4 Named to Be Inducted into the White Plains High School Hall of Fame

WPCNR SCHOOL DAYS. From the White Plains City School District. September 12, 2017:

Four White Plains High School graduates have been selected for induction into the school’s Hall of Fame this fall.

The Hall of Fame pays tribute to White PlainsHigh School alumni/ae who have distinguished themselves in their chosen careers and/or have significantly and positively impacted the lives of others.

The 2017 inductees are: Ralph Waite, ’46, award-winning stage, film and TV actor (posthumous), Dr. Robert L. Johnson, ’64, internationally recognized expert on adolescent health matters and Dean of the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Georgia Kacandes, ’77, producer of award-winning movies, David Levy, ‘80, President of Turner Broadcasting,

The honorees will visit the High School on Wednesday, November 15 and will meet with students during the day.  The Induction Ceremony will take place in the Media Center at 3pm and will be followed by a reception.  The public is invited.

This is the eighteenth class of distinguished alumni/ae selected since the Hall of Fame was established in 1996, bringing the total number of inductees to 78.  It is estimated that more

than 30,000 students have graduated from White Plains High School in its 121 years of continuous operation.

The inductees were selected by a committee of representatives of civic and school groups from nominations submitted by the public.  New nominations are welcomed each year.

 

More information available at whiteplainspublicschools.org, “District Info”.

 

 

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Mayor Thomas Roach Secures Democratic Party Nomination Decisively by 3 to 1 Margin Over Challenger for Mayor, Milagros Lecuona. Democratic Voters Support City Committee Nominated Council Candidates, Martin, Kirkpatrick and Newcomer Brasch. Anti FASNY sentiment not a factor. Latimer Defeats Jenkins for the County Executive Dem Nod by almost 2 to 1.

WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2017. September 12, 2017 UPDATED 9:30 A.M.:

Mayor Thomas M. Roach turned aside the primary challenge of Councilwoman Milagrose Lecuona, securing the Democratic Party line by a 3 to 1 margin.  This morning with 100% of the votes tallied here are the results (unofficial):

Office MAYOR – WHITE PLAINS
PARTY Votes Percent
DEM THOMAS M ROACH JR 2,950 72%
DEM MILAGROS LECUONA 1,121 28%
Office Totals 4,071 100%
Office COUNCILMAN – WHITE PLAINS
VOTE-FOR-THREE
PARTY Votes Percent
DEM SAAD T SIDDIQUI 1,331 12%
DEM MICHAEL KRAVER 1,707 15%
DEM JOHN M MARTIN 2,273 20%
DEM ALAN D GOLDMAN 1,581 14%
DEM JUSTIN C BRASCH 1,973 18%
DEM JOHN B KIRKPATRICK 2,308 21%
Office Totals 11,173 100%

 

Roach’s Democratic Party nominated running mates, John Martin, John Kirkpatrick and Justin Brasch defeated challengers Goldman, Kraver and Siddiqui, with Kraver being the closest candidate to securing a Democratic Party line.

Mr. Siddiqui and Mr. Kraver will be on the ballot in November on the Working Families Party line.

Mr. Goldman will be on the Republican line for Council, along with Cass Cibelli and a third candidate.

Milagros Lequona is also on the Republican Ticket as Candidate for Mayor.

 

 

 

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City Remembrance of 9/11—Reminds of our Commitment to Take Over for Those Who Were Lost

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In Liberty Park this morning, members of the White Plains Common Council lay wreaths on the memorial to the six White Plains residents who died in the September 11 World Trade Center attack sixteen years ago.

 

WPCNR MILESTONES. By John F. Bailey. September 11, 2017:

The City of White Plains held its annual remembrance today of the World Trade Center loss and those who died in that attack sixteen years ago this morning.

In a moving ceremony featuring poetry, a stirring Star Spangled Banner performance by Joseph Mosely, and a touching thought by Mayor Thomas Roach, the city remembered Sharon Balkom, Marisa Dinardo, Hemanth Kumar Puttur, Joseph Riverso, Gregory Rodriguez and Linda Sheehan, six city residents who died in the 9/11 attack.

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Mayor Thomas Roach (above) remembered it was a day just like this morning, clear, crisp,  beautiful when the attack came.

He said there was no way we could make up or get over the loss of the six White Plains citizens and thousands of others who died,  but that we should all remember each of the 9/11 dead had perhaps a child, a parent, loved ones who depended on them.

The Mayor said “We have the commitment to comfort that child, help the family of that person” to in no way replace the person lost, but “to help someone who needs  help, not moving on, but moving forward.”  It was a positive message to deal with the remembrance of loss and the lifelong process of building  despite the loss.

Poems were read by a White Plains Police Officer, and a White Plains fireman, conveying the way “we all became one” on that day, today, 16 years ago.

