December 14, 2004
Scholarship to Honor Kaitlyn Moriwaki
Kaitlyn Moriwaki, a student at Mamaroneck High School, died from
a sudden illness on October 2, 2004. She was an extremely talented
artist and musician and a very special friend to many of us in the
Larchmont/Mamaroneck community. (See:
The Moriwaki family and friends are working to establish a scholarship
in memory of Kaitlyn. The Kaitlyn Moriwaki Scholarship will go to
a student or students who excel in the visual or musical arts. The
scholarship will be administered by the Mamaroneck-Larchmont Student
Aid Fund. We are hoping to make the scholarship an annual endowment
– to do that, we need to raise at least $25,000.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to this scholarship,
please make your contribution payable to (and send it to) the Mamaroneck-Larchmont
Student Aid Fund, Inc., Mamaroneck High School, Mamaroneck, NY 10543.
It is important that you note on your check and in a brief note,
that the donation is to be credited to the Kaitlyn Moriwaki scholarship.
If you would prefer a donation card for this purpose, please contact
Judy Baumgarten or The Larchmont Music Academy, 833-8941, 2089 Boston
Post Road, Larchmont.
If you have any questions, please call or e-mail Judy Baumgarten,
December 1, 2004
Opening AP Gates Raises Issues: Stress, Cost
As a social studies teacher at Mamaroneck High School, I find your
article about "gatekeeping"
and Advanced Placement courses to be of great interest. The
article referred to the change from two to three sections of AP
American History as having happened seven years ago. The correct
figure is closer to seventeen years. With the exception of one year,
the number of sections remained at three, increasing to four, and
then five, over the past seven years. (Editors' Note: correction
has been made.)
Your article leaves the reader believing that the teachers are
“confident” about the movement to “open the gates.”
This confuses us, because until the most recent faculty meeting,
the teachers had not been asked for input on the issue, and the
word “confident” does not reflect the nature of our
discussions at that meeting, and certainly not at our own meeting
a few days later.
Parents and students want these courses for all of the right
reasons, and, unfortunately, some of the wrong ones. On several
occasions, struggling students admit that they take the courses
so they can get into good schools. Others say that they don’t
want to drop the course because their friends take it. (The social
pressure is enormous.) Some parents who spend weeks in meetings
and phone calls demanding their children’s admission are then
upset when their students’ grades fall below previous levels.
Now we may face the challenges of open admission. One will be economic.
In my department this year, the AP classes are very large; in some
cases, ten to twelve more than the eighteen maximum recommended
by the College Board. Open admission classes should be much smaller.
Regents classes and electives would have to run opposite AP classes
so that students who want to opt out in the first quarter can do
so without disrupting their schedules. These factors dictate increased
staffing, which is very costly.
An open policy cannot come without some guidelines and a lot of
guidance. Regardless of what some claim, many students simply cannot
do college work in high school. Others, who have specific interests,
would prefer to concentrate on those rather than cram their transcripts
and lives with as many AP courses as those admissions officers demand.
Others would thrive in an exploration of various electives in a
We continue to discuss these and other concerns, and we hope that
our input informs whatever policy changes come about. Obviously,
everyone seeks the right policy for the right reasons. We want to
challenge all of our students without hurting any of them.
Mamaroneck High School
November 18, 2004
M. Johnson Raised Environmental Awareness
News that Maryanne Johnson passed away is reverberating around
the community. The Johnson family has done so many wonderful things
for Larchmont and Mamaroneck over the years. They will be remembered
primarily for making the Larchmont Reservoir Conservation area,
known as the James G. Johnson, Jr. Conservancy a reality.
Before the word ecology was part of everyone's lexicon, Maryanne
Johnson was fighting to save the world around us. She was active
in the League of Women Voters, where I met her, and clean water
was her passion, along with conservation. With lots of other League
stalwarts in the 60's and 70's, she harangued local citizens and
our elected officials to raise everyone's consciousness about the
importance of our environment.
Now, more than ever, the world needs more Maryanne Johnsons and
she will be sorely missed.
Trustee, Village of Larchmont
November 16, 2004
Brit Appreciates Local Visit, Local French Toast
I’ve recently returned from a 12-day visit to Larchmont and
wanted you to know that, on this occasion, I was no trouble to your
fire department. (See: British Visitor Gets Rescue
and Lift from LFD.) I found my way around easily and was determined
not to get lost. I think I might have disappointed my grandchildren
who have never forgotten my fire engine ride.
Larchmont is as charming as ever and the highlight of my trip was
having French toast nearly every morning at 6 am at the Manor Park
Deli in the village shopping area. Unfortunately, the owner didn't
give me the recipe (Editor's note: see below) so I am back to eating
a slice of brown bread and butter before I go to work. One of the
unusual perks I enjoyed at the deli was a free read of all the daily
newspapers. Being that it was your election period, I really enjoyed
Now I have two glorious memories of Larchmont -- fire engines and
Tony Abregu, owner of Manor Park Deli, supplied the following:
Manor Park French Toast
Beat in a small bowl:
2 oz. milk
3 slices of bread (customers choice of white, rye or whole wheat)
Dip slice, one at a time, in egg mix. Put on a lightly buttered
When done, sprinkle with ground cinnamon.
Secret tip: Use a really hot grill to get the right color.
November 7, 2004
Hold Legislators & School Boards Accountable
I was struck by the comment in your recent article on the school
budget that certain cost "amounts are largely set by contract
and state mandates and are not flexible."
It is true that these State mandates and contracts cannot be changed
immediately. However, they are not given us from some higher authority
beyond our control. We need to accept that mandates are legislated
by the State officials whom we elect, and we have control on election
day. And school contracts are the result of decisions made and signed
by the school board itself, which has control every time that a
contract is written.
We need to hold our State legislators responsible for the mandates
that they legislate. And we need to hold the school board responsible
for the contracts that it signs.
Town of Mamaroneck, NY
November 4, 2004
Latimer Thanks Voters
A sincere thanks to all of the people of Larchmont and Mamaroneck
their vote of confidence in my race for the State Assembly. Their
overwhelming support is much appreciated; I treat that support very
seriously, and intend to work hard everyday to represent their interests
in Albany, and to justify their faith as expressed at the ballot
October 21, 2004
Village of Mamaroneck GOP Accusation Baseless
In a desperate attempt to deflect criticism of their handling of
the police scandals in the Village of Mamaroneck, the Republican
candidates for the office of trustee have shamelessly and baselessly
overstepped the lines of truth, propriety and decency.
In a letter to the editor, published in another media outlet, they
have accused me of meeting on a regular basis with one of the attorneys
of an officer currently involved in a lawsuit with the Village.
They further indulge in a fantasy of me regularly meeting with these
parties, as if to suggest that some grand conspiracy is afoot.
Shame on them: I have never met with this attorney. To suggest
otherwise is a twisting of the truth. There is no need to get into
the gutter with them. Not now. Not ever.
Candidate for Trustee,
Village of Mamaroneck
October 14, 2004
One Assemblyman Can Make A Difference
Election 2004 is almost upon us, and in my race for NY State Assembly
the most frequently-asked questions I hear reference the dysfunctional
New York State government, and whether one Assemblyman can make
In my public life - Rye City Councilman for 4 years, County Legislator
for 13 years, with 4 of those years as Chairman of the Board of
Legislators - I could point to a long list of accomplishments, some
against the odds, that have proven to me what an energetic official
can help accomplish. The Larchmont SSO, placed at the rear of Flint
Park, was originally targeted for the Flint/Cherry intersection;
expensive sewer repairs was originally planned to be put on the
tax budget of Village and Town governments as a major unfunded mandate;
bus routes serving Larchmont and Mamaroneck were slated for elimination;
Davids Island would have had Xanadu towers on them. IKEA would have
clogged our local streets. Effective representation (and I was proud
to be a part of every one of these battles as your County Legislator)
helped make the difference. Every one of these stories had involved
citizens, committed municipal officials, and an attentive press
to help create the right result.
One Assemblyman, in Albany...can fight to complete sound barriers
along the Thruway - for the benefit of Howell Park residents, for
Larchmont Village residents on Soundview that hear the rush of traffic
noise, for all of our residents.
One Assemblyman can fight for updated railcars on Metro North/New
Haven Line, and push for better wintertime performance of trains
One Assemblyman can advocate for improvements to the Palmer/Weaver
intersection in the Town, and for a traffic light at Keeler and
the Boston Post Rd. in Mamaroneck Village.
One Assemblyman can join 99 others and override vetoes that cut
funding for our local libraries, Westchester Community College and
supplemental aid for neighboring communities.
One Assemblyman can attend the Larchmont/Mamaroneck Summit regularly
and participate in key community discussions; one Assemblyman can
be there for the substance of discussions at the Town Board, and
not just the symbolism of marching in parades.
One Assemblyman, properly motivated, will let residents of Larchmont
Village, Mamaroneck Village and Mamaroneck Town know that they are
represented fully and completely in the full range of issues at
hand in Albany from education and the environment to lowering mandated
property tax burdens.
One County Legislator has enjoyed and appreciated working hard
for Larchmont and Mamaroneck these 13 years. I'd like to be your
"One Assemblyman" for the next two years, and promise
more of the same hard work and energetic representation if the voters
give me that chance on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2nd
Westchester County Legislator
September 28, 2004
Latimer Is Up to Challenge of Reforming Albany
With all the talk of reforming Albany's legislative process, one
candidate for the State Assembly - George Latimer, running in the
91st A.D. - has actually delivered an agenda of significant reform
in the Westchester County Board of Legislators. Latimer's 4 years
as Chairman - and his efforts both before and after that tenure
- marked the most significant reform movement in the Board's history.
He personally insured cable TV gavel-to-gavel coverage of legislative
meetings, crafted the user-friendly agenda, insured all Board meetings
were held at night, delivered the most balanced redistricting plan
in 2001 of any level of government, appointed every minority Republican
to a committee chairmanship - - in short, the most unprecedented
power-sharing in the Board's history.
His conduct on controversial public issues, through chairing public
hearings and through legislative mark-ups, showed a balanced demeanor
and fairness to all. Before he became Chairman, he was the first
legislator to refuse committee meeting attendance stipends - a "backdoor
pay raise," a practice that was ultimately discontinued.
The challenges of reforming Albany are clearly greater in scope
and more daunting than changing the County Board, but George Latimer
has proven his willingness and ability to bring change to the status
quo. He deserves our support for the State Assembly this November.
Councilwoman, Town of Mamaroneck
September 3, 2004
British Family (Fondly) Recalls Fire Sirens
As Brits who lived in Larchmont 1995-1998, now with fond memories
fanned by reading regularly, almost religiously, your on-line organ
and having visited fair Larchmont as recently as late July 2004,
we were rather jealous to read about the London-based visitor, Raymond
Rudaizky, who managed to get lost in Larchmont and had to be rescued
by the Larchmont Fire Department. Through our time in Larchmont
although our young daughters regularly admired the fire trucks (now
called fire engines!) and were woken by the siren, we never managed
to hitch a ride!
Pamela and Marcus Shapiro, Rebecca, Katie, William & Henry
Radlett, Herts. United Kingdom
August 30, 2004
Appeal for Help on Diabetes: Buy a Paper Sneaker
I am appealing to our friends in Larchmont and the surrounding
area for your help. Our daughter, Gabrielle, was diagnosed with
Juvenile Diabetes (Type I insulin-dependent) in November 2002, just
a month after her second birthday. This disease has significantly
changed Gabrielle's life. Life with diabetes means a constant balance
between diet, exercise and insulin. Her daily routine is regimented
with several insulin shots, 6-8 blood sugar tests, an insulin pump
that continually delivers insulin to her and a low carbohydrate
diet. Since being diagnosed, Gabrielle has had over 3,000 insulin
shots and 4,471 finger pricks - and she's only three years old!
This regimen makes
everyday childhood events such as having going to nursery school,
playing sports, and going to birthday parties truly challenging!
We constantly struggle to keep Gabbie's blood sugar under control.
Sometimes it gets so low that her body shakes, other times, it is
very high and she's unable to focus on simple tasks. The worst part
there is no cure for diabetes -- she will have diabetes for the
rest of her life.
For those of you who are not familiar with diabetes, it is a disease
that shuts down the natural pancreas-driven production of insulin,
a hormone necessary to regulate blood sugar levels. It is not caused
by obesity or by eating excess sugar. In fact, the causes are not
entirely known. Insulin injections provide life support for a diabetic,
but they do not prevent the insidious complications from diabetes
such as stroke, blindness, kidney disease, heart failure, and amputation.
