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Tree of Lights Ceremony Slated at Phelps

Each December, the friends and relatives of those who received the services of the Phelps Hospice during their final days gather at the Phelps Memorial Hospital cafeteria to remember their late loved ones. The gathering, which will be held this year on Sunday, December 13 at 4:30 p.m., includes remarks by members of the Hospice team, both professionals and volunteers, ... Read More »

Bands, Beers, Burgers: Winter Blues Fest Returns to Tarrytown

by Zoe Kaplan Get rid of your winter blues with the 3rd annual Winter Blues Fest, coming to Tarrytown on January 9. From 7 p.m. to midnight at the Hudson Harbor Space, community members can enjoy bands, beers (thanks to an open bar), and burgers, all while benefiting the Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Boosters. This year the event will showcase ... Read More »

100-year-old Sleepy Hollow Woman Still Has Sense of Humor

|by Stefanie Sears| Miriam Frandsen, who turned 100 years old last month, hasn’t let the years dim a noteworthy part of her personality. Frandsen has a very rich, happy life, and if there is anything about her that impacts the life of her daughter, Carole St. Mark, it is her “wry sense of humor,” St. Mark said. And Frandsen’s full-time, ... Read More »

Examining a Disease Found More Frequently in Women

|by Robert Kimmel| Quick Quiz: What health problem is four times more prevalent in women than in men? Osteoporosis is the answer; a common ailment, but many people with the disease don’t realize they are suffering from it until they fracture a bone. Millions of Americans suffer from the condition, defined by loss of bone density and bone mass. Older ... Read More »

Inaugural “Congressman Peter Peyser Memorial Award” Presented to Annette Leyden of Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow resident Annette Leyden received the inaugural “Congressman Peter Peyser Memorial Award” at a ceremony on October 11 at Chutney Masala Restaurant in Irvington. Hosted by the Irvington Democratic Committee (IDC), chair David Imamura welcomed the packed audience and then introduced featured speaker Congresswoman Nita Lowey who brought a special congressional proclamation honoring Leyden. State Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti, State ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Varsity Soccer Teams Enjoy Successful Seasons

|by Heather Colley| Fall 2015 was a stand-out season for the boys and girls varsity soccer teams of Sleepy Hollow. The boys’ team built on solid records in recent years to post an impressive record of nine wins and five losses. This was good enough to place the team as the seventh seed for the sectional tournament, the highest seed ... Read More »

SHHS Varsity Football Season Ends on a High Note

|by Kevin Brown| As the Horsemen charged the field to begin their annual rivalry game against neighboring Ossining, it was an apt metaphor for the 2015 season as the team emerged from the darkness. Due to the size of the school, Ossining was moved up to Division AA this season so the two teams were not scheduled to play. But ... Read More »

Students, Life Center Combine to Give Thanksgiving to Needy

|by Rick Pezzullo| About 70 families in the Tarrytown School District will be enjoying a hearty Thanksgiving meal thanks to the efforts and generosity of a group of students, their families and friends and the RSHM LIFE Center in Sleepy Hollow. For at least the last 10 years, students at Sleepy Hollow High School, working with the McGovern family, have ... Read More »

First Annual Chamber Games On Tap

The Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce will be holding the first Annual Chamber Games on November 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at OnTrack Sport Center at 29 S. Depot Plaza in Tarrytown, near the Tarrytown Train Station. Community members will be encouraged to shop and dine locally with special discounts provided by participating businesses at the Shop ... Read More »

SH High Principal Named to State Common Core Task Force

Sleepy Hollow High School Principal Carol Conklin-Spillane was named in late September by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on a newly established Common Core Task Force, which will be charged with reviewing and making recommendations to overhaul the current Common Core system and how students are tested. The Task Force is expected to deliver a final report by the end ... Read More »

Life on the Homefront During WWII: “Having a Common Cause”

|by Krista Madsen| Ten women and two men filled every chair in the third floor Warner Library conference room to share stories of life on the homefront during WWII. Though the war ended 70 years ago, their memories are as vivid as if it all happened yesterday – from the constant air raid drills and pulled curtains for blackouts, down ... Read More »

