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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 »

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 »

Local Parks Organizations Receive State Grants to Enhance Public Access

by Linda Viertel Two local parks organizations, Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct State Park and the Friends of the Rockefeller Park Preserve, Inc., both committed groups who maintain and raise funds for their revered recreational and historic places, have received state grants dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of New York State parks and historic sites. Funded through the ... Read More »

Local Students Attend First Westchester Youth Gender Equality Conference in Irvington

by Heather Colley On April 10, 20 members of Sleepy Hollow High School’s Feminism Club attended the County’s first ever Gender Equality Conference, held at Irvington High School and organized by Irvington senior Zachary Gallin. More than 120 students from 26 schools in Westchester attended the four-hour conference, which consisted of two eminent guest speakers and 10 workshops led by ... Read More »

Ongoing Calendar Events for April (for Daily Events, Visit “What’s Happening” Calendar Listings on our Homepage)

Ongoing Events for April Westchester Jewish Film Festival:  Through April 20 at Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville.  Call 747-5555 or visit Lincoln and the Civil War: Lectures by Dr. Sara Mascia at 7 p.m. April 4 & 18, May 2 & 23 at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. To register call 631-7734. FrameWorks: Art on Film: April 28 – ... 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 »

Program on the Effects of Alcohol and Drugs Provokes New Thinking Amongst Irvington High’s Athletes—and their Parents

by Barrett Seaman Michael Nerney is a bearded bantam, full of energy and jovial in nature, but his message delivered on March 14 to Irvington High School athletes—and later to some parents—was deadly serious in its content. A former teacher and coach, and a father of three himself, Nerney now gives presentations not only on the effects of alcohol and ... Read More »

Young Men’s Mentoring Program of the Tarrytowns Expands Focus

by Kevin Brown Based on his personal experiences and seeing what his friends were dealing with, in late 2013, Roniel Bencosme assembled a few professionals from The Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow community to tell them about his idea of starting a hands-on and informal mentoring program for young men in our community. The group’s mission was to help young men prepare for ... 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 »

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 »

Rivertowns’ Jewish Cultural Festival Begins With Passover Cooking Focus

The Rivertowns’ 4th Annual Jewish Cultural Festival gets a culinary start this month at Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown. Joan Nathan, known as the “Queen of Jewish Cooking from Around the World,” leads off events with a timely session, preceding the Passover holiday, which begins April 22. “Passover Cooking: An intimate Hour in the Kitchen with Joan Nathan” is scheduled for ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler

PUBLISHED Tarrytown resident and multiple Tony Award winner Jack Viertel has just published The Secret Life of the American Musical which hit book stores in March. The Farrar Straus and Giroux text takes musicals apart, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings, all the while chronicling the ... Read More »

Irvington Named a Tree City—Again

by Barrett Seaman For the 33rd year in a row, the Village of Irvington has been cited by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City. The honor recognizes the village’s commitment to “effective urban forest management,” which may sound like a contradiction in terms until you look around and see how many trees there are in Irvington and how ... Read More »

“Spring Harmony” Classical Event Slated

Sleepy Hollow High School students along with professional and semi-professional performers will be taking part in “Spring Harmony,” Saturday, April 30, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., at Hudson Harbor Lodge, Tarrytown. The classical music event will benefit the Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Boosters, with proceeds from the evening used to benefit several music related activities at the school. Income from ... Read More »

Rotary’s Duck Derby, YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day Set Patriot’s Park

by Robert Kimmel Patriot’s Park will once again be the setting this month for the combined Rotary Club of the Tarrytowns’ Rubber Duck Derby and the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day – the ninth consecutive year for the collaborative events. The exciting activities on Saturday, April 30 will offer their mix of games, sports, musical entertainment, rides, education, food and a ... Read More »

Tarrytown United/Democratic Slate Sweeps Three Seats in Village Election

By Rick Pezzullo The slate endorsed by the Village of Tarrytown Democratic Committee and Tarrytown United swept all three seats in the village election held Tuesday. According to unofficial results from the Westchester Board of Elections, incumbent trustees Robert Hoyt and Mary McGee and village Zoning Board of Appeals member Karen Brown defeated the Republican/Tarrytown First endorsed trio of John ... 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 »

Parking and Traffic – Your Ideas

Parking and traffic are persistent concerns in the Rivertowns. From Tarrytown’s efforts to acquire public parking in a lot behind a business row on North Broadway to its moves to reacquire public parking behind the now closed Citibank, to Irvington’s proposed new set of parking regulations, and Sleepy Hollow’s rule changes for a portion of Beekman Avenue, parking is a ... Read More »