Stop & Shop Larchmont and Toy Box have generously agreed to
help raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation ("JDRF")
by sponsoring the sale of paper
sneakers. Through paper sneaker sales, JDRF has raised millions
for diabetes research, one dollar at a time, thanks to support from
caring individuals. We need your
help to make this year's JDRF Sneaker Campaign the most successful
ever. You can help by buying a sneaker. Encourage your friends and
family to do the same. Your paper sneaker, with your name added
to it, will be posted on a special wall or window, along with all
the other sneakers.
In addition, Dunkin Donuts and IHOP Larchmont along with Target
White Plains have generously agreed to donate merchandise for an
upcoming raffle on Sunday,
September 19, 2004 at 1 pm at Stop & Shop on 1326 Boston Post
Road in Mamaroneck. We are asking everyone who can buy a raffle
ticket to please join us and
raise money for this very worthy cause. Every contribution helps
bring us one step closer to the cure. Your support of JDRF is deeply
appreciated by my family and the over 17 million people affected
by diabetes, thank you for your generous contributions.
August 26, 2004
Board Should Provide Fair Compensation for Police
The presentation to the Village Board on August 2nd by the President
of the Larchmont Police Benevolent Association raises serious long-term
concerns to Village residents caused by this Board's failure to
negotiate a fair and timely contract with the Larchmont Police Department.
As a result of the Board's failure, highly qualified police officers
have left the department for better pay and benefits and others
are actively looking to leave. The loss of experienced officers
is a serious problem for Larchmont residents, and one that will
needlessly continue unless action is taken.
The statistical comparison of Larchmont’s compensation of
its police officers with other municipalities is a disgrace. Consider
1. According to the 2000 Federal census, Larchmont ranks 3rd in
median family income and per capita income in all of Westchester
County, and 4th among all Westchester villages in median household
income. In spite of this healthy financial picture and the millions
of dollars the Village has in its surplus account today, the salary
for a police officer in our village is anemic, ranking 14th out
of 15 Westchester villages with a contract, and 19th out of 22 villages
in the County.
2. All police departments in Westchester County provide longevity
payments to their police officers. Larchmont' s payments rank 20th
out of 22 County villages.
3. Larchmont’s uiniform allowance is ranked 32nd out of all
38 police departments in the County.
4. Detectives in the Larchmont Police Department (who do some of
the Village’s most important work, particularly regarding
safeguarding our children) are the lowest paid in all villages in
5. The police in the Town/Village of Mamaroneck are better paid
than our Larchmont police.
6. In the important area of medical benefits, Larchmont pays our
police the bare minimum required by law. Many Westchester municipalities
pay considerably more upon retirement.
7. The most recent overall increase in Larchmont's tax levy (of
approximately 8.5%) and the overall salary increase to Village employees
(of about 7%) has not translated into fair pay raises and benefits
for our police -- who continue to work without a contract.
At the August 2nd meeting, the Board took the position that it
can't get involved in pay negotiations with our police because this
is a matter "left to the lawyers," to negotiate. That
stance is clearly misleading. Certainly, this Board confers with
and directs its lawyer regarding the terms it seeks and is willing
to accept. That has been its practice, of course, and if this Board
for some undisclosed reason has not followed this practice in negotiating
with the Police Department, then its lawyer is exercising excessive
independent authority. One has to wonder why.
Now that the Village of Larchmont Police have been without a contract
for over a year, with demonstrably inadequate pay and benefits,
this Board must finally step in and promptly provide fair and just
compensation -- and not hide behind the lawyers.
Thomas F. Curnin
August 9, 2004
Another Hero: Supervisor O'Keeffe
The recent Larchmont Gazette article "Another
Hero in Heart Attack Rescue at Sports Club" reminds us
of the exceptional privilege of participating in the saving of a
There is yet another "hero" who participated in the chain
of events which saved Joe Beck's life that day, Mamaroneck Town
Supervisor, Valerie O'Keeffe.
At a Senate Place block party at the close of last summer, I, and
my wife Susan, a registered nurse and CPR-Defibrillator instructor,
asked Supervisor O'Keefe to consider purchasing automated external
defibrillators (AEDs) for use by the Town Police. We explained that
police are often the first responders in cardiac emergencies when
every minute counts, and that AED automation enables non-medical
first responders to easily use that device.
Supervisor O'Keeffe promptly responded and our Town Police were
provided with AEDs and the training to use them, in time for Mamaroneck
Town Officer Anthony Hoffmann to save Joe Beck's life.
Thank you Valerie.
Town of Mamaroneck
August 5, 2004
Latimer Will Not Protest GOP Substitute Candidate
The situation regarding the Republican efforts to field a candidate
in the 91st Assembly District is at best unclear. I have received
legal advice that indicates the County Republican Party’s
action in naming a fourth candidate (the third consecutive substitute)
for the race is in violation of the state election law, and that
we could successfully sue to invalidate this latest candidacy.
However, my whole career in government is about openness and inclusion,
and I believe there ought to be competition, and a valid discussion
of ideas between two candidates. Despite these circumstances, which
may well have been illegal, I have instructed my campaign and my
party to take no legal action to invalidate the current Republican-Conservative
designee. My belief in democracy is stronger than just acting in
my own narrow interest.
I welcome the debate to come, and I’m confident that I can
make a stronger case to the voters of this district that I will
be more effective fighting on their behalf in Albany.
Finally, I must call on the Westchester County GOP to end this
practice of bait-and-switch. In three assembly races this year,
the candidate on the Republican ballot is different than the candidate
whose name appeared on the petitions circulated. Not only has that
happened to me in this assembly race, but the same thing happened
last year in my county legislative race – Republicans changed
candidates between the petition drive and final certification. After
a few weeks, the replacement candidate turned out to have moved
out of the county – discovered too late to remove her from
the November ballot. While legal, these practices are simply not
fair to the voters; it all smacks of political gamesmanship instead
We ought to run these races on a higher level, and that’s
exactly what I intend to do.
Candidate for NY State Assembly
Westchester County Legislator
July 25, 2004
Pedestrian Tunnel Disgrace
There are two jurisdictions governing the tunnel under the train
in Larchmont, Metro North and Larchmont Village -- why is a mystery.
Now that Metro North has renovated its side, the Village side, which
is crumbling, dirty and dark, is more than ever a disgrace. Even
short of renovation, the Village could at least clean and paint.
If the Village doesn't care, why not cede jurisdiction to the Town
June 27, 2004
Thanks for the Memories, Gazette
My wife Pat and I live in Dunwoody, Georgia, where we've spent
the last 25 years. However, both of us grew up in Larchmont, where
we both graduated from MHS (Class of '58). The next 20 years we
continued to live in Larchmont and raised our family. Recently a
friend sent me the Gazettem highlighting an article. From that point
on I now anxiously look forward to receiving the weekly update and
This is only a small note to say thanks for the Gazette and for
bringing a lot of our Larchmont memories back into our lives.
June 10, 2004
Thanks to the Mamaroneck Village Police from Pre-K
On behalf of the children of the Mamaroneck Avenue School Pre-K
program and their parents, we would like to publicly thank the Village
of Mamaroneck Police Department for their outstanding work at our
car seat installation check.
We would like to thank P.O. Scott Fraioli and P.O. Dave Casterella
for sharing their time and expertise with us. Both officers were
highly professional and patient with the parents who needed their
help. We are especially grateful to P.O. Richard Carroll who arranged
for new car seats to be available through a New York State grant
and who has worked so closely with us to make this project a success.
All three officers worked tirelessly to check and/or install about
40 car seats.
We extend our sincere thanks to Lt. Hank Paul for arranging this
event. He is always helpful and responsive and we very much look
forward to continuing to work with him in the future. Again, we
appreciate your making your department available to the community
for such an important endeavor.
Mamaroneck Ave School Principal
Meryl Schaffer, CSW
Mamaroneck Pre-K Social Worker
May 20, 2004
Memorial "Field" Not in Keeping with Kemper Deed
As a Mamaroneck High School history teacher, I respectfully disagree
with David Carylon in his letter of May 11 (Vet/Historian
for School Budget & Park). A Memorial “field”
serves neither the “letter “ nor the “generous
spirit of the deed.” If it did, the Kemper family would not
be engaged in such a painful and legal battle with the district.
Mr. Carlyon writes that “it was available property, money
and compromise that determined the placement” of the memorial
park. That is correct. The property was commercial and was likely
to become an apartment house. The money was that of the Kemper family,
because the District did not have the funds to expand the campus.
The only compromise was the stipulation that the land be maintained
as a Memorial in perpetuity. It was a park which the Kempers landscaped
and on which they built the Memorial.
Mr. Carlyon states that it “would be a cruel irony if those
who claim to speak for our children handicap our children.”
Exactly who are “those people?” Has he become one by
stating his point of view? As for the entitlement issue, Mr. Carlyon’s
formula of “more fields, more kids play” seems obvious,
but it is flawed. Exactly who will be playing? The high school fields
are locked and their use is restricted to district and community
teams. There are many kids who, for a variety of reasons, are not
on teams. Shouldn’t their needs be considered as well?
We are fortunate that the budget has passed, and we are informed
by the closeness of the vote and the size of voter turnout. It is
heartening that Mamaroneck may soon be permitted to build two new
fields in Saxon Woods Park. Perhaps now we can all take a breath,
gain perspective, and continue our efforts on the part of our children
in more civil
MHS History Teacher
May 13, 2004
'BEDGRAGGLED PARK DUE TO SCHOOLS' NEGLECT
Stephen Kling’s letter (Build Field and
Renovate Bedraggled Park) was remarkable in quite an unintended
way. Through his ignorance and irreverence, his comments actually
support all the arguments of those who are in favor of keeping the
Kemper Memorial Park in its current configuration. His apt description
of the run down condition of the park is directly attributable to
the school board’s negligence and its failure to honor its
obligation stipulated in the deed to “maintain the park.”
To quote his very words, “That degree of bedraggledness didn’t
appear overnight, but is a product of decades of neglect.”
That is a very important point. How could anyone in his right mind
believe the school board would maintain a newly configured park,
when it has utterly failed to maintain the current park? So, if
Mr. Kling finds the park in a despicable state of maintenance, he
should march right up to the school board and demand that it rectify
its negligence forthwith.
Let us correct his misconceptions about the community’s
concern for the park. From the beginning the Kempers have looked
over the welfare of the memorial and have contacted the school district
time and time again about its deplorable condition and maintenance.
That history is documented by written correspondence.
There are examples after examples of people who have planted flowers,
people who came to pray and pay their respects, people who visit
the park regularly. Instead of riding by and shooting off his mouth,
it would be nice if Mr. Kling would lift a finger to make the park
more presentable. And perhaps, as the Kempers did, he could donate
a few hundred thousand dollars of his own money to the community,
before speaking so disparagingly about a memorial that has touched
the hearts of countless people for over fifty years. In other words,
instead of cursing the darkness, it would be better for him to light
As far as what the park means to so many, all Mr. Kling would
have to do is visit the VFW and talk to the WWII veterans and their
families, or most people in the community, or if he preferred the
other extreme of age, talk to any of the students who wrote essays
about how much the park means to them and how important it was to
their education. He could even talk to his own son, who is on the
student committee fighting to preserve the park.
But for people like Mr. Kling and his friends on the school board
it is much easier to maintain opinions borne of ignorance than to
spend the time necessary to become enlightened. So, yes, Mr. Kling
you did “jump in too late to a briskly boiling controversy”.
If you want to get some facts before spewing forth your opinions,
get off your bike and go visit the archives of the Larchmont Historical
Society. The next time you get a flat, you will know who is responsible
for the missing benches in the park and its state of neglect.
(editor: the writer is the grandson of the park's donor)
May 5, 2004
BOARD PLAN SERVES PAST & FUTURE GENERATIONS
The Mamaroneck School District needs more playing fields because
of the dramatic increase in the numbers of boys and girls in our
community playing sports. Participation in sports provides tremendous
benefits to our children. Not only are they spending several hours
of the week exercising their bodies when they might otherwise be
sitting at the computer or watching tv; they are also learning important
social skills regarding teamwork, winning and losing, and connecting
with other children and adults in the community. And experts advise
us that involvement in extracurricular activities helps teens refrain
from engaging in risky behaviors in those same after-school hours.
Before the controversy over moving the Kemper Memorial, I had been
at the high school countless times without ever having been aware
of the memorial’s existence. Having since learned about the
monument and the land that was donated, I understand the concerns
of the Kemper family, veterans, and the Historical Society. However,
I feel that the school board’s thoughtfully designed plan
preserves the spirit of the original gift. It calls for a beautifully
laid out park with the memorial at its center, which will probably
draw more visitors and attention than the current configuration.
Naming the playing fields after Lt. Kemper would also raise awareness
of that generation’s sacrifices. This plan will enhance the
memorial site and the memory of the young people who gave their
lives during WWII, as well as serve the good of the current and
future generations of youngsters in our community.
