Forgive Us Our Press Passes: Groundhog Day All Over Again

If the groundhog sees his shadow, meaning the sun is out, why then do we get more winter–instead of less?

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To the Editor: Racist Rhetoric at Home

“I needed to show her that if they had the right to instigate that I had the right to stand up to their racist rhetoric.”

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To the Editor: Extend the Larchmont Building Moratorium

“The preliminary findings by the consultant raised numerous concerns among those in the community”

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To the Editor: More on Mamaroneck History

I lived with my parents in Chatsworth Gardens Apartments from early 1939 to late 1945.

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To the Editor: A Larchmont Memorial Day Remembrance

Discovering history in your own neighborhood

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Westchester Parents: Did You Opt-Out?

Advocacy groups on both sides are loudly proclaiming their stand

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April Fool!- When Rupert Murdoch Did Not Buy a Local News Site, Move to Larchmont

The 2011 April Fools Day post on theLoop didn’t fool a single person. It apparently fooled dozens of them.

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Need a Website? Our Developer Can Help.

Are you looking for help creating a website for your business, a project, or a personal website for yourself?

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Editorial: Is Larchmont Leading the Anti-Development Trend?

We think, as do many, that our area is on the leading edge of a positive trend in the County.

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To the Editor: Where is Town of Mamaroneck Architectural Review?

“For the past few years we have witnessed the onerous effects of outrageous overbuilding by opportunistic, local, and carpet bagging builders.

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How Many Fire Depts Do We Need?

Why does such a compact area comprised of two villages, the Unincorporated area and part of Rye Neck need three separate departments?

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Happy Thanksgiving

theLoop wishes everyone a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday

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Out of the Loop: What’s the Capital of Canada? (loopTV)

“Out of theLoop,” features Loop editors on Yahoo.

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World Weighs In on Topless Child at Hommocks, Mamaroneck

The tempest in a teapot near-ejection of a topless 3-year-old at Hommocks Pool last week gets a very high rating of “stupidity”

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Post a Classified or Promote your Business!

 

Our new Classifieds section will help you find help, sell your stuff or rent an apartment. And…we built a self-service Business Directory in theLoop to connect businesses to customers. If you are a small business looking for an inexpensive way to get in front of theLoop’s engaged consumer audience, you can upload a description, a link, a logo or photo and we can even give you a mini-website. This service is $30 a month. They’re going to be big!

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Wake Today for ‘Queen of Soulfood’

One of the things I was most struck by, while covering the death of Sylvia Woods, who lived in Mount Vernon, was the way life, the restaurant and yes, dinner, went on as always. That’s no doubt the was Miss Sylvia would have wanted it. The only visible change outside Sylvia’s famed soul food restaurant in Harlem, other than the announcement of her passing by her grand daughter and son, were that the lights on the marquis, above, later went dark. Today Sylvia’s wake will be held in New York.

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For Westchester, NYC- Con Ed Day 12

 

I’ve been covering the Con Edison lockout for NY1. I want your opinion on this. 3.2 million people pay Con Ed for utilities, including electricity and gas. That’s the entire population of some countries. Talks broke down between the Utility Workers Union Local 1-2, covering Westchester and New York City, and Con Ed management, when their contact expired at midnight July 1.

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Update: Teen Found Safe

Update: The teen has been found, and is safe. Rye Police are looking for 17 year old Jacqueline Socarides, pictured above. She is said to be 140 lbs., with brown eyes, and blonde hair with pink and lavender highlights. Police say she has  contacts throughout the New York metropolitan area and is believed to be in a fragile emotional state. If you have information regarding her whereabouts please call the City of Rye Police Department at (914) 967-1234 or email police@ryepd.ryeny.gov.

For full details, view this message on the web.

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Editorial: Janet DiFiore Should Just Tell the Truth

Interesting editorial in Newsday about Westchester DA’s “housekeeper mess:”
It’s pretty clear that politics is at the root of the controversy over whether Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore pulled strings to help a former live-in housekeeper receive public benefits. But it doesn’t excuse the county’s chief prosecutor from answering some basic questions, especially given her role as head of the state’s Joint Commission on Ethics, a position she was appointed to in 2011 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. In fact, it’s the best way for her, and the public, to get the truth and end this circus. more

photo: Westchester District Attorney website

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Tuesday’s Opening Photo

 

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The Weekly Newsletter is Back!

