Pelham NY: A Community of Homes

Sunday, August 27, 2006

35 Days to Pay

Finally fixed the Search Engine so it doesn't default to cheap houses. Here it is.

. . . Will someone please tell me why the Tax Receiver is so darn efficient?

There I sat, enjoying the final Saturday of August and up the walk comes Postman Dave with my School Tax bill.

School hasn't opened yet and the tax may be paid without penalty until September 30.

Guess it's a good idea to get the bills out as soon as possible to give owners enough time to prepare.

We've got a $51.8 MM school budget this year with property tax revenues covering $44.3 MM. The homestead rate is $15.5450 per $1,000 and non-homestead (commercial) properties are rated at $23.1345 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Today's New York Times reports:

Stealth Students Test Tolerance of the Affluent
By Joseph Berger
"Pelham, N.Y., bordered by the Bronx and Mount Vernon . . . budget[s] $50,000 to track down alien students. In the past year, according to Dr. Charles Wilson, the superintendent, it expelled half the 60 students it investigated."

If you think your School Tax bill is too high, feel free to call me.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Believe It

We sold the house, not the car.

Photo by Alan Michael.

Accident on Pelhamdale at Monterey The Pelham Weekly August 25, 2006, p. 6 (subscription).

The 18-year-old Pelham Manor resident driving the car in the photo at left escaped injury when his car traveled up a telephone pole guide wire at the corner of Pelhamdale and Monterey Avenues. Police said the accident occurred at 6:15pm on Monday, Aug.21 as the car’s driver was making a right turn on to Monterey. No charges were filed.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Midnight Thirty at CBGB Tonight

Pelham's Midnight Thirty band at CBGB tonight, 7:30 pm. Live Stream here.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Car Hits House

Imagine buying a magnificent home in Pelham Heights (see post below of August 6) and less than a week later, finding Mercedez Benz parts scattered on your lawn?

"On Monday night Aug. 7 at 10:25 pm, a 2000 Mercedz Benz drove off the Boulevard near Corona Avenue, hitting shrubs and hedges before coming to a stop.

"No one was injured. Pelham police arrested the driver, a 24-year-old Bronx resident, and charged him with DWAI (driving while ability impaired by drugs).

"He was charged with four counts of criminal possession of a weapon (brass knuckles and three electric stun guns) and criminal possession of a controlled substance (ketmine). "

Quoted from August 11, 2006 Pelham Weekly "Police Reports" (subscription) .

He also was charged with criminal mischief, reckless driving and possession of a hypodermic instrument.

He was arraigned on $1,500 bail by the Town Judge Tuesday morning, and is due back in court on Thursday.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Boulevard Heights


Congratulations to the new owners.
Rosalie Kravitz, Selling Agent.

Another Pelham home selling for more than $2,000,000.

Details here.

Gravel to Grass

For decades, Parking in Pelham has been the Town's top topic.

The current concern is parking near the High School.

Several citizen committes and three different boards (Board of Education, Pelham Village Board of Trustees and Pelham Manor Village Board) have been studying parking.

Planners, engineers and professional consultants have been paid enough taxpayer-dollars to buy an Enzo.

Almost every week, the local paper publishes one or more letters to the editor submitted by citizens.

What the crux?

When construction of our new Middle School began a few years ago, a temporary teacher parking lot was built on greenspace on a portion of an athletic field. Goodbye grass. Hello gravel. Cue Joni Mitchell.

Our teriffic two-tone Middle School now has opened, but the temporary lot remains. When the temporary lot closes, where will the teachers park?

Some citizens say "on the street." Many add, "but not in front of my house."

Village Boards say "we'll help by parking teachers' cars on our streets." But they're thinking, "Park the teachers' cars on School Board property; the Board of Education has a parking lot two blocks from the High School.

The Board of Education says

Pelham Blogger is happy to report that the parking issue finally has been resolved.

How? Simple: I asked my myspace-gen and facebook-gen kids and

Here is all we have to do.

NY Times Reports on Pelham Parking

Pelham Parking Plan Stirs Controversy

With the start of the school year just a few weeks away, officials in Pelham have patched together a plan to provide parking for teachers and staff at the town’s high school and middle school building this year. But a permanent solution remains elusive.

The parking problem stems from the hiring of more teachers and staff members to handle the schools’ growing enrollment and the loss of a parking lot for construction of a middle school addition. About 200 spaces were needed in the 2005-6 school year, while 250 to 260 spaces will be needed when school opens.

The school found about 240 spaces on its grounds, including at Ingalls Field, and at other playing fields a few blocks away, but it was still short. So last month Pelham trustees voted to allocate 28 on-street permit spaces for teachers and staff. Those spaces were created under a state provision of the Vehicle Traffic Law, which allows a municipality to set aside parking spaces in areas adjacent to a government facility.

But there is pressure from some residents to get the cars off Ingalls Field, which would result in the loss of about 50 spaces. A parking committee is studying alternatives including allowing school personnel to park on Pelham Manor streets under the Vehicle Traffic Law. But some Pelham Manor officials questioned whether the village, which begins on the other side of the street from the school, was adjacent under the law.

The school district and Pelham Manor then asked the State Attorney General’s Office for an interpretation of the law. Officials in the office, which issued its opinion on July 25, said it was meant to explain the law, but was not meant to give a yes or no answer about the parking. But a Pelham Manor trustee who is also on the parking committee said he believed the opinion did indeed ban parking.

“Basically, the opinion is pretty clear that on-street permitted parking near the high school in Pelham Manor would not be permitted under the statute,” said the trustee, Joseph C. Hays Jr. The opinion is scheduled to be discussed at a meeting of the Pelham trustees on Tuesday.


Thursday, August 03, 2006

Rhymin' Simon

We are writing a jingle for our next commercial.

The theme of the commercial is "Come Home to Ann DeSantis."

The Ann DeSantis Real Estate office at 4550 Boston Post Road, Pelham Manor, New York 10803 has been open since 1928 helping families buy and sell homes and investment properties in Westchester and Bronx Counties.

As we composed our jingle for the commercial, here is the only thing we came up with that rhymes with "Ann DeSantis":

Please let us know if you can think of anything else.


One more thing -- Did you know that the Praying Manits is the Official State Insect of Connecticut?