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    • City Limits Diner, White Plains Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Throwback Bash

      City Limits Diner, White Plains Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Throwback Bash

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    • Business Profile: 2013 Training Center, Cortlandt

      Business Profile: 2013 Training Center, Cortlandt

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    • Nick Antonaccio

      Grapevine

      I’ve been penning this wine column for over six years. I’ve written on topics relating to the finer points of winemaking, the broad expanse of new wines popping up all over the world and the lighter side of the antics of personalities in the wine industry. Every once in a while, I’ve even drawn parallels […]

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      Local Author Pens Provocative Novel, Introduces “The Games Men Play” Series

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    • Dr. Jaime Black

      Parenting Pep Talk: Talking About Death and Divorce With Kids

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      Greenburgh Kicks Off Reassessment With Public Meeting

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      Business Profile: Cold Spring General Store, Cold Spring

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    • Home Guru: A Wild Story Illustrates What Do-It-Yourself Chores to Avoid

      Home Guru: A Wild Story Illustrates What Do-It-Yourself Chores to Avoid

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      Gas Pipeline, High Voltage Station Raise Major Concerns

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    • Fairview Fire Chief Says He’s Out by 2015

      Fairview Fire Chief Says He’s Out by 2015

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    • Mahopac's Santini Completes Successful Freshman Year at Boston College

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    • Chappaqua Fire Displaces Seven Residents, Floral Shop

      Chappaqua Fire Displaces Seven Residents, Floral Shop

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    • Board Still Mulling Mount Kisco's $20.7M Village Budget

      Board Still Mulling Mount Kisco’s $20.7M Village Budget

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    • Hope’s Door Presents 'Shining Star Scholarship' to Westlake Senior

      Hope’s Door Presents ‘Shining Star Scholarship’ to Westlake Senior

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    • Show, Don't Tell

      Show, Don’t Tell

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    • White Plains Housing Authority Breaks Ground on Phase I of New Affordable Housing Project

      White Plains Housing Authority Breaks Ground on Phase I of New Affordable Housing Project

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    • Ossining Man Paralyzed in Train Crash Suing for $100M

      Ossining Man Paralyzed in Train Crash Suing for $100M

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    • Business Profile: The Rugged Boot & Shoe Company

      Business Profile: The Rugged Boot & Shoe Company

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    • Informative Talk Tries to Set the Record Straight on Local/Global Human Trafficking

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