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First Quarter Closings up from Last Year

April 17, 2017

High sales rates, a sharp decline in inventory, and an uneven pattern of price increases across the region marked 2017’s first quarter entry to the real estate market recovery of the past five years.  Realtors participating in the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (HGMLS), a subsidiary of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, Inc. (HGAR), reported a grand total of ...

Yorktown Boys Lacrosse Edged by Chaminade

April 24, 2017

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — Yorktown’s boys lacrosse squad gave a great effort when it hosted Chaminade, the No. 9 team in the Inside Lacrosse/Under Armour Week 6 rankings, but fell to the Flyers 11-10 on April 22.

“I’m proud of them,” Yorktown coach Sean Carney said. “We’ve been trying to get to them to play at that level. We believe the boys can be very ...

Yorktown Rallies Past John Jay-CR

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— The reigning Section 1 Class B champion was on the ropes as the halftime horn sounded on Saturday afternoon at Charlie Murphy Field.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Yorktown refused to tap out.

The Huskers (4-2) gathered their emotions, refocused and went on to pull off a stunning 11-10 comeback victory over visiting John Jay-Cross River (3-3), outscoring ...

A Busy Week for Yorktown

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s baseball squad won its first game of the year with an 8-6 victory against Somers on April 10.

Leading the Huskers offensively was Matt Pupczyk (3 hits, RBI), Nick Farda (2 hits, 2 RBI) and Joe Veca (2 hits).

“We were able to learn from our mistakes against Mount Vernon and went up with better approaches to put us in a good position to be ...

Deadly Yorktown House Fire Deemed Accidental

April 21, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The fire that claimed the lives of two Yorktown residents the morning of April 10 has been ruled an accident, according to Yorktown Fire Chief Jay Swart.

The Yorktown Heights Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at 2:58 a.m. that Monday to the home at 1703 Central St., where Jeffrey Ginman, 74, and Helen Ginman, 70, had lived for decades.

Swart said it was a ...

Yorktown Town Board Proposes Amended Grease Trap Law

April 17, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – An amended version of the Sewers and Septic Systems chapter of the town code was proposed at the March 28 work session in order to better control the disposal of grease that might adversely affect the town’s septic system.

At the meeting, Councilman Vishnu Patel compared the effects to cholesterol in the human body—improperly trapped grease ...

Grace Urges Yorktown Schools to Opt into Tax Abatement Program

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Supervisor Michael Grace paid visits last week to Lakeland and Yorktown school districts to encourage them to opt into a tax abatement program intended to attract new businesses to Yorktown and in turn spur economic activity.

“We’re still finding we’re having a tough time competing with other communities,” Grace said to members of the Yorktown ...

Route 6 Commercial Development on Yorktown/Somers Border Moves Forward

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Fourteen years after it was first proposed, a four building, 18-acre commercial development on the Route 6 border of Yorktown and Somers is inching closer to the finish line.

The development was near planning board approval nine years ago, when, for reasons not disclosed, the owner of the land, Victor Tonndorf, halted the process. Represented by engineer David Sessions, ...

Lakeland School Board Seeks Recovery of Funds; Rosen Will Not Resign

April 12, 2017

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Steve Rosen, a Lakeland school board trustee since 2008, confirmed to Yorktown News that he was paid more than allowed by the school district but said he never knowingly violated the board’s bylaws. In fact, Rosen said his part-time gig as scoreboard operator and security guard for district sporting events, a task he has performed since before joining the school ...

Epic Dancers from Somers, Yorktown Honored for Leadership, Academics

April 13, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Epic Dance Center welcomed four new members into its chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) on Sunday, April 2.

The NHSDA is a program of the National Dance Education Organization, created to recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership and academic achievement in dance students. Epic Dance Center has a chapter for high school dancers, grades nine to ...

Martial Arts Center Opens in Shrub Oak

April 23, 2017

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Yorktown resident Chris Berlow celebrated the grand opening of United Martial Arts Center in Shrub Oak on Saturday, April 22. The ribbon cutting was followed by an open house.

Berlow, a sixth-degree black belt in taekwondo and former national competitor, recently returned from Africa, where he spent about a week climbing Mount Kilimanjaro while raising nearly ...

Update: Yorktown Landlord Plans Lawsuit over Centrale's Abrupt Closing

Editor's Note: This story has been updated.

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Centrale Italian Kitchen and Bar abruptly closed its doors earlier this month, just several months after opening in Yorktown’s Triangle Center. The swift exit reportedly surprised the owner of the Triangle Center, who now plans on bringing a lawsuit against the restaurant’s owner.

Adam Brodsky, general ...

Rock's Smoke Shop Opens in Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Rock’s Smoke Shop, a store offering tobacco and tobacco-related products, has opened on Commerce Street.

The store is owned by Rock Liu, a New York City resident. Liu, a former restaurant owner, left that business about a decade ago to open up a smoke shop in Newburgh, he said.

