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Residential Zoning Moratorium Extended in Mt. Pleasant

Residential Zoning Moratorium Extended in Mt. Pleasant

The Mount Pleasant Town Board voted to extend its residential zoning moratorium until summer but may end some of the restrictions after this Tuesday’s public hearing. The board voted unanimously on Jan. 26 to extend the original six-month prohibition until July for building department approvals for sheds, storage bins, generators, windmills, fences, motor homes, recreational […]

Preparing for Active Shooter Incidents Addressed in Patterson

Preparing for Active Shooter Incidents Addressed in Patterson

  San Bernardino, CA., Colorado Spring, CO., Roseburg, OR., Chattanooga, TN. all have one dreadful common thread. What links these communities is that they are sites of recent American mass shootings that claimed the lives of at least three people in recent months in a list compiled late last year by the Los Angeles Times. […]

Relocated Mt. Kisco Sports Braces for Modell’s Competition

Relocated Mt. Kisco Sports Braces for Modell’s Competition

Mount Kisco Sports has been a fixture in the village since it opened on South Moger Avenue in 1997. While soaring rents may have forced owner Rob Bernstein to recently move to another downtown storefront on East Main Street, Bernstein ultimately thinks he’s better off, with the store more noticeable in its new location and […]

Westchester Expands Med Drop Boxes Throughout County

Westchester Expands Med Drop Boxes Throughout County

County Executive Rob Astorino and state Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) unveiled 12 new drop boxes throughout Westchester on Wednesday that will allow the public to properly dispose of unused prescription drugs. The $8,000 state grant obtained by Murphy will pay for the boxes in the municipalities that previously did not have them. The white boxes […]

Business Profile: Bruised Apple Books and Music, Peekskill

Business Profile: Bruised Apple Books and Music, Peekskill

Peekskill resident Scott Sailor recalled last week he has been collecting books for three decades. His passion translated into a business as he opened Bruised Apple Books and Music on Central Avenue in Peekskill in 1993, which offers used and rare items. “I was just hunting around for a place to open up my shop […]

Survey Outlines Mt. Pleasant Schools’ Infrastructure Needs

Survey Outlines Mt. Pleasant Schools’ Infrastructure Needs

A study of Mount Pleasant School District facilities released last week highlighted a series of infrastructure projects that should be completed, but district officials must figure out how to pay for the improvements if work is pursued. The Building Condition Survey, unveiled to the public at the Jan. 20 Board of Education meeting, is a […]

Business Profile: Pulse-MD Urgent Care, Mahopac, Mohegan Lake

Business Profile: Pulse-MD Urgent Care, Mahopac, Mohegan Lake

Hopewell Junction resident Dr. Faisal Ashraf is helping to provide an alternative to a hospital emergency room for individuals who have a minor illness or injury through his family-owned business. Pulse-MD Urgent Care opened its original location in Wappinger Falls in 2011; started its second facility in Mahopac in 2013; and in November 2015 opened […]

Hawthorne Multiplex to Close After Monday's Movies

Hawthorne Multiplex to Close After Monday’s Movies

Moviegoers reacted with disappointment, surprise and resignation  to the closing of the All Westchester Saw Mill Multiplex Cinemas in Hawthorne after 30 years of operation. The 2,300 seat, 10-screen theater located at 151 Saw Mill River Rd., will  show movies for the final time today (Monday), before making way for a new Audi car dealership. No date has […]

Mt. Kisco Modell’s Sporting Goods Slated to Open in April

Mt. Kisco Modell’s Sporting Goods Slated to Open in April

The operators of a recently approved Modell’s Sporting Goods are targeting a spring opening for the new store. A recent sign on a front window of the building at 154-162 E. Main St. in the space formerly occupied by Borders bookstore, stated that the sporting goods chain will debut in the village in April. In […]

Mt. Pleasant Awaiting Reports on Possible RR Crossing Closures

Mt. Pleasant Awaiting Reports on Possible RR Crossing Closures

Mount Pleasant officials are waiting on reports from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and their town engineer before deciding to ask whether any of the four railroad crossings be closed. Both studies were prompted following last February’s deadly crash when an SUV driver moved into the path of a Metro-North train at the Commerce […]

