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United Sleepy Hollow Slate Running Unopposed in March

by Rick Pezzullo The Village of Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees will have three new members following the March 15 election. Current trustees Jennifer Lobato-Church, Karin Wompa and Dorothy Handelman are all not seeking reelection, opening the door for political newcomers on the Unite Sleepy Hollow ticket, who are running unopposed. Mayor Ken Wray wholeheartedly supports the Unite Sleepy Hollow ... Read More »

Democratic Slate Chosen for Tarrytown Board Race

by Rick Pezzullo Two incumbents and an active community member were chosen by the Village of Tarrytown Democratic Committee to run for three available seats on the Tarrytown Board of Trustees on March 15. Trustees Robert Hoyt and Mary McGee will both be seeking their sixth two-year term on the board, while Karen Brown, who has served on the village ... Read More »

Tarrytown Shortchanged by Hotel Occupancy Tax Veto

by Rick Pezzullo Governor Andrew Cuomo’s veto of a bill that would have allowed the Town of Greenburgh and its six villages to impose a 3% hotel occupancy tax was a costly decision for Tarrytown. Village Administrator Michael Blau said Tarrytown would have received approximately $320,000 annually from the room tax. Meanwhile, Greenburgh would have pulled in an extra $1 ... Read More »

Governor Proposes Freezing Tolls on TZ Bridge until 2020

by Rick Pezzullo Tolls for motorists driving over the Tappan Zee Bridge would not increase for at least the next five years under a plan outlined in mid-January by Governor Andrew Cuomo in his annual State of the State Address. To ease the financial burden of passenger and commercial traffic, Cuomo proposed a three-part Thruway Toll Reduction and Protection Plan ... 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 »

Edge-On-Hudson Developer’s Request for Tax Breaks Sets Off Alarms in Sleepy Hollow

by Robert Kimmel Relations between the Village of Sleepy Hollow and Lighthouse Landing, LLC, took on a frosty tone during the past two months when it appeared the developer of the former GM site might be seeking property tax abatements. The developer of the 66-acre riverfront project, Edge-On-Hudson, applied to the Town of Mount Pleasant Industrial Development Agency in November ... 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 »

Sleepy Hollow to Benefit from East Parcel of Former GM Site

Hemmed in by Metro North railroad tracks on its western side, and Kings-land Point Park and the Pocantico River to the north, a 28-acre plot of land known as the “East Parcel” will become a valuable asset for the Village of Sleepy Hollow if all goes as planned. That is the widely accepted assessment of the Sleepy Hollow Local Development ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Comfort Foods for Cold Winter Days

by Linda Viertel Winter seems to have arrived – finally, and with the chilling weather comes a complementary need for comfort food. Luckily, our river towns provide a wealth of warming sustenance to help stave off the frost and biting cold, an inevitable reality in the coming months. To help relieve the ennui of oncoming darkness and chilly winds, The ... Read More »

School of Esthetics Relocates to White Plains

by Linda Viertel After a successful 12-year stay at 15 North Broadway in Tarrytown, the New York School of Esthetics has left its iconic corner location and moved – not far away- to 239 Central Avenue in White Plains. The new location, just below 119, will provide the school with increased clientele parking, enhanced clinic and spa treatment spaces, and ... Read More »

Fur Babies Pet Sitting

by Neal Rentz Kristi Ohlsten worked in the corporate world for many years, but her career took a different path when she decided to do something she would enjoy more. So, she translated her lifelong love of dogs into a business by opening Fur Babies Pet Sitting eight years ago, with a clientele that includes residents of Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow, ... Read More »

Legislators Pass County Budget with No Tax Increase

by Rick Pezzullo A bipartisan coalition of Westchester County Board of Legislators passed a 2016 budget in mid-December that freezes taxes for the sixth straight year. In a 10-7 vote on December 14, legislators approved a $1.8 billion spending plan that restored some proposed cuts to non-profit organizations, parks and public safety. Eight Republicans and two Democrats, including board Chairman ... Read More »

