Armistice Day Passes the Torch of Regret and Memory

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WPCNR STARS AND STRIPES. By John F. Bailey. Originally published November 11, 2015:

It is the 11th day of the 11th month, and it is 1918. Armistice Day the day when World War I “The Great War to end all Wars” officially ended. Sadly, the way “The Great War” ended and subsequent reparations penalties on Germany, was the beginning of a century of war:  the Spanish Civil War,  World War II, the Holocaust, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the 6-Day War,  the first Iraq War. 

 In the White Plains Rural Cemetary, White Plains will hold its annual remembrance.the event.

It is cold rainy miserable in White Plains this morning vaguely reminiscent of the trenchs of the Somme in that “Great War.”  There is no great war.

I wrote the piece that follows in 2013 that delivers some of the feelings of all Armistice Days

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I attended the Veterans Day Ceremony in White Plains Rural Cemetery Monday.  I met Ross Marsico,(above) the 90 year old  veteran of World War II who fought with the Third Army in France, Belgium and Germany. He was wounded by shrapnel, spent 45 days in a hospital THEN returned to active duty.

Mr. Marsico returned to the USA and spent 30 years as an active policeman in Harrison. He was honored as the 2013 Veteran’s Day Honoree

Mr. Marsico is a native of White Plains, just turned 90 yesterday, is an outstanding person to have the honor to meet. When he was asked questions how he felt about being  honored, he said he just represented all the other veterans and every day people who had served, that it was not about him. Then he teared up.

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Veterans day makes you tear up.

Chaplain Bob Donnelly of American Legion Post 135 in the invocation observed that the gathering was there to honor persons who had written a “blank check to the United States of America, good for everything including their life in service to their country.”

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Adele Zucker(above , Past President of Jewish War Veterans Ladies Auxiliary, said  Veterans day was to honor the veterans who came back and have contributed so much to their hometowns in addition to their military service. 

Chaplain Bob Donnelly noted that when he returned from the Vietnam war he was spat upon by a woman in an airport and called a baby killer, and observed today’s veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan  conflicts are much more respected.

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Then came brief  inspiration remarks by the Mayor, Tom Roach, who proclaimed Monday Veteran’s Day in White Plains  and U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Jason Freeland(below)

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Sergeant Freeland, in his most recent tour, was responsible for training Afghan army and police recruits. He is now head of recruiting for the Marines in White Plains. He mentioned how honored he was to be among the veterans attending, and how it was their and those like them whose service that make it possible for him and today’s servicemen and women to perform and live up to the veterans’ example. This  truth was echoed again how you serve matters and it is an inspiration to those who come after you.

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Mayor Roach with Commandant Jack Collins of American Legion Post 135  places the Mayor’s Veteran’s Day Board Wreath at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

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The Home Defense Wreathis placed by members of the White Plains Police and Fire Department

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Dennis Jones, left, places the White Plains Historical Society Wreath. Joan Steere , Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution placed the final commemorative wreath.

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The White Plains Middle School Band played Anchors Aweigh, The Caissons Go Rolling Along, The Marines Hymn, Semper Fidelis (Coast Guard), and Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder (Air Force).

Crisp. Inspiring, evoking the rich traditions and pride and sacrifice of the American armed forces.

As the gathering left, the tent was folded, and the crowd drifted away, until another Memorial Day another Veterans Day.

I remained and watched the tombstones of the Revolutionary War Dead…names no longer readable on the stones, they still spoke as one.

Cemeteries like the White Plains Rural Cemetery inspire by the testimony of the simple stones, the tiny flags denoting veterans and the stones too of every day people of long ago who lived well. As I read their stones I wonder what their lives were like their thoughts, their actions in that long ago time.

Cemeteries are not places of regret, but, instead inspiration to ignite in us, with their  memories, to continue to work on our own lives and live up to the examples of persons like the veterans still with us and those who have departed.060

Rifle Salute to the Departed Veterans by American Legion Post #135, was followed by Taps, played by Bob Freis

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The veterans are getting older.

