PARSONS BRINKERHOFF QUESTION OF THE WEEK ON THE TRANSIT CENTER. ANSWER IT at www.wptransitdistrict.com

WPCNR QUO VADIS? From the City of White Plains transit website. May 23, 2016:

Parsons Brinkerhoff, the international consultants and development analysts have issued another survey question they would like the public to answer online at www.wptransitdistrict.com

What one improvement would you make to parking at the station?  (choose one)
Information technology to tell people the lot is full
 
Better signage to the lots
 
Easier access in and out of parking
 
More parking
 
Less parking
 
Electric car plug ins

 

 

 

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PARKING BEEFS? TRANSIT CENTER QUESTIONS?WONDER WHEN RED LIGHT CAMERAS WILL COME TO WP? ASK THE PARKING AND TRAFFIC COMMISSIONERS JUNE 5 AT CNA.

WPCNR BUMPER TO BUMBER. From the White Plains Council of Neighborhood Associations. May 23, 2016:

Per popular request, the CNA has  invited Parking & Traffic Commissioner John Larson and Deputy Commissioner/City Transportation/Engineer Thomas Soyk to bring the neighborhoods up to date on what is happening in their departments.  
The meeting is open to the public — bring your friends and neighbors — and will start promptly at 7:30 pm. 
The WPCNA June Meeting will be held on Tuesday, JUNE 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm at Education House, 5 Homeside Lane, White Plains, NY. 
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SUNDAY IS JOHN VORPERIAN DAY IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY

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John Vorperian of White Plains (left) was presented with a Proclamation this week from White Plains-Scarsdale County Legislator, Benjamin Boykin declaring today, Sunday, May 22, “John Vorperian Day” in Westchester County.

The honor is in recognition of Mr. Vorperian, a Westchester County Attorney specializing in child support issues in Family Court for 27 years, with his being chosen the winner of the first “Front Line Professional of the Year” by the Eastern Regional Interstate Child Support Association in Myrtle Beach last week.
Mr. Vorperian is interviewed this on the White Plains Television program PEOPLE TO BE HEARD on the key issues affecting child support today in Westchester County. You may see that interview at

www.whiteplainsweek..com

or on You Tube at 

https://youtu.be/uGTdxtVe8ME

or

www.wpcommunitymedia.org

 

 

 

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Rose Reiken, Class of 2016 White Plains High Senior Wins $7,500 Grand Prize Scholarship from Financial Service Centers of New York in Pretigeous New York City Competition

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Rose Reiken, Class of 2016, White Plains High School addressing the Marriott Hotel Financial Service Centers of New York Scholarship Awards after being awarded the William Siegel Memorial Scholarship Award of $7,500 and a laptop computer at the Financial Service Centers of New York 20th Annual Scholarship Awards May 10. In March, Ms. Reiken was also awarded a $20,000 Coca Cola Scholarship. Photo Roberto Soler, Courtesy Financial Service Centers of New York

WPCNR SCHOOL DAYS.From the Financial Service Centers of New York. May 20, 2016:

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Ms. Reiken with her mom,Abby Reiken, right, holding up her Grand Prize Check.Rose competed in a field of approximately 50 students from Westchester County and New York City’s five boroughs

Rose Reiken, a senior student at White Plains High School, has won a $7,500 Grand Prize in the 2016 Financial Service Centers of New York Scholarship Awards Program.  She specifically received the highest honor, the William Siegel Memorial Scholarship Award.

The Financial Service Centers of New York  presented its 20th Annual Scholarship Awards to seven students from the New York City Metropolitan Area and Westchester County on May 10.
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 Photo,Roberto Solar, Courtesy of the Financial Services Center of New York

Scholarship Winners: (L-R) Sara Taha (Fort Hamilton High School, Staten Island), Zahra Aboul-Hassan (High School of fashion Industries,Manhattan), Rose Reiken (White Plains High School, White Plains - William Siegel Memorial Scholarship Award – Grand Prize), State Assemblyman Michael Blake (Dist. 79th, Bronx), Jerson Mejia-Castro (High School of Computers and Technology, Bronx - Gene Schott Memorial Scholarship Award – Grand Prize), Rahat Hossan (Jamaica Gateway to the Sciences, Queens), and Julianne Sanscartier (Harrison High School, Harrison).  Photo by Roberto Soler

The students received over $40,000 in scholarship money and prizes, the highest annual amount ever granted by the FSCNY/MoneyGram Scholarship Program.  State Assembly Member Michael Blake (District 79th, Bronx), a former FSCNY Scholarship recipient who has forged a nationally-renowned career in public service, delivered an inspirational speech during the Awards Luncheon held on Tuesday, May 10th, at the Brooklyn Marriott, during FSCNY’s 24th Annual Conference and Exposition.

