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Irvington Town Hall Theater Presents International Short Film Festival and “Short Shots” After-Party on Nov. 12

  The second season of the All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF) will be presented at the Irvington Town Hall Theater (85 Main Street) in two parts: Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. The fall program will feature 10 outstanding shorts (ranging from 3 to 22 minutes in length) from countries including Afghanistan, Denmark, England, Germany, Iran, Poland, and the ... Read More »

Irvington Trustee Candidates, Village Justice Running Unopposed

by Rick Pezzullo “If you love your community there is no greater honor than to play a direct role in its preservation, especially at such a local level.” —Christina Giliberti “As we confront the issues of further development and rising taxes, we must be mindful of our volunteers and public workers, the fabric of our community.” —Larry Lonky Two Board ... Read More »

All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF): Screening and Q & A with Filmmakers and Actors – Followed by “Short Shots” After-Party

Irvington Town Hall Theater Presents International Film Festival and “Short Shots” After-Party on November 12 The second season of the All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF) will be presented at the Irvington Town Hall Theater (85 Main Street) in two parts: Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. The fall program, at 7:30 pm on Saturday, November 12th, will feature 10 ... Read More »

Service to Others Defines Monica Getz

by Robert Kimmel For more than three decades, Monica Getz has campaigned to end a disparity that women can face in divorce court and the related legal entanglements that may harm both parents and children alike. Central to that purpose, she founded the Coalition for Family Justice in 1988, and has served as its President ever since. Over those years, ... Read More »

Food for Thought: Sambal: Irvington’s New Thai/Malaysian Restaurant

by Linda Viertel Malaysian cuisine, a complex and diverse mélange of flavors garnered from the multi-ethnic populations that inhabit the region, combines Dutch, Portuguese, British, Chinese, indigenous Indonesian, and Indian culinary traditions. So, it makes total sense, that Navjot and Anu Arora, owners of Irvington’s Indian food gem, Chutney Masala, would create Sambal, a modern Thai/Malyasian restaurant. Situated at their ... Read More »

Award-Winning Boston Author Explores Cancer Recovery Contemplations in Original, One-Woman Play October 16th in Irvington

Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) launches the third season of its Stage Door Reading Series on Sunday, October 16 at 3:00 p.m. with a reading of the highly acclaimed one-woman show, Regeneration by Dr. Nancy Rappaport followed by a Q & A with the audience. Until she was diagnosed with breast cancer in August of 2015 at age 55, Rappaport ... Read More »

Basketball Court Dedicated to Irvington 9/11 Victim Bobby Speisman

by Barrett Seaman The day was brilliantly clear—not unlike September 11, 2001, when Irvington’s Bobby Speisman died along with nearly 4,000 other victims of terrorism. He was one of the passengers onboard American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon. September 24, 2016 was a far happier occasion, as Speisman’s family, Mayor Brian Smith and other village officials, former ... Read More »

Irvington Historical Society Celebrates Restoration of the Octagon House’s Greenhouse

More than 150 Irvingtonians and friends braved the sweltering heat and humidity of Saturday, September 10 to celebrate the completion of the reconstructed Lord & Burnham greenhouse at the Octagon House, the village’s architectural crown jewel. The event, catered by Suzanne’s Table, featured auctions, both live and silent, and house tours that, together with ticket sales, brought in more than ... Read More »

Viewfinder: Remembering 9/11

The Village of Irvington marked the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks with a ceremony at Scenic Hudson Park. Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown officials gathered at Patriot’s Park.   Fozzie and his handler, Stefani Cohen (right), greeted a teen volunteer during 9/11 Day of Service held by UJA-Federation of New York and the Harold & Elaine Shames JCC on the ... Read More »

Irvington Seniors Having the Time of Their Lives

by Krista Madsen The seniors of Irvington are such a lively bunch it wasn’t surprising to learn they do the Midnight Run. They do not in fact sprint in the middle of the night but rather make 150 sandwiches each month that get distributed to Manhattan’s homeless. That’s just one activity in the densely packed calendar the Irvington Senior Center ... Read More »

