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Peaceful Protest at Patriots Park

Tarrytown’s peaceful protest in response to the Parkland, Florida public school massacre and against the NRA and its support of continued gun access. Westchester’s recently elected County Executive, George Latimer, was in attendance.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE TO TARRYTOWN WATER CONSUMERS – POSSIBLE LOW WATER PRESSURE DURING WATER TANK REHABILITATION

Dear Residents and Business Owners:  Starting on or about February 26, 2018, and continuing until the work is completed, one of Tarrytown’s Water Storage Tanks will be removed from service for scheduled repairs. During this time period, there will be no interruption of water service but you may experience low water pressure in your home.  The village asks everyone for ... Read More »

Peaceful Protest at Patriots Park

Tarrytown has joined the towns and cities spread across the nation where anti-gun rallies have taken place.  Spurred  by the gun carnage which saw 17 people killed at a school in Parkland, Florida, some 100 residents demonstrated along Route 9, North Broadway, this past weekend to protest the lack of action in Washington to prevent  such gun deaths. Parents and ... Read More »

Washington Irving Fifth Graders Learn Scholarly Ways —With the Help of the Rockefeller Archives

by Barrett Seaman  – The long corridor of the Washington Irving School’s main floor was lined end to end with poster displays—each attended by a neatly-dressed fifth grade student, ready to explain to visitors (most of them parents and other relatives) what his or her project was all about. Each display followed the same format: the center panel was labeled ... Read More »

A New Piano for the Music Hall

By Dean Gallea –  On Tuesday, February 13, the Tarrytown Music Hall unveiled its new Steinway Model D Concert Grand piano, at a “Piano-Warming” party for member-donors, Board members, staff and dignitaries. Music Hall Board Treasurer Kent Sheng purchased the piano from Steinway Hall in New York and donated it to the Music Hall. He had auditioned a number of ... Read More »

Irvington Man Accused of Serial Sexual Assaults

According to several news organizations, New York City Police are investigating more than a dozen accusations of sexual assault by former clients of voice-over coach Peter Rofé, a resident of Irvington. The story, including graphic accounts that fit a pattern of behavior going back over a decade, was first reported by CNN.com. It is based on Twitter and Facebook exchanges ... Read More »

March Exhibit at the Irvington Public Library: “Forest and Trees” by Jim Maciel

Jim Maciel artwork

Irvington-On-Hudson March Exhibit at the Irvington Public Library: “Forest and Trees” by Jim Maciel Jim Maciel returns to the Martucci Gallery in the Irvington Public Library to exhibit “Forest and Trees,” detailed Sumi Ink brush drawings on watercolor paper.  Sumi Ink is the black ink used in Japanese calligraphy.  Maciel works from photographs taken during his travels, this time through ... Read More »

A Tribute to David Swope, 76

Kind, gentle, warm-hearted and humble – David Swope possessed all of these soulful traits and more, which is rare for a generous philanthropist, community leader and business owner. He passed away at home on Wednesday, January 31st after a long and debilitating illness. But, typical of his quietly courageous self, he was undaunted to the end. David had served as ... Read More »

Irvington Town Hall Theater Celebrates Black History Month with Groundbreaking Play on February 24

The Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) continues its celebration of Black History Month with a one night only, fully-staged reading of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking play, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, presented by 4th Wall Theatre, on Saturday, February 24th at 7:30 pm. The piece is billed as a “choreopoem” and weaves together 20 separate poems with music, movement, and narratives to tell ... Read More »

Irvington’s Read Aloud Day Draws Celebrity Readers

Irvington Schools have been participating in Litworld and UNESCO’s World Read Aloud Day to promote literacy for years, but this is the first time the schools have invited outsiders—prominent members of the community—to be their readers. On the morning of February 1st, Kindergartners through fifth graders gathered round in their classrooms at both the Dow’s Lane and Main Street Schools ... Read More »

Water Usage Curbs Sought by Tarrytown Officials

by Robert Kimmel –  “They would be looking for us to establish a new law local law within the Village Code for water conservation. Obviously, they want all the municipalities that buy water from them to reduce our ‘lost’ water.” — Richard Slingerland Tarrytown has signed on to a proposal developed by its water supplier, New York City, to cut ... Read More »

