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Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Donald H. Whitely –  Dr. King was honored with the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1964. He was the youngest man to ever receive the award at the age of 35. On April 4, 1968, my sister Tina and I had just started doing our homework in our family’s second floor, five-room apartment. My sister was in her room, ... Read More »

Creative Hearts: A Unique Art and Enrichment Program for Children

by Morey Storck –  Director and lead teacher Emily Gosweiler is the founder of Creative Hearts and the creator of its unique, uplifting approach to educating the whole child. As their mission statement emphasizes: “We use every moment of the day as a teaching tool to focus on empathy, compassion, kindness, self-confidence, and love. We accept and respect them, just ... Read More »

Visiting Students Experience Holidays in New and Expanded Ways

by Julia Ann Friedman – EF students in Tarrytown come to this country from all over the world, seeking an education in which they learn and utilize the English language. For these students, an enticing aspect of being in the New York metro area is all of the holiday traditions, especially during the winter months. Christmas in New York is ... 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 »

Local Firefighter Battling Brain Cancer Gifted Super Bowl Tickets

by W.B. King – Humble, selfless, giving and positive are among words often associated with Bill Duggan. After 41 years as a celebrated Tarrytown volunteer firefighter, he is known to go the extra mile to help people—be it a stranger, family member or friend. Even a recent stage four brain cancer diagnosis hasn’t changed his upbeat, can-do attitude. “I’m just ... Read More »

Community Food Pantry Helps Serve Hundreds of Needy Families

By Anna Young –  At a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet, the Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown provides groceries to hundreds of families in need every month. In an effort to take care of an average of 250 hungry families, Rachelle Gebler, president of the food pantry, said volunteers carefully select nutritious ... Read More »

Thrift Shop in Tarrytown Run by People with Disabilities

by Rick Pezzullo –  A new thrift shop in the Community Opportunity Center in Tarrytown has the distinction of being the first enterprise in Westchester County run almost entirely by people with intellectual and learning disabilities. Thrifty Finds, located at 105 Wildey Street, was the brainchild of YAI (Young Adult Institute) Westchester Direct Support Provider Dyna Denis, who felt such ... Read More »

Community Coalition Holiday Effort Announcements

Open Door Family Medical Centers Holiday Toy Drive November 18 – December 15 Please donate new, unwrapped, toys and gifts for our young patients ages newborn to 14 years old. Suggested value between $10 – $20 Please bring you donations to Sleepy Hollow Open Door, 80 Beekman Avenue Thanks so much for bringing holiday cheer to the kids and helping reduce ... 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 »

Open Door Family Medical Centers Holiday Toy Drive

November 18 – December 15 Please donate new, unwrapped, toys and gifts for our young patients ages newborn to 14 years old. Suggested value between $10 – $20 Please bring your donations to Sleepy Hollow Open Door, 80 Beekman Avenue Thanks so much for bringing holiday cheer to the kids and helping reduce the stress for families in need during ... Read More »

Community Coalition: Holiday Effort Announcements

Let’s Play! A Place for Families and the Social Action 10591 Supper Club The Supper Club is looking for people interested in cooking and/or donating money to provide meals for 11 scholarship families who attend Tarrytown-based parent-child program, Let’s Play! A Place for Families. Meals will be delivered to Let’s Play! on November 7th and 14th. Contact Lisa Piedimonte Bergman ... Read More »

Tarrytown Schools Screen New Documentary on Teenage Anxiety

by Maria Ann Roglieri –  Anxiety in teenagers is increasing and is currently a hot topic among school psychologists and parents. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety afflicts nearly 1/3 of adolescents and adults. Fortunately, it is treatable. The New York Times Magazine recently featured an article about anxiety (“Why Are More American Teenagers than Ever Suffering ... 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 »

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 »

Local Children Traumatized by Threat to End DACA

by Elaine Marranzano There is fury in the voice of Ana Lopez when she talks about the children threatened by the demise of DACA, the Obama-era program that allowed undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to live, work and study in the country. “This is a social justice issue and these children are being traumatized,” said Lopez, ... Read More »

