Over the Weekend: Firefighter Missing, Sex Abuse Charge, Dead Body and more….

NEW ROCHELLE–A New Rochelle firefighter, Keith Morris, is missing after a boat he was operating with four others aboard capsized Sunday night off Stamford.Two men and two women were rescued from Long Island Sound but rescue workers continued to search this morning for 31-year-old Morris. All are believed to be from New Rochelle. from LoHud

NEW ROCHELLE– A California man has filed a lawsuit claiming he was sexually abused by Brother James A. Liguori, C.F.C., Ed.D in 1969 when the boy at a Cardinal Farley Military Academy in in Rhinebeck, N.Y. For 17 years, up until 2011, he served as President of Iona College. NEW ROCHELLE — The friends of a 22-year-old victim of an apparent drug overdose drove his body from a Manhattan nightclub all the way to Sound Shore Medical Center — alerting hospital staff well after he’d already died, police said Sunday. from LoHud

EASTCHESTER–An Eastchester man was charged with selling prescription drugs near Greenvale Elementary School was arrested after 20 officers raided his home Thursday, police said.

Steve Otis to Launch Campaign for Assembly


Steve Otis will kick off his campaign for the State Assembly at a reception at the home of his boss and mentor, retiring State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer and her husband Martin will host a fundraising reception for the Assembly campaign of Otis, for 27 years the Senator’s Counsel and Chief of Staff, and a former 3-term Mayor of Rye. Otis hopes to serve the 91st Assembly District which covers Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Rye Brook and Rye. The seat is held now by George Latimer, who is running for Oppenheimer’s seat in the State Senate. Otis announced his candidacy in March.

Paine to Pain is Back- Registration Open


NEW ROCHELLE– The Paine to Pain Trail Half Marathon is returning for its 5th consecutive year on October 14th, to be run on the Colonial Greenway. Registration is now open. The Greenway, dedicated in 2008, is a massive figure-8 with over 20 miles of trails, incorporating many Westchester communities that nestle Long Island Sound. Hosted by the local Sound Shore Runners and Multisport Club, the 13.1-mile race starts at the Thomas Paine Cottage in New Rochelle, off North Avenue with a gunshot from a colonial musket (what else?)

The course proceeds up the Leatherstocking Trail past Larchmont into Mamaroneck, runs through Saxon Woods, and returns down the Hutchinson River Trail through Scarsdale and Eastchester before finishing on the New Rochelle High School track. The finish line is across the street from the start.

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This Weekend


A selection of Friday- Sunday events from theLoop Events Calendar:

Shelter Cats Photographs @ Mamaroneck Library

Infini String Quartet @ Mamaroneck Library

Light Matter” Exhibition and Opening Reception


Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson NY Regional Premiere

Needlework Workshops

Pet Rescue

Job Interview Skills 

Love Makes the World Go Round Concert by Songcatchers

Ballet at The Picture House: La Fille Mal GardeeOpera at The Picture House: Rigoletto

JCC Film Club – The Cinema of Alfred Hitchcock 

Riverdale Festival of the Arts

A Taste of Mamaroneck… Wine Trail

Glowtown Art Workshop

Mary Lorson and The Soubrettes

Coming Up: Fifty Shades of Grey Author Book Signing

No, we can’t believe it either. Not that we have anything against some racy fiction, but when it’s badly written, boring and on the New York Times Best Seller List? The Fifty Shades of Grey phenom continues.  And if you’re really obsessed, you can meet the author in Eastchester.  E.L. James, author of the “Fifty Shades” trilogy, will be at the Willow Ridge Country Club on May 11. The event promises lunch, wines, dessert and Q and A.

James was named by Time Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2012. She will be signing her book from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets to the event cost $85 and can be purchased at www.divamoms.com.

