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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 »

Local WWII Vet Recounts Racism During War and Peace

by Krista Madsen “The United States Army was very particular. They made sure that not too many black troops were ever in any situation where they could gain any recognition.” — Booker Morris Booker Morris’s description of the second-class treatment he and his four brothers experienced while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II won him the admiration of the Transfiguration School ... Read More »

Westchester Power Program Achieves Clean Energy Goals

by Robert Kimmel Customers within Irvington and Tarrytown will receive electric power bills beginning this month that reflect their villages’ entry into Westchester Power’s program to boost the production of renewable, clean energy. Of the 112,000 customers eligible for participation within 20 Westchester municipalities in the program, only some 6.3% opted out of the overall plan, according to Leo Wiegman, ... Read More »

Tarrytown Man to be Placed on Sex Offender Registry

By Rick Pezzullo A 34-year-old Tarrytown man will be placed on the New York Sex Offender Registry after being convicted in March of two counts of using social media to send lewd photos to lure a 14-year-old girl. Roshan Samuel, of Dunnings Drive, was sentenced on April 20 to five months’ shock probation in Westchester County Jail in Valhalla, followed ... Read More »

RiverArts Presents Second Annual Multi-Village Music Tour TODAY, June 4th

Last year, RiverArts debuted a new multi-village event: The RiverArts Music Tour. The unprecedented, all-day event was enthusiastically received by both the wide diversity of Rivertowns musicians and the listening public– encompassing more than 150 musicians, 24 venues, and 3,000 audience members. Back by popular demand on June 4th (and expanded to include 90 performances), 40-minute sets will take place on ... Read More »

Station Area Study Schedules Workshop for Public Input

by Robert Kimmel Tarrytown’s multi-faceted Station Area Study is giving village residents another opportunity to offer their views as to what changes should take place in that location described as vital to the village’s future. Both sides of the Metro North tracks are involved in several alternatives which will be explained at a public workshop scheduled for Saturday, June 4, ... 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 »

Family YMCA’s Renovations Continue as Membership Rises

by Robert Kimmel Renovations within the Family YMCA at Tarrytown’s Main Street facilities have drawn positive reactions with increasing membership and satisfaction among those using the new amenities. The work at the Y is 80% complete, and fund raising for the remaining costs to meet its construction needs continues. A new, 3,500-square-foot fitness center and the Y’s new Early Learning ... Read More »

Tarrytown’s Third Friday Revitalized with Return of Tenured Organizers

by W.B. King A tradition for 13 years, Tarrytown’s Third Friday may have experienced a dip in participation and attendance in recent years. But, new co-organizers, Jacki Geoghegan and Angel Rafter, said the 2016 season will harken back to times when Main Street and Broadway were teeming with vendors, entertainment and smiling attendees. Their slogan: Re-Discover. Re-Connect. Re-Juvenate. “This event ... 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 »

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 – PikNik in Tarrytown

by Linda Viertel A delectable smokey scent now wafts along Tarrytown’s Main Street, thanks to the opening of PikNik, the newest restaurant/take-out venture from Hassan and Alberta Jarane, whose thriving Mint Premium Foods is just up the block. Real southern barbecue has arrived in our river towns! Whether your favorite is vinegary-based sauce on ribs and pulled pork from the ... 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 »

Arts & Entertainment – Painting a Bridge of Hope to El Salvador

by Krista Madsen Tarrytown’s Christ Church’s longstanding relationship with El Salvador will become brilliantly vivid as an ambitious public mural project gets underway this month. Church members had been talking since last fall about “more active ways our parish community can support and partner with Foundation Cristosal to address the horrifying crisis of violence in El Salvador and the resulting ... 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 »

Traffic Analysis Broadens Tarrytown Station Area Study

by Robert Kimmel Traffic conditions are getting a closer look within Tarrytown’s project to enhance the area around its railroad station and upgrade the sector’s connections to Main Street and the remainder of the village. The Station Area Study has engaged a consulting firm, VHB, to undertake a traffic study of the station vicinity. “Existing and projected traffic patterns around ... Read More »

SH High Principal to Join Pocantico Hills as Superintendent

by Heather Colley and Rick Pezzullo Sleepy Hollow High School will be saying goodbye in June to longtime Principal Carol Conklin-Spillane, but neighboring Pocantico Hills Central School District will be laying out a welcoming mat on July 1 to their new superintendent of schools. In April, the Pocantico Hills Board of Education voted to appoint Conklin-Spillane to replace Interim Superintendent ... Read More »

Tarrytown Officials Insist Water Quality Meets All Standards

by Rick Pezzullo The Village of Tarrytown refuted a published newspaper report regarding lead in drinking water and the quality of the village’s water. “The water provided to the Tarrytown Water District customers is in full compliance with all federal, state and county regulations relating to drinking water,” Village Administrator Michael Blau stated to The Hudson Independent. In a detailed ... 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 »

