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Changes in Educational Rules Welcomed by Local School Superintendents

By Robert Kimmel New York State and congressional actions in December altering two major educational programs are drawing mostly positive responses from Dr. Daniel McCann, Interim Superintendent of the Union Free District of the Tarrytowns and Dr. Kristopher Harrison, Superintendent of Irvington Public Schools. Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which, in effect, ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Football Club Teams Find Success in Second Year

by Michael Weitzen Sleepy Hollow Football Club (SHFC) opened its second year in September with expansion as the club registered three additional teams in the Westchester Youth Soccer League and our community’s two new artificial turf fields opened for wider use. At the close of the fall season, the club was shocked by its own success when seven out of ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Holiday Hoops Tournament Excites

by Kevin Brown The 24th Annual Howard Godwin Memorial Tournament took place in December and this season, the excitement ratcheted up to a whole new level. The tournament’s inception in 1992 was created by local residents Howard and Mimi Godwin as a way to showcase local basketball and school pride in a showcase tournament for both boys and girls varsity ... Read More »

SH High Student Wins Science Award

by Robert Kimmel Sleepy Hollow High School senior Elizabeth Silver, recent winner of the Acorda Scientific Excellence Award, “is genuinely concerned about treating and healing human diseases,” stated Janet Longo-Abinanti, Career Coordinator and Science Research Instructor at SHHS. She described Silver as “…one of the top students of my career not only because of her high level of intelligence but ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler

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DONATED During their annual Spirit Week in October, Sleepy Hollow High School students collected over 3,000 cans of food for the Tarrytown Food Pantry and raised $1,836.41 from the newest addition to the school’s Spirit Week line-up: Penny Wars. With the winning grade of Spirit Week given the honor of selecting the organization to donate the money raised by Penny ... Read More »

Irvington’s Safe Kids Campaign Gets into High Gear

by Barrett Seaman June 4, 2015, Prom Night: the big social event on Irvington High School’s calendar, held at the Westchester Manor in Hastings. But instead of limos or students behind the wheels of their own cars, coming from who knows where, having consumed who knows what, the party began with a line of buses pulling up in front of ... 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 »

Sleepy Hollow High School Power Lunch

Kids’ Club is excited to continue its work with the SHHS Career Program’s Power Lunch series this year. By helping to identify and invite the speakers, and also underwriting the lunch, on October 28th Kids’ Club helped launch the first presentation of the season, which focused on careers in the food industry. 50 students, along with SHHS Principal Carol Conklin-Spillane, Guidance Department Chair ... Read More »

Making Our Streets Safer for Pedestrians

by Lionel Beehner Guest Commentary The car entered the crosswalk, oblivious to me and the stroller full of my two toddlers I was pushing. It was the corner of Franklin Street and Route 9 – right next to a school, of all places. The driver – a blonde woman in her 40s – struck us head-on. Then she did the ... 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 »

IchabodReads Champions the Love of Reading

IchabodReads encourages children to read from an early age. IchabodReads champions the love of reading and the pleasure of reading together! In our first year, IchabodReads was able to donate approximately 100 hardcover books to local programs including Parents Place and Asociacion de Familias Hispanas de Tarrytowns With your assistance in 2015, we will provide books to:  Asociacion de Familias ... 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 »

Transfiguration Students Honor WWII Vets in Letter Writing Campaign

by Neal Rentz For students in grades five through eight at the Transfiguration School in Tarrytown, World War II is something more than what they have read about in textbooks. Pupils in social studies classes taught by Rosemary Holodak have formed a bond with those who fought in the conflict. The students wrote letters to veterans from the Hudson Valley ... Read More »

Five Seniors to Lead Sleepy Hollow Boys Basketball Team

by Heather Colley After two consecutive seasons with much success, the Sleepy Hollow High School varsity boys’ basketball team is hoping to continue its winning ways with many returning players and some new faces, under the leadership of Coach Christopher Starace. The returning seniors this year are Wendell Brand, Mike Morales, Harry Bogusz, Gabe McGuire, and Steven Grady. This year’s ... Read More »

