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Ampil, Garcia Lead Hackley School’s Class of 2017

Uriel Garcia is the salutatorian for Hackley’s Class of 2017.  He came to Hackley in Middle School and quickly found a home. He actively pursues challenges, as evidenced by his course of study. He has challenged himself with AP or Post-AP courses in French, Chemistry, Calculus and Biology, and even in academic departments that don’t offer AP courses such as ... Read More »

Phelps President Touts Hospital’s Latest Advances

by Robert Kimmel In assessing the past year at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, its President and CEO Daniel Blum had a good number of successes to report. The account of those achievements came recently at the Hospital’s Annual Community Breakfast at the DoubleTree Hotel, attended by local political and business leaders. Blum noted that a recent statewide hospital survey of ... Read More »

Tarrytown Merchants’ Council Sees Change in Leadership

by Robert Kimmel After eight years as Chair of the Tarrytown Merchants’ Council, longtime village resident and business owner Theresa McCarthy has stepped down from that role within the organization. A person familiar to village residents, former Mayor Paul Janos, has taken over leadership of the Council. “Serving on the Council has been an incredibly rewarding experience enabling me to ... Read More »

Lowey, Holocaust Survivor Honored by Jewish Identity Group

Holocaust survivor Roman Kent, who has been a leading voice for the rights of Holocaust survivors, was honored last month in Westchester by an organization that promotes Jewish identity and education among young Jews from the former Soviet Union. Kent, a survivor of the Lodz ghetto and four Nazi camps, including Auschwitz, was honored for his unceasing work in fighting ... Read More »

CELEBRATE – Irvington Day

Daryl Samuel Irvington Town Hall

Irvington Day, Sunday, June 18 A free shuttle bus will carry you up and down Main Street, from Broadway to the riverfront as shops, restaurants and local interest groups show their wares. There will be activities for all ages, including an Historic Trolley Tour; a Classic Car meet-up; guided history walks and Tiffany Room docent tours; vintage film festival; face ... Read More »

PayByPhone for Parking Available in Tarrytown

Parking Meter

Motorists now have a new way to pay for parking in the Village of Tarrytown. PayByPhone is an app that allows drivers to pay for or extend a parking session from anywhere and will even send a reminder when time is set to expire. When paying for parking by phone, the license plate and parking time are automatically displayed on ... Read More »

New Tarrytown Administrator Sees Much Work Ahead

by Robert Kimmel “It is all positive.” That’s how Tarrytown’s new Village Administrator, Richard Slingerland, described the many developing projects in which the village is engaged.  Returning to a post he held 15 years ago, from 1999 to 2002, he sees busy days ahead. Slingerland pointed to the Village’s Comprehensive Plan and Station Area Study as “immediate priorities,” along with ... Read More »

Fundraising Campaign Launched to Support Immigrant Community

by Seth Dellon According to recently-released statistics by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), immigration arrests are up 38% from 2016, proving that fears about the Trump administration’s anti-immigration rhetoric were well-founded. But, throughout the early presidency of Donald Trump, energies have been focused locally to protect and support Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow’s most vulnerable residents. For many activists, those efforts ... Read More »

Tarrytown Honda Service Center Soon to Break Ground

by W.B. King Since 1908, there has been a car dealership in operation at 480 South Broadway in Tarrytown. Today the address is home to Tarrytown Honda. Dwight Dachnowicz, who bought the dealership in 2006, announced last month that a new Honda Service Center will be built across the street on the parcel previously occupied by El Dorado West diner. ... Read More »

Lowey Presents Overdue Medals to Tarrytown WWII Veteran

by Morey Storck Tarrytown resident Leon Gutherz was awarded five medals, due to a neighbor’s interest and initiative, albeit 70 years late. It was during an outside gab session one afternoon that Gutherz happened to mention his war record to one of the group. She immediately picked up on it, felt he definitely deserved recognition, copied his discharge papers, put ... Read More »

Teen Drinking Parties Put Parents at Risk

by Krista Madsen As the school year ends and summer parties flourish, so too does underage drinking. Local police anticipate being busy issuing summonses to teens, but the underlying problem, according to experts, is with some parents. “I see this shift in parenting where they want to be friends, and they give their kids so much freedom that they frankly ... Read More »

As Completion of the New Bridge Nears, Changes Are Coming Along Roadways in the Rivertowns

Rivertowns traffic ro

by Barrett Seaman  The trend is clear: biking and walking are in; driving—especially at high speed—is frowned upon in the rivertowns. Encouraged by state transportation authorities in anticipation of the major changes in traffic patterns that will come with the opening of the new bridge, local municipalities are making plans to encourage the former and crack down on the latter. ... Read More »

