Pet Adoption Show with Westchester Humane Society


The Local Live would like to congratulate Larchmont Badger Swim Club member, Cody Miller on winning the bronze medal in the 100 meter breaststroke at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Miller swam the race in 58.56 seconds, which broke the US record for the event and earned him his first Olympic medal.

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He finished behind gold medalist Adam Peaty from Great Britain and silver medalist Cameron Van Der Burgh from South Africa. Miller spoke to NBC News after winning his medal and said, “I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a little kid. And you never really think it’s going to happen until it happens”.

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New cuts in transportation for the Mamaroneck School District will go into effect for the upcoming school year. In a letter to parents, Superintendent Dr. Robert Shaps explained that due to the challenging budget, the district will cut school busing for students of private and parochial school when schools from the district are closed. Shaps said, “According to the Commissioner of Education, the district is not legally required to transport students to non-public schools on days in which the Mamaroneck Union Free School District is closed”. At the present time, the transportation budget for the new school year is $3.5 million, and he estimates an annual district savings total of $77,000. There are approximately fourteen days in the new school year when Mamaroneck schools will be closed that there will be six days in which parochial or private school students will have to find alternative transportation.

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In an update to a story from last week, the City of Rye is one step closer to pursuing legal action against Westchester County over the management of Playland. As of August 3rd, the City has retained outside legal services in an attempt to challenge the County for lead agency. Due to state limitations, Rye has until August 11th to file the Article 78 lawsuit. According to City attorney, Kristen Wilson, Westchester County unlawfully declared itself lead agency on $60 million worth of upcoming projects last April  Over half the amount is slated to be funded by taxpayers. In addition to the lead agency issues, Rye Mayor Joe Sack demanded better communication from the County and a better say in a slew of proposed Playland projects, including amusement and infrastructure improvements. If filed, the lawsuit would bring a stop to the projects for the foreseeable future While city officials and their legal team consider all options, the clock is ticking on the deadline of August 11th. If the suit is not filed by that date, Rye will lose the right to challenge the County’s actions.

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New York State Senators, David Carlucci and Jeffrey D. Klein, released an investigative report titled “Protecting our Children: How Pokémon Go and Augmented Reality games expose children to sex offenders in Westchester and Rockland Counties”. The investigation listed 100 addresses of registered sex offenders. It revealed that some sexual offender’s residences were located nearby Pokémon stops, in which area game players often visit. In the report, investigators also caught 93 Pokémon characters directly in front of these residences. As a result, the senators concluded that the 2009 New York State Law that prevents sex offenders from social media should be updated to also prevent them from Augmented Reality Games, like Pokémon. In response to the report, Governor Andrew Cuomo has already taken action to add a clause to sex offenders’  parole agreements. Another new law requires game developers to continuously consult the New York State Ses Offender Registry as well as remove all in-game objectives from within 100 feet. Non-compliance could also result in fines of $100 for each incident. Please be alert when you’re out on the street playing Pokémon.

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At this week’s meeting, the  Mamaroneck Town Council announced that there will be major updates and improvements to the Town website. Starting August 22nd, residents will be able to register for some recreational programs online. Traffic and vehicle summons now can also be paid on the web, as long as the Town police issued them. Lastly, starting September 1st, property tax payments will also be accepted on the Town website. Full details on the new system can be found on the Town website. Speaking about the website changes, Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson said that she and council members, “hope it will make life more convenient for residents and more efficient for the Town as well”.

 

 

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The Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department also announced that an independent organization, ISO recently evaluated the fire department and based on a 10-point scale with 1-being the best, gave it a 2 rating. Only 53 fire departments in New York State have a rating of 2 or higher. So congratulations, firefighters and thank you for keeping us safe.

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September 16th was announced as a tentative date for a YMCA-run health fair the the French-American School. Nearby hospitals will even be involved at the event. Be sure to mark the date!

In the latest press release from Seventh District Legislator, Catherine Parker, it was announced that the Westchester County Health Department has implemented a plan to protect the County from the potential threat of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases. The plan is to provide free minnows for backyard ponds, water features and free larvacide tablets (commonly known as dunks) for birdbaths, planter drip trays, rain barrels and unused pools. To get free larvvacide tablets, call (888) 364-4723. The Health Department wants to remind county residents to use EPA-registered insect repellents when outdoors and to cover up exposed skin. For more information about Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases, visit health.westerchestergov.com

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In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin and Mike Witsch spoke with Melissa Romita, Humane Society of Westchester Board Member; and Debbie Whitman, Humane Society of Westchester Volunteer about some dogs and kittens that are available for adoption at the Humane Society of Westchester.