Greenburgh’s Reassessment Wraps Up (Almost), but Homeowners Won’t Know Their 2017 Taxes for Months

by Barrett Seaman For Greenburgh Township homeowners facing significant tax increases because of the recent re-assessment, September 15 was a big day. It was the last day the Board of Assessment Review (BAR) would consider final appeals for those who believe their homes were over-assessed. It was also the deadline for applications for the three-year phase-in engineered by Town Supervisor ... Read More »

Several Construction Projects in Irvington Schools Funded by Bond

by Rick Pezzullo In October 2014, the majority of residents in the Irvington School District who turned out at the polls supported a $4.6 million bond, and many of those identified projects were completed during the summer months. The high profile construction item in the bond was the transformation of Meszaros Field with a new artificial turf that received community ... Read More »

Thruway Authority Grants Feed into a Web of Enhancement Plans in Hudson River Villages

by Barrett Seaman Planners in Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Irvington, along with six other Hudson River communities that surround the massive Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project, collectively owe $1.5 million worth of thanks to the environmental groups Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson for holding the New York Thruway Authority’s feet to the fire several years back, when details of the bridge ... Read More »

Villages On Board with Opposition to Plan for Barges in Hudson

By Rick Pezzullo All three local villages have joined a concerted effort to oppose a plan by the United States Coast Guard to have commercial barges anchor off the shores of the Hudson River. In August, a new organization of municipal officials called the Hudson River Waterfront Alliance was announced, with Irvington, Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown all being on board. ... Read More »

“Slow Down Rivertowns” Grows — and Gets Teeth

by Barrett Seaman When it was launched last September, Irvington’s ambitious traffic-calming campaign was marked by a barrage of signs featuring the village’s bearded, somnolent mascot, Rip Van Winkle, urging drivers to Slow Down; police handed out pamphlets on Broadway, and squad cars began lurking in the shadows near popular speeding zones. The plan was to post more signage around ... Read More »

Sunnyside Art by Seniors Brightens Up Warner Library

by Krista Madsen Amidst the densely displayed art show on the gallery walls of Tarrytown’s Warner Library for the month of July was a summery rendition of Sunnyside, purple wisteria draping its façade. Over the main reception desk at the library entrance was an even grander, more colorful scene: a large canvas giddily depicted women with parasols on the lawn, ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Local Eateries Perfect for Picnic Fare

by Linda Viertel Picnics are one of summer’s great delights. Enjoying free summer evening jazz concerts at Pierson Park or Lyndhurst and spreading a blanket on the ground, or climbing onto picnic table benches and “dining out” surrounded by the beauty of our Hudson River and Westchester greenery provides glorious relief from the heat and a hard day’s work. But, ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment – Irvington Resident Robert Firpo-Cappiello Presents Highly Acclaimed Monologue in New York City on August 16

 A blind on the outskirts of Zero, and the ghosts are linin’ up to shake my hand. Last October, two-time Emmy Award nominee Robert Firpo-Cappiello performed his darkly comic monologue, Beggars Rain, at the Irvington Town Hall Theater’s Stage Door Reading Series, garnering outstanding reviews. The mission of the Stage Door Series is to premiere works in progress in a ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Restaurants Move Outside for Summertime Dining

by Linda Viertel Summer has finally arrived; patios are being swept off, gardens replanted and seasonal furniture is making appearances throughout our river towns. Sidewalk dining on our Main Streets has become ubiquitous – a touch of Manhattan’s culinary atmosphere in Westchester. But, several new restaurant gardens have cropped up over the past year or two, in addition to patios ... Read More »

