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Surgeon’s Farmhouse Is a Revolutionary-era Jewel in Yorktown

November 30, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Current owner Bill Primavera fondly recalls the four decades he has lived in the Ebenezer White Homestead.

“Living in a centuries-old dwelling has provided me with a different perspective on what home life is all about—like living in another dimension,” Primavera said. “I can feel and appreciate the presence of the many other lives lived ...

Home of Loyalist Accommodates 21st Century Family in Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - In 1766, Jeremiah Travis purchased acreage from John Schuyler, the son-in-law of Stephanus Van Cortlandt, on a country lane now called Granite Springs Road. The land included orchards, meadows and buildings, one of which was probably constructed by a tenant farmer squatting on the property. Today, 250 years later, that modest farmhouse still stands—and has recently been ...

IBM Facility in Somers Sells for Nearly $32 Million

SOMERS, N.Y. – The 723-acre IBM office facility at 294 Route 100 has been sold for nearly $32 million, according to the town assessor’s office.

According to a deed agreement, the property was sold for $31,750,000 on Sept. 29, to 294 Route 100 LLC. It is not clear who owns the company.

Supervisor Rick Morrissey said he does not know who the new owner is, either, but ...

Senior Forward to Lead Yorktown in Paint

November 30, 2016

Tanner Dyslin, a 6-foot-3 senior captain and the anchor down low for Yorktown basketball, is ready to lead the Huskers into the season. A strong, athletic, big man, Dyslin is a leader on and off the floor and will be counted on to deliver.

How old were you when you started playing basketball and how did you get started?

My older brother got a Little Tikes basketball hoop for Christmas one ...

Experienced Lakeland Team Ready to Roll

SHRUB OAK, N.Y.— Lakeland boys basketball coach Steve Fallo is excited about his team’s chances for success going into this season and a big reason for that is the experience that it will bring to the court this winter.

Bringing that experience to the floor are returnees, senior captains Tim Fallo (6-foot-2 guard), Patrick Morelli (5-11 forward/guard) and Griffin Shiland (5-10 ...

Walsh to Lead Lakeland on Court

SHRUB OAK, N.Y.— Lakeland’s Colleen Walsh has had a stellar career on the softball field, recording 50 wins and tallying more than 500 strikeouts as a pitcher and will be going to play the sport in college next year at Sacred Heart University.

Before she plays softball for the defending Section 1 Class A finalist Hornets this spring, she has business on the basketball court to ...

Transformer Failure Causes Power Outage in Yorktown

November 29, 2016

Update, 10:37 p.m.: Power has been restored to all Con Ed customers. The original story is below.

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Hundreds are without power Tuesday evening as the result of a transformer failure in the area of the Route 6/East Main Street/Curry Street intersection, according to Police Chief Robert Noble.

The number of outages is fluctuating, but was listed as high as 688 on Con ...

Safe Online Buying Spaces Created at Yorktown Police Department

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Parking spaces reserved for online transactions have been created at the Yorktown Police Department headquarters, creating a safe exchange area for residents who buy and sell products on the internet.

Police Chief Robert Noble said the “Internet Purchase Exchange Zones” can also be used for “just about any purchase that would require a face-to-face meeting to ...

Report: Yorktown One of New York's Safest Towns

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown has been named the 14th safest municipality in New York State by SafeWise.com, a website dedicated to home safety and security news.

SafeWise based its rankings on two criteria: the number of reported violent crimes and property crimes per capita. Violent crimes are considered to be aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery, and property crimes are burglary, ...

No Opposition to Lowe's at Public Hearing in Yorktown

December 3, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - What a difference four years makes.

In 2012, dozens of residents spoke out against the proposed Costco, leading to an extensive approval process and a lawsuit, both of which ultimately derailed that project.

“The time that it took for Costco to get approved caused issues with the agreement,” said Nick Panyotou, the project’s engineer. Costco pulled out of ...

Yorktown Town Board Adopts Preliminary Budget

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The 2017 preliminary town budget was unanimously adopted by the town board last week, and a public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 13.

