Monthly Archives: March 2014

North Castle Supervisor Schiliro Report | Armonk NY Homes


Supervisor’s Review
Here’s What’s Going On………
From Supervisor Michael Schiliro:

Economic Development



  • Armonk Square – A few more stores have opened, namely Bowls (soups and salads), JP Morgan Chase and the children’s store Jagger and Jade. The final location, Peachwave (frozen yogurt) will open sometime in April.

  • The site of the North White Plains Diner is currently under construction and will re-open under new ownership. (pictured above right)

  • Bristal Assisted Living – Is open for business and plans on a Grand Opening event later this year.

  • Restaurants – Amore has settled into its beautiful new location. Coming soon to its old location is Fattoria Dinner House which will have a coastal Mediterranean menu. Roberto’s/Zero Otto Nove of Arthur Avenue will be opening a new restaurant in Town at the former “RTE 22” location
  • CVS – All the permits are in place and outdoor work will resume once the weather improves

Public Works Update


  • Con Edison is winding down the Line Hardening Project for the “Armonk Loop”, securing a more reliable system. In January, the Town limited tree cutting to 10 per private property and instituted a review of designated trees along Town and NYS right-of-ways.
  • Record snowfall: 18 snow events totaling 77 inches, and sub-freezing temperatures took a toll on our trucks and our roads. The Town Board has authorized the purchase of two new Highway vehicles in addition to two ordered in late 2013, and an additional Parks vehicle to replace older equipment.
  • Pot-hole repair has been ongoing. In addition, road improvements will be assessed early to mid-April in conjunction with the 2013 Pavement Management Study. Scheduling of  repairs will begin later this Spring.
  • The Town board conducted a work session to explore options for additional Parking in Downtown Armonk.
  • The Windmill Water Main Project is on schedule to go to bid in April for construction proposals.  At the same, time the three Windmill structures maintained by Water District #2 will go out to bid for repair and rehabilitation.

Town Council Corner


A Message from Town Councilman Barbara DiGiacinto:


Attention North White Plains Residents


On the first Saturday of each month, Councilwoman Barbara DiGiacinto meets with North White Plains residents at the Community Center. Schedules permitting, Supervisor Schiliro, Councilmen D’Angelo, Reiter, or Berra are in attendance.


The next meeting will be held on Saturday, April 5 from 11:00 AM until 12:30PM. Please consider stopping by the Community Center and sharing your concerns and visions for the Town of North Castle as well as for North White Plains.

In addition, Councilwoman DiGiacinto is creating a North White Plains email list. Please send your name and email address to:


Please mark your calendar with the 2014 North White Plains meeting dates: May 3, June 7, July 12*, August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, and December 6.  11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

(*Second Saturday due to July 4th Holiday Weekend.)




Upcoming Community Events
Saturday  April 5 (Rain Date 4/12) – EGG HUNT EGGSTRAVAGANZA

Time:           10:30am SHARP at Community Park Track Field                      205 Business Park Drive, Armonk


12:30pm SHARP at North Castle Community Center Fields                     10 Clove Road, North White Plains



Saturday  April 26 – Zero Waste Day!  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM  North Castle Town Hall


Sunday   April 27 – 2014 Annual Town Wide Clean Up!  9:00 – 11:00 AM

*Community Center North White Plains – 10 Clove Street

*Town Hall in Armonk –  15 Bedford Road

*Banksville Fire House in Banksville


Note:  Town wide clean up day is a great day for families and friends to take pride in our town.  It is as simple as picking any part of the Town, a particular street or park, grab some free bags from the locations above, and help keep our town beautiful.  Thanks in advance for participating.




In Conclusion….
It has been a wonderful first three months serving as your Supervisor.  I want to thank the Town Board members for being fully engaged and committed to serving “you”, our residents. We are all supported by a great staff in the Town who work hard to deliver the services we all expect.  And finally, I want to thank you, the residents for your continued support and input.  Keep the ideas coming!



Wings, Wind and Water Inspire a Bathroom | Pound Ridge Real Estate


When Sara Baldwin’s family built a house outside of Eastville, Virginia, in a pine forest on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay, it only made sense that she would design the bathrooms. Baldwin is the owner of New Ravenna Mosaics, a leading designer and manufacturer of custom mosaic tile, and has access to all kinds of materials that can make a sublime bathroom.
To design her daughter’s bath, Baldwin found herself channeling memories of her childhood on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, where she grew up on her family’s farm. Her parents shared the land with her grandmother, Dorothy McCaleb, a woman who loved nature — especially birds. “We had swallows nesting in a birdhouse and under the eaves of our house,” Baldwin says. “In the evenings, as they zoomed around eating bugs, my grandmother and I would watch them.”

