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P’ville Sports Pubs Michael’s Tavern, McArthur’s to Close Friday

P’ville Sports Pubs Michael’s Tavern, McArthur’s to Close Friday

  McArthur’s American Grille and Michael’s Tavern, two longtime Pleasantville dining institutions, will be shutting its doors on Friday, The Examiner has learned. Mayor Peter Scherer and Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce President William Flooks confirmed that the two popular dining establishments will go out of business with Friday night’s closing. They each said they found […]

P’ville Assisted Living Plan Revised in Hopes of Community Support

P’ville Assisted Living Plan Revised in Hopes of Community Support

By Henry Buckley Sunrise Senior Living presented a revised version of an assisted living facility plan to the Pleasantville Village Board Monday night that calls for a single access point to the property and incorporates the community center into the building. The developer, who is seeking a zoning code amendment for the four-acre parcel owned […]

Arrest Made in North Castle Check Fraud; Investigation Continues

Arrest Made in North Castle Check Fraud; Investigation Continues

North Castle police arrested one man last week and are expected to charge another subject in connection with the series of fraudulent checks that were cashed against the town’s account late last year. Ron Bynoe, 28, of South Ozone Park, Queens, turned himself in to police on June 21 and charged with third-degree grand larceny, […]

Petition to Halt Coyote Trapping Circulates in New Castle

Petition to Halt Coyote Trapping Circulates in New Castle

An online petition drafted by New Castle residents opposed to coyote trapping was launched last weekend in response to the Random Farms Homeowners Association’s latest decision calling for more traps. Resident Victoria Alzapiedi, the chair of one of two coyote advisory committees appointed by the town board in 2014 to develop a Coyote Response Plan and […]

Developer to Opt for 48 Affordable Units at Armonk’s Old Lumberyard

Developer to Opt for 48 Affordable Units at Armonk’s Old Lumberyard

The owner of the old lumberyard property in Armonk is prepared to ditch his plan to build 30 market-rate condominiums at the site and will pursue an application for 48 affordable units. Local developer Michael Fareri, who received approvals to construct a 36-unit building at the Bedford Road property, had most recently been trying to […]

Chappaqua’s Random Farms Decides on More Coyote Traps

Chappaqua’s Random Farms Decides on More Coyote Traps

The Random Farms Homeowners Association decided this week to enter into a second agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to set up coyote traps on portions of the development’s property. The decision for the USDA to place foothold traps for a five-day period was made at the association’s June 22 meeting, according to […]

Armonk Woman Among Two Dead in Route 9A Crash in Hawthorne

Armonk Woman Among Two Dead in Route 9A Crash in Hawthorne

An accident involving a motorcycle and a car on Route 9A in Hawthorne on Wednesday claimed the lives of a 79-year-old Armonk woman and a New Rochelle man. Mount Pleasant police said the accident occurred at about 3:45 p.m. at the intersection of Dana Road and Route 9A. Pronounced dead at Westchester Medical Center were […]

Armonk’s St. Stephen’s Episcopal to Unveil Renovated Sanctuary in Fall

Armonk’s St. Stephen’s Episcopal to Unveil Renovated Sanctuary in Fall

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Armonk is on target to officially unveil its renovated sanctuary this fall in time to usher in the congregation’s 175th anniversary year. Father Nils Chittenden said the unveiling of the restored interior will be celebrated at a special gathering on Sunday, Oct. 9. “It is very close to being done,” […]

Second Bedford School Budget Easily Approved By Voters

Second Bedford School Budget Easily Approved By Voters

The second Bedford Central School District budget proposed for 2016-17 passed easily Tuesday night by a nearly 3-1 margin. Passage of the $126.8 million spending plan, 2,490-950, came after the first budget put before voters on May 17 failed by a razor-thin margin. That budget needed a 60 percent approval to override the state tax cap, […]

New Castle Coyote Quandary Escalates With Humane Kill

New Castle Coyote Quandary Escalates With Humane Kill

Controversial traps set up in Chappaqua’s Random Farms last week following two recent reports of aggressive coyotes in the area resulted in one coyote being captured and humanely destroyed, The Examiner learned late Monday. The news, confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), culminated a week of controversy and a war of words on […]

