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Coast Guard Report Submerges Hudson River Anchorages Plans

   By Robert Kimmel –  The Coast Guard’s controversial proposal to establish 43 new barge anchorage locations in the Hudson River for shipping industry use, first introduced two years ago, has been pushed farther into the future, with its prospects in question. Opposition by municipalities, environmental groups, and the public, resulted in the proposal’s suspension last year. The Coast Guard ... Read More »

Second Nor’easter Sends a Body Blow to the Region

by Barrett Seaman March came into the Hudson Valley like a lion—a lion on steroids. Less than a week after a surprisingly powerful “bomb cyclone” swept up the eastern seaboard on March 2nd, a second storm, this one laden with wet, heavy snow, moved over a landscape still littered with fallen trees and power lines, bringing down even more. Tens ... Read More »

Irvington and Tarrytown Schools Reviewing Security Measures

By Robert Kimmel In the wake of the Florida school shooting, and recent similar tragedies, school district leaders in Irvington and Tarrytown are reviewing existing security measures within their schools. “Over the last five-and-a-half years, we’ve instituted a number of new security enhancements that include revised emergency plans and practicing drills on a regular basis,” Irvington Superintendent Dr. Kristopher Harrison ... Read More »

Anti-Gun Violence Demonstration Planned by Rivertown Students

By Robert Kimmel Hundreds of students in the rivertowns will demonstrate their support for tougher gun laws and their sympathy for the victims of the Parkland, Florida school massacre last month, when clocks read 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14. Sleepy Hollow and Irvington High School students anticipate leaving their classrooms and spending 17 minutes, most likely outside on school ... Read More »

In Our Libraries

The following events have been scheduled for March at the Warner Library, 121 N. Broadway in Tarrytown. For more information, call 631-7734 or visit Thursday, March 1 at 2 p.m. Video – Library of Congress Gershwin Prize –An all-star tribute to Tony Bennett. Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m.  Autism program with Robert J. Bernstein, author of Uniquely Normal/ tapping the reservoir of normalcy ... Read More »

Irvington Teacher Lawsuit Versus District Over Student Attack Dismissed

By Rick Pezzullo –  A State Supreme Court justice has dismissed a lawsuit filed last year by a special education teacher at Irvington Middle School who allegedly suffered “grievous and permanent injuries” after being attacked in a classroom by a student with a history of behavioral problems. Judge Lewis Lubell ruled on January 30 that the allegations made by Clarice ... Read More »

Irvington Girls Top Seed in Class B Playoffs after 19-1 Season

By Tom Pedulla — One overriding question surrounded the Irvington girls’ basketball team as it opened this season. How could the Bulldogs possibly replace point guard Lindsay Halpin, a four-year starter consistently ranked among the top 50 players in the state? “It was a huge adjustment,” said Coach Gina Maher. “It was not only her talent as a basketball player ... Read More »

Irvington Boys Hoops “All In” Theme Pays Off with 17-3 Record

By Tom Pedulla –  The Irvington boys’ basketball team adopted the theme “All In” for the season. And the coaches and players were, indeed, all in. Dedication that extended to participation in a summer league and regular work in the weight room led to a breakout 17-3 regular season under coach Scott Brennen after 8-12 and 12-8 records in his ... Read More »

Grappler Andrade Prevails in Section 1 Tourney

by Tom Pedulla –  When was a freshman at Irvington and assistant coach Ben Karol approached him about joining the wrestling team, he was intrigued enough to give it a try. When he reported for his first practice, doubt replaced curiosity. He was barely five feet tall and weighed little more than 100 pounds. And he knew nothing of a ... Read More »

“It’s a War Zone Out There!”

