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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 »