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World’s Best Pumpkin Pie

| by Marcie Cuff | Ahh! The air has a sudden new crispness. As the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, we find ourselves straddling the line between fall and winter. That tiny respite between hot-tempered seasons. An ending, a new beginning. An energizing breath of fresh air. October. If you are like me, you spend the majority ... Read More »

Yefim Bronfman Recital Highlights Friends of Music 2015-16 Concert Season

| by Robert Kimmel |  Continuing its 62nd concert season, Friends of Music will be presenting five additional performances, with a recital by renowned pianist Yefim Bronfman highlighting the schedule which runs into the spring of 2016. The Emerson String Quartet opened the chamber music season on September 26th before an enthusiastic audience that heard a program including scores by ... Read More »

Caryl D. Plunkett, 74

Caryl Donnelly Plunkett, a generous and devoted wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and friend to many, died peacefully September 9th surrounded by her family. She was 74. Mrs. Plunkett was a ray of light and a beacon of strength and energy. She lived each day to its fullest, even as she fought cancer the last 10 years. Originally from Plantsville, CT, ... Read More »

The Real Ghosts of Sleepy Hollow

In The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the Washington Irving story that seems to increasingly imbue its village namesake with a literary yet spooky mystique, the haunted part of the story is really only a ruse. The real Sleepy Hollow, however, when you tap into a certain village vein, seems decidedly, if quietly, haunted. In the second installment of an ongoing ... Read More »

Halloween Happenings 2015

October 1-31 Sleepy Hollow Cemetery:  Free maps for a self-guided tour to 8 major gravesites, including Washington Irving’s, are available at the cemetery office or at the south gate, adjacent to the Old Dutch Church.  The cemetery gates are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Stone rubbing ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow LDC Pursues Varied Village Projects

| by Robert Kimmel |  Created about a year ago, the Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation is looking at a number of potential projects in the village, but its most immediate task deals with the land it acquired from GM at the automaker’s former riverfront site. The east parcel, as it is known, was designated for village use in the ... Read More »

Jewish Spy in Nazi Territory to Speak in Tarrytown

| by Alexander Roberts |  Just 22 years old, the pretty blond woman pretended to be a nurse searching for her Nazi soldier boyfriend behind enemy lines in Nazi–occupied France during World War II.  But in actuality, Marthe Cohn was a French Jew with forged papers who spoke fluent German, recruited by the Allies to funnel information about German troop ... Read More »

Food for Thought: Rivermarket and Suzanne’s Table

| by Linda Viertel |  Neopolitan Pizza Arrives at RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen in Tarrytown RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen’s wood-burning oven is now open for business, offering Neopolitan-style pizza to local diners who might not have the good fortune to be able to travel to Naples. Owner Glenn Vogt is providing his customers with the real deal, and he’s had ... Read More »

Uncontested Mayor, Trustees Look Ahead in Irvington

| by Barrett Seaman | Six months ago as he neared the end of his first term, Irvington Mayor Brian C. Smith asked himself, “Do I have the same kind of enthusiasm (for the job) I did when I ran the first time?” Despite some unforeseen thorny issues and frustrations with the slow pace of government in general, the answer ... Read More »

Slow Down Traffic Campaign Launched in Irvington

| by Barrett Seaman | Cars were backed up both ways in front of The Church of St. Barnabas on Broadway, just north of Main Street, as Irvington police handed out…not tickets but information cards to drivers. At 8:30 a.m. on a mid-September Tuesday, the tie-up could have been a lot worse, except school was out and commuter traffic light because ... Read More »

Leda Galella, 92

Leda V. Galella, a longtime Sleepy Hollow resident, died September 12. She was 92. Born in Casteldiere, Italy on December 3, 1922, she came to the United States as a young girl. On September 21, 1947, she married Armando ‘Chick’ Galella in Immaculate Conception Church in North Tarrytown. Mrs. Galella was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church and was a ... Read More »

Greenburgh Weighs Hackley’s Application for New Campus

| by Robert Kimmel |  Members of Greenburgh’s Planning Board made an on-site inspection visit late last month to learn more about Hackley School’s application to build a 116,725-square-foot Health & Wellness Center on its 285-acre campus. The location is near its existing sports fields in the town and adjacent to its Tarrytown campus. The structure, in an unincorporated area ... Read More »

Astorino Kicks Off Halloween Tourism Season in Sleepy Hollow

| by Rick Pezzullo |  Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino paid a visit to Sleepy Hollow in mid-September to bring attention to the upcoming Halloween tourism season in the area. A few days before Circus Latino! dazzled audiences for three days, Astorino joined Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray, Historic Hudson Valley President Waddell Stillman and others to invite visitors to ... Read More »

