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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 »

Lowey, Holocaust Survivor Honored by Jewish Identity Group

Holocaust survivor Roman Kent, who has been a leading voice for the rights of Holocaust survivors, was honored last month in Westchester by an organization that promotes Jewish identity and education among young Jews from the former Soviet Union. Kent, a survivor of the Lodz ghetto and four Nazi camps, including Auschwitz, was honored for his unceasing work in fighting ... Read More »

CELEBRATE – Irvington Day

Daryl Samuel Irvington Town Hall

Irvington Day, Sunday, June 18 A free shuttle bus will carry you up and down Main Street, from Broadway to the riverfront as shops, restaurants and local interest groups show their wares. There will be activities for all ages, including an Historic Trolley Tour; a Classic Car meet-up; guided history walks and Tiffany Room docent tours; vintage film festival; face ... Read More »

Fundraising Campaign Launched to Support Immigrant Community

by Seth Dellon According to recently-released statistics by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), immigration arrests are up 38% from 2016, proving that fears about the Trump administration’s anti-immigration rhetoric were well-founded. But, throughout the early presidency of Donald Trump, energies have been focused locally to protect and support Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow’s most vulnerable residents. For many activists, those efforts ... Read More »

Teen Drinking Parties Put Parents at Risk

by Krista Madsen As the school year ends and summer parties flourish, so too does underage drinking. Local police anticipate being busy issuing summonses to teens, but the underlying problem, according to experts, is with some parents. “I see this shift in parenting where they want to be friends, and they give their kids so much freedom that they frankly ... Read More »

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 »

Relay for Life Fundraiser Set at Sleepy Hollow High

The second Relay for Life event in Tarrytown will be held June 3-4 at Sleepy Hollow High School. Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Last year’s first event in Tarrytown attracted 425 registered participants and raised more than $95,000. Organizers were rewarded by being named Rookie Event of the Year. This year, the fundraising ... Read More »

The TaSH Farmers Market is Back in Season

TaSH Farmers Market

by Suzanne Sorrentino “What’s in season?” may be the most-asked question at the farmers market, but this year that simple query has lofty aims at the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market. Along with growing to more than 30 vendors per week — with a roster of more than 50 vendors, some who will rotate to keep things exciting — ... Read More »

Irvington Activists Group Sponsors Cake For Change Event in Support of Community Voices Heard

by Diana Rubin On Sunday, May 7, the local group, Irvington Activists, is sponsoring its second annual fundraising event to raise money for the grassroots organization, Community Voices Heard Power (CVHPower). The fun and festive event, Cake For Change, will be held at the Irvington Presbyterian Church (25 North Broadway, Irvington). After a successful event last year, Irvington Activists is ... Read More »

Resources and Activities for Seniors – May 2017

SENIORS Senior Benefits Information Center (SBIC): Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. a trained counselor from SBIC is on hand at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Sign up at the Reference Desk or call 631-7734. To ask questions outside regular counseling hours call 231-3260. Senior Van: Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, a van is available for seniors ... Read More »

MAY 2017 Happenings: Daily and Ongoing

Happenings in MAY Monday 1 Jews and Jazz: Presentation at 10 a.m. by Cantor Randy Herman at Shames JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown. Call 366-7898 or visit Life on the Stage: This Conversation and Film series kicks off at 7 p.m. with the documentary Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened followed by Q&A at Jacob Burns ... Read More »

The Hudson Independent Launches Name the Bridge Contest

As the replacement span for the Tappan Zee Bridge rises over the Hudson, many rivertown residents are asking what its name will be, or indeed, if it will change. This newspaper is providing our readers an opportunity to offer their opinions as to what the name of the new bridge could be and possibly win a prize in the process. ... 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 »

Old Dutch Church Expected to Re-Open by Mid-June

by Robert Kimmel With construction work designed to improve access to the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow proceeding on schedule, its reopening is expected by mid-June. After decades of entry problems for the handicapped and elderly, new stairs, ramps and pathways leading to the building will ease access for all worshippers. The church’s old approaches have disappeared as workers ... Read More »

Earth Day 2017

Cleaning Up: Friends of Tarrytown Lakes took part in the annual cleanup as part of Earth Day activities throughout the villages. — Photo by Sunny McLean Read More »

Resources and Activities for Seniors

SENIORS Senior Benefits Information Center (SBIC): Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. a trained counselor from SBIC is on hand at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Sign up at the Reference Desk or call 631-7734. To ask questions outside regular counseling hours call 231-3260. Senior Van: Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, a van is available for seniors ... Read More »

