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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 »

Irvington Teacher Lawsuit Versus District Over Student Attack Dismissed

By Rick Pezzullo –  A State Supreme Court justice has dismissed a lawsuit filed last year by a special education teacher at Irvington Middle School who allegedly suffered “grievous and permanent injuries” after being attacked in a classroom by a student with a history of behavioral problems. Judge Lewis Lubell ruled on January 30 that the allegations made by Clarice ... Read More »

Irvington Girls Top Seed in Class B Playoffs after 19-1 Season

By Tom Pedulla — One overriding question surrounded the Irvington girls’ basketball team as it opened this season. How could the Bulldogs possibly replace point guard Lindsay Halpin, a four-year starter consistently ranked among the top 50 players in the state? “It was a huge adjustment,” said Coach Gina Maher. “It was not only her talent as a basketball player ... Read More »

Irvington Boys Hoops “All In” Theme Pays Off with 17-3 Record

By Tom Pedulla –  The Irvington boys’ basketball team adopted the theme “All In” for the season. And the coaches and players were, indeed, all in. Dedication that extended to participation in a summer league and regular work in the weight room led to a breakout 17-3 regular season under coach Scott Brennen after 8-12 and 12-8 records in his ... Read More »

Grappler Andrade Prevails in Section 1 Tourney

by Tom Pedulla –  When was a freshman at Irvington and assistant coach Ben Karol approached him about joining the wrestling team, he was intrigued enough to give it a try. When he reported for his first practice, doubt replaced curiosity. He was barely five feet tall and weighed little more than 100 pounds. And he knew nothing of a ... Read More »

Shooting Suspect Arrested at NYC Bus Terminal

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The man sought for the fatal shooting of his 34-year-old girlfriend in Tarrytown has been caught. The suspect, Cynelle Brown, 28, was arrested Tuesday evening by two plainclothes Port Authority policemen at the Bus Terminal in New York City. He was apparently in the process of buying a ticket to Delaware. Brown was turned over to the Tarrytown Police Department. ... Read More »

Washington Irving Fifth Graders Learn Scholarly Ways —With the Help of the Rockefeller Archives

by Barrett Seaman  – The long corridor of the Washington Irving School’s main floor was lined end to end with poster displays—each attended by a neatly-dressed fifth grade student, ready to explain to visitors (most of them parents and other relatives) what his or her project was all about. Each display followed the same format: the center panel was labeled ... Read More »

Irvington’s Read Aloud Day Draws Celebrity Readers

Irvington Schools have been participating in Litworld and UNESCO’s World Read Aloud Day to promote literacy for years, but this is the first time the schools have invited outsiders—prominent members of the community—to be their readers. On the morning of February 1st, Kindergartners through fifth graders gathered round in their classrooms at both the Dow’s Lane and Main Street Schools ... Read More »

Irvington High School Students Recognized

Five Irvington High School students – Luke Carmosino, Miranda Farman, Jess Greene, Zoe Maxwell and Eric Pastarnack – were recognized for their achievements and dedication to their sports during the fall season when they received certificates at the Dec. 5 Board of Education meeting. —Photo courtesy of Irvington School District 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 »

Junior Horsemen Win Second Straight Title

  The undefeated Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Junior Horsemen defended their 2016 title by winning a second consecutive Westchester Youth Football League championship game. The Junior Horsemen, 9-0 this season, trounced Ossining, 32-12, to claim the crown. The Westchester Youth Football League is made up of teams from 15 local communities. The Horsemen’s volunteer coaching staff included Dave Hallesworth, Rob Gramaglia, Jason ... Read More »

Girls and Boys High School Varsity Basketball Preview

by Tom Pedulla –  The Hudson Independent examines the prospects of local schools for the girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball season. Girls DOBBS FERRY Last year’s record:  13-9 Top returning players: Guard Raquel Addona, Forward Katlyn Fanning, Guard-Forward Kayla Halverson, Guard Tamryn McCarthy. Key to success: Defense, inconsistent last year, is a point of emphasis. We’re going to be really ... Read More »

