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New Castle Approves Retail Rezoning for Chappaqua Crossing

New Castle Approves Retail Rezoning for Chappaqua Crossing

The New Castle Town Board approved the rezone of a 19-acre portion of the former Reader’s Digest property Thursday night that will allow up to 120,000 square feet of retail space at the site. Each of the four resolutions was supported by a 4-1 margin during the special meeting at the Chappaqua  Public Library, with […]

W'chester Man Arrested for Permitting Teen to Drive Car in Fatal Pa. Crash

W’chester Man Arrested for Permitting Teen to Drive Car in Fatal Pa. Crash

An arrest was made Wednesday in connection with the August car crash caused by a 15-year-old Pleasantville girl who lost control of the vehicle she was driving that killed three Pennsylvania teenagers. Michael J. Ware, 53, of Scarsdale was charged with two counts of endangering welfare of children, three counts of involuntary manslaughter, six counts […]

New Castle Scheduled to Vote Thursday on Chap Crossing Rezone

New Castle Scheduled to Vote Thursday on Chap Crossing Rezone

The New Castle Town Board may finally take a vote this week whether to rezone a portion of the Chappaqua Crossing campus to allow 120,000 square feet of retail at the site. Board members announced last week that they are scheduled to meet Thursday night at the Chappaqua Public Library auditorium at 8:15 p.m. and […]

Richard Crabtree, Owner of Chappaqua's Kittle House, Dies at 84

Richard Crabtree, Owner of Chappaqua’s Kittle House, Dies at 84

Richard (Dick) Clarke Crabtree died peacefully on Dec. 12 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx with his family by his side at the age of 84. Crabtree was born on Oct. 3, 1930, in New Rochelle and raised there by his parents Joseph and Irene. He attended Iona Prep where he excelled in sports, especially […]

Open Door Medical Center Eyes Second Mt. Kisco Site

Open Door Medical Center Eyes Second Mt. Kisco Site

The Mount Kisco Planning Board was receptive to a proposal from Open Door Family Medical Center last week for a second location in the village, although some members had doubts about the off-street employee parking arrangement. Open Door, which operates four facilities in Westchester, including one at 30 W. Main St. in Mount Kisco, is […]

USA Table Tennis Honcho Pays Visit to Sport's P'ville 'Mecca'

USA Table Tennis Honcho Pays Visit to Sport’s P’ville ‘Mecca’

Two special visitors to the Westchester Table Tennis Center in Pleasantville last week hailed the facility as a venue that has contributed to the growth of the sport in the United States. Gordon Kaye, CEO of USA Table Tennis, the national governing body of U.S. Olympic Table Tennis, paid a visit to WTTC on Dec. […]

Mount Pleasant School Officials Weigh Second Bond Vote

Mount Pleasant School Officials Weigh Second Bond Vote

One month after the resounding defeat of a $55,855,000 capital projects bond, the Mount Pleasant Board of Education is considering a new multi-proposition proposal that could go to voters early next year. Board of Education President James Grieco and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Guiney said last week the district was moving ahead with a […]

Toll Brothers' 68-Unit Project Granted Final Approval in P'ville

Toll Brothers’ 68-Unit Project Granted Final Approval in P’ville

Toll Brothers’ 68-townhouse project on Washington Avenue in Pleasantville received final approval from the Planning Commission Wednesday night after nearly two years of review by the village. “We’re happy,” said David Cooper, an attorney with Zarin & Steinmetz, the law firm that represents Toll Brothers. “I think the village did a very good job, they…took […]

Residents Pitch Idea for Garden, Creative Space at Millwood Site

Residents Pitch Idea for Garden, Creative Space at Millwood Site

A pair of New Castle residents publicly proposed last week buying the site of the former Millwood Swim Club and transform the parcel into a community garden and a space for artists and writers to work. Former councilman Michael Wolfensohn and Millwood resident Quint Smith told the town board last week that they would buy […]

Armonk Camp Looks for Rezone to Allow for Future Expansion

Armonk Camp Looks for Rezone to Allow for Future Expansion

A zoning change request by an Armonk day camp would permit expansion of its facilities and would force the North Castle Town Board to write parameters regulating camps into the municipality’s code. Breezemont Day Camp, located on 15.6 acres off of Cox Avenue, has operated in its location since 1932 before the town’s zoning code […]

