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Murphy Unveils Plan to Combat Heroin, Narcotics Abuse

Murphy Unveils Plan to Combat Heroin, Narcotics Abuse

In an effort to combat what he described as a crisis, state Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) last week introduced to the public a seven-point plan to fight abuse of heroin and other drugs. Murphy kicked off his series of meetings last Thursday at Mount Pleasant Town Hall. The series will continue at venues throughout the […]

Food Bank Merges With Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless

Food Bank Merges With Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless

The ability to feed Westchester County’s hungry has vastly improved thanks to a merger of two organizations dedicated to the cause. The Food Bank for Westchester and the Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless signed an official merger agreement Friday morning, creating the largest hunger relief organization to ever exist in the county. “Together […]

Local Baseball Foundation to Host Fundraiser With Dwight Gooden

Local Baseball Foundation to Host Fundraiser With Dwight Gooden

For the last eight years, John Fitzgerald’s nonprofit organization has raised money to provide equipment and improve fields for children in Ireland who are interested in baseball. The lifelong Valhalla resident is now also looking to help youngsters who play baseball closer to home. On Saturday, Feb. 21, Fitzgerald and the organization he founded in […]

Talent on Display at West Patent Elementary Family Fun Night

Talent on Display at West Patent Elementary Family Fun Night

Kids were screaming as the lights came up at the Mary Lou Meese Theater at Fox Lane High School last Friday night. But it wasn’t a world famous pop star performing. Students in grades K-5 were actually cheering for their classmates during the West Patent Elementary School Family Fun Night, an annual talent show sponsored […]

Mt. Kisco, Bedford to Kick Off Major Solar Power Push

Mt. Kisco, Bedford to Kick Off Major Solar Power Push

The Village of Mount Kisco and the Town of Bedford are kicking off a major push this weekend to encourage businesses and homeowners to use solar power. The Bedford 2020 Environmental Summit and Solar Action Day is scheduled for this Saturday at Fox Lane High School from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event, which […]

Local Lawmakers Give Cuomo's Proposals a Tepid Response

Local Lawmakers Give Cuomo’s Proposals a Tepid Response

Area state legislators gave Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address last week mixed reviews, generally lauding him for proposals to encourage business growth but leveling strong criticism against his education policies. Cuomo, who delivered a nearly hour-and-a-half address in Albany last Wednesday afternoon where he also unveiled a proposed $150 billion 2015-16 budget, […]

Stargiotti to Launch Bid for Pleasantville Village Board Return

Stargiotti to Launch Bid for Pleasantville Village Board Return

The Pleasantville Village Board will say goodbye to longtime Trustee Jonathan Cunningham at the end of March, but his replacement could be another familiar face. Joseph Stargiotti, a partner at the Pleasantville law firm of Stargiotti & Beatley, is currently in the process of collecting signatures to get on the ballot for the March 18 […]

Food Bank Rolls Out New Truck to Help Feed the Hungry

Food Bank Rolls Out New Truck to Help Feed the Hungry

A new Food Bank for Westchester truck that was unveiled last week will help the organization recover at least twice the amount of excess food from supermarkets and other commercial establishments throughout the county. Funded by a grant from Purchase-based PepsiCo, the Food Bank acquired a 16-foot refrigerated Freightliner to add to its fleet. About […]

Grunthal Appointed to Fill Mount Kisco Village Board Vacancy

Grunthal Appointed to Fill Mount Kisco Village Board Vacancy

Peter Grunthal was appointed last week by Mayor Michael Cindrich to the Mount Kisco Village Board replacing the late George Griffin Jr. who died on Christmas Eve. Grunthal, 71, who returned to the five-member board on Jan. 20, previously served from 2003 to 2010. Cindrich said under state law, village mayors have the power to […]

State Board Approves Variances for Chappaqua Affordable Housing Project

State Board Approves Variances for Chappaqua Affordable Housing Project

A state panel gave conditional approval for needed building and fire safety variances Thursday to the developer of the controversial Chappaqua affordable housing project. The Department of State’s Hudson Valley Regional Board of Review granted Conifer Realty four variances needed to build the 28-unit Chappaqua Station project on Hunts Place. The board’s decision was a […]

