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Pols Focus on Funding Rail Crossing Improvements

Pols Focus on Funding Rail Crossing Improvements

  One year after the worst Metro-North accident in history, millions in federal dollars are on the verge of being sent to the states to enhance safety at railroad crossings throughout the nation, including potentially in Westchester. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Harrison) and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) were joined Monday morning by Federal Railroad […]

Chappaqua Looks Toward School Upgrades, Weighs Bond Options

Chappaqua Looks Toward School Upgrades, Weighs Bond Options

While many districts have cut back on capital projects as a result of operating under the state tax cap, Chappaqua school officials plan to continue the district’s bold renovation program that began in 2014. Board of Education President Warren Messner told parents during a marathon Jan. 13 meeting that the district wanted to continue upgrading […]

A Decade in the Making: New Castle Approves Chappaqua Crossing

A Decade in the Making: New Castle Approves Chappaqua Crossing

By Martin Wilbur and Arthur Cusano After more than a decade of review and legal entanglements, Chappaqua Crossing developer Summit/Greenfield was granted site plan approval Wednesday night by the New Castle Planning Board for the retail portion of the mixed use project. The unanimous vote at a special meeting came after a flurry of activity […]

Know Your Neighbor: Dr. Michael Bergstein, ENT Specialist/Ironman Athlete, Chappaqua

Know Your Neighbor: Dr. Michael Bergstein, ENT Specialist/Ironman Athlete, Chappaqua

A few years ago when Dr. Michael Bergstein was watching his children play lacrosse, he received the inspiration to rekindle his own athletic exploits. As it turned out, Bergstein, a high school swimmer, just didn’t end up going to the gym on weekends, but began preparing for some of the most extreme competitions anyone could […]

Local Small Businesses Look to Adapt to Changing Retail Landscape

Local Small Businesses Look to Adapt to Changing Retail Landscape

It’s been an unusual holiday season, as warmer than average temperatures haven’t made it seem like Christmas is approaching. Then for the first time, online sales surpassed brick-and-mortar retail sales on Black Friday weekend, a trend expected to become the new normal. But some local, independently-owned businesses say they are surviving, and in some cases […]

Business of the Week: Scattered Books, Chappaqua

Business of the Week: Scattered Books, Chappaqua

There may be those who subscribe to the theory that conventional bookstores are outdated. Laura Scott Schaefer sees it a little differently. A few months ago, the Briarcliff Manor resident kept on hearing the clamor for a local place where parents can shop for books for their children and themselves and bring their kids in […]

Vigil to End Gun Violence Scheduled Sunday in Area Church

Vigil to End Gun Violence Scheduled Sunday in Area Church

The tragedy of losing 20 children and six faculty members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14, 2012, was the kind of seminal moment where many people remember where they were when they first heard the news. In the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, there were many calls for change but […]

Bigger Venue Sought After Success of Chappaqua KenKen Tourney

Bigger Venue Sought After Success of Chappaqua KenKen Tourney

For the past six years the KenKen tournament run by Robert Fuhrer at the Chappaqua Public Library has been a can’t-miss event for local puzzle enthusiasts and numbers lovers. Sunday’s renewal of the tournament, which was won for the third time by Martin Eiger of Montville, N.J., was also the last year it will be […]

Pearl Harbor Diary Holds Deep Meaning for Chappaqua Woman

Pearl Harbor Diary Holds Deep Meaning for Chappaqua Woman

In the living room of Marvelle Gilbert’s Chappaqua house, there are photos of her late husband, Paul, in his Army uniform during World War II and of the young couple shortly after they were married in 1945. But there is another possession Marvelle has that provides maybe an even deeper connection to the man she […]

Christmas Message Delivered in Chappaqua Church Musical

Christmas Message Delivered in Chappaqua Church Musical

Recounting the story of Christmas with a meaningful and entertaining message can be a serious challenge, even for a church. For the second consecutive year, Grace Baptist Church in Chappaqua hopes to capture the message of the holiday not only for its parishioners but the wider community as well through a staged production in its […]

