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Marijuana Retailers Could be Legalized in Bedford

May 12, 2022

BEDFORD, N.Y. – Bedford lawmakers are looking to decide next month whether marijuana retailers can set up shop in town.

That’s the latest the Town Board can OK licensing the now-legal cannabis dispensaries in Bedford and still assure a town-wide vote on the matter in November.

A divided board narrowly decided in December to block the dispensaries. But many saw the 3-2 vote as an ...

Bedford: Officials Set Higher Ceiling for Electricity Rate Costs

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Signaling the near-certainty of sharply higher Con Edison bills this summer, the Bedford Town Board signed off last week on yet another increase in how much Westchester Power can pay for bulk electricity.

It marked the second time last month that the municipal power-buying consortium had been forced to ask member local governments to raise the top price they ...

Lewisboro Gives Monetary Support to Juneteenth, Pride Events

SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – A contentious meeting of the Lewisboro Town Board led to the decision to give both the Juneteenth and the Pride in the Park celebrations $1,000 in support from the town.  

The monetary support is based on a request from the Juneteenth organizers and a report from the town’s LGBTQIA+ Task Force asking for money for tables. The town also plans on accepting ...

Survey Finds Wireless Support in Bedford

BEDFORD, N.Y. – As a study of northern Westchester telecom needs wraps up, Bedford’s Wireless Facilities Working Group was expected to meet soon to discuss a local master plan for wireless communications.

In the county-commissioned study, CityScape Consultants Inc. is recommending wireless upgrades across a number of northern Westchester communities, including Bedford, and ...

Lewisboro Planning Board: Muscoot Reservoir May Soon be Treated

SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Muscoot Reservoir may soon be treated with copper sulfate to combat its blue-green algae bloom. The Lewisboro Planning Board moved to put the New York City Department of Environmental Conservation’s request to treat the water in the hands of Jan Johannessen, the town’s wetlands consultant, so as not to delay the treatment’s timeline.

The Muscoot ...

Marijuana Dispensaries Coming Back to the Table in Bedford

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Five months after forbidding retail cannabis shops in Bedford, the Town Board will take a second look next week at allowing the dispensaries and taking a cut of their sales.

Prompted more by the calendar than any new information, the review is meant to give town officials an opportunity “to start the conversation,” Supervisor Ellen Calves said. “We ...

South Salem Gas Station Property Listed for Sale

SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – The Mobil gas station property at the corner of Bouton Road and Route 35 in South Salem has been listed for sale.

The asking price is $3.9 million. The listing by Avison Young notes that the property has not been listed for sale for over 80 years.

The 4.72-acre property has a gas station, a free-standing liquor store, and a single-family home. It is zoned as a ...

Lewisboro Town Board Examines Fees for Community Events

SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Looking to set guidelines for its funding of community events, the Lewisboro Town Board will discuss next week how money should be allocated for holiday observances and other celebrations.

The board is expected to take up recommendations of the town’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Council to formally classify these public gatherings as either town-sponsored or ...

Westchester Power: Con Ed Prices Likely to Spike in New Contract

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Bracing for a second wave of dramatic hikes in utility bills, Westchester Power is asking member municipalities in its power-buying consortium to increase the maximum price it can pay to independent electricity providers.

The consortium needs its 23 Westchester members to approve a rise from the 7.1 cents it now pays for a kilowatt-hour of electricity to an ...

Bedford Limits Use of Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – It may not be perfect. It may—likely will—need some tweaks down the road. But for now, a change in Bedford regulations will muzzle gasoline-powered leaf blowers for much of the year and spell out exactly when they can fire up.

In a unanimous compromise last week, the Town Board stopped short of an outright ban on the blowers but imposed ...

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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 ...

Thanks, Mom!

I never bought my mom a car or rented her a villa in Tuscany. Grand gestures are not in my budget. I decided to write this column to celebrate Mother’s Day.

My mom provided the opportunity for me to try new experiences as a child. I had ballet lessons, piano lessons, horseback riding, and ice skating after school. Mom planned family vacations and trips to Broadway matinees and the ...

Board Work

A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from Liz Gereghty, who serves as a trustee on the Katonah-Lewisboro Board of Education, inviting me to meet for coffee to chat about my experiences as KLSD Board of Education president 15 years ago. Back then, our board went out to the community with a bond proposal for building expansion and improvements and Liz heads up a committee studying a facilities ...

She Sat Down Beside Me

It was the early 1960s, and I had just gotten my first job as a kindergarten teacher in Providence, R.I. Two days before the opening of school that fall, a meeting was held for all new teachers. It commenced in the auditorium of the largest high school in the city. There were at least 60 to 70 people attending — all new teachers I assumed. Many were graduates of the local R.I. College of ...

On Stage: Let’s Do the Twist

Aspiring playwrights are taught the use of reversal. Something unexpected happens that catches both the protagonist and the audience off guard and can lead to upending our expectations and the character’s subsequent actions. It’s also known as the “third act twist.”

Writer Lauren Gunderson has learned that lesson especially – and effectively – well. There is ...

Northwell Health Walk Returns to Westchester  

May 4, 2022

The event will benefit both Northern Westchester Hospital and Phelps Hospital

MOUNT KISCO, NY – The Northwell Health Walk will be on Sunday, May 22, at 10 a.m. at the Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown Heights and will unite thousands of people across five different New York locations who believe in supporting quality health care that’s close to home. 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 ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Future of Local News

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on the "What Works - The Future of Local News" Podcast from Northeastern University’s School of Journalism.

Shapiro talked about how TAPinto was formed, the current successes the company is seeing and plans for the future.

You can hear the discussion here.

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TAPinto Newark Journalist Selected for CivicStory Fellowship

NEWARK, NJ — Tom Wiedmann's love for journalism began during his younger years with a soundtrack of metal and rock and roll during road trips with his dad.

He just didn't know it at the time.

"I had a steady diet of ACDC, Rolling Stones, Ramones, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and all that stuff," Wiedmann said. "So I became somewhat of a music nerd growing ...