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Oral Histories: Galella, Reluctant Hero, Recalls Pearl Harbor Attack

by Krista Madsen Armando “Chick” Galella, 94, sees himself as a person with a life-long habit of serving rather than any kind of hero. He’s reluctant to get all the attention and accolades he gets as our region’s sole surviving Pearl Harbor veteran. “I’m not the only veteran around,” he said. “They should interview other people besides me. I know ... Read More »

Gullotta House Lends a Hand to Residents Facing Hardship

by Elizabeth Nutig It seems as if every day a new tragedy makes its way front and center on the news. More conflict, more casualties, and an increasing misunderstanding between fellow citizens of the world. In light of all this hostility comes a man with a mission and an organization whose only goal is to help anyone who needs it. ... Read More »

Young Irvington Girls Aim to Continue Success on Hardwood

by Rick Pezzullo The lineups change each season, but what stays consistent with the Irvington High School girls’ basketball team is winning. The Lady Bulldogs have recorded a remarkable 146-11 record the last six seasons, won seven straight league titles, and captured five Section I Class B championships in the last six years. It’s a standard of excellence unequaled in ... Read More »

Transfiguration Students Honor WWII Vets in Letter Writing Campaign

by Neal Rentz For students in grades five through eight at the Transfiguration School in Tarrytown, World War II is something more than what they have read about in textbooks. Pupils in social studies classes taught by Rosemary Holodak have formed a bond with those who fought in the conflict. The students wrote letters to veterans from the Hudson Valley ... Read More »

Five Seniors to Lead Sleepy Hollow Boys Basketball Team

by Heather Colley After two consecutive seasons with much success, the Sleepy Hollow High School varsity boys’ basketball team is hoping to continue its winning ways with many returning players and some new faces, under the leadership of Coach Christopher Starace. The returning seniors this year are Wendell Brand, Mike Morales, Harry Bogusz, Gabe McGuire, and Steven Grady. This year’s ... Read More »

Chef Jill Rose, Founder of Chiboust in Tarrytown, Dies at 52

by Jerry Eimbinder Chef Jill Rose, founder of Chiboust in Tarrytown, died of Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) on October 31. She was 52. She was the first girl to play on the Yellow Springs Elementary School, Maryland, baseball team. She learned how to fresh-squeeze lemonade and sell it at booths at local fairs while a student at Governor Thomas ... Read More »

100-year-old Sleepy Hollow Woman Still Has Sense of Humor

|by Stefanie Sears| Miriam Frandsen, who turned 100 years old last month, hasn’t let the years dim a noteworthy part of her personality. Frandsen has a very rich, happy life, and if there is anything about her that impacts the life of her daughter, Carole St. Mark, it is her “wry sense of humor,” St. Mark said. And Frandsen’s full-time, ... Read More »


Leon Metzger, 89 Leon Metzger, a former Tarrytown resident, died peacefully October 26, with his loving daughters at his side. He was 89. He graduated from Evander Childs HS in the Bronx, and from City College of New York, where he received his Bachelors’ Degree in Electrical Engineering. During World War II, he served in the Navy and was a ... Read More »

Examining a Disease Found More Frequently in Women

|by Robert Kimmel| Quick Quiz: What health problem is four times more prevalent in women than in men? Osteoporosis is the answer; a common ailment, but many people with the disease don’t realize they are suffering from it until they fracture a bone. Millions of Americans suffer from the condition, defined by loss of bone density and bone mass. Older ... Read More »

GunpowdersKids Awards Ceremony and Mayoral Proclamation

The GunpowdersKids Awards were presented at Warner Library on October 18. Local children (including members of Brownie troop 2242 and Town Wide Kids Helpers) received awards at this annual event sponsored by IchabodAlive. IchabodAlive member Greg Galloway welcomed and commended the children for their efforts. Mitch Cooke, adult volunteer at the Tarrytown Music Hall, spoke about the satisfaction of helping ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler – November 2015

HONORED Irvington resident Frank Gilligan was honored for 50 years of service in the Irvington Volunteer Fire Department at the October 5th Irvington Board of Trustees meeting. Many residents and members of the Irvington Fire Department attended the ceremony at which Mayor Brian Smith presented Gilligan with an official proclamation. EXHIBITING The Neighborhood House is exhibiting a mural of Washington ... Read More »

Life on the Homefront During WWII: “Having a Common Cause”

|by Krista Madsen| Ten women and two men filled every chair in the third floor Warner Library conference room to share stories of life on the homefront during WWII. Though the war ended 70 years ago, their memories are as vivid as if it all happened yesterday – from the constant air raid drills and pulled curtains for blackouts, down ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler October 2015

CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to Mary Pastell, a resident of Sleepy Hollow, who celebrates her 104th birthday on October 5th.  Born Mary Russo in 1911, Mary lives in the house where she was born, on Elm Street in Sleepy Hollow.  A birthday celebration in Mary’s honor will take place at the Senior Center on October 6th. AWARDED Irvington High School seniors Madison ... Read More »

