Cool Finds: Solano’s Lincoln Lounge, Mount Vernon

This is a must-go if you’re looking for something that’s not typical Westchester.

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Mamaroneck Softball Highlights

Mamaroneck Softball had a busy week

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How Climate Change Hits Westchester

Those of us at home in Southern Westchester have an updated tool for understanding how climate change will affect us.

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Mount Vernon Election Gets Nasty

“Thomas continues to engage in thuggery and make racists remarks,” says the Mayor of his opponent.

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This Weekend: Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye and more…

What are you doing this weekend?

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100 Arrested in Drug Sting: Crack, Heroin in Lower Westchester

A seven-month long investigation by the White Plains Police, New Rochelle Police, County Police , DEA, FBI and the DAs office.

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Westchester Gets “The Leftovers”

If scenes in the Sunday’s premiere of HBO’s The Leftovers look familiar, it’s because many of them were taped right here in Westchester.

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Montefiore VPs Discuss Hospital Takeovers

Montefiore representatives sought to reassure the audience of Montefiore’s interest in doing what is best for the community.

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LoopFood: Chinese New Year

The Chinese Lunar New Year, Year of the Horse, is Friday, Jan. 31st, and Asian restaurants throughout the area will mark the occasion

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Parker vs. Verni: 3 Reasons to Vote for Me.

theLoop asked Westchester County Legislature 7th District candidates Catherine Parker and John Verni to give us the TOP THREE reasons we should vote for either one of them.

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Pet Projects: Mt. Vernon Shelter Needs Help

The Mount Vernon Animal Shelter is at capacity- and needs your help. We have two dogs to show you.

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‘Street-scrape:’ What Happened to Larchmont’s Downtown?

Residents, store owners and an embattled Mayor are expressing frustration with the temporarily aborted Larchmont Streetscape project, but are unable to clean up damage to the aesthetics or economy

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Pet Project: Adopt Jasper

Jasper has been through so much heartache. He is a young boy who was abandoned by his previous owners.

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Pet Project: Adopt Felicia

Felicia has been at the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter for over a year.

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Pet Project: Adopt Clark

Clark is stunning and his mini-jowls are so irresistible as his his curious and friendly puppy-personality.

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Pet Projects: Maxwell and Mindy-Lu

Adopt this cat or dog today.

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Pet Projects in Mt. Vernon and Larchmont

From the Mt. Vernon Animal Shelter, and Larchmont Pet Rescue:

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Cool Finds: Catch a Wave at Willson’s Woods

 

Mount Vernon– Willson’s Woods Park in Mt. Vernon features Willson’s Waves—  The wave pool, which has a graduated depth from 0 inches to six feet, has three-foot waves to bounce bathers around for six-minute intervals.This and ore against the backdrop of an historic Tudor bath house. Willson’s Waves 8 Bradford Road, Mount Vernon, New York

photo: Karen Hessel

 

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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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Which Came First? The Chickens or the Neighbors?

WESTCHESTER– Raising chickens has become a (renewed) trend in Westchester County. Locally grown food gets even local-er with a chicken coop in the back yard. Some people worry that chicks in the ‘hood will de-value real estate. There are reports about neighbors complaining about noise. In a recent New York Times article, a real estate agent crowed, “A chicken coop next door can definitely lower the value of nearby homes, especially when it infringes on a neighbor’s right to quiet enjoyment.”

To avoid this problem many towns don’t allow roosters, but allow chickens.

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Fourth Fireworks and Fun

Larchmont-

10:00 am-Those wacky relay races in Flint Park for all ages. 7:15 pm- Get to Manor Park and watch the arc of fireworks from neighboring areas across the sky. Music by the Dixie Dandies. Mamaroneck-

Till July 5- The Firemen’s Carnival at Harbor Island. Fireworks at 9:15 pm.

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Engel wins Primary in ‘New’ 16th District

Rep. Eliot Engel, D-Bronx,  has defeated  Aniello “Neil” Grimaldi in the primary for the newly redrawn 16th Congressional District. LoHud reports with 85 percent of precincts in the district reporting, Engel led by an unofficial vote of 10,338 to 1,114. The newly established district covers a large section of southern Westchester County and several sections of the northern Bronx. Engel, 65, of the Riverdale section of the Bronx, is an attorney who has represented various parts of Westchester during his 12 terms in the House of Representatives. The new District takes in an area represented by Nita Lowey for many terms.

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Monday’s Closing Photo

Barber Shop, Mount Vernon (June Marie Sobrito)

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Water Safety Festival in Mount Vernon May 26 to be Led by Olympian

 

MOUNT VERNON– We hear ten people drown each day in the U.S. and most deaths happen over the summer months. Drowning is also the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children between the ages of 1 and 14 –most of which occur during a lapse in adult supervision of less than 5 minutes. U.S. Olympic Silver medalist Maritza Correia will visit Mt. Vernon Saturday May 26 to draw attention to pool and water safety as the summer season rolls in. When Correia qualified for the USA Olympic Team in 2004, she became the first Puerto Rican of African descent to be on the USA Olympic Swimming Team, and she is the first African-American woman  to set an American record in swimming.

