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Armonk Residents Lambast Treatment Center in Tense Meeting

Armonk Residents Lambast Treatment Center in Tense Meeting

A full auditorium of Armonk residents demanded last Wednesday that the North Castle Town Board oppose a plan by a California-based residential treatment program to launch operations in an eight-bedroom house on Cole Drive. During a marathon discussion that lasted past 1 a.m. and grew increasingly tense as the night wore on, residents implored the […]

Greeley Ass’t Principal Files Racial Discrimination Suit Against District

Greeley Ass’t Principal Files Racial Discrimination Suit Against District

One of Horace Greeley High School’s three assistant principals has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit in federal district court in White Plains against the Chappaqua School District, recently resigned superintendent Dr. Lyn McKay and Principal Robert Rhodes. Michael Taylor, who has been an assistant principal at the school since 2004 and is the district’s only […]

Cuomo Signs Bill to Trigger DOT Study of All Grade Crossings

Cuomo Signs Bill to Trigger DOT Study of All Grade Crossings

Three local state legislators announced Thursday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill mandating the state Department of Transportation (DOT) study all 5,300 railroad grade crossings in New York and recommend safety improvements. State senators David Carlucci (D-Clarkstown) and Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) and Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti gathered at the Commerce Street crossing in Valhalla, […]

New Castle, Mount Kisco Locked in Culvert Damage Dispute

New Castle, Mount Kisco Locked in Culvert Damage Dispute

A dispute between the Town of New Castle and Village of Mount Kisco regarding which municipality is responsible for a damaged culvert on Byram Lake Road may be headed to litigation. Notices of claim were filed by each municipality against each other in October stemming from a broken water main in the vicinity of 190 […]

Proposed Treatment Center Rankles Armonk Neighborhood

Proposed Treatment Center Rankles Armonk Neighborhood

Residents of a quiet Armonk street are hoping to prevent an adolescent residential treatment center from moving into a nearby eight-bedroom estate fearing the activity will threaten their neighborhood, properties and quality of life. A petition against the plan, which opponents described as “a substance abuse treatment facility,” was submitted to the Town of North […]

Armonk Gets Ready for Return of Frosty the Snowman This Sunday

Armonk Gets Ready for Return of Frosty the Snowman This Sunday

One of the most anticipated days of the year is once again about to be celebrated in Armonk. North Castle’s annual Frosty Day is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, featuring an assortment of fun activities for the entire family throughout downtown. There will also be free munchies, a parade down Main Street and the tree lighting […]

New Castle to Pursue $50M Bridge Funding for Saw Mill Intersection

New Castle to Pursue $50M Bridge Funding for Saw Mill Intersection

New Castle officials are pushing forward with efforts to pursue multiple sources of funding in hopes of eventually building a bridge over the Roaring Brook Road grade crossing and the Saw Mill River Parkway. At a Nov. 15 work session discussion regarding potential improvements to the intersection, Jared Anderson, project manager at WSP Sells, which […]

Berard Decides Against Running for Fourth Term in P’ville

Berard Decides Against Running for Fourth Term in P’ville

Three-term Village of Pleasantville Trustee Mindy Berard announced last week that she has decided against running for re-election next March and will retire from the board when her term expires. Berard, who has served since being elected to the board for the first time in 2008, said it was the right time to make the […]

Political Commentator Dishes on Trump at Neighbors Link Function

Political Commentator Dishes on Trump at Neighbors Link Function

Don’t expect Ana Navarro to sit quietly on the sidelines now that the election is over and Donald Trump will be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president in two months. The longtime Republican, television political commentator and unabashed Trump critic hasn’t found too many complimentary words for the president-elect, as some members of her […]

Chappaqua Orchestra, Book Festival Partner on Children’s Concert

Chappaqua Orchestra, Book Festival Partner on Children’s Concert

You don’t have to be a kid to appreciate a special show scheduled for this Saturday afternoon in Chappaqua. The first Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival Story Concert will be presented at Wallace Auditorium, a joint effort between the festival and The Chappaqua Orchestra. Conductor Michael Shapiro will lead the 35-piece orchestra through two stories set […]

