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Hillary’s Chappaqua Friends Celebrate Historic Nomination

Hillary’s Chappaqua Friends Celebrate Historic Nomination

Few Americans can claim that their neighbor and fellow town resident has run for president of the United States. For the grassroots group Chappaqua Friends of Hill, support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton goes beyond her Chappaqua address and that of former president Bill Clinton. Members pointed to how Hillary Clinton’s life has served […]

Former Greeley Teacher Pleads Guilty in Sexual Abuse Case

Former Greeley Teacher Pleads Guilty in Sexual Abuse Case

The former Horace Greeley High School drama teacher accused of having sexual contact with students agreed to plead guilty Thursday evening to three misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child. The plea arrangement, announced in New Castle Justice Court between Christopher Schraufnagel and the Westchester County District Attorney’s officem drops the one felony charge […]

Know Your Neighbor: Daniel Lauter, Educator/Sound Therapy Consultant/Musician, Chappaqua

Know Your Neighbor: Daniel Lauter, Educator/Sound Therapy Consultant/Musician, Chappaqua

Last Saturday night Daniel Lauter could be found playing saxophone for his quartet during the weekly jazz sessions at Chappaqua Station, the restaurant that opened last year at the Metro-North train station. It was the third time Lauter has played at the venue, and he also performs with another quartet on Long Island, where he […]

New Castle Agrees to Take Wallace Auditorium at Chap Crossing

New Castle Agrees to Take Wallace Auditorium at Chap Crossing

The New Castle Town Board voted Tuesday night to accept the Wallace Auditorium at Chappaqua Crossing from property owner and developer Summit/Greenfield despite at least several hundred thousand dollars of needed improvements. The decision by officials to assume ownership of the 30-year-old, 400-seat facility comes with the hope that it will provide the town with […]

Chappaqua Business Donating to Newtown-Sandy Hook Foundation

Chappaqua Business Donating to Newtown-Sandy Hook Foundation

When Chappaqua’s Claire Gilvar launched Booked Parties last year it was a tool to help parents plan their children’s birthday parties by providing lists of vendors and venues throughout Westchester. This spring Booked Parties expanded into Fairfield County, Conn., the first step of a slow expansion throughout the metropolitan area, said Meryl Lefkowitz, director of […]

Annual Cancer Benefit Hits Home for Chappaqua Swim & Tennis

Annual Cancer Benefit Hits Home for Chappaqua Swim & Tennis

As members of the Chappaqua Swim & Tennis Club, seven-year-old Max Chwatko and his family had previously participated in Swim Across America to raise money for cancer research, prevention and treatment. This year’s event, scheduled for next Sunday morning at the club on Hardscrabble Road, has entirely new meaning for them. Chwatko’s five-year-old sister Scarlett […]

New Castle Officials Urged to Take Steps to Curtail Trapping

New Castle Officials Urged to Take Steps to Curtail Trapping

A group of New Castle residents appealed to the town board last week to ask the Random Farms Homeowners Association to halt coyote trapping for 30 days so public education efforts on peaceful coexistence can be renewed. Requests made by residents during the June 28 board meeting also included having the town explore whether it […]

Petition to Halt Coyote Trapping Circulates in New Castle

Petition to Halt Coyote Trapping Circulates in New Castle

An online petition drafted by New Castle residents opposed to coyote trapping was launched last weekend in response to the Random Farms Homeowners Association’s latest decision calling for more traps. Resident Victoria Alzapiedi, the chair of one of two coyote advisory committees appointed by the town board in 2014 to develop a Coyote Response Plan and […]

Chappaqua’s Random Farms Decides on More Coyote Traps

Chappaqua’s Random Farms Decides on More Coyote Traps

The Random Farms Homeowners Association decided this week to enter into a second agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to set up coyote traps on portions of the development’s property. The decision for the USDA to place foothold traps for a five-day period was made at the association’s June 22 meeting, according to […]

Know Your Neighbor: Bernard Krooks, Attorney/Special Needs Advocate, Chappaqua

Know Your Neighbor: Bernard Krooks, Attorney/Special Needs Advocate, Chappaqua

It’s not only a job when Bernard Krooks advocates for the developmentally disabled population. As a founding partner in the White Plains law firm of Littman Krooks, LLC more than 25 years ago, Krooks has developed a highly respected reputation for representing families who require special needs planning or special education advocacy for children along […]

