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Editor's Notebook: Week in Review

Any visitor to the site this week should have noticed what a vibrant arts community Larchmont-Mamaroneck has.

Compared to last week, when everything seemed to be breaking news, this past seven days seemed rather easy, breezy.

We kicked off with a recap of some of the lessons learned at the first ever Larchmont-Mamaroneck Sustainability Expo (how to care for our water and the Long Island Sound and how to save energy).

A truck veered off I-684 on Monday afternoon, falling into the Hutchinson River. Harrison's local editor Zach Oliva reported the details.

Reporter Chari Allison-Topol wrote a piece on Rye Neck School District's budget and whether administrators' salaries should change in these tough economic times.

Last Sunday, an audience of eighty people, including many local writers, gathered at the Larchmont Temple to attend the launch for the fourth edition of The Westchester Review, a literary journal published annually. The event was hosted by the Friends of the Larchmont Public Library. We wrote about it here.

On Monday, attendants at a flooding management workshop in White Plains probably realized that flooding is a big issue around here (the mayor and several other local officials attended). Read what experts said here.

Also on Monday, the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees amended its sewer code, adding a new article dealing with illicit discharges, activities and connections. This one seems to be the last of several steps taken recently to meet requirements set by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation several years ago. The Village received a Notice of Violation from the DEC last month stating that it had to comply with a list of specifications or face steep fines.

And since we are on the subject of rising water, it is likely that all three municipalities will get increased water rates in the near future. Read the full report on Larchmont's situation here and stay put for more detailed information regarding the Town and Village of Mamaroneck next week.

On Wednesday, Mamaroneck High School sophomore Piper Martz shared some of her highly acclaimed photographs with Patch. In a matter of a few weeks, Martz has garnered recognition from the school itself, a national publication, a university and more. Local art connoiseur Kenise Barnes commented on Martz's photos on Patch, saying she had great potential!

Both the Village of Mamaroneck and Village of Larchmont budgets were adopted at their Board of Trustees meetings on Monday. The Mamaroneck budget has a 0.35 percent tax rate increase, while Larchmont's has 2.8.

At the Larchmont meeting, five firefighters were sworn in, including one deputy chief and four lieutenants. Their names are: Sam Orans, Adam Piscatello, Jason Head, Rob Seitz and John Pomponio. They are all volunteers.

In other news, Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. and his son were sued again by the attorney general, this time for creating a sham training program that bilked its employees and cheated the state.

The entrance to Harbor Island Park is getting a makeover! The Harbor Island Conservancy has raised approximately $64,000 from donations and grants to replace the check-in station with a brand new gazebo, to repair and add new fencing, to put up new signs and to tweak the "pocket park," or plaza, by the entrance.

And if you are in search of something beautiful, or at least interesting to see before the new gazebo comes in, visit the Fontana exhibit at PGArtVenutre in Larchmont.

It's too late to join now, but if you followed the "Promenade des artistes," or artists' walk, on Friday or Saturday, let us know your thoughts. The annual event features work by 36 artists from the French community.

And while we are on the topic of art, did you know Larchmont is home to Picassoesque works of art that kids can actually relate to? View a video about it here.

On Friday morning, dozens of Mamaroneck High School students gathered outside of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Fried's office to protest his decision to not grant tenure to English teacher Jennifer Rosenzweig. This issue has been getting a lot of attention in the past few weeks. On Friday, camera crews from both News 12 and Fox 5 showed up at the school.

Also on Friday, the League of Women voters held its annual luncheon in New Rochelle. Its honoree and speaker was George Latimer, who addressed the topic of what's wrong in Albany and how it can be fixed.

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