The New Bridge Name Contest Continues

by Robert Kimmel What name would you like to see on the New NY Bridge which will be replacing the existing Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge in 2018? Specific word has yet to come from the N.Y. Thruway Authority or officials in Albany as to whether the name will remain or will be changed. The Hudson Independent is giving ... Read More »

Tarrytown Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

Police lights - photo by Glyn Lowe (with modifications)

by Rick Pezzullo A Tarrytown man was killed Tuesday night in a motorcycle crash in the village. According to State Police, Kenedy Severino, 32, was operating a 2017 BMW motorcycle northbound on the deceleration ramp of Exit 8 on I-87 at approximately 10:38 p.m. when he failed to maintain his lane, lost control of the motorcycle and struck a concrete ... Read More »

What is Your Favorite Local Outdoor Venue? – Inquiring Photographer

by Alexa Brandenberg Jim Husselbee Sleepy Hollow “Peabody Outdoor Classroom, because it is a wonderful setting for learning.” Jean O’Brien Works in Sleepy Hollow “Kingsland Point Park”   Pat Way-Townes Works in Sleepy Hollow “Sunset Cove, but I’d really like to go to Blue Hill at Stone Barns one day.”   Jacki Geoghegan Sleepy Hollow “Rockefeller Preserve. I can go ... Read More »

SnapFitness to Open in Tarrytown in Mid-May

by W.B. King   Along with the YMCA and the recently opened Tarrytown Fitness Center, residents who enjoy working out have yet another option to get physical: SnapFitness. “What differentiates us from other gyms is that we are open 24 hours, seven days a week with unlimited access for members,” said General Manager and franchise owner, Eric Thomas. “The equipment, trainers ... Read More »

Tarry Crest Swim/Tennis Hires New Tennis Director

Martin Miedzowicz

Tarry Crest Swim and Tennis Club has hired a new pro to run its tennis program. The Crest Pool, as it is called, is a private club that has been a big part of our local communities and part of so many of local residents’ youth. Martin Miedzowicz, a native of Montevideo, Uruguay, was ranked among the top players in ... Read More »

Hackley is Where the Heart is for Senior Baseball Mainstay

by Tom Pedulla Ryan Smith, an ace left-hander at Hackley School, understands the value of home-field advantage better than anyone. He has attended Hackley since kindergarten, but his connection runs far deeper than that. “It’s been home since I was born,” Smith said. His father, Bill, has served as Director of Buildings and Grounds since 1997, leading the family to ... Read More »

Obituaries – April 2017

John Calvey, 90 John H. Calvey, a longtime Tarrytown resident, died April 7. He was 90. He served proudly in the U.S. Navy during WW II. After the service, he earned a bachelor’s degree and went on to have a long career in sales. He was also very active in community service having been a member of the Tarrytown Volunteer ... Read More »

Make-A-Wish to Honor MLB Commissioner

Rob Manfred

Major League Baseball Commissioner and Tarrytown resident Rob Manfred will be honored at this year’s annual Make-A-Wish Ball on Friday, May 12 at the Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown. Manfred, along with hundreds of other distinguished guests and community leaders from throughout the Hudson Valley, will pay tribute to the courage of the more than 2,500 children ... Read More »

Relay for Life Fundraiser Set at Sleepy Hollow High

The second Relay for Life event in Tarrytown will be held June 3-4 at Sleepy Hollow High School. Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Last year’s first event in Tarrytown attracted 425 registered participants and raised more than $95,000. Organizers were rewarded by being named Rookie Event of the Year. This year, the fundraising ... Read More »

Irvington High and West Point Grad Injured in Army Copter Crash

A Black Hawk Army helicopter that took the life of one soldier when it crashed on a training exercise in southern Maryland in April also left seriously injured Captain Terikazu Onoda, a 2009 West Point graduate who was an alumnus of Irvington High School, Class of 2005. At Irvington, he was a varsity cross country runner and wrestler. According to ... Read More »

Irvington Playwright Robert Firpo-Cappiello to Perform Solo Show in NYC on June 6

Robert Firpo Cappiello

by Paula Romanow Etzel Irvington resident Robert Firpo-Cappiello will perform his new play, Festa, at Dixon Place in Manhattan on Tuesday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. Firpo-Cappiello is a writer, actor, director, and composer whose highly-acclaimed solo show Beggars Rain was presented as part of the Irvington Town Hall Theater’s Stage Door Reading Series in October, 2015. Upon garnering rave reviews ... Read More »