No. Castle Officials Refer SoulCycle Application, Hear Objections

No. Castle Officials Refer SoulCycle Application, Hear Objections

The North Castle Town Board last week referred to the planning board a special use permit application requesting that a boutique cycling center move into an Armonk nursery despite the objections of a handful of residents. With the backing of three council members, the board narrowly made the Nov. 9 referral of SoulCycle’s application for […]

Political Rhetoric, Hate Incidents Put Neighbors Link on Guard

Political Rhetoric, Hate Incidents Put Neighbors Link on Guard

Since Donald Trump’s election as president last Tuesday, there have been growing fears what will happen in some minority communities. It hasn’t only been because of reports of incidents of bigotry across the nation, including racist and anti-Semitic graffiti found Sunday in White Plains, but questions about how the Trump Administration would handle a host […]

Taxes Steady in Astorino’s Proposed $1.8B 2017 Budget

Taxes Steady in Astorino’s Proposed $1.8B 2017 Budget

County Executive Rob Astorino unveiled his $1.81 billion operating budget for 2017 last week that maintains taxes, jobs and services at current levels but relies on a recently proposed airport lease deal to balance the spending plan. For the seventh consecutive year, Astorino released a budget with a zero percent tax levy, keeping his pledge […]

Latimer Comfortably Wins Re-election for Third Term in State Senate

Latimer Comfortably Wins Re-election for Third Term in State Senate

Democratic State Sen. George Latimer won re-election for a third term Tuesday night, comfortably defeating Rye City Councilwoman Julie Killian to retain his seat in the 37th Senate District. Tallies from the Westchester County Board of Elections showed Latimer holding a 10-point lead over his Republican opponent with 59 percent of the precincts reporting, equating […]

Ex-Greeley Teacher Pleads Guilty, Gets Sex Offender Status

Ex-Greeley Teacher Pleads Guilty, Gets Sex Offender Status

Former Horace Greeley High School drama teacher Christopher Schraufnagel pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges Monday morning in New Castle Justice Court that forces him to now register as a sex offender. In the revised plea, Schraufnagel, 42, accepted two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and one count of sexual abuse, all […]

New Castle Fire Commissioners Extend Voting Hours; Ponder Options

New Castle Fire Commissioners Extend Voting Hours; Ponder Options

New Castle Fire District No. 1 will extend voting hours for next month’s commissioner election after officials were blasted for being ill-prepared for the crush of voters in the recently defeated firehouse expansion referendum. On Tuesday, Dec. 13, registered district residents may vote from 2 to 9 p.m. rather than what has been the customary […]

Westchester County D.A. Race: North Castle’s Scarpino Makes a Bid for Coveted Post

Westchester County D.A. Race: North Castle’s Scarpino Makes a Bid for Coveted Post

Running for Westchester County district attorney had intrigued Anthony Scarpino for some time but there never was a chance to pursue the office. For 12 years, beginning in 1993, Jeanine Pirro was a highly respected district attorney, immediately followed by Janet DiFiore. That changed nearly a year ago when it was announced that DiFiore would […]

Westchester County D.A. Race: Defense Attorney, Ex-Prosecutor Bendish Primed

Westchester County D.A. Race: Defense Attorney, Ex-Prosecutor Bendish Primed

Bruce Bendish’s campaign motto is “Experience Matters,” and the White Plains resident is reminding voters of that in advance of next Tuesday’s race for Westchester County district attorney against Democratic challenger Nicholas Scarpino. Bendish has had two distinct parts to his career since graduating St. John’s Law School more than 40 years ago. From 1973 […]

State Senate District 37: Killian Looking to Reform Albany

State Senate District 37: Killian Looking to Reform Albany

Julie Killian’s initiation into the political world began innocently enough. In 2009, she helped support a school board candidate in Rye during the time of a controversial teacher’s contract squabble. Killian, a mother of five children, later started helping local political campaigns, assisting candidates in both major parties that were in line with her philosophy […]

State Senate District 37: Latimer Focuses on Ethics, Education in Re-election Bid

State Senate District 37: Latimer Focuses on Ethics, Education in Re-election Bid

State Sen. George Latimer has experienced Albany as a part of the Democratic majority in the Assembly for eight years and from the minority side the past four years in the Senate. Now he not only needs the cooperation from voters in the 37th Senate District but in other areas of the state as well. […]

