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New Castle to Cancel Several Specialty Camps This Summer

New Castle to Cancel Several Specialty Camps This Summer

Five summer specialty camps that have been offered by New Castle’s Recreation and Parks Department and use Chappaqua School District facilities will not be offered this summer following a change in the district’s fee schedule. Robert Snyder, the town’s Recreation and Parks superintendent, said the $75 hourly rate that is in effect is too cost […]

Chappaqua Fire Displaces Seven Residents, Floral Shop

Chappaqua Fire Displaces Seven Residents, Floral Shop

The house containing Whispering Pines of Chappaqua may have been irreparably damaged from last Friday’s devastating early morning blaze but the popular floral shop is expected to soon be back in business. Stetson Hundgen, the son of owner Beth Hundgen, said Monday his mother is in the process of searching for a temporary location in […]

Pleasantville Waits for Answers From DOT on Stone Wall Dilemma

Pleasantville Waits for Answers From DOT on Stone Wall Dilemma

Pleasantville officials are still waiting to learn from the state Department of Transportation (DOT) if a 800-foot-long stone wall must be moved 10 feet, which could significantly impact Benchmark Senior Living’s proposed assisted living facility. Village Administrator Patricia Dwyer said the agency’s engineer who sent out an eleventh-hour email regarding the issue shortly before the […]

Armonk Woman to Be Honored for Creating NWH Caregivers Center

Armonk Woman to Be Honored for Creating NWH Caregivers Center

Having a loved one in the hospital is often a harrowing experience. It doesn’t matter if the patient is receiving outstanding medical attention, the primary caregiver may feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of keeping a family going amid the stress, worry, and in certain situations, grief. Marian Hamilton knows that feeling well. Her husband, Ken, […]

State Board Closes Hearing on Chappaqua Affordable Housing Fire Safety

State Board Closes Hearing on Chappaqua Affordable Housing Fire Safety

Public comments concluded Tuesday morning in front of a state panel that is weighing whether the Chappaqua affordable housing project would comply with fire safety codes. Representatives for Conifer Realty argued that the 28-unit Chappaqua Station slated to be built on Hunts Lane meets or exceeds all fire safety code requirements despite the need for […]

Revised Chappaqua Crossing Plan Submitted By Developer

Revised Chappaqua Crossing Plan Submitted By Developer

The highly anticipated revised Preliminary Development Concept Plan for Chappaqua Crossing was filed last Friday featuring the previously discussed “traditional neighborhood design” for the project. Representatives of developer Summit/Greenfield submitted on Apr. 4 the reworked proposal to the Town of New Castle. The town board is tentatively scheduled to vote to refer the matter to […]

County Lawmakers Step Up Call to Raise Age of Legal Tobacco Purchases

County Lawmakers Step Up Call to Raise Age of Legal Tobacco Purchases

Democratic county lawmakers intensified calls on Wednesday to raise the minimum age to legally purchase tobacco products in Westchester to 19 years old citing evidence that smoking at early ages increases the likelihood of addiction. Democratic Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining) was joined by Chairman Michael Kaplowitz and Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D-Hastings-on-Hudson) outside Rocky’s Deli […]

Byram Hills Celebrates its Diversity With Fourth Global Village Day

Byram Hills Celebrates its Diversity With Fourth Global Village Day

Westchester communities are sometimes thought of for their wealth and not for their riches of cultural and ethnic diversity. Over the past five years, however, the Byram Hills School District in Armonk has showcased the wide diversity within its community at one of the most enjoyable events of the year. Last Saturday was the district’s […]

New Leadership for Armonk's Breezemont Day Camp But Traditions Remain

New Leadership for Armonk’s Breezemont Day Camp But Traditions Remain

There are plenty of obstacles for a child to overcome throughout the school year. There may be challenges academically or socially, and even if not particularly serious, they can take its toll and chip away at a child’s self-esteem. Come summer, however, a day camp should be an oasis to allow children to be children, […]

New Castle Starts Work on Public Outreach for Master Plan Update

New Castle Starts Work on Public Outreach for Master Plan Update

Obtaining community feedback that accurately reflects public sentiment for New Castle’s Master Plan update may be one of the biggest challenges facing officials in their quest to update the town’s blueprint for the future. Last week, the town board and Master Plan Steering Committee sat down with two representatives from the Pace University Land Use […]

