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Grant Boosts Mt. Kisco, County Police Consolidation Chances

Grant Boosts Mt. Kisco, County Police Consolidation Chances

The likelihood of the Mount Kisco Police Department and the Westchester County Department of Public Safety consolidating operations was significantly increased this week after the state provided the village with a $340,000 grant. The money, derived through the Local Government Performance and Efficiency Program, would be used to pay the costs associated with a police […]

Popular Thunder Ridge Resort to Open This Week in Patterson

Popular Thunder Ridge Resort to Open This Week in Patterson

The Thunder Ridge Ski Area in Patterson, which had a chance of closing earlier this fall, is scheduled to reopen for the new ski season this Friday (Dec. 19) afternoon. The fate of the popular resort, which has over 300 employees, was up in the air after former Putnam County legislator Mary Conklin and her […]

Business Profile: A Bark Above, Somers

Business Profile: A Bark Above, Somers

Christine Sinclair has loved dogs since she was a child and now she has a way to share that passion with the rest of the local area. A Bark Above was opened in Somers in June 2013 by co-owners Sinclair and one of her daughters, Avery. “I’ve had consulting businesses before, but this is the […]

Open Door Medical Center Eyes Second Mt. Kisco Site

Open Door Medical Center Eyes Second Mt. Kisco Site

The Mount Kisco Planning Board was receptive to a proposal from Open Door Family Medical Center last week for a second location in the village, although some members had doubts about the off-street employee parking arrangement. Open Door, which operates four facilities in Westchester, including one at 30 W. Main St. in Mount Kisco, is […]

Mount Pleasant School Officials Weigh Second Bond Vote

Mount Pleasant School Officials Weigh Second Bond Vote

One month after the resounding defeat of a $55,855,000 capital projects bond, the Mount Pleasant Board of Education is considering a new multi-proposition proposal that could go to voters early next year. Board of Education President James Grieco and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Guiney said last week the district was moving ahead with a […]

Business Profile: My HR Department, Yorktown

Business Profile: My HR Department, Yorktown

If you are the owner of a small or mid-sized  business and need services such as employee recruitment and terminations or want to know how to deal with new government regulations but do not want to hire a full-time human resource employee, what can you do? Yorktown resident Marc Roberts has an answer. Roberts started […]

Somers Moving Forward with Sidewalks Plans

Somers Moving Forward with Sidewalks Plans

The Somers Town Board is moving forward with the initial phases of plans to install new sidewalks. The board is scheduled to approve the spending of $5,000 for engineering and landscaping architectural services when it meets on December 11. Following the December 4 work session, Supervisor Rick Morrissey said the firm that will be employed […]

Business Profile: Protective Safety Training, Putnam Valley

Business Profile: Protective Safety Training, Putnam Valley

As a Village of Ossining police officer, Putnam Valley resident Mike Lantz had completed required training in such skills as CPR, first aid and AED. But often a person in distress needs medical assistance before police and other certified emergency services workers are able to respond to the scene. Lantz owns a company that provides […]

Business Profile: Curves, Yorktown

Business Profile: Curves, Yorktown

Mahopac resident Donna Rosende said last week she is a believer in the national Curves exercise and nutrition concept. Rosende translated her passion for Curves into a business. She opened Curves in Yorktown in January. “I was a member for 14 years and I lost a lot of weight and inches and the program works. […]

Business Profile: Gelardi’s Pizza, Cortlandt

Business Profile: Gelardi’s Pizza, Cortlandt

You could say, metaphorically speaking, that pizza sauce runs through the veins of Mohegan Lake resident Brendan Gelardi. He began working in a pizzeria at 16 and his passion for hot pies has not wavered. About six months ago he opened his first business, Gelardi’s Pizza in Cortlandt “I wanted to do pizza since I […]

Communities to Promote Local Businesses This Weekend

Communities to Promote Local Businesses This Weekend

When it comes to Thanksgiving and the ensuing mad rush to the stores for Black Friday, many shoppers might envision hordes of crowds flooding big-box stores and large retailers in the wee hours of the morning. This holiday season, some of the local chambers of commerce and business organizations are hoping shoppers stay close to […]

