Emotional Tribute to Vietnam Vets in Mamaroneck

At Mamaroneck High School, alumni Vietnam Veterans were honored Wednesday along with  the 12 classmates who did not return from the war. Sal Ticli, Class of ’64, Purple Heart Vietnam Veteran, organized the tribute in honor of his friend and classmate David Edward Porterfield, ’64. Porterfield was an outstanding varsity athlete in swimming, baseball and football. According to his Silver Star citation, “On July 18, 1966 during Operation HASTINGS in Quang Tri Province, Hospitalman David Edward Porterfield left his position of relative safety to administer aid to fallen members of his unit and was himself mortally wounded. He continued to render medical assistance to others until he succumbed to his own wounds.”

Sal had mistakenly received his friend’s medals from the government earlier this year and it started him thinking  how much he missed his friend and that there never was a proper Welcome Home to the Vietnam Veterans in this area.

Xanadu at Mamaroneck High School

Xanadu will be presented by Mamaroneck High School seniors on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 and 2:00 p.m.  in the high school’s McLain auditorium.  Great fun for the entire family with Greek gods and roller skating. Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $8 for students (including high school); free for senior citizens.   email SeniorMusical@mamkschools.org with your ticket request. submitted by Maria A Vias at Mamaroneck High School:

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.

Over the Weekend

The first snowfall of the season (unless you count that freakishness right before Halloween) finally came. It’ll be gone soon. It’s supposed to get to 50 degrees today. It was very Ferris Bueller in Mamaroneck Schools- First, MHS closed suddenly Friday and the building was evacuated after a Con Ed gas leak right outside the school on Boston Post Road. Weekend school activities were cancelled and some Midterms were postponed.

Senior Prank? Or Violation with Punishment?

A parent email came to theLoop early this morning, saying,”The senior class prank of parking in the teachers’ parking spaces has sent the staff and administration into a meltdown, threatening students and parents alike!”

MHS Girl Rows for the Gold

Mamaroneck High School junior Yasmine Hemida was a big winner at the New York State Rowing Championships in Saratoga Springs last weekend, qualifying for the upcoming national championships in Tennessee. A member of the Pelham Community Rowing Association team, Yasmine has been rowing for the past two years. A true scholar-athlete, Yasmine maintains an A average, has represented Mamaroneck High School on their Varsity Swim Team and is board member of SafeRides, ensuring all students can get a safe ride home on weekends with no questions asked. — Submitted by Amy Lindsay




‘Lockdown’ Incident has Peaceful Ending

At 6:16 pm Monday, the man who had barricaded himself inside his Mamaroneck home after a fight with his wife, causing a lockdown at Mamaroneck High School for several hours during the day, surrendered himself to Village Police and a County SWAT Team.

The Ultimate (Frisbee) Summer

A cross between football, and a game played on beaches, ultimate Frisbee – a.k.a. just “ultimate” – is rapidly becoming a top-tier sport in Westchester.  

And with summer looming, and several camps and leagues springing up locally, it’s a particularly good time to give the sport a shot. “I honestly believe that it’s only a matter of time before Westchester is on the map as an ultimate Frisbee hotspot,” says Rob Hanley, co-founder of a new ultimate camp in Larchmont. First played at a New Jersey high school in 1968, and long considered a hobby game, ultimate has grown over time to the point where, today, high schools in Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye, Scarsdale, Harrison, White Plains, Yorktown and Byram Hills all have clubs. Though the sport has been played locally for a while – New Rochelle High School hosted a countywide tournament back in the early 1980’s – it is now taking more seriously, with schools challenging each other to games, sparking rivalries.

MHS Teens Clothe Hundreds

Three years into helping local families in need, the Mamaroneck High School kids behind the Clothes Closet handled distributing clothes last weekend like seasoned pros. Held on Saturday at the CAP Center in Mamaroneck, the Clothes Closet organizers, who spent the month of April collecting gently used clothes, outfitted more than 300 locals – a feat in itself.  Between 14,000 and 15,000 items were donated. But the teens took the endeavor one step further, turning the building that usually houses the local Food Pantry into an inviting and vibrant place where recipients could feel good about choosing the best fits for themselves. Kids kept busy with board games.

Grease is the Word in Mamaroneck

A cast of over 70 high school students will be performing “Grease” on
Friday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 9 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00
p.m. in the Post Road’s McLain Auditorium at the High School.  

Excitement is growing as finishing touches are being put on the set and the
curtain time is getting closer.  Volunteer Frank Pierson, who has designed
and built sets for a number of years for the senior musical, is helping the crew paint the sets. Greasers and Pink Ladies take time out from rehearsing to pose for a picture. Tickets are $12 for adults; $8 for youth (including high school) and can be
purchased at the door prior to shows.  Senior citizens are invited to attend
a show free of charge. — Fran Barski

Mamaroneck Gets New Principal and School Budget

The first order of business at Tuesday’s Mamaroneck School Board meeting was to confirm Elizabeth Clain as the new principal of Mamaroneck High School. She has been a Social Studies instructor at Mamaroneck High School for the past 15  years.  She received high accolades and a strong recommendation from the district’s superintendent, Dr. Robert I. Shaps. Ms.Clain accepted her new position saying “I am humbled to have been chosen principal (corrected, see below) of Mamaroneck High School.  It is a community that I live in.  It is a school that I have sent my children to.”  She continued, ” I plan to continue to lead as a teacher because that is where my heart is.  My role is supporting teachers so they could do their jobs which is the most important job in school.” Later, the recommended budget was presented by Dr. Shaps.  He explained that he “enjoyed and felt a strong affinity to the group of citizens who comprised this years citizens budget advisory committee” and the goals of the collaborative budget process were to assess the effectiveness of current programs, explore efficiencies to reduce cost, examine the budget in a multi-year frame, remain transparent and work with unions to develop financially sustainable contracts. The two guiding principles under which the budget was developed were academic excellence and an investment in professional development.