Oral Histories: Skating and Sledding in the Tarrytowns

By Krista Madsen On a January day that hit 50 degrees outside (there were even signs of crocus leaves pushing through the library lawn), a group of six talked inside about simpler, colder times. Five women and one man who grew up in different neighborhoods across the villages shared a common delight in the winter months they remembered – when ... Read More »

Business News – Let’s Play! A Place for Families

by Stefanie Sears When Parents Place, a parent-child family program that served Westchester for years, was shut down and efforts to save it were unsuccessful, a group of parents set out to create the non-profit organization Let’s Play! A Place for Families. It opened on November 3, 2015 at the Tarrytown United Methodist Church, though it had been initially launched ... 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 »

Traffic Safety Discussed at First Thursday Event in Irvington

by Neal Rentz Traffic and pedestrian safety in Irvington was the topic at the most recent program in the ongoing Third Thursdays series held January 21 at the Sunnyside Federal Savings & Loan. The informal gatherings are held on the third Thursday of each month. Sunnyside Federal Savings & Loan President and CEO Tim Sullivan said the bank was holding ... Read More »

Solar Success in Tarrytown

The first Solarize Tarrytown residential installations have begun. On January 10 at 1 p.m. at the Warner Library, the Village of Tarrytown and Sunrun, the solar installer chosen by Solarize Tarrytown, will hold a meeting to discuss the solar installations that are taking place. Homeowners will be present to discuss what made them decide to go ahead with solar panels. ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler


DONATED During their annual Spirit Week in October, Sleepy Hollow High School students collected over 3,000 cans of food for the Tarrytown Food Pantry and raised $1,836.41 from the newest addition to the school’s Spirit Week line-up: Penny Wars. With the winning grade of Spirit Week given the honor of selecting the organization to donate the money raised by Penny ... Read More »

Harvest on Hudson – Indoor Places to Explore

by Marcie Cuff Winter is a curious thing. All year long we brainstorm snowman and paper snowflake designs, then we stack the wood, clean the gutters, sharpen the skates, knit a collection of sparkly wool infinity scarves, and await the slightest sign of it. The past few years it arrived prematurely with a powerful punch. This season, it’s been more ... Read More »

Irvington’s Safe Kids Campaign Gets into High Gear

by Barrett Seaman June 4, 2015, Prom Night: the big social event on Irvington High School’s calendar, held at the Westchester Manor in Hastings. But instead of limos or students behind the wheels of their own cars, coming from who knows where, having consumed who knows what, the party began with a line of buses pulling up in front of ... 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 »

Making Our Streets Safer for Pedestrians

by Lionel Beehner Guest Commentary The car entered the crosswalk, oblivious to me and the stroller full of my two toddlers I was pushing. It was the corner of Franklin Street and Route 9 – right next to a school, of all places. The driver – a blonde woman in her 40s – struck us head-on. Then she did the ... Read More »

Our Mission and Our Gratitude

Service to the Community. That was the primary motivation behind the formation, just over 10 years ago, of the Hudson Valley News Corp., the parent company of this newspaper.  Our decade of publishing was recently recognized by the Greater Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce at its Milestone Anniversary event. Over the past 10 years our mission has not changed. ... 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 »

Muddy Water Opens in Tarrytown with a ‘Big Bang’

by Linda Viertel A bustling, vibrant new coffee and café venue, Muddy Water, opened in October and is already attracting crowds eager to sample richly brewed caffeinated and decaf coffees, teas, delicate sweet and savory pastries, sandwiches, wraps and soups. The brainchild of Ossining residents, Loretta Oleck and her partner Linton Suttner, Muddy Water, located at the southern end of ... 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 »

Astorino’s Proposed County Budget Hitting Hurdles

by Robert Kimmel Opposition has been rising to County Executive Rob Astorino’s 2016 proposed operating budget since he presented it to the Westchester County Board of Legislators last month. The budget totals $1.802 billion, and as Astorino pointed out, “For the sixth year in a row, my budget contains no increase in the property tax levy.” The budget maintains the ... 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 »

Public Workshop to Describe How Solar Panels Work

The public is invited to get a close-up look at solar panel technology at a workshop, Sunday, December 6, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Tarrytown Neighborhood House, 43 Wildey Street. Organized by Solarize Tarrytown and the Village, the event will offer attendees a demonstration of how a solar panel works, and how it could be adapted for their ... Read More »

