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Business Profile: Retro Fitness, Cortlandt

Business Profile: Retro Fitness, Cortlandt

Tappan resident Adolfo Godinez emphasizes there is only one thing retro about Retro Fitness. “Retro Fitness is retro price, modern gym,” Godinez, general manager of the new facility in Cortlandt, said last week. The Cortlandt Retro Fitness opened on East Main Street on June 25 in the former location of Party Stop. “We thought that […]

Bedford Councilman Announces BOL Candidacy

Bedford Councilman Announces BOL Candidacy

Veteran Bedford Councilman Francis Corcoran (R-C) announced his candidacy Thursday morning for the Westchester County Board of Legislators seat. Corcoran, 52, will be opposed by Democratic Mount Kisco village Trustee Karen Schleimer. They will vie for the seat that was vacated by former Legislator Peter Harckham earlier this month. “Family, community and service are the […]

Somers Boutique Adds Women’s Fashion and Accessories

Somers Boutique Adds Women’s Fashion and Accessories

Somers Custom Framing & Gifts has been a popular shopping destination for more than eight years. But while the boutique continues to offer framing services and a variety of gift items it has also increased its offerings of women’s clothing and accessories for the past two years. “Now we have a customer base, so we’re […]

Putnam Valley Working to Reopen Spur Beach

Putnam Valley Working to Reopen Spur Beach

The Putnam Valley town board voted unanimously to spend $100 to begin the process of potentially reopening Spur Beach on Roaring Brook Road. The funds will pay for the services of engineer John Carroll Jr., who is working with Putnam County to reopen the beach. The beach was closed by the county health department on […]

Business Profile: Somers Pharmacy

Business Profile: Somers Pharmacy

Tuckahoe resident Howard Schoenberg said last week the pharmacy business can be brutal. He knows that from experience. ‘The big chains are just moving in and doing an unjust thing to the loyal independents that strive to really try and make it and succeed and serve the community the way it should be served,” Schoenberg […]

Mt. Kisco Planning Board Member Bernstein Dies at 80

Mt. Kisco Planning Board Member Bernstein Dies at 80

Stanley Bernstein, a longtime member of the Mount Kisco Planning Board and Conservation Advisory Council, died on June 11 following a long illness. He was 80 years old. Bernstein was fondly remembered last week by two municipal officials as a man dedicated to the village with a passion for environmental protection. Deputy Mayor Anthony Markus […]

Mount Kisco Named One of the Most Livable Small Towns in U.S.

Mount Kisco Named One of the Most Livable Small Towns in U.S.

If you’re looking for a great place to live, Mount Kisco is an excellent place to start–and others think so as well. The village was recently named the 20th best small town in America by Livability.com, a website that showcases and ranks the nation’s best places in a variety of categories. Mount Kisco Mayor Michael […]

Business Profile: Just Add Water and Swim, Cortlandt

Business Profile: Just Add Water and Swim, Cortlandt

The memories of how Cortlandt resident Pam Kolber-Zicca first learned how to swim as a youth are not happy ones. Kolber-Zicca began swimming at age seven, “I was swimming with the fish at Fire Island,” she recalled. She remembered swimming in pouring rain at summer camp at age nine. “Not one person was caring” about […]

Millwood Learning Center Seeks Move to Mount Kisco

Millwood Learning Center Seeks Move to Mount Kisco

Devereux New York, which provides programs for individuals with developmental disabilities, has proposed to move its Millwood Learning Center to Mount Kisco. The plan was discussed at the June 9 planning board meeting by Devereux New York’s former executive director John O’Keefe, who is serving as a consultant for the project, and Dr. Cindy Alterson, […]

Business Profile: Berniker Decorations, Yorktown

Business Profile: Berniker Decorations, Yorktown

It has been an institution for over a century and the four generation family business has come back to Yorktown. Whitey Berniker, president of Berniker Decorators, said last week his store originally opened in the Bronx in 1914. A grand opening for its Yorktown store and a celebration for its over 100 years of existence […]