The TaSH Farmers Market is Back in Season

TaSH Farmers Market

by Suzanne Sorrentino “What’s in season?” may be the most-asked question at the farmers market, but this year that simple query has lofty aims at the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market. Along with growing to more than 30 vendors per week — with a roster of more than 50 vendors, some who will rotate to keep things exciting — ... Read More »

Irvington Activists Group Sponsors Cake For Change Event in Support of Community Voices Heard

by Diana Rubin On Sunday, May 7, the local group, Irvington Activists, is sponsoring its second annual fundraising event to raise money for the grassroots organization, Community Voices Heard Power (CVHPower). The fun and festive event, Cake For Change, will be held at the Irvington Presbyterian Church (25 North Broadway, Irvington). After a successful event last year, Irvington Activists is ... Read More »

Viewfinder – April/May 2017

    Easter Bunny was front and center at the Sleepy Hollow Easter Egg Hunt coordinated by the Recreation Department. (photo by Sunny McLean)       Annual TNT Baseball/Softball Association Parade kicked off the new spring season. (photo by Sunny McLean)   Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler


by Maria Ann Roglieri Book Signing Tarrytown author Colleen Carroll will be signing copies of books from her series, How Artists See at Scattered Books in Chappaqua on May 6 from 2-4 p.m. Breakfast Program on Preventing Human Trafficking The League of Women Voters of the Rivertowns will host a program, “Taking Action; Human Trafficking in the Rivertowns and Beyond” ... Read More »

The Hudson Independent Launches Name the Bridge Contest

As the replacement span for the Tappan Zee Bridge rises over the Hudson, many rivertown residents are asking what its name will be, or indeed, if it will change. This newspaper is providing our readers an opportunity to offer their opinions as to what the name of the new bridge could be and possibly win a prize in the process. ... Read More »

Parking Expansion in Tarrytown’s Business District Discussed

by Robert Kimmel   Tarrytown’s merchants have been at the forefront of urging long sought parking expansion in Tarrytown’s business district. Late last month, they learned that a possible solution might be in store for the parking problems that have plagued the village for decades. The parking troubles worsened more than a year ago when Citibank closed its Broadway location, and ... Read More »

Ask the Doctor – What Goes Into a Hip Replacement?

by Dr. Jason Hochfelder, Phelps Hospital Close to 1 million hip replacements are performed in the United States every year, but very few patients know how the replacement parts are constructed or what materials are used. Can you provide some details about the implants? The hip is a ball-and-socket joint. The socket (acetabulum) is part of the pelvic bones, and ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Celebratory Dining in May

The arrival of spring signals a time for festive dinner gatherings, outdoor seating, and family celebrations. What better way to honor mothers and grandmothers than to treat them to a wonderful repast where they won’t have to slave away in the kitchen or clean up the dishes? Tarrytown’s RiverMarket and Elmsford’s Rini’s are offering special experiences on Mother’s Day, one ... Read More »

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

Aubrey Hawes

Borrowing a Celtic reference, Pastor Jeff Garganorefers to the Old Dutch Church asa “thin place,” where heaven and earth almost touch. This thin space where the spiritual infuses a great variety of life-and-deathcelebrations is actually very thick of wall – three-feet at the base, in fact, thick enough to withstand over 300 years of history as New York’s oldest, and ... Read More »

Old Dutch Church Expected to Re-Open by Mid-June

by Robert Kimmel With construction work designed to improve access to the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow proceeding on schedule, its reopening is expected by mid-June. After decades of entry problems for the handicapped and elderly, new stairs, ramps and pathways leading to the building will ease access for all worshippers. The church’s old approaches have disappeared as workers ... Read More »

Tax Hikes Unknown in School Budgets; Board of Ed Races Uncontested

by Rick Pezzullo Residents who go to the polls on May 16 to cast their vote on the proposed 2017-18 school budgets will have to figure out on their own how their property taxes will be affected due to the recent revaluation of property values in the Town of Greenburgh. Both Tarrytown School District Superintendent Christopher Borsari and Irvington School ... Read More »

Earth Day 2017

Cleaning Up: Friends of Tarrytown Lakes took part in the annual cleanup as part of Earth Day activities throughout the villages. — Photo by Sunny McLean Read More »

Tarrytown Station Area Project to Integrate with Village’s Revised Comprehensive Plan

by Robert Kimmel Rather than focusing primarily on the project investigating prospective developments within its train station area and waterfront, Tarrytown is broadening its perspective to include that task within a fully revised village-wide Comprehensive Plan. Tarrytown’s Board of Trustees’ recent action integrating the Station Area Study into the Comprehensive Plan was based partially on the fact that it has ... Read More »

