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Tarrytown Officials to Hear From Residents and Businesses on Village’s Future

The Village of Tarrytown is hosting an open house to discuss village-wide economic development strategies on Sunday, September 27th from 1pm-4pm at the Tarrytown Senior Center, 238 West Main Street. The purpose of the session is to discuss preliminary strategies for: Better connecting Main Street and the waterfront Supporting local business Retaining and attracting jobs Providing diverse housing choices Improving ... Read More »

Expanded Fitness, Early Learning Centers Completed at YMCA

| by Rick Pezzullo |  The Family YMCA at Tarrytown has gotten a facelift in recent months to complement its growing fitness and early learning programs, and even more changes are planned in the near future. “This is very focused, very efficient,” said Barbara Turk, the Y’s Vice President of Marketing and Community Development. “We’re only doing what we can ... Read More »

Bond Funded Irvington School Projects Delayed

| by Rick Pezzullo |  Last October, voters in the Irvington School District approved a $4.6 million fields and facilities renovation referendum that included authorization to install artificial turf at Meszaros Field on the high school/middle school campus. District officials anticipated after the vote that the organic product turf and resurfacing of the surrounding Oley Track would be completed by ... Read More »

Deadline Nears for Affordable Housing Project in Tarrytown

| by Rick Pezzullo | The developer of an affordable housing project on the former site of Tarrytown Village Hall on Wildey Street had until the end of August to submit building plans to the village. Earlier this summer, village officials sent a letter to Joseph Cotter, president of Na- tional ReSources, informing him he had 45 days to file ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Special Olympians Bring Home Gold

A few years ago, Kim Kaczmarek, Sleepy Hollow High School’s Special Education teacher and Pioneer team coach, began a program to get her students more involved in athletics within the school.  Back then, no-one predicted the huge positive force that this program would become.    Kaczmarek’s Pioneer Team is a group of her special education students, along with other student ... Read More »

Food for Thought: Home Cooking in Dobbs Ferry and Tarrytown

| by Linda Viertel | Piccola Trattoria – Italian Home-Cooking in Dobbs Ferry “In my dining room, everyone who comes here is family,” declared Sergio Penacchio, Piccola Trattoria’s chef/owner and Irvington resident. This August was his second anniversary in his Dobbs Ferry trattoria, which he took over from his brother. After a remodel, he fashioned his traditional Italian menu with ... Read More »

The Community Shares Stories about Working at GM

| by Krista Madsen |  For longtime workers at North Tarrytown’s General Motors plant, the 100-acre wasteland that defines the riverfront of what is now called Sleepy Hollow smarts like an open wound. While recounting the end of his 32-year history with GM when the site closed for good on June 28, 1996 – “I recall the date” – Elias Tsekeri ... Read More »

Rising from the Ashes: Local Students Bring Shakespeare Back to the Park

| by Zoe Kaplan |  “Let’s get back to basics. What more do we need for Shakespeare in the Park than Shakespeare and a park?” Kristen Ippolito, former camper, counselor, and assistant director of YMCA Summer Theater, felt incomplete with a change the program brought to the summer 2015 schedule: performing a musical rather than Shakespeare. While she, along with ... Read More »

Heard Around The Water Cooler September 2015

AWARDED The New York State Library has awarded construction grants to four public libraries in Greenburgh. The grants, which are supported by a $14 million capital fund appropriation in the 2014-2015 state budget for the construction and renovation of public libraries and public library systems in New York State, are being awarded to the Warner Library (Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow), as well ... Read More »

The TaSH Farmers Market Reaches Seniors, Vets and the Underserved

The NEW Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market (the TaSH) has made strides toward making healthy, fresh, locally produced food more accessible to senior citizens, veterans and low-income residents. The TaSH now accepts Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks available to both low-income mothers and to senior citizens, and also began accepting SNAP or food stamps. Those who use their SNAP ... Read More »

Tarrytown Teen to Star in New Family Channel Sit-Com

| by Elizabeth Nutig | Watch out Judd Apatow, Demetri Martin and Patton Oswalt, because there’s a new kid in town. He’s funny, he’s dark, he’s witty, AND he’s only 15. Simon Cadel is one of a kind, and is about to star in The Family Channel’s newest sitcom The Wonderful Wayneys.  A Tarrytown native and sophomore at Sleepy Hollow High ... Read More »

Local Music Teacher’s Incredible History Surfaces with Re-Release of Two Albums

| by Tess Weitzner | “I can’t talk right now, I’m at school,” said Greenburgh music teacher Bobby Lance. It was nearing lunchtime when the phone rang. “Just tell me, are you Bobby Lance?” pressed the man on the other end. “I’ve been looking all over for Bobby Lance!” When Lance replied, “Yes, that’s me,” the record label representative hardly paused ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Teams Get Ready for New Turf Fields

| by Heather Colley | Last year, residents in the villages of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown passed two bonds, totaling $9.7 million, to install two new turf fields, one at the high school, the other at Washington Irving Elementary School. The intent was to improve playing conditions for varsity sports teams, such as football, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse, as well ... Read More »

Irvington Football Coach Confident Bulldogs Will Be Ready to Compete

| by Jonathan Ortiz | For the Irvington Bulldogs, beating the Pleasantville Panthers—the 2014 Division Champions—this September 5 would prove a tough physical test, yet it would also be a promising measuring stick for the rest of the 2015 high school football season. The last time the two teams matched up on September 9, 2014, the score remained 0-0 until the ... Read More »

What’s New at the Irvington Town Hall Theater? Everything!