Fast-forward to the present day during the construction of Baldwin’s own house, and the designer found herself drawn to slabs of Azul Macaubas, a dramatic blue stone from Brazil. She purchased a number of slabs at a trade show and used some of them to line the back wall of her daughter’s bathroom, for reasons both practical and design-minded.
“I didn’t want the room to be too girly, and I wanted it to work for her as she grew up,” Baldwin says. “Plus, the lines of the stone reminded me of undulating wind currents in the sky.”
Functionality and aesthetics also drove her design of a one-legged mahogany vanity. “I love the way it looks,” she says. “But I also thought another leg close to the wall would be hard to clean around.”
With the sky-colored palette set and with memories of her grandmother in her head, it only made sense for Baldwin to use New Ravenna’s Flight stone mosaic in the surround encircling the tub and shower.
Bath hardware: .25 Collection, Waterworks
The tile pattern will look familiar to anyone who has watched swallows ride the wind like so many avian kites.
“Our tile is customizable, so you can pick the size, number and position of the birds,” says Baldwin. “I wanted them to look natural, like the snapshot of a flock I had in my head.”
Looking closer, you can see that the birds are also made of Azul Macaubas — which is fitting. “When you examine a bird’s feathers, there is sort of an iridescence and so many amazing blue undertones,” says Baldwin.
In a homage to the nearby waterfront, Baldwin chose tiles that have a striped effect that reminds her of boating. To coordinate with the strong blues in the room, she chose 3- by 6-inch tiles with cerulean tones and separated them with white strips of Thassos marble. Because of the dearth of soft surfaces in the room, she opted for a shower curtain over a glass door.

Dream Spaces: 12 Beautiful White Kitchens | Bedford Corners Real Estate


Crisp, clean white kitchens with gleaming marble counters and backsplashes are everywhere you look these days. It’s easy to see why: White makes a space look bigger and airier, and enhances other design elements. Wood floors look richer against white, pendant lights stand out as sculptural elements, and stainless steel appliances sparkle.  Adding marble to the mix introduces a luxurious touch.
That said, there are drawbacks to this kind of simple elegance. A white kitchen demands upkeep; all that white isn’t going to stay clean without maintenance. And marble is definitely not for everyone. It’s soft and porous, so it scratches and stains easily, and acidic foods can cause surface etching. Marble aficionados learn to love the patina (or live with the patina) that time brings. If you can’t abide the inevitable signs of wear and tear, consider alternative materials, such as quartz.
But if you’re ready to take on the challenge, or just want to do a little daydreaming, check out the collection assembled here. You won’t be disappointed.
Tour dozens of white Kitchens of the Week

Big and beautiful, this kitchen has it all, from original wide-plank oak floors to expanses of beautifully designed and fitted cabinetry. Note the netted-glass Sorenson Lanterns and the French café stools around the island, with its columned legs and Carrara marble top. The textural backsplash is done in a skinny pencil tile fashioned from Bianco Carrara marble.
This petite, light-filled brownstone kitchen in Boston almost has a feminine feel, with its silvery Bertazzoni range hood and its filmy pendant drum shades. White Calacatta marble wraps around the island and is used on the counters, while Calacatta subway tiles adorn the backsplash. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the space with sunlight.

Grow a Kitchen Garden in 16 Square Feet | Chappaqua Real Estate


With just a patch of soil and sunlight, you can create a mini kitchen garden. It won’t feed your family for the summer, but it can make your meals more interesting, and perhaps get kids interested in growing food or at least help them understand where it comes from. The trick is to choose the right crops. Varieties should be compact enough not to outgrow the space and should be productive over a season — so you are not eagerly waiting for weeks for a harvest that lasts minutes.

