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Former PepsiCo Property Transitioning to 'Millennial' Co-Working Environment

February 14, 2018

SOMERS, N.Y.-In an effort to fill the 540,000 square feet left vacant in Somers by PepsiCo in 2016, Sebastian Capital CEO Roxana Girand is marketing the town of Somers and surrounding Westchester County as much as the building itself.

One of the first things she did to spotlight the community is renovate the lobby. Gone is the security desk visitors would first encounter, moved just off to the ...

Yorktown Athlete Spotlight: Michael Nardelli

February 20, 2018

Lakeland senior Michael Nardelli is a member of the track and field team for Lakeland/Panas and competes during the winter and spring seasons.

How old were you when you started doing track and how did you get started?

I first started doing track when I was 15 in the winter season of 10th grade. I began trying to stay in shape for the other two sports that I played, baseball and soccer. I ...

Lakeland/Panas Tracks Success at Sectionals

SHRUB OAK, N.Y.-Lakeland/Panas’ track squad continued its successful season at the Section 1 Class A championship meet at the Armory in New York City on Feb. 10.

“The boys and girls had some great performances at the sectional championships,” said Lakeland/Panas coach Ryan Johnson, whose boys finished sixth as a team with the girls taking ninth. “We knew that the title ...

Four Yorktown Grapplers Place in Top Five at Sectionals

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-Yorktown’s wrestling squad did an outstanding job at the Section 1 Division 1 wrestling tournament at Clarkstown South on Feb. 11 as it placed four grapplers in the top five of the tournament.

Patrick Patierno (145 pounds) and Connor Thomas (152) both placed second while Andrew Finateri (113) finished fourth and Mauricio Arango (138) fifth in their respective weight ...

Sleepy Hollow Man Accused of Selling Heroin in Yorktown

February 8, 2018

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - A 25-year-old Sleepy Hollow man is facing several felony drug charges for allegedly selling heroin in Yorktown.

According to the Yorktown Police Department, Edwin Rodriguez sold heroin to “undercover operatives” working with police during a five-month investigation.

When Rodriguez was arrested on Jan. 24, he was allegedly in possession of 80 bags of heroin, ...

Legislators, Sober Home Owners Call for Regulation

February 20, 2018

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – In Yorktown exists a home where adults recovering from drug and alcohol addictions live together with a common goal of maintaining sobriety before returning to their normal lives, ideally better equipped to navigate the many pitfalls that exist outside the walls of rehab centers.

Because this home is being privately run without town oversight, little is known of its ...

Yorktown Drivers Honored for Life-Saving Actions

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-Four town employees credited with going above and beyond their job descriptions were honored last week for quick-thinking actions that likely saved the lives of several Yorktown seniors.

Noreen O’Driscoll, director of nutrition at the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center, said the town drivers, who also deliver meals to homebound seniors, have disregarded protocol by ...

Murphy's Turkey Trot Raises Nearly $3,000 for Mohegan Lake Food Pantry

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-State Sen. Terrence Murphy’s Turkey Trot 5K, held Thanksgiving in Yorktown Heights, made a near-$6,000 donation to local food pantries, the senator revealed last month. The money was raised through T-shirt purchases and race registration fees.

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, St. Mary’s Food Pantry in Mohegan Lake and St. John’s food pantry each received a check for ...

Writing Couple Are Yorktown Rotary Guest Speakers

February 11, 2018

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-Yorktown writers Susan and Larry Berliner were guest speakers at the Yorktown Rotary Club’s weekly meetings on back-to-back weeks.

Susan, a novelist who has published five books, was the guest speaker at the club’s Jan. 10 meeting. She discussed how she got the ideas for each of her books as well as the creative writing process. Visit her website at ...

Bagel Emporium Opens in Yorktown on Wednesday

February 20, 2018

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – On Wednesday, the Bagel Emporium will celebrate the opening of its new Yorktown shop, which will be its fifth location in Westchester County.