New Castle Coyote Quandary Escalates With Humane Kill

New Castle Coyote Quandary Escalates With Humane Kill

Controversial traps set up in Chappaqua’s Random Farms last week following two recent reports of aggressive coyotes in the area resulted in one coyote being captured and humanely destroyed, The Examiner learned late Monday. The news, confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), culminated a week of controversy and a war of words on […]

Voters Approve $42.5M Chappaqua School Bond

Voters Approve $42.5M Chappaqua School Bond

By Emily Whelahan Chappaqua Central School District  voters comfortably approved the $42.5 million referendum Tuesday night. The bond proposal designates funds toward creating new learning environments and upgrades to the district’s athletic fields and the Chappaqua Public Library. Results of the referendum, which passed 1,380-852, were announced shortly after the polls closed at 9 p.m. […]

No Small Feat as Girl Weightlifters Prepare for Strong Competition

No Small Feat as Girl Weightlifters Prepare for Strong Competition

By Kathryn Nicolai When Olivia Barnett, Isabella Madori, Alexis Jones and Kiele Swistak get together, the four pre-teens pursue an activity that isn’t typically associated with girls their age. The four youngsters attend the Olympic weightlifting program at Downstate CrossFit in Briarcliff Manor. Later this month, the close-knit group, all from the local area, will […]

Mount Kisco’s Via Vanti! Italian Café to Close Next Week

Mount Kisco’s Via Vanti! Italian Café to Close Next Week

The Italian café and restaurant Via Vanti! at the Mount Kisco train station will shut its doors next week after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is prepared to announce another operator for the site. Owner Carla Gambescia said Thursday she has been operating on a month-to-month basis since last summer when the lease she inherited […]

Annual Strawberry Festival Set for This Saturday in Chappaqua

Annual Strawberry Festival Set for This Saturday in Chappaqua

It was 78 years ago, on June 3, 1938, that the inaugural Strawberry Festival was held on the grounds of the Church of St. Mary’s the Virgin in Chappaqua. Miss Carol Comfort advertised the event by driving a horse and cart with several “noisy juveniles” through town. Admission was 10 cents that year and it […]

New Castle Officials Poised to Approve Plastic Bag Ban

New Castle Officials Poised to Approve Plastic Bag Ban

The days of shoppers carrying out their merchandise in single-use plastic bags appear to be coming to an end in New Castle. The town board is expected to approve the Reusable Bag Initiative tonight (Tuesday), a new law that would prohibit plastic bags from being used and distributed in stores throughout town. Steven Wolk, chairman […]

Lifetime Fitness Request Throws Uncertainty Into Chap Crossing

Lifetime Fitness Request Throws Uncertainty Into Chap Crossing

Contentious debate raged last week over Chappaqua Crossing developer Summit/Greenfield’s request to amend the town code that could allow Lifetime Fitness to leave after three years and sublease its space to a variety of retail merchants. Summit Development President Felix Charney met with the New Castle Town Board last Tuesday to discuss the possibility of […]

Annual Colon Cancer Walk to Step Off Sunday in Purchase

Annual Colon Cancer Walk to Step Off Sunday in Purchase

By Lizzie Gellman About 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer each year and 50,000 will lose their battle against the nation’s second leading cancer killer. This public health issue has not yet gained the recognition it should, but there are those working to raise awareness for this preventable but often fatal disease. Chappaqua resident […]

The Saturday Everyone Looks Forward to in Chappaqua

The Saturday Everyone Looks Forward to in Chappaqua

By Kathryn Nicolai For the second consecutive year, downtown Chappaqua will be abuzz with activity every third Saturday of the month. Starting this weekend and continuing through October, the third Saturday will see four separate events taking place downtown simultaneously: the Chappaqua Flea, Art Under the Bridge, Chappaqua’s weekly farmers market and the Take It […]

Incumbents Win in Chappaqua; P’ville, Mt. Pleasant, Byram Hills Budgets Pass

Incumbents Win in Chappaqua; P’ville, Mt. Pleasant, Byram Hills Budgets Pass

Chappaqua Board of Education incumbents Warren Messner and Jeffrey Mester won re-election Tuesday night and voters overwhelmingly approved the district’s $118.2 million budget for 2016-17 that carries no tax levy increase. Messner, the current board president, won a second three-year term with 921 votes, followed by Mester’s 870 in his successful bid for a fourth […]

