Swyonkers's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers Wed, 26 Jun 2019 06:54:25 -0400 HamletHub.com ICE Raids https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2471-ice-raids2471-ice-raids https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2471-ice-raids2471-ice-raids

President Trump has vowed that ICE raids will begin this Sunday in cities across the United States on June 23, 2019.  Large deportations are planned. 


In New York, if you have questions or concerns about potential ICE raids, call the The New York State Office of New Americans “New Americans” Hotline: 1-800-566-7636

Para más información: http://thenyic.org/conozcatuderechos-espanol

En Nueva York, si tiene preguntas o inquietudes acerca de posibles redadas de ICE, llame a la Oficina de Nuevos Americanos del estado de Nueva York. La línea de "Nuevos Americanos": 1-800-566-7636

aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Fri, 21 Jun 2019 23:28:45 -0400
Yonkers Science Barge Grows Organic https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2470-yonkers-science-barge-grows-organic2470-yonkers-science-barge-grows-organic https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2470-yonkers-science-barge-grows-organic2470-yonkers-science-barge-grows-organic

Shop Rite wrote the following in a recent presss release:



ShopRite Launches Annual “Locally Grown” Campaign

Supermarket promotes locally grown season with new products and an increased focus on health and wellness


KEASBEY, NJ – (June 2019) – ShopRite has announced the launch of its highly anticipated, annual “Locally Grown” campaign. This year’s program features expanded partnerships with local farmers, and a dietitian-driven focus on the health and wellness benefits of fresh produce.

“We’re thrilled to announce that this year’s locally grown program is going to be bigger than ever before,” said Derrick Jenkins, ShopRite’s Vice President of Floral and Produce. “We’re excited on so many fronts.” Not only are we working with more local growers and offering unique products such as locally grown organic blueberries to our shoppers, but we’re also spreading the word about the health and wellness benefits of produce by partnering with our in-store dietitians to provide recipes, cooking demonstrations and community education.”

Jenkins said that ShopRite has a long history of working with local growers and farmers, and each year, the program increases in size as the supermarket partners with a growing number of hyper-local growers, as well as farmers who are utilizing new technologies, such as hydroponic farming.


A request for a list of partnerships with local growers in Yonkers yielded no results to date.  Amazingly, local Yonkers growers exist wtihin 2 min (0.3 mi) of the Shop Rite Prospect Avenue location.

The Science Barge, located at the downtown Yonkers pier, has been a mainstay of freshly grown produce every summer. 

The Science Barge is a prototype sustainable urban farm  It is a greenhouse, floating on the Hudson River, that grows fresh produce including tomatoes, melons, popcorn, peppers, eggplant, and lettuce with zero net carbon emissions, zero pesticides, and zero runoff. All of the energy needed to power the Barge is generated by solar panels, wind turbines, and biofuels while the hydroponic greenhouse is irrigated solely by collected  rainwater and purified river water, thus operating completely “off the grid.”

A bike generates enough energy to charge a phone by pedalng, a corn fed heater keeps plants warm, and a symbiotic system feeds fish and plants simultaneously. All can be found at the Science Barge. 

From April throgh November, a dedicated staff buoyed by volunteers cranks out healthy produce and hosts school tour groups under the aegis of Groundworks. http://www.groundworkhv.org/  The majority of that food is grown in water, not soil. This is not only healthy but reduces the risk of e coli contamination. 

On special days, produce is given away gratis on a first come first served basis. Hope for a year round program is dependent upon funding and resources. Greenhoue maintenance during the winter months is demanding and labor intensive. A partnership that generates revenue would contribute greatly to the effort. The reward is affordable organic food and an incentive for prospective renters in the waterfront area.

It doesn't take a village to grow a tomato but sometimes, it takes a partnership to sell it. http://www.groundworkhv.org/partners/funders-supporters/

The Science Barge is free and open to the public.


aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Fri, 21 Jun 2019 19:07:13 -0400
Yonkers Political Pundit Fred Polvere Comments on Local Elections https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/politics/2469-yonkers-polical-pundit-fred-polvere-comments-on-local-elections2469-yonkers-polical-pundit-fred-polvere-comments-on-local-elections https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/politics/2469-yonkers-polical-pundit-fred-polvere-comments-on-local-elections2469-yonkers-polical-pundit-fred-polvere-comments-on-local-elections

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forums

On June 14, 2019, The Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus Yonkers Chapter, Community Voices Heard and League of Women Voters of the Rivertowns sponsored a forum at the Yonkers Riverfront Library to meet all 2019 Yonkers Democratic Party primary candidates, in preparation for the primary election that will take place on Tuesday, June 25th.