Irvington Arrest Leads to Bust of Burglary Ring

Irvington Police Car

by Barrett Seaman  When Irvington police officers went to investigate a home invasion and robbery at a Main Street apartment last August, little did they know that it would eventually lead to the round-up of a 10-man burglary ring responsible, said prosecutors, for a four-year “brazen crime spree” across Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess counties, the Bronx, and Fairfield County ... Read More »

East Parcel in Sleepy Hollow Moves Closer to Development

East Parcel Sleepy Hollow old GM plant

by Robert Kimmel The “East Parcel,” the 29-acre section of the former General Motors site set aside for use by the Village of Sleepy Hollow, is one important step closer to achieving its purpose. A mandatory environmental review process for the parcel was formally completed by the Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation, (SHLDC) at a public board meeting late last ... Read More »

Access Construction Project In Progress at Old Dutch Church

by Robert Kimmel Construction work is underway to fix a problem that has confronted the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow for many decades.  The church’s accessibility for the handicapped, elderly, and others with ambulatory disabilities has been difficult, or as one person associated with the church described it, “treacherous.” Old, uneven steps leading to the church’s front entrance will ... Read More »

Harvest on Hudson – A Birder’s Paradise—Croton Point Park

by Marcie Cuff Ahh, spring! Time to ditch the dreaded snow shovel! Time to get reacquainted with the joy of being outside! Finally it is spring. This month, let’s make a point to become reacquainted with the outside world. There are pockets of wilderness all around us to easily explore. So, thankfully getting out there won’t require hours of travel ... Read More »

Olympic Hopefuls Train at Family YMCA at Tarrytown

Cecilia Barowski

by Barbara Turk The wind swirled the fallen snow into large drifts and plows were having difficulty keeping the roads clear, but nothing could stop two young Olympic hopefuls from finding a treadmill and some free weights to lift during a blizzard in Tarrytown in February. Practically the only doors open that day were those of the Family YMCA at ... Read More »

Local High School Baseball and Softball Previews

by Tom Pedulla The Hudson Independent looks at the prospects for local baseball and softball teams: (Abbreviations key—1B (first base); 2B (second base); SS (shortstop); 3B (third base); OF (outfield); C (catcher); LHP (left-handed pitcher); RHP (right-handed pitcher). BASEBALL HACKLEY Coach: Steve Frolo, 20th year Last year’s record: 11-7 Top returning players: 1B Dan Chung, 2B Dan Hernandez, SS Alex ... Read More »

Irvington Girls Finish Season 25-2; One Win Short of State

by Tom Pedulla When members of the Irvington girls’ basketball team glanced at the scoreboard for the final time this season, they could not help but feel the sting of disappointment. They had fallen short against Seton Catholic, 86-67, in the Class B state championship game at Hudson Valley Community College for only their second defeat of the season. The ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – Celebrating the Hamiltons of Irvington

Principal creative people involved in the James Hamilton show. (L-R:) Eighth-grader Sasha Paris Carter, vocal coach; eighth grader Liam Oley, composer; retired Irvington High School Principal Dr. Scott Mosenthal, librettist. —Photo by: Barrett Seaman

by Barrett Seaman Who Will Tell Your Story? asks the title of a brand new musical production about Hamilton—that is, the family that survived Alexander Hamilton after Aaron Burr shot him to death in 1804. The story, subtitled An Evening with the Hamiltons of Irvington, focuses on the life of Hamilton’s oldest surviving son, James, whose own legacy is deeply ... Read More »

A New Season and A New Tarrytown RiverWalk Park

by Pat Jones (Co-Chair, Friends of the RiverWalk) Invasive plant control, in preparation for replanting Tarrytown’s RiverWalk Park, was finally begun in the fall of 2016; and the maintenance/planting contract was awarded to Cedar Hill Landscaping of Katonah in February 2017. Friends of the RiverWalk (FRW) will miss Brickman Landscaping, now BrightView, who contributed so much to the RiverWalk Park ... Read More »

Our Neighbors – Tarrytown Music Hall Board Chair Rob Clarfeld

Tarrytown Music Hall Board Chair Rob Clarfeld poses in his office.

by Barrett Seaman  Like the corner office he occupies on the third floor of a modern office building on White Plains Road, Rob Clarfeld is big, bright, expansive, guileless. He’s also a highly successful money manager. His Clarfeld Financial Advisors was ranked fourth among the top independent wealth managers by Barron’s last year, and Forbes singled out his penchant for ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Barbecue Heaven in Irvington

