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May 22, 2020

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - It’s a twist on an old saying, but when life hands you limes, make margaritas. Making events special. Enjoying others enjoying the perfectly concocted cocktail. Those are two big things—other than his growing family—that Andrew Tapia says he’s passionate about. But what is ...

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KATONAH N.Y. - Seventy-five years ago, Marc Spieler’s immigrant father was an American GI in Europe, fighting the evil his family had fled and apparently helping to liberate the infamous Dachau concentration camp. Now, Marc Spieler is working from his Katonah home to document the uncommon role ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. – Katonah’s Mike Bocklet, head lacrosse coach at Purchase College, also runs a program for youth through high school players called 91 Tristate. Like every other athletic team or club, 91 Tristate’s season was disrupted by COVID-19. Practice was already underway when the ax came ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – “Welcome to Friday Night Lights!” said Chris McCarthy, director of health, physical education, athletics and wellness at the Katonah-Lewisboro School District. He was standing on John Jay High School’s Contest Field alone, under the lights. The green turf and signature purple ...

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Assemblyman Kevin Byrne is among a growing number of lawmakers who are demanding answers about the way the state has handled the coronavirus outbreak in nursing homes. In a statement released Monday, May 11, members of the state Assembly’s Minority Conference called on the Legislature to convene ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. - John Jay High School Principal Steven Siciliano announced Monday, May 18, that the Class of 2020 Commencement will take place in the expansive parking lot of the Jefferson Valley Mall in Yorktown Heights. The ceremony will follow the drive-in movie concept that's popular this ...

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MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. - Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) now offers serology COVID-19 antibody testing at two locations for first responders and other essential workers who live or work in Armonk, Bedford, Chappaqua, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, Pleasantville, Somers, North Salem, Yorktown, or Pound ...

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CORTLANDT, N.Y. -  New York State Police are seeking the public's help in its investigation into the death of Barbara E. Berkowitz, age 71, of Brooklyn. The State Police are searching for more information regarding the life and habits of Berkowitz, whose body was located on the shoulder of ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. - By the reopening of the popular weekly market at Muscoot Farm this Sunday, May 17, the county hopes to give pandemic-weary residents the chance to get some fresh air and sunshine while safely supporting the hardworking folks who produce their food. Although outdoor spaces at many ...

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Dear parents: Take a photo of your child holding up their finished work of art and email it to weinberger@halstonmedia.com with their name, age and town for possible future publication. You can print out the coloring pages here by clicking here. The coloring pages were drawn by North Salem resident ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – John Jay senior Brianna Garofolo has spent five years on the swim team and four years on the women’s lacrosse team. A member of the John Jay swim team since eighth grade, Garofolo was named captain for her junior and senior seasons. She was a repeat member of the New York ...

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Real estate agents who normally look to spring for a boost in home listings have turned to technology for a new way to sell houses and list properties in the face a pandemic that put the state, and their profits, on pause.  “In March we were doing tremendously well just as an industry. Our ...

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North Salem N.Y. - The town of North Salem announced Tuesday, May 12, it will be canceling camp this year. Read the letter from the Recreation Department in full:  Dear North Salem Day Camp families and friends,   The Town of North Salem Recreation Department hopes that this update finds ...

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The North Salem School District suffered a blow last week after it announced plans to hold high school graduation at the Four Brothers Drive-In in Amenia. While the news was being celebrated by seniors and their parents and quickly caught the attention of national media outlets due to the ...

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BEDFORD, N.Y. - A drive-thru COVID-19 test collection site that opened in Bedford is now taking residents of Lewisboro and Pound Ridge as well as their first responders are employees  All towns are sharing in the services, such as police coverage, which are needed for the operation of the ...

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Katonah, N.Y. - In a somber note to customers, the Katonah Reading Room announced its permanent closure on Friday, May 8. Owners Pete and Gretchen Menzies said the fragile nature of the restaurant business combined with the devastating economic impacts of the pandemic forced the ...

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Download a copy of the Mother's Day Questionnaire here.  Think it’s too late or too challenging to get Mom what she really wants for Mother’s Day? Think again! Here are 10 ideas that you can put together during quarantine for Mother’s Day.   A Clean House  As moms we are always told to leave ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. - The 2020 Section 1 varsity football schedules were released last week, bringing some much-needed excitement to an otherwise desolate sports landscape. Whether those games will actually be played is anybody’s guess. But if the virus subsides, schools reopen, and the sports ...

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Summer camp leaders are planning for multiple scenarios of how to proceed during the coronavirus pandemic while parents remain eager to enroll their kids back into a routine of sunscreen, swimming and making friendship bracelets. However, the town of Somers made a somber call this week when ...

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For the longest time New Yorkers were eligible for Medicaid home care services without worrying about the fi ve (5) year look back period for non-exempt asset transfers which is imposed for Medicaid nursing home eligibility.  Commencing on October 1, 2020, (unless delayed by the Commissioner of ...

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What so many of us are experiencing today, the isolation, stress, disappointments and anxiety mirror what families of an ill child experience every day. “The world is now living our version of normal.”  ~Friends of Karen mom New York is among the hardest hit with COVID-19. Our families’ already ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – Athletes are taught to play until they hear a whistle. Faced with insurmountable odds, many senior high-school students have remained optimistic about their chances of getting on the field at least one more time. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo finally blew the whistle on Friday ...

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A Message to Our Community CoveCare Center is here for you during this challenging time. We are committed to our community’s health, wellness and recovery now more than ever, offering our full range of services to people of all ages—just in a new way. While we cannot meet in person at this ...

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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday, May 1, that New York state schools will be closed for the remainder of the year. "Given the current situation, K-12 schools and college facilities will remain closed for the rest of the academic year and will continue to provide distance learning. This is ...

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The pandemic is not the first cataclysmic world event the travel industry has been forced to weather in the last decade. High-profile aviation disasters, unrest in destination spots and even the eruption of an Icelandic volcano; all have had a direct impact on folks’ desire to fly abroad. But ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. - It did not take a pandemic for three friends in Katonah to realize that their hometown has a collective community spirit, a tight-knit vibe and is full of interesting people—making it a special place to live. A year ago, they decided to share their appreciation by creating something ...

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BEDFORD, N.Y. - A drive-thru COVID-19 test collection site will open in Bedford on Saturday. The facility will be located at the Bedford Hills train station commuter lot No. 4 and will be operated by Murphy Medical Associates.  The site will be for collection only, no testing of samples will ...

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CareMount Medical has availability to test patients without any restrictions through its urgent care and office locations throughout New York.  A complete list of open office locations can be found at www.caremountmedical.com. CareMount patients who want to be tested can walk into a CareMount ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – Linn Carbaugh has been on the varsity softball team for four years and was named captain this year. The centerfielder led the team in singles last season. In addition to her time on the softball team, she was on the JV basketball team for two years, receiving the ...

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Westchester elder law attorney Anthony J. Enea of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP in White Plains and Somers, recently addressed the New York State Bar Association’s Senior Lawyers Section regarding estate planning essentials during COVID-19. With many recent changes in the law concerning ...

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