James Dwyer of American Legion Post 135 was scheduled  to read Flanders Field. He could not  due to illness according to Commander Jack Collins. This is the touching poem penned in World War I, Mr. Dywer would have read. He could not, so I will publish it for him.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders field

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FASNY: THE END IS NEAR

 WPCNR NEWS AND COMMENT. By John F. Bailey. November 9, 2017:

TO HEAR THE SOUTH END GEDNEY ASSOCIATION TELL IT, THE FRENCH AMERICAN SCHOOL OF NEW YORK PLAN TO BUILD A NEW CAMPUS ON THE OLD RIDGEWAY COUNTRY CLUB IS STILL A FIERY ISSUE IN WHITE PLAINS.

HOWEVER, THAT HAS NOT APPEARED TO EFFECT MAYOR TOM ROACH’S POPULARITY IN THE LEAST.

OVER THE LAST 6 YEARS —(THIS JANUARY IT WILL BE 7 YEARS IN DISCUSSIONS), THE FASNY SAGA THE LIKE OF HAS BEEN A HISTORIC EXERCISE IN INERTIA. I HAVE AND THE CITY HAS SUFFERED THROUGH, SITE PLANS, BEHIND-THE-SCENES MANEUVERS, STRIDENT CITIZEN PARTICIPATION, AN ENTRANCE ON RIDGEWAY, AN ENTRANCE ON NORTH STREET, NOW BACK TO AN ENTRANCE ON RIDGEWAY. THE PROCESS HAS MADE LEGAL FIRMS AND CONSULTANTS SWIMMING POOLS OF MONEY LIKE SCROOGE McDUCK.

THE FASNY SAGA IS THE STUFF MOVIE CLASSICS ARE MADE OF.

THROUGH THIS PERIOD, THE ROACH ADMINISTRATION HAS IN EFFECT MANAGED TO DELAY BY INTENTION OR JUST BY THE INERTIA OF GOVERNMENT BY PROCEDURE—MOVING THE  APPROVAL OR DENIAL FARTHER OUT.

BUT THE END IS NEAR. MAYBE.

LAST MONTH THE COMMON COUNCIL SCHEDULED A SPECIAL MEETING TO DISCUSS THE NEW, IMPROVED FASNY SITE PLAN. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THEY HAVE MET ON IT TO ATTEMPT PROGRESS SINCE THE CITY DENIED THE FIRST PLAN IN AUGUST 2015.

A JUDGE THEN FOUND THE CITY HAD DELAYED THE PROCESS AND CALLED FOR A REVOTE  

AFTER FASNY SUED THE CITY,  THE CITY REACHED AN AGREEMENT WITH FASNY TO CONSIDER A NEW PLAN AND THE JUDGE SET UP AN EXPEDITED TIMETABLE FOR THE PROCESS TO CONSIDER THE NEW PLAN.

THAT NEW PLAN PUTTING THE ENTRANCE BACK ON RIDGEWAY IS WHAT THE COMMON COUNCIL CAME TO DISCUSS TWO AND A HALF YEARS AFTER THAT AUGUST 15, 4-3 DENIAL OF THE NORTH STREET ENTRANCE.

 THE COUNCIL RAISED SOME ISSUES ON THE NEW REVISED PLAN  AT THEIR SPECIAL MEETING THE THIRD WEEK IN OCTOBER.

THE COUNCIL QUESTIONS WERE ASKED WITHOUT A REVIEW OF THE PLAN BY THE FRENCH AMERICAN SCHOOL OF NEW YORK.  THE FASNY SPOKESMAN, GEOFF THOMPSON TOLD THIS REPORTER THE COMMON COUNCIL DID NOT REQUEST A FORMAL OVERVIEW OF THE PLAN TO BE SHOWN AT THAT MEETING. SO THE PUBLIC VIEWING THE MEETING WHICH WAS POORLY MIKED AND HARD TO UNDERSTAND EVEN WHEN VIEWING IN THE CHAMBER AND ESPECIALLY UNHEARABLE ON TELEVISION AT HOME. AT LEAST ONE CALL CAME IN FROM A VIEWER COMPLAINING THE TELEVISION FEED WAS UNHEARABLE.

