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Rivera Pitches Autos in New Mount Kisco Dealership

Rivera Pitches Autos in New Mount Kisco Dealership

Mariano Rivera arrived in Mount Kisco recently to provide a spark to his new team. His pep talk had nothing to do with baseball, but rather to help his sales staff at Rivera Toyota and Scion of Mount Kisco, the new car dealership he opened last month on North Bedford Road. The legendary Yankee reliever, […]

Former Mt. Pleasant Police Chief Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography

Former Mt. Pleasant Police Chief Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography

Former Mount Pleasant Police Chief Brian Fanelli pleaded guilty Monday to possession of child pornography in federal court in White Plains. Fanelli entered his plea to one count of possession of child pornography in front of District Court Judge Kenneth Karas. He could face up to four years and three months in jail and a […]

Business Profile: Spring Spa & Foot Reflexology, Yorktown

Business Profile: Spring Spa & Foot Reflexology, Yorktown

Following in his mother’s footsteps, Queens resident Qi Jiang recently opened up a business of his own in Yorktown. Qi operates Spring Spa & Foot Reflexology, which is located not far away in town from a nail salon owned by his mother, Laura. He declined to provide her last name. Qi said he was inspired by […]

Former Lewisboro Super Takes Over as Mt. Kisco Village Manager

Former Lewisboro Super Takes Over as Mt. Kisco Village Manager

The importance of volunteering and public service was instilled in Ed Brancati from childhood. His parents, Ed and Sue, were active at their house of worship, the Mount Kisco Presbyterian Church, and his father worked in the Westchester County Human Resources Department for 38 years. Brancati, who was raised in Bedford and North Salem, said […]

Teachers Design Cybersecurity Curriculum at Pace Program

Teachers Design Cybersecurity Curriculum at Pace Program

The struggle to keep vital information away from hackers has become one of the key challenges of the digital age. Data breaches have become alarmingly commonplace, whether it be at major corporations or the theft of millions of federal employees’ personal information. At a recently concluded two-week program at Pace University in Pleasantville, 22 high […]

Business Profile: Mathnasium of Yorktown Heights

Business Profile: Mathnasium of Yorktown Heights

You can limber up in variety of ways in a gymnasium. At Mathnasium, students have the opportunity to shape up their math skills. Brewster resident Kaz Tanahashi opened Mathnasium in March to help students struggling with math. He was joined in the business by Peekskill resident Marina Zale, who is center director and an instructor. Tanahashi said […]

Business Profile: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Croton and Peekskill

Business Profile: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Croton and Peekskill

Croton residents Cynthia and Joseph Lippolis insist the real estate industry is a hard one to be successful in, but they have managed to excel in the field for nearly three decades. “It’s a seven day a week job,” Cynthia said last week. “It never ends. It goes on from seven in the morning to […]

Teachers Design Cybersecurity Curriculum at Pace Program

Teachers Design Cybersecurity Curriculum at Pace Program

The struggle to keep vital information away from hackers has become one of the key challenges of the digital age. Data breaches have become alarmingly commonplace, whether it be at major corporations or the theft of millions of federal employees’ personal information. At a recently concluded two-week program at Pace University in Pleasantville, 22 high […]

Mt. Kisco Police Merger Critic Retires From Lieutenant’s Post

Mt. Kisco Police Merger Critic Retires From Lieutenant’s Post

A 30-year Mount Kisco police veteran who was a vocal critic of the village’s move to consolidate its police services with the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, retired from his position last Thursday. Lt. Louis Terlizzi submitted his retirement letter to Interim Village Manager Jerry Faiella and the village board on July 8. His […]

Business of the Week: Elevate Event Lounge, Yorktown

Business of the Week: Elevate Event Lounge, Yorktown

The Front Street location of Elevate Event Lounge has long been a site to host events. Last August, Mahopac resident Chris Vernia changed the format of the business, which was formerly Bounce the Party Place, in which Vernia was a member of the partnership of Bounce and purchased the facility outright last year. “I’ve actually […]

