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Chappaqua’s Random Farms Decides on More Coyote Traps

Chappaqua’s Random Farms Decides on More Coyote Traps

The Random Farms Homeowners Association decided this week to enter into a second agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to set up coyote traps on portions of the development’s property. The decision for the USDA to place foothold traps for a five-day period was made at the association’s June 22 meeting, according to […]

Know Your Neighbor: Bernard Krooks, Attorney/Special Needs Advocate, Chappaqua

Know Your Neighbor: Bernard Krooks, Attorney/Special Needs Advocate, Chappaqua

It’s not only a job when Bernard Krooks advocates for the developmentally disabled population. As a founding partner in the White Plains law firm of Littman Krooks, LLC more than 25 years ago, Krooks has developed a highly respected reputation for representing families who require special needs planning or special education advocacy for children along […]

Armonk’s St. Stephen’s Episcopal to Unveil Renovated Sanctuary in Fall

Armonk’s St. Stephen’s Episcopal to Unveil Renovated Sanctuary in Fall

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Armonk is on target to officially unveil its renovated sanctuary this fall in time to usher in the congregation’s 175th anniversary year. Father Nils Chittenden said the unveiling of the restored interior will be celebrated at a special gathering on Sunday, Oct. 9. “It is very close to being done,” […]

New Castle Coyote Quandary Escalates With Humane Kill

New Castle Coyote Quandary Escalates With Humane Kill

Controversial traps set up in Chappaqua’s Random Farms last week following two recent reports of aggressive coyotes in the area resulted in one coyote being captured and humanely destroyed, The Examiner learned late Monday. The news, confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), culminated a week of controversy and a war of words on […]

Life Time, Developer Granted Zoning Amendment at Chap Crossing

Life Time, Developer Granted Zoning Amendment at Chap Crossing

The New Castle Town Board narrowly approved a zoning amendment Tuesday night that would allow Life Time Fitness to leave Chappaqua Crossing after three years and potentially sublease its space to various types of retail. In a 3-2 vote on the controversial issue, the board majority of Supervisor Robert Greenstein and council members Lisa Katz […]

Hundreds Gather in Peekskill for Vigil to Remember Orlando Victims

Hundreds Gather in Peekskill for Vigil to Remember Orlando Victims

Several hundred residents gathered with friends and neighbors alongside total strangers early Thursday evening for a prayer vigil at Peekskill’s Riverfront Green to find comfort and healing following last weekend’s horrific shooting in Orlando. Speakers during the roughly hour-long event along with many in the crowd stressed how the vigil served as a critical outlet […]

Mt. Pleasant Native to Show Kids How to Have Fun With Fitness This Sunday

Mt. Pleasant Native to Show Kids How to Have Fun With Fitness This Sunday

Matt Fisher understands as well as anyone the problems of childhood obesity and the negative impact that a sedentary lifestyle can have on a person’s health. As a physical education teacher in the Bronxville School District, he is astounded when some students tell him that they typically spend two hours a day playing video games. […]

Developer Floats Proposal for 200 Luxury Apartments in No. Castle

Developer Floats Proposal for 200 Luxury Apartments in No. Castle

A New Jersey-based developer of luxury residences is proposing to build 200 high-end rental apartments on a portion of the Jennie Clarkson residential school campus in North Castle that would be geared mainly toward empty nesters. JMF Properties, LLC is the contract vendee to buy 22 of the 36 acres of the site at 1700 […]

Mount Kisco’s Via Vanti! Italian Café to Close Next Week

Mount Kisco’s Via Vanti! Italian Café to Close Next Week

The Italian café and restaurant Via Vanti! at the Mount Kisco train station will shut its doors next week after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is prepared to announce another operator for the site. Owner Carla Gambescia said Thursday she has been operating on a month-to-month basis since last summer when the lease she inherited […]

No. Castle Eyes Late Summer Finish for Windmill Paving, Drainage Work

No. Castle Eyes Late Summer Finish for Windmill Paving, Drainage Work

North Castle officials have set an ambitious schedule to complete all drainage and road repair work within Windmill Farm by the end of the summer. The full curb-to-curb improvement project for the roughly nine miles of road, estimated to cost between $1.6 and $1.7 million, follows the late 2014 completion of Windmill Farm’s $10 million […]

