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State Asked to Build Route 9A Bypass

State Asked to Build Route 9A Bypass

By Jon Craig State transportation officials are being asked to resurrect a decades-old plan to reduce truck traffic and accidents along Route 9A in Greenburgh by moving the 9A bypass proposal to the top of the state’s priority list. On Monday, town officials said the long-sought state project should be launched in tandem with county […]

Con Ed Pulls Plug on Greenburgh Shooting Range

Con Ed Pulls Plug on Greenburgh Shooting Range

By Jon Craig Con Edison silenced debate over the fate of an outdoor shooting range in Ardsley last week by announcing its 57-year-old lease is being terminated in 30 days. The gun range at 693 Ardsley Road drew heightened public attention since June 12, when a resident of the Ardsley Chase subdivision claimed she was […]

County Police Officer Injured on Hutch in Stable Condition

County Police Officer Injured on Hutch in Stable Condition

A press release from Westchester County government, issued Sunday, July 20th, reported that the County Police officer who was struck by a car Saturday night on the Hutchinson River Parkway remains hospitalized and in stable condition at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. The officer was struck outside his patrol vehicle about 9:30 p.m., while assisting […]

Regional Elected Officials Gather in White Plains to Show Support for Israel

Regional Elected Officials Gather in White Plains to Show Support for Israel

Elected officials from Washington, New York State, Westchester County and White Plains, Greenburgh, Harrison and other local municipalities gathered on the steps of White Plains City Hall at 5 p.m. Thursday to express a bi-partisan stance of solidarity in the region for Israel. Organized by NYS Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-White Plains) who said he had […]

Harrison Opens Happier Home for Stray Pets

Harrison Opens Happier Home for Stray Pets

By Jon Craig It’s been a dream in the making for three decades: a permanent local “petquarters” for abandoned or neglected dogs and cats. About 300 people attended an open house Sunday for Pet Rescue’s first permanent facility at 7 Harrison Ave., Harrison. Mayor Ron Belmont teamed up with NY Giants President John Mara of […]

Harrison Judge Stands Firm on Quarry Cleanup

Harrison Judge Stands Firm on Quarry Cleanup

By Jon Craig A Harrison judge stood his ground Thursday during the Town Court appearance of Lawrence Barrego, owner of the Lake Street Quarry, ordering him to clear vehicles off the property and clean it up. Barrego has a trial date of Sept. 4 on earlier violations of town and village building codes at the […]

Mary Caroline Dannat Starr, an Icon of Religious and Local History

Mary Caroline Dannat Starr, an Icon of Religious and Local History

The first article in our historical look back at the Sisters of the Divine Compassion and the campus of Our Lady of Good Counsel at 52 North Broadway in White Plains, “The Good Counsel Campus, a Fixture in White Plains History,” published July 1, focused on the building of the Chapel of the Divine Compassion […]

Greenburgh Gun Range Rounds Up Support

Greenburgh Gun Range Rounds Up Support

By Jon Craig An embattled Ardsley shooting range has issued a “call to arms,” so to speak, inviting supporters to Tuesday’s work session of the Greenburgh Town Board to shoot down plans for a new ordinance that would close the facility permanently. In a Facebook posting, Scott Palmer, treasurer of the Westchester County Police Revolver […]

Mansion Broadway Seeks Redemption After 2013 Championship Loss

Mansion Broadway Seeks Redemption After 2013 Championship Loss

White Plains Recreation Department Residential C Men’s Softball League is never boring, especially when Mansion Broadway and Brazen Fox take the field for an evening match-up on the diamond. On Thursday, July 10, last year’s Residential C League Champs Mansion Broadway defeated Brazen Fox, 17-11, in the 7 p.m. game, at Carl J. Delfino Memorial […]

Hispanic Heritage Day Festival Set for July 20

Hispanic Heritage Day Festival Set for July 20

Alianza Latina invites you to celebrate Hispanic music, food and culture at Westchester County’s annual Hispanic Heritage Day Festival.This grand event will take place on Sunday, July 20at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla from 12 to 7 p.m. Activities at this year’s festival will include folkloric entertainment, children’s activities, international cuisine from over 21 […]

