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Armed Robber Hits Tarrytown Chase Branch on South Broadway

Chase Bank armed robbery in Tarrytown, New York

by Barrett Seaman – In a brash move, considering it was at the height of rush hour, a man wearing a black ski mask and brandishing a handgun entered the Chase Bank branch at 360 South Broadway, just north of the busy rte. #119 interchange, on Monday and demanded money. Beside the ski mask, the only descriptor bank employees could ... 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 »

New Water Reservoir Fulfills Sleepy Hollow’s Requirements 

by Robert Kimmel –  Sleepy Hollow’s huge new water reservoir is operational, opening the way for growth within the village, and ending deficiencies the village faced prior to its construction. The underground tank holding 1.6 million gallons of water is “critical” for further development in the village as Mayor Ken Wray described it during the ribbon-cutting inaugural for the structure ... Read More »

Real Estate Investor Looks to Tame Cortlandt Street

by Elaine Marranzano –  The tornado-force winds of change are blowing down Cortlandt Street in Sleepy Hollow in the form of Billy Procida, a high-profile, feisty, real estate lender who is the new owner of eight mixed-use buildings on the beleaguered inner-village street. Procida acquired the properties when previous owner Cirilo Rodriquez defaulted on a $9.5 million loan from Procida’s ... Read More »

Help for Needy in Puerto Rico Pursued in Local Communities

by Robert Kimmel – Residents of hurricane battered Puerto Rico are benefitting from a large amount of aid provided by our rivertowns. Contributions of needed goods and cash have been facilitated by organizations, institutions, businesses, houses of worship, committed individuals, and the county and villages. “There has been an overwhelmingly supportive response,” said Natalie Coriano of Westchester’s Department of Social ... Read More »

North Country Chairs Find a Home in the Rivertowns

by Dorothy Conigliaro Many hands make light — and artful — work when put to a good cause.  This was the case when a group of volunteers lent their time and talents towards the decoration of Adirondack chairs for our community. Christina Blatt, Art Director for the Neighborhood House in Tarrytown, first imagined the idea, and wondered how it might ... Read More »

From Out of the Ashes, the Ardsley Country Club Reopens

by Barrett Seaman   In the wee hours of December 14, 2014, random individuals—a woman in Dobbs Ferry having trouble sleeping, a state trooper across the Hudson—reported seeing flames shooting skyward on the hilltop straddling the border between Irvington and Dobbs Ferry. A fire that started in a dumpster abutting the kitchen of the Ardsley Country Club (The Hudson Independent, January ... Read More »

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by Maria Ann Roglieri THANKS TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS Tarrytown’s Kimberly Marcus has been a busy bee. She and Melissa Baer co-organized TEDxTarrytown, an independently run event under a license from TED in order to connect different ideas and people in the community. The event will be held on 10/22 at the Irvington Town Hall Theater; for more information see https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/24323. ... 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 »

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 »

Cattle Farm on Rockefeller Preserve in Sleepy Hollow to Disperse

by Elaine Marranzano If you are accustomed to walking in Rockefeller State Park Preserve and enjoy seeing the cattle, say goodbye while you can. The cows are going. Once described as “Bonanza meets Downton Abbey,” Hudson Pines, the cattle farm in Sleepy Hollow owned by the late David Rockefeller, will host a “complete dispersal” sale on November 1. “It is ... Read More »

A 19th Century Hastings’ Confederate Cemetery Monument Designed to Unify Causes Present-Day Concern

by W. B. King From Charlottesville, Virginia to San Diego, California, public monuments celebrating leaders of the Confederate Army, such as Robert E. Lee, are being toppled by residents and municipalities that decry associations to slavery and oppression. This heated national debate now includes a local Confederate monument in Mount Hope Cemetery in the Town of Greenburgh. “The Confederacy was ... Read More »

Tarrytown Fire Department Parade Includes Many Units From Across the Region

  Some 20 visiting fire departments, mostly from Westchester but also from Rockland County, and one from New Jersey, participated in the Tarrytown Fire Department’s parade Saturday, with equipment, marchers and bands stretching for blocks along village Streets. Neighboring firefighters from Irvington and Sleepy Hollow were among the marchers. Clusters of residents and visitors lined Main Street and applauded  as the various departments’ members strutted to ... Read More »

