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Oral Histories: Galella, Reluctant Hero, Recalls Pearl Harbor Attack

by Krista Madsen Armando “Chick” Galella, 94, sees himself as a person with a life-long habit of serving rather than any kind of hero. He’s reluctant to get all the attention and accolades he gets as our region’s sole surviving Pearl Harbor veteran. “I’m not the only veteran around,” he said. “They should interview other people besides me. I know ... Read More »

Gullotta House Lends a Hand to Residents Facing Hardship

by Elizabeth Nutig It seems as if every day a new tragedy makes its way front and center on the news. More conflict, more casualties, and an increasing misunderstanding between fellow citizens of the world. In light of all this hostility comes a man with a mission and an organization whose only goal is to help anyone who needs it. ... 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 »

Chef Jill Rose, Founder of Chiboust in Tarrytown, Dies at 52

by Jerry Eimbinder Chef Jill Rose, founder of Chiboust in Tarrytown, died of Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) on October 31. She was 52. She was the first girl to play on the Yellow Springs Elementary School, Maryland, baseball team. She learned how to fresh-squeeze lemonade and sell it at booths at local fairs while a student at Governor Thomas ... Read More »

100-year-old Sleepy Hollow Woman Still Has Sense of Humor

|by Stefanie Sears| Miriam Frandsen, who turned 100 years old last month, hasn’t let the years dim a noteworthy part of her personality. Frandsen has a very rich, happy life, and if there is anything about her that impacts the life of her daughter, Carole St. Mark, it is her “wry sense of humor,” St. Mark said. And Frandsen’s full-time, ... Read More »

JCC on the Hudson Breaks Ground on New Campus in Tarrytown

|by Rick Pezzullo| Twenty years after first settling in Tarrytown on South Broadway, the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on the Hudson broke ground October 8 on a new campus at the same location that will quadruple the size of the current facility. The state-of-the-art new home, which will be called Harold and Elaine Shames JCC on the Hudson, will be ... 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 »

Students, Life Center Combine to Give Thanksgiving to Needy

|by Rick Pezzullo| About 70 families in the Tarrytown School District will be enjoying a hearty Thanksgiving meal thanks to the efforts and generosity of a group of students, their families and friends and the RSHM LIFE Center in Sleepy Hollow. For at least the last 10 years, students at Sleepy Hollow High School, working with the McGovern family, have ... Read More »

First Annual Chamber Games On Tap

The Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce will be holding the first Annual Chamber Games on November 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at OnTrack Sport Center at 29 S. Depot Plaza in Tarrytown, near the Tarrytown Train Station. Community members will be encouraged to shop and dine locally with special discounts provided by participating businesses at the Shop ... Read More »

GunpowdersKids Awards Ceremony and Mayoral Proclamation

The GunpowdersKids Awards were presented at Warner Library on October 18. Local children (including members of Brownie troop 2242 and Town Wide Kids Helpers) received awards at this annual event sponsored by IchabodAlive. IchabodAlive member Greg Galloway welcomed and commended the children for their efforts. Mitch Cooke, adult volunteer at the Tarrytown Music Hall, spoke about the satisfaction of helping ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler – November 2015

HONORED Irvington resident Frank Gilligan was honored for 50 years of service in the Irvington Volunteer Fire Department at the October 5th Irvington Board of Trustees meeting. Many residents and members of the Irvington Fire Department attended the ceremony at which Mayor Brian Smith presented Gilligan with an official proclamation. EXHIBITING The Neighborhood House is exhibiting a mural of Washington ... Read More »

Tarrytown Waterfront, Rail Station and Area Subject of Public Workshop

|by Robert Kimmel | Another step to engage the public in what future changes Tarrytown may propose for its train station area takes place this month as the village is expanding its planning to the entire village. “Residents, business owners and property owners” are being invited to attend what is labeled an “interactive workshop.” The workshop, scheduled for Sunday, November ... Read More »

Sunny Days Ahead as Solarize Westchester Moves Forward

|by Zoe Kaplan| After 200 residential contracts and a 150% increase in installations, Solarize Westchester has begun Round 2 of the campaign, hoping to bring solar power to even more communities in Westchester County. Solarize Westchester is a state and municipally supported program. Its focus is to implement solar power into communities, both commercially and residentially, in a way that ... Read More »

Attention Turns to Barnhart Park Safety after Teen is Murdered

| by Elaine Marranzano | A war of words between two teenagers culminated on October 9 with the stabbing death of 17-year-old Tahj Robinson in Sleepy Hollow’s Barnhart Park. Berinzon Moronta, 16, was quickly arrested and charged with second-degree murder. According to reports, the boys had an ongoing disagreement about a female, and it was well-known they were planning to fight in the park that Friday night where a crowd of peers ... Read More »

