Gazette Ceases Publication: Donates Archives to LHS

In 2010, the Larchmont Gazette ceased publication. In 2011 the publishers donated all contents to the Larchmont Historical Society, which will continue to make the Gazette archives available online.

All inquiries should be addressed to the Larchmont Historical Society.

June 30, 2015

Local Travelers Kidnapped and Robbed in South America

by Janet Lan and Judy Silberstein

(November 14, 2002 ) Local residents traveling to South America beware: violent crime is rampant and visitors to and from the United States are being targeted. Colombia, country of origin for many local residents and employees, is of particular concern. This week, a Colombian national who often works in Larchmont returned to Bogotá for a funeral and fell victim to a kidnap for ransom scheme. However, last year, a Larchmont resident was kidnapped and robbed while traveling in La Paz, Bolivia.

Duval Serna was accosted in the Bogotá airport on Sunday, November 10 by a group of very well dressed women, according to his sister-in-law, Liliana Serna. The group first incapacitated him by spraying him with a drug-laced powder, and then robbed him of all his money and luggage. In addition, they required him to contact relatives to pay an $8,000 ransom. Told that her husband would be murdered if she did not comply, Serna’s wife wired the funds from the United States.

The good news is the kidnappers released Duval Serna on Tuesday and he is now back in this country. The bad news is the victim continues to suffer physical, psychological, and financial trauma.

On June 8, 2001 a young Larchmont man was abducted near a bus station in La Paz, Bolivia by a man claiming to be a police officer. The “officer” forced him and another “victim” into a car, drove them to a quiet spot, and relieved them of their airline tickets, bankcards and passports for a brief “review.” All documents and bankcards were immediately returned to the owners. The pair were then driven to an ATM and required to insert their bankcards into the ATM but no money was withdrawn at that time.

Back in the car, the “officer” accused the other “victim” of drug possession and threatened to arrest the Larchmonter as an associate of the drug possessor unless he revealed his bank PIN number. Feeling he had no alternative, the American revealed the number.

In this case, the good news was that the bogus police put the Larchmont man into a taxi and sent him back to the bus station. The bad news was discovered only later. Terrified and eager to leave Bolivia, the victim hopped a bus to Cuzco, Peru where he found that a total of $1600 had been taken from his accounts. Apparently, it took only that brief review period for the kidnappers to duplicate the bankcard.

According to the US State Department, the above experiences are not isolated. The Consular Travel Warning alerts visitors to Colombia and other South American countries of the various criminal dangers they might encounter. The alert mentions “Criminals sometimes use the drug “scopolamine” to incapacitate tourists in order to rob them.” It also mentions scams by bogus police officers and reports of 18 American citizens kidnapped in the last two years.

Janet Lan, MD, has lived in Larchmont for over 25 years.

September 13, 2010

The Larchmont Gazette Suspends Publication, Seeks New Team

The Larchmont Gazette, online since June of 2002, will suspend regular publication this week.

We’re not disappearing completely. The Gazette archives – including thousands of items published since June 2002 …read more…

September 13, 2010

Without Your Help, There Would Have Been No Gazette

So many people have contributed to the Gazette’s excellence over the years. Mothers and fathers writing about their children’s sports teams, proud teachers describing their students’ accomplishments, even politicians outlining …read more…

September 13, 2010

Roaring ’20s Firemen’s Ball Will Raise Funds & Fire Awareness


The Larchmont Historical Society, together with its Fire History Committee, will recognize October–National Fire Prevention Month– by hosting The Roaring ‘20s Firemen’s Ball, Saturday, October 30 at the Larchmont Yacht …read more…

September 9, 2010

Kenise Barnes Art Award Debuts at Larchmont Arts Festival: Oct 2

This year’s Larchmont Arts Festival in Constitution Park on Saturday, October 2nd from 1 – 5 pm (rain date October 3) will feature a wide array of talent in addition …read more…

September 9, 2010

Prize-Winning NY Times Reporter Kicks Off Fall Programs at Larchmont Library

New York Times reporter Alan Schwarz will speak about the dangers of concussions to young athletes at the opening evening of the Larchmont Public Library’s Fall Program Series. Mr. Schwarz’s …read more…

September 9, 2010

Race to Register Opens for Limited Slots in Sept 25 Junior Triathlon


Calling All Kids: Swim, bike and run for fitness and fun  at the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation Junior Triathlon on Saturday, September 25. Register now, space is limited.

