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Sports – Wolfpack Team Finishes Season Undefeated

by Kevin Brown The Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow Wolfpack 3rd & 4th grade team finished the 2016 season an undefeated 9-0 with a resounding 33-16 victory over Pleasantville in their final game of the season. Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow Wolfpack is a youth football program that acts as a feeder program for the SHHS Varsity football team. Members of the Westchester Youth Football League ... Read More »

Warner Oral Histories: Small Businesses Make a Village

by Krista Madsen The eclectic group of small business owners circling the table at the latest Warner Library Oral History session reflected the richness of our mom-and-pop landscape – how essential these enterprises are to our local lifestyle, how much they’ve changed through the decades, or in some cases, how they’ve helped maintain the traditions residents cherish. Nancy Coffey, director ... Read More »

Q&A: TUFSD Superintendent of Schools Christopher Borsari

The Board of Education hired Christopher Borsari last summer to be the district’s superintendent of schools at an annual salary of $250,000. Borsari recently answered some questions posed by The Hudson Independent. by Rick Pezzullo What was it about TUFSD that sparked your interest to work there? I had previously served as the principal of Sleepy Hollow Middle School. During ... Read More »

The Old Dutch Church Accessibility Project: A Much Needed Fund-Raising Opportunity

“The Old Dutch Church is a community treasure,” noted the Reverend Jeffrey Gargano, Pastor of the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns. “Built by Frederick Philipse in 1685 for himself and his tenant farmers, many of whom were enslaved Africans, people have come from all over the world to visit it, thanks to Washington Irving.” But, not every visitor has been ... Read More »

All Are Welcome to The Neighborhood House

by Krista Madsen “I think the original name is a key to our mission. ‘Civic’ implies a duty to be involved in the daily life of the community and be a positive force.” — NH Board President Francesca Spinner At the Senior Canteen, group president Creola Solomon cheerily spins the bingo cage. The dining room of Tarrytown’s Neighborhood House (NH) ... Read More »

Residents Express Preferences for Sleepy Hollow East Parcel

by Robert Kimmel Several hundred local residents, mostly living in Sleepy Hollow, have expressed what they would like the village to develop on the vacant 28-acre East Parcel of the former GM factory site. Responding to a village questionnaire that was widely distributed both on paper, through email blasts, and via social media, those people also indicated what they would ... Read More »

Red Zebra in Sleepy Hollow

Red Zebra, a new restaurant in the heart of Sleepy Hollow that opened late November, is taking a modern look at Italian cooking with locavore integrity. Hand-cut pastas, fresh baked breads, Italian small-batch wines, micro beers and craft cocktails. The food, like their favorite heirloom tomato, is beautiful on the outside, deep and flavorful on the inside. A striped beauty with no equal. Red Zebra joins Sweetgrass ... Read More »

Varsity Football Coach Retires at Sleepy Hollow High

by Kevin Brown Former players and their parents were stunned and saddened to hear that after 14 years, Sleepy Hollow Varsity Football Coach Steve Borys has resigned from the position. “When I interviewed for the job 14 years ago, the parents tasked me with reviving a dead program.  They had gone through four coaches in three years. They could not ... Read More »

Regular Season Ends 4-4 For Sleepy Hollow Horsemen

by Kevin Brown The Sleepy Hollow faithful high-fived and congratulated each other after an exciting season came to a close when Sleepy Hollow lost to Yorktown 28-13 in the second round of Section 1A playoffs. “We started practicing and lifting last November, and I believe our record doesn’t reflect how good of a team we really are. What excites me ... Read More »

Officials React to Criticism of Plans for East Parcel

by Robert Kimmel Critiques of the plans for the former GM site’s East Parcel in Sleepy Hollow by two environmental organizations have drawn responses from Mayor Ken Wray and the Board of the Local Development Corporation (LDC), the lead agency responsible for the site’s development. The 29-acre site was turned over to the LDC for the village’s use by General ... Read More »

Incumbent Murphy Faces Challenger Boak in State Senate Race

by Rick Pezzullo “We need a real overhaul of the structure of the government and the system.” —Alison Boak “I believe I have represented the district well. It has been an absolute honor and privilege. —Terrance Murphy State Senator Terrence Murphy is looking to fend off the challenge of Democrat Alison Boak to earn a second term serving the 40th ... Read More »

