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Tarrytown Teenager Charged in Knife Slaying in Sleepy Hollow 

|  By Robert Kimmel  | The suspect in the stabbing death Friday night of a 17-year-old former Sleepy Hollow High School student was  charged with second-degree murder during his arraignment Saturday  in Sleepy Hollow Justice Court.   The victim, Tahj Robinson, was found bleeding from knife wounds  in Barnhardt Park,  just after 11 p.m. by police who had been called to the scene.  He was rushed  by ambulance to ... Read More »

World’s Best Pumpkin Pie

| by Marcie Cuff | Ahh! The air has a sudden new crispness. As the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, we find ourselves straddling the line between fall and winter. That tiny respite between hot-tempered seasons. An ending, a new beginning. An energizing breath of fresh air. October. If you are like me, you spend the majority ... Read More »

Yefim Bronfman Recital Highlights Friends of Music 2015-16 Concert Season

| by Robert Kimmel |  Continuing its 62nd concert season, Friends of Music will be presenting five additional performances, with a recital by renowned pianist Yefim Bronfman highlighting the schedule which runs into the spring of 2016. The Emerson String Quartet opened the chamber music season on September 26th before an enthusiastic audience that heard a program including scores by ... Read More »

Caryl D. Plunkett, 74

Caryl Donnelly Plunkett, a generous and devoted wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and friend to many, died peacefully September 9th surrounded by her family. She was 74. Mrs. Plunkett was a ray of light and a beacon of strength and energy. She lived each day to its fullest, even as she fought cancer the last 10 years. Originally from Plantsville, CT, ... Read More »

The Real Ghosts of Sleepy Hollow

In The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the Washington Irving story that seems to increasingly imbue its village namesake with a literary yet spooky mystique, the haunted part of the story is really only a ruse. The real Sleepy Hollow, however, when you tap into a certain village vein, seems decidedly, if quietly, haunted. In the second installment of an ongoing ... Read More »

Halloween Happenings 2015

October 1-31 Sleepy Hollow Cemetery:  Free maps for a self-guided tour to 8 major gravesites, including Washington Irving’s, are available at the cemetery office or at the south gate, adjacent to the Old Dutch Church.  The cemetery gates are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Stone rubbing ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow LDC Pursues Varied Village Projects

| by Robert Kimmel |  Created about a year ago, the Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation is looking at a number of potential projects in the village, but its most immediate task deals with the land it acquired from GM at the automaker’s former riverfront site. The east parcel, as it is known, was designated for village use in the ... Read More »

Jewish Spy in Nazi Territory to Speak in Tarrytown

| by Alexander Roberts |  Just 22 years old, the pretty blond woman pretended to be a nurse searching for her Nazi soldier boyfriend behind enemy lines in Nazi–occupied France during World War II.  But in actuality, Marthe Cohn was a French Jew with forged papers who spoke fluent German, recruited by the Allies to funnel information about German troop ... Read More »

Food for Thought: Rivermarket and Suzanne’s Table

| by Linda Viertel |  Neopolitan Pizza Arrives at RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen in Tarrytown RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen’s wood-burning oven is now open for business, offering Neopolitan-style pizza to local diners who might not have the good fortune to be able to travel to Naples. Owner Glenn Vogt is providing his customers with the real deal, and he’s had ... Read More »

Slow Down Traffic Campaign Launched in Irvington

| by Barrett Seaman | Cars were backed up both ways in front of The Church of St. Barnabas on Broadway, just north of Main Street, as Irvington police handed out…not tickets but information cards to drivers. At 8:30 a.m. on a mid-September Tuesday, the tie-up could have been a lot worse, except school was out and commuter traffic light because ... Read More »

Uncontested Mayor, Trustees Look Ahead in Irvington

| by Barrett Seaman | Six months ago as he neared the end of his first term, Irvington Mayor Brian C. Smith asked himself, “Do I have the same kind of enthusiasm (for the job) I did when I ran the first time?” Despite some unforeseen thorny issues and frustrations with the slow pace of government in general, the answer ... Read More »

