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No. Castle Approves Ehrman Pool Agreement, Releases Cost Projections

No. Castle Approves Ehrman Pool Agreement, Releases Cost Projections

Armonk’s Anita Louise Ehrman Pool received at least a one-year reprieve when the North Castle Town Board unanimously approved a license agreement last week to  operate the facility for this summer. Key terms of the agreement, which runs from Apr. 1 through Oct. 31, includes the town paying an upfront fee of $50,000, plus a […]

Consignment Shop Owner Looked to Unload Business Last Year

Consignment Shop Owner Looked to Unload Business Last Year

Prior to abandoning her shop, leaving patrons without their merchandise and owing thousands of dollars, it appears that the owner of Elegance II Consignment Shop was looking to sell her business. Real estate websites loopnet.com and cityfeet.com last week listed for sale the 75 S. Greeley Ave. space in Chappaqua that formerly housed Elegance II. […]

New Castle Approves Lease for Chappaqua Train Station Restaurant

New Castle Approves Lease for Chappaqua Train Station Restaurant

It looks like there will finally be a new restaurant at the Chappaqua train station by early summer. The New Castle Town Board last Tuesday approved a 10-year lease for Chappaqua residents Erin and Peter Chase to operate a food establishment at the more than century-old town-owned train station building. The Chases, owners of bpc, […]

Officials Begin P'ville Village Budget Review; 1.4% Tax Hike Projected

Officials Begin P’ville Village Budget Review; 1.4% Tax Hike Projected

Pleasantville village officials are projecting a 1.4 percent tax increase for the 2015-16 fiscal year in its $14.6 million budget as the public review process was launched earlier this week. Village Administrator Patricia Dwyer said the $14,678,433 in spending, would be an increase of $857,556 or 6.2 percent over the current year. The largest budget […]

Armonk Fencer Set to Square Off in First World Championships

Armonk Fencer Set to Square Off in First World Championships

Sylvie Binder has competed successfully in national and international fencing tournaments, but when she heads off to Tashkent, Uzbekistan next week, it will be a whole new experience for her. Binder, 15, an Armonk resident and a Byram Hills High School sophomore, is headed for the Apr. 3 World Championships, one of three Cadet foil […]

Mount Pleasant Voters Reject School Bonds for Second Time

Mount Pleasant Voters Reject School Bonds for Second Time

Mount Pleasant School District voters resoundingly defeated a major capital projects bond Tuesday night that would have allowed borrowing for infrastructure projects to upgrade Westlake Middle School and Westlake High School. Proposition 1, which would have authorized the district to borrow up to $34.9 million for myriad upgrades, was defeated 1,292-951, the narrowest margin of […]

Tentative Deal Reached By Town to Operate Armonk's Ehrman Pool

Tentative Deal Reached By Town to Operate Armonk’s Ehrman Pool

North Castle officials tentatively reached an agreement last week with the Anita Louise Ehrman (ALE) Recreation Center to operate the Greenway Road pool in Armonk this summer. The town board is scheduled to vote during Wednesday night’s meeting whether to authorize Supervisor Michael Schiliro to sign the agreement that would run through Oct. 31. The […]

Consignment Shop Owner's Scam Hits Local Residents Hard

Consignment Shop Owner’s Scam Hits Local Residents Hard

Area residents ripped off by a local consignment shop owner are looking to recover their money and merchandise after the proprietor suddenly vanished in recent weeks. Elegance II Consignment Shop, a popular fixture for years on South Greeley Avenue in Chappaqua run by Babette Faotto, suddenly left that site near the end of last year […]

New Castle Officials Wrestle With Coyote Regulations

New Castle Officials Wrestle With Coyote Regulations

New Castle officials continued to grapple last week with what to include in a coyote management policy that would be a satisfactory solution when residents have a close encounter with the animal. Members of the Coyote Management Task Force, one of two groups appointed last year to study the issue, met with the town board […]

Beatles Fan Fest Returns to W'chester for First Time in Over 30 Years

Beatles Fan Fest Returns to W’chester for First Time in Over 30 Years

More than 50 years after the iconic band set foot in America for the first time, “Beatlemania” is taking over Westchester County this weekend. Starting tonight (Friday), The Fest for Beatles Fans will take place at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, and is expected to draw more than 5,000 visitors from 27 states and […]