JV Horsemen Squads Posting Remarkable Records

by Kevin Brown –  What a season for youth football! The Jr. Horsemen are now under the umbrella of SHHS Varsity coach Jorge Veintimilla, and coordinated by Joe and Chrisse Good. Cheerleading is run by Cindy Guzman. Members of the Westchester Youth Football League (WYFBL), USA Football, and a practitioner of Heads Up Football, the Jr. Horsemen focus on teaching ... 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 »

Coaches, Players Favor Thrills of Football over Injury Risks

by Tom Pedulla Steve Yurek lacked what he needed most when he was hired before last season to coach the varsity football team at Irvington High School – players. He inherited a program with an 18-member roster, two above the required number on game day. That was cutting it too close. He responded by posting notices around town encouraging youngsters ... Read More »

New Era of Horseman Football Ready for Kickoff

by Kevin Brown Sleepy Hollow High School kicks off its varsity season on Saturday, September 2 at home against Pearl River High School. Pearl River is coming off a turbulent off-season that saw Coach Mike Oliva unexpectedly dismissed but then re-instated after public protests and petitions throughout the community called for his reinstatement. Despite a challenged record in 2016, players ... 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 »

Sleepy Hollow, Irvington Welcome New School Leaders

Joshua Whitham

by Rick Pezzullo Joshua Whitham started his new job as Sleepy Hollow Middle School principal in early July, learning the lay of the land and the vibe of the village. A native of San Diego, where his educational career began as a sixth-grade teacher for gifted and talented students, Whitham has Lego blocks in his office to represent a hunger ... Read More »

Gedid, Friedman Win Special Election for Irvington BOE

Maura Gedid

by Rick Pezzullo Maura Gedid and Brian Friedman were the top two vote-getters in the July 11 special election for two seats on the Irvington Board of Education. The summer election was scheduled after residents in the Irvington School District voted in May to expand the Board of Education from five to seven members. Gedid, who helped the district start ... Read More »


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HACKLEY SCHOOL Class of 2017

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Four Vie for Two Seats on Expanded Irvington BOE

by Rick Pezzullo In May, residents in the Irvington School District voted to expand the Board of Education from five to seven members. A special election was set for July 11 and four individuals have stepped forward to vie for the two additional seats: John Dawson, Brian Friedman, Maura Gedid and Della Lenz. Voting will take place from 7 a.m. ... Read More »

Sports – Three-Sport Sleepy Hollow Athlete Excelling on Diamond

by Tom Pedulla Sleepy Hollow High School trailed Yonkers 2-1 in the fifth inning in the Nyack Tournament earlier this season when Sleepy Hollow Coach Rob Spirelli checked with right-hander Sean McCarthy. Despite being set back by an unearned run, McCarthy was pitching well. Spirelli was concerned that his pitch count was building. He wanted to make sure he felt ... Read More »

Masters School Co-Presidents Reflect on Lessons Learned

by Anna Young The Masters School co-presidents of the senior class, Kevin McGuire and Nina Hylton, are anxious and excited to deliver their graduation speeches during the June 10 ceremony. In lieu of honoring students with titles such as valedictorian and salutatorian, the Dobbs Ferry school allows the two class presidents to deliver a speech during graduation. Nina Hylton Nina ... Read More »

SH High Val and Sal Attribute Success to Hard Work

by Julia Ann Friedman Diego Arias Diego Arias will finish his high school career at the top of his class, having come a long way from where he started. His family came to the United States from Uruguay when Arias was six years old, and the only English he spoke was “hello.” In a third-grade reading enrichment program, Arias recalled ... Read More »

Irvington High Class of 2017 Leaders Relish Recognition

Irvington High School seniors Ryan Meng-Killeen and Zoe Mermelstein, valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2017, said it was validating to receive the recognition. Meng-Killeen and Mermelstein said they have worked incredibly hard throughout their high school career, but were surprised to receive the school’s top honors. They attributed their success to their friends and family and being ... Read More »

Hackley is Where the Heart is for Senior Baseball Mainstay

by Tom Pedulla Ryan Smith, an ace left-hander at Hackley School, understands the value of home-field advantage better than anyone. He has attended Hackley since kindergarten, but his connection runs far deeper than that. “It’s been home since I was born,” Smith said. His father, Bill, has served as Director of Buildings and Grounds since 1997, leading the family to ... Read More »

