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In Support of Jonathan Schneider

The following opinion piece is not an endorsement from Mahopac News or our company, Halston Media.  

Rather, it is my personal endorsement. I’m just one individual who happens to purchase ink by the barrel, and my personal opinions have little impact on the news coverage of this newspaper, as I don’t micromanage our editor.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the ...

Track and Field: Wolves Compete in Two-Day Meet Against Somers

May 20, 2022

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – On May 10 and 11, John Jay had a home and home with Somers to end a regular season that had the Tuskers taking the league championship. On the other hand, the stampede continued for John Jay’s eighth-grade standout. But despite her success, distance coach Dave Bradford was still pleasantly surprised by the determined confidence of Sloane Wasserman.

“I ...

Baseball: Harvey to Play for League Title

Harvey’s varsity baseball team, the reigning champions of the Housatonic Valley Athletic League (HVAL), clinched the top spot in the 2022 league playoffs with a 12-0 win at home on May 9, against Forman. The Cavs will host the league championship game on May 21.

It was another dominating performance by a Cavs starting pitcher combined with outstanding production from the offense. Senior ...

Boys Tennis: John Jay Wins League Title

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – John Jay began the season with a 1-2 mark, but the Wolves’ game definitely heated up with the warm weather. “We won the league,” said Coach Paul Crivelli, and traveling north on May 12 did not have the boys losing any steam.

The Wolves swept all six matches to ready themselves for the postseason.

Finishing his day first, Matthew Marchini defeated ...

Baseball: John Jay Finishes Regular Season with 11-8 Record

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – After losing one-run games to Brewster and Somers last week, the Wolves hoped to get some separation when they traveled to Mahopac on May 9. Unfortunately, John Jay had no such luck, and, unfortunately, the nail-biting once again went the other way.

On a two-out dribbler up the third-base line by Joey Koch, starting pitcher Nick Fassert pulled first baseman Dan ...

Racial Epithet Investigated at John Jay Middle School

May 18, 2022

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – For the third time in as many months, a message of hate has been put on disturbing display at John Jay Middle School in Cross River.

A racial epithet, scratched earlier this month in a boys lavatory, joins swastikas found in separate incidents at the school in February and March.

As in the previous episodes, May 5’s discovery prompted immediate calls to the ...

Katonah-Lewisboro Schools: Budget Approved, Incumbents Re-elected

CROSS RIVER, N.Y - Katonah-Lewisboro School District voters returned three incumbents to the school board Tuesday and approved more than $115 million in spending in the new academic year.  

Turning back a rare three-way challenge, the board’s vice president, Julia Hadlock (1,343 votes), and trustees Elizabeth Gereghty (1,282) and Rory Burke (1,238) won new three-year terms in ...

Meet the Katonah-Lewisboro School Board Candidates

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. - For the first time in recent memory, three incumbent school board members will face challenges when Katonah-Lewisboro School District residents go to the polls next week.

Voters will be asked on the May 17 ballot to choose from among six candidates to fill the three board seats, pass judgment on next year’s $115.7 million school district budget, and approve spending ...

Having a Martha Moment

May 21, 2022

BEDFORD, N.Y. – Count on me to find a “bargain bin” at one of the most exclusive tag sales on the planet.

I think I’ve been to every church rummage, estate, yard, and garage sale – not to count flea market and thrift store – within a 50-mile radius of my Westchester home.

Nothing gets my endorphins flowing like being elbow-deep in someone else’s ...

Take A Look Inside Our Weekly Editorial Team Meeting

KATONAH, N.Y. -- Take a look inside our weekly editorial team meeting. Click HERE to listen or you can watch the video. 

Katonah’s 125th Anniversary Celebration Set for Saturday

KATONAH, N.Y. – “New Katonah” isn’t so new anymore.

The hamlet of Katonah will commemorate the 125th anniversary of its founding with a celebration on Saturday, May 21.

“Our town supervisor, Ellen Calves, contacted us and we were looped in and put in the lead,” said Teryn Kendall, who is the co-chair of the 125th Katonah Celebration Committee alongside ...

Katonah's Stepping Stones Receives New Permit for Visitors

May 22, 2022

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Debate emerged at the April 28 Bedford Planning Board virtual meeting while negotiating a special-use permit renewal for Stepping Stones, the historic home of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson.

Will Runyon, a board trustee of the Stepping Stones Foundation, asked for the board to grant a two-year trial renewal to test a 3,000 visitor per year ...

Douglas Drive Dispute Settled

KATONAH, N.Y. – A pedestrian path to Katonah Memorial Park can run through the front yard of a Douglas Drive home, the property owners and town have agreed.

In an out-of-court settlement of a 16-month legal wrangle, lawyers for both sides signed off last month on an easement that will allow foot traffic for the park, downtown areas, and Katonah Elementary School to flow via Douglas ...

Maloney Cuts $1.8 Million Check for Clean Water in Lewisboro

SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Saying “this is how government should work,” Lewisboro Supervisor Tony Gonçalves thanked Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney last week for the federal money he’s brought to a cleanup of the Oakridge Water Treatment Plant.

