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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

June 14, 2017

Once a property goes into contract of sale, the seller must start to think about vacating the premises. Typically, the buyers have a right to expect that their new home is vacant and “broom clean” at the time of the closing so that they can move in right away. But what happens if the sellers are not ready to move out of their home on the date of sale? There are times when the owners ...

Yorktown's Fusco Continues an All-American Family Tradition

June 20, 2017

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — There are many families where sports are passed down from generation to generation.

However, there are few families that could match the excellence of the Fusco family when it comes to lacrosse.

Yorktown senior girls lacrosse standout and captain Rilea Fusco, who is Syracuse University-bound, continued the family tradition in fine style this spring as she was ...

Victor Shuts Down Yorktown in State Final

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Yorktown’s boys lacrosse squad was looking for its second state title in four years and eighth in its legendary history when it took on Section 5 champion Victor on June 10 at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, an eastern suburb of Rochester, in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B championship game.

Victor was seeking its third ...

Garden City Tops Yorktown in Mager's Final Game

CORTLAND, N.Y. — Yorktown’s girls lacrosse squad fell 19-8 to Section 8 champion and Long Island power Garden City in the Class B New York State Public High School Athletic Association semifinals at SUNY Cortland on June 9, ending the legendary coaching career of Husker coach Ellen Mager.

“It was amazing to reach the final four this year,” Mager said. “This team ...

Yorktown Police Department Revives K-9 Unit

June 23, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - It’s said that the key to a healthy work/life balance is to leave work at the door before heading home. Yorktown Police Department’s Officer Thomas Beyrer will no longer have that luxury, and he couldn’t be happier about it.

Thanks to donations from the Yorktown Citizens Task Force Against Heroin and other community members, the Yorktown native will be joined ...

Fate of Yorktown Sober Home to be Decided at July 18 Public Hearing

June 21, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The town board has called for a public hearing to determine whether to revoke the special-use permit it awarded in March 2015 to allow for the operation of a sober living residence at 482 Underhill Ave.

The ownership of the property, previously zoned for single-family residential use, changed hands on Thursday, May 11, when Tom McCrossan and Mark McGoldrick sold it to ...

Redevelopment of Murphy's Property Includes Sidewalk Network

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Updated plans for the redevelopment of Murphy’s Restaurant include a network of sidewalks as well as the removal of a previously proposed bank.

At last week’s planning board meeting, project engineer Dan Ciarcia said the sidewalks would fulfill the planning department’s wish to make the Yorktown Heights business hamlet more ...

Yorktown Looks to Preserve Its Historical Legacy

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – To make out the faded engravings on old gravestones, experts will reflect sunlight onto the face of the stone with a mirror. Under new light, centuries-old inscriptions will be experienced once again.

As one of Westchester County’s oldest towns, some artifacts in Yorktown need more than a mirror. Luckily, the community has a number of residents who are passionate ...

Yorktown Foundation for Excellence Donates $20k to School District

June 14, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Foundation for Excellence in Yorktown Education presented the board of education with $20,300 in grant money to fund completely or in part 14 teacher grants, and two $1,000 scholarships to Yorktown High School graduates.

The teacher grants will go toward the purchase of books, electronics, supplies and field trips that enhance the learning experience for students in ...

Elite Dental Studios Celebrates 17th Anniversary in Yorktown

June 21, 2017

Elite Dental Studios is celebrating its 17th year as part of the Yorktown community this month. But it didn’t mark the occasion with a party.

Instead, the practice commemorated the moment by donating a park bench to the Town of Yorktown at Jack DeVito Field. On Wednesday, June 14, they held a ribbon-cutting ceremony replete with a champagne toast that was attended by Town Supervisor, ...

Fitness Center, Route 6 Turn Lane Proposed for Jefferson Valley Mall

JEFFERSON VALLEY, N.Y. – After a wave of recent improvements, the Jefferson Valley Mall could see even more development if recently proposed plans come to fruition.

A Sears representative met with the town board last week and floated the idea of downsizing its Sears operations to just the top floor. The bottom floor would then be leased out and repurposed, with possible tenants including ...

Yorktown's Spark Valley Steakhouse Celebrates Grand Opening

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include the restaurant's location.

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The owners and staff of Spark Valley Steakhouse welcomed town and state officials May 30 to celebrate the grand opening of Yorktown’s newest restaurant.

The steakhouse is located at 3360 Crompond Road (Route 202), opposite the Staples Plaza Shopping Center.

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Swim Passes Now Free for Yorktown Seniors

June 22, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The town board has approved to waive the pool permit fees for local seniors 70 years and older. For residents, seasonal pool passes run between $145 and $625. Passes for seniors had been $10.

“Any time we can give back to our seniors for helping bring Yorktown to where it is today, we will try to do so,” said Supervisor Michael Grace in a press release.

Student Creates Video Highlighting Yorktown's Trails, Parks and Farms

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – A first-of-a-kind video titled, “The Trails of Yorktown,” was unveiled at a special showing on Saturday at the Trailside Café in Yorktown Heights.

The 4.43 minute video was created by Elizabeth Gmoser, a senior at Yorktown High School, as part of a civic internship program. Gmoser’s video documents Yorktown’s parks, trails and farms, and ...

Yorktown Seniors Say Goodbye to Volunteers for the Summer

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – As the academic year wraps up, many students look forward to the summer break ahead. For some Pace University students, it’s bittersweet, because it marks the start of an absence from their favorite Yorktown seniors.

The student volunteers who have become a staple at the Yorktown Senior Center this year, calling Bingo every Friday, were recognized last month at the ...

