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Mount Kisco Bank Robbed; Police Seek Public’s Help

Mount Kisco Bank Robbed; Police Seek Public’s Help

Westchester County Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a Wells Fargo bank branch at 195 N. Bedford Rd. in Mount Kisco Saturday morning. The man, who was wearing a hard hat and a reflective vest, passed a note to a teller at 9:20 a.m. demanding cash. The teller complied and […]

County Considers ‘Micro Projects’ for Affordable Housing

County Considers ‘Micro Projects’ for Affordable Housing

County officials are considering a series of small property acquisitions that would sprinkle one to three units of affordable housing on parcels in hopes of helping the county comply with the federal housing settlement. Board of Legislators Chairman Michael Kaplowitz said last week the county has been slowly adding to its new affordable housing stock, sometimes […]

Marines Help P’ville Football Team Enhance Leadership Skills

Marines Help P’ville Football Team Enhance Leadership Skills

The Pleasantville High School varsity football team has been enduring practices in the summer heat to get ready for their season opener on Sept. 5. But during last Wednesday afternoon’s drills it wasn’t the coaching staff that was putting the players through their paces but rather a group of about 10 U.S. Marines who took […]

Skunk Captured in P’ville Confirmed to Be Rabid

Skunk Captured in P’ville Confirmed to Be Rabid

The Westchester County Department of Health notified Pleasantville officials on Friday that a skunk captured on Wednesday in the village had been confirmed as rabid. Caren Halbfinger, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health, said the skunk sprayed three dogs near a residence on Willis Place during daylight hours. The dogs’ owner used a shovel […]

Father of P’ville Girl Sentenced for Role in Fatal Pa. Crash

Father of P’ville Girl Sentenced for Role in Fatal Pa. Crash

The father of the underage Pleasantville girl who crashed his car last summer in the Poconos killing three Pennsylvania teens was sentenced Thursday to six and a half to 16 years in jail. Michael Ware, 54, of Scarsdale received the sentence from Wayne County, Pa. Judge Raymond Hamill for his culpability in the crash that occurred […]

Armonk Church to Give Farmers Market a Go on Trial Basis

Armonk Church to Give Farmers Market a Go on Trial Basis

Armonk will get another chance at having a farmers market this fall. The North Castle Town Board granted permission on July 22 for Hillside Church on Bedford Road to have a market on its grounds for a trial run for four consecutive Saturdays starting Sept. 12. Hillside Church Pastor Matt Turner said he believes that […]

Chappaqua Deli Leads Way in Golf Outing for Wounded Warrior

Chappaqua Deli Leads Way in Golf Outing for Wounded Warrior

In a small glass case hanging on the wall of Lange’s Little Store in Chappaqua is a folded American flag. This flag, flown in Iraq, was given to Richard Lange, the owner of the deli, after packages were sent to the soldiers who were stationed there. The flag is not the only support Lange offers […]

Know Your Neighbor: Jeffrey Davis, Attorney, Hawthorne

Know Your Neighbor: Jeffrey Davis, Attorney, Hawthorne

Jeffrey Davis is keenly aware of the challenges and pitfalls facing small business owners. He grew up in a small business family in northern New Jersey, his father owning his own construction company while his mother ran a graphic design business from the basement of the family house. When Davis graduated from Seton Hall Law […]

Know Your Neighbor: Karen and Jay Schecter, Judaica Store Owners, Mt. Kisco

Know Your Neighbor: Karen and Jay Schecter, Judaica Store Owners, Mt. Kisco

Karen Schecter took a respite from being a local merchant but she never strayed from the Village of Mount Kisco after closing her store, The Aesthetic Sense, in 2013. Schecter needed a break when she decided to shut her Judaica shop on Main Street to take on another job opportunity. At about the same time, […]

Officials Press for Towns to Install Grade Crossing Cameras

Officials Press for Towns to Install Grade Crossing Cameras

Four months after the worst accident in Metro-North history, state Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) and various local elected officials endorsed state legislation Monday that would give municipalities the option to install video cameras at railroad crossings. The measure, which was unanimously approved by the state Senate during its last session, would allow local governments to […]