This year, New York State has capped tax increases at less than 1 percent for all municipalities, leaving very little wiggle room for Yorktown. Supervisor Michael Grace unveiled his tentative $55.9 million budget three ...

Yorktown Town Board to Propose New Wetlands Ordinance

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - An amended version of the town’s wetland ordinance is being drafted and reviewed by town officials and employees.

This revision of the law follows the board’s repeal of the town’s existing affordable housing law last month and the adoption of a revised tree ordinance in September. Since January, when the new board was sworn in, Supervisor Michael Grace has ...

Yorktown Nursery School Celebrates Native American Culture

November 23, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Rather than going over ABCs or numbers, the students at Yorktown Community Nursery School (YCNS) spent last Thursday, Nov. 17, grinding corn, dancing in pow wows and molding pinch pots.

This day-in-the-life approach concluded the school’s Native American unit, said Maribeth Fay, director of YCNS. The nursery school is a parent-cooperative school, meaning that parents ...

Somers Custom Framing & Gift Marks 10th Anniversary

November 25, 2016

Somers Custom Framing & Gift will celebrate its 10-year anniversary Dec. 15, and the way its owners—Ken and Ginny Ryan—see it, their first decade in business has been a resounding success. 

The store has three components to its business: framing, printing and gifts.

The couple began their professional careers in the direct-mail marketing business, but Ken longed to do ...

There's No Place Like Oz! ‘Wizard of Oz’ Comes to Yorktown Stage

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Many a family from near and far will be off to see the Wizard the next two weekends, as the most timeless and beloved classic of them all, “The Wizard of Oz,” returns by popular demand to Yorktown Stage in Yorktown Heights.

It’s only fitting that the Land of Oz land in our neck of the woods every so often, since its creator, L. Frank Baum, spent a couple of ...

DAS Auto Parts Comes to Yorktown

November 30, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - John Recchia’s long journey to opening up his new Yorktown business—DAS Auto Parts—began 24 years ago when he took a job at the original DAS store in the Greenburgh Shopping Center.

“I went in looking for afterschool work,” he recalled. “I asked if he needed help and [the owner] said, ‘I do; start tomorrow.’ The rest is ...

Mrs. Green's in Yorktown Stays Open Despite Company Shake-Up

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Mrs. Green's Neighborhood Market in Yorktown will remain open despite a major company shake-up, which involves the closing of five “under-performing” stores and the resignation of its chief executive officer. The company says the move will allow it to focus on its “five core Westchester stores,” which includes Yorktown.

The grocery store chain, ...

Somers Custom Framing & Gift Marks 10th Anniversary

Somers Custom Framing & Gift will celebrate its 10-year anniversary Dec. 15, and the way its owners—Ken and Ginny Ryan—see it, their first decade in business has been a resounding success. 

The store has three components to its business: framing, printing and gifts.

The couple began their professional careers in the direct-mail marketing business, but Ken longed to do ...

Yorktown's Murphy, Thompson Inducted into Veterans Hall of Fame

November 25, 2016

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. - Two Yorktowners were inducted into the 40th Senate District Veterans Hall of Fame last week.

The Hall of Fame, created by former Sen. Greg Ball and continue by Sen. Terrence Murphy, honors local residents who served in the U.S. armed forces.

“We can never repay what we owe to our veterans,” Murphy said at a ceremony in Mount Kisco on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Somers Custom Framing & Gift Marks 10th Anniversary

Somers Custom Framing & Gift will celebrate its 10-year anniversary Dec. 15, and the way its owners—Ken and Ginny Ryan—see it, their first decade in business has been a resounding success. 

The store has three components to its business: framing, printing and gifts.

The couple began their professional careers in the direct-mail marketing business, but Ken longed to do ...

Yorktown Garden Club Turns 90

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Happy 90th birthday to the Garden Club of Yorktown. The club celebrated the milestone at its annual luncheon, Saturday, Oct. 8, which included a look back at the club’s history by historian Monica Doherty. Visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/GardenClubOfYorktown.