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Mamaroneck Avenue restaurant Frankie and Fannucci’s now has a new “Pour Your Own Tap Room”. Local Live Producer Kevin Vachna visited the restaurant to get more information on the new feature.

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At Home on the Sound and MHS Students at DNC


The homeowner of 3 Douglas Lane in Larchmont have appealed the Larchmont residential area development moratorium in a special meeting this past Monday. The homeowner stated that his property was purchased over two years ago with the intention of replacing the structure due to its poor condition. The appeal is based on the extension of the moratorium, the deteriorating condition of the house, and winter approaching. Because homeowner does not plan to subdivide the property, a Planning Consultant recommended that the approval of the appeal would not violate the moratorium’s intent. The Committee to Preserve Larchmont also did not have any objections to the appeal. The Board stated that it was their belief that the homeowner highlighted hardship due to the poor condition of the structure and reached a consensus to grant the homeowner’s appeal. The final decision, along with its documentation, will be presented at the next Village of Larchmont Board meeting on August 9th.

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Cody Miller, a Larchmont Badger Swim Club member, will compete for Team USA at the Rio Olympics. The Local Live spoke with Badger Assistant Coach Dominick Galimi, who said “Cody’s 100-meter breaststroke in 59 seconds, makes him on of the top 5 in the world”. The Badger Swim Club has had its fair share of Olympics from this area and are especially happy for Cody. The proud coach added that Cody is an inspiration for younger swimmers as well as the whole community. You can watch Cody on Saturday, August 6th starting at 2 p.m. where he will compete in the Men’s 100-meter Breaststroke Preliminaries and on Sunday, August 7th for the finals. Go to the Badger Swim Club Facebook page to show your support and the latest on Cody Miller.

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There could be a legal battle regarding Playland, as county and city officials prepare to square off. According to the Rye City Review, the City is claiming that it should be the lead agency for the next round of the county-owned amusement park’s upcoming projects. Rye Mayor Joe Sack accuses the County of failing to follow the law when it declared itself lead agency in May. Sack threatened to file an Article 78 lawsuit if the county did not respond to the city’s request to be included in the decision-making process by July 28th. Representatives for County Executive Rob Astorino responded by disputing the city’s claims and calling for continued county control over parks like Playland. They also stated that the City of Rye is welcome to be a part of the ongoing Playland discussion. The ongoing struggle between the City of Rye and Westchester County dates back to 2014 when the two factions battled over a now-scrapped project to build a field house on park property. Now Mayor Sack considers this potential lawsuit as an attempt to include the city’s interest in the continuing discussion.

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The Mamaroneck Union Free School District is one of 30 Smart School Investment Plans to receive a part of New York State’s $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act. The Act, which was passed in 2014, helps to finance educational technology and infrastructure to provide students access to the latest technology and connectivity needed to succeed and compete in the world. Mamaroneck’s school district will receive a little over $530,000  that will go directly to school connectivity. Governor Andrew Cuomo stated in his press release that through the Smart Schools Bond Act, he is ensuring that all New York students have access to high-speed internet and new technology, regardless of their zip code.

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This week, there were two Round Table discussions. In the first segment, Maura Carlin and Mike Witsch spoke with Elaine Weingarten, Director of At Home on the Sound; Janet O’Connell, Board President of At Home on the Sound about the local program which benefits senior citizens in our community. 

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And in the second segment, Maura and Mike spoke with Joe Liberti, MHS AP US Government and Politics teacher; MHS Seniors Julia Steinberg and Sam Mollin about their trip to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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For our “In the Spotlight” segment, Local Live reporter Cat Galeano visits the newest restaurant to grace Mamaroneck: The Sedona Taphouse!

Our Pet of the Week is Anna, a beautiful domestic black and white long-haired cat. She is house-trained, spayed and up to date on all her vaccinations. She is currently living with a foster family and loves to cuddle. So if you’re looking for a cat that thoroughly enjoys being part of the family, then Anna is the cat for you. For more information on Anna and other adorable pets, go to www.humanesocietyofwestchester.org.

