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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 Town Hall Theater Celebrates Black History Month with Groundbreaking Play on February 24

The Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) continues its celebration of Black History Month with a one night only, fully-staged reading of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking play, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, presented by 4th Wall Theatre, on Saturday, February 24th at 7:30 pm. The piece is billed as a “choreopoem” and weaves together 20 separate poems with music, movement, and narratives to tell ... Read More »

Watercooler

by Maria Ann Roglieri –  Irvington Spelling Bee Champions Main Street School hosted its 11th annual Spelling Bee championship for fourth- and fifth-graders on Jan. 10. A total of 83 fourth-graders and 93 fifth-graders participated in the pre-bee qualifying round, which took place on Dec. 19. The students were provided with an overview of the competition and a list of ... Read More »

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Donald H. Whitely –  Dr. King was honored with the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1964. He was the youngest man to ever receive the award at the age of 35. On April 4, 1968, my sister Tina and I had just started doing our homework in our family’s second floor, five-room apartment. My sister was in her room, ... 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 »

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 »

Visiting Students Experience Holidays in New and Expanded Ways

by Julia Ann Friedman – EF students in Tarrytown come to this country from all over the world, seeking an education in which they learn and utilize the English language. For these students, an enticing aspect of being in the New York metro area is all of the holiday traditions, especially during the winter months. Christmas in New York is ... Read More »

Maccabi Games Attract Westchester Teen Athletes to the Shames JCC

Recruited by the Shames Jewish Community Center on the Hudson, they have won the gold, the silver and the bronze. Last year they competed against other Jewish athletes from all over the United States in Alabama, Florida and New York.  They excel in basketball, soccer and baseball. They are participants in the Maccabi Games, an Olympic – style sporting event ... 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 »

Brown, Klatzky Earn “Women in Business Awards”

by Robert Kimmel  –  Two Tarrytown residents, Karen Brown and Antoinette Klatzky, were among those selected by 914INC Magazine to receive its annual Women in Business Awards Brown and Klatzky were included among the 17 described by the magazine as, “an elite group of Westchester County women who have demonstrated a consistent level of success in their respective fields and ... Read More »

HVWC Annual Benefit

The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center annual benefit gala this year named Sr. Susan Gardella, Executive Director of the RSHM LIFE Center in Sleepy Hollow, as one of the honorees for her decades of service to the families and youth of the community. The benefit also paid tribute to HVWC board treasurer and author Jim Tilley for his dedication to the ... 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 »

Tarrytown Fire Department Parade Includes Many Units From Across the Region

  Some 20 visiting fire departments, mostly from Westchester but also from Rockland County, and one from New Jersey, participated in the Tarrytown Fire Department’s parade Saturday, with equipment, marchers and bands stretching for blocks along village Streets. Neighboring firefighters from Irvington and Sleepy Hollow were among the marchers. Clusters of residents and visitors lined Main Street and applauded  as the various departments’ members strutted to ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler

by Maria Ann Roglieri Local Student Winners The winners of the 2017 Historical Society of the Tarrytown’s/Warner Library Hall of Fame Essay contest are Maggie Singman of Tarrytown, who wrote about Katherine Wasserman Davis, and Andrew Walek of Sleepy Hollow, whose subject was baseball player Eddie Collins. The Mayor and Board of Trustees of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown provide a ... Read More »

THE MASTERS SCHOOL Class of 2017

Tremarli Philmore Abbott Tülay Kimika Akoglu Isabelle Moon Alexander Anqile Maayan Bar Apkon Nua Isabella Araki Alexandra Faye Berdon Adriana Katarina Bjäringer Daniel Moses Bring Treasure Faith Brooks Sophie Ryan Buchanan Haley Alexandra Casper Benjamin James Catania I-Cheng Chan Suchakree Chueluecha Oliver Santiago Clayton-Fernandes Samantha Grace Coffey Samantha Kate Coppola Meaghan Jane Cunniffe Lucas Prial Curran Chloe Danielle Davis Isabelle ... Read More »

