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Tarrytown Comprehensive Plan: 3rd Workshop Held

by Robert Kimmel More than 120 residents attended the third and final Tarrytown Comprehensive Plan workshop late last month at Warner Library as the Plan’s team gathered more public input. The presentation for the plan can be found online at The Comprehensive Plan team is also continuing to seek the public’s  ideas through an online survey, as it related, ... Read More »

Irvington and Tarrytown Schools Reviewing Security Measures

By Robert Kimmel In the wake of the Florida school shooting, and recent similar tragedies, school district leaders in Irvington and Tarrytown are reviewing existing security measures within their schools. “Over the last five-and-a-half years, we’ve instituted a number of new security enhancements that include revised emergency plans and practicing drills on a regular basis,” Irvington Superintendent Dr. Kristopher Harrison ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler


by Maria Ann Roglieri – Pippin Coming to Irvington The Clocktower Players will be presenting Pippin from March 9 to March 18 in the Irvington theater. For more information, visit Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon The Rivertown Runners will be sponsoring the Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon on March 24 at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit Irvington High School ... Read More »

Grappler Andrade Prevails in Section 1 Tourney

by Tom Pedulla –  When was a freshman at Irvington and assistant coach Ben Karol approached him about joining the wrestling team, he was intrigued enough to give it a try. When he reported for his first practice, doubt replaced curiosity. He was barely five feet tall and weighed little more than 100 pounds. And he knew nothing of a ... Read More »

Former Police Officer Releases First Solo Album

By Anna Young –  With the release of his debut album, Tarrytown musician Greg Jacquin proved that it’s never too late to chase your dreams. The 48-year-old singer/songwriter and rhythm guitarist said his first solo album, “Hudson River,” featuring six-tracks showcasing his raw, powerful and emotionally driven lyrics along with heavy string arrangements, exceeded his expectations. “Why did I wait ... Read More »

Washington Irving Fifth Graders Learn Scholarly Ways —With the Help of the Rockefeller Archives

by Barrett Seaman  – The long corridor of the Washington Irving School’s main floor was lined end to end with poster displays—each attended by a neatly-dressed fifth grade student, ready to explain to visitors (most of them parents and other relatives) what his or her project was all about. Each display followed the same format: the center panel was labeled ... Read More »

Irvington Attorney Appointed Greenburgh Judge

Irvington Attorney Appointed Greenburgh Judge: Irvington attorney Christie D’Alessio, a Mercy College and Pace Law School grad, was appointed Greenburgh Town Judge by the Town Board. Supervisor Paul Feiner called her “a highly qualified candidate who has dedicated her legal career as a public servant.” She previously spent 13 years with the Westchester County Attorney’s office as a litigator handling ... Read More »

SH Resident on U.S. Women’s World Cup Qualifying U-20 National Soccer Team

Samantha Coffey, a resident of Sleepy Hollow and 2017 Master’s School graduate, is a member of the United States’ 20-player team for the 2018 Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Women’s Under-20 Championship which took place in Trinidad and Tobago. Coffey, 19, a midfielder, who is a freshman at Boston College, is one of 16 collegiate ... Read More »

From El Salvador to Westchester: An Immigrant’s Journey

by Charlene Weigel –  Camila and her son Paul crouched silently behind the door. Camila’s husband pounded and kicked. “Open the door. You’re going to pay for this.” The attack followed a domestic violence report that Camila filed with the San Salvador police. Their response was to tell her to change the locks on her door. Camila had nowhere to ... Read More »

EF Campus Plays Host to a Training Camp for Au Pairs

by Barrett Seaman –   Maria and Sophia need help. They are due at a lecture on personal safety, but they don’t know how to get to the lecture hall in one of the many buildings that make up the sprawling EF campus perched on the hilltop overlooking Tarrytown and the Hudson. Their English is not perfect, but they manage to ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Cantonese Cooking Comes to Irvington

Mr. Koo’s Kitchen, chef/owner Ben Pope’s exceptional creation, features an homage to his family’s Cantonese roots; his menu is neither traditional nor modern, but a delicate blending of Chinese and Western elements. Born in Hong Kong, Pope moved to New Caledonia, a French colony, where he experienced a remarkable fusion cuisine: a complex mélange of Asian, French and native dishes. ... Read More »

