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Sleepy Hollow to Benefit from East Parcel of Former GM Site

Hemmed in by Metro North railroad tracks on its western side, and Kings-land Point Park and the Pocantico River to the north, a 28-acre plot of land known as the “East Parcel” will become a valuable asset for the Village of Sleepy Hollow if all goes as planned. That is the widely accepted assessment of the Sleepy Hollow Local Development ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Comfort Foods for Cold Winter Days

by Linda Viertel Winter seems to have arrived – finally, and with the chilling weather comes a complementary need for comfort food. Luckily, our river towns provide a wealth of warming sustenance to help stave off the frost and biting cold, an inevitable reality in the coming months. To help relieve the ennui of oncoming darkness and chilly winds, The ... Read More »

Dreamworks Filming Movie in Irvington

Dreamworks Studio’s The Girl on the Train that has been filming in Irvington since early November, and will continue into January. But, filming reached its zenith in mid-December, when crews descended upon several locations in the village at once. In front of Village Hall, which will appear in the film as the Ardsley Police Station, a platoon of equipment trucks ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler

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DONATED During their annual Spirit Week in October, Sleepy Hollow High School students collected over 3,000 cans of food for the Tarrytown Food Pantry and raised $1,836.41 from the newest addition to the school’s Spirit Week line-up: Penny Wars. With the winning grade of Spirit Week given the honor of selecting the organization to donate the money raised by Penny ... Read More »

Legislators Pass County Budget with No Tax Increase

by Rick Pezzullo A bipartisan coalition of Westchester County Board of Legislators passed a 2016 budget in mid-December that freezes taxes for the sixth straight year. In a 10-7 vote on December 14, legislators approved a $1.8 billion spending plan that restored some proposed cuts to non-profit organizations, parks and public safety. Eight Republicans and two Democrats, including board Chairman ... Read More »

Irvington’s Safe Kids Campaign Gets into High Gear

by Barrett Seaman June 4, 2015, Prom Night: the big social event on Irvington High School’s calendar, held at the Westchester Manor in Hastings. But instead of limos or students behind the wheels of their own cars, coming from who knows where, having consumed who knows what, the party began with a line of buses pulling up in front of ... Read More »

Making Our Streets Safer for Pedestrians

by Lionel Beehner Guest Commentary The car entered the crosswalk, oblivious to me and the stroller full of my two toddlers I was pushing. It was the corner of Franklin Street and Route 9 – right next to a school, of all places. The driver – a blonde woman in her 40s – struck us head-on. Then she did the ... Read More »

Heard Around the W@tercooler

AWARDED Margaret Black, Vice President of Operations at Allan Block Insurance Agency, has been awarded the Frederick Dayton Award. Each year, The Independent Insurance Agents of Westchester County (IIAWC) present the Frederick H. Dayton Award to an agent who has contributed meaningfully to the IIAWC and their community. Margaret Black has held positions with IIAWC as President and chaired the ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow LDC Moves Forward with Plans for East Parcel

| by Robert Kimmel | The Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation (LDC), owner of the east parcel, land that was part of the former General Motors site along the Hudson River, has ambitious plans for the 28-acre plot. The Village Board of Trustees was briefed last month on those plans, and other actions it has taken, by David Schroedel, the ... Read More »

Muddy Water Opens in Tarrytown with a ‘Big Bang’

by Linda Viertel A bustling, vibrant new coffee and café venue, Muddy Water, opened in October and is already attracting crowds eager to sample richly brewed caffeinated and decaf coffees, teas, delicate sweet and savory pastries, sandwiches, wraps and soups. The brainchild of Ossining residents, Loretta Oleck and her partner Linton Suttner, Muddy Water, located at the southern end of ... Read More »

EF Students Celebrate First Thanksgiving with Local Host Families

by Maria Ann Roglieri On November 26, international students at the EF English language school in Tarrytown celebrated their first Thanksgiving at the home of host families all over Westchester and New York City. The EF program, “Take a Student Home for Thanksgiving,” began in 2011 with 10 students and local community participants, and has grown exponentially since then, through ... Read More »

Professionals Offer Year-End Advice On Finances, Investments

by Robert Kimmel   With the end of 2015 approaching, it’s time to take a thorough look at your financial status, according to those who deal daily with banking and investment. There are a number of actions to consider before year’s end as recommended by knowledgeable professionals. Creating an emergency fund is advocated by both Jean Kim Sears of the ... Read More »

Astorino’s Proposed County Budget Hitting Hurdles

by Robert Kimmel Opposition has been rising to County Executive Rob Astorino’s 2016 proposed operating budget since he presented it to the Westchester County Board of Legislators last month. The budget totals $1.802 billion, and as Astorino pointed out, “For the sixth year in a row, my budget contains no increase in the property tax levy.” The budget maintains the ... Read More »

Tis’ the Season to be Giving

Ways to Help families in Need this Holiday Season | by Dorothy Conigliaro | The residents of Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Irvington have always proved themselves ready to help – whether in times of emergency or in times of need. As the holidays approach, many local organizations are asking for help in making sure that all of our neighbors, young ... Read More »

Public Workshop to Describe How Solar Panels Work

The public is invited to get a close-up look at solar panel technology at a workshop, Sunday, December 6, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Tarrytown Neighborhood House, 43 Wildey Street. Organized by Solarize Tarrytown and the Village, the event will offer attendees a demonstration of how a solar panel works, and how it could be adapted for their ... Read More »

