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.
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