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Byram Hills Names Rye Administrator New Athletic Director

Byram Hills Names Rye Administrator New Athletic Director

The Byram Hills School District announced Tuesday night that it has hired Rob Castagna of the Rye City School District to be its new athletic director. Castagna, a Ridgefield, Conn. resident who was surrounded by his family for the announcement at the Byram Hills Board of Education meeting, will take over for longtime Director of […]

Hudson Stage to Present Acclaimed Shanley Work at Whippoorwill Hall

Hudson Stage to Present Acclaimed Shanley Work at Whippoorwill Hall

Whether you’re a Broadway producer or a director of local or regional theater, it’s usually a pretty good bet to go with a John Patrick Shanley work. The Hudson Stage Company has put its money on the Pulitzer Prize recipient and Academy Award-winning screenwriter, best known for writing “Moonstruck” and “Doubt,” for its upcoming production […]

Know Your Neighbor: Andrew Brozman, Attorney/Tina's Wish Co-founder, Chappaqua

Know Your Neighbor: Andrew Brozman, Attorney/Tina’s Wish Co-founder, Chappaqua

Tina Brozman was a respected attorney and the youngest judge ever appointed to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York when she took the bench at 32 years old. For well over three decades, her husband, Andrew Brozman, has been a highly accomplished financial restructuring attorney. But their greatest contribution may […]

Know Your Neighbor: Brian Reilly, High School Student, Mount Kisco

Know Your Neighbor: Brian Reilly, High School Student, Mount Kisco

Fox Lane High School junior Brian Reilly arrived home one day earlier this school year to find a letter he first thought was more junk mail for him. After he took the time to open the envelope, it was anything¬† but junk. Reilly learned that he had been nominated by his teachers to represent Fox […]

Rochester Construction Firm Acquires Armonk's C.W. Brown

Rochester Construction Firm Acquires Armonk’s C.W. Brown

LeChase Construction Services, LLC, a full-service construction management and general construction firm, is expanding its New York operations with the acquisition of C.W. Brown, Inc. of Armonk. Under the contract terms, which took effect on Apr. 1, C.W. Brown will operate as a division of LeChase Construction, with the same workforce and market focus. The […]

Know Your Neighbor: Cassie Ward, Public Historian/Executive Director, New Castle Historical Society

Know Your Neighbor: Cassie Ward, Public Historian/Executive Director, New Castle Historical Society

The first year after college, Cassie Ward was working as a waitress in Washington, D. C. when a chance conversation with someone she had known from school helped to clearly define her career path. Ward, a history major at Coastal Carolina University, learned that her peer had studied public history, which enabled her to pursue […]

Mt. Pleasant Library Closing for New Carpet Installation

Mt. Pleasant Library Closing for New Carpet Installation

The Mount Pleasant Public Library will be installing new carpeting at both the main library at 350 Bedford Rd. in Pleasantville and the branch library 125 Lozza Drive in Valhalla during the next two weeks. The main library in Pleasantville will close on Monday, Apr. 6 and is scheduled to re-open on Monday, Apr. 13. […]

No. Castle Approves Ehrman Pool Agreement, Releases Cost Projections

No. Castle Approves Ehrman Pool Agreement, Releases Cost Projections

Armonk’s Anita Louise Ehrman Pool received at least a one-year reprieve when the North Castle Town Board unanimously approved a license agreement last week to¬† operate the facility for this summer. Key terms of the agreement, which runs from Apr. 1 through Oct. 31, includes the town paying an upfront fee of $50,000, plus a […]

New Castle Approves Lease for Chappaqua Train Station Restaurant

New Castle Approves Lease for Chappaqua Train Station Restaurant

It looks like there will finally be a new restaurant at the Chappaqua train station by early summer. The New Castle Town Board last Tuesday approved a 10-year lease for Chappaqua residents Erin and Peter Chase to operate a food establishment at the more than century-old town-owned train station building. The Chases, owners of bpc, […]

Armonk Fencer Set to Square Off in First World Championships

Armonk Fencer Set to Square Off in First World Championships

Sylvie Binder has competed successfully in national and international fencing tournaments, but when she heads off to Tashkent, Uzbekistan next week, it will be a whole new experience for her. Binder, 15, an Armonk resident and a Byram Hills High School sophomore, is headed for the Apr. 3 World Championships, one of three Cadet foil […]

