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“MHS Students Share New Hampshire Primary Experience” — February 24, 2016

“MHS Students Share New Hampshire Primary Experience”


In January, we reported on the demolition of an historical house located at 40 Ocean Avenue in Larchmont. The 120-year-old home was purchased by KOSL Building Group for $4.7 million dollars with the intent to subdivide the property into four new homes. The new plans for the property brought local residents and groups like the Larchmont Historical Society and Preserve Larchmont to bring their concerns to the Village of Larchmont Board of Trustees. The collective opposition led to the passing of a moratorium law, stating that no entity shall review, accept for review, hold a hearing, or make a decision regarding subdivision, plan approval and-or demolition permits.

Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 5.44.47 PMNo almost a month later, the developers of the property have appealed the moratorium law and have requested a hearing on a waiver application at Tuesday’s Village of Larchmont municipal meeting. Their argument was that the prior to buying the property, no impediments existed to the demotion of the property. No decisions were made during the hearing regarding the granting of a waiver to the 40 Ocean Avenue developers. The full meeting and hearing is available at www.lmctv.org. The Village of Larchmont has not decided to change any current zoning laws, however, some residents like Stacy Caffrey from Preserve Larchmont, wonder if there is a case for limiting development to prevent over-stressing community services.

Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 5.47.34 PMThis past Friday, The Community Resource Center of Larchmont and Mamaroneck launched the CRC Text Initiative. CRC Executive Director, Milan Bhatt told The Local Live more about the this innovative program. In other CRC news, for the first time, they are offering a free “Python” Language programming class. CRC Director of Programs, Jirandy Martinez explained that the purpose of this program is to empower the parents of our community. He said, “they will be able to learn a new technology career and that could lead them to a new job opportunity”. There are only ten spots in the class, so hurry up and register. This is a bilingual class targeted at adults with basic computer skills. If you’re interested in registering, go in person to the CRC at 134 Center Avenue in Mamaroneck. For more information on this class or other CRC classes offered to the public, you can visit their website at http://www.crcny.org

In our Round Table discussion, Mike and Maura spoke with Mamaroneck High School’s team of reporters and campaigners, who just got back from their trip to the New Hampshire Primary. The students will talk about their experience.

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The Mamaroneck Ice Hockey Team scored eight goals in their season finale over White Plains High School. The most impressive goal of the night was a between-the-legs pass from Junior James Torre which made our Play of the Week.

Our Pet of the Week is Ralph, a handsome two-year-old, thirty-two pound Heeler-Terrier mix who came to Pet Rescue with his brother, who has since been adopted. He is super friendly and wants nothing more than to be with people all the time. He is amazing on a leash and loves long, leisurely walks finished with a good cuddle. Ralph is good with children but can be dog selective. For more information and to browse other adorable pets, go to http://www.ny-petrescue.org

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We’re off next week due to the Army Corps of Engineers flooding presentation airing in our time slot. We’ll be back on Thursday, March 3rd.

 

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The Local Live #104 Astrology and Valentine’s Day — February 17, 2016

The Local Live #104 Astrology and Valentine’s Day


This past Tuesday, at the New Hampshire primary for president, the winners were Donald Trump with 35% of the Republican vote and Bernie Sanders with 60% of the Democratic vote. As we had reported previously, Mamaroneck High School sent 150 students to experience the primary first-hand. There were ninety campaigners, twenty-one reporters and nine broadcasters. The primary experience was to be documented for a retrospective on the exciting. The students were tasked with engaging the crowds of supporters, as well as the candidates themselves. Student-reporter, Will Roberts was able to actually meet Marco Rubio, a man whom he declared, “the most electable candidate”. Understandably, being able to meet Rubio in person was different from merely following the candidate’s campaigns. Roberts stated that the entire experience made it feel “like you’re part of something really big”.  Fellow student, Spencer Solomon praised then-candidate, Governor Chris Christie (who has since left the campaign), for exhibiting feelings of personability and a certain “guy next door” quality that separated him from other politicians in the primaries. Another student-journalist, Talia Land had her own interactions with Hillary Clinton. Land noted the high-energy and overall excitement found at one of Clinton’s last rallies before the formal primaries, giving a sign of emerging hope from the Clinton campaign despite the early reports of her low numbers in the state. Land ended her report by recounting the moment that both Hillary and Bill Clinton went into the crowd to meet supporters which was a highlight for all. The overall goal of the trip was to engage the student-journalists in a way that would transcend the theories and practices that are only read about in textbooks and provide the students with first-hand experience by the end of the journey, exposing them to a political landscape that will shape the near future in a way that they soon won’t forget. We will have the students back in our studio next week and have them share their memories and lessons learned from this once in a lifetime experience. Since we were the first ones to break the news about their trip to New Hampshire, we want to keep supporting our young journalists, broadcasters and campaigners. If you want to read their articles, you can go to their website at www.medium.com/new-hamp-2016