 

 

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK ON TRUMP TAX SITUATION, CITY SCHOOL BUDGETS PASS, THE DEATH OF MORLEY SAFER AND MORE ON THE INTERNET

 

PETER KATZ, JOHN BAILEY JIM BENEROFE

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on WHAT’S HAPPENING:

TRUMP’S TAX FILINGS IN WESTCHESTER

THE CITY AND THE SCHOOLS PASS THEIR BUDGETS

VOTER APATHY GRIPS WHITE PLAINS

THE CITY GIVES ITS MANAGERS A 1.5% RAISE IN PAY

PLAYLAND ADMISSION CONFUSION

DRIVING A GETAWAY CAR NOT SUCH A GOOD IDEA

THE CAPITAL RESOLUTION AND ITS IMPACT

MORLEY SAFER–THE CORRESPONDENTS’ CORRESPONDENT

WORLDWIDE

ON

www.whiteplainsweek.com

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PICK UP YOUR FREE MOSQUITO EGG EATERS–THE FATHEAD MINNOWS ARE BACK AT WESTCHESTER AIRPORT TO FIGHT ZIKA AND WEST NILE MOSQUITO EGGS IN PONDS, LAKES BEFORE THEY HATCH. PICK THEM UP TODAY AND SATURDAY

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A WESTCHESTER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT MINNOW GIVEAWAY DISTRIBUTED 100 POUNDS OF MINNOWS TWO WEEKS AGO AT THE WESTCHESTER COUNTY AIRPORT IN A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL DEPLOYMENT OF MINNOWS TO CLEAR STANDING WATER, PONDS AND SWAMPS OF MOSQUITO EGGS WHICH WOULD TURN INTO WEST NILE CARRYING MOSQUITOES
TODAY FRIDAY AND TOMORROW, SATURDAY, THE FISH WILL AGAIN BE GIVEN OUT FREE TO CITIZENS BRINGING A BUCKET TO CARRY THE PLASTIC-BAGGED FISH (FOR DISTRIBUTION IN PONDS OR CHRONIC STANDING WATER AREAS).

 

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BUILDING 2 OFF LOOP ROAD (ENTRANCE TO THE AIRPORT, FOLLOW THE FISH SIGNS). THE NEXT DISTRIBUTION OF MINNOWS TAKES PLACE TODAY  AND TOMORROW 11 A.M. TO 6 PM. THE COUNTY PLANNED TO ORDER 130 POUNDS OF FISH FOR THIS NEXT GIVEAWAY. THE FISH ARE SUPPLIED BY A BREEDING FARM IN COOPERSTOWN.
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ONE OF THE THREE TANKS EMPTIED OF FISH BY RESIDENTS WHO STOPPED BY THE AIRPORT MINNOW DEPLOYMENT POINT TWO WEEKS AGO
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LAST OF THE MINNOWS. SO FEW MINNOW WERE LEFT AT 2 PM TWO WEEKS AGO THAT THEIR HANDLERS HAD TO REALLY SWOOP TO FIND THEM. MINNOWS ARE PROVIDED IN PLASTIC BAGS WITH OXYGENATED WATER. RESIDENTS NEED TO BRING PAILS TO HOLD THE BAGS TO AVOID BAGS POSSIBLY BREAKING IN TRANSIT IN RESIDENTS’ CARS. RESIDENTS THE DISTRIBUTION TEAM SAID WERE VERY GOOD THE PUBLICITY IS WORKING AND MOST ARE BRING BUCKETS TO CARRY THEIR FREE MINNOWS BACK TO THEIR PROPERTY

 

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MESH NETTING IS ALSO AVAILABLE THAT PROTECTS PORCHES AND AREAS FROM ZIKA VIRUS BEARING MOSQUITOES LIKE THE ONE PICTURED BELOW.

 

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The Silver Spots on the back of a mosquito identify an Asian Mosquito which may carry the Zika Virus. If you are bitten by a mosquito like this, contact the County Health Department. For general information on the minnows and the Zika Virus contact the health department at 914-813-5000. Also call that number if you have large standing water areas on public property that cannot be easily removed.

