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Greeley Teacher Under Police Investigation Resigns From District

Greeley Teacher Under Police Investigation Resigns From District

The Horace Greeley High School speech teacher and drama coach who was placed on paid leave in June after being investigated by police for alleged misconduct with students resigned his position Friday afternoon. Christopher Schraufnagel, a teacher for 12 years at the school, officially left his job following a brief Chappaqua Board of Education meeting. […]

Chap Crossing Affordable Units Part of Race to Comply With Settlement

Chap Crossing Affordable Units Part of Race to Comply With Settlement

The criteria for getting affordable housing in Westchester development projects is a complicated formula and time is of the essence, a county housing official told New Castle officials at the town’s Aug. 26 planning board meeting. The planning board is currently hearing proposals for the Chappaqua Crossing retail project, which still requires site plan approval. […]

Rescued Golden Retrievers Need Homes

Rescued Golden Retrievers Need Homes

Pleasantville resident Eileen McFadden has always opened her heart and her home to animals. As a child, she often enticed many of the neighborhood pets to come home with her, then tell her mother it was urgent that they take them in. “My mother would say to me, ‘No, they belong to somebody. You have […]

No. Castle Resident Charges Long Pond District Finance Plan Illegal

No. Castle Resident Charges Long Pond District Finance Plan Illegal

A longtime North Castle resident is charging that the town is proposing an illegal method of paying for much-needed repairs of Long Pond Dam and has asked the state comptroller’s office to step in. An Aug. 13 letter written on behalf of North White Plains resident Anthony Futia by Albany-based attorney Louis Oliver, Jr. urged […]

Modell’s Sporting Goods Plan Debated in Mount Kisco

Modell’s Sporting Goods Plan Debated in Mount Kisco

A proposal to bring a Modell’s to the former Borders site in Mount Kisco sparked some debate at last week’s village planning board meeting between an owner of an independent sporting goods store and another merchant. The roughly 20,000-square-foot space at 154-162 E. Main St. has been vacant since September 2011, when the bookstore company […]

Organic Turf Makes East Coast Debut in Pleasantville

Organic Turf Makes East Coast Debut in Pleasantville

  “It doesn’t really smell like coconuts,” said Heath Steelman, a project manager for Global Turf. “It smells like dirt.” Steelman was talking about a new type of eco-friendly turf field surface being installed for the first time on the east coast of the United States, on the Pleasantville School District’s practice fields. The surface […]

Mount Kisco Bank Robbed; Police Seek Public’s Help

Mount Kisco Bank Robbed; Police Seek Public’s Help

Westchester County Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a Wells Fargo bank branch at 195 N. Bedford Rd. in Mount Kisco Saturday morning. The man, who was wearing a hard hat and a reflective vest, passed a note to a teller at 9:20 a.m. demanding cash. The teller complied and […]

P’ville Approves Participation in Pilot Energy Program

P’ville Approves Participation in Pilot Energy Program

By Sarah Bonanno The Pleasantville Village Board approved Monday night the village’s participation in a Community Choice Aggregation Energy Program (CCA), a pilot program through Sustainable Westchester designed to save residents money on their energy bills. Sustainable Westchester, a nonprofit organization comprised of more than 40 municipalities across the county, will attempt to procure an […]

County Considers ‘Micro Projects’ for Affordable Housing

County Considers ‘Micro Projects’ for Affordable Housing

County officials are considering a series of small property acquisitions that would sprinkle one to three units of affordable housing on parcels in hopes of helping the county comply with the federal housing settlement. Board of Legislators Chairman Michael Kaplowitz said last week the county has been slowly adding to its new affordable housing stock, sometimes […]

Car Dealership Proposed to Replace Hawthorne Multiplex

Car Dealership Proposed to Replace Hawthorne Multiplex

Local movie buffs may soon be losing one of their prime venues if a redevelopment plan comes to fruition. The owner of the All Westchester Saw Mill Multiplex Cinemas in Hawthorne has proposed to tear down the 10-screen theater at 151 Saw Mill River Rd. and replace it with an Audi car dealership. The dealership […]