P'ville Names New Music Festival Executive Director

P’ville Names New Music Festival Executive Director

The Pleasantville Music Festival will be celebrating the start of its second decade next year with several big changes planned, including new leadership. Village resident and community volunteer Andy Goodman will be taking the helm as the festival’s executive director. Goodman has been a festival volunteer for the past three years, first as a security […]

Newbie, Veteran Member Face Off in Armonk Fire Dept. Commissioner Race

Newbie, Veteran Member Face Off in Armonk Fire Dept. Commissioner Race

Fire commissioner elections ordinarily don’t get much attention, but it can be easily argued that the departments the commissioners serve represent the most important service for residents. Tonight (Tuesday) are the elections for many area departments, including the Armonk Fire Department where a relative newcomer is running for the first time against a longtime member. […]

Bedford Teachers Bring Their Game Against Wizards in Charity Event

Bedford Teachers Bring Their Game Against Wizards in Charity Event

The Bedford Central School District opened its doors for a unique basketball showdown Sunday afternoon. On the home team were several teachers and administrators; on the other squad there were six-foot-plus tall professional basketball players. The BCSD Basketball Bash featured the Harlem Wizards, taking trick shots and making slam dunks to the delight of the […]

P'ville Super Challenges State Report on College Attendance

P’ville Super Challenges State Report on College Attendance

Pleasantville Superintendent of Schools Mary Fox-Alter last week disputed a state Education Department (SED) report revealing that a smaller percentage of the district’s high school graduates went on to college than the district reported. According to the report “Where Are They Now,” only 84 percent of students from the 2012 Pleasantville High School graduating class […]

Chappaqua's Grace Baptist Stages Play to Present Christmas Message This Weekend

Chappaqua’s Grace Baptist Stages Play to Present Christmas Message This Weekend

Millions of people scurried to malls as early as last Thursday evening to start their holiday shopping, maybe some before digesting their turkey and stuffing. It is fair to wonder how many care about the true meaning of Christmas. Grace Baptist Church in Chappaqua is making sure in an entertaining way that the holiday’s message […]

Indoor Farmers Market to Open in Pleasantville This Saturday

Indoor Farmers Market to Open in Pleasantville This Saturday

The Pleasantville Farmers Market, voted Best Farmers Market by Westchester Magazine in 2014, launches its third indoor season this Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Pleasantville Middle School cafeteria. The market continues to focus on presenting shoppers with the most diverse selection of foods possible, including more fresh winter-grown vegetables, humanely-raised meats and regionally-sourced prepared foods. […]

Chappaqua Winter Farmers Market in Jeopardy of Being Canceled

Chappaqua Winter Farmers Market in Jeopardy of Being Canceled

A Chappaqua winter farmers market is once again in jeopardy after the market’s board of directors learned this week that it would only be granted five Saturdays to operate at the municipality’s community center this season. The sudden turn of events, revealed at Tuesday night’s town board meeting, came when the New Castle Recreation & […]

P’ville Parents Group Claims Artificial Turf Isn’t Safe

P’ville Parents Group Claims Artificial Turf Isn’t Safe

A Pleasantville parents group is urging school district officials to avoid artificial turf for next year’s scheduled replacement of fields at the district’s three schools because the surface includes known or suspected carcinogens. Parents Advocating Clean TurfGrass (PACT) formed a few months ago to fight installation of artificial turf containing crumb rubber fill. The group […]

 Childcare Advocates Plead for More County Funding in 2015

Childcare Advocates Plead for More County Funding in 2015

Calls for increases in childcare funding dominated the conversation at last week’s public hearing on the 2015 county budget in Somers. Parents and childcare providers called on the Board of Legislator to increase Title XX subsidy funding by $1 million and hike reimbursements to childcare facilities. They also pleaded for the parent contribution to be […]

Grove Street Residents Latest to Experience P'ville Parking Problems

Grove Street Residents Latest to Experience P’ville Parking Problems

Parking issues continue to plague Pleasantville with the most recent complaints coming from residents of Grove Street. Mayor Peter Scherer said residents have brought to officials’ attention the lack of parking on the street due to the volume of patrons from nearby stores and the Jacob Burns Film Center. According to residents, cars are violating […]