DOBBS FERRY HIGH SCHOOL Class of 2017

Saylor Abel Christopher Agostino Glory Akoh Nermine Mahmoud Farouk Amer Mika Andrews Jessie Anker Christopher Gianni Arditi Maximilian Baumann Noah Berliner Elizabeth Bloom Gavin Bradley Tenia Braithwaite Hannah Louise Brown Maddison Rose Cambeiro Leon Campbell Noel W. Campbell John Capone Benjamin Chuang Justin Cohen Isabel Cruz-Bai Thomas Christopher Cullen Jacob Day Amanda Diaz Samantha Marie DiGirolomo Matthew Antonio Ellis Maria ... Read More »

SLEEPY HOLLOW HIGH SCHOOL Class of 2017

Esmeralda Abreu Angel Acosta Diaz Alexandra Adofo Anthony Aguirre Leon Melanie Alberto Melissa Almonte Stephen Alvarez Tatiana Andre Xavier Andre Aranxa Anorve Heidy Arana Heleno Jessica Arduino Junior Arevalo Alexander Arias Diego Arias • (Valedictorian_ Yannoli Arias Justin Atkinson Ariel Azzis Puebla Daniel Barros Dylan Basescu Jeantil Beltré Marcos Benzan Mata Zachary Bernstein Austin Bird Alec Bjorkland Lindsey Boozer Kevin ... Read More »

Celebrate IRVINGTON Day

Record crowds turned out on a sunny Sunday, June 18, which also happened to be Father’s Day, for the fourth annual pull-out-all-the-stops celebration of the village and its merchants. According to Deputy Mayor Connie Kehoe, who oversaw the event, “Many more families with kids were participating at various locations: watching the student musicians, trying out the chalk art, taking part ... 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 »

Lowey, Holocaust Survivor Honored by Jewish Identity Group

Holocaust survivor Roman Kent, who has been a leading voice for the rights of Holocaust survivors, was honored last month in Westchester by an organization that promotes Jewish identity and education among young Jews from the former Soviet Union. Kent, a survivor of the Lodz ghetto and four Nazi camps, including Auschwitz, was honored for his unceasing work in fighting ... Read More »

The Hudson Independent Launches Name the Bridge Contest

As the replacement span for the Tappan Zee Bridge rises over the Hudson, many rivertown residents are asking what its name will be, or indeed, if it will change. This newspaper is providing our readers an opportunity to offer their opinions as to what the name of the new bridge could be and possibly win a prize in the process. ... Read More »

Earth Day 2017

Cleaning Up: Friends of Tarrytown Lakes took part in the annual cleanup as part of Earth Day activities throughout the villages. — Photo by Sunny McLean 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 »

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 »

Rock n Roll Halloween Masquerade Ball

  Masquerade Ball Honorees: The Family YMCA at Tarrytown held the Rock n Roll Halloween Masquerade Ball and honored long time donors and Y volunteers Edward and Christine Napoleon with the Laurance S. Rockefeller award on September 30. (L-R:) Andrea Stewart-Cousins, honorees Edward and Christine Napoleon (Slash & Blondie) and YMCA CEO Gerry Riera (Ringo). — Photo by Margaret Fox Read More »

The Radio City Rockettes Stopped by Main Street Sweets

How Sweet It Is!: The Radio City Rockettes stopped by Main Street Sweets in Tarrytown in late September as a part of their ‘make time for joy’ initiative. The Rockettes took photos and interacted with fans and families, while Main Street Sweets served holiday truffles and Rice Krispies treats. Main Street Sweets was singled out by the Rockettes as a ... Read More »

Congressman Peter Peyser Memorial Award

“Congressman Peter Peyser Memorial Award” Presented to Bob and Daphne Philipson: Bob and Daphne Philipson, longtime Ardsley-on-Hudson residents, received the second annual ‘Congressman Peter Peyser Memorial Award’ at a ceremony on October 15 at Sambal Restaurant in Irvington. Irvington Democratic Committee (IDC) chair, Patricia Ryan, welcomed the standingroom- only audience and introduced State Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, ... Read More »

Oktoberfest Enjoyed in Sleepy Hollow

The annual Oktoberfest community event in Sleepy Hollow included homemade German food from “Gutes Brot U. Mehr,” children’s games, jumping castles, German bakery treats and music, souvenirs from “Bella’s Boutique” and JP Doyle’s Oktoberfest craft beer courtesy of Brian Doyle and Nick Bell. — Photo by Sunny McLean Read More »

