Mount Kisco Fire Department Extinguishes Blaze

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.

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Mount Kisco Little League Playoffs Begin

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.

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Quote of the Week

“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

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United Methodist Church of Mount Kisco Dedicating Day to Help Others

On Sunday, June 5, 2011, the United Methodist Church of Mount Kisco will hold its annual Faith in Action Sunday. On this Sunday, in lieu of attending their weekly church services, church members will serve in the local community.

In Mount Kisco this Sunday, the church members will be making on-site repairs, planting a flower bed and performing general cleaning of the Carpenter Avenue Senior Housing Complex’s grounds. The Carpenter Avenue Senior Housing Complex is a 76-unit subsidized living apartment complex that houses low-income families & senior citizens in Mount Kisco. It is located across from Fox Park, Raymond Wall Field and the Mount Kisco Senior Center.

Other volunteers will be assembling health kits to send to the United Methodist Committee of Relief (UMCOR). These kits contain living necessities for those who have lost or been forced from their homes due to human conflict and natural disaster.

The Faith in Action Sunday program has inspired churches to practice what they preach, and hopefully embolden the community at large to do the same, by meeting the needs of their neighbors. “My goal for this event is to give each congregant an opportunity to be a missionary for a day,” explains the Rev. Matt Curry, “I also hope that the community will catch a glimpse of our church’s caring and compassionate spirit.”

This is an outstanding annual program that benefits the Mount Kisco community and the United Methodist Church of Mount Kisco (see link on the right side of this screen) deserves the community’s thanks and support.

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Fox Lane Autism Speaks Clubs to Participate in 2011 Fundraising Walk

Students from the Fox Lane High School and Fox Lane Middle School Autism Speaks clubs will participate in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraiser in While Plains on Sunday. The walk is designed to be family friendly event and is the single most powerful source for Autism Speaks to fund vital research that will lead to the answers for individuals with autism and their families.

Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the U.S. If you are interested in pledging a donation for a Fox Lane student participating in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraiser, please send me an email at

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Fox Lane to Play in Section One Baseball Championship on Thursday

Fox Lane High School entered the Section 1 Class AA as the fifth seeded team. After defeating top-seeded and perennial power Mamaroneck by a score of 14-4, however, Fox Lane will play in the Section 1 Class AA championship game against Ketcham, the second seed, on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Dutchess Stadium. Dutchess Stadium is in Fishkill and is the home of the minor-league Hudson Valley Renegades.

Fox Lane is now 19-3 on the year, including three playoff wins in which it scored 40 runs. Good luck to the Foxes tomorrow in the championship game.

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Luke Mannion Graduates from U.S. Naval Academy

May is the month for most college graduations. I would like to take this time and space to congratulate all those Mount Kisco residents that graduated last month and will be moving forward to a promising future. I would also like to recognize Mount Kisco resident Luke Mannion who, through hard work and dedication, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May. Graduating from one of our nation’s service academies is a special honor.

Luke will be starting his military service in June. I am sure that everyone that reads this will join me in wishing Luke the greatest success in his military service or in the words of the U.S. Naval Academy graduation speaker Secretary of Defense Robert Gates “may you have fair winds and following seas.”

Picutures below: Luke Mannion at the Mount Kisco Memorial Day Parade and with fellow Naval Academy alumnus Father Steven Clark.

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Mt. Kisco Democratic Committee Appoints Village Board for Another Two Years

As reported in by Tom Auchterlonie, the Mount Kisco Democratic Committee nominated Mayor Michael Cindrich and Trustees George Griffin and Anthony Markus to run for another term.

The headline of this article, however, reads differently because the nomination by the Mount Kisco Democratic Committee is essentially a reappointment due to the overwhelmingly favorable enrollment advantage the Democrats hold in Mount Kisco. Democrats in Mount Kisco hold a 2 to 1 enrollment majority over Republicans and make up nearly 50% of registered voters in Mount Kisco.

While the incumbents have decided to take another term (why not when they can govern and run without any fear of a challenge), I think the system in New Castle is more democratic and honorable.

New Castle also does not have contested elections as a result of a large enrollment of Democrats. However, the Supervisor of New Castle, usually selected from the Town Board, steps down from the position of Supervisor after serving two terms of two years. Along those lines, Barbara Gerrard announced recently that she would not be accepting the nomination for another term following the precedent set by Janet Wells and Marion Sinek.

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Photos and Stories from 2011 Mt. Kisco Memorial Day Parade

After an early morning thunderstorm gave way to hot and humid weather, the Mount Kisco Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Ceremony started as planned at 10:00. While the weather may have kept the crowd to a smaller than usual number, those that attended were witness to a moving speech by a World War II veteran.

Robert Mamlin, a World War II veteran who served under Gen. George S. Patton, described his experiences during the war. One of his war experiences included the liberation of the prisoners at the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau. While some deranged world leaders deny the existence of the Holocaust and the death camps established during World War II, these camps are confirmed by veterans like Mr. Mamlin who described that the experience at Dachau “will live with me until the day I die.” Mr. Mamlin’s description of the atrocities he witnessed brought tears to some members of the crowd.

Mr. Mamlin’s speech truly brought the meaning of Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our country, to the minds of those in attendance. All gave some and some gave all, the United States of America and those in many other countries are free today because of the sacrifice veterans have made.

Pictures below:

Row 1: Memorial Day Parade Committee Members Bill Stewart and Former Mayor Patricia Reilly; marchers from the American Legion Moses Taylor Jr. Post 136.

Row 2: Mount Kisco Ancients Fife & Drum Corps; Mount Kisco Fire Department; Father Francis Anane from St. Francis of Assisi Church delivering a blessing.

Row 3: Crowd assembled at the War Memorials; Robert Mamlin delivering his speech; U.S. Naval Academy graduates Father Steven Clark and Luke Mannion

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