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SnapFitness to Open in Tarrytown in Mid-May

by W.B. King   Along with the YMCA and the recently opened Tarrytown Fitness Center, residents who enjoy working out have yet another option to get physical: SnapFitness. “What differentiates us from other gyms is that we are open 24 hours, seven days a week with unlimited access for members,” said General Manager and franchise owner, Eric Thomas. “The equipment, trainers ... Read More »

Tarry Crest Swim/Tennis Hires New Tennis Director

Martin Miedzowicz

Tarry Crest Swim and Tennis Club has hired a new pro to run its tennis program. The Crest Pool, as it is called, is a private club that has been a big part of our local communities and part of so many of local residents’ youth. Martin Miedzowicz, a native of Montevideo, Uruguay, was ranked among the top players in ... Read More »

Hackley is Where the Heart is for Senior Baseball Mainstay

by Tom Pedulla Ryan Smith, an ace left-hander at Hackley School, understands the value of home-field advantage better than anyone. He has attended Hackley since kindergarten, but his connection runs far deeper than that. “It’s been home since I was born,” Smith said. His father, Bill, has served as Director of Buildings and Grounds since 1997, leading the family to ... Read More »

Make-A-Wish to Honor MLB Commissioner

Rob Manfred

Major League Baseball Commissioner and Tarrytown resident Rob Manfred will be honored at this year’s annual Make-A-Wish Ball on Friday, May 12 at the Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown. Manfred, along with hundreds of other distinguished guests and community leaders from throughout the Hudson Valley, will pay tribute to the courage of the more than 2,500 children ... Read More »

Relay for Life Fundraiser Set at Sleepy Hollow High

The second Relay for Life event in Tarrytown will be held June 3-4 at Sleepy Hollow High School. Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Last year’s first event in Tarrytown attracted 425 registered participants and raised more than $95,000. Organizers were rewarded by being named Rookie Event of the Year. This year, the fundraising ... Read More »

The TaSH Farmers Market is Back in Season

TaSH Farmers Market

by Suzanne Sorrentino “What’s in season?” may be the most-asked question at the farmers market, but this year that simple query has lofty aims at the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market. Along with growing to more than 30 vendors per week — with a roster of more than 50 vendors, some who will rotate to keep things exciting — ... Read More »

Parking Expansion in Tarrytown’s Business District Discussed

by Robert Kimmel   Tarrytown’s merchants have been at the forefront of urging long sought parking expansion in Tarrytown’s business district. Late last month, they learned that a possible solution might be in store for the parking problems that have plagued the village for decades. The parking troubles worsened more than a year ago when Citibank closed its Broadway location, and ... Read More »

Tax Hikes Unknown in School Budgets; Board of Ed Races Uncontested

by Rick Pezzullo Residents who go to the polls on May 16 to cast their vote on the proposed 2017-18 school budgets will have to figure out on their own how their property taxes will be affected due to the recent revaluation of property values in the Town of Greenburgh. Both Tarrytown School District Superintendent Christopher Borsari and Irvington School ... Read More »

Tarrytown Station Area Project to Integrate with Village’s Revised Comprehensive Plan

by Robert Kimmel Rather than focusing primarily on the project investigating prospective developments within its train station area and waterfront, Tarrytown is broadening its perspective to include that task within a fully revised village-wide Comprehensive Plan. Tarrytown’s Board of Trustees’ recent action integrating the Station Area Study into the Comprehensive Plan was based partially on the fact that it has ... Read More »

Local High School Baseball and Softball Previews

by Tom Pedulla The Hudson Independent looks at the prospects for local baseball and softball teams: (Abbreviations key—1B (first base); 2B (second base); SS (shortstop); 3B (third base); OF (outfield); C (catcher); LHP (left-handed pitcher); RHP (right-handed pitcher). BASEBALL HACKLEY Coach: Steve Frolo, 20th year Last year’s record: 11-7 Top returning players: 1B Dan Chung, 2B Dan Hernandez, SS Alex ... Read More »