Graduation 2016 – Irvington High School

IRVINGTON HIGH SCHOOL Class of 2016 Sweta Narayan Valedictorian Swati Narayan Salutatorian Samuel Abramowitz Kayla Acevedo George Adams Brandon Asadi Ashley Baez Alexander Belchou Carly Bernstein Weston Bishop Amanda Blass Stephanie Bloomfi eld Marcus Boykin Sarah Boyle Elizabeth Brantl Zachary Brown Max Buchen Darius Burgh Nora Burkhardt Mark Caldropoli Madison Carelli Lindsay Chafi zadeh David Chu Daniel Chushko Raven Clivilles ... Read More »

Irvington Democrats Endorse Three for 2016 Election

On June 2, the Irvington Democratic Committee endorsed three candidates for the 2016 election this fall: two for the Board of Trustees, and one for Village Justice. In a unanimous vote, the committee selected incumbent Mark Gilliland, 61, who is up for reelection, and Larry Lonky, 59, longtime chair of Irvington’s Recreation and Parks Advisory Committee, as Trustee candidates. As ... Read More »

Fraternal Twins Relish Earning Top Two Spots at Irvington High

by Elizabeth Nutig For one family in Irvington, the excitement at graduation was doubled, as fraternal twins Sweta and Swati Narayan were at the head of the Class of 2016 as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Sweta, who will be studying biology at the University of Chicago in the fall, said being valedictorian has always been a goal of hers, and ... Read More »

Irvington Democrats Nominate Three Candidates For Village Elections: Two For Trustee and One For Village Justice

June 2, 2016 – Irvington, New York.  Members of the Village’s Democratic Committee gathered tonight at the Irvington Public Library to officially endorse three candidates for the 2016 election this fall: two candidates for the Board of Trustees, and one candidate for Village Justice. In a unanimous vote, the committee selected incumbent Mark Gilliland, age 61, who is up for ... Read More »

Local Churches a Vital Part of the Community Beyond Worship

by Maria Ann Roglieri Local churches serve as meaningful houses of worship to many residents. They also serve as a wonderful resource to everyone in the community in that they bring people together for fun and charity. Every spring and fall there are signs for church sales all over Westchester. Many enjoy frequenting the sales, finding “treasures”— an antique maple ... Read More »

Sports – SH Baseball, Irvington Lacrosse Finish Off Successful Seasons

by Henry Hargitai For Irvington’s varsity lacrosse team and Sleepy Hollow’s junior varsity baseball team, the school year’s close is bittersweet, as it marks the end of two unprecedentedly successful spring sports seasons. Though the Bulldogs (Irvington) and the Horsemen (Sleepy Hollow) play completely different sports on different levels of competition, both teams attribute their successes to the same cause: ... Read More »

Westchester Power Program Achieves Clean Energy Goals

by Robert Kimmel Customers within Irvington and Tarrytown will receive electric power bills beginning this month that reflect their villages’ entry into Westchester Power’s program to boost the production of renewable, clean energy. Of the 112,000 customers eligible for participation within 20 Westchester municipalities in the program, only some 6.3% opted out of the overall plan, according to Leo Wiegman, ... Read More »

RiverArts Presents Second Annual Multi-Village Music Tour TODAY, June 4th

Last year, RiverArts debuted a new multi-village event: The RiverArts Music Tour. The unprecedented, all-day event was enthusiastically received by both the wide diversity of Rivertowns musicians and the listening public– encompassing more than 150 musicians, 24 venues, and 3,000 audience members. Back by popular demand on June 4th (and expanded to include 90 performances), 40-minute sets will take place on ... Read More »

New Virtual Tiffany Trail Guides Visitors to Hudson Valley Artistic Gems

The Village of Irvington has launched the web-based “Irvington – Hudson River Tiffany Trail” ( This electronic guide leads visitors to sites open to the public, from the Bronx to Briarcliff Manor, displaying works of Louis Comfort Tiffany, celebrated artist and designer who flourished between 1880 and 1930. The new Tiffany Trail is funded by a grant from the Hudson ... Read More »

