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Evolution Acro & Tumble

Evolution Acro & Tumble

While there are other studios to learn dance and gymnastic skills and take part in fitness programs, the new Evolution Acro & Tumble in Yorktown has something the others do not have – a small space and personal attention. The new roughly 1,000-square-foot business opened on Monday in the Underhill Plaza shopping center. Acro has acrobatic […]

County Legislators Urged to Maintain Non-Profits’ Funding in 2017 Budget

County Legislators Urged to Maintain Non-Profits’ Funding in 2017 Budget

Dozens of speakers last week urged the Westchester County Board of Legislators to properly fund various nonprofit organizations that would benefit children in the 2017 budget. Many in attendance at the Nov. 30 public hearing at Armonk’s H.C. Crittenden Middle School held signs saying “Day Care Not Welfare” and “Keep Parents Earning, Keep Children Learning.” […]

Yuka’s Latin Fusion, Croton

Yuka’s Latin Fusion, Croton

Cortlandt resident Claudia Villeda and Peekskill resident Mike Guerra have given local residents a new place to sample Latin cuisine. The co-owners opened Yuka’s Latin Fusion in Croton. Villeda said last week the restaurant was named after yucca, which is a root vegetable that tastes like a potato. The restaurant was named by Guerra. “We […]

Business Profile: Monteverde at Oldstone, Cortlandt

Business Profile: Monteverde at Oldstone, Cortlandt

It has been in existence since the Revolutionary War period and it is as active as ever in 2016. Monteverde at Oldstone in Cortlandt has been owned by Harrison resident Arlene Perrott since 2011. The property was opened for private events five years ago, but her restaurant was not opened to the general public until […]

New Mt. Kisco Gallery Opens as Part of Village Arts Council Effort

New Mt. Kisco Gallery Opens as Part of Village Arts Council Effort

A new site for art lovers has popped up in Mount Kisco. A pop-up art gallery has opened in an empty storefront at 10 S. Moger Ave. in the village’s downtown. An artists’ reception was held on Sunday to celebrate the opening. The gallery is the first of many programs members of the recently formed […]

Patterson Moves Forward with Town EMS Plan

Patterson Moves Forward with Town EMS Plan

Following a lengthy, debate, mainly between Supervisor Richard Williams and Patterson Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 Chief Matt Szpindor, the town board voted unanimously last week to move forward with a plan to create a town emergency medical services program that would begin in 2017. With Councilman Kevin Burns absent, the board voted 4-0 on resolutions […]

Putnam Sheriff Wants to Rid Country of Sanctuary Cities

Putnam Sheriff Wants to Rid Country of Sanctuary Cities

The Putnam County Legislature’s Health, Social, Educational and Environment Committee is supportive of the efforts by Sheriff Donald Smith to call for the federal government to deport undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes and are seeking to have the full legislature pass a formal resolution of support. Smith, who addressed the committee on Nov. 9, […]

Business Profile: Vape Escape, Yorktown

Business Profile: Vape Escape, Yorktown

Northern Westchester residents who want to vape now a have a new place to shop. Vape Escape was opened in Yorktown by town residents Steven Galper and his wife, Lara, in October. It is the first store to specialize in e-cigarettes in town. The couple is e-cigarette users. “We stopped smoking because of that,” Mr. […]

Business Profile: Ultimate Auto Body, Peekskill

Business Profile: Ultimate Auto Body, Peekskill

Goldens Bridge resident Gregory Beobide began working on cars at the age of 12. That passion has grown into owning the Ultimate Auto Body chain, which has a location in Peekskill that opened in August. His other locations are in Bronxville, Bedford Hills and Mount Vernon. “We’re a full-service collision repair facility doing everything from […]

Business Profile: 202 Steakhouse, Yorktown

Business Profile: 202 Steakhouse, Yorktown

Bronx resident Skender Ademi and his partners opened 202 Steakhouse in Yorktown about five months ago as an eatery that while specializing in high quality steaks also has a wide range of other culinary offerings. Ademi said last week northern Westchester does not have “that New York City dining experience” that his steakhouse offers, he […]