By Barrett Seaman –  Friday was not a good day in the Rivertowns—nor anyplace else along the eastern seaboard, as a brutal nor’easter ripped its way from the Carolinas through Maine throughout the day and into the evening. Winds clocked at over 60 m.p.h. downed trees and power lines throughout the area. Rain, then snow, then rain again deluged the ... Read More »

Irvington Man Accused of Serial Sexual Assaults

According to several news organizations, New York City Police are investigating more than a dozen accusations of sexual assault by former clients of voice-over coach Peter Rofé, a resident of Irvington. The story, including graphic accounts that fit a pattern of behavior going back over a decade, was first reported by It is based on Twitter and Facebook exchanges ... Read More »

March Exhibit at the Irvington Public Library: “Forest and Trees” by Jim Maciel

Jim Maciel artwork

Irvington-On-Hudson March Exhibit at the Irvington Public Library: “Forest and Trees” by Jim Maciel Jim Maciel returns to the Martucci Gallery in the Irvington Public Library to exhibit “Forest and Trees,” detailed Sumi Ink brush drawings on watercolor paper.  Sumi Ink is the black ink used in Japanese calligraphy.  Maciel works from photographs taken during his travels, this time through ... Read More »

Irvington Town Hall Theater Celebrates Black History Month with Groundbreaking Play on February 24

The Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) continues its celebration of Black History Month with a one night only, fully-staged reading of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking play, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, presented by 4th Wall Theatre, on Saturday, February 24th at 7:30 pm. The piece is billed as a “choreopoem” and weaves together 20 separate poems with music, movement, and narratives to tell ... Read More »

Irvington’s Read Aloud Day Draws Celebrity Readers

Irvington Schools have been participating in Litworld and UNESCO’s World Read Aloud Day to promote literacy for years, but this is the first time the schools have invited outsiders—prominent members of the community—to be their readers. On the morning of February 1st, Kindergartners through fifth graders gathered round in their classrooms at both the Dow’s Lane and Main Street Schools ... Read More »

Irvington: Late in Coming with Comp Plan, but Getting There

by Barrett Seaman –  The draft report from Irvington’s Comprehensive Planning Committee is late by five months, and it’s still only just a draft. But a copy obtained by The Hudson Independent offers a generally clear picture of the direction the eight-member committee wants the village to take going forward—and it’s not a lot different from what village officials outlined ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Cantonese Cooking Comes to Irvington

Mr. Koo’s Kitchen, chef/owner Ben Pope’s exceptional creation, features an homage to his family’s Cantonese roots; his menu is neither traditional nor modern, but a delicate blending of Chinese and Western elements. Born in Hong Kong, Pope moved to New Caledonia, a French colony, where he experienced a remarkable fusion cuisine: a complex mélange of Asian, French and native dishes. ... Read More »

Irvington’s Female Core Four Motivated by Unfinished Business

by Tom Pedulla –  Seniors Mary Brereton, Kelly Degnan, Heather Hall and Olivia Valdes have won so many girls basketball games for Irvington High School that there is only one thing left to accomplish – win it all. Their remarkable on- and off-court chemistry, developed since they started competing together in the third grade, has helped the Bulldogs earn six ... Read More »

Irvington Town Hall Theater To Present “Rock the Winter Blues” Film Series January 12 and February 2

The Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) Commission, which oversees the historic 115-year-old, 432-seat theater in Town Hall of Irvington, New York has announced the launch of a two-date winter film series — Rock the Winter Blues — at the theater, with screenings on Friday, January 12, 2018, and Friday, February 2, 2018, each starting at 7:30pm. Both screenings will be followed by live music ... Read More »

Irvington High School Students Recognized

Five Irvington High School students – Luke Carmosino, Miranda Farman, Jess Greene, Zoe Maxwell and Eric Pastarnack – were recognized for their achievements and dedication to their sports during the fall season when they received certificates at the Dec. 5 Board of Education meeting. —Photo courtesy of Irvington School District Read More »

Irvington Junior Point Guard Inspired by Sister’s Past Success

by Tom Pedulla –  Colby Martins never needed to look beyond his sister, Lexi, for a basketball role model. She was that good. Lexi closed her Irvington career as the school’s all-time leading scorer (1,879) and rebounder (1,485) in powering her team to four state championships. She was a three-time Class B Player of the Year. She went on to ... Read More »

Recycling Rangers

Every Tuesday, Dows Lane Elementary School third-graders, also known as the Recycling Rangers, roll up their sleeves and head to work as they spend part of the day handling the entire school’s recycling. Read More »

