis and entertainment at the
Westchester Country Club in Rye, NY for the
12th Annual Mats Wilander Celebrity Tennis &
Golf Classic. Tennis with the pros, 18 holes of
golf and an exhibition match between Wilander
and McEnroe round out the day’s highlights.
Evening activities include a cocktail reception
and silent auction, followed by dinner, live music and dancing. Proceeds benefit Dystrophic
Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association
of America (DebRA), the only national nonprofit organization that funds research and provides direct services for patients and families
suffering with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a
debilitating genetic skin disease that is present
September - The Hudson Chorale - a
newly-formed chorus resulting from the merger of the Westchester Concert Singers and the
Choral Arts Society, two of the oldest choruses
in Westchester County – is welcoming new
members for its 2010-2011 season. Singers in
all voice parts (S, A, T, B) are invited to join
Westchester’s largest mixed-voice choral group
for an exciting inaugural season. The new
group’s first concert will take place Sunday,
January 23 (venue to be determined) and will
feature the magnificent Brahms Requiem plus
other works inspired by the writings of Walt
Whitman and Dante. Singers looking for a new
or additional choral family are encouraged to
consider the Hudson Chorale. Michael Conley,
Music Director of the Choral Arts Society for
the past four years, will continue as the director
of the Hudson Chorale. Rehearsals for the upcoming season will begin on Monday, Sept. 13
Adoption: Loving parents and their 9 year
old adopted daughter would love a baby brother
or sister. Stay at home mom, professional dad.
Expenses paid. Please call Becky/ Mike 800472-1835
ADOPTION: A loving, happy, secure family will cherish your baby. Expenses paid. Christine, 1-800-913-9150 or [email protected]
ADOPT: A happily married couple have
room in our loving hearts and home for your
newborn. Expenses paid. Please call Debra &
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with so much love to give wishes to share our
blessings with a precious newborn. Please call
Michael and Eileen 1-877-955-8355 [email protected]
PREGNANT? Need help? NY Adoption
agency offers FREE supportive counseling/ financial assistance. Choose a loving family for
your baby. Joy: 1-866-922-3678. Forever Families Through Adoption.
Contact Woodford Brothers Inc, for straightening, leveling, foundation and wood frame repairs
at 1-800-OLD-BARN. www.woodfordbros.com.
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in 1 out of every 50,000 live births. For more
information, please call the DebRA office at
212-868-1573 or email [email protected]
September-October - Westchester Sandbox Theatre - Know a young performer who
dreams of making it big someday? Registration
for Musical Theatre Classes at the Westchester
Sandbox Theatre in Mamaroneck is now open!
We offer classes for three age groups, so everyone can get in on the fun! All classes are
on Mondays: from 4-5:30 for grades K-3;
from 5:30-7 for grades 4-6; and from 7-8:30
for grades 7-12. Our instructors will provide
your child with the skills, passion and confidence they need to shine on stage. In honor of
the upcoming National AIDS Awareness Day,
The Westchester Sandbox Theatre, in partnership with Blockhead Productions, is presenting
a limited run of the classic Terrence McNally
play, Love! Valour! Compassion!, on September 10 & 11 at 8PM. Join eight close friends at
a lakeside vacation house as they wrestle with
AIDS, infidelity, and a whole lot of soul-searching as they also attempt to rehearse Swan Lake
in drag! This is a touching comedy you won’t
want to miss. Tickets are $20. Tickets, information, call (914) 630-0804 or visit our website at
September 11 - Friends of the Warner Library Fall Concert Series - opens with a performance by Masterwork Conversations, a piano
concert with Matthew Harrison and Vlada Yaneva on Saturday at 2:30pm. This free concert
will be held on the Third Floor Event Room of
the Warner Library, 121 North Broadway, Tarrytown, NY. Call 631-7734 for further information.
