THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND COOKOUT: THE AMERICAN GRILLMAN OR GRILLGIRL RETURNS

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WPCNR SOUTHEND LIFE. By The American Grillman. Reprinted from The CitizeNetReporter Archives. July 5, 2008: 

It’s the come home day of another Memorial Day Weekend in White Plains, coming home for that Memorial Day picnic. After Monday’s Memorial Day Parade starting at 10 AM in downtown White Plains tomorrow,  it is time to usher in summer officially.

Thanks to the chimney charcoal starter and its glowing orange coals, the backyard American barbecue 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 sizzlin’  inch and a half thick rib eye steak on orange charcoal’s glow 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 origins.

The economy may be a press secretary’s fantasy, your home price declining, your taxes going up,  but remember,  even the hobo can grill!

To do real steak right , you have to do it outside on charcoal on what is promised to be the best Memorial Day Weekend weather in years.

The instinct of generations of the American backyard barbecue tradition passed up from  the cave, enjoyed at Valley Forge, bit into by cowboys  around chuck wagons on the prairie and up from the Southland  barbecue  inbred and passed on from American father to American son and daughter – cutting across nationality and station – gives you real steak – not $100 technology  enhanced cuts. 

Flaming charcoal makes steak a living thing in your mouth!

I think America can pull itself out of this temporary hiccup in the American economy and “anything-but-the-issues-politics” 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 or your political contributor  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!  Fire and flame and meat and mouthwatering smoke become one in a mystical, before time experience.

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.  You’re not really part of America unless you’re grillin” like an American.

And on this first holiday Weekend coming up, it’s not Memorial Day Weekend unless you’re  remembering and 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 articificiality packaged taste that marks the indoor steak. The butteriness. The soft crust of the black topped surface of the indoor steak just does not have the nubile grizzled roughhewn flamed yield  and chewy grit of the outdoor one-on-one grilled steak that fights your bicuspids every cintimeter.

A restaurant steak is like a showgirl seen from a distance who looks older the closer you get.

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 base of the starter and light up the edges of the newsprint. Within 10-15 minutes you’ve got coals a fire orange red.

You’re ready Mon to outcook the pros.

Eat Your Heart Out, Mr. or Ms. Professional Food Designer and Celebrity Chef!

 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 – even 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 coated in the char of former grillings, and perfect licking flames create the branded grill marks  right out of the old West that deliver the natural taste of the backyard steak – impossible to achieve for any price in the tehnological nuanced, high tech steam tables of today. 

No one can do a great cut like you can, Mr. and Mrs. America!

FEEL THE BURN!

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 Griller 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.

Gentlemen and Grillettes start your grills!

Fire up to get that taste of summer you cannot get in any indoor steakhouse no matter how much you pay.

And–gas grills, are you kidding me?

Only charcoal does it the American Way!

Good God Almighty, which way do I steer!

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TONIGHT 7:30 PM WHITE PLAINS WEEK THE MAY 24 REPORT FIOS CH 45 COUNTYWIDE ON WHITE PLAINS OPTIMUM CH 76 & WWW.WPCOMMUNITYMEDIA.ORG

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LARGEST TURNOUT IN 13 YEARS PASSES SCHOOL BUDGET. ELECTS 2 NEW BOARD MEMBERS DR. RICCA ON THE RESULT

COMMISSIONER OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS JAMES MAISANO ON CONTRACTOR SCAMS SWEEPING THE COUNTY

STATE SENATOR SHELLEY MAYER ON THE PUSH TO FUND EMS SERVICES THROUGHOUT THE STATE

 

CAYNE LETIZIA ELECTED FOR THIRD TERM, JESSICA BUCK CRAIG MONDSCHEIN 

COUNTY SALES TAX RECEIPTS UP 8% FIRST QUARTER…ON TARGET TO WIPE OUT $24 MILLION DEFICIT COUNTY IS CARRYING.

WHITE PLAINS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION ENDORSED CANDIDATES WIN SEATS ON THE BOARD.

CONGESTION TOLLS DECISION ON FLAWED ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW LAWSUITS DELAYED BY JUDGE TO JUNE 30

COVID LINGERS CONSOLIDATES, INFECTS STILL AHEAD OF LAST MAY CASES

CAMPAIGN RHETORIC WORST THIS REPORTER HAS EVER SEEN.

DRIVING IN WESTCHESTER REACHES A NEW LOW IN HIGH RISK AGGRESSIVE DRIVING

DR. JOSEPH RICCA ON THE PASSAGE OF THE SCHOOL BUDGET

JOHN  BAILEY AND THE NEWS THAT IS ECLIPSED.

WESTCHESTER’S ANCHORMAN FOR 23 YEARS ON WHITE PLAINS WEEK

EVERY WEEK  FROM WHITE PLAINS USA TO THE UNIVERSE

 

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SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS LETTER TO WHITE PLAINS

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WPCNR The Letter Ticker. May 22, 2024:

 

Dear White Plains CSD Community Member,

On behalf of the White Plains CSD Board of Education, we would like to take this moment to thank you for all of your help and support throughout the budget planning and presentation processes.

As you may know, the White Plains CSD 2024-2025 Budget was passed with a (unofficial) total vote count of 1,844 YES (86%) and 307 NO.