Astorbuck Parking Application Riles Irvington Neighbors

by Barrett Seaman – There’s an old saw that if you squeeze a balloon, you don’t get any less air; it simply moves elsewhere. That bit of folk wisdom certainly applies when it comes to parking in the rivertowns—most certainly in the Village of Irvington. The latest example of that involves an application by the Astorbuck Corporation, which owns the ... Read More »

Dows Lane Students Donate Supplies to Puerto Rico

Students and staff at Dows Lane Elementary School are spreading kindness by assisting students who were affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. They have donated more than 200 pounds of school supplies to the Juana Colon School in Comerio, Puerto Rico. Throughout the month of November, which also coincided with the Dows Lane’s Character Education theme of taking action, ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Geordane’s Food World: A Hands-Down Favorite in Irvington

by Dorothy Conigliaro –  Situated midway down Irvington’s Main Street, Geordane’s Food World, a small business with a huge clientele, has been the go-to food emporium for its faithful and enthusiastic patrons for almost 30 years. The longtime owner and now sole proprietor of this popular landmark is Danielle Diaz who, with her husband, decided to open a place themselves ... Read More »

Airbnb Brings Challenge to Zoning in the Rivertowns

by Alexander Roberts The rivertowns have some of the strictest zoning policies in the nation, designed to ensure that land use is tightly controlled. Yet today some homeowners are openly violating zoning laws in Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, advertising on the Internet site Airbnb, transforming their single-family houses, apartments and condominiums into illegal hotels and boarding houses. A recent ... Read More »

Rivertowns Residents Weigh In on Broadway Corridor Bike Lane

by Barrett Seaman –  The bicycles are coming, they’re coming to town. If you believe the Route 9 Active Transportation campaign pitch, they will be coming over the new Mario Cuomo Bridge or up from the city by the thousands—and the rivertowns will need to prepare for them by building a bike lane along Broadway (Route 9) from Ossining all ... Read More »

Reaching a Milestone

Zoe Maxwell, an Irvington High School senior, scored her 100th career soccer goal during a game against Dobbs Ferry High School on Oct. 11. She reached the milestone when she scored the first goal of the game, which was followed by four additional goals in a 6-1 victory. Read More »

Local High School Football Teams Fail to Hit Pay Dirt


by Tom Pedulla –  DOBBS FERRY Dobbs Ferry completed the regular season with a 6-2 record, a fine accomplishment for a team that depended heavily on underclassmen. The Eagles carried six seniors, only half of whom received significant playing time. “We’ve been getting a lot better each week,” said Coach James Moran. “We were starting from ground zero with some ... Read More »

Route 9 Active Transportation Conceptual Design Plan

Public Service Announcement The “Route 9 Active Transportation Conceptual Design Plan” is bringing together residents, merchants and government officials with transportation professionals to figure out how to make Broadway safe for people walking and biking. The study group gathered public input in June.  The community is invited to learn about the project, discuss potential design alternatives and get involved in ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Two New Taste Treats in Our Rivertowns

Brrzaar Bridge Street, Irvington With the grand opening of Brrzaar Bridge Street (formerly Bridge Street Café) on October 2, Brrzaar’s owner, Michelle  Leddy, has formally expanded her highly successful Brrzaar at the Irvington Station fro-yo venue, but this time with a new culinary twist. Hailing from New Orleans, Leddy has hired chef Dedra Williams, also from NOLA,  to create a ... Read More »

Coaches, Players Favor Thrills of Football over Injury Risks

by Tom Pedulla Steve Yurek lacked what he needed most when he was hired before last season to coach the varsity football team at Irvington High School – players. He inherited a program with an 18-member roster, two above the required number on game day. That was cutting it too close. He responded by posting notices around town encouraging youngsters ... Read More »

Irvington’s Brian Smith Looks Beyond His Tenure as Mayor

by Barrett Seaman “We are seeing people leave who would otherwise have stayed because their property taxes have gone up so dramatically.” —Brian Smith There will be no surprises in this November’s Irvington village races, as incumbent Trustees Connie Kehoe and Janice Silverberg, along with Mayor Brian Smith, are running unopposed. They will rejoin Trustees Mark Gilliland and Larry Lonky ... Read More »