“A Taste of Sleepy Hollow” Scheduled this Saturday, October 22

Visitors to Sleepy Hollow and local residents will have a chance to sample the remarkable variety of the Village’s diverse community and its rich tradition of culinary, musical and artistic talent.  That variety will be on display during “A Taste of Sleepy Hollow,” scheduled from noon to 6:00pm on Saturday, October 22, on Valley Street.  Culinary delights including Chilean, Peruvian, ... Read More »

Horsemen Trot to 2-2 Record on Gridiron

by Kevin Brown It has been an up and down season for the Sleepy Hollow Headless Horsemen Boys Varsity football team. The season opened on Labor Day weekend away at Long Island Lutheran where all the hard work seemed to pay off as they doused their opponent 48-20. QB Sean McCarthy threw for 196 yards and 2 TDs, Mike Lopez ... Read More »

Blessing of the Headless Horseman

Halloween season kicked off on October 2 at the Old Dutch Church with Reverend Jeffrey Galgano’s blessing of the Headless Horseman and his horse – a fitting ceremony, since, without the “The Old Dutch” our river towns would not have the opportunity to celebrate this fun-filled holiday. Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is Also for the Living

By W. B. King Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow’s favorite literary son, Washington Irving, once said: “Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.” For the approximately 15,000 tourists who visit the famed Sleepy Hollow Cemetery to pay respects to Irving and other well-known interred “residents” ... Read More »

Oktoberfest Enjoyed in Sleepy Hollow

The annual Oktoberfest community event in Sleepy Hollow included homemade German food from “Gutes Brot U. Mehr,” children’s games, jumping castles, German bakery treats and music, souvenirs from “Bella’s Boutique” and JP Doyle’s Oktoberfest craft beer courtesy of Brian Doyle and Nick Bell. — Photo by Sunny McLean Read More »

New Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce Members

Mancora Restaurant 180 Valley Street Sleepy Hollow, New York 10591 Phone: 914-372-7490 AppleMed Urgent Care 131 Central Avenue Tarrytown, New York 10591 (914) 332-1111 Think Space Studio LLC 19 N Broadway Tarrytown, New York 10591 914-606-0632 The Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics, Inc 32 Warren Ave Tarrytown, NY 10591 914-220-4300 Nikko Restaurant 240 White Plains Road ... Read More »

Kids’ Club of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow

On September 15, over 200 guests joined Kids’ Club of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow at The Lodge at Hudson Harbor for “A Bridge to a Brighter Future”. The evening was informative, inspiring, and fun as neighbors learned more about the work being done by Kids’ Club since 2009 to create opportunities for 1,500 children every year in Tarrytown and Sleepy ... Read More »

Boak, Falk Square Off in Senate Democratic Primary

Two Democrats are vying in the September 13th New York State primary election for the opportunity to face the Republican incumbent, State Senator Terrance Murphy (Yorktown), who will be pursuing his second Albany term representing the 40th district in November’s general election. The district includes Sleepy Hollow, Briarcliff, and 12 other Westchester communities, as well as towns in Dutchess and ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Seniors a Tight-Knit Group

by Krista Madsen On a stifling hot Friday in Sleepy Hollow, the adjacent playground is empty – even sprinklers aren’t motivating the kids to come out. But a handful of seniors are enjoying the air-conditioned Senior Center on Elm Street to knit and chat. “I just sit in on the knitting,” said Lucy Ackerly, treasurer for Sleepy Hollow Seniors. “I ... Read More »

Public Input Welcomed for East Parcel Site in Sleepy Hollow

by Rick Pezzullo Two public hearings are scheduled to be held in September at Sleepy Hollow Village Hall to gather input on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) regarding the redevelopment of a 29-acre parcel east of the Metro North railroad tracks that was once part of the General Motors site. On September 12 and 20, starting at 7 p.m., ... Read More »

Thruway Authority Grants Feed into a Web of Enhancement Plans in Hudson River Villages

by Barrett Seaman Planners in Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Irvington, along with six other Hudson River communities that surround the massive Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project, collectively owe $1.5 million worth of thanks to the environmental groups Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson for holding the New York Thruway Authority’s feet to the fire several years back, when details of the bridge ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow High Wins Westchester Putnam Baseball Association Championship

