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Who benefits from Halloween in Sleepy Hollow Country?

by Elaine Marranzano –  Halloween in Sleepy Hollow country is getting bigger every year. There are now more activities and more tourists than ever before. So, where does all that money go? Who benefits economically from Halloween? The undisputed winner is Historic Hudson Valley. The nonprofit’s tax returns show soaring “program service revenues” of $4.86 million in 2015, compared to ... Read More »

Tarrytown Family Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit for $4.5 Million

by Barrett Seaman   On the Monday following Thanksgiving, the Nassau County Legislature voted to approve a $4.5 million settlement, ending a pair of lawsuits brought by the family of Sleepy Hollow High graduate Andrea Rebello, who was shot to death in May 2013 by a Nassau County police officer attempting to end a hostage situation at Rebello’s apartment in Uniondale, ... Read More »

Airbnb Brings Challenge to Zoning in the Rivertowns

by Alexander Roberts The rivertowns have some of the strictest zoning policies in the nation, designed to ensure that land use is tightly controlled. Yet today some homeowners are openly violating zoning laws in Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, advertising on the Internet site Airbnb, transforming their single-family houses, apartments and condominiums into illegal hotels and boarding houses. A recent ... Read More »

Events for December

Friday 1 Lyndhurst December Events: Several programs have been scheduled for December at Lyndhurst, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown. Holiday Décor Mansion Tours are being conducted Thursdays through Mondays  Described as one of the “Ten Best Historic Holiday Tours” by USA Today, see Lyndhurst mansion transformed into an extravagant wonderland of holiday splendor. Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle ... Read More »

Community Coalition Holiday Effort Announcements

Open Door Family Medical Centers Holiday Toy Drive November 18 – December 15 Please donate new, unwrapped, toys and gifts for our young patients ages newborn to 14 years old. Suggested value between $10 – $20 Please bring you donations to Sleepy Hollow Open Door, 80 Beekman Avenue Thanks so much for bringing holiday cheer to the kids and helping reduce ... Read More »

Armed Robber Hits Tarrytown Chase Branch on South Broadway

Chase Bank armed robbery in Tarrytown, New York

by Barrett Seaman – In a brash move, considering it was at the height of rush hour, a man wearing a black ski mask and brandishing a handgun entered the Chase Bank branch at 360 South Broadway, just north of the busy rte. #119 interchange, on Monday and demanded money. Beside the ski mask, the only descriptor bank employees could ... Read More »

Big Drug Bust in Sleepy Hollow

by Barrett Seaman – When members of the Sleepy Hollow Police Department and the Greenburgh Drug and Alcohol Task Force raided the apartment at 126 Valley Street in the village at 7:00am Friday morning, they came upon a treasure trove of evidence of a major drug business: $11,883.00 in cash, 538 bags of heroin, 432 Oxycodone pills, 94 doses of ... Read More »

Health Dept. Issues Hepatitis A Alert for Patrons of Sleepy Hollow Country Club

The Westchester County Health Department is recommending that individuals who ate or drank at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club between October 30 and November 4 receive preventive treatment against Hepatitis A, a viral illness that affects the liver. The Health Department learned November 12 that an employee with the illness worked in the club’s Grill Room while infectious. Five people ... Read More »

Rivertowns Residents Weigh In on Broadway Corridor Bike Lane

by Barrett Seaman –  The bicycles are coming, they’re coming to town. If you believe the Route 9 Active Transportation campaign pitch, they will be coming over the new Mario Cuomo Bridge or up from the city by the thousands—and the rivertowns will need to prepare for them by building a bike lane along Broadway (Route 9) from Ossining all ... Read More »

Latimer leads Democrat Sweep

George Latimer

by Barrett Seaman   – With most of the incumbent trustees and mayors running unopposed, an off-year like this would normally leave lots of voters at home on election day. But the 2017 race for Westchester County Executive drew a record turnout—largely in support of Democrat challenger George Latimer of Rye, who beat incumbent Rob Astorino by 57% to 43%. The ... Read More »

Senator Latimer Seeks to Oust Astorino as County Executive

by Rick Pezzullo –  The two candidates running for Westchester County Executive on November 7 have a combined 52 years of experience as elected public servants. Incumbent Republican Rob Astorino, 50, who resides in Mount Pleasant, is vying for a third four-year term in the county’s top post, which carries an annual salary of $160,760. “I still have the fire ... Read More »