APRIL 2017 Happenings: Daily and Ongoing

Happenings in APRIL Saturday 1 Y Registration: Open registration for all spring session dance and aquatics classes at the Family YMCA at Tarrytown. Call 418-5562 or visit www.ymcatarrytown. Mystery Audio Theater: At 2 p.m. VoiceScapes Audio Theater Group performs at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Call 631-7734 to register or visit Murder Mystery Fundraiser: At 7 p.m. The Friends ... Read More »

A New Season and A New Tarrytown RiverWalk Park

by Pat Jones (Co-Chair, Friends of the RiverWalk) Invasive plant control, in preparation for replanting Tarrytown’s RiverWalk Park, was finally begun in the fall of 2016; and the maintenance/planting contract was awarded to Cedar Hill Landscaping of Katonah in February 2017. Friends of the RiverWalk (FRW) will miss Brickman Landscaping, now BrightView, who contributed so much to the RiverWalk Park ... 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 »

RiverArts Pilots Art Studio Tour to Tarrytown with Help from Jazz Forum Arts and The Music Hall

by Morey Storck “It’s essentially a pilot program with great expectations. Our Art Studio Tour now covers the river towns of Hastings, Dobbs Ferry and Irvington. However, serious discussions about reaching out to the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow communities have been under consideration for the past three years and now, we’ve decided, is the right time,” explained Doug Coe, Executive ... 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 »

Foundation Celebrates Local Businesses and Organizations in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown

by Shelly W. Colley When members of the Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns chose the theme, “A Tale of Two Towns,” for their April 22, 2017 spring benefit, they wanted to bring awareness of the impact that local businesses and organizations have had on the students of the Tarrytown School district. The Foundation, an independent, parent-led 501(c)3 ... Read More »

Have a Classic Car?

Looking for area Classic Car Owners to Join the Village of Irvington’s Historic Main Street Festival, Celebrate Irvington for a classic car meet-up. Stay an hour or all day. Call or email Karen for details.  914-591-4356 or See general info on Celebrate Irvington, June 18: Read More »

In Wake of Bomb Threats, Local Jewish Groups Seek to Improve Security

by Robert Kimmel & Barrett Seaman Following the wave of anonymous bomb threats made against Jewish Community Centers in Westchester, along with similar threats to some 165 Jewish institutions across the country, local, state and federal authorities have joined with Jewish leaders to ratchet up security measures and reassure shaken members. On March 6, Nita Lowey, Congresswoman for New York’s ... Read More »

Project Syria LIVE

Relief United logo

FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT DISPLACED SYRIAN REFUGEES TO TAKE PLACE ON APRIL 28th IN KINGSLAND POINT PARK IN SLEEPY HOLLOW Organized by Relief United, a Group of Seven Westchester High School Juniors Committed to Making a Global Difference Through Local Activism Sleepy Hollow, New York (March 13, 2017)-Relief United a newly formed Westchester based sub charity of Catholic New East Welfare ... Read More »

Growing Together: Introducing the Warner Seed Library

by Krista Madsen Add to Warner Library’s collection of borrowable books, music, DVDs: seeds. This month, Warner Library will begin sharing little packets of native and heirloom flowers, herbs and vegetables. The good news is: you don’t have to return them but can use them to grow your garden. Inspired by similar initiatives at several other libraries in the region, ... Read More »

Ground Breaking Set This Month for Old Dutch

by Robert Kimmel With the fundraising effort for improving accessibility to the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow having reached over $250,00, well on its way toward its $350,000 goal, ground breaking for the construction project will be held Wednesday, March 15. The church, built 332 years ago, saw subsequent changes over the years in the road level at its ... Read More »

Tarrytown Troop’s Bronze Award is Malala-Inspired

by Krista Madsen Malala Yousafzai comes off as both a normal teenager in the documentary He Named Me Malala – teasing her brother, fawning over photos of male sports stars, worrying that her high school friends won’t accept her – and the bravest and wisest of heroines. “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced,” Malala ... Read More »

TaSH and Green Tree Textiles Give Back

TaSH Farmers Market and Partner Green Tree Textiles Give Back to Local Community: On January 25, the TaSH (Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow) Farmers Market donated 60 pairs of brand new children’s overalls to the Clothing Closet of Christ Church – San Marcos Episcopal Church in Tarrytown. The donation was made possible through TaSH nonprofit partner Green Tree Textiles, a Bronx-based ... Read More »

