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Yorktown Town Board, Tree Commission Spar Over Code Revision

August 25, 2016

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the public hearing would take place Sept. 6. The date is actually Sept. 20.

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The Yorktown Town Board is in the throes of rewriting the town’s tree ordinance, saying the current law is too convoluted and unenforceable, though the Tree Conservation Advisory Commission begs to differ.

Members of the ...

Yorktown, Lakeland Ready Schools for Opening Day

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - It has been a busy—but productive—summer on the campuses of Yorktown and Lakeland schools, with numerous building upgrades and improvements under way throughout the districts.

In Yorktown, crews are completing projects in all school buildings. These include a new front entrance at Yorktown High School, a renovated entrance and kitchen at Mildred E. Strang Middle ...

Yorktown Girl Scout, Vietnam Native Gives Back

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Grace Cooney, a Yorktown High School student, is looking to give back to the foundation that once cared for her.

Cooney, 17, was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Before being adopted and brought to the United States, Cooney was cared for by the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, which serves children in need of emergency and long-term medical care, nutritional ...

Invalid Signatures Knock McDonough Off Conservative Line in Assembly Race

ALBANY, N.Y. - Assembly candidate Suzi McDonough, a Carmel town councilwoman, has been removed from the Conservative Party line over the submission of what her opponent, Kevin Byrne, is calling “fraudulent petitions” containing “faked signatures.”

On July 14, McDonough’s campaign submitted 40 pages containing 232 signatures from registered Conservative Party ...

Lakeland Focused on Fourth Straight League Crown

August 24, 2016

SHRUB OAK, N.Y.— Lakeland’s boys soccer squad will come into this season off plenty of success after winning the League I-B title last fall.

“We have won three straight league titles and the answer to our consistency is a really easy one, we have some players that are really dedicated to the program and the year-round schedule that is now in place for the Lakeland soccer ...

Yorktown Senior is a Scoring Machine

Yorktown senior Alyssa Francese is a team captain and forward on the varsity girls soccer team. She’s also a point guard on the varsity basketball team.​

How old were you when you first started playing soccer and how did you get started?

I was 4 years old when I started to play soccer. I got started like pretty much every little kid who gets signed up by their parents, but I’m ...

Huskers, Hornets Ready to Hit Pitch

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s girls soccer squad will look to build off the success of its last two seasons, including the 2015 campaign, where it finished 12-5. The Huskers garnered an appearance in the Section 1 Class AA tournament where they lost 3-0 to visiting Mamaroneck in the opening round. In 2014, Yorktown made the Class A final four and went 15-3-1.

“The last ...

Hometown Hoedown: Jessica Lynn Rocks Yorktown

August 9, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Yorktown’s own Jessica Lynn, fresh off a worldwide tour, returned home Sunday and performed a two-hour concert at Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field. The Lakeland High School graduate got the hundreds in attendance moving with dozens of original country tunes. The performance was part of the Yorktown Lions Club Summer Concert Series and was sponsored by Mohegan Lake ...

Yorktown Residents Enjoy a Screening Under the Stars

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Yorktown families gathered at the Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial field Thursday, July 21 to enjoy a free concert and movie screening hosted by the Yorktown parks and recreation department and Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK). The night kicked off with a performance by the Uncle Brothers followed by a screening of Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out.” ASK volunteers also ...

Chase Bank Approved for Commerce Street in Yorktown

August 19, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The proposed Chase Bank on Commerce Street was unanimously approved last week by the Planning Board.

Jennifer Porter, an attorney representing Chase, said a sale agreement is in place between Chase and the owner of the Empire Hunan property. The Chinese restaurant will be demolished and the new branch constructed in its place. The agreement will be finalized following the ...

Details Green Cleaning Celebrates Five Years in Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y.  - Details Green Cleaning Services, owned by Juana Pinyol, celebrated its fifth anniversary with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Hilltop Hanover Farm on Tuesday,  July 19. The Pinyol family members are longtime volunteers at farm.

On hand to celebrate the ribbon-cutting were: Deb Milone, executive director of the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce; the Yorktown ...

Yorktown, Lakeland Ready Schools for Opening Day

August 25, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - It has been a busy—but productive—summer on the campuses of Yorktown and Lakeland schools, with numerous building upgrades and improvements under way throughout the districts.

In Yorktown, crews are completing projects in all school buildings. These include a new front entrance at Yorktown High School, a renovated entrance and kitchen at Mildred E. Strang Middle ...

ThinkSTEAM Awards Middle School Students

RYE BROOK, N.Y. - Middle school girls from throughout the country were honored earlier this month by ThinkSTEAM, an organization founded by Lakeland High School student Jothi Ramaswamy. The organization handed out awards for its ThinkBIG Challenge at the Business Council of Westchester office on Wednesday, Aug. 3.

The ThinkBIG Challenge was designed to ignite students’ interest in ...

