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THE PRESIDENT’S VISIT

THE DWI CHARGE AND HUGH FOX

WP SCHOOLS CURRICULUM MANAGEMENT CHANGE

WHAT THE SCHOOL SCORES REALLY SHOW IN WHITE PLAINS: A LOST GENERATION?

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HUD MOVES TO PLACE ALL HOMELESS VETERANS IN APARTMENTS WITH NON-VETERANS NEXT

BROTHER JIMMY’S COMES TO MAMARONECK AVENUE

JOE DILLON LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN AGAINST GEORGE LATIMER

WHITE PLAINS WEEK DRONE CAM TOURS  NEW LYON PLACE GARAGE

FASNY VENUE MOVE

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Photographs of the Day: President Walks Westchester Soil. Arrives on schedule; motorcades to fundraisers. Does Not Mingle with Press on Arrival.

WPCNR WASHINGTON OBSERVER. By John F. Bailey. August 29, 2014:

The President is with us.

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Air Force One on the horizon, a beacon at first, then the majestic dignified sweep of light blue wings! It sent chills up your spine at the promise, the dignity, the gravity, the responsibility of the office that every President brings with them everywhere they go.

Air Force One arrived as scheduled landing out of the northwest  this afternoon, first just a bright light in the puffy cloud blue horizon at 1:50 P.M. majestically touched down and rolled out on Runway 16, taxiing  back up the runway and pulled to a stop on Taxiway Charlie.

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President Barack Obama deplaning at Westchester County Airport today

 

His awaiting motorcade entourage pulled up aside the plane as about twenty reporters watched from behind barricades 100 feet away.

The President emerged from the front of the aircraft, waved at the top of the staircase rolled up to the side of the plane, and  descended, businesslike to the tarmac, shaking hands with Ron Belmont, the Mayor of Harrison (the only official invited to greet the President at his plane arrival according to the Secret Service).

Without so much as an acknowledgement of the press, the President quickly entered his limousine. The motorcade pulled out in brusque, businesslike fashion on route to a fundraiser somewhere in Harrison with another  money maker scheduled in New Rochelle this evening.

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Ron Belmont, Mayor of Harrison fielding questions from the press about how you make small talk with the President of the United States. Mayor Belmont was the only official invited to greet Mr. Obama on arrival.

Ron Belmont told WPCNR the President was cordial,friendly, welcoming and told Mr. Belmont “what a wonderful area Harrison is.” Belmont was beseiged by the press for nuggets of Obama news after the motorcade left for its undisclosed Harrison fundraising party. But Mayor Belmont was very discreet.

Secret Service personnel advised reporters President Obama would be flying to Rhode Island for a fundraiser in Newport early Friday evening and returning to Washington D.C. for the evening after  the Newport function. He is expected to return to  to Westchester tomorrow afternoon to attend a wedding in Pocantico Hills.

 

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PRESIDENT OBAMA TO USE WHITE PLAINS AIRPORT FOR WESTCHESTER VISIT. Springboard to Fundraising Events.

 

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. Special to WPCNR by Peter Katz August 28, 2014: UPDATED 7:55 E.D.T. UPDATED 1:50 P.M. August 29, 2014:

Although Westchester County Airport is not located within the city limits of White Plains, it nonetheless takes the White Plains name when described as a destination. So, it can be said that President Obama will be spending considerable time in White Plains, at least at the airport.

From Friday afternoon through the late Saturday nightthe airport will become the scene of intensely tight security, national media attention, and the power of the Presidency as Air Force One brings President Obama to the airport for his visit to Westchester and subsequent northeast travels. Westchester County Airport also will be used as the departure/arrival point for a quick trip to Rhode Island.

The President is scheduled to attend private events in Purchase and New Rochelle to raise money for the Democratic National Committee. 

The Rhode Island trip will take him to Newport, for an event to raise funds designated for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Ticket prices, in the $20-thousand and $30-thousand range, will limit attendance at these events to select groups of contributors. 

While plans call for Mr. Obama to spend a large portion of the holiday weekend doing fundraising activities both in and out of Westchester, the traveling White House and staff ensure that he is never really out of touch with world events.

Corporate and personal flight activity at the Westchester airport will be interrupted, and those flights which are allowed to take place will be subjected to TSA screening and searches. The Federal Aviation Administration is imposing heavily restricted airspace around Westchester, with lesser restrictions throughout the New York metro area.

There will be periods when the airport is entirely shut down to facilitate movements of personnel and aircraft serving the Presidential activities.

It is expected, however, that the impact on airline operations at the airport will not be as severe as it is expected to be on corporate and personal flights. Passengers may notice stepped up security and police presence, especially around the times that the President is at the airport. Activities involving the President and Presidential aircraft will be kept away from the passenger terminal building.

The President is scheduled to arrive at about 1:35 p.m. on Friday, and normally would be expected to greet dignitaries, friends and others gathered at the airport. Presidents typically do not make arrival speeches or conduct news conferences at airports, but there have been exceptions.

