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PRESORTEDSTANDARDPERMIT #3036WHITE PLAINS NYVol. VI No. XX Thursday, May 17, 2012 $1.00Westchester’s Most Influential WeeklyBurning Issueor Ploy?Tree Controversy inMt. VernonSHANNON AYALAPage 4The CatastropheCalled NakbaSAM SOKOLPage 6Up 2 ZeroBOB PUTIGNANOPage 8Sports SceneMARK JEFFERSPage 9Politics and PratfallsJOHN SIMONPage 10By Hezi Aris, Page 17The HamburglarCARLOS GONZALEZPage 15Unfair Trade Practices byHarrison Funeral HomePage 4No Wiggle RoomMARY C. MARVINPage 16Obama EndorsesGay MarriageLARRY M. ELKINPage 16www.westchesterguardianonline.com


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The Westchester Guardian THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012Page 3CommunitySectionCALENDARNews & Notes from Northern WestchesterBy MARK JEFFERSWe stopped by the 20 thanniversary celebration forthe Community Center ofNorthern Westchester lastweekend and it was a rousingsuccess. Congratulations toall the hard workers, it was afun event and educational as well, speaking offun and informative, have a look at this week’s,“News and Notes…”“Books without Borders,” the brainchildof our northern Westchester neighbor andfriend Dennis Sheehan is happening on June9 th from 10am to 4 pm on the newly renovatedYonkers Waterfront. Authors, wellknown and new will line the Hudson Riveralong the beautiful Hudson promenade. Itwill give the public the opportunity to meetand talk to their favorite writers and possiblydiscover a new favorite. Authors, Booksellers,Literary Agents, Publishers and Distributorsare attending and offering seminars, workshopsand panel discussions, which will beheld in the Riverfront Library. This will givethe public a chance to see what goes on in thepublishing world.The American Cancer Society’s Relayfor Life is making a stop at the John JayHigh School track in Katonah on June 22ndthrough June 23 rd ; this is a really cool event,especially the Luminaria Ceremony wherecandles in bags are lit to honor those who havefought cancer.The Westchester County Departmentof Health recently held their annual watertasting contest in honor of National WaterDrinking Week, never knew there was such aweek...the Cortlandt Water District took thecrown with Greenburgh finishing second. I’msure our water from Bedford finished last, butwe are working on it…cheers!Here’s some more County Health news,the county has started treating catch basinsholding standing water with larvicide to helpstop mosquito growth, I started to itch andscratch just writing about this…Just in case you did not fill your gardenon Mother’s Day, not to worry my wife did…The Friend’s of Lasdon Park & Arboretumon route 35 in Katonah are having their21 st annual plant sale on Saturday, May 19 thfrom 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Also featured willbe “The Sustainable Garden,” an interactivewalk with stops highlighting many aspects ofenvironmentally-friendly gardening. Expertswill be available to advise on such topics asusing deer-resistant and native plants, as wellas plants that attract butterflies, “good bugs”and hummingbirds. Exhibitors will add tothe sustainability theme by offering productsand information that encourage wildbirds, beekeeping, mulching, raising chickens,composting and more. I sure hope I have notbeen swatting any of those “good bugs.”Bow-wow…did you know that next weekis Dog Bite Prevention week? The town ofYorktown is observing it by offering these tipson how to stay safe when a dog approaches...Don’t turn and run—dogs naturally love tochase and catch things. Stand still, with yourhands at your sides. In most cases, the dogwill go away when it determines you are nota threat. Don’t put your hand out—just allowthe dog to approach you to sniff you. Don’tscream. If you say anything, speak calmly andfirmly. Face the dog at all times, but don’t stare.Avoid eye contact. When possible, back awayslowly, watching the dog from the corner ofyour eye, until the dog is out of sight.“Eat Well, Do Good,” (that’s how I livemy life), is the theme for the 40th AnnualLobster Festival at Pound Ridge CommunityChurch. Order your live or cooked lobsters bycalling 914-764-9000 by May 17 th , with allproceeds going to local charities.Why is it always about food with me…the Bedford Fire Department will be hostinga community pancake breakfast on Sunday,May 20 th from 8am-11am at the BedfordVillage Fire House. Come and join them forPancakes, Hot Cocoa, and Raffles. All arewelcome, and donations are appreciated. TheBedford Fire Department is 100% volunteerand handles both fire and EMS for theBedford Village Fire District.If you haven’t already, take a minute towelcome home and chat with your collegeage neighbors. Two of my daughters are homefrom school… yes that’s right, I am paying twoprivate college tuitions…now you know whyI’m so crazy, but I truly could not be happier tohave the mayhem return…see you next week.Mark Jeffers successfully spearheaded the launchof MAR$AR Sports & Entertainment LLC in2008. As president he has seen rapid growth ofthe company with the signing of numerous clients.He resides in Bedford Hills, New York, with hiswife Sarah, and three daughters, Kate, Amanda,and Claire.


Page 6 The Westchester Guardian THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012EDUCATIONYonkers Mayor Spano’s Education Redesign Team Releases Phase I Report FindingsContinued from page 5including work sessions with departmentalmanagers and the review of documents providedby those managers.Based on these assessments, the ERT’sPhase I report recommends the following:I. Legal· Consider ways to reduce outside counsel feesfor BOE’s primary legal needs, including thehiring in-house counsel and/or conductingan RFP for new outside counsel. PotentialSavings: in excess of $300,000Explore strategies for reducing the costsassociated with the City and BOE’s use ofoutside counsel through: (a) provision of litigationservices by the City’s Corporation CounselOffice, (b) negotiating reductions in currentcontractual rates and (c) establishing pre-determined“government rates” for new engagements.Examine the Workers CompensationFunction, which is already provided as a sharedservice, to reduce external legal costs and improveworker safety.II. Human ResourcesConsider the consolidation of all City andBOE Human Resources staffing to eliminateredundancies and improve efficiency, recognizingthe need to maintain HR staff dedicatedsolely to the hiring and administration ofteaching staff.Explore efficiencies in benefits programmingto ensure both City and BOE areproviding the best employee coverage at the bestHISTORICAL NARRATIVEBy SAM SOKOLThe Jerusalem Post, May 10, 2012http://www.meforum.org/3231/catastrophe-called-nakba“All of the world knows what happened here in1948,” Daoud Abu Lebdeh says, while leaningagainst a table in a coffee shop on the HebrewUniversity’s Mount Scopus campus.“The Israeli soldiers or the Israeli militias likethe Hagana, Kahane, the Irgun and Lehi camehere and they [kicked] the people outside fromtheir homes.”Daoud is a nondescript man of 24 fromthe Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Joz. Acorrespondent and blogger with the Palestinianwebsite the Middle East Post, Daoud has comehighly recommended as an expert on the Nakba,the “catastrophe” of the birth of the State of Israel,and concurrently, the start of the Palestinianrefugee problem, by Fatah Youth activist andJerusalemite Mousa Abassi.Except for the historical inaccuracy ofplacing the radical Jewish nationalist movementof Kahanism in the 1940s, several decades tooearly, Daoud’s statement echoes the standardSuperintendent Bernard Pieroraziorates.Consider merging City and BOE payrollsystems.Conduct a consolidated review of WorkersCompensation costs and liabilities to enhanceadministrative efficiencies and improveemployee safety.City should consider tools used by BOE toreduce job posting costs, where ever practicable.III. Facilities Management/Public Works/Utilities· The City should expand its ongoingassessment of facility utilization for CityPalestinian narrative of the Nakba, a topic whichcomes up every year as Arabs within Israel, thePalestinian Authority and around the worldcommemorate the what they see as the tragedy ofIsrael’s establishment on May 14, 1948.Elaborating on the Palestinian narrativeregarding what they have termed “ethniccleansing,” Daoud explains that “the Englishbooks, the American history books, it’s all thesame. There is nothing to change. The wholeworld knows what happened here.”“[The Jews] came here and established theiroperations to include the BOE’s facilitiesneeds for its non-academic and/oradministrative operations.· The City and the BOE should exploremerging storage facilities for assets such as:records, food, and/or furniture.· Consider merging the vehicle maintenancefunctions of the City and BOE.· The City and BOE should collaborate onenergy-savings initiatives.· The City should consider merging solidwaste disposal services.· The City and BOE should consider mergingsnow removal services.IV. PurchasingThe City and BOE should develop a mechanismto coordinate their purchasing practices toachieve cost-savings for common purchases.The BOE and the City should look beyondthe City’s boundaries for additional purchasingpartners to include other municipalities and theexisting intermunicipal consortium.The City should continue to seek ways tostreamline the procurement process in order toreach greater efficiency, including consolidationopportunities.V. Information TechnologyThe City should hire a Chief InformationOfficer who will shape IT policy and managetechnology in order to enhance efficiency,streamline business processes and improvecustomer service delivery.The City should consider merging the informationtechnology and telecommunicationsInterview with Efraim Karsh: “The Catastrophe Called Nakba”own state [and] until today they have preventedus [from] establishing our state near to their state.”The Palestinian narrative is very clear.According to Daoud and the Arab version ofevents, the Zionist movement began bringing inJews to Palestine, then a peaceful backwater of theOttoman Empire in which a distinct Palestinianculture had developed over centuries.Having convinced the British to backtheir nationalist goals at the expense of the localPalestinians, the Jews began to bring in illegalimmigrants and eventually drove the Palestiniansout of their homes in an orgy of violence andmassacre.The Jews, explains Daoud, have no claim toany part of Palestine.Asked why his predecessors did not acceptthe 1947 United Nations partition plan, unlikethe Zionist movement which endorsed it wholeheartedly,and instead chose to go to war, thePalestinian journalist grabs my iPhone off of thetable.“I have taken your phone,” he says. “Whatdo you do?” The partition resolution, he claims,was like someone stealing a smartphone andthen asking to split it. He asserts that the Zionistmovement had no claim to any part of the landfunctions which are currently provided byMIS and Office Services, respectively, to createinternal synergies.The City and BOE should inventory allMIS-related assets and determine if there areopportunities to maximize its collective technologycapacities and save money.The City should explore the viability ofutilizing the voice over internet protocol (VoIP),whenever practical, as well as evaluating provideroptions.The City should consider adopting theBOE’s practice of moving its applications to the“cloud.”The ERT also identified grant opportunitieswhich may be available to help offset costsassociated with further study and/or implementationof these Phase I recommendations:· NYS Local Government RecordsManagement Improvement Fund· NYS Local Government Efficiency GrantProgram· NYS Local Government Performance andEfficiency ProgramWith Phase I complete, the ERT now willoversee the implementation of these recommendationsand also serve as the vetting agentfor upcoming Board of Education vacancies. Aspart of Phase II, Mayor Spano will also reconstructthe ERT to include of more students,teachers and administrators, and begin a moreconcentrated focus on education funding andacademics. Phase II is scheduled to begin thissummer. The full ERT report is available onwww.yonkersny.gov.and that asking the Arabs to accept that they didwas a trampling of their rights.According to Daoud, the ancient Jewishpresence in Israel, preceding the arrival of Arabsand Islam to the country by thousands of years,does not have any bearing on the current politicalreality.Asked why, he counters that the Jewish presencein this land is similar to that of the MuslimMoors who conquered Spain.“Just as I can’t, in the name of Islam, go toSpain to occupy it and [expel] the Spanishbecause [in the past we were there],” he says, “it’sthe same thing that you [Israel] are doing now. It’snot my problem that [King] David was here andMuhammad was there.”The Palestinian focus on the Nakba, andon the return to homes lost in the fighting andsubsequent Arab mass flight from Israel in 1948,has intensified over the past few years, he asserts.Despite an emphasis on the Nakba, and Israel’sillegitimacy, in the PA’s educational curriculumsince the early 1990s, Daoud is sure that hispeople have grown more attached to the Nakbanarrative because they are disillusioned by theContinued on page 7


