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by Maria Ann Roglieri –  Sleepy Hollow Artist Creates The Stopping Stones Project Paul Growald created an art installment to remember the contributions that slaves made to Philipsburg Manor and to the North. He sculpted a series of 24 stones and engraved each one with the name of a slave who worked on the Manor in 1775. He arranged the ... Read More »

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by Maria Ann Roglieri THANKS TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS Tarrytown’s Kimberly Marcus has been a busy bee. She and Melissa Baer co-organized TEDxTarrytown, an independently run event under a license from TED in order to connect different ideas and people in the community. The event will be held on 10/22 at the Irvington Town Hall Theater; for more information see https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/24323. ... Read More »

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by Maria Ann Roglieri Local Student Winners The winners of the 2017 Historical Society of the Tarrytown’s/Warner Library Hall of Fame Essay contest are Maggie Singman of Tarrytown, who wrote about Katherine Wasserman Davis, and Andrew Walek of Sleepy Hollow, whose subject was baseball player Eddie Collins. The Mayor and Board of Trustees of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown provide a ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler – June 2017

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by Maria Ann Roglieri Babies Born Congratulations to Sabina and Cézanne Huq of Ardsley on the birth of their baby girl, Ana, on April 2, 2017. Congratulations also to Charlie and Danielle Reda of Tarrytown on the birth of their baby girl, Kyleigh Angela, on April 4, 2017. Art Exhibit Award-winning plein air artist and Tarrytown resident, Doris Mady, will ... Read More »

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by Maria Ann Roglieri Book Signing Tarrytown author Colleen Carroll will be signing copies of books from her series, How Artists See at Scattered Books in Chappaqua on May 6 from 2-4 p.m. Breakfast Program on Preventing Human Trafficking The League of Women Voters of the Rivertowns will host a program, “Taking Action; Human Trafficking in the Rivertowns and Beyond” ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler – Mar 2017

Safety Reflectors Phelps Hospital recently donated 2,000 safety reflectors that can be attached to bicycles, outerwear and backpacks to increase the visibility of pedestrians and bike riders. The Greenburgh police will distribute the safety reflectors to people they see out walking at night in dark outfits. In addition, Town of Greenburgh residents can pick up reflectors at the office of ... Read More »

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Proposed Paul Feiner, Greenburgh Town Supervisor, has proposed the creation of an ‘Almost Presidential Museum/Library’ to recognize contributions of Hillary Clinton and four other presidential candidates who won the popular vote but lost the electoral college. The new museum/library could be a boost to tourism in Westchester and help a Westchester County college that will host the library. The library ... Read More »

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by Maria Ann Roglieri Teachers and Scholars Erika Swanson, Sleepy Hollow High School ‘13, participated in the Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars Program, which honors the University of Maryland’s most successful seniors, their designated Maryland mentors and the K-12 teachers who guided the students’ paths.  Scholarships are awarded in the K-12 teacher’s name to a new first-year student from that teacher’s ... Read More »

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by Maria Roglieri Insurance Agent Honored At its 100th Annual Meeting held October 17 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown, the Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® (HGAR) honored JoAnne Murray, of Allan M. Block Agency, Inc. in Tarrytown, as the HGAR “Affiliate Member of the Year” for 2016. Murray has been a long-time supporter of the Association, sponsoring and attending ... Read More »

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HONORED Teatown Board Chair, Howard Permut, was honored by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and the Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community™ (HVATC) for his work in planning and creating the only railroad stop directly on the Appalachian Trail (AT). The station, located in Pawling, NY, allows residents of New York City to easily reach the trail, which stretches from ... Read More »

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WON Jack Rjeili, a 2016 Sleepy Hollow High School graduate, won first place in the Natural Category of the American Association of Physics’ Teachers Photo Contest. Rjeili’s winning photo, Snow Sheet, depicts a snowdrift at the entrance of Sleepy Hollow High School; his physics teacher at SHHS was Leila Madani. To view the winning photo and read about the physics ... Read More »

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PUBLISHED Irvington Town Hall Theater manager Gregory Allen’s third children’s book will be published on October 1st. The book, based on a real-life squirrel that Allen found inside the Irvington Theater one day, is called Irving The Theater Nut! A book launch at the Drama Book Shop in NYC (250 West 40th St.) will take place on October 10th followed ... Read More »

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WON Congratulations to 2016 Kids’ Club scholarship winners, Daniel Carvajal Jr. and Mayely Vasquez Vega. Selected from a large group of applicants, the two Sleepy Hollow High School seniors will each receive $1,500 toward their college expenses. Daniel will attend Florida Atlantic University this fall to study civil engineering, and Mayely will attend Siena College in Albany to study marketing. ... Read More »

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AWARDED 13 Irvington High School students who took the National Greek Exam (the only standardized exam on ancient Greek in the country) received awards for their scores. The highly competitive exam was administered in two categories, Beginning Attic Greek and Intermediate Attic Greek; students answered a series of multiple-choice questions that tested their reading comprehension, analysis, and ability to understand ... Read More »