Affordable Housing Developer Accuses New Castle of Discrimination

Affordable Housing Developer Accuses New Castle of Discrimination

The developer of the stalled Chappaqua affordable housing project has filed a discrimination complaint against New Castle alleging that the municipality is delaying the building’s development based on potential residents’ race or ethnicity. Conifer Realty, LLC submitted its complaint to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on March 6, claiming that the […]

Mt. Kisco Woman Throws Her Own Wake--While She's Still Awake

Mt. Kisco Woman Throws Her Own Wake–While She’s Still Awake

A 75th birthday party is certainly a special occasion. Margaret Marcogliese did something for her milestone year that her friends and family won’t forget. Last Saturday, the Mount Kisco resident commemorated the day by throwing herself a wake to share a good time with those who know her best and love her most. There was […]

 Via Vanti! Owner Pledges to Fight New Castle on Train Station Lease

Via Vanti! Owner Pledges to Fight New Castle on Train Station Lease

The proprietor who thought she had reached an agreement with New Castle officials to operate a restaurant at the Chappaqua train station has vowed to fight the town unless a lease agreement is extended to her. Chappaqua resident Carla Gambescia, owner of the Italian cafe and restaurant Via Vanti! in Mount Kisco, issued a one-sentence […]

Latimer, Buchwald to Host Office Hours Saturday in Armonk

Latimer, Buchwald to Host Office Hours Saturday in Armonk

  Assemblyman David Buchwald and state Sen. George Latimer will be hosting district office hours this Saturday, March 15 at Tazza Café in Armonk from 9:30 to 11 a.m. to give their constituents an opportunity to discuss issues over coffee and refreshments. “Hosting district office hours with Sen. Latimer is an opportunity for me to […]

Dispute Jeopardizes Via Vanti! Deal at Chappaqua Train Station

Dispute Jeopardizes Via Vanti! Deal at Chappaqua Train Station

A spat between a restaurateur who hoped to open a second location of her establishment at the Chappaqua train station and New Castle officials erupted recently forcing the town to pursue other operators for the building. Talks between Carla Gambescia, owner of Via Vanti!, an Italian cafe at the Mount Kisco train station, and the […]

Former North Castle Employee Proposes Ward System for Town

Former North Castle Employee Proposes Ward System for Town

A former longtime North Castle employee is planning a petition drive to place a proposition on the November ballot asking voters to decide whether the town should switch to a ward system of government. Anthony Futia, the town’s ex-water and sewer superintendent and lifelong North White Plains resident, said he expects to gather enough valid […]

New Castle Councilman Fends Off Conflict of Interest Charges

New Castle Councilman Fends Off Conflict of Interest Charges

Suggestions that New Castle Councilman and Master Plan Steering Committee member nominee Adam Brodsky has a potential conflict of interest were raised last week because Brodsky’s in-laws own land in downtown Chappaqua. The issue was introduced by Councilman Jason Chapin during the town board’s Feb. 25 work session, which preceded the regular board meeting, and featured an update […]

Area Merchants Ready for Spring After Winter of Discontent

Area Merchants Ready for Spring After Winter of Discontent

It would be no surprise to learn a majority of area residents are weary from the snow and cold and eagerly await spring. That presumed sentiment is certainly felt among many area merchants, who with few exceptions, would love to turn the page on January and February and leave the parade of storms and bone-chilling […]

No. Castle Historical Society Welcomes Return of Armonk Antiques Show

No. Castle Historical Society Welcomes Return of Armonk Antiques Show

One of the many casualties of the 2008 economic downturn was the suspension of the North Castle Historical Society’s Armonk Antiques Show. A key fundraiser for the organization for 30 years, when the market cratered, that spelled the end of the show–until now. This weekend the New Armonk Antiques Show will get a fresh start […]

Kennedy Trial to Start Monday Following Completion of Jury Selection

Kennedy Trial to Start Monday Following Completion of Jury Selection

Jury selection was completed this week for the driving while ability impaired trial of Kerry Kennedy, which is scheduled to begin with opening statements in county court in White Plains on Monday. A jury consisting of four men and two women was empanelled by Judge Robert Neary following a day-long session on Thursday. Two alternates […]