New Castle Issues Coyote Warning After Two Attacks

New Castle Issues Coyote Warning After Two Attacks

The New Castle Police Department issued a warning this week emphasizing residents to take proper precautions to protect themselves against coyotes after two recent attacks killed a dog. Police issued the warning through the town’s Nixle alert system on Thursday following concern raised by a May 27 incident at about 7 a.m. when a 38-pound […]

Mental Health Advocates Return to Byram Hills to Run for Recovery

Mental Health Advocates Return to Byram Hills to Run for Recovery

Dr. Robert Laitman knows firsthand the challenges that mental health issues can place on families. His son, Daniel, was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager, and the time searching for the right medications so he could live a full life came was exhausting. For the second consecutive year Laitman, his wife Ann and other family […]

New Castle Officials Poised to Approve Plastic Bag Ban

New Castle Officials Poised to Approve Plastic Bag Ban

The days of shoppers carrying out their merchandise in single-use plastic bags appear to be coming to an end in New Castle. The town board is expected to approve the Reusable Bag Initiative tonight (Tuesday), a new law that would prohibit plastic bags from being used and distributed in stores throughout town. Steven Wolk, chairman […]

Local Memorial Day Observances Scheduled for Monday

Local Memorial Day Observances Scheduled for Monday

Mount Kisco The American Legion Post 136 in Mount Kisco will hold its annual Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. The parade route will begin at Oakwood Cemetery, travel down Smith Street to Route 117 and end at the War Memorial adjacent to Village Hall and the Mount Kisco Public Library. […]

Swiss Re Proposes Ground Solar Array; No. Castle Mulls Local Law

Swiss Re Proposes Ground Solar Array; No. Castle Mulls Local Law

North Castle officials are considering a local law that would regulate ground-mounted solar panel installations after Swiss Re recently proposed installing a roughly 9,000-panel photovoltaic array on a portion of its 127-acre property in Armonk. The current draft of the ordinance would allow rooftop and building integrated systems in all zoning districts as long as […]

Lifetime Fitness Request Throws Uncertainty Into Chap Crossing

Lifetime Fitness Request Throws Uncertainty Into Chap Crossing

Contentious debate raged last week over Chappaqua Crossing developer Summit/Greenfield’s request to amend the town code that could allow Lifetime Fitness to leave after three years and sublease its space to a variety of retail merchants. Summit Development President Felix Charney met with the New Castle Town Board last Tuesday to discuss the possibility of […]

Incumbents Win in Chappaqua; P’ville, Mt. Pleasant, Byram Hills Budgets Pass

Incumbents Win in Chappaqua; P’ville, Mt. Pleasant, Byram Hills Budgets Pass

Chappaqua Board of Education incumbents Warren Messner and Jeffrey Mester won re-election Tuesday night and voters overwhelmingly approved the district’s $118.2 million budget for 2016-17 that carries no tax levy increase. Messner, the current board president, won a second three-year term with 921 votes, followed by Mester’s 870 in his successful bid for a fourth […]

P’ville Teachers Union Contract Talks Reach Stalemate With District

P’ville Teachers Union Contract Talks Reach Stalemate With District

More than 50 members of the Pleasantville teachers union marched through the village’s downtown last Wednesday afternoon to stress to the community that they have been working under an expired contract since last year. The Teachers Association of Pleasantville (TAP) started its walk at the Mount Pleasant Public Library on Bedford Road, proceeded to Memorial […]

Three Candidates Vie for Two Seats on Chappaqua Board of Ed

Three Candidates Vie for Two Seats on Chappaqua Board of Ed

The Chappaqua Board of Education will see a contested election on Tuesday for the first time since 2013. Challenger Rhonda Kaufman, a 22-year district resident, is on the ballot facing current board president Warren Messner, who is completing his first term, and three-term trustee Jeffrey Mester. The duration of each term is three years. Voting […]

Annual Stayin’ Alive 5K Returns Saturday to Benefit First Responders

Annual Stayin’ Alive 5K Returns Saturday to Benefit First Responders

In 2014, Michele Berliner and Christy Saltstein faced the challenge of having to educate the community in and around North Castle about the Stayin’ Alive 5K Fun Run through Windmill Farm. That year’s race did well in attracting 185 runners for the inaugural event, and last year 250 participants turned out. Now the 2016 renewal, […]