Irvington’s Female Core Four Motivated by Unfinished Business

by Tom Pedulla –  Seniors Mary Brereton, Kelly Degnan, Heather Hall and Olivia Valdes have won so many girls basketball games for Irvington High School that there is only one thing left to accomplish – win it all. Their remarkable on- and off-court chemistry, developed since they started competing together in the third grade, has helped the Bulldogs earn six ... Read More »


by Maria Ann Roglieri –  Irvington Spelling Bee Champions Main Street School hosted its 11th annual Spelling Bee championship for fourth- and fifth-graders on Jan. 10. A total of 83 fourth-graders and 93 fifth-graders participated in the pre-bee qualifying round, which took place on Dec. 19. The students were provided with an overview of the competition and a list of ... Read More »

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Donald H. Whitely –  Dr. King was honored with the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1964. He was the youngest man to ever receive the award at the age of 35. On April 4, 1968, my sister Tina and I had just started doing our homework in our family’s second floor, five-room apartment. My sister was in her room, ... Read More »

Sleepy High School Freshman Makes History in Music

by Tom Pedulla –  When Ben Poret was an infant, his parents, Amy and Hal, would stand at the foot of the crib, singing anything but lullabies. “He was getting Pink Floyd and Cat Stevens and Yes and Paul Simon,” Hal said. “Whatever I could get on guitar and sing.” Perhaps that helps to explain the source of Ben’s extraordinary ... Read More »

Tarrytown Resident Releases Debut Album After 20-Year Hiatus

by Rick Pezzullo –  It is said good things come to those who wait, and patience is a virtue –  two proverbial phrases that Tarrytown resident and musician Brad King can certainly attest to. In the mid-1990s, King, who is also a freelance writer for The Hudson Independent, formed a group called Lotus Revival with Noelle Doughty in New Paltz. ... Read More »

Creative Hearts: A Unique Art and Enrichment Program for Children

by Morey Storck –  Director and lead teacher Emily Gosweiler is the founder of Creative Hearts and the creator of its unique, uplifting approach to educating the whole child. As their mission statement emphasizes: “We use every moment of the day as a teaching tool to focus on empathy, compassion, kindness, self-confidence, and love. We accept and respect them, just ... Read More »

Irvington Junior Point Guard Inspired by Sister’s Past Success

by Tom Pedulla –  Colby Martins never needed to look beyond his sister, Lexi, for a basketball role model. She was that good. Lexi closed her Irvington career as the school’s all-time leading scorer (1,879) and rebounder (1,485) in powering her team to four state championships. She was a three-time Class B Player of the Year. She went on to ... Read More »

Matt Arone Named Recreation Superintendent in Sleepy Hollow

by Kevin Brown –  Matt Arone has been hired as the new Recreation Superintendent in Sleepy Hollow. Arone comes to the village from his position as Deputy Superintendent in the Village of Scarsdale and brings a wealth of credentials preparing him for the job. Arone has been a full-time municipal recreation professional for 22 years. He started it all with ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler

by Maria Ann Roglieri –  Tarrytown Artist Exhibits at Irvington Library In January 2018, Doris Mady will be showing her latest oil paintings at the Martucci Gallery, housed in the Irvington Library, 12 S. Astor Street. A Tarrytown resident, the award-winning painter focuses mainly on plein air locations in our locale, and seascapes on the East Coast. For more information, ... Read More »

Local Firefighter Battling Brain Cancer Gifted Super Bowl Tickets

by W.B. King – Humble, selfless, giving and positive are among words often associated with Bill Duggan. After 41 years as a celebrated Tarrytown volunteer firefighter, he is known to go the extra mile to help people—be it a stranger, family member or friend. Even a recent stage four brain cancer diagnosis hasn’t changed his upbeat, can-do attitude. “I’m just ... Read More »

Latimer Ready to Tackle Challenges Ahead as Westchester County Executive

by Rick Pezzullo Westchester County Executive George Latimer will celebrate his election victory on Sunday, January 7 at Westchester Community College during an inauguration ceremony, and the Rye Democrat is ready to tackle the many challenges that lie ahead. “Westchester is not owned by the county executive of the moment,” Latimer said last month at a Business Council of Westchester ... Read More »

Novemeber 2017 Viewfinder

833 participants crossed the finish line in the 8th annual Sleepy Hollow Rivertown Runners Halloween 10K on October 28.   The TaSH Farmers Market closed for the 2017 season in November.   The Haunted Hayride in Sleepy Hollow was a scary experience for many. The front lawn of Sleepy Hollow High School was covered with American fl ags in honor ... Read More »

Brown, Klatzky Earn “Women in Business Awards”

by Robert Kimmel  –  Two Tarrytown residents, Karen Brown and Antoinette Klatzky, were among those selected by 914INC Magazine to receive its annual Women in Business Awards Brown and Klatzky were included among the 17 described by the magazine as, “an elite group of Westchester County women who have demonstrated a consistent level of success in their respective fields and ... Read More »

