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White Plains Woman’s Club Was a Pioneer in Women’s Fitness Programs

White Plains Woman’s Club Was a Pioneer in Women’s Fitness Programs

By Colleen Fay – June 23 marks the anniversary of the signing of Title IX by President Nixon back in 1972. The law provides that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program […]

Legislature Passes Bill for Greenburgh Reassessment Phase-In

Legislature Passes Bill for Greenburgh Reassessment Phase-In

As the Town of Greenburgh finalized revaluation of properties throughout the township earlier this year and residents received notice of changes in their upcoming tax payments, there was confusion and concern. Some residents questioned the accuracy of their assessments and others with significant increases said they could not make the larger payments immediately. Permission from […]

BOL Majority Leader Seeks September Date for Special Election

BOL Majority Leader Seeks September Date for Special Election

In a continuing effort to set the Special Election date for a replacement for former Mt. Vernon Legislator Bernice Spreckman on a day when another election is already scheduled, Westchester Board of Legislators Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining) has learned from the County Clerk’s office that Spreckman’s resignation letter was never received at that office. […]

White Plans Hospital Nurses Raise Funds to Help Disadvantaged Children

White Plans Hospital Nurses Raise Funds to Help Disadvantaged Children

Just in time for summer, White Plains Hospital has raised more than $8,000 in employee donations that will enable 17 homeless and disadvantaged children to attend Brighter Futures Summer Day Camp, a program of the non-profit social services agency, Lifting Up Westchester, based in White Plains. Through the Brighter Futures program, children in need will be […]

Memorial Plaque Dedicated to Westchester Fallen Hero

Memorial Plaque Dedicated to Westchester Fallen Hero

On the 72nd anniversary of the D Day Allied Invasion at Normandy, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino joined the family of Staff Sargent Joseph Lemm of Harrison and nearly 100 guests to dedicate a plaque in his honor at the Kensico Dam Memorial Walkway. Lemm, of the Air National Guard and a detective in the NYPD, […]

White Plains Council Looks at Shopping Mall Improvements

White Plains Council Looks at Shopping Mall Improvements

During the June 6 meeting of the White Plains Common Council several items related to zoning issues and shopping mall improvements within the city were discussed. Councilmember Nadine Hunt-Robinson was absent from the meeting. The first agenda item was a communication announcing the appointment of Andrew Berger as chairman of the Conservation Board. Robert Burg […]

Loucks Games 5k Named for Charles Goldberger

Loucks Games 5k Named for Charles Goldberger

The 5K run that is part of White Plains’ Glenn D. Loucks Memorial Track and Field Games has been named after a longtime organizer, Charles “Charlie” Goldberger of McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP. The popular Saturday morning competition was renamed the “Charlie Goldberger 5k Run” during this year’s games, which were held on May 14. […]

Microgrids as Alternative to Centralized Power

Microgrids as Alternative to Centralized Power

In 2015 several municipalities in New York State were awarded $100,000 as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $40 Million NY Prize Microgrid Competition. White Plains was one of them. Phase II is now on the table, offering $8 million for local communities to develop engineering design and business plans for clean, resilient energy networks, which […]

Lois Bronz Recognized for a Lifetime of Community Action

Lois Bronz Recognized for a Lifetime of Community Action

Former Westchester County Legislator and community activist, Lois Bronz, was recognized for a lifetime of community action last week during a fundraiser for the Greenburgh children’s center bearing her name – the Lois Bronz Children’s Center. The award was presented by New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “It’s an honor and a pleasure to be here […]

White Plains League of Women Voters Elects First Male President

White Plains League of Women Voters Elects First Male President

In a gesture that breaks with tradition, the White Plains League of Women Voters (WPLWV), elected their first male president at the annual meeting on May 18. Stephen Cohen, who had been acting as Voter Service Chair, received praise from Madeline Zevon, former WPLWV president. “He organized many volunteers to register voters with the Voter […]