Irvington: The Hudson Valley’s New Hollywood

Could that have been Emily Blunt, the gorgeous British actress, walking up the steps of Irvington’s Village Hall? Wasn’t that John Malkovitch in the back of that limo headed down Ardsley Avenue? Why is Station Road closed? I’ve got a train to catch. If the scene in Irvington seems a bit… unusual these days, chances are it has something to ... Read More »

Attention Turns to Barnhart Park Safety after Teen is Murdered

| by Elaine Marranzano | A war of words between two teenagers culminated on October 9 with the stabbing death of 17-year-old Tahj Robinson in Sleepy Hollow’s Barnhart Park. Berinzon Moronta, 16, was quickly arrested and charged with second-degree murder. According to reports, the boys had an ongoing disagreement about a female, and it was well-known they were planning to fight in the park that Friday night where a crowd of peers ... Read More »

Tarrytown Teenager Charged in Knife Slaying in Sleepy Hollow 

|  By Robert Kimmel  | The suspect in the stabbing death Friday night of a 17-year-old former Sleepy Hollow High School student was  charged with second-degree murder during his arraignment Saturday  in Sleepy Hollow Justice Court.   The victim, Tahj Robinson, was found bleeding from knife wounds  in Barnhardt Park,  just after 11 p.m. by police who had been called to the scene.  He was rushed  by ambulance to ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow LDC Pursues Varied Village Projects

| by Robert Kimmel |  Created about a year ago, the Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation is looking at a number of potential projects in the village, but its most immediate task deals with the land it acquired from GM at the automaker’s former riverfront site. The east parcel, as it is known, was designated for village use in the ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Football Off to a Rocky Start

| by Kevin Brown |  As of press time, The Headless Horsemen of Sleepy Hollow find themselves at 1-2 suffering from key injuries that have altered their plans on both sides of the football. After a summer of hard work that included camps, scrimmages and the dreaded two-a-days, the hardworking staff and team got some bad news just before the ... Read More »

Spooky Halloween Events Highlight Month Ahead

| by Robert Kimmel | Spine tingling experiences, ghost stories, haunted hayrides, a costume parade, and more await you during this spook-tacular month of Halloween in the villages. October is packed with events that will chill, thrill and amuse both adults and kids.  The line-up includes all of the following. Horseman’s Hollow Historic   Philipsburg Manor becomes a very scary ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Teams Get Ready for New Turf Fields

| by Heather Colley | Last year, residents in the villages of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown passed two bonds, totaling $9.7 million, to install two new turf fields, one at the high school, the other at Washington Irving Elementary School. The intent was to improve playing conditions for varsity sports teams, such as football, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse, as well ... Read More »

New Season of Excitement Builds for Hollow Horsemen

| by Kevin Brown | The 2015 Sleepy Hollow Varsity football season faces substantial challenges and changes.  First, the hometown squad will be playing on turf for the first time.  Secondly, displaying their lack of infinite wisdom, the folks who run Section 1 football have eliminated rivalry week so Sleepy and Ossining will not square off for bragging rights—unless it is ... Read More »

Tarrytown/SH Fans Salute the Grateful Dead With Trek to Chicago for Final Concerts

| By W.B. King | July 4, 2015: Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow residents gather at Congress Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Front row: Maddy McGovern, Laura Kiss, Joanne Malandrino-Daly, Sharon Bucci-Thomas, Stella Goldstein, Heather Whitaker and Belle Gonzalez. Back row: Myles Birrittella, Kyle McGovern Jr., Tom Kiss Jr., Tom Kiss Sr., John Korzelius, Brad King, Laurie Birrittella, Kyle McGovern, Tom Shumacher, ... Read More »

