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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 »

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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 »

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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 https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/24323. ... 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 »