Reporter’s Roundtable




The New York Statewide campaign, Green Light New York supports equal access to driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants in the state. At present, New York prevents thousands of immigrants from receiving driver’s licenses due to the status of their immigration. As of yet, there are twelve states in the country already provide access to licenses for all residents regardless of their immigration status. The Community Resource Center gave a presentation to the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees that asked for a resolution in support of the campaign. Mamaroneck would be following the lead of the Villages of Ossining and Port Chester who recently expressed their collective support. After the presentation, Mayor Norman Rosenblum said they will add the proposal to the work session on January 3rd, and there will be a public hearing on January 9th. The vote will take place after the public hearing.


There is good news for the Larchmont Playhouse. The Playhouse which closed in September 2016, may be opening again soon. Bronxville resident, Michael DiCosimo has signed a contract to buy and upgrade the theater, thanks to donations from the community. Plans to renovate would include new sound and projection systems, new seats, an updated lobby and a potential wine bar. While the contract negotiations are still pending, all parties involved are “cautiously optimistic” that movies will play in the theater once again.

A tow truck driver was killed in a hit-and-run in Harrison just days before the new year. Thirty-two-year-old Salvatore Brescia of Yonkers was hooking up a disabled car to his truck on Interstate 95 when he was hit by a passing car. He was taken to Greenwich Hospital where he was later declared dead. Brescia’s family told sources that he had just purchased a house with his fiancée and the couple was to be married in July of this year. The suspect remains on the run. New York State Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2500 for any information that leads to an arrest. This past Tuesday, hundreds of tow truck drivers, some from as far away as Pennsylvania gathered at Harbor Island to pay tribute to Brescia.


Looking for a place to go for dinner this month? Every Monday through the end of January, you can get a great meal that helps to benefit our television station, LMCTV. Sedona Taphouse on Boston Post Road in Mamaroneck will sell their Black Angus flat iron steak for only $6. One dollar from the sale of each steak will benefit LMCTV For more information and to make reservations, visit


In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin and Mike Witsch spoke with Sibylla Chipaziwa, Mamaroneck Review Assistant Editor, Jon Craig, Mamaroneck Daily Voice Assistant Managing Editor and Gabriel Rom, The Journal News Reporter, about their top stories in 2016 and what they think will be the top stories of 2017.


In our LMC Varsity Sports segment, Steve Anastas spoke with Mamaroneck High School Basketball Coach, Tyrone Carter, Jr. about this season’s successful team.

In The Spotlight, Mike Witsch spoke with Elizabeth Saenger of the Mamaroneck Human Rights Committee about their upcoming event on January 8th that will honor local students as well as Martin Luther King, Jr.


Our Pet of the Week is Praline, a sweet dog who loves to play and go on walks with all other dogs. She is shy around humans. The person who is willing to adopt her must have multiple dogs, a fenced-in yard that is at least six feet, no small children and is willing to work slowly with her. For more information on how to adopt Praline or to browse other adorable pets, go to


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Best of 2016

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2016 is coming to an end, and The Local Live would like to celebrate the work of our volunteer producers and students. This year we aired almost 150 shows and in this episode we are showcasing the highlights of 2016.

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Our first highlight is the 69th annual Mamaroneck Fireman’s Day Parade in which their service to our community was celebrated. Local Live reporter James Levinson spoke with Village of Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum, and parade participants, some who came from as far away as Texas.

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Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa opened on Mamaroneck Avenue, which was a first for our community. Local Live Co-Producer, Cat Galeano went to the spa to learn more about their and even enjoyed her own pampering session.

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The Village of Larchmont turned 125 and celebrated its Quasquicentennial. Local Live anchor, Alexandra Garcia covered the street and arts fair as well as the grand reopening of the Larchmont Public Library.

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Frankie and Fanucci’s, an Italian restaurant on the avenue, introduced a Pour Your Own Tap Room, making it one of the only places in the tri-state area that lets you be the bartender.