Tarrytown Affordable Housing: Fight Looms Over Who is Eligible

by Alexander Roberts After more than a decade of battles over size and design, Tarrytown’s affordable housing project at 21 Wildey Street is well on its way to projected completion by November 30. A new controversy, however, has arisen over which ordinance the village will follow to determine who may apply for the 12 new apartments. The development of the ... Read More »

Tarrytown’s Trustees Mull Lengthy List of Topics

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by Robert Kimmel In addition, the regular meeting was preceded by a briefing on the status of the village’s Comprehensive Plan by David Aukland, chair of the project’s steering committee, and William Brady, project manager. A contingent from the Tarrytown Fire Department, led by Fire Chief David Goldstein, appealed to the board to initiate bids for dredging a channel in ... Read More »

Bring Your Own Kayak Program Likely on the Lakes

by Barrett Seaman   For several years now, it’s been possible for residents and visitors alike to rent a kayak and explore the wildlife-rich shores of the Tarrytown Lakes on weekends. The vendor, Hudson River Recreation, charges anywhere from $20 for one hour in a single kayak up to $60 for three hours in a double. This summer, the Tarrytown Village ... Read More »

ITAV10591 to Launch New Service

A community grant will help a local group expand its commitment to seniors with a new service. ITAV10591, the group of volunteers dedicated to helping seniors live independently in their homes, has received a $12,000 grant from the Westchester Community Foundation. The WCF is a division of the New York Community Trust, one of the largest community foundations in the ... Read More »

Tarrytown’s Mark Morganelli Brings Jazz to Local Audience

by Maria Ann Roglieri Mark Morganelli is a jazz trumpet player, a producer, Executive Director of Jazz Forum Arts, and owner of the new Jazz Forum Club at 1 Dixon Lane in Tarrytown. He boasts an impressive biography (see his website http://jazzforumarts.org/mark-morganelli/) and has contributed much to the cultural life of Tarrytown and Westchester. He began enriching the Westchester arts ... Read More »

Lowey Presents Overdue Medals to Tarrytown WWII Veteran

by Morey Storck Tarrytown resident Leon Gutherz was awarded five medals, due to a neighbor’s interest and initiative, albeit 70 years late. It was during an outside gab session one afternoon that Gutherz happened to mention his war record to one of the group. She immediately picked up on it, felt he definitely deserved recognition, copied his discharge papers, put ... Read More »

As Completion of the New Bridge Nears, Changes Are Coming Along Roadways in the Rivertowns

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by Barrett Seaman  The trend is clear: biking and walking are in; driving—especially at high speed—is frowned upon in the rivertowns. Encouraged by state transportation authorities in anticipation of the major changes in traffic patterns that will come with the opening of the new bridge, local municipalities are making plans to encourage the former and crack down on the latter. ... Read More »

The New Bridge Name Contest Continues

by Robert Kimmel What name would you like to see on the New NY Bridge which will be replacing the existing Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge in 2018? Specific word has yet to come from the N.Y. Thruway Authority or officials in Albany as to whether the name will remain or will be changed. The Hudson Independent is giving ... Read More »

SnapFitness to Open in Tarrytown in Mid-May

by W.B. King   Along with the YMCA and the recently opened Tarrytown Fitness Center, residents who enjoy working out have yet another option to get physical: SnapFitness. “What differentiates us from other gyms is that we are open 24 hours, seven days a week with unlimited access for members,” said General Manager and franchise owner, Eric Thomas. “The equipment, trainers ... 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 »

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 »

East Parcel in Sleepy Hollow Moves Closer to Development

East Parcel Sleepy Hollow old GM plant

by Robert Kimmel The “East Parcel,” the 29-acre section of the former General Motors site set aside for use by the Village of Sleepy Hollow, is one important step closer to achieving its purpose. A mandatory environmental review process for the parcel was formally completed by the Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation, (SHLDC) at a public board meeting late last ... 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 »

Tarrytown Administrator Mike Blau Reflects on Years with Village

by Robert Kimmel  When Mike Blau departs from his position as Tarrytown’s Administrator next month, he’ll have completed two tours of duty totaling more than 17 years in that job. He’ll leave behind a solid record. “He worked remarkably well with all of Tarrytown’s various constituencies, plus he was a tireless advocate and relentless cheerleader for the village,” Mayor Drew ... Read More »