Leda Galella, 92

Leda V. Galella, a longtime Sleepy Hollow resident, died September 12. She was 92. Born in Casteldiere, Italy on December 3, 1922, she came to the United States as a young girl. On September 21, 1947, she married Armando ‘Chick’ Galella in Immaculate Conception Church in North Tarrytown. Mrs. Galella was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church and was a ... Read More »

Greenburgh Weighs Hackley’s Application for New Campus

| by Robert Kimmel |  Members of Greenburgh’s Planning Board made an on-site inspection visit late last month to learn more about Hackley School’s application to build a 116,725-square-foot Health & Wellness Center on its 285-acre campus. The location is near its existing sports fields in the town and adjacent to its Tarrytown campus. The structure, in an unincorporated area ... Read More »

Astorino Kicks Off Halloween Tourism Season in Sleepy Hollow

| by Rick Pezzullo |  Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino paid a visit to Sleepy Hollow in mid-September to bring attention to the upcoming Halloween tourism season in the area. A few days before Circus Latino! dazzled audiences for three days, Astorino joined Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray, Historic Hudson Valley President Waddell Stillman and others to invite visitors to ... Read More »

Tarrytown Chosen for Solar Discount Program

| by Rick Pezzullo |  The Village of Tarrytown has been chosen to participate in a solar discount program that claims to make installing solar electric systems more affordable for residents and businesses. The Solarize Tarrytown program will kick off on Thursday, October 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with a workshop at Tarrytown Village Hall, where homeowners and commercial ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Football Off to a Rocky Start

| by Kevin Brown |  As of press time, The Headless Horsemen of Sleepy Hollow find themselves at 1-2 suffering from key injuries that have altered their plans on both sides of the football. After a summer of hard work that included camps, scrimmages and the dreaded two-a-days, the hardworking staff and team got some bad news just before the ... Read More »

Barking Continues over Proposed Dog Park in Irvington

| by Zoe Kaplan |  Irvington Village Hall was filled, on September 16, with community members eager to listen to the Village Board of Trustees debate a proposed dog park and its location. Currently, the proposed site for the dog park is in the Irvington Woods. According to recreational superintendent Joseph Archino, the best choice for the community is a ... Read More »

Tarrytown to Take Part in Program to Lower Utility Rates

| by Robert Kimmel |  Tarrytown has joined Irvington and many other Westchester municipalities to participate in Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), a program aimed at lowering utility costs and promoting greater use of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. If all goes as planned, more than 100,000 homes and numerous small businesses in the county will get their ... Read More »

Pets Alive in Elmsford Closes Its Shelter

| by Robert Kimmel | Pets Alive Westchester’s no-kill animal shelter is no longer operational in Elmsford despite community efforts to keep it from closing. As of mid-September the last of 61 dogs and cats had been transferred to Pets Alive’s Middletown shelter, and the animal sanctuary shut its doors. Pets Alive is prepared to transfer ownership of the facility ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler October 2015

CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to Mary Pastell, a resident of Sleepy Hollow, who celebrates her 104th birthday on October 5th.  Born Mary Russo in 1911, Mary lives in the house where she was born, on Elm Street in Sleepy Hollow.  A birthday celebration in Mary’s honor will take place at the Senior Center on October 6th. AWARDED Irvington High School seniors Madison ... 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 »

Hank’s Alley to Close after 60 Years in Tarrytown

| by Elaine Marranzano | After nearly 60 years, Hank’s Alley, Tarrytown’s premier antique and used furniture store, is closing. Janet Falasca, sister of proprietor Hank Bucci, who died on June 17 at age 82, was in the store on a September weekend, along with Hank’s wife, Nancy, selling the remainder of the curiosity shop’s inventory at steep discounts. “It’s ... Read More »

What’s Happening October 2015

Thursday 1 Author Visit: At 7 p.m. join a discussion on sibling relationships with the contributing authors of “Sibling, Our First Macrocosm” at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Call 631-7734 or visit Friday 2 Bodies in the Library Book Group: At 12 noon discussion of “Wife of the Gods” by Kwei Quartey at the Ossining Public Library. Call 941-2416 ... Read More »