Westchester Power Energy Program Starts in Irvington and Tarrytown

by Robert Kimmel Most residents and small businesses in Tarrytown and Irvington will be using electric power from “green” renewable energy sources beginning this month, and in the process, they will be saving a few dollars annually by paying at a fixed rate and contributing to a cleaner environment. The two villages are among the 13 Westchester communities that have ... 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 »

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 »

Food For Thought – Nikko Opens on 119 in Former TGI Friday Location

by Linda Viertel Tarrytown’s former TGI Friday location is now home to Nikko Hibachi•Sushi•Lounge, a grand transformation that took place in late February. This sparkling new restaurant provides customers with a full range of sushi, sashimi and teriyaki offerings, in addition to the always entertaining choice of hibachi style cooking, not to mention a lively bar scene. The atmosphere is ... 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 »

Sports – Tarrytown’s Brett Pesce Thriving as NHL Rookie in Carolina

by Gershon Rabinowitz In a city comprised of approximately eight million individuals, New York City is slowly becoming a home for budding NHL players. Fueled by Stanley Cup glory of the Rangers and Islanders in distant memory, its impact continues to dominate. Tarrytown native Brett Pesce is the latest to benefit, becoming a valuable second line defenseman as a rookie ... 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 »

Residents Looking Forward to Bike/Pedestrian Path on New Bridge

by Rick Pezzullo Outdoor enthusiasts expressed satisfaction with plans for Shared-Use Path and Bicycle/Pedestrian Connections when the replacement crossing for the Tappan Zee Bridge is built. A handful of bicyclists, runners and walkers offered a few suggestions to officials from the state Thruway Authority and Department of Transportation during a public hearing at Sleepy Hollow High School on March 15, ... 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 »

Rotary’s Duck Derby, YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day Set Patriot’s Park

by Robert Kimmel Patriot’s Park will once again be the setting this month for the combined Rotary Club of the Tarrytowns’ Rubber Duck Derby and the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day – the ninth consecutive year for the collaborative events. The exciting activities on Saturday, April 30 will offer their mix of games, sports, musical entertainment, rides, education, food and a ... 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 »

Greenburgh Property Reassessment Triggers Many Residential Appeals

by Robert Kimmel The after effects of Greenburgh’s recently completed property reassessment continue to resonate at the Town Hall with discontented property owners attending meetings there to appeal the new evaluations which translate to higher real estate taxes. At the same time, the Town is searching for ways to mitigate the burdens on property owners who will face hefty increases ... 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 »

Solutions May Be on the Way for Tarrytown’s Parking Woes

by W.B. King Tarrytown business owners, residents and visitors share a love for the village and angst for its lack of parking, a vexing issue dating back decades. But early last month, a silver lining appeared during a closed meeting of the Tarrytown Merchants’ Council of the Chamber. “This meeting was a long time coming and it was extremely positive,” ... Read More »

Workshop Next Step in Station Study

Tarrytown’s station area continues to be under study by a steering committee of the Village’s Planning Board and local residents, with a public workshop to discuss its progress scheduled at the Tarrytown Senior Center, Sunday, May 1, at 1 p.m. Public input from a prior workshop and two open houses, “…are helping Tarrytown frame a new vision for the area ... Read More »

Oral Histories: Remembering the Original Tappan Zee Bridge

by Krista Madsen When Anne Petry of then-North Tarrytown was in the fourth grade, her teacher emphatically told the class, “there will never be a bridge” across this part of the Hudson. Citizens of Nyack and the Tarrytowns, separated by one of the widest parts of the river, got from one side to the other by putting their cars on ... Read More »

Setting the Record Straight on Tarrytown’s Finances

To the Editor: In a recently published local newspaper, the statements by the three Republican/Tarrytown First trustee candidates demonstrate, among other things, a lack of understanding of the issues facing Tarrytown. While they made misleading assertions about numerous matters, we believe it is particularly important to set the record straight regarding their statements about the central financial factors affecting Tarrytown, ... Read More »

Tarrytown First/GOP Slate Running to Offer Choice to Voters

by Rick Pezzullo Three volunteer firefighters and longtime village residents are running on the Tarrytown First and Republican party lines on March 15 to offer voters a choice in the race for three seats on the Board of Trustees. “We’re hoping to give the people an opportunity to make a choice and see what happens,” said Terence Murphy, current chief ... Read More »

Tarrytown United/Dem Slate Aims to Build on Accomplishments

by Rick Pezzullo The slate endorsed by the Village of Tarrytown Democratic Committee and Tarrytown United have a combined 30 years of experience in elected office and government service in the village and are looking forward to building on their accomplishments. Trustees Robert Hoyt and Mary McGee are running for their sixth two-year terms on March 15, while 10-year Zoning ... 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 »

