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New Castle Officials Create Town Mandate Relief Committee

New Castle Officials Create Town Mandate Relief Committee

The New Castle Town Board formed a new Mandate Relief Committee Tuesday night, one of the first towns to take the step in hopes of relieving financial state-imposed burdens. The four-member committee will be chaired by Judy McGrath, a longtime mandate relief advocate who has been vocal at Chappaqua Board of Education meetings on the […]

Bands With W'chester Roots Look Forward to Capitol Theatre Gig

Bands With W’chester Roots Look Forward to Capitol Theatre Gig

Anybody interested in seeing local talent in action should check out Garcia’s at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester where two bands with deep Westchester roots will be performing this Saturday. “Together it’s the show to go to. We have connections to almost any town in Westchester and people should come out and see us,” […]

Chappaqua Architect's Development Plan Faces Complex Legal Issues

Chappaqua Architect’s Development Plan Faces Complex Legal Issues

An ambitious mixed-use development proposal for downtown Chappaqua will require the resolution of complicated legal issues and easements from multiple property owners before New Castle officials will decide whether to support the plan. Chappaqua architect Chuck Napoli returned to the town board last week with a tweaked conceptual plan of his proposal to add roughly […]

Appalachian Service Project: Opening Teens' Eyes to a Different World

Appalachian Service Project: Opening Teens’ Eyes to a Different World

Pleasantville is known for its sense of community, but a group of local residents once again brought their desire to help others in a place far outside the village’s boundaries. This month, 59 Pleasantville residents spent nine days in West Virginia, helping to rebuild the homes of impoverished residents in central Appalachia as part of […]

Mt. Kisco Village Board Democrats Uncontested Once Again

Mt. Kisco Village Board Democrats Uncontested Once Again

It appears that the Democrats will maintain their stranglehold on Mount Kisco village government for at least another year. The village’s Republican Party was unable to attract candidates to challenge incumbent Democratic trustees Jean Farber and Karen Schleimer, who are seeking re-election this fall. John Francan, chairman of the Mount Kisco Republican Committee, said one […]

Labor Strife Ends at Mt. Kisco Mrs. Green's as Union, Company Reach Accord

Labor Strife Ends at Mt. Kisco Mrs. Green’s as Union, Company Reach Accord

The long simmering labor dispute at Mrs. Green’s Natural Market in Mount Kisco has come to an end. A settlement between the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1500 and the company was reached on Tuesday and agreed to by the National Labor Relations Board. The dispute stemmed from the firing of eight workers […]

W'chester Corporations Unite on a Fun Run to Help Blythedale

W’chester Corporations Unite on a Fun Run to Help Blythedale

There are always obstacles when launching a new event, but those responsible for Thursday evening’s Corporate FunRun at Purchase College certainly appeared to hit one out of the park. Close to 50 Westchester-based corporations and more than 1,000 runners and walkers participated in the inaugural 5K around the SUNY Purchase campus that was expected to […]

Chappaqua Club Raises $35G for Cancer Research in Swim Event

Chappaqua Club Raises $35G for Cancer Research in Swim Event

It can be difficult getting up before 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning in the middle of  July. Maybe even more so if you’re heading out at that hour to do some intense physical exertion. But close to 50 area swimmers, many of them children, made their way to the Chappaqua Swim & Tennis Club […]

No. Castle Urges County to Honor Miller House Repair Commitment

No. Castle Urges County to Honor Miller House Repair Commitment

The North Castle Town Board will ask Westchester County to repair the deteriorated Elijah Miller House and keep the landmark in its original North White Plains location rather than move it to an alternate site. Supervisor Michael Schiliro said the board plans to approve a resolution at its July 23 meeting to formally make the […]

P'ville Residents Raise Environmental Issues on Toll Bros. Project

P’ville Residents Raise Environmental Issues on Toll Bros. Project

Pleasantville residents voiced concern last week over the likelihood of wetlands disturbance on the site where Toll Brothers is proposing to build a 68-unit townhouse complex on Washington Avenue. Attorney David Cooper, who represents the developer, said one-tenth of an acre of the wetlands and wetlands buffer would be disturbed by the construction of the […]

