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Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival Returns on Saturday

Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival Returns on Saturday

Chappaqua is well-known for being a great place to live, to send children to school and as the home of a former and perhaps future president. It is also now home to one of the premiere book festivals in the metropolitan area. The Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival, scheduled to take place for the fourth consecutive […]

Master Storyteller Kruk to Bring History to Life in Bedford Cemetery

Master Storyteller Kruk to Bring History to Life in Bedford Cemetery

By Andrew Vitelli It’s been 237 years since Bedford Village was burned to the ground by British forces during the American Revolution. This Friday, master storyteller and local history buff Jonathan Kruk will bring this past back to life at the Ferris Family Burial Grounds in Westmoreland Sanctuary. “There’s a bit of betrayal, salvation, patriotism,” […]

$15M New Castle Firehouse Vote Targeted for Oct. 25

$15M New Castle Firehouse Vote Targeted for Oct. 25

New Castle Fire District No. 1 residents will vote on a $15.3 million two-proposition referendum scheduled for Oct. 25 that would expand Chappaqua’s King Street firehouse, improve safety for firefighters and enhance operations. Board of Fire Commissioners Chairman Christopher Weddle said the district faces a tight deadline to schedule a referendum for the 16,500-square-foot expansion […]

Pair Charged With Selling Heroin to Undercover Cops

Pair Charged With Selling Heroin to Undercover Cops

A task force comprised of county and local police officers and FBI agents arrested two men on Wednesday following a six-month investigation into heroin sales in Westchester and Putnam counties. Neil Mena, 30, of Hatting Place in the Bronx, was arrested at home on Sept. 14 and found to be in possession of a loaded […]

P’ville Historian to Lead Tour on Benedict Arnold, Major Andre

P’ville Historian to Lead Tour on Benedict Arnold, Major Andre

If you love history, Pleasantville resident Dennis Corcoran has scheduled a tour for later this month that you won’t want to miss. Corcoran will be the guide for the Benedict Arnold and John Andre Conspiracy Tour, retracing some of the steps both men took locally during the Revolutionary War that ultimately resulted in the capture […]

Mt. Pleasant, Chappaqua Rail Crossings Slated for Safety Upgrades

Mt. Pleasant, Chappaqua Rail Crossings Slated for Safety Upgrades

New York State last week received $5 million in federal grants for railroad safety and grade crossing improvements, several of which are at local sites including Valhalla’s Commerce Street where six people were killed last year. The funds, part of a $25 million initiative to enhance safety at rail crossings nationwide, will be used to […]

Westchester Sept. 11 Remembrances Keeps Spirit of Those Lost Alive

Westchester Sept. 11 Remembrances Keeps Spirit of Those Lost Alive

Westchester County and many of its communities spent a sparkling Sunday afternoon remembering and reflecting on the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Throughout the day somber but uplifting ceremonies recalled the nearly 3,000 lives lost at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the four airplanes that were crashed, along with the first […]

Rt. 117 Roundabout in Jeopardy; Chap Crossing Delays Possible

Rt. 117 Roundabout in Jeopardy; Chap Crossing Delays Possible

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) opposes granting a variance for the proposed Route 117 roundabout, which could force a return to a T-intersection at Roaring Brook Road and construction delays at Chappaqua Crossing. Representatives of developer Summit/Greenfield told New Castle officials last week that the DEP informed them in late August […]

Board of Ed Veep Objects to District’s Handling of Schraufnagel Fallout

Board of Ed Veep Objects to District’s Handling of Schraufnagel Fallout

Chappaqua Board of Education’s vice president last week harshly criticized the school district for placing responsibility on the students who were sexually abused by former Horace Greeley High School drama teacher Christopher Schraufnagel. In a prepared statement read shortly after the start of the board’s Sept. 1 meeting, Victoria Tipp said she had been unaware of the […]

Lange's Delicatessen

Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder in Chappaqua Shooting

Downtown Chappaqua’s serenity was suddenly shattered Monday morning by gunfire outside Lange’s Little Store & Delicatessen on King Street where two men were wounded, including the former supervisor of the alleged assailant. New Castle police apprehended 49-year-old Hengjun Chao of Tuckahoe at about 7 a.m., moments after the shooting in the Walgreen’s parking lot across the street […]