March 2017 Happenings

Happenings in MARCH  Thursday 2 An Acoustic Evening: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo perform at 8 p.m. at the Tarrytown Music Hall. Call 877-840-0457 or visit Friday 3 Bodies in the Library Book Group: Meets at 12 noon to discuss Blue Monday by Nicci French at the Ossining Public Library. Call 941-2416 or visit Literary Evening: At 7:30 ... Read More »

SENIOR Happenings in March

SENIORS AARP Taxpayer Assistance: Available every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through April 18 at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Sign up at the Reference Desk or call 631-7734. Senior Benefits Information Center (SBIC): Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. a trained counselor from SBIC is on hand at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Sign up at ... Read More »

The Complicated Business of College Applications

by Maria Ann Roglieri The process of applying to college has been getting more complicated as students are applying to more colleges, and colleges are doing more self-marketing. It has also become quite a business for the more than 4,000 colleges and universities nationwide, the college testing services, and a wide variety of college prep counselors and tutors. We think ... Read More »

Resources and Activities for Seniors

SENIORS Senior Benefits Information Center: Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. a representative from the Medicare Rights Center is on hand at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Sign up at the Reference Desk or call 631-7734. To ask questions outside regular counseling hours call 269-7765. Senior Van: Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, a van is available for ... Read More »


Happenings in February  Friday 3 Shabbat Fun: At 4 p.m. for children up to age 5 with an adult at JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown.   Call 366-7898 or visit Literary Evening: At 7:30 p.m. poets Cynthia Manick Read and Mike Lala read from their first collections at Hudson Valley Writers’ Center in Sleepy Hollow. Call 332-5953 or visit ... Read More »

Team Spirit Plays Pivotal Role in Irvington Girls’ Hoops Success

By Tom Pedulla To understand the success of the Irvington High School girls’ basketball team on the court, it is important to recognize the good work they do off it. After learning that Shamoya McKenzie, a promising 13-year-old basketball player from Mount Vernon was killed by a stray bullet, the Bulldogs responded in a big way to help meet the ... Read More »

Warner Oral History: Long Live the Nonprofits of 10591

by Krista Madsen While we are a vital part of a growing biotech belt in Westchester County, 10591 seems to thrive on the strength and number of its historic nonprofits. A group of local leaders met recently at the Warner Library for a Meet-the-Nonprofit-themed oral history session. Their passion and knowledge certainly speaks to their organizations’ successes and impacts. Clare ... Read More »

Unity March 10591: In Their Own Words

Compiled by Krista Madsen Perhaps the most powerful way to cover January’s Unity March, gathering an estimated 800 immigrants and their allies from Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown and beyond, is to focus on the words of the participants themselves – bilingual messages of solidarity on signs, in chants, and in speeches. As the marchers made their way along the sidewalks from ... 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 »

Legacy Dogs Returning to Paws Crossed in Elmsford

by Robert Kimmel Many of the “legacy” dogs that had been transferred from what is now the Paws Crossed Animal Rescue in Elmsford when its predecessor, Pets Alive Inc. closed its doors in Elmsford are being returned to that animal shelter. Pets Alive moved the dogs to its Middletown, N.Y. shelter when it shut down the facility at 100 Warehouse ... Read More »

Local Residents Take Part in Women’s March on Washington

by Krista Madsen Hundreds of local women – and men and children – heeded the call to march the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, most heading to New York City while some embarked on one of several chartered buses bound for Washington D.C. Mistrella Murphy organized logistics while Sara Levine took care of programming on a bus they booked ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow March – We Are All Immigrants!

Hundreds of citizens, faith leaders, officials and children marched today from the steps of St. Teresa of Avila Church in Sleepy Hollow to Patriot’s Park in Tarrytown — uniting in a common cry of solidarity with our immigrant populations. And, as many signs from the diverse crowd reminded, “We are all immigrants” or “Todos somos immigrantes.” The marchers sung “This ... Read More »

Happenings in JANUARY, 2017

Happenings in JANUARY Monday 2 New Member Center: From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. learn all about the new Shames JCC memberships that begin in June at JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown. Call 366-7898 or visit Tuesday 3 Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle: At 7:30 p.m. discuss arts, books and current events relating to women with Rabbi Lisa Izes ... 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 »

