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Coast Guard Report Submerges Hudson River Anchorages Plans

   By Robert Kimmel –  The Coast Guard’s controversial proposal to establish 43 new barge anchorage locations in the Hudson River for shipping industry use, first introduced two years ago, has been pushed farther into the future, with its prospects in question. Opposition by municipalities, environmental groups, and the public, resulted in the proposal’s suspension last year. The Coast Guard ... Read More »

Second Nor’easter Sends a Body Blow to the Region

by Barrett Seaman March came into the Hudson Valley like a lion—a lion on steroids. Less than a week after a surprisingly powerful “bomb cyclone” swept up the eastern seaboard on March 2nd, a second storm, this one laden with wet, heavy snow, moved over a landscape still littered with fallen trees and power lines, bringing down even more. Tens ... 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 »

Open Door Unveils New Larger Location in Sleepy Hollow

By Rick Pezzullo –  It has often been said that good things come to those who wait. That is certainly the case with Open Door Family Medical Centers and its new location at 300 North Broadway in Sleepy Hollow. After four years of planning and overcoming several obstacles, including some public opposition, Open Door opened the doors to its 12,500-square-foot, ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Donates Retired Fire Truck to Haiti

by Elaine Marranzano A retired fire truck belonging to the Village of Sleepy Hollow is bound for Haiti – a gift from the village to the island nation struggling to rebuild after the devastating 2010 earthquake. The donated “ladder truck” – the kind that comes to get you if you are stuck on the eighth floor during a fire – ... Read More »

“It’s a War Zone Out There!”

By Barrett Seaman –  Friday was not a good day in the Rivertowns—nor anyplace else along the eastern seaboard, as a brutal nor’easter ripped its way from the Carolinas through Maine throughout the day and into the evening. Winds clocked at over 60 m.p.h. downed trees and power lines throughout the area. Rain, then snow, then rain again deluged the ... Read More »

Water Usage Curbs Sought by Tarrytown Officials

by Robert Kimmel –  “They would be looking for us to establish a new law local law within the Village Code for water conservation. Obviously, they want all the municipalities that buy water from them to reduce our ‘lost’ water.” — Richard Slingerland Tarrytown has signed on to a proposal developed by its water supplier, New York City, to cut ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Seeks Public Input as it Kicks Off Comp Plan

by Rick Pezzullo –  More than 150 residents turned out January 11 at the James Galgano Senior Center in Sleepy Hollow at the kickoff meeting for the village’s comprehensive plan. Mayor Ken Wray stressed it was vital for residents to participate in the estimated 18-month process since Sleepy Hollow’s population of 10,000 is expected to grow by a third in ... Read More »

Toll Brothers Selected as Builder of Phase One on Edge-on-Hudson Project

by Robert Kimmel –  The first structures to be built within Edge-on-Hudson, the mixed-use development at Sleepy Hollow’s riverfront are expected to be 11 free-standing homes, constructed by Toll Brothers, a luxury home builder whose work is known locally and nationwide. The company has signed an agreement with the developers, SunCal and Diversified Realty Advisors to purchase the lots and ... Read More »

SH Resident on U.S. Women’s World Cup Qualifying U-20 National Soccer Team

Samantha Coffey, a resident of Sleepy Hollow and 2017 Master’s School graduate, is a member of the United States’ 20-player team for the 2018 Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Women’s Under-20 Championship which took place in Trinidad and Tobago. Coffey, 19, a midfielder, who is a freshman at Boston College, is one of 16 collegiate ... Read More »

Riverfront Homeowners Decry FDNY Fireboat Moored in Sleepy Hollow

FDNY Fireboat

by Rick Pezzullo –  A fireboat that was utilized in rescue efforts following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in Manhattan and the “Miracle on the Hudson” emergency airplane landing on January 15, 2009 suddenly appeared on Thanksgiving weekend outside the windows of riverfront homeowners in Sleepy Hollow. And, it has created waves. A group of residents from River Street ... Read More »

SH/TT Chamber of Commerce Elects New Leadership

by Robert Kimmel  –     The two newly elected co-presidents of the Greater Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown (SH/TT) Chamber of Commerce see the organization increasing its commitment to both communities it represents. The two, Philip Johnson and Glen Taylor, were elected to their leadership roles at the Chamber’s January meeting. Johnson is Executive Director at Education First (EF) in Tarrytown, overseeing ... Read More »

