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Q&A: Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray

by Rick Pezzullo Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray will be running uncontested for a fifth two-year term on March 21 on a slate with three incumbent trustees and an incumbent village justice, who also will face no opposition. Wray is at the head of the Unite Sleepy Hollow ticket that also includes trustees Glenn Rosenbloom, John Leavy and Denise Scaglione ... Read More »

Seaman to Replace Kimmel as Editorial Board

This month’s issue marks a milestone in the brief but vibrant history of The Hudson Independent: Bob Kimmel, chair of the paper’s editorial board and its most prolific reporter, is retiring. Bob helped shape the paper starting before its launch in February 2006. He was involved in every decision, from design to distribution to the annual Duck Derby, and there ... Read More »

Big Changes Coming to Sleepy Hollow High School Athletics

by Kevin Brown After a comprehensive search, Jorge Veintimilla, defensive coordinator for the Sleepy Hollow Varsity football team, has been named the new head coach of the football program.  A committee of eight local residents screened candidates with the best of them forwarded to Superintendent Chris Borsari, who made the final decision. “We were lucky to have so many great ... Read More »

Sports – Halpin Leads Irvington by Making Teammates Better

by Tom Pedulla In what is often viewed as a “me-me world,” All-State girls’ basketball star Lindsay Halpin of Irvington stands out as the total antithesis. Halpin, the Bulldogs’ senior point guard, played her position as a four-year starter in its purest form. She has the extraordinary ability to see everything happening on the court, to understand how defenses are ... Read More »

Unassuming Smile

by W.B. King   As a literary genre, horror fiction usually connotes blood, guts and fear. Authors who conjure dark tales of fright and flight with deliberate moxie, however, often present juxtaposed character traits than their ghoulish protagonists. “When people look at me they are surprised that I write horror,” said Irvington resident and author Lori M. Myers. “But I’m a ... Read More »

Celebrating a 107th birthday, Gunter Lorenz Stays Active

by Robert Kimmel Gunter Lorenz has the best attendance record at the weekly meetings of the Men’s Club at the Shames Jewish Community Center on the Hudson. At the age of 107, that is no small achievement. Adding to that accomplishment are the lectures he has given over the years to his fellow members at the JCC. During a lively ... Read More »

Black History Month Art Exhibit

A Black History Month Art Exhibit will be held during the month of February at Warner Library in Tarrytown. A Meet the Artists Reception, where visitors will have the opportunity to view the works of Ron Brown, Steven Ferri, Ella Hall and Don Whitely and chat with the artists, will take place on Sunday, February 12 from 2 to 4 ... Read More »

The Woman Who Inspired the Memorial at AME Zion Church

by Charlene Weigel Foster Memorial AME Zion Church is an airy space with a vaulted ceiling, polished wooden pews and arched stained-glass windows. A small, framed photograph of a woman sits in the vestibule. She meets the camera with a direct gaze. Light brightens one eye; shadows obscure the other. Her halo of curls is silvered by age. Her lips, ... Read More »

Wray to Seek Fifth Term Uncontested as SH Mayor

Ken Wray

by Rick Pezzullo Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray will be running for a fifth two-year term on a slate with three incumbent trustees and an incumbent village justice in what is shaping up to be an uncontested March 21 election. Wray, who lives in Webber Park and first joined the board as a trustee in 2007, is at the head ... Read More »

Religion of Sports Discussed by Rabbi in Tarrytown

Rabbi David Holtz

by Neal Rentz Millions of Americans gather every weekend nationwide to take part in community activities, whether in houses of worship or sports stadiums and arenas. Rabbi David Holtz of Temple Beth Abraham in Tarrytown said last month he sees many similarities between congregants and sports fans. Holtz discussed “The Religion of Sports” during a meeting of the Men’s Club ... Read More »

Tarrytown Resident Named Food Bank President and CEO

Food Bank for Westchester, the leading organization providing programs for the 200,000 county residents who are food insecure, announced the appointment of Tarrytown resident Leslie B. Gordon as its new President and CEO, effective January 17, 2017. Gordon, a fourth generation Tarrytown resident, has extensive experience at City Harvest developing initiatives to serve the hungry in New York City. She ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler


by Maria Ann Roglieri Teachers and Scholars Erika Swanson, Sleepy Hollow High School ‘13, participated in the Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars Program, which honors the University of Maryland’s most successful seniors, their designated Maryland mentors and the K-12 teachers who guided the students’ paths.  Scholarships are awarded in the K-12 teacher’s name to a new first-year student from that teacher’s ... 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 »

