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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Former White Plains Resident Stars In Schoolhouse Theater's Production

Perri Gaffney, a former White Plains and Mount Vernon resident, will play the role of Beatrice, the domineering and abusive matriarch in the Schoolhouse Theater's production of "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds," on stage from Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 29. "Gamma Rays," written by Paul Zindel, was considered one of Off-Broadway's greatest successes, presenting a powerful and moving study of a shy, quiet, intelligent girl who somehow finds the strength to survive inside a disturbed family. In addition to winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1971, the drama also won the Obie Award and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play of the season.

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Mount Vernon Man Pleads Guilty To Killing 'Neighborhood Grandmother'

A Mount Vernon Man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges on Thursday for the killing of an 85-year-old woman, according to Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore. Lloyd Lewis, 25, had been stealing various items from the home of Emma Gruber, including jewelry, a water meter, pipes, cords, a brass pitcher and a brass elephant statue and sold the items for cash, the District Attorney said.

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Dudley M. Thomas

Funeral services for Dudley M. Thomas will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 8 at the First United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon.

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Dr. Suess' Spirit Alive And Well In Mount Vernon Schools

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. Dr. Seuss was on the loose in Mount Vernon this week, as students, teachers and administrators celebrated the famed wordsmith's birthday with a series of special events and readings. More than a decade after his death, the influential children's book author's spirit was alive and well throughout the district as students donned his trademark red and white striped top hat and district officials read select works at the many elementary schools.

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Kilbarger, Rita

Rita Kilbarger LANCASTER: Rita V. Kilbarger age 90, of Lancaster, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015 at the Pickering House, in Lancaster, Ohio. Rita was born February 16, 1925, to the late Linus and Henrietta Bonifas, in Van Wert County, Landeck, Ohio.

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Pelham Manor Was Nearly the Site of a Massive Motordrome Stadium Proposed During the Great Depression

During the Great Depression, motorcycle race organizers used Memorial Field in Mount Vernon for wildly popular motorcycle races. The whine of racing motorcycle engines and the loud speakers used to announce the races could be heard nearly a mile away.

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How N.C. stacks up in property tax comparisons

... and New Jersey at 2.01 percent. In Westchester County, New York, which includes Yonkers, New Rochelle and Mount Vernon, the average property tax rate was the most expensive in the country at $56,124 per year. The states with the cheapest tax rates ...

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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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