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Empire City — a good bet for Yonkers?; Celebrating Earth Day; why local education has been dominating the news; what do this weekend (and beyond); Latimer’s State of the County report; and more

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🎵 PRELUDE: Go to the Woods

When choosing a song this week I was thinking about the beauty of our natural surroundings and the celebration of Earth Day on Friday, April 22. Dar Williams’ powerful song “Go To The Woods” expresses her deep concern about the future of our planet. 

“I am afraid of the woods
But what I fear more, what I fear most
More than the man, the beast, or the ghost
Is that the woods are disappearing.”

Dar Williams is a major figure in the contemporary songwriter and folk music community. She grew up in Westchester, New York, and still resides in the Hudson Valley region of New York. Williams’ songs’ recurrent themes include religion, gender issues, anti-commercialism, misunderstood relationships, loss, and geography. (Wiki) She leads a songwriting retreat twice a year in Connecticut called, “Writing a Song That Matters.”

Dar Williams will be performing along with guest Sophie B Hawkins at Tarrytown Music Hall on Friday, May 20. Tickets are still available.

— 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

SPECIAL REPORT: The Great Yonkers Casino Gamble

Has betting on Empire City paid off? (PART 1 of 2)

Invest in Our Planet: Earth Day ’22

Celebrate and participate in this year’s Earth Day with these events and programs around the county

School Daze

The education beat has been dominating the Examiner headlines — for all the wrong reasons

Your Best Bets: What to Do This Weekend (and Beyond)

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See the history of Irish step dancing; get mesmerized by live magic; observe this year’s Earth Day; unwind to the sounds of the saxophone; learn how to make spectacular salads; and more

State of the County

Latimer touts Westchester’s progress, unity

📡 THE FEED: Curated News in Brief

  • Yorktown Man Sentenced for Fatal Drunk Driving Crash: A Yorktown man was sentenced Friday to state prison in connection with a wrong-way, head-on crash he caused while driving drunk on Route 9 in Peekskill that claimed the life of an Ossining woman. (Examiner)

  • New Low-Cost Airline to Fly to Eight Cities From Westchester County Airport: Breeze Airways began service only 10 months ago and has now announced it will fly to eight cities from Westchester County Airport. (Mid Hudson News)

  • ArtsWestchester Receives Grant to Promote Tourism: ArtsWestchester has been awarded a $500,000 grant to use the arts to support economic development and promote tourism in the city of White Plains. The Market New York grant from I LOVE NY/New York State’s Division of Tourism was awarded to ArtsWestchester through the state’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative. (Examiner)

  • A Fourth Trader Joe’s Is Coming to Westchester: With three locations opened in Westchester County and over 30 throughout the state, Trader Joe’s will be adding one more store in Yorktown. (Westchester Magazine)

  • White Plains Farmer’s Market Opens for Season: The City of White Plains, in partnership with Bensidoun USA, is excited to welcome the farmer’s market back to downtown White Plains for the season starting on Wednesday, April 20th. The market will be open weekly on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Court Street between Main Street and Martine Avenue through November 23. (Examiner)


Circa 1895 photo of Arthur Manor in Scarsdale. When Caleb Heathcote built his manor in the 1600s, Scarsdale was mostly farmland. This would change in 1846 when the railroad arrived, but the big difference maker was the purchase of Heathcote’s manor by Frank Swartwout, the director of the Arthur Suburban Home Company, in the 1890s. The 150-acre property was then divided into single homes and quickly became a suburban community. Throughout the years, firehouses, police stations, community recreational centers, and other staples of residential communities were added. In the 1900s, more and more farmland was sold and Edgewood School, which still exists today, was constructed. The new area promised a thriving neighborhood without the pollution and overcrowded streets of more urbanized communities. The purchase of and suburbanization of Arthur Manor is the reason Scarsdale exists as we know it today. —MADDIE STONE

(Photo courtesy of the Scarsdale Historical Society)


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