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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 »

Obituaries – February 2017

Eugene Fiorella, 92 Eugene J. Fiorella, a resident of Sleepy Hollow died February 9. He was 92. Born and raised in Sleepy Hollow, he attended the public schools of the Tarrytowns. Upon graduation from North Tarrytown High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to serve in World War II. He served as a Torpedoman aboard the Destroyer USS Helm ... Read More »

Ground Breaking Set This Month for Old Dutch

by Robert Kimmel With the fundraising effort for improving accessibility to the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow having reached over $250,00, well on its way toward its $350,000 goal, ground breaking for the construction project will be held Wednesday, March 15. The church, built 332 years ago, saw subsequent changes over the years in the road level at its ... Read More »

John André: The Spy Who Loved Us

by Charlene Weigel On a chilly Saturday, The Historical Society of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow was alive with visitors in search of a dead man. Not just any man. He had to have charm and wit, but be honest to the core. Cultured. Handsome. Schooled in the arts. Massively charismatic. Perhaps a bit full of himself, but with good reason. ... Read More »

Tarrytown Troop’s Bronze Award is Malala-Inspired

by Krista Madsen Malala Yousafzai comes off as both a normal teenager in the documentary He Named Me Malala – teasing her brother, fawning over photos of male sports stars, worrying that her high school friends won’t accept her – and the bravest and wisest of heroines. “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced,” Malala ... Read More »

Big Changes Coming to Sleepy Hollow High School Athletics

by Kevin Brown After a comprehensive search, Jorge Veintimilla, defensive coordinator for the Sleepy Hollow Varsity football team, has been named the new head coach of the football program.  A committee of eight local residents screened candidates with the best of them forwarded to Superintendent Chris Borsari, who made the final decision. “We were lucky to have so many great ... Read More »

Sports – Local Basketball Squads Produce Mixed Results

by Tom Pedulla The Hudson Independent looks at how the local basketball teams fared during the regular season: Girls Hackley With the exception of senior captain Kristen Bringsjord, Hackley depended heavily on a young and inexperienced roster in struggling to a 4-14 record. A season sweep of Fieldston and Bringsjord’s scrappy play provided a couple of highlights. Second-year coach Margaret ... Read More »

Sports – Halpin Leads Irvington by Making Teammates Better

by Tom Pedulla In what is often viewed as a “me-me world,” All-State girls’ basketball star Lindsay Halpin of Irvington stands out as the total antithesis. Halpin, the Bulldogs’ senior point guard, played her position as a four-year starter in its purest form. She has the extraordinary ability to see everything happening on the court, to understand how defenses are ... Read More »

TaSH and Green Tree Textiles Give Back

TaSH Farmers Market and Partner Green Tree Textiles Give Back to Local Community: On January 25, the TaSH (Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow) Farmers Market donated 60 pairs of brand new children’s overalls to the Clothing Closet of Christ Church – San Marcos Episcopal Church in Tarrytown. The donation was made possible through TaSH nonprofit partner Green Tree Textiles, a Bronx-based ... Read More »

March 2017 Happenings

Happenings in MARCH  Thursday 2 An Acoustic Evening: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo perform at 8 p.m. at the Tarrytown Music Hall. Call 877-840-0457 or visit Friday 3 Bodies in the Library Book Group: Meets at 12 noon to discuss Blue Monday by Nicci French at the Ossining Public Library. Call 941-2416 or visit Literary Evening: At 7:30 ... Read More »

SENIOR Happenings in March

SENIORS AARP Taxpayer Assistance: Available every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through April 18 at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Sign up at the Reference Desk or call 631-7734. Senior Benefits Information Center (SBIC): Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. a trained counselor from SBIC is on hand at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Sign up at ... Read More »