A New Season and A New Tarrytown RiverWalk Park

by Pat Jones (Co-Chair, Friends of the RiverWalk) Invasive plant control, in preparation for replanting Tarrytown’s RiverWalk Park, was finally begun in the fall of 2016; and the maintenance/planting contract was awarded to Cedar Hill Landscaping of Katonah in February 2017. Friends of the RiverWalk (FRW) will miss Brickman Landscaping, now BrightView, who contributed so much to the RiverWalk Park ... Read More »

RiverArts Pilots Art Studio Tour to Tarrytown with Help from Jazz Forum Arts and The Music Hall

by Morey Storck “It’s essentially a pilot program with great expectations. Our Art Studio Tour now covers the river towns of Hastings, Dobbs Ferry and Irvington. However, serious discussions about reaching out to the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow communities have been under consideration for the past three years and now, we’ve decided, is the right time,” explained Doug Coe, Executive ... Read More »

Warner Oral History: Vital Arts Organizations of 10591

Mark Morganelli

In a week when American arts institutions were feeling very threatened by President Trump’s proposed federal budget cuts, a half-dozen local leaders of arts institutions got together for the latest culture-themed Warner Library Oral History session. Björn Olsson of the Tarrytown Music Hall was in attendance, while jazz entrepreneur Mark Morganelli had to duck out early to take care of ... Read More »

Students Benefit from the Use of Wind and Solar Power

Wind and Solar Unit at WashingtonIrving School

by Julia Ann Friedman When Aris Wind Company approached Peter Quartironi, Director of Facilities for the public schools of the Tarrytowns, about installing wind and solar dual units on school property, he jumped at the opportunity. Quartironi and Christopher Borsari, Superintendent of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, knew that utilizing wind and solar power would be highly beneficial to ... Read More »

Foundation Celebrates Local Businesses and Organizations in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown

by Shelly W. Colley When members of the Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns chose the theme, “A Tale of Two Towns,” for their April 22, 2017 spring benefit, they wanted to bring awareness of the impact that local businesses and organizations have had on the students of the Tarrytown School district. The Foundation, an independent, parent-led 501(c)3 ... Read More »

Safety Measures Undergoing Review in Local Schools

by Robert Kimmel Safety concerns at local schools have heightened in the aftermath of the wave of bomb threats targeted at Jewish Community Centers and schools across the country, including the JCC in Tarrytown. While those threats have proven to be hoaxes, authorities say such acts can’t be ignored. Both the Tarrytown and Irvington school districts have safety committees that ... Read More »

Tarrytown Looks at Options to Ease Traffic Congestion

Traffic LIght

by Rick Pezzullo With existing traffic congestion expected to worsen in the area from approved developments, Village of Tarrytown officials are exploring options to have vehicles move more efficiently. In mid-March, the Board of Trustees reviewed some recommendations made by a consultant hired by the village with funds it received in a legal settlement in August 2013 with neighboring Sleepy ... Read More »

A First Peek At Projected Greenburgh Property Tax Rates

By Barrett Seaman In the final week in March, Greenburgh Town Assessor Edye McCarthy told a gathering of local realtors that they could expect tax rates in the year ahead to run from 3.2% to 3.7% of assessed value. Irvington, she said, looked to have a rate of about 3.4%, Dobbs Ferry 3.7% and Edgemont 3.6%. Roughly translated, these would ... Read More »

Community Leaders Mobilize Against Trump Policies with Focus on Immigration

by Robert Kimmel At a recent meeting described as a “Rivertown Gathering for Future Social Action,” community leaders spoke out in opposition to a range of Trump administration policies and particularly those dealing with immigration. Those policies came under fire from Congresswoman Nita Lowey who highlighted the session, held at a private Tarrytown residence. She described what she and her ... Read More »

Tarrytown Administrator Mike Blau Reflects on Years with Village

by Robert Kimmel  When Mike Blau departs from his position as Tarrytown’s Administrator next month, he’ll have completed two tours of duty totaling more than 17 years in that job. He’ll leave behind a solid record. “He worked remarkably well with all of Tarrytown’s various constituencies, plus he was a tireless advocate and relentless cheerleader for the village,” Mayor Drew ... Read More »