Teen Arraigned in Barnhart Park Stabbing Death

by Rick Pezzullo A Tarrytown teenager was arraigned December 8 on an indictment charging him with murdering a Sleepy Hollow teen October 9 in Barnhart Park in Sleepy Hollow. Bernizon Moronta, 16, could face a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison for stabbing Tahj Robinson, 17, multiple times to the torso, causing fatal wounds to the heart ... Read More »

School Resource Officer to Start at SH High in January

by Rick Pezzullo Officials in the Tarrytown Union Free School District and the Village of Sleepy Hollow have agreed to have a full-time police officer roam the hallways of Sleepy Hollow High School/Middle School. The Board of Education decided in early December to move forward with the new security measure following a presentation by Mayor Ken Wray, Trustee Denise Scaglione ... Read More »

Tarrytown Trustee Inducted into WC Senior Hall of Fame

by Rick Pezzullo Giving back to the community has always been a big part of Tom Basher’s life. It’s just something that was engrained in him at an early age from his parents. “They say you’re a product of your upbringing, and I guess I was,” Basher said. “It was just part of your nature growing up. I was raised ... Read More »

Our Mission and Our Gratitude

Service to the Community. That was the primary motivation behind the formation, just over 10 years ago, of the Hudson Valley News Corp., the parent company of this newspaper.  Our decade of publishing was recently recognized by the Greater Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce at its Milestone Anniversary event. Over the past 10 years our mission has not changed. ... Read More »

School Resource Officer at Sleepy Hollow High Under Review

| by Rick Pezzullo | Officials in the Tarrytown Union Free School District and the Village of Sleepy Hollow are actively discussing providing a full-time police officer at Sleepy Hollow High School following several incidents involving current and former students. Parents and residents implored the Board of Education and superintendent of schools to take immediate action last month after the ... Read More »

Construction on New Bridge on Target to End in 2018

By Rick Pezzullo The New York State Thruway Authority announced last month that construction of the new $3.98 billion Tappan Zee Bridge is on target to be completed in 2018. Meanwhile, there will be no toll increase on the span next year, and a task force has been formed to review toll rates, potential commuter discount options, and a resident ... Read More »

Muddy Water Opens in Tarrytown with a ‘Big Bang’

by Linda Viertel A bustling, vibrant new coffee and café venue, Muddy Water, opened in October and is already attracting crowds eager to sample richly brewed caffeinated and decaf coffees, teas, delicate sweet and savory pastries, sandwiches, wraps and soups. The brainchild of Ossining residents, Loretta Oleck and her partner Linton Suttner, Muddy Water, located at the southern end of ... Read More »

Professionals Offer Year-End Advice On Finances, Investments

by Robert Kimmel   With the end of 2015 approaching, it’s time to take a thorough look at your financial status, according to those who deal daily with banking and investment. There are a number of actions to consider before year’s end as recommended by knowledgeable professionals. Creating an emergency fund is advocated by both Jean Kim Sears of the ... Read More »

Astorino’s Proposed County Budget Hitting Hurdles

by Robert Kimmel Opposition has been rising to County Executive Rob Astorino’s 2016 proposed operating budget since he presented it to the Westchester County Board of Legislators last month. The budget totals $1.802 billion, and as Astorino pointed out, “For the sixth year in a row, my budget contains no increase in the property tax levy.” The budget maintains the ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Discover the Irvington Woods Tree Trail

| by Sydney Cuff |  The Irvington Woods fill hundreds of acres of local open space—hikers and runners regularly use this beautiful community-accessible trail system. Meandering through stunning woodlands, these well-marked trails run along dramatic ravines with majestic views of the Irvington Reservoir. The trails are mapped and maintained by a network of local dedicated volunteers, including the Irvington Woods ... Read More »

Tarrytown Officials to Hear From Residents and Businesses on Village’s Future

The Village of Tarrytown is hosting an open house to discuss village-wide economic development strategies on Sunday, September 27th from 1pm-4pm at the Tarrytown Senior Center, 238 West Main Street. The purpose of the session is to discuss preliminary strategies for: Better connecting Main Street and the waterfront Supporting local business Retaining and attracting jobs Providing diverse housing choices Improving ... Read More »

