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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 […]

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 […]

W'chester Corporations Unite on a Fun Run to Help Blythedale

W’chester Corporations Unite on a Fun Run to Help Blythedale

There are always obstacles when launching a new event, but those responsible for Thursday evening’s Corporate FunRun at Purchase College certainly appeared to hit one out of the park. Close to 50 Westchester-based corporations and more than 1,000 runners and walkers participated in the inaugural 5K around the SUNY Purchase campus that was expected to […]

Know Your Neighbor: Joanna Mosca, Country Music Singer, Bedford

Know Your Neighbor: Joanna Mosca, Country Music Singer, Bedford

You wouldn’t expect a country music singer to grow up in Connecticut and live in Westchester County. But much about Joanna Mosca’s ascent in her music career has been out of the ordinary. This summer Mosca’s third EP, “Have a Little Mercy,” will be released, following up on the success of her first two works, […]

Chappaqua Club Raises $35G for Cancer Research in Swim Event

Chappaqua Club Raises $35G for Cancer Research in Swim Event

It can be difficult getting up before 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning in the middle of  July. Maybe even more so if you’re heading out at that hour to do some intense physical exertion. But close to 50 area swimmers, many of them children, made their way to the Chappaqua Swim & Tennis Club […]

No. Castle Urges County to Honor Miller House Repair Commitment

No. Castle Urges County to Honor Miller House Repair Commitment

The North Castle Town Board will ask Westchester County to repair the deteriorated Elijah Miller House and keep the landmark in its original North White Plains location rather than move it to an alternate site. Supervisor Michael Schiliro said the board plans to approve a resolution at its July 23 meeting to formally make the […]

Ian Hunter Rounds Out Beautiful Day at Pleasantville Music Festival

Ian Hunter Rounds Out Beautiful Day at Pleasantville Music Festival

It didn’t matter whether the crowds came for the music, the sunshine, the food or to be with friends and neighbors, the Pleasantville Music Festival had something for everybody on Saturday. “I come every year,” said Mount Pleasant resident Ilana Marcus while enjoying the comfortably warm temperatures in mid afternoon. “I love local music and […]

No. Castle to Rebuild Gazebo; Temporary Stage Obtained for Concert Series

No. Castle to Rebuild Gazebo; Temporary Stage Obtained for Concert Series

The Town of North Castle will completely rebuild the Wampus Brook Park gazebo in Armonk nearly identically to the one that had stood for 47 years before its roof collapsed last month. Town officials said Wednesday that the only changes to the new structure would be the addition of a sound system, improved lighting and […]

No. Castle Fires Labor Negotiator for Breach of Confidentiality

No. Castle Fires Labor Negotiator for Breach of Confidentiality

The North Castle Town Board terminated the contract of the municipality’s labor negotiator Wednesday night two weeks after former supervisor Howard Arden revealed that he had spoken with the consultant regarding the town’s recent CSEA contract talks. The board unanimously agreed to sever ties with Michael Richardson after it was confirmed to officials that he […]

Accordionists Invade W'chester This Week for Annual Festival

Accordionists Invade W’chester This Week for Annual Festival

You don’t have to travel very far to see one of the largest assemblages of accordion players and accordion music lovers this week. The 76th annual American Accordionists Association Festival descends on Westchester County this Wednesday for a five-day engagement, showcasing the best the instrument and the musicians who play it have to offer. Until […]

New Castle Set to Issue New RFP for Train Station

New Castle Set to Issue New RFP for Train Station

New Castle officials are expected to reissue a new Request for Proposal as soon as this week in hopes of filling the town-owned Chappaqua train station depot after the previous lease was successfully challenged. Town Attorney Nicholas Ward-Willis said last week the town board will make several minor revisions to the RFP and post it […]

State Board Rejects Variances for Chappaqua Affordable Housing Project

State Board Rejects Variances for Chappaqua Affordable Housing Project

A state board voted Wednesday to reject most of the fire code variances needed by the developer of the proposed affordable housing project in downtown Chappaqua throwing the application’s future into doubt. The Department of State’s Hudson Valley Regional Board of Review denied seven of the eight variances requested by Conifer Realty to build the […]