April 29, 2004
BEAD-DAZZLED OPPOSES PARK SWAP
After reading The Sound & Town Report local
newspaper, April 23, 2004 page 7, I was disturbed to find our retail
business, Bead-Dazzled By Diane listed in an advertisment titled
"Open Letter to the Village of Larchmont." The advertisment
was paid for by RAPP, (retailers against poor planning) and we wish
to make our position clear on this matter. Before this advertisment
was printed, we never heard of this organization; we are not members
and never given any financial support to this group. We are opposed
to the park land swap for the same reasons that John Troy states
in his letter of April 22, 2004.
We urge the Village trustees to vote against the park swap. We
support S.T.E.P. (Save the Existing Park) and the 125 Larchmont
residents who oppose the park land swap.
Jerry & Diane Shapiro
Bead-Dazzled By Diane
April 22, 2004
SWAP WOULD BE 'IRREPARABLE LOSS'
Every time I pass the two lots on Parkway/Palmer, my opposition
to the proposed land swap is further re-enforced.
The existing Village park on Parkway
- is larger (by 400 sq. feet)
- has more attractive trees, six v. two in the Palmer lot
- is safer, particularly for small children
- has a better layout for a park (its shape & grade)
- is more attractive. The Palmer lot is squeezed in between a
a solid wall and an active driveway.
Add to these practical reasons, the fact that the vast majority
of neighbors are opposed to the swap, as clearly evident at the
Village meeting on March 29.
The proposed swap will benefit only one family in the Village.
It will be an irreparable loss of valuable open space to all others.
I urge the Village Board to listen to the neighbors not to approve
the land swap.
April 15, 2004
PALMER BUFFER PARK WOULD BE FOR ALL
When I was a kid here in Larchmont, I and my three neighbor/buddies,
bundled in our winter clothes, stood in befuddlement, watching the
Public Works Department guys installing a cement creature in “our”
park at Vanderburgh Avenue. A little later, there appeared a duck
head on a spring and other ride toys, then a slide, and the soon-to-be
famous sandbox. We local kids were now forced to reconsider our
proprietary attitude to the park as other kids we had never seen
before came into “Turtle Park” to play.
As we went around to different parks, exploring our “world,”
we never went to the “Parkway Park” next to the Morris
property. It was confining and odd. Maybe we didn’t even know
it was a park.
Later, …much later, I made a study of Vanderburgh Park and
learned that the Village Board, at the time, had designed this park
as a buffer between the commercial area at Chatsworth and Palmer
and the residences north of there. In the 1940s, an apartment building
six stories high was proposed for the site where the park is now.
Indeed, the buffer idea was stronger.
The buffer park idea has come up again in the proposed swap. I
truly believe it would be the correct choice for the Village to
make: to have the park placed as the buffer property between the
commercial and residence area; that is, to the left of the Morris
This would result in the greatest amount of enjoyment for the most
people, and would be a consistent planning move based on precedent
Beyond equities of value, beyond the family suggesting this swap,
the concept of “open space” would still prevail, and
moving the park would be the correct thing to do for all.
After all, isn’t that what a park is for…all?
April 9, 2004
PRINT GAZETTE WILL GIVE EVERYONE ACCESS
Congratulations on your new venture. The service you provide to
the community is extraordinary.
I am proud to live in a community with an outstanding local news
service. A print version will allow everyone in the area access
to the Larchmont Gazette.
We all owe you a debt of gratitude for the work you have been doing
without any financial remuneration. Recognition of your excellence
should give you a great feeling of satisfaction in a job well done.
Trustee, Village of Larchmont
April 6, 2004
DC MARCH: OK FOR MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN
It is clear from Ms. Federspiel’s letter of March
23 that she is anti-abortion. That is ok. Intelligent people
do disagree on this issue.
I do not, however, feel that it is ok to impose one’s opinion
on others by restricting access to reproductive health care services.
The April 25th
March for Women's Lives in Washington is about preserving the
right to choose safe abortion as a means to terminate a pregnancy
– but it is also about the larger issue of ensuring access
to fundamental primary, preventive health care, care that will ensure
the health of parents and their children. The march is about preserving
services that have been scientifically proven to promote wellness,
services that the current presidential administration has attacked
since it took office. As examples, I offer the administration’s
opposition to comprehensive sex education as a means to prevent
unwanted pregnancies; and its opposition to condoms as a means of
preventing the spread of deadly infections such as HIV.
I stand by my statement that the march is an important place for
men, women and families to be. Not only does the march stand for
the importance of accessible reproductive health care to ensure
the health of families – the march is an example of our right
to protest, our precious freedom of speech. The march is a living
history lesson, and will not harm children.
March 26, 2004
TEST TIPS FOR PARENTS
Recently, as an educator, I participated in “Parent’s
Night” at a school district out on Long Island. It happened
to be the same night as “Family University” in the Mamaroneck
School District (where I reside). The positive response I received
from parents that night disseminating State Assessment Information
was so overwhelming, I feel compelled to share this information
to parents in my own community.
The Internet Resource Information below was prepared by a colleague
of mine and is an invaluable resource for any parent.
• Regents Exam Information - NYS
Education Department has links to past Regents exams.
• Regents Exam Prep -
The goal of this nonprofit site is to help high school students
meet the New York State Regents requirements in English, Mathematics,
Science, and Social Studies.
Level Test Prep - Each testing area provides lessons, practice
activities, teacher resources, and sometimes literature tie-ins
for ELA 8, Math 8 and Social Studies 8 assessments.
• Elementary Test
Prep - Each testing area provides lessons, practice activities,
teacher resources, and sometimes literature tie-ins for ELA 4, Math
4 and Social Studies 5 assessments.
• NYS Assessment
Information - Links to test samplers and schedules of state
Test Prep Questions - The SAT Prep Center provides you with
exercises where you can learn about question types and their answers,
as well as tips and strategies for test day.
The State Education Department has recently announced that, beginning
with the June 2004 administration, the Regents Examination in Living
Environment (9th Grade) will include a new section, Part D. The
questions on Part D will consist of a combination of multiple-choice
and open-ended questions related to at least three of the four required
living environment laboratory activities and will compromise approximately
15% of the examination.
Sample questions are available and provided to help teachers and
students become familiar with the format of questions for this part
of the examination.
If your child is taking the Living Environment Regents, it is a
new section of the Exam (Part D) that they should be aware of and
prepared to take in June.
(NY State School Administrator)
March 23, 2004
"MARCH FOR WOMEN'S LIVES" IS A MISNOMER
The title "March for Women's Lives" disregards women's
emotional and physical battles that occur after abortion.
In the March 17
issue of the Gazette, Planned Parenthood Board member Lisa Perry
of Larchmont says, "It is so important that women, men, families
go to Washington for this March. From Day 1, the Bush Administration
has turned its back on scientific evidence and public opinion in
advancing its own narrow agenda on women's health and reproductive
On the contrary, scientific evidence shows through increasingly
detailed ultrasounds a baby in the womb,
not an inconvenience to be disposed of. As far as the public opinion
Ms. Perry talks about, polls show year after year that more people
oppose abortion than are for it.
It also sickens me to think of people bringing children to an abortion
rally. (The article lists the bus fare for the children attending
the rally). That is really sad--teaching children that babies shouldn't
be born if their parents don't want them. Disposable babies? No.
Please don't teach our children that.
March 15, 2004
LARCHMONTERS: PLEASE DRIVE MORE CAREFULLY
I would like to respond to the letter "Plea for Common Courtesy
in Larchmont." I couldn't agree more.
I have lived in Larchmont for four years now and nowhere have I
seen such lack of respect and common courtesy as I have seen on
the roads here. I drive my children to and from school everyday
and each day I see at least one, if not several, examples of drivers
doing all manner of illegal things: cell phone use, cutting in front
of others, double-parking, eating or drinking while driving and
driving while having one or two dogs on the driver's lap, the list
It's absolutely ridiculous to be driving this way at any time but
I am asking Larchmont drivers to please be especially careful during
school hours. And please, do consider others when you are parking.
March 11, 2004
PLEA FOR COMMON COURTESY
This is a plea to my fellow Larchmonters. The lack of parking space
in our village is compounded by the lack of consideration that is
constantly observed by other drivers. Perhaps it's a lack of driving
and parking ability, but to see a car parked in the middle of two
spaces is so annoying. I realize in some cases it happens when someone
else has just pulled out, but I have seen people pull in and use
two spaces. That and the use of cell phones show a great disregard
What has happened to common courtesy over the 70 years that I’ve
lived in Larchmont?
March 6, 2004
CHANGE IS OK IF IT ADDS MORE THAN IT TAKES OUT
I write against the triumph of the status quo. As a permanent resident
but not a citizen of Larchmont, I have obviously no right to have
a say in how my taxes are spent and elective bodies take decisions,
but I would like to share my views on a few topics that agitate
the community (mainly about land by the way). The established attitude
of the partisans of the status quo towards the Kemper memorial and
now the Village land swap participate in the same religion of the
past that give our village its quaint and attractive ambiance, but
also a definite sense of living in history for the sake of it.
Social groups do not progress by constantly looking at the past
and rejecting change because it is different. Or rather, social
groups that behave this way wither and die. I will not go further
but say that any re-arrangement of the status quo that seems to
add to the collective benefits more than it takes
out from individual or collective entitlements and beliefs
should be encouraged. I don't believe that this great nation was
built on status quo.
March 3, 2004
KEMPER ISSUE NEEDS POINT/COUNTERPOINT
I don't know how the Kemper Memorial Park issue is going to be
resolved. But I do know that Tuesday evening's public meeting on
the issue at Mamaroneck High School's McLain Auditorium didn't really
solve anything, except, perhaps, to keep the flame of passion surrounding
the issue burning ever brighter.
While the intention of the organizers of the meeting was, undoubtedly
laced with hope, the reality was that the meeting was victimized
by the same old “They Said (the Mamaroneck School Board),
He Said (Richard Cantor).” The Board carefully and clearly
presented its side; Mr. Cantor carefully and clearly presented his
side. So it wasn't in the presentation that a less than successful
evening resulted. No, it was, I think, in the format of the evening.
What the School Board said it was doing with/to the Kemper Memorial
Park and why it was necessary to do so made a lot of sense to me.
What Mr. Cantor said about why the School Board was legally and
morally wrong to initiate such an action also made a lot of sense
What didn't make so much sense, however, was the way the School
Board was impugned and disrespected at most every turn, with no
chance to defend or refute these attacks.
It's one thing to stand and call the School Board a group of liars
who deliberately take action to desecrate a hallowed ground; it's
another thing to say that when you know that you are going to be
called upon to back up those strong, inflammatory statements.
It's one thing to say that the School Board has not exhausted every
possibility in its search for another playing field, because you
have presented alternatives to that School Board; it's another thing
not to offer specifics of those alternatives, such as estimated
costs and what potential building demolitions might be involved.
So my point is, how about setting up a different kind of forum
than the one that I witnessed on Tuesday. How about a meeting where
the School Board and Mr. Cantor meet in a Point/Counterpoint discussion?
This way, when one side calls the other a liar or misinformed or
left out of the discussions or worse, the other side can defend
itself on the spot.
Who knows? Perhaps an atmosphere of clarity and trust will finally
pierce the sodden, murky, impenetrable air that is currently swirling
around this issue.
And, wonder of wonders, perhaps we all will learn a valuable lesson
in the misplaced art of respect, trust and compromise.
Syl Michael Morrone
March 2, 2004
KEEP MEMORIAL AS IT WAS
I was raised in Mamaroneck and my father, grandfather, two brothers
and I were all in the service. I like to come home and see the Kemper
memorial as it always was. People like us have not got too many
years left, and we don’t want to feel as if we are pushed
February 4, 2004
DOOR CLOSED TO CHOICE IN NO CONTEST ELECTION
Last week the Democrats and Republicans in Larchmont closed the
door on choice. In the March 2004 election, there will be no contest,
no choice, for the three Village Board positions whose terms are
expiring. (See: No
Contest.) And on April 5, the same people who now hold those
seats will begin a new term. And none of us will have had a choice,
a voice, an opportunity to vote.
That is really sad.
It’s sad because there will be no League of Women Voters
debate and no meaningful discussion of issues. And there are issues,
such as the proper use of the village’s monetary surplus.
Assertions will be made and remain unchallenged, such as the one
in last week’s Larchmont Gazette, in which a Republican announced
that the board appoints Democrats and Republicans. That’s
a whitewash statement that ignores the dismissal of Democrats from
the technology committee, which is now virtually moribund.
You may say that no one came to the debates anyway and the voting
numbers have been low. But that’s begging the question. The
process being discarded does not depend upon the numbers who are
smart enough or energetic enough to participate. The process exists
because it’s essential to democratic public life.