Tarrytown Student Touring Country in School of Rock

by Morey Storck – Alex Louis is a 12-year-old seventh grader in the Tarrytown Union Free School District. Among the extracurricular activities he enjoys are acting and drumming, a skill he has been studying for four years. Toward the end of third grade, he appeared as Charlie in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory as his initiation into theater. The Tarrytown ... Read More »

Thrift Shop in Tarrytown Run by People with Disabilities

by Rick Pezzullo –  A new thrift shop in the Community Opportunity Center in Tarrytown has the distinction of being the first enterprise in Westchester County run almost entirely by people with intellectual and learning disabilities. Thrifty Finds, located at 105 Wildey Street, was the brainchild of YAI (Young Adult Institute) Westchester Direct Support Provider Dyna Denis, who felt such ... Read More »

New (And Different) Self-Storage Spaces Coming to Tarrytown

by Barrett Seaman –   It’s an unusual look for a storage facility: a pair of Big Ben-like clocks that chime at noon and a series of framed Norman Rockwell painting replicas that light up at night adorning the three-story exterior wall. But then again Tarrytown Self-Storage, which opens for business in early December, is an unusual exemplar of a growing ... Read More »

HVWC Annual Benefit

The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center annual benefit gala this year named Sr. Susan Gardella, Executive Director of the RSHM LIFE Center in Sleepy Hollow, as one of the honorees for her decades of service to the families and youth of the community. The benefit also paid tribute to HVWC board treasurer and author Jim Tilley for his dedication to the ... Read More »



by Maria Ann Roglieri –  Students Collect Items for Hurricane Victims Main Street School students did their part in making a difference in the world by collecting items for the victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria, which devastated communities in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean islands. 36 fourth-graders and 15 fifth-graders collected items, such as diapers, baby food, soap, toothpaste ... Read More »

Senator Latimer Seeks to Oust Astorino as County Executive

by Rick Pezzullo –  The two candidates running for Westchester County Executive on November 7 have a combined 52 years of experience as elected public servants. Incumbent Republican Rob Astorino, 50, who resides in Mount Pleasant, is vying for a third four-year term in the county’s top post, which carries an annual salary of $160,760. “I still have the fire ... Read More »

Real Estate Investor Looks to Tame Cortlandt Street

by Elaine Marranzano –  The tornado-force winds of change are blowing down Cortlandt Street in Sleepy Hollow in the form of Billy Procida, a high-profile, feisty, real estate lender who is the new owner of eight mixed-use buildings on the beleaguered inner-village street. Procida acquired the properties when previous owner Cirilo Rodriquez defaulted on a $9.5 million loan from Procida’s ... Read More »

Help for Needy in Puerto Rico Pursued in Local Communities

by Robert Kimmel – Residents of hurricane battered Puerto Rico are benefitting from a large amount of aid provided by our rivertowns. Contributions of needed goods and cash have been facilitated by organizations, institutions, businesses, houses of worship, committed individuals, and the county and villages. “There has been an overwhelmingly supportive response,” said Natalie Coriano of Westchester’s Department of Social ... Read More »

Unsung Heroes Behind the Scenes of Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

by Rick Pezzullo –  It’s become the must-see Halloween event in the Hudson Valley for the last 13 years, with the star attractions being more than 8,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns. Each pumpkin and “funkin” are individually hand-carved by a dedicated group of talented individuals. Between 20 and 25 artists, sculptors and tattoo professionals handle the 1,000 fresh pumpkins each week ... Read More »

Magical, Unique Glass Portraits on Display at Canfin Gallery

by Morey Storck –  Isabelle Scheltjens, a Belgian artist, studied at SISA, the Antwerp City Institute for Decorative Arts and Crafts, where she concentrated on all aspects of decorative glass. The outstanding, world-acclaimed glass designs of her husband, Dirk Neefs, inspired her to proceed in that creative direction. After years of intense study and experimentation, she developed her extraordinary glass-fusing ... Read More »

Reaching a Milestone

Zoe Maxwell, an Irvington High School senior, scored her 100th career soccer goal during a game against Dobbs Ferry High School on Oct. 11. She reached the milestone when she scored the first goal of the game, which was followed by four additional goals in a 6-1 victory. Read More »