You begged. You pleaded. We listened. The Friday Loop Scoop is back. Now you can sign up for a daily Loop wire right into your inbox, or the traditional Friday-only.

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Are You Mom Enough? asks Time Magazine

And what do we think about this? Have you seen the latest Time? L.A. mom Jamie Lynne Grumet is shown breast-feeding her nearly 4-year-old son. The picture and story on attachment parenting marks anniversary of Dr. Bill Sears’ The Baby Book. James Rainey at the Los Angeles Times reports, “A Time magazine cover with L.A. mom Jamie Lynne Grumet breast-feeding her strapping, almost 4-year-old son promises to be the head-snapping checkout-stand stopper of the season, based on the fevered reaction provoked by the magazine’s pre-Mother’s Day landing….

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Use our Events Calendar

We are your go-to place for interesting and fun things to do. And. If you have an event you want everyone to know about, go to theLoop’s Events listings. It’s an easy to use, self-serve interface that will list your:
performance
meeting
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exhibit
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film
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with all the information, a map, even a photo, if you like. Just go to the top navigation bar and click “EVENTS.”
Then “Add event” on the right.

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Use Our Events Calendar!

We are your go-to place for interesting and fun things to do. And. If you have an event you want everyone to know about, go to theLoop’s Events listings. It’s an easy to use, self-serve interface that will list your:
performance
meeting
opening
exhibit
sale
sporting event
film
benefit
yard sale
class
whatever…
with all the information, a map, even a photo, if you like. Just go to the top navigation bar and click “EVENTS.”
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White Plains Cop Shooting of Elderly Black Man Will Go to Grand Jury

update: DA Spokesman Lucian Chaflin takes issue with the stories posted by Gothamist and the New York Daily News, which we linked to, below, saying:

“The DA had nothing to do with naming the Police Officer – He works for the White Plains PD and he is their employee and their decision (and policy).” Chaflin also says he gave the New York Daily News six examples on Friday of prosecutions of police by the DA’s office over the last 3-4 years. “There is no case that the FBI looked into before the DA’s office acted –  I have no idea what that alludes to or who claims that, (and) I didnt confirm anything about the Police Officer’s name on Thursday after the News ran a story – the White Plains PD did – through the Commissioner. The Westchester District Attorney’s Office has announced they will present the case of an unarmed chronically ill elderly black man who was shot to death by White Plains police, to a grand jury. A reported 172,134 people have signed a petition urging the district attorney’s office to release audio and video of police’s Nov.

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Use Our Events Calendar!

We are your go-to place for interesting and fun things to do. And. If you have an event you want everyone to know about, go to theLoop’s Events listings. It’s an easy to use, self-serve interface that will list your:
performance
meeting
opening
exhibit
sale
sporting event
film
benefit
yard sale
class
whatever…
with all the information, a map, even a photo, if you like. Just go to the top navigation bar and click “EVENTS.”
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April Fools

 

For those who still think theLoop was purchased by Rupert Murdoch (April 1, 2011), here is a list of some other April Fools day “stories” in history:

8. Econoland: In 2009, the Economist announced an economics-themed amusement park, complete with a “Dow Jones Roller Coaster.”

7. The edible newspaper: London’s Metro put together a photo gallery of people munching on the free daily. The finished pages, it wrote in 2011, “are even given a light vanilla scent.”

6. Belgium dissolves.

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How Will Pension Reform Impact Schools?

At the same time some of you have begun commenting on the Mamaroneck School District’s impasse with the Teachers union, an editorial in Newsday claims Governor Cuomo’s Tier 6 pension reform dosen’t go far enough. It remains to be seen how this will impact teachers and schools in our area. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s hype machine went into overdrive late last week after the Legislature passed a scaled-back version of his Tier 6 pension reform plan. Cuomo said the result was “bold and transformational . .

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The Ides of March

 

“Beware the Ides of March,” says the soothsayer to Julius Caesar in Shakespeare’s play. The date is March 15. According to National Geographic, “Julius Caesar’s bloody assassination on March 15, 44 B.C., forever marked March 15, or the Ides of March, as a day of infamy. It has fascinated scholars and writers ever since.”  And the day is associated with abrupt changes. Says today’s Washington Post, “A look at the Post’s homepage could support the theory that Bad Things Happen Today: The Taliban has suspended peace talks with the U.S., the Republican primary is becoming a full-out brawl, the situation in Syria is only getting worse, and HBO canceled the racetrack drama “Luck” after a third horse died on the set.

