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Business Profile: Somers Diner

Business Profile: Somers Diner

Mahopac resident Maria Lluka knew what she wanted to do for a living as a youngster working in family’s restaurant in Albania. “I love it. I just love talking to people. I love making them happy,” Lluka said last week. Lluka is sharing her passion for people and the restaurant business at the Somers Diner. […]

Blindfold Dinner Fundraiser for Guiding Eyes Set for Via Vanti!

Blindfold Dinner Fundraiser for Guiding Eyes Set for Via Vanti!

The services provided by Yorktown-based Guiding Eyes for the Blind have a special meaning for Carla Gambescia, the owner of Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mount Kisco. The restaurateur has family members who are blind, so it’s natural that she is hosting for the second year in a row a special fundraising event for […]

Business Profile: Flooring Liquidators,  Cortlandt

Business Profile: Flooring Liquidators, Cortlandt

Thornwood resident Richie Bedus opened Flooring Liquidators in Cortlandt three months ago, but the business has long been a passion for him. “I’ve done it since I was a kid,” Bedus said last week. Bedus utilizes his passion to his customers. “We offer all sorts of flooring – wood, tile, linoleum,” Bedus explained, adding carpeting […]

Comprehensive Plan Update Moving Forward in Somers

Comprehensive Plan Update Moving Forward in Somers

For the first time in over two decades an update of the Town of Somers Comprehensive Plan is moving toward completion. At its February 5 meeting, the town board was receptive to a timeline proposed by a consultant it hired to update the document, which has not been brought up to date since 1994. The […]

Three-Proposition Mt. Pleasant School Bond Set for March 24

Three-Proposition Mt. Pleasant School Bond Set for March 24

For the second time in four months, Mount Pleasant School District residents will be asked to vote on a major capital projects bond. The board of education voted unanimously last Wednesday to approve a three-proposition bond that will go before district voters on March 24. Proposition 1 would permit the district to borrow up to […]

Business Profile: Time to Kiln, Yorktown

Business Profile: Time to Kiln, Yorktown

Yorktown resident Ximena Barbuscia has enjoyed making crafts since she was a youth. But she had not translated her enjoyment of making art into her profession until last November when opened Time to Kiln in the Parkside Corner shopping center in Yorktown. “I feel like ever since I was little I was crafty, before it […]

Murphy Unveils Plan to Combat Heroin, Narcotics Abuse

Murphy Unveils Plan to Combat Heroin, Narcotics Abuse

In an effort to combat what he described as a crisis, state Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) last week introduced to the public a seven-point plan to fight abuse of heroin and other drugs. Murphy kicked off his series of meetings last Thursday at Mount Pleasant Town Hall. The series will continue at venues throughout the […]

Mt. Kisco, Bedford to Kick Off Major Solar Power Push

Mt. Kisco, Bedford to Kick Off Major Solar Power Push

The Village of Mount Kisco and the Town of Bedford are kicking off a major push this weekend to encourage businesses and homeowners to use solar power. The Bedford 2020 Environmental Summit and Solar Action Day is scheduled for this Saturday at Fox Lane High School from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event, which […]

Business Profile: Upper Crust Pizza & Wings, Cortlandt

Business Profile: Upper Crust Pizza & Wings, Cortlandt

Montrose resident Chris Weisman knows his dough. Last week he explained the origins of the term “upper crust.” “Back in the days, when you had guests over for dinner you would serve your workers the burnt part of the bread. You’d serve the family the middle part and you’d serve your guests the upper crust,” […]

Grunthal Appointed to Fill Mount Kisco Village Board Vacancy

Grunthal Appointed to Fill Mount Kisco Village Board Vacancy

Peter Grunthal was appointed last week by Mayor Michael Cindrich to the Mount Kisco Village Board replacing the late George Griffin Jr. who died on Christmas Eve. Grunthal, 71, who returned to the five-member board on Jan. 20, previously served from 2003 to 2010. Cindrich said under state law, village mayors have the power to […]

Business Profile: Hair Design Center, Yorktown

Business Profile: Hair Design Center, Yorktown

You could say the Benigni family is the embodiment of the American Dream. The brothers were born in Italy and learned the craft of hair styling in their native land before living in London and then eventually moving to the United States. For the past 38 years the brothers have owned and worked as hair […]

New Mt. Pleasant School Bond Vote Likely for March

New Mt. Pleasant School Bond Vote Likely for March

Four months after its previously proposed capital projects bond was resoundingly defeated by voters, it appears all but certain that the Mount Pleasant School District will put forward another proposition in late March. Last week school officials said they are planning to go ahead with a second bond, but will not finalize the list of […]

