Thanksgiving 2016 Edition


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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 www.ny-petrescue.org.

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Newly Elected Village of Mamaroneck Trustees


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The election campaign season has finally come to an end this past Tuesday. Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the US, defecting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Incumbent Democratic State Senator George Latimer defeated Republican Julie KIllian with 55.3% of the votes. He won his third consecutive term as senator for the 37th District which includes Mamaroneck, Rye and New Rochelle. Incumbent State Assemblyman Steve Otis, who ran unopposed was also reelected. He represents the 91st Assembly District which includes Mamaroneck, Larchmont, New Rochelle, Rye and Rye Brook.

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The Democrats swept all three trustee spots in the Village of Mamaroneck, defeating Republicans Dennis Cucinella, Maria DeRose and Malte Stoeckhert. The winners were environmental lawyer and professor Victor Tafur, with 19% of the votes, former chairman of the Village Budget Committee, Keith Waitt with 18.2% and Incumbent Trustee Leon Potok with 18.1%. The newly elected are our Round Table guests. As for the much discussed referendums, both were passed with over 3,000 votes each. The propositions will allow the trustees to appoint a village attorney and members of the Planning and Zoning Boards.

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The Village of Larchmont came together during the aftermath of a destructive fire. In the early morning hours of Sunday, November 6th, a fire destroyed an apartment building on Palmer Avenue. The Larchmont Fire Department fought for six hours to douse the flames and to assure that nobody was hurt. While everyone survived without any injuries, eleven families were left homeless and the businesses of Love Bella and Love Shoes were completely ruined due to smoke and water damage. During the tragedy, the people of Larchmont were an inspiration as they stepped up help those affected by the fire. Residents were at the scene providing food and coffee to first responders and began immediately planning and organizing ways to help. By Monday afternoon, volunteers filled the VIllage Courtroom, the police and fire departments to sort through clothing and other donations for the fire victims. The Love Larchmont Facebook page, has been actively involved in the aid efforts. Tiffany Smith started a thread for clothing, food and shelter. The community posted needed items as well as places for the families to stay, shower or even just to relax for a while. Work gloves are also being donated to help go through the rubble. A long list of local businesses, including Auruay Gourmet and New York Sports club are offering their services for the victims free of charge.GoFundMe pages have also been provided for any victims that don’t have insurance and gift cards have also been collected. The families involved are having difficulties finding new homes. Tiffany Smith told The Local Live that members of the community have opened their doors until the families have situated their housing. Village of Larchmont Mayor Lorraine Walsh posted “Everyone has been so touched by the generosity of this community. This is why people love Larchmont” on the Love Larchmont page.

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In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin and Mike Witsch spoke with the newly elected Village of Mamaroneck Trustees, Leon Potok, Incumbent Village of Mamaroneck Trustee; and Trustee-Elects Victor Tafur and Keith Waitt about their plans for the Village.

In the Community features Eddie Geideman, the owner and Lead Trainer at Push Fitness.  Eddie talked to us about an event that Push Fitness and the American  Cancer Society are presenting, in partnership with  Fiore Pilates and Tovami Yoga.  It’s called Sweat for the Cure. 

In the Spotlight features Bullseye Resource Center on Hoyt Avenue in Mamaroneck. Alexandra Garcia learned about the world of kiln forming and lots of other products that can be created with this unique art form. Bullseye is world-known for its creation of glasses by kiln forming.

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Our Pet of the Week is Socks. She is about fourteen weeks old and weighs around fifteen pounds. She loves to cuddle, snuggle and to be held. She loves dogs of all sizes and humans as well. She is happy in her play pen with her toys and is currently working on her house training. She will be the perfect addition to any family. For more information on Socks as well as other pets, go to http://www.ny-petrescue.org.

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Pre-election Discussion on Presidential Candidates


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On November 8th, Village of Mamaroneck residents will not only have to vote for the new president of the US, but they also have to vote for two critical referendums that will affect the Village. The referendums which were passed during the September 6th Board of Trustees and were introduced by the Democratic majority. Now it is now up to residents of the Village to either vote Yes or No for each of the referendums. For more information on both referendums, go to http://www.mamaroneckdems.org/referendum.

