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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 […]

P'ville STEM Fair Helps Students Explore Career Possibilities

P’ville STEM Fair Helps Students Explore Career Possibilities

Three years ago Pleasantville residents Martha and Chuck Matteo helped form the Science Olympiad at Pleasantville Middle School. Following its rapid success, the couple sought to familiarize students with the science, technology, engineering and math career opportunities that are available. On Monday night, about 20 STEM experts converged at Pleasantville High School to talk with […]

Harckham Appointed to Cuomo's Administration; to Resign BOL June 1

Harckham Appointed to Cuomo’s Administration; to Resign BOL June 1

Four-term County Legislator Peter Harckham (D-North Salem) announced Wednesday that he has been appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to serve in his administration and will resign his Board of Legislators effective June 1. Harckham, 54, who decided against running for re-election to a fifth term earlier this year, will leave to become the assistant director […]

Write-in Candidate Among Mt. Pleasant School Board Winners

Write-in Candidate Among Mt. Pleasant School Board Winners

A late write-in candidate was swept to victory by a wave of Mount Pleasant School voters Tuesday night. John Piazza, who served on the school board from 2006 to 2009, will be joining incumbent Thomas McCabe and first-time candidate Colleen Scaglione Neglia on the Board of Education in July to begin their three-year terms. The […]

All Local School Budgets Easily Approved By Voters

All Local School Budgets Easily Approved By Voters

The Pleasantville School District’s $48,926,573 budget for 2015-16 was comfortably approved Tuesday night, 584-231. The budget, which came in under the tax cap, carries a 1.82 percent tax levy increase and a 3.19 percent spending increase over the 2014-15 spending plan. Trustees had explained that the increased expenditures include the $3.5 million bond approved by […]

Fundraising Effort Pays for New Scoreboards at Parkway Field

Fundraising Effort Pays for New Scoreboards at Parkway Field

Pleasantville sports enthusiasts may notice new scoreboards at Parkway Field this week thanks to the fundraising efforts of local community members. Jay La Capria, who is on the board of Dad’s Club, was one part of a large contingent who took the initiative to replace the aging, faded and outdated football scoreboard at the field. […]

Armonk Assisted Living Facility Honors First Responders

Armonk Assisted Living Facility Honors First Responders

By Baylor Rosenbaum There was no safer place in Westchester last Monday than The Bristal assisted living facility in Armonk. It was wall to wall police, firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians as The Bristal honored the men and women who keep the residents of North Castle and surrounding communities safe at a banquet breakfast. […]

Ex-Mt. Pleasant School Trustee Write-in Candidate for Board of Ed

Ex-Mt. Pleasant School Trustee Write-in Candidate for Board of Ed

A former Mount Pleasant school trustee has launched a write-in campaign in hopes of being elected to a seat in the district’s Board of Education race on Tuesday. John Piazza, who served one term on the board from 2006 to 2009, made the  surprising decision to enter the fray this week questioning the motives of […]

Playing the Classics: Sister Trio to Perform Tchaikovsky, Mozart

Playing the Classics: Sister Trio to Perform Tchaikovsky, Mozart

Playing music around the world can make for an exciting but lonely and nomadic existence. It can be made easier, however, when the group you perform with is comprised of your siblings. The Furuya Sisters, a classical concert trio, will be on stage tonight (Friday) at the South Salem Presbyterian Church. The sisters, Sakiko, Mimi […]

P'ville SEPTA Honors Those Who Work With Special Needs Kids

P’ville SEPTA Honors Those Who Work With Special Needs Kids

Local teachers, community members and organizations were recognized Monday in Pleasantville for volunteer work with special needs students. During an annual awards ceremony at Lucy’s Lounge, Pleasantville’s Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) granted honors to nine people in four different categories. Lauren Peterson, a teaching assistant in Pleasantville for the past eight years, was […]

