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Congratulations to Alyssa Casino of Rye Brook who graduated Summa Cum Laude from Manhattanville College in Purchase. She double majored in Mathematics and Sports Studies and received departmental awards from the Math Department as well as the Sports Studies Department. She was the libero on the school volleyball team and the catcher on the softball team. Your family is so very proud of you.

Happy birthday wishes go out to Ida DiPalma of Port Chester who turns 88 years young on May 25.

Michael and Kathy McEvoy of Rye Brook would like to send the happiest of birthday wishes to their beautiful daughter, Meghan McEvoy, who will be turning 8 years old on May 26. With all our love, Mom and Dad.

To Liz Ulnits of Port Chester celebrating her special day May 24! Happy birthday from your friends and neighbors, Bob & Sue Carlucci.

Happy birthday to Rye Town Deputy Supervisor Bill Villanova of Port Chester who celebrates May 26.

Happy birthday to David Rednick of Rye Brook who turns 14 May 24.

Belated birthday wishes to PCHS grad Jaime Presto who celebrated May 15.

Happy 26th birthday to PCHS grad Gregory Fragiocomo who celebrates May 27.

Happy birthday to PCHS grad Jenn Giorno, currently living in Somerville, Mass., who celebrates May 29.

Happy birthday to Sonya Bernfeld of Port Chester who celebrates May 28.

Happy birthday to Jill Abel of Rye Brook who celebrates May 29. Love from Paula, Jason, Sophia, Lucas, Michiyo, Marc, Bian, Jananne, Richard, Rebecca and Brittany.

Happy 34th anniversary to Susan and Rocco Morabito of Port Chester who celebrate May 23. Love always, your family.

Happy 36th wedding anniversary to Jananne and Richard Abel of Port Chester who celebrate May 27.

Congratulations to Charles Vaccaro Brady of Port Chester who graduated cum laude from Ohio State University on May 10 with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and engineering. He is a 2011 graduate of Port Chester High School and is the son of Brian and Anne Brady and the grandson of Anna Vaccaro and the late Vito Vaccaro and the late Theresa and John Brady.

A retirement dinner honoring Frank Fanelli for his 43 years of service in the Port Chester School District will be held Fri., June 19 from 7-11 p.m. at Mulino's at Lake Isle, 600 White Plains Rd., Eastchester. Cost is $125 per person which includes dinner, dancing and an open bar. Checks should be made payable to Port Chester Teachers' Federal Credit Union. Send payment and seating arrangements by June 1 to Sally Dianni, 57 Hawley Ave., Port Chester, NY 10573 or Gaylene Gasparini, Port Chester Public Schools, 113 Bowman Ave., Port Chester, NY 10573.

Brent Michael Lavitt of Rye Brook was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Global Supply Chain Management Cum Laude from Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. at commencement on May 16.

Gabrielle L. Schiz of Rye Brook is a candidate for a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY-Fredonia in Interdisciplinary Studies-International Studies to be awarded this month.

As part of an ongoing effort to promote STEM education in Westchester, County Executive Robert P. Astorino has announced that the Westchester County Youth Bureau will host an international KENKEN® math competition from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 31 at Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville.
The tournament is open to students in grades 6-12 and participation is free. To sign up, email kenken@westchestergov.com or call (914) 995-3918. Prizes will be provided by IBM and Acorda Therapeutics.

Rebecca Christal of Rye Brook was awarded a B.S. degree in Business & Economics from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. during the 147th Spring Commencement ceremonies.

John Bombace III of Rye Brook and Margarita Juarez of Port Chester received degrees from St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y. May 8. John received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Margarita received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences.

Jesse Calcagni of Port Chester, an Economics major, was recently named to the spring 2015 Dean's List at Keene State College in Keene, N.H. To qualify for the Dean's List, undergraduates must be enrolled in a degree program and must have completed a minimum of six credit hours in the semester, receiving no failing or incomplete grades. Students must achieve a 3.5 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale to earn Dean's List honors.

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced Tuesday that the fire ban in Westchester County parks has been lifted. "As a result of the rainfall we've experienced over the past few days, the fire ban is no longer necessary," Astorino said.

The beaches at Playland Park in Rye, Glen Island Park in New Rochelle and Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson will open on a pre-season basis beginning Memorial Day weekend, Sat.-Mon., May 23-25. After Memorial Day, all three beaches will be open weekends only thru Sun., June 21. For information log on to www.parks.westchestergov.com

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced a crackdown on drivers and their passengers caught without a buckled seat belt or transporting unrestrained children as part of the national Click It or Ticket-Border-to-Border enforcement mobilization campaign in effect thru May 31. NYS Police, county and municipal law enforcement agencies in marked and unmarked vehicles will aggressively ticket unbelted drivers traveling the state's roadways through border-to-border checkpoints and roving details to look for seat belt violations.

Save the Sound is seeking summer volunteers to monitor water quality in communities in Fairfield and Westchester counties. Communities along the Sound where water quality monitoring will be occurring this summer include Port Chester, Rye, Mamaroneck, Larchmont, New Rochelle, Pelham, Mt. Vernon, Harrison, Scarsdale and Greenwich. After completing training, volunteers will travel throughout their communities, once a week on average, with Save the Sound's water monitoring coordinator and collect data in order to build up a complete picture of water quality in the communities surrounding the western Sound. Interested volunteers should contact pollution@savethesound.org for more information. This project is possible due to a grant from the EPA to increase water quality monitoring.

Fresh Air volunteers need your help to create another fun-filled summer for children from NYC. First-time Fresh Air visitors are 6-12 years old and Fresh Air hosts range from young families to grandparents. All it takes is the willingness to welcome a NYC child to your community. For information about hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, contact Deborah Asirifi at 212/897-8969 or go to www.freshair.org.

Dr. Belinda S. Miles, a nationally recognized education leader and president of Westchester Community College, has joined The Business Council of Westchester's Board of Directors.

Westchester County Park Passes are now available at many parks and golf courses throughout the county. Passes are available to any county resident age 12 and older who has either a driver's license or photo identification with proof of Westchester residency. The Park Pass is a photo ID card that provides admission to all county-owned parks, pools and beaches, along with discounts on parking and golf when applicable.
An Individual Pass is $75 and is valid for 3 years from date of issue. It must be obtained in person and is non-transferable and can only be used by its owner. A Family Park Pass is available for families needing to purchase two or more passes for their household. It is $150 and covers two adult passes plus passes for any children ages 12-18 living at home. The Family Park Pass is valid for 3 years from month of issue. All family members must be present at the time of purchase.
Senior Citizen Park Passes for adults age 60 and older are available for $75 and are valid for 6 years from date of issue. Park Passes for disabled residents are also available for $75 and are also valid for 6 years. An eligibility form must first be obtained from the county's Office for the Disabled at 914/995-2957. For information on locations where passes may be purchased, call 914/864-PARK or go to www.westchestergov.com/parks.