The Westchester Guardian THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012Page 7HISTORICAL NARRATIVEInterview with Efraim Karsh: “The Catastrophe Called Nakba”Continued from page 6failure to achieve a two-state solution.However, despite the popularity and widecurrency enjoyed by the Palestinian version ofevents, not everybody subscribes to the Nakbanarrative.Efraim Karsh, an expatriate Israeli, historianand Arabist, is the editor of the PhiladelphiabasedMiddle East Quarterly, published by Dr.Daniel Pipes’s think tank the Middle East Forum,and, speaking with the Post by Skype from hishome in the city of brotherly love, affirms hiscontention that the popular version of events isbased on erroneous sources.Karsh, who recently published PalestineBetrayed, a history of the Nakba, explains that it isprecisely the widespread acceptance of Palestinianhistoriography that has stood in the way of implementinga two-state solution and accounts for, inhis view, Palestinian intransigence.An accurate history of the conflict, he opens,should be independent of political ideology.He believes history has no relation to politicalideology. He himself, he continues, is an advocateof the two-state paradigm, despite his absoluterejection of the Palestinian narrative.One of Karsh’s main contentions in his bookis the responsibility of the Palestinian and outsideArab leadership for the events of 1948.“In 1947, prior to the first UN GeneralAssembly vote, Palestinian leaders rejected anyform of Jewish self-determination in Palestine.Hajj Amin Husseini, their most prominent leaderfrom the early 1920s to the late 1940s, upheldthat ‘there is no place in Palestine for two races.’All areas conquered by the Arabs during the 1948war were cleansed of Jews,” he wrote in this newspaperlast year.Delving through Arab, Israeli and Britisharchives, Karsh in Palestine Betrayed paintsa portrait of a divided and not at all cohesivePalestinian-Arab society that, as he put it “allbut disintegrated, with 300,000-340,000 of itsmembers fleeing their homes to other parts ofPalestine and to the neighboring Arab states.”Writing that “nowhere at the time was thecollapse and dispersion of Palestinian Arab societyal-Nakba, ‘the catastrophe,’ as it would come tobe known in Palestinian and Arab discourse –described as a systematic dispossession of Arabsby Jews,” Karsh went on to quote contemporaryPalestinian Arab leader Musa Alami, who statedthat “If ultimately the Palestinians evacuated theircountry, it was not out of cowardice, but becausethey had lost all confidence in the existing systemof defense.”Even more damning, in Karsh’s eyes, is astatement by Sir John Troutbeck, the head of theBritish Middle East Office in Cairo, regarding a1949 fact-finding mission to the Gaza Strip.“’We know who our enemies are,’ they [theArab refugees] will say, and they are referring totheir Arab brothers who, they declare, persuadedthem unnecessarily to leave their homes.”Referring to these and similar statements,Karsh tells the Post that “the beginning of mybook basically tells it all. In 1948-1949 no oneamong the Palestinians spoke about the Jews asresponsible for their plight. It came only later, expost facto, that they started explaining why theyran away. If you look, there are quotes of refugeesin Gaza in 1949 telling the British ‘look, ourleaders, the Arabs, they pushed us out but not theJews’ so I cannot think that you need much morethan this [to understand the situation].”In the Fifties, Karsh says, the narrative beganto change, with the plight of the Palestinianrefugees being used as a tool in the Arab-Israeliconflict.“In the Fifties you see the discredited Arableaders like the Mufti and others begin an attemptto basically absolve themselves or rehabilitatethemselves in their constituents,” he says.This alternative narrative, combined withstatements by Daoud regarding repeated Israelirejections of Palestinian peace offers which Karshrejects as untrue, paint a picture, he says, of apeople unwilling to face reality.The current Palestinian historiography is“a combination of ignorance and reluctance toreconcile themselves to reality [and] the resultis very dispiriting for the future for peace,” hecontinues.Certainly, the PA’s continuing demand forthe “right of return” would be looked upon differentlyby a world that believed the Palestinianexodus to be the fault of the Arab states and localcommunal leaders.In fact, Karsh continues, while there has been,even after the Roman exile, a Jewish presence inthe Land of Israel for millennia, the very conceptof Palestinian nationalism is a 20th-centurycreation.Among his sources, Karsh quotes formerArab nationalist, Knesset member and allegedHezbollah spy Azmi Bishara, who once made anappearance on Israeli television to announce thathe doesn’t “think there is a Palestinian nation at all.I think there is an Arab nation.“I always thought so and I did not change mymind. I do not think there is a Palestinian nation,I think its a colonialist invention – Palestiniannation. When were there any Palestinians? Wheredid it come from? I think there is an Arab nation.I never turned to be a Palestinian nationalist,despite my decisive struggle against the occupation.I think that until the end of the 19th century,Palestine was the south of Greater Syria.”Of course, Daoud is having none of this. Hesays that while he is ready to accept a two-statesolution, there really is no legitimate Jewish sovereigntyin Palestine and that the entire conflict isthe fault of Zionist territorial hunger and ethniccleansing. Karsh’s opinion, he believes, is thehistorical revision, not the current Nakba narrative.“The Jews suffered at the hands of the Nazis.What we don’t know is why we the Palestiniansmust pay the price for that.”the legend of theUNBREAKABLE BONDTheirs was an unbreakable bond. 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Page 8 The Westchester Guardian THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012MUSICTHE SOUNDSOFBLUEBy Bob PutignanoHe’s back, and tells us so on the rocking openingtune “Back To the Start” sending a message thatafter a few sidesteps, Gomes is now focused on(for the most part) returning to his previousblues-rocking days. My first clue came fromseeing Gomes at the Tremblant Blues Fest twoor so years ago, where his performances were inthe same vein as this fine new recording.But “Up 2 Zero” is not all about hardrockingblues, and it’s on some of the morelaid-back songs where Gomes shows his songwritingskills, and feel for more affectionatemoods. For example; the slow and straight bluesof “One Last Time” Anthony really digs downand asks/begs for that “one last kiss.” Now thisisn’t exactly a quiet love song, but what’d youexpect? As ever so slowly and tenderly; Gomesamps up his guitar (tastily) and eventually bringsthis solid blues song to an exploding climax.The well written Southern styled “Love SweetLove” is reminiscent to what you’d expect ofsomething the Marshall Tucker band wouldhave been comfortable with back in the goodold days when Toy Caldwell was at the helm,I could also see Coco Montoya covering thissolid song. “Darkest Before the Dawn” is apretty ballad that offers passionate vocals fromGomes, where Anthony asks “keep holdingon,” it’s beautiful and a welcome addition, withsupporting background vocalists, even though itwas covered on Gomes ’02 “Unity” album. Pedalto the metal time with “Room 414” Gomes andcompany are flying low to the ground and onthe prowl with dueling overdubbed guitars thatpossesses strong blues undertones. Deeper bluesMississippi Delta styled on “Voodoo Moon” it’sso haunting with Gomes calling out for “theghosts of Clarksdale.” It’s here where Gomesunearths his grungiest guitar work with mysticalvocals, and it’s a memorable keeper for sure. InAnthony Gomes “Up 2 Zero”www.AnthonyGomes.com“After a four year break from recording,welcome back Mr. Gomes!” Rating: 8similar fashion “Last Bluesman Gone” echoes“Voodoo Moon” stylistically, but Gomes isplaying solo acoustic with spiritual backgroundvocalists, Gomes’ emotionally calls out thenames of Big Jack, Koko, Pinetop, Gary Moore,Big Eyes, Honeyboy, Hubert Sumlin and otherssaying “they’re all gone,” where Gomes repeatsEtta James name twice on this very heartwarmingand touching track. The title track (asexpected) is an upbeat rocker that includes someof the more high-spirited and rocking playingby Gomes, that classically ends abruptly andsmartly. The closing “N’ Abandonne Pas” is aballad sung in French.In summary; where have you been Mr.Gomes? No matter, it’s great to have you back!“Up 2 Zero” should reignite Gomes’ career, andI suspect it won’t be long that you’ll see himperforming at a bunch of festivals throughoutthe land. This new album is far from perfect, butif Gomes continues on this path, I would suspectNAJAH’S CORNER IN MEMORIAMWhere Do We Go From Here?By NAJAH MUHAMMADLet’s fly to the eastLet’s whisk away in the growth of loveThe esoteric feel of loveLet’s thrush into motion at the speed of a thoughtYou were the answer when it was peace I had soughtThen the blame when my head was lowFrom the darkness we roseLet us reap what we sewedLet’s go!But we are only heading eastWhere we can rise with sunLike smoke, like yeastLet’s fly to the east and grow, grow againSo that we may clash against the foreshadowed shadow with more grace then way back whenLet’s fly to the eastWhere night will carry the day away But at leastWe will not have to feel the sun set because we will even grow with the rising of the moonLet’s fly to the east and soonOur love will be nourishedA nurturing cocoon equipped with sweetness and zestThough the earth is round let’s fly to the eastKnowing that to keep going means we will once more fall upon the westNajah Muhammad is a 17-year-old senior in high school. She plans to attend college next year majoringin communications.Catherine O’LearGronowskiCATHERINE O’LEAR GRONOWSKIpassed away on May 9, 2012, at home, withher loving daughter by her side. Catherinewas the last surviving child born to Stephenand Glafira Frances (Merena) O’Lear andwas predeceased by eleven brothers andsisters. Catherine “Kay” was also predeceasedby her beloved husband, Adolph“Ski” Gronowski. She is survived by herdaughter, Joan Gronowski, grandson, Daniel(Kirsten) Santore, and great-grandson,Henry Santore, of Silver Spring, MD.Catherine was surrounded by her lovinghospice caregivers and good friends at theend of her life, who made her last monthsas comfortable as possible, and who madeit possible for her to live to see her 100thBirthday on April 24th. She was an avidreader until the last months of her life, andwas forever clipping out newspaper articlesand coupons to send to friends and family.“Catherine was one of the kindest andloving of God’s creations, a genteel lady,who treated all whose lives she touched,with utmost respect.”Visitation was held at Yonkers FuneralService (107 YONKERS AVE.) on Friday,that there will be further improvements. Yousee, Gomes is a triple- threat artist who singssoulfully, writes strong songs, and continuesto improve (his already) great chops on guitar.Bring it on Anthony, at just thirty-seven yearsold, your future is bright.By the way, two things: (1) “Up 2 Zero”debuted in the top ten on the BillboardBlues Chart. (2) Checkout the Blues Revue/Blueswax special offer to see how you can geta copy right here: http://bluesrevue.com/anthony-gomes-up-to-zero-specialBob Putignano www.SoundsofBlue.comMay 11 th , 2012. Mass of Christian Burialwas celebrated on Saturday, May 12, 2012,at St. Mary’s Church (S. B’way). Intermentfollowed at Oakland Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, a donation inCatherine’s name is asked be made inher name to: Phelps Hospice, 701 NorthBroadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591.


