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A New Piano for the Music Hall

By Dean Gallea –  On Tuesday, February 13, the Tarrytown Music Hall unveiled its new Steinway Model D Concert Grand piano, at a “Piano-Warming” party for member-donors, Board members, staff and dignitaries. Music Hall Board Treasurer Kent Sheng purchased the piano from Steinway Hall in New York and donated it to the Music Hall. He had auditioned a number of ... Read More »

Experts Call Vaping by Children a Looming Health Crisis

by Elaine Marranzano –  “Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances of all time. If these kids start using it in the seventh or eighth grade – by the time they get to high school it’s all done.” — Dr. Richard Stumacher The skyrocketing popularity of vaping among young people is alarming experts who warn the popular fad is ... Read More »

Irvington Town Hall Theater To Present “Rock the Winter Blues” Film Series January 12 and February 2

The Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) Commission, which oversees the historic 115-year-old, 432-seat theater in Town Hall of Irvington, New York has announced the launch of a two-date winter film series — Rock the Winter Blues — at the theater, with screenings on Friday, January 12, 2018, and Friday, February 2, 2018, each starting at 7:30pm. Both screenings will be followed by live music ... Read More »

Tarrytown Schools Screen New Documentary on Teenage Anxiety

by Maria Ann Roglieri –  Anxiety in teenagers is increasing and is currently a hot topic among school psychologists and parents. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety afflicts nearly 1/3 of adolescents and adults. Fortunately, it is treatable. The New York Times Magazine recently featured an article about anxiety (“Why Are More American Teenagers than Ever Suffering ... Read More »

North Country Chairs Find a Home in the Rivertowns

by Dorothy Conigliaro Many hands make light — and artful — work when put to a good cause.  This was the case when a group of volunteers lent their time and talents towards the decoration of Adirondack chairs for our community. Christina Blatt, Art Director for the Neighborhood House in Tarrytown, first imagined the idea, and wondered how it might ... Read More »

Tarrytown Ranked as Foodie Fave

by Barrett Seaman Get ready for the stampede: Tarrytown has been named as one of the top five foodie destinations in the northeast—just behind tony Newport, Rhode Island. The rankings were done by RewardExpert, an online newsletter whose mission is to help those with credit card, airline and hotel rewards points make the best use of them. The site described ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Award-Winning Playwright Samuel Harps Presents Reading in Irvington on April 13

Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT)’s Stage Door series will present a reading of The Burning of New York by award-winning playwright Samuel Harps on Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. Now in its third season, the series produces staged readings of original works followed by a Q & A with the playwright and actors. Without the technical aspects of a fully-staged show, the ... 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 »

Harvest on Hudson – The Winter Warm-Up

Hot Cocao

by Marcie Cuff Well, the holidays have quickly passed us by. I only hope that wherever you spent them, you were with the people you love, eating the food you adore, and singing your favorite holiday songs. And I hope that, at some point, somebody handed you something sweet and warm to drink when you walked in the door. Every ... Read More »

Phelps Hospital Educators Provide Emergency Training Overseas

by Rick Pezzullo Since 2009, educators from the Hoch Center for Emergency Education at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow have formed a special bond with a little-known country in the southern slopes of the eastern Himalayas to provide medical training overseas. In early November, Anne Castioni and Emily Kaplan spent two weeks in the Kingdom of Bhutan, a ... Read More »

Ask the Doctor – Facts About Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, 29.1 million Americans were estimated to have either Type I or Type II diabetes in 2012, of which 21 million cases were diagnosed. About 86 million American adults had pre-diabetes. What is diabetes? Diabetes (also known as diabetes mellitus) is a progressive medical condition in which the pancreas, a large gland behind the stomach, ... Read More »

Harvest on Hudson – The Zero Waste Thanksgiving

by Marcie Cuff It’s November, and if you’re anything like me, you’re already leafing through dog-eared pages of beloved holiday cookbooks. Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and I love everything about it—family gathered around the table, and turkey with all the fixings—gravy, cranberry sauce, potatoes, green beans, stuffing and pie. And more pie. In the end, we always ... Read More »

