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Shrub Oak Hangs on to Win GHVBL Championship

August 17, 2017

DANBURY, C.T. — After a series of gasps for air and action-packed moments, Shrub Oak’s 9-and-under baseball team prevailed in a 7-5 victory over the Greenwich Thunder-Red in the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League ‘B championship game Sunday, July 30, at Rogers Park in Danbury.

Thomas Imperati gave up a leadoff triple to start the bottom of the sixth inning while the Storm ...

Cardiac kids: Shrub Oak Surges Past Harrison

DANBURY, C.T. — After pulling off a heart-pounding one-run win over top-seeded Putnam Valley in the semifinals, Shrub Oak was in a similar situation in the finals during a tight contest against Harrison.

The fourth-seeded Storm was able to prevail again, pulling out the 7-6 comeback win over No. 3 Harrison in the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League ‘B’ championship game on ...

Yorktown Lightning Strikes in Extra Innings

DANBURY, C.T. — Coming from behind to win has become second nature for Yorktown’s 9-and-under baseball squad, as it did so one more time this summer in thrilling fashion over the Larchmont/Mamaroneck Tigers in the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League championship game on Sunday, July 30, at Rogers Park in Danbury.

The second-seeded Lightning ended up beating top-seeded Larchmont, ...

Yorktown Hires New Police Officer

August 15, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The hiring of Police Officer Samantha L. Guilbert was unanimously approved last week by the town board.

Guilbert’s official start date was Wednesday, Aug. 9. She will be paid $53,641 annually.

She had worked for New York State Parks Police since 2013.

Taconic Motorist Pleads Guilty to Criminally Negligent Homicide

WHITE PLAIN, N.Y. – Nerim Sinanovic, the driver of the BMW that went airborne on the Taconic State Parkway in August 2015 and killed four people, including his 2-year-old daughter, has pleaded guilty to four counts of criminally negligent homicide and faces up to four years in prison.

On Friday, the district attorney's office announced that the 35-year-old Bronx man plead guilty to ...

Yorktown Junior Corps Members Graduate from Westchester Fire Academy

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Five members of the Yorktown Heights Engine Company Junior Corps graduated from the Westchester County Volunteer Fire Academy on July 13.

Blake T. Fahey, Giuseppe Passalacqua, Clancy J. Schwartz, Sean T. Nikisher and Ryan M. Collins received their New York State Firefighter 1 Certification, demonstrating the skills mandated by the state Office of Fire Prevention and ...

Yorktown Town Hall to be Renovated to Accommodate Handicapped Spaces

August 18, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Town Board is using a lawsuit against the town as an opportunity to rejuvenate the Underhill Avenue corridor.

In December 2016, Westchester Disabled on the Move Inc., a Yonkers-based organization, filed a federal lawsuit claiming that Yorktown Town Hall is not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act because of insufficient handicapped parking ...

New Retail, Restaurant Building Proposed for Parking Lot of JV Mall

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The town board has set two public hearings for the continued redevelopment of Jefferson Valley Mall, which includes the construction of a new 8,000 -square-foot building.

On Sept. 5, the town board will review a request by Washington Prime Group, the mall’s owner, to reduce the minimum parking requirements by 0.25 spaces per 1,000 square-feet, paving the way for ...

Cost of Granite Knolls Recreation Complex Debated

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – About 40 minutes of last Tuesday’s town board meeting were spent debating the cost of a project that ultimately was approved by a unanimous vote.

The lone councilmember critical of the Granite Knolls recreation complex, which will contain two multi-purpose fields, a 90-foot baseball diamond, and various other recreational amenities, was Councilman Vishnu Patel. The ...

Lakeland's Herzog Nominated for Special Education Work

August 16, 2017

SARATOGA, N.Y. – Mary Ellen Herzog, assistant superintendent of pupil personnel services at Lakeland Central School District, was nominated for Special Education Administrator of the Year by the New York Council of Administrators of Special Education (NYCASE). She was honored in Saratoga recently at the organization’s Summer Institute.

