Facts of Life

February 7, 2024 at 10:15 p.m.

By MARIAN KROMBERG | Comments: 0 | Leave a comment
Editorial Assistant

Happy birthday to former Port Chester Trustee Daniel Brakewood who celebrates Feb. 16.

Happy birthday to Bonnie Sorbara of Port Chester who celebrates on Valentine’s Day.

Port Chester High School senior Orhan Eski has been named a 2024 Cooke College Scholar Semifinalist. The year’s semi-finalists—a total of 558 high school seniors—were selected from a record number of applicants from all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the Virgin Islands—representing more than 3,800 different high schools.

The Cooke College Scholar program supports high-achieving students with financial need on their academic journey. The scholarship provides students with the opportunity to graduate with as little debt as possible. Awards, which are last dollar funding after all institutional aid, can provide as much as $55,000 per year to pursue a bachelor’s degree at any accredited undergraduate institution.

Scholarship recipients will be announced in April.

Port Chester Youth Baseball League Spring 2024 registration is now open for children in the Port Chester and Rye Brook community, from T-ball (age 4) through Major League (age 12). Registration information for the league’s 2024 Spring Season is available on their web page, www.portchesterbaseball.com.

James Moore of Port Chester was named to the Fall 2023 Honor Roll lists at the University of Mississippi in University. The lists are reserved for students who earn a semester GPA of 3.75-4.00. James, who is majoring in Political Science, was named to the Chancellor's Honor Roll. To be eligible for honor roll designation, a student must have completed at least 12 graded hours for the semester and may not be on academic probation during the semester. James attended the Brunswick School in Greenwich, Conn. and graduated in 2023.

Jenna Provenzano of Port Chester has been named to the Fall 2023 Dean's List at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston. To be included on the Dean's List, full-time students must have completed 12 or more credits for letter grades which are GPA applicable during a semester and achieved at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 or more credits for letter grades which are GPA applicable earning at least a 3.30 quality point average.

Gianna Villanova of Port Chester has qualified for the Fall 2023 Dean's List at Seton Hall University in S. Orange, N.J. After the close of every semester, undergraduate students completing all courses with a GPA of 3.4, with no grades lower than "C," qualify for the Dean's List.

Casey Basso, Lisa Braccia and Emily Sposato, all of Port Chester, and Asher Rosenblatt, Rebecca Starr, Amelie Schlueter and Amanda Winton, all of Rye Brook, have been named to the Fall 2023 Dean’s List at the University of Delaware in Newark. To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean's List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.

Gabriela D'Emilio, Brandon Farewell, Ashley Ferraro, William MacAllister, Tania Puchi, Christopher Soria and Kevin Vizhco, all of Port Chester, have been named to the Fall 2023 Dean’s List at SUNY Cortland in Cortland, N.Y. Gabriela is majoring Communication Studies; Brandon is majoring in Adolescence Education-Social Studies; Ashley is majoring in Social Philosophy; William is majoring in Physical Education K-12; Tania is majoring in Biology; Christopher is majoring in Adolescence Education-Mathematics and Kevin is majoring in Sports Management. The Dean's List is the highest ranking for undergraduate students in their respective academic areas of the university. Students must earn a minimum 3.3 grade point average for the semester to make the list.

Ethan Reed of Rye Brook, a member of the class of 2024 majoring in Data Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., was named to the Dean's List for academic excellence for the fall 2023 semester. The criteria for the WPI Dean's List differ from that of most other universities as WPI does not compute a grade point average (GPA). Instead, WPI defines the Dean's List by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects.

Sara Socuataya, CinthyaTigre and Esdras Velasquez, all of Port Chester, and Anton Schleuter of Rye Brook have been named to the fall 2023 Dean’s List at the University of Buffalo. To qualify for the Dean’s List, full-time undergraduate students must demonstrate academic excellence by earning a grade point average of at least 3.600 while completing a minimum of 15 or more credit hours, of which 12 are graded (A-F) credits.

The next Port Chester High School Marching Band bottle and can recycling collection will be Sun., Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Middle School parking lot on Bowman Avenue, Rye Brook. Collections generally take place on the first and third Sunday of each month. Call 914/200-1464 for updated information.

Purchase College alumni and faculty members took home Grammy awards last weekend. Jazz Studies alum Samara Joy ’21, who took home two awards last year, won a third award for Best Jazz Performance for “Tight.” She won two Grammys last year—Best New Artist and Best New Jazz Vocal Album for Linger Awhile. Nicole Zuraitis, Lecturer of Jazz Studies, Voice, received the Best Jazz Vocal Album award for her album, How Love Begins. Assistant Professor of Music Silas Brown ’10, who is an alumnus of Purchase College’s studio production program, took home two awards for engineering and producing respectively. He won Best Engineered Album, Classical for Contemporary American Composers (Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra), with engineers David Frost and Charlie Post and Brown as mastering engineer. Silas also took home the award for Best Classical Compendium.

Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced six designated Free Fishing Days in New York: Feb. 17 & 18, June 29 & 30, Sept. 28 and Nov. 11. During these days, the fishing license requirement is waived for freshwater fishing on New York’s waters. The Free Fishing Days program provides a great opportunity for aspiring anglers to try freshwater fishing for the first time or former anglers to reconnect with one of America’s favorite pastimes.

George Latimer, current Westchester County Executive and candidate in the Democratic Primary for Congress in the CD-16 to be held June 25, has been endorsed by State Senator Shelley Mayer, State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, Port Chester Mayor Luis Marino, Pelham Democratic Committee, Eastchester Democratic Committee, White Plains Democratic Committee, Scarsdale Democratic Committee, Rye Town Democratic Committee and the Rye City Democratic Committee. 

The Westchester County Department of Correction recently underwent a successful extensive three-day reaccreditation audit conducted by the American Correctional Association. By receiving 100% compliance of the 59 mandatory standards and 99.67% of the 303 non-mandatory standards, the County Jail was re-accredited for the fifth time since it first received ACA accreditation status in 2009. In 2009, the County Jail became the first large jail in New York State to do so and only the 71st in the country at that time.


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