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Tarrytown Comprehensive Plan: 3rd Workshop Held

by Robert Kimmel More than 120 residents attended the third and final Tarrytown Comprehensive Plan workshop late last month at Warner Library as the Plan’s team gathered more public input. The presentation for the plan can be found online at The Comprehensive Plan team is also continuing to seek the public’s  ideas through an online survey, as it related, ... 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 »

Those Golden Years for Pets

by Dr. Brian Green, DVM –  Although no one can be sure, it is widely believed that dogs and cats reaching retirement age do not often succumb to the temptations of their owners: a condo in a warm climate, golf or shuffleboard, travel to exotic lands, a visit to their grandchildren, early dinners, and complaints to their children that they ... Read More »

Former Police Officer Releases First Solo Album

By Anna Young –  With the release of his debut album, Tarrytown musician Greg Jacquin proved that it’s never too late to chase your dreams. The 48-year-old singer/songwriter and rhythm guitarist said his first solo album, “Hudson River,” featuring six-tracks showcasing his raw, powerful and emotionally driven lyrics along with heavy string arrangements, exceeded his expectations. “Why did I wait ... Read More »

JCC on the Hudson to Hold Camper/Counselor Reunion

By Barrett Seaman –  Isabel “Izzie” Simon will be going back. So will one of her former teachers at Sleepy Hollow, Joe Gentile. Both are veterans of the Shames JCC on Hudson summer camps. They will be among dozens who share the experiences of being both campers and counselors at the JCC. They will be returning there for a March 25th ... Read More »

Peaceful Protest at Patriots Park

Tarrytown has joined the towns and cities spread across the nation where anti-gun rallies have taken place.  Spurred  by the gun carnage which saw 17 people killed at a school in Parkland, Florida, some 100 residents demonstrated along Route 9, North Broadway, this past weekend to protest the lack of action in Washington to prevent  such gun deaths. Parents and ... Read More »

Camp Defines and Develops Character in Youth

Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines character as one of the attributes or features that makes up and distinguishes an individual. Character development is tricky. It isn’t something that can be learned from a textbook or in a lecture — it is learned through teachable moments and experiences. So where can families turn to help provide the right environment for character development? ... Read More »

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 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 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 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 »


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 »

Resources and Activities for Seniors – May 2017

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

MAY 2017 Happenings: Daily and Ongoing

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

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

Aubrey Hawes

Borrowing a Celtic reference, Pastor Jeff Garganorefers to the Old Dutch Church asa “thin place,” where heaven and earth almost touch. This thin space where the spiritual infuses a great variety of life-and-deathcelebrations is actually very thick of wall – three-feet at the base, in fact, thick enough to withstand over 300 years of history as New York’s oldest, and ... Read More »

Earth Day 2017

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

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 »

Warner Oral History: Vital Arts Organizations of 10591

Mark Morganelli

In a week when American arts institutions were feeling very threatened by President Trump’s proposed federal budget cuts, a half-dozen local leaders of arts institutions got together for the latest culture-themed Warner Library Oral History session. Björn Olsson of the Tarrytown Music Hall was in attendance, while jazz entrepreneur Mark Morganelli had to duck out early to take care of ... Read More »

Project Syria LIVE

Relief United logo

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

Growing Together: Introducing the Warner Seed Library

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

Tarrytown Troop’s Bronze Award is Malala-Inspired

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

March 2017 Happenings

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

SENIOR Happenings in March

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

Resources and Activities for Seniors

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


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

Phelps Hospital Adds Advanced Robotic Surgical System

By Robert Kimmel The most advanced minimally invasive surgical system is now available at Phelps Hospital. Recently acquired for use in the hospital’s Surgi-Center, the da Vinci Xi Surgical System is a robotic, computerized mechanism that offers major advances over more conventional surgical techniques. Its first use at Phelps is scheduled this month. Controlled by a surgeon sitting at a ... Read More »

Happenings in JANUARY, 2017

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

Phelps Hospital Educators Provide Emergency Training Overseas

by Rick Pezzullo Since 2009, educators from the Hoch Center for Emergency Education at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow have formed a special bond with a little-known country in the southern slopes of the eastern Himalayas to provide medical training overseas. In early November, Anne Castioni and Emily Kaplan spent two weeks in the Kingdom of Bhutan, a ... Read More »

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 »