Tamagna, LoBue, at Odds over New Bus Contract

Tamagna, LoBue, at Odds over New Bus Contract

Putnam County Legislator Dini LoBue and county Transportation Manager Vincent Tamagna verbally jousted over the financial merits of Putnam’s current bus contract at the June 25 meeting of the Legislature’s Audit and Administration Committee. After five years of having First Transit provide bus services for Putnam, the county put out a contract to bid for […]

Business Profile: Retro Fitness, Cortlandt

Business Profile: Retro Fitness, Cortlandt

Tappan resident Adolfo Godinez emphasizes there is only one thing retro about Retro Fitness. “Retro Fitness is retro price, modern gym,” Godinez, general manager of the new facility in Cortlandt, said last week. The Cortlandt Retro Fitness opened on East Main Street on June 25 in the former location of Party Stop. “We thought that […]

Bedford Councilman Announces BOL Candidacy

Bedford Councilman Announces BOL Candidacy

Veteran Bedford Councilman Francis Corcoran (R-C) announced his candidacy Thursday morning for the Westchester County Board of Legislators seat. Corcoran, 52, will be opposed by Democratic Mount Kisco village Trustee Karen Schleimer. They will vie for the seat that was vacated by former Legislator Peter Harckham earlier this month. “Family, community and service are the […]

Somers Boutique Adds Women’s Fashion and Accessories

Somers Boutique Adds Women’s Fashion and Accessories

Somers Custom Framing & Gifts has been a popular shopping destination for more than eight years. But while the boutique continues to offer framing services and a variety of gift items it has also increased its offerings of women’s clothing and accessories for the past two years. “Now we have a customer base, so we’re […]

Putnam Valley Working to Reopen Spur Beach

Putnam Valley Working to Reopen Spur Beach

The Putnam Valley town board voted unanimously to spend $100 to begin the process of potentially reopening Spur Beach on Roaring Brook Road. The funds will pay for the services of engineer John Carroll Jr., who is working with Putnam County to reopen the beach. The beach was closed by the county health department on […]

Business Profile: Somers Pharmacy

Business Profile: Somers Pharmacy

Tuckahoe resident Howard Schoenberg said last week the pharmacy business can be brutal. He knows that from experience. ‘The big chains are just moving in and doing an unjust thing to the loyal independents that strive to really try and make it and succeed and serve the community the way it should be served,” Schoenberg […]

Mt. Kisco Planning Board Member Bernstein Dies at 80

Mt. Kisco Planning Board Member Bernstein Dies at 80

Stanley Bernstein, a longtime member of the Mount Kisco Planning Board and Conservation Advisory Council, died on June 11 following a long illness. He was 80 years old. Bernstein was fondly remembered last week by two municipal officials as a man dedicated to the village with a passion for environmental protection. Deputy Mayor Anthony Markus […]

Mount Kisco Named One of the Most Livable Small Towns in U.S.

Mount Kisco Named One of the Most Livable Small Towns in U.S.

If you’re looking for a great place to live, Mount Kisco is an excellent place to start–and others think so as well. The village was recently named the 20th best small town in America by Livability.com, a website that showcases and ranks the nation’s best places in a variety of categories. Mount Kisco Mayor Michael […]

Business Profile: Just Add Water and Swim, Cortlandt

Business Profile: Just Add Water and Swim, Cortlandt

The memories of how Cortlandt resident Pam Kolber-Zicca first learned how to swim as a youth are not happy ones. Kolber-Zicca began swimming at age seven, “I was swimming with the fish at Fire Island,” she recalled. She remembered swimming in pouring rain at summer camp at age nine. “Not one person was caring” about […]

Millwood Learning Center Seeks Move to Mount Kisco

Millwood Learning Center Seeks Move to Mount Kisco

Devereux New York, which provides programs for individuals with developmental disabilities, has proposed to move its Millwood Learning Center to Mount Kisco. The plan was discussed at the June 9 planning board meeting by Devereux New York’s former executive director John O’Keefe, who is serving as a consultant for the project, and Dr. Cindy Alterson, […]