New Water Reservoir Fulfills Sleepy Hollow’s Requirements 

by Robert Kimmel –  Sleepy Hollow’s huge new water reservoir is operational, opening the way for growth within the village, and ending deficiencies the village faced prior to its construction. The underground tank holding 1.6 million gallons of water is “critical” for further development in the village as Mayor Ken Wray described it during the ribbon-cutting inaugural for the structure ... Read More »

Greenburgh Assessor Tells Realtors Property Taxes Are Still Going Up

by Barrett Seaman –  Whenever Greenburgh Town Assessor Edye McCarthy calls a meeting for area realtors, they come—but not without a good deal of trepidation. The 2015-16 town-wide reassessment of property values sent a shock wave through the system that is still being felt, especially in upscale districts like Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, Edgemont and Hastings, where home values were hit ... Read More »

Real Estate Investor Looks to Tame Cortlandt Street

by Elaine Marranzano –  The tornado-force winds of change are blowing down Cortlandt Street in Sleepy Hollow in the form of Billy Procida, a high-profile, feisty, real estate lender who is the new owner of eight mixed-use buildings on the beleaguered inner-village street. Procida acquired the properties when previous owner Cirilo Rodriquez defaulted on a $9.5 million loan from Procida’s ... Read More »

Help for Needy in Puerto Rico Pursued in Local Communities

by Robert Kimmel – Residents of hurricane battered Puerto Rico are benefitting from a large amount of aid provided by our rivertowns. Contributions of needed goods and cash have been facilitated by organizations, institutions, businesses, houses of worship, committed individuals, and the county and villages. “There has been an overwhelmingly supportive response,” said Natalie Coriano of Westchester’s Department of Social ... Read More »

Unsung Heroes Behind the Scenes of Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

by Rick Pezzullo –  It’s become the must-see Halloween event in the Hudson Valley for the last 13 years, with the star attractions being more than 8,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns. Each pumpkin and “funkin” are individually hand-carved by a dedicated group of talented individuals. Between 20 and 25 artists, sculptors and tattoo professionals handle the 1,000 fresh pumpkins each week ... Read More »

Letters – Thanks to Community for Supporting TEDxTarrytown

To the Editor, I want to thank our wonderful rivertowns community for supporting the TEDxTarrytown event held on October 22, 2017 at the Irvington Town Hall Theater. We had 8 wonderful speakers: Ethan Schutz, Irvington, Jennifer Walford, Yonkers, Hugh Locke, Ossining, Jamey Barbas PE, Tarrytown/NYC, Pablo Mayor, Sleepy Hollow, Amy Whitaker, NYC, Michael Alcee Phd, Tarrytown, and Jaron Benjamin, Sleepy ... Read More »

Constitutional Convention Ballot Question at a Glance

by Charlene Weigel –  The November 7 ballot will include a deceptively simple question, “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” If New Yorkers accept that invitation, they will elect delegates to a 2018 drafting convention, and likely vote on a new state constitution in 2019. The Federal Constitution is brief, about the length ... Read More »

Inquiring Photographer – “What are You Most Thankful For?”

by Alexa Brandenberg Alex Patrick Works in Irvington “Family. This year has had its ups and downs and my family has been very supportive throughout all of it.”   Cathy Sears Irvington “I’m thankful for living in this rivertown community where people act on their convictions in a positive and forward way not only locally, but for the larger world.” ... Read More »

Open Door Family Medical Centers Holiday Toy Drive

November 18 – December 15 Please donate new, unwrapped, toys and gifts for our young patients ages newborn to 14 years old. Suggested value between $10 – $20 Please bring your donations to Sleepy Hollow Open Door, 80 Beekman Avenue Thanks so much for bringing holiday cheer to the kids and helping reduce the stress for families in need during ... Read More »

Community Coalition: Holiday Effort Announcements

Let’s Play! A Place for Families and the Social Action 10591 Supper Club The Supper Club is looking for people interested in cooking and/or donating money to provide meals for 11 scholarship families who attend Tarrytown-based parent-child program, Let’s Play! A Place for Families. Meals will be delivered to Let’s Play! on November 7th and 14th. Contact Lisa Piedimonte Bergman ... Read More »

