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Business Profile: Awesome Items at the Collectors Station

Business Profile: Awesome Items at the Collectors Station

By Jon Craig Joe Mazzullo has been a combat helicopter crew chief, volunteer fire chief, police traffic coordinator, brass musician and model train enthusiast. Add hobby shop owner to that lifetime bucket list. He opened his store earlier this month as Awesome Items at the Collectors Station. Mazzullo, 63, of Mamaroneck is known by nearly […]

Rye Playland’s Fate Unsustainable for Now

Rye Playland’s Fate Unsustainable for Now

By Jon Craig - If you’ve ever sat dangling at the top of a stalled double Ferris wheel, that’s where plans for a revived, profitable Playland Park are resting at the moment; precariously in indefinite limbo. Last week’s rhetoric from public officials and those hoping to eventually make a buck off of a shorefront mix of […]

Mt. Pleasant Lone Area District With Contested Board Race

Mt. Pleasant Lone Area District With Contested Board Race

Three of four local districts will have uncontested board of education election races next month. The only contested race locally will be for the Mount Pleasant Board of Education where current Vice President Eric Schulze and fellow incumbent Laurie Donato will be joined on the ballot by challenger Ed Barnes for two available seats. Chappaqua, […]

Home Guru: Joys of a Realtor’s Life, from Babies to Restaurant Reviews

Home Guru: Joys of a Realtor’s Life, from Babies to Restaurant Reviews

By Bill Primavera – At a rough period in my life as a publicist, my regular line of work, I got involved in real estate. It turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me. You see, realtors don’t just sell houses and commercial properties made of wood, steel, plaster and brick. […]

Ossining Remembers Seeger at Annual Earth Day Event

Ossining Remembers Seeger at Annual Earth Day Event

By Janine Bowen While many local residents were focusing on Easter last weekend, residents in Ossining took time on Saturday to celebrate a holiday of a different sort. The fifth annual Earth Day Celebration, hosted by Green Ossining, aimed to give residents and fun and interactive way to learn to help the environment and reduce […]

Better to Give Than to Receive for Kisco Citizen of the Year

Better to Give Than to Receive for Kisco Citizen of the Year

By Janine Bowen Joe DiMauro, owner of Mount Kisco Seafood on Lexington Avenue, has never been a big fan of awards. Each year, his wife asks him to sit down and watch the Oscars with her, but he refuses because he believes that awards should be given to people who do good in the world. […]

Troop 73 White Plains Presents Rank of Eagle to Three Scouts

Troop 73 White Plains Presents Rank of Eagle to Three Scouts

During an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony held on March 29 at Our Lady of Sorrows School, Troop 73 White Plains presented the rank of Eagle to Theodore Michael Chomiak, Brian David LaPlaca and Scott Tung Louis. The three boys began their scouting journey in Pack 5 as Tiger Cubs in a den led […]

Harrison Resident Elected First Woman NYSUT President

Harrison Resident Elected First Woman NYSUT President

By Jon Craig Karen Magee, 54, of West Harrison was elected president of New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) last week, making her the top officer and first woman to lead the statewide union that represents 600,000 members. Magee, a lifelong resident of Harrison, was the longtime president of the Harrison Association of Teachers, one […]

Glass Onion's Jaros to Be Honored as P'ville's Business Person of the Year

Glass Onion’s Jaros to Be Honored as P’ville’s Business Person of the Year

By Janine Bowen Glass Onion Originals owner Matt Jaros has been named the Business Person of the Year by the Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce. Jaros, who will be honored by the chamber on Apr. 23, opened the gallery gift shop in 2004 with his wife, Emily Wong. He has watched the business expand from a […]

Teen Actors from Across Westchester Rehearsing for Stepinac’s Production of Mary Poppins

Teen Actors from Across Westchester Rehearsing for Stepinac’s Production of Mary Poppins

By Jon Craig You won’t need a spoonful of sugar to enjoy next month’s Stepinac High School Drama Club production of Mary Poppins, which opens May 2 in White Plains. Parents from far and wide are in for a treat as top-flight students taking part in five performances come from Good Counsel Academy, Hackley, and […]

