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On Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm, a groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 15 South 5th Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY, the site of a new mixed-use educational and housing development, The Enclave on 5th.

Enclave Equities, through its development arm, is rehabilitating the long vacant office building. The approximately 80,000 square foot 4 story structure, formerly a NYNEX telephone call center, will be completely renovated with 40 new affordable housing units for senior households aged 55 and over. The ground and sub-level floors will be the new home for the Westchester Community College Mount Vernon Extension Campus. It is within walking distance to shopping, hospitals, public transportation, and other facilities.

“Governor Cuomo has made it a priority to expand affordable housing for New Yorkers in need. The state’s investment in this senior housing project will provide high quality, stable housing and contribute to the State’s revitalization, by strengthening communities,” said Darryl C. Towns, Commissioner/CEO of New York State Homes & Community Renewal.  “Earlier this year the Governor announced a $1 billion House New York program, the state’s largest investment in affordable housing in more than a decade that will create and preserve more than 14,300 affordable housing units over five years across the State. I congratulate our partners for bringing the different funding resources together to make this project a success.”

Support and funding for the Enclave was made possible through a collaborative partnership, bringing public and private resources together to finance this innovative project. New York State Homes & Community Renewal (HCR), through the Housing Finance Agency, is providing $5.22 million in bond financing and more than $370,000 in Low Income Housing Tax Credits to build the affordable senior housing units.

“Westchester Community College is excited about moving into this large Extension Center facility in Mount Vernon. Since the 1990s, we have had a presence in the city. This new site is 5,000-square-feet larger than our current location on Gramatan Avenue.  The new site will feature ten state-of-the-art classrooms, a lecture hall, and an Academic Support Center. This new building will help us interact even more with members of the community and to offer more services to our students,” says Dr. Joseph Hankin, President of Westchester Community College. 

Participants in the National Builders Association Apprenticeship Program, which affords employment and training to local workers, have taken a role in the property’s renovation.   The renovation, which will also include a street level café, began in May and is anticipated to be completed by the end of this year.

We are very excited about this project,” said Michael Goldberg, CEO of Enclave Equities. “We believe that the state of the art build-out will have a long lasting positive impact on Mount Vernon’s centrally located 5th Avenue corridor and anticipate that the unique tenancy and location of this project will catalyze significant growth and have a long term impact on the Mount Vernon community.” 

About New York State Homes and Community Renewal:

New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) consists of all the State’s major housing and community renewal agencies, including the Housing Finance Agency, the Affordable Housing Corporation, the Division of Housing and Community Renewal, State of New York Mortgage Agency, Housing Trust Fund Corporation and others. HCR is committed to collaborating with partners, and keeping homes affordable and communities strong by managing a portfolio of more than 190,000 multifamily units and administering more than $1.5 billion each year to expand affordable housing opportunities and build strong communities throughout New York State.


New Doles Media Center to Present Exciting Film Program

When Mayor Ernest D. Davis announced a new program designed by EVT Educational Productions would be coming to the city to provide a Youth/Community Outreach Project there was excitement about bringing transferable training into the city. EVT intended to provide exposure and training in film and TV studio production and editing, studio operations, and related areas, as well as computer graphics/graphic arts, on-line web fluency, web site construction, and eventually web and mobile applications design to Mount Vernon youth.  

After eight months of planning and outfitting space provided by the city, Eric Tait, Jr., President of EVT, the media production company he originally founded in the city in 1992, is ready to launch its new initiative by late September with the introduction of a young and up and coming talent from the community.

 Alexis Grier, a talented young video and film producer with a commitment to mentoring, will be providing film training to the city’s young people for the new Media Magic Initiative at the Doles. Computers and dubbing equipment have already been installed to help facilitate the editing needs of the youth Ms. Grier will be working with initially.

Grier attended UCLA’s Screenwriting Program and later graduated from the Los Angeles Film School. She has worked on such television shows as   MTV Super Sweet 16, Are You Kidding Me, Once upon a Prom and the 2008 BET Awards. Upon coming back to the Mount Vernon area, she founded the Four Squared Film Program specifically to work with young people.

Four Squared Film Program supports the mission of EVT Educational Productions’ purpose. Four Squared intends to give students a creative outlet allowing them to express their emotions in a healthy and creative way and aims to teach them the importance of teamwork, leadership, social interactions, the ability of thinking strategically and other important life skills that are extremely vital in our community.

Renovation work on the Doles Community Center is still ongoing but the Media Center will nonetheless make its facilities and equipment available to Four Squared that will not conflict with any other Camera or Graphic Arts training programs being conducted at the Media Center. The Four Squared after school program will offer 2 hour sessions, 2 times per week for 12 weeks. Mount Vernon middle and high school students interested in the art of filming can sign up for the program at the Doles Community Center.

For additional information please contact AlexisGrier at


Eric V. Tate is a veteran broadcast journalist and documentarian whose credits include ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, 20/20 and Our World. He is the Executive Producer/Director of the original multiple award-winning “Then I’ll Be Free To Travel Home” video documentary which used students from the Mount Vernon High School to capture the footage. Among other documentaries Mr. Tait has produced and directed, the following have aired on PBS: “Across The River with Hedrick Smith,” “Fire In Their Eyes,” and “The Legacy of Maggie’s American Dream.” He has been selected as the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcasting Honoree by the New York Association of Black Journalists.