Standout SH High Track Athlete Striving for College Success

| by Katy Kachnowski | While the competitive athletic careers of many graduated seniors have come to a close, the careers of some others will keep on running–literally. Recent Sleepy Hollow High School graduate Daniel Elia will continue his track and field career at the Division 1 Sacred Heart University this September. Over the past five years, Elia has been ... Read More »

Villages Receive $100,000 to Study Microgrid Projects

| by Rick Pezzullo | The villages of Irvington, Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown were among 14 municipalities in Westchester awarded approximately $100,000 each to study the feasibility of installing a standalone energy system capable of operating during a power outage. Such systems would integrate renewable power with other advanced energy technologies to create a cleaner, more affordable and more resilient localized ... Read More »

East Parcel of Former GM Site Goes to Local Development Corp as New LDC Members are Named

| by Robert Kimmel | Financial advantages accrue to Sleepy Hollow by having a Local Development Corporation, (LDC), maintain ownership of the east parcel of the former 96-acre GM site, which was turned over to the village in the deal that opened the way for development of the larger riverfront parcels for residential and commercial use. New York State mandates that ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Reverses Decision on Making Old Broadway One-Way

| by Elaine Marranzano | The Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees has reversed its decision to make Old Broadway a one-way street. “We didn’t do it properly first time around,” said Mayor Ken Wray on July 14.  “I am instructing the staff to change it back.” The board voted to remove four parking spaces and change the traffic flow pattern ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Special Olympians Win Gold

Friday, July 31, 2015 — Team USA New York (Sleepy Hollow/Brewster combined team) just WON the gold medal in Unified Men’s Basketball at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles!!!! The USA New York team went undefeated in their division and beat Peru, Kenya, Pakistan and Luxembourg to win the GOLD MEDAL!  They will receive their gold medals tomorrow morning, ... Read More »

Drowning Death in Hudson Of  Sleepy Hollow Man Believed to be Accidental

The drowning of a 43-year-old Sleepy Hollow man in the Hudson River Friday appears to have been accidental,  Tarrytown police said. Identified as  William Cabrera, of Cottage Avenue, he was unconscious when pulled from the river off Pierson Park in Tarrytown by a friend.  Cabrera swam out  about fifty feet offshore and on his way back submerged in the water, according to the friend. Responding ... Read More »

Lighthouse Celebration Focuses on Coming Riverfront Development

|  by Robert Kimmel  | “It is a beacon that signals a new beginning here,” Mayor Ken Wray asserted during a June ceremony that celebrated the newly lit Lighthouse on Sleepy Hollow’s Hudson River shoreline. The occasion served not only to herald the restoration of the Lighthouse’s lens following more than five decades of darkness, but also to focus on ... Read More »

New TaSH Farmers Market Opens to Resounding Success

Opening day of the new Tarrytown and Sleepy HollowFarmers Market (the TaSH) drew close to 2,000 people to Patriots Park to meet the farmers and sample an array of tasty foods, all while listening to great music and socializing with neighbors. “The new market had a fantastic debut,” said Suzanne Sorrentino, co-president of Rivertowns Village Green (RVG), the nonprofit group ... Read More »

Clouet Proud of Accomplishments at SH; Interim Super Selected

|  by Janie Rosman  | When the school bell sounds in September, Dr. Daniel T. McCann will be two months into his one-year term as Tarrytown Union Free School District’s interim superintendent. An educational consultant with a career in public education that spans 42 years, McCann was superintendent for the Hendrick Hudson School District in Montrose (from 2006 to 2012) ... Read More »

Athletes Honored at Sleepy Hollow Sports Award Dinner

|  by Kevin Brown  | Sleepy Hollow High School continues to amaze with its broad offerings of theater, music and sports.  Theater and music end the school year with remarkable performances. Sports ends the year with the annual Varsity Sports Awards Dinner. “We have over 400 people here tonight. This dinner started 23 years ago with Jello and cookies when ... Read More »

