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Local School Budgets Approved Easily

By Rick Pezzullo— On Tuesday, May 17, voters in local school districts overwhelmingly approved budgets for the 2022-2023 calendar. In Tarrytown, the $86 million spending plan, which carried a 3.18% tax decrease for Tarrytown residents and a slight 1.38% tax hi... More »

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Residents to Vote on School Budgets, Board of Ed Candidates May 17

By Rick Pezzullo— Local residents will have the opportunity to vote on school budgets for the 2022-2023 calendar and Board of Education candidates on Tuesday, May 17. Polls in the four area school districts will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dobbs Ferry The Do... More »

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Historic Hudson Valley Landmarks to Reopen Starting May 6th

The four major historical tourist attractions in the area will re-open to the public, this month. The announcement was made by Historic Hudson Valley, the non-profit entity that manages the sites. Three of the four, Philipsburg Manor, Washington Irving’s Sunny... More »

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Board of Education Candidates Secure Spots on Ballot

By Rick Pezzullo— The annual school budget votes and Board of Education elections take place on Tuesday, May 17. Last week, candidates for available seats in local school districts had their petitions verified to secure spots on the ballot. In the Tarrytown Sc... More »

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School Budgets Approved in Local Districts

By Brianna Staudt and Rick Pezzullo Voters overwhelmingly approved the 2021-22 school budgets yesterday proposed by Dobbs Ferry public schools, Irvington public schools, the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns and Pocantico Hills. All board of education (BOE) tru... More »

Greer Hodge, 67

Greer P. Hodge, a resident of Pocantico Hills, died peacefully January 30. He was 67. He was a lifelong resident of Pocantico and a proud member of the Pocantico Hills Fire Department for more than 40 years. He sang acapella with the Cerebral Palsy of Westches... More »

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Stone Barns Center Selects Yarmuth as New Executive Director

Lauren Yarmuth, a leading design thinker with expertise in sustainability and food systems, has joined Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture as the nonprofit organization’s new executive director. She will work in partnership with the Stone Barns Center ... More »

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Special Visit

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan celebrated the 5:30 Saturday Mass, November 23, at the Church of the Magdalene in Pocantico Hills. His presence at the Church was the culmination of the Church’s yearlong 125th anniversary celebration. More »

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Church of the Magdalene Celebrates Its 125th Year Anniversary

[For images with sound taken during Masses at Church of the Magdalene at which Cardinal Dolan was the principal celebrant, please see https://youtu.be/21VYR78tapU and  https://youtu.be/N9f24BdJOG0  ] By Linda Viertel This year marks the 125th year anniversary ... More »

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Where We Worship – The Union Church of Pocantico Hills

by Barrett Seaman –  A visitor to this bucolic, pin-neat hamlet would find it hard to believe that the official population of Pocantico Hills is as many as 23,000. In the village center, there are no commercial establishments but instead clusters of charming h... More »

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A New Novel Featuring the Rockefellers

Former Exxon Mobil executive Bob Davis has taken his knowledge of the oil business and turned it into a novel due out this month. In Gusher: A Novel of the Rockefeller Oil Empire, Davis inserts a fictional character into the heady world of big oil at the birth... More »

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Cold and Gray But Definitely Green

The snow was gone but the air was damp and raw as thousands–marchers, watchers, family members–gather along Main Street and up and down Broadway for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday. More »

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Rockefeller Estate Makes Land Donation

by Rick Pezzullo –  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced, last month, a 346-acre donation to Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pocantico Hills by David Rockefeller’s estate. The acquisition brings the Preserve’s total acreage to 1,771 acres, stretching from the Hu... More »

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Playhouse on Rockefeller Estate Donated for Historic Preservation

by Elaine Marranzano –  What kid didn’t have a playhouse growing up? Mine was nestled in the space between four trees where I cooked pretend meals using chunks of broken asphalt and mimosa seed pods as stand-ins for hamburgers and string beans. But perhaps no ... More »

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Efforts Fail as Historic Home in Pocantico Hills Torn Down

by Elaine Marranzano –  Without warning and over the objections of neighbors, bulldozers finally arrived on August 22 to crush the historic little house at 43 Willard Ave. in Pocantico Hills. “I share a driveway and a garage with this house! No one from the to... More »

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Pocantico Hills Residents Try to Save an Historic Home

by Elaine Marranzano –  Just a few weeks ago, Scott Graves and his family of five downsized from a big, five-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn to a historic house in Pocantico Hills that’s half the size. Homes in the hamlet rarely come on the market, so in becomin... More »

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Tree Peonies from Japan will be on Display at Rockefeller Preserve

by Dorothy Conigliaro –  For many Westchester residents, a trip to the Rockefeller Preserve is a must during the month of May. They are there to behold, once again, the magnificent tree peonies that arrived from Japan as seedlings in December 2002. Now, 15 yea... More »

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David Rockefeller’s Art to be Auctioned in May

For many years, David Rockefeller, along with his wife Peggy, lived surrounded by great art in their 11,343-square-foot mansion, Hudson Pines in Pocantico Hills. Peggy died in 1996, and after David died on March 20 a year ago, the house went on the market for ... More »

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The Church of the Magdalene

The Church of the Magdalene, located in Pocantico Hills close by the famed Union Church, may be less well-known, but the diverse faith-community’s devotion to their country church, the beauty of the house of worship’s interior, the gentle and humane guidance g... More »

“It’s a War Zone Out There!”

By Barrett Seaman –  Friday was not a good day in the Rivertowns—nor anyplace else along the eastern seaboard, as a brutal nor’easter ripped its way from the Carolinas through Maine throughout the day and into the evening. Winds clocked at over 60 m.p.h. downe... More »

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