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Arts & Entertainment – Take a Look at the New Generation Broadway. Bold. Young. Now, This Adventure is in Your Own Backyard!

by Morey Storck When White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) General Manager Kathleen Davisson, and Associate Producer and Resident Musical Director Stephen Ferri, were asked what would be their suggestion for the headline of this article, it just fit. They are enthusiastic, energetic, and optimistic with a vision for this professional theatre, and that is to bring the New Generation ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Corn and Tomatoes: Simple Recipes for Enjoying Late Summer’s Bounty

by Linda Viertel September is harvest season, the most vibrant time at our farmers’ markets, when corn is at its freshest, tomatoes are bursting with flavor, cucumbers and radishes are crunchy and delicious, and leafy greens are in abundance. It’s when simple cooking reveals clear and robust tastes because the ingredients have just been harvested at their peak. Dinner can ... Read More »

New Era of Horseman Football Ready for Kickoff

by Kevin Brown Sleepy Hollow High School kicks off its varsity season on Saturday, September 2 at home against Pearl River High School. Pearl River is coming off a turbulent off-season that saw Coach Mike Oliva unexpectedly dismissed but then re-instated after public protests and petitions throughout the community called for his reinstatement. Despite a challenged record in 2016, players ... Read More »

Government Measures Reinforce Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment

by Robert Kimmel     Drug overdose prevention and treatment have become the focus of medical authorities and lawmakers at the county, state and national level. Much of that attention is concentrated on reducing the usage of opiate drugs as painkillers, as well as educating both doctors and patients more about their use. Actions to slow prescriptions of opioid drugs emerged more ... Read More »

The Aligned Center: A Holistic Approach to Shared Office Space

by Barrett Seaman  Nestled within Irvington’s sprawling Bridge Street complex on the banks of the Hudson is a new office space designed for solo professionals, entrepreneurs, writers and others seeking a home within the growing “gig economy.” It’s got comfy, relatively spacious glassed-in offices with phones, computers and “white noise” machines to facilitate concentration. There’s a communal kitchen with a ... Read More »

Irvington Teacher Files Lawsuit vs District Over Student Attack

by Rick Pezzullo A special education teacher at Irvington Middle School has filed a lawsuit against the district after allegedly suffering “grievous and permanent injuries” after being attacked in a classroom last March by a student with a history of behavioral problems. In an August 21 complaint filed in state Supreme Court, Clarice Martin, and her fellow plaintiff, husband Douglas ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow, Irvington Welcome New School Leaders

Joshua Whitham

by Rick Pezzullo Joshua Whitham started his new job as Sleepy Hollow Middle School principal in early July, learning the lay of the land and the vibe of the village. A native of San Diego, where his educational career began as a sixth-grade teacher for gifted and talented students, Whitham has Lego blocks in his office to represent a hunger ... Read More »

Rivertowns Now Have Their Own Uber-Chamber of Commerce

Maggie Segrich

by Barrett Seaman  Maggie Segrich is really into networking. Now, with the formation of a Rivertowns Chamber of Commerce, which will have members from Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington and Ardsley, she is taking it to a new level. Shortly after she opened Alice & Chains, her bespoke jewelry shop, now located in Dobbs Ferry, she launched a Women Entrepreneurs group ... Read More »

Irvington Board Tackles Downtown Parking Regulations

by Barrett Seaman  It is said that parking is the third rail of village politics—at least in the rivertowns. Whether it’s space allocation for Metro North commuters or downtown parking for shoppers, there’s never enough of it. Dare to suggest building more lots or, heaven forbid, a multi-story garage, however, and locals will accuse officials of destroying the character of ... Read More »

Opioid Addiction Epidemic Targeted by Local Law Enforcement Groups

by Robert Kimmel Faced with the continuing opioid addiction epidemic and related deaths, local authorities are intensifying their efforts to battle the problem. The police departments of Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow are among local law enforcement agencies aggressively working with the Town of Greenburgh’s Drug and Alcohol Task Force to deal with the growing addiction crisis. Set up in ... Read More »

Irvington Singer/Songwriter Miyuki Furtado’s Band, Divining Rod, Breaks New Musical Ground

