Category Archives: Mamaroneck Review

Timeflies Return Home, Raise Money for Counseling Center

Check out this story from the Feb. 10, 2012 edition of The Sound & Town Report (now The Mamaroneck Review).

On Feb. 4, members of the Mamaroneck High School Student Council set up a concert in an effort to raise money for the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center.

Booking a band featuring a local talent, the student council hired the up-and-coming electronic hip-hop group Timeflies to headline this big event.

Returning to Mamaroneck High School for the first time since 2007, Cal Shapiro, who graduated MHS in 2006, and his band mate Rob Resnick, came to perform their homecoming show.

“I don’t think we’ve ever done a concert like this. We’ve done high school and college shows, but the homecoming, coming back to your roots is an awesome feeling,” Shapiro said. 

Day Care Subsidy Impacts Westchester

child-care-council-of-westchester-logoLike many single parents in Westchester County, Wendy Urbima, 25, works to provide for her daughter, Priscilla, who is 3 years old. Urbina currently struggles to pay bills and the Sleepy Hollow resident is expecting to pay even more to keep her daughter in day care.

“I might need to leave my job and go on welfare to spend time caring for my daughter,” Urbima said. “I wouldn’t feel safe… no education would be available to provide the social environment she would need for the future.”

Working parents like Urbima who currently receive financial assistance from the county’s Department of Social Services Child Day Care Subsidy Program are expecting to pay more this November, when a 15 percent increase in family contribution costs will go into effect. The childcare subsidies, which were designed to make day care program- ming affordable in Westchester County, now require self-sufficient parents pay almost double what they have in the past based on their weekly income. But according to Executive Director of the Harrison Children Center Debbie Imperia, families in the Town of Harrison that currently earn between $7 and $15 an hour will no longer be eligible for assistance.

This story originally appeared in the Oct. 5, 2012 edition of the Harrison Review

Capitol Theatre Once Legendary, Rocks Anew

IMG_3871The Capitol Theatre in the Village of Port Chester was constructed at the peak of the roaring 20s, but is seldom remembered as a playhouse or movie theater. Like the historic rock venue the Fillmore East in Manhattan, the Capitol was created with different uses in mind but didn’t really become a household name until the 1970s, when the marquee featured rock icons like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Traffic, The Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead, to name a few.

To “deadheads” and hippies across the nation, this stoic landmark has an even deeper meaning in the annals of music history when in 1970, the Grateful Dead outperformed anyone who had ever set foot in Port Chester, with a record 18 shows in a single year. Originally planning to play 21 nights at the Capitol, The Dead unexpectedly cancelled their last three performances in December of that year, before hitting the airwaves with a radio apology to the fans in Port Chester.

This story originally appeared in the Sept. 7, 2012 edition of the Harrison Review.

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Harrison Water Rates Hiked 17 Percent

The Harrison Town Council approved a 17 percent water rate hike on July 5, just days after a relatively nominal–yet nonetheless dramatic– 11 percent increase was estimated by town officials.

The 3-2 approval of the new rates came after representatives of Westchester Joint Water Works made a public presentation, which had several members of the council scoffing at the fiscal management of the utility.

The Westchester Joint Water Works, a utility jointly run by municipal leaders in Mamaroneck and Harrison, proposed the town approve the hike for the 2012-2013 fiscal year in order to keep up with the increased cost of supply from New York City, where the water works purchases its water. The city increased its sales rates by 9.8 percent.

This originally appeared in the July 13, 2012 edition of The Harrison Report. 

Kensico Dam Road Reopens, But Not For Cars

After seven years, the Kensico Dam roadway is reopen to pedestrians, cyclists and skaters but not vehicular traffic.

On May 24, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and New York City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland announced the re-opening following a $42 million rehabilitation project that ended last December.

“The Kensico Dam Park is a vital public space in Westchester,” Astorino said. “Reopening the roadway will further expand the recreational opportunities that make Westchester a great place to live and visit.”

This originally appeared in the June 1, 2012 edition of The Harrison Report (Now, Harrison Review). 

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