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Thursday, November 29, 2007

11/29/07 - An Artist Featured At Miranda Fine Arts In Port Chester Makes The News

Missouri museum buys print by local artist

A print by Purchase College art and design professor Michael Torlen, a Mamaroneck resident, was recently purchased by the Springfield Art Museum in Missouri for its permanent collection.

The print, "The Longest Journey," was featured in Prints U.S.A. 2007, a national, biennial competitive exhibition that opened at the museum this month. The competition featured 79 works selected from 311 entries; seven were purchased for the permanent collection.....

...Torlen exhibits his work at Miranda Fine Arts in Port Chester and Madelyn Jordon Fine Art in Scarsdale, as well as other galleries.

Source: Purchase College.

Local Contact: Miranda Fine Arts

6 North Pearl St.

Port Chester, NY 10573


914-934-0656 fax
email Miranda Fine Arts

Gallery hours: Wed thru Sat, 11-5 & by appt

11/29/07 - Something Smells At Eber Brother's In Port Chester. Oh No! It's Remy!!!!!!



So I used to have a fish at my last office (Eber Wine and Liquor).. People thought I was crazy at first but it soon became the attraction of the building... I even named him Remy (Martin Cognac) after one of our major brands that we carried.... This is the sad news I passed on to my ex-coworkers...

It is with deepest regret that we inform you of the passing of Remy, the goldfish. Purchased back in 2002 as a birthday present for $0.99 for his loving guardian, he grew up in Yorktown Heights, NY. He then made the move south county to White Plains and soon after settled into a wonderful foster home at Eber Bros Inc in Port Chester, NY.

Although at first, employees thought his owner was nuts for bringing him in, he was enveloped with love and tender care by many friends and co-workers. Unfortunately, no one was at his side when he went belly up on Sunday, November 25, 2007, but his memory will forever be ingrained into the warehouse-turned-shabby-office at 305 South Regent.

Remy's memory will live on forever in the soul of the next fish that will replace him today at lunch time. May he rest in peace in the big ocean in the sky. Peace be with you all.

ode to my fish...
by ao
i am a fish

i swim in the sea
i have a brain
the size of a pea

i don't do anything
just float all day
waiting for food
to come my way

it's hard to believe
i survived this long
5 years for a fish?
that must be wrong!

at funerals you know
the situation is tense
but i'll be replaced
for 99 cents

my name was remy
i was a goldfish
the folks at eber
i surely shall missh'

11/29/07 - The revised charter, which needs approval would solidify Rye Brook's interest in the library: PC Library Board President Melissa DeVincenzo



"No one has presented a governance model that I'm crazy about. Appointing their own members does not necessarily lead to public accountability." - Mayor Dennis Pilla


Attorneys are drafting a new charter and intermunicipal agreement for the Port Chester Public Library, signaling progress in the slow-moving negotiations over the library's funding.

The villages of Port Chester and Rye Brook and the library board have agreed to retain the law firm Turner & Turner of Croton-on-Hudson to rewrite the library's 1877 charter. The three entities will share the legal costs, which are capped at $15,000.

...DeVincenzo credited the subcommittees with the recent progress in negotiations. Rye Brook tentatively has agreed to increase its share of the library's taxpayer funding from 30 percent to 35 percent and share equally the cost of capital improvements with Port Chester, she said...

...Port Chester Mayor Dennis Pilla said his biggest concern is governance of the library. Trustees now are chosen by the library board, but Pilla has proposed that each village get to appoint some members....

Reporter: Liz Sadler at esadler@lohud.com or 914-694-3525

11/29/07 - Translation Needed For This Article About Acosta, Brakewood, Crane, Didden, Lopez, Pilla, Quiroz, And Sorensen

Y que paso con los concejales seleccionados...no hay ningun Hispano representante...porque?
Cuando el Alcalde de Port Chester, Dennis Pilla, hizo un llamado a la gente de Port Chester para seleccionar a dos concejales, ya que habian dos asientos libres (siempre hay seis concejales y un alcalde), tres Hispanos sometieron su nombre y su CV para ser tomados en cuenta. Ellos eran Ariel Acosta, pastor de un Iglesia Pentacostal en Port Chester, Blanca Lopez, Directora de un Programa de Vivienda sin fines de lucro, y Walter Quiroz, contador de impuestos.

