Pelham NY: A Community of Homes

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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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings Monday at Sound Shore Medical Center

It's a good idea to find out what's up . .

This is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and here in Pelham we're raising awareness and participating.

Sound Shore Medical Center is offering free prostate screenings Monday, September 30. An advance appointment is required; Call Barbara Rohonczy at 914-365-3754. Appointments are limited and are available on a first-call, first-served basis.

Pelham Civics member Joe Nunziata has been spreading the word about prostate screening for the past three years. September's Pelham Post announced that Joe volunteered his agency's creative and marketing talents to Ed Randall's Fans for the Cure charity and to the New York Yankees with creative radio, TV and posters promoting National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month at Yankee Stadium, where the team hosted free screenings earlier this month.

Wednesday at La Fontanella Ristorante, I ran into Joe and he told me how simple it is to get screened. "Such simple steps we can take, like learning about the disease and getting screened," Joe explained.
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Lately screening has become controversial. President Obama declared this "Prostate Cancer Awareness Month," but last May the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended against PSA-based screening for prostate cancer.

As a result, many primary care physicians no longer include PSA screening as a part of general or annual physical exams. But urologists continue to recommend it. NY Times article on prostate cancer screening.

Last weekend, Rosalie and I visited Lake Placid. At the beautiful Conference Center of Lake Placid, physicians were attending a continuing medical education update on Primary Care and Neurology.

I sat in briefly. One of the topics was "To Screen or Not to Screen for Prostate Cancer." An Internal Medicine MD PhD presented statistics demonstrating no net benefits from screening, and a Surgery Professor MD explained why he believed in screening for Prostate Cancer.
Don't be.
My suggestion?

Call and schedule your free screening by Dr. Stephen Trauzzi, Sound Shore Chief of Urology and the Medical Center support staff.

The urological exam most likely will include a manual check of the prostate and if something feels wrong to the doctor, he is likely to discuss it with you.
. . Hope to see you there Monday.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013


  1. The proposed local law (13 pages)
  2. An environmental resolution (1 page),
  3. An environmental Positive Declaration form dated 9/9/13 (2 pages),
  4. A short environmental assessment form (2 pages); and,
  5. The draft scoping document (5 pages).
As you read in Friday's Pelham Weekly, the Pelham Manor Board has proposed new zoning for Four Corners.

Last year, when Pelham Village proposed new zoning, many opposed it, signed letters to the editor, spoke at Village Board meetings and mobilized against it.

The Manor is exploring whether or not the zoning change is in the best interests of the community. That's all they are doing. Manor officials are not meeting with developers and no Requests For Proposals have gone out. No public hearings are scheduled yet and no hearing will take place at the Board meeting on September 23.

We may submit written comments on the Draft Scoping Document until noon of September 23.

I have prepared *.pdf files of everything the Village has done so far. There are 5 documents. (Maggie has a copy of the proposed law (13 pages) on her PelhamPlus web site.)

These 5 documents are linked at the top of this page. Click items 1 through 5 above to see them.
    If you have any questions, please feel free to call me: 914-263-2750.
    Lester Kravitz

    Friday, September 13, 2013

    TETKOWSI Converges in Pelham

    Neil Tetkowski was in Pelham last night for the opening of CONVERGENCY, curated by Jeffrey Mongrain, Head of MFA Sculpture at Hunter College in NYC.
    Neil Tetkowski first exhibited his ceramics in 1978. Since then he has shown extensively in the United States and abroad. In the 1990s, he began a landmark series of performance events using clay to express and record a personal choreography of art in action. The artist's work has evolved over the years from vessel forms to sculpture. Tetkowski's energy, movement, and gestures are recorded as "footprints" in massive organic disks and wall-hung forms. Embedded in these lush naturalistic forms are real fragments of industrial urban culture, iron spikes, screws, and hooks, as well as incuse images pressed into the moist clay using castoff tools and machines.
    If you missed the opening, you can catch the exhibit through October 26. Here's a 30 second vid of the opening:
    Post by Lester Kravitz.

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    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

    Proposed Zoning Change Could Allow New Pelham Manor Housing

    It's a very nice place to visit and yes, many want to live here.

    Proposed Zoning Change in Pelham Manor could reduce residential real estate taxes.

    Any thoughts, comments? Welcome to the Village of Pelham Manor online. Pelham Manor is an historic suburban village on the Sound Shore of southern Westchester County, NY with a population of about 5,500 and an area of 1.2 square miles. Our size gives us the intimacy of a small village while our location provides easy access to mid-town Manhattan and major transportation hubs. Grand Central Terminal is 29 minutes via MetroNorth’s New Haven line; La Guardia Airport is 13 miles distant; Westchester County Airport, 15 miles and JFK Airport, 20 miles. The Hutchinson River Parkway, I-95 and Boston Post Road service our community. Click here to view a local map.
    Pelham Manor has a long and rich history dating from before the first Dutch settlers arrived. The area was home to the Siwanoy Indians who sold approximately 9,200 acres which includes what is now Pelham, New Rochelle and part of the Bronx to William Pell in 1654. In Colonial times, the Battle of Pelham, fought on October 18th, 1776 was a turning point in the War of Independence. More Info. . . 
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