First-time Candidate to Run for County Legislator; Smith Bows Out

First-time Candidate to Run for County Legislator; Smith Bows Out

Local and county Republicans introduced Thornwood resident Margaret Cunzio as their new candidate Monday afternoon for the District 3 Board of Legislators seat replacing Michael Smith who recently withdrew from the race. Cunzio, 40, a professor at Iona College and Western State University of Connecticut, unwaveringly pledged that she will be County Executive Rob Astorino’s […]

Astorino Blasts Federal Gov’t on Affordable Housing Contempt Charge

Astorino Blasts Federal Gov’t on Affordable Housing Contempt Charge

County Executive Rob Astorino went on the offensive against the federal government on Friday by slamming its assertion that Westchester County failed to meet its 2014 obligations in the controversial 2009 affordable housing settlement. Holding a press conference outside the gate of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s residence on Old House Road in Chappaqua, Astorino charged […]

Brewster Man Killed in New Castle One-Car Crash

Brewster Man Killed in New Castle One-Car Crash

A 26-year-old Brewster man was killed in a one-car accident early Tuesday morning in New Castle after he lost control of the vehicle he was driving on Route 133. The man was identified Tuesday night as Kristopher Stephenson, authorities said. He was driving toward Mount Kisco at about 1 a.m. in the vicinity of High Meadow Road […]

Business of the Week: sherry b dessert studio, Chappaqua

Business of the Week: sherry b dessert studio, Chappaqua

There may be plenty of people today who are health conscious and counting calories, but there is still room in the American diet for a high quality dessert. That is a key reason why sherry b dessert studio in downtown Chappaqua has been thriving since it opened in September 2012. Sherry Blockinger, its owner and […]

New Assisted Living Plan Readied for P’ville Church Site

New Assisted Living Plan Readied for P’ville Church Site

An investment group is set to submit an application for an assisted living project on the United Methodist Church property in Pleasantville one year after another proposal was narrowly defeated by the village board. The group, which calls itself Bedford Road Partners, is expected to formally deliver its submission to village officials for the nearly […]

New Castle GOP Announce Greenstein, Board Candidates for Ticket

New Castle GOP Announce Greenstein, Board Candidates for Ticket

The New Castle Republican Committee officially announced Wednesday its slate for the November election, led by Supervisor Robert Greenstein seeking re-election to a second term. Greenstein, a registered Democrat who is receiving the GOP endorsement for the second consecutive election, will be joined on the ticket by town board candidates Eileen Gallagher and Seth Chodosh. […]

War of Words Escalates as Miller House Controversy Heats Up

War of Words Escalates as Miller House Controversy Heats Up

North Castle Supervisor Michael Schiliro unleashed harsh criticism of County Legislator Michael Smith last week after a guest column by the lawmaker’s aide accused the town of refusing to cooperate with county officials to help renovate the historic Miller House. The column, written by Anthony Amiano and published in last week’s Examiner, stated that some […]

P’ville Music Festival a Big Hit as Fans Turn Out for Special Day

P’ville Music Festival a Big Hit as Fans Turn Out for Special Day

Months of exhaustive and meticulous planning along with a big assist from the weather gods combined to make the 2015 Pleasantville Music Festival on Saturday one of the most successful renewals of the annual event. Thousands of music lovers began streaming into the village’s Parkway Field before noon and kept on arriving throughout the afternoon […]

Third Suspect Charged in Mount Kisco Homicide of Day Laborer

Third Suspect Charged in Mount Kisco Homicide of Day Laborer

The half-brother of one of the first two suspects in the beating death of a Mount Kisco day laborer was charged late Friday with first-degree manslaughter in connection with the homicide. Mario Coronado-Depaz, 39, was arrested in the village at 6 p.m. He was booked at police headquarters in Mount Kisco and was expected to […]

Second Suspect Charged in Mount Kisco Homicide

Second Suspect Charged in Mount Kisco Homicide

A second suspect has been charged with first-degree manslaughter in the beating death of a homeless man in Mount Kisco, Milton Ventura, 35, of Mount Kisco was taken into custody by county police detectives and formally charged Tuesday night and arraigned at Mount Kisco Justice Court. Ventura’s arrest came about 24 hours after police apprehended […]