Armonk Woman Celebrates 107th Birthday at The Bristal

Armonk Woman Celebrates 107th Birthday at The Bristal

It’s always remarkable to see a centenarian reach another birthday. It’s even more extraordinary when that person is sharp, alert and ready to regale anyone willing to listen to their stories. On Thursday afternoon Marian Henry celebrated her 107th birthday surrounded by family, friends and fellow residents at The Bristal in Armonk, where she moved […]

Veterans Seek Emotional Solace Through Songwriting Retreat

Veterans Seek Emotional Solace Through Songwriting Retreat

Veterans who have seen and experienced the horrors of war are a small subset of today’s American population. While many citizens can perhaps empathize with their plight, few can truly understand what many of these veterans have endured. SongwritingWith: Soldiers, an Austin, Tex.-based nonprofit organization that was founded in 2012 by singer-songwriter Darden Smith, works […]

Housing Monitor: No. Castle Could Be Sued for Exclusionary Zoning

Housing Monitor: No. Castle Could Be Sued for Exclusionary Zoning

North Castle is one of seven Westchester municipalities that the monitor overseeing the affordable housing settlement has suggested the Justice Department could sue for failing to comply with provisions of the agreement. James Johnson, in his Third Biennial Assessment of Westchester County’s Compliance with the settlement, wrote in his 49-page report issued last Friday that […]

Water Issues Debated as Sunshine Children’s Home Hearing Closes

Water Issues Debated as Sunshine Children’s Home Hearing Closes

The New Castle Zoning Board of Appeals made no determination last week on Sunshine Children’s Home and Rehab Center’s application for an amended special use permit and variances that would allow a major expansion of its facility. Following a sometimes contentious three-hour public hearing last Wednesday at town hall that was confined to discussion of […]

Spring Clean Up, Zero Waste Day in North Castle This Weekend

Spring Clean Up, Zero Waste Day in North Castle This Weekend

This weekend North Castle residents can rid themselves of unwanted items in their basements, attics and closets and help the town get clean as well. On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Castle will be holding its 11th Zero Waste Day behind Town Hall in Armonk, where people can dispose of old computers, […]

New Castle Proposes Local Ordinance to Eliminate Plastic Bag Use

New Castle Proposes Local Ordinance to Eliminate Plastic Bag Use

New Castle officials are proposing a local ordinance that would eliminate single-use plastic bags in all stores in town and encourage patrons to bring reusable shopping bags. The proposed legislation, referred to as the Reusable Bag Initiative and recommended by the town’s Sustainable Advisory Board (SAB), would also call for certain stores, such as groceries […]

Hudson Stage Explores Human Flaws in Latest Whippoorwill Production

Hudson Stage Explores Human Flaws in Latest Whippoorwill Production

Stephen Nachamie discovered the stage when he was four years old, the first time his parents took him to a Broadway show. After high school, when he got his first acting job and through 25 years in theater as an actor and later a director, Nachamie was fascinated by the way he could be transported […]

KT Tunstall Part of 2016 Pleasantville Music Festival Lineup

KT Tunstall Part of 2016 Pleasantville Music Festival Lineup

There will be a little something for everyone at this summer’s Pleasantville Music Festival. Organizers announced the partial lineup Sunday evening for the 12th annual festival scheduled for Saturday, July 9 at Parkway Field. So far, the Main Stage will feature Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter KT Tunstall, New Orleans-style rock-soul band The Revivalists, New Jersey-based rock band […]

Chance for Foodies, Culinary Enthusiasts to Help Valhalla Legion

Chance for Foodies, Culinary Enthusiasts to Help Valhalla Legion

American Legion Post 1038 in Valhalla is appealing to its members and the community for help to restore its 65-year-old home on Legion Drive that was damaged from flooding more than three years ago. As part of the effort, the post is offering budding chefs and foodies a fun and informative series of programs that […]

Armonk Man Arraigned in Wrong-Way Driving Death

Armonk Man Arraigned in Wrong-Way Driving Death

A 23-year-old Armonk man was arraigned Wednesday morning on a 14-count indictment, including multiple felonies, for causing the death of another motorist in a wrong-way accident on I-684 in Bedford last December. Zachary Tokson, of 9 Seymour Lane, was charged with seven felony counts: two counts each of aggravated vehicular homicide, second-degree vehicular manslaughter and […]