Obituaries – October 2017

Florence Brown, 96 Florence Winifred Brown, a lifelong resident of Tarrytown, died October 14 at her residence. She was 96. She was educated in Tarrytown and graduated from Washington Irving High School in 1937 and later graduated from Katherine Gibbs Business School in 1939. She worked as an Assistant Corporate Secretary for International Paper Co. in New York City for ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Middle Eastern Dining at Its Best

by Linda Viertel –  One of the joys of life along the river is that the melting pot of cultures that have come to live and work here has produced a wide range of restaurants offering the food of many lands. Still, Melike, featuring the cuisine of Turkey and the Middle East, comes as a refreshing – and delicious – ... Read More »

Magical, Unique Glass Portraits on Display at Canfin Gallery

by Morey Storck –  Isabelle Scheltjens, a Belgian artist, studied at SISA, the Antwerp City Institute for Decorative Arts and Crafts, where she concentrated on all aspects of decorative glass. The outstanding, world-acclaimed glass designs of her husband, Dirk Neefs, inspired her to proceed in that creative direction. After years of intense study and experimentation, she developed her extraordinary glass-fusing ... Read More »

Reaching a Milestone

Zoe Maxwell, an Irvington High School senior, scored her 100th career soccer goal during a game against Dobbs Ferry High School on Oct. 11. She reached the milestone when she scored the first goal of the game, which was followed by four additional goals in a 6-1 victory. Read More »

Local High School Football Teams Fail to Hit Pay Dirt

Football

by Tom Pedulla –  DOBBS FERRY Dobbs Ferry completed the regular season with a 6-2 record, a fine accomplishment for a team that depended heavily on underclassmen. The Eagles carried six seniors, only half of whom received significant playing time. “We’ve been getting a lot better each week,” said Coach James Moran. “We were starting from ground zero with some ... Read More »

JV Horsemen Squads Posting Remarkable Records

by Kevin Brown –  What a season for youth football! The Jr. Horsemen are now under the umbrella of SHHS Varsity coach Jorge Veintimilla, and coordinated by Joe and Chrisse Good. Cheerleading is run by Cindy Guzman. Members of the Westchester Youth Football League (WYFBL), USA Football, and a practitioner of Heads Up Football, the Jr. Horsemen focus on teaching ... Read More »

McCarthy Becomes All Time Passing Leader at SH High

by Kevin Brown –  Sean McCarthy, quarterback for the Sleepy Hollow Headless Horsemen, became the all-time leading passer for total yards passing in a single season and for total yards passing in a career at the school. Due to playing from behind often in the current 1-8 campaign, McCarthy has been airing it out all season to Daniel Willams, Jared ... Read More »

Hackley Standout Running Back Satisfied with Success on Gridiron

by Tom Pedulla –  Top running back William Waterhouse could not have embraced the student-athlete role more seriously than he did during his time at Hackley. He is so earnest about his studies that he likely has taken his last handoff. When Simon Berk, Hackley’s second-year coach, was asked about the senior’s college football prospects, he replied, “He certainly has ... Read More »

Notes from the HVWC: Hidden Gem

by Jennifer Franklin –  Often called a “hidden gem” and praised as “the most beautiful place in which I have ever read,” The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center is housed in the historic and lovingly restored Philipse Manor Train Station. The Center hosts a series of classes and readings by writers in all genres, runs social outreach programs for youth and ... Read More »

JAG Physical Therapy Making Its Presence Known in SH

by Rick Pezzullo –  One year ago, JAG Physical Therapy, which offers care for orthopedic and sports injuries, merged with Sleepy Hollow Physical Therapy, a staple in the community for about 30 years. Since setting up in the Amenta Building at 245 North Broadway, where it recently doubled its space and updated its equipment, JAG has striven to have a ... Read More »

Luxury Tile Showroom Opens in Dobbs Ferry

Before September 6, rivertowns architects, interior designers and their clients looking for a broad selection of high-end tiling had to go either to a large and intimidating showroom on Central Avenue or into New York City. No longer. Since then, Sideli Tile & Stone has been offering a full array of tiles as well as installation services out of a ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler

by Maria Ann Roglieri –  Sleepy Hollow Artist Creates The Stopping Stones Project Paul Growald created an art installment to remember the contributions that slaves made to Philipsburg Manor and to the North. He sculpted a series of 24 stones and engraved each one with the name of a slave who worked on the Manor in 1775. He arranged the ... Read More »

