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      Ballard-Durand Introduces Celebrant Service to the Funeral Process

      Ballard-Durand Funeral Home knows that losing a loved one is always a difficult experience, but celebrant Marisol Fuentes can offer a unique and personalized send off for friends and family. Fuentes has been a funeral director at Ballard-Durand for the past three years but this July she became certified as a celebrant. “It’s one of […]

    • Business Profile: Dance Expression, Peekskill

      Business Profile: Dance Expression, Peekskill

      Philipstown resident Arleen Grafer said last week dancing has been a passion for her two daughters, Peekskill resident Jessica Grafer and Cortlandt resident Christine Ferreria, since childhood. That passion was translated into a vocation for the family when they opened Dance Expression in Peekskill in 2004. Grafer said last week there was a simple reason […]

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      Parenting Pep Talk: Rethinking College Students’ Mental Health

      Recent advances in education and treatment have made college more accessible to students with ADHD, autism, anxiety and depressive disorders, and other conditions that can make school challenging. This upward shift in enrollment is encouraging and should mean that many capable minds will have a chance at success in college. It also means that the […]

    • Business Profile: Spotlight Studios, Mahopac

      Business Profile: Spotlight Studios, Mahopac

      When Kristi Tumminia teaches dance, she puts everything she has into it. That’s not hard for her though, considering the passion she has for performing everyday and the desire to see her students excel. “I’m all about working for it and living through your dancing,” Tumminia, the owner of Spotlight Studios in Mahopac, said. Spotlight […]

    • Artist Puts Finishing Touches on Chappaqua Book Festival Mural

      Artist Puts Finishing Touches on Chappaqua Book Festival Mural

      Sophie Mendelson had never come close to working on a surface like the one she painted most of the summer. Mendelson, a Chappaqua native who graduated in the spring from Skidmore College with an art degree, was putting the finishing touches Saturday on a 20-foot-high, 65-foot-wide mural on the alleyway wall of the building that […]

    • Home Guru: A Little Secret in One of Our Most Interesting Cities

      Home Guru: A Little Secret in One of Our Most Interesting Cities

      By Bill Primavera Of all the wonderful and diverse communities we have in the Hudson Valley, one of the most intriguing for both its promise of the future and grittiness of the past is Peekskill. Historically, Peekskill is known as an American industrial center for its iron plow and stove products and for Binney & […]

    • Westchester Broadway Theatre Celebrates 40 Years of Great Shows

      Westchester Broadway Theatre Celebrates 40 Years of Great Shows

      Coming out of the “Mad Men” era of New York’s advertising industry to create Westchester’s first dinner theater turned out to be a fortuitous move for Westchester Broadway Theatre’s founders Bob Funking and Bill Stutler. The idea of creating a place where suburbanites could see Broadway quality theater productions at half the price of a […]

    • P'ville Resident Raising Money for School Substance Abuse Counselor

      P’ville Resident Raising Money for School Substance Abuse Counselor

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    • Westchester Honors Those Who Died Sept. 11, 2001 at Twilight Ceremony

      Westchester Honors Those Who Died Sept. 11, 2001 at Twilight Ceremony

      In a solemn ceremony Thursday night, Westchester County paid tribute to those who died in the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, including 111 Westchester residents and 12 former residents. County Executive Robert P. Astorino presided over the 13th anniversary ceremony that took place at The Rising, the county’s 9/11 memorial at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. “Each […]

    • Roofer Sentenced in Homeowner Scam

      Roofer Sentenced in Homeowner Scam

      (DOB 12/11/71) of 44 River Street, Lindenhurst, New York, was sentenced September 11 Westchester County Court to an indeterminate term of 2 to 6 years in prison on his February 2014 guilty plea to two counts of grand larceny after being caught in Harrison for another attempt to defraud. In addition a judgment and order […]

    • Prudent Portfolio: Keep Spouse Informed on Financial Matters to Avoid Distress at Wrong Time

      Prudent Portfolio: Keep Spouse Informed on Financial Matters to Avoid Distress at Wrong Time

      By Peter Chieco Last year, the parents of a friend celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. They were a lovely couple in their eighties, enjoying a comfortable and quiet retirement after a life of hard work.  Sadly, the husband – who had handled all the finances throughout their marriage – suddenly passed away. The wife was […]