The most significant incident of the evening was Mayor Mike Spano’s failure to attend, the second forum in a row where he was a no-show. The mayor’s absence is disturbing since he is running on his self-proclaimed outstanding record with support so monumental that he felt compelled to change the law so he could run for a third term. The other two mayoral candidates, Karen Beltran and Ivy Reeves, both did an admirable job and deserved the opportunity to counter the Mayor.

At the forum on Wednesday May 29, at the Chema Center, sponsored by the Hudson River Community Association, the Ludlow Park Residents Association and the Park Hill Residents Association, organizers arranged the timeline to accommodate Mayor Spano who had a personal event that evening. But eventually an aide showed up, to say the Mayor wouldn’t be coming, after all. The aide then asked to read a prepared statement. Got that?! Read a prepared statement from the Mayor who had said he was coming. The aide was perturbed when his request to read the statement was denied.

The Riverfront Library forum was moderated by Karen Schatzel. Unfortunately, Ms. Schatzel’s skills as a moderator leave much to be desired. Her presentation style is painfully slow as is her ability to handle an unexpected snag. She put County Legislator candidate Luz Casanova at a disadvantage by asking her every question first, thereby giving Jose Alvarado a chance to parrot her answers and then repeat over and over that he has the support of Ken Jenkins.

When the Casanova/Alvarado segment was over, I told a forum aide that Schatzel should have alternated candidates each time she asked a new question. The aide conveyed that to Schatzel, who acknowledged the mistake (too late for Casanova) and said she would correct it, while admitting she has a hard time keeping track. She subsequently messed up the order, again.

The biggest drawback of the forum was the lack of time allotted to each candidate for specific exposition and rebuttal. The questions were too general and almost every candidate gave non-specific replies that provided little information to the attendees. The lack of time also meant that audience questions were severely limited. A much better format would have been to ask   candidates what legislation they would champion and how, specifically, it would be implemented. And of course, asking candidates what differentiates them from their opponents should be a given and it wasn’t.

Some Highlights and Lowlights of the Forum:

Karen Beltran and Ivy Reeves both displayed a sense of living in the real Yonkers – not the Yonkers where having a father in politics is the usual path to office. It was another reminder that the Mayor missing an event like this is a disservice to his constituents.

Missing from Jose Alvarado’s lapel was a plaque stating that Ken Jenkins, former Yonkers Democratic Party Chair, supports him. I am not even sure why Alvarado thinks this is a badge of honor. You may recall that at the 2017 Westchester County Democratic Party Convention, George Latimer won the vote of a majority of Yonkers District Leaders. When asked why district leaders didn’t vote for their former party chair, most answered the same way: we know Ken.

Luz Casanova did not do her homework at all. She should have pointed out that Alvarado lost this same position because his constituents were so dissatisfied with him. Nor did she ask whether he would actually show up for the job. Remember when Alvarado was appointed Yonkers City Clerk? He never showed up for the job and was dismissed. He garnered $32,297.47 in wages and $6,077.08 in benefits for a job he did not do.

City Councilwoman Shanae Williams (1st District) proved she could speak louder and faster than anyone there. Plus, she set the record for speaking longest past her allotted time. Her attempt to explain away her vote to extend term limits without constituent support was convoluted and beyond my ability to comprehend. Shanae is competent, personable and could be a good politician if she learns to put her constituents needs first.

Terence Miller missed a golden opportunity. He should have started by stating that although Shanae is the incumbent, it was he who received the Democratic Party’s endorsement because Shanae’s own district leaders saw that she wasn’t representing her district’s needs. He failed to mention that Shanae is not running for RE-election, as she has stated, but was appointed to her current office by Mayor Spano, to fill a vacancy.