Liu said he became interested in the 1925 Commerce St. storefront, located in between ...

Yorktown Takes out the Trash During 29th Battle of Yorktown

April 25, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Despite the dreary weather, hundreds of people covered just about every square inch of Yorktown on Saturday, April 22, as the town of Yorktown held another successful Battle of Yorktown event.

According to Refuse and Recycling Coordinator Kim Angliss-Gage, 546 people between 102 groups were out last weekend picking up the trash covering the town's roadsides, parks ...

Cream of the Crop: Yorktown Native Finds Sweet Spot with Ice Cream Biz

LARCHMONT, N.Y. – At just 28 years old, Yorktown native Nick Di Bona had worked his way up from bus boy to head chef at Peter Pratt’s Inn, appeared on a nationally televised cooking show, and opened his own New York Times-reviewed restaurant in Larchmont. However, the enterprising 2003 Yorktown High School graduate was not satisfied with his accomplishments. In fact, it was the latter ...

Yorktown Remembers Holocaust with Town Hall Ceremony

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Next Wednesday, the town of Yorktown will take part in the nationwide effort to honor the victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution by holding a Days of Remembrance ceremony at 7 p.m. at Yorktown Town Hall.

The event coincides with the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust established by Congress and led by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ...

Yorktown Farmers Market Returns This Saturday at JV Mall

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – After a five-year hiatus, the Yorktown Farmers Market will return April 22, this time in collaboration with the Jefferson Valley Mall.

Originally born in 2012 out of Yorktown Organizations United (YOUnited), an organization dedicated to supporting other community organizations, resident Karen Muendell ran the market for just one summer. During that short time, the market ...

Yorktown Artist Builds Business out of Showing Others to Paint

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Whether it is a paintbrush, computer mouse or a hammer, local artist Kathy Pasquale is never emptyhanded.

“Because I do work for myself, I really am always working,” she said.  “If I’m not teaching class I’m looking for new ideas online, crafting projects for kids, painting techniques—you name it.”

Pasquale runs a ...

Yorktown Democrats Endorse Candidates

April 18, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The Yorktown Democratic Committee endorsed its slate of local candidates on Monday night.

The committee endorsed Ilan Gilbert for supervisor, incumbent Councilman Vishnu Patel, Alice Roker for council and Aviah Cohen Pierson for town justice. No candidate was endorsed for highway superintendent.

Gilbert, a former town justice, ran for council two years ago, losing by nine ...

MADD Holds Kick-off for Yorktown Walk

April 24, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) held a kick-off breakfast Saturday, April 8, for its second annual Walk Like MADD event. MADD is a non-profit organization that strives to end drunk driving and support those affected by drunk driving.

At the kick-off event, held at Little Sorrento and sponsored by the restaurant, MADD honored the supporters of the 2016 walk, held ...

Girl Scout Codes Her Way to Gold Award

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Smita Mohindra has been awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award for her extensive work in leading the “Coding Made Easy” class at the John C. Hart Memorial Library.

She founded the class in 2015 to teach students how to code in a fun and interactive way. In doing so, she sparked interest and encouraged enthusiasm in the sciences for dozens of younger students. For ...

Yorktown's Support Connection Hands out Spirit Awards

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Support Connection, a nonprofit organization that provides support to women diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer, handed out Spirit Awards to several area residents at last Friday’s Spring Benefit on at Villa Barone Hilltop Manor in Mahopac. The awards are given each year to honor those who demonstrate dedication to the organization’s mission by providing ...

Cream of the Crop: Yorktown Native Finds Sweet Spot with Ice Cream Biz

April 22, 2017

LARCHMONT, N.Y. – At just 28 years old, Yorktown native Nick Di Bona had worked his way up from bus boy to head chef at Peter Pratt’s Inn, appeared on a nationally televised cooking show, and opened his own New York Times-reviewed restaurant in Larchmont. However, the enterprising 2003 Yorktown High School graduate was not satisfied with his accomplishments. In fact, it was the latter ...

Yorktown Chamber Holds First Health and Wellness Hike

April 24, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The newly formed Yorktown Chamber of Commerce Health and Wellness Committee held its kick-off Health and Wellness Hike on Saturday, April 22, at the hiking trails at Hilltop Hanover Farm.

Committee Chair Lucy Khorram said about 75 people registered for the event and walked the trail early Saturday morning. “Our motto is to make Yorktown the healthiest ...

Neuroscientist Shares Research at Drug Crisis Forum in Yorktown

JEFFERSON VALLEY, N.Y. – “Every week I see 90 fourth-grade alcoholics,” said Dr. Stephen Dewey, professor of Molecular Medicine at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and keynote speaker at a drug crisis forum hosted by Drug Crisis in Our Backyard. “They’re 9 and they’re drinking a quart of gin a day.”

The April 6 event, held at Ceola Manor in ...

