Element 46 Entrepreneuers Wanted

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From Catherine Parker, Janusary 7, 2018:
The Westchester County Office of Economic Development is seeking applications for the next group of budding entrepreneurs for the County’s Element 46 incubator program.

Element 46 incubator provides training, mentoring and free workspace, to enable startups to develop their businesses within a network of peers. Entrepreneurs are embedded in an existing start-up community within Westchester.

The deadline for the latest round of applications is this Friday, January 10. To apply, visit https://www.element46.org/apply.

The next set of entrepreneurs, who will start in March 2020, will take part in a 6-month program.

The program is also seeking mentors and professional service providers. The mentors will assist the startups chosen for the program by offering their expertise, time and support. Mentors are hand-picked leaders with specializations in technology, finance, business strategy, venture capital, marketing or other areas. Mentors wishing to apply can do so at https://www.element46.org/mentors/.

The first group of 12 startups included: Michael Sellers of Journeyman Bakery; Orane Barrett of Kool Nerd Club; Marci Lobel-Esrig of SilverBills; John Bekisz of UASVues; Susanne Shoemaker of Undercare; Jack Martin of JackKnife Sharpening; Lisa Albanese of BioSand Bag Filter; Terence Finn of Velotooler; Alexander Davidas of DF Media; Beth Turner and Katie McCorry of Beyond Flowers and Food; Courtney Stanley of Tobu, and Chris Oates of Blue Yonder Brands, Inc.

To learn more about the Element 46 program, please visit the website at Element4

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Wegmans in Harrison will open June 7–Hiring Now

WPCNR Food Flash. January 6, 2019:

Wegman’s Food Market sent an email today announcing they would open their new store in Harrison adjacent Lifetime off Westcherster Avenue June 7.

The store also announced via a direct mail flyer they were hiring applicants to start training for positions in the store. You may learn about it at jobs.wegmans.com

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KNOCK! KNOCK! “WHO IS IT?” IS IT THE REAL TENOR OR IS IT THE MOCK? SLAM! “QUICK HIDE IN THE CLOSET” SLAM! LEND ME A TENOR IS A LAUGH SHOCK. A MADCAP MERRY-GO-ROUND

IS THIS MY TENOR?
Molly McCaskill in a starstruck performance as The Boss’s Daughter Maggie in the arms of a divine Pagliacci , in love with the Clown’s performance, but is it Max (J. Daw) in the madcap second act of Lend Me A Tenor or the womanizing Tito the Star? All photos, courtesy, Westchester Broadway Theatre by John Vechchiolla

WPCNR STAGE DOOR. Theatrical Review by John F. Bailey. January 5, 2019:

It’s a Sunday in the 1930s in the old West End and Noel Coward brightened up a nervous war wary London bringing the old reliable genre- the impossible farce – a sophisticated combination of slapstick, mistaken identity and incongruous door slamming, hiding in closets, bathrooms, hustling lovers in and out and shuffling corpses,  flavored with rapid fire repartee that lifted audiences out of their chairs, from Blithe Spirit to Present Laughter to Private Lives Coward spoofed the upper classes and kept them laughing.

Westchester Broadway Theatre, in a stroke of timely inspiration, takes us deep into the heart and optimism of a show business promoter—with America’s farce master: Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor, winner of  3 Tony awards and 4 Drama Desk awards when it took  to Broadway in 1989 then came back in 2010,and nominated for three more.

Flash

to Friday night present to one of those old  stuffy WBT Grand Hotel room suites of 1934  with austere wallpaper, small rooms, and tinny doors in Cleveland.

Saunders, the General Manager of the Cleveland Opera Company played with David Merrick panache by the veteran Broadway master, Philip Hoffman,  nervously awaits Max (his assistant, J.D. Daw) to transport the star of the night’s sold-out benefit performance to the hotel.

Saunders is distraught when Max arrives without Tito Merelli, (Joey Sorge, recently seen in A Bronx Tale on Broadway) was not on the train. Saunders has a fit and right away you catch his anxiety. A full house and no star!

But the show must go on–no matter who sings.

J.D. Daw shows Maggie (Ms. McCaskill), he has singing chops. Their romance is heated up by Max being “tapped” for stardom.

Saunders immediately hits on the idea of  Max, who sings, as possibly replacing Tito. But dismisses it. Maggie (Saunders’ daughter, whom Max adores) enters and it appears Max sings pretty good to her.  When Tito arrives with his  romantic Italian accent, and possessive wife,  Maggie hides in a closet to get his autograph.