Tarrytown Chosen for Solar Discount Program

| by Rick Pezzullo |  The Village of Tarrytown has been chosen to participate in a solar discount program that claims to make installing solar electric systems more affordable for residents and businesses. The Solarize Tarrytown program will kick off on Thursday, October 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with a workshop at Tarrytown Village Hall, where homeowners and commercial ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Football Off to a Rocky Start

| by Kevin Brown |  As of press time, The Headless Horsemen of Sleepy Hollow find themselves at 1-2 suffering from key injuries that have altered their plans on both sides of the football. After a summer of hard work that included camps, scrimmages and the dreaded two-a-days, the hardworking staff and team got some bad news just before the ... Read More »

Barking Continues over Proposed Dog Park in Irvington

| by Zoe Kaplan |  Irvington Village Hall was filled, on September 16, with community members eager to listen to the Village Board of Trustees debate a proposed dog park and its location. Currently, the proposed site for the dog park is in the Irvington Woods. According to recreational superintendent Joseph Archino, the best choice for the community is a ... Read More »

Pets Alive in Elmsford Closes Its Shelter

| by Robert Kimmel | Pets Alive Westchester’s no-kill animal shelter is no longer operational in Elmsford despite community efforts to keep it from closing. As of mid-September the last of 61 dogs and cats had been transferred to Pets Alive’s Middletown shelter, and the animal sanctuary shut its doors. Pets Alive is prepared to transfer ownership of the facility ... Read More »

Tarrytown to Take Part in Program to Lower Utility Rates

| by Robert Kimmel |  Tarrytown has joined Irvington and many other Westchester municipalities to participate in Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), a program aimed at lowering utility costs and promoting greater use of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. If all goes as planned, more than 100,000 homes and numerous small businesses in the county will get their ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler October 2015

CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to Mary Pastell, a resident of Sleepy Hollow, who celebrates her 104th birthday on October 5th.  Born Mary Russo in 1911, Mary lives in the house where she was born, on Elm Street in Sleepy Hollow.  A birthday celebration in Mary’s honor will take place at the Senior Center on October 6th. AWARDED Irvington High School seniors Madison ... Read More »

Spooky Halloween Events Highlight Month Ahead

| by Robert Kimmel | Spine tingling experiences, ghost stories, haunted hayrides, a costume parade, and more await you during this spook-tacular month of Halloween in the villages. October is packed with events that will chill, thrill and amuse both adults and kids.  The line-up includes all of the following. Horseman’s Hollow Historic   Philipsburg Manor becomes a very scary ... Read More »

Hank’s Alley to Close after 60 Years in Tarrytown

| by Elaine Marranzano | After nearly 60 years, Hank’s Alley, Tarrytown’s premier antique and used furniture store, is closing. Janet Falasca, sister of proprietor Hank Bucci, who died on June 17 at age 82, was in the store on a September weekend, along with Hank’s wife, Nancy, selling the remainder of the curiosity shop’s inventory at steep discounts. “It’s ... Read More »

What’s Happening October 2015

Thursday 1 Author Visit: At 7 p.m. join a discussion on sibling relationships with the contributing authors of “Sibling, Our First Macrocosm” at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Call 631-7734 or visit www.warnerlibrary.org. Friday 2 Bodies in the Library Book Group: At 12 noon discussion of “Wife of the Gods” by Kwei Quartey at the Ossining Public Library. Call 941-2416 ... Read More »

Tarrytown Station Area Study Leads to Project For Economic Strategy

| by Robert Kimmel |  Two associated projects that will impact Tarrytown are picking up momentum. A study dedicated to finding ways of revitalizing the area on both sides of Tarrytown’s railroad station has led to a broadened mission encompassing parts of the village beyond that location. The more extensive initiative, the Tarrytown Economic Development Strategy (TEDS) is in its ... Read More »

Rick Stevens, Jean-Francois Larrieu to be Exhibited at Canfin

| by Morey Storck |  Canfin Gallery in Tarrytown will be showing the work of Rick Stevens and Jean-Francois Larrieu in October and November. Both artists articulate a number of aesthetic influences and thematic references as windows into their artistic endeavors. Rick Stevens: “My work is a combination of being self-referential and alluding to something else. By self-referential I mean ... Read More »

Theatre NOW New York Premieres CARRIE, The Musical At Irvington Town Hall Theatre, Halloween Weekend

| by Morey Storck |  Theatre NOW New York (TNNY) is a non-profit professional theatre company emerging from two established companies: the Genesius Theatre Guild in New York City and ReVision Theatre in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Its mission is to “facilitate the creation and development of new theatrical works, the re-imagining of previously produced known titles and the reinterpretation ... Read More »

Discover the Irvington Woods Tree Trail

| by Sydney Cuff |  The Irvington Woods fill hundreds of acres of local open space—hikers and runners regularly use this beautiful community-accessible trail system. Meandering through stunning woodlands, these well-marked trails run along dramatic ravines with majestic views of the Irvington Reservoir. The trails are mapped and maintained by a network of local dedicated volunteers, including the Irvington Woods ... Read More »