The Westchester Guardian THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012Page 9RIGHTSPim Fortuyn Liberated My SoulSoul Survivor: Pim Fortuyn is an exhibitionthat examines the confusion ofthis millennium’s turbulent beginning.Pim Fortuyn was a Dutch politicianassassinated for his beliefs againstmass immigrating to the Netherlands.He fearfully empowered the seventharticle of the Dutch constitution, thatof free speech, over the first articlewhich forbade discrimination. In thisway his actions were in accordancewith those of right-wing movements in the UnitedStates following the attacks on the World TradeCenter.Lisette Muntslag’s essay accompanying theexhibition titled, “Pim Fortuyn Liberated My Soul”describes how she fell under similarthreats and had to seek asylum in theUnited States. From afar, she alignedherself with Fortuyn and saw themedia’s campaign against him as anattack on the messenger. She watchedthis man express his honest reactionsto the environment of the time,be denied protection from his owngovernment, and then be assassinatedby someone inside a governmentfundedorganization.This corruption is depicted in Muntslag’sartwork by use of the color palette of Fortuyn’spolitical party: yellow and blue. A portrait of himis posterized with handwritten digital textexpressing Latin phrases about free speech.This is accomplished by transforming imagesof Fortuyn found on the Internet, the ultimatedemocratic medium, into representationsexhibiting her unique sensibility. The result is anenchanting collision of colorful abstraction andhigh-tech appropriation with social activism. Lisette Muntslag lives and works inPoughkeepsie, NY. Soul Survivor: Pim Fortuynwill be on display at the Unitarian UniversalistFellowship, 67 South Randolph Avenue inPoughkeepsie, from May 6th until June 29th.An opening reception will be held May 19th,4:00 - 6:00 PM. For more information visitwww.lenienterprises.com or www.lisettemuntslag.comSPORTSSCENESports SceneBy MARK JEFFERSWelcome to another editionof “Sports Scene,” where wetake a look at the great sportsaction here in WestchesterCounty…Congratulations toTuckahoe’s basketball starguard Sky Williams as he hasbeen named the Class C state player-of-the-yearby the New York State Sportswriters Association.Williams led Tuckahoe to their second statechampionship.Our area has another major league baseballplayer, as Fox Lane grad, Mount Kisco’sDarin Mastroianni has been called up to themajors from Class AAA Rochester to join theMinnesota Twins. Mastroianni recently startedin left field for the Twins, way to go Darin, we allare rooting for you…Giddy Up…Old Salem Farm in NorthSalem is holding its annual horse competitionthrough May 20 th . There will be over 130hunter and jumper competitors from all over thecountry, for details call 914-669-5610.In Girls lax action, Mamaroneck squeekedby Bronxville 15 to 14, Megan Fitzgerald scoredfive goals and added an assist for the Tigers.Somers defeated Kennedy 15 to 8. led by SarahMink who scored a hat trick (3 goals) and had 3assists for the Tuskers.On the boys side, it was Fox Lane beatingHarrison 14 to 10, Will Quaranta scored fourgoals for the Foxes. Sleepy Hollow defeatedArdsley 10-2, Ben Parens had three goals and anassist for the winners.In baseball action, White Plains got byScarsdale by the final score of 8 to 3, TommyBertram went 3 for 3 with 3 RBI’s for theTigers. Pleasantville hammered Mount Vernon16-0, three Panther pitchers combined for theno-hitter.On the softball diamond, Valhalla took aclose one against previously unbeaten Rye Neck3 to 1; Sydni Holtz hurled a three-hitter withseven strikeouts for Valhalla. Pelham clobberedEdgemont 18-2; Caitlin Hearle belted a threerunhomer for the winners.Turning to golf, Eastchester “chipped” itsway by New Rochelle 214 to 252 at the PelhamCountry Club and the Ossining girls beatContinued on page 10


Page 10 The Westchester Guardian THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012SPORTSSCENESports SceneContinued from page 9Valhalla 239 to 294 at Maple Moor. I’ve actuallyplayed Maple Moor once and I am relieved tosay I didn’t destroy this great course, did lose afew balls, though.Speaking of golf…The John Jay BoosterClub will be holding its annual golf outing onJune 4 th at the Waccabuc Country Club.Over on the tennis courts, Pleasantville“aced” Rye Neck 5 to 2 and Rye defeated BlindBrook 4-3.In track and field action at the League III-BChampionships, the team from Port Chestertook first place, Valhalla finished second.Iona Prep’s Greg Gallagher vaulted 15 feet5 inches to take fourth place in the high schoolboys’ pole vault competition at the recently heldPenn Relays in Philadelphia.In Westchester college sports action, Iona’sbaseball squad beat Canisius 6 to 2. WestchesterCommunity College blasted visiting OrangeCC 16-9 and 11-3 in a doubleheader to clinch ashare of the Mid-Hudson Conference title.Pace College has inducted five athletes intoits Hall of Fame, Dennis Carpenter (football),Katie Holden (softball), Wanda Maynard-Morris (basketball), Marcus Mayus (lacrosse)and Robert Scheinblum (basketball).Congratulations and good luck to formerRye’s girls basketball coach Mary Henwood whohas retired after 25 seasons with the program.It’s Ray Rice Day on June 16 th at the NewRochelle High School, come and enjoy a daywith Ray and other NFL players, there will beinstruction a games. I’m sending my daughterAmanda who loves flag football…My old friend from Yonkers Raceway FrankDrucker tells me that it was Atochia driven byRon Pierce upsetting favorite Foiled Again towin the $455,000 final of the Yonkers Raceway’sGeorge Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.Speaking of horse racing, in case you arewondering, I did not have the winning horsein the Kentucky Derby, so I guess it’s back towriting this column, which I really do enjoy andof course the Preakness is up next to bet on…seeyou next week.Mark Jeffers successfully spearheaded the launch ofMAR$AR Sports & Entertainment LLC in 2008.As president he has seen rapid growth of the companywith the signing of numerous clients. He resides inBedford Hills, New York, with his wife Sarah, andthree daughters, Kate, Amanda, and Claire.EYE ON THEATREPolitics and PratfallsBy JOHN SIMONIt is unusual for a play to startwith two naked men in bedtogether, but that is how DavidAuburn’s “The Columnist”begins, and also, unfortunately,where its novelty and holdon us end. Auburn made apowerful impression with his play “Doubt,” butnothing of his since then was of like interest.The Columnist theatre poster.“The Columnist” is no exception.It concerns the life story of the importantsyndicated political columnist Joseph Alsopwho, sometimes in collaboration with his brotherStewart, was an influential pundit and opinionmakerfor a good chunk of the past century. Hehobnobbed with the great, including presidents,and managed to keep his true sexuality closetedaway from all but some insiders.In this he was abetted by marriage to thecharming Susan, who knew what she was upJohn Lithgow and Grace Gummerin The Columnist.against, though her optimism proved sadlyunwarranted. Alsop had a pleasant relationshipwith her daughter Abigail, though proving lessthan an ideal stepfather when she brought aboyfriend home.During the Vietnam War, Alsop washawkish, in contrast with such younger journalistsJohn Lithgow in The Columnist.as David Halberstam and a few others, withwhom he was in acrid conflict. Eventually, therewas even a rift with brother Stewart. Andrei, theyoung Russian with whom we saw him in bed,turned out to be a Soviet agent, instrumental in aclandestine tape that came to haunt Alsop later,which figures prominently in the play.There are two major problems with “TheColumnist.” One is the profusion of subplots—political, marital, sexual, stepfatherly—that bothclutters up and fragments the story and dissipatesits impact. The other is that the waspishand irascible Alsop is beyond the author’s abilityto make a difficult character sympathetic. So weget a work torn between being a documentaryand historical fiction, and moreover jugglingwith too many balls. Not every playwright is alsoa prestidigitator.John Lithgow gives his usual solid performanceas Alsop, not whoring for our sympathy,but perhaps paying the price of not showilymaking an unpleasant character unduly lovable.As Stewart, an easier role, Boyd Gaines is aswinning as can be, and Margaret Colin bringsall her charm to the underwritten Susan.Stephen Kunken and Brian J. Smith do well byHalberstam and Andrei, respectively, but GraceGummer, Meryl Streep’s daughter, as Abigail,cannot quite allay suspicions of nepotism.John Lee Beatty (sets), Jess Goldstein(costumes) and Kenneth Posner (lighting) arebeyond reproach under Daniel Sullivan’s impeccabledirection. Even so, the play, though onestep ahead of being boring, is several behindbeing memorable.The British adaptation by Robin Hawdon ofMarc Camoletti’s French farce, “Don’t Dress forDinner,” is everything a farce need be, without,however, reaching the level of the current “OneMan, Two Guvnors.” There exists a hard core ofanti-farcists (one Times critic included), whomit is hard to enlist.A few seasons ago there was Camoletti’s“Boeing-Boeing,” wherein Mark Rylance’sextraordinary performance swept aside alldemur. Here there is nothing quite as brilliant,though everyone is fully up to snuff, and JohnTillinger has directed adroitly in John LeeBeatty’s winning French country-house set.Bernard doesn’t know that his wifeJacqueline is cheating on him with his bestfriend Robert, who is coming for a weekendwhen Jacqueline is to be away visiting hermother. When she finds out that Robert iscoming, she lustfully stays home on a pretext,and is shocked by another visitor, the actress andmodel Suzanne, Bernard’s secret mistress, whomhe now tries to palm off as Robert’s squeeze. Thisinfuriates Jacqueline against Robert, and leaveshim miserably unable to assert his innocencewithout incriminating Bernard.Also arriving is Suzette, the professional chefBernard hired from an agency, and who, whenSuzanne had to pretend to be the chef, nowcompels Suzette, after graduating from playinghis gal to pretend to be Robert’s niece—enoughacting, she says, for an Oscar, for all of whichshe extracts money from both me. Confusionis complete, especially what with Suzanne andSuzette both answering to the nickname Suzy.Continued on page 11


The Westchester Guardian THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012Page 11EYE ON THEATREPolitics and PratfallsContinued from page 10Problems: Suzanne can’t cook, and Suzette lacksthe wardrobe for a mistress.Everyone must manage to avoid sharing awanted or unwanted bedroom, and matters arefurther complicated when Suzette’s dangerouslyjealous husband, Georges, unexpectedly turnsup. There is much, much more, with the wilySuzette proving an expert but expensive impersonator,Suzanne driven to distraction, and bothmen teetering on major pitfalls.There is plenty of expert slapstick fromeverybody, with the acrobatic Ben Daniels(Robert) and the protean Spencer Kayden(Suzette) especially effective, but the others(Adam James, Jennifer Tilly, David AronDamane, and the regal Patricia Kalember)scarcely behind.William Ivey Long’s costumes are greatfun in themselves, though Suzanne’s hat thatcould be the bush for several birds may be atrifle too much. On the other hand, the waySuzette’s cook’s costume is converted into a chicparty dress is a dazzling piece of sartorial legerdemain.Except for some infelicitous wordplayon “happiness” and “penis,” “Don’t Dress forDinner” is recommended to all and sundry, withno dress or undress required.Photos by and courtesy of Joan Marcus.John Simon has written for over 50 years on theatre,film, literature, music and fine arts for the HudsonReview, New Leader, New Criterion, NationalReview,New York Magazine, Opera News,Weekly Standard, Broadway.com and BloombergNews. Mr. Simon holds a PhD from HarvardUniversity in Comparative Literature and hastaught at MIT, Harvard University, Bard Collegeand Marymount Manhattan College.To learn more, visit the JohnSimon-Uncensored.comWELLNESSCross River Chiropractor Brings his Care to the Sub Atomic LevelBy RICH MONETTIWhen we think of maintainingour health, the breakdown usuallydoesn’t get smaller than theparticular organ that our familyor medical history demands.Medical science, on the otherhand, certainly demands interventions on amolecular and cellular level but that’s still waytoo big in comparison to the thinking deducedby Cross River Chiropractor Dr. Larry Stern andthe wellness solution he is beginning to embarkupon with his clients.“The new medicine is Quantum Physics,”he says, “and NES ProVision is the delivery.”Going back thousands of years, the Chinesefirst treated the body based upon the energy fieldcalled “Chi.” Today, modern medicine is provingthat the energy field the ancients found actuallydoes exist and is now known as the HumanBiofield.In turn, NES founder Peter Fraser, builtupon the distant and recent pastto design the energy link atthe subatomic level. “Hetook Quantum Physicsand the Human BioFieldand began to see its interrelationshipand interplaybetween the biochemicalreactions of the body andthe energetics,” says DrStern.Encompassing 30 yearsof research Fraser theorizedthat the Biofield is an intelligentself-organic energy structure. “Amessage control mechanism,” he says, “It makessure that information is transferred properly andthat the biochemical and bioenergetic reactionsthat take place in the body are supposed to takeplace.”Once correlated, Fraser was able to formulatethe optimum Biofield model. Off that,computer software was developed with the NESscan to determine where weaknesses and distortionsexist within the field.It follows then that information acts as theelixir to realign the biofield and the energy thatpowers it. NES infoceuticals, which are homeopathicmicro minerals, provide the informationthe body needs in order to get back to its naturalenergetic self-healing state.That said, the infoceuticals work along thesame lines as homeopathic remedies but thefrequency in which information is imprinted onthe Biofield is much higher. “So it’s informationand energy as medicine,” he emphasizes.All told, the solution seemed a naturalextension of what Dr. Stern was already doingas a wellness center. “I help to alter and enhancethe nervous system through spinal analysis,” hesays, and since Quantum Physics has a lot to dowith subatomic energetics in the nervous system,NES is something I’ve beenfollowing for several years, headds.Dr. Stern traveledto North Carolina inFebruary and was certifiedin NES ProVision.He offers the programin conjunction with hischiropractic services andfor those who want to astep a head preventatively,he says, “optimizing the Biofieldtakes wellness to the next level.”On the other hand, patients alreadyexperiencing a breakdown in physical well-beinghave nothing to lose in terms of possible negativeinteractions with conventional medicationsand procedures. But results are a little less suddenthan the illusion of pain relief provided by anAdvil. “I tell people who have chronic illness thatit takes about a year to see results,” he advises.In the interim, he claims doubt can be easedin looking east to Europe, Australia and 50 othercountries where NES is practiced. And eventhough the American model of medicine lagsbehind in its chemical approach to health, hesays, “the number of practitioners has doubledhere in the last four years.”He hopes his certification can have the sameexponential effect on not only his clients but alsothose interested in defying the old model. “I’mtrying to broaden people’s view of what it meansto be well and how to get there,” he concludes.http://www.sternwellnesscenter.comRich Monetti lives in Somers. He’s been a freelancewriter in Westchester since 2003. Peruse his work atwww. rmonetti.blogspot.com.