By Robert Firpo-Cappiello Like many Westchester dads, Irvington’s Miyuki Furtado traded Brooklyn for a quieter life in the ‘burbs right around the time he became a father. Unlike most, however, Furtado also traded a life of round-the-world rock-n-roll touring for afternoons strumming an acoustic guitar while his daughter napped. Those quiet moments of guitar playing would lead Furtado to launch ... Read More »

Abbott House Serves as Halfway Haven for Refugee Children

by Barrett Seaman  One young girl arrived wearing her only piece of clothing: a potato sack. Another had a severe heart murmur; another, cerebral palsy. Often coming from impoverished Central American villages—some wracked by gang violence, many of these children have never seen a doctor. Since late June, they have been arriving in groups of four, or 10 or 12. ... Read More »

Cattle Farm on Rockefeller Preserve in Sleepy Hollow to Disperse

by Elaine Marranzano If you are accustomed to walking in Rockefeller State Park Preserve and enjoy seeing the cattle, say goodbye while you can. The cows are going. Once described as “Bonanza meets Downton Abbey,” Hudson Pines, the cattle farm in Sleepy Hollow owned by the late David Rockefeller, will host a “complete dispersal” sale on November 1. “It is ... Read More »

A 19th Century Hastings’ Confederate Cemetery Monument Designed to Unify Causes Present-Day Concern

by W. B. King From Charlottesville, Virginia to San Diego, California, public monuments celebrating leaders of the Confederate Army, such as Robert E. Lee, are being toppled by residents and municipalities that decry associations to slavery and oppression. This heated national debate now includes a local Confederate monument in Mount Hope Cemetery in the Town of Greenburgh. “The Confederacy was ... Read More »

Public Viewpoints Sought for Tarrytown Comprehensive Plan

Public input is a major component in the current phase of work aimed at producing Tarrytown’s Comprehensive Plan and Station Area Zoning. Continuing that pursuit, the planners have scheduled a  public workshop on Sunday, September 17, from 1 to 4.p.m at the Warner Library. The workshops, expected to continue through this year and early 2018, are part of the process ... Read More »

Two Marches for Justice, Two Days, One Town

March for Justice

On Monday night, August 28th, more than 150 mostly local citizens lit candles and walked from Temple Beth Abraham on Leroy Avenue up through the center of Tarrytown to Patriot’s Park under the banner, “Say No to Hate.” On Tuesday, a hardy group of about 25, under a similar “March for Justice” banner, arrived at Christ Church on South Broadway ... Read More »

It’s Open! Well, Half of It Anyway

By Barrett Seaman Some 37 hours after the blue ribbon was cut, after the band stopped playing and the speechifying was over, after Governor Cuomo and Chick Galella took their ceremonial drive in a spiffy ’55 Corvette and the 800 invited dignitaries climbed back onto the fleet of buses and went ashore, the first few cars finally rolled out under ... Read More »

Tarrytown Comprehensive Plan Project Picks Up Momentum; Engages Public

Photo by Tim Thayer -

by Robert Kimmel Tarrytown’s multi-faceted project to set visions, goals and policies for its future development is pursuing public input as it continues to shape a series of themes to help guide the planning project toward completion. Among the many general goals targeted by the village’s Comprehensive Plan and Station Area Zoning Project are to “create an affordable, connected community ... Read More »

At the Halfway Mark, Irvington’s 2017 Comprehensive Plan

by Barrett Seaman  Imagine driving down Broadway into Irvington sometime in the late 2020s. The hillside to the east, on your left, is a mosaic of attached condo units in clusters, a modestly proportioned assisted living facility, along with occasional low-rise office buildings not much different in architectural style from nearby homes. As you pass the large white mansion on ... Read More »

Tarrytown Incumbents Endorsed by Democratic Committee

by Rick Pezzullo The Tarrytown Democratic Committee has endorsed Mayor Drew Fixell and trustees Tom Butler, Becky McGovern and Doug Zollo for reelection in the November election. Fixell is running for a seventh term. He has been on the Board of Trustees since March 2000, having served five years as a trustee before being elected mayor. An executive of a ... Read More »