Deal Pending for Sale of Carrafiello Property in Irvington

by Barrett Seaman Little more than a month after the Brightview Corporation walked out of Irvington Village Hall, having abandoned a 22-month effort to win approval for a senior living facility on eight acres of North Broadway in Irvington, the property’s owner, Jerry Carrafiello, was set to sign an all-cash, no contingency deal to sell the land to another buyer. ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 – 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 »

Local Students Attend First Westchester Youth Gender Equality Conference in Irvington

by Heather Colley On April 10, 20 members of Sleepy Hollow High School’s Feminism Club attended the County’s first ever Gender Equality Conference, held at Irvington High School and organized by Irvington senior Zachary Gallin. More than 120 students from 26 schools in Westchester attended the four-hour conference, which consisted of two eminent guest speakers and 10 workshops led by ... Read More »

Westchester Power Energy Program Starts in Irvington and Tarrytown

by Robert Kimmel Most residents and small businesses in Tarrytown and Irvington will be using electric power from “green” renewable energy sources beginning this month, and in the process, they will be saving a few dollars annually by paying at a fixed rate and contributing to a cleaner environment. The two villages are among the 13 Westchester communities that have ... Read More »

School Board Races Uncontested in Tarrytown, Irvington

by Rick Pezzullo Candidates running for two seats each on the boards of education in Tarrytown and Irvington on May 17 will have a free ride as they face no opposition. In Tarrytown, Jennifer Liddy Green will earn a second three-year term, while Diane McCarthy, a lifelong Sleepy Hollow resident and Sleepy Hollow High School graduate, will be joining the ... Read More »

Brightview Withdraws Senior Living Plan in Irvington

by Barrett Seaman “At the end of the day,” said Mayor Brian C. Smith, the last of the Irvington board members to opine on Brightview’s latest revised Senior Living plan, “a 100,000-square-foot building, three times the size of the existing one, is just too big for me, and I can’t support this.” Those words, in spite of a 3-2 majority ... Read More »

Program on the Effects of Alcohol and Drugs Provokes New Thinking Amongst Irvington High’s Athletes—and their Parents

by Barrett Seaman Michael Nerney is a bearded bantam, full of energy and jovial in nature, but his message delivered on March 14 to Irvington High School athletes—and later to some parents—was deadly serious in its content. A former teacher and coach, and a father of three himself, Nerney now gives presentations not only on the effects of alcohol and ... Read More »

Penny Peyser to Present Documentary Film in Irvington

Many of us panic if the WiFi goes down or we forget our phone charger. While we might occasionally dream of unplugging from the world, the documentary film Stillpoint — which screens at the Irvington Town Hall Theater on Friday, April 8th followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker — tells the story of an eclectic group of seekers who ... Read More »

Irvington Teen’s Play to be Staged at Town Hall Theater

by Stefanie Sears “When a young man agrees to go on a fishing trip with his estranged father, old tensions rise to the surface. Fishing is an unflinching portrait of a broken relationship between father and son.” That is the description of 16-year-old Riverdale Country School sophomore Stephanie Okun’s play, Fishing, which has been chosen for the “Irvington Stage Door ... Read More »

Hundreds of Unhappy Irvington Residents Hear Out Greenburgh’s Feiner and McCarthy

–by Barrett Seaman More than 100 homeowners filled every seat and lined the walls of the Irvington Senior Center meeting room Tuesday evening, while police turned almost as many away because of potential fire code violations. They were all there to hear Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner and Assessor Edye McCarthy explain how so many had seen their projected property ... Read More »

Sports – Banner Season for Lady Bulldogs

The Irvington High School varsity girls’ basketball team once again recorded a remarkable season with a 22-2 record and its sixth Section 1 Class B Championship in the last seven years. The Lady Bulldogs won the title with a gutsy 77-68 victory over Woodlands, rallying from a 10-point halftime deficit, led by a career-high 45 points from point guard Lindsay ... Read More »

