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New Castle Agrees to Take Wallace Auditorium at Chap Crossing

New Castle Agrees to Take Wallace Auditorium at Chap Crossing

The New Castle Town Board voted Tuesday night to accept the Wallace Auditorium at Chappaqua Crossing from property owner and developer Summit/Greenfield despite at least several hundred thousand dollars of needed improvements. The decision by officials to assume ownership of the 30-year-old, 400-seat facility comes with the hope that it will provide the town with […]

Harrison PD Honored for Heroin Arrests; Announce New Drug Program

Harrison PD Honored for Heroin Arrests; Announce New Drug Program

Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini announced Tuesday that citizens will be able to turn in drugs and drug paraphernalia to his department without threat of arrest and prosecution to end the scourge of drug-related deaths. Marraccini made the statement as the department was honored Tuesday by state Sen. George Latimer (D-Rye) and Assemblyman David Buchwald […]

North Castle Receives Luxury Apartment Rezoning Request

North Castle Receives Luxury Apartment Rezoning Request

The North Castle Town Board officially received the rezoning request last week and declared its intent to be lead agency for a proposed 200-unit luxury apartment building in North White Plains. Representatives for JMF Properties, LLC of Whippany, N.J., the developer of the proposed project called The Vue on 22 acres of the Jennie Clarkson […]

Mt. Kisco Searches for Answers to Help Turn Around Downtown

Mt. Kisco Searches for Answers to Help Turn Around Downtown

Ralph Nuzzi has been a longtime fixture in Mount Kisco’s downtown but doesn’t like what he sees lately each day he opens his door. Nuzzi, the owner of Cobbler’s Corner on Main Street, watches the number of storefront vacancies mushroom, causing the streets to be quieter with fewer potential customers. “I’ve been in business 35 […]

DeCicco’s Signs Lease to Move Into Millwood Plaza

DeCicco’s Signs Lease to Move Into Millwood Plaza

The long wait for Millwood to once again have a supermarket appears to be over. On Sunday, New Castle Supervisor Robert Greenstein announced to town residents via Facebook that DeCicco & Sons will be moving into the space at Millwood Plaza formerly occupied by A&P. Greenstein said despite extensive renovations that will be undertaken, town […]

Monitor Resigns from Westchester Affordable Housing Case

Monitor Resigns from Westchester Affordable Housing Case

James Johnson, the federal monitor in the affordable housing settlement case with Westchester County, announced Monday that he will be resigning from his position no later than Aug. 10. In a letter addressed to U.S. Federal District Court Judge Denise Cote, Johnson stated that he had already retired from his partnership at the Manhattan law […]

P'ville Police Arrest Man for Making False Robbery Claim

P’ville Police Arrest Man for Making False Robbery Claim

A 33-year-old Queens man who fabricated a story to Pleasantville police about being robbed at gunpoint was arrested on Wednesday, one day after police briefly detained another man based on the claim. Christopher Mercado was charged with third-degree falsely reporting an incident after he claimed to village police that he was approached and robbed on […]

Chappaqua Business Donating to Newtown-Sandy Hook Foundation

Chappaqua Business Donating to Newtown-Sandy Hook Foundation

When Chappaqua’s Claire Gilvar launched Booked Parties last year it was a tool to help parents plan their children’s birthday parties by providing lists of vendors and venues throughout Westchester. This spring Booked Parties expanded into Fairfield County, Conn., the first step of a slow expansion throughout the metropolitan area, said Meryl Lefkowitz, director of […]

Indian Pt., Pipeline Protestors Gather Outside Governor’s Home

Indian Pt., Pipeline Protestors Gather Outside Governor’s Home

About 100 renewable energy advocates held a vigil outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s home early Sunday evening urging the governor to take immediate steps to shut down three projects and facilities they argue accelerate climate change. The roughly hour-long interfaith vigil attracted opponents of Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, the Spectra AIM Pipeline being […]

Housing Monitor: Remove No. Castle From Potential Zoning Suit List

Housing Monitor: Remove No. Castle From Potential Zoning Suit List

The monitor overseeing the affordable housing settlement between Westchester County and the federal government last week recommended that the U.S. Department of Justice drop plans to sue the Town of North Castle for exclusionary zoning. In a letter last Thursday to U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote, Monitor James Johnson pointed to progress that the […]

