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Fairview Fire Chief Says He’s Out by 2015

Fairview Fire Chief Says He’s Out by 2015

By Jon Craig A heated, years old clash between Fairview Fire Department leaders and Greenburgh taxpayers ended Thursday night the way it began, with another unexpected surprise. But distrust and hurt feelings remain. After Town of Greenwich residents grilled their elected Fairview Fire Commissioners for 90 minutes over high pay, policy and appointments, Fairview’s five-member […]

White Plains Housing Authority Breaks Ground on Phase I of New Affordable Housing Project

White Plains Housing Authority Breaks Ground on Phase I of New Affordable Housing Project

On Friday, April 11th, the White Plains Housing Authority will break ground on The Prelude, the first phase of a neighborhood revitalization project of the Brookfield Commons campus. The Prelude, rising on the corner of South Lexington Ave. and Quarropas Street, includes 104 new affordable housing apartments, and a 13,500 square foot community center.  It […]

Informative Talk Tries to Set the Record Straight on Local/Global Human Trafficking

Informative Talk Tries to Set the Record Straight on Local/Global Human Trafficking

A collection of women from across Westchester, one even traveled from the Bronx, met at the Scarsdale Public Library last week to learn about sex trafficking and what they might be able to do to help stop it. The event was sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale) and featured Sarah Porter of ECPAT (Ending Child […]

Proposed Budget for White Plains FY 2014-15 Grows by 2 Percent, Stays Within Tax Cap

Proposed Budget for White Plains FY 2014-15 Grows by 2 Percent, Stays Within Tax Cap

The Proposed Budget for Fiscal year 2014-15 ending June 30th 2015 for the City of White Plains was presented to the Mayor and Common Council at the regularly scheduled monthly meeting Monday night. It was prepared and presented by Budget Director Michael Genito and Budget Assistant Carolyn Mayo with direct input from city departments. The […]

Westchester Mourns the Passing of Beloved Philanthropist

Westchester Mourns the Passing of Beloved Philanthropist

Westchester County lost an exceptional member of its community with the passing of Patricia Lanza on April 3. She has been referred to by many as an unsung hero. Lanza, an Eastchester resident, suffered a short illness when she discovered she had end-stage cancer just one month ago. She was 81 years old. Known for […]

Greenburgh Tackles First Town-wide Reassessment Since 1956

Greenburgh Tackles First Town-wide Reassessment Since 1956

By Jon Craig Half of Greenburgh’s homeowners weren’t even alive when town government conducted its last town-wide property reassessment. The inspections are certain to amend the official value of most properties in the Town of Greenburgh, but the aim is to stem the tide of property tax lawsuits, formally known as certioraris, which increasingly cause […]

The Knicks D-League Team Host Career Fair at Westchester County Center

The Knicks D-League Team Host Career Fair at Westchester County Center

The New York Knicks have started their initiative to make the new Knicks Developmental Team a success at the Westchester County Center. The Knicks D-League team has also begun fulfilling their promise to be an intricate part of the community of White Plains and Westchester County. On Tuesday, April 1, the Knicks Developmental Team held […]

New Textile Recycling Program at the Gedney Yard Recycling Center

New Textile Recycling Program at the Gedney Yard Recycling Center

The City of White Plains encourages residents to consider donation at the end of any garment’s useful life. However, for those items too worn to donate, recycling is now available at the Gedney Yard Recycling Center. This is a great final alternative to landfill. If you have single socks, old clothes, sheets, drapes and bedding that are too […]

The Salvation Army 26th Annual Community Service Awards

The Salvation Army 26th Annual Community Service Awards

On Thursday March 27, The Salvation Army presented their 2014 Community Service Awards at The Salvation Army 26th Annual Community Service Awards Breakfast at the Crown Plaza Hotel. The Salvation Army 2014 Honorees for Community Service were Stepinac High School Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Michael O’Donnell and the Hospice & Palliative Care of […]

Greenburgh & Harrison Students Excel at Recent Academic Contests

Greenburgh & Harrison Students Excel at Recent Academic Contests

By Jon Craig Greenburgh Central Schools may be spawning a future TV news anchor, Internet inventor or national superstar. That’s what Town Supervisor Paul Feiner wondered aloud Wednesday before honoring this year’s batch of spelling bee finalists at a meeting of the Town Board. “We’re going to meet some of the most brilliant students in […]