Mt. Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry Serves Community for 25 Years

Mt. Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry Serves Community for 25 Years

Mention Westchester County and hunger among its residents is probably one of the last images in many people’s minds. But representatives of the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry, see hungry families stream into the United Methodist Church on East Main Street where the pantry is located on a weekly basis. “I think in this affluent […]

Life Time, Developer Granted Zoning Amendment at Chap Crossing

Life Time, Developer Granted Zoning Amendment at Chap Crossing

The New Castle Town Board narrowly approved a zoning amendment Tuesday night that would allow Life Time Fitness to leave Chappaqua Crossing after three years and potentially sublease its space to various types of retail. In a 3-2 vote on the controversial issue, the board majority of Supervisor Robert Greenstein and council members Lisa Katz […]

Gordon Parks Foundation Highlights Photog’s Work With Ali

Gordon Parks Foundation Highlights Photog’s Work With Ali

Famed Life Magazine photographer Gordon Parks had a few things in common with legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. Both were black men who reached the top of their respective fields during the Civil Rights era, using their sizable platform to push for social change. It’s perhaps no surprise then that the two would strike up a […]

Mt. Pleasant Native to Show Kids How to Have Fun With Fitness This Sunday

Mt. Pleasant Native to Show Kids How to Have Fun With Fitness This Sunday

Matt Fisher understands as well as anyone the problems of childhood obesity and the negative impact that a sedentary lifestyle can have on a person’s health. As a physical education teacher in the Bronxville School District, he is astounded when some students tell him that they typically spend two hours a day playing video games. […]

Voters Approve $42.5M Chappaqua School Bond

Voters Approve $42.5M Chappaqua School Bond

By Emily Whelahan Chappaqua Central School District  voters comfortably approved the $42.5 million referendum Tuesday night. The bond proposal designates funds toward creating new learning environments and upgrades to the district’s athletic fields and the Chappaqua Public Library. Results of the referendum, which passed 1,380-852, were announced shortly after the polls closed at 9 p.m. […]

Developer Floats Proposal for 200 Luxury Apartments in No. Castle

Developer Floats Proposal for 200 Luxury Apartments in No. Castle

A New Jersey-based developer of luxury residences is proposing to build 200 high-end rental apartments on a portion of the Jennie Clarkson residential school campus in North Castle that would be geared mainly toward empty nesters. JMF Properties, LLC is the contract vendee to buy 22 of the 36 acres of the site at 1700 […]

Officials See Signs of Progress for Mt. Pleasant Youth Residences

Officials See Signs of Progress for Mt. Pleasant Youth Residences

Progress is being made to address the violence at two residential facilities for youths in Mount Pleasant, state Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) told about 100 concerned residents at a follow-up public forum last week. Murphy said last Friday he was working to create an action plan for Hawthorne Cedar Knolls High School and the Pleasantville […]

No Small Feat as Girl Weightlifters Prepare for Strong Competition

No Small Feat as Girl Weightlifters Prepare for Strong Competition

By Kathryn Nicolai When Olivia Barnett, Isabella Madori, Alexis Jones and Kiele Swistak get together, the four pre-teens pursue an activity that isn’t typically associated with girls their age. The four youngsters attend the Olympic weightlifting program at Downstate CrossFit in Briarcliff Manor. Later this month, the close-knit group, all from the local area, will […]

Mount Kisco’s Via Vanti! Italian Café to Close Next Week

Mount Kisco’s Via Vanti! Italian Café to Close Next Week

The Italian café and restaurant Via Vanti! at the Mount Kisco train station will shut its doors next week after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is prepared to announce another operator for the site. Owner Carla Gambescia said Thursday she has been operating on a month-to-month basis since last summer when the lease she inherited […]

P’ville Masons Offer Free Movie Night Again This Saturday

P’ville Masons Offer Free Movie Night Again This Saturday

Plans to begin an outdoor movie night didn’t work out as planned last summer for Pleasantville Masonic Lodge #434. “Whenever we planned a date in June, it would rain,” said member Tony Burton. “We tried four different weekends and it would rain.” But this year the club’s two planned Pleasantville Summerscreen Under the Stars events […]