County Legislature Could Impose Moratorium on Algonquin Pipeline

County Legislature Could Impose Moratorium on Algonquin Pipeline

By Janine Bowen The Putnam County Legislature is considering imposing a moratorium on the proposed expansion of the Algonquin Pipeline. The expansion by Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC, which is a subsidiary of Spectra Energy Partners LP, aims to add a 42-inch pipeline to three existing pipelines under the Hudson River. One compressor station that is […]

Greenburgh Kicks Off Reassessment With Public Meeting

Greenburgh Kicks Off Reassessment With Public Meeting

By Jon Craig About 100 people turned out for Greenburgh’s first public meeting regarding a planned town-wide reassessment of property values Wednesday — for the first time since 1956 — and the session was uncharacteristically amicable. The property inspections, to be finished by June 1, 2016, are certain to amend the official value of many, […]

Fairview Fire Chief Says He’s Out by 2015

Fairview Fire Chief Says He’s Out by 2015

By Jon Craig A heated, years old clash between Fairview Fire Department leaders and Greenburgh taxpayers ended Thursday night the way it began, with another unexpected surprise. But distrust and hurt feelings remain. After Town of Greenwich residents grilled their elected Fairview Fire Commissioners for 90 minutes over high pay, policy and appointments, Fairview’s five-member […]

Mahopac's Santini Completes Successful Freshman Year at Boston College

Mahopac’s Santini Completes Successful Freshman Year at Boston College

By Warren Kozireski Like most Boston College freshmen, Steve Santini walked on to campus last fall as an 18-year-old. But unlike most of his teammates on the college’s nationally recognized ice hockey team, Santini, a mainstay on the Eagles’ defensive corps this season, was anything but a traditional freshman. Santini and Boston College captured the […]

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

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

Hope’s Door, a Pleasantville-based charity that seeks to end domestic violence and to empower survivors to achieve safety, independence and healing, recently presented is second annual “Shining Star Scholarship” to Westlake High School senior Sarah Fiegura during the 30th annual Women’s Hall of Fame and Scholarship luncheon. Fiegura, awarded $2,000 toward her college expenses, was […]

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

On Friday, April 11th, the White Plains Housing Authority will break ground on The Prelude, the first phase of a neighborhood revitalization project of the Brookfield Commons campus. The Prelude, rising on the corner of South Lexington Ave. and Quarropas Street, includes 104 new affordable housing apartments, and a 13,500 square foot community center.  It […]

Cold Spring Trustees Discuss Butterfield Plan's Fiscal Impact

Cold Spring Trustees Discuss Butterfield Plan’s Fiscal Impact

By Tom Auchterlonie - The financial impact of the proposed redevelopment of the Butterfield Hospital site was a significant topic of interest for members Cold Spring’s Board of Trustees at a workshop last Tuesday. Village trustees met with Ann Cutignola, a planner for Tim Miller Associates, Inc., which is a consulting firm that is assisting developer […]

Home Guru

Home Guru

By Bill Primavera Women who have fought to claim their right to have jobs traditionally reserved for men have always fascinated me, and I have championed their cause. When I was an operations officer at the Culinary Institute of America in the 1970s, I looked around and saw that only two of the 1,200 enrolled […]

Menu Movers & Shakers: Don Coqui Brings Latin Rhythms to City Island

Menu Movers & Shakers: Don Coqui Brings Latin Rhythms to City Island

By Morris Gut - When Don Coqui opened in New Rochelle in 2009 just off Route 95 it helped anchor the Queen City’s emerging food and nightlife scene. When a new Don Coqui premiered along Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, last year it brought its rhythmic ‘shortcut to Puerto Rico’ right to the heart of Westchester County. […]

Greenburgh Tackles First Town-wide Reassessment Since 1956

Greenburgh Tackles First Town-wide Reassessment Since 1956

By Jon Craig Half of Greenburgh’s homeowners weren’t even alive when town government conducted its last town-wide property reassessment. The inspections are certain to amend the official value of most properties in the Town of Greenburgh, but the aim is to stem the tide of property tax lawsuits, formally known as certioraris, which increasingly cause […]