Irvington: Late in Coming with Comp Plan, but Getting There

by Barrett Seaman –  The draft report from Irvington’s Comprehensive Planning Committee is late by five months, and it’s still only just a draft. But a copy obtained by The Hudson Independent offers a generally clear picture of the direction the eight-member committee wants the village to take going forward—and it’s not a lot different from what village officials outlined ... Read More »

Third Public Workshop Set for Tarrytown’s Comprehensive Plan

Photo by Tim Thayer - eyebuzz.com

by Robert Kimmel –  With the completion of Tarrytown’s new Comprehensive Plan expected by May, the village is providing another opportunity for residents to offer their input toward its advancement. The Plan’s consulting team has scheduled its third Public Workshop for Tuesday, February 27, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Warner Library. As a starter, attendees will hear a formal ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Seeks Public Input as it Kicks Off Comp Plan

by Rick Pezzullo –  More than 150 residents turned out January 11 at the James Galgano Senior Center in Sleepy Hollow at the kickoff meeting for the village’s comprehensive plan. Mayor Ken Wray stressed it was vital for residents to participate in the estimated 18-month process since Sleepy Hollow’s population of 10,000 is expected to grow by a third in ... Read More »

Point/Counterpoint – Bike Lanes and Broadway

Let’s Move Forward on Bike Lanes for Broadway Let’s Go Slow on Bike Lanes Before Acting Let’s Move Forward on Bike Lanes for Broadway by Daniel Convissor –  The rivertowns are collaborating on the Route 9 Active Transportation study. This process has stimulated discussion in Tarrytown on how to make Broadway work for everybody, thereby bolstering our businesses and safety. ... Read More »

Toll Brothers Selected as Builder of Phase One on Edge-on-Hudson Project

by Robert Kimmel –  The first structures to be built within Edge-on-Hudson, the mixed-use development at Sleepy Hollow’s riverfront are expected to be 11 free-standing homes, constructed by Toll Brothers, a luxury home builder whose work is known locally and nationwide. The company has signed an agreement with the developers, SunCal and Diversified Realty Advisors to purchase the lots and ... Read More »

Letters – Article on SALT Deduction was Misleading

To the Editor: Your lead article in January’s edition is misleading in one important respect. While it is true that the limitation of the SALT deduction to $10,000 disproportionately affects high-income taxpayers in high tax states, like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the same Tax Reform Act eliminated the AMT (Alternative Minimum TAX), disproportionately benefiting those same taxpayers.  The ... Read More »

Letters – Interests of Irvington’s Residents Should Be First with Astorbuck

To the Editor: Thank you for your recent article concerning the Astorbuck corporation’s proposal to re-zone a residential neighborhood in the heart of Irvington into a 44-car commercial parking lot. There is no benefit to Irvington residents from this project – only increased traffic, noise, air and light pollution. The Trent building is literally adjacent to a train station. Irvington ... Read More »

Inquiring Photographer – “From where did your ancestors immigrate, and what are your feelings about the immigration issue?

Dylan Smith Tarrytown “Peru and Ireland. There should be more freedom to immigrate because I feel it is helpful to grow our economy.”   Ralph Levey Tarrytown “Poland and Russia. There should be full immigration. No limits or controls, because that’s what we are.”   Ann Neilsen Tarrytown “Ireland and Italy. We need leaders in all parts of our country ... Read More »

Obituaries – January 2018

William Maguire, 90 William J. Maguire, a lifelong resident of Sleepy Hollow, died January 10. He was 90. He attended Saint Teresa Elementary School in North Tarrytown and graduated from North Tarrytown High School. Immediately after his high school graduation in 1945, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country during World War II. He was most ... Read More »

Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute Accepting Applications for Summer Programs

The Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute offers yearlong and summer programs to adults and youth in grades 8-12. “Now more than ever we believe it’s time to offer young women the tools they need to become the next generation of leaders we see in the world,” said Antoinette Klatzky, Executive Director, Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute. The Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute brings ... Read More »

Camp Defines and Develops Character in Youth

Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines character as one of the attributes or features that makes up and distinguishes an individual. Character development is tricky. It isn’t something that can be learned from a textbook or in a lecture — it is learned through teachable moments and experiences. So where can families turn to help provide the right environment for character development? ... Read More »

Hamlet and I HATE Hamlet to be Staged at Lyndhurst

by Morey Storck –  M&M Performing Arts Company will bring I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick, a comedy with a ghost, to the Lyndhurst mansion for four consecutive weekends, opening February 10 and running through March 4. The plot revolves around the character Andrew Rally, an actor who seems to have it all: a hit television series, a beautiful girlfriend, ... Read More »