El Dorado Diner Closes to Make Room for Honda Service Center

El Dorado Diner in Tarrytown

by W.B. King More than a diner, El Dorado West served as a beloved touchstone for locals and travelers alike. For many Tarrytown residents, it was a second home where food, friends and family melded into a specialty dish of sorts. But this 16-year tradition ended in February when the line cook hit the bell for the last time and ... Read More »

Growing Together: Introducing the Warner Seed Library

by Krista Madsen Add to Warner Library’s collection of borrowable books, music, DVDs: seeds. This month, Warner Library will begin sharing little packets of native and heirloom flowers, herbs and vegetables. The good news is: you don’t have to return them but can use them to grow your garden. Inspired by similar initiatives at several other libraries in the region, ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists Relocating to Ossining

by Morey Storck For the past 17 years, Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists (SHPA), with founder and Artistic Director Debralyn Press at the helm, has been one of the most creative and intellectual exponents of modern dance and classic ballet in the rivertowns region. And, as she strongly asserted, “Our overall passion is promoting individual self-esteem in mind and body through ... Read More »

John André: The Spy Who Loved Us

by Charlene Weigel On a chilly Saturday, The Historical Society of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow was alive with visitors in search of a dead man. Not just any man. He had to have charm and wit, but be honest to the core. Cultured. Handsome. Schooled in the arts. Massively charismatic. Perhaps a bit full of himself, but with good reason. ... Read More »

Tarrytown Troop’s Bronze Award is Malala-Inspired

by Krista Madsen Malala Yousafzai comes off as both a normal teenager in the documentary He Named Me Malala – teasing her brother, fawning over photos of male sports stars, worrying that her high school friends won’t accept her – and the bravest and wisest of heroines. “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced,” Malala ... Read More »

Sports – Local Basketball Squads Produce Mixed Results

by Tom Pedulla The Hudson Independent looks at how the local basketball teams fared during the regular season: Girls Hackley With the exception of senior captain Kristen Bringsjord, Hackley depended heavily on a young and inexperienced roster in struggling to a 4-14 record. A season sweep of Fieldston and Bringsjord’s scrappy play provided a couple of highlights. Second-year coach Margaret ... Read More »

AppleMed Urgent Care Opens Third Office in Tarrytown

by Neal Rentz Local residents who are in need of immediate medical or dental care but cannot find a doctor or dentist available and do not want to go to an emergency room now have an alternative. AppleMed Urgent Care opened its third Westchester office in November in Tarrytown. AppleMed also has facilities in Mount Vernon and Dobbs Ferry. AppleMed ... Read More »

New Village Administrator Selected in Tarrytown

By Rick Pezzullo A familiar face will be returning to Tarrytown to serve as Village Administrator. Richard Slingerland, who worked as Tarrytown’s Village Administrator from 1999 to 2002, will be taking over the same role, starting April 3. He is replacing Michael Blau, who is retiring after 17-and-a-half years in Tarrytown. The Village Board chose Slingerland after receiving resumes from ... Read More »

Unity March 10591: In Their Own Words

Compiled by Krista Madsen Perhaps the most powerful way to cover January’s Unity March, gathering an estimated 800 immigrants and their allies from Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown and beyond, is to focus on the words of the participants themselves – bilingual messages of solidarity on signs, in chants, and in speeches. As the marchers made their way along the sidewalks from ... Read More »

Black History Month Art Exhibit

A Black History Month Art Exhibit will be held during the month of February at Warner Library in Tarrytown. A Meet the Artists Reception, where visitors will have the opportunity to view the works of Ron Brown, Steven Ferri, Ella Hall and Don Whitely and chat with the artists, will take place on Sunday, February 12 from 2 to 4 ... Read More »

Tarrytown, Greenburgh to Benefit from Hotel Occupancy Tax

by Rick Pezzullo The Town of Greenburgh and Village of Tarrytown are anticipating receiving sizeable revenue annually from a new hotel/motel occupancy tax approved in late December by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner said his municipality is expecting approximately $1 million from the tax on the 2,000 hotel and motel rooms. Tarrytown Village Administrator Michael Blau said Tarrytown ... Read More »