Irvington: Three Seats, Three Candidates … So Far

by Barrett Seaman  There are three open slots on the November ballot for seats on the Irvington Village Board of Trustees: one for mayor and two for trustees. With little more than three months to go, there are exactly three candidates vying to fill those seats: Mayor Brian C. Smith is seeking a fourth term as the village’s chief executive; ... Read More »


Jeanne Kostich, 94 Jeanne Louise Johnson Kostich, a resident of Pocantico Hills since 1963, died July 8. She was 94. Mrs. Kostich was the founder of the Museum of Primitive Art’s Department of Conservation (now the Michael C. Rockefeller Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art). After studying at the University of Chicago, she served with the American Red Cross ... Read More »

Westchester Community Foundation Awards Grants to Tarrytown Agencies

 The Westchester Community Foundation, one of the largest funders of nonprofits in Westchester, has awarded grants totaling $45,000 to three agencies in Tarrytown working to ensure the summer is filled with free concerts, cultural experiences, and lots of fun. A grant to Jazz Forum Arts will support 16 free jazz concerts in the village, a grant to Lyndhurst will open ... Read More »

Scripts Sought for ITHT Stage Door Playwright Festival

Daryl Samuel Irvington Town Hall

The Irvington Town Hall Theater is excited to announce the inaugural year of the ITHT Stage Door Playwright Festival. After three seasons of hosting innovative and compelling readings of new works by contemporary playwrights, the series has evolved into a weekend festival. It will launch this November in the beautiful historic theater situated above town hall in Irvington on Hudson. ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler

by Maria Ann Roglieri Local Student Winners The winners of the 2017 Historical Society of the Tarrytown’s/Warner Library Hall of Fame Essay contest are Maggie Singman of Tarrytown, who wrote about Katherine Wasserman Davis, and Andrew Walek of Sleepy Hollow, whose subject was baseball player Eddie Collins. The Mayor and Board of Trustees of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown provide a ... Read More »

A Piece of Tarrytown History Appears Doomed

Brace Cottage in Wilson Park will soon be demolished.

by Elaine Marranzano In the winter of 1934, John Hutchinson emerged from a two-story, stone cottage in Tarrytown. To his left were the nuns of Marymount. Ahead on the hill, he could see the red gabled roof of the big house, a massive, far more elaborate version of his own dwelling. Behind him, bisected by the Old Putnam County Railroad, ... Read More »

Westbound Lanes on New Bridge to Open in August

New Bridge

by Rick Pezzullo  Rockland-bound motorists will soon be the first to experience the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. Current Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the westbound lanes of the 3.1-mile, state-of-the-art twin span will be open to traffic on Friday, August 25 as vehicles will be diverted from the Tappan Zee Bridge. The new $3.98 billion bridge ... Read More »

Notes From the HVWC: What Are They Doing in There?

(A new monthly column from The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center of Sleepy Hollow) by Lynne Lori Sylvan Commuters returning home late Wednesdays to Philipse Manor train station have been peering into the old train depot wondering what in tarnation is going on. Blazing lights illuminate people skipping around the carpet, blowing on zucchini shofars, talking into dog-clicker headsets and exfoliating ... Read More »

Bikeway/Walkway on New Bridge Should be Named for Seeger

To the Editor: Last month the NYS Legislature voted to rename the Tappan Zee bridge after Mario Cuomo. I believe the Legislature should also consider naming the new bikeway/walkway on the bridge for Pete Seeger–the folksinger and environmental activist who worked hard to focus public attention on a cleaner Hudson River. I also would like to suggest that the state ... Read More »

The 40th Anniversary of an Annual Outing for Longtime Friends

by Donald H. Whitely    If you’re walking around Tarrytown during the remainder of the summer and see some folks wearing a blue t-shirt with “Thompson’s Jazz Posse” on the back, stop and ask them about it. They’ll be happy to tell you about their recent outing to the Saratoga Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, New York in June. For some ... Read More »

Summer Woes for Pets

by Dr. Brian Green, DVM There are many issues that threaten the well-being of our pets year-round, but there are several things that happen with much greater frequency as the summer continues.  Some important things to keep in mind: »Dogs or Cats in Cars First of all, if you are contemplating going anywhere by car with your pet, you need ... Read More »