September 21 - Westchester Broadway
Theatre - The Godfathers of Comedy, an hysterical Italian-style comedy night starring comedians Johnny Rizzo, Rocco Panzini, Joseph
Anthony, Dave Andrews, Peter Michaels and
Jeff Pirrami; 6:30pm dinner, 8:30pm show; 1
Broadway Plaza, Elmsford, NY 10523; 914492-2222; www.BroadwayTheatre.com
September-December- Ossining Public
Library - The Associates of the Ossining Public
Library announce a free film series featuring the
films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger that will begin on Wednesday, September 15,
at 7:00pm, and will continue with one film each
month through December. Each film is free in
the Budarz Theater, in the Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining. The films
being shown in the series are “I Know Where
I’m Going” from 1945, starring Joan Webster,
shown Wednesday, September 15, “Stairway to
Heaven” from 1946 starring David Niven and
Kim Hunter, shown Wednesday, October 13,
“Black Narcissus” from 1947 starring Deborah
Kerr and David Farrar, showing Wednesday,
November 3, and “The Red Shoes” from 1948
starring Jean Short and Marius Goring, showing
on Wednesday, December 1. Each film starts at
7:00pm. The series is open to everyone and is
free. For information, call 914-941-2416.
October - The Small Town Theatre Festival - variety, short plays, after theatre reception.
Series 1 (select one evening) Oct. 15 at 8pm or
Oct. 16 at 8pm. Series 2 (select one evening)
Oct. 22 at 8pm or Oct. 23 at 8pm, Whippoorwill hall, 19 Whippoorwill hall East, Armonk,
NY. Admission $15 Series 1, $15 Series 2, $25
Series 1 and 2.
October - Tarrytown Music Hall - 10/2
Nobodies of Comedy at 8pm; 10/3 Brandi
Carlile at 7pm; 10/15 Blood, Sweat & Tears at
8pm; 10/20 Tower of Power at 8pm; 10/24 Ron
White (comedy) at 8pm; 10/30 Dave Brubeck
Quartet at 8pm. 13 Main Street, Tarrytown, NY
10591; 877-840-0457; tarrytownmusichall.
October 14 - M&M Productions Acting
Company presents “The Lady With All the Answers” - A delightful play about Ann Landers.
“Dear Ann Landers”…For decades, renowned
advice columnist Ann Landers answered countless letters from lovelorn teens, confused couples and a multitude of others in need of advice. No topic was off-limits, including nude
housekeeping, sex in a motorcycle helmet, the
proper way to hang toilet paper, sibling rivalries, addiction and wandering spouses. Landers
regaled her readers with direct, insightful and
often humorously honest responses. Late on a
1975 night in Landers’ Chicago apartment, an
ironic twist of events confronts her with a looming deadline for a column dealing with a new
kind of heartbreak: her own. As she shares her
struggles to complete the column with us, we
learn as much about ourselves as we do about
the wise, funny, no-nonsense woman whose
daily dialogue with America helped shape the
social and sexual landscapes of the last halfcentury. Directed by Michael Muldoon, Carol
Eagen will portray the delightful Ann Landers.
“The Lady With All the Answers” performed
by M&M Productions Acting Company, Inc. at
the Ossining Public Library on Thursday, October 14th at 7:30 p.m. in the Budarz Theater.
For information contact the Library at 914-9412416 ext. 327 [email protected]; www.
October 23 - The Harrison Players announce their upcoming event, “Autumn in New
York II: City Lights”. An evening of dinner,
dancing and wonderful entertainment featuring
some of Westchester’s most talented performers and Donna Cribari as our pianist. Saturday,
October 23 at 7:00pm at Harrison Veterans’
Memorial building, 210 Halstead Avenue, Harrison, NY. Tickets are $25 per person in advance and $35 at the door (limited availability).
For tickets call 914-937-8427 or order online
at www.harrisonplayers.org for reservations by
October 15.
October - December - The Emelin Theatre In Concert Series - George Winston, $40
Oct [email protected] 8 pm; David Bromberg Quartet, $60,
Dec [email protected] 8 pm; Kelli O’Hara, $60, Dec [email protected] 8
pm; information: www.emelin.org; http://www.
emelin.org/. Box Office: The Emelin Theatre,
153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck, (914) 6980098; www.emelin.org http://www.emelin.org/
September 11 - St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site - Forgotten Patriots: American
Prisoners During the Revolutionary War: The
fascinating and chilling story of Patriot soldiers imprisoned on British ships in New York
harbor during the Revolutionary War at 2 PM.
