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Veterans Seek Emotional Solace Through Songwriting Retreat

Veterans Seek Emotional Solace Through Songwriting Retreat

Veterans who have seen and experienced the horrors of war are a small subset of today’s American population. While many citizens can perhaps empathize with their plight, few can truly understand what many of these veterans have endured. SongwritingWith: Soldiers, an Austin, Tex.-based nonprofit organization that was founded in 2012 by singer-songwriter Darden Smith, works […]

Housing Monitor: No. Castle Could Be Sued for Exclusionary Zoning

Housing Monitor: No. Castle Could Be Sued for Exclusionary Zoning

North Castle is one of seven Westchester municipalities that the monitor overseeing the affordable housing settlement has suggested the Justice Department could sue for failing to comply with provisions of the agreement. James Johnson, in his Third Biennial Assessment of Westchester County’s Compliance with the settlement, wrote in his 49-page report issued last Friday that […]

Water Issues Debated as Sunshine Children’s Home Hearing Closes

Water Issues Debated as Sunshine Children’s Home Hearing Closes

The New Castle Zoning Board of Appeals made no determination last week on Sunshine Children’s Home and Rehab Center’s application for an amended special use permit and variances that would allow a major expansion of its facility. Following a sometimes contentious three-hour public hearing last Wednesday at town hall that was confined to discussion of […]

P’ville’s Westchester Table Tennis Center Venue for New TV Pilot

P’ville’s Westchester Table Tennis Center Venue for New TV Pilot

By James Best The Westchester Table Tennis Center in Pleasantville has been home to wide variety of tournaments since it opened its doors. Now it’s the location for the filming of a new television show. Last Monday night actors, comedians, professional table tennis players and ping-pong enthusiasts converged at the center on Tompkins Avenue to […]

Modell’s Opening Delayed Until Late Summer in Mount Kisco

Modell’s Opening Delayed Until Late Summer in Mount Kisco

Shoppers hoping to see Modell’s Sporting Goods open a new store on East Main Street in Mount Kisco will have to wait several months longer than expected. Representatives of the chain told the planning board Tuesday night that the store’s opening would be delayed until late summer. The applicant’s new plan also includes having two […]

Spring Clean Up, Zero Waste Day in North Castle This Weekend

Spring Clean Up, Zero Waste Day in North Castle This Weekend

This weekend North Castle residents can rid themselves of unwanted items in their basements, attics and closets and help the town get clean as well. On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Castle will be holding its 11th Zero Waste Day behind Town Hall in Armonk, where people can dispose of old computers, […]

Mt. Kisco Restaurateurs Among New Owners of P’ville’s Iron Horse

Mt. Kisco Restaurateurs Among New Owners of P’ville’s Iron Horse

Iron Horse Pleasantville will see changes in the coming months as new owners look to put their stamp on the high-profile restaurant. A group of investors that includes the owners of the popular Village Social Kitchen + Bar in Mount Kisco, took ownership of the establishment at 20 Wheeler Ave. on Apr. 1. Village Social […]

New Castle Proposes Local Ordinance to Eliminate Plastic Bag Use

New Castle Proposes Local Ordinance to Eliminate Plastic Bag Use

New Castle officials are proposing a local ordinance that would eliminate single-use plastic bags in all stores in town and encourage patrons to bring reusable shopping bags. The proposed legislation, referred to as the Reusable Bag Initiative and recommended by the town’s Sustainable Advisory Board (SAB), would also call for certain stores, such as groceries […]

Hudson Stage Explores Human Flaws in Latest Whippoorwill Production

Hudson Stage Explores Human Flaws in Latest Whippoorwill Production

Stephen Nachamie discovered the stage when he was four years old, the first time his parents took him to a Broadway show. After high school, when he got his first acting job and through 25 years in theater as an actor and later a director, Nachamie was fascinated by the way he could be transported […]

Modell’s Mt. Kisco Store Modifications Moves Opening to Late May

Modell’s Mt. Kisco Store Modifications Moves Opening to Late May

The much-anticipated opening of a Modell’s Sporting Goods store on Mount Kisco’s Main Street has been put on hold as some changes in the interior plans to accommodate a second tenant are discussed. Representatives for the sporting goods chain have returned to the village planning board to divide the space that will not be used […]

