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Armonk Woman Among Two Dead in Route 9A Crash in Hawthorne

Armonk Woman Among Two Dead in Route 9A Crash in Hawthorne

An accident involving a motorcycle and a car on Route 9A in Hawthorne on Wednesday claimed the lives of a 79-year-old Armonk woman and a New Rochelle man. Mount Pleasant police said the accident occurred at about 3:45 p.m. at the intersection of Dana Road and Route 9A. Pronounced dead at Westchester Medical Center were […]

Business Profile: Rob’s Poultry Supplies & Chicks, Cortlandt

Business Profile: Rob’s Poultry Supplies & Chicks, Cortlandt

It is like no other store in the Cortlandt area. Town resident Rob Robinson opened Rob’s Poultry Supplies & Chicks in August 2015 on Route 202. Robinson has been in the business for over 30 years. Prior to opening his store last year he operated his business out of his home living room. “It grew […]

Mt. Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry Serves Community for 25 Years

Mt. Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry Serves Community for 25 Years

Mention Westchester County and hunger among its residents is probably one of the last images in many people’s minds. But representatives of the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry, see hungry families stream into the United Methodist Church on East Main Street where the pantry is located on a weekly basis. “I think in this affluent […]

MTA Monopole Proposal Roundly Criticized in Patterson

MTA Monopole Proposal Roundly Criticized in Patterson

Putnam County Legislature Chairwoman Ginny Nacerino joined other Patterson residents in criticizing the MTA’s plan to construct a police monopole on Route 164 at the June 8 town board meeting. In his Sept. 23, 2015 letter to the town, Michael Coan, chief of department for the MTA explained why the Route 164 site was chosen. […]

Business Profile: Hygeia Integrated Health, LLC, Jefferson Valley

Business Profile: Hygeia Integrated Health, LLC, Jefferson Valley

Hygeia Integrated Health LLC was opened in April 30 and as its name indicates, it provides several types of care form a varied staff of professionals. Cortlandt resident Denise Foulkes is a licensed clinical social worker who is the founder of Hygeia Integrated Health LLC in Jefferson Valley  Nyack resident Christine Fallon does marketing and […]

Officials See Signs of Progress for Mt. Pleasant Youth Residences

Officials See Signs of Progress for Mt. Pleasant Youth Residences

Progress is being made to address the violence at two residential facilities for youths in Mount Pleasant, state Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) told about 100 concerned residents at a follow-up public forum last week. Murphy said last Friday he was working to create an action plan for Hawthorne Cedar Knolls High School and the Pleasantville […]

Recreation Center Plan Moving Forward in Putnam Valley

Recreation Center Plan Moving Forward in Putnam Valley

A plan to construct a recreation center in Putnam Valley is moving forward. At their June 1 meeting the town board agreed to schedule a vote on June 8 to approve a $98,100 contract with Architectural Visions PLLC The firm would be responsible for architectural, mechanical, plumbing, lighting design, structural plans, as well as the […]

Business Profile: Oscar’s Restaurant & Bar, Yorktown

Business Profile: Oscar’s Restaurant & Bar, Yorktown

Mention the restaurant business to Haverstraw resident Oscar Aguilar and his face will light up. “I love it. This is my life,” Aguilar said. “I’ve been doing this for 20 years. I like people.” He brought his passion for the industry when he opened Oscar’s Restaurant & Bar in Yorktown about four months ago. It […]

State Policy, Funding Handcuffs Residential Treatment Facilities

State Policy, Funding Handcuffs Residential Treatment Facilities

Representatives of two Mount Pleasant residential treatment centers for youths whose facilities are under fire for repeated violent incidents criticized changes in state policy that prohibits staff from proactively intervening before a situation is out of control. James Gaudette, superintendent of the Mount Pleasant Cottage School Union Free School District, and David Rivel, CEO of the […]

Business Profile: Furci's Italian Dining, Yorktown

Business Profile: Furci’s Italian Dining, Yorktown

While Furci’s Italian Dining only opened up last December, in a sense it was over a century in the making. The restaurant’s recipes date back to about 100 years ago from the Furci family. Yorktown resident Deneen Furci said last week the family decided to open the restaurant together because they all grew up in […]