Beatles Fest Coming to Rye's Hilton Westchester This Weekend

Beatles Fest Coming to Rye’s Hilton Westchester This Weekend

Beatlemania will be coming to Westchester County in a big way. Fifty years since the British music invasion, “The Fest for Beatles Fans” (originally known as Beatlefest), one of the largest gatherings of Beatles enthusiasts in the nation, will be held at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook. The Fest, expected to attract more than […]

Father-Daughter Chappaqua Authors Collaborate on Teen Novel

Father-Daughter Chappaqua Authors Collaborate on Teen Novel

Erynn Altabef may only be a junior at Briarcliff High School, but she is now a published author. The 16-year-old collaborated with her father, Jeff Altabef, on “Wind Catcher,” the first book in a trilogy about a young Native American girl who hears voices and visions. Residents of Chappaqua, the Altabefs were influenced to write […]

Pat Kennedy Out as Pace Head Basketball Coach

Pat Kennedy Out as Pace Head Basketball Coach

The Pat Kennedy Era at Pace has come to an abrupt ending with the announcement Wednesday from the university’s athletic director, Mark Brown, that the veteran coach will no longer be in charge of the Setter basketball team. Matt Healing, an assistant under Kennedy the last two seasons, takes over and will be the head coach in 2015-16. […]

Mt. Pleasant Approves Columbus Avenue Rezone for Retail

Mt. Pleasant Approves Columbus Avenue Rezone for Retail

Over the objection of former supervisor Joan Maybury, the Mount Pleasant Town Board unanimously agreed to rezone four Columbus Avenue properties last week to allow for potential retail development. The town board on March 10 approved Chris DeMartino’s request to change the zoning of his 5.1-acre property, across the street from the Highway Department garage, […]

Board of Legislators Initiates Legal Action to Recover Federal Funds

Board of Legislators Initiates Legal Action to Recover Federal Funds

In an effort to recoup millions of dollars of lost federal funds, the Westchester County Board of Legislators voted on Monday to initiate legal action against the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The legislation, approved by a 14-0 vote, authorized County Attorney Robert Meehan to sue HUD and other “appropriate parties” over the […]

New Castle Hopeful State Budget to Include Sewer Funding

New Castle Hopeful State Budget to Include Sewer Funding

State and local officials expressed cautious optimism that significant funds would be earmarked in the state ‘s 2015-16 budget for wastewater treatment and clean water projects that could help pay for New Castle’s sewage diversion project. New Castle Supervisor Robert Greenstein said he met last Wednesday with state Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) and learned that […]

Hawthorne Resident Appointed to Fill Vacant Mt. Pleasant Seat

Hawthorne Resident Appointed to Fill Vacant Mt. Pleasant Seat

Hawthorne resident Nicholas DiPaolo was unanimously appointed to fill the vacant Mount Pleasant Town Board seat Tuesday night. DiPaolo, 36, one of eight hopefuls interviewed for the opening, is a guidance counselor at Westlake High School. “I believe that we live in a great town,” DiPaolo said of his decision to pursue the seat. “I […]

Curran Won't Seek Re-election as North Castle Town Clerk

Curran Won’t Seek Re-election as North Castle Town Clerk

North Castle Town Clerk Anne Curran announced Wednesday afternoon that she has decided against running for re-election in November in order to pursue other endeavors. Curran, 58, a 17-year North Castle resident who was appointed by the town board in December 2009, said she enjoyed working for the town and its residents. She took over […]

Developer Unveils Plan for 175 Senior Units in Pleasantville

Developer Unveils Plan for 175 Senior Units in Pleasantville

Developers for Brightview Senior Living have entered into an  agreement with the Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA) to lease a seven-acre parcel for an assisted and independent living facility. Representatives from the Baltimore-based company first appeared before the Pleasantville Village Board in October and returned Monday night to present their preliminary plans. Plans call for […]

North Castle Retired Employees File Appeal to Reclaim Benefits

North Castle Retired Employees File Appeal to Reclaim Benefits

The current and retired North Castle employees and elected officials who recently lost a legal bid to have their health benefits restored have filed an appeal in the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court. The notice of appeal, submitted on behalf of the group on Feb. 25, adhered to the 30-day deadline. It came less […]