County Health Department Offers Back to School Immunizations

County Health Department Offers Back to School Immunizations

Summer is a great time for parents to prepare for their children’s next school year without feeling pressured. Westchester County Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD, would like parents to place immunizations at the top of their summer to-do lists, along with summer reading lists and back-to-school shopping. New regulations for school admissions require schools to […]

Harrison Votes Down Landlord Registry

Harrison Votes Down Landlord Registry

By Jon Craig A plan to require rental property owners to register emergency contact information with the Town of Harrison was punted nearly as quickly as it was proposed. During the Town Council’s June 19 meeting, a public hearing about the proposed law ended with little discussion and no support from council members. “I suspect […]

Hundreds Sit Through Cabaret Hearing Before FASNY Bid

Hundreds Sit Through Cabaret Hearing Before FASNY Bid

By Jon Craig About 200 people jammed White Plains City Hall on Monday night, about one-fifth of them planning to speak for or against a proposal by the French American School of New York to build a regional educational campus at the former Ridgeway Country Club. City Council chambers exceeded its 125-person capacity, so another […]

DWI Key-lock Bill Cracks Down on Drinking & Driving

DWI Key-lock Bill Cracks Down on Drinking & Driving

By Jon Craig Saying far too many people continue to drive while drunk, Congresswoman Nita Lowey introduced federal legislation this week requiring special ignition devices be installed in cars to prevent repeat DWI offenses. “The time is now to make sure this is the law of the land,” Lowey said. “In my mind, driving drunk […]

The Film Industry Moves Into Westchester

The Film Industry Moves Into Westchester

June 29 was pronounced “Mapleton, New York Day in Westchester County” by the County Executive last week. If you are wondering what Mapleton has to do with Westchester, the answer is film and television production. Mapleton is the fictional town at the center of a new 10-episode television series “The Leftovers,” currently running on HBO. From […]

New York Liberty Trying to Salvage Season After 5-11 Start

New York Liberty Trying to Salvage Season After 5-11 Start

On Thursday, June 26, at the Madison Square Garden Training Center in Tarrytown, New York Liberty Head Coach Bill Laimbeer was working diligently attempting to bring about a turnaround to the Liberty’s slow start with a 5-11 record this season. With 18 games remaining in the regular season, the Liberty needs to right their wrongs […]

County IDA Grants Tax Incentives to East Post Road Developer

County IDA Grants Tax Incentives to East Post Road Developer

The Westchester County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) met Thursday, June 26, approving tax incentives on three new development projects, representing a total of $83 million in private investment in the county. County Executive Robert Astorino, the republican gubernatorial candidate for governor, spoke briefly at the beginning of the meeting thanking each of the developers for […]

Greenburgh Residents Alarmed About Firearms

Greenburgh Residents Alarmed About Firearms

By Jon Craig Neighbors of a shooting range in Greenburgh are up in arms over a recent incident in which a resident of Ardsley Chase townhouses was struck by a suspected bullet fragment while in her back yard. At the June 23 meeting of the Greenburgh Town Board, about 19 residents called for tighter restrictions […]

The Good Counsel Complex, A Fixture in White Plains History

The Good Counsel Complex, A Fixture in White Plains History

June 25th marked the 119th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of The Chapel of the Divine Compassion in White Plains. An article in the June 23, 1895 edition of The New York Times described the groundbreaking ceremony and the building of the chapel as an important event at the time. “The cornerstone of […]

White Plains' Former Mayor Michael Keating Dies

White Plains’ Former Mayor Michael Keating Dies

Michael Keating, of White Plains, passed away on June 29, 2014 at the age of 75. He was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late Mary (Jordan) & Patrick Keating on May 31, 1939. Michael married his wife, Rebecca, in Santa Barbara, CA on June 26, 1965. Together they have 2 children: Mary Brooks Keating […]

