Media Questioned on Judgment of Television Station

Please call this number. Ask operator hard questions about why a demonstration of hundreds of people in WP was not covered this am at WPHS.  Escalate it – Ask to talk to the News Director  . I got a 30 sec in length weird audio clip of a news 12 segment followed by long hold…was very close to hanging up when her voice mail clicked on.  She got an earful from me. But I left my contact number. So who knows but let’s get the media to hear us.
Today was great. More demonstrations to come.
Many Thanks to Gedney Neighborhood Association board members and president, John Sheehan for organizing such a successful day.
Check out the North Street German School expansion devastation which is orders of magnitude smaller than what FASNY would be. Maybe this will wake people up …maybe sleepwalkers like the common council.
Anne Casey
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Journalism Treatment Questioned

John Bailey/WPCNR was there, covered the event and has a piece on his website.
However, after the first paragraph describing the event he then inserts a long statement by Geoff Thomson/PR for FASNY without closing the quotation marks around the statement so it is hard to understand where the statement ends and the reporting continues.
I take issue with this kind of journalism. He should be confronted why he gave preference to the FASNY spokesperson in the article.
Carry Kyzivat
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More Happened at Anti-Fasny Protest Than Reporter reported, Reader Says

I was somewhat disappointed with your story about the demonstration.  Instead of indicating that it was one of the City’s largest demonstrations in its history by volunteer residents the bulk of your report was dedicated to a PR release from FASNY’s paid spokesman that said nothing new but the same tired, stale arguments.  I was very surprised you did not mention how frequent the cars passing the demonstration honked their horns and raised their thumbs in support of the marchers.

I know you intend to report the facts fairly but this piece did not, in my view,  focus on what the real news was today.

Very truly yours,

John Sheehan

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8 NEIGHBORHOODS PROTEST FRENCH AMERICAN SCHOOL RIDGEWAY PROJECT WITH SIDEWALK WALK IN FRONT OF HIGH SCHOOL


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WPCNR FASNY-GO-ROUND. by John F. Bailey. April 25, 2015:

Over 100 persons from eight neighborhood associations staged a protest asking the Common Council of White Plains to deny the special permit the French American School of New York seeks to build a consolidated campus on the former Ridgeway Country Club.

The French American School of New York issued this statement to WPCNR in response:

“For more than four years the plan to create our School and the publicly-accessible Greens to Green open space Conservancy at the former Ridgeway Country Club has undergone the most intensive and exhaustive study and review of any development in White Plains history. The City’s elected officials, commissioners and departments, an array of expert consultants for both the School and the City, School staff, students and families and many White Plains residents have invested hundreds, if not thousands, of hours in this extended approval process.

The multiple public hearings have been closed and the thorough environmental studies dealing with every aspect of the plan have been officially adopted as SEQRA Findings by a 6 to 1 vote of the Common Council in December 2013. The School project is clearly better as a result of the input and careful planning that has transpired.  Currently, all involved are awaiting the final Site Plan and Special Permit vote by the Common Council.

Despite this lengthy and costly review, some area neighbors remain adamantly opposed to the School, as they have been from the start. Unsatisfied with the extensive revisions and improvements, traffic control measures, mandatory busing, reductions in the number of students, and the numerous other mitigation measures — many of which have resulted from their public input — they continue to try to defeat the planned School and Conservancy. Their attempt to legally challenge the approval process was dismissed by the New York State Supreme Court. Yet they continue to protest and oppose, often loudly.

It is worth noting that many of the neighbors and residents from across White Plains strongly support the School and Conservancy plan. Our supporters welcome 78 acres of public open space, with over 3 miles of walking trails and biking lanes, open daily from dawn to dusk, and at no cost to taxpayers. They also realize that FASNY will add to the educational, economic and environmental welfare of White Plains.

All of us at the French-American School of New York are eager to become active members of the White Plains community, as we have been in the other communities in Westchester County where we have had campuses throughout our 35-year history.

Geoff Thompson,  spokesman for the school said the school had no date yet from the city when the council would take up the matter again. (It currently awaits a Findings Statement from the Council, which will come when the Council feels all questions raised by envronmental review have been answered to the Common Council satisfaction.

Thompson said to his knowledge the school is not considering putting the property on the market at this time. Asked what progress the school had made in financing the project, Thompson said he would have to check with the French American School.

