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Local Students Join Nationwide “Walkout” Against Gun Violence

Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow anti-gun violence rally

Joining millions of their peers around the country one month to the day after the slaughter of 17 students at Parkland, Florida’s Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, middle and high school students in Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow left their classrooms at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning for a symbolic 17 minutes of protest … Read More »

Coast Guard Report Submerges Hudson River Anchorages Plans

   By Robert Kimmel –  The Coast Guard’s controversial proposal to establish 43 new barge anchorage locations in the Hudson River for shipping industry use, first introduced two years ago, has been pushed farther into the future, with its prospects in question. Opposition by municipalities, environmental groups, and the public, resulted in the proposal’s suspension last year. The Coast Guard ... Read More »

Tarrytown Comprehensive Plan: 3rd Workshop Held

by Robert Kimmel More than 120 residents attended the third and final Tarrytown Comprehensive Plan workshop late last month at Warner Library as the Plan’s team gathered more public input. The presentation for the plan can be found online at The Comprehensive Plan team is also continuing to seek the public’s  ideas through an online survey, as it related, ... Read More »

Local Students Join Nationwide “Walkout” Against Gun Violence

 by Barrett Seaman  – Joining millions of their peers around the country one month to the day after the slaughter of 17 students at Parkland, Florida’s Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, middle and high school students in Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow left their classrooms at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning for a symbolic 17 minutes of protest. The regional demonstrations ... Read More »

Second Nor’easter Sends a Body Blow to the Region

by Barrett Seaman March came into the Hudson Valley like a lion—a lion on steroids. Less than a week after a surprisingly powerful “bomb cyclone” swept up the eastern seaboard on March 2nd, a second storm, this one laden with wet, heavy snow, moved over a landscape still littered with fallen trees and power lines, bringing down even more. Tens ... Read More »

Student Anti-Gun Protests Draw Political Support

By Robert Kimmel Political leaders in the Rivertowns have lined up behind local student demands for tighter gun laws  and are offering support for the planned  demonstrations in March. “It’s important for students to get involved in our political process,” Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner stated. “If you know of a student who attends any school district within Greenburgh who ... Read More »

Irvington and Tarrytown Schools Reviewing Security Measures

By Robert Kimmel In the wake of the Florida school shooting, and recent similar tragedies, school district leaders in Irvington and Tarrytown are reviewing existing security measures within their schools. “Over the last five-and-a-half years, we’ve instituted a number of new security enhancements that include revised emergency plans and practicing drills on a regular basis,” Irvington Superintendent Dr. Kristopher Harrison ... Read More »

Anti-Gun Violence Demonstration Planned by Rivertown Students

By Robert Kimmel Hundreds of students in the rivertowns will demonstrate their support for tougher gun laws and their sympathy for the victims of the Parkland, Florida school massacre last month, when clocks read 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14. Sleepy Hollow and Irvington High School students anticipate leaving their classrooms and spending 17 minutes, most likely outside on school ... Read More »

In Our Libraries

The following events have been scheduled for March at the Warner Library, 121 N. Broadway in Tarrytown. For more information, call 631-7734 or visit Thursday, March 1 at 2 p.m. Video – Library of Congress Gershwin Prize –An all-star tribute to Tony Bennett. Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m.  Autism program with Robert J. Bernstein, author of Uniquely Normal/ tapping the reservoir of normalcy ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler


by Maria Ann Roglieri – Pippin Coming to Irvington The Clocktower Players will be presenting Pippin from March 9 to March 18 in the Irvington theater. For more information, visit Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon The Rivertown Runners will be sponsoring the Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon on March 24 at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit Irvington High School ... Read More »

Open Door Unveils New Larger Location in Sleepy Hollow

By Rick Pezzullo –  It has often been said that good things come to those who wait. That is certainly the case with Open Door Family Medical Centers and its new location at 300 North Broadway in Sleepy Hollow. After four years of planning and overcoming several obstacles, including some public opposition, Open Door opened the doors to its 12,500-square-foot, ... Read More »