Bond Funded Irvington School Projects Delayed

| by Rick Pezzullo |  Last October, voters in the Irvington School District approved a $4.6 million fields and facilities renovation referendum that included authorization to install artificial turf at Meszaros Field on the high school/middle school campus. District officials anticipated after the vote that the organic product turf and resurfacing of the surrounding Oley Track would be completed by ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Special Olympians Bring Home Gold

A few years ago, Kim Kaczmarek, Sleepy Hollow High School’s Special Education teacher and Pioneer team coach, began a program to get her students more involved in athletics within the school.  Back then, no-one predicted the huge positive force that this program would become.    Kaczmarek’s Pioneer Team is a group of her special education students, along with other student ... Read More »

The Community Shares Stories about Working at GM

| by Krista Madsen |  For longtime workers at North Tarrytown’s General Motors plant, the 100-acre wasteland that defines the riverfront of what is now called Sleepy Hollow smarts like an open wound. While recounting the end of his 32-year history with GM when the site closed for good on June 28, 1996 – “I recall the date” – Elias Tsekeri ... Read More »

Obituaries August 2015-September 2015

Brian Balthazard, 26 Brian James Balthazard, a lifelong resident of Tarrytown, died unexpectedly on August 16. He was 26. Born in North Tarrytown on March 15, 1989, to Brian and Geralyn Balthazard, he graduated from Transfiguration School and Stepinac High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Pace University. He was employed at Ernst and Young in New ... Read More »

Circus Latino Concludes Sleepy Hollow’s Vibrant Arts Initiative

| by Robert Kimmel | Sleepy Hollow’s riverfront will come alive with circus aerialists, acrobats, Latino music and dancers for three days this month in an exciting culmination of this year’s multi-art activities hosted by the village. The Circus Latino performances, along with a lantern art exhibit, are scheduled for September 18,19 and 20 on what was the vacated site of ... Read More »

Dr. Robert Losier, Tarrytown

| by Evan Lefkowitz | If you suffer from foot pain, and you live in the rivertowns, local medical professional Dr. Robert Losier provides comprehensive care for all foot-related issues. A graduate of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Losier has been serving New Yorkers with quality foot care for the past 11 years.    Born and raised in ... Read More »

Pets Alive Considering Alternatives to Elmsford Shelter in Westchester

| by Robert Kimmel | Mounting objections that followed Pets Alive’s July announcement that it would close its no-kill animal shelter in Elmsford within three months are causing the organization to explore other options to maintain operations in Westchester, or possibly even cede the land to the Town of Greenburgh. Town Supervisor Paul Feiner has pressed Pets Alive Board Chairman ... Read More »

Riverstone Yoga in Tarrytown

| by Elizabeth Nutig | As daily life becomes more chaotic and interconnected, allowing time to cool down to be with ourselves mentally, physically and spiritually is essential, and one of the most credible ways to do that is through yoga. Fortunately, a yoga studio in Tarrytown has what’s needed for residents to revive themselves. With the iconic hum of ... Read More »

East Parcel of Former GM Site Goes to Local Development Corp as New LDC Members are Named

| by Robert Kimmel | Financial advantages accrue to Sleepy Hollow by having a Local Development Corporation, (LDC), maintain ownership of the east parcel of the former 96-acre GM site, which was turned over to the village in the deal that opened the way for development of the larger riverfront parcels for residential and commercial use. New York State mandates that ... Read More »

Pets Alive Facility Now Expected to Stay in Westchester

| By Robert Kimmel | Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner is optimistic about keeping the Pets Alive animal shelter in operation locally, either at its present facility in Elmsford or elsewhere. Following a meeting with the board leadership of Pets Alive Thursday morning, he told The Hudson Independent that, “I would be surprised if the shelter closes.” Pets Alive Westchester ... Read More »

Flea Fun Hits Westchester

The “flea” experience has arrived in Westchester.  Hastings Flea is a monthly outdoor market with local vendors from the Hudson Valley selling everything from vintage to antiques, to furniture, jewelry, crafts and more.  Offering live music and entertainment powered by a solar stage, Hastings Flea also features food trucks, crafts for kids, community vendors and other activities. Hastings-on-Hudson resident Ilana ... Read More »

