Katonah/Lewisboro Top Stories

May 14, 2021

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – Katonah-Lewisboro voters will go to the polls next week to name two trustees to the school board and decide on a $113 million budget for next year. The proposed cap-compliant budget would increase spending by $1.77 million—a 1.59 percent hike over current projected outlays.

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – A Bedford citizens committee is urging a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers, calling them noisy nuisances that threaten the town’s climate-action goals. No one in town hall disagrees. Helene Kopal, co-chair of the leaf-blower task force, cited what she called a “groundswell of ...

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GOLDENS BRIDGE, N.Y - With warmer weather drawing people to boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, and other outdoor recreational activities on local lakes, nature trails, and the reservoir system, members of the Goldens Bridge Fire Department have been ramping up training exercises at locations ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – A Lewisboro woman who lives in the Oakridge Condo community in Vista suffered a skin-breaking dog bite from a Basset hound around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 28. Jane Dooley, the dog control officer for the town of Lewisboro, is seeking more information. According to Dooley, ...

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BEDFORD/LEWISBORO, N.Y. – As of Sunday, May 9, 43.8 percent of Westchester County residents were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to information provided by the New York State Department of Health. Additionally, 54.4 percent of the county’s 967,612 residents—and 67.9 percent of 18+ ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Lewisboro officials are asking the state’s help in stopping large commercials trucks from using Wild Oaks Road in Goldens Bridge as a GPS-recommended shortcut. The town would need Department of Transportation (DOT) approval to post signs on state-owned routes 22 and 138, both ...

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BEDFORD, N.Y. – Ian Rhodes, of BSA Troop 154, recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Rhodes built and installed a trailhead kiosk, which included a hand-painted trail map, and a walkaround at the Taylor Preserve of the Mianus River Gorge in ...

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LEWISBORO, N.Y. – In celebration of Earth Day, the Lewisboro Lions Club held its annual roadside cleanup project in the town of Lewisboro. Groups of residents volunteered to clean up certain areas of town on April 24 and April 25. One of those groups was the Goldens Bridge Hamlet ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – Ashlyn Field will become principal of Meadow Pond Elementary School in July, succeeding Carolann Collica Castellano, who has led South Salem’s youngest students since 2007. Field, now principal of Mott Haven Academy Charter School in the Bronx, looked on via Zoom last week as ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – With Trustee Terrence Cheng of South Salem stepping down after one term, district residents will find only two candidates for two seats when they vote next month. Newcomer Elena Shneyer of Goldens Bridge will join board president Marjorie Schiff, a Pound Ridge resident, in ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – As Katonah-Lewisboro schools fully reopened last week for the first time in a year, a quarter of John Jay High School students were choosing instead to continue learning from home. The district said 245 of the school’s 998 students have opted to attend online classes only to ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – With help from the pandemic, most of the sewer work that has torn up stretches of Katonah over the past year is now complete, the manager of the $22 million project said last week. In a report to the Bedford Town Board, Ken Kohlbrenner said crews have finished installing ...

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BEDFORD, N.Y. – The Katonah Classic Stage’s upcoming performance of the one-man show, “Thom Pain (based on nothing),” will mark the return of professional live theater to the northern Westchester area. The show will be performed by Trent Dawson, Katonah Classic Stage’s founder, at the Bedford ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Logan Aceste, a senior at John Jay High School, is a civic-minded teenager who has done quite a bit to support not just his hometown, but communities around the country. He has a master scuba diving certification, which he used to clean the ocean; is an Eagle Scout, earning the ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – The Vista-Lewisboro Pack 101 Webelo Scouts painted over graffiti on the East Street bridge in Lewisboro as a community service project on Saturday, March 27. “Our 10-year-old Webelo Cub Scouts showed what we can accomplish for our town if we just work together,” said ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the music performance industry has been unable to function and is financially rocked. Concert venues have had their doors closed since March of last year, and professional musicians have been without work for over a year. South Salem resident ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Despite an opportunity to cash in on newly legal recreational marijuana, Lewisboro residents were clear last week when it comes to selling it in their town. “Please, no,” one speaker implored the Town Board, summarizing the evening’s prevailing sentiment. Their remarks came ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – A controversial tree ordinance, amended since meeting stiff resident resistance last month, met with quick approval last week by the Lewisboro Town Board. The comprehensive and codified rules for tree removal are a first for Lewisboro, the last town in Northern Westchester to ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – The Bedford Police Department recently touted three history-making promotions, with high-ranking positions now being filled by previously under-represented populations. On March 26, as Women’s History Month was coming to a close, Patricia McGraw, formerly a sergeant, was ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Opponents of a controversial path across private property on Douglas Drive, providing access to Katonah Memorial Park and other destinations, cannot block pedestrians’ access, the Town Board warned last week. The dispute over a town-asserted easement, simmering in Katonah ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Renewing their appeal of a year ago, Katonah library trustees petitioned the Bedford Town Board last week to increase its financial support dramatically or face “draconian” cuts in library services. Without such a sharp hike in town funding—almost $125,000, bringing total ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – Giving the COVID-weary yet another reason to hope that normal is nigh, students in Katonah-Lewisboro schools were returning this week to classrooms full time. If things go as planned—and School Superintendent Andrew Selesnick was optimistic they would—almost all the ...

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BEDFORD, N.Y. – More than 250 people gathered on the field in front of the C&M Pavilion at Bedford Village Memorial Park on Saturday, April 10, to rally to listen to members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community speak about how the surge in racist attacks against the AAPI ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. – When the Katonah Village Library was forced to shut its doors in March 2020 due to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it offered Michael Robin, services manager, and the rest of the programming staff an opportunity to get creative with the library’s weekly schedule of ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. – On Saturday, April 3, the Katonah Museum of Art hosted the Himmel Award and Conversation, this year celebrating the work of Darren Walker, recipient of the museum’s 2021 Himmel Award. The Himmel Award, in its 10th year, is an annual award that “recognizes creators, conceivers, ...

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LEWISBORO, N.Y. – In lieu of a traditional Easter Egg Hunt, the Lewisboro Parks and Recreation department and Lewisboro Lions Club held an Easter-themed drive-by scavenger hunt around Lewisboro on Saturday, April 3. Participating families could swing by and pick up Easter bags full of treats at ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. - When Katonah’s Don Coe filled a vacant Bedford council seat a fortnight ago, he added, among other things, a man’s voice to a Town Board composed exclusively of women. But the former Planning Board chair’s bigger contribution by far likely will be his four-decade dedication ...

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BEDFORD, N.Y. – Katonah’s Don Scott, who left the Republican Party in the Trump years, will head the GOP’s challenge in November to the Democratic lock on Bedford town hall. A town councilman for five years, Scott will seek the supervisor’s office, vacated in January after seven years by Chris ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Austin Canady, a 24-year-old from South Salem, was killed Tuesday morning when his 2019 Harley-Davidson motorcycle collided with a 2019 Honda Pilot driven by a 34-year-old Yorktown resident. The crash occurred around 7:39 a.m. on Route 202. Canady was reportedly heading ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. – At the January inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the nation’s first national youth poet laureate, Amanda Gorman, took to the podium to recite her work, “The Hill We Climb.” Then on Feb. 7, at Super Bowl LV, Gorman would deliver another poem titled ...

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