Sports – Irvington High Grad Finishes Second in NCAA Rebounding

Irvington High School graduate Lexi Martins, a junior at Lehigh University, tied for second in rebounds in the nation this year among all NCAA Division 1 female athletes. The all-time leading scorer and rebounder at Irvington before graduating in 2013, Martins pulled down 13.6 rebounds per game for Lehigh. Last year, she was named All-Patriot League, Academic All-Patriot League and ... Read More »

Sports – Irvington Synchronized Skaters Win Gold at Nationals

by Rick Pezzullo Two students in the Irvington School District were recently crowned National Champions at the 2016 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Michigan as members of the Skyliners Intermediate Synchronized Skating Team. Erika Sipos, a freshman at Irvington High School, and Rachel Cortese, an eighth grader at Irvington Middle School, helped the 23-member Skyliners squad win its first national ... Read More »

Village Budgets at a Glance

Irvington At its April 4 meeting the Irvington Village Board was scheduled to hold a public hearing on its tentative budget for 2016-17—a budget that totals just under $17 million and represents a 1.68% increase in expenditures over the year past. The all-important measure of what it does to the tax rate is slightly lower—at 1.42%, making the tax rate ... Read More »

Irvington Named a Tree City—Again

by Barrett Seaman For the 33rd year in a row, the Village of Irvington has been cited by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City. The honor recognizes the village’s commitment to “effective urban forest management,” which may sound like a contradiction in terms until you look around and see how many trees there are in Irvington and how ... Read More »

Irvington Homeowners Stunned by Tyler Reassessments

by Barrett Seaman The couple, independent writer/actors, had moved from Brooklyn to Irvington because the public school system would cover much of the cost of educating their special needs child. They bought a cozy 1,200-square-foot house on one of Irvington’s side streets and settled into the life of the village. “We’re part of the community. I do lots of volunteer ... Read More »

Greenburgh Property Reassessment Triggers Many Residential Appeals

by Robert Kimmel The after effects of Greenburgh’s recently completed property reassessment continue to resonate at the Town Hall with discontented property owners attending meetings there to appeal the new evaluations which translate to higher real estate taxes. At the same time, the Town is searching for ways to mitigate the burdens on property owners who will face hefty increases ... Read More »

Brightview Downsizes Irvington Senior Housing Proposal, Eliminates Independent Living Units

by Barrett Seaman When the Brightview Corporation, managers of a regional chain of senior and assisted living facilities, presented its revised plan for a combination of independent living, assisted living and memory care units on eight acres off North Broadway in Irvington on February 1, its executives had hopes that changes made to what had been a 150,000-square-foot structure would ... Read More »

Parking and Traffic – Your Ideas

Parking and traffic are persistent concerns in the Rivertowns. From Tarrytown’s efforts to acquire public parking in a lot behind a business row on North Broadway to its moves to reacquire public parking behind the now closed Citibank, to Irvington’s proposed new set of parking regulations, and Sleepy Hollow’s rule changes for a portion of Beekman Avenue, parking is a ... Read More »

Irvington Metro North Station Stabber Sentenced

by Barrett Seaman It was during the evening rush hour on April 8 last year when Irvington Fire Chief Chris DePaoli spotted a man assaulting a woman alongside the Irvington train station. Using his daughter’s baseball bat, DePaoli intervened, though the assailant, later identified as Sidney Brown of Mount Vernon, was in the process of stabbing Deborah Henry, 36, of ... Read More »

Irvington Ponders a Wholesale Revision of its Parking Rules

by Barrett Seaman Parking has sometimes been called (a bit facetiously) the third rail of Irvington politics. In a village where finding a parking space has been a headache for generations, a village that has had on its books since 2003 a comprehensive ban on any kind of parking structure, and a village that knows it needs more places than ... Read More »

Greenburgh Town Council Rejects Homestead Act Following Property Reassessment

by Robert Kimmel Condominium owners across the Town of Greenburgh, the villages of Irvington and Tarrytown included, had much to be relieved about following a work session by the Town Council in late February. The Council members rejected enacting the Homestead Act following Greenburgh’s recently completed property reassessment. Had the town voted to approve the Act, it could have meant ... Read More »