Public Participation in Tarrytown’s Comprehensive Plan Expanding

by Robert Kimmel –  “The outpouring of participation at this event was a testament really to the village and the people within this village. It showed me that the people are getting involved and understand the process.” — Joan Raiselis Tarrytown residents will have another opportunity to offer their ideas and visions for the future development of the village. The ... Read More »

Tarrytown Schools Screen New Documentary on Teenage Anxiety

by Maria Ann Roglieri –  Anxiety in teenagers is increasing and is currently a hot topic among school psychologists and parents. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety afflicts nearly 1/3 of adolescents and adults. Fortunately, it is treatable. The New York Times Magazine recently featured an article about anxiety (“Why Are More American Teenagers than Ever Suffering ... Read More »

Tarrytown to Seek Proposals to Make Repairs to H-Bridge

by Rick Pezzullo –  Tarrytown officials will be seeking outside help to determine the best course of action in making needed repairs to the H-Bridge near the Metro-North train station. The H-Bridge was cited by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in an October report as one of the most structurally deficient municipal bridges in the state. “Local communities are facing a ... Read More »

Route 9 Active Transportation Conceptual Design Plan

Public Service Announcement The “Route 9 Active Transportation Conceptual Design Plan” is bringing together residents, merchants and government officials with transportation professionals to figure out how to make Broadway safe for people walking and biking. The study group gathered public input in June.  The community is invited to learn about the project, discuss potential design alternatives and get involved in ... Read More »

North Country Chairs Find a Home in the Rivertowns

by Dorothy Conigliaro Many hands make light — and artful — work when put to a good cause.  This was the case when a group of volunteers lent their time and talents towards the decoration of Adirondack chairs for our community. Christina Blatt, Art Director for the Neighborhood House in Tarrytown, first imagined the idea, and wondered how it might ... Read More »

Rev. Gilmore to Celebrate 25th Anniversary at New Hope Church

Reverend Dr. John H. Gilmore

The Reverend Dr. John H. Gilmore was called in 1992 to serve as the fourth Pastor for the congregation at the New Hope Institutional Baptist Church, located at 80-82 Central Avenue in Tarrytown. Pastor Gilmore came to New Hope with the theme: “Where There Is No Vision, The People Perish.”  Through his vision they have grown.  They have seen the ... Read More »

Say No to Climate Change

To the Editor, Climate change is one of the single biggest threats to our environment, our public health, and our economy. Pumping carbon and methane emissions into the atmosphere is accelerating climate change and is responsible for more extreme weather.  New York State has spent billions of dollars over the past decade working to restore communities that have been devastated ... Read More »

Commentary – George Washington’s Viewpoint

by Robert Kimmel Given the current controversy over our government’s policies concerning immigrants coming to our shores and across our borders, it might be useful to go back in history to determine how our nation’s first President viewed similar issues. As an example, what might George Washington have said about the current administration’s decision to suspend the Deferred Action for ... Read More »

Annie Get Your Gun: Brilliant at WBT

by Morey Storck By any measure, the Broadway musical comedy classic, Annie Get You Gun, revived by Westchester Broadway Theatre with an extraordinary singing and dancing cast, and a brilliantly directed production, is marvelous, joyous entertainment. Everything about it is appealing. Let’s start with the score. What an amazing hit-song collection it is: “Doin’ What Comes Naturally,” “You Can’t Get ... Read More »

Inspiring Speakers to Present at Tedx Rivertown Event

by Linda Viertel With lightning speed, TED (technology, education, design) talks have proliferated throughout the world. A nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, in the form of short powerful talks (19 minutes in length or less), TED invites leading thinkers and doers to present at its annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia which are taped and made available, free, ... Read More »

Obituaries – August – September 2017

Eugene Connick, 85 Eugene Edward Connick, a lifelong resident of Irvington, died September 16. He was 85. Mr. Connick was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy having served in the Korean War. On September 21, 1957, he married his beloved Carol Taylor in Irvington. He was a real history buff and loved to tell stories about the past days ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Two New Taste Treats in Our Rivertowns

Brrzaar Bridge Street, Irvington With the grand opening of Brrzaar Bridge Street (formerly Bridge Street Café) on October 2, Brrzaar’s owner, Michelle  Leddy, has formally expanded her highly successful Brrzaar at the Irvington Station fro-yo venue, but this time with a new culinary twist. Hailing from New Orleans, Leddy has hired chef Dedra Williams, also from NOLA,  to create a ... Read More »

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 »