If you’ve walked along Main Street in Irvington this summer, you’ve likely noticed renovations taking place outside of Village Hall.  Change is happening inside the building as well, especially on the third floor: The Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) has unveiled a new website, ticketing system, and logo—and is about to launch several innovative, new programs in addition to returning favorites. ... Read More »

Classic Songs, Wonderful Voices, Terrific Dancing All Done “Backwards In High Heels” at WBT

| by Morey Storck | “Sure he was great, but don’t forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did – backwards and in high heels.” That quote is attributed to a l982 “Frank & Ernest” cartoon about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and provides the title for this fast-paced, biographical Hollywood musical currently at the Westchester Broadway Theatre.  It is ... Read More »

Obituaries August 2015-September 2015

Brian Balthazard, 26 Brian James Balthazard, a lifelong resident of Tarrytown, died unexpectedly on August 16. He was 26. Born in North Tarrytown on March 15, 1989, to Brian and Geralyn Balthazard, he graduated from Transfiguration School and Stepinac High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Pace University. He was employed at Ernst and Young in New ... Read More »

What’s Happening: September 2015

Tuesday 1 What Counts in the College Admission Process: Seminar at 7 p.m. for high school students and their parents at the Irvington Public Library. To register call 591-7840 or visit www.irvingtonlibrary.com. Wednesday 2 “Far from the Madding Crowd”: Starring Carrie Mulligan showing at 2 p.m. at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Call 631-7734 or visit www.warnerlibrary.org. Stump the Historians: ... Read More »

Circus Latino Concludes Sleepy Hollow’s Vibrant Arts Initiative

| by Robert Kimmel | Sleepy Hollow’s riverfront will come alive with circus aerialists, acrobats, Latino music and dancers for three days this month in an exciting culmination of this year’s multi-art activities hosted by the village. The Circus Latino performances, along with a lantern art exhibit, are scheduled for September 18,19 and 20 on what was the vacated site of ... Read More »

Independent Living, With a Little Help from Your Friends

| by Bruce Campbell |  A local group of volunteers is stepping forward with a solution to the conundrum of aging while wanting to live on your own but not quite being able to do everything that living alone requires. This issue is gaining importance as more and more baby boomers consider what senior living could entail. Recent surveys have shown ... Read More »

Irvington Adopts CCA to Cut Utility Costs; Tarrytown Sets Hearing

| by Robert Kimmel |  Community Choice Aggregation, a program primarily designed to cut utility costs, is now the law in Irvington. Known as CCA, the program’s legislation was approved by the village’s Board of Trustees in August. It allows the village to put out, or participate in, a bid for a single Energy Service Company, or ESCO, that would ... Read More »

New Season of Excitement Builds for Hollow Horsemen

| by Kevin Brown | The 2015 Sleepy Hollow Varsity football season faces substantial challenges and changes.  First, the hometown squad will be playing on turf for the first time.  Secondly, displaying their lack of infinite wisdom, the folks who run Section 1 football have eliminated rivalry week so Sleepy and Ossining will not square off for bragging rights—unless it is ... Read More »

Dr. Robert Losier, Tarrytown

| by Evan Lefkowitz | If you suffer from foot pain, and you live in the rivertowns, local medical professional Dr. Robert Losier provides comprehensive care for all foot-related issues. A graduate of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Losier has been serving New Yorkers with quality foot care for the past 11 years.    Born and raised in ... Read More »

Hackley Plans New Health & Wellness Complex Structure

| by Robert Kimmel |  As part of Hackley’s ongoing agenda to enhance its facilities, the school is planning construction of a large Health and Wellness Complex on its property in unincorporated Greenburgh. The facility would be adjacent to the Tarrytown campus and close to the school’s Rob Pickert athletic field.  Included within the 116,725-square-foot structure would be two gymnasiums, ... Read More »

Crowded Streets are No Reason to Celebrate

To the Editor:  Re: “Lighthouse Celebration Focuses on Coming Riverfront Development (July 2015 issue) I think it’s great to celebrate the lighthouse restoration. However, I am not celebrating the addition of 1,177 condos and townhouses, a 140-room hotel, and office/retail space. How are we going to handle an additional 2,000 or so cars on our already overcrowded streets? Irene J. ... Read More »

New Assistant Principal at Irvington High Appointed

| by Rick Pezzullo | Steven Corbett was founding principal of the EastHarlem Scholars Academy II. Corbett was appointed last month by the Board of Education as the new assistant principal at Irvington High School. Prior to joining Irvington on July 8, Corbett served as the founding principal of the East Harlem Scholars Academy II since 2013. During his two years ... Read More »

Local Restaurant News

| by Linda Viertel | The Taco Project has recently obtained its liquor license and will now be serving Mexican beers, predominantly Spanish red, white and rose wines, plus Argentinian chardonnays and red and white sangrias. Owner Nick Mesce is excited about this next phase of the restaurant’s development, noting that eventually brunch specialty drinks such as mimosas and micheladas ... Read More »