AT THE MEETING NADINE HUNT-ROBINSON, THE COUNCILPERSON WHOSE VOTE KILLED THE FORMER PLAN THAT WOULD HAVE CLOSED HATHAWAY LANE AND HAD ENTRANCE FROM NORTH STREET BY WHITE PLAINS HIGH SCHOOL SAID SHE WAS STILL CONCERNED ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES.

SHE SAID SHE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE DOUBTS RAISED BY CITIZENS ABOUT ABOUT FASNY DEVELOPING OTHER PARCELS OF THE PROPERTY A PROCESS KNOWN AS “SEGMENTATION”.

SHE SUGGESTED THESE DOUBTS ABOUT FUTURE DEVELOPMENT COULD BE PUT TO REST BY PROHIBITING ANY OTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE REST OF THE COUNTRY CLUB PROPERTY FOR 50 YEARS.

THIS  WOULD APPEAR TO BE A WAY THE HUNT-ROBINSON VOTE MIGHT BY MOVED TO “YES.”

PREVIOUSLY HUNT-ROBINSON VOTED AGAINST THE CLOSING HATHAWAY PLAN BECAUSE OF SAFETY ISSUES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS.

COUNCILMAN DENNIS KROLIAN, ANOTHER NEGATIVE VOTE ON THE FASNY ISSUE RAISED AN ISSUE OVER POLICE MONITORING OF TRAFFIC AT THE MAMARONECK AVENUE AND RIDGEWAY INTERSECTION ON WHETHER IT WOULD BE MONITORED AT ALL BY THE WHITE PLAINS POLICE. THE POLICE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER SAID THE POLICE WOULD MONITOR IF THEY RECEIVED COMPLAINTS.

THE THIRD NEGATIVE VOTER ON THE NORTH STREET ENTRANCE IN AUGUST 2015, MILAGROS LECUONA ALSO MADE A DEMAND THAT ANY APPROVAL RESOLUTION SHOULD PERMANENTLY CAP THE FASNY NUMBER OF STUDENTS ATTENDING THE CAMPUS AT 615.

OBSERVERS OF THIS MEETING SEEMED TO FEEL THAT ROBINSON-HUNT HAD SET OUT HER CRITERIA FOR  GETTING TO YES AND “APPROVAL.”

WHETHER FASNY WOULD AGREE TO A STIPULATION THAT WOULD MAKE THE REST OF THE PROPERTY UNATTRACTIVE TO A POTENTIAL FUTURE BUYER OR POSITIVE USE OF THE PROPERTY UNDER FUTURE ADMINISTRATIONS IS A BIG QUESTION.

WHEN A RESOLUTION WOULD BE READY AND HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE TO HAMMER OUT A RESOLUTION WITH RESTRICTIONS  FASNY COULD LIVE WITH WITHOUT FILING ANOTHER LAWSUIT, IS UNCERTAIN AT THE TIME OF THIS REPORT.

YOU COULD LOOK FOR IT IN DECEMBER OR AT A SPECIAL MEETING OR JANUARY OR FEBRUARY. PERHAPS AT A NEW YEAR’S EVE MEETING, A FEW MINUTES BEFORE MIDNIGHT

 THIS MAKES MY PREDICTION THAT FASNY WOULD NOT BE VOTED ON BEFORE THE 2017 NOVEMBER ELECTION A REALITY. THOSE ELECTED IN NOVEMBER DID NOT HAVE TO DEAL WITH ANY FASNY FALLOUT. HOW DID I KNOW THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN? JUST LUCKY, I GUESS.

 

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Ron McCurdy’s LANGSTON HUGHES PROJECT

Saturday, November 18 @ 8pm

White Plains Performing Arts Center

White Plains Performing Arts Center is proud to present Ron McCurdy’s LANGSTON HUGHES PROJECT on Saturday, November 18 at 8:00 pm. 