Tarrytown YMCA to Honor Christine and Ed Napoleon at Ball

by Kim Gaudin de Gonzalez It’s people like Christine and Ed Napoleon–who understand the importance of making exercise, daycare, theater and swimming accessible and inviting for a community that is diverse in its culture, socioeconomics, transportation availability and age—that have made the YMCA the thriving community resource it is today. The Napoleons will be honored with the Laurance Rockefeller award ... 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 »

Edge-On-Hudson Groundbreaking Focuses on Opening to the Riverside

by Robert Kimmel Five notables wielding golden shovels turned over crusts of soil signaling the formal start in mid-May of what is expected to lead to a transformation of the Village of Sleepy Hollow. The ceremonial action marked the groundbreaking for Edge-On-Hudson, the 67-acre, billion dollar development that will be built on the long vacated, former GM site, and add ... Read More »

Rivertowns’ Jewish Cultural Festival Begins With Passover Cooking Focus

The Rivertowns’ 4th Annual Jewish Cultural Festival gets a culinary start this month at Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown. Joan Nathan, known as the “Queen of Jewish Cooking from Around the World,” leads off events with a timely session, preceding the Passover holiday, which begins April 22. “Passover Cooking: An intimate Hour in the Kitchen with Joan Nathan” is scheduled for ... Read More »

106 Years Young!

Dr. Gunter Lorenz, the oldest and most active member of the Men’s Club at the JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown, celebrated his 106th birthday with club members and other well-wishers in January. Dr. Lorenz lives in the Ossining/Briarcliff Manor area with his wife.       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 »

Tree of Lights Ceremony Slated at Phelps

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

100-year-old Sleepy Hollow Woman Still Has Sense of Humor

|by Stefanie Sears| Miriam Frandsen, who turned 100 years old last month, hasn’t let the years dim a noteworthy part of her personality. Frandsen has a very rich, happy life, and if there is anything about her that impacts the life of her daughter, Carole St. Mark, it is her “wry sense of humor,” St. Mark said. And Frandsen’s full-time, ... Read More »

Spooky Halloween Events Highlight Month Ahead

| by Robert Kimmel | Spine tingling experiences, ghost stories, haunted hayrides, a costume parade, and more await you during this spook-tacular month of Halloween in the villages. October is packed with events that will chill, thrill and amuse both adults and kids.  The line-up includes all of the following. Horseman’s Hollow Historic   Philipsburg Manor becomes a very scary ... Read More »

Washington Irving Boat Club Still Going Strong 60 Years Later

|  by Janie Rosman  | When the sun begins to set, the view from the Washington Irving Boat Club (WIBC) can take your breath away with its unobstructed view of the river and the Tappan Zee Bridge, where President Obama and Governor Cuomo addressed Tarrytown and the nation last year. The Saturday before Memorial Day found Fleet Master Walter Gregory ... Read More »

Weather Shines Again for Rubber Duck Derby and Healthy Kids Day

The Rotary of the Tarrytowns’ annual Rubber Duck Derby raised more than $14,000 that will be returned to the community in the form or grants and scholarships. The Derby on April 25 was held in conjunction with the Family YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day at Patriot’s Park. With the eighth consecutive “good weather” day for the dual event, hundreds of children ... Read More »

Greenburgh Nutrition Program Reopens at Neighborhood House

|  by Rick Pezzullo  | Seniors in Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and the surrounding area are enjoying nutritious, hot lunches daily in the refurbished dining area at the Neighborhood House in Tarrytown. Last month, village officials, members of the Neighborhood House Board of Directors and local service organizations celebrated the Greenburgh Nutrition Program relocating to the Neighborhood House, located at the ... Read More »

A Sheepish Festival in Sleepy Hollow at Historic Hudson Valley

| by Fabienne Schneuwly  | Hats and gloves keep us warm during every winter. Why not welcome spring by learning more about everything woolly and sheepish? Historic Hudson Valley invites everyone to Philipsburg Manor, in Sleepy Hollow for the annual Sheep-to-Shawl Festival on April 18-19. Visitors can explore the exact process of turning wool into cloth using techniques from the ... Read More »