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Armonk Fencer Set to Square Off in First World Championships

Armonk Fencer Set to Square Off in First World Championships

Sylvie Binder has competed successfully in national and international fencing tournaments, but when she heads off to Tashkent, Uzbekistan next week, it will be a whole new experience for her. Binder, 15, an Armonk resident and a Byram Hills High School sophomore, is headed for the Apr. 3 World Championships, one of three Cadet foil […]

Tentative Deal Reached By Town to Operate Armonk's Ehrman Pool

Tentative Deal Reached By Town to Operate Armonk’s Ehrman Pool

North Castle officials tentatively reached an agreement last week with the Anita Louise Ehrman (ALE) Recreation Center to operate the Greenway Road pool in Armonk this summer. The town board is scheduled to vote during Wednesday night’s meeting whether to authorize Supervisor Michael Schiliro to sign the agreement that would run through Oct. 31. The […]

New Castle Hopeful State Budget to Include Sewer Funding

New Castle Hopeful State Budget to Include Sewer Funding

State and local officials expressed cautious optimism that significant funds would be earmarked in the state ‘s 2015-16 budget for wastewater treatment and clean water projects that could help pay for New Castle’s sewage diversion project. New Castle Supervisor Robert Greenstein said he met last Wednesday with state Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) and learned that […]

Curran Won't Seek Re-election as North Castle Town Clerk

Curran Won’t Seek Re-election as North Castle Town Clerk

North Castle Town Clerk Anne Curran announced Wednesday afternoon that she has decided against running for re-election in November in order to pursue other endeavors. Curran, 58, a 17-year North Castle resident who was appointed by the town board in December 2009, said she enjoyed working for the town and its residents. She took over […]

North Castle Retired Employees File Appeal to Reclaim Benefits

North Castle Retired Employees File Appeal to Reclaim Benefits

The current and retired North Castle employees and elected officials who recently lost a legal bid to have their health benefits restored have filed an appeal in the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court. The notice of appeal, submitted on behalf of the group on Feb. 25, adhered to the 30-day deadline. It came less […]

Motorist Gets Stuck on Metro-North Tracks in Chappaqua

Motorist Gets Stuck on Metro-North Tracks in Chappaqua

A driver became stuck on the Metro-North train tracks at the Roaring Brook Road crossing in Chappaqua Saturday morning but was eventually able to back out of harm’s way. New Castle police received a call at about 10:50 a.m. that a vehicle was trapped on the tracks between the crossing arms after the gates lowered. […]

Know Your Neighbor: Nathalie Dembele, Stella & Dot Independent Stylist, Mt. Kisco

Know Your Neighbor: Nathalie Dembele, Stella & Dot Independent Stylist, Mt. Kisco

Given the uncertainties of the modern job market, finding your entrepreneurial side might not just be a luxury but a necessity. Nathalie Dembele had a longtime desire to be in business for herself, yet her search was hastened by a downturn in the economy. About eight years ago, Dembele moved to Mount Kisco while working […]

Know Your Neighbor: Kara Schwartz, Fashion Designer, Mt. Kisco

Know Your Neighbor: Kara Schwartz, Fashion Designer, Mt. Kisco

For many women who work in the business world or a corporate environment, they never seem to have enough shoes. Whether it be for various business engagements, a casual night out or needing to color coordinate footwear with their outfit, some women could go through multiple pairs of shoes in the same day. Kara Schwartz, […]

Conifer Attorney Levels Discrimination Allegations at New Castle

Conifer Attorney Levels Discrimination Allegations at New Castle

An attorney for the developer of the proposed Chappaqua affordable housing project last week accused New Castle officials of attempting to prevent minorities from moving into town as motivation behind continued opposition to the plan. Comments last Friday by Randolph McLaughlin, of the Manhattan law firm Ferrara Newman, LLP, came a week after he and […]

Brynwood FEIS Public Hearings Likely to Resume By Spring

Brynwood FEIS Public Hearings Likely to Resume By Spring

North Castle officials anticipate the public hearing on Brynwood Golf & Country Club’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) to resume within two months once the developers address issues raised by the town’s consultants. Earlier this month, the town board accepted reports from BFJ Planning and Kellard Sessions, an Armonk engineering firm, detailing a long series […]

