Reader Mail: Racoons, a Reminder


To the Editor:
My husband and I were surprised yesterday by an uninvited guest in the bright afternoon sunshine – a sick or injured raccoon laying on its side, breathing heavily, huddled against the wall of our garage. I called Mamaroneck (Village) Police Department who gave me the number for a trapper.  I called the trapper and explained the situation.  This raccoon could well be rabid.  I was told that the initial trapping fee would be approximately $300.   If the animal were indeed found to be rabid, then I would have to additionally pay for the cost of the rabies test and for proper disposal of the animal.  Final cost would be upward of $1000. I thank my lucky stars (and also the “rapid” raccoon as my kids call it) that it was scared enough when we found it to gather the strength to amble off into the woods across the street and disappear.  It saved me hundreds and hundreds of dollars.  but now the issue becomes a risk to others since the raccoon is out there somewhere and may pose a risk to public health.  our house is next door to the Girl Scout house which means more opportunities for exposure. This is a worrisome situation here for sure.  Homeowners who don’t have this kind of extra cash handy will attempt to dispatch sick animals on their own.  I am not criticizing the Police Dept. they are just the best.  But I was really surprised about this policy and the possible risk to public health and safety that this policy creates.  I would think that the heavy tax bills we all pay could cover the costs of removing rabid animals whether they happen to roam onto private property or not.

Almarc Says Goodbye, Closing in Larchmont and New Rochelle




from a Loop reader who asked to remain anonymous:

I went to the Larchmont Almarc today for my antibiotic and left wanting an anti-depressant.  Mom & Pop are deserting me again. As the pharmacy manager handed me my prescription he told me the store was closing in a couple of days, as part of a multiple store sale to . . . you guessed it, CVS.   Prescriptions were being transferred to the big chain’s local branch furthest from my home.

Pet Project: Benefit for a Boston Terrier

Here’s a sad (not) shaggy dog story. Napoleon is a Boston Terrier in Larchmont that was misdiagnosed by a Veterinarian and had to have an eye removed. His owner, Michelle, is having a fundraiser at Selah Salon and Lounge in White Plains March 30 at 9:30 pm. Read more about Napoleon’s story here. Extra proceeds, from silent auction, raffle items, and items up for purchase, after paying for his surgery, will be donated to the Boston Terrier rescue group.

Local Soccer League Accused of ‘Abusive Behavior’


theLoop received a Letter to the Editor from a reader claiming the Mamaroneck Junior Soccer League (MJSL) engaged in “disrespectful and abusive behavior” against a team from Fox Lane recently. We asked MJSL for a response, which you can see below it. To the Editor:

On Saturday night Mamaroneck FC 93 played Fox Lane FC Best Friends in soccer at The Armonk Indoor Soccer League winning the game 5-1 and also a place in the Hall of Shame along with their coach and some of the parents. During an intense game the coach of the Mamaroneck team resorted to a play of verbal attacks on the Fox Lane players and their coach, even promising one of the players, “I’ll see you after the game…”

In this country we live by rules and the golden rule for any sport is respect.  On Saturday, the Mamaroneck coach failed on every bullet point in the Code of Ethics.  The ultimate offense came when his players refused the traditional team handshakes after the game.  Where’s the leadership and sportsmanship? The disrespectful and abusive behavior exhibited throughout the game by the Mamaroneck coach only incited the players which, not surprisingly, led to a melee after the game.   What was surprising, however, was the conduct of some of the parents who asserted their own aggression on their defenseless opponents that were half their size.  How absurd!

Science Olympians at Hommocks

Bragging rights from a proud mom:

Cathy Melamed writes,
Shameless science stage mom here…My son, Ian, and his friend, Michael Hyams,  students at Hommocks, won medals at the Hudson Valley Regional Finals of the Science Olympiad last week!  They are in 6th grade, and they placed 5th in their category “Reach for the Stars.” Just passing it along in case it sounds interesting to you.  (It’s a big deal to us, but I totally get that it might not be to everyone else, really!)  Thanks for all that you do. Thanks, Cathy. Congrats to Ian and Michael!