McCarthy Becomes All Time Passing Leader at SH High

by Kevin Brown –  Sean McCarthy, quarterback for the Sleepy Hollow Headless Horsemen, became the all-time leading passer for total yards passing in a single season and for total yards passing in a career at the school. Due to playing from behind often in the current 1-8 campaign, McCarthy has been airing it out all season to Daniel Willams, Jared ... Read More »

Hackley Standout Running Back Satisfied with Success on Gridiron

by Tom Pedulla –  Top running back William Waterhouse could not have embraced the student-athlete role more seriously than he did during his time at Hackley. He is so earnest about his studies that he likely has taken his last handoff. When Simon Berk, Hackley’s second-year coach, was asked about the senior’s college football prospects, he replied, “He certainly has ... Read More »

Luxury Tile Showroom Opens in Dobbs Ferry

Before September 6, rivertowns architects, interior designers and their clients looking for a broad selection of high-end tiling had to go either to a large and intimidating showroom on Central Avenue or into New York City. No longer. Since then, Sideli Tile & Stone has been offering a full array of tiles as well as installation services out of a ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler

by Maria Ann Roglieri –  Sleepy Hollow Artist Creates The Stopping Stones Project Paul Growald created an art installment to remember the contributions that slaves made to Philipsburg Manor and to the North. He sculpted a series of 24 stones and engraved each one with the name of a slave who worked on the Manor in 1775. He arranged the ... Read More »

Rev. Gilmore to Celebrate 25th Anniversary at New Hope Church

Reverend Dr. John H. Gilmore

The Reverend Dr. John H. Gilmore was called in 1992 to serve as the fourth Pastor for the congregation at the New Hope Institutional Baptist Church, located at 80-82 Central Avenue in Tarrytown. Pastor Gilmore came to New Hope with the theme: “Where There Is No Vision, The People Perish.”  Through his vision they have grown.  They have seen the ... Read More »



by Maria Ann Roglieri THANKS TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS Tarrytown’s Kimberly Marcus has been a busy bee. She and Melissa Baer co-organized TEDxTarrytown, an independently run event under a license from TED in order to connect different ideas and people in the community. The event will be held on 10/22 at the Irvington Town Hall Theater; for more information see ... Read More »

Irvington’s Brian Smith Looks Beyond His Tenure as Mayor

by Barrett Seaman “We are seeing people leave who would otherwise have stayed because their property taxes have gone up so dramatically.” —Brian Smith There will be no surprises in this November’s Irvington village races, as incumbent Trustees Connie Kehoe and Janice Silverberg, along with Mayor Brian Smith, are running unopposed. They will rejoin Trustees Mark Gilliland and Larry Lonky ... Read More »

Tarrytown Mayor Fixell Eager to Tackle Challenges in Next Term

by Rick Pezzullo “We’re always looking to maintain services and make improvements and at the same time keep taxes as low as possible.” —Drew Fixell Since 2000, as a village trustee for five years, and the last 12 years as mayor, Drew Fixell has been a mainstay in helping shape the Village of Tarrytown, but he’s not looking to rest ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Singer/Songwriter Uses Cancer Diagnosis as Inspiration

by W.B. King From an early age, Bianca Muniz was enveloped by an eclectic range of rhythms and melodies. So, it’s not surprising that this talented 22-year old singer, songwriter and pianist will follow up her 2016 EP release, “Scary Dreams,” with an anticipated full-length album, “For You,” next summer. What’s surprising is that she is battling cancer for the ... Read More »

Tall Cop Talks About Drug and Alcohol Abuse

By Robert Kimmel At six feet, nine inches tall, Jermaine Galloway stands out,  but his height is not what has made him a  nationally known, and respected figure; it’s his understanding of the prevailing drug culture and the means to curtail it. Known as the “Tall Cop,” Galloway lectures across the country about the drug and alcohol addiction problems, particularly ... Read More »

Notes from the HVWC: Bringing Writing to LIFE

by Joan Potter It was the first day of my fourth-grade writing workshop at the RSHM Life Center in Sleepy Hollow. The mission of the Center, which is directed by Sister Susan Gardella, is to serve the needy. Among its many services is an after-school program, in which I participated. I was told that most of the 22 boys and ... Read More »

What I Did During My Summer Break

Oscar Dring (far right) and other teens on an indian reservation in Montana.

by Oscar Dring   This summer I participated in a service adventure program called Visions. I was stationed on the Blackfoot Native American reservation in Browning Montana. Visions ( has similar service programs in Alaska, The British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, and six other countries. For a month, I stayed in a small ranch on the reservation and, along with 18 other ... 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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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

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 pm. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »