Yorktown Square Plaza sign shines once again

A time when she would walk to the N D grocery store on the corner of Dominion Boulevard and s guess.ca he and her paper bags brimming with food were offered a ride home by employees.

Novak said she passes the sign every morn guess.ca ing on her walks and made a special trip Saturday to see it relit.

“I don’t usually c guess.ca ome out in the evening, but it’s beautiful,” she said.

Thanks to funding from Tom Dobrich, the owner of the plaza and past president of the former grocery store, the sign will shine as it did when it was first installed in 1954.

“I’m happy to keep a little bit of the past alive,” the 53 year old said.

Dobrich, like many who attended the celebration, felt nostalgic as he gazed at the words “Welcome to Yorktown Square Shopping Centre” written in pink, orange and bright green lights.

The sign will shine every night after sunset.

It is the only sign on Windsor’s heritage list, said John Calhun, the city’s heritage planner.

The retro sign wouldn’t have made the list without a push from scenic design student Michael Wilkki.

The 29 year old, who attends Wayne State University, was concerned when the sign started to show its age in 2008.

He contacted the city’s planning department about preserving one of the oldest signs in the city.

Wilkki said he’s in love with post war architecture and designs ranging from 1945 to 1965.

Growing up in the neighbourhood made the sign even more special to him, he said.

“The city didn’ guess.ca t ask (Dobrich) to do it, so it was very appreciated. It’s a wonderful renovation of the sign,” Calhun said.

Paul Mascarin, 56, was surprised the massive sign was not demolished.

The Vincent Massy Secondary School graduate said he and his friends spent plenty of lunch breaks in the plaza. Mascarin still lives in he neighbourhood on Norfolk Street.

Yorktown faced power outage

As residents went to vote around the region, some experienced glitches ranging from power outages to ballot mixups to unexpected changes in their polling place. It was restored within a half hour, utility spokesman Michael Donovan said.

The National Guard was called to the sites at Hempstead School on Brick Church Road and Grandview Elementary on Grandview Avenue to ensure there was no disruption to voting during the temporary outage.

In Yorktown, a power outage at one poll site and ballot delivery snags at a few others had town employees scrambling to fix the problems soon after polls opened.

Yorktown Town Clerk Alice Roker said the outage at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Route 134 forced voters to fill out ballots in the dark and file them in sealed bags, rather than with electronic scanners. The outage came the day after Consolidated Edison and the Board of Elections had assured that power had been restored.

Roker said she did not know how many ballots were filed while the scanners were down over the roughly seven hour outage.

Making matte guess.ca rs worse, the Westchester County Board of Elections sent the wrong supply bags each filled with local voter rolls and ballots to Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School, Grace Lutheran Church and the Jefferson Village community building, she said. but was turned away along with other voters when poll workers realized they had the wrong ballots.

DeGregorio was told to come back later. At least one other voter told him she doubted she’d be able to return.

“I’m very unhappy with this,” said DeGregorio, 54.

The problem was resolved about an hour later, after a town employee drove the right bags to their respective locations, Roker said.

Poll sites at Briarcliff Congregational Church and the Briarcliff Manor Youth Center also had slow starts due to power outages.

The only Westchester polling place closed Tuesday because of Superstorm Sandy was Purchase Community House in Harrison. That forced Purchase residents in three voting districts to cast their ballots alongside people from three other districts at Mintzer Recreation Center in West Harrison.

Not everybody got news of the venue change in time. only to find a police cruiser blocking the road and a neon sign directing him to the West Harrison site. He wasn’t sure how to get there and had to ask the officer for help.

Bob Shannon, an election inspector at the West Harrison site, said confusion about the poll site was partly to blame for lower than normal turnout among Purchase voters.

“People aren’t going to search around long if they don’t know where to vote,” he said.

At least one voter had complaints about the state’s optical scan voting machines, which were widely panned when they debuted in Westchester and Rockland in 2010.

White Plains resident Samantha Slotnick said she was troubled to see a poll worker take an elderly man’s ballot and write on it before feeding it to a scanner at Mamaroneck Avenue Elementary School.

Slotnick said the man appeared to need help with his ballot and did not protest the poll worker’s actions.

“I think people just don’t know what the procedure is” with electronic voting, Slotnick guess.ca said. “The concept of privacy and being able to submit a secre guess.ca t ballot goes out the window.”

Another source of confusion was Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order allowing voters forced from their homes by Sandy to vote by affidavit ballot at any poll site in the state.

Nyack resident Nisa Rauschenberg said she saw a group of Nyack College students argue with a poll inspector when they tried to ask for an affidavit ballot at the Hilltop administration building. The students said they were unable to get home to Brooklyn and Queens because of the storm. Some were guess.ca granted affidavit ballots, and others were not.

Rockland Election Commissioner Ann Marie Kelly said the governor’s order applies to people “displaced by the storm not students who decided at the last minute to vote.”.