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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 […]

Why Aren’t Syrian Refugees Being Resettled in Westchester?

Why Aren’t Syrian Refugees Being Resettled in Westchester?

This story was updated on April 24, 2016. By Andrew Vitelli – Between 1,200 and 1,500 Syrian refugees have been resettled in the U.S. in the six months since President Obama promised to open the country’s doors to 10,000 such refugees last fall. In New Haven, Conn., 70 Syrians have already been welcomed, and the pace […]

Tarrytown Man Sentenced for Disseminating Indecent Material to Minor

Tarrytown Man Sentenced for Disseminating Indecent Material to Minor

Roshan Samuel (DOB 3/18/82) of Tarrytown was sentenced to five months shock probation followed by four years probation after conviction by a jury on March 14, 2016 of two counts of Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors in the First Degree, class “D” Felonies. On or about and between October 21 – 23, 2014, at various […]

White Plains Home Health Aide Training Center Graduates First Class

White Plains Home Health Aide Training Center Graduates First Class

By Andrew Vitelli – With the nation’s population aging and an increasing number of seniors looking to stay at home for end-of-life care, a newly launched training center in White Plains is equipping residents to work as home health aides. The White Plains Education and Training Center graduated its first class last month, with 10 graduates […]

County Police Seek Public’s Help In Identifying Body Found Along Bronx River Parkway

County Police Seek Public’s Help In Identifying Body Found Along Bronx River Parkway

Westchester County Police released a sketch of the man who was found dead along the Bronx River Parkway in Yonkers earlier this month. “We are hoping that a member of the public will recognize this individual and help us to identify him,” Public Safety Commissioner George N. Longworth said. “I urge anyone with information about […]

White Plains Forum Tackles Syrian Refugee Resettlement

White Plains Forum Tackles Syrian Refugee Resettlement

By Andrew Vitelli – While the country may be split over whether to accept refugees of the Syrian Civil War, the crowd last Tuesday at Memorial United Methodist Church in White Plains seemed united on the issue. Close to 200 people packed the church for a forum on the Syrian refugee crisis, with speakers calling […]

White Plains Council Passes Overhaul of City’s Taxi Ordinance

White Plains Council Passes Overhaul of City’s Taxi Ordinance

In an effort to improve customer experiences and to strengthen the value of the White Plains taxicab medallion, the White Plains Common Council approved an overhaul of the city’s Taxi Ordinance at its April 4 meeting last week. The changes, which had been sought by Mayor Tom Roach because of consumer complaints, were focused on […]

White Plains Adds Public Input to TransCenter Study With Weekly Question

White Plains Adds Public Input to TransCenter Study With Weekly Question

In what appears to be a response to requests from residents for more opportunities for input on the Downtown White Plains Transit District Study, Mayor Tom Roach announced a new component of the public engagement plan last week. “We will be reaching out directly to the public with a Question of the Week,” the mayor […]

Proposed 2016 White Plains Budget Sees Small Levy Increase

Proposed 2016 White Plains Budget Sees Small Levy Increase

By Andrew Vitelli – The White Plains Budget Department has proposed a $165.9 million general fund budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, a $3 million or 1.8 percent increase from this year’s budget. The property tax levy stayed within the state-mandated tax cap for the fifth consecutive year, with the property tax rate of $200.95 per […]

White Plains Native and University of Richmond’s Kyle Adams Homecoming at Fordham

White Plains Native and University of Richmond’s Kyle Adams Homecoming at Fordham

The Adams Family has a well known athletic and educational tradition in White Plains. Sue Adams teaches physical education at the Highlands Middle School and is a legendary White Plains High School Girls Basketball Coach, while winning four consecutive Section 1 AA Championships from 2004-2008. Sue’s husband Bob Adams is a full-time Attorney and NCAA […]

Westchester Business Organization Comes Out Against $15 Minimum Wage

Westchester Business Organization Comes Out Against $15 Minimum Wage

Having just completed a member survey, The Business Council of Westchester (BCW) expressed strong opposition to Governor Cuomo’s proposed increase in the State Minimum Wage to $15 an hour, saying the negatives far outweigh the positives. The organization called on the members of Westchester’s State Legislative delegation to reject the increase. The minimum wage in […]