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  • Business Profile: Anne Koplick Designs, Brewster

    Business Profile: Anne Koplick Designs, Brewster

    When Anne Koplik started her business, it was off of her dining room table. The year was 1981. Now, 34 years later, Koplik isn’t working in her house anymore, but at her warehouse in Brewster. The owner of Anne Koplik Designs (AKD), Koplik, with the help of her two daughters Kara and Jill, has transformed […]

  • Nick Antonaccio

    Grapevine: Concept Behind Creating Wines for the Decades

    There is an ongoing debate of whether wine should be consumed young or after a period of aging. I am a proponent of consuming wine as it is released by a winery. Much of the wine released by winemakers is released young, primarily to generate the cash flow that permits investment in next year’s vintage. […]

  • Ex-North Castle Chief Files Lawsuit Against Goldberg, Town

    Ex-North Castle Chief Files Lawsuit Against Goldberg, Town

    A lawsuit filed last week on behalf of former North Castle Police Chief Geoffrey Harisch alleges that Town Administrator Joan Goldberg retaliated against him after he tried to expose police overtime abuses within the department. The 79-page complaint filed Nov. 19 in state Supreme Court in White Plains, names Goldberg, the town and the North […]

  • Business Profile: A Maze in Pottery, Briarcliff Manor

    Business Profile: A Maze in Pottery, Briarcliff Manor

    A creative adventure awaits anyone who finds themselves in Briarcliff Manor’s A Maze in Pottery. The idea for this wonderful studio/store was originated by Aggie Shah, who has a background in art and ceramics, having run an interior design business and pottery studio in her native Poland before immigrating to the United States in 2006. […]

  • Business Profile: Gelardi’s Pizza, Cortlandt

    Business Profile: Gelardi’s Pizza, Cortlandt

    You could say, metaphorically speaking, that pizza sauce runs through the veins of Mohegan Lake resident Brendan Gelardi. He began working in a pizzeria at 16 and his passion for hot pies has not wavered. About six months ago he opened his first business, Gelardi’s Pizza in Cortlandt “I wanted to do pizza since I […]

  • Stepinac Wins Epic Battle and the 2014 CHSFL AAA Championship

    Stepinac Wins Epic Battle and the 2014 CHSFL AAA Championship

    The Catholic High School Football League (CHSFL) celebrated their 60th Anniversary this year with one of their most competitive rivalries playing probably the greatest AAA Championship game in history. After the whistle sounded for the end of this historic contest, CHSFL President Chris Hardardt presented the Michael Cunnion Memorial Trophy to Archbishop Stepinac High School […]

  • P'ville Needs Additional Parking to Attract More Business: Officials

    P’ville Needs Additional Parking to Attract More Business: Officials

    Finding additional parking is the primary roadblock to more development in downtown Pleasantville, village trustees said last week. At a special work session Nov. 17 to discuss long-term goals and planning initiatives, the village board agreed that the creation of better public spaces and the development of underutilized properties will be difficult to achieve unless […]

  • The Accidental Writer: E.D. Martin would love to fish with Ernest Hemingway while eating veggies during Thanksgiving!

    The Accidental Writer: E.D. Martin would love to fish with Ernest Hemingway while eating veggies during Thanksgiving!

    The other day I got a chance to interview the immensely talented E.D. Martin. She’s been a barista, economic development analyst, high school teacher and, of course, an author. Her writing is character focused and whether you love her characters or hate them, you’ll definitely feel strongly about them. She’s published one novel The Lone […]

  • Mt. Pleasant School Officials to Weigh Capital Projects Options Next Month

    Mt. Pleasant School Officials to Weigh Capital Projects Options Next Month

    Disappointed by the decisive rejection of the district’s capital projects bond, the Mount Pleasant Board of Education will begin deciding how to fund major renovations at its secondary school campus next month. Board President James Grieco said trustees would formally begin discussions on how to proceed at the board’s Dec. 10 work session. On Nov. […]

  • A Call for Safer Playing Fields at Pleasantville's Schools is Prudent

    A Call for Safer Playing Fields at Pleasantville’s Schools is Prudent

    By Matthew K. Finkelstein, Esq. and Alicia (Aliki) Samios, Esq. The Pleasantville Union Free School District is in the process of replacing the synthetic turf fields at Bedford Road School (BRS) and at the high school track, which have been in place for over 10 years and are degrading. These fields consist of a “carpet” […]

  • Mt. Kisco Boutique Owner Opens Her Store for Talented Artist

    Mt. Kisco Boutique Owner Opens Her Store for Talented Artist

    Cathy Deutsch had always wanted to use some of the empty wall space in her Mount Kisco boutique as a place to hang artwork. The owner of Tiger Lily on East Main Street turned to one of the best people she knows to make that dream a reality–at least temporarily. Deutsch’s longtime friend, who goes […]

