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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 ...

Shiland Sets Tone for Lakeland/Panas

April 29, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— There aren’t too many weapons in Section 1 like Lakeland/Panas’ Griffin Shiland. The senior long-stick midfielder has the potential to lock down the opposing team’s top midfielder and create transition offense going the other way.

“It’s a nice luxury,” Rebels coach Jim Lindsay said. “(Shiland) also knows that if you bring the ball ...

Lakeland Rebounds with Two Wins

SHRUB OAK, N.Y.— Lakeland’s softball squad suffered its first loss at Brewster 5-1 on April 18, led by two hits and a run scored by Cameron Lischinsky.

The Hornets got back on track by beating visiting Albertus Magnus 20-1 on April 19, ignited by a 17-hit attack.

“The reason for the team’s success for this game is we realized that we have a strong-hitting ...

Yorktown Boys Lacrosse Edged by Chaminade

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 ...

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 ...

Changes to Yorktown Wetlands Law Tabled After Public Outcry

April 27, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Town hall was packed with residents who came to voice their concerns over proposed changes to the town’s wetlands laws during the April 18 televised meeting.

Requirements under the current law mandate permits for construction on 1,000 square feet or more of wetlands. Last December, the town board began drafting a new law that increases the size of wetlands that ...

Start Your Engines! Yorktown Motorsports Company Gets Green Light

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – After spending years in neutral, JCM Racing is gearing up to build its 5,000-square-foot motorsports company on Front Street.

First proposed in August 2015, the shop received conditional approval from the planning board in May 2016. Having now satisfied all those conditions, including concerns over lighting and landscaping, all that’s left to do is cross some ...

Yorktown Town Board Proposes Amended Grease Trap Law

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 ...

Charming Charlie to open in Jefferson Valley Mall

April 26, 2017

JEFFERSON VALLEY, N.Y. - Charming Charlie is slated to open next month in the Jefferson Valley Mall, according to a press release issued by Washington Prime Group, the mall's owner.

“Jefferson Valley Mall is excited to further diversify and expand our retail roster with Charming Charlie,” said Dave Napolitan, general manager at Jefferson Valley Mall. “We strive to meet ...

Start Your Engines! Yorktown Motorsports Company Gets Green Light

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – After spending years in neutral, JCM Racing is gearing up to build its 5,000-square-foot motorsports company on Front Street.

First proposed in August 2015, the shop received conditional approval from the planning board in May 2016. Having now satisfied all those conditions, including concerns over lighting and landscaping, all that’s left to do is cross some ...

Martial Arts Center Opens in Shrub Oak

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 ...

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 ...

Surprise Candidates Join Democratic Slate in Last-Minute Shake-Up

April 27, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Democratic Committee endorsed its slate of candidates Monday, April 17, during a meeting held at the Yorktown Cultural and Community Center.

The committee endorsed Ilan Gilbert for supervisor, incumbent Councilman Vishnu Patel and former town clerk Alice Roker for council, and Aviah Cohen Pierson for town justice. Gilbert previously interviewed for council ...

Yorktown Democrats Endorse Candidates

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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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 ...

Trust Only Science

In preparing my cross examination of a chemist for a criminal drug trial in the early 1980s, I was introduced to a  then-retired scientist, Dr. Max Solomon. We ended up spending weeks together as Dr. Solomon taught me the ABCs of chemistry and drug identification. After that initial success, we became friends and collaborated on many matters right up until his death 10 years ago.

Max was ...

Wanted: Life Saver

Only half of humanity can give birth—the female half—but both men and women can give life by donating a kidney to someone whose survival rests on receiving a healthy organ. 

In America today, there are more than 100,000 people hoping to be on the receiving end of a life-saving kidney. For now, their names are on a waiting list. One of those names is Henry (“Hank”) ...

A Plant by Any Other Name

“What do you think of our new succulent? I asked my husband as I presented the small plant resting on our family room coffee table. I had decided to take the leap from plastic plants to live ones and figured this would be one I couldn’t kill too easily.

He looked at it and scrunched up his face.

“It’s okay… but can you get something else?” He ...

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 ...

A Victory for Wetlands

April 26, 2017

Last Tuesday night, an unprecedented number of Yorktown residents turned out to express their views at the public hearing on the repeal and replacement of Yorktown’s Freshwater Protection Law.

Speakers were overwhelmingly opposed to the proposed replacement law. Topics ranged from technical points on wetland ecology to legal points about the law’s administration to heartfelt ...

Upcoming Events

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

Community Calendar

Sat, April 29, 6:00 PM

Italian American Club, Mahopac

Spring Fling Designer Bag Bingo

Giving Back

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 ...