Former Mount Kisco Mayor Henry Kensing Dead at 83

Former Mount Kisco Mayor Henry Kensing Dead at 83

Henry Kensing’s devotion to Mount Kisco extended far beyond his more than 30 years of service in elected office. He cared deeply about helping a wide variety of the village’s residents and local organizations. Kensing, a lifelong village resident, died of cancer on Oct. 24. He was 83. Affectionately known as “Hank” or “The Mayor,” […]

Mount Pleasant School District's $39.6M Bond Easily Approved

Mount Pleasant School District’s $39.6M Bond Easily Approved

After rejecting a referendum in each of the past two years, Mount Pleasant School District residents overwhelmingly approved a $39.6 million capital projects bond Tuesday night. The final tally was 1,735-967, which included absentee ballots. “I am incredibly grateful to the community of Mount Pleasant,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Guiney moments after the […]

Business Profile: DAS Auto Parts & Battery Center, Yorktown, White Plains

Business Profile: DAS Auto Parts & Battery Center, Yorktown, White Plains

Elmsford resident John Recchia owns DAS stores in White Plains and Yonkers and earlier this month expanded by opening his third store in Yorktown. He opened his first DAS store, in White Plains, 15 years ago. Recchia said last week the first DAS store opened 50 years ago and was known as Discount Auto Supply […]

Mt. Pleasant School Officials Hope $39.6M Bond Vote’s the Charm

Mt. Pleasant School Officials Hope $39.6M Bond Vote’s the Charm

For the third time in as many years, Mount Pleasant School District residents will vote on a multimillion dollar capital projects bond. The vote on the $39.6 million referendum next Tuesday, Oct. 18 follows overwhelming defeats of larger bond issues in November 2014 and March 2015. Despite the previous defeats, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan […]

Business Profile: Taconic Route 202 24 Hour Veterinary Center, Cortlandt

Business Profile: Taconic Route 202 24 Hour Veterinary Center, Cortlandt

Putnam Valley resident Dr. Leonard Berk said he opened Taconic Route 202 24 Hour Veterinary Center in Cortlandt on June 13 because he wanted to provide a needed service – around the clock medical care for pets. Berk, the hospital director, said last week there are only two other similar facilities in Westchester County. Berk […]

Business Profile: Three Dog Bite, Croton

Business Profile: Three Dog Bite, Croton

Croton resident Eugene Parrotta is a big fan of the rock group Three Dog Night, which was in its heyday in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. So in tribute to the band he decided to name his new restaurant Three Dog Bite, which specializes in hot dogs and sliders. “Obviously, I’m not the youngest […]

Business Profile: Fiamma Wood Fire Tavern, Mahopac

Business Profile: Fiamma Wood Fire Tavern, Mahopac

  Mahopac resident Nick Fusco said last week wood fired pizzas are distinctive from typically hot pies. Fusco’s oven, which is powered by wood, gets as hot as 800 degrees. As a result it typically takes only 90 seconds to fully bake a crisp crusted thin pizza, which is faster than other methods of preparing […]

Business Profile: Yorktown Tire Auto Care

Business Profile: Yorktown Tire Auto Care

Yorktown Tire Auto Care has been a family owned institution in Yorktown since 1969. The business was opened on Commerce Street by Robert Froats and it is now being owned and operated by his son, Bob, who spoke about it last week. His wife, Mary, is a teacher at Yorktown High School. The Froats family […]

Move to Reduce Mt. Kisco Planning Board Seats Escalates Tensions

Move to Reduce Mt. Kisco Planning Board Seats Escalates Tensions

The public rancor between the Mount Kisco Planning Board and village board escalated last week when it was announced that trustees are considering a reduction from seven to five planning board members. The village board voted 4-1 last Tuesday to schedule an Oct. 24 public hearing on the matter. Voting in favor of setting the […]

Business Profile: Absolute Flooring of Yorktown

Business Profile: Absolute Flooring of Yorktown

This is a special year for Absolute Flooring of Yorktown because it is celebrating its 30th anniversary. In October of 1986, Stormville resident Mary Fellbusch and her husband, Peter, originally opened the store on Crompond Road (Route 202). “My husband was an installer and he was doing a lot of commercial work and we decided […]

