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Business Profile: Muscoot Tavern, Somers

Business Profile: Muscoot Tavern, Somers

The Muscoot Tavern has been a Somers landmark since the 1920’s. Its new owner wants to keep the popular tradition of the restaurant, but added last week he is putting his own stamp on the establishment, which is located at the intersection of routes 35 and 100. Katonah resident Bobby Epstein said the building was […]

Business Profile: Yorktown Animal Hospital

Business Profile: Yorktown Animal Hospital

Briarcliff resident Dr. Philip Raclyn and Croton resident Dr. Steven Kasanofsky have co-owned the Yorktown Animal Hospital since 2002, as well as two animal hospitals in Manhattan. They came to Westchester in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and have not regretted their move to open the hospital. “After 9-11 everybody got a […]

Mt. Kisco Village Board Democrats Uncontested Once Again

Mt. Kisco Village Board Democrats Uncontested Once Again

It appears that the Democrats will maintain their stranglehold on Mount Kisco village government for at least another year. The village’s Republican Party was unable to attract candidates to challenge incumbent Democratic trustees Jean Farber and Karen Schleimer, who are seeking re-election this fall. John Francan, chairman of the Mount Kisco Republican Committee, said one […]

Labor Strife Ends at Mt. Kisco Mrs. Green's as Union, Company Reach Accord

Labor Strife Ends at Mt. Kisco Mrs. Green’s as Union, Company Reach Accord

The long simmering labor dispute at Mrs. Green’s Natural Market in Mount Kisco has come to an end. A settlement between the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1500 and the company was reached on Tuesday and agreed to by the National Labor Relations Board. The dispute stemmed from the firing of eight workers […]

Business Profile: Old Bet Farm Market,  Somers

Business Profile: Old Bet Farm Market, Somers

Bedford resident Jimmy Habal recently received a request from a customer at the Old Bet Farm Market for some radishes. The radishes could not have been any fresher because Habal took them directly from the soil of one of the greenhouses located behind the Somers store. Fresh produce is one of the trademarks for the […]

Business Profile: Baldwin Golf Center, Baldwin Place

Business Profile: Baldwin Golf Center, Baldwin Place

Yorktown resident Rocky Cambareri has been a regular on local golf courses since he got a job at the Mohansic Golf Course at the age of 11. He translated his passion for golf into his profession. Cambareri, a PGA member, is one of the owners of the Baldwin Golf Center, which is located in the […]

Mt. Pleasant Schools Moves Forward With Bond Preparation Plans

Mt. Pleasant Schools Moves Forward With Bond Preparation Plans

The Mount Pleasant Board of Education is poised to hire an architect and a contracting company for a possible bond issue vote later this year carrying a price tag of as much as $50 million. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Guiney said last week the district is on target to hire the Mount Kisco-based KG&D […]

Office Building Proposal Discussed at Patterson/Brewster Hearing

Office Building Proposal Discussed at Patterson/Brewster Hearing

The Southeast Town Board and the Brewster Village Board of Trustees held a joint public hearing on June 18 in village hall on a proposal for construction of a four-story medical/professional office building located next to the Southeast town highway garage. For the plan to go forward the roughly 16 acre 61 Allvoiew Ave. parcel […]

Mt. Kisco, County Continue to Weigh Police Merger Option

Mt. Kisco, County Continue to Weigh Police Merger Option

Mount Kisco officials may support consolidation of police services with Westchester County, but residents were divided last week over the prospect. A proposal developed by the county at the request of the village board was outlined last week by Westchester County Police Sgt. Jeffrey Weiss. During the June 16 meeting that packed village hall, several […]

Business Profile: Rita’s Italian Ice

Business Profile: Rita’s Italian Ice

Yorktown resident David Goldes entered the frozen confections business when he opened a Rita’s Italian Ice in Elmsford five years ago. Two years later he decided to branch out by opening a new Rita’s in Yorktown. “A friend of a friend” recommended that he enter the ice and frozen custard business in Elmsford, Goldes recalled […]

