Examiner Plus

Welcome to Your Christmas Weekend+

News Based on facts, either observed and verified directly by the reporter, or reported and verified from knowledgeable sources.

We are part of The Trust Project

Winter soups to warm your stomach and soul; a look at local mental health resources; what’s it like being 6’7″ tall?; exploring Norman Rockwell’s legacy; what to this weekend; spa weekends; and more

Merry Christmas Morning! Today is Saturday, December 25, 2021. You’re reading The Examiner+ Weekend Edition — the complete digital issue for this week.

Need to subscribe — or upgrade your Examiner+ subscription to enjoy full access to all of our premium digital content? Details here.

Join now and take advantage of our special holiday rate of just $39 for a whole year:

Today’s Examiner+ is sponsored by Greca Mediterranean Kitchen+ Bar in White Plains.

🎵 PRELUDE: Everett Bradley

Originally from South Carolina, Everett Bradley is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, actor, dancer, choreographer and playwright. He has also toured as a background vocalist and percussionist with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street BandJon Bon Jovi, Carly Simon and Hall & Oates.

Everett is also the creator and star of “Holidelic” – “a flashy, bass-heavy retro-futuristic take on the holidays,” as The New Yorker describes. The show has a holiday-party feel with plenty of funky original holiday tunes. “Holidelic” is playing at the Lucille Lortel Theater in New York City this week and also on New Year’s Eve. 

— ELISA ZUCKERBERG, Founder of HearItThere.com, an online resource for live music events in the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County.

📰 ICYMI: This Week’s Features

Soup’s On!

These five untraditional bowls will warm you up this season.

Mid-Hudson’s Mental Health Check-Up

A look at the local needs and resources of psych services in our post-pandemic era.

Walking Tall

Being 6’7” affords you interesting perspectives in life – literally and figuratively.

Our Best Bets for This Weekend (and Beyond): What to Do and Where to Go

Ice skating at Bear Mountain; horseback riding lessons and trail rides; New Rhythm and Blues Quartet performs; and more

From Westchester to Stockbridge: My Rockwellian Weekend Journey

May be art of indoor

Mamaroneck’s famous son changed American identity.


Take the weekend to relax, recharge, and renew at these girls’ spa getaways in the Hudson Valley

Today’s supporting sponsors are the Town of Yorktown

…and the Peekskill Business Improvement District.

📡 THE FEED: Curated News in Brief

  • Saw Mill Parkway Work Enters Second Half Bringing Noise, Disruption: A little more than a week ago, Booth Street homeowner Dina DelPriore started to feel her house shake. It certainly wasn’t an earthquake, but rather the heavy machinery used by the state Department of Transportation’s (DOT) contractor for the Saw Mill River Parkway road-raising project. (Examiner)

  • WCC Teacher Arrested for Falsifying VAX Card: Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced the arraignment of a former Westchester Community College assistant teacher who altered a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to obtain a full-time position at the college. (Scarsdale10583)

  • Annual Polar Plunge Returns on New Year’s Day in Peekskill: The annual Polar Plunge benefitting the This is Me Foundation is slated to return New Year’s Day at the Peekskill Riverfront Green after a one-year absence. (Examiner)

  • Westchester Man Admits To Murder Of 21-Year-Old: One of two suspects implicated in the murder of a 21-year-old man during a drug deal gone wrong has admitted to his role in a fatal shooting, federal officials announced. (Daily Voice)

  • Brewster Police Officer Charged in Sex Trafficking Scheme: A Village of Brewster police officer was among six individuals indicted in federal court in Brooklyn last week in connection with a sex trafficking and bribery scheme. (Examiner)

  • Rare Bobcat Sighting At Popular Park In Westchester County: Officials say the sighting of the camera-shy wild feline officials is a cause for celebration rather than concern. (Patch)

📅 FLASHBACK: 1853-1983

Photos of Otis Elevator Company in Yonkers. Elisha Graves Otis opened his Yonkers factory in 1853 to realize his dream of producing elevators properly equipped with his automatic safety device. Before his new creation, riding elevators was a dangerous proposition. Their gears stopped and cables snapped midair. Otis made a splash with his innovation when he risked his own life in a safety demonstration at the Crystal Palace at the 1851 World’s Fair in London. After he died of diphtheria in 1861, Otis’ two sons took over the family business, opening another, more impressive factory in Yonkers. In 1983, Otis Elevator Company left Yonkers, but its legacy lives on. City skyscrapers around the world would not exist as we know them without Elisha Otis’ creation. Today, the company is headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, and the original building is being converted to a film center by Lions Gate Studios. — MADDIE STONE

(Photos courtesy Yonkers Historical Society)


(Research by Maddie Stone)

We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s issue of Examiner+. We love honest feedback. Tell us what you think: examinerplus@theexaminernews.com.

Did someone share this with you? Subscribe now for free. Or support our mission to provide independent, local journalism by becoming a member for the cost of one coffee a month, and enjoy full access to all of our premium content.

We'd love for you to support our work by joining as a free, partial access subscriber, or by registering as a full access member. Members get full access to all of our content, and receive a variety of bonus perks like free show tickets. Learn more here.