Sleepy Hollow High School Baseball

On Saturday, August 6, the Sleepy Hollow Horsemen travel baseball team defeated Putnam Valley 10-1 to win the Westchester Putnam Baseball Association Championship. Left-Right: Coach Robert Bischof, Alex Bjorkland, Sean McCarthy, Ben Oshins, Jaden D’Agostinis, Ishmael Guzman, Jentile Beltre, Gavin Ryan, DJ Owen, Matt Bischof, Nathan Gargano, Filly Veras, Matt Marcella, Coach Sean McCarthy, Lou Kudla (not pictured). Read More »

Villages On Board with Opposition to Plan for Barges in Hudson

By Rick Pezzullo All three local villages have joined a concerted effort to oppose a plan by the United States Coast Guard to have commercial barges anchor off the shores of the Hudson River. In August, a new organization of municipal officials called the Hudson River Waterfront Alliance was announced, with Irvington, Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown all being on board. ... Read More »

Tarrytown Teen to be Sentenced for Stabbing Death in Park

By Rick Pezzullo A Tarrytown teen could face 25 years to life in prison in September after pleading guilty in late July to the 2015 stabbing death of a former Sleepy Hollow High School student in Barnhart Park in Sleepy Hollow. Berinzon Moronta, 17, of Storm Street, pled guilty July 29 to one count of manslaughter in the first degree, ... Read More »

SH High Students Perform a Wide Range of Community Service

by Julia Ann Friedman The idea of a public school community service requirement began in earnest in the 1990s and has been increasingly adopted by schools across the country. School administrators and students realize the value of community service as integral to the student learning process at the high school level and, even now, at the college level. Locally, Irvington ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Water Tank Completion Expected Next Spring

by Robert Kimmel By next spring, the huge 1.62 million gallon reservoir being constructed at a high point off Lake Road will likely be supplying Sleepy Hollow residents with their water needs. Dug just below the existing terrain, the tank’s floor and walls are beginning to take shape as the $6 million project moves toward completion. The critically needed new ... Read More »

Village Seeks Public’s Ideas for East Parcel Development

by Robert Kimmel Sleepy Hollow residents are being asked to offer their opinions as to exactly what type of redevelopment should take place on the 29-acre parcel of land east of the Metro North rail tracks that was part of the old GM site in Sleepy Hollow. Known as the East Parcel, it was turned over to the Sleepy Hollow ... Read More »

“Slow Down Rivertowns” Grows — and Gets Teeth

by Barrett Seaman When it was launched last September, Irvington’s ambitious traffic-calming campaign was marked by a barrage of signs featuring the village’s bearded, somnolent mascot, Rip Van Winkle, urging drivers to Slow Down; police handed out pamphlets on Broadway, and squad cars began lurking in the shadows near popular speeding zones. The plan was to post more signage around ... Read More »

New Chamber of Commerce Members

Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care 650 White Plains Road Tarrytown, NY 10591 914-266-3102 Travellati Tours Elizabeth Kemble 11 Woodland Avenue Tarrytown, NY 10591 Phone: 914-909-5079 David Lerner Associates, Inc. Gary Troy 599 West Hartsdale Avenue Hartsdale, New York 10591 Phone: 914-539-2017 Lyew Acupuncture PLLC Kwanghee Lyew 245 N. Broadway Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 Phone: 914-522-0536 Crincoli Communications LLC ... Read More »

Horsemen Football 2016: Q&A with Head Coach Steve Borys

by Kevin Brown The Sleepy Hollow Varsity Football Squad had a challenging year in 2015. Two of their expected star players were out for the season before it even started, then their promising QB was shelved with mono mid-season. After a long streak of competing for the Section 1A title and making it on several occasions to the semi-finals and finals, it was a ... 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 »

Food for Thought – Restaurants Move Outside for Summertime Dining

by Linda Viertel Summer has finally arrived; patios are being swept off, gardens replanted and seasonal furniture is making appearances throughout our river towns. Sidewalk dining on our Main Streets has become ubiquitous – a touch of Manhattan’s culinary atmosphere in Westchester. But, several new restaurant gardens have cropped up over the past year or two, in addition to patios ... Read More »

