Latimer’s Westchester Exec. Campaign Holding Weekend Events

It’s a busy Sound Shore weekend in George Latimer’s Westchester County Supervisor campaign.

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Rye Brook Cyber Attack Linked to Iran

It was still a mystery why the small Bowman Avenue dam became the target of Iranian cybercriminals.

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Rye Brook Dam Cyber Breach in 2013 Reported

The Bowman Avenue Dam in Rye Brook was the victim of an Iranian cyber-security hack two years ago.

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Larchmont , Mamaroneck, other Towns Sued For Water Pollution

The groups allege that the county and towns have failed to adequately limit ongoing water pollution

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Mamaroneck Shows Cleanest, and One of Dirtiest Waterways

The cleanest 2015 site was at Taylor Lane in the outer Mamaroneck Harbor

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Westchester’s LI Sound Water Quality Rated Low

Beach closures in the summer and shellfish beds are among the more visible effects of pollution

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“Monster Storm” ‘Juno’ Bombs

The monster storm predicted for Monday night and Tuesday was not the unique, possibly historic, and crippling, monster the National Weather Service seemed to predict.

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Best Public Schools in US? How Do We Rank?

Westchester has Four School Districts in the Top 10…

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Local Governments, School Districts Fail at Public Info Says Watchdog

Mamaroneck, Larchmont, Scarsdale, Rye, New Ro all said to “fail” at giving citizens information

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3 Local Sewage Plants “at Risk”

A lot of work needs to be completed in order to cut pollution.

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School Districts Get State Increases

Port Chester, Blind Brook, Rye, Rye Neck and Mamaroneck all received increases above $100,000 of what had been in last year’s state budget.

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Done Deal: $162 Million for Environment

The state legislature approved $162 million for the Environmental Protection Fund

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Wanted: $200 Million for State’s Environmental Protection

The EPF’s budget can dramatically affect dozens of Westchester communities that are struggling for funds to fix broken sewer pipes and prevent beach closings

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Need Some Soul?

Soul Cycle, that addictive, slightly cult-ish mind-body workout is coming to Rye Ridge Shopping Center,

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Coming Up: Peruvian Food Fest: June 23

Local Chefs, Peruvian artists and hundreds of people from Westchester County, Connecticut and New York City will join Tasting at Peru Food Festival and Expo

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Deadline to Grieve Your Assessment is June 18

If you think your assessment (and therefore your taxes) is too high, the deadline for filing a grievance is June 18th in most municipalities throughout Westchester

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Mothers Day Means Local Flowers

Let’s just take care of Mothers Day (May 12) right now.

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Open Houses and Houses for Sale

The housing market heats up in spring. Have a look at some new listings…

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Dangerous Driving, Again

theLoop is still working on identifying dangerous areas for drivers, pedestrians and the general public. Our information is mainly crowdsourced

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House of Wax, and Not at all Scary

Most women and a growing number of men have some experience with waxing– that once nearly Neanderthal service.

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Bringing the Farmers Market into Your Kitchen

What if you could get the pick of the Farmers Market delivered straight to your kitchen?

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14 Year Old Arrested in Rye Invasion Hoax

RYE–A 14 year old Rye teen has been arrested in the home invasion hoax last week in Rye, says Rye Police Commssioner William Connors. Last Wednesday a caller told Rye Brook Police that three armed men were in his home at 105 North Street in Rye and had shot his sister. He said the intruders were barricading the door of the home with couches and that he was hiding under a bed. The final message was “it is getting worse,” police say. This caused a huge police response;  Rye Police, Rye Brook Police the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, Harrison Police, Port Chester Police and the MTA Police were all involved.  A woman was evacuated from the house with her teenaged son and two friends.

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Rumorville: New Stores for Rye Ridge

RYE BROOK–   Rye Ridge Shopping Center wants you to know about new stores, 10,000 square feet of new stores. Shoe-Inn Shoes has signed a lease for the former Walden Books space (this is their 11th store)  and Massage Envy has signed a lease for the majority of the former Blockbuster space. There will also be a new Customers Bank in the Plaza Building. Both will open in the Fall. The Rye Ridge Shopping Center describes itself as “comprised of three distinct components which are integrated together and serve as the “downtown” or “town center” of Rye Brook.

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Be Beary Careful Out There….

RYE BROOK–Did you hear that a black bear was spotted in Rye Brook last week? Rye Brook police are advising residents to be on the lookout after a black bear was spotted near the Connecticut border Tuesday evening. They don’t know if it’s the same bear  that was reportedly tranquilized  in Greenwich, Conn. recently. The Rye Brook sighting was on North Ridge Street near King Street and the Hutchinson River Parkway.

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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.

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School Elections Today: Info You Need

 

Information:

Mamaroneck

New Rochelle

Rye

Rye Brook

Rye Neck

Scarsdale

White Plains

for those not listed above:

Ardsley | Bedford | Briarcliff Manor | Bronxville | Byram Hills | Chappaqua | Croton-Harmon | Dobbs Ferry | Eastchester | Edgemont | Elmsford | Greenburgh 7 | Harrison | Hastings | Hendrick Hudson | Irvington | Katonah-Lewisboro | Lakeland | Mount Pleasant | Mount Vernon |  North Salem | Ossining | Peekskill | Pelham | Pleasantville | Pocantico Hills | Port Chester | Somers | Tarrytowns | Tuckahoe | Valhalla |  Yorktown |

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Coming Up: League of Women Voters Annual Luncheon April 27

From LWV Chapters in the Sound Shore Area:

The timely issue of campaign finance in the midst of this presidential election year is the focus of the League of Women Voters annual luncheon at noon on Friday, April 27th at the Orienta Beach Club in Mamaroneck. Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause NY, will tackle the controversial topic, “Money in Politics – Can Americans Beat the Odds and Establish Fairness in Campaign Finance?” at the luncheon that is co-sponsored by the LWV chapters of Larchmont-Mamaroneck, New Rochelle and Rye, Rye Brook and Port Chester. The event is open to the public. To make a reservation, please mail a check for $45 payable to LWV Larchmont/Mamaroneck to LWV, PO Box 811, Larchmont, NY 10538. Please e-mail questions to lwv10538@aol.com.

