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Successful Solar Campaign Brings New Energy to Somers

Successful Solar Campaign Brings New Energy to Somers

  Take a tour of Somers and you may notice a trend. Dotting the rooftops of homes, and even local community buildings, are new solar systems. 30 residents in the town signed up for new solar systems during the recent Solarize Somers campaign. It was one of the most successful campaigns in the Solarize Westchester […]

Support Connection Holds Kickoff for Annual Walk

Support Connection Holds Kickoff for Annual Walk

  Since opening its doors 20 years ago, Support Connection has helped thousands of women and their families cope with the many concerns, questions and fears that accompany a diagnosis of breast or ovarian cancer. Two of those women, Jane Crossley and Dottie McHugh, are the proud ambassadors for the 2016 Support-A-Walk being held Sunday, […]

Peekskill Residents Seek City’s Help to Fix Water Problems

Peekskill Residents Seek City’s Help to Fix Water Problems

  Residents of a Peekskill apartment complex are reaching out again to city officials for assistance in fixing a persistent water pressure problem. A petition signed by 108 occupants of the 123-unit Peekskill Towers on Lakeview Drive was submitted to the Peekskill Common Council last week to “do whatever needs to be done” on the […]

Summer Trails Day Camp Named ‘Best of Westchester’

Summer Trails Day Camp Named ‘Best of Westchester’

  Summer Trails Day Camp, located in Somers, was recently named “Best Summer Day Camp” for Westchester Magazine’s “Best of Westchester” annual awards. This is the third year in a row Summer Trails won “Best Summer Day Camp.” “Summer Trails Day Camp is honored to have won ‘Best Summer Day Camp’ for the third consecutive […]

Mosquitos with West Nile Virus Found in Westchester

Mosquitos with West Nile Virus Found in Westchester

    This season’s first batch of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus has been confirmed by the Westchester County Department of Health. The area surrounding the positive mosquito batch in Yonkers has been inspected by the health department and nearby catch basins with standing water have been treated to protect against further mosquito breeding in […]

Yorktown Police Show Zero Tolerance in Goal to End Drunk Driving

Yorktown Police Show Zero Tolerance in Goal to End Drunk Driving

This Labor Day weekend, families and friends will be celebrating the end of the summer. Sadly, this festive time has also become a dangerous time for America’s roads, as many drunk drivers get behind the wheel after celebrating. For this reason, Yorktown Police Department (YPD) and the Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK), are partnering with […]

Fallen 9/11 Heroes to be Recognized at Peekskill Riverfront

Fallen 9/11 Heroes to be Recognized at Peekskill Riverfront

  A day before the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, three members of the New York State Supreme Court Officers Association who lost their lives trying to rescue people in the World Trade Center will be recognized at a ceremony at the Riverfront Green in Peekskill. A park bench and plaque […]

Lakeland Grad Excels on U.S. Field Hockey Team in Olympics

Lakeland Grad Excels on U.S. Field Hockey Team in Olympics

  The United States field hockey team may have fallen short in the quarterfinals at the Rio Olympic Games Monday, but Lakeland High School graduate Melissa Gonzalez played an integral part in the squad’s success. The 27-year-old midfielder from Mohegan Lake scored goals in consecutive games during the tournament and created several other scoring chances […]

Murphy Brings ‘Shed the Meds’ Program to Peekskill

Murphy Brings ‘Shed the Meds’ Program to Peekskill

Throwing unwanted and expired prescription drugs in the household trash does not ensure that curious children will not get at them. There are an increasing number of incidents involving accidental poisonings from medicines in our homes – and children are the most common victims. In response to this issue, Senator Terrence Murphy (R/Yorktown) partnered with […]

Westchester Groups Take Anti-Pipeline Case to Federal Court

Westchester Groups Take Anti-Pipeline Case to Federal Court

  A coalition of 21 plaintiffs, including several environmental groups, have taken their case against the controversial Spectra Energy natural gas pipeline expansion project to the nation’s highest court. On July 29, a brief was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia seeking to overturn the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s […]