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A taste of Argentina landed in Larchmont at  family-owned restaurant Estancia Buenos Aires.

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Oscar-winning director as well as local resident, Ang Lee was interviewed in a special event sponsored by the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Center for Continuing Education. The event took place at the Mamaroneck High School Auditorium.

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Mamaroneck Youth Liaison Officer, Keith Yizar shared his memories of Muhammed Ali, who passed away this year, when the boxer who was known as “The Greatest” came to visit Mamaroneck High School.Screen Shot 2017-01-03 at 2.37.08 PM.png

Sedona Taphouse opened on East Boston Post Road. With fifty rotating taps to 250 bottles, there is a brew for everyone to enjoy. The food is also good.

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1818 Fine Hair Salon also opened on the avenue. The services include the typical  haircuts and  shaves as well other services to make a man feel pampered.

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2016 was an Olympic year, so Local Live Co-Producer, Cat Galeano spoke with John Collins, the head coach of Badger Swim Club about the numerous US Olympic swimmers that got their start in the Larchmont swim club.

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Polpettina, a restaurant known for its savory meatballs, opened on Larchmont Avenue.

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With the year coming to an end, The Local Live would like to thank our interns and we hope to inspire and encourage our youth to join our group of producers.

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Larchmont Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force


In 2017, the Town of Mamaroneck Supervisor, Nancy Seligson announced that there will be a property reassessment of the town. Town residents will be receiving data mailers with information about their property inventory. Residents need to confirm the information on the survey as well as updating information if the property inventory has changed. The Town hired GAR Associates to oversee the assessment and they have produced an informational video to help residents understand the project. You can view the video on the Town of Mamaroneck website,


During the December 7th meeting, The Rye Neck Schools Board of Education appointed Dr. Scott Mosenthal to serve as the interim high school principal beginning January 3rd. Dr. Mosenthal had been a principal in the Irvington Union Free School District for fifteen years. Prior to that, he was an English teacher in the Irvington Public School District at both the middle and high school level for twenty-three years. He will replace the current principal Dr. Barbara Ferraro who will be the new Rye Neck School Superintendent replacing Dr. Peter Mustich. In a statement as posted on the Rye Neck Schools website, Dr. Ferraro said that she was pleased have Dr. Mosenthal join the Rye Neck family and said, “he brings a wealth of experience to the position. His strong curriculum background, passion for teaching and learning, and commitment to working with high school students make him the perfect candidate.


Mamaroneck High School computer science students recently participated in a local tournament to help design a safer railroad crossing. Their prototype included an on-track car removal device using a computerized conveyor belt system and laser sensors using a microcontroller and Legos. The tournament was organized by Alan Brody, the widower of Ellen Brody, was was tragically killed in February 2015, when her SUV was hit by a Metro-North commuter train in Valhalla.


In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin and Mike Witsch spoke with Malcolm Frouman, the president of the Larchmont Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force about their food pantry and their mission to help those in need in our community, not just for the holiday season but all year-round.


In our LMC Varsity Sports Play of the Week, Rye Neck senior Peter Gallagher turned a simple free throw into a four-point swing.


Our Pet of the Week is Annie, a calm eight or nine month old hound mix. She was originally found severely malnourished in a state park in Texas. She likes playing with other dogs and is very well socialized. For more information on Annie, as well as other pets, go to


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Shopping Local


On December 5th, the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees held their Re-Organizational Meeting. During the meeting the newly elected trustees, Victor Tafur, Keith and incumbent Leon Potok were sworn in, and Judge Daniel Gallagher was sworn in for a third term. The trustees gave acceptance speeches and thanked all who had voted and supported them. The appointments for seven board positions were also announced. If you would like to learn more about the updated board go to to view the meeting.


On December 7th, a special election was held at the Mamaroneck Public Library to vote on the library’s new budget and to elect four new trustees. The budget, which totalled just under $3 million, was approved with 88% of voter approval. The new trustees are Robert Sid Albert, Joanne Shaw, Martha Sokol McCarty and Katie Lanagan. The trustees will serve a three-year term, set to begin on June 1, 2017.


