Quotation of the Week

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. ~ Chinese Proverb

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Mt. Kisco Recreation to Add Dolphins to Memorial Pool

The Mount Kisco Recreation Department announced that when it opens Mount Kisco Memorial Pool next year, it will have a new feature – – dolphins. The Mount Kisco Recreation Department will bring in several bottlenose dolphins that will live in the pool and allow Mount Kisco residents a daily swimming with the dolphins program. The program was tested at the end of last year (as pictured below) and was a success. Charles Pieragostini, Superintendant of Recreation, said “we are always looking to bring in new and exciting programs to Mount Kisco and this new program is unbelievable.” This new dolphin needs a name so if you have a suggestion, add it as a comment below.

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MKFD Grand Prix Fundraiser on Thursday

Grand Prix New York (GPNY), an indoor karting and entertainment facility in Mount Kisco, will host a public fundraising event benefiting the Mount Kisco Fire Department’s 9/11 memorial. The event will take place on Thursday, March 31st, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

As we have previously written, the memorial is set to be placed on the north side of the Mount Kisco Public Library and will feature two granite towers rising from a reflective pool; each tower will be engraved with the names of the 343 brave firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11. The memorial is being constructed and financed solely by volunteer labor and donations of all sizes from local firefighters, residents, and businesses.

For those interested in attending the 9/11 memorial fundraiser at Grand Prix New York in Mount Kisco, the fundraiser donation fee for adults 21 and over is $50 in advance, $60 on the day of the event. This includes professional racing instruction and two races to be used on the night of the event or during a future visit, use of the billiard tables, a catered buffet dinner, and three hours of beer and wine service. For guests under 21, the fee is $25 in advance, $30 on the day of, which includes two races per guest, use of the billiard tables, two arcade tokens, a catered buffet dinner, and all-you-can-drink soda and juice.

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Trustee Morreale Offers Assessment of Taxes

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Mount Kisco will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm in Village Hall to discuss the proposed budget for the 2011/2012 fiscal year.  At the February 7, 2011 meeting of the Village Board, Trustee Morreale gave his opinion on the Village of Mount Kisco’s finances.

Mr Morreale commented that there was a $20 million budget and if “you look at a 10,000 population, we are spending about $2,000 per person, which actually when you think about it is not that expensive for all of the services you actually get for $2,000.00.”  It is a change of pace for a public official not to bother with telling residents that the government should do more with less but that they should be happy the costs are not higher.

Mr. Morreale continued that “the property taxes haven’t increased that much.” I am not sure what tax increases Mr. Morreale is analyzing. Since Mayor Cindrich was elected, the Mount Kisco property tax rate has increased by 52.44% over the last seven years on a compounded basis. During that same period, the inflation rate only increased by 18.77%. Even if Mr. Morreale was only looking at the last three years, the property tax rate increase is more than twice the inflation rate.

For full disclosure, when I was on the Village Board, I voted along as a member of the Village Board on these tax rates while doing my best to minimize them. Over the last few years, however, I was more reluctant and voted no on the last budget. It is one thing for the tax rate to increase over 50% during the term of a mayor’s tenure. It is another to increase the tax rate without providing basic safety services, such as adequate code enforcement and a full contingent of police officers.

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Quotation of the Week

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean

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Cranes for Japan in Mount Kisco

 Today as I was walking through town, I saw this crazy tree covered with paper cranes. Right below it there was a sign that said Cranes for Japan.

At first it seemed like a place to donate and I guessed it was for every donation, they would make a crane for their tree.

Mount Kisco’s Cranes for Japan is much more sentimental than that. Cranes are signs of hope in Japan and when something bad happens, they would fold cranes. Hopefully, they could make a thousand cranes because that’s considered the most optimal number. That piece of culture is what Cranes for Japan is trying to replicate.

Even though it will be difficult to get to a thousand, they’ll try, volunteers are folding, hanging, and teaching others how to make cranes. Anyone can contribute and are encouraged to.  

For Japan, this isn’t health care, necessary money, or help for radiation but this is needed just as much. This is hope. Whenever you may see that tree, I hope you can see the support we’re trying to give right here in Mount Kisco.   

Thank you to Maria Colaco, a Mount Kisco resident, for being the primary coordinator for this event.

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U.S. Census Release 2010 Data

Since 2000, Mount Kisco’s population has grown from 9,983 to 10,877.  Among the data resleased by the Census Bureau is the population by race. 

Total                                            10,877           100.0
White                                             5,862              53.9
Hispanic or Latino                        3,818              35.1
Black or African American            500                4.6
Asian                                                515                 4.7
Other                                                 51                 0.5
Two or More Races                        131                1.2

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Mount Kisco Rotary Supports Local Athletic Groups

Each year, the Mount Kisco Rotary holds a breakfast to raise money for local programs and charities. This year the Mount Kisco Rotary’s Annual Pancake Breakfast was held in November and raised money Mount Kisco AYSO soccer, Mount Kisco Little League baseball and Mount Kisco Maroons football. Mount Kisco Rotary recently gave $1,000 to each of the forementioned groups.

Another job well done by the Mount Kisco Rotary Club. See the club’s website for more information.

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Graffiti on Maple Avenue

In response to an article in MountKiscoNews.com titled, “Kisco Fix: Fix Neglect on Maple Avenue,” I received the following email:

Your pics missed the graffiti sprawled on the back of the building. You can see it from the train platform. It’s been there for several years. There is also obscenities sprawled across the back of Mario’s pizza–another town property.

Pretty basic to keep up with, but the town does not.

This graffiti has been there for over two years and is pictured below. Also, I noticed a sign restricting certain activities duriing library hours. The library moved from Maple Avenue in September 2009, over 18 months ago. I think the sign can be taken down now.

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Light it Up Blue for Autism Speaks and Autism Awareness Day

On the evenings of April 1 and 2, 2011, prominent buildings across the United States, including the Empire State Building, and the world, including the CN Tower in Toronto, will turn their lights blue to raise awareness for autism and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day on Saturday, April 2.

Hopefully Mount Kisco residents and businesses can join the rest of the country and show supposrt for those with autism and their families. According to the Autism Speaks website, you can light it up blue by:

•Wearing blue clothing or your Autism Speaks puzzle piece, and encourage your coworkers to do the same.
•Lighting your house up blue by putting blue light bulbs in any outdoor fixtures.
•Raising awareness for Autism online or spread the word about Light It Up Blue.

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