Tarrytown Teen to Star in New Family Channel Sit-Com

| by Elizabeth Nutig | Watch out Judd Apatow, Demetri Martin and Patton Oswalt, because there’s a new kid in town. He’s funny, he’s dark, he’s witty, AND he’s only 15. Simon Cadel is one of a kind, and is about to star in The Family Channel’s newest sitcom The Wonderful Wayneys.  A Tarrytown native and sophomore at Sleepy Hollow High ... Read More »

Tarrytown/SH Fans Salute the Grateful Dead With Trek to Chicago for Final Concerts

| By W.B. King | July 4, 2015: Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow residents gather at Congress Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Front row: Maddy McGovern, Laura Kiss, Joanne Malandrino-Daly, Sharon Bucci-Thomas, Stella Goldstein, Heather Whitaker and Belle Gonzalez. Back row: Myles Birrittella, Kyle McGovern Jr., Tom Kiss Jr., Tom Kiss Sr., John Korzelius, Brad King, Laurie Birrittella, Kyle McGovern, Tom Shumacher, ... Read More »

Former Mt. Pleasant Police Chief Pleads Guilty to Porn Charges

| by Rick Pezzullo | Former Mount Pleasant Police Chief Brian Fanelli could face four years in prison after pleading guilty July 27 in federal court to possession of child pornography. Fanelli, 56, who worked for Mount Pleasant Police for 32 years and took over as chief November 1, 2013, was arrested in January 2014 for allegedly downloading and possessing ... Read More »

Ticked Off! A Small Bug Looms Large in Summer Season

|  by Krista Madsen  | These things are certain: death, taxes…and, here in the Northeast add to this dreadful list: ticks. Judging from the fast and abundant feedback I got when I started asking who’s out there in our midst suffering from Lyme Disease, these tiny critters have had a huge impact on the lives of so many here, and ... Read More »

July 2015 – Heard Around the Watercooler

WON Sleepy Hollow resident Jeffrey Friedkin won first prize in the 6th Annual 2015 Westchester County Amateur Photo Contest with his photo “Family Passage” taken in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. The exhibit is on view at the Howard and Ruth Jacobs Family Gallery in the Greenburgh Public Library through mid June. RECOGNIZED The Irvington High School Girls Track and Field Team ... Read More »

Blue Hill at Stone Barns Adds Another Feather to Cap

Chef Dan Barber;

|  by Linda Viertel  |   It should come as no surprise to food-lovers in our region that Blue Hill at Stone Barns, in Pocantico Hills, won the Best Restaurant Award at the annual James Beard Foundation Awards dinner in early May. Blue Hill’s famed chef, Dan Barber has received multiple James Beard awards including Best Chef: New York City ... Read More »

Class of 2015 Popular SH High Twins Grateful for Education and Experiences

SHHS Seniors, Heather & Jordan Brown

|  by Katy Kachnowski  |   It’s been a busy year full of accomplishments for Sleepy Hollow High School twins Heather and Jordan Brown. The graduating seniors at Sleepy Hollow have been accepted to prestigious colleges, won athletic and academic awards, and were also both voted onto the high school’s Homecoming Court, with Heather being crowned queen. Since beginning their ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler


AWARDED The Neighborhood House in Tarrytown was awarded a $1,000 Arts Alive Project Grant from the ArtsWestchester organization and the New York State Council on the Arts at a recent Arts Westchester awards ceremony attended by New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assemblyman Tom Abinanti.  Led by Neighborhood House Art Instructor, Christina Blatt, the Senior Art Workshop group is ... Read More »

Inaugural TEDx Tarrytown Women Event Scheduled

One hundred rivertown residents will come together on Thursday, May 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for the inaugural TEDxTarrytownWomen event, a day of networking and dialogue. The independently produced event, operated under a license from TED, was organized by community volunteers and is aimed at creating dialogue as well as giving people a forum to share their passions, ... Read More »

SH High Principal Gets Attention Featured in Clinton Video

|  by Katy Kachnowski  | It did not surprise many Americans when Hillary Clinton announced her run for the presidency on Sunday, April 12. However, there was one surprise in the video announcement: Sleepy Hollow High School’s very own Principal Carol Conklin-Spillane. Conklin was approached at the beginning of April. “I got a call from a friend who asked if ... Read More »

May 2015 — Heard Around the Watercooler


HONORED Irvington residents Ronda Billig and Patricia Ryan, along with White Plains resident Sheila Klatzky, were honored by The Westchester Women’s Agenda (WWA) at WWA’s Celebrating Women’s Achievement Award Breakfast on April 21 at the Eileen Fisher Learning Lab in Irvington.  Highlighting “unsung heroes who have made substantial contributions on behalf of women in Westchester County,” Billig, Ryan, and Klatzky ... Read More »

King Garden Designs Transforms Landscapes into Paradise

|  by Dorothy Conigliaro  |   Just when you thought there would be no end to winter, along comes an early breath of spring.  Since it first opened its doors in 2012, King Garden Designs has become a staple in the community, a full service garden design and care practice founded by Irvington resident Charles King Sadler, a leader in ... Read More »