Tentative Deal Reached By Town to Operate Armonk's Ehrman Pool

Tentative Deal Reached By Town to Operate Armonk’s Ehrman Pool

North Castle officials tentatively reached an agreement last week with the Anita Louise Ehrman (ALE) Recreation Center to operate the Greenway Road pool in Armonk this summer. The town board is scheduled to vote during Wednesday night’s meeting whether to authorize Supervisor Michael Schiliro to sign the agreement that would run through Oct. 31. The […]

New Castle Hopeful State Budget to Include Sewer Funding

New Castle Hopeful State Budget to Include Sewer Funding

State and local officials expressed cautious optimism that significant funds would be earmarked in the state ‘s 2015-16 budget for wastewater treatment and clean water projects that could help pay for New Castle’s sewage diversion project. New Castle Supervisor Robert Greenstein said he met last Wednesday with state Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) and learned that […]

Curran Won't Seek Re-election as North Castle Town Clerk

Curran Won’t Seek Re-election as North Castle Town Clerk

North Castle Town Clerk Anne Curran announced Wednesday afternoon that she has decided against running for re-election in November in order to pursue other endeavors. Curran, 58, a 17-year North Castle resident who was appointed by the town board in December 2009, said she enjoyed working for the town and its residents. She took over […]

North Castle Retired Employees File Appeal to Reclaim Benefits

North Castle Retired Employees File Appeal to Reclaim Benefits

The current and retired North Castle employees and elected officials who recently lost a legal bid to have their health benefits restored have filed an appeal in the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court. The notice of appeal, submitted on behalf of the group on Feb. 25, adhered to the 30-day deadline. It came less […]

Motorist Gets Stuck on Metro-North Tracks in Chappaqua

Motorist Gets Stuck on Metro-North Tracks in Chappaqua

A driver became stuck on the Metro-North train tracks at the Roaring Brook Road crossing in Chappaqua Saturday morning but was eventually able to back out of harm’s way. New Castle police received a call at about 10:50 a.m. that a vehicle was trapped on the tracks between the crossing arms after the gates lowered. […]

Know Your Neighbor: Nathalie Dembele, Stella & Dot Independent Stylist, Mt. Kisco

Know Your Neighbor: Nathalie Dembele, Stella & Dot Independent Stylist, Mt. Kisco

Given the uncertainties of the modern job market, finding your entrepreneurial side might not just be a luxury but a necessity. Nathalie Dembele had a longtime desire to be in business for herself, yet her search was hastened by a downturn in the economy. About eight years ago, Dembele moved to Mount Kisco while working […]

Know Your Neighbor: Kara Schwartz, Fashion Designer, Mt. Kisco

Know Your Neighbor: Kara Schwartz, Fashion Designer, Mt. Kisco

For many women who work in the business world or a corporate environment, they never seem to have enough shoes. Whether it be for various business engagements, a casual night out or needing to color coordinate footwear with their outfit, some women could go through multiple pairs of shoes in the same day. Kara Schwartz, […]

Conifer Attorney Levels Discrimination Allegations at New Castle

Conifer Attorney Levels Discrimination Allegations at New Castle

An attorney for the developer of the proposed Chappaqua affordable housing project last week accused New Castle officials of attempting to prevent minorities from moving into town as motivation behind continued opposition to the plan. Comments last Friday by Randolph McLaughlin, of the Manhattan law firm Ferrara Newman, LLP, came a week after he and […]

Brynwood FEIS Public Hearings Likely to Resume By Spring

Brynwood FEIS Public Hearings Likely to Resume By Spring

North Castle officials anticipate the public hearing on Brynwood Golf & Country Club’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) to resume within two months once the developers address issues raised by the town’s consultants. Earlier this month, the town board accepted reports from BFJ Planning and Kellard Sessions, an Armonk engineering firm, detailing a long series […]

Love Helps Chappaqua Couple Cope With Breast Cancer

Love Helps Chappaqua Couple Cope With Breast Cancer

Jeanette Cueva and her husband David Krakow have always been a close couple. But even the closest relationships can be strained when a potentially life-threatening event abruptly alters plans. In September 2011, while working late one evening, Cueva was contacted by her radiologist that she had been diagnosed with Stage 1 ductal cell breast cancer. […]

