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Armonk Residents Lambast Treatment Center in Tense Meeting

Armonk Residents Lambast Treatment Center in Tense Meeting

A full auditorium of Armonk residents demanded last Wednesday that the North Castle Town Board oppose a plan by a California-based residential treatment program to launch operations in an eight-bedroom house on Cole Drive. During a marathon discussion that lasted past 1 a.m. and grew increasingly tense as the night wore on, residents implored the […]

Greeley Ass’t Principal Files Racial Discrimination Suit Against District

Greeley Ass’t Principal Files Racial Discrimination Suit Against District

One of Horace Greeley High School’s three assistant principals has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit in federal district court in White Plains against the Chappaqua School District, recently resigned superintendent Dr. Lyn McKay and Principal Robert Rhodes. Michael Taylor, who has been an assistant principal at the school since 2004 and is the district’s only […]

County Legislators Urged to Maintain Non-Profits’ Funding in 2017 Budget

County Legislators Urged to Maintain Non-Profits’ Funding in 2017 Budget

Dozens of speakers last week urged the Westchester County Board of Legislators to properly fund various nonprofit organizations that would benefit children in the 2017 budget. Many in attendance at the Nov. 30 public hearing at Armonk’s H.C. Crittenden Middle School held signs saying “Day Care Not Welfare” and “Keep Parents Earning, Keep Children Learning.” […]

Cuomo Signs Bill to Trigger DOT Study of All Grade Crossings

Cuomo Signs Bill to Trigger DOT Study of All Grade Crossings

Three local state legislators announced Thursday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill mandating the state Department of Transportation (DOT) study all 5,300 railroad grade crossings in New York and recommend safety improvements. State senators David Carlucci (D-Clarkstown) and Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) and Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti gathered at the Commerce Street crossing in Valhalla, […]

WCC Forum Discusses the Impending Trump Presidency

WCC Forum Discusses the Impending Trump Presidency

Four accomplished journalists tackled the difficult task of predicting what a Donald Trump presidency will look like as they spoke at the annual Westchester Community College President’s Forum on Sunday. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus and Wall Street Journal columnists Jason Riley and Bret Stephens appeared before a packed […]

New Castle, Mount Kisco Locked in Culvert Damage Dispute

New Castle, Mount Kisco Locked in Culvert Damage Dispute

A dispute between the Town of New Castle and Village of Mount Kisco regarding which municipality is responsible for a damaged culvert on Byram Lake Road may be headed to litigation. Notices of claim were filed by each municipality against each other in October stemming from a broken water main in the vicinity of 190 […]

Proposed Treatment Center Rankles Armonk Neighborhood

Proposed Treatment Center Rankles Armonk Neighborhood

Residents of a quiet Armonk street are hoping to prevent an adolescent residential treatment center from moving into a nearby eight-bedroom estate fearing the activity will threaten their neighborhood, properties and quality of life. A petition against the plan, which opponents described as “a substance abuse treatment facility,” was submitted to the Town of North […]

Building Height, Assisted Living Addressed in P’ville Master Plan

Building Height, Assisted Living Addressed in P’ville Master Plan

Anna Young After months of work by village officials and residents, the Pleasantville Village Board’s proposed updated Master Plan was met with mixed reaction from residents last week. Representatives from the planning firm BFJ Planning of Manhattan presented the board and resident an updated draft during a Nov. 21 public hearing at Village Hall. BFJ […]

Pleasantville Native Launches Video Call Service for Seniors

Pleasantville Native Launches Video Call Service for Seniors

Hundreds of miles and busy schedules often keep generations of families apart. That can be especially true for seniors, who may move to retirement communities throughout the country while children and grandchildren maintain hectic lives elsewhere. In hopes of reuniting families, Pleasantville native Ellen Ferguson has developed a unique video service by using a 5-by-7-inch […]

Armonk Gets Ready for Return of Frosty the Snowman This Sunday

Armonk Gets Ready for Return of Frosty the Snowman This Sunday

One of the most anticipated days of the year is once again about to be celebrated in Armonk. North Castle’s annual Frosty Day is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, featuring an assortment of fun activities for the entire family throughout downtown. There will also be free munchies, a parade down Main Street and the tree lighting […]

