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Release Date: August 05, 2016

 Yesterday morning the Greenburgh Town Board had a discussion with representatives of the Assisted Living facility that hopes to receive permission from the town to build a 101 bed three story assisted living facility on Dobbs Ferry Road at the former Frank's nursery site. The link to the discussion is below. The neighborhood association had previously expressed support for assisted living facilities at that location.



Greenburgh has a history at the Olympics.  Louis Jones, gold medal Olympic champ (1956 summer Olympics)…Larry James, double Medalist at the 1968 Summer Olympics.


This week we’re represented by Naresh C. Rao who resides in the Edgemont section of town. Dr. Rao is the Olympic Team USA Water Polo Physician for the 2016 summer games. He’s in Brazil right now attending to the Olympic champ’s.  He’s a partner in Sports Medicine at Chelsea.  And a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, NY College of Osteopathic Medicine;  Attending Faculty, Dept of Medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center;  Attending Faculty, Dept of Family Medicine, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center; Attending Faculty, Sports Medicine Fellowship, Dept of Family Medicine, North Shore/LIJ Plainview Hospital and author of   STEP UP YOUR GAME. The book was released in February 2016. In this book, Naresh explains how he has taken care of elite athletes in all different sports, and he has been amazed by what these athletes commit to, consistently perform at a high level. He encourages the best athletes to be holistic in their approach to training, surrounding themselves with the best resources available. He claims there are no secrets and that any athlete at any level can attain success if they use a comprehensive approach. STEP UP YOU GAME allows the reader to organize their training in a completely systematic way just like an elite athlete would, regardless of the reader’s level of expertise or sport.  Dr. Rao was on my WVOX radio program earlier this year.





Louis Jones, cousin of Greenburgh Town Councilman Ken Jones, was a Greenburgh resident who was very involved in the community. Lou, who passed away in 2006, was a former athlete and winner of the  the gold medal in the 4x400 m relay at the 1956 Summer Olympics  Lou Jones won the 400 m at the 1955 Pan-American Games, where he set a new world record of 45.4. He was also a member of the gold medal winning American 4x400 m relay team.Just four months before the Melbourne Olympics, Jones broke his own 400 m world record, clocking 45.2 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in the US Olympic Trials, thus becoming a main favourite at this event in Melbourne.But in the Olympic 400 m final, Jones was off form, and managed to finish only in a disappointing fifth place, 1.50 seconds behind teammate Charles Jenkins. A few days later, Jones partly compensated for his disappointment, running the second leg in the gold medal winning American 4x400 m relay team. Jones graduated from Manhattan College in 1954.

I worked with Lou during my tenure as a Westchester County Legislator. He was modest, hard working, dedicated to public service and made a positive contribution to the Greenburgh community. I remember Lou talking to me about how different gold medal winners are treated today. In the coming days gold medal winners will benefit financially from their wins – they will be asked to endorse products that will lead to $$$. During the 1950s that did not happen.  . Yet and still, to Ken Jones,  Lou was a role model in his professionalism and civic engagement. His example continues to inspire his family and the Greenburgh community where they still live.

Another champion with ties to Greenburgh: Larry James. Larry James was born on November 6, 1947,, and took up track in seventh grade.A double medalist at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, James also set world records and won NCAA titles during his track career. James won the silver medal in the 400 m with his time of 43.97 seconds at the 1968 Summer Olympics, bettering the existing world record but placing him second behind teammate (and fellow Hall of Famer) Lee Evans (43.86). James added a gold medal at the Mexico City Games by running the third leg on the U.S. 4x400 m relay team, which set a world record of 2:56.16 seconds, which was eventually tied in 1988 but was not beaten until 1992.

James set the 400 m world record of 44.1 seconds in placing second to Evans at the 1968 Olympic Trials at Echo Summit, California, when Evans' winning time of 44.0 was disallowed by the IAAF because he wore illegal brush spike shoes. James was a double gold medalist at the 1970 World University Games, winning the 400 m hurdles and running the anchor leg on Team USA's 4x400 m relay team (3:03.33). As a collegian at Villanova University under Hall of Fame coach Jumbo Elliott, James won the NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship 440 yd (400 m) title in 1970 and NCAA Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship crowns at that distance in 1968, 1969 and 1970. At the 1968 Penn Relays, his anchor leg of 43.9 was the fastest ever run in the history of the relay carnival and sparked Villanova's scintillating comeback victory over Rice University. Larry died on his 61st birthday in 2008

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