A joyous celebration of music, spoken word and visuals, The Langston Hughes Project is performed by the impressively versatile Dr. Ron McCurdy (as narrator and on trumpet) and his talented group of musicians (on piano, bass and drums) who make heads bob, fingers snap and feet tap throughout.
This soundtrack of the 60s has a message that resonates as strongly today as ever.

The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’s kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite Ask Your Mama which was his homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s. It is a twelve-part epic poem which was scored with musical cues drawn from blues and Dixieland, gospel songs, boogie woogie, bebop and progressive jazz, Latin “cha cha” and Afro-Cuban mambo music, German lieder, Jewish liturgy, West Indian calypso, and African drumming — a creative masterwork left unperformed at the time of his death in 1967.

 

Ron McCurdy’s LANGSTON HUGHES PROJECT will play the White Plains Performing Arts Center on Saturday, November 18 at 8:00 pm. White Plains Performing Arts Center is located on the third level of City Center off Mamaroneck Avenue and Main Street in downtown White Plains, minutes from the White Plains Metro North Station. Tickets start at $27. For tickets visit the theatre box office Monday-Friday (11am-6pm), purchase the tickets online at wppac.com or call 914-328-1600. For Group Sales, please contact boxoffice@wppac.com

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Who Do You Trust?

 THE RACE FOR WESTCHESTER COUNTY EXECUTIVE BOILS DOWN TO WHO DO YOU TRUST?

COUNTY EXECUTIVE INCUMBENT ROBERT P. ASTORINO, WHO CLAIMS NOT TO HAVE RAISED YOUR TAXES IN 8 YEARS.  SAVED ZONING IN COUNTY TOWNS BY BATTLING HUD.  BROUGHT IN MAJOR NEW BUSINESSES

OR GEORGE LATIMER, EXPERIENCED TWO-TIME STATE SENATOR, THREE-TERM COUNTY LEGISLATOR. MR. LATIMER’S MESSAGE TO WESTCHESTER IS YOU CANNOT TRUST MR. ASTORINO BECAUSE OF HIS ALLEGED PLAY FOR PLAY DEALS MADE WITH A NUMBER OF HIS CAMPAIGN DONORS, AND LATIMER PORTRAYS HIM AS A DONALD TRUMP PUPPET NOT SUPPORTIVE OF WESTCHESTER VALUES.

LATIMER CHARGES  MR. ASTORINO DID  RAISE TAXES FOR COMMUNITIES INCLUDING RYE, EASTCHESTER, GREENBURGH, MAMARONECK. BUT MR. LATIMER NEGLECTED TO SAY THE TAX RISES WERE THE RESULT OF LOCAL REVALUATIONS OF ALL HOMES IN THOSE TOWNS BY THE COMMUNITIES THEMSELVES AND THE COINCIDENCE OF RISING HOME PRICES.

MR. ASTORINO HAS HAD ONE ISSUE: MR. LATIMER’S FAILURE TO PAY PROPERTY TAXES TO RYE, PARKING TICKETS AND LIENS ON A THIRD HOME LATIMER OWNS.

LATIMER ACKNOWLEDGED THE TAX DEBT, BUT SAYS THEY ARE HIS WIFE’S RESPONSIBILITY. LATIMER SAYS ASTORINO IS JUST RESORTING TO PERSONAL ATTACKS.  

IT’S A MYSTERY WHY MR. LATIMER DID NOT PAY ALL THESE OBLIGATIONS SOME WAY BEFORE HE STARTED HIS COUNTY EXECUTIVE RUN LAST SPRING.

MR. LATIMER HANDED MR. ASTORINO AN ISSUE ON A PLATTER WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT INFLUENCE VOTERS TO DENY HIM THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICE TODAY.

THE ASTORINO STRATEGISTS HAVE BEEN SATURATING TELEVISION EXPLORING IN DEVASTING PRODUCTION DETAIL HIS TAX DELINQUENCY.

