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Lakeland Sporting Events Will be Streamed

September 7, 2018

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – The Lakeland school board has awarded a $20,000 annual contract to livestream sporting events, concerts and other special events.

The three-year contract was awarded to LocalLive, a Stamford, Conn. company, at the board’s Aug. 16 meeting. The company streams varsity games on the stadium fields and in the gymnasiums. Special events, such as award assemblies, honor ...

Police Search for Vandals Who Damaged Shrub Oak Pool

September 12, 2018

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Police are enlisting the public’s help in locating vandals who caused extensive damage to the town-owned swimming pool on Sunnyside Street in Shrub Oak.

A police source told Yorktown News that the vandalism occurred sometime after 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5. Though this source would not go into specific details about the vandalism, they said the cost of the damage ...

Kosovo Ambassador Comes to Yorktown

September 16, 2018

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Ambassador Teuta Sahatqija and Albana Bylykbashi, second secretary, of the Consulate General of the Republic of Kosovo in New York, appeared in Yorktown on Wednesday, Aug. 22, as guest presenters of the Rotary Club of Yorktown. The club meets at Yorktown Pizza and Pasta. Community members are always welcome to join. Lunch is $20. For more information, email ...

Yorktown Sports Complex Expected to Open Mid-October

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Residents, adjust your calendars. The opening date for the Granite Knolls Sports and Recreation Complex on Stoney Street is now expected to be in mid-October. And although that may still be a moving target, one of those overseeing its development since its ground-breaking ceremony in mid-December said last week that he was “confident” it’s going to open at ...

Former Yorktown Supervisor Asks New Admin to Reconsider Depot Square

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Former Town Supervisor Michael Grace returned to the Town Board council chambers last week in another bid to resuscitate his five-year dream known as Depot Square.

Although no formal statement has been issued about his proposal to build new highway and parks facilities on Greenwood Street and sell town land accommodating a garage at Front Street and Underhill Avenue for ...

Lakeland Administrators Participate in Buffalo Soldiers Celebration

September 19, 2018

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Lakeland Central School District was well-represented at the 57th annual West Point Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 2.

George Washington Principal Tracy Norman and Director of Guidance Frank Accetta presented two first-time Youth Excellence Awards during the ceremonies to two students. Norman is a lieutenant colonel in the New Jersey Army ...

Photos: Lakeland, Yorktown students Head Back to School

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Lakeland and Yorktown students returned to school last week and parents sent us their best first day of school photos. Additional photos can be sent to yorktownnews@halstonmedia.com.

Herzog to Retire from Lakeland School District

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Mary Ellen Herzog, the assistant superintendent for pupil personnel services, is retiring from the Lakeland Central School District after nearly 15 years.

According to Lakeland’s website, the Department of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Service “works to meet the needs of students identified with an educational disability and supported through an ...

Meet Jeremy Newberger: Documentary Filmmaker and Self-Styled Satirist

September 15, 2018

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Jeremy Newberger has a theory about finding one’s path in life.

“There is a chart I have up here in my head,” he said. “It’s like what you want to do and what you are good at: as soon as you find the point where that criss-crosses, it is your career.”

For this Yorktown resident, the intersection came in the form of story-telling and ...

Yorktown Author Pens New Book

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Prolific Yorktown author Susan Berliner has published a new dystopian thriller, “After the Bubbles.”

Oddly shaped bubbles are falling from the sky all over the world, transforming everyone who comes into contact with them into extraordinary beings that are no longer human. And these monsters want to kill people, which they can do just by touching ...

Murphy’s Restaurant Demolished; Will be Replaced by Office/Retail

September 20, 2018

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Murphy’s Restaurant, which served up drinks, traditional pub food and Irish fare to many residents since opening its doors in 2006, was demolished last week. In its place will be a three-story, 40,000-square-foot retail/office building.

Though Murphy’s opened just 12 years ago, the decades-old building was home to many restaurants before it, including ...

Verizon Store Celebrates Grand Opening in Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Cellular Sales, an independent Verizon Wireless retailer, celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 2035 Crompond Road. This is Cellular Sales’ 57th store in New York.

The Yorktown Heights location is a full-service store for Verizon Wireless products and services. It offers smartphones, devices and tablets. Customers can also visit the store to pay ...

Photos; 2018 Yorktown Feast of San Gennaro

September 20, 2018

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Commerce Street in Yorktown Heights looked more like Mulberry Street in Little Italy last week, as the annual Feast of San Gennaro returned for five days. Thousands of residents and out-of-towners enjoyed live music, food, drinks, carnival rides and games, and more.

The festival kicked off Wednesday, Sept. 12, with a ceremonial procession featuring one of the original ...