Where, Oh Where, Should the New Bridge’s Toll Gantry Be?

by Barrett Seaman –   You may recall the Norwegian fairytale of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, featuring an ugly troll that threatened to devour any creature that dared cross over his bridge. In the end, the three billy goats vanquished the troll but not without considerable delay and a great deal of angst. Bridge crossing has become decidedly more civilized ... Read More »

Irvington Attorney Appointed Greenburgh Judge

Irvington Attorney Appointed Greenburgh Judge: Irvington attorney Christie D’Alessio, a Mercy College and Pace Law School grad, was appointed Greenburgh Town Judge by the Town Board. Supervisor Paul Feiner called her “a highly qualified candidate who has dedicated her legal career as a public servant.” She previously spent 13 years with the Westchester County Attorney’s office as a litigator handling ... Read More »

SH Resident on U.S. Women’s World Cup Qualifying U-20 National Soccer Team

Samantha Coffey, a resident of Sleepy Hollow and 2017 Master’s School graduate, is a member of the United States’ 20-player team for the 2018 Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Women’s Under-20 Championship which took place in Trinidad and Tobago. Coffey, 19, a midfielder, who is a freshman at Boston College, is one of 16 collegiate ... Read More »

Study Recommends Re-Opening Broadway Ramp to New Bridge

by Robert Kimmel –  An analysis by an independent traffic consulting firm has recommended that the temporarily closed ramp to the new Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge on South Broadway in Tarrytown be re-opened. The report was under review this week by the village’s Board of Trustees which will decide whether or not to request that the New York Thruway Authority ... Read More »

From El Salvador to Westchester: An Immigrant’s Journey

by Charlene Weigel –  Camila and her son Paul crouched silently behind the door. Camila’s husband pounded and kicked. “Open the door. You’re going to pay for this.” The attack followed a domestic violence report that Camila filed with the San Salvador police. Their response was to tell her to change the locks on her door. Camila had nowhere to ... Read More »

EF Campus Plays Host to a Training Camp for Au Pairs

by Barrett Seaman –   Maria and Sophia need help. They are due at a lecture on personal safety, but they don’t know how to get to the lecture hall in one of the many buildings that make up the sprawling EF campus perched on the hilltop overlooking Tarrytown and the Hudson. Their English is not perfect, but they manage to ... Read More »

Riverfront Homeowners Decry FDNY Fireboat Moored in Sleepy Hollow

FDNY Fireboat

by Rick Pezzullo –  A fireboat that was utilized in rescue efforts following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in Manhattan and the “Miracle on the Hudson” emergency airplane landing on January 15, 2009 suddenly appeared on Thanksgiving weekend outside the windows of riverfront homeowners in Sleepy Hollow. And, it has created waves. A group of residents from River Street ... Read More »

A Chorus Line Is One Singular Sensational Blast at WBT

by Morey Storck –  A Chorus Line opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on July 25, 1975, with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and a book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante. The musical was conceived, choreographed and directed by Michael Bennett, and for the first time, effective control moved from the creators to the ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Cantonese Cooking Comes to Irvington

Mr. Koo’s Kitchen, chef/owner Ben Pope’s exceptional creation, features an homage to his family’s Cantonese roots; his menu is neither traditional nor modern, but a delicate blending of Chinese and Western elements. Born in Hong Kong, Pope moved to New Caledonia, a French colony, where he experienced a remarkable fusion cuisine: a complex mélange of Asian, French and native dishes. ... Read More »

Irvington’s Female Core Four Motivated by Unfinished Business

by Tom Pedulla –  Seniors Mary Brereton, Kelly Degnan, Heather Hall and Olivia Valdes have won so many girls basketball games for Irvington High School that there is only one thing left to accomplish – win it all. Their remarkable on- and off-court chemistry, developed since they started competing together in the third grade, has helped the Bulldogs earn six ... Read More »

SH/TT Chamber of Commerce Elects New Leadership

by Robert Kimmel  –     The two newly elected co-presidents of the Greater Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown (SH/TT) Chamber of Commerce see the organization increasing its commitment to both communities it represents. The two, Philip Johnson and Glen Taylor, were elected to their leadership roles at the Chamber’s January meeting. Johnson is Executive Director at Education First (EF) in Tarrytown, overseeing ... Read More »

