The Village of Rye Brook has made offers to hire two of the eight
laid-off Port Chester paid firefighters, and as of press time Wednesday, one
had accepted the offer and the village was waiting to hear from the other.
The Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District is set to receive
$241,428 from the $100 million within the Foundation Aid for Community Schools
total funding goes to 225 school districts that have been identified as
high-need. Districts will use this funding to ensure their curriculum,
community resources, and community organizations are supported.
Blind Brook Board of Education nominated and unanimously approved Jeff Diamond
for president and Ryan Goldstein for vice president for the 2016-17 school year
at their annual reorganization meeting on Wednesday, July 6.
previously held those roles for the 2015-16 academic year and will continue in
I am sad to see that some of my favorite local groups are no
longer on the Lyon Park concert schedule. How do they pick these bands? Does a
committee watch videos of them or go see them perform? Billy and the Showmen
and Gunsmoke have been performing for years and got a good crowd.
I am writing in response to the letters regarding the reorganization
of the administration at Blind Brook.
I have not seen this much hysteria since the high school staged “The
Crucible,” a play about the Salem witch trials. How apropos!
As stated in the story in last week’s paper, the Port Chester
school district’s foundation aid was “severely shorted.” So what does the school
board do? They hire three “social workers.”
The battle between some Blind Brook parents and the Blind Brook
(BB) School Board cries out for more in-depth information on the parents’
my compliments to Westmore News reporter Casey Watts a few issues ago for
creating a spreadsheet chart to show that Blind Brook had the lowest
counselor-to-student ratios of any of the “comparable” school districts...
Nobody asked me, but...
That was the way the late great New York Post sportswriter Jimmy
Cannon used to start some of his columns that were as much think pieces as they
were straight reportage.
For the past three years, the Port Chester High School varsity
baseball Rams have been struggling to play .500 ball, getting close this year
by going 9-11 and making a rare playoff appearance after finishing up 1-19 the
Despite their season-long turnaround where they went from 1-19 last
year to 9-11 and a playoff berth this past season, the Port Chester High School
baseball Rams were still basically a good-field, no-hit team. They had a
definite power outage when it came to hitting the long ball.
Luis Rojas could have been great as a runner, almost certainly
very good, quite possibly college athletic scholarship material after making
the All-League cross-country team as a sophomore. Now he will never know.
Blind Brook High School senior Brandon Hamlet was named to the
Westchester-Putnam All-Section baseball team with fellow senior Max Picker
earning honorable mention on the All-Star team, an indication of how good the
quality of play is in and around Rye Brook. That excellence extends to the way
the girls play the game.
It was a farewell to high school: Goodbye to all those senior concerns
about teachers, books, SATS, college choices, dates and tests, academic as well
as athletic. Graduation has come and gone from Port Chester High School as of last
Friday, but the memories of what the scholar-athletes of the Class of 2016 accomplished
on the playing fields linger on like the fleshed out notes of an unfinished symphony.
It is déja vu all over again with another Port Chester High
School graduation coming up Friday (June 24), an annual ritual that includes
caps and gowns, pomp and circumstance, speakers and more, all leading up to
diplomas and an ending to a high school career with a future beckoning after a
four-year rite of passage filled with events none of the grads could have
anticipated when their journey began.
Happy birthday to Toni
Ganim of Port Chester who celebrates July 24.
Happy birthday to our family matriarch, Mary Furano Vallarelli Pankow of Port Chester, who turns 94 on July
24. With lots of love from “all of us.”
Michael C. Celestino, 66, a resident of Port Chester, died July
15, 2016. He was born Aug. 24, 1949 to Beatrice Sandarciero Celestino and
the late Alfred Celestino.
Antoinette Petrucciano, 101, a resident of Port Chester and
formerly of Rye and Harrison, died July 13, 2016. She was born Sept. 25, 1914 in Rye to Pasquale and Angelina Bucci
Calandrillo who predeceased her.
Frank P. Zumbo, Sr., 89, of Stratford, Ct., formerly of Port
Chester, died July 14, 2016. He was born July 24, 1926 in Port Chester to Domenick and Carmela
DiGregorio Zumbo who predeceased him.
Celia C. Maceira, 79, a resident of Rye Brook, died June 13,
2016. She was born Dec. 29, 1936 in Agar, La Estrada, Provence of
Pontevedra, Spain to Maximino and Elvira Pereiras Cao who predeceased her.
PENTECOSTAL ASSEMBLY CHURCH. 10 Touraine Ave., Port Chester. 10 a.m.-1
p.m.: Christian Worship Service in English, Malayalam and Tamil Languages.
10-11 a.m.: Sunday School classes for children ages 6-18 (English only). All
are welcome! For prayer needs and more information, call Rev. Thomas
Kuttipurathu or Rev. Shaji Varughese at 914/690-0396 or 914-939-5806.
The number of Port Chester and Rye Brook restaurants offering
outdoor eating has decreased by three from last year. However, at least one new
eatery with a lovely outdoor deck will be opening before the end of the summer
to replace one that closed last year. Assuming that occurs, the number will
rise from the current 36 to 37.
Rod Aguillon started washing dishes at Arcuri’s Pizza & Salad
in Cos Cob at age 17. He was outspoken, worked hard and became a partner with
Jamie Arcuri when he expanded the family restaurant to a second location in
Port Chester in 2010.
Vinny’s is the last of the old time Port Chester luncheonettes.
At one time there were about 10 in town, but the others have all closed, and
Vinny’s Lunch, which has been in business nearly 43 years at 182 North Main St.,
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