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Turf War

May 14, 2021

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - The North Salem School District has proposed an Athletic Fields Improvement Project that would cost the district $6.9 million.

That proposition will appear on the May 18 ballot along with the tax levy for the 2021-22 school year and names of candidates running for seats on the Board of Education. If the turf field project is approved, the district would secure a bond to be ...

Meet the Board of Education Candidates

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - The following candidates will be running for the two available seats on the North Salem Board of Education. Board members serve three-year terms. The annual budget vote and board election will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, at the Pequenakonck Elementary School gymnasium.

Paul Giamundo

Giamundo is currently a member of the Board of Education and has ...

Lowest School Tax Levy Increase in Five Years

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - The North Salem Board of Education unanimously approved a $45.9 million budget for the 2021-22 school year. 

The proposed tax levy of 1.26% is the lowest school district tax levy increase in five years and meets the state tax levy cap. The estimated revenue from the property tax levy is expected to be $40.2 million, around $500,000 more than last year’s tax ...

Area Students Earn Academic Honors at The Harvey School

The Harvey School in Katonah has announced the names of area students who have earned academic honors for the first marking period of the spring term. Several area residents have been recognized for earning a grade-point average of 4.0 or higher (Cavalier Scholar), or a 3.7 or higher (Head's List):

Adrianna Colandros, grade 9, Carmel, Honor Roll

Ian Kalman, grade 10, North Salem, Honor ...

North Salem Shutterbugs Shine

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - A group of North Salem High School students recently had their work exhibited at the 2021 Reel Exposure International Teen Film and Photography Festival.

Maya Dallow, Kate Jeffery, Katie Lenahan, Aaliyah Wilson and Ruby Yarnall all had entries in the event, showcasing photography skills honed at NSHS.

The event was held April 7-9, and the students’ work will be ...

U.S. News Releases 2021 School Rankings

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings, last week unveiled its 2021 assessment of public high schools.

The annual report ranked 17,856 high schools nationally and 1,218 statewide. U.S. News reviewed nearly 24,000 high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The number of ranked schools rose by 70 from last year. It worked ...

North Salem to Hold School Board Candidate Forum

NORTH SALEM, NY – The League of Women Voters of North East Westchester (LWVNEW) is moderating an upcoming school board candidate forum in North Salem.

The virtual forum will be held Monday, May 10 at 7 p.m. and available for live viewing at

North Salem school district residents may submit questions for the candidates via the LWVNEW email ...

A Voice to the Voiceless

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - North Salem High School’s Ellen Herlihy was recently honored with a Public Health Award from the Westchester Board of Health. 

National Public Health Week was observed from April 5-11, and a number of wellness advocates from throughout Westchester were honored for their work in 2020 and 2021.

Among those honorees was North Salem senior Ellen Herlihy, who is ...

Harvey and Kennedy Catholic Team Up to Win State Robotics Championship

Harvey’s robotics program continues to impress as two teams of its RoboCavs came up as winners in a big way Saturday, April 17, in the VEX Southern New York State Championship live-remote competition. The RoboCavs team 6277D, paired with a Kennedy Catholic Preparatory School squad, took the first-place trophy with a nail-biting final round 154-141 victory over two other paired ...

School District Plans Transportation Upgrade

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - If the current proposed 2021-22 budget is approved by voters on May 18, the North Salem Central School District plans to purchase a new 66-passenger school bus and a new handicap van. 

The expenditures would be possible with newly announced funds from the New York State Foundation Aid, which  is part of the $212 billion state budget for 2021-2022 passed last week ...


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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 ...