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New Castle Approves Retail Rezoning for Chappaqua Crossing

New Castle Approves Retail Rezoning for Chappaqua Crossing

The New Castle Town Board approved the rezone of a 19-acre portion of the former Reader’s Digest property Thursday night that will allow up to 120,000 square feet of retail space at the site. Each of the four resolutions was supported by a 4-1 margin during the special meeting at the Chappaqua  Public Library, with […]

New Castle Scheduled to Vote Thursday on Chap Crossing Rezone

New Castle Scheduled to Vote Thursday on Chap Crossing Rezone

The New Castle Town Board may finally take a vote this week whether to rezone a portion of the Chappaqua Crossing campus to allow 120,000 square feet of retail at the site. Board members announced last week that they are scheduled to meet Thursday night at the Chappaqua Public Library auditorium at 8:15 p.m. and […]

Business of the Week: Celine's Boutique & Shoe Repair, Mt. Kisco

Business of the Week: Celine’s Boutique & Shoe Repair, Mt. Kisco

Sometimes when a woman looks into her closet, it may be difficult for her to choose what to wear. She knows that a dinner or business appointment calls for more than jeans or other casual outfits, but formal attire might be too dressy. A new boutique in Mount Kisco is helping women to bridge that […]

Residents Pitch Idea for Garden, Creative Space at Millwood Site

Residents Pitch Idea for Garden, Creative Space at Millwood Site

A pair of New Castle residents publicly proposed last week buying the site of the former Millwood Swim Club and transform the parcel into a community garden and a space for artists and writers to work. Former councilman Michael Wolfensohn and Millwood resident Quint Smith told the town board last week that they would buy […]

Armonk Camp Looks for Rezone to Allow for Future Expansion

Armonk Camp Looks for Rezone to Allow for Future Expansion

A zoning change request by an Armonk day camp would permit expansion of its facilities and would force the North Castle Town Board to write parameters regulating camps into the municipality’s code. Breezemont Day Camp, located on 15.6 acres off of Cox Avenue, has operated in its location since 1932 before the town’s zoning code […]

Newbie, Veteran Member Face Off in Armonk Fire Dept. Commissioner Race

Newbie, Veteran Member Face Off in Armonk Fire Dept. Commissioner Race

Fire commissioner elections ordinarily don’t get much attention, but it can be easily argued that the departments the commissioners serve represent the most important service for residents. Tonight (Tuesday) are the elections for many area departments, including the Armonk Fire Department where a relative newcomer is running for the first time against a longtime member. […]

Chappaqua's Grace Baptist Stages Play to Present Christmas Message This Weekend

Chappaqua’s Grace Baptist Stages Play to Present Christmas Message This Weekend

Millions of people scurried to malls as early as last Thursday evening to start their holiday shopping, maybe some before digesting their turkey and stuffing. It is fair to wonder how many care about the true meaning of Christmas. Grace Baptist Church in Chappaqua is making sure in an entertaining way that the holiday’s message […]

Chappaqua Winter Farmers Market in Jeopardy of Being Canceled

Chappaqua Winter Farmers Market in Jeopardy of Being Canceled

A Chappaqua winter farmers market is once again in jeopardy after the market’s board of directors learned this week that it would only be granted five Saturdays to operate at the municipality’s community center this season. The sudden turn of events, revealed at Tuesday night’s town board meeting, came when the New Castle Recreation & […]

Armonk Welcomes Home Frosty the Snowman This Saturday

Armonk Welcomes Home Frosty the Snowman This Saturday

America’s favorite snowman once again returns home. Armonk will kick off the holiday season with its annual Frosty Day on Saturday, celebrating the birthplace of the famous snowman that was first popularized through the 1950s hit Christmas song and later in an animated television special. The song’s lyricist, Steve Nelson, settled in Armonk at about […]

Ex-North Castle Chief Files Lawsuit Against Goldberg, Town

Ex-North Castle Chief Files Lawsuit Against Goldberg, Town

A lawsuit filed last week on behalf of former North Castle Police Chief Geoffrey Harisch alleges that Town Administrator Joan Goldberg retaliated against him after he tried to expose police overtime abuses within the department. The 79-page complaint filed Nov. 19 in state Supreme Court in White Plains, names Goldberg, the town and the North […]