Play by Irvington Couple Delves Into the World of Autism


by Barrett Seaman  Andy Paris and Anushka Paris-Carter of Irvington are an unusual couple that have written an unusual play about unusual people that will open October 25 at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture’s Loreto Theater on Bleecker Street in Manhattan. And, at the risk of being overly repetitive, it is a play that is being produced, directed ... Read More »

What I Did During My Summer Break

Oscar Dring (far right) and other teens on an indian reservation in Montana.

by Oscar Dring   This summer I participated in a service adventure program called Visions. I was stationed on the Blackfoot Native American reservation in Browning Montana. Visions ( has similar service programs in Alaska, The British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, and six other countries. For a month, I stayed in a small ranch on the reservation and, along with 18 other ... Read More »

The Aligned Center: A Holistic Approach to Shared Office Space

by Barrett Seaman  Nestled within Irvington’s sprawling Bridge Street complex on the banks of the Hudson is a new office space designed for solo professionals, entrepreneurs, writers and others seeking a home within the growing “gig economy.” It’s got comfy, relatively spacious glassed-in offices with phones, computers and “white noise” machines to facilitate concentration. There’s a communal kitchen with a ... Read More »

Irvington Teacher Files Lawsuit vs District Over Student Attack

by Rick Pezzullo A special education teacher at Irvington Middle School has filed a lawsuit against the district after allegedly suffering “grievous and permanent injuries” after being attacked in a classroom last March by a student with a history of behavioral problems. In an August 21 complaint filed in state Supreme Court, Clarice Martin, and her fellow plaintiff, husband Douglas ... Read More »

Rivertowns Now Have Their Own Uber-Chamber of Commerce

Maggie Segrich

by Barrett Seaman  Maggie Segrich is really into networking. Now, with the formation of a Rivertowns Chamber of Commerce, which will have members from Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington and Ardsley, she is taking it to a new level. Shortly after she opened Alice & Chains, her bespoke jewelry shop, now located in Dobbs Ferry, she launched a Women Entrepreneurs group ... Read More »

Irvington Board Tackles Downtown Parking Regulations

by Barrett Seaman  It is said that parking is the third rail of village politics—at least in the rivertowns. Whether it’s space allocation for Metro North commuters or downtown parking for shoppers, there’s never enough of it. Dare to suggest building more lots or, heaven forbid, a multi-story garage, however, and locals will accuse officials of destroying the character of ... Read More »

Opioid Addiction Epidemic Targeted by Local Law Enforcement Groups

by Robert Kimmel Faced with the continuing opioid addiction epidemic and related deaths, local authorities are intensifying their efforts to battle the problem. The police departments of Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow are among local law enforcement agencies aggressively working with the Town of Greenburgh’s Drug and Alcohol Task Force to deal with the growing addiction crisis. Set up in ... Read More »

Irvington Singer/Songwriter Miyuki Furtado’s Band, Divining Rod, Breaks New Musical Ground

By Robert Firpo-Cappiello Like many Westchester dads, Irvington’s Miyuki Furtado traded Brooklyn for a quieter life in the ‘burbs right around the time he became a father. Unlike most, however, Furtado also traded a life of round-the-world rock-n-roll touring for afternoons strumming an acoustic guitar while his daughter napped. Those quiet moments of guitar playing would lead Furtado to launch ... Read More »

Abbott House Serves as Halfway Haven for Refugee Children

by Barrett Seaman  One young girl arrived wearing her only piece of clothing: a potato sack. Another had a severe heart murmur; another, cerebral palsy. Often coming from impoverished Central American villages—some wracked by gang violence, many of these children have never seen a doctor. Since late June, they have been arriving in groups of four, or 10 or 12. ... Read More »

At the Halfway Mark, Irvington’s 2017 Comprehensive Plan

by Barrett Seaman  Imagine driving down Broadway into Irvington sometime in the late 2020s. The hillside to the east, on your left, is a mosaic of attached condo units in clusters, a modestly proportioned assisted living facility, along with occasional low-rise office buildings not much different in architectural style from nearby homes. As you pass the large white mansion on ... Read More »

Irvington: Three Seats, Three Candidates … So Far

by Barrett Seaman  There are three open slots on the November ballot for seats on the Irvington Village Board of Trustees: one for mayor and two for trustees. With little more than three months to go, there are exactly three candidates vying to fill those seats: Mayor Brian C. Smith is seeking a fourth term as the village’s chief executive; ... Read More »