Local Group Calls for Dialogue on Trump Immigration Platform

By W.B. King   Days before Christmas, a group of local residents gathered at The Oath on Tarrytown’s Main Street. These virtual Facebook friends came together, in part, to combat President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed political agenda, including the possible deportation of undocumented immigrants. “The meeting was less anti-Trump and more pro-diversity and culture,” said Tarrytown resident Seth Dellon, 32, who started ... Read More »

Lifelong Tree Climber Plants ‘Great Spruce’

By Krista Madsen A grand Norway spruce stands, rootball and all, awaiting a plot somewhere in Irvington where it will rise up to 100 feet. The tree, now about 15 feet, all lit up in the courtyard adjacent to the Red Hat restaurant, comes as a generous gift to the village, to plant where it sees fit, from local tree ... Read More »

Sean Chillemi: Ren Shen Healing

by Linda Viertel Oriental medicine, oftentimes described as non-traditional or “alternative,” is becoming an increasingly sought after treatment modality for not only curing aches, cramps and pains, but also diagnosing and relieving the body’s ailments through a variety of therapeutic treatments. And, at Ren Shen Healing, owner and primary practitioner Sean E. Chillemi, MSTOM LA.c, LMT, HHC, brings his credentials ... Read More »

Warner Oral Histories: Small Businesses Make a Village

by Krista Madsen The eclectic group of small business owners circling the table at the latest Warner Library Oral History session reflected the richness of our mom-and-pop landscape – how essential these enterprises are to our local lifestyle, how much they’ve changed through the decades, or in some cases, how they’ve helped maintain the traditions residents cherish. Nancy Coffey, director ... Read More »

Q&A: TUFSD Superintendent of Schools Christopher Borsari

The Board of Education hired Christopher Borsari last summer to be the district’s superintendent of schools at an annual salary of $250,000. Borsari recently answered some questions posed by The Hudson Independent. by Rick Pezzullo What was it about TUFSD that sparked your interest to work there? I had previously served as the principal of Sleepy Hollow Middle School. During ... Read More »

Irvington Police Department Fills Two Vacancies, Promotes a Sergeant

by Barrett Seaman Under its budgeted headcount of 22 officers because of recent retirements, Irvington’s Police Department hired two new cops and promoted a third, veteran Edmund Vize, to sergeant. New to the force are Paul Robibero, 34, a six-year veteran of the Greenburgh Police Department, and Angelo Liberatore, 29, formerly with the NYPD. Robibero was with the Greenburgh Technical ... Read More »

Varsity Football Coach Retires at Sleepy Hollow High

by Kevin Brown Former players and their parents were stunned and saddened to hear that after 14 years, Sleepy Hollow Varsity Football Coach Steve Borys has resigned from the position. “When I interviewed for the job 14 years ago, the parents tasked me with reviving a dead program.  They had gone through four coaches in three years. They could not ... Read More »

Washington Irving High School’s Last Class Reunites

by Krista Madsen A half-hour before the official start time of 7 p.m., the party was well under way at Demeter’s Tavern in Tarrytown. Of the 39 attendees expected for the first event in the Washington Irving High School 60th reunion weekend, about 25 were already here. The crowd of folks in their late 70s made the journey to this ... Read More »

Janet Lippmann’s New Paintings in Oils and Pastels on Display in One-Person Irvington Exhibition

by Morey Storck It started with sea shells and her attraction to colors and shapes. But, as Janet Lippmann smiled and explained, “Collecting shells on a Rockaway Beach and painting them did not translate into art classes in those years. Particularly at age seven. My parents gave me piano lessons instead. That’s what families did then!” It wasn’t until college ... Read More »

Congressman Peter Peyser Memorial Award

“Congressman Peter Peyser Memorial Award” Presented to Bob and Daphne Philipson: Bob and Daphne Philipson, longtime Ardsley-on-Hudson residents, received the second annual ‘Congressman Peter Peyser Memorial Award’ at a ceremony on October 15 at Sambal Restaurant in Irvington. Irvington Democratic Committee (IDC) chair, Patricia Ryan, welcomed the standingroom- only audience and introduced State Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, ... Read More »