Joshua Colas, Youngest African American Chess Master in History

Joshua Colas, Youngest African American Chess Master in History

On Tuesday, March 25th, the New York State Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers), to honor White Plains resident, Joshua Colas. Colas, who was in the Senate Chamber with his father Guy Colas as the resolution passed, earned the title of Chess Master in December 2010, becoming the youngest African American […]

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane. No, it’s a Greenburgh Bumble Bee; Harrison Student Advances in Geographic Bee

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane. No, it’s a Greenburgh Bumble Bee; Harrison Student Advances in Geographic Bee

By Jon Craig Greenburgh Central Schools may be spawning a future TV news anchor, Internet inventor or national superstar. That’s what Town Supervisor Paul Feiner wondered aloud Wednesday before honoring this year’s batch of spelling bee finalists at a meeting of the Town Board. “We’re going to meet some of the most brilliant students in […]

Knicks NBA D-League Team Hosting Career Fair at County Center April 1

Knicks NBA D-League Team Hosting Career Fair at County Center April 1

On March 10, the New York Knicks and the Madison Square Garden Company announced that the new Knicks NBA Development Team would be making their home at the Westchester County Center. At that time, Knicks D-League General Manager Allan Houston declared. “We are very excited to bring a D-League team to the Westchester County Center. […]

How Do You Spell Superstar? At Greenburgh Central Schools, it’s H-a-r-s-h-i-t-a

How Do You Spell Superstar? At Greenburgh Central Schools, it’s H-a-r-s-h-i-t-a

By Jon Craig There is only one student from Westchester County destined for the nation’s capital to compete in the annual E.W. Scripps National Spelling Bee — and that student is from Greenburgh Harshita Shet, a fourth-grade student who also attends the Greenburgh Xposure afterschool program, placed first in the school district’s Bumble Bees competition […]

Flooding Relief In Sight for Harrison Hamlet

Flooding Relief In Sight for Harrison Hamlet

By Jon Craig A decade of major flooding problems came one step closer to a permanent solution Thursday when the Harrison Town Board voted to create an easement near Puritan and Pilgrim roads. Town officials complained they have encountered delays due to one neighbor not cooperating with a plan to run a 24-inch pipe through […]

Electric Car Manufacturer Challenges State Motor Vehicle Dealership Law

Electric Car Manufacturer Challenges State Motor Vehicle Dealership Law

At a press conference Friday, sponsored by Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-White Plains/Westchester) and electric car maker Tesla at the Tesla showroom in The Westchester mall, White Plains, a gathering of local elected officials, business leaders and environmental advocates expressed their strong opposition to Bill A.7844-A, which would end the dire­ct sale of Tesla’s electric cars […]

White Plains Buyback Day Removes 94 Guns from Streets

White Plains Buyback Day Removes 94 Guns from Streets

On Saturday afternoon, March 22, at the Fire Station on the corner of Maple and Mamaroneck Avenues in White Plains, 94 unwanted guns were turned in within a three-hour time period. A total of $5,075 was given out by Attorney General’s office for the guns. “This is the first time this program has been done […]

Shoe Recycling Initiative Begins in White Plains

Shoe Recycling Initiative Begins in White Plains

The City of White Plains is challenging residents to clean out their closets and donate their gently used shoes to a City-wide shoe recycling effort as part of the City’s celebration of Earth Day. This is the second year the City will undertake a shoe collection and recycling drive. Last year, local businesses, religious organizations, […]

City of White Plains Sued Over Decision to Accept FASNY Environmental Findings

City of White Plains Sued Over Decision to Accept FASNY Environmental Findings

A press statement released by The Gedney Association Thursday evening stated that the group situated in Gedney Farms, has filed suit against the White Plains Common Council in the State Supreme Court regarding its December 2013 decision to accept the environmental findings pertaining to the French American School of New York’s (FASNY) proposal to build […]