Wreathes were laid by members of the Common Council  on the marble slab engraved with the names of the White Plains dead. Mr. Mosley closed the ceremony with a goose-bumping, exhilarating performance of God Bless America, his voice ringing out across Silver Lake and rising to the Heavens.

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Today is The Day We Were Once All Connected: Trade Center Wanton Destruction Brought America Together Once. It Happened 17 Years Ago This Morning at 9:11

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WPCNR NEWS & COMMENT. From the WPCNR archives. Written by John F. Bailey on September 11, 2001:

White Plains NY USA  will hold a Memorial Ceremony in Liberty Park this morning at 8 AM, in tribute to the thousands who died in the Trade Center attack September 11, 2001, including 6 White Plains residents who are memorialized in Liberty Park on the marble monument pictured above.

In the worst premeditated surprise attack on any nation anywhere, with loss of life in the thousands, the World Trade Center Towers collapsed into smokinf horrible rubble Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001 by 10:30 AM and we all realized how connected we are– (or once were).

No novelist has imagined this disaster. It is all too real and horrible. Not since the Hindenburg disaster have I heard radio reporting so emotional. Not since Hiroshima and Nagasaki has there been such loss of life in a single attack. As the attack came every 15 minutes observed one radio reporter, America realized how connected we all are. At least this reporter did.

What impressed this reporter, was how connected we all really are here in America. A candidate for office worried about their treasurer’s wife who works in the Trade Center. I worried about my nephew, just starting his new job this summer in lower Manhattan, and I do not know exactly where he works. My brother-in-law called from Miami to see if my wife was all right. (She is.) My wife saw the towers collapse from her mid-town offices. I fifteen years later how she felt seeing the towers collapsed. She hesitated, saying “I don’t know. I was in the moment.”)

A friend of mine called to see if my wife was all right, too, fifteen years ago. Then he mentioned what about those children in school who have parents working in those buildings? It was a sobering, angering thought.

Sobering because, you knew some of them had to have lost their parents. You just knew that.

Our very uncommunicative society was communicating, phonelines were jammed. Everyone thought of loved ones or persons they knew who perhaps worked down there.

Persons watching the horror unfold, broke down in front of their televisions. Breaking down, because of the sense that there was nothing they could do. (I listened to the attacks unfold on the radio. I did not watch it on television.)

As I write this at 12 noon today (September 11, 2001), the end of these maniacal acts (a very appropriate description from one WOR reporter) is not in sight. But, when it does end, and it will, let’s remember how connected we feel to those entombed in the Trade Center rubble.

Let’s pull together and work together more, like those brave New York City Firefighters who obviously were trapped in the buildings when they collapsed. The police who obviously have died trying to evacuate the innocents within. I don’t want to hear any more knocks on the NYPD.

2016 Reflection:

I remembered that connection and the Candlelight Walk that took place in White Plains two weeks later where easily 7,000 people filled Main Street from the railroad station to City Hall holding candles to just be together and feel together and connected. 

How we have changed since September 11, 2016. We are a nation no longer remotely connected. We have a President blaming our troubles on other Americans, immigrants. We have people in congress delivering messages without substance, ignoring reason, and putting their hopes in failed ideas of the past in both parties. Talking big but having nothing big or helpful to say. 

There is no connection between Americans today, or members of our government with whom they govern. 

Respect for each others’ views no longer exists. The importance of  putting the truth out and dealing with the reality of our challenges is not being faced by our leaders, our politicians, our educators, our health providers, our media. It is a shambles.The blame era began with the fall of the Towers.

No one now needs to take any responsibility, just blame someone else: It’s immigrants; it’s the far right; it is Wall Street; it’s the banks; the insurance companies; it’s companies exporting jobs to avoid taxes; it’s the oil companies; it’s the media;  Have I missed anyone? None of these institutions take responsibility for when they make a big mistake.

It would be nice if we could go back to that brief time after 2001 when we pulled together as a nation. (2017 note:The hurricanes of the last two weeks seem to be rekindling that spirit, maybe.)

Think how our actions, words, feelings, and dependence on self-interest so prevalent today effects other people. 

Can we recapture that September 11, 2001 compassion Americans showed to each other, the mutual respect, when you’d hug strangers to comfort them?

As the hero in Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises said to Brett, the heroine when she says 

“Oh, Jake, we could have had such a damned good time together.”

Jake replies:

“Yes,” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”

But our country and all of us it need to do that figure out how to have a damned good time together, and make things work.

At the 9/11 ceremonies today is a good time to begin.

It would nice to do so.