DOES IT MATTER HE HAS NOT PAID HIS TAXES? DOES IT MATTER THAT GEORGE LATIMER CAN LET HIS TAXES GO UNPAID FOR 5 YEARS, WHILE A NORMAL TAXPAYER MIGHT EASILY BE FORECLOSED ON OR HAVE LIENS PLACED ON THEIR HOME?

IT IS UNCLEAR WHETHER THE CITY OF RYE SIMPLY LET THE LATIMER TAX TAB GO BY IGNORING IT. THE COMPTROLLER’S OFFICE IN THE CITY OF RYE DID NOT RESPOND TO WPCNR CALLS ASKING IF RYE HAD ADVISED MR. LATIMER THAT HE COULD HOLD OFF PAYING THE TAXES UNTIL HIS WIFE’S ESTATE DISPUTE WAS RESOLVED. A SIMPLE LETTER TO THAT EFFECT  FROM THE COMPTROLLER’S OFFICE MIGHT HAVE SPARED MR. LATIMER THE PERSONAL PAIN INFLICTED BY THE ASTORINO CAMPAIGN. BUT THEN A LETTER OF LENIENCY ON THE TAX PAYMENT,  MIGHT MEAN THE CITY OF RYE WAS TREATING MR. LATIMER SPECIAL AND WOULD HAVE TO TREAT EVERYONE THAT WAY. MR. LATIMER HAS SAID HE HAD RECEIVED NO COMMUNICATION FROM THE CITY OF RYE TO THAT EFFECT.

ISSUES—REAL ONES THAT THE COUNTY FACES IN THE FUTURE HAVE NOT COME UP IN THIS CAMPAIGN.  

TAX INCREASES:

MR. LATIMER TOLD ME ON “PEOPLE TO BE HEARD,” HE DID NOT PLAN TO RAISE TAXES  IF ELECTED.

BUDGETING:

STATE SENATOR LATIMER SAID ON THE SAME PROGRAM HE  WILL CONDUCT  A TOP TO BOTTOM AUDIT OF ALL COUNTY EXPENDITURES TO FIND OUT THE COUNTY’S  FINANCIAL POSITION.

AIRPORT DEAL:

HE SAID HE WOULD WOULD ANALYZE THE COUNTY AIRPORT DEAL, PERHAPS REJECT THE LEASING PROPOSED BY MR. ASTORINO.

PLAYLAND:

MR. LATIMER CHALLENGED STANDARD AMUSEMENTS, THE DESIGNATED, CONTRACTED PLAYLAND OPERATOR TO PAY THE UPFRONT PAYMENT THEY OWE THE COUNTY BY  DECEMBER 31. THAT IS MR. ASTORINO’S CONTRACT DATE WHEN PAYMENT IS DUE  FROM STANDARD AMUSEMENTS TO SEAL THE PLAYLAND DEAL.

LATIMER SAYS IF THAT PAYMENT IS NOT MADE, “ALL BETS ARE OFF” LATIMER WILL REEXAMINE WHETHER TO LEASE PLAYLAND AT ALL OR HAVE THE COUNTY RUN IT, IF STANDARD AMUSEMENTS DELAYS THAT PAYMENT.

 

MEANWHILE, IN WHITE PLAINS MILAGROS LECUONA, CHALLENGER TO MAYOR TOM ROACH, CAMPAIGNED IN GATHERINGS IN SUPPORTERS’ HOMES. NO LITERATURE OR MAILINGS OF ANY SUBSTANCE AFTER THE DEVASTATING DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RESULT WHERE SHE LOST BY A 3 TO 1 MARGIN.

SHE ATTEMPTED TO TURN AROUND HER CAMPAIGN FOCUSING ON THE ARTS LAST WEEK. BUT DURING THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS FORUM AT THE WHITE PLAINS PUBLIC LIBRARY A SIGNIFICANT EXCHANGE-INTERACTION HAD TO BE DEVASTATING TO THE DOGGED, DETERMINED MS. LECUONA

AT A COMMUNITY DEBATE, SHE ASKED WHITE PLAINS RESIDENTS IN ATTENDANCE  IF THE CITY WAS BETTER OFF THAN IT WAS 7 YEARS AGO.

