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Town Readies for Winter

October 19, 2018

North Salem got three new plow trucks last week, preparing early for a winter of snow and ice.

Sen. Terrence Murphy presented the town with a $100,000 grant to purchase the trucks. Supervisor Warren Lucas said Highway Superintendent Ward Hanaburgh keeps up with maintenance on the trucks but the “rigors associated with winter” took its toll on the older vehicles. 

“I ...

State Begins Peach Lake Treatment

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is continuing its work on Peach Lake with a treatment plan to decrease levels of phosphorus, which will help cut down on algae blooms.

Over the next several months, the DEC will take a boat out on the lake to apply aluminum sulfate. Over the last year, the DEC did a $585,000 study which determined this would be the most appropriate inactivant ...

Town Considers Other Recycling Options

The town extended its current garbage and recycling contract for one year, until August 2019, as it considers how to handle recycling going forward.

The town put out bids for a new contract earlier this past summer, but only City Carting, which the town currently uses for its trash pickup, responded with an offer that included a 43 percent increase, from $632,000 to $903,000 per year.

After ...

The Fountain of Youth Overflows in North Salem

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 and October birthdays: Blanche Gagnon turned 101 on Sept. 1, Eleanor

LaMotta turns 109 on Oct. 13 ...

Atka Remembered at Wolf Conservation Center

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 decade, Atka greeted and howled along with thousands of visitors to the Conservation Center over the ...

New Van Needed for WEC School

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 graduation.

But the 2004 Kia it’s currently using is in desperate need of ...

Funding Rolls in for STEAM

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 families participate. We have stations that focus on technology and science ...

The End of Public Access?

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 area.

The studio had been owned by Cablevision Systems Corp., but became Altice USA’s after the ...

Putnam Hospital honors North Salem resident at Moonlight Ball

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, featured a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and a formal program with co-chairs  Karen ...

From Performance to Preservation

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 clown. 

These days, you can still see McKean take center stage during trivia nights. which he hosts at ...


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