Tarrytown Station Area Study Leads to Project For Economic Strategy

| by Robert Kimmel |  Two associated projects that will impact Tarrytown are picking up momentum. A study dedicated to finding ways of revitalizing the area on both sides of Tarrytown’s railroad station has led to a broadened mission encompassing parts of the village beyond that location. The more extensive initiative, the Tarrytown Economic Development Strategy (TEDS) is in its ... Read More »

Rick Stevens, Jean-Francois Larrieu to be Exhibited at Canfin

| by Morey Storck |  Canfin Gallery in Tarrytown will be showing the work of Rick Stevens and Jean-Francois Larrieu in October and November. Both artists articulate a number of aesthetic influences and thematic references as windows into their artistic endeavors. Rick Stevens: “My work is a combination of being self-referential and alluding to something else. By self-referential I mean ... Read More »

Theatre NOW New York Premieres CARRIE, The Musical At Irvington Town Hall Theatre, Halloween Weekend

| by Morey Storck |  Theatre NOW New York (TNNY) is a non-profit professional theatre company emerging from two established companies: the Genesius Theatre Guild in New York City and ReVision Theatre in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Its mission is to “facilitate the creation and development of new theatrical works, the re-imagining of previously produced known titles and the reinterpretation ... Read More »

Discover the Irvington Woods Tree Trail

| by Sydney Cuff |  The Irvington Woods fill hundreds of acres of local open space—hikers and runners regularly use this beautiful community-accessible trail system. Meandering through stunning woodlands, these well-marked trails run along dramatic ravines with majestic views of the Irvington Reservoir. The trails are mapped and maintained by a network of local dedicated volunteers, including the Irvington Woods ... Read More »

Tarrytown Officials to Hear From Residents and Businesses on Village’s Future

The Village of Tarrytown is hosting an open house to discuss village-wide economic development strategies on Sunday, September 27th from 1pm-4pm at the Tarrytown Senior Center, 238 West Main Street. The purpose of the session is to discuss preliminary strategies for: Better connecting Main Street and the waterfront Supporting local business Retaining and attracting jobs Providing diverse housing choices Improving ... Read More »

Expanded Fitness, Early Learning Centers Completed at YMCA

| by Rick Pezzullo |  The Family YMCA at Tarrytown has gotten a facelift in recent months to complement its growing fitness and early learning programs, and even more changes are planned in the near future. “This is very focused, very efficient,” said Barbara Turk, the Y’s Vice President of Marketing and Community Development. “We’re only doing what we can ... Read More »

Bond Funded Irvington School Projects Delayed

| by Rick Pezzullo |  Last October, voters in the Irvington School District approved a $4.6 million fields and facilities renovation referendum that included authorization to install artificial turf at Meszaros Field on the high school/middle school campus. District officials anticipated after the vote that the organic product turf and resurfacing of the surrounding Oley Track would be completed by ... 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 »

Sleepy Hollow Special Olympians Bring Home Gold

A few years ago, Kim Kaczmarek, Sleepy Hollow High School’s Special Education teacher and Pioneer team coach, began a program to get her students more involved in athletics within the school.  Back then, no-one predicted the huge positive force that this program would become.    Kaczmarek’s Pioneer Team is a group of her special education students, along with other student ... Read More »

Food for Thought: Home Cooking in Dobbs Ferry and Tarrytown

| by Linda Viertel | Piccola Trattoria – Italian Home-Cooking in Dobbs Ferry “In my dining room, everyone who comes here is family,” declared Sergio Penacchio, Piccola Trattoria’s chef/owner and Irvington resident. This August was his second anniversary in his Dobbs Ferry trattoria, which he took over from his brother. After a remodel, he fashioned his traditional Italian menu with ... Read More »

