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Mt. Pleasant Remembers Metro-North Crash Victims on Anniversary

Mt. Pleasant Remembers Metro-North Crash Victims on Anniversary

Mount Pleasant officials remembered the six victims of the worst Metro-North train accident in the railroad’s history Wednesday night with a candlelight vigil at Town Hall in Valhalla, a short distance from where the tragedy occurred. The brief but solemn ceremony, led by Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi and state Sen. Terrence Murphy, was held on the […]

Pols Focus on Funding Rail Crossing Improvements

Pols Focus on Funding Rail Crossing Improvements

  One year after the worst Metro-North accident in history, millions in federal dollars are on the verge of being sent to the states to enhance safety at railroad crossings throughout the nation, including potentially in Westchester. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Harrison) and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) were joined Monday morning by Federal Railroad […]

Latimer: Bipartisan Support Seen to End GAP Elimination

Latimer: Bipartisan Support Seen to End GAP Elimination

State Sen. George Latimer (D-Rye) wants to see termination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) for the 2016-17 state budget that would reinstate millions of dollars for schools in Westchester and throughout the state. Latimer said he supported the Senate Republicans’ measure, which passed last week, calling for restoration of 100 percent of the funds […]

Mt. Kisco Man Sentenced After Conviction on Drug Charges

Mt. Kisco Man Sentenced After Conviction on Drug Charges

A 40-year-old Mount Kisco man was sentenced on Tuesday to seven years in jail on his conviction last year for cocaine possession in Bedford. Wayne Brown, a St. Mark’s Place resident, was found guilty of two counts of third degree-criminal criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a […]

Northern Westchester Hospital Looking Better Than Ever at 100

Northern Westchester Hospital Looking Better Than Ever at 100

Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) celebrated a century of serving the community with a special ceremony late Thursday afternoon and the unveiling of an electronic interactive timeline that traces the history of the hospital from its roots until today. Originally called Mount Kisco Hospital when it opened on Aug. 20, 1916 on Stewart Place, about a […]

North Castle Officials Chastised for Department Head Salary Hikes

North Castle Officials Chastised for Department Head Salary Hikes

The North Castle Town Board last week approved 3 percent salary increases for all department heads for 2016, touching off an impromptu debate between the board and a few outspoken residents who criticized the move. The salary hike follows a 2.5 percent increase for the same employees that was granted at the start of last […]

No. Castle Resident Looks to Force Proposition on Town Term Limits

No. Castle Resident Looks to Force Proposition on Town Term Limits

A North Castle resident plans to circulate petitions later this year in hopes of placing a proposition on November’s general election ballot asking voters whether they support term limits for all town elected offices. Anthony Futia, a lifelong North White Plains resident who retired nearly five years ago as the town’s water and sewer superintendent, […]

Armonk Teen Continues to Make Waves in the Theater World

Armonk Teen Continues to Make Waves in the Theater World

It’s fitting that the latest work in the theater for Armonk’s Alex Baron is being involved in a production that tells the story of a 60-and-up dance team. For Baron, age has made no difference to him or those that he’s worked with in the industry. Baron, who in the past two years has written […]

Outgoing No. Castle Planning Chair, Schiliro Squabble Over Appointment

Outgoing No. Castle Planning Chair, Schiliro Squabble Over Appointment

The outgoing chairman of the North Castle Planning Board charged last week that the decision against reappointing him for another term may have been politically motivated. Art Adelman, a 12-year planning board member, said he was informed by town Supervisor Michael Schiliro during a face-to-face meeting on Dec. 12 that he would no longer be […]

Know Your Neighbor: Michael Blacker, Pastor/Counselor

Know Your Neighbor: Michael Blacker, Pastor/Counselor

Through most of his twenties Michael Blacker was addicted to marijuana. If he tried to stop, Blacker would suffer the extreme effects of withdrawal. About a decade into his addiction Blacker had a terrifying dream. He rested his head on the pillow one night and heard a voice telling him “You’re going to die, you’re […]