Bomb Threat Called into JCC on Hudson in Tarrytown

By Rick Pezzullo A bomb threat was called into the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on the Hudson facility in Tarrytown Monday morning, prompting the center to be evacuated for about two hours. Tarrytown Police and the Westchester County Police bomb squad responded shortly after the threat was received at approximately 9:10 a.m. The building was deemed safe at about 11 ... Read More »

The Complicated Business of College Applications

by Maria Ann Roglieri The process of applying to college has been getting more complicated as students are applying to more colleges, and colleges are doing more self-marketing. It has also become quite a business for the more than 4,000 colleges and universities nationwide, the college testing services, and a wide variety of college prep counselors and tutors. We think ... Read More »

Harvest on the Hudson – Be Mine

by Marcie Cuff February. Following an emotionally exhausting political season, the month of love has finally arrived. Let’s welcome, with open arms, the sweet exchange of chocolates and handwritten notes. But, amidst it all, let’s not forget to regroup and take care of our own selves too. We all have silent battles. Perhaps you, during these past few months, have ... Read More »

Ask the Doctor – Starve a Cold; Feed a Fever?

by Dr. Craig Zalvan, otolaryngologist Why isn’t there a vaccine to prevent the common cold? Colds are caused by hundreds of different viruses, so a single protective vaccine would be difficult to develop. Since most people recover from colds without lasting effects, there is a lack of interest and funds for long-term research to eliminate these viral infections, and the ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler


Proposed Paul Feiner, Greenburgh Town Supervisor, has proposed the creation of an ‘Almost Presidential Museum/Library’ to recognize contributions of Hillary Clinton and four other presidential candidates who won the popular vote but lost the electoral college. The new museum/library could be a boost to tourism in Westchester and help a Westchester County college that will host the library. The library ... Read More »

Resources and Activities for Seniors

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 »


Happenings in February  Friday 3 Shabbat Fun: At 4 p.m. for children up to age 5 with an adult at JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown.   Call 366-7898 or visit Literary Evening: At 7:30 p.m. poets Cynthia Manick Read and Mike Lala read from their first collections at Hudson Valley Writers’ Center in Sleepy Hollow. Call 332-5953 or visit ... Read More »

Inquiring Photographer “What Do You Think About the Indian Point Nuclear Plants Closing?”

by Alexa Brandenberg Aine Daly Irvington “I’m in favor of its closing because of the toxic dangers and the possible terrorist target.” Randell Dodge Irvington “Shut it down now. Don’t wait four years.” Gaylord Holmes Irvington “I think it’s great!” Teresa Schmittroth Tarrytown “I’ve noticed that there are no eagles around the plant which makes me even more in favor ... Read More »

AppleMed Urgent Care Opens Third Office in Tarrytown

by Neal Rentz Local residents who are in need of immediate medical or dental care but cannot find a doctor or dentist available and do not want to go to an emergency room now have an alternative. AppleMed Urgent Care opened its third Westchester office in November in Tarrytown. AppleMed also has facilities in Mount Vernon and Dobbs Ferry. AppleMed ... Read More »

Phelps Hospital Adds Advanced Robotic Surgical System

By Robert Kimmel The most advanced minimally invasive surgical system is now available at Phelps Hospital. Recently acquired for use in the hospital’s Surgi-Center, the da Vinci Xi Surgical System is a robotic, computerized mechanism that offers major advances over more conventional surgical techniques. Its first use at Phelps is scheduled this month. Controlled by a surgeon sitting at a ... Read More »

Team Spirit Plays Pivotal Role in Irvington Girls’ Hoops Success

By Tom Pedulla To understand the success of the Irvington High School girls’ basketball team on the court, it is important to recognize the good work they do off it. After learning that Shamoya McKenzie, a promising 13-year-old basketball player from Mount Vernon was killed by a stray bullet, the Bulldogs responded in a big way to help meet the ... Read More »

Day, Sleep Away Camps Abound in Westchester Area

by Dottie Conigliaro Parents have a lot of important decisions to make when choosing a summer camp for their child. It’s a decision that the child should have a say in as well. Summer camp can be anything from a few hours a day, focusing on one particular type of interest, to full-time sleep-away with a varied schedule and lots ... Read More »