Revisiting The Tiffany Reading Room

By Ginny Read A little more than three years have passed since the unveiling of the restored Tiffany Reading Room, the peaceful sanctuary tucked within Irvington Town Hall. If, today, you were to stop by the room on any given weekday, you might come upon someone reading, in quiet study, or even meditating. You might walk in on a weekly ... Read More »

Malina Joins Houlihan Lawrence

A people person who loves putting deals together, Francie Malina is the latest to join Houlihan Lawrence’s Irvington Brokerage as a Real Estate Salesperson. A Woodbridge Connecticut native, Francie now calls Irvington home, and is excited to bring people to the unique and amazing Rivertowns. Drawn to Houlihan Lawrence’s position as a market leader, Francie, who previously worked at a ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Valentine’s Day Destinations

by Linda Viertel Valentine’s Day is a holiday about romance, so why not salute the most romantic of the many tales explaining its origin? Legend has it that the original St. Valentine was executed for his role in helping Christians escape from the harsh reality of Roman prisons in the year 275 A.D. Before he was led away, however, he ... Read More »

Energy Savings Coming to Irvington and Tarrytown

by Alexander Roberts Irvington and Tarrytown residents are one degree away from a bold program that promises to provide guaranteed savings for gas and electricity. New York is the last of seven states that have so far adopted Consumer Choice Aggregation, (CCA). It’s a program that has saved consumers energy supply costs between 10% and 14% on average, and as ... Read More »

Irvington Lady Bulldogs Poised for Another Post Season Run

by Rick Pezzullo It’s a team with only two seniors and one healthy junior, but inexperience hasn’t been an issue at all this season for the Irvington High School girls’ basketball team. With only three games remaining on its regular season schedule, Irvington is 16-1, in the driver’s seat to win an eighth straight league title and well prepared to ... Read More »

Irvington Fall Athletes Honored

The Irvington Union Free School District administration recognized the volleyball team, who are league champions for the first time since 1996; the girls soccer team, also league champions; and boys cross-country star Luke Carmosino, who is a section champion and placed 12th in the state championship this fall, during a Board of Education meeting in December. “The accomplishments of these ... Read More »

Property Tax Reassessments to Reach Residents in March

by Robert Kimmel Property owners in the Town of Greenburgh will learn, in about a month, whether the assessed value of their homes or commercial properties for tax purposes will rise or fall. In the words of Greenburgh’s Assessor, Edye McCarthy, spoken at a January Town Board meeting, “Some will go up; some will go down.” Individual results of the ... Read More »

Traffic Safety Discussed at First Thursday Event in Irvington

by Neal Rentz Traffic and pedestrian safety in Irvington was the topic at the most recent program in the ongoing Third Thursdays series held January 21 at the Sunnyside Federal Savings & Loan. The informal gatherings are held on the third Thursday of each month. Sunnyside Federal Savings & Loan President and CEO Tim Sullivan said the bank was holding ... Read More »

Late-Night Made-for-TV Firefight Angers Irvington Residents

by Barrett Seaman The first volley of gunfire—assault rifles, machine guns?—went off around 9:30 p.m. and lasted about 30 seconds. Another pierced the night air just before 10 p.m. They continued well into the night, intermittently every half hour or so, some punctuated by loud explosions and accompanied by flashes of light. Several residents nearby 65 Field Terrace, high up ... Read More »

If Not Brightview, Then…What?

by Barrett Seaman When the barrage of criticism of the Brightview plan had finally subsided, a man who had been standing at the back of the crowded trustee meeting room raised his hand to speak. He identified himself as Jerry Carrafiello, the current owner of the eight-plus acres off North Broadway on which Brightview proposed to build its senior living ... Read More »

Public Opposition Emerges for Senior Living Plan in Irvington

by Barrett Seaman For the better part of a year, the application of the Brightview Corporation to build a 150-unit senior/assisted living complex on an eight-acre swath of North Broadway property in Irvington seemed to be moving quietly, albeit slowly, through the approval process in which the village’s Board of Trustees has acted as the lead agency. In contrast to ... Read More »