Scripts Sought for ITHT Stage Door Playwright Festival

Daryl Samuel Irvington Town Hall

The Irvington Town Hall Theater is excited to announce the inaugural year of the ITHT Stage Door Playwright Festival. After three seasons of hosting innovative and compelling readings of new works by contemporary playwrights, the series has evolved into a weekend festival. It will launch this November in the beautiful historic theater situated above town hall in Irvington on Hudson. ... Read More »

Smith announces fourth term bid in Irvington

by Barrett Seaman “With great humility,” Irvington Mayor Brian C. Smith announced on Facebook that he will be seeking a fourth term as mayor of Irvington in the November election. Smith, who was originally elected as a Republican, says he is running on “the independent (lower case ‘i’) Irvington First party line,” having broken with the state and national GOP ... Read More »

Gedid, Friedman Win Special Election for Irvington BOE

Maura Gedid

by Rick Pezzullo Maura Gedid and Brian Friedman were the top two vote-getters in the July 11 special election for two seats on the Irvington Board of Education. The summer election was scheduled after residents in the Irvington School District voted in May to expand the Board of Education from five to seven members. Gedid, who helped the district start ... Read More »

Tarrytown Man Nabbed on Felony Drug Charges

police car

  As members of the Greenburgh Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Tarrytown and Irvington police officers were involved in an investigation that led to the arrest of Jesse A. Jorge of Tarrytown. Task Force members, along with officers from the North Castle Police Department and Detective Division, caught up with Jorge at a Stop & Shop on North Broadway in ... Read More »


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Irvington Moves to Muffle Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

by Barrett Seaman  Homeowners, many of them members of the newly formed Irvington Activists coalition, packed the trustee meeting room for the June 5th meeting to urge the board to tighten a proposal that would outlaw the use of gas-powered blowers except during the March 15-to-May 15 and September 15-to-December 15 spring and fall cleanup seasons. Many thought the dates ... Read More »

Celebrate IRVINGTON Day

Record crowds turned out on a sunny Sunday, June 18, which also happened to be Father’s Day, for the fourth annual pull-out-all-the-stops celebration of the village and its merchants. According to Deputy Mayor Connie Kehoe, who oversaw the event, “Many more families with kids were participating at various locations: watching the student musicians, trying out the chalk art, taking part ... Read More »

Four Vie for Two Seats on Expanded Irvington BOE

by Rick Pezzullo In May, residents in the Irvington School District voted to expand the Board of Education from five to seven members. A special election was set for July 11 and four individuals have stepped forward to vie for the two additional seats: John Dawson, Brian Friedman, Maura Gedid and Della Lenz. Voting will take place from 7 a.m. ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler – June 2017


by Maria Ann Roglieri Babies Born Congratulations to Sabina and Cézanne Huq of Ardsley on the birth of their baby girl, Ana, on April 2, 2017. Congratulations also to Charlie and Danielle Reda of Tarrytown on the birth of their baby girl, Kyleigh Angela, on April 4, 2017. Art Exhibit Award-winning plein air artist and Tarrytown resident, Doris Mady, will ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Irvington High and West Point Grad Injured in Army Copter Crash

A Black Hawk Army helicopter that took the life of one soldier when it crashed on a training exercise in southern Maryland in April also left seriously injured Captain Terikazu Onoda, a 2009 West Point graduate who was an alumnus of Irvington High School, Class of 2005. At Irvington, he was a varsity cross country runner and wrestler. According to ... Read More »

Irvington Playwright Robert Firpo-Cappiello to Perform Solo Show in NYC on June 6

Robert Firpo Cappiello

by Paula Romanow Etzel Irvington resident Robert Firpo-Cappiello will perform his new play, Festa, at Dixon Place in Manhattan on Tuesday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. Firpo-Cappiello is a writer, actor, director, and composer whose highly-acclaimed solo show Beggars Rain was presented as part of the Irvington Town Hall Theater’s Stage Door Reading Series in October, 2015. Upon garnering rave reviews ... Read More »