News from Phelps

Dr. Emil Nigro is now President of Medical Staff Phelps Hospital announced that Dr. Emil Nigro, formerly the Medical Director of Emergency Services, has been appointed President of the Medical Staff.  In this role, Dr. Nigro will preside over the governing body for the medical practitioners at Phelps and will also serve as the Chairman of the Medical Board. During ... Read More »

Parking Proposal for Tarrytown’s Downtown Dissolves

by Robert Kimmel –  A proposal that would have helped to ease parking problems on certain nights in Tarrytown’s business district has collapsed. The plan was to have used the lot behind the CVS store on North Broadway for valet parking Thursday through Sunday from 6 p.m. to midnight. The plan was originally conceived last year by Edward Coco Jr., ... Read More »

Watercooler

by Maria Ann Roglieri –  Irvington Spelling Bee Champions Main Street School hosted its 11th annual Spelling Bee championship for fourth- and fifth-graders on Jan. 10. A total of 83 fourth-graders and 93 fifth-graders participated in the pre-bee qualifying round, which took place on Dec. 19. The students were provided with an overview of the competition and a list of ... Read More »

Experts Call Vaping by Children a Looming Health Crisis

by Elaine Marranzano –  “Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances of all time. If these kids start using it in the seventh or eighth grade – by the time they get to high school it’s all done.” — Dr. Richard Stumacher The skyrocketing popularity of vaping among young people is alarming experts who warn the popular fad is ... Read More »

U.S. Postal Service Problems – We Want To Know

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There has been an increase in reports of problems with the U.S. Postal Service lately. Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner has taken it up with representatives and officials in Washington. The Hudson Independent would like to know of any problems readers in our core villages of Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Irvington have had with mail delivery or mail service. If ... Read More »

Thruway Authority Offers One-Month Amnesty for Unpaid TZ Bridge Tolls

By Barrett Seaman   – Sometime during the past two years, you might have crossed the Tappan Zee Bridge (or since October, its replacement, the Mario C. Cuomo Bridge), slipped under the overhead cameras that read license plates and/or mounted EZPass tags but neglected to pay the bill. You’re not alone: hundreds of thousands of people are guilty of the same ... Read More »

The Shames JCC’s Wellness Series

Shames JCC on the Hudson

The Shames JCC’s wellness series continues: On Sunday, January 21st from 2-5PM, experience “Life without Fear”, a two-hour workshop on how meditation can relieve anxiety. The symptoms of anxiety, tension, and stress are well known, but the antidotes to this modern epidemic often seem elusive. In this workshop featuring international meditation teacher Jeff Carreira, attendees will explore a form of ... Read More »

Winning Poems To be Engraved On Sleepy Hollow Sidewalk

Sidewalk

By Robert Kimmel –  While Hollywood stars have their footprints and handprints immortalized in cement  in front of  Grauman’s Chinese Theater, local rivertown residents now have a chance to make a literary impression in cement.  It is an opportunity that doesn’t arrive very often, and it doesn’t involve footprints or handprints. “Poetry in the Pavement Program” is part of a ... Read More »

Irvington Town Hall Theater To Present “Rock the Winter Blues” Film Series January 12 and February 2

The Irvington Town Hall Theater (ITHT) Commission, which oversees the historic 115-year-old, 432-seat theater in Town Hall of Irvington, New York has announced the launch of a two-date winter film series — Rock the Winter Blues — at the theater, with screenings on Friday, January 12, 2018, and Friday, February 2, 2018, each starting at 7:30pm. Both screenings will be followed by live music ... Read More »

13 Years of Balanced Community Journalism

With this issue, The Hudson Independent begins its 13th year of bringing news and other relevant information to the rivertown villages we serve. With a readership of more than 20,000 each month, we have become the dominant community newspaper serving Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown and Irvington. From time to time, when an issue particularly affects our communities, we have covered stories ... Read More »

Inquiring Photographer – What is Your New Year’s Resolution?

by Alexa Brandenberg –  Heather Hewett Sleepy Hollow “I am contemplating a New Year’s resolution inspired by the writer Ann Patchett, which is to give up personal shopping for the year.”   Herinel Pichardo Works in Tarrytown “Honestly? To learn to be nicer to people.”   Leah Scarpatti Sleepy Hollow “To spread love and awareness through my music and words.” ... Read More »