    • Grapevine: A Short History of America's Rise to the Top of the Wine World

      Grapevine: A Short History of America’s Rise to the Top of the Wine World

      In the long history of wine production and consumption, the United States has played a very minor role. Cultivated grapes have been grown, and wine produced, for millennia. Recently discovered remnants of a winery in Armenia are believed to be over 6,000 years old. In the continuum of time since the Greeks and Romans spread […]

    • Stepinac Trounces Mansfield, 42-7, in Football Home Opener

      Stepinac Trounces Mansfield, 42-7, in Football Home Opener

      The Mansfield High School football team visited Stepinac High School amidst much hype Saturday, as the Green Hornets are the reigning Division II Massachusetts State Champions and have won the Massachusetts D-II State Title four consecutive years dating back to 2010. Nonetheless, the championship lineage of the Green Hornets did not seem to faze the […]

    • County, Junior League Join Together for 9/11 Day of Service

      County, Junior League Join Together for 9/11 Day of Service

      In honor of those whose lives were lost or forever changed by the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, County Executive Rob Astorino has once again joined with Volunteer New York! to host “9/11: Serve + Remember” at the County Center on Thursday, Sept. 11. New this year will be the launch of the Westchester […]

    • French American School of New York - Continuance of Public Hearing

      French American School of New York – Continuance of Public Hearing

      According to the White Plains City website the public hearing regarding the site plan/special permit application of the French American School will be continued September 10, 2014 starting at 6:30 PM at the White Plains High School Auditorium. This is a continuance of Monday’s hearing to accommodate those who signed up to speak on Monday […]

    • Police Seek Suspect in Public Lewdness Case

      Police Seek Suspect in Public Lewdness Case

      The Greenburgh Police Department is investigating an incident of Public Lewdness which occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m.. on Saturday Sept. 6, at the TJ Maxx store located at 425 N. Central Avenue in Hartsdale. The suspect exposed his penis to a group of three children; ages, six, seven, and nine. The suspect is described as […]

    • Murphy Easily Defeats Castelli in 40th Senate District GOP Primary

      Murphy Easily Defeats Castelli in 40th Senate District GOP Primary

      Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy, the Republican Party-endorsed candidate for the 40th state Senate District seat, scored an easy primary win over former Assemblyman Robert Castelli Tuesday night. Murphy will now face Democrat Justin Wagner in the general election to determine who will succeed outgoing Sen. Greg Ball. In May, Ball revealed he would not seek […]

    • Putnam Primary Election Night Coverage Keys in on Two Leg. Races

      Putnam Primary Election Night Coverage Keys in on Two Leg. Races

      Primary night in Putnam County saw newcomer Toni Addonizio emerge victorious in dominating fashion over incumbent Lou Tartaro and a race between incumbent Dini LoBue and challenger Amy Sayegh that still has plenty of script left to be written. In the Legislative 3 race, Addonizio pulled away from Tartaro and won with ease in the […]

    • Business Profile: Fat Sal's Bar and Grill, Buchanan

      Business Profile: Fat Sal’s Bar and Grill, Buchanan

      Just in time for the new football season, Fat Sal’s Bar and Grill opened in Buchanan on September 2. More than 100 customers came to the new establishment on opening day. Fat Sal has two meanings. Fat Sal is a happy cow that wears an apron featuring the Autism Speaks logo and serves as the […]

    • Dr. Jaime Black

      Parenting Pep Talk: Turn Off The TV? Not So Fast.

      The fall is an exciting time for television fans. Just as the summer is ending a whole host of new TV programs will be popular and many children will be dying to see which ones are hits. Many parents, on the other hand, will be concerned about new and potentially graphic content. All parents have […]

    • Board of Election Could Take Over Cold Spring’s Polling

      Board of Election Could Take Over Cold Spring’s Polling

      The Village of Cold Spring may not be running its own election next year. During a work session Tuesday night, while far from concrete, village trustees discussed having the Putnam County Board of Elections (BOE) run Cold Spring’s elections, rather than the municipality handling it by itself. Mayor Ralph Falloon said looking for ways to […]

    • Peekskill Council to Vote on Property Revaluation

      Peekskill Council to Vote on Property Revaluation

      The Peekskill Common Council was scheduled Monday night to vote on the first revaluation of city properties in 61 years. Mayor Frank Catalina asked City Manager Anthony Ruggiero to put the somewhat controversial action on the agenda following last week’s work session when a member of the New York State Office of Real Property Tax […]

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