Local Valedictorians Discuss Future’s — June 27, 2016

Local Valedictorians Discuss Future’s

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.   

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Father’s Discuss Paternity Leave — June 20, 2016

Father’s Discuss Paternity Leave

At Rye Neck Middle School this week, following a verbal dispute between two students, one of the students involved made a threat to use a weapon against the other student. The Rye Neck School District immediately notified police and the families of the students involved. Thankfully, no one was hurt and neither the police investigation nor the school conducted that it was a credible threat.

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On June 13th, 49 Mamaroneck High School Seniors were awarded $290,000 in scholarships. For 79 years, the Mamaroneck Larchmont Student Aid Fund has been making college possible for students in need. The majority of scholarship recipients were the first ones in their families to be able to attend college. The President of the Student Aid Fund, Amy Guenzi, expressed her gratitude to the donors and emphasized the value of their gift. Samantha Reid, an MHS alum from the Class of 2012 gave an emotional keynote speech. She received the Mamaroneck Teachers Fund Award the year she graduated. Having recently graduated from Penn State University, she will start her teaching career in a Newark charter school with the “Teach for America” program.

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In school sports news, the MHS “4 by 800” relay team of Lauren Chapey, Shari Rauls, Kate Devore and Laura Shpiz ended a fantastic year by winning the New York State Championship with a time of 8 minutes and 54 seconds. The state title is another achievement for one of the most successful seasons in MHS Track and Field history. The group has also won a National title as well as several sectional titles before this recent gold medal. Congrats, team!

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The Picture House Regional Film Center’s kickstarter page has confirmed that the campaign to save the Larchmont Playhouse has been cancelled. The Daily Voice reported earlier this week that a developer had purchased the playhouse for more than $1 million dollars, thereby leaving no choice but to suspend the effort to save the playhouse. The kickstarter campaign had already raised nearly $90,000 in the week that it was up. We will keep you updated with more details as the story develops.
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United Hebrew of New Rochelle held a grand opening celebration for Willow Gardens. The facility is the first nonprofit residence devoted exclusively to people affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia in Westchester County. Alzheimer’s afflicts more than 5.3 million Americans, including more than 1 in 10 residents who are 65 or older.

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In our Round Table discussion, in honor of Father’s Day,  Maura Carlin spoke with Tom Murphy, Town of Mamaroneck Councilman, and Dan Bova, Editorial Director of Entrepreneur.com and humor columnist for The Journal News about paternity leave, and other parenting issues from the male perspective.

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There’s a new men’s salon on Mamaroneck Avenue, Eighteen Eight Fine Men’s Salon. The Local Live interviewed the owner to find out makes it so special in our “In the Spotlight” segment.

Our Pet of the Week is Starburst, a beautiful Pastel Calico long-haired cat. She is about 3 years old and is quite the diva, treating herself to drinks from the faucet. She was a beloved pet who was put out into the street when her owner passed away. She is currently living in a foster home with other cats and dogs. For more information on Starburst and other adorable animals, go to http://www.ny-petrescue.org

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Brilliant Balloonist Scotty Kazam Twists us a Treat — June 9, 2016

Brilliant Balloonist Scotty Kazam Twists us a Treat

Beware local business owners! There’s a new scammer in town trying to get your money. Several stores in Larchmont and Mamaroneck have been paid with fake $100 bills from at least one woman. One of the scammers, who goes by the name of Sandra Gomez, told vestoreowners she recently moved into the community. She is described to have long dark hair, and wears large sunglasses, even indoors. One victim of the ploy said that the bills appeared to be good quality fakes but had a strong odor. Some local businesses have changed their policies by no longer accepting large bills or by using counterfeit detector pens. The Local Live spoke with Teresa Hsiao, owner of the Apiary in Larchmont about the issue.