Changes in Educational Rules Welcomed by Local School Superintendents

By Robert Kimmel New York State and congressional actions in December altering two major educational programs are drawing mostly positive responses from Dr. Daniel McCann, Interim Superintendent of the Union Free District of the Tarrytowns and Dr. Kristopher Harrison, Superintendent of Irvington Public Schools. Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which, in effect, ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Comfort Foods for Cold Winter Days

by Linda Viertel Winter seems to have arrived – finally, and with the chilling weather comes a complementary need for comfort food. Luckily, our river towns provide a wealth of warming sustenance to help stave off the frost and biting cold, an inevitable reality in the coming months. To help relieve the ennui of oncoming darkness and chilly winds, The ... Read More »

Irvington Girls Race Out to 6-0 Start on Hardwood

by Rick Pezzullo They may be young and inexperienced, but somebody forgot to tell the Irvington High School girls basketball team that should matter. The Lady Bulldogs started the season winning their first six games, including capturing the 37th annual Warnock Family Tournament in early December. Behind a 22-point effort from junior point guard Lindsay Halpin, host Irvington won the ... Read More »

Dreamworks Filming Movie in Irvington

Dreamworks Studio’s The Girl on the Train that has been filming in Irvington since early November, and will continue into January. But, filming reached its zenith in mid-December, when crews descended upon several locations in the village at once. In front of Village Hall, which will appear in the film as the Ardsley Police Station, a platoon of equipment trucks ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler


DONATED During their annual Spirit Week in October, Sleepy Hollow High School students collected over 3,000 cans of food for the Tarrytown Food Pantry and raised $1,836.41 from the newest addition to the school’s Spirit Week line-up: Penny Wars. With the winning grade of Spirit Week given the honor of selecting the organization to donate the money raised by Penny ... Read More »

Irvington’s Safe Kids Campaign Gets into High Gear

by Barrett Seaman June 4, 2015, Prom Night: the big social event on Irvington High School’s calendar, held at the Westchester Manor in Hastings. But instead of limos or students behind the wheels of their own cars, coming from who knows where, having consumed who knows what, the party began with a line of buses pulling up in front of ... Read More »

Heard Around the W@tercooler

AWARDED Margaret Black, Vice President of Operations at Allan Block Insurance Agency, has been awarded the Frederick Dayton Award. Each year, The Independent Insurance Agents of Westchester County (IIAWC) present the Frederick H. Dayton Award to an agent who has contributed meaningfully to the IIAWC and their community. Margaret Black has held positions with IIAWC as President and chaired the ... Read More »

Astorino’s Proposed County Budget Hitting Hurdles

by Robert Kimmel Opposition has been rising to County Executive Rob Astorino’s 2016 proposed operating budget since he presented it to the Westchester County Board of Legislators last month. The budget totals $1.802 billion, and as Astorino pointed out, “For the sixth year in a row, my budget contains no increase in the property tax levy.” The budget maintains the ... Read More »

Tis’ the Season to be Giving

Ways to Help families in Need this Holiday Season | by Dorothy Conigliaro | The residents of Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Irvington have always proved themselves ready to help – whether in times of emergency or in times of need. As the holidays approach, many local organizations are asking for help in making sure that all of our neighbors, young ... Read More »

Lack of HUD Funding Stalls Village Projects Despite County Program

| by Robert Kimmel | For the second consecutive year, Westchester’s proposed $216 million capital budget lists a $5 million expenditure for a project labeled the Community Housing Infrastructure Investment Program (CHIIP). CHIIP emerged as the result of a longstanding dispute between County Executive Rob Astorino and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CHIIP is described by ... Read More »