On December 8th, Sedona Taphouse presented a check of over $600 to the Community Resource Center as part of their program “Steak Out for Charity” which is held on Monday nights at the restaurant. Sedona donates $1 for every steak that is sold during the event. During the month of December, The Harbor Island Conservancy will be the beneficiary.


In other news regarding the Community Resource Center, they held their annual gala last Thursday in which they honored Jane Orans, Eric Katz, and MAXX Properties with the Amigo Award for their unconditional support and volunteer work. The gala was dedicated to the dreamers, who shared their personal struggles, as well as their successes, thanks to DACA, the executive order that was passed by President Barack Obama. The executive order provides temporary protection from deportation, as well as a social security number and work permission for undocumented youth. Gail Vidales and Jirandy Martinez, the co-executive directors of the Community Resource, expressed their gratitude to the community for all their support


“Amor Hecho Pedazos”, LMCTV’s first scripted telenovela, is finally premiering after over a year in the making, as well as one hundred hours of stop-motion animation. The telenovela, or soap opera, was produced in Spanish with English subtitles and has everything from drama to passion to evil twins. The project was a labor of love for LMCTV producer and writer, Dena Schumacher, whose goal was to provide more Spanish-language content for the community. The first episode will air Friday, December 9th at 9:15 p.m. after “The Rascal”.


In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin spoke with Mamaroneck Chamber of Congress President, Steve Josephson and Larchmont Chamber of Congress President, Sean Nagpal about holiday shopping in our community.  


In our Varsity Sports Play of the Week, the Mamaroneck Varsity Hockey beat Rye in overtime on the same night that the team raised their first-ever state championship banner to the rafters.


The Village of Mamaroneck recently held their 11th annual tree lighting social. Local Liver reporter, Alexandra Garcia was there to cover all the festivities.


In The Spotlight, Local Live reporter, Melissa Moak went to a book signing for Shop Cook Eat New York. The book is the perfect book for all you New York Foodies. She spoke with authors, Susan Pear Meisel and Nathalie Sann about the book.


The Annual Hour of Code campaign started worldwide this week with several events happening in our area. Local Live reporter, Meral Kathwari covered the Stem Alliance’s Community for Code event. 


Our Pet of the Week is Louise, an adorable Pitbull mix, who is about 7-8 months old.  She is very sweet and friendly with humans and is learning how to play with other dogs. She is also friendly with cats. She was found in Harlem by the fire department tied to a pole. For more information on Louise and other pets, go to

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Aids Awareness




Rye Neck science teacher, Nicholas Pagliuca was arrested on child pornography charges after investigators found that his email address was registered with a child pornography website. The charges are one count of possession of child pornography, which carries a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison, and one count of receipt of child pornography, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison. He was released on a $50,000 bond with the stipulation that he not teach or be around children without supervision. The Rye Neck School District issued a statement saying, “this was the first indication which we had of any possible activity of this nature, and at this time we have no reason to believe that any student has been exposed to misconduct or that any school district facilities have been misused or misappropriated”. Rye Neck Superintendent, Dr. Peter Mustich sent an email to parents stating that counselors would be made available to any student or staff member who needed assistance in coping with the news and that the district is fully cooperating with the investigation.


The Mamaroneck Public Library is holding a special on-site election on Wednesday, December 7th from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will be open to all residents of the Village of Mamaroneck. Residents can vote on the library’s budget as well as four trustee positions. The trustee positions are volunteer-based for a three-year term. They are responsible for hiring the library director, preparing the budget and advocating for the library. The candidates are Martha Sokol McCarty; incumbent Vice President and seven-year Rye Neck resident, Clayton Otto; incumbent trustee and lifelong Mamaroneck resident, Robert S. Albert, who has twenty-five years experience in the publishing industry; 20-year resident Joanne Shaw, who is a former ballet dancer and professor, chair and artistic director of Marymount Manhattan College Dance Department and thirty-year resident Joanne Shaw who has had a long career in healthcare administration. The Local Live spoke to Susan Riley, Director of the Mamaroneck Public Library who encourages the community to come and vote. A full copy of the candidate’s biographies and budget is available at the circulation desk inside the library.


