Suspect Arrested in Valerie Reyes Murder

Police Detectives in New Rochelle and Greenwich, CT say a suspect in the murder of Valerie Reyes, believed to be an ex-boyfriend of the victim, was taken into custody Monday.

The Art of the Estate Sale

If you were looking to read Gore Vidal and
 Salmon Rushdie while wearing an assortment of mink coats, this was your

Mite Hockey Registration Open

The Mamaroneck Youth Hockey Association announces registration for young hockey players in the area, to be played at Hommocks Rink in Mamaroneck:

Today’s Photo

Bruce Park, Greenwich- Submitted to theLoopPool on Flickr by Bonnie Council

Rumorville: Check the Cupboards for TJ’s PB

If you have any Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, bring it in for a refund. Stores are recalling this product over salmonella concerns. “We have no confirmed information that suggests this peanut butter is unsafe to eat,” the company states on its Web site. But the food should not be eaten “pending health-related inquiries.”

Trader Joe’s has stores in Larchmont, Scarsdale, Hartsdale, Darien and Westport.

Cool Finds: Where your Inner Tarzan Swings into Action

BRIDGEPORT– I was suspended high in the trees, the only thing between me and the forest floor 30 feet below was a silver wire strung with wooden blocks every few feet, and the ropes carabinered to my harness. I took a deep breath. “Hurry up, Mom!” We were in the forest of challenge courses that opened in June in Bridgeport, The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum.  

Grown ups don’t know anything.

50 Shades of Gross: Man Sentenced for Tortures at WCC Campus


This guy’s a real Boy Scout. The Westchester DA has sentenced  Lawrence J. Bottone aka “Dr. Hunter” to 10 years in state prison for six counts of Assault in the Second Degree. The release says:
The defendant lured his young victims posing as a professor and claiming to be “Dr. Hunter,” who falsely pretended to work at Westchester Community College (“WCC”) and the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He offered his victims the opportunity to join a training program to prepare for employment with international security firms. If successfully completed the defendant promised that they would obtain high paying jobs. Once they agreed to sign up and joined the program —which required them to sign a multiple-page contract and to give their oath of silence as to what would take place in the program—each of the victims were subjected to physical abuse.

Weekend Boat Rescues Called “Miraculous”

Stamford Police said Wednesday that the search and rescue in the Long Island Sound Sunday was “miraculous,” despite the drowning death of a New Rochelle Firefighter. “It could have been a triple fatality,” said one police officer. Scott Morris, 31, the operator of the 27-foot boat, was one of three people that were ejected when the boat slammed into a breakwall at the Stamford harbor’s entrance and flipped over about 10:30 pm Sunday. The boat’s two other passengers were initially trapped in the boat’s cabin, submerged in water, but able to breathe in a small air pocket, before divers came to their rescue, said state and local police. “It was like a jungle under the boat,” said a Stamford police diver who was able to reach the two people.

New Rochelle Firefighter Dies in Boating Accident


The 31 year old New Rochelle firefighter missing after a boating accident Sunday near Stamford has been found dead, according to City Manager Charles Strome, who made the announcement this afternoon. “It is with deep regret that I announce the confirmation by Stamford police this afternoon, that a boating accident yesterday has claimed the life of a member of our staff, Firefighter Keith Morris. We offer our sincere condolences to the Morris family and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.” Morris joined the department in August 2004 and served with Ladder Company 12 at Fire Station #2 on Webster Avenue. “The entire department is shocked and devastated by this heart-wrenching news.

Tales from Metro North: Riding the ‘Stealth Car’

Metro North riders: Has this ever happened to you? You get on the train home to Mamaroneck or Pelham, or wherever, and discover you’re on the Express…to Stamford. (It’s definitely happened to me.)

Maybe next time you’ll get a conductor named Tom, who will make a “stealth stop” for you, like he did to Loop reader Irene:
We criticize Metro North so much I would love to see my happy story in theLoop;
I am a resident of Larchmont and was out in the city tonight. I missed my train and in my haste to get the next I got on the express to Stamford by mistake, and did not realize it until the conductor asked for my ticket and then told me I was on the wrong train (9:37 to Stamford express!! 1st stop Stamford!!) and next train back to Larchmont was not until 11 : 28ish?!