Mt. Kisco Trustee Schleimer Announces Board of Legislators Bid

Mt. Kisco Trustee Schleimer Announces Board of Legislators Bid

Mount Kisco Village Trustee Karen Schleimer announced her candidacy for the Westchester County Board of Legislators Wednesday afternoon in hopes of succeeding fellow Democrat Peter Harckham for the District 2 seat. Schleimer, 66, a real estate attorney who is serving her second term on the village board, said she is determined to fight for policies […]

Action-Packed Weekend in Store for Downtown Chappaqua

Action-Packed Weekend in Store for Downtown Chappaqua

There has been plenty of talk about improving downtown Chappaqua and increasing its vitality. Permanent plans are in motion, but until those are in place, for one weekend the downtown should be buzzing with plenty of excitement. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be six events, including three new additions to the calendar, that organizers […]

'Miles for Miles' Mental Health Fundraiser Set for May 31 in Armonk

‘Miles for Miles’ Mental Health Fundraiser Set for May 31 in Armonk

When Miles Applebaum was a student at Byram Hills High School, running on the cross-country team was one of several activities he loved to do. On Sunday, May 31, community members will turn out on the same trails he traversed near the school’s grounds to remember and honor Applebaum at the inaugural running of the […]

Critics Slam Teacher Pension System as Key Source of High Taxes

Critics Slam Teacher Pension System as Key Source of High Taxes

As voters throughout New York State will decide their school district’s 2015-16 budget next week, most school officials have found ways to maintain programs despite the tax cap and lack of mandate relief. However, there are some grassroots groups and individual citizens who believe that the tax cap, which was signed into legislation nearly four […]

Action-Packed Weekend in Store for Downtown Chappaqua

Action-Packed Weekend in Store for Downtown Chappaqua

There has been plenty of talk about improving downtown Chappaqua and increasing its vitality. Permanent plans are in motion, but until those are in place, for one weekend the downtown should be buzzing with plenty of excitement. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be six events, including three new additions to the calendar, that organizers […]

P'ville School Board Takes Stand Against APPR in Resolutions

P’ville School Board Takes Stand Against APPR in Resolutions

The Pleasantville School District took a stand against the Annual Professional Performance Reviews (APPR) by unanimously approving two resolutions Tuesday night that oppose the state mandated practice. One resolution, authored by board President Shane McGaffey, states that the current APPR model relies too heavily on unproven state tests and calls for a system that can […]

Chap Crossing Developer Proposes Affordable Units for Cupola Building

Chap Crossing Developer Proposes Affordable Units for Cupola Building

Chappaqua Crossing developer Summit/Greenfield has proposed moving up to 32 affordable housing units into the top two floors of the property’s iconic cupola building, now a largely vacant office building. Under a revised plan discussed at Tuesday night’s New Castle Town Board work session, the project’s 91 market-rate units would remain in the residential portion […]

Judge Rejects Conifer's Chappaqua Affordable Housing Permit Suit

Judge Rejects Conifer’s Chappaqua Affordable Housing Permit Suit

A state Supreme Court justice on Wednesday rejected Conifer Realty’s injunction request against the Town of New Castle to prevent enforcement of the special permit’s 18-month deadline to complete construction of the Chappaqua affordable housing project. Representatives of Conifer, which has proposed building 28 affordable units on about one-third of an acre at 54 Hunts […]

Petition Calls for Mt. Kisco Police Consolidation Referendum

Petition Calls for Mt. Kisco Police Consolidation Referendum

While the debate over police consolidation continued during the May 4 Mount Kisco Village Board of Trustees meeting, the village attorney said there is no basis for a referendum on the contentious issue. During the meeting, resident Kim Terlizzi presented a petition to the board containing 810 signatures calling for a referendum, but the board […]

P'ville PBA to Increase Scholarships to High School Seniors

P’ville PBA to Increase Scholarships to High School Seniors

The Pleasantville Police Benevolent Association (PBA) is looking to improve community relations by increasing scholarships it offers to high school seniors in the village. In past years, the department offered two scholarships valued at $1,000 each, but this year they will be doubling their efforts, offering four $1,000 awards, said Detective Morgan Cole-Hatchard. In addition, […]