IchabodReads Champions the Love of Reading

IchabodReads encourages children to read from an early age. IchabodReads champions the love of reading and the pleasure of reading together! In our first year, IchabodReads was able to donate approximately 100 hardcover books to local programs including Parents Place and Asociacion de Familias Hispanas de Tarrytowns With your assistance in 2015, we will provide books to:  Asociacion de Familias ... Read More »

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 »

Wild Wintery Walks

By Marcie Cuff Wasn’t it just a minute ago that you had your hand on a frosty glass of cucumber-infused mint water? Well, now it’s cold outside. And already you’ve put the kettle on and have liberated last year’s winter cocoon—your colossal wool infinity scarf. There is just no way around winter’s merciless brutality. Time slows to a crawl and ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Center In Step with The Dance Rhythms of Today

by Morey Storck Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts (SHPA) is a 10-year-old not-for-profit dance company, school and studio located at 362 N. Broadway in Sleepy Hollow, with Artistic Director Debralyn Press at the helm. Their mission is to “educate, elevate, and inspire the arts in Westchester by creating a safe artists’ community in which all arts and artists are celebrated.” And, ... Read More »

Tree of Lights Ceremony Slated at Phelps

Each December, the friends and relatives of those who received the services of the Phelps Hospice during their final days gather at the Phelps Memorial Hospital cafeteria to remember their late loved ones. The gathering, which will be held this year on Sunday, December 13 at 4:30 p.m., includes remarks by members of the Hospice team, both professionals and volunteers, ... Read More »

Bands, Beers, Burgers: Winter Blues Fest Returns to Tarrytown

by Zoe Kaplan Get rid of your winter blues with the 3rd annual Winter Blues Fest, coming to Tarrytown on January 9. From 7 p.m. to midnight at the Hudson Harbor Space, community members can enjoy bands, beers (thanks to an open bar), and burgers, all while benefiting the Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Boosters. This year the event will showcase ... 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 »

JCC on the Hudson Breaks Ground on New Campus in Tarrytown

|by Rick Pezzullo| Twenty years after first settling in Tarrytown on South Broadway, the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on the Hudson broke ground October 8 on a new campus at the same location that will quadruple the size of the current facility. The state-of-the-art new home, which will be called Harold and Elaine Shames JCC on the Hudson, will be ... Read More »

Inaugural “Congressman Peter Peyser Memorial Award” Presented to Annette Leyden of Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow resident Annette Leyden received the inaugural “Congressman Peter Peyser Memorial Award” at a ceremony on October 11 at Chutney Masala Restaurant in Irvington. Hosted by the Irvington Democratic Committee (IDC), chair David Imamura welcomed the packed audience and then introduced featured speaker Congresswoman Nita Lowey who brought a special congressional proclamation honoring Leyden. State Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti, State ... Read More »

Students, Life Center Combine to Give Thanksgiving to Needy

|by Rick Pezzullo| About 70 families in the Tarrytown School District will be enjoying a hearty Thanksgiving meal thanks to the efforts and generosity of a group of students, their families and friends and the RSHM LIFE Center in Sleepy Hollow. For at least the last 10 years, students at Sleepy Hollow High School, working with the McGovern family, have ... Read More »

Volunteers Spruce Up Pierson Park

Fifty-nine energetic participants in HDR’s 2015 North-East Summit volunteered for 3 hours on Saturday, October 24, removing invasive species in the Pierson Park swales adjacent to Tarrytown’s RiverWalk. HDR is the engineering firm responsible for designing the New NY Bridge, and the company’s cross-office networking event was organized by HDR’s young professionals in the NY Metro area for fellow young ... Read More »

First Annual Chamber Games On Tap

The Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce will be holding the first Annual Chamber Games on November 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at OnTrack Sport Center at 29 S. Depot Plaza in Tarrytown, near the Tarrytown Train Station. Community members will be encouraged to shop and dine locally with special discounts provided by participating businesses at the Shop ... Read More »

Irvington Schools Community Begins Strategic Planning Process

|by Neal Rentz| About 40 Irvington School District staff and residents helped begin the process of creating a new vision, complete with goals and objectives, for the district during a meeting at the Campus Presentation Room on October 14. The district is working with the community to create a five-year strategic plan that school officials want to be approved by ... 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 »