Mt. Kisco Woman to Make Different Type of Donation After Death

Mt. Kisco Woman to Make Different Type of Donation After Death

There’s been much publicity and a growing understanding of the importance of becoming an organ donor to help save lives. Margaret Marcogliese has taken it an additional step. Marcogliese, a Mount Kisco resident, recently decided that upon her death she will be donating her body to science, a relatively little-known option for people who will […]

Know Your Neighbor: Patrick Magliocchino, Student-Athlete, Thornwood

Know Your Neighbor: Patrick Magliocchino, Student-Athlete, Thornwood

Patrick Magliocchino has been playing lacrosse since third grade but one of his most memorable experiences in his years playing the sport occurred earlier this summer. Magliocchino, who is entering his senior year at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, was a member of the first-ever U19 Irish national lacrosse team at the Men’s […]

Know Your Neighbor: Joanne Witmyer, Founder, Indigo Health & Wellness, Briarcliff Manor

Know Your Neighbor: Joanne Witmyer, Founder, Indigo Health & Wellness, Briarcliff Manor

At first glance a human resources professional and someone who works with others to improve their health and wellness might not seem to have much in common. But for Joanne Witmyer there’s a connection – to benefit people whether that be in the workplace or in their personal lives. In February, Witmyer, who for years […]

Hillary’s Chappaqua Friends Celebrate Historic Nomination

Hillary’s Chappaqua Friends Celebrate Historic Nomination

Few Americans can claim that their neighbor and fellow town resident has run for president of the United States. For the grassroots group Chappaqua Friends of Hill, support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton goes beyond her Chappaqua address and that of former president Bill Clinton. Members pointed to how Hillary Clinton’s life has served […]

Former Greeley Teacher Pleads Guilty in Sexual Abuse Case

Former Greeley Teacher Pleads Guilty in Sexual Abuse Case

The former Horace Greeley High School drama teacher accused of having sexual contact with students agreed to plead guilty Thursday evening to three misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child. The plea arrangement, announced in New Castle Justice Court between Christopher Schraufnagel and the Westchester County District Attorney’s officem drops the one felony charge […]

Village Social Owner Wins Mt. Kisco Train Station Restaurant Lease

Village Social Owner Wins Mt. Kisco Train Station Restaurant Lease

A familiar face will be the proprietor of the new restaurant that will be moving into the Mount Kisco train station space. The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) confirmed Monday that Joseph Bueti, owner of Village Social Kitchen and Bar on Main Street, was awarded the lease last week to open a restaurant in the 2,890-square-foot […]

Know Your Neighbor: Daniel Lauter, Educator/Sound Therapy Consultant/Musician, Chappaqua

Know Your Neighbor: Daniel Lauter, Educator/Sound Therapy Consultant/Musician, Chappaqua

Last Saturday night Daniel Lauter could be found playing saxophone for his quartet during the weekly jazz sessions at Chappaqua Station, the restaurant that opened last year at the Metro-North train station. It was the third time Lauter has played at the venue, and he also performs with another quartet on Long Island, where he […]

Candidates Urge Comments Against Test Opt-Out Label By Monday

Candidates Urge Comments Against Test Opt-Out Label By Monday

Two Republican candidates urged the public to quickly comment on a proposed U.S. Department of Education plan that would designate schools with at least a 5 percent opt-out rate from Common Core testing as in need of improvement. Julie Killian, a Rye city councilwoman who is running for the 37th state Senate District seat, and […]

Pace Trains Future Experts to Fight Hackers at First Cybersecurity Camp

Pace Trains Future Experts to Fight Hackers at First Cybersecurity Camp

The importance of protecting information and data in a world so dependent on technology only promises to become more critical. Pace University is taking the lead in preparing the next generation to protect the world from hackers and intruders. Pace is hosting its first student cybersecurity camp where about 30 high school students mainly from […]

New Castle Agrees to Take Wallace Auditorium at Chap Crossing

New Castle Agrees to Take Wallace Auditorium at Chap Crossing

The New Castle Town Board voted Tuesday night to accept the Wallace Auditorium at Chappaqua Crossing from property owner and developer Summit/Greenfield despite at least several hundred thousand dollars of needed improvements. The decision by officials to assume ownership of the 30-year-old, 400-seat facility comes with the hope that it will provide the town with […]