New Castle, North Castle Among Safest Municipalities in State

New Castle, North Castle Among Safest Municipalities in State

Families have moved to Westchester for decades because of great schools and the security of its communities. A report released last week from SafeWise, an independent nationally recognized organization that analyzes home security and safety, revealed just how safe it has been. Seven of the 25 safest municipalities in New York State with at least […]

Fareri to Pitch Relocation of Affordable Units From Lumberyard

Fareri to Pitch Relocation of Affordable Units From Lumberyard

Armonk developer Michael Fareri will again try to convince North Castle officials to grant him permission to relocate six affordable units from the old lumberyard site on Bedford Road to his property at 37-41 Maple Ave. Fareri, who was rebuffed in a similar attempt in September, said he is making another request because the lumberyard project […]

Know Your Neighbor: Dr. Michael Bergstein, ENT Specialist/Ironman Athlete, Chappaqua

Know Your Neighbor: Dr. Michael Bergstein, ENT Specialist/Ironman Athlete, Chappaqua

A few years ago when Dr. Michael Bergstein was watching his children play lacrosse, he received the inspiration to rekindle his own athletic exploits. As it turned out, Bergstein, a high school swimmer, just didn’t end up going to the gym on weekends, but began preparing for some of the most extreme competitions anyone could […]

Business of the Week: Scattered Books, Chappaqua

Business of the Week: Scattered Books, Chappaqua

There may be those who subscribe to the theory that conventional bookstores are outdated. Laura Scott Schaefer sees it a little differently. A few months ago, the Briarcliff Manor resident kept on hearing the clamor for a local place where parents can shop for books for their children and themselves and bring their kids in […]

Miller House Shed Removal Unnerves North Castle Officials

Miller House Shed Removal Unnerves North Castle Officials

The sudden demolition of an auxiliary structure on the Miller House property in North White Plains last week stirred additional uneasiness among local residents who want the county to restore the historic house before further damage occurs. Town Co-historian Sharon Tomback and Kerri Kazak, president of the Friends of Miller House/Washington’s Headquarters, both expressed concern […]

Vigil to End Gun Violence Scheduled Sunday in Area Church

Vigil to End Gun Violence Scheduled Sunday in Area Church

The tragedy of losing 20 children and six faculty members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14, 2012, was the kind of seminal moment where many people remember where they were when they first heard the news. In the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, there were many calls for change but […]

Bigger Venue Sought After Success of Chappaqua KenKen Tourney

Bigger Venue Sought After Success of Chappaqua KenKen Tourney

For the past six years the KenKen tournament run by Robert Fuhrer at the Chappaqua Public Library has been a can’t-miss event for local puzzle enthusiasts and numbers lovers. Sunday’s renewal of the tournament, which was won for the third time by Martin Eiger of Montville, N.J., was also the last year it will be […]

Pearl Harbor Diary Holds Deep Meaning for Chappaqua Woman

Pearl Harbor Diary Holds Deep Meaning for Chappaqua Woman

In the living room of Marvelle Gilbert’s Chappaqua house, there are photos of her late husband, Paul, in his Army uniform during World War II and of the young couple shortly after they were married in 1945. But there is another possession Marvelle has that provides maybe an even deeper connection to the man she […]

Local Organization Remembers Foster Kids at Christmastime

Local Organization Remembers Foster Kids at Christmastime

Tanya Cooper knows better than anyone the challenges that foster kids face not only while growing up but when they’re ready to age out of the system. That’s why Cooper and volunteers from Foster Kids Unite, the nonprofit organization she founded to help foster children as they enter adulthood, are committed to making sure they […]

Christmas Message Delivered in Chappaqua Church Musical

Christmas Message Delivered in Chappaqua Church Musical

Recounting the story of Christmas with a meaningful and entertaining message can be a serious challenge, even for a church. For the second consecutive year, Grace Baptist Church in Chappaqua hopes to capture the message of the holiday not only for its parishioners but the wider community as well through a staged production in its […]

