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Hispanic Heritage Day Festival Set for July 20

Hispanic Heritage Day Festival Set for July 20

Alianza Latina invites you to celebrate Hispanic music, food and culture at Westchester County’s annual Hispanic Heritage Day Festival.This grand event will take place on Sunday, July 20at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla from 12 to 7 p.m. Activities at this year’s festival will include folkloric entertainment, children’s activities, international cuisine from over 21 […]

County Health Department Offers Back to School Immunizations

County Health Department Offers Back to School Immunizations

Summer is a great time for parents to prepare for their children’s next school year without feeling pressured. Westchester County Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD, would like parents to place immunizations at the top of their summer to-do lists, along with summer reading lists and back-to-school shopping. New regulations for school admissions require schools to […]

Harrison Votes Down Landlord Registry

Harrison Votes Down Landlord Registry

By Jon Craig A plan to require rental property owners to register emergency contact information with the Town of Harrison was punted nearly as quickly as it was proposed. During the Town Council’s June 19 meeting, a public hearing about the proposed law ended with little discussion and no support from council members. “I suspect […]

Hundreds Sit Through Cabaret Hearing Before FASNY Bid

Hundreds Sit Through Cabaret Hearing Before FASNY Bid

By Jon Craig About 200 people jammed White Plains City Hall on Monday night, about one-fifth of them planning to speak for or against a proposal by the French American School of New York to build a regional educational campus at the former Ridgeway Country Club. City Council chambers exceeded its 125-person capacity, so another […]

DWI Key-lock Bill Cracks Down on Drinking & Driving

DWI Key-lock Bill Cracks Down on Drinking & Driving

By Jon Craig Saying far too many people continue to drive while drunk, Congresswoman Nita Lowey introduced federal legislation this week requiring special ignition devices be installed in cars to prevent repeat DWI offenses. “The time is now to make sure this is the law of the land,” Lowey said. “In my mind, driving drunk […]

The Home Guru: Bouncing From Leaves of Grass to Neighborhood Diversity in Our Towns

The Home Guru: Bouncing From Leaves of Grass to Neighborhood Diversity in Our Towns

By Bill Primavera The conversation started on Fourth of July weekend about a beautifully written essay in The New York Times by a man who had found “Leaves of Grass” to be a beacon of hope when growing up as an Evangelical in the South harboring the secret that he was gay. My wife somehow […]

The Film Industry Moves Into Westchester

The Film Industry Moves Into Westchester

June 29 was pronounced “Mapleton, New York Day in Westchester County” by the County Executive last week. If you are wondering what Mapleton has to do with Westchester, the answer is film and television production. Mapleton is the fictional town at the center of a new 10-episode television series “The Leftovers,” currently running on HBO. From […]

Corporate Support for Charities Often Represents a Company's Values

Corporate Support for Charities Often Represents a Company’s Values

By Peter Chieco In the investment world, we ask a great deal about companies that are just starting out, companies with innovative products and services, companies with promising futures and even companies with healthy profits. Now, many also ask the next question: What are they doing philanthropically? The answer may dictate whether or not a […]

Greenburgh Residents Alarmed About Firearms

Greenburgh Residents Alarmed About Firearms

By Jon Craig Neighbors of a shooting range in Greenburgh are up in arms over a recent incident in which a resident of Ardsley Chase townhouses was struck by a suspected bullet fragment while in her back yard. At the June 23 meeting of the Greenburgh Town Board, about 19 residents called for tighter restrictions […]

The Home Guru: A Myth-Busting Primer About Mold Around the House

The Home Guru: A Myth-Busting Primer About Mold Around the House

By Bill Primavera When she visited at Christmas, my daughter Emma alerted me that there must be mold in our living room. She could sense it as soon as she walked into the room, which is used only for special occasions nowadays. I looked into each corner of the room along the baseboard and found […]

