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Friday, July 17, 2015

News of Pelham

Weekend Update, Friday July 17, 2015 #PelhamNY @NewsOfPelham
          Our newspaper with familiar Back to School news and photos drops September 7, 2015. Visit Print ad reservation discount ends Wednesday, July 22. To reserve, visit IT'S FREE TO RESERVE AND LOCK IN THE DISCOUNT!
          Some DoPs and MoPs will be richer tonight than they were this morning. OOMA's IPO drops today on NYSE.
          Next week is motion submission in a Supreme Court suit against a Pelham Real Estate Broker. You may sign up for updates on the case via eTrack at the link.
          But wait, there's more . . . let take care of your calendars. Watch your email Sunday for This Week in Pelham. Missed yesterday's tipsheet from Burbio? Join at Here's a screenshot of yesterday's deals.
          Hard to believe, but we've had 31,523 pageviews! Gotta be true -- Google says so. (We've been posting for almost a decade.)
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          Finally, DoPs has been buzzing with comments about the proposed new Pelham Manor shopping center across from BJs. One DoP, a veteran commercial real estate broker from town, was quite circumspect in posting
"There is no plan, just BS.
The numbers, the site work, the DEC, the stupid zoning change, the threat of condemnation do not make sense for retail, especially a home improvement / garden center. UPS, Fedex, and Pepsi all wanted the site -- but the rocket scientist previous board members were foolish.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Safe and Sound Pelham Village Fire Department

Annual Checkup Pelham Village Fire Department Ladder 2

Went to park at Kravitz Realtors this morning. Giant erection on Village of Pelham fire truck parked in Lot 7. Friendly man explained he was doing annual safety check on equipment. Good to know Pelham's Bravest are taking care.

Watch short video of test in progress and feel free to "Like" on Facebook.feeling safe.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

101 Grievances and Pelham's Best Kept Secret

Yesterday, June 17, 2014, was "Grievance Day" in The Town of Pelham. It's the day when property owners filed papers and came to argue, protesting their proposed assessments for the next tax year.
When the proposed assessments are published early in June, owners may file a complaint that their assessments are too high. The complaints are heard by the Town's Board of Assessment Review, which meets every year in Town Hall at 34 Fifth Avenue. Grievance Day always falls on the third Tuesday in June.
This year, only 101 Grievances were filed by property owners. The number of Grievances filed was lower than last year, when reportedly 110 Grievances were filed.

For the first time in several years, residential assessments were increased, because the Assessor believed that home values increased in comparison to last year. Many commercial property owners file Grievances every year, and they often receive reductions when their cases are appealed to Court with a Certiorari Petition.

At this time, it isn't known how many of the Grievances filed yesterday were for commercial property and how many were for residential property.

But the fact that the total number of Grievances only was 101 suggests that most property owners here in Pelham were satisfied with their proposed assessments and did not file a formal protest.

When it comes to real estate taxes, it's Pelham's best kept secret that at two of the Condominiums in town, taxes are extremely low. That's because of a loophole in the tax law: While new Condos are taxed at full market value (the same way taxes are calculated on homes) converted Condos are taxed differently. The tax formula is based upon their value as rental properties, because the converted Condos originally had been investment properties that were rented to tenants by landlords.
Here's a link to a 1997 New York Times article reporting on "Pelham Manor's Last Rental Conversion." It's about The Fairways Condominium, which is near The Pelham Country Club on Wynnewood Road. The other converted Condo in Pelham is Witherbee Court, across the street from The Fairways.
We have a 1-Bedroom apartment at The Fairways for sale priced under $200,000, with annual taxes of approximately $2,692. And that's before a STAR (School Tax) reduction, which effectively wipes out the school tax bill of $1,734 (last year's bill), leaving a STAR-qualified owner with an annual tax bill of {drum roll} approximately $1,000.00. For details, contact your REALTOR, or just click here and then click the blue 7-digit "MLS" number.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Gazebo Raising, Pelham NY, May 12, 2014

 Gazebo raising, Pelham, New York, May 12, 2014.

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Shop Small in Pelham - American Express $10 Credit for Registered Cardholders

Support our local publishers and small businesses

From The Pelham Weekly
     The Pelham Chamber of Commerce is encouraging local businesses to join the “Shop Small” program on Saturday, Nov. 30 sponsored by American Express to promote shopping locally the day after Black Friday.
American Express offers free promotional materials to merchants.
     The Nov. 30 event was one of several announced at the Chamber of Commerce meeting Monday night. Others include:
     • Monday, Dec. 2: “Mom’s Secret Shopping Day” gift show from 11:00am-2:00pm at Infusion Restaurant featuring items for sale from local merchants and raffles with proceeds to benefit PAZ (Pan American Zoonotic Research and Prevention).
     • Saturday, Dec. 7: Prasanthi Studio (yoga) Holiday Boutique. 
Free Parking Downtown

     To encourage holiday shopping in downtown Pelham and at the request of the Pelham Chamber of Commerce, the parking meters will be covered and two hour parking will be free on Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Dec. 6 and again on Wednesday, Dec. 18 through Friday, Dec. 27.


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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

ECG - Signs of the Times - Take 2 - Pelham Manor NY

Okay, when I first saw it from a distance, it reminded me, "Buy eggs."
(Rosalie called earlier and asked me to pick up a dozen.)

