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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 […]

Vote on Toll Brothers' P'ville Project Expected Next Month

Vote on Toll Brothers’ P’ville Project Expected Next Month

A vote on Toll Brothers’ proposed 68-unit townhouse project on Pleasantville’s Washington Avenue is anticipated in December. At the Nov. 12 meeting of the village’s Planning Commission, board members agreed to place a resolution on their Dec. 10 agenda which would grant the applicant final approval. The commission reviewed the final plat for the project […]

Mt. Pleasant Schools Bond Resoundingly Rejected by Voters

Mt. Pleasant Schools Bond Resoundingly Rejected by Voters

A $55,855,000 bond to fund major renovations at the Mount Pleasant School District’s high school and middle school was badly defeated by voters on Saturday. With all votes, including absentee ballots, counted shortly after 9 p.m., the proposition failed 1,629-713. Two top school officials agreed that the bond’s hefty price tag was likely the main […]

Shared Services, Athletic Fields Focus of Joint P'ville Boards Session

Shared Services, Athletic Fields Focus of Joint P’ville Boards Session

Shared services and improving athletic fields dominated conversation at the Nov. 4 joint meeting of the Pleasantville Board of Education and village board. District and village officials explored new ways to save money through shared services to meet Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s requirements for a tax refund. Schools and municipalities must submit an efficiency plan by […]

Voters Crush Ward System Propositions in North Castle

Voters Crush Ward System Propositions in North Castle

North Castle voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposition Thursday by a more than five-to-one margin to establish a ward system of representation in town. The public crushed the proposition 2,181-398, according to unofficial tallies at about 10 p.m. A second proposition asking residents whether they wanted to increase the number of council seats from four to […]

County Launches New Crime Tips App for Public to Help Police

County Launches New Crime Tips App for Public to Help Police

Most of Westchester’s law enforcement agencies are depending on the public and 21st century technology to help fight crime. District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced  on Thursday the launch of  tip411, a new program that will allow anyone with a computer, Smartphone, cell phone or tablet to anonymously provide tips of suspicious activity to their local […]

North Castle Ward System Debate Opens Fresh Wounds

North Castle Ward System Debate Opens Fresh Wounds

By the second week in November, the campaign mailers and signs usually disappear from view and the e-mails cease until the next election season. That’s not the case this year in North Castle. Thursday’s scheduled vote on a pair of propositions asking town voters whether they want to establish a ward system and to increase […]

Mount Kisco Village Board Appoints New Police Chief

Mount Kisco Village Board Appoints New Police Chief

For the first time in more than two years, Mount Kisco will have a permanent police chief. During an early Monday morning meeting, the village board voted unanimously to appoint Sgt. Joe Spinelli to lead the department. Spinelli was scheduled to begin heading the nearly 30-member police force effective today (Tuesday). His prorated salary for […]

Byram Hills Lax Classic Sparks Big Turnout for Wounded Warrior

Byram Hills Lax Classic Sparks Big Turnout for Wounded Warrior

Usually when lacrosse teams face each other at any one of the area high schools, there is pressure to come out on top. Everyone who played on Sunday at Byram Hills High School in Armonk was on the same side. The school hosted its inaugural No Man Down Fall Lax Classic, an event that attracted […]

Mt. Kisco's Griffin Chosen for Veterans Hall of Fame

Mt. Kisco’s Griffin Chosen for Veterans Hall of Fame

George Griffin Jr. has been a fixture in Mount Kisco for many years. He owned his own business and has been the village’s deputy mayor after serving on the planning board for more than seven years. Now the rest of the region will have an opportunity to get to know him. The 11-year village trustee […]

Reward Offered to Help Solve Pleasantville Woman's Murder

Reward Offered to Help Solve Pleasantville Woman’s Murder

New York State Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the recent death of the Pleasantville woman. The reward was announced to media outlets on Friday as police continue to investigate and look for clues to solve […]