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League of Women Voters, CNA denied Video and Recording of “Candidates Forum” Last Week

WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. September 10, 2017:


(Editor’s Advisory: The following letter was sent to WPCNR by Barry Caro, Mayor Tom Roach’s Campaign Manager, on the issue of the press being forbidden from recording or video taping the “Candidates Forum” held by the League of Women Voters and the Council of Neighborhood Associations last Thursday night. Persons attending with I-Phones however were able to stream it on Facebook live. The ban on photography, video recording and recording was not announced prior to the event to this reporter’s knowledge. White Plains Week  on Friday night (See it on YouTube at this link  https://youtu.be/ilh42gfyWT4 )reported on the banning of any kind of recording of the Forum that was posted on the desk prior to entry to the auditorium at Rochambeau School where the forum was held. In previous years the Candidates Forums usually held in the public library have received video and recorded coverage with no restrictions of any kind. This is the first time WPCNR remembers that a Candidates Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Council of Neighborhood Associations was not televised for the community.)

September 9, 2017
Hi, John and Pat,
Just want to make sure we prepped you for something in case it comes up, about the debate on Thursday.
The LWV and CNA made the call not to videotape the debate, and their ground rules prohibit anyone else from filming it. All four of our candidates would have preferred for it to be taped and then broadcast. The City had in fact begun preparations for it to be taped before the League told the city no and emailed to cancel the scheduled taping.
Our candidates all accepted the proposed ground rules as proposed by the LWV and CNA without requesting any changes to my knowledge – other than to include closing statements, which the League said no to.
One of those last minute things that always pops up, so I wanted to be proactive about making sure I told press about this before it became anything.
Barry Caro
(Campaign Manager for Mayor Tom Roach)
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WHITE PLAINS WEEK–THE FRIDAY SEPT 9 PROGRAM–ON THE INTERNET NOW

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SUNDAY WITH THE MAYORS TO BE–INTERVIEWED BY PEOPLE TO BE HEARD! SEE ROACH-LECUONA NOW: Candidates FOR MAYOR, MAYOR ROACH AND MILAGROS LECUONA TALK CITY ISSUES ON WHITE PLAINS TV’S PEOPLE TO BE HEARD. SEE THE BACK TO BACK INTERVIEWS AT YOUTUBE, www.wpcommunitymedia.org and www.whiteplainsweek.com INSTANTLY

WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2017. September 9, 2017:

SEE MAYOR TOM ROACH AND  MILAGROS LECUONA CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR INTERVIEWED BY PEOPLE TO BE HEARD  NOW INSTANTLY

 

The www.whiteplainsweek.com  link is as always…youtube links are
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Milagros Lecuona link
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Mayor Roach Link

THE MAYORAL CANDIDATES INTERVIEWED

At www.wpcommunitymedia.org, the youtube link above and the whiteplainsweek.com links, the hosts of PEOPLE TO BE HEARD, (“Westchester’s Most Relevant Interview Program”)present two half-hour interviews with both White Plains Mayoral candidates: Mayor Thomas Roach and his challenger in the  primary (and in the November election), Councilwoman Milagros Lecuona.The interviews may be seen on the White Plains Community Media website at www.wpcommunitymedia.org OR THE YOUTUBE AND WHITE PLAINS WEEK LINKS ABOVE.They may also be seen at 7 PM BACK TO BACK on Saturday September 9 on VERIZON FIOS CH. 45 COUNTYWIDE AND IN WHITE PLAINS ON ALTICE CABLEVISION CHANNEL 76

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Comment on FASNY Situation After NY Post Article:What the Neighborhood Wants on the Former Ridgeway Property

WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. September 7, 2017:
 
Dear Mayor and Common Council:
In case you missed the September 4th NY Post article titled “Mariano Rivera join’s fight against ritzy prep school’s sprawling construction” . . .here’s the link:                                                                                                                           http://nypost.com/2017/09/04/mariano-rivera-joins-fight-against-ritzy-prep-schools-sprawling-construction/
Of interest the FASNY people still specialize in factual inaccuracies. . .such as ” the pre-K-through-grade-12 institution cut its number of students from 1,200 to 650 in an effort to appease the opposition”.  The truth is that FASNY has not made any “permanent cuts”. . .all it did was submit an “incomplete” plan for only Parcel A and its Upper School. . .leaving out Parcels B, C & D and FASNY’s Lower and Nursery Schools.
And how would FASNY know if nearby residents “want a free back yard and want to keep it that way”. . .if no one from FASNY over the past 6 years ever asked what residents like ourselves want in the first place
Unfortunately FASNY showed up in WP with the bad habit, like some of our elected officials, of telling residents what’s good for them. . .before ever asking residents in the first place.
Personally we would like to see a development on the old golf course property that. . .fits in with the WP Comprehensive Plan, the Character of the Neighborhood, the property’s current R1-30 residential zoning and follows NYS and WP Land Use Laws. . .where the property is well-maintained and respected similar to the surrounding tax-paying private residences. . .without bringing FASNY’s well-documented excessive Traffic Safety Issues, 10-year Construction, Flooding Problems and the massive loss of Open Space by building on 50+ acres.
FASNY’s current sub-standard maintenance, including their inability to remove algae from their 2 ponds, and a demonstrated lack of interest in acting like good neighbors says it all about how well FASNY will fit into White Plains. . .particularly when as a non-profit they are not contributing any tax revenues to help pay for City Services.
By the way. . .when can we expect a final FASNY vote?
Marie and Ron Rhodes
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Ending DACA: “A disgusting act of cowardice and cruelty.” SEIU Reaction to Trump DACA Decision

 WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. From Hector Figueroa, President, 32BJ, Service Employees International Union. September 5, 2017:
The following statement is attributable to Hector Figueroa, President of 32BJ SEIU
“President Trump’s decision to deport nearly one million Dreamers is a disgusting act of cowardice and cruelty. Repealing DACA is a low in a Presidency marked by discrimination and the removal of rights for people of color.
Deporting nearly one million young people will not create a single job or make America better for anyone. It will harm our economy and further erode the values holding our nation together.
It will compound the problems of an already broken immigration system and will needlessly put at risk of deportation people who love this country and are committed to its future.
“President Trump’s decision today, after promising that Dreamers could ‘rest easy,’ is yet one more reminder that he is not a man of his word.
“Dreamers who have worked hard, gone to school, served in the military and have shown bravery in speaking out for their rights, in stark contrast to the cowardly way President Trump announced this decision.
The President should be embarrassed that he does not have the courage to look these young people in the eye and tell them that he is tearing them away from the only country they’ve ever known.
The President betrayed the Dreamers just as he’s betrayed his supporters by falsely convincing them that their own problems would be solved by destroying the lives of immigrants.
‘We demand that Congress passes a permanent and clean legislative fix that isn’t used as bait to win anti-immigrant measures.
We will also continue to call on our elected officials at all levels of government to build sanctuary spaces and deportation defense networks to keep millions out of Trump’s deportation machine.
“Finally, this act of outright cruelty from the Federal Government offers further proof that Westchester needs the Immigrant Protection Act. We call on the Board of Legislators to override County Excutive Astorino’s veto with all due haste.”

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With more than 145,000 members in 11 states and Washington DC, including over 4,000 in Hudson Valley, 32BJ is the largest building service workers union in the country

 

 

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Church Street and Barker Nursing Home Will Break Ground Thursday

 

The Congress Companies to break ground on $60 million White Plains Institute for Rehabilitation & Healthcare, White Plains, NY

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WPCNR DOWNTOWN UPDATE. From The Congress Companies Peabody, MA September 5, 2017: White Plains Healthcare Properties I, LLC has selected The Congress Companies as Developer and the joint venture Congress/Consigli JV as the Construction Manager for its 110,000 s/f Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility. Design for the facility is by The Architectural Team (TAT), Chelsea, MA.

The $60 million dollar facility consists of 160 beds of Skilled Nursing, including 76 specialized rehabilitation beds, 42 Alzheimer’s secure beds, and 42 long-term care beds, each on specially designed nursing units.

Congress’ strong track record in the Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing sectors includes more than one hundred SNF and AL projects. Over the past 45 years, Congress has completed over 9,000 beds and 5 million square feet of Health Care and Long-Term Care construction throughout the eastern United States. Congress’ recent Senior Living and Health Care projects include a 110-unit Assisted Living facility in Hillsborough, NJ; a 120-bed SNF in Hope, NJ; a 74-unit, 86,000 s/f Assisted Living facility in Easton, MA; a 45-bed, 45,000 s/f Assisted Living and Memory Care facility in Windsor, VT; and an 83-bed, 76,000 s/f Assisted Living facility in Ipswich, MA

William Nicholson, CEO of Congress, said, “We are excited to have completed our work with the NY Department of Health, our construction financing, and our work with the City of White Plains for this project. Congress’ unique Design/Build/Turnkey delivery method was perfectly suited for the tenant, EPIC Healthcare. EPIC CEO Lizer Jozefovic and his team are committed to the future of Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing. We are also pleased to continue our relationship and collaboration with TAT, which has been successful for more than three decades and thirty projects.”

Congress/Consigli JV worked with TAT and EPIC to bring the project through preconstruction to the construction phase, providing scheduling, line item budgeting, value engineering, cost estimating, and evaluations of alternative building system options. A groundbreaking ceremony at the site on September 7, 2017 at 11:00AM will celebrate the project‘s commencement of on-site activities.

Headquartered in Peabody, MA, The Congress Companies serves clients in New England, New York, New Jersey, and beyond. To learn more about The Congress Companies, visit: www.congresscompanies.com.

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