Warner Oral History: Long Live the Nonprofits of 10591

by Krista Madsen While we are a vital part of a growing biotech belt in Westchester County, 10591 seems to thrive on the strength and number of its historic nonprofits. A group of local leaders met recently at the Warner Library for a Meet-the-Nonprofit-themed oral history session. Their passion and knowledge certainly speaks to their organizations’ successes and impacts. Clare ... Read More »

New Village Administrator Selected in Tarrytown

By Rick Pezzullo A familiar face will be returning to Tarrytown to serve as Village Administrator. Richard Slingerland, who worked as Tarrytown’s Village Administrator from 1999 to 2002, will be taking over the same role, starting April 3. He is replacing Michael Blau, who is retiring after 17-and-a-half years in Tarrytown. The Village Board chose Slingerland after receiving resumes from ... Read More »

Unity March 10591: In Their Own Words

Compiled by Krista Madsen Perhaps the most powerful way to cover January’s Unity March, gathering an estimated 800 immigrants and their allies from Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown and beyond, is to focus on the words of the participants themselves – bilingual messages of solidarity on signs, in chants, and in speeches. As the marchers made their way along the sidewalks from ... Read More »

Unassuming Smile

by W.B. King   As a literary genre, horror fiction usually connotes blood, guts and fear. Authors who conjure dark tales of fright and flight with deliberate moxie, however, often present juxtaposed character traits than their ghoulish protagonists. “When people look at me they are surprised that I write horror,” said Irvington resident and author Lori M. Myers. “But I’m a ... Read More »

Obituaries – January 2017

Jae Lucero, 102 Jae G. Lucero, a lifelong resident of the Tarrytowns, died January 14. She was 102. Born January 25, 1915 in North Tarrytown, she had been a member of the Sleepy Hollow Seniors and the Tarrytown Canteen of the Neighborhood House. She was a parishioner of St. Teresa of Avila Church and had been a member of the ... Read More »

Celebrating a 107th birthday, Gunter Lorenz Stays Active

by Robert Kimmel Gunter Lorenz has the best attendance record at the weekly meetings of the Men’s Club at the Shames Jewish Community Center on the Hudson. At the age of 107, that is no small achievement. Adding to that accomplishment are the lectures he has given over the years to his fellow members at the JCC. During a lively ... Read More »

Legacy Dogs Returning to Paws Crossed in Elmsford

by Robert Kimmel Many of the “legacy” dogs that had been transferred from what is now the Paws Crossed Animal Rescue in Elmsford when its predecessor, Pets Alive Inc. closed its doors in Elmsford are being returned to that animal shelter. Pets Alive moved the dogs to its Middletown, N.Y. shelter when it shut down the facility at 100 Warehouse ... Read More »

Black History Month Art Exhibit

A Black History Month Art Exhibit will be held during the month of February at Warner Library in Tarrytown. A Meet the Artists Reception, where visitors will have the opportunity to view the works of Ron Brown, Steven Ferri, Ella Hall and Don Whitely and chat with the artists, will take place on Sunday, February 12 from 2 to 4 ... Read More »

Tarrytown, Greenburgh to Benefit from Hotel Occupancy Tax

by Rick Pezzullo The Town of Greenburgh and Village of Tarrytown are anticipating receiving sizeable revenue annually from a new hotel/motel occupancy tax approved in late December by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner said his municipality is expecting approximately $1 million from the tax on the 2,000 hotel and motel rooms. Tarrytown Village Administrator Michael Blau said Tarrytown ... Read More »

The Woman Who Inspired the Memorial at AME Zion Church

by Charlene Weigel Foster Memorial AME Zion Church is an airy space with a vaulted ceiling, polished wooden pews and arched stained-glass windows. A small, framed photograph of a woman sits in the vestibule. She meets the camera with a direct gaze. Light brightens one eye; shadows obscure the other. Her halo of curls is silvered by age. Her lips, ... Read More »