Winter Blues Concert to Rock the Music Hall

Tarrytown Music Hall - photo by Tim Thayer

by David Neilsen –  On Saturday, Jan 6, the Tarrytown Music Hall will be transformed into a local dance club as the venue for the 5th annual Winter Blues concert. Produced by the Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Boosters, the event features local acts The Incumbents, Juke Joint and the Tarrytown Horns, and the always-popular Losing Our Faculties–a band made up ... Read More »

Sleepy High School Freshman Makes History in Music

by Tom Pedulla –  When Ben Poret was an infant, his parents, Amy and Hal, would stand at the foot of the crib, singing anything but lullabies. “He was getting Pink Floyd and Cat Stevens and Yes and Paul Simon,” Hal said. “Whatever I could get on guitar and sing.” Perhaps that helps to explain the source of Ben’s extraordinary ... Read More »

Asociacion de Familias Hispanas de los Tarrytowns

The Public Schools of the Tarrytowns’ Asociacion de Familias Hispanas de los Tarrytowns (AFHT) held their annual Family Holiday Celebration on December 20 at John Paulding School. Over 85 families gathered for a festive evening, enjoying a potluck dinner, holiday crafts, music and a performance by Jilly Puppets. Lots of community volunteers were on hand, and Kids’ Club provided desserts ... Read More »

Matt Arone Named Recreation Superintendent in Sleepy Hollow

by Kevin Brown –  Matt Arone has been hired as the new Recreation Superintendent in Sleepy Hollow. Arone comes to the village from his position as Deputy Superintendent in the Village of Scarsdale and brings a wealth of credentials preparing him for the job. Arone has been a full-time municipal recreation professional for 22 years. He started it all with ... Read More »

Edge-On-Hudson Progresses Toward Phase-One Construction

by Robert Kimmel – Naming a road “Legend Drive” is surely an appropriate action for the Village of Sleepy Hollow. As the major mixed-use development Edge-on-Hudson progresses, that is the name given recently to the first street completed on the 67-acre complex being built on the village’s riverfront. Legend Drive leads to Phase One, the first of three districts to ... 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 »

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 »

Who benefits from Halloween in Sleepy Hollow Country?

by Elaine Marranzano –  Halloween in Sleepy Hollow country is getting bigger every year. There are now more activities and more tourists than ever before. So, where does all that money go? Who benefits economically from Halloween? The undisputed winner is Historic Hudson Valley. The nonprofit’s tax returns show soaring “program service revenues” of $4.86 million in 2015, compared to ... Read More »

Airbnb Brings Challenge to Zoning in the Rivertowns

by Alexander Roberts The rivertowns have some of the strictest zoning policies in the nation, designed to ensure that land use is tightly controlled. Yet today some homeowners are openly violating zoning laws in Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, advertising on the Internet site Airbnb, transforming their single-family houses, apartments and condominiums into illegal hotels and boarding houses. A recent ... Read More »

Health Dept. Issues Hepatitis A Alert for Patrons of Sleepy Hollow Country Club

The Westchester County Health Department is recommending that individuals who ate or drank at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club between October 30 and November 4 receive preventive treatment against Hepatitis A, a viral illness that affects the liver. The Health Department learned November 12 that an employee with the illness worked in the club’s Grill Room while infectious. Five people ... Read More »

Rivertowns Residents Weigh In on Broadway Corridor Bike Lane

by Barrett Seaman –  The bicycles are coming, they’re coming to town. If you believe the Route 9 Active Transportation campaign pitch, they will be coming over the new Mario Cuomo Bridge or up from the city by the thousands—and the rivertowns will need to prepare for them by building a bike lane along Broadway (Route 9) from Ossining all ... Read More »

New Water Reservoir Fulfills Sleepy Hollow’s Requirements 

by Robert Kimmel –  Sleepy Hollow’s huge new water reservoir is operational, opening the way for growth within the village, and ending deficiencies the village faced prior to its construction. The underground tank holding 1.6 million gallons of water is “critical” for further development in the village as Mayor Ken Wray described it during the ribbon-cutting inaugural for the structure ... Read More »