Annual Senior Arts Exhibit at Warner Library

Warner Library, in cooperation with Arts Westchester and Neighborhood House, held its Annual Senior arts exhibit in the month of July. The exhibit included the ArtsWestchester Community Spaces grant funded “Adirondack Chairs,” which will be placed throughout Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. —Photo by Sunny McLean Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – Annie Bets on “Tomorrow” at the Westchester Broadway Theatre

by Morey Storck The inspiration for Annie as a Broadway musical came from a chance reading of a book entitled Little Orphan Annie: Her Life and Hard Times, based on Harold Gray’s classic American comic strip. That reader was Martin Charnin (lyricist), who eventually persuaded Charles Strouse (music) and Thomas Meehan (book) to turn the classic into a Depression-Era musical ... Read More »

Modern Movie-Going Experience with iPic in Dobbs Ferry

by Jake Leary Going out to the movies is an increasingly expensive prospect: Ticket prices are at an all-time high, and that’s before you factor in snacks and an after-film meal. Why pay a premium price for a non-premium product? iPic cinemas, started in 2006 by Hamid Hashemi, is the answer to this modern movie conundrum. Each theater is paired ... Read More »

Rivertowns Square Is Open for Business—and Nearly Finished

by Mitchell Bard  Rising out of undeveloped land on the west side of the Saw Mill River Parkway in Dobbs Ferry, the buildings of Rivertowns Square are hard to miss. After six years of anticipation–some positive, some concerned, depending on whom you talk to—the large, mixed-use development is now springing to life. With the luxury iPic movie theater and City ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Football 2017 Under New Leadership

by Kevin Brown The Sleepy Hollow Alumni Game held July 22 at Sleepy Hollow High School (SHHS) brought out more than 50 past Horsemen to mix it up in competitive games of one hand touch football. Many students who graduated over the last five years were on-hand and so were lots of players from the glory days. Under the leadership ... Read More »

World War II Ceremony

Sunday, September 10 at 2:00pm: a ceremony honoring the 44 former North Tarrytown High School students who gave their lives for their country during World War II. Organized by Chick Galella and the Alumni Association of North Tarrytown High School. The featured speaker at the event, which will be held at Winfield L. Morse School, will be former Marine Captain ... Read More »

Nucleus of SH Travel Baseball Team Has Grown Up Together


by Tom Pedulla They have grown from hitters who struggled to make contact or poke the ball past the infield into sluggers able to find gaps or unload fence-clearing drives. They have gone from unsure fielders who booted grounders and botched fly balls into slick defensive players who gobble up infield smashes and track outfield blasts with seeming ease. They ... Read More »

Tarrytown Affordable Housing: Fight Looms Over Who is Eligible

by Alexander Roberts After more than a decade of battles over size and design, Tarrytown’s affordable housing project at 21 Wildey Street is well on its way to projected completion by November 30. A new controversy, however, has arisen over which ordinance the village will follow to determine who may apply for the 12 new apartments. The development of the ... Read More »

Tarrytown’s Trustees Mull Lengthy List of Topics


by Robert Kimmel In addition, the regular meeting was preceded by a briefing on the status of the village’s Comprehensive Plan by David Aukland, chair of the project’s steering committee, and William Brady, project manager. A contingent from the Tarrytown Fire Department, led by Fire Chief David Goldstein, appealed to the board to initiate bids for dredging a channel in ... Read More »

Smith announces fourth term bid in Irvington

by Barrett Seaman “With great humility,” Irvington Mayor Brian C. Smith announced on Facebook that he will be seeking a fourth term as mayor of Irvington in the November election. Smith, who was originally elected as a Republican, says he is running on “the independent (lower case ‘i’) Irvington First party line,” having broken with the state and national GOP ... Read More »

Gedid, Friedman Win Special Election for Irvington BOE

Maura Gedid

by Rick Pezzullo Maura Gedid and Brian Friedman were the top two vote-getters in the July 11 special election for two seats on the Irvington Board of Education. The summer election was scheduled after residents in the Irvington School District voted in May to expand the Board of Education from five to seven members. Gedid, who helped the district start ... Read More »