If you don’t have space in the ground, you can grow vegetables in a convenient  raised bed or planting box. This one is 4 feet by 4 feet, constructed of two 2-by-6s on each side. Fill the planter with a commercial soil mix; if you plant in the ground, improve the soil by adding a layer of several inches of organic matter, and work it in to a depth of 8 to 10 inches.
Make sure the spot gets sun for a good part of the day. Choose smallish varieties. There are many ways to go. Here in front is a row of leaf lettuces. Just behind, there’s a scattering of beets plus a few daffodils. In back there’s a row of chard and a single rosemary shrub. Make sure that the plants you select have compatible demands for water, light and feeding.
Salad Greens
For the planting’s front row, choose low-growing leaf lettuce varieties or curly endive, which has an appealing bitterness. These are greens that you can keep cutting rather than waiting for them to form mature heads. Most leaf lettuces do best in cool weather. As summer moves in, you can replace them with chard, herbs or other more heat-tolerant types.

9 Tips for Creating Content that Gets Shared | Armonk Realtor


You already know that content is important. Smart marketers are using quality  content to build brand awareness and drive traffic to their sites. Many content  creators dream of their content going viral.

Here are 9 tips for creating content that gets shared.

#1. Identify and understand your target audience

Before you begin writing, take a moment to identify your target audience. It  is difficult to get people to share your content if they don’t care about it, so  figure out who you target audience is and cater your content to them. All you  need to do is ask some basic questions.

Who: Are you targeting stay-at-home moms, college students, retired  couples, teenage girls, marketing professionals, engineers, musicians, or  scientists?

What: What does your target audience need? Create something that will  help them.

When: When is your target audience online? Publish with those times in mind.

Where: Where do they live, work, and play? Someone who lives in Paris  doesn’t need a list of Calgary’s best restaurants.

Why: Why is your audience online? Are they looking for specific  information, socialization, entertainment, or validation?

How: How does your target audience experience the internet? Are they  using a computer, or do they do most of their browsing on a smart phone? Make  sure your content is compatible.

#2. Craft a headline that demands attention

First impressions are essential. It doesn’t matter how good your content is  if no one bothers to read it. There are many different ways to write an engaging  headline, but here are a few tips to get you started.


BofA: Fed seems OK with declining home sales | North Salem Real Estate


Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAC) analysts released a note to clients highlighting the response of home sales to continued tapering from the Federal Reserve.

As Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen indicated last week, the government is keen to continue its support of the economy via purchases of Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities. However, the amount of which it invests in is being gradually decreased.

The BofA analysts said, that by “affirming the QE taper and seemingly doubling down on tightening by adding the “six months” comment, the Fed seems to be saying that it is OK with the 15% decline in pending home sales and may well even be comfortable with further declines.”

“This comes as a surprise to us and forces us to reconsider our investment views for securitized products,” write analysts Justin Borst and Chris Flanagan in their Securitization Weekly report.

New home sales of single-family houses in February dropped 3.3% to 440,000, reaching a 5-month low, according to the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

4 reasons the Fed won’t raise interest rates anytime soon | Mt Kisco Real Estate


Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said early Monday that the economy and the job market are still ailing and that they will need “extraordinary” assistance from the central bank in the form of low interest rates “for some time.”

It was three words about short-term interest rate policy that sent out more reassurance for investors than her three words March 19 – “about six months” – which sent markets into a spiral.

After last week’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting, Yellen said that the Fed could start raising short-term rates “about six months” after it completed its ongoing tapering of Treasury and bond purchases, which most expect to be unwound by the fourth quarter of 2014.

Speaking in Chicago Monday, Yellen also justified the change from a specific goalpost – 6.5% unemployment – to a more vague and subjective “quantitative guidance” needed given the slack in the labor market, despite the official unemployment rate now standing at 6.7%.

She gave four reasons why she thinks the employment market is still soft.

1) The large number of part-timers.

One form of evidence for slack is found in other labor market data, beyond the unemployment rate or payrolls, some of which I have touched on already. For example, the 7 million people who are working part time but would like a full-time job. This number is much larger than we would expect at 6.7% unemployment, based on past experience, and the existence of such a large pool of “partly unemployed” workers is a sign that labor conditions are worse than indicated by the unemployment rate. Statistics on job turnover also point to considerable slack in the labor market. Although firms are now laying off fewer workers, they have been reluctant to increase the pace of hiring. Likewise, the number of people who voluntarily quit their jobs is noticeably below levels before the recession; that is an indicator that people are reluctant to risk leaving their jobs because they worry that it will be hard to find another. It is also a sign that firms may not be recruiting very aggressively to hire workers away from their competitors.