Tarrytown Train Station Study Progresses to Next Stage

by Robert Kimmel Tarrytown’s mission to develop its train station area into an increasingly vital part of the village has entered another stage. Following a heavily attended, standing room only “open house” meeting in the Village Hall last month, the Village Board of Trustees gave its approval for the project’s next stage. The action followed briefings on what had been ... Read More »

Old Dutch Church Challenges Rental Fee from NY State

Old Dutch Church

by Robert Kimmel The year 2016 passed as most other years for the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow – with one exception. It got an annual “rental” fee bill. The invoice, for $1,700, was from the New York State Department of Transportation for the use of property located between the church’s entrance and Route 9.  Most unusual was that ... Read More »

Local Residents Take Part in Women’s March on Washington

by Krista Madsen Hundreds of local women – and men and children – heeded the call to march the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, most heading to New York City while some embarked on one of several chartered buses bound for Washington D.C. Mistrella Murphy organized logistics while Sara Levine took care of programming on a bus they booked ... Read More »

Wray to Seek Fifth Term Uncontested as SH Mayor

Ken Wray

by Rick Pezzullo Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray will be running for a fifth two-year term on a slate with three incumbent trustees and an incumbent village justice in what is shaping up to be an uncontested March 21 election. Wray, who lives in Webber Park and first joined the board as a trustee in 2007, is at the head ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow March – We Are All Immigrants!

Hundreds of citizens, faith leaders, officials and children marched today from the steps of St. Teresa of Avila Church in Sleepy Hollow to Patriot’s Park in Tarrytown — uniting in a common cry of solidarity with our immigrant populations. And, as many signs from the diverse crowd reminded, “We are all immigrants” or “Todos somos immigrantes.” The marchers sung “This ... Read More »

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plants to Close in 2021

By Rick Pezzullo Entergy, owners of the Indian Point nuclear power plants, which for more than 50 years have helped provide electricity to several million homes and businesses in Westchester and the five boroughs of New York City, announced Monday the facility will close in 2021. The announcement stunned regional officials since Entergy, which purchased the controversial plants 15 years ... Read More »

Happenings in JANUARY, 2017

Happenings in JANUARY Monday 2 New Member Center: From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. learn all about the new Shames JCC memberships that begin in June at JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown. Call 366-7898 or visit Tuesday 3 Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle: At 7:30 p.m. discuss arts, books and current events relating to women with Rabbi Lisa Izes ... Read More »

Religion of Sports Discussed by Rabbi in Tarrytown

Rabbi David Holtz

by Neal Rentz Millions of Americans gather every weekend nationwide to take part in community activities, whether in houses of worship or sports stadiums and arenas. Rabbi David Holtz of Temple Beth Abraham in Tarrytown said last month he sees many similarities between congregants and sports fans. Holtz discussed “The Religion of Sports” during a meeting of the Men’s Club ... Read More »

Harvest on Hudson – The Winter Warm-Up

Hot Cocao

by Marcie Cuff Well, the holidays have quickly passed us by. I only hope that wherever you spent them, you were with the people you love, eating the food you adore, and singing your favorite holiday songs. And I hope that, at some point, somebody handed you something sweet and warm to drink when you walked in the door. Every ... Read More »

Red Zebra: Sleepy Hollow’s New Italian Restaurant Destination

  by Linda Viertel Red Zebra – not only the catchy name of a beautiful heirloom tomato, is now also the notably memorable restaurant appellation that represents co-owners David Starkey’s and Neil Benson’s farm-to-table take on fresh local ingredients. Together, with their Culinary Institute of America (CIA) trained chef, Beau Widener, they have combined a love of Italian street food ... Read More »