Chappaqua Native Dar Williams Returns to Westchester With Irvington Concert

Chappaqua Native Dar Williams Returns to Westchester With Irvington Concert

For the past two months singer-songwriter Dar Williams has crisscrossed North America promoting her album “Emerald.” But no matter how busy her schedule may be, Williams makes sure to find time to entertain her fans back home. This Saturday night Williams will be performing at the Irvington Town Hall Theater, a one-night engagement that is […]

Judge: County Complied With Affordable Housing Settlement

Judge: County Complied With Affordable Housing Settlement

A U.S. magistrate judge ruled Thursday that Westchester County was in compliance with the affordable housing settlement late last year because it had provided financing for enough units to meet its 2014 benchmark. Judge Gabriel Gorenstein determined that the county met its obligation once the Board of Legislators last November agreed to issue bonds to […]

New Castle Focuses on Hamlets as Comp Plan Nears Finish

New Castle Focuses on Hamlets as Comp Plan Nears Finish

New Castle officials stressed that the updated Comprehensive Plan will emphasize revitalized commercial hamlets but in 10 years the town’s residential zones will look similar to today. Town Director of Planning Sabrina Charney Hull said that while the public had significant input into the revised document that is nearing completion, it is important that residents […]

Greenstein Likely Winner in New Castle; Dems in Front for Town Board

Greenstein Likely Winner in New Castle; Dems in Front for Town Board

New Castle Supervisor Robert Greenstein appeared headed toward re-election late Tuesday night but the opposing Democrats’ town board candidates Jeremy Saland and Hala Makowska were out in front of Greenstein’s running mates. The Republican-endorsed Greenstein was leading Democratic challenger Victoria Alzapiedi by 273 votes, according to figures from both party headquarters. Shortly after 2 a.m., […]

Know Your Neighbor: Claire Gilvar, Founder of Booked Parties, Chappaqua

Know Your Neighbor: Claire Gilvar, Founder of Booked Parties, Chappaqua

Sometimes it’s obvious for parents where to celebrate their child’s birthday party. Other times, they may be at a loss to find somewhere unique that their son or daughter would enjoy sharing with friends and family. This summer Claire Gilvar, using her expansive professional expertise and the very practical experience of being a mother of […]

Solarize Somers-New Castle to Kick Off Monday in Chappaqua

Solarize Somers-New Castle to Kick Off Monday in Chappaqua

Solarize Westchester has selected the towns of Somers and New Castle to participate in a solar discount program that makes installing solar electric systems simpler and more affordable for residents and businesses. The Solarize Somers-New Castle program will launch with a workshop this Monday, Oct. 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at New Castle Town […]

Westchester Medical Center Opens New Intensive Care Lounge

Westchester Medical Center Opens New Intensive Care Lounge

Of the thousands of families that come to the trauma center at Westchester Medical Center each year, only about half expected to be there. The other half arrive following a medical emergency, like Ben and Debbie Lieberman of Chappaqua, whose son, Evan, was a passenger in a car that crashed in 2011. “The way that […]

New Castle Candidate: Supervisor Using Ethics Code to ‘Dirty Me Up’

New Castle Candidate: Supervisor Using Ethics Code to ‘Dirty Me Up’

A candidate for New Castle Town Board accused Supervisor Robert Greenstein last week of trying to haul him before the town’s Board of Ethics in a politically motivated attempt to sully his reputation as Election Day approaches. Jeremy Saland, one of the town’s three prosecutors and running on the Democratic slate opposing the Republican-backed Team New Castle 2.0 ticket led by Greenstein, said he was contacted at about 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 by […]

Traffic Roundabout Proposed for Chappaqua Crossing Intersection

Traffic Roundabout Proposed for Chappaqua Crossing Intersection

Representatives for Chappaqua Crossing developer Summit/Greenfield submitted detailed plans last week to the state Department of Transportation (DOT) proposing a roundabout at Route 117 and Roaring Brook Road to help ease traffic congestion near the site. Space for the roundabout would be accommodated mainly by using land owned by the developer closest to the 116-acre […]

Crowds Pack Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival Despite Weather

Crowds Pack Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival Despite Weather