Obituaries December 2017

Vincent Krizmancic, 94 Vincent “Vinko” Krizmancic, a resident of Sleepy Hollow, died peacefully in his home December 9. He was 94. He was born in Trieste, Italy on June 30, 1923 to Anton and Ana (Cebron) Krizmancic. During WWII, he served with the Allied Forces and after the war he spent the next six years working on cargo ships as ... Read More »

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Donald H. Whitely –  Dr. King was honored with the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1964. He was the youngest man to ever receive the award at the age of 35. On April 4, 1968, my sister Tina and I had just started doing our homework in our family’s second floor, five-room apartment. My sister was in her room, ... Read More »

Winter Blues Concert to Rock the Music Hall

Tarrytown Music Hall - photo by Tim Thayer

by David Neilsen –  On Saturday, Jan 6, the Tarrytown Music Hall will be transformed into a local dance club as the venue for the 5th annual Winter Blues concert. Produced by the Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Boosters, the event features local acts The Incumbents, Juke Joint and the Tarrytown Horns, and the always-popular Losing Our Faculties–a band made up ... Read More »

Sleepy High School Freshman Makes History in Music

by Tom Pedulla –  When Ben Poret was an infant, his parents, Amy and Hal, would stand at the foot of the crib, singing anything but lullabies. “He was getting Pink Floyd and Cat Stevens and Yes and Paul Simon,” Hal said. “Whatever I could get on guitar and sing.” Perhaps that helps to explain the source of Ben’s extraordinary ... Read More »

Tarrytown Resident Releases Debut Album After 20-Year Hiatus

by Rick Pezzullo –  It is said good things come to those who wait, and patience is a virtue –  two proverbial phrases that Tarrytown resident and musician Brad King can certainly attest to. In the mid-1990s, King, who is also a freelance writer for The Hudson Independent, formed a group called Lotus Revival with Noelle Doughty in New Paltz. ... Read More »

Creative Hearts: A Unique Art and Enrichment Program for Children

by Morey Storck –  Director and lead teacher Emily Gosweiler is the founder of Creative Hearts and the creator of its unique, uplifting approach to educating the whole child. As their mission statement emphasizes: “We use every moment of the day as a teaching tool to focus on empathy, compassion, kindness, self-confidence, and love. We accept and respect them, just ... Read More »

Irvington High School Students Recognized

Five Irvington High School students – Luke Carmosino, Miranda Farman, Jess Greene, Zoe Maxwell and Eric Pastarnack – were recognized for their achievements and dedication to their sports during the fall season when they received certificates at the Dec. 5 Board of Education meeting. —Photo courtesy of Irvington School District Read More »

Asociacion de Familias Hispanas de los Tarrytowns

The Public Schools of the Tarrytowns’ Asociacion de Familias Hispanas de los Tarrytowns (AFHT) held their annual Family Holiday Celebration on December 20 at John Paulding School. Over 85 families gathered for a festive evening, enjoying a potluck dinner, holiday crafts, music and a performance by Jilly Puppets. Lots of community volunteers were on hand, and Kids’ Club provided desserts ... Read More »

Irvington Junior Point Guard Inspired by Sister’s Past Success

by Tom Pedulla –  Colby Martins never needed to look beyond his sister, Lexi, for a basketball role model. She was that good. Lexi closed her Irvington career as the school’s all-time leading scorer (1,879) and rebounder (1,485) in powering her team to four state championships. She was a three-time Class B Player of the Year. She went on to ... Read More »

Tomatillo Reopens

Tomatillo, David Starkey’s popular Mexican restaurant in Dobbs Ferry, has reopened after a small electrical fire in the building knocked out power and forced closure for nearly 4 ½ months. Con Ed required the apartment building to redo all of the electrical meters and move all gas meters. Tenants in 36 apartments were forced to move out, and their apartments ... Read More »

Matt Arone Named Recreation Superintendent in Sleepy Hollow

by Kevin Brown –  Matt Arone has been hired as the new Recreation Superintendent in Sleepy Hollow. Arone comes to the village from his position as Deputy Superintendent in the Village of Scarsdale and brings a wealth of credentials preparing him for the job. Arone has been a full-time municipal recreation professional for 22 years. He started it all with ... Read More »

Visiting Students Experience Holidays in New and Expanded Ways

by Julia Ann Friedman – EF students in Tarrytown come to this country from all over the world, seeking an education in which they learn and utilize the English language. For these students, an enticing aspect of being in the New York metro area is all of the holiday traditions, especially during the winter months. Christmas in New York is ... Read More »

