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Yorktown Home of Historic Distrinction: Van Cortlandt Tenant Farmhouse

February 24, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Most residents of Yorktown consider themselves lucky to trace the ownership of their property back 50 or 60 years. Very few, however, are fortunate enough to possess a copy of a deed tracing their home as far back as the original Van Cortlandt land grant and a date of 1769.

After some sleuthing, Croton Heights resident Jean-Francois de Lapérouse, whose house has ...

The Case of Condo vs. Co-op

For those of you who are interested in home ownership but have an aversion to cutting grass, shoveling snow and general property maintenance, condominium or cooperative living may be the answer.

Both condominiums (condos) and cooperatives (co-ops) provide the benefit of home ownership with professional shared maintenance of the grounds and common areas. Most condo and co-op complexes also have ...

County Center Bound: Yorktown Edges Spring Valley

February 24, 2017

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. - Yorktown's boys basketball team defeated host Spring Valley 59-58 in the Section 1 Class AA quarterfinals on Friday.

The seventh-seeded Huskers will make their first appearance at the Westchester County Center since 2009 when they face No. 3 Scarsdale on Friday, March 3.

Check back later for a full article and photo gallery.

Yorktown Tops Clarkstown South in Sectional Opener

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Led by Tanner Dyslin (25 points, 6 rebounds), Marc Spinelli (9 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) and Matt Severino (6 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists), No. 7-seeded Yorktown’s boys basketball squad defeated visiting No. 10 Clarkstown South 55-46 in a Section 1 Class AA first-round contest on Feb. 18.

Yorktown (16-5) will travel to No. 2 Spring Valley for a ...

Walsh Duo Leads Lakeland to Sectional Victory

SHRUB OAK, N.Y.— Lakeland’s girls basketball squad got off to a hot start in its Section 1 Class A opening-round contest against No. 13 Nyack, jumping out to a 28-14 lead before holding on for a 44-43 victory on Feb. 18.

“The key to a big lead at halftime was our spark in the beginning of the game,” Lakeland senior captain Colleen Walsh said. “I felt like we were ...

Yorktown Library Workers Grieve Pay Scale, Claim Gender Discrimination

February 25, 2017

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Thirteen library workers at the John C. Hart Memorial Library have filed a grievance against the town of Yorktown regarding their placement on the town’s pay scale.

Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) workers in the town of Yorktown are separated into two classes: A and A-1. A library worker who spoke to Yorktown News on the condition of anonymity said the ...

Shrub Oak Resident Leaves $390,000 for John C. Hart Library in Will

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – A Shrub Oak resident and longtime library user who died in April 2013 donated a large portion of her estate to the John C. Hart Memorial Library, said Library Director Patricia Hallinan.

According to Hallinan, Alice Maram left $390,954 for the library, which was notified of the windfall nearly a year after her death. Legal issues tied up the release of the money, which ...

Homeowners Ask Town of Yorktown to Take Over Sunrise Street

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Residents petitioned the town of Yorktown to take ownership of Sunrise Street in the hopes that the town can better maintain it.

With the exception of the 400-foot stretch of road in question, the town already owns three quarters of the road, which hosts 24 residences. Traveling northbound toward Granite Springs Road, Sunrise Street branches off and the road narrows. The ...

Yorktown High School Yearbook Club Wins National Competition

February 13, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – “The Emerald,” the yearbook of the Yorktown High School, has received a first-place award in the 2016 American Scholastic Press Association contest/review.

The annual publication is planned and produced by a group of students as part of a high school club led by advisers Benedetta Varotta and Daniel Moore.

High School Principal Joseph DeGennaro praised the ...

Young Yorktown Artists Featured at Katonah Museum Show

February 19, 2017

KATONAH, N.Y. – For the 34th year in a row, the Katonah Museum of Art is holding its Young Artists exhibition showcasing the talents of dozens of young artists from across Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess and Fairfield counties.

More than 400 artworks by high school students from throughout the region are spotlighted in this exhibit. Museum officials say the program gives teens ...

Be Our Guest: Yorktown Stage Kids Serve up Disney’s Beloved Classic

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Twenty-six years after Disney released its animated retelling of the 18th-century French fairy tale, Beauty & the Beast continues to draw audiences to its musical tale of tolerance and enchantment.

Incarnations as a Broadway musical, ice-capade, and interactive Disneyworld experience are not enough to satisfy fans’ enthusiasm—next month marks the highly ...

Photos: Yorktown High School Valentine's Day Swing Dance

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Live music and dancing ruled the night at the annual Valentine’s Day Swing Dance at Yorktown High School last Saturday. The event was hosted by the school’s concert band, jazz band and wind ensemble. There were dance lessons provided by professional swing dancers early in the evening before everyone showed off their new moves later on. Light refreshments were ...