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Election Day is only a few days, so it’s important to keep up to date on the local debates that have happened locally. On October 26th, the League of Women Voters of Mamaroneck and Larchmont hosted a debate with several local and state officials. The candidates discussed various issues that are affecting our community. Assemblyman Steve Otis, a Democrat from New York District 91, is running unopposed, spoke about the clean water project, finding ways to upgrade the 911 emergency response system, improving the local economy, and education as well as several other issues. Democratic State Senator George Latimer debated Republican Julie Killian on the amounts of lead in our drinking water, climate change, and the Army Corps of Engineers project in the Village of Mamaroneck. In the Village of Mamaroneck, there are six candidates competing for three spots on the Board of Trustees. Incumbent Democratic Trustee Leon Potok, and Democrats Victor Tafur and Keith Waitt spoke in favor for the controversial referendums, while the Republican candidates Dennis Cucinella, Maria DeRose and J. Malte Schtoeckhert spoke against the referendums. Other topics discussed were Ralph’s Ice Cream, land development, and opioid abuse in our community. On Wednesday, November 2nd, the trustee candidates debated again in an event that was sponsored by the Orienta Point Association. Michael Gargiulo, the anchor for WNBC’s Today in New York was the moderator of the event. Both debates are available on our website, www.lmctv.org. Tune into LMC on Election Night for results and interviews from the headquarters of both parties. There will be special guests throughout the night, including Assemblyman Steve Otis.

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Students from Mamaroneck High are traveling again to be a part of the election process. Earlier this year, teachers Joe Liberti and Evan Madin took their students to New Hampshire to cover the primaries and some students went to the Democratic National Convention. This time they are heading to three of Pennsylvania’s most competitive counties to report and volunteer for the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Eighty-three AP Government and Politics students will be calling residents and going door-to-door for both candidates while fifty-six Journalism students will report from the field; produce audio, print and photo stories that will appear on their website. In a media advisory that was sent by the Mamaroneck School District, Evan Madin said, “Mr. Liberti and I cannot think of a more productive real-life experience than this. These are the exact skills we want our students entering the world with.” The students will be tweeting updates from the handle @MAMK_Pres16.

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In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin and Mike Witsch spoke with Dr. Jeanne Zaino, Iona College Professor of Political Science; Tom Murphy, Town of Mamaroneck Councilman and Hillary Clinton Supporter; and John Nadler, Donald Trump Supporter about the election and why they support their candidates.

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 In our Local Live Varsity Sports segment, Ken Reischmann and Steve Anastas discuss local highlights and the playoff picture for our local teams.

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Our Pet of the Week is Krissy, a five-year-old Maine Coon mix. She is a no-nonsense cat who isn’t much of a cuddler. She would be a perfect house mate for any adult who will let her be herself. For more information on Krissy and other adorable pets, go to www.ny-petrescue.org.

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During our broadcast, eight students from Iona College dropped by to watch the show and to see how a local news show is produced.

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A Medium’s Journey to Communicating with the Spirits


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The Local Live recently reported that Mayor Norman Rosenblum sued the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees in an effort to challenge whether two referendums were legal. He claimed that the September 6th meeting in which both referendum laws were passed was actually an illegal meeting. On Thursday, October 27th, Supreme Court Judge Lawrence H. Eckert decided in favor of the Board of Trustees allowing the referendums on the Election Day ballot. Trustee Leon Potok told The Local Live via email, “the judge ruled that the village complied in spirit and letter of the law with all legal requirements. Propositions stay on the ballot”. Despite accepting the court’s decision, Mayor Rosenblum urges voters to vote no and said, “the good thing is that it is still up to the public”. In a PSA, LMCTV’s Election Day hostess, Alice Bloom, explains more about both referendums. Tune in to LMCTV on Election Night to get up-to-date results on our local elections.

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During the last Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees meeting, Mayor Rosenblum stated that concerns of opioid addiction and heroin overdoses in our community should not be ignored and cannot be solved by only one group. Communication is the main key to addressing this issue, which will not only bring awareness to the issue, but will also alert people to know the signs of drug abuse and how to get help. The Village Board is reaching out to the youth of our community in an effort to inform them on the dangers of heroin and opioids.