Tarrytown Train Station Study Progresses to Next Stage

by Robert Kimmel Tarrytown’s mission to develop its train station area into an increasingly vital part of the village has entered another stage. Following a heavily attended, standing room only “open house” meeting in the Village Hall last month, the Village Board of Trustees gave its approval for the project’s next stage. The action followed briefings on what had been ... Read More »

Tarrytown Trainer Instrumental in Helping Many Local Athletes

by Julia Ann Friedman Wayne Bass, owner of Next Level Athletics, Inc. in Tarrytown, has been in business since 2004. He played college basketball at Pace University, and he has been working with kids since he, himself, was a kid. “We offer a great opportunity to learn about life through sports. To advance yourself and challenge your comfort zone,” Bass ... Read More »

Family Holiday Celebration

The Public Schools of the Tarrytowns’ Asociacion de Familias Hispanas de los Tarrytowns (AFHT) held their annual Family Holiday Celebration on December 15 at John Paulding School. More than 150 families gathered for a festive evening, enjoying a potluck dinner, holiday crafts, music and special dance performances. Many community volunteers were on hand, and Kids’ Club provided desserts and crafts, ... Read More »

Village of Tarrytown Ends Status as Property Assessor

by Robert Kimmel Beginning this month, Tarrytown is no longer evaluating properties for tax purposes. It eliminated its regular assessment responsibilities and turned them over to the Town of Greenburgh. The five other villages in the town had already taken similar actions. Following a public hearing in November, the Board of Trustees passed legislation to voluntarily terminate the village’s status ... Read More »

A Bit of Old Rome on the Hudson Unearthed at Greystone

by Barrett Seaman  Saturninus, the freed slave who rose to be a senior tax collector for the Roman Emperor Claudius, would surely have been surprised at the ride his tombstone took after his passing in the mid-first century AD. Commissioned as the receptacle for his ashes by his wife Flavia, the monument—or “cippus”—was impressive enough to eventually earn a spot ... Read More »

New Hotel Tax Becomes Law 

Fourteen Westchester Communities,  Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow among them, will be benefiting from a hotel and motel tax law signed late last month by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The law calls for a local  three percent “bed tax” to be  charged by hotels and motels. The tax legislation,  sponsored by Assemblyman and State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, had been pursued by ... Read More »

Sports – High School Basketball Previews for Local Boys and Girls Teams

by Tom Pedulla The Hudson Independent examines the prospects of local schools for the upcoming varsity basketball season. Girls HACKLEY Head coach: Margaret Scarcella, second season Last year’s record: 18-7 Top returning players: Forward Krissy Barrett (5’11”, jr.), Guard Kristen Bringsjord (5’6”, sr.), Guard Meaghan Cunningham (5’4”, sr.), Guard Ismene Germanakos (5’3”, soph.), Forward Ijeoma Nworkie (5’10”, jr.), Guard Jordan ... Read More »

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 »

Ona – A Shopper’s Haven for the Holidays and Beyond

by Linda Viertel Tarrytown’s newest boutique, Ona, opened in October, offering customers numerous delightful treasures. One visit will not suffice once shoppers see the plethora of home items, jewelry, scarves, jackets, crafts and artisanal artwork from around the world. It’s a gem of a store – filled with quality one-of-a-kind items, lovingly sourced and designed by owner Ona Cohn, with ... 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 »

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 »

Tarrytown Station Area Study Initial Report Completed

What changes are in store for the area around Tarrytown’s Metro North Train station will be clearer in the coming year as the effort to determine those transformations nears its conclusion. A final report on the preliminary work that has been completed by a special Steering Committee and its planning consultant is expected to be in the hands of Tarrytown’s ... Read More »