Q&A on Alzheimer’s Disease

Q. Are there any activities or lifestyle changes that are helpful for someone with Alzheimer’s disease? A. Patients with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia should be encouraged to increase their mental, physical and social activities. Lifestyle modification, following a healthy diet (e.g., Mediterranean diet), and regular physician care to lower cardiovascular risk may be beneficial. Safety issues, such as ... Read More »

All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF): Screening and Q & A with Filmmakers and Actors – Followed by “Short Shots” After-Party

Irvington Town Hall Theater Presents International Film Festival and “Short Shots” After-Party on November 12 The second season of the All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF) will be presented at the Irvington Town Hall Theater (85 Main Street) in two parts: Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. The fall program, at 7:30 pm on Saturday, November 12th, will feature 10 ... Read More »

Happy Fall Harvesting with Apples and Pumpkins

by Marcie Cuff October in the Hudson Valley is just magnificent with its crisp days, fiery foliage and cornflower blue sky. If you’re anything like me, you spend the majority of the month bundled up leaf peeping and craving anything apple-y or pumpkin-y. My all-time fall favorites are acorn, buttercup, kabocha, macoun, jonagold, and crispin, and I’ll do just about ... Read More »

ASK THE DOCTOR – What is 3D Mammography?

This month’s “Ask The Doctor” is the first in a continuing series planned to keep our readers up-to-date on health issues. Since October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve selected a timely first topic. Q. What is mammography? A. Mammography is an X-ray of the breast used to detect breast cancer at an early stage, when it is easier ... Read More »

Ongoing Events – Fall, 2016

Ongoing Events – Fall, 2016 Literacy Volunteers Tutor Training Workshop: Six Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 12 noon, Sept. 17 & 24, Oct. 1, 8, 22 & 29 at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Sign up by calling 488-4250 or visit Retro Revival: “Howards End” will be shown Sept. 9 – 15 at Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. ... Read More »

Harvest on Hudson – Teatown Lake Reservation and Wildflower Island

by Marcie Cuff What began as a gift of 190 acres of pristine wilderness in 1963 has quadrupled in size over the past half-century—Teatown Lake Reservation now spans 1,000 acres in Yorktown, Cortlandt and New Castle. More than 25,000 hikers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and environmental educators use its 15 miles of marked and well-maintained trails annually. The trails seamlessly traverse ... Read More »

Caramoor Presents Expansive Summer Season of Music

Where else does Beethoven rub shoulders with bluegrass and Broadway, or Chick Corea with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s? From world premieres to classical masterworks, from Tahitian dance to Independence Day fireworks, Caramoor Center for the Performing Arts is an idyllic home for musical and artistic diversity. With eight weeks of orchestral, chamber, jazz, American roots, opera, multi-ethnic dance, and ... Read More »

Ongoing “What’s Happening” Calendar Events for May

Lightscapes: Evening display of sculpture, light, sound and special effects at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson. May 1, 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-30. Call 366-6900 or visit The Meditative Life: May 6 – 25 at Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. Call 747-5555 or visit Jazz Sessions: The greats on camera May 12 –June 9 at Jacob Burns Film ... Read More »

Birding in the Hudson Valley

by Marcie Cuff Can you hear it? Spring has finally sprung! It’s time to dust off your field guides, head outside and get a good look and listen at who is calling. There are over 10,000 species of birds in the world, and about 925 have been sighted in North America. Here in the Hudson Valley, there are just over ... Read More »

Safety Measures Stressed in Hudson as Boating Season Begins

by Thomas Staudter It was the lull before the unofficial boating season begins on the Hudson River and Tarrytown. Harbormaster Kevin Lustyik, as usual, had safety on his mind—and for good reason. In March, a tugboat crashed into a barge parked near the Tappan Zee Bridge where a new span is under construction, and three crewmembers lost their lives. From ... Read More »