THE IMPRESARIO
Philip Hoffman as Saunders, tries to calm down Maria Tito the Tenor’s wife, as Kathy Voytko explodes in perfect indignation in high dudgeon as she gives Tito the tenor (the quintessential Italian star Joey Sorg) tries to get a word in edgewise. She’s the top! J.D.Daw as Max cringes at her vintage vitriol.  It was Ms. Voytko’s Westchester Broadway Theatre debut ,a hilarious triumph

Tito’s  demanding high strung Italian spitfire wife Maria is given  high drama, hilarious volatility by Kathy Voytco (never has a perfect Italian nose been held higher), Maria takes umbrage, assuming Maggie is a secret lover. Maria writes Tito telling him  she is leaving him.

Emoting, Tito says he is going to kill himself, but Max calms him down.

THIS IS HOW IT’S DONE, KID
Joey Sorge as Tito the Tenor (right) captures the colossal egos of every tenor who ever lived, After threatening to kill himself , Tito gives Max (J.D. Daw) singing lessons.
 Their duet is a satirical simplification of opera cliches worth seeing if you hate opera or love it.
The duet ends up saving the day

He gives Max singing lessons and they duet together, momentarily assuaging Tito’s grief. Tito lies down for a nap. When Max goes to get him. Tito is dead.

Saunders is distraught, again he approaches Max that he could impersonate Tito. And the farce rumbles into high, non-stop mayhem.

WHAT’S GOING ON?
Enter Max, (Daw) as Maria encounters the post performance liaisons:
The comic bellhop, Sam Seferian, obsequiously snarky, Tregoney Shepheard as Julia Chair of the Opera Guild who is pursuing Tito (Joey Sorg) who is pursuing Maggie (Molly McCaskill) , while Philip Hoffman as Saunders is trying to explain Diana the redheaded Soprano Hannah Jane McMurray .

On to the Second Act. Max pulls off the impersonation of Tito and the audience is deceived (a magnificent joke in itself). Now the door slamming begins in earnest.

Diana, the soprano looking for her next role with Tito, comes to the hotel room to meet Tito, who is the real Tito. The case of mistaken identity engulfs the redhead opera soprano, Hannah Jane McMurray, looking to meet Tito and possibly get a break. She seduces Tito (who goes along willingly) works her wiles on him in hilarious style.

 Maggie comes into  congratulate Tito on his performance, thinking he is the real Tito, but instead he is Max, who is all too willing to accept her praise.

It is hard to tell who is who without a scorecard. Every character is trying to hide from the other.

This was the first performance Friday night and was right on the money with timing, choreography of door slams. Mollie McCasskill, in her WBT debut(Maggie), and Hannah Jane McMurray (Diana)  fit their roles like gloves, emulated show business ingénues superbly, and fit in seamlessly frantic in their madcap dashes in and out of closets.

Philip Hoffman  as the master producer Saunders steals  the show as the plotting mastermind who reacts to every crisis with a fantastic solution, earning big laughs, dominating when is onstage.

Joey Sorge (Tito), the real tenor, struts and emotes with vintage Italian exaggeration, embodies the machismo and ego of a star tenor, and is at his comic best in playing off the ladies whom he does not know.  He also lies on a bed for a good portion of the play which is an amusement in itself. Such a ludicrous sight to see.

J. D. Daw (Max) compliments Sorge (Tito) with perfect comic interplay, expressions of bewilderment, shock, and apprehension with deadpans, horror and gazes that keep the audience chuckling, guffawing and laugh out loud bursts. His singing is a bonus!

The play appears to be a take off on the real life incident when the choreographer of 42nd Street died before opening night in 1956, and the producer did not tell the cast of the death until after the opening night performance.

Do yourself a favor, get away from CNN, CSPAN, FOX NEWS, and leave laughing to the last door slam at Lend Me a Tenor, playing through January 26.

Book your suite next door to the doings in the producers’ suite at the WBT Hotel. Call the box office at (914) 592 2222 or go to www.BroadwayTheatre.com.

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RYE BROOK DORAL ARROWWOOD — TONEY GOLF CLUB OFF ROUTE 120 CLOSING JANUARY 12.

WPCNR REALTY REALITY. January 4, 2019:

Doral Arrowwood is closing

The Doral Arrowwood Resort has filed notice that it would be closing on January 12, reports WPDH Radio 101.5 on the Boris and Robin Show

The luxury resort features a golf course, pond, and plenty of extra amenities for their upscale guests. The Doral Arrowwood’s website also boasts a fine dining restaurant and English style pub.

