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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, […]

Bedford Schools to Put Reduced Budget to June 21 Vote

Bedford Schools to Put Reduced Budget to June 21 Vote

The Bedford Central School District will put a second budget that falls below the tax cap before voters on June 21 after its budget failed to get a 60 percent approval two weeks ago. Board of Education members made the decision at a special three-hour meeting Wednesday night at Fox Lane Middle School, where Interim […]

Swiss Re Proposes Ground Solar Array; No. Castle Mulls Local Law

Swiss Re Proposes Ground Solar Array; No. Castle Mulls Local Law

North Castle officials are considering a local law that would regulate ground-mounted solar panel installations after Swiss Re recently proposed installing a roughly 9,000-panel photovoltaic array on a portion of its 127-acre property in Armonk. The current draft of the ordinance would allow rooftop and building integrated systems in all zoning districts as long as […]

Lifetime Fitness Request Throws Uncertainty Into Chap Crossing

Lifetime Fitness Request Throws Uncertainty Into Chap Crossing

Contentious debate raged last week over Chappaqua Crossing developer Summit/Greenfield’s request to amend the town code that could allow Lifetime Fitness to leave after three years and sublease its space to a variety of retail merchants. Summit Development President Felix Charney met with the New Castle Town Board last Tuesday to discuss the possibility of […]

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 […]

Annual Colon Cancer Walk to Step Off Sunday in Purchase

Annual Colon Cancer Walk to Step Off Sunday in Purchase

By Lizzie Gellman About 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer each year and 50,000 will lose their battle against the nation’s second leading cancer killer. This public health issue has not yet gained the recognition it should, but there are those working to raise awareness for this preventable but often fatal disease. Chappaqua resident […]

Astorino Announces County Plan to Combat Zika Virus

Astorino Announces County Plan to Combat Zika Virus

By Lizzie Gellman Responding to increasing concern about the mosquito-borne Zika virus, County Executive Rob Astorino revealed Thursday morning the county’s plan to control the virus and protect residents from contracting the disease. Astorino said the strategy involves “education, surveillance and mosquito patrol,” with a few new steps to accompany precautionary measures already in place […]

The Saturday Everyone Looks Forward to in Chappaqua

The Saturday Everyone Looks Forward to in Chappaqua

By Kathryn Nicolai For the second consecutive year, downtown Chappaqua will be abuzz with activity every third Saturday of the month. Starting this weekend and continuing through October, the third Saturday will see four separate events taking place downtown simultaneously: the Chappaqua Flea, Art Under the Bridge, Chappaqua’s weekly farmers market and the Take It […]

Bedford Budget Fails to Gain Enough Votes; Incumbents Fall

Bedford Budget Fails to Gain Enough Votes; Incumbents Fall

Leaders of the Bedford Central School District will have a lot of questions to answer at their next board of education meeting after the district’s $124.6 million budget that exceeded the tax cap fell just short. The budget had support from 58.7 percent of voters – 2,595-1,821 – Tuesday night; however, because the spending plan’s […]

Incumbents Win in Chappaqua; P’ville, Mt. Pleasant, Byram Hills Budgets Pass

Incumbents Win in Chappaqua; P’ville, Mt. Pleasant, Byram Hills Budgets Pass

Chappaqua Board of Education incumbents Warren Messner and Jeffrey Mester won re-election Tuesday night and voters overwhelmingly approved the district’s $118.2 million budget for 2016-17 that carries no tax levy increase. Messner, the current board president, won a second three-year term with 921 votes, followed by Mester’s 870 in his successful bid for a fourth […]

P’ville Teachers Union Contract Talks Reach Stalemate With District

P’ville Teachers Union Contract Talks Reach Stalemate With District

More than 50 members of the Pleasantville teachers union marched through the village’s downtown last Wednesday afternoon to stress to the community that they have been working under an expired contract since last year. The Teachers Association of Pleasantville (TAP) started its walk at the Mount Pleasant Public Library on Bedford Road, proceeded to Memorial […]

Lawmakers Press State to Force DOT Rail Crossings Study

Lawmakers Press State to Force DOT Rail Crossings Study

Two state legislators renewed their call last Friday for the state Senate to require the Department of Transportation (DOT) to study grade crossings throughout New York in hopes of avoiding future tragedies. State Sen. David Carlucci (D-Clarkstown) and Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti (D-Pleasantville) were joined by Edgemont resident Alan Brody, whose wife Ellen was killed when […]

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 […]

Three Candidates Vie for Two Seats on Chappaqua Board of Ed

Three Candidates Vie for Two Seats on Chappaqua Board of Ed

The Chappaqua Board of Education will see a contested election on Tuesday for the first time since 2013. Challenger Rhonda Kaufman, a 22-year district resident, is on the ballot facing current board president Warren Messner, who is completing his first term, and three-term trustee Jeffrey Mester. The duration of each term is three years. Voting […]