Local Immigrants Face Changes

Vanessa Merton is tired. Not end-of-a-long-day tired, but rather the deep exhaustion from a day that never ends. Professor Merton directs a small team at the Immigration Justice Clinic of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. Armed with caffeine and the rule of law, they offer free advice and representation to eligible immigrants seeking to prove their ... Read More »

Irvington Teacher Lawsuit Versus District Over Student Attack Dismissed

By Rick Pezzullo –  A State Supreme Court justice has dismissed a lawsuit filed last year by a special education teacher at Irvington Middle School who allegedly suffered “grievous and permanent injuries” after being attacked in a classroom by a student with a history of behavioral problems. Judge Lewis Lubell ruled on January 30 that the allegations made by Clarice ... Read More »

Poetry in the Pavement Winners Selected by HVWC

By Robert Kimmel Walking along Riverside Drive in Sleepy Hollow’s Philipse Manor neighborhood this spring could be a literary experience for you.  Glancing at the pavement, your eyes will catch some unusual engravings in the cement.  You’ll be looking at an array of brief poems written by the local winners of the “Poetry in the Pavement” program, sponsored by the ... Read More »

Fusion Wok: Have It Your Way and Enjoy!

By Linda Viertel – “Fusion” is the key feature at Dobbs Ferry’s popular take-out and eat-in Asian restaurant, Fusion Wok. Where else can customers enjoy bubble tea, Hong Kong steamed dumplings, udon noodle soup, Pad Thai or General Tso’s Chicken as menu choices? And, with every offering, customers can decide on the spice level, and even the sugar and ice ... Read More »

Tarrytown Urges Water Conservation as Water Tank Repair is Underway

by Robert Kimmel –  Repair work on the four million gallon high-service water tank in the southern part of Tarrytown has begun, and the work has been accompanied by some precautionary requests from the village for residents and businesses. While no water emergencies are anticipated for the large portion of Tarrytown the tank services, the village has asked, “…..everyone for ... Read More »

Irvington Girls Top Seed in Class B Playoffs after 19-1 Season

By Tom Pedulla — One overriding question surrounded the Irvington girls’ basketball team as it opened this season. How could the Bulldogs possibly replace point guard Lindsay Halpin, a four-year starter consistently ranked among the top 50 players in the state? “It was a huge adjustment,” said Coach Gina Maher. “It was not only her talent as a basketball player ... Read More »

Summer Camp Directory

Shames JCC on the Hudson Summer Camps RIVER FRIENDS DAY CAMP- Ages 2-6 371 S. Broadway, Tarrytown 914-366-7898 Dates: June 25 to August 10 A jam-packed day on the JCC’s Tarrytown campus with age appropriate activities. Kids will move their bodies and learn new social and physical skills including field games, swimming, sports, arts and crafts, music, dance, cooking, ... Read More »

Those Golden Years for Pets

by Dr. Brian Green, DVM –  Although no one can be sure, it is widely believed that dogs and cats reaching retirement age do not often succumb to the temptations of their owners: a condo in a warm climate, golf or shuffleboard, travel to exotic lands, a visit to their grandchildren, early dinners, and complaints to their children that they ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Donates Retired Fire Truck to Haiti

by Elaine Marranzano A retired fire truck belonging to the Village of Sleepy Hollow is bound for Haiti – a gift from the village to the island nation struggling to rebuild after the devastating 2010 earthquake. The donated “ladder truck” – the kind that comes to get you if you are stuck on the eighth floor during a fire – ... Read More »

What’s Happening – March 2018

Mitzvah Month:  It’s Mitzvah Month at the Shames JCC, 371 S. Broadway, Tarrytown. Donation boxes are set up in both buildings on the J campus to collect various items that will be given to non-profit agencies. Please donate new kids’ pajamas, newborn to 5 that will be given to Room to Grow, a NYC organization dedicated to helping the lives ... Read More »

