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Ask the Doctor – What Goes Into a Hip Replacement?

by Dr. Jason Hochfelder, Phelps Hospital Close to 1 million hip replacements are performed in the United States every year, but very few patients know how the replacement parts are constructed or what materials are used. Can you provide some details about the implants? The hip is a ball-and-socket joint. The socket (acetabulum) is part of the pelvic bones, and ... Read More »

Phelps Hospital Adds Advanced Robotic Surgical System

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

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Milestone Marked in Tarrytown

By Rick Pezzullo The installation of the 100th public electric vehicle charging station by New York State was marked in September during a ceremony at Pierson Park in Tarrytown. The New York Power Authority (NYPA) made the announcement during National Drive Electric Week, a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of the widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and promote the benefits ... Read More »

ASK THE DOCTOR – What is 3D Mammography?

This month’s “Ask The Doctor” is the first in a continuing series planned to keep our readers up-to-date on health issues. Since October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve selected a timely first topic. Q. What is mammography? A. Mammography is an X-ray of the breast used to detect breast cancer at an early stage, when it is easier ... Read More »

Commentary – The Truth About Lead in Your Water

by Dean Gallea (on behalf of the Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Council) Recently, Tarrytown was cited by the U.S. EPA for several violations in reporting and following up on certain positive tests for lead in the Village’s drinking water. Village Administrator Mike Blau has issued an open letter on the Village website, explaining in detail how a single violation in 2013 ... Read More »

Advances in Health Care Field Broaden Procedures for Patients

by Robert Kimmel Dr. Har Chi Lau does not hesitate when asked to identify what he considers as the foremost existing medical advance in his field. “Over the past decade, decade-and-a-half the greatest advance is the advent and progression of laparoscopic surgery and minimally invasive surgery,” he stated. Dr. Lau is a co-founder of the Minimally Invasive Center of Hudson ... Read More »

Business News – Regeneron to Sponsor Science Talent Search Competition

by Maria Ann Roglieri Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company with headquarters in Tarrytown, has taken over sponsorship of the national high school science competition, the Science Talent Search (formerly the Intel Science Talent Search). Regeneron was selected by the Society for Science & the Public (known as The Society) from among 50 companies because of its steady commitment to mentoring ... 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 »

Sustainable Westchester Moving on Schedule With Community Choice Aggregation

|by Robert Kimmel | Sustainable Westchester Inc. is currently running on schedule for the project aimed at bringing lower utility rates to consumers in many municipalities in the county, including Tarrytown and Irvington. The project, Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), contracts with one or more default power suppliers for all residents and small businesses that will set gas and electric rates ... Read More »

Sunny Days Ahead as Solarize Westchester Moves Forward

|by Zoe Kaplan| After 200 residential contracts and a 150% increase in installations, Solarize Westchester has begun Round 2 of the campaign, hoping to bring solar power to even more communities in Westchester County. Solarize Westchester is a state and municipally supported program. Its focus is to implement solar power into communities, both commercially and residentially, in a way that ... Read More »

Villages Receive $100,000 to Study Microgrid Projects

| by Rick Pezzullo | The villages of Irvington, Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown were among 14 municipalities in Westchester awarded approximately $100,000 each to study the feasibility of installing a standalone energy system capable of operating during a power outage. Such systems would integrate renewable power with other advanced energy technologies to create a cleaner, more affordable and more resilient localized ... Read More »

Little Gardens of Tarrytown Celebrates 90 Years Beautifying Village

What began as a gathering in people’s homes blossomed into a horticultural group intent on preserving and protecting the villages’ natural beauty. “In past years it was a traditional garden club, and one of four in the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow area,” Little Gardens of Tarrytown President Monique Kozlowski said. Founded in 1924, the club focuses on beautification projects that ... Read More »