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    • Westchester’s Camp Morty Receives Achievement Awards and $10,000 Grant

      Westchester’s Camp Morty Receives Achievement Awards and $10,000 Grant

      Westchester County’s Camp Morty summer program, serving underprivileged boys and girls, won two prestigious awards this summer, one from a national organization, and a $10,000 gift from Hudson Valley Bank. The 2014 Achievement Award for “­­­­­­­­­Children and Youth” from the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the “Special Program Award” from the Westchester Municipal Planning […]

    • 'The Liar' Offers Charmed Duplicity at Hudson Valley Shakespeare

      ‘The Liar’ Offers Charmed Duplicity at Hudson Valley Shakespeare

      By Abby Luby If you’ve ever felt squeamish about the sing-songy rhymes of iambic pentameter, be assured that the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (HVSF) production of “The Liar” uses this poetic form and is delightfully entertaining. The play has been wonderfully adapted and revived by David Ives from a comedy by 17th century French dramatist […]

    • U.S. News & World Report Names NWH a Best Hospital in New York

      U.S. News & World Report Names NWH a Best Hospital in New York

        Northern Westchester Hospital announced on Wednesday that it has been ranked as one of the best hospitals in New York for 2014-15 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. In addition, Northern Westchester Hospital […]

    • Dr. Jaime Black

      Parenting Pep Talk: Should My Child Disclose His Asperger’s To Peers?

      Parents often fret about disclosing an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to teachers, parents, and their children’s peers. Particularly in ASDs like Asperger’s, some parents hope their children can slide by unnoticed because they are so high functioning. This strategy is typically intended to protect children from ridicule and ostracism. Parents fear that children will become […]

    • Government Groups Debate Approval Of Clean Water Funds for TZ Bridge Use

      Government Groups Debate Approval Of Clean Water Funds for TZ Bridge Use

      New York State is in a position to be able to use a possible $511 million of a low interest/no interest loan by the Environmental Facilities Corporation from the Clean Water Revolving Fund for use in certain aspects of the new Tappan Zee Bridge project if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gives the go-ahead and […]

    • New Castle Officials Create Town Mandate Relief Committee

      New Castle Officials Create Town Mandate Relief Committee

      The New Castle Town Board formed a new Mandate Relief Committee Tuesday night, one of the first towns to take the step in hopes of relieving financial state-imposed burdens. The four-member committee will be chaired by Judy McGrath, a longtime mandate relief advocate who has been vocal at Chappaqua Board of Education meetings on the […]

    • Home Guru: The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Refinishing Floors

      Home Guru: The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Refinishing Floors

      By Bill Primavera The historic house was one of the loveliest I had ever listed, but it was on the market for over a year and, while it had many showings, it hadn’t yet gotten a single offer. When it came time to relist it, the owners and I considered what else we might do […]

    • Concerns Raised over Safety of Swimming in Hudson

      Concerns Raised over Safety of Swimming in Hudson

      A clean water watchdog organization released a report last week revealing many locations in the Hudson River fail to meet federally recommended guidelines for safe swimming and other recreational activities. According to the “How’s the Water? 2014” report from Riverkeeper, 23 percent of monthly samples for bacteria that indicates sewage and other fecal contamination from […]

    • State Asked to Build Route 9A Bypass

      State Asked to Build Route 9A Bypass

      By Jon Craig State transportation officials are being asked to resurrect a decades-old plan to reduce truck traffic and accidents along Route 9A in Greenburgh by moving the 9A bypass proposal to the top of the state’s priority list. On Monday, town officials said the long-sought state project should be launched in tandem with county […]

    • Bands With W'chester Roots Look Forward to Capitol Theatre Gig

      Bands With W’chester Roots Look Forward to Capitol Theatre Gig

      Anybody interested in seeing local talent in action should check out Garcia’s at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester where two bands with deep Westchester roots will be performing this Saturday. “Together it’s the show to go to. We have connections to almost any town in Westchester and people should come out and see us,” […]

    • County Says “Nay” to Horses on Tilly Foster Anytime Soon

      County Says “Nay” to Horses on Tilly Foster Anytime Soon

      As animals begin to return to Tilly Foster Farm going forward, horses are the one set of animals that noticeably will be missing. During a July 15 Physical Services Committee meeting, the issue of if and when horses should return to the Southeast farm was raised by a handful of residents. Pointing toward Tilly Foster […]

