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Popular FrameWorks Series Returns to Jacob Burns

Popular FrameWorks Series Returns to Jacob Burns

FrameWorks: Art on Film has been a popular series presented annually at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. But if you can’t get to the theater during the next week to take in one of the four movies that comprise the series there will be plenty of other opportunities. Starting this year, FrameWorks will […]

Brewster Comprehensive Plan Receives Draft Report

Brewster Comprehensive Plan Receives Draft Report

A committee responsible for making recommendations that would update the Brewster Comprehensive Plan received a draft report from the village’s consultant on April 17. The draft was presented to the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee by Tiffany Zezula, deputy director of land use at the Land Use Law Center at Pace University. Zezula told the committee […]

Rebounding Economy Spawns Commercial Development in Mt. Pleasant

Rebounding Economy Spawns Commercial Development in Mt. Pleasant

More than five years ago, with the country in the throes of a crippling recession, the thought of new development in Westchester County seemed light years away. But in 2014, Mount Pleasant is the latest municipality in the area that is experiencing a commercial construction boom. There is the Pace University consolidation project, two new […]

Shopping Center Proposed for Mount Pleasant

Shopping Center Proposed for Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant Town Board members expressed support last week for a new proposal from a town resident to construct a shopping center on a 5.1-acre parcel on Columbus Avenue. GH Kerry Ltd. has appealed to the board to rezone the parcel for the proposed Columbus Plaza, a 16,750-square-foot shopping center. The property is located in […]

Business Profile: 2013 Training Center, Cortlandt

Business Profile: 2013 Training Center, Cortlandt

  Looking to brush up on your baseball skills? Would you like to take part in Crossfit activities? Would you like to learn martial arts? You could do it all at the 2013 Training Center in Cortlandt. The facility, located at 2305 Crompond Road (Route 202), opened in January. It houses AP Player Development, Empire […]

Townhouse Project Moves Forward in Somers

Townhouse Project Moves Forward in Somers

The Somers Town Board last week started the process of potentially changing the town zoning code and the Comprehensive Plan to allow the approval process for a 53 three-bedroom town house proposal to proceed. The Kearney Realty & Development Group and the Housing Action Council are proposing the homes on a16.7-acre site on the southern […]

Home Guru: A Wild Story Illustrates What Do-It-Yourself Chores to Avoid

Home Guru: A Wild Story Illustrates What Do-It-Yourself Chores to Avoid

By Bill Primavera Some of you may be old enough to remember the men’s movement of the mid-1970s, which I tolerated for a short while. Men would gather to pursue personal growth and to relate better to others by sharing issues and discussing how we might best deal with them. Personally it didn’t do much […]

Board Still Mulling Mount Kisco's $20.7M Village Budget

Board Still Mulling Mount Kisco’s $20.7M Village Budget

There will be no service reductions in Mount Kisco’s proposed $20.77 million budget for 2014-15 despite its staying within the state-mandated property tax cap. Village Manager James Palmer told trustees Apr. 7 that the general fund would include a tax rate increase of nearly 3 percent. The spending plan also includes a tax levy increase […]

Business Profile: The Rugged Boot & Shoe Company

Business Profile: The Rugged Boot & Shoe Company

The Rugged Boot & Shoe Companyin MoheganLake is not your typical shoe store, according to its owners. You do not even have to enter the store to see that it is different. The building housing the store was a schoolhouse decades earlier and the owners had constructed an addition that resembles a train caboose. Owners […]

Comprehensive Plan Being Revised in Brewster

Comprehensive Plan Being Revised in Brewster

The process of revising the Village of Brewster’s Comprehensive Plan continued last week as about two dozen local residents came to the Walter Brewster House to express their ideas for the future of the village. The roughly one-hour meeting was led by Meghan Taylor, president of the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation, and Barbara Barosa […]

