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Art for Our Sake


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The arts are essential to any complete national life. The State owes it to itself to sustain and encourage them….Ill fares the race which fails to salute the arts with the reverence and delight which are their due.”

So said none other than 20th Century statesman non-pareil Winston Churchill.

The same sentiment in that ode to the arts was evoked at the April 4 annual awards luncheon hosted by ArtsWestchester in White Plains (N.Y.) at the Crowne Plaza. Nine honorees were presented. You can read their names and see more photos below.

Apart from the abundance of talent that was honored in front of an audience of several hundred, the event is made possible by the patronage of First Niagara Bank and its Managing Director David Ring, a resident of Yorktown who also sits on the arts agency’s board of trustees. (more…)

April 15, 2013 |

Pleasantville Community Blood Drive – Longer Hours!


givebloodPleasantville merchants are providing gifts, coupons and raffle items for blood donors who participate in an ALL-DAY Blood Drive sponsored by the Pleasantville High School and Ambulance Corps on Monday, May 6 from 9:00 am  to 9:00 pm at the Pleasantville High School on Romer Avenue.  The drive is timed to help boost supplies and avoid shortages during the summer.  Red cells units will also be collected from qualifying candidates. Donors are welcome from anywhere.

For information, to sign up or to volunteer, call (914) 747-2408 or send an email to  Although it is helpful to let the organizers know in advance that you plan to come, walk-ins are always accepted.



April 15, 2013 |

Elimination of Saturday Postal Delivery Is Postponed Until Further Notice


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U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors

April 10, 2013

The Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service met April 9 and discussed the Continuing Resolution recently passed by Congress to fund government operations.

By including restrictive language in the Continuing Resolution, Congress has prohibited implementation of a new national delivery schedule for mail and packages, which would consist of package delivery Monday through Saturday and mail delivery Monday through Friday, and which would have taken effect the week of August 5, 2013.

Although disappointed with this Congressional action, the Board will follow the law and has directed the Postal Service to delay implementation of its new delivery schedule until legislation is passed that provides the Postal Service with the authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule.

The Board believes that Congress has left it with no choice but to delay this implementation at this time. The Board also wants to ensure that customers of the Postal Service are not unduly burdened by ongoing uncertainties and are able to adjust their business plans accordingly.

The Board continues to support the transition to a new national delivery schedule. Such a transition will generate approximately $2 billion in annual cost savings and is a necessary part of a larger five-year business plan to restore the Postal Service to long-term financial stability. (more…)

April 12, 2013 |

Westchester’s ‘Eden’ Pans Panera



Bedford Hills, tony haven of movie stars and their monied class mates, has nothing on the snooty Westchester County (N.Y.) town of Eastchester, which fancies itself a pristine Garden of Eden. However, not all earthly delights need apply.

Bedford Hills, you see, is cheesy enough to allow a “fast-quick casual” restaurant chain like Panera to exist within its beauteous borders. Erstwhile Eastchester is cheeky enough to turn its “other” cheek (the one always left behind) in Panera’s direction and invite a big, fat, wet kiss.

Eastchester’s proudly puritanical town board and supervisor will not gladly suffer the utterly distasteful blight that “fast-quick casual” grub peddlers inflict on municipalities desperate enough to welcome an arriviste like Panera with open arms, open wallets and hungry residents, who enjoy connecting with others or with the internet (at no charge). (Eastchester’s Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts were grandfathered, so tomorrow they’ll wake up and smell the coffee, still.) (more…)

March 27, 2013 |
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