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Coming Up: Sound Shore ‘Superwomen’ to be Honored

The Junior League of Westchester on the Sound (JLWOS) Spring Fling Benefit will honor “Sound Shore Superwomen,” says  member Sonya Cronin, Saturday March 31 at 7:30 at The Winged Foot Golf Club. “We will pay tribute to five local women (non-JLWOS members) making significant contributions to the Sound Shore Community:

Anne Avenius of St. Augustine’s Church (Larchmont, NY)

Deborah Blatt of The Sharing Shelf of Family Services of Westchester

Melinda Lehman of Larchmont-Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force

Marissa Massa of Our Lady of the Rosary Church (Port Chester, NY)

Missy Palmisciano of County Harvest. This special evening also hosts a silent auction accompanied by food, cocktails, and live music. Proceeds benefit the charitable activities of the JLWOS, including SMART Girls (mentoring girls in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club), Career Connections (assisting women seeking help with professional transition) and Project Madres (improving self-esteem and confidence in Spanish-speaking immigrant women so that they can provide a better life for themselves and their children in the U.S.).

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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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Coming Up on Both Sides of the Hudson

A plethora of listings from our friends at RivertownsGuide.com

Thursday, March 22 from 6pm – 9pm
Best Practices: The Do’s & Don’ts of Social Media [link] | Westchester Burger Company Rye Brook
275 South Ridge Street, Rye Brook
Presented by Westchester Business Connection. Appetizers included, cash bar. Networkin, A Great Social Media Education(Nothing Technical!!!) for “All levels of expertise.”. The event highlights feature: A presentation from Keith S. Chan from The Froogle Institute for Social Media. www.keithschan.com/about/ and www.FroogleInstitute.com

Thursday, March 22 from 6:30 – 8pm and Thursday, March 29 from 6:30 – 8pm
Home Buyers’ Workshop: Two-Part Series | The Warner Library, Tarrytown
Thursday, March 22: Buying a Home:What You Need to Know
Thursday, March 29: Securing a Home Mortgage
Both workshops are FREE.

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Polls Open Until 9:00 pm

Voters in 15 villages in Westchester go to the polls today to elect local offices. Contested elections in (alphabetically) Buchanan, Irvington, Pleasantville, Scarsdale, Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. Elections are uncontested in Briarcliff Manor, Bronxville, Elmsford, Hastings-on-Hudson, Larchmont, Pelham, Pelham Manor, Rye Brook and Tuckahoe. Find out who’s running: Visit LoHud.com’s Village Elections 2012 guide.

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Cool Finds: The Kneaded Bread in Port Chester

It’s the end of the day at The Kneaded Bread in Port Chester and Jeff Kohn has sold 800 rolls and 300 loaves of artisinal bread: pullman square loaves, provolone, olive, multigrain and more. “This is no museum bakery,” he says, proudly. Opened in 1998, long before Port Chester was a hot foodie destination, The Kneaded Bread’s downtown vibe, delicious breads and welcoming, warm bright cafe had no trouble creating a following. “People didn’t think this concept was going to work in Port Chester 15 years ago, but we believed,” Jeff says, referring to his wife Jennifer. “Half way between the Rye and Greenwich train stations seemed like a natural.

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What Do We Do for the Next 9 Days?

If you’re sticking around, there’s plenty to do. Here are some suggestions from the Journal News to do with kids, and as always, watch our Coming Up column.  

If you’re leaving for the break, listen up:  In light of a marked increase in local break-ins, police say prep the house to make it look like you’re not away. Speaking at a crime prevention workshop last week, Town of Mamaroneck police urged residents to create a “vacation plan” that includes steps like putting house lights on timers and stopping mail and newspapers. Alerting neighbors to your departure is another wise move, they said.

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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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Tweet or Chat on Facebook with Nita Lowey & Students During State of the Union

Congresswoman Lowey visited New Rochelle High School Monday and invited kids to chat further online Tuesday night.

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Time Ticking for Gedney Farm House

Preservationists need $2,500 a month or a buyer to save historic home from the wrecking ball.

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Anonymous Robocalls Targeting Democrat Latimer

Assemblyman George Latimer says he traced nasty calls to a law firm representing the State Senate GOP.

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Dominatrix vs. Cops

Over in Greenburgh a judge is allowing the Manhattanville College dominatrix to go forward with her lawsuit against some local police officers.

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A Mighty Wind

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Westchester County.

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Our Towns: Rye Brook

Rye Brook is a Village within the Town of Rye that established in 1982, when a group of citizens began a movement for independence.

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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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Should Rye Town come off the Map?

The State of New York is studying the cost efficiency of dissolving the Town of Rye.

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Eileen C. Kelly (1920-2011)

Eileen C. Kelly, 91 of Rye Brook, NY passed away on December 30, 2011. Born to Joseph and Lauretta Cahill on January 31, 1920 in Mt. Vernon, NY. She married Francis A. Kelly in 1943 in Mt. Vernon.

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Ho, Ho, Homely for the Holidays

At some point someone will turn to you this holiday season and ask, “What are you getting?”

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