Yorktown Woman Turns 100

JEFFERSON VALLEY, N.Y. – Jefferson Village resident Agnes Burnes turned 100 years old on Sept. 6. On Monday night, the community in which she has lived since 1986 celebrated her birthday with a cake.

She told Yorktown News her secret to living a long life: “Walk, walk, walk. Don’t smoke. Don’t drink. Drink water. Don’t be lazy.” Burnes said, as a child ...

Meet Jeremy Newberger: Documentary Filmmaker and Self-Styled Satirist

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Jeremy Newberger has a theory about finding one’s path in life.

“There is a chart I have up here in my head,” he said. “It’s like what you want to do and what you are good at: as soon as you find the point where that criss-crosses, it is your career.”

For this Yorktown resident, the intersection came in the form of story-telling and ...

Yorktown Resident Assists with Hurricane Florence Evacuation Efforts

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Fred Rogers once said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—many caring ...

Photos: On 9/11, Yorktown Vows to ‘Never Forget’

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Every year on Sept. 11, Americans come together and vow to “never forget.”

In addition to remembering the nearly 3,000 people who died that day and years later from complications, it also means never forgetting how that tragedy bound most Americans. That unity, however, was short-lived, said Supervisor Ilan Gilbert.

“It seems like so long ago since ...

Photos: Yorktown Holds 230th Birthday Bash

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Yorktown celebrated its 230th birthday in style on Sunday, Aug. 26, with a baseball game, a parade down East Main Street, concerts, presentations, historical home tours and fireworks. The last-minute celebration, spearheaded by Councilman Tom Diana and Councilwoman Alice Roker, was organized with community input. The festivities joined the already-scheduled Yorktown Lions Club ...

GOP Governor Candidate Prepared to Fine NYSEG

September 16, 2018

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – He was once the youngest mayor in the United States and is currently the Dutchess County executive. And for his next trick, Marc Molinaro, a Republican, would like to be governor of New York.

Molinaro knows he’s the underdog—in the last 40 years, there has only been one Republican elected—but, as he told the crowd who’d come to see him speak at ...

40th Senate District: Harckham Apparent Winner in Democratic Primary

HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. - Peter Harckham (D-South Salem) will challenge incumbent state Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) in November's general election after defeating Robert Kesten (D-South Salem) in yesterday's Democratic Party primary, according to unofficial election results.

More than 21,000 votes were cast in the 40th State Senate District primary, with Harckham, a former ...

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Assemblyman Byrne Responds

Last week, we talked with Democratic Assembly candidate, Vedat Gashi. I think it’s only fair that this week we spend some time with our present assemblyman, Kevin Byrne. He was nice enough to grant me this interview.

For the readers who may not know, can you tell us about your background? Where did you grow up? Which schools did you attend, etc.?

I was born and raised in the 94th ...

I Never Met a Musical Like Meta-Musical ‘Urinetown’

On the face of it, the conceit behind award-winning stage musical “Urinetown” seems absurd: Citizens are required to pay for the privilege of relieving themselves at public urinals.

To baby boomers, charging people to use public restrooms is neither absurd nor unthinkable. True, there were no coin-operated urinals when we were young, but there were stalls that required a dime to be ...

Do National Politics Belong in Yorktown News?

September 20, 2018

For seven-plus years, many of you have opened up Yorktown News, flipped to the opinion section and read the columns of Andy Bazzo and Jim Martorano.

With their own unique voices and different ideologies, they served to bring balance to our opinion section. What I mean by that, of course, is that Andy was our conservative columnist while Jim represented the liberal side.

For the most part, ...

Do or Diet

Most people I know gain weight over the winter. Just like polar bears, they eat for warmth and hide their weight under a layer of fur or, in this case, velour tracksuits. But I’m different (so what else is new?). I tend to gain all my weight during the summer when we travel, and go to lots of barbecues and picnics, and drink ginormous, high-calorie slushy drinks to cool off.

By the time ...

Yorktown Soccer Tournament a Success

September 19, 2018

The Yorktown Youth Soccer Club held its 42nd annual Labor Day Weekend Soccer Tournament on Saturday and Sunday of that weekend. The tournament was attended by 158 competitive travel teams from across the metropolitan area and was held on the campus of Yorktown High School and other locations around town. The hometown Boys 2009 Gladiators and the Girls 2007 Tsunami were crowned champions of their ...

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Support Connection Honored at 2018 Top-Rated Non-Profit

September 12, 2018

Support Connection announced today that it has been honored with a prestigious 2018 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. This is the fourth consecutive year Support Connection has earned this distinction. Support Connection provides free support services, such as counseling, support groups and other programs, to people affected by ...