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Local Businesswomen Honored by 914INC

914INC Women in Business awards celebrated 20 2019 honorees at a luncheon in November at the DoubleTree in Tarrytown. Congratulations to three honorees who do a lot of business in our towns: Geri Eisenman Pell, Private Wealth Advisor & CEO, Pell Wealth Partners; Astara N. Crews Director of Regulatory Affairs/Compliance & Privacy Officer, ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP in Tarrytown; and Sarah Jones-Maturo, President, RM Friedland LLC.

Phelps Welcomes New Director

Phelps Hospital welcomed Dr. Yafell Serulle, a board-certified interventional neuroradiologist, as the Director of Neuroendovascular Surgery. Neuroendovascular surgery, a subspecialty of neurosurgery, is a minimally-invasive surgery performed on a patient’s blood vessels to prevent conditions such as headaches, seizures, or stroke.

Dr. Serulle holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from New York University School of Medicine (NYU) and an M.D. from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena in his native Dominican Republic. He completed several years of postgraduate training in neuroradiology, diagnostic radiology, and internal medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore and at NYU. Before joining Phelps/Northwell, Dr. Serulle was the Stroke Medical Director at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in Aventura, Florida. Prior to that, he was a neurointerventional surgeon at two regional medical centers in Florida—Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation and Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami.

“I am excited to lead the new neuroendovascular service at Phelps and to be able to bring world class care to the Westchester community,” said Dr. Serulle. “I am very proud of the phenomenal team we have assembled here, with a state-of-the-art neuroscience center covering all subspecialties of neuroscience. This speaks of the high level of commitment that Phelps Hospital and Northwell Health have to deliver the best possible care to our patients in Westchester.”

Dr. Serulle lives in Dobbs Ferry with his wife and three children.

Rivertown Restaurants Earn Distinction

Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills was awarded two Michelin stars, while The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry was among eight Westchester County restaurants listed for the first time this year in the 2020 Michelin Guide’s NYC edition. Also listed was Cookery chef/owner David DiBari’s Eugene’s Diner and Bar in Port Chester; RaaSa Fine Indian Cuisine and Shiraz Kitchen, both in Elmsford; Southern Table in Pleasantville; Cafe Alaia in Scarsdale; and Dubrovnik and Maria Restaurant, both in New Rochelle.  The eight Westchester restaurants are among 133 Bib Gourmand distinctions, which are restaurants Michelin commends for “quality food at a good value,” typically two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less.

“As an international reference and trusted companion for travelers for more than 120 years, Michelin is honored to recognize the evolution of gastronomy and culinary talent in Westchester County,” said Michelin Guide International Director Gwendal Poullennec. “Inspectors were particularly impressed by the technique and highest quality of ingredients that they discovered during multiple visits to the area.”

Five SH High Seniors Excel

Congratulations to Sarah Clayton for becoming a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist and to Devin Batheja, Emma Guarnieri, Tess Kaplan and Ryan Schatzel for being recognized as Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSC). These five SHHS students are among 34,000 high-performing students across the nation. More than 1.5 million students took the PSAT last October and were entered into the National Scholarship Program. The NMSC Program’s mission is to promote academic excellence and to recognize students who achieve these goals.

SH Resident Chosen as Member of Westchester Power 100

Sleepy Hollow resident George Lence, co-founder and President of Nicholas & Lence Communications, has been chosen for another consecutive year as a member of the City & State Westchester Power 100, a group of the most influential individuals within Westchester’s sectors of advocacy, academia, media and business. He was recently celebrated at the Whitby Castle in Rye at a special reception for the honorees, which also highlighted the current landscape of Westchester’s politics and various industries.

Tarrytown Welcomes New Art Gallery

In November, Tarrytown’s Main Street became home to a new art gallery, Main Street Atelier. The gallery’s first exhibit will feature artwork by resident artists, student artists, and local artists. For more information about the gallery, go to www.mainstreetatelier.com.

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