Service to Others Defines Monica Getz

by Robert Kimmel For more than three decades, Monica Getz has campaigned to end a disparity that women can face in divorce court and the related legal entanglements that may harm both parents and children alike. Central to that purpose, she founded the Coalition for Family Justice in 1988, and has served as its President ever since. Over those years, ... Read More »

Inquiring Photographer “What Do you Enjoy Most about Halloween Season Locally?”

by Alexa Brandenberg Tracy Brown Sleepy Hollow “I like that people from other states and other countries come to Sleepy Hollow to celebrate Halloween with us.”   Max Leary, 15 Sleepy Hollow “The mini-golf at Warner Library”   Luke Armogan, 8 (and Eva, Lily, Kyra, Ayra) Irvington “I like the different Halloween foods, like the pumpkin-shaped cookies.”   Vera Vyssotski, ... Read More »

An Inside Look at Workers Building the New Bridge

by Charlene Weigel The New NY Bridge is rising, but what do we know about the men and women building it? John McCullough and Alessandra Rosso, field engineers for Tappan Zee Constructors, talk about heights, wind and their work on the river. What’s a typical day? McCullough: We’re building Piers 31 and 32 – the tallest piers. You start between ... Read More »

Business News – Old Fashions Will Please You Best at Bohemian Royalty

by Linda Viertel “Helping people with their self-image is what I enjoy,” said Jessie Matrullo, personal styling consultant, vintage clothing purveyor and visionary portrait photographer. She created her company, Bohemian Royalty, as a self-described “full-on image-style salon and portrait studio.” Located in the YoHo Artists building in Yonkers (a former Alexander Smith Carpet Mills historic building), Matrullo’s salon is filled ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Seniors a Tight-Knit Group

by Krista Madsen On a stifling hot Friday in Sleepy Hollow, the adjacent playground is empty – even sprinklers aren’t motivating the kids to come out. But a handful of seniors are enjoying the air-conditioned Senior Center on Elm Street to knit and chat. “I just sit in on the knitting,” said Lucy Ackerly, treasurer for Sleepy Hollow Seniors. “I ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler

Sherry Saturno

PUBLISHED Irvington Town Hall Theater manager Gregory Allen’s third children’s book will be published on October 1st. The book, based on a real-life squirrel that Allen found inside the Irvington Theater one day, is called Irving The Theater Nut! A book launch at the Drama Book Shop in NYC (250 West 40th St.) will take place on October 10th followed ... Read More »

Tarrytown YMCA to Honor Christine and Ed Napoleon at Ball

by Kim Gaudin de Gonzalez It’s people like Christine and Ed Napoleon–who understand the importance of making exercise, daycare, theater and swimming accessible and inviting for a community that is diverse in its culture, socioeconomics, transportation availability and age—that have made the YMCA the thriving community resource it is today. The Napoleons will be honored with the Laurance Rockefeller award ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Westchester’s Only 21st Century Butchery + Charcuterie Opens in Dobbs Ferry

by Linda Viertel “Everything that happens here is an effort to utilize the whole animal,” said Matt Campbell, owner of Campbell Meats Butchery + Charcuterie in Dobbs Ferry, which opened on August 2. And, he means it. Campbell and his co-butcher, Darin Theuret, whom he met when both fabricated meats at the famed Harlem Shambles butcher shop, prepare cuts of ... Read More »

Abinanti to Seek Fourth State Assembly Term in November

by Rick Pezzullo State Assemblyman Tom Abinanti announced, in July, he will seek a fourth two-year term representing the 92nd District, which includes the towns of Greenburgh and Mount Pleasant.The Democrat filed petitions with more than 1,700 signatures, more than three times the amount required. He will also be running on the Working Families and Independence Party lines. “I am ... Read More »

“Slow Down Rivertowns” Grows — and Gets Teeth

by Barrett Seaman When it was launched last September, Irvington’s ambitious traffic-calming campaign was marked by a barrage of signs featuring the village’s bearded, somnolent mascot, Rip Van Winkle, urging drivers to Slow Down; police handed out pamphlets on Broadway, and squad cars began lurking in the shadows near popular speeding zones. The plan was to post more signage around ... Read More »