Business Profile: JMCO Events, Mohegan Lake

Business Profile: JMCO Events, Mohegan Lake

  Mohegan Lake resident Jimena Coello officially opened JMCO Events last September, but she has actually been in the event planning business “for quite some time.” “I’ve always loved the event planning business,” Coello said during an interview last week. Coello said she strives to put on events that will give her clients something to […]

Mt. Pleasant School Officials Grapple With Prospect of New Bond

Mt. Pleasant School Officials Grapple With Prospect of New Bond

Mount Pleasant school officials have begun the process of gauging public opinion to help determine whether they should present a second capital projects bond later this year. The possibility of a new vote as early as late March was discussed at the Jan. 7 board of education work session. The meeting had followed distribution of […]

Business Profile: Law Office of Mark von Glahn, Ossining

Business Profile: Law Office of Mark von Glahn, Ossining

If you need legal services, Ossining resident Mark von Glahn can provide assistance. If you need accounting services, von Glahn can also help. With 25 years of work in the corporate field both in America and internationally, von Glahn opened his one-man office in Ossining last spring. He said last week he provides “a one-stop […]

Railroad Parking Lot Fees Proposed to Rise in Mt. Pleasant

Railroad Parking Lot Fees Proposed to Rise in Mt. Pleasant

The cost of parking at the Valhalla and Hawthorne Metro-North station parking lots in Mount Pleasant appears likely to rise in 2015. The town board has scheduled a public hearing for Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. on a proposal to raise most of the parking fees at the two lots. Fees last rose in January […]

Business Profile:Children of America Educational Childcare & Academy, Cortlandt

Business Profile:Children of America Educational Childcare & Academy, Cortlandt

Maureen Gioio grew up in a large family in Ossining and certainly knows about dealing with children. “I’m the oldest of 12,” Gioio said “I’m a mom, a grandmother.” Beginning in early 2015 Gioio will be leading the Children of America Educational Childcare & Academy when it opens in the Cortlandt Town Center through her […]

Veteran Westlake Teacher Takes to ‘The Little Mermaid’ Stage

Veteran Westlake Teacher Takes to ‘The Little Mermaid’ Stage

For many years, Yorktown resident Phil Cutrone has been a driving force behind the theater productions at Westlake High School in Mount Pleasant by serving as director. Cutrone is taking advantage of a different chance to be in the spotlight in his role as Grimsby, Prince Eric’s manservant, in the production of “The Little Mermaid” […]

Longtime Mt. Kisco Village Trustee George Griffin Dies at 67

Longtime Mt. Kisco Village Trustee George Griffin Dies at 67

George Griffin Jr., a longtime member of the Mount Kisco Village Board and planning board, was warmly remembered by colleagues this week as a man who was dedicated to his community, country and family. Griffin died at home on Christmas Eve surrounded by family after a long battle with cancer. He was 67. “George represented […]

Brewster Trustees Okay Commercial Property Rezoning

Brewster Trustees Okay Commercial Property Rezoning

A proposal to construct a four-story medical professional office building received a major boost in Brewster last week. B.O.S. Land Development Corp. is proposing to build on about five acres of the property located at 61 Allvoiew Ave. The developer is seeking to connect the 64 square foot building to the Brewster water and sewer […]

Home Guru: Keeping Christmas Traditions or Bust!

Home Guru: Keeping Christmas Traditions or Bust!

By Bill Primavera Christmas has always been an important holiday to my wife Margaret and me. Never did we think, that after so many years of being ensconced in the same house where year after year we decorated our tree in the same living room in the same corner with the same decorations, that we […]

Astorino, Day, Seek Settlement Dollars for New Tappan Zee Bridge

Astorino, Day, Seek Settlement Dollars for New Tappan Zee Bridge

The county executives of Westchester and Rockland urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday to set aside nearly 40 percent of state settlement funds from two banks for construction costs associated with the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Using the construction site of the new span as a backdrop, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Rockland County […]

EF International School Eyes Expansion at Mt. Pleasant Site

EF International School Eyes Expansion at Mt. Pleasant Site

Though it has been open for less than one year, EF International Academy already is seeking to expand its high school facilities. Representatives of the boarding school, located on a portion of the former Legion of Christ property off of Columbus Avenue in Thornwood, told the Mount Pleasant Town Board at its Dec. 16 meeting […]

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 […]