1 WESTCHESTER S OLDEST AND MOST RESPECTED NEWSPAPERS PRESORT-STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID White Plains, NY Permit #7164 Vol 109 Number 26 LGBT Advisory Board Created, Rainbow Flag Raised in Yonkers Friday, June 27-July 4, 2014 Local Art Beat: It s Not Hollywood, It s Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano with Actor James Franco in the ceremonial court room where Franco recently shot a scene from his upcoming movie The Adderall Diaries. Yonkers LGBT Advisory Board Co-Chairpersons Peggy Borgstede and Robert Voorheis. Photo by Donna Davis. Mayor Mike Spano made what many are calling a historic decision last week, when he ordered the raising of the rainbow flag above City Hall to recognize Gay Pride Month, and also announced the formation of an LGBT Advisory Board for the city. The greatest strength of our city is its diversity, he said. Each day, we recognize the rich and diverse culture that continues to make Yonkers the great city that it is. We share in celebrating the contributions of our LGBT Continued on Page 9 Lincoln H.S. Named School Of the Month for June By Steve Force Since the revamping of the mayor s Office of Film and Photography in mid-2012, more than 300 productions have taken place in Yonkers triple the number of productions in the three years prior. These have brought in more than $250,000 in revenue, primarily from location rental fees, and have also generated considerable income for local businesses that serve the film crews. The crews range from about 10 people for a photo shoot to more than 200 for a major film or television production. Regardless of the size or scale of the productions, the film and photography industries are drawn to Yonkers for the same basic reasons: Yonkers is close to New York City, being within what the industry calls The Zone the area within a 25-mile radius of Manhattan s ColumContinued on Page 8 UPAC Marks WorldFest 2014 With Annual Concert Series Mayor Mike Spano with Superintendent Dr. Michael Yazurlo, City Council Education Chairman Michael Sabatino and students and staff of Lincoln High School in their EcoPark outdoor garden. Mayor Mike Spano last week recognized Lincoln High School as the city s School of the Month for June Specifically recognizing the school s EcoPark, an outdoor garden and growing area in the school s courtyard, Spano joined Superintendent Dr. Michael Yazurlo, Principal Ian Sherman and Lincoln H.S. students and teachers to pay tribute to the school. EcoPark is part of the Horticulture Special Education program at Lincoln H.S. and began four years ago when the school s former courtyard was transformed into a large garden. As an ongoing, hands-on learning center, EcoPark is maintained daily by more than one dozen special education students. The school s scicontinued on Page 8 Yonkers Welcomes Italian Delegation to City Hall Welcoming the group at City Hall includes, from left, (front row) Council Minority Leader Michael Sabatino, Yonkers First Deputy Mayor Sue Gerry, Tagliacozzo Mayor Maurizio Di Marco Testa, Vice Mayor Angelo Poggiovalle, Deputy Mayor Steve Levy, restauranteur Rino Morgante and Carlo Chicarella. Photo by Ed Whitman. By Dan Murphy The City of Yonkers welcomed a delegation from the City of Tagliacozzo, Italy last week, as the two communities forged a Gemellagio or sister city relationship and honored and celebrated the many decades of friendship and commonality between the two communities. First Deputy Mayor Sue Gerry and Deputy Mayor Steve Levy welcomed the delegation, led by Mayor the Hon. Maurizio Di Marco Tes- ta and his wife, Gabriella Morgante, and Vice Mayor the Hon. Angelo Poggiovalle, and his wife, Franca Poggi, on their inaugural visit to Yonkers. A proclamation from Mayor Mike Spano was presented to Testa, which declared June 13 to be Citta di Tagliacozzo Day in Yonkers The Citta of Tagliacozzo is located in the Province of L Aquila in the Abruzzo Region Continued on Page 10 Strawberry Fields will kick off UPAC s WorldFest free summer concerts June 28. Untermyer Performing Arts Council has announced the return of a summer favorite a full season of free outdoors concerts and performances from June 28 through Sept. 6. The festivities take place each Saturday evening beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Untermyer Park, 945 N. Broadway, Yonkers. Events will be held rain or shine; in case of rain, call after 2 p.m. for alternate site and directions. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair and take a stroll through Untermyer Park before the concert begins. For more information, visit Continuing our annual summer theme of WorldFest, this year we have slated an exciting lineup of performances to suit every taste, said UPAC s new President Yon Zweibon. For many Continued on Page 9 Area Businessman Goes The Distance for Habitat raise for Habitat for Humanity of Westchester, a non-profit dedicated to providing affordable housing to families and individuals in need. Levitt-Fuirst Associates first partnered with Habitat in 2013, when the company provided financial backing and on-site volunteer labor to build a home for a military veteran s family as part of Habitat s Veterans Initiative. This year, Levitt-Fuirst is gearing up to support the construction of another two homes, and Fuirst has pledged to give all donations raised by his cross-country ride to the non-profit. Fuirst launched his trip June 15 in Seattle, Wash., and intends to bike 70 miles each day at 12 miles per hour. He plans to finish the ride in mid-august in Long Island Beach, N.J., according to his website, Ken Fuirst on his bike trip across North America for What most affected Fuirst durhabitat for Humanity of Westchester. ing the 2013 veteran homes project was his first-hand experience of the By Samantha Diliberti Some people support a charitable organi- positive impact volunteers can make in improvzation by volunteering an hour of their time or ing the lives of others, he related by from writing an annual check. However, Ken Fuirst, his Northern Tier bike route. Jim Killoran, executive director of Habitat a partner at Yonkers-based insurance company Levitt-Fuirst Associates, is going the extra 3,500 for Humanity of Westchester, also noted the trecontinued on Page 5 miles by biking across North America to fund-
2 PaGe 2 - yonkers RisiNG - FRiday, JuNe 27-July 4, 2014 Shoe Shine Chicken Shown At Cannes Film Festival St. Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center Block Party is a Hit Thanks to the barbecue masters volunteers from Yonkers Fire Department-Local 628. Actor Lou Gossett Jr. joins Dwyane Rivera, Al Burgo and Santino Christiano at the Cinerockom International Film Festival. Congratulations to the film short Shoe Shine Chicken for its showing at this year s Cannes Film Festival on May 15. The film was featured at last year s Yonkers Film Festival, as associate producer and actor Dwayne Rivera is a Yonkers resident and homeowner, with two sons attending Montessori Academy. Guests who attended YoFI last year had the pleasure of meeting Al Burgo, the actor, writer and executive producer on whose young life the film is based; director Fernando Cuestas; actor Santino Christiano who plays the young Al; and Rivera with lots of friends and family who were there to support the film. The 23-minute short film is a period piece that takes place in 1963 Coney Island and fol- lows the exploits of two underprivileged boys shining shoes along the boardwalk. Together, they learn many of life s hard lessons at a young age. Released in March 2013, it made the rounds at various East and West Coast film festivals, starting with ReelWorks NYC 2013 and its placement as one of the top three films in its category at the Cinerockom International Film Festival in Hollywood, which qualified the film to be shown at Cannes. Rivera and Santino walked the red carpet along with Santino s mother, Vicky. Next for Shoe Shine Chicken is an additional screening and award ceremony Saturday, June 28 in Manhattan at 141 Henry St., hosted by My Final Shot Production. The St. Elizabeth Seton Children s Foundation hosted its first block party June 21 at the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Yonkers, where residents, families neighbors, staff and supporters came out for a good time. State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer were on hand, as were Yonkers firefighters and members of Local 628, who manned the barbecue. Members of the Yonkers Police Department and Empress Emergency Medical Services were also in attendance. The free block party lasted three hours and featured games, food, arts and crafts, live music, a petting zoo, raffles and more. We wanted to have a fun day for our children to participate with their moms, dads, extended family and siblings, so we came up with the idea to have a summer block party, explained Patricia Tursi, CEO of the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center. We wanted to let our kids, who don t always have the typical joys of childhood, be able to just have fun. Brian Harrington, chief institutional advancement officer, agreed. Not only was this event an excellent way to kick off summer, but it also gave us the opportunity to thank Yonkers and the greater Westchester community for welcoming the pediatric center with open arms these past two years, he said. This event would not have been possible without the support of generous partners, including: Host partner Northwestern Mutual-Westchester; gold partner Putney, Twombly, Hall and Hirson, LLP; silver partners Hudson Valley Bank, the Mancini Family and WTAS, LLC; and activity partners the Kenny Family and the Sontag Family. Thanks to the Yanks: Daly and Jeffrey Find Love at Ball Game Take Me Out to the Ball Game and New York, New York are songs that certainly hold special meaning for Mary Daly and Michael Jeffrey Ashraf. It all started when Mary Daly, daughter of Yonkers City Court Judge Tom Daly and attorney Carol Daly, went to the annual Yankees game attended by court personnel and attorneys. Mary, who attends this game with her dad every year, met Michael that evening. Actually, a few matchmakers who are members of the court personnel wanted Mary and Michael to meet and they rest is history. The couple became fast friends, dated, and on Nov. 17, 2013, Mike took Mary to Untermyer Park and proposed. The couple will be married Oct. 12. Mary attended The Ursuline School, Iona College and Mercy College, where she received her masters degree in marriage and family counseling. Michael graduated from St. John s University School of Law, as did his future father-in-law. Mike has worked with the Westchester County District Attorney s Office for the past nine years and in April 2013 was assigned to the Yonkers City Court. Mary is on the Board of Directors of the Untermyer Performing Arts Center, and now that beautiful park will forever have more meaning for the two. Michael is an incurable romantic, and now the two are both big Yankees fans. Maybe they should invite Yankee Manager Joe Girardi to their wedding! Mary Daly and Michael Jeffrey Ashraf. Celebrating our 125th Anniversary Spa Arab nish an d ic prov speakin ide g avai rs are lable SUMMER ADVENTURES JULY 2014! Welcome to the Center for the Urban River at Beczak s 7th season of Summer Adventures! This unique summer camp is designed around our river-based, hands-on environmental education programs. CURB is located at 35 Alexander St. in Yonkers along the banks of the Hudson River. Summer Adventures partners with other organizations such as The Science Barge, Greenburgh Nature Center, Island Current Fishing Charters, Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club and more! INTRODUCING THE LATEST MEMBER OF THE SAINT JOSEPH S FAMILY TWO ONE-WEEK SESSIONS: Saint Joseph s Family Medicine 415 South Broadway Yonkers, NY (914) Session 1: River Adventures! Ages July 7 11, 10am - 3pm Offering Comprehensive healthcare services for the entire family Pediatrics Adults Older Adults Ammir Rabadi, MD, Medical Director Wendy Sylvester, MD Nadeem Shahid, MD Convenient Hours Basic Testing Services On-Site Most Insurance Plans Accepted Same day appointments available Hours of Operation Session 2: Nature Adventures! Ages 6-9 July 14 18, 10am - 3pm Registration: $350 per session All campers and their families have the opportunity to participate in our complimentary Family Camping overnight event on Friday, July 18 Mon-Wed 9am-5pm Thurs 11am-7pm 2nd Sat of each month 9am-1pm FOR MEDICAL EMERGENCIES, PLEASE GO TO OUR ER AT: Saint Joseph s Medical Center 127 South Broadway Yonkers, New York (914) REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Vicky Garufi, Director of Education ext 12