Tarrytown Teenager Charged in Knife Slaying in Sleepy Hollow 

|  By Robert Kimmel  | The suspect in the stabbing death Friday night of a 17-year-old former Sleepy Hollow High School student was  charged with second-degree murder during his arraignment Saturday  in Sleepy Hollow Justice Court.   The victim, Tahj Robinson, was found bleeding from knife wounds  in Barnhardt Park,  just after 11 p.m. by police who had been called to the scene.  He was rushed  by ambulance to ... Read More »

The Real Ghosts of Sleepy Hollow

In The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the Washington Irving story that seems to increasingly imbue its village namesake with a literary yet spooky mystique, the haunted part of the story is really only a ruse. The real Sleepy Hollow, however, when you tap into a certain village vein, seems decidedly, if quietly, haunted. In the second installment of an ongoing ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow LDC Pursues Varied Village Projects

| by Robert Kimmel |  Created about a year ago, the Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation is looking at a number of potential projects in the village, but its most immediate task deals with the land it acquired from GM at the automaker’s former riverfront site. The east parcel, as it is known, was designated for village use in the ... Read More »

Jewish Spy in Nazi Territory to Speak in Tarrytown

| by Alexander Roberts |  Just 22 years old, the pretty blond woman pretended to be a nurse searching for her Nazi soldier boyfriend behind enemy lines in Nazi–occupied France during World War II.  But in actuality, Marthe Cohn was a French Jew with forged papers who spoke fluent German, recruited by the Allies to funnel information about German troop ... 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 »

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 »

Greenburgh Weighs Hackley’s Application for New Campus

| by Robert Kimmel |  Members of Greenburgh’s Planning Board made an on-site inspection visit late last month to learn more about Hackley School’s application to build a 116,725-square-foot Health & Wellness Center on its 285-acre campus. The location is near its existing sports fields in the town and adjacent to its Tarrytown campus. The structure, in an unincorporated area ... Read More »

Tarrytown Chosen for Solar Discount Program

| by Rick Pezzullo |  The Village of Tarrytown has been chosen to participate in a solar discount program that claims to make installing solar electric systems more affordable for residents and businesses. The Solarize Tarrytown program will kick off on Thursday, October 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with a workshop at Tarrytown Village Hall, where homeowners and commercial ... 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 »

Tarrytown to Take Part in Program to Lower Utility Rates

| by Robert Kimmel |  Tarrytown has joined Irvington and many other Westchester municipalities to participate in Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), a program aimed at lowering utility costs and promoting greater use of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. If all goes as planned, more than 100,000 homes and numerous small businesses in the county will get their ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler October 2015

CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to Mary Pastell, a resident of Sleepy Hollow, who celebrates her 104th birthday on October 5th.  Born Mary Russo in 1911, Mary lives in the house where she was born, on Elm Street in Sleepy Hollow.  A birthday celebration in Mary’s honor will take place at the Senior Center on October 6th. AWARDED Irvington High School seniors Madison ... Read More »

Pets Alive in Elmsford Closes Its Shelter

| by Robert Kimmel | Pets Alive Westchester’s no-kill animal shelter is no longer operational in Elmsford despite community efforts to keep it from closing. As of mid-September the last of 61 dogs and cats had been transferred to Pets Alive’s Middletown shelter, and the animal sanctuary shut its doors. Pets Alive is prepared to transfer ownership of the facility ... Read More »

Hank’s Alley to Close after 60 Years in Tarrytown

| by Elaine Marranzano | After nearly 60 years, Hank’s Alley, Tarrytown’s premier antique and used furniture store, is closing. Janet Falasca, sister of proprietor Hank Bucci, who died on June 17 at age 82, was in the store on a September weekend, along with Hank’s wife, Nancy, selling the remainder of the curiosity shop’s inventory at steep discounts. “It’s ... Read More »

Tarrytown Station Area Study Leads to Project For Economic Strategy

| by Robert Kimmel |  Two associated projects that will impact Tarrytown are picking up momentum. A study dedicated to finding ways of revitalizing the area on both sides of Tarrytown’s railroad station has led to a broadened mission encompassing parts of the village beyond that location. The more extensive initiative, the Tarrytown Economic Development Strategy (TEDS) is in its ... Read More »

Theatre NOW New York Premieres CARRIE, The Musical At Irvington Town Hall Theatre, Halloween Weekend

| by Morey Storck |  Theatre NOW New York (TNNY) is a non-profit professional theatre company emerging from two established companies: the Genesius Theatre Guild in New York City and ReVision Theatre in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Its mission is to “facilitate the creation and development of new theatrical works, the re-imagining of previously produced known titles and the reinterpretation ... Read More »