THERE WAS A COLLECTIVE LOUD “YES’ FROM THE AUDIENCE. A DEVASTATING VOICE VOTE FROM PERSONS IN WHITE PLAINS WHO ARE INVOLVED IN THE MAYORAL RACE.

MAYOR ROACH SHOULD HAVE HIS WAY TODAY.

AS BOB GRANT THE ACERBIC OLD WMCA TALK SHOW HOST SAID WHEN HE SIGNED OFF HIS TALK SHOW,

YOUR VOTE COUNTS. USE IT.

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CHALLENGER TO MAYOR ROACH, LECUONA CONTINUES HER EMAIL CAMPAIGN

WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2017. From the Lecuona Campaign. November 6, 2017:

Milagros Lecuona, Councilwoman for the City of White Plains, challenging Mayor Tom Roach for the Mayoralty tomorrow, issued the following e-mail notification that went across the City at the end of last week highlighting the reasons she feels her leadership should be the voter’s choice.

(She is running on the Republican line, receiving the Republican nomination, though she says she is a Democrat running on the Republican ticket, after failing to defeat Mayor Roach in the Democratic Primary in September.)

Here is her analysis:

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White Plains Recreation and Parks November Festivities

YOUTH -boys and girls
 
Recreation Basketball League -Youth
Registration Deadline: November 18
 
Teams practice one day a week for 1 hour in the evening. Most games are held on Saturdays. Weekday games for 7-10th graders. Basketball sneakers and shorts are required. League play is determined by grades and is gender specific. Practices begin the week of December 11. Games start in January.
VOLUNTEER COACHES ARE NEEDED. If interested, please call 914.422.1363.
Boys & Girls, 3rd – 10th Grades
Registration Deadline - Saturday, November 18th
Register now for Winter programs beginning in January 2018 while space is still available!!
Pre-School Programs
Arts & Crafts Sticky Fingers
Ages 3 – 5
Mondays, 12:45 – 1:45 pm
Little Playmates
Ages 18 months – 2 years
Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:30 am
Playgroup
Ages 18 months – 2 years
Tuesdays, 1:30 pm
Pre-Ballet
Ages 4 – 6
Thursdays, 4:30 & 5:30 pm
Smart Start Sports
Ages 2 – 4
Saturdays, 9 & 10 am
Youth Programs
Ballet & Jazz
Grades 1 – 5
Tuesdays, 5:30 pm
My Art Treasure
Grades 1 – 4
Wednesdays, 4:30 pm
Adult Fitness Programs- Ages 18 & older
Yoga (Open Level)
Saturdays, 9 am
Gentle Yoga
Saturdays, 10:45 am
Fat Burning Pilates
Mondays & Thursdays, (begins Nov. 13th), 6:45 pm

EBERSOLE ICE RINK OPEN FOR THE SEASON!!
Weekend Public Skating Schedule:
Friday Night Skate @ 8-10 PM
Saturdays,  @ 1:45-4:15 PM
Sundays,
Adults Only @ 8:30-10:15 AM
Public @ 1:15 – 3:45 PM
LEARN TO SKATE PROGRAM 
Group instruction will be offered in three, 6 – week sessions. Class times vary based upon age/level. IN PERSON REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AT RECREATION AND PARKS, 85 GEDNEY WAY.
Fee per session: $120
Session 2: December 8 – January 28
Session 3: February 2 – March 18

Active Older Adults

Veteran’s Luncheon
Thursday, November 9
11:30 am – 1 pm

Thanksgiving Luncheon
Tuesday, November 21
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Yonkers Raceway
Wednesday, November 29
10:30 am – 4:30 pm

