Author Archives: John Van Dekker

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 »