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Tarrytown’s Third Friday Revitalized with Return of Tenured Organizers

by W.B. King A tradition for 13 years, Tarrytown’s Third Friday may have experienced a dip in participation and attendance in recent years. But, new co-organizers, Jacki Geoghegan and Angel Rafter, said the 2016 season will harken back to times when Main Street and Broadway were teeming with vendors, entertainment and smiling attendees. Their slogan: Re-Discover. Re-Connect. Re-Juvenate. “This event ... Read More »

Villages Band Together in Effort to Slow Down Motorists

By Rick Pezzullo Irvington, Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown officials have joined forces with four neighboring villages in a coordinated effort to promote traffic and pedestrian safety. The “Slow Down, Rivertowns” initiative was officially launched during a press conference May 12 at Dobbs Ferry Village Hall. The main thrust is to raise community awareness and encourage safe driving behavior through education ... Read More »

Thousands of Area Residents Get Verdicts on Reassessment

by Barrett Seaman The first week in June was promising to be an anxious one for thousands of Greenburgh and Ossining homeowners who had appealed reassessments promulgated by Tyler Technologies last March. The week was sure to vex another 400 in Greenburgh who were to receive unexpected notices that they had been identified as being underassessed, and that their projected ... 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 »

Food for Thought – Irvington Farmer’s Market Vendors

Sundays 9:00-1:30 starting June 5th Main Street School 110 Main Street Irvington, NY 10533 Arlotta Food Studio – Watermill, NY Arlotta Food Studio is a family-owned business based in Watermill, NY. Their story began generations ago, raising olives in orchards in southern Italy. Today, their organic olives are grown and harvested in California on a small family farm using the same ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Farmers Dish the Dirt at First TaSH Talk

by Suzanne Sorrentino Melons that look like beach balls, tomatoes that taste like lychee fruit, bouquets beautiful enough to grace a dining room table but delectable enough to eat. That’s just a taste of what some Westchester County farmers plan to showcase at the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market, which opened May 28 in Patriots Park. The farmers spoke ... Read More »

Underage Substance Abuse Discussed at Irvington High Forum

by Neal Rentz What are the potential consequences of underage drug and alcohol use? According to a panel of local experts, the consequences include potential addiction, criminal prosecution of both youths and parents and even death. About 75 local residents came to Irvington High School on May 19 to listen to a roughly 80-minute discussion on the consequences of underage ... Read More »

Ongoing “What’s Happening” Calendar Events for May

Lightscapes: Evening display of sculpture, light, sound and special effects at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson. May 1, 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-30. Call 366-6900 or visit www.hudsonvalley.org. The Meditative Life: May 6 – 25 at Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. Call 747-5555 or visit www.burnsfilmcenter.org Jazz Sessions: The greats on camera May 12 –June 9 at Jacob Burns Film ... Read More »

Numbers by Day, Easel at Night for SH’s Lisa Santo

Lisa Santo has no problem using both hemispheres of her brain. By day, she is a financial advisor in New York City, dealing with facts and figures, processing reams of financial, economic and investment information, formulating strategies to help meet her clients’ complex portfolio challenges: all prototypical left-brained behaviors. After work, though, when it’s time to relax at home in ... Read More »

Birding in the Hudson Valley

by Marcie Cuff Can you hear it? Spring has finally sprung! It’s time to dust off your field guides, head outside and get a good look and listen at who is calling. There are over 10,000 species of birds in the world, and about 925 have been sighted in North America. Here in the Hudson Valley, there are just over ... Read More »

World Premier Musical Performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The musical world premiere of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow will be performed in its namesake village on Sunday, May 15, 4 p.m., at Kusel Auditorium, Sleepy Hollow High School. Composed by James M. Stephenson, for narrator and band, the Hudson Valley Wind Ensemble, a 45 piece orchestra, will be supporting Michael Loften’s narration. Loften, who has performed with the ... Read More »

Oversized Ducks and Women Underneath Symbolize Annual Derby

by Robert Kimmel Two oversized yellow-plumed duckys have become fixtures, poised atop the starting bridge over Andre Brook at Patriot’s Park before each heat of the annual Rotary Club of the Tarrytowns’ Rubber Ducky Derby. For the ninth consecutive Derby, late last month, they drew the crowd’s attention as they dropped hundreds of the little rubber duckys from baskets into ... Read More »

Obituaries – April 2016

Rocco Martello, 66 Rocco A. Martello, a longtime Sleepy Hollow resident, died April 2. He was 66. He graduated from St. Teresa’s School, Stepinac High School and Westchester Community College. He had a long career with the United States Postal Service and retired as a supervisor in White Plains. On September 24, 1983, he married Diane McEnroe in Immaculate Conception ... Read More »