Love Helps Chappaqua Couple Cope With Breast Cancer

Love Helps Chappaqua Couple Cope With Breast Cancer

Jeanette Cueva and her husband David Krakow have always been a close couple. But even the closest relationships can be strained when a potentially life-threatening event abruptly alters plans. In September 2011, while working late one evening, Cueva was contacted by her radiologist that she had been diagnosed with Stage 1 ductal cell breast cancer. […]

Know Your Neighbor: Dr. Carolyn Clemenza, Dentist, Chappaqua

Know Your Neighbor: Dr. Carolyn Clemenza, Dentist, Chappaqua

It made perfect sense that when it came time to make a career choice, Carolyn Clemenza would turn to dentistry. As a student, Clemenza was always intrigued with science and for a time had thought about attending medical school. But she already had a role model in the family, which influenced her decision. “Since I […]

Preliminary Metro-North Crash Report Void of Answers

Preliminary Metro-North Crash Report Void of Answers

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a preliminary report Monday on the Feb. 3 Metro-North crash that killed six people but doesn’t explain why the SUV driver moved forward into the oncoming train’s path. The two-page report highlighted the main details in the moments leading up to the 6:26 p.m. crash at the Commerce […]

North Castle Officials Weigh Taking Over Operation of Ehrman Pool

North Castle Officials Weigh Taking Over Operation of Ehrman Pool

North Castle officials are exploring the possibility of the town taking over operation of the Anita Louise Ehrman Pool in Armonk through a licensing agreement and to evaluate whether it should incur the responsibility on a long-term basis. The town’s Budget and Finance Advisory Committee has been helping the town board study its options and […]

Tensions Fray as Two New Castle Coyote Plans are Presented

Tensions Fray as Two New Castle Coyote Plans are Presented

The New Castle Town Board will weigh recommendations submitted by two committees it appointed last year that were asked to devise plans to keep residents and their pets safe from coyotes. Last week, the Coyote Awareness and Safety Advisory Committee presented its proposal during the Feb. 10 meeting, which outlined a detailed co-existence plan to […]

No. Castle Police to Contribute to Health Insurance in New Contract

No. Castle Police to Contribute to Health Insurance in New Contract

North Castle officials came to terms on a new contract last week with the town’s police union that will see officers contribute to their health insurance coverage for the first time in the municipality’s history. The agreement with the Police Benevolent Association calls for annual 2.5 percent salary increases retroactive to 2011 and continuing for […]

Officials Look to Federal Gov't for Improvements to RR Crossings

Officials Look to Federal Gov’t for Improvements to RR Crossings

Elected officials serving parts of the area serviced by Metro-North’s Harlem line are pressing the federal government for action to prevent a repeat of last week’s accident in Valhalla. New Castle Supervisor Robert Greenstein, whose community saw two of its residents killed, sent a letter last Friday to U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand requesting federal money […]

Harckham Decides Against Running for Fifth Term on BOL

Harckham Decides Against Running for Fifth Term on BOL

County Legislator Peter Harckham (D-North Salem) announced Tuesday morning that he will not seek another term in November representing District 2 on the Board of Legislators. Harckham, who served as Democratic Majority Leader in 2010-11, made the announcement on his Facebook page. “As I consider what is best for my family and me looking out […]

Family of SUV Driver Remembers Her Smile, Laughs and Optimism

Family of SUV Driver Remembers Her Smile, Laughs and Optimism

Friends and family of Ellen Brody remembered her Friday as a perpetually optimistic and caring family person who greeted everyone with a warm smile and infectious humor. Hundreds packed the Chabad of the Rivertowns in Dobbs Ferry for a touching and tear-filled funeral service to pay their last respects to Brody, 49, of Edgemont. Her […]

Chappaqua Man, Two Bedford Residents Among Victims in Metro-North Crash

Chappaqua Man, Two Bedford Residents Among Victims in Metro-North Crash

  Westchester County released the remaining names Wednesday evening of the six people who perished in the worst accident in the history of Metro-North, which included one Chappaqua resident and two Bedford residents. Earlier in the day, multiple media outlets reported that Ellen Brody, 49, of Edgemont, who worked at ICD Contemporary Jewelry in Chappaqua, […]

