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by Maria Ann Roglieri

Rey Insurance Earns Green Business Certification

Rey Insurance in Sleepy Hollow recently received its official green business certification from the Green Business Partnership. This achievement means that the agency completed 95 required actions to limit energy, land and water use, and take a more sustainable approach to transportation, purchasing and waste management.

Some specific changes include a major reduction in paper use through paperless filing and the use of white boards; conversion to LED lights; use of fair-trade, recycled and compostable office and kitchen supplies; and installation of a water filtration system that eliminates the need for plastic bottles. Employees have been supportive and appreciate of these efforts. In fact, several walk to work or to complete local errands to reduce carbon emissions caused by vehicle use. Early results of in-office changes are encouraging: from 2017 to 2018, Rey Insurance reduced its electricity/natural gas emissions by 7%.

Local Seniors Honored in Hall of Fame

Seventy-four senior citizens from throughout Westchester County were honored for their achievements and inducted into the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame at the 37th annual awards luncheon on December 6 at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown.

More than 1,100 seniors have been inducted into The Senior Hall of Fame since 1983. The Senior Hall of Fame aims to showcase the contribution of seniors to building the county. Nominations are made by members of the community based on a senior’s significant and enduring contributions to enhance Westchester’s quality of life through professional work, volunteer achievements or both. The honorees are selected by a panel of judges and current Hall of Fame members.

Local honorees for 2019 include Annette Leyden of Sleepy Hollow, Herbert Rosenberg  of Dobbs Ferry, and Jagadish Mistry of Tarrytown. Special recognition went to Jagdish Mistry (70), a professional environmental engineer who has been a dedicated member of Westchester’s Indian-American Community and active in many Indian-American cultural associations since 1980, having held numerous elected and volunteer positions.

Popular Tarrytown Restaurant Expands

Lefteris Gyro has now opened its expanded room. The restaurant has taken over the space previously occupied by SilverTips. There will be more room for dine-in customers.

Irvington Custodian Recognized for Kindness

Earlier this year, Angel Aviles, Irvington’s custodian at Main Street School (MSS), was a finalist in the Custodian of the Year Awards. He unfortunately did not win, but Irvington residents decided to honor him on their own through a gofundme page to raise money to send him, his wife and young kids to Disney World. “Angel is dedicated to making MSS a safe and clean learning environment for all members of the Main Street School community,” Principal Joyce Chapnick said. “He greets every single child with a ‘Good morning!’ every single day of the school year. Beyond the significant connections that he makes with children, Angel has been instrumental in making MSS a special place for all of us – from the community garden, to the playground, to our recycling initiative – he does it all, and with a smile.” Congrats and thank you Angel!

Holiday Cheer

Sleepy Hollow High School’s Cooking Club, led by Elena Pousada, aims to teach students about cooking and about the importance of serving the community. The club recently made dinner for 10 families in our community as part of the Holiday Cheer event.

Irvington’s Girl Scouts Troop 1721, meanwhile, collected 251 toys for residents of Irvington’s Abbott House this holiday season. Their efforts were supported by the generosity of Irvington residents, and the Irvington Public Library, BRRZAAR, GoSu, Black Cat Café, and Geordanes.

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