Sunnyside Art by Seniors Brightens Up Warner Library

by Krista Madsen Amidst the densely displayed art show on the gallery walls of Tarrytown’s Warner Library for the month of July was a summery rendition of Sunnyside, purple wisteria draping its façade. Over the main reception desk at the library entrance was an even grander, more colorful scene: a large canvas giddily depicted women with parasols on the lawn, ... Read More »

Socializing a Key Aspect of Tarrytown Senior Center

by Krista Madsen The following article on Tarrytown’s Senior Center is a first in a series, which will also include the senior centers in Sleepy Hollow and Irvington plus Neighborhood House in Tarrytown. It wouldn’t be a senior center without BINGO “God forbid you should not have BINGO,” said Tarrytown Senior Center President Janet Freund. But the building on West Main ... Read More »

Warner Oral Histories: Food Memories of 10591

From the Aroma of Alter’s Bread to that Squirmy Bucket of Greene County Snails by Krista Madsen Our memories related to food – the smells, tastes, the scene surrounding what we ate – are often our strongest. The most vivid recollection that came out of last month’s Warner Library Oral History food-focused session had to be those giant baskets of ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – Irvington Resident Robert Firpo-Cappiello Presents Highly Acclaimed Monologue in New York City on August 16

 A blind on the outskirts of Zero, and the ghosts are linin’ up to shake my hand. Last October, two-time Emmy Award nominee Robert Firpo-Cappiello performed his darkly comic monologue, Beggars Rain, at the Irvington Town Hall Theater’s Stage Door Reading Series, garnering outstanding reviews. The mission of the Stage Door Series is to premiere works in progress in a ... Read More »

Horsemen Football 2016: Q&A with Head Coach Steve Borys

by Kevin Brown The Sleepy Hollow Varsity Football Squad had a challenging year in 2015. Two of their expected star players were out for the season before it even started, then their promising QB was shelved with mono mid-season. After a long streak of competing for the Section 1A title and making it on several occasions to the semi-finals and finals, it was a ... Read More »

The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns’ Youth Members Visit Haiti

by Stefanie Sears Reverend Jeff Gargano and nine young members of The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns spent a week of their summer (July 20-July 27) participating in Helping Hands for Haiti. The teens, Katie Miles, Kevon Lewis, Matt Bischof, Jack Steurer, Juliette Phillips, Tesher Zafrin, Hunter Burnett, Owen Steele, and Nathan Gargano, volunteered while learning about Haiti’s culture and ... Read More »

Business News – Eye Doctor Brings Care, Expertise to the Last Frontier

by Thomas Staudter Prospective patients hoping to make an appointment with Nathan DeDeo, a doctor of optometry and co-owner of Hudson River Eye Care in Tarrytown, may speculate why he has been unavailable and “out of town” a number of times during the past year-and-a-half. Is the friendly 36-year old attending professional conferences, vacationing or golfing at some of the ... Read More »

Sports – Sleepy Hollow High Alum Named Lacrosse All-American

by Kevin Brown Local resident Ben Parens, a 2014 graduate of Sleepy Hollow High School and lacrosse player at Connecticut College, has been named to both New England Small Athletic Conference First-Team and U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American First Team. Parens posted a remarkable season playing for the Camels and was ranked 18th in the nation for Division III schools ... Read More »

Watercooler – Heard Around the Watercooler

AWARDED 13 Irvington High School students who took the National Greek Exam (the only standardized exam on ancient Greek in the country) received awards for their scores. The highly competitive exam was administered in two categories, Beginning Attic Greek and Intermediate Attic Greek; students answered a series of multiple-choice questions that tested their reading comprehension, analysis, and ability to understand ... Read More »

Longtime Hackley Headmaster Walter Johnson Dies at 64

by Rick Pezzullo Walter C. Johnson, the Headmaster at Hackley School in Tarrytown since 1995, died June 16 from cancer. He was 64. The 11th Headmaster in the history of Hackley, Johnson led the independent school through unprecedented growth and development. He was credited with strengthening and expanding the school’s academic program and faculty, attracting a talented and diverse student ... Read More »