3 This, Too, Will Save You Big Money By Eric W. Schoen Summer is here and the 4th of July is before us. We ve had fantastic weather so far, and it s time for some great summer bargains. Dining, theater, movies, travel, shopping and entertainment it s all here for you! By the way, if you had followed me on of Much Ado about Nothing with Lily Rabe and Hamish Linkletter opened to rave reviews. Shakespeare in Central Park is always a hot ticket. You can stand on line in Central Park to get your tickets or participate in the virtual ticket lottery: Create a free online account, sign in the day you want to ericyonkers, two weeks attend and at noon you know ago you would have known that Target had mini ipads on sale for $199 (regularly whether you have won tickets for that evenings performance. $299) and about a Groupon Eric W. Schoen Want to see a baseball for $10 worth of Starbucks game at Yankee Stadium coffee and goodies for $5. Never pay retail for anything! Let s start off with the top discount websites you should know about: amazon.com, groupon.com, restaurant. com, ebay.com, overstock.com, livingsocial. com, travelzoo.com, doubletakeoffers.com, retailmenot.com, coupons.com and valpak.com are the most popular websites offering discounts on everything from food to clothing and everything in between. Hungry? Savored.com has discounts for two great Yonkers restaurants, X20 and Zuppas, both right on the Yonkers waterfront; discounts vary based on the time of day. X20 also has a wonderful three-course lunch Tuesday through Friday, a steal at $25. Savored.com features discounts for top restaurants in Westchester and throughout the country. Doubletakeoffers.com has half-off certificates for Carlos restaurant in Yonkers and a great deal for two tickets for dinner and a show at Westchester Broadway theater for $80. Discount certificates on Doubletake go fast, so grab these great deals while they last. Valpak.com offers online coupons, like the ones you get in the mail. Currently they have a $5 off a $20 purchase for BGR Burger at Cross County burgers of all varieties and great sweet potato fries. Up for Happy Hour? T.G.I. Fridays at Cross County has half-priced appetizers and drink specials in the bar area every day of the week, from 3 to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to closing, and all day Sundays. Cheesecake Factory at Ridge Hill has select appetizers and drinks discounted in the bar area Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Cheesecake Factory validates your parking for a generous 2 1/2 hours, giving you time to explore and shop at Ridge Hill. Feeling like cooling off at the movies? There are $6 tickets at Bronxville and Greenburgh Bowtie cinemas on Tuesdays. Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers has $7.50 movies on Tuesdays with $3 local pints of beer, and early Saturday and Sunday morning screenings for $7.50, when they serve a brunch menu. Bargain day at Cross County and Ridge Hill Multiplexes is also Tuesday night, where movie tickets are $7.50. Make sure you sign up for a frequent guest reward card to earn points for free movies and food. Want to see a Broadway show? With very few exceptions, advance discount tickets can be obtained with codes obtained at broadwaybox. com and theatermania.com. Todaytix.com is the new guy on the block, offering discounts at all price ranges. Personally, I use stubhub.com and ticketsnow.com for theater and concerts, which are resellers where prices tend to go down the closer to show time. Don t forget the TKTS booth in Times Square and at the South Street Seaport for same-day Broadway and Off-Broadway ticket discounts from 30 to 50 percent. Shakespeare in Central Park s production or the Mets at Citi Field? Plenty of low-priced seats are available at stubhub.com, ticketsnow. com and even ticketmaster.com. The new stadiums are smaller and more intimate. Take Metro- North from the Yonkers station for $5 and in less than 20 minutes you are at Yankee stadium with no parking drama! Traveling? I have used priceline.com for years and never been disappointed in the rooms I stayed in, from two-star to four-star, either in the United States or abroad. Hotel Tonite, Sherman s Travel Deals, lastminutetravel.com, kayak.com, hipmunk.com, hotels.com, hotwire,com and expedia.com are great resources for discounts on hotels, rental cars and flights. Take advantage of discounts for organizations you belong to, such as AARP or AAA. Midweek, the Revel Hotel in Atlantic City has rooms as low as $109 a night. The boutique hotel The Chelsea in Atlantic City recently had mid-week rooms at $59 on the Hotel Tonight app, and most of the Atlantic City casinos have rooms at less than $100 a night Sunday through Thursday nights the perfect base to explore all the Jersey Shore has to offer. With hotels and car rentals, look for the best price online and then call the hotel or car rental company, tell them what you have found and ask them to beat the price. Ask for free breakfast or entertainment tickets at hotels. Most hotel and car rental companies would rather have you book directly with them than through a third party. Also take advantage of coupons! CVS prints out coupons when you scan your CVS card before shopping and when you get your receipt after you make your purchase. They also send great Internet coupons. It s rare that I go to CVS and don t have a $4 off $20 coupon to apply to my purchase. Sign up for membership at Sears, as they add points to your account for free and discounted merchandise. I frequently get $10 in Sears points and the more you purchase the more points and discounts off your purchase you get. Make sure you sign up for the rewards program at any place you shop or dine. Now that I have saved you some money, how about doing something good for the children of Yonkers? JCY-Westchester Community Partners needs Summer Reading Buddies to work with Yonkers children on their assigned summer reading projects. Call to volunteer for this most worthy program. Enjoy the summer! And me if you know any great bargains offers are subject to change so call ahead. And please, don t drink and drive! We want to see you in September! Reach Eric Schoen at aol.com and follow him on Catch the Westchester Rising Radio Show featuring Dan Murphy and Eric Schoen on Thursdays at 10 a.m. on WVOX 1460 on the A.M. dial. Have a Happy and Safe July 4th Yonkers Rising will return on July 11th Friday, June 27-July 4, Yonkers Rising - PAGE 3 Regina Corelli Earns Amato Scholarship From left are Michael Ruggiero; President John Calandra of Lodge 2600 of the Order Sons of Italy in America, Yonkers; Remo Carriero, immediate past president of the lodge; essay winner and Amato Scholarship recipient Regina Corelli; and her mother, Marie Corelli, of Yonkers. This year s winner of the Amato Scholarship is Regina Corelli, who just completed seventh grade at St. John the Baptist Church in Yonkers, who earned the $500 scholarship named after the late Michael J. Amato, a longtime parishioner of St. John the Baptist and an original sponsor of the church s building fund in Amato was also a founding member of YPS Maintains Highest Graduation Rate of Big 5 Yonkers Public Schools once again leads the Big Five city schools in annual graduation rates, maintaining stability in 2013 at 72.3 percent. New York City achieved 66 percent, Buffalo 56 percent, Syracuse 51.9 percent and Rochester 48.1 percent which is 0.2 percent higher than the district s 2012 rate. The 2009 cohort data released last week by the New York State Department of Education includes August graduates and indicates that Yonkers rate is less than 6 percentage points away from the state average, which is 77.8 percent. Further data also indicates that more minority students in Yonkers graduate in four years than the state average: 72.8 percent of Yonkers Hispanic students graduated in four years as compared to the state average of 59.2 percent; and 64.2 percent of black students in Yonkers graduated in four years compared to the state average of 59.7 percent. As one of the state s largest cities, with the dynamics of urban life, Yonkers continues to outperform its counterparts, said School Board President Dr. Nader Sayegh. We anticipate that the restructuring efforts being undertaken by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Yazurlo with input from the Board Trustees will produce The Calandra Lodge and was active in the civic and political life of Yonkers for many years. The essay contest, open to all seventhgraders at St. John the Baptist, asked the students to identify the Italian American I admire most. Regina s winning essay was about Amadeo Pietro Gianinni, who helped build the Bank of America through hard work and from modest beginnings. greater gains in student performance over the next few years. The district experienced a decline in its Aspirational Performance Measures, from 22.8 percent in 2012 to 9.7 percent in In correspondence to the New York State Education Department, YPS Executive Director of Student Information, Assessment and Reporting Dr. David Weinberger wrote: A possible contribution to the difference appears to be from the changes in the English Regents exam that occurred prior to graduation of the Cohort 2008 students. While the APM rests on both English and math, the change in one of the measures may have contributed to the pattern. The district has been paying close attention to the college and career readiness of our graduates and expects to see APM progress for students in Cohort Moving forward, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Yazurlo said steps have been taken to address APM. The district is incorporating strategies to improve our student performance by aligning our professional development and high school English language arts curriculum to better reflect the Common Core State Standards and the requirements of the new assessment. Cool Off with Frozen At Philipse Manor Hall Philipse Manor Hall will continue its Movies Under the Stars series of family-friendly movies shown on a big screen on the back lawn, Friday, July 25 with an 8:30 p.m. showing of Frozen. Cool down with one of 2013 s hit movies, and join Anna and friends as they embark on an epic journey to free their kingdom from an eternal winter. Along the way, sing and laugh with a goofy snowman, a rugged mountain man, mystical trolls and a loyal reindeer. This film is rated PG. Frozen is about 2 hours long, and visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on; admission is free. Parking for the Manor Hall is located in the adjacent municipal lot at 45 Warburton Ave. The movie will be shown inside if there is inclement weather. For information or questions, call , ext Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site is one of six historic sites and 15 parks administered by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Taconic Region. The historic Manor Hall is regularly open for tours Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. from April to November. For more information, visit aspx.