The best discussion of the evening was between Olasubomi Macaulay and Dennis Robertson for City Council 3rd District. Macaulay was passionate and displayed detailed knowledge of the housing situation in Yonkers. Robertson, who is always gracious, said that he would tell the truth even when it isn’t what people want to hear. And that if he won, he would consult with Macaulay on housing issues.

Macaulay should have pointed out that Robertson is against women’s choice, against increasing affordable housing minimums and rarely says anything about the enormous tax breaks developers get in Yonkers. She should have asked him – what makes you a Democrat?

I want to extend a big THANK YOU to the organizations that sponsored this and other forums. Nothing is more important that hearing one’s representative speak and having the opportunity to ask him/her questions. My own community organization (Colonial Heights Association of Taxpayers) runs social events but never allows its members to ask questions of their representatives.

aseward100@aol.com (Fred Polvere) Politics Wed, 19 Jun 2019 11:40:06 -0400
Entergy Screenings Under the Stars Brings Free Outdoor Movies to Westchester July 12 and August 2 https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/events/2466-entergy-screenings-under-the-stars-brings-free-outdoor-movies-to-westchester-july-12-and-august-22466-entergy-screenings-under-the-stars-brings-free-outdoor-movies-to-westchester-july-12-and-august-2 https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/events/2466-entergy-screenings-under-the-stars-brings-free-outdoor-movies-to-westchester-july-12-and-august-22466-entergy-screenings-under-the-stars-brings-free-outdoor-movies-to-westchester-july-12-and-august-2

Entergy Screening Under the Stars Summer of 2019

This summer, Sharc Creative and Westchester County Parks will showcase a family-friendly movie series on a 50 ft screen at the Kensico Dam in Valhalla.

Friday, July 12 - HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3
Friday, August 2 - HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3

The public arrives a few hours before dusk, blankets are scattered across the lawn, picnics are abundant, and the show lights up the sky. Memories are created.

Admission and parking are free.

Moviegoers should bring blankets, folding chairs and a picnic. Refreshments will also be available for sale. In the event of rain, the movie will be canceled.

Entergy Screenings Under the Stars is presented by Westchester County Parks and Sharc Creative.

Learn more here.


kerry@ducey.org (Sharc Creative) Events Mon, 17 Jun 2019 12:24:00 -0400
Yonkers Police Anatomy of an Arrest https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2468-yonkers-police-anatomy-of-an-arrest2468-yonkers-police-anatomy-of-an-arrest https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2468-yonkers-police-anatomy-of-an-arrest2468-yonkers-police-anatomy-of-an-arrest

We are subjected to short briefings on crime in Yonkers on a daily basis. The nature of news does not allow for a lengthy description of the incidents. 

On June 7, 2019, an incident occured on Oak Street in downtown Yonkers which led to an arrest.  Facebook discussions varied from praise for police to condemnation. In response. YPD issued a lengthy statement. The detailed description of the incident is a rare glimpse into the inner workings of a criminal act and it's resolution. YPD wrote the following.


Jonathan De La Cruz (18) was observed operating a motorcycle with no license plate on the sidewalk several times and at an active fire scene in the area of Chestnut Streets and Oak Streets. Officers stopped him to issue summonses, at which time it was confirmed that the motorcycle was unregistered, uninsured, and De La Cruz only possessed an out-of-class permit; he also was not wearing a helmet. As officers were issuing summonses and impounding the illegal motorcycle, a large crowd gathered including family members of De La Cruz. After De La Cruz was issued the summonses, he entered the active intersection and started shouting obscenities at the officers, further escalating the situation; officers warned De La Cruz and ordered him back to the sidewalk and to clear the intersection or be subject to arrest, and De La Cruz refused at which point he was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct. While officers were placing him into custody, De La Cruz attempted to flee and resisted against the officers attempts to place him into handcuffs, resulting in a struggle between police and De La Cruz - he was eventually placed into custody with the use of minimal force. At the same time, his mother, Fanny Garcia (36), ignored police commands and pushed past officers and interfered with the arrest of her son, resulting in her own arrest for obstruction charges; she was also found to have a small quantity of marijuana on her person. While at the jail, De La Cruz complained of pain and was taken to a local area hospital where he was give ibuprofen (Advil / Motrin) and discharged.