Irvington Girls Finish Season 25-2; One Win Short of State

by Tom Pedulla When members of the Irvington girls’ basketball team glanced at the scoreboard for the final time this season, they could not help but feel the sting of disappointment. They had fallen short against Seton Catholic, 86-67, in the Class B state championship game at Hudson Valley Community College for only their second defeat of the season. The ... Read More »

Students Benefit from the Use of Wind and Solar Power

Wind and Solar Unit at WashingtonIrving School

by Julia Ann Friedman When Aris Wind Company approached Peter Quartironi, Director of Facilities for the public schools of the Tarrytowns, about installing wind and solar dual units on school property, he jumped at the opportunity. Quartironi and Christopher Borsari, Superintendent of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, knew that utilizing wind and solar power would be highly beneficial to ... Read More »

Foundation Celebrates Local Businesses and Organizations in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown

by Shelly W. Colley When members of the Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns chose the theme, “A Tale of Two Towns,” for their April 22, 2017 spring benefit, they wanted to bring awareness of the impact that local businesses and organizations have had on the students of the Tarrytown School district. The Foundation, an independent, parent-led 501(c)3 ... Read More »

Safety Measures Undergoing Review in Local Schools

by Robert Kimmel Safety concerns at local schools have heightened in the aftermath of the wave of bomb threats targeted at Jewish Community Centers and schools across the country, including the JCC in Tarrytown. While those threats have proven to be hoaxes, authorities say such acts can’t be ignored. Both the Tarrytown and Irvington school districts have safety committees that ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Middle School Principal to Retire

by Rick Pezzullo Sleepy Hollow Middle School will be getting a new principal for the first time in nine years to begin the 2017-18 school calendar. The Board of Education of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns last month accepted the retirement resignation of Elizabeth Lopez, effective June 30, 2017.  Lopez has served as the principal of the middle school ... Read More »

Big Changes Coming to Sleepy Hollow High School Athletics

by Kevin Brown After a comprehensive search, Jorge Veintimilla, defensive coordinator for the Sleepy Hollow Varsity football team, has been named the new head coach of the football program.  A committee of eight local residents screened candidates with the best of them forwarded to Superintendent Chris Borsari, who made the final decision. “We were lucky to have so many great ... Read More »

Sports – Local Basketball Squads Produce Mixed Results

by Tom Pedulla The Hudson Independent looks at how the local basketball teams fared during the regular season: Girls Hackley With the exception of senior captain Kristen Bringsjord, Hackley depended heavily on a young and inexperienced roster in struggling to a 4-14 record. A season sweep of Fieldston and Bringsjord’s scrappy play provided a couple of highlights. Second-year coach Margaret ... Read More »

Sports – Halpin Leads Irvington by Making Teammates Better

by Tom Pedulla In what is often viewed as a “me-me world,” All-State girls’ basketball star Lindsay Halpin of Irvington stands out as the total antithesis. Halpin, the Bulldogs’ senior point guard, played her position as a four-year starter in its purest form. She has the extraordinary ability to see everything happening on the court, to understand how defenses are ... Read More »

The Complicated Business of College Applications

by Maria Ann Roglieri The process of applying to college has been getting more complicated as students are applying to more colleges, and colleges are doing more self-marketing. It has also become quite a business for the more than 4,000 colleges and universities nationwide, the college testing services, and a wide variety of college prep counselors and tutors. We think ... Read More »

Family Holiday Celebration

The Public Schools of the Tarrytowns’ Asociacion de Familias Hispanas de los Tarrytowns (AFHT) held their annual Family Holiday Celebration on December 15 at John Paulding School. More than 150 families gathered for a festive evening, enjoying a potluck dinner, holiday crafts, music and special dance performances. Many community volunteers were on hand, and Kids’ Club provided desserts and crafts, ... 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 »

Sports – High School Basketball Previews for Local Boys and Girls Teams

by Tom Pedulla The Hudson Independent examines the prospects of local schools for the upcoming varsity basketball season. Girls HACKLEY Head coach: Margaret Scarcella, second season Last year’s record: 18-7 Top returning players: Forward Krissy Barrett (5’11”, jr.), Guard Kristen Bringsjord (5’6”, sr.), Guard Meaghan Cunningham (5’4”, sr.), Guard Ismene Germanakos (5’3”, soph.), Forward Ijeoma Nworkie (5’10”, jr.), Guard Jordan ... Read More »