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During the February 8th Village of Mamaroneck municipal meeting, the so-called “Dog Law” was very popular among Village residents. The public hearing lasted for a little over an hour. Members of the community, animal rights activists, pet store owners and members of the Board of Trustees passionately  discussed two proposed local laws. The laws seek to protect dogs and cats from puppy mills. The laws are identified as “Proposed Local Law A-2016 and “Proposed Local Law D-2016”. Proposal “A” requires the village to regulate pet store owners and allows them to sell animals from licensed USDA breeders. Proposal “D” forbids the sale of commercially-bred dogs and only allows the sale of pets from rescue organizations. The attempt to protect dogs and cats dates back to August of 2015 when puppy mill protesters and animal rights activists rallied in front of the Mamaroneck Avenue pet store, “Best Breeds Puppies and Kittens”, whose former owner Rich Doyle faces animal cruelty charges. Board members joined the discussion and made their own comments about the process. Former Trustee, Andres Bermudez commented on Trustee David Finch’s criticism about the whole process of making the dog law. Trustee Leon Potok closed the comment section by requesting input from the community on the following questions: “how will this impact buyers of more common puppy breeds?”, “will they go to other cities in Westchester to buy mill puppies after the banning in the Village?” Potok also wondered if local buyers would accept the law and buy rescue dogs, or if rather than focusing on the seller, would it be more effective to focus on changing buyer behavior. If you’re passionate about protecting animal rights, make sure to pay attention to the public hearing on February 22nd for these two local laws. On the same day, there will also be a presentation at 7:00 p.m. from the Industrial Redevelopment Steering Committee. The chair of the committee, Andres Spatz explained more.

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In other news, the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees unanimously passed the “Proposed Local Law C 2016” which authorizes the Village to exceed the property tax levy if necessary. There wasn’t any public input at the public hearing prior to the passing of this law. While there wasn’t any opposition to the law in the Village of Mamaroneck, this was not the case in the Village of Larchmont. Just opening a public hearing to discuss a replica of this proposal received opposition. Larchmont resident, Michael McSherry expressed concern about how high the tax levy would go up, if at all. Another highlight of of the Larchmont meeting was a presentation proposing a pilot project for the addition of bike lanes in the Village of Larchmont and the Town of Mamaroneck.

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The Local Live will continue to follow this story and will update you when we receive any new information. If you want to watch more from this meeting or others, you can go online to www.lmctv.org and click municipal meetings under the video tab.

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In our Round Table discussion, Mike and Maura spoke with Diane Lyras, from New Age Beginnings to find out more about the zodiac, astrology and Valentine’s Day.

 

In sports this week, with Mamaroneck losing 69-56 to Gorton, Mamaroneck’s Miles Haughton amazed the crowd twice to make our play of the week.

Need a romantic dinner spot for Valentine’s day? The Spice Kitchen is offering a whole lot of romance.

Our pet of the week is Bo, a handsome Portuguese Water Dog who absolutely loves people and everyone loves him too. He has a lot of energy and an enthusiasm that spills over into his play. He’s a very loving dog who needs a forever home that will be committed to consistently training and helping being the best he can be. Teens and older children are preferred. He’s not suited for the city and would be best in a fenced-in property. If there are other dogs in the home, they should tolerant and willing to let Bo be the boss. Please note that only those with prior dog experience will be considered for this wonderful pup.For more information and to browse other adorable pets, go to www.ny-petrescue.org.

