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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

08/05/08 Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and children under 12, cash or check only, at the door.

Port Chester Arts Council Presents Honk


The Port Chester Council for the Arts, in cooperation with the Port Chester Recreation Department, proudly presents Honk!, a musical retelling of the story of the Ugly Duckling, August 8 & 9 at 8 PM at the Port School, 113 Bowman Ave., Port Chester, N.Y. ...

....With music by George Stiles and lyrics and book by Anthony Drewe, Honk! is based on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale, The Ugly Duckling. When Ida’s four ducklings emerge from their eggs, she is very excited. Then she notices one more unhatched egg, a very large egg. The “duckling” emerges—a large, brown ungainly bird who waddles out of his shell while lifting Ida on his shoulders with an ignominious "Honk!" He can’t quack like the others. He is much larger than the others. Though at first taken aback by her unusual child, Ida hugs her duckling and all is well between mother and son. Unfortunately, Ugly suffers humiliation from the members of the barnyard, the other ducklings and his dad, Drake. And Cat eyes him as an ideal dinner. Later, Ugly gets lost and while Ida is frantically looking for her lost duckling, Ugly makes new acquaintances along the way, experiences new adventures, and eventually turns into the beautiful swan he was born to be.

The cast features Deidre Potter as Ugly, Rosie Veltri as Ida, Troy Tripicchio as Drake, Kim McGuire as Cat, Chyna Marino as Bullfrog, Sophia Toppo as Beaky, Lauren Pellegrini as Fluff, Nicole Ferrara as Billy, Isabella Carpiniello as Downy, Sophia Carpiniello as Henrietta, Jillian Ferretti as Maureen, Sarah Kamensky as Farmer, Cecelia Bonner as Penny, Alejandro Pizarro as Father Swan, Maeve Potter as Mother Swan, Julia DiLorenzo as Bewick, Carly Polistina as Grace, Emily Toppo as Greylag, Tori Lovallo as Dot, Erika Ayala as Snowy, Sydney Woolf as Barnacles, Shannon Maguire as Pink, Charlette Martin as Foot, Monica Nole as Old Woman, Cassidy Donohue as Lowbutt, Mikie Sakanaka as Queenie, Jeremy Aird as Turkey, and Mihoko Sakanaka as Maggie Pie. The Ensemble includes Marissa Tauro, Catherine Esposito, Julian Coutinno, Robbie Mickatavage, Erica Hassett, Carli Sileo, Olivia Bonner, Grace Polistina, Amanda McConway, Joelle LaGuardia and Jessica Rosabella.

Kelly Budde has served as director of the children’s summer theatre productions for the Port Chester Council for the Arts since 2001. ....

....Cindy Moore has directed over 25 shows for children and adults for the Port Chester Council for the Arts, including productions of Godspell, Pippin, The Sound of Music, Cinderella Shakespeare, Peter Pan and The Wiz. She is also on the staff of Westco Productions, serving as musical director for the Theater for Young Audiences series and Creative Theater Workshop program, and has served as composer and lyricist for several of Westco’s original productions for young audiences. She is a professional vocalist and performs at various clubs with the bands Class Act and Reunion. She is also a musical director for the Rye Arts Center.

The Port Chester Council for the Arts was founded in 1981 and has mounted over 100 productions which have featured over 2,000 adults and children. Today, the Port Chester Council for the Arts presents children’s, youth and adult theatre productions each summer along with productions for adults and teens throughout the year. The PCCFA also runs educational arts-based programs including an after-school program and an artist-in-residence program for grades K-5 in conjunction with the Port Chester elementary schools....

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Monday, August 4, 2008

08/04/08 Affordable-housing project takes shape in Port Chester

The thick, marshy forest that once stood at the end of Alto Avenue has disappeared as silhouettes of new homes rise in its place.

By next year, 35 single-family townhouses will be built, a $12 million project aimed at creating homes for middle-income workers.

Louis Larizza, the project's developer, first eyed the 4 acres for development seven years ago. Some $3.5 million from the county and $900,000 from the state propelled the project, which includes building a road that connects Fox Island Road to the new homes. The village owned the land and sold it to the county before Larizza bought it for $1. A small parcel that was privately owned was also acquired.

Construction began in May and Larizza, a Port Chester native, hopes to put the homes up for sale in June. They will cost $200,000 and be offered to families who make up to 80 percent of the county's median income. The median income for the county is $96,500 for a family of four. Eligible applicants will be chosen from a lottery and must get approved for a mortgage.

"I love doing moderate-income housing," Larizza said, noting that he also built affordable housing on Sands Street and West Street. "You help people who are first-time homeowners. They live in an apartment their whole lives and they can a buy a home for the first time. It's a good feeling."

The Rev. Bruce Baker, a member of the village's affordable- housing subcommittee and pastor of All Souls Parish, said Larizza's 35 units were a good start, but not enough.....

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