54th Annual White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival

54th Annual White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival

The 54th Annual White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival will take place on June 4 & 5, 2016 in Tibbits Park, North Broadway at Main Street, White Plains, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. This is a juried arts festival, with artists from near and far displaying their unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry, handicrafts, and artwork. This free, family-friendly event also includes an […]

City of White Plains and YMCA Join Forces to Create Swim Team

City of White Plains and YMCA Join Forces to Create Swim Team

The City of White Plains and the White Plains YMCA have joined together to provide city residents the opportunity to join the Citywide White Plains Summer Competitive Swim Team. The team will compete in the prestigious Westchester County Association Summer League. Members of the team must be between the ages of 6 and 18 years […]

Art Monk Returns to WPHS as “Hometown Hall of Famer”

Art Monk Returns to WPHS as “Hometown Hall of Famer”

On May 18, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Ford Motor Company paid tribute to one of White Plains High School’s most admired alumni, Art Monk, designating him a “Hometown Hall of Famer” hero. Monk graduated from White Plains High School in 1976, after an illustrious athletic career in football and track & […]

WP Planning Board Reviews Retail Upgrade Options

WP Planning Board Reviews Retail Upgrade Options

The White Plains Planning Board reviewed two retail-shopping projects at its May meeting last week. One was a proposal to overhaul elements of The Westchester mall, which has not seen an upgrade since it was built about 20 years ago. The other was for the Site Plan for the Boulevard multi-use project on the Post […]

Two White Plains Men Arraigned in Ambush Shooting Murder

Two White Plains Men Arraigned in Ambush Shooting Murder

Aaron George (DOB 2/8/95) of Main Street, White Plains, was arraigned May 20 on an indictment charging him with one count of Murder, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon and two counts of Tampering With Physical Evidence in the shooting death of Dominique Hospie. On Sunday, April 17, 2016 at approximately 11:24 a.m. […]

49th Annual Glenn D. Loucks Track & Field Games

49th Annual Glenn D. Loucks Track & Field Games

The 49th Annual Glenn D. Loucks Track & Field Games brought 3424 registered competitors from 371 high schools from nine states of the United States and the Province of Quebec, Canada, to White Plains High School from May 12-14. “We are blessed. This is leading us to our 50th Anniversary next year and we are […]

White Plains/Greenburgh Voters Pass 2016-17 School Budgets

White Plains/Greenburgh Voters Pass 2016-17 School Budgets

White Plains Public Schools: An unofficial tally shows 629 to 149 voted to approve the White Plains School District spending plan for 2016-17 in the amount of $208,750,000. The budget represents an increase of close to $3 million, or 1.43 percent, from the current year’s spending plan. The tax levy will jump .24 percent in compliance […]

Faith Leaders Stand Together to Support Raise the Criminal Age Legislation

Faith Leaders Stand Together to Support Raise the Criminal Age Legislation

Westchester-area clergy joined a growing chorus of faith leaders from other parts of the state when they released a letter of support for Raise the Age legislation. Over 35 clergy members signed onto the letter that will be delivered to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Majority Leader Flanagan and Speaker Heastie. Westchester Children’s Association (WCA) organized a press conference on the […]

White Plains Schools Hold Budget Meeting, Candidate Forum

White Plains Schools Hold Budget Meeting, Candidate Forum

By Andrew Vitelli – The White Plains School District held its final meeting on the district’s 2016-2017 budget last Monday, with Assistant Superintendent for Business Fred Seiler urging voters to approve the district’s $208,750,000 spending plan when residents go to the polls on Tuesday, May 17. “I think the real positives about the expenditure side of […]

White Plains Centennial Ball Reflects on 100 Years of History

White Plains Centennial Ball Reflects on 100 Years of History

There is an old adage that says, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” While 100 years have passed since White Plains was incorporated as a city and clothing styles, building architecture, automobile design and science and technology have a new look and feel, some of the issues facing White Plains as […]