Tarrytown Man Nabbed on Felony Drug Charges

police car

  As members of the Greenburgh Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Tarrytown and Irvington police officers were involved in an investigation that led to the arrest of Jesse A. Jorge of Tarrytown. Task Force members, along with officers from the North Castle Police Department and Detective Division, caught up with Jorge at a Stop & Shop on North Broadway in ... Read More »

Questions Remain About Eligibility For Tarrytown Affordable Housing

by Alexander Roberts After more than a decade of fights over size and design, Tarrytown’s affordable housing project at 21Wildey Street is well on its way to a projected completion date of November 30.  But a new controversy has arisen over how to define “affordable,” which will determine who is eligible for the 12 new apartments. The development was authorized under ... Read More »

Wolfpack Re-Aligns to Grow Youth Football

Changes are afoot for Sleepy Hollow Football.  After more than a decade, Wolfpack Football which serves kids Kindergarten through 6th grade with flag and youth tackle football programs is renaming itself Jr. Horsemen Football.  New High School Varsity Football Coach Jorge Veintimilla will oversee football at all ages in town and the idea is to more closely align the youth ... Read More »

Schroedel Brings Experience to New Position as SHLDC Advisor

by Robert Kimmel Pursuing the implementation of the East Parcel Project by the SHLDC will be David Schroedel’s initial work as recently appointed Strategic Planning Advisor, but he has been committed to serving the Village of Sleepy Hollow for almost a decade. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Village of Sleepy Hollow in 2008, and re-elected ... Read More »


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HACKLEY SCHOOL Class of 2017

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Sleepy Hollow Author Pens First Novel

by Greg Clary A new novel by a Sleepy Hollow writer highlights the Hudson Valley as the setting for a suburban woman’s rebirth after a nasty divorce. For 25-year resident Rebecca Chianese, the local streets are as familiar now as those of her Brooklyn youth, and her book Mercy easily captures the people and experiences of each. “Walking along the ... Read More »

Inquiring Photographer – “What do you think about Federal Officials deporting students?”

by Alexa Brandenberg   Camille Marchini Tarrytown “I think it’s wrong. If students are coming here for better opportunities, why should they be denied the privilege that I am so lucky to have?” Jaime Valencia Tarrytown “It is completely unfair that the officials would come to the school. School is supposed to be a safe haven.” Luz Valencia Tarrytown “I ... Read More »

Bring Your Own Kayak Program Likely on the Lakes

by Barrett Seaman   For several years now, it’s been possible for residents and visitors alike to rent a kayak and explore the wildlife-rich shores of the Tarrytown Lakes on weekends. The vendor, Hudson River Recreation, charges anywhere from $20 for one hour in a single kayak up to $60 for three hours in a double. This summer, the Tarrytown Village ... Read More »

ITAV10591 to Launch New Service

A community grant will help a local group expand its commitment to seniors with a new service. ITAV10591, the group of volunteers dedicated to helping seniors live independently in their homes, has received a $12,000 grant from the Westchester Community Foundation. The WCF is a division of the New York Community Trust, one of the largest community foundations in the ... Read More »

YMCA to Honor Longtime Board Member Giuliano at Ball

Linda Giuliano

by Kimberly Gaudin de Gonzalez The first words that pop into Linda Giuliano’s mind when you mention the YMCA are: Community. Friendship. Ability to adapt. Persistence. Giuliano, who has been a member of the Family YMCA at Tarrytown since 1993 and a board member for more than 22 years, will be honored at the Y’s Masquerade Ball on September 22, ... Read More »

Irvington Moves to Muffle Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

by Barrett Seaman  Homeowners, many of them members of the newly formed Irvington Activists coalition, packed the trustee meeting room for the June 5th meeting to urge the board to tighten a proposal that would outlaw the use of gas-powered blowers except during the March 15-to-May 15 and September 15-to-December 15 spring and fall cleanup seasons. Many thought the dates ... Read More »

Celebrate IRVINGTON Day

Record crowds turned out on a sunny Sunday, June 18, which also happened to be Father’s Day, for the fourth annual pull-out-all-the-stops celebration of the village and its merchants. According to Deputy Mayor Connie Kehoe, who oversaw the event, “Many more families with kids were participating at various locations: watching the student musicians, trying out the chalk art, taking part ... Read More »

