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Calls for Chappaqua School Resignations Intensify in Sex Abuse Case

Calls for Chappaqua School Resignations Intensify in Sex Abuse Case

By Anna Young Chappaqua residents charged Tuesday evening that school district officials were neglectful for failing to take action against the disgraced former high school drama teacher while some called for the resignations of Superintendent Dr. Lyn McKay and board president. Numerous community members demanded at the Sept. 27 Chappaqua Board of Education meeting that […]

Chappaqua Church Uses Prayer, Song in Fight Against Gun Violence

Chappaqua Church Uses Prayer, Song in Fight Against Gun Violence

By Anna Young Faith and music filled the First Congregational Church of Chappaqua Sunday afternoon with hopes that the words spoken and sung in the sanctuary and across the country will result in a safer future. The church was one of about 350 venues across the United States that hosted The Concert Across America to […]

Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival Returns on Saturday

Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival Returns on Saturday

Chappaqua is well-known for being a great place to live, to send children to school and as the home of a former and perhaps future president. It is also now home to one of the premiere book festivals in the metropolitan area. The Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival, scheduled to take place for the fourth consecutive […]

Greeley High School Protestors Call for McKay’s Resignation

Greeley High School Protestors Call for McKay’s Resignation

By Andrew Vitelli Criticizing the district’s response to allegations of sexual abuse by former high school drama teacher Christopher Schraufnagel, Chappaqua parents protested outside the district’s administration building Monday morning and called for Superintendent Dr. Lyn McKay to resign. “We feel that our district needs new leadership,” said Julia Abitanta, one of the parents who […]

$15M New Castle Firehouse Vote Targeted for Oct. 25

$15M New Castle Firehouse Vote Targeted for Oct. 25

New Castle Fire District No. 1 residents will vote on a $15.3 million two-proposition referendum scheduled for Oct. 25 that would expand Chappaqua’s King Street firehouse, improve safety for firefighters and enhance operations. Board of Fire Commissioners Chairman Christopher Weddle said the district faces a tight deadline to schedule a referendum for the 16,500-square-foot expansion […]

Outraged Chappaqua Parents Demand Answers in Teacher Abuse Case

Outraged Chappaqua Parents Demand Answers in Teacher Abuse Case

By Anna Young Infuriated Horace Greeley High School parents demanded to know Tuesday night how Chappaqua school officials could have missed warning signs that former drama teacher Christopher Schraufnagel had engaged in inappropriate behavior with students. Community members who packed the board of education meeting at the high school were angered that students were subjected […]

Mt. Pleasant, Chappaqua Rail Crossings Slated for Safety Upgrades

Mt. Pleasant, Chappaqua Rail Crossings Slated for Safety Upgrades

New York State last week received $5 million in federal grants for railroad safety and grade crossing improvements, several of which are at local sites including Valhalla’s Commerce Street where six people were killed last year. The funds, part of a $25 million initiative to enhance safety at rail crossings nationwide, will be used to […]

Rt. 117 Roundabout in Jeopardy; Chap Crossing Delays Possible

Rt. 117 Roundabout in Jeopardy; Chap Crossing Delays Possible

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) opposes granting a variance for the proposed Route 117 roundabout, which could force a return to a T-intersection at Roaring Brook Road and construction delays at Chappaqua Crossing. Representatives of developer Summit/Greenfield told New Castle officials last week that the DEP informed them in late August […]

Board of Ed Veep Objects to District’s Handling of Schraufnagel Fallout

Board of Ed Veep Objects to District’s Handling of Schraufnagel Fallout

Chappaqua Board of Education’s vice president last week harshly criticized the school district for placing responsibility on the students who were sexually abused by former Horace Greeley High School drama teacher Christopher Schraufnagel. In a prepared statement read shortly after the start of the board’s Sept. 1 meeting, Victoria Tipp said she had been unaware of the […]

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Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder in Chappaqua Shooting

Downtown Chappaqua’s serenity was suddenly shattered Monday morning by gunfire outside Lange’s Little Store & Delicatessen on King Street where two men were wounded, including the former supervisor of the alleged assailant. New Castle police apprehended 49-year-old Hengjun Chao of Tuckahoe at about 7 a.m., moments after the shooting in the Walgreen’s parking lot across the street […]

Greeley Grads Launch App for Sexual Assault Victims

Greeley Grads Launch App for Sexual Assault Victims

By Andrew Vitelli For Horace Greeley graduates Racquel Giner, Zach Csillag, Jack Zandi and Billy Sadik-Khan, post-college plans took an unexpected turn while playing the board game Settlers of Catan in 2014. The group of friends began discussing the problem of sexual assaults taking place on college campuses and wondered whether technology could be used […]

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 […]