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Harrison Teacher Debuts Young Adult Mystery Novel

Harrison Teacher Debuts Young Adult Mystery Novel

Nina Mansfield has taught both English and Drama at Harrison High School where she staged fall plays and produced the annual Spring One-Act Festival of student written work. This summer she will debut “Swimming Alone,” a young adult mystery novel with a story line based on a murder in a beach community. The publisher is […]

Smokehouse Wins Co-Ed Upper Division League and Playoff Championships

Smokehouse Wins Co-Ed Upper Division League and Playoff Championships

Smokehouse Tailgate Grill Manager/Pitcher Joe Brown admitted that even he got nervous when Ron Blacks third baseman Richard Bastar slammed a three-run homerun to make the score 9-8, in the sixth inning of Game Two of the White Plains Recreation Co-Ed Upper Division Softball Playoff Championship. And why wouldn’t Brown get anxious with Ron Blacks […]

Team Wins NY State Soccer Cup Silver Division

Team Wins NY State Soccer Cup Silver Division

It’s been several years in the making, but with hard work, good coaching and determination, a soccer team that started in 2009 with volunteer coaches and players who were just nine years old, several years later and now 14 years old, have won their first New York State championship. Coach Nick Sagnibene has been friends […]

Nurse Apprentice Makes Full Circle At White Plains Hospital NICU

Nurse Apprentice Makes Full Circle At White Plains Hospital NICU

White Plains Hospital held a graduation ceremony for 22 students on Friday who completed an intensive, seven-week apprenticeship program during July and August. The nurse apprentices, who came from communities all around Westchester, included a special student this year. Kathryn Linehan of White Plains was the first baby to be admitted into White Plains Hospital’s […]

100 Years Later County Honors Probation Officer Who Set High Bar on Standards

100 Years Later County Honors Probation Officer Who Set High Bar on Standards

Westchester County’s first probation officer, William E. Mounteney was honored last week, 100 years after his appointment. During his tenure, he was known for helping to establish best practices in probation and lived a rather remarkable and profound life. Sadly, he died in a nursing home with no family and no financial resources. Mounteney was […]

Greenburgh Assemblyman Calls Kentucky Police Action Sanctioned Child Abuse

Greenburgh Assemblyman Calls Kentucky Police Action Sanctioned Child Abuse

Following the release of a video purportedly showing a Kentucky school resource officer handcuffing and mistreating an eight-year-old student with disabilities, New York State Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh) is urging the state to take action to prevent a similar incident from happening in New York. “This is appalling – it is officially sanctioned child abuse,” said […]

Greenburgh Music Teacher Makes Comeback with Solo Albums CD Release

Greenburgh Music Teacher Makes Comeback with Solo Albums CD Release

Bobby Lance, a Tarrytown native and Greenburgh Middle School music teacher, has recently had two solo albums rereleased by Real Gone Music as a one disc double album entitled “First Peace/Rollin’ Man.” Lance, a singer and songwriter, is best known for writing Aretha Franklin’s hit “The House That Jack Built” with his sister and partner […]

2015 Elton Brand Youth Day - Brand Announces Retirement from the NBA

2015 Elton Brand Youth Day – Brand Announces Retirement from the NBA

Since 2003, Elton Brand, who is undoubtedly the most prestigious basketball player in Peekskill High School history, returns home each year to conduct fitness and basketball clinics for children during Elton Brand Youth Day. Brand’s charitable contributions each year to support the youth in Peekskill and Westchester County was spearheaded by his late mother Daisy […]

Brewskis Are the Queens of Women’s Softball, Dunne’s Quality Men’s Season

Brewskis Are the Queens of Women’s Softball, Dunne’s Quality Men’s Season

You have to give Michele Kilgallen credit. Kilgallen is the manager, coach and catcher for the newly sponsored Brewskis Softball Team in the White Plains Recreation Women’s Softball League. Brewskis is the former Lazy Boy’s Saloon Women’s Softball team, who won the White Plains Recreation Women’s League Playoff Championship last season. The Lazy Boy’s Saloon […]