Four Vie for Two Seats on Expanded Irvington BOE

by Rick Pezzullo In May, residents in the Irvington School District voted to expand the Board of Education from five to seven members. A special election was set for July 11 and four individuals have stepped forward to vie for the two additional seats: John Dawson, Brian Friedman, Maura Gedid and Della Lenz. Voting will take place from 7 a.m. ... Read More »

Business News – Electric Bikes Make Debut in Rivertowns

by Charlene Weigel Eighty-five degrees. 80% humidity. Frowning at White Street, Tarrytown’s meanest hill. We’re going to bike up that wall? No sweat. Literally. I’m test-riding an electric bike with Edward Busk, owner of Sleek eBikes on Main Street, Tarrytown. With a few strong pumps on my pedals, the battery-powered motor gifts me a pair of bionic legs. First bike ... Read More »

Make College Dreams a Reality

Helping to Make College Dreams a Reality: Kids’ Club of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow, Inc. hosted its 4th Annual Breakfast for Bedding on June 20. More than 50 guests donated new dorm room bedding and gift cards for students from Sleepy Hollow High School who participated in one or more college prep initiatives, including Let’s Get Ready, Latino U College ... Read More »

Name the Bridge Contest Entries Differ from Albany’s Decision

by Robert Kimmel Rivertown residents who entered this newspaper’s “Name the Bridge Contest” have opinions contrary to those of the New York State legislature when it comes to attaching a label to the new span replacing the old Tappan Zee Bridge. The State legislature in late June passed a measure naming the new bridge for the well-regarded Governor Mario Cuomo, ... Read More »

SH East Parcel Multi-Use Site Development Costs Projected

by Robert Kimmel When the final phase of Sleepy Hollow’s East Parcel project is completed for village use, expected by 2026, costs of its construction will have reached an estimated $39 to $48 million. Tax revenue raised from the adjacent Edge-on-Hudson mixed-use development, however, will more than cover potential payments on bonds issued by the Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation ... Read More »

Human Trafficking: A Hidden Crime in the Rivertowns

by Andrea Kott You’ve seen them. Young people hawking candy bars outside CVS in Tarrytown. Teens or adults going door-to-door peddling magazine subscriptions. Some may claim to be fundraising for schools that, when pressed, they cannot name. Others may say they’re earning points for youth leadership programs that do not exist. Such schemes could be signs of human trafficking and ... Read More »

Barbelet Sworn-In as New Police Chief in Tarrytown

by Rick Pezzullo For the first time in 23 years, the Village of Tarrytown has a new police chief after Lt. John Barbelet was sworn-in June 19 to succeed retiring Chief Scott Brown. Barbelet, 48, will earn an annual salary of approximately $172,000 to lead the Police Department, which has 34 full-time sworn officers and five part-time members. Brown had ... Read More »

Sally Kellock Retires as What’s Happening Editor

For more than a decade, this newspaper has been committed to providing our readers with “What’s Happening,” two pages in each issue listing all types of events taking place each month in the rivertowns. With a special category for Seniors, “What’s Happening” includes listings, with brief descriptions of each daily event, whether entertainment, a celebration, a library reading, a special ... Read More »

Food for Thought – July Smoking, Grilling and Barbecuing

by Linda Viertel July 4th is the unofficial holiday when Weber grills, electric and coal smokers, and barbecues of all dimensions become the preferred cooking method for summer dining. Who doesn’t love that smoky aroma wafting through the air while a perfectly grilled steak, hamburger, pork chop or fish fillet is sizzling away? This summer, take time to purchase sustainably ... Read More »

What You Should Know About Skin Cancer

Who gets skin cancer, and why? Sun exposure is the biggest cause of skin cancer, but some cancers develop on skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight. Exposure to environmental hazards, radiation treatment, and even heredity may play a role. Although skin cancer affects people of all colors and races, the risk is greatest for people who have fair skin, a ... Read More »

