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New Castle Blocks Tourists from Clintons’ Street

New Castle Blocks Tourists from Clintons’ Street

By Andrew Vitelli Tourists passing through Chappaqua in hopes of catching a glimpse of the home of the former, and perhaps future, president are out of luck. The New Castle Town Board voted unanimously last week to restrict those driving down Old House Lane, the cul-de-sac on which former President Bill and Democratic presidential nominee […]

Petition Demands Accountability After Former Chappaqua Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse Charges

Petition Demands Accountability After Former Chappaqua Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse Charges

By Andrew Vitelli – After a former Horace Greeley High School teacher admitted to having sexual contact with two students, and after the school district filed a court paper which appeared to place the onus on the students, a Chappaqua parent is circulating a petition demanding the district “acknowledge that this abuse occurred and make necessary changes to ensure the […]

Pleasantville’s Community Garden Looking for Fall Help

Pleasantville’s Community Garden Looking for Fall Help

By Arthur Cusano – Do you have a green thumb? Even if the answer in no, the Pleasantville Community Garden could still use your help this fall in its continuing mission to provide fresh vegetables to the neediest people in Westchester. For the past few years, Pleasantville High School student Devon Juros has been running the […]

Popular Mount Pleasant Day Returns

Popular Mount Pleasant Day Returns

It has become a popular annual tradition in Mount Pleasant. The third annual Mount Pleasant Day street fair and car show has been scheduled for Aug. 21 from 3 to 8 p.m. on Elwood Avenue between Cross and Commerce Streets. Admission is free. The rain date is Aug. 28. The fair is being sponsored by […]

Pleasantville Master Plan Update Takes Shape, Height Limits, Parking Key

Pleasantville Master Plan Update Takes Shape, Height Limits, Parking Key

After months of work and input from village officials and residents alike, an updated comprehensive master plan is taking shape. Representatives from the planning firm hired to help write the update, BFJ Planning of New York, presented village officials with a working draft of the updated plan at its Aug. 7 meeting. BFJ Principals Frank […]

North Castle Nixes Additional Road Paving Until Next Year

North Castle Nixes Additional Road Paving Until Next Year

The poor condition of town roads has long been a topic of concern among North Castle residents, and will likely remain so until at least next year. Town board members decided at their Aug. 10 work session to hold off on additional road paving until current projects underway in the town are finished. Highway department […]

Water Restrictions Lifted in Mount Pleasant

Water Restrictions Lifted in Mount Pleasant

Water restrictions in Mount Pleasant ended on Friday after repairs were made at the Commerce Street Pump Station Due to a malfunction at the station, which includes Hawthorne, Thornwood and Valhalla, all homes and businesses were placed on high water restrictions earlier in the week. The town had banned car washing and the use of […]

Modell’s set to open in Mount Kisco this Month

Modell’s set to open in Mount Kisco this Month

Just in time for the fall sports season, the new Modell’s Sporting Goods store on East Main Street is set to open in Mount Kisco later this month, ,Mayor Michael Cindrich said on Aug. 11. “Modell’s in on target to open before Sept. 1,” Cindrich said. “They will be stocking the store with merchandise this […]

Water Restrictions Imposed in Mount Pleasant

Water Restrictions Imposed in Mount Pleasant

Due to a malfunction at the Commerce Street Pump Station, which includes Hawthorne, Thornwood and Valhalla, all homes and businesses are on high water restrictions. Until further notice, the Town of Mount Pleasant has banned car washing and the use of lawn sprinklers. Town Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi said on Aug. 10 there are no other […]

P’ville’s Scherer to Participate in National Planning Conference

P’ville’s Scherer to Participate in National Planning Conference

The Village of Pleasantville will receive some valuable and very affordable help in updating its master plan this fall from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). Mayor Peter Scherer will attend the Mayors’ Institute on City Design in Miami Beach in late September, one of several annual conferences the organization holds. This year Scherer […]

Additional Funding Available for North 60 Project Studies

Additional Funding Available for North 60 Project Studies

The Westchester County Board of Acquisition and Contracts agreed on Aug. 4 to provide additional funding for the study of North 60, a $1.2 billion biomedical project being proposed in Valhalla. Last week’s action amends an existing contract with Fareri Associates LP to reimburse the county for studies being conducted on the proposed project at […]