Business Profile: Spinsational, Briarcliff Manor

Business Profile: Spinsational, Briarcliff Manor

Barry Coleman was in good shape virtually his entire life. But by 2002, years of working at a corporate job and lots of business travel conspired to send his weight soaring. Some 25 pounds overweight, a friend encouraged Coleman to join him at a local spinning class, a version of the old stationery bike but […]

North Castle to Tackle Downtown Armonk Parking Crunch

North Castle to Tackle Downtown Armonk Parking Crunch

North Castle officials plan to explore several options to increase parking in downtown Armonk to alleviate the growing demand for spaces in the heart of the hamlet’s business district. Last week the town board rekindled discussion about the possibility of converting about an acre of municipal property across the brook at the end of Kent […]

Developer, Town Discuss Revised Chappaqua Crossing Plans

Developer, Town Discuss Revised Chappaqua Crossing Plans

Discussions about a revised development plan for the former Reader’s Digest property continue to evolve as New Castle officials and representatives for Chappaqua Crossing developer Summit/Greenfield search for a solution to move the stalemated project forward. Last Tuesday night, the New Castle Planning Board and the Town Board discussed issues related to the 116-acre parcel […]

Parking, Landscaping Concerns Over New Armonk Park Proposals

Parking, Landscaping Concerns Over New Armonk Park Proposals

Four variations of a plan to bring recreation space to an open town-owned parcel in downtown Armonk were unveiled to the public last week, but key decisions await on location of parking and landscape design. The North Castle Parks & Recreation Advisory Board entertained comments from residents at its Feb. 4 meeting on the plans […]

Barbershop Chorus Gives New Option for Valentine's Day Gift

Barbershop Chorus Gives New Option for Valentine’s Day Gift

If you don’t know what to get that special someone for Valentine’s Day, the Westchester Chordsmen have an idea for you. Quartets from the barbershop chorus will make the rounds to homes, offices, hospitals and businesses throughout Westchester and Putnam counties on Thursday, Feb. 13 and Friday, Feb. 14 to surprise recipients with singing valentines. […]

Union, Ex-Employees Picket Mrs. Green's Mt. Kisco Store After Firings

Union, Ex-Employees Picket Mrs. Green’s Mt. Kisco Store After Firings

Nine workers fired last month from Mrs. Green’s Natural Markets in Mount Kisco and organizers from the United Food and Commercial Workers union have continued to picket outside the store to protest the company’s unfair labor practices. The workers, all closely involved in scheduling a union election to join Local 1500 last May, were let […]

Proposed New Castle Hotel, Condos Trigger Environmental Concerns

Proposed New Castle Hotel, Condos Trigger Environmental Concerns

Residents neighboring a 98-acre parcel in New Castle where a mixed use development has been proposed warned town officials last week of numerous environmental and quality-of-life issues that could arise if the project is approved. The Jan. 28 scoping session at town hall for The Spa at New Castle, the first formal public forum in […]

Mount Pleasant Appoints 25-Year Police Veteran Acting Chief

Mount Pleasant Appoints 25-Year Police Veteran Acting Chief

The Mount Pleasant Town Board unanimously appointed 25-year police veteran Paul Oliva Jr. acting chief Tuesday night. Oliva, a Valhalla resident, replaces Brian Fanelli, who was suspended following his arrest last week for allegedly downloading and possessing child pornography. Prior to the town board’s vote, Supervisor Joan Maybury said that Tuesday was “an important evening for the Town […]

Ex-No. Castle Comptroller Files Notice of Claim Against Administrator, Town

Ex-No. Castle Comptroller Files Notice of Claim Against Administrator, Town

Another notice of claim was filed with the Town of North Castle on Monday stemming from allegations that Town Administrator Joan Goldberg “bullied, tormented and discriminated” against former comptroller Faith Berland. The claim, the second in 11 days to be submitted to the town as a result of supposed actions by the town administrator, charges that Goldberg routinely […]

Know Your Neighbor: Nan Miller, Social Worker/Mt. Kisco Partners in Prevention Coordinator, Armonk

Know Your Neighbor: Nan Miller, Social Worker/Mt. Kisco Partners in Prevention Coordinator, Armonk

During high school Nan Miller didn’t exactly know what she wanted to do but had an inkling that whatever she chose it would be to help others. Miller found her calling. For the past 35 years she has operated a private practice in Mount Kisco as a licensed clinical social worker, counseling clients who might […]