Mt. Kisco Boutique Owner Opens Her Store for Talented Artist

Mt. Kisco Boutique Owner Opens Her Store for Talented Artist

Cathy Deutsch had always wanted to use some of the empty wall space in her Mount Kisco boutique as a place to hang artwork. The owner of Tiger Lily on East Main Street turned to one of the best people she knows to make that dream a reality–at least temporarily. Deutsch’s longtime friend, who goes […]

County to Consider Vote on Chappaqua Affordable Housing Plan Funds

County to Consider Vote on Chappaqua Affordable Housing Plan Funds

A vote to authorize county funds for the stalled Chappaqua affordable housing project is likely before the end of the year in hopes that Westchester will comply with the 2014 benchmark outlined in the housing settlement with the federal government. Board of Legislators Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers) announced on Thursday that he will back a […]

Mt. Kisco Woman Charged With Stealing $1.4M as Bank Manager

Mt. Kisco Woman Charged With Stealing $1.4M as Bank Manager

A 46-year-old Mount Kisco woman faces up to 25 years in jail after she was accused Thursday of stealing more than $1.4 million from two depositors during her tenure as branch manager of an Ossining bank. The indictment, consisting of 27 felony charges, alleged that Maria Rodriguez of 88 Beverly Rd. systematically stole the money […]

Electrical Wiring Jeopardizes Latest Chap Train Station Eatery Plan

Electrical Wiring Jeopardizes Latest Chap Train Station Eatery Plan

The restaurateur who responded to the latest New Castle bid proposal to bring a food establishment to the Chappaqua train station has informed officials that the building’s electrical capacity may be insufficient to host a commercial entity. Chappaqua resident Peter Chase, who made a recent presentation about his plan for the 112-year-old town-owned building, said […]

Voters Crush Ward System Propositions in North Castle

Voters Crush Ward System Propositions in North Castle

North Castle voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposition Thursday by a more than five-to-one margin to establish a ward system of representation in town. The public crushed the proposition 2,181-398, according to unofficial tallies at about 10 p.m. A second proposition asking residents whether they wanted to increase the number of council seats from four to […]

County Launches New Crime Tips App for Public to Help Police

County Launches New Crime Tips App for Public to Help Police

Most of Westchester’s law enforcement agencies are depending on the public and 21st century technology to help fight crime. District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced  on Thursday the launch of  tip411, a new program that will allow anyone with a computer, Smartphone, cell phone or tablet to anonymously provide tips of suspicious activity to their local […]

North Castle Ward System Debate Opens Fresh Wounds

North Castle Ward System Debate Opens Fresh Wounds

By the second week in November, the campaign mailers and signs usually disappear from view and the e-mails cease until the next election season. That’s not the case this year in North Castle. Thursday’s scheduled vote on a pair of propositions asking town voters whether they want to establish a ward system and to increase […]

Byram Hills Lax Classic Sparks Big Turnout for Wounded Warrior

Byram Hills Lax Classic Sparks Big Turnout for Wounded Warrior

Usually when lacrosse teams face each other at any one of the area high schools, there is pressure to come out on top. Everyone who played on Sunday at Byram Hills High School in Armonk was on the same side. The school hosted its inaugural No Man Down Fall Lax Classic, an event that attracted […]

Reward Offered to Help Solve Pleasantville Woman's Murder

Reward Offered to Help Solve Pleasantville Woman’s Murder

New York State Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the recent death of the Pleasantville woman. The reward was announced to media outlets on Friday as police continue to investigate and look for clues to solve […]

Astorino Falls Short in Gubernatorial Bid; Cuomo Wins Re-election

Astorino Falls Short in Gubernatorial Bid; Cuomo Wins Re-election

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino was defeated in his long shot bid for governor Tuesday night falling short to incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Unable to overcome the lack of statewide name recognition and a lopsided campaign war chest in Cuomo’s favor, the Mount Pleasant native lost to the governor by about 13 points, according […]