Graduation 2016 – Sleepy Hollow High School

Class of 2016 Jacques Abou-Rjeili Kriselys Adames Cristian Alberto Raymond Alcantara Lisandro Alejandro Whitneyfer Alejo Edelisa Alvarez Sabrina Andre David Araujo Alexander Arias Gisselle Armijos Vito Arpi Brian Arpi-Aguilar Christian Arteaga Mario Ascencio Diana Azana Jarama Jailene Barbosa Javier Bautista Genesis Bencosme Katherine Bender Claire Berdik Kai Bertolacci Christopher Blalock Paul Bloshuk Jr. Harrison Bogusz Benjamin Bojemski Wendell Brand Michael ... Read More »

Elizabeth Silver, Zoe Kaplan Head SH High Class of 2016

by Heather Colley Elizabeth Silver and Zoe Kaplan are this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian at Sleepy Hollow High School, respectively. The Hudson Independent profiled the top two academic students in the school’s graduating class of 2016 to learn more about their high school experience, and their extensive plans for the future. Q: Elizabeth, where will you be attending college next ... Read More »

Restoration of SH Cemetery’s Matchless Chimes Planned

by Shelly Robinson and Robert Kimmel Hidden away high up in the stone belfry of the Washington Irving Memorial Chapel just inside the north gate of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is a set of 10 tubular bell tower chimes installed in 1923. Known for their fine musical qualities with rich and mellow tones, guaranteed never to crack or go out of ... Read More »

Local Churches a Vital Part of the Community Beyond Worship

by Maria Ann Roglieri Local churches serve as meaningful houses of worship to many residents. They also serve as a wonderful resource to everyone in the community in that they bring people together for fun and charity. Every spring and fall there are signs for church sales all over Westchester. Many enjoy frequenting the sales, finding “treasures”— an antique maple ... Read More »

Sports – AYSO Women’s Club Soccer Teams See Huge Success

by Heather Colley Two years ago, Coach John Sutherland initiated the formation of the Sleepy Hollow Football Club as a branch of AYSO Tarrytown to give skilled young soccer players the opportunity to play in a variety of different divisions within the Westchester Youth Soccer League. Two teams in particular, Blaze (9-year-olds) and Mustang (Under 13), have succeeded tremendously under ... Read More »

Sports – SH Baseball, Irvington Lacrosse Finish Off Successful Seasons

by Henry Hargitai For Irvington’s varsity lacrosse team and Sleepy Hollow’s junior varsity baseball team, the school year’s close is bittersweet, as it marks the end of two unprecedentedly successful spring sports seasons. Though the Bulldogs (Irvington) and the Horsemen (Sleepy Hollow) play completely different sports on different levels of competition, both teams attribute their successes to the same cause: ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Resident Convicted of Dealing Date Rape Drug

By Rick Pezzullo A former police officer who lives in Sleepy Hollow was found guilty by a jury in late April of possessing and distributing a so-called date rape drug, earning more than $1.2 million in a five-year period. Robert Smutek, 52, a former cop in Dutchess County and member of a drug task force, could spend the rest of ... Read More »

New SH Police Chief Aims to Do More Community Policing

by Rick Pezzullo New Sleepy Hollow Police Chief Anthony Bueti has come full circle. Bueti, 40, who was promoted to lead the 34-member village force on May 3, suc- ceeding 32-year veteran Gregory Camp, grew up in the village and his father worked at the former General Motors site. His father was also an auxiliary police officer. The married father of ... Read More »

Water Fountains with High Lead in Tarrytown Schools Shut Down

by Rick Pezzullo Two water fountains in two schools in the Tarrytown School District were shut down in late May after recent tests showed a lead content higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendations. In a May 24 letter to district staff and parents, interim Schools Superintendent Daniel McCann reported one fountain at Washington Irving Intermediate School and ... Read More »

Villages Band Together in Effort to Slow Down Motorists

By Rick Pezzullo Irvington, Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown officials have joined forces with four neighboring villages in a coordinated effort to promote traffic and pedestrian safety. The “Slow Down, Rivertowns” initiative was officially launched during a press conference May 12 at Dobbs Ferry Village Hall. The main thrust is to raise community awareness and encourage safe driving behavior through education ... Read More »

Thousands of Area Residents Get Verdicts on Reassessment

by Barrett Seaman The first week in June was promising to be an anxious one for thousands of Greenburgh and Ossining homeowners who had appealed reassessments promulgated by Tyler Technologies last March. The week was sure to vex another 400 in Greenburgh who were to receive unexpected notices that they had been identified as being underassessed, and that their projected ... Read More »