The nolo contendere stance taken here is a throwback to
the pre-1960’s when a group of Republican men could sit around
in rocking chairs and decide who would hold the positions that ostensibly
run the village.
This decision turns its back on Democratic party history of at
least 40 years during which the Larchmont Democratic party fielded
a full slate of candidates even when the chance of winning was so
low as to be invisible. But the process, the democratic process,
was important enough to labor over and struggle over and they did.
One Democratic woman, Eileen Gallagher, was elected in the 1960’s,
followed in the 1970’s by the election of three Democrats,
Larry Lowy, Mary Jane Feuerbach and Martin Quigley. And in 1980,
we finally had a Democratic mayor when Martin was elected to that
The conditions then were what they are today. The weather could
be unpleasant for campaigning. The effort to produce campaign literature
was arduous. Money had to be raised, in small amounts, which meant
numerous citizens were contributing to the process. Same needs then
as now. And people met those needs and worked hard and frequently
By the way, if the issue is fatigue and the inability for a board
to be productive from January to March because elections are an
annual distraction, the solution could and should be to take the
steps to make the elections bi-annual. Don’t discard the electoral
I hope the door that has been closed in the faces of the Larchmont
electorate will reopen next year because I believe we have lost
something essential here. In politics and in democracy, you not
only have to talk the talk, you have to walk the walk.
Former Larchmont Mayor
January 21, 2004
KEMPER SISTER: HONOR THE DEED, KEEP THE PARK
I am Jean Kemper, the sister of Lt. Richard Kemper, for whom the
Memorial Park at the Mamaroneck High School was named. The park
was given by my parents, Adolph and Helen Kemper, to honor all of
the students from the district who lost their lives in World War
II. The deed by which the land was conveyed states unequivocally
that it was to be “held and maintained for public and school
use as a memorial in perpetuity.” My father not only made
a gift of the land, but also had it landscaped; planted with trees,
as a living memorial; furnished it with benches so students, faculty
and the public could comfortably sit to enjoy the peace of the surroundings;
and commissioned a monument on which are inscribed the names of
those who sacrificed their lives to protect our nation.
You can imagine our family’s shock when in 2001 we received
word that the School Board was planning to tear down the entire
memorial – all of it – for a parking lot and soccer
field. Now it expects us to endorse its “revised” plan
to slice the park in half and cut down 30 beautiful trees that stand
over 60 feet tall. Even more incredible, they expect us to believe
their claim that all they want to do is “enhance” the
Memorial. Just how gullible do they think we are?
We have every reason to believe that the Board is being duplicitous
and that it intends to usurp the entire property piece by piece.
First it plans to convert half to an athletic field and in a few
years to convert the rest to a parking lot, moving the monument
completely off the property. The question is not whether there should
be a field or more parking. The question is where to put them. Destroying
a memorial dedicated to those who defended our freedoms and made
our playing fields possible is not an appropriate place, especially
since there are alternative locations which do not infringe on the
Painful as all of this has been to us, what is more grievous is
the perfidy of the School Board in attacking our family, its benefactor,
and attempting to manipulate public opinion by distorting the truth.
Had it not been for our generosity, an apartment building would
occupy the land in front of the school instead of a lovely memorial
The Board’s attempts to convert the land to alternative usage
demonstrates its lack of respect and appreciation for the tremendous
sacrifices of our veterans, the sanctity of the park as a memorial,
the sacredness of the land on which it lies, the legal and ethical
commitments embodied in the deed establishing and protecting the
park, the historical significance of the park existing as it has
for over half a century, and the greater importance the land has
for the entire community as a memorial park versus parking spaces
and a soccer field. All of these values and commitments were endorsed
by the School Board back in 1945; and in accepting the gift of the
Kemper Memorial Park, that Board obligated all future Boards to
uphold its promises. It is time for the current Board to acknowledge
this obligation to honor the deed and maintain the park, to apologize
to our family and to create a new field in a more appropriate location.
January 15, 2004
BEAUTIFICATION MOOT AS LONG AS OVERHEAD WIRES REMAIN
On the subject of the proposed streetscape: street furniture (i.e.
benches and garbage recepticles), flower boxes, trees, sidewalk
surfaces, and other "beautifications" are moot so long
as the overhead utility wires, which also require the mutilation
of street trees, remain. Let us either bury these disfiguring and
dangerous utility lines, or cease the expensive but futile efforts
in other directions.
All of the other Sound Shore communities--from Pelham to Port Chester--have
now eliminated these abominations at least from the Boston Post
Road, if not elsewhere within their municipal limits. But perhaps
there is something I am missing. Why should Larchmont Village be
the only municipality on the Sound to preserve above-ground utility
wires everywhere within our boundaries?
January 14, 2003
MOVE WILL ENHANCE MEMORIAL, BENEFIT KIDS
This letter concerns the Mamaroneck community controversy over
the Kemper Memorial. My husband and I have been members of the Larchmont/Mamaroneck
community for 20 years. Our two children attended Mamaroneck Public
Schools from Kindergarten through graduation at Mamaroneck High
School, and we feel that they received superior educations.
I also write from the perspective of my professional role as a
board-certified pediatrician who has practiced in Westchester for
20 years, for the past 10 years, as the Medical Director of School
Health Services in a neighboring District
Several years ago, when I read the proposal to move the Memorial
to the very front of MHS near the flagpole, this struck me as a
brilliant and fitting way to give it much more prominence and the
importance it deserves. It was very disappointing that the Kemper/Cantor
family and Historical Society did not see the exciting possibilities
for elevating the prominence of the Memorial in the community.
I have the greatest respect for those who serve our country in
the Armed Forces. My own father and 2 uncles are all WWII veterans,
and, as a teenager, I remember hearing my grandmother relate to
me her daily distress, anxiety and the worry she lived with when
my father, her precious son, a Navy man, was stationed in the Pacific
at the tender ages of 18 to 22.
Gettysburg, Antietam, Normandy, the World Trade Center –
these places are hallowed ground where men and women fought, spilled
their blood, and gave their lives. The Kemper Memorial is a vital
symbol of the ultimate sacrifice, but no blood was spilled and no
lives were lost on this ground. This is what separates the site
from actual battlefields which are sacred ground.
The Memorial itself is of immeasurable value to our community,
but its specific location a number of yards in one direction or
another does not diminish that importance in any way.
I know by my professional role how vital the Athletic program is,
not just in building skills, but in providing students a niche within
the larger school community, and through the mentor relationship
the student athletes develop with their coaches. Indeed, for some
students who are not academically inclined, their commitment to
their sport team is what motivates them to maintain an academic
average high enough to qualify to remain on their team. Additionally,
any school-related activity in which students engage with a positive
faculty role model reduces the chances that a student will be drawn
into the negative influences and poor decision making of some adolescents
such as alcohol and other substance abuse. If teens are kept busy,
they are less likely to follow a destructive path that does not
lead to success as adults.
Therefore, the proposal to move the Memorial to make room for the
High School’s urgent need for more field space merits the
The Mamaroneck Board of Education has the responsibility for the
4500 hundred children who must be educated to ever increasing standards,
to maintain and improve our school buildings and facilities, and
to have an eye on long-term planning for the students who will be
aging up into the system for years to come.
This Board has been acting and planning responsibly. In a school
district, decisions should be student centered. The Board should
be applauded for its willingness to re-examine their plans, while
keeping the focus on the current and future needs of the children
of this community.
I urge those opposed to the current plan to take a step back. Consider
that the memories and respect we all wish to preserve for Lt. Kemper
and other MHS students and graduates who made the ultimate sacrifice
during WWII to preserve the freedom and values we Americans cherish
will be enhanced by the Board’s latest proposal, by giving
the Memorial the importance it deserves, while also serving the
needs of the future generations those brave veterans fought so hard
and sacrificed so much to protect.
I sincerely hope that this conflict can be resolved to the satisfaction
of all parties with the needs of our children uppermost in the final
Adrienne Weiss-Harrison, M.D.
January 7, 2004
VILLAGE NOT RESPONDING ON 9/11 MEMORIAL
The Larchmont Village Board continues its policy of not answering
letters of residents critical of its performance.
On December 2, 2003, I hand-delivered a letter to the Village Clerk
addressed to all the trustees in which I objected to the Board’s
failure to respond in a timely fashion to questions raised in September
in a letter from the Parks and Trees Committee that asked for direction
on a proposed 9/11 memorial for Larchmont.
On December 1, 2003, I attended a meeting of the Parks and Trees
Committee and asked what had been the follow up on the various ideas
for a 9/11 memorial
discussed at the Committee’s meeting in September 15 which
I attended. At the December 1 meeting I learned that the Committee
had sent a letter to the Board of Trustees in September outlining
certain suggestions, including the creation of a task force to be
chosen by the trustees to pursue the project, but that, as of
December 1st, no response had been received form the Board of Trustees.
The Board’s failure to respond to the Parks and Trees Committee
has delayed further planning for the memorial.
I have not received a response to my December 2 letter.
Delay in responding is part of the Village Board’s continuing
inattention to Village issues.
Thomas F. Curnin
January 5, 2004
BOARD PLAN WILLFULLY IGNORES DEED
I am adding my voice to join the chorus of others in our community
expressing dismay and outrage at the position being taken by our
Mamaroneck School Board and Superintendent on the Kemper Memorial.
Their proposal to move it and use the land for a new soccer field
not only willfully ignores the deed that established the site, but
also displays a callous indifference to the sacrifice members of
our community made to preserve our freedoms, and to the importance
of the Memorial to their loved ones, descendants and to our town.
What the Board and the Superintendent propose to do is not honorable
and it is wrong.
To the first point of law, the agreement that deeded the Kemper
Memorial in 1945 requires that the “premises ... be held and
maintained in perpetuity for public and school uses as a memorial.”
This clearly means that the very land and trees of the site, not
just the stone monument, comprise the Memorial. Just because its
placement now seems inconvenient to the Board, and they have other
uses for the space, this can afford no basis for ignoring the clear
intent of the grantors and the sacred trust that the Memorial represents.
The Board has also said that they could name the new field after
Richard Kemper, but that would not change the fact that they would
be building an athletic facility on the equivalent of a gravesite.
Regarding the second point of sacrifice, we can and should revere
the history of our community, and our memories should not be so
short as to decide that 58 years is enough time to pay tribute.
To the Kemper Memorial families, and indeed to anyone else who has
lost a loved one in the course of war or an attack on our country,
in perpetuity is not too long to remember and honor their lives
and how they gave them. The Kemper Memorial helps assure that we
will not lose the thread of, what Abraham Lincoln called, those
“mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield
and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over
this broad land.” Another soccer field would not serve the
We as a community MUST find another solution.
December 27, 2003
PUBLIC MAY OBSERVE HISTORICAL MEETING
Recently, the local media has publicized a meeting to which the
Larchmont Historical Society Board of Trustees has invited members
of the Mamaroneck School Board to discuss the School Board’s
proposals with regard to the Richard Kemper Memorial Park. This
meeting will be held at 8 pm on January 8 at the Larchmont Village
This meeting was intended as a private meeting for Historical Society
board members with the School Board representatives, as our recent
meeting with Richard Cantor (a representative of the Kemper family)
was. As this has now been announced as open to the public, we have
no problem at all with doing so in order that the public can hear
about this dispute.
However, in light of the fact that this meeting was called for
the purpose of giving our board members an opportunity to hear and
question the School Board members and for School Board members to
hear the feelings of the Historical Society board, it is my intention
to limit questions to board members, or, if time permits, dues-paying
members, of the Larchmont Historical Society. I hope that this clarifies
the nature of this upcoming meeting.
Larchmont Historical Society
December 8, 2003
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE ON KEMPER MEMORIAL
About three years ago, when I was President of the Larchmont Historical
Society, I heard that the Mamaroneck School Board was planning on
creating an athletic field and parking lot out of the Richard M.
Kemper Park. I thought that there must be some mistake because the
land in question had been donated to the School District by a grieving
family. This donation was made to not only honor their only son,
who was killed in France in l944, but to honor all of those from
the community who gave their lives in World War II. But there was
no mistake. Fortunately, to protect their donation, the Kemper family
had included a restrictive covenant in the deed. Furthermore, New
York State Education Law requires school boards to abide by the
instructions of donors.
Why should we, as a community, insist on the preservation of this
park as is? Because it provides vital insight into our community’s
history. Far more lives were lost here during World War II than
in any war, before or since. No matter where you lived, there was
a family close by who had lost a loved one. Our community grieved
and suffered. Many of the dead were not buried stateside. Others
were never buried at all because their bodies were never recovered.
Adolph and Helen Kemper’s gift, the park with its monument
and trees, helped to give all of the families and friends some closure.