Irvington Playwright Robert Firpo-Cappiello To Perform Solo Show in NYC on June 6

by Paula Romanow Etzel Irvington resident Robert Firpo-Cappiello will perform his new play, Festa, at Dixon Place in Manhattan on Tuesday, June 6 at 7:30 pm. Firpo-Cappiello is a writer, actor, director, and composer whose highly-acclaimed solo show Beggars Rain was presented as part of the Irvington Town Hall Theater’s Stage Door Reading Series in October, 2015.  Upon garnering rave reviews ... Read More »

Tax Hikes Unknown in School Budgets; Board of Ed Races Uncontested

by Rick Pezzullo Residents who go to the polls on May 16 to cast their vote on the proposed 2017-18 school budgets will have to figure out on their own how their property taxes will be affected due to the recent revaluation of property values in the Town of Greenburgh. Both Tarrytown School District Superintendent Christopher Borsari and Irvington School ... Read More »

Irvington Arrest Leads to Bust of Burglary Ring

Irvington Police Car

by Barrett Seaman  When Irvington police officers went to investigate a home invasion and robbery at a Main Street apartment last August, little did they know that it would eventually lead to the round-up of a 10-man burglary ring responsible, said prosecutors, for a four-year “brazen crime spree” across Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess counties, the Bronx, and Fairfield County ... Read More »

Irvington Town Hall Theater Presents International Short Film Festival (As iFF) on April 22 Followed by After-Party with Filmmakers and Actors

The All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF) will screen its spring program at 7:30 pm on April 22 at the Irvington Town Hall Theater.  An after-party for all festival ticket-holders will follow at Red Hat on the River (1 Bridge Street, Irvington) where audience members can meet and talk with filmmakers and actors. The spring program features 11 outstanding live ... Read More »

Local High School Baseball and Softball Previews

by Tom Pedulla The Hudson Independent looks at the prospects for local baseball and softball teams: (Abbreviations key—1B (first base); 2B (second base); SS (shortstop); 3B (third base); OF (outfield); C (catcher); LHP (left-handed pitcher); RHP (right-handed pitcher). BASEBALL HACKLEY Coach: Steve Frolo, 20th year Last year’s record: 11-7 Top returning players: 1B Dan Chung, 2B Dan Hernandez, SS Alex ... Read More »

Irvington Girls Finish Season 25-2; One Win Short of State

by Tom Pedulla When members of the Irvington girls’ basketball team glanced at the scoreboard for the final time this season, they could not help but feel the sting of disappointment. They had fallen short against Seton Catholic, 86-67, in the Class B state championship game at Hudson Valley Community College for only their second defeat of the season. The ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – Celebrating the Hamiltons of Irvington

Principal creative people involved in the James Hamilton show. (L-R:) Eighth-grader Sasha Paris Carter, vocal coach; eighth grader Liam Oley, composer; retired Irvington High School Principal Dr. Scott Mosenthal, librettist. —Photo by: Barrett Seaman

by Barrett Seaman Who Will Tell Your Story? asks the title of a brand new musical production about Hamilton—that is, the family that survived Alexander Hamilton after Aaron Burr shot him to death in 1804. The story, subtitled An Evening with the Hamiltons of Irvington, focuses on the life of Hamilton’s oldest surviving son, James, whose own legacy is deeply ... Read More »

Award-Winning Playwright Samuel Harps Presents Reading in Irvington on April 13

Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT)’s Stage Door series will present a reading of The Burning of New York by award-winning playwright Samuel Harps on Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. Now in its third season, the series produces staged readings of original works followed by a Q & A with the playwright and actors. Without the technical aspects of a fully-staged show, the ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Barbecue Heaven in Irvington

Jacob Styburski

Revenge BBQ by Linda Viertel “Happiness is the best revenge,” said Jacob Styburski, owner and pitmaster of Irvington’s newest culinary destination and take-out eatery. In fact, he is so passionate about barbecue, Texas-style brisket in particular, that he has named his new place Revenge BBQ (Revenge is his three-year old son’s middle name as well.) This guy is serious! Styburski ... Read More »

Irvington Middle School Student to Compete in Statewide Geography Bee

Irvington Middle School sixth-grader Andrew Zhou has qualified to compete in the statewide National Geographic Bee. Photo courtesy of the Irvington Union Free School District