Several additional points to be included: this situation, like most disorderly conduct and obstruction arrests, stems from a sequence of events that could have been terminated at any time by the arrested parties. De La Cruz made the decision to drive an illegal motorcycle in an unsafe manner on a public sidewalk; bear in mind, it was around 6:45 PM and there many pedestrians out; De La Cruz further did so at an active fire scene where the police were there to assist. When stopped by the police, De La Cruz did not respond with deference to their authority, instead he chose belligerence which further agitated the gathering crowd. When he was issued the summons and informed the illegal motorcycle was being impounded, De La Cruz made the decision to enter a public roadway and began shouting obscenities at the officers, engaging in further illegal behavior that made him subject to arrest. If De La Cruz wanted to fight the tickets, the appropriate forum would be traffic court, not the corner of Chestnut and Oak Streets in an exhibition for the crowd. De La Cruz refused police commands to cease and desist, and he then he refused to stop his resistance when being placed under arrest. Ms. Garcia additionally made the decision to interfere with arresting officers herself and was placed under arrest. Any time there is a use of force incident in the Yonkers Police Department, it automatically triggers an internal supervisory review, which will happen in this case.

If you disagree with the police, there are forums to have your grievances heard: traffic court, criminal court, file a complaint, etc. Disorderly and criminal behavior will only make you subject to arrest and add additional charges. Finally, having done multiple surveys on the topic, we know that quality of life issues, especially the reckless operation of vehicles and motorcycles, is a top complaint in this City which residents have communicated to us they want enforced. De La Cruz could have taken his tickets and gone home, but he chose not to.


aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Sat, 08 Jun 2019 17:06:32 -0400
Drastic Plastic Cups Are Now Banned in Westchester https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2467-drastic-plastic-cups-are-now-banned-in-westchester2467-drastic-plastic-cups-are-now-banned-in-westchester https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2467-drastic-plastic-cups-are-now-banned-in-westchester2467-drastic-plastic-cups-are-now-banned-in-westchester

The styrofoam cup ban in Westchester County is now law. The crunchy vessel that holds coffee and Chinese take out is no more. Westchester  County Legislator Kitley Covell wrote the following:

"I’m proud to say that on Monday night the Board of Legislators voted unanimously for a bill I sponsored which regulates the sale and use of expanded polystyrene (EPS) containers for takeout food and restaurant leftovers in Westchester County. 
Americans throw out billions of tons of EPS coffee cups and other food containers every year.  This material doesn’t biodegrade, so it clogs landfills for decades or more.  Once it is used for food, it is difficult to recycle economically.  And when it breaks up into smaller pieces, it drifts off into our waterways, where it’s often eaten by marine life mistaking it for food.
Our new law eliminates the sale or use of EPS for takeout food containers  and food service ware by vendors and restaurants, or sold in stores.  The measure also prohibits the sale of loose-fill EPS packing foam in Westchester.  Prepackaged food that arrives sealed in EPS package, packaging for raw eggs, and butcher case packaging are exempted.  The law takes effect in six months, giving restaurants and businesses time to use up any current supply.
With this common-sense, bi-partisan legislation, Westchester will join its neighbors in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and in New York City, in acting to reduce this troubling source of pollution
Kitley Covill, Westchester County Legislator"
==================================================But despite the good intentions of environmentalists, small businesses may feel the brunt of the law. The cost to switch from styrofoam containers to a more acceptable standard will be passed on to consumers. 
NYC, which has a  similar ban gives businesses with revenue less than $500k the option of applying for a hardship waiver. It is not known at 
this time if Westchester offers the same. 

Alternative packaging options include aluminum, rigid plastics, uncoated paper, glass, and compostable items.

Small businesses with less than $500,000 in gross income for the most recent tax year and nonprofits may apply for hardship exemptions from the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) if they can prove that the purchase of alternative products not composed of EPS would create a financial hardship. SBS is currently accepting applications for polystyrene foam hardship waivers.

To access the application, visit www.nyc.gov/foamwaiver.

aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Fri, 07 Jun 2019 14:09:50 -0400
Dollar Tree Raising Prices on Merchandise https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2465-dollar-tree-raising-prices-on-merchandise2465-dollar-tree-raising-prices-on-merchandise https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2465-dollar-tree-raising-prices-on-merchandise2465-dollar-tree-raising-prices-on-merchandise

If you are a Dollar Tree stock holder, you just made money. The stock is trading today at $98.40 as of 3:35pm, 5/30/2019. 

