The Mount Kisco Fire Department Ancients Fife & Drum Corps recently marched in the Yorktown Fire Department parade and won Best Junior Band. The Fife & Drum Corps had to overcome the elements as heavy rain began to fall after the start of the parade leading to a broken drum. The heavy rain caused an additional problem with the band’s uniform as their three-cornered hats kept filling up with rainwater. Drum Major Katie Tipa, however, called out a new marching step calling for the band to “dip” to tilt their hats and empty the water.
The Fife & Drum Corps has a few additional summer parades but are preparing for the Mount Kisco Fire Department parade which will kick off at approximately 7:00 on Friday, July 8. Hopefully, there will be a good turnout in Mount Kisco.
The Bedford Central School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Quinn as Fox Lane’s new Varsity football coach. Mr. Quinn succeeds Bill Broggy, who has served as the head coach for the FLHS varsity team for the past twelve years and is leaving to spend more time with his family in the fall.
Mr. Quinn, a Fox Lane Middle School guidance counselor, has worked with the football program for the past seven years, five years with the modified program and the last two years as an assistant varsity football coach.
Director of Athletics, Beth Staropoli, commented, “I am delighted the committee selected Steve because of his passion for our students and his desire to provide them with the qualities we value in our athletic program.”
Bill Broggy, pictured below, will continue to teach history at Fox Lane High School, coach girls lacrosse and work with the Landshark’s lacrosse program. The Landshark Lacrosse Club is a club organized to help girls develop their lacrosse skills on a year-round schedule.
The Mount Kisco Library is kicking off its Summer Reading Game tonight. The Summer Reading Game, in which many Mount Kisco Elementary School, West Patent Elementary School and Fox Lane Middle School students have enrolled, is a program sponsored by the Mount Kisco Library. Readers of all ages can log their reading for great prizes from local merchants, including Ben & Jerry’s, Bellizzi’s, Applebee’s and The Mount Kisco Theater.
The library’s event kick-off, “One World, Many Stories,” features musician and storyteller Chris Merwin will start at 6:30 pm in the Community Room at the Mount Kisco Public Library. It is the first of many events including weekly story times as well as special events including butterflies, crafts and creative movement programs for Kids and gaming, tie-dying and Chinese cooking activities just for Teens.
Westchester’s Cause and Origin Team recently determined the cause of the fire at 90 Lexington Avenue. The Cause and Origin Team is the central resource for local fire chiefs to assist in the determination of the cause and origin of fires. The Cause and Origin team determined that this fire was an accidental fire caused by an impinged wire in a television entertainment center.
Need for Inspections
To the surprise of many, the Village of Mount Kisco does not have a full-time Code Enforcement Officer. The lack of a full-time Code Enforcement Officer leads to irregular inspections with respect to both timing and quality. There is no supervision of code enforcement within the building department or from outside the building department. This was a problem eight years ago when Mayor Cindrich took office and is just one of the many problems that he has not been able to solve in eight years.
Regular and quality inspections would detect code violations and ensure, among other items, that fire detectors were both installed and operable. Better and regular inspections would be able to identify potential fire hazards, such as impinged wires, and educate local residents on fire safety issues.
There were five people injured in this fire. The presence and use of safety features such as smoke alarms decreases injuries. Reportedly, two people jumped from the building, perhaps a result of being awaken by flames and not an alarm.
The house at 90 Lexington Avenue was a non-conforming residence that was built before the current zoning laws and would not be allowed to be built under current zoning laws. Mount Kisco residents should drive by the burnt out structure to see how far removed it is from the street and the potential dangers.
Since the residence does not comply with current laws, the owner of the structure (an absentee landlord) would need to receive a variance from the Zoning Board to allow the house to be rebuilt. Hopefully, the Zoning Board will not allow the owner a variance from the current zoning laws and the house will not be rebuilt.
On Wednesday, June 22, Fox Lane High School held their graduation ceremonies. The ceremonies, proceeded over by Fox Lane Class President Rory Silverman, marked the end of high school for the Class of 2011. Best wishes to everyone going off to college or work.
In a showdown between two top flight teams, Cassidy-Flynn was triumphant in a game with Bellizzi Restaurant, the defending league champion. It was a fun season for all of the players that participated. Thanks to Ed Reilly, President of the Mount Kisco Little League and all of the volunteers. Also thanks to Charlie Pieragostini, Superintendent of Recreation for Mount Kisco for making sure the fields were in top-notch condition for the players. For anyone interested in supporting the Mount Kisco Little League, use the link on the right side of this screen.
If you want to review the season in pictures, go to the website established by Art Nelson, who chronicled the season for parents and players to enjoy and allowed me to use his pictures.
On Wednesday, June 15, as many in Mount Kisco were waking up or commuting to their jobs from Mount Kisco’s Metro North station, the Mount Kisco Fire Department was hard at work extinguishing a blaze at 90 Lexington Avenue, one of Mount Kisco’s houses behind a house.
The Mount Kisco Fire Department received the call after 6:00 am and responded quickly. By the time the call was made, however, the fire had advanced significantly. As the pictures show below, the Mount Kisco Fire Department, as always, was able to professionally and efficiently extinguish the fire. Unfortunately, there have been too many house fires in Mount Kisco. Many of the fires may, in part, may be a result of Mount Kisco’s lack of a Code Enforcement Officer. The reasons for this fire are currently undisclosed.
Once more, thank you to the Mount Kisco Fire Department and the fire departments from Bedford Hills, Chappaqua and Katonah that responded to offer aid. Also, thanks to the Mount Kisco Volunteer Ambulance Corps for attending to the injured and responding quickly to the scene.
Thank you to Richard Hooker for use of his photographs.
As the weather begins to heat up, the boys of summer will start their playoffs. On Tuesday, June 7, the Mount Kisco Little League playoffs start with Banks Shapiro Gettinger & Waldinger playing Whalen’s Moving and Elks Club playing Bueti’s Deli. The winners will play the top seeds, Cassidy-Flynn and Bellizzi’s in this double-elimination tournament.
The playoffs will be covered by Art Nelson, a very talented local photographer. Art Nelson has been taking pictures of the Mount Kisco Little League throughout the 2011 season. The photos below are a few of hundreds that can be viewed using this linked website, Mount Kisco Little League 2011.
“Good parents give their children roots and wings. Roots to know where home is, wings to fly away and exercise what’s been taught them.” -Jonas Salk