Lewisboro is getting $1.8 million to expand the plant with a new carbon-filtration system. Maloney, appearing with town officials at ...

Take A Look Inside Our Weekly Editorial Team Meeting

KATONAH, N.Y. -- Take a look inside our weekly editorial team meeting. Click HERE to listen or you can watch the video. 

Racial Epithet Investigated at John Jay Middle School

May 18, 2022

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – For the third time in as many months, a message of hate has been put on disturbing display at John Jay Middle School in Cross River.

A racial epithet, scratched earlier this month in a boys lavatory, joins swastikas found in separate incidents at the school in February and March.

As in the previous episodes, May 5’s discovery prompted immediate calls to the ...

Photos: Rock the Halls Returns to John Jay

May 8, 2022

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – John Jay Middle School held its 13th annual Rock the Halls concert on April 22. Students in grades six through eight performed in front of the nearly full auditorium and jammed alongside Halfway to Sanity, a band that includes some of school’s teachers. Students sang songs from various decades and genres, such as “Ruby Tuesday” by The Rolling Stones, ...

Minimizing Tennis Injuries

May 22, 2022

With warmer weather around the corner, getting out in the fresh air playing tennis is good exercise for young and old.  Tennis is not only a year-round social game but improves our cardiovascular fitness, balance, and hand-eye coordination.

Causes of most common tennis injuries

The tennis game involves explosive forces through your upper extremities and fast acceleration and ...

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Endorsing the Incumbents

May 15, 2022

We are writing in support of the Katonah-Lewisboro School District’s budget and to endorse Rory Burke, Elizabeth Gereghty, and Julia Hadlock for reelection to the Board of Education.

These three incumbents skillfully and responsibly led the district safely through the pandemic with a focus on maintaining the highest educational standards for all students in the district under the most ...

Descriptive Phrases

Remember when people used to speak more eloquently? Books and plays and your average grandmother used descriptive phrases to paint a picture with words.

Our basic language skills have been eroding over the last several years. Texting and email and social media have accelerated the deterioration of the written word. People are so busy, busy, busy multi-tasking that they prefer to use acronyms, ...

Missing Teeth

Years back, I was lamenting the number of empty storefronts in our hamlets to my friend and former Bedford Supervisor Lee Roberts. She responded — “missing teeth.” Those empty storefronts always reminded her of missing teeth. That term is always ringing around in my head when I notice vacant storefronts in town.

The catchphrase “hamlet vitality” is the new ...

First Days in a New Town

When I first graduated from college, I took a job teaching kindergarten in Providence, Rhode Island, my hometown. I taught for five years, then got married and soon became a stay-at-home mom. My husband, Al, was now getting out of the Navy and looking for his first job. That took us to New Jersey, followed by a stint in Massachusetts, and then on to New York. We luckily found paradise – ...

Tales of Ties and Tails

That headline-grabbing, delinquent supply chain has now wormed its wayward way into graduation ceremonies, of all things. In some cases, cases of caps and gowns and hoods (those sash-ish affairs that denote academic degree) are backlogged in production or in transit, leaving schools to scramble to ensure their alumni-in-waiting are decorously adorned, as tradition dictates.

Shortages of sashes ...

Your Next Chapter: Estate Planning Considerations for the Newly Retired

Congratulations on your retirement!

Like many, you probably have a bucket list of things you would like to accomplish such as travel the world, spend more time with your grandkids and take up a new hobby. While these are all excellent ambitions, the milestone of retirement is also a good time to ensure your finances, beneficiary designations, estate planning, and long-term care strategy are in ...

PCSB Bank Partners with United for the Troops

May 20, 2022

Yorktown Heights, NY, May 20, 2022: PCSB Bank has announced it will partner with United for the Troops by launching a drive to provide those serving in the armed forces with much-needed donations.

PCSB will have red collection bins at all of its 14 branch locations to accept donations until May 31, 2022. A wish list of non-perishable items can be found at Wish List - United for the ...

'Two Minutes with TAPinto' Features South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen.

When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time.

"I say this to all ...

Drawing the Line Between News and Content Marketing is Key to Publisher Credibility and Success

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Publishers invest significant time and financial resources in building their audience. No one has the right to have their content placed in front of the audience you’ve built. Public relations firms and others say their content is newsworthy and they get paid a lot of money to try to make that case to publishers every day.

Drawing the line between news and ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Local Marketing in a Digital World

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on Sergeant Marketing's Milestone Mindset Live speaking about Local Marketing in a Digital World. The series helps viewers attract and retain clients and donors.

Shapiro and host Nancy Sergeant talked about a number of topics, including the value of local marketing in the post-pandemic economy, how ...

TAPinto Publisher Bobbie Peer Receives Boy Scouts of America Patriots' Path Council Tribute to Women Award

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Bobbie Peer is a business owner, a networker, a marketer and a survivor.

"I am a single mother and I made it," Peer said. "I work hard, I'm passionate about what I do and I form relationships. I am a success."

Peer, the publisher of five TAPinto sites, recently received a Boy Scouts of America Patriots' Path Council Tribute to ...