Armonk Welcomes Home Frosty the Snowman This Saturday

Armonk Welcomes Home Frosty the Snowman This Saturday

America’s favorite snowman once again returns home. Armonk will kick off the holiday season with its annual Frosty Day on Saturday, celebrating the birthplace of the famous snowman that was first popularized through the 1950s hit Christmas song and later in an animated television special. The song’s lyricist, Steve Nelson, settled in Armonk at about […]

Communities to Promote Local Businesses This Weekend

Communities to Promote Local Businesses This Weekend

When it comes to Thanksgiving and the ensuing mad rush to the stores for Black Friday, many shoppers might envision hordes of crowds flooding big-box stores and large retailers in the wee hours of the morning. This holiday season, some of the local chambers of commerce and business organizations are hoping shoppers stay close to […]

Ex-North Castle Chief Files Lawsuit Against Goldberg, Town

Ex-North Castle Chief Files Lawsuit Against Goldberg, Town

A lawsuit filed last week on behalf of former North Castle Police Chief Geoffrey Harisch alleges that Town Administrator Joan Goldberg retaliated against him after he tried to expose police overtime abuses within the department. The 79-page complaint filed Nov. 19 in state Supreme Court in White Plains, names Goldberg, the town and the North […]

P'ville Needs Additional Parking to Attract More Business: Officials

P’ville Needs Additional Parking to Attract More Business: Officials

Finding additional parking is the primary roadblock to more development in downtown Pleasantville, village trustees said last week. At a special work session Nov. 17 to discuss long-term goals and planning initiatives, the village board agreed that the creation of better public spaces and the development of underutilized properties will be difficult to achieve unless […]

Mt. Pleasant School Officials to Weigh Capital Projects Options Next Month

Mt. Pleasant School Officials to Weigh Capital Projects Options Next Month

Disappointed by the decisive rejection of the district’s capital projects bond, the Mount Pleasant Board of Education will begin deciding how to fund major renovations at its secondary school campus next month. Board President James Grieco said trustees would formally begin discussions on how to proceed at the board’s Dec. 10 work session. On Nov. […]

County to Consider Vote on Chappaqua Affordable Housing Plan Funds

County to Consider Vote on Chappaqua Affordable Housing Plan Funds

A vote to authorize county funds for the stalled Chappaqua affordable housing project is likely before the end of the year in hopes that Westchester will comply with the 2014 benchmark outlined in the housing settlement with the federal government. Board of Legislators Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers) announced on Thursday that he will back a […]

Mt. Kisco Woman Charged With Stealing $1.4M as Bank Manager

Mt. Kisco Woman Charged With Stealing $1.4M as Bank Manager

A 46-year-old Mount Kisco woman faces up to 25 years in jail after she was accused Thursday of stealing more than $1.4 million from two depositors during her tenure as branch manager of an Ossining bank. The indictment, consisting of 27 felony charges, alleged that Maria Rodriguez of 88 Beverly Rd. systematically stole the money […]

P'ville Trustees, State School Boards Group Look to Reconcile on Key Issues

P’ville Trustees, State School Boards Group Look to Reconcile on Key Issues

The Pleasantville School District and the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) this week tried to resolve disagreements that have recently surfaced on key education issues that has seen the board of education publicly challenge the organization. Timothy Kremer, NYSSBA’s executive director, and trustees discussed concerns at Tuesday night’s board meeting that district officials […]

Sacrifice of Veterans Throughout the Generations Hits Home

Sacrifice of Veterans Throughout the Generations Hits Home

By Michelle Falkenstein After joining the Navy in the summer of 1918, Nathan Goldstein wrote home frequently from training camp in Newport, R.I. His letters begin cheerfully: “Dear Pop: I am in the best of health and hope that you and Ma and everybody else is the same.” He lists the clothes and other supplies […]

Electrical Wiring Jeopardizes Latest Chap Train Station Eatery Plan

Electrical Wiring Jeopardizes Latest Chap Train Station Eatery Plan

The restaurateur who responded to the latest New Castle bid proposal to bring a food establishment to the Chappaqua train station has informed officials that the building’s electrical capacity may be insufficient to host a commercial entity. Chappaqua resident Peter Chase, who made a recent presentation about his plan for the 112-year-old town-owned building, said […]