TONIGHT ON PEOPLE TO BE HEARD–THE ONE AND ONLY HEZI ARIS — EDITOR YONKERS TRIBUNE; HOST ON THE LEVEL ON BLOGTALK RADIO ON PEOPLE TO BE HEARD

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HEZI ARIS–THE WESTCHESTER NEWS LEGEND–IN FRONT OF THE YONKERS RAILROAD STATION

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JOHN BAILEY

INTERVIEWS

HEZI ARIS

FOUNDER OF YONKERS TRIBUNE

WORLDWIDE RADIO TALK SHOW HOST ON BLOGTALK RADIO’S

ON THE LEVEL

ON THE STATE OF WHAT PASSES FOR JOURNALISM TODAY

THE TROUBLE WITH GOVERNMENT

16 YEARS THE WATCHDOG OF THE COUNTY

SEE PEOPLE TO BE HEARD

ON TV

WHITE PLAINS CABLEVISION CH. 76

VERIZON  CHANNEL 45 COUNTYWIDE 8 PM

AND SATURDAY AT 7:30 PM

and

ON THE INTERNET AT

www.whiteplainsweek.com

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TONIGHT ON PEOPLE TO BE HEARD:MIKE GORDON OF SUSTAINABLE WESTCHESTER AT 8 PM ON FIOS CH. 45, CABLEVISION 76 IN WP, AND ON THE INTERNET

 

 

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MIKE GORDON

CEO OF SUSTAINABLE WESTCHESTER

INTERVIEWED BY

JOHN BAILEY, PETER KATZ AND JIM BENEROFE

EXCLUSIVE!

EXPLAINS HOW SUSTAINABLE WESTCHESTER WILL LOWER

YOUR ELECTRIC BILLS IN THE FUTURE AND SUPPLY MORE SUSTAINABLE GREEN ENERGY SOURCES

ON TV

THURSDAY JULY 14

8 PM ON VERIZON FIOS CH. 45 AND CABLEVISION 76 

AND ON

www.whiteplainsweek.com

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USING LESS, PAYING MORE FOR IT WITH WHITE PLAINS “GREEN ENERGY RATE” WHERE IS THE CAMPAIGN TO LOWER ELECTRIC USE? MIKE GORDON, SUSTAINABLE WESTCHESTER HEAD CALLS ON CONSERVATION OF ELECTRICITY TO LOWER FUTURE SUSTAINABLE GREEN RATES.

WPCNR POWER NEWS. By John F. Bailey. JULY 13, 2016:

It was hot, humid, steamy last week and no where did we see any calls for conserving electricity by energy suppliers.

This is unfortunate because we are coming up on the highest demand day anniversary, July 29. If we exceed the demand set that day, then your Sustainable Westchester rates will go up.

Thursday evening on my program on White Plains Television, PEOPLE TO BE HEARD, (8 PM THURSDAY, 7:30 PM SATURDAY, televised countywide on Verizon FIOS Channel 45 and in White Plains, and viewable right now on the internet at www.whiteplainsweek.com),

I interview Mike Gordon the CEO of Sustainable Westchester, the consortium that signed up 24 cities and towns, including White Plains to advance the cause of sustainable, green energy creation. On the program he explains how his program eventually hopes to lower electric rates by creating more solar energy facilities in the 24  towns.

Gordon called for a strong public relations campaign this month by electricity suppliers and delivery companies to plea with the public to cut back on their use of electricity to lower demand in the peak summer months to enable setting a lower lock-in electric rate for Sustainable Westchester when it completes its pilot program in a year and a half.

So far that public relations campaign is nowhere to be seen — not even a flier in my Con Edison Solutions bill.

June was the first month of the Sustainable Westchester new program in effect in White Plains for  those who went with the Sustainable “all green solution.” My Electricity Charge for “All green energy”  went up 11.5% over Sustainable’s Basic Rate

The result was, as WPCNR and WHITE PLAINS WEEK pointed out was that despite the fact that I used significantly less electricity, my bill from Con Ed Solutions went up, because the White Plains green solution rate was 7.76 cents per kilowatt hour compared to 7.3 cents per Kilowatt hour for those who opted for the basic supply rate. If you chose to remain with Con Edison or your Esco you could do so.

