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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 […]

New Castle Wrestles Over Downtown Chappaqua Work Financing

New Castle Wrestles Over Downtown Chappaqua Work Financing

New Castle officials last Tuesday grappled with how they should pay for the planned downtown Chappaqua infrastructure and streetscape improvement projects without exceeding the tax cap and jeopardizing property taxpayers’ rebates. The town board received an analysis from DPW Commissioner Gerry Moerschell regarding the scope of work and Comptroller Robert Deary on the various financing […]

Summit/Greenfield Breaks Ground on Chap Crossing Development

Summit/Greenfield Breaks Ground on Chap Crossing Development

Representatives of Summit/Greenfield joined New Castle and county officials Tuesday for a ceremonial groundbreaking at Chappaqua Crossing, the start of the next phase for the longest reviewed application in town history. The groundbreaking for the project’s $50 million retail component came more than 11 years after Summit/Greenfield bought the 116-acre former Reader’s Digest campus and […]

Know Your Neighbor: Holly Blum, The Word Whisperer, Chappaqua

Know Your Neighbor: Holly Blum, The Word Whisperer, Chappaqua

Holly Blum attended a wedding where the best man’s speech was 20 minutes too long, filled with inside jokes and a lame attempt at a David Letterman-type Top 10 list. The experience was cringe-worthy, one of many that Blum recalled hearing over the years. But frightfully embarrassing toasts and speeches at weddings, milestone birthday parties […]

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 […]