Rabid Wild Cats in Peekskill Alert.

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WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From Westchester County Department of Health. February 19, 2003: A rabid wild cat found in Peekskill fed by residents along with other wild cats has been tested and found rabid, prompting a rabies warning to anyone who has fed this band of cats. The county strongly warns persons not to touch these cats or any wild cats for that matter. WPCNR on our own suggests not allowing your cats outside in the Peekskill area. The release follows giving particulars of where these cats were found.
The Westchester County Department of Health today issued a Rabies Alert to residents of Peekskill who may have had contact with an outdoor cat in the vicinity of Woodale Avenue in Peekskill. The cat tested positive for rabies and was euthanized on February 15. It is described as a male, longhaired, orange and white cat named, “Bella” and was part of a colony of stray cats in the neighborhood of Woodale Avenue that was fed by residents.

Other members of this colony may also be rabid. It is imperative that residents avoid contact with any of these animals.

“Anyone who believes that they, or their pet, may have had contact with this cat, or others in the neighborhood, should contact the Westchester County Department of Health immediately at (914) 813-5000 to assess their need for life saving rabies treatment,” stated Joshua Lipsman, M.D., M.P.H., Westchester County Commissioner of Health.

Dr. Lipsman warns that anyone bitten by a rabid animal or having contact with its saliva may need to receive immediate post-exposure rabies treatment.

“When administered early enough, before symptoms develop, the
treatment is 100% effective,” he said. “However, once symptoms occur, in humans or animals, the disease is fatal”, he added.

“It is imperative for pet owners to immunize their animals against rabies and to ensure that these vaccinations are kept up to date,” said Dr. Lipsman. “Previously vaccinated domestic animals such as dogs,
cats, and ferrets, that have experienced contact with this cat require a
booster vaccination within five days of exposure. Such incidents must be immediately reported to the health department,” he continued. “If residents have questions, they should call us at (914) 813-5000.

Dr. Lipsman added, “A change in an animal’s behavior is the
first sign of rabies. A rabid animal may become either abnormally
aggressive or unusually tame. It may lose fear of people and become excited and irritable, or, conversely appear particularly friendly and affectionate.

Staggering and frothing at the mouth are sometimes noted. Adults should encourage children to immediately tell an adult if they have been bitten or scratched by an animal and to refrain from touching unfamiliar animals.”

All animal bites or contacts with animals suspected of having
rabies must be reported to the Westchester County Department of Health at (914) 813-5000, 24 hours a day. For more information about rabies and its prevention, residents can also call the RABIES HOTLINE at (914) 813-5010 or visit the Health Department’s Website at
www.westchestergov.com/health.

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Shollenberger Withdraws Application for Judgeship.Hockley: She’s Back On Payroll

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WPCNR WHITE PLAINS LAW JOURNAL. By John F. Bailey. February 19, 2003: Councilman Glen Hockley today announced he had met with his attorney, Elizabeth Shollenberger. At that meeting, Hockley reported to WPCNR, Ms. Shollenberger told him she had withdrawn her name from consideration for the judgeship.

“She is now back as part of my legal team,” Hockley said, saying that asking her to resign, “was the only fair thing to do under the circumstances.”

Ms. Shollenberger most likely will be in court tomorrow representing Mr. Hockley when the quo warranto proceeding resumes in Supreme Court before Judge Francis Nicolai at 225 Martin Luther King Boulevard, the eighth Floor. Ms. Shollenberger is expected to present her answer to the Attorney General’s argument against Hockley’s motion that Judge Nicolai should recuse himself from the case.

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Money from Amy for the Sidewalks of White Plains.

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WPCNR ALBANY REPORT. From Assemblywoman Amy Paulin of the 88th Assembly District. February 19, 2003:Assemblywoman Amy Paulin announced today that she has secured $50,000 in State funding to assist the City of White Plains with sidewalk improvements around the development site currently under construction at the intersection of Bloomingdale Avenue, Maple Avenue and Paulding Street. The City has committed a total of $1,978,000 to this public/private partnership that will bring new retail, jobs and taxes to the City, County and the State.

“It is exciting to watch new retailers move into White Plains, and to anticipate the jobs and sales tax revenue that will follow,” said Assemblywoman Paulin. “I am pleased to be able to assist with the project’s progress.”