The upshot is I was charged $74.36 for my electricity through Con Edison Solutions, a Con Ed “separate and distinct” facility for my “green energy.”

Had I opted for the Basic Rate of 7.3 cents offered by Sustainable, I would have paid $66.71, compared to the 7.6 cent per kwh rate I took by taking the green option, $74.36.

This means that going for the White Plains choice to give me the all green option automatically, raised my electric supply charge 11.5% for the electricity. The Delivery Charge from Con Edison for less electricity than I used in June of 2015, was $132.60. So we have the rather annoying situation of delivery costing more than the cost of the energy itself, which did not go down.

On the program coming up, PEOPLE TO BE HEARD, Mr. Gordon explains that the next setting of the Sustainable Westchester Rates after the two year pilot program, will depend on this year’s highest demand day of the year which came on July 29 of last year.

Gordon said that it was up to the public to conserve on electricity which he hoped would be reinforced by a public relations campaign on behalf of electricity suppliers and power delivery. He also remarks that funding for the solar panels his organization plans to build could be financed by a public offering, the taxpayer, or the electricity user, or grants. He gives you the details on the program. But, at present the funding is not clear where it is coming from. Around $2 Billion is needed to build the panels Mr. Gordon envisions.

The electricity you get though at “Green Rates,” may not be green-sourced.

Another intriguing factor is that though I and White Plainsians and other citizens of the 24 communities in the program who have opted for the “All Green Option,” the energy you get is not guaranteed to be from green sources.

 

Richard Rathvon, Vice President of Retail Commodity Services for Con Ed Solutions told WPCNR the electricity is supplied off the grid and that solar, wind and hydro sources will definitely contribute to the grid, but I the user cannot assured of receiving exclusively green-sourced energy off the grid. Rathvon said it was not possible to give a percentage of what part was of my electricity was green generated. He said that Con Ed Solutions had contracted with solar, wind and hydro sources and traditionally created dirty electricity sources to guarantee the Sustainable Westchester rates for two years.

Gordon on the program PEOPLE TO BE HEARD, advises that aggressive public awareness campaigns are needed to lower consumption to lower Sustainable Westchester Rates after the two trial period ending in June 2018. White Plains started with Sustainable Westchester June 1.

 

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ELVIS, JOHNNY, JERRY LEE, BLUE SUEDE SHOES CARL REUNITED TO ROCK AGAIN AT WBT

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ANOTHER OPENING, ANOTHER SHOW AT WESTCHESTER BROADWAY THEATRE–THE MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET COMES TO TOWN

 

WPCNR STAGE DOOR. From Pia Haas, Westchester Broadway Theatre. July 22, 2016:

The international smash hit musical,opening this week,  MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is set on December 4, 1956, when an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together.

Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” who was responsible for launching the careers of each icon, brought the four legendary musicians together at the Sun Records studio in Memphis for the first and only time. The resulting evening became known as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history.


The jam session consisted largely of snippets of gospel songs that the four artists had all grown up singing. The recordings show Elvis, the most nationally and internationally famous of the four at the time, to be the focal point of what was a casual, spur-of-the-moment gathering of four artists who would each go on to contribute greatly to the seismic shift in popular music in the late 1950s.

During the session, Phillips called a local newspaper, the Memphis Press-Scimitar. The newspaper’s entertainment editor, came over to the studios with a photographer. The article about the session, appeared the following day in the Press-Scimitar under the headline “Million Dollar Quartet”.

The jukebox Musical Million Dollar Quartet”, written by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott, dramatizes the impromptu recording session which is considered a seminal moment in rock and roll history.
It  brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations featuring an eclectic score of rock, gospel, R&B and country hits including; “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.

The Broadway production premiered at the Nederlander Theatre on April 11, 2010, with a cast featuring Eddie Clendening as Elvis Presley, Lance Guest as Johnny Cash, Levi Kreis as Jerry Lee Lewis, Robert Britton Lyons as Carl Perkins and Hunter Foster as Sam Phillips.  The musical transferred to New World Stages in July 2011. The production closed on June 24, 2012. A US national tour and International productions followed.
The musical was nominated for three 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical. Levi Kreis won the award for Best Featured Actor for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis.