Tarrytown Trainer Instrumental in Helping Many Local Athletes

by Julia Ann Friedman Wayne Bass, owner of Next Level Athletics, Inc. in Tarrytown, has been in business since 2004. He played college basketball at Pace University, and he has been working with kids since he, himself, was a kid. “We offer a great opportunity to learn about life through sports. To advance yourself and challenge your comfort zone,” Bass ... Read More »

Tarrytown Resident Named Food Bank President and CEO

Food Bank for Westchester, the leading organization providing programs for the 200,000 county residents who are food insecure, announced the appointment of Tarrytown resident Leslie B. Gordon as its new President and CEO, effective January 17, 2017. Gordon, a fourth generation Tarrytown resident, has extensive experience at City Harvest developing initiatives to serve the hungry in New York City. She ... Read More »

Obituaries – December 2016

Anne Harmon Anne Harmon, a philanthropist, Ardsley-on-Hudson resident and longtime champion of The Clear View School and Day Treatment Center in Briarcliff Manor, died December 14 at her home. Inspired by the birth of her own special needs child and her favorite poem “Heaven’s Special Child” by an unknown author, Mrs. Harmon was instrumental in the school’s founding in 1968, ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler


by Maria Ann Roglieri Teachers and Scholars Erika Swanson, Sleepy Hollow High School ‘13, participated in the Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars Program, which honors the University of Maryland’s most successful seniors, their designated Maryland mentors and the K-12 teachers who guided the students’ paths.  Scholarships are awarded in the K-12 teacher’s name to a new first-year student from that teacher’s ... Read More »

Hudson Loft Brings an Urban Chic Space to the Rivertowns

Loft event spot in Irvington

by Barrett Seaman  For decades, the Irvington Education Foundation (IEF) has raised the lion’s share of the money it donates in the form of grants to supplement the village’s public school programs through a one-night winter gala with a live auction. In the past, these upscale events have ranged from dressy dinner dances at the Marriott on Route 119 to ... Read More »

Family Holiday Celebration

The Public Schools of the Tarrytowns’ Asociacion de Familias Hispanas de los Tarrytowns (AFHT) held their annual Family Holiday Celebration on December 15 at John Paulding School. More than 150 families gathered for a festive evening, enjoying a potluck dinner, holiday crafts, music and special dance performances. Many community volunteers were on hand, and Kids’ Club provided desserts and crafts, ... Read More »

Former Police Officer Jailed for Selling Date Rape Drug

by Rick Pezzullo A former police officer and resident of Sleepy Hollow was sentenced to eight years in prison last month for selling a so-called date rape drug through the Internet from his home. Robert Smutek, 53, who ironically was a member of a drug task force while working as a cop in Dutchess County, was held responsible during his ... Read More »

Officials Call for Barge Plan in Hudson to be Scrapped

By Rick Pezzullo Last month, several elected officials and students from Pace University’s Environmental Policy Clinic called on the U.S. Coast Guard to scrap plans to create 43 new anchorages in 10 locations along the Hudson River after it was revealed the federal agency allegedly violated its own protocol. At a frigid press conference at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy ... Read More »

Village of Tarrytown Ends Status as Property Assessor

by Robert Kimmel Beginning this month, Tarrytown is no longer evaluating properties for tax purposes. It eliminated its regular assessment responsibilities and turned them over to the Town of Greenburgh. The five other villages in the town had already taken similar actions. Following a public hearing in November, the Board of Trustees passed legislation to voluntarily terminate the village’s status ... Read More »

Phelps Hospital Educators Provide Emergency Training Overseas

by Rick Pezzullo Since 2009, educators from the Hoch Center for Emergency Education at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow have formed a special bond with a little-known country in the southern slopes of the eastern Himalayas to provide medical training overseas. In early November, Anne Castioni and Emily Kaplan spent two weeks in the Kingdom of Bhutan, a ... Read More »