Yorktown Vet Takes in Patient After Owner’s Death

February 21, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Tens of thousands of patients have come through the doors of Yorktown Animal Hospital since opening on Veterans Road in 2002, but it was one dog in particular that caught the attention of Dr. Phillip Raclyn, the hospital’s owner.

Gracie, a 7-year-old mutt, has been Raclyn’s patient since 2009. The two developed such a special bond that Raclyn told the ...

Lowe’s Construction Slated to Begin This Summer in Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Construction on a new commercial development featuring a Lowe’s, two restaurants and a bank is slated to begin at the end of the summer, a representative of Breslin Realty said. The Yorktown Planning Board approved the site plan in December.

Bob Rosenberg, vice president of development, construction and property management at Breslin Realty, which owns the ...

Yorktown Business Owners React to Minimum Wage Increase

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The first in a scheduled series of minimum-wage increases for Westchester County went into effect Dec. 31, raising the wage from $9 to $10.

The minimum wage will continue to increase in $1 increments over the next five years in New York State. It will be the biggest wage hike since 2000 when the minimum wage was increased by 90 cents, from $4.25 to $5.15. Since then, ...

Yorktown Vet Takes in Patient After Owner’s Death

February 21, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Tens of thousands of patients have come through the doors of Yorktown Animal Hospital since opening on Veterans Road in 2002, but it was one dog in particular that caught the attention of Dr. Phillip Raclyn, the hospital’s owner.

Gracie, a 7-year-old mutt, has been Raclyn’s patient since 2009. The two developed such a special bond that Raclyn told the ...

Yorktown Teen Wins Award at Westminster

NEW YORK – A Yorktown teen and her show dog, Buzz, have won an Award of Merit from the Westminster Dog Show in Manhattan.

Victoria Lewis, 16, is a longtime member of the K-9 Kids 4-H Club of Westchester County, which meets every Monday at the Yorktown Grange Fairgrounds. Buzz, a Belgian Tervuren, is owned by Croton resident Patti Murphy, one of the club's leaders. The 4-H club is the ...

EnerShe Fitness Celebrates Grand Opening

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Surrounded by family, friends and employees, Mahopac resident Karly Schneider celebrated the grand opening on Sunday morning of her new women's-only fitness club, EnerShe Fitness.

The gym, located at 989 Route 6 in Mahopac, in the K-Mart Shopping Center, is a state-of-the-art fitness center founded on the principal of helping women, both young and mature alike, to ...

Melvyn Tanzman Launches Bid for Yorktown Supervisor

February 17, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Mohegan Lake resident Melvyn R. Tanzman announced Friday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for town supervisor.

Tanzman, who has lived in Mohegan Lake for 26 years, will look to unseat three-term incumbent Michael Grace, who is seeking reelection. Tanzman is scheduled to interview with the Yorktown Democratic Committee next week, said Co-Chair Ron ...

Yorktown GOP Interviews Candidates

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Looking to fill out its ticket for the November elections, the Yorktown Republican Town Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 8, interviewed candidates for the positions of supervisor, town council, town justice and highway superintendent.

In the most contested race, four candidates interviewed for two four-year council seats: incumbent Greg Bernard, Rich Campanaro, Pam Hirsch ...

Yorktown Democrats Seek Candidates for Local Office

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The Yorktown Democratic Committee is interviewing prospective candidates for town offices and county legislature, which will be on the November 2017 ballot.

Anybody interested in running for these offices on the Democratic ticket should resumes to Co-Chairs Elliot Krowe or Ron Stokes at elliotkrowe1@gmail.com and ron@stokeslaw.us.

Yorktown's My Brother Vinny Hits Another Milestone

February 25, 2017

VERPLANCK, N.Y. - My Brother Vinny, a Yorktown-based nonprofit, has provided furniture and housewares to 400 formerly homeless U.S. veterans since June 2013.

The organization reached the milestone on Sunday, Feb. 12, when it fully furnished the apartment of a Vietnam-era veteran from Verplanck. Prior to Sunday, the veteran was sleeping on the floor with a just a sheet and a jacket for a ...

Yorktown Relay for Life Kicks Off a New Season

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown Relay for Life, awarded for raising the most money per capita in the nation last year, has kicked off another season of fundraising for the American Cancer Society.

The 12th annual Yorktown Relay for Life begins at 4 p.m. Friday, June 9, at Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field. Donations are already pouring in to relayforlife.org/yorktownny, with nearly $10,000 ...

Yorktown Man to Climb Kilimanjaro for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Chris Berlow, a Yorktown resident and business owner, is traveling to Africa to climb for a cure.

The 1988 Yorktown High School graduate has raised nearly $18,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, just under the elevation (in feet) of Mount Kilimanjaro, which Berlow will climb next month with nearly a dozen other philanthropists from the United States.

At 19,341 ...

EnerShe Fitness Celebrates Grand Opening

February 12, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Surrounded by family, friends and employees, Mahopac resident Karly Schneider celebrated the grand opening on Sunday morning of her new women's-only fitness club, EnerShe Fitness.

The gym, located at 989 Route 6 in Mahopac, in the K-Mart Shopping Center, is a state-of-the-art fitness center founded on the principal of helping women, both young and mature alike, to ...

ASK Youth Court Readies Yorktown Teens for Careers in Law Enforcement

February 23, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Three dozen students from Lakeland and Yorktown schools were honored Wednesday, Feb. 15, as graduates of the Alliance for Safe Kids Youth Court Class of 2017.

The six-week volunteer program, started in 2007, teaches students about the law, the judicial process, public speaking, crime scene investigation and more. It is organized and run by teens, adjudicating misdemeanor cases ...

Suit: Yorktown Town Hall Not ADA-Compliant

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – A Yonkers-based non-profit organization is suing the town of Yorktown, claiming its town hall is difficult to access for people with disabilities.

The federal lawsuit was filed Dec. 1, 2016, in U.S. District Court by Westchester Disabled on the Move Inc. and its board president, Gail Cartenuto Cohn, a Yorktown resident. The organization claims that Yorktown Town Hall has ...

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More Lies Exposed

If you actually take time to do the research, it is amazing what you will find. I have been telling you for 10 years that this man-made global cooling—no, make that man-made global warming; no, make that climate change science—is a hoax meant to take control of our lives and give it to government.

The first red flag was that they kept changing the name. Second red flag: they kept ...

Catching up with Kaplowitz—Part One

I was fortunate last week to get my old friend and Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Michael Kaplowitz to interrupt his busy schedule and grant me an interview.

Can you describe what the county board does?

We learned early on in civics class that there are four levels of government: local, county, state and federal. I’m on the second rung. I am lucky to have been ...

Cashing Out

There’s a vintage gag sign that shopkeepers with a sense of humor used to post that read, “In God We Trust. All Others Pay Cash.” Not anymore.

In my car console, I keep a baggie of quarters to feed parking meters, and a separate baggie of dimes, nickels and pennies that I grab by the handful if I’m going into a store where I will pay cash. Yet I often forget to grab the ...

Rip Van Doesn’t Sleep a Winkle

There was a time when I was a world-class sleeper. I would go to bed at midnight and I wouldn’t emerge from my darkened cave until noon the next day. Alarms couldn’t wake me up.  Firetrucks couldn’t wake me up. If there were an Olympic event for sleeping, I would have won a gold. I am sleep woman. Here me snore.

That was all, of course, before I became a mom. Once the ...

Presidents Day Is an Opportunity for Learning

Dear Dr. Linda,

I read your column every week, but as an intermediate teacher, I especially love the quizzes and often share them with my students because they’re fun. In honor of Presidents Day, will you give us another chance to test what we know about the presidents?

Fifth Grade Teacher

Dear Fifth Grade Teacher,

I love the quizzes, too, no matter what the subjects, ...

Yorktown Highway Gets the Job Done

February 16, 2017

And the great job continues! It’s a rarity that an elected official reaches out to inform and help their constituency on a daily basis. But Dave Paganelli has certainly showed us it can be done and he has done it so well. By reaching out on social media and giving us all a “heads up” on road conditions, he actively is helping to keep us safe. He seems to address any road ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, February 26, 2:00 PM

John C. Hart Memorial Library, Shrub Oak

Library Theater: Much Ado About Nothing

Arts & Entertainment

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Tue, February 28, 9:30 AM

NWH Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center, Mount Kisco

The Ken Hamilton Caregiver Support Program

Community Calendar Health & Wellness

Tue, February 28, 5:30 PM

First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown, Yorktown Heights

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at First ...

Food & Drink Giving Back

How to Adapt Your Home to Support a Learning Disabled Child

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 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 ...

Somers Business Joins Smart Home Market

February 14, 2017

Jilco Window Corp. of the Somers hamlet of Granite Springs has announced that part of their product line will now include PowerView motorization.

Hunter Douglas is helping homes achieve a higher level of intelligence with the industry’s most innovative collection of custom window treatments, digitally programmed to automatically raise, lower, tilt and traverse exactly how and when you ...