There’s also a 3 PM tour of the historic church
and Bell Tower, as well as the cemetery, one
of the nation’s oldest burial yards. The site is
open from noon to 4 PM. Parking and admission are free; refreshments served; at 2pm; site
is open from noon to 4pm; 897 South Columbus Avenue, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. 914-6674116; www.nps.gov/sapa
September 29 and ongoing - Six Wednesdays starting Sept. 29. Meditation- Instruction
and practice with Paula Caracappa. $15 per session. From 7-8 PM at Good Counsel Convent,
52 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603.
For more info call 914-798-1202.
September 15 - Job Fair Seeks Employers
Looking for Applicants - Employers looking
for qualified job applicants are urged to participate in a Community Job Fair on Wednesday,
September 15 from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM at
the Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown
Road, Elmsford. This FREE event is a collaboration of WJCS’ Women-Helping-Women,
Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner and
the Library. To register or for more information, contact Lenore Rosenbaum at 761-0600
X308 or [email protected]
The Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton
Avenue in Ossining, in conjunction with the
WEBS Career and Educational Counseling
Service, is offering a free eight-week career
counseling seminar for adults called “Managing Your Career in Changing Times”. The seminar consists of an orientation session followed
by eight group sessions, and one individual
session with a career counselor. The Ossining
Public Library is one of five public libraries in
Westchester County participating in the WEBS
project. Space in the seminar is limited, so registration is required. For seminar dates and to
register, or if you have questions, please call
WEBS at (914) 674-3612. Space will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
September - WJCS Havorah - Havorah
Program of WJCS will host programs for persons with developmental disabilities during the
upcoming holidays. All are welcome and admission is free. For more information, contact Gail
Oliver at 845 565-8610 or [email protected]l.com.
The schedule is as follows: A Rosh Hashanah
Celebration for Persons with Developmental
Disabilities will be held Wednesday, September 15 at 7:00 PM at Temple Shaaray Tefila,
89 Baldwin Road, Bedford. A Yom Kippur
Service for Persons with Developmental Disabilities will take place on Tuesday, September
20 at 7:00 PM Temple Beth Abraham, 25 Leroy Avenue, Tarrytown. A Sukkot Celebration
for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28 at
7:00 PM at Congregation Sons of Israel, 1666
Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor.
September - Congregation Emanu-El of
Westchester - Invite your friends and family
to experience worship at our temple. Please let
us know if someone you know is looking for a
place to spend the High Holy Days. High Holy
Days 2010/5771 Erev Rosh Hashanah Wed.
Sept. 8th; Rosh Hashanah Thurs. Sept. 9th;
Erev Yom Kippur Fri., Sept. 17th; Yom Kippur Sat., Sept. 18th; Call Roberta Aronovitch at
967-4382 (ext. 18). 2125 Westchester Avenue
East, Rye, NY 10580.
October 3 - Valentine Gardens Co-Op - A
reunion brunch is planned for those who grew
up in the VG Co-Op in southwest Yonkers
during the 1950s and 1960s. Friends from the
neighborhood during that time are also invited;
spouses and significant others too. The reunion
brunch on Sunday, Oct. 3 will be from 11:30am
to 3:30pm at Spiga Restaurant, 718 Central
Avenue Scarsdale. Cost per person is $37 and
includes tax and gratuity. Prepaid reservations
only; rsvp by Sept. 12. For further information
or to receive the evite, contact the committee at
[email protected];
visit us at www.valentinegardensreunion.info/
September - SingleGourmet-MetroNY.
com - 9/4 Singles lunch at Roberto in the Arthur Avenue neighborhood of the Bronx. $80
includes 5 course tasting menu, wine, soft
drinks, tax and gratuity; at 603 Crescent Ave,
Bronx, 10458. 9/11 Singles dinner at Goldfish,
3 course dinner, seafood and nonseafood options available, $59 includes 3 course dinner,
wine, soft drinks, tax and gratuity, at 6 Rockledge Ave., Ossining, 10562; 9/25 Singles BBQ
with live music, fun, food on Echo Bay Island
off New Rochelle harbor, Back To The Garden
band plays music from Woodstock era through
contemporary, $50 includes lunch/dinner bbq,
band; Echo Bay, New Rochelle, NY. Reservations required for all events: [email protected],(914)600-4267,www.