A Local ‘Unsung’ Hero: Creola Solomon

|  by Tess Wietzner  | “To whom much is given, much is required,” proclaimed Reverend Dr. John H. Gilmore. “That’s the scripture that comes to mind when I think of Mrs. Solomon.” Deaconess of Tarrytown’s New Hope Institutional Baptist Church, Mrs. Creola Solomon, 77, has devoted the last 54 years of her life to graciously serving her community. Named “Unsung Hero” ... Read More »

YMCA Theater Camp Moves from Shakespeare to Les Misérables

|  by Zoe Kaplan  | For the past 10 years, local director Peter Royston has brought numerous Shakespeare productions into the Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow community. From As You Like It to Romeo and Juliet, tweens and teens alike have not only performed but also learned the magic of Shakespeare. However, this year moves away from “Shakespeare in the Park.” The 2015 production ... Read More »

Lighthouse Celebration Focuses on Coming Riverfront Development

|  by Robert Kimmel  | “It is a beacon that signals a new beginning here,” Mayor Ken Wray asserted during a June ceremony that celebrated the newly lit Lighthouse on Sleepy Hollow’s Hudson River shoreline. The occasion served not only to herald the restoration of the Lighthouse’s lens following more than five decades of darkness, but also to focus on ... Read More »

New TaSH Farmers Market Opens to Resounding Success

Opening day of the new Tarrytown and Sleepy HollowFarmers Market (the TaSH) drew close to 2,000 people to Patriots Park to meet the farmers and sample an array of tasty foods, all while listening to great music and socializing with neighbors. “The new market had a fantastic debut,” said Suzanne Sorrentino, co-president of Rivertowns Village Green (RVG), the nonprofit group ... Read More »

Clouet Proud of Accomplishments at SH; Interim Super Selected

|  by Janie Rosman  | When the school bell sounds in September, Dr. Daniel T. McCann will be two months into his one-year term as Tarrytown Union Free School District’s interim superintendent. An educational consultant with a career in public education that spans 42 years, McCann was superintendent for the Hendrick Hudson School District in Montrose (from 2006 to 2012) ... Read More »

Happenings in July 2015

Thursday 2 Rhythm & Blues Concert: Buddy Guy performs at 8 p.m. at the Tarrytown Music Hall. Call 877-840-0457 or visit www.tarrytownmusichall.org. Saturday 4 Concert & Fireworks: At 7 p.m. Silver or Lead will perform in Pierson Park, Tarrytown, followed by fireworks at the GM plant in Sleepy Hollow at 9 p.m. Call 631-8347. Pops, Patriots and Fireworks Spectacular: At ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Offering Art Activities During Summer

|  by Robert Kimmel  | Artistic skills are being honed and shown in Sleepy Hollow during this summer, thanks to grants the Village received from New York State and several other sources.  As part of The Sleepy Hollow Art Initiative, activities range from woodcut workshops, and a multi-art-form summer camp, to painting murals and Flamenco dance classes. The woodcut workshops are ... Read More »

Athletes Honored at Sleepy Hollow Sports Award Dinner

|  by Kevin Brown  | Sleepy Hollow High School continues to amaze with its broad offerings of theater, music and sports.  Theater and music end the school year with remarkable performances. Sports ends the year with the annual Varsity Sports Awards Dinner. “We have over 400 people here tonight. This dinner started 23 years ago with Jello and cookies when ... 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 »

ESCOs Developed as Part Of NY State’s Ongoing Energy Initiatives

 | By Robert Kimmel |             Energy Service Companies, more generally known as ESCOs, started when New York State began deregulating utilities in the late 1990s. The State Public Utility Commission uncoupled the major sources of energy, utilities such as Consolidated Edison, from being the only suppliers of electricity and gas, and their function as deliverers ... 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 »

Ticked Off! A Small Bug Looms Large in Summer Season

|  by Krista Madsen  | These things are certain: death, taxes…and, here in the Northeast add to this dreadful list: ticks. Judging from the fast and abundant feedback I got when I started asking who’s out there in our midst suffering from Lyme Disease, these tiny critters have had a huge impact on the lives of so many here, and ... Read More »

