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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’s 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 […]

Abinanti to Propose Bill to Have AG Prosecute Police Offenses

Abinanti to Propose Bill to Have AG Prosecute Police Offenses

Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Pleasantville) said he plans to introduce legislation next session that mandates the state Attorney General’s office to investigate and prosecute any criminal allegation made against a police officer rather than the district attorney. Abinanti, whose bill would call for a uniform statewide standard, said while public confidence in the criminal justice system […]

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 […]