SingleGourmet MetroNY.com.
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Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor,
When I vote this November, I will not be
swayed by empty campaign promises or be concerned with voting along my party’s line. Instead, I will be voting for a candidate who has
spent his life serving not only his family but his
The candidate that I will be voting for this
upcoming November is Jim Maisano for Supreme Court Justice. For more than a decade,
Jim has served the residents of New Rochelle
and Pelham as county legislator, fighting tirelessly to cut out-of-control county spending, aggressively working to lower taxes and leading
the way on improving our neighborhoods.
Jim has done all this while still managing
to be a proud Marine, dedicated father and hus-
band, successful litigation lawyer and coach for
New Rochelle Little League and Youth Soccer.
After looking at all these accomplishments, it is
no wonder why the residents of New Rochelle
and Pelham have elected Jim Maisano to seven
consecutive terms as their county legislator.
Come this November, we have the opportunity to bring Jim’s common sense attitude and
expertise of the law to the Supreme Court. As
a judge, Jim will no doubt be just as effective
and just as thoughtful as he was as a legislator,
ensuring that the law works for the people, as it
was meant to be. Please join me in electing Jim
Maisano to the Supreme Court this fall.
Steven Schlitten
New Rochelle, New York
It’s Time to Reinvent Playland and
Make it a Park for the 21st Century
Dear Friends,
encourage entrepreneurOne of the most
ial imagination. Playland
difficult decisions I am
Park will always belong to
being forced to make as
the people of Westchester
county executive conCounty. It is a stunningly
cerns Playland. I love
beautiful landscape, with a
the place. I have happy
fine sand beach, panoramic
childhood memories of
views of the Long Island
Playland, and I bring
Sound and groves of oldmy children there evgrowth shade trees to rest
ery summer. They love
beneath in the summerit now, too. In fact, my
time. There is a reason it is
7-year-old son just made
a National Historic Landthe height requirement
mark, and it will always
and rode the Dragon
remain one.
Coaster for the first time
We need to stop closwith me. I’ll never forget
ing our eyes to the probthat experience.
lem. If we love Playland
But Playland has
— and we all do — we
been losing money for
need to develop new and
years. A lot of money.
sustainable uses for the
Several million dolpark. Attendance at PlayCounty Executive Rob Astorino
lars annually, with no
land has dropped signifiend in sight.
cantly over the last five
I talked about
years, from 1 million in
this problem when I ran for office, and I promised 2005 to 615,000 last year. Figures for this season
to do something about it when I was elected. As are incomplete but will likely end up at around
much as we all cherish Playland, something has to 550,000. Keep in mind that approximately 70 perbe done. At a time when teachers, nurses and day- cent of the park patrons are non-county residents,
care workers are being laid off, county government meaning county taxpapers are heavily subsidizing
can no longer afford to lose money on an amuse- Playland.
ment park. (Westchester is the only government
I am pleased to report the Westchester County
in America that owns and operates an amusement Board of Legislators, with whom I have periodic
disagreements, is fully on board with issuing this
So in the near future, I will be issuing a Re- RFP. They, too, want a sustainable Playland Park.
quest for Proposal (RFP) to gauge interest and genThis invariably will be an emotional issue
erate ideas on how we can best utilize the entire for many of us here in Westchester. (How could it
property. That may include keeping all or part of not be)? But I think the vast majority of us agree
the amusement park or developing the land as a that something needs to be done to save Playland
completely new type of park, one that can address Park.
the entertainment, as well as economic, needs of
I will keep you apprised as best I can as this
Westchester residents today and well into the fu- process moves forward.
The possibilities are endless and we should
Rob Astorino
Dear Editor,
While professing to believe that the town
clerk’s office should be “non-political,” Republican candidate Gina Sinon has sent out a highly
partisan and misleading e-mail accusing me of
attempting to deny voters a choice in the upcoming election.
The truth is that Ms. Sinon is the person attempting to deny voters a choice. She made an
active attempt to eliminate Anne Curran as the
candidate of the Democratic, Conservative and
Independence parties by filing Opportunity To
Ballot petitions, thereby trying to usurp those
Ms. Sinon failed in her attempt because the
bi-partisan Westchester Board of Elections ruled
that she did not submit enough valid petition signatures to challenge Anne Curran’s nomination
by the Democratic and Independence parties.
Had she succeeded, Ms. Sinon could have
been the only candidate on every party line in
November. Then, the voters of North Castle
would have been deprived of any choice between a well-qualified, experienced town clerk,
who has been endorsed by the Democratic, Independence and Conservative parties, and an
inexperienced person with no knowledge of the
daily operations of the clerk’s office.
It is worth noting that the petition process
is prescribed by the Election Law. While anyone can run for office, all candidates must abide
by the law. Political parties do not qualify or
disqualify petitions. A petition either has a suf-
ficient number of valid signatures or it does not.
If it does not, it is the decision of the Board of
Elections to either accept it or disqualify it.
After I learned that Ms. Sinon was attempting to force a primary on the Democratic line,
the North Castle Democratic Committee took
a look at her Republican petitions and discovered that they were filled with irregularities and
errors. The Board of Elections ruled that in 98
instances, Ms. Sinon did not comply with the
Election Law. Her petitions illegally contained
signers who were not enrolled Republicans,
some who are not registered to vote and others
that were not properly notarized or witnessed.
Those are not mere “technicalities,” as Ms.
Sinon would have us believe. And her cavalier
attitude toward the legal requirements is startling given her profession.
Both the Republican and Democratic Commissioners of the Board of Elections agreed with
the objections and removed Ms. Sinon from the
ballot. She was reinstated only after a judge
overruled the Board of Elections on a few of its
The town clerk must be meticulous about
detail and process; otherwise, the town can find
itself with serious problems. Do the citizens of
North Castle want a town clerk who considers
election rules “mere technicalities?”
Linda Trummer-Napolitano
Chair, North Castle Democratic Committee
Non-profit Community Lending
Organization Awarded Nearly
$600,000 Federal Grant
Community Capiin 1989 that provides
tal Resources (CCR),
financial products and
a Westchester County
services to a target
non-profit community
market in seven counlending organization,
ties within the lower
was awarded a federal
Hudson Valley. CCR
grant of $598,752 to
focuses on affordable
expand access to capital
housing, small business
for underserved comdevelopment and finanmunities throughout the
cial education. CCR
Lower Hudson Valley.
will use its $598,752
“Community Capgrant for a combinaital Resources plays a
tion of affordable housvital role in expanding and small business
ing access to capital
loans and operations
for small businesses in
and staff support.
Westchester and RockKim Jacobs, execland Counties and elseutive director of CCR,
where,” said Congresssaid, “we are thrilled
woman Nito Lowey. “I
and eager to put these
am pleased the federal
dollars to work to help
government has recogboost the economy
Congresswoman Nita Lowey
nized the importance
in the Lower Hudson
of developing small
Valley. Entrepreneurs
businesses in underserved communities and will have been shut out of conventional capital marhelp CCR continue and expand its work.”
kets due to tight credit standards, and we are
CCR is a certified Community Develop- delighted to gain the resources we need to help
ment Financial Institution (CDFI) established them.”
New York Mayors Join New
York Newspapers
in ‘$25 on the 25th’ Campaign Two New Consumer Protections
The New York State Conference of Mayors
and Municipal Officials (NYCOM) announced
that it is joining with the New York Press Association (NYPA) and others in promoting a statewide
citizen campaign called “$25 on the 25th” to help
support Main Street business across New York
State this September 25.
The growing campaign, which now involves
the NYPA, NYCOM, the New York State Economic Development Council, the Manhattan Chamber
of Commerce and others, will give New Yorkers
a concrete way to support struggling local merchants.
It will encourage New Yorkers to shop locally
this September 25, spending at least $25 at a local
store or stores. If successful, the “$25 on the 25th”
campaign will be repeated.
“Mark your calendars for September 25th,”
said NYCOM Executive Director Peter A. Baynes.
“This will be a day to support and celebrate the
Main Street businesses across New York that give
our villages and cities so much of their charm and
warmth. Mayors across New York are proud to be
doing their part to make “$25 on the 25th” a tremendous success.”
NYPA has created print advertisements for
the campaign, which will run in community newspapers around the state. It also has designed banners and logos for store windows to encourage as
many local businesses as possible to create special
shopping incentives for the day.
“New York’s independent businesses are the
heart and soul of this state, and the New York
newspaper industry is doing everything it can to
stand behind our small businesses,” said Michelle
Rea, Executive Director of NYPA. “Twenty-five
dollars may not seem like a lot to spend, but it can
make a real difference for a Main Street merchant.
Community newspapers across the state already
are working with mayors, shop owners, and business associations about making September 25 a
significant shopping day in New York State. So
spread the word!”
Congregation Kol Ami
Congregation Kol Ami will be holding special “Shabbat in the Woods” services from 5:30
to 6 p.m. every Friday night in September.
Young families are invited to this service
held in story and song. Moments of the services
will be set aside for Cantorial and choir pieces
from the myriad traditions of Jewish music, as
well as a D’var Torah, a teaching from the week’s
Torah portion, or Jewish perspectives on the
events of the world. The Torah will also be read.
Kol Ami will also be holding “Spiritual Lift”
every Saturday morning in August at the Schulman Chapel in the Woods. Coffee will be served
prior to the beginning of Adult Study, an open,
honest and serious Torah learning session, at 9:30
Congregation Kol Ami is located at 252
Soundview Ave., White Plains. For more infor-
mation and schedules, visit www.nykolami.org.
High Holy Days and Holiday Services
• Rosh Hashana Day One, Thursday, September 9 - Family Service, 3:15 to 4 p.m.
- Community Tashlich, 5:45 pm;
• Rosh Hashana Day Two, Friday, September 10; Service: 10 a.m. 12 p.m., followed
by reception;
• Yom Kippur, Saturday, September 18 Family Service, 3:15 4 p.m.;
• Erev Sukkot, Wednesday, September 29 Service, 7 p.m.;
• Sukkot, Thursday, September 30 - Service
and Yizkor – 10 a.m.
Festivals and Celebrations
Selichot Study and Services - Saturday, September 4 - 9:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.
for Credit Cardholders
By Sue Ann Witt
Two new critical consumer protections went
into effect Sunday, August 22, as a result of the
Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights, which was
passed by Congress and signed into law in May
of 2009. The legislation will prevent credit card
companies from charging excessive penalty fees
and enable consumers to obtain adjustments to
unfair interest rates.
On August 22, two critical consumer protections from the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights
went into effect. The first: requiring penalty fees
for late or returned payments or declined account access to be reasonable and proportional;
and second: requiring credit card companies, if
they raise your interest rate, to re-evaluate that
rate increase every six months and reduce that
rate within 45 days after completing the evaluation if the factors leading to the rate increase are
no longer present.
Until August 22, an individual who is an
hour late with a credit card payment could be
charged a late fee many times larger than the
size of the bill itself. The changes that went into
effect on August 22 will also ensure individuals who have paid down a large balance or who
have begun successfully paying their credit card
bill on time will see their interest rate reduced.
According to the Pew Charitable Trust, a
cardholder with a balance of $3,000 will have
a minimum monthly payment of approximately
$69. If the consumer falls into penalty status,
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of informal lectures and discussions will survey
the operatic classics with live and recorded performances.
For Youth programs, the new classes include
Jazz, Flute and Wind Ensembles, Recording 101
and Musical Explorations Mini-Courses for High
they will be hit with higher interest rates and
fees, which may raise the minimum payment by
104 percent to $141.
