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From the Sublime to the Ridiculous Tarrytown Resident Albin Sadar Dabbles in it All

| by Dottie Conigliaro | There’s a really funny guy living in Tarrytown. His name is Albin Sadar, and in addition to being funny, he’s a writer, actor, producer and general Renaissance man. According to Linkedin, he’s “A vital contributor to two Best Show Emmy Award-winning teams as a creative writer and television segment producer.” In addition, he designed and ... Read More »

Tarrytown/SH Fans Salute the Grateful Dead With Trek to Chicago for Final Concerts

| By W.B. King | July 4, 2015: Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow residents gather at Congress Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Front row: Maddy McGovern, Laura Kiss, Joanne Malandrino-Daly, Sharon Bucci-Thomas, Stella Goldstein, Heather Whitaker and Belle Gonzalez. Back row: Myles Birrittella, Kyle McGovern Jr., Tom Kiss Jr., Tom Kiss Sr., John Korzelius, Brad King, Laurie Birrittella, Kyle McGovern, Tom Shumacher, ... Read More »

Standout SH High Track Athlete Striving for College Success

| by Katy Kachnowski | While the competitive athletic careers of many graduated seniors have come to a close, the careers of some others will keep on running–literally. Recent Sleepy Hollow High School graduate Daniel Elia will continue his track and field career at the Division 1 Sacred Heart University this September. Over the past five years, Elia has been ... Read More »

The Toolbox of Summer Fun

| by Marcie Cuff | During the summer months, the living should be easy, right? And so, every kid should be provided with a warm-weather plan—a summer toolbox filled with things to help him or her experiment with ideas about how things and people work. And, while it’s not always wise to provide wild, passionate little people with a supply ... Read More »

Pets Alive Considering Alternatives to Elmsford Shelter in Westchester

| by Robert Kimmel | Mounting objections that followed Pets Alive’s July announcement that it would close its no-kill animal shelter in Elmsford within three months are causing the organization to explore other options to maintain operations in Westchester, or possibly even cede the land to the Town of Greenburgh. Town Supervisor Paul Feiner has pressed Pets Alive Board Chairman ... Read More »

Riverstone Yoga in Tarrytown

| by Elizabeth Nutig | As daily life becomes more chaotic and interconnected, allowing time to cool down to be with ourselves mentally, physically and spiritually is essential, and one of the most credible ways to do that is through yoga. Fortunately, a yoga studio in Tarrytown has what’s needed for residents to revive themselves. With the iconic hum of ... Read More »

Student Hospitality Escorts

Students from Sleepy Hollow High School are working at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center as Hospitality Escorts. Shown with HR Coordinator Anthony Iraola and Hospitality Manager Andrea Hodges (far right) are students Kayla Michelson, Kathryn Franco, Christina Pinho, Manuel Davila and Whanda Camacho and (sitting) Raina Gorman, Yosmi Trinidad, Gisselle Armijos and Melanie Alberto.. Read More »

Irvington Schools Hire Firm to Ensure Computer System is Secure

| by Rick Pezzullo| The Irvington Board of Education hired a security firm last month to conduct an audit of the district’s computer system after an internal breach of security within its computer network allegedly by two Middle School students was discovered in June. Edutech, which has also done work in Ardsley, Harrison, and the City of Rye, was given a ... Read More »

Senior What’s Happening

SENIORS  Senior Benefits Information Center:  Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. a representative from the Medicare Rights Center is on hand at the Warner Library in Tarrytown.  Sign up at the Reference Desk or call 631-7734.  To ask questions outside regular counseling hours call 269-7765. Senior Van: Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, a van is available for ... Read More »

Arts Are Alive in Tarrytown Summer Camps

| by Zoe Kaplan | Fourteen years ago, former Tarrytown Superintendent of Schools Dr. Howard Smith asked Alison Paul to “do something with the arts when the buildings are empty in the summer.” With about 30 kids at the time, Multi Arts summer camp was born. Although in an academic location, the camp is focused on creating an environment without ... Read More »

Obituaries

St. Clair Marshall, 96 St. Clair M. Marshall, a resident of Sleepy Hollow, died July 24. He was 96. He was born in 1918 in St. George, SC, to St. Clair and Pritchard (Shuler) Muckenfuss. He attended University of South Carolina and USC School of Law. He had a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy during WWII, serving in the ... Read More »

