Relay For Life — May 23, 2016

Relay For Life

The case for a sixteen year old from Guatemala who attempted to enroll in Mamaroneck High School has a major development. The teenager had been denied access to MHS due to his having already completed the highest level of education in his native country. The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) appealed the decision to the state on behalf of the student. Earlier this week, the state education commissioner Mary Ella Elia decided that MHS must allow the student to enroll at the school, at least temporarily. Gisella Marroquin, the regional organizer for the NYCLU explained to The Local Live the Guatemalan educational system to help us understand some of the confusion surrounding the case. The civil liberties lawyer then explained the process of appealing the student’s decision to the state. At this time, the decision is only temporary, and will not impact the final determination, which will be decided in the coming months. Debbie Manetta, a spokesperson for the Mamaroneck School District, said, “We continue to believe strongly that all children have the right to a public education. However, we recognize that in accordance with the Commissioner of Education’s Regulations, we are expected to make determinations of eligibility that may serve to exclude some students from enrolling in our school system”.  We keep you informed with any new developments in this story.

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The 2016-17 school budgets for both the Mamaroneck School District and the Rye Neck School District were held this past Tuesday. The Mamaroneck budget of $133 million dollars passed with


85% of voters who approved the budget. The new budget, which is approximately $750 thousand dollars less than last year’s will help to decrease the Mamaroneck school tax by an estimated 4.57%. Dr. Robert Shaps, the Mamaroneck School Superintendent, thanked the community for coming together and approving the budget in an email to the district. He said, “Maintaining the quality of education we provide in Mamaroneck Schools is our priority. Once again, we appreciate the level of community involvement with the budget process leading up to today and thank all community members who came out to vote”. The Rye Neck School District’s budget of $40 million dollars was also passed with over 80% voting to approve.

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In other school district news, Rina Beder and Sari Winter edged out Michael Rosenbaum and were elected to the Mamaroneck School Board.

At this week’s Village of Larchmont Board of Trustees, the members and coaches of the Mamaroneck High School’s Girls 4-by-800 Meter Relay, the Girls Field Hockey and the Boys Ice Hockey teams were honored. The relay team was praised for their national championship, while the field hockey and ice hockey teams were acknowledged for their championships at the state level.

Mayor Lorraine Walsh presented Official Village Proclamations to track coach, Robert Morrissey, field hockey coach, John Savage and ice hockey coach, Mike Chiapperelli. Each coach spoke a few words about the success of their teams. Then each student athlete was introduced given special certificates.

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In our Round Table discussion, Mike Witsch spoke with Relay For Life volunteers, Kaitlin Chieco, Randi Spatz and Diane Sjostedt about their upcoming event which will be held this weekend to help support cancer research.

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With the regular season coming to an end, the Rye Neck baseball team, they had a 3-0 lead over Keio Academy of New York. Panther first baseman, Frankie Capparelli was able to keep the Unicorns off the scoreboard with an outstanding play that made our LMC Varsity Sports Play of the Week.

What is Stemtastic Saturday? It’s a program that highlights the talents of our future engineers, scientists and mathematicians. Local Live reporter Rebecca Paganini spoke with the people behind the event.

Looking for some fun after dinner? Then check out Pinot’s Palette on Mamaroneck Avenue. Local Live reporter met with the owners of the new establishment where you can have some wine while you paint.

Our Pet of the Week is Ellie, a 3-year-old Pastel Calico who loves to be the center of attraction and will quickly fit right in her new forever home. She is up-to-date with all her shots. To learn more about Ellie or other pets like her, visit

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The 26th Annual LMC-TV Awards Night in which LMC shows and volunteers are honored will be held next Wednesday at 7 p.m. Hope to see you there!




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Rocket Composter —

Rocket Composter

Hommocks Middle School is the first public school in New York to launch a Rocket Composter, which will remove food waste from the waste stream and reduce trucking and disposal costs to the Peekskill facility that burns Westchester’s garbage.

At the same time, the Rocket Composter – made possible by a grant from the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation — will produce compost that the school will use in its garden and greenhouse and make available to community members for use on their lawns and other green areas.









The Rocket officially “launches” Monday.

The Rocket is one component of a larger community-wide sustainability initiative.  Already, since Hommocks began using the Rocket just over two weeks ago, custodians have filled the Rocket with approximately 800 lbs. of food waste; that’s about an 86% reduction in trash, while feeding valuable resources into recycling and educating our students at the same time.

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