Ian Hunter Rounds Out Beautiful Day at Pleasantville Music Festival

Ian Hunter Rounds Out Beautiful Day at Pleasantville Music Festival

It didn’t matter whether the crowds came for the music, the sunshine, the food or to be with friends and neighbors, the Pleasantville Music Festival had something for everybody on Saturday. “I come every year,” said Mount Pleasant resident Ilana Marcus while enjoying the comfortably warm temperatures in mid afternoon. “I love local music and […]

No. Castle to Rebuild Gazebo; Temporary Stage Obtained for Concert Series

No. Castle to Rebuild Gazebo; Temporary Stage Obtained for Concert Series

The Town of North Castle will completely rebuild the Wampus Brook Park gazebo in Armonk nearly identically to the one that had stood for 47 years before its roof collapsed last month. Town officials said Wednesday that the only changes to the new structure would be the addition of a sound system, improved lighting and […]

After First Decade, P'ville Music Festival a Fixture on Village Calendar

After First Decade, P’ville Music Festival a Fixture on Village Calendar

The Pleasantville Music Festival will reach a milestone when it kicks off Saturday afternoon at Parkway Field. This year’s festival, which is headlined by Ian Hunter and The Rant Band, will mark its 10th anniversary, an event which has arguably become the biggest day on the village’s calendar each year. “I was there in year […]

Band Does Justice to Classic Rock 'n' Roll Sound in Live Performances

Band Does Justice to Classic Rock ‘n’ Roll Sound in Live Performances

Sloan Marshall may joke that he joined a band to get girls and free beer, but as keyboardist for Leroy Justice, he is bringing the music scene back to the roots of American rock ‘n’ roll. The band, which formed more than a decade ago over a poker game on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, channels […]

No. Castle Fires Labor Negotiator for Breach of Confidentiality

No. Castle Fires Labor Negotiator for Breach of Confidentiality

The North Castle Town Board terminated the contract of the municipality’s labor negotiator Wednesday night two weeks after former supervisor Howard Arden revealed that he had spoken with the consultant regarding the town’s recent CSEA contract talks. The board unanimously agreed to sever ties with Michael Richardson after it was confirmed to officials that he […]

Accordionists Invade W'chester This Week for Annual Festival

Accordionists Invade W’chester This Week for Annual Festival

You don’t have to travel very far to see one of the largest assemblages of accordion players and accordion music lovers this week. The 76th annual American Accordionists Association Festival descends on Westchester County this Wednesday for a five-day engagement, showcasing the best the instrument and the musicians who play it have to offer. Until […]

Lowey to Introduce Social Security Credits Bill to Help Caregivers

Lowey to Introduce Social Security Credits Bill to Help Caregivers

Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Harrison) announced Monday that she will introduce legislation this week to increase Social Security payments for caregivers who lose time at work tending to family members. Speaking at My Second Home, a facility which offers adult day care services and resources for caregivers in Mount Kisco, Lowey said she plans to introduce […]

New Castle Set to Issue New RFP for Train Station

New Castle Set to Issue New RFP for Train Station

New Castle officials are expected to reissue a new Request for Proposal as soon as this week in hopes of filling the town-owned Chappaqua train station depot after the previous lease was successfully challenged. Town Attorney Nicholas Ward-Willis said last week the town board will make several minor revisions to the RFP and post it […]

P'ville Schools Adopt New Strategic Plan as Part of New Initiative

P’ville Schools Adopt New Strategic Plan as Part of New Initiative

The Pleasantville Board of Education has adopted a Five Year Strategic Plan as part of the school district’s 2026 initiative that was announced earlier this year. The initiative, which aims to provide the type of education that this year’s kindergarteners will need by the time they graduate high school, developed a variety of action plans […]

Church Rep: Assisted Living Opponents 'Intimidated' P'ville Officials

Church Rep: Assisted Living Opponents ‘Intimidated’ P’ville Officials

A representative of the United Methodist Church in Pleasantville charged that village board members who voted against Benchmark Senior Living’s rezone application last week were intimidated by outspoken opponents of the proposed assisted living facility. Ron Pramschufer, stewardship and finance chairman for the church, which owns the land where Benchmark project would have constructed the […]