Local Group Calls for Dialogue on Trump Immigration Platform

By W.B. King   Days before Christmas, a group of local residents gathered at The Oath on Tarrytown’s Main Street. These virtual Facebook friends came together, in part, to combat President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed political agenda, including the possible deportation of undocumented immigrants. “The meeting was less anti-Trump and more pro-diversity and culture,” said Tarrytown resident Seth Dellon, 32, who started ... Read More »

Happenings in DECEMBER

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

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

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

Warner Oral Histories: Small Businesses Make a Village

by Krista Madsen The eclectic group of small business owners circling the table at the latest Warner Library Oral History session reflected the richness of our mom-and-pop landscape – how essential these enterprises are to our local lifestyle, how much they’ve changed through the decades, or in some cases, how they’ve helped maintain the traditions residents cherish. Nancy Coffey, director ... Read More »

All Are Welcome to The Neighborhood House

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

“Feed a Family Campaign” Launched During Holiday Season

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

Giving Thanksgiving 2016

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

Warner Oral Histories: Volunteering in Tarrytown

Ann Phillips

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

Places to Give Locally During the Holiday Season

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

All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF): Screening and Q & A with Filmmakers and Actors – Followed by “Short Shots” After-Party

Irvington Town Hall Theater Presents International Film Festival and “Short Shots” After-Party on November 12 The second season of the All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF) will be presented at the Irvington Town Hall Theater (85 Main Street) in two parts: Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. The fall program, at 7:30 pm on Saturday, November 12th, will feature 10 ... Read More »

“A Taste of Sleepy Hollow” Scheduled this Saturday, October 22

Visitors to Sleepy Hollow and local residents will have a chance to sample the remarkable variety of the Village’s diverse community and its rich tradition of culinary, musical and artistic talent.  That variety will be on display during “A Taste of Sleepy Hollow,” scheduled from noon to 6:00pm on Saturday, October 22, on Valley Street.  Culinary delights including Chilean, Peruvian, ... Read More »

Service to Others Defines Monica Getz

by Robert Kimmel For more than three decades, Monica Getz has campaigned to end a disparity that women can face in divorce court and the related legal entanglements that may harm both parents and children alike. Central to that purpose, she founded the Coalition for Family Justice in 1988, and has served as its President ever since. Over those years, ... Read More »

Oktoberfest Enjoyed in Sleepy Hollow

The annual Oktoberfest community event in Sleepy Hollow included homemade German food from “Gutes Brot U. Mehr,” children’s games, jumping castles, German bakery treats and music, souvenirs from “Bella’s Boutique” and JP Doyle’s Oktoberfest craft beer courtesy of Brian Doyle and Nick Bell. — Photo by Sunny McLean Read More »

Irvington Seniors Having the Time of Their Lives

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

Kids’ Club of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow

On September 15, over 200 guests joined Kids’ Club of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow at The Lodge at Hudson Harbor for “A Bridge to a Brighter Future”. The evening was informative, inspiring, and fun as neighbors learned more about the work being done by Kids’ Club since 2009 to create opportunities for 1,500 children every year in Tarrytown and Sleepy ... Read More »

Ongoing Events – Fall, 2016

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

Sleepy Hollow Seniors a Tight-Knit Group

by Krista Madsen On a stifling hot Friday in Sleepy Hollow, the adjacent playground is empty – even sprinklers aren’t motivating the kids to come out. But a handful of seniors are enjoying the air-conditioned Senior Center on Elm Street to knit and chat. “I just sit in on the knitting,” said Lucy Ackerly, treasurer for Sleepy Hollow Seniors. “I ... Read More »

Golf for Wishes

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

SH High Students Perform a Wide Range of Community Service

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

Information, Activities and Services for Tarrytown Seniors

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

Tarrytown Water Testing Revealed No Violations since 2014

by Rick Pezzullo Tarrytown Village Administrator Michael Blau emphasized this week that since the village increased its water testing sites in 2014 there have been no violations regarding the lead threshold included in the federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations. Blau made a detailed statement at the August 15 Board of Trustees meeting in response to an August 11 news release ... Read More »

Village Seeks Public’s Ideas for East Parcel Development

by Robert Kimmel Sleepy Hollow residents are being asked to offer their opinions as to exactly what type of redevelopment should take place on the 29-acre parcel of land east of the Metro North rail tracks that was part of the old GM site in Sleepy Hollow. Known as the East Parcel, it was turned over to the Sleepy Hollow ... Read More »