Greenburgh Fifth-Graders Help Launch Eat Healthy NY

Greenburgh Fifth-Graders Help Launch Eat Healthy NY

By Jon Craig The Elmsford-based Food Bank of Westchester joined the Town of Greenburgh last week in launching a new initiative called Eat Healthy New York. The program, aimed at making good meal-planning fun, featured East Greenwich nutritional consultant and children’s author Joy Feldman, who played a video of her book, “Is Your Hair Made […]

County’s Safer Communities Program to Add Youth Mental Health Training

County’s Safer Communities Program to Add Youth Mental Health Training

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, along with the Department of Community Mental Health and Westchester Jewish Community Services, launched “Youth Mental Health First Aid,” a new Safer Communities initiative, last week. At a press conference at the County Center announcing the new program, Astorino said: “Youth Mental Health First Aid trains adults on how to […]

State Assembly Members Lobby for Compassionate Care Act

State Assembly Members Lobby for Compassionate Care Act

    By Jon Craig If you support legalizing marijuana for medical uses, call your state senator. That was the message Friday from a dozen hospice patients and local Democratic members of the state Assembly who have passed legislation four times to allow prescription use of pot only to have the bills killed in the […]

Blues Artist John Hammond Makes White Plains Debut March 29th

Blues Artist John Hammond Makes White Plains Debut March 29th

Marking his 50th anniversary as a Blues recording artist, John Hammond is on tour with his newly released album “Timeless.” With show dates in Florida, Canada, Arizona, Washington, DC, and New York City, Hammond takes his tour for one night to the White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) on Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m. […]

White Plains Native Pens A Series of Soldiers’ Tales

White Plains Native Pens A Series of Soldiers’ Tales

Phil Klay, a White Plains native, has published a compendium of short stories about the madness of war as related through the experiences of soldiers on the ground in Iraq. The book, titled “Redeployment” and published by Penguin Press was released March 4. Klay began a tour of the country to promote his new book […]

Lights, Camera and More Action in Harrison As HBO Series Films at Police Headquarters

Lights, Camera and More Action in Harrison As HBO Series Films at Police Headquarters

By Jon Craig - Fans of the hit television series “Lost” will be pleased to hear the show’s creator is filming a new series for HBO that includes public sets in the Town of Harrison. “The Leftovers” takes place in the wake of a global “Rapture “and centers on the people who were left behind in […]

Harrison’s School of the Holy Child Builds Into Second Century

Harrison’s School of the Holy Child Builds Into Second Century

By Jon Craig - School of the Holy Child is building upon its future with plans for a $7 million Field House, 400-seat theater and a specialized program in architecture, engineering and design. The Catholic all-girls preparatory school, covering grades 5 to 12, is so popular that public officials in both Rye and Harrison claim ownership […]

Knicks D-League Team Finds a Home at the Westchester County Center

Knicks D-League Team Finds a Home at the Westchester County Center

On Thursday, March 6, the Westchester County Board of Legislators voted to approve a formal licensing agreement with the Madison Square Garden Company, which brought the NY Knicks-affiliated NBA Developmental team to the Westchester County Center. “This has all the makings of a tremendously successful and fun franchise. This community loves basketball, this is going […]

Johns Hopkins’ Research Finds Nonprofit Sector Leads Westchester Job Growth

Johns Hopkins’ Research Finds Nonprofit Sector Leads Westchester Job Growth

By Jon Craig - A study released Wednesday by Nonprofit Westchester and the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies found that nonprofits are “a critical driver of Westchester’s economy,” comprising the largest and fastest-growing sector. The study, titled “Westchester County Nonprofits: A Major Economic Engine,” found that 53,987 people, or 13.6 percent, of the county’s […]

White Plains' Park Acknowledged as "Secret Garden"

White Plains’ Park Acknowledged as “Secret Garden”

Bryant- Mamaroneck Park has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign, that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country. From March 7 to March 31, customers at the Macy’s -Galleria Store in White Plains can donate $1.00 or more at the […]

HUD Denies Greenburgh’s Request for State Administration of CDBGs

HUD Denies Greenburgh’s Request for State Administration of CDBGs

By Jon Craig - Greenburgh’s supervisor thinks his town is caught in the middle of a feud between the Westchester county executive and the federal government over Community Development Block Grants. “I’m aggravated,” Supervisor Paul Feiner said. “We are losing revenue that we really need.” The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently turned down […]