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Two-Time Cancer Survivor Thankful for Support Connection

Two-Time Cancer Survivor Thankful for Support Connection

Before she turned 40, Andrea Della Mura had to endure two battles with breast cancer and opted at age 39 to have a double mastectomy. With a husband and two young children, it was a decision she didn’t hesitate to make and has no regrets. “My decision at that point was clear. I remember standing […]

Disputed Sports Field on Croton Ave in Cortlandt Nixed

Disputed Sports Field on Croton Ave in Cortlandt Nixed

A sports field that was proposed in conjunction with a luxury housing project on Croton Avenue in Cortlandt has been eliminated as part of an agreement between the developer and the Town Board. Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi announced last week an alternative plan had been reached where the developer of Hanover Estates, a proposed 25 […]

Yorktown ZBA Backs Inspector in Ruling on Sober Home

Yorktown ZBA Backs Inspector in Ruling on Sober Home

  The Yorktown Zoning Board of Appeals Thursday night supported a written opinion by Building Inspector John Winter that a proposed facility for recovering alcohol and substance abuse addicts on Underhill Avenue falls under the definition of a “convalescent home.” Three of the four sitting ZBA members denied an appeal from neighbors Linda Gironda and […]

Thousands Expected to Enjoy Peekskill Music Festival

Thousands Expected to Enjoy Peekskill Music Festival

Thousands of music enthusiasts are expected to head to downtown Peekskill Friday evening and all day Saturday for a free concert and other events. Formerly known as the Peekskill Jazz & Blues Festival, the 2014 Peekskill Music Festival, produced by Paramount Hudson Valley, will kick off Friday at 8 p.m. with local bands competing at […]

Concerns Raised over Safety of Swimming in Hudson

Concerns Raised over Safety of Swimming in Hudson

A clean water watchdog organization released a report last week revealing many locations in the Hudson River fail to meet federally recommended guidelines for safe swimming and other recreational activities. According to the “How’s the Water? 2014” report from Riverkeeper, 23 percent of monthly samples for bacteria that indicates sewage and other fecal contamination from […]

Ossining, County Police Make Pitches to Patrol Part of Town

Ossining, County Police Make Pitches to Patrol Part of Town

The Ossining Town Board is asking for resident input on moving forward with police protection in the unincorporated area for the next four years. At a town hall meeting last week, the board heard presentations from the Ossining Police Department and the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, who each responded to an RFP to […]

Area Artist Exhibits Paintings at Somers Restaurant

Area Artist Exhibits Paintings at Somers Restaurant

By Neal Rentz Carmel resident Vivian Haberfeld is currently exhibiting her acrylic on canvas paintings in a show entitled “In Search of Tranquility” at Somerfields restaurant in Somers. The exhibit title could also be used to describe how she became a professional artist. “I was a Manhattanite for 30 years and I needed to escape […]

BJ’s Looks to Get Jump on Costco with New Gas Pumps

BJ’s Looks to Get Jump on Costco with New Gas Pumps

A potential battle for private club customers in Yorktown has begun with BJ’s Wholesale Club proposing to provide 12 gas pumps for members at its Route 202 location while Costco continues through the planning process for a new store and gas station up the road. David Steinmetz, attorney for the owners of the BJ’s Shopping […]

Longtime Yorktown Resident Pat Kibbe Dies at 90

Longtime Yorktown Resident Pat Kibbe Dies at 90

Patricia “Pat” Hosley Kibbe died peacefully at home in Yorktown on Sunday, July 13, surrounded by her loving family. She was 90 and lived a full and well-rounded life. She was born on September 2, 1923 to Loring and Frances Hosley, and grew up in Southwick, Massachusetts. Pat graduated as valedictorian of her high school […]

Yorktown Singer/Songwriter Looks Forward to Performing at P'ville Music Festival

Yorktown Singer/Songwriter Looks Forward to Performing at P’ville Music Festival

Although Jessica Lynn Calamera grew up in Westchester, she is a country girl at heart. The Yorktown Heights singer, songwriter and musician, who goes simply by the name Jessica Lynn, has spent the last year touring the country, but she will be returning to her home county on Saturday to perform alongside 12 other artists […]