The bagel shop is owned by Michael Rozins and his son, Ryan. Their other shops are in Armonk, Chappaqua, Port Chester and Tarrytown.

Michael opened his first Bagel Emporium shop in 1983 in Hartsdale. He said he always ...

Former PepsiCo Property Transitioning to 'Millennial' Co-Working Environment

SOMERS, N.Y.-In an effort to fill the 540,000 square feet left vacant in Somers by PepsiCo in 2016, Sebastian Capital CEO Roxana Girand is marketing the town of Somers and surrounding Westchester County as much as the building itself.

One of the first things she did to spotlight the community is renovate the lobby. Gone is the security desk visitors would first encounter, moved just off to the ...

Promotion By Burger King in Yorktown Raises $700 for Food Pantry

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-On Dec. 2, Burger King in Yorktown ran a “Dining to Donate” promotion to benefit Yorktown Community Help Food Pantry, earmarking 20 percent of all proceeds from that evening’s sales to help the local charity dedicated to assisting Yorktown residents in need.

“Yorktown Community Help would like to thank the management of our local Burger King for another ...

Photos: Yorktown High School Bands Present Valentine's Day Swing Dance

February 18, 2018

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Romance was in the air at the 10th annual Valentine’s Day Swing Dance at Yorktown High School on Saturday, Feb. 10. The school’s bands hosted the event. Professional swing dancers provided dance lessons early in the evening before everyone showed off their new moves later on. Light refreshments were served.

All photos by Tabitha Pearson Marshall

Yorktown Couple Renews Vows at Empire State Building

NEW YORK – Twenty years ago, Patricia Byrnes surprised her then-fiancé, Kevin, by entering them into a contest to be married at the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day.

The contest, organized by Kleinfeld Bridal, was only in its fourth year. Patricia and Kevin, both working for the New York City Police Department, had met four years prior at an Emerald Society party.

Yorktown’s First All-Girl Cub Scout Den Launches

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Westchester-Putnam Council Boy Scouts of America has its first official all-girl den. Seven girls, ages 9 and 10, have formed a single-gender den of Webelos as part of Pack 164 in Yorktown Heights.

The girls, many of whom have been unofficially participating in Cub Scouting with their families for years, will now be able to officially earn rank advancement.

The ...

Yorktown Cub Scouts Host Pinewood Derby

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-Cub Scouts in Pack 251 participated in their annual Pinewood Derby on Thursday, Feb. 2, at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.

Scouts, with the help of parents, built their own cars from kits containing a block of pine, plastic wheels and metal axles. The night consisted of dozens of heats, and trophies were awarded to Scouts with the four fastest cars.

Promotion By Burger King in Yorktown Raises $700 for Food Pantry

February 12, 2018

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-On Dec. 2, Burger King in Yorktown ran a “Dining to Donate” promotion to benefit Yorktown Community Help Food Pantry, earmarking 20 percent of all proceeds from that evening’s sales to help the local charity dedicated to assisting Yorktown residents in need.

“Yorktown Community Help would like to thank the management of our local Burger King for another ...

Writing Couple Are Yorktown Rotary Guest Speakers

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-Yorktown writers Susan and Larry Berliner were guest speakers at the Yorktown Rotary Club’s weekly meetings on back-to-back weeks.

Susan, a novelist who has published five books, was the guest speaker at the club’s Jan. 10 meeting. She discussed how she got the ideas for each of her books as well as the creative writing process. Visit her website at ...

Yorktown Nonprofit Support Connection Elects New Board President

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-Gary Wawrzycki has been elected president of the board of directors at Support Connection, a Yorktown-based non-profit organization that provides free support services to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer.

Wawrzycki has strong ties to the Hudson Valley as a lifelong resident of Garrison, where his parents still live. For the past five years, he has been the regional ...