Berra Edges Mezzancello in No. Castle; Absentee Ballots to Decide Race

Berra Edges Mezzancello in No. Castle; Absentee Ballots to Decide Race

  Jose Berra defeated Guy Mezzancello Tuesday night in the special election for a seat on the North Castle Town Board, but the race won’t be officially decided until absentee ballots have been counted. According to the Westchester County Board of Elections, Berra picked up 1,623 votes to 1,607 for Mezzancello. However, there are more […]

Inequities, Representation Levels Seen as Factors in Ward Vote

Inequities, Representation Levels Seen as Factors in Ward Vote

Mary Helander was doing her shopping at the Stop & Shop supermarket on Route 22 one day during the summer, when she was approached to sign a petition. That petition, carried by lifelong North White Plains resident Anthony Futia, asked whether the ward system, or districts, should be established in the Town of North Castle, […]

New Castle Threatened With More Litigation on Chap Crossing

New Castle Threatened With More Litigation on Chap Crossing

New Castle officials were issued an ultimatum last week to take a vote on the requested rezone of the former Reader’s Digest property before the end of the year or once again face litigation from developer Summit/Greenfield. Just before the end of a three-and-a-half-hour Chappaqua Crossing public hearing Oct. 28 on the proposed zoning change […]

Police: Pleasantville Woman Died By Stabbing

Police: Pleasantville Woman Died By Stabbing

The Pleasantville woman found dead in her house on Thursday was stabbed to death, law enforcement officials said on Saturday. Linda Falkoff, 76, was discovered at about 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 inside her residence at 79 Grandview Ave. following a call from a mail carrier who contacted police when she noticed that several days’ […]

New Castle Considers Basketball Court in Town Hall Parking Lot

New Castle Considers Basketball Court in Town Hall Parking Lot

New Castle Supervisor Robert Greenstein is planning on earmarking money in the town’s 2015 capital projects budget to convert the back corner of the Town Hall parking lot into a full-length outdoor basketball court. Greenstein said that the issue was discussed most recently during budget meetings involving the town board and department heads earlier this […]

Mount Kisco Woman Arrested on Felony Drug Charge

Mount Kisco Woman Arrested on Felony Drug Charge

A Mount Kisco woman was arrested on Monday morning after she accepted a delivery of seven ounces of cocaine at her Boltis Street home. Evelin Rivera, 34, was taken into custody at 9:55 a.m. after she accepted a package, which contained several hardcover books and other items. The cocaine was concealed in thin envelopes placed […]

'Tough' and 'Impatient' Cuomo Looks to Win Second Term

‘Tough’ and ‘Impatient’ Cuomo Looks to Win Second Term

Watch Gov. Andrew Cuomo give a speech on television or hold a press conference in person, it’s hard not to be impressed. There’s a command and a presence that many don’t have even at the highest levels of government. However, in cynical times, especially when it comes to politicians, it’s easy to wonder how much […]

Mezzancello Looking to Make Jump to Town Board in No. Castle

Mezzancello Looking to Make Jump to Town Board in No. Castle

Since he arrived in Armonk 30 years ago, Guy Mezzancello has been consistently active in the Town of North Castle. Whether it was assuming the commissionership of the Armonk Baseball League or putting up lights at Community Field, the electrical contractor said he’s always given back to the community. In 2009, Mezzancello, 57, was one […]

North Castle's Berra Looks to Continue Service on Town Board

North Castle’s Berra Looks to Continue Service on Town Board

North Castle Councilman Jose Berra may not have taken a traditional path to the town board but it didn’t take long for the 25-year Armonk resident to get acclimated once called upon to serve. After finishing third in last year’s town board race for two seats, Berra was unanimously appointed in January to fill the […]

Latimer Looks to Fend Off Challenge in First Senate Re-election Bid

Latimer Looks to Fend Off Challenge in First Senate Re-election Bid

Politics can be a rough-and-tumble business no matter what level of government. In his first re-election bid to hold onto the 37th Senate District seat that he gained in a tough campaign against Bob Cohen two years ago, George Latimer faces first-time candidate Joseph Dillon, a bit of a surprise entry last summer. He said […]