4 PAGE 4 - Yonkers rising - Friday, June 27-July 4, 2014 On This Day in Yonkers History Mary Philipse Gen. Lincoln Spend the Dog Days Of Summer in Yonkers Downtown Yonkers is the place to be this summer. Starting July 1 there will be a special, free family event every day. The Yonkers Downtown BID has worked with more than a dozen partners to develop a summer calendar that highlights all of the activities for individuals and families to enjoy. There is something for everyone, from award winning jazz performances, to outdoor movies, historic tours, puppet shows, science shows and more. If you haven t been to Downtown Yonkers in a while, you ll be amazed at the renaissance that is occurring. The city has created the beautiful, awardwinning Van Der Donck Park, which literally opened up the Saw Mill River after 100 years of being hidden underground. This park will be host to the Riverwalk Wednesday Music Series, showcasing amazing live performances all summer long. Or visit the spectacular Yonkers waterfront, with its beautiful esplanade, a sculpture meadow and breathtaking views of the Hudson River and the Palisades. The Yonkers Riverfront Library has become the cultural center of the entire city, offering everything from teen programs to an opportunity to meet racing greyhounds. And just down the street, the Hudson River Museum boasts a world-class art collection, new planetarium, and this summer is hosting dozens of family events, including puppet shows, family tea-time and live music. Watch every World Cup game on huge screens at the award-winning Zuppa Restaurant, then why not kayak with the Yonkers Rowing and Paddling Club, or see a movie? One of the highlights of summer will be Yonkers Downtown BID s eighth annual Jazz and Blues at Dusk Summer Concert Series. This fabulous music series is completely free, thanks to support from partner Domino Sugar. Every week in July and August, visit the Yonkers Waterfront Amphitheater to see some of the New York-metropolitan area s top jazz and blues artists. The shows go from 6:30 to 8 p.m., giving Next Week: Movies on Main Street are back! See a calendar of downtown summer events on Page 10 guests the opportunity to eat at one of the great downtown restaurants either before or after the show. Friday Night Jazz kicks off July 4 and features special guest Roxy Perry, once named Artist of the Year by the Westchester Arts Council. Perry, the New York Blues Queen, is a legend, performing the blues for more than 30 years. She launched her blues career in the late 1980s, when she quickly became known for her exciting live performances at clubs, concert halls and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad and won her reputation as the real deal through her riveting live performances. If you re taking your GSP, the address for the waterfront amphitheater is right next door to 71 Water Grant St., Yonkers. The Friday Night Jazz series attracts thousands of people each summer from all over the region, said Dan Lipka, executive director of the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID. It is the perfect mix of a relaxed summer evening on a gorgeous waterfront and amazing live music. This year, the BID is presenting a diverse variety of proven favorites and also showcasing the next generation of stars. The jazz and blues series is just the beginning of an amazing summer schedule, as BID is also producing the Riverwalk Wednesday free music series in Van Der Donck Park, and bringing back Movies on Main Street each Tuesday evening. There is literally something to do every single day in Downtown Yonkers! Visit Downtown.com to download an entire summer calendar. The Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID was created to promote the economic revitalization of the district and the City of Yonkers. BID is also designed to maintain the downtown streets, contribute to public safety, landscape the district, market special events and create promotional opportunities to highlight the area. Additionally, BID will preserve and encourage the cultural, historic, tourist and civic interest of the district and the city. By Mary Hoar Yonkers Historical Society president Monday, June 30 June 30, 1874: At the end of one of the hottest summers in memory, the people of the Village of Yonkers were delighted to learn that the cooling waters of the spring in the Getty Square Park were again available. Hundreds of families had been dependent on the spring for their water and had been compelled to supply their water needs from the spring on the corner of Main Street and Warburton Avenue. June 30, 1874: Defendant August Lachman twice attempted to assassinate James P. Sander, the lawyer for the plaintiff in the courtroom of Judge Gifford, shooting him in the left shoulder and the left hip. Upon satisfying his vengeance, the shooter handed the revolver to Judge Gifford. He was arrested by Yonkers Police Capt. Mangin and locked up in the police station. Sanders was taken home in critical condition. Tuesday, July 1 July 1, 1893: A group of 31 businessmen organized the Yonkers Board of Trade. Wednesday, July 2 July 2, 1928: Four-year-old Edna Yonkers and her 2-year-old brother, Charles, of Nepera Park had one of the most harrowing days of their young lives being stuck in tar. While crossing the intersection at Elm and Griffith avenues, their feet sank deep in the sun-melted tar and they were marooned in the middle of the road. An unidentified brave neighbor rushed to the children and tried to pull them out, and after multiple tries untied their shoelaces and lifted them up and out of their shoes. As soon as the young pair was extricated, the Department of Public Works covered the melted tar with gravel. The two pairs of shoes were left firmly rooted in the roadway, as no one was able to remove them. Thursday, July 3 July 3, 1730: Mary Philipse was born in the Manor Hall. The Mozart Drum Regiment July 3, 1781: Gen. Nathaniel Lincoln and troops landed near the Manor Hall with the aim of attacking the British works on Manhattan Island, but were discovered. Friday, July 4 July 4, 1781: Washington marched from Valentine Hill to Dobbs Ferry. July 4, 1840: Citizens of Yonkers presented Revolutionary War veteran Capt. Joel Cook with a gold medal celebrating his service. He was the guest of honor at a Fourth of July banquet and Hon. W.W. Schrugan, later a judge of the Supreme Court, presented Cook with a gold medal, which bore the following inscription: Presented to Capt. Joel Cook, by the citizens of Yonkers, in honor of his patriotic service in defense of liberty. July 4, Saturday, July 5 July 5, 1882: The 37th anniversary convention of the New York State Teachers Association was held in the assembly room of School No. 2 Sunday, July 6 July 6, 1781: French troops camp along the Sprain River. July 6, 1861: The Mozart Regiment of the Union Army, trained and quartered at Yonkers for several weeks, left by steamboat for Washington. The 40th New York was sponsored by the Mozart Hall Committee of the Union Defense Committee of New York City by special authority from the War Department and was mustered at Yonkers. Because of its sponsor, it adopted the name Mozart regiment. The company fought courageously throughout the war, with two of the men earning the Medal of Honor. The regiment mustered out June 27, 1865 after participating in the Grand Review of the Armies. For more information on Yonkers Historical Society, Sherwood House and upcoming events, visit Society. For information on membership in the Yonkers Historical Society, call or New Ceramic Exhibit At Blue Door Gallery DONATE YOUR CAR Wheels For Wishes benefiting *Free Vehicle/Boat Pickup ANYWHERE *We Accept All Vehicles Running or Not *100% Tax Deductible Hudson Valley Blue Door Gallery will present a new exhibition solely of ceramic art, titled Ceramic Plus: Innovations in Clay, from July 12 to Aug. 23, featuring the works of 19 inventive ceramic artists working in both functional and decorative styles. There will be an artists reception Saturday, July 12 from 2 to 5 p.m. to meet some of the participating ceramicists. Blue Door Gallery presents widely-attended and critically-acclaimed fine art exhibitions in a welcoming environment. It publishes books on many of its outstanding exhibitions and makes available the chap books of its poets. BDG conduct community art programs at the gallery including monthly Open Stage performances, poetry writing workshops, art classes, jazz performances and other special events. Blue Door Gallery is located at 13 Riverdale Ave., Yonkers. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, or as scheduled. For more information, call % Tax Deductible WheelsForWishes.org Call: (914) ABSOLUTE REAL ESTATE AUCTION Sat. July 12th at 12 noon 52 Hanson Road, Deposit, NY Luxurious 5 Bedroom Home on Oquaga Lake 5 Bedrooms 2 Full Baths, 2 Half Baths 2,342 Square Feet New Granite Countertops and Stainless Steel Appliances New Cherry Hardwood Floors 60 Level Lake Frontage Large Deck w/gazebo Cantilevered and Floating Docks Security System Gracious Lake Living in Mint Condition! Sells to the Highest Bidder Regardless of Price!! Open House Fri., June 27th 11am-1pm, Plus 2 Hours prior to auction or by appointment To join the Exchange Club of Yonkers contact Vice-President David Tubiolo at