Elizabeth Silver, Zoe Kaplan Head SH High Class of 2016

by Heather Colley Elizabeth Silver and Zoe Kaplan are this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian at Sleepy Hollow High School, respectively. The Hudson Independent profiled the top two academic students in the school’s graduating class of 2016 to learn more about their high school experience, and their extensive plans for the future. Q: Elizabeth, where will you be attending college next ... Read More »

Fraternal Twins Relish Earning Top Two Spots at Irvington High

by Elizabeth Nutig For one family in Irvington, the excitement at graduation was doubled, as fraternal twins Sweta and Swati Narayan were at the head of the Class of 2016 as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Sweta, who will be studying biology at the University of Chicago in the fall, said being valedictorian has always been a goal of hers, and ... Read More »

Painting by the Numbers on Behalf of At-Risk Teens

By Krista Madsen Before the June 4th Bridge of Hope mural unveiling celebration/fish fry at Christ Church in Tarrytown, there was a series of community painting days, which were just as much fun. “We didn’t want to stop,” two volunteers gushed, “it’s so relaxing.” “It’s mindful,” said mural mastermind Karen Viola, who designed the span of two different worlds of ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Westchester Magazines’ Wine & Food Festival Welcomes Tarrytown Chefs

By W.B. King Tarrytown’s Little B’s Burger Bar and Babalu’Q, an authentic Cuban catering company, are among 100 of the County’s top eateries presenting at the 2016 Wine & Food Festival. Billed as Westchester’s best block party, the sixth annual event is sponsored by Westchester Magazine and runs Wednesday, June 8 through Sunday, June 12 at various locations. “We expect that ... Read More »

Sports – SH Baseball, Irvington Lacrosse Finish Off Successful Seasons

by Henry Hargitai For Irvington’s varsity lacrosse team and Sleepy Hollow’s junior varsity baseball team, the school year’s close is bittersweet, as it marks the end of two unprecedentedly successful spring sports seasons. Though the Bulldogs (Irvington) and the Horsemen (Sleepy Hollow) play completely different sports on different levels of competition, both teams attribute their successes to the same cause: ... Read More »

New Virtual Tiffany Trail Guides Visitors to Hudson Valley Artistic Gems

The Village of Irvington has launched the web-based “Irvington – Hudson River Tiffany Trail” ( This electronic guide leads visitors to sites open to the public, from the Bronx to Briarcliff Manor, displaying works of Louis Comfort Tiffany, celebrated artist and designer who flourished between 1880 and 1930. The new Tiffany Trail is funded by a grant from the Hudson ... Read More »

New SH Police Chief Aims to Do More Community Policing

by Rick Pezzullo New Sleepy Hollow Police Chief Anthony Bueti has come full circle. Bueti, 40, who was promoted to lead the 34-member village force on May 3, suc- ceeding 32-year veteran Gregory Camp, grew up in the village and his father worked at the former General Motors site. His father was also an auxiliary police officer. The married father of ... Read More »

Tarrytown’s Third Friday Revitalized with Return of Tenured Organizers

by W.B. King A tradition for 13 years, Tarrytown’s Third Friday may have experienced a dip in participation and attendance in recent years. But, new co-organizers, Jacki Geoghegan and Angel Rafter, said the 2016 season will harken back to times when Main Street and Broadway were teeming with vendors, entertainment and smiling attendees. Their slogan: Re-Discover. Re-Connect. Re-Juvenate. “This event ... Read More »

Numbers by Day, Easel at Night for SH’s Lisa Santo

Lisa Santo has no problem using both hemispheres of her brain. By day, she is a financial advisor in New York City, dealing with facts and figures, processing reams of financial, economic and investment information, formulating strategies to help meet her clients’ complex portfolio challenges: all prototypical left-brained behaviors. After work, though, when it’s time to relax at home in ... Read More »

Oversized Ducks and Women Underneath Symbolize Annual Derby

by Robert Kimmel Two oversized yellow-plumed duckys have become fixtures, poised atop the starting bridge over Andre Brook at Patriot’s Park before each heat of the annual Rotary Club of the Tarrytowns’ Rubber Ducky Derby. For the ninth consecutive Derby, late last month, they drew the crowd’s attention as they dropped hundreds of the little rubber duckys from baskets into ... Read More »