Program on the Effects of Alcohol and Drugs Provokes New Thinking Amongst Irvington High’s Athletes—and their Parents

by Barrett Seaman Michael Nerney is a bearded bantam, full of energy and jovial in nature, but his message delivered on March 14 to Irvington High School athletes—and later to some parents—was deadly serious in its content. A former teacher and coach, and a father of three himself, Nerney now gives presentations not only on the effects of alcohol and ... Read More »

Schools Increase Focus On Concussion Awareness

by Robert Kimmel In contact sports just a generation ago, a hard jolt to the head and its harmful consequences were mostly regarded as a temporary “time-out” to be followed by a quick return to the playing field. No longer is that the case. “The world has finally caught up with what we’ve known for decades, that head injuries are ... Read More »

Harvest on the Hudson – Random Acts of Love and Kindness

by Marcie Cuff February has long been celebrated as a month of romance and giving. Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written valentines didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he ... Read More »

Is a Gluten-Free Diet for You?

by Maria Ann Roglieri Gluten is a mixture of proteins found in wheat, durum, emmer, spelt, farina, farro, kamut, einkorn, rye, barley, and triticale. It is used in breads and many unexpected products such as soy sauce, malt vinegar, couscous, beer, broths, etc. Even foods that don’t naturally contain gluten, such as oats, can be contaminated with gluten in the ... Read More »

Harvest on Hudson – Indoor Places to Explore

by Marcie Cuff Winter is a curious thing. All year long we brainstorm snowman and paper snowflake designs, then we stack the wood, clean the gutters, sharpen the skates, knit a collection of sparkly wool infinity scarves, and await the slightest sign of it. The past few years it arrived prematurely with a powerful punch. This season, it’s been more ... Read More »

Wild Wintery Walks

By Marcie Cuff Wasn’t it just a minute ago that you had your hand on a frosty glass of cucumber-infused mint water? Well, now it’s cold outside. And already you’ve put the kettle on and have liberated last year’s winter cocoon—your colossal wool infinity scarf. There is just no way around winter’s merciless brutality. Time slows to a crawl and ... Read More »

100-year-old Sleepy Hollow Woman Still Has Sense of Humor

|by Stefanie Sears| Miriam Frandsen, who turned 100 years old last month, hasn’t let the years dim a noteworthy part of her personality. Frandsen has a very rich, happy life, and if there is anything about her that impacts the life of her daughter, Carole St. Mark, it is her “wry sense of humor,” St. Mark said. And Frandsen’s full-time, ... Read More »

Examining a Disease Found More Frequently in Women

|by Robert Kimmel| Quick Quiz: What health problem is four times more prevalent in women than in men? Osteoporosis is the answer; a common ailment, but many people with the disease don’t realize they are suffering from it until they fracture a bone. Millions of Americans suffer from the condition, defined by loss of bone density and bone mass. Older ... Read More »

Food for Thought: Turkey Tips for Thanksgiving

|by Linda Viertel| Benjamin Franklin may have contended that the turkey was a more appropriate symbol of the new United States of America than the bald eagle, but luckily he lost that argument. As a result, we have enjoyed roast turkey ever since the first Pilgrim fall feast celebration, given in thanks for a good harvest. In 1941, President Franklin ... Read More »

World’s Best Pumpkin Pie

| by Marcie Cuff | Ahh! The air has a sudden new crispness. As the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, we find ourselves straddling the line between fall and winter. That tiny respite between hot-tempered seasons. An ending, a new beginning. An energizing breath of fresh air. October. If you are like me, you spend the majority ... Read More »

Halloween Happenings 2015

October 1-31 Sleepy Hollow Cemetery:  Free maps for a self-guided tour to 8 major gravesites, including Washington Irving’s, are available at the cemetery office or at the south gate, adjacent to the Old Dutch Church.  The cemetery gates are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Stone rubbing ... 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 »

