Around the Loop

How much would you pay for a used Zamboni? A school budget?






Town of Mamaroneck

From the most recent Town Board meeting . . . The Board wants to hear from the public about the budget process.  The next meeting for public comment is December 2 at 8:15pm.   A tentative budget is posted on the Town website and the final proposal is expected before Thanksgiving.  

Street leaf collection ends December 15.  After that date, leaves will only be picked up in brown biodegradable bags.  The Town also asks for your patience on slow leaf removal – the Town is doing fewer collections, for money reasons.  You can always bring leaves to the Maxwell Avenue facility on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  

And …do we check eBay? The Town will be selling its 1973 Zamboni in an online auction.  The machine was purchased when the Hommocks rink first opened.


Schools: A public meeting is planned on the Mamaroneck Schools financial crisis November 30, 7:30pm, in the Hommocks Library.  It’s titled "Budgeting During Tough Financial Times."  The first 30 minutes will explain why the crisis exists. The rest will be a roundtable brainstorming discussions in small groups.   


New Ro

For the holiday season, no charge to park for two hours in downtown lots, excluding the New Roc garage, the New Rochelle Transit Center and all permit parking areas.  Effective December 11, 2009 through January 2, 2010.  

(By the way, how about that football team at NRHS?)


Mamaroneck Village

The swearing-in ceremony for newly elected Village of Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum and trustees Louis Santoro and Marianne Ybarra will be held December 7 at the Emelin Theater.    


Westchester County and the State

County Exec Andy Spano’s last proposed budget for FY 2010 – described as"austerity" – calls for a 4.88% tax increase.  The draft cuts 37 jobs (34 of which are currently vacant) and requires most county employees to take a one week unpaid furlough.  County Legislators now must review the budget, which must be approved by December 27.  

County Legislator Judy Myers says she’s going through the budget trying to fulfill voters wishes – to lower property taxes.  There’s another public hearing on December 10 at 7pm at the legislative chambers in White Plains.  8th Floor – Michaelian Office Building, 148 Martine  Avenue 

And if you want to rethink County government, you can join the group Rethinking Westchester County Government, headed by Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner, also November 19, 7:30pm at Greenburgh Town Hall.  One topic for discussion – how Rob Astorino’s election as county executive will affect the organization and its agenda.  


Put the 7 year old back in the car booster seat.  The new New York State law requiring children under age 8 to be in a carseat or booster, takes effect November 24.   




Rye School District Board President Josh Nathan happily reported positive steps in the negotiations between the Board and the Rye Teachers’ Association on a new collective bargaining agreement.  On the other hand, Mr Nathan said an item in the November issue of Westchester Magazine was "repugnant to the Board and our community and that our teachers should never be portrayed in that fashion."  The Magazine’s "Winners and Losers" column put the RyeTeachers Association in the loser column, stating  "[i]ts contract dispute with the school district is now entering its third year, after the RTA rejected an offer by the district of a 19.3-percent raise over five-years—in the midst of a recession."



The Pelham Art Center is accepting work in all media on the theme of "Birthday" for an Exhibition May 7-June 26, 2010 and a $1000 cash prize.   Tri-state artists (NY NJ CT) 19 years of age and older are eligible. $20 entry fee. All work submitted must be available for exhibit. Entries must be received by February 5, 2010. For prospectus and to apply, visit or email


Join potter Harriet Ross at her annual show and sale featuring talented artists who work in clay and paint.  November 20 5-9pm, November 21-22
1-6pm.  15 Rogers Avenue, Hartsdale.


The Big Tag Sale

Shop at the annual St. John’s Christmas bazaar Saturday November 21 10am-3pm.  You’ll find great deals on gently used items and an-star roster of new good vendors, including locals Sweet Teez, Pam Older Jewelry and Great Gifts for Giving by Sherry McSherry.  Bid in the silent auction.  Pose for that family portrait, with or without Santa, between 11am and 2pm.  And eat.  All proceeds go to local non-profits including the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force, the Community Counseling Center and the Community Action Program (CAP) Center.  For more info, call 914-834-2981.  St John’s Episcopal Church, 4 Fountain Square, Larchmont.



Is that you?  Enter LMC-TV’s 2d Annual Sound Shore Video Fest (SSVF).  The grand prize is a digital camcorder provided by Cablevision. Cashprizes of $100 will be awarded for age categories K-6, High School and Adults, as well as Best Non-Local entry.  Deadline for submission is December 1.  Winners will be announced at the SSVF Award Ceremony December 20, 2pm, at the Emelin Theater, Mamaroneck.  Entries will be aired on LMC-TV. For more info, go to or call 914-381-2002 x202.  


Stay Sharp

The Cut Hut is now open at Hommocks Ice Rink for skate blade sharpening. $7.50 a pair.  Proceeds benefit the MYHA scholarship fund. 






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