Greg Lobato Among Four Police Officers Hired by SH

|  by Robert Kimmel  | Four new recruits are learning the basics this month as officers in the Sleepy Hollow Police Department. Among the four is Greg Lobato, the decorated war veteran and highly rated candidate who was turned down for the job a year ago by a split Board of Trustees. Lobato and the three others were hired last ... Read More »

Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow Welcome New Village Attorneys

|  by Elaine Marranzano  | Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow have each retained new village attorneys with specialization in real estate development, municipal law and land use. Tarrytown’s new attorney is Steve Silverberg of Silverberg Zalantis in Tarrytown, replacing Jeffrey Shumejda, who resigned after 25 years due to health reasons. Silverberg previously provided legal services for Tarrytown on the development of ... Read More »

Class of 2015 Popular SH High Twins Grateful for Education and Experiences

SHHS Seniors, Heather & Jordan Brown

|  by Katy Kachnowski  |   It’s been a busy year full of accomplishments for Sleepy Hollow High School twins Heather and Jordan Brown. The graduating seniors at Sleepy Hollow have been accepted to prestigious colleges, won athletic and academic awards, and were also both voted onto the high school’s Homecoming Court, with Heather being crowned queen. Since beginning their ... Read More »

School Budgets Approved in Tarrytown, Irvington, Pocantico Hills

Catherine Palmieri

|  by Rick Pezzullo  | School budgets were approved by voters last month in the Tarrytown, Irvington and Pocantico Hills school districts. In Tarrytown, the $72.57 million budget, which increases spending by $1.36 million from this year, passed 430 to 139. The tax levy increase in the proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year falls well below the allowable state ... Read More »

Stalled Water Reservoir for SH Gets Boost for Construction

|  by Robert Kimmel   | A series of procedural matters holding up the construction of a critically needed new water reservoir for Sleepy Hollow apparently have been settled, and work on the structure could begin within a few months.  Agreement on the issues encountered followed two years of discussions between the Village, the Town of Mt. Pleasant and the ... Read More »

School Budgets Approved in Tarrytown, Irvington, Pocantico Hills

|  by Rick Pezzullo  | School budgets were approved by voters Tuesday night in the Tarrytown, Irvington and Pocantico Hills school districts. In Tarrytown, the $72.57 million budget, which increase spending by $1.36 million from this year, passed 430 to 139. The tax levy increase in the proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year falls well below the allowable state ... Read More »

School Budgets Approved in Tarrytown, Irvington, Pocantico Hills

|  By Rick Pezzullo  | School budgets were approved by voters Tuesday night in the Tarrytown, Irvington and Pocantico Hills school districts. In Tarrytown, the $72.57 million budget, which increases spending by $1.36 million from this year, passed 430 to 139. The tax levy increase in the proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year falls well below the allowable state ... Read More »

Fewer Students Opt Out of State Exams in Local Districts

|  by Rick Pezzullo  | Less students in the Tarrytown and Irvington school districts opted out of taking the state Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) and math exams in April than the majority of districts in Westchester and statewide. Reportedly, more than 180,000 students in New York State boycotted the ELA exam this year, representing just below17% of the ... Read More »

Clouet Staying Put as Tarrytown Schools Super

|  by Janie Rosman  | Tarrytown Union Free School District Superintendent Dr. Christopher Clouet was one of the finalists for the commissioner of the State Department of Education position in Connecticut. However, last month Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy selected former public schools teacher Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell to the post. Wentzell has more than 25 years’ experience as an ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow High School Spreads the Word to End the Word

|  by Zoe Kaplan  |   On April 21, students at Sleepy Hollow High School celebrated “Spread the Word to End the Word” –  a campaign that focuses on removing the R-word (retarded) from everyday vocabulary. While the R-word used to be medically sound, in recent years it has developed a negative connotation. In order to promote this campaign, students ... Read More »

Tarrytown School Budget Well Under State Tax Cap

|  By Rick Pezzullo  | The tax levy increase in the proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year in the Tarrytown School District falls well below the allowable state tax cap. The $72.57 million budget, which increases spending by 1.92% ($1.36 million) from this year, carries a districtwide average tax hike of .88%. The state tax cap for the district ... Read More »