Regeneron Unveils Teacher STEM Training Program

Regeneron Unveils Teacher STEM Training Program

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals announced a new program last week to promote and improve science, technology, engineering and math education in the region. During an education symposium it hosted at its Tarrytown headquarters on Apr. 3, company representatives announced the creation of the Hudson Valley STEM Teaching Fellowship program in collaboration with NASA, the Teachers College at […]

Mt. Pleasant Teacher Honored By Knicks for Work With Autistic Students

Mt. Pleasant Teacher Honored By Knicks for Work With Autistic Students

Last Wednesday was quite a night for Virginia Campbell. Campbell, a Mount Pleasant School District special education teacher, was honored at Madison Square Garden by the New York Knicks for her work with autistic children during the team’s Apr. 2 game against the Brooklyn Nets. The Sweetwater Clifton City Spirit Award, recognizing Nat “Sweetwater Clifton,” […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine

At my periodic wine tasting events for consumers, I always emphasize that we each have individual, unique palates. Our individual palates influence our unique senses of taste and smell; our individual palates influence our appreciation of one wine over another; our individual palates segregate us into varying camps, such as red wine lovers or white […]

Mt. Pleasant Rejects Second Group Home; Appeal Planned

Mt. Pleasant Rejects Second Group Home; Appeal Planned

For the second time in three weeks, the Mount Pleasant Town Board rejected a proposal to convert a private house into a group home. The board voted 3-1 against a plan from Yonkers-based Ferncliff Manor to convert a house at 330 Bear Ridge Rd. into an individualized residential alternative for six adults with developmental disabilities. […]

Agency Drops Mount Pleasant Group Home Appeal

Agency Drops Mount Pleasant Group Home Appeal

The agency that sought to convert a Mount Pleasant house into a group home for autistic adults has decided against pursuing an appeal of the town board’s decision to block its proposal. Devereux New York Executive Director John O’Keefe, who threatened to ask the state to overturn the board’s decision after the March 11 vote, […]

Putnam Valley School Board Approves Safety Plan

Putnam Valley School Board Approves Safety Plan

The Putnam Valley Board of Education voted unanimously last week to adopt a Districtwide Safety Plan. The plan has several aspects, including having the school board annually appoint a Districtwide Safety Team. Some of the team members will include board of education trustees, students, teachers, security and safety personnel and parent organization representatives. The team […]

Wills Restores Some Teaching Positions in 2014-15 Budget

Wills Restores Some Teaching Positions in 2014-15 Budget

Responding to criticisms from parents and teachers, Putnam Valley Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frances Wills is restoring some teaching positions she sought to cut in her proposed 2014-15 budget. In her original $48,014,091 budget proposal, Wills sought a decrease in staff by the equivalent of 4.2 full-time positions due to lower enrollment. But as she […]

Hearing on Second Mt. Pleasant Group Home Scheduled for Tuesday

Hearing on Second Mt. Pleasant Group Home Scheduled for Tuesday

Two weeks after turning down a proposal for a group home for four autistic adults, the Mount Pleasant Town Board will hold a public hearing for another proposed home on Tuesday night. The hearing, part of the board’s regularly scheduled meeting, is for Ferncliff Manor’s plan to operate an individualized residential alternative at 330 Bear […]

Westchester Jewish Film Festival Returns to the Burns This Week

Westchester Jewish Film Festival Returns to the Burns This Week

It is an event as welcome to many Westchester residents as the start of spring. The annual Westchester Jewish Film Festival will begin this week at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. This year’s festival, which will be held from March 19 through Apr. 10, has been expanded to feature 40 programs. The festival […]

Business Profile: Torview Swim and Tennis Club

Business Profile: Torview Swim and Tennis Club

With mounds of snow still piled up and some bone chilling temperatures in northern Westchester,  thoughts should soon turn to warmer weather . Ossining resident Bob DeMaine, president of theTorview Swim and Tennis Club board of directors, said it is not too early to gear up for summer. Torview will begin its 58th summer on […]

