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Yorktown veterans, students hold annual Four Chaplains ceremony

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Yorktown veterans will join with “Living History” students from Mildred Strang Middle School and residents of Yorktown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Yorktown American Legion Hall at 235 Veterans Road in Yorktown Heights to celebrate the annual Chapel of the Four Chaplains ceremony.

This annual ceremony honors four U.S. Army chaplains who were aboard the U.S. troopship, Dorchester, in February 1943 when it was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic.  These chaplains of different faiths handed out life vests and calmed the soldiers aboard their dying ship.  When the chaplains ran out of life vests to hand out, they gave up their own life vests to save others.  Their bravery was an inspiration to all who survived the sinking and all who heard of it.  These Americans are remembered at this ceremony for their bravery and their interfaith cooperation in helping their fellow soldiers in their greatest time of need.

Each year numerous “Living History’ students in their colonial militia uniforms with their teacher, Chris DiPasquale, open the ceremony with the formal presentation of the nation’s colors. Four prominent local clergy members are part of the ceremony: Mother Claire Woodley of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Mohegan Lake; Rabbi Robert Weiner of Temple Beth Am in Yorktown Heights; Pastor Dan O’Brien of Calvary Bible Church in Yorktown Heights; and the Rev. Thomas Kreiser from St Patrick’s Church in Yorktown.

Light refreshments will be served at the post hall after the ceremony.  All veterans and members of the public are invited to attend this free event.

Practice stop: Mahopac Indians

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Practice stop coverage provided by: Sharieka Breeden 

Coach Jim Gencarelli spent four years as the junior varsity coach for Mahopac. Now he is stepping up as the head coach for the Indians who were 12-3-1 last season.

“We graduated six players. I am familiar with these guys and they are familiar with me,” Gencarelli said. “There a few good players that I am looking at to step up and rise to the occasion.”

This upcoming season Gencarelli’s plans to keep the team focused as they work to repeat last season’s success.

“I think we are looking good and I am excited to start,” Gencarelli said. ” We are going to try to take it one game at a time. Kids can get ahead of their selves looking at the schedule. We want to make it back to sectionals.”

  •  Key loss- Joseph Iraola who finished his senior season with 19 goals and five assists. Iraola is playing at American International college now.
  •  Key returners: Jared Milian (senior center midfielder), Conor Butler (senior center midfielder) Mike Bernardi (junior goalie).
  •  The indians will count on Jesse Lichtman (senior, defense, Ray Arcieri (junior, defense), Mike Bernardi and Matt Fariselli (senior midfielder)  to help lead the team with strong defensive play.
  • After an overtime loss to North Rockland last season in a Section 1 Class AA semifinal the team’s focus will be to complete the season with another tournament appearance.
  • Preseason Preparation: The Indians spent their summer playing in the Lakeland summer league where they competed against Byram Hills in the championship.
  • New league competition: With powerhouses Arlington and John Jay EF, Mahopac looks forward to rising to the occasion during the regular season. Coach Gencarelli said facing Arlington will be a good determiner of where the team stands.
  • Season opener: Mahopac will kick the season off against Brewster on  September 10th.
  • Soccer team takes a break after a morning of drills.

    Soccer team takes a break after a morning of drills.

Westchester Cycle Club welcomes spring with Bike Shop Tour Series

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

The Westchester Cycle Club held the first of its Spring Bike Shop Tour Series at Bicycle World in Mount Kisco on Wednesday, March 20.

The club has partnered with area bike shops to encourage people to get out, get fit, be safe and have fun riding. Evenings include food, demonstrations and socializing.

With a beer garden theme, the Bicycle World program was held upstairs, and participants sampled local brews from Captain Lawrence Brewery, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and German food.

Discussion topics included bike handling techniques, proper gear selection, getting the most training benefits from your time on the bike and mechanical tactics.

Programs will be held next week and throughout April. All programs $25 and are from 6:30 p.m. -9 p.m. Future programs include:

Danny’s Cycles, 644 Central Ave., Scarsdale; Wednesday, March 27. Manufacturer representatives will speak about wheels and clothing.

Hastings Velo, 45 Main St., Hastings-on-Hudson; Monday, April 1. A demonstration of the latest in electronic shifting and discussion the virtues of a custom bicycle. Food by David Dibari of the Cookery.

Hickory and Tweed, 410 Main St., Armonk; Monday, April 8. Helmets, bike clothing, specifically bibs and shorts, followed by a discussion about triathlon bikes.

Yorktown Cycles, 1899 Commerce St. Yorktown Heights; Wednesday, April 10. Dr. Stuart Weitzman will address different nutrition or fuel requirements for your rides – from shorter rides or races to Century or Iron distance rides.

Signature Cycle, 1899 Commerce St., Greenwich, Conn., April 18. Learn more about frame materials and have your questions answered about differences and attributes of carbon, steel and titanium bikes. Cuisine from Tarry Lodge.

WCC members can register on the WCC website www.westchestercycleclub.org under Events. All others please contact Events Organizer Flori Doyle to register: Floricdoyle@gmail.com . All welcome, but registration is limited, so register early.

The Westchester Cycle Club is a not-for-profit organization that has been riding since 1975. Annual membership ($20) provides a variety of member-led rides – beginner through expert – throughout Westchester as well as Putnam, Dutchess and Fairfield (Conn.) counties. For more information on the club or to become a member, please visit www.westchestercycleclub.org.

 

            Left to right: Eric Marcos, owner of Bicycle World, with organizer Flori Doyle and some Westchester Cycle Club members at first event.