Obituaries – February and January 2018

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 January 31after a long and debilitating illness. But, typical of his quietly courageous self, he was undaunted to the end. ... Read More »

Irvington Boys Hoops “All In” Theme Pays Off with 17-3 Record

By Tom Pedulla –  The Irvington boys’ basketball team adopted the theme “All In” for the season. And the coaches and players were, indeed, all in. Dedication that extended to participation in a summer league and regular work in the weight room led to a breakout 17-3 regular season under coach Scott Brennen after 8-12 and 12-8 records in his ... Read More »

The Church of the Magdalene

The Church of the Magdalene, located in Pocantico Hills close by the famed Union Church, may be less well-known, but the diverse faith-community’s devotion to their country church, the beauty of the house of worship’s interior, the gentle and humane guidance given by Father John Vigilante, and the parishioners dedication to service all combine to create a powerful Catholic community ... Read More »

Grappler Andrade Prevails in Section 1 Tourney

by Tom Pedulla –  When was a freshman at Irvington and assistant coach Ben Karol approached him about joining the wrestling team, he was intrigued enough to give it a try. When he reported for his first practice, doubt replaced curiosity. He was barely five feet tall and weighed little more than 100 pounds. And he knew nothing of a ... Read More »

Former Police Officer Releases First Solo Album

By Anna Young –  With the release of his debut album, Tarrytown musician Greg Jacquin proved that it’s never too late to chase your dreams. The 48-year-old singer/songwriter and rhythm guitarist said his first solo album, “Hudson River,” featuring six-tracks showcasing his raw, powerful and emotionally driven lyrics along with heavy string arrangements, exceeded his expectations. “Why did I wait ... Read More »

LGBTQ Survey Sponsored by Westchester Community Foundation

The Westchester Community Foundation, a charitable foundation which works with donors to improve the quality of life for all in Westchester, is launching an anonymous online survey to gather information on the unmet needs of the LGBTQ population (ages 16+) in Westchester County. Over the past year, the Foundation has partnered with The LOFT: LGBTQ Community Services Center, WJCS Center ... Read More »

JCC on the Hudson to Hold Camper/Counselor Reunion

By Barrett Seaman –  Isabel “Izzie” Simon will be going back. So will one of her former teachers at Sleepy Hollow, Joe Gentile. Both are veterans of the Shames JCC on Hudson summer camps. They will be among dozens who share the experiences of being both campers and counselors at the JCC. They will be returning there for a March 25th ... Read More »

“It’s a War Zone Out There!”

By Barrett Seaman –  Friday was not a good day in the Rivertowns—nor anyplace else along the eastern seaboard, as a brutal nor’easter ripped its way from the Carolinas through Maine throughout the day and into the evening. Winds clocked at over 60 m.p.h. downed trees and power lines throughout the area. Rain, then snow, then rain again deluged the ... Read More »


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 »

Shooting Suspect Arrested at NYC Bus Terminal

police car

The man sought for the fatal shooting of his 34-year-old girlfriend in Tarrytown has been caught. The suspect, Cynelle Brown, 28, was arrested Tuesday evening by two plainclothes Port Authority policemen at the Bus Terminal in New York City. He was apparently in the process of buying a ticket to Delaware. Brown was turned over to the Tarrytown Police Department. ... Read More »

Treasures Within a Treasure: The Rockefeller Archives Center

By Barrett Seaman –  Perched gracefully atop a hill just outside the hamlet of Pocantico Hills, ”Hillcrest,” a 17,000-sq. ft. mansion built in 1963 for Martha Baird Rockefeller, John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s second wife, serves as the repository for the historical materials and family records of the Rockefeller family and all their many philanthropic endeavors over nearly a century and ... 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 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

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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 »


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


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 »