Mount Kisco Employees Key to Recovery from Hurricane Irene

One week after the storm, the Village of Mount Kisco has cleaned up from Hurricane Irene. Key to these cleanup efforts were the Mount Kisco Highway department, who went into overdrive cleaning up village property and removing the tree branches and limbs taken to the curb by village residents. The employees of the Mount Kisco Highway department are often unsung heroes in Mount Kisco. Let’s thank them for all of their efforts on this Labor Day. It is also appropriate to thank Pete Scala, the Highway Department supervisor, for all of his service and wish him well in his retirement.

Thanks also to the Recreation Department and the Mount Kisco Memorial Pool employees. They quickly cleaned up the pool, fixed the mechanical damage from Hurricane Irene and opened the pool for the Labor Day weekend. Hopefully the weather will cooperate for this last pool day of the season.

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Power Still Out on Captain Merritt’s Hill; Hillside Pump Station

Although power Mount Kisco has been restored in the downtown area and the vast majority of homes, there is still no power in the homes on Captain Merritt’s Hill. While this is definitely an inconvenience to residents, it could have disastrous effects for the Village of Mount Kisco’s water distribution system.

Hillside Avenue and Mount Avenue, the location of a massive tree that fell on Sunday morning, is also the location of the Hillside Avenue pump station. Since power in the neighborhood in out, the pump station is operating by a generator. This pump station is essential to the operation of the village’s water tank and water distribution system. If the pump station is not operating, water pressure could be lost in a wide area of Mount Kisco, including the fire hydrants.

The power was restored briefly and ConEdison thought the problem was solved. The power outage still remains. One Mountain Avenue resident explained, “it was fixed…for ten minutes! Then the fuses on the pole blew out. Those ten minutes were bliss.”

Since the Hillside Avenue pump station is critical to the village’s water distribution system and fire protection, the Village of Mount Kisco should be doing more at this time to get ConEdison to fix the power at Hillside and Mountain.

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Photos and Aftermath of Hurricane Irene in Mount Kisco

Please see the pictures below from Sunday morning in Mount Kisco:

Top Row: Flooding on South Moger and in Shoppers’ Park

Middle Row: 9/11 Memorial stands tall despite flooding; view of flooding behind library; flooding in front of American Legion

Bottom Row: Trees down at Hillside and Mountain that took down power; tree down in back yard on Croton Avenue; house on Willets Road escapes close call

In this time of emergency, many businesses are tyring to help local residents. Con Edison is distributing dry ice in the parking lot of the Mount Kisco train station from 10:00 am today. Starbucks was giving out free coffee.

If you are going to pick up dry ice in Mount Kisco, however, please put money in the meters. The Mount Kisco Parking Officers are ticketing all cars that do not pay the parking meters while picking up dry ice. Some things never change in Mount Kisco when there is no supervision and accountability of the “elected” officials.

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Mount Kisco Little Leaguers Win League; Battle to Last Out in Championship Final

Mount Kisco’s U10 baseball team finished its successful season on Saturday in the championship game against Lewisboro.

The team, coached by Ralph Nuzzi and Steven DiFiore, played well all year with a 16-2 regular season record. After finishing with the first seed in the American League of the WPBA U10 division, the team defeated Somers, Briarcliff Manor and Carmel in the playoffs to make it to the championship game. By making the championship game, they became the first Mount Kisco team to make the championship game in the last decade.

The championship game had several highlights for Mount Kisco as they built an 8-0 lead. The game was also memorable as it was a return game for Mikey Corsi, returning from a serious illness that required surgery and was the impetus for a drive to furnish each Mount Kisco Little League team with a defibrillator.

The Lewisboro team, however, showed that they had character and team unity as they battled back from a 9-3 deficit to edge Mount Kisco by a 10-9 score. Hopefully, this game will give the talented Mount Kisco team the chance to develop the character and team unity to return to the playoffs and become champions next year.

Some pictures from the game are included below. For more pictures, please use this link to see pictures taken by Art Nelson, a talented Mount Kisco photograper.

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Mount Kisco Fire Department’s 9/11 Memorial Nearing Completion

Almost around the clock, the Mount Kisco Fire Department has been working to complete the 9/11 Memorial. The 9-11 Memorial has been planned, built and financed by volunteers from the Mount Kisco Fire Department.

As pictured below, the two slabs of black granite to symbolize the World Trade Center towers have been installed in the middle of the framework for the pentangular pool to memorialize the victims of the attack on the Pentagon. The granite slabs have the names of the brave firefighters lost in the rescue after the attack. The granite slabs also have the names of local residents killed in the attacks. The Mount Kisco Fire Department has also added a beam of steel from one of the towers to the memorial.

The dedication has been set for Sunday, September 11, the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

There is still time to donate funds needed for the materials used by the Mount Kisco Fire Department. To donate, send a check payable to the Mount Kisco Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 91; Mount Kisco, NY 10549. You can also call one of the Mount Kisco Fire Department 9-11 Committee’s chairpeople, Paul Felice at 914-241-4593 and Rich Alexander at 914-218-8334.

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Mallification of Mount Kisco: BGR The Burger Joint

Property owners that own many of the stores in the downtown area, in a quest for corporate guarantees on their leases, are renting to national chain stores.

The latest in the “mallification” of Mount Kisco is BGR-The Burger Joint. With approximately one dozen locations on the east coast, this restaurant should be opening in Mount Kisco within the next few months on South Moger at the former location of the locally-owned Villa Del Sol.