Mrs. Green’s Shutters Tarrytown Location

by Robert Kimmel A large empty store within the heart of a village’s business section is not an encouraging situation. However, Tarrytown is faced with just that state of affairs. After barely three years of existence at 45 North Broadway in the Village, Mrs. Green’s closed its doors last month. The Tarrytown closure is but one of five stores Mrs. ... Read More »


Starting Monday, December 5, expect significant traffic delays on Route 9/South Broadway between Benedict Avenue and Route 119.  The contractor installing the Westchester County Sanitary Sewer Force Main on Route 9 will be installing the force main pipe across Route 9 (east-west) which will require a reduction in lanes from two to one.  Traffic will be stopped in the northbound ... 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 »

Warner Oral Histories: Volunteering in Tarrytown

Ann Phillips

by Krista Madsen “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Gandhi Toiling behind the scenes, with little acknowledgement and no pay, it is the volunteers who really seem to provide the special sauce to this community. A room of five extreme volunteers, who have dedicated countless hours to service, somehow found ... Read More »

Tarrytown Recreational Facility Open for Business

by Kevin Brown Tarrytown Recreational Facility hosted its grand opening on a beautiful fall day down by the river. Housed in the new building adjacent to the new pool, the workout facility has begun signing up new members. “This village is so fortunate to have a pristine facility with state-of-the-art equipment that caters to all levels of abilities at such ... Read More »

Rock n Roll Halloween Masquerade Ball

  Masquerade Ball Honorees: The Family YMCA at Tarrytown held the Rock n Roll Halloween Masquerade Ball and honored long time donors and Y volunteers Edward and Christine Napoleon with the Laurance S. Rockefeller award on September 30. (L-R:) Andrea Stewart-Cousins, honorees Edward and Christine Napoleon (Slash & Blondie) and YMCA CEO Gerry Riera (Ringo). — Photo by Margaret Fox Read More »

Washington Irving High School’s Last Class Reunites

by Krista Madsen A half-hour before the official start time of 7 p.m., the party was well under way at Demeter’s Tavern in Tarrytown. Of the 39 attendees expected for the first event in the Washington Irving High School 60th reunion weekend, about 25 were already here. The crowd of folks in their late 70s made the journey to this ... Read More »

The Radio City Rockettes Stopped by Main Street Sweets

How Sweet It Is!: The Radio City Rockettes stopped by Main Street Sweets in Tarrytown in late September as a part of their ‘make time for joy’ initiative. The Rockettes took photos and interacted with fans and families, while Main Street Sweets served holiday truffles and Rice Krispies treats. Main Street Sweets was singled out by the Rockettes as a ... 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 »

Tarrytown 12-Year-Old World Irish Dance Champion

Daniel Callanan has the gangly look of a middle school student, just coming into his own as a young man with the glint of Ireland in his eyes and the polite handshake of an eldest child. He’s an athlete with a busy schedule, a good student, and the oldest in a tight-knit family of six including three younger siblings. The ... 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 »

Viewfinder: Remembering 9/11

The Village of Irvington marked the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks with a ceremony at Scenic Hudson Park. Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown officials gathered at Patriot’s Park.   Fozzie and his handler, Stefani Cohen (right), greeted a teen volunteer during 9/11 Day of Service held by UJA-Federation of New York and the Harold & Elaine Shames JCC on the ... Read More »

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Milestone Marked in Tarrytown

By Rick Pezzullo The installation of the 100th public electric vehicle charging station by New York State was marked in September during a ceremony at Pierson Park in Tarrytown. The New York Power Authority (NYPA) made the announcement during National Drive Electric Week, a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of the widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and promote the benefits ... 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 »

Tri-County Basketball League Tryouts

The Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Recreation Departments and TNT Basketball are pleased to announce that Tri-County Basketball will be back this season with up to six youth travel teams. There is no guarantee that there will be a travel team within each grade level. The Tri-County Basketball League offers competitive basketball teams for boys and girls in grades 5-8. Players ... Read More »

Tarrytown Station Area Study Moves Ahead in Quest for District’s Development

by Robert Kimmel Three potential alternatives have emerged from the first phase of Tarrytown’s Station Area study aimed at the development of that area and improving its connections to other locations in the village, including the Main Street and Broadway business sections. Three general concepts, which are not conclusive, evolved during two years of work guided by a village steering ... Read More »

