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Armonk Residents Lambast Treatment Center in Tense Meeting

Armonk Residents Lambast Treatment Center in Tense Meeting

A full auditorium of Armonk residents demanded last Wednesday that the North Castle Town Board oppose a plan by a California-based residential treatment program to launch operations in an eight-bedroom house on Cole Drive. During a marathon discussion that lasted past 1 a.m. and grew increasingly tense as the night wore on, residents implored the […]

RFP Sought for Airport Deal; Budget to Use $15M From Reserves

RFP Sought for Airport Deal; Budget to Use $15M From Reserves

By Martin Wilbur and Neal Rentz The Board of Legislators informed County Executive Rob Astorino on Monday it would not approve the 40-year, $140 million lease for Oaktree Capital Management to operate the county airport next year. Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers) said late Monday that the deal did not have the required supermajority support of […]

County Legislators Urged to Maintain Non-Profits’ Funding in 2017 Budget

County Legislators Urged to Maintain Non-Profits’ Funding in 2017 Budget

Dozens of speakers last week urged the Westchester County Board of Legislators to properly fund various nonprofit organizations that would benefit children in the 2017 budget. Many in attendance at the Nov. 30 public hearing at Armonk’s H.C. Crittenden Middle School held signs saying “Day Care Not Welfare” and “Keep Parents Earning, Keep Children Learning.” […]

Proposed Treatment Center Rankles Armonk Neighborhood

Proposed Treatment Center Rankles Armonk Neighborhood

Residents of a quiet Armonk street are hoping to prevent an adolescent residential treatment center from moving into a nearby eight-bedroom estate fearing the activity will threaten their neighborhood, properties and quality of life. A petition against the plan, which opponents described as “a substance abuse treatment facility,” was submitted to the Town of North […]

Armonk Gets Ready for Return of Frosty the Snowman This Sunday

Armonk Gets Ready for Return of Frosty the Snowman This Sunday

One of the most anticipated days of the year is once again about to be celebrated in Armonk. North Castle’s annual Frosty Day is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, featuring an assortment of fun activities for the entire family throughout downtown. There will also be free munchies, a parade down Main Street and the tree lighting […]

No. Castle Officials Refer SoulCycle Application, Hear Objections

No. Castle Officials Refer SoulCycle Application, Hear Objections

The North Castle Town Board last week referred to the planning board a special use permit application requesting that a boutique cycling center move into an Armonk nursery despite the objections of a handful of residents. With the backing of three council members, the board narrowly made the Nov. 9 referral of SoulCycle’s application for […]

Armonk Man Pleads Guilty for Orchestrating Bus Company Scam

Armonk Man Pleads Guilty for Orchestrating Bus Company Scam

An Armonk man who owned a school bus company faces up to 15 years in prison pleaded guilty Thursday to two felony charges for billing the Yonkers Board of Education for bogus bus pickups. William Ahern, 60, of 28 High St., pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny and second-degree rewarding official misconduct for creating a false […]

Bristal Seniors Tackle the Issues in Mock Presidential Debate

Bristal Seniors Tackle the Issues in Mock Presidential Debate

By Anna Young Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had nothing on the residents of The Bristal Assisted Living last week. While this year’s two major party presidential candidates tussled in their third and final debate on Oct. 19 in Las Vegas, a day earlier the assisted living facility in Armonk hosted a mock presidential debate […]

SoulCycle Proposes Move Into Armonk Nursery and Greenhouse

SoulCycle Proposes Move Into Armonk Nursery and Greenhouse

A popular boutique indoor cycling chain has proposed to move into the space of an existing business in downtown Armonk but a zoning text amendment and special use permit will be required to accommodate the request. The rapidly growing SoulCycle has proposed a 56-bike studio with a locker room, changing room, showers and bathrooms and […]

Armonk’s Hamilton Recognized for NWH Caregiver Center

Armonk’s Hamilton Recognized for NWH Caregiver Center

Marian Hamilton knows as well as anyone how caring for a seriously ill loved one turns the world of everyone in a family upside down. In 2004, her late husband Ken was battling an aggressive form of cancer, and during the course of his illness Hamilton shuttled between four or five hospitals. Overwhelmed and forced […]