 

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As was previously reported on The Local Live, the Mamaroneck School District voluntarily ran a lead test on their 339 water sources. The test revealed that 46 of them had elevated lead levels. In a press release sent out by Mamaroneck School Superintendent Robert Shaps, he stated that in a second round of testing, 39 water sources were found to be safe and only 7 of them still contained elevated lead levels. The district is in the process of developing a permanent plan to provide safe drinking water throughout the district and to replace the fixtures that are exceeding the higher lead levels.

 

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With Election Day fast approaching, local debates have been scheduled in our area. The League of Women Voters of Larchmont and Mamaroneck hosted the first debate, which was held on Wednesday, October 26th, at the Mamaroneck Town Center. The debate which aired live, featured Village of Mamaroneck Trustee candidates, as well as incumbent Senator George Latimer and challenger Julie Killian. If you missed the broadcast, you can view it at
www.lmctv.org. Also available on the website is the series, “Meet the Candidates”, which offers more information regarding both local trustee candidates and the NY State Senate.

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Due to the rainy weather last Saturday, October 22nd, the Larchmont Rag-a-Muffin parade has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 29th. The Village of Mamaroneck was still able to proceed on October 23rd. Loads of children in costume participated in painted several windows on Mamaroneck Avenue. There was also a fun haunted house for the children to enjoy. If you’re interested in participating in the Rag-a-Muffin parade, the line-up starts at 12:30 p.m. at the corner of Larchmont and Palmer Avenues, and the parade begins at 1:00 p.m. sharp. 

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 In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin and Mike Witsch spoke with psychic medium, Anthony Mrocka about how he can receive messages for you from loved ones who have left us. He took some calls from viewers and even gave readings to some of our staff.

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 In our LMC Varsity Sports segment, Ken Reischmann and Steve Anastas highlight the week’s best plays in our community.

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 To provide that everyone can enjoy a fun and safe Halloween, the Village of Larchmont Police Department offers these tips.

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The Local Live’s Andrey Gordon spoke with Kayla Coughlin about his new television show, The Rascal.

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Our Pet of the Week is Bugsy, a Beagle-mix puppy who is approximately ten weeks old. She is very active, inquisitive and cuddly. She loves to play with both her furry and human friends. For more information on Bugsy and other adorable pets, go to http://www.ny-petrescue.org.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month: My Sister’s Place


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We have new developments regarding the local referendum in the Village of Mamaroneck that is to be voted on in the upcoming election. As was previously reported, two local laws “U” and “T” were passed on September 6th to add 2 referendum questions to the ballot. The first referendum gives voters the option to say yes or no to transferring the mayor’s power to appoint members of the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals to the Board of Trustees. The second referendum gives voters the option to say yes or no to the transfer of the mayor’s power to the Board when appointing a village attorney. Mayor Norman Rosenblum is challenging the legality of the two referendum laws in the New York State Supreme Court, and he is suing the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees. The mayor also stated that the legal representatives of the Board of Trustees requested that the court date be moved to the 27th. The Local Live is currently producing an in-depth report regarding the referendums that will air a week before the election.

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A 16-year-old girl from White Plains was recently rescued from human trafficking. She was found in Greenburgh, New York, by a team that consisted of both FBI agents and local police. She is undergoing medical treatment and counseling. She was found due to the FBI’s Innocence Lost Initiative. One of the programs in the initiative is Operation Cross Country, which is an international effort that targets human trafficking. The FBI has been going across the United States to investigate hotels, truck stops and street corners where traffickers are usually found. The Innocence Lost Initiative has resulted in the rescue of over 6,100 children. Any child could fall victim to human trafficking, so it is important to be aware. If you believe that you have witnessed a situation that involves human trafficking, do not hesitate to contact the police.

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October 20th was proclaimed to be the First Annual Community Media Day by the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees. The annual celebration was founded in Brooklyn, New York to bring awareness to the importance of free speech and accessible media for all individuals. Community Days falls in line with Free Speech Week 2016 that ran from October 17th through the 23rd. LMCTV opened its doors to showcase what we do best-keeping you up to date on our community.

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In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin and Mike Witsch spoke with Jennifer Friedman,  Managing Director of the Center for Legal Services, My Sister’s Place about the effects of domestic violence in the United States.