 

 

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Do Day Care Programs Benefit Children? The Lois Bronz Center Does. Celebrates 50th Anniversary Next Week

WPCNR THE FEINER REPORT. Special to WPCNR from Town of Greenburgh Town Supervisor, Paul Feiner. May 19, 2016:

The Lois Bronz Children’s Center, the first child care center of its kind in Westchester County, has been serving children since 1966.
The center is located in a town owned building – 30 Manhattan Ave White Plains (near Route 119, a short distance from the Crossroads shopping center).  The center currently serves 155 children.  The board of directors has increased and the members are fully committed to the continuous growth of the center.
About 3 years ago, the center changed its slogan and  brand to the Genius Child Vision to demonstrate that they are focused on Developing the Genius in Every Child.  They will ensure that each child demonstrates the right level of competency so they can hit the ground running and succeed when they go to kindergarten and continuous learning learning thru elementary school.  The  children must have the right competitive advantage day one.
Although the Center closed a classroom in the 2010-11 school year and are continuing to streamline administrative overhead costs – they have recently been able to offer children and families additional services.   Westcop has shown confidence in their dilligence and compliance with their guidelines that they have given the resources to open an Infant room that is up and running for the last several months.
They  have integrated an interactive and creative curriculum to encompass a love of reading, math and science to help prepare our children for Kindergarten and beyond. The Board of Directors along with the administrative team adopted the “Genius Child Vision” which promises to meet the individual needs of every child. They welcome 6-week-olds to 12-year-olds and will provide an array of activities like gymnastics, swimming, tennis, artist in residence and trips to enhance the educational hands on experiences for our children.
 
FORMER CHILD WHO ATTENDED LOIS BRONZ CENTER IS NOW A FORTUNE 500 LEADER!
 The Lois Bronz Children’s Center continues to develop successful and productive people in our society.  As indicated by one of the alumna who attended the center as a child and was a former chair of the Board of Directors Mrs. Susan Somersille Johnson who said I am a proud alumna of the Lois Bronz Children’s Center. The dedicated teachers helped me build a strong foundation of skills that has given me great career options and opportunities. Even today, in my current role as a leader in a Fortune 500 organization, I am deeply grateful for the people of LBCC; and I continue to support the vision to nurture the genius in every child“.
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Susan Somersille Johnson, Corporate Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, SunTrust Banks, Inc.
ANOTHER LOIS BRONZ ALUMNA IS NOW A TEACHER! 

Also from another alumna of the Lois Bronz Children’s Center, Ms. Denisha Mayo who said “My fondest memory of the center is the variety of activities I experienced as a child.  I enjoyed attending trips, swimming and roller-skating.  I loved learning about the different cultures like Japanese and African American culture through visitors who shared stories, poems, crafts and music.  My positive experiences with both my friends and teachers inspired me to become a teacher.  I share what I have learned to the students at the center today” - Denisha Mayo, Teacher at the Lois Bronz Children’s Center
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP THE LOIS BRONZ CHILDREN’S CENTER?  
On May 26th, the Lois Bronz Children’s Center will have a awards dinner at the Doubletree hotel in Tarrytown at 6:30pm to celebrate
the courageous aspect of service to others shown by dedication, sacrifice, and commitment to fulfill the needs of others.  The theme for the celebration is “Answering the Call”.  Awards to be presented include:

- The Community Service Awards to the African American Men of Westchester, El Centro Hispano, Calvary Baptist Church, and
   the Bruce Museum.
- The Leadership Award for Vision and Outstanding Service for Children
will be presented to Reverend Erwin Trollinger,
   William (Bill) Carter- posthumously, Isabel Villar and Mrs. Lois Bronz.

Ticket for the event is $125.00 per person.  To purchase a ticket or table, please contact the Lois Bronz Children’s Center at 914-761-6134, x303 or email mmaxmeyer@lbcc4kids.org

