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May 6, 2021

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Spring has sprung and raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes are more active. And this means that Fido or Fifi are more at risk of contracting rabies if they encounter them.  Every year, North Salem makes a plea to residents to license their pets. The reasons why are simple, officials say: It’s ...

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Ridgefield, Conn. -- Congregation Shir Shalom in Ridgefield will host the annual Yom HaShoah Holocaust Memorial Observance (online), with congregations from the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County, beginning at 7:30  p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.  The following day, ...

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I recently came across a blog article titled, “Why Children Need Camp Now More Than Ever,” essentially a list of social/emotional needs that have been neglected due to the pandemic. The article explains, in the most scholarly way, why children have suffered for the last 13 months and how camp can ...

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Two days. Forty-five volunteers. Ten thousand articles of clothing. One tremendous outpouring of community support. For the past two weekends, members of The Agape Project NY have spearheaded an initiative to help the Brewster Cares and Putnam Community Action Programs with their Spring Clothing ...

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North Salem Day Camp, raring to bring kids back to Mountain Lakes Park, has released details of its 2021 program. While camp “won’t look the same as it did pre-COVID,” it will be just as fun, Lauren Rosasco said on Friday, March 19. According to the town recreation leader, there are still many ...

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The Easter Bunny will soon be hopping into town with baskets of goodies for local kiddos. The legendary harbinger of spring and his cheerful helper, the North Salem Lion, are set to appear at the drive-by celebration from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, at the Town Hall campus, 276 ...

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The source of one of North Salem’s guilty pleasures has flown the coop. Gordon’s DeliCafé, which has been open on and off for some time, closed its doors for good in February, leaving fans of a certain fried chicken clucking their tongues in disbelief. Formerly known as Hygrade Market, the ...

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What better way to shake off cabin fever than to howl at the moon, gaze at the night sky or trek through the silent woods in search of such woodland critters as rabbits, woodchucks, birds and squirrels? Teams of intrepid residents did just that last month after accepting challenges both silly ...

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North Salem has just made a lot of parents and kids happy campers again. The Recreation Department announced last week that, while plans are still evolving, the town’s day camp will take place at Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park this year. Last year, the pandemic forced the town to cancel ...

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Family Services of Westchester (FSW)’s RideConnect program is ready to assist older adults 60 and up in Westchester and southern Putnam County who need shopping and delivery of groceries and/or medication.  The program has hundreds of volunteers available to shop so that the vulnerable ...

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 If a bunch of bunnies is a fuffle, a phalanx of foxes is a skulk, and a band of doves is a bevy, what’s an absence of naturalists called? A crying shame. The Nature of Things, an environmental outreach program that has brought joy and new knowledge to thousands of children (and adults) with ...

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This month, an iconic North Salem establishment hits an incredible milestone as The Blazer Pub celebrates their 50th anniversary.  While The Blazer Pub is certainly a destination for those seeking a quality meal, the business has transcended the role of a normal local restaurant and become an ...

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Forget the Puppy Bowl, dog lovers should be paying attention to Puppy Scam 2021, authorities say. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the demand for furry companions as people seek to ease the loneliness and tensions associated with prolonged times at home. Many folks feel that they have more time ...

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A popular café in North Salem is thanking supporters after it had to close briefly because one of its employees recently tested positive for COVID-19. Hayfields Market on Bloomer Road notified customers on Wednesday, Feb. 24, that it would be shut for a day while a professional service came in ...

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For two days in March, The Agape Project NY will be offering support to several local organizations in the form of their Spring Clothing Drive. On Saturday, March 13 and Saturday, March 20, volunteers will be collecting clothing donations for Brewster Cares and Putnam Community Action Program ...

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There’s still time to get a good deal on a little piece of North Salem real estate. Last week, the Town Board unanimously approved raising the cost of a final resting place at its two burial grounds. But don’t worry, the new fees aren’t cast in stone until June 1. There are about 80 spots up for ...

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There’s snow two ways about it, February’s a fine time to explore nature.  Pinecones lounging under towering conifers, icicles bedecking the eaves of a red barn, black-capped chickadees foraging for berries, tiny sprigs of green pushing defiantly skyward—all of these are signs of winter’s ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - There’s a new place in town for fuel, grab-and-go grub, and supplies. North Salem Market, a Mobil gas station and convenience store, finally got the town’s go-ahead to open this week. “We’re all very excited,” said Issa “Izzy” Issa, who will be running the show along with ...

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Public employees could take advantage of early retirement incentives under a bill being sponsored by two local lawmakers. State Sen. Pete Harckham (D-South Salem) and state Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh), noting the COVID-19 pandemic’s devastating financial impact, said their proposed ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - The North Salem Central School District is considering hosting a Facebook page that could offer timely information on a daily basis.  At last week’s Feb. 3 school board meeting, trustee Brandy Keenan offered a presentation promoting the advantages of having a district ...

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to share the love. The sweethearts at North Salem’s Recreation Department have cooked up a way to tell older adults, homebound residents and others who simply need some extra cheer how much they matter to the community. They will be collecting Valentine’s ...

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It’s all about the ice. When plummeting temperatures force most sane humans to retreat to their nice, warm caves, iceboating devotees are racing out with augers and drills in hand, hoping to find out whether their favorite body of water has frozen over sufficiently enough to enable them to ...

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