Business Profile: Berniker Decorations, Yorktown

Business Profile: Berniker Decorations, Yorktown

It has been an institution for over a century and the four generation family business has come back to Yorktown. Whitey Berniker, president of Berniker Decorators, said last week his store originally opened in the Bronx in 1914. A grand opening for its Yorktown store and a celebration for its over 100 years of existence […]

Business Profile: Balloons & Party on Westbrook, Cortlandt

Business Profile: Balloons & Party on Westbrook, Cortlandt

Putnam Valley resident Alan Ortner opened Balloons & Party on Westbrook in Cortlandt about four months ago, but he is not new to the party business. For many years he had worked in his family’s Party Stop store in town next to Kohl’s. The family store, owned by his parents Joe and Elaine, who are […]

Format Change Sought for Bellizzi in Mount Kisco

Format Change Sought for Bellizzi in Mount Kisco

Bellizzi has been a popular destination for diners in Mount Kisco since 1991, but like most things, there is time for a change. Owner Isidoro (Isi) Albanese is planning to transform the Main Street restaurant into something new. He is proposing to rename Bellizzi, which currently specializes in pizza and other Italian fare, Exit 4 […]

Business Profile: Great Gatsby Grooming Salon & Retail Shoppe, Mohegan Lake

Business Profile: Great Gatsby Grooming Salon & Retail Shoppe, Mohegan Lake

Mohegan Lake resident Desiree Roberts and Yorktown resident Nicole Fervan opened the Great Gatsby Grooming Salon & Retail Shoppe in Mohegan Lake in March and named it in honor of the classic novel, which has been turned into films on multiple occasions. “We really wanted to do a 1920’s theme and we were thinking of […]

Mount Kisco Police Merger With County Still on Target for June 1

Mount Kisco Police Merger With County Still on Target for June 1

Despite the Mount Kisco police union still negotiating fine points to the pending merger with the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, consolidation is scheduled to go into effect on June 1. Kieran O’Leary, a department of public safety spokesman, said last week the intermunicipal agreement previously approved by the village board and the Board […]

Write-in Candidate Among Mt. Pleasant School Board Winners

Write-in Candidate Among Mt. Pleasant School Board Winners

A late write-in candidate was swept to victory by a wave of Mount Pleasant School voters Tuesday night. John Piazza, who served on the school board from 2006 to 2009, will be joining incumbent Thomas McCabe and first-time candidate Colleen Scaglione Neglia on the Board of Education in July to begin their three-year terms. The […]

Business Profile: Elevate Event Lounge, Yorktown

Business Profile: Elevate Event Lounge, Yorktown

  The Front Street location of Elevate Event Lounge has long been a site to host events. Last August, Mahopac resident Chris Vernia changed the format of the business, which was formerly Bounce the Party Place, in which Vernia was a member of the partnership of Bounce and purchased the facility outright last year. “I’ve […]

Ex-Mt. Pleasant School Trustee Write-in Candidate for Board of Ed

Ex-Mt. Pleasant School Trustee Write-in Candidate for Board of Ed

A former Mount Pleasant school trustee has launched a write-in campaign in hopes of being elected to a seat in the district’s Board of Education race on Tuesday. John Piazza, who served one term on the board from 2006 to 2009, made the  surprising decision to enter the fray this week questioning the motives of […]

Business Profile: King Kone, Somers

Business Profile: King Kone, Somers

It has been a popular dessert destination in Somers since 1953. King Kone, with its symbol of a smiling soft serve cone with sprinkles, has been serving frozen and savory treats for generations and it is still going strong. Continuing the tradition of the eatery are its current owners, the husband and wife team of […]

Petition Calls for Mt. Kisco Police Consolidation Referendum

Petition Calls for Mt. Kisco Police Consolidation Referendum

While the debate over police consolidation continued during the May 4 Mount Kisco Village Board of Trustees meeting, the village attorney said there is no basis for a referendum on the contentious issue. During the meeting, resident Kim Terlizzi presented a petition to the board containing 810 signatures calling for a referendum, but the board […]