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Irvington Middle School Student to Compete in Statewide Geography Bee

Irvington Middle School sixth-grader Andrew Zhou has qualified to compete in the statewide National Geographic Bee. Photo courtesy of the Irvington Union Free School District

Irvington Middle School sixth-grader Andrew Zhou, a geography whiz, qualified to compete in the statewide National Geographic Bee, which was held at the New York State Museum in Albany on March 31. Zhou, who was named the schoolwide Geography Bee winner in January, is among 104 fourth- through eighth-graders invited to compete at the state level. In order to qualify ... Read More »

Tarrytown Administrator Mike Blau Reflects on Years with Village

by Robert Kimmel  When Mike Blau departs from his position as Tarrytown’s Administrator next month, he’ll have completed two tours of duty totaling more than 17 years in that job. He’ll leave behind a solid record. “He worked remarkably well with all of Tarrytown’s various constituencies, plus he was a tireless advocate and relentless cheerleader for the village,” Mayor Drew ... Read More »

Irvington Launches a New Comprehensive Plan for Village

by Barrett Seaman  Fourteen years after Irvington last compiled a long-term Comprehensive Plan, village officials have launched a new one. They started in mid-February with a “traveling road show” in which the leaders of five working groups worked a room of about 30 residents seated at round tables in Village Hall in an effort to explain the parameters of the ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

TRAFFIC ALERT – ROUTE 9/SOUTH BROADWAY

Starting Monday, December 5, expect significant traffic delays on Route 9/South Broadway between Benedict Avenue and Route 119.  The contractor installing the Westchester County Sanitary Sewer Force Main on Route 9 will be installing the force main pipe across Route 9 (east-west) which will require a reduction in lanes from two to one.  Traffic will be stopped in the northbound ... Read More »

Red Zebra in Sleepy Hollow

Red Zebra, a new restaurant in the heart of Sleepy Hollow that opened late November, is taking a modern look at Italian cooking with locavore integrity. Hand-cut pastas, fresh baked breads, Italian small-batch wines, micro beers and craft cocktails. The food, like their favorite heirloom tomato, is beautiful on the outside, deep and flavorful on the inside. A striped beauty with no equal. Red Zebra joins Sweetgrass ... Read More »

Tarrytown Recreational Facility Open for Business

by Kevin Brown Tarrytown Recreational Facility hosted its grand opening on a beautiful fall day down by the river. Housed in the new building adjacent to the new pool, the workout facility has begun signing up new members. “This village is so fortunate to have a pristine facility with state-of-the-art equipment that caters to all levels of abilities at such ... 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 »

Kids’ Club of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow

On September 15, over 200 guests joined Kids’ Club of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow at The Lodge at Hudson Harbor for “A Bridge to a Brighter Future”. The evening was informative, inspiring, and fun as neighbors learned more about the work being done by Kids’ Club since 2009 to create opportunities for 1,500 children every year in Tarrytown and Sleepy ... Read More »

Tarrytown Station Area Study Moves Ahead in Quest for District’s Development

by Robert Kimmel Three potential alternatives have emerged from the first phase of Tarrytown’s Station Area study aimed at the development of that area and improving its connections to other locations in the village, including the Main Street and Broadway business sections. Three general concepts, which are not conclusive, evolved during two years of work guided by a village steering ... Read More »

Long Journey for Jazz Forum Arts to Set Up in Tarrytown

by Morey Storck The magical yellow brick road is never as beautiful and unencumbered as it is depicted in novels. It can also be a winding, meandering path filled with unexpected turns, twists and potholes during that quest for Oz. Mark Morganelli has taken such a journey, and he did get to the Emerald City, eventually. Morganelli is the founder ... 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 »

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 »

Paws Crossed to Reopen Elmsford Shelter This Month

by Robert Kimmel The usual inhabitants are finally returning; some are already there. They are abandoned dogs and cats, like the pets that for many years had filled the animal shelter at 100 Warehouse Lane South in Elmsford. Thanks to the determined effort of a caring group of volunteers and staff, Paws Crossed Animal Rescue, will be having its “Grand ... Read More »

Commentary – The Truth About Lead in Your Water

by Dean Gallea (on behalf of the Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Council) Recently, Tarrytown was cited by the U.S. EPA for several violations in reporting and following up on certain positive tests for lead in the Village’s drinking water. Village Administrator Mike Blau has issued an open letter on the Village website, explaining in detail how a single violation in 2013 ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Water Tank Completion Expected Next Spring

by Robert Kimmel By next spring, the huge 1.62 million gallon reservoir being constructed at a high point off Lake Road will likely be supplying Sleepy Hollow residents with their water needs. Dug just below the existing terrain, the tank’s floor and walls are beginning to take shape as the $6 million project moves toward completion. The critically needed new ... Read More »

Tarrytown Water Testing Revealed No Violations since 2014

by Rick Pezzullo Tarrytown Village Administrator Michael Blau emphasized this week that since the village increased its water testing sites in 2014 there have been no violations regarding the lead threshold included in the federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations. Blau made a detailed statement at the August 15 Board of Trustees meeting in response to an August 11 news release ... 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 »

Schools Help Oysters Return to the Hudson River

by Julia Ann Friedman Oysters were an important species in the New York Harbor for centuries, and oyster reefs once covered 220,000 acres of the Hudson River estuary. They played a large part in helping to maintain the estuary’s ecosystem by filtering water, reducing the force of wave energy, protecting against storm surges, and providing a home for other aquatic ... Read More »

Permit Finally Issued for Affordable Housing Project in Tarrytown

by Alexander Roberts In 2004, an agreement between the Village of Tarrytown and the developer of Hudson Harbor called for him to build 12 units of affordable housing on the site of the former Village Hall on Wildey Street. The ensuing 12 years produced heated hearings, reams of paper and thousands of volunteer man-hours as the three local boards that ... Read More »

Commuter Parking Shift Likely Outcome of Village Station Area Study

by Robert Kimmel One potential result of Tarrytown’s Station Area Study appears to be the shifting of some commuter parking from west of the Metro North tracks to the east of the tracks, regardless of whatever overall changes take place in the ultimate development of the area. While no specific recommendations have yet to emerge from the study, village residents ... Read More »

Tarrytown, Citibank at Odds over Parking Spaces

by Rick Pezzullo It’s been six months since Citibank closed its Tarrytown branch on South Broadway and fenced off 21 metered parking spaces for public use, and it doesn’t appear those spaces will be opened up any time soon. On April 18, the village Board of Trustees voted to initiate eminent domain proceedings to obtain ownership of the parking area ... Read More »