Marines Help P’ville Football Team Enhance Leadership Skills

Marines Help P’ville Football Team Enhance Leadership Skills

The Pleasantville High School varsity football team has been enduring practices in the summer heat to get ready for their season opener on Sept. 5. But during last Wednesday afternoon’s drills it wasn’t the coaching staff that was putting the players through their paces but rather a group of about 10 U.S. Marines who took […]

Skunk Captured in P’ville Confirmed to Be Rabid

Skunk Captured in P’ville Confirmed to Be Rabid

The Westchester County Department of Health notified Pleasantville officials on Friday that a skunk captured on Wednesday in the village had been confirmed as rabid. Caren Halbfinger, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health, said the skunk sprayed three dogs near a residence on Willis Place during daylight hours. The dogs’ owner used a shovel […]

Father of P’ville Girl Sentenced for Role in Fatal Pa. Crash

Father of P’ville Girl Sentenced for Role in Fatal Pa. Crash

The father of the underage Pleasantville girl who crashed his car last summer in the Poconos killing three Pennsylvania teens was sentenced Thursday to six and a half to 16 years in jail. Michael Ware, 54, of Scarsdale received the sentence from Wayne County, Pa. Judge Raymond Hamill for his culpability in the crash that occurred […]

Chappaqua, Westchester County Celebrate Resident’s 100th Birthday

Chappaqua, Westchester County Celebrate Resident’s 100th Birthday

By Kerry Barger – The Town of New Castle got the party started a bit early during its Aug. 11 work session, as the board took a moment to celebrate the upcoming 100th birthday of Chappaqua resident Esther Miller. Flanked by close friends and family, Miller was presented with a Westchester County proclamation by a representative […]

Pleasantville Board Encourages County to Ban Plastic Bags

Pleasantville Board Encourages County to Ban Plastic Bags

By Sarah Bonanno – At its meeting last week, the Pleasantville Village Board voted in support of a resolution that urges the County Board of Legislators to enact legislation that would ban retail use of single-use plastic bags and expanded polystyrene throughout Westchester County. The legislation, introduced by Catherine Parker (D-Rye) to the County Board of […]

Fire Claims Life of Woman, Hospitalizes Husband

Fire Claims Life of Woman, Hospitalizes Husband

A fatal fire, believed to be electrical in nature, claimed the life of an 86-year-old Mount Kisco woman, and according to Mayor Michael Cindrich, put her 93-year-old husband in a coma on Aug. 13. “The last I heard, he was in a coma,” Cindrich said at Friday’s village board of trustees meeting. A message left […]

Mount Pleasant Democrat’s Ballot Line Upheld

Mount Pleasant Democrat’s Ballot Line Upheld

It is official; there will be a competitive race for a seat on the Mount Pleasant Town Board this fall. The Westchester County Board of Elections recently rejected an effort from a local Republican to petitions signed on behalf of first-time Democratic town council candidate Wayne McPartland that could have knocked him off the November […]

Woman Who Died in Mt. Kisco Fire Identified as Chrystine Nicholas

Woman Who Died in Mt. Kisco Fire Identified as Chrystine Nicholas

As more information about the early morning fire on Wednesday that killed Chrystine Nicholas in Mt. Kisco is released, more questions remain. According to a report in The Journal News, sons of the  elderly couple George Nicholas (93) and his wife Chrystine (86) had lived in the house on Route 117 for about 15 years. […]

New Castle Board OKs Hourly Rates for Car Charging Stations

New Castle Board OKs Hourly Rates for Car Charging Stations

Chappaqua to consider additional spots depending on popularity – By Kerry Barger The Town of New Castle’s energy-efficient drivers will have to pay up to plug in at the Chappaqua Metro-North station. During its Aug. 4 work session, the New Castle Town Board set hourly rates for three parking spots dedicated to drivers looking to charge […]

New Castle Forum Tackles the Flight of the Empty Nester

New Castle Forum Tackles the Flight of the Empty Nester

By Laura Fasano – Recent high school graduates are getting ready to go off to college – and many of their parents are also preparing to leave. New Castle community leaders have been discussing how to retain empty nesters and senior citizens in town. A recent roundtable discussion featuring eight community members led by New Castle […]