Dispute Over Oil Barge Anchorage on Hudson Heads Toward Resolution

by Robert Kimmel – Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, along with other organizations, municipalities and thousands of residents along its shores, are of single mind when it comes to the Hudson River. They do not want to see a significant increase in barges or other oil-carrying vessels that could pose “potential dangers” on the river, as ... Read More »

Recycling Rangers

Every Tuesday, Dows Lane Elementary School third-graders, also known as the Recycling Rangers, roll up their sleeves and head to work as they spend part of the day handling the entire school’s recycling. Read More »

Astorbuck Parking Application Riles Irvington Neighbors

by Barrett Seaman – There’s an old saw that if you squeeze a balloon, you don’t get any less air; it simply moves elsewhere. That bit of folk wisdom certainly applies when it comes to parking in the rivertowns—most certainly in the Village of Irvington. The latest example of that involves an application by the Astorbuck Corporation, which owns the ... Read More »

Edge-On-Hudson Progresses Toward Phase-One Construction

by Robert Kimmel – Naming a road “Legend Drive” is surely an appropriate action for the Village of Sleepy Hollow. As the major mixed-use development Edge-on-Hudson progresses, that is the name given recently to the first street completed on the 67-acre complex being built on the village’s riverfront. Legend Drive leads to Phase One, the first of three districts to ... Read More »

Deconstructing the Tappan Zee: Where Does It All Go?

by Barrett Seaman –  Like a giant Mantis, the 328-ft. arm of the super crane (dubbed I Lift NY) hovers over its prey — seemingly for hours as its mechanized talons are calibrated so as to grasp just the right places. Once aligned, it descends, locks onto the latticework of a 235-foot-long steel truss and lifts it slowly skyward. That’s ... Read More »

Dows Lane Students Donate Supplies to Puerto Rico

Students and staff at Dows Lane Elementary School are spreading kindness by assisting students who were affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. They have donated more than 200 pounds of school supplies to the Juana Colon School in Comerio, Puerto Rico. Throughout the month of November, which also coincided with the Dows Lane’s Character Education theme of taking action, ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler

by Maria Ann Roglieri –  Tarrytown Artist Exhibits at Irvington Library In January 2018, Doris Mady will be showing her latest oil paintings at the Martucci Gallery, housed in the Irvington Library, 12 S. Astor Street. A Tarrytown resident, the award-winning painter focuses mainly on plein air locations in our locale, and seascapes on the East Coast. For more information, ... Read More »

Tax Reprieve Insignificant for Westchester Homeowners

by Barrett Seaman – However else they might feel about the recently enacted federal tax package, homeowners in Westchester County, where property taxes are the highest in the nation, are decidedly unhappy about the law’s sharp curtailment of the deduction for state and local taxes (SALT). With the new limit of $10,000 of deductible property taxes, Greenburgh Township homeowners, 87% ... Read More »

Local Firefighter Battling Brain Cancer Gifted Super Bowl Tickets

by W.B. King – Humble, selfless, giving and positive are among words often associated with Bill Duggan. After 41 years as a celebrated Tarrytown volunteer firefighter, he is known to go the extra mile to help people—be it a stranger, family member or friend. Even a recent stage four brain cancer diagnosis hasn’t changed his upbeat, can-do attitude. “I’m just ... Read More »

Latimer Ready to Tackle Challenges Ahead as Westchester County Executive

by Rick Pezzullo Westchester County Executive George Latimer will celebrate his election victory on Sunday, January 7 at Westchester Community College during an inauguration ceremony, and the Rye Democrat is ready to tackle the many challenges that lie ahead. “Westchester is not owned by the county executive of the moment,” Latimer said last month at a Business Council of Westchester ... Read More »

$250,000 Grant to Fund Bike Lane Study for Route 119

by Barrett Seaman –    Once again, the New York State Thruway Authority is doling out money to study the feasibility of adding bike lanes to a major thoroughfare coming off the New NY (Mario Cuomo) Bridge. This time, the money ($250,000) is going to the Town of Greenburgh, the City of White Plains and the villages of Tarrytown and ... Read More »