The reconstruction of the water storage and distribution system for the Village of Larchmont will cost around $230,000. The project aims to provide a more sustainable and efficient water service for residents. The main water resource for the Village of Larchmont is distributed by Westchester Joint Water Work and is stored by Byron Pump Station and Tanks. From the 1950’s to the 1980’s, there have been system updates on the pumping capacity, electrical efficiency, heating installation, controls and record. But there haven’t been any major renewal for the infrastructure of either the tanks or the pumps. Project Manager from Woodard & Curran, Steve Robbins was invited by the Village of Larchmont Administrator to speak about the issue at the Village of Larchmont Board of Trustees meeting last week. The original 250,000-gallon steel water tanks will be replaced by a single 650,000-gallon concrete storage tank. There are currently several diesel-fueled temporary pumps in place to meet the water demand of the Village. Before the resolution was passed last Monday by the Board of Trustees, Village Mayor Lorraine Walsh restated how urgent the reconstruction is. Following an inspection from the Health Department, the project will start early next year.


During the November 28th Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees meeting, Democratic Trustees Illissa Miller and David Finch officially ended their terms serving the community and gave their final remarks. David Finch addressed the lack of civility during the Board of Trustee sessions and he stressed that comments from the public should be informative, concise and not repetitive. He also added that the responsibility for the lack of civility falls on Mayor Norman Rosenblum. Voting for the referendum, being humane to geese, new pet store regulations and also supporting the industrial committee and the Marine Education Center were some of the positive causes that Trustee Illissa Miller feels proud of being part of. During her final remarks, she also reflected on the negative and on what she has learned while being a trustee.


Congratulations to Rye Neck Middle School seventh-grader Marc Seemer, who won the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Lions Club Peace Poster Contest on November 18th. Each year, millions of children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the international Lion’s Club contest to express their visions of peace. Marc competed against students from Sts. John and Paul and The French-American School. His poster will now be submitted to the district-level competition for further judging.


In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin and Mike Witsch spoke with Linda Hakim, MS, Program Specialist/ PrEP Westchester County Department of Health and Johanna Acosta, M.Ed., PrEP Specialist, Advanced Physician Services and Member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network about the advancements in AIDS research and medicine.


The 6th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Mamaroneck Public Library’s lower level. The Local Live spoke with Chari Topol-Allison, Village of Mamaroneck Arts Council member and coordinator of the fair about the event.


Our Pet of the Week is Peanut Butter, a male Tabby cat with a big personality. He is about a year old and is very sweet and playful. If you’re looking for a shadow with four paws, then Peanut Butter is perfect for you. For more information on Peanut Butter and other pets, go to


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Thanksgiving 2016 Edition

The Local Live and LMCTV would like to wish our viewers and the community a very happy Thanksgiving.


On this special edition of The Local Live, we’re showcasing those special organizations in our community. These not-for-profits invest time and effort to help others and make us more aware of social and education causes.


The Mamaroneck and Larchmont Hunger Task Force. This organization runs a food pantry that hands out bags of nutritious groceries twice each month which includes meals for four days. It’s an all-volunteer organization whose members gather, pack and distribute the food.


Habitat of Westchester is an organization of thousands of volunteers who work to defeat poverty and homelessness throughout Westchester County, and to build acceptable, affordable shelters a matter of principles and public action. Habitat invites people from all walks of life and all faiths to help build houses in partnership with families in need.


Even animals in our community are organized to help. ECAD, which stands for Educating Canines Assisting with Disabilities. This nonprofit has composed a program called Project Heal which assists veterans who suffer from physical injuries, PTSD and traumatic brain injury.