Page 14 THE WESTCHESTER GUARDIAN THURSDAY, MAY 17 2012DennisSheehanresidesinWestchesterwithhiswife,fourchildrenandfourgrandchildren.HehastraveledextensivelyandhasworkedinChina,RussiaandSouthAmericaandAfrica.HisfirstnovelPurchasedPowerhasbeenahugesuccessandhissecondthriller;GreentoRedwillbeoutsoon.Heisaregular guestonWestchesterontheLevelwithHeziAris. DennisSheehanresidesinWestchesterwithhiswife,fourchildrenandfourgrandchildren.HehastraveledextensivelyandhasworkedinChina,RussiaandNancyB.Brewerisanawardwinningauthor,storytellerandpoetess.SheisSouthAmericaandAfrica.HisfirstnovelPurchasedPowerhasbeenahugeknownforhersoftsouthernstyleandpassionforweavinghistoricallyaccuratesuccessandhissecondthriller;GreentoRedwillbeoutsoon.Heisaregularstories,suchas:"CarolinaRain"and"BeyondSandyRidge"guestonWestchesterontheLevelwithHeziAris. DennisSheehanresidesinWestchesterwithhiswife,fourchildrenandfour grandchildren.HehastraveledextensivelyandhasworkedinChina,Russiaand SouthAmericaandAfrica.HisfirstnovelPurchasedPowerhasbeenahugeAsadetective,intheUK,PaulAnthonyservedwithCumbriaCID,theRegionalNancyB.Brewerisanawardwinningauthor,storytellerandpoetess.Sheissuccessandhissecondthriller;GreentoRedwillbeoutsoon.HeisaregularCrimeSquadinManchester,theSpecialBranch,theanti‐terroristbranchandknownforhersoftsouthernstyleandpassionforweavinghistoricallyaccurateguestonWestchesterontheLevelwithHeziAris.othernationalagenciesinLondonandelsewhere.Heuseshispersonalstories,suchas:"CarolinaRain"and"BeyondSandyRidge"experiencestowritefictionregardingcrimethrillers,murdermystery,espionage,terrorism,politicalintrigueandtheinterplayofhuman relationships. NancyB.Brewerisanawardwinningauthor,storytellerandpoetess.Sheis Asadetective,intheUK,PaulAnthonyservedwithCumbriaCID,theRegionalknownforhersoftsouthernstyleandpassionforweavinghistoricallyaccurateCrimeSquadinManchester,theSpecialBranch,theanti‐terroristbranchandstories,suchas:"CarolinaRain"and"BeyondSandyRidge" othernationalagenciesinLondonandelsewhere.HeuseshispersonalMagdalenaCapursoisanArtrepresentativeforinternationalportraitistexperiencestowritefictionregardingcrimethrillers,murdermystery,KennethHari.InfluencedbyShakespeare,LordByron,Blake,Rilke,sheisespionage,terrorism,politicalintrigueandtheinterplayofhumanworkingonacollectionofpoemsthatreflectuponnatureandspirituality.relationships.Asadetective,intheUK,PaulAnthonyservedwithCumbriaCID,theRegionalMagdalenaresidesinNYC.CrimeSquadinManchester,theSpecialBranch,theanti‐terroristbranchand othernationalagenciesinLondonandelsewhere.Heuseshispersonal experiencestowritefictionregardingcrimethrillers,murdermystery, MagdalenaCapursoisanArtrepresentativeforinternationalportraitistespionage,terrorism,politicalintrigueandtheinterplayofhuman KennethHari.InfluencedbyShakespeare,LordByron,Blake,Rilke,sheisrelationships.StephenWoodfinisanattorney/authorwhohaswrittenfivelegalworkingonacollectionofpoemsthatreflectuponnatureandspirituality.thrillers.HeblogsonVentureGalleriesMagdalenaresidesinNYC.(http://venturegalleries.com/author/stephenwoodfin) MagdalenaCapursoisanArtrepresentativeforinternationalportraitist KennethHari.InfluencedbyShakespeare,LordByron,Blake,Rilke,sheis workingonacollectionofpoemsthatreflectuponnatureandspirituality. StephenWoodfinisanattorney/authorwhohaswrittenfivelegalMagdalenaresidesinNYC. thrillers.HeblogsonVentureGalleries(http://venturegalleries.com/author/stephenwoodfin)aftera3rdstroke,Iwrite!The Wr ters Collectionhttp://www.TheWritersCollection.comNancy B. BrewerNancy B. Brewer is anaward winning author,storyteller and poetess.She is known for hersoft southern style andpassion for weaving historicallyaccurate stories, such as: ”Carolina Rain”and ”Beyond Sandy Ridge”Paul AnthonyAs a detective, in the UK,Paul Anthony servedwith Cumbria CID, theRegional Crime Squad inManchester, the SpecialBranch, the anti terrorist branchand other national agencies in Londonand elsewhere. He uses his personalexperiences to write fiction regardingcrime thrillers, murder mystery,espionage, terrorism, political intrigueand the interplay of human relationshipsMagdalena CapursoMagdalena Capurso isan Art representative forinternational portraitistKenneth Hari. Influencedby Shakespeare, LordByron, Blake, Rilke, she is workingon a collection of poems that reflectupon nature and spirituality. Magdalenaresides in NYC.THE TOPIC OF THE WEEK: REVOLUTIONRevolutionBy FRANK MATHEISIt’s the same everywhere. The walls close inon a man until he feels like suffocating. Maybeit’s the savage silencing of dreams, maybe theheartache of love gone wrong. It takes all that tomake you be first in line for a Sunday morningpint – or the last to leave at closing call– when allyour so called friends live in a pub and when thatsweet girl behind the counter becomes the objectof your affection.I’m not sure if my love for Stella led to theunintentional consequence of my hard drinkingor if my drinking brought on my unintentionalhard love for Stella, but the good thing is, theymake a lovely combination. She serves me beersand I spend all my time with her. I know it’s apathetic, unrequited love. Everyone in this publoves her. None of us can have her. Longing forher is our evocation, our families long lost andabandoned. Stella with her kindly brew – I longago forgot whether I come here for the beer orher.The thing is, I come here and I drinks a bit.When I drink I gaze upon sweet Stella. There isnothing else left to dream about. It’s gonna takea revolution to change that and I just ain’t got itin me no more.Revolution: Let theIndies Eat CakeBy STEPHEN WOODFINCloistered in the dark towers overlookingthe Hudson, the nationals sipped martinis andlent half an ear to the colonel who briefed themon the latest troop movements of the insurgents.“Theyseem to have no plans to storm ourbattlements. They are content to go from villageto village spreading their message of freedom ofspeech and forging alliances with tribal leaders,”the commander said.“So we are in no immediate danger?” one ofthe executives asked.“Not in the sense that they will beat on ourdoors with axes and shovels,” he replied.“In what sense, then?” Harold, a VP, asked.“They are eroding our base, winning overthe hearts of the citizenry,” the colonel said.“We have this game sewed up,” Mort, anational sales manager, said as he finished hisdrink and re-filled his glass. “They can’t competewith the infrastructure we have built over generations.They will wither and die if we just ignorethem and continue to operate as usual. They arenothing but a flash in the pan.”The other men around the table humphedand nodded their heads.The colonel looked around the table, walkedover to the map and surveyed it.“They aren’t starving. This is a different kindof army. The insurgents live off the land. Theywork undercover disguised as shop owners, mailmen, nurses, car salesman, retired persons, even ahandful of lawyers,” he said.One of the men who had not spoken beforechimed in.“It has always been a good strategy to kill asnake by chopping off its head.”“That’s another problem,” the colonel said.“There is no snake. We can detect no centralcommand, no lone rebel leader who speaks forthem all. At best, we have found only isolatedtribes.”“What kind of tribes?” Mort asked.“Many are small. Maybe a few hundred ora thousand people who communicate sporadicallyand support each other’s efforts. Some ofthe tribes are larger,” the colonel said.“How much larger?”“Some have tens of thousands of members;others, hundreds of thousands; a few, as many asa million or more.”“Life is politics. In those big tribes, someonemust be vying for control.We just need to set them at odds with eachother and let them self-destruct. Human naturewill take it from there,” Mort said.“That’s just it. They are appealing to the bestaspects of human nature.They applaud the triumphs of their tribemembers, console them when they fail. They riseearly, work all day, burn the midnight oil. Theyseem not to sleep,” the colonel said. “It is as if theythrive on the game itself, hoping against hope.Apparently they know they are fighting a losingbattle. So any small victory invigorates them.”Harold stood up and walked to the map. Hechecked the locations of the pushpins that indicateda sphere of insurgent control.“No one can sustain a movement like thatfor any period of time. I give them six moremonths before they throw up their hands andquit. We will be the ones still standing at the endof the day.“I’ve heard enough about these skirmishes.Let’s hear the financial reports.”An accountant passed out reports to eachperson at the table.He began his presentation.“E-books are approaching forty percent of totalbook sales,” he said.“What?” Mort said. “The last I heard theywere hardly five percent of the market. What’sgoing on here?”All the men looked at the map.The colonel stood at the window, pressed hisbinoculars against his face and scanned the otherside of the river.Frank Matheis is a writer who resideYork. He has published more than foand political newspaper articles, andHe was three times short listed for theStory prize in Ireland. Besides his dayinternational marketing director for a grcompany, Curtis Instruments, he is activproducing and Roots & Blues musicologpublisher of www.thecountryblues.comAt30,Ihadamassivestroke.18monthslater,Ireturnedtoworkasapoliceman.Mycareerendedaftera2ndstrokesoItookuppainting.Now,StephenWoodfinisanattorney/authorwhohaswrittenfivelegalthrillers.HeblogsonVentureGalleries(http://venturegalleries.com/author/stephenwoodfin) At30,Ihadamassivestroke.18monthslater,Ireturnedtoworkasa policeman.Mycareerendedaftera2ndstrokesoItookuppainting.Now,aftera3rdstroke,Iwrite! DennisSheehanresidesinWestchesterwithhiswife,fourchildrenandfour grandchildren.HehastraveledextensivelyandhasworkedinChina,RussiaandSouthAmericaandAfrica.HisfirstnovelPurchasedPowerhasbeenahugesuccessandhissecondthriller;GreentoRedwillbeoutsoon.HeisaregularAt30,Ihadamassivestroke.18monthslater,IreturnedtoworkasaguestonWestchesterontheLevelwithHeziAris.policeman.Mycareerendedaftera2ndstrokesoItookuppainting.Now, aftera3rdstroke,Iwrite!NancyB.Brewerisanawardwinningauthor,storytellerandpoetess.Sheisknownforhersoftsouthernstyleandpassionforweavinghistoricallystories,suchas:"CarolinaRain"and"BeyondSandyRidge"Asadetective,inCrimeSDennis Sheehan Frank Matheis Bibiana Huang Matheis Krystal WadeDennis Sheehan residesin Westchester with hiswife, four children andfour grandchildren.He has traveledextensively and has workedin China, Russia and South America andAfrica. His first novel Purchased Powerhas been a huge success and his secondthriller; Green to Red will be out soon. Heis a regular guest on Westchester on theLevel with Hezi Aris.Frank Matheis is a writerwho resides in Pawling,New York. He has publishedmore than four-hundredmusic and political newspaperarticles, and six short stories.He was three times short listed for the FishShort Story prize in Ireland. Besides hisday job as international marketing directorfor a green technology company, CurtisInstruments, he is active in radio producingand Roots & Blues musicology, includingas publisher of www.thecountryblues.comFrank Matheis is a writer who resides in Pawling, NewYork. He has published more than four-hundred musicand political newspaper articles, and six short stories.He was three times short listed for the Fish ShortStory prize in Ireland. Besides his day job asinternational marketing director for a green technologycompany, Curtis Instruments, he is active in radioproducing and Roots & Blues musicology, including aspublisher of www.thecountryblues.comBibiana Huang Matheisis a professional fine artphotographer with astudio in Pawling, NewYork. Her work hasBibiana Huang Matheis is a professionalfine art photographer with a studio inPawling, New York. Her work has beenpublished internationally and she regularlyexhibits nationwide. She studied at theCorcoran School of Art and the MarylandCollege of Art &Design. www.bibiphoto.combeen published internationallyand she regularly exhibits nationwide.She studied at the Corcoran School of Artand the Maryland College of Art & Design.www.bibiphoto.comA mother of threeworks fifty miles fand writes in her ”time” Krystal’s denovel “Wilde’s Firbeen accepted foand should be avaBibiana Huang Matheis is a professfine art photographer with a studio inPawling, New York. Her work has bepublished internationally and she reguexhibits nationwide. She studied at theCorcoran School of Art and the MarylanCollege of Art &Design. www.bibiphoto.comS. Martin Friedman has been a photographer andprintmaker for more than 50 years. During that time hehas earned three degrees in art, including a Master’sDegree in Photography and a Post Graduate Degree inGraphics. He has also taught art on the secondary andcollege levels, and operated his own Gallery anFraming operation in Westchester CoHis artwork has sold in Gaand has been seMus