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The Local Live Varsity Sports segments highlights the Mamaroneck Field Hockey’s dramatic win over Scarsdale.

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Rebecca Paganini spoke with two New Rochelle bakers about their recent appearance on the Food Network’s show, “Cake Wars”.

The annual Westchester Tattoo Convention was held recently and reporter Rebecca Paganini went to find out more about the event and about tattoos.

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Local Live Producer Andrey Gordon has a new show called “The Rascal”. It will debut on LMC next Thursday following The Local Live broadcast.

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Our Pet of the Week is Barbie, a sweet little 9-week-old Beagle mix. She gets along well with other dogs. She is in the process of being house-broken and will be a great addition to any home. For more information on Barbie and other adorable pets, please go to http://www.ny-petrescue.org

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Community Resource Center’s New Directors


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Residents in the Rye Neck School District voted against a proposed $35.5 million school renovation project by just seventeen votes. According to the superintendent’s office, the final vote tally was 380 against and 363 for the capital bond projects. In an email that was sent to the Rye Neck community, the Rye Neck Board of Education and Administrative Team said that they were disappointed that the bond was defeated, saying “Our research concluded that basic infrastructure needs, growing enrollment of our district, and commitment to contemporary instructional environments demanded a comprehensive facilities approach. However, we respect our community’s reaction to the project and will consider other options to meet these challenges in the coming months”. All of the school buildings and athletic facilities in the district would have undergone improvements, which would include new roofs and state of the art classrooms, studios, labs and athletic facilities. More than 13.5% of the Rye Neck project was expected to be financed by the state.

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The Town of Mamaroneck approved a new plan that was set up by the Housing Choice Voucher program to help increase fair housing. Anna Denoy spoke at the Town Council meeting to explain the details. One development in the plan included a new way to bring in money for the program and ensure quality of life in the apartments. This development dictates that any landlord who does not make proper repairs to keep their apartments up to code will be fined.

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New Rochelle baker Jaclyn Dinko and her partner Natasha Jagopat will try for the $10,000 prize on the season finale of Cake Wars which airs on The Food Network. Dinko, who is a self-taught baker, owns Caked Out Creations told The Daily Voice that if everything goes according to plan, she hopes to spread the love with her own cake studio, ideally in New Rochelle. As a cancer survivor and nurse, she said “she wants to bake a difference”. The episode airs Monday at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17th on The Food Network. Jaclyn and Natasha will be on The Local Live to share their experience about participating on Cake Wars.

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The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention is hosting a series of “Out of the Darkness Walks” around the country to create awareness and to raise funds for suicide prevention programs. On Sunday, October 16th, Harbor Island will be the location for the Westchester Walk. The walk will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will finish at 1:30 p.m. If you want to help support the cause and participate in the walk, go to www.ASFP.donor-drive.com for more information.

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Friday, October 14th is the last day to register to vote in New York. Registering is very easy and you can even register online. You can create an account at www.dmv.ny.gov and use your driver’s license, permit or your non-driving ID. Sign in, select “Register to Vote and fill out the form.

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In our Round Table discussion, Mike Witsch spoke with the Community Resource Center’s newest directors, Jirandy Martinez, Gail Vidales and Janet Rolon about their new positions and the latest events and programs that are available at the center.

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In our LMC Varsity Sports Play of the Week, the Mamaroneck Boys Soccer Team capped off Homecoming Weekend with a match against New Rochelle. With the score tied, defender Thomas Howse stopped two Huguenot scoring attempts.

Our In The Spotlight segment features Estancia Buenos Aires Argentinian Steak House, which is located at 150 Larchmont Avenue in Larchmont.

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Our Pet of the Week is Sully, the friendly cat. He has extra soft fur and loves to be petted. He may be a cat but he has the playful personality of a dog and he loves to meet new people. He would be the perfect fit for any home. For more information on Sully and other adorable pets, go to www.ny-petrescue.org.

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If you like our show and want to keep us on the air, go to www.lmctv.org and click on the DONATE button. We appreciate any donations.

The Local Live is always looking for new interns and volunteers, so send your emails to thelocallive@lmctv.org. We love hearing from you.