Crowds Flock to Pleasantville’s 12th Annual Music Festival

Crowds Flock to Pleasantville’s 12th Annual Music Festival

The Pleasantville Music Festival proved once again why it is one of the most eagerly anticipated events for the village and thousands of music fans in the tristate area. Despite overcast skies and the threat of rain that never materialized, several thousand flocked to Parkway Field for the 12th annual festival Saturday afternoon, and nobody […]

Annual Cancer Benefit Hits Home for Chappaqua Swim & Tennis

Annual Cancer Benefit Hits Home for Chappaqua Swim & Tennis

As members of the Chappaqua Swim & Tennis Club, seven-year-old Max Chwatko and his family had previously participated in Swim Across America to raise money for cancer research, prevention and treatment. This year’s event, scheduled for next Sunday morning at the club on Hardscrabble Road, has entirely new meaning for them. Chwatko’s five-year-old sister Scarlett […]

New Castle Officials Urged to Take Steps to Curtail Trapping

New Castle Officials Urged to Take Steps to Curtail Trapping

A group of New Castle residents appealed to the town board last week to ask the Random Farms Homeowners Association to halt coyote trapping for 30 days so public education efforts on peaceful coexistence can be renewed. Requests made by residents during the June 28 board meeting also included having the town explore whether it […]

Farmers, P’ville Community Send Over 600 Pounds of Food to Needy

Farmers, P’ville Community Send Over 600 Pounds of Food to Needy

It was a happy and healthy holiday weekend for many clients of Hillside Food Outreach thanks to generous shoppers and a roster of dedicated farmers and volunteers. More than 600 pounds of fresh produce and other food was collected last Saturday at the Pleasantville Farmers Market during its second Hillside Food Donation Day and distributed […]

County to Appeal Decision on Release of Affordable Housing Tapes

County to Appeal Decision on Release of Affordable Housing Tapes

Westchester County plans to appeal a federal judge’s decision last week ordering videotapes of County Executive Rob Astorino’s depositions be publicly released regarding statements connected to the required public education campaign for the affordable housing settlement. The June 27 ruling by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote granted the request made in March by federal monitor […]

P’ville Sports Pubs Michael’s Tavern, McArthur’s to Close Friday

P’ville Sports Pubs Michael’s Tavern, McArthur’s to Close Friday

  McArthur’s American Grille and Michael’s Tavern, two longtime Pleasantville dining institutions, will be shutting its doors on Friday, The Examiner has learned. Mayor Peter Scherer and Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce President William Flooks confirmed that the two popular dining establishments will go out of business with Friday night’s closing. They each said they found […]

Arrest Made in North Castle Check Fraud; Investigation Continues

Arrest Made in North Castle Check Fraud; Investigation Continues

North Castle police arrested one man last week and are expected to charge another subject in connection with the series of fraudulent checks that were cashed against the town’s account late last year. Ron Bynoe, 28, of South Ozone Park, Queens, turned himself in to police on June 21 and charged with third-degree grand larceny, […]

Petition to Halt Coyote Trapping Circulates in New Castle

Petition to Halt Coyote Trapping Circulates in New Castle

An online petition drafted by New Castle residents opposed to coyote trapping was launched last weekend in response to the Random Farms Homeowners Association’s latest decision calling for more traps. Resident Victoria Alzapiedi, the chair of one of two coyote advisory committees appointed by the town board in 2014 to develop a Coyote Response Plan and […]

Developer to Opt for 48 Affordable Units at Armonk’s Old Lumberyard

Developer to Opt for 48 Affordable Units at Armonk’s Old Lumberyard

The owner of the old lumberyard property in Armonk is prepared to ditch his plan to build 30 market-rate condominiums at the site and will pursue an application for 48 affordable units. Local developer Michael Fareri, who received approvals to construct a 36-unit building at the Bedford Road property, had most recently been trying to […]

Business Profile: Orfino’s Restaurant, Briarcliff Manor

Business Profile: Orfino’s Restaurant, Briarcliff Manor

 Dine at Orfino’s Restaurant in Briarcliff Manor and you won’t only get great Italian food but you might make new friends while you’re there. When owners Linda and Michael Orfino took over the family-owned establishment from Michael’s parents, they forged a new identity in the local dining scene. Originally opened in 1982 as a breakfast […]