THE WESTCHESTER GUARDIAN THURSDAY, MAY 17 2012Page 15The Wr ters Collectionaftera3http://www.TheWritersCollection.comRevolutionBy JACK DURISHClark ducked as a sprocket flew past. Heducked again when the chain that remainedattached to the other sprocket finally came freeand twisted itself into lethal knots as it flew afterthe sprocket. The missiles disappeared into thecrowd behind him inflicting pain and sufferingin their wake. Still, the carnage couldn’t wipe thesmile from Clark’s face.“Sorry ’bout that, boss,” his assistant, Jeremy,muttered as he rooted through his box of replacements.“I’ll have it fixed in a jiff.”“No problem,” Clark responded as hestepped forward and touched the machine toshare its final shudders as it ground to a halt. “It’llwork the next time.”J. B. Bucksworth stepped up next to him,puffing on a thick, foul-smelling cigar. “Well,what went wrong this time?” he asked and slidthe cigar to the other side of his mouth withoutusing his hands.Stephen Woodfin is anattorney/author who haswritten five legal thrillers.He blogs on VentureGalleries (http://venturegalleries.com/author/stephenwoodfin )JanVeCalebscreenSoutheJackDurishwasborninBaltimore,Maryland,in1943.Heisasoldierandasailor,adecoratedveteranofVietnam,ahusband,father,andgrandfather.JackistheauthorofRebelsontheMountain,availableatalleBookretailers,andabloggeratJackDurish.com,TheWritersCollection.com,andAmotheroJackDurishwasborninBaltimore,Maryland,in1943.Heisasoldieranda time".VentureGalleries.com.sailor,adecoratedveteranofVietnam,ahusband,father,andgrandfather. JackistheauthorofRebelsontheMountain,availableatalleBookretailers, andabloggeratJackDurish.com,TheWritersCollection.com,and VentureGalleries.com.CalebPirtleIIIistheauthorofmorethan55publishedbooks,thescreenwriterforthreemade‐for‐TVmovies,andaformertraveleditorofSouthernLivingMagazine.CalebPirtleIIIistheauthorofmorethan55publishedbooks,thescreenwriterforthreemade‐for‐TVmovies,andaformertraveleditorofSouthernLivingMagazine.Amotherofthreewhoworksfiftymilesfromhomeandwritesinher"sparetime".Amotherofthreewhoworksfiftymilesfromhomeandwritesinher"sparetime".“Nothing,” Clark replied.“Nothing?”“No, nothing really. Just needs a little adjustment,that’s all.”J. B. scowled at his investment and then itsinventor. “It better,” he said and turned away tosurvey the damage to the onlookers. A reportercaught his attention.“Will it work next time, Mr. Bucksworth?”“Of course,” J. B. answered and huffed asthough any fool could see that it would. “It’s onlya matter of an adjustment here and there.”“But, this is the fifteenth failed demonstration,”the reporter persisted and then shrankunder J. B.’s icy glare.J. B. waited until he had the reporter appropriatelycowed and then graced him with amalevolent smile. “What of it?” he asked. “Doyou doubt that we are good stewards of thepublic’s trust and their taxes?”“No, of course not!” the reporter blurted andwhorom homesparebute” hasr publicationilable in 2012Caleb Pirtle, IIItouched his press credential to make sure that ithadn’t magically disappeared.“It’s only a matter of time,” J. B. continued.“It’s a revolutionary design,” he added with asweep of his arm encompassing the entire thing.“True, true,” the reporter and his cronieschorused in harmony.“Are they going to try again today?”J. B. glanced in Clark’s direction and waited.He received the barest nod from the inventorwho remained staring at his creation with a lookof awe.J. B. relayed the message. “Yes, it seems so.”“Why is the government even attemptingsuch a thing?” a voice from the rear of the newspool asked.J. B. strained to pick out the offender andmade a mental note to rescind his press credentialwhen he spotted him. “Who else can betrusted with such things?” he responded with awithering scowl.“You could start with anyone who knowsenough to use a set screw to hold a sprocket on ashaft,” the impertinent reporter replied.J. B. used his cigar like a wand as thoughit might make the reporter disappear magically.Unfortunately, it didn’t. “Which paper do youwork for?” he asked.“I don’t,” the young man said with a smile.“Electronic media?”“No.”“What?”“News Hound dot com.”“You’re a blogger?” J. B. asked, stunned.“Yes, sir.”“How did you get a credential?” J. B. askedbefore he could trap the words in his throat.“It appears, sir,” the man replied softly, “thatyour press secretary isn’t any better at his job thanyour inventor.”J. B. waved to a security guard. He turnedback to the reporter as the guard worked hisway through the crowd. “You aren’t a real newsCaleb Pirtle III is the authorof more than 55 publishedbooks, the screenwriter forthree made for TV movies,and a former travel editorof Southern Living Magazinereporter,” he accused.The blogger sensed the guards approachbut remained calm. “Why am I being ejected?”he asked.“Didn’t you just hear me?” J. B. demanded.“You aren’t a real news reporter! Must I repeatmyself?”“God forbid!” the blogger exclaimed. “Everytime you open your mouth you subtract somethingfrom the sum total of human knowledge.”A chuckle rippled across the gathering andJ. B.’s eyes traced its course, memorizing the faceof every man who appeared to join his discomfort.They’ll learn, he promised himself, that youshouldn’t laugh at a government official.The guard reached the blogger just as a gaspand a shudder announced that the machine hadreturned to life. Slowly, majestically its wheelsand gears, chains and sprockets came tolife andbegan to whir is a dizzying display of synchronizedactivity.J. B. returned the cigar to his mouth andsmiled broadly. It puffed like a locomotivewith each word. “Beautiful, just beautiful,” hepronounced to everyone who could hear abovethe din.“Yes,” the blogger agreed, “but what is itdoing?”A thought clouded J. B.’s eyes and he madea mental note to himself to find out just what thedamn thing was supposed to do.A different topic is addressed weekly on www.TheWritersCollection.com. Each participantauthor, as well, as guest bloggers, are encouraged towriteon the chosen topic. The intriguing aspect ofeach of their efforts is that by infusing their specificmood and / or genre, we can better appreciate thecomplexity, frivolity, or seriousness of the issuethey are challengedto distill for all our readers tocelebrate, critique, or be cajoled to delve in the joyof writing.C.C. ColeC.C.Cole is a Dark Fantasywriter from rural Mississippiwho lives in the suburbs withher family. Besides writing,other interests includemedieval and 20th century history,martial arts, and adopted greyhounds.Stephen WoodfinPhilip CatshillAt 30, I had a massive stroke.18 months later, I returnedto work as a policeman.My career ended aftera 2nd stroke so I took uppainting. Now, after a 3rd stroke, Iwrite!Jack DurishJack Durish was born inBaltimore, Maryland, in1943. He is a soldier and asailor, a decorated veteranof Vietnam, a husband,father, and grandfather. Jack is theauthor of Rebels on the Mountain, availableat all eBook retailers, and a blogger atJackDurish.com, TheWritersCollection.com,and VentureGalleries.com.S. Martin Friedmanoperated his own Atelier he did master printing for artists such as LeRoyNeiman and Salvador Dali.He now specializes in landscape, nature and panoramic images.S. Martin Friedman hasbeen a photographer andprintmaker for more than50 years. During that timehe has earned three degreesin art, including a Master’s Degree inPhotography and a Post Graduate Degreein Graphics. He has also taught art on thesecondary and college levels, and operatedhis own Gallery and Framing operation inWestchester County, New York. His artworkhas sold in Galleries throughout the worldand has been seen in numerous shows andMuseums and private collections. When,in the 70’s he operated his own Atelierhe did master printing for artists suchas LeRoy Neiman and Salvador Dali. Henow specializes in landscape, nature andpanoramic images. C.C.Cole is a Dark Fantasy writer fromrural Mississippi who lives in the suburbswith her family. Besides writing, otherinterests include medieval and 20thcentury history, martial arts, and adoptedgreyhounds.t(hAt30,policempafS. Mprintmhas earDegreeGraphiccollege leFraming oHis artworand has beeMuseums an


Page 14 The Westchester Guardian THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012BOOKSThe Retired (Try To) Strike BackChapter 50 – The White HouseBy ALLAN LUKSThe heavy, monarch-sizeenvelopes arrive at each oftheir seven homes with thereturn address simply: WhiteHouse.The short letter praises alocal congressman or senatoror sometimes both forinforming the signer about the addressee’s work“to help our country.” The letter continues, “I aminviting you to the White House to share yourideas with my staff.” The signer is the President.The seven arrive today at the Old ExecutiveOffice building across from the White House.Two young aides, a man and woman in theirearly twenties, lead them into an auditorium andonto a stage which has eight chairs on it.Waiting on stage is one of the President’sinitiative advisors, whose sector is concernedwith seniors. The advisor, in his early forties, hasa pale complexion and rings under his eyes. Heshakes each of their hands while his staff entersand sits in the large auditorium, mostly youngfaces except for a section in front being filled bygray-haired men and women.The advisor holds a hand mike and walks tothe front of the stage, saying “the purpose of thisnew initiative afternoon is to familiarize our staffwith our guests’ important efforts.”He turns around and asks who wants tospeak first—Myron and Mimi quickly walk tothe front of the stage but Myron holds the advisor’sarm, preventing him from returning to hischair, and says to the audience, “My wife and Iare the only ones from our group speaking todayfrom the stage. We’ll then go down and join youin the auditorium to exchange ideas. But beforethat happens, we’re hoping the advisor will havetime to address us all.”The advisor returns to his chair on the stage.Myron doesn’t say that his cousin, a lobbyist,had advised the group to purposely leave timefor the advisor to talk, because governmentofficials prefer to “stay quiet and avoid makingcommitments.”Myron explains to the audience that he ranhis City Council campaign based in large parton the honesty of seniors and their awarenessof the need for people to feel connected to eachother. He adds that while he lost, a number ofseniors in different cities had won with similarcampaigns.“What would be helpful,” Myron finishes,“is if the many government paid ads in the mediathat inform seniors about volunteer opportunities,usually in libraries, schools and charities,also encourage retirees to consider volunteeringin and even running for public leadership positions.”Myron turns and nods to the advisor.Mimi rises and takes the microphone. “Iwant to add that the Senior Women’s March andthe Talk Centers for people to come and discusspublic issues have been spreading, though theirsize remains small. We would like a nonpartisanteam of government officials to be organized topush the growth of Talk Centers, since citizeninvolvement is something all politicians say theyfavor.”Mimi walks over and gives the mike to theadvisor, who approaches the front of the stage.“First,” he says, “we’ve invited senior guests fromthe Capitol area, so as good hosts let’s ask themfor their thoughts.”A woman, thin and athletic-looking, stands,“What you men and women on stage have doneis wonderful. Neither I nor my husband hasbeen involved, nor have most of our friends, inthe marches and Talk Centers.”She looks down at the seniors sitting nearher, and then looks up at the stage. “Your grouphas shown there’s a way that we seniors can bepart of changing this country—or should be.We want to feel this. It’s why we accepted ourcenter’s invitation to come here today. But manyof us need more encouragement to get started.Please, help us.”A senior couple quickly stand at the sametime. Both hold small note pads, and say they arefollowing up on the words of “our last speakerand we will report back to our own senior center.We believe many there are waiting for us toreturn to give them more information aboutparticipating.”The advisor looks at his watch. “My staff,I know how busy you are and appreciate yourcoming today. Please, send any follow-up ideasto my office.”The staff rises and is quickly leaving, takingcoffee set up at the back of the auditorium, as theadvisor announces, “We hope our senior guestson stage and those in the auditorium will gettogether over coffee to exchange ideas about themarches and Talk Centers and how you can helpeach other.”The advisor walks over to Mimi and Myronand says in a low voice,“I must leave. Even if you don’t hear fromme right away, we’re thinking about your work.Trust me.”The advisor shakes everyone’s hand andleaves the stage and is quickly out of theauditorium.“Stop looking so annoyed,” Mimi saysto Myron, as they start to leave the stage. “Hisdisappearance isn’t unexpected. But seniorsgetting together to discuss our potential tochange the world a little before we leave it—that’s what we’re hearing now. Don’t waste time.Let’s go meet our new colleagues.”Myron still pauses at the step. “I guess it’sbecause I’ve become a politician that I keepthinking: how I’d react in different situations.Look, everyone knows government is polarized.Could the President’s staff have hoped thiscoming together would happen today withoutdoing it at a big meeting that would right awaybecome political? Are non-threatening seniorsattending small meetings one of the few waysleft to start change?”Send me your experiences: This column tells the storyof four retired couples, who want to show that seniorsare vital and discover that they also can offer newleadership to society. Each column is based on conversationsI’ve had with seniors and non-seniors. I’veheard from many of you, and encourage other readersto contact me with their related experiences so I caninclude them in the remaining columns about theretired’s story as they (try to) strike back. Direct emailto allan@allanluks.com.Holistic Health ServicesMy name is Diana N. O’Neill, and I’m a Holistic Health Practitioner. I‘ve earned my degrees· Chakra Therapyfrom the American Institute of Holistic Theology, and I am board-certified by the American· CounselingAssociation of Drugless Practitioners. 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The Westchester Guardian THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012Page 15GovernmentSectionTHE ALBANY CORRESPONDENTAssemblyman Ortiz, The HamburglarBy CARLOS GONZALEZALBANY, NY -- Big governmentcontinues its pursuit toregulate everyone’s life throughsenseless legislation. Before youknow it, we’ll all be forced to eatlow sodium soy sauce with all ofour meals.Democrat Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn) hassponsored a bill to prohibit restaurants fromgiving away toys, trading cards and other trinketswith children’s meals unless the food meets nutritionalstandards.