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TOWN IS NEW OWNER OF FRANK'S NURSERY!...my radio program on bullying tomorrow...jazz elite concert..
Release Date: February 10, 2011

GREAT NEWS. We own Frank’s Nursery! The town of Greenburgh now owns the abandoned Frank’s Nursery off of Dobbs Ferry Road. We foreclosed on the property because the owners did not pay their taxes. The order and judgment of foreclosure sale was signed by NY State Supreme Court Justice Lester Adler. The property is just under 7 acres and is in a prime location (near the Sprain Parkway).  In the coming months we will explore options for the property: (sale or renting out the property, keeping the property for future town uses). I believe that the town should turn this property into a revenue generator for the town. Your thoughts are welcome…
 I have two guests on my WVOX Radio (1460 AM) program  tomorrow (Friday)  between 10 AM and 11 AM.
Michael Zeldes is a resident of Irvington for over 14 years and the proud father of an 8th grade boy and a Fifth grade girl in the Irvington School District. Michael is the Chairman of the Village's Diversity Task Force, a group he formed 9 months ago to pro-actively address Bullying and Biased behavior in and out its schools.  He has recently led efforts to implement various programs in the District to raise awareness and train Faculty and other school staff in the hopes that by doing so  bullying and other harassing behaviors will be not be tolerated at school or within the community. 
Additionally, Michael is a board member of the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Foundation at Westchester Medical Center and is has chaired its annual Wines of the World wine tasting and auction fundraising event for the past 6 years.
From 10:30 to 11 I will interview Julie Fraitag-Weinstein, Director of the Inter-Village Continuing Education
PETS ALIVE (formerly called the Elmsford Animal Shelter) is having their Valentine’s Day party Sunday, February13 at 100 Warehouse Lane, South  between 12 and 3:30 PM. Meet the pets and consider an adoption. www.petsalivewest.org.
If you watched the Town Board meeting on TV last night you probably were impressed with the young adults who set the tone for the meeting with their brief jazz concert. Jazz Elite is a group of young, advanced level musicians from the region. They will be hosting a “Night of Jazz on March 5th at Union Baptist Church in Fairview. The event will help  raise money for the group's members to attend an upcoming jazz competition in California. Artistic director, Iantheia Calhoun, who is also a music teacher at Woodlands High School in Greenburgh, New York, will conduct the performance.
"We are excited about this concert! We want to show metropolitan-area parents that they don't have to send their children all the way to New York City for a quality music program," Calhoun said. "Those who attend will have the great opportunity to see the high level of talent in our young musicians, who practice right here in Westchester."
Founded in 2003, Jazz Elite is a sponsored program by Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Funds donated by businesses, other organizations and private citizens – which are encouraged – are helpful in keeping the program afloat and allow students to attend various music festivals throughout the year. With additional funding, Calhoun hopes to expand the program for students so they are able to participate in more events and receive private music lessons.
As part of an annual tuition program, students take part in weekly rehearsals at the Theodore D. Young Community Center in Greenburgh, New York and participate in jazz clinics with music professionals, such as jazz legend Jon Faddis; hard bop jazz trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater; Ron Carter, professor of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University (NIU); and saxophonist Tia Fuller, who plays in R&B singer Beyonce's all female band.
Students audition in September at an assigned location in Westchester County for a seat in Jazz Elite. The program is designed to help students develop their aural, sight-reading, improvisational, and Big Band ensemble playing skills throughout the year. 
Prior to forming Jazz Elite, Calhoun organized a Jazz Ensemble at Woodlands High School in Greenburgh, New York. Those students performed at the Greenwich Festival in Connecticut and Sleepy Hollow Festival in New York, as well as the prestigious Next Generation Festival in California, which the young musicians of Jazz Elite plan to attend this April. Proceeds from the benefit concert will assist in that effort.
"Jazz, to me and to these students, is something special," Calhoun said. "With jazz, you really have to think; you're expanding your mind. You have to look at the chords, and understand how to solo over those changes. Then, you have to communicate it to your audience and move them through your expression. Jazz is on such a grand level of understanding and expression. I'm proud to expose our children to wonderful pieces of work in the jazz music genre.”
Currently, Jazz Elite – an ethnically diverse group of 7th to 12th graders – has eight woodwind section players, five trombone players, six trumpet players and eight members in the rhythm section. The program is always looking to bring in additional talent, according to Calhoun.
"A Night of Jazz" will take place on Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the main auditorium of Union Baptist Church, located at 31 Manhattan Avenue in White Plains. Admission to the event is $35 for adults, $25 for senior citizens, $10 for students and free for children 12 and under. For more information about the event or to make a donation to Jazz Elite, contact Artistic Director Iantheia Calhoun at 914-462-2669 or mscjazz@mac.com.
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