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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 www.restaurantmancora.com Phone: 914-372-7490 AppleMed Urgent Care 131 Central Avenue Tarrytown, New York 10591 http://AppleMed.net (914) 332-1111 Think Space Studio LLC 19 N Broadway Tarrytown, New York 10591 https://thinkspacestudio.com 914-606-0632 The Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics, Inc 32 Warren Ave Tarrytown, NY 10591 https://www.iahdny.org 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 www.gohealthuc.com/northwell Travellati Tours Elizabeth Kemble 11 Woodland Avenue Tarrytown, NY 10591 Phone: 914-909-5079 travellati.com David Lerner Associates, Inc. Gary Troy 599 West Hartsdale Avenue Hartsdale, New York 10591 Phone: 914-539-2017 davidlerner.com 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 »