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Where to Park, as in County Parks, this Summer

 

WESTCHESTER COUNTY– Park it this summer- Passes for over 50 county parks go on sale today. Passes are available at the Westchester County Center and the Parks Department on 450 Saw Mill River Road, Ardsley on Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:

Rye Playland
Dunwoodie and Sprain Lake Golf Course in Yonkers
Hudson Hills Golf Course in Ossining
Maple Moore Golf Course in White Plains
Saxon Woods Golf Course in Scarsdale
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Golf Course in Cross River
Glen Island Park in New Rochelle (tickets go on sale here May 26)

Some of the County Parks include not only those above, but Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers, Saxon Woods Pool in White Plains and Willson’s Waves in Mount Vernon. Beginning June 16 passes will be available daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Brook at Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers, Saxon Woods Pool in White Plains and Willson’s Waves in Mount Vernon. More information here.

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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

SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY AND THE POOR FOOLS

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

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Eating Up Nostalgia

 

Larchmont’s Jeanne Muchnik writes in Westchester Magazine about “throwback eateries that make you feel like you’re 16 again.” She includes Augie’s Restaurant & Pub (2417 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont 914-834-3800 augiesitalian.com);  Carlo’s Restaurant(668 Tuckahoe Rd, Yonkers 914-793-1458; carlosrestaurant.net); Francesco’s (600 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains 914-946-3359);  Giulio’s Restaurant (53 Park Hill Ave, Yonkers 914-375-1043);  Gus’s Franklin Park Restaurant (126 Halstead Ave, Harrison 914-835-9804; gusseafood.com);  Solano’s Lincoln Lounge (209 Stevens Ave, Mount Vernon 914-664-9747), (one of our favorites) and  Sherwood’s Restaurant and Bar-B-Q (2136 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont 914-833-3317; sherwoodsrestaurant.com)

 

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This food truck in Mt. Vernon actually replaced the shuttered restaurant, below, where it is parked.

Should Food Carts Be Banned in Westchester?

MOUNT VERNON, MAMARONECK, PORT CHESTER — We love our street food. But not every town does. Port Chester and Mount Vernon, home to lots of food vendors, are considering very strict regs. In Port Chester, Abendroth Avenue and Don Bosco Place and the parking lots on Highland Street and Marvin Place would be off limits. Mount Vernon is also looking at new regulations after hearing complaints from restaurants and shopkeepers.

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Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle Fined for Medicaid Fraud

 

We get press releases every day from Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle. Somehow, they never mentioned this:

Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester in New Rochelle will repay $2.2 million  after a state attorney general’s audit revealed they improperly overbilled the Medicaid program for years, despite being directed to correct the problem. Mount Vernon Hospital, also investigated, already has paid the state $85,497.50 following an investigation by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s office, according to LoHud.

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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.

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Rosen Redistricted out of Run for Congress

Congressional redistricting has claimed its first victim. Mark Rosen, a Larchmont Republican who had announced his intention to seek the Congressional seat now held by Democrat Rep. Nita Lowey, dropped out Wednesday. “Given the redistricting that was just announced, I regret that I can no longer run the effective race we envisioned with Congresswoman Nita Lowey. My kids go to Murray Avenue School. This is our home.

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Latimer Running for State Senate and War of Words Begins

Assemblyman George Latimer,  Rye Democrat, may not have voted for the re-configured State Senate districts, as he told us last week, but he’s going to run for the seat being vacated by longtime Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer. Latimer announced the run in a letter that went out to district leaders this week, which, according to LoHud, reads:

“The changes we need – the changes I have fought for all my life – involve sacrifice from everybody, not just from ‘the other guy’,” Latimer wrote. “Property taxes are too high, and I have worked hard to address that major worry many of us face; it always comes up as the #1 local issue homeowners are concerned about.”

At least two Republicans have announced their intention to run for the seat: Bob Cohen, a New Rochelle businessman who was narrowly defeated by Oppenheimer in 2010; and Diane DiDonato-Roth, a North Castle councilwoman. Cohen spokesman Bill O’Reilly responded:
“We welcome Mr. Latimer into this race, but find it head-scratching, frankly, that he would bring up property taxes in his announcement. Westchester families pay the highest property taxes in America because of what George Latimer did as a county legislator and as an assemblyman.

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Mt. Vernon Schools Super Reportedly Fired for Improprieties

The former Mount Vernon Schools Superintendent, who was suspended back in November, has been fired. Talk of the Sound reports Welton Sawyer promoted a teacher, with whom he was involved in a sexual relationship, to a six figure post. And he didn’t tell the School Board. In the wee hours of Thursday morning, the Mount Vernon Board of Education reached a settlement agreement with Sawyer which the district refused to make public. The Journal News reports that it has filed a Freedom of Information Law request seeking to obtain the document describing the settlement agreement.