Affordable Housing Discussions Alarm Chappaqua Church Neighbors

Affordable Housing Discussions Alarm Chappaqua Church Neighbors

Internal discussions by representatives of Chappaqua’s First Congregational Church about selling a portion of church property for the construction of affordable senior housing has prompted nearby residents to organize in hopes of seeking alternative uses. Jon Aram, president of the recently formed First Chappaqua Neighbors Association, said the residents on Orchard Ridge Road, Lawrence Farms […]

State, Federal Funding Secured for Route 117, 133 Repaving

State, Federal Funding Secured for Route 117, 133 Repaving

Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-White Plains) announced on Thursday that more than $7 million in state and federal funding has been allocated for the repaving of two state roads mostly in the Town of New Castle. Work on Route 133 from Route 120 to the Mount Kisco border will begin in September or October while Route 117 […]

Major Delays Expected on Sprain, Taconic Parkways Next Week

Major Delays Expected on Sprain, Taconic Parkways Next Week

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a travel advisory for motorists using the Sprain and Taconic parkways in Mount Pleasant and New Castle during certain hours from Monday, June 30 through Wednesday, July 2. The left and middle lanes of the southbound Taconic State Parkway will be closed between Route 134 and Pleasantville […]

 Gazebo Roof Collapses at Armonk's Wampus Brook Park; No Injuries

Gazebo Roof Collapses at Armonk’s Wampus Brook Park; No Injuries

The roof of the gazebo in Armonk’s Wampus Brook Park collapsed late Wednesday morning at least temporarily throwing into question how long it will be before the structure is restored and usable. Collapse of the roof came as the contractor hired earlier this year by the Town of North Castle, Prime Building Services, Inc. of […]

New Castle Town Board Rescinds Restaurateur's Chappaqua Train Station Lease

New Castle Town Board Rescinds Restaurateur’s Chappaqua Train Station Lease

The New Castle Town Board voted Tuesday night to rescind the lease it had granted to a Mount Kisco restaurateur to operate a bistro at the Chappaqua train station depot. The action came less than a week after one of the proprietors passed over for the lease, Peter and Erin Chase, submitted a petition to […]

Castelli in Primary Challenge for 40th Senate District Seat

Castelli in Primary Challenge for 40th Senate District Seat

Former Assemblyman Robert Castelli made it official last Tuesday announcing that he will challenge Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy for the Republican nomination for the 40th state Senate District seat being vacated by Sen. Greg Ball. Castelli, 64, of Goldens Bridge, said he is running to give Republican voters in the district a choice of who […]

No. Castle GOP Chooses Candidate for Special Board Election

No. Castle GOP Chooses Candidate for Special Board Election

  There will be a contested race in this year’s North Castle special election after all. The town’s Republican Committee announced over the weekend that planning board member Guy Mezzancello will take on incumbent Jose Berra in November to complete Michael Schiliro’s unexpired councilman’s term. Schiliro was elected supervisor last fall. North Castle GOP Chairwoman […]

Petition Challenging Chap Train Station Lease Filed With Town

Petition Challenging Chap Train Station Lease Filed With Town

One of the proprietors passed over for a lease to operate a restaurant at the Chappaqua train station submitted a petition to New Castle officials last week that could trigger a referendum to determine whether the agreement should be rescinded. Erin and Peter Chase, owners of BPC, a company that operates restaurants and bars across […]

Know Your Neighbor: Debbie Frishman, Independent Skin Care Consultant, Mt. Kisco

Know Your Neighbor: Debbie Frishman, Independent Skin Care Consultant, Mt. Kisco

Debbie Frishman had voluntarily given up her career as a special education teacher when she had her two children and has happily helped her husband’s veterinary practice. She wasn’t necessarily looking for a new career when she reconnected last year with a friend whom she hadn’t seen since her high school days in Dix Hills, […]