It comes on the annoucement of Dollar Tree prices rising. Customers will now pay more than a dollar for goods. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-items-at-dollar-tree-will-soon-cost-you-way-more-than-1-145727456.html

However, the salaries of Dollar Tree executives will remain the same. 


As for the consumer that did not receive the product delivery indicated in the HH article dated, 5/29/2019.

Dollar Tree customer service followed up with an email stating that the package had been delivered on 5/24/2019. However, a closer examinaion revealed that the order was one of two packages. The actual delivery received was for a backlogged order and not the missing order in question.  A second replacement order is now in effect. 

aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Thu, 30 May 2019 11:59:16 -0400
Dollar Tree Store Poor Service https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2464-dollar-tree-store-poor-service2464-dollar-tree-store-poor-service https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2464-dollar-tree-store-poor-service2464-dollar-tree-store-poor-service

Dollar Tree stores throughout Yonkers have been problematic.  Fire code violations. Poor rubbish collection and lack of stock are some of the many complaints that have plauged the chain. Although they do provide an affordable alternative to shoppers, it is in exchange for sub par service. 
Their tax revenue is beneficial to the City. They also employ locals. Commercial sites that previously were eyesores have been improved by the attractive Dollar Tree facade.  However, much is lost by the reiteration of how poor populations are treated. 
Customers are not without blame. Unsupervised children demolish aisles of merchandise on a whim. Homeless steal soap and other personal needs without consequence. Panhandlers set up shop at the door beseeching donations as shoppers come and go. The stores are understaffed and are not equipped to multi task.  Base salaries attract employees that are "just passing through."
But, they are making money. As of May 29th, Dollar Tree stock traded at $95.55 per share.  However, they are also losing it. 
Dollar Tree is slated to sell off 400 Family Dollar stores that they acquired not so long ago. Their business formula is not working.  As one finance blogger wrote, “instead of improving operations, Dollar Tree puts a new sign on the same-old building. Once inside, customers find the same employees, lousy service, and empty shelves. Obviously, such shenanigans can only sustain the company for so long.”
The following is a correspondence between a customer and Dollar Tree officials:
I would like to update you on my soy milk saga. At this point, it has morphed into a social study of how poor communities are victims of predatory retailers. 
As you are aware, I placed an order for a $12 box of soymilk one month ago. It was routed to the wrong store. When I was sent to pick it up at that wrong store, the package was not there. On May 26th. I received and email to pick up my package at the wrong store where is was never delivered. The email stated that if not picked up, it would be sent back to the warehouse. How does a non existent package get returned to a Dollar Tree warehouse?
As per your instructions, I called customer service last week, spoke with a representative named Angela, and was assured that a replacement delivery would arrive on May 28th. That delivery never arrived. I called customer service today and as this email is being written, I have been on hold for forty five minutes. The distorted music loop playing in the background is little solace.
So why does this matter?
As Dollar Tree struggles to regain it's footing in the lower income retail market, the downward spiral will continue unless there are reforms. Better managed retail outlets such as Aldi's have set up only a few miles away, in the Kingsbridge, Bronx area and although more expensive can offer a quality consumer experience. They are primed to fill the void for quality service in poor areas. Carl Ichan recently sold his shares. A NY Post article states. https://nypost.com/2019/01/07/activist-investor-carl-icahn-backs-out-of-dollar-tree/
At the time, Icahn “thought it was dirt cheap … and a poorly run company,” one source said.
A ground swell of resistance is forming in Yonkers against the Dollar Tree stores . This is a portion of a thread in a local Facebook group. The language is coarse. There are many grammatical errors, but these are Dollar Tree customers. And they are the ones who will call the fire department to close the stores. And they are the ones who will boycott the store. (excerpt from Yonkers Voice Central)
Update the store is back open
FYI dollar tree on south broadway closed due to fire code I was told the fire department came yesterday Due to a costumer called about lot of boxes on the sales floor and they shut them down
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    John Helpmejohn Rivera This is One main Reason on how stores like this Jeopardize people lives ..
    Just watch this video ,it is the Dollar Tree on Mclean Ave the Fire Department shut down .…See More
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    Margie Duvall Schweizer Sounds like the one that used to be on McLean Ave. I was in there twice. I swore I would never go in there again after the disgusting mess in there. A friend told me they had cleaned it up so I gave it another try... it was the same...Last time I drove by there is was closed down.
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    Kim Nico It seems like they don't have enough descent workers.
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    Kiera Marie R And mangers that don’t have common sense
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    Rhonda Moore The one on McLean was closed week before and opened back up last Tuesday. It was clean when I was in there on Thursday, who knows now.
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    Karen Hrizo Marchewka All of them
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    Danerys Cruz Shameless store was needed but not managed properly it was a mess from the opening day
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    Marco Funez For some reason all these stores are like that poor quality control on the managers side
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    Layne Orsha That’s every dollar tree with boxes everywhere smh
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    John Helpmejohn Rivera Kathy DeStefano Barro i posted that video In march 25th before it got shutdown .. But thats an example on how these stores put lives in danger for their careless actions .. Just a reminder The Use of the reply button isn't allowed here at YVC please comment in the regular section.
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    Krystal Price They don’t hire enough people to unpack the boxes everytime I go there the line be in the back of the store with only one or mostly 2 cashiers and boxes be everywhere
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    Monica Suleiman McLean needs to close because they always have boxes everywhere. Also New Rochelle one too. Sometimes there are boxes down the whole aisle u can't go down at all
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    Kimberly Allen So what about the other store in Getty square. I went there today and I literally had to jump over trash .ijs damn smdh
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    Kiera Marie R Please people if ya see anything wrong with any store ya shop at please report it don’t be silent
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    John Helpmejohn Rivera Or tell Ru Ros or me we love filming 
    Lastly, I am still on hold with customer service. It has been over an hour now. It is an experiment to see how long I will have to wait to speak with someone about my order which was placed one month ago. I will make other customers aware of this as well as community organizers. I will also advise the Yonkers BID office.
    It is now 12:45 pm in NYC.Customer service did connect after one hour. I spoke with agent Dorina who stated that the package was sent out on May 22nd. There is no tracking number.  I will await delivery. 
    Yonkers community activist groups oppose Dollar Tree stores. Given sufficient customer dissatisfaction, they will reignite again. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4UqlZEMXkw


aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Wed, 29 May 2019 11:05:34 -0400
Yonkers Weekly Crime Wrap https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2463-yonkers-weekly-crime-wrap-15590064222463-yonkers-weekly-crime-wrap-1559006422 https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2463-yonkers-weekly-crime-wrap-15590064222463-yonkers-weekly-crime-wrap-1559006422

Stabbings and a hit and run dominate the Yonkers Crime wrap for the week ending 5/26/2019:


On Wednesday, an incident occurred on a Bee-Line bus in west Yonkers. At approximately 12:20 a.m.  two passengers became involved in an argument in the rear of the bus, police said.

A third passenger, who was not involved in the dispute, walked from the front of the bus and stabbed the victim several times.

The victim, a 41-year-old man, suffered non-life-threatening wounds to his head, chest and one of his thumbs. He was treated at the Westchester Medical Center. He has since been released.


A 25-year-old male Yonkers resident was stabbed inside of 1 Schroeder Street at about 12:37 AM on 5/23. he received  life-threatening lacerations to his neck and is in grave condition at a local area trauma center. Detectives are interviewing subjects and witnesses, reviewing surveillance video, and processing forensics evidence. No arrests have been made at this time. 

A 39 year old male resident of Yonkers was riding his bicycle without a helmet on Yonkers Avenue near the Saw Mill Parkway on 5/22.  He was struck by an unknown vehicle which fled the scene. The male received non-life threatening head injuries and is speaking with police; he was taken to a local area trauma center. Accident Investigators are working the scene and developing information to identify the suspect vehicle.



An EDP (emoitionally disturbed person) barricaded himself inside 65 Chester Drive on 5/23/ at 3:35pm. After several hours, a male was

 taken into custody and placed under arrest. He was removed to a local hospital for evaluation.

aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Mon, 27 May 2019 17:20:21 -0400
Ecoli Outbreak Found in Flour https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2462-ecoli-outbreak-found-in-flour2462-ecoli-outbreak-found-in-flour https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2462-ecoli-outbreak-found-in-flour2462-ecoli-outbreak-found-in-flour

A CDC food safety alert regarding a multistate outbreak of E. coli O26 infections linked to flour has been posted https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2019/flour-05-19/index.html.

