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From Out of the Ashes, the Ardsley Country Club Reopens

by Barrett Seaman   In the wee hours of December 14, 2014, random individuals—a woman in Dobbs Ferry having trouble sleeping, a state trooper across the Hudson—reported seeing flames shooting skyward on the hilltop straddling the border between Irvington and Dobbs Ferry. A fire that started in a dumpster abutting the kitchen of the Ardsley Country Club (The Hudson Independent, January ... Read More »

Westbound Lanes on New Bridge to Open in August

New Bridge

by Rick Pezzullo  Rockland-bound motorists will soon be the first to experience the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. Current Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the westbound lanes of the 3.1-mile, state-of-the-art twin span will be open to traffic on Friday, August 25 as vehicles will be diverted from the Tappan Zee Bridge. The new $3.98 billion bridge ... Read More »

Questions Remain About Eligibility For Tarrytown Affordable Housing

by Alexander Roberts After more than a decade of fights over size and design, Tarrytown’s affordable housing project at 21Wildey Street is well on its way to a projected completion date of November 30.  But a new controversy has arisen over how to define “affordable,” which will determine who is eligible for the 12 new apartments. The development was authorized under ... 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 »

Name the Bridge Contest Entries Differ from Albany’s Decision

by Robert Kimmel Rivertown residents who entered this newspaper’s “Name the Bridge Contest” have opinions contrary to those of the New York State legislature when it comes to attaching a label to the new span replacing the old Tappan Zee Bridge. The State legislature in late June passed a measure naming the new bridge for the well-regarded Governor Mario Cuomo, ... Read More »

Human Trafficking: A Hidden Crime in the Rivertowns

by Andrea Kott You’ve seen them. Young people hawking candy bars outside CVS in Tarrytown. Teens or adults going door-to-door peddling magazine subscriptions. Some may claim to be fundraising for schools that, when pressed, they cannot name. Others may say they’re earning points for youth leadership programs that do not exist. Such schemes could be signs of human trafficking and ... Read More »

Lowey Presents Overdue Medals to Tarrytown WWII Veteran

by Morey Storck Tarrytown resident Leon Gutherz was awarded five medals, due to a neighbor’s interest and initiative, albeit 70 years late. It was during an outside gab session one afternoon that Gutherz happened to mention his war record to one of the group. She immediately picked up on it, felt he definitely deserved recognition, copied his discharge papers, put ... 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 »

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 »

Rep. Lowey Convenes Roundtable of Local Jewish Leaders in Wake of Bomb Scare

Nina Lowey JCC

By Barrett Seaman Nita Lowey, Congresswoman for New York’s 17th District, convened a roundtable of a dozen leaders representing Jewish Community Centers and related groups from Westchester and Rockland Counties at the JCC on the Hudson, one of the hundreds of Jewish centers nationwide that have received bomb threats since the beginning of the year. Less than a day later, ... Read More »

Trump Policies Trigger Political Backlash in the Rivertowns

The immediate catalyst was the Trump administration’s January 27 executive order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. But the backlash that has since spread through the rivertowns, Westchester County and indeed the nation has embraced a host of issues ranging from immigration to the looming cut-off of funding for Planned Parenthood and other women’s issues, the nomination of Neil ... Read More »

Obituaries – November 2016

Marc Warnock, 48 Marc Warnock, a resident of Irvington, died unexpectedly November 20. He was 48. He was born and raised in Irvington, the son of S. Howard and Sunday Warnock. He graduated from Landmark School in Vermont in 1986. A skilled contractor and carpenter by trade who had an eye for detail, Mr. Warnock took pride in his work ... Read More »

“Feed a Family Campaign” Launched During Holiday Season

by Robert Kimmel Indulging heartily in food during the festive holiday period from Thanksgiving through Christmas is a practice followed by many of us; however, that is not the case for the tens of thousands of Westchester residents who don’t have the means to obtain a proper meal. Long a resource to help people in need, The Food Bank for ... Read More »

Hands-On Science at Dows Lane

Hands-On Science at Dows Lane: Dows Lane Elementary School students, who have been studying about the properties of liquids and solids, experienced how the state of matter changes through a number of science demonstrations and hands-on activities. Thanks to a grant from the Irvington Education Foundation, first and second-graders welcomed scientist Christopher Green to their classrooms from Oct. 17-18 and ... Read More »

Irvington Residents Team Up for Book on Handling Grief

by Stefanie Sears Author Allison Gilbert and illustrator Jennifer Orkin Lewis, both Irvington residents, have teamed up for Gilbert’s new book, Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive, which is about how to handle grief in an uplifting manner. The two had their own book signing and panel discussion moderated by library director Rosemarie Gatzek at Irvington Public ... Read More »

Kids’ Club of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow

On September 15, over 200 guests joined Kids’ Club of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow at The Lodge at Hudson Harbor for “A Bridge to a Brighter Future”. The evening was informative, inspiring, and fun as neighbors learned more about the work being done by Kids’ Club since 2009 to create opportunities for 1,500 children every year in Tarrytown and Sleepy ... Read More »