Q&A: TUFSD Superintendent of Schools Christopher Borsari

The Board of Education hired Christopher Borsari last summer to be the district’s superintendent of schools at an annual salary of $250,000. Borsari recently answered some questions posed by The Hudson Independent. by Rick Pezzullo What was it about TUFSD that sparked your interest to work there? I had previously served as the principal of Sleepy Hollow Middle School. During ... Read More »

Washington Irving High School’s Last Class Reunites

by Krista Madsen A half-hour before the official start time of 7 p.m., the party was well under way at Demeter’s Tavern in Tarrytown. Of the 39 attendees expected for the first event in the Washington Irving High School 60th reunion weekend, about 25 were already here. The crowd of folks in their late 70s made the journey to this ... Read More »

French American School Offers Students a World of Knowledge

by Rick Pezzullo “The major ingredients to fostering well-rounded children is bilingual education with differentiated instruction.” —Nozomi Kurihara, Ardsley Campus Coordinator Nestled in a picturesque setting in the Village of Ardsley is a little-known French American school where students from preschool to fifth grade are gaining a world of knowledge. Founded in 1964 in Manhattan, where the main campus is ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow High Wins Westchester Putnam Baseball Association Championship

Sleepy Hollow High School Baseball

On Saturday, August 6, the Sleepy Hollow Horsemen travel baseball team defeated Putnam Valley 10-1 to win the Westchester Putnam Baseball Association Championship. Left-Right: Coach Robert Bischof, Alex Bjorkland, Sean McCarthy, Ben Oshins, Jaden D’Agostinis, Ishmael Guzman, Jentile Beltre, Gavin Ryan, DJ Owen, Matt Bischof, Nathan Gargano, Filly Veras, Matt Marcella, Coach Sean McCarthy, Lou Kudla (not pictured). 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 »

Graduation 2016 – Hackley High School

Class of 2016 – Hackley Jordan Ryan Payton Allison Alexis Alzalene Arnold Florence Douglas Arnold Youssef Anthony Asaad Nina Jessica Bethel Katherine O’Connell Bogart James Peter Breen Rebecca Frances Brisman Carina Eloise Burroughs Grace Catherine Carroll Kelly Anne Castro-Blanco Ella Rose Charkes Maximillian Kang Gene Chen Sarah Elizabeth Cherry Christopher Sanghyun Chon Eric Weiti Chow Gregory Jae Chung Kyu Sun Chung ... Read More »

Graduation 2016 – Irvington High School

IRVINGTON HIGH SCHOOL Class of 2016 Sweta Narayan Valedictorian Swati Narayan Salutatorian Samuel Abramowitz Kayla Acevedo George Adams Brandon Asadi Ashley Baez Alexander Belchou Carly Bernstein Weston Bishop Amanda Blass Stephanie Bloomfi eld Marcus Boykin Sarah Boyle Elizabeth Brantl Zachary Brown Max Buchen Darius Burgh Nora Burkhardt Mark Caldropoli Madison Carelli Lindsay Chafi zadeh David Chu Daniel Chushko Raven Clivilles ... Read More »

Graduation 2016 – Sleepy Hollow High School

Class of 2016 Jacques Abou-Rjeili Kriselys Adames Cristian Alberto Raymond Alcantara Lisandro Alejandro Whitneyfer Alejo Edelisa Alvarez Sabrina Andre David Araujo Alexander Arias Gisselle Armijos Vito Arpi Brian Arpi-Aguilar Christian Arteaga Mario Ascencio Diana Azana Jarama Jailene Barbosa Javier Bautista Genesis Bencosme Katherine Bender Claire Berdik Kai Bertolacci Christopher Blalock Paul Bloshuk Jr. Harrison Bogusz Benjamin Bojemski Wendell Brand Michael ... Read More »

Longtime Hackley Headmaster Walter Johnson Dies at 64

by Rick Pezzullo Walter C. Johnson, the Headmaster at Hackley School in Tarrytown since 1995, died June 16 from cancer. He was 64. The 11th Headmaster in the history of Hackley, Johnson led the independent school through unprecedented growth and development. He was credited with strengthening and expanding the school’s academic program and faculty, attracting a talented and diverse student ... Read More »

