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HYPER-LOCAL STORIES ROUNDUP — July 25, 2017

HYPER-LOCAL STORIES ROUNDUP


On Thursday, July 20th, two trucks were filled by Westchester residents with clothes, toys and other donations that will be shipped to Syrians in refugee camps overseas. The drive was organized by two groups, Neighbors for Refugees and New Day Syria and was held at St. John’s Church in Larchmont.

The VIllage of Larchmont is working with volunteers to transform Constitution Park which is located on Larchmont Avenue, next to Village Hall. The president of “Friends of Larchmont Parks” talked with The Local Live about the extent of the plans. One of the goals of the project is help support the nearby business district by holding events in the park in an effort to draw people to shop or dine in the area. The organization hopes to have the changes made within the following year. To learn more about the plans and how to donate, go to http://www.larchmontparks.com/constitution.

At the recent Annual Conference of the Alliance for Community Media, which was held in Minneapolis, LMCTV’s Chief Operating Officer, Matt Sullivan and two producers received recognition. Sullivan was nominated for a seat on the organization’s national board. The election will be held soon. Producers Dena Schumacher and Sheyla Navarro won an award for Best Animation in the Access Center Professional category for their production of “Amor Hecho Pedazos”, which is a Spanish language, stop-motion Lego program, Sullivan also took part in a panel discussion about narrative film as valuable programming. He visited the Neighborhood Access Center and met with other community television leaders about the future of public access television programming. Congratulations to Matt, Dena, Sheyla and LMCtV, which, by the way, is considered a model access operation in the United States.

On Tuesday, July 18th, police responded to reports of a car accident on I-95 in Mamaroneck. They found a twenty-four-year-old Bronx man gun-shot wounds on the side of the road. Reports the next day stated that the man was in critical. He had been a passenger in a GMC-U-Haul van that had swerved into oncoming traffic and hit a maroon Honda. Police are not sure if the man was forced out of the van or left on his own. The incident caused extensive delays, and caused northbound lanes to be closed during rush hour. The lanes did not re-open until 2:00 a.m. The U-Haul van had Arizona license plates and had damage to the from resulting from the crash. Anyone with information regarding the incident should call police at 914-769-2600.

In the Spotlight, Le Sirene restaurant in Larchmont serves delicious Italian food. Marcella Milder spoke with the owner, Cosima Bruno and even tried some of the food.

Our Pets of the Week are Myles, a five-year-old Tuxedo cat and Seg, a seven-year-old Shepherd. Myles is a little shy but is full of love and is looking for a new home. He would love to crawl into your lap. Seg is a little on the quiet side and would probably prefer a home with another friendly canine companion. He will not jump on your furniture and is very respectful to all. He gets along with all types of four-legged friends. For more information, regarding either Myles or Seg, as well as other pets, go to www.ny-petrescue.org.

 

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State Senator George Latimer — July 11, 2017

State Senator George Latimer


The Fourth of July was celebrated in the Village of Mamaroneck with the annual Fireman’s Carnival, which was followed by a dazzling fireworks display on the harbor. The St. Thomas Orchestra performed in the first Summer Nights on the Sound Concert. The orchestra started off with a classic rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. After the concert, the fireworks started around 9:30.

The ride-sharing program, Uber is now legal in Westchester. Some lawmakers are praising the decision to legalize the ride-hailing app, others are against it. In an attempt to combat critics, Westchester County Executive, Rob Astorino, created a program called “thumbs up” where if an Uber or Lyft driver is found to have no criminal record, there will be a thumbs up decal displayed on their vehicle so that the rider will know that they are in good hands. Local officials are still having mixed reactions even with the new program in place. Reclaim New York Director, Brandon Muir has publically praised the ride-sharing apps on their legalization in Westchester and is also thrilled to learn about Astorino’s program. Virginia Perez, the Chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators is a strong opponent. She says that ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft offer unfair competition to traditional taxi companies. The issue is personal to her due to her father being a long-time taxi driver. She also that if given the opportunity to opt out of having Uber becoming legal in Westchester, she would. Despite the mixed reactions from local lawmakers, you can now call for an Uber ride legally in the county.

Do local micro-breweries need more space? That could happen in the Village of Mamaroneck if the Board of Trustees approves a code remodel that will change the zoning districts in the C-One and C-Two areas. Half-time Beverage, the micro-alcohol establishment locate on Hoyt Avenue has submitted an application for a brew-pub addition, that challenged the Board’s decision to consider creating more spaces for the brewery as well other potential establishments. The Mamaroneck Review stated that there is an increased interest regarding smaller-scale breweries, wineries and distilleries-which have spiked up to three times in number since 2012 throughout the state. Alan Daniels, the president of Half-Time Breweries, said that micro-breweries make good business sense as well as having a positive impact on the economy. Keith Waitt, a Board of Trustees member, said in a statement, that he is cautious about any changes of the code stating that he is afraid of potential negative effects on on the environment as well as the lack of parking in the Village. He added that the breweries like Half-Time should instead rally for more permissive zoning laws around the breweries themselves. Mayor Norman Rosenblum has suggested looser zoning restrictions on the C-One and two other areas, but is making it clear that he doesn’t want any zoning shortcuts along the way. We will keep you updated on this developing story when we receive more information on when a potential vote on the zoning changes will occur.