“These Are Our Children”

| by Barrett Seaman | Alone among those who spoke out at the July 20 Irvington village board meeting about Monte Nido’s plan to use 65 West Clinton Avenue as a home for adolescent eating disorder patients, Dr. Mary Bongiovi voiced her approval. Dr. Bongiovi, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Columbia University as well as an Irvington resident (though not ... Read More »

What’s Happening

Tuesday 4 Kids Cook with Renana: At 11 a.m. children ages 2-5 learn to make something delicious and healthy at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Registration required. Call 631-7734 or visit www.warnerlibrary.org. “Tootsie”: Starring Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lang and Dabney Coleman showing at 2 p.m. at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Call 631-7734 or visit www.warnerlibrary.org. Thursday 6 Classic Tales ... Read More »

Former Mt. Pleasant Police Chief Pleads Guilty to Porn Charges

| by Rick Pezzullo | Former Mount Pleasant Police Chief Brian Fanelli could face four years in prison after pleading guilty July 27 in federal court to possession of child pornography. Fanelli, 56, who worked for Mount Pleasant Police for 32 years and took over as chief November 1, 2013, was arrested in January 2014 for allegedly downloading and possessing ... Read More »

Saying Goodbye to My Hometown, For Now

| by Katy Kachnowski | In April, I happily decided to attend Ohio State University this coming fall. A university with an undergraduate population double that of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow combined offers me endless opportunities. I could not be more thrilled to call Ohio State my new school. However, while it is exciting to embark on a big adventure ... Read More »

Jesse Rinka Photography

Jesse Rinka (center) and his wife Maria (far right) were all smiles at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Jesse Rinka Photography on Main Street in Tarrytown. Taking part in the festivities were Tina Zagrobeiney and Kevin Kaye from the Chamber of Commerce and Tarrytown Trustee Becky McGovern. — Photo by: Sunny Mclean Read More »

Villages Receive $100,000 to Study Microgrid Projects

| by Rick Pezzullo | The villages of Irvington, Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown were among 14 municipalities in Westchester awarded approximately $100,000 each to study the feasibility of installing a standalone energy system capable of operating during a power outage. Such systems would integrate renewable power with other advanced energy technologies to create a cleaner, more affordable and more resilient localized ... Read More »

East Parcel of Former GM Site Goes to Local Development Corp as New LDC Members are Named

| by Robert Kimmel | Financial advantages accrue to Sleepy Hollow by having a Local Development Corporation, (LDC), maintain ownership of the east parcel of the former 96-acre GM site, which was turned over to the village in the deal that opened the way for development of the larger riverfront parcels for residential and commercial use. New York State mandates that ... Read More »

Schools Need Better Procedures to Handle Allegations

To the Editor:  On May 1st, Pearl River High School and Sleepy Hollow High School played each other in boys’ varsity lacrosse. What happened that day highlights that schools need better procedures for handling allegations of racism. During the game, three Sleepy Hollow players reported racial slurs by Pearl River players. The Sleepy Hollow players told their teammates (one of ... Read More »

Bretti Appointed Interim Principal at Washington Irving School

Susan Bretti was appointed by the Board of Education of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns as interim elementary principal of Washington Irving School, effective August 1. Bretti has worked in the education field for 20 years. For the last 10 years she served as a full-time Elementary Consulting Teacher in the Bedford School District. In that role she was ... Read More »

Project to Cut Utility Costs Gains Support in Irvington

| by Robert Kimmel | Sustainable Westchester’s project aimed at reducing utility costs for residents within the Town of Greenburgh is getting a favorable reception among Irvington’s Board of Trustees. Known as Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), it would result in having most electricity and natural gas provided to homes and small businesses by a single energy service company, known as ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler

AWARDED Helayna Herschkorn, a resident of Irvington, was awarded a Doctoral Degree in School Psychology from St. John’s University in January, 2015.  Helayna participated in the university’s Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on May 7th and its Graduation Ceremony on May 17th.  She is the daughter of Nicole and the late Ronald Herschkorn and sister to Candice.  Helayna graduated from Irvington High ... Read More »

Young Actor Takes on Challenging Role in Shakespeare Festival

| by Jonathan Ortiz | The character of Mamillius from Shakespeare’s late romance, The Winter’s Tale, despite only living through the first half of the play, is in no way an insignificant role. The death of Leontes’s heir, Mamillius, marks the tale’s turning point from the cold psychological tyranny of the King’s bitter jealousy to his remorse and the eventual rebirth ... Read More »