Over the Weekend in and near Westchester


Several Killed as Minivan Plunges Near the Bronx Zoo
Seven people were killed after a vehicle went over the Bronx River Parkway on Sunday afternoon.[NY Times]

150 stroll to fight child abuse at Playland
Past a roller coaster, slides and other rides, scores of people walked around Playland Amusement Park on Sunday to raise money for child-abuse prevention services. [LoHud]

Yonkers blaze rages for hours, displaces at least 13, kills pets
A fire that raged at a multifamily dwelling for more than three hours Sunday displaced at least 13 residents and killed several pets. Two firefighters responding to the blaze at 76 Crotty Ave. [LoHud]

Westchester Dining | Eastchester: A Review of Burrata, in Eastchester
Since it is the name of a fresh, creamy cow’s milk cheese currently in vogue, Burrata seemed like a perfect name for a wood-fired pizzeria. [NY Times]


Photo: Jacqueline Silberbush

Westchester.gov Web Sites Seem to be Working

Several of the Westchester.gov Web sites run by the County seem to be back up–at least sporadically– after being hacked Friday. The hacker’s message poked fun at the county’s computer security, saying “Security is a joke! Your box owned by Mr.XHat Greets To: All Underground Hackers & Mafia Bands.”

The sites were those of Several of Westchester County’s offices, including those for the district attorney, the county clerk and the Board of Legislators. Did this shutdown affect you? Did it get in the way of your doing business with the County, finding directions, or anything else?

New Westchester Congressional Districts Shuffle Candidates

Strap yourself in, folks, and try to follow this. Joe Carvin announces today he’s running for Nita Lowey’s seat in Congress. This is the Rye Town Supervisor that originally announced he would run for Senate against Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand. Then on March 16, the day of the Republican convention in Rochester, he announced that he was bowing out of the race for U.S. Senator. Wednesday, Mar.

Coming Up: The Luck o’ the Irish

A few things to pass on as we round the corner towards St. Patty’s Day. Eastchester: 

The Eastchester Irish American Social Club (EIASC) will sponsor Eastchester’s 8th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday March 11, 2012. This year’s Grand Marshal will be Phil Denning, with Anna Phelan selected as Parade Honoree.

Metro-North Platform Smoking Ban Starts Wednesday


Cold turkey commute. Don’t even think about lighting up while waiting for your Metro-North train. Doing so could get you kicked off the platform, up to $50 in fines or a trip to jail. The MTA’s new ban on outdoor smoking starts today, following a months-long grace period the agency gave smokers to get used to the idea. The ban, which had a soft launch in November, prohibits smoking on Metro-North and Long Island Railroad outdoor platforms, as well as ticketing and boarding areas.

Mamaroneck Town Talks Crime Prevention

A lot of crime prevention comes down to common sense. It’s safer to walk in groups then alone. A home alarm that rings inside and out is a better deterrent then the quieter kinds that don’t offend the neighbors. And don’t bother hiding keys under those fake rocks and other gadgets you see in ads. “The bad guys watch TV too,” said Mamaroneck Town Police Det.

Cool Finds: Happy as a Clam in Eastchester


We’re still in the thick of winter, so you have about 8,000 good excuses to dig into the hearty sandwiches and seafood at Louie & Johnnie’s in Eastchester.  Then again, you’ll undoubtedly come up with just as many convincing reasons come Bathing Suit Season. It’s that good. Newly dressed in basic food bar style – complete with a black-and-white floor and red counter stools – the 4-month-old home of super-yummy cheese steaks and raw bar favorites is the second venture of John Greco and Michael Mannarino, owners of Louie & Johnnie’s Italian restaurant in Yonkers. With its steak shaved paper-thin and shellfish so fresh you could just as easily be beachside, the shop already has garnered its regulars, Greco says. “People seem to like it,” Greco says.

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.

Marcotte Wins in a Squeaker

District 10 incumbent legislator Sheila Marcotte has won her first full term on the County Board of Legislators; her winning margin as of Sunday is 39 votes.

Lowey One of Richest in Congress

Of 531 Members of Congress, including all U.S. Senators and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrat Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) ranks #20 in personal wealth.

Leave The Leaves Alone

Now’s the season when we practice strange rituals. No, not decorating our bushes with spider webs and skeletons. I’m referring to raking and blowing leaves onto the street.

Thick Snow Cover

Garden Now? Are you Kidding?

For those of us who can’t wait for Spring (uh…everyone…?), we’ve compiled a garden checklist to help combat winter blues, indoors and out. Plan ahead
Now’s a great time to assess your garden. Perhaps you want to add some plantings or move things around. Some people keep a notebook or take photos during the growing season. These are really helpful when staring out at your snowy white canvas.