Kiernan Named New Tarrytown School District Athletic Director

by Kevin Brown After the long reign of outgoing Athletic Director Chuck Scarpulla, Denise Kiernan takes over the position with a significantly expanded role. Kiernan will be the Director of Health and Physical Education, overseeing not only the interscholastic athletic program but also Physical Education and Health Education teachers for all grades K through 12. Her resume and credentials are ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Fab Five to Lead Team in Baseball Summer

by Tom Pedulla Sleepy Hollow’s 17-and-under summer baseball team will rely on a Fab Five of sorts in attempting to make a successful debut in the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League. Coach Robert Bischof is depending on five players who have been with him since they were nine years old: standout catcher Matthew Bischof (he qualifies as a lifer since ... Read More »

Now More than Ever Is the Time to Check for Ticks

by Camille Cunningham  For anyone living in the northeast, summer is the time to look out for ticks and the diseases they frequently carry. Ticks are most active late spring through early fall, but when the weather turns hot, jeans and long sleeves give way to t-shirts and shorts, leaving bare skin vulnerable to these bloodsucking pests. Recent news reports ... Read More »

Jacob Burns “Summer at the Lab” for Budding Young Filmmakers

by Jake Leary The school bells have rung for the last time, students are free from homework and obligations, and parents panic to find a suitable activity to keep their children busy. The Jacob Burns Media Arts Lab seeks to harness this youthful energy and parental desperation for art and creativity. While many summer camps offer fun experiences based around ... Read More »

Carbon Tax Proponents Press Their Case at Warner Library Forum

carbon tax pollution industrial factory

by Barrett Seaman A trio of energy experts and environmental activists conducted a panel discussion June 29 at the Warner Library on a carbon tax as a means of discouraging the use of fossil fuels to produce energy. Charles Komanoff, founder and director of the Carbon Tax Center, was joined by Iona Lutey, Northeast Regional Coordinator for Citizens’ Climate Lobby ... Read More »

Tarrytown Swimming Pool Information

The new outdoor swimming pool in Tarrytown (behind the train station) is open for the summer season. More than 680 residents have signed up for memberships, generating approximately $73,000 in revenue to the village, according to Village Administrator Richard Slingerland. The pool is open on weekdays from noon to 7 p.m. and weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 7 ... Read More »

SH School Secretary Charged with Stealing $10,000 from District

2017 HI July Carol Ressa SH Middle Secretary

by Rick Pezzullo A longtime employee of the Tarrytown Union Free School District was charged Wednesday with stealing more than $10,000 from the district over a six-year period. Carol Ressa, 53, of Lake Peekskill, secretary to Sleepy Hollow Middle School Principal Elizabeth Lopez, with charged with two separate counts of grand larceny by Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. ... Read More »

Rotary’s Duck Derby, Y’s Healthy Kids Day Draws Crowds

by Robert Kimmel Hundreds of little rubber ducks floating down Andre Brook in the Rotary Club’s annual Duck Derby, and crowds of children participating in the Family YMCA Healthy Kids’ Day activities in Tarrytown’s Patriot’s Park spelled success for the collaborative annual event in late April. “Overall, it was a huge success and we were so pleased with the turnout,” ... Read More »

Sports – Three-Sport Sleepy Hollow Athlete Excelling on Diamond

by Tom Pedulla Sleepy Hollow High School trailed Yonkers 2-1 in the fifth inning in the Nyack Tournament earlier this season when Sleepy Hollow Coach Rob Spirelli checked with right-hander Sean McCarthy. Despite being set back by an unearned run, McCarthy was pitching well. Spirelli was concerned that his pitch count was building. He wanted to make sure he felt ... Read More »

Obituaries – May 2017

Jerry Eimbinder, 84 Jerry (Jerome) Eimbinder, a resident of Tarrytown, died May 19 following a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer. He was 84. He is survived by his three children, Jill, Eric and Richard, and their spouses Howard, Lisa and Beth; and seven grandchildren. After 53 years of marriage, his wife, Dorothy, died of ovarian cancer in 2013. Mr. Eimbinder ... Read More »

Inquiring Photographer – “What Concerns You Most About the Current Political Climate in the U.S.?”