The question regarding the authorization to create a Capital Reserve passed with a total vote count of 1,806 YES (88%) and 250 NO.

Thank you!

The candidates in BOLD were elected to the to the Board of Education. Congratulations to all!

Craig Mondschein 1,331

Jessica Buck 1,371

Donna Giambalvo 235

Rose Lovitch 479 *

Cayne Letizia 1,220 *

Ferenc Tasnady 340

Vincent Orlando 459

Leslie Hickey 536

(* denotes incumbent)

We are very thankful to all who took the time to attend budget meetings; share important information; participate in feedback meetings; and organize community gatherings. It is because of you, and the support of our WPCSD community, that we can move forward with support for our outstanding student programming! We are thrilled and we are grateful.

Thank you for your continued support of our Tigers and congratulations! #WPProud

Respectfully,

Joseph Ricca

 

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MAY 21 WHITE PLAINS $266 MILLION SCHOOL BUDGET & $10 MILLION CAPITAL FUND PASSES. LETIZIA RELECTED TO SCHOOL BOARD, BUCK AND MONDSHEIN WIN FIRST TERMS TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

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WPCNR SCHOOL DAYS. BY John F. Bailey May 21, 2024:

The City of White Plains voters passed the proposed 2024-25  $259.9 Million Dollar school budget Tuesday and in addition approved the set aside Capital Fund of $10 Million for future district expenses.

The election for three open seats on the Board of Education saw Cayne Letizia reelected for a third term, and two newcomers to the Board, Jessica Buck and Craig Mondschein (both endorsed by the White Plains Teachers Association) were  elected, while Rose Lovitch incumbent boardmember was not.

Buck was the leading vote-getter with 1,371, Monschein, 1331, and Letiza winning reelection with 1,220.

 

The school budget was passed overwhelmingly by the largest turnout  (2,151) in a school board budget and election in 13 years according to Michelle Schoenfeld, former Clerk to the Board of Education. The budget and capital Fund Proposal passed by over 85% of the vote

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The vote is not official, because some affidavit ballots, absentee ballots have yet to be counted.

There was a report that Highlands results were being challenged but details were not known as of this report.

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SURF’S UP!

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY BEACHES TO OPEN MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

POOLS TO OPEN FRIDAY, JUNE 28

  Put on your bathing suits, grab your sunscreen and head to the beach Memorial Day Weekend as Croton Point Beach in Croton-on-Hudson and Glen Island Beach in New Rochelle will open on a pre-season basis, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 25, 26 and 27, weather permitting.

The beaches will be open weekends and holidays only through Sunday, June 23, then Glen Island Beach will open daily beginning Saturday, June 29 and Croton Point Beach will be open Wednesday through Sunday, also beginning Saturday, June 29, through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with last entry at 6 p.m.; proof of Westchester County residency is required at Glen Island. Entry and parking fees apply.

Beginning Friday, June 28, all four County-owned pools: Saxon Woods in White Plains, Sprain Ridge and Tibbetts in Yonkers and Willson’s Woods in Mt. Vernon, will open daily through Labor Day, from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with last entry at 6 p.m.; entry fees apply and parking fees apply at Tibbetts Brook Park. Proof of residency is required at all pools.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “Westchester County Beaches are a beautiful local destination for residents to relax and enjoy the summer with family and friends. I’m excited to welcome everyone back to the beaches, and to the pools in June, to experience everything Westchester County Parks has to offer.”

Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation, Kathy O’Connor said, “Summer is peak-season for the Westchester County Parks Department with pools and beaches open, and a variety of activities and programs available County-wide. I’m looking forward to sharing another season full of fun events with our park-goers.”

Westchester County residency is required at Glen Island Park and all pools. Proof of residency must be shown with either a Westchester County Park Pass or a New York State driver’s license showing a valid Westchester County address. Admission fees apply at all of the beach and pool facilities and parking fees apply at Tibbetts Brook Park, Croton Point and Glen Island. Park Passes also offer discounted admission and parking and are available at a variety of locations.

There’s even more fun-in-the-sun to be had at our pools and beaches this season as Family Fun Days and DJ Days return along with the Sand Art Contest at Glen Island. Full schedule is available here. Participation is free; admission and parking rules apply.

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MAY 20–JUDGE RESERVES DECISION ON ANTI CONGESTION PRICE MULTIPLE LAWSUITS UNTIL JUNE 30

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WPCNR WHITE PLAINS LAW JOURNAL. MAY 20, 2024:

New York Supreme Court Southern DistrictA spokesperson familiar with last Friday arguments in Southern District Court told WPCNR  Judge Arthur Linan presiding over the multiple suits seeking to stop the start of Congestion  Pricing  beginning July 1 in New York, reserved decision on the matter until June 30.

The June 30 date is past the past the New York and Republican Democratic primaries dates, June 25).

Congestion pricing if the judge rules against the suits alleging possible environmental effects on neighborhoods they allege were not addressed adequately, and calling for a more thorough environmental review, would delay implementation.

Should the judge rule in favor of the plaintiffs, this could mean more legal action  on part of the MTA or the Federal Government Department of Transportation (that approved congesstion pricing), delaying implementation of the toll systems.

Should the judge reject the call for a more complete environmental review, the suits may be appealed by the plaintiff parties behind the suit to the New York Appellate Court.

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