Y que paso?

De los 12 candidatos que postularon, la junta de Concejales apuntaron a dos afro-americanos a que cubrieran estas dos posiciones.

Y porque no apuntaron Hispanos?....


Has Provided A Translation:

Many have been asking about the English translation to the last post, so nice to see that our blog is getting around...here it is:

When Mayor Dennis Pilla invited Port Chester residents to submit their letters of interests and resumes for village trustee appointments, three Hispanics answered Pilla's call...they were Rev. Ariel Acosta, Blanca Lopez, Director of a not for profit housing program, and Walter Quiroz, a tax accountant.

So what happened?

From the twelve candidates who sought appointments, the Board of Trustees appointed two African American men for the two open seats.

And why wasn't a Hispanic appointed?

It is not that there weren't any Hispanic candidates who were not prepared for this position. It is the opinion of this writer that Ms. Lopez was the best candidate for this position, but the two Republican Trustees, Robert Sorensen and Dominick Cicatelli, and the formerly registered Republican and now Independent Trustee, John Crane decided not to vote for her. Why?...because they felt that Lopez was too involved in politics since she was the Campaingn Chair for Trustee Brakewood and former Trustee Pilla when they ran two years ago, and also Chair for Mayor Pilla, when he ran last year. So, Lopez only received votes from Mayor Pilla and Trustee Brakewood in her quest to becoming appointed.

Wow...never in the history of Port Chester, has a Hispanic woman...an immigrant woman, I should say, like Lopez been involved in promoting change for this community and in such a short time; and that is possibly why, because of her involvement, that is has also created some backlash, because we all know that when an individual or group of people advance in this social system that we live in, there will always be people who will try to stop their progress.

So, lets analyze reasons why these three Hispanic candidates were not appointed....

Early last year, Rev. Acosta ran for Trustee with the Republican team. He ran with Mr. Cicatelli, and Bart Didden, our favorite village racist who was the mastermind behind the so called anonymous flyers where he referred to Lopez as a "wolf dressed in sheep's clothing and that she was "in bed with Pilla." It was discovered that he had assistance from current Trustee John Crane and then Board of Education President Dominick Bencivenga with the planning and editing for this flyer. Everything came out in the open when the Dept. of Justice questioned Didden and he immediately vomited to the feds everything he knew and those involved.

So, it seems that although Rev. Acosta wanted to become involved in this campaign to promote Hispanic participation and most importantly, get the Hispanic vote, the Republicans used him to promote their stance with Hispanics and to show the feds that they had recruited a Hispanic to run with them. Sadly, although Rev. Acosta wanted to be appointed to one of the open trustee spots, nobody voted for him, not even his republican counterparts, Cicatelli or Sorensen. I think that the Republicans used Acosta for their own benefit, and when he needed them they left him out to dry. Poor Reverend, he did not deserve this.

Mr. Quiroz also submitted his resume like a good citizen, but I do not think that he knew much about what this position entailed.

Well, so now lets analyze why

Lopez was not appointed, and this will be easy:

First, there is a rumor in PC that Trustee Sorensen wants to run for mayor in two years, and for trustee this coming March, so now he has to work very hard to please the Republican party and he needs to strenghten his position in it. The problem with Sorensen is that he owes a lot of money to the village because he has not paid his parking tickets. I do not think that PC voters will suppot a candidate who owes money to the village and who has shown to be a bad example for village voters. Maybe Sorensen should give up some or all of the $5k he gets from serving as trustee every year, and maybe that will satisfy his debt.

On the other hand. Mr. Cicatelli just looks lost....he lost the mayoral election, and now he is serving a term that has already expired. It seems that his vote against Lopez, was simply for revenge.... well, that's politics.

So what about Crane....who changed his party affiliation from Republican to Independent a couple of months ago, and who also wanted to be appointed Village justice earlier this year. Unfortunately, Crane, an attorney, represents landlords like Great American, who exploit Hispanics and rent "problematic" apartments and rooms. Seeing how Lopez works in the housing area and knows about housing policies and laws, she may have been seen as a challenge for Crane. Also, it is not surprising that he voted against her since he was involved in the creation of the flyer which was sent to every voter in Port Chester.