Next thought: "Well, that's kind of ugly. Doesn't fit in Pelham Manor."

Earlier this fall, Pelham Preservation and Garden Society raised and donated nearly $30,000 for traditional, non-obtrusive traffic light poles at Four Corners

So why did these metal signs suddenly pop up on poles on Pelhamdale?

Bicycle Paths! ECG is East Coast Greenway!

The bike path runs through the Manor estate area, down Shore Road, past Bartow Pell Mansion Museum, Pelham / Split Rock Golf Course, and on to City Island and beyond.

East Coast Greenway Alliance is based in Rhode Island. The non-profit's mission is

from 2009 Tax Return - East Coast Greenway Alliance
a 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organization

They have a Cool Web Site with contact information.

So now when we sell homes in Pelham Manor on or near the ECG, not only can we point out the bicycle path, but also the shiny new signs.

22 are for sale as of this posting in Prospect Hill (the homes, not the signs) priced from $495,000 to $1,995,000. Here they are, just in case you're interested.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum Open House Weekend

If you are new to Pelham, or even if your family's been here for generations, an autumn visit to Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum is an amazing Pelham experience.

This weekend is NY Open House Historic House Trust Weekend. Explore the mansion, grounds and gardens. Free events are scheduled on Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday at 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

The mansion is on Shore Road (also known as Pelham Road). Take Pelhamdale Avenue towards the Long Island Sound and when Pelhamdale ends, turn right and head south. On your left you will pass the Travers Island facility of The New York Athletic Club and Pelham Manor's Shore Park. Bike or drive along Shore Road through the park about 3/4 mile. When you see the Golf Courses on your right, slow down. Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum is on your left. Turn into the gates, drive through the forest and park.

I've always felt a visit to the mansion, gardens and grounds is time travel. History, opulence and elegance osmose your soul. The natural beauty of the forest and shoreline and the sounds of silence, birds and wildlife are uplifting.

On the grounds is the Siwanoy Oak Tree, where European colonists, by treaty, formalized their domination of the indigenous people. Destruction of their culture and civilization followed. Having been taught since kindergarten that the settlers did the right thing, we seldom reflect upon the impact of some of our ancestors' acts: White people conquered the Native Americans and did it with the zeal of a crusade.

This weekend enjoy the past and present before the future takes us home.

Saturday, October 12 & Sunday, October 13, 12–4 p.m.
Historic House Trust Festival & 
OpenHouseNY Weekend
Come explore the splendor of this 19th-century mansion and learn about the lives of past inhabitants. Free guided tours by costumed docents, 124p.m. Tours start at quarter past the hour.
Saturday, October 12, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
High Time for Low Tea
Enjoy a true Victorian low tea in the mansion’s Orangerie served by docents in period dress. Learn about low versus high tea, tea history, and etiquette, all while delighting in delicious, traditional teatime treats. Appropriate for ages 10 and up. Registration required. Cost $20 per person, members $15
Sunday, October 13, 4:30– 6:00 p.m.
Ninety Years of Fashion History, 1890–1980
Join us for the inside scoop on what the fashionable wore from 1890 to 1980 by Bard Graduate Center scholar Sarah Pickman. Sarah’s focus on fashion history and anthropology, her work in the Textile Conservation Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and her penchant for vintage clothing, all contribute to a fun and fascinating look at a period of radical change in fashion. Registration requested. Free

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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Trick AND Treat
@ChaseSupport sent a letter to its cardholders last month explaining "enhanced benefits" for cardmembers.

The letter also said, "Please note that ID Theft Coverage will be cancelled. All changes are effective November 1, 2013."

When I cancelled my United MileagePlus(R) Card, I was told that ID Theft was being removed from ALL Chase cards.

Luckily, I have a very inexpensive add-on to my NY homeowner's insurance policy that covers ID Theft.

For a card, I selected Discover @Discover because their online portal lets me generate "random" unique 16-digit one-shot card numbers for each of my online transactions.

Someone with a very good imagination must have come up with this simple idea and I'm guessing that a C+ math student could have written the algorithm.

The kicker? Discover Card is giving 5% rewards for 4th Q 2013 on ALL online purchases. All that's required to earn the 5% bonus is a one-click enrollment on their app or site.

Santa -- Are you linked-in? Hope so . . . Wouldn't want you chasing around in case someone steals your identity.

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

gallery opening tonight in pelham ny

gallery opening tonight in PelhamNY next door to
Pelham Art Center
across from Bistro Rollin
welcome the gallery to Pelham, New York
6pm - 8pm — at 153 Fifth Avenue Pelham NY 10803
DMA Gallery, member Pelham Chamber of Commerce

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Arts and Civics in Downtown Pelham

Carmen Acuna Art
Arts Fest This Weekend in Pelham and New Rochelle

Carmen Acuna at DMA Pelham 153 Fifth Avenue Pelham NY 10803
New Art Gallery opening next to Art Center across from Caruso's. Now open. Support the Arts in #Pelham.

Pelham Civics at DeCicco's Family Market and Manor Duncan Donuts Support the Men's Organization that supports #Pelham. Raffles just a fiver or $100 for $10,000 cash prize. Free tickets promos at the tables. Ask your Civic for details.

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