BCSD Compensation Published by Newsday

Newsday, a Long Island newspaper, has made available a database with the “compensation information for all active public school employees in New York State, outside of New York City, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010.”

From the database, you can learn that Jere Hochman earned $253,941 and Mark Betz earned $219,811 and that 225 employees earned over $100,000. Please remember that when reviewing this information, nearly all of these salaries were the result of collectively bargained agreements and that most of these employees have advanced degrees.

While not in a database, the top paid employees of publicly-traded companies are also made available on the SEC’s website. On page 42 of Pepsico’s proxy statement, the current Chief Executive Officer, Indra Nooyi, made $15,768,350 in 2009 and the top five officers made a total of $35,481,052. The $35.5 million earned by the top five employees is substantially more than the $27.6 million earned by the 225 employees earning more than $100,000 from the Bedford Central School Distict.

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Quotation of the Week

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lena Horne

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Pictures of Frozen Byram Lake

Below are a few pictures of a frozen Byram Lake Reservoir taken by local photographer Art Nelson in February. Byram Lake Reservoir is Mount Kisco’s primary source of drinking water. The Byram Lake Reservoir area has been designated since 1990 by New York State as a critical environmental area because of its exceptional and unique characteristics. Even though it is a reservoir, the lake is part of our natural environment. In the picture on the left, you can see tracks across the snow on the lake. In the picture on the right, the sun is a harbinger of better weather ahead.

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FLMS Jazz Ensemble and Honors Choir Take Trip to Albany

The Fox Lane Middle School Jazz Ensemble and Honors Choir toured to Albany where they were welcomed by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) and Assemblyman Robert Castelli. The Fox Lane student musicians were in Albany to perform at the “Music in our Schools Month” program.

Assemblyman Castelli noted that “The parents, guardians, and educators should be proud of the great success achieved by both of these student-music groups.” Assemblyman Castelli then presented two official Joint Resolutions to the Choir, and Jazz Ensemble which were passed unanimously by the Legislature in honor of the students’ achievements.

The honors choir performed on the Assembly floor and, after the performance, the students, jazz-ensemble director Joseph Bergamini, and honors choir director Sarah Fay were received a tour of the State Capitol.

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Ed Sordellini Recognized for 25 Years of Volunteer Fire Service

Ed Sordellini, Village of Mount Kisco employee and United States Army reservist, was recognized by his fellow members of Mount Kisco’s Mutual Engine & Hose Co. for his 25 years of volunteer service.

As a result of his 25 years of service, he is a life member of the Mutual Engine & Hose Co. Ed noted that he is an “old timer now.” Ed is a valuable member of our Mount Kisco community and should be congratulated for his service.

You can find Ed from Monday to Friday working for the Village of Mount Kisco’s Highway Department . He will be the village employee wearing shorts, even in the middle of winter.

Pictured below (left to right): Ed in uniform; with his family at the Mutual Engine & Hose Co.; and with his Life Member Badge.

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Two Upcoming MKES Events: Parents Night Out and 5th Grade Pasta Dinner

The Mount Kisco Elementary School Association and the Mount Kisco Elementary School will host two events in March to raise money for assemblies, educational enrichment, school spirit events and other school needs.

The first event is a Parents Night Out event called “A Taste of Mount Kisco” which will take place on Friday, March 11 from 8:00 to 11:00 pm at the Mount Kisco Public Library. The event will feature food and drink from many of Mount Kisco’s finest establishments. The event will also feature a terrific silent auction and raffle. Friday, March 5, is the last day to RSVP. Send an email to fundraise1@mkesa.org more information or to purchase tickets.

The second event will be hosted by the MKES 5th graders who will be holding their annual Pasta Dinner on Friday, March 18 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Mount Kisco Elementary School. The school cafeteria will be transformed into a quaint Italian restaurant with live music. The 5th graders will act as waiters and waitresses during the event as their family members work hard behind the scenes in the kitchen. The Pasta Dinner is the third in a series of fundraisers throughout the school year in which the fifth graders work to earn money to contribute to the cost of special field trips for their class. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the evening of the event for $8 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 4 to 12.

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FLHS Autism Speaks Clubs Raises $300 at Bellizzi’s

The Autism Speaks Club of Fox Lane raised $300 with Bellizzi’s on a fundraiser to benefit Autism Speaks. For the month of February, Bellizzi’s sold $1 paper puzzle pieces to hang in thes Restaurant. All proceeds from the sale of the puzzle pieces will go to Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism.

Bellizzi’s on Main Street in Mount Kisco is a restaurant with gourmet pizza and Italian specialties, served in a comfortable, family-oriented environment with delivery and take-out available.

The support of Autism Speaks by Bellizzi’s is just another example of community support provided by Bellizzi’s Restaurant and Isi Albanese and his family. Please support local businesses like Bellizzi’s and support your community.

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Mount Kisco Diner Receives More Press for Cuomo and Food

The Mount Kisco Diner, one of the landmark businesses in Mount Kisco, was mentioned in articles in the New York Daily News and the Journal News.

The New York Daily News noted Governor Cuomo’s love for the Mount Kisco Diner. When asked what his favorite food and restaurant were, the Governor offered “Anything on the menu at the Mount Kisco Diner.” It has been reported before that the Mount Kisco Diner is the Governor’s favorite local hangout. The Governor also noted that he is a Mets and Bon Jovi fan.

Recently, the Journal News touted the Mount Kisco Diner for one of its great soups. The Journal News praised the Mount Kisco Diner’s Organic Pumpkin Soup. The daily newspaper noted:

Imagine a warm spoonful of pumpkin pie — without the crust — and you have the essence of this tasty soup. The chef roasts fresh pumpkin to add depth of flavor along with a mix of organic vegetables, all pureed to a nice consistency. He never uses processed ingredients, and refrains from using dairy — but sometimes adds organic soymilk to smooth things out for the creamy soups. And here’s a bonus: The diner offers a half sandwich and fries with a bowl of soup any time of the day.

The Journal News also noted soups from two other restaurants in Mount Kisco, the Chicken & Dumpling Soup from Ladle of Love (see link on the right side of screen) in Mount Kisco and the Vegetarian Hot & Sour Soup from Oishii Asian Fusion (also linked on the right side of this screen) in Mount Kisco.

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Fox Lane Students Fix Homes in Mississippi with Habitat for Humanity

Six Fox Lane High School students traveled to Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi to help rebuild homes along the gulf coast. The students part of FLHS’s Habitat for Humanity Club made the trip during last week’s winter recess vacation.

The students, Mount Kisco residents, Jennifer DiChiara, J.B. Kim and Alex Miller joined their fellow Fox Lane students, Bella Rago, Kurt Wasserman and Alex Whitelaw, in building several homes. The students participated in a complete range of construction activities from framing to painting. Pictured below are the students with the eventual owner of one of the homes and the progress made by the students, working with other groups from all over the country, on one of the homes. The students were supervised by with chaperones Avery Syrig and David Licata, a Fox Lane High School teacher.

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Quotation of the Week

“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” – Mark Twain

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