Lakeland Wins Battle of the Best

September 28, 2016

SHRUB OAK, N.Y.— Host Lakeland battled Connecticut powerhouse Wilton on Sept. 24 in a matchup made in field-hockey heaven.

On one side you had Lakeland, winners of the last seven New York State Class B titles and 10 state titles overall in its legendary history.

On the other side, you had Wilton, last year’s Class L state champs and Class M state champs from 2011-2013 in ...

Yorktown's Francese Breaks Career Goals Record

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y.— Yorktown’s girls soccer squad finished the week with a highly intense 2-2 overtime tie at Horace Greeley on Sept. 23, led by Alyssa Francese (2G), Emily Metz (1A) and Caroline Nachman (20 saves).

Francese continued her senior year to remember by scoring four times in the Huskers’ 4-1 win against visiting Ossining on Sept. 21.

In the process, Francese ...

Yorktown Ruins Panas' Homecoming

CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y.— After winning its emotional homecoming contest against visiting fellow Section 1 Class A powerhouse Somers the previous week, Yorktown’s football squad’s next challenge was to make sure it kept up its intensity and didn’t suffer a letdown.

That was because on Sept. 23 it was playing a Walter Panas squad that would’ve liked nothing better ...

Yorktown Police to Hold ‘Coffee with a Cop’ Day

September 27, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The Yorktown Police Department has scheduled a “Coffee with a Cop” day next Friday, Oct. 7, at JV Hot Bagels.

Several members of the department, including Chief Robert Noble, will be meeting and speaking with members of the community from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Lee Road bagel shop.

JV Hot Bagels will provide discounted coffee during the event.

Yorktown Man, 59, Accused of Punching 14-Year-Old on County Trailway

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - A 59-year-old Yorktown man is accused of punching a 14-year-old boy in the face following a confrontation on the county trailway in Mount Pleasant, according to Westchester County Police.

Police say Gregory Avon and the teen, both riding bicycles, were involved in a collision at 10:05 a.m. Saturday on the South County Trailway. Avon is accused of punching the boy and ...

Boat Sinks on Lake Mahopac; Yorktown Man Charged with Drunk Boating

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A boat sank on Lake Mahopac on Labor Day, and though no one was injured, police said a Yorktown man has been charged with boating while intoxicated.

Investigators from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department said that on Monday, Sept. 5, while on marine patrol duty, Sgt. Michael Szabo was called to the scene of a sinking boat at around 4:18 p.m. Szabo said several Jet Ski ...

New Yorktown Tree Law Approved Despite Resistance

September 29, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. For more than two hours, speakers at last Tuesday’s Town Board meeting weighed in on the proposed tree ordinance, with the night’s last speaker urging council members to consider the comments and revise the law accordingly. With a few exceptions, they didn’t, approving the law only minutes later by a 4-1 vote.

After the meeting, Tree Conservation Advisory ...

Yorktown Seeks State Grant for Highway Garage Relocation Project

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Nine months after losing out on state funding for the highway garage relocation project, the Town Board is taking another shot at securing Albany's financial support.

In 2015, the town had applied for several grants totaling $2.065 million to help pay for its downtown revitalization plan, which calls for the construction of new highway and parks department buildings on ...

Muscoot Farm Renamed in Memory of Al DelBello

SOMERS, N.Y. - Muscoot Farm has been renamed after former county executive Alfred B. DelBello, in recognition of his contributions to the farm’s development during his tenure from 1974 to 1982.

A ceremony took place Thursday morning (Sept. 22) at the park’s visitor center. A plaque and a sign were unveiled as DelBello’s wife, Dee; County Executive Rob Astorino; Board of ...

Yorktown Stage Assembles Cast Fit for ‘Xanadu’

September 26, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - A 25-piece ensemble of young actors will perform the Broadway adaptation of “Xanadu” in what director August Abatecola promised to be a “glittery performance.”

The Broadway adaptation is based on the 1980 cult classic film of the same name. “Xanadu” follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the ...