Parents, Students Seek Return of Hen Hud HighTeacher

Parents, Students Seek Return of Hen Hud HighTeacher

A petition with nearly 250 signatures was recently submitted to the Hendrick Hudson Board of Education calling for the return of a popular engineering teacher who apparently resigned following a junior class trip to New York City in March during which a handful of teachers reportedly left students unsupervised. Several parents who signed the petition […]

Plan to Expand Residential Units in Downtown Peekskill Debated

Plan to Expand Residential Units in Downtown Peekskill Debated

A proposed zoning amendment that would allow the expansion of residential development in downtown Peekskill received a mixed reaction during a recent public hearing that is slated to continue next week. The Common Council and Planning Commission are both considering a plan that would permit upper floor residential units in the C-2 commercial zone and […]

Players Sought for Benefit Basketball Tournament in Yorktown

Players Sought for Benefit Basketball Tournament in Yorktown

  By Rick Pezzullo Players and teams are still being sought for the first annual Nothin’ But Net basketball tournament being held next week at FDR State Park in Yorktown by the Yorkville Sports Association (YSA). Portions of proceeds from the event, which kicks off Wednesday, July 9 at 5:45 p.m., will benefit the Yorktown […]

Jockeying for Open Seat in Yorktown Begins for Diana, Siegel

Jockeying for Open Seat in Yorktown Begins for Diana, Siegel

The special election for the open seat on the Yorktown Town Board may not be until November, but the two candidates vying for the pivotal position have already begun campaigning and receiving endorsements. Citizens for a Progressive Yorktown, a small, two-year-old group of residents that support “intelligent and responsible business development,” jumped into the race […]

Foul Play Ruled Out in Death of Man Found in Car in Yorktown

Foul Play Ruled Out in Death of Man Found in Car in Yorktown

Yorktown police have ruled out foul play in the death of a 26-year-old Massachusetts man found in a vehicle Friday morning on Old Croton Lake Road near the Croton watershed. The unidentified man was first discovered by an employee with the New York Department of Environmental Protection shortly before 11 a.m. in the driver’s seat […]

Legislators Seek Law to Modernize Sign for People with Disabilities

Legislators Seek Law to Modernize Sign for People with Disabilities

  State Assemblywoman Sandra Galef (D/Ossining) and Senator David Carlucci (D) joined advocates for people with disabilities in Ossining this week to urge Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation to modernize the Universal Symbol of Access. The legislation, which passed in both the Assembly and the Senate, would make New York the first state in […]

Alienation of Parkland for Pipeline Rejected in Yorktown

Alienation of Parkland for Pipeline Rejected in Yorktown

A resolution to alienate open space on Stony Street in Shrub Oak to allow for the construction of a natural gas pipeline that could lead to the development of two all-purpose fields and a full-size baseball diamond on the Granite Knolls site did not pass the muster of the Yorktown Town Board last week. The […]

Hundreds Protest Energy Projects Proposed in Cortlandt

Hundreds Protest Energy Projects Proposed in Cortlandt

With signs declaring “Enough is Enough” and “Stop the Buzz,” several hundred residents and officials held a rally in Verplanck last week to protest two different energy projects that everyone agreed would change the character of the quiet residential community. “This is democracy at its best. This is democracy in action,” remarked Cortlandt Supervisor Linda […]

Council Approves Residency Waiver for Peekskill Police Chief

Council Approves Residency Waiver for Peekskill Police Chief

The Peekskill Common Council last week unanimously waived a requirement for Peekskill Police Chief Eric Johansen to live in the city. The council cited the fact that Johansen, who was appointed in February 2013 to replace longtime chief Eugene Tumolo, resides only one mile outside Peekskill in the Town of Cortlandt as one reason for […]

Yorktown “Relay Replay” to Take Place June 20 at DeVito Field

Yorktown “Relay Replay” to Take Place June 20 at DeVito Field

  An abridged version of the full Yorktown Relay for Life that was rained out last week will take place this Friday, June 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Jack DeVito Memorial Field behind the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center. An opening ceremony for “Relay Replay” will kick off the event, followed by a […]