Greenburgh Town Council Rejects Homestead Act Following Property Reassessment

by Robert Kimmel Condominium owners across the Town of Greenburgh, the villages of Irvington and Tarrytown included, had much to be relieved about following a work session by the Town Council in late February. The Council members rejected enacting the Homestead Act following Greenburgh’s recently completed property reassessment. Had the town voted to approve the Act, it could have meant ... Read More »

More Sidewalk to be Built on Benedict Avenue

by Robert Kimmel Pedestrians walking the portion of Benedict Avenue from the Castle Hotel and Spa to Route 119, long without a paved footpath, will soon have a safer sidewalk on which to make the journey. Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner announced late last month that the Hackley School will finance the sidewalk construction, some 1,700 feet of it, about a ... Read More »

Solarize Tarrytown Presents Students Speak for Solar Contest

Solarize Tarrytown and the Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Council will be presenting a special event on Monday, February 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Warner Library – Students Speak for Solar – followed by a workshop on solar panels. Refreshments will be served. Solarize Tarrytown, the initiative sponsored by The Village of Tarrytown and supported by New York State will award ... Read More »

Tarrytown’s South End Welcomes Harvest Field Market

by Linda Viertel Market fresh food has long been absent from Tarrytown’s South End ever since the Stop and Shop closed on South Broadway several years ago. But now, residents and new customers are pleased to have the convenience of shopping for fresh whole foods, basic groceries, and deli provisions at Harvest Field Market in the Bridge Plaza Shopping Center ... 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 »

Energy Savings Coming to Irvington and Tarrytown

by Alexander Roberts Irvington and Tarrytown residents are one degree away from a bold program that promises to provide guaranteed savings for gas and electricity. New York is the last of seven states that have so far adopted Consumer Choice Aggregation, (CCA). It’s a program that has saved consumers energy supply costs between 10% and 14% on average, and as ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Stellar Rower to Attend Princeton in Fall

by Heather Colley Every year, Sleepy Hollow gets excited about the prospects of its various sports teams. Everyone dreams of making it to the “Dome” or the County Center. With few exceptions in recent years, such as track stars Danny Elia, Will Stallings and Gabby Maldonado (who each competed at state level), few actually make it. However, there is one ... 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 »

Business News – Let’s Play! A Place for Families

by Stefanie Sears When Parents Place, a parent-child family program that served Westchester for years, was shut down and efforts to save it were unsuccessful, a group of parents set out to create the non-profit organization Let’s Play! A Place for Families. It opened on November 3, 2015 at the Tarrytown United Methodist Church, though it had been initially launched ... Read More »

Democratic Slate Chosen for Tarrytown Board Race

by Rick Pezzullo Two incumbents and an active community member were chosen by the Village of Tarrytown Democratic Committee to run for three available seats on the Tarrytown Board of Trustees on March 15. Trustees Robert Hoyt and Mary McGee will both be seeking their sixth two-year term on the board, while Karen Brown, who has served on the village ... Read More »

Tarrytown Shortchanged by Hotel Occupancy Tax Veto

by Rick Pezzullo Governor Andrew Cuomo’s veto of a bill that would have allowed the Town of Greenburgh and its six villages to impose a 3% hotel occupancy tax was a costly decision for Tarrytown. Village Administrator Michael Blau said Tarrytown would have received approximately $320,000 annually from the room tax. Meanwhile, Greenburgh would have pulled in an extra $1 ... 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 »

Property Tax Reassessments to Reach Residents in March

by Robert Kimmel Property owners in the Town of Greenburgh will learn, in about a month, whether the assessed value of their homes or commercial properties for tax purposes will rise or fall. In the words of Greenburgh’s Assessor, Edye McCarthy, spoken at a January Town Board meeting, “Some will go up; some will go down.” Individual results of the ... 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 »

Referendum Scheduled on Moving Tarrytown Elections to November

by Rick Pezzullo A referendum will be held on March 15 in Tarrytown to determine if the annual village elections should be moved to November, starting in 2017. [Juna_IT_Poll id=”2″] The village Board of Trustees voted unanimously in January to have residents weigh-in on whether Tarrytown should make a change that has already taken place in neighboring villages Irvington and ... 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 »

Food for Thought – Comfort Foods for Cold Winter Days

by Linda Viertel Winter seems to have arrived – finally, and with the chilling weather comes a complementary need for comfort food. Luckily, our river towns provide a wealth of warming sustenance to help stave off the frost and biting cold, an inevitable reality in the coming months. To help relieve the ennui of oncoming darkness and chilly winds, 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 »