Bethel’s Continuum of Care Provides Effective Senior Care at Every Stage

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. - For more than a century, Bethel has been providing seniors in the Northern Westchester area with every facet of care imaginable to help them lead healthier, happier lives.

From home care and adult day services to independent and assisted living, as well as around the clock care, Bethel offers the peace of mind that comes with incomparable resources, experience and ...

Yorktown Takes out the Trash During 29th Battle of Yorktown

April 25, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Despite the dreary weather, hundreds of people covered just about every square inch of Yorktown on Saturday, April 22, as the town of Yorktown held another successful Battle of Yorktown event.

According to Refuse and Recycling Coordinator Kim Angliss-Gage, 546 people between 102 groups were out last weekend picking up the trash covering the town's roadsides, parks ...

Law Day—Yorktown Style

April 20, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Every year, the United States celebrates May 1 as “Law Day.” The designation was started by President Dwight E. Eisenhower in 1958, when his chief legal counsel Charles Rhyne suggested to the president that our country needed a special day to reflect upon the rule of law and how the law affects our lives. At the proclamation of Law Day, Eisenhower stated, ...

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Protecting Yorktown's Wetlands

April 12, 2017

Here we go again: Having gutted the law protecting Yorktown’s trees and woodlands, the Yorktown Town Board has set its sights on another environmental protection law, our Freshwater Wetlands Law.

Why do we want to save, and even increase, wetlands in Yorktown? Experience shows that wetland reduction results in more frequent and severe flooding, erosion and subsequent property damage.

Gov. Cuomo is a Fraud

I still cannot fathom the popularity of Andrew Cuomo, our governor. Other than the fact that he has a “D” after his name on a ballot, what has he done to ease the economic pain in New York?

We have, under his leadership, lost more population than we have gained. That which we lost, people making $50,000 a year or more in the private sector, are being replaced by people making less ...

Where am I?

A man goes to see his doctor for the results of his tests. The doctor says, “I am sorry to have to tell you that you have cancer and you have Alzheimer’s.” The man thinks for a moment and then replies, “Well at least I don’t have cancer.”

I told that joke for many years but I don’t tell it anymore. There is nothing funny about Alzheimer’s.

Unmasking Ancient Myths

It’s safe to say that dedicated theater-goers wouldn’t mind seeing more richly themed dramatic offerings like the Schoolhouse Theater’s beguiling production of “The Mask of the Jaguar King.”

Described by the producers as “Part battle of angels, part ghost story, part ritual dance, using indigenous and original sound landscapes with live music,” it is ...

Nothing Comes Between Me and My Lava Cake

When it comes to desserts, there are three kinds of people: sugary-dessert people, fruit-dessert people and no-dessert people. I’m a sugary-dessert person, and like most sugary dessert people, I don’t get the other kinds of dessert people at all. I can almost understand no-dessert people. But fruit-dessert people? Fruit as a dessert seems like a completely wasted opportunity. If a ...

Getting to the Root of a Reading Problem

Dear Dr. Linda,

My son, who is about to enter high school, reads on a fourth-grade level. He has had Wilson Reading since first grade. He has done very well in math and other subjects up till now and he’s a happy kid, but I’m concerned that because of the amount of reading required in high school, he’s headed for a real problem.

His school does not provide reading in high ...

Ditching Free Speech

April 19, 2017

Once again, Mr. Jim Martorano, in “The Abandonment of Truth and Science” (April 6), uses the faulty, illogical debating technique—the strawman. He spends paragraph after paragraph denouncing Alex Jones and then denounces Trump as though he were Alex Jones. Trump isn’t Alex Jones.

But more astonishing are his elitist views on free speech and press. Martorano’s ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, April 28, 4:00 PM

Patriot Garden adjacent to Yorktown Town Hall, Yorktown Heights

Yorktown Celebrates Arbor Day

Education Green

Sat, April 29, 9:00 AM

Jefferson Valley Mall, Yorktown Heights

Yorktown Farmers Market

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink Giving Back Green Health & Wellness

Sat, April 29, 10:00 AM

Yorktown Grange Fairgrounds, Yorktown

Husker Hoedown

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Are Private Schools Required to Provide Accommodations and Interventions =?

Dana Stahl, a learning specialist and educational consultant, will address educational questions and concerns that parents may have regarding their children’s academic development and progress in school. Topics can center on such concerns as how to handle homework dilemmas or what questions to ask at a CSE meeting. Questions can range from “How best do parents advocate for their ...

'The Trials of Alice in Wonderland' Comes to Yorktown Stage

April 15, 2017

Yorktown Stage will present four performances of “The Trials of Alice in Wonderland” at the end of this month.

Based on two of the greatest works in children’s literature, this fast-paced and witty show is set in Wonderland’s courtroom, where Alice is on trial. The Queen of Hearts is the judge, the Mad Hatter, White Rabbit and Caterpillar are witnesses, and the jury is ...