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Sleepy Hollow Announces Partnership with Helpsy

By Rick Pezzullo— The Village of Sleepy Hollow has announced a partnership with Helpsy, in collaboration with Westchester County, to offer a free and easy home pickup clothing recycling service for the local community. As the 52nd town to partner with Helpsy t... More »


Hudson River Beaches Reopen In Time For The 4th

The Westchester County Health Department has cleared Croton Point Park and Philips Manor Beach to open. The beaches had been ordered closed last week due to elevated bacteria levels. The beach samples collected exceeded the maximum level of enterococcus bacter... More »


Irvingtonians Honored For Conservation Achievements

By Jeff Wilson– Irvington stood tall on June 14 as two of its officials, Dr. Larry Lonky and CJ Reilly, were honored at the Westchester Recreation and Parks Society’s annual WRAPS Awards luncheon. Irvington Trustee Dr. Larry Lonky received the Public Service A... More »


Window to the World

WINDOW TO THE WORLD: More (im)material messages from the ISS By Krista Madsen– MATERIAL A few weeks ago, I made 16 circuits around Earth immersed in the Orbital novel based on the pragmatics, perspective, and poetry of life on the International Space Station. ... More »



“CHEMISTRY” is…Chemical: Deciphering the complicated science of spark By Krista Madsen– WRONG AS RAIN Before I return to the ISS as promised for round two with Orbital, life on Earth has sufficiently distracted me into a different (if annoyingly recurring) top... More »



PERSPECTIVE: All the angles on what “is” from the ISS By Krista Madsen– When I was a kid, I wanted to be a bird. I fantasized about flight, and the double meaning of flight: escape. Oh how I wanted to soar with wings taut and just glide the air currents the wa... More »


Irvington Woods Honored for its Old Growth

Earlier this month, the Village of Irvington was welcomed into another prestigious environmental club when it was admitted into the national Old-Growth Forest Network. In presenting the Certificate of Recognition, the organization’s Northeast Regional manager,... More »


Irvington Asks For—And Gets—Not-So-Good News On Climate Change

By Jeff Wilson– In the 16 months since Charlotte Binns was named Irvington’s first Sustainability Director, the village has upped its game in keeping environmental issues in the forefront of its public policies. On the first Wednesday of every month, the Irvin... More »


Golden Record Re-spin

GOLDEN RECORD RE-SPIN: Instructions and a map for life unexpected By Krista Madsen– For Valentine’s Day, I wrote about the love story underneath the making of the Golden Record hurtling through outer space since 1977. Now in honor of National Space Day (Saturd... More »

Earth Day event

Rivertowns Students Crush Earth Month

By Kris DiLorenzo– Hastings-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, and Ardsley — All over the world, young people are leading the fight against climate change. Sweden’s Greta Thunberg may be the most famous representative of this movement, but Rivertowns students of all ages... More »


Earth Day Is Coming—And the Rivertowns are Ready

By Jeff Wilson– Earth Day itself is on Monday, April 22, but the environmentally committed residents of the rivertowns have joined with other Westchester municipalities in planning for and hosting green-oriented events on both sides of the day to help heal a w... More »


Westchester Land Trust Awarded $100,000 Grant to Save Our Forests

We’ve got great news for the health of our local forests! An anonymous donor granted $100,000 to Westchester Land Trust to support efforts to improve forest health and combat the many challenges threatening trees across the region. This transformative project ... More »



UMBRAPHILE: Lover of space | chaser of shadow By Krista Madsen– “BECAUSE THEY ARE HARD” We really need a Moon Moment. President John F. Kennedy had a dream that he first delivered in an address to a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961: I believe that thi... More »


Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Gear up for Earth Month in April

With the theme “Plastic or Planet”, Earth Month 10591 Releases April Event Lineup The Environmental Councils of the Villages of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown have joined forces for an Earth Month event series that urges residents to rethink buying anything made ... More »


In Irvington, Citizens Rise Up Against a Burgeoning Deer Population

By Jeff Wilson– Across the rivertowns, war between residents and a proliferating deer population may be imminent. The latest indicator is in Irvington where local, vocal citizens packed a special March 21 meeting, called by the village’s Board of Trustees, to ... More »


Land Trust Solicits Grant Applications

The Greater Irvington Land Trust (GILT) is soliciting applications for up to three financial grants available to residents, including students, with proposals for community-based projects “that support the preservation and protection of open space and promote ... More »


Sleepy Hollow Resident Named to Land Trust Board

By Rick Pezzullo— A Sleepy Hollow resident was recently named a new board member of the nonprofit land conservation organization Westchester Land Trust. David Michael, a sonic ecological artist and a technology professional in the cryptocurrency sector, was on... More »


Tarrytown Approves 7.8% Water Rate Increase

By Rick Pezzullo— The Tarrytown Board of Trustees this week approved a 7.8% increase for water rates, along with a rental fee for water meters. During the Jan. 16 board meeting, Village Administrator Richard Slingerland explained the village has not raised wat... More »


Barge Ban in Hudson Hailed by Community Leaders

By Rick Pezzullo— The U.S. Coast Guard’s decision this week not to allow barges to anchor anywhere north of the Governor M. Cuomo Bridge is being widely applauded by elected and environmental leaders. The Coast Guard was looking at redefining the Port of New Y... More »

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