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by Maria Ann Roglieri – 

Lowey Honored by Business Council Congresswoman Nita Lowey was honored for her commitment to Westchester and the entire nation on January 17 at Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown. At the event, Lowey, who is Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, discussed the recent spending agreements and other fiscal issues that Washington will be facing in 2020, the political landscape in the year ahead and some of the highlights of her tenure as a congresswoman.

SH High Student’s Photograph Exhibited at Drexel

A photograph by Sleepy Hollow High School senior Isabella Direnzo, an AP photography student, was chosen from among hundreds of entries nationwide to be exhibited as part of Drexel University’s High School Photography Contest Exhibition at Drexel’s Photography gallery in Philadelphia from February 8 through March 1. “I am so proud of Isabella’s progress in developing her own individual voice with her digital photos. She has a true passion and dedication to her craft. Her acceptance into this highly recognized exhibit speaks volumes to her growth as an art student at Sleepy Hollow,” said SHHS Art Media Department Chair Angela Langston. DiRenzo has been accepted to and received merit scholarships from the photography programs at Savannah College of Art, School of Visual Arts, NYC and University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Writers Center Presents a Celebration

On January 18, the Hudson Valley Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow hosted journal editors and contributors from Rockland and Westchester counties as they presented readings and participated in a Q&A session. The presenters were: Tzivia Gover, Bridge Potter, Emilya Naymark, Juan Pablo Mobili, Bob Raymonda, and Philip Cioffari. The event was part of the center’s semiannual series, continuing the spirit of the Sleepy Hollow Lit Fest which features the works of local published or self-published authors. For more information about activities at the Hudson Valley Writers Center, see writerscenter.org.

Surprise Party for WWII Vet

Armando “Chick” Galella, a Pearl Harbor veteran, has always been a bit of a celebrity in town. He recently turned 99 and was celebrated by Sleepy Hollow Middle School students, who threw him a party with a red white and blue birthday cake.

Tarrytown Resident Elected  Non-Profit President

Nonprofit Westchester, whose mission is to advance and advocate for the needs and interests of the county’s nonprofit sector and the people and communities they serve, has elected a new Executive Committee, starting January 2020. Heading the committee as president is Tarrytown resident Anahaita Kotval.
Kotval is the Chief Executive Officer of Lifting Up Westchester, a non-profit serving homeless and other extremely low-income residents of Westchester County. After more than 20 years in the securities industry, she moved to the non-profit sector in 2011 and served as Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel for Inspirica, Inc., the largest provider of services to homeless individuals and families in lower Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Rivertown Figure Skaters Medal

Rivertown Figure Skaters Medal

Four local girls who all skate for The Skyliners Synchronized Skating Team each medaled and became champions of the United States Figure Skating Eastern U.S. Sectional Championship at the recently held USFSA Eastern Sectionals in Albany.
Morgan Eaton, 10, a fifth-grader from Tarrytown and Lily Glynn, nine, a fourth-grader from Sleepy Hollow, both of Washington Irving Intermediate School, skated in the preliminary division with the Skyliners Preliminary team and finished first out of 18 teams – becoming the new U.S.F.S.A. Eastern U.S. Sectional Champions.
Alissa Lopez, an eighth-grader from Dobbs Ferry Middle School, and Alison Quiambao, a 10th-grader from Hastings High School, captured silver medals as part of The Skyliners Novice Black team in the Novice division, qualifying them to skate in Nationals.

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