It was a place to go to remember what had been and what would never
be. Thousands, if not millions, of tears were shed on this ground.
Each name represents heartbreak.
The School Board claims that their proposal means no disrespect
to these individuals. To me, it does. Honoring the individuals who
made the ultimate sacrifice is the most important thing in this
discussion and honoring the promise made to Adolph and Helen Kemper
is a close second. Both are way more important that any athletic
field. It may be difficult for Kevin O’Shea (Journal News,
Letters to the Editor, November 26, 2003) to schedule practices
but it doesn’t come close to the difficulty the community
had in dealing with the deaths of 100 young men and women in just
three and a half years. This is the only memorial that honors everyone
who lived in the Mamaroneck School District.
The School Board now says that the Kempers’ vision of a
memorial park no longer has merit because it is in the wrong location.
I beg to differ. The location is just fine and the vision is just
fine. As a matter of fact, it is perfect.
It is the duty of the School District to abide by the promises
made to a donor. If it can no longer do so, then the gift should
go back to the donor with sincere apologies. Using it for another
purpose is tantamount to theft.
November 20, 2003
GAZETTE SCOOPS NEWSWEEK ON WINE
It was with gleeful pleasure that I read in your pixels that Landmark
Vineyard's Overlook chardonnay was recommended as a most appropriate
partner to our annual Thanksgiving turkey feast.(See: Which
Wine with the Turkey?) It was indeed somewhat anticlimactic
to find this same insider's tip posted in no doubt recycled pulp
on page 92 of Newsweek magazine's November 24th issue. As a local,
who still has deep roots in the community I applaud you journalistic
formerly of Mamaroneck, NY
November 10, 2003
SPEND MONEY FOR EMPTY NESTERS, TOO
I'd love to see the money being spent on Flint Park (substantially
for kids) being matched for the enjoyment of empty nesters and seniors
on outdoor activity facilities. The latter don't seem to have the
same ability to raise large sums (note the failure of the 11 year
struggle to build a real nature center at the reservoir), but need
facilities, none the less.
December 14, 2004
Mamaroneck Candidate Thanks Her Community
I wish to thank all the people who voted for
me on November 2nd. In particular, I want to
thank my many friends in the Latino, Jewish,
African, Asian and Italian-American communities.
This was a broad coalition and a broad representation
of the village that supported the Democratic
Party campaign. I also want to thank the people
who, while not residents of the Village of
Mamaroneck, supported me wholeheartedly.
The majority of those of you who voted for
me did not know me before Labor Day. However,
you took a good, hard look at my record and
what I have accomplished in my life and you
decided that I was going to represent you before
the Board of Trustees of the Village of Mamaroneck.
I am truly honored.
Although I was 138 votes away from our goal,
I can assure you that your vote was not lost
and it was not in vain. Your support has given
me the impetus and motivation to continue being
involved in the affairs of our village. We
are not going away, we will be here and we
will be very vigilant in making sure that our
voices are heard, our power is demonstrated
and our hopes and dreams are pursued.
A lot of work lies ahead, but together, we
can strive to make our vibrant, mixed and multicultural
community better integrated and represented.
I urge you to support Trustee Tom Murphy and
the rest of the Board of Trustees by attending
their meetings on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of
every month and expressing your needs and opinions
as often as possible.
Thank you again for everything that you have
done and continue to do for the betterment
of our beloved Village of Mamaroneck. Happy
holidays to everyone.
Village of Mamaroneck
Help Playland by Welcoming Boaters
What Do We Have? An historic amusement park, with a beautiful
beach, wonderful pool, concerts, a large
picnic area, a lake, an ice skating casino,
fireworks, an environmental center, a natural
wood, “easy on your feet,” boardwalk
with great views of Long Island Sound, a
modern safe dock with a nice fishing area,
miniature golf, plenty of food choices and
all the ice cream anyone could want.
What Do We Need? A plan that will help ensure the financial
stability of our park while preserving its’ landmark
attractions and still keep it affordable
to everyone who wants to enjoy what it has
How Do We Get It? One way to help accomplish this, without bringing
more vehicular traffic into the area, would
be to tap into the thousands of regional
boaters looking for places to go with their
families and friends. With a minimal financial
investment on the part of Westchester County
and with help from potential federal and
state grants, earmarked for transient boaters,
and public waterfront access, giving recreational
boaters access to Rye Playland seems to make
lots of sense. The additional money these
boaters would be spending in the park could
be a big help toward preserving and enhancing
this wonderful facility. It could become
a real “destination location” for
day boaters as well as long-range cruisers.
Whether by setting up a mooring field, a dinghy
beach landing area or launch service to our
fine new dock, the County has an opportunity
to “break new ground” in making
our “treasure” available to an
even wider circle of fans, enthusiasts and
Yacht Clubs and boaters from up and down the
Sound, the Hudson River, the South Shore of
L.I. and even the Jersey Shore are always looking
for new places to go. Let’s make it easy
for them to come visit us.
With all the boating and business interests
we have here in Westchester County, we should
be able to make this happen, and it shouldn’t
have to cost County taxpayers a bundle, either.
Councilman, Town of Mamaroneck
Outgoing Mamaroneck Trustee Offers Thanks
Thank you to the Village of Mamaroneck, village
staff, the appreciative residents, and to the
ever-supportive Board of Trustees. Thank you
to my friends and family members who made being
a trustee of the Village of Mamaroneck possible
for the past two years.
While having lost this past election by such
a slim margin should have left me feeling sad
and defeated, it has not. I am so grateful
that our ticket was able to win two seats in
a national election when the forecast for the
success of the Republican Party was dismal
and the countywide results reflected this.
My dear friends and running mates, Joe Angilletta
and Tony Vozza, will continue the good work
they have begun.
I am so glad that I did in fact achieve so
many things that I set out to do when I took
office. Who thought two years would go by so
quickly? Knowing the fickle nature of politics
one of my goals was to set things in motion
that would survive past my time on the board.
I can say that this has been done. To name
a few, the well reported 132 “leaks” will
be completely repaired well ahead of schedule
and water quality readings are improving; we
have also received one $50,000 grant which
the village is preparing to put to work. The
Village of Mamaroneck is now “on the
map” as a municipality that is serious
about water quality, the environment and getting
tough jobs done. Best of luck to the current
Village of Mamaroneck
With Election Behind Us, We Can Help Troops
the election is behind us and we begin to contemplate
the holidays, it seems timely
to remember that our troops in Iraq are still there—and
are there for the long haul. I came across
the following suggestions as
to how we can support our men and women in
the military, and I thought your readers might
like to know of them:
Donate frequent-flier miles: In
the largest R&R program since Vietnam,
as many as 470 soldiers a day in the Middle
East go on two-week
leaves. The military flies them to three airports
in the U.S., but soldiers then
foot the bill for connections to their hometowns.
Operation Hero Miles (heromiles.org)
has already contributed 540 million miles to
resulting in 22,600 roundtrip flights.
Foster a military pet: Many
called to active duty are forced to put their
pets in shelters
or give them away. Apply at netpets.org to
foster a dog, cat or bird for six months.
Give the gift of talk: Visit
to see how you can help troops get free calling
Care packages for soldiers:
The historic tradition of sending a package
to "any soldier" is
more difficult in an era of terrorism. However, one
proud father of a U.S. Army solider serving
in Iraq has set up a web site, and with his
son has devised a system for sending care
packages. The website is anysoldier.us and it is full of recommendations on items
the soldiers need today.
Send some fun: For $20, the
American Red Cross will ship a package of snacks,
games to a service member. Contact your local
chapter about Treasures for Troops (trianglearc.org).
Article on POW Reminds of Sacrifices for
Ned Benton's article on What
Happened to Master Sgt. MacDonnell is excellent. It
is just the kind of reporting that brings to
life the incredible
sacrifices of those who went before us and
reminds us that people of all walks of American
life served to protect the freedoms of others.
All too often we see memorials that have been
ignored for generations that stand for real
people having given their lives for us in
the most painful ways. Well done!
Impressions of an Election Worker: Nov 2,
On election day, I served as an election inspector
for district 12 in the Town of Mamaroneck at
the Murray Avenue School voting location. It
was an incredible and interesting experience.
Seeing elderly people in walkers slowly making
their way and first time voters needing instruction
in the mechanics of the operation of the levers
in the booth was both moving and rewarding.
I saw parents who wanted to bring their children
into the booth to bear witness to our
process and a teacher who wanted her students
to see the process from both inside and outside
I noticed how differently people approached us to sign in, some impatient and
anxious to be done, most patient and enthusiastic.
And I was able to observe the various
expressions of many people exiting the booth,
reflections of their sense of satisfaction
and pride sometimes coupled with what seemed like a "now we will have to wait and see" posture.
Regardless of (or maybe in spite of!) the
outcome, it made me proud to be an American.
Does Dem Candidate Have
a Conflict of Interest?
An apparent conflict of interest has been
exposed. Buried in the criticism being thrown
out by candidates Tom Murphy, Elsa Puerto-Rubin
and Guy Zerega regarding this Board’s
handling of the police matter, the candidates
have brought to light questions of where their
allegiances rest and whether they are able
to adequately defend the village.
During the campaign, we have been aware that
candidate Tom Murphy has spoken with one of
the suspended officers on more than one occasion.
It was revealed on the night of the debate
that this selfsame officer has been known by
the Internet handle “oneinsaneguy” and
that he also posted on his Internet profile
under “Hobbies & Interests” the
“What are they looking for when they
give cops psychological screenings? I’ve
heard of cops who murder, rape, steal, use
drugs, and abuse their power. Ya even hear
of cops who blow their brains out with their
own service weapon. But the one thing you never
ever hear about is a cop killing one of those
no good dirt bag bosses who’s causing
all that misery for him. Think About It!!”
As we sit in one capacity as the
Board of Police Commissioners, residents can
that it would have been irresponsible and unsafe
to speak with this individual. We may then
question what gain did Mr. Murphy seek in speaking
with such an individual? Although this question
may have been on our minds, a greater question
came about when Mr. Murphy said at the debate,
in summary, the current Board has made every
decision the lawyer for the police officers
has wanted them to make!
Now the question is begged, how often and when
has Mr. Murphy been meeting with the attorney
for the suspended officers? This is the same
attorney who stands to profit handsomely
from suing the village and other municipalities.
It is our opinion that Mr. Murphy’s
action in speaking with the suspended officer
is in fact naive and misguided. He is playing
One of the suspended officers has been seen
publicly attired in a t-shirt which states “Future
Millionaire” rather than one that says “Defending
As anyone present could see, three of the suspended officers were prominently
present at the League Debate, sitting in the front row in support of the
Democratic candidates, heckling and making menacing gestures to us. Another
officer has also publicly expressed his support of the 3 Democratic candidates
by posting their election sign on his lawn.
This has been an unfortunate situation that
this Board inherited and that we have handled
responsibly. Despite these events, this Board
has many accomplishments, which we are proud
Christie L. McEvoy-Derrico
Village of Mamaroneck Trustees
Law Enforcement Ethnic Categories Hurt Hispanics
Once again, in the case of the Bonner kidnappings
and killing, the term Hispanic is being used
inappropriately. As a Puerto Rican and very
proud member of the Hispanic community, I have
protested in the past, and protest now the
use by New York and national law enforcement
of ethnic categories that discriminate against
My protesting is aimed first at any mention
of ethnicity, since an entire community should
not be funneled into a crime committed by one
particular person. Second, if law enforcement
needs to provide physical characteristics of
criminals, the ethnic categories amount to
little more than racial guesses, and are likely
to be more hurtful than helpful.
In November, 2001, I protested vehemently
the categorizing of a black, alleged sex offender
per Megan’s Law, as a “Non-Hispanic.” After
looking for support from local officials, only
Town Supervisor Valerie O’Keeffe was
courageous enough to join in my protest and
write a letter to the State of New York Division
of Criminal Justice Services.
The chilling response only furthered my resolve
that Hispanics need to take more control of
the voting booth and our communities, because
in the databases, we are the first community
to be "assumed" as the culprit and
originator of any crime. The response from
New York State stated, "...as published
in the National Incident Based Reporting System
Volume 1: Data Collection Guidelines, the only
authorized entries in the ethnicity field are
Hispanic Origin, Not of Hispanic Origin and
Unknown." Are we the only criminals? Where
are all the other ethnic groups on the form?
I challenge the District Attorney’s
office to take notice that the crime data collection
system amounts to racial and ethnic discrimination
against Hispanics. This system contributes
to our prison population and denies us employment
and housing. It hinders any progress with the
county's day laborers, who contribute every
day even as they are discriminated against.