All check-outs must be made by Monday, January 6.

The show reported on its website:

“According to a filing with the State of New York, the Doral Arrowwood is closing due to “loss of funding.” It’s unclear what the future of this sprawling property will be but for now, it’s expected to be shuttered later this month after all of the 275 employees are laid off.

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK RECAPS THE STORIES OF THE YEAR 2019 WWW.WPCOMMUNITYMEDIA.ORG OR YOUTUBE NOW

Link to youtube for 1-3-20 show:  

https://youtu.be/GsG94ZmldRo

JOHN BAILEY

THE NEWS SINCE 2001


ON

WHITE PLAINS DEVELOPMENT GETS ROLLING

EMINENT DOMAIN RISES AGAIN AS CITY DEVELOPMENT TOOL


FASNY GOES ON AND ON AND ON MY FRIENDS

THE GOOD COUNSEL STANDOFF OVER DIRTY LEFTOVERS

NORTH 60 DELAY

PLAYLAND GO ROUND COST AND PERFORMANCE

THE LONG LONG DELAY OF THE COUNTY AIRPORT MASTER PLAN

SALES TAX BONANZA FOR THE COUNTY BUT WILL IT GROWTH ENOUGH

ANDREW CUOMO’S $2.2 BILLION WINDFARMS

ANDREW CUOMO’S TOLLS ON THE TAPPAN ZEE


SEIU 32 BJ AND THE TEAMSTERS FIGHT MANAGEMENT GREED AND INHUMANITY MANAGEMENT FOLDS LIKE CHEAP SUIT

SLAP ON WRIST THEN A FAT PRICE HIKE FOR CON ED

WHITE PLAINS THE BUDGET PROGNOSIS FOR CITY AND SCHOOLS

THE NEW COMMON COUNCIL

CON ED GAS MORATORIUM CONTINUES WAITING FOR GAS


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A NEW YEAR LIKE NO OTHER

WPCNR NEWS & COMMENT. By John F. Bailey. January 1, 2020:

The celebrations have ended. The trash and streamers being cleaned up. The innocuous adlibbed television specials mercifully over. The traditional dinner parties celebrating friendship and renewing bonds between us over the years over. The bowl games are about to begin to distract us from a year like few in recent memory, is fraught with anxiety for not just ourselves but for our way of life, our sanity. We have become a nation of fear. We never used to be that way.

It is a lot like 1940 when World War II began. America did not know what was ahead. We did not want to get involved. There was heavy sympathy by the press and prominent leaders not to get involved in the rapidly escalating conflict.

We are in another conflict now. A conflict for our attention. A conflict within ourselves in this country, A conflict with the world as we know it at stake.

At no point ever in my 75 years as an American citizen did I ever think our nation that has long been a beacon of hope for the oppressed of the world, a nation built by immigrants would ever lose its reputation in the world community, and worst yet forsake the proven principles of science, human decency, and compassion and ignore what it says to us at the peril of us all.

We are assaulted daily, if you watch the news with conflicting ideas. Opinion is treated as facts. Feelings interpreted as genuine and entitled and relevant. This is not fact, ladies and gentlemen. Actions are to be informed by research and facts and what is right. And we all know what is right.

I repeat: we all know what is right and when what is happening is wrong.

So since we as individuals have no direct ability to change our leaders in both houses of congress, in the cabinet, in the state legislatures to do our will, how are we to survive this new anxiety brought about by this new anxiety.?

I propose to make a resolution, a personal executive order to focus on the matters I and my family can control. We have to focus locally and not be swayed by the hatreds, and irrationality of congressmen, legislators on every level of government who say anything to influence us to like them, and promise to act in our best interests and that of our great country, but don’t.

We also must learn not to be afraid of them. For that matter, every person that controls you, you have to lose the fear of them that often inhibits your ability to grow.

Every year we fight the same battles personally: the bad habits we have had for years. The preconceived notions that prevent us from learning or wanting to learn. The self-preservation instinct that creates fear of the new, fear of change, and most of all the fear of losing what we have.

Organization, or lack of it, has been my problem all my life. I want to change that, but I succumb to the rationalization to procrastinate one matter I don’t want to do. So this year I will tackle that again and try to fight the procrastinatia. Prioritizing would be new for me.

I will spend more time in churches where the voice of God speaks in your head if you listen. And the more you listen, the more you are pointed to the right decision. It is weird but the church is much warmer and inspiring when it is empty. It seems to rise up around you and rise silently about you to listen to you. The Great Spirit as Indian leaders called it–spoke to them from the land around them.