New NY Bridge Within Budget; on Schedule to Open in 2018

by Rick Pezzullo The New NY Bridge, which will replace the 61-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge, is on schedule to be completed in 2018 and within the allotted $3.98 billion budget. Governor Andrew Cuomo joined other regional elected representatives last month in making the announcement as the completion of the eight main span towers for the new structure was also celebrated. ... Read More »

A Bit of Old Rome on the Hudson Unearthed at Greystone

by Barrett Seaman  Saturninus, the freed slave who rose to be a senior tax collector for the Roman Emperor Claudius, would surely have been surprised at the ride his tombstone took after his passing in the mid-first century AD. Commissioned as the receptacle for his ashes by his wife Flavia, the monument—or “cippus”—was impressive enough to eventually earn a spot ... Read More »

Helping Children in Need

Irvington Middle School students, teachers, staff and administrators collected 561 toys that were donated to children in need through the Open Door Family Medical Center in Sleepy Hollow. The annual toy drive was organized by the Spanish Club and far surpassed last year’s record by 100 gifts. Read More »

Local Group Calls for Dialogue on Trump Immigration Platform

By W.B. King   Days before Christmas, a group of local residents gathered at The Oath on Tarrytown’s Main Street. These virtual Facebook friends came together, in part, to combat President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed political agenda, including the possible deportation of undocumented immigrants. “The meeting was less anti-Trump and more pro-diversity and culture,” said Tarrytown resident Seth Dellon, 32, who started ... Read More »

New Hotel Tax Becomes Law 

Fourteen Westchester Communities,  Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow among them, will be benefiting from a hotel and motel tax law signed late last month by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The law calls for a local  three percent “bed tax” to be  charged by hotels and motels. The tax legislation,  sponsored by Assemblyman and State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, had been pursued by ... Read More »

Regeneron Buys Mount Pleasant Building for Expansion

Regeneron, a Tarrytown-based biopharmaceutical company, recently purchased the New York Life building in Mount Pleasant as it continues to expand. Reportedly, Regeneron paid $50 million for the 76-acre site, which is located on Rockwood Road near Phelps Memorial Hospital Center and Rockwood Hall park. Regeneron’s main campus is located in the Landmark at Eastview property at 777 Old Saw Mill ... Read More »

Lifelong Tree Climber Plants ‘Great Spruce’

By Krista Madsen A grand Norway spruce stands, rootball and all, awaiting a plot somewhere in Irvington where it will rise up to 100 feet. The tree, now about 15 feet, all lit up in the courtyard adjacent to the Red Hat restaurant, comes as a generous gift to the village, to plant where it sees fit, from local tree ... Read More »

Obituaries – November 2016

Marc Warnock, 48 Marc Warnock, a resident of Irvington, died unexpectedly November 20. He was 48. He was born and raised in Irvington, the son of S. Howard and Sunday Warnock. He graduated from Landmark School in Vermont in 1986. A skilled contractor and carpenter by trade who had an eye for detail, Mr. Warnock took pride in his work ... Read More »

Happenings in DECEMBER

Happenings in DECEMBER  Thursday 1 How the Jews Invented Musical Theater: At 10:30 a.m. Arthur R. Aldrich explores Jewish contributions through live music, narrative and film clips at JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown. Register at  Also Dec.8, 15 & 22. “Absolute Tyranny Over These States”: At 7:30 p.m. lecture by Dr. Richard Borkow on what Thomas Jefferson’s words ... Read More »

Sean Chillemi: Ren Shen Healing

by Linda Viertel Oriental medicine, oftentimes described as non-traditional or “alternative,” is becoming an increasingly sought after treatment modality for not only curing aches, cramps and pains, but also diagnosing and relieving the body’s ailments through a variety of therapeutic treatments. And, at Ren Shen Healing, owner and primary practitioner Sean E. Chillemi, MSTOM LA.c, LMT, HHC, brings his credentials ... Read More »