Sunnyside Art by Seniors Brightens Up Warner Library

by Krista Madsen Amidst the densely displayed art show on the gallery walls of Tarrytown’s Warner Library for the month of July was a summery rendition of Sunnyside, purple wisteria draping its façade. Over the main reception desk at the library entrance was an even grander, more colorful scene: a large canvas giddily depicted women with parasols on the lawn, ... Read More »

Socializing a Key Aspect of Tarrytown Senior Center

by Krista Madsen The following article on Tarrytown’s Senior Center is a first in a series, which will also include the senior centers in Sleepy Hollow and Irvington plus Neighborhood House in Tarrytown. It wouldn’t be a senior center without BINGO “God forbid you should not have BINGO,” said Tarrytown Senior Center President Janet Freund. But the building on West Main ... Read More »

Warner Oral Histories: Food Memories of 10591

From the Aroma of Alter’s Bread to that Squirmy Bucket of Greene County Snails by Krista Madsen Our memories related to food – the smells, tastes, the scene surrounding what we ate – are often our strongest. The most vivid recollection that came out of last month’s Warner Library Oral History food-focused session had to be those giant baskets of ... Read More »

The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns’ Youth Members Visit Haiti

by Stefanie Sears Reverend Jeff Gargano and nine young members of The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns spent a week of their summer (July 20-July 27) participating in Helping Hands for Haiti. The teens, Katie Miles, Kevon Lewis, Matt Bischof, Jack Steurer, Juliette Phillips, Tesher Zafrin, Hunter Burnett, Owen Steele, and Nathan Gargano, volunteered while learning about Haiti’s culture and ... Read More »

“What’s Happening” – Ongoing Events for August, 2016

Ongoing JCC Registration: Members can register for fall activities at the Harold and Elaine Shames JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown starting Aug. 8 online and Aug. 9 in person. Open registration begins on Sept. 6.   Call 366-7898 or visit Field Goods Weekly Produce Delivery: Now available at the Ossining Public Library. Subscribers receive 5 to 8 different types ... Read More »

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

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

Watercooler – Heard Around the Watercooler

AWARDED 13 Irvington High School students who took the National Greek Exam (the only standardized exam on ancient Greek in the country) received awards for their scores. The highly competitive exam was administered in two categories, Beginning Attic Greek and Intermediate Attic Greek; students answered a series of multiple-choice questions that tested their reading comprehension, analysis, and ability to understand ... Read More »

Work Cut Out for New ‘Paws Crossed’ Animal Shelter

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

Expanding JCC to Provide Wide-Ranging Services

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

Painting by the Numbers on Behalf of At-Risk Teens

By Krista Madsen Before the June 4th Bridge of Hope mural unveiling celebration/fish fry at Christ Church in Tarrytown, there was a series of community painting days, which were just as much fun. “We didn’t want to stop,” two volunteers gushed, “it’s so relaxing.” “It’s mindful,” said mural mastermind Karen Viola, who designed the span of two different worlds of ... Read More »

Local Churches a Vital Part of the Community Beyond Worship

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

Watercooler – Heard Around the Watercooler

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

New Virtual Tiffany Trail Guides Visitors to Hudson Valley Artistic Gems

The Village of Irvington has launched the web-based “Irvington – Hudson River Tiffany Trail” ( This electronic guide leads visitors to sites open to the public, from the Bronx to Briarcliff Manor, displaying works of Louis Comfort Tiffany, celebrated artist and designer who flourished between 1880 and 1930. The new Tiffany Trail is funded by a grant from the Hudson ... Read More »

Station Area Study Schedules Workshop for Public Input

by Robert Kimmel Tarrytown’s multi-faceted Station Area Study is giving village residents another opportunity to offer their views as to what changes should take place in that location described as vital to the village’s future. Both sides of the Metro North tracks are involved in several alternatives which will be explained at a public workshop scheduled for Saturday, June 4, ... Read More »

New SH Police Chief Aims to Do More Community Policing

by Rick Pezzullo New Sleepy Hollow Police Chief Anthony Bueti has come full circle. Bueti, 40, who was promoted to lead the 34-member village force on May 3, suc- ceeding 32-year veteran Gregory Camp, grew up in the village and his father worked at the former General Motors site. His father was also an auxiliary police officer. The married father of ... Read More »