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Business Profile: Yorktown Pharmacy

Business Profile: Yorktown Pharmacy

Raj Venkat has continued a long tradition in northern Westchester by owning the Yorktown Pharmacy for the past 11 years. The store has been in business since 1930. It is a throwback to the locally owned drug stores that were common before CVS and other chains began to dominate the market. Venkat purchased the store […]

Business Profile: Smalley’s Inn, Carmel

Business Profile: Smalley’s Inn, Carmel

The Halloween season is a special time at Smalley’s Inn in Carmel. The exterior of the restaurant, which originally opened in 1852, is decorated for the season and the dining area resembles a haunted house you could find in an amusement park. The area is loaded with decorations and mechanical ghouls and zombies that cans […]

Mt. Pleasant Mulls Hiking Train Station Parking Fees

Mt. Pleasant Mulls Hiking Train Station Parking Fees

The Mount Pleasant Town Board is considering raising its fees at the town’s train station parking lots to be more in line with the rates charged in other municipalities. Town Clerk Patricia Scova requested a hike in the parking fees at the Hawthorne and Valhalla lots in a letter to the board earlier this month, […]

Business Profile: Suburban Wines  and Spirits, Yorktown

Business Profile: Suburban Wines and Spirits, Yorktown

Mount Kisco resident Lance Cerutti is continuing a tradition as the latest owner of Suburban Wines & Sprits, which is an institution in Yorktown. The store has been in existence for the past 55 years, Cerutti noted last week. “I bought this store 10 years ago,” he said. “I was always passionate about wine and […]

Boys & Girls Club to Void Land Deal With Mt. Kisco

Boys & Girls Club to Void Land Deal With Mt. Kisco

The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester is set to cancel its January 2014 contract with Mount Kisco that called for the village to buy a portion of its land and use it for recreation and open space. At the Oct. 6 village board meeting, Charles Martabano, an attorney representing the club, said the […]

Fulgenzi Takes Over as Interim Supervisor in Mt. Pleasant

Fulgenzi Takes Over as Interim Supervisor in Mt. Pleasant

Mount Pleasant Councilman Carl Fulgenzi was named interim supervisor this week, but town board members were not prepared to announce who will serve the balance of former supervisor Joan Maybury’s unexpired term. Fulgenzi said that the board is expected to make the appointment to fill the post through next year on Oct. 28. Fulgenzi, the […]

Business Profile: DT Vapor & Smoke, Cortlandt

Business Profile: DT Vapor & Smoke, Cortlandt

A new store in Cortlandt is offering both traditional and new ways to smoke. DT Vapor & Smoke sells organic cigarettes and tobacco, cigars and new vapor cigarettes. Cortlandt resident Tom Doan is the owner of the establishment, which opened in late September. .Another Cortlandt resident, Tracey Cong, is the store manager. Cong said vapor […]

State Comptroller Takes Mt. Pleasant Off Fiscal Stress List

State Comptroller Takes Mt. Pleasant Off Fiscal Stress List

The Town of Mount Pleasant received some very encouraging financial news after the office of state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli recently announced that the municipality was removed from the state’s fiscal stress list. This year’s list, which evaluated the financial condition of municipalities and counties statewide for 2013 based on information provided by Aug. 29, included […]

Street Fair and Parade on Tap for Mahopac

Street Fair and Parade on Tap for Mahopac

Sunday figures to be a festive day on Route 6N in Mahopac with not one, but two annual events scheduled. The 12th annual Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce Street Fair is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A major part of the fair is the Italian American Club of Mahopac’s annual Columbus Day Parade, […]

Mt. Pleasant Supervisor Joan Maybury to Resign

Mt. Pleasant Supervisor Joan Maybury to Resign

Mount Pleasant Supervisor Joan Maybury abruptly announced on Tuesday she was resigning from office for family reasons, effective next Friday, Oct. 10. Maybury, who was appointed as supervisor in January 2010 to replace Robert Meehan, explained her decision in a letter. “For the past 23 years, it has been an honor and privilege to serve […]

