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Friday, November 21, 2014

Carol Martinelli, 89, Of Yonkers

Martinelli was born Feb. 8, 1925, to Ricardo and Rose Madatto in Mongrassano, Italy, in the province of Cosenza, region of Calabria. She came to the United States when she was four years old and grew up in Mt.

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Wartburg Earns Second LEED Distinction In Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. After reaching its first year benefiting senior citizens in Mount Vernon last month , the Wartburg's Rehabilitation and Adult Day Services Center of Excellence has earned yet another distinction for its commitment to the community and environment. The $31 million building becomes the first health care facility in the city to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

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Mobile Shredder Set To Return To Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. Mount Vernon residents worried about becoming the victim of identity theft will have the opportunity to safely destroy unwanted documents when the Westchester County Mobile Shredder comes to the parking lot at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Second Street. Westchester County will make the shredder available for residents who need to destroy documents that contain personal information from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 22. Old documents and bills offer identity thieves the information needed to commit fraud.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hearing To Continue On Mount Vernon's 42 W. Broad Street Development

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. Mount Vernon officials will once again listen to the public next week regarding a much-maligned $85 million luxury apartment development at 42 W. Broad St. According to Mount Vernon City Clerk George Brown, , the public hearing regarding the building will be continued at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at City Hall, with members of the Alexander Development Group, who have headed the project with their partners at the Bluestone Organization. The proposal from the developers includes renovating a single-story retail building and parking garage into nearly 250 market rate residential units, approximately 20,000-square-feet of commercial development and includes a $2 million refurbishment of the parking structure.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2 WC students stranded on bus in Buffalo

... is now back on campus after getting stranded on a bus in a massive blizzard in Buffalo. Danisha Watson, of Mount Vernon, and Tiffany Corselli, of Yonkers, were with their team heading back to campus Monday night when their bus got stuck on the ...

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Photos: Races of the Northern Valley Triple Crown

... September, Norwood in October, and Harrington Park in November, on their quest for the crown. Birger Ohlsson of Mount Vernon was tops in the Men's Division and finished with the best overall time 49:49.8. He also won all the races. Sheila Casey of ...

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Christ Church Bronxville's Young at Arts Performs at the United Nations

Young at Arts, a nonprofit outreach program of Christ Church Bronxville, together with the Amani Public Charter School and the City of Mount Vernon Department of Recreation have joined forces to bring a diverse group of young leaders, The Young at Arts Stars and Rising Stars, to perform at the United Nations as special guests at the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 2014. This performance will take place during a United Nations General Assembly so the building will be abuzz with activity and potential "once in a lifetime" learning experiences.

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The critical readers of Mount Vernon Roundup know that when reading, viewing, or listening to any local "mainstream" news report or blog post, the main thing to realize is that truth and objectivity may be partialy obscured or totaly absent.

While local "mainstream" media outlets and blogs often self-righteously proclaimed that only the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, is published, the critical reader knows that local news reports in "mainstream" media have three primary purposes: (a) to entice their readers, (b) to be "politically correct" so as not to offend the powers that be, and (c) to lure advertisers by showing the number of docile readers the local publication draws.

Beyond these less than honorable motivations listed above, local "mainstream" reporters, editors and especially publishers are also prone to inject their own personal prejudices and biases, either consciously or unconsciously.

The critical reader should be aware of these potential problems.The critical reader needs to have many questions in his mind when examining local "mainstream" media items and blog posts.

Many times the vocabulary employed by local "mainstream" journalists and editors is often pejorative and very value laden.

Actually, this is an argument in and of itself that there is a bias.It is up to the critical reader to point this out by means of blog posts and letters to the local "mainstream" newspaper editors and publishers..

There are honest and objective local "Mainstream" journalists, editors and publishers who try and produce a newsppaper that presents all sides of every issue.

However, these local journalists, editors and publishers who have succeed in resisting the pressures to be biased are few and far between.

Many times the critical reader will discover that these local "mainstream" journalists, editors and publishers cave in to pressures, and/or who are prejudiced and nonobjective by nature.

It is therefore up to the critical reader to carefully evaluate and then reject or accept the claims and assertions that are made in any given news story or blog post.

Local "mainstream" journalists, editors and publishers need to make sure they produce well-researched articles that are based on objective description of empirical facts.

One of the goals of Mount Vernon Roundup is to help these local "Mainstream" journalists, editors and publishers need to strive to convey reality and contribute to enlightenment of Mount Vernon.

However, the critical reader must understand that journalism which abandons these criteria can be misleading and destructive, pandering to the powers that be rather than courageously and honorably serving truth and justice

Resources for Letter Writers

Mount Vernon Roundup publishes email addresses for reporters, editors, and publishers when such addresses are publicly made available.

We encourage our reader to send intelligent, civil, and reasonable emails to these journalists, editors and publishers.

However, a critical reader who sends some correspondence to an email address obtained from this website is, in one sense, representing this blog.

What the writer says, and how it is said, reflects directly on Mount Vernon in general and on this site in particular.

Local "mainstream" reporters, editors and publishers are interested in deadlines and getting stories written that people will read.

If a critical reader can help them do that, then their contributions will be greatly appreciated.

Remember, good stories are factual and well organized, but they also communicate something of the human spirit.

Likewise, letters to local "mainstream" reporters, editors and publishers, while based on heartfelt convictions, also should be well organized, with points and logic developed in a rational sequence.

Proper grammar, spelling, and capitalization also help the local "mainsteam" reporter, editor or publisher view the received letter as worthy of serious consideration.

Brevity and conciseness are very important, and a long-winded rambling discourse is not likely to be given serious consideration.

For that matter, a "letter" does not even have to be a letter, a single sentence can get a point across.

Nor does a letter have to be for publication or even come from a verifiable source, all it needs to do is provide valid food for thought.

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More and more local "mainstream" media-sponsored web sites are providing submission forms or links where anyone and everyone can post "comments" on their stories.

Some sites also provide various forums of one type or another.However, these forums may require registration.

Many of the comments, suggestions, and cautions that we have provided the critical reader about the submission of comments are very applicable to participation in these forums.

There are no established "standards" for the submission of these comments, and it is necessary and important to very carefully read the instructions, requirements, and limitations for submitting your comments.

Some local "mainstream" newspaper or blog sites may ask for a name, but these are not checked, so there is no need to use your real name if you do not want to.

Other local "mainstream" newspaper or blog sites may allow only a first name, some may permit the inclusions of URL references, links, HTML code, and email addresses, whereas others may not.

When submitting such comments, it is important to "take the high road."Personal attacks, hatefulness, rash accusations, snide insinuations, misleading assertions, and outright lies are the stock in trade of many posters, but the most effective way to disarm and dismiss these posts is to rise far above such tactics.

Name-calling, abrasiveness, unsupported and insupportable assertions, and otherwise descending to the level of negative posters' inanities not only undermines one's credibility, but reduces the likelihood that one's comments will be accepted and printed.

Submissions should be brief and concise.

Two or three short paragraphs is about all that the average reader will assimilate .

Be polite, but factual.

Try to deal with reality, and not with far out ideas or wishful thinking.

Take your own concept or idea and address it as thoughtfully, professionally, and concisely as possible.

But first read the existing comments and make sure you are not repeating what someone else has already posted.

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