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Katonah Author Creates Sports-Themed Mysteries

August 17, 2018

KATONAH, N.Y. – When an author gets a front-cover endorsement by the likes of James Patterson, it can certainly provide a real boost of confidence.

Katonah’s Michael Balkind, a mystery writer who weaves in themes of sports and intrigue into his novels, scored Patterson’s words of praise on his first book more than 10 years ago and has since gotten the attention of Clive ...

Bedford Playhouse Hires First Executive Director

BEDFORD, N.Y. – Out of more than 100 applicants, the Bedford Playhouse has hired Nicole Gardner to lead the new-look arts and entertainment center.

Gardner, who has more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment and non-profit industries, became the non-profit organization’s first-ever executive director on Monday, Aug. 6, just seven weeks before the grand opening of the ...

Harckham’s Late Entrance Forces Democratic Primary in District 40

Editor's Note: Read our previous interview with Robert Kesten here.

SOMERS, N.Y. – For eight months, it appeared to be a two-man race for 40th New York State Senate District, as Democratic challenger Robert Kesten announced in September that he would challenge two-term incumbent Sen. Terrence Murphy.

That was until Peter Harckham, a fellow Democrat from South Salem, announced his ...

Photos: Goldens Bridge Firefighters Perform Water Rescue Drills

GOLDENS BRIDGE, N.Y. – Earlier this month, the Goldens Bridge Fire Department teamed up with the Croton Falls Fire Department for some simulated water rescue drills on the Muscoot Reservoir.

Two firefighters assumed the roles of victims as teams worked to rescue them from the chilly waters.

The Goldens Bridge Fire Department said the drills are necessary because many county and city ...

South Salem's Max Goodman Clears Real-Life Hurdles to Win Hometown 5K

August 10, 2018

SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Most parents figure out that it is nearly impossible to dictate a passion for their child to follow. It has to come from within and if it does, nothing can stop it.

Max Goodman, a 15-year old soon-to-be John Jay High School freshman from South Salem, discovered his love for running over the past few years and embraced the sport with a genuine zest while proving ...

Katonah Author Creates Sports-Themed Mysteries

August 17, 2018

KATONAH, N.Y. – When an author gets a front-cover endorsement by the likes of James Patterson, it can certainly provide a real boost of confidence.

Katonah’s Michael Balkind, a mystery writer who weaves in themes of sports and intrigue into his novels, scored Patterson’s words of praise on his first book more than 10 years ago and has since gotten the attention of Clive ...

Photos: Blonde Ambition Rocks Katonah Memorial Park

KATONAH, N.Y. – Blonde Ambition, a local band that plays rock, pop and Motown favorites, got families dancing at Katonah Memorial Park on Thursday, July 26. The band includes one resident from Katonah and three from Goldens Bridge.

The concert was held as part of Bedford’s Summer Concert and Movie Series, which will wrap up on Aug. 9 with an 8 p.m. screening of “The ...

Goldens Bridge Residents Lobby for New Master Plan

GOLDENS BRIDGE, N.Y. – Geographically, Goldens Bridge is the western-most hamlet in the town of Lewisboro, but it certainly feels like the center of attention these days.

Two high-profile developments are currently being reviewed by the town’s Planning Board: the construction of a 46-unit affordable housing complex and a 40,000-square-foot expansion to Mercedes Benz’s ...

Cross River Postmaster Shares Story of Homelessness, Addiction and Recovery

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – Two decades ago, C. Thomas Carson was sleeping underneath a bridge in the Bronx.

Homeless and addicted to crack, he had resorted to collecting bottles and cans to fuel his drug habit. One night, when he was just about to go to sleep, Carson was suddenly compelled to get up and gather more bottles and cans. His journey took him almost five miles, netting him $10, money ...

Renovation of New Bedford Police Headquarters Nearly Complete

August 10, 2018

BEDFORD, N.Y. - After delays and financial setbacks that have put the project nearly $1.4 million over budget, the new Bedford Police Department headquarters is slated to open at the beginning of the fall.

The project included a total “gut renovation” of the 39-year-old building at 307 Bedford Road, bringing the facility from 6,700-square-feet to 11,000-square-feet. A study ...

Bedford to Buy Sewage Treatment Plant for $1

BEDFORD, N.Y. – Legislation signed last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo has paved the way for the transfer of a wastewater treatment plant that services the Taconic and Bedford Hills correctional facilities to the town of Bedford for $1.

The underutilized treatment plant, owned by the state, has enough excess room to take on sewage from the Bedford Hills/Katonah Business Sewer District, which ...

Photos: Goldens Bridge Firefighters Perform Water Rescue Drills

August 14, 2018

GOLDENS BRIDGE, N.Y. – Earlier this month, the Goldens Bridge Fire Department teamed up with the Croton Falls Fire Department for some simulated water rescue drills on the Muscoot Reservoir.

Two firefighters assumed the roles of victims as teams worked to rescue them from the chilly waters.

The Goldens Bridge Fire Department said the drills are necessary because many county and city ...

Volunteers Needed for Lewisboro Ambulance Corps

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – The Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps needs more volunteers.

And, it needs a new ambulance.