The Community Shares Stories about Working at GM

| by Krista Madsen |  For longtime workers at North Tarrytown’s General Motors plant, the 100-acre wasteland that defines the riverfront of what is now called Sleepy Hollow smarts like an open wound. While recounting the end of his 32-year history with GM when the site closed for good on June 28, 1996 – “I recall the date” – Elias Tsekeri ... Read More »

Rising from the Ashes: Local Students Bring Shakespeare Back to the Park

| by Zoe Kaplan |  “Let’s get back to basics. What more do we need for Shakespeare in the Park than Shakespeare and a park?” Kristen Ippolito, former camper, counselor, and assistant director of YMCA Summer Theater, felt incomplete with a change the program brought to the summer 2015 schedule: performing a musical rather than Shakespeare. While she, along with ... Read More »

Heard Around The Water Cooler September 2015

AWARDED The New York State Library has awarded construction grants to four public libraries in Greenburgh. The grants, which are supported by a $14 million capital fund appropriation in the 2014-2015 state budget for the construction and renovation of public libraries and public library systems in New York State, are being awarded to the Warner Library (Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow), as well ... 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 »

Tarrytown Teen to Star in New Family Channel Sit-Com

| by Elizabeth Nutig | Watch out Judd Apatow, Demetri Martin and Patton Oswalt, because there’s a new kid in town. He’s funny, he’s dark, he’s witty, AND he’s only 15. Simon Cadel is one of a kind, and is about to star in The Family Channel’s newest sitcom The Wonderful Wayneys.  A Tarrytown native and sophomore at Sleepy Hollow High ... Read More »

Local Music Teacher’s Incredible History Surfaces with Re-Release of Two Albums

| by Tess Weitzner | “I can’t talk right now, I’m at school,” said Greenburgh music teacher Bobby Lance. It was nearing lunchtime when the phone rang. “Just tell me, are you Bobby Lance?” pressed the man on the other end. “I’ve been looking all over for Bobby Lance!” When Lance replied, “Yes, that’s me,” the record label representative hardly paused ... 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 »

What’s New at the Irvington Town Hall Theater? Everything!

If you’ve walked along Main Street in Irvington this summer, you’ve likely noticed renovations taking place outside of Village Hall.  Change is happening inside the building as well, especially on the third floor: The Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) has unveiled a new website, ticketing system, and logo—and is about to launch several innovative, new programs in addition to returning favorites. ... 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 »

Obituaries August 2015-September 2015

Brian Balthazard, 26 Brian James Balthazard, a lifelong resident of Tarrytown, died unexpectedly on August 16. He was 26. Born in North Tarrytown on March 15, 1989, to Brian and Geralyn Balthazard, he graduated from Transfiguration School and Stepinac High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Pace University. He was employed at Ernst and Young in New ... Read More »

What’s Happening: September 2015

Tuesday 1 What Counts in the College Admission Process: Seminar at 7 p.m. for high school students and their parents at the Irvington Public Library. To register call 591-7840 or visit Wednesday 2 “Far from the Madding Crowd”: Starring Carrie Mulligan showing at 2 p.m. at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Call 631-7734 or visit Stump the Historians: ... Read More »

Circus Latino Concludes Sleepy Hollow’s Vibrant Arts Initiative

| by Robert Kimmel | Sleepy Hollow’s riverfront will come alive with circus aerialists, acrobats, Latino music and dancers for three days this month in an exciting culmination of this year’s multi-art activities hosted by the village. The Circus Latino performances, along with a lantern art exhibit, are scheduled for September 18,19 and 20 on what was the vacated site of ... 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 »

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 »

Dr. Robert Losier, Tarrytown

| by Evan Lefkowitz | If you suffer from foot pain, and you live in the rivertowns, local medical professional Dr. Robert Losier provides comprehensive care for all foot-related issues. A graduate of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Losier has been serving New Yorkers with quality foot care for the past 11 years.    Born and raised in ... Read More »

Hackley Plans New Health & Wellness Complex Structure

| by Robert Kimmel |  As part of Hackley’s ongoing agenda to enhance its facilities, the school is planning construction of a large Health and Wellness Complex on its property in unincorporated Greenburgh. The facility would be adjacent to the Tarrytown campus and close to the school’s Rob Pickert athletic field.  Included within the 116,725-square-foot structure would be two gymnasiums, ... Read More »