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Flood Mitigation in Mamaroneck “Helping the Community Help Themselves” — February 10, 2016

Flood Mitigation in Mamaroneck “Helping the Community Help Themselves”


This past Tuesday, LMC-TV producer and hostess of “A Town and a VIllage Too”, Alice Bloom spoke with the Village of Mamaroneck Manager, Richard Slingerland. They discussed village issues including deer and coyote control, budget and taxes, parking meter technology upgrades and industrial and residential development plans. The Army Corps of Engineers flood study, which was released on January 29th, was one of the highlights of the interview. Slingerland explained that this new plan consists of widening and deepening the rivers throughout the village. He added that the plan will be the most effective use of the federal, state and county funds. He will be one of our guests in our Round Table discussion. Bloom asked him about the parking situation and he discussed the pilot program in length. He finished the interview by stating what he wants the community to know about the village’s finances.

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You can watch the full interview on Friday, February 5th at 9:30 on Channel 75 for Cablevision views and 36 for Verizon viewers. Alice Bloom’s show, “A Town and a VIllage Too” has been on the air for 15 years and has over 300 episodes. The show brings our three communities together at one table to discuss ways in which they can work together, expand cooperation and share services.

Whether you live in the Village of Mamaroneck, the Village of Larchmont or the Town of Mamaroneck, you can take advantage of a new law that allows your municipality to negotiate the best electricity and natural gas prices for you. This is due to a new state pilot program called “Community Choice Aggregation” or CCA. The program was created by sustainable Westchester, a county-wide non-profit that promotes sustainability initiatives and is composed of a consortium of Westchester County local governments. How does the program work and what steps have our municipalities taken to facilitate residents lowering their energy costs?

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The first step, which has already been completed by the three municipalities, is the enactment of a local law that enables them to participate in the pilot program, without forcing them to commit to it. After the local law was passed, the second step was to sign a memorandum of understanding, known as an M-O-U, which has also been completed. When Con Edison or the New York State and Gas Corporation (NYSEG) are notified by the municipalities, the final step will be a bidding and negotiation process of the lowest energy price. This is the current state for our three municipalities. Town of Mamaroneck Supervisor, Nancy Seligson, gave The Local Live an updated report from the town.

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Village of Larchmont Mayor, Anne McAndrews told The Local Live, “the request for proposals went out to suppliers on Friday. Bids are on February 22nd and that is when we’ll know they have secure and compliant bid.” So far, 20 Westchester municipalities have adopted local laws in joining the pilot program. It is important to mention that customers will still receive only one bill each month, and it will still come directly from Con Edison or NYSEG. Thew new bill will reflect the change in supplier and new. lower supply rates. Residents can opt out of participating in the program. They can try it for one month and if they don’t like it, they can go back to their former energy provider. We will be following this story closely and will update you with any new information, so that you can benefit a possible lower utility bill. If you want to read more about Sustainable Westchester, you can log onto www.sustainablewestchester.org to read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) aobut the Community Choice Aggregation Program.

In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin spoke with Richard Slingerland, Village of Mamaroneck Manager and Tony Gelber, Chairman of the Village of Mamaroneck FMAC (Flood Mitigation Advisory Committee) regarding the Village and flood situations.

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The Rye Neck Boys Basketball had a tight game against Hawthorne Cedar Knolls in a possible playoff qualifying game. Senior Noah Caplan provided a late spark from both ends of the court on our Play of the Week.

Ready for Super Bowl 50 and looking for a last minute Super Bowl party? If that’s the case, Rob Baez has a deal from the newly opened Smokehouse Tailgate Grill you might be interested in.

The Pet of the Week is Marisa, an adorable Terrier mix. She weighs around 22 pounds and is around five months old. She is a sweet dog but can be shy in new environments. She has scruffy fur around her face and looks like a Dalmatian mix. She needs a home with another dog and too much activity and noise which can still scare her. Once she feels comfortable in her new environment, she is as adorable as can be. For more information and to browse other adorable pets, go to http://www.ny-petrescue.org.

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