Real Estate Investor Looks to Tame Cortlandt Street

by Elaine Marranzano –  The tornado-force winds of change are blowing down Cortlandt Street in Sleepy Hollow in the form of Billy Procida, a high-profile, feisty, real estate lender who is the new owner of eight mixed-use buildings on the beleaguered inner-village street. Procida acquired the properties when previous owner Cirilo Rodriquez defaulted on a $9.5 million loan from Procida’s ... 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 »

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 »

McCarthy Becomes All Time Passing Leader at SH High

by Kevin Brown –  Sean McCarthy, quarterback for the Sleepy Hollow Headless Horsemen, became the all-time leading passer for total yards passing in a single season and for total yards passing in a career at the school. Due to playing from behind often in the current 1-8 campaign, McCarthy has been airing it out all season to Daniel Willams, Jared ... Read More »

Notes from the HVWC: Hidden Gem

by Jennifer Franklin –  Often called a “hidden gem” and praised as “the most beautiful place in which I have ever read,” The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center is housed in the historic and lovingly restored Philipse Manor Train Station. The Center hosts a series of classes and readings by writers in all genres, runs social outreach programs for youth and ... Read More »

JAG Physical Therapy Making Its Presence Known in SH

by Rick Pezzullo –  One year ago, JAG Physical Therapy, which offers care for orthopedic and sports injuries, merged with Sleepy Hollow Physical Therapy, a staple in the community for about 30 years. Since setting up in the Amenta Building at 245 North Broadway, where it recently doubled its space and updated its equipment, JAG has striven to have a ... 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 »

Sleepy Hollow Singer/Songwriter Uses Cancer Diagnosis as Inspiration

by W.B. King From an early age, Bianca Muniz was enveloped by an eclectic range of rhythms and melodies. So, it’s not surprising that this talented 22-year old singer, songwriter and pianist will follow up her 2016 EP release, “Scary Dreams,” with an anticipated full-length album, “For You,” next summer. What’s surprising is that she is battling cancer for the ... Read More »

Old Dutch Church Ribbon Cutting Marks Access Project Completion

by Robert Kimmel For decades, accessibility to the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow was challenging for handicapped walkers, people with carriages and the elderly.  That challenge officially ended last month with a ribbon cutting that heralded the completion of a project that brings an ease of access to those whose entry had been a burden. Old, uneven steps, labeled ... Read More »

Just Where Was That “Sleepy Hollow,” Actually?

by Barrett Seaman    It is, of course, the name of a village in Westchester County—arguably the county’s most famous. It used to be North Tarrytown until administrators decided they’d get better recognition by taking advantage of that famous short story by Washington Irving. Practically everybody knows of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Irving’s fantastical tale of a headless horseman, said ... Read More »

WWII Veterans from North Tarrytown High Honored in SH

by Tom Pedulla The delightful sounds of children romping at a nearby playground echoed as 45 former North Tarrytown High School students who died in World War II were honored during recent ceremonies at Winfield L. Morse School. The children knew nothing of Chick Galella, 96, a Pearl Harbor survivor who played a lead role in organizing the event to ... Read More »

Ceremony Planned to Honor WWII Vets

A ceremony honoring the 44 former North Tarrytown High School students who gave their lives for their country during World War II will be held Sunday, September 10 at 2 p.m. 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 ... Read More »

Great Promise for Soccer’s Future in Sleepy Hollow

by Kevin Brown The Sleepy Hollow Football Club finished its spring season and third full year of soccer in June with tremendous success on the field with three teams winning their division championships. The U10 girls Blaze, coached by John Sutherland, Howard Allen, and Chris Junge, won the second division after winning the third division in the fall. The U13 ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Opioid Addiction Epidemic Targeted by Local Law Enforcement Groups

by Robert Kimmel Faced with the continuing opioid addiction epidemic and related deaths, local authorities are intensifying their efforts to battle the problem. The police departments of Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow are among local law enforcement agencies aggressively working with the Town of Greenburgh’s Drug and Alcohol Task Force to deal with the growing addiction crisis. Set up in ... Read More »

Cattle Farm on Rockefeller Preserve in Sleepy Hollow to Disperse

by Elaine Marranzano If you are accustomed to walking in Rockefeller State Park Preserve and enjoy seeing the cattle, say goodbye while you can. The cows are going. Once described as “Bonanza meets Downton Abbey,” Hudson Pines, the cattle farm in Sleepy Hollow owned by the late David Rockefeller, will host a “complete dispersal” sale on November 1. “It is ... Read More »

Notes From the HVWC: What Are They Doing in There?

