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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 »

W@tercooler

Watercooler

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 »

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 (https://visionsserviceadventures.com/teen-service-programs/) 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

Baseball

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 »