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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 ...

U.S. News Rankings — Report Card out for John Jay

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – John Jay High School ranks among the best in the nation, according to the latest US News rankings.

Out of nearly 18,000 public high schools in the country, John Jay came in at 479. In New York State, the school ranked 55th.

US News grades the schools in six categories:

• How many students took at least one AP exam
• How many students passed at least ...

KLSD School Board Hires Two Assistant Principals, Approves BOCES Budget

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – The Katonah-Lewisboro school board named two new assistant principals and approved a BOCES budget in an abbreviated April 19 meeting.

It also touched off a Facebook flap by limiting the rare Tuesday meeting to brief but essential business after School Superintendent Andrew Selesnick called in sick. Selesnick, who attends all of the board’s meetings, usually held ...

Bournas-Ney Appointed Meadow Pond Assistant Principal

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – David Bournas-Ney, a first-grade teacher at George M. Davis Elementary School in New Rochelle, was appointed assistant principal of Meadow Pond Elementary School at Katonah-Lewisboro School District’s Board of Education meeting on Thursday, April 7.

Previously, Bournas-Ney worked in two Brooklyn elementary schools, the Excellence Boys Charter School and the ...

Harvey Middle Schoolers to Compete in Worlds Robotics Competition

KATONAH, N.Y. – Robotics students from the Harvey Middle School will be traveling to Dallas, Texas, next month to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship tournament.

Leading the pack of Harvey’s RoboCavs headed to Worlds will be seventh graders Lee Birch, Daniel Kiamie, and Sullivan Wieting, whose Team 6277Z scored a second-place finish at the VEX IQ New York South Region ...

Glick Enters Katonah-Lewisboro School Board Race

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – Erika Glick, a vocal critic of the Katonah-Lewisboro School District’s literacy program, has declared her candidacy for one of three school board seats up for grabs next month.

A Katonah mother of two, she joins two other outspoken critics of district policy in challenging three board incumbents in the May 17 contest.

Her fellow challengers, Marc Abrams of ...

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Obituaries

Jan 9, 1939 - Mar 6, 2022
John (“Unc”) Kinnally passed away on March 6 at home surrounded by his family and in ...
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Jul 1, 1958 - Feb 21, 2022
Denise Marie Martabano Lupia (nee Edman) of Winter Park, Fla., passed away peacefully with a smile ...
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Apr 11, 1960 - Jan 30, 2022
Michael Trapasso of South Salem passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 30, at the age of 61. Mike ...
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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 ...