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Stricter parking laws will be adopted in the Town of Mamaroneck for areas surrounding Memorial Park, more specifically-Baldwin Avenue. The change is due to commuters parking all day in spots that are meant for temporary users of the field. The council approved a resolution to make eight metered spots and a new three-hour time limit on the rest. As soon as town permits can be approved by the New York state legislature, which could take up to a year or longer, new signage and meters will be installed and new parking enforcement officers will be hired to make sure people are parking where they should. Some residents of Baldwin Avenue raised concerns that homeowners-especially those that don’t have driveways-may be hurt by the new restrictions. Some residents proposed that the council focus on reducing the use of Memorial Park, citing programs at the park as a way to solve the parking traffic, but the council deciding against addressing that concern. The Local Live will follow this story and keep you posted.

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In local high school sports news, Mamaroneck brothers, Hope and Courage Crawford won the Section-1 New York Public High School Athletic Association tennis doubles for the second consecutive year, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished for almost thirty years. The brothers beat  Horace Greeley pair, James Way and Spencer Lowitz by a score of 7-5 and 6-2. Hope said, “it was an honor to represent Mamaroneck and it was an experience I will remember for the rest of my life.” Hope will be going to Europe next year to play professional tennis and take his game to the next level.

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On Sunday, June 12, the Mamaroneck Historical Society will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the 1816 schoolhouse on Boston Post Road from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The schoolhouse was the third founded in Mamaroneck and is the only one of those three to have endured the test of time. Many families have fought to preserve the structure from demolition. The celebration will include tours of the building, a large display of historic pictures, as well as maps and documents of Old Mamaroneck.

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In our Round Table discussion. Eli Lederman spoke with professional balloon artist, Scotty Kazan, the owner and operator of “My Balloon Guy”. He has been creating unique balloon designs for over nine years.

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Local Live reporter, Nick Juca spoke with Larchmont resident, Amy Rosen who turned her cooking passion into a successful business.

Local Live reporter, Gabe Tugendstein went to discover why a little meatball from Polpettina is a big hit in the our community.

Our Pet of the Week is Skip, a very excitable and jumpy dog. He and some fellow pet rescue residents have become best friends. They are working on his mouthy behavior, so they recommend that he be adopted by a family without children for the moment. He needs someone who will help with his training. He loves long walks and even hikes and could benefit by having a doggy brother or sister. The best person for Skip needs to be a patient individual who can help teach him that humans are all good and caring. For more information, and to browse other pets, go to http://www.ny-petrescue.org.

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What’s it like being LGBTQ in Westchester? —

What’s it like being LGBTQ in Westchester?

This past weekend, Larchmont and Mamaroneck commemorated fallen soldiers in the celebration of Memorial Day. Both local officials and residents participated in festivities across the community. Last Thursday, the Village of Larchmont held its annual Memorial Day Parade, which was hosted by American Legion Post 347. Hundreds marched from the train station to the firehouse to honor the veterans who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom today. Also on that day, The Kemper Memorial fund presented awards to Helene Graham, Alia Shenasa, Emily Morris and Tricia Ballard for its annual essay competition at Mamaroneck High School. The assignment for this year was to respond in unique ways to the question, “Why are memorials important in America today?”. The ceremony was held at the high school and each winner was presented with a $250 cash prize. On Monday, the celebration ended with the Mamaroneck parade, which was hosted by American Legion Post 90. Residents and veterans were on hand to honor our fallen heroes. After the parade, there was a ceremony at the American Legion’s Hall on Prospect Avenue.


The Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club resumed its decade-long battle over renovations last week. The public hearing was held at the Village of Mamaroneck Board Meeting and highlighted the club’s latest proposal. During the hearing, the plan was under fire by Mamaroneck residents who had concerns about sewage, drilling and potentially disruptive construction, among other issues. Residents also stated that within  the proposal, there were incorrect important pieces of information. This portion of the hearing was officially closed by the Board. Another meeting is scheduled for July in which the Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club is expected to present a written response to many of the concerns voiced at the most recent meeting. We will keep you posted on any new developments.