Changes Vowed for Mt. Pleasant’s Residential Treatment Centers

Changes Vowed for Mt. Pleasant’s Residential Treatment Centers

T More than 300 residents converged at a community forum at Mount Pleasant Town Hall last Monday demanding solutions to end the series of incidents that many in the crowd stated have been taking place for years at the Hawthorne Cedar Knolls High School campus on Linda Avenue and the Mount Pleasant Cottage School on […]

Drug Paraphernalia Legislation Considered in Mt. Kisco

Drug Paraphernalia Legislation Considered in Mt. Kisco

Legislation before the Mount Kisco Village Board that would ban the sale and display of drug accessories was debated last week with general support expressed for the proposal. The measure is being spearheaded by Deputy Mayor Anthony Markus. There is no provision in the village code to bar the sale and display of drug paraphernalia, […]

Business of the Week: Peekskill Wine & Liquor,  Cortlandt

Business of the Week: Peekskill Wine & Liquor, Cortlandt

Lincoln Park, NJ resident Paul Dubal previously owned businesses “that didn’t pan out” and later worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a supervisor but did not lose his desire to be his own boss again. “I did my research” and decided to own a liquor store, Dubal said last week. If the store is […]

Six Teens Arrested in Pair of Hawthorne Cedar Knolls Melees

Six Teens Arrested in Pair of Hawthorne Cedar Knolls Melees

A series of violent incidents erupted Friday and Saturday at the Hawthorne Cedar Knolls campus in Mount Pleasant resulting in the arrest of six teenagers in a roughly 12-hour span. Mount Pleasant Police Chief Paul Oliva said at about 1 p.m. on Friday, the department was called to the school, which serves as a residential […]

Former Mount Pleasant Superintendent John Whearty Dies

Former Mount Pleasant Superintendent John Whearty Dies

Valhalla resident John Whearty, a former Mount Pleasant School District superintendent of schools and an educator in the district for 34 years, died on May 12. He was 82. Whearty began his career in Mount Pleasant in 1962 when was appointed the first principal of Westlake High School, which opened that fall. He later became […]

Pair of Challengers Take on Incumbents for Mt. Pleasant Board of Ed

Pair of Challengers Take on Incumbents for Mt. Pleasant Board of Ed

Four candidates are vying for two seats on the Mount Pleasant Board of Education next Tuesday. Incumbents Theresa Fowler and Christopher Pinchiaroli are being opposed by Celia Cannata and Vincent Graci. Voting on the 2016-17 budget and the school board election will take place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Westlake High School […]

Hearing on Mt. Pleasant Film Ordinance to Resume Tonight

Hearing on Mt. Pleasant Film Ordinance to Resume Tonight

The Mount Pleasant Town Board will be revamping its proposed legislation to regulate commercial filming in town after criticisms were leveled against the measure at a recent public hearing. As originally proposed, the ordinance would have required a license for filming movies, television programs, commercials and other promotional materials unless the person is an owner […]

Mt. Kisco to Weigh Downtown Business Improvement District

Mt. Kisco to Weigh Downtown Business Improvement District

In an effort to bolster commercial activity, Mount Kisco Mayor Michael Cindrich said the village is considering the creation of a business improvement district (BID) for the heart of the downtown. Cindrich said a BID would comprise portions of Main Street, South Moger Avenue and a small portion of North Moger Avenue, although officials haven’t […]

Modell’s Opening Delayed Until Late Summer in Mount Kisco

Modell’s Opening Delayed Until Late Summer in Mount Kisco

Shoppers hoping to see Modell’s Sporting Goods open a new store on East Main Street in Mount Kisco will have to wait several months longer than expected. Representatives of the chain told the planning board Tuesday night that the store’s opening would be delayed until late summer. The applicant’s new plan also includes having two […]

Somers Police Officer Residency Requirement Eliminated

Somers Police Officer Residency Requirement Eliminated

Over the objections of a State Police officer who lives in Somers, the Somers Town Board voted unanimously earlier this month to end its residency requirement for town police officers. The legislation requires that applicants seeking to be part-time town police officers in Somers who do not live in town must otherwise reside in either […]