Farewell Party for Ball Raises More Than 20K

Farewell Party for Ball Raises More Than 20K

On Tuesday evening Purple Heart Homes hosted a farewell pasta dinner for Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson) at the Mahopac Firehouse. The event was open to the public and served as a fundraiser for Vietnam War Veteran Dan Flanagin’s home renovations. Ball announced last month that he will not be seeking reelection this […]

White Plains' Former Mayor Michael Keating Dies

White Plains’ Former Mayor Michael Keating Dies

Michael Keating, of White Plains, passed away on June 29, 2014 at the age of 75. He was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late Mary (Jordan) & Patrick Keating on May 31, 1939. Michael married his wife, Rebecca, in Santa Barbara, CA on June 26, 1965. Together they have 2 children: Mary Brooks Keating […]

Avon Layoffs Ruffle Rye Cosmetic Workers

Avon Layoffs Ruffle Rye Cosmetic Workers

By Jon Craig The latest round of global layoffs announced last week by Avon Products Inc., totaling 600 jobs worldwide, includes dozens of information technology and finance employees at Avon’s Rye facility on Midland Avenue. Avon’s Chief Executive Officer Sheri McCoy has been trimming costs ever since she was hired in 2012 to restore profitability […]

ArtsWestchester Elects New President, Adds New Trustees

ArtsWestchester Elects New President, Adds New Trustees

The ArtsWestchester Board of Trustees has elected Froma Benerofe as its new president. She replaces Jacqueline Walker who served as president for the past two years. Walker will continue as a trustee. Benerofe, a clinical social worker, resides in Purchase. She has served on the Board of ArtsWestchester for six years, two as executive vice […]

White Plains Physical Education Teacher Receives Prestigious Award

White Plains Physical Education Teacher Receives Prestigious Award

White Plains High School Physical Education Teacher Laura Owen has been named Teacher of the Year by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYSAHPERD). The award honors individuals for excellence in teaching and overall performance in the disciplines of Physical Education at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. Owen […]

Business Profile: Yogolicious, A Flavorful Hangout for Harrison Youngsters and Families

Business Profile: Yogolicious, A Flavorful Hangout for Harrison Youngsters and Families

By Jon Craig Fun, family, flavor. Those are just three of the key ingredients that make Yogolicious a sweet success. And three’s the charm for the family-owned business, which opened its third Yogolicious shop at 117 Lake St. in West Harrison in October. Located at the corner of Gainsborg Avenue, across from Passidomo Veterans Memorial […]

Two-Time Cancer Survivor to Headline Make-A-Wish Benefit Concert

Two-Time Cancer Survivor to Headline Make-A-Wish Benefit Concert

Enjoy an evening of music and inspiration when singer/songwriter Charlie Scopoletti co-headlines with Duncan Sheik on the stage at Port Chester’s legendary Capitol Theatre. Two-time cancer survivor Scopoletti has helped raise over $100,000 for charities through his music. His recent single, “This Wish”, is a tribute to the Make-AWish Foundation and a song of hope […]

Greenburgh Names Park Ball Field After Town Historian

Greenburgh Names Park Ball Field After Town Historian

By Jon Craig The Greenburgh Town Board was expected to name one of its park ball fields after the town historian on June 23 in recognition of his public contributions including many years of coaching. Jazzo “has worked hard to make Greenburgh a better place to live,” Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner said. “He has done […]

Home Guru

Home Guru

 By Bill Primavera When you are working on a job around the house or in the garden, are you like me in that your mind wanders to dreams of worlds to be conquered or occasional regrets about paths not taken? I had never thought about what might occupy the minds of others as they tackle […]

Harrison Residents Can Soon Choose Between Cable Companies

Harrison Residents Can Soon Choose Between Cable Companies

By Jon Craig  It’s been talked about and debated for decades, but starting this year, residents throughout most of the Town of Harrison will reap the benefits of competing cable companies offering high-speed Internet, telephone and television service. After a public hearing on June 19, the Harrison Town Council unanimously approved an agreement with Verizon […]