Elizabeth Silver, Zoe Kaplan Head SH High Class of 2016

by Heather Colley Elizabeth Silver and Zoe Kaplan are this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian at Sleepy Hollow High School, respectively. The Hudson Independent profiled the top two academic students in the school’s graduating class of 2016 to learn more about their high school experience, and their extensive plans for the future. Q: Elizabeth, where will you be attending college next ... Read More »

Sports – SH Baseball, Irvington Lacrosse Finish Off Successful Seasons

by Henry Hargitai For Irvington’s varsity lacrosse team and Sleepy Hollow’s junior varsity baseball team, the school year’s close is bittersweet, as it marks the end of two unprecedentedly successful spring sports seasons. Though the Bulldogs (Irvington) and the Horsemen (Sleepy Hollow) play completely different sports on different levels of competition, both teams attribute their successes to the same cause: ... Read More »

Water Fountains with High Lead in Tarrytown Schools Shut Down

by Rick Pezzullo Two water fountains in two schools in the Tarrytown School District were shut down in late May after recent tests showed a lead content higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendations. In a May 24 letter to district staff and parents, interim Schools Superintendent Daniel McCann reported one fountain at Washington Irving Intermediate School and ... Read More »

Underage Substance Abuse Discussed at Irvington High Forum

by Neal Rentz What are the potential consequences of underage drug and alcohol use? According to a panel of local experts, the consequences include potential addiction, criminal prosecution of both youths and parents and even death. About 75 local residents came to Irvington High School on May 19 to listen to a roughly 80-minute discussion on the consequences of underage ... Read More »

Hackley Student Excels in Three Sports

Elijah Ngbokoli is a three-sport athlete at The Hackley School and captain of the wrestling, football, and track teams. On the wrestling mat, Ngbokoli is a three-time Ivy Prep Champ and three-time Independent Schools State Champion. He was an integral piece to winning the Ivy League team title his freshman year, a first for Hackley in 40 years. On the ... Read More »

Third Annual Horseman Color Run Slated for June 18

by Heather Colley The third annual Horseman Color Run will take place on Saturday, June 18, at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow. The event, organized by the Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, has become a successful community event which last year drew almost 1,000 runners, walkers, volunteers and spectators. The event is a major fundraiser for ... Read More »

SH High Principal to Join Pocantico Hills as Superintendent

by Heather Colley and Rick Pezzullo Sleepy Hollow High School will be saying goodbye in June to longtime Principal Carol Conklin-Spillane, but neighboring Pocantico Hills Central School District will be laying out a welcoming mat on July 1 to their new superintendent of schools. In April, the Pocantico Hills Board of Education voted to appoint Conklin-Spillane to replace Interim Superintendent ... 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 »

School Board Races Uncontested in Tarrytown, Irvington

by Rick Pezzullo Candidates running for two seats each on the boards of education in Tarrytown and Irvington on May 17 will have a free ride as they face no opposition. In Tarrytown, Jennifer Liddy Green will earn a second three-year term, while Diane McCarthy, a lifelong Sleepy Hollow resident and Sleepy Hollow High School graduate, will be joining the ... Read More »

Sports – Banner Season for Lady Bulldogs

The Irvington High School varsity girls’ basketball team once again recorded a remarkable season with a 22-2 record and its sixth Section 1 Class B Championship in the last seven years. The Lady Bulldogs won the title with a gutsy 77-68 victory over Woodlands, rallying from a 10-point halftime deficit, led by a career-high 45 points from point guard Lindsay ... Read More »

Sports – TNT Basketball’s Sleepy Hollow Horsemen Win Class B Championship

On March 13th, TNT Basketball’s Sleepy Hollow Horsemen 8th grade boys defeated Mahopac 41-30 to win the Tri-County Basketball League Class B championship at the College of New Rochelle. Left to right: Coach Sean McCarthy, Ryan Schatzel, Ben Goldfarb, Owen Loffredo, Quinn O’Donohue, Oliver Goldfarb, Jackson Many, Luke McCarthy, Max Himmelfarb, Alex Dawson, Xarian Rodriguez, Ramon Salazar, Devin Batheja, Jordan ... 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 »