Yorktown Little Leaguers, Police do Battle in Charity Baseball Game

June 21, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Police Department and the U12 Yorktown Brawlers squared off Saturday in a charity baseball game at Legacy Field.

Money was raised to send Yorktown children to Camp Sunshine, a Casco, Maine, facility that provides a year-round retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The fundraiser was organized by Sergio Esposito, Dr. Rodd ...

Healthcare Professionals Donate $500 to Yorktown American Legion

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – On Thursday, June, 8, Sue Orce and Scott Urgola, the directors of recreation and volunteers at Waterview Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Purdys, stopped by Yorktown American Legion Post No. 1009.

The American Legion was having its monthly meeting that night and Urgola addressed the 25 Legionnaires present to explain that Waterview Hills had done some fundraising in May ...

BluePath Raises $80k at Walkathon

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – On Saturday, May 20, hundreds of walkers came out to support BluePath Service Dogs at the organization’s first annual walkathon at FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights. The family-friendly fundraiser raised more than $80,000 to further BluePath’s mission of providing autism service dogs, offering safety, companionship and opportunities for ...

Elite Dental Studios Celebrates 17th Anniversary in Yorktown

June 21, 2017

Elite Dental Studios is celebrating its 17th year as part of the Yorktown community this month. But it didn’t mark the occasion with a party.

Instead, the practice commemorated the moment by donating a park bench to the Town of Yorktown at Jack DeVito Field. On Wednesday, June 14, they held a ribbon-cutting ceremony replete with a champagne toast that was attended by Town Supervisor, ...

Healthcare Professionals Donate $500 to Yorktown American Legion

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – On Thursday, June, 8, Sue Orce and Scott Urgola, the directors of recreation and volunteers at Waterview Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Purdys, stopped by Yorktown American Legion Post No. 1009.

The American Legion was having its monthly meeting that night and Urgola addressed the 25 Legionnaires present to explain that Waterview Hills had done some fundraising in May ...

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Shrub Oak Welcomes New Principal

June 22, 2017

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Brian Donahue has been chosen as the new principal at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Shrub Oak, effective Sept. 1.

“The Northern Westchester Putnam Regional Board of Trustees and I are excited to have Mr. Donahue at the helm, and are excited to bring both his academic credentials and his Catholic faith to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton School,” said Regional ...

Shrub Oak Church Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Cornerstone Laying

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. - At 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25, members of the United Methodist Church at Shrub Oak will come together with family, friends and neighbors to celebrate a noteworthy date in the church’s long history, the 150th anniversary of the laying of the church’s cornerstone back in 1867.

This will be a significant day for the Methodist community as it memorializes the ...

St. Patrick's Midnight Run Makes Human Connection with NYC Homeless

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – There are many charities that help the homeless by donating food, clothing or supplies, but what MaryAnne Harkins believes sets her group of volunteers apart are their interactions with the population they serve.

For the last two years, Harkins and her husband, Mike, Somers residents, have coordinated the Midnight Run chapter out of St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown ...

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He Said, She Said, and the Truth

We spend so much time teaching our children not to bully one another and not to gossip, but all too often adults don’t practice what they preach, especially given the often toxic and viral nature of social media.

Given the series of events last week regarding a disputed story involving the Somers girls and Yorktown boys lacrosse players, it seems that Somers school administrators were ...

Grace Responds to Dismissal of Ethics Complaint

June 14, 2017

Editor’s Note: At last week’s town board meeting, the board voted to accept the dismissal of the ethics complaint filed against Supervisor Michael Grace. In a unanimous decision, the town’s ethics board rejected the complaint filed by Mark Lieberman alleging a conflict of interest by the supervisor’s vote to adopt the town’s 485-B tax abatement program.

The ...

Maybe I Was Wrong

So, last week, after 150-plus days in office, President Trump finally had a full cabinet. Even with a Republican-controlled Senate and only needing 51 votes, it took this long for his nominees to be confirmed.

We were introduced to them last week and as they went around the table introducing themselves, they all had kind words to say about their new boss. Within minutes, the media was saying ...

If Watergate Happened Today

When President Trump called the mainstream media “the enemy of the people,” he called into question the very underpinnings of a free and vibrant democracy. The function of a free and undeterred press is so important that our founders made its protection part of the First Amendment to the Constitution. Similarly, our third president, Thomas Jefferson, unlike President Trump, had this ...

Mom + Pop Culture Talk Shop

Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about the common misperception of what empty storefronts signify.

POP CULTURE: Mom, did you see that new empty storefront in the strip mall?

MOM CULTURE: No, Pop. Which ...

Music to Nobody‘s Ears

I winced as we sat in the audience of an experimental music concert played by a string quartet. Calling it music was being generous. It was more like the sound of a subway car screeching on the tracks, mixed with nails on a chalkboard, and choruses of crying babies on an airplane.

“I don't get it,” I whispered to my husband as the quartet tweaked their instruments so violently ...

Looking at the Orton-Gillingham Approach to Reading

Dear Dr. Linda,

In one of your recent columns a parent asked if his son should attend the school’s summer reading program. The father didn’t want him to go because the father had had a bad experience with a summer reading program when he was a kid. Here’s my question. My daughter’s school is providing a summer reading program and her teacher recommends that she attend ...

Yorktown Is Pro-Business

June 21, 2017

Some of the recent comments from residents regarding the redevelopment of Yorktown are difficult to understand. Over the years, the town of Yorktown was subject to the obstruction and anti- business attitude of Democratic board members and one R.I.N.O. supervisor who made investments in Yorktown more of a gamble than necessary.

One example is their refusal to work with the JV Mall, causing a ...

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