Herzog was nominated by Lakeland ...

New Schools Chief Has Lofty Goals for Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – New Yorktown Schools Superintendent Dr. Ronald Hattar is not afraid to set the bar high.

“My goal is for Yorktown to be the absolute best school district in the world,” Hattar told Yorktown News in a sit-down interview last week.

Hattar was appointed last month to replace Dr. Ralph Napolitano, who retired in July after 11 years as the district’s ...

Springsteen Tribute Band Rocks Yorktown Gazebo

August 15, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Thousands came out to Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field on Sunday night to sing along with Tramps Like Us, a Bruce Springsteen tribute brand.

The festive atmosphere extended past sundown, as lead singer Mark Salore belted out Springsteen concert staples such as “Because the Night,” “Hungry Heart” and “Born to Run.” Salore was backed ...

New Retail, Restaurant Building Proposed for Parking Lot of JV Mall

August 12, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The town board has set two public hearings for the continued redevelopment of Jefferson Valley Mall, which includes the construction of a new 8,000 -square-foot building.

On Sept. 5, the town board will review a request by Washington Prime Group, the mall’s owner, to reduce the minimum parking requirements by 0.25 spaces per 1,000 square-feet, paving the way for ...

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Pixels. The tiny colored dots on the screen that, when combined just right, represent our photo and video memories, finances, interactions, purchases, and so much more. A few extra pixels on the screen can mean the difference between having $10 in your bank account or $10,000,000. All of these pixels form our digital footprint, which contains all of the information that lives on the internet as a ...

Building on Yorktown's Front Street to be Rehabbed

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The DeVito Building at 1500 Front St. has been sold to a developer who plans on rehabilitating it and making it available as rental space.

Rob Miller, owner of River Valley Wine Cellars, has already demolished the partially built garage and plans on re-grading the area into lawn. He also plans to:

Paint the exterior of the building and install new exterior ...

Wedding Announcement: Vincent and Kathlee Viaggio

August 18, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Yorktown residents Vincent Viaggio and Kathleen Muldoon were married on July 15. Kathleen has been a teacher in the Yorktown Central School District for the past 29 years, and Vincent is a project manager for Jantile. Between them, they now have seven children: Kathleen’s triplets (Connor, Declan and Kileen Forte) and Vincent’s four children (Liana, Vincent, Julia and ...

Volunteers Work to Expand Yorktown's 60-Mile Trail System

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown may very well boast the most impressive trail system in Westchester County, and it didn’t get that way by itself.

Thanks to work done primarily by volunteers, Yorktown residents can hike or mountain bike 24.5 miles of interconnected trails through about 2,500 town-owned acres of parkland. In total, Yorktown has about 60 miles of trails, including the ...

Springsteen Tribute Band Rocks Yorktown Gazebo

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Thousands came out to Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field on Sunday night to sing along with Tramps Like Us, a Bruce Springsteen tribute brand.

The festive atmosphere extended past sundown, as lead singer Mark Salore belted out Springsteen concert staples such as “Because the Night,” “Hungry Heart” and “Born to Run.” Salore was backed ...

Yorktown Resident Contributes to New Book About WWII Hero Dixie Kiefer

FISHKILL, N.Y. – When Yorktown resident David Rocco first heard of Capt. Dixie Kiefer, he knew his story needed to be told.

“He’s like a real life John Wayne,” Rocco said of the U.S. Navy officer who was so frequently injured in World War II that he was referred to by his peers as “The Indestructible Man.” That is also the title of Don Keith’s new ...

Photos: Yorktown Enjoys a Screening Under the Stars

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – After two weeks of washouts, the sky finally opened up on Thursday, Aug. 3, for the parks and recreation department's annual Outdoor Movie Night.

The postponements did not hurt attendance, as hundreds of families arrived at Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field, some as early as 6 p.m. While waiting for the sun to set, families enjoyed games provided by the Alliance ...