I challenge the District Attorney and all
other legal and judicial departments to force
corrections on all New York State ethnic data
collection systems as aggressively as possible,
even if this requires suing the Division of
Criminal Justice Services for promoting discrimination.
September 15, 2004
Concerned That Day Laborers
are Losing Work
I am writing on behalf of the Hispanic Resource
Center of Larchmont and Mamaroneck in response
to the September 9 column "Rethinking
the Solitary Approach: Day Labor in Mamaroneck
An Issue for the Entire Community" by
Bob Degen about the day laborers who gather
As President of the Resource Center, I greatly
appreciate efforts being made by Village of
Mamaroneck officials, notably Mayor Philip
Trifiletti, Police Chief
Ed Flynn and Chairman Robert Degen of the Trimunicipal
Human Rights Commission, with whom we met to
discuss our mutual concerns about the laborers
recent beefed-up police presence at their gathering
place. We are encouraged by our mutual belief
in the workers’ right to pursue work,
which is a crucial step in
these immigrant laborers becoming productive
members of our community. We also look forward
to our continued joint efforts to establish
a new village-sanctioned site for the laborers
where they and potential employers can meet
in an organized and systematic
manner that will best benefit the laborers,
the individuals they work for
and the community.
However, we are unnerved by the recent increase
in police presence at the current Columbus
Park site, and are concerned that this could
mean the laborers’ right
to congregate is not as secure as we previously
have been led to
believe. Complaints about the day laborers
intimidating persons near the site are
largely unfounded and exaggerated and have
been offered as justification for an increased
police presence geared toward intimidating
the workers lawfully
assembled in that area. In turn, both a number
of the workers and their potential employers
have stayed away from the site since the police
appeared, meaning many
workers have gone without jobs – and
money to pay their families’ rent, food
and utility bills – for almost four weeks.
It is crucial that the village, the laborers
and their advocates find a viable means that
would enable the workers to continue to find
the work they need to be
productive members of our community while eliminating
the problems that have been reportedly occurring
at Columbus Park.
We are anxious to continue our efforts with
the Board of Trustees and our joint quest for
a new laborer site that will meet the needs
of all community
members. Until that goal is reached, however,
we remain committed to protecting the rights
of the laborers’ whose main goals are
to find jobs that will allow them to
feed, clothe and house their families.
President, Board of Directors
Center of Larchmont and Mamaroneck
British Visitor Gets Rescue & Lift from LFD
delighted to see your Gazette on the internet
whilst searching for an item in Larchmont as
I wish to relate a great experience I had in
Larchmont whilst visiting my daughter who lives
I went for an early morning walk and
got lost. Eventually I was delighted to see
a fire engine. On hearing where I lived
the driver insisted on taking me to my daughter's
house where we were staying and let me phone
my wife to say that I was returning in a
fire engine. My wife told our grandchildren,
gave me a thunderous applause on my return
as they couldn't believe I was returning
in a fire engine. I enjoyed the short journey
as it was my first ride in a fire engine
was also so pleased that I gave my grandchildren
the pleasure they got out of the incident.
The firemen aboard were very warm and friendly,
and when I thanked them, they
expressed their pleasure in helping me and
busy anyway. My only experience of fire engines
in London is hearing them loudly ringing
and almost running me over.
Please pass my thanks to the fire station.
I will be in Larchmont again in November
to look carefully where I am walking.
London, United Kingdom
August 26, 2004
On August 2, 2004, the Elmsford Fire Company
held a Benefit Blood Drive in the name of 4-year-old
Jimmy Arena. Our pleas for help went out through
LMC-TV's Eileen Mason's cable show and the
Larchmont Gazette. Your community responded!
The Hudson Valley Blood Service claims we
set a record, collecting 82 pints of blood
96 people in five hours. This blood benefits
the various communities while assisting Jimmy.
As the chairman for this event, I would like
to express my appreciation and thanks to
those who helped us make this blood drive successful.
Again, thank you and God bless you all.
Elmsford Fire Department
Taxes Should be Central Theme of Assembly
Mr. Latimer has made taxes a central theme
of his campaign and he should. He has a very
clear voting record on where he stands on our
taxes and how the money is spent at the county
level. As chairman of the county legislature
he raised the legislature’s budget by
45% and increased property taxes in 2003 by
15%, presumably as revenues started to fall
off. Are there not other ways to plan for a “rainy
day” as the county cut some taxes in
the late 1990’s instead of increasing
taxes when people are losing their jobs and
can’t afford increased property taxes?
I agree with him that this entire election
for the 91st Assembly District in his words “is
about openness and inclusion”. As of
this writing, we still do not have a state
budget, do we really need another tax and spending
approach in Albany?
Let's make sure the debate on taxes and spending
are as open and inclusive as he desires. This
is not about a “bait and switch” on
issues, these are real true issues that every
voter in the 91st must be concerned about.
Can we afford to live in the 91st AD, becomes
a real question for every voter. Does Mr. Latimer
bring the same old solutions to a forum in
Albany that has the shortest debate time in
the country on legislation that actually makes
it to the floor?
Albany desperately needs to seek new and smart
ways to fund the programs and provide solutions
we need as citizens of the 91st. We need people
there who are “regular men and women” who
bring fresh, real, and new approaches to solving
problems, not to just go with the flow.
I hope the voters of the 91st Assembly race
follow this real debate that calls us all to
be involved because it impacts us all on where
and how we live.
Rye, New York
August 6, 2004
Clippings Out Too Early: Guilty!
The Town of Mamaroneck now has achieved a
level of policing comparable with Stockbridge.
In an experience eerily similar to the story
of Alice’s Restaurant garbage, I was
summoned to appear in Town Court at 7 pm
for putting out our organic waste too soon
collection. By organic waste I mean the grass
cuttings collected from several lawns cut by
Well folks, there I was, squeezed between
a rape case and drug possession, appearing
before a tough judge saying she had no choice
in the matter but to fine me $25. I considered
some form of social protest but then thought
better about it remembering all the trouble
Arlo Guthrie got into after just trying to
be neighborly by disposing of Alice’s
garbage on a day when the garbage dump was
A few cases before me was an elderly woman
who claimed she couldn’t drag the bag
with the grass cuttings back onto her lawn
because it was too heavy. The judge let her
off but advised her to get some help in the
future. Then there was the family on vacation. “You
are still responsible for your grass cutting
even if you are on vacation.”
And then there was me. No contest. I didn’t
even know there was regulation because in the
12 years we’ve lived here (and paid over
$200,000 in taxes), it has never been a problem. “Ignorance
is no excuse! Guilty!”
So the Town has seen fit to drag tax-paying
citizens into court and clutter the calendar
with grass clippings. Couldn’t we have
gotten a warning? Or perhaps have it handled
like a traffic ticket? But, I must admit watching
the parade of criminals going before the judge
was like being in the live audience for Judge
Judy. A good diversion from my usual dinner
with the family.
Historic Harbor Street Fair: Organizers Thank
As the organizers of the 2004 Historic Harbor
Street Fair in the Village of Mamaroneck, we
would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation
to the hundreds of volunteers and an estimated
over 30,000 fairgoers who helped us make this
year’s event a huge success. The event
obviously had grown in popularity since its
inception last year, and the feedback from
so very many people who attended has been extremely
positive and enthusiastic. Miraculously, as
we hoped, it was even bigger and better than
We can’t possibly name everyone who contributed
limitless volunteer hours in this letter, but
we are thankful that the Village Board took
the initiative to honor so many of our hardest
workers with Certificates of Appreciation at
the last board meeting. I do hope you know
how much we treasured working with our whole
team, our “fair family,” plus having
the wonderful opportunity to work with our
village government officials and staff. Special
thanks must be given to our public works, police,
fire and EMS departments who helped make the
event safe, clean, and ensured the comfort
of all who attended.
We created this event to unite the village
and to show the best of what we have to offer
to those who live outside our boundaries. From
the beautiful harbor to the fine shops, movies,
theatre and eateries in our central business
district (Mamaroneck Avenue area), Mamaroneck
Village is truly a great destination. We were
happy to showcase our international restaurants,
our local artists, our commitment to water
quality and the environment, our cultural offerings,
our non-profit organizations, our gorgeous
waterfront park, and our local merchants. We
hope that in the days ahead, you and your families
will continue to enjoy our “friendly
village” -- our glittering gem by the
Sound, and the place we are lucky to be able
to call “home.”
Many thanks again to all who helped make
the Historic Harbor Street Fair a memorable
for us to treasure for a lifetime.
Carolyn Pomeranz &
Sunny Goldberg 2004
Elmsford Asks for Larchmont Help
with Blood Drive
I am writing to our friends in Larchmont
surrounding area for your help. Four year-old
Jimmy Arena, of Purdy's, NY,
has had two very difficult brain-surgery
operations with limited
success to remove a life-threatening brain
tumor. Chemotherapy must be
used to try to destroy the rest of his tumor.
It will take months of
relentless treatments at the Westchester
County Medical Center followed
with rehabilitation therapy at Blythdale
Children's Hospital in
Valhalla. He needs your help!
When the Elmsford Fire Department learned
of this little boy's plight,
Elmsford Fire Company #1 organized a blood
drive for him to be held on
August 2, 2004, with the Hudson Valley Blood
Service. It will be from
3:30 pm. until 8:30 pm at the Elmsford Fire
Company #1, 144 East
Main Street (Rt. 119), Elmsford, NY. We are
asking everyone who can to
please come and donate blood in Jimmy's name.
Thank you so much to our
caring friends of Larchmont. Info @ 917-662-9107.
Good News that Latimer Will Run for
It was refreshing, then exhilarating, to learn
that George Latimer will seek election this
fall to represent our communities in the New
York State Assembly.
unbounded optimism and faith in the ideals
of politics distinguish him from many other
public servants. He never shirks a question.
He always gives you a reasoned and pragmatic
response. Where there is no obvious solution,
George offers alternatives grounded in favorable
compromise. He believes in our communities
and works honestly for the support of those
that share different views. George’s
grace and devotion to our communities has earned
him not only our vote, but also our trust.
Yes, it was a real boost to hear the great
news this week.
June 18, 2004
Thanks for Print Gazette
I must compliment you on your first two print
editions - they make the best reading of any local
publications which arrive here. And I do like
print as you can go back to it, and don't get
wiped out, ever! Thanks for continuing to keep
us informed and aware of what's going on in the
community. In particular, the photos of the graduating
class of 2004 were wonderful. We have no children
in the school system now, but I'm sure everyone
appreciated seeing them. Usually there are photos
of the valedictorian and a couple of others --
your decision to show them all was super.
Teach Children to Keep Covenant on Kemper
The attention span of our generation is so
short lived and that is quite sad. It is “out
with the old and in with the new,” regardless
of what promises were made. More than 50 years
ago a memorial was dedicated and a covenant
made. The responsibility for that covenant
has now shifted to our generation and we should
not shirk from it because it may conflict with
our wants and needs. And we should not teach
our children that shirking from responsibility
is warranted or condoned under any circumstances.
To do so would be far more damaging than any
benefit derived from a new playing field. We
owe the previous generation a tremendous debt
of gratitude for the sacrifices they made on
our behalf, and shirking our responsibility
would only justify future generations from
doing the same.
I ask those who are for moving the Kemper Memorial to take a step back and
think for a moment… With all the anguish and emotion currently being
expended in developing a fitting memorial for the victims of 9/11/01, what
would your reaction be if in 50 years the next generation decided to move it
to what they believe to be a more “appropriate location” so they
can “make room for their children.” If our generation is so willing
to disregard covenants made with past generations, how can we blame the future
generations from doing the same?
May 18, 2004
EMPLOYMENT FOR L/M (ELM) CLOSING
Since 1999, Employment for Larchmont and
Mamaroneck (ELM) has pursued its mission of
developing connections between employers and
in our local area. In the past five years we
have placed hundreds of people in full and
part-time jobs. These employees are our neighbors
who needed extra assistance when entering or
returning to the job market. They received
one-on-one help with resume writing, interview
techniques and job-hunting skills. Our Summer
Youth Job Program has provided at-risk youths
with meaningful job experience and invaluable
workplace and life skills training. We have
worked side-by-side with many community organizations,
leveraging our experience and skills to help
make our community a better place to live and
ELM’s Board of Directors is made up of volunteers who have spent thousands of
hours identifying the need in the community, honing and delivering ELM’s message
and raising the funds to carry out our mission. Due to the many demands on the
time of the generous volunteers in our community, the Board has been unable to
recruit enough leaders to perpetuate its mission with the quality and integrity
that the community has come to expect. It is, therefore, with deep regret that
the Board of ELM has decided to cease the agency’s operations as of June 1, 2004.
We will, however, run a Summer Youth Job Program this summer and work to find
another organization to continue it in the future.