Business Profile: Gelardi’s Pizza, Cortlandt

Business Profile: Gelardi’s Pizza, Cortlandt

You could say, metaphorically speaking, that pizza sauce runs through the veins of Mohegan Lake resident Brendan Gelardi. He began working in a pizzeria at 16 and his passion for hot pies has not wavered. About six months ago he opened his first business, Gelardi’s Pizza in Cortlandt “I wanted to do pizza since I […]

Mt. Pleasant School Officials to Weigh Capital Projects Options Next Month

Mt. Pleasant School Officials to Weigh Capital Projects Options Next Month

Disappointed by the decisive rejection of the district’s capital projects bond, the Mount Pleasant Board of Education will begin deciding how to fund major renovations at its secondary school campus next month. Board President James Grieco said trustees would formally begin discussions on how to proceed at the board’s Dec. 10 work session. On Nov. […]

Business Profile: The Little Party Shop, Mohegan Lake

Business Profile: The Little Party Shop, Mohegan Lake

Putnam Valley resident Michelle Cavanaugh has been planning parties and selling her handcrafted items for years via the Internet. But in a break in the usual pattern used for businesses, Cavanaugh decided to open a brick and mortar business after selling her products and services via the World Wide Web. Cavanaugh, who last week described […]

Mt. Pleasant Schools Bond Resoundingly Rejected by Voters

Mt. Pleasant Schools Bond Resoundingly Rejected by Voters

A $55,855,000 bond to fund major renovations at the Mount Pleasant School District’s high school and middle school was badly defeated by voters on Saturday. With all votes, including absentee ballots, counted shortly after 9 p.m., the proposition failed 1,629-713. Two top school officials agreed that the bond’s hefty price tag was likely the main […]

Business Profile: Jennifer’s German American Restaurant

Business Profile: Jennifer’s German American Restaurant

It has been a little piece of Germany in Yorktown for about three decades. In 1979, Yorktown residents Irngard and Dieter Schramm opened the Lakeside restaurant, which received its name based on it being located on the banks of the Croton Reservoir. The restaurant was closed for a brief period in the 1990s but reopened […]

Mount Kisco Village Board Appoints New Police Chief

Mount Kisco Village Board Appoints New Police Chief

For the first time in more than two years, Mount Kisco will have a permanent police chief. During an early Monday morning meeting, the village board voted unanimously to appoint Sgt. Joe Spinelli to lead the department. Spinelli was scheduled to begin heading the nearly 30-member police force effective today (Tuesday). His prorated salary for […]

Mt. Kisco's Griffin Chosen for Veterans Hall of Fame

Mt. Kisco’s Griffin Chosen for Veterans Hall of Fame

George Griffin Jr. has been a fixture in Mount Kisco for many years. He owned his own business and has been the village’s deputy mayor after serving on the planning board for more than seven years. Now the rest of the region will have an opportunity to get to know him. The 11-year village trustee […]

Fulgenzi Sworn in as Mount Pleasant Supervisor

Fulgenzi Sworn in as Mount Pleasant Supervisor

A new era in Mount Pleasant government began on Wednesday when veteran Councilman Carl Fulgenzi was sworn in as town supervisor. Fulgenzi, a 60-year-old Hawthorne native, was unanimously appointed to the post by the  town board at its Oct. 28 meeting. Fulgenzi had been serving as interim supervisor since Oct. 10 when Joan Maybury officially […]

Business Profile: Yorktown Pharmacy

Business Profile: Yorktown Pharmacy

Raj Venkat has continued a long tradition in northern Westchester by owning the Yorktown Pharmacy for the past 11 years. The store has been in business since 1930. It is a throwback to the locally owned drug stores that were common before CVS and other chains began to dominate the market. Venkat purchased the store […]