Crowded Streets are No Reason to Celebrate

To the Editor:  Re: “Lighthouse Celebration Focuses on Coming Riverfront Development (July 2015 issue) I think it’s great to celebrate the lighthouse restoration. However, I am not celebrating the addition of 1,177 condos and townhouses, a 140-room hotel, and office/retail space. How are we going to handle an additional 2,000 or so cars on our already overcrowded streets? Irene J. ... Read More »

New Assistant Principal at Irvington High Appointed

| by Rick Pezzullo | Steven Corbett was founding principal of the EastHarlem Scholars Academy II. Corbett was appointed last month by the Board of Education as the new assistant principal at Irvington High School. Prior to joining Irvington on July 8, Corbett served as the founding principal of the East Harlem Scholars Academy II since 2013. During his two years ... Read More »

Local Restaurant News

| by Linda Viertel | The Taco Project has recently obtained its liquor license and will now be serving Mexican beers, predominantly Spanish red, white and rose wines, plus Argentinian chardonnays and red and white sangrias. Owner Nick Mesce is excited about this next phase of the restaurant’s development, noting that eventually brunch specialty drinks such as mimosas and micheladas ... 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 »

Tarrytown/SH Fans Salute the Grateful Dead With Trek to Chicago for Final Concerts

| By W.B. King | July 4, 2015: Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow residents gather at Congress Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Front row: Maddy McGovern, Laura Kiss, Joanne Malandrino-Daly, Sharon Bucci-Thomas, Stella Goldstein, Heather Whitaker and Belle Gonzalez. Back row: Myles Birrittella, Kyle McGovern Jr., Tom Kiss Jr., Tom Kiss Sr., John Korzelius, Brad King, Laurie Birrittella, Kyle McGovern, Tom Shumacher, ... Read More »

Standout SH High Track Athlete Striving for College Success

| by Katy Kachnowski | While the competitive athletic careers of many graduated seniors have come to a close, the careers of some others will keep on running–literally. Recent Sleepy Hollow High School graduate Daniel Elia will continue his track and field career at the Division 1 Sacred Heart University this September. Over the past five years, Elia has been ... Read More »

The Toolbox of Summer Fun

| by Marcie Cuff | During the summer months, the living should be easy, right? And so, every kid should be provided with a warm-weather plan—a summer toolbox filled with things to help him or her experiment with ideas about how things and people work. And, while it’s not always wise to provide wild, passionate little people with a supply ... Read More »

Pets Alive Considering Alternatives to Elmsford Shelter in Westchester

| by Robert Kimmel | Mounting objections that followed Pets Alive’s July announcement that it would close its no-kill animal shelter in Elmsford within three months are causing the organization to explore other options to maintain operations in Westchester, or possibly even cede the land to the Town of Greenburgh. Town Supervisor Paul Feiner has pressed Pets Alive Board Chairman ... Read More »

Riverstone Yoga in Tarrytown

| by Elizabeth Nutig | As daily life becomes more chaotic and interconnected, allowing time to cool down to be with ourselves mentally, physically and spiritually is essential, and one of the most credible ways to do that is through yoga. Fortunately, a yoga studio in Tarrytown has what’s needed for residents to revive themselves. With the iconic hum of ... Read More »

Student Hospitality Escorts

Students from Sleepy Hollow High School are working at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center as Hospitality Escorts. Shown with HR Coordinator Anthony Iraola and Hospitality Manager Andrea Hodges (far right) are students Kayla Michelson, Kathryn Franco, Christina Pinho, Manuel Davila and Whanda Camacho and (sitting) Raina Gorman, Yosmi Trinidad, Gisselle Armijos and Melanie Alberto.. Read More »