The President is expected to depart Westchester County Airport in a motorcade. It is not clear how long he will be at the airport, although a source had indicated it might be as long as two hours. The President is scheduled to return to the airport at about 5:00, and then board Air Force One for the trip to Rhode Island.

The President is scheduled to return to Westchester late Friday night. Plans call for him to remain in the New York metro area through Saturday, leaving White Plains for Washington sometime late Saturday night..

There will be numerous road closing as the President travels in the area by motorcade. As of Wednesday afternoon, no events were scheduled to be open to the general public.

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City Plans Two Remembrances of White Plains Residents Who Died on 9/11

WPCNR RECALL. From the White Plains Department of Recreation and Parks. August 29, 2014:

This year, the City of White Plains will remember and honor those who lost their lives and worked to help others on September 11, 2001 in two special ways.
The City of White Plains Personnel Department and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive on Tuesday, September 9th at City Hall, 255 Main Street, 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Donating just one pint of blood can save up to three lives and is a truly meaningful way to give back to our community and our country, and to honor the heroes of 9/11. Participation is open to all. Pre-registration is available at www.redcrossblood.org. Please use sponsor code WPCITYHALL.

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The 9/11 Memorial in Liberty Park, White Plains.

On Thursday, September 11th, six American flags will fly from City Hall as homage to the six residents of White Plains who lost their lives on that day in 2001. The Recreation and Parks Department will hold a remembrance service at 8:00 a.m. at Liberty Park on Lake Street, the City’s permanent memorial site for these residents. The ceremony will include the raising of an Operation Freedom flag, wreath laying, prayer and poem reading.
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BROTHER JIMMY’S– STANDARD IN SOUTHERN BARBECUE LANDING AT FORMER BUTTERFIELD 8

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BROTHER JIMMY’S THE HOT MANHATTAN BARBEQUE HANGOUT WITH NUMEROUS LOCATIONS IN MANHATTAN WILL BE FILLING THE AIR WITH THE IRRESISTIBLE AROMAS OF PULLED PORK, RIBS, AND THE FEEL OF A REAL COLLEGE BAR AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK RUMOR HAS IT AS THEY TAKE OVER THE SPACE WHERE BUTTERFIELD 8 USED TO BE (SHOWN BELOW). IT’S THE BARBEQUE THAT WHITE PLAINS HAS LONG NEEDED. SOUTHERN STYLE

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WPCNR DOWNTOWN STRIP. August 26, 2014:  

WPCNR has learned that Butterfield 8 undergoing renovations, will be opening next week as a Brother Jimmy’s the downtown Manhattan “go-to-to-meet-up-watch-the-game-and-see-your-buds-from-the-old-alma-ter-place.”

Brother Jimmy’s has announced on its website that they are now hiring for the White Plains location at 147 Mamaroneck Avenue.

University of Michigan alums in New York go to Brother Jimmy’s to catch the Wolverine games, and next weekend  – when UM plays Appalacian State to open their season, the U of M Westchester alumni are switching to Lola’s prior to their Brother Jimmy’s opening game next week..

Brother Jimmy’s according to our sources delivers southern barbecue, wings, the fishbowl cocktail with an aligator floating in it…and a conviviality the 20-somethings and 30-somethings love because it approximates the feel of those old college hangouts without the stiff formality of restaurants and without the younger crowd.

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BOARD OF LEGISALTORS APPROVES ICE CASINO OPERATOR CONTRACT. KAPLOWITZ CRITICIZES BIEDERMAN $100.000 CONTRACT

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Playland Ice Casino (at far right) on the Boardwalk at Playland last Spring.

CNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Westchester County Board of Legislators Press Office. (Edited) August 25, 2014:

The Westchester County Board of Legislators voted to approve a 10 year management agreement with Playland Ice Casino LLC, a subsidiary of American Skating Entertainment Centers LLC, to operate the Ice Casino last Thursday. American Skating Entertainment Centers also runs the Westchester Skating Academy in Elmsford.

The newly refurbished ice casino will open in September after the county has taken two years to repair the rink from Hurricane Sandy damage.

According to the management agreement, the new operator of the Ice Casino will “be responsible for all activities and operations of any kind and nature whatsoever conducted within the Ice Casino, including but not limited to learn-to-skate and learn-to-play hockey classes, public skating, in-house ice hockey programs, kids first hockey program, travel and high school hockey, freestyle skating, summer camps, concessions, special events and seasonal activities, and sponsorships.”

Chairman Kaplowitz cited the agreement with American Skating as the model that Westchester County should employ regarding operations of the amusement park.

(Editor’s Note: According to the Journal News, American Skating will pay the county $380.000 in year one, $250,000, year two, and 2% more each year for the next eight years. The contract calls for American Skating to make $640,000 in facilities in the next year and a half.

