Larchmont Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force — December 19, 2016

Larchmont Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force


In 2017, the Town of Mamaroneck Supervisor, Nancy Seligson announced that there will be a property reassessment of the town. Town residents will be receiving data mailers with information about their property inventory. Residents need to confirm the information on the survey as well as updating information if the property inventory has changed. The Town hired GAR Associates to oversee the assessment and they have produced an informational video to help residents understand the project. You can view the video on the Town of Mamaroneck website,


During the December 7th meeting, The Rye Neck Schools Board of Education appointed Dr. Scott Mosenthal to serve as the interim high school principal beginning January 3rd. Dr. Mosenthal had been a principal in the Irvington Union Free School District for fifteen years. Prior to that, he was an English teacher in the Irvington Public School District at both the middle and high school level for twenty-three years. He will replace the current principal Dr. Barbara Ferraro who will be the new Rye Neck School Superintendent replacing Dr. Peter Mustich. In a statement as posted on the Rye Neck Schools website, Dr. Ferraro said that she was pleased have Dr. Mosenthal join the Rye Neck family and said, “he brings a wealth of experience to the position. His strong curriculum background, passion for teaching and learning, and commitment to working with high school students make him the perfect candidate.


Mamaroneck High School computer science students recently participated in a local tournament to help design a safer railroad crossing. Their prototype included an on-track car removal device using a computerized conveyor belt system and laser sensors using a microcontroller and Legos. The tournament was organized by Alan Brody, the widower of Ellen Brody, was was tragically killed in February 2015, when her SUV was hit by a Metro-North commuter train in Valhalla.


In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin and Mike Witsch spoke with Malcolm Frouman, the president of the Larchmont Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force about their food pantry and their mission to help those in need in our community, not just for the holiday season but all year-round.


In our LMC Varsity Sports Play of the Week, Rye Neck senior Peter Gallagher turned a simple free throw into a four-point swing.


Our Pet of the Week is Annie, a calm eight or nine month old hound mix. She was originally found severely malnourished in a state park in Texas. She likes playing with other dogs and is very well socialized. For more information on Annie, as well as other pets, go to


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Shopping Local — December 12, 2016

Shopping Local


On December 5th, the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees held their Re-Organizational Meeting. During the meeting the newly elected trustees, Victor Tafur, Keith and incumbent Leon Potok were sworn in, and Judge Daniel Gallagher was sworn in for a third term. The trustees gave acceptance speeches and thanked all who had voted and supported them. The appointments for seven board positions were also announced. If you would like to learn more about the updated board go to to view the meeting.


On December 7th, a special election was held at the Mamaroneck Public Library to vote on the library’s new budget and to elect four new trustees. The budget, which totalled just under $3 million, was approved with 88% of voter approval. The new trustees are Robert Sid Albert, Joanne Shaw, Martha Sokol McCarty and Katie Lanagan. The trustees will serve a three-year term, set to begin on June 1, 2017.


On December 8th, Sedona Taphouse presented a check of over $600 to the Community Resource Center as part of their program “Steak Out for Charity” which is held on Monday nights at the restaurant. Sedona donates $1 for every steak that is sold during the event. During the month of December, The Harbor Island Conservancy will be the beneficiary.


In other news regarding the Community Resource Center, they held their annual gala last Thursday in which they honored Jane Orans, Eric Katz, and MAXX Properties with the Amigo Award for their unconditional support and volunteer work. The gala was dedicated to the dreamers, who shared their personal struggles, as well as their successes, thanks to DACA, the executive order that was passed by President Barack Obama. The executive order provides temporary protection from deportation, as well as a social security number and work permission for undocumented youth. Gail Vidales and Jirandy Martinez, the co-executive directors of the Community Resource, expressed their gratitude to the community for all their support


“Amor Hecho Pedazos”, LMCTV’s first scripted telenovela, is finally premiering after over a year in the making, as well as one hundred hours of stop-motion animation. The telenovela, or soap opera, was produced in Spanish with English subtitles and has everything from drama to passion to evil twins. The project was a labor of love for LMCTV producer and writer, Dena Schumacher, whose goal was to provide more Spanish-language content for the community. The first episode will air Friday, December 9th at 9:15 p.m. after “The Rascal”.


In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin spoke with Mamaroneck Chamber of Congress President, Steve Josephson and Larchmont Chamber of Congress President, Sean Nagpal about holiday shopping in our community.  


In our Varsity Sports Play of the Week, the Mamaroneck Varsity Hockey beat Rye in overtime on the same night that the team raised their first-ever state championship banner to the rafters.


The Village of Mamaroneck recently held their 11th annual tree lighting social. Local Liver reporter, Alexandra Garcia was there to cover all the festivities.


In The Spotlight, Local Live reporter, Melissa Moak went to a book signing for Shop Cook Eat New York. The book is the perfect book for all you New York Foodies. She spoke with authors, Susan Pear Meisel and Nathalie Sann about the book.


