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Easter Egg Hunt in Hartley Park This Saturday – 3/30/13

Kids of all ages can “hop down the bunny trail” this Saturday in Hartley Park. Unfortunately, the egg hunt is closed to kids over 12 years of age but everyone else is welcome to join in on the fun. 

The Recreation Department and the Future Socety Inc. are teaming up for this year’s event in Hartley Park. The Easter Bunny will be back to greet hunters. There’ll be loads of fun for everyone and prizes and giveaways while supplies last. Kids who find the Golden Egg get an extra special prize.

Egg hunters will be divided into age categories. Find your child’s age group from the list below:

  • Ages 3 & 4 – 10:30a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Ages 5 & 6 – 12 noon
  • Ages 7 – 10 – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Ages 11 – 12 – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The fun and games begin at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday, March 30th and end at 12:30 p.m.

See you there!



Alternate side of the street parking for street cleaning will be suspended on Holy Thursday, March 28, 2013, and Good Friday, March 29, 2013.

Graduating Teens, Are You Dressed for the Prom?

Attention 2013 Mount Vernon High School Grads:

Your prom will be one of the most memorable days of your life. Getting dressed for your big day can be expensive. Guys and girls can find mostly new and some gently used evening wear at Operation Prom’s 9th Giveaway Event.

Girls can find modern dresses and guys can get free tuxedo rentals.  All students have to do is fill out an application form in order to attend.

2013 Dress Giveaway (Students must file application)

  • Tuesday, March 26, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: The Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains
  • Wednesday, March 27, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: The College of New Rochelle, 29 Castle Place, New Rochelle
  • Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Yonkers Riverfront Library, 1 Larkin Plaza, Yonkers
  • Friday, Apr. 19, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Peekskill DSS District Office, 750 Washington St., Peekskill

Men’s Ware House Locations: (Students must complete the application form to know what location to visit and when to go for a fitting. There are a limited number of tuxedos available.)

  • White Plains, 360 Tarrytown Road
  • Scarsdale, 731 Central Park Ave.

The program also accepts donations. If you want to donate click here.

3rd Annual WWDAY Ladies First in STEM Conference

The City of Mount Vernon Youth Bureau through the Westchester Workforce Development Academy for Youth (WWDAY) Program and in partnership with the Mount Vernon City Schools District, will host its 3rd  Annual “Ladies First” in STEM Women’s Conference on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Nellie Thornton High School. 

This annual event allows guests ranging from female doctors to construction workers to engage high school students in meaningful discussions regarding women and careers in the growing fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. “It’s encouraging to see our young women seeking information on sometimes nontraditional career options,” said Mayor Ernest D, Davis.

Keynote speaker will be Courtney Williams, a Biological Engineer from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Previous years have included keynote speakers such as NBC’s Meteorologist Janice Huff, and local OBGYN Dr. Guilaine Agnant. DaMia Harris, Executive Director, stated “the WWDAY Ladies First in STEM” Conference was created to help students understand the value and relevance of science, technology, engineering, and math. Particularly, by exposing our girls to successful women who have excelled in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, we are demonstrating that STEM careers can be fun and lucrative. We need our youth to be apprised of the possibilities and not be daunted by the challenge to excel in these areas.”

The WWDAY Program is funded through a grant from the Westchester County Office of the Workforce Investment/Westchester Putnam Workforce Investment Board and has been made possible through a partnership between the City of Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, the Westchester County Executive’s Office and the Mount Vernon City School District. 

For further information on the WWDAY Program, please contact Victoria Vanderberg of the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau at (914)665-2344. Visit the Youth Bureau at You can also follow the Youth Bureau on Twitter @MVyouthbureau or

Front Row: (Left to Right) Victoria Vanderberg (WWDAY Project Coordinator), Cecilia Dean (Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center), Karen Watts (Mount Vernon City Council), Edith Charles, Alicia DeMarco, (Con-Edison) Dani Glaser (Team Green Spirit), DaMia Harris, (Executive Director Mount Vernon Youth Bureau), Dr. G Agnant (Stevens Avenue Medical)


Mayor Ernest D. Davis will be hosting under the big top on March 28th when the UniverSoul Circus holds a special Mount Vernon Night. The circus campground is set up on 149th Street and Exterior Street in the Bronx. Showtime begins at 7:30 p.m.

The single ring circus, originally formed to inspire Black audiences, has evolved over the last 20 years to become a culturally diverse troupe of performers from all over the world. “This circus reminds me of Mount Vernon – culturally diverse and talent filled,” said Mayor Davis. “When I was approached about the idea, I immediately signed on. “Like Mount Vernon, this circus is a place where the pulse of the community beats.”

Some months back organizers of the circus met with Mayor Davis to discuss working with the city. An outgrowth of their discussions led to an invitation to Mayor Davis to host a special night for residents to get together under the big tent for some family fun. “The UniverSoul Circus is a circus where soul is not a color – it’s an experience that Mount Vernon residents won’t soon forget,” said Mayor Davis.

The interactive combination of circus arts, theater, and music crossing a number of genres makes this circus one of the most interactive in the country. It is the first Black circus since Ephraim Williams developed Black traveling shows in the late 1880s. Cedric “Ricky” Walker, the circus’ founder and producer, committed himself to producing a show rich in culture, faith, and history by providing family-based entertainment for African American communities long underserved by the entertainment industry.

The Circus has a new big top tent imported from Italy featuring bold red and yellow stripes and purple accents was designed and constructed exclusively for UniverSoul Circus in collaboration with the famed Italian design firm Canobbio. Theatre-in-the-round seating can accommodate 2,278 guests.

This year’s production, the TURN IT UP TOUR, features new acts, including a neck-breaking head balancing act from Vietnam, Beat Box and a Capella vocalists from Atlanta, and a Magic Cat Illusion featuring live Tigers. Performers include artists from the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, France, Vietnam, South Africa, Russia, Brazil and West Africa. Since its debut, UniverSoul has successfully turned the traditional circus world upside down. By 1997 the circus tour had grown to a 10 city tour; to 19 cities in 1999; a South Africa tour 2001, an Emmy nominated HBO special in 1998, and 25 cities in 2012. 

Tickets for the UniverSoul Circus Mount Vernon Night are available online through Ticketmaster, . Prices range from $25/person to $35/person. Children under 12 months can enter for free as long as they sit on their parent’s lap. No strollers or car seats are permitted.

For additional information contact Shari Harris at 914.665.2572.

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Special City Council Meeting

A special meeting of the City Council will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers for the purpose of acting upon the following legislation:

“A resolution endorsing the submission of an application to the New York State Local Government Efficiency Grant Program for the 2012-2013 Program Year”.

Board of Ethics Meeting

The Board of Ethics will meet on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the City Council Committee Room. 

Board of Ethics Executive Committee Meeting

The Board of Ethics Executive Committee will meet on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the City Council Committee Room.


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