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 »

Slow Down Traffic Campaign Launched in Irvington

| by Barrett Seaman | Cars were backed up both ways in front of The Church of St. Barnabas on Broadway, just north of Main Street, as Irvington police handed out…not tickets but information cards to drivers. At 8:30 a.m. on a mid-September Tuesday, the tie-up could have been a lot worse, except school was out and commuter traffic light because ... Read More »

Astorino Kicks Off Halloween Tourism Season in Sleepy Hollow

| by Rick Pezzullo |  Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino paid a visit to Sleepy Hollow in mid-September to bring attention to the upcoming Halloween tourism season in the area. A few days before Circus Latino! dazzled audiences for three days, Astorino joined Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray, Historic Hudson Valley President Waddell Stillman and others to invite visitors to ... Read More »

Barking Continues over Proposed Dog Park in Irvington

| by Zoe Kaplan |  Irvington Village Hall was filled, on September 16, with community members eager to listen to the Village Board of Trustees debate a proposed dog park and its location. Currently, the proposed site for the dog park is in the Irvington Woods. According to recreational superintendent Joseph Archino, the best choice for the community is a ... Read More »

Pets Alive in Elmsford Closes Its Shelter

| by Robert Kimmel | Pets Alive Westchester’s no-kill animal shelter is no longer operational in Elmsford despite community efforts to keep it from closing. As of mid-September the last of 61 dogs and cats had been transferred to Pets Alive’s Middletown shelter, and the animal sanctuary shut its doors. Pets Alive is prepared to transfer ownership of the facility ... Read More »

Hank’s Alley to Close after 60 Years in Tarrytown

| by Elaine Marranzano | After nearly 60 years, Hank’s Alley, Tarrytown’s premier antique and used furniture store, is closing. Janet Falasca, sister of proprietor Hank Bucci, who died on June 17 at age 82, was in the store on a September weekend, along with Hank’s wife, Nancy, selling the remainder of the curiosity shop’s inventory at steep discounts. “It’s ... Read More »

Deadline Nears for Affordable Housing Project in Tarrytown

| by Rick Pezzullo | The developer of an affordable housing project on the former site of Tarrytown Village Hall on Wildey Street had until the end of August to submit building plans to the village. Earlier this summer, village officials sent a letter to Joseph Cotter, president of Na- tional ReSources, informing him he had 45 days to file ... Read More »

The Community Shares Stories about Working at GM

| by Krista Madsen |  For longtime workers at North Tarrytown’s General Motors plant, the 100-acre wasteland that defines the riverfront of what is now called Sleepy Hollow smarts like an open wound. While recounting the end of his 32-year history with GM when the site closed for good on June 28, 1996 – “I recall the date” – Elias Tsekeri ... Read More »

The TaSH Farmers Market Reaches Seniors, Vets and the Underserved

The NEW Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market (the TaSH) has made strides toward making healthy, fresh, locally produced food more accessible to senior citizens, veterans and low-income residents. The TaSH now accepts Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks available to both low-income mothers and to senior citizens, and also began accepting SNAP or food stamps. Those who use their SNAP ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Teams Get Ready for New Turf Fields

| by Heather Colley | Last year, residents in the villages of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown passed two bonds, totaling $9.7 million, to install two new turf fields, one at the high school, the other at Washington Irving Elementary School. The intent was to improve playing conditions for varsity sports teams, such as football, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse, as well ... Read More »

New Season of Excitement Builds for Hollow Horsemen

| by Kevin Brown | The 2015 Sleepy Hollow Varsity football season faces substantial challenges and changes.  First, the hometown squad will be playing on turf for the first time.  Secondly, displaying their lack of infinite wisdom, the folks who run Section 1 football have eliminated rivalry week so Sleepy and Ossining will not square off for bragging rights—unless it is ... Read More »

Standout SH High Track Athlete Striving for College Success

| by Katy Kachnowski | While the competitive athletic careers of many graduated seniors have come to a close, the careers of some others will keep on running–literally. Recent Sleepy Hollow High School graduate Daniel Elia will continue his track and field career at the Division 1 Sacred Heart University this September. Over the past five years, Elia has been ... Read More »

Pets Alive Considering Alternatives to Elmsford Shelter in Westchester

| by Robert Kimmel | Mounting objections that followed Pets Alive’s July announcement that it would close its no-kill animal shelter in Elmsford within three months are causing the organization to explore other options to maintain operations in Westchester, or possibly even cede the land to the Town of Greenburgh. Town Supervisor Paul Feiner has pressed Pets Alive Board Chairman ... Read More »