Poignant, Humorous Play Newest Hudson Stage Production

Poignant, Humorous Play Newest Hudson Stage Production

Incorporating the topics of Alzheimer’s and dementia into a play might seem difficult to do if the goal is to have a funny and entertaining production. But French-Canadian playwright Francois Archambault managed to have a winner a few years ago after he finished writing “You Will Remember Me,” a touching but funny story featuring a […]

Schiliro Demands Apology, Fareri Walks Out of No. Castle Meeting

Schiliro Demands Apology, Fareri Walks Out of No. Castle Meeting

The grudge between an Armonk developer and North Castle officials deepened last week when Supervisor Michael Schiliro demanded an apology from the builder on behalf of a town department head in order to begin his presentation. Developer Michael Fareri was prepared to speak at the late Wednesday afternoon work session pitching his plan to relocate […]

Westchester Sept. 11 Remembrances Keeps Spirit of Those Lost Alive

Westchester Sept. 11 Remembrances Keeps Spirit of Those Lost Alive

Westchester County and many of its communities spent a sparkling Sunday afternoon remembering and reflecting on the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Throughout the day somber but uplifting ceremonies recalled the nearly 3,000 lives lost at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the four airplanes that were crashed, along with the first […]

Mobile Passport Unit at North Castle Town Hall Monday

Mobile Passport Unit at North Castle Town Hall Monday

As new passport requirements go into effect, Westchester County Clerk Timothy Idoni reminds North Castle residents that his staff will be visiting Town Hall, located at 15 Bedford Rd. in Armonk, on Monday, July 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to process passport applications. Passports are a necessary document for those who travel outside […]

Fareri Walks Out of Armonk Affordable Housing Plan Discussion

Fareri Walks Out of Armonk Affordable Housing Plan Discussion

By Emily Whelahan Armonk developer Michael Fareri abruptly walked out of a discussion on his proposed affordable housing plan at last week’s North Castle Planning Board meeting after a testy exchange with town officials. Fareri, who presented his new plan on July 11 to build 48 affordable housing units at the old lumberyard property on […]

Housing Monitor: Remove No. Castle From Potential Zoning Suit List

Housing Monitor: Remove No. Castle From Potential Zoning Suit List

The monitor overseeing the affordable housing settlement between Westchester County and the federal government last week recommended that the U.S. Department of Justice drop plans to sue the Town of North Castle for exclusionary zoning. In a letter last Thursday to U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote, Monitor James Johnson pointed to progress that the […]

Developer to Opt for 48 Affordable Units at Armonk’s Old Lumberyard

Developer to Opt for 48 Affordable Units at Armonk’s Old Lumberyard

The owner of the old lumberyard property in Armonk is prepared to ditch his plan to build 30 market-rate condominiums at the site and will pursue an application for 48 affordable units. Local developer Michael Fareri, who received approvals to construct a 36-unit building at the Bedford Road property, had most recently been trying to […]

Armonk Woman Among Two Dead in Route 9A Crash in Hawthorne

Armonk Woman Among Two Dead in Route 9A Crash in Hawthorne

An accident involving a motorcycle and a car on Route 9A in Hawthorne on Wednesday claimed the lives of a 79-year-old Armonk woman and a New Rochelle man. Mount Pleasant police said the accident occurred at about 3:45 p.m. at the intersection of Dana Road and Route 9A. Pronounced dead at Westchester Medical Center were […]

Armonk’s St. Stephen’s Episcopal to Unveil Renovated Sanctuary in Fall

Armonk’s St. Stephen’s Episcopal to Unveil Renovated Sanctuary in Fall

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Armonk is on target to officially unveil its renovated sanctuary this fall in time to usher in the congregation’s 175th anniversary year. Father Nils Chittenden said the unveiling of the restored interior will be celebrated at a special gathering on Sunday, Oct. 9. “It is very close to being done,” […]

No. Castle Eyes Late Summer Finish for Windmill Paving, Drainage Work

No. Castle Eyes Late Summer Finish for Windmill Paving, Drainage Work

North Castle officials have set an ambitious schedule to complete all drainage and road repair work within Windmill Farm by the end of the summer. The full curb-to-curb improvement project for the roughly nine miles of road, estimated to cost between $1.6 and $1.7 million, follows the late 2014 completion of Windmill Farm’s $10 million […]