Combatting Depression, Anxiety With High-Energy Drumming

Combatting Depression, Anxiety With High-Energy Drumming

When the subject of helping special needs children is discussed, Mike Veny knows better than anyone the challenges and pain associated with trying to overcome personal hurdles. From a young age, Veny, a Long Island native, suffered from depression, anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. His severe behavioral problems got him expelled from three schools and […]

Armonk Man Pleads Guilty for Orchestrating Bus Company Scam

Armonk Man Pleads Guilty for Orchestrating Bus Company Scam

An Armonk man who owned a school bus company faces up to 15 years in prison pleaded guilty Thursday to two felony charges for billing the Yonkers Board of Education for bogus bus pickups. William Ahern, 60, of 28 High St., pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny and second-degree rewarding official misconduct for creating a false […]

W’chester Libraries Help Seniors Receive Medicare Enrollment Info

W’chester Libraries Help Seniors Receive Medicare Enrollment Info

Decisions regarding Medicare and health care coverage for seniors can be a daunting challenge. Complex rules and myriad choices could overwhelm even the most conscientious and studious citizen. Fortunately in Westchester, there is a free resource where people can turn for help. Westchester Seniors Out Speaking (WSOS), a volunteer group of the Westchester Library System, […]

Suspect Indicted in Chappaqua Deli Shooting of Doctor

Suspect Indicted in Chappaqua Deli Shooting of Doctor

The suspect apprehended in the revenge shooting of a doctor outside a Chappaqua deli in August was indicted Tuesday on three felony counts, including attempted murder in the second degree. Hengjun Chao, 59, of Tuckhoe pleaded not guilty to all three charges in the Aug. 29 shooting of Dr. Dennis Charney in front of Lange’s […]

SoulCycle Proposes Move Into Armonk Nursery and Greenhouse

SoulCycle Proposes Move Into Armonk Nursery and Greenhouse

A popular boutique indoor cycling chain has proposed to move into the space of an existing business in downtown Armonk but a zoning text amendment and special use permit will be required to accommodate the request. The rapidly growing SoulCycle has proposed a 56-bike studio with a locker room, changing room, showers and bathrooms and […]

Astorino Unveils Ice Skating Facility Plan at Kensico Dam Plaza

Astorino Unveils Ice Skating Facility Plan at Kensico Dam Plaza

Kensico Dam Plaza Westchester’s Winter Wonderland has been a major success during the past two holiday seasons. Now there’s a plan to attract crowds to the Valhalla park throughout the winter. Last week County Executive Rob Astorino unveiled a proposal for a unique ice skating facility that would feature a regulation-size hockey rink located near […]

New Chappaqua Committee to Seek Expert on District Policy Review

New Chappaqua Committee to Seek Expert on District Policy Review

The Chappaqua Board of Education last week approved forming an advisory committee that will develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) to hire a qualified professional to review the district’s policies and procedures regarding sexual abuse. At a special meeting on Oct. 6, Board President Alyson Gardner announced that the expert would also provide training to […]

Armonk’s Hamilton Recognized for NWH Caregiver Center

Armonk’s Hamilton Recognized for NWH Caregiver Center

Marian Hamilton knows as well as anyone how caring for a seriously ill loved one turns the world of everyone in a family upside down. In 2004, her late husband Ken was battling an aggressive form of cancer, and during the course of his illness Hamilton shuttled between four or five hospitals. Overwhelmed and forced […]

Poignant, Humorous Play Newest Hudson Stage Production

Poignant, Humorous Play Newest Hudson Stage Production

Incorporating the topics of Alzheimer’s and dementia into a play might seem difficult to do if the goal is to have a funny and entertaining production. But French-Canadian playwright Francois Archambault managed to have a winner a few years ago after he finished writing “You Will Remember Me,” a touching but funny story featuring a […]

Area Children’s Cancer Organizations Help Fund Breakthrough Study

Area Children’s Cancer Organizations Help Fund Breakthrough Study

Three nonprofit organizations dedicated to fighting children’s cancer have partnered to help fund the first phase of an immunotherapy study in hopes of finding groundbreaking treatment for children with brain tumors. The Chappaqua-based A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure Foundation, the Ty Louis Foundation of Carmel and Solving Kids Cancer in Manhattan have collaborated to donate […]