Mark Morganelli, Jazz Forum Arts Relocate to Tarrytown

|  by Morey Storck  | In 1991, Executive Director Mark Morganelli relocated Jazz Forum Arts to Dobbs Ferry from New York City. For 24 years this was home and office for Morganelli and his family. The location was well-suited to serving his growing commitments in Westchester and throughout the tri-state area as a jazz promoter and performance organization.  But when the ... Read More »

Dr. G. Richard Parrino

Dr. G. Richard Parrino, who had a medical practice at 200 South Broadway in Tarrytown, died June 10. He was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Most Holy Trinity High School in Brooklyn. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, then completed his medical degree from the University of Rome School of Medicine in Rome, ... Read More »

July 4th 2015 Fireworks Locations!

Fireworks will brighten the night skies above Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, on Saturday, July 4. Beginning at about 9 p.m. when the sky darkens, Irvington will begin its fireworks presentation from the north end of Matthiessen Park. Entry to the park is limited to Irvington residents with park passes. Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow are sponsoring a fireworks display, also ... Read More »

Washington Irving Boat Club Still Going Strong 60 Years Later

|  by Janie Rosman  | When the sun begins to set, the view from the Washington Irving Boat Club (WIBC) can take your breath away with its unobstructed view of the river and the Tappan Zee Bridge, where President Obama and Governor Cuomo addressed Tarrytown and the nation last year. The Saturday before Memorial Day found Fleet Master Walter Gregory ... Read More »

Tarrytown’s Melody Maker: Rock Island Sound

|  by W.B. King  | Two hundred miles North West of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the western shore of the Paraná River, sits the city of Rosario. It was there that Paul Bessolo, owner of Rock Island Sound, first became enchanted with music. “My father played piano all his life. He could read music so he was always playing something new,” ... Read More »

Henry F. “Hank” Bucci, 82

Henry F. “Hank” Bucci, a lifelong resident of the Tarrytowns, died June 16. He was 82. Born in Tarrytown on June 14, 1933, he was the son of Natale and Mary Smercak Bucci. He graduated from North Tarrytown High School and went on to serve in the United States Army. Mr. Bucci was well-known in town as the proprietor of ... Read More »

Heather’s Work With Pioneer Team

Our practices were beginning to amount to progress, and a lot of it. The team was growing in strength, ability, and recognition. Every time I walked or talked with one of my new friends on the Pioneer Team, one of my friends from my classes in school would introduce themselves. My friends became their friends, and so it was for ... Read More »

Irvington Stage Door Welcomes Original Scripts from Playwrights

Last year, the Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) introduced two new series:  Irvington Stage Door, which presents readings of original works in progress followed by “talkbacks” between the creative team and audience, and Cabaret on the Hudson, which brings professional Cabaret artists from the New York City region to the Irvington stage.  Both series will return this fall, each featuring ... Read More »

Greg Lobato Among Four Police Officers Hired by SH

|  by Robert Kimmel  | Four new recruits are learning the basics this month as officers in the Sleepy Hollow Police Department. Among the four is Greg Lobato, the decorated war veteran and highly rated candidate who was turned down for the job a year ago by a split Board of Trustees. Lobato and the three others were hired last ... Read More »

July 2015 – Heard Around the Watercooler

WON Sleepy Hollow resident Jeffrey Friedkin won first prize in the 6th Annual 2015 Westchester County Amateur Photo Contest with his photo “Family Passage” taken in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. The exhibit is on view at the Howard and Ruth Jacobs Family Gallery in the Greenburgh Public Library through mid June. RECOGNIZED The Irvington High School Girls Track and Field Team ... Read More »

Visit Dobbs Ferry and Ossining for New Dining Experiences

|  by Linda Viertel  |  An easy, short drive north or south of our river towns provides diners with a variety of culinary options during summer’s leisurely pace. Your trip along Broadway to new casual destinations is sure to offer the adventurous an engaging meal in a new river town Sam’s Ristorante in Dobbs Ferry opened in 1952, and is still ... Read More »