HISTORY OF THE UNION CHILD DAY CARE CENTER Renamed LOIS BRONZ CHILDREN’S CENTER
The need for organized childcare in Greenburgh, NY was clearly demonstrated when the 1960 census indicated that 55 percent of the women living in the Fairview community were employed, and were forced to make whatever arrangements they could for their young children.
In one instance, June Castleberry, a resident in the community and a member of Union Baptist Church was providing child care services for seventeen children ranging from infants to nine-year olds in her home. They would become the first children to be enrolled when Union Child Day Care Center (UCDCC) opened its doors in 1966.
Reverend Charles H. Churn, then Pastor of the Union Baptist Church on Manhattan Avenue, and an early advocate for day care, offered the basement of his church as a site for the day care program and Ms. Castleberry became the first staff member.
All of this was made possible by an active community committee led by Mrs. Marion Goodman, former Chairperson of the Office of Economic Opportunity Task Force on Day Care, in cooperation with Phyllis Shearer, former Director of the Westchester Community Opportunity Program, and with the support of “seeding funds” from a private family foundation.
In its second year of operation, UCDCC became part of the Westchester Community Opportunity Program, and received Federal Head Start funds to meet a major part of its costs. In 1968, Union was incorporated under regulations of the New York State Department of Social Welfare.
Since day care centers serving infants could not be licensed, Temporary Incorporation was granted while UCDCC participated in a pilot program to determine the effects of group day care for infants. The positive results enabled UCDCC to become the first center licensed for infant care in New York State.
By 1969, the Union Child Day Care Center had outgrown its church quarters. The available space was inadequate to house the growing numbers of children needing care. This began a discussion of plans for a new facility.
The center was able to secure a loan under the New York State Youth Facility Act to build a new center. In 1972 we welcomed the first child into our new home, at our current location.
For many years the center struggled to pay back it’s loan, so the Board of Directors, led by Barbara Holland and the Executive Director, Rita Hulkower were approached by the Greenburgh Town Supervisor, Anthony Veteran and Lois Bronz, then a member of the Town Board to negotiate with the state of New York to have the Town purchase our building for one dollar. This agreement (finalized in 1987), states that UCDCC can operate a child care center in this building for 99 years.
In the year 2000, the Board of Directors developed a comprehensive Strategic Plan for emphasizing our educational focus, strengthening the curriculum, expanding parenting support services, and bolstering the Center’s administrative infrastructure and fundraising efforts.
The plan also included a name change, and in 2006, UCDCC was renamed in honor of County Legislator, Lois Bronz. From its inception, the center attracted and was enormously enriched by the efforts and dedication of a great many volunteers.
We chose Lois Bronz for her many years on the Board of UCDCC; for founding and chairing the Phone-a-thon, our major fund raiser for 25 years; and for always being a strong advocate for all children. Over the years, despite the development of her political career and stature in the community, she has never forgotten our center which proudly bares the name The Lois Bronz Children’s Center.
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$208,750,000 2016-17 SCHOOL BUDGET PASSED, 629-149. CAPITAL RESERVE FUND AIMED AT PAYING FOR SCHOOL BUILDING REHAB WITHOUT BONDING, PASSES, 611-150. 2-1/2% OF REGISTERED VOTERS TURNOUT

WPCNR SCHOOL DAYS. MAY 17, 2016.

WHITE PLAINS VOTERS PASSED THE 2016-17 PROPOSED SCHOOL BUDGET TUESDAY BY A VOTE UNOFFICIALLY OF 629-149. THE VOTERS ALSO PASSED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A CAPITAL RESERVE FUND, 611-150.

THE PARTICPATION OF 778 VOTERS IN THE SCHOOL ELECTION TUESDAY REPRESENTS 2-1/2% OF THE CITY’S 31,000 REGISTERED VOTERS. THIS TOTAL IS THE LOWEST TURNOUT OF ANY SCHOOL ELECTION WPCNR HAS COVERED IN THE 16 YEARS THIS WEBSITE HAS BEEN COVERING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. LAST YEAR 3% VOTED.

IN THE LOWEST TURNOUT FOR A SCHOOL DISTRICT ELECTION SINCE WPCNR HAS BEEN COVERING THE DISTRICT (16 YEARS), THE $208,750,000 2016-17 SCHOOL BUDGET WAS PASSED THURSDAY ACCORDING TO UNOFFICIAL RESULTS RELEASED BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.

THE RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING A $25 MILLION CAPITAL RESERVE FOR 10 YEARS, WITHOUT A SOURCE FOR FUNDING, WAS PASSED BY A 611-150 MARGIN.

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OUTGOING ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR BUSINESS, FRED SEILER TOLD WPCNR ON “PEOPLE TO BE HEARD,” THE WHITE PLAINS TELEVISION INTERVIEW PROGRAM THAT THE $25 MILLION  WOULD BEGIN TO BE FUNDED TO START WITH MONEY LEFT OVER FROM THE DECLINE IN TAX REFUNDS TO BUSINESSES,  WHICH ARE 50% LESS THAN THEY WERE LAST YEAR.