Family Holiday Celebration

The Public Schools of the Tarrytowns’ Asociacion de Familias Hispanas de los Tarrytowns (AFHT) held their annual Family Holiday Celebration on December 15 at John Paulding School. More than 150 families gathered for a festive evening, enjoying a potluck dinner, holiday crafts, music and special dance performances. Many community volunteers were on hand, and Kids’ Club provided desserts and crafts, ... 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 »

Happenings in DECEMBER

Happenings in DECEMBER  Thursday 1 How the Jews Invented Musical Theater: At 10:30 a.m. Arthur R. Aldrich explores Jewish contributions through live music, narrative and film clips at JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown. Register at  Also Dec.8, 15 & 22. “Absolute Tyranny Over These States”: At 7:30 p.m. lecture by Dr. Richard Borkow on what Thomas Jefferson’s words ... Read More »

“Rhythms of Grace”: A Worship Service for Special Needs Kids and Their Families at Irvington’s Church of St. Barnabas

by Maria Ann Roglieri “Rhythms of Grace,” a special monthly worship service offered at The Church of St. Barnabas in Irvington, is bringing together kids with special needs and their families from across the Rivertowns. While St. Barnabas is an Episcopalian church, “all faiths are welcome” and participants include worshippers from a number of different faith communities, drawn together by ... 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 »

Ask the Doctor – Facts About Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, 29.1 million Americans were estimated to have either Type I or Type II diabetes in 2012, of which 21 million cases were diagnosed. About 86 million American adults had pre-diabetes. What is diabetes? Diabetes (also known as diabetes mellitus) is a progressive medical condition in which the pancreas, a large gland behind the stomach, ... Read More »

All Are Welcome to The Neighborhood House

by Krista Madsen “I think the original name is a key to our mission. ‘Civic’ implies a duty to be involved in the daily life of the community and be a positive force.” — NH Board President Francesca Spinner At the Senior Canteen, group president Creola Solomon cheerily spins the bingo cage. The dining room of Tarrytown’s Neighborhood House (NH) ... Read More »

Residents Express Preferences for Sleepy Hollow East Parcel

by Robert Kimmel Several hundred local residents, mostly living in Sleepy Hollow, have expressed what they would like the village to develop on the vacant 28-acre East Parcel of the former GM factory site. Responding to a village questionnaire that was widely distributed both on paper, through email blasts, and via social media, those people also indicated what they would ... Read More »

“Feed a Family Campaign” Launched During Holiday Season

by Robert Kimmel Indulging heartily in food during the festive holiday period from Thanksgiving through Christmas is a practice followed by many of us; however, that is not the case for the tens of thousands of Westchester residents who don’t have the means to obtain a proper meal. Long a resource to help people in need, The Food Bank for ... Read More »

Giving Thanksgiving 2016

The 10th annual Giving Thanksgiving is coming up soon! Giving Thanksgiving helps the needy in our community during Thanksgiving. It makes it possible for these families to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal with their family. This positive impact on the community allows many people to have a nice meal and enjoy a special American holiday. Thanksgiving was always a big ... Read More »

Warner Oral Histories: Volunteering in Tarrytown

Ann Phillips

by Krista Madsen “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Gandhi Toiling behind the scenes, with little acknowledgement and no pay, it is the volunteers who really seem to provide the special sauce to this community. A room of five extreme volunteers, who have dedicated countless hours to service, somehow found ... Read More »

Rock n Roll Halloween Masquerade Ball

  Masquerade Ball Honorees: The Family YMCA at Tarrytown held the Rock n Roll Halloween Masquerade Ball and honored long time donors and Y volunteers Edward and Christine Napoleon with the Laurance S. Rockefeller award on September 30. (L-R:) Andrea Stewart-Cousins, honorees Edward and Christine Napoleon (Slash & Blondie) and YMCA CEO Gerry Riera (Ringo). — Photo by Margaret Fox Read More »

Places to Give Locally During the Holiday Season

by Dorothy Conigliaro Most residents in the river towns are fortunate enough to look forward to a Thanksgiving holiday, celebrating with friends and family at a table laden with the plentiful foods of the season. For others, even close neighbors in this area, there are no such celebrations and certainly no such bountiful tables. We think of America as the ... 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 »

Basketball Court Dedicated to Irvington 9/11 Victim Bobby Speisman

by Barrett Seaman The day was brilliantly clear—not unlike September 11, 2001, when Irvington’s Bobby Speisman died along with nearly 4,000 other victims of terrorism. He was one of the passengers onboard American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon. September 24, 2016 was a far happier occasion, as Speisman’s family, Mayor Brian Smith and other village officials, former ... Read More »

