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County May Offer Voluntary Separation Package to Employees

County May Offer Voluntary Separation Package to Employees

In efforts to head off potential budget crunches in 2016, Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino announced a financial incentive plan for employees last week. Under the plan, employees who resign or retire by July 31, 2015 would receive $1,000 for every year of completed county service, reducing payroll costs by more than $1.6 million in […]

Stewart-Cousins, Latimer Support Education Reform Bills

Stewart-Cousins, Latimer Support Education Reform Bills

This week the Senate Democratic Conference, led by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, introduced bills to reform the state’s public school system and address the concerns raised by education stakeholders due to the proposed changes made in the 2015 State Budget. The legislative package will implement reforms to the teacher evaluation system, increase fairness for student assessments […]

What to do if You are Impacted by the White Plains Hospital Data Theft

What to do if You are Impacted by the White Plains Hospital Data Theft

White Plains Hospital is one of several hospitals in New York that has been affected by a recent data breach that occurred via Medical Management, LLC, a medical billing company that provides coding and billing services for the emergency department at the Hospital. Individuals who may have had information compromised are being notified by mail […]

White Plains School District Budget Passes Easily

White Plains School District Budget Passes Easily

The 2015-16 White Plains School Budget ($205,800,000; spending up 3 percent;Tax Increase: 2.1 percent) passed easily on Tuesday’s vote with nearly 80 percent of the low-turn-out (786 votes yes to 203 votes no) vote in favor of the budget. Board of Ed Race Results: Incumbents James Hricay and Rose Lovitch and newcomer Cayne Letizia took the […]

DelBello Remembered as a Visionary

DelBello Remembered as a Visionary

Alfred B. DelBello, a former New York lieutenant governor, Westchester county executive and mayor of Yonkers, died on May 15. He was 80 years old. Reports indicate the announcement was made by his wife, Dee DelBello, CEO and publisher of Westfair Business Publications. She said her husband had been suffering from numerous physical ailments. DelBello […]

Lady Crusaders Honor Stepinac Teachers

Lady Crusaders Honor Stepinac Teachers

The Stepinac High School Lady Crusaders recently honored Nancy Bisogno, a member of the school’s faculty since 2001 and Chair of the English Department, and Paul Carty, who has served as Principal since 2001 as well as a religion teacher and campus minister. As manager of school textbooks, Ms. Bisogno helped transition Stepinac to an […]

Back to the Garden 1969

Back to the Garden 1969

Back to the Garden 1969 concert celebrating the music and spirit of the Woodstock Music Festival. Back to the Garden 1969 is a group of professional musicians who have performed together in various combinations over the years, and have now come together to celebrate the music, and spirit, of the Woodstock Era. The band, founded […]

White Plains Cabaret Law Updates Reveal Pressures in Entertainment Industry

White Plains Cabaret Law Updates Reveal Pressures in Entertainment Industry

The public hearing on changes to the White Plains Zoning Ordinance affecting cabarets was closed during the May 4 Common Council meeting and the changes to the ordinance passed unanimously with a section on cabaret entry fee structure tabled to another time. Restaurant owners at the public hearing, in particular, Dan Coughlan, owner of the […]

The 48th Annual Glenn D. Loucks Track & Field Games

The 48th Annual Glenn D. Loucks Track & Field Games

The 48th Annual Glenn D. Loucks Track & Field Games encompassed White Plains High School from Thursday, May 7 through Saturday, May 9. The Glenn D. Loucks Games is the largest high school Track & Field event in the country held at a high school site. This year 3442 athletes participated on 348 teams that […]

White Plains Adopts Historic Preservation Law

White Plains Adopts Historic Preservation Law

During its May 4 meeting the White Plains Common Council voted unanimously to adopt a new local law in the form of an amendment to the White Plains Municipal Code by adding a Section 9-6 to be titled “Historic Preservation.” The law sets a base for the creation of a new commission comprised of members […]