  • County to Consider Vote on Chappaqua Affordable Housing Plan Funds

    County to Consider Vote on Chappaqua Affordable Housing Plan Funds

    A vote to authorize county funds for the stalled Chappaqua affordable housing project is likely before the end of the year in hopes that Westchester will comply with the 2014 benchmark outlined in the housing settlement with the federal government. Board of Legislators Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers) announced on Thursday that he will back a […]

  • Mt. Kisco Woman Charged With Stealing $1.4M as Bank Manager

    Mt. Kisco Woman Charged With Stealing $1.4M as Bank Manager

    A 46-year-old Mount Kisco woman faces up to 25 years in jail after she was accused Thursday of stealing more than $1.4 million from two depositors during her tenure as branch manager of an Ossining bank. The indictment, consisting of 27 felony charges, alleged that Maria Rodriguez of 88 Beverly Rd. systematically stole the money […]

  • Falcons’ season comes to an end in Class C state quarterfinal, as Millbrook rolls to 42-23 win

    Falcons’ season comes to an end in Class C state quarterfinal, as Millbrook rolls to 42-23 win

    By Skip Pearlman Coach Mike Meade and his Woodlands Falcons football team knew they would be in for a battle in Saturday’s Class C regional game against Section 9 champion Millbrook. And the Blazers were all they promised to be – and more – moving up and down the field like a well-oiled machine, on […]

  • All the Ladies in the House Say, Hey! - Duchesses of Haldane, Lakeland, Somers Representing at States

    All the Ladies in the House Say, Hey! – Duchesses of Haldane, Lakeland, Somers Representing at States

    By Ray Gallagher Examiner Sports Editor I can’t remember a time when the young gals of Northern Westchester and Putnam County were the leading ladies on three separate stages; fashioning three NYSPHSAA championships in soccer (2) and field hockey while placing a state runner-up in volleyball. I’m doing this a quarter of a century and […]

  • Bobcats’ State Title Hopes Dashed in an Overtime Thriller

    Bobcats’ State Title Hopes Dashed in an Overtime Thriller

    By Monica D’Ippolito After 80 minutes of regulation play and nearly 10 more in pressure-packed overtime, Byram Hills and Greece Athena were still knotted at a goal apiece early Saturday afternoon. In an instant, though, that would change, leaving the Section 5 champion Trojans delirious and the Bobcats in despair. The Trojans had managed to […]

  • Business Profile: CoZi’s Barber Shop, Mahopac

    Business Profile: CoZi’s Barber Shop, Mahopac

    Bobby Cobelli-Zizolfo believes every barbershop owner has a distinct vision for his shop. Cobelli-Zizolfo wants to foster a place where “gentlemen of all ages” can come in, relax, socialize with each other, listen to great music, and get a great haircut. He wants it to be a center of the community. “When you think about […]

  • P'ville Trustees, State School Boards Group Look to Reconcile on Key Issues

    P’ville Trustees, State School Boards Group Look to Reconcile on Key Issues

    The Pleasantville School District and the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) this week tried to resolve disagreements that have recently surfaced on key education issues that has seen the board of education publicly challenge the organization. Timothy Kremer, NYSSBA’s executive director, and trustees discussed concerns at Tuesday night’s board meeting that district officials […]

  • Business Profile: The Little Party Shop, Mohegan Lake

    Business Profile: The Little Party Shop, Mohegan Lake

    Putnam Valley resident Michelle Cavanaugh has been planning parties and selling her handcrafted items for years via the Internet. But in a break in the usual pattern used for businesses, Cavanaugh decided to open a brick and mortar business after selling her products and services via the World Wide Web. Cavanaugh, who last week described […]

  • Nick Antonaccio

    Grapevine: To Breathe or Not to Breathe

    Most wines on retail shelves should be drunk young; by that I mean as soon as you open the bottle. The reason: oxidation is as inevitable as climate change – whether or not we accept the scientific premise of each. Think of what happens to a sliced apple when exposed to air. Shelf–or countertop–life is […]

  • District, Teacher’s Union Reach Contract in Mahopac

    District, Teacher’s Union Reach Contract in Mahopac

    After working without one for more than a year, Mahopac school teachers and the district have reached terms for a new contract. The Mahopac Board of Education unanimously passed a new deal for the Mahopac Teacher’s Association (MTA) at its monthly board meeting Wednesday, putting an end to contract negotiations that at times got tense. […]

  • Tempers Flare at Testy Peekskill Budget Public Hearing

    Tempers Flare at Testy Peekskill Budget Public Hearing

    Emotions reached a fever pitch last week during a testy public hearing on the proposed 2015 Peekskill budget. An infuriated Mayor Frank Catalina scolded Comptroller Ann Maestri for not being prepared with data to illustrate her claim that the city is “structurally imbalanced” financially based on a reliance on fund balance and other decisions that […]

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