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Arts & Entertainment – Painting a Bridge of Hope to El Salvador

by Krista Madsen Tarrytown’s Christ Church’s longstanding relationship with El Salvador will become brilliantly vivid as an ambitious public mural project gets underway this month. Church members had been talking since last fall about “more active ways our parish community can support and partner with Foundation Cristosal to address the horrifying crisis of violence in El Salvador and the resulting ... Read More »

Warner Oral Histories: Life in the Van Tassel

by Krista Madsen The Van Tassel (lovingly called “VT”) is no ordinary apartment complex. Its history is rich and fascinating, as we discovered from a handful of long-time residents who gathered at the latest Warner Library Oral Histories session. Some facts: • The bas relief medallions flanking the top of the main entrance are portraits of explorer Henry Hudson and ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler – May 2016

NAMED Three students from Irvington Middle School were named top chemists in the state after placing first, second and third at the New York “You Be The Chemist Challenge,” held April 16 at the BASF Research and Development Facility in Tarrytown. Seventh grader Henry Demarest won first place, while eighth graders Rishit Gupta and Zachary Rosman were named runner-up and ... Read More »

Local Parks Organizations Receive State Grants to Enhance Public Access

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

Local Students Attend First Westchester Youth Gender Equality Conference in Irvington

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

Groundbreaking Heralds Start of Edge-On-Hudson Project

by Robert Kimmel A year’s work lies ahead before the first vertical structure is erected as part of Edge-On-Hudson, the new development along the river in Sleepy Hollow; however, the official Groundbreaking Ceremony May 18 at 11 a.m., with village and county officials attending along with the developers from Lighthouse Landing LLC, will symbolize its start. The 67-acre mixed-use development, ... Read More »

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

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

Warner Oral Histories: Artists Among Us

by Krista Madsen Adding to the public mythology of the artist’s life as a condition one “survives,” there are a number of famous quotes about continual failure. Take, for instance, Samuel Beckett who once wrote, “Ever tried, ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” The tone however was quite different when we gathered a group of working ... Read More »

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

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

Young Men’s Mentoring Program of the Tarrytowns Expands Focus

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

Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley Launches Fundraising Campaign with Broadway Show Music Concert

by Morey Storck On April 8 the first of four 30th Anniversary Celebration Fundraisers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Hudson Valley Chapter will be held at The Tarrytown Music Hall. The benefit concert of Broadway show music will present headlining performers who have appeared in starring or featured roles in recent Broadway musical theatre productions. These four signature events sponsored by ... Read More »

Sports – Sleepy Hollow Juniors Spearhead Mouthguard Study for Concussions

by Zoe Kaplan Concussions are a serious issue. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention claims that there are over 1.5 million concussions each year, with above 5% of athletes experiencing a concussion every sports season. In order to combat this growing problem, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino created the Westchester County Concussion Task Force. This force, initiated last year, ... Read More »

Daffodils Bring Cheer to Tarrytown Area

by Nancy Stedman Each April, our area is awash with over 200,000 daffodils, some yellow, some white, some pink—and all gorgeous. You see them when you walk by the visitor’s center at the Rockefeller State Preserve, drive on Neperan Road, hike near the O’Hara Nature Center, enter Warner Library or travel pretty much anywhere local. This spring pageant isn’t an ... Read More »

Diaper Drive

Kids’ Club of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow held a diaper drive and breakfast on March 15.  At “Nappies for Neighbors”, more than 40 friends dropped by to learn more about Kids’ Club, and to support our effort to collect diapers for families from literacy and learning programs Smart Babies and Smart Toddlers, and Open Door Family Medical Centers,  — three ... Read More »

Rivertowns’ Jewish Cultural Festival Begins With Passover Cooking Focus

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

Heard Around the Watercooler

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

Irvington Named a Tree City—Again

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

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

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

Tarrytown United/Democratic Slate Sweeps Three Seats in Village Election

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

Oral Histories: Remembering the Original Tappan Zee Bridge

by Krista Madsen When Anne Petry of then-North Tarrytown was in the fourth grade, her teacher emphatically told the class, “there will never be a bridge” across this part of the Hudson. Citizens of Nyack and the Tarrytowns, separated by one of the widest parts of the river, got from one side to the other by putting their cars on ... Read More »

Revisiting The Tiffany Reading Room

By Ginny Read A little more than three years have passed since the unveiling of the restored Tiffany Reading Room, the peaceful sanctuary tucked within Irvington Town Hall. If, today, you were to stop by the room on any given weekday, you might come upon someone reading, in quiet study, or even meditating. You might walk in on a weekly ... Read More »

Oral Histories: Skating and Sledding in the Tarrytowns

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

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

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

Friends, Family Celebrate the Life of Sleepy Hollow Teen

by W.B. King New York Times bestselling author of Wonder, R.J. Palacio, noted that “If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary — the world really would be a better place.” Those who were fortunate to call Owen Kelly a ... Read More »

Traffic Safety Discussed at First Thursday Event in Irvington

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

HUD Funding Through NY State Benefits Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow

by Robert Kimmel Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow are among 10 Westchester communities that will receive a total of $4.3 million in federal grants previously blocked because of a dispute between County Executive Rob Astorino’s administration and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office announced late last month that a deal had been “brokered” with ... Read More »

Public Opposition Emerges for Senior Living Plan in Irvington

by Barrett Seaman For the better part of a year, the application of the Brightview Corporation to build a 150-unit senior/assisted living complex on an eight-acre swath of North Broadway property in Irvington seemed to be moving quietly, albeit slowly, through the approval process in which the village’s Board of Trustees has acted as the lead agency. In contrast to ... Read More »