Irvington Schools Hire Firm to Ensure Computer System is Secure

| by Rick Pezzullo| The Irvington Board of Education hired a security firm last month to conduct an audit of the district’s computer system after an internal breach of security within its computer network allegedly by two Middle School students was discovered in June. Edutech, which has also done work in Ardsley, Harrison, and the City of Rye, was given a ... Read More »

Senior What’s Happening

SENIORS  Senior Benefits Information Center:  Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. a representative from the Medicare Rights Center is on hand at the Warner Library in Tarrytown.  Sign up at the Reference Desk or call 631-7734.  To ask questions outside regular counseling hours call 269-7765. Senior Van: Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, a van is available for ... Read More »

Arts Are Alive in Tarrytown Summer Camps

| by Zoe Kaplan | Fourteen years ago, former Tarrytown Superintendent of Schools Dr. Howard Smith asked Alison Paul to “do something with the arts when the buildings are empty in the summer.” With about 30 kids at the time, Multi Arts summer camp was born. Although in an academic location, the camp is focused on creating an environment without ... Read More »


St. Clair Marshall, 96 St. Clair M. Marshall, a resident of Sleepy Hollow, died July 24. He was 96. He was born in 1918 in St. George, SC, to St. Clair and Pritchard (Shuler) Muckenfuss. He attended University of South Carolina and USC School of Law. He had a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy during WWII, serving in the ... Read More »

“These Are Our Children”

| by Barrett Seaman | Alone among those who spoke out at the July 20 Irvington village board meeting about Monte Nido’s plan to use 65 West Clinton Avenue as a home for adolescent eating disorder patients, Dr. Mary Bongiovi voiced her approval. Dr. Bongiovi, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Columbia University as well as an Irvington resident (though not ... Read More »

What’s Happening

Tuesday 4 Kids Cook with Renana: At 11 a.m. children ages 2-5 learn to make something delicious and healthy at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Registration required. Call 631-7734 or visit “Tootsie”: Starring Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lang and Dabney Coleman showing at 2 p.m. at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Call 631-7734 or visit Thursday 6 Classic Tales ... Read More »

Former Mt. Pleasant Police Chief Pleads Guilty to Porn Charges

| by Rick Pezzullo | Former Mount Pleasant Police Chief Brian Fanelli could face four years in prison after pleading guilty July 27 in federal court to possession of child pornography. Fanelli, 56, who worked for Mount Pleasant Police for 32 years and took over as chief November 1, 2013, was arrested in January 2014 for allegedly downloading and possessing ... Read More »

Saying Goodbye to My Hometown, For Now

| by Katy Kachnowski | In April, I happily decided to attend Ohio State University this coming fall. A university with an undergraduate population double that of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow combined offers me endless opportunities. I could not be more thrilled to call Ohio State my new school. However, while it is exciting to embark on a big adventure ... 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 »

East Parcel of Former GM Site Goes to Local Development Corp as New LDC Members are Named

| by Robert Kimmel | Financial advantages accrue to Sleepy Hollow by having a Local Development Corporation, (LDC), maintain ownership of the east parcel of the former 96-acre GM site, which was turned over to the village in the deal that opened the way for development of the larger riverfront parcels for residential and commercial use. New York State mandates that ... Read More »

Jesse Rinka Photography

Jesse Rinka (center) and his wife Maria (far right) were all smiles at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Jesse Rinka Photography on Main Street in Tarrytown. Taking part in the festivities were Tina Zagrobeiney and Kevin Kaye from the Chamber of Commerce and Tarrytown Trustee Becky McGovern. — Photo by: Sunny Mclean Read More »

Schools Need Better Procedures to Handle Allegations

To the Editor:  On May 1st, Pearl River High School and Sleepy Hollow High School played each other in boys’ varsity lacrosse. What happened that day highlights that schools need better procedures for handling allegations of racism. During the game, three Sleepy Hollow players reported racial slurs by Pearl River players. The Sleepy Hollow players told their teammates (one of ... Read More »

Bretti Appointed Interim Principal at Washington Irving School

Susan Bretti was appointed by the Board of Education of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns as interim elementary principal of Washington Irving School, effective August 1. Bretti has worked in the education field for 20 years. For the last 10 years she served as a full-time Elementary Consulting Teacher in the Bedford School District. In that role she was ... Read More »

