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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 »

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

Watercooler

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 »