Sports – High School Basketball Previews for Local Boys and Girls Teams

by Tom Pedulla The Hudson Independent examines the prospects of local schools for the upcoming varsity basketball season. Girls HACKLEY Head coach: Margaret Scarcella, second season Last year’s record: 18-7 Top returning players: Forward Krissy Barrett (5’11”, jr.), Guard Kristen Bringsjord (5’6”, sr.), Guard Meaghan Cunningham (5’4”, sr.), Guard Ismene Germanakos (5’3”, soph.), Forward Ijeoma Nworkie (5’10”, jr.), Guard Jordan ... Read More »

Sports – Wolfpack Team Finishes Season Undefeated

by Kevin Brown The Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow Wolfpack 3rd & 4th grade team finished the 2016 season an undefeated 9-0 with a resounding 33-16 victory over Pleasantville in their final game of the season. Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow Wolfpack is a youth football program that acts as a feeder program for the SHHS Varsity football team. Members of the Westchester Youth Football League ... Read More »

“Rhythms of Grace”: A Worship Service for Special Needs Kids and Their Families at Irvington’s Church of St. Barnabas

by Maria Ann Roglieri “Rhythms of Grace,” a special monthly worship service offered at The Church of St. Barnabas in Irvington, is bringing together kids with special needs and their families from across the Rivertowns. While St. Barnabas is an Episcopalian church, “all faiths are welcome” and participants include worshippers from a number of different faith communities, drawn together by ... Read More »

Warner Oral Histories: Small Businesses Make a Village

by Krista Madsen The eclectic group of small business owners circling the table at the latest Warner Library Oral History session reflected the richness of our mom-and-pop landscape – how essential these enterprises are to our local lifestyle, how much they’ve changed through the decades, or in some cases, how they’ve helped maintain the traditions residents cherish. Nancy Coffey, director ... Read More »

Ask the Doctor – Facts About Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, 29.1 million Americans were estimated to have either Type I or Type II diabetes in 2012, of which 21 million cases were diagnosed. About 86 million American adults had pre-diabetes. What is diabetes? Diabetes (also known as diabetes mellitus) is a progressive medical condition in which the pancreas, a large gland behind the stomach, ... Read More »

Ona – A Shopper’s Haven for the Holidays and Beyond

by Linda Viertel Tarrytown’s newest boutique, Ona, opened in October, offering customers numerous delightful treasures. One visit will not suffice once shoppers see the plethora of home items, jewelry, scarves, jackets, crafts and artisanal artwork from around the world. It’s a gem of a store – filled with quality one-of-a-kind items, lovingly sourced and designed by owner Ona Cohn, with ... Read More »

Film Based on Irvington Author’s Best Seller Postponed to the Spring

In addition to fall and spring All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF) film events, the Best of Film Series returns to the Irvington Town Hall Theater this season. The popular series, which premiered in 2009, presents full-length documentary and feature films. North By Northwest, the Alfred Hitchcock classic, will be presented on December 8 at 7:00 pm in collaboration with ... Read More »

Special Holiday-Themed Cabaret on the Hudson Event Brings NYC Performers to Irvington on December 11

The Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) kicks off the third season of its highly acclaimed Cabaret on the Hudson series with a special holiday-themed program on Sunday, December 11th at 3:00 pm. A collaboration of ITHT and NiCori Studios and Productions, this intimate series allows the audience and performer to engage in a musical conversation. Series host, multi-award-nominated cabaret singer ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Recipes for Christmas Puddings

by Linda Viertel Every family has a favorite holiday dessert, no matter what celebration brings friends and family together. Tastes vary wildly between those who adore chocolate or vanilla, others who love fruit-based confections, and those who crave nut-based creations. So, why not prepare a few “Christmas puddings” that satisfy everyone’s cravings and combine taste preferences? You can flame them ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Irvington Farmers Market

Irvington Farmer’s Market – Sundays 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 traditional methods. Arlotta Food Studio is proud to bring the ... Read More »