Brynwood Proposes Revised Condo, Golf Course Plan in No. Castle

Brynwood Proposes Revised Condo, Golf Course Plan in No. Castle

Representatives of Brynwood Golf & Country Club have made a last-ditch attempt to win over North Castle officials and the community after making revisions to its condominium and golf course redesign proposal. Attorney Mark Weingarten, who represents the Brynwood Partners, told the town board Wednesday night that his client has reduced the project from 88 […]

Westchester Community College Names New President to Lead School

Westchester Community College Names New President to Lead School

Dr. Belinda S. Miles was appointed Westchester Community College’s (WCC) new president on Thursday by the State University of New York Board of Trustees during its meeting in New York City. The vote approved the WCC Board of Trustees proposed selection of Miles. She is currently provost and executive vice president of access, learning and […]

Checkhov Classic 'The Seagull' Opens Axial Theatre's New Season

Checkhov Classic ‘The Seagull’ Opens Axial Theatre’s New Season

Just because a play was written in the 19th century doesn’t mean it can’t still be relevant. That is why “The Seagull” was chosen by Axial Theatre as the work to open its 16th season this week in Pleasantville. The play, written by Anton Checkhov, revolves around a group of actors, writers and artists who […]

Astorino Falls Short in Gubernatorial Bid; Cuomo Wins Re-election

Astorino Falls Short in Gubernatorial Bid; Cuomo Wins Re-election

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino was defeated in his long shot bid for governor Tuesday night falling short to incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Unable to overcome the lack of statewide name recognition and a lopsided campaign war chest in Cuomo’s favor, the Mount Pleasant native lost to the governor by about 13 points, according […]

Berra Edges Mezzancello in No. Castle; Absentee Ballots to Decide Race

Berra Edges Mezzancello in No. Castle; Absentee Ballots to Decide Race

  Jose Berra defeated Guy Mezzancello Tuesday night in the special election for a seat on the North Castle Town Board, but the race won’t be officially decided until absentee ballots have been counted. According to the Westchester County Board of Elections, Berra picked up 1,623 votes to 1,607 for Mezzancello. However, there are more […]

Inequities, Representation Levels Seen as Factors in Ward Vote

Inequities, Representation Levels Seen as Factors in Ward Vote

Mary Helander was doing her shopping at the Stop & Shop supermarket on Route 22 one day during the summer, when she was approached to sign a petition. That petition, carried by lifelong North White Plains resident Anthony Futia, asked whether the ward system, or districts, should be established in the Town of North Castle, […]

New Castle Threatened With More Litigation on Chap Crossing

New Castle Threatened With More Litigation on Chap Crossing

New Castle officials were issued an ultimatum last week to take a vote on the requested rezone of the former Reader’s Digest property before the end of the year or once again face litigation from developer Summit/Greenfield. Just before the end of a three-and-a-half-hour Chappaqua Crossing public hearing Oct. 28 on the proposed zoning change […]

Police: Pleasantville Woman Died By Stabbing

Police: Pleasantville Woman Died By Stabbing

The Pleasantville woman found dead in her house on Thursday was stabbed to death, law enforcement officials said on Saturday. Linda Falkoff, 76, was discovered at about 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 inside her residence at 79 Grandview Ave. following a call from a mail carrier who contacted police when she noticed that several days’ […]

New Castle Considers Basketball Court in Town Hall Parking Lot

New Castle Considers Basketball Court in Town Hall Parking Lot

New Castle Supervisor Robert Greenstein is planning on earmarking money in the town’s 2015 capital projects budget to convert the back corner of the Town Hall parking lot into a full-length outdoor basketball court. Greenstein said that the issue was discussed most recently during budget meetings involving the town board and department heads earlier this […]

Fulgenzi Sworn in as Mount Pleasant Supervisor

Fulgenzi Sworn in as Mount Pleasant Supervisor

A new era in Mount Pleasant government began on Wednesday when veteran Councilman Carl Fulgenzi was sworn in as town supervisor. Fulgenzi, a 60-year-old Hawthorne native, was unanimously appointed to the post by the  town board at its Oct. 28 meeting. Fulgenzi had been serving as interim supervisor since Oct. 10 when Joan Maybury officially […]