Food for Thought – PikNik in Tarrytown

by Linda Viertel A delectable smokey scent now wafts along Tarrytown’s Main Street, thanks to the opening of PikNik, the newest restaurant/take-out venture from Hassan and Alberta Jarane, whose thriving Mint Premium Foods is just up the block. Real southern barbecue has arrived in our river towns! Whether your favorite is vinegary-based sauce on ribs and pulled pork from the ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – Painting a Bridge of Hope to El Salvador

by Krista Madsen Tarrytown’s Christ Church’s longstanding relationship with El Salvador will become brilliantly vivid as an ambitious public mural project gets underway this month. Church members had been talking since last fall about “more active ways our parish community can support and partner with Foundation Cristosal to address the horrifying crisis of violence in El Salvador and the resulting ... Read More »

Warner Oral Histories: Life in the Van Tassel

by Krista Madsen The Van Tassel (lovingly called “VT”) is no ordinary apartment complex. Its history is rich and fascinating, as we discovered from a handful of long-time residents who gathered at the latest Warner Library Oral Histories session. Some facts: • The bas relief medallions flanking the top of the main entrance are portraits of explorer Henry Hudson and ... Read More »

Hackley Student Excels in Three Sports

Elijah Ngbokoli is a three-sport athlete at The Hackley School and captain of the wrestling, football, and track teams. On the wrestling mat, Ngbokoli is a three-time Ivy Prep Champ and three-time Independent Schools State Champion. He was an integral piece to winning the Ivy League team title his freshman year, a first for Hackley in 40 years. On the ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler – May 2016

NAMED Three students from Irvington Middle School were named top chemists in the state after placing first, second and third at the New York “You Be The Chemist Challenge,” held April 16 at the BASF Research and Development Facility in Tarrytown. Seventh grader Henry Demarest won first place, while eighth graders Rishit Gupta and Zachary Rosman were named runner-up and ... 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 »

Warner Oral Histories: Artists Among Us

by Krista Madsen Adding to the public mythology of the artist’s life as a condition one “survives,” there are a number of famous quotes about continual failure. Take, for instance, Samuel Beckett who once wrote, “Ever tried, ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” The tone however was quite different when we gathered a group of working ... Read More »

Penny Peyser to Present Documentary Film in Irvington

Many of us panic if the WiFi goes down or we forget our phone charger. While we might occasionally dream of unplugging from the world, the documentary film Stillpoint — which screens at the Irvington Town Hall Theater on Friday, April 8th followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker — tells the story of an eclectic group of seekers who ... Read More »

Irvington Teen’s Play to be Staged at Town Hall Theater

by Stefanie Sears “When a young man agrees to go on a fishing trip with his estranged father, old tensions rise to the surface. Fishing is an unflinching portrait of a broken relationship between father and son.” That is the description of 16-year-old Riverdale Country School sophomore Stephanie Okun’s play, Fishing, which has been chosen for the “Irvington Stage Door ... Read More »

Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley Launches Fundraising Campaign with Broadway Show Music Concert

by Morey Storck On April 8 the first of four 30th Anniversary Celebration Fundraisers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Hudson Valley Chapter will be held at The Tarrytown Music Hall. The benefit concert of Broadway show music will present headlining performers who have appeared in starring or featured roles in recent Broadway musical theatre productions. These four signature events sponsored by ... Read More »

Sports – Irvington High Grad Finishes Second in NCAA Rebounding

Irvington High School graduate Lexi Martins, a junior at Lehigh University, tied for second in rebounds in the nation this year among all NCAA Division 1 female athletes. The all-time leading scorer and rebounder at Irvington before graduating in 2013, Martins pulled down 13.6 rebounds per game for Lehigh. Last year, she was named All-Patriot League, Academic All-Patriot League and ... Read More »

Sports – Irvington Synchronized Skaters Win Gold at Nationals

by Rick Pezzullo Two students in the Irvington School District were recently crowned National Champions at the 2016 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Michigan as members of the Skyliners Intermediate Synchronized Skating Team. Erika Sipos, a freshman at Irvington High School, and Rachel Cortese, an eighth grader at Irvington Middle School, helped the 23-member Skyliners squad win its first national ... Read More »

