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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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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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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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Sunday, February 20, 2011

New Village Building - Pelham, New York

Construction continues behind Rockwell's American Restaurant on Wolfs Lane in Pelham NY.

The Village of Pelham's new Department of Public Works building is almost complete.

Additional work at the site will continue in the coming weeks.

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Sunday, February 03, 2008


Printed From The Pelham Weekly

Public Comment on Farmers Market Idea Encouraged

To the Pelham Community,


Are you a self-proclaimed foodie? What does it for you? Does the thought of fresh, sweet corn make you wistful for summer? Or, how about gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, practically bursting at the seams they're so juicy. Perhaps warm, cider donuts sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon sounds enticing to you. What if you could have all that and more, while strolling around with the kids in a safe, friendly, unhurried environment, to pick up an organic, grass fed portion of tender sirloin, and crisp veggies to toss onto the grill that evening?

Where could you sample this little slice of heaven? Right here, at our own front door! The Village of Pelham has a wonderful opportunity to bring The Community Market Farmers Market to us this year!

You may have already sampled some goodies from her outdoor markets in Larchmont, Bronxville, or Rye. Owner Miriam Haas started her first market in nearby Ossining in 1991. She works with local farmers, bakers and other venders who specialize in quality, many times organic, produce, meats, baked goods, wines, jams, honey, and cheeses, bringing their delectable selections to us in a welcoming, friendly fashion – the outdoor market.

The Board of Trustees in the Village of Pelham is reviewing a proposal from The Community Market Farmers Market and would like your input! The proposal for the outdoor market indicates it would be open to the public once a week, between June and November. The proposed location would be on Harmon Avenue. Ms. Haas indicated that for her to secure the vendors for this year, a commitment from The Village Board is needed by mid-February.

To show your support for this endeavor, that could be a positive link to the revitalization of downtown Pelham, please contact the Village Board via e-mail at Check the comment box, and type in your opinion in the space provided. Please, also plan to attend the next Village Board meeting next Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7:30pm at Village Hall on Sparks Avenue, where your public comments will be welcomed.
To learn more about The Community Markets Farmers Market, go to www.communitymarkets. biz.
France DiVitto

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