Jacob Styburski

Revenge BBQ by Linda Viertel “Happiness is the best revenge,” said Jacob Styburski, owner and pitmaster of Irvington’s newest culinary destination and take-out eatery. In fact, he is so passionate about barbecue, Texas-style brisket in particular, that he has named his new place Revenge BBQ (Revenge is his three-year old son’s middle name as well.) This guy is serious! Styburski ... Read More »

RiverArts Pilots Art Studio Tour to Tarrytown with Help from Jazz Forum Arts and The Music Hall

by Morey Storck “It’s essentially a pilot program with great expectations. Our Art Studio Tour now covers the river towns of Hastings, Dobbs Ferry and Irvington. However, serious discussions about reaching out to the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow communities have been under consideration for the past three years and now, we’ve decided, is the right time,” explained Doug Coe, Executive ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Mulls Reducing Speed Limit in Village


by Rick Pezzullo The Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees is considering reducing the speed limit throughout the village from 30 to 25 miles per hour. If approved, the Village Code amendment would only apply to village-owned roadways and not county or state spans, such as Route 9. “I don’t see the downside in doing something like this,” Sleepy Hollow Mayor ... Read More »

Warner Oral History: Vital Arts Organizations of 10591

Mark Morganelli

In a week when American arts institutions were feeling very threatened by President Trump’s proposed federal budget cuts, a half-dozen local leaders of arts institutions got together for the latest culture-themed Warner Library Oral History session. Björn Olsson of the Tarrytown Music Hall was in attendance, while jazz entrepreneur Mark Morganelli had to duck out early to take care of ... Read More »

Irvington Middle School Student to Compete in Statewide Geography Bee

Irvington Middle School sixth-grader Andrew Zhou has qualified to compete in the statewide National Geographic Bee. Photo courtesy of the Irvington Union Free School District

Irvington Middle School sixth-grader Andrew Zhou, a geography whiz, qualified to compete in the statewide National Geographic Bee, which was held at the New York State Museum in Albany on March 31. Zhou, who was named the schoolwide Geography Bee winner in January, is among 104 fourth- through eighth-graders invited to compete at the state level. In order to qualify ... Read More »

Students Benefit from the Use of Wind and Solar Power

Wind and Solar Unit at WashingtonIrving School

by Julia Ann Friedman When Aris Wind Company approached Peter Quartironi, Director of Facilities for the public schools of the Tarrytowns, about installing wind and solar dual units on school property, he jumped at the opportunity. Quartironi and Christopher Borsari, Superintendent of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, knew that utilizing wind and solar power would be highly beneficial to ... Read More »

Foundation Celebrates Local Businesses and Organizations in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown

by Shelly W. Colley When members of the Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns chose the theme, “A Tale of Two Towns,” for their April 22, 2017 spring benefit, they wanted to bring awareness of the impact that local businesses and organizations have had on the students of the Tarrytown School district. The Foundation, an independent, parent-led 501(c)3 ... Read More »

Personal Tributes to David Rockefeller on his Passing at Age 101

David Rockefeller

by Barrett Seaman When David Rockefeller died on March 20, his role as surviving patriarch of a famous family, as an international banker and statesman, and as a global philanthropist were widely reported in the national and international media. Less publicized, however, were his relationships with people in the local communities near the Rockefeller family seat at Pocantico Hills. A ... Read More »

Safety Measures Undergoing Review in Local Schools

by Robert Kimmel Safety concerns at local schools have heightened in the aftermath of the wave of bomb threats targeted at Jewish Community Centers and schools across the country, including the JCC in Tarrytown. While those threats have proven to be hoaxes, authorities say such acts can’t be ignored. Both the Tarrytown and Irvington school districts have safety committees that ... Read More »

Irvington’s Immigrant Protection Resolution Serving as Model in County

by Barrett Seaman Following the adoption March 6 by Irvington’s Board of Trustees of a resolution declaring that the village will not cooperate with enforcement of federal immigration laws, the language crafted for the village has become a model for other Westchester municipalities. A version is currently under consideration by the Westchester County Board of Legislators. According to the Irvington ... Read More »

Have a Classic Car?