5 New York Rangers Visit State Capital Friday, June 27-July 4, Yonkers Rising- PAGE 5 Yonkers Woman Seeks Proper Burial for 25 Murdered Cats State Sen. and Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, center, met with members of the New York Rangers hockey team on their recent trip to the Albany. The team, which made it to the Stanley Cup finals this year, falling short to the LA Kings in five games, was honored in the state capital for its great season. Pictured with Stewart-Cousins are, from left, Dominic Moore, General Manager Glen Sather, Assistant GM James Schoenfeld, Martin St. Louis, Derek Stepan and Sen. Michael Gianaris. Precious Polo Needs a Home Adopt Polo today! Yonkers Businessman rindley each VACATIONS & SALES The Yonkers Animal Shelter has many pets up for adoption. Polo is a sweet dog about 9 months old, 40 pounds and very smart and affectionate. He likes dogs, but is not so good with kitties. Polo runs like the wind and also likes to cuddle. He has wonderful kennel manners, and sits and waits for a treat or for a volunteer to come and take him for a walk. Polo arrived at the shelter as a stray about six weeks ago, and would make an excellent family companion. He would especially like a yard and kids to play with him. Visit Polo at the Yonkers Animal Shelter, 1000 Ridge Hill Blvd., between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays and noon and 4 p.m. weekends. For more information, call during business hours or at any time, or mendous impact of volunteerism. If every person and organization from service groups to companies to schools contributes just a little time volunteering, we will be able to end housing poverty in one of the wealthiest counties (in the nation), he said. Habitat for Humanity of Westchester seeks to do more than construct individual houses, Killoran explained. Rather, the organization works to reinvigorate entire communities. To date, the non-profit has supported 11 community gardens, installed more than 100 Habitat planters, and helped restore business storefronts and abandoned homes in urban areas throughout Westchester County. The Westchester non-profit affirms that planting greenery in underserved communities helps decrease crime and provides community-oriented spaces for residents. The organization also collaborates with youth throughout Westchester, leading more than 1,500 high school students who help beautify underserved areas throughout the county. In 2012, the non-profit founded the Yonkers Fire Drum Line, a marching band of 60 low-income Yonkers youth. Members of the band consistently volunteer in Habitat s local community gardens and have played in 37 parades throughout New York State. As Habitat for Humanity of Westchester celebrates its 25th anniversary, its community programs continue to expand to meet the needs of the county s underserved residents. The organization answers the calls of those in need, from Westchester residents flooded by Hurricane Irene to Rockaway s Hurricane Sandy victims, where Killoran helped mobilize 8,000 volunteers who rehabilitated 800 homes and 15 businesses. Every little bit counts, said Killoran, as he read a letter from H.C. Crittenden Middle School in Armonk. The letter contained a donation of $736 raised by the middle school s sixth-grade students who wished, they wrote in their message, to create hope for those in need. More information about Ken Fuirst s bike ride and Habitat for Humanity donations can be found at Outer Banks, NC Vacation Homes! Over 500 Vacation Homes, from Duck to Corolla, Oceanfront to Soundfront, Private Pools, Hot Tubs, Pets and More Book Online at SERVICE F IRST FUN A LWAYS! Yonkers Rising received the following letter from Sandra Ruth Wekstein, a resident at Regency Extended Home Care, on June 2: Dear Mr. Nick Sprayregen, publisher of the Yonkers Rising Newspaper: Please let Mr. Edward Martin know what I have planned. He is the owner of the Hartsdale Canine Cemetery, which is the oldest pet cemetery in the United States. I would be honored to make all the 25 precious cats my very own. I will pay all expenses to have the kittens cremated and put together in one casket, and I will pay for a memorial stone and they can join my dogs, cats and birds that I have put to rest there. I want to make these 25 babies my very own family. God bless all of them and may they rest in peace. I pray constantly that they find these degenerate criminals and that they should have the same fate as these 25 cats. I would love to have a memorial service done for the cats and hopefully have them buried near my other babies. I will have flowers and anyone else can come and put flowers or send them to the cemetery. For half a century, I have been putting to rest my adorable babies and I want these other 25 cats to join my family. Mr. Nick Sprayregen, please publish my letter in the Yonkers Rising and make my dreams come true! We have spoke to the owners of Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, who have agreed to accommodate Wekstein s request. Currently the cats are being held as evidence, and have not been released. The $22,500 reward for information on whoever committed this crime is still available, as the billboard at the corner of Manor House and North Broadway shows (pictured above). Anyone with information can call, in confidence, the Westchester SPCA at Report: Hudson River Watershed Still Plagued by Toxic Pollution Industrial facilities dumped 5,303,190 pounds of toxic chemicals into New York s waterways in 2012, making New York s waterways the 15th worst in the nation, according to a new report by Environment New York Research and Policy Center. The Wasting Our Waters report comes as the Environmental Protection Agency considers a new rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of waterways in New York and across the nation. New York s waterways should be clean for swimming, drinking and supporting wildlife, said Heather Leibowitz, director of the center. But too often, our waters have become a dumping ground for polluters. The first step to curb this tide of toxic pollution is to restore Clean Water Act protections to all our waterways. Environment New York Research and Policy Center s report on toxic pollutants discharged into America s waters is based on data reported by polluting facilities to the EPA s Toxics Release Inventory for 2012, the most recent data available. According to the report, industrial facilities discharged approximately 16,868 pounds of chemicals linked to cancer, 1,873 pounds of chemicals linked to developmental disorders, and 21,676 pounds of chemicals linked to reproductive problems into New York waterways. The center s report summarizes discharges of cancer-causing chemicals, chemicals that persist in the environment, and chemicals with the potential to cause reproductive problems ranging from birth defects to infertility. The toxic chemicals dumped in New York include antimony and antimony compounds, which cause cancer; and developmental toxins, such as lead and lead compounds, which can cause cancer as well as affect the way children grow, learn and behave. Environment New York Research and Policy Center uncovered that IBM Corp. has dumped 987,302 pounds of nitrate compounds into the Wiccopee Creek in Hopewell Junction. Nitrate compounds can cause serious health problems in infants if found in drinking water and contribute to oxygen-depleted dead zones in waterways. The data clearly shows that a range of pollutants, including some of the very toxic chemicals, are released in significant amounts in the Hudson River system by few specific companies, said Hari Pant, director of the environmental studies department at Lehman College. These pollutants are not only harmful to human but also to aquatic life. These companies must do more to cease releasing these pollutants into the river so that one of the most important river systems in the country is protected for both people and aquatic life. Putting the emphasis on the urgency for responsible practices by the individual companies involved is paramount. We must thank Environment New York for bringing this issue to the public. The report recommends several steps to curb this tide of toxic pollution including requiring industry to switch from toxic chemicals to safer alternatives. But Environment New York Research and Policy Center is highlighting one part of the solution that could actually become law this year restoring the Clean Water Act protections to all New York s waters. As a result of court cases brought by polluters, 28,785 miles of streams in New York and 11,146,815 million New Yorkers drinking water are now at risk of having no protection from pollution under the federal Clean Water Act. Following years of advocacy by Environment Research and Policy Center and its allies, this spring, the EPA finally proposed a rule to close the loopholes that have left New York s waterways at risk and restore Clean Water Act protections. But the clean water rule is being vigorously opposed by a wide range of polluting industries outside New York from the oil and gas industry to corporate agribusiness. Looking at the data from our report today, you can see why polluters might oppose it, said Leibowitz. That s why we are working with farmers, small businesses and thousands of ordinary New Yorkers to make sure our voices for clean water are heard in Washington, D.C. The future of the Hudson River hangs in the balance. The public comment period on the clean water rule began the day before Earth Day, and it is still open. New York s waterways shouldn t be a polluter s dumping ground, said Leibowitz. If we want the Hudson River to be clean for future generations of New Yorkers, we must restore Clean Water Act protections to all of our waterways, and we must do it now. Environment New York is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. Visit for more information or to read the full report. 