Inaugural TEDx Tarrytown Women Event Scheduled

One hundred rivertown residents will come together on Thursday, May 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for the inaugural TEDxTarrytownWomen event, a day of networking and dialogue. The independently produced event, operated under a license from TED, was organized by community volunteers and is aimed at creating dialogue as well as giving people a forum to share their passions, ... Read More »

Gandolfo Replaced as Village Attorney in Sleepy Hollow

|  by Elaine Marranzano  | Long-time village attorney Janet A. Gandolfo was replaced by the Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees in a unanimous vote during its annual reorganization in April. During the recent campaign, Mayor Ken Wray, who defeated Trustee Karin Wompa in March to retain his seat, said he would look to replace Gandolfo, who served as village attorney ... Read More »

Three Uncontested for Seats on Tarrytown Board of Ed

|  By Rick Pezzullo  | Two longtime trustees and the treasurer of the district’s Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns are running unopposed for three available seats in the May 19 Tarrytown Board of Education race. Board President Mimi Godwin, who has served on the board since 1996, is looking forward to continuing serving the community where she ... Read More »

SH High Principal Gets Attention Featured in Clinton Video

|  by Katy Kachnowski  | It did not surprise many Americans when Hillary Clinton announced her run for the presidency on Sunday, April 12. However, there was one surprise in the video announcement: Sleepy Hollow High School’s very own Principal Carol Conklin-Spillane. Conklin was approached at the beginning of April. “I got a call from a friend who asked if ... Read More »

Wray Leads Unite Sleepy Hollow Ticket to Election Sweep

|  by Rick Pezzullo  | Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray was reelected to a fourth term last month with a convincing win over Trustee Karin Wompa. The three trustee candidates on Wray’s Unite Sleepy Hollow ticket also won handily, giving the mayor a 5-2 edge on the village board. “The voters listened to what our positions were in general and ... Read More »

State Tax Cap Freeze Prompts School Districts’ Fiscal Belt Tightening

| by Robert Kimmel |   Along with maintaining quality educational standards, preserving a small amount of tax relief for homeowners is one of the primary motivators of local school district authorities preparing their budgets for the coming year. As part of the temporary tax freeze for school districts set by state lawmakers, most homeowners in Irvington, Sleepy Hollow, and ... Read More »

State Declares Grant to Attorney Property Okay, But Questions Remain

| by Elaine Marranzano | A state agency has determined that a grant to a property in Sleepy Hollow owned by Village Attorney Janet Gandolfo was handled properly by the village’s Downtown Revitalization Corporation, (SHDRC). New York State’s Main Street grant for work on the residential building on Clinton Street led to a controversy in which it was charged that ... Read More »

First ‘Mayor for a Day’ Event to be Held in Sleepy Hollow

| by Rick Pezzullo |   Three Sleepy Hollow residents will be honored on Saturday, March 7 during the first “Mayor for a Day” event initiated by Immaculate Conception Church. Nicholas Bell, Brian Doyle and Armando “Chick” Galella will be recognized by Village Mayor Ken Wray and the Board of Trustees at 9:30 a.m. at Village Hall and treated to ... Read More »

Fifth Annual Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon on Tap

Looking for a change of pace? The 5th Annual Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon, scheduled for Saturday, March 21, has the best of fun and scenery. It is the perfect event if you enjoy running for fun or are gearing up for a spring marathon! If you are Boston Bound – Better run here first! The Sleepy Hollow Half-Marathon, presented by ... Read More »

Camp Directory 2015

| by Janie Rosman |   If the winter blues have you down, then now’s the time to plan for summer. AYSO Soccer Camp Kingsland Point Park, 299 Palmer Ave., Sleepy Hollow Phone: 914-560-6067 or email: Dates: August 10 to 14, and August 17 to 21 (two sessions) Now in its 16th season, AYSO and Sleepy Hollow Football ... Read More »