New Mt. Kisco Gallery Opens as Part of Village Arts Council Effort

New Mt. Kisco Gallery Opens as Part of Village Arts Council Effort

A new site for art lovers has popped up in Mount Kisco. A pop-up art gallery has opened in an empty storefront at 10 S. Moger Ave. in the village’s downtown. An artists’ reception was held on Sunday to celebrate the opening. The gallery is the first of many programs members of the recently formed […]

New Castle to Pursue $50M Bridge Funding for Saw Mill Intersection

New Castle to Pursue $50M Bridge Funding for Saw Mill Intersection

New Castle officials are pushing forward with efforts to pursue multiple sources of funding in hopes of eventually building a bridge over the Roaring Brook Road grade crossing and the Saw Mill River Parkway. At a Nov. 15 work session discussion regarding potential improvements to the intersection, Jared Anderson, project manager at WSP Sells, which […]

Berard Decides Against Running for Fourth Term in P’ville

Berard Decides Against Running for Fourth Term in P’ville

Three-term Village of Pleasantville Trustee Mindy Berard announced last week that she has decided against running for re-election next March and will retire from the board when her term expires. Berard, who has served since being elected to the board for the first time in 2008, said it was the right time to make the […]

Political Commentator Dishes on Trump at Neighbors Link Function

Political Commentator Dishes on Trump at Neighbors Link Function

Don’t expect Ana Navarro to sit quietly on the sidelines now that the election is over and Donald Trump will be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president in two months. The longtime Republican, television political commentator and unabashed Trump critic hasn’t found too many complimentary words for the president-elect, as some members of her […]

Chappaqua Orchestra, Book Festival Partner on Children’s Concert

Chappaqua Orchestra, Book Festival Partner on Children’s Concert

You don’t have to be a kid to appreciate a special show scheduled for this Saturday afternoon in Chappaqua. The first Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival Story Concert will be presented at Wallace Auditorium, a joint effort between the festival and The Chappaqua Orchestra. Conductor Michael Shapiro will lead the 35-piece orchestra through two stories set […]

No. Castle Officials Refer SoulCycle Application, Hear Objections

No. Castle Officials Refer SoulCycle Application, Hear Objections

The North Castle Town Board last week referred to the planning board a special use permit application requesting that a boutique cycling center move into an Armonk nursery despite the objections of a handful of residents. With the backing of three council members, the board narrowly made the Nov. 9 referral of SoulCycle’s application for […]

Political Rhetoric, Hate Incidents Put Neighbors Link on Guard

Political Rhetoric, Hate Incidents Put Neighbors Link on Guard

Since Donald Trump’s election as president last Tuesday, there have been growing fears what will happen in some minority communities. It hasn’t only been because of reports of incidents of bigotry across the nation, including racist and anti-Semitic graffiti found Sunday in White Plains, but questions about how the Trump Administration would handle a host […]

Taxes Steady in Astorino’s Proposed $1.8B 2017 Budget

Taxes Steady in Astorino’s Proposed $1.8B 2017 Budget

County Executive Rob Astorino unveiled his $1.81 billion operating budget for 2017 last week that maintains taxes, jobs and services at current levels but relies on a recently proposed airport lease deal to balance the spending plan. For the seventh consecutive year, Astorino released a budget with a zero percent tax levy, keeping his pledge […]

Trump’s Victory Leaves Hillary’s Chappaqua Supporters Stunned

Trump’s Victory Leaves Hillary’s Chappaqua Supporters Stunned

By Anna Young What was anticipated to be a festive celebration of the nation’s first woman president Tuesday night turned into a nightmare. Adults and children of all ages congregated at Crabtree’s Kittle House to support fellow Chappaqua resident Hillary Clinton for an Election Night viewing party and to witness history, but went home despondent […]

Latimer Comfortably Wins Re-election for Third Term in State Senate

Latimer Comfortably Wins Re-election for Third Term in State Senate

Democratic State Sen. George Latimer won re-election for a third term Tuesday night, comfortably defeating Rye City Councilwoman Julie Killian to retain his seat in the 37th Senate District. Tallies from the Westchester County Board of Elections showed Latimer holding a 10-point lead over his Republican opponent with 59 percent of the precincts reporting, equating […]

