North Salem News

October 12, 2018

The 29th oldest living person in the United States resides right here in North Salem and her 111th birthday was Oct. 8. Catena Cavallaro, who is also the sixth oldest living person in New York and the 100th oldest living person in the world, joins three other centenarians in town with September ...

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Hundreds came out the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem last week to remember Atka, the beloved 16-year-old Arctic wolf who died on Sept. 22.   Atka was born May 17, 2002. Just eight days later, he arrived at the Conservation Center from Minnesota. An ambassador wolf for more than a ...

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The Westchester Exceptional Children’s School Vocational Program is asking for the community’s help in funding a new van to transport students for job training.  Through the Vocational Program, WEC’s special needs students are trained in real-world scenarios to get ready for life post ...

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Sen. Terrence Murphy announced a $2,500 grant this week to support the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library’s Science, Technology, Engineering Art and Math program. “STEAM is one of our most popular programs for young people,” said Library Director Carolyn Resnick. “Over a hundred children and their ...

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People living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) now have a way to fight back.  Lexington Avenue Gym and the Michael J. Fox Foundation sponsored an informational meeting on Sept. 14 for people with PD. The program emphasized the importance of exercise in improving both the physical and mental ...

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The potential closure of a cable access studio in Peekskill has hosts of local shows reeling and worrying about the future of community-generated television. The studio, located on Park Street in the city’s bustling downtown, has been around for decades and is the only one left in the ...

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The Putnam Hospital Center Foundation honored North Salem resident and longtime trustee Joseph DiVestea while celebrating the transformation of the hospital’s Emergency Department at its Moonlight Ball on Saturday, Sept. 29. The annual event, held on the grounds of Putnam Hospital Center, ...

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Being executive director of the North Salem Open Land Foundation combines everything Jocko McKean loves. Well, almost everything For about a decade after college, the North Salem resident was a juggling, flipping, balancing-anything-on-anywhere, unicycling performer, magician and ...

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Town leaders are going to create a Master Plan just for Croton Falls. Work on a road map for the hamlet is expected to begin soon, said Supervisor Warren Lucas. The town has one for North Salem, but not one specific for Croton Falls.  “Since the 2011 town-wide comprehensive plan, many things ...

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Welcome to North Salem Style, our new monthly column from Nancy Sorbella featuring local tastemakers who either work or live in North Salem and reflect the cool, refined, smart and chic vibe of the community with their personal style or interior design. This month Nancy introduces you to Trish ...

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Computer Science for All.  That’s the goal in the North Salem schools as district leaders think about how best to prepare its students for the future, and the name of the program that’s going to help get it there. The North Salem Foundation for Learning recently presented the district with a ...

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Free parking along Routes 100, 202 and 116 in Somers for commuters using the Croton Falls train station in North Salem will soon be a thing of the past. The MTA is buying 12 Croton Falls Road, the former site of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, to build 450 permit-only parking spots for the ...

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In its second year, New Dawn Family Resource Center plans to expand its services for domestic abuse victims. The center, in a discreet location in Lewisboro, brings together a consortium of services funded by North Salem, Somers, Pound Ridge, Bedford and Lewisboro and grants from the county and ...

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HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. - Peter Harckham (D-South Salem) will challenge incumbent state Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) in November's general election after defeating Robert Kesten (D-South Salem) in yesterday's Democratic Party primary, according to unofficial election results. More than 21,000 ...

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Pequenakonck Elementary School is ready for students this Thursday, Sept. 6, after weeks of cleaning and testing to get rid of a pervasive mold problem found in early August. Superintendent Dr. Ken Freeston and Lawrence J. Holzapfel, the chief operating officer of Quality Environmental Solutions ...

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Residents and business owners are promising a lengthy legal battle if Hardscrabble Supply moves forward with its desire to use a rock crusher on its property. But times have changed and technology has improved, according to Marcy Miller, a representative for Hardscrabble Supply and sister of Tim ...

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He was once the youngest mayor in the United States and is currently the Dutchess County executive. And for his next trick, Marc Molinaro, a Republican, would like to be governor of New York.   Molinaro knows he’s the underdog—in the last 40 years, there has only been one Republican ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - George Sica is no stranger to reinventing himself.  At 14 years old (only a year after he came to the U.S. from Italy with his family), he dropped out of high school and became a hairdresser. He earned his general education development diploma while serving in the Army after ...

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School leaders are battling a mysterious mold outbreak at Pequenakonck Elementary School. Superintendent Ken Freeston announced last week that staff discovered “what may be mold or some other fungus” on 20 percent of the desks and other surfaces. The school is closed until further ...

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A Starbucks barista with a dream of having her own organic farm has found a home on Dick Button’s North Salem oasis. Allison Turcan is about as loyal as it gets when it comes to Starbucks. She had worked her way up to store manager of the chain coffee shop in Mamaroneck, when she decided to take ...

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Residents in North Salem and Somers slept through their alarm on Aug. 16 because another power outage blanketed parts of the town. According to the National Weather Service, weather conditions for the early hours of August 16 were calm with some fog and mist.  The same thing happened earlier ...

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On Monday, Aug. 27, the North Salem Lions will host a golf outing to celebrate their 51st anniversary and raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter, among other charities. The event will include a four-person best ball, a continental breakfast, a barbecue lunch and a ...

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The North Salem Republican Club recently helped feed homecoming troops and their families at the Camp Smith Military Base in Cortlandt Manor. The club helped set up and serve a barbecue, which was being held for the troops who recently returned from the Middle East. The North Salem Republican Club ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - Pearl the Bichon poodle was pregnant with seven puppies (only six would live) in terrible conditions near the Mexican border when 2,000 miles away a North Salem family began planning her wedding. The fluffy beauty was being mistreated by a breeder when she caught the eye of ...

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Residents will have a choice between two candidates for town clerk come November. Republican Maria Hlushko and Democrat Billy Morin filed by the July 12 deadline for the one-year unexpired term. The position will be up for election again in 2019 for the full four-year term. Patti Butler, who ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Somers Lion Ellen Purcigliotti is now the district governor for District 20R1, which encompasses Northern Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties.   Purcigliotti’s district represents about 30 clubs and more than 800 Lions.  In addition to furthering the Lions’ global goals ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - Friends of Karen, the non-profit children’s charity, has launched its 2018 Back to School Program.  The organization, which supports families in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut who are struggling to stay afloat financially and emotionally while caring for their ...

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Sen. Terrence Murphy has asked the Public Service Commission to replace NYSEG with a different company after more power outages hit the Westchester and Putnam counties region. In a letter to John Rhodes, chair of the state Public Service Commission, Murphy said “it is past time for your agency ...

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NORTH SALEM N.Y. - The North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps (NSVAC) needs more volunteers.  And, it needs a new ambulance. To get all the shifts covered, NSVAC Capt. Maria Hlushko estimates the corps should have a roster of about 56 volunteers. Currently, it has 10 active members.  To fill ...

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The following is an article from Supervisor Warren Lucas: Our garbage recycling contract is up August 31. After several years of unchanged cost, the new bid price is a whopping 43 percent increase, up from $632,000 to $903,000 per year. This increase will drive a 4 percent increase in town ...

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