Photos: Yorktown Veterans Day Parade

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - On Sunday, Yorktown held its annual Veterans Day Parade, which included hundreds of veterans, local civic organizations, Scouts, town officials, first responders and even a few classic cars and tractors.

The parade began at 2 p.m. at Lakeland High School. Marchers made their way down East Main Street in front of hundreds of spectators, with Scouts handing out candy along the ...

Yorktown’s Founding Families Celebrated in Historic Home

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - When the Yorktown Landmarks Preservation Commission unveiled its Homes of Historic Distinction initiative in February of this year, its intention was to identify and celebrate historic homes throughout Yorktown. The program has, indeed, garnered the enthusiasm of old house owners throughout the area, but it has also revealed time and again the legacy of Yorktown’s pioneers, ...

Yorktown Teen Center Decorates, Donates Gloves to Needy

December 3, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Teen volunteers have decorated and donated gloves to local shelters in time for the winter season.

Members of the Teen Center spent Friday, Nov. 18, sewing decorations onto the gloves, which were donated by Carol Burke, the mother of a Teen Center alumna. The event started last year, said Nicole Fasce, director of the Teen Center, who once again agreed to provide the space and ...

Chabad of Yorktown Gives Thanks to Local First Responders

YORKTOWN, N.Y.  - In honor of Thanksgiving, Chabad of Yorktown Teen Program learned about the importance of giving thanks, baked cookies and delivered them to the local volunteer firefighters to show their appreciation on Sunday, Nov. 20.

Realtors Donate $3k to Drug Crisis in Our Backyard

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation, the charitable arm of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, recently presented a check for $3,000 to Drug Crisis in Our Backyard based in Carmel.

Drug Crisis in Our Backyard was founded in 2012 by Susan and Steve Salomone, and Carol and Lou Christiansen after the loss of their sons to heroin overdoses. The organization promotes ...

Fit4Mom Opens in Yorktown

November 25, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Ever since Dana Pavella took her first Stroller Strides class at nine-months pregnant with Fit4Mom, she’s been hooked. Now a certified instructor, she just opened her own franchise and her now 3-year-old son, Lucas, joins her for every class.

Stroller Strides is designed for moms on the go, who want to squeeze in a workout, but don’t want to leave their child with ...

Manufacturer Recalls Narcan Nasal Atomizers

WESTCHESTER, N.Y. - Teleflex Medical has recalled some nasal atomizers distributed in Narcan kits after Jan. 1, 2016. The Westchester County Department of Health is alerting agencies and residents to see if they have Narcan kits affected by the recall.

The spray devices are being recalled because they do not provide a consistent mist, but may instead produce a straight stream of liquid. This ...

Westchester Residents ‘Run the Farm’ at Muscoot

SOMERS, N.Y. - Led by the sound of bagpipes and the event’s traditional call and response blessing, the annual Run the Farm race took place at Muscoot Farm Sunday, Oct. 23. It is the fifth race in the Trail Mix Series.

The Trail Mix Westchester-Fairfield Trail Series was initially a series of four trail races in Westchester and Fairfield counties in 2014. It has now grown to include six.

Somers Custom Framing & Gift Marks 10th Anniversary

November 25, 2016

Somers Custom Framing & Gift will celebrate its 10-year anniversary Dec. 15, and the way its owners—Ken and Ginny Ryan—see it, their first decade in business has been a resounding success. 

The store has three components to its business: framing, printing and gifts.

The couple began their professional careers in the direct-mail marketing business, but Ken longed to do ...

Yorktown Garden Club Turns 90

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Happy 90th birthday to the Garden Club of Yorktown. The club celebrated the milestone at its annual luncheon, Saturday, Oct. 8, which included a look back at the club’s history by historian Monica Doherty. Visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/GardenClubOfYorktown.

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Hate Groups Ignored for Eight Years; Why the Selective Outrage Now?

Over the last few weeks, the mainstream media has been obsessed with the question of why white supremacists are supportive of President-elect Donald Trump.

With the reprehensible images of neo-Nazis giving the “Sieg Heil” salute at a recent gathering in Washington, DC, I think the media’s question is fair, albeit hypocritical in its selective curiosity. A better question ...