In the last few months, parking on Mamaroneck Avenue has changed. After years of political discord, the Village of Mamaroneck has moved forward with a pilot program to test three different types of new parking meters. Two different styles of “smart single-space meters and one multi-space meter were tested. The trial period is the next step in an on-going battle which dates back to 2013, when the Village Board hired the Walker Parking Consultants to help with parking issues on the avenue. In 2014, the Board of Trustees discussed two new resolutions and purchased 18 multi-space meters for over $117,000 and then were hit with heavy backlash from local residents and business owners when they tried to implement these new solutions. In December, after surveying local residents, the newly-formed Parking Committee proposed the Village to move forward with the testing of different types of single-space meters on Mamaroneck Avenue and multi-space meters in local parking lots. However, the Board of Trustees approved a proposal that includes the multi-space meters in the pilot program on Mamaroneck Avenue. According to Maria De Rose, the chair of the Parking Committee, purchasing new single-space meters for Mamaroneck Avenue could cost the Village $400 per meter, or nearly $100,000 in total, in addition to the  over $150,000 that has already been spent on meters and consultation. According to Village Manager, Richard Slingerland, a new survey will soon be conducted to gather public opinion. So come down to Mamaroneck Avenue and see which type of meter YOU prefer. We will keep you updated on this story.


On June 1st, the New York Immigration Coalition held an event at St. Peter’s Church in Port Chested in support of the Ecuadorian Government’s request for TPS or Temporary Protection Status of Ecuadorian immigrants who live in the US. There was a disastrous earthquake in Ecuador where killed 650 and injured over 27,000. If the request is granted, it would give any Ecuadorian immigrant who lives in the US permission to work legally and travel to Ecuador without fear of deportation. TPS has not yet been approved, but members of the Ecuadorian community and immigration activists are organizing events nationwide to gain supporters.


In our Round Table discussion, Mike Witsch spoke with Angela Jordan, Westchester-based reporter; Kevin Burke, former owner of Ignite Bar; David Diamond, Pride Works Director; Bernard Galeano, Masters Student of Social Work and Kat Andriotis, LOFT Director of Communications & Membership about LGBTQ Pride Month and what it’s like being gay in Westchester.


Last week, LMC-TV held its annual Awards Night where we honor the people who put together the shows that you watch on the channel.  Local Live reporter, Eli Lederman reported on the event.


Attention high school seniors, with prom just a few weeks away, if you still need a corsage, check out The Flower Bar in Larchmont. Local Live reported James Levinson visited the shop to find out more.

Our Pet of the Week is Beyoncé, a 20-pound lab mix. She is a year old and is sweet, friendly and playful. She gets along great with all the dogs in her foster
. She is also very well-behaved, good with children and would make a great addition to any family. For more information on Beyoncé and other adorable pets, go to http://www.ny-petrescue.org.


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Show #118 -Memorial Day — June 1, 2016

Show #118 -Memorial Day

Our Round Table discussion is a very special one with three generations of military servicemen. The veterans were asked if the meaning of Memorial Day is different for each generation.

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Joe attended the 70th Anniversary of Iwo Jima this past year. Iwo Jima was a fierce battle during World War in which the US Marines landed on and eventually captured the island of Iwo Jima. The battle was fought from February 19 to March 26, 1945 and was considered the most intense and bloodiest battle of the war.

The number of living WW2 veterans is rapidly declining which makes Memorial Day for those still here more bittersweet.

During the Vietman War, more lives were lost and those that returned were not exactly welcomed back as their predecessors were.

Ron and Burt shared their opinions and memories of how Memorial Day has affected them and veterans like them.

Other topics discussed were: should we have a volunteer military or should we have a draft; what type of help is needed for returning veterans and what, if any, is being provided; what can the public do to help support our veterans; the scandal concerning the Wounded Warriors project; which is the best organization to give our support and donations; what types of support services are available and what isn’t that should be; recent concern over VA hospitals and administration; Opioid addiction and depression; PTSD; and what policies should our government change regarding veterans.

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