For more info please call 914.422.1423
SPECIAL EVENTS
 
Veteran’s Day Ceremony – Sat., November 11, 10:30 am
Ceremony will be held on the front steps of City Hall, 255 Main Street.
Santa’s Mailbox - November 20 – December 17
Write your special holiday list, place it in an envelope addressed to SANTA, NORTH POLE, and place it in the special Santa mail box on the steps of City Hall. Remember to include your return address! No stamp needed. City Hall Steps -255 Main Street.
City Lights, Bright Holiday Nights – Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 3, 4 – 6 pmCourt Street (b’tween Main St and Martine Ave.) 
Celebrate the sights and sounds of the season as the Mayor lights the City’s holiday tree. Carolers, music, refreshments and visits with Santa will follow. Snow date: Tuesday, December 5
CITY OF WHITE PLAINS
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WHITE PLAINS WEEK for 11-3 is on youtube…

here’s the link

 
 
 
posting to www.whiteplainsweek.com  now.
PETER KATZ, JOHN BAILEY, JIM BENEROFE
$15 MILLION SHORTFALL ALREADY MADE UP BY RED HOT COUNTY SALES TAX  DOLLARS AFTER 9 MONTHS–NO NEED TO LEASE THE AIRPORT
ASTORINO AND LATIMER–DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME
LATIMER PAYS HIS PARKING TICKETS
ANOTHER EPISODE OF TRUMP THE PRESIDENT WITH PETER KATZ
SECRECY SURROUNDS TRANSIT DISTRICT INTERESTED PARTIES
PAULINE OLIVA–AN HISTORIC RETROSPECTIVE
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Pauline Oliva, Councilwoman, Advocate for the Less Fortunate, Dies

WPCNR MILESTONES. From the McMahon, Lyon and Hartnett Funderal Home website:

Pauline C. Oliva, a lifetime resident and longtime civic leader of White Plains passed away peacefully on October 31, 2017 at the age of 91. She was proud of her Irish and Lithuanian roots and was the daughter of two immigrants Alexander and Mary Johnson. She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years Patrick, and her beloved brothers Vincent, Charles, and Edward.

Pauline is survived by her three children, Patricia Lynn, Edmond (Margit), and Thomas Oliva, three grandchildren, Marland (Julia) Oliva, Lillian (Stephen) Rasulo, Edmond T. Oliva, and three great grandchildren. She also leaves behind her loving sister-in-law Angie Johnson and several nieces, nephews, cousins and their families.

Pauline was a graduate of White Plains High School and later earned a degree in Labor Studies from Empire State College. Pauline worked in government service for more than 30 years, first with the New York State Department of Labor and later for the Westchester County Department of Planning, where she served as the Program Director of Section 8 Housing Programs.

She was a longtime member of the White Plains Beautification Foundation, White Plains League of Women Voters, Women’s Club of White Plains and White Plains Hospital Center Auxiliary and a past President of the Battle Hill Neighborhood Association. Pauline served on Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church Parish Council. She was a lifelong Democrat and until her death was an active member of the City of White Plains Democratic Committee.

Pauline was elected to two terms on the White Plains City Council serving a term as Council President. A reelection endorsement by a local newspaper described her as “…the shining star on the Common Council because of her work for quality neighborhoods and her many other innovations.” Her legacy on the Council as well as in life was as an advocate for the less fortunate.

As an animal lover Pauline was a parent to many cats and dogs. She found time to be an outstanding cook and baker with the help of her Italian mother-in-law who shared many of her original recipes. Pauline loved to garden and cheer on the New York Yankees. She was always willing to step up and volunteer and coached her sons’ Little League teams when no one else would.

Pauline received the City of White Plains Human Rights Distinguished Service Award and the Rotary Club‘s Paul Harris Fellowship Award. She was inducted in the White Plains High School Hall of Fame and received the White Plains League of Women Voters’ award for dedicated community involvement.

With all of these accomplishments, Pauline was best known to White Plains residents for her warm and welcoming personality, her modesty and compassion, beauty and great sense of humor. She is already missed by her devoted family, and her numerous friends, colleagues, and neighbors.

Contributions can be made in Pauline’s memory to the White Plains Beautification Foundation (PO Box 1614, White Plains, 10602) and Forgotten Felines (PO Box 430, Valhalla, 10595).