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Call Marc in NY AGENDA FOR ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS Legal Notices Notice of formation of IN- SPIRE LIFELINE INTERNA- TIONAL LLC Arts. Of Org. filed with the Sect y of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/10/2014. Office location: WEST- CHESTER. The street address is: 95 RIVERDALE AV- ENUE, B911, YONKERS NY SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process served to: NANA YAA BAFFOUR- AWUAH, 95 RIVERDALE AVE, B911,YONKERS, NY Purpose: any lawful act. # /23 06/27 Notice of formation of G & G Building Concepts, LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/13/2014. Office location: Westchester County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The Post Office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is: 76 Kathwood Road, Yonkers, NY, Principal business address of the LLC is 76 Kathwood Road, Yonkers, NY, Purpose: Building/Construction. # /20 07/25 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT: WESTCHESTER COUNTY. HUDSON CITY SAVINGS BANK, Pltf. vs. LAWRENCE MAINIERO, et al, Defts. Index #64572/12. Pursuant to judgment of foreclosure and sale dated May 16th, 2013, I will sell at public auction in the Lobby of the Westchester County Courthouse, 111 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd., White Plains, NY, on July 21, 2014 at 9:45 a.m., prem. k/a 13 Baiton St. a/k/a 15 Baiton St., Yonkers, NY. Said property lying and being in the City of Yonkers, County of Westchester and State of New York, being shown and designated as Lot No. 6 and part of Lot No. 5 on a certain map entitled Map of Archer Heights on Trenchard St., 2nd Ward of Yonkers, NY made by Geo. Raynor, C.E. dated May 30, 1892 and filed in the Westchester County Clerk s Office, Division of Land Records on June 19, 1892 in Vol. 12 of Maps at page 6. Approx. amt. of judgment is $282, plus costs and interest. Sold subject to terms and conditions of filed judgment and terms of sale. JOHN N. ROMANO, Referee. COHN & ROTH, Attys. for Pltf., 100 East Old Country Rd., Ste. 28, Mineola, NY. #84386 # /20-07/11 CYTL 2011, vs. NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT WESTCHESTER COUNTY Plaintiff (s), Notice of formation of G&G Building Concepts, LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/13/2014. Office location: Westchester County. Principal office: 76 Kathwood Road, Yonkers, NY, SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The Post Office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is: 76 Kathwood Road, Yonkers, NY, Purpose: Building/ Construction. # /20 07/25 Notice of Formation North Sphere LLC Art of Org. filed with SSNY on 04/10/14. Office Location: 115 Windermere Drive, Yonkers, NY, 10710, Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Registered Agents, Inc., 90 State Ste. STE 700 Office 40, Albany, NY, Purpose: any lawful purpose. Date of Dissolution: no specific date #6543 6/6-7/4 RAVINE GARDENS CORPORATION, RAVINE GARDENS CONDOMINIUM, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, SERVICE EMPLOY- EES, YTL 2009, T10 FUNDING, and CITY OF YONKERS, June 24, 2014 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: A Public Hearing will be held before the Zoning Board of Appeals of the City of Yonkers on TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. sharp, in the Ceremonial Courtroom, Yonkers, New York (building is accessible to the handicapped), on applications for Appeals from the Building Commissioner s decisions and applications for Variances under the provisions of G.O. # , as amended: NEW HEARINGS # 5357A Amend Conditions-HB Longfellow Realty as designated developer, on premises know as 23 Mulberry Street, Block: 2062, Lot: 25, Zone: M # 5399 Area Variance- Cuddy & Feder, LLP, on behalf of New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC (AT&T), lessee, on premises know as 250 McLean Avenue, Block: 50, Lot: 75, Zone: BR # 5400 Area Variance- Ferraro & Stamos, LLP, on behalf of Sirius XM Satellite, lessee, on premises know as 255 aka 1 Father Finian Sullivan Drive, Block: 2172, Lot: 20, Zone: BA # 5401 Use & Area Variance- Cuddy & Feder, LLP, on behalf of New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC (AT&T), lessee, on premises know as 904 aka 900 Palmer Road, Block: 5350, Lot: 1, Zone: A # 5402 Area Variance- Andrew Romano, Esq., on behalf of Spears Development Corp., owner, on premises know as 175 Warburton Avenue, Block: 2099, Lot: 1, Zone: CM # 5403 Improvement to a Non-Conforming Use & Area Variance- Andrew Romano, Esq., on behalf of M. Salzarulo, owner, on premises know as 67 Shonnard Place, Block: 2471, Lot: 40, Zone: MG # 5404 Improvement to a Non-Conforming Use Matthew M. Calvi, Esq., on behalf of Aggarwal Brothers Inc., owner, on premises know as 1022 Midland Avenue aka 944 Central Park Avenue, Block: 5096, Lot: 18, Zone: OL JOSEPH CIANCIULLI CHAIRMAN, ZBA NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF WESTCHESTER T-11 FUND- ING, Plaintiff, against JOHN KOPP, et al., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated 6/5/2014 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in the lobby of the court house, 111 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., White Plains, County of Westchester, State of New York on 08/04/2014 at 09:45AM, premises known as 64 MOUNTAINDALE ROAD, Yonkers, NY All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the City of Yonkers, County of Westchester and State of New York, SBL No.: Approximate amount of judgment $21, plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# Bidders must bring deposit of either 10% of the bid or 100% of the estimated judgment amount as set forth above, whichever is greater. CHECK MUST BE MADE PAYABLE TO REFEREE ONLY. NO CASH ACCEPTED. Christopher B. Meagher, Esq., Referee Gross Polowy, LLC, Attorney for Plaintiff, P.O. Box 540, Getzville, NY Dated: June 24, Defendant(s). ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF: Barry Nesson Law P.C., 700 White Plains Road, Scarsdale, New York Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered herein and dated June 5, 2014, I, the Referee will sell at public auction in the lobby of the Westchester County Courthouse, 111 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., White Plains, New York 10601, on the 18th day of July, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. premises in the City of Yonkers, New York known as tax map number Section 2; Block 2118; Lot 192 Premises will be sold subject to provisions of a filed judgment and terms of sale. A third party Bidder shall be required to deposit 100% of the approximate judgment amount due upon the Judgment of Foreclosure, estimated to be $8,700 or 10% of the bid, whichever is greater. BID DEPOSIT CHECK(S) MUST BE BY BANK OR CERTIFIED CHECK(S) DIRECT- LY PAYABLE TO THE REFEREE. CASH PAYMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. BIDS IN LESS THAN $500 INCREMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. ENDORSED CHECKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED, Index Number: 57854/2012 Dated: June, 2014 Stuart Ball, Esq., Referee THE CITY OF YONKERS, BUREAU OF PURCHASING, City Hall, 40 South Broadway, Room 102, Yonkers, New York 10701, will receive sealed Bids for the following projects until 2:00 PM, on the dates below. Sealed Bids will be publicly opened and read at the address above. Solicitation documents are available for downloading from the Empire State Purchasing Group website at The City welcomes and encourages participation by local and minority and women owned business enterprises. 1. Bid 5864 Opening date 07/11/2014 Public work contract to repair or replace concrete sidewalks and curbs (ED). 2. Bid 5870 Opening date 07/11/2014 Traffic signal improvements at Underhill St. & Scarsdale Rd. (ED). 3. Bid 5825 Opening date 07/11/2014 Elevator preventive maintenance & repairs as needed (TC). 4. Bid 5865 Opening date 07/16/2014 Maintenance & repairs as needed for backup diesel generators (ED). 5. Bid 5867 Opening date 07/16/2014 Supply as needed mechanical joint fittings & ductile iron pipe (DC). 6. Bid 5869 Opening date 07/16/2014 Supply as needed manhole covers, frames, & grates (DC). 7. Bid 5860 Opening date 07/23/2014 Boiler replacement at Murray Skating Rink (ED).