Know Your Neighbor: Dr. Carolyn Clemenza, Dentist, Chappaqua

Know Your Neighbor: Dr. Carolyn Clemenza, Dentist, Chappaqua

It made perfect sense that when it came time to make a career choice, Carolyn Clemenza would turn to dentistry. As a student, Clemenza was always intrigued with science and for a time had thought about attending medical school. But she already had a role model in the family, which influenced her decision. “Since I […]

Preliminary Metro-North Crash Report Void of Answers

Preliminary Metro-North Crash Report Void of Answers

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a preliminary report Monday on the Feb. 3 Metro-North crash that killed six people but doesn’t explain why the SUV driver moved forward into the oncoming train’s path. The two-page report highlighted the main details in the moments leading up to the 6:26 p.m. crash at the Commerce […]

North Castle Officials Weigh Taking Over Operation of Ehrman Pool

North Castle Officials Weigh Taking Over Operation of Ehrman Pool

North Castle officials are exploring the possibility of the town taking over operation of the Anita Louise Ehrman Pool in Armonk through a licensing agreement and to evaluate whether it should incur the responsibility on a long-term basis. The town’s Budget and Finance Advisory Committee has been helping the town board study its options and […]

Tensions Fray as Two New Castle Coyote Plans are Presented

Tensions Fray as Two New Castle Coyote Plans are Presented

The New Castle Town Board will weigh recommendations submitted by two committees it appointed last year that were asked to devise plans to keep residents and their pets safe from coyotes. Last week, the Coyote Awareness and Safety Advisory Committee presented its proposal during the Feb. 10 meeting, which outlined a detailed co-existence plan to […]

No. Castle Police to Contribute to Health Insurance in New Contract

No. Castle Police to Contribute to Health Insurance in New Contract

North Castle officials came to terms on a new contract last week with the town’s police union that will see officers contribute to their health insurance coverage for the first time in the municipality’s history. The agreement with the Police Benevolent Association calls for annual 2.5 percent salary increases retroactive to 2011 and continuing for […]

Officials Look to Federal Gov't for Improvements to RR Crossings

Officials Look to Federal Gov’t for Improvements to RR Crossings

Elected officials serving parts of the area serviced by Metro-North’s Harlem line are pressing the federal government for action to prevent a repeat of last week’s accident in Valhalla. New Castle Supervisor Robert Greenstein, whose community saw two of its residents killed, sent a letter last Friday to U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand requesting federal money […]

Harckham Decides Against Running for Fifth Term on BOL

Harckham Decides Against Running for Fifth Term on BOL

County Legislator Peter Harckham (D-North Salem) announced Tuesday morning that he will not seek another term in November representing District 2 on the Board of Legislators. Harckham, who served as Democratic Majority Leader in 2010-11, made the announcement on his Facebook page. “As I consider what is best for my family and me looking out […]

Family of SUV Driver Remembers Her Smile, Laughs and Optimism

Family of SUV Driver Remembers Her Smile, Laughs and Optimism

Friends and family of Ellen Brody remembered her Friday as a perpetually optimistic and caring family person who greeted everyone with a warm smile and infectious humor. Hundreds packed the Chabad of the Rivertowns in Dobbs Ferry for a touching and tear-filled funeral service to pay their last respects to Brody, 49, of Edgemont. Her […]

Chappaqua Man, Two Bedford Residents Among Victims in Metro-North Crash

Chappaqua Man, Two Bedford Residents Among Victims in Metro-North Crash

  Westchester County released the remaining names Wednesday evening of the six people who perished in the worst accident in the history of Metro-North, which included one Chappaqua resident and two Bedford residents. Earlier in the day, multiple media outlets reported that Ellen Brody, 49, of Edgemont, who worked at ICD Contemporary Jewelry in Chappaqua, […]

Astorino Slammed for Secrecy in Mt. Pleasant Development Plan

Astorino Slammed for Secrecy in Mt. Pleasant Development Plan

Three Democratic county legislators last week criticized Republican County Executive Rob Astorino for a lack of transparency regarding plans to possibly develop 60 acres of public land adjacent to the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining), Peter Harckham (D-North Salem) and Catherine Parker (D-Rye) charged that the administration has failed to […]