Astorino Slammed for Secrecy in Mt. Pleasant Development Plan

Astorino Slammed for Secrecy in Mt. Pleasant Development Plan

Three Democratic county legislators last week criticized Republican County Executive Rob Astorino for a lack of transparency regarding plans to possibly develop 60 acres of public land adjacent to the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining), Peter Harckham (D-North Salem) and Catherine Parker (D-Rye) charged that the administration has failed to […]

Push Intensifies for Raising the Age of Adult Prosecution to 18

Push Intensifies for Raising the Age of Adult Prosecution to 18

An area state senator is attempting to gather statewide support for changing a law that would treat most 16- and 17-year-olds charged with crimes as juveniles rather than adults. On Friday, state Sen. David Carlucci (D-Clarkstown), surrounded by advocates who are attempting to raise the age of adult criminal responsibility to 18 years old, spoke […]

Local Baseball Foundation to Host Fundraiser With Dwight Gooden

Local Baseball Foundation to Host Fundraiser With Dwight Gooden

For the last eight years, John Fitzgerald’s nonprofit organization has raised money to provide equipment and improve fields for children in Ireland who are interested in baseball. The lifelong Valhalla resident is now also looking to help youngsters who play baseball closer to home. On Saturday, Feb. 21, Fitzgerald and the organization he founded in […]

Local Lawmakers Give Cuomo's Proposals a Tepid Response

Local Lawmakers Give Cuomo’s Proposals a Tepid Response

Area state legislators gave Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address last week mixed reviews, generally lauding him for proposals to encourage business growth but leveling strong criticism against his education policies. Cuomo, who delivered a nearly hour-and-a-half address in Albany last Wednesday afternoon where he also unveiled a proposed $150 billion 2015-16 budget, […]

Food Bank Rolls Out New Truck to Help Feed the Hungry

Food Bank Rolls Out New Truck to Help Feed the Hungry

A new Food Bank for Westchester truck that was unveiled last week will help the organization recover at least twice the amount of excess food from supermarkets and other commercial establishments throughout the county. Funded by a grant from Purchase-based PepsiCo, the Food Bank acquired a 16-foot refrigerated Freightliner to add to its fleet. About […]

State Board Approves Variances for Chappaqua Affordable Housing Project

State Board Approves Variances for Chappaqua Affordable Housing Project

A state panel gave conditional approval for needed building and fire safety variances Thursday to the developer of the controversial Chappaqua affordable housing project. The Department of State‚Äôs Hudson Valley Regional Board of Review granted Conifer Realty four variances needed to build the 28-unit Chappaqua Station project on Hunts Place. The board’s decision was a […]

North Castle Mulls Accessibility Options for New Gazebo

North Castle Mulls Accessibility Options for New Gazebo

North Castle officials must soon decide which type of handicapped accessible option be installed for the town’s new gazebo at Wampus Brook Park if the structure is going to be built by summer. Architect John Sullivan, who provided the town board last week with an update on the project, presented plans for either a ramp […]

Appeal Granted in New Castle DPW Discrimination Case

Appeal Granted in New Castle DPW Discrimination Case

A former New Castle Department of Public Works employee who claimed he was fired nearly eight years ago in retaliation for bringing a discrimination action against the town may finally get his day in court. The Appellate Division last week overturned a May 2012 state Supreme Court decision that had granted the Town of New […]

WCA Launches Academy to Train Workers for Healthcare Jobs

WCA Launches Academy to Train Workers for Healthcare Jobs

The Westchester County Association (WCA) announced earlier this week a new plan to collaborate with regional healthcare providers and colleges to train workers to fill at least 2,500 unfilled jobs in the county. Creation of the Hudson Valley Workforce Academy by the WCA will address the need to staff the vacant positions in the healthcare, […]

P'ville Singer Among Leaders in National Online Music Competition

P’ville Singer Among Leaders in National Online Music Competition

Molly Adele Brown has had a knack for getting noticed. Growing up in South Salem as the youngest of three girls in her household, Brown wasn’t afraid to stand up in front of her family and perform. It’s something that she learned to do naturally. “When I was younger I was definitely the one that […]