Sports – TNT Basketball’s Sleepy Hollow Horsemen Win Class B Championship

On March 13th, TNT Basketball’s Sleepy Hollow Horsemen 8th grade boys defeated Mahopac 41-30 to win the Tri-County Basketball League Class B championship at the College of New Rochelle. Left to right: Coach Sean McCarthy, Ryan Schatzel, Ben Goldfarb, Owen Loffredo, Quinn O’Donohue, Oliver Goldfarb, Jackson Many, Luke McCarthy, Max Himmelfarb, Alex Dawson, Xarian Rodriguez, Ramon Salazar, Devin Batheja, Jordan ... Read More »

Sports – Sleepy Hollow Juniors Spearhead Mouthguard Study for Concussions

by Zoe Kaplan Concussions are a serious issue. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention claims that there are over 1.5 million concussions each year, with above 5% of athletes experiencing a concussion every sports season. In order to combat this growing problem, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino created the Westchester County Concussion Task Force. This force, initiated last year, ... Read More »

Sports – Tarrytown’s Brett Pesce Thriving as NHL Rookie in Carolina

by Gershon Rabinowitz In a city comprised of approximately eight million individuals, New York City is slowly becoming a home for budding NHL players. Fueled by Stanley Cup glory of the Rangers and Islanders in distant memory, its impact continues to dominate. Tarrytown native Brett Pesce is the latest to benefit, becoming a valuable second line defenseman as a rookie ... Read More »

Daffodils Bring Cheer to Tarrytown Area

by Nancy Stedman Each April, our area is awash with over 200,000 daffodils, some yellow, some white, some pink—and all gorgeous. You see them when you walk by the visitor’s center at the Rockefeller State Preserve, drive on Neperan Road, hike near the O’Hara Nature Center, enter Warner Library or travel pretty much anywhere local. This spring pageant isn’t an ... Read More »

Diaper Drive

Kids’ Club of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow held a diaper drive and breakfast on March 15.  At “Nappies for Neighbors”, more than 40 friends dropped by to learn more about Kids’ Club, and to support our effort to collect diapers for families from literacy and learning programs Smart Babies and Smart Toddlers, and Open Door Family Medical Centers,  — three ... Read More »

SH Students Excel at Science and Engineering Fair

Emily Thayer, a senior at SH High School, is headed to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix in May after placing first for her scientific research project at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair held at the high school. Thayer, who will be studying chemical engineering at the University of Alabama in the fall, was recognized for ... Read More »

New Tarrytown Schools Superintendent Making Presence Felt

by Thomas Staudter Chris Borsari, the newly hired superintendent of the Tarrytown Union Free School District, does not assume his duties officially until July 1, but at the end of March, he was making his presence known already in the schools. Currently the Principal at Byram Hills High School in Armonk, Borsari participated in a round of preliminary interviews for ... Read More »

SH Seventh Grader Donates Coloring Books to Young Hospital Patients

by Zoë Kaplan   While many seventh graders find themselves busy with school work, playing sports, and other extracurricular activities, Madison Ardanowski focuses on something different: community service. Over the past month, she has been collecting new and unused coloring books for children at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla. She hopes to collect and send more than 100 books ... Read More »

Oral Histories: Remembering the Original Tappan Zee Bridge

by Krista Madsen When Anne Petry of then-North Tarrytown was in the fourth grade, her teacher emphatically told the class, “there will never be a bridge” across this part of the Hudson. Citizens of Nyack and the Tarrytowns, separated by one of the widest parts of the river, got from one side to the other by putting their cars on ... Read More »

Malina Joins Houlihan Lawrence

A people person who loves putting deals together, Francie Malina is the latest to join Houlihan Lawrence’s Irvington Brokerage as a Real Estate Salesperson. A Woodbridge Connecticut native, Francie now calls Irvington home, and is excited to bring people to the unique and amazing Rivertowns. Drawn to Houlihan Lawrence’s position as a market leader, Francie, who previously worked at a ... Read More »