Bands, Beers, Burgers: Winter Blues Fest Returns to Tarrytown

by Zoe Kaplan Get rid of your winter blues with the 3rd annual Winter Blues Fest, coming to Tarrytown on January 9. From 7 p.m. to midnight at the Hudson Harbor Space, community members can enjoy bands, beers (thanks to an open bar), and burgers, all while benefiting the Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Boosters. This year the event will showcase ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Varsity Soccer Teams Enjoy Successful Seasons

|by Heather Colley| Fall 2015 was a stand-out season for the boys and girls varsity soccer teams of Sleepy Hollow. The boys’ team built on solid records in recent years to post an impressive record of nine wins and five losses. This was good enough to place the team as the seventh seed for the sectional tournament, the highest seed ... Read More »

Irvington Fall Sports Teams Excel

Irvington High School athletes have had an impressive run this season, as four varsity teams –girls’ soccer, girls and boys cross-country and girls’ volleyball – continue to remain involved in postseason play. The undefeated girls’ soccer team, at 17-0, won their Class B quarterfinal game 5-1 against Ardsley, thanks to sophomore Zoe Maxwell’s four goals. The team has won the ... 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 »

Expanded Fitness, Early Learning Centers Completed at YMCA

| by Rick Pezzullo |  The Family YMCA at Tarrytown has gotten a facelift in recent months to complement its growing fitness and early learning programs, and even more changes are planned in the near future. “This is very focused, very efficient,” said Barbara Turk, the Y’s Vice President of Marketing and Community Development. “We’re only doing what we can ... Read More »

New Assistant Principal at Irvington High Appointed

| by Rick Pezzullo | Steven Corbett was founding principal of the EastHarlem Scholars Academy II. Corbett was appointed last month by the Board of Education as the new assistant principal at Irvington High School. Prior to joining Irvington on July 8, Corbett served as the founding principal of the East Harlem Scholars Academy II since 2013. During his two years ... Read More »

Standout SH High Track Athlete Striving for College Success

| by Katy Kachnowski | While the competitive athletic careers of many graduated seniors have come to a close, the careers of some others will keep on running–literally. Recent Sleepy Hollow High School graduate Daniel Elia will continue his track and field career at the Division 1 Sacred Heart University this September. Over the past five years, Elia has been ... Read More »

Irvington Schools Hire Firm to Ensure Computer System is Secure

| by Rick Pezzullo| The Irvington Board of Education hired a security firm last month to conduct an audit of the district’s computer system after an internal breach of security within its computer network allegedly by two Middle School students was discovered in June. Edutech, which has also done work in Ardsley, Harrison, and the City of Rye, was given a ... Read More »

“These Are Our Children”

| by Barrett Seaman | Alone among those who spoke out at the July 20 Irvington village board meeting about Monte Nido’s plan to use 65 West Clinton Avenue as a home for adolescent eating disorder patients, Dr. Mary Bongiovi voiced her approval. Dr. Bongiovi, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Columbia University as well as an Irvington resident (though not ... Read More »

Bretti Appointed Interim Principal at Washington Irving School

Susan Bretti was appointed by the Board of Education of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns as interim elementary principal of Washington Irving School, effective August 1. Bretti has worked in the education field for 20 years. For the last 10 years she served as a full-time Elementary Consulting Teacher in the Bedford School District. In that role she was ... Read More »

Young Actor Takes on Challenging Role in Shakespeare Festival

| by Jonathan Ortiz | The character of Mamillius from Shakespeare’s late romance, The Winter’s Tale, despite only living through the first half of the play, is in no way an insignificant role. The death of Leontes’s heir, Mamillius, marks the tale’s turning point from the cold psychological tyranny of the King’s bitter jealousy to his remorse and the eventual rebirth ... 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 »

School Budgets Approved in Tarrytown, Irvington, Pocantico Hills

|  by Rick Pezzullo  | School budgets were approved by voters Tuesday night in the Tarrytown, Irvington and Pocantico Hills school districts. In Tarrytown, the $72.57 million budget, which increase spending by $1.36 million from this year, passed 430 to 139. The tax levy increase in the proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year falls well below the allowable state ... Read More »