In addition to these key consumer protections, many provisions from the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights have already gone into
effect. The law prohibits retroactive interest rate
hikes on existing balances, bans double-cycle
billing (charging interest twice on balances paid
on time), ensures fairness of due dates, including requiring statements be mailed 21 days in
advance of the payment date and requiring payment date to remain the same every month, requiring 45 days advance notice of interest rate,
fee and finance charge increases, strengthens
credit card protections for young people and
requires that billing statements from credit card
companies be clear, be in clear and easily understood English, and show how long it will take a
balance to be fully paid off if only the minimum
payment is made.
A recent report from the Pew Charitable
Trust called the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of
Rights, “a major milestone in the move to make
credit cards safer, transparent and more fair for
consumers.” In addition, a recent analysis by
USA Today concluded that the new credit card
protections, along with debit-card overdraft reforms recently instituted by the Federal Reserve,
will save U.S. consumers at least $5 billion in
fees this year alone.
School Students.
New Early Childhood programs include the
new Suzuki instruction in Violin and Guitar for
ages 3 to 6. Concordia Conservatory also offers
weekly early childhood classes in Music Babies,
Toddlers: Music for Twos and Musical Adventures
for Children in Art.
For more information, call 914-395-4507 or
visit www.concordiaconservatory.org.
Golfing for a Great Cause
Below, l to r: Rob Masi, Christine Fitzpatrick, Joe Tartanto and Allie Restaino
L to r: Vincent Pousada, Bernard Doyle, Kieth Pousada and Edward Doyle Sr.
Left: The Martinelli Family - l to r: Chris, Angelo, Tommy and Richard
Below: Houston “Tex” Pollard with Ed Doyle Sr.
Right: Jackie (left) and
Gray Barnes get ready to
tee off
While Westchester County is filled with many summer golf outings,
all for worthy causes, the 23rd annual Edward and Mary Doyle Community
Assistance Fund is one of the best.
Held this month at the Westchester Hills Country Club in White Plains,
hosts Edward Doyle Sr. and his brother Bernard welcomed hundreds to a
full day of golf and great food as the Doyle brothers continue the tradition
of the community assistance fund, named after their parents, with money
raised to help children and seniors in Westchester County.
Join Us for Our 18th Annual
Riverfront Festival…
Christina Marraccini
Samantha Gold
Kelly Martin
Who Will Be Miss Teen
Photos by Peter Giannone
Young women from throughout Westchester
will be competing in the 2011 Miss Teen
Westchester Pageant this Sunday, September 5
at the White Plains Performing Arts Center in
White Plains from 5 to 7 p.m.
Each Miss Westchester Teen Pageant con-
testant will be judged in swimsuit, evening gown
and personal interview. The winner will receive
many gifts and prizes, including a fully-paid entry fee to the State Pageant, where she will compete for the prestigious title of Miss New York
Teen USA 2011.
Make Rising Media Group
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A Day of Non-stop
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Maisano and Abinanti Propose Legislation To
Protect Against Eminent Domain
A public hearing will be held
developers,” said Maisano. “Emion Tuesday, September 7 on legislanent domain should not be used
tion, co-sponsored by Westchester
for private developments such as
County Legislators Tom Abinanti
shopping malls and luxury apartand James Maisano, giving inments. Our law is an attempt to
creased protections for Westchester
protect private property owners
County private property owners
from the eminent domain abuses
against wrongful use of the power
we see too often.”
of eminent domain. This legislation
The legislation will also prowould limit Westchester County’s
hibit Westchester County from
power to condemn private property
contributing funds to any developfor private use.
ment that uses eminent domain to
“Government should not take
take private property for private
private property unless it is necesuse. The proposed legislation
sary to meet a real public need, not
would not, however, preclude the
just because it prefers one use over
use of eminent domain for affordanother or one developer over anable housing projects.
other,” said Abinanti. “The original
Abinanti and Maisano serve
County Legislator Tom Abinanti
County Legislator Jim Maisano
beneficial public purpose of emias Majority and Minority Leader
nent domain has been corrupted. We
of the Westchester County Board
are witnessing distressing instances
of Legislators, respectively.
where eminent domain is used by
The public hearing will be
or for powerful developers and the rights of pri- against property owners who simply don’t have held on Tuesday, September 7 at 7 p.m. on the
the financial resources to defend themselves eighth floor of Michaelian Office Building lovate citizens are undercut.”