Business Profile: Uncorked, Baldwin Place

Business Profile: Uncorked, Baldwin Place

Somers native Brian Moss never originally planned to make a career of owning wine stores. “Sheer circumstance got me involved in it,” Moss said last week. “I like the world of wines. It wasn’t a plan. I didn’t go to college saying I hope to open a liquor store.” Eight weeks ago, Moss opened Uncorked […]

Mt. Kisco Trustees Seek to Regulate Medical Marijuana Distribution

Mt. Kisco Trustees Seek to Regulate Medical Marijuana Distribution

The Mount Kisco Village Board of Trustees is seeking to become one of the first municipalities to regulate the distribution of medical marijuana. Last month the trustees instructed Village Attorney Whitney Singleton to create the proposed regulations. The distribution began on Jan. 5. Mount Kisco Mayor Michael Cindrich said last month the board wanted Singleton […]

Business Profile: Fulgum’s Bar and Grill, Montrose

Business Profile: Fulgum’s Bar and Grill, Montrose

Bruce Fulgum took a chance when he left his job with IBM to open Fulgum’s Bar and Grill in Montrose 33 years ago. His gamble paid off as it has become a local institution. “People say it’s like Cheers. It’s just a great local bar,” Bruce said last week. “If 100 people came in, we’d […]

Murphy Outlines Steps Taken in Fight to Curtail Drug Abuse

Murphy Outlines Steps Taken in Fight to Curtail Drug Abuse

State Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) outlined some of the efforts the state legislature has undertaken this year to fight against the plague of illegal drugs last Tuesday night before the Mount Kisco Village Board. Murphy, co-chairman of the Senate’s Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported […]

Cuomo Vetoes Hotel Tax for Local Municipalities

Cuomo Vetoes Hotel Tax for Local Municipalities

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent move to veto a series of hotel occupancy tax bills affecting 13 Westchester municipalities including North Castle, Sleepy Hollow, Greenburgh and several other local communities was sharply criticized by local elected officials. The legislation was co-sponsored by state Sen. George Latimer (D-Rye), state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti (D-Tarrytown) and Assemblyman David […]

Queens Man Charged in Slashing Incident in Mount Kisco

Queens Man Charged in Slashing Incident in Mount Kisco

A Queens man was arrested by Westchester County Police over the weekend in connection to a New Year’s Day slashing at a house party in Mount Kisco. Landy Leonardo-Monroy, 24, of 138-96 Jamaica Ave. was arrested on a felony assault charge at his residence on Saturday night by Detectives Joseph Donza and Ted Polant of […]

Business Profile: Smashburger, Cortlandt

Business Profile: Smashburger, Cortlandt

The new burger restaurant, Smashburger, in Cortlandt has been open for only a few months but is already a smash hit. “It was very, very busy in the beginning. It slowed down, but it’s still pretty busy, so we’re doing well,” Fairfield, Ct. resident Vincent Petry, the restaurant’s general manager, said last week Petry said […]

Murphy Outlines Steps Taken in Fight to Curtail Drug Abuse

Murphy Outlines Steps Taken in Fight to Curtail Drug Abuse

State Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) outlined some of the efforts the state legislature has undertaken this year to fight against the plague of illegal drugs last Tuesday night before the Mount Kisco Village Board. Murphy, co-chairman of the Senate’s Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported […]

Brewster Trustees Skeptical about County Taxi Commission

Brewster Trustees Skeptical about County Taxi Commission

  Members of the Brewster Village Board of Trustees have expressed concerns about a plan to have Putnam County regulate taxis and limousines. At the Dec. 16 board meeting the trustees declined to provide a letter to the county stating they support the concept of the creation of a county taxi and limousine commission. The […]

Business Profile: Melindesign and It’s A Charmed Life Party Center, Somers

Business Profile: Melindesign and It’s A Charmed Life Party Center, Somers

Somers resident Melinda O’Keefe has a passion for making jewelry and has translated her enthusiasm into her profession by opening up two businesses dealing with jewelry. She is the owner of the jewelry manufacturer Melindesign and It’s A Charmed Life Party Center, where jewelry making parties are held. Both businesses are located at 253 Route […]

