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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

“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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Irvington Bulldogs Finish Season 3-5 on Gridiron

by Rick Pezzullo The Irvington varsity football team finished the regular season 3-5 under first year head coach Steve Yurek. The Bulldogs started off 2-1 after victories over Croton-Harmon and Yonkers Montessori Academy but then lost four straight before ending strong with a 20-7 win over Hastings on October 22. In the Hastings contest, junior Tim Meszaros rushed for 146 ... Read More »

Irvington Residents Complain of Too Little Traffic Enforcement

by Barrett Seaman As the birthplace of the Slow Down Rivertowns campaign that has since swept through lower Hudson Valley villages, Irvington has been working for nearly two years to change the driving habits of those who travel through the village, whether residents or not. Manifestations of progress are visible: “Slow Down” signs on virtually every street; radar monitors that ... Read More »

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

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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 »