On Friday, June 17th, the Village of Mamaroneck held a vigil to pay tribute to the 49 victims of the Orlando shootings. Dozens of people from Mamaroneck and our surrounding communities came to the Memorial outside the courthouse. Candles were lit, songs of tribute were sung and speeches were made, including a reading of the names, to honor those who lost their lives in the tragic terrorist attack at The Pulse Nightclub on June 12th. In honor of the victims of this recent tragedy, LMC-TV will be airing a special documentary entitled “Puzzles: When Hate Came to Town”, which follows another tragic event of gun violence that occurred in a gay nightclub in Bedford, Massachusetts. For more information about “Puzzles”, go to LMCTV.org or catch it this weekend on Cablevision Channel 75 or Verizon Channel 36.
At the June 13th Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees Meeting, new proposed changes to the parking issue were discussed. There has been lots of confusion in regard to the proposed changes; with reports from FiOS1 News that these changes were proposed by Village Manager Richard Slingerland. The Local spoke with the Village Manager and he told us, “This is not my proposal…I consider it my duty to be objective on the matter as is typically the case on many other matters of Village business”. If the new parking proposal passes, it would increase rates from 75 cents to $1 per hour, as well as increase the hours enforced by the Village, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. instead of ending at 6 p.m. Villagers and Village officials discussed the proposed changes and the concerns it raised. Rather than benefitting potential shoppers attempting to park on Mamaroneck Avenue, there were concerns that this would only complicate the already strained relationship between villagers and parking meters. Chair of the Village of Mamaroneck Advisory Committee, Maria DeRose questioned as to why the Board of Trustees has decided to act on parking regulations first, if they had yet to decide which meters should be installed on Mamaroneck Avenue. When talking about the parking technology on the avenue, De Rose referred to the actual pilot parking program on Mamaroneck Avenue, where multispace and smart single parking space meters are being studied. If you’re interested in giving feedback and opinions on the parking situation, there is a new survey. Call 1 (888) 856-1389 to voice your opinion. The Local Live an LMC-TV will continue to provide updates on the proposed parking changes and discussions as they develop.
On May 25th, The Harbor Coastal Zone Management Commission met with the Army Corps of Engineers in regard to the $70 million Flood Mitigation Proposal for the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake Rivers. Since that meeting, the Army Corps of Engineers resubmitted the consistency determination with our Local Water Rehabilitation Plan or LWRP to the Department of State. The consistency report will dictate whether the flood mitigation proposal will go forward or not. The Harbor Coastal Zone Management Commission will also review all documentation during their next meeting on July 20th. The State Department will then have 60 days to review the documentation and to determine consistency. If you would like to review the Army Corps of Engineers Project, it is available on the Village website, http://www.village.mamaroneck.ny.us.
In school news, according to a recent article from the TheLoopNY.com website, former principal of Central Elementary School, Carol Priore, has been appointed to take on the position of Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Personnel by the Mamaroneck Board of Education. As principal, Priore dealt with the matter of racial concerns regarding students being sorted into certain classrooms. She and Superintendent, Robert Shaps, met with parents to reassure them that all classrooms were racially neutral. As she takes the new position of Assistant Superintendent of Personnel, Central Elementary has confidence in her abilities to do as contributable job as she had done as principal.
In January, the Village of Larchmont Board of Trustees adopted a temporary moratorium for certain land use applications. This moratorium was a result of a collective opposition against the demolition and subdivision of a 120-year-old house located at 40 Ocean Avenue. The moratorium set the land use applications as pending until its expiration date of July 15th. A motion was recently passed to hold a public hearing on July 6th for the extension of the moratorium. The Board is working hard to do its best for the Village and hopes to extend the moratorium to October 15, 2016.
The issue of sanitary sewers was also discussed. Administrator Justin Datino addressed the Village’s problem of too much water inflow and comprehensive cleaning and servicing study that is to be done to resolve the issue. Since the Village of Larchmont falls within the New Rochelle sewer district, there will be a shared cost of any legal services and consulting with engineering services amongst the Village of Pelham Manor, City of New Rochelle, and the Town of Mamaroneck. The Village of Larchmont is expected to share 6.7% of the cost which is based on population. Participants from the Save the Sound lawsuit have been monitoring the process of this study and will continue to stay on top of oti. Datino also stated that a firm has been chosen and there will be a meeting within the upcoming week to finalize any details of the contract.
Also during the June 20th meeting, Sophie Dubanevich was given to opportunity of being the Village Mayor for a day. She led the meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance and addressed different members of the Board when it was time for them to discuss something. Sophie was a great Mayor for the Day and we hope to see more just like her.
The Larchmont Playhouse Kickstarter Campaign has been cancelled, but that does not mean that residents are giving up. Ellen Zuckert, along with other residents, is currently seeking pledges and hoping for people to and hoping for people to donate and save the Larchmont Playhouse. Bowtie Cinema will not be renewing the lease on the theater and has stated that bids on the property must be given by the end of June. Ellen, a longtime resident and frequent moviegoer wants to preserve the longstanding staple of of the Village of Larchmont. The Local Live’s James Levinson went to the Playhouse to learn how you can help save it.
During the June 15th Town of Mamaroneck Town Council Meeting, council members discussed the resolution for the parking issue on Baldwin Avenue. Parking on Baldwin Avenue is an ongoing issue with commuters parking in spots meant for temporary users of the field. Now eight spaces on the avenue will be metered, at $1 per hour with a six hour maximum, running from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. As for the avenue’s residents, they will soon be able to buy special permits at $25 per year allowing them to park at Lot #1.
It was announced that the Town of Mamaroneck has authorized the bonding and contract for the purchase of the VFW building at 1288 Boston Post Road. The purchase will be a permanent facility for the town’s government permitting the VFW to continue as the senior center.
Westchester Joint Water Works is working on replacing on all water meters in the town. The new ones would make it easier to gather the information needed. While most of the meters have been changed, about 500 are still left. Please make sure to schedule an appointment with the Westchester Joint Water Works so they can stop by and install the new one. It should take no more than 20 minutes.
In our Round Table discussion, Maura spoke with local valedictorians, Alison Baal and Steven Rome about what it’s like to be valedictorian and what’s next for them after graduation.
Over the last six weeks, the Local Live had the privilege of welcoming a few graduating seniors from MHS as part of their senior internship program. Their experience is featured on this week’s “In the Spotlight”. We would like to wish our interns, Eli Lederman, Gabe Tugendstein and Nick Juca as well as the graduating classes of Mamaroneck and Rye Neck on their future endeavors. Congratulations, Class of 2016!
Our Pet of the Week is Leia, a female Shepherd mix. She is one of Layla’s puppies who were born on April 16, 2016. She has been raised with kids, dogs, cats and lots of activity. She is playful, cuddly and is looking forward to a lifetime of snuggles and kisses. For more information, please check out www.ny-petrescue.org.
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