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  • Nick Antonaccio

    Grapevine: Refocusing on the Role of Water in Our Daily Lives

    When was the last time you stepped back from this hectic world and observed the wonder and beauty of our planet? When was the last time you untethered yourself from your electronic device and absorbed Nature in all its glory and power? For myself, while on vacation this summer at the beach, after several days […]

  • Home Guru: No Wonder I’m Healthy and Happy, My Home is Clean

    Home Guru: No Wonder I’m Healthy and Happy, My Home is Clean

    By Bill Primavera It was evident from our first week living together after we returned from our honeymoon that I had married a real “neatnik.” That meant everything in its place, bed made in the morning, dishes washed after every meal and nary a speck of dust ever in evidence. I always thought that I […]

  • Business Profile: The Meadows Farm, Yorktown

    Business Profile: The Meadows Farm, Yorktown

    It is a little bit of country in a major commercial area of Yorktown. Since 1958, The Meadows Farm has offered a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers, with many of the produced items grown in its three farms. The store has been owned and operated from the beginning by the Woodard family, consisting […]

  • Grid Preview: Yorktown, Somers Eyeing Big Grid Prize in Class A Mahopac Expecting to Contend for Class AA Crown, Carmel Seeks Respect

    Grid Preview: Yorktown, Somers Eyeing Big Grid Prize in Class A Mahopac Expecting to Contend for Class AA Crown, Carmel Seeks Respect

    The wait is over, two-a-days are done, the dog-days sweat and the grueling roast of summer sessions will moderate some in the coming days, but the heat is on for Section 1 football teams, as the season opens this Friday at a gridiron near you. CLASS A YORKTOWN The last time the Huskers hoisted the […]

  • Down State Rep Calls for Help to Stop Gun Violence

    Down State Rep Calls for Help to Stop Gun Violence

    New York State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-District 36), representing southern Westchester and parts of the Bronx called on Governor Cuomo and New York senators in Washington on Monday to increase police support to cities like Mount Vernon, Yonkers, Rochester, Albany and Syracuse, to help in the fight to eliminate gang and gun violence. “It is […]

  • Modell’s Sporting Goods Plan Debated in Mount Kisco

    Modell’s Sporting Goods Plan Debated in Mount Kisco

    A proposal to bring a Modell’s to the former Borders site in Mount Kisco sparked some debate at last week’s village planning board meeting between an owner of an independent sporting goods store and another merchant. The roughly 20,000-square-foot space at 154-162 E. Main St. has been vacant since September 2011, when the bookstore company […]

  • Know Your Neighbor: Natasha Sinel, Young Adult Author, Bedford

    Know Your Neighbor: Natasha Sinel, Young Adult Author, Bedford

    For an aspiring author, publication of a first book is an unforgettable achievement. This week Natasha Sinel caps off a decade-long journey from enrollment in a writing class to hosting a launch party for her first published novel. Today (Tuesday) is the official release date of “THE FIX,” a moving story written for teenagers and […]

  • Smoking Banned Near After School Programs

    Smoking Banned Near After School Programs

    State Senator George Latimer (D-Westchester)  announced legislation last week banning smoking near after-school programs and education institutions has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. This legislation, sponsored by Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx), was passed unanimously by the State Senate this past June. “Secondhand smoke is dangerous, and extremely dangerous to young children. It can […]

  • Organic Turf Makes East Coast Debut in Pleasantville

    Organic Turf Makes East Coast Debut in Pleasantville

      “It doesn’t really smell like coconuts,” said Heath Steelman, a project manager for Global Turf. “It smells like dirt.” Steelman was talking about a new type of eco-friendly turf field surface being installed for the first time on the east coast of the United States, on the Pleasantville School District’s practice fields. The surface […]

  • Mount Kisco Bank Robbed; Police Seek Public’s Help

    Mount Kisco Bank Robbed; Police Seek Public’s Help

    Westchester County Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a Wells Fargo bank branch at 195 N. Bedford Rd. in Mount Kisco Saturday morning. The man, who was wearing a hard hat and a reflective vest, passed a note to a teller at 9:20 a.m. demanding cash. The teller complied and […]

  • Corn Cuisine Will be Plentiful at Labor Day Weekend Festival

    Corn Cuisine Will be Plentiful at Labor Day Weekend Festival

    It’s all about corn at “CORNucopia” – an annual Historic Hudson Valley event to take place on Labor Day weekend (September 5-7) at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow. The daily hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Corn will be the key ingredient used in preparing most of the food items served at this all-about-corn […]

