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Sober Home Owners Sell Underhill Avenue Property

May 13, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The home previously occupied by Constellations Recovery, a sober living residence, has been sold, according to a deed agreement filed Thursday, May 11, with the Westchester County Clerk’s Office.

Previous owners Tom McCrossan and Mark McGoldrick sold the 482 Underhill Ave. home to Justin Gurland, Matthew Rinklin and Zachary Clark for $1.25 million.

It is not clear ...

Huskers Rout Ursuline in Opening Round

May 25, 2017

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s softball team not only knows how to win, but it also knows how to have a good time and did both in a 14-4 victory over No. 15-seeded Ursuline in the opening round of the Section 1 Class AA softball tournament on May 20.

The second-seeded Huskers jumped out to a 10-1 lead at the end of four innings, highlighted by eight runs in the second ...

Yorktown Softball Tops Mamaroneck to Reach Final

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. - Second-seeded Yorktown defeated No. 6 Mamaroneck 4-1 in the Section 1 Class AA semifinals on Wednesday.

The Huskers advance to the Class AA championship game where they will face fourth-seeded North Rockland at 9 a.m. on Saturday at North Rockland High School.

Brittany Giordano got Yorktown (18-5) off to a fast start in the semis as she launched a two-run homer ...

Big First Half Sends Yorktown Past Somers

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. - Top-seeded Yorktown defeated fifth-seeded Somers 14-6 in the Section 1 Class B semifinals on Tuesday.

The Huskers held a commanding 11-2 halftime lead and were paced by Jamison Embury and Justin Cavallo, who had five and four goals, respectively. Kyle Casey (1G, 3A), Hunter Embury (2G) and Shane Dahlke (1G, 2A) also contributed. 

Yorktown will face rival John ...

Yorktown Police Officer Lauren Raczynsky Gets Final Salute

May 24, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Police Department on Friday gave a final salute to Officer Lauren Raczynsky, who was forced to retire from the Yorktown Police Department after a series of devastating medical conditions.

A 2003 graduate of Lakeland High School, Raczynsky joined the force in 2011. Multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia are among the medical issues she is currently batting.

A ...

Unleashed Dog Bites Hiker at Yorktown's Turkey Mountain

Editor's Note: This story has been updated.

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - For the third time in less than a year, a hiker was bit at the Turkey Mountain Nature Preserve by an unleashed dog, according to the Yorktown Police Department.

The investigation into the incident, which occurred Friday, May 12, is ongoing. The hiker reported the attack the following day and told police that a black German ...

State Police Investigate School Bus Crash Near Yorktown Border

Editor's Note (12:33 p.m.): This story has been updated.

CORTLANDT, N.Y. - New York State Police are investigating a school bus crash that occurred this morning on Crompond Road in Cortlandt.

Public Information Officer Melissa McMorris told Yorktown News that there was three-car collision involving a school bus, a vehicle and a dump truck near Baron de Hirsch Road.

All ...

Yorktown Shares ‘Broad Strokes’ Plan for Capital Sewer Project

May 24, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – For the last year, the town board has announced the creation of a “master plan,” to remedy the town’s widespread sewer issues. As the plan develops, the board has begun sharing more of its vision.

In addition to the aging pump stations that move the sewage along through the system, hundreds of residents remain unconnected to the sewer system, and the ...

Shrub Oak School for Students with Autism Scrutinized at Hearing

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Though many residents have lauded the benefits of Shrub Oak International School, a private, for-profit educational facility for people afflicted with autism, several neighbors of the property are asking the planning board to reject one aspect of the proposal—a helistop.

The site plan for the school, estimated to house 300 people ranging from adolescence to young ...

Yorktown Science Superstars Earn Awards at Westchester Fair

May 21, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – In March, Yorktown High School Science Research students presented their projects and findings at the Regeneron Westchester Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF), which brings together nearly 600 high school students from 40 area schools to present their advanced science research projects to local professionals.

While much of the focus is on the students who moved onto a ...

Yorktown Students Complete WISE Projects

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown High School seniors were brought before the Board of Education after straying from their classrooms. However, they were not there to be reprimanded—just the opposite.

The students are near the completion of their semester-long Wise Individualized Student Experience (WISE) projects. WISE Services is a not-for-profit organization that helps participating ...

Student Orientation Day—How to Prepare

As soon as high school is over, students go off to their college of choice for orientation day. So much information is shared in one or two days that sometimes you cannot even remember what was shared.  Here are some tips to do prior to going to orientation day that might help understand what is presented and enjoy the day!

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Letting the high school counselor know ...

Award-Winning Restaurant Opens Kids’ Dining Loft

May 11, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - One of Mahopac’s best restaurants just got a little better.