Irvington Middle School sixth-grader Andrew Zhou, a geography whiz, qualified to compete in the statewide National Geographic Bee, which was held at the New York State Museum in Albany on March 31. Zhou, who was named the schoolwide Geography Bee winner in January, is among 104 fourth- through eighth-graders invited to compete at the state level. In order to qualify ... Read More »

Safety Measures Undergoing Review in Local Schools

by Robert Kimmel Safety concerns at local schools have heightened in the aftermath of the wave of bomb threats targeted at Jewish Community Centers and schools across the country, including the JCC in Tarrytown. While those threats have proven to be hoaxes, authorities say such acts can’t be ignored. Both the Tarrytown and Irvington school districts have safety committees that ... Read More »

Irvington’s Immigrant Protection Resolution Serving as Model in County

by Barrett Seaman Following the adoption March 6 by Irvington’s Board of Trustees of a resolution declaring that the village will not cooperate with enforcement of federal immigration laws, the language crafted for the village has become a model for other Westchester municipalities. A version is currently under consideration by the Westchester County Board of Legislators. According to the Irvington ... 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 »

A First Peek At Projected Greenburgh Property Tax Rates

By Barrett Seaman In the final week in March, Greenburgh Town Assessor Edye McCarthy told a gathering of local realtors that they could expect tax rates in the year ahead to run from 3.2% to 3.7% of assessed value. Irvington, she said, looked to have a rate of about 3.4%, Dobbs Ferry 3.7% and Edgemont 3.6%. Roughly translated, these would ... Read More »

Irvington Board Passes Immigrant Protection Resolution

Irvington Immigrant Resolution

By Barrett Seaman After 90 minutes of impassioned public comment, Irvington’s Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a resolution stating that its law enforcement officials will “not engage in activities solely for the purpose of enforcing federal immigration laws” and “not honor detainer requests” from immigration enforcement agencies without judicial warrant. The three-page resolution further commits that the village will not ... Read More »

Community Leaders Mobilize Against Trump Policies with Focus on Immigration

by Robert Kimmel At a recent meeting described as a “Rivertown Gathering for Future Social Action,” community leaders spoke out in opposition to a range of Trump administration policies and particularly those dealing with immigration. Those policies came under fire from Congresswoman Nita Lowey who highlighted the session, held at a private Tarrytown residence. She described what she and her ... Read More »

Irvington Launches a New Comprehensive Plan for Village

by Barrett Seaman  Fourteen years after Irvington last compiled a long-term Comprehensive Plan, village officials have launched a new one. They started in mid-February with a “traveling road show” in which the leaders of five working groups worked a room of about 30 residents seated at round tables in Village Hall in an effort to explain the parameters of the ... Read More »

Sports – Local Basketball Squads Produce Mixed Results

by Tom Pedulla The Hudson Independent looks at how the local basketball teams fared during the regular season: Girls Hackley With the exception of senior captain Kristen Bringsjord, Hackley depended heavily on a young and inexperienced roster in struggling to a 4-14 record. A season sweep of Fieldston and Bringsjord’s scrappy play provided a couple of highlights. Second-year coach Margaret ... Read More »

Sports – Halpin Leads Irvington by Making Teammates Better

by Tom Pedulla In what is often viewed as a “me-me world,” All-State girls’ basketball star Lindsay Halpin of Irvington stands out as the total antithesis. Halpin, the Bulldogs’ senior point guard, played her position as a four-year starter in its purest form. She has the extraordinary ability to see everything happening on the court, to understand how defenses are ... Read More »

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 »

Unassuming Smile

by W.B. King   As a literary genre, horror fiction usually connotes blood, guts and fear. Authors who conjure dark tales of fright and flight with deliberate moxie, however, often present juxtaposed character traits than their ghoulish protagonists. “When people look at me they are surprised that I write horror,” said Irvington resident and author Lori M. Myers. “But I’m a ... Read More »

Hudson Loft Brings an Urban Chic Space to the Rivertowns

Loft event spot in Irvington

by Barrett Seaman  For decades, the Irvington Education Foundation (IEF) has raised the lion’s share of the money it donates in the form of grants to supplement the village’s public school programs through a one-night winter gala with a live auction. In the past, these upscale events have ranged from dressy dinner dances at the Marriott on Route 119 to ... Read More »