Key points:

  • CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O26 infections linked to flour.
  • Seventeen ill people have been reported from eight states. Three people have been hospitalized.
  • No deaths and no cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (a type of kidney failure) have been reported.
  • Four out of seven people who were interviewed (57 percent) reported eating, licking, or tasting raw, homemade dough or batter. Two people reported eating raw dough or batter made with flour or baking mixes from ALDI.
  • The outbreak strain of E. coli O26 was found in an unopened bag of Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour collected at a bakery where an ill person reported eating raw dough.
  • On May 23, 2019, ALDI, in association with ADM Milling Co., recalled 5-lb. bags of Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour because they may be contaminated with E. coli.
  • Recalled flour was sold at ALDI locations in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachussetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.
  • Reported illnesses began from December 11, 2018 to April 18, 2019.
  • This investigation is ongoing. FDA is working to determine whether other brands or lots of flour may be potentially contaminated and need to be recalled.
  • CDC will provide updates when more information is available.

Advice to consumers, retailers, and restaurants:

  • Do not use any of the recalled flour. Throw recalled flour away.
  • If you stored flour purchased from ALDI in another container without the packaging and don’t remember the brand or “better by” date, throw it away. Thoroughly wash the containers before using them again.
  • Any flour or raw eggs used to make raw dough or batter might be contaminated with harmful germs.
  • Never taste raw dough or batter; even tasting a small amount could make you sick.
  • Talk to your doctor if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection or think you may have become ill from eating raw dough.

About Shiga toxin-producing E. coli:

  • People get sick from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli an average of 3 to 4 days after swallowing the germ.
  • Most people get diarrhea (often bloody), severe stomach cramps, and vomiting.
  • Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe.
  • Antibiotics are not recommended for patients with suspected E. coli infections until diagnostic testing can be performed and E. coli infection is ruled out.
  • More information can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/ecoli-prevention.html.   

If you have questions about cases in a particular state, please call that state’s health department.

aseward100@aol.com (CDC) Life Fri, 24 May 2019 16:38:44 -0400
Yonkers Fireman Wins Sexy Contest https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2461-yonkers-fireman-wins-contest2461-yonkers-fireman-wins-contest https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2461-yonkers-fireman-wins-contest2461-yonkers-fireman-wins-contest


Yonkers, N.Y. – He’s a five-time Ironman finisher and a professional firefighter—and now, Kevin Duffy is one of two winners of PETA’s 2019 Sexiest Vegan Next Doorcontest. He beat out hundreds of other entrants from across the U.S. to nab the title, which comes with a free vacation for two to Hawaii, courtesy of Humane Travel.

After Duffy went vegan in 2015 to improve his health, he lost over 20 pounds, his skin cleared up, his energy was boosted, his workout recovery time improved, and he shaved a full hour off his Ironman time. He’s now a New York Times–profiled five-time Ironman, eight-time half-Ironman, and five-time marathon finisher whose example (along with the delicious vegan eats that he serves up at the firehouse) has inspired two of his fellow firefighters to go vegan, too. He credits his vegan food choices with not only making him better at his job but also helping to improve his mental health since his brother’s death on 9/11.

“Raising animals in horrific conditions, pumping them full of hormones, and selling their bodies as ‘food’ is a recipe for disaster,” says Duffy. “I believe that what we eat plays a huge role in how we feel and our outlook on life, and my health has improved 1,000% since I went vegan.”

“Kevin Duffy is an Ironman with a soft heart for animals,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA encourages anyone who’s inspired by his compassion and his athletic prowess to give vibrant vegan meals a try for themselves.”

