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No. Castle Rezones Armonk Parcel to Advance Lumberyard Project

No. Castle Rezones Armonk Parcel to Advance Lumberyard Project

The North Castle Town Board last week approved rezoning a nearly half-acre parcel adjacent to the old lumberyard in Armonk that moves forward revised plans for market-rate condominiums and affordable housing units at the site. Developer Michael Fareri was granted his request by the town board, which passed a local law by a 4-1 margin […]

Artist Puts Finishing Touches on Chappaqua Book Festival Mural

Artist Puts Finishing Touches on Chappaqua Book Festival Mural

Sophie Mendelson had never come close to working on a surface like the one she painted most of the summer. Mendelson, a Chappaqua native who graduated in the spring from Skidmore College with an art degree, was putting the finishing touches Saturday on a 20-foot-high, 65-foot-wide mural on the alleyway wall of the building that […]

County, Junior League Join Together for 9/11 Day of Service

County, Junior League Join Together for 9/11 Day of Service

In honor of those whose lives were lost or forever changed by the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, County Executive Rob Astorino has once again joined with Volunteer New York! to host “9/11: Serve + Remember” at the County Center on Thursday, Sept. 11. New this year will be the launch of the Westchester […]

Murphy Easily Defeats Castelli in 40th Senate District GOP Primary

Murphy Easily Defeats Castelli in 40th Senate District GOP Primary

Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy, the Republican Party-endorsed candidate for the 40th state Senate District seat, scored an easy primary win over former Assemblyman Robert Castelli Tuesday night. Murphy will now face Democrat Justin Wagner in the general election to determine who will succeed outgoing Sen. Greg Ball. In May, Ball revealed he would not seek […]

Know Your Neighbor: Rosa Carra and Rosalie Fierro, Children's Cooking Teachers, Thornwood

Know Your Neighbor: Rosa Carra and Rosalie Fierro, Children’s Cooking Teachers, Thornwood

Rosa Carra and Rosalie Fierro seemed to be perfectly suited to helping children learn their way around the kitchen. Carra had been a teacher at St. Ann’s School in Ossining while Fierro ran the lunch program locally at Holy Rosary. Both came from families that loved to cook growing up, which has continued through their […]

Con Edison to Cut Trees on New Castle Street, Cites Public Safety

Con Edison to Cut Trees on New Castle Street, Cites Public Safety

New Castle officials have been informed by Con Edison that the utility plans to remove seven trees on Taylor Road in the coming weeks because they are creating a serious public safety danger. Town Administrator Jill Simon Shapiro told the town board last week that the Norway maples along the public right of way have […]

Protestors Call on Cuomo to Reconsider Clemency at Candlelight Vigil

Protestors Call on Cuomo to Reconsider Clemency at Candlelight Vigil

Close to 200 demonstrators held a rally and candlelight vigil Saturday night near the New Castle home of Gov. Andrew Cuomo to protest his refusal to grant clemency to prisoners since he took office in 2011. The event, called Candles for Clemency, was attended by various social justice activists and family and friends of prisoners. […]

Castelli Looks at Experience, Record as Keys in GOP Primary Bid

Castelli Looks at Experience, Record as Keys in GOP Primary Bid

Robert Castelli finds himself in a bit of an unusual position for next Tuesday’s Republican primary in the 40th state Senate District against Terrence Murphy. For the first time in his political career, which has included four years on the Lewisboro Town Board and nearly three years in the Assembly, Castelli isn’t the choice of […]

 No. Castle Ward System Petition to Be Submitted This Week

No. Castle Ward System Petition to Be Submitted This Week

North Castle’s former water and sewer superintendent plans to submit a petition today (Tuesday) that would enable voters to decide this fall whether they want town board members to be elected through a ward system. Lifelong North White Plains resident Anthony Futia said last Friday he has collected well over 300 signatures, at least 100 […]

Abinanti Fails in Final Attempt to Knock Challenger Off Ballot

Abinanti Fails in Final Attempt to Knock Challenger Off Ballot

Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti’s last-ditch effort to contest his opponent’s Republican and Conservative party petitions was unsuccessful last week, the final legal recourse available to him to knock the challenger off the ballot for the November election. Abinanti (D-Pleasantville) went to the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, in White Plains on Aug. 27 to […]