Ron Rhodes a resident of Gedney Farms who has published and written the city many times raising issues he feels the city has not examined closely enough, told WPCNR  he feels that the city is ignoring a covenant that went with the sale of the Ridgeway Country Club. That covenant dates back to 1925 the land was obtained. Rhodes said court decisions have upheld that covenants of the past are enforceable. The covenant Rhodes referred to stated that the land could only be used as a golf course.

John Sheehan, organizer of the protest said he was pleased with the turnout, and the number counted by a protester placed it at 150. Sheehan said he was planning another protest.

The demonstration was made on the sidewalk in front of White Plains High School. The group marched two or three abreast down to the YWCA and back to the entrance to the high school.

Sheehan said there were residents from the north end of town who marched and that participation was not limited to Ridgeway vicinity residents.

This reporter was told  that the prospect of closing Hathaway Land has faded and the city is working with FASNY on a reworking of the North Street entrance.

I was also told that persons attempting to sell their house in the vicinity of the threatended street have had buyers look at the home, liked it very much, but said they would not buy until they knew what was happening with the FASNY project.

 

 

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16% of White Plains 3rd to 8th Graders Opt Out of NYS Math Test–10% Opt out of English

WPCNR SCHOOL DAYS. From the White Plains City School District. April 23, 2015:

More students were kept out of NYS Math Tests the last two day in White Plains Public Schools than were opted out of the English Language Arts test last week.

A total of 146 students across grades 3 through 8 were held back by their parents, a total of 16% of the 3,213 eligible to take the tests, Michele Schoenfeld, Clerk to the Board of Education, reported to WPCNR.

lAST WEEK, totals were lower. According to official figures released today, 10% of the 3,213 students (327) eligible to take the ELA Test were held out of the tests by parents.

 

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White Plains Current Pay Meters by Phone System Will Cease Operation April 30– New System to Replace it.

WPCNR PARKING Press. From the White Plains Downtown Business Improvement District. (The BID) April 23, 2015:

Attention Pay-By-Phone Customers
The current meter pay by phone system is being discontinued effective April 30, 2015 at midnight. You will no longer be able to utilize the current system (either via the APP or at 888-450-7275) to pay for meter parking after that date. Please plan accordingly.

The City of White Plains Department of Parking will be introducing an exciting new system in early May. A better, cheaper service will be coming soon. Watch for new signs or go to www.cityofwhiteplains.com for updates.

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Astorino Delivers State of the County: No Tax Increase for 6 years in Row

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Department of Communications, Westchester County. April 22, 2015:

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino Wednesday delivered an optimistic and strong message in his annual State of the County address, stating that Westchester was “growing smarter, safer and stronger each day.”  Despite the increasing costs of Albany’s unfunded mandates and the automatic escalation of labor costs, Astorino said an increase to the county property tax levy was out of the question.

“It’s a pledge (not raising the tax levy) I have kept for five years and I am making it again tonight, because county government has to be on the side of every young person, couple, senior and business in Westchester that is struggling to make ends meet so they can stay here,” said Astorino.

To help hold the line on taxes, Astorino has held the line on spending.  This year’s county budget is less than the budget he inherited in 2010. Among the cost saving measures instituted to lower costs were actions to competitively bid inmate healthcare services, successfully transfer operation of county mental health clinics to not-for-profits and getting seven of eight government unions to agree to chip in for their health care.  These actions save the county $10 million per year.

The new $25 million Playland agreement with New York-based Standard Amusements will also save taxpayers money, as well as secure the long-term future of Playland. Standard Amusements will invest $23 million in capital improvements perhaps as soon as later this year, introduce new rides and attractions and make an up-front $2.25 million payment to the county and pay an annual fee of $300,000, that escalates each year.

