Step Away From the Cup Cakes

Andrew DeMarchis.

This is the police. Step away from the cupcakes!

A half-baked town-board member called the cops on a pair of pint-size entrepreneurs for selling their cookies and cupcakes in a Westchester park without a permit.

“A lot of people go to eat lunch in the park,” one of the bummed-out baker boys, Andrew DeMarchis (pictured), 13, of Chappaqua, told The Post yesterday.

“So everybody bought dessert from us. When the cop first pulled up, I didn’t know he was there for us. Then he walked up to us. I didn’t know we needed a permit. I was more shocked than scared.”

ndrew said he called his mother, Suzanne, who had helped make the duo’s delicious oatmeal and chocolate-chip cookies on a stick.

“The police officer was extremely pleasant. He said he was sorry to have to do this but that he was following up on a report filed over the phone by a town-board member,” Mrs. DeMarchis told The Journal News.

Andrew’s pal, Kevin Graff, 13, “was so upset he was crying all the whole way home,” she said. “He was worried if he was going to get arrested or have a criminal record.”

New Castle board member Michael Wolfensohn — who had sicced the cops on the boys last month — refused to comment to The Post yesterday when reached at his home.

A town official said Wolfensohn has received harassing e-mails and phone calls since residents learned of his cupcake stance.

He had earlier told The Journal News: “All vendors selling on town property have to have a license, whether it’s boys selling baked goods or a hot-dog vendor.

“In hindsight, maybe I should have [just called the boys’ parents], but I wasn’t sure if I was allowed to do that,” Wolfensohn said. “The police are trained to deal with these sorts of issues.”

The town’s peddling-permit fees can run up to $350 for two hours, although charities are typically given a break.

Andrew and his buddy Kevin said they were selling their baked goodies in front of a playground at Gedney Park just to earn some spending money.

Andrew said they sold brownies, cookies and cupcakes for $1 each, earning $129 on their first day and $30 on their second before the cops shut them down.

“I’m proud of Andrew,” his mother said. “I think he handled himself well. I was also impressed with his business. It was creative, and they weren’t doing anything wrong.”
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Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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