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Area Students Earn Academic Honors at Harvey

May 6, 2021

The Harvey School has announced the names of the area students who have earned academic honors for the first marking period of the spring term. The following have been awarded a Cavalier Scholar certificate (GPA of 4.0 or higher) or have earned places on the Head’s List (3.7or higher) or Honor Roll (at least 3.3):

Isabelle Abramson, 12, South Salem, Head’s List; Logan Alexander, 8, ...

Ashlyn Field Named Principal of Meadow Pond

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 the Katonah-Lewisboro school board unanimously ratified her selection.

“I am ...

Katonah-Lewisboro BOE Race Uncontested

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 running for the three-year seats. Schiff will be looking for her fourth term on the ...

Quarter of John Jay High School Students Choose Remote Learning

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 finish this extraordinary 2020-21 school year.

Attendance percentages were markedly ...

Harvey and Kennedy Catholic Team Up to Win State Robotics Championship

Harvey’s robotics program continues to impress as two teams of its RoboCavs came up as winners in a big way Saturday, April 17, in the VEX Southern New York State Championship live-remote competition. The RoboCavs team 6277D, paired with a Kennedy Catholic Preparatory School squad, took the first-place trophy with a nail-biting final round 154-141 victory over two other paired ...

Students Returning to Katonah-Lewisboro Classrooms Full-Time

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 district’s students will be back in classrooms five days a week for the first time in ...

John Jay Junior Accepted into UCLA Architecture Program

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – When Millie Peacock was in middle school, she was hooked on Minecraft. “I built houses and houses for days on end,” she remembers. She was so immersed in the virtual building game that her mom, Lyn, began looking for a high school that offered architecture. That search brought Millie to the Katonah-Lewisboro School District where she is now a junior and ...

Katonah Elementary School Students ‘Think Through the Arts’

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 the “Chorus of the Captains,” which focused on three honorary ...

Why Parents Need Camp Now More Than Ever

I recently came across a blog article titled, “Why Children Need Camp Now More Than Ever,” essentially a list of social/emotional needs that have been neglected due to the pandemic. The article explains, in the most scholarly way, why children have suffered for the last 13 months and how camp can help ease children back into an educational setting and ultimately childhood. And while ...


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Preserving Land Is Crucial

May 12, 2021

As part of a global push to avoid the harshest impacts of climate change and to slow species extinctions, President Joseph Biden committed his administration to an ambitious conservation goal—to protect 30 percent of U.S. land and coastal seas by 2030. The science behind the plan demonstrates that 30 percent is needed to sustain and protect roughly 75 percent of the species on earth, slow ...

Tree Ordinance Too Restrictive

May 6, 2021

“The town of Lewisboro recognizes the inherent value and necessity of preserving and protecting trees in our overwhelmingly residential community.” Most if not everyone agrees with these words taken from the preamble to Lewisboro’s new tree ordinance, so why does the law remain so controversial?

Perhaps because even after new Town Board member, Richard Sklarin, wrote a second ...


The weather forecasters had been hyping Wednesday, April 28, as the “pick of the week” with sunshine all day and temperatures near 80 degrees.

I looked forward to taking a walk after lunch on Wednesday afternoon. At 1:40 p.m., I laced up my running shoes and put on my pink sweatshirt, baseball cap, and face mask. I grabbed the house keys and headed out the door.

I was enjoying a ...

Remote Possibilities Not So Remote

What would the hit TV series “The Office” look like if it was premiering today? (Odds are there will be a series, whether a revival of that series or a copycat, capturing the new zeitgeist of the post-pandemic workplace.)

COVID-19 has left a lasting impact on all facets of our lives that is unprecedented in modern times. Because of the shift to remote work, a significantly higher ...

Curbside Compost Partners with Bedford

May 4, 2021

Starting May 7, 75 households in the town of Bedford will start recycling food scraps for half the price.

The town of Bedford will participate in a three-year pilot curbside food scraps collection program. This project has been funded in part by a grant from the Climate Smart Communities Grant Program, Title 15 of the Environmental Protection Fund through the New York State Department of ...

Learn How To Cook From Anywhere With These Online Classes

Cooking can be fun at any age, and learning new skills exercises your mind, especially as you get older. Whether you’re just finding your way around the kitchen or you’re a seasoned home chef, online cooking classes are a wonderful way to spend your day! From free courses featuring various dishes to lessons led by celebrity chefs, there are vast opportunities to satisfy just about any ...

Fighting Fatigue: How To Sleep Better And Longer

Getting a good night’s sleep plays a vital role in your overall health. Sleeping recharges your body and brain to help prepare and energize you for each new day. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can cause a slew of problems, including memory issues and an increased risk for car accidents.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 26-64 need seven to nine hours of sleep ...

Is Your A/C Summer-Ready? 12 Things to Check Before the First Heat Wave

Soaking in the summer sun is part of the fun of the season. But if you don’t have a cool home to retreat to, that heat can start to feel overbearing. Make sure your A/C (or swamp cooler!) can handle any heat wave this summer with these 12 tips, plus guidance on how to know when to call in the pros.


Before beginning preparation steps for either an air conditioner or swamp ...

4 Unique and Meaningful Ways to Decorate for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to think about decorations that will brighten up your home as well as show Mom that she’s a unique, valued person in your family. With a few simple touches, it’s easy to create meaningful decorations that highlight the things that she loves best. Here are four great ways to add some color and style to Mom’s favorite ...

Bringing Spring Inside: Adding Pops of Color in Every Room

As the weather warms up, spring colors are arriving in home décor trends. Whether you’re inviting guests over in person or continuing your distanced Zoom calls, you’ll want to incorporate pops of spring color into every room of your house. Fortunately, adding color doesn’t have to break the bank, and you can easily experiment with the best way to invigorate your spaces ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day: 4 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to tell the caregivers in your life how special they are. By highlighting Mom’s favorite things in your celebrations, you’ll be able to shine a light on everything unique about her. If you’re looking for interesting ways to host a Mother’s Day celebration for a group, big or small, here are four memorable events that will leave Mom ...

Understanding SPF for Healthy Summer Skin

As we head outside to take advantage of the warmer weather, skincare and sun safety should be top priorities. While the sun’s rays provide countless benefits, the ultraviolet (or UV) components of sunlight are damaging to our skin. A sunburn from overexposure isn’t just temporarily painful - the UV rays that cause a burn are doing long-term damage to your skin cells that’s ...

The Benefits of Local Advertising

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When marketing your services or products, the best place to start is right in the community you serve. Your local community is full of potential new and returning customers, and that market is essential for you to sustain and grow. 

Local marketing is trending, and now more than ever it is important for your business to be prominent in your local market.

According ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Veteran TAPinto Franchisee Launches TAPinto Raritan Bay

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Longtime TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood franchisee John Mooney is taking his talents to the banks of the Raritan. After spending years growing TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood into one of the networks top 5 most-visited sites, Mooney is officially launching TAPinto Raritan Bay, covering Sayreville and South Amboy, N.J.

“Since I am familiar with Sayreville-South Amboy and ...