Happenings in JUNE 2015

Monday 1 Johannes Brahms: His Life, Loves and Music: At 10:30 a.m. presentation by Ruth Albert Spencer at JCC on the Hudson. Call 366-7898 or visit www.jcconthehudson.org. Amazing Extracurriculars: At 7 p.m. college prep workshop for middle/high school students and parents at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Call 631-7734 or visit www.warnerlibrary.org. Wednesday 3 Jewish Unity Day Luncheon: At 12:15 ... Read More »

Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow Welcome New Village Attorneys

|  by Elaine Marranzano  | Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow have each retained new village attorneys with specialization in real estate development, municipal law and land use. Tarrytown’s new attorney is Steve Silverberg of Silverberg Zalantis in Tarrytown, replacing Jeffrey Shumejda, who resigned after 25 years due to health reasons. Silverberg previously provided legal services for Tarrytown on the development of ... Read More »

Ara Mantarian, 88

Ara Mantarian, a longtime resident of Irvington, died May 7. He was 88. Born in Newburyport, MA, he graduated from the University of New Hampshire. He then went on to Columbia University and received his Doctorate in Education. In 1958, he married his love Adelaide and moved to Irvington to start their life together. He was a teacher and retired ... Read More »

Jean Marie Moon, 91

Jean Marie Moon, a resident of Sleepy Hollow, died May 22. She was 91. She was born in North Tarrytown on March 1, 1924 and graduated from North Tarrytown High School in 1942. She married Willis C. Moon, Jr. in November 1953. He predeceased her in 1993. Mrs. Moon worked at Eastern Aircraft during WWII, at Goldberg’s Supply and then ... Read More »

How My Stay in New York City Profoundly Changed Me

Fabienne

|  By Fabienne Schneuwly  | I visited the United States of America for the first time at the age of 16. My trip led me from my home in Switzerland to a place called Menlo Park in California. I traveled on my own and stayed for a month. Everything was huge and exactly like in the movies: the houses, the ... Read More »

Tarrytown Director Films Documentary on Investing in Humanity

Sherry Saturno

  |  by Stefanie Sears  |   Inspirational. That is one way to describe social worker Sherry Saturno’s new documentary Human Investment. Educational is another. The 20-minute film consists of individual interviews with a group of social workers in the healthcare field that were all participants and speakers at the Care Management Summit at Binghamton University last year. They each ... 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 »

Posh Pretzels – Tarrytown’s Newest Taste Treat

Anyone with a discerning sweet tooth who enjoys the delectable combination of “salty, crunchy and sweet” will want to visit Posh Pretzel for a taste of Anne Marie D’Erasmo’s chic creations. She makes her handcrafted treats in-house with high quality French and Belgian chocolates in a large variety of flavors and covered in so many differing toppings, it’s hard to ... Read More »

Trilogy Consignment: Modern, Vintage and Artisan Clothing and Accessories

|  by Linda Viertel  | When Heather Reid decided to open her consignment store in Tarrytown, she named it Trilogy – a description of her featured clothing and accessories collection: 1) modern, 2) vintage and 3) artisan. Her curated collection of second-hand items from differing decades, in a multitude of styles and sizes, all have a certain timelessness. “Customers get ... Read More »

Castle Hotel & Spa: A Place of Peace and Tranquility

|  by Fabienne Schneuwly  | On a Tarrytown hilltop, with a breath-taking view of the Hudson River and surrounded by acres of manicured gardens, sits a picturesque castle built in the 19th century. The majestic building, formerly belonging to General Howard Carroll, a respected playwright and businessman, known as “The Castle,” has been newly renovated and refurbished. Continuing its tradition ... Read More »

Spring Into NaturalFit Pharmacy in Irvington

|  by Dylan Etzel  | It’s been almost eight months since NaturalFit Pharmacy opened at 104 Main Street in Irvington. Spacious shelves now brim with new products, ranging from cold remedies to locally crafted candles. Customers fill and refill prescriptions, as NaturalFit serves the health requirements of not only Irvington but also patrons of surrounding towns seeking a local solution ... Read More »