Edge-On-Hudson Groundbreaking Focuses on Opening to the Riverside

by Robert Kimmel Five notables wielding golden shovels turned over crusts of soil signaling the formal start in mid-May of what is expected to lead to a transformation of the Village of Sleepy Hollow. The ceremonial action marked the groundbreaking for Edge-On-Hudson, the 67-acre, billion dollar development that will be built on the long vacated, former GM site, and add ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Farmers Dish the Dirt at First TaSH Talk

by Suzanne Sorrentino Melons that look like beach balls, tomatoes that taste like lychee fruit, bouquets beautiful enough to grace a dining room table but delectable enough to eat. That’s just a taste of what some Westchester County farmers plan to showcase at the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market, which opened May 28 in Patriots Park. The farmers spoke ... 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 »

Food for Thought – Local Farmers Markets Opening Soon

by Linda Viertel The TaSH returns even bigger and better! The Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market, also known as the TaSH Farmers Market, opens for the season Memorial Day weekend with the same great vibe, more vendors, expanded educational programming about food, nutrition and the environment and improved access for low-income shoppers. The market runs every Saturday, May 28 ... 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 »

Third Annual Horseman Color Run Slated for June 18

by Heather Colley The third annual Horseman Color Run will take place on Saturday, June 18, at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow. The event, organized by the Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, has become a successful community event which last year drew almost 1,000 runners, walkers, volunteers and spectators. The event is a major fundraiser for ... Read More »

Local Students Attend First Westchester Youth Gender Equality Conference in Irvington

by Heather Colley On April 10, 20 members of Sleepy Hollow High School’s Feminism Club attended the County’s first ever Gender Equality Conference, held at Irvington High School and organized by Irvington senior Zachary Gallin. More than 120 students from 26 schools in Westchester attended the four-hour conference, which consisted of two eminent guest speakers and 10 workshops led by ... Read More »

School Board Races Uncontested in Tarrytown, Irvington

by Rick Pezzullo Candidates running for two seats each on the boards of education in Tarrytown and Irvington on May 17 will have a free ride as they face no opposition. In Tarrytown, Jennifer Liddy Green will earn a second three-year term, while Diane McCarthy, a lifelong Sleepy Hollow resident and Sleepy Hollow High School graduate, will be joining the ... Read More »

Groundbreaking Heralds Start of Edge-On-Hudson Project

by Robert Kimmel A year’s work lies ahead before the first vertical structure is erected as part of Edge-On-Hudson, the new development along the river in Sleepy Hollow; however, the official Groundbreaking Ceremony May 18 at 11 a.m., with village and county officials attending along with the developers from Lighthouse Landing LLC, will symbolize its start. The 67-acre mixed-use development, ... 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 »

Sports – TNT Basketball’s Sleepy Hollow Horsemen Win Class B Championship

On March 13th, TNT Basketball’s Sleepy Hollow Horsemen 8th grade boys defeated Mahopac 41-30 to win the Tri-County Basketball League Class B championship at the College of New Rochelle. Left to right: Coach Sean McCarthy, Ryan Schatzel, Ben Goldfarb, Owen Loffredo, Quinn O’Donohue, Oliver Goldfarb, Jackson Many, Luke McCarthy, Max Himmelfarb, Alex Dawson, Xarian Rodriguez, Ramon Salazar, Devin Batheja, Jordan ... Read More »

Sports – Sleepy Hollow Juniors Spearhead Mouthguard Study for Concussions

by Zoe Kaplan Concussions are a serious issue. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention claims that there are over 1.5 million concussions each year, with above 5% of athletes experiencing a concussion every sports season. In order to combat this growing problem, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino created the Westchester County Concussion Task Force. This force, initiated last year, ... 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 »

Village Budgets at a Glance

Irvington At its April 4 meeting the Irvington Village Board was scheduled to hold a public hearing on its tentative budget for 2016-17—a budget that totals just under $17 million and represents a 1.68% increase in expenditures over the year past. The all-important measure of what it does to the tax rate is slightly lower—at 1.42%, making the tax rate ... Read More »

SH Students Excel at Science and Engineering Fair

Emily Thayer, a senior at SH High School, is headed to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix in May after placing first for her scientific research project at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair held at the high school. Thayer, who will be studying chemical engineering at the University of Alabama in the fall, was recognized for ... Read More »