No. Castle Eyes Late Summer Finish for Windmill Paving, Drainage Work

No. Castle Eyes Late Summer Finish for Windmill Paving, Drainage Work

North Castle officials have set an ambitious schedule to complete all drainage and road repair work within Windmill Farm by the end of the summer. The full curb-to-curb improvement project for the roughly nine miles of road, estimated to cost between $1.6 and $1.7 million, follows the late 2014 completion of Windmill Farm’s $10 million […]

State Policy, Funding Handcuffs Residential Treatment Facilities

State Policy, Funding Handcuffs Residential Treatment Facilities

Representatives of two Mount Pleasant residential treatment centers for youths whose facilities are under fire for repeated violent incidents criticized changes in state policy that prohibits staff from proactively intervening before a situation is out of control. James Gaudette, superintendent of the Mount Pleasant Cottage School Union Free School District, and David Rivel, CEO of the […]

Annual Girl Scout Effort Tops 100,000 Cookie Boxes for Military

Annual Girl Scout Effort Tops 100,000 Cookie Boxes for Military

By Kathryn Nicolai More than 36,000 Girls Scouts of all ages and rank assembled at the Westchester County Police Academy last Saturday morning for the Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson’s 15th annual Operation Cookie Drop. Alison Bergman, former leader of her daughter’s troop in Ardsley and current volunteer coordinator of the effort, founded Operation […]

New Castle Issues Coyote Warning After Two Attacks

New Castle Issues Coyote Warning After Two Attacks

The New Castle Police Department issued a warning this week emphasizing residents to take proper precautions to protect themselves against coyotes after two recent attacks killed a dog. Police issued the warning through the town’s Nixle alert system on Thursday following concern raised by a May 27 incident at about 7 a.m. when a 38-pound […]

Mental Health Advocates Return to Byram Hills to Run for Recovery

Mental Health Advocates Return to Byram Hills to Run for Recovery

Dr. Robert Laitman knows firsthand the challenges that mental health issues can place on families. His son, Daniel, was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager, and the time searching for the right medications so he could live a full life came was exhausting. For the second consecutive year Laitman, his wife Ann and other family […]

Annual Strawberry Festival Set for This Saturday in Chappaqua

Annual Strawberry Festival Set for This Saturday in Chappaqua

It was 78 years ago, on June 3, 1938, that the inaugural Strawberry Festival was held on the grounds of the Church of St. Mary’s the Virgin in Chappaqua. Miss Carol Comfort advertised the event by driving a horse and cart with several “noisy juveniles” through town. Admission was 10 cents that year and it […]

New Castle Officials Poised to Approve Plastic Bag Ban

New Castle Officials Poised to Approve Plastic Bag Ban

The days of shoppers carrying out their merchandise in single-use plastic bags appear to be coming to an end in New Castle. The town board is expected to approve the Reusable Bag Initiative tonight (Tuesday), a new law that would prohibit plastic bags from being used and distributed in stores throughout town. Steven Wolk, chairman […]

Changes Vowed for Mt. Pleasant’s Residential Treatment Centers

Changes Vowed for Mt. Pleasant’s Residential Treatment Centers

T More than 300 residents converged at a community forum at Mount Pleasant Town Hall last Monday demanding solutions to end the series of incidents that many in the crowd stated have been taking place for years at the Hawthorne Cedar Knolls High School campus on Linda Avenue and the Mount Pleasant Cottage School on […]

Local Memorial Day Observances Scheduled for Monday

Local Memorial Day Observances Scheduled for Monday

Mount Kisco The American Legion Post 136 in Mount Kisco will hold its annual Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. The parade route will begin at Oakwood Cemetery, travel down Smith Street to Route 117 and end at the War Memorial adjacent to Village Hall and the Mount Kisco Public Library. […]

Drug Paraphernalia Legislation Considered in Mt. Kisco

Drug Paraphernalia Legislation Considered in Mt. Kisco

Legislation before the Mount Kisco Village Board that would ban the sale and display of drug accessories was debated last week with general support expressed for the proposal. The measure is being spearheaded by Deputy Mayor Anthony Markus. There is no provision in the village code to bar the sale and display of drug paraphernalia, […]