SHERYL BRADY AND CHARLES NORRIS, RUNNING UNOPPOSED WERE REELECTED TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

 

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CENTRAL AVENUE RETAIL FROM YONKERS TO WHITE PLAINS BEING HURT BY RIDGEHILL, WILL BE HURT MORE WITH NEW SHOPPING CENTER ON SAW MILL PARKWAY. REACHES OUT TO MAYORS

WPCNR THE FEINER REPORT. Special to WPCNR By Town of Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner. May 15, 2016

AN OUT OF THE BOX IDEA TO HELP CENTRAL AVE–I was on my bicycle this afternoon chatting with residents of Edgemont, Hartsdale & Ardsley. The owner of Gennaro’s Pizza–759 Central Ave Scarsdale asked me to stop by to chat with some of their customers –all Edgemont residents. Gennaro’s Pizza is one of the oldest businesses on Central Ave –established in 1969.

The Austin Ave & Ridge Hill developments have hurt businesses located on Central Ave. And -the soon to open up Rivertowns Square shopping plaza off the Saw Mill River Parkway will hurt local businesses even more.

We all have been depressed — seeing vacant storefronts stay vacant.  Landlords haven’t given their merchants breaks either. We need to figure out a way to attract more shoppers to Central Ave.

THE SUGGESTION: Hold an event in the fall or spring in the early evening, after rush hour. Shut down one side of the avenue. Only allow pedestrians to walk up and down the side of the avenue. Hastings on Hudson and Tarrytown have successful street fairs–and turn their downtown areas into giant parties.

Dobbs Ferry & Ardsley have also held annual street fairs that are fantastic. The entire Dobbs Ferry downtown area is wall to wall pedestrians with music, food, and other fun  things to do. NYC turned Times Square into a pedestrian friendly outdoor area. We could do the same.

The benefit:

Right now most people drive to specific destination locations on Central Ave. If the avenue was opened up to pedestrians only – many people would be introduced to businesses that they are not very familiar with. Local businesses would be helped. New customers. Could encourage the creation of a Central Ave Chamber of Commerce. Another fun thing to do for the entire family.  If the concept works we could schedule future events on the avenue once a month during the spring, summer and fall.

What do you think?  I will also reach out to the Yonkers & White Plains leadership and business and government officials promoting the concept.  Let’s make Central Ave a fun place to go to.    E mail me your thoughts at pfeiner@greenburghny.com

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JUDGE LEFKOWITZ GIVES WHITE PLAINS A 50 DAY GRACE PERIOD TO RESPOND TO HER RULING. FASNY CASE COULD CONTINUE FOR ANOTHER YEAR IF CITY APPEALS.

WPCNR WHITE PLAINS LAW JOURNAL.By John F. Bailey MAY 14, 2016:

WHITE PLAINS, CITING THE VOLUMINOUS AMOUNT OF RECORDS AND DOCUMENTS THAT HAVE PROLIFERATED OVER THE 5 AND 1/2 YEARS IT HAS BEEN CONSIDERING THE FRENCH AMERICAN SCHOOL OF NEW YORK PROPOSAL TO BUILD A CAMPUS OF 7 BUILDINGS FOR THE FASNY PRIVATE SCHOOL OPERATIONS ON THE FORMER RIDGEWAY COUNTRY CLUB SITE ON RIDGEWAY AVENUE WAS GRANTED 50 MORE DAYS TO PREPARE THE CITY REPLY BY JUDGE JOAN LEFKOWITZ, THE JOURNAL NEWS REPORTED SATURDAY MORNING.

THE CITY WAS TO RESPOND JUDGE JOAN LEFKOWITZ’S ORDER ISSUED LAST MONTH THAT CALLED FOR THE CITY TO PROVIDE A RECORD ARGUING WHY THE CITY SHOULD NOT VOTE ON THE FASNY PROPOSAL.

LEFKOWITZ GRANTED THE CITY 50 MORE DAYS FROM WEDNESDAY (MAY 11) TO PREPARE THE “RECORD”. THE 50 DAY EXTENSION WOULD END APPROXIMATELY JULY 1, BARRING ANY SUBSEQUENT EXTENSIONS.

THE CITY ALSO HAS SIX MONTHS (APPROXIMATELY OCTOBER) TO FILE AN APPEAL OF THE JUDGE’S DISMISSAL OF THE CITY REQUEST TO DISMISS THE FASNY SUIT.

IT WOULD APPEAR THAT THE FASNY MATTER, SHOULD THE APPEAL BE FILED BY THE CITY, HAS THE POTENTIAL TO CARRY ON IN THE COURTS  WELL INTO 2017 (IF THE CITY APPEALS).

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