Business Profile: Balloons & Party on Westbrook, Cortlandt

Business Profile: Balloons & Party on Westbrook, Cortlandt

Putnam Valley resident Alan Ortner opened Balloons & Party on Westbrook in Cortlandt about four months ago, but he is not new to the party business. For many years he had worked in his family’s Party Stop store in town next to Kohl’s. The family store, owned by his parents Joe and Elaine, who are […]

Format Change Sought for Bellizzi in Mount Kisco

Format Change Sought for Bellizzi in Mount Kisco

Bellizzi has been a popular destination for diners in Mount Kisco since 1991, but like most things, there is time for a change. Owner Isidoro (Isi) Albanese is planning to transform the Main Street restaurant into something new. He is proposing to rename Bellizzi, which currently specializes in pizza and other Italian fare, Exit 4 […]

Business Profile: Great Gatsby Grooming Salon & Retail Shoppe, Mohegan Lake

Business Profile: Great Gatsby Grooming Salon & Retail Shoppe, Mohegan Lake

Mohegan Lake resident Desiree Roberts and Yorktown resident Nicole Fervan opened the Great Gatsby Grooming Salon & Retail Shoppe in Mohegan Lake in March and named it in honor of the classic novel, which has been turned into films on multiple occasions. “We really wanted to do a 1920’s theme and we were thinking of […]

Mount Kisco Police Merger With County Still on Target for June 1

Mount Kisco Police Merger With County Still on Target for June 1

Despite the Mount Kisco police union still negotiating fine points to the pending merger with the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, consolidation is scheduled to go into effect on June 1. Kieran O’Leary, a department of public safety spokesman, said last week the intermunicipal agreement previously approved by the village board and the Board […]

Write-in Candidate Among Mt. Pleasant School Board Winners

Write-in Candidate Among Mt. Pleasant School Board Winners

A late write-in candidate was swept to victory by a wave of Mount Pleasant School voters Tuesday night. John Piazza, who served on the school board from 2006 to 2009, will be joining incumbent Thomas McCabe and first-time candidate Colleen Scaglione Neglia on the Board of Education in July to begin their three-year terms. The […]

Business Profile: Elevate Event Lounge, Yorktown

Business Profile: Elevate Event Lounge, Yorktown

  The Front Street location of Elevate Event Lounge has long been a site to host events. Last August, Mahopac resident Chris Vernia changed the format of the business, which was formerly Bounce the Party Place, in which Vernia was a member of the partnership of Bounce and purchased the facility outright last year. “I’ve […]

Ex-Mt. Pleasant School Trustee Write-in Candidate for Board of Ed

Ex-Mt. Pleasant School Trustee Write-in Candidate for Board of Ed

A former Mount Pleasant school trustee has launched a write-in campaign in hopes of being elected to a seat in the district’s Board of Education race on Tuesday. John Piazza, who served one term on the board from 2006 to 2009, made the  surprising decision to enter the fray this week questioning the motives of […]

Business Profile: King Kone, Somers

Business Profile: King Kone, Somers

It has been a popular dessert destination in Somers since 1953. King Kone, with its symbol of a smiling soft serve cone with sprinkles, has been serving frozen and savory treats for generations and it is still going strong. Continuing the tradition of the eatery are its current owners, the husband and wife team of […]

Petition Calls for Mt. Kisco Police Consolidation Referendum

Petition Calls for Mt. Kisco Police Consolidation Referendum

While the debate over police consolidation continued during the May 4 Mount Kisco Village Board of Trustees meeting, the village attorney said there is no basis for a referendum on the contentious issue. During the meeting, resident Kim Terlizzi presented a petition to the board containing 810 signatures calling for a referendum, but the board […]

Business Profile: Team Moljo Strength and Conditioning, Putnam Valley

Business Profile: Team Moljo Strength and Conditioning, Putnam Valley

Putnam Valley resident John Moljo, a graduate of Putnam Valley High School, has been doing athletic training and providing training classes in the local area for many years. Most of his clients live locally, in Putnam Valley and surrounding towns in northern Westchester and Putnam, and when an opportunity arose, Moljo decided to open Team […]