Modell’s Mt. Kisco Store Modifications Moves Opening to Late May

Modell’s Mt. Kisco Store Modifications Moves Opening to Late May

The much-anticipated opening of a Modell’s Sporting Goods store on Mount Kisco’s Main Street has been put on hold as some changes in the interior plans to accommodate a second tenant are discussed. Representatives for the sporting goods chain have returned to the village planning board to divide the space that will not be used […]

Westlake Teachers Take District Officials to Task on Rat Sightings

Westlake Teachers Take District Officials to Task on Rat Sightings

Three middle school teachers argued at last week’s Mount Pleasant Board of Education work session that district officials failed to do enough to prevent rats from entering the middle school and high school campus this winter. Middle school teachers Virginia Campbell, Courtney Angle and Tom Hall said at the Apr. 13 board work session that […]

Few Brewster Residents Participate in Superintendent Search Meeting

Few Brewster Residents Participate in Superintendent Search Meeting

The process of finding a new superintendent for the Brewster School District continued last week with three meetings in which the public’s input was sought. The first meeting was conducted at the Henry H. Wells Middle School on April 6. Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES is assisting the district with the search process. BOCES Assistant Superintendents John […]

Mt. Kisco Task Force Looks to Streamline Development Approvals

Mt. Kisco Task Force Looks to Streamline Development Approvals

An 11-person committee has released a series of recommendations in an effort to streamline the development approvals process in Mount Kisco. The Task Force on the Permitting Process unveiled its report during a joint village board and planning board work session on March 30. The task force included Trustee Peter Grunthal, the group’s chair, Deputy […]

Business Profile: DD’s Diner, Ossining

Business Profile: DD’s Diner, Ossining

Jimmy Kitsios is an embodiment of the American Dream. Kitsios moved from his native Greece in 1967. In his early years in America he owned a fur business in New York City. He owned it for about 16 years until the fur business was leaving the region for areas with less expensive labor costs, he […]

New Members Sought for Mount Kisco Community Garden

New Members Sought for Mount Kisco Community Garden

For five years the InterGenerate Community Garden at the Marsh Sanctuary in Mount Kisco has provided a place for local residents to grow healthy food for themselves and those in need. With the sixth garden season set to kick off next month, new gardeners are being sought to participate in the program. Katonah-based InterGenerate is […]

Mount Kisco Organization Honored for Assistance to Haiti

Mount Kisco Organization Honored for Assistance to Haiti

The devastating earthquake in Haiti killed thousands in 2010 and led to an outpouring of support from people around the world. Though the country’s struggles may not dominate the news as it did six years ago, its needs haven’t gone away. The Mount Kisco-based Hands Up for Haiti has dedicated itself to helping the nation […]

Business Profile: Goldfish Oyster Bar & Restaurant, Ossining

Business Profile: Goldfish Oyster Bar & Restaurant, Ossining

  Thornwood resident Tommy Stratis already owned Casa Rina restaurant in his hometown when he decided to try his hand at owning a second eatery about 13 years ago. Stratis is the owner of the Goldfish Oyster Bar & Restaurant in Ossining. The roughly 80-year-old Rockledge Avenue building was a restaurant and former “speakeasy” for […]

Middle Eastern, North African Documentaries Return to the Burns

Middle Eastern, North African Documentaries Return to the Burns

The documentary filmmakers whose works are being presented during the Jacob Burns Film Center’s upcoming “Greenhouse 2016: Emerging Documentary Voices from the Middle East and North Africa” series are paying a heavy price. Creators of the eight documentaries that will be shown during the five-day series that begins Sunday face persecution should they return home […]

Business Profile: Celtic Aer Gift Shop, Mohegan Lake

Business Profile: Celtic Aer Gift Shop, Mohegan Lake

Celtic Aer has more than one meaning, the owner of the Celtic Aer Gift Shop in Mohegan Lake said last week. “Celtic Aer translates to Celtic Air (like Aer Lingus, the major Irish airline), but the ‘AER’ also doubled as my initials,” Peekskill resident Ashley Rooney noted. The run up to St. Patrick’s Day is a particularly busy time […]