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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 […]

NY Rangers and Chase Hockey Equipment Drive at Ebersole

NY Rangers and Chase Hockey Equipment Drive at Ebersole

New York Rangers legend Adam Graves had one of the most emotional evenings of his life when his jersey number nine was retried in a ceremony at Madison Square Garden, on February 3, 2009. Graves had an illustrious ten-year career with the Blueshirts from 1991-2001. He is presently a member of the Rangers Front Office […]

Mary Jane Denzer to Remain Open in White Plains with New COO

Mary Jane Denzer to Remain Open in White Plains with New COO

With racks filled with exclusive couture and designer fashions for the Spring season, Mary Jane Denzer, Westchester’s high-end fashion destination at the base of The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester in White Plains, announced that the store is fully open for business and moving forward with exciting new offerings curated by its new leadership under long-time company store […]

Rye Dam Cyberattack Cited in Justice Dept. Indictment Against Iran

Rye Dam Cyberattack Cited in Justice Dept. Indictment Against Iran

According to a Breaking News report issued by The New York Times Thursday morning, The Justice Department unsealed an indictment against seven Iranian computer specialists who regularly worked for the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, charging that they were behind cyberattacks on dozens of American banks and that they attempted to take over the controls […]

Centennial Happenings: Woman’s Club Donated First Flag of the City of White Plains

Centennial Happenings: Woman’s Club Donated First Flag of the City of White Plains

By Colleen Fay – Sixty-eight years ago, on March 23, 1949, the Woman’s Club of White Plains donated to the city of White Plains its first official flag as well as a new American flag. Mrs. Ethel Kent, president of the Woman’s Club, and Mrs. Ella Sikes, chairwoman of the Civic Committee, presented the flags to […]

State Education Commissioner Speaks in White Plains

State Education Commissioner Speaks in White Plains

By Andrew Vitelli – New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia spoke to parents, teachers, and school board members in White Plains last Monday, with student testing and teacher evaluations dominating the discussion. Elia, who has held the position since July 6 of last year, listed Common Core Learning Standards and their troubled roll-out, student assessment, […]

Defense Attorney, Ex-Prosecutor Seeks Democratic Nod for D.A.

Defense Attorney, Ex-Prosecutor Seeks Democratic Nod for D.A.

The Republican primary race for Westchester County district attorney is in full swing with two candidates vying for the GOP nomination, but so far just one Democrat has formally announced his intent. Former Westchester Assistant D.A. George Fufidio said he has opened a campaign committee with the Board of Elections seeking the Democrats’ nomination and […]

Paulin Introduces Legislation to Protect Minors in Prosecution for Sex Trafficking

Paulin Introduces Legislation to Protect Minors in Prosecution for Sex Trafficking

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale) has introduced new legislation to combat sex trafficking of minors – A09453, would eliminate the requirement to prove force, fraud or coercion in prosecutions for sex trafficking in New York. Under federal law, a person is guilty of sex trafficking if he or she profits from prostitution using force, fraud or […]

White Plains Cuts Ribbon at the Prelude Mixed-Use Housing Development Site

White Plains Cuts Ribbon at the Prelude Mixed-Use Housing Development Site

White Plains Mayor Tom Roach, White Plains Housing Authority Director Mack Carter, and developer Jonathan Rose were joined March 10 by local, state and federal officials as they cut the ribbon and officially opened the Prelude and the White Plains Education & Training Center (WPETC). Located at the corner of South Lexington Avenue and Quarropas […]

Mayfield and Murphy Celebrate Inductions in NYS Basketball Hall of Fame

Mayfield and Murphy Celebrate Inductions in NYS Basketball Hall of Fame

Sunday, March 13, was the 23rd birthday of Amber Mayfield, the daughter of Spencer Mayfield, who has been the Head Coach of Boys Basketball at White Plains High School for 23 years. It is ironic that Mayfield started his career at WPHS the same year that Amber was born. Now 23 years and nearly 350 […]

Celebrating the 100-Year History of the Woman’s Club of White Plains Part 3 – The 1940’s

Celebrating the 100-Year History of the Woman’s Club of White Plains Part 3 – The 1940’s

By Colleen Fay – 1940 started off with the country coming out of the depression, FDR elected to a third term, Europe in the midst of another major war and the U.S. desperately trying to stay out of it. The Contemporary Club, as it had done in the past, made its presence known in the community […]

St. Pat's Day - March 12 Celebrations - in White Plains

St. Pat’s Day – March 12 Celebrations – in White Plains

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE – White Plains will hold its 19th Annual White Plains St. Patrick’s Day Parade, beginning at Noon from Mamaroneck Avenue at Old Mamaroneck Road to Main Street. William Bertram is this year’s Grand Marshall. Bill has served as a St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee member since its inception. Bill will lead the parade with his aides, who can […]

Ra’Shad James Comes Home to Play with the Westchester Knicks

Ra’Shad James Comes Home to Play with the Westchester Knicks

It was a thrill to watch Ra’Shad James play basketball during his years at White Plains High School, before he graduated in 2008. The high flying James was a highlight reel all by himself. At any moment he would excite crowds in the White Plains High School gym, by breaking free on fast breaks and […]

Lofts Project First in New Light Industrial Zone

Lofts Project First in New Light Industrial Zone

The Norden Lofts, LLC, proposed for 121 Westmoreland Ave., at the site of a former industrial building that has been vacant for more than 13 years, is the first development application in the new White Plains LI-M Zoning District. The Special Permit/Site Plan application is before the Common Council and expected to be approved at […]

Celebrating the 100-Year History of the Woman’s Club of White Plains Part 2 – The 1930’s

Celebrating the 100-Year History of the Woman’s Club of White Plains Part 2 – The 1930’s

By Colleen Fay – The 1930’s were a stressful time in the United States The country was in the throes of the worst depression it had ever encountered. In spite of that, the Contemporary Club (former name of the Woman’s Club of White Plains) continued to grow and was able to support its community in many […]