Business Profile: Grandma’s 202 Kitchen, Yorktown

Business Profile: Grandma’s 202 Kitchen, Yorktown

Yorktown resident Bill Ulutas has a message for local residents – Grandma’s restaurant is alive and well, it has just undergone some changes. The lunch and dinner menus are now dominated by Italian specialties, with wood fried pizza being the new star attraction. Ulutas said last week some changes in the format were needed at […]

Two Principals Retiring This Year From Mt. Pleasant Schools

Two Principals Retiring This Year From Mt. Pleasant Schools

Two Mount Pleasant School District principals have announced they are retiring at the end of the current academic year. Stepping down from their posts will be Hawthorne Elementary School Principal Jerry Schulman and Westlake Middle School Principal Dr. Robert Hendrickson Schulman said there was “a number of factors” that came together to influence his decision. […]

Business Profile: Parker Advertising Specialists, Yorktown

Business Profile: Parker Advertising Specialists, Yorktown

Yorktown resident Jennifer Park said promotional advertising by distribution of various items “is extremely helpful” Some promotional items provided to the public include refrigerator magnets. “You’re going to see that every single time you open up that refrigerator door,” Parker said last week. “Tee shirts – you see them everywhere. Hats, people just remember.” Parker […]

Home Guru: Reflections on a Day of Cleaning Up the Neighborhood of Litter

Home Guru: Reflections on a Day of Cleaning Up the Neighborhood of Litter

By Bill Primavera – A few years ago, I wrote a piece about litter and how it relates to the real estate industry. I was inspired because I had just been asked to cancel a showing appointment when a couple had done an advance drive-by of the house and found that it was in a neighborhood […]

Mt. Kisco Approves Police Consolidation With County

Mt. Kisco Approves Police Consolidation With County

After more than three years of negotiations, the Mount Kisco Village Board unanimously approved consolidating its police force with the Westchester County Department of Public Safety Monday night but not before criticism from several residents. The intermunicipal agreement still requires approval from the county Board of Legislators. According to the county, if consolidation goes forward, […]

Chappaqua Resident Named New Boys & Girls Club Leader

Chappaqua Resident Named New Boys & Girls Club Leader

The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester in Mount Kisco has found its new leader from within the organization. Chappaqua resident Alyzza Ozer, who came aboard as the Boys & Girls Club’s chief development officer last October, was recently appointed as its new CEO. Ozer, 51, was unanimously chosen by the club’s board of directors […]

Federal Community Block Grants Available for Somers

Federal Community Block Grants Available for Somers

The Town of Somers is eligible for federal Community Development Block Grants, Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers) told the town board last week. The federal grants were not provided to municipalities in Westchester for the past few years because of the county’s ongoing disputes with the federal Department of Housing and […]

Business Profile: Mancini Realty, Somers

Business Profile: Mancini Realty, Somers

Somers resident Joan Mancini said last week she became a real estate broker thanks to her husband, Rick, who is a builder. “I had been pushing him to get his license to market his own properties,” Mancini recalled. After he earned his real estate broker’s license Rick Mancini convinced his wife to follow in his […]

Butterfield Projects Receives Approvals in Cold Spring

Butterfield Projects Receives Approvals in Cold Spring

After several years of review, the proposed Butterfield mixed use project received two major boosts by the Cold Spring Planning Board on April 1. The board voted 4-1 to provide final site plan approval and unanimously provide preliminary plan approval for the project, which is being proposed by Butterfield Realty. The planning board will hold […]

Business Profile: Iconic Hair, Color, Cut & Style, Yorktown, Mahopac

Business Profile: Iconic Hair, Color, Cut & Style, Yorktown, Mahopac

Unlike many young people, it was not difficult for Peter Morfea to choose a profession. He decided to follow in his father’s footsteps. Morfea, who resides in Rhinebeck Village, is a barber and owner of Iconic Hair, Color, Cut & Style, with locations in Yorktown, Mahopac and Rhinebeck. Morfea’s father, Antonino, opened the family’s first […]