“We had an electrical failure,” said Dan Murtha, captain of the Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps. “The ambulance was reaching the end of its life cycle anyway, so we had to do a repair versus replace, and we chose replace.”

Complicating matters, ...

Katonah Author Creates Sports-Themed Mysteries

August 17, 2018

KATONAH, N.Y. – When an author gets a front-cover endorsement by the likes of James Patterson, it can certainly provide a real boost of confidence.

Katonah’s Michael Balkind, a mystery writer who weaves in themes of sports and intrigue into his novels, scored Patterson’s words of praise on his first book more than 10 years ago and has since gotten the attention of Clive ...

Photos: Blonde Ambition Rocks Katonah Memorial Park

KATONAH, N.Y. – Blonde Ambition, a local band that plays rock, pop and Motown favorites, got families dancing at Katonah Memorial Park on Thursday, July 26. The band includes one resident from Katonah and three from Goldens Bridge.

The concert was held as part of Bedford’s Summer Concert and Movie Series, which will wrap up on Aug. 9 with an 8 p.m. screening of “The ...

Goldens Bridge Residents Lobby for New Master Plan

GOLDENS BRIDGE, N.Y. – Geographically, Goldens Bridge is the western-most hamlet in the town of Lewisboro, but it certainly feels like the center of attention these days.

Two high-profile developments are currently being reviewed by the town’s Planning Board: the construction of a 46-unit affordable housing complex and a 40,000-square-foot expansion to Mercedes Benz’s ...

Cross River Postmaster Shares Story of Homelessness, Addiction and Recovery

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – Two decades ago, C. Thomas Carson was sleeping underneath a bridge in the Bronx.

Homeless and addicted to crack, he had resorted to collecting bottles and cans to fuel his drug habit. One night, when he was just about to go to sleep, Carson was suddenly compelled to get up and gather more bottles and cans. His journey took him almost five miles, netting him $10, money ...

Harckham’s Late Entrance Forces Democratic Primary in District 40

August 14, 2018

Editor's Note: Read our previous interview with Robert Kesten here.

SOMERS, N.Y. – For eight months, it appeared to be a two-man race for 40th New York State Senate District, as Democratic challenger Robert Kesten announced in September that he would challenge two-term incumbent Sen. Terrence Murphy.

That was until Peter Harckham, a fellow Democrat from South Salem, announced his ...

Katonah Author Creates Sports-Themed Mysteries

August 17, 2018

KATONAH, N.Y. – When an author gets a front-cover endorsement by the likes of James Patterson, it can certainly provide a real boost of confidence.

Katonah’s Michael Balkind, a mystery writer who weaves in themes of sports and intrigue into his novels, scored Patterson’s words of praise on his first book more than 10 years ago and has since gotten the attention of Clive ...

Bedford Playhouse Hires First Executive Director

BEDFORD, N.Y. – Out of more than 100 applicants, the Bedford Playhouse has hired Nicole Gardner to lead the new-look arts and entertainment center.

Gardner, who has more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment and non-profit industries, became the non-profit organization’s first-ever executive director on Monday, Aug. 6, just seven weeks before the grand opening of the ...

Photos: Blonde Ambition Rocks Katonah Memorial Park

KATONAH, N.Y. – Blonde Ambition, a local band that plays rock, pop and Motown favorites, got families dancing at Katonah Memorial Park on Thursday, July 26. The band includes one resident from Katonah and three from Goldens Bridge.

The concert was held as part of Bedford’s Summer Concert and Movie Series, which will wrap up on Aug. 9 with an 8 p.m. screening of “The ...

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Destinations

I am enjoying my summer so far. Walking every morning with my neighbor, reading a ton of new books, teaching summer writing classes, and eating chocolate ice cream has been very relaxing. But now that August is here, I’m thinking about planning a mini-vacation to a destination that sounds fun. I want to try new experiences so that I can write about them for future columns.

I’m ...

The Art of Protecting Water

We take water for granted.

Elizabeth Phelps Meyer does not.

“Water is the first medicine,” she says. “We use it to heal, to cleanse, to live. We are disconnected from all this in our culture, but Native Americans are not.”

When the visual arts educator and interdisciplinary artist became aware in 2016 of the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline by the ...

We all scream for ice cream... and fro-yo!

A few weeks ago, some of the girls in the office were craving fro-yo and invited me along. I think I may have had frozen yogurt in my past but it didn’t leave enough of an impression for me to actually be sure. However, they were raving about it and I’m game for trying almost anything and then of course, talking about it. After the hilarious adventure of “tasting” the ...

Quoth the Raven, ‘Caw’

One of the things I do actually love about the suburbs is the quiet. Of course, the quiet mostly happens in short spurts between clamorous bouts of home construction, lawn mowers, garbage trucks, cicadas, and dogs barking. But when I do get it, it’s glorious.

So, naturally, as I was having one of those brief, late afternoon quiet moments on my deck, a bird suddenly landed on my deck ...

New Hope for an Old Traveler

As a public service to my readers I like to go to a place I’ve never been before, spend a couple days, see the sights and file a full report so you can decide for yourself if you want to go there. And since I’m not there any more, this would be a great opportunity for you to go. This time we visited New Hope, a quaint and historic borough in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, less than three ...