Murphy Brings ‘Shed the Meds’ Program to Peekskill

Murphy Brings ‘Shed the Meds’ Program to Peekskill

    Throwing unwanted and expired prescription drugs in the household trash does not ensure that curious children will not get at them. There are an increasing number of incidents involving accidental poisonings from medicines in our homes – and children are the most common victims. In response to this issue, Senator Terrence Murphy (R/Yorktown) […]

Mohegan Lake Woman Arraigned for Stealing $500,000 from Her Employer

Mohegan Lake Woman Arraigned for Stealing $500,000 from Her Employer

Cheryl Higgins (DOB 12/23/64) of Mohegan Lake, was arraigned on August 4, on a felony complaint charging her with one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony. During the period between December 18, 2007 and March 5, 2015, the defendant, the former office manager for David Sandak, D.D.S. of Advanced […]

Crossroads at Baldwin Place Receives Town Board Approvals

Crossroads at Baldwin Place Receives Town Board Approvals

Over the objections of a local resident representing six homeowners, the Somers Town Board voted unanimously for a series of resolutions requested by the developer of the proposed Crossroads at Baldwin Place on Aug. 4. The development would be located on the site of the National Golfworx driving range on Route 6. Ken Kearney, founder […]

Growing Cortlandt Rowing Club Starting to Make Waves

Growing Cortlandt Rowing Club Starting to Make Waves

In 2012, Cortlandt Councilman Frank Farrell was visiting Poughkeepsie and he noticed a rowing race taking place in the Hudson River. It suddenly struck him that rowing would be an ideal sport to introduce in Cortlandt, especially with the immediate access to the Hudson in Verplanck. “I said to myself, ‘Why aren’t we doing this […]

Peekskill Man Gets 15 Years in Jail for Heroin Trafficking

Peekskill Man Gets 15 Years in Jail for Heroin Trafficking

A Peekskill man was sentenced to 15 years in prison last week for distributing more than a kilogram of heroin in and around Westchester during 2014 that led to the overdose death of a 23-year-old Buchanan man. Lakuan Rhyne, who pled guilty to felony charges in federal court in April, was also ordered by U.S. […]

Yorktown Marks Purple Heart Designation with New Signs

Yorktown Marks Purple Heart Designation with New Signs

It took U.S. Army veteran Eugene Lang 44 years after he was wounded in combat in Vietnam to receive a Purple Heart. Many of those emotions associated with his time in service came flooding back for Lang last Wednesday at the unveiling of a sign in the downtown business district of Yorktown declaring Yorktown a […]

Opposition Grows to Coast Guard Plan to Anchor Barges in Hudson

Opposition Grows to Coast Guard Plan to Anchor Barges in Hudson

  Officials from throughout the region came together last week to voice their concerns about a plan by the United States Coast Guard to have commercial barges anchor off the shores of the Hudson River. At an August 2 press conference led by State Senator Terrence Murphy (R/Yorktown) on the shores of the Hudson in […]

Private Talks of Deputy Engineer Job in Yorktown at Issue

Private Talks of Deputy Engineer Job in Yorktown at Issue

  Discussions of hiring a deputy town engineer in Yorktown that have taken place by the Town Board behind closed doors several times in recent months should be held in front of the public, according to Councilman Vishnu Patel and former Supervisor and Councilwoman Susan Siegel. Patel and Siegel insisted the board was violating the […]

Cortlandt Opposes Coast Guard Plan to Anchor Barges in Hudson

Cortlandt Opposes Coast Guard Plan to Anchor Barges in Hudson

  The Town of Cortlandt is opposing a plan by the United States Coast Guard to have commercial barges anchor off the shores of the Hudson River. The Town Board unanimously voted July 19 to object to two of the 10 sites being considered by the Coast Guard: approximately 127 acres in the Montrose region […]

Mets Second Baseman Offers Tips to Campers in Somers

Mets Second Baseman Offers Tips to Campers in Somers

By Michael Giuliano – New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker visited Summer Trails Day Camp in Granite Springs on July 26 and offered tips and words of advice to the campers, emphasizing the importance of hard work and perseverance. Summer Trails, which was founded in 1974, offers both a baseball camp and a traditional camp. […]