All the World’s a Stage: Semi-Royal Shakespeare

King Lear and  Twelfth Night are the offerings this year from The Mamaroneck High School Theater Company,  now in its 37th season. King Lear centers around an aging King who attempts to divide up his estate between two of his three daughters after the youngest daughter refuses his conditions. This is the first time King Lear will be performed by the company.  The SRSC production will take place in a contemporary setting. Twelfth Night is a riotous comedy which takes place in the Adriatic city of Ilyria. A shipwreck leaves a set of twins to make their way in a new town.

MHS Parents: Meet the Candidate

As the leading candidate for principal, Mamaroneck High School social studies teacher Liz Clain is out meeting the community this week, with a special “Meet the Candidate” forum for parents scheduled for Thursday night. Clain — who also fielded questions from about 60 MHS students during lunchtime Tuesday — has emerged as the best bet for the job, after an extensive external search for a new principal came up short, Mamaroneck School District Superintendent Robert Shaps said in an e-mail letter. “Following this process, I concluded it would be best to look inward and consider supporting the professional growth of a current staff member who has the requisite skills and attributes to serve as principal and understands the core elements of a successful high school,” Dr. Shaps said.  “To this end, I am happy to report that we have identified Liz Clain as an internal candidate who we believe is well-suited for this challenging position.”

Clain, who has 20 years of teaching under her belt, has taught social studies at MHS for 15 years, serving as department chair for nine of them. “Liz has a knowledge of instructional leadership that I believe will translate well into the principal position,” Dr. Shaps said.

Mamaroneck Cheerleaders Win Trophy

Closing out their season in top form, the Mamaroneck Varsity Cheerleaders team finished 1st place in the Co-ed Small Varsity division Saturday at Saratoga Springs High School Bluestreak Cup Championship. In addition, senior Jessica Damiano took first place in the Individual Cheer category.   Rounding out the top honors with a strong, creative stunt sequence were seniors Marta Cutelo, Erica Ferraro, Sophie Friedman, Emily Staudt and Kristin Williams who won first place in the Individual Stunt category. “Overall, it was such a memorable and rewarding experience,” said Lisa Ferraro, Varsity Cheerleading coach. “To work so hard as a team all season and get to see all the elements come together in their performances was really so exciting.  This is the first time that Varsity Cheerleading has taken a 1st place trophy in a competition of this magnitude.”

Welcoming the cheerleaders’ home in great ceremonial fashion, Mamaroneck fire trucks met the team’s bus Sunday afternoon at the exit ramp off I-95 and escorted them back to the high school.  With sirens roaring and lights blazing, the cheerleaders took a victory lap and celebrated amongst thrilled parents, family, and friends who lined the Post Road parking lot. Mamaroneck Athletic Director Bari Suman reflects: “The competition in Saratoga Springs was a great culmination to all their hard work and dedication over the course of the past two seasons.


You may think it’s easy to put a High School senior to sleep, but how about 15 of them in folding chairs on the stage at Mamaroneck High School?  And then have them listen to the music in their shoe,  perform a classic ballet (two big teenage boys) and recite the Geico gekko ad? Reapetedly?  Or look out into the audience and see you only in your underwear? That’s the world of hypnotist Tom DeLuca, a huge draw every year at MHS, college campuses and corporate settings. One young man was given an apple and banana and told they were his friends, that he was ‘the friend of all fruit.” Then a hypnotic suggestion that he was very, very hungry produced hilarious results.

Student Photographers Published Nationally

Two Mamaroneck High School Students have been selected as finalists in the “Best of College Photography”
contest presented by Nikon and Photographer’s Forum Magazine out of 14,000 entries worldwide. Their images will be published in the hardcover book Best of College Photography 2011 and be considered for publication in future issues of Photographer’s Forum Magazine. With the generous support of the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation, students at MHS are starting to experience a quality Photography Program to cultivate their critical thinking skills. With the funding of new technology,
an environment has been created to foster students visual awareness and artistic growth. Congratulations to MHS finalists Eloise Schieferdecker, Grade 11, 17 yrs.

Pep Rally Pushes Tigers

Some shots of the Winter Pep Rally at Mamaroneck High School Friday before the winning Varsity Basketball against Scarsdale… and being defeated Saturday night in Hockey, 5-1, against Suffern. Go Tigers! photos by Bryce Loebel

Teens Taking Books to Senegal

A group of 12  Mamaroneck High School students, with with chemistry teacher Amary Seck will be traveling to Senegal this month on a community service mission. They will deliver books and school supplies,  help build a school library and assist school children in the Sengalese village of Lambaye. They are part of an organization known as “Students for Senegal” which was founded two years ago after students in Mr. Seck’s 10th grade chemistry class heard about conditions in his home village of Lambaye. As a final fundraising effort, Students for Senegal is holding a raffle for an iPad, Knicks and David Letterman tickets, and certificates to Rothman’s, Pink on Palmer, Lusardi’s, EB Barrett and other local businesses.  They will be selling tickets this weekend, February 5th and 6th, at the Ferndale Stop and Shop at the Boston Post Road and Weaver Streets.

Local Artist Brands the World

“I’m more interested in people and hearing their stories and telling them through my art.” That was C.J. Reilly’s reply when I asked the Larchmont artist if he had any particular medium he preferred to work in. He then explained that his philosophy is both personal and practical. If you’re not an established artist, you have to be able to diversify and go where the work is to make any regular income —  when you’re not vying for highly regarded and competitive grants that is, he says. And in seeking ways of making a living, the 25-year-old Larchmont resident and Mamaroneck High School graduate has been able to display his talents in a number of ways.