IchabodReads Champions the Love of Reading

IchabodReads encourages children to read from an early age. IchabodReads champions the love of reading and the pleasure of reading together! In our first year, IchabodReads was able to donate approximately 100 hardcover books to local programs including Parents Place and Asociacion de Familias Hispanas de Tarrytowns With your assistance in 2015, we will provide books to:  Asociacion de Familias ... Read More »

Oral Histories: Galella, Reluctant Hero, Recalls Pearl Harbor Attack

by Krista Madsen Armando “Chick” Galella, 94, sees himself as a person with a life-long habit of serving rather than any kind of hero. He’s reluctant to get all the attention and accolades he gets as our region’s sole surviving Pearl Harbor veteran. “I’m not the only veteran around,” he said. “They should interview other people besides me. I know ... Read More »

Gullotta House Lends a Hand to Residents Facing Hardship

by Elizabeth Nutig It seems as if every day a new tragedy makes its way front and center on the news. More conflict, more casualties, and an increasing misunderstanding between fellow citizens of the world. In light of all this hostility comes a man with a mission and an organization whose only goal is to help anyone who needs it. ... Read More »

Wild Wintery Walks

By Marcie Cuff Wasn’t it just a minute ago that you had your hand on a frosty glass of cucumber-infused mint water? Well, now it’s cold outside. And already you’ve put the kettle on and have liberated last year’s winter cocoon—your colossal wool infinity scarf. There is just no way around winter’s merciless brutality. Time slows to a crawl and ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Center In Step with The Dance Rhythms of Today

by Morey Storck Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts (SHPA) is a 10-year-old not-for-profit dance company, school and studio located at 362 N. Broadway in Sleepy Hollow, with Artistic Director Debralyn Press at the helm. Their mission is to “educate, elevate, and inspire the arts in Westchester by creating a safe artists’ community in which all arts and artists are celebrated.” And, ... Read More »

Tree of Lights Ceremony Slated at Phelps

Each December, the friends and relatives of those who received the services of the Phelps Hospice during their final days gather at the Phelps Memorial Hospital cafeteria to remember their late loved ones. The gathering, which will be held this year on Sunday, December 13 at 4:30 p.m., includes remarks by members of the Hospice team, both professionals and volunteers, ... Read More »

New Jazz Forum in Tarrytown Hosts Sold-Out David Amram Birthday Celebration Concert

Jazz Forum Arts presented a night of live jazz to a sold-out audience at a special “Sneak Peek” fundraiser party celebrating music legend David Amram’s 85th birthday on November 21. The event took place at the soon-to-be new Jazz Forum located at 1 Dixon Lane in Tarrytown. Amram is a composer, conductor, improvisational lyricist, author and multi-instrumentalist known for integrating ... Read More »

Bands, Beers, Burgers: Winter Blues Fest Returns to Tarrytown

by Zoe Kaplan Get rid of your winter blues with the 3rd annual Winter Blues Fest, coming to Tarrytown on January 9. From 7 p.m. to midnight at the Hudson Harbor Space, community members can enjoy bands, beers (thanks to an open bar), and burgers, all while benefiting the Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Boosters. This year the event will showcase ... Read More »

Examining a Disease Found More Frequently in Women

|by Robert Kimmel| Quick Quiz: What health problem is four times more prevalent in women than in men? Osteoporosis is the answer; a common ailment, but many people with the disease don’t realize they are suffering from it until they fracture a bone. Millions of Americans suffer from the condition, defined by loss of bone density and bone mass. Older ... Read More »

JCC on the Hudson Breaks Ground on New Campus in Tarrytown

|by Rick Pezzullo| Twenty years after first settling in Tarrytown on South Broadway, the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on the Hudson broke ground October 8 on a new campus at the same location that will quadruple the size of the current facility. The state-of-the-art new home, which will be called Harold and Elaine Shames JCC on the Hudson, will be ... Read More »

Inaugural “Congressman Peter Peyser Memorial Award” Presented to Annette Leyden of Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow resident Annette Leyden received the inaugural “Congressman Peter Peyser Memorial Award” at a ceremony on October 11 at Chutney Masala Restaurant in Irvington. Hosted by the Irvington Democratic Committee (IDC), chair David Imamura welcomed the packed audience and then introduced featured speaker Congresswoman Nita Lowey who brought a special congressional proclamation honoring Leyden. State Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti, State ... Read More »

Students, Life Center Combine to Give Thanksgiving to Needy

|by Rick Pezzullo| About 70 families in the Tarrytown School District will be enjoying a hearty Thanksgiving meal thanks to the efforts and generosity of a group of students, their families and friends and the RSHM LIFE Center in Sleepy Hollow. For at least the last 10 years, students at Sleepy Hollow High School, working with the McGovern family, have ... Read More »

Volunteers Spruce Up Pierson Park

Fifty-nine energetic participants in HDR’s 2015 North-East Summit volunteered for 3 hours on Saturday, October 24, removing invasive species in the Pierson Park swales adjacent to Tarrytown’s RiverWalk. HDR is the engineering firm responsible for designing the New NY Bridge, and the company’s cross-office networking event was organized by HDR’s young professionals in the NY Metro area for fellow young ... Read More »

Irvington Schools Community Begins Strategic Planning Process

|by Neal Rentz| About 40 Irvington School District staff and residents helped begin the process of creating a new vision, complete with goals and objectives, for the district during a meeting at the Campus Presentation Room on October 14. The district is working with the community to create a five-year strategic plan that school officials want to be approved by ... Read More »