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From BFF’s To Frenemies


Last Thursday, a male sixteen-year-old camp counselor from the Village of Mamaroneck Day Camp was arrested and charged with first degree sexual abuse of a female camper, according to a Village of Mamaroneck police report. The offense is considered a felony and the counselor will be tried as an adult. Village Manager Richard Slingerland sent a letter to parents of the campers to alert them of the situation. The Local Live will keep you updated with any new developments.

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At the Village of Mamaroneck Board meeting, the Trustees debated about their recommendations on the consistency review of the Army Corps of Engineers Flood Plan. They finally passed an unanimous resolution which conveyed their support to the Department of State. The Board, with the exception of Trustee Ilissa Miller, adopted three specific notes to the Department of State.

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First, the village will continue to have a strong interest for the design of a flood risk management project. Second, the Village is supporting a project that will move forward to the funding and design phase. And finally, the Village will use the Chazen Associates Report as a recommendation to the consistency of the project with the LWRP. The report will include aspects of the project that will be amended and adjusting during the design phase in order to make the project more consistent with the LWRP. There are still concerns with some residents that if the Board does not act now, the Army Corps of Engineers will move on, and major flooding will continue to persist in Mamaroneck. Other residents pointed to the impact that it will have on economic development in the region.If the Department of State finds that the report is consistent, then the Army Corps should expect to hear approval for the project by February 2017. Then, the measure will go to the US Congress to get financial approval. This will be decided between late spring and early summer 2017. The conservative estimate is that actual work on the project will not begin until 2019.

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Also during the meeting, Trustee Leon Potok attempted to pass an amendment that would focus on alternative parking meters to the multispace meters from the back parking lot on Mamaroneck Avenue. Mayor Norman Rosenblum and Trustee Louis Santoro did not vote in favor to open the motion. Trustee Potok was on the forefront for installing the multispace meters, insisting that the meters were the best solution for the Village and that they would “pay for themselves”. The 18 multispace parking meters that were purchased back in 2007 have so far cost the Village of Mamaroneck $117,900.

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 3.39.38 PMFollowing complaints from neighborhood residents, the Village of Mamaroneck Zoning Board of Appeals voted to add restrictions to Ralph’s Italian Ices and Ice Cream’s hours of operations and its zoning classification, on July 18th. The owner of Ralph’s, Scott Rosenberg, is now threatening to file a lawsuit against the Village. He told the Rye Review, “They allow you to open a business and then make decisions without any kind of due diligence. I’ll file an appeal and I’ll sue them”. He must apply for a special permit by August 17th or his certificate of occupancy could be canceled. The Zoning Board decided to move up the business’ closing time from 1:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and from midnight to 11:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Local Live contacted Scott Rosenberg for comments on the potential lawsuit of the Village, but as of yet, he has not returned our call.

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Following complaints from the residents in the  neighborhood, the Village of Mamaroneck Zoning Board of Appeals voted to add restrictions to Ralph’s Italian Ices and Ice Cream’s hours of operation and its zoning classification, on July 18th. The owner of Ralph’s, Scott Rosenberg, is now threatening to file a lawsuit against the village. He told the Rye Review, quote, “They allow you to open a business and then make decisions without any kind of due diligence. I’ll file an appeal and I’ll sue them,” end quote. He must apply for a special permit by August 17th or his certificate of occupancy could be canceled. The zoning board decided to move up the business’ closing time from 1 a.m to 10 p.m Monday through Saturday and from midnight to 11:30pm on Sundays. We reached out to Scott Rosenberg for a comment regarding his potential lawsuit of the village, but he has not yet returned our call.

In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin spoke with Lisa Schuman, Psychotherapist and Director of the Center for Family Building.about friends and the meaning of the word “frenemies”.

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This week’s “In the Spotlight” features local restaurant Rani Mahal, which has been serving authentic Indian food in the Village for ten years. Local Live reporter, Jack Mollin spoke with the owner.

Our Pet of the Week is George, an adult male Basset Hound. He is house-trained, current on all his vaccinations and is eagerly waiting for his forever home. For more information on George or other adorable pets, please go to http://www.humanesocietyofwestchester.org.