Many people contributed to ELM’s success over the years but special mention must
go to our founding Executive Director, Leslie Josel. Leslie’s unique combination
of determination, foresight and expertise enabled ELM to exceed the Board’s expectations.
As she moves on to new endeavors we wish her the best of luck and greatest success.
Thank you for your support of ELM. We are grateful for the confidence you showed
in us and are proud of the good work we did together.
Cindy Goldstein, ELM President
Leslie J. Josel, Executive Director
VETERAN/HISTORIAN FOR SCHOOL'S BUDGET & PARK
As a veteran and a historian, I support the
school budget, including plans for the Kemper
Memorial and a needed field for our children.
As a veteran, I appreciate the board’s
respectful balance of past and future. Enhancing
the monument on its original plot, we honor
the sacrifice of past students, while a new
field benefits current and future students.
A Memorial field fits the letter and generous
spirit of the deed, which envisioned “public
and school uses as a memorial.”
Some have complained about “entitlement.” Adding
a field is just the opposite: more fields,
more kids play. It would be a cruel irony if
those who claim to speak for our children handicap
our children. Elite athletes will always get
space, and affluent families can find private
schools or towns with open land, but another
field at our community’s school will
be like the science club or Shakespeare, enlarging
opportunities for all our kids.
As a historian, I respect the past. I also
know it can be used to constrict the present,
shriveling the noble spirit of those we would
honor. Some argue that the monument’s
technically exact spot is sacred, but it was
available property, money, and compromise that
determined the placement. It’s not precise
location but the memories that are sacred.
We should be grateful that this dispute has
renewed attention on our community memorial,
which had become obscure and rarely visited.
Enhanced, it will again belong to all of us,
a revered site for our entire Larchmont-Mamaroneck
community to honor sacred memories.
April 29, 2004
SHOCK AT BOARD VOTE BEFORE TERMS KNOWN
I was shocked to learn that the trustees
are planning to consider and possibly vote
proposed swap of Larchmont Village parkland,
Monday, May 3. At the end of the Village
board meeting, March 29, Mayor Bialo stated
that no action
be taken without making the actual proposal
available for public review and comment. Village
residents were promised an open process, but
this does not seem to be occurring when the
terms of the swap are unknown.
What do the
trustees hope to accomplish by moving the
issue quickly and with minimal public reaction?
action may bring closure to the issue but
the cost will be a divided community.
LIBRARY BUDGET: HAVING TO DO MORE WITH
Given the recent discussion about the budget
of the Village of Larchmont, I would like to
clarify some of the issues surrounding the
Larchmont Public Library’s budget. As
on April 15 (New Board Faces Difficult
Budget) pointed out, the Village
and the Library face the same
factors--huge increases mandated by the state
retirement fund and health insurance, along
with increases in general liability insurance,
which are impacting the budgets of every village,
town, library and school district in New York
It should be noted at the outset that the
to a cost of $66,899 for the Village. (The
Village and Town have a contractual arrangement
to fund the Library, and the Town is responsible
for 58% of the Library’s budget.)
The Library is doing more with less, and has
been doing so for some time. The Library’s
budget for books is once again flat for the
third straight year despite the fact circulation
increased by 25% in the past year.
Other facts about the Larchmont Public Library
-- Our operating expense per capita places
Larchmont below Chappaqua, Bronxville, Scarsdale,
Katonah, Irvington, White Plains and Croton
-- Our operating expense per circulation transaction
is among the lowest in the county: we rank
28th of the 38 libraries.
--LPL is the eighth-busiest library of the
38 public libraries based on the number of
circulations per hour open (93), and two of
the seven libraries ranked above us have more
than one building factored into this calculation.
This library is well used by the community
it serves. Our reference librarians answered
45,100 reference questions during 2003. Programs
at the Library covered a plethora of subjects,
from music and arts to career counseling and
resume-writing. 4,772 adults and 6,980 children
attended these programs in 2003.
We know that the Village and Town Boards understand
and appreciate the excellent work and oversight
of the Library’s Board of Trustees, all
of whom are residents of this community. We
also know that they value this Library and
its staff that works hard to serve the public
from cradle to grave. The Library is the hub
of education, information and recreation for
the entire community.
Diane T. Courtney, MLS, MPA
Director, Larchmont Public Library
GAZETTE SETTING QUALITY EXAMPLE
Congratulations as you begin your third year
of online publication. Your announcement that
the Gazette will also take form as a printed
monthly means that even more residents will
be able to experience your fair and balanced
coverage of news and important local events.
It has been a pleasure to watch this valuable
online newspaper take shape and grow better
and better with each passing edition. The
Gazette provides a real service to Larchmont
communities by setting a quality journalistic
example in this age when editorial viewpoints
of some media outlets seem to drift off the
op-ed pages and into news reporting.
Keep up the good work!
Alisa H. Kesten
New Rochelle, NY
EMAIL/PRINT GAZETTE: OPTION WOULD BE GOOD
I am sure it will be a good move for you to
decide to have the Larchmont Gazette in print.
However, I am very happy with the email version!
It is concise; it arrives always on time; it
is an excellent publication and a relatively
low burden on our environment.
I note that everyone with a zip code 10538
will receive your publication in print -
That is what I object to. I would like to
opt out for such a delivery: no paper clutter
no time investment on my behalf to dispose
of it (read: recycle).
You would do your readers’ circle a
justifiable favor by giving them the option
of receiving a printed copy as well.
Frank .C. Buddingh'
POLITICS BEFORE PROGRESS
Trustee Anne McAndrews is doing her best to
bring political gridlock to the Village of
Larchmont. At the Larchmont Village Board meeting
March 16th, I was shocked to hear Trustee McAndrews’ call
for an “auxiliary task force” to
re-evaluate the plans for the expansion and
renovation in Flint Park, a project that will
revitalize a long-forgotten waterfront area,
and expand and upgrade sorely needed playing
Over the last 14 months there have been hundreds
of volunteer hours spent, along with consultant
Monroe Eberlin, in creating, reviewing, and
revising numerous times the plans for the back
field and waterfront area. The result was quite
an accomplishment. A design strongly supported
by both our youth sports leadership (Baseball,
Soccer, Lacrosse), and our residents interested
in a revitalized waterfront/environmental area.
This plan has been on display at Village Hall
for the last four months, and there have been
public hearings for residents’ comments
at a minimum of four separate board meetings
since November. By the final public hearing
on February 2, 2004 there were no further comments
made from residents or from Village board members.
A process that spanned ten months in creation
and four months of soliciting feedback had
reached a rare point where all interested parties
were on board with the final plan.
Subsequent to this, a single resident stepped
forward to suggest that the Village Board engage
in a master plan for Flint Park prior to moving
ahead with the expansion and renovation of
the waterfront and ball fields. Trustee McAndrews,
without any opposition to the plans through
the previous fourteen months, has apparently
decided to take up this residents’ cause
with her own call for this “auxiliary
task force”. She went so far as to suggest
the possibility of relocating the road that
runs through the Park as part of a complete
redesign, a plan that would likely run into
multi-millions of dollars.
I don’t know if Trustee McAndrews actions
were simply meant to be a political distraction,
or whether she is attempting to hold up the
progress of a Village effort that is a true
win/win for the entire community. Either way,
I would call for Trustee McAndrews to focus
on the needs of the Village as a whole and
drop any opposing efforts to moving this forward.
Philip A. Johanson
DC MARCH ABOUT MUCH MORE THAN ABORTIONS
I take exception to the writer criticizing
for Women's Lives" organized by Planned Parenthood and other organizations,
set for April 25, 2004 in Washington, D.C.
The march is a protest against the unprecedented
attacks on women's reproductive rights perpetrated
by this administration. It is not a march by
people who advocate abortion on a whim, but
by those who want it to be, as President Clinton
declared, "safe, legal, and rare."
That is why Planned Parenthood concentrates
on all aspects of reproductive rights: the "morning after" pill, contraception, sex education, testing
for sexually transmitted diseases, mammograms, prenatal care, and health education.
Abortions are only a small part of our agenda, but a crucial one when necessary,
and a right that has be affirmed and reaffirmed by the Supreme Court for over
As for bringing children to the march, it
is not to teach them that abortion is a casual
event, but about teaching them that individuals
have a right to make their voices heard. It's
about teaching our children that peaceful protest
can accomplish much, for there is strength
in numbers and the chance to speak with an
Judith D. Widmann
Board Member, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic
FOR REAL ELECTIONS AND GOOD MANNERS
Although I now live in
Virginia, I lived in the Village of Larchmont
for 46 years (1955-2001) and
have voted in many Village and Town of Mamaroneck elections--hardly any of them
contested. You have an excellent
point. Uncontested elections don't give the voters a choice. (See Editorial:
We Need Real Elections for Real Democracy.)
made by party committees, a handful of what
might be called semi-professional local politicians, for whom this unpaid work
is a hobby; but it is also a public service. And democracy is not entirely absent,
because any citizen who wants to be a political activist
and help to select the
candidates--or to actually be a candidate--is free to do so if he or she has
the time and energy to do the work.
another problem with your call for "real elections." Sadly, the American
culture is in a period where good manners are
not valued much, and angry, even insulting "in your face" exchanges
among public figures are common. I fear that your "real elections" might
import that ugly style into Larchmont. Well--how about real elections with
good manners? Not
Wallace Irwin Jr.
MOVING MEMORIAL WON'T SOLVE FIELD NEED
Since 2001, the Kemper Memorial and the Kemper
Park Property at Mamaroneck High School have
been at the heart of a contentious issue that
places the very tangible needs of the school
district and municipalities for practice and
playing fields against the conventions that
embody the fundamental values of our community.
The Mamaroneck UFSD Board of Education has
taken on the burden of trying to resolve this
increasingly heated and disruptive quandary,
which we believe calls for all our community-wide
governing bodies to open their good offices
and provide the necessary leadership, resources
At the February 24 board meeting meeting
at MHS, the board coherently presented a detailed
report of the athletic needs of our school
and community. Included in the details were:
* The District sponsors 30 “field” teams (600 students), requiring
246 games and 1,944 practices. There are requests to increase intramural and
other athletic opportunities, which cannot be accommodated due to lack of field
* Community youth programs requiring athletic fields have greatly expanded
and now have over 5,000 participants with 2,500 games and 6,000 practices.
* Approximately 70% of the district’s athletic program currently must
be conducted on municipal fields.
Unmistakably our community has far greater
needs than one, new, varsity athletic field.
We obviously require a broad-based, comprehensive,
community-wide plan that will provide the greatest
number of fields for all our athletic participants,
not just high school varsity athletes. We believe
it is time for all our tri-municipal leaders
and school district authorities to work in
concert and become fully engaged in alleviating
our communities’ needs for additional
practice and playing fields, since these needs
transcend the domain of all three local governments
and the school board.
We are petitioning the school board to drop
the current plan of moving the Kemper Memorial
and rearranging the donated parcels of land.
The current plan is far too hurtful, and still
does not address, nor resolve the overall needs
of the community. Certainly, we are not interested
in having the Kemper Memorial issue be a line
item within our school budget this May, as
is being considered.
We are appealing to the authorities from the Town of Mamaroneck, the Village
of Mamaroneck and the Village of Larchmont to roll up their sleeves and become
fully immersed in the issue of providing open spaces for athletic pursuits.
We are imploring our neighbors to come together
to encourage our elected community officials
to resolve this matter.
Jane Marsella Schumer
WE CAN MAKE ROOM FOR CHILDREN & HONOR VETS
I attended the meeting on February 24 at the
Mamaroneck High School to hear the debate about
the possible moving of the Kemper Park Memorial,
which honors local men and women killed in
World War II. I was in favor of allowing the
Mamaroneck School Board to reposition the memorial
to accommodate a much-needed athletic field
before I attended the meeting, and I am even
more in favor of it now.
The school board’s thoughtful plan, arrived
at with much input from all sides, would move
the veterans’ memorial approximately
40 yards closer to the main entrance of the
high school. The memorial would be more beautiful
and more accessible than it is now. More people
would know about the memorial, more would visit
the memorial and even more would think about
what these brave local men and women sacrificed
for our country.
Opponents seem to think that moving the memorial
(no one is buried on the land) a tiny distance
is horrible. They say those of us in favor
are teaching our children that history and
sacrifice don’t matter, that we are breaking
a promise to those gone before.
I couldn’t disagree more. By thinking
and talking about this so much, I know that
my children will learn that in Larchmont-Mamaroneck
we not only remember
what these veterans did, but we also honor them by taking so much time to make
Would the veterans listed on the memorial
want us to fight over where we stand to honor
them? I don’t think so. Life is about compromise. Let’s
show the world we can be different and make the best decision for those living
and dead. Let’s make room for the children to play in this crowded town
and honor the veterans at the same time.