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Can You Spare a Shovel for a Senior? Feiner’s Snow Angels to the Rescue

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WPCNR GREENBURGH GAZETTE. From Greenburgh Town Supervisor, Paul Feiner. February 19, 2003: Paul Feiner has created a “Snow Angels” program, coordinating vol;unteers to shovel out snowbound senior citizens. If you are interested in volunteering to shovel for a senior, (for some extra dollars) contact 993-1540 or evenings, 478-1219. Here is Mr. Feiner’s message:
We desperately are looking for volunteers (and for people interested in making some dollars) to serve as snow angels. There are many senior citizens, people with disabilities, who can’t shovel their driveways when it snows. Some are on fixed incomes, others on the meals and wheels program (they may not have access to food if their driveways aren’t shoveled).

It’s getting increasingly difficult to find people to shovel. If you’d like to volunteer and become a snow angel (helping those on limited incomes) or if you’re interested in helping out by shoveling driveways for a fee please e mail me at pfeiner@greenburgh.com or call me at 993 l540 (office), 478 l2l9 (home). PAUL FEINER

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Hockley’s Attorney Applies for Same Judgeship as Nicolai’s Law Clerk

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WPCNR WHITE PLAINS LAW JOURNAL. By John F. Bailey. February 18, 2003: WPCNR learned Tuesday that one of Glen Hockley’s attorneys, Elizabeth Shollenberger, has joined Judge Francis Nicolai’s law clerk, Diane Lundin, and applied for the vacant judgeship on the White Plains City Court.

Within hours of learning for the first time late Tuesday that Ms. Shollenberger had applied for the position, Mr. Hockley asked her to resign as his attorney. Mr. Hockley told WPCNR his decision late Tuesday evening.

Ms. Schollenberger is the attorney formerly assisting Thomas Abinanti in Glen Hockley’s defense of the Attorney General’s quo warranto action against him on behalf of Larry Delgado. She is the author of the brief requesting Judge Nicolai recuse himself citing as one of the reasons for recusal, Ms. Lundin’s application for the city judgeship (that Mr. Hockley as a member of the White Plains Common Council would have to approve).

Mr. Hockley contacted WPCNR late last evening to report his decision to dismiss Ms. Shollenberger from his leagal team. The Councilman said that to be fair he could not demand the recusal of Judge Nicolai or removal of Ms. Lundin as law clerk on the quo warranto action if his own attorney on the case was also applying for the judgeship.

Application Just Under the Wire.

Ms. Shollenberger confirmed Tuesday afternoon to WPCNR that she had applied for the City Judgeship on February 9, the deadline for applicatios. This was five days after the Motion for recusal was filed (February 4). Asked why she had applied on the last day, Ms. Shollenberger said she had the application for some time and had simply waited until the deadline.

Ms. Shollenberger told WPCNR she applied for the judgeship because she felt her twenty years of experience qualified her to sit in White Plains and sit in judgement of the rights and responsibilities of individuals.

WPCNR asked Ms. Shollenberger why she felt her application for the judgeship was not a conflict of interest, whereas Ms. Lundin’s was. She said she was an advocate for Mr. Hockley, and made no secret of that, whereas Ms. Lundin’s position was that of a court attorney who is supposed to be neutral towards both parties, yet who could be perceived to have an interest in Mr. Hockley’s being on the council, or off of the Council.

Mysterious Leak

There is a mystery as to how Ms. Shollenberger’s application came to the attention of the media.

WPCNR contacted the Mayor’s Office to discover whether or not the list of applicants with the city’s Law Department could be released upon request. (The Law Department is where applications for the judgeship are rendered). George Gretsas, the Mayor’s Executive Officer, said the list of applicants was not subject to the Freedom of Information Act and that it was a matter of city policy that applications were not available to the general public for privacy reasons.

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Routine: White Plains DPW Tames “The Great White”

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WPCNR WEATHERSCOOP. By John F. Bailey. February 18, 2003: The City of White Plains was open for business at rush hour Tuesday morning taming the 15-1/2 to 18 inches of snow overnight. Roads at daybreak were clear in most neighborhoods, navigable and parking lots accessible. Motorists should use caution on turning into traffic at intersections due to high piles of snow on the corners.