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Update On Flood Mitigation Project


 

The Town of Mamaroneck Board has approved a 2.5 percent increase in water water bills, effective immediately. A representative from the Westchester Joint Water Works explained that the increase was due to the need of infrastructure improvements which include new computer systems and security improvements. An average home, now paying $800/year, will see a $20 increase. The Board also approved a resolution to end the sale of hunting and fishing licenses in the town. Board members discussed the excessive labor required to process the permits, while pointing out how little revenue was actually generated. It was also noted that there are several other options for obtaining a permit, including local shops and the State of New York.

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This past Monday, at the Village of Larchmont Board of Trustees meeting, plans for the pilot bike program were confirmed. The proposed project is expected to start in the spring of 2017, with talk of beginning the program on Larchmont Avenue using “sparrows”, a marking system with indications as to where the bikes should travel. The majority of the trustees and Larchmont families alike were supportive of the program with residents pointing out the environmental and safety benefits that the trial program would bring.

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The Harbor Coastal Zone Management Commission or HCZMC, led by Chair Cindy Goldstein, held a meeting on Wednesday that lasted over five hours. The meeting was devoted to going over the consistency review from the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) Flood Mitigation Plan with the Local Waterfront Rehabilitation Plan or LWRP. The project, which has been in development since the 1950’s, is targeted at finding solutions to reduce flooding from the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake Rivers. The project started gaining traction in March 2010 after the efforts of US Senator Chuck Schumer, Congresswoman Nita Lowey and State Senator George Latimer. The cost of the project was agreed to be financed federally by 75 percent of funding and non-federally by 25 percent coming from the NY Department State of Conservation, the county and the Village of Mamaroneck. The LWRP is a document that consists of 44 policies, which is aimed to promote a balance between economic development and preservation of our coastal resources.

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By federal mandate, every city that is surrounded by water must be regulated by an LWRP. The Army Corps Flood Mitigation Plan for the Sheldrake and Mamaroneck Rivers would have a direct impact on the residents of our community, the ecosystem and surrounding waters, but before the project can move ahead, it is mandatory that the HCZMC has to recommend whether the project is consistent with the LWRP. However, the Department of State performs the final consistency review. During the meeting, the Army Corps presented the reasons why their plan is consistent with the LWRP. Residents were given opportunities to ask questions about the preservation.  Following the questions from the residents, consultants hired by the HCZMC, gave a presentation that highlighted their recommendations. Despite the criticism toward the project, the Army Corps confirmed their position. The meeting which ended at 12:40 a.m., without yielding a yes or no decision. HCZMC Chair Cindy Goldstein was in agreement with members of the board in the use of the words “potentially consistent” in their recommendations with seven policies pertaining to the environment and the ecosystem.

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In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin spoke with Richard Slingerland, Village of Mamaroneck Manager; Tony Gelber, Village of Mamaroneck Chair of the Advisory Flood Mitigation Committee to get an update on the flood mitigation plan.

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Last week, twenty Argentinian students who are currently studying at Iona College joined The Local Live production team. The students and three of their teachers were part part of a media camp that focuses on mass communications. The Local Live’s Mike Witsch spoke with some of the students at Iona’s TV studio.

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Our Pet of the Week is Billie Jean, an adult female Pitbull Terrier. She enjoys walks, playing with her tennis balls, and snuggling. She is house trained and is looking for a loving home. For more information on Billie Jean or to look at other adorable pets, go to www.humanesocietyofwestchester.org.

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Gun Violence In America


The Local Live Production Team would like to express our condolences to the families, friends and communities that were affected by the violence in Orland,’ the shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philandro Castile in St. Paul, Minnesota,  and the recent killing of Dallas Police Officers, Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Loren Aherns, and Michael Smith. Our Round Table discussion will discuss these stories as well as gun control with some local residents. A candlelight vigil for the Dallas police officers is to be held at the Village of Mamaroneck Courthouse on Friday, July 15th at 8 p.m.

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There’s a new favorite place to get ices and ice cream in Mamaroneck. Ralph’s Ices, which opened on April 29th, is located on 946 East Boston Post Road, has become very popular since its opening, although the long lines and no open parking spots have become a concern to residents in the neighborhood. They complained to the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees at the meeting on July 11th about loud noise, traffic congestion and fast moving cars. The owner of Ralph’s, Scott Rosen, addressed the problems by suggesting to solve both parking and garbage clean up. He also argued that the neighborhood has thrown several unfair obstacles his way.