Business Profile: Anthony’s Power Equipment, Yorktown

Business Profile: Anthony’s Power Equipment, Yorktown

Putnam Valley resident Antonio Cinquanta said last week he has been familiar with how to do small engine repairs since he was a teenage who studied at the Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES Tech Center. That skill has been a valuable asset for him for many years. Cinquanta has owned Anthony’s Power Equipment, located in Yorktown, since […]

Historic Reynolds House Being Rebuilt in Town of Somers

Historic Reynolds House Being Rebuilt in Town of Somers

Much progress is being made to rebuild the historic Reynolds House and restore its farm area, the Somers Town Board was told on September 1. Supervisor Rick Morrissey said the board is scheduled to provide $50,000 from recreation fees paid by the developer for the Reynolds House project when the town board meets on September […]

Mt. Pleasant School Board Sends $39.6 M Bond to Voters

Mt. Pleasant School Board Sends $39.6 M Bond to Voters

Mount Pleasant School District officials are hoping the third time is the charm. The board of education last Wednesday unanimously approved sending a $39.6  million capital projects bond to district voters on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Voters overwhelmingly defeated a single $55.8 million bond in November 2014 and a three-proposition referendum in March 2015 totaling more […]

Business Profile: Jar Worthy, Carmel

Business Profile: Jar Worthy, Carmel

Carmel residents and longtime friends Dana Hanrahan and Danielle Raguzin in 2014 were trying to come up with some Christmas gift ideas for family and friends. The duo recalled last week they decided to make candles and that idea has turned into their business. Hanrahan and Raguzin are the owners and operators of Jar Worthy, […]

Candidate Supports End of Statute of Limitations for Sexual Predators

Candidate Supports End of Statute of Limitations for Sexual Predators

A state Senate candidate held an emotional press conference last Wednesday at Mount Kisco Village Hall calling for lawmakers to pass legislation that would ease restrictions on the time childhood sexual abuse victims can report incidents. Boak, a Pound Ridge Democrat running next week in a primary for the 40th Senate District, said the Child […]

Mt. Pleasant Receives $500G State Grant for Downtown Improvements

Mt. Pleasant Receives $500G State Grant for Downtown Improvements

The Town of Mount Pleasant received a $500,000 check last week from state Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) to help pay for improvements to portions of the Hawthorne and Thornwood business districts. Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi accepted the money from Murphy that was from a state grant geared toward downtown revitalization projects. Town officials, who are in […]

Business Profile: Tru Organics Natural Mosquito & Tick Control Specialists, Cortlandt

Business Profile: Tru Organics Natural Mosquito & Tick Control Specialists, Cortlandt

The health risks associated with mosquitos has dominated the news this summer. The Zika Virus has been a menace and is spreading in Florida. The Westchester County Department of Health recently informed the public that first group of mosquitos carrying the West Nile Virus have been found in the county. Cortlandt resident Nick Esposito knows […]

After a Five-Year Vacancy, Modell’s Fills Crucial Mt. Kisco Storefront

After a Five-Year Vacancy, Modell’s Fills Crucial Mt. Kisco Storefront

The long vacant storefront that formerly housed a Borders book store has been filled in Mount Kisco. An opening day ceremony for the new Modell’s Sporting Goods store at 162 E. Main St. was held on Thursday. Borders left the building in 2011 after the chain filed for bankruptcy. CEO Mitchell Modell said there is […]

Business Profile: License 2 Grill, Thornwood

Business Profile: License 2 Grill, Thornwood

Valhalla resident Erica Gendler, a former waitress, took the plunge in February 2014 and became owner and operator of her own eatery. Gendler purchased License 2 Grill on Commerce Street in the Thornwood section of Mount Pleasant. Gendler said last week the opportunity to buy the business came after her father, Stephen, passed away and […]

Popular Mount Pleasant Day Returns

Popular Mount Pleasant Day Returns

It has become a popular annual tradition in Mount Pleasant. The third annual Mount Pleasant Day street fair and car show has been scheduled for Aug. 21 from 3 to 8 p.m. on Elwood Avenue between Cross and Commerce Streets. Admission is free. The rain date is Aug. 28. The fair is being sponsored by […]