Outdoor Adventure Night in White Plains Friday

Outdoor Adventure Night in White Plains Friday

Students in Grades 5 – 8, here’s your chance to relax and let loose a little at “Outdoor Adventure Night” this Friday, May 13t, 7 to 10 p.m. at Delfino Park. The event will feature laser tag, a rock climbing wall, obstacle course, and of course a DJ Dance Party. Doubles tennis tournaments, for groups 12 & under […]

White Plains Beautification Flower Garden Basket Weathers Another Storm

White Plains Beautification Flower Garden Basket Weathers Another Storm

The flower basket garden at the intersection of S. Broadway and Westchester Avenue was the victim of a car accident Thursday. It was installed in 1996, 20 years ago, and over time has been refurbished by the White Plains Beautification Foundation (WPBF), which installed it and many other gardens around White Plains. Two people in […]

Buchwald Announces Run for Third Term in State Assembly

Buchwald Announces Run for Third Term in State Assembly

By Andrew Vitelli – Assemblyman David Buchwald, a White Plains resident and former Common Council member, announced his run for a third term in the Assembly Monday. “It is, in the end, the job of an assemblyman to produce results, and there are still far too many occasions when folks would rather talk a good game […]

Guilty Plea in 2011 Port Chester Home Invasion Homicide

Guilty Plea in 2011 Port Chester Home Invasion Homicide

Jahkim McGhee (DOB 7/2/94) of Port Chester has pled guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree relating to the death of Anthony Guglielmo. “For over two years, Port Chester police and prosecutors relentlessly worked this case. While initial speculation focused on the victim’s daughter, during the investigation, detectives developed information that the defendant was involved. […]

All the World’s a Stage for New Music Conservatory of Westchester Dean

All the World’s a Stage for New Music Conservatory of Westchester Dean

By Andrew Vitelli – Douglas Bish has worked on four continents in his music career. In the 1990s he designed an education program for the Kingdom of Jordan at the request of Queen Noor, giving private lessons to her children. Now, in his new position as the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s Dean of Students and Faculty, […]

Paulin Defends Aid-in-Dying Bill in Heated Scarsdale Debate

Paulin Defends Aid-in-Dying Bill in Heated Scarsdale Debate

By Andrew Vitelli – In a charged debate before a packed crowd last Monday, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale) defended her proposed “Aid in dying” legislation, which would allow terminally ill patients to receive medication to end their lives. Paulin, the sponsor of the controversial legislation, was joined in support of the proposal by David Leven, the […]

Iona College Student’s Killer Arraigned

Iona College Student’s Killer Arraigned

Stivenson Desir (DOB 11/12/96) of New Rochelle was arraigned last week on an indictment charging him with the murder of Brandon Lawrence. On April 3, 2016 at approximately 3:23 a.m., the New Rochelle Police Department received several 911 calls reporting that shots had been fired in Lincoln Park. When they arrived on the scene, they […]

Tappan Zee Bridge Construction to Cause Northbound Lane Closures

Tappan Zee Bridge Construction to Cause Northbound Lane Closures

The New York State Thruway Authority is planning to close three of the four northbound lanes– Westchester County to Rockland County – from 9 p.m. on Friday, April 29 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 and again from 9 p.m. on Saturday to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 1. The construction will not affect […]

Northway Church Cries Foul Over Eviction from Post Road School Auditorium

Northway Church Cries Foul Over Eviction from Post Road School Auditorium

Northway Church was recently informed by White Plains Schools Superintendent Paul Fried that they are no longer welcome to meet in the Post Road Elementary School on Sunday mornings. The eviction notice came in response to Northway’s Easter Services that were held in the school auditorium, to which they invited the people of the Westchester County. The White Plains Board […]

Judge Rejects White Plains Council Motion to Dismiss FASNY Case

Judge Rejects White Plains Council Motion to Dismiss FASNY Case

New York State Supreme Court Judge Joan Lefkowitz has rejected the White Plains Common Council’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit put forward by the French American School of New York (FASNY) and has given the council 20 days from the ruling on April 19 to respond to the FASNY challenge of its rejection to build […]