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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

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 »