    • Nick Antonaccio

      Grapevine: The Wartime Tribulations of French Champagne Citizenry

      In recent columns I’ve been exploring the Champagne region of France. Together we’ve traipsed through the vineyards, the cellars and the streets of the people of this illustrious center of the past and future glory of Champagne. Intricately enmeshed in the oenological fame of the region is its tumultuous political history. I’ve described the history […]

    • Business Profile: Yorktown Animal Hospital

      Business Profile: Yorktown Animal Hospital

      Briarcliff resident Dr. Philip Raclyn and Croton resident Dr. Steven Kasanofsky have co-owned the Yorktown Animal Hospital since 2002, as well as two animal hospitals in Manhattan. They came to Westchester in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and have not regretted their move to open the hospital. “After 9-11 everybody got a […]

    • Ossining, County Police Make Pitches to Patrol Part of Town

      Ossining, County Police Make Pitches to Patrol Part of Town

      The Ossining Town Board is asking for resident input on moving forward with police protection in the unincorporated area for the next four years. At a town hall meeting last week, the board heard presentations from the Ossining Police Department and the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, who each responded to an RFP to […]

    • Drone Use at Maloney’s Wedding Scrutinized, Criticized

      Drone Use at Maloney’s Wedding Scrutinized, Criticized

      When Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney married his longtime partner Randy Florke in a ceremony in Cold Spring last month, it was one of the biggest events in the village so far this year. Now, part of that celebration is being scrutinized because of the use of a drone that caught the grand event on tape. […]

    • Con Ed Pulls Plug on Greenburgh Shooting Range

      Con Ed Pulls Plug on Greenburgh Shooting Range

      By Jon Craig Con Edison silenced debate over the fate of an outdoor shooting range in Ardsley last week by announcing its 57-year-old lease is being terminated in 30 days. The gun range at 693 Ardsley Road drew heightened public attention since June 12, when a resident of the Ardsley Chase subdivision claimed she was […]

    • Chappaqua Architect's Development Plan Faces Complex Legal Issues

      Chappaqua Architect’s Development Plan Faces Complex Legal Issues

      An ambitious mixed-use development proposal for downtown Chappaqua will require the resolution of complicated legal issues and easements from multiple property owners before New Castle officials will decide whether to support the plan. Chappaqua architect Chuck Napoli returned to the town board last week with a tweaked conceptual plan of his proposal to add roughly […]

    • Appalachian Service Project: Opening Teens' Eyes to a Different World

      Appalachian Service Project: Opening Teens’ Eyes to a Different World

      Pleasantville is known for its sense of community, but a group of local residents once again brought their desire to help others in a place far outside the village’s boundaries. This month, 59 Pleasantville residents spent nine days in West Virginia, helping to rebuild the homes of impoverished residents in central Appalachia as part of […]

    • Dr. Jaime Black

      Parenting Pep Talk: Why Does Sensory Processing Matter?

      Do you find yourself perpetually perplexed by some of your child’s seemingly inexplicable behaviors? Does your son take excessive risks, often jumping or crashing into anything he can? Maybe your child loves shockingly strong hugs but can’t tolerate the slightest brush on the arm. When it comes to food, does your daughter crave raw lemons […]

    • County Police Officer Injured on Hutch in Stable Condition

      County Police Officer Injured on Hutch in Stable Condition

      A press release from Westchester County government, issued Sunday, July 20th, reported that the County Police officer who was struck by a car Saturday night on the Hutchinson River Parkway remains hospitalized and in stable condition at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. The officer was struck outside his patrol vehicle about 9:30 p.m., while assisting […]

    • Area Artist Exhibits Paintings at Somers Restaurant

      Area Artist Exhibits Paintings at Somers Restaurant

      By Neal Rentz Carmel resident Vivian Haberfeld is currently exhibiting her acrylic on canvas paintings in a show entitled “In Search of Tranquility” at Somerfields restaurant in Somers. The exhibit title could also be used to describe how she became a professional artist. “I was a Manhattanite for 30 years and I needed to escape […]

    • Mt. Kisco Village Board Democrats Uncontested Once Again

      Mt. Kisco Village Board Democrats Uncontested Once Again

      It appears that the Democrats will maintain their stranglehold on Mount Kisco village government for at least another year. The village’s Republican Party was unable to attract candidates to challenge incumbent Democratic trustees Jean Farber and Karen Schleimer, who are seeking re-election this fall. John Francan, chairman of the Mount Kisco Republican Committee, said one […]

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