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Ironman of Table Tennis: Shortz Completes 1,000 Straight Days of Play

Ironman of Table Tennis: Shortz Completes 1,000 Straight Days of Play

Pleasantville resident Will Shortz has been playing table tennis since childhood but today (Tuesday) he reaches a personal milestone. June 30 marks the 1,000th consecutive day that Shortz, 62, has played table tennis. The quest began in 2012, when he made a resolution to play the sport every day that year. The streak was progressing […]

North Castle to County: Stop Shirking Miller House Responsibility

North Castle to County: Stop Shirking Miller House Responsibility

North Castle officials sternly told County Legislator Michael Smith last week that the town wants the historic Elijah Miller House in North White Plains to be rehabilitated and preserved at its current location. The town board and residents bluntly relayed their wishes to Smith during a June 24 board discussion of the issue, urging the […]

Mt. Kisco, No. Castle Volunteers Clean Up Shores of Byram Lake

Mt. Kisco, No. Castle Volunteers Clean Up Shores of Byram Lake

About 20 Mount Kisco and North Castle residents collaborated Saturday morning to pick up garbage around Byram Lake, which serves as Mount Kisco’s water supply. The small crew of volunteers, armed with gloves and large trash bags, picked up bottles, cans, wrappers, plastic bags and any other litter they could find during the first Restore […]

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 […]

P’ville to Hold Hearing on Energy Buying Law Despite Complications

P’ville to Hold Hearing on Energy Buying Law Despite Complications

Disagreement persists among Pleasantville Village Board members regarding the language of a proposed law that would grant the village authority to participate in a community choice aggregation energy-buying program through Sustainable Westchester. In May, the board approved a resolution to enable the village to participate in the program in hopes of saving residents money on […]

Developer Fareri Weighs GOP Primary Challenge in No. Castle

Developer Fareri Weighs GOP Primary Challenge in No. Castle

Armonk developer Michael Fareri will decide this week whether he will force a September primary against incumbent North Castle supervisor Michael Schiliro in hopes of snagging the Republican nomination. Fareri said last Friday he has been weighing whether to jump into the political fray because he believes recent town boards have failed on several critical […]

New Castle Mulls New Zone to Accommodate Garden at Millwood Swim Site

New Castle Mulls New Zone to Accommodate Garden at Millwood Swim Site

New Castle officials are considering creation of a new zone for the 1.3-acre parcel that was once the site of the Millwood Swim Club to allow a group of residents to operate a community garden. Town resident and former councilman Michael Wolfensohn, one of the community members pursuing the garden, said last week that there […]

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 […]

New Petition Needed to Address No. Castle Pond, Dam Repairs

New Petition Needed to Address No. Castle Pond, Dam Repairs

The Town of North Castle has been forced to reformulate a petition  for 18 private property owners surrounding Long Pond who want to form a park district to pay for dam repairs and maintenance. Town Attorney Roland Baroni said he is drawing up a new petition because the state comptroller’s office informed him that property […]

Lewisboro Resident Appointed to Fill Vacant BOL Seat

Lewisboro Resident Appointed to Fill Vacant BOL Seat

The Westchester County Board of Legislators unanimously appointed a retired IBM software engineer Monday night to temporarily fill the District 2 seat vacated by Peter Harckham earlier this month. Alan Cole, a Lewisboro resident, will serve until the winner of November’s election is certified, which typically occurs within a few weeks after Election Day. The […]

Mt. Pleasant Celebrates U.S. Army's Anniversary, Flag Day in Ceremony

Mt. Pleasant Celebrates U.S. Army’s Anniversary, Flag Day in Ceremony

Sunday was a great day to be in Mount Pleasant to pay tribute to an extraordinary  group of men and women who after nearly two-and-a-half centuries continue to help make America great. American Legion Post 112 in Hawthorne rolled out the welcome mat to help commemorate the 240th anniversary of the creation of the U.S. […]

Girl Scouts Say 'Thank You' to the Troops With Cookies

Girl Scouts Say ‘Thank You’ to the Troops With Cookies

Girl Scout cookies have become something of an American institution, so it seems only fitting that local troops band together each year to send the treats to those serving overseas as a reminder of home. On Saturday morning at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, Girl Scouts from across the county spent several hours packing cookies […]

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, […]

P'ville Fire Dept. to Hold Fundraiser to Launch Scholarship

P’ville Fire Dept. to Hold Fundraiser to Launch Scholarship

Members of the Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department are honoring a fallen member by raising money to create a scholarship in his name. Leonard “Lenny” Shon, a 23-year department veteran, died in January at 59 years old after battling brain cancer. A lifelong village resident, Pleasantville Fire Department Commissioner John Brooks remembered Shon as a dedicated […]

North Castle Town Board to Vote on Brynwood Zoning Change

North Castle Town Board to Vote on Brynwood Zoning Change

The North Castle Town Board is expected to vote tonight (Wednesday) on Brynwood Golf & Country Club’s request for amendments to the town’s zoning code and comprehensive plan. Adoption of the findings statement under the state’s Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) will also be required so Brynwood can obtain the Golf Course Community Floating Overlay […]

New Castle Democrats Ready for Fall With Full Ticket

New Castle Democrats Ready for Fall With Full Ticket

The New Castle Democrats have tabbed Victoria Alzapiedi to run for supervisor against incumbent Robert Greenstein this fall, leading a full slate of candidates as the party hopes to regain control of the town board. Alzapiedi, who most recently served as chair of the Coyote Awareness and Safety Advisory Committee, will appear on the ticket […]

Fund for Learning Grants $32G for P'ville School Programs

Fund for Learning Grants $32G for P’ville School Programs

The Pleasantville schools will have some new programs and equipment to start next school year thanks to more than $32,000 in grants that were awarded by the Pleasantville Fund for Learning (PFFL) last Tuesday night. The grants cover programs at all three district schools and a range of subjects from science to the arts. This […]

Mt. Kisco Partners in Prevention Launches Book Collection, Speaker Series This Saturday

Mt. Kisco Partners in Prevention Launches Book Collection, Speaker Series This Saturday

Mount Kisco Partners in Prevention and the Mount Kisco Public Library are collaborating on a new program for parents and young people designed to bring them in contact with local authors and develop skills that can enhance their lives. The program includes a new book collection donated by Mount Kisco Partners in Prevention for the […]

P'ville History Buff to Hold Ceremony for Local Civil War Vets

P’ville History Buff to Hold Ceremony for Local Civil War Vets

Since reading his first book on the Civil War when he was seven years old, Glenn Hayes has immersed himself in the war between the states. During much of the past decade, the lifelong Pleasantville resident has made repeated trips to Gettysburg, successfully joining others who spoke out at public hearings to help prevent a […]

North Castle Closing in on Brynwood Rezone Vote

North Castle Closing in on Brynwood Rezone Vote

A vote on Brynwood Golf & Country Club’s requested zoning change could occur as soon as next week if North Castle officials and the applicant can agree on revisions to the zoning text and conservation easement. Following last week’s resumption of the public hearing on whether to create a Golf Course Community Floating Overlay District […]

Ex-North Castle Dem Co-chair to Take on Smith for County Board

Ex-North Castle Dem Co-chair to Take on Smith for County Board

Former North Castle Democratic Committee Co-chairman John Diaconis announced Monday that he intends to run against two-term incumbent County Legislator Michael Smith for the District 3 seat this fall. Diaconis, 60, a litigation attorney, said he was motivated to run for the Board of Legislators in large part by the poor efforts on the part […]

New Castle Grants Conifer Permit Extension, Rejects Most Fee Waivers

New Castle Grants Conifer Permit Extension, Rejects Most Fee Waivers

The developer of the controversial Chappaqua affordable housing project obtained an 18-month extension of its special use permit but failed to convince the New Castle Town Board to waive close to $200,000 in application-related fees. Conifer Realty was granted the permit extension last Tuesday night by a 4-0 margin that requires them to build the […]

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 […]

School Officials to State: Wait to Get Education Bill Right

School Officials to State: Wait to Get Education Bill Right

With only weeks left in the current state legislative session, Westchester and Putnam school officials are urging lawmakers to halt the proposed Education Transformation Act of 2015. At a Thursday morning press conference at Harrison High School, parents and school officials from more than 40 districts across the two counties demanded the immediate suspension of […]

Roaring Brook Road to Be Closed to Traffic This Weekend

Roaring Brook Road to Be Closed to Traffic This Weekend

A half-mile stretch of Roaring Brook Road in Chappaqua will be closed to traffic this weekend as the Town of New Castle, the state Department of Transportation (DOT) and Metro-North will partner to make safety improvements. The road from the Saw Mill Parkway exit over the Metro-North grade crossing to near Southview Road will be […]

Stayin' Alive 5K Returns to Armonk to Help Emergency Services

Stayin’ Alive 5K Returns to Armonk to Help Emergency Services

If Michele Berliner and Christy Saltstein had a bit of uneasiness when they decided to organize a 5K race around their Windmill Farm community in Armonk last spring it would have been understandable. Although the pair of running enthusiasts had previously organized running events, establishing a new race can sometimes be daunting. However, the day […]

New Castle to Weigh Proposed Coyote Plan as Tensions Mount

New Castle to Weigh Proposed Coyote Plan as Tensions Mount

The New Castle Town Board received a proposed coyote response plan from Police Chief Charles Ferry last week but the matter sparked another confrontation between Supervisor Robert Greenstein and the chair of one of two advisory committees. The plan, written by Ferry and Environmental Coordinator Stephen Coleman, was posted on the town’s website last Wednesday. […]

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 […]

Variety Sets Tone for Outdoor P'ville Farmers Market

Variety Sets Tone for Outdoor P’ville Farmers Market

Since the Pleasantville Farmers Market moved indoors a few years ago it doesn’t completely go away for more than a week or two at a time. But like best friends reuniting after summer at the start of a new school year or the beginning of a new baseball season, there’s something extra special at the […]