Promotion By Burger King in Yorktown Raises $700 for Food Pantry

February 12, 2018

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-On Dec. 2, Burger King in Yorktown ran a “Dining to Donate” promotion to benefit Yorktown Community Help Food Pantry, earmarking 20 percent of all proceeds from that evening’s sales to help the local charity dedicated to assisting Yorktown residents in need.

“Yorktown Community Help would like to thank the management of our local Burger King for another ...

Legislators, Sober Home Owners Call for Regulation

February 20, 2018

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – In Yorktown exists a home where adults recovering from drug and alcohol addictions live together with a common goal of maintaining sobriety before returning to their normal lives, ideally better equipped to navigate the many pitfalls that exist outside the walls of rehab centers.

Because this home is being privately run without town oversight, little is known of its ...

Yorktown Nonprofit Support Connection Elects New Board President

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-Gary Wawrzycki has been elected president of the board of directors at Support Connection, a Yorktown-based non-profit organization that provides free support services to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer.

Wawrzycki has strong ties to the Hudson Valley as a lifelong resident of Garrison, where his parents still live. For the past five years, he has been the regional ...

Yorktown Business Owners Aim to Create Harassment-Free Workplaces

February 8, 2018

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-To be sure, harassment in the workplace is not a new problem. However, the #MeToo movement that has turned the entertainment industry on its head and emboldened women everywhere to speak truth to power has businesses far beyond Hollywood revisiting their policies on the matter.

On Wednesday, Jan. 31, the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce hosted a seminar at Yorktown Town Hall at ...

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Cuomo’s Frivolous Lawsuits Cost Us Money

Since Donald Trump became president, New York State has filed more than 100 lawsuits against the federal government. This includes those filed by both Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. It does not include lawsuits filed by the City of New York. Most of them are political in nature, filed to please the plaintiffs’ voting base. In the real world, if we had filed ...

Live and Learn

When I was a senior at Fordham University (1970), the school initiated an experimental program allowing a small number of seniors to teach a professor-assisted accredited pass/fail course. I applied and to my amazement was one of three students selected. The course I taught was titled Philosophy of Education.

The underlying theory of my course was that every educational system has an ...

A Trip to the 'Liberry'

Raise your hand if you didn’t—did not—call the library the “liberry” when you were little. I’m guessing not a lot of hands just went up.

Didn’t just about all of us say “liberry” when we were learning to read? (Well, whaddya expect when a place is named something way too easy for little kids to mispronounce?)

OK. Now, raise your hand if ...

I'm Mrs. Heat Miser

To be perfectly honest, I did not need a large rodent with insomnia to convince me that we had six more weeks of winter. It’s been so cold outside lately that when I go out, my nostrils stick together. The dog is so hesitant to go out that he does his business right on the deck, less than five feet from the door, and then gives me a look of contemptuous indignation when he comes back in the ...

Should Valentine's Day Be Celebrated at School?

Dear Dr. Linda,

I’ve been a third-grade teacher for over 20 years and have never allowed my students to celebrate Valentine’s Day in my class. I know my colleagues think I’m mean, but I’m refusing to celebrate it for many reasons.

1) Children hand out cards to each other and there’s always some child left out or who gets very few; 2) Children are always asked ...

What Next for Sober Houses?

February 7, 2018

To the editor,

As Yogi Berra famously said: “It’s déjà vu all over again.”

As reported in the Jan. 25 edition of Yorktown News, 482 Underhill Ave. is back in the sober house business, this time operating as a “family,” not a convalescent, home. And because it’s operating as a family home, there are no town regulations, standards, guidelines ...

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First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown Receives GreenFaith Certification

February 16, 2018

The First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown has completed the requirements for GreenFaith certification (www.greenfaith.org). GreenFaith is an organization which helps religious communities grow in environmental leadership. GreenFaith certification was a two year process that required a number of accomplishments in the areas of stewardship, education, worship, environmental justice advocacy, and ...