The Cross Westchester Expressway was cleared with all three lanes wideopen. Motorists entering at entrances to I-287 should be aware the high piles of snow block your views of oncoming traffic in the right lane. Motorists should avoid traveling the far right lanes in both directions due to other cars attempting to enter the expressway. Roadbeds were cleared to the concrete and very little slush remained.

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WeatherScoop: Snow Winning. 14 to 18 Inches as of 4 PM. Triple Bypass?

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WPCNR WEATHER SCOOP. From National Weather Service. February 17, 2003: As of 4 PM Monday, the President’s Day Snow Storm had deposited from 14 to 18 inches of snow on White Plains with up to 18 inches on some flat terrain. Drifts up to 4 feet swirled into shovelled driveways, and built up on second story eves by whistling winds that were abating by late afternoon. City plows had hit most outer neighborhoods twice, but the snow kept on coming in, with a triple bypass needed. Roads into and out of neighborhoods were passable but traction tricky and slick. As of 5:30 PM, the edge of the storm to the West had passed over the New Jersey, Pennsylvania border. The complete National Weather Service Forecast predicts an end to the action by late afternoon-early evening. Here is the forecast:



AFTER TWO PLOWINGS by 4 PM, roads continued to take on snow at the rate of an inch an hour. Homes required two complete shovelings in 8 hours. Plowed Roads are slippery due to mix of sleet/snow at this hour.

Photo by WPCNR WeatherCam

…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DOWNGRADED THE BLIZZARD WARNING TO A WINTER STORM WARNING THROUGH EARLY EVENING…



FIND THAT ROAD: The view of Havilands Lane at 4:30 PM. Motorists are able to move out thanks to two plowings making outer neighborhood roads passable. The snowfall rate of an inch an hour is keeping city plow crews in a backtrack situation. View is from the WPCNR NewsCenter.
Photo by WPCNR WeatherCam


SNOW WILL TAPER OFF TO PERIODS OF LIGHT SNOW THIS AFTERNOON FROM SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST. THIS SNOW WILL POSSIBLY MIX WITH SLEET…ESPECIALLY NEAR THE COAST. STRONG WINDS WILL STILL GUST TO NEAR 40 MPH AT TIMES…VISIBILITIES BELOW 1/4 OF A MILE ARE NOT EXPECTED TO BE WIDESPREAD. WHILE WHITEOUT CONDITIONS ARE NO LONGER
EXPECTED…DRIVING CONDITIONS WILL REMAIN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.

A FEW INCHES OF ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATION ARE STILL POSSIBLE… ESPECIALLY IN SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT…WHERE THE STEADY SNOW WILL LINGER THE LONGEST. TOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS BY THE TIME THIS STORM WINDS DOWN THIS EVENING SHOULD RANGE FOR THE MOST PART BETWEEN 1 1/2 AND 2 FEET.

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WPCNR CINEMASCOOP: Harry Avery’s Oscar Picks

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WPCNR WHITE PLAINS VARIETY. CINEMASCOOP by Film Buff Harry Avery. February 16, 2003: WPCNR’s film critic, Harry Avery has been digesting the films of the 02-03 season and weighs in with his picks for Oscar winners. May we have the envelope, please?
Performance by an actor in a leading role

Daniel Day-Lewis in “Gangs of New York” (Miramax)
–Having been coaxed out of being a cobbler in Italy specially for this role, Day-Lewis did a brilliant job and deserves the Oscar-not that it’s hard to outshine the accents of DiCaprio and Diaz.

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

John C. Reilly in “Chicago” (Miramax)
–This was the Year of John C. Reilly, giving him four movies, three with noticeable roles (Chicago, Gangs, and The Hours). He deserves this for a lifetime of unrecognition.

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Kathy Bates in “About Schmidt” (New Line)
–Outshining the great Jack Nicholson is no easy task, but Bates pulls it off in her own classic style.

Best animated feature film of the year

“Lilo & Stitch” (Buena Vista)
–Despite the big names in “Ice Age” and Matt Damon in “Spirit”, this movie was both heartwarming and entertaining–something the whole family could enjoy together.

Best documentary feature

“Bowling for Columbine” (United Artists and Alliance Atlantis) Michael Moore and Michael Donovan
–In his long-awaited Oscar nomination, Michael Moore shines in this brilliant, hard-hitting, and occasionally tear-jerking look and gun control and teen violence.

