Latest News

Author Archives: John Van Dekker

YMCA Theater Camp Moves from Shakespeare to Les Misérables

|  by Zoe Kaplan  | For the past 10 years, local director Peter Royston has brought numerous Shakespeare productions into the Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow community. From As You Like It to Romeo and Juliet, tweens and teens alike have not only performed but also learned the magic of Shakespeare. However, this year moves away from “Shakespeare in the Park.” The 2015 production ... Read More »

New TaSH Farmers Market Opens to Resounding Success

Opening day of the new Tarrytown and Sleepy HollowFarmers Market (the TaSH) drew close to 2,000 people to Patriots Park to meet the farmers and sample an array of tasty foods, all while listening to great music and socializing with neighbors. “The new market had a fantastic debut,” said Suzanne Sorrentino, co-president of Rivertowns Village Green (RVG), the nonprofit group ... Read More »

Lighthouse Celebration Focuses on Coming Riverfront Development

|  by Robert Kimmel  | “It is a beacon that signals a new beginning here,” Mayor Ken Wray asserted during a June ceremony that celebrated the newly lit Lighthouse on Sleepy Hollow’s Hudson River shoreline. The occasion served not only to herald the restoration of the Lighthouse’s lens following more than five decades of darkness, but also to focus on ... Read More »

Clouet Proud of Accomplishments at SH; Interim Super Selected

|  by Janie Rosman  | When the school bell sounds in September, Dr. Daniel T. McCann will be two months into his one-year term as Tarrytown Union Free School District’s interim superintendent. An educational consultant with a career in public education that spans 42 years, McCann was superintendent for the Hendrick Hudson School District in Montrose (from 2006 to 2012) ... Read More »

Happenings in July 2015

Thursday 2 Rhythm & Blues Concert: Buddy Guy performs at 8 p.m. at the Tarrytown Music Hall. Call 877-840-0457 or visit Saturday 4 Concert & Fireworks: At 7 p.m. Silver or Lead will perform in Pierson Park, Tarrytown, followed by fireworks at the GM plant in Sleepy Hollow at 9 p.m. Call 631-8347. Pops, Patriots and Fireworks Spectacular: At ... Read More »

Athletes Honored at Sleepy Hollow Sports Award Dinner

|  by Kevin Brown  | Sleepy Hollow High School continues to amaze with its broad offerings of theater, music and sports.  Theater and music end the school year with remarkable performances. Sports ends the year with the annual Varsity Sports Awards Dinner. “We have over 400 people here tonight. This dinner started 23 years ago with Jello and cookies when ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Offering Art Activities During Summer

|  by Robert Kimmel  | Artistic skills are being honed and shown in Sleepy Hollow during this summer, thanks to grants the Village received from New York State and several other sources.  As part of The Sleepy Hollow Art Initiative, activities range from woodcut workshops, and a multi-art-form summer camp, to painting murals and Flamenco dance classes. The woodcut workshops are ... Read More »

Computer Security Breach in Irvington

|  by Rick Pezzullo  | A criminal investigation into an internal breach of security within the Irvington School District’s computer network is ongoing. Superintendent of Schools Kristopher Harrison issued a letter to district parents on June 19 stating “significant evidence pointing to specific students who gained access to the district’s network through the theft of an authorized login credential” had ... Read More »

ESCOs Developed as Part Of NY State’s Ongoing Energy Initiatives

 | By Robert Kimmel |             Energy Service Companies, more generally known as ESCOs, started when New York State began deregulating utilities in the late 1990s. The State Public Utility Commission uncoupled the major sources of energy, utilities such as Consolidated Edison, from being the only suppliers of electricity and gas, and their function as deliverers ... Read More »

Sustainable Westchester Project Aimed at Lowering Utility Costs for Residents

|  by Robert Kimmel  | Tarrytown and Irvington residents and small businesses may soon be able to participate in a project that will trim down their utility bills. Called Community Choice Aggregation, it will assemble the buying power of consumers within the Town Of Greenburgh to bypass Con Edison  and collectively purchase natural gas and electricity from a single energy ... Read More »

Ticked Off! A Small Bug Looms Large in Summer Season

|  by Krista Madsen  | These things are certain: death, taxes…and, here in the Northeast add to this dreadful list: ticks. Judging from the fast and abundant feedback I got when I started asking who’s out there in our midst suffering from Lyme Disease, these tiny critters have had a huge impact on the lives of so many here, and ... Read More »