Looking for area Classic Car Owners to Join the Village of Irvington’s Historic Main Street Festival, Celebrate Irvington for a classic car meet-up. Stay an hour or all day. Call or email Karen for details.  914-591-4356 or See general info on Celebrate Irvington, June 18: Read More »

President’s Budget Cuts Could Hamper Plans by Historic Hudson Valley  

Philipsburg Manor Historic Hudson Valley

by Robert Kimmel Projects planned by Historic Hudson Valley could be in jeopardy if President Donald Trump’s preliminary budget proposals are all passed by Congress this month. Among the president’s proposals for the 2018 budget, beginning in October, are the virtual elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Those agencies have ... Read More »

Tarrytown Looks at Options to Ease Traffic Congestion

Traffic LIght

by Rick Pezzullo With existing traffic congestion expected to worsen in the area from approved developments, Village of Tarrytown officials are exploring options to have vehicles move more efficiently. In mid-March, the Board of Trustees reviewed some recommendations made by a consultant hired by the village with funds it received in a legal settlement in August 2013 with neighboring Sleepy ... Read More »

In Wake of Bomb Threats, Local Jewish Groups Seek to Improve Security

by Robert Kimmel & Barrett Seaman Following the wave of anonymous bomb threats made against Jewish Community Centers in Westchester, along with similar threats to some 165 Jewish institutions across the country, local, state and federal authorities have joined with Jewish leaders to ratchet up security measures and reassure shaken members. On March 6, Nita Lowey, Congresswoman for New York’s ... Read More »

A First Peek At Projected Greenburgh Property Tax Rates

By Barrett Seaman In the final week in March, Greenburgh Town Assessor Edye McCarthy told a gathering of local realtors that they could expect tax rates in the year ahead to run from 3.2% to 3.7% of assessed value. Irvington, she said, looked to have a rate of about 3.4%, Dobbs Ferry 3.7% and Edgemont 3.6%. Roughly translated, these would ... Read More »

Project Syria LIVE

Relief United logo

FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT DISPLACED SYRIAN REFUGEES TO TAKE PLACE ON APRIL 28th IN KINGSLAND POINT PARK IN SLEEPY HOLLOW Organized by Relief United, a Group of Seven Westchester High School Juniors Committed to Making a Global Difference Through Local Activism Sleepy Hollow, New York (March 13, 2017)-Relief United a newly formed Westchester based sub charity of Catholic New East Welfare ... Read More »

Local Philanthropist David Rockefeller Dies at 101

David Rockefeller

by Rick Pezzullo David Rockefeller, patriarch of the Rockefeller family, former chairman and chief executive of Chase Manhattan Bank and a well-known philanthropist, died March 20 in his sleep in his home in Pocantico Hills. He was 101. Born June 12, 1915, he was the youngest of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller’s six children. He was raised ... Read More »

Irvington Board Passes Immigrant Protection Resolution

Irvington Immigrant Resolution

By Barrett Seaman After 90 minutes of impassioned public comment, Irvington’s Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a resolution stating that its law enforcement officials will “not engage in activities solely for the purpose of enforcing federal immigration laws” and “not honor detainer requests” from immigration enforcement agencies without judicial warrant. The three-page resolution further commits that the village will not ... Read More »

Rep. Lowey Convenes Roundtable of Local Jewish Leaders in Wake of Bomb Scare

Nina Lowey JCC

By Barrett Seaman Nita Lowey, Congresswoman for New York’s 17th District, convened a roundtable of a dozen leaders representing Jewish Community Centers and related groups from Westchester and Rockland Counties at the JCC on the Hudson, one of the hundreds of Jewish centers nationwide that have received bomb threats since the beginning of the year. Less than a day later, ... Read More »

Community Leaders Mobilize Against Trump Policies with Focus on Immigration

by Robert Kimmel At a recent meeting described as a “Rivertown Gathering for Future Social Action,” community leaders spoke out in opposition to a range of Trump administration policies and particularly those dealing with immigration. Those policies came under fire from Congresswoman Nita Lowey who highlighted the session, held at a private Tarrytown residence. She described what she and her ... Read More »

Tarrytown Administrator Mike Blau Reflects on Years with Village

by Robert Kimmel  When Mike Blau departs from his position as Tarrytown’s Administrator next month, he’ll have completed two tours of duty totaling more than 17 years in that job. He’ll leave behind a solid record. “He worked remarkably well with all of Tarrytown’s various constituencies, plus he was a tireless advocate and relentless cheerleader for the village,” Mayor Drew ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler – Mar 2017

Safety Reflectors Phelps Hospital recently donated 2,000 safety reflectors that can be attached to bicycles, outerwear and backpacks to increase the visibility of pedestrians and bike riders. The Greenburgh police will distribute the safety reflectors to people they see out walking at night in dark outfits. In addition, Town of Greenburgh residents can pick up reflectors at the office of ... Read More »

Irvington Launches a New Comprehensive Plan for Village

by Barrett Seaman  Fourteen years after Irvington last compiled a long-term Comprehensive Plan, village officials have launched a new one. They started in mid-February with a “traveling road show” in which the leaders of five working groups worked a room of about 30 residents seated at round tables in Village Hall in an effort to explain the parameters of the ... Read More »

