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New Assistant Principal at Irvington High Appointed

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

Irvington Schools Hire Firm to Ensure Computer System is Secure

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

Villages Receive $100,000 to Study Microgrid Projects

| by Rick Pezzullo | The villages of Irvington, Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown were among 14 municipalities in Westchester awarded approximately $100,000 each to study the feasibility of installing a standalone energy system capable of operating during a power outage. Such systems would integrate renewable power with other advanced energy technologies to create a cleaner, more affordable and more resilient localized ... Read More »

Project to Cut Utility Costs Gains Support in Irvington

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

Computer Security Breach in Irvington

|  by Rick Pezzullo  | A criminal investigation into an internal breach of security within the Irvington School District’s computer network is ongoing. Superintendent of Schools Kristopher Harrison issued a letter to district parents on June 19 stating “significant evidence pointing to specific students who gained access to the district’s network through the theft of an authorized login credential” had ... Read More »

Sustainable Westchester Project Aimed at Lowering Utility Costs for Residents

|  by Robert Kimmel  | Tarrytown and Irvington residents and small businesses may soon be able to participate in a project that will trim down their utility bills. Called Community Choice Aggregation, it will assemble the buying power of consumers within the Town Of Greenburgh to bypass Con Edison  and collectively purchase natural gas and electricity from a single energy ... Read More »

“Celebrate Irvington” Family-Friendly Festivities Planned for June 21 (Rain or Shine)

Tiffany Reading Room in Irvington Village Hall. Photo: Peter Aaron/OTTO

Residents and visitors are invited to “Celebrate Irvington” from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 21. (See schedule below.) Shops will be open on Main Street, and family-friendly activities will be offered including guided walks, live music, special exhibits, free rides and tours throughout the village on a historic jump-on/jump-off trolley (sponsored by Sunnyside Federal), and dining at ... Read More »

Irvington Dems Endorse Kehoe, Silverberg for Board

Irvington Democratic Trustee Nominees Incumbent Trustee and Deputy Mayor, Connie Kehoe Candidate Janice Silverberg

|  by Rick Pezzullo  |   The Irvington Democratic Committee endorsed Trustee Connie Kehoe and village Housing Committee Chairperson Janice Silverberg for two available seats on the Board of Trustees this fall. Kehoe, who doubles as deputy mayor, is running for a fourth term. Silverberg previously served three terms on the Irvington Board of Education. Trustee Kristen Woll is not ... Read More »

RiverArts Presents Multi-Village All-Day and Evening Music Tour Event on June 6

The first annual RiverArts Music Tour will take place on Saturday, June 6 throughout Irvington, Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, and Hastings-on-Hudson beginning at 12 p.m.  This inaugural event is modeled after the RiverArts Artists Studio Tour (now in its 22nd year) which showcases works each spring by local visual artists in the river towns community. More than 150 musicians will participate ... Read More »

New Principal Appointed at Dows Lane Elementary School

|  By Rick Pezzullo  | Irvington High School Assistant Principal Deborah Mariniello was appointed as the new principal of Dows Lane Elementary School by the Board of Education last week. She will begin her new position on July 1. Mariniello, who served as an assistant principal at Dows Lane during the 2012-13 school year, will succeed Randy Lichtenwalner, who is ... Read More »

School Budgets Approved in Tarrytown, Irvington, Pocantico Hills

Catherine Palmieri

|  by Rick Pezzullo  | School budgets were approved by voters last month in the Tarrytown, Irvington and Pocantico Hills school districts. In Tarrytown, the $72.57 million budget, which increases spending by $1.36 million from this year, passed 430 to 139. The tax levy increase in the proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year falls well below the allowable state ... Read More »

School Budgets Approved in Tarrytown, Irvington, Pocantico Hills

|  by Rick Pezzullo  | School budgets were approved by voters Tuesday night in the Tarrytown, Irvington and Pocantico Hills school districts. In Tarrytown, the $72.57 million budget, which increase spending by $1.36 million from this year, passed 430 to 139. The tax levy increase in the proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year falls well below the allowable state ... Read More »

School Budgets Approved in Tarrytown, Irvington, Pocantico Hills

|  By Rick Pezzullo  | School budgets were approved by voters Tuesday night in the Tarrytown, Irvington and Pocantico Hills school districts. In Tarrytown, the $72.57 million budget, which increases spending by $1.36 million from this year, passed 430 to 139. The tax levy increase in the proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year falls well below the allowable state ... Read More »

Fewer Students Opt Out of State Exams in Local Districts

|  by Rick Pezzullo  | Less students in the Tarrytown and Irvington school districts opted out of taking the state Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) and math exams in April than the majority of districts in Westchester and statewide. Reportedly, more than 180,000 students in New York State boycotted the ELA exam this year, representing just below17% of the ... Read More »

Irvington Farmers Market Opens on Sunday, May 31

Irvington’s 2015 market has switched from its Wednesday offering to Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., “With a whole new ‘hands on’ board (literally –  we are meeting in May to make hand-painted signs for the market and our vendors), and, with it, a new look, new website, and new energy,” said Pascale Le Draoulec, the Irvington Farmer’s Market ... Read More »