Did you know that 80% of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders are unemployed? Girl AGain is a first-of-a-kind laboratory where young women work without the pressures of for-profit businesses. Girl AGain utilizes the most effective training methods so that traditional employers as well as entrepreneurs can hopefully hire people on the Autism Spectrum. This is Yes She Can.


The mission of PrideWorks is to inform the community about the realities of growing up gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender and to inspire respect and support for LGBTQ people and to advocate for positive change.


STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The STEM Alliance is a grassroots, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to intensify K-!2 STEM education and to enrich initiatives that benefit, students, parents and teachers in our schools and community. The alliance is an enterprising group of parents, teachers, students, alumni, business leaders and community members. A special event, STEMtastic Saturday was held at the Hommocks Middle School.


The mission of My Sister’s Place is to enlist every member of society to end domestic violence and human trafficking, so that every relationship can grasp the principles of respect, equality and peacefulness.


With rising tuition prices, many parents worry when it’s time to send their children to college. With the help of the Larchmont and Mamaroneck Student Aid Fund, many students have the chance to to fulfill dreams of getting a college education.


The Civil Air Patrol is for people who aren’t afraid of heights, love adventure and are passionate about serving the community during emergency situations.


At Home on the Sound is a nonprofit organization that provides senior citizens in our community with the assistance they need to continue to live confidently at home.


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The Drug Epidemic


Last Friday, two people were robbed outside the Chase Bank on 535 East Boston Post Road. The Village of Mamaroneck police have released surveillance photos of the two men from the bank’s drive-thru ATM camera. The victims were approached by a man dressed in black and had a gun, took cash and cellphones. Then a second man also with a gun and also dressed in black arrived. Anyone with more information, please call detectives at (914) 825-8568.


The Town of Mamaroneck, Village of Mamaroneck, Village of Larchmont, City of New Rochelle and City of Pelham met together at the Hommocks Conservation Area in Mamaroneck on Wednesday in an effort to improve the water quality in the Long Island Sound. Along with a coalition of construction executives, union officials and conservationists, they called for $800 million in state grants to fund critical infrastructure. Town of Mamaroneck Supervisor Nancy Seligson spoke about what the plans for the coalition. The members of the coalition lauded Assemblyman Steve Otis for initiating the program to improve our clean water infrastructure.


Hommocks Middle School has had an impressive development to their music program. It was finally time to replace the school’s keyboard lab. So instead of getting the same keyboards, the students now have an innovative eMusic lab. eMusic is a new concept that combines technology, music and of course fun. Different schools in the area are working with eMusic labs, so designers tcombined all the features of those labs to take the Hommocks’ lab to the next level. Students can created music using keyboards, or other instruments and enter the music into computers to allow their creativity soar as the students can shape the music to compose an original piece. The creation of the eMusic lab was made possible by a grant from the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation. Abelton, a world leader in music technology donated over $20,000 worth of equipment to the Hommocks. The program is being conducted in partnership with Shift Learning to learn how working with music technology can captivate students. So far, the students love the concept and are looking forward to working in the lab.


In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin and Mike Witsch spoke with Norman Rosenblum, VIllage of Mamaroneck Mayor, Mark Levy, Larchmont-Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center Executive Director and Thomas Nuzio, Westchester County Assistant District Attorney-Narcotics Division Head about the drug epidemic in our community.

In the Community features some Mamaroneck High School students who recap their Pennsylvania trip and post election thoughts.

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-7-50-14-pm In the Spotlight features Cheryl Brause, co-founder of 2bPresent, a  business that offers classes and workshops in the community for people of all ages, and teaches them how to live a less stressful life by using mindfulness tools and practices. 



Our Pet of the Week is Ginger, a beautiful little cat. She is a little shy around new people, but warms up quickly. She loves to be petted and will be a loving addition to any home. For more information on Ginger and other adorable pets, go to


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