Former Rye Golf Club Manager Gets 1 to 3 Years in Prison for Grand Larceny

Former Rye Golf Club Manager Gets 1 to 3 Years in Prison for Grand Larceny

Scott Yandrasevich (DOB 2/25/1964) of Danbury, Connecticut, was sentenced August 6 to an indeterminate term of one to three years in prison on his November 2014 guilty plea to grand larceny and falsifying business records. Between April 10, 2007 and August 20, 2012, the defendant, who was the General Manager of the Rye Golf Club, […]

Last Day for ArtsWestchester Photo Call

Last Day for ArtsWestchester Photo Call

ArtsWestchester has issued an open call to photographers – both hobbyists and professional – for images documenting Westchester’s most memorable moments of the last 50 years. “2015 is a golden year for ArtsWestchester,” said the organization’s CEO Janet T. Langsam. “We’re celebrating 50 years as Westchester County’s designated arts council and the county’s connection for […]

Gedney Assoc. Claims Victory, FASNY Vows to Sue

Gedney Assoc. Claims Victory, FASNY Vows to Sue

(This story has been updated.) The “Yes” votes outweighed the “No” votes (4 to 3) on the French American School of New York’s (FASNY) request to close a portion of Hathaway Lane, but the closure of a public street and its removal from the White Plains city map requires a super majority (5 to 2) […]

White Plains Issues RFP for MultiModal Transportation Center Redevelopment

White Plains Issues RFP for MultiModal Transportation Center Redevelopment

The City of White Plains has released its Request for Proposals (RFP) for the MultiModal Transportation Center Redevelopment Project. The White Plains MultiModal Transportation Center Redevelopment Project (“the Project”) will provide an enhanced MultiModal Transportation Center that serves all modes of travel and maximizes the economic development potential of the area. The Project will also […]

More Plants Stolen from White Plains Beautification Foundation Gardens

More Plants Stolen from White Plains Beautification Foundation Gardens

There is a thief or thieves with horticultural knowledge running amok in White Plains, stealing bushes and plants from gardens built and maintained by the White Plains Beautification Foundation. The most recent theft, noticed July 27th, is the removal of two rather large hibiscus plants from the organization’s newest garden, planted in late May this […]

FASNY Vote to Come Before White Plains Council Wednesday, Aug. 5

FASNY Vote to Come Before White Plains Council Wednesday, Aug. 5

The White Plains Common Council has scheduled a Special Meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, to consider the proposed discontinuance of a portion of Hathaway Lane between Ridgeway and Gedney Esplanade pursuant to Section 152 of the White Plains Charter and Section 29 of the General City Law […]

Environmental Concerns, Campus Signage, Preservation Before Planning Board

Environmental Concerns, Campus Signage, Preservation Before Planning Board

Despite the absence of the lawyer representing the Windward School at the continued public hearing on the Subdivision and Site Plan for 221-227 West St., members of the White Plains Planning Board agreed to allow discussion and permitted residents to talk about the project during the Board’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting on July 21. The […]

Talks Continue to Avoid Closing of Greenburgh Pets Alive Westchester Shelter

Talks Continue to Avoid Closing of Greenburgh Pets Alive Westchester Shelter

Ongoing discussions between the Town of Greenburgh and the administration of Pets Alive Westchester to try to keep the no kill animal shelter open in Elmsford have continued into this week. After a press release was circulated by the shelter stating its intention to restructure its organization by closing its Westchester facility, private residents from […]

White Plains Firefighter Pleads Guilty in Vehicular Homicide Case

White Plains Firefighter Pleads Guilty in Vehicular Homicide Case

Erik Refvik, the 35-year-old White Plains Firefighter involved in the early morning accident in downtown White Plains on November 3 that killed Reyda La Madrid and resulted in serious physical injuries to Edgar Lopez, pled guilty today to the entire 28 count indictment, which included vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated by alcohol and drugs. […]

White Plains Woman Charged With Promoting Prison Contraband

White Plains Woman Charged With Promoting Prison Contraband

Westchester County Police on Wednesday night charged a White Plains woman with passing suspected synthetic marijuana during a July 19 visit to her inmate husband – a substance that sickened prisoners at the jail on several occasions this month. Ebony Strange, 32, of Martin Luther King Blvd. was formally charged at 8:11 p.m. last night […]

New Host Lights Up White Plains Cable Program “This Blooming City”

New Host Lights Up White Plains Cable Program “This Blooming City”