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NOMINATED Congratulations to Sleepy Hollow High School for winning 12 Metro Award nominations for its 2016 musical, “Seussical!” including Best Overall Production. Henry Titcomb was nominated as Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as the Cat in the Hat; Zoe Kaplan was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role as Gertrude McFuzz; and Francis Pace-Nunez, who ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler – May 2016

NAMED Three students from Irvington Middle School were named top chemists in the state after placing first, second and third at the New York “You Be The Chemist Challenge,” held April 16 at the BASF Research and Development Facility in Tarrytown. Seventh grader Henry Demarest won first place, while eighth graders Rishit Gupta and Zachary Rosman were named runner-up and ... Read More »

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PUBLISHED Tarrytown resident and multiple Tony Award winner Jack Viertel has just published The Secret Life of the American Musical which hit book stores in March. The Farrar Straus and Giroux text takes musicals apart, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings, all the while chronicling the ... Read More »

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DONATED Sleepy Hollow Middle School seventh grade students on Team Narwhal and Team Yeti collected more than 1,000 items for United for the Troops. This annual drive, founded by James Rathsmidt, was formed with the goal of sending a “little piece of home” to members of the military. The items were shipped overseas to men and women serving in the ... Read More »

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DONATED During their annual Spirit Week in October, Sleepy Hollow High School students collected over 3,000 cans of food for the Tarrytown Food Pantry and raised $1,836.41 from the newest addition to the school’s Spirit Week line-up: Penny Wars. With the winning grade of Spirit Week given the honor of selecting the organization to donate the money raised by Penny ... Read More »

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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 »

Heard Around the Watercooler – November 2015

HONORED Irvington resident Frank Gilligan was honored for 50 years of service in the Irvington Volunteer Fire Department at the October 5th Irvington Board of Trustees meeting. Many residents and members of the Irvington Fire Department attended the ceremony at which Mayor Brian Smith presented Gilligan with an official proclamation. EXHIBITING The Neighborhood House is exhibiting a mural of Washington ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler October 2015

CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to Mary Pastell, a resident of Sleepy Hollow, who celebrates her 104th birthday on October 5th.  Born Mary Russo in 1911, Mary lives in the house where she was born, on Elm Street in Sleepy Hollow.  A birthday celebration in Mary’s honor will take place at the Senior Center on October 6th. AWARDED Irvington High School seniors Madison ... Read More »

Heard Around The Water Cooler September 2015

AWARDED The New York State Library has awarded construction grants to four public libraries in Greenburgh. The grants, which are supported by a $14 million capital fund appropriation in the 2014-2015 state budget for the construction and renovation of public libraries and public library systems in New York State, are being awarded to the Warner Library (Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow), as well ... Read More »

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AWARDED Helayna Herschkorn, a resident of Irvington, was awarded a Doctoral Degree in School Psychology from St. John’s University in January, 2015.  Helayna participated in the university’s Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on May 7th and its Graduation Ceremony on May 17th.  She is the daughter of Nicole and the late Ronald Herschkorn and sister to Candice.  Helayna graduated from Irvington High ... Read More »

July 2015 – Heard Around the Watercooler

WON Sleepy Hollow resident Jeffrey Friedkin won first prize in the 6th Annual 2015 Westchester County Amateur Photo Contest with his photo “Family Passage” taken in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. The exhibit is on view at the Howard and Ruth Jacobs Family Gallery in the Greenburgh Public Library through mid June. RECOGNIZED The Irvington High School Girls Track and Field Team ... Read More »

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AWARDED The Neighborhood House in Tarrytown was awarded a $1,000 Arts Alive Project Grant from the ArtsWestchester organization and the New York State Council on the Arts at a recent Arts Westchester awards ceremony attended by New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assemblyman Tom Abinanti.  Led by Neighborhood House Art Instructor, Christina Blatt, the Senior Art Workshop group is ... Read More »

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HONORED Irvington residents Ronda Billig and Patricia Ryan, along with White Plains resident Sheila Klatzky, were honored by The Westchester Women’s Agenda (WWA) at WWA’s Celebrating Women’s Achievement Award Breakfast on April 21 at the Eileen Fisher Learning Lab in Irvington.  Highlighting “unsung heroes who have made substantial contributions on behalf of women in Westchester County,” Billig, Ryan, and Klatzky ... Read More »

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WON Irvington High School science research student Ethan Tardio won first place in the molecular biology poster session category at the 30th Annual Upstate New York Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at the University at Albany on March 12. This symposium represented 41 high schools across New York State. Ethan presented his research on “The Role of Macrophages in Metastatic ... Read More »

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PLACED 450 science research students from the Westchester region presented their studies at the Westchester-Rockland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium on February 7.  Sleepy Hollow High School senior Elizabeth Sobolik placed first in the Cellular and Molecular Biology category, and senior Colin Atkinson placed fourth in Computer Science in the Power Point Division. Elizabeth and Colin will advance to the ... Read More »