Arts Are Alive in Tarrytown Summer Camps

| by Zoe Kaplan | Fourteen years ago, former Tarrytown Superintendent of Schools Dr. Howard Smith asked Alison Paul to “do something with the arts when the buildings are empty in the summer.” With about 30 kids at the time, Multi Arts summer camp was born. Although in an academic location, the camp is focused on creating an environment without ... Read More »

“These Are Our Children”

| by Barrett Seaman | Alone among those who spoke out at the July 20 Irvington village board meeting about Monte Nido’s plan to use 65 West Clinton Avenue as a home for adolescent eating disorder patients, Dr. Mary Bongiovi voiced her approval. Dr. Bongiovi, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Columbia University as well as an Irvington resident (though not ... 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 »

Project to Cut Utility Costs Gains Support in Irvington

| by Robert Kimmel | Sustainable Westchester’s project aimed at reducing utility costs for residents within the Town of Greenburgh is getting a favorable reception among Irvington’s Board of Trustees. Known as Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), it would result in having most electricity and natural gas provided to homes and small businesses by a single energy service company, known as ... Read More »

Young Actor Takes on Challenging Role in Shakespeare Festival

| by Jonathan Ortiz | The character of Mamillius from Shakespeare’s late romance, The Winter’s Tale, despite only living through the first half of the play, is in no way an insignificant role. The death of Leontes’s heir, Mamillius, marks the tale’s turning point from the cold psychological tyranny of the King’s bitter jealousy to his remorse and the eventual rebirth ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Reverses Decision on Making Old Broadway One-Way

| by Elaine Marranzano | The Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees has reversed its decision to make Old Broadway a one-way street. “We didn’t do it properly first time around,” said Mayor Ken Wray on July 14.  “I am instructing the staff to change it back.” The board voted to remove four parking spaces and change the traffic flow pattern ... Read More »

Tarrytown Approves Building Moratorium Near Train Station

| by Rick Pezzullo | The Tarrytown Board of Trustees last month approved a six-month building moratorium in the area of the train station. The temporary development ban was deemed necessary to give the board time to review current zoning, planning and environmental regulations in the so-called Tarrytown Station Study Area. “The impetus (for the moratorium) is that since there ... Read More »

Flea Fun Hits Westchester

The “flea” experience has arrived in Westchester.  The Hastings Flea is a monthly, curated, specialty outdoor flea market at the Hastings-on-Hudson Metro North Train station parking lot (131 Southside Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY), overlooking the Hudson River.  At the Hastings Flea, local vendors sell unique, authentic, handpicked and handmade items including vintage finds, antiques, furniture, home goods, comics, crafts, jewelry and ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Special Olympians Win Gold

Friday, July 31, 2015 — Team USA New York (Sleepy Hollow/Brewster combined team) just WON the gold medal in Unified Men’s Basketball at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles!!!! The USA New York team went undefeated in their division and beat Peru, Kenya, Pakistan and Luxembourg to win the GOLD MEDAL!  They will receive their gold medals tomorrow morning, ... Read More »

Pets Alive Facility Now Expected to Stay in Westchester

| By Robert Kimmel | Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner is optimistic about keeping the Pets Alive animal shelter in operation locally, either at its present facility in Elmsford or elsewhere. Following a meeting with the board leadership of Pets Alive Thursday morning, he told The Hudson Independent that, “I would be surprised if the shelter closes.” Pets Alive Westchester ... Read More »

Pets Alive Leaving Elmsford; Land Ownership May Be Challenged

| by Robert Kimmel| With  Pets Alive in Elmsford announcing that it will close its facility in about three months, ownership of the 5 acres of land it has been using could be in dispute.  The no-kill animal shelter disclosed that the cost of maintaining the shelter, along with diminishing revenue, is leaving it with no choice but to shut ... Read More »

Flea Fun Hits Westchester

The “flea” experience has arrived in Westchester.  Hastings Flea is a monthly outdoor market with local vendors from the Hudson Valley selling everything from vintage to antiques, to furniture, jewelry, crafts and more.  Offering live music and entertainment powered by a solar stage, Hastings Flea also features food trucks, crafts for kids, community vendors and other activities. Hastings-on-Hudson resident Ilana ... Read More »