New Rabbi Looks to Inspire Congregants at Temple Beth El

New Rabbi Looks to Inspire Congregants at Temple Beth El

When Jonathan Jaffe graduated from college he thought he was on the path to a successful business career. He landed a job working in the finance department for the clothing chain Gap, Inc. in Freemont, Calif., but soon felt isolated thousands of miles from where he was born and raised in Honolulu. Jaffe sought community […]

Merchants Grit Teeth Through Chappaqua Gas Main Replacement

Merchants Grit Teeth Through Chappaqua Gas Main Replacement

The replacement of a gas main on lower King Street in downtown Chappaqua which has inconvenienced merchants and shoppers is scheduled to be completed this week. Town Administrator Jill Shapiro said last Friday that the final leg of Con Edison’s installation of the new main is anticipated to be completed by this Thursday. Earlier this […]

Know Your Neighbor: Rachel Lim, Student/Tennis Player, Briarcliff Manor

Know Your Neighbor: Rachel Lim, Student/Tennis Player, Briarcliff Manor

Rachel Lim will be heading next week to the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows like a lot of other tennis enthusiasts. While most will be there for the start of the U.S. Open, one of the sport’s most anticipated tournaments of the year, Lim’s first priority will be for something else. The 14-year-old incoming […]

Abinanti's Challenge of Opponent's Petitions Dismissed

Abinanti’s Challenge of Opponent’s Petitions Dismissed

Democratic Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti’s attempt to invalidate his opponent’s petition in state court was rejected for the second time in less than three weeks on Tuesday, ensuring a contested election this fall in the 92nd Assembly District. The Appellate Division of state Supreme Court ruled that Republican and Conservative Party candidate Michael Duffy did not […]

New Castle to Conduct Public Survey to Continue Master Plan Process

New Castle to Conduct Public Survey to Continue Master Plan Process

New Castle officials are prepared to move ahead with a professionally administered survey of 300 randomly chosen residents as the town enters the next phase of its Master Plan update. Last week, the town board unanimously agreed to hire Penn Schoen Berland, a market research and consulting firm that had been previously retained by the […]

Flood Sisters Foundation Hope to Find Kidney Donor for Bedford Boy

Flood Sisters Foundation Hope to Find Kidney Donor for Bedford Boy

Michael Dellorso and his family are playing the waiting game and it hasn’t been easy. The 15-year-old Bedford boy has been on the list for a kidney transplant at Montefiore Children’s Hospital since last October when he began experiencing serious enough problems with his one functioning kidney to warrant dialysis. Three times a week one […]

Group Masters Swimming Techniques at JCC Pool Program

Group Masters Swimming Techniques at JCC Pool Program

The next time you hear anyone complain about exercising or they find excuses to avoid physical activity, keep Roger Kahn in mind. Or for that matter, one of his swimming buddies. Kahn, 58, helps lead a four-day-a-week Master Swim Program at the Jewish Community of Mid-Westchester in Scarsdale close by his home of nearly 30 […]

Assemblyman to Challenge GOP Candidate's Petition

Assemblyman to Challenge GOP Candidate’s Petition

  Two Democratic incumbent state legislators recently learned that they will have an opponent in November. State Sen. George Latimer and Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti will be involved in contested races this fall after each saw a Republican challenger beat the deadline earlier this month to file a petition to gain entry on the ballot. Latimer, […]

New Castle Councilwoman Calls for Moratorium Consideration

New Castle Councilwoman Calls for Moratorium Consideration

New Castle Councilwoman Lisa Katz last week asked her colleagues on the town board to consider a moratorium on development while the town’s Master Plan is being updated. Katz, who made her appeal following the adjournment of a roughly three-hour public hearing on Chappaqua Crossing, said she would support a building ban “for a short […]

Armonk Developer Seeks Revised Plan for Old Lumberyard

Armonk Developer Seeks Revised Plan for Old Lumberyard

Armonk developer Michael Fareri has proposed a revision to his previously approved multifamily residential project at the old lumberyard on Bedford Road that would include acquiring an adjacent parcel and adding a second building. Fareri, who received planning board approval in May for a 24-unit, three-story structure, plans to construct another two-story building containing 14 […]

Residents, Official Criticize Chap Crossing Developer's Survey

Residents, Official Criticize Chap Crossing Developer’s Survey

A survey commissioned by Chappaqua Crossing developer Summit/Greenfield showing strong support for a Whole Foods supermarket and smaller retail stores at the former Reader’s Digest site was dismissed last week as skewed and misleading. Several New Castle residents and Councilman Adam Brodsky criticized Summit/Greenfield for paying for a survey that generated responses from 583 town […]

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 […]