St. John's Episcopal Issues Fun Challenge to Fund Church Repairs

St. John’s Episcopal Issues Fun Challenge to Fund Church Repairs

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Pleasantville is hoping to raise money for restorations by allowing local residents to build a church of their own. The St. John’s Building Blocks Challenge scheduled for next Sunday, Jan. 25 is asking residents to build a model of the Pleasantville church, parish hall, rectory or all three out of […]

North Castle Mulls Accessibility Options for New Gazebo

North Castle Mulls Accessibility Options for New Gazebo

North Castle officials must soon decide which type of handicapped accessible option be installed for the town’s new gazebo at Wampus Brook Park if the structure is going to be built by summer. Architect John Sullivan, who provided the town board last week with an update on the project, presented plans for either a ramp […]

New Mt. Pleasant School Bond Vote Likely for March

New Mt. Pleasant School Bond Vote Likely for March

Four months after its previously proposed capital projects bond was resoundingly defeated by voters, it appears all but certain that the Mount Pleasant School District will put forward another proposition in late March. Last week school officials said they are planning to go ahead with a second bond, but will not finalize the list of […]

Appeal Granted in New Castle DPW Discrimination Case

Appeal Granted in New Castle DPW Discrimination Case

A former New Castle Department of Public Works employee who claimed he was fired nearly eight years ago in retaliation for bringing a discrimination action against the town may finally get his day in court. The Appellate Division last week overturned a May 2012 state Supreme Court decision that had granted the Town of New […]

State Comptroller's Violence Report Irks P'ville School Officials

State Comptroller’s Violence Report Irks P’ville School Officials

Pleasantville High School was cited last week by the state comptroller’s office for failing to report cases of violence and bullying, but school officials countered that the audit failed to tell the full story. The high school was randomly selected out of 4,500 public schools in New York state to be one of seven school […]

WCA Launches Academy to Train Workers for Healthcare Jobs

WCA Launches Academy to Train Workers for Healthcare Jobs

The Westchester County Association (WCA) announced earlier this week a new plan to collaborate with regional healthcare providers and colleges to train workers to fill at least 2,500 unfilled jobs in the county. Creation of the Hudson Valley Workforce Academy by the WCA will address the need to staff the vacant positions in the healthcare, […]

No. Castle Public Library Partially Closes Children's Room for Renovations

No. Castle Public Library Partially Closes Children’s Room for Renovations

The Children’s Room at the North Castle Public Library in Armonk has been partially closed through Tuesday, Jan. 20 for renovations. The work, the first significant update of the children’s area in more than 25 years, will take place over the next 60 days. The renovation will yield a more open and engaging space for […]

P'ville Firefighters Hold Vigil to Remember Slain Colleague

P’ville Firefighters Hold Vigil to Remember Slain Colleague

Despite cold weather and icy conditions, Pleasantville firefighters once again came together in Graham Hills Park on Monday night to remember their former comrade Thomas Dorr. Friends and co-workers gathered for the vigil in front of a tree planted in memory of their fallen friend, marking 19 years since Dorr was found murdered in the […]

Cunningham to Retire From Pleasantville Village Board

Cunningham to Retire From Pleasantville Village Board

A familiar face will be missing on the ballot in the Pleasantville Village Board elections in March. Longtime Trustee Jonathan Cunningham has decided against seeking re-election this year, ending a decade-plus run in village government. “After four terms, 12 years, it’s enough,” Cunningham said. “It’s time for some new blood, I think.” Cunningham, a financial […]

P'ville Singer Among Leaders in National Online Music Competition

P’ville Singer Among Leaders in National Online Music Competition

Molly Adele Brown has had a knack for getting noticed. Growing up in South Salem as the youngest of three girls in her household, Brown wasn’t afraid to stand up in front of her family and perform. It’s something that she learned to do naturally. “When I was younger I was definitely the one that […]

