Busy Lacrosse Weekend in Area

Two lacrosse events will be held this weekend at Fox Lane High School.

First the Fox Lane High School girls lacrosse team opens their drive to return to the New York State finals with its first playoff game on Saturday at 10:00 am.

Also, Fox Lane Youth Lacrosse will be hosting a lacrosse jamboree called Laxin4Tony at Fox Lane High School on Sunday, May 22, 2011 from noon to 7:00 pm. It’s going to be a great day of lacrosse for a very worthy cause. All proceeds will go to Tony Ciccone, a former Fox Lane High School player who is paralyzed from the neck down while playing lacrosse. Attend for the lacrosse, barbecue and fundraiser for a local resident who needs a hand.

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Bedford Cental School District Budget Passes

After talling the votes in the Bedford Central School District elections, 70% (1,861) of the voters approved the 2011-12 school budget with just 30% voting against it (766). 

In the election for the open Board of Director seat, both incumbents earned themselves three more years of torture in what has been called one of the most thankless volunteer positions in America. Eric Karle was running unopposed while Mark Chernis defeated Mount Kisco resident and volunteer Richard Hooker.

The budget includes a 2.15% spending increase from the current year’s budget. The property tax increase will average a 1.8% increase across the district. As a result of equalization rates, the tax increases will vary by town. Mount Kisco will have a 7% increase while Bedford residents will have 3% decrease.

The following are the election results by polling place:

Polling Place Yes No   Chernis Hooker
Mount Kisco Elementary 307 140   288 92
West Patent Elementary 280 90   252 64
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Two Mt. Kisco Residents Running for School Board Today

Today, May 17, 2011, from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, the Bedford Central School District will hold its election. On that date, Mount Kisco residents will have the opportunity to vote for the school budget and for two members of the Board of Education.

Two Mount Kisco candidates are running for the school board, Eric Karle and Richard Hooker. Richard Hooker is running against incumbent Mark Chernis. Richard Hooker is a former Chief of the Mount Kisco Fire Department and a long-time volunteer in Mount Kisco. Eric Karle is running unopposed.

The budget proposal represents a 2.15% spending increase from this year’s budget. The property tax increase, however, will increase by 1.8%. As a result of equalization rates, the tax increases will vary by town. Mount Kisco will have a 7% increase while Bedford residents will have 3% decrease.

Richard Hooker, as a long-term resident, employee of the Town of Pound Ridge and active fire department member and officer is very familiar with the district, its residents and its needs. Mr. Hooker, who has children in the school distrct, believes he can offer the school board a different perspective than the other members of the board. He believes that there should be changes to teachers’ tenure and the Triboro Amendment.

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Mount Kisco Ambulance Corps to Host Open House on Sunday

On Sunday, May 15, from 11:00 to 3:00, the Mount Kisco Volunteer Ambulance Corps will host an open house with a focus on children. The open house is being held in conjunction with National Emergency Medical Services Week.

The open house will be held at the MKVAC headquarters on Lexington Avenue. Events will include first aid demonstrations, a fire prevention trailer, tours of the ambulance building and equipment, balloons and prizes. The Mount Kisco Volunteer Ambulance Corps will also serve refreshments to those to attend.

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Quote of the Week

“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” – Lee Iacocca

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Mount Kisco Ancients Fife & Drum Corps Wins Awards

Last weekend, the Mount Kisco Fire Department Ancients Fife & Drum Corps competed in the Greater Danbury Area Drum Corps Association. The following members won medals at the competition:

Katie Tipa – 1st Place – Female Fife Individual
David Weiss & Katie Tipa – 1st Place – Fife Duet
Teddy Lombardo – 1st Place – Snare Drum Individual
Stephen Rivera – 1st Place – Bass Drum Individual
James Tipa & Stephen Rivera – 2nd Place – Drum Duet

Below is a picture from the Mount Kisco Little League parade, also from last weekend, with Katie Tipa as Drum Major.

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Photos of the Week

These photos were taken by Art Nelson, a very talented local photographer. The photos were taken during Mount Kisco Little League’s opening day. Art has created a website that will include all of his photos taken duriing this opening day and future MKLL photos he will take this season.

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Quote of the Week

“The best things in life are unexpected – because there were no expectations.” – Eli Khamarov

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Pictures from Opening Day 2011

Led by the Mount Kisco Fire Department Ancient Fife & Drum Corps, the Mount Kisco Little League opened up its 2011 season.

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Autism Awareness Month Comes to a Close

At the beginning of April, there was a lot of news about Autism Awareness Month. The Autism Society has been celebrating Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s and the U.S. recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. Many public buildings were lit up blue to raise awareness.

There are, unfortunately, too many instances when those with autism and other disabilities are discriminated against and people are not sensitive to their needs. On Thursday night, there was a hearing for a group home for four young adults with autism. One of those children was my daughter Christine (pictured below with her sister Jennifer). Some of the neighbors came out to complain. They shouted, threatened and showed their intolerance to those with autism and special needs.

In our own Bedford Central School District, there is insensitivity. One Fox Lane High School English teacher last year said to his class, “you would have to be a retard to get this question wrong.” Some kids laughed, but my daughter Jennifer did not. When Jennifer was in seventh grade, she wrote a paper (quoted below) about how it is wrong to use the word retard as a label. Interesting how the students have more sense and sensitivity than those that are teaching them.

This is how the learning and understanding and acceptance begin.
It takes small steps and education to tear down labels. People give
more love when they understand. In many ways I am so lucky to
have Christine in my family. She has taught so much about tolerance
and compassion. Without her I’d be just another kid in the hallway
saying “retard” under my breath.

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