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During the meeting the Board heard more noise complaints regarding Mamaroneck Avenue restaurants and cabaret licenses for outdoor seating and live music. The Board passed three resolutions pertaining to cabaret licenses and noise, which will regulate outdoor seating in addition to live music played outside restaurants. The Board set a maximum loudness level from noon to 10 p.m. Live music at restaurants with cabaret licenses is limited to 75 decibels. That’s louder than normal conversation but below the level of an average household dishwasher. The trustees also raised fines and- for the first year, decided to end both Mamaroneck Summer Block Parties at 10 p.m.

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Also in Village news, former Democratic chairman, Stuart Tiekert collected 288 signatures, which is the minimum number needed to enter the Democratic race for a Board of Trustees position. A long-time member of the Mamaroneck community as well as an advocate for local zoning laws, he will join fellow Democratic candidates, Victor Tafur, Keith Waitt, and incumbent Leon Potok.

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Sarah Bauer, the Leader of Preserve Larchmont, lives behind the 120-year-old house located at 40 Ocean Avenue. After hearing about the plan to demolish the house and subdivide the property for 4 new homes, she fought successfully to end the process. The Village of Larchmont Board of Trustees has now extended the original development moratorium, which will allow more time to search for resolutions that will regulate zoning and future land use applications. She spoke to the Local Live about the mission of Preserve Larchmont.

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Pokemon Go, Nintendo’s newest game app has taken over Mamaroneck. The game reached number one on iTunes with nearly 7.5 million downloads. Before launching the app, Nintendo’s stock dropped dramatically. Since the release, their stock has increased by 25 percent. Law enforcement is concerned over the game’s popularity due to dangers of being robbed while using the app. Critics of the game complain about faulty serves and excessive data usage.The Local Live spoke with local fans of the app.

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In our Round Table discussion, Maura and James spoke with local residents, Greta Manekar, Mamaroneck High School Junior; Kevin Duarte, NYU Student and Mamaroneck resident; Mike Rivers, Mamaroneck Resident; Mary Lee Berridge, Larchmont-Mamaroneck Interfaith Council; and Lee Stringer, author of Grand Central Winter; about the recent violence in our country.

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Our Pet of the Week is Grayce, a grey short-hair Tabby kitten. According to her foster family, she is very playful, affectionate and smart. She recently returned to the shelter, but she would be great in a family environment and is looking for her forever home. She is current with her vaccinations and is house trained. For more information on Grayce and other pets, go to www.humancesocietyofwestchester.org.

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Mike Witsch welcomed students from Argentina. They visited our set and watched us tape the show.

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From Immigrant to Entrepreneur: Living the American Dream


This past Wednesday, the Village of Larchmont Board of Trustees held a public hearing regarding the extension of the duration period of the moratorium until October. The moratorium was executed as a result of the increase in reconstruction and subdivision of several properties in the Village. It was originally administered in January as a direct result of the KOSL Building Group’s plan to tear down the 120-year-old home on Ocean Avenue. KOSL founder, Bobby Ben Simon purchased the $4.7 million property with the intent to subdivide it into four separate homes. The six-month moratorium was put into effect to postpone plan approvals for demolition permits for 40 Ocean Avenue, as well as other properties. The reconstruction agendas incited a major public response from both the Larchmont Historical Society and Preserve Larchmont. They argued that the reconstruction and subdivision of the homes devalues other residences in the neighborhoods, contributes to school overpopulation, as well as increasing flooding and sewage problems. Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 9.25.33 AMLarchmont drivers may soon have to share the roads with bicyclists. According to lohud.com, the Village of Larchmont Board of Trustees is contemplating a pilot program that would create bike lanes on a busy section of Larchmont Avenue from Boston Post Road to Magnolia Avenue. The lanes would be five feet wide and would be included between street side parking. This would take up to nine feet of curb and the twelve foot wide single traffic lane in the center of the street. During the June 20th presentation, Recreation Committee Chair Carolyn Lee, stated that Larchmont Avenue was the perfect location for the pilot program since it connects people to the schools, businesses, as well as the library and other places in the Village. The Village Board is currently considering comments from the residents on this issue. We will continue to follow this story and bring you any updates that develop.
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Last Friday, the Mamaroneck School Board elected officers for the 2016-17 school year. Positions were chosen for president, vice president and secretary of the Board of Education. Seventeen appointments were also made for various administrative positions throughout the district including new district clerk, Joanne Rice. Melany Gray, who had previously held the position of vice president of the Board of Education, will now serve as president for the upcoming year. Gray has been a very active member of our community where she has been a PTA leader, a reporter with the Larchmont Gazette, and a volunteer in a variety of other community organizations. Steve Warner was elected as vice president. Warner has been involved with the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation and the Mamaroneck Library, where he served as treasurer. This will mark his third year on the board. Paul Bulova was elected secretary. Bulova is a member of the School-Based Health Center Task Force and the Mamaroneck Avenue School PTA. Congratulations to all of the newest board members. Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 9.27.34 AM