7 Friday, June 27-July 4, Yonkers Rising - PAGE 7 Seniors and Health Care Empress Recognized For Lifesaving Achievements Visiting Nurse Assoc. Honors Three at Annual Awards Event Pictured are EMT/dispatcher Bridgett Fowler, EMS President Mike Minerva, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, paramedic Richard Harvey, paramedic Lt. Michael Blecker, Matt Minerva, paramedic Maria Figueroa and Dan Minerva. In a City Hall ceremony, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano recognized Empress Ambulance for its achievement as one of only two emergency medical providers in the state designated by the American Heart Association as a leader in successfully responding to the most serious type of heart attacks. Spano also noted that Empress, in a recent EMS Week awards ceremony, was designated as EMS Agency of the Year for 2013 by the Westchester EMS Council, and also had staff awarded as paramedic, EMT and dispatcher of the year for In Addition, Empress Paramedic Lt. Michael Blecker has been designated New York State Paramedic of the Year. Sometimes people take it for granted that when they call for an ambulance they ll get the best possible service, said Spano. They shouldn t, because here in Yonkers they get a level of service that is measurably better than almost any other provider in the State of New York. We want to recognize Empress for giving the residence of Yonkers that unparalleled level of service, because it pays off in lives saved. When the American Heart Association says our ambulance service is one of only two in the entire state that is leading the pack in treating the worst heart attacks with the latest technology, that s something to celebrate, he continued. Empress has served Yonkers since 1985 and it receives no funding from the city. Empress received the AHA s Silver Mission: Lifeline Award due to its ability to treat patients suffering from STEMI heart attacks in which all blood flow to the heart is blocked. It utilizes advanced 12-lead EKG machines that immediately provide emergency room physicians with all the data they need, thus saving precious minutes in delivering the patient to a heart center. The bottom line is that we can provide the right treatment beginning immediately at the scene, and that treatment continues without delay when we arrive at the heart centers, said Empress President Mike Minerva. Every second counts in treating a heart attack, and we use the latest technology to ensure the patient is delivered to the appropriate place at the right time, truly making a difference in life or death In addition to the American Heart Association award, the designation as EMS Agency of the Year and having the State Paramedic of the Year, Empress received a total of 68 awards in 2014 from the Westchester Regional EMS Council, setting a record for any EMS agency; 64 of those awards were for successful resuscitation of cardiac arrest victims. Thirty two of those who were saved are alive today thanks to medical care provided only by Empress, not by any other EMS providers, said Minerva. We wish Empress all the best as they continue to make our lives better, and in many cases save them, Spano concluded. Dr. Steven Zelicof accepts the Dana Reeve Caregiver Award from Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley President and CEO Michele Quirolo. On a beautiful, early spring evening last month, partners and supporters of Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley gathered at the historic Haymount House in Briarcliff Manor to honor three distinguished guests. The Hudson River views and stunning scenery served as a perfect backdrop to an evening that featured an elegant cocktail hour, a gourmet dinner and an extensive silent auction with a broad array of items, including culinary delights, sports memorabilia, fashionable accessories, and travel and dining experiences. Dr. Steven Zelicof, founder of the Center for Arthritis and Total Joint Replacement and chief of the department of Oorthopaedic surgery at Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital, as well as founder of Specialty Orthopaedics, PLLC, a multi-specialty orthopaedic group in Harrison, received this year s Ellen Wood Health Care Award, which recognizes an individual s innovation and leadership in, and dedication to the health care industry. The Rev. Charles Barton, pastor emeritus of the First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown and parish associate of the Presbyterian Church in Mount Kisco, received the VNA Award of Merit for his longtime commitment through his service on VNA s Hospice Board and Foundation Board. Maureen Crowley received this year s Dana Reeve Caregiver Award for her dedication to caregiving and support of her mother during a long illness. Proceeds from the annual awards dinner support VNA of Hudson Valley s educational and other outreach programs in Westchester and Putnam counties. Visiting Nurses Association of Hudson Valley is a non-profit family of organizations, which shares a mission to provide quality health care to all people in their communities regardless of ability to pay. Founded in 1898 to provide nursing care for local residents, VNA has continually evolved the meet the health care needs of the community. The organization s expansion in later years to include Hospice Care in Westchester and Putnam and VNA Home Health Services enables VNA to provide a full continuum of home health care services. For more information, visit Generation Yonkers Launches World Cup Jersey Giveaway CORPORATION NOTICE CITY OF YONKERS-NEW YORK PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to law, that the Mayor of the City of Yonkers, New York will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 5:00pm, in the Mayor s Reception Room, Second Floor, 40 South Broadway, Yonkers, New York, on the following Local Law, to wit: LOCAL LAW NO A LOCAL LAW AMENDING CHAPTER 58 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS ENTITLED BUILDING AND HOUSING CODE BY AMENDING ARTICLE VIII ENTITLED VACANT BUILDING REGISTRY Fans cheer for U.S.A. during the World Cup. Dated: June 25, 2014 CORPORATION NOTICE CITY OF YONKERS-NEW YORK PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE MIKE SPANO Mayor Notice is hereby given, pursuant to law, that the Mayor of the City of Yonkers, New York will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 5:15pm, in the Mayor s Reception Room, Second Floor, 40 South Broadway, Yonkers, New York, on the following Local Law, to wit: LOCAL LAW NO A LOCAL LAW AMENDING THE CODE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS BY ADDING A NEW CHAPTER 83 TO READ AS CARNIVALS, CIRCUSES AND FAIRS. Dated: June 25, 2014 MIKE SPANO Mayor As the 2014 FIFA World Cup heats up, the City of Yonkers is getting in on the action. In support of the United States Men s National Team, which defeated Ghana last week in its Group G, the City Hall Clock Tower was illuminated in red, white and blue. In addition, Mayor Mike Spano announced that the city s marketing campaign, Generation Yonkers, is sponsoring a soccer jersey giveaway. Generation Yonkers is placing fliers across the city that contains a QR code that directs mobile device users to submit their contact information. The winner will be chosen at random after the World Cup Final and will receive a national team soccer jersey of his or her choosing. Yonkers is a soccer city, said Spano. We have an incredibly diverse population and fan base cheering on countries from all over the world. It s great to see that diversity recognized and celebrated through the World Cup No matter where you go in Yonkers over the next month, you re bound to find fans cheering on the U.S., Italy, Mexico and nearly every participating country. He the World Cup could not be played at a better time, as it comes on the heels of his call for a professional soccer team to move to Yonkers. In his State of the City address, Spano said a professional soccer team would be a game changer for the city, sparking increased economic development and the creation of additional entertainment venues in Yonkers. If New Jersey can host two New York football teams alongside a swamp, we can certainly host a professional soccer team along Interstate-87, he said. To learn more about Generation Yonkers, visit Yonkers residents are encouraged to share their World Cup experience on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #YonkersWorldCup. NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF WESTCHESTER T-11 FUNDING, Plaintiff, against CHARSYL CONSTRUCTION CORP., et al., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated 6/5/2014 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in the lobby of the court house, 111 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., White Plains, County of Westchester, State of New York on 08/04/2014 at 09:30AM, premises known as 504 SOUTH BROADWAY, Yonkers, NY All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the City of Yonkers, County of Westchester and State of New York, SBL No.: Approximate amount of judgment $32, plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# Bidders must bring deposit of either 10% of the bid or 100% of the estimated judgment amount as set forth above, whichever is greater. CHECK MUST BE MADE PAY- ABLE TO REFEREE ONLY. NO CASH ACCEPTED. Christopher B. Meagher, Esq., Referee Gross Polowy, LLC, Attorney for Plaintiff, P.O. Box 540, Getzville, NY Dated: June 24,
8 PAGE 8 - Yonkers RIsing - Friday, June 27-July 4, 2014 Gateway & Pondfield Apts. Secure Capital Improvement Projects Sarah Lawrence Holds Writing Institute Publishing Conference Lincoln H.S. New housing units are planned to go up in Yonkers. National Cooperative Bank, a leading lender to cooperative housing throughout the tri-state area, has arranged $5.9 million in new loans for two Westchester-based cooperatives, including a $4.8 million first mortgage for Gateway Apartment Owners Corp., a 103-unit cooperative at 60 Gateway Road in Yonkers. Financing was arranged by Edward Howe III, managing director of NCB s New York office. Additionally, Mindy Goldstein arranged a $650,000 first mortgage and a $400,000 line of credit for Pondfield Apartments, Inc., a 16-unit co-op at 133 Pondfield Road in Bronxville. Yonkers and Bronxville are the perfect communities for residents looking for a more suburban feel, while still maintaining close proximity to Manhattan, said Howe. The mortgages for 60 Gateway Road and 133 Pondfield Road will be used for refinancing and toward future capital improvement projects. Gateway Apartment Owners Corp. consists of 11 three-story garden apartment buildings, which were constructed in 1964 and turned into cooperatives in Located between North Broadway and Dehaven Drive in Yonkers, 60 Gateway Road presents convenient travel to Proudly serving the City of Yonkers Nick Sprayregen, Publisher Daniel J. Murphy, Editor-in-Chief Bayan Baker, Assistant to Editor-in-Chief Paul Gerken, Advertising Sales Gregory Baldwin, Administrative Asst. Member of the New York Press Association Fax Warburton Ave, Yonkers, NY Yonkers Rising - USPS Permit #7164 is published weekly by Rising Media Group, LLC 25 Warburton Ave., Yonkers, N.Y Periodicals Postage Paid Yonkers, N.Y. POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Rising Media Group, LLC, 25 Warburton Ave., Yonkers, N.Y Manhattan via the Greystone Metro-North station and the Saw Mill River Parkway. The neighborhood has an abundance of parks, including the nearby Untermeyer Park and Garden, as well as restaurants, shops and St. John s Riverside Hospital. Pondfield Apartments, Inc., sits between Tanglewylde and Meadow avenues, and offers access to the Sprain Brook and Bronx River parkways, as well as the Bronxville Metro North station. The four-story walk-up building was constructed in 1912 and has been a cooperative since The financing for Gateway Apartment Owners Corp. and Pondfield Apartments, Inc. was part of NCB s $22.3 million in financing activity last month, during which the financial institution provided loans to 12 New York area co-ops. As a full-service financial institution, NCB provides term loans, lines of credit, commercial and residential mortgages and personal and business banking products to cooperatives nationwide. NCB offers an array of business banking products