Business Profile: Smalley’s Inn, Carmel

Business Profile: Smalley’s Inn, Carmel

The Halloween season is a special time at Smalley’s Inn in Carmel. The exterior of the restaurant, which originally opened in 1852, is decorated for the season and the dining area resembles a haunted house you could find in an amusement park. The area is loaded with decorations and mechanical ghouls and zombies that cans […]

Mt. Pleasant Mulls Hiking Train Station Parking Fees

Mt. Pleasant Mulls Hiking Train Station Parking Fees

The Mount Pleasant Town Board is considering raising its fees at the town’s train station parking lots to be more in line with the rates charged in other municipalities. Town Clerk Patricia Scova requested a hike in the parking fees at the Hawthorne and Valhalla lots in a letter to the board earlier this month, […]

Business Profile: Suburban Wines  and Spirits, Yorktown

Business Profile: Suburban Wines and Spirits, Yorktown

Mount Kisco resident Lance Cerutti is continuing a tradition as the latest owner of Suburban Wines & Sprits, which is an institution in Yorktown. The store has been in existence for the past 55 years, Cerutti noted last week. “I bought this store 10 years ago,” he said. “I was always passionate about wine and […]

Boys & Girls Club to Void Land Deal With Mt. Kisco

Boys & Girls Club to Void Land Deal With Mt. Kisco

The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester is set to cancel its January 2014 contract with Mount Kisco that called for the village to buy a portion of its land and use it for recreation and open space. At the Oct. 6 village board meeting, Charles Martabano, an attorney representing the club, said the […]

Fulgenzi Takes Over as Interim Supervisor in Mt. Pleasant

Fulgenzi Takes Over as Interim Supervisor in Mt. Pleasant

Mount Pleasant Councilman Carl Fulgenzi was named interim supervisor this week, but town board members were not prepared to announce who will serve the balance of former supervisor Joan Maybury’s unexpired term. Fulgenzi said that the board is expected to make the appointment to fill the post through next year on Oct. 28. Fulgenzi, the […]

Business Profile: DT Vapor & Smoke, Cortlandt

Business Profile: DT Vapor & Smoke, Cortlandt

A new store in Cortlandt is offering both traditional and new ways to smoke. DT Vapor & Smoke sells organic cigarettes and tobacco, cigars and new vapor cigarettes. Cortlandt resident Tom Doan is the owner of the establishment, which opened in late September. .Another Cortlandt resident, Tracey Cong, is the store manager. Cong said vapor […]

State Comptroller Takes Mt. Pleasant Off Fiscal Stress List

State Comptroller Takes Mt. Pleasant Off Fiscal Stress List

The Town of Mount Pleasant received some very encouraging financial news after the office of state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli recently announced that the municipality was removed from the state’s fiscal stress list. This year’s list, which evaluated the financial condition of municipalities and counties statewide for 2013 based on information provided by Aug. 29, included […]

Street Fair and Parade on Tap for Mahopac

Street Fair and Parade on Tap for Mahopac

Sunday figures to be a festive day on Route 6N in Mahopac with not one, but two annual events scheduled. The 12th annual Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce Street Fair is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A major part of the fair is the Italian American Club of Mahopac’s annual Columbus Day Parade, […]

Mt. Pleasant Supervisor Joan Maybury to Resign

Mt. Pleasant Supervisor Joan Maybury to Resign

Mount Pleasant Supervisor Joan Maybury abruptly announced on Tuesday she was resigning from office for family reasons, effective next Friday, Oct. 10. Maybury, who was appointed as supervisor in January 2010 to replace Robert Meehan, explained her decision in a letter. “For the past 23 years, it has been an honor and privilege to serve […]

Business Profile: Lifestyles  & Interiors By Lisa, Croton

Business Profile: Lifestyles & Interiors By Lisa, Croton

Lifelong Cortlandt resident Lisa McTernan said last week, “I felt from a very young age I’ve always thought like a designer.” McTernan recalled, “As a young girl I noticed how someone’s house was painted.” McTernan said for fun as a young girl she would build and design towns in a sandbox. When she was in […]