Contested Elections in Three Local School Board Races

Contested Elections in Three Local School Board Races

Uncontested school board races has become the norm in recent years, but in next month’s elections there will be something at stake in three area school districts. On May 17, voters will decide the outcome of races in Chappaqua, Mount Pleasant and Bedford. Candidates in the Byram Hills and Pleasantville school districts will run unopposed. […]

Westlake Teachers Take District Officials to Task on Rat Sightings

Westlake Teachers Take District Officials to Task on Rat Sightings

Three middle school teachers argued at last week’s Mount Pleasant Board of Education work session that district officials failed to do enough to prevent rats from entering the middle school and high school campus this winter. Middle school teachers Virginia Campbell, Courtney Angle and Tom Hall said at the Apr. 13 board work session that […]

KT Tunstall Part of 2016 Pleasantville Music Festival Lineup

KT Tunstall Part of 2016 Pleasantville Music Festival Lineup

There will be a little something for everyone at this summer’s Pleasantville Music Festival. Organizers announced the partial lineup Sunday evening for the 12th annual festival scheduled for Saturday, July 9 at Parkway Field. So far, the Main Stage will feature Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter KT Tunstall, New Orleans-style rock-soul band The Revivalists, New Jersey-based rock band […]

Chance for Foodies, Culinary Enthusiasts to Help Valhalla Legion

Chance for Foodies, Culinary Enthusiasts to Help Valhalla Legion

American Legion Post 1038 in Valhalla is appealing to its members and the community for help to restore its 65-year-old home on Legion Drive that was damaged from flooding more than three years ago. As part of the effort, the post is offering budding chefs and foodies a fun and informative series of programs that […]

Armonk Man Arraigned in Wrong-Way Driving Death

Armonk Man Arraigned in Wrong-Way Driving Death

A 23-year-old Armonk man was arraigned Wednesday morning on a 14-count indictment, including multiple felonies, for causing the death of another motorist in a wrong-way accident on I-684 in Bedford last December. Zachary Tokson, of 9 Seymour Lane, was charged with seven felony counts: two counts each of aggravated vehicular homicide, second-degree vehicular manslaughter and […]

No. Castle Among Towns Renewing Effort for Hotel Occupancy Tax

No. Castle Among Towns Renewing Effort for Hotel Occupancy Tax

North Castle and other municipalities in Westchester with lodging facilities are again supporting a 3 percent hotel occupancy tax, but there is greater hope Albany will approve the necessary legislation this year. The North Castle Town Board last week unanimously passed a home rule bill that would charge guests an extra 3 percent on their […]

Bulk Energy Program Letter Confuses Some New Castle Residents

Bulk Energy Program Letter Confuses Some New Castle Residents

Skeptical consumers have long been conditioned against falling for something that sounds too good to be true. But that’s exactly what some New Castle residents may have thought when they received a letter early last week to explain the new Westchester Power program. The program consists of 20 municipalities that recently agreed to participate in […]

Bedford Appoints New Jersey Educator as New Superintendent

Bedford Appoints New Jersey Educator as New Superintendent

The Bedford Central School District announced Wednesday that a veteran New Jersey educator has been selected to become the district’s next permanent superintendent. Trustees sent out an e-mail blast informing the community of the appointment of Dr. Christopher Manno, currently chief school administrator of the Burlington County Special Services School District/Burlington County Institute of Technology. […]

Special Use Permit Changes for Conifer Affordable Units Approved

Special Use Permit Changes for Conifer Affordable Units Approved

The New Castle Town Board approved last week the final six modifications to Conifer Realty’s special permit for 28 affordable units in downtown Chappaqua but the applicant must still address multiple conditions before it may begin building. Board members unanimously agreed to the revisions dealing with mainly several safety issues that were needed to allow […]

WCC Announces Transfer Agreement With College of New Rochelle

WCC Announces Transfer Agreement With College of New Rochelle

Westchester Community College (WCC) and The College of New Rochelle announced a formal agreement last week that enhances and speeds the process for students who have earned their associate’s degree to transfer to the four-year college. The articulation agreement signed last Wednesday will allow WCC students to gain entry to The College of New Rochelle’s […]