State Board Rejects Variances for Chappaqua Affordable Housing Project

State Board Rejects Variances for Chappaqua Affordable Housing Project

A state board voted Wednesday to reject most of the fire code variances needed by the developer of the proposed affordable housing project in downtown Chappaqua throwing the application’s future into doubt. The Department of State’s Hudson Valley Regional Board of Review denied seven of the eight variances requested by Conifer Realty to build the […]

Affordable Housing Discussions Alarm Chappaqua Church Neighbors

Affordable Housing Discussions Alarm Chappaqua Church Neighbors

Internal discussions by representatives of Chappaqua’s First Congregational Church about selling a portion of church property for the construction of affordable senior housing has prompted nearby residents to organize in hopes of seeking alternative uses. Jon Aram, president of the recently formed First Chappaqua Neighbors Association, said the residents on Orchard Ridge Road, Lawrence Farms […]

Mt. Pleasant Schools Moves Forward With Bond Preparation Plans

Mt. Pleasant Schools Moves Forward With Bond Preparation Plans

The Mount Pleasant Board of Education is poised to hire an architect and a contracting company for a possible bond issue vote later this year carrying a price tag of as much as $50 million. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Guiney said last week the district is on target to hire the Mount Kisco-based KG&D […]

State, Federal Funding Secured for Route 117, 133 Repaving

State, Federal Funding Secured for Route 117, 133 Repaving

Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-White Plains) announced on Thursday that more than $7 million in state and federal funding has been allocated for the repaving of two state roads mostly in the Town of New Castle. Work on Route 133 from Route 120 to the Mount Kisco border will begin in September or October while Route 117 […]

Major Delays Expected on Sprain, Taconic Parkways Next Week

Major Delays Expected on Sprain, Taconic Parkways Next Week

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a travel advisory for motorists using the Sprain and Taconic parkways in Mount Pleasant and New Castle during certain hours from Monday, June 30 through Wednesday, July 2. The left and middle lanes of the southbound Taconic State Parkway will be closed between Route 134 and Pleasantville […]

 Gazebo Roof Collapses at Armonk's Wampus Brook Park; No Injuries

Gazebo Roof Collapses at Armonk’s Wampus Brook Park; No Injuries

The roof of the gazebo in Armonk’s Wampus Brook Park collapsed late Wednesday morning at least temporarily throwing into question how long it will be before the structure is restored and usable. Collapse of the roof came as the contractor hired earlier this year by the Town of North Castle, Prime Building Services, Inc. of […]

New Castle Town Board Rescinds Restaurateur's Chappaqua Train Station Lease

New Castle Town Board Rescinds Restaurateur’s Chappaqua Train Station Lease

The New Castle Town Board voted Tuesday night to rescind the lease it had granted to a Mount Kisco restaurateur to operate a bistro at the Chappaqua train station depot. The action came less than a week after one of the proprietors passed over for the lease, Peter and Erin Chase, submitted a petition to […]

Mt. Kisco, County Continue to Weigh Police Merger Option

Mt. Kisco, County Continue to Weigh Police Merger Option

Mount Kisco officials may support consolidation of police services with Westchester County, but residents were divided last week over the prospect. A proposal developed by the county at the request of the village board was outlined last week by Westchester County Police Sgt. Jeffrey Weiss. During the June 16 meeting that packed village hall, several […]

Pleasantville Rejects Assisted Living Facility Rezone Request

Pleasantville Rejects Assisted Living Facility Rezone Request

The Pleasantville Village Board Monday night rejected a floating elder care zone on the 3.9-acre site near the United Methodist Church to accommodate Benchmark Senior Living’s assisted living facility. The resolution, which required a supermajority vote, was defeated 3-2. “It is with great regret that I say to the people of Benchmark [this] is the […]

No. Castle GOP Chooses Candidate for Special Board Election

No. Castle GOP Chooses Candidate for Special Board Election

  There will be a contested race in this year’s North Castle special election after all. The town’s Republican Committee announced over the weekend that planning board member Guy Mezzancello will take on incumbent Jose Berra in November to complete Michael Schiliro’s unexpired councilman’s term. Schiliro was elected supervisor last fall. North Castle GOP Chairwoman […]