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Yorktown Homes of Historic Distinction: Sears Kit House

September 8, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – In the early days of the 20th century, and much as Amazon does today, the Sears Roebuck catalogue (minus the internet) provided a mail order source of everything for everyone—from groceries, shoes and clothing to hardware, building materials and eventually even to houses. (From 1908 to 1912, the company even produced its own line of automobiles.) In 1906, a glut of ...

McHale’s Beauty Stuns Somers

September 22, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y.— When the scoreboard read all zeros at halftime, Lakeland knew it had the chance to bust through the defensive stalemate and shock the defending Class A state champion Somers Tuskers again after handing them their only two losses last season.

Although it was Somers that controlled possession during most of the first half into the second, the Hornets fiercely pecked away ...

Huskers Take Two of Three On Pitch

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— After playing to a scoreless tie, Mamaroneck’s Corbin Snyder scored the first goal of the second half but Yorktown rallied for a 2-1 victory in a girls soccer contest Sept. 12.

Yorktown senior captain/defender Emily Metz tied the game, off an assist from Hailey Soliz.

“I saw an opening, made the run, called for the ball and received a great pass ...

Yorktown Wins Battle Against Sailors

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Last year, Yorktown’s football squad won its first nine games and didn’t trail in any of them at halftime before losing to Somers in the Section 1 Class A championship game.

In retrospect, that may not have been the best thing for the Huskers.

Yorktown won’t have to worry about that this year as visiting Hendrick Hudson gave the Huskers all ...

To Serve and Paw-tect: New K-9 Officer Introduced to Yorktown

September 12, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Police Department welcomed its newest member last week, as K-9 Officer Dallas took the oath of paw-fice.

The introduction of Dallas, named for five on-duty officers who were killed in a 2016 ambush shooting, signals the return of the department’s K-9 program, which existed for nearly 40 years before it was halted in 2014.

Police Chief Robert Noble, ...

Yorktown Town Board Supports Astorino's Veto of County Immigration Act

September 18, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – In an unlisted agenda item, the Yorktown Town Board on Sept. 5 approved a resolution supporting County Executive Rob Astorino’s decision to veto immigration legislation passed by the Westchester County Board of Legislators.

Yorktown’s resolution was approved shortly after 9:30 p.m. by a 4 to 1 vote, with all town board Republicans supporting it. Councilman ...

Patel to Grace: ‘Make My Day’; Sparks Fly During Depot Square Debate

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - At last week’s town board meeting, two resolutions concerning the future of the long-debated Depot Square project angered Councilman Vishnu Patel, the board’s lone Democrat, who targeted town board Republicans in a heated exchange.

At one point in the dust up, Supervisor Michael Grace told Patel that if he did not stop speaking over his fellow councilmembers, that ...

Ben Franklin Educators Serve up Sweet Treats

September 18, 2017

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Students at Ben Franklin Elementary School were given a delicious homework assignment last Thursday: come by Seven Scoops custard shop after school and order sweet treats served up by their favorite teachers.

The back-to-school event put school teachers and administrators behind the counter as guest scoopers. Dozens of Ben Franklin families came out to the Shrub Oak ...

Yorktown Students Head Back to School

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Classes began last Tuesday at Lakeland and Yorktown schools, and we asked parents to send us first-day photos of their students.

Send additional captioned “first day of school” photos (name, grade and school) to yorktownnews@halstonmedia.com for possible publication in an upcoming issue.

Lakeland School Board Elects New President, Vice President

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Trustees on the Lakeland Central School District Board of Education have elected Denise Kness president and Rachelle Nardelli vice president for the 2017-18 school year.

Kness, who previously served as vice president of the board, is a 20-year resident of Yorktown Heights. A school volunteer for the past 14 years, Kness was re-elected to her second three-year term on ...

Breast Cancer Survivor Gives Back to Yorktown's Support Connection

September 21, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Paula Natale has participated in the annual Support-a-Walk at FDR State Park for nearly two decades, but this year carries special significance for the 18-year breast cancer survivor.

The walk, which is Support Connection’s largest annual fundraiser, has raised millions to benefit support services for breast and ovarian cancer patients and their families. When the ...

Cheers! Best and Wurst Enjoys Record Crowd in Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Hundreds came out to enjoy the Yorktown Rotary Club’s seventh annual celebration of the beer and bratwurst on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Thanks to the club’s first-time use of Groupon, the Best and Wurst welcomed a record crowd and attracted a younger demographic, said club president Patti Horvath.

“That just made it exponentially so much better,” ...

Major Clayton Carpenter Memorial Highway Unveiled in Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Ask anyone who knew U.S. Army Major Clayton Carpenter what kind of man he was and some assortment of these words are likely to follow: charismatic, humble, intelligent, selfless, witty and caring. Even in his final moments, as the helicopter he was piloting was spiraling toward certain doom, Carpenter’s actions helped save the lives of others in his ...

Photos: Yorktown Grange Fair Returns for 93rd Year

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – One of Yorktown’s oldest traditions, the Grange Fair, returned last week for three days of fun.

The fair, held at the Yorktown Grange fairgrounds on Moseman Road, celebrates Hudson Valley’s agricultural heritage with livestock, produce and flower exhibits, as well as other competitions. This year, there were also many carnival rides, midway games, live music ...

Heart of Gold: Metal Detectorist Finds Engagement Ring at FDR Park

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Four days after losing her engagement ring at a company picnic in FDR State Park, Alexa O’Rourke was starting to lose hope. On the fifth day, however, an “angel” came to O’Rourke’s rescue.