  Mini Rajwar Tarrytown “Being an immigrant.”   David Barnett Tarrytown “I don’t trust that Trump’s motives are in the best interest of our country.”   Sharon Rynn Tarrytown “I wish there was more unity in the country.”   Charles Riley Sleepy Hollow “If over 50% of the country are completely against Trump and his decisions, then I don’t see ... Read More »

Dramatic Changes Are Being Made at Lyndhurst with Interior, Exterior and Landscaping Restoration

by Morey Storck Lyndhurst, the Gothic Revival “country house” designed by Alexander Jackson Davis in 1838 for New York City mayor William Paulding, Jr.,was originally named The Knoll. Aptly termed, it is situated on a 67-acre park-like setting beside the Hudson River, spanning an idyllic, beautifully landscaped area rambling from Route 9 to the water’s edge. There is abundant open ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler – June 2017


by Maria Ann Roglieri Babies Born Congratulations to Sabina and Cézanne Huq of Ardsley on the birth of their baby girl, Ana, on April 2, 2017. Congratulations also to Charlie and Danielle Reda of Tarrytown on the birth of their baby girl, Kyleigh Angela, on April 4, 2017. Art Exhibit Award-winning plein air artist and Tarrytown resident, Doris Mady, will ... Read More »

Riverrun Books & Manuscripts Provides Literary Portal into the Past

by W.B. King With a revolving inventory of more than 30,000 volumes of rare, antiquarian, unusual books and manuscripts from all time periods, Hastings-on-Hudson’s Riverrun Books & Manuscripts is tantamount to a literary time machine. “Since 1978, it has been an antiquarian book store focusing on fine books and first editions,” said owner Tom Lecky. “Until I took over in ... Read More »

A ‘Thin Space’ Thick with History: The Old Dutch Church

by Krista Madsen Borrowing a Celtic reference, Pastor Jeff Gargano refers to the Old Dutch Church as a “thin place,” where Heaven and Earth almost touch. This thin space where the spiritual infuses a great variety of life-and-death celebrations is actually very thick of wall – three-feet at the base, in fact, thick enough to withstand over 300 years of ... Read More »

Food for Thought – A Delicious New Season at The Irvington Farmer’s Market

by Linda Viertel For those who love to cook, reconnect with farmers, friends, fish-mongers, artisanal bread bakers and cheese purveyors, and who delight in joining our diverse community – kids and dogs included – celebrating the start of summer at a farmer’s market is one of life’s most enjoyable experiences. While TaSH’s first seasonal outdoor market opened Saturday, May 27th ... Read More »

Masters School Co-Presidents Reflect on Lessons Learned

by Anna Young The Masters School co-presidents of the senior class, Kevin McGuire and Nina Hylton, are anxious and excited to deliver their graduation speeches during the June 10 ceremony. In lieu of honoring students with titles such as valedictorian and salutatorian, the Dobbs Ferry school allows the two class presidents to deliver a speech during graduation. Nina Hylton Nina ... Read More »

Rockefeller Preserve Administrative Director Jessika

by Stefanie Sears Rockefeller State Park Preserve, a 1,600- acre ever-growing haven of open space, provides numerous outdoor opportunities for hiking, biking, equestrian activities and carriage rides. The Preserve’s current success is thanks to Jessika Creedon, the Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve’s Administrative Director. She has been in this role for a year now and works closely with ... Read More »

SH High Val and Sal Attribute Success to Hard Work

by Julia Ann Friedman Diego Arias Diego Arias will finish his high school career at the top of his class, having come a long way from where he started. His family came to the United States from Uruguay when Arias was six years old, and the only English he spoke was “hello.” In a third-grade reading enrichment program, Arias recalled ... Read More »

Irvington High Class of 2017 Leaders Relish Recognition

Irvington High School seniors Ryan Meng-Killeen and Zoe Mermelstein, valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2017, said it was validating to receive the recognition. Meng-Killeen and Mermelstein said they have worked incredibly hard throughout their high school career, but were surprised to receive the school’s top honors. They attributed their success to their friends and family and being ... Read More »


The Hudson Independent is looking for some good stories from area middle and high school students about what you’re doing over the summer break. It could be as dramatic as helping villagers in El Salvador build houses or as straightforward as working as a camp counselor here at home or in a nearby state. Send us a brief, informal summary ... Read More »