Maybury Vows to Block Two Proposed Group Homes in Mt. Pleasant

Maybury Vows to Block Two Proposed Group Homes in Mt. Pleasant

Saying there is a saturation of nonprofit agencies operating residential facilities in Mount Pleasant, town Supervisor Joan Maybury has vowed to block two proposed group homes. One application is from Devereux New York, which is seeking to open a group home for four adults with developmental disabilities in a house located at 659 Belleview Ave. […]

Kerry Kennedy Lawyer Calls Sleeping Pill 'a Mistake' in Opening Day of Trial

Kerry Kennedy Lawyer Calls Sleeping Pill ‘a Mistake’ in Opening Day of Trial

The drugged driving trial of Kerry Kennedy began in Westchester County Court in White Plains Monday with the prosecution and defense agreeing that she had been driving in North Castle under the influence of a sleeping pill. However, while the prosecution argued that the daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy wrongly continued driving […]

Astorino Expected to Announce Decision Soon on Governor’s Run

Astorino Expected to Announce Decision Soon on Governor’s Run

Rob Astorino barely had time to enjoy his resounding re-election as Westchester County executive in November when speculation almost immediately began to swirl about the Republican’s potential run for governor. That decision will apparently be announced as soon as the end of this week. Bill O’Reilly, a campaign spokesman for Astorino, said a decision could […]

152 Luxury Apartments Proposed for Baldwin Place

152 Luxury Apartments Proposed for Baldwin Place

A developer and owner-operator of luxury apartments is seeking to construct 152 units in the Baldwin Place section of Somers. Representatives of AvalonBay Communities came to the February 6 town board meeting to discuss the project, even though they said the fate of the project would be up to the planning board. AvalonBay representatives recently […]

Patterson Town Board Talks Thunder Ridge, Town Hall Generator

Patterson Town Board Talks Thunder Ridge, Town Hall Generator

The Patterson Town Board wants the owner of the Thunder Ridge Ski Area to go back to the planning board for approvals because of parking issues and changes made to the site since its original approval. At the Jan. 29 town board meeting, Supervisor Michael Griffin said the town had some issues with Thunder Ridge. […]

Mt. Pleasant Schedules Public Hearing for NY Medical College Permit

Mt. Pleasant Schedules Public Hearing for NY Medical College Permit

The Mount Pleasant Town Board has scheduled a public hearing for later this month on New York Medical College’s proposal to renovate a former commercial building that would increase instructional space and offices. On Tuesday the board voted unanimously to set the public hearing for Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. The college is seeking […]

Assisted Living, Memory Care Facility Proposed in Mount Kisco

Assisted Living, Memory Care Facility Proposed in Mount Kisco

  An assisted living facility of at least 90 units is being proposed for Mount Kisco on land that had once been used as a New York City sewage treatment plant. Radio City Ventures LLC, which owns the site, and Maplewood Senior Living LLC are looking to build the three-story building which would also include memory […]

Kerry Kennedy Trial Scheduled to Begin Feb. 24

Kerry Kennedy Trial Scheduled to Begin Feb. 24

  Kerry Kennedy’s drugged driving trial that was moved out of North Castle last week is set to begin next month in state Supreme Court in White Plains. Following a pre-trial conference on Jan. 23 at the Westchester County courthouse, Gerald Lefcourt, an attorney representing Kennedy, said jury selection has been scheduled for Thursday, Feb. […]

Business Profile: Yorktown Deli, Yorktown

Business Profile: Yorktown Deli, Yorktown

In the past, when Yorktown resident Gino Zorlu wanted Mediterranean food specialties, he had to travel out of the area. But those treks to the Big Apple are no longer necessary for Zorlu and other northern Westchester residents who crave Mediterranean eats. Four weeks ago Zorlu opened the Yorktown Deli on Saw Mill River Road, […]

NY Medical College Receives Approval in Mt. Pleasant

NY Medical College Receives Approval in Mt. Pleasant

A plan by New York Medical College to renovate a former commercial building in Mount Pleasant to create space for faculty offices and classrooms received a major boost Monday night. The planning board voted unanimously on Jan. 13. to grant site plan approval for the project at 19 Skyline Drive in Hawthorne. New York Medical […]