Student Resource Officer Begins at Sleepy Hollow High

by Heather Colley A few months ago, the students of Sleepy Hollow High School organized a petition and spoke to the Board of Education about the implementation of a Student Resource Officer (SRO) in the high school, a police officer that serves as a link between the town and the students. Following recent local events, the teenagers had concerns about ... Read More »

“Spring Harmony” Classical Event Slated

Sleepy Hollow High School students along with professional and semi-professional performers will be taking part in “Spring Harmony,” Saturday, April 30, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., at Hudson Harbor Lodge, Tarrytown. The classical music event will benefit the Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Boosters, with proceeds from the evening used to benefit several music related activities at the school. Income from ... Read More »

Full Property Tax from Development for Sleepy Hollow

by Robert Kimmel “I believe we ended up in a very good position, “ is the way Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray described the outcome of a vote taken by the Mount Pleasant Industrial Development Agency which approved a payment in lieu of taxes, (PILOT) requested by the developer of Edge-On-Hudson, at the former GM site. The final PILOT does ... Read More »

New Tarrytown Schools Superintendent Making Presence Felt

by Thomas Staudter Chris Borsari, the newly hired superintendent of the Tarrytown Union Free School District, does not assume his duties officially until July 1, but at the end of March, he was making his presence known already in the schools. Currently the Principal at Byram Hills High School in Armonk, Borsari participated in a round of preliminary interviews for ... Read More »

Tax Payments See-Saw for Sleepy Hollow Residents

by Robert Kimmel Property owners in Sleepy Hollow are facing variable school tax payments for the current and subsequent tax year because of a miscalculation by the Town of Mount Pleasant when it assessed Edge-On-Hudson, the planned riverside development in the village. While taxpayers experienced taxes lowered by 12.3 percent for the 2015-16 tax year, they will be confronted with ... Read More »

Tarrytown United/Democratic Slate Sweeps Three Seats in Village Election

By Rick Pezzullo The slate endorsed by the Village of Tarrytown Democratic Committee and Tarrytown United swept all three seats in the village election held Tuesday. According to unofficial results from the Westchester Board of Elections, incumbent trustees Robert Hoyt and Mary McGee and village Zoning Board of Appeals member Karen Brown defeated the Republican/Tarrytown First endorsed trio of John ... Read More »

Tarrytown School District Names Final Candidate For Superintendent Post

The Board of Education of the Union Free School District of the Tarrytowns has announced that Mr. Christopher Borsari is the finalist candidate for the Superintendent’s position. Mr. Borsari is currently the Principal of Byram Hills High School, a position he has held for the past eight years. Prior to this position, he was appointed as Principal of the Sleepy ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Village Board Race Uncontested

by Rick Pezzullo Unlike neighboring Tarrytown, voters in Sleepy Hollow will only have one slate of candidates to choose from in the general election on March 15. The Unite Sleepy Hollow ticket will feature Rachelle Gebler, Sam Gonzalez and Sandra Spiro. They will be replacing current trustees Jennifer Lobato-Church, Dorothy Handelman and Karin Wompa, all of whom decided not to ... Read More »

Development on Waterfront Increases Demand for Housing in Villages

by Henry Naccari When Henry Steiner thinks about the future of housing in the Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow region, he sees two villages with tremendous potential for growth. Steiner, the managing broker at Steiner Real Estate Associates, recently told The Hudson Independent that demand for housing in the region is increasing even though existing housing inventory is relatively low. The demand, he ... Read More »

Parking and Traffic – Your Ideas

Parking and traffic are persistent concerns in the Rivertowns. From Tarrytown’s efforts to acquire public parking in a lot behind a business row on North Broadway to its moves to reacquire public parking behind the now closed Citibank, to Irvington’s proposed new set of parking regulations, and Sleepy Hollow’s rule changes for a portion of Beekman Avenue, parking is a ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow High School’s Success in the Performing Arts

by Heather Colley Interviewing Gail Persad, who is both the chorus teacher and the fall drama director at Sleepy Hollow High School, was a little difficult because of the euphony of singing coming from every corner of the chorus room. As she instructed students on how to hit a particular note, Persad simultaneously gave me insight into why the Performing ... Read More »