TCBL Basketball Returns for the Fall

TNT Basketball presents Tri-County League basketball for the 2017-18 season. TCBL Basketball is a competitive league for more skilled players.  Games are scheduled around the county.  TNT Basketball and TCBL Basketball help promote fitness, leadership, team spirit and good sportsmanship. Tryouts are scheduled for Saturday, October 21 in the Sleepy Hollow Middle and High School gyms as follows: 1:00-2:00 All ... Read More »

Coaches, Players Favor Thrills of Football over Injury Risks

by Tom Pedulla Steve Yurek lacked what he needed most when he was hired before last season to coach the varsity football team at Irvington High School – players. He inherited a program with an 18-member roster, two above the required number on game day. That was cutting it too close. He responded by posting notices around town encouraging youngsters ... Read More »

Rockefeller Estate in Pocantico Hills on Market for $22M

By Rick Pezzullo The Westchester residence of banker and philanthropist David Rockefeller, who died in March at the age of 101, is up for sale for $22 million. Situated on 75 acres in Pocantico Hills, the three-story, 11,000-square-foot main residence, known as Hudson Pines, is surrounded by broad lawns, immaculate gardens, a round heated pool, an apple orchard, a private ... Read More »

W@tercooler

Watercooler

by Maria Ann Roglieri THANKS TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS Tarrytown’s Kimberly Marcus has been a busy bee. She and Melissa Baer co-organized TEDxTarrytown, an independently run event under a license from TED in order to connect different ideas and people in the community. The event will be held on 10/22 at the Irvington Town Hall Theater; for more information see https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/24323. ... Read More »

Irvington’s Brian Smith Looks Beyond His Tenure as Mayor

by Barrett Seaman “We are seeing people leave who would otherwise have stayed because their property taxes have gone up so dramatically.” —Brian Smith There will be no surprises in this November’s Irvington village races, as incumbent Trustees Connie Kehoe and Janice Silverberg, along with Mayor Brian Smith, are running unopposed. They will rejoin Trustees Mark Gilliland and Larry Lonky ... Read More »

Tarrytown Mayor Fixell Eager to Tackle Challenges in Next Term

by Rick Pezzullo “We’re always looking to maintain services and make improvements and at the same time keep taxes as low as possible.” —Drew Fixell Since 2000, as a village trustee for five years, and the last 12 years as mayor, Drew Fixell has been a mainstay in helping shape the Village of Tarrytown, but he’s not looking to rest ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Singer/Songwriter Uses Cancer Diagnosis as Inspiration

by W.B. King From an early age, Bianca Muniz was enveloped by an eclectic range of rhythms and melodies. So, it’s not surprising that this talented 22-year old singer, songwriter and pianist will follow up her 2016 EP release, “Scary Dreams,” with an anticipated full-length album, “For You,” next summer. What’s surprising is that she is battling cancer for the ... Read More »

Old Dutch Church Ribbon Cutting Marks Access Project Completion

by Robert Kimmel For decades, accessibility to the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow was challenging for handicapped walkers, people with carriages and the elderly.  That challenge officially ended last month with a ribbon cutting that heralded the completion of a project that brings an ease of access to those whose entry had been a burden. Old, uneven steps, labeled ... Read More »

County Board Falls Short of Overriding Astorino Veto

By Rick Pezzullo The Westchester County Board of Legislators fell one vote short of overriding County Executive Rob Astorino’s veto of the controversial Immigration Protection Act. Legislators voted 11-6 on September 25, squashing the bill that would restrain Westchester from using its resources for immigration enforcement. All nine Democrats supported the effort, along with Republicans Jim Maisano (New Rochelle) and ... Read More »

Tarrytown Residents Give Input on Revitalization Project

by Anna Young As Tarrytown continues its multi-faceted project to revitalize the village, the individuals behind the Comprehensive Plan and Station Area Zoning Project held a workshop last month to receive input from residents. During the September 17 workshop at Warner Library, hundreds of residents and business owners gathered to discuss the visions, goals and areas of interest the village ... Read More »

Are There Ghosts and Witches in Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow?

by Maria Ann Roglieri According to Sara Mascia, Executive Director of The Historical Society, Inc. of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, there have always been rumors about “spooky people and spooky happenings” in our two villages. In the 18th and 19th centuries, townspeople were very superstitious, and anyone who was different was considered to be a witch. The Chronicles of Sleepy ... Read More »

Just Where Was That “Sleepy Hollow,” Actually?

by Barrett Seaman    It is, of course, the name of a village in Westchester County—arguably the county’s most famous. It used to be North Tarrytown until administrators decided they’d get better recognition by taking advantage of that famous short story by Washington Irving. Practically everybody knows of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Irving’s fantastical tale of a headless horseman, said ... Read More »

Play by Irvington Couple Delves Into the World of Autism

autism

by Barrett Seaman  Andy Paris and Anushka Paris-Carter of Irvington are an unusual couple that have written an unusual play about unusual people that will open October 25 at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture’s Loreto Theater on Bleecker Street in Manhattan. And, at the risk of being overly repetitive, it is a play that is being produced, directed ... Read More »

WWII Veterans from North Tarrytown High Honored in SH

by Tom Pedulla The delightful sounds of children romping at a nearby playground echoed as 45 former North Tarrytown High School students who died in World War II were honored during recent ceremonies at Winfield L. Morse School. The children knew nothing of Chick Galella, 96, a Pearl Harbor survivor who played a lead role in organizing the event to ... Read More »

Local Children Traumatized by Threat to End DACA

by Elaine Marranzano There is fury in the voice of Ana Lopez when she talks about the children threatened by the demise of DACA, the Obama-era program that allowed undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to live, work and study in the country. “This is a social justice issue and these children are being traumatized,” said Lopez, ... Read More »

Tarrytown Ranked as Foodie Fave

by Barrett Seaman Get ready for the stampede: Tarrytown has been named as one of the top five foodie destinations in the northeast—just behind tony Newport, Rhode Island. The rankings were done by RewardExpert, an online newsletter whose mission is to help those with credit card, airline and hotel rewards points make the best use of them. The site described ... Read More »

Tall Cop Talks About Drug and Alcohol Abuse

By Robert Kimmel At six feet, nine inches tall, Jermaine Galloway stands out,  but his height is not what has made him a  nationally known, and respected figure; it’s his understanding of the prevailing drug culture and the means to curtail it. Known as the “Tall Cop,” Galloway lectures across the country about the drug and alcohol addiction problems, particularly ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Re: “A Piece of Tarrytown History Appears Doomed,” published August 3, 2017 in The Hudson Independent

Article Captured Essence of Life at Brace Cottage What a wonderful job Elaine Marranzano did capturing the essence of life at Brace Cottage and Braceholme for posterity in her article in the August issue of The Hudson Independent. The article will be a permanent testament to the vision of Dr. Brace, the daily work of the good Mr. Hutchinson, and ... Read More »

Letter  To the Editor: Permanent Solution Needed for RiverWalk Upkeep

As many of you may know, the Scenic Hudson RiverWalk has been transformed. Invasives are gone and thousands of new plants are in place. New sitting areas have emerged near the Overlook spiral and, in the northwest lawn –  amphitheater seating formed from relocated boulders. Cedar Hill Landscaping of Katonah, the contractors responsible for the large project, have done their ... 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 »

Great Promise for Soccer’s Future in Sleepy Hollow

by Kevin Brown The Sleepy Hollow Football Club finished its spring season and third full year of soccer in June with tremendous success on the field with three teams winning their division championships. The U10 girls Blaze, coached by John Sutherland, Howard Allen, and Chris Junge, won the second division after winning the third division in the fall. The U13 ... Read More »

Astorino Vetoes Westchester Legislature’s Immigration Protection Act

by Barrett Seaman  As expected, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino vetoed the Immigration Protection Act that passed the County’s Board of Legislators by a 10-5 vote on August 7. Though the bill, based on similar measures passed by governments in Irvington and other Westchester villages earlier this year, was written to avoid labeling the county as a “sanctuary,” County Attorney ... Read More »

Obituaries – August 2017

Margaret Mintern, 86 Margaret T. Cresswell Mintern, a lifelong resident of the Tarrytowns, died peacefully August 10. She was 86. Born and raised in North Tarrytown, she attended North Tarrytown High School, graduated Mercy College and was employed at Pergament Press and SPAR in Elmsford, as an accountant. She was an active member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, ... Read More »

Notes from the HVWC: Bringing Writing to LIFE

by Joan Potter It was the first day of my fourth-grade writing workshop at the RSHM Life Center in Sleepy Hollow. The mission of the Center, which is directed by Sister Susan Gardella, is to serve the needy. Among its many services is an after-school program, in which I participated. I was told that most of the 22 boys and ... Read More »

