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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 […]

Skanes Bids Farewell to Boys & Girls Club in Mt. Kisco

Skanes Bids Farewell to Boys & Girls Club in Mt. Kisco

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Boys & Girls Club has played a dominant role in the life of Mount Kisco resident Brian Skanes. From his youth in New England through nearly all of his professional career, he has spent decades with the nonprofit organization. Now, another chapter in his work will end […]

Proposed $21M Mt. Kisco Budget Within Tax Cap, Would Trigger Rebates

Proposed $21M Mt. Kisco Budget Within Tax Cap, Would Trigger Rebates

Mount Kisco’s tentative 2015-16 budget of nearly $21 million contains a tax increase but the village’s adherence to the state’s property tax cap would enable eligible property owners to collect a rebate. If the budget was approved by the village board in its current form, taxes on the average home in Mount Kisco would rise […]

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 […]