Alexis Grier has a B.A. in Communication and Rhetoric/Studio Art from Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA; a  Certificate in Screenwriting from the Professional Program from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); and an A.S. in Film from The Los Angeles Film School in Hollywood, CA. She is currently producing various film projects.


Labor Day Sanitation/Parking Schedule

The following garbage pickup schedule will be in effect for the week of September 2, 2013:

  •  NO regular garbage or yard waste pickup on Monday, September 2, 2013.
  •  Regular Monday garbage pickup on Southside will be on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.
  •  Regular Monday yard waste pickup on Northside will be on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.
  • Regular Tuesday garbage pickup on Northside will be on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.
  • Regular Tuesday yard waste pickup on Southside will be on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.
  • NO pickup of recycled bottles, cans or plastic on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.
  • Regular Thursday garbage and rubbish with recyclables on Southside will be picked up on Thursday, September 5, 2013.
  • Regular Friday garbage and rubbish with recyclables on Northside will be picked up on Friday, September 6, 2013.

The following parking rules will take effect for Labor Day:

  • Alternate side of the street parking is suspended on both sides of the street on Monday, September 2, 2013
  • Parking meter suspended on Monday, September 2, 2013 

For additional information contact the Department of Public Works at 665-2463.

“The World I Want” Video Contest for Middle and High School Students

The United Nations Association (UNA) of the Southern New York State Division is conducting a YouTube video contest, “The World I Want,” that is open to currently enrolled middle and high school students (grades 6-12).  Video submissions should aim to illustrate the applicant’s idea of how the world should be and incorporate UN values, such as the importance of humanitarian aid, equal rights and global peace.

Eligible students must live or go to school in the five boroughs of New York City or in the following counties: Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester. YouTube video submissions, which should be no less than two minutes and no more than five minutes in length, are due on or before September 30, 2013. Only one entry is allowed per person. Videos containing inappropriate content will be disqualified.

Six winners will be selected: a first, second and third place awardee for high school students and a first, second and third place awardee for middle school students. Each first place winner will receive the grand prize of a private tour of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City by a UNA Southern New York State Division board member, and receive his or her award at the UNA-USA Young Professionals benefit dinner in December as a special guest. The winning entries will be contacted by October 31.

Other winners will be invited to Chapter or Division events where they will receive their awards.  Winners will also receive a gift of $250 for 1st place, $150 for 2nd place and $75 for 3rd place.  All winners will have their videos displayed on the UNA Southern New York State Division website.  All entrants will receive a certificate of participation.

For more details on contest rules and regulations, visit For more about the UNA-USA Westchester Chapter, visit


Westchester County Shredder to Make Stop in Mount Vernon on Saturday

As part of its recycling efforts, the Westchester County Mobile Shredder is scheduled to be in Mount Vernon on Saturday, August 31st from 10am until 1 pm. The mobile unit will be stationed at the municipal lot on 5th Avenue and 2nd Street.

Residents can bring bulk personal documents for shredding to protect sensitive information against identity theft. Residents can bring up to 4 file-size (10”x12”x15”) boxes of confidential papers per household. Large binder clips and cover must be removed from all documents. Papers from businesses, institutions or commercial enterprises are not acceptable and will be rejected, as will any junk mail or newspapers. 

Get there early. Service is on a first come, first served basis.


Learn To Skate

Sign up for instructional skating lessons at the Mount Vernon Ice Hutch. Children ages 8 – 17 can receive skating instruction on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Sign up now, space is limited! 

Fall 2013 Recreation Brochure

Check out all that the Department of Recreation is offering this fall. Activities for youth include tennis, skating, soccer and dance lessons! Programs are also available for adults and senior citizens.

Fall 2013 Recreation Brochure

Tennis Clinic

The Department of Recreation will be hosting a Tennis Clinic on Friday evenings from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This program is conducted based on the skill level of the participant. Beginners play from 5:00pm – 6:00pm, intermediate skilled players from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, and advanced players from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Students will be evaluated at the first class to determine skill level and class placement. Program fee: $70 per session – residents, $80 per session – non residents.

Baseball / Softball Clinic

The Department of Recreation will be holding an Instructional Baseball and Softball Clinic in the Mount Vernon High School Turf Room. Boys and girls, ages 6 – 17 can sign up to learn the basics of throwing, catching, hitting and fielding from experienced baseball trainers. The program will run from October 4th – December 21st, 2013.  Program Fee: $30 – Residents, $40 – Non-Residents.

Soccer Clinic

On Monday afternoons from 4:00pm – 6:00pm, children ages 7 – 17 can participate in an instructional soccer clinic at the Sports Underdome. Participants will learn the basics of shooting, passing and dribbling. This program will run from October 7th, 2013 – November 25th, 2013. Program fee: $30 – Residents, $40 – Non- Residents.


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