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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 […]

Push Intensifies for Raising the Age of Adult Prosecution to 18

Push Intensifies for Raising the Age of Adult Prosecution to 18

An area state senator is attempting to gather statewide support for changing a law that would treat most 16- and 17-year-olds charged with crimes as juveniles rather than adults. On Friday, state Sen. David Carlucci (D-Clarkstown), surrounded by advocates who are attempting to raise the age of adult criminal responsibility to 18 years old, spoke […]

Local Baseball Foundation to Host Fundraiser With Dwight Gooden

Local Baseball Foundation to Host Fundraiser With Dwight Gooden

For the last eight years, John Fitzgerald’s nonprofit organization has raised money to provide equipment and improve fields for children in Ireland who are interested in baseball. The lifelong Valhalla resident is now also looking to help youngsters who play baseball closer to home. On Saturday, Feb. 21, Fitzgerald and the organization he founded in […]

Local Lawmakers Give Cuomo's Proposals a Tepid Response

Local Lawmakers Give Cuomo’s Proposals a Tepid Response

Area state legislators gave Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address last week mixed reviews, generally lauding him for proposals to encourage business growth but leveling strong criticism against his education policies. Cuomo, who delivered a nearly hour-and-a-half address in Albany last Wednesday afternoon where he also unveiled a proposed $150 billion 2015-16 budget, […]

Food Bank Rolls Out New Truck to Help Feed the Hungry

Food Bank Rolls Out New Truck to Help Feed the Hungry

A new Food Bank for Westchester truck that was unveiled last week will help the organization recover at least twice the amount of excess food from supermarkets and other commercial establishments throughout the county. Funded by a grant from Purchase-based PepsiCo, the Food Bank acquired a 16-foot refrigerated Freightliner to add to its fleet. About […]

State Board Approves Variances for Chappaqua Affordable Housing Project

State Board Approves Variances for Chappaqua Affordable Housing Project

A state panel gave conditional approval for needed building and fire safety variances Thursday to the developer of the controversial Chappaqua affordable housing project. The Department of State‚Äôs Hudson Valley Regional Board of Review granted Conifer Realty four variances needed to build the 28-unit Chappaqua Station project on Hunts Place. The board’s decision was a […]

North Castle Mulls Accessibility Options for New Gazebo

North Castle Mulls Accessibility Options for New Gazebo

North Castle officials must soon decide which type of handicapped accessible option be installed for the town’s new gazebo at Wampus Brook Park if the structure is going to be built by summer. Architect John Sullivan, who provided the town board last week with an update on the project, presented plans for either a ramp […]

Appeal Granted in New Castle DPW Discrimination Case

Appeal Granted in New Castle DPW Discrimination Case

A former New Castle Department of Public Works employee who claimed he was fired nearly eight years ago in retaliation for bringing a discrimination action against the town may finally get his day in court. The Appellate Division last week overturned a May 2012 state Supreme Court decision that had granted the Town of New […]

WCA Launches Academy to Train Workers for Healthcare Jobs

WCA Launches Academy to Train Workers for Healthcare Jobs

The Westchester County Association (WCA) announced earlier this week a new plan to collaborate with regional healthcare providers and colleges to train workers to fill at least 2,500 unfilled jobs in the county. Creation of the Hudson Valley Workforce Academy by the WCA will address the need to staff the vacant positions in the healthcare, […]

P'ville Singer Among Leaders in National Online Music Competition

P’ville Singer Among Leaders in National Online Music Competition

Molly Adele Brown has had a knack for getting noticed. Growing up in South Salem as the youngest of three girls in her household, Brown wasn’t afraid to stand up in front of her family and perform. It’s something that she learned to do naturally. “When I was younger I was definitely the one that […]

Armonk History Lovers Make No. Castle's Civil War Past Come Alive

Armonk History Lovers Make No. Castle’s Civil War Past Come Alive

Bits of significant local history can be found almost anywhere, but recently two Armonk residents unearthed little-known information about how North Castle selected its soldiers for the Civil War and where some of them are buried. Nicholas Cerullo and George Pouder, both members of the town’s historical society and former longtime members of the Landmarks […]

17-Car Saw Mill Parkway Pileup Injures Six in Pre-Dawn Accident

17-Car Saw Mill Parkway Pileup Injures Six in Pre-Dawn Accident

Six people were injured Wednesday morning in a 17-car chain-reaction pileup on a blind curve on the Saw Mill Parkway in Mount Kisco. Westchester County police reported that a motorist was driving a Chevy Avalanche on the southbound side of the parkway just past the Route 133 exit at about 6:40 a.m. when he noticed […]

Former Mt. Kisco Parking Officer Sentenced in Meter Thefts

Former Mt. Kisco Parking Officer Sentenced in Meter Thefts

The Mount Kisco parking enforcement officer who admitted last year to stealing about $90,000 in meter revenue will spend up to six months in county jail. Jeffrey Daday, 36, of North Salem was sentenced Tuesday morning to shock probation, which includes the stay in county jail in Valhalla and to make full restitution of the […]

Business Profile: Melts Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Armonk

Business Profile: Melts Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Armonk

We all have days where we don’t know what to eat or are simply too tired after a long day at work to do much heavy cooking. Sometimes that void is best filled with a grilled cheese sandwich. Brothers Greg and Nathan Kramer tapped into that sentiment last June when they opened Melts, a gourmet […]

Hawthorne Troop Members Soar to Become New Eagle Scouts

Hawthorne Troop Members Soar to Become New Eagle Scouts

In what has become an annual tradition, the Mount Pleasant community celebrated three more members of Hawthorne Troop 1 achieving the rank of Eagle Scout on Sunday during a special ceremony at the Thornwood American Legion hall. Gerald Alfieri, Lawrence Gardner and Conor Glendon reached Boys Scouts’ pinnacle by earning the requisite number of merit […]

Business Profile: Financial Asset Management Corp., Chappaqua

Business Profile: Financial Asset Management Corp., Chappaqua

There’s a lot more to planning your financial future than picking the right stocks or mutual funds. In an era when there are more products to choose from and the decisions to be made have become increasingly complicated, handling finances and planning for the years ahead have never been more important. Led by principal and […]

North Castle Historian Doris Finch Watson Passes Away

North Castle Historian Doris Finch Watson Passes Away

North Castle Historian and lifelong Banksville resident Doris Finch Watson died at her home on Tuesday at the age of 91. Watson, who was once the personal secretary to actor Henry Fonda during the early 1950s, helped form the North Castle Historical Society at her dining room table in 1971. She served as its president […]

Site Plan Review, Repercussions Await After Chap Crossing Rezone

Site Plan Review, Repercussions Await After Chap Crossing Rezone

Site plan and state Department of Transportation approvals are still needed by developer Summit/Greenfield for Chappaqua Crossing to be built. What also remains to be seen is whether there is political fallout from the New Castle Town Board’s controversial decision. The board’s voted Dec. 18 to rezone 19 acres of the former Reader’s Digest property […]

Olympian Orozco Returns to Home Gym to Help Youngsters

Olympian Orozco Returns to Home Gym to Help Youngsters

For any young gymnast at Chappaqua’s World Cup Gymnastics who holds lofty aspirations, meeting John Orozco ought to be a source of great motivation. Orozco, who finished eighth in the 2012 London Olympics, trained for a decade at the Hunts Lane facility starting when he was eight years old. Last Sunday, he returned to his […]