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Heard Around the Watercooler – May 2016

NAMED Three students from Irvington Middle School were named top chemists in the state after placing first, second and third at the New York “You Be The Chemist Challenge,” held April 16 at the BASF Research and Development Facility in Tarrytown. Seventh grader Henry Demarest won first place, while eighth graders Rishit Gupta and Zachary Rosman were named runner-up and ... Read More »

Ongoing Calendar Events for April (for Daily Events, Visit “What’s Happening” Calendar Listings on our Homepage)

Ongoing Events for April Westchester Jewish Film Festival:  Through April 20 at Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville.  Call 747-5555 or visit www.burnsfilmcenter.org. Lincoln and the Civil War: Lectures by Dr. Sara Mascia at 7 p.m. April 4 & 18, May 2 & 23 at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. To register call 631-7734. FrameWorks: Art on Film: April 28 – ... Read More »

Warner Oral Histories: Artists Among Us

by Krista Madsen Adding to the public mythology of the artist’s life as a condition one “survives,” there are a number of famous quotes about continual failure. Take, for instance, Samuel Beckett who once wrote, “Ever tried, ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” The tone however was quite different when we gathered a group of working ... Read More »

Young Men’s Mentoring Program of the Tarrytowns Expands Focus

by Kevin Brown Based on his personal experiences and seeing what his friends were dealing with, in late 2013, Roniel Bencosme assembled a few professionals from The Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow community to tell them about his idea of starting a hands-on and informal mentoring program for young men in our community. The group’s mission was to help young men prepare for ... Read More »

Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley Launches Fundraising Campaign with Broadway Show Music Concert

by Morey Storck On April 8 the first of four 30th Anniversary Celebration Fundraisers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Hudson Valley Chapter will be held at The Tarrytown Music Hall. The benefit concert of Broadway show music will present headlining performers who have appeared in starring or featured roles in recent Broadway musical theatre productions. These four signature events sponsored by ... Read More »

Sports – Tarrytown’s Brett Pesce Thriving as NHL Rookie in Carolina

by Gershon Rabinowitz In a city comprised of approximately eight million individuals, New York City is slowly becoming a home for budding NHL players. Fueled by Stanley Cup glory of the Rangers and Islanders in distant memory, its impact continues to dominate. Tarrytown native Brett Pesce is the latest to benefit, becoming a valuable second line defenseman as a rookie ... Read More »

Daffodils Bring Cheer to Tarrytown Area

by Nancy Stedman Each April, our area is awash with over 200,000 daffodils, some yellow, some white, some pink—and all gorgeous. You see them when you walk by the visitor’s center at the Rockefeller State Preserve, drive on Neperan Road, hike near the O’Hara Nature Center, enter Warner Library or travel pretty much anywhere local. This spring pageant isn’t an ... Read More »

Diaper Drive

Kids’ Club of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow held a diaper drive and breakfast on March 15.  At “Nappies for Neighbors”, more than 40 friends dropped by to learn more about Kids’ Club, and to support our effort to collect diapers for families from literacy and learning programs Smart Babies and Smart Toddlers, and Open Door Family Medical Centers,  — three ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler

PUBLISHED Tarrytown resident and multiple Tony Award winner Jack Viertel has just published The Secret Life of the American Musical which hit book stores in March. The Farrar Straus and Giroux text takes musicals apart, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings, all the while chronicling the ... Read More »

Ongoing Events (for DAILY events, please visit the “What’s Happening” Calendar on our Homepage)

ONGOING EVENTS: “Man of La Mancha”: March 3 – May 1 at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford. Dinner at 6:15 p.m. & show at 8 p.m. Call 592-2222 or visit www.broadwaytheatre.com. Great Opera Scenes in Great Movies: Presentation by Susan Grunthal from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on six Thursdays starting March 10 at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. ... Read More »

Oral Histories: Remembering the Original Tappan Zee Bridge

by Krista Madsen When Anne Petry of then-North Tarrytown was in the fourth grade, her teacher emphatically told the class, “there will never be a bridge” across this part of the Hudson. Citizens of Nyack and the Tarrytowns, separated by one of the widest parts of the river, got from one side to the other by putting their cars on ... Read More »

Commentary – Power Lunch Career Panel

First Person Account of Steven Cabreja speaking at Sleepy Hollow High School on January 13, as part of a three-member panel of service industry professionals. As a 2010 graduate of Sleepy Hollow High School, I was pleased to return on January 13th, to speak as a member of the “Power Lunch Career Panel.” I began by asking for a show ... Read More »

106 Years Young!

Dr. Gunter Lorenz, the oldest and most active member of the Men’s Club at the JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown, celebrated his 106th birthday with club members and other well-wishers in January. Dr. Lorenz lives in the Ossining/Briarcliff Manor area with his wife.       Read More »

Business News – Let’s Play! A Place for Families

by Stefanie Sears When Parents Place, a parent-child family program that served Westchester for years, was shut down and efforts to save it were unsuccessful, a group of parents set out to create the non-profit organization Let’s Play! A Place for Families. It opened on November 3, 2015 at the Tarrytown United Methodist Church, though it had been initially launched ... Read More »

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 »

Heard Around the Watercooler

DONATED Sleepy Hollow Middle School seventh grade students on Team Narwhal and Team Yeti collected more than 1,000 items for United for the Troops. This annual drive, founded by James Rathsmidt, was formed with the goal of sending a “little piece of home” to members of the military. The items were shipped overseas to men and women serving in the ... Read More »

Teatown’s Hudson River Annual EagleFest Celebrates the Return of the Bald Eagles to the Lower Hudson Valley

by Maria Ann Roglieri Each year more than 150 bald eagles, our national bird that was once an endangered species, spend the winter along Hudson Valley waterways. They come down from Canada, northern New York and New England to the lower Hudson Valley to feed on fish and waterfowl in unfrozen waters. Residents of the river towns enjoy watching them, ... Read More »

Friends, Family Celebrate the Life of Sleepy Hollow Teen

by W.B. King New York Times bestselling author of Wonder, R.J. Palacio, noted that “If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary — the world really would be a better place.” Those who were fortunate to call Owen Kelly a ... Read More »

Oral History: Hudson Street’s Helen Manca

by Krista Madsen Helen Manca, 99, is my next-door neighbor and popular with my two young daughters for her endlessly replenishing bowl of M&Ms. Since we moved here in 2009, we’ve enjoyed her stories of growing up in the very house she still lives in, so it felt special to be able to record them for this installment of the ... Read More »

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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AWARDED Margaret Black, Vice President of Operations at Allan Block Insurance Agency, has been awarded the Frederick Dayton Award. Each year, The Independent Insurance Agents of Westchester County (IIAWC) present the Frederick H. Dayton Award to an agent who has contributed meaningfully to the IIAWC and their community. Margaret Black has held positions with IIAWC as President and chaired the ... Read More »

EF Students Celebrate First Thanksgiving with Local Host Families

by Maria Ann Roglieri On November 26, international students at the EF English language school in Tarrytown celebrated their first Thanksgiving at the home of host families all over Westchester and New York City. The EF program, “Take a Student Home for Thanksgiving,” began in 2011 with 10 students and local community participants, and has grown exponentially since then, through ... Read More »

Tis’ the Season to be Giving

Ways to Help families in Need this Holiday Season | by Dorothy Conigliaro | The residents of Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Irvington have always proved themselves ready to help – whether in times of emergency or in times of need. As the holidays approach, many local organizations are asking for help in making sure that all of our neighbors, young ... Read More »

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 »