Irvington Historical Society Celebrates Restoration of the Octagon House’s Greenhouse

More than 150 Irvingtonians and friends braved the sweltering heat and humidity of Saturday, September 10 to celebrate the completion of the reconstructed Lord & Burnham greenhouse at the Octagon House, the village’s architectural crown jewel. The event, catered by Suzanne’s Table, featured auctions, both live and silent, and house tours that, together with ticket sales, brought in more than ... Read More »

Paws Crossed Officially Opens Elmsford Animal Shelter

by Robert Kimmel If you are looking to adopt a canine companion or a feline friend, Paws Crossed Animal Rescue in Elmsford is prepared and eager to meet those needs following its celebratory grand opening last month. The official ribbon cutting drew hundreds of people to the September event, virtually a year to the day the facility at 100 Warehouse ... Read More »

Watercooler – October 2016


WON Jack Rjeili, a 2016 Sleepy Hollow High School graduate, won first place in the Natural Category of the American Association of Physics’ Teachers Photo Contest. Rjeili’s winning photo, Snow Sheet, depicts a snowdrift at the entrance of Sleepy Hollow High School; his physics teacher at SHHS was Leila Madani. To view the winning photo and read about the physics ... Read More »

Irvington Seniors Having the Time of Their Lives

by Krista Madsen The seniors of Irvington are such a lively bunch it wasn’t surprising to learn they do the Midnight Run. They do not in fact sprint in the middle of the night but rather make 150 sandwiches each month that get distributed to Manhattan’s homeless. That’s just one activity in the densely packed calendar the Irvington Senior Center ... Read More »

Ongoing Events – Fall, 2016

Ongoing Events – Fall, 2016 Literacy Volunteers Tutor Training Workshop: Six Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 12 noon, Sept. 17 & 24, Oct. 1, 8, 22 & 29 at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Sign up by calling 488-4250 or visit Retro Revival: “Howards End” will be shown Sept. 9 – 15 at Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. ... Read More »

Seniors’ Ticket to Ride: Latest Service from ITAV

by Bruce Campbell A group of local volunteers is giving seniors who no longer drive a new set of wheels. ITAV volunteer drivers will now take members anywhere they want to go in Westchester County. It’s the newest member service from ITAV, It Takes a Village 10591, a dedicated group in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown working to make life more ... 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 »

Paws Crossed to Reopen Elmsford Shelter This Month

by Robert Kimmel The usual inhabitants are finally returning; some are already there. They are abandoned dogs and cats, like the pets that for many years had filled the animal shelter at 100 Warehouse Lane South in Elmsford. Thanks to the determined effort of a caring group of volunteers and staff, Paws Crossed Animal Rescue, will be having its “Grand ... Read More »

Golf for Wishes

More than 125 supporters of  Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley teed off recently at the sold-out “Golf for Wishes” fundraiser at the historic Sleepy Hollow Country Club to help grant the wishes of more than 150 local kids with life-threatening medical conditions. “Golf for Wishes” is one of four major signature events that the non-profit is presenting during its 30th anniversary celebration. ... Read More »

SH High Students Perform a Wide Range of Community Service

by Julia Ann Friedman The idea of a public school community service requirement began in earnest in the 1990s and has been increasingly adopted by schools across the country. School administrators and students realize the value of community service as integral to the student learning process at the high school level and, even now, at the college level. Locally, Irvington ... Read More »

Information, Activities and Services for Tarrytown Seniors

SENIORS Senior Benefits Information Center: Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. a representative from the Medicare Rights Center is on hand at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Sign up at the Reference Desk or call 631-7734. To ask questions outside regular counseling hours call 269-7765. Senior Van: Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, a van is available for ... 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 »

Schools Help Oysters Return to the Hudson River

by Julia Ann Friedman Oysters were an important species in the New York Harbor for centuries, and oyster reefs once covered 220,000 acres of the Hudson River estuary. They played a large part in helping to maintain the estuary’s ecosystem by filtering water, reducing the force of wave energy, protecting against storm surges, and providing a home for other aquatic ... 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 »

Jazz Forum Arts Presents FREE Outdoor Live Jazz Performances Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Nights Throughout August!