Hillary’s Chappaqua Friends Celebrate Historic Nomination

Hillary’s Chappaqua Friends Celebrate Historic Nomination

Few Americans can claim that their neighbor and fellow town resident has run for president of the United States. For the grassroots group Chappaqua Friends of Hill, support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton goes beyond her Chappaqua address and that of former president Bill Clinton. Members pointed to how Hillary Clinton’s life has served […]

Former Greeley Teacher Pleads Guilty in Sexual Abuse Case

Former Greeley Teacher Pleads Guilty in Sexual Abuse Case

The former Horace Greeley High School drama teacher accused of having sexual contact with students agreed to plead guilty Thursday evening to three misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child. The plea arrangement, announced in New Castle Justice Court between Christopher Schraufnagel and the Westchester County District Attorney’s officem drops the one felony charge […]

Saw Mill Parkway Project Resumes This Weekend, Delays Expected

Saw Mill Parkway Project Resumes This Weekend, Delays Expected

Motorists should anticipate delays later this week when the second phase of the Saw Mill Parkway project in Pleasantville resumes on Saturday morning. The scheduled 21-day project will be worked on around the clock. During that time, the southbound lanes will be closed for repair while the northbound lanes will carry one lane of traffic […]

New Mixed-Use Building Planned for P’ville’s Try & Buy Site

New Mixed-Use Building Planned for P’ville’s Try & Buy Site

A new mixed-use building is being proposed for the Washington Avenue property where Try & Buy toy store operated for more than 40 years and is still occupied by other tenants. The plan, being drawn up by Gallin Beeler Design Studio, consists of a large single building with three floors – a ground floor with […]

Village Social Owner Wins Mt. Kisco Train Station Restaurant Lease

Village Social Owner Wins Mt. Kisco Train Station Restaurant Lease

A familiar face will be the proprietor of the new restaurant that will be moving into the Mount Kisco train station space. The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) confirmed Monday that Joseph Bueti, owner of Village Social Kitchen and Bar on Main Street, was awarded the lease last week to open a restaurant in the 2,890-square-foot […]

Candidates Urge Comments Against Test Opt-Out Label By Monday

Candidates Urge Comments Against Test Opt-Out Label By Monday

Two Republican candidates urged the public to quickly comment on a proposed U.S. Department of Education plan that would designate schools with at least a 5 percent opt-out rate from Common Core testing as in need of improvement. Julie Killian, a Rye city councilwoman who is running for the 37th state Senate District seat, and […]

Two Arrested in Mount Kisco Jewelry Store Heist

Two Arrested in Mount Kisco Jewelry Store Heist

Westchester County police apprehended and arrested two Staten Island men by Thursday night in connection with the robbery of a Mount Kisco jewelry store earlier in the day. Thomas Curry, 28, was arrested within minutes of the grab-and-run theft of two Rolex watches at Wilson & Son at 29 S. Moger Ave. The second suspect, Joseph […]

Pace Trains Future Experts to Fight Hackers at First Cybersecurity Camp

Pace Trains Future Experts to Fight Hackers at First Cybersecurity Camp

The importance of protecting information and data in a world so dependent on technology only promises to become more critical. Pace University is taking the lead in preparing the next generation to protect the world from hackers and intruders. Pace is hosting its first student cybersecurity camp where about 30 high school students mainly from […]

St. John’s Episcopal in Pleasantville Receives $25G State Grant

St. John’s Episcopal in Pleasantville Receives $25G State Grant

The New York Landmarks Conservancy announced Tuesday 14 Sacred Sites Grants totaling $268,000 awarded to historic religious properties throughout New York State, including a $25,000 grant to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Pleasantville. The money will assist with roofing, masonry and drainage repairs to the church and parish hall. “These grants mark the 30-year milestone […]