Mount Kisco Trustees Hire Faiella as Interim Village Manager

Mount Kisco Trustees Hire Faiella as Interim Village Manager

The Mount Kisco Village Board voted unanimously Monday night to hire former New Castle Town Administrator Jerry Faiella as interim village manager as officials search for a permanent replacement for the departing James Palmer. Faiella, 59, an Ossining resident, said part of his new job will be to help find his successor. “Right now I […]

Business Profile: GNC, Cortlandt Town Center

Business Profile: GNC, Cortlandt Town Center

Ricky Jaisingh has been associated with General Nutrition Centers for many years. He started his career working in the corporate of side of GNC for over 15 years. He started as a sales associate and within a year became an assistant manager, then later became a manager. He eventually became the regional sales director for […]

Major Capital Projects Bond Likely for Mt. Pleasant Schools This Fall

Major Capital Projects Bond Likely for Mt. Pleasant Schools This Fall

The Mount Pleasant Board of Education may vote within the next few weeks to approve a capital projects bond of up to $50 million that could go before the district’s voters this fall. Board of Education President James Grieco said last week the bond could be between $45 million and $50 million. “We don’t want […]

Business Profile: Stand Up Motion, Jefferson Valley

Business Profile: Stand Up Motion, Jefferson Valley

Putnam Valley resident Jerry Patterson is not only the owner of Stand Up Motion in Jefferson Valley, he is also its chief paddling officer. Stand Up is a paddleboard company that opened in 2011. It is open daily from June to October. “Stand up paddle boarding is all about having fun,” Patterson said last week..“I […]

Mt. Pleasant to Sue Westchester Medical Center Over Project Review

Mt. Pleasant to Sue Westchester Medical Center Over Project Review

The Mount Pleasant Town Board is scheduled to decide Tuesday whether to sue Westchester Medical Center because the hospital is refusing to appear before the town for approval of its expansion project. Supervisor Joan Maybury said Tuesday the town will be seeking a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction after the medical center informed […]

New Exercise Facility Approved in Mt. Kisco Despite Parking Debate

New Exercise Facility Approved in Mt. Kisco Despite Parking Debate

The Mount Kisco Planning Board last week approved a new exercise facility but fewer patrons will be allowed initially during certain hours because officials maintained there could be parking concerns. The planning board amended the change of use for the property at 145 Kisco Ave. to allow for the operation of Flywheel, a physical training […]

Carmel Town Board OK’s Meeting Room Purchases

Carmel Town Board OK’s Meeting Room Purchases

The Carmel Town Board has approved a plan to install two new security cameras and replace the floor in the meeting/courtroom in town hall. Justice Court Clerk Pat Genna told the town board on May 28 that most of the funding for the purchases will come from a grant she obtained for the town. Genna […]

Business Profile: Hudson Fare, Shrub Oak

Business Profile: Hudson Fare, Shrub Oak

Mohegan Lake resident Alex Arrieta has shopped with his family at the Jefferson Valley Mall in Shrub Oak for years. “Every time we came to the mall we realized that there weren’t a lot of food options we thought were healthy for the kids and even for ourselves,” Arrieta said last week. Arietta and his […]

Mt. Kisco Organization Holds Parent Support Meeting to Fight Substance Abuse

Mt. Kisco Organization Holds Parent Support Meeting to Fight Substance Abuse

There is more that parents can do to guard their children from using alcohol and drugs. That was the central message at the Mount Kisco Partners in Prevention first parent support group meeting held last Thursday evening. Partners in Prevention is a federally funded program that seeks to curtail underage drinking and drug use. Coordinator […]

Carmel Town Board Makes Police Appointments

Carmel Town Board Makes Police Appointments

Acting on the recommendations of Chief Michael Cazzari, the Carmel Town Board unanimously made two police promotions permanent on May 21. Michael Nagel was appointed as detective sergeant and Stephen Kunze was appointed as a detective. Following the meeting, Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt said both men have worked for the department for several years. Nagel is […]

