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New Castle Eyes Creation of Recreational Pedestrian, Bike Path

New Castle Eyes Creation of Recreational Pedestrian, Bike Path

New Castle officials are taking to heart public sentiment voiced earlier this year to make the town a more pedestrian-friendly place that encourages walking and biking instead of driving. The town is considering the creation of a new recreational path now referred to as the ChapLine that would extend from North Greeley Avenue in Downtown […]

Democrats Stump for Women's Equality Act, Wagner in Mt. Kisco Rally

Democrats Stump for Women’s Equality Act, Wagner in Mt. Kisco Rally

Democratic elected officials from across Westchester joined forces with representatives of women’s organizations on Saturday in Mount Kisco for a rally in front of an overflow crowd to urge passage of the stalled Women’s Equality Act. The event at the Mount Kisco Public Library, which was the first of three stops in the Hudson Valley […]

North Castle Sets Ward System Proposition Vote for Nov. 13

North Castle Sets Ward System Proposition Vote for Nov. 13

The North Castle Town Board has scheduled a special election for Nov. 13 so the public can vote on propositions asking whether to establish a ward system and increase the size of the board. Faced with a dwindling amount of time to hold the vote after receiving an Oct. 9 letter from the Westchester County […]

Ballot Confusion Throws Doubt Into No. Castle Ward System Props

Ballot Confusion Throws Doubt Into No. Castle Ward System Props

North Castle officials have been notified by the Westchester County Board of Elections that the two propositions related to the establishment of the ward system cannot be included on the county’s Nov. 4 ballot. An Oct. 9 letter from commissioners Reginald LaFayette and Douglas Colety informed the town that it must hold its own election […]

No. Castle ARB Member Resigns Over Losing Gazebo Architecture Job

No. Castle ARB Member Resigns Over Losing Gazebo Architecture Job

A member of the North Castle Architectural Review Board unexpectedly resigned his seat during last week’s town board meeting shortly before officials awarded a competing architect the job of designing the town’s new gazebo. Architect Ljubisa Jovasevic handed a letter of resignation to Town Clerk Anne Curran about 20 minutes into his comments at the […]

Protestors Rally Against Hydrofracking in White Plains

Protestors Rally Against Hydrofracking in White Plains

More than a hundred protestors marched to White Plains City Hall Saturday afternoon demanding that Gov. Andrew Cuomo prohibit hydraulic fracturing in New York State. Carrying dozens of signs and chanting “Ban Fracking Now” and other slogans, the demonstrators who made the short walk from Renaissance Square to City Hall pointed to the mounting scientific […]

New Castle Awaits Restaurant Bid Proposals for Train Station

New Castle Awaits Restaurant Bid Proposals for Train Station

The Town of New Castle is once again accepting Requests for Proposals (RFP) in hopes of finding a restaurant operator to fill the town-owned building at the Chappaqua train station. Qualified individuals and entities have until Oct. 22 at noon to submit an RFP that would provide food service at the largely vacant 112-year-old building. […]

Police Confirm Body Found in Park is Missing Armonk Man

Police Confirm Body Found in Park is Missing Armonk Man

Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy for a 21-year-old Armonk man who was reported missing by his family on Monday after leaving home that morning. North Castle Police Chief Peter Simonsen confirmed Friday morning that Miles Applebaum was discovered in a remote area of Glazier Preserve in the Town of New Castle by […]

No. Castle Clerk Impropriety Allegations Rebuked By Town Board

No. Castle Clerk Impropriety Allegations Rebuked By Town Board

A request to refer a letter outlining alleged improprieties by North Castle Town Clerk Anne Curran to the municipality’s Board of Ethics was rejected last week by the town board. Board members issued a strong rebuke of Armonk resident Mario Ruggiero’s claims that Curran lacked integrity and sought to undermine then-supervisor Howard Arden during the […]

Chappaqua Children's Book Festival Attracts Impressive Crowd

Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival Attracts Impressive Crowd

Those who attended Saturday’s Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival experienced the best of both worlds: a perfect day to be outside and a great venue to pick up some new books for their kids to read. An estimated 5,000 to 6,000 visitors descended on the grounds of Robert E. Bell Middle School for the second annual […]

Proposition to Establish Ward System in No. Castle on Nov. Ballot

Proposition to Establish Ward System in No. Castle on Nov. Ballot

Propositions asking North Castle voters whether they want to have a ward system of town government and to increase the size of the town board from four to six members will be on the November ballot. The board agreed to accept the two propositions at its Sept. 23 meeting. A third proposition to freeze the […]

Know Your Neighbor: Audrey Mann Cronin, Communications Consultant, Chappaqua

Know Your Neighbor: Audrey Mann Cronin, Communications Consultant, Chappaqua

Three incidents within a little more than a week was too much for Audrey Mann Cronin to tolerate. Mann Cronin, a communications specialist for more than 25 years, has worked for large corporations’ public relations and marketing departments, and for the last 10 years, she has operated her own Chappaqua-based firm, coaching corporate executives and […]

Astorino Produces 2013 Tax Returns; Accusations Fly Over Transparency

Astorino Produces 2013 Tax Returns; Accusations Fly Over Transparency

Westchester County Executive and Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino released his 2013 tax returns on Tuesday while his campaign accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a lack of transparency regarding improvements on his New Castle home. For a four-hour period, Astorino’s state and federal returns from last year were made available to the media to review […]

Mt. Kisco Parking Enforcement Officer Pleads Guilty to Larceny

Mt. Kisco Parking Enforcement Officer Pleads Guilty to Larceny

The Mount Kisco parking enforcement officer who was arrested last May for allegedly stealing about $89,000 in parking meter revenue from the village pled guilty on Tuesday to two felony counts. Jeffrey Daday, 36, of 15 Sun Valley Drive in North Salem, faces one count each of second-degree grand larceny and first-degree offering a false […]

Changes on the Horizon for Chappaqua Farmers Market

Changes on the Horizon for Chappaqua Farmers Market

Chappaqua Farmers Market organizers have reached out to New Castle officials about potentially partnering with the town on the operation of the popular Saturday morning market to receive assistance for the growing administrative tasks. Priscilla Sorensen, farmers market board of directors chairwoman and co-founder, and Market Director Pascale Le Draoulec appeared with several members of […]

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 […]