Former Councilman Placeholder on New Castle GOP Petition

Former Councilman Placeholder on New Castle GOP Petition

With the deadline for filing just days away, the New Castle Republican Committee has been circulating a petition listing former town councilman Erik Nicolaysen and Chappaqua resident Eileen Gallagher as this year’s town board candidates. However, Nicolaysen, who owns an insurance agency in downtown Chappaqua, said last week that he does not intend to run […]

Arrest Made in Mount Kisco Day Laborer’s Death

Arrest Made in Mount Kisco Day Laborer’s Death

Westchester County police announced Tuesday the arrest of a 34-year-old Mount Kisco man in the killing of a day laborer who was found in a wooded area late Sunday. Freddy Coronado-Mendez was charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of Jose Sanchez, 53, following his capture in Harrison, N.J., said county Police Commissioner George Longworth […]

Family, Friends Help Armonk Woman Celebrate 100th Birthday

Family, Friends Help Armonk Woman Celebrate 100th Birthday

By Sarah Bonanno Before walking over to blow out her 100th birthday candles, longtime Westchester resident Martha Cylman shared her secret to living a century: keep moving. Clyman celebrated her special milestone Thursday afternoon at The Bristal, an assisted living community in Armonk that she moved into last year. She was surrounded by family, friends […]

Chappaqua Cyclist to Lead 75-Mile Ride to Fight Parkinson’s

Chappaqua Cyclist to Lead 75-Mile Ride to Fight Parkinson’s

Bruce Wolfe has been an avid cyclist for years and can often be found getting on his bike on weekends and going for a ride. Once a year the Chappaqua resident makes sure he goes out to ride with a greater purpose in mind. Wolfe has once again organized the Pedal Pumping for Parkinson’s Annual […]

Know Your Neighbor, Dr. Alan Coffino, Nephrologist/Chief of Medicine, Chappaqua

Know Your Neighbor, Dr. Alan Coffino, Nephrologist/Chief of Medicine, Chappaqua

Dr. Alan Coffino didn’t follow a traditional path to becoming a physician. For years, working as a researcher he had longed to go to medical school. But personal insecurities and the possible fear of changing his entire life at a time when many people are starting to settle into their careers had contributed to the […]

North Castle to County: Stop Shirking Miller House Responsibility

North Castle to County: Stop Shirking Miller House Responsibility

North Castle officials sternly told County Legislator Michael Smith last week that the town wants the historic Elijah Miller House in North White Plains to be rehabilitated and preserved at its current location. The town board and residents bluntly relayed their wishes to Smith during a June 24 board discussion of the issue, urging the […]

Mt. Kisco, No. Castle Volunteers Clean Up Shores of Byram Lake

Mt. Kisco, No. Castle Volunteers Clean Up Shores of Byram Lake

About 20 Mount Kisco and North Castle residents collaborated Saturday morning to pick up garbage around Byram Lake, which serves as Mount Kisco’s water supply. The small crew of volunteers, armed with gloves and large trash bags, picked up bottles, cans, wrappers, plastic bags and any other litter they could find during the first Restore […]

Developer Fareri Weighs GOP Primary Challenge in No. Castle

Developer Fareri Weighs GOP Primary Challenge in No. Castle

Armonk developer Michael Fareri will decide this week whether he will force a September primary against incumbent North Castle supervisor Michael Schiliro in hopes of snagging the Republican nomination. Fareri said last Friday he has been weighing whether to jump into the political fray because he believes recent town boards have failed on several critical […]

New Castle Mulls New Zone to Accommodate Garden at Millwood Swim Site

New Castle Mulls New Zone to Accommodate Garden at Millwood Swim Site

New Castle officials are considering creation of a new zone for the 1.3-acre parcel that was once the site of the Millwood Swim Club to allow a group of residents to operate a community garden. Town resident and former councilman Michael Wolfensohn, one of the community members pursuing the garden, said last week that there […]

New Petition Needed to Address No. Castle Pond, Dam Repairs

New Petition Needed to Address No. Castle Pond, Dam Repairs

The Town of North Castle has been forced to reformulate a petition  for 18 private property owners surrounding Long Pond who want to form a park district to pay for dam repairs and maintenance. Town Attorney Roland Baroni said he is drawing up a new petition because the state comptroller’s office informed him that property […]