Mt. Kisco Business Community Airs Grievances About Downtown

Mt. Kisco Business Community Airs Grievances About Downtown

As Mount Kisco faces a spiraling number of vacant storefronts, members of its business community brainstormed last week about how to return the village’s once bustling downtown to its former glory. The meeting, organized by Mayor Michael Cindrich and other village officials, attracted about 40 people to the Mount Kisco Public Library for a spirited […]

Sunshine Children’s Home Expansion Nears New Castle ZBA Approvals

Sunshine Children’s Home Expansion Nears New Castle ZBA Approvals

After months of discussion and often heated debate, the proposal to expand the Sunshine Children’s Home and Rehab Center is nearing approval by the New Castle Zoning Board of Appeals. At its meeting Monday night, the ZBA came to consensus to provide variances and a special use permit for the project. The board is considering […]

County Continues to Review Valhalla North 60 Lease Info

County Continues to Review Valhalla North 60 Lease Info

Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers) said last week that lawmakers are extensively reviewing the lease for the proposed North 60 biomedical project and exercising due diligence for such a major project. There is no date set for the Board of Legislators to vote on a lease agreement, Kaplowitz said. The board’s […]

Mobile Passport Unit at North Castle Town Hall Monday

Mobile Passport Unit at North Castle Town Hall Monday

As new passport requirements go into effect, Westchester County Clerk Timothy Idoni reminds North Castle residents that his staff will be visiting Town Hall, located at 15 Bedford Rd. in Armonk, on Monday, July 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to process passport applications. Passports are a necessary document for those who travel outside […]

New Castle Agrees to Take Wallace Auditorium at Chap Crossing

New Castle Agrees to Take Wallace Auditorium at Chap Crossing

The New Castle Town Board voted Tuesday night to accept the Wallace Auditorium at Chappaqua Crossing from property owner and developer Summit/Greenfield despite at least several hundred thousand dollars of needed improvements. The decision by officials to assume ownership of the 30-year-old, 400-seat facility comes with the hope that it will provide the town with […]

Mt. Pleasant Municipal Pool to Reopen Saturday After Child is Injured

Mt. Pleasant Municipal Pool to Reopen Saturday After Child is Injured

The Mount Pleasant town pool is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, three days after a six-year-old boy had his finger caught in a pool jet for about four hours. The town’s Recreation Department informed residents Friday afternoon that all pools at the town pool complex located at 125 Lozza Drive in Valhalla are ready for full use for the […]

‘The Wizard of Oz’ Touches Down at Westmoreland Sanctuary

‘The Wizard of Oz’ Touches Down at Westmoreland Sanctuary

The Westmoreland Sanctuary Nature Center & Wildlife Preserve in Mount Kisco is known for its educational programs and 640 acres of wilderness that are open to the public, but it has also become known for family-friendly outdoor theater productions. On the heels of being named “Best Theater Under the Sky” by Westchester Magazine for last […]

North Castle Receives Luxury Apartment Rezoning Request

North Castle Receives Luxury Apartment Rezoning Request

The North Castle Town Board officially received the rezoning request last week and declared its intent to be lead agency for a proposed 200-unit luxury apartment building in North White Plains. Representatives for JMF Properties, LLC of Whippany, N.J., the developer of the proposed project called The Vue on 22 acres of the Jennie Clarkson […]

Mt. Kisco Searches for Answers to Help Turn Around Downtown

Mt. Kisco Searches for Answers to Help Turn Around Downtown

Ralph Nuzzi has been a longtime fixture in Mount Kisco’s downtown but doesn’t like what he sees lately each day he opens his door. Nuzzi, the owner of Cobbler’s Corner on Main Street, watches the number of storefront vacancies mushroom, causing the streets to be quieter with fewer potential customers. “I’ve been in business 35 […]

DeCicco’s Signs Lease to Move Into Millwood Plaza

DeCicco’s Signs Lease to Move Into Millwood Plaza

The long wait for Millwood to once again have a supermarket appears to be over. On Sunday, New Castle Supervisor Robert Greenstein announced to town residents via Facebook that DeCicco & Sons will be moving into the space at Millwood Plaza formerly occupied by A&P. Greenstein said despite extensive renovations that will be undertaken, town […]