Mark Morganelli, Jazz Forum Arts Relocate to Tarrytown

|  by Morey Storck  | In 1991, Executive Director Mark Morganelli relocated Jazz Forum Arts to Dobbs Ferry from New York City. For 24 years this was home and office for Morganelli and his family. The location was well-suited to serving his growing commitments in Westchester and throughout the tri-state area as a jazz promoter and performance organization.  But when the ... Read More »

Dr. G. Richard Parrino

Dr. G. Richard Parrino, who had a medical practice at 200 South Broadway in Tarrytown, died June 10. He was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Most Holy Trinity High School in Brooklyn. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, then completed his medical degree from the University of Rome School of Medicine in Rome, ... Read More »

Washington Irving Boat Club Still Going Strong 60 Years Later

|  by Janie Rosman  | When the sun begins to set, the view from the Washington Irving Boat Club (WIBC) can take your breath away with its unobstructed view of the river and the Tappan Zee Bridge, where President Obama and Governor Cuomo addressed Tarrytown and the nation last year. The Saturday before Memorial Day found Fleet Master Walter Gregory ... Read More »

July 4th 2015 Fireworks Locations!

Fireworks will brighten the night skies above Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, on Saturday, July 4. Beginning at about 9 p.m. when the sky darkens, Irvington will begin its fireworks presentation from the north end of Matthiessen Park. Entry to the park is limited to Irvington residents with park passes. Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow are sponsoring a fireworks display, also ... Read More »

Tarrytown’s Melody Maker: Rock Island Sound

|  by W.B. King  | Two hundred miles North West of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the western shore of the Paraná River, sits the city of Rosario. It was there that Paul Bessolo, owner of Rock Island Sound, first became enchanted with music. “My father played piano all his life. He could read music so he was always playing something new,” ... Read More »

Henry F. “Hank” Bucci, 82

Henry F. “Hank” Bucci, a lifelong resident of the Tarrytowns, died June 16. He was 82. Born in Tarrytown on June 14, 1933, he was the son of Natale and Mary Smercak Bucci. He graduated from North Tarrytown High School and went on to serve in the United States Army. Mr. Bucci was well-known in town as the proprietor of ... Read More »

Irvington Stage Door Welcomes Original Scripts from Playwrights

Last year, the Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) introduced two new series:  Irvington Stage Door, which presents readings of original works in progress followed by “talkbacks” between the creative team and audience, and Cabaret on the Hudson, which brings professional Cabaret artists from the New York City region to the Irvington stage.  Both series will return this fall, each featuring ... Read More »

Heather’s Work With Pioneer Team

Our practices were beginning to amount to progress, and a lot of it. The team was growing in strength, ability, and recognition. Every time I walked or talked with one of my new friends on the Pioneer Team, one of my friends from my classes in school would introduce themselves. My friends became their friends, and so it was for ... Read More »

Greg Lobato Among Four Police Officers Hired by SH

|  by Robert Kimmel  | Four new recruits are learning the basics this month as officers in the Sleepy Hollow Police Department. Among the four is Greg Lobato, the decorated war veteran and highly rated candidate who was turned down for the job a year ago by a split Board of Trustees. Lobato and the three others were hired last ... Read More »

July 2015 – Heard Around the Watercooler

WON Sleepy Hollow resident Jeffrey Friedkin won first prize in the 6th Annual 2015 Westchester County Amateur Photo Contest with his photo “Family Passage” taken in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. The exhibit is on view at the Howard and Ruth Jacobs Family Gallery in the Greenburgh Public Library through mid June. RECOGNIZED The Irvington High School Girls Track and Field Team ... Read More »

Visit Dobbs Ferry and Ossining for New Dining Experiences

|  by Linda Viertel  |  An easy, short drive north or south of our river towns provides diners with a variety of culinary options during summer’s leisurely pace. Your trip along Broadway to new casual destinations is sure to offer the adventurous an engaging meal in a new river town Sam’s Ristorante in Dobbs Ferry opened in 1952, and is still ... Read More »

School Budgets Approved in Tarrytown, Irvington, Pocantico Hills

|  by Rick Pezzullo  | School budgets were approved by voters Tuesday night in the Tarrytown, Irvington and Pocantico Hills school districts. In Tarrytown, the $72.57 million budget, which increase spending by $1.36 million from this year, passed 430 to 139. The tax levy increase in the proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year falls well below the allowable state ... Read More »