The Frank H. Fox Ancient Order Of Hibernians hosted its 22nd annual Mount Kisco Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 10, 2012. The Grand Marshall (pictured top left) was former Mount Kisco Mayor Richard Roth. Also marching in the parade were Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, County Executive Rob Astorino, County Legislator Peter Harckham and Mount Kisco Deputy Mayor George Griffin.
Another successful pasta dinner was pulled off by the MKES 5th grade class. The night was a success because of the volunteer students and their parents, esprcially dinner chairwoman Elsbeth Dixon and Grace Vee Brown. Here are some pictures from the evening below:
Photos by Elena DiChiara
State Senator Greg Ball (on the far left in the picture below) held a discussion in Mount Kisco to discuss local issues with Mount Kisco residents. The topics discussed with the Senator ranged from taxes to local business to services for individuals with autism.
Senator Ball, who will be up for election in November, was thanked by Melanie Schaffran a local resident, for his work with and on behalf of the Foundation for Educating Children with Autism and the programs they provide for children and adults with autism.
Whether or not you agree with Senator Ball’s policies, he has been an eager and enthusiastic advocate for residents in his district, even those that are disabled from whom he will never receive a vote.
On Friday, March 9 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm, the MKES 5th graders will be holding their annual Pasta Dinner at the Mount Kisco Elementary School. The school cafeteria will be transformed into a quaint Italian restaurant. The 5th graders will be the most enthusiastic waiters and waitresses during the event as their family members work in the kitchen. The Pasta Dinner is one of 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.
New Business and Old Business at tonight’s Board of Trustee’s meeting:
6) Old Business:
a. Appointment to the Board of Ethics.
7) New Business:
a. Resolution appointing 207 C Hearing Officer Peter A. Korn.
b. Resolution authorizing the Village Manager to sign the 9/11 Memorial Deed Dedication.
Poem by Tecumseh read in the movie “Act of Valor”
“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”
After ignoring the problems for an extended period of time, the Mount Kisco Village Board will start to address the economic problems that are affecting Mount Kisco’s downtown. In a news release sent out yesterday (the day before the meeting scheduled by Occupy Main Street), the Village announced:
The Mayor and Board of Trustees will hold a Work Session Meeting on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 pm with Mount Kisco Merchants and Business Owners to discuss issues of mutual importance and concern and to hear how the Village and businesses can help each other achieve the same objective: To ensure that businesses remain successful while contributing to a vibrant downtown and enhancing our quality of life. The meeting will be held in the Community Room of the Mount Kisco Public Library located at 100 Main Street.
Of course, this meeting is like closing the door after barn animals are out. It is too late to save some local businesses like Acadia, a business that was harassed by the Village Building Department for the use of a children’s blackboard easel at its doorway, but a step too slow may be a step in the right direction.
Celebratory Dinner to be Held on March 3
The Frank H. Fox Ancient Order Of Hibernians will be hosting its 22nd annual Mount Kisco Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade will take place on Saturday, March 10, 2012 and step off at 2:00. The marchers will line up on the side streets off of Moore Avenue and march down Main Street from Moore Avenue. The parade will go through downtown and make a U-turn past the reviewing stand on South Moger. The parade will have over 60 organizations, such as Irish step dancers, Irish bag pipe bands, military bands, military re-enactment groups, antique cars, fire trucks, marching bands and community groups. Special appearances will be made by 89th New York State Guard Military Band, New York State Fraternal Order of Police Pipes & Drums and Gold Star Mothers.
Before the parade, there will be a mass at St. Francis of Assisi at 11:30.
The Grand Marshall of the Parade will be Richard Roth, former Mayor of Mount Kisco. Richard will be honored at the annual dinner on Saturday, March 3, 2011 from 6:30 to 11:30 at the American Legion.
The dinner will be a buffet dinner with beer, wine and soda and with music by DJ Frank & Lydia. The cost of the dinner is $40.00 per person ($12.50 children under 12). For further information contact dinner chairman Kevin Galvin at 914-242-5060 or visit the AOH website at www.AOHDIV16.org. The dinner will also honor Hibernian of the Year Grace Murphy and Friend of the Hibernians Kevin Doyle.
Meeting on Wednesday, February 29 at 7:00 at the Mount Kisco Public Library
In the village election held in November 2011, Trustee Joseph Morreale, as quoted by Tom Auchterlonie of Chappaqua-Mount Kisco Patch, said “he is concerned about empty storefronts in the village, and would like to see an economic committee or office established.” Unfortunately, this is something else the current administration never did. If an economic committee or office was formed, the village may have had a plan on how to deal with the empty stores. Instead, of an economic committee, they resurrected an old public relations move and had a meeting with current commercial landlords. Like a similar meeting held years ago, this gave the mayor the opportunity to tell everyone about his “idears” which, without any follow through, will not change the village’s situation.
Thankfully, a few local residents have stepped in to help Mount Kisco businesses. Occupy Main Street, the brainchild of Sarah O’Grady and Maria Colaco, has been established to encourage Mount Kisco residents and other Westchester residents to patronize local businesses.
They will have their first Mount Kisco meeting on February 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Mount Kisco Public Library and, quoting from their Facebook page, they “are hoping for a good turnout, and are interested in hearing all ideas and input for how to bring business to (and keep business in!) Mt Kisco!”
The Mount Kisco Board of Trustees will meet tonight. Given the amount of issues that are confronting Mount Kisco, there is not too much on the agenda. The agenda for the Old Business and New Business is pasted below:
Old Business: None.
a. Resolution authorizing the Village Manager to execute Fourth Amendment to Lease with Westchester Residence and Club LLC.
b. Resolution authorizing the Village Manager to sign Municipal Snow & Ice Agreements for 2013-2014.
c. Resolution supporting the repeal of the enabling statutes of the Urban Renewal Agency.
No old business to speak about. Nothing about: the economic situation facing our downtown, nothing about our police department, and nothing about code violations.
The issues facing the Village of Mount Kisco should be on the agenda every week until they are solved and not saved for executive session. The citizens of Mount Kisco deserve to know what is going on.