Mariano Rivera Honored at Friends of Karen Benefit

Mariano Rivera Honored at Friends of Karen Benefit

As phenomenal as his record-breaking career was with the New York Yankees as Major League Baseball’s most dominating relief pitcher in history, Mariano Rivera’s accomplishments on the field actually pale in comparison to his philanthropic successes, especially for children causes in the United States and Panama. One of the many organizations where Rivera, who retired […]

Hundreds Celebrate Life of James “Jimmy Mack” McNair

Hundreds Celebrate Life of James “Jimmy Mack” McNair

  Hundreds of family, friends and fans packed the Paramount Hudson Valley theatre Thursday to celebrate the life and laughter of James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, the Peekskill man killed in a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday morning returning from a show in Delaware with fellow comedian Tracy Morgan. The more than two-hour […]

Furnace Woods Gets New Climbing Wall

Furnace Woods Gets New Climbing Wall

Furnace Woods Elementary School in the Hendrick Hudson School District has a new climbing wall for students, thanks to Box Tops For Education proceeds and fifth grade class gift funds. The new 20-foot by eight-foot blue installation, which arrived last month, is attached to the Furnace Woods gym wall in sections. Children learn to move […]

Peekskill Teacher Slaps District with Lawsuit over Birth Control Pills

Peekskill Teacher Slaps District with Lawsuit over Birth Control Pills

A Peekskill elementary school teacher and his wife have filed a lawsuit against the district for birth control pills given to their daughter without their knowledge three years ago. Anthony Jackson, a teacher at Woodside Elementary School who has been “reassigned to home since January 2014 due to a pending disciplinary matter,” according to the […]

Hundreds Attend Raucous Meeting on Safety of Indian Point

Hundreds Attend Raucous Meeting on Safety of Indian Point

By Sue Guzman Several hundred people turned out for a public meeting last week focusing on the safety and future of the Indian Point nuclear power plants in Buchanan. Environmental groups and community leaders were given an opportunity to ask panel members from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission questions on a number of issues including earthquake […]

Parisi Speed Training at Club Fit Takes Athletes to Next Level

Parisi Speed Training at Club Fit Takes Athletes to Next Level

Former Kennedy Catholic grad Matt Maher had slightly better-than-average speed coming out of Kennedy High back in 2005, but his skill sets were enough to earn the two-sport star a roster spot at Fairleigh Dickinson University where he played shortstop and eventually emerged as a pro prospect. There was work to do, though, and Maher […]

Yorktown Man Sentenced to Prison for Criminal Sexual Abuse

Yorktown Man Sentenced to Prison for Criminal Sexual Abuse

    A registered sex offender from Yorktown was sentenced in Putnam County Superior Court last week to two consecutive prison terms for sexual abuse of children. Jonathan DeLaura, 39, who was sentenced last month to 35 years in federal prison on child pornography charges, will spend an additional two to eight years behind bars […]

Mayor Turns Table on Ethics Board; Funds for Probe Denied

Mayor Turns Table on Ethics Board; Funds for Probe Denied

In an unexpected partial bipartisan vote, the Peekskill Common Council last week denied a request from the city’s Ethics Board to hire legal counsel to investigate unsubstantiated allegations of bullying and intimidation of some city staff by Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina. Catalina and fellow Republicans Vincent Vesce and Joe Torres were joined by Democratic Councilman […]

Peekskill Police Chief Seeks Residency Waiver from Council

Peekskill Police Chief Seeks Residency Waiver from Council

Peekskill Police Chief Eric Johansen has officially asked the Common Council to waive a requirement for him to reside within city borders. Johansen, 43, was appointed in February 2013 to replace longtime chief Eugene Tumolo at an annual salary of $141,000. The 20-year veteran of the department was chosen over Captain Paul Astrologo, a more […]

Yorktown ZBA Reserves Decision on Sober Home

Yorktown ZBA Reserves Decision on Sober Home

The Yorktown Zoning Board of Appeals last week reserved a crucial decision regarding the interpretation of the town code that could pave the way for a sober living residence on Underhill Avenue. The ZBA closed a public hearing that featured final arguments from attorneys for the applicants, Tom McCrossan and Mark McGoldrick, a/k/a Compass Westchester, […]