County Health Department Urges Precautions to Avoid West Nile Virus

|  by Bob Kimmel  | While no mosquitoes found so far this year in Westchester County have tested positive for West Nile Virus, the County Health Department is recommending some precautions regarding the disease. Primarily, it is urging residents to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes collected in Rockland County, in Queens and Staten Island have tested positive for the ... 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 »

Heather’s Work With Pioneer Team

Our practices were beginning to amount to progress, and a lot of it. The team was growing in strength, ability, and recognition. Every time I walked or talked with one of my new friends on the Pioneer Team, one of my friends from my classes in school would introduce themselves. My friends became their friends, and so it was for ... Read More »

First Sonic Drive-In Restaurant in Westchester Proposed in Greenburgh

|  by Rick Pezzullo  | The first Sonic drive-in restaurant in Westchester County is being proposed on the former site of the Greenburgh Neighborhood Health Center on Route 119. Representatives of Cinos Riverhead LLC of Harrison met with the Greenburgh Town Board during a work session on May 5 to discuss plans for the national fast food chain, which serves ... Read More »

YMCA Fund Raising Aimed at Changes in Main Street Facility

|  by Robert Kimmel  | Looking to its membership and the community for assistance, the Family YMCA at Tarrytown has embarked on a major money raising campaign to help fund the renovation of its existing Main Street location where work has already begun. The Y is relocating its Early Learning Center to the Main Street building, following its departure from ... Read More »

Second Annual Horseman Color Run is on!

|  by Dorothy Conigliaro  |   The Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns will hold its 2nd Annual Horseman Color Run 2015 on Saturday, June 20. The Foundation seeks to augment the school’s budget by raising funds for special projects to benefit the schools and students. Not only the Foundation, but so many others, work together to ensure ... Read More »

Ceremony at Lighthouse to Celebrate New Beacon

Exact replica of original lens has been installed in the Lighthouse.

|  by Robert Kimmel  | Without its light since the 1960’s, the Lighthouse by night has been a murky silhouette in the Hudson River off the Sleepy Hollow shoreline. But that is about to change. Originally labeled the Tarrytown Light when it was built in 1883, the structure was decommissioned in 1961, and its valuable lens was removed and sold ... Read More »

SH Trustees Consider Restaurant, Pool at River’s Edge

|  by Elaine Marranzano  | Sleepy Hollow is considering allowing the addition of a restaurant and a private swimming pool at the new River’s Edge condominium complex nearing completion at the bottom of Beekman Avenue. Neither the restaurant nor the pool was in the original special permit for the 60-unit, 60-foot-high building on the former Castle Oil site. A stop ... Read More »

Stalled Water Reservoir for SH Gets Boost for Construction

|  by Robert Kimmel   | A series of procedural matters holding up the construction of a critically needed new water reservoir for Sleepy Hollow apparently have been settled, and work on the structure could begin within a few months.  Agreement on the issues encountered followed two years of discussions between the Village, the Town of Mt. Pleasant and the ... Read More »

TEAC Leads Earth Day Cleanup

To celebrate Earth Day, three groups from the Village of Tarrytown sponsored a village-wide cleanup on Saturday, April 18.  The Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Committee organized an effort starting at Patriots’ Park, Friends of Neperan Park worked at that location, and the Tarrytown Lakes Committee sent out over volunteers throughout the trails around the Tarrytown Lakes. With added energy provided by ... Read More »

Stone Barns Center To Enhance Visitor Experience

Robust programming and ticketed weekend access will deepen understanding of food and farming at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills. Beginning Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture will be making changes to improve how visitors experience the farm. Visitors will need tickets for entry on Saturdays and Sundays. Entrance to the farm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and ... Read More »

Irvington Farmers Market Opens on Sunday, May 31

Irvington’s 2015 market has switched from its Wednesday offering to Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., “With a whole new ‘hands on’ board (literally –  we are meeting in May to make hand-painted signs for the market and our vendors), and, with it, a new look, new website, and new energy,” said Pascale Le Draoulec, the Irvington Farmer’s Market ... Read More »

Two Major Renovation Projects in Progress at Phelps Hospital

|  by Robert Kimmel  | Anyone entering the Phelps Memorial Hospital Center’s grounds in Sleepy Hollow will recognize that major renovations are underway. The two current construction projects are designed to provide the hospital with a new MRI facility equipped with an advanced, top-of-the line MRI device and a “specious, beautifully appointed lobby,” as described by Phelps. What was its ... Read More »