Turning to your personal world, I need to PAY ATTENTION TO THINGS YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH YOUR FAMILY, YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR TALENT.

I resolve to communicate better with my spouse because it is through not paying attention to her creates the discord that is always waiting to flare up when one person is disappointed with the other. So I have have decided to fix this. You know the behaviors that send your spouse off the handle. Well you can stop doing those, I know I do things that irritate the other but refuse to fix them in the past because I was inconsiderate. For the wonderfulness I bring to my relationship, the flaws: not doing things she asks on time, not listening carefully, forgetting things irritate her the most, because she feels it means I don’t care to please her. Well I am fixing that.

When irritations cause rancor in a relationship, the rancor wrecks intimacy, respect, love and caring. So I am going to fix that. And bring the relationship back. The same can be said for estranged relatives. They are only a phone call away. Of course, they could call me, is always my excuse. But see, that is fear and guilt on my part. Abolish that fear of rekindling a relationship or letting the feeling of not caring about extended family keep you apart.

My mother when she was alive would always call me on a Saturday, greeting me with “Don’t worry, it’s just your mother.” She would feel guilty about checking in with us, but she wanted to. If you feel guilty about reestablishing ties. You are just deciding to let them go. That’s the reality. You can always let them know you care about them at the very least.

The same is true of children. As my children grew up, I would always give them warnings, advise them of situations to be aware of, and I still do that in the hopes that some day when faced with the situation in question, they would remember your words and it would help them. Instilling your experience without giving commands is an art. You are investing your experience in them that they can draw on when they need to. They are long gone now out of my home. But we both have a great relationship. They like coming home. And we worry about them to this day.

As my wife’s mother said, “you are only as happy as your unhappiest child.”

Your community: You can pay more attention to what your town government is doing. It is in your self-interest to do so, and pay attention to the grandiose plans they have for growing your community and county. If you ignore what they are doing, only worry about your neighborhood or your particular house that is not what I mean. You should engage. Speak out at public hearings, if you are lucky enough to be able to have city government that tells you about the public hearings, and the projects more than 1 week before they vote on it.

I do this website that is my contribution to public service because twenty years ago I realized Gannett was only covering one story a week in White Plains. Now they rarely cover one a month. So I have been doing it for many years now. It is the best use I have put my writing talent to all my life. If you have a talent, try to expand it. Use it for others it will make you feel really good. Or, you can help. I have a friend who serves in a soup kitchen, and particpates in Red Cross training and service. An admirable participation in the community that brings him closer to those less fortunate and extends his sense of compassion and humanity.

This year, more than ever I think I need to do that and become more aware of the consequences of not caring. We have leaders of both parties who do not care for anyone, just as long as they are elected or do what they want. They always have. It is up to us to listen to the human side of us…the rule “do unto others what you would have them do onto you.” Our country used to do that. As individuals in our community we have have to work to rekindle that spirit.

I also have another resolution that works for me: stop watching the news. It just produces anxiety and worry and deflects you from your personal mission with your family, your community, your plan for your life. You cannot control events except locally. Remember that.

So this is how I intend to live through 2020. And for once make it really a better year and grow as a person. Grow each day. Enjoy the honesty and hope our children offer, and remember the good things about your past and carry their legacy to others.

The only way out is through.

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Westchester Legislators Deplore Rockland county attack on Rabbi

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER From the Westchester County Board of Legislators December 29, 2019:

Members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators deplore the attack Saturday night at the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg in Monsey and offer strong support to the victims, their families and Congregation Netzach Yisroel.

Board Chairman Ben Boykin (D- White Plains, Scarsdale, Harrison) said, “While we wait for all the facts to be investigated, we do not hesitate to categorically condemn all acts of violence, hatred and bigotry wherever and whenever they occur.

“But we need to do more than offer our condemnation after the fact.  We must work proactively and with vigilance to protect one another and to combat the rising tide of violence and intolerance plaguing our nation and the world. 

“We thank County Executive George Latimer for directing the County Police to offer additional protection to the County’s synagogues and other Jewish facilities, and we will continue to work with the administration and the County’s Human Rights Commission to face the scourge of bias, discrimination and related violence during this holy time of year and always.”

Majority Leader Catherine Parker (D – Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye) said, “The Board of Legislators is committed to seeing that our laws provide the highest level of protection to our residents. I have reached out to our Chair of Legislation to ensure that we will take up discussion to investigate strengthening our definitions of hate crimes and hate incidents as New York City has done, as soon as our new term begins.”