Project to Cut Utility Costs Gains Support in Irvington

| by Robert Kimmel | Sustainable Westchester’s project aimed at reducing utility costs for residents within the Town of Greenburgh is getting a favorable reception among Irvington’s Board of Trustees. Known as Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), it would result in having most electricity and natural gas provided to homes and small businesses by a single energy service company, known as ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler

AWARDED Helayna Herschkorn, a resident of Irvington, was awarded a Doctoral Degree in School Psychology from St. John’s University in January, 2015.  Helayna participated in the university’s Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on May 7th and its Graduation Ceremony on May 17th.  She is the daughter of Nicole and the late Ronald Herschkorn and sister to Candice.  Helayna graduated from Irvington High ... Read More »

Young Actor Takes on Challenging Role in Shakespeare Festival

| by Jonathan Ortiz | The character of Mamillius from Shakespeare’s late romance, The Winter’s Tale, despite only living through the first half of the play, is in no way an insignificant role. The death of Leontes’s heir, Mamillius, marks the tale’s turning point from the cold psychological tyranny of the King’s bitter jealousy to his remorse and the eventual rebirth ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Reverses Decision on Making Old Broadway One-Way

| by Elaine Marranzano | The Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees has reversed its decision to make Old Broadway a one-way street. “We didn’t do it properly first time around,” said Mayor Ken Wray on July 14.  “I am instructing the staff to change it back.” The board voted to remove four parking spaces and change the traffic flow pattern ... Read More »

Tarrytown Approves Building Moratorium Near Train Station

| by Rick Pezzullo | The Tarrytown Board of Trustees last month approved a six-month building moratorium in the area of the train station. The temporary development ban was deemed necessary to give the board time to review current zoning, planning and environmental regulations in the so-called Tarrytown Station Study Area. “The impetus (for the moratorium) is that since there ... Read More »

Flea Fun Hits Westchester

The “flea” experience has arrived in Westchester.  The Hastings Flea is a monthly, curated, specialty outdoor flea market at the Hastings-on-Hudson Metro North Train station parking lot (131 Southside Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY), overlooking the Hudson River.  At the Hastings Flea, local vendors sell unique, authentic, handpicked and handmade items including vintage finds, antiques, furniture, home goods, comics, crafts, jewelry and ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Special Olympians Win Gold

Friday, July 31, 2015 — Team USA New York (Sleepy Hollow/Brewster combined team) just WON the gold medal in Unified Men’s Basketball at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles!!!! The USA New York team went undefeated in their division and beat Peru, Kenya, Pakistan and Luxembourg to win the GOLD MEDAL!  They will receive their gold medals tomorrow morning, ... Read More »

Pets Alive Facility Now Expected to Stay in Westchester

| By Robert Kimmel | Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner is optimistic about keeping the Pets Alive animal shelter in operation locally, either at its present facility in Elmsford or elsewhere. Following a meeting with the board leadership of Pets Alive Thursday morning, he told The Hudson Independent that, “I would be surprised if the shelter closes.” Pets Alive Westchester ... Read More »

Pets Alive Leaving Elmsford; Land Ownership May Be Challenged

| by Robert Kimmel| With  Pets Alive in Elmsford announcing that it will close its facility in about three months, ownership of the 5 acres of land it has been using could be in dispute.  The no-kill animal shelter disclosed that the cost of maintaining the shelter, along with diminishing revenue, is leaving it with no choice but to shut ... Read More »

Drowning Death in Hudson Of  Sleepy Hollow Man Believed to be Accidental

The drowning of a 43-year-old Sleepy Hollow man in the Hudson River Friday appears to have been accidental,  Tarrytown police said. Identified as  William Cabrera, of Cottage Avenue, he was unconscious when pulled from the river off Pierson Park in Tarrytown by a friend.  Cabrera swam out  about fifty feet offshore and on his way back submerged in the water, according to the friend. Responding ... Read More »