(A new monthly column from The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center of Sleepy Hollow) by Lynne Lori Sylvan Commuters returning home late Wednesdays to Philipse Manor train station have been peering into the old train depot wondering what in tarnation is going on. Blazing lights illuminate people skipping around the carpet, blowing on zucchini shofars, talking into dog-clicker headsets and exfoliating ... Read More »

Annual Senior Arts Exhibit at Warner Library

Warner Library, in cooperation with Arts Westchester and Neighborhood House, held its Annual Senior arts exhibit in the month of July. The exhibit included the ArtsWestchester Community Spaces grant funded “Adirondack Chairs,” which will be placed throughout Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. —Photo by Sunny McLean Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Football 2017 Under New Leadership

by Kevin Brown The Sleepy Hollow Alumni Game held July 22 at Sleepy Hollow High School (SHHS) brought out more than 50 past Horsemen to mix it up in competitive games of one hand touch football. Many students who graduated over the last five years were on-hand and so were lots of players from the glory days. Under the leadership ... 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 »

Wolfpack Re-Aligns to Grow Youth Football

Changes are afoot for Sleepy Hollow Football.  After more than a decade, Wolfpack Football which serves kids Kindergarten through 6th grade with flag and youth tackle football programs is renaming itself Jr. Horsemen Football.  New High School Varsity Football Coach Jorge Veintimilla will oversee football at all ages in town and the idea is to more closely align the youth ... Read More »

Schroedel Brings Experience to New Position as SHLDC Advisor

by Robert Kimmel Pursuing the implementation of the East Parcel Project by the SHLDC will be David Schroedel’s initial work as recently appointed Strategic Planning Advisor, but he has been committed to serving the Village of Sleepy Hollow for almost a decade. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Village of Sleepy Hollow in 2008, and re-elected ... Read More »


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Sleepy Hollow Author Pens First Novel

by Greg Clary A new novel by a Sleepy Hollow writer highlights the Hudson Valley as the setting for a suburban woman’s rebirth after a nasty divorce. For 25-year resident Rebecca Chianese, the local streets are as familiar now as those of her Brooklyn youth, and her book Mercy easily captures the people and experiences of each. “Walking along the ... Read More »

Bring Your Own Kayak Program Likely on the Lakes

by Barrett Seaman   For several years now, it’s been possible for residents and visitors alike to rent a kayak and explore the wildlife-rich shores of the Tarrytown Lakes on weekends. The vendor, Hudson River Recreation, charges anywhere from $20 for one hour in a single kayak up to $60 for three hours in a double. This summer, the Tarrytown Village ... 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 »

SH East Parcel Multi-Use Site Development Costs Projected

by Robert Kimmel When the final phase of Sleepy Hollow’s East Parcel project is completed for village use, expected by 2026, costs of its construction will have reached an estimated $39 to $48 million. Tax revenue raised from the adjacent Edge-on-Hudson mixed-use development, however, will more than cover potential payments on bonds issued by the Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation ... 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 »

Heard Around the Watercooler – June 2017


by Maria Ann Roglieri Babies Born Congratulations to Sabina and Cézanne Huq of Ardsley on the birth of their baby girl, Ana, on April 2, 2017. Congratulations also to Charlie and Danielle Reda of Tarrytown on the birth of their baby girl, Kyleigh Angela, on April 4, 2017. Art Exhibit Award-winning plein air artist and Tarrytown resident, Doris Mady, will ... 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 »

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 »

Phelps President Touts Hospital’s Latest Advances

by Robert Kimmel In assessing the past year at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, its President and CEO Daniel Blum had a good number of successes to report. The account of those achievements came recently at the Hospital’s Annual Community Breakfast at the DoubleTree Hotel, attended by local political and business leaders. Blum noted that a recent statewide hospital survey of ... Read More »