Proposed Thornwood Shopping Center Worries Rose Hill Merchants

Proposed Thornwood Shopping Center Worries Rose Hill Merchants

Two Rose Hill Shopping Center storeowners expressed concern last week about a new mall planned for Thornwood that could make an already challenging business environment more difficult. Michael DiNardo, owner of Silvio’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, and Artuso & Sons Pastry & Cafe owner Bobby Artuso told the Mount Pleasant Town Board they were concerned that […]

Military’s Sacrifices Remembered at Valhalla Cemetery Ceremony

Military’s Sacrifices Remembered at Valhalla Cemetery Ceremony

About 80 local veterans, public officials and residents kicked off the Memorial Day weekend Friday afternoon with a ceremony at the Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla to honor those who sacrificed their lives serving in the nation’s military. Veterans raised a Medal of Honor flag to remember its recipients who exhibited personal acts of valor above […]

Business Profile: O'Grady's Public House, Yorktown

Business Profile: O’Grady’s Public House, Yorktown

O’Grady’s Public House in Yorktown may have opened earlier this year, but its roots go back to the early 20th Century. The Irish-themed restaurant is dedicated to Catherine O’Grady, who came to the United States from Ireland in 1908. As stated on the establishment’s Web site, “Catherine’s amazing love and dedication to her family, her […]

Mt. Pleasant School Board Incumbents Win; Budget Passes

Mt. Pleasant School Board Incumbents Win; Budget Passes

In one of the few contested board of education races in the area, two Mount Pleasant School District incumbents were re-elected Tuesday night and the proposed $55.75 million 2014-15 budget was approved. Trustee Laurie Donato received 652 votes and board Vice President Eric Schulze collected 527 votes to retain their seats, defeating first-time candidate Edward […]

Tightening State's Gun Safety Laws Focus of Forum in Armonk

Tightening State’s Gun Safety Laws Focus of Forum in Armonk

Gun safety advocates must change their strategy to reach their legislative goals by convincing a wider portion of the population that children are in danger because of the unsafe storage and use of firearms. That was part of the message delivered during a panel discussion held last Wednesday at the North Castle Public Library in […]

Business Profile: Whitaker Garage Doors, Croton Falls

Business Profile: Whitaker Garage Doors, Croton Falls

It has been a family tradition for generations and is still going strong. Garrison residents Casarra and Jonathan Cover are the current owners of Henry B. Whitaker Inc. garage door business, which was opened by her grandfather in 1949 in Yorktown. The company now operates in Croton Falls, near the boarder of Westchester and Putnam […]

Comedic Theater Company Performing in Philipstown

Comedic Theater Company Performing in Philipstown

It is a story about corporate malfeasance that could be taken from today’s newspapers. But “Gasping” is not a news story. It was written by award-winning British writer Ben Elton in 1990. “Gasping” is the first production staged by The Drones Theater Company, which will be devoted to comedies. Performances will be held on weekends […]

Appellate Court Sides With Mt. Kisco in Cemetery Suit

Appellate Court Sides With Mt. Kisco in Cemetery Suit

A state appellate court has rejected an appeal from Oakwood Cemetery in its Article 78 against the Village of Mount Kisco over a plan to provide cremation services. The ruling, which was written in March by the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court, Second Division, prevents Oakwood Cemetery, located at 304 Lexington Ave., from […]

Business Profile: Silk Studio, Somers

Business Profile: Silk Studio, Somers

Somers resident Shari Silk received a Kodak camera at the age of eight and it changed her life forever. Silk recalled last week how she began to document her life through photography in her childhood. A good part of her professional life is devoted to documenting the lives of other children through Silk Studio, which […]

Palmer to Leave Mount Kisco Village Manager’s Post

Palmer to Leave Mount Kisco Village Manager’s Post

A chapter in Mount Kisco government will come to a close in June, when James Palmer, who has served as village manager for the past six years and has worked for the municipality for nearly two decades, will leave to become village administrator in Bronxville. Palmer said it was a difficult decision to leave Mount […]