A Larchmont landscaper suffered a horrific accident that ended with his arm having to be amputated while on the job. The accident occurred on Monday, July 3rd around 3:40 p.m. on Barnard Road which is on the border of Larchmont and New Rochelle. As of yet, the man has not been identified and the full details regarding the accident have not been released. We will update you with any details.

LMCTV is in mourning after the sudden loss of Aaron Meadow. He was talented lighting director, volunteer, friend and an overall great person. He was tragically killed in a boating accident on July 1st. One of his last projects for LMCTV was to help install the new lighting in our studio last month. Aaron liked to volunteer this time because he loved the mission of LMCTV to serve the community and to create opportunities for people to explore their creativity. Many people spoke about how he worked with lights and how he himself was a light to those who knew him during a memorial service that was held on July 5th. He will be terribly missed by all who knew him.

In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin spoke with State Senator, George Latimer on what is happening in our county and about his running for County Executive against incumbent Rob Astorino.

The annual Fireman’s Parade was held on June 28th. Marcella Milder was on hand to speak with residents as well as participants in the parade itself.

Our Pets of the Week are Muffin a beautiful cat, and Emilio, an adorable dog. Muffin’s coat has splatters of cinnamon and nutmeg and her nose looks like it could have dipped in confectioners sugar. She loves to be petted and will stand on her hind legs for a head rub. She is a little cautious at first, but once she gets to know you, you’ll be her personal masseuse. Emilio is a year and half old and weighs about eleven pounds. He always looks like he’s smiling. He is very sweet and is friendly with other dogs. For more information on either Muffin or Emilio as well as other pets, please go to www.ny-petrescue.org.

To make an online donation to help keep this show as well as others on LMCTV, go to our website, www.lmctv.org and click on the DONATE button. We appreciate any and all donations.

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

HYPER-LOCAL STORIES ROUNDUP — July 4, 2017

HYPER-LOCAL STORIES ROUNDUP


Mamaroneck’s Fireman’s Parade celebrated its seventieth year on Wednesday, June 28th. The parade is a highlight of the annual FIreman’s Carnival. The Carnival has rides, food and will have fireworks on Tuesday, July 4th. Nearly fifty fire departments from Westchester, Putnam, Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey participated in the parade. Mamaroneck Avenue was filled with music, marching bands as well as people who supported the community’s heroes. The Local Live was on hand to speak with residents and parade participants. You can watch Marcella Milder’s special report on next week’s show.

The Village Luncheonette, which is located at 158 Mamaroneck Avenue, was severely damaged by a fire that had probably started in their kitchen on Friday, June 23rd. Witnesses stated that they saw smoke at the restaurant around 4:30 p.m. While there were no injuries reported, the restaurant remains closed.

 

The Village of Larchmont has begun consulting with the developer who converted a Manhattan subway underpass into a walkable retail strip, in an effort to rejuvenate the business district. The Village has hired Susan Fine and Jill Hayman of Fine Development Partners to help define a new retail plan. According to the Loop, the Village will pay the group $4,000 per month, with an expected engagement period of five months. Starting this month, the consultants will reach out to residents as well as local store owners to discover ideas such as “pop-up” stores and events in the community.

After hearing from residents and the Village of Mamaroneck Parking Committee, it has been confirmed that the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees, will choose new single-space meters instead of the option of multi-space meters. Mamaroneck Avenue would require 240 meters which would cost the Village between $200 to $700 per unit, depending on the model and technology selected. To pay with a credit card, the minimum payment is $1 and the credit card fee per dollar would vary from 47 to 50 cents. Maria De Rose, the Chairman of the Ad Hoc Parking Committee and Republican candidate for trustee, stated that credit card fees are expensive, “a smartphone parking app would save the village money, however, it will be difficult for senior citizens who do use smart phones”. Daniel Sarnoff, the assistant Village Manager, hopes that the decision will be finalized by August.

Westchester is joining the rest of New York state to legalize the ride hailing app, Uber. As of June 29th, Uber, which has been illegally operating in the state for the past several years, had threatened to shut down the app in Westchester if the county imposed its own set of rules.

The Village of Mamaroneck will have 4th of July fireworks at Harbor Island Park, starting at dark. In Rye, the fireworks will be held at Rye Playland, which is located at 1 Playland Parkway, on both July 3rd and July 4th beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Our Pets of the Week are Brandi, a four-year-old Tabby cat and Rocky, a two-year-old Shepherd mix. Brandi, who is shy, needs nothing more than a few belly rubs a day, some food, water and a soft bed. She will be a source of comfort to anyone who adopts her. She would do best as the only cat in the home where she can receive all the attention she craves. Rocky, who weighs about fifty pounds, is shy but is also very sweet and friendly. He loves to play with the other dogs at the kennel, no matter their size. He is a people dog and would love to be your best new friend. To adopt either Brandi or Rocky, or to see other adorable pets, please go to www.ny-petrescue.org.

The Local Live is looking for donations to replace background flats. The current pieces are beyond repair. To make an online donation, go to www.lmctv.org and click on the DONATE button in the upper right hand corner. Your donation will help and we appreciate any and all donations.

The Local Live is always looking for new volunteers and interns. So send your emails to thelocallive@lmctv.org. We love hearing from and would love to have you join our crew.

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