Mental Health Advocates Return to Byram Hills to Run for Recovery

Mental Health Advocates Return to Byram Hills to Run for Recovery

Dr. Robert Laitman knows firsthand the challenges that mental health issues can place on families. His son, Daniel, was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager, and the time searching for the right medications so he could live a full life came was exhausting. For the second consecutive year Laitman, his wife Ann and other family […]

Swiss Re Proposes Ground Solar Array; No. Castle Mulls Local Law

Swiss Re Proposes Ground Solar Array; No. Castle Mulls Local Law

North Castle officials are considering a local law that would regulate ground-mounted solar panel installations after Swiss Re recently proposed installing a roughly 9,000-panel photovoltaic array on a portion of its 127-acre property in Armonk. The current draft of the ordinance would allow rooftop and building integrated systems in all zoning districts as long as […]

Annual Stayin’ Alive 5K Returns Saturday to Benefit First Responders

Annual Stayin’ Alive 5K Returns Saturday to Benefit First Responders

In 2014, Michele Berliner and Christy Saltstein faced the challenge of having to educate the community in and around North Castle about the Stayin’ Alive 5K Fun Run through Windmill Farm. That year’s race did well in attracting 185 runners for the inaugural event, and last year 250 participants turned out. Now the 2016 renewal, […]

Armonk Woman Celebrates 107th Birthday at The Bristal

Armonk Woman Celebrates 107th Birthday at The Bristal

It’s always remarkable to see a centenarian reach another birthday. It’s even more extraordinary when that person is sharp, alert and ready to regale anyone willing to listen to their stories. On Thursday afternoon Marian Henry celebrated her 107th birthday surrounded by family, friends and fellow residents at The Bristal in Armonk, where she moved […]

Spring Clean Up, Zero Waste Day in North Castle This Weekend

Spring Clean Up, Zero Waste Day in North Castle This Weekend

This weekend North Castle residents can rid themselves of unwanted items in their basements, attics and closets and help the town get clean as well. On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Castle will be holding its 11th Zero Waste Day behind Town Hall in Armonk, where people can dispose of old computers, […]

Hudson Stage Explores Human Flaws in Latest Whippoorwill Production

Hudson Stage Explores Human Flaws in Latest Whippoorwill Production

Stephen Nachamie discovered the stage when he was four years old, the first time his parents took him to a Broadway show. After high school, when he got his first acting job and through 25 years in theater as an actor and later a director, Nachamie was fascinated by the way he could be transported […]

Armonk Man Arraigned in Wrong-Way Driving Death

Armonk Man Arraigned in Wrong-Way Driving Death

A 23-year-old Armonk man was arraigned Wednesday morning on a 14-count indictment, including multiple felonies, for causing the death of another motorist in a wrong-way accident on I-684 in Bedford last December. Zachary Tokson, of 9 Seymour Lane, was charged with seven felony counts: two counts each of aggravated vehicular homicide, second-degree vehicular manslaughter and […]

No. Castle Among Towns Renewing Effort for Hotel Occupancy Tax

No. Castle Among Towns Renewing Effort for Hotel Occupancy Tax

North Castle and other municipalities in Westchester with lodging facilities are again supporting a 3 percent hotel occupancy tax, but there is greater hope Albany will approve the necessary legislation this year. The North Castle Town Board last week unanimously passed a home rule bill that would charge guests an extra 3 percent on their […]

North Castle Approves Plans for New Armonk Passive Park

North Castle Approves Plans for New Armonk Passive Park

The North Castle Planning Board last week approved the town’s plans for a new landscaped park near downtown Armonk on a parcel that saw most of its trees toppled during Superstorm Sandy. Site plan approval and wetlands and tree removal permits were granted March 21 for Wampus Park South, a 2.7-acre property located at the […]

Armonk’s Tateo Recognized as New York Runner of the Year

Armonk’s Tateo Recognized as New York Runner of the Year

After starting as a runner just five years ago, Armonk’s Danny Tateo was recently named the 2015 New York Road Runner’s Runner of the Year for the 50 to 54 age group. Tateo, 51, received the award Feb. 25 in New York City at the 37th annual NYRR Club Night at the Hard Rock Café […]