Achievement in film editing

“Chicago” (Miramax) Martin Walsh
–It’s not easy to convert an audience-pandering musical into a fantasy-inpiring movie, but Walsh pulls this off brilliantly.

Achievement in makeup

“Frida” (Miramax) John Jackson and Beatrice De Alba
–If just for making one of the most beautiful actresses of our time into the unibrow-ed Frida Kahlo.

Achievement in music in connection with motion pictures (Original score)

“Catch Me If You Can” (DreamWorks) John Williams
–The man is a god amongst men in composing.

Achievement in music in connection with motion pictures (Original song)

“Lose Yourself” from “8 Mile” (Universal) Music by Eminem, Jeff Bass and Luis Resto Lyric by Eminem
–An unlikely winner, but one has to imagine that the oft-violent Eminem would not be invited to such a red carpet event unless he had a purpose.

Best motion picture of the year

“Chicago” (Miramax) A Producer Circle Co., Zadan/Meron Production
Martin Richards, Producer

–How the Two Towers got in here, I’ll never know, but this movie is possibly one of the greatest stage adaptations of our time. Far outshining “Moulin Rouge” this movie has it all.

Achievement in sound/Achievement in sound editing

“The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, (New Line) Michael Hedges and Hammond Peek; Ethan Van der Ryn and Michael Hopkins (New Line)
–Two Towers, though not one of the best films of the year, absolutely deserves technical awards galore.

Achievement in visual effects

“The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook (New Line) and Alex Funke

–This widescreen extravaganza was just as gripping and visually enticing, if not more so, as its predecessor.

Screenplay based on material previously produced or published

“Adaptation” (Sony Pictures Releasing) Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman

–Goes without saying that this brilliant and original adaptation (an oxymoron not heard often) should win. The only question is if an honorary award will be given in memory of Charlie Kaufman’s fictional brother, Donald.

Screenplay written directly for the screen

“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (IFC/Gold Circle Films) Written by Nia Vardalos
–Comedies are infrequently at best nominated in this category, or indeed in most categories, but aren’t the Oscars about making dreams come true?

–Harry Avery

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Weather Scoop: Blizzard ’03 Continues to Early Evening. 10 Inches So Far

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WPCNR WEATHER SCOOP. From the National Weather Service. February 17, 2003 UPDATED 12:15 PM:A furious snowstorm with winds gusting to 20 miles per hour and up paralyzed White Plains this morning, with 10 inches of snow, drifts up to 2 feet already fallen by 12 noon. Side roads and arteries disappeared from view, obscured by snow at daybreak.

White Plains “Mosquito Plows” were clearing side streets in the neighborhoods by midmorning. The snow is expected to continue until early evening. Snow was falling at the rate of an inch an hour by 12 noon, winds had wound down considerably, not as gusty. Clearing Tuesday with highs near 40. The complete Weather Forecast as of Noon follows:



ROADS UNRECOGNIZABLE AT 7 AM: The view from the WPCNR News Center indicates the extent of snowfall at daybreak Monday morning.
Photo by WPCNR WeatherWatch


URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE UPTON NY
1123 AM EST MON FEB 17 2003
…MAJOR WINTER STORM AFFECTING THE TRI-STATE REGION…

A NOR’EASTER WILL CONTINUE TO TRACK NORTHEASTWARD PASSING SOUTHEAST OF THE TRI-STATE REGION. SNOW WHICH BEGAN SUNDAY EVENING IN OUR REGION WILL CONTINUE TO BE HEAVY AT TIMES TODAY INTO THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE STARTING TO TAPER OFF TOWARD EVENING.

OCCASIONAL BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO ACCOMPANY THIS STORM AS WINDS SHOULD GUST BETWEEN 35 AND 45 MPH AT TIMES.

HEAVY SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO FALL THROUGHOUT MUCH OF THE DAY. THIS SNOW MAY MIX WITH SLEET ALONG THE COAST AT TIMES…BEFORE TAPERING OFF TOWARD EVENING. OCCASIONAL BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED AS WINDS WILL GUST BETWEEN 35 AND 45 MPH AT TIMES. THIS WILL PRODUCE
WHITEOUT CONDITIONS WHICH WILL MAKE DRIVING EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.

TOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS BY THE TIME THIS STORM HEADS OUT TO SEA TONIGHT SHOULD RANGE FOR THE MOST PART BETWEEN 1 1/2 AND 2 FEET.

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