Tarrytown to Reduce Garbage Collection to Once a Week

Starting in mid-October, curbside garbage collection in Tarrytown will be reduced to once a week. Village officials decided to make the change in service after a pilot program that kicked off last December in a portion of the village in an effort to cut costs and improve efficiency, proved to be viable. The change will mean household garbage that was ... Read More »

Long Journey for Jazz Forum Arts to Set Up in Tarrytown

by Morey Storck The magical yellow brick road is never as beautiful and unencumbered as it is depicted in novels. It can also be a winding, meandering path filled with unexpected turns, twists and potholes during that quest for Oz. Mark Morganelli has taken such a journey, and he did get to the Emerald City, eventually. Morganelli is the founder ... Read More »

Greenburgh’s Reassessment Wraps Up (Almost), but Homeowners Won’t Know Their 2017 Taxes for Months

by Barrett Seaman For Greenburgh Township homeowners facing significant tax increases because of the recent re-assessment, September 15 was a big day. It was the last day the Board of Assessment Review (BAR) would consider final appeals for those who believe their homes were over-assessed. It was also the deadline for applications for the three-year phase-in engineered by Town Supervisor ... Read More »

Seniors’ Ticket to Ride: Latest Service from ITAV

by Bruce Campbell A group of local volunteers is giving seniors who no longer drive a new set of wheels. ITAV volunteer drivers will now take members anywhere they want to go in Westchester County. It’s the newest member service from ITAV, It Takes a Village 10591, a dedicated group in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown working to make life more ... 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 »

Information, Activities and Services for Tarrytown Seniors

SENIORS Senior Benefits Information Center: Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. a representative from the Medicare Rights Center is on hand at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. Sign up at the Reference Desk or call 631-7734. To ask questions outside regular counseling hours call 269-7765. Senior Van: Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, a van is available for ... Read More »

Tarrytown Water Testing Revealed No Violations since 2014

by Rick Pezzullo Tarrytown Village Administrator Michael Blau emphasized this week that since the village increased its water testing sites in 2014 there have been no violations regarding the lead threshold included in the federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations. Blau made a detailed statement at the August 15 Board of Trustees meeting in response to an August 11 news release ... Read More »

Tarrytown Water Testing Revealed No Violations since 2014

by Rick Pezzullo Tarrytown Village Administrator Michael Blau emphasized this week that since the village increased its water testing sites in 2014 there have been no violations regarding the lead threshold included in the federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations. Blau made a detailed statement at the August 15 Board of Trustees meeting in response to an August 11 news release ... Read More »

Tarrytown in High Demand for TV Shows and Movies

by Rick Pezzullo The Village of Tarrytown has become a hotbed for television and movie productions. On Monday, July 18, the popular ABC television show Quantico spent the day filming on Main Street, equipped with four tractor-trailers. It’s star, Priyanka Chopra, was spotted near Main Street Sweets, and the Setback Inn was used for some scenes. Quantico was interested in ... 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 »

Tarrytown Looks to Fill Two Village Managerial Posts

by Robert Kimmel Following two tours as Tarrytown’s Village Administrator, totaling more than 18 years, Michael Blau will be leaving that position next year. The village also faces replacing its Chief Engineer, Michael McGarvey, who departs this month after 12 years in that post. “It’s virtually impossible to overstate how much I and the village will miss both Mike Blau ... Read More »

Socializing a Key Aspect of Tarrytown Senior Center

by Krista Madsen The following article on Tarrytown’s Senior Center is a first in a series, which will also include the senior centers in Sleepy Hollow and Irvington plus Neighborhood House in Tarrytown. It wouldn’t be a senior center without BINGO “God forbid you should not have BINGO,” said Tarrytown Senior Center President Janet Freund. But the building on West Main ... 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 »