Notes from the HVWC: Bringing Writing to LIFE

by Joan Potter It was the first day of my fourth-grade writing workshop at the RSHM Life Center in Sleepy Hollow. The mission of the Center, which is directed by Sister Susan Gardella, is to serve the needy. Among its many services is an after-school program, in which I participated. I was told that most of the 22 boys and ... Read More »

Two Marches for Justice, Two Days, One Town

March for Justice

On Monday night, August 28th, more than 150 mostly local citizens lit candles and walked from Temple Beth Abraham on Leroy Avenue up through the center of Tarrytown to Patriot’s Park under the banner, “Say No to Hate.” On Tuesday, a hardy group of about 25, under a similar “March for Justice” banner, arrived at Christ Church on South Broadway ... Read More »

World War II Ceremony

Sunday, September 10 at 2:00pm: a ceremony honoring the 44 former North Tarrytown High School students who gave their lives for their country during World War II. Organized by Chick Galella and the Alumni Association of North Tarrytown High School. The featured speaker at the event, which will be held at Winfield L. Morse School, will be former Marine Captain ... 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 »

YMCA to Honor Longtime Board Member Giuliano at Ball

Linda Giuliano

by Kimberly Gaudin de Gonzalez The first words that pop into Linda Giuliano’s mind when you mention the YMCA are: Community. Friendship. Ability to adapt. Persistence. Giuliano, who has been a member of the Family YMCA at Tarrytown since 1993 and a board member for more than 22 years, will be honored at the Y’s Masquerade Ball on September 22, ... Read More »

Make College Dreams a Reality

Helping to Make College Dreams a Reality: Kids’ Club of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow, Inc. hosted its 4th Annual Breakfast for Bedding on June 20. More than 50 guests donated new dorm room bedding and gift cards for students from Sleepy Hollow High School who participated in one or more college prep initiatives, including Let’s Get Ready, Latino U College ... Read More »

Resources and Activities for SENIORS – July 2017

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

JULY 2017 Happenings (Daily and Ongoing)

 Sunday 2 Float Like a Butterfly: At 1 p.m. learn about the amazing life of a butterfly at the Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale. Call 723-3470 or visit www.greenburghnaturecenterorg. Wednesday 5 Yoga with Nicole: At 10:30 a.m. practice beginning yoga stretches at the Irvington Public Library. Call 591-7840 or visit www.irvingtonlibrary.org. Movie Matinees: The Scarlet Coat showing at 2 p.m. ... Read More »

Resources and Activities for SENIORS – June 2017

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

JUNE 2017 Happenings (Daily and Ongoing)

Happenings in JUNE Thursday 1 Lincoln Center on Screen: At 2:30 p.m. performance of Show Boat at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Call 631-7734 or visit www.warnerlibrary.org. Author Visit: At 7 p.m. Thomas Heany talks about his book First, Learn to Practice, a guide for music students and teachers, at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Call 631-7734 or visit www.warnerlibrary.org. Taming Anxiety: At 7 p.m. workshop for teens ... Read More »

Rotary’s Duck Derby, Y’s Healthy Kids Day Draws Crowds

by Robert Kimmel Hundreds of little rubber ducks floating down Andre Brook in the Rotary Club’s annual Duck Derby, and crowds of children participating in the Family YMCA Healthy Kids’ Day activities in Tarrytown’s Patriot’s Park spelled success for the collaborative annual event in late April. “Overall, it was a huge success and we were so pleased with the turnout,” ... Read More »

A ‘Thin Space’ Thick with History: The Old Dutch Church

by Krista Madsen Borrowing a Celtic reference, Pastor Jeff Gargano refers to the Old Dutch Church as a “thin place,” where Heaven and Earth almost touch. This thin space where the spiritual infuses a great variety of life-and-death celebrations is actually very thick of wall – three-feet at the base, in fact, thick enough to withstand over 300 years of ... Read More »

WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS SUMMER?

The Hudson Independent is looking for some good stories from area middle and high school students about what you’re doing over the summer break. It could be as dramatic as helping villagers in El Salvador build houses or as straightforward as working as a camp counselor here at home or in a nearby state. Send us a brief, informal summary ... Read More »