Reader Mail: Squeeeeeeezing in New Parking

To the Editor:

I thought you would find this amusing. I have attached a  picture of one of the few newly created parking spots at the Mamaroneck Train Station.  Does anyone agree that at least spot #172 is a little too close to the crosswalk? I know parking is a problem in the Village but this space seems more of a hazard and won’t solve the overall problem. Judy Santarsiero


Westchester Boys Win Winter Baseball League


A Westchester-based team has won the Winter Baseball League at Diamond Nation in Flemington, NJ. This is the 2nd year in a row the boys won. The Knights led the division from start to finish, going 7-1 in the Diamond Nation 2012 Winter League defeating Baseball Academies in NJ & in Pennsylvania with a + 33 run differential. The Knights success was due to power hitting, slick defense, savvy base running, and solid pitching

The 2012 Knights are comprised of players from Ardsley, Mamaroneck, Yorktown, Stamford, Mahopac, New Windsor, Harrison and Pennsylvania. The Knights lineup / batting order:
Dylan Resk (MIF)
Andy Karlan (C, IF)
Alex Volpi (1B, 3B)
Kevin Stone (IF, P),
Louis Nardella (P, IF, OF)
Gio Marrero (P, IF, OF)
Clayton Masarjian (OF, 1b, P, C)
Aaron Gulibon (P, OF, IF)
Tyler McConway (OF, C, P)

Submitted by Liz & Eric Karlan

theLoop salutes the Knights!

Closing Photo: Homework for Breakfast

Reader David Abramson sent this in, writing: “Stanz, 7:02 am: This is punishment for not getting your homework done. Breakfast at Stanz.  Bad parent.” We don’t think he’s so bad.

Open Mike: Train Station Parking

To the Editor:

If you have the second-tier parking pass that gives you access to designated spaces at the Larchmont (or other) train station, you still have to feed the meter once you’ve parked.  Nothing wrong with that.  It’s an extra burden that comes with the lower price for this pass.  But how many of us have missed trains or come close, because we had to stop at the meter?  How many of us have risked, and received parking violations because we were running too late to take the extra step of feeding the meter?  I’m guilty on all counts. I know this is wishful thinking, and that it is not the most pressing matter facing the Town of Mamaroneck.  But wouldn’t it be great if we could feed the meter via the internet, once we were safely on the train?  You can pay for just about everything else on the internet, so why not parking? It might cut down on the number of caffeine-fueled sprinters running for the train during wet or icy weather.  It would certainly cut down on the build up of people that occasionally occurs at the machines themselves.  It might even increase town revenue, as it would encourage more uniform payment of parking fees. Despite the best efforts of the Town, there have been occasions when late commuters did not pay their parking fees, and got away with it!  A little uniformity and convenience would benefit commuters and the the town. Andy Barovick

photo: alan cleaver on flickr

Pet Project: Adopt Gomer

From New York Pet Rescue:
Gomer is a big sweet lug of a cat who’s been a true survivor. This 3-1/2 year old sweetie resides in a foster home where he thrives on human attention, and has an endearing habit of giving a loud “meow” every time he thinks he might be lucky enough to get a head rub.  Despite being the largest cat in his foster home, he is not at all pushy and mixes well with the resident cats, as well as dogs. Gomer is neutered, in excellent health and up to date with all vaccinations.  The adoption donation for Gomer is $75.  If you have a soft spot in your heart for a big, warm-hearted cat, be sure to contact Larchmont Pet Rescue at 914-834-6955 or visit to meet Gomer.

Reader Mail: Sports Fields Closing in Mamaroneck this Spring?

To the Editor:
As you probably know, both Hommocks soccer/lacrosse fields will be closed for the entire spring for “maintenance”. I have always found the restrictions on use of Hommocks fields overdone – no use for students during the day, closed every Wednesday and the fields open late each fall because the fields are rented in late summer for camp for another town.  Crazy.  Now they will be closed for the entire spring season, putting our kids back into a restricted field situation yet again. These are grass fields that are often littered with goose poop anyway.  They are in perfectly fine condition and with the Flint and High School turf fields finally done, why are we heading into the spring denying our kids the best grass fields they have?  The Hommocks fields are not meant for professional play, and whatever maintenance is done will be completely undone after a season of play anyway.  Can we get real here? I would like to understand how this happens and who makes this decision.  If I understand correctly, this is a Town of Mamaroneck decision.  Perhaps The Loop can enlighten us as to who we should contact to at least have the chance for a discussion to understand the intended logic behind this decision for fields that we pay for so our kids can practice and play on full-sized fields. Thank you,
Barry Silverstein

photo: Sandra Geroux


Double Take: Now What’s He Doing?

We began the week with a photo of this statue standing bravely through last weekend’s snow fall. Today’s Double Take, submitted by Jennifer, shows him at a different angle. She writes, “Is it just me, or is this statue ‘shaking the dew off the lily’?”  

Submit your funny, ironic, weird, ridiculous, etc. local photo to our looppool on flickr, and we’ll post one at the end of every weekday.