Ramiro’s 954, Putnam’s go-to spot for Latin infused cuisine, is all about the details, and owners Jan and Ramiro Jimenez just added a new wrinkle that has parents of young children smiling.

Jan Jimenez recently announced the opening of “Jan’s Kidz Dining Loft” upstairs at ...

Award-Winning Restaurant Opens Kids’ Dining Loft

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - One of Mahopac’s best restaurants just got a little better.

Ramiro’s 954, Putnam’s go-to spot for Latin infused cuisine, is all about the details, and owners Jan and Ramiro Jimenez just added a new wrinkle that has parents of young children smiling.

Jan Jimenez recently announced the opening of “Jan’s Kidz Dining Loft” upstairs at ...

Yorktown Moms Take Taekwondo Lesson for Mother’s Day

May 21, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – To celebrate Mother’s Day, W.S. Jeung’s Taekwondo in Yorktown opened its studio up to moms of their students on Saturday, May 13. The moms participated in the same stretches and drills their children usually complete. At the end of the lesson, the students handed their moms roses.

Yorktown Elks Initiate Five New Members

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - On Wednesday May 17, five new members were inducted into Yorktown Elks Lodge No. 2324. The ceremony was  conducted by Exalted Ruler Brian Wolfson. New Elk members are Matt Talbert, Paul Smith, Fernando Dinis, Patrick Kaley and Jon Farrell.

LaScala Named Grand Marshal of 2017 Yorktown Feast of San Gennaro

JEFFERSON VALLEY, N.Y. - Dorothea LaScala has been named the grand marshal of the 2017 Yorktown Feast of San Gennaro.

Event organizer Tom Pomposello made the announcement during last night's Circolo da Vinci scholarship award dinner at Ceola Manor in Jefferson Valley. He made the announcement shortly after his organization donated $1,000 to Circolo da Vinci.

Since 1999, LaScala has been ...

Carmel Resident in Search of Mother and Siblings

CARMEL, N.Y. - On this Mother’s Day, Carmel resident Carol Julian, 52, is asking for your help finding her mother and siblings.

Julian, who was born in 1964 in Amityville, N.Y., with a condition called Spina Bifida, was abandoned at 2 months old. 

Spina Bifida, which means “split spine,” is the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States, ...

Shades of Blue: Brothers Paint Murals at Yorktown Police Headquarters

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Three brothers from the Bronx are helping to bring some “pride and morale” to the Yorktown Police Department headquarters by painting three inspiring murals.

The murals depict an American flag, a Yorktown Police Department logo, and a Yorktown Police Department Shield accompanied by the phrase: “In our family, no one fights alone.” The final mural ...

Video: Yorktown Scout Renovates Police Department Patio

May 21, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – With so much “tension” in the world, Lakeland High School senior Brendan Byrnes just wanted to give officers with the Yorktown Police Department a place to relax.

That's why, with the help of the community, he completely renovated an outdoor patio area at police headquarters, installing a new brick patio and picnic table, and donating a new gas ...

Pets Pack FDR Park in Yorktown for Annual SPCA dog Walk

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Scores of dogs and their owners filled FDR Park in Yorktown May 6, to raise awareness for animal abuse during the 12th annual SPCA Dog Walk and Pet Fair.

People brought their dogs, some of which had been rescued from the SPCA years prior, to show support for dogs like Peanut, the event’s chairdog.

Peanut was rescued by the SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement ...

Good Friday Golf Outing Benefits Yorktown's Harrison Apar Foundation

MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Nearly 90 golfers teed it up at Putnam National Golf Course in Mahopac on Friday, April 14, for the Good Friday Golf Outing, comprised of Yorktown alumni and their peers. The annual event raised several thousand dollars for the Yorktown-based Harrison Apar Field of Dreams Foundation, a 14-year-old, not-for-profit that works closely with fundraising partner, Yorktown Athletic ...

Award-Winning Restaurant Opens Kids’ Dining Loft

May 11, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - One of Mahopac’s best restaurants just got a little better.

Ramiro’s 954, Putnam’s go-to spot for Latin infused cuisine, is all about the details, and owners Jan and Ramiro Jimenez just added a new wrinkle that has parents of young children smiling.

Jan Jimenez recently announced the opening of “Jan’s Kidz Dining Loft” upstairs at ...

Award-Winning Restaurant Opens Kids’ Dining Loft

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - One of Mahopac’s best restaurants just got a little better.

Ramiro’s 954, Putnam’s go-to spot for Latin infused cuisine, is all about the details, and owners Jan and Ramiro Jimenez just added a new wrinkle that has parents of young children smiling.

