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October 2019

Family Fun Day Celebrates

the Village

By Stephen E. Lipken


Over 1200 children of all ages from Larchmont and outlying communities converged on Larchmont Avenue on Saturday, September 14th to celebrate Larchmont Day with live music from jazz-rock band “Exit 17;” big trucks; bouncy castle and inflatable slide; pony rides; face painting; miniature golf; beanbag tosses; electronic “Playback Bopper;” wall of rhythm instruments provided by “Groove on the Move, Music for Aardvarks” (findgroove.com); arts and crafts; cotton candy and popcorn.


New Rochelle Fire Department fielded its Family Fire Safety House, training how to exit smoke-filled rooms, plus the Town of Mamaroneck/Village of Larchmont Volunteer Ambulance Corps.


“Today is Larchmont Day, the Fourth Annual Larchmont Day Festival,” Mayor Lorraine Walsh said.  “The reason that we have it on a weekend in September is that is when the Village of Larchmont was incorporated…This year it is 128 years young.  It is a great day for the community to come out together and celebrate our Village, celebrate the community and have fun…”


Besides the fun displays, there were exhibits of social and environmental impact, beginning with “Friends of the Family,”

(www.larchmontfriendsofthefamily.org) founded in 1997, when certain Chatsworth School mothers had cancer and needed baby sitters, free rides to doctors and meals, according to Tiffany Smith.    A team of psychologists, nurses and doctors now visit beleaguered families and assess how they can help.  Smith stated that 103 families are receiving meals and $100,000 has been distributed to families in need.


“At Home on the Sound,” was showcased, helping senior citizens to live independently in their homes; full members are entitled to a free home safety assessment by an occupational therapist who can tailor suggestions to functional ability.  {For information about membership, call (914) 899-3150.}


The Larchmont Newcomers Club was on hand, explaining that they have been connecting neighbors in Larchmont, Mamaroneck and New Rochelle through social events and local outreach opportunities since 1950.


Finally, Karen Khor and former Larchmont Trustee Marlene Kolbert manned the Food Waste Recycling booth, encouraging residents to recycle food scraps for drop off at the Maxwell Street site.