Greenburgh’s Reassessment Wraps Up (Almost), but Homeowners Won’t Know Their 2017 Taxes for Months

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by Barrett Seaman For Greenburgh Township homeowners facing significant tax increases because of the recent re-assessment, September 15 was a big day. It was the last day the Board of Assessment Review (BAR) would consider final appeals for those who believe their homes were over-assessed. It was also the deadline for applications for the three-year phase-in engineered by Town Supervisor ... Read More »

Edge-On-Hudson Developer’s Request for Tax Breaks Sets Off Alarms in Sleepy Hollow

by Robert Kimmel Relations between the Village of Sleepy Hollow and Lighthouse Landing, LLC, took on a frosty tone during the past two months when it appeared the developer of the former GM site might be seeking property tax abatements. The developer of the 66-acre riverfront project, Edge-On-Hudson, applied to the Town of Mount Pleasant Industrial Development Agency in November ... Read More »

Referendum Scheduled on Moving Tarrytown Elections to November

by Rick Pezzullo A referendum will be held on March 15 in Tarrytown to determine if the annual village elections should be moved to November, starting in 2017. [Juna_IT_Poll id=”2″] The village Board of Trustees voted unanimously in January to have residents weigh-in on whether Tarrytown should make a change that has already taken place in neighboring villages Irvington and ... Read More »

Teen Arraigned in Barnhart Park Stabbing Death

by Rick Pezzullo A Tarrytown teenager was arraigned December 8 on an indictment charging him with murdering a Sleepy Hollow teen October 9 in Barnhart Park in Sleepy Hollow. Bernizon Moronta, 16, could face a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison for stabbing Tahj Robinson, 17, multiple times to the torso, causing fatal wounds to the heart ... Read More »

Deadline Nears for Affordable Housing Project in Tarrytown

| by Rick Pezzullo | The developer of an affordable housing project on the former site of Tarrytown Village Hall on Wildey Street had until the end of August to submit building plans to the village. Earlier this summer, village officials sent a letter to Joseph Cotter, president of Na- tional ReSources, informing him he had 45 days to file ... Read More »

The TaSH Farmers Market Reaches Seniors, Vets and the Underserved

The NEW Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market (the TaSH) has made strides toward making healthy, fresh, locally produced food more accessible to senior citizens, veterans and low-income residents. The TaSH now accepts Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks available to both low-income mothers and to senior citizens, and also began accepting SNAP or food stamps. Those who use their SNAP ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Teams Get Ready for New Turf Fields

| by Heather Colley | Last year, residents in the villages of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown passed two bonds, totaling $9.7 million, to install two new turf fields, one at the high school, the other at Washington Irving Elementary School. The intent was to improve playing conditions for varsity sports teams, such as football, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse, as well ... Read More »

Irvington Football Coach Confident Bulldogs Will Be Ready to Compete

| by Jonathan Ortiz | For the Irvington Bulldogs, beating the Pleasantville Panthers—the 2014 Division Champions—this September 5 would prove a tough physical test, yet it would also be a promising measuring stick for the rest of the 2015 high school football season. The last time the two teams matched up on September 9, 2014, the score remained 0-0 until the ... Read More »

Classic Songs, Wonderful Voices, Terrific Dancing All Done “Backwards In High Heels” at WBT

| by Morey Storck | “Sure he was great, but don’t forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did – backwards and in high heels.” That quote is attributed to a l982 “Frank & Ernest” cartoon about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and provides the title for this fast-paced, biographical Hollywood musical currently at the Westchester Broadway Theatre.  It is ... Read More »

New Season of Excitement Builds for Hollow Horsemen

| by Kevin Brown | The 2015 Sleepy Hollow Varsity football season faces substantial challenges and changes.  First, the hometown squad will be playing on turf for the first time.  Secondly, displaying their lack of infinite wisdom, the folks who run Section 1 football have eliminated rivalry week so Sleepy and Ossining will not square off for bragging rights—unless it is ... Read More »

Irvington Adopts CCA to Cut Utility Costs; Tarrytown Sets Hearing

| by Robert Kimmel |  Community Choice Aggregation, a program primarily designed to cut utility costs, is now the law in Irvington. Known as CCA, the program’s legislation was approved by the village’s Board of Trustees in August. It allows the village to put out, or participate in, a bid for a single Energy Service Company, or ESCO, that would ... Read More »

Independent Living, With a Little Help from Your Friends

| by Bruce Campbell |  A local group of volunteers is stepping forward with a solution to the conundrum of aging while wanting to live on your own but not quite being able to do everything that living alone requires. This issue is gaining importance as more and more baby boomers consider what senior living could entail. Recent surveys have shown ... Read More »

From the Sublime to the Ridiculous Tarrytown Resident Albin Sadar Dabbles in it All

| by Dottie Conigliaro | There’s a really funny guy living in Tarrytown. His name is Albin Sadar, and in addition to being funny, he’s a writer, actor, producer and general Renaissance man. According to Linkedin, he’s “A vital contributor to two Best Show Emmy Award-winning teams as a creative writer and television segment producer.” In addition, he designed and ... Read More »