“If they can make the items more healthy,then providing the toys as a reward will be finewith me,” Ortiz said.The Ortiz bill would bar restaurants fromgiving out toys unless the meals they come withare less than 500 calories, have less than 600 milligramsof sodium and include less than 35% oftotal daily allowance of calories from fat.Violations would be met with civil fines.The bill is being sponsored in the Senate by Sen.Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) - who did not returnThe Westchester Guardian’s telephone call requestfor a comment.Ortiz denied that his latest bill deprives peopleof their right to choose what to eat, or a parent’sright to make that choice for their children.Ortiz reasoned that if fast food establishmentslike McDonald’s want to give away promotionaltoys to children, they should offer items like veggieburgers, turkey meat and salads.McDonald’s spokeswoman Heather Oldanisaid the fast food giant opposes the bill.So do I.If legislators want to make a difference in thelives of children, let’s tell them to invest dollarsthrough education, to develop a stronger fitnessrequirement in schools, to create safe after-schoolprograms that are fun and affordable, and tosupport little leagues, or any other organized sportkeeping children fit.SAME-SEX AFTERMATH,DIFFERENT LEGISLATORJames S. Alesi (R-Monroe) one of fourRepublican state senators in New York, who votedin favor of same-sex marriagelast year, said Wednesdaynight that he would not seekre-election.Senator Alesi indicatedthat he did not want to gothrough a difficult primarycampaign and put Republicancontrol of the State Senate atrisk in November.Senator Alesi said hebelieves his decision to support same-sex marriagehad cost him support among some of the moreconservative Republicans in his district, makinghim vulnerable to a primary challenge. Hedismissed reports that his loss of support amongsome local Republican officials was prompted bya controversy that arose over his decision to filea lawsuit after falling and breaking his leg whiletouring a house he thought was for sale.“The conservatives pretty much declaredthere would be trouble for the four senators,”Alesi said, referring to himself and the three otherRepublican senators who supported the law. “Ihave served with dignity, and I have worked veryhard for my district.“And I don’t apologize for my vote onmarriage. I think there is a significant number ofpeople who appreciated my vote on marriage.”The announcement comes on the same daythat President Obama declared his support forsame-sex marriages.BURKE TO PURGE EMPLOYEESThe state is moving to fire nearly 200 workersfor abusing or neglecting disabled persons undertheir care.“In our view, any type of abuse or neglectis intolerable, and we should not have theseemployees working in our system,” said CourtneyBurke, commissioner of the Office for Peoplewith Developmental Disabilities.The cases stem from incidents during the pastyear and include 130 in which evidence of abuseor neglect was “substantiated,” Burke said. Somecases involve workers punching clients or inappropriatelyconfining them to a bed.The workers have been suspended withoutpay pending the outcome of a union-mandatedhearing process, Burke added.News of the planned firings was announcedduring a cabinet meeting during which Gov.Cuomo announced a new campaign to rallypublic support behind his plan to overhaul thestate’s system for treating the disabled and prosecutingcases of abuse.Share your thoughts with Carlos Gonzalez, TheAlbany Correspondent, by directing email to carlgonz1@gmail.com.Before speaking to the police... callGeorge WeinbaumATTORNEY AT LAWFREE CONSULTATION:Criminal, Medicaid, MedicareFraud, White-Collar Crime &Health Care Prosecutions. 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Page 16 The Westchester Guardian THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012MAYOR Marvin’s COLUMNNo Wiggle RoomBy MARY C. MARVINOn April 30 th , the Trustees andI finalized a budget that we allagreed was our most difficultto date.We finalized a budget of$13,966,549 with $5,820,936offset in non-property taxrevenues resulting in $8,145,613 to be paid byproperty taxpayers in fiscal year 2012-2013.We began the process with fewer policemenand Public Works staff on the payroll than wehave had in years and 15% less administrativestaff. As illustration, we now have one secretaryfor all of Village Hall.Net-net we started the budget process withvirtually no wiggle room.Our looming fixed costs include our“debt” back to the State of New York whichis Bronxville’s largest ever. Pension costs rosefrom $1,028,649 to $1,194,596 representing a16% increase in one year. Our pension obligationswere just $4,566 in the 1999-2000 budget.Health care costs rose 5.5% to $1,783,015 andWorkmen’s Compensation costs rose in one yeara whopping 18.7% to $227,765 despite the factCIVIL LIBERTIESGOVERNMENTwe received a rebate due to our minimal use ofthe fund.At the end of the process, we will send theState of New York a check for $3,205,376 andreceive $64,713 back in direct State aid. This isclearly an unsustainable relationship.Beyond the exponential increase in Statemandates, expenses at the local level also rose.Fuel costs increased by 42% in just two yearsand our energy bill will jump 10.75% in the nextbudget.On the revenue side, we could not prudentlyforecast significant increases in sales tax andmortgage tax revenue as the trends over the pastyear have been uneven.Additionally, any costs from the County andTown that could be increased at the local levelsuch as garbage transfer costs were filtered downto the Village budget.At the end of the process, without buying anew pencil or offering staff raises, the tax burdenon our 2,300 taxpaying houses, co-ops, condosand commercial properties was untenable.Faced with this dilemma, our only recoursewas to look for additional revenue sources whosecosts did not fall completely on the Villagetaxpayer.We reviewed all our revenue lines and reluctantlyagreed to put our parking meter costs inline with those of all our neighbors and chargea quarter for fifteen minutes rather than thecurrent quarter for twenty minutes.We had not adjusted our meter costs forover eight years, not keeping pace with othercommunities. In our estimation, this adjustmentwas the best way to balance the heavy burden onour taxpayers while not placing an unfair burdenon any one stakeholder keeping the increase inline with neighboring shopping communities.The additional revenue helped to lower ourproperty tax levy to $8,145,613 from the originalestimate of $8,276,957 as well as shore up ourfund balance to help maintain our Triple A bondrating. This most favorable rating has provenadvantageous for our capital program as wewere recently able to borrow funds at a 1.75%net interest rate. As a result, you will see a veryrobust program of improvements to our longterm assets such as road paving and curbing,tree planting, computerization of Village paperrecords and an aggressive program to clean andrehabilitate the Village sewer system.At the end of our thoughtful and sometimestortured process, our budget work resulted with$166 above the State promulgated tax cap.We could have come in under the cap bydecreasing our budget for road repaving forexample, but we believed we had analyzed everyEvolving Under Pressure, Obama Endorses Gay MarriageBy LARRY M. ELKINThere are two ways, sharplycontrasting yet not mutuallyexclusive, that we can look atPresident Obama’s declarationyesterday that he now supportsmarriage rights for same-sexcouples.The cynical view is that, when left with noalternative, even the most self-interested politicianwill do the right thing.The idealistic view is that democracy reallydoes work, that the American people have adeep though imperfect respect for civil liberties,and that ultimately our politicians must at leasttry to be as good as we want our country to be,even when doing so is politically inconvenient.Obama embodied the cynical view, yet hisabrupt change of heart proves that at the end ofthe day, citizens determine government policy.As a little-known candidate for the IllinoisSenate, Barack Obama supported marriagerights for gay couples as early as 1996. This wasthe same year the issue exploded on the nationalstage, when Congress passed, and President BillClinton signed, the Defense of Marriage Act todeny federal recognition of same-sex marriages.By the time Obama ran for the U.S. Senatein 2004 (the year Massachusetts became the firststate to actually allow same-sex couples to wed),he opposed same-sex marriage but supportedcivil unions. Obama maintained his oppositionthroughout his bid for the White House in 2008and continued to do so once in office. He had amassive Democratic majority in both houses ofCongress during the first two years of his term,during which time he opposed gay marriagewhile his administration defended DOMA.His position on the subject began “evolving” in2010, when Republicans took back the House ofRepresentatives and made inroads in the Senate.By last year, after a series of court defeats, thepresident was calling for DOMA’s repeal, butthat was a nonstarter in the current Congress.Obama clearly hoped to bury the marriageissue until after November’s voting. While muchof the country has embraced marriage rightsfor everyone, there is still substantial resistance– especially in certain swing states that will becrucial in choosing the next president.One of those states is North Carolina,whose voters just this week endorsed a changein their state’s constitution to prohibit samesexmarriage. The Obama campaign hopes tocarry the state, which is also the site of this year’sDemocratic National Convention. Supportingsame-sex marriage will not be helpful.The president’s effort to “evolve” silently onthis issue until after November fell apart this weekwhen Vice President Joe Biden and a memberof Obama’s cabinet, Education Secretary ArneDuncan, both said they personally supportsame-sex marriage. This led to demands fromObama’s core backers, many of whom supportgay marriage, for him to clarify his position andcontrast himself with Republican Mitt Romney,a gay-marriage opponent.Romney probably also wishes the issuewould go away, even though his campaignundoubtedly relishes the president’s discomfitureover it. Social conservatives opposed to gaymarriage may not love Romney, but they alsoprobably saw through the president’s effort towait until after November before coming out,so to speak, on the other side. Romney wants toattack Obama’s record on federal spending andthe economy rather than get mired in a socialissuesquicksand that imperils both candidateswith the few, but all-important, uncommittedvoters.As I have written before, this ship has sailed.Same-sex marriage exists, it is not going away,and North Carolina’s vote this week notwithstanding,state and federal rejection of it willnot matter in the long run. Either the courtswill continue to strike down such restrictionsas unconstitutional violations of fundamentalbudget line and made the best possible decisionsfor Bronxville residents.The Trustees and I believe the small increaseabove the tax cap not only demonstrates prudentcontrol over local finances but allows us torespect and champion the concept of local sovereigntyversus State control of local issues.We believe the final budget best serves theneeds of the residents of Bronxville althoughperhaps not the political ambitions of the careerpoliticians in Albany.It still boggles the mind that the samefolks due to their lack of courage and inactionsend us a bill from Albany equating to a 4% taxincrease and can also dictate a 2% tax cap onlocal spending.From my perspective at the local level, weare in an unprecedented stage of “big brother”control, be it through the State mandated taxcap or the recent housing settlement requiringthe County to sue its own municipalities.I wait for the days when the taxpayerbecomes the most important special interestgroup.Mary C. Marvin is the mayor of the Village ofBronxville, New York. If you have a suggestion orcomment, consider directing your perspective byemail to: mayor@vobny.com.rights, or public opinion – which has beenmoving steadily in favor of gay marriage sincethe issue emerged less than 20 years ago – willultimately make the restrictions go away. It issimply unworkable to have marriages recognizedin some jurisdictions and not others.So as Romney and others like him waitfor the courts to take matters conveniently outof their hands, Obama deserves at least a littlecredit for finally taking the plunge. Whetherhe jumped off the diving board or got pushedultimately does not matter. Now, at least, everyAmerican has a president who publicly supportshis or her right to share a life with the person oftheir choosing.The motives matter less than the result. Inthe sweep of history, Obama will be creditedwith having done the right thing.Larry M. 