Our Production is Directed By Broadway favorite, Hunter Foster, who appeared in the original production. Jennifer Cody is the Associate Director and Choreographer, David Sonneborn, a veteran of the national tour, is The Musical Director.

Our production stars: John Michael Presney as Carl Perkins, Dominique Scott as Jerry Lee Lewis, Sky Seals as Johnny Cash, Ari Mckay Wilford as Elvis Presley, Jason Loughlin as Sam Phillips, David Sonneborn as Fluke, Bligh Voth as Dyanne, Sam Weber as Jay Perkins, and Jason Cohen is the Standby.


:  Call (914)-592-2222. Also at:  www.BroadwayTheatre.com

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THE AMERICAN GRILLMAN — WHEN HE’S OVER THE GRILL, HE’S THE KING OF THE HILL.

WPCNR SOUTHEND LIFE. By The Grillin Gourmet. ReInternetted from The CitizeNetReporter Archives. July 10, 2016:

 No matter what the weather in White Plains and the temperature is in the humid, cloudy, damp 70s, or the steamin 90s, thanks to the chimney charcoal starter and its glowing orange coals, the backyard American barbeque DNA macho in the amateur chef is once again the equal of the overpriced steak cooked indoors at any restaurant.

Steak was raised outside, it was born to be cooked outside, and the barbequed steak puts the Cartier- priced steakhouse in its place!  In this griller’s opinion, ourdoor grilling proves once again to be the equal and superior to the overpriced artificial-tasting steak that sleek decor and atmosphere cannot duplicate backyard orgins. The economy may be tanking, your home price declining, but even the hobo can grill!

 

To do real steak right , you have to do it outside on charcoal.

 

Grillin in-the-not-so-great 2008: The instinct of generations of the American backyard barbeque tradition passed up from  the cave, enjoyed at Valley Forge, sunk into around chuck wagons on the prairie and up from the Southland  barbeque inbred and passed on from American father to American son – cutting across nationality and station – gives you real steak – not $100 technology  enhanced cuts. Flaming charcoal makes steak a living thing in your mouth!

As your born-to-grill reporter watched fireworks from a Gatsbyesque setting overlooking Long Island Sound last night with barebequed hamburghers, pulled pork sandwiches, and beer pong being played, I thought America can pull itself out of this temporary hiccup in the American economy. As long as the American grilling tradition is handed down, the pioneer “can-do” spirit lives!

Why pay $100 for a  steak dinner unless your company is paying for it, when you can tap your inner griller and say I can cook steak better?  The difference is the air, the smoke, the way marinade just drips down into the coals and gets into the meat. It’s chemistry!

What is it about the American Grillman that’s so special that his or hers backyard cuts beat the insider  professionals’ inflation-friendly ostentatious steaks?

It’s the unique chemistry of being American and charcoal flame.

And on Independence Day Weekend, it’s not July 4 unless you’re grillin’. On Labor Day, if you’re not workin’, you’re grillin’.

There’s just something about the searing intensity of glowing charcoal combining mystically with the testosterone and instinctual synergy between red meat and the dedicated outdoor griller –  it beats in taste, juiciness and texture the contrived technology of the most expensive restaurant equipment.

No matter how tasty the megabuck meat is in the swank sticker shock steak palaces, there’s always that articificialness packaged taste that marks the indoor steak. The butteryness. The soft crust of the black topped surface of the indoor steak just does not have the nubile grizzled roughhewn flamed yield of the outdoor one-on-one grilled steak that fights your bicuspids every cillemeter.

 

Only one whose money is easily parted would pay $50 and up for a buttery indoor steak dinner when you can do it yourself in the backyard even in 20 degree weather even in the rain – the steaks done to perfection with the juices sealed  in.