Prepayment of 2018 Town Taxes Set by Greenburgh & Mt. Pleasant

By Robert Kimmel – Property owners in  Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow may make their coming year’s Town tax payments early, in the few days remaining  before the end of  2017. The prepayment applies to all residents of  the Towns of  Greenburgh and Mt. Pleasant, according to information released by both Towns on this date, Tuesday, December 26.  The early ... Read More »

Letters – Don’t Shed a Tear for Governor Cuomo on Bridge

To the Editor: Don’t shed a tear for Governor Cuomo complaining about a petition against naming the bridge for his late father Mario Cuomo.  Motorists and taxpayers are more concerned about how Governor Cuomo will find $2.6 billion outstanding balance of $3.9 billion needed to pay for the Tappan Zee Bridge rather than naming rights. Don’t shed a tear for ... Read More »

Suspect in South Broadway Bank Heist Killed in Yonkers

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by Barrett Seaman —  The masked man who police believe robbed the Chase Bank branch on South Broadway in Tarrytown on November 13, as well as a second Chase branch in Greenburgh on December 7 was shot dead in a confrontation with Yonkers Police and FBI agents on Friday, December 15 on Aqueduct Avenue near McClean Avenue in Yonkers. Neither ... Read More »

Novemeber 2017 Viewfinder

833 participants crossed the finish line in the 8th annual Sleepy Hollow Rivertown Runners Halloween 10K on October 28.   The TaSH Farmers Market closed for the 2017 season in November.   The Haunted Hayride in Sleepy Hollow was a scary experience for many. The front lawn of Sleepy Hollow High School was covered with American fl ags in honor ... Read More »

Letters – Goals for Greenburgh for 2018

 To the Editor: Thank you to the river villages of Irvington and Tarrytown for re-electing me as Greenburgh Town Supervisor. On election day I received 17,482 votes and am most appreciative.  The time to celebrate is now over. We’re proud of our Aaa bond rating (the highest rating possible), the fact that the portion of the budget impacting the villages ... Read More »

Maccabi Games Attract Westchester Teen Athletes to the Shames JCC

Recruited by the Shames Jewish Community Center on the Hudson, they have won the gold, the silver and the bronze. Last year they competed against other Jewish athletes from all over the United States in Alabama, Florida and New York.  They excel in basketball, soccer and baseball. They are participants in the Maccabi Games, an Olympic – style sporting event ... Read More »

Junior Horsemen Win Second Straight Title

  The undefeated Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Junior Horsemen defended their 2016 title by winning a second consecutive Westchester Youth Football League championship game. The Junior Horsemen, 9-0 this season, trounced Ossining, 32-12, to claim the crown. The Westchester Youth Football League is made up of teams from 15 local communities. The Horsemen’s volunteer coaching staff included Dave Hallesworth, Rob Gramaglia, Jason ... Read More »

Girls and Boys High School Varsity Basketball Preview

by Tom Pedulla –  The Hudson Independent examines the prospects of local schools for the girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball season. Girls DOBBS FERRY Last year’s record:  13-9 Top returning players: Guard Raquel Addona, Forward Katlyn Fanning, Guard-Forward Kayla Halverson, Guard Tamryn McCarthy. Key to success: Defense, inconsistent last year, is a point of emphasis. We’re going to be really ... Read More »

New Lyceum Kennedy Coordinator Looking to Grow School

by Rick Pezzullo –  Since he was a young boy, Bernard Mithieux wanted to be a teacher when he grew up. “I always loved to teach and to be with kids,” he said. “I think it’s a way to do something that counts. Not a mission, but you want to be helpful.” Mithieux is the new coordinator and head teacher ... Read More »

Brown, Klatzky Earn “Women in Business Awards”

by Robert Kimmel  –  Two Tarrytown residents, Karen Brown and Antoinette Klatzky, were among those selected by 914INC Magazine to receive its annual Women in Business Awards Brown and Klatzky were included among the 17 described by the magazine as, “an elite group of Westchester County women who have demonstrated a consistent level of success in their respective fields and ... Read More »

Tarrytown Student Touring Country in School of Rock

by Morey Storck – Alex Louis is a 12-year-old seventh grader in the Tarrytown Union Free School District. Among the extracurricular activities he enjoys are acting and drumming, a skill he has been studying for four years. Toward the end of third grade, he appeared as Charlie in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory as his initiation into theater. The Tarrytown ... Read More »