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Page 18 The Westchester Guardian THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012FINANCESYonkers Burning Issue May Prove Nothing But a PloyContinued from page 1753 people responding to that fire, something isevidently very wrong.At issue is whether the deputy chief onduty was sufficiently knowledgeable enough offirefighting to ascertain whether it was prudentto maintain the Firefighters kkep their effortwhen one of every two firefighters would needmedical attention thereafter. Is he not responsibleto equally be concerned over the life andlimb of his men as he is demanded to protectproperty? How can he place his men in harmsway? Further, if the fire was of such intensity, isthere no fail-safe measure that would permit theFirefighters to contain the fire from spreadingbeyond its initial imprint rather than putting ourFirefighters in harm’s way? When does recognitionreveal that life and limb outweigh property,when property can no longer be salvaged?Perhaps the deputy chief did understandthe fire that challenged the firefighters on thescene. If the deputy chief was knowledgeable ofthe challenge before him and the Firefighters, areYonkersites now to infer that YFD is not sufficientlytrained to do the job they are tasked?This reporter cannot believe there was a lackof leadership or oversight of the blazing fire atCrotty Avenue. Further, I cannot believe the YFDis ill trained or deficient in equipment to havefought this fire.The logic of the questions conjectured aboveare the subterfuge, the smoke and mirrors tacticsthat an individual, a group, or a larger body ofYonkers Firefighters conjured up to express theirdisgust for their not having concluded a newcontract with the new administration.While the pissing match quietly takes placebetween Mayor Mike Spano and his surrogatesand the Yonkers Fire Department, life and limb isheld in balance and the Yonkers taxpayer foots thebill at the games the big boys play.Why is Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano’s officesilent over this issue? Why does the Yonkers FireDepartment maintain its silence over their issuesand concerns?How many more ploys of deceit will Yonkersiteshave to endure before all the unions and the SpanoAdministration begin their respective efforts to findfiscal accommodation through negotiations focusedtoward a prudent and fiscal end?A spokesperson for Mayor Mike Spano’sAdministration has advised it is studying theCrotty Avenue incident, aftermath, and itsimplications.The lack of scrutiny of firefightingthroughout the city has evidently been permittedexcess by this example due to the lack of oversightby internal mechanisms of scrutiny and becausemedia has been kicked to the curb and becomeimpotent in the process. Shame on us all.Yonkers Office of Emergency Managementand the American Red Cross were instrumentalin finding housing for the displaced residents at amakeshift reception center that was situated at St.John The Baptist Parish on Yonkers Avenue.ADDENDUM made at 8:15 pm - May 8, 2012:I spoke to IAFF Local 628 President BarryB. McGoey yesterday. We focused on what Ibelieved were the most important issues one needask when men are sent into the throes of possibledeath, being injured temporarily or for the balanceof their lives. I did not believe the stalematebetween the Yonkers Firefighters and the SpanoAdministration were making headway. That wasevident by what I surmised was the telling of thestory above.Even so, Mr McGoey believes I have misunderstoodthe circumstances that were confrontedat the scene of the fire and that the inferences Imade were not on target. His perspective is mostpertinent and the integrity of his words reveal hissincerity and relevance.They are as follows:“After our conversation yesterday I thoughtyou had gained some better insight into the recentfire on Crotty Avenue. Then I read your coverageof the fire on the Yonkers Tribune. I must have beenwrong in my assessment of your understandingof the fire scene and the impact of the fire onthe Yonkers Firefighters, several of whom wereinjured and required emergency medical care.“As I told you yesterday, this was not just a runof-the-millsmall fire. This was a fire that appears tohave started in the rear of the building on an upperfloor while no one was home. The fire was notreported to the fire department until it had grownto a significant size within the structure and wasnoticed by neighbors and passersby. By the timethe first fire companies were on the scene there washeavy fire on the second and third stories.“Not knowing if there were any trappedoccupants, the fire companies began an aggressiveinterior fire attack while simultaneouslyconducting searches for victims and engaging inforcible entry and roof ventilations. Each of thesevarious operations is very laborious and requiresmany firefighters acting in a coordinated manner.Early on in the fire, interior firefighters could hearscreams of some type from within the structure.It was later determined that those screams andnoises had been made from numerous pets whoperished in the smoke, heat and fire. But at thetime, the firefighters did not know if they werefrom people trapped within the structure andwithin moments of death.“As firefighters outside had to deal withhydrant issues and water supply problems, interiorfirefighters were making their way to the seat ofthe fire to begin extinguishment operations. Twofirefighters were attempting to make entry into anupper floor apartment when they were met witha heavy wall of fire. The firefighters used all effortsto make some headway in fighting the fire butthey were unsuccessful and their air supply wasrunning very low. The flames and heat becameso intense that both firefighters had to back outimmediately. One of the firefighters actually hadto jump down the stairs head first, landing on topof other firefighters who were making their wayup to the same floor. The second firefighter wasable to seek refuge at a nearby window and wasable to exit the fire floor by using a ground ladderthat was being hoisted up by other fire crews whohad responded to the fire scene. Thank God bothof these firefighters who “bailed out” of the firewere not killed and suffered only minor steamburns and other minor injuries. Attached aretwo photographs where you can see the secondfirefighter in the front second floor window asa ground ladder is being raised to rescue him.You can see in the photographs that smoke wasbillowing out of all of the windows at this timeand the conditions inside were very dangerous.“Yonkers Firefighters always give at least100% when there is a structure fire and lives arein jeopardy. In cases like this fire where there werereports of screaming from within the building andthen calls that two firefighters were in distress, allof the firefighters on scene gave it their all. In suchcases, even firefighters can overextend themselvesand do things that would otherwise be undoablewithout the adrenaline boost that comes withcalls of distress. As a result, numerous membersbecame dehydrated, exhausted, twisted ankles,strained joints, and otherwise required emergencymedical care during this “crisis period” and duringthe entire multi-hour operation.INTERNSFour high school students from the SoundShore recently visited Albany as part of theLeague of Women Voters’ Students InsideAlbany program. The annual event, sponsoredby the New York State League’s EducationFoundation, selects students with the assistanceof local LWVs in Larchmont-Mamaroneckand Rye-Rye Brook-Port Chester, to participatein a statewide student conference.The students met with AssemblymanGeorge Latimer in Assembly session andreviewed the procedures and agenda in theState Assembly. They also visited the StateSenate and participated in seminars that helpedincrease student awareness of representativegovernment.“It should be noted that there were strongwinds on the day of the fire which fanned the fireand allowed it to grow at an even greater rate thannormal. In addition to extinguishing the fire, thefirefighters also prevented the fire from extendingto the houses on either side.“I hope the above answers some of yourconcerns and that the photographs prove just howdangerous the job of a Yonkers firefighter really is.”- Barry B. McGoey, President, IAFF Local 628,Yonkers FirefightersFinal note from this reporter: “The SpanoAdministration must engage in meaningfulnegotiations that will lead to an accommodationserving Yonkers, Yonkersites, Yonkers Firefighters,and the Spano Administration.“The telling of this incident and the enormityof the issues brought forward in the aftermath offighting this fire are issues of enormous concernfor the safety of our Firefighters, the protectionof property, the demand for the most up to datetraining skills and equipment needed to keep theaforementioned functioning, and the culminationof contractual agreements that will affordeveryone peace of mind.” - Hezi ArisLocal Students Visit State Assemblywith Assemblyman LatimerThe 2012 students who participated in the LWVsStudents Inside Albany program were: Sam Schneider,Mamaroneck H.S. Senior (Larchmont resident);Annabel Gutterman, Rye Neck H.S. Sophomore(Mamaroneck resident); Lara Cohen, Blind BrookH.S. Junior (Rye Brook resident); and Luke Murphy,Rye Neck H.S. Sophomore (Mamaroneck resident).


The Westchester Guardian THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012Page 19honorsSenator Ball Receives the Military Order off The Purple Heart Special Recognition AwardNEWBURGH, NY -- Senator Greg Ball (R, C– Patterson) was honored by the members of theMilitary Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH)with a Special Recognition Award at their yearlyconvention this Saturday at the Ramada Hotelin Newburgh, New York.The Special Recognition Award is giveneach year to a leader who best demonstratesinspirational leadership and distinguished serviceto veterans. MORH presented this year’s awardto State Senator Greg Ball, the chairman ofChairman of Homeland Security and VeteransAffairs.“As an Air Force Academy graduate, aformer Air Force Officer and the Chairmanof Homeland Security and Veterans Affairsthis is a great honor and I am very grateful tohave been selected. I would like to thank WillyNazario, Eugene Parrotta, the Montrose ActionCommittee and everyone else that is involvedINVESTIGATIONin the Military Order of the Purple Heart,” saidSenator Greg Ball. “I am honored to serve as theState Senator to so many veterans that have allchosen a path of courage, honor, integrity andbravery; a path that helped shape America as weknow it, protecting our way of life and liberty.”Senator Greg Ball has worked tirelessly andaccomplished many great things for all veteransacross the 40 th senate district. He has createda Veterans Hall of Fame, held a thanksgivingthank you dinner for over 800 veterans, passedlegislation to protect Military Funeral’s fromprotest, secured $500,000 for a New York StateVeterans Cemetery and fought to save MontroseCampus of the VA Hudson Valley Health CareSystem.“It was an honor for me to present theaward to Senator Ball for all he has done forveterans and the Military Order of the PurpleHeart,” said MORPH Service Officer, EugeneParrotta. “Senator Ball has done a lot to makeveterans’ lives easier in this state. I wish we hadmore people like him and I am sure he willalways be there for us.”Senator Ball is now currently working tosecure a state preference for veteran ownedbusinesses, protections for veterans ailing fromTraumatic Brain Injury and is planning a largeBBQ on July 7 th for “America’s Bravest”.Community Members Seek Answers In the Shooting Death of Kenneth ChamberlainBy NANCY KINGWith a crowd of nearly 200people, spilling out into thehallway, Mayor Tom Roachand the members of theWhite Plains CommonCouncil heard from familyand community memberswho expressed their disappointment in themanner by which the White Plains PoliceDepartment has handled the internal investigationinto the shooting death of KennethChamberlain Sr. back on November 19, 2011.Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. urged the mayor andthe council to recommend Police CommissionerDavid Chong suspend the officers involved inthe incident pending the investigation outcome.The officers involved are currently on limitedduty.Speaking for the community, Rev. OdingaMaddox, Pastor of the Hope AME ZionChurch and a member of the FellowshipCouncil of White Plains Ministers, addressedthe Common Council saying; “We are appalledand horrified with what appears to be nointernal action by the Common Council andCommissioner Chong.” Though there wereabout twelve uniformed officers in attendance,Commissioner Chong was absent from thehearing.Also in attendance to show support for theChamberlain family was White Plains PoliceOfficer Michael Hannon who claimed he wasassaulted with a chair last fall by Assistant PoliceChief Ann FitzSimmons. Hannon relayed tothe crowd that he suffered permanent injuries tohis back after FitzSimmons slammed an officechair into his back while he was working at theDepartment of Public Safety. He too explainedthat Assistant Chief FitzSimmons was neverreprimanded for her actions and there mayindeed be a culture of violence to those of colorby the White Plains Police Department.Mayor Tom Roach twice addressed thecrowd during the hearing to assure those inattendance that the findings of an independentinternal investigation would be reporting directlyto him and that he would then make appropriaterecommendations to Commissioner Chong.Nancy King is a freelance, investigative reporter; aresident of White Plains, New York.Yorktown EconoWashYour Full Service Laundromat Since 1966Wash & Fold Service • Dry Cleaning & PressingDry Clean By The Bulk • Shirts LaunderedLeather & Suedes Cleaned / Treated914.962.55392018 Crompond Rd. (Rear) Yorktown Hts.Routes 35 & 202 -Crompond