Soundview Prep in Yorktown Hires New Director

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Soundview Preparatory School in Yorktown has hired Dr. Ken Cotrone at its new executive director.

Cotrone, a Somers resident, will work alongside school founder and current head of school, W. Glyn Hearn, to eventually take over for him as Hearn eyes retirement.

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Cotrone join us during this important time in Soundview’s future,” ...

Invalid Signatures Knock McDonough Off Conservative Line in Assembly Race

August 24, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. - Assembly candidate Suzi McDonough, a Carmel town councilwoman, has been removed from the Conservative Party line over the submission of what her opponent, Kevin Byrne, is calling “fraudulent petitions” containing “faked signatures.”

On July 14, McDonough’s campaign submitted 40 pages containing 232 signatures from registered Conservative Party ...

Congresswoman Lowey Praises Clinton at Democratic Convention

PHILADELPHIA - Congresswoman Nita Lowey, who represents New York's 17th Congressional District, attended the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last week on spoke on behalf of presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

In addition to representing most of Yorktown, the 17th District also includes Chappaqua, where Bill and Hillary Clinton live. Lowey spent her six minutes on stage at ...

Yorktown Girl Scout, Vietnam Native Gives Back

August 24, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Grace Cooney, a Yorktown High School student, is looking to give back to the foundation that once cared for her.

Cooney, 17, was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Before being adopted and brought to the United States, Cooney was cared for by the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, which serves children in need of emergency and long-term medical care, nutritional ...

Support Connection Celebrates 20 Years with Birthday Bash

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. - A birthday celebration in honor of Support Connection’s 20 years of service to the community was held last Wednesday at The Briarcliff Manor.

The Yorktown-based not-for-profit organization, which provides support to breast and ovarian cancer patients, was founded in July 1996. In the two decades since Support Connection was established, it has helped thousands of ...

Westchester County Seeks Backpack Donations for Needy Kids

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Westchester County is once again teaming up with The Sharing Shelf, a program of Family Services of Westchester (FSW), to collect and distribute school supplies so that children in need can start the school year ready to learn. This year, people can donate online at fsw.org/backpacks, or see the list below for the nearest drop-off location.

“Since launching our ...

Yorktown Town Board, Tree Commission Spar Over Code Revision

August 25, 2016

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the public hearing would take place Sept. 6. The date is actually Sept. 20.

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The Yorktown Town Board is in the throes of rewriting the town’s tree ordinance, saying the current law is too convoluted and unenforceable, though the Tree Conservation Advisory Commission begs to differ.

Members of the ...

Town of Yorktown Flags on Display; Available to Residents

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Earlier this month, Supervisor Michael Grace introduced his administration's latest effort to build Yorktown pride—town flags.

An official town of Yorktown flag has flown only at Town Hall for years, but they are now located at dozens of light poles throughout town, he said. Sitting in the center of the yellow, green and blue horizontally striped flag is an emblem ...

Yorktown Town Clerk Earns Professional Designation

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Yorktown Town Clerk Diana Quast and Somers Town Clerk Patricia Kalba, both eight months into their first terms, received the Registered Municipal Clerk designations on the same day last month.

The two clerks worked side by side for years to earn the designation, attending and completing many continuing education courses, personal and professional development seminars, training ...

Drug Crisis in Our Backyard Awarded $5k Grant

August 21, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Drug Crisis in Our Backyard, an advocacy group that helps individuals and families struggling with drug addiction, has received a $5,000 grant from the state to help support its work.

State Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) announced the grant last week during a Shed the Meds program at Jefferson Village in Yorktown. The senator said that Drug Crisis in Our Backyard has been ...

Yorktown PD on High Alert for Labor Day Drunk Drivers

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - This Labor Day weekend, families and friends will be celebrating the end of the summer. Statistics show this festive time has also become a dangerous time for America’s roads, as many drunk drivers get behind the wheel after celebrating.

For this reason, Yorktown Police Department and the Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK), are partnering with the National Highway Traffic ...

Farm Stand Open at Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Come visit the farm stand at Hilltop Hanover Farm on Hanover Street in Yorktown Heights. Be sure to bring your camera and a picnic lunch! The farm stand, which sells the farm’s organically grown produce, is open on Fridays from 1–6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. In addition, “You Pick It” is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m.–4 ...

Turkey Mountain Dogs Quarantined After Biting Another Hiker

August 23, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The Yorktown Police Department has collared the two dogs roaming free at Turkey Mountain Nature Preserve after yet another hiker was bitten Monday morning.

Last Monday, Aug. 15, the dogs reportedly bit a female hiker. As police were evacuating the park, the dogs, a Belgian shepherd and Belgian Malinois, approached officers and park users. One of dogs charged and ...

'Aggressive' Dogs Bite Turkey Mountain Hiker; Yorktown Woman Charged

Editor's Note: The story has been updated with more information.

