Borders Declares Bankruptcy; Mt. Kisco Store Not Closing

Borders, the 40-year-old company, declared bankruptcy and plans to close about 200 of its 642 stores over the next few weeks.

Thankfully, the Mount Kisco store will not be closing. Stores will be closing in Scarsdale and Danbury.

For those with gift cards from Borders, the stores will still accept them but that may change and customers should use them as soon as possible.

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9/11 Memorial Monument Committee to Hold Fundraiser on Wednesday, February 16

The 9/11 Memorial Monument Committee for the Mt. Kisco Volunteer Fire department will be holding a fundraising event at Teddy’s at the Holiday in in Mt. Kisco on Wednesday, February 16 from 6:00 to 10:00. Five percent of the proceeds from Teddy’s will be added to the Memorial Fund. The Memorial Fund has raised $40,000 to date, but needs to raise another $60,000.

The 9/11 Memorial Monument Committee ordered the two granite components needed for the Memorial. Each piece of granite weighs six tons each. The granite is being shipped from India since the committee could not find solid granite in this country this size and color.

In addition to tonight’s fundraiser, the committee is still selling tickets to win a new fire red Camaro.

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Fox Lane Captures Section One Wrestling Championships

The Fox Lane wrestling team, coached by Mount Kisco resident Joseph Amuso, captured the New York State Section One wrestling championship for large schools with over 50% more points than New Rochelle, the second-place finisher.

Tow Fox Lane wrestlers who are Mount Kisco residents, Sam Speno (112 lbs) and Steven Rodrigues (130 lbs), won the individual Section One championship for their weight class. Fox Lane had four wrestlers finish in second place in their weight class: Danny Ventura (119 lbs), Peter Grippi (125 lbs), Tom Grippi (135 lbs) and Matt Pasqualini (145 lbs).

As section champions, Sam Speno and Steven Rodrigues will go to the state championships. The four Fox Lane runners-up may be selected as wildcards based upon prior year finishes. Congratuations to the entire Fox Lane team for a job well done.

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Quotation of the Week

I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon. – Author Unknown

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Connor Farrell Qualifies for NYS Diving Championships

Connor Farrell, a Fox Lane High School student, qualified for the New York State championships for diving with a stellar performance in the Section 1 diving championships. Connor placed third in the section and his score far exceeded the minimum score necessary to advance to the state championships.

Since Fox Lane High School does not have a diving team, Connor had to do much of his training on his own. Connor worked hard to perfect many dives, including a 2 1/2 pike that he used to in the Section 1 championship

Connor is a lifeguard at Mount Kisco Memorial Pool and is a diver for the Mount Kisco Memorial Pool Swim and Dive team.

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Fox Lane Wrestlers Enter Weekend as Team Favorites

The Fox Lane wrestling team coached by Mount Kisco resident Joseph Amuso enters the Section One tournament as a favorite to win the section championship for the large schools (Division 1). The Division 1 tournament will begin Saturday at Lincoln High School in Yonkers at 9:00 a.m. and continue on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. The finals are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Wrestlers have to win four matches to win the Section One crown.

There are 14 Fox Lane wrestlers in the Section One tournament. The wrestlers include Mount Kisco residents Sam Speno (112), Steven Rodrigues (130) and Drew Caico (152). Sam Speno and Steven Rodrigues are ranked first in Section One. Other Fox Lane wrestlers include: Ben Ettlinger (96); Frank Suarce (103); Danny Ventura and Ari Faust (119); Peter Grippi (125); Tom Grippi (135); Giancarlo Morreale (140); Matt Pasqualini (145); John Grecco (171); Julian Faust (189); and Dan Clune (215).

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Quotation of the Week

“The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.” –

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Photo of the Week

This week we feature another photo from Mount Kisco Daily Photo. This photo is titled “6”.

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Is this picture:

(a) a clown’s car that got stuck in the snow
(b) a picture that the head of the BSCD imagines when cancelling school again
(c) what the village gave the Highway Department instead of a new snow plow
(d) a piece of playground equipment from Leonard Park.

It’s (d). I hope photographer Vito Pasquale takes a picture of this car in the spring. We can have hope after today’s great defrost

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Lineup to Sign Up for Mt. Kisco Summer Camp

Looking at the picture below, you would think that someone was giving something away. The picture, however, is a line of parents waiting to sign their children up for Mount Kisco’s summer camps. The registration started this Saturday morning at 8:00. The parents on the bottom level made the mistake of arriving only one hour early. There has to be a better way.

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MKFD Makes Progress on 9/11 Memorial; Receives Gift of $25,000

The Mount Kisco Fire Department continues to make progress on completing Mount Kisco’s 9/11 Memorial. After the planning and the initial groundbreaking (pictured below), construction began and Mount Kisco’s bravest volunteers built the block foundation up to street level.

The 9/11 Memorial Project will be built economically by volunteers in the construction and pool businesses with manpower from the MKFD. The MKFD, however, will have to raise funds as the current design of the memorial will have two slabs of black granite to symbolize the World Trade Center towers and a pentangular pool to memorialize the victims of the attack on the Pentagon.

To help the MKFD towards their goal, Daniele Churchill, owner of Churchill’s of Mount Kisco donated $25,000 to Mount Kisco’s 9/11 Memorial Fund. Ms. Churchill will present the donation to the Mount Kisco Fire Department at Village Hall before the February 7, 2010 Village Board of Trustees Meeting.

The MKFD is looking for other donations and is, among other fundraising projects, raffling off a 2010 Camaro.

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