Author Archives: Ashley Helms

About Ashley Helms

Ashley Helms has been covering Eastchester and Tuckahoe for The Town Report since 2012 and has recently added Rye to her coverage area. Before joining Home Town Media Group, Ashley freelanced for the Daily Voice in Fairfield County, Conn., and was a social media intern at Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic. She graduated from the State University of New York at Purchase with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and gender studies. She currently resides in the Bronx. Reach Ashley at 914-653-1000 x23 or ashley@hometwn.com; follow her on Twitter @townreport.

Murphy to be appointed to Town Council

By ASHLEY HELMS  A familiar face in local politics will soon be added to the all-Democratic Mamaroneck Town Council. Former Village of Mamaroneck Trustee Tom Murphy, a Democrat, was expected to be appointed to the Mamaroneck Town Council following the resignation of longtime Democratic Councilwoman Phyllis Wittner on Feb. 1, after press time. The appointment […]

MBYC discussion focuses on tax forms

By ASHLEY HELMS As debate over the zoning compliance of activities at Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club continue, those on both sides of the issue turned their attention to an IRS 990 tax form and if it is necessary in determining whether or not the club conforms to village zoning. The club was in front […]

Village to consider bamboo ban

By ASHLEY HELMS When thinking about bamboo, images of the giant panda gnawing on shoots of the lush green plant in the Chinese wilderness may spring to mind, but the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees may put the kibosh on planting bamboo in lawns across the village following a suggestion put forth by its […]

District amends placement policy

By ASHLEY HELMS Newly-enacted policy changes for assigning incoming kindergarten students to classes in the Mamaroneck Union Free School District will, ideally, bring about equality in the number of non-white students in each district kindergarten class. The Board of Education unanimously approved the policy revisions to kindergarten classroom assignments on Jan. 28, with the most […]

Wittner resigns from Town Council

By ASHLEY HELMS After a 17-year political career, the Mamaroneck Town Council has bid farewell to a veteran councilwoman and avid environmentalist. Phyllis Wittner, a Democrat, resigned from her position on the Town Council on Feb. 1 after joining the board in 1996. The 82-year-old town resident cited her physical mobility and overall health as […]

School district rolls out dual-language classes

By ASHLEY HELMS For Spanish-speaking youngsters who want to learn English, or those proficient in English whose parents think a bilingual classroom is beneficial, the Mamaroneck Union Free School District has a class to meet those needs. Making its debut in select kindergarten classes throughout the district this school year, the district rolled out its […]

McAndrews, trustees to run unopposed

By ASHLEY HELMS The Village of Larchmont Democratic Party nominated incumbent trustees Marlene Kolbert, Peter Fanelli and current Mayor Ann McAndrews to run in the 2014 village election. All three are likely to be unopposed. The mayor and trustees were nominated during the village’s Democratic caucus on Jan. 28 in anticipation of the March 18 […]

Schools propose 4.3% tax increase

By ASHLEY HELMS The Mamaroneck Union Free School District has been crunching numbers and laying the groundwork for the 2014-2015 school budget since November; with preliminary numbers projecting a 4.3 percent property tax hike and the possible elimination of one full-time elementary school teacher as of the Jan. 28 Board of Education meeting. Early projections […]

Town moves forward with energy service contract

By ASHLEY HELMS Upgrades to town facilities are expected to be easier on the environment and on energy bills at the same time. To finance improvements to the Hommocks Ice Rink, which will allow the facility to be open year round, and the Mamaroneck Town Center, the Town Council approved a company to work with […]

Former CAP director claims discrimination

By ASHLEY HELMS Finally ready to speak out, a local community activist alleges a community center aimed at helping disadvantaged residents may be harboring discriminatory practices. Village of Mamaroneck resident and community activist Guisela Marroquin filed a complaint with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the village’s Community Action Program in its capacity […]