Commentary – Power Lunch Career Panel

First Person Account of Steven Cabreja speaking at Sleepy Hollow High School on January 13, as part of a three-member panel of service industry professionals. As a 2010 graduate of Sleepy Hollow High School, I was pleased to return on January 13th, to speak as a member of the “Power Lunch Career Panel.” I began by asking for a show ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow High School’s Success in the Performing Arts

by Heather Colley Interviewing Gail Persad, who is both the chorus teacher and the fall drama director at Sleepy Hollow High School, was a little difficult because of the euphony of singing coming from every corner of the chorus room. As she instructed students on how to hit a particular note, Persad simultaneously gave me insight into why the Performing ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Stellar Rower to Attend Princeton in Fall

by Heather Colley Every year, Sleepy Hollow gets excited about the prospects of its various sports teams. Everyone dreams of making it to the “Dome” or the County Center. With few exceptions in recent years, such as track stars Danny Elia, Will Stallings and Gabby Maldonado (who each competed at state level), few actually make it. However, there is one ... Read More »

106 Years Young!

Dr. Gunter Lorenz, the oldest and most active member of the Men’s Club at the JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown, celebrated his 106th birthday with club members and other well-wishers in January. Dr. Lorenz lives in the Ossining/Briarcliff Manor area with his wife.       Read More »

United Sleepy Hollow Slate Running Unopposed in March

by Rick Pezzullo The Village of Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees will have three new members following the March 15 election. Current trustees Jennifer Lobato-Church, Karin Wompa and Dorothy Handelman are all not seeking reelection, opening the door for political newcomers on the Unite Sleepy Hollow ticket, who are running unopposed. Mayor Ken Wray wholeheartedly supports the Unite Sleepy Hollow ... Read More »

Friends, Family Celebrate the Life of Sleepy Hollow Teen

by W.B. King New York Times bestselling author of Wonder, R.J. Palacio, noted that “If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary — the world really would be a better place.” Those who were fortunate to call Owen Kelly a ... Read More »

Oral History: Hudson Street’s Helen Manca

by Krista Madsen Helen Manca, 99, is my next-door neighbor and popular with my two young daughters for her endlessly replenishing bowl of M&Ms. Since we moved here in 2009, we’ve enjoyed her stories of growing up in the very house she still lives in, so it felt special to be able to record them for this installment of the ... Read More »

Fur Babies Pet Sitting

by Neal Rentz Kristi Ohlsten worked in the corporate world for many years, but her career took a different path when she decided to do something she would enjoy more. So, she translated her lifelong love of dogs into a business by opening Fur Babies Pet Sitting eight years ago, with a clientele that includes residents of Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow, ... Read More »

Tarrytown Trustee Inducted into WC Senior Hall of Fame

by Rick Pezzullo Giving back to the community has always been a big part of Tom Basher’s life. It’s just something that was engrained in him at an early age from his parents. “They say you’re a product of your upbringing, and I guess I was,” Basher said. “It was just part of your nature growing up. I was raised ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow High School Power Lunch

Kids’ Club is excited to continue its work with the SHHS Career Program’s Power Lunch series this year. By helping to identify and invite the speakers, and also underwriting the lunch, on October 28th Kids’ Club helped launch the first presentation of the season, which focused on careers in the food industry. 50 students, along with SHHS Principal Carol Conklin-Spillane, Guidance Department Chair ... Read More »

Heard Around the W@tercooler

AWARDED Margaret Black, Vice President of Operations at Allan Block Insurance Agency, has been awarded the Frederick Dayton Award. Each year, The Independent Insurance Agents of Westchester County (IIAWC) present the Frederick H. Dayton Award to an agent who has contributed meaningfully to the IIAWC and their community. Margaret Black has held positions with IIAWC as President and chaired the ... Read More »

EF Students Celebrate First Thanksgiving with Local Host Families

by Maria Ann Roglieri On November 26, international students at the EF English language school in Tarrytown celebrated their first Thanksgiving at the home of host families all over Westchester and New York City. The EF program, “Take a Student Home for Thanksgiving,” began in 2011 with 10 students and local community participants, and has grown exponentially since then, through ... Read More »

Tis’ the Season to be Giving

Ways to Help families in Need this Holiday Season | by Dorothy Conigliaro | The residents of Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Irvington have always proved themselves ready to help – whether in times of emergency or in times of need. As the holidays approach, many local organizations are asking for help in making sure that all of our neighbors, young ... Read More »