Food for Thought – PikNik in Tarrytown

by Linda Viertel A delectable smokey scent now wafts along Tarrytown’s Main Street, thanks to the opening of PikNik, the newest restaurant/take-out venture from Hassan and Alberta Jarane, whose thriving Mint Premium Foods is just up the block. Real southern barbecue has arrived in our river towns! Whether your favorite is vinegary-based sauce on ribs and pulled pork from the ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Local Farmers Markets Opening Soon

by Linda Viertel The TaSH returns even bigger and better! The Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market, also known as the TaSH Farmers Market, opens for the season Memorial Day weekend with the same great vibe, more vendors, expanded educational programming about food, nutrition and the environment and improved access for low-income shoppers. The market runs every Saturday, May 28 ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – Painting a Bridge of Hope to El Salvador

by Krista Madsen Tarrytown’s Christ Church’s longstanding relationship with El Salvador will become brilliantly vivid as an ambitious public mural project gets underway this month. Church members had been talking since last fall about “more active ways our parish community can support and partner with Foundation Cristosal to address the horrifying crisis of violence in El Salvador and the resulting ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – All Shorts Irvington Film Festival Celebrates Female Filmmakers May 6

The All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF) presents its season finale, “As iFF the Lens Can’t Shift: Filmmaking Through Women’s Eyes” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6 at the Irvington Town Hall Theater. Seven short films from countries including France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, and the United States will be screened, ranging in length from 11 to 23 minutes. ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – The Pinkster Festival at Philipsburg Manor is an African- American Celebration of Spring

by Morey Storck On Saturday, May 14, Philipsburg Manor will host the Pinkster holiday, an African-American celebration of Spring which is known to have been observed in the Hudson Valley as early as the 17th century. The cross-cultural, colonial style festival re-creates the holiday with lively presentations of drumming, traditional dance, African folktales, and demonstrations of traditional African instruments and ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – Historic Hudson Valley Presents Lightscapes 2016

by Morey Storck Historic Hudson Valley, creators of The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, is presenting Lightscapes ’16 at Van Cortlandt Manor, in Croton-on-Hudson, April 29-May 1, and each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in May, plus Memorial Day Monday. It was a spectacular production last year, and this current presentation, by the same special-events creative team, led by Creative Director ... Read More »

Warner Oral Histories: Life in the Van Tassel

by Krista Madsen The Van Tassel (lovingly called “VT”) is no ordinary apartment complex. Its history is rich and fascinating, as we discovered from a handful of long-time residents who gathered at the latest Warner Library Oral Histories session. Some facts: • The bas relief medallions flanking the top of the main entrance are portraits of explorer Henry Hudson and ... Read More »

Hackley Student Excels in Three Sports

Elijah Ngbokoli is a three-sport athlete at The Hackley School and captain of the wrestling, football, and track teams. On the wrestling mat, Ngbokoli is a three-time Ivy Prep Champ and three-time Independent Schools State Champion. He was an integral piece to winning the Ivy League team title his freshman year, a first for Hackley in 40 years. On the ... Read More »

Third Annual Horseman Color Run Slated for June 18

by Heather Colley The third annual Horseman Color Run will take place on Saturday, June 18, at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow. The event, organized by the Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, has become a successful community event which last year drew almost 1,000 runners, walkers, volunteers and spectators. The event is a major fundraiser for ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Track and Field: A Season of Ambition

by Heather Colley The Sleepy Hollow track and field team has an impressive array of star athletes that will be graduating this spring, and this year’s seniors hope to end their high school careers on top. Mark Jelenek attributes his ability to dabble in every area of the sport over the past four years to the excellent program itself. “Track ... Read More »

Traffic Analysis Broadens Tarrytown Station Area Study

by Robert Kimmel Traffic conditions are getting a closer look within Tarrytown’s project to enhance the area around its railroad station and upgrade the sector’s connections to Main Street and the remainder of the village. The Station Area Study has engaged a consulting firm, VHB, to undertake a traffic study of the station vicinity. “Existing and projected traffic patterns around ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler – May 2016

NAMED Three students from Irvington Middle School were named top chemists in the state after placing first, second and third at the New York “You Be The Chemist Challenge,” held April 16 at the BASF Research and Development Facility in Tarrytown. Seventh grader Henry Demarest won first place, while eighth graders Rishit Gupta and Zachary Rosman were named runner-up and ... Read More »

SH High Principal to Join Pocantico Hills as Superintendent

by Heather Colley and Rick Pezzullo Sleepy Hollow High School will be saying goodbye in June to longtime Principal Carol Conklin-Spillane, but neighboring Pocantico Hills Central School District will be laying out a welcoming mat on July 1 to their new superintendent of schools. In April, the Pocantico Hills Board of Education voted to appoint Conklin-Spillane to replace Interim Superintendent ... Read More »

Tarrytown Officials Insist Water Quality Meets All Standards

by Rick Pezzullo The Village of Tarrytown refuted a published newspaper report regarding lead in drinking water and the quality of the village’s water. “The water provided to the Tarrytown Water District customers is in full compliance with all federal, state and county regulations relating to drinking water,” Village Administrator Michael Blau stated to The Hudson Independent. In a detailed ... Read More »