Democratic County Lawmakers Press for Campus Sexual Assault Policy

Democratic County Lawmakers Press for Campus Sexual Assault Policy

Democratic members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators announced their support last Friday for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s statewide campus sexual assault prevention policy that would expand its reach to all colleges and universities. Earlier this year, Cuomo introduced the Enough Is Enough proposal, which was developed to ensure that all students at public and […]

Motorist Gets Stuck on Metro-North Tracks in Chappaqua

Motorist Gets Stuck on Metro-North Tracks in Chappaqua

A driver became stuck on the Metro-North train tracks at the Roaring Brook Road crossing in Chappaqua Saturday morning but was eventually able to back out of harm’s way. New Castle police received a call at about 10:50 a.m. that a vehicle was trapped on the tracks between the crossing arms after the gates lowered. […]

No Resolution to Borders, Village Manager Vacancies in Mt. Kisco

No Resolution to Borders, Village Manager Vacancies in Mt. Kisco

While police consolidation between Mount Kisco and Westchester County appears to be at hand, two other long-term issues before the village board don’t appear close to an end. Mayor Michael Cindrich said last week the board is still seeking a permanent village manager and the vacant building that formerly housed Borders Books is not close […]

Fox-Alter, P'ville Board of Education Agree on New Contract

Fox-Alter, P’ville Board of Education Agree on New Contract

The Pleasantville Board of Education is set to approve a new contract that would keep Superintendent Mary Fox-Alter with the district for another four years. The contract, which was expected to be voted on by trustees at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting before it was postponed due to inclement weather, will take effect on […]

Area Officials Rip Feds for Approving Pipeline Expansion

Area Officials Rip Feds for Approving Pipeline Expansion

    Local elected officials criticized the federal government for approving the expansion of the Algonquin Pipeline project that will run through Cortlandt, Peekskill and portions of Yorktown. Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi said she was “angry” that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ignored virtually all of the concerns raised by municipal officials and citizen […]

Mt. Kisco, County Reach Agreement on Police Consolidation

Mt. Kisco, County Reach Agreement on Police Consolidation

The three-year-long effort to consolidate the Mount Kisco Police Department with the Westchester County Department of Public Safety has cleared a major barrier. Mayor Michael Cindrich confirmed Monday night that the village and the county have agreed in principle to an intermunicipal agreement. “The IMA is basically ready,” Cindrich said. Despite the agreement, there are […]

Conifer Attorney Levels Discrimination Allegations at New Castle

Conifer Attorney Levels Discrimination Allegations at New Castle

An attorney for the developer of the proposed Chappaqua affordable housing project last week accused New Castle officials of attempting to prevent minorities from moving into town as motivation behind continued opposition to the plan. Comments last Friday by Randolph McLaughlin, of the Manhattan law firm Ferrara Newman, LLP, came a week after he and […]

Lowey, Maloney Press for Rail Safety Legislation in Chappaqua

Lowey, Maloney Press for Rail Safety Legislation in Chappaqua

Hudson Valley congressional members Sean Patrick Maloney and Nita Lowey joined local elected officials in Chappaqua Monday afternoon to urge Congress to pass key rail legislation following last month’s deadly Metro-North crash in Valhalla. From 2012 to 2014, there were 81 accidents at highway-rail crossings in New York State, resulting in 15 deaths and 23 […]

Tech Savvy Students to Apply Knowledge in App Development Bowl

Tech Savvy Students to Apply Knowledge in App Development Bowl

A marching band and cheerleaders stormed the court at the Westchester County Center on Friday afternoon, but instead of entering the venue for a basketball game the fanfare was celebrating the launch of a new academic challenge. Friday marked the kickoff of the first-ever Westchester Smart Mobile App Development Bowl, which challenges students across the […]

P'ville Anti-Drug and Alcohol Coalition Prepared to Submit Grant Request

P’ville Anti-Drug and Alcohol Coalition Prepared to Submit Grant Request

Pleasantville Strong is moving closer to submitting its proposal for a five-year grant to support anti-drug and alcohol efforts throughout the village but not all officials are supportive of the process. The coalition, which was founded last summer to take preventative steps to inform and educate Pleasantville students and parents about drug and alcohol abuse, […]