Harrison PD Honored for Heroin Arrests; Announce New Drug Program

Harrison PD Honored for Heroin Arrests; Announce New Drug Program

Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini announced Tuesday that citizens will be able to turn in drugs and drug paraphernalia to his department without threat of arrest and prosecution to end the scourge of drug-related deaths. Marraccini made the statement as the department was honored Tuesday by state Sen. George Latimer (D-Rye) and Assemblyman David Buchwald […]

North Castle Receives Luxury Apartment Rezoning Request

North Castle Receives Luxury Apartment Rezoning Request

The North Castle Town Board officially received the rezoning request last week and declared its intent to be lead agency for a proposed 200-unit luxury apartment building in North White Plains. Representatives for JMF Properties, LLC of Whippany, N.J., the developer of the proposed project called The Vue on 22 acres of the Jennie Clarkson […]

Mt. Kisco Searches for Answers to Help Turn Around Downtown

Mt. Kisco Searches for Answers to Help Turn Around Downtown

Ralph Nuzzi has been a longtime fixture in Mount Kisco’s downtown but doesn’t like what he sees lately each day he opens his door. Nuzzi, the owner of Cobbler’s Corner on Main Street, watches the number of storefront vacancies mushroom, causing the streets to be quieter with fewer potential customers. “I’ve been in business 35 […]

DeCicco’s Signs Lease to Move Into Millwood Plaza

DeCicco’s Signs Lease to Move Into Millwood Plaza

The long wait for Millwood to once again have a supermarket appears to be over. On Sunday, New Castle Supervisor Robert Greenstein announced to town residents via Facebook that DeCicco & Sons will be moving into the space at Millwood Plaza formerly occupied by A&P. Greenstein said despite extensive renovations that will be undertaken, town […]

Monitor Resigns from Westchester Affordable Housing Case

Monitor Resigns from Westchester Affordable Housing Case

James Johnson, the federal monitor in the affordable housing settlement case with Westchester County, announced Monday that he will be resigning from his position no later than Aug. 10. In a letter addressed to U.S. Federal District Court Judge Denise Cote, Johnson stated that he had already retired from his partnership at the Manhattan law […]

P'ville Police Arrest Man for Making False Robbery Claim

P’ville Police Arrest Man for Making False Robbery Claim

A 33-year-old Queens man who fabricated a story to Pleasantville police about being robbed at gunpoint was arrested on Wednesday, one day after police briefly detained another man based on the claim. Christopher Mercado was charged with third-degree falsely reporting an incident after he claimed to village police that he was approached and robbed on […]

Chappaqua Business Donating to Newtown-Sandy Hook Foundation

Chappaqua Business Donating to Newtown-Sandy Hook Foundation

When Chappaqua’s Claire Gilvar launched Booked Parties last year it was a tool to help parents plan their children’s birthday parties by providing lists of vendors and venues throughout Westchester. This spring Booked Parties expanded into Fairfield County, Conn., the first step of a slow expansion throughout the metropolitan area, said Meryl Lefkowitz, director of […]

Indian Pt., Pipeline Protestors Gather Outside Governor’s Home

Indian Pt., Pipeline Protestors Gather Outside Governor’s Home

About 100 renewable energy advocates held a vigil outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s home early Sunday evening urging the governor to take immediate steps to shut down three projects and facilities they argue accelerate climate change. The roughly hour-long interfaith vigil attracted opponents of Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, the Spectra AIM Pipeline being […]

Housing Monitor: Remove No. Castle From Potential Zoning Suit List

Housing Monitor: Remove No. Castle From Potential Zoning Suit List

The monitor overseeing the affordable housing settlement between Westchester County and the federal government last week recommended that the U.S. Department of Justice drop plans to sue the Town of North Castle for exclusionary zoning. In a letter last Thursday to U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote, Monitor James Johnson pointed to progress that the […]

Crowds Flock to Pleasantville’s 12th Annual Music Festival

Crowds Flock to Pleasantville’s 12th Annual Music Festival

The Pleasantville Music Festival proved once again why it is one of the most eagerly anticipated events for the village and thousands of music fans in the tristate area. Despite overcast skies and the threat of rain that never materialized, several thousand flocked to Parkway Field for the 12th annual festival Saturday afternoon, and nobody […]