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Valerie Cirillo Bunch, 41

Valerie Elizabeth Cirillo Bunch, a resident of Tarrytown and beloved preschool teacher, died March 30. She was 41. She was born February 28, 1980 in Irvington to Joseph and Janice Cirillo. Her infectious smile and positive attitude always lit up the room. Her ... More »

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Irvington’s Black Cat Café To Resume Business

By Barrett Seaman– The old adage that cats have nine lives may be an overstatement, but one feline, Irvington’s The Black Cat Café, now appears to have at least a second one. Issued an eviction notice at the end of January by her out-of-state landlord, Emily F... More »

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One Year On, Schools Still Wait for CARES Act Funds

By Brianna Staudt– The recent passage of the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) and its funding for schools should bring a sigh of relief to school districts burdened with covid-related spending. But there’s a catch: districts are still waiting for most of the... More »

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Irvington High School Names Co-Valedictorians

Two students strong in the sciences were named as Irvington High School’s co-valedictorians for the Class of 2021. Henry Demarest, a founding member and captain of the school’s Robotics Team, and Esha Shenoy, president of the Science Olympiad and Academic Chal... More »

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Ready for Some Spring Football in the Rivertowns

By Tom Pedulla— The Hudson Independent offers its annual preview of the local high school football season, which was postponed due to the pandemic but salvaged in a spring format: DOBBS FERRY Hopes are always high for the Eagles. The uncertainty about whether ... More »

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A New Young Pastor Comes To Irvington Presbyterian Church

By Barrett Seaman– A lanky, 6’4” and 33 years old, Blaine Crawford looks more likely to be at home on a basketball court than in the pulpit of a church. But a pulpit is where the Reverend Crawford will be as of Palm Sunday, March 28th—or whenever Irvington Pre... More »

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Irvington Earns Environmental Designation

– By Dean Gallea The Village of Irvington has earned certification as a Climate Smart Community (CSC), a designation in the NY State’s so-named program that rewards municipalities for specific actions they take towards mitigating climate change. Based on a sco... More »

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Raye Ann Nilsson, 78

Raye Ann Nilsson, a lifelong resident of Irvington, died February 19 after a long illness. She was 78. She was born January 6, 1943 in Tarrytown. She was a devoted wife, mother, Nan and the center of her family. She enjoyed hosting holiday gatherings and loved... More »

Francis Pignatelli, Irvington's new Chief of Police
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Pignatelli succeeds Cerone as Irvington’s Chief of Police

By James Carsey– It was a sign of the times that the changing of command ceremony took place last week remotely, with the swearing in of Francis (Frank) Pignatelli as Irvington’s new Chief of Police streamed via Zoom from Village Hall. The next day, February 1... More »

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Black Cat Eviction Notice Highlights Plight Of Rivertown Restaurants

By Barrett Seaman— The notice came just two days after New York State’s oft-extended pandemic moratorium on commercial evictions finally lapsed at the end of January. With more than $35,000 in unpaid back rent, Irvington’s popular Main Street café, The Black C... More »

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Changing of the Guard at the Rivertowns Chamber

By Barrett Seaman— Michelle Adams, a partner in two of the rivertowns’ better known restaurants, Harpers in Dobbs Ferry and Saint George Bistro in Hastings, is taking over as president of the four-year-old Rivertowns Chamber of Commerce. She succeeds Nick Camp... More »

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High School Basketball Teams Ready to Hit the Hard Court

By Tom Pedulla— The Hudson Independent examines the prospects of local schools for the varsity basketball season. Due to the pandemic, Hackley School in Tarrytown and The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry will not field basketball teams this winter. GIRLS DOBBS FE... More »

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Irvington High School Science Research Students Earn Medals

Fourteen members of Irvington High School’s Science Research program participated in the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, held virtually on January 30. They presented their work through a PowerPoint presentation and earned several medals. “We are so pr... More »

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Vanda Ficalora, 93

Vanda Ficalora, a resident of Irvington, died peacefully at home February 4. She was 93. She was born February 10, 1927 in New York City. While on a family visit to Italy, World War II erupted, preventing Vanda, her sister and brother from returning to the Uni... More »

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Irvington High School Seniors Commit to Playing Sports in College

By Rick Pezzullo— Six Irvington High School seniors recently announced their commitment to play sports at colleges across the country in the fall. Max Forte has committed to track and field at Duke University in Division I, which is the highest level of interc... More »

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Shimsky to Run for Reelection on County Board of Legislators

By Rick Pezzullo— MaryJane Shimsky, Majority Leader on the Westchester County Board of Legislators, has announced she will be running for a sixth term in November. A legislator since February 2011, Shimsky represents the county’s 12th Legislative District, whi... More »

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COVID Cases Move Irvington Middle and High Schools To Go Remote

Three new cases of COVID-19 at Irvington’s high school and middle school – complicated by required quarantine for staff members – have led the district to suspend in-school classes until Thursday, January 14th, reported District Superintendent Dr. Kristopher H... More »

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