The …read more…

September 3, 2010

School Improvements Finished in Time for Opening Day

New smaller condensing boilers were added to replace aging, less efficient models.

Upgrades Include Revamp of Hommocks Air Distribution System; New Roofing & Blacktopping at Several Schools

Preserving and improving the infrastructure of Mamaroneck Schools’ facilities was a top priority for …read more…

September 3, 2010

Larry Keane Returns to Hommocks as Interim Assistant Principal


The Mamaroneck Board of Education approved the appointment of Larry Keane to interim assistant principal at Hommocks Middle School.  Mr. Keane, who served as Hommocks’ assistant principal for more than …read more…

August 26, 2010

William Dentzer Jr., David Hachey and Kathryn Parter Join At Home on the Sound Board

William Dentzer Jr., David Hachey and Kathryn Parter have joined the board of trustees of At Home on the Sound, bringing a depth of knowledge and work in the Larchmont-Mamaroneck …read more…

August 12, 2010

Career Doctor: Loss of Job/Loss of Identity, Part 2

Dear Career Doctor,

My husband has a fabulous job offer abroad for one to three years. Its a promotion, salary increase and excellent experience for when he returns to the …read more…

August 10, 2010

Mamaroneck Gets an Interim Principal for MHS & An AP for Chatsworth

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Shaps announced at the August 9 board meeting that Dr. John Goetz, former “Connecticut High School Principal of the Year” and an experienced superintendent, will …read more…

August 5, 2010

Career Doctor: Loss of Job/Loss of Identity, Part 1

Dear Career Doctor,

My husband has a fabulous job offer abroad for one to three years. Its a promotion, salary increase and excellent experience for when he returns to the …read more…

July 29, 2010

Student Pass Rates Plummet as State Raises Test Bar


The New York State Education Department (NYSED) threw a loop into standardized testing on Wednesday, July 28, by dramatically increasing the score  needed to meet math and English language arts …read more…

July 29, 2010

Larchmont Hikes Water Rates By 35%

Three approvals highlighted the Larchmont Village Board meeting Monday night: a 35% increase in water bills, a bond for capital improvements of the Village Center behind the Larchmont Library, and …read more…

July 29, 2010

Mamaroneck Schools Break Ground on Artificial Turf Field

The Mamaroneck schools held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday afternoon, July 29, to officially kick off renovations to Mamaroneck High School’s flagship athletic field and to celebrate progress on the …read more…

July 29, 2010

3 Indicted in Carbon-Monoxide Death of Larchmont Native & Her Family

According to the Aspen Times, a Pitkin County, Colorado grand jury has indicted two building inspectors and a contractor in connection with the carbon-monoxide poisoning deaths in 2008  of …read more…

July 29, 2010

Mamaroneck FBLA Again Earns National Prize

For the second year in a row, Mamaroneck High School students competed successfully at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference. This July in Nashville, Tennessee, Harrison …read more…

July 29, 2010

Harbor Island Hosts Free Entertainment Every Sunday in August


Looking for something to do in August? The Village of Mamaroneck Council for the Arts is presenting Sundays in the Park With the Arts. Each week there will be entertainment …read more…

July 29, 2010

Lauren Groveman’s Deliciously Simple White Rice

Special Equipment

2 1/2-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan with tight-fitting lid


•2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or butter •2 cups enriched long-grain converted white rice •1 to 2 teaspoons curry powder …read more…

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