Visitation will be Friday from 2-4 & 6-9pm. Mass Saturday at 10:00am at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church with interment to follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett

491 Mamaroneck Ave

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY SALES TAX $$ ON TRACK TO WIPE OUT $15 MILLION SHORTFALL THAT ASTORINO AIRPORT LEASE DEAL WAS CREATED TO CLOSE. WHITE PLAINS SALES TAX DOWN 3.9% IN ITS FIRST QUARTER–RETURNING TO ITS ERRATIC PATTERN

WPCNR QUILL AND EYESHADE. From the New York State Department of Finance,  reporting by John F. Bailey. November 3, 2017:

On the eve of County Executive Robert Astorino’s schedule to submit his 2018 budget, 4 days before the County Executive election,  the county coffers are brimming with a solid nine month gain in County Sales Tax Dollars of 3.4%, creating a  very handy windfall of $12.8 Million through nine months.

The county is throwing up record numbers.

The County has made $389,545,503 in sales tax coin, $12,788,989 more moola than the county had in 2016 after three quarters ($373,756,520 in 2016).

Mr. Astorino does not need the airport deal as a deficit closer.

This means Mr.Astorino  could withdraw the airport deal entirely. He devised the airport lease to make up the deficit caused by over optimism in 2015 in predicting a 14% increase in sales taxes for the 2016 budget (a wild guess that was approved by the Board of Legislators).

He does not need it.

He almost has it in hand this month.If he says he does, he should pay attention to these figures. How can he justify a 40 year deal for a one year deficit that’s being erased? Funny the County legislators aren’t questioning him on it.

The Astorino Airport Lease Deal  devised this year would deliver $15 Million up front whenever it is agreed to, (or any deal the Board of Legislators chooses to support)  to cover that $15 million dollar “overoptimism,” followed by payments for 40 years.  The $15 million “budget gap” is rapidly being closed by the robust sales tax receipts across the county,  gaining monetary momentum the last three months.

Let’s pay attention what this means:

If the county now sitting on  $389,545,503 in sales taxes receives the tax receipts it received last year in October($40,724,262) November ($40,041,594) and December ($51,355,703) to close out 2017, it will finish the year with $15,788,963 more in sales taxes ($521,667,062) compared to the 2016 figure of $505,878,099.

Isn’t that nice?

That’s a 3.1% increase in sales tax receipts.

If the receipts go up 3.4% the rest of the way for the county, an additional $4.5 Million may roll in, creating a $20.3 MILLION sales tax increase, more than enough to wipe out the wildly optimistic increase predicted for 2016 that was just unfounded. How sweet it is.

There is no joy two blocks away from the Michaelian Building at White Plains City Hall. The county rise in retail/restaurant spending is not being spent in White Plains, New York, USA.

September  Sales Tax receipts in White Plains declined $1.2 Million to $3,706,161 from the robust $4,904,462 Million in August.

Unfortunately the news on sales tax revenues in White Plains are not keeping pace with its wild $4.7 Million August greeted by this reporter with hallalulias. Turns out it was fool’s gold.

They should be shaking their heads in the bunker at 355 Main Street wondering where the money went all of a sudden.

Sales tax dollars coming into White Plains as of September 19, dropped after the first three months of the city fiscal year to $12,297,250, a 3.9% decline.  Perhaps October, November and December will rev up the sales tax dollars. Let us hope so.

The mystery continues as to the lackluster performance of White Plains business.

Those millennia renters cannot come soon enough to White Plains..

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Business Journal: The Continuum at 55 Bank St. Open for Tenants Nov. 15

WPCNR STREET STRAIGHT. NOVEMBER 2, 2017: 

The Westchester Business Journal reported today on its website that The Continuum, originally approved by the Delfino administration over a decade ago, and delayed for lack of financing for about eight years will open for tenants in November.

The rents range, the Journal reports, from $2,120 to $2,380 a month; One-bedrooms from $2,680 to $3,020. Two-bedroom units range from $3,845 to $4,220 per month.

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