The Annual Hour of Code campaign started worldwide this week with several events happening in our area. Local Live reporter, Meral Kathwari covered the Stem Alliance’s Community for Code event. 


Our Pet of the Week is Louise, an adorable Pitbull mix, who is about 7-8 months old.  She is very sweet and friendly with humans and is learning how to play with other dogs. She is also friendly with cats. She was found in Harlem by the fire department tied to a pole. For more information on Louise and other pets, go to

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Aids Awareness — December 5, 2016

Aids Awareness




Rye Neck science teacher, Nicholas Pagliuca was arrested on child pornography charges after investigators found that his email address was registered with a child pornography website. The charges are one count of possession of child pornography, which carries a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison, and one count of receipt of child pornography, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison. He was released on a $50,000 bond with the stipulation that he not teach or be around children without supervision. The Rye Neck School District issued a statement saying, “this was the first indication which we had of any possible activity of this nature, and at this time we have no reason to believe that any student has been exposed to misconduct or that any school district facilities have been misused or misappropriated”. Rye Neck Superintendent, Dr. Peter Mustich sent an email to parents stating that counselors would be made available to any student or staff member who needed assistance in coping with the news and that the district is fully cooperating with the investigation.


The Mamaroneck Public Library is holding a special on-site election on Wednesday, December 7th from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will be open to all residents of the Village of Mamaroneck. Residents can vote on the library’s budget as well as four trustee positions. The trustee positions are volunteer-based for a three-year term. They are responsible for hiring the library director, preparing the budget and advocating for the library. The candidates are Martha Sokol McCarty; incumbent Vice President and seven-year Rye Neck resident, Clayton Otto; incumbent trustee and lifelong Mamaroneck resident, Robert S. Albert, who has twenty-five years experience in the publishing industry; 20-year resident Joanne Shaw, who is a former ballet dancer and professor, chair and artistic director of Marymount Manhattan College Dance Department and thirty-year resident Joanne Shaw who has had a long career in healthcare administration. The Local Live spoke to Susan Riley, Director of the Mamaroneck Public Library who encourages the community to come and vote. A full copy of the candidate’s biographies and budget is available at the circulation desk inside the library.


The reconstruction of the water storage and distribution system for the Village of Larchmont will cost around $230,000. The project aims to provide a more sustainable and efficient water service for residents. The main water resource for the Village of Larchmont is distributed by Westchester Joint Water Work and is stored by Byron Pump Station and Tanks. From the 1950’s to the 1980’s, there have been system updates on the pumping capacity, electrical efficiency, heating installation, controls and record. But there haven’t been any major renewal for the infrastructure of either the tanks or the pumps. Project Manager from Woodard & Curran, Steve Robbins was invited by the Village of Larchmont Administrator to speak about the issue at the Village of Larchmont Board of Trustees meeting last week. The original 250,000-gallon steel water tanks will be replaced by a single 650,000-gallon concrete storage tank. There are currently several diesel-fueled temporary pumps in place to meet the water demand of the Village. Before the resolution was passed last Monday by the Board of Trustees, Village Mayor Lorraine Walsh restated how urgent the reconstruction is. Following an inspection from the Health Department, the project will start early next year.


During the November 28th Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees meeting, Democratic Trustees Illissa Miller and David Finch officially ended their terms serving the community and gave their final remarks. David Finch addressed the lack of civility during the Board of Trustee sessions and he stressed that comments from the public should be informative, concise and not repetitive. He also added that the responsibility for the lack of civility falls on Mayor Norman Rosenblum. Voting for the referendum, being humane to geese, new pet store regulations and also supporting the industrial committee and the Marine Education Center were some of the positive causes that Trustee Illissa Miller feels proud of being part of. During her final remarks, she also reflected on the negative and on what she has learned while being a trustee.


Congratulations to Rye Neck Middle School seventh-grader Marc Seemer, who won the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Lions Club Peace Poster Contest on November 18th. Each year, millions of children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the international Lion’s Club contest to express their visions of peace. Marc competed against students from Sts. John and Paul and The French-American School. His poster will now be submitted to the district-level competition for further judging.


In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin and Mike Witsch spoke with Linda Hakim, MS, Program Specialist/ PrEP Westchester County Department of Health and Johanna Acosta, M.Ed., PrEP Specialist, Advanced Physician Services and Member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network about the advancements in AIDS research and medicine.


The 6th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Mamaroneck Public Library’s lower level. The Local Live spoke with Chari Topol-Allison, Village of Mamaroneck Arts Council member and coordinator of the fair about the event.


Our Pet of the Week is Peanut Butter, a male Tabby cat with a big personality. He is about a year old and is very sweet and playful. If you’re looking for a shadow with four paws, then Peanut Butter is perfect for you. For more information on Peanut Butter and other pets, go to


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