  • Bronx River Parkway Closures Saturday

    Bronx River Parkway Closures Saturday

    Motorists are advised that the southbound Bronx River Parkway will be closed between the Westchester County Center and Ardsley Road on Saturday, August 29, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. These closures are necessary to install plug joints in the southbound direction on the new bridge. There will be no access to the southbound Bronx […]

  • Home Guru: Seller’s ‘Train Hard, Fight Easy’ Approach to Listing a Home

    Home Guru: Seller’s ‘Train Hard, Fight Easy’ Approach to Listing a Home

    By Bill Primavera – Anna Maroselli could write the definitive book or teach a master class on preparing a home for sale. While normally it is a matter of a month or two from the time a seller and realtor engage in the process of listing a home, there was a gestation of more than two […]

  • Lights, Camera, Action – Call Out to White Plains Residents

    Lights, Camera, Action – Call Out to White Plains Residents

    White Plains residents, how would you like to see your home on the big screen? The City of White Plains has become a popular venue for filming projects, recently hosting crews from “Elementary,” “Madam Secretary,” “Sneaky Pete,” “Billions,” “Mr. Robot,” and “Blindspot.” In recent months, the White Plains Public Library, restaurants on Mamaroneck Avenue, and […]

  • P’ville Approves Participation in Pilot Energy Program

    P’ville Approves Participation in Pilot Energy Program

    By Sarah Bonanno The Pleasantville Village Board approved Monday night the village’s participation in a Community Choice Aggregation Energy Program (CCA), a pilot program through Sustainable Westchester designed to save residents money on their energy bills. Sustainable Westchester, a nonprofit organization comprised of more than 40 municipalities across the county, will attempt to procure an […]

  • Business Profile: The Hudson Creamery, Peekskill

    Business Profile: The Hudson Creamery, Peekskill

    Yorktown residents John and Tracey Falcone recently filled a need in Peekskill by opening the city’s only ice cream shop. But the couple is also helping fill the needs of others through their charitable work to help parents and children. The Falcones opened The Hudson Creamery on Hudson Avenue in mid July. A grand opening […]

  • Harrison Teacher Debuts Young Adult Mystery Novel

    Harrison Teacher Debuts Young Adult Mystery Novel

    Nina Mansfield has taught both English and Drama at Harrison High School where she staged fall plays and produced the annual Spring One-Act Festival of student written work. This summer she will debut “Swimming Alone,” a young adult mystery novel with a story line based on a murder in a beach community. The publisher is […]

  • County Considers ‘Micro Projects’ for Affordable Housing

    County Considers ‘Micro Projects’ for Affordable Housing

    County officials are considering a series of small property acquisitions that would sprinkle one to three units of affordable housing on parcels in hopes of helping the county comply with the federal housing settlement. Board of Legislators Chairman Michael Kaplowitz said last week the county has been slowly adding to its new affordable housing stock, sometimes […]

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    Grapevine: Treading the Delicate Politics of Restaurant Corkage Fees

    Restaurant wine lists, crafted by today’s wine-focused chefs and highly educated sommeliers, can be the epitome of the overall experience at a restaurant. Many restaurants painstakingly pair food and wine offerings and invest significantly in well-stocked wine cellars. However, when celebrating a special occasion or trying to impress a potential business client, a diner may […]

  • Business Profile: 7 Stars Diner, Brewster

    Business Profile: 7 Stars Diner, Brewster

    Dean Moundroukas doesn’t just own a diner. He’s involved in every facet of the business, from purchasing the food to cooking in the kitchen. It’s a seven day-a-week job that usually last for more than 12 hours from opening to closing. “What a lot of people consider an impossible amount of work and hours, for […]

  • Appellate Court Upholds Ossining GOP Candidates’ Removal

    Appellate Court Upholds Ossining GOP Candidates’ Removal

    By Arthur Cusano – A New York State appellate court has upheld a court decision that would keep three town board candidates off the Republican Party line in November’s election. A four-judge panel of the Second Appellate Judicial Division of New York State decided Aug. 18 to uphold an Aug. 7 Supreme Court ruling that found […]

  • Smokehouse Wins Co-Ed Upper Division League and Playoff Championships

    Smokehouse Wins Co-Ed Upper Division League and Playoff Championships

    Smokehouse Tailgate Grill Manager/Pitcher Joe Brown admitted that even he got nervous when Ron Blacks third baseman Richard Bastar slammed a three-run homerun to make the score 9-8, in the sixth inning of Game Two of the White Plains Recreation Co-Ed Upper Division Softball Playoff Championship. And why wouldn’t Brown get anxious with Ron Blacks […]

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