Not even the gloom of a cold, rainy day could put a damper on this year’s Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival. Saturday’s festival, featuring more than 85 children’s, teen and young adult authors, was moved by organizers indoors to the Robert E. Bell Middle School gymnasium as a result of the inclement weather. But children and parents were just […]

Admirers Turn Out for Chelsea Clinton Book Signing in Chappaqua

Admirers Turn Out for Chelsea Clinton Book Signing in Chappaqua

Dozens of admirers and the curious lined up early Wednesday evening inside the Chappaqua Public Library to catch a moment with Chelsea Clinton. The occasion was a book signing that coincided with the released of Clinton’s recently published book, “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going,” a 400-page work aimed at students from middle […]

Great Chappaqua Bake Sale Gears Up With New Promotion

Great Chappaqua Bake Sale Gears Up With New Promotion

One of the most successful bake sales found anywhere will bring its fundraising efforts to the next level. While the sixth annual Great Chappaqua Bake Sale will once again share space with the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival on Oct. 3 at Robert E. Bell Middle School, a new promotion this year will allow local supporters […]

Chappaqua Rabbi Walks in Commemoration of Civil Rights March

Chappaqua Rabbi Walks in Commemoration of Civil Rights March

Not many people would volunteer to walk 20 miles in a day in the searing late summer heat. But when Jonathan Jaffe headed to South Carolina late last month to take on that challenge, he did it for a greater cause than just to see if he could physically complete the journey. On Aug. 27, […]

New Castle Comprehensive Plan on Target for Fall Approval

New Castle Comprehensive Plan on Target for Fall Approval

The three-year process to update New Castle’s Comprehensive Plan is expected to conclude this fall as the town board may vote as soon as November to approve the plan’s first substantive revisions since 1989. Kevin Dworka, a land use consultant and a senior fellow at the Pace Land Use Law Center who has been working […]

Greeley Teacher Under Police Investigation Resigns From District

Greeley Teacher Under Police Investigation Resigns From District

The Horace Greeley High School speech teacher and drama coach who was placed on paid leave in June after being investigated by police for alleged misconduct with students resigned his position Friday afternoon. Christopher Schraufnagel, a teacher for 12 years at the school, officially left his job following a brief Chappaqua Board of Education meeting. […]

Chap Crossing Affordable Units Part of Race to Comply With Settlement

Chap Crossing Affordable Units Part of Race to Comply With Settlement

The criteria for getting affordable housing in Westchester development projects is a complicated formula and time is of the essence, a county housing official told New Castle officials at the town’s Aug. 26 planning board meeting. The planning board is currently hearing proposals for the Chappaqua Crossing retail project, which still requires site plan approval. […]

County Considers ‘Micro Projects’ for Affordable Housing

County Considers ‘Micro Projects’ for Affordable Housing

County officials are considering a series of small property acquisitions that would sprinkle one to three units of affordable housing on parcels in hopes of helping the county comply with the federal housing settlement. Board of Legislators Chairman Michael Kaplowitz said last week the county has been slowly adding to its new affordable housing stock, sometimes […]

Chappaqua Deli Leads Way in Golf Outing for Wounded Warrior

Chappaqua Deli Leads Way in Golf Outing for Wounded Warrior

By Catherine Ferris In a small glass case hanging on the wall of Lange’s Little Store in Chappaqua is a folded American flag. This flag, flown in Iraq, was given to Richard Lange, the owner of the deli, after packages were sent to the soldiers who were stationed there. The flag is not the only […]

Chappaqua Deli Leads Way in Golf Outing for Wounded Warrior

Chappaqua Deli Leads Way in Golf Outing for Wounded Warrior

In a small glass case hanging on the wall of Lange’s Little Store in Chappaqua is a folded American flag. This flag, flown in Iraq, was given to Richard Lange, the owner of the deli, after packages were sent to the soldiers who were stationed there. The flag is not the only support Lange offers […]

Officials Press for Towns to Install Grade Crossing Cameras

Officials Press for Towns to Install Grade Crossing Cameras

Four months after the worst accident in Metro-North history, state Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) and various local elected officials endorsed state legislation Monday that would give municipalities the option to install video cameras at railroad crossings. The measure, which was unanimously approved by the state Senate during its last session, would allow local governments to […]