North Castle Town Board Okays Water Purification Project and Road Repair Funds

North Castle Town Board Okays Water Purification Project and Road Repair Funds

The North Castle Town Board voted unanimously on Aug. 5 to approve an ultraviolet light water purification system and to take $1 million out of the fund balance for road maintenance projects. Nicholas Hyde, project engineer working for the town, discussed the water disinfection project at the North Broadway pumping station. The ultraviolet light disinfection […]

North Castle Town Board Begins Long Pond Park Improvement Projects

North Castle Town Board Begins Long Pond Park Improvement Projects

Despite the threat of a lawsuit from a resident, the North Castle Town Board voted unanimously on a series of resolutions to begin the process of making repairs and maintenance to the Long Pond Park dam on Aug. 5. Some of the resolutions included establishing the Long Pond Park District; and authorizing town Supervisor Michael […]

Mount Pleasant Board to Okay Cost Cutting Contracts

Mount Pleasant Board to Okay Cost Cutting Contracts

The Mount Pleasant Town Board is scheduled to vote on two measures designed to save thousands of dollars and on a residential zoning moratorium when it meets this week (Aug. 11). At the Aug. 4 work session Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi said the board is expected to approve a contract with Evergreen Organic Recycling. to make […]

Second Mount Pleasant Day Slated for Aug. 16

Second Mount Pleasant Day Slated for Aug. 16

The popular Mount Pleasant Day is back again on Aug. 16. The second annual street fair and car show is slated for noon to 5 p.m. on Elwood Avenue near the Hawthorne Metro-North station. The event is being sponsored by the Hawthorne Fire Department and the Thornwood-Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce. Admission is free. “The idea […]

Two U.N Ambassadors Honored By Pace for Environmental Diplomacy

Two U.N Ambassadors Honored By Pace for Environmental Diplomacy

In recognition of their exemplary leadership in drafting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, Pace University School of Law and the International Council of Environmental Law conferred upon Ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya and Ambassador Csaba Kőrösi of Hungary the 2014 Elizabeth Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy on July 28. Pace provost Uday Sukhatme presided […]

Armonk Church to Give Farmers Market a Go on Trial Basis

Armonk Church to Give Farmers Market a Go on Trial Basis

Armonk will get another chance at having a farmers market this fall. The North Castle Town Board granted permission on July 22 for Hillside Church on Bedford Road to have a market on its grounds for a trial run for four consecutive Saturdays starting Sept. 12. Hillside Church Pastor Matt Turner said he believes that […]

Oral Surgeon’s Program to Provide Patient With ‘Second Chance’

Oral Surgeon’s Program to Provide Patient With ‘Second Chance’

By Lindsay Burgess A new program is going to give a lucky Westchester resident something to smile about. The Second Chance program, established by oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Zachary Weber and prosthodontist Dr. Jerome Loewenstein, will provide one applicant with a new set of free teeth at the office of Northern Westchester Oral Surgery […]

Chappaqua Deli Leads Way in Golf Outing for Wounded Warrior

Chappaqua Deli Leads Way in Golf Outing for Wounded Warrior

By Catherine Ferris In a small glass case hanging on the wall of Lange’s Little Store in Chappaqua is a folded American flag. This flag, flown in Iraq, was given to Richard Lange, the owner of the deli, after packages were sent to the soldiers who were stationed there. The flag is not the only […]

Rivera Pitches Autos in New Mount Kisco Dealership

Rivera Pitches Autos in New Mount Kisco Dealership

Mariano Rivera arrived in Mount Kisco recently to provide a spark to his new team. His pep talk had nothing to do with baseball, but rather to help his sales staff at Rivera Toyota and Scion of Mount Kisco, the new car dealership he opened last month on North Bedford Road. The legendary Yankee reliever, […]

Chappaqua Deli Leads Way in Golf Outing for Wounded Warrior

Chappaqua Deli Leads Way in Golf Outing for Wounded Warrior

In a small glass case hanging on the wall of Lange’s Little Store in Chappaqua is a folded American flag. This flag, flown in Iraq, was given to Richard Lange, the owner of the deli, after packages were sent to the soldiers who were stationed there. The flag is not the only support Lange offers […]