Food for Thought – Local Eateries Perfect for Picnic Fare

by Linda Viertel Picnics are one of summer’s great delights. Enjoying free summer evening jazz concerts at Pierson Park or Lyndhurst and spreading a blanket on the ground, or climbing onto picnic table benches and “dining out” surrounded by the beauty of our Hudson River and Westchester greenery provides glorious relief from the heat and a hard day’s work. But, ... Read More »

Schools Help Oysters Return to the Hudson River

by Julia Ann Friedman Oysters were an important species in the New York Harbor for centuries, and oyster reefs once covered 220,000 acres of the Hudson River estuary. They played a large part in helping to maintain the estuary’s ecosystem by filtering water, reducing the force of wave energy, protecting against storm surges, and providing a home for other aquatic ... 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 – Hackley High School

Class of 2016 – Hackley Jordan Ryan Payton Allison Alexis Alzalene Arnold Florence Douglas Arnold Youssef Anthony Asaad Nina Jessica Bethel Katherine O’Connell Bogart James Peter Breen Rebecca Frances Brisman Carina Eloise Burroughs Grace Catherine Carroll Kelly Anne Castro-Blanco Ella Rose Charkes Maximillian Kang Gene Chen Sarah Elizabeth Cherry Christopher Sanghyun Chon Eric Weiti Chow Gregory Jae Chung Kyu Sun Chung ... 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 »

Expanding JCC to Provide Wide-Ranging Services

by Robert Kimmel Completion of the JCC on the Hudson’s first construction phase is nearly a year away; however, the newer, now partially built structure is evidence of the wide-array of services the organization will provide when the ongoing work is finished. During construction, the JCC’s existing services and programs continue in its original building on South Broadway in Tarrytown, ... 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 »

Permit Finally Issued for Affordable Housing Project in Tarrytown

by Alexander Roberts In 2004, an agreement between the Village of Tarrytown and the developer of Hudson Harbor called for him to build 12 units of affordable housing on the site of the former Village Hall on Wildey Street. The ensuing 12 years produced heated hearings, reams of paper and thousands of volunteer man-hours as the three local boards that ... Read More »

Commuter Parking Shift Likely Outcome of Village Station Area Study

by Robert Kimmel One potential result of Tarrytown’s Station Area Study appears to be the shifting of some commuter parking from west of the Metro North tracks to the east of the tracks, regardless of whatever overall changes take place in the ultimate development of the area. While no specific recommendations have yet to emerge from the study, village residents ... Read More »

Tarrytown, Citibank at Odds over Parking Spaces

by Rick Pezzullo It’s been six months since Citibank closed its Tarrytown branch on South Broadway and fenced off 21 metered parking spaces for public use, and it doesn’t appear those spaces will be opened up any time soon. On April 18, the village Board of Trustees voted to initiate eminent domain proceedings to obtain ownership of the parking area ... Read More »

Tarrytown Swimming Pool Unlikely to Open This Summer

by Rick Pezzullo When ground was broken for the Village of Tarrytown’s first municipal swimming pool in 2014, developer Joe Cotter was hopeful of having the facility ready for swimmers last summer. Those plans didn’t pan out, and now it appears another swimming season will pass without residents being able to cool off at Pierson Park near the Hudson River. ... Read More »

Painting by the Numbers on Behalf of At-Risk Teens

By Krista Madsen Before the June 4th Bridge of Hope mural unveiling celebration/fish fry at Christ Church in Tarrytown, there was a series of community painting days, which were just as much fun. “We didn’t want to stop,” two volunteers gushed, “it’s so relaxing.” “It’s mindful,” said mural mastermind Karen Viola, who designed the span of two different worlds 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 »

Food for Thought – Westchester Magazines’ Wine & Food Festival Welcomes Tarrytown Chefs

By W.B. King Tarrytown’s Little B’s Burger Bar and Babalu’Q, an authentic Cuban catering company, are among 100 of the County’s top eateries presenting at the 2016 Wine & Food Festival. Billed as Westchester’s best block party, the sixth annual event is sponsored by Westchester Magazine and runs Wednesday, June 8 through Sunday, June 12 at various locations. “We expect that ... Read More »