Whole Foods + 5% = Stone Barns

WHITE PLAINS, GREENWICH—Shop today at Whole Foods in White Plains or Greenwich, and 5% of the sale will go to help Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture…

Suspect in Dumping of Euthanized Animals on the Hutch


HARRISON– The national media are reporting the end to the mystery of who dumped all those euthanized pets in plastic bags along the Hutch in Harrison that were discovered in early April. He is…a veterinarian who lives in New Canaan, CT and works in the Bronx. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Westchester tells the LoHud that Andrew Manesis, 66. a veterinarian at Throgs Neck Animal Hospital in the Bronx, took payments to properly dispose of 26 euthanized cats, eight dogs and a lizard. Instead, they say, he dumped them alongside the Hutchinson River Parkway over several months.

Local Decorator Shows Her Colors



Debra Kling of Larchmont turned color into a career. (You may remember where she turned your editor’s old stone heap into something a lot more fun.)

Now, Debra has been awarded the “Best of Remodeling Award” from, a popular web platform for residential remodeling and design. The Architectural Color Consulting firm was chosen by the more than 1.2 million registered members of the Houzz community. Here are some of her color consults in the towns indicated:



Westchester Boys Win Winter Baseball League


A Westchester-based team has won the Winter Baseball League at Diamond Nation in Flemington, NJ. This is the 2nd year in a row the boys won. The Knights led the division from start to finish, going 7-1 in the Diamond Nation 2012 Winter League defeating Baseball Academies in NJ & in Pennsylvania with a + 33 run differential. The Knights success was due to power hitting, slick defense, savvy base running, and solid pitching

The 2012 Knights are comprised of players from Ardsley, Mamaroneck, Yorktown, Stamford, Mahopac, New Windsor, Harrison and Pennsylvania. The Knights lineup / batting order:
Dylan Resk (MIF)
Andy Karlan (C, IF)
Alex Volpi (1B, 3B)
Kevin Stone (IF, P),
Louis Nardella (P, IF, OF)
Gio Marrero (P, IF, OF)
Clayton Masarjian (OF, 1b, P, C)
Aaron Gulibon (P, OF, IF)
Tyler McConway (OF, C, P)

Submitted by Liz & Eric Karlan

theLoop salutes the Knights!

Coming Up: Audubon Greenwich Family Day

Anyone with an eco-type kid should know about the Audubon Greenwich summer nature camp – one of the best, and relatively most affordable, programs of its kind around. The folks at Audubon – a 290-acre sanctuary complete with a river and critters that live in and around it – will be happy to tell you all about it on Saturday at Family Day. The camp, which runs in one-week sessions, focuses on themes from creepy crawlies to fine feathered friends and even offers evening adventures for older kids. The cost is $315 per session. Saturday’s event, which includes VIP camp registration, starts at 9 a.m. with a family breakfast and animal show (RSVP and $25 per person required).

Metro-North Platform Smoking Ban Starts Wednesday


Cold turkey commute. Don’t even think about lighting up while waiting for your Metro-North train. Doing so could get you kicked off the platform, up to $50 in fines or a trip to jail. The MTA’s new ban on outdoor smoking starts today, following a months-long grace period the agency gave smokers to get used to the idea. The ban, which had a soft launch in November, prohibits smoking on Metro-North and Long Island Railroad outdoor platforms, as well as ticketing and boarding areas.

More New Metro North Train Cars to Love – Hate

You may recall our conflicted feelings about the new M-8 rail cars on the Metro-North Red Line. Your chances of riding a cleaner, more comfortable | more sterile, computer-voice   train between Connecticut and Grand Central just increased. Metro-North and the State of Connecticut added more new cars to the New Haven Line. As of Monday, 78 new cars are operating on the line — enough to cover about 24% of regular weekday rides.  The new M-8 railcars will cover an even higher percent of weekend travelers.

Cool Finds: Behind the Blue Line


Need your skates sharpened? Or just want to come in, sit down on one of the chairs from an old stadium, and reminisce about that championship hockey game back in 1983? Either way, this is your place. LAX players, too, find Blue Line Sports on Halstead Avenue in Harrison a great resource, focusing on those two sports and old fashioned service. The store may seem small, compared to an all-sports warehouse store, but Blue Line is actually one of the largest suppliers of hockey gear in Westchester and Connecticut, and works with most of the youth organizations.