Ambassadors Announced for Support Connection Walk

Ambassadors Announced for Support Connection Walk

Support Connection announced the selection of two local residents as Walk Ambassadors for its Annual Support-A-Walk, which will take place on Sunday, October 2, (rain or shine) at FDR Park, Route 202, Yorktown Heights. The Walk brings attention to the needs of people affected by breast and ovarian cancer and raises funds for Support Connection’s […]

Judge Reserves Decision in ‘Montrose 9’ Pipeline Protestors Trial

Judge Reserves Decision in ‘Montrose 9’ Pipeline Protestors Trial

  Cortlandt Town Justice Daniel McCarthy reserved decision Friday afternoon in the case of the “Montrose 9” protestors who were arrested last November for disorderly conduct for blocking access to Spectra Energy’s construction yard on Route 9A. With about 50 onlookers in Cortlandt Town Court anxiously awaiting a ruling, McCarthy promised to render a decision […]

State Police Save Man from Jumping Off Bear Mountain Bridge

State Police Save Man from Jumping Off Bear Mountain Bridge

On Sunday, July 24 at approximately 10:38 p.m., the New York State Police from Cortlandt responded to the Bear Mountain Bridge for a report of a suicidal person attempting to jump off the bridge. Once on scene, troopers observed a male subject walking up the suspension cable of the Bear Mountain Bridge. Troopers immediately established a dialogue […]

Expert Stresses Importance of Dignity in Fighting Drug Abuse

Expert Stresses Importance of Dignity in Fighting Drug Abuse

    By Michael Giuliano   In a society where drug use has skyrocketed, Dr. Debbie Weinstock of the Dignity Initiative believes that drug abuse prevention can never be taught “too early.” In a presentation on July 20 in Yorktown, Weinstock demonstrated how creating a stable parenting foundation could minimize the temptation for future drug […]

Questions Surround Future of Sober Living Home in Yorktown

Questions Surround Future of Sober Living Home in Yorktown

  Is the sober living home on Underhill Avenue in Yorktown looking to change direction a little more than a year after opening? While one of the principal owners of Constellations Recovery, Tom McCrossan, declined to comment last week on speculation in the neighborhood that something was in the works since there had been no […]

Liquor Store Owner Flushed Out by New Central Fire Station

Liquor Store Owner Flushed Out by New Central Fire Station

  Six years exactly to the day he acquired Panio Wines and Liquors, David Pacchiana reluctantly had to relocate his business to an empty storefront near Rite Aid and Antonio’s Pizzeria in the Crossroads Shopping Center in Peekskill. Pacchiana, a resident of Cortlandt, had a lease with the City of Peekskill to stay put where […]

Yonkers Man Pleads Guilty in 2015 Ossining Roadside Homicide

Yonkers Man Pleads Guilty in 2015 Ossining Roadside Homicide

  A Yonkers man pled guilty last week to murdering a 62-year-old man whose decomposing body was found by a jogger along Route 133 in the Town of Ossining on August 24, 2015. Joaquin Recinos Garcia, 27, could face a maximum sentence of 25 years to life without parole when he is set to be […]

Substance Abuse Hospital Plans to Proceed Despite Court Defeat

Substance Abuse Hospital Plans to Proceed Despite Court Defeat

A nine-month moratorium imposed by the Cortlandt Town Board last year that temporarily stalled a proposed luxury substance abuse hospital survived a legal challenge. Acting State Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary ruled on June 21 that the board’s action was “a valid stopgap or interim measure, reasonably designed to temporarily halt development while the town […]

Peekskill Mayor Directs Police Chief to Send Officers to Dallas

Peekskill Mayor Directs Police Chief to Send Officers to Dallas

  An ambush at a rally in Dallas Thursday night where five police officers were killed and seven others were wounded hit a sympathetic nerve nationwide, including in the City of Peekskill. Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina responded to the deadliest bloodshed of U.S. law enforcement personnel since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by ordering […]

Governor Signs Bill to Spread Out Reassessment Hit in Ossining

Governor Signs Bill to Spread Out Reassessment Hit in Ossining

Residents in the Town of Ossining facing increases in assessments on their property values received some relief recently from Governor Andrew Cuomo, who signed legislation allowing the change to be phased in over three years. The bill, which Cuomo signed on July 5, was sponsored by state Assemblywoman Sandra Galef (D/Ossining) and introduced in the […]