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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

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 »

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

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 »