Page 20 The Westchester Guardian THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012LEGISLATIONReproductive Rights RestrictedBy PEGGY GODFREYFirst come; first to be heard,is the usual procedurefollowed at the WestchesterCounty Board of Legislators(WCBoL) hearings. Butthis time, on April 30, 2012,when the topic of the hearingwas to limit access to protestorsoutside abortion clinics,the rules suddenly changed. People with lettersfrom elected officials were allowed to speak first.WCBoL Minority Leader James Maisano, on aradio program heard May 2, 2012, that he hadobjected to the meeting because in the past herecalls only elected officials, not their surrogateswere allowed to speak first.So for the many residents who had come tospeak, and waited for hours in line to get intothe Chambers, there were questions about whythis happened. Some of those who had signedup to speak were shuffled into the Rotunda andoverflow room to await their turn. In the end, 82speakers were heard and most spoke against theproposed bill which would increase criminal andcivic penalties for “harassment” if demonstratingwithin 25 feet of an abortion clinic. The “premises”included public parking or exit or any publicparking lot within 200 feet which serves such afacility. The vague prohibitive guidelines includethe statement, “engage in a course of conductor repeatedly commit acts within 25 feet of thepremises of a reproductive health care facilitywhen such behavior places another person inreasonable fear of physical harm, or attempt to dothe same.” In the Legislators’ Committee reportit states, “ the right to speak, march, demonstrate,or engage in other activity (is) protectedby the First Amendment,” but continues to statethis bill is necessary to ensure “public safety andorder” and protect reproductive health services,and “privacy and well-being of patients seekingreproductive health care services at facilities...”So why was the hearing held in a place thatwas too small? Understandably the fire codes hadto be met, but why did the WCBoL believe theirpremises would be adequate for such a contentioustopic to be aired in a public hearing at theWVCoL Chambers? Further, why did theylisten to people with letters from elected officialsfirst? Why would elected officials from otherlegislative bodies interfere in County business?Among the speakers was Yonkers CityDemocratic Committee Chairwoman SymraBrandon who spoke on behalf of New YorkState Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins. Shestipulated there were no free speech restrictionsat present, and common sense would dictate thisbill should be passed. Samaris Gross, espousingthe other side of the issue, spoke for NewYork State Senator Ruben Diaz, emphasizingPlanned Parenthood continues to target Blacksand Hispanics. She asserted this law wants to“limit public discourse.”Former Yonkers Mayoral candidate CarloCalvi stated the proposed law “violates theUnited States Constitution” and will not withstanda legal challenge. Quoting PresidentRonald Reagan he said, “government is not thesolution, government is the problem.”The number of people speaking against thebill exceeded those in favor; a good number ofspeakers were employees of Planned Parenthood.Numerous speakers alluded to the “lack of counseling”given by Planned Parenthood to womenwho seek advice as inferred by the 98% whoend up opting for an abortion. Regina Riley,a registered nurse, summarized her positionby sating the bill was “superfluous.” GeorgeImburgia who was not admitted to the hearing,had arrived more than an hour ahead of time.After waiting a half-an-hour, he and everyoneelse standing on line were notified they wouldnot be hears because the Chamber was alreadyfilled to capacity. Imburgia believes the publicshould have been notified ahead of time aboutthe lack of capacity available at the chosen venue.He concluded the circumstances appeared tokeep people from giving voice to their respectiveperspectives. Imburgia said, “Rather than allowpeople with letters from elected officials to speakfirst, as a courtesy, the public should have beenallowed to speak first.”Before the WCBoL voted on Monday,May 7, 2012, there were several speakers fromboth facets of the bill attending the meeting. Arepresentative of Planned Parenthood echoedprevious sentiments of proponents of the billwho felt women seeking “privacy” would feelthreatened when having to walk past protestors.Legislator Maisano enumerated legal flaws inthe “poorly drafted” bill, particularly attorney feesthat can be awarded. Particularly troubling wasthe elevation of the punishments in the penalcode. He suggested the bill be returned to thecommittee which had only spent a short timepreparing it during this new legislative session.The 10-7 vote by the WCBoL followedparty lines. 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Page 22 The Westchester Guardian THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012OpEdSectionTwo Degrees of SeparationBy NANCY KINGTwo men, who had no knowledgeof one another, separatedby the Hudson River, shareda surprisingly similar life.Both were men of color, bothhad a touch of mental illness,both had a propensity to enjoyalcohol a little bit too much,both had numerous run ins with the law, andboth were shot to death by police officers withina month of each other.The past week witnessed Rockland CountyDistrict Attorney Thomas Zugibe announce thata Grand Jury had found no cause to indict PoliceOfficer John Roper in the death of 48-year-oldHaitian immigrant Herve Gilles on December14, 2011, outside a local bar. Police had beencalled to El Buen Gusto Bar by management toremove Gilles who was intoxicated and fightingwith other bar patrons. What really happenedafter that will forever be sealed in the secretevidence presented to the Grand Jury. What thepublic does know is that the altercation betweenOfficer Roper and Gilles spilled onto the streetand became physical. Somehow, Gilles was ableOur Republic Needs an Old-Fashioned “Town Hall”By STEPHEN I. MAYOAn acquaintance tipped me offto a troubling news story. Asreported in the Washington(D.C.) Examiner, May 5,2012.“According to an NBCaffiliate in Indianapolis, illegalaliens are getting billions ofU.S. tax dollars in refundable tax credits fornieces, nephews, and other relatives back inMexico, because the IRS has allowed illegalaliens to claim such credits on their tax returns,for people they list as “dependents.” (Nearlythree quarters of tax returns filed by illegalaliens received such tax credits). For example,an illegal alien with $14,000 in income not onlypaid no taxes, but received a refund of $10,000.In another case, illegal aliens used a phonyaddress to claim 20 relatives as dependents andget thousands in refunds.”My correspondent asked if this would“frost my Wheaties.” I answered “Considermy Wheaties to have been frosted! But I havemixed feelings. Not that the fraud is acceptable.IRS regulations need to be revisited and theirenforcement adjusted to reflect current realities.Where necessary, present laws need to becorrected or updated. Clearly, Obama’s ICE(Immigration and Control and Enforcement)office; the division of the Department ofHomeland Security devoted to protecting ourborders, is going to have to get serious aboutto bite Officer Roper and extract his Billie Club.Claiming that he feared for his life with eachblow that Gilles served, P.O. Roper decidedto shoot the man. He fired his weapon hittingGilles in the neck and head.Spring Valley community activists areasking for an independent review of standardpolice protocol in situations like this one andcivil rights attorney Sanford Rubenstein, whois representing the Gilles family has announcedhis intention to bring the case before the Officeof the U.S. Attorney. Spring Valley communitymembers also contend that P. O. Roper knew ofGille’s problem with alcohol and mental illness.Also being questioned is whether the SpringValley Police Department is trained to deal withindividuals with such issues.Last week a Grand Jury in WestchesterCounty similarly found that the White PlainsPolice Department was justified in using deadlyforce on November 19, 2011, with regard to theshooting death of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.,after his life alert device went off in error. LikeGilles, Chamberlain had a history of drinking,coupled with mental illness and also had ahistory of altercations with the police. After alaw enforcement in a way that it has not gottenserious up to the present time.The federal government has clearly shownno interest in protecting the sovereignty ofour Republic or in upholding Title 8, Code ofFederal Regulations, the federal statute devotedto U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services.Here is what Chief Justice Roberts said tothe Solicitor General concerning SB 1071,the Arizona statute under challenge by theAdministration:“It seems to me that the federal governmentjust doesn’t want to know who is hereillegally or not.”My concern is that those of us whoconsider themselves conservatives (Democrat,Republican or other, by party registration)or just plain traditionalist, Constitutionalistscan do nothing about it and have nowhere toturn for remedy or plain “succor.” Just learningmore about the lawbreaking required resort tonational news sources; no local newspapers,broadcast or web media covered it.One could contact Lowey, Schumer orGillibrand? What good would that do? Beingof a different political stripe would necessarilyrule out any help. Perhaps a letter would issuefrom one of their scores of publicly-compensatedaides promising prompt attention tothe matter in the next session of Congress.We could reach out to the closest Republicanelected representatives, but what is the averagestate or county legislator going to say or do thatlong standoff with a dozen policeofficers, Chamberlain was shot and later died atWhite Plains Hospital.Both cases bring forth a panoply of questionsfrom both sides. Both cases, according totheir respective DA’s found that deadly forcewas necessary to save the life of a police officer.But that is according to a District Attorney.The general public will never get to see a sealeddecision; they just have to take the DA’s wordfor it. While respecting privacy and the integrityof evidence, one can only wonder if theGrand Juryframework is too secret? In a statementmade recently by Randolph McLauglin,attorney for the Chamberlain family, more thanlikely presents the absolute truth in why neitherof the cases (or in the DJ Henry case, as well)the outcomes were devoid of any indictments.“There is an institutional bias with regard toDA’s investigating and prosecuting local cops. Toexpect them to indict the people they work withis unrealistic,” said Mr McLaughlin, Esq.That brings all of us to a whole new setof questions. Communities in both of thosemunicipalities want to know why the police useddeadly force on two people who were known tobe mentally ill and liked to drink. It would likewisebe remiss not to ask why the communitydidn’t do more to protect these two men whenwould be helpful or even germane (and howmany would be willing to stake out a principledstance in a geographic region “abounding” withethnic variety and a commensurate obsessionwith the attendant political sensitivities?). Andthe nearest member of the Republican majorityin the House of Representatives sitting at thenation’s Capital is two entire districts distantfrom here.I have sought area print and broadcastmedia coverage of such widespread nationalissues, even with just a local slant; but with theideological biases prevalent here, little attentionwill be given to the issues of porous borders andlax immigration-law enforcement. It would befine and appropriate for the state party to assistcity and town Republican groups and districtorganizations to gain the attention of newsorganizations and promote objectivity in mediacoverage; I have discussed this with leaders atstate and county gatherings and Republicanclubs devoted to the legal profession andJewish/pro-Israel constituencies. Never founda willing official or useful “hook” to follow upon the idea.What we need is a standing politicalforum, a regular town hall to raise issues, whichwarrant attention and which might attractenough attendees to justify the effort. Regularparty organizations are not appropriate as theyare driven by the promotion of candidacies andplatforms. Perhaps a non-partisan vehicle like a“Constitutionalist Assembly” to air grievances,they were alive. Both were well known in theircommunities to police and to family memberswho admitted they were more than a little eccentricwhen they were out in public. Why weren’tthe families of these two men called when theywere involved in their final conflicts with theirrespective police departments? It’s been a wellknown mantra over the last few decades to saythat it takes a village to raise a child; perhaps thesame can be said about those who suffer someform of mental illness.Residents of the City of White Plainsattended a public hearing early last week toimplore Mayor Tom Roach and the CommonCouncil to suspend all officers involved in theChamberlain shooting while an independentinvestigation of police protocol takes place. Tohis credit, Mayor Roach assured the public thatthere indeed will be an independent investigationand he will review the report prior to thepolice department receiving it. We, as membersof a global community must also accept someresponsibility for the care of our most vulnerablemembers.Nancy King is a freelance, investigative reporter; aresident of White Plains, New York.organize participation and invite the rarepolitician or bureaucrat courageous enoughto confront an unrehearsed, unfiltered publicassembly over issues of the day?Remarkable that in an age resplendentwith “cloud-based” research into every crannyof human experience and existence, from thehistory of popular music to the latest developmentin the human genome project, there is noplain and simple arena for citizens to exercisetheir rights as voters and taxpayers to be heardand counted in a casual assembly of their peers.One can claim three minutes of the NewRochelle City Council’s “time” as a “citizen tobe heard” but this is an awfully unsatisfyingmethod of reaching the public (and forgetabout provoking a response from the panel;the council’s self-proclaimed rules prohibit it!).A somewhat more welcoming School Boardallows five minutes with a more relaxed attitudetowards any give-and-take that might erupt.In the clatter of modern Internet communicationsand web-based reporting technology,there persists a void; a need for the expressionof instant concerns contemporaneous withthe actions of local bodies like councils andlegislatures and, in the present instance theoutrageous failings of federal agencies like theIRS office referred to earlier. Can such a publicforum be created? Or are we doomed to theincessant email whining and moaning as exemplifiedby my correspondent at the beginning ofthis article?Stephen I. Mayo is a New Rochelle resident, anattorney and manufacturer.


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