 

The chimney starter – the secret to the hot start. No more charcoal fluid needed. Take a copy of The Journal News and scrunch up the news section or the sports section in the bottom of the Chimney Starter. (Experience shows that copies of the Journal News – any Gannett paper – burn better than the New York Times which is very slow-starting)

Pour in a helping of those ultimate black beauties, Kingsford charcoal briquettes into the chimney top. Fifteen minutes before the wife has the sides ready, take a wooden match to the aperatures in the base of the starter and light up the edges of the newsprint. Within 10-15 minutes you’ve got coals a firey orange red. You’re ready to outcook the pros.

 

 

Eat Your Heart Out, Mr. or Ms. Professional Food Designer!  After the Griller’s wife has marinated the meat –  these Stop and Shop trimmed New York Strips sizzling in the caressing deep searing heat of glowing orange briquettes – 3 minutes a side and deft turning and surgical rareness checks – the seasoned grillista simply has a feel for the meat – passed genetically down from generations of American grillers. The combination of cauldron, flavored steel grill rods and pefect flames creates the branded grillmarks that deliver the natural taste of the backyard steak – impossible to achieve for any price in the tehnologically nuanced, high tech steam tables of today.  No one can do a great cut like you can!

 

As any redblooded American Grillman will tell you when doing a steak – you can’t deliver a steak by manual or instructions. You have to feel the meat. Feel it cook. You just know its time.

Every cut is not the same. The American Grillman becomes one with the meat. With eye and knowledge of the hue of red – you just  know  by instinct when she’s done. Cooking is slowed down by moving the meats to the side off the heat to keep the American beauties warm

With the wife’s deft presentation, sweet potato fries, corn pudding, fresh beans and mushrooms without the sog of infrared glare, the Grillman’s natural art relegates the indoor steak out of the taste sweepstakes.

So instead of stewing about the desultory weather today, keep that grill handy and ready to fire up to get that taste of summer you cannot get in any indoor steakhouse no matter how much you pay.

When you’re over the grill, you’re King of the Hill.

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Westchester Housing Sales — More of them but home Prices soften due to Growing Inventory.

WPCNR REALTY REALITY. From the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors. (Edited)JULY 9, 2016:

The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors issued their report on 2nd Quarter 2016 realty sales Thursday, and the good news is more homes are being sold in Westchester County, but sadly at lower prices.

The Westchester County median sales price declined 1.6% on a single family house, the median price was $650,000, down from $660,500. Condos in Westchester declined 1.5% in median price to $356,438, while co-ops experienced an increase in median price of 6.9% to $155,000. (The median price is the mid-point of all reported sales.)

Overall sales of condos, single family homes, and co-ops in Westchester, Putnam,Rockland and Orange counties, stood at 4,526 closings in the second quarter ended in June, and increase of 23% over 3,669 closing in the second quarter of 2015. Single Family houses were the majority of sales. The less expensive realty markets Putnam, Rockland, and Orange were the leaders.

Westchester recorded 23% more sales of Single Family Homes (1,643 compared to 1,336 last year. Condos sold 376, up 20.9% from 311; Co-ops registered 466 sales, up 11% from 420 in 2nd Quarter 2015. 2-4 Family homes 132, compared to 116, an increase of 13.8%.

The Mean Sale Price of Westchester Single Family homes in the second quarter  is 841,824; Condos, $434,512; Coops, $182,389, 2-4 Family homes $406,052.

If you’re a broker you like this market. As Hudson Gateway says in its news release, “the foundation forces affecting the real estate market are favorable for all. Mortgage interest rates are as low as they have ever been, and in this region at least, employment and job security are supportive of prospective purchases. As usual there are ‘wild cards’ that can affect real estate markets everywhere, current examples including ‘Brexit’, Puerto Rico insolvency, Federal Reserve rates, and not the least consequential, the upcoming elections. But so far we are having an excellent run in our market.”

Growing inventory is seen as a possible problem, holding prices down:

“On a volume basis, Westchester being the largest county, end-of-quarter inventory (homes for sale) fell by 945 properties or 16% from last year.

That sort of imbalance may have consequences: either price increases and/or diminished sales volumes.”

Westchester as noted earlier has posted a slight decline in the median sale price of a single family house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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