In addition to the Playland agreement, Astorino highlighted other positive news in the past year:

  • The county’s Patriot Housing Initiative has found homes for 265 veterans (since 2013).
  • The Industrial Development Agency (IDA) assisted on 16 economic development projects that generated more than $400 million in private investment, along with 3,400 permanent and construction jobs.
  • The Local Development Corporation (LDC) assisted on a number of projects in the non-profit sector that generated $129 million and accounted for 1,600 jobs.
  • Capital projects investments are close to surpassing the $1 billion mark (since 2010) and help create over 2,000 construction jobs per year while providing needed rehabilitation to our roads, bridges, sewers and parks.
  • As part of Astorino’s Safer Communities initiative, more than 350 volunteers were trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid, and another 400 service providers and advocates were trained as “community champions” with the mission of being a go-to local resource in terms of awareness and education when it comes to suicide prevention.
  • The administering of Narcan was credited with saving 12 lives from heroin overdose in the past year. Police officers who went through the county Department of Health’s Narcan program administered the antidote.

Astorino hailed a recent Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision which said actions by HUD to financially penalize the county were indeed subject to judicial review, as a “major victory against an aggressive and overreaching federal government,” and a win for local zoning and home rule.  The county remains on schedule in fulfilling the terms of the 2009 federal housing settlement agreement with currently 223 units occupied and 454 units with financing in place.

Among the new initiatives unveiled by Astorino was the new Westchester Economic Development office that will open a Manhattan office at 125 Park Avenue, directly across from Grand Central Station.  The office will be functional and open for business starting in May. The purpose for the office is to aggressively promote Westchester’s many assets, offerings and competitive advantages to companies and entrepreneurs looking to leave New York State.  Astorino said, “Our message is simple. To those companies in New York City looking to Fairfield County or Jersey City, or perhaps the Carolinas, Florida or Texas, before you decide to leave New York State, you need to take a look at Westchester.”

The county’s new fatherhood initiative is designed to celebrate the critical role of the father, provide key tools and support, and help those in at-risk situations navigate and overcome potential barriers they may have to becoming effectively involved dads.  Former New York Knicks all-star Allan Houston was in attendance and his foundation will partner with the county in the initiative.  “Over the course of the past 50 years, the critically important role of the father in the family has been diminished,” said Astorino. “A good and present dad is good for moms and good for kids. And if the county can be a catalyst for strengthening families, then this may be the most important role the county ever plays.”

Astorino announced a new Safer Communities initiative with the development of a new mobile phone application called the Westchester Safety App. Expected to be available later this summer, the app will offer real-time traffic, weather and storm reports, and disaster preparedness tips via smart phones. It is being developed by Interlecta, a Westchester-based IT company, in conjunction with the county’s Department of Public Safety. The download of the app will be free, and there is no cost to taxpayers.

And coming in May, the county’s “A Job’s Waiting for You Training” program gets under way and matches long-term unemployed workers with hard to fill jobs in health care such as MRI technicians through a training program that, upon successful completion, guarantees the trainee a job. The goal is to place 500 individuals in four years and ultimately expand the program beyond the health care field.

Astorino concluded his speech by saying, “Westchester is a place we love, where we raise our families, run our businesses and call home. Our past is a source of pride, our future is bright and together we will continue to make Westchester smarter, safer and stronger.”

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Perfect Together! Carly Evans Is Maria. Zach Trimmer Is Tony– West Side Story with Dance-Mad Cast Energizes Stage with Street Cool, Daddio. City Heartbreak Hard and Majestic as NYC Gets

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Carly Evans Is Maria in Westchester Brosdway Theatre’s WEST SIDE STORY–as relative now as it was 58 years ago.She sings “I Feel Pretty– the young lady’s feeling that this song immortalized, a Maria for Our Time.

 

WPCNR STAGE DOOR. Theatrical Review by John F. Bailey. April 22, 2015:

I just met a girl named Maria…and I’m in love.

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Meeting a Girl Named Maria — Zach Trimmer–and Carly Evans glitter together

 She’s  Carly Evans and she and her “Tony,” of the West Side quintessential street gang “The Jets,”  powerfully belted out  by Zach Trimmer (above) are the couple you-want-to-be if you’re young and in love. All Photos by John Vecchiola, Courtesty, Westchester Broadway Theatre

The fates of Tony and Maria captured and broke the hearts of thousands of performances in 1957 and West Side Story is back at Westchester Broadway Theatre big time.

Carly Evans  and Zach Trimmer are Westchester Broadway Theatre perfect choice to bring back one of the game-changers of Broadway , the iconic West Side Story. Westchester BroadwayTheatre is the curator of great Broadway musicals for generations.  Director/Choreographer Barry McNab has brought WSS back to contemporary relevance nightly for the next three months —it speaks to us as much today as it did in 1957–

Westchester Broadway Theatre opened its revival of the show that changed musicals forever last week and picked this show because it holds up to the sands of time.

