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Business Profile: Putnam Valley Florist, Putnam Valley

Business Profile: Putnam Valley Florist, Putnam Valley

Being a florist has been a lifelong passion for Cortlandt resident Tara Scozzafava-Baisley. As a youth she worked for a cousin, Dale, who was a florist and she majored in floral design and horticulture at SUINY-Cobleskill. Putnam Valley Florist has been in operation on Morrissey Drive for the past 11 years. The building was formerly […]

Business Profile: The Parting Glass Irish Pub & Grill, Mahopac

Business Profile: The Parting Glass Irish Pub & Grill, Mahopac

  Damien Nolan, co-owner of The Parting Glass Pub & Grill, which opened in Mahopac earlier this month, has brought his nearly three decades’ worth of experience working in the restaurant industry to his new business. “I’ve worked in something like 30 high end places in the city,” Nolan said on Monday. Nolan was born […]

Business Profile: Reliable Oil Company, Yorktown

Business Profile: Reliable Oil Company, Yorktown

Much has changed in Yorktown over the period of several decades, including the business owned by the Mastro family that opened in 1939. The Reliable Oil Company had a different mission when it was opened as Reliable Service by the late Louis Mastro, his son recalled last week. “He started as an ice delivery man […]

Mount Pleasant Voters Reject School Bonds for Second Time

Mount Pleasant Voters Reject School Bonds for Second Time

Mount Pleasant School District voters resoundingly defeated a major capital projects bond Tuesday night that would have allowed borrowing for infrastructure projects to upgrade Westlake Middle School and Westlake High School. Proposition 1, which would have authorized the district to borrow up to $34.9 million for myriad upgrades, was defeated 1,292-951, the narrowest margin of […]

New Castle Officials Wrestle With Coyote Regulations

New Castle Officials Wrestle With Coyote Regulations

New Castle officials continued to grapple last week with what to include in a coyote management policy that would be a satisfactory solution when residents have a close encounter with the animal. Members of the Coyote Management Task Force, one of two groups appointed last year to study the issue, met with the town board […]

Somers’ Future Being Addressed in Comprehensive Plan Update

Somers’ Future Being Addressed in Comprehensive Plan Update

A consultant hired by the Town of Somers to help update the town’s Comprehensive Plan for the first time since 1994 provided an update to the public last week. Consultant Frank Fish said he and Town Planner Syrette Dym are working to update the document. The main purpose of the Comprehensive Plan is for “guiding […]

Mt. Pleasant Approves Columbus Avenue Rezone for Retail

Mt. Pleasant Approves Columbus Avenue Rezone for Retail

Over the objection of former supervisor Joan Maybury, the Mount Pleasant Town Board unanimously agreed to rezone four Columbus Avenue properties last week to allow for potential retail development. The town board on March 10 approved Chris DeMartino’s request to change the zoning of his 5.1-acre property, across the street from the Highway Department garage, […]

Business Profile: Le Fontane Ristorante, Somers

Business Profile: Le Fontane Ristorante, Somers

Somers residents Antonio and Alfredo Abbate were already fixtures in the local restaurant scene when they opened Le Fontane Ristorante in Somers in 1991. The siblings had already owned The Blue Dolphin in Katonah. “We were busy and one day this (building) was vacant and we took over,” Antonio Abbate recalled last week. The 100-seat […]

Verizon Wireless Water Tower Plan Opposed in Somers

Verizon Wireless Water Tower Plan Opposed in Somers

Even before a formal application had not been submitted, the Somers Town Board unanimously expressed its opposition for a plan by Verizon Wireless to place cell telephone towers on a municipally owned water tower. Verizon recently informed the town about its plan to place cell towers on the Ross Drive tank, which is owned by […]

Board of Legislators Initiates Legal Action to Recover Federal Funds

Board of Legislators Initiates Legal Action to Recover Federal Funds

In an effort to recoup millions of dollars of lost federal funds, the Westchester County Board of Legislators voted on Monday to initiate legal action against the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The legislation, approved by a 14-0 vote, authorized County Attorney Robert Meehan to sue HUD and other “appropriate parties” over the […]

Hawthorne Resident Appointed to Fill Vacant Mt. Pleasant Seat

Hawthorne Resident Appointed to Fill Vacant Mt. Pleasant Seat

Hawthorne resident Nicholas DiPaolo was unanimously appointed to fill the vacant Mount Pleasant Town Board seat Tuesday night. DiPaolo, 36, one of eight hopefuls interviewed for the opening, is a guidance counselor at Westlake High School. “I believe that we live in a great town,” DiPaolo said of his decision to pursue the seat. “I […]

Home Guru: The Saga of Why I Didn’t Take a Bath in 50 Years

Home Guru: The Saga of Why I Didn’t Take a Bath in 50 Years

By Bill Primavera This morning I took my first bath in 50 years, and it wasn’t for the purpose of getting myself clean but rather to clean the air tub, which hadn’t been used since I purchased my new condo three months ago. I’m one of those people who opted for showers instead of baths […]

No Resolution to Borders, Village Manager Vacancies in Mt. Kisco

No Resolution to Borders, Village Manager Vacancies in Mt. Kisco

While police consolidation between Mount Kisco and Westchester County appears to be at hand, two other long-term issues before the village board don’t appear close to an end. Mayor Michael Cindrich said last week the board is still seeking a permanent village manager and the vacant building that formerly housed Borders Books is not close […]

Business Profile: Yorktown Love in Action, Mohegan Lake

Business Profile: Yorktown Love in Action, Mohegan Lake

Lifelong Yorktown resident Donna Simone has demonstrated her compassion for local residents in various ways as a mission in life. “I’ve always helped people. I was a single mom up until eight years ago when I married my husband (Frank Soto),” Simone said last week. “I always had people reaching out to me and giving […]

Mt. Kisco, County Reach Agreement on Police Consolidation

Mt. Kisco, County Reach Agreement on Police Consolidation

The three-year-long effort to consolidate the Mount Kisco Police Department with the Westchester County Department of Public Safety has cleared a major barrier. Mayor Michael Cindrich confirmed Monday night that the village and the county have agreed in principle to an intermunicipal agreement. “The IMA is basically ready,” Cindrich said. Despite the agreement, there are […]

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 […]