Brrzaar Yogurt Café Opens at the Irvington Train Station

|   by Linda Viertel  | Inside the newly renovated Irvington train station, Brrzaar offers a charming venue serving frozen and fresh yogurts accompanied by a variety of appealing topping choices, artisanal coffee, and a unique iced coffee taste treat from New Orleans – French Truck Cold Brew Coffee. Owners, and newlyweds, Michelle DeForest Leddy and Brian Leddy, frozen yogurt consumers ... Read More »

Irvington Theater Manager Wins International Festival Awards for Debut Film

When Gregory Allen took on the position of Irvington Town Hall Theater manager last year, his extensive list of achievements included award-winning author, speaker, stage producer, and actor.  He can now add award-winning film director to his credits. At the 2015 Boston International Film Festival (April 16th-21st), Allen won the Indie Soul Best Director Award for his short film, “Mother” ... Read More »

Taking the Plunge

The Fourth Annual Penguin Plunge, sponsored by F.A.C.E. (Fundraising and Community Events of Irvington), was held April 26 at Matthiessen Park Beach. Among those taking a dip in the Hudson River was Irvington Trustee Christina Giliberti.  —Photos by Sunny McLean Read More »

Inaugural TEDx Tarrytown Women Event Scheduled

One hundred rivertown residents will come together on Thursday, May 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for the inaugural TEDxTarrytownWomen event, a day of networking and dialogue. The independently produced event, operated under a license from TED, was organized by community volunteers and is aimed at creating dialogue as well as giving people a forum to share their passions, ... Read More »

Taxes to Rise 3.5% in Irvington School Budget

|  By Rick Pezzullo  | School taxes are slated to increase 3.5% in the $57.66 million 2015-16 Irvington School District budget. For the average homeowner in the district, the increase would translate to $585. School taxes make up about 60% of a property owner’s tax bill. Spending in the budget is up $1.37 million (2.4%) from this year and it ... Read More »

New Irvington Laws Aim to Stave Off Wrecking Ball

|  by Barrett Seaman  | When the Irvington Historic District Committee (IHDC) held public information sessions two years ago in an effort to resurrect a 10-year-old plan to designate much of the village’s business district as “historic,” many local owners voiced fears that the plan would lead to yet another layer of regulatory restrictions on what they could do with ... Read More »

Oh Where, Oh Where Should The Dog Park Be? Irvington Struggles to Find Common Ground for a Location that Offends the Least Number of People

| by Barrett Seaman  | They met in a secluded field that, for obvious reasons, cannot be named. It was just past dawn, and after some preliminary roughhousing, some stick and squirrel chasing and…well, tending to personal matters, they left their minders shivering in the morning chill while they, the dogs of Irvington, got down to business. “When are we ... Read More »

Uncertain State Aid Leaves Irvington School Budget In Flux

|  by Janie Rosman  |   Uncertainty about state aid has left the Irvington School District with a lot of unanswered questions, according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kristopher Harrison. The absence of state aid and unknown savings associated with the refinancing of a bond means there are going to be a few more adjustments than usual. The 2015-2016 push-ahead ... Read More »

Irvington Lady Bulldogs Wrap-up Superb Season in State Final Four

|  by Rick Pezzullo  | One of the battle cries of the Irvington High School girls’ basketball team is “play hard and good things will happen.” Another is “hold the rope,” which reinforces the need for every player to contribute for the team to be successful. This year’s Lady Bulldogs’ squad wholeheartedly bought in to both philosophies and added to ... Read More »

Events at Irvington Town Hall Theater

|  by Gregory Allen  | Irvington Town Hall Theater Manager I can’t believe I’ve been at the Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) for almost a year already. What an incredible time it has been working with so many people who share a common goal of bringing artistic expression to Irvington and the surrounding rivertowns. Nestled into the third floor of ... Read More »

Irvington Resident Pleads Guilty in Insurance Fraud Scheme

| by Rick Pezzullo |   An Irvington resident pled guilty in federal court on February 20 to participating in a $30 million scheme to defraud his employer and insurance regulators in connection with the bogus purchase of an Oklahoma insurance company. Allen Reichman, 54, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and could face a ... Read More »

State Tax Cap Freeze Prompts School Districts’ Fiscal Belt Tightening

| by Robert Kimmel |   Along with maintaining quality educational standards, preserving a small amount of tax relief for homeowners is one of the primary motivators of local school district authorities preparing their budgets for the coming year. As part of the temporary tax freeze for school districts set by state lawmakers, most homeowners in Irvington, Sleepy Hollow, and ... Read More »

The Art of Doing Nothing at Buddhist Center in Irvington

| by Krista Madsen | Dharma teacher Robert Chender was talking about the neuroscience behind meditation, among other heady topics, at a recent Sunday morning gathering at Irvington’s Westchester Buddhist Center (WBC), when a flock of geese outside the grand riverfront windows momentarily stole the show. Chender paused and smiled as the rows of attendees turned their heads to admire ... Read More »

Camp Directory 2015

| by Janie Rosman |   If the winter blues have you down, then now’s the time to plan for summer. AYSO Soccer Camp Kingsland Point Park, 299 Palmer Ave., Sleepy Hollow Phone: 914-560-6067 or email: Dates: August 10 to 14, and August 17 to 21 (two sessions) Now in its 16th season, AYSO and Sleepy Hollow Football ... Read More »