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A tragic ending for a missing man in Mamaroneck.
Police have located the body of an elderly man suffering from Alzheimer's who disappeared from his home overnight.
79 year old Giovanni Tarantino was found dead on Taylors Lane around 9:30 this morning, just a few blocks from his home.
Police had mounted a large search effort for him that included police K-9's.
First it was sewage leaks in Mount Kisco due to heavy rains, now officials are dealing with thousands of small white plastic disks that have spilled out into the Long Island Sound due to stormwater runoff.
The Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities is hiring a contractor to retrieve as many of the white plastic disks as possible which washed out from the Westchester County Wastewater Treatment Plant in Mamaroneck. The disks, they say, washed up on the shore from Rye to New Rochelle.
Westchester Congresswoman Nita Lowey was joined by Head Start providers in Mamaroneck to denounce the spending plan passed by House of Representatives Republicans that would result in 3,000 layoffs and 10,000 students being pushed out of the early childhood learning program. "As a mother and grandmother, I know that nothing is more important to a child's development and education than early childhood learning," said Lowey. "It's shocking to me that the Republican spending plan would push thousands of New York children out of this successful program." The spending plan passed last week by the U.S. House of Representatives for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 would result in 10,000 New York Children being pushed out of the program and the layoffs of some 3,000 educators and other Head Start Staff. Barbara Sommer, Senior Program Director for Family Services of Westchester called Head Start "A critically important program" for children and families in Westchester. "The children in our programs will eventually age into kindergarten and without the opportunity to learn and develop that Head Start provides, they will not be on a level playing field with their peers," said Sommer. The sentiment was echoed by the Executive Director of Head Start Rockland, Ouida Foster Dawson,"Any cuts to the Head Start programs would be devastating. Invest in children now! For every dollaer invested in a child early, you save $7-$9 later."
A former pharmacist from New Rochelle has pleaded guilty to shooting his wife to death in their New Rochelle home last year.
78 year old Paul Weinstein, who worked for years as the pharmacist at R&R Pharmacy in Mamaroneck, pleaded guilty today to first degree manslaughter for the September 23 shooting death of his wife, Helena. Weinstein originally told police it was a mercy killing, since his wife had been seriously ill. He later admitted shooting her following an argument at their home at 35 Maple Avenue.
In exchange for the guilty plea, Acting State Supreme Court Justice Richard Molea says Weinstein will be sentenced to 8 years in prison when he's sentenced August 3.
It's been three years since massive flooding devastated Westchester County's Sound Shore area, and today County Executive Rob Astorino and Congresswoman Nita Lowey announced plans to commence a flood control study, by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,designed to find solutions to the chronic flooding problems in Mamaroneck,Rye,Scarsdale and Tarrytown and to prevent future problems along the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake Rivers.
21 tons of plastic and counting...
As the boating season gets underway, Westchester County is trying to make good use of the shrink wrap that protects the vessels throughout the winter. The County is hoping to collect tons of non-biodegradable shrink wrap from the boats so it can be recycled and later turned into other materials for guard rails, park benches, and garbage cans.
46 year old Keith McBride of Croton-on-Hudson has pleaded guilty to three felony counts of Second Degree Burglary in connection with a string of burglaries in 2008 in Rye and Mamaroneck. In one incident, a residence was burglarized on Bradford Avenue in the City of Rye.
Officials say the burglar gained access to the house by smashing a rear kitchen door window and opening the door. Then, on September 15, 2008, a house was burglarized on Doris Road in the Town of Mamaroneck. That home was unoccupied at the time and hundreds of dollars worth of jewelry and personal property was taken. On September 19, 2008, a home was broken into on Durham Road in the Town of Mamaroneck. Again, access was gained through a broken window. Jewelry, collector coins and a Blackberry device were stolen.
Around the Country
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