By Stephen E. Lipken
It was an eventful evening at the May 14 Village of Pelham Board meeting, as Mayor Chance Mullen and Maryanne Joyce on behalf of NYS Senator Alessandra Biaggi presented Commendations to Gold Award Girl Scout Kimberly Rosell and Pelham Examiner, an online newspaper staffed by Pelham Memorial High School students.
“The purpose for the Mayor’s Commendation for Excellence in City Service is to recognize those in extraordinary service to our community that enhances and strengthens our collective city life through volunteerism, advocacy, public arts, democratic participation and by fostering public discourse around important public issues,” Mullen stated.
“Empathy [Towards All], not sympathy is the ability and desire to understand and share the feelings of another and see the world through someone else’s eyes. Kimberly has sponsored neighborhood safety workshops, fundraising through the sales of tee shirts, volleyball tournaments and documentary interviewing people in her own life.” Rosell raised $12,622.50 to purchase a license plate reading system for the Pelham Police Department.
Mullen cited the Pelham Examiner as fostering healthy public discourse around local and regional issues, garnering Honorable Mention in the New York Press Association 2018 Better Newspaper Contest as being the fourth-best community newspaper site in the State.
Moving on, Mayor Mullen noted that a referendum is planned for June 18th for voters to approve purchasing property at 314 Pelhamdale Avenue, adjacent to Colonial School, reducing the need to rent offices for administrators, allowing additional classrooms and expand Colonial’s greenspace.
Pelham Union Free School District Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ disseminated plans for construction of the new Hutchinson Elementary School. “We look to start staging construction the last week in June,” Dr. Champ began.
“Rock removal, slated from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. will be completed before students return in September. We hope to come to some completion regarding traffic control, including pickup/drop-off patterns.”
James F. Hricay, Assistant Superintendent for Business added that Hutchinson School will be built by Triton Construction Management. A community hotline and email address have been set up so that residents may report concerns or ask questions during the construction process.
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