Pelham NY: A Community of Homes

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Blue Moon

Change comes slowly to Pelham, but once in a blue moon, things get done, seemingly overnight.

Last night, at a 3-hour meeting of the Pelham Village Board of Trustees...

(1) The Picture House was granted a parking waiver. More than 100 parking spaces that are required by Village zoning will not need to be provided by the theater.

(2) New parking (42 more spaces), a new Village Garage and Department of Public Works Building were approved. A $2.7M Bond was authorized -- subject to permissive referendum -- to cover the cost of construction and contractors were awarded bids for the job.

(3) FIOS TV finally was approved, after years of negotiation.

Trustee Geoff Lewis "attended" the meeting and voted via Skype. Administrator Robert Yamuder was "there" via conference call and the meeting was cablecast live on TV.

 ...pretty impressive for the sleepy little Village of Pelham.

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Monday, August 02, 2010

Susan Sarandon in Pelham: Scent of an Actress

When Susan Sarandon came to Pelham for "An Evening With..." at The Picture House, she revealed how scent helps her get into character. Perfumes and peanut butter have been part of her portrayals.
The 30th anniversary screening of Atlantic City was the last special program before reconstruction of the theater starts in mid-August.

The Pelham Board of Trustees will be hold a Public Hearing at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10 at Village Hall, 195 Sparks Avenue, Pelham NY 10803 to consider a parking waiver for the new theater. While the zoning law requires the rebuilt theater to have 141 onsite parking spaces, the Board is expected to waive the requirement.

Commercial property owners have been silently supporting The Picture House since the building was sold to a non-profit and received a propety tax exemption. Commercial owners now share a fraction of the annual real estate taxes that the theater had been paying since 1921.