Virginia nurse and lifestyle blogger Jasmine Nakasone is this year’s other winner. PETA selected the winners based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

aseward100@aol.com (PETA) Life Mon, 20 May 2019 20:47:48 -0400
Undocumented Driver's License https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2460-undocumented-driver-s-license2460-undocumented-driver-s-license https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2460-undocumented-driver-s-license2460-undocumented-driver-s-license

Activists from operation Green Light will be the guests on Westchester Eye on the Radio on 5/20/2019. Listen to the debate about whether undocumented persons should be eligible for a state driver's license. Tune into WVOX 1460AM or listen online at wvox.com from 3-4pm.

aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Sun, 19 May 2019 19:21:59 -0400
Yonkers Weekly Crime Wrap https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2459-yonkers-weekly-crime-wrap-15583214962459-yonkers-weekly-crime-wrap-1558321496 https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2459-yonkers-weekly-crime-wrap-15583214962459-yonkers-weekly-crime-wrap-1558321496

Thieves broke into Dunkin Donuts located at 1034 N. Broadway at 3:15am. Rocks were used to break through the door. Cash was removed from the register. The robbery happened on May 16th.


An off duty Yonkers fire fighter was assaulted  by several people with bricks on May 17th at 3:14am. Possible cause was  road rage  The incident occurred at Radford and Maclean.  The assailants are described as Hispanic and driving a Chrysler 300.


On May 18th at 9:45pm, a man walked up to a group of people in the vicinity of 295 Warburton Avenue and fired several shots.

 A 24-year-old man was shot in the arm and chest. He is in stable, but serious condition. Police are reviewing surveillanve video. 

aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Sun, 19 May 2019 19:04:56 -0400
Man Shot on Warburton Avenue https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2458-man-shot-on-warburton-avenue2458-man-shot-on-warburton-avenue https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2458-man-shot-on-warburton-avenue2458-man-shot-on-warburton-avenue

Yonkers, NY – On Saturday, May 18th, 2019, at approximately 9:42PM, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to the area of 295 Warburton Avenue on a report of shots fired with a male victim. Upon arrival officers located a crime scene and began canvassing the vicinity. The victim was located at a local area hospital with apparent gunshot wounds to his arm and chest; he was transferred to a local area trauma center where is currently listed in stable but serious condition with non-life threatening injuries. Officers cordoned off the area and initiated a criminal investigation.

Detectives from the Major Case Squad and Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene, interviewing subjects and witnesses, reviewing surveillance video, and processing forensic evidence. Preliminary investigation has yielded that the victim, a 24-year-old resident of Warburton Avenue this City, was standing in front of the liquor store at 325 Warburton Avenue with a group of people. A suspect approached on foot and displayed a handgun, firing several shots in the direction of the victim, striking him at least two times; the suspect then fled the area on foot, and the victim was conveyed by a private vehicle to the hospital. Investigators believe that the victim and suspect were known to each other and this is not random event. Surveillance video has been recovered and detectives are developing information to identify the suspect and effect an arrest.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Yonkers Police Detective Division at (914) 377-7724 – all calls will remain confidential. 100% anonymous tips can be sent by texting the key word YPD plus the tip to 847411. Anonymous tips can also be sent to us directly through the Yonkers PD Tips app which can be downloaded for free to any Apple or Android device. ###

Check out www.yonkersvoice.com for more info:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh5i16UluJI

aseward100@aol.com (YPD) Life Sun, 19 May 2019 07:26:48 -0400
Yonkers Weekly Crime Wrap https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2457-yonkers-weekly-crime-wrap2457-yonkers-weekly-crime-wrap https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2457-yonkers-weekly-crime-wrap2457-yonkers-weekly-crime-wrap

There are four incidents to report this week 5/5/2019-5/12/2019.

May 10th was a busy day for Yonkers Police. 

A Bronxville police chief stopped an alleged robbery in Yonkers.

Christopher Satriale was at a traffic light when he says he noticed three juveniles rob an elderly man at Central Park Avenue and Palmer Road . YPD intervened and the suspects were apprehended in the early afternoon.

On May 10th, there is a report of an assault occurring  on Burhans Avenue at 1:16pm.

A St. Joseph's Hospital patient stole an ambulance also on May 10th at 9pm. A police chase ensued and the ambulance came to a stop at the corner of Main and Warburton in downtown Yonkers. No one was injured and the suspect was taken into custody.

Yonkers  Police were called to a cemetery at 45 Saw Mill River Road where a decapitated sheep was found.on the sidewalk.  There is no further information at this time regarding the incident.



aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Sun, 12 May 2019 17:50:45 -0400