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Mamaroneck Children Then, Understanding 9/11 Now

The September 11th Teacher Awards, presented by the Tribute WTC Visitor Center, this year selected 10 teachers to honor. among them,  Mamaroneck High School social studies teacher Melissa Katz. The awards are given each year to teachers who have created exemplary educational projects that help students to understand the historical and humanitarian impact of 9/11. The award ceremony took place on February 26, to commemorate the 1993 first attack on the World Trade Center. In her acceptance speech, Ms. Katz Ms. pointed out that her students were too young to be fully aware of 9/11.  Now, ten years later at ages 16 and 17, it may have been the first time for many of them to have candid conversations with their parents.

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Leap Day

It seems a good time to wonder why exactly there is a February 29 every four years. Leap Day. Says the Daily News, ” leap year is a year when an extra day is added at the end of the month of February. This happens approximately (but NOT every) four years. This applies to anyone who uses the Gregorian calendar – which is pretty much the whole world.

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How ‘theLoop’ Works: A Guide

theLoop posts local content all day on a schedule you can rely on (more or less)

Our new “blog” format makes it easy for you to scroll down to catch up with what you may have missed. Our morning e-mail blast sums it up for you each day in one email. Here’s how we roll every weekday:
7:00 am –  News
8:00 am –  News
9:00 am – Coming Up: a future event you might want to know about
10:00 am –  Cool Finds
(11:00 am- our opt-in newsletter)
12:00 pm – House of the Day from theLoop Real Estate Marketplace
2:00 pm – Real Estate and Architecture
Tuesday:     Our Towns;
Thursday:   Building of the Week;
Friday:        The Way We Were
3:00 pm – Police blotter,  Reader mail, Food, etc. 4:00 pm –
Monday/Thursday:  Locals: Profiles of interesting locals
Tues./Wed./Fri.:  Art, Sports, something new

5:00 pm – Pet Project

6:00 pm – Closing photo, sometimes a Double Take

All subject to breaking news, adjustment and whim.  

photo: June Marie Sobrito

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New York Senator Gillibrand Wants Women ‘Off the Sidelines’

New York ranks among the lowest in the 50 States with women in political office. Women are still largely absent from corporate boards. Women still make 78 cents on the dollar compared to men. We know this, we’ve heard this over and over. How will this change?

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*New!* Loop Events Listings

Looking for something to do? Have an event you want everyone to know about? Go to theLoop’s new Events listings. It’s free. It’s an easy to use, self-serve community calendar that will publicize your
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Another Burglary in Larchmont and Residents Click “Send”

This email is circulating between residents in Larchmont:
Our neighbor’s house was broken into last night (Thursday) while she was in the house. Like the burglaries in the last few months, the burglar got into her car, opened the garage and broke into the house at around 3 AM. He took laptops, wallets, etc. He didn’t go upstairs. And according to the police, the burglar also likes good leather–he takes the good handbags but leaves the non-designer ones behind.

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Join our Photo Pool!

Join theLoop’s photo pool and we may publish your photographs.

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Coming Up: Westchester Day of Service

 

In honor of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. the Volunteer Center of United Way has organized a day of service projects at the organizations below on January 14. Interested? sign up here! Or call 914-948-4452 for more information. Volunteers can choose from 29 service projects at Academic Pathways (New Rochelle), Charles Brieant Community Center (Ossining), Children’s Creative Response to Conflict (Nyack), Family Services of Westchester (Yonkers), Ferncliff Manor(Yonkers),  FSW Sharing Shelf (Port Chester), Green Chimneys (Carmel), Groundwork Hudson Valley (Hastings), Institute of Applied Human Dynamics (Tarrytown), Mount Vernon YMCA, My Sister’s Place (Yonkers), Nepperhan Community Center (Yonkers), New Rochelle Public Library, Richmond Community Services (Yonkers), Rockland Country Day School (Valley Cottage) , Somers Manor, Therapeutic Equestrian Center (Cold Spring), Wartburg Adult Center (Mount Vernon), White Plains Youth Bureau, White Plains YMCA, White Plains Public Library, WJCS Kid’s Kloset (White Plains), and Yonkers Public Library – Will Branch.

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Santa Claus Came to this Town First

In the mid 1930s, a Murray Avenue student asked her father (lyricist Fred Coots) to write a song for her to perform at a school musical. He wrote “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

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Learn about the NY Tax Cap

Come learn everything about the new tax cap, and what it means for schools.

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