Young Irvington Girls Aim to Continue Success on Hardwood

by Rick Pezzullo The lineups change each season, but what stays consistent with the Irvington High School girls’ basketball team is winning. The Lady Bulldogs have recorded a remarkable 146-11 record the last six seasons, won seven straight league titles, and captured five Section I Class B championships in the last six years. It’s a standard of excellence unequaled in ... Read More »

Inaugural “Congressman Peter Peyser Memorial Award” Presented to Annette Leyden of Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow resident Annette Leyden received the inaugural “Congressman Peter Peyser Memorial Award” at a ceremony on October 11 at Chutney Masala Restaurant in Irvington. Hosted by the Irvington Democratic Committee (IDC), chair David Imamura welcomed the packed audience and then introduced featured speaker Congresswoman Nita Lowey who brought a special congressional proclamation honoring Leyden. State Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti, State ... Read More »

Irvington Schools Community Begins Strategic Planning Process

|by Neal Rentz| About 40 Irvington School District staff and residents helped begin the process of creating a new vision, complete with goals and objectives, for the district during a meeting at the Campus Presentation Room on October 14. The district is working with the community to create a five-year strategic plan that school officials want to be approved by ... Read More »

Irvington Fall Sports Teams Excel

Irvington High School athletes have had an impressive run this season, as four varsity teams –girls’ soccer, girls and boys cross-country and girls’ volleyball – continue to remain involved in postseason play. The undefeated girls’ soccer team, at 17-0, won their Class B quarterfinal game 5-1 against Ardsley, thanks to sophomore Zoe Maxwell’s four goals. The team has won the ... Read More »

Sustainable Westchester Moving on Schedule With Community Choice Aggregation

|by Robert Kimmel | Sustainable Westchester Inc. is currently running on schedule for the project aimed at bringing lower utility rates to consumers in many municipalities in the county, including Tarrytown and Irvington. The project, Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), contracts with one or more default power suppliers for all residents and small businesses that will set gas and electric rates ... Read More »

Irvington Extends Contract with Superintendent Harrison

At its September 8 meeting, the Irvington Board of Education extended the existing contract with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kris Harrison to June 30, 2019. Dr. Harrison had two years remaining on the contract he signed more than three years ago when he was first hired by the district. The so-called successor contract approved by the board includes new terms ... Read More »

Irvington Tweaks Zoning Code for Two Multi-Family Projects

|by Barrett Seaman| For several years, almost without break, officials in Irvington have been wrestling with applications to build large projects that do not neatly fit into the character of a village that prides itself on its small scale and rural atmosphere. Efforts by The Continuum Company to build a 100-plus unit assisted living and memory care facility on four-and-a-half ... Read More »

Irvington: The Hudson Valley’s New Hollywood

Could that have been Emily Blunt, the gorgeous British actress, walking up the steps of Irvington’s Village Hall? Wasn’t that John Malkovitch in the back of that limo headed down Ardsley Avenue? Why is Station Road closed? I’ve got a train to catch. If the scene in Irvington seems a bit… unusual these days, chances are it has something to ... Read More »

Uncontested Mayor, Trustees Look Ahead in Irvington

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

Slow Down Traffic Campaign Launched in Irvington

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

Barking Continues over Proposed Dog Park in Irvington

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

Spooky Halloween Events Highlight Month Ahead

| by Robert Kimmel | Spine tingling experiences, ghost stories, haunted hayrides, a costume parade, and more await you during this spook-tacular month of Halloween in the villages. October is packed with events that will chill, thrill and amuse both adults and kids.  The line-up includes all of the following. Horseman’s Hollow Historic   Philipsburg Manor becomes a very scary ... Read More »

Discover the Irvington Woods Tree Trail

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

Irvington Football Coach Confident Bulldogs Will Be Ready to Compete

| by Jonathan Ortiz | For the Irvington Bulldogs, beating the Pleasantville Panthers—the 2014 Division Champions—this September 5 would prove a tough physical test, yet it would also be a promising measuring stick for the rest of the 2015 high school football season. The last time the two teams matched up on September 9, 2014, the score remained 0-0 until the ... Read More »