Lawmakers Press State to Force DOT Rail Crossings Study

Lawmakers Press State to Force DOT Rail Crossings Study

Two state legislators renewed their call last Friday for the state Senate to require the Department of Transportation (DOT) to study grade crossings throughout New York in hopes of avoiding future tragedies. State Sen. David Carlucci (D-Clarkstown) and Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti (D-Pleasantville) were joined by Edgemont resident Alan Brody, whose wife Ellen was killed when […]

Three Candidates Vie for Two Seats on Chappaqua Board of Ed

Three Candidates Vie for Two Seats on Chappaqua Board of Ed

The Chappaqua Board of Education will see a contested election on Tuesday for the first time since 2013. Challenger Rhonda Kaufman, a 22-year district resident, is on the ballot facing current board president Warren Messner, who is completing his first term, and three-term trustee Jeffrey Mester. The duration of each term is three years. Voting […]

New Castle Proposes Local Ordinance to Eliminate Plastic Bag Use

New Castle Proposes Local Ordinance to Eliminate Plastic Bag Use

New Castle officials are proposing a local ordinance that would eliminate single-use plastic bags in all stores in town and encourage patrons to bring reusable shopping bags. The proposed legislation, referred to as the Reusable Bag Initiative and recommended by the town’s Sustainable Advisory Board (SAB), would also call for certain stores, such as groceries […]

Special Use Permit Changes for Conifer Affordable Units Approved

Special Use Permit Changes for Conifer Affordable Units Approved

The New Castle Town Board approved last week the final six modifications to Conifer Realty’s special permit for 28 affordable units in downtown Chappaqua but the applicant must still address multiple conditions before it may begin building. Board members unanimously agreed to the revisions dealing with mainly several safety issues that were needed to allow […]

Chappaqua School Officials Eyeing June 14 for $42.5M Bond Vote

Chappaqua School Officials Eyeing June 14 for $42.5M Bond Vote

The Chappaqua Board of Education is contemplating a $42.5 million capital projects referendum for Tuesday, June 14 that will transform existing space at the district’s schools into modern learning centers. If the bond is presented to voters and approved, the district would convert designated areas in each of the six schools into larger, more flexible […]

Clinton Vows to Fight for New Yorkers at SUNY Purchase Rally

Clinton Vows to Fight for New Yorkers at SUNY Purchase Rally

If there was a theme being conveyed at Thursday’s rally for Hillary Clinton at Purchase College, one only had to listen to the songs being played before she appeared on stage to figure out what it was – she’s a fighter for the people. After an upbeat playlist included “Stronger,” “Stand by You” and “The […]

New Members Sought for Mount Kisco Community Garden

New Members Sought for Mount Kisco Community Garden

For five years the InterGenerate Community Garden at the Marsh Sanctuary in Mount Kisco has provided a place for local residents to grow healthy food for themselves and those in need. With the sixth garden season set to kick off next month, new gardeners are being sought to participate in the program. Katonah-based InterGenerate is […]

New Castle Mulls Train Station Parking Permit Fee Increases

New Castle Mulls Train Station Parking Permit Fee Increases

The New Castle Town Board is considering hiking parking permit fees for 2016-17 for its municipal lots at the Chappaqua train station to raise money to repave and restripe the area. Town officials are contemplating an increase for the resident’s permit from $450 to $500 a year while making a more significant jump for the […]

Referendum Planned for New Castle Firehouse Expansion

Referendum Planned for New Castle Firehouse Expansion

Commissioners for New Castle Fire District No. 1 plan on scheduling a referendum for later this year to pay for an expansion of the Bedford Road firehouse to bring the facility up to modern firefighting standards. The district is in contract to buy the adjacent parcel currently owned by veterinarian Dr. Martin Horowitz of the […]

Injury Threat Forces New Castle to Expand Flag Football Over Tackle

Injury Threat Forces New Castle to Expand Flag Football Over Tackle

Parental concerns over the possibility of serious injuries has prompted the Town of New Castle to expand its flag football program for next fall and scrap plans to offer tackle football. Recreation & Parks Superintendent Robert Snyder said a recent survey administered by the department showed that that an overwhelming majority of the parents were […]