34 Free Summer Concerts Presented by NewYork-Presbyterian: Jazz at Henry Gourdine Park, Ossining: Alternate Mondays through Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Jazz at Horan’s Landing, Sleepy Hollow: Tuesdays Aug. 2-23 at 6:30 p.m. Sunset Jazz @ Lyndhurst: Thursdays through Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Jazz At Pierson Park, Tarrytown: Fridays through Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. All Concerts 6:30–8:00pm (see below ... Read More »

Business News – Regeneron to Sponsor Science Talent Search Competition

by Maria Ann Roglieri Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company with headquarters in Tarrytown, has taken over sponsorship of the national high school science competition, the Science Talent Search (formerly the Intel Science Talent Search). Regeneron was selected by the Society for Science & the Public (known as The Society) from among 50 companies because of its steady commitment to mentoring ... 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 »

Work Cut Out for New ‘Paws Crossed’ Animal Shelter

By Hannah Fowler Tucked away behind various truck lots in Elmsford lies a beat-up building only two weeks into repair but ready to take back the old property and animals of the former animal shelter, Pets Alive Westchester, and open its doors as a brand new and completely separate organization called Paws Crossed. When Pets Alive Westchester closed last September, ... 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 »

Expanding JCC to Provide Wide-Ranging Services

by Robert Kimmel Completion of the JCC on the Hudson’s first construction phase is nearly a year away; however, the newer, now partially built structure is evidence of the wide-array of services the organization will provide when the ongoing work is finished. During construction, the JCC’s existing services and programs continue in its original building on South Broadway in Tarrytown, ... Read More »

Permit Finally Issued for Affordable Housing Project in Tarrytown

by Alexander Roberts In 2004, an agreement between the Village of Tarrytown and the developer of Hudson Harbor called for him to build 12 units of affordable housing on the site of the former Village Hall on Wildey Street. The ensuing 12 years produced heated hearings, reams of paper and thousands of volunteer man-hours as the three local boards that ... Read More »

Restoration of SH Cemetery’s Matchless Chimes Planned

by Shelly Robinson and Robert Kimmel Hidden away high up in the stone belfry of the Washington Irving Memorial Chapel just inside the north gate of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is a set of 10 tubular bell tower chimes installed in 1923. Known for their fine musical qualities with rich and mellow tones, guaranteed never to crack or go out of ... Read More »

Irvington Democrats Nominate Three Candidates For Village Elections: Two For Trustee and One For Village Justice

June 2, 2016 – Irvington, New York.  Members of the Village’s Democratic Committee gathered tonight at the Irvington Public Library to officially endorse three candidates for the 2016 election this fall: two candidates for the Board of Trustees, and one candidate for Village Justice. In a unanimous vote, the committee selected incumbent Mark Gilliland, age 61, who is up for ... 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 »

Local Churches a Vital Part of the Community Beyond Worship

by Maria Ann Roglieri Local churches serve as meaningful houses of worship to many residents. They also serve as a wonderful resource to everyone in the community in that they bring people together for fun and charity. Every spring and fall there are signs for church sales all over Westchester. Many enjoy frequenting the sales, finding “treasures”— an antique maple ... Read More »

Watercooler – Heard Around the Watercooler

NOMINATED Congratulations to Sleepy Hollow High School for winning 12 Metro Award nominations for its 2016 musical, “Seussical!” including Best Overall Production. Henry Titcomb was nominated as Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as the Cat in the Hat; Zoe Kaplan was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role as Gertrude McFuzz; and Francis Pace-Nunez, who ... Read More »

Family YMCA’s Renovations Continue as Membership Rises

by Robert Kimmel Renovations within the Family YMCA at Tarrytown’s Main Street facilities have drawn positive reactions with increasing membership and satisfaction among those using the new amenities. The work at the Y is 80% complete, and fund raising for the remaining costs to meet its construction needs continues. A new, 3,500-square-foot fitness center and the Y’s new Early Learning ... 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 »

Ongoing “What’s Happening” Calendar Events for May

Lightscapes: Evening display of sculpture, light, sound and special effects at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson. May 1, 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-30. Call 366-6900 or visit The Meditative Life: May 6 – 25 at Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. Call 747-5555 or visit Jazz Sessions: The greats on camera May 12 –June 9 at Jacob Burns Film ... 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 – Local Farmers Markets Opening Soon

by Linda Viertel The TaSH returns even bigger and better! The Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market, also known as the TaSH Farmers Market, opens for the season Memorial Day weekend with the same great vibe, more vendors, expanded educational programming about food, nutrition and the environment and improved access for low-income shoppers. The market runs every Saturday, May 28 ... Read More »