SH Students Excel at Science and Engineering Fair

Emily Thayer, a senior at SH High School, is headed to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix in May after placing first for her scientific research project at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair held at the high school. Thayer, who will be studying chemical engineering at the University of Alabama in the fall, was recognized for ... Read More »

Student Resource Officer Begins at Sleepy Hollow High

by Heather Colley A few months ago, the students of Sleepy Hollow High School organized a petition and spoke to the Board of Education about the implementation of a Student Resource Officer (SRO) in the high school, a police officer that serves as a link between the town and the students. Following recent local events, the teenagers had concerns about ... 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 »

“Spring Harmony” Classical Event Slated

Sleepy Hollow High School students along with professional and semi-professional performers will be taking part in “Spring Harmony,” Saturday, April 30, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., at Hudson Harbor Lodge, Tarrytown. The classical music event will benefit the Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Boosters, with proceeds from the evening used to benefit several music related activities at the school. Income from ... Read More »

New Tarrytown Schools Superintendent Making Presence Felt

by Thomas Staudter Chris Borsari, the newly hired superintendent of the Tarrytown Union Free School District, does not assume his duties officially until July 1, but at the end of March, he was making his presence known already in the schools. Currently the Principal at Byram Hills High School in Armonk, Borsari participated in a round of preliminary interviews for ... Read More »

Tarrytown School District Names Final Candidate For Superintendent Post

The Board of Education of the Union Free School District of the Tarrytowns has announced that Mr. Christopher Borsari is the finalist candidate for the Superintendent’s position. Mr. Borsari is currently the Principal of Byram Hills High School, a position he has held for the past eight years. Prior to this position, he was appointed as Principal of the Sleepy ... Read More »

Schools Increase Focus On Concussion Awareness

by Robert Kimmel In contact sports just a generation ago, a hard jolt to the head and its harmful consequences were mostly regarded as a temporary “time-out” to be followed by a quick return to the playing field. No longer is that the case. “The world has finally caught up with what we’ve known for decades, that head injuries are ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow High School’s Success in the Performing Arts

by Heather Colley Interviewing Gail Persad, who is both the chorus teacher and the fall drama director at Sleepy Hollow High School, was a little difficult because of the euphony of singing coming from every corner of the chorus room. As she instructed students on how to hit a particular note, Persad simultaneously gave me insight into why the Performing ... Read More »

Irvington Lady Bulldogs Poised for Another Post Season Run

by Rick Pezzullo It’s a team with only two seniors and one healthy junior, but inexperience hasn’t been an issue at all this season for the Irvington High School girls’ basketball team. With only three games remaining on its regular season schedule, Irvington is 16-1, in the driver’s seat to win an eighth straight league title and well prepared to ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Stellar Rower to Attend Princeton in Fall

by Heather Colley Every year, Sleepy Hollow gets excited about the prospects of its various sports teams. Everyone dreams of making it to the “Dome” or the County Center. With few exceptions in recent years, such as track stars Danny Elia, Will Stallings and Gabby Maldonado (who each competed at state level), few actually make it. However, there is one ... Read More »

Irvington Fall Athletes Honored

The Irvington Union Free School District administration recognized the volleyball team, who are league champions for the first time since 1996; the girls soccer team, also league champions; and boys cross-country star Luke Carmosino, who is a section champion and placed 12th in the state championship this fall, during a Board of Education meeting in December. “The accomplishments of these ... Read More »

Changes in Educational Rules Welcomed by Local School Superintendents

By Robert Kimmel New York State and congressional actions in December altering two major educational programs are drawing mostly positive responses from Dr. Daniel McCann, Interim Superintendent of the Union Free District of the Tarrytowns and Dr. Kristopher Harrison, Superintendent of Irvington Public Schools. Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which, in effect, ... Read More »