Fundraising Campaign Launched to Support Immigrant Community

by Seth Dellon According to recently-released statistics by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), immigration arrests are up 38% from 2016, proving that fears about the Trump administration’s anti-immigration rhetoric were well-founded. But, throughout the early presidency of Donald Trump, energies have been focused locally to protect and support Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow’s most vulnerable residents. For many activists, those efforts ... Read More »

Relay for Life Fundraiser Set at Sleepy Hollow High

The second Relay for Life event in Tarrytown will be held June 3-4 at Sleepy Hollow High School. Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Last year’s first event in Tarrytown attracted 425 registered participants and raised more than $95,000. Organizers were rewarded by being named Rookie Event of the Year. This year, the fundraising ... Read More »

The TaSH Farmers Market is Back in Season

TaSH Farmers Market

by Suzanne Sorrentino “What’s in season?” may be the most-asked question at the farmers market, but this year that simple query has lofty aims at the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market. Along with growing to more than 30 vendors per week — with a roster of more than 50 vendors, some who will rotate to keep things exciting — ... 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 »

Old Dutch Church Expected to Re-Open by Mid-June

by Robert Kimmel With construction work designed to improve access to the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow proceeding on schedule, its reopening is expected by mid-June. After decades of entry problems for the handicapped and elderly, new stairs, ramps and pathways leading to the building will ease access for all worshippers. The church’s old approaches have disappeared as workers ... Read More »

Tax Hikes Unknown in School Budgets; Board of Ed Races Uncontested

by Rick Pezzullo Residents who go to the polls on May 16 to cast their vote on the proposed 2017-18 school budgets will have to figure out on their own how their property taxes will be affected due to the recent revaluation of property values in the Town of Greenburgh. Both Tarrytown School District Superintendent Christopher Borsari and Irvington School ... Read More »

East Parcel in Sleepy Hollow Moves Closer to Development

East Parcel Sleepy Hollow old GM plant

by Robert Kimmel The “East Parcel,” the 29-acre section of the former General Motors site set aside for use by the Village of Sleepy Hollow, is one important step closer to achieving its purpose. A mandatory environmental review process for the parcel was formally completed by the Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation, (SHLDC) at a public board meeting late last ... Read More »

Access Construction Project In Progress at Old Dutch Church

by Robert Kimmel Construction work is underway to fix a problem that has confronted the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow for many decades.  The church’s accessibility for the handicapped, elderly, and others with ambulatory disabilities has been difficult, or as one person associated with the church described it, “treacherous.” Old, uneven steps leading to the church’s front entrance will ... Read More »

Local High School Baseball and Softball Previews

by Tom Pedulla The Hudson Independent looks at the prospects for local baseball and softball teams: (Abbreviations key—1B (first base); 2B (second base); SS (shortstop); 3B (third base); OF (outfield); C (catcher); LHP (left-handed pitcher); RHP (right-handed pitcher). BASEBALL HACKLEY Coach: Steve Frolo, 20th year Last year’s record: 11-7 Top returning players: 1B Dan Chung, 2B Dan Hernandez, SS Alex ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Mulls Reducing Speed Limit in Village


by Rick Pezzullo The Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees is considering reducing the speed limit throughout the village from 30 to 25 miles per hour. If approved, the Village Code amendment would only apply to village-owned roadways and not county or state spans, such as Route 9. “I don’t see the downside in doing something like this,” Sleepy Hollow Mayor ... 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 »

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 »

Tarrytown Looks at Options to Ease Traffic Congestion

Traffic LIght

by Rick Pezzullo With existing traffic congestion expected to worsen in the area from approved developments, Village of Tarrytown officials are exploring options to have vehicles move more efficiently. In mid-March, the Board of Trustees reviewed some recommendations made by a consultant hired by the village with funds it received in a legal settlement in August 2013 with neighboring Sleepy ... Read More »

Community Leaders Mobilize Against Trump Policies with Focus on Immigration

by Robert Kimmel At a recent meeting described as a “Rivertown Gathering for Future Social Action,” community leaders spoke out in opposition to a range of Trump administration policies and particularly those dealing with immigration. Those policies came under fire from Congresswoman Nita Lowey who highlighted the session, held at a private Tarrytown residence. She described what she and her ... Read More »