Chef, the Movie with Jon Favreau, a Personal Recollection and Review

Chef, the Movie with Jon Favreau, a Personal Recollection and Review

By Morris Gut: It was Mama Favreau who fed me some of my first homemade Italian food. My pal Jon and I would take a break from hanging in the neighborhood and I often found myself going back to his apartment where Mama always seemed to have some pots simmering on the stove. She would sit […]

Rye Playland: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Rye Playland: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

By Jon Craig Citing the reality of politics and litigation, County Executive Rob Astorino rewrote his plan for Playland Amusement Park on Wednesday, June 11. Astorino, a Republican running for governor, said the likelihood of lawsuits made management of the county-owned park by a non-profit group unmanageable, and therefore unlikely. The 86-year-old Art Deco landmark […]

Child Care Council Recognizes Achievers; Memorializes Two Lifelong Advocates

Child Care Council Recognizes Achievers; Memorializes Two Lifelong Advocates

By Jon Craig The Child Care Council of Westchester honored eight community leaders and professional care providers Friday during its annual awards breakfast at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tarrytown. Keith F. Safian, president and chief executive officer of Phelps Memorial Hospital, the county’s seventh-largest employer with 1,700 workers, was recognized for his commitment […]

Home Guru

Home Guru

By Bill Primavera There’s some lucky stiff spending eternity on top of Marilyn Monroe, either through his vanity or warped humor or his wife’s open-mindedness or wealth, or whatever circumstances led to the shelling out of $4.6 million at auction on eBay in 2011 to buy the crypt just above the blonde bombshell’s final resting […]

NY Supreme Court Rejects Gedney Association’s Challenge to City of White Plains Review of FASNY Project

NY Supreme Court Rejects Gedney Association’s Challenge to City of White Plains Review of FASNY Project

In a major victory for the French-American School of New York (FASNY) and the City of White Plains, the New York State Supreme Court dismissed a litany of legal claims filed by the Gedney Association aimed at blocking FASNY’s proposed school project.  The FASNY project includes an elementary and secondary school on the site of […]

Judge Expresses Dismay Over Harrison Quarry Case

Judge Expresses Dismay Over Harrison Quarry Case

By Jon Craig A Harrison judge set a trial date for a longtime quarry owner Thursday, saying it’s time he addressed years-old violations of town and village building codes in West Harrison. Judge Marc Lust told an attorney for Lake Street Quarry owner Lawrence Barrego that if they seek any more delays in the local […]

Chinese Artist Surprises Town With Stunning Scenes of Armonk Drawing

Chinese Artist Surprises Town With Stunning Scenes of Armonk Drawing

By Jason Birkelbach Armonk is only 40 feet long. What are the odds of someone believing that? They’re about as low as the odds of a famous Chinese artist drawing scenes of Armonk on 40 feet of paper. Well, at least one of the two possibilities was worth betting on. The North Castle Town Board […]

Dr. Richard Rockefeller Killed Friday in Purchase Plane Crash

Dr. Richard Rockefeller Killed Friday in Purchase Plane Crash

The FAA confirmed Friday afternoon that Dr. Richard Rockefeller, 65, of Falmouth, Maine, was the single occupant of the Piper PA-46 aircraft that went down in Purchase just minutes after takeoff from the Westchester County Airport shortly after 8 a.m. He was killed in the crash. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating […]

Pilot Dies in Crash Near SUNY Purchase Friday Morning

Pilot Dies in Crash Near SUNY Purchase Friday Morning

In a news report issued by PIX II, one person died when a small plane crashed just outside the SUNY Purchase campus Friday morning. The plane, a single-engine Piper Meridian, went down near 120 Cottage Ave. just before 8:30 a.m. after taking off from the Westchester County Airport. The sole person on board died in the crash. […]

What Went Wrong With the Chappaqua Train Station RFP Process

What Went Wrong With the Chappaqua Train Station RFP Process

By Carla Gambescia and Peter and Erin Chase A request for proposal, typically referred to as an RFP, is a formal solicitation made by a governmental entity or company interested in procuring a product or service or valuable asset through a competitive process. An RFP is created upfront in the procurement cycle and is designed […]