Advocates Urge Election Law Changes to Encourage the Poor to Vote

Advocates Urge Election Law Changes to Encourage the Poor to Vote

The United States Voting Rights Act may be 50 years old, but local officials and community activists are advocating change as concerns remain that many low-income and minority voters are inadequately represented. A direct correlation exists between income level and voter turnout, said Julie Ebenstein of the American Civil Liberties Union. Last year 80 percent […]

Westchester Parks Fire Ban

Westchester Parks Fire Ban

A ban on open fires at all Westchester County parks as a result of the increased risk of fire caused by recent dry conditions was issued Wednesday. “The lack of rainfall in the past several weeks has caused our parks throughout the county to become extremely dry,” County Executive Rob Astorino said. “Until we receive […]

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy – Author to Speak at WPPL May 6

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy – Author to Speak at WPPL May 6

In this presentation by New York Times bestselling author Karen Abbott, the true stories of four courageous women – a socialite, a farm girl, an abolitionist, and a widow – who risked everything to serve their county’s cause during the Civil War (whether their country was the United States, or the Confederate States of America) […]

ParkWhitePlains Mobile Parking App Launched

ParkWhitePlains Mobile Parking App Launched

A new mobile parking payment technology designed for White Plains by Passport, a mobile payment provider, was launched Monday, May 4. The new application has replaced the current mobile payment system, Pay-by-Phone. The App builds on the City’s efforts over the past several years to utilize technology to make parking easier and help parkers avoid […]

Lifting Up Westchester: Where Hope Takes Flight – One Person at a Time

Lifting Up Westchester: Where Hope Takes Flight – One Person at a Time

In April a major independent nonprofit social services organization serving people in Westchester County announced a big identity change. White Plains-based Grace Church Community Center unveiled its new name, Lifting Up Westchester: Where Hope Takes Flight – One Person at a Time. The new name says it all. Lifting Up Westchester touches the lives of […]

Special Olympics Homecoming Takes the Court at White Plains High School

Special Olympics Homecoming Takes the Court at White Plains High School

On Wednesday, April 29, White Plains High School Special Olympics Basketball Team held their Third Annual Pioneer League Homecoming Basketball Game. This year, the Tigers were challenged by the Sleepy Hollow High School Special Olympics basketball team. The Special Olympics Pioneer League is composed of teams from area school’s that travel from school to school […]

White Plains Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

White Plains Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

White Plains Recreation & Parks Department and The Japan Education Center invite you to celebrate a festival of Japanese culture and tradition this Sunday, May 3rd at the City of White Plains Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. The cherry tree and its blossoms, known as sakura, hold great significance for the Japanese people and are an […]

Local Weekend Happenings

Local Weekend Happenings

Thursday, April 30 “Strategies for Deer Management in Westchester’s Suburban Communities.” This symposium will include an overview of the history of deer populations in New York State; discussions on defining and measuring success of deer management efforts and those efforts in Region 3-S, which includes Westchester; and regional approaches to deer management. Westchester County Center, […]

Armenian Genocide Service Calls for Acknowledgement by Turkish Government

Armenian Genocide Service Calls for Acknowledgement by Turkish Government

Friday evening’s ceremony at St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church, White Plains, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and canonization of the martyrs who perished, was a particularly moving and emotional event. It was attended by the Westchester interfaith community as well as by politicians from local government all the way […]

FASNY Protest Intends Strong Message for White Plains Mayor and Council

FASNY Protest Intends Strong Message for White Plains Mayor and Council

Eight Neighborhood Associations representing the majority of residents and some institutions in the south end of White Plains demonstrated Saturday morning against the proposed French American School of New York’s (FASNY) regional school complex on the site of the former Ridgeway Country Club. The protest brought out over 200 people, carrying signs and placards that spelled […]

TILI Shed a Fine Feather in White Plains’ Sustainability Cap

TILI Shed a Fine Feather in White Plains’ Sustainability Cap

The White Plains Take It or Leave It Shed opened for business Saturday at 9 a.m. with a full gathering of people waiting outside for the doors to open. By 10 a.m. most of the items that had been dropped off earlier that same morning were already on their way to new homes – having […]