There are so many things going on in this little village. It reminds me of a Mexican soap called "Pueblo Chico, Infierno Grande." But, we have to recognize that the appointments made by the trustees was a slap in the face to Hispanics. How is it possible that in a community with a large Hispanic population, there is no Hispanic representative? However, it is also important to understand that if and when a Hispanic candidate runs for office, he or she must be professionally prepared and want what is best for the entire community. But that person must also know about the problems and challenges faced by immigrants as they acculturate into American society.

It is important that we as voters learn and understand each candidate's platforms and the relationship that they will have or have with the Hispanic community, in order to be assured that they will perform a responsible job once in office.









"Spanish As A Second Language"

How can two Non-Spanish speakers be the editor and publisher of Port Chester's Hispanic Newspaper.

Richard And Jananne Abel better hope that

365 Port Chester

And The Hispanic Businesses


Port Chester Don't Find Out How The Abel Exploit

Their Hispanic Cleaning Woman.

It's a damn shame that all the employees gets social security and unemployment insurance except her.

If Richard And Jananne Abel Found out about an Arab owned business that gave everyone benefits, except jews.

They would go nuts.

However, every English speaking employee of the Westmore News And Americana Latina gets New York State And Federally Mandated Benefits, While The Hispanic Cleaning Women Is Illegally Exploited.

The Greedy Abel's Desire To Save A Few Bucks Is


The Greedy Abel's Had Better Start Giving This Poor Hispanic Woman Her Legally Required Benefits, Before The Business Of Port Chester Start To Boycott

America Latina


The Westmore News.

Suportting Link:

11/25/07 - More Bad News For The Westmore Snooze And The Comic Book Known As Americana Latina - A Latino Citizen Journalist In Port Chester

11/28/07 - Three Cheers For The Port Chester Association

Once Again The Port Chester Police Union Is Using It's Funds To Buy Toys That Will Be Donated To The Make A Wish Foundation.

The Police Association is also accepting gifts from the public for children.

Donations can be dropped off at a box in the lobby of the police station at

350 North Main St.

Please support the Police Union in this noble charity project that will benefit needy children.

11/29/07 - Port Chester Wrestling Coach Greg Domestico's Team Will Host The Tony Carlucci Tournament

by Tony Pinciaro

Saturday begins the tournament portion of the season with the Tony Carlucci at Port Chester and the Bernie Miller Invitational at Rye. Port Chester coach Greg Domestico and Rye coach Matt Beckley always do a great job running their ...

11/28/07 - All residents, property owners, business owners, civic groups, community groups and others with an interest in Port Chester are invited

The village is conducting three more public workshops this week on the new comprehensive plan.

The workshops will take place at different locations throughout the village to encourage more people to participate. Translators will be present.

The plan, which dates to 1968, is being updated by Laberge Group, an Albany-based engineering, architecture, surveying and planning firm hired by the village.

Some 100 people attended the first workshop in September. This week's meetings will include brief updates on Laberge's progress. Those who attend also will be asked for feedback on specific issues such as land use, economic development, housing and the waterfront, said Nicole Allen, senior planner for Laberge....

11/28/07 - Port Chester Sports Wire

by Jim Sheahan

The feeling disappeared entirely when I realized Poughkeepsie was hosting Port Chester in boys' basketball on Tuesday. The winter season is here. We're putting the finishing touches on our Fall High School All-Stars, and the actual ...

11/28/07 - Port Chester Volunteer Cathy Egan comes to TMPG from ABC Television where she held the post of SVP of Marketing and Business Development

TMPG Names Cathy Egan New SVP of Business Development; Egan Was Top...

TMPG, Inc., the multi-award winning independent media promotion company, has announced the appointment of Cathy Egan as Senior Vice President of Business Development....

... She also serves on boards and advisory committees for charitable organizations including the Carver Center in Port Chester, NY, the P.O.T.S. soup kitchen in the Bronx and the Make A Wish Foundation of New York. New Creative Director Shari Sobine, ...

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