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It’s Deja Brew All Over Again in Fleetwood

Deja Brew might seem like deja vu, but this coffee house, Deja Brew Cafe, new to Fleetwood (Mount Vernon) is the kind those of us old enough to remember the 70’s can appreciate. “We think residents will find the café to be an inviting spot,” says Owner Bruce Tanner.  “Deja Brew Cafe is modeled after the coffeehouses of the 70’s, a place where people can kick back, relax, hear some good music, drink coffee and eat wonderful desserts.”

Since a “soft launch” in November, Deja Brew has already had performances by area musicians, and a live podcast about the Amani Charter School in Mount Vernon. The café is also planning poetry readings, and a regular schedule of entertainment for Friday and Saturday evenings.  The café also hosts activities for kids.

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Is New Rochelle Always Passed Over for Big Box Retail?

Speaking of why some towns get shopping and others do not, (and thanks for your comments on the Armonk supermarket story,) with Whole Foods’ announced move into Port Chester, and Ridge Hill opening in Yonkers, Talk of the Sound recently asked what

Best Buy
Whole Foods
Fairway
Target
Barnes and Noble
and Kohl’s

had in common? They are “some of the retailers who recently took a pass on New Rochelle. The old adage in real estate is location, location, location. Well, for the purposes of future development in New Rochelle, it should be parking, parking, parking.” How do you think New Rochelle can begin to attract the kinds of businesses it wants, if there are any left?

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Mount Vernon is Westchester at a Discount, Says WSJ

 

Did everyone catch the Wall Street Journal piece about Mount Vernon? Bronxville for a bargain? Some of Westchester’s most beautiful homes are there, making it increasingly more attractive to downsizers and first time home buyers. One commenter writes,

“Read the story carefully. If you have school-age children, you definitely do NOT want to send them to any of the Mt Vernon public schools.

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House of the Day: A Little Bit of Country in Mt. Vernon- $749,000

 
This 4 BR 3.5 BA in the Fleetwood “estate” section of Mount Vernon seems like a very good value.  the listing calls it a “Classic Country Colonial, Circa 1920’s.” It has a greenhouse and an au pair suite. Check out all of the MLS listings in theLoop Real Estate Marketplace.

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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.

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More New Metro North Train Cars to Love – Hate

You may recall our conflicted feelings about the new M-8 rail cars on the Metro-North Red Line. Your chances of riding a cleaner, more comfortable | more sterile, computer-voice   train between Connecticut and Grand Central just increased. Metro-North and the State of Connecticut added more new cars to the New Haven Line. As of Monday, 78 new cars are operating on the line — enough to cover about 24% of regular weekday rides.  The new M-8 railcars will cover an even higher percent of weekend travelers.

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Cool Finds: A Dressmaker’s Dream in Mount Vernon

One customer calls Westchester Fabrics “the holy grail of fabrics.”  The Mount Vernon store has been a sewers’ destination for decades. The store is packed with a gazillion different fabrics, homey customer service and a few colorful characters who have worked there for nearly as long as it’s been around. Westchester Fabrics’ staff know their stuff: tell them what you want to make and they will gladly steer you in the right direction. It’s that kind of old school cool that keeps customers coming back for more. Westchester Fabrics, 103 S. 4th Ave., Mount Vernon 914.668.3555  (no website)

Photos by Jacqueline Silberbush

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IHOP- Lock up the Knives

Apparently, things can get a little crazy at the IHOP in Larchmont after hours. Police say that last Thursday, January 19 about 10:30 pm, two workers with the fire prevention contractor, Tristate Fire Prevention in Mount Vernon, got into a bit of an argument after the restaurant closed.  A fight broke out and the defendant reportedly threatened his coworker with a knife.  Police arrested and charged him with 2nd Degree Menacing. They’re not saying if it was butter or steak. A manager at Tristate tells us the men are no longer on the same crew. “They’ve been separated,” she said.

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Parents Say School in Mt. Vernon Running Out of Paper, Other Problems

Last week, Graham School in Mount Vernon almost ran out of paper, says one parent. There’s also peeling paint and an idle computer lab. “I own a home and I’m paying my taxes and I think things should be better,”she says. Waveline Bennett-Conroy, Mount Vernon Schools interim superintendent, says the school district is addressing the issues. “I am not going to say that we are not affected by funding, but we make sure there are no dangerous situations for our kids,” Bennett-Conroy says. She acknowledges the problems, but says money’s not always the problem.  She says the paper  supply ran low because the Graham principal reallocated funds to buy workbooks for low-income children, and the District delivered 15 cases of paper to Graham on Wednesday.

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Coming Up: Order Out of Chaos

Leslie Josel of Larchmont has seen it all in her job bringing order out of a peculiar kind of chaos –people who just can’t throw anything away. And that’s what she named her business, Order Out of Chaos. On Saturday, Leslie is featured on “Stuffed: Food Hoarders,” an episode of the Cooking Channel where she helps out a Mount Vernon family so overwhelmed with the demands of an autistic child that their kitchen, and their lives, are out of control. (click here. You have to see those photos.)

She tackles the family’s kitchen and dining room, “which included hundreds of canned goods, many with old expiration dates, cookware and kitchen paraphernalia piled high to the ceiling leaving those areas virtually unusable.”

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