Pat Massaroni Hired as Stepinac’s 12th Varsity Head Basketball Coach

Pat Massaroni Hired as Stepinac’s 12th Varsity Head Basketball Coach

Stepinac High School Athletic Director Mike O’Donnell has promoted Pat Massaroni from Varsity B Coach to the Crusaders Head Coach of Varsity Basketball, after the recent resignation of former Head Coach Steve Herman. Herman held the reigns of Stepinac Varsity Head Basketball Coach for two years, after the resignation of longtime Head Coach Tim Philp. […]

NY Knicks Worst Record Ever, Galloway a Storybook Season

NY Knicks Worst Record Ever, Galloway a Storybook Season

Derek Fisher was hired as New York Knicks Head Coach, on June 10, 2014. Fisher had just retired the previous year after playing 18 seasons in the NBA. Fisher won five Championships (2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010), as the starting point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, under his now boss and then Lakers Head […]

White Plains Memorial Day Parade   Call to Participants

White Plains Memorial Day Parade Call to Participants

The City of White Plains Recreation & Parks Department is finalizing the line-up for its annual Memorial Day Parade.  All interested organizations, businesses and musical groups should contact Fran Croughan, Deputy Commissioner, at 914-422-1339 or by email at fcroughan@whiteplainsny.gov. May 15th is the deadline to sign up as a participant.  The White Plains Memorial Day Parade has […]

White Plains’ Durantes to be Honored as Superheros at Gala

White Plains’ Durantes to be Honored as Superheros at Gala

White Plains residents John and Diane Durante of Durante Rentals will be honored with the Corporate Citizen Award at the Annual Superhero Gala hosted by St. Christopher’s, Inc. on Thursday, April 30. In 2009, John Durante, his cousin, Anthony Durante, and colleague Christopher Jones founded Durante Rentals in the Bronx. Soon after, they opened a location in Mount […]

White Plains Church to Commemorate Centennial of the Armenian Genocide

White Plains Church to Commemorate Centennial of the Armenian Genocide

During the early part of April there were many remembrance ceremonies for the approximate 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust of World War II. On Friday, April 24, members of St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church in White Plains will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, a lesser-known atrocity committed by the […]

New Playland Management Deal Under Scrutiny by County Board

New Playland Management Deal Under Scrutiny by County Board

Last week, County Executive Robert Astorino endorsed a proposal by Standard Amusements LLC to invest $25 million in private money to restore Playland. The plan, which was submitted in response to a request for proposals by the County Executive, is based on the vision of Nicholas Singer, a native of Westchester County, who attended Harrison […]

White Plains Introduces StoryWalk at Bryant-Mamaroneck Park

White Plains Introduces StoryWalk at Bryant-Mamaroneck Park

The City of White Plains Recreation and Parks Department, in partnership with the White Plains Public Library, introduces StoryWalk at Bryant-Mamaroneck Park. The StoryWalk combines a children’s story with a popular walking route. Children’s books are selected, the pages separated, laminated, and placed along a walking path at regular intervals so readers can follow the […]

A Weekend of Earth Fun & Outdoor Activities

A Weekend of Earth Fun & Outdoor Activities

Saturday, April 18 YMCA Family Fun Day. A free community event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to inspire kids to keep their minds and bodies active. Will feature games, healthy food demonstrations and samples from Big Apple Smoothie and others, arts and crafts, science projects, demonstrations of kids classes in martial arts, basketball, ballet, Fit […]

Westchester Land Trust Acquires Mamaroneck's Otter Creek

Westchester Land Trust Acquires Mamaroneck’s Otter Creek

The Westchester Land Trust , based in Bedford Hills, has acquired the 35-acre Otter Creek Preserve in the Village of Mamaroneck along Taylor’s Lane, off Boston Post Road. WLT acquired the Preserve as part of a transfer from The Nature Conservancy (The Conservancy) completed this month. Otter Creek represents WLT’s largest preserve in Southern Westchester, and […]