West Side Story introduced  contemporary modern jazz dance numbers composed by Leonard Bernstein and unforgettable ballads written by Stephen Sondheim (Maria, Tonight Tonight, I Feel Pretty) . It introduced dance choreographed by Jerome Robbins  to catchy edgy syncopated  beats that  make you  snap your fingers.

The courageous book tackled the theme of prejudice and hate between ethnic groups and examined the destructive contagion of mob behavior through the metaphors of the Latino Street Gang Sharks and the white Jets. When Tony a Jet falls for the Latino Maria, it is a love star-crossed by their ethnic incompatibility.

 The teaming of Ms. Evans and Mr. Trimmer is  a thrilling new duo you’ll hear a lot from in the future because they deliver the anxieties and joy of their conflicted relationship in their robust portrayal of  one of Broadway’s most famous couples

Carly Evans rich soprano elegantly thrillingly, hauntingly magically  evokes memories of Carol Lawrence who originally sang Maria in creating the role in this tale of teen gangs reflecting their parents’ prejudices in the 1950s. 

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Zach Trimmer as Tony–at the candy store– with Da Jets. “When you a Jet, You a Jet All the Way”

 

Mr. Trimmer’s take-charge baritone thunders through the house sending chills up your spine as he delivers everything Tony feels  that will the most jaded man will recognize that feeling when a woman just knocks you out on his great solos— the unforgettable, “Maria,” “Something’s Coming.”  

 Ms. Evans and Mr.Trimmer duet together poignantly on Tonight, Tonight .

Ms. Evans’ delightful “I Feel Pretty” flighty, with dance steps that make her look as if she’s walking on air,  winning you over with the joy of young love.

The energetic dancers of the two teenage gangs, Sharks and Jets deliver outstanding modern dance routines evoking the original show.  Kudos to the young men who really get into 1950s leather jacket swagger and cool: The Jets–Zach, Adam Soniak, Anthony Johnson, Kevin Santos, Scott Shedenhelm, Erik Magnus,and Tyler John Logan.

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Brandon Contreras as Bernardo, Leader of the Sharks (in the red jacket) at the high school dance,  is protective as Maria’s brother and Sharks’ leader—a Latino “Fonzi. “ His  role is strong and he  articulates concern for Maria, and a  conflicted reluctance to fight in the rumble as circumstances and what is expected of him by the gang lead him to his unexpected accidental death:

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Sharks Xavier Reyes, Michael Graceffa, Alexander Gil Cruz and Emilio Ramos do a joyous “ America” showing off their moves with the Sharks’ girlfriends who bring back teased, high hair to its original art form –“Way to go’s” to Ms Evans, Allison Thomas Lee, Arianna Rosario, Sarah Gawron and Kelsey Orem on this one. Also—a great job on “New Yawk” accents by all.

The Jet Gang opens with “When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet All the Way” and suddenly that old teen gang feeling is immediately placed…in that once and distant time that seems as fresh as today’s sad headlines.

The  Jet Boys relieve the tension in Act Two when the hunt is on for Tony by The Sharks to avenge Bernardo’s accidential stabbing by Tony who tries to stop the rumble.  The Jets “Officer Krupke” is a slapstick mocking blend of the neighborhood beat officer with pratfalls and hilarious timing.

The use of lighting by the Wizard of Light Andrew Gmoser in a red anger of hate hits the rough, realistic knife fight in the rumble captures the mindless prejudice of the time that is as real a problem today as it was 58 years ago when this show electrified Broadway.

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Allison Thomas Lee(left above  as Anita deserves special mention as Bernardo’s girl friend for bringing high believability to the role of Maria’s friend. She solos solidly and winningly in “America”  and recreates the role originally sung by Chita Rivera, and compliments Ms. Evans on the commiserating duets, “A Boy Like That” and “I Have a Love.” above.

The Second Act sorts out the converging discords that hate without reason breeds leaving heartbreak delivered in a way that magically uplifts.

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The Cast singing Tonight, Tonight

 

West Side Story recreates the Upper West Side of the 50s…through July 5. Box Office is 914-592-2222, for more go to www.BroadwayTheatre.com

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