Apparently, however, the contractor for this new addition to the Mount Kisco community believes it is appropriate to dig up our sidewalks and leave them unusable for days. Most chains do not care much for the communities that they profit from. Send a comment to BGR using this link. Tell them to clean up their mess.

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Photos of the Week

This week’s photos of the week are from the website Mount Kisco Daily Photo and all were taken at the community gardens at Marsh Sanctuary. The photos, from left to right are: Green Only – Marsh Sanctuary Community Garden, Community Garden-Marsh Sanctuary, and Sunflower and Bees – Marsh Sanctuary Community Garden.

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Mount Kisco Memorial Swim and Dive Team Finish Successful Season

The Mount Kisco Swim and Dive Team completed another successful season, competing in the Northern Westchester Swimming Conference’s most difficult division.

At the NWSC season ending All-Star Meet, the following Mount Kisco swimmers were conference champions: 14 and under girls Medley Relay team (Mary Fitzsimmons, Erin Boddie, Katherine Karle and Julia Ruggiero); the 14 and under boys Medley Relay team (Erik Picone, Charlie Kleinsmith, Bobby Potenza and Travis May); Maggie Kleinsmith (10 and under girls breaststroke); Matthew Karle (18 and under boys butterfly) and Julia Ruggiero (12 and under girls freestyle).

At the year-end awards dinner, the swimmers and coaches were honored. Of course the evening ended with the annual slide show. The Mount Kisco Swim and Dive Team is a great program for young swimmers from beginners to the champions above. The team showed great camaraderie and the coaches (pictured below: Ian Kleinsmith, Matt Karle, Charlie Kleinsmith, Luke Salvatore, Chris Cerutti, Connor Farrell, Maria Trujillo, Jenn DiChiara, and Katie Tipa (not pictured Bobby Potenza)) should be congratulated.

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Mount Kisco Little League: Potential Tradgedy Turned to Triumph

After divine and human intervention, a potential life-threatening tradgedy was turned into triumph with the Mount Kisco Little League receiving three defibrillators through donations.

During a Mount Kisco Little League travel game at Lewisboro, a routine play and collision at second base triggered a medical issue. Ten-year old Michael Corsi, who was diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome, had his heart stop after an apparent blow to the chest.

As a result of what may have been divine intervention, a cardiologist was at the field to step in and revive Michael Corsi. Michael Corsi’s coach Ralph Nuzzi had often asked his cousin, Dr. Carmine Sorbera, to attend one of Mount Kisco’s Little League games. Since this game was in Lewisboro, Dr. Sorbera, a Lewisboro resident, finally relented and attended the game. As a result of Dr. Sorbera’s skill and knowledge, Michael Corsi was revived and was able to receive the medical attention necessary to allow him to live a normal life. Dr. Sorbera’s life-saving actions were only the first beneficial intervention.

In February, the MKLL applied for one of six SNY (Mets’ cable network) $5,000 grants for the sole purpose of purchasing two defibrillators. While the grants were awarded elsewhere, the MKLL was encouraged us to re-apply next year. The Mets also directed the MKLL to Marguerite White, Regional Director of Community Outreach for Sports Authority who just this year pioneered an AED placement program with Sports Authority and had already placed eight units in neighboring counties. After the accident at the field in Lewisboro, the Sports Authority responded by donating a defibrillator to the Little League and 75 XO Athletic HeartShields chest pads. The Corsi family also responded by donating money and helping to raise donations so two additional defibrillators could be purchased for the Mount Kisco Little League. Hopefully, they will never need to be used.

Last night, at the Sports Authority, a clinic was held to host the Mount Kisco Little League and inform their parents and family members how to use a defibrillator. As a special treat for the Little Leaguers (and their parents), Dwight “Doc” Gooden was on hand to speak to the Mount Kisco Little League and sign autographs.

Also, present was State Senator Greg Ball to praise Sports Authority and encourage them to facilitate the expansion of the AED placement program both regionally and nationally. “I want to thank Sports Authority for stepping up to the plate,” said Ball. “It’s a beautiful thing when the private sector stands up because there’s a lot of things that government cannot do, especially in these tough economic times. Let’s make sure we do what it takes to bring this program statewide, as well as communities across the nation” added Ball.

Special thanks to the Corsi family for sharing this story and raising money and awareness for the defibrillators, the Mount Kisco Little League – specifically Ed Reilly, Beth Romski and Ralph Nuzzi, Dr. Carmine Sorbera, Marguerite White and the Sports Authority and Deputy Mayor George Griffin and the American Legion.

Pictured below are a few pictures from the event which started at the American Legion and ended at the Sports Authority. For more pictures, see the pictures taken by Art Nelson using this link.

Pictured below: Marguerite White addressing the Little Leaguers and their families (coach Ralph Nuzzi is watching in the background), the two doctors – Sorbera and Gooden, Dr. Sorbera with Michaels Corsi.

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If You Are Looking for Something After Tonight’s Bedford Village Parade

Consider trying Frannie’s Goodie Shoppe on E. Main Street next to the movie theater. On Facebook, Frannie’s updates their flavor lineup.

Tonight’t flavors are: Mango Tango Sorbet, Luscious Lemon, Cookies and Cream, Thin Mint Cookies, Red Velvet Cake, Peanut Butter, Cappucino, Very Strawberry, Original Tart, No-Sugar-Added Raspberry, Cable Car Chocolate, Alpine Vanilla.

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