School Bus Driver Charged in Chappaqua Rail Crossing Incident

School Bus Driver Charged in Chappaqua Rail Crossing Incident

A 53-year-old school bus driver was cited for a vehicle and traffic law violation Monday morning after the railroad barriers at the Roaring Brook Road grade crossing in Chappaqua came down on the vehicle. Nancy Peralta, of Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, was ticketed by New Castle Police Officer Brian Bruno at 7:52 a.m., who […]

North Castle Landmarks Main Breezemont Day Camp Building

North Castle Landmarks Main Breezemont Day Camp Building

The Town of North Castle recently approved town landmark status for the main building at Breezemont Day Camp in Armonk to ensure the preservation of the more than century-old structure. The town board also decided on Apr. 22 to accept the Landmark Preservation Committee’s recommendation to landmark the lawn between the two driveways in front […]

Children's Book Drive to Benefit Young Readers at Neighbors Link

Children’s Book Drive to Benefit Young Readers at Neighbors Link

Deborah Notis and Marilyn Rivkin launched their business, gamechanger, a few years ago to help Westchester children improve their performance in academics, music, art or sports. For the second consecutive spring, the pair will be giving back to the community with the same objective in mind. Starting on May 1 and continuing for the entire […]

P'ville Honors Middle School Counselor as its Teacher of the Year

P’ville Honors Middle School Counselor as its Teacher of the Year

Barbara Brandenberg was shocked during last Tuesday evening’s Board of Education meeting when her family entered the room to help present her a very special award. Brandenberg, a Pleasantville Middle School counselor, was named Pleasantville’s Teacher of the Year for 2015. It’s an award bestowed annually to an exceptional educator in the district who exemplifies […]

Armonk Man Arrested in Yonkers School Bus Filling Scam

Armonk Man Arrested in Yonkers School Bus Filling Scam

An Armonk man who ran a Yonkers bus transportation company was one of two suspects arrested on Thursday in a scam where they allegedly billed the city for about $280,000 for a phantom bus route. William Ahern, 59, of 28 High St., the owner of A Plus Transportation in Yonkers, was charged with one count […]

Hair Today, Hair Tomorrow: P'ville Salon Celebrates 25 Years

Hair Today, Hair Tomorrow: P’ville Salon Celebrates 25 Years

Raffaele “Ralph” Farraioli has been cutting hair for most of his life and for the last 25 years in Pleasantville. In 1990, Farraoili came to the village, opening La Barberia on Wheeler Avenue. A lot has changed over the last quarter of a century. During that time, kids who needed booster seats are graduating college […]

Pace Alum to Donate $2M Toward New Athletics Field House

Pace Alum to Donate $2M Toward New Athletics Field House

Joseph Ianniello (Class of 1990), the CBS Corporation’s chief operating officer and a member of the Pace University Board of Trustees, has made a $2 million commitment for the construction of a new athletics field house at the school’s campus in Pleasantville, the university announced Monday. When completed later this year, the Ianniello Field House […]

Briarcliff Native Brings Role-Playing Game to Local Stage

Briarcliff Native Brings Role-Playing Game to Local Stage

When an audience goes to Arc Stages for a production, it typically sits back and waits to be entertained. Next week local residents will have the opportunity to take the stage and shape a story, thanks to Briarcliff native and theatrical experience game designer Warren Tusk. Tusk, 30, is the writer and designer of more […]

Brynwood Public Hearing on Zoning Change to Reconvene May 27

Brynwood Public Hearing on Zoning Change to Reconvene May 27

The public hearing on Brynwood Golf & Country Club’s requested rezone of its 156-acre property on Bedford Road in Armonk will resume on May 27 after having been adjourned nearly two years ago. Last week the North Castle Town Board voted to accept the project’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) as part of the state’s […]

New Castle to Take Next Step in Chappaqua Crossing Process

New Castle to Take Next Step in Chappaqua Crossing Process

The New Castle Town Board will vote early next month whether to adopt the Preliminary Development Concept Plan (PDCP) for the Chappaqua Crossing retail proposal and a local law applying the commercial zoning to the property. Town officials indicated last Tuesday night that the vote would likely take place within the next two weeks after […]