A Bit of Old Rome on the Hudson Unearthed at Greystone

by Barrett Seaman  Saturninus, the freed slave who rose to be a senior tax collector for the Roman Emperor Claudius, would surely have been surprised at the ride his tombstone took after his passing in the mid-first century AD. Commissioned as the receptacle for his ashes by his wife Flavia, the monument—or “cippus”—was impressive enough to eventually earn a spot ... Read More »

Helping Children in Need

Irvington Middle School students, teachers, staff and administrators collected 561 toys that were donated to children in need through the Open Door Family Medical Center in Sleepy Hollow. The annual toy drive was organized by the Spanish Club and far surpassed last year’s record by 100 gifts. Read More »

New Hotel Tax Becomes Law 

Fourteen Westchester Communities,  Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow among them, will be benefiting from a hotel and motel tax law signed late last month by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The law calls for a local  three percent “bed tax” to be  charged by hotels and motels. The tax legislation,  sponsored by Assemblyman and State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, had been pursued by ... Read More »

Lifelong Tree Climber Plants ‘Great Spruce’

By Krista Madsen A grand Norway spruce stands, rootball and all, awaiting a plot somewhere in Irvington where it will rise up to 100 feet. The tree, now about 15 feet, all lit up in the courtyard adjacent to the Red Hat restaurant, comes as a generous gift to the village, to plant where it sees fit, from local tree ... Read More »

Sports – High School Basketball Previews for Local Boys and Girls Teams

by Tom Pedulla The Hudson Independent examines the prospects of local schools for the upcoming varsity basketball season. Girls HACKLEY Head coach: Margaret Scarcella, second season Last year’s record: 18-7 Top returning players: Forward Krissy Barrett (5’11”, jr.), Guard Kristen Bringsjord (5’6”, sr.), Guard Meaghan Cunningham (5’4”, sr.), Guard Ismene Germanakos (5’3”, soph.), Forward Ijeoma Nworkie (5’10”, jr.), Guard Jordan ... 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 »

Film Based on Irvington Author’s Best Seller Postponed to the Spring

In addition to fall and spring All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF) film events, the Best of Film Series returns to the Irvington Town Hall Theater this season. The popular series, which premiered in 2009, presents full-length documentary and feature films. North By Northwest, the Alfred Hitchcock classic, will be presented on December 8 at 7:00 pm in collaboration with ... Read More »

Special Holiday-Themed Cabaret on the Hudson Event Brings NYC Performers to Irvington on December 11

The Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) kicks off the third season of its highly acclaimed Cabaret on the Hudson series with a special holiday-themed program on Sunday, December 11th at 3:00 pm. A collaboration of ITHT and NiCori Studios and Productions, this intimate series allows the audience and performer to engage in a musical conversation. Series host, multi-award-nominated cabaret singer ... 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 »

Homeowners Seek to Overcome Tax Shock from Reassessment

Tax Man Bill

by Barrett Seaman On November 7, the Greenburgh Assessor’s Office closed its books on the two-year process of revaluing properties in the township. At the end of the day, according to Assessor Edye McCarthy, some 3,200 homes had increases of more than 25%. Of those 1,100 applied for the three-year phase-in, of which 157 were denied for failure to meet ... Read More »

Irvington Bulldogs Finish Season 3-5 on Gridiron

by Rick Pezzullo The Irvington varsity football team finished the regular season 3-5 under first year head coach Steve Yurek. The Bulldogs started off 2-1 after victories over Croton-Harmon and Yonkers Montessori Academy but then lost four straight before ending strong with a 20-7 win over Hastings on October 22. In the Hastings contest, junior Tim Meszaros rushed for 146 ... Read More »

Irvington Residents Complain of Too Little Traffic Enforcement

by Barrett Seaman As the birthplace of the Slow Down Rivertowns campaign that has since swept through lower Hudson Valley villages, Irvington has been working for nearly two years to change the driving habits of those who travel through the village, whether residents or not. Manifestations of progress are visible: “Slow Down” signs on virtually every street; radar monitors that ... Read More »