New Textile Recycling Program at the Gedney Yard Recycling Center

New Textile Recycling Program at the Gedney Yard Recycling Center

The City of White Plains encourages residents to consider donation at the end of any garment’s useful life. However, for those items too worn to donate, recycling is now available at the Gedney Yard Recycling Center. This is a great final alternative to landfill. If you have single socks, old clothes, sheets, drapes and bedding that are too […]

Home Guru: You May Not Believe This Personal Story, But I Swear It’s True

Home Guru: You May Not Believe This Personal Story, But I Swear It’s True

By Bill Primavera This column comes with an advance warning: You may not believe it, but it’s true. It involves a feng shui seminar the Home Guru Team sponsored last week for my fellow associates at William Raveis Real Estate to celebrate my birthday. I had recently met a fascinating feng shui practitioner named Deanna […]

Business Profile: ML Strength, White Plains

Business Profile: ML Strength, White Plains

By Jon Craig When you stroll into the former Key Bank Building at 188 East Post Road, you’ll be pummeled by loud music, bright lights, smiling faces and plenty of cheers and pep talks. Everyone inside is there on a mission: they want to get fit and have fun at the same time. They treat […]

Greenburgh & Harrison Students Excel at Recent Academic Contests

Greenburgh & Harrison Students Excel at Recent Academic Contests

By Jon Craig Greenburgh Central Schools may be spawning a future TV news anchor, Internet inventor or national superstar. That’s what Town Supervisor Paul Feiner wondered aloud Wednesday before honoring this year’s batch of spelling bee finalists at a meeting of the Town Board. “We’re going to meet some of the most brilliant students in […]

Latino Community Benefits From Mt. Kisco's Pair of Rising Stars

Latino Community Benefits From Mt. Kisco’s Pair of Rising Stars

By Janine Bowen Bridging the gap between the local police department and the community it serves can often be a difficult task, but two members of the Mount Kisco community were honored recently for doing just that. Mount Kisco Police Officer Edwin Ramirez and Karine Patino, program coordinator for the village’s Police and Community Together […]

Brewster School Budget Adds Jobs, Has 1.43% Tax Levy Hike

Brewster School Budget Adds Jobs, Has 1.43% Tax Levy Hike

By Tom Auchterlonie The proposed 2014-15 Brewster school budget is a break from two major trends. It calls for a net increase in jobs and no layoffs, while also having a tax levy hike that is lower than in recent history. The major contrasts were noted at Tuesday’s school board meeting when the budget was […]

Joshua Colas, Youngest African American Chess Master in History

Joshua Colas, Youngest African American Chess Master in History

On Tuesday, March 25th, the New York State Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers), to honor White Plains resident, Joshua Colas. Colas, who was in the Senate Chamber with his father Guy Colas as the resolution passed, earned the title of Chess Master in December 2010, becoming the youngest African American […]

P'ville Assisted Living Facility Rezone Vote Postponed

P’ville Assisted Living Facility Rezone Vote Postponed

By Janine Bowen In a surprising turn of events, the Pleasantville Village Board’s anticipated vote Monday night on a floating zone to accommodate Benchmark Senior Living’s assisted living facility near the United Methodist Church was postponed indefinitely. The sudden development came after the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) gave village officials new information […]

Simply Legal: Five Things You Need to Know if You Have an Auto Accident

Simply Legal: Five Things You Need to Know if You Have an Auto Accident

By Robert Spinak, Esq. With over 15,000 auto accidents a day in the United States, injuring more than 3 million people a year, it’s surprising that so few individuals know what to do if they have a car crash. Sure, most people know enough to get information from any other person involved and to call […]

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane. No, it’s a Greenburgh Bumble Bee; Harrison Student Advances in Geographic Bee

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane. No, it’s a Greenburgh Bumble Bee; Harrison Student Advances in Geographic Bee

By Jon Craig Greenburgh Central Schools may be spawning a future TV news anchor, Internet inventor or national superstar. That’s what Town Supervisor Paul Feiner wondered aloud Wednesday before honoring this year’s batch of spelling bee finalists at a meeting of the Town Board. “We’re going to meet some of the most brilliant students in […]