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Sleepy Hollow Reverses Decision on Making Old Broadway One-Way

| by Elaine Marranzano | The Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees has reversed its decision to make Old Broadway a one-way street. “We didn’t do it properly first time around,” said Mayor Ken Wray on July 14.  “I am instructing the staff to change it back.” The board voted to remove four parking spaces and change the traffic flow pattern ... Read More »

Tarrytown Approves Building Moratorium Near Train Station

| by Rick Pezzullo | The Tarrytown Board of Trustees last month approved a six-month building moratorium in the area of the train station. The temporary development ban was deemed necessary to give the board time to review current zoning, planning and environmental regulations in the so-called Tarrytown Station Study Area. “The impetus (for the moratorium) is that since there ... Read More »

Flea Fun Hits Westchester

The “flea” experience has arrived in Westchester.  The Hastings Flea is a monthly, curated, specialty outdoor flea market at the Hastings-on-Hudson Metro North Train station parking lot (131 Southside Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY), overlooking the Hudson River.  At the Hastings Flea, local vendors sell unique, authentic, handpicked and handmade items including vintage finds, antiques, furniture, home goods, comics, crafts, jewelry and ... Read More »

Pets Alive Facility Now Expected to Stay in Westchester

| By Robert Kimmel | Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner is optimistic about keeping the Pets Alive animal shelter in operation locally, either at its present facility in Elmsford or elsewhere. Following a meeting with the board leadership of Pets Alive Thursday morning, he told The Hudson Independent that, “I would be surprised if the shelter closes.” Pets Alive Westchester ... Read More »

Pets Alive Leaving Elmsford; Land Ownership May Be Challenged

| by Robert Kimmel| With  Pets Alive in Elmsford announcing that it will close its facility in about three months, ownership of the 5 acres of land it has been using could be in dispute.  The no-kill animal shelter disclosed that the cost of maintaining the shelter, along with diminishing revenue, is leaving it with no choice but to shut ... Read More »

Flea Fun Hits Westchester

The “flea” experience has arrived in Westchester.  Hastings Flea is a monthly outdoor market with local vendors from the Hudson Valley selling everything from vintage to antiques, to furniture, jewelry, crafts and more.  Offering live music and entertainment powered by a solar stage, Hastings Flea also features food trucks, crafts for kids, community vendors and other activities. Hastings-on-Hudson resident Ilana ... Read More »

A Local ‘Unsung’ Hero: Creola Solomon

|  by Tess Wietzner  | “To whom much is given, much is required,” proclaimed Reverend Dr. John H. Gilmore. “That’s the scripture that comes to mind when I think of Mrs. Solomon.” Deaconess of Tarrytown’s New Hope Institutional Baptist Church, Mrs. Creola Solomon, 77, has devoted the last 54 years of her life to graciously serving her community. Named “Unsung Hero” ... Read More »

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 www.tarrytownmusichall.org. 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 »