El Dorado Diner Closes to Make Room for Honda Service Center

El Dorado Diner in Tarrytown

by W.B. King More than a diner, El Dorado West served as a beloved touchstone for locals and travelers alike. For many Tarrytown residents, it was a second home where food, friends and family melded into a specialty dish of sorts. But this 16-year tradition ended in February when the line cook hit the bell for the last time and ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Middle School Principal to Retire

by Rick Pezzullo Sleepy Hollow Middle School will be getting a new principal for the first time in nine years to begin the 2017-18 school calendar. The Board of Education of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns last month accepted the retirement resignation of Elizabeth Lopez, effective June 30, 2017.  Lopez has served as the principal of the middle school ... Read More »

Q&A: Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray

by Rick Pezzullo Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray will be running uncontested for a fifth two-year term on March 21 on a slate with three incumbent trustees and an incumbent village justice, who also will face no opposition. Wray is at the head of the Unite Sleepy Hollow ticket that also includes trustees Glenn Rosenbloom, John Leavy and Denise Scaglione ... Read More »

Growing Together: Introducing the Warner Seed Library

by Krista Madsen Add to Warner Library’s collection of borrowable books, music, DVDs: seeds. This month, Warner Library will begin sharing little packets of native and heirloom flowers, herbs and vegetables. The good news is: you don’t have to return them but can use them to grow your garden. Inspired by similar initiatives at several other libraries in the region, ... Read More »

New and Clever Phone Scams Sweep Through the Rivertowns

by Barrett Seaman   The phone rings and you answer, “Hello.” There’s no response, just silence; so you repeat “Hello.” You’re about to hang up when a friendly voice finally asks, “Can you hear me now?” Naturally, you say: “Yes”—and that’s all they need to get what they want. The caller may go on with a sales pitch for a cell ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists Relocating to Ossining

by Morey Storck For the past 17 years, Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists (SHPA), with founder and Artistic Director Debralyn Press at the helm, has been one of the most creative and intellectual exponents of modern dance and classic ballet in the rivertowns region. And, as she strongly asserted, “Our overall passion is promoting individual self-esteem in mind and body through ... Read More »

Trump Policies Trigger Political Backlash in the Rivertowns

The immediate catalyst was the Trump administration’s January 27 executive order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. But the backlash that has since spread through the rivertowns, Westchester County and indeed the nation has embraced a host of issues ranging from immigration to the looming cut-off of funding for Planned Parenthood and other women’s issues, the nomination of Neil ... Read More »

Inquiring Photographer – “What is the Favorite Meal from Your Childhood?”

by Alexa Brandenberg Claire Widman Sleepy Hollow “Chicken Parm, which is rare coming from someone who is 100% Irish.” Eveyln Patino Sleepy Hollow “My mom made a lot of cakes and desserts. Orange cake was my favorite.” Dylan Hume Tarrytown “It doesn’t get much better than spaghetti and Italian sausage.” Anne Kenny (left) Scarborough “My mom did a leg of ... Read More »

Letters – Many Questions Surround Closure of Indian Point Plants

To the Editor: I want to congratulate you on your unbiased article regarding Indian Point. After reading your article I saw further back the “Inquiring Photographer” had asked five people their opinion of the closing, of which I thought only one person gave a thoughtful answer. The first three wanted it closed as soon as possible and the fourth was ... Read More »

Seaman to Replace Kimmel as Editorial Board

This month’s issue marks a milestone in the brief but vibrant history of The Hudson Independent: Bob Kimmel, chair of the paper’s editorial board and its most prolific reporter, is retiring. Bob helped shape the paper starting before its launch in February 2006. He was involved in every decision, from design to distribution to the annual Duck Derby, and there ... Read More »

Obituaries – February 2017

Eugene Fiorella, 92 Eugene J. Fiorella, a resident of Sleepy Hollow died February 9. He was 92. Born and raised in Sleepy Hollow, he attended the public schools of the Tarrytowns. Upon graduation from North Tarrytown High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to serve in World War II. He served as a Torpedoman aboard the Destroyer USS Helm ... Read More »

Ground Breaking Set This Month for Old Dutch

by Robert Kimmel With the fundraising effort for improving accessibility to the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow having reached over $250,00, well on its way toward its $350,000 goal, ground breaking for the construction project will be held Wednesday, March 15. The church, built 332 years ago, saw subsequent changes over the years in the road level at its ... Read More »