Irvington Girls Race Out to 6-0 Start on Hardwood

by Rick Pezzullo They may be young and inexperienced, but somebody forgot to tell the Irvington High School girls basketball team that should matter. The Lady Bulldogs started the season winning their first six games, including capturing the 37th annual Warnock Family Tournament in early December. Behind a 22-point effort from junior point guard Lindsay Halpin, host Irvington won the ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Holiday Hoops Tournament Excites

by Kevin Brown The 24th Annual Howard Godwin Memorial Tournament took place in December and this season, the excitement ratcheted up to a whole new level. The tournament’s inception in 1992 was created by local residents Howard and Mimi Godwin as a way to showcase local basketball and school pride in a showcase tournament for both boys and girls varsity ... Read More »

SH High Student Wins Science Award

by Robert Kimmel Sleepy Hollow High School senior Elizabeth Silver, recent winner of the Acorda Scientific Excellence Award, “is genuinely concerned about treating and healing human diseases,” stated Janet Longo-Abinanti, Career Coordinator and Science Research Instructor at SHHS. She described Silver as “…one of the top students of my career not only because of her high level of intelligence but ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler


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 »

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 »

School Resource Officer to Start at SH High in January

by Rick Pezzullo Officials in the Tarrytown Union Free School District and the Village of Sleepy Hollow have agreed to have a full-time police officer roam the hallways of Sleepy Hollow High School/Middle School. The Board of Education decided in early December to move forward with the new security measure following a presentation by Mayor Ken Wray, Trustee Denise Scaglione ... Read More »

School Resource Officer at Sleepy Hollow High Under Review

| by Rick Pezzullo | Officials in the Tarrytown Union Free School District and the Village of Sleepy Hollow are actively discussing providing a full-time police officer at Sleepy Hollow High School following several incidents involving current and former students. Parents and residents implored the Board of Education and superintendent of schools to take immediate action last month after the ... 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 »

Young Irvington Girls Aim to Continue Success on Hardwood

by Rick Pezzullo The lineups change each season, but what stays consistent with the Irvington High School girls’ basketball team is winning. The Lady Bulldogs have recorded a remarkable 146-11 record the last six seasons, won seven straight league titles, and captured five Section I Class B championships in the last six years. It’s a standard of excellence unequaled in ... Read More »

Transfiguration Students Honor WWII Vets in Letter Writing Campaign

by Neal Rentz For students in grades five through eight at the Transfiguration School in Tarrytown, World War II is something more than what they have read about in textbooks. Pupils in social studies classes taught by Rosemary Holodak have formed a bond with those who fought in the conflict. The students wrote letters to veterans from the Hudson Valley ... Read More »

Five Seniors to Lead Sleepy Hollow Boys Basketball Team

by Heather Colley After two consecutive seasons with much success, the Sleepy Hollow High School varsity boys’ basketball team is hoping to continue its winning ways with many returning players and some new faces, under the leadership of Coach Christopher Starace. The returning seniors this year are Wendell Brand, Mike Morales, Harry Bogusz, Gabe McGuire, and Steven Grady. This year’s ... 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 »

Sleepy Hollow Varsity Soccer Teams Enjoy Successful Seasons

|by Heather Colley| Fall 2015 was a stand-out season for the boys and girls varsity soccer teams of Sleepy Hollow. The boys’ team built on solid records in recent years to post an impressive record of nine wins and five losses. This was good enough to place the team as the seventh seed for the sectional tournament, the highest seed ... Read More »

SHHS Varsity Football Season Ends on a High Note

|by Kevin Brown| As the Horsemen charged the field to begin their annual rivalry game against neighboring Ossining, it was an apt metaphor for the 2015 season as the team emerged from the darkness. Due to the size of the school, Ossining was moved up to Division AA this season so the two teams were not scheduled to play. But ... 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 »

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 »

Irvington Fall Sports Teams Excel

Irvington High School athletes have had an impressive run this season, as four varsity teams –girls’ soccer, girls and boys cross-country and girls’ volleyball – continue to remain involved in postseason play. The undefeated girls’ soccer team, at 17-0, won their Class B quarterfinal game 5-1 against Ardsley, thanks to sophomore Zoe Maxwell’s four goals. The team has won the ... Read More »

SH High Principal Named to State Common Core Task Force

Sleepy Hollow High School Principal Carol Conklin-Spillane was named in late September by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on a newly established Common Core Task Force, which will be charged with reviewing and making recommendations to overhaul the current Common Core system and how students are tested. The Task Force is expected to deliver a final report by the end ... Read More »