Thornwood Bank Robbed By Lone Suspect; Police Appeal for Help

Thornwood Bank Robbed By Lone Suspect; Police Appeal for Help

The Mount Pleasant Police Department is asking the public for help in catching a man who robbed a Chase Bank in Thornwood on Friday afternoon. Police said a male with a beard and dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt, jeans, sunglasses and gloves entered the branch at 10 Marble Ave. at about 1 p.m. and […]

Somers Town Board Okays 2016 Budget with 2.7% Tax Hike

Somers Town Board Okays 2016 Budget with 2.7% Tax Hike

The Somers Town Board voted unanimously last week to approve an $8.76 million 2016 general fund budget that includes no major program cuts or additions and meets the state-mandated property tax cap. Through there were some slight changes among categories of his originally proposed spending plan, Supervisor Rick Morrissey said, there was “zero change to […]

Water District Expansion for Byrnwood Debated in North Castle

Water District Expansion for Byrnwood Debated in North Castle

Concerns from nearby residents regarding usage and possible pollution of the water supply were raised last week as North Castle officials consider Brynwood Golf & Country Club’s request to join a municipal water district. Brynwood, which received approval for a rezone from the town board in June in hopes of building 73 luxury townhouses and […]

Somers Holds Public Hearing on Comprehensive Plan

Somers Holds Public Hearing on Comprehensive Plan

The process of implementing a revised Comprehensive Plan for the Town of Somers moved forward on December 10 when a public hearing on the draft document was conducted during the town board meeting. The plan, formerly known as the Master Plan, was last updated in 1994. Frank Fish, a consultant hired by the town, is […]

Vote Delayed Until This Week on Mt. Pleasant’s $48.3M Budget

Vote Delayed Until This Week on Mt. Pleasant’s $48.3M Budget

Needing more time to consider potential ramifications, the Mount Pleasant Town Board delayed a vote last week on the 2016 town budget. The board was originally scheduled to approve next year’s spending plan on Dec. 8, but unexpectedly decided to adjourn the public hearing until it holds a special meeting scheduled for tonight (Tuesday) at […]

Business Profile: Kelly-Oster School of Irish Dance, Baldwin Place

Business Profile: Kelly-Oster School of Irish Dance, Baldwin Place

Irish Line Dancing has been an important part of the life of Brewster resident Karyn Oster since childhood. “I could dance before I could walk,” Oster said last week, adding many family members were avid Irish dancers and some even won world championships. She translated her passion for Irish dance into a long career. The […]

Mixed Use Development Proposed in Baldwin Place

Mixed Use Development Proposed in Baldwin Place

A local developer is proposing a mixed use development and infrastructure improvements in the Baldwin Place section of Somers. At the December 3 Somers Town Board work session, Ken Kearney, founder and president of the Mahopac-based The Kearney Realty & Development Group, unveiled his Crossroads at Baldwin Place project. The development would be located on […]

Business Profile: G&K Sweet Foods LLC, Peekskill

Business Profile: G&K Sweet Foods LLC, Peekskill

Peekskill resident Kecia Palmer-Cousins and New Rochelle resident Gay Wheeler-Smith said they created the Peekskill-based G&K Sweet Foods LLC, in part, to pass along the legacy of the southern baking which they grew up with. But the eight-year-old business has resulted in much more than continuing their families’ baking traditions. Their Momma’s Legacy Licious Sweet […]

Business Profile: Enrichment Center of Yorktown

Business Profile: Enrichment Center of Yorktown

The Enrichment Center of Yorktown may have changed locations this year, but it is still continuing its tradition of serving children through its before and after school programs. Executive Director Marianne Minard of Ridgefield, CT and Site Director Ginny Hill of Somers discussed the Enrichment Center last week. The Center was established nearly 35 years […]

Mt. Kisco Approves Modell’s for Former Borders Space

Mt. Kisco Approves Modell’s for Former Borders Space

A Mount Kisco storefront that has been empty for more than four years since Borders bookstore vacated will finally be occupied next year. The village planning board voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a special use permit to allow Modell’s Sporting Goods to take over most of the space. The roughly 22,600-square-foot space at 154-162 E. Main […]