Mt. Pleasant School Officials Grapple With Prospect of New Bond

Mt. Pleasant School Officials Grapple With Prospect of New Bond

Mount Pleasant school officials have begun the process of gauging public opinion to help determine whether they should present a second capital projects bond later this year. The possibility of a new vote as early as late March was discussed at the Jan. 7 board of education work session. The meeting had followed distribution of […]

Armonk History Lovers Make No. Castle's Civil War Past Come Alive

Armonk History Lovers Make No. Castle’s Civil War Past Come Alive

Bits of significant local history can be found almost anywhere, but recently two Armonk residents unearthed little-known information about how North Castle selected its soldiers for the Civil War and where some of them are buried. Nicholas Cerullo and George Pouder, both members of the town’s historical society and former longtime members of the Landmarks […]

17-Car Saw Mill Parkway Pileup Injures Six in Pre-Dawn Accident

17-Car Saw Mill Parkway Pileup Injures Six in Pre-Dawn Accident

Six people were injured Wednesday morning in a 17-car chain-reaction pileup on a blind curve on the Saw Mill Parkway in Mount Kisco. Westchester County police reported that a motorist was driving a Chevy Avalanche on the southbound side of the parkway just past the Route 133 exit at about 6:40 a.m. when he noticed […]

Former Mt. Kisco Parking Officer Sentenced in Meter Thefts

Former Mt. Kisco Parking Officer Sentenced in Meter Thefts

The Mount Kisco parking enforcement officer who admitted last year to stealing about $90,000 in meter revenue will spend up to six months in county jail. Jeffrey Daday, 36, of North Salem was sentenced Tuesday morning to shock probation, which includes the stay in county jail in Valhalla and to make full restitution of the […]

Railroad Parking Lot Fees Proposed to Rise in Mt. Pleasant

Railroad Parking Lot Fees Proposed to Rise in Mt. Pleasant

The cost of parking at the Valhalla and Hawthorne Metro-North station parking lots in Mount Pleasant appears likely to rise in 2015. The town board has scheduled a public hearing for Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. on a proposal to raise most of the parking fees at the two lots. Fees last rose in January […]

Hawthorne Troop Members Soar to Become New Eagle Scouts

Hawthorne Troop Members Soar to Become New Eagle Scouts

In what has become an annual tradition, the Mount Pleasant community celebrated three more members of Hawthorne Troop 1 achieving the rank of Eagle Scout on Sunday during a special ceremony at the Thornwood American Legion hall. Gerald Alfieri, Lawrence Gardner and Conor Glendon reached Boys Scouts’ pinnacle by earning the requisite number of merit […]

Chappaqua Dance School to Offer Class for Special Needs Students

Chappaqua Dance School to Offer Class for Special Needs Students

Children with special needs may not always be able to participate in extracurricular activities as their peers would but Steffi Nossen School of Dance in Chappaqua will offer a unique opportunity for them starting this month. The school has been hosting classes for children with special needs at its White Plains location for a decade […]

North Castle Historian Doris Finch Watson Passes Away

North Castle Historian Doris Finch Watson Passes Away

North Castle Historian and lifelong Banksville resident Doris Finch Watson died at her home on Tuesday at the age of 91. Watson, who was once the personal secretary to actor Henry Fonda during the early 1950s, helped form the North Castle Historical Society at her dining room table in 1971. She served as its president […]

Playwright Returns to P'ville's Axial Theatre to Help Budding Writers

Playwright Returns to P’ville’s Axial Theatre to Help Budding Writers

Aspiring writers in the region will have the opportunity to get a helping hand from an award-winning playwright at the Axial Theatre in Pleasantville this winter. Gabrielle Fox will join the faculty of Axial’s playwriting program starting next Wednesday, Jan. 7, when she will offer a free introductory class from 7 to 9 p.m. Leading […]

Site Plan Review, Repercussions Await After Chap Crossing Rezone

Site Plan Review, Repercussions Await After Chap Crossing Rezone

Site plan and state Department of Transportation approvals are still needed by developer Summit/Greenfield for Chappaqua Crossing to be built. What also remains to be seen is whether there is political fallout from the New Castle Town Board’s controversial decision. The board’s voted Dec. 18 to rezone 19 acres of the former Reader’s Digest property […]