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Thursday Fourth of July Celebrations

Thursday Fourth of July Celebrations

UPDATE: Independence Day Celebration. 6 to 10 p.m. MOVED TO THURSDAY JULY 2  at White Plains High School on North Street. Residents are encouraged to come early, bring blankets and chairs. FDR Drive will rock attendees with Michael Jackson hits and a Pre-Firework Patriotic Salute. Other entertainment includes Animal Embassy, the Miz Liz variety show, Lillu Acrobat, […]

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 […]

Stalker Arraigned for Trying to Kill Ex-Girlfriend

Stalker Arraigned for Trying to Kill Ex-Girlfriend

Sidney Brown (DOB 10/3/63) of Mount Vernon was arraigned in Westchester County Court this week on a seven-count indictment charging him with attempted murder, assault, stalking, child welfare endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and aggravated harassment relating to the attempted murder of Deborah Henry. On April 8, 2014 at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the […]

Check Washing/Identity Theft Alert from County DA

Check Washing/Identity Theft Alert from County DA

Check washing is a disturbing trend that begins with mail being stolen for the purpose of obtaining personal and business checks. A person may become aware they have been a victim of check washing only after checking their balance and realizing more money is missing than they expect. Check washing is an easy way for […]

Golden Doodle Therapy Dog Joins Staff at Funeral Home

Golden Doodle Therapy Dog Joins Staff at Funeral Home

Matt Fiorillo, President and CEO of Ballard-Durand Funeral and Cremation Services is very excited about the newest member of his staff. Her name is Lulu. She is a Golden Doodle, a trained and certified therapy dog, and the first funeral therapy dog to be working in Westchester County. “Lulu is an amazing animal,” Fiorillo said […]

Christopher Gomez Named As New White Plains Planning Commissioner

Christopher Gomez Named As New White Plains Planning Commissioner

Christopher Gomez was named as White Plains’ new Commissioner of Planning at Monday night’s regularly scheduled meeting. Gomez has worked as a planner at both the County and municipal levels. Most recently, he served as the Director of Planning and Development for the Village of Port Chester. In Port Chester, Gomez spearheaded the adoption of […]

Daughters of Liberty Legacy Trolley Tours Promote Importance of Local History

Daughters of Liberty Legacy Trolley Tours Promote Importance of Local History

Just in time for Independence Day, the Daughters of Liberty Legacy, an organization founded by Daughters of the American Revolution and dedicated to promoting the importance of local history, has organized two trolley tours of White Plains historic locations relevant to the American Revolutionary War. The trolley tour will include the sites of the court […]

ArtsWestchester Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Grant

ArtsWestchester Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Grant

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded White Plains-based ArtsWestchester a $35,000 grant to support an exhibition that will explore notions of gender and femininity. ArtsWestchester’s planned exhibition is called SHE: Deconstructing Female Identity. It will feature new and commissioned work created by Westchester and Hudson Valley artists who address ideas of gender and femininity in […]

White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival Sat. & Sun.

White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival Sat. & Sun.

White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival. Saturday & Sunday, May 30 & 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tibbits Park, 1 North Broadway at Main Street, White Plains. Fine Arts, Fine Crafts, 53rd Annual Juried Show. Also: children’s workshop, student art exhibits, emerging artists display & more. Food is available for purchase. Admission is free. Proceeds support White Plains High […]

White Plains DPW Commissioner Ousted by Council

White Plains DPW Commissioner Ousted by Council

White Plains Department of Public Works Commissioner Joseph (Bud) Nicoletti was let go from his job last week during a special meeting of the Common Council on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. The announcement of the Resolution and vote on the termination of Nicoletti was made at about 2:45 p.m. the same afternoon. It specifically stated that […]

Boil Water Advisory in Some Westchester Municipalities

Boil Water Advisory in Some Westchester Municipalities

Seven Sound Shore Communities Advised to Boil Water Wednesday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to Midnight. A boil water advisory has been issued by the Westchester County Department of Health for the following municipalities served by the United Water Rate District #1 and will remain in effect on Wednesday, May 27 from 10 a.m. through midnight.  […]

Were Too Many Trees Cut at German School Construction Site?

Were Too Many Trees Cut at German School Construction Site?

The source of some heated discussion during the May 19 Planning Board meeting in White Plains were complaints by residents living near the German International School on Partridge Road that too many trees were being removed at the recently approved construction site to expand the school. Planning Board member Robert Stackpole emphasized that it was […]

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 […]