Castelli to Run Primary Challenge for 40th Senate District Seat

Castelli to Run Primary Challenge for 40th Senate District Seat

Former Assemblyman Robert Castelli made it official on Tuesday announcing that he will challenge Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy for the Republican nomination for the 40th state Senate District seat being vacated by Sen. Greg Ball. Castelli, 64, of Goldens Bridge, said he is running to give Republican voters in the district a choice of who […]

Red Cross to Hold Large Grand Central Blood Drive on Thursday

Red Cross to Hold Large Grand Central Blood Drive on Thursday

During the past three years Amy Boyle of Chappaqua has experienced firsthand how critical blood donations are to metropolitan area hospitals. Her three-year-old son, Ryler, suffers from a disorder where his blood doesn’t clot properly and he requires weekly trips for new blood and platelet treatments. “He bruises very easily,” Boyle said. “He falls a […]

Business of the Week: New Light Laser, Mt. Kisco

Business of the Week: New Light Laser, Mt. Kisco

Finding a hair removal system that’s quick, comfortable and successful on all skin types and hair color can be difficult. But Pat McMann, owner of New Light Laser, can achieve all of that more easily with the latest state-of-the-art laser technology. McMann, who has been in the hair removal, skin rejuvenation and tattoo removal business […]

Wanna Have Fun? Come Out for the Armonk Lions' Annual Fol de Rol

Wanna Have Fun? Come Out for the Armonk Lions’ Annual Fol de Rol

The Armonk Lions Club’s annual Fol de Rol didn’t need a milestone celebration to get everybody looking forward to later this week at Wampus Brook Park For four decades, residents throughout Armonk have circled the same June weekend on their calendar. While it may not be in the consciousness of some of the town’s newbies, […]

Mt. Kisco Man Arrested for DWI After Driving Car Onto Sidewalk

Mt. Kisco Man Arrested for DWI After Driving Car Onto Sidewalk

Mount Kisco police arrested a 42-year-old village man late Monday night for drunk driving after his car jumped a curb and ran up onto the sidewalk on Kirby Plaza. Amilcar Dejesus Perez-Gomez, a West Street resident, was charged at 11:33 p.m. with a felony count of driving while intoxicated, operating a vehicle with a revoked […]

Know Your Neighbor: Anthony Amiano, College Student/Legislative Aide, Valhalla

Know Your Neighbor: Anthony Amiano, College Student/Legislative Aide, Valhalla

When Anthony Amiano decided to volunteer for a political campaign the first time, he received all sorts of questions and quizzical looks while handing out palm cards and knocking on people’s doors. That was during Rob Astorino’s campaign for county legislator in 2003. Amiano reached out to the future county executive and gubernatorial candidate to […]

Rejected Applicants Gear Up to Challenge Chap Train Station Lease

Rejected Applicants Gear Up to Challenge Chap Train Station Lease

The two proprietors whose applications were recently rejected to operate a restaurant at the Chappaqua train station have begun collecting signatures to force the Town of New Castle to schedule a referendum to challenge the lease. Chappaqua residents Carla Gambescia, owner of Via Vanti! in Mount Kisco, and Peter and Erin Chase, who own a […]

Greeley Assistant Principal Selected to Lead Seven Bridges MS

Greeley Assistant Principal Selected to Lead Seven Bridges MS

The Chappaqua School District announced Friday afternoon that Horace Greeley High School Assistant Principal Andrew Corsilia will lead Seven Bridges Middle School starting in 2015-16. In her letter to the community, Superintendent Dr. Lyn McKay said Corsilia, who has worked at Greeley for the past 16 years, was the best candidate for the job following […]

No. Castle Makes Provisional Chief's Appointment Amidst Charges of Cover-up

No. Castle Makes Provisional Chief’s Appointment Amidst Charges of Cover-up

North Castle Police Lt. Peter Simonsen was appointed provisional chief of the town’s police force Wednesday night replacing Geoffrey Harisch who announced his resignation two weeks ago because of alleged harassment by Town Administrator Joan Goldberg. Simonsen, 50, who has been with the department since 1990, will take over the helm on Sunday. He began […]