Tarrytown Music Hall Cancels Garrison Keillor Performance

The scandals involving sexual misbehavior within the entertainment, political and media worlds have had a repercussion in Tarrytown. The Tarrytown Music Hall cancelled  a show which had been scheduled for December 1, starring Garrison Keillor, the former long-time host of radio’s  “A Prairie Home Companion.” A day before the performance, the Music Hall indicated that, “In the light of the ... Read More »

Obituaries October – November 2017

Michael Ferguson, 43 Michael F. Ferguson, a resident of Ossining and former longtime resident of Sleepy Hollow, died November 13. He was 43. Born in North Tarrytown, he graduated from St. Teresa’s School and Sleepy Hollow High School and later Westchester Community College. Mr. Ferguson was a police officer for the City of White Plains and had been on the ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Geordane’s Food World: A Hands-Down Favorite in Irvington

by Dorothy Conigliaro –  Situated midway down Irvington’s Main Street, Geordane’s Food World, a small business with a huge clientele, has been the go-to food emporium for its faithful and enthusiastic patrons for almost 30 years. The longtime owner and now sole proprietor of this popular landmark is Danielle Diaz who, with her husband, decided to open a place themselves ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Elegant Choices for Local Holiday Dining

What better way to celebrate December good cheer than by hearing top-notch jazz performed by Mark Morganelli and his Jazz All-Stars at Equus restaurant located in the sparkling Oak Room? A veteran of more traditional jazz clubs like Manhattan’s Birdland, Morganelli seems right at home in the classy confines of Tarrytown’s famous Castle Hotel and Spa, certainly the grandest and ... Read More »

Community Food Pantry Helps Serve Hundreds of Needy Families

By Anna Young –  At a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet, the Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown provides groceries to hundreds of families in need every month. In an effort to take care of an average of 250 hungry families, Rachelle Gebler, president of the food pantry, said volunteers carefully select nutritious ... Read More »

Thrift Shop in Tarrytown Run by People with Disabilities

by Rick Pezzullo –  A new thrift shop in the Community Opportunity Center in Tarrytown has the distinction of being the first enterprise in Westchester County run almost entirely by people with intellectual and learning disabilities. Thrifty Finds, located at 105 Wildey Street, was the brainchild of YAI (Young Adult Institute) Westchester Direct Support Provider Dyna Denis, who felt such ... Read More »

New (And Different) Self-Storage Spaces Coming to Tarrytown

by Barrett Seaman –   It’s an unusual look for a storage facility: a pair of Big Ben-like clocks that chime at noon and a series of framed Norman Rockwell painting replicas that light up at night adorning the three-story exterior wall. But then again Tarrytown Self-Storage, which opens for business in early December, is an unusual exemplar of a growing ... Read More »

Tarrytown Planners Focus on Public Input with Comp Plan

by Robert Kimmel –  Public input has continued to be a major part of Tarrytown’s pursuit of a new Comprehensive Plan to determine the village’s future development. What began more than three years ago as a project to scope out a new vision for the Metro-North train station area and waterfront has bonded into the broader task encompassing the entire ... Read More »

HVWC Annual Benefit

The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center annual benefit gala this year named Sr. Susan Gardella, Executive Director of the RSHM LIFE Center in Sleepy Hollow, as one of the honorees for her decades of service to the families and youth of the community. The benefit also paid tribute to HVWC board treasurer and author Jim Tilley for his dedication to the ... Read More »

Regeneron Expansion Approved by Town of Greenburgh

by Robert Kimmel –  Greenburgh has opened the way for the town’s largest employer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., to structure a major expansion close to its headquarters in Tarrytown. The Town Board found that a potential 1,000,000 square foot development by Loop Road Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of Regeneron, would not have any significant negative environmental impacts, and last month approved ... Read More »

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by Maria Ann Roglieri –  Students Collect Items for Hurricane Victims Main Street School students did their part in making a difference in the world by collecting items for the victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria, which devastated communities in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean islands. 36 fourth-graders and 15 fifth-graders collected items, such as diapers, baby food, soap, toothpaste ... Read More »

Petition Circulating Opposing Naming of Tappan Zee for Mario Cuomo

by Rick Pezzullo –  An on-line petition, spearheaded by a Port Chester man that opposes naming the new bridge for former Governor Mario Cuomo, has attracted more than 101,000 signatures to date. Dr. Monroe Mann, 40, started the petition on Change.org on November 2 and stated the public should have had input before the state Legislature voted in June to ... Read More »