Panthers Dethrone Westlake to Win the Class B Championship

Panthers Dethrone Westlake to Win the Class B Championship

By Andy Jacobs Near midfield, Westlake senior running back Joe Ferri knelt in disbelief and anguish late Saturday afternoon at the realization that his high school football career and the Wildcats’ pursuit of a second straight championship had just come to a disappointing end.  Not far away, the entire Pleasantville football team was already on Cloud Nine, jumping for joy in […]

Ex-Greeley Teacher Pleads Guilty, Gets Sex Offender Status

Ex-Greeley Teacher Pleads Guilty, Gets Sex Offender Status

Former Horace Greeley High School drama teacher Christopher Schraufnagel pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges Monday morning in New Castle Justice Court that forces him to now register as a sex offender. In the revised plea, Schraufnagel, 42, accepted two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and one count of sexual abuse, all […]

New Castle Fire Commissioners Extend Voting Hours; Ponder Options

New Castle Fire Commissioners Extend Voting Hours; Ponder Options

New Castle Fire District No. 1 will extend voting hours for next month’s commissioner election after officials were blasted for being ill-prepared for the crush of voters in the recently defeated firehouse expansion referendum. On Tuesday, Dec. 13, registered district residents may vote from 2 to 9 p.m. rather than what has been the customary […]

Three Local WMCHealth Employees to Run NYC Marathon

Three Local WMCHealth Employees to Run NYC Marathon

By Andrew Vitelli When 50,000 runners take to the streets of New York on Sunday for the New York City Marathon, seven Westchester Medical CenterHealth Network employees will be in the running. Residents of Valhalla, Somers and West Harrison will be among the WMCHealthstaff traversing the 26.2-mile course through the five boroughs on Sunday.  Valhalla resident Adele Rushneck, assistant nurse manager in Westchester Medical Center’s Trauma Intensive […]

Car Chase, Search Leads to Two Arrests in Pleasantville

Car Chase, Search Leads to Two Arrests in Pleasantville

By Andrew Vitelli A stolen car fleeing police crashed into a Pleasantville backyard early Thursday morning, leading to a multi-department search ending in the arrest of two men later that morning. Karon Broddie, a 24-year-old Brooklyn resident, and Mt. Vernon resident Ernest Nicholas, also 24, were arrested following an extensive search after the suspects allegedly fled towards downtown […]

P’ville Police Chief Love Retires; Grutzner to Head Department

P’ville Police Chief Love Retires; Grutzner to Head Department

By Andrew Vitelli – Erik Grutzner has taken over as Pleasantville’s police chief, with former chief Richard Love having retired after five years in the position. Love, who has been out for several months following a non-job-related injury, officially retired on Monday, Pleasantville Mayor Peter Scherer said. “Richie has been with us a long time,” Scherer […]

Combatting Depression, Anxiety With High-Energy Drumming

Combatting Depression, Anxiety With High-Energy Drumming

When the subject of helping special needs children is discussed, Mike Veny knows better than anyone the challenges and pain associated with trying to overcome personal hurdles. From a young age, Veny, a Long Island native, suffered from depression, anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. His severe behavioral problems got him expelled from three schools and […]

McKay Resigns as Chappaqua Schools Superintendent

McKay Resigns as Chappaqua Schools Superintendent

Chappaqua Schools Superintendent Lyn McKay resigned Monday morning following months of criticism over the district’s handling of the sex abuse case of former high school drama teacher Christopher Schraufnagel. “Over the past year we have been experiencing the aftermath of the arrest of a former Greeley theater teacher,” McKay said in her letter of resignation, in […]

Former Mount Kisco Mayor Henry Kensing Dead at 83

Former Mount Kisco Mayor Henry Kensing Dead at 83

Henry Kensing’s devotion to Mount Kisco extended far beyond his more than 30 years of service in elected office. He cared deeply about helping a wide variety of the village’s residents and local organizations. Kensing, a lifelong village resident, died of cancer on Oct. 24. He was 83. Affectionately known as “Hank” or “The Mayor,” […]

Armonk Man Pleads Guilty for Orchestrating Bus Company Scam

Armonk Man Pleads Guilty for Orchestrating Bus Company Scam

An Armonk man who owned a school bus company faces up to 15 years in prison pleaded guilty Thursday to two felony charges for billing the Yonkers Board of Education for bogus bus pickups. William Ahern, 60, of 28 High St., pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny and second-degree rewarding official misconduct for creating a false […]