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Sleepy Hollow Singer/Songwriter Uses Cancer Diagnosis as Inspiration

by W.B. King From an early age, Bianca Muniz was enveloped by an eclectic range of rhythms and melodies. So, it’s not surprising that this talented 22-year old singer, songwriter and pianist will follow up her 2016 EP release, “Scary Dreams,” with an anticipated full-length album, “For You,” next summer. What’s surprising is that she is battling cancer for the ... Read More »

Rockefeller Preserve Administrative Director Jessika

by Stefanie Sears Rockefeller State Park Preserve, a 1,600- acre ever-growing haven of open space, provides numerous outdoor opportunities for hiking, biking, equestrian activities and carriage rides. The Preserve’s current success is thanks to Jessika Creedon, the Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve’s Administrative Director. She has been in this role for a year now and works closely with ... Read More »

Make-A-Wish to Honor MLB Commissioner

Rob Manfred

Major League Baseball Commissioner and Tarrytown resident Rob Manfred will be honored at this year’s annual Make-A-Wish Ball on Friday, May 12 at the Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown. Manfred, along with hundreds of other distinguished guests and community leaders from throughout the Hudson Valley, will pay tribute to the courage of the more than 2,500 children ... Read More »

Irvington Playwright Robert Firpo-Cappiello To Perform Solo Show in NYC on June 6

by Paula Romanow Etzel Irvington resident Robert Firpo-Cappiello will perform his new play, Festa, at Dixon Place in Manhattan on Tuesday, June 6 at 7:30 pm. Firpo-Cappiello is a writer, actor, director, and composer whose highly-acclaimed solo show Beggars Rain was presented as part of the Irvington Town Hall Theater’s Stage Door Reading Series in October, 2015.  Upon garnering rave reviews ... Read More »

Earth Day 2017

Cleaning Up: Friends of Tarrytown Lakes took part in the annual cleanup as part of Earth Day activities throughout the villages. — Photo by Sunny McLean Read More »

Our Neighbors – Tarrytown Music Hall Board Chair Rob Clarfeld

Tarrytown Music Hall Board Chair Rob Clarfeld poses in his office.

by Barrett Seaman  Like the corner office he occupies on the third floor of a modern office building on White Plains Road, Rob Clarfeld is big, bright, expansive, guileless. He’s also a highly successful money manager. His Clarfeld Financial Advisors was ranked fourth among the top independent wealth managers by Barron’s last year, and Forbes singled out his penchant for ... Read More »

Warner Oral History: Vital Arts Organizations of 10591

Mark Morganelli

In a week when American arts institutions were feeling very threatened by President Trump’s proposed federal budget cuts, a half-dozen local leaders of arts institutions got together for the latest culture-themed Warner Library Oral History session. Björn Olsson of the Tarrytown Music Hall was in attendance, while jazz entrepreneur Mark Morganelli had to duck out early to take care of ... Read More »

Tarrytown Resident Named Food Bank President and CEO

Food Bank for Westchester, the leading organization providing programs for the 200,000 county residents who are food insecure, announced the appointment of Tarrytown resident Leslie B. Gordon as its new President and CEO, effective January 17, 2017. Gordon, a fourth generation Tarrytown resident, has extensive experience at City Harvest developing initiatives to serve the hungry in New York City. She ... Read More »

Sean Chillemi: Ren Shen Healing

by Linda Viertel Oriental medicine, oftentimes described as non-traditional or “alternative,” is becoming an increasingly sought after treatment modality for not only curing aches, cramps and pains, but also diagnosing and relieving the body’s ailments through a variety of therapeutic treatments. And, at Ren Shen Healing, owner and primary practitioner Sean E. Chillemi, MSTOM LA.c, LMT, HHC, brings his credentials ... Read More »

“Feed a Family Campaign” Launched During Holiday Season

by Robert Kimmel Indulging heartily in food during the festive holiday period from Thanksgiving through Christmas is a practice followed by many of us; however, that is not the case for the tens of thousands of Westchester residents who don’t have the means to obtain a proper meal. Long a resource to help people in need, The Food Bank for ... Read More »

The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns’ Youth Members Visit Haiti

by Stefanie Sears Reverend Jeff Gargano and nine young members of The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns spent a week of their summer (July 20-July 27) participating in Helping Hands for Haiti. The teens, Katie Miles, Kevon Lewis, Matt Bischof, Jack Steurer, Juliette Phillips, Tesher Zafrin, Hunter Burnett, Owen Steele, and Nathan Gargano, volunteered while learning about Haiti’s culture and ... Read More »

Watercooler – Heard Around the Watercooler

NOMINATED Congratulations to Sleepy Hollow High School for winning 12 Metro Award nominations for its 2016 musical, “Seussical!” including Best Overall Production. Henry Titcomb was nominated as Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as the Cat in the Hat; Zoe Kaplan was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role as Gertrude McFuzz; and Francis Pace-Nunez, who ... Read More »

Numbers by Day, Easel at Night for SH’s Lisa Santo

Lisa Santo has no problem using both hemispheres of her brain. By day, she is a financial advisor in New York City, dealing with facts and figures, processing reams of financial, economic and investment information, formulating strategies to help meet her clients’ complex portfolio challenges: all prototypical left-brained behaviors. After work, though, when it’s time to relax at home in ... Read More »

Oversized Ducks and Women Underneath Symbolize Annual Derby

by Robert Kimmel Two oversized yellow-plumed duckys have become fixtures, poised atop the starting bridge over Andre Brook at Patriot’s Park before each heat of the annual Rotary Club of the Tarrytowns’ Rubber Ducky Derby. For the ninth consecutive Derby, late last month, they drew the crowd’s attention as they dropped hundreds of the little rubber duckys from baskets into ... Read More »

Warner Oral Histories: Life in the Van Tassel

by Krista Madsen The Van Tassel (lovingly called “VT”) is no ordinary apartment complex. Its history is rich and fascinating, as we discovered from a handful of long-time residents who gathered at the latest Warner Library Oral Histories session. Some facts: • The bas relief medallions flanking the top of the main entrance are portraits of explorer Henry Hudson and ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »