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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 […]

Mount Kisco Trustees Mulling Comprehensive Plan Update

Mount Kisco Trustees Mulling Comprehensive Plan Update

The Mount Kisco Village Board of Trustees is considering an update to the village Comprehensive Plan for the first time since 2000. Mayor Michael Cindrich said on Aug. 3 he felt it was time to revise the document. “There have been many changes in the way business is conducted in our society. Internet sales are […]

Mosque Proposal Sparks Heated Debate in New Castle

Mosque Proposal Sparks Heated Debate in New Castle

The Upper Westchester Muslim Society was back before the New Castle Zoning Board of Appeals July 30, a little more than one year after its application for a special permit for a proposed mosque on Pines Bridge Road passed through the Draft Environmental Impact Statement process. Wednesday’s meeting was a combined public hearing on the […]

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 […]