DON'T DIVIDE KEMPER MEMORIAL PARK
In 1945, the Kemper family purchased three
parcels of land, demolished buildings and cleaned
the site for a memorial park dedicated to the
99 men and woman who died in World War II from
the Mamaroneck School District. They built
the memorial and deeded the park to the Mamaroneck
School District. Now the Board of Education
wants to use part of one parcel to build a
roadway and use a piece of it for a playing
field as well as move the Memorial itself!
They justify this by saying the Memorial would
still be on one of the original parcels, and
additional land would be used on the outside
of the original park. They originally started
this without notifying the Kemper family.
The Kemper family is opposed to this, as well
they should be. While there is a need in Mamaroneck
for additional playing fields, it should not
be accomplished by dividing up Kemper Memorial
Park. Both the Villages of Larchmont & Mamaroneck
are making master plans for additional playing
fields in Flint Park and Harbor Island Park.
The School Board is focusing on two words in
the original deed to accomplish this. They
are “School Use”; they are ignoring
the rest of the deed which states that the
entire park would remain a memorial park. That
does not mean you use adjacent land to keep
the original size and move the boundaries of
the original park. I believe this will be a
terrible mistake, the ramification of which
Does this mean that any donated land and memorials
can be moved arbitrarily? Is nothing sacred
anymore? It is beyond me why anyone in the
future would donate any land, building, or
memorial to a school or municipality if their
wishes are not to be followed as is the case
here. The Kemper family has been very outspoken
against it. The wishes of the family that so
lovingly made the donation and built the memorial
to their son and fellow classmates should be
followed and honored.
THANKS TO TOWN FOR SKATING AT "DUCK POND"
I would like to thank and commend the Town
of Mamaroneck for the special job they do making
it possible for us to skate on the "duck
pond" in Larchmont Gardens. I didn't grow
up with a place to skate outdoors, so I feel
particularly fortunate that my children have
the opportunity to skate on a scenic pond with
friends in their neighborhood--it makes the
cold winter a little more bearable and fun,
and creates a wonderful old-fashioned sense
We appreciate the efforts of town workers
to measure the thickness of the ice so we know
it is safe to skate. Thank you. We truly feel
very fortunate to live in this remarkable community.
January 17, 2004
ADDISON DESERVES RENOVATION, TOO
terrific but why is the Village Board excluding
As an owner of the retail property on Addison,
I feel slighted that the Village is neglecting
the fine stores on Addison.
The Flower Barn, Meateria, Addison Street
Spa, Rubino Jewelery, Childrens Creative Center
and Sonya Design are certainly worthy of the
support of the renovation project. Why would
the Village want to exclude them from the project?
The Addison Street retail section is small
and should not be a great addition to the cost
of the project. Excluding Addison Street would
not make for a cohesive retailing district
and image for the area.
I would like the Village Board to reconsider
this project so that it does include Addison
ATTEND HEARING ON FOREST CITY
DALY APTS: SENIOR BUS AVAILABLE
The Chatsworth Neighborhood Association is
encouraging all members to attend the public
hearing regarding the zoning change for the
Forest City Daly proposal for development on
Madison Street on Tuesday, January 20, 2004
at 7:00 pm in the courtroom at the Town Center.
The Association represents interests of the
people in the following buildings: 14, 16,
17, 21, 35 North Chatsworth Avenue, 1, 2, 3
Washington Square and 178 Myrtle Boulevard.
The Town has offered bus service for seniors,
the handicapped or anyone who can't drive at
night. The bus will be at the corner of Washington
Square and North Chatsworth from 6:30 to 6:45
pm on Tuesday. At the end of the meeting, people
will be dropped off at their individual buildings.
Please, be aware that return transportation
will not leave until the meeting is over.
Please call 834-0021 if you are eligible and
plan to use the Senior bus. We need a head
count before Sunday so adequate preparations
RE GAZETTE SUPPORT FOR RETAIL RENAISSANCE
color, animation and an e-publication that
captures the pulse 24/7 of our community...
Your support of the retail community in the
has over the months been a great service,
and your efforts to animate and share with
readers the spirited renaissance of our downtown
is greatly appreciated.
BUILD FIELD & RENOVATE BEDRAGGLED PARK
At the risk of jumping in too late
to a briskly boiling controversy, I'd like
to address the Kemper Memorial tempest from
the perspective of a flat tire.
While cycling down the Post Road one cold morning recently, I punctured a tire,
and set off for a place to sit down and repair
it. I found one just off the road...a bedraggled
bit of lawn with one broken stone bench,
several candy wrappers, a bent trash can and
plinth inscribed with names of war dead.
I was in the Kemper Memorial, I realized, and
the looks of things, I was one of the few
who ever has been.
My first reaction was one of disbelief: could
so many Mamaroneck High students have been
killed in World War II? The devastation
to their families and the community must
have been enormous. And since most of us
bedroom community are relatively recent
immigrants, those families' experiences of
60 years ago
are too distant to be really understood
by us. That said, the woeful state of the memorial
seems to belie the passions raised by those
opposed to alterations of the park. That
degree of bedraggledness didn't appear overnight,
but is a product of decades of neglect.
sad that it took the School Board's plans
altering the site to rouse the memorial's
slumbering protectors, but it must be pointed
the Kemper Memorial has not been on most
people's radar for many, many years.
Shouldn't we take advantage of this new-found interest and use it to everyone's
advantage? Let the School Board reconfigure
the park by building their field, and let
them renovate the neglected memorial so people
go there and reflect on the larger issues
the memorial raises.
But to insist the little
dreary park with only one bench (and
a broken one, at that) is a sacred plot is
a falsehood. Contrasting the rhetoric
with the faded reality makes me think that
opposition has some kind of hidden agenda.
KEEP KEMPER PARK INTACT
It’s hard to keep promises. Ask any
10-year old. Yet we as parents try to teach
our children that it is important to keep them.
Keeping our promises is a sign of character
and builds a bond of trust between people.
So it is with great sadness that I have read
the recent articles about Mamaroneck’s
Kemper Park in the local press.
I understand that the current Mamaroneck School
Board finds this Park inconvenient because
it wants to expand its playing fields. As the
mother of two athletic boys, I love to stand
along the sidelines and cheer. But to take
land from Kemper Park is breaking a promise
that an earlier School Board made when they
accepted the land. They promised to maintain
the Park in perpetuity. That means forever – not
just until it is inconvenient.
Today, we complain about deteriorating values
and people taking advantage of each other.
But if we want our children to grow up with
values; if we want them to keep their promises,
we must lead by example. This is why I urge
the Mamaroneck School Board to remember its
promise to keep Kemper Park intact. By doing
this they will really educate our children
about doing what is right.
January 5, 2004
MAINTAIN PARK AS MEMORIAL
My grandparents, Adolph and Helen Kemper,
donated Richard Kemper Park to the Mamaroneck
School District in honor of their son and other
Mamaroneck High School students who lost their
lives in World War II.
They bought the land. They paid to have it
landscaped. They planted trees which grace
the ground. They purchased the monument on
which are inscribed the names of those whom
the Park honors. They furnished the Park with
benches so students and faculty might find
a peaceful place away from the classroom to
be alone with their thoughts. Then they deeded
the park to the Mamaroneck School district
on one condition: that it be maintained in
perpetuity as a Memorial.
Imagine the pain they and my mother felt when
Richard was killed on a French battlefield.
Now the Mamaroneck School Board would kill
the legacy left to the children of Mamaroneck
in his name by destroying Richard Kemper Memorial
The School Board claims it has no other alternative
but to violate the deed. The land, it claims,
is needed for another playing field. But
as an architect engaged by our family has
demonstrated, there are many other places
to put another field. Why, then is the board
being so intractable? Why is it refusing
to consider any other plan? Why is it kicking
a gift horse in the mouth? Why is it so willing
to destroy a memorial that has a place in
the hearts of the community?
Words can't convey the distress it will cause
my 86-year-old mother, my brother who is Richard
Kemper's namesake and an army veteran, and
me if the Board goes ahead with its plans.
But the three of us well know that the Mamaroneck
School Board is not pledged to act in our family's
interest. Rather, it is pledged to act in the
interests of the children of Mamaroneck.
Each and every member of the Board should
be asked, therefore: "Given the many alternative
locations for an additional playing field,
is it in the interests of the children of Mamaroneck
to destroy Richard Kemper Park?" Already,
the Mamaroneck Historical Society, veterans,
students and others have answered that question
with a resounding, "NO!" Indeed,
even if there was no alternative for an additional
playing field, they have made it clear their
answer would still be: "NO!"
Hence, if the School Board really has the
interests of the children of Mamaroneck at
heart it will do what the deed signed with
my grandparents half a century ago obligates
it to do: maintain the Park as a memorial to
my uncle and others members of the Mamaroneck
community who lost their lives in World War
MEMORIAL: COVENANT IN PERPETUITY
A community’s memorial is a covenant
in perpetuity and with it comes the burden
of responsibility. Memorials are a commitment
from one generation to the next for reasons
too soon forgotten. Simply stated, there are
things more important than our own needs. The
Board of Education is simply wrong-headed as
it crumbles to our community’s sense
of entitlement. No one, not veterans, community
leaders or our school board has the right or
reason to violate this covenant.
The irony of our memorial conundrum located
at our most important collective investment
in the future gives me cause to pause. The
Kemper Memorial is an example to our children
of great sacrifice. The decision to sacrifice
the use of this land was made long ago. We
simply must respect that decision on moral
grounds. Our sacrifice and the example it sets
for our future generations out weighs our current
sense of entitlement.
From generation to generation the stories
are told. Let future generations reflect on
the price of freedom and the costs we must
share across the generations. We must remember.
We must teach. We must never forget.
Edward J. Merians
SADNESS AT KEMPER MEMORIAL STALEMATE
It is with great sadness that I continue to
read articles about the stalemate between the
Cantor family and the Mamaroneck School District
proposal to shift the Kemper Memorial to make
room for an additional playing field at the
I won’t pretend to be unbiased. As the
mother of three student athletes whose teams
are constantly hindered due to the community-wide
lack of field space, I am in favor of the district’s
proposal to relocate the Kemper Memorial.
But my vote isn’t purely selfish--I
believe that everyone would benefit by relocating
the Kemper Memorial. For the Cantor family,
a rededication of a more prominent, beautifully
landscaped area to remember our war veterans
could well serve their memory better than the
existing memorial area. I think the school
district’s proposal to enhance the memorial
park area and its offer to name the new playing
field after Richard Kemper creates a memorial
legacy that will have far greater impact on
our children and community than the current
monument now offers. I urge the Cantor family
to put grievances aside, to bring calm discourse
to this situation, and, in good faith, work
for a resolution that will meet the needs of
our children and community today and in the
My vote aside, it’s also important
to note that a fair process is now taking
place. Members of the School Board, who are
elected representatives, are currently holding
discussions with community groups to get
feedback on the district’s proposal.
The primary job of our Board members is to
take into account the needs of over 4,000
diverse students in order to make sound policy
decisions for the greater good of the entire
student body. Just as they have done in the
past, regarding issues ranging from curriculum
to capital improvements, we must trust that
the Mamaroneck School Board members will
ultimately weigh all factors in coming to
a final decision. It serves no purpose other
than to fuel controversy and split our community
for the Cantor family, or any others, to
imply that the School Board is acting dishonestly
or with hidden agendas.
Let’s not let this matter divert our
community from our more important educational
mission. My hope is for a speedy resolution,
and my trust goes to our elected School Board
HELP US REACH COMPROMISE ON MEMORIAL
This past Veterans Day, November 11th, at
11 am in the morning, Cecilia Absher and I
went to the Kemper Memorial. For the time we
were at the memorial, we were alone with our
thoughts on that cold morning. There were no
flags, no ceremony; we were joined by no other
community members. I thought about my tour
of duty in Vietnam, the friends I made in the
service, some of whom returned with me, others
who did not. Cecilia thought of her cousin
who was MIA for many months in Vietnam before
As the School Board has worked with Richard
Cantor and his family over the past several
months, the ghosts of my friends have never
been far from my mind. To preserve the memory
of the young men and the woman who are named
on the Memorial, to honor those who served
and those who continue to serve, the community
and the schools must treat the Memorial with
all the dignity and respect we owe our service
men and women.
I agree that the School Board and the Cantor
family must strive to put our differences behind
us and try to work together on this difficult
and emotional issue. I believe that if we and
the community can honestly listen to each other
and hear each others needs, we will reach a
compromise that will meet the needs of the
community, the needs of our student-athletes
and the need to honor Lt. Richard Kemper and
all those who have served and died wearing
the uniform of the United States armed services.
Please help us to reach that goal.
Robert G. Martin, President
Mamaroneck School Board