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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 […]

Interfaith Service Affirms Racial Equality and Dignity

Interfaith Service Affirms Racial Equality and Dignity

The Mount Hope AME Zion Church on Lake Street in White Plains was packed with hundreds of people Sunday afternoon as members of religious organizations around Westchester gathered together for an interfaith service to affirm racial equality and dignity and to remember the nine people shot and killed at Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, SC, last […]

NYS Assembly Passes Nicholas’ Law Requiring Greater Gun Safety

NYS Assembly Passes Nicholas’ Law Requiring Greater Gun Safety

Nicholas’s Law, also known as A.53, was passed last week by the New York State Assembly. The legislation would require gun owners to store or lock their guns when not in their immediate possession or control in order to prevent accidental shootings, suicides and gun thefts. The bill was presented by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale). […]

Meals On Wheels of White Plains is Looking for a Few Good Men and Women

Meals On Wheels of White Plains is Looking for a Few Good Men and Women

The openings are for volunteer drivers and deliverers to be available as alternates one or two days a week. The benefits are a tremendous sense of satisfaction and a new set of wonderful friends, according to the Meals on Wheels of White Plains volunteers we met with last week. Since 1979, the organization has been […]

Potential Greenburgh Developer Gets Proactive in Defense of Housing Project

Potential Greenburgh Developer Gets Proactive in Defense of Housing Project

New York State and especially Westchester County have been identified nationally as an attractive location for technology companies looking to relocate or even develop from the bottom up. With NYS tax incentives for tech companies very attractive, a big step in corporate relocation is the ability to house its employees – and that seems to […]

Greenburgh Hit and Run Victim’s Funeral Is Scheduled for Wednesday

Greenburgh Hit and Run Victim’s Funeral Is Scheduled for Wednesday

The Greenburgh Police Department is currently investigating a suspected hit and run incident resulting in the death of 23-year-old Darryl Chung who was walking home from his night job when he was fatally stuck. His body was found on a front lawn and near the road around 6 a.m. last Tuesday morning. Darryl lived with his mother […]

New York Liberty 4-3, Waiting on NY “Prince-s”

New York Liberty 4-3, Waiting on NY “Prince-s”

The New York Liberty is, 4-3, this season after beating the Atlanta Dream, 73-64, in Atlanta, on Sunday. It was the second win for the Liberty over the Dream this season, having beaten them, 82-73, in their Home Opener, at Madison Square Garden, on June 5. Despite their winning record, the Liberty seems to be […]

County, Standard Amusements to Co-Manage Playland

County, Standard Amusements to Co-Manage Playland

Earlier this week the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) passed legislation which authorized the County Executive to enter into a 15 year Playland Management Agreement (PMA) with Standard Amusements, LLC (Standard) to operate Playland Amusement Park.  The PMA passed unanimously. With the passage of the agreement, Standard Amusements will now begin co-managing Playland with the […]

Sustainable Green Living on the Single-Family Side of Town

Sustainable Green Living on the Single-Family Side of Town

There’s a lot of talk lately about sustainability and green development for municipalities that takes into consideration doing things on the large scale. Nestled gently into a White Plains neighborhood, however, is a living example of how families can create their own sustainable environment right in their front and back yards – on the small […]

Therapists Confront Greenburgh Board on Proposed Massage Laws

Therapists Confront Greenburgh Board on Proposed Massage Laws

Two proposed laws are before the Greenburgh Town Board to curb prostitution hidden in illicit massage establishments in the town, most prominently on Central Avenue. The public hearing, opened on June 10, attracted several licensed/clinical massage therapists who felt the proposed laws singled them out as professionals unfairly. Fingerprinting and deep background checks were included […]

Juneteenth Parade Celebrates the Soul of Freedom

Juneteenth Parade Celebrates the Soul of Freedom

The White Plains Juneteenth Heritage Committee sponsored the 11th Annual Juneteenth Parade & Festival on Saturday, June 13. Frank Williams Jr., Executive Director of the White Plains Youth Bureau was the Grand Marshal. Golden Seniors Joe Davis, Nancy Fitch, William Moye, and Cornelia Evans were also honored. The 2015 theme “Juneteenth, 150 Years Later” was […]

White Plains Lifestyle & Leisure Expo Connects with Criterium Bike Race June 14

White Plains Lifestyle & Leisure Expo Connects with Criterium Bike Race June 14

Entering its second year, the White Plains Lifestyle & Leisure Expo will take place alongside the White Plains Downtown Criterium Sunday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. With the goal to promote healthy, happy and positive lifestyles, the outdoor event located at Court and Main streets and behind the Criterium start/finish line on […]

Children's Book Illustrator Shows GW Elementary Kids How it’s Done

Children’s Book Illustrator Shows GW Elementary Kids How it’s Done

By Laura Fasano – A child’s introduction to literature is often through picture books. A youngster may decide if he or she enjoys reading based on the stories read in childhood and the experience of choosing a book is enhanced by the images that accompany the text. That was why it was so exciting for fourth-graders […]

Author Chris Bohjalian, a Westchester Native, Writes 18th Novel

Author Chris Bohjalian, a Westchester Native, Writes 18th Novel

Book publisher Penguin Random House has announced that author Chris Bohjalian’s latest novel titled “The Guest Room” will be released in hard cover by its Doubleday division on January 5, 2016. Bohjalian, who was born in White Plains and grew up in Hartsdale, graduated from Bronxville High School where he was the editor of the school newspaper. Three […]

Westchester BOL Bans Indoor E-Cig Use

Westchester BOL Bans Indoor E-Cig Use

The Westchester Board of Legislators voted unanimously last week to include electronic cigarettes in the County’s Smoke Free Work Site Law. The smoke free work site law also prohibits smoking in dining areas of all restaurants including bars and bar areas. This law, passed in 2003, was intended to safeguard non-smokers from the negative impacts of […]

Pat Duffy Says Goodbye at Stepinac Baseball Awards Dinner

Pat Duffy Says Goodbye at Stepinac Baseball Awards Dinner

The 2015 Stepinac High School Baseball Awards Dinner was an emotional event held at the Woman’s Club of White Plains, on Thursday, June 4. Pat Duffy gave an emotional speech, as he held back tears, when he announced that he would be stepping down as the Crusaders Head Varsity Baseball Coach, after 11 seasons. “Last […]