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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 »

Personal Tributes to David Rockefeller on his Passing at Age 101

David Rockefeller

by Barrett Seaman When David Rockefeller died on March 20, his role as surviving patriarch of a famous family, as an international banker and statesman, and as a global philanthropist were widely reported in the national and international media. Less publicized, however, were his relationships with people in the local communities near the Rockefeller family seat at Pocantico Hills. A ... 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 »

Irvington’s Immigrant Protection Resolution Serving as Model in County

by Barrett Seaman Following the adoption March 6 by Irvington’s Board of Trustees of a resolution declaring that the village will not cooperate with enforcement of federal immigration laws, the language crafted for the village has become a model for other Westchester municipalities. A version is currently under consideration by the Westchester County Board of Legislators. According to the Irvington ... Read More »

Have a Classic Car?

Looking for area Classic Car Owners to Join the Village of Irvington’s Historic Main Street Festival, Celebrate Irvington for a classic car meet-up. Stay an hour or all day. Call or email Karen for details.  914-591-4356 or KBuccheri@irvingtonnny.gov See general info on Celebrate Irvington, June 18: http://www.irvingtonny.gov/index.aspx?nid=376 Read More »

President’s Budget Cuts Could Hamper Plans by Historic Hudson Valley  

Philipsburg Manor Historic Hudson Valley

by Robert Kimmel Projects planned by Historic Hudson Valley could be in jeopardy if President Donald Trump’s preliminary budget proposals are all passed by Congress this month. Among the president’s proposals for the 2018 budget, beginning in October, are the virtual elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Those agencies have ... 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 »

In Wake of Bomb Threats, Local Jewish Groups Seek to Improve Security

by Robert Kimmel & Barrett Seaman Following the wave of anonymous bomb threats made against Jewish Community Centers in Westchester, along with similar threats to some 165 Jewish institutions across the country, local, state and federal authorities have joined with Jewish leaders to ratchet up security measures and reassure shaken members. On March 6, Nita Lowey, Congresswoman for New York’s ... Read More »

A First Peek At Projected Greenburgh Property Tax Rates

By Barrett Seaman In the final week in March, Greenburgh Town Assessor Edye McCarthy told a gathering of local realtors that they could expect tax rates in the year ahead to run from 3.2% to 3.7% of assessed value. Irvington, she said, looked to have a rate of about 3.4%, Dobbs Ferry 3.7% and Edgemont 3.6%. Roughly translated, these would ... Read More »

Project Syria LIVE

Relief United logo

FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT DISPLACED SYRIAN REFUGEES TO TAKE PLACE ON APRIL 28th IN KINGSLAND POINT PARK IN SLEEPY HOLLOW Organized by Relief United, a Group of Seven Westchester High School Juniors Committed to Making a Global Difference Through Local Activism Sleepy Hollow, New York (March 13, 2017)-Relief United a newly formed Westchester based sub charity of Catholic New East Welfare ... Read More »

Local Philanthropist David Rockefeller Dies at 101

David Rockefeller

by Rick Pezzullo David Rockefeller, patriarch of the Rockefeller family, former chairman and chief executive of Chase Manhattan Bank and a well-known philanthropist, died March 20 in his sleep in his home in Pocantico Hills. He was 101. Born June 12, 1915, he was the youngest of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller’s six children. He was raised ... Read More »

Irvington Board Passes Immigrant Protection Resolution

Irvington Immigrant Resolution

By Barrett Seaman After 90 minutes of impassioned public comment, Irvington’s Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a resolution stating that its law enforcement officials will “not engage in activities solely for the purpose of enforcing federal immigration laws” and “not honor detainer requests” from immigration enforcement agencies without judicial warrant. The three-page resolution further commits that the village will not ... 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 »

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 »

Tarrytown Administrator Mike Blau Reflects on Years with Village

by Robert Kimmel  When Mike Blau departs from his position as Tarrytown’s Administrator next month, he’ll have completed two tours of duty totaling more than 17 years in that job. He’ll leave behind a solid record. “He worked remarkably well with all of Tarrytown’s various constituencies, plus he was a tireless advocate and relentless cheerleader for the village,” Mayor Drew ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler – Mar 2017

Safety Reflectors Phelps Hospital recently donated 2,000 safety reflectors that can be attached to bicycles, outerwear and backpacks to increase the visibility of pedestrians and bike riders. The Greenburgh police will distribute the safety reflectors to people they see out walking at night in dark outfits. In addition, Town of Greenburgh residents can pick up reflectors at the office of ... Read More »

Irvington Launches a New Comprehensive Plan for Village

by Barrett Seaman  Fourteen years after Irvington last compiled a long-term Comprehensive Plan, village officials have launched a new one. They started in mid-February with a “traveling road show” in which the leaders of five working groups worked a room of about 30 residents seated at round tables in Village Hall in an effort to explain the parameters of the ... 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 »

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 »

New and Clever Phone Scams Sweep Through the Rivertowns

by Barrett Seaman   The phone rings and you answer, “Hello.” There’s no response, just silence; so you repeat “Hello.” You’re about to hang up when a friendly voice finally asks, “Can you hear me now?” Naturally, you say: “Yes”—and that’s all they need to get what they want. The caller may go on with a sales pitch for a cell ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists Relocating to Ossining

by Morey Storck For the past 17 years, Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists (SHPA), with founder and Artistic Director Debralyn Press at the helm, has been one of the most creative and intellectual exponents of modern dance and classic ballet in the rivertowns region. And, as she strongly asserted, “Our overall passion is promoting individual self-esteem in mind and body through ... 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 »

Inquiring Photographer – “What is the Favorite Meal from Your Childhood?”

by Alexa Brandenberg Claire Widman Sleepy Hollow “Chicken Parm, which is rare coming from someone who is 100% Irish.” Eveyln Patino Sleepy Hollow “My mom made a lot of cakes and desserts. Orange cake was my favorite.” Dylan Hume Tarrytown “It doesn’t get much better than spaghetti and Italian sausage.” Anne Kenny (left) Scarborough “My mom did a leg of ... Read More »

Letters – Many Questions Surround Closure of Indian Point Plants

To the Editor: I want to congratulate you on your unbiased article regarding Indian Point. After reading your article I saw further back the “Inquiring Photographer” had asked five people their opinion of the closing, of which I thought only one person gave a thoughtful answer. The first three wanted it closed as soon as possible and the fourth was ... Read More »

Seaman to Replace Kimmel as Editorial Board

This month’s issue marks a milestone in the brief but vibrant history of The Hudson Independent: Bob Kimmel, chair of the paper’s editorial board and its most prolific reporter, is retiring. Bob helped shape the paper starting before its launch in February 2006. He was involved in every decision, from design to distribution to the annual Duck Derby, and there ... Read More »