Solar Success in Tarrytown

The first Solarize Tarrytown residential installations have begun. On January 10 at 1 p.m. at the Warner Library, the Village of Tarrytown and Sunrun, the solar installer chosen by Solarize Tarrytown, will hold a meeting to discuss the solar installations that are taking place. Homeowners will be present to discuss what made them decide to go ahead with solar panels. ... 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 »

Tarrytown Trustee Inducted into WC Senior Hall of Fame

by Rick Pezzullo Giving back to the community has always been a big part of Tom Basher’s life. It’s just something that was engrained in him at an early age from his parents. “They say you’re a product of your upbringing, and I guess I was,” Basher said. “It was just part of your nature growing up. I was raised ... 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 »

Making Our Streets Safer for Pedestrians

by Lionel Beehner Guest Commentary The car entered the crosswalk, oblivious to me and the stroller full of my two toddlers I was pushing. It was the corner of Franklin Street and Route 9 – right next to a school, of all places. The driver – a blonde woman in her 40s – struck us head-on. Then she did the ... 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 »

Muddy Water Opens in Tarrytown with a ‘Big Bang’

by Linda Viertel A bustling, vibrant new coffee and café venue, Muddy Water, opened in October and is already attracting crowds eager to sample richly brewed caffeinated and decaf coffees, teas, delicate sweet and savory pastries, sandwiches, wraps and soups. The brainchild of Ossining residents, Loretta Oleck and her partner Linton Suttner, Muddy Water, located at the southern end of ... 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 »

Tarrytown Launches Pilot Garbage Collection Program

by Rick Pezzullo The Village of Tarrytown has launched a pilot sanitation collection program in carefully selected neighborhoods in an effort to improve efficiency and reduce workman compensation claims. Starting on December 3, 455 homes will have household garbage collection reduced from two days (Monday and Thursday) to one (Thursday) and picked up only in 96-gallon rolling carts that were ... 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 »

Public Workshop to Describe How Solar Panels Work

The public is invited to get a close-up look at solar panel technology at a workshop, Sunday, December 6, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Tarrytown Neighborhood House, 43 Wildey Street. Organized by Solarize Tarrytown and the Village, the event will offer attendees a demonstration of how a solar panel works, and how it could be adapted for their ... 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 »

Transfiguration Students Honor WWII Vets in Letter Writing Campaign

by Neal Rentz For students in grades five through eight at the Transfiguration School in Tarrytown, World War II is something more than what they have read about in textbooks. Pupils in social studies classes taught by Rosemary Holodak have formed a bond with those who fought in the conflict. The students wrote letters to veterans from the Hudson Valley ... 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 »

Chef Jill Rose, Founder of Chiboust in Tarrytown, Dies at 52

by Jerry Eimbinder Chef Jill Rose, founder of Chiboust in Tarrytown, died of Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) on October 31. She was 52. She was the first girl to play on the Yellow Springs Elementary School, Maryland, baseball team. She learned how to fresh-squeeze lemonade and sell it at booths at local fairs while a student at Governor Thomas ... Read More »

New Jazz Forum in Tarrytown Hosts Sold-Out David Amram Birthday Celebration Concert

Jazz Forum Arts presented a night of live jazz to a sold-out audience at a special “Sneak Peek” fundraiser party celebrating music legend David Amram’s 85th birthday on November 21. The event took place at the soon-to-be new Jazz Forum located at 1 Dixon Lane in Tarrytown. Amram is a composer, conductor, improvisational lyricist, author and multi-instrumentalist known for integrating ... 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 »

JCC on the Hudson Breaks Ground on New Campus in Tarrytown

|by Rick Pezzullo| Twenty years after first settling in Tarrytown on South Broadway, the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on the Hudson broke ground October 8 on a new campus at the same location that will quadruple the size of the current facility. The state-of-the-art new home, which will be called Harold and Elaine Shames JCC on the Hudson, will be ... 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 »

Volunteers Spruce Up Pierson Park

Fifty-nine energetic participants in HDR’s 2015 North-East Summit volunteered for 3 hours on Saturday, October 24, removing invasive species in the Pierson Park swales adjacent to Tarrytown’s RiverWalk. HDR is the engineering firm responsible for designing the New NY Bridge, and the company’s cross-office networking event was organized by HDR’s young professionals in the NY Metro area for fellow young ... 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 »

Sustainable Westchester Moving on Schedule With Community Choice Aggregation

|by Robert Kimmel | Sustainable Westchester Inc. is currently running on schedule for the project aimed at bringing lower utility rates to consumers in many municipalities in the county, including Tarrytown and Irvington. The project, Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), contracts with one or more default power suppliers for all residents and small businesses that will set gas and electric rates ... Read More »