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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Village Board Punts Walkway Improvements to the Planning Board

For the third meeting in a row, the Mount Kisco Village Board discussed a proposal from local business owner Isi Albanese to improve the landscaping in the walkway between East Main Street and the Blackeby Parking Lot. The total cost of the project would be borne by Mr. Albanese.

The walkway runs next to the movie theater and the property redeveloped by Mr. Albanese from a gas station with rental truck storage to a presentable business property. The improvements that Mr. Albanese wants to make will also run next to his new proposed business, Frannie’s Goodie Shop, a frozen yogurt cafe (see website link). Mr. Albanese plans to open Frannie’s Goodie Shop in April.

At the meeting, the Village Board gave the project their conditional approval and sent the proposal to the Planning Board for their review. Hopefully, this will be the last step of the bureaucratic process. Although, as far as I know, the project has not been sent to the Zoning Board or Architectural Review Board yet.

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Grand Prix to Host Fundraiser for MKFD’s 9/11 Memorial

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.

Nat Mundy, GPNY Vice President stated “Hosting this fundraiser will further the efforts of the Mount Kisco 9/11 memorial and Grand Prix New York is honored to contribute.” In addition to the March 31st racing fundraiser, the Mount Kisco Fire Department is also raffling off a 2010 Camaro SS. Grand Prix is displaying the car inside of their facility. Raffle tickets can be purchased at Grand Prix New York during business hours or by contacting Richard Alexander or Paul Felice. The winner of the Camaro will be chosen in a drawing on Saturday, April 2nd, at the Green Street firehouse’s annual Spaghetti Dinner or when the 500th ticket is sold.

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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Scenes from an Italian Restaurant at MKES

On Friday, March 18, the Mount Kisco Elementary School Association transformed the MKES cafeteria into an Italian restaurant. The meal featured family style antipasto with homemade meatballs and sauce served by the most enthusiastic wait staff in Mount Kisco. Special thanks to Janet Deane and Jane Balter for organizing the fifth graders and their parents for this event. Proceeds from the event will pay for field trips for the fifth graders.

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Village Board Delays Proposal for Improvements to Movie Theater and Frannie’s Goodie Shop Walkway

Tonight, the Mount Kisco Village Board will again review and consider a proposal from local business owner Isi Albanese to improve the landscaping in the walkway between East Main Street and the Blackeby Parking Lot.

The walkway runs next to the movie theater and the property redeveloped by Mr. Albanese from a gas station with rental truck storage to a presentable business property. The improvements that Mr. Albanese wants to make will also run next to his new proposed business, Frannie’s Goodie Shop, a frozen yogurt cafe (see website link). Mr. Albanese plans to open Frannie’s Goodie Shop in April.

Instead of approving the proposal, the Village Board postponed its decision on the improvements that will be made at no cost to the village. Trustee Morreale, who was on the Village of Mount Kisco Planning Board when it derailed the original proposal for a yogurt shop by Mr. Albanese, said at a March 7 meeting of the Mount Kisco Village Board, “we don’t see the full picture here”. The piece of property is a short rundown narrow strip of property that will be improved at no cost to the village. What part of the picture can’t be seen? Further, if Mr. Morreale had further questions, why did he not research his unanswered questions before the meeting. Trustee Markus also wanted to find out more information that he could have obtained before the meeting.

This matter is on the Village Board agenda tonight and hopefully the Village Board will stop being a roadblock to improvements in Mount Kisco.

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Quotation of the Week

“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” -Unknown

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A&S Marketplace in Mount Kisco – Popular New Business

I was on the road and was asked to pick up some grated cheese and stopped at A&S Marketplace on 681 E. Main Street at the corner of E. Main Street (Route 117) and Lexington Avenue.

This was first time in A&S even though they opened in December. After walking inside, it was bustling with staff and customers. Ran into a friend of mine who was buying the necessary ingredients for antipasto. The store has various Italian specialties, pasta, and a case of good looking sausage and other meat.

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Two More Days to See Fox Lane Player’s Production of The Boyfriend

The Fox Lane Players will have two more shows of the musical comedy, The Boyfriend. The curtain times at Fox Lane High School are 7:30 on Saturday, March 19 with a matinee on Sunday, March 20 at 2:00. Tickets at the door are $15.00.

The Boyfriend,a musical comedy, originally played in America on Broadway with Julie Andrews and was an immediate Broadway hit. The show made Andrews an overnight sensation. The production is designed and directed by Fox Lane High School Director Ed Steele with Musical Direction by Sarah Fay and Choreography by Josie Bielmeier.

The musical also features Fox Lane students and Mount Kisco residents Katie Hardiman, Brian Gips, Ashley Dassa, Joshua Safranek, Alison Tai, Mike Inserra and Rory Silverman.

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MKES Pasta Dinner Tonight

Tonight, Friday, March 18 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 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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Photo of the Week

This picture “FLAG-FOR MARCH 17” by Vito Pasquale of Mount Kisco Daily Photo and Vito Pasquale Photography is posted for Saint Patrick’s Day.

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For the month of March, 20% of all purchases from Vito Pasquale Photography will be donated to the Mount Kisco Elementary School Association (MKESA).

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