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Hammond Museum Set to Reopen

May 14, 2021

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - Its cherry trees are blossoming.

Curious folks are starting to peek longingly through its wooden gates at its lily pad-covered pond and meandering pathways.

Even the frogs – whose chorus of croaks has been unusually enthusiastic this spring -- seem to know that something good’s about to happen at the Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden in North ...

Is A Marijuana Dispensary Good For North Salem?

This article is the first in a series examining the impact of possibly having a marijuana dispensary in the town of North Salem. Over the next few months, we’ll publish articles, release a podcast and host a community forum on Zoom around this topic.  

Edward Abrahams understands why residents may be opposed to having a marijuana dispensary in the town of North Salem, which has ...

North Salem Historical Society Nugget - Purdys Railroad Station (Part I)

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - As early as 1839, records show that Issac Hart Purdy began to lobby to get the railroad to route their new main line through Purdys and Croton Falls rather than Mahopac and Somers. 

In 1847, Issac’s hard work paid off. Issac Hart Purdy agreed to grant right of way to the New York and Harlem Railroad for $1.00.

The condition of sale was that the railroad would ...

Safe Haven

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - It’s showtime once again at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding.

Last spring, the Brewster-based nonprofit was forced to suspend operations because of the pandemic. After getting the official go-ahead to reopen from Albany that summer, it was able to trot out modified, phased-in programs.

But it still faced a bigger logistical hurdle with its annual horse show, which always ...

Back in the Saddle

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - Saddle up, spectators! Old Salem Farm has finally gotten the hooves up to have audiences return to its famed equestrian competitions.

The North Salem facility had to rein in last spring’s show due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s prohibition on large gatherings. It was the first time the competition venue had to do that in 40 years, said its president, Scott ...

Earth Day Tree Planting

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - Members of the North Salem Improvement Society gathered at Ruth Keeler Memorial Library on Saturday, April 26 for their annual meeting and 2021 Earth Day Tree Planting. Andrea Good and Pam Pooley from the Conservation Advisory Council explained how to properly restore land from damage by invasive species and establish a pollinator habitat. Those in attendance were also able to ...

North Salem Eyes Outdoor Graduation

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - North Salem High School found itself in the limelight last year when it held graduation at a Dutchess County drive-in theater.

Besides getting their diplomas handed to them via a 6-foot mechanical arm, grads were treated to pizza and a movie. A bold move in light of the many logistical hurdles posed by the pandemic’s social-distancing guidelines, the creative ceremony ...

Community Remembers St. Joseph's

SOMERS, N.Y. - Biblically speaking, a church isn’t its bricks and mortar or, in the case of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Somers, its wood and 19th century stained-glass.

It’s not the place people go to, but the people themselves, a body of believers, a spiritual family. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that a few tears haven’t been shed over the recent razing of ...

Union Protests Paint Project

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - Picketers in front of North Salem Town Hall last week deployed a giant inflatable rat in an apparent response to the hiring of nonunion painters for a local project.

According to a flier distributed by the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), Worldwide Industries Corp., the contractor engaged by the town to refurbish massive tanks in the Sunset Ridge ...

The spirit of giving

The idea of showing kindness to strangers is alive and well with Mairead Dooley of North Salem.

A junior at Kennedy Catholic High School, Mairead recently organized an Easter basket drive through the St. Joseph’s Religious Education Program in Somers. The beneficiary of this effort would be the Cardinal McCloskey Community Center in Valhalla, a social service agency that assists ...

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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 ...

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 ...

The Best Natural Deodorants for the Toughest Workouts

Chances are, your wellness journey includes some heavy-hitting workouts, and a good deodorant is key to feeling confident after every session. Mainstream products can contain harmful ingredients that may actually be blocking some of your body’s natural processes as well as potentially causing health problems down the road. If you’re ready to switch to a more natural product but are ...

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 ...

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 ...

Is now the time to gift your commercial real-estate holdings?

As has been well documented, the current federal estate and gift tax exemption of $11.7 million per person is scheduled to sunset (expire) on Dec. 31, 2025.

Unless the current exemption is made permanent on or before Dec. 31, 2025 (which is highly unlikely because of the present political environment in Washington), on Jan. 1, 2026, the new federal estate and gift tax exemption will be ...