Local Restaurant News

| by Linda Viertel | The Taco Project has recently obtained its liquor license and will now be serving Mexican beers, predominantly Spanish red, white and rose wines, plus Argentinian chardonnays and red and white sangrias. Owner Nick Mesce is excited about this next phase of the restaurant’s development, noting that eventually brunch specialty drinks such as mimosas and micheladas ... Read More »

The Toolbox of Summer Fun

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

Riverstone Yoga in Tarrytown

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

County Health Department Urges Precautions to Avoid West Nile Virus

|  by Bob Kimmel  | While no mosquitoes found so far this year in Westchester County have tested positive for West Nile Virus, the County Health Department is recommending some precautions regarding the disease. Primarily, it is urging residents to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes collected in Rockland County, in Queens and Staten Island have tested positive for the ... 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 »

Tarrytown Director Films Documentary on Investing in Humanity

Sherry Saturno

  |  by Stefanie Sears  |   Inspirational. That is one way to describe social worker Sherry Saturno’s new documentary Human Investment. Educational is another. The 20-minute film consists of individual interviews with a group of social workers in the healthcare field that were all participants and speakers at the Care Management Summit at Binghamton University last year. They each ... Read More »

Blue Hill at Stone Barns Adds Another Feather to Cap

Chef Dan Barber;

|  by Linda Viertel  |   It should come as no surprise to food-lovers in our region that Blue Hill at Stone Barns, in Pocantico Hills, won the Best Restaurant Award at the annual James Beard Foundation Awards dinner in early May. Blue Hill’s famed chef, Dan Barber has received multiple James Beard awards including Best Chef: New York City ... Read More »

Proper Weight Vital for Staying Healthy

|  by Robert Kimmel   |   Shedding those extra pounds is a key to a healthy lifestyle, but apparently many Americans have not mastered the necessary strategies to lose weight — or just don’t make the effort. Recent national studies show that about two-thirds of adults over the age of 20 are overweight, and nearly a third of all ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow’s Red-Hatted Women Defy and Celebrate Aging

The Red Hatters at Sleepy Hollow’s River Grill. Back row (L to R): Mafalda Tornello, Josephine Galgano, Eleanor Hunt, Elaine Byrnes. Seated (L to R): Molly Helwig, Emma Serena, Irene Amato — Photo by: Krista Madsen

|  by Krista Madsen  | Sleepy Hollow’s Mafalda Tornello, in her late 80s, fondly recalls the sweet, very walkable village she grew up in, when you could get everything you needed here and near – thread at Woolworth’s, three shoe shops, dress stores, and Beekman Avenue was loaded with mom-and-pops that “suited the times.” She remembers when the embankment down ... Read More »

The Upcycled Terrarium

|  by Marcie Cuff  |   No matter what color your thumb is, you are certain to have success with an indoor terrarium. A terrarium takes just minutes to assemble—it’s like making a layered taco dip. But you can’t eat it. Terrariums are generally filled with undemanding plants and are less susceptible to pests and disease. If you are plant-challenged, ... Read More »

Oh Where, Oh Where Should The Dog Park Be? Irvington Struggles to Find Common Ground for a Location that Offends the Least Number of People

| by Barrett Seaman  | They met in a secluded field that, for obvious reasons, cannot be named. It was just past dawn, and after some preliminary roughhousing, some stick and squirrel chasing and…well, tending to personal matters, they left their minders shivering in the morning chill while they, the dogs of Irvington, got down to business. “When are we ... Read More »

Castle Hotel & Spa: A Place of Peace and Tranquility

|  by Fabienne Schneuwly  | On a Tarrytown hilltop, with a breath-taking view of the Hudson River and surrounded by acres of manicured gardens, sits a picturesque castle built in the 19th century. The majestic building, formerly belonging to General Howard Carroll, a respected playwright and businessman, known as “The Castle,” has been newly renovated and refurbished. Continuing its tradition ... Read More »