Chappaqua School Officials Eyeing June 14 for $42.5M Bond Vote

Chappaqua School Officials Eyeing June 14 for $42.5M Bond Vote

The Chappaqua Board of Education is contemplating a $42.5 million capital projects referendum for Tuesday, June 14 that will transform existing space at the district’s schools into modern learning centers. If the bond is presented to voters and approved, the district would convert designated areas in each of the six schools into larger, more flexible […]

Mt. Kisco Task Force Looks to Streamline Development Approvals

Mt. Kisco Task Force Looks to Streamline Development Approvals

An 11-person committee has released a series of recommendations in an effort to streamline the development approvals process in Mount Kisco. The Task Force on the Permitting Process unveiled its report during a joint village board and planning board work session on March 30. The task force included Trustee Peter Grunthal, the group’s chair, Deputy […]

Saw Mill Parkway Project, Detours Set to Begin This Week

Saw Mill Parkway Project, Detours Set to Begin This Week

Pleasantville residents can expect to see an upswing in traffic through the village’s streets next week during the evening as a major Department of Transportation (DOT) project begins on the Saw Mill Parkway. The project calls for closures and detours this spring and summer as parts of the roadway will be replaced to help alleviate flooding. […]

Clinton Vows to Fight for New Yorkers at SUNY Purchase Rally

Clinton Vows to Fight for New Yorkers at SUNY Purchase Rally

If there was a theme being conveyed at Thursday’s rally for Hillary Clinton at Purchase College, one only had to listen to the songs being played before she appeared on stage to figure out what it was – she’s a fighter for the people. After an upbeat playlist included “Stronger,” “Stand by You” and “The […]

Bedford Teachers, Residents Protest Deep Cuts Proposed for District

Bedford Teachers, Residents Protest Deep Cuts Proposed for District

The Bedford Teachers Association and district residents staged a rally late Wednesday afternoon in Mount Kisco urging the state to restore critical education funds to help the district close a more than $8.8 million budget deficit. More than 100 teachers union members and community residents protested at Main Street and Maple Avenue calling on Gov. Andrew […]

Plans for P’ville’s Former Pizza Hut Property Move Forward

Plans for P’ville’s Former Pizza Hut Property Move Forward

Plans to tear down the free-standing structure at 39 Marble Ave. in Pleasantville that formerly housed a Pizza Hut restaurant and construct a new building received the green light from the village planning board last week. The property was sold to the firm Damiano Barile Engineers P.C. of White Plains last November. Owner Laurence Barile, […]

North Castle Approves Plans for New Armonk Passive Park

North Castle Approves Plans for New Armonk Passive Park

The North Castle Planning Board last week approved the town’s plans for a new landscaped park near downtown Armonk on a parcel that saw most of its trees toppled during Superstorm Sandy. Site plan approval and wetlands and tree removal permits were granted March 21 for Wampus Park South, a 2.7-acre property located at the […]

New Members Sought for Mount Kisco Community Garden

New Members Sought for Mount Kisco Community Garden

For five years the InterGenerate Community Garden at the Marsh Sanctuary in Mount Kisco has provided a place for local residents to grow healthy food for themselves and those in need. With the sixth garden season set to kick off next month, new gardeners are being sought to participate in the program. Katonah-based InterGenerate is […]

New Castle Mulls Train Station Parking Permit Fee Increases

New Castle Mulls Train Station Parking Permit Fee Increases

The New Castle Town Board is considering hiking parking permit fees for 2016-17 for its municipal lots at the Chappaqua train station to raise money to repave and restripe the area. Town officials are contemplating an increase for the resident’s permit from $450 to $500 a year while making a more significant jump for the […]

Mount Kisco Organization Honored for Assistance to Haiti

Mount Kisco Organization Honored for Assistance to Haiti

The devastating earthquake in Haiti killed thousands in 2010 and led to an outpouring of support from people around the world. Though the country’s struggles may not dominate the news as it did six years ago, its needs haven’t gone away. The Mount Kisco-based Hands Up for Haiti has dedicated itself to helping the nation […]