The Media Still Will Not Report the Truth

We are being told that what is being called “fake news” won the election for Donald Trump. Not that he worked like hell for it, going from the day after he won the nomination until 1 a.m. Election Day morning to multiple rallies attended by tens of thousands of people (which we were told was anecdotal and not a true measure of support) in multiple states, plus debates and interview ...

Being Thankful

Given our schedule at the paper, I am always a week behind you. So as you are committing this year’s Thanksgiving celebration to memory, I find myself in the middle of that special day thinking fondly of all the things I am grateful for.

As I observed last year, Thanksgiving is a holiday full of frenetic energy as we complete tasks in preparation for either hosting or visiting our family ...

1311 Rustic Ridge Court, Yorktown

1311 Rustic Ridge Court
$1,175,000.00

 

Welcome to Clover Ridge Estates, a sought after enclave of homes on large lots, convenient to the Croton Harmon train station, the Taconic State Parkway, and shopping in the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and the Yorktown Heights hamlet area. This beautiful and spacious home is situated on more than two and a half acres of landscaped privacy, with ...

‘Saturday Night Fever’ Stayin’ Alive as Stage Musical

As I’m writing this review of Westchester Broadway Theatre’s dance-happy, song-packed production of “Saturday Night Fever,”, I’m also listening to the anthemic soundtrack from the 1977 movie. It is one of the best-selling and most acclaimed movie recordings in music history. It even is immortalized in The Library of Congress, as part of the prestigious National ...

My Epic Beauty Fails

One day as I was looking around a high-end cosmetics store for a new lipstick, a “beauty expert” approached me and said that I was so stunning I should forget the lipstick, and get a lip plumper instead. At first I wondered why I needed a lip plumper if I was already so stunning. But then I thought, “Now here is someone wearing a badge that says, ‘beauty expert,’ so ...

The Timing of Report Cards at Thanksgiving

Dear Dr. Linda,

Why do the schools send report cards home around Thanksgiving? If you have a child who’s a stellar student like my niece, receiving report cards around Thanksgiving is great. My brother and sister-in-law have a captive audience to brag to. For the entire dinner, all we hear about are Lily’s A’s and A+’s.

In the meantime, our son, Jared, the same age, ...

Yorktown, Shining City on the Hill?

December 3, 2016

Supervisor Michael Grace boasted he’ll build a colossal ultra-modern combination highway garage/parks department facility at the sprawling organic waste yard (“The Hill”) arguably at no cost to taxpayers. Grace said he’ll beautify downtown Yorktown while increasing its dwindling tax rolls. Why stop there?

Town Hall has long been neglected. Its leaky roof has allegedly ...

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Sat, December 3, 2:00 PM

John C. Hart Memorial Library, Shrub Oak

Art Show at the Hart Library

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Yorktown Holiday Electric Lights Parade

Sat, December 3, 7:30 PM

First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown, Yorktown Heights

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How to Help Students Struggling with Academic Anxiety

How can schools help children deal with academic anxiety related to performance and transitions?

Many students struggle with academic anxiety. Educators often observe that performance anxiety can interfere with the learning process as these students tend to shut down and not ‘hear’ what is being presented. They also need sustained guidance for assignments and tests. Additionally, ...

The Powder Room

Hall bathroom, guest bath, half bath, little’s girl’s or boy’s room, it’s probably the smallest room in your home. And all too often, it’s the most blandly decorated room in the home. And worse still, it’s probably the room most often frequented by your guests!

So, why not let your imagination and creativity flow! Make a bold statement with your powder ...

Help Children and Hilltop Hanover Farm on Giving Tuesday

November 23, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Hilltop Hanover Farm of Yorktown Heights is participating in “Giving Tuesday” on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The farm’s goal is to raise $5,000 to allow underprivileged children to visit the farm with their schools.

Last year, over 2,500 students visited Hilltop Hanover Farm. When possible, the farm’s staff works with the schools regarding cost. However, Hilltop ...