This Month's Winners & Losers



Westchester County. The county will receive $55 million in federal stimulus funding to help finance construction at the county’s sewage treatment plant.

Harriet Mendl. The Hartsdale resident and assistant director of The Children’s Center at Purchase College was named one of the country’s 30 “Working Mothers of the Year” by Working Mother magazine (

Mount Vernon Fire Department. Promptly responding to a call about a desk on fire in the basement of a building, firefighters found and rescued four two-week-old kittens trapped inside one of the burning desk drawers; the drawer apparently was set ablaze by someone in an attempt to kill the kittens. (Anyone with information about the incident can call the SPCA’s confidential 24-hour cruelty hot line at 914-941-7797.)

New Rochelle parents. Thanks largely to a state grant, full-time kindergarten will now be offered in all the district’s elementary schools.


Peter Arnell. After the legendary marketing maven redesigned Tropicana’s orange juice containers, sales plummeted 20 percent, prompting the beverage maker to pull the Katonah resident’s designs and revert to its original packaging after just two months. (Orange you glad?)

Victor Rodriguez. The Peabody, Massachusetts, man was arrested by Westchester County police when their canine dog sniffed out three pounds of cocaine in his trunk. Initially pulled over for speeding, Rodriguez aroused suspicion when he told police he was on his way to New York City—even though he was driving in the opposite direction.

Pelham parents, who now need a PhD to decipher their kids’ new report cards. Their second-grade report card now includes 39 different scores, and comes with a 14-page guide explaining how to interpret it.



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