By Beth Wallach – As the White Plains Beautification Foundation (WPBF) celebrates its 50th anniversary as an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization, its cable television program “This Blooming City” celebrates 25 years of bringing gardening, landscaping, environmental issues, and much more to viewers at home. Making its debut in June 1990, the show is now hosted by Marie […]

Pets Alive Westchester Closing Announcement Contested, Emergency Meeting Called in Greenburgh

Pets Alive Westchester Closing Announcement Contested, Emergency Meeting Called in Greenburgh

Animal welfare group Pets Alive announced last week that it plans to restructure its organization by closing its Westchester facility located in Elmsford, and consolidate operations to its Middletown, NY location. Skyrocketing repair and maintenance costs of what the group calls the “structurally unsound Westchester shelter” coupled with declining revenue were reasons cited for the […]

White Plains Religious Leaders Stand United Against Heritage of Hate

White Plains Religious Leaders Stand United Against Heritage of Hate

A gathering of White Plains Religious Leaders stood on the steps of Grace Episcopal Church Friday to read a Statement of unified response to the KKK Rally in Charleston, SC to be held the following day in protest of the bringing down of the Confederate battle flag at the South Carolina State House. The letter, […]

Town of Greenburgh Parks & Rec Seeks Certified Lifeguards

Town of Greenburgh Parks & Rec Seeks Certified Lifeguards

The Town of Greenburgh is looking for certified lifeguards 15 years and older to work full or part time at Anthony F Veteran Park and Massaro Park. The Parks Department will also train interested good swimmer for certification Contact Gregory du Sablon Jr. at lifesaver914@optonline.net or pooldirector@greenburghny.com or call 914-584-7261 with any questions. Training start date is July 21 and […]

White Plains Council Votes to Allow Cabaret Door Fee

White Plains Council Votes to Allow Cabaret Door Fee

At its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on July 6, the White Plains Common Council voted six to one to change the city’s Municipal Code regarding cabarets to allow the collection of a fee at the door. With many entertainment establishments in White Plains expressing angst at having to wait for the city’s cabaret code to […]

White Plains Fire Department Earns High ISO Rating, in Top 97 Nationwide

White Plains Fire Department Earns High ISO Rating, in Top 97 Nationwide

The White Plains Fire Department received notice last week that it has once again achieved an Insurance Services Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification rating of 1, the highest rating offered. The department earned 91.90 credits out of a possible 105.50 points of credit available. In 2015, the ISO reported that only 97 fire departments in […]

New Pocket Park Opened in White Plains

New Pocket Park Opened in White Plains

Louis Cappelli, President of the Cappelli Organization,  joined with White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach, members of the Common Council and the Rev. Richard A. Kunz, rector of Grace Church, to celebrate the dedication of a new park built by Cappelli in the heart downtown White Plains on Thursday. The 11,000-square foot park is located at […]

Over 160 Take Voluntary County Separation Incentive

Over 160 Take Voluntary County Separation Incentive

Looking at a tough budget coming in 2016, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino offered County employees an incentive to retire during the late spring, intended to save Westchester millions of dollars. The incentive was offered only to those employees who had worked a certain number of years and were reaching retirement age. Last week 162 […]

Town of Greenburgh Poised to Foreclose on 128 Properties

Town of Greenburgh Poised to Foreclose on 128 Properties

Brought on in large part by the Great Recession, the Town of Greenburgh had been faced with 479 properties that had not paid taxes in or before 2010. According to Town Supervisor Paul Feiner when the foreclosure proceedings began in 2013, the Town sent out eight letters to each property owner advising them about the […]

White Plains Talent Heads to P’ville Music Festival Main Stage

White Plains Talent Heads to P’ville Music Festival Main Stage

Rebecca Haviland and Whisky Heart have recently finished two national tours, but the White Plains residents are looking forward to a much shorter trip for their next gig. A young woman with a voice bigger than her size would suggest, Haviland and her band will be playing at this Saturday’s Pleasantville Music Festival at Parkway […]

White Plains Council Airs FASNY Concerns During Special Session

White Plains Council Airs FASNY Concerns During Special Session

The White Plains Common Council held a Special Meeting Monday afternoon to discuss and air publicly their concerns about the final documents regarding the partial closure of a public roadway – Hathaway Lane – as it relates to the French American School of New York (FASNY) Special Permit and Site Plan application to operate a […]