Business Profile: Lifestyles  & Interiors By Lisa, Croton

Business Profile: Lifestyles & Interiors By Lisa, Croton

Lifelong Cortlandt resident Lisa McTernan said last week, “I felt from a very young age I’ve always thought like a designer.” McTernan recalled, “As a young girl I noticed how someone’s house was painted.” McTernan said for fun as a young girl she would build and design towns in a sandbox. When she was in […]

Business Profile: Ms. Dancewear Inc., Mohegan Lake

Business Profile: Ms. Dancewear Inc., Mohegan Lake

Mohegan Lake resident Susan Stanford had young daughters who were dancers who “had a hard time finding dancewear.” Finding dancewear is not a problem at Ms. Dancewear Inc., the store Standford owns in Mohegan Lake, provides a wide array of dancewear. The store sells dancewear, dance shoes, and clothing for gymnastics, cheerleading, amateur and professional […]

Business Profile: Dance Expression, Peekskill

Business Profile: Dance Expression, Peekskill

Philipstown resident Arleen Grafer said last week dancing has been a passion for her two daughters, Peekskill resident Jessica Grafer and Cortlandt resident Christine Ferreria, since childhood. That passion was translated into a vocation for the family when they opened Dance Expression in Peekskill in 2004. Grafer said last week there was a simple reason […]

$55M Mt. Pleasant School Bond Likely for Voters in November

$55M Mt. Pleasant School Bond Likely for Voters in November

Mount Pleasant School District residents will decide whether to support a $55,855,000 capital projects bond this fall that would focus on improvements at the middle school and high school campus. Trustees reached consensus last Wednesday night to schedule a referendum for Saturday, Nov. 15. It is expected that they will officially schedule the vote at […]

Business Profile: Fat Sal's Bar and Grill, Buchanan

Business Profile: Fat Sal’s Bar and Grill, Buchanan

Just in time for the new football season, Fat Sal’s Bar and Grill opened in Buchanan on September 2. More than 100 customers came to the new establishment on opening day. Fat Sal has two meanings. Fat Sal is a happy cow that wears an apron featuring the Autism Speaks logo and serves as the […]

Revolutionary War Map Donated to Mount Kisco

Revolutionary War Map Donated to Mount Kisco

A piece of Revolutionary War history has been donated to the Village of Mount Kisco. Bedford residents Herb Kaufmann and Peter Milano last week gave one of two copies of the July 1781 map of the French Army encampment, which took place in the village, to local officials. Mayor Michael Cindrich said the map will […]

Mt. Kisco Eyeing Change to Village Manager Residency Requirement

Mt. Kisco Eyeing Change to Village Manager Residency Requirement

Mount Kisco Mayor Michael Cindrich revealed last week the village board is considering changing its local law to allow nonresidents to be appointed permanent village manager. Cindrich said the law restricting the village manager’s post to Mount Kisco residents may be hindering the board’s search for a replacement for James Palmer, who left his post […]

College Intern Proposes Road Maintenance Program for Mt. Pleasant

College Intern Proposes Road Maintenance Program for Mt. Pleasant

A big part of the town road maintenance practice in Mount Pleasant has been for highway personnel to head out and observe road conditions to decide which streets need repair. But thanks to the efforts of a Manhattan College intern this summer, the town now has a computerized system for road maintenance planning. Town resident […]

Business Profile: : Margeliz Center, Yorktown

Business Profile: : Margeliz Center, Yorktown

Margaret Dobkowski said it is difficult for a spouse or other family members to deal with a loved one with ailments such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. There were no adult day care programs in the local area for those with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and other cognitive disorders until three years […]

Teachers, Staff Dressing Down With a Purpose at Hawthorne Elementary

Teachers, Staff Dressing Down With a Purpose at Hawthorne Elementary

Dress Down Fridays can be a fun respite from the button-down world of formal business attire. But for the faculty and staff of Hawthorne Elementary School, Dress Down Fridays have a greater purpose: to fundraise for various charities during the school year. The program returns the 2014-15 academic year, allowing faculty members to wear casual […]