“I’ve witnessed eminent domain being used against the power of their local government and cated at 148 Martine Avenue, White Plains.
Snapshot of the Week
Summer and Billy Inlaw on the Yonkers
85th Running of Yonkers Resident Wins WFAS Contest King Sized Tomato
in Queen City
the Yonkers
Marathon, 2nd
Oldest Marathon
in the World!
Mayor Phil Amicone is pleased to announce that the Yonkers Marathon will take
place on Sunday, September 19. Now in its 85th
year, the Yonkers Marathon is the second oldest
Marathon in the world, attracting hundreds of
international participants annually.
The Yonkers Marathon and Half Marathon
start and finish at the Yonkers Riverfront Library
at 1 Larkin Plaza. Both races start at 8:00 a.m.
Last year, it was Derese Deniboba of Ethiopia who won, for the third consecutive year, with
a time of 2:30:33 and Muliye Gurma of Maryland in second with a time of 2:54:38.
For more information, call 914-377-6436,
914-377-6450, or e-mail [email protected]
yonkersny.gov, or follow the link below.
Full Route Information:
The Yonkers Marathon follows a loop
and double-loop course. Please note that South
Broadway southbound will be coned-off and
closed to traffic from Prospect Street to Valentine
Lane, and one lane on Riverdale Avenue will be
coned-off and closed to traffic northbound from
Valentine Lane to Main Street.
• Start at River Street going south, street becomes Buena Vista Avenue
• Left onto Nepperhan Street, then left onto
Warburton Avenue
• Warburton Avenue north to Main Street in
• Right (east) on Main Street to Broadway
• Right (south) on Broadway to Tompkins
• Left (east) on Tompkins Avenue to Nepperhan Avenue
• Right (south) on Nepperhan Avenue to the
driveway at City Hall
• Make a right up the main driveway and
• Bear left to the main plaza, then cross over
the foot bridge
• Make a right down the main driveway to
South Broadway
• Left (south) on South Broadway to Valentine Lane
• Right (west) on Valentine Lane to Riverdale Avenue
• Right (north) on Riverdale Avenue to
Main Street
• Left (west) on Main Street, then right onto
Buena Vista Avenue
• Right onto Nepperhan Street, up to Warburton Avenue
• Half-Marathon runners turn right onto
Nepperhan Street to finish.
• Full-Marathon runners continue in and
around Larkin Plaza and Repeat the
course a second time.
(l to r): Grand prize winner Liz Romano, Kim Zimmer and Romano’s guest, Bhupendra Tolia
On Friday, July 30, Celebrity Events Group
hosted the So Long Springfield Bon Voyage party at SD26 in Manhattan, where contest winners
were able to rub elbows and sip cocktails with
their favorite Guiding Light Actors.
It was an opportunity to bid actors such as
Kim Zimmer and Michael O’Leary farewell before they boarded the So Long Springfield cruise
with five fun filled days of dancing, skits, karaoke and ultimately creating once in a lifetime
memories with their most devoted fans.
Guiding Light was the longest running
soap opera, entertaining fans and keeping them
on the edge of their seats for 72 years on CBS.
The Bon Voyage party and cruise was a great
opportunity for fans and actors to say farewell
and show appreciation for their dedication and
loyalty through the years.
The grand prize winner, Liz Romano from
Yonkers, won an exclusive limo ride with Michael O’Leary escorting her and her guest, Bhupendra Tolia, to the Bon Voyage Event at SD26.
Backyard gardener Frank Rende knew he
had a prize tomato, and weighing it at Loupino’s
deli in New Rochelle confirmed it at a whopping
2.89 lbs!
Rende is probably one of many in the area
who will have a bumper crop this year.
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