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - A summons has been issued to the owner of the dogs that have been running free on the Turkey Mountain Nature Preserve since July after one of the dogs bit a hiker, according to a press release issued by the Yorktown Police Department.

The 125-acre park was closed for just under a week after reports of two ...

Yorktown Woman Allegedly Steals $500k from Employer

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - A former dental assistant is accused of stealing more than $500,000 from her White Plains employer, according to the Westchester District Attorney’s Office.

Cheryl Higgins, a 51-year-old Mohegan Lake woman, was arraigned earlier this month on one count of second-degree grand larceny, a C felony. An office manager for David Sandak, D.D.S. of Advanced Periodontics and ...

Property of the Week

August 4, 2016

12 McNair Drive, Mahopac
$435,000.00

Lovingly maintained three bedroom one and half bath raised ranch sited on half acre featuring central air, crown molding, trex deck, hardwood floors, additional playroom/sunroom with walkout to bluestone patio. Conveniently located near biking and walking trails, shopping, local restaurants,health and fitness clubs, commute to either 684 or Taconic ...

Msgr. Joseph Giandurco Named Pastor of St. Patrick's in Yorktown

August 18, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - After a 29-year career that has spanned several continents, Msgr. Joseph Giandurco is six weeks into what he expects to be his most fulfilling adventure yet, as the new pastor at St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown.

“I can honestly say that my most fulfilling times as a priest have been in parish work, even though I’ve had different assignments,” Giandurco ...

Pastor Johnsen Retires from St. Andrew’s in Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Pastor Paul Johnsen has stepped down from his leadership role at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Yorktown and is retiring from ministry after 41 years.

Johnsen, who began his ministry in Racine, Wis., was pastor of St. Andrew’s for 8-1/2 years before delivering his final sermon on Sunday, Aug. 1. St. Andrew’s, located on Crompond Road, has about a 500-member ...

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Trump Has Already Won

Win or lose, The Donald’s quest for the presidency has accomplished many goals. First and foremost, it has shown political correctness for what it is. A liberal creation to silence critics and make them cower in corners for forgiveness. It is a bullying tactic (from a party that supposedly is anti-bullying), and The Donald has shown that, like all bullies, they retreat when ...

Remembering Simpler Times

In an era of instant communication, whether it’s texting, Twitter, Instagram, Yahoo! Messenger, Facebook or something else, it has become harder and harder to remember a time when all of this didn’t exist.

There is no doubt that today’s social media explosion has, for better or worse, changed our lives dramatically. Reaction has replaced reflection. Notoriety has trumped ...

46 Dimond Avenue, Cortlandt

46 Dimond Avenue, Cortlandt
$699,000.00

Designed for easy living and for those buyers who are looking for an open floor plan. This contemporary colonial offers a double door entry with a soaring two story foyer and turned staircase. A light-filled family room with high ceilings, skylights, rich hardwood flooring and decorative stone fireplace offer a comfortable environment.

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A Neapolitan Feast for the Eyes, Ears and Appetite

“Life is all about great food, amazing wine, friends that make you feel good, family that you cherish, laughing, loving and a place to enjoy it together.”

That’s one of the homespun mottos gracing the walls of Furci’s restaurant in Yorktown Heights, where the bonds and bonhomie of family immediately are apparent.

The eight-month-old Italian dining destination is ...

Some Like It Hot

“Oh boy!” exclaimed my husband. “There’s a hot sauce shop in town!”

We were away antiquing for the weekend in a quaint village populated by bed and breakfasts, art galleries and, apparently, a hot sauce shop. For my husband, this was like discovering that someone had bought you a lottery ticket and you won...if the lottery prize was a fireball that would make lava ...

Developmental Disorder or Language Disorder?

Dear Dr. Linda,

Our son, Derek, is almost 3 years old. We’re concerned that there’s something wrong with him. He’s still not speaking and when we talk to him, he doesn’t follow directions. We know he can hear because he gets scared with loud noises and even turns around to look at me if I’m whispering. But when my husband and I are with our nieces and nephews and ...

Yorktown Deserves an Apology

August 17, 2016

I noticed that Yorktown Councilman Ed Lachterman saw fit to apologize for another Yorktown politician’s perceived bad behavior.

Since he’s so apologetic for other elected official’s behavior, maybe he can apologize for Supervisor Grace and state Sen. Murphy owing thousands in past due taxes? Maybe he can apologize for Yorktown’s Town Board for some unknown reason not ...

Not One More Life Lost

August 1, 2016

Six were gone in one week. Six between the ages of 24 and 33—gone.

Both men and women with no distinction between race, religion or social status—just gone. You probably haven’t heard anything about these deaths because it wasn’t broadly publicized. The deaths were most probably caused by a drug overdose. We won’t positively know for six to eight weeks after the ...

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