What I Did During My Summer Break

Oscar Dring (far right) and other teens on an indian reservation in Montana.

by Oscar Dring   This summer I participated in a service adventure program called Visions. I was stationed on the Blackfoot Native American reservation in Browning Montana. Visions (https://visionsserviceadventures.com/teen-service-programs/) has similar service programs in Alaska, The British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, and six other countries. For a month, I stayed in a small ranch on the reservation and, along with 18 other ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – Take a Look at the New Generation Broadway. Bold. Young. Now, This Adventure is in Your Own Backyard!

by Morey Storck When White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) General Manager Kathleen Davisson, and Associate Producer and Resident Musical Director Stephen Ferri, were asked what would be their suggestion for the headline of this article, it just fit. They are enthusiastic, energetic, and optimistic with a vision for this professional theatre, and that is to bring the New Generation ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Corn and Tomatoes: Simple Recipes for Enjoying Late Summer’s Bounty

by Linda Viertel September is harvest season, the most vibrant time at our farmers’ markets, when corn is at its freshest, tomatoes are bursting with flavor, cucumbers and radishes are crunchy and delicious, and leafy greens are in abundance. It’s when simple cooking reveals clear and robust tastes because the ingredients have just been harvested at their peak. Dinner can ... Read More »

New Era of Horseman Football Ready for Kickoff

by Kevin Brown Sleepy Hollow High School kicks off its varsity season on Saturday, September 2 at home against Pearl River High School. Pearl River is coming off a turbulent off-season that saw Coach Mike Oliva unexpectedly dismissed but then re-instated after public protests and petitions throughout the community called for his reinstatement. Despite a challenged record in 2016, players ... Read More »

Government Measures Reinforce Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment

by Robert Kimmel     Drug overdose prevention and treatment have become the focus of medical authorities and lawmakers at the county, state and national level. Much of that attention is concentrated on reducing the usage of opiate drugs as painkillers, as well as educating both doctors and patients more about their use. Actions to slow prescriptions of opioid drugs emerged more ... Read More »

The Aligned Center: A Holistic Approach to Shared Office Space

by Barrett Seaman  Nestled within Irvington’s sprawling Bridge Street complex on the banks of the Hudson is a new office space designed for solo professionals, entrepreneurs, writers and others seeking a home within the growing “gig economy.” It’s got comfy, relatively spacious glassed-in offices with phones, computers and “white noise” machines to facilitate concentration. There’s a communal kitchen with a ... Read More »

Irvington Teacher Files Lawsuit vs District Over Student Attack

by Rick Pezzullo A special education teacher at Irvington Middle School has filed a lawsuit against the district after allegedly suffering “grievous and permanent injuries” after being attacked in a classroom last March by a student with a history of behavioral problems. In an August 21 complaint filed in state Supreme Court, Clarice Martin, and her fellow plaintiff, husband Douglas ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow, Irvington Welcome New School Leaders

Joshua Whitham

by Rick Pezzullo Joshua Whitham started his new job as Sleepy Hollow Middle School principal in early July, learning the lay of the land and the vibe of the village. A native of San Diego, where his educational career began as a sixth-grade teacher for gifted and talented students, Whitham has Lego blocks in his office to represent a hunger ... Read More »

Rivertowns Now Have Their Own Uber-Chamber of Commerce

Maggie Segrich

by Barrett Seaman  Maggie Segrich is really into networking. Now, with the formation of a Rivertowns Chamber of Commerce, which will have members from Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington and Ardsley, she is taking it to a new level. Shortly after she opened Alice & Chains, her bespoke jewelry shop, now located in Dobbs Ferry, she launched a Women Entrepreneurs group ... Read More »

Irvington Board Tackles Downtown Parking Regulations

by Barrett Seaman  It is said that parking is the third rail of village politics—at least in the rivertowns. Whether it’s space allocation for Metro North commuters or downtown parking for shoppers, there’s never enough of it. Dare to suggest building more lots or, heaven forbid, a multi-story garage, however, and locals will accuse officials of destroying the character of ... Read More »

Opioid Addiction Epidemic Targeted by Local Law Enforcement Groups

by Robert Kimmel Faced with the continuing opioid addiction epidemic and related deaths, local authorities are intensifying their efforts to battle the problem. The police departments of Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow are among local law enforcement agencies aggressively working with the Town of Greenburgh’s Drug and Alcohol Task Force to deal with the growing addiction crisis. Set up in ... Read More »