Spring Into NaturalFit Pharmacy in Irvington

|  by Dylan Etzel  | It’s been almost eight months since NaturalFit Pharmacy opened at 104 Main Street in Irvington. Spacious shelves now brim with new products, ranging from cold remedies to locally crafted candles. Customers fill and refill prescriptions, as NaturalFit serves the health requirements of not only Irvington but also patrons of surrounding towns seeking a local solution ... Read More »

Like Second-Hand Smoke, Idling Engines Harm Our Children

| by Greg Galloway|   Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Council When it comes to idling in your car or truck, what you don’t know can definitely hurt you, your car, and your pocket book. Not to mention potentially get you in trouble with the law. There was a time when engines worked more efficiently after warming up for a few minutes, ... Read More »

Befriending Solitary Bees — A Hotel for Bees!

| by Marcie Cuff |   Bees have long been known as the angels of agriculture. They provide honey and beeswax, and pollinate wildflowers and crops, including the really great stuff like blueberries and apricots and almonds and melons. Bees are small creatures that carry a heavy load. Their cross-pollination is essential to at least 30% of the world’s crops and ... Read More »

The Art of Doing Nothing at Buddhist Center in Irvington

| by Krista Madsen | Dharma teacher Robert Chender was talking about the neuroscience behind meditation, among other heady topics, at a recent Sunday morning gathering at Irvington’s Westchester Buddhist Center (WBC), when a flock of geese outside the grand riverfront windows momentarily stole the show. Chender paused and smiled as the rows of attendees turned their heads to admire ... Read More »

Fifth Annual Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon on Tap

Looking for a change of pace? The 5th Annual Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon, scheduled for Saturday, March 21, has the best of fun and scenery. It is the perfect event if you enjoy running for fun or are gearing up for a spring marathon! If you are Boston Bound – Better run here first! The Sleepy Hollow Half-Marathon, presented by ... Read More »

Tarrytown Yoga Studio to Offer Innovative Course

| by Fabienne Schneuwly |   Starting on March 14, Riverstone Yoga, a popular studio in Tarrytown known for its wide array of classes, will be offering a new and special course: The MELT Method. This groundbreaking self-treatment system, whose letters stand for Myofascial Energetic Length Technique, was created by manual therapist Sue Hitzmann. As described in her best-selling book named ... Read More »

An Ounce of Prevention . . . Is Worth a Vaccine!

| by Dr. Brian J. Green, DVM — Sleepy Hollow Animal Hospital | In this age of vaccine hysteria brought about by the recent measles outbreak, a review of what is known, what is fact, what is feeling, what is faith, and what is incontrovertible is important. As it relates to our pets, however, dogs and cats do not claim religious ... Read More »

Food Allergy: The Challenge Facing the Patients

| by Dr. Joon H. Park |   In recent years, we have observed an increased prevalence of food allergy. Based on recent reviews obtained from various published studies, food allergy is estimated to affect more than 1% to 2% and less than 10% of the population, and this reflects a growing public awareness and concern for food allergy. Some ... Read More »

Irvington Author Offers Guidance in The New Health Rules

| by Linda Viertel |   Adopting a healthy lifestyle can be daunting, as anyone knows who has tried. Eating well, exercising, and reducing stress are all invaluable, but changing one’s habits can become overwhelming. Many of those New Year’s resolutions may have gone by the wayside already– and it’s only March! But, help is on the way in The ... Read More »

Camp Directory 2015

| by Janie Rosman |   If the winter blues have you down, then now’s the time to plan for summer. AYSO Soccer Camp Kingsland Point Park, 299 Palmer Ave., Sleepy Hollow Phone: 914-560-6067 or email: Dates: August 10 to 14, and August 17 to 21 (two sessions) Now in its 16th season, AYSO and Sleepy Hollow Football ... Read More »