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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 […]

Mt. Pleasant’s $58.9M School Budget Addresses Infrastructure

Mt. Pleasant’s $58.9M School Budget Addresses Infrastructure

  Mount Pleasant Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Guiney last week proposed a $58.9 million 2016-17 budget carrying a 4.7 percent tax rate increase that continues to make needed infrastructure improvements throughout the district Despite the sizeable tax rate increase, the budget, unveiled at the March 9 board of education meeting, is below the tax […]

Crossroads Project Moves Forward in Baldwin Place

Crossroads Project Moves Forward in Baldwin Place

The Crossroads at Baldwin Place commercial/residential development moved forward on March 3 as the Somers Town Board voted unanimously to refer a required zoning text change to the Planning Board for its recommendation. Ken Kearney, founder and president of the Mahopac-based The Kearney Realty & Development Group, told the Town Board the text change was […]

Business Profile: Yorktown Funeral Home, Shrub Oak

Business Profile: Yorktown Funeral Home, Shrub Oak

The Yorktown Funeral Home opened in Shrub Oak five years ago, but the funeral home business has been a long tradition for the Guarino family. Mount Pleasant resident Anthony Guarino and his daughter, Tracy, who resides in Yorktown, are continuing their decades-long family business. Anthony is the funeral director and his daughter is a funeral […]

Carmel Town Board Signs Off on New MVFD Contract

Carmel Town Board Signs Off on New MVFD Contract

Against the backdrop of an ongoing criminal investigation of possible embezzlement, the Carmel Town Board voted 4-1 on Feb. 24 to approve a one-year contract with the embattled Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department that includes a variety of measures intended to safeguard taxpayer dollars. Voting against the contract, which will end on Dec. 31, was Councilman […]

Rats Spotted at Westlake Middle School; No Infestation

Rats Spotted at Westlake Middle School; No Infestation

Rats returned to Westlake Middle School this week. Mount Pleasant School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Guiney said two wood rats were found at the school on Tuesday. The first was discovered in the morning in a hallway and was killed by a school custodian. The second rat was found in the cafeteria during […]

Southeast Looks to Continue Legal Battle Against Sant

Southeast Looks to Continue Legal Battle Against Sant

            The Southeast Town Board voted on Feb. 18 to appeal a Carmel judge’s decision to dismiss legal action taken against former Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant and his wife, Kathleen. The appeal with be filed with the state Supreme Court. The town is alleging the Sants violated the town’s zoning and building codes regarding […]

Business Profile: All American Chimney Sweep, Cortlandt

Business Profile: All American Chimney Sweep, Cortlandt

Cortlandt resident Kurt Pelaccio originally had no intention of becoming a chimney sweep. “It wasn’t my master plan,” Pelaccio quipped during an interview last week. Though it was not his original plan, chimney sweeping turned out to be his career. Pelaccio began his career 31 years ago working for his brother, Bob, and for the […]

Revised Comprehensive Plan Okayed in Town of Somers

Revised Comprehensive Plan Okayed in Town of Somers

For the first time since 1994 the Somers Comprehensive Plan has been updated. The town board voted unanimously to approve the revised document on February 11 after the board closed the adjourned public hearing, during which no residents commented. Frank Fish, a consultant hired by the town, worked with Town Planner Syrette Dym to update […]

NYC Sues Mount Pleasant for Poaching Police Academy Graduate

NYC Sues Mount Pleasant for Poaching Police Academy Graduate

The Town of Mount Pleasant is being sued by New York City for hiring a recent graduate of the city’s police academy without proper reimbursement for the cost of his training. Mount Pleasant Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi said he learned of the suit on Feb. 17 that was filed six days earlier in state Supreme County in White Plains claiming the […]

Business Profile: A.S.A.P. Mortgage Corp., Cortlandt

Business Profile: A.S.A.P. Mortgage Corp., Cortlandt

Navigating through the steps of buying your first home can be intimidating. Cortlandt resident Irene Amato has been working for years to help. “Getting a home is one of the largest investments in a lifetime,” Amato said last week. Amato is president of A.S.A.P. Mortgage Corp., which has offices on Route 202 and Route 6 […]

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 […]