Irvington Singer/Songwriter Miyuki Furtado’s Band, Divining Rod, Breaks New Musical Ground

By Robert Firpo-Cappiello Like many Westchester dads, Irvington’s Miyuki Furtado traded Brooklyn for a quieter life in the ‘burbs right around the time he became a father. Unlike most, however, Furtado also traded a life of round-the-world rock-n-roll touring for afternoons strumming an acoustic guitar while his daughter napped. Those quiet moments of guitar playing would lead Furtado to launch ... Read More »

Abbott House Serves as Halfway Haven for Refugee Children

by Barrett Seaman  One young girl arrived wearing her only piece of clothing: a potato sack. Another had a severe heart murmur; another, cerebral palsy. Often coming from impoverished Central American villages—some wracked by gang violence, many of these children have never seen a doctor. Since late June, they have been arriving in groups of four, or 10 or 12. ... Read More »

Cattle Farm on Rockefeller Preserve in Sleepy Hollow to Disperse

by Elaine Marranzano If you are accustomed to walking in Rockefeller State Park Preserve and enjoy seeing the cattle, say goodbye while you can. The cows are going. Once described as “Bonanza meets Downton Abbey,” Hudson Pines, the cattle farm in Sleepy Hollow owned by the late David Rockefeller, will host a “complete dispersal” sale on November 1. “It is ... Read More »

A 19th Century Hastings’ Confederate Cemetery Monument Designed to Unify Causes Present-Day Concern

by W. B. King From Charlottesville, Virginia to San Diego, California, public monuments celebrating leaders of the Confederate Army, such as Robert E. Lee, are being toppled by residents and municipalities that decry associations to slavery and oppression. This heated national debate now includes a local Confederate monument in Mount Hope Cemetery in the Town of Greenburgh. “The Confederacy was ... Read More »

Public Viewpoints Sought for Tarrytown Comprehensive Plan

Public input is a major component in the current phase of work aimed at producing Tarrytown’s Comprehensive Plan and Station Area Zoning. Continuing that pursuit, the planners have scheduled a  public workshop on Sunday, September 17, from 1 to 4.p.m at the Warner Library. The workshops, expected to continue through this year and early 2018, are part of the process ... Read More »

Two Marches for Justice, Two Days, One Town

March for Justice

On Monday night, August 28th, more than 150 mostly local citizens lit candles and walked from Temple Beth Abraham on Leroy Avenue up through the center of Tarrytown to Patriot’s Park under the banner, “Say No to Hate.” On Tuesday, a hardy group of about 25, under a similar “March for Justice” banner, arrived at Christ Church on South Broadway ... Read More »

It’s Open! Well, Half of It Anyway

By Barrett Seaman Some 37 hours after the blue ribbon was cut, after the band stopped playing and the speechifying was over, after Governor Cuomo and Chick Galella took their ceremonial drive in a spiffy ’55 Corvette and the 800 invited dignitaries climbed back onto the fleet of buses and went ashore, the first few cars finally rolled out under ... Read More »

Astorino Vetoes Westchester Legislature’s Immigration Protection Act

— by Barrett Seaman As expected, County Executive Rob Astorino vetoed the Immigration Protection Act that passed the County’s Board of Legislators by a 10-5 vote on August 7th. Though the bill, based on similar measures passed by governments in Irvington and other Westchester villages earlier this year, was written to avoid categorizing the county as a “sanctuary,” County Attorney ... 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 »

Tarrytown Comprehensive Plan Project Picks Up Momentum; Engages Public

Photo by Tim Thayer - eyebuzz.com

by Robert Kimmel Tarrytown’s multi-faceted project to set visions, goals and policies for its future development is pursuing public input as it continues to shape a series of themes to help guide the planning project toward completion. Among the many general goals targeted by the village’s Comprehensive Plan and Station Area Zoning Project are to “create an affordable, connected community ... Read More »

At the Halfway Mark, Irvington’s 2017 Comprehensive Plan

by Barrett Seaman  Imagine driving down Broadway into Irvington sometime in the late 2020s. The hillside to the east, on your left, is a mosaic of attached condo units in clusters, a modestly proportioned assisted living facility, along with occasional low-rise office buildings not much different in architectural style from nearby homes. As you pass the large white mansion on ... Read More »