Q&A: Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray

by Rick Pezzullo Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray will be running uncontested for a fifth two-year term on March 21 on a slate with three incumbent trustees and an incumbent village justice, who also will face no opposition. Wray is at the head of the Unite Sleepy Hollow ticket that also includes trustees Glenn Rosenbloom, John Leavy and Denise Scaglione ... 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 »

John André: The Spy Who Loved Us

by Charlene Weigel On a chilly Saturday, The Historical Society of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow was alive with visitors in search of a dead man. Not just any man. He had to have charm and wit, but be honest to the core. Cultured. Handsome. Schooled in the arts. Massively charismatic. Perhaps a bit full of himself, but with good reason. ... 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 »

Unity March 10591: In Their Own Words

Compiled by Krista Madsen Perhaps the most powerful way to cover January’s Unity March, gathering an estimated 800 immigrants and their allies from Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown and beyond, is to focus on the words of the participants themselves – bilingual messages of solidarity on signs, in chants, and in speeches. As the marchers made their way along the sidewalks from ... Read More »

Celebrating a 107th birthday, Gunter Lorenz Stays Active

by Robert Kimmel Gunter Lorenz has the best attendance record at the weekly meetings of the Men’s Club at the Shames Jewish Community Center on the Hudson. At the age of 107, that is no small achievement. Adding to that accomplishment are the lectures he has given over the years to his fellow members at the JCC. During a lively ... Read More »

Black History Month Art Exhibit

A Black History Month Art Exhibit will be held during the month of February at Warner Library in Tarrytown. A Meet the Artists Reception, where visitors will have the opportunity to view the works of Ron Brown, Steven Ferri, Ella Hall and Don Whitely and chat with the artists, will take place on Sunday, February 12 from 2 to 4 ... Read More »

Old Dutch Church Challenges Rental Fee from NY State

Old Dutch Church

by Robert Kimmel The year 2016 passed as most other years for the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow – with one exception. It got an annual “rental” fee bill. The invoice, for $1,700, was from the New York State Department of Transportation for the use of property located between the church’s entrance and Route 9.  Most unusual was that ... Read More »

Wray to Seek Fifth Term Uncontested as SH Mayor

Ken Wray

by Rick Pezzullo Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray will be running for a fifth two-year term on a slate with three incumbent trustees and an incumbent village justice in what is shaping up to be an uncontested March 21 election. Wray, who lives in Webber Park and first joined the board as a trustee in 2007, is at the head ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow March – We Are All Immigrants!

Hundreds of citizens, faith leaders, officials and children marched today from the steps of St. Teresa of Avila Church in Sleepy Hollow to Patriot’s Park in Tarrytown — uniting in a common cry of solidarity with our immigrant populations. And, as many signs from the diverse crowd reminded, “We are all immigrants” or “Todos somos immigrantes.” The marchers sung “This ... Read More »

Red Zebra: Sleepy Hollow’s New Italian Restaurant Destination

  by Linda Viertel Red Zebra – not only the catchy name of a beautiful heirloom tomato, is now also the notably memorable restaurant appellation that represents co-owners David Starkey’s and Neil Benson’s farm-to-table take on fresh local ingredients. Together, with their Culinary Institute of America (CIA) trained chef, Beau Widener, they have combined a love of Italian street food ... 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 »

Former Police Officer Jailed for Selling Date Rape Drug

by Rick Pezzullo A former police officer and resident of Sleepy Hollow was sentenced to eight years in prison last month for selling a so-called date rape drug through the Internet from his home. Robert Smutek, 53, who ironically was a member of a drug task force while working as a cop in Dutchess County, was held responsible during his ... 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 »

New Hotel Tax Becomes Law 

Fourteen Westchester Communities,  Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow among them, will be benefiting from a hotel and motel tax law signed late last month by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The law calls for a local  three percent “bed tax” to be  charged by hotels and motels. The tax legislation,  sponsored by Assemblyman and State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, had been pursued by ... Read More »

Regeneron Buys Mount Pleasant Building for Expansion

Regeneron, a Tarrytown-based biopharmaceutical company, recently purchased the New York Life building in Mount Pleasant as it continues to expand. Reportedly, Regeneron paid $50 million for the 76-acre site, which is located on Rockwood Road near Phelps Memorial Hospital Center and Rockwood Hall park. Regeneron’s main campus is located in the Landmark at Eastview property at 777 Old Saw Mill ... 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 »