In just 35 minutes, Don Mituzas, president of the Putnam/Westchester Metal Detectorists & Archaeological Society, did what two dozen people before him ...

Photos: Yorktown Remembers 9/11

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. - A 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony was held Monday at the Shrub Oak Memorial Pavilion.

Yorktown honored the five residents who were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center: Patrick William Danahy, Simon M. Dedvukaj, Alan Friedlander, Paul Fiori and Barry McKeon.

All photos by Brian Marschhauser

Kesten Announces 2018 Bid for State Senate in Yorktown

September 22, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The 2018 general election is nearly 15 months away, but that hasn’t stopped Robert Kesten, a Democrat from South Salem, from announcing his candidacy for New York’s 40th Senate District.

Kesten kicked off his campaign on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field in Yorktown, surrounded by a half-dozen supporters. He is hoping to unseat ...

Grace Earns Victory in Independence Party Primary

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Independence Party voters have backed Town Supervisor Michael Grace in his bid for a fourth term, according to unofficial results with the Westchester County Board of Elections.

Grace (113 votes) emerged victorious in the Independence Party primary, held Tuesday night, defeating Ilan Gilbert (57 votes), a former town justice.

In the three-way race for two town council ...

Breast Cancer Survivor Gives Back to Yorktown's Support Connection

September 21, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Paula Natale has participated in the annual Support-a-Walk at FDR State Park for nearly two decades, but this year carries special significance for the 18-year breast cancer survivor.

The walk, which is Support Connection’s largest annual fundraiser, has raised millions to benefit support services for breast and ovarian cancer patients and their families. When the ...

Yorktown Elks Donate Teddy Bears to White Plains Hospital

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - On Friday, Sept. 8, Yorktown Elks Lodge No. 2324 donated 150 teddy bears to White Plains Hospital. The bears were purchased from the Stuffington Bear factory via a grant from the Elks National Foundation. The bears are used to comfort young visitors to the emergency room.

Cheers! Best and Wurst Enjoys Record Crowd in Yorktown

September 20, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Hundreds came out to enjoy the Yorktown Rotary Club’s seventh annual celebration of the beer and bratwurst on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Thanks to the club’s first-time use of Groupon, the Best and Wurst welcomed a record crowd and attracted a younger demographic, said club president Patti Horvath.

“That just made it exponentially so much better,” ...

Photos: Yorktown Grange Fair Returns for 93rd Year

September 14, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – One of Yorktown’s oldest traditions, the Grange Fair, returned last week for three days of fun.

The fair, held at the Yorktown Grange fairgrounds on Moseman Road, celebrates Hudson Valley’s agricultural heritage with livestock, produce and flower exhibits, as well as other competitions. This year, there were also many carnival rides, midway games, live music ...

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Is Yorktown’s Zoning Being Undermined?

September 13, 2017

Are Yorktown’s residential neighborhoods in danger? Is the town board undermining our existing zoning by an excessive—and inappropriate—use of an obscure provision of the zoning code that allows a parcel to be rezoned to an open-ended, anything is permissible, 100 percent negotiated “transitional zone”?

It’s time to take a closer look at this emerging ...

The Art of the Deal

I have written repeatedly that the media cannot separate Trump from his supporters.  They did not create him, so they, no matter how hard they have tried, cannot take him down. Only Trump can separate himself from his supporters.

Last Thursday I woke up to headlines saying Trump, Schumer and Pelosi have brokered a deal that will enshrine amnesty on the “Dreamers,” promise more ...

My Birthday Question

When I was 20, I was confronted with the following allegory: imagine that the wisest person who ever lived is dying. As a parting gift to the planet, the wisest one has agreed to travel the world and answer people’s questions. Luckily, after waiting in line for hours, you are able to ask your one question. What is your question?

Actually, this allegory is from a whole family of questions ...

Man of Letters

Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about Pop’s penchant for writing Letters to the Editor…

MOM: Whatcha doin’ there, Pop?

POP: Writin’, Mom.

MOM: Writin’ what?

POP: A ...

A Shampoo by Any Other Name

“What’s in the bag?” I asked my mother as she got into the car. She had just come out of the hair salon and apparently had been talked into buying some high-end hair products.

“New shampoo,” she said with some excitement. “My old shampoo was terrible. It really dried out my hair.”

“What brand were you using?” I asked. She thought for a ...

To Home School or Not to Home School

Dear Dr. Linda,

We’re only into the second week of school and our fifth-grade son, Joey, doesn’t want to go to school again. He’s never liked school. For years we blamed his teachers. Then we put him in private school and it didn’t get better.

He’s a bright kid and self-driven. When he’s home, he’s never bored. He’s not playing video games or ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, September 22, 12:30 PM

Support Connection Office, Yorktown Heights

Advanced Stage Women’s Cancers Support Group

Health & Wellness

Fri, September 22, 1:00 PM

John C. Hart Memorial Library, Shrub Oak

Documentary: ‘Blissville: an Investigation’

Community Calendar

Sat, September 23, 11:00 AM

Fieldhome, Cortlandt

Fieldhome Fall Festival

Community Calendar

Tips to Offer Children with Poor Executive Function Skill

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 how to handle homework dilemmas to what questions to ask at a CSE meeting. Questions can range from “How best do parents advocate for their children?” to ...