for cooperatives including cash management, competitive deposit rates and full-service payment processing and lockbox. ence students use the park to study green sources of energy, growing, bio-mass, recycling and sustainability. Lincoln High School is at the forefront of the sustainability movement, said Spano. The EcoPark program is a model for environmental education and special education in New York State, and together with the city s sustainability measures we are showing our residents that we are serious about protecting the environment and cutting costs. According to the mayor, as part of the city s ongoing sustainability initiative, known as Yonkers Green City, it has replaced 12,000 old streetlights with energy-efficient LEDs, passed green development standards, installed energy upgrades in nine city buildings, converted city vehicles to run on propane, and recently launched an EcoDriving pilot program to cut emissions and reduce fuel consumption. Joined by students and teachers from each of the school s three academies the Scientific Research Academy, Academy of Finance and Arts Industry Academy Spano recognized several of the school s recent achievements, including: * Scientific Research Academy students participated in the Young Science Achievers Program and Symposium, which awarded grants to 20 Lincoln students to fund their research projects. * This year, 46 Academy of Finance seniors are college-bound and 12 students were admitted into the Lambda Alpha Beta Gamma Business Honor Society. * Academy of Finance Students Fatlinda Krasniqi and Naryis Ramirez are headed to Silicon Valley this October after placing first at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Regional Business Plan Competition; student Shimona Morgan placed second at the regional competition. * Arts Industry Academy Honors Choir and Male Ensemble, under the direction of teacher Cecilia Myers, recently returned from the WorldStrides Heritage Performance Programs national music competition in Nashville, Tenn., as a gold medal winner. It also received the Outstanding Choral Group Award, Adjudicator s Award and Spirit of Nashville Award. Senior Angel Binet won the Best Soloist Award and the Ovation Award was presented to senior Yamilet Cortes-Gil. Lincoln High School is the final School of the Month recipient for the school year. Spano started the recognition program in January 2014 as a way to celebrate the significant academic success, extracurricular achievements and community volunteerism of Yonkers students, teachers, administration and staff at Yonkers Public Schools. In Yonkers, we have the brightest students, most dedicated teachers and hardest working administrators and staff you ll find anywhere, he said. Board President Dr. Nader Sayegh added that under the leadership of Principal Ian Sherman, the school has forged a legacy that defines how collaboration with community partners, combined with a dedicated staff and focused students, can create a learning environment that cultivates a passion for learning while fostering academic. Supplemental academic and social enrichments, like the school s ESL Center and EcoPark Program, address the challenges specific to individual students and cater to their positive integration and advancement, he said. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Yazurlo commented that Lincoln High School s successful programs are founded on a business focus that integrates professional training with career-themed curricula guided by industry standards and postsecondary rigor. Students excel in their field of study with a contextual understanding of how that study translates to the real world, he said. Principal Ian Sherman added: On behalf of the Lincoln High School family, I thank Mayor Spano for recognizing us as the school of the month. Under the guidance of our teachers, our students have achieved at the high levels. As the instructional leader, I could not be more proud, and I am looking forward to advancing what we collaboratively accomplish next. From left are Peter Borland, vice president/editorial director of Atria Books; Anne Groell, executive editor for Penguin Random House; and Abby Zidle, senior editor at Gallery and Pocket Books. Marly Rusoff, legendary agent/president of Marly Rusoff and Associates, Inc.; Miriam Goderich, partner of Dystel and Goderich Literary Management; and Sarah LaPolla, fiction agent at Bradford Literary Agency. Yonkers Art Beat bus Circle; and Yonkers also offers a diverse array of locations and buildings exteriors and interiors, urban and suburban, waterfront, old and new, or classic, all within a relatively compact, accessible area. And, just as important, the Office of Film and Photography understands the industry s needs and is organized to respond efficiently and effectively to those needs. Jason Baker is Mayor Mike Spano s deputy director of communications and serves as director of the Office of Film and Photography. Working with other city agencies, Baker has streamlined the application and logistical processes that a production team faces when working with a local government; his office is able to offer onestop shopping. A production team needs only to complete a single application and the office will then arrange for the necessary permits (for which there are no charges) and make arrangements for any support services, such as traffic control, parking, staging areas and other forms of assistance. The turn-around time for all this can be as little as 48 hours. This kind of assistance and cooperation has made Yonkers an extremely desirable place in which to film. Although the office continually promotes Yonkers and itself, more and more productions are coming here because Yonkers has been discovered by key players in the film and photography industries. Spano has made maximizing everything that Yonkers has to offer a priority for his administration, and the efforts of the Office of Film and Photography reflect this, and Baker states that the guiding principal for his office is to cultivate Yonkers as a prime location for filming and photo shoots in a way that maximizes benefits to the residents and businesses of Yonkers. He also notes that some important companies and organizations in the film industry such as Yonkers Stage have begun to establish a permanent presence in Yonkers and he expects more to do By Dan Murphy The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College held its first Publish and Promote Your Book conference June 21, which was attended by more than 50 writers and authors from across the tri-state region, providing useful information about the business of selling and publishing a book. The conference included panel discussions with prominent New York City literary agents, major publishing house editors, and public relations and social media experts. These first-hand accounts from the leaders of the book publishing field provided attendees with helpful tips on how to navigate the challenging world of publishing a book in print and online. Authors were able to network with agents and editors during the breakfast and lunch breaks, and in the afternoon, agents were made available for one-on-one pitch sessions with authors to review their proposed, or completed manuscripts. I attended the conference and the pitch sessions, and would highly recommend both to anyone who has toiled on their novel, or works of non-fiction over the years. The information provided gave all in attendance a roadmap on how to promote, pitch and publish any book. Authors at the event came from a diverse genre, including self-help books, novels, historical fiction and cook books. The one-on-one sessions, with three different New York City editors, was an invaluable tool that would never be available to an unpublished author. The success of the event points to a bright future for more conferences. We are excited about offering this insightful and thought-provoking publishing conference to our growing community of writers in the tri-state region, said Director of the Center for Continuing Education David Donnelly. Participants were given extraordinary access to New York City s top literary agents, editors and publicists, who not only engaged in group discussions but also made themselves available to individual writers to pitch their books. For more information on the Writing Institute at SLC, which offers non-credit courses to adults wishing to join the community of writers, visit so in the near future. The Office of Film and Photography also supports film and photography related events in the city. For example, it is a major co-sponsor of the popular YoFi Film Fest. So, don t be surprised if you run into some 1920s gangsters at the Yonkers Train Station, or on your next visit to City Hall you overhear an impassioned plea for the defense coming from the ceremonial court room. It s not Hollywood, it s Yonkers! For a sample list of films and TV shows that have used locations in Yonkers, visit www. filmyonkers.com. Don t Miss * June 28, 2 p.m., Yonkers Public Library s Weekend Movie Series presents a free movie, The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug, at The Riverfront Library; * June 28, 7:30 p.m., the Untermyer Performing Arts Council presents a free concert, A British Invasion: Strawberry Fields, at Untermyer Park; * July 5, 2 p.m., Yonkers Public Library s Weekend Movie Series presents a free movie, Saving Mr. Banks, at The Riverfront Library; * July 5, 7:30 p.m., the Untermyer Performing Arts Council presents a free concert, A Tribute To Vietnam Veterans: Back To The Garden 1969, at Untermyer Park; * July 12, 7:30 p.m., the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra presents a free concert at Untermyer Park; * Through June 27, Yonkers Public Schools, Yonkers Public Library and Yonkers Arts present The Annual Yonkers Public Schools Student Art Exhibit in the atrium of The Riverfront Library; * Through June 29, a group exhibition titled Four Walls and a Pedestal at the Blue Door Art Center; * Through Sept. 14, a sculpture exhibit titled Lily Cox-Richard: Possessing Powers at the Hudson River Museum; * Through Sept. 14, a multi-media exhibit titled Mandy Greer: The Ecstatic Moment at the Hudson River Museum; Send your announcements, pictures and stories to us at
9 Friday, June 27-July 4, Yonkers Rising - PAGE 9 Mayor Mike Spano with Councilman Dennis Shepherd, Council Minority Leader Michael Sabatino, former Council President Chuck Lesnick and members of the Yonkers LGBT Advisory Board and gay rights activists and supporters. Back to the Garden will perform July 5. UPCA Marks people outside of Yonkers, Untermyer Park is an undiscovered jewel. So we welcome visitors from around the region. Overlooking the Hudson, with the Pallisades as a backdrop, the park offers one of the most majestic views in the region. Untermyer Performing Arts Council is an allvolunteer organization that was started in It not only serves 200,000 residents of Yonkers, but has broadened its reach to the surrounding region. WorldFest 2014 is made possible with support from Mayor Mike Spano and the City of Yonkers; ArtsWestchester s Project Support Grant Program, which is funded by Westchester County Government; Empire City Casino and loyal patrons. Although all events are scheduled, the details of certain programs are still being finalized; concert-goers are encouraged to visit org for updates. June 28: A British Invasion with Strawberry Fields Relive the excitement of the 1960s British Invasion with Strawberry Fields, one of the most acclaimed Beatles tribute bands in the region. The Magical Mystery Tour begins with the year 1964 and travels through the first four albums of great songs. The next stop is 1967, featuring the psychedelic era of the Sergeant Pepper s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. The last musical visit features the White Album, Abbey Road and Let It Be. Jam for hours in every major city the Beatles toured. July 5: A Tribute to Vietnam Veterans: Back to the Garden 1969 At the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969, musicians performed songs of deep heart and conviction that spoke to a generation. The group Back to the Garden invites concertgoers to come back to the music, come back to the magic, come back to the garden. Classic sounds will be heard once again, including