Business Profile: Pure Salon, Yorktown

Business Profile: Pure Salon, Yorktown

Somers resident Daniela Chiazzese said last week she is living her dream. Chiazzese, who has been working in the hair salon industry since she was 15 (sweeping and washing hair), has owned Pure Salon in Yorktown for the past three-and-a-half years. “My dream was always to open up my own business,” she said.. She said […]

 Sidewalks and Bike Lanes Sought in Town of Somers

Sidewalks and Bike Lanes Sought in Town of Somers

The Town of Somers is examining how residents can be less dependent on their cars by installing new sidewalks and road lanes dedicated to biking. Members of the town Energy Environment Committee discussed how to go forward with the national Complete Streets program, at the August 21 town board meeting. The board approved the town’s […]

Maybury Balks at Deadline for Housing Settlement Comments

Maybury Balks at Deadline for Housing Settlement Comments

A tight deadline to respond to information released this week that will be incorporated into a new zoning analysis related to the affordable housing settlement sparked scathing criticisms from Mount Pleasant Supervisor Joan Maybury. Maybury, who has been highly outspoken on issues related to the 2009 agreement, argued that the 31 municipalities named in the […]

Business Profile: Northeast Dental, Yorktown

Business Profile: Northeast Dental, Yorktown

Yorktown resident Dr. Amanda Wiechert had no difficulty choosing what she wanted to do for a living. “I always wanted to be a dentist, ever since I was in sixth grade,” Wiechert said last week in her new office at Northeast Dental in the Underhill Plaza Shopping Center in Yorktown. “I just made it happen.” […]

Pleasantville Native’s Band Documentary to Be Screened at Jacob Burns

Pleasantville Native’s Band Documentary to Be Screened at Jacob Burns

For Pleasantville native Heather Craig, 2011 was a year like none other. She took a cross-country tour with the pop music band Porches, which includes several fellow Pleasantville natives. The 40-day, 36-concert sojourn is the subject of Craig’s first film as a director, “Being Alone: A Porches Tour Documentary.” A free screening will be held […]

Controversial 12 Lot Subdivision Sought for Hawthorne

Controversial 12 Lot Subdivision Sought for Hawthorne

A proposal for a 12-lot subdivision for Linda Avenue and Florence Avenue raised concerns of residents and Mount Pleasant Planning Board members at the Aug. 7 meeting. G & F Associates is seeking subdivision and site plan approvals and a steep slope permit from the planning board. The 9.46 acre parcel has portions zoned R-10 […]

Mt. Pleasant Planning Board to Approve Pace Renovation Project Changes

Mt. Pleasant Planning Board to Approve Pace Renovation Project Changes

Pace University is seeking Mount Pleasant Planning Board approval for some changes in the first phase of its renovation project, including the addition of four backup power generators. In July 2013 the board voted unanimously to approve Phase 1A of the multi-phase project. The university’s plan, which was originally announced in late 2010, will have […]

Legion of Christ Property Preservation Discussed in Mount Pleasant

Legion of Christ Property Preservation Discussed in Mount Pleasant

If the Town of Mount Pleasant decides to seek to protect as open space a part of the undeveloped portion of the Legion of Christ property in Thornwood the Westchester Land Trust is willing to assist the town. At the Aug. 4 town board work session, Westchester Land Trust President Lori Ensinger discussed the Legion […]

New Mount Kisco Building Inspector Introduced

New Mount Kisco Building Inspector Introduced

The former Putnam Valley building inspector has recently taken over the same position in Mount Kisco. Putnam Valley resident John Landi was introduced to the public at the Aug. 4 village board of trustees meeting “I appreciate the opportunity that you’ve given me,” Landi told the board of trustees. “We have a great team (in […]

Alleged ATM Robbers Arrested in Mount Pleasant

Alleged ATM Robbers Arrested in Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant police have arrested a man who allegedly has been involved in a string of ATM burglaries in the area over a period of several months. Working with several police agencies, Cristian Vargas-Minaya, 32, of 569 Academy St., in Manhattan, was arrested on Aug. 1 by Mount Pleasant detectives for his alleged role in […]