Annual Stayin’ Alive 5K Returns Saturday to Benefit First Responders

Annual Stayin’ Alive 5K Returns Saturday to Benefit First Responders

In 2014, Michele Berliner and Christy Saltstein faced the challenge of having to educate the community in and around North Castle about the Stayin’ Alive 5K Fun Run through Windmill Farm. That year’s race did well in attracting 185 runners for the inaugural event, and last year 250 participants turned out. Now the 2016 renewal, […]

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 […]

Armonk Woman Celebrates 107th Birthday at The Bristal

Armonk Woman Celebrates 107th Birthday at The Bristal

It’s always remarkable to see a centenarian reach another birthday. It’s even more extraordinary when that person is sharp, alert and ready to regale anyone willing to listen to their stories. On Thursday afternoon Marian Henry celebrated her 107th birthday surrounded by family, friends and fellow residents at The Bristal in Armonk, where she moved […]

Veterans Seek Emotional Solace Through Songwriting Retreat

Veterans Seek Emotional Solace Through Songwriting Retreat

Veterans who have seen and experienced the horrors of war are a small subset of today’s American population. While many citizens can perhaps empathize with their plight, few can truly understand what many of these veterans have endured. SongwritingWith: Soldiers, an Austin, Tex.-based nonprofit organization that was founded in 2012 by singer-songwriter Darden Smith, works […]

Housing Monitor: No. Castle Could Be Sued for Exclusionary Zoning

Housing Monitor: No. Castle Could Be Sued for Exclusionary Zoning

North Castle is one of seven Westchester municipalities that the monitor overseeing the affordable housing settlement has suggested the Justice Department could sue for failing to comply with provisions of the agreement. James Johnson, in his Third Biennial Assessment of Westchester County’s Compliance with the settlement, wrote in his 49-page report issued last Friday that […]

Water Issues Debated as Sunshine Children’s Home Hearing Closes

Water Issues Debated as Sunshine Children’s Home Hearing Closes

The New Castle Zoning Board of Appeals made no determination last week on Sunshine Children’s Home and Rehab Center’s application for an amended special use permit and variances that would allow a major expansion of its facility. Following a sometimes contentious three-hour public hearing last Wednesday at town hall that was confined to discussion of […]

P’ville’s Westchester Table Tennis Center Venue for New TV Pilot

P’ville’s Westchester Table Tennis Center Venue for New TV Pilot

By James Best The Westchester Table Tennis Center in Pleasantville has been home to wide variety of tournaments since it opened its doors. Now it’s the location for the filming of a new television show. Last Monday night actors, comedians, professional table tennis players and ping-pong enthusiasts converged at the center on Tompkins Avenue to […]

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 […]

Spring Clean Up, Zero Waste Day in North Castle This Weekend

Spring Clean Up, Zero Waste Day in North Castle This Weekend

This weekend North Castle residents can rid themselves of unwanted items in their basements, attics and closets and help the town get clean as well. On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Castle will be holding its 11th Zero Waste Day behind Town Hall in Armonk, where people can dispose of old computers, […]

Mt. Kisco Restaurateurs Among New Owners of P’ville’s Iron Horse

Mt. Kisco Restaurateurs Among New Owners of P’ville’s Iron Horse

Iron Horse Pleasantville will see changes in the coming months as new owners look to put their stamp on the high-profile restaurant. A group of investors that includes the owners of the popular Village Social Kitchen + Bar in Mount Kisco, took ownership of the establishment at 20 Wheeler Ave. on Apr. 1. Village Social […]

New Castle Proposes Local Ordinance to Eliminate Plastic Bag Use

New Castle Proposes Local Ordinance to Eliminate Plastic Bag Use

New Castle officials are proposing a local ordinance that would eliminate single-use plastic bags in all stores in town and encourage patrons to bring reusable shopping bags. The proposed legislation, referred to as the Reusable Bag Initiative and recommended by the town’s Sustainable Advisory Board (SAB), would also call for certain stores, such as groceries […]

Hudson Stage Explores Human Flaws in Latest Whippoorwill Production

Hudson Stage Explores Human Flaws in Latest Whippoorwill Production

Stephen Nachamie discovered the stage when he was four years old, the first time his parents took him to a Broadway show. After high school, when he got his first acting job and through 25 years in theater as an actor and later a director, Nachamie was fascinated by the way he could be transported […]

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 […]

Contested Elections in Three Local School Board Races

Contested Elections in Three Local School Board Races

Uncontested school board races has become the norm in recent years, but in next month’s elections there will be something at stake in three area school districts. On May 17, voters will decide the outcome of races in Chappaqua, Mount Pleasant and Bedford. Candidates in the Byram Hills and Pleasantville school districts will run unopposed. […]

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 […]