Q&A: TUFSD Superintendent of Schools Christopher Borsari

The Board of Education hired Christopher Borsari last summer to be the district’s superintendent of schools at an annual salary of $250,000. Borsari recently answered some questions posed by The Hudson Independent. by Rick Pezzullo What was it about TUFSD that sparked your interest to work there? I had previously served as the principal of Sleepy Hollow Middle School. During ... Read More »

Westbound Deck Panels Completed for New Bridge

by Rick Pezzullo Tappan Zee Constructors (TZC) announced December 1 that it had completed installation of all road deck panels for the westbound approaches of the New NY Bridge. TZC placed nearly 3,000 steel-reinforced concrete panels, weighing as much as 74,000 pounds each, atop the westbound steel girder assemblies to create the base driving surface of the bridge. Deck panel ... Read More »

The Old Dutch Church Accessibility Project: A Much Needed Fund-Raising Opportunity

“The Old Dutch Church is a community treasure,” noted the Reverend Jeffrey Gargano, Pastor of the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns. “Built by Frederick Philipse in 1685 for himself and his tenant farmers, many of whom were enslaved Africans, people have come from all over the world to visit it, thanks to Washington Irving.” But, not every visitor has been ... Read More »

Scenic Hudson Warns of Threat of Barges to Public Safety

By Rick Pezzullo Scenic Hudson claims a proposal by the United States Coast Guard to create 10 new anchorage sites with up to 43 commercial barges along the Hudson River from Yonkers to Kingston poses a serious threat to public health and safety. The influential environmental group announced last week a virtual map it created of the 80-mile stretch of ... Read More »

All Are Welcome to The Neighborhood House

by Krista Madsen “I think the original name is a key to our mission. ‘Civic’ implies a duty to be involved in the daily life of the community and be a positive force.” — NH Board President Francesca Spinner At the Senior Canteen, group president Creola Solomon cheerily spins the bingo cage. The dining room of Tarrytown’s Neighborhood House (NH) ... Read More »

Tarrytown Station Area Study Initial Report Completed

What changes are in store for the area around Tarrytown’s Metro North Train station will be clearer in the coming year as the effort to determine those transformations nears its conclusion. A final report on the preliminary work that has been completed by a special Steering Committee and its planning consultant is expected to be in the hands of Tarrytown’s ... Read More »

Irvington Police Department Fills Two Vacancies, Promotes a Sergeant

by Barrett Seaman Under its budgeted headcount of 22 officers because of recent retirements, Irvington’s Police Department hired two new cops and promoted a third, veteran Edmund Vize, to sergeant. New to the force are Paul Robibero, 34, a six-year veteran of the Greenburgh Police Department, and Angelo Liberatore, 29, formerly with the NYPD. Robibero was with the Greenburgh Technical ... Read More »

Mrs. Green’s Shutters Tarrytown Location

by Robert Kimmel A large empty store within the heart of a village’s business section is not an encouraging situation. However, Tarrytown is faced with just that state of affairs. After barely three years of existence at 45 North Broadway in the Village, Mrs. Green’s closed its doors last month. The Tarrytown closure is but one of five stores Mrs. ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler

by Maria Roglieri Insurance Agent Honored At its 100th Annual Meeting held October 17 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown, the Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® (HGAR) honored JoAnne Murray, of Allan M. Block Agency, Inc. in Tarrytown, as the HGAR “Affiliate Member of the Year” for 2016. Murray has been a long-time supporter of the Association, sponsoring and attending ... Read More »

Homeowners Seek to Overcome Tax Shock from Reassessment

Tax Man Bill

by Barrett Seaman On November 7, the Greenburgh Assessor’s Office closed its books on the two-year process of revaluing properties in the township. At the end of the day, according to Assessor Edye McCarthy, some 3,200 homes had increases of more than 25%. Of those 1,100 applied for the three-year phase-in, of which 157 were denied for failure to meet ... Read More »