P’ville Author’s Latest Novel Puts Readers in Post-Apocalyptic World

P’ville Author’s Latest Novel Puts Readers in Post-Apocalyptic World

Joe Wallace remembers the instant his latest novel materialized. He and his wife were on their way to Maine taking their daughter back to college when Wallace suddenly grew quiet and began scribbling notes to himself on the back of any piece of paper he could find. He doesn’t recall exactly what triggered the outline […]

Chappaqua Native Dar Williams Returns to Westchester With Irvington Concert

Chappaqua Native Dar Williams Returns to Westchester With Irvington Concert

For the past two months singer-songwriter Dar Williams has crisscrossed North America promoting her album “Emerald.” But no matter how busy her schedule may be, Williams makes sure to find time to entertain her fans back home. This Saturday night Williams will be performing at the Irvington Town Hall Theater, a one-night engagement that is […]

Know Your Neighbor: Mike and Miriam Risko, Music School Owners, Ossining

Know Your Neighbor: Mike and Miriam Risko, Music School Owners, Ossining

Mike and Miriam Risko are Westchester products, but as musicians it was in Manhattan where they met. Mike grew up in Yorktown while Miriam spent most of her childhood in Ossining. It wasn’t until they were young adults about 25 years ago and playing clubs in the city that their paths crossed. Considering that for […]

New Parade Route, Gazebo Await Frosty This Saturday in Armonk

New Parade Route, Gazebo Await Frosty This Saturday in Armonk

One of the most anticipated days of the year in Armonk is when Frosty the Snowman is welcomed back to his hometown. This year’s Frosty Day celebration on Saturday afternoon will be bigger and better than ever, featuring several new wrinkles and the re-introduction of one of the hamlet’s most recognizable structures. The day has […]

Business of the Week: Video SEO Pro, Hawthorne

Business of the Week: Video SEO Pro, Hawthorne

Placing an ad in the yellow pages or even developing a smart-looking website isn’t enough to get a business noticed in today’s crowded marketplace. With many consumers’ attention diverted and competition in every industry as stiff as ever, projecting a message that resonates with the public could be the difference between success and failure for […]

County Approves Funds for New Castle Sewage Diversion Project

County Approves Funds for New Castle Sewage Diversion Project

Residents in three New Castle communities saw the chances of having their homes connected to sewers increase significantly Monday night when the Westchester County Board of Legislators authorized spending $16 million for the town’s sewer expansion project. By a 12-5 vote, the Board of Legislators approved an inter-municipal agreement with the town to pay for […]

North Castle, Goldberg Come to Terms on New Three-Year Contract

North Castle, Goldberg Come to Terms on New Three-Year Contract

The North Castle Town Board approved a new contract for Town Administrator Joan Goldberg last week ensuring the municipality’s first-ever administrator will remain in place for at least the next two years. The three-year agreement, approved 4-0 by the board on Nov. 18, calls for Goldberg to receive an $8,000 raise retroactive to Sept. 28, […]

Know Your Neighbor: Danielle Della Pella, Certified Tanning Artist, Briarcliff Manor

Know Your Neighbor: Danielle Della Pella, Certified Tanning Artist, Briarcliff Manor

After spending years in corporate jobs, Danielle Della Pella needed to devise an alternate plan in a hurry. Her marriage had fizzled and with three children under 13 years old, she realized that making long commutes to help support the reconfigured household wasn’t the best option for her family. So last spring Della Pella launched […]

Know Your Neighbor: Ed Elliott, Architect, Pleasantville

Know Your Neighbor: Ed Elliott, Architect, Pleasantville

Ed Elliott remembered as a child being fascinated by the construction of a house on a neighboring property. Since he always seemed to be building something in his own home, he would be given tools, not toys, as Christmas gifts. It made sense that when it was time for him to decide a career that […]

New Life for One Supermarket, End of the Line for Another

New Life for One Supermarket, End of the Line for Another

An area supermarket celebrated a fresh start this week while another will have its doors shuttered with apparently no new operator set to take over. The former Mount Kisco A&P on North Bedford Road reopened Thursday at 7 a.m. as Stop & Shop following a five-day conversion period. The roughly 70,000-square-foot store was the 25th […]