Suite: Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby, Stills and Nash; Piece of My Heart by Janis Joplin; A Little Help from My Friends by Joe Cocker; Pinball Wizard by The Who; Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix; and many other songs that were performed at the Woodstock Festival. July 12: A WorldFest Symphonic Tour with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra Now celebrating its 51st anniversary, the Yonkers Philharmonic s 20-plus-piece orchestra will perform well-known works by composers from Europe and the United States. Under the baton of guest conductor Barry Araujo Kolman, the evening s highlights will include works by Leonard Bernstein, Giuseppe Verdi, Hector Berlioz, Aaron Copeland, Ludwig von Beethoven and John Philip Sousa, to name just a few. July 19: New Rochelle Opera s Italian/American Fusion Founded in 1982, the mission of the New Rochelle Opera is to present imaginative and appealing productions for the people of Westchester County. At the Italian/American Fusion concert, professional soloists will perform selections from famous Italian operas and operettas. Rounding out the evening s program will be a collection of perennially popular Broadway show tunes. July 26: Thalia Spanish Dance Theatre Thalia Spanish Dance Theatre will present an evening of traditional Latin American dance and music featuring authentic costumes and instruments. Aug. 2: Danza! A Celebration of Latin Choreographers with Connecticut Ballet A favorite of Untermyer audiences, Connecticut Ballet s artistic mission is the presentation of the highest quality classical and contemporary ballet. In keeping with the Worldfest 2014 theme, this year s program will showcase choreography by Rodney Rivera of Puerto Rico, Alberto Alonso of Cuba, Daniel Fetecua Soto of Colombia and Marcos Vedoveto from Brazil. Aug. 9: LOVELIGHT: An Uplifting Gospel Music Journey Westchester County is home to some of the best gospel choirs and soloists in the New York region. Rooted in faith and following in the footsteps of gospel legends, today s gospel singers take this spirit powered tradition to new heights. For WorldFest 2014, a group of stellar gospel vocalists will present an uplifting evening of traditional and contemporary gospel songs. Aug. 16: Dancing Crane s Georgian Dance Theater The Dancing Crane Georgian Dance Theater is a group of dancers, singers and musicians who present traditional performing arts of the former Soviet republic of Georgia. While the dances and music are performed with strict adherence to centuries-old traditions, their work also includes contemporary interpretations. Songs include folk music in the various regional styles, church songs, city songs, romances and songs from the Georgian classic and opera repertoire. Aug. 23: Lori Belilove and The Isadora Duncan Dance Company s Viva Isadora Lori Belilove and her company continue the dream and indomitable spirit of the mother of modern dance. Duncan s vision combined new and old, creating a modernist, free-form expression, unencumbered by the then-rigid rules of ballet, while drawing from the classical Greek revival and Italian renaissance. Aug. 30: Sounds of Korea with the Korean Traditional Cultural Center The Sounds of Korea Music and Dance Ensemble elevates traditional music and dance from its homeland to a higher level. Its striking instruments and colorful costumes are part of the unfolding of the traditional performing arts of Korea from Buddhist drumming and shamanistic dance to folk dance and music of many regions. Several of the ensemble s members have earned the distinction of Intangible National Asset, the highest national honor for a performing artist in Korea. Sept. 6: Broadway on Broadway A group of Broadway and community talents come together for an enchanted evening of music and theater. UPAC is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1976 with the purpose of promoting an appreciation for performing arts throughout the City of Yonkers. In particular, UPAC sponsors programs for and in the beautiful Untermyer Park. The council is made up of volunteers who are committed to presenting quality programming for citizens who attend the summer performance series in the park. State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins with Council Minority Leader Michael Sabatino and members of the Yonkers LGBT Advisory Board. LGBT Advisory community to our city with the raising of the rainbow flag for the first time ever in Yonkers. Congratulations to all for taking pride in Yonkers. The event was the first public celebration of diversity and recognition for the Yonkers LGBT community. It is also the first rainbow flag to be formally flown in any Westchester County municipality. The iconic eight-colored rainbow flag was created by artist Gilbert Baker and was first displayed in public at the 1978 San Francisco gay pride march. The time has come to recognize the contributions of the LGBT community, said Michael Sabatino Jr., minority leader, the first openly gay member on the Yonkers City Council. We are your brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, your nieces, nephews, your grandchildren and even your elected officials. We are a part of the fabric that makes up the population of the great city of Yonkers. We contribute talents, skills and knowledge to the workplace and to the community at large. Yonkers is one of several New York State localities to have an out gay elected official as a member of a city s legislative body. Other cities include Albany, New York City, Jamestown and Rochester. Local clergy who attended the flag-raising and celebration afterward in City Hall included Fr. John Hamilton of St. John s Episcopal Church and the Rev. Scott Summerfield of Asbury Methodist Church, both in Yonkers. The Yonkers LGBT Advisory Board includes seven members that represent a diverse group of community residents, ranging from an openly gay high school basketball coach, to a nurse, to the former executive director of marriage Equality New York. Peggy Borgstede, co-chairwoman of the recently-appointed board to the mayor s office, stated: The rainbow flag-raising ceremony is a giant step forward for the gay community of Yonkers. Mayor Spano has given the LGBT Advisory Board a great opportunity to listen, help and assist not just gays in Yonkers but all citizens interested in making a better city a place where we can reside and thrive together. I am honored to serve on the mayor s LGBT Advisory Board and proudly represent the LGBT citizens of Yonkers as we remember those who have come before us and look forward to those who are our future by raising the rainbow flag at City Hall, said Robert Voorheis, the group s co-chairman. I m very pleased to give this dynamic group of individuals a platform in which to discuss issues of importance for the growing LGBT community and Yonkers residents, said Spano. The formation of the group now brings the number to four active advisory groups to the Photos by Donna Davis The rainbow LGBT flag is hoisted above City Hall. mayor s office, including one for Hispanic residents, the African-American community and youth. All serve to make recommendations to the mayor on pertinent issues relative to their interest group. Those named were Borgstede, Voorheis, Amy Alvarez, Anthony Nicodemo, Eileen O Connor, Emmanuel Segarra-Otero and Ralph Wilson. The members bring a broad range of experiences and backgrounds to the committee: Alvarez, a married mother of two, has a long history of involvement with youth work, including foster care experience and helping to form a teen safe space program. She has a master s degree in social work and completed her internship at Center Lane, a program for LGBT youth, sponsored by Westchester Jewish Community Services. Borgstede, an accountant, was the founder of Interfaith Task Force for LGBT Homeless Youth, an organization that successfully created shelters in New York City for displaced gay teens. She also serves as a Process Coach for the Methodist Church. Borgstede and her partner of 19 years have a son Nicodemo, in addition to serving as head basketball coach at Saunders High School, is also the director of the Lower Hudson Valley Coaches Association. He is one of the few openly gay basketball coaches in the United States and was recently profiled in Out Sports and the New York Times, among other media. He is on the advisory board of Center Lane. We always here about Yonkers as a diverse city, said Councilman Sabatino. Today the mayor acted as a trailblazer by rightfully recognizing the LGBT community as part of Yonkers diversity.
10 PaGe 10 - yonkers RisiNG - FRiday, JuNe 27-July 4, 2014 Avitable Deli Marks 28 Years Annual B-Ball Tourney Raises With Customer Appreciation Day Funds for Jewish Center A group photo of all the players and referees who participated in this year s tournament. Photos 2014 Robert Kalfus. The Avitable Deli is located at 1016 McLean Ave. Basketball tournament organizer Nate Eisler, not a short man, next to Mike Matthews, former player at Florida State University and a former member of the famed Harlem Globetrotters. Photos 2014 Robert Kalfus. Story by Robert Kalfus Twenty-five players competed in the eighth annual Lucy Eisler Memorial Basketball tournament, a 3-on-3 event held each year on Father s Day on the courts of the Lincoln Park Jewish Center. This year s winning players were Ethan Blauner, Jonathan Goldman and David Haughton, playing for Two Sid s Kids. The guest speaker was Andre Nixon, this year s Skyline Conference Player of the Year and second- team All American Division III. Another special player was Mike Matthews, former player at Florida State University and a former member of the famed Harlem Globetrotters. This event, open to everyone to participate and compete in, is sponsored each year by Nathan Eisler, in honor of the memory of his mother, Lucy Eisler, and raises funds for charities and for the Lincoln Park Jewish Center. Avitable Deli owners Joe and Maria Avitable. Photos by Ron Cardillo One of the best Italian-American delis in Yonkers is located along the Irish Mile on McLean Avenue. Avitable Deli recently held a Customer Appreciation Day on June 14 to thank loyal patrons and to celebrate 28 years of providing great food and service to its customers, who come from Yonkers, the Bronx and beyond. Owners Joe Avitable and his mother, Maria, have continued the tradition started by John Avitable, who opened the deli back in We have always wanted to give back to our customers and it was something that John would have wanted, said Joe Avitable. It s rare that you find a small business that s been around for 28 years, and through the years we have grown little by little. Avitable Deli has been voted by the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce and by Westchester Magazine as having the best fresh-made mozzarella. Customers also rave about the fresh bread, the tripe on Saturdays, chestnuts from Italy, homemade sausage and more. Many customers are also taking advantage of Avitable Deli s catering menu for parties and events. Visit the new website at www. Avitabledeli.com, which includes a new catering menu, or call for more information. Avitable Deli is located at 1016 McLean Ave., Yonkers. From left are (back row) Walter Mastrodi, Vice Mayor Poggiovalle, Council Majority Leader John Larkin, (front row) band leader Carlo Chicarella, Yonkers Deputy Mayor Sue Gerry, Tagliacozzo Mayor Maurizio Di Marco Testa, Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, and Franca Poggi. Yonkers Welcomes of Italy. It has been the birthplace and home of many Yonkers residents before they immigrated to the United States. Over the years, the Tagliacozzani have contributed to every facet of business, social and cultural life of the city while sharing their rich traditions and heritage. Walter Mastroddi, owner of Mastroddi Auto Body in Yonkers and president of the Tagliacozzo Club, helped organize the twin city celebration and the dinner that was held after the City Hall ceremony at Reno s Trattoria on Lockwood Avenue. Mayor Maurizio Di Marco Testa accepts a proclamation, with his wife, Gabriella Morgante, and Vice Mayor Angelo Poggiovalle and wife, Franca Poggi. Photos by Ed Whitman Downtown Yonkers Events --July 2014
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