Oral Histories: Skating and Sledding in the Tarrytowns

By Krista Madsen On a January day that hit 50 degrees outside (there were even signs of crocus leaves pushing through the library lawn), a group of six talked inside about simpler, colder times. Five women and one man who grew up in different neighborhoods across the villages shared a common delight in the winter months they remembered – when ... 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 »

Edge-On-Hudson Developer’s Request for Tax Breaks Sets Off Alarms in Sleepy Hollow

by Robert Kimmel Relations between the Village of Sleepy Hollow and Lighthouse Landing, LLC, took on a frosty tone during the past two months when it appeared the developer of the former GM site might be seeking property tax abatements. The developer of the 66-acre riverfront project, Edge-On-Hudson, applied to the Town of Mount Pleasant Industrial Development Agency in November ... Read More »

HUD Funding Through NY State Benefits Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow

by Robert Kimmel Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow are among 10 Westchester communities that will receive a total of $4.3 million in federal grants previously blocked because of a dispute between County Executive Rob Astorino’s administration and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office announced late last month that a deal had been “brokered” with ... Read More »

Changes in Educational Rules Welcomed by Local School Superintendents

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

Sleepy Hollow to Benefit from East Parcel of Former GM Site

Hemmed in by Metro North railroad tracks on its western side, and Kings-land Point Park and the Pocantico River to the north, a 28-acre plot of land known as the “East Parcel” will become a valuable asset for the Village of Sleepy Hollow if all goes as planned. That is the widely accepted assessment of the Sleepy Hollow Local Development ... 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 »

Sleepy Hollow Holiday Hoops Tournament Excites

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

Heard Around the Watercooler


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 »

Teen Arraigned in Barnhart Park Stabbing Death

by Rick Pezzullo A Tarrytown teenager was arraigned December 8 on an indictment charging him with murdering a Sleepy Hollow teen October 9 in Barnhart Park in Sleepy Hollow. Bernizon Moronta, 16, could face a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison for stabbing Tahj Robinson, 17, multiple times to the torso, causing fatal wounds to the heart ... Read More »

School Resource Officer to Start at SH High in January

by Rick Pezzullo Officials in the Tarrytown Union Free School District and the Village of Sleepy Hollow have agreed to have a full-time police officer roam the hallways of Sleepy Hollow High School/Middle School. The Board of Education decided in early December to move forward with the new security measure following a presentation by Mayor Ken Wray, Trustee Denise Scaglione ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow High School Power Lunch

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

School Resource Officer at Sleepy Hollow High Under Review

| by Rick Pezzullo | Officials in the Tarrytown Union Free School District and the Village of Sleepy Hollow are actively discussing providing a full-time police officer at Sleepy Hollow High School following several incidents involving current and former students. Parents and residents implored the Board of Education and superintendent of schools to take immediate action last month after the ... Read More »

Heard Around the W@tercooler

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 »

Sleepy Hollow LDC Moves Forward with Plans for East Parcel

| by Robert Kimmel | The Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation (LDC), owner of the east parcel, land that was part of the former General Motors site along the Hudson River, has ambitious plans for the 28-acre plot. The Village Board of Trustees was briefed last month on those plans, and other actions it has taken, by David Schroedel, 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 »

Astorino’s Proposed County Budget Hitting Hurdles

by Robert Kimmel Opposition has been rising to County Executive Rob Astorino’s 2016 proposed operating budget since he presented it to the Westchester County Board of Legislators last month. The budget totals $1.802 billion, and as Astorino pointed out, “For the sixth year in a row, my budget contains no increase in the property tax levy.” The budget maintains the ... 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 »

Lack of HUD Funding Stalls Village Projects Despite County Program

| by Robert Kimmel | For the second consecutive year, Westchester’s proposed $216 million capital budget lists a $5 million expenditure for a project labeled the Community Housing Infrastructure Investment Program (CHIIP). CHIIP emerged as the result of a longstanding dispute between County Executive Rob Astorino and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CHIIP is described by ... Read More »

Five Seniors to Lead Sleepy Hollow Boys Basketball Team

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

Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Center In Step with The Dance Rhythms of Today

by Morey Storck Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts (SHPA) is a 10-year-old not-for-profit dance company, school and studio located at 362 N. Broadway in Sleepy Hollow, with Artistic Director Debralyn Press at the helm. Their mission is to “educate, elevate, and inspire the arts in Westchester by creating a safe artists’ community in which all arts and artists are celebrated.” And, ... Read More »