American Skating will pay the county  25% of revenue over $1.6 Million, the County Department of Communications said to The Journal News,\. The County Department of Communications did not send out a press release on the contract, and the Board of Legislators did not send out this press release until this afternoon, but that release did not includ details of the contract or why the contract with American Skating is a better arrangement. )

“American Skating was chosen through the County Executive’s RFP like the prospective amusement park operators.  A focused approach to finding public/private partnership opportunities for each of the parks operations was central to the County Executives plan to mitigate the cost to taxpayers of running the park.  The management agreement with American Skating is exactly that type of partnership.  I commend the County Executive for the efforts his Administration has made to improve park operations.  I think it is time to wrap up the reviews and take action.”

Sustainable Playland Principal’s  Contract to Analyze Playland Ops Approved Over Kaplowitz’s Objection.

At the Board of Acquisition and Contracts (A&C) meeting on Thursday, August 21st, Board of Legislators (BOL) Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D) Somers, voted against a $100,000 contract to hire a consultant, Biederman Redevelopment Ventures Corp. (BRV) to analyze the operations of Playland Amusement Park.

The proposal, which will run through November 2014, came from County Executive Rob Astorino.  Ultimately the contract was approved by 2-1 vote.

Chairman Kaplowitz said, “I do not support this consulting contract for $100,000 to review Playland’s operations and make recommendations regarding opportunities for management of Playland Park and its facilities.  I feel the cost is too high and I also believe that this additional review of Playland will jeopardize our chances of finding an operating partner for the 2015 season.”   Kaplowitz noted, “The County Executive has already identified the top three operators for the amusement park through an RFP process.  While the County Executive’s top choice Sustainable Playland Incorporated, did not pass muster with the BOL, I believe that the County Executive’s second and third choices to run the park are both promising alternatives.”

The BOL Committee on Labor, Parks, Planning and Housing will be meeting on September 4th with Standard Amusements and Central Amusements International, the runners up in the County Executive’s search for operators of the amusement park.  The BOL could  vet both of these companies and reach a management agreement in time to hand over operations for next season.

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FASNY HEARING MOVED TO WHITE PLAINS HIGH SCHOOL on Monday, September 8

WPCNR FASNY NEWS. From the Mayor’s Office. August 25, 2014:

The City Clerk announced today that the third concurrent hearings on the French American School of New York application for a Special Permit to build a 5 building campus on the former Ridgeway Country Club and its concurrent hearing on the closure of Hathwa lane will move to the much larger venue, the White Plains High School auditorium on Monday,  September 8, beginning at 6:30 P.M. Citizens wishing to speak must sign up at 5 P.M. in the audtorium lobby. Citizens who have already spoken at previous hearings may not speak again.

The change comes after three months of intense lobbying and e-mailing by Gedney Association members who claimed the Common Council Chambers were too small and witnessing the hearings on closed circuit television on screens in the halls of the city hall rotunda was hot, inconvenient and inhibited attendance.

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At Long Last, Lyons Place Garage of the 21st Century Opens Today

 

WPCNR THE PARKING NEWS. From The Mayor’s Office. August 25, 2014:

In March 2013, the City of White Plains acquired the Lyon Place Garage from the Esplanade Assisted Care Facility. The garage had fallen into a state of disrepair and had been closed to the public. Recognizing its importance to shoppers and businesses, the City acquired the garage with the intention of replacing it with a new, state-of-the-art, eight-story parking facility.

The City acquired the property from the Esplanade at no cost in exchange for a 99 year occupancy agreement pursuant to which the Esplanade will have use of 161 parking spaces and pay a pro rata share of operating costs. The City began demolition of the old garage in May 2013 and after demolition proceeded immediately with construction of the new garage.

The project will make a significant contribution to the economic vitality and growth of the Post Road corridor. The new facility will have 619 parking spaces, with 458 spaces available to the public to support the workforce, shoppers, diners, and visitors.

A formal ribbon cutting ceremony will occur in September. Details to follow.

September parking permits for the new garage will go on sale immediately and can be purchased at the Lexington-Grove East garage office (located adjacent to Macy’s at the Galleria). Call the Lexington-Grove East garage office at 422-1392 for details. As in the City’s other garages, the Lyon Place garage will utilize multi-space meters. The multi-space meters accept cash (coins and bills) or credit cards and offer the “pay by cell” option. The “pay by cell” account is connected to your Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover card. In addition, if you forget how “pay by cell,” the receipt from the multi-space meter provides instructions.

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Photographs of the Day

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Phantom of the Past: a speedboat Cabin Cruiser from the 20s or 30s  Gatsby style slices jauntily through the Hudson River off Cold Spring, NY Sunday. Its rumble and throaty growl evoked confidence, swagger, zing, zip and ginger

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Lingering  Lily, the latest these daily showcase flowers have ever lasted in summer’s last blush this morning.

 

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