Jan Jimenez recently announced the opening of “Jan’s Kidz Dining Loft” upstairs at ...

Northwell Health Walk in Yorktown Benefits Cancer Center

May 22, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – On Sunday, hundreds walked with Northwell Health to benefit its cancer health and wellness program. The inaugural two-mile walk benefiting Northern Westchester Hospital's Bruce and Andrea Yablon Cancer Health and Wellness Program took place at FDR State Park in Yorktown.

There were also health and wellness exhibits, a sponsor row, a kids’ zone, musical ...

How Bad Posture Affects Your Health

May is National Correct Posture Month, which encourages people to think about how posture can affect their overall health.

Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Without posture and the muscles that control it we would simply ...

Carmel Resident in Search of Mother and Siblings

CARMEL, N.Y. - On this Mother’s Day, Carmel resident Carol Julian, 52, is asking for your help finding her mother and siblings.

Julian, who was born in 1964 in Amityville, N.Y., with a condition called Spina Bifida, was abandoned at 2 months old. 

Spina Bifida, which means “split spine,” is the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States, ...

Yorktown Students Learn About the Importance of Laws

May 17, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – There are no parades or promotions for Law Day, celebrated annually on May 1, but it has become a tradition for Mohansic Elementary School students to learn some big lessons on this lesser-known national holiday.

The yearly event begins with prominent elected officials and law enforcement officials telling the second-grade students why law is so important in society.

Church of the Good Shepherd Celebrates 60 years, Star Wars Style

May 19, 2017

GRANITE SPRINGS, N.Y. – For their 60th birthday celebration, the congregation at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Granite Springs chose to go above, and light-years beyond, a traditional potluck dinner.

The milestone fell on the fourth day of the month, which is known to Star Wars fans as “Star Wars Day,” because the date lends to the pun, “May the fourth ...

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A Hidden Tax Increase

May 17, 2017

When will Supervisor Michael Grace let 4,450 taxpayers in Yorktown’s Hallocks Mill Sewer District know that he plans to increase their taxes?

When will he give the 4,000 already sewered homeowners in the district an opportunity to ask why he wants them to pay for someone else’s sewers?

And when will he be more open, frank and honest about what sewers will cost the 450 homeowners ...

Investigations Looking for Crimes

Let me state this up front: No matter what you hear or read, Trump could not subvert any investigation into General Flynn. He has the power to pardon even before any crime has been alleged. Remember the Ford pardon of Nixon? It was for any crimes he may have committed up to his resignation even though he was not yet charged with anything.

As for Flynn, no one has yet to articulate the crime ...

Where Have You Gone, Nick Bianco?

You may remember the line in the famous Simon & Garfunkel song, “Mrs. Robinson”: “Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you.” I heard that song the other day and I immediately thought of our former Councilman Nick Bianco. Love him or hate him, Nick was a huge force in Yorktown government for 18 years. Serving with him for 16 years, I grew ...

Long Live Memorial Day

Memorial Day, some would argue, has become a weekend-long, red-white-and-blue display of our discomfort dealing with the deceased. When I came across the following passage some years back on a now-defunct website, it struck me as a pithy, if slightly sad, summation of how the day has been denatured in recent decades…

Begun as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the Civil ...

Going in Circles

Given the choice between using a regular door and a revolving door, I always choose the regular door. I’ve been that way since birth. OK, maybe not birth because I’m fairly certain there was no revolving door where I made my way into the world. But for as long as I can remember, I have been reluctant to go through them. No, not reluctant. Phobic. Truthfully, I am afraid of revolving ...

College or BOCES?

Dear Dr. Linda,

I was out to lunch with three friends and since we all have kids in high school, the conversation focused on whether to take SATs or ACTs or both and which colleges they were looking at.

I chimed in and said my boys aren’t going to college. They’re going to BOCES. The conversation stopped because I don’t think they knew what to say. Then, Jane, my closest ...

How About Peace?

May 17, 2017

“He sent a message,” Andy Bazzo claims in “Thank God, Baseball Is Back,” Coulter, Savage and others are going down the wrong path in criticizing Trump’s bombing of Syria. No, Andy, they are pro-peace. And the opposite is one who is pro war (i.e. a warmonger).

Have our interventionist policies (bombing) in Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and ...

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First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown Food Pantry Moves to 'Full Choice' Model

May 15, 2017

In April, the First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown Food Pantry made the transition from “Partial Choice” (where a client received pre-packed bags of a nutritionally balanced mix of non-perishable foods, and then chose from selections of meat, bread and produce) to “Full Choice.”  With Full Choice, a client can choose food items from shelves, as they would in a ...