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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 […]

No. Castle Among Towns Renewing Effort for Hotel Occupancy Tax

No. Castle Among Towns Renewing Effort for Hotel Occupancy Tax

North Castle and other municipalities in Westchester with lodging facilities are again supporting a 3 percent hotel occupancy tax, but there is greater hope Albany will approve the necessary legislation this year. The North Castle Town Board last week unanimously passed a home rule bill that would charge guests an extra 3 percent on their […]

Bulk Energy Program Letter Confuses Some New Castle Residents

Bulk Energy Program Letter Confuses Some New Castle Residents

Skeptical consumers have long been conditioned against falling for something that sounds too good to be true. But that’s exactly what some New Castle residents may have thought when they received a letter early last week to explain the new Westchester Power program. The program consists of 20 municipalities that recently agreed to participate in […]

Bedford Appoints New Jersey Educator as New Superintendent

Bedford Appoints New Jersey Educator as New Superintendent

The Bedford Central School District announced Wednesday that a veteran New Jersey educator has been selected to become the district’s next permanent superintendent. Trustees sent out an e-mail blast informing the community of the appointment of Dr. Christopher Manno, currently chief school administrator of the Burlington County Special Services School District/Burlington County Institute of Technology. […]

Special Use Permit Changes for Conifer Affordable Units Approved

Special Use Permit Changes for Conifer Affordable Units Approved

The New Castle Town Board approved last week the final six modifications to Conifer Realty’s special permit for 28 affordable units in downtown Chappaqua but the applicant must still address multiple conditions before it may begin building. Board members unanimously agreed to the revisions dealing with mainly several safety issues that were needed to allow […]

WCC Announces Transfer Agreement With College of New Rochelle

WCC Announces Transfer Agreement With College of New Rochelle

Westchester Community College (WCC) and The College of New Rochelle announced a formal agreement last week that enhances and speeds the process for students who have earned their associate’s degree to transfer to the four-year college. The articulation agreement signed last Wednesday will allow WCC students to gain entry to The College of New Rochelle’s […]

Chappaqua School Officials Eyeing June 14 for $42.5M Bond Vote

Chappaqua School Officials Eyeing June 14 for $42.5M Bond Vote

The Chappaqua Board of Education is contemplating a $42.5 million capital projects referendum for Tuesday, June 14 that will transform existing space at the district’s schools into modern learning centers. If the bond is presented to voters and approved, the district would convert designated areas in each of the six schools into larger, more flexible […]

Bedford Teachers, Residents Protest Deep Cuts Proposed for District

Bedford Teachers, Residents Protest Deep Cuts Proposed for District

The Bedford Teachers Association and district residents staged a rally late Wednesday afternoon in Mount Kisco urging the state to restore critical education funds to help the district close a more than $8.8 million budget deficit. More than 100 teachers union members and community residents protested at Main Street and Maple Avenue calling on Gov. Andrew […]

Know Your Neighbor: Kathleen Fitzgerald, Retired Ballerina/Dance Teacher, Mt. Kisco

Know Your Neighbor: Kathleen Fitzgerald, Retired Ballerina/Dance Teacher, Mt. Kisco

Kathleen Fitzgerald spent her childhood moving all over the United States with her family, and even spent time in Australia. As a ballet dancer after college, Fitzgerald performed throughout Europe, first as a soloist and later as assistant director for the Netherlands Dance Theater before heading to the Frankfurt Ballet. Returning to the United States […]

North Castle Approves Plans for New Armonk Passive Park

North Castle Approves Plans for New Armonk Passive Park

The North Castle Planning Board last week approved the town’s plans for a new landscaped park near downtown Armonk on a parcel that saw most of its trees toppled during Superstorm Sandy. Site plan approval and wetlands and tree removal permits were granted March 21 for Wampus Park South, a 2.7-acre property located at the […]

New Castle Mulls Train Station Parking Permit Fee Increases

New Castle Mulls Train Station Parking Permit Fee Increases

The New Castle Town Board is considering hiking parking permit fees for 2016-17 for its municipal lots at the Chappaqua train station to raise money to repave and restripe the area. Town officials are contemplating an increase for the resident’s permit from $450 to $500 a year while making a more significant jump for the […]

Referendum Planned for New Castle Firehouse Expansion

Referendum Planned for New Castle Firehouse Expansion

Commissioners for New Castle Fire District No. 1 plan on scheduling a referendum for later this year to pay for an expansion of the Bedford Road firehouse to bring the facility up to modern firefighting standards. The district is in contract to buy the adjacent parcel currently owned by veterinarian Dr. Martin Horowitz of the […]

Injury Threat Forces New Castle to Expand Flag Football Over Tackle

Injury Threat Forces New Castle to Expand Flag Football Over Tackle

Parental concerns over the possibility of serious injuries has prompted the Town of New Castle to expand its flag football program for next fall and scrap plans to offer tackle football. Recreation & Parks Superintendent Robert Snyder said a recent survey administered by the department showed that that an overwhelming majority of the parents were […]

Rye Councilwoman to Challenge Latimer for State Senate

Rye Councilwoman to Challenge Latimer for State Senate

A Rye city councilwoman officially launched her campaign on Friday for the 37th state Senate District seat looking to help the Republicans capture a district the party has long coveted. Julie Killian, who has served the past four years on the city council, announced her candidacy at Rye Town Park, where she pledged to aggressively […]

Students Learn About Government as a Legislator for a Day

Students Learn About Government as a Legislator for a Day

Sometimes there’s the assumption that today’s youngsters have little interest in learning about government and what the people entrusted to run it actually do. However, an increasingly popular field trip for elementary and middle schools throughout Westchester may be changing that perception and helping to shape the next generation’s future leaders. The Westchester Board of […]