The Village of Mamaroneck is currently investigating a complaint made to the Daily Voice by one of the residents. The complaint referred to a local police officer who set off his own large private fireworks display on July 4th. According to the resident’s complaint, the fireworks display in the officer’s yard on Raleigh Road has continued to grow each year and could be potentially dangerous to everyone in the surrounding neighborhood. Both Mayor Norman Rosenblum and Village Chief of Police Christopher Layee are doing their best to look into the matter and resolve the situation.

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A pilot for the new TNT show, “Civil” was filmed in the Village of Mamaroneck this past Tuesday. The show which was directed by Allen Coulter, is about a modern-day civil war, a consequence of polarized politics. Coulter also directed and produced Remember Me, Hollywoodland and The Sopranos. The pilot’s cast includes Eliza Coupe, Bradley Whitford, Toby Jones, Enrique Muriciano, Brian d’Arcy James and Courtney B. Vance. Lohud.com reported that the actors were spotted filming a scene outside the United Methodist Church on Boston Post Road on Tuesday morning and also the at the Carvel later that day, according to crew members. The show is expected to air on TNT in 2017. 

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In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin and Mike Witsch spoke with Fleriser Bello, President, Fleriser Bello, Inc. and CEO & Founder, Bellas Fashionistas, Latina Fashion Blog; and Yoga Instructor, Maria Smith about their attempts on living the American dream.

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The Village of Mamaroneck has lots of programs that provide residents with new and exciting things to do. For our “In the Spotlight” segment, Marcella Milder and Andrew Rio tell us about kayaking on the Long Island Sound.

Our Pet of the Week is Ozzy, an adult male Yorkshire Terrier-mix. While he may resemble a little werewolf, he is actually very friendly. He is seven years old and weighs six pounds. He loves people, is a great cuddler and he’s a bit of a social butterfly. For more information on Ozzy and other adorable pets, go to www.humanesocietyofwestchester.org.

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“Summer Events & Fun in the Tri-Municipalities”


Rob Astorino, the Westchester County Executive recently held a Town Hall Meeting at the Mamaroneck Town Center to discuss the state of the county. Town of Mamaroneck Supervisor Nancy Seligson introduced the “Ask Astorino Town Hall Meeting”. A presentation was opened the meeting. A Q & A segment was then followed. Astorino spoke on a variety of issues which including economic growth, affordable housing, controlling land use and zoning, Playland, the Safer Community Initiative Against Narcotics, the county’s budget and taxes. The full video of the meeting is featured on our website, www.lmctv.org.

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County Legislator Catherine Parker was a recent guest on LMCTV’s Tom Murphy Show where she discussed the county’s budget, affordable housing, pollution laws, and gun control. She also talked about the efforts in the county for gun control legislation due to the aftermath of the recent tragedy in Orlando. You can watch the entire show at www.lmctv.org

There is an update to the new parking regulations for Mamaroneck Avenue. The Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees approved a new legislation that will extend parking fee times and extend hours to all meters on the avenue. The new changes will bring the hourly fee for parking from 75 cents per hour to $1 per hour and the parking times will now be until 8 p.m. Trustees Finch, Potock and Miller voted for the legislation while Mayor Rosenblum and Trustee Santoro voted against it. The Democratic trustees hope that the increase in hours and fees will create more turnaround and less traffic all across the avenue. The decisions made at the meeting will not have an effect on what parking meters the board will choose. That decision will come at a later date. We will continue to follow this story. The full meeting is on the LMCTV website.
Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 3.41.43 PM.pngIn sports news, two Mamaroneck swimmers were invited to the Olympic trials and one even qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Cody Miller and Jack Collins who are both members of the world-renowned Badger Swimming Club competed in the US Olympic Swimming Team trials that were in held in Boulder, Colorado this past week. Cody Miller secured second place in the 100m Breaststroke with a time of 59:26 seconds, which was enough to secure his Olympic dreams. Congratulations to Cody and good luck in Rio!

Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 3.23.41 PMThe US Supreme Court recently voted to deadlock President Obama’s actions to expand DAPA and DACA last week, two policies made to protect immigrants and their families. DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, has so far provided temporary relief to nearly 720,000 immigrants, according to the Migration Policy Institute. This group of immigrants were brought to the US as young children and the policy allowed them to apply for temporary work authorization and to be able to obtain a Social Security number as well as a driver’s license. DAPA, or Deferred Action for parents of Americans, is aimed to help the parents of these children and to give them access to citizenship and working papers. Janet Rolon, the Director of Services at the Community Resource Center, spoke of how the ruling of the Supreme Court will affect immigrants in our area and around the country.

Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 3.24.08 PMNominations for both Democratic and Republican trustee candidates have been made.

On the Democratic side, incumbents David Finch and Ilissa Miller will not be seeking re-election. The candidates are:

Victor Tafur, who was born and raised in Colombia and recently became a US Citizen two years ago. He is an environmental law professor and also serves as Co-Director of the United Nations Environmental Diplomacy Program at Pace University Law School.

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Keith Waitt currently serves as Chairman of the Village Budget Committee and the Village’s Industrial Advisory Committee.

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Incumbent Trustee Leon Potok is running for the third consecutive term. He previously served as chairman of the Village Budget Committee as well as the Mamaroneck School District Budget and Finance Committee.

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The Republican candidates are:

Maria DeRose, the current chair of the Advisory Parking Committee. She is also the North American operations manager for Lorenz Life Sciences Group International.

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Dennis Cucinella is a current member of the Board of Architectural Review and has formerly served at the Zoning Board of Appeals.

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Joern Malte Stoeckhert is the chairman of the board of architectural review as well as the Treasurer of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Paul in New York City.

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In the time leading up to Election Day, LMCTV will host a “Meet the Candidates” show. The program will help you learn more about the local candidates and their future plans if elected as trustees. We let you know at a later date when the show will air.

The efforts to save the Larchmont Playhouse by residents is still going strong. The group “Keep the Movies in Larchmont” is led by Ellen Zuckert, Jessica Veith, Vicki Rosenstreich and Elizabeth Bradley. 238 people have already pledged $215,000 in just a week’s time. The group would like to bid on the $1.5 million property and turn it into a non-profit theater like the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville and the Pelham Picture House. According to the group’s Facebook page, the cut-off date is June 30th, but the broker has given the group an extra week to help raise enough pledged. If you would to make a pledge, please email save-larchmont-movies@gmail.com or sign the petition at change.org to show support for the cause. We will inform you of any updates and changes.
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This past Monday, around 400 fans of HGTV’s Property Brothers, waited in line to see the Canadian twins Drew and Jonathan Scott at the Barnes and Noble in White Plains. The brothers were in town to promote their newest release entitled, “Dream Home: The Property Brothers Ultimate Guide to Finding and Fixing Your Dream House”. The book is filled with all the buying, selling, renovating information that the brothers have learned over the years. Jonathan and Drew have been filming new episodes of the hit TV shows, “The Property Brothers” and “Brother vs. Brother” locally for about two months. They were even spotted on Mamaroneck Avenue near the Harbor! So be on the lookout, they might just be in your neighborhood!

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In our Round Table discussion, Maura spoke with Jill Fisher, Town of Mamaroneck Superintendent of Recreation; Steve Josephson, Village of Mamaroneck Chamber of Commerce President; Sandy Korkatzis, Village of Mamaroneck Superintendent of Recreation; Solange De Santis, Village of Mamaroneck Arts Council Chair to find out what’s happening this summer in our area.

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This week The Mamaroneck Fireman’s Parade made our In the Spotlight Segment.

Our Pet of the Week is Calliope, a beautiful and sweet female Lab/Shepherd mix who is about 12 weeks old. She’s such a little doll. When she’s not running around like the spunky, playful puppy she is, she flips over onto her back waiting for belly rubs. She is completely paper-trained and gets along very well with her furry foster siblings. She would love to be in a family with other dogs and children. For more information on Calliope and to browse other adorable pets, go to http://www.ny-petrescue.org.

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