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Chase–Reacting to WPCNR Spotting an “official looking bank communication scam”

WPCNR SCAMSTOPPERS. From Abuse@Chase.com. December 28, 2019:

This morning WPCNR received a letter from “Chase” via e-mail about a transaction that was made by my defunct account on December 27 in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

I called up my local White Plains Chase bank where I used to have accounts, the key words are “used to.” The Chase person handling my call identified it as a scam and suggested I forward it to abuse@chase.com . I did that and received this warning in return from Chase:

Thank you for forwarding the suspicious communication you received. 

If you need assistance or replied to a suspicious message, please visit chase.com/contactus.

You should continue to look out for email, calls, or texts that:


 Ask you to provide your credit or debit card number, any personal information, such as your Social Security number or taxpayer identification number, or your chase.com sign in information,
– Threaten to close your account if you don’t send personal information immediately, or
– Tell you that unauthorized charges are on your account and ask you to enter or confirm your account informatio
n.

These communications are designed to look like we sent them, so be careful 

and report any that you receive. Chase will not ask you for personal 

information by communication.

For more information and advice, visit chase.com/security.

If you have an account-specific question or are notifying us of a complaint, please visit the Secure Message Center or call us so we may address your concern.

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COUNTY HEALTH DEPT AWARDED $87,000 Grant for Increasing Hepatitis B Vaccinations.

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Westchester County Department of Communications. December 28, 2019:

The Westchester County Health Department will receive an incentive grant that recognizes its partnership with healthcare providers and parents in protecting children from vaccine-preventable diseases.

“It is gratifying to me to see our staff acknowledged by the New York State Department of Health for their dedication to the important goal of increasing immunizations,” said Sherlita Amler, MD, Commissioner of Health. “We also owe our success to medical providers and parents, who partner with us to protect newborns and all children from vaccine-preventable diseases.”

The County Health Department will receive the maximum award of $87,095 for exceeding expectations in reporting by its Immunization Action Program and Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program.

Through outreach, follow-up and office visits with pediatric practices, the Immunization Action Program works to increase childhood immunization rates countywide, and to assure that healthcare providers administer the recommended vaccines in a timely fashion and record them in a state immunization registry. In pursuit of the program’s goals, a nurse visited more than 100 pediatric and family practitioners to share best practices during the year

The goal of the Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program is to prevent the transmission of hepatitis B from an infected mother to her child during childbirth.

Efforts include outreach to healthcare providers and to pregnant women with Hepatitis B. The purpose is to assure that these newborns receive post-exposure treatment immediately after birth as well as two or more vaccines by the time they reach six months of age, to protect the child from hepatitis B.

After assessing the pregnancy status of about 700 women with Hepatitis B each year, the program tracks an average of 50 pregnant women and their newborns each year to prevent Hepatitis B transmission.

Newborns infected with hepatitis B have a 90 percent chance of developing lifelong infection. Currently, there is no cure for hepatitis B, but completing the hepatitis B vaccine series provides more than a 95 percent chance of lifelong protection.

Hepatitis B is a highly contagious and series viral infection of the liver. Hepatitis B can lead to premature death from liver damage, liver cancer or failure. It can be spread through contact with an infected person’s blood, bodily fluids or through sexual contact.

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK THE DEC 27 PROGRAM on YOUTUBE NOW AT

WPW for 12/27 on youtube https://youtu.be/LMzqxO75Dmw

COMPLETING 19 YEARS ON THE AIR

WPW for 12/27 on youtube https://youtu.be/LMzqxO75Dmw

THE DISCARDING OF PREMIUM PAYMENTS FOR RETIREES WHO RETIRED BEFORE JULY 1, 1995

THE COUNTY SALES TAX RECEIPTS ARE HEALTHY BUT LOWER THAN NEEDED…A LOT LOWER

WHITE PLAINS SALES TAX RECEIPTS REBOUND NICELY

SEIU 32 BJ BACKED BY TEAMSTER SUPPORT, HAMMERS OUT A CONTRACT–NO STRIKE, AND SEIU GETS WAGE, BENEFITS GOALS

NEWSIES REVIEWED

WHITE PLAINS FACES MAJOR SEWER REPAIRS COMING UP

COUNTY ALSO FACES MAJOR SEWER REPAIRS–MONEY COMING FROM THE STATE CLEAN AIR ACT FUND.

THRUWAY TOLLS DECEPTIVE

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