Avon Layoffs Ruffle Rye Cosmetic Workers

Avon Layoffs Ruffle Rye Cosmetic Workers

By Jon Craig The latest round of global layoffs announced last week by Avon Products Inc., totaling 600 jobs worldwide, includes dozens of information technology and finance employees at Avon’s Rye facility on Midland Avenue. Avon’s Chief Executive Officer Sheri McCoy has been trimming costs ever since she was hired in 2012 to restore profitability […]

ArtsWestchester Elects New President, Adds New Trustees

ArtsWestchester Elects New President, Adds New Trustees

The ArtsWestchester Board of Trustees has elected Froma Benerofe as its new president. She replaces Jacqueline Walker who served as president for the past two years. Walker will continue as a trustee. Benerofe, a clinical social worker, resides in Purchase. She has served on the Board of ArtsWestchester for six years, two as executive vice […]

White Plains Physical Education Teacher Receives Prestigious Award

White Plains Physical Education Teacher Receives Prestigious Award

White Plains High School Physical Education Teacher Laura Owen has been named Teacher of the Year by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYSAHPERD). The award honors individuals for excellence in teaching and overall performance in the disciplines of Physical Education at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. Owen […]

Youth Football Clinic Raises Money for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Youth Football Clinic Raises Money for Pancreatic Cancer Research

On Saturday, June 21, about 80 children with aspiration of playing high school football were treated to a free two-hour football clinic at the Highlands Middle School in White Plains. The youth football clinic was organized by Jerry Flora, who is the Head Football Coach at William Patterson University and White Plains High School Head […]

Two-Time Cancer Survivor to Headline Make-A-Wish Benefit Concert

Two-Time Cancer Survivor to Headline Make-A-Wish Benefit Concert

Enjoy an evening of music and inspiration when singer/songwriter Charlie Scopoletti co-headlines with Duncan Sheik on the stage at Port Chester’s legendary Capitol Theatre. Two-time cancer survivor Scopoletti has helped raise over $100,000 for charities through his music. His recent single, “This Wish”, is a tribute to the Make-AWish Foundation and a song of hope […]

Greenburgh Names Park Ball Field After Town Historian

Greenburgh Names Park Ball Field After Town Historian

By Jon Craig The Greenburgh Town Board was expected to name one of its park ball fields after the town historian on June 23 in recognition of his public contributions including many years of coaching. Jazzo “has worked hard to make Greenburgh a better place to live,” Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner said. “He has done […]

Harrison Residents Can Soon Choose Between Cable Companies

Harrison Residents Can Soon Choose Between Cable Companies

By Jon Craig  It’s been talked about and debated for decades, but starting this year, residents throughout most of the Town of Harrison will reap the benefits of competing cable companies offering high-speed Internet, telephone and television service. After a public hearing on June 19, the Harrison Town Council unanimously approved an agreement with Verizon […]

Debate Heats Up as FASNY Bid Heads to Public Hearing

Debate Heats Up as FASNY Bid Heads to Public Hearing

It has been almost three years since the French American School of New York (FASNY) purchased the former Ridgeway Country Club in a residential neighborhood in White Plains with the intention to build a regional educational campus holding grades K-12 and a nursery school. From day one of notice that the property had been purchased […]

Presenting the FASNY Site Plan, Potentially the Last Leg in a Long Process

Presenting the FASNY Site Plan, Potentially the Last Leg in a Long Process

FASNY presented its Site Plan to the White Plains Planning Board during the Board’s June 17th meeting. The approximately 70-minute long discussion between Board members and FASNY representatives focused on plan changes that directly reflected requests made by the Board at previous meetings with the applicant. Attorney Michael Zarin, representing FASNY, said almost all of […]

County Legislators Propose Phasing Out of Dirty Heating Oil

County Legislators Propose Phasing Out of Dirty Heating Oil

Westchester County Legislators Benjamin Boykin (D-White Plains) and Catherine Parker (D-Rye) co-sponsored new legislation last week to ban use of heavy, dirty heating oils #6 and #4 in the county, gradually phasing them out until 2018. Heating oil #6 is a high viscosity residual fuel resembling tar or asphalt that requires preheating for burners to […]