Chappaqua’s Random Farms Decides on More Coyote Traps

Chappaqua’s Random Farms Decides on More Coyote Traps

The Random Farms Homeowners Association decided this week to enter into a second agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to set up coyote traps on portions of the development’s property. The decision for the USDA to place foothold traps for a five-day period was made at the association’s June 22 meeting, according to […]

Know Your Neighbor: Bernard Krooks, Attorney/Special Needs Advocate, Chappaqua

Know Your Neighbor: Bernard Krooks, Attorney/Special Needs Advocate, Chappaqua

It’s not only a job when Bernard Krooks advocates for the developmentally disabled population. As a founding partner in the White Plains law firm of Littman Krooks, LLC more than 25 years ago, Krooks has developed a highly respected reputation for representing families who require special needs planning or special education advocacy for children along […]

Armonk’s St. Stephen’s Episcopal to Unveil Renovated Sanctuary in Fall

Armonk’s St. Stephen’s Episcopal to Unveil Renovated Sanctuary in Fall

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Armonk is on target to officially unveil its renovated sanctuary this fall in time to usher in the congregation’s 175th anniversary year. Father Nils Chittenden said the unveiling of the restored interior will be celebrated at a special gathering on Sunday, Oct. 9. “It is very close to being done,” […]

New Castle Coyote Quandary Escalates With Humane Kill

New Castle Coyote Quandary Escalates With Humane Kill

Controversial traps set up in Chappaqua’s Random Farms last week following two recent reports of aggressive coyotes in the area resulted in one coyote being captured and humanely destroyed, The Examiner learned late Monday. The news, confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), culminated a week of controversy and a war of words on […]

Life Time, Developer Granted Zoning Amendment at Chap Crossing

Life Time, Developer Granted Zoning Amendment at Chap Crossing

The New Castle Town Board narrowly approved a zoning amendment Tuesday night that would allow Life Time Fitness to leave Chappaqua Crossing after three years and potentially sublease its space to various types of retail. In a 3-2 vote on the controversial issue, the board majority of Supervisor Robert Greenstein and council members Lisa Katz […]

Hundreds Gather in Peekskill for Vigil to Remember Orlando Victims

Hundreds Gather in Peekskill for Vigil to Remember Orlando Victims

Several hundred residents gathered with friends and neighbors alongside total strangers early Thursday evening for a prayer vigil at Peekskill’s Riverfront Green to find comfort and healing following last weekend’s horrific shooting in Orlando. Speakers during the roughly hour-long event along with many in the crowd stressed how the vigil served as a critical outlet […]

Mt. Pleasant Native to Show Kids How to Have Fun With Fitness This Sunday

Mt. Pleasant Native to Show Kids How to Have Fun With Fitness This Sunday

Matt Fisher understands as well as anyone the problems of childhood obesity and the negative impact that a sedentary lifestyle can have on a person’s health. As a physical education teacher in the Bronxville School District, he is astounded when some students tell him that they typically spend two hours a day playing video games. […]

Developer Floats Proposal for 200 Luxury Apartments in No. Castle

Developer Floats Proposal for 200 Luxury Apartments in No. Castle

A New Jersey-based developer of luxury residences is proposing to build 200 high-end rental apartments on a portion of the Jennie Clarkson residential school campus in North Castle that would be geared mainly toward empty nesters. JMF Properties, LLC is the contract vendee to buy 22 of the 36 acres of the site at 1700 […]

Mount Kisco’s Via Vanti! Italian Café to Close Next Week

Mount Kisco’s Via Vanti! Italian Café to Close Next Week

The Italian café and restaurant Via Vanti! at the Mount Kisco train station will shut its doors next week after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is prepared to announce another operator for the site. Owner Carla Gambescia said Thursday she has been operating on a month-to-month basis since last summer when the lease she inherited […]

No. Castle Eyes Late Summer Finish for Windmill Paving, Drainage Work

No. Castle Eyes Late Summer Finish for Windmill Paving, Drainage Work

North Castle officials have set an ambitious schedule to complete all drainage and road repair work within Windmill Farm by the end of the summer. The full curb-to-curb improvement project for the roughly nine miles of road, estimated to cost between $1.6 and $1.7 million, follows the late 2014 completion of Windmill Farm’s $10 million […]