Double Take: Sunny Side Up

Submit your wacky local photo to our looppool on flickr, and if it’s funny, ironic, weird, or ridiculous, we’ll post it at the end of the day. Loop reader Jenny snapped this at a Mamaroneck restaurant. A photo in the window features the breakfast special. No extra charge for the enormous insect.  

Reader Mail: The Reassess Mess, Cont’d

An example of how well everything is being handled is the letter from the Town saying that we could watch a replay of the reassessment workshops on LMC-TV. No one received the letter in time.

Happy New Year! Now Dial 911.

Let’s resolve in the New Year to get to know our neighbors. Let’s promise ourselves not to handle though the police a matter that social beings typically handle with a face to face conversation or at worst a phone call.

Will You Let the Assessors into Your Home?

A reader writes, “I attended a Reassessment Workshop Saturday morning, at the Town Center. I had hoped that I would hear things that would ease my concerns with how the reassessment is being handled. Not so…”

The Reassess Mess?

I agree with the concept of reassessment, but only if it is done accurately and fairly. Clearly that is not what is about to happen.

Reader Mail: Where is Delaney’s Bench?

The bench in front of the Junior League’s Golden Shoestring thrift store in Larchmont is gone. It was placed in memory of a two-month-old baby named Delaney who died suddenly in 2009.

Dancing with the 5th Graders

Every September, theLoop receives email about “Ballroom,” a time-worn tradition in Westchester that brings high emotions from parents on both “sides.”

Thanks from the Kemper Foundation

Dear Editrix:
Over the last ten years people in the Larchmont/ Mamaroneck community have joined together to support Richard Kemper Park

and we would like to take the opportunity this holiday season to thank them for doing so. 

Richard Kemper Park outside of Mamaroneck High School honors the individuals from Larchmont and Mamaroneck who died fighting fascism.  William Farrington was one of them.  William graduated from Mamaroneck High School in 1933, from New York University in 1938, from Harvard Law School in 1941.  In 1945, at the age of 30, he was killed in Germany.  You can lift his and the others’ spirits by going to the web site established by the Kemper Memorial Park Preservation Fund (KMPPF) ( and clicking on their profiles.  “The primary goals of the Kemper Memorial Park Preservation Fund,” in its own words,  “are to preserve, protect and restore the Richard M. Kemper Park in its present location and configuration and to educate the community about the history and significance of the Park as a memorial to the veterans of World War II.” 

Richard Kemper Park also promotes the values Mr. Farrington fought to defend.  Those are the values we celebrate during the holidays and which guide our behavior throughout the year:  respect for others who may not share our ethnicity, religion or political views; empathy, the golden rule, democracy, diversity, education and rational discourse.   With that thought in mind the Richard Kemper Foundation for Promoting Human Rights Education was established.  The Foundation sponsors a human rights essay contest at Mamaroneck High school and is hoping to build an endowment that will enable it to offer a human rights scholarship every year to a deserving student at MHS. 

Ten years ago the Kemper Memorial Park Preservation Fund and the Kemper Foundation for Promoting Human Rights Education did not exist and few people knew about the Park.  But thanks especially to the following members of the Larchmont/Mamaroneck community that is no longer the case:

Jan Northrup, the president of the Preservation Fund, Susan Amlicke, the vice-president, Mark Schumer the treasurer and  every other member of the KMPPF. 
MHS teachers Adam Sobel and Mary Cronin who have overseen the essay contest for nine years. Mamaroneck High School principal Mark Orfinger who played a key role in getting the essay contest started. Superintendent Paul Fried, School Board President Janet Tse, and all the other current members of the School Board who have supported the Preservation Fund and the Kemper Foundation. 
Elizabeth Clain, Carol Scheffler, Don Keene, Tina Pantginis, Janice Landrum, and other members of the MHS faculty who have supported the essay contest. 
Rich Darcy who teaches social studies at the Hommocks Middle School and every year visits the park with his students
after inviting veterans from the community to speak to them. 
Tom’s Amlicke whose pro bono legal work helped get both the Kemper Foundation and the Kemper Memorial Park Preservation Fund off the ground. Ed Cofino, the person most responsible for the Preservation Fund’s excellent web site. 
John Esposito who developed a plan for landscaping the Park and putting in a sprinkler system. 
Liza Strauss, Chelsie Walters, and Rick Marsico members of the Kemper Foundation board. Ed and Cheryl Murray, Howie Heyel and the other members of the American Legion who have supported efforts to maintain the Park.