John André: The Spy Who Loved Us

by Charlene Weigel On a chilly Saturday, The Historical Society of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow was alive with visitors in search of a dead man. Not just any man. He had to have charm and wit, but be honest to the core. Cultured. Handsome. Schooled in the arts. Massively charismatic. Perhaps a bit full of himself, but with good reason. ... Read More »

Tarrytown Troop’s Bronze Award is Malala-Inspired

by Krista Madsen Malala Yousafzai comes off as both a normal teenager in the documentary He Named Me Malala – teasing her brother, fawning over photos of male sports stars, worrying that her high school friends won’t accept her – and the bravest and wisest of heroines. “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced,” Malala ... Read More »

Big Changes Coming to Sleepy Hollow High School Athletics

by Kevin Brown After a comprehensive search, Jorge Veintimilla, defensive coordinator for the Sleepy Hollow Varsity football team, has been named the new head coach of the football program.  A committee of eight local residents screened candidates with the best of them forwarded to Superintendent Chris Borsari, who made the final decision. “We were lucky to have so many great ... Read More »

Sports – Local Basketball Squads Produce Mixed Results

by Tom Pedulla The Hudson Independent looks at how the local basketball teams fared during the regular season: Girls Hackley With the exception of senior captain Kristen Bringsjord, Hackley depended heavily on a young and inexperienced roster in struggling to a 4-14 record. A season sweep of Fieldston and Bringsjord’s scrappy play provided a couple of highlights. Second-year coach Margaret ... Read More »

Sports – Halpin Leads Irvington by Making Teammates Better

by Tom Pedulla In what is often viewed as a “me-me world,” All-State girls’ basketball star Lindsay Halpin of Irvington stands out as the total antithesis. Halpin, the Bulldogs’ senior point guard, played her position as a four-year starter in its purest form. She has the extraordinary ability to see everything happening on the court, to understand how defenses are ... Read More »

TaSH and Green Tree Textiles Give Back

TaSH Farmers Market and Partner Green Tree Textiles Give Back to Local Community: On January 25, the TaSH (Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow) Farmers Market donated 60 pairs of brand new children’s overalls to the Clothing Closet of Christ Church – San Marcos Episcopal Church in Tarrytown. The donation was made possible through TaSH nonprofit partner Green Tree Textiles, a Bronx-based ... Read More »

Bomb Threat Called into JCC on Hudson in Tarrytown

By Rick Pezzullo A bomb threat was called into the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on the Hudson facility in Tarrytown Monday morning, prompting the center to be evacuated for about two hours. Tarrytown Police and the Westchester County Police bomb squad responded shortly after the threat was received at approximately 9:10 a.m. The building was deemed safe at about 11 ... Read More »

The Complicated Business of College Applications

by Maria Ann Roglieri The process of applying to college has been getting more complicated as students are applying to more colleges, and colleges are doing more self-marketing. It has also become quite a business for the more than 4,000 colleges and universities nationwide, the college testing services, and a wide variety of college prep counselors and tutors. We think ... Read More »

Harvest on the Hudson – Be Mine

by Marcie Cuff February. Following an emotionally exhausting political season, the month of love has finally arrived. Let’s welcome, with open arms, the sweet exchange of chocolates and handwritten notes. But, amidst it all, let’s not forget to regroup and take care of our own selves too. We all have silent battles. Perhaps you, during these past few months, have ... Read More »

Ask the Doctor – Starve a Cold; Feed a Fever?

by Dr. Craig Zalvan, otolaryngologist Why isn’t there a vaccine to prevent the common cold? Colds are caused by hundreds of different viruses, so a single protective vaccine would be difficult to develop. Since most people recover from colds without lasting effects, there is a lack of interest and funds for long-term research to eliminate these viral infections, and the ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler


Proposed Paul Feiner, Greenburgh Town Supervisor, has proposed the creation of an ‘Almost Presidential Museum/Library’ to recognize contributions of Hillary Clinton and four other presidential candidates who won the popular vote but lost the electoral college. The new museum/library could be a boost to tourism in Westchester and help a Westchester County college that will host the library. The library ... Read More »

Inquiring Photographer “What Do You Think About the Indian Point Nuclear Plants Closing?”

by Alexa Brandenberg Aine Daly Irvington “I’m in favor of its closing because of the toxic dangers and the possible terrorist target.” Randell Dodge Irvington “Shut it down now. Don’t wait four years.” Gaylord Holmes Irvington “I think it’s great!” Teresa Schmittroth Tarrytown “I’ve noticed that there are no eagles around the plant which makes me even more in favor ... Read More »