Yorktown Museum Celebrates 50 Years

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Museum, tucked away on the top floor of the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary of preserving the past and enriching the future.

The museum, open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, is run by two part-time town employees, Nancy Augustowski and Adele Hobby, who describe the ...

Yorktown Relay for Life Seeks Help to Organize 2018 Comedy Festival

August 15, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Despite a successful $151,000 fundraising campaign in 2017, Kristina Iennaco, lead chair of Yorktown Relay for Life, is switching gears in hopes of shining an even brighter spotlight on cancer and the effects it has on friends and families.

Instead of continuing the frequent, small fundraisers that Relay for Life has been doing, Iennaco is setting her sights on something ...

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Role of Function and Value in Wetland Protection

August 15, 2017

At the April 18 public hearing on a new wetland law, Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace said he thought wetland function and/or value (he incorrectly used the two terms interchangeably) should be part of the definition of a protected wetland, making statements to the effect that, “It’s not just size; function should somehow be involved.”  He seemed willing to keep the ...

Cuomo's Real Fiscal Record

Since Gov. Cuomo has been in charge, 194,000 people have moved out of the 50 counties north of us. Even though we are being told that unemployment upstate has dropped, it is NOT because more people are finding work; it is because they have stopped looking for work, according to studies. So, as on the national level, they are not counted. The governor has touted that the real truth is unemployment ...

Searching for Justice in the Dark

This coming March marks the 43rd anniversary of my admittance to the bar in the State of New York. Forty-one of those years have been served as a Legal Aid Society criminal defense attorney in the Bronx. During that stretch, I have seen hundreds of colleagues, district attorneys, judges and court personnel come and go, with only a handful of those who started with me remaining.

One of my ...

Who Are the Real Robots?

What is the meaning of life?

Search me, but where cosmic queries are concerned, here’s a new one: If humans are becoming as easily manipulated by digital impulses as are robots, is that a form of evolution or devolution?

We marvel at the onset of artificial intelligence (AI) as if it’s right around the corner. It’s not. It’s here, painting each of us into a corner of ...

Sleeping with the Enemy

Whenever my husband goes out of town, I cheat. I figure, what he doesn’t know, won’t hurt him, and since there’s no way for him to find out that I cheated, why not have some fun while he’s out of town?

Do I feel guilty about this? Maybe a bit. But only because I know that my indiscretions may eventually catch up with me in the end. You see, I don’t just have one ...

Getting Kids to Take Responsibility for Their Own Behavior

Dear Dr. Linda,

We have a son entering ninth grade and we’re truly concerned. He’s a nice kid but doesn’t get the best grades. It’s not because he can’t do the work. We actually don’t know what it is. But when we talk to him about it, he always—and we mean always—blames someone else for the low grades.

It began around fifth grade so, at first, ...

Debate Is Healthy, but be Accurate

August 15, 2017

We are now in the beginning of the local political process. In any healthy representative democracy, there are differing opinions as to the local issues of the day. Discussions of these issues either in the print media or orally is also healthy. However, the comments made should be accurate and knowledgeable.

A member of a former board should not criticize the failure to pave when that board ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, August 19, 9:00 AM

Jefferson Valley Mall, Yorktown Heights

Yorktown Farmers Market

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

Mon, August 21, 7:00 PM

NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital, Cortlandt Manor

Breast Cancer Support Group

Health & Wellness

Fri, August 25, 12:30 PM

Support Connection Office, Yorktown Heights

Advanced Stage Women’s Cancers Support Group

Health & Wellness

Yorktown Elks to Sponsor Blood Drive

August 5, 2017

The Yorktown Elks Lodge No. 2324 will host a blood drive for the New York Blood Center from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at 590 Waverly Road in Yorktown Heights. There is currently a blood shortage.

Though walk-ins will be accepted, making an appointment helps the New York Blood Center plan for staffing needs. Appointments can be made ...