Photos: 92nd Annual Yorktown Grange Fair

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The 92nd annual Grange Fair returned last week, from Thursday to Sunday, with carnival rides, midway games, cotton candy and lots of live entertainment. There were also many livestock and agricultural exhibits at the country fair. An antique car and tractor parade was held Saturday.

Wilkens Farm Celebrates 100 Years in Yorktown

September 28, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Weathering hurricanes, Prohibition and a changing agricultural landscape, Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm in Yorktown has stood the test of time. Now, the family-run farm is celebrating its 100th anniversary and inviting the community to take part.

The farm, owned by the Wilkens-Pratt family, is a go-to spot for fruit picking, Christmas tree chopping and seasonal baked goods. This ...

Dick's Sporting Goods Announces Jefferson Valley Mall Grand Opening

JEFFERSON VALLEY, N.Y. - Dick's Sporting Goods will hold a grand opening celebration in the Jefferson Valley Mall beginning Friday, Oct. 14.

John Wetteland, former New York Yankees closer and 1996 World Series MVP, will be at the store from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information on the grand opening, including store hours and giveaways, visit Dick's website.

Developer Lays Out Plan for Lowe's in Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The proposed Costco Wholesale Club, battling opposition from neighbors and gas station owners, took more than a half-decade to receive approval before the project ultimately died, with the superstore pulling out earlier this year.

Breslin Realty, which owns the 3200 Crompond Road property where Costco was supposed to go, is hoping the process goes a lot more smoothly the ...

Yorktown Graduates Come Together to Fight Pediatric Cancer

September 27, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - An all-class reunion was held at FDR Park last Saturday, as graduates from various Yorktown High School classes came together to enjoy food, music and memories and to raise awareness for the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.

Friends of Jaclyn was created by Yorktown graduate Denis Murphy and his family after his daughter, Jaclyn, was diagnosed in 2004 with a malignant brain tumor ...

Yorktown Police to Hold ‘Coffee with a Cop’ Day

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The Yorktown Police Department has scheduled a “Coffee with a Cop” day next Friday, Oct. 7, at JV Hot Bagels.

Several members of the department, including Chief Robert Noble, will be meeting and speaking with members of the community from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Lee Road bagel shop.

JV Hot Bagels will provide discounted coffee during the event.

Yorktown: Send Us Your Apple/Pumpkin Picking Pictures

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Many families were out and about at the local farms last weekend to enjoy the fall weather and pick some apples or pumpkins.

Send your best farm photos to for possible publication in our print or online galleries. Please caption the photos with names (and ages of any children).

Yorktown Native Promoted to Naval Commander

SAN DIEGO - Frank J. Ryan III, son of Peg Ryan and the late Frank J. Ryan of Yorktown Heights, was recently promoted to the rank of commander in the United States Navy. He is presently administrative officer to the commander of Carrier Strike Group One embarked on the nuclear aircraft carrier Carl Vinson in San Diego. Next summer, he will assume the role of executive officer of the Navy ...

Photos: Yorktown Feast of San Gennaro Wraps up Second Year

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - For four nights last week, the Yorktown Feast of San Gennaro closed down Commerce Street as thousands enjoyed fresh food, live entertainment, games, rides and more.

The second annual festival, which ran from Thursday to Sunday, was highlighted by a Saturday night appearance from Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York. Dolan, surrounded by a large crowd of admirers, ...

Yorktown Couple Celebrates 70th Anniversary

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Bernice and Joseph Plescia will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Long-time residents of Yorktown, they have three children, two grandchildren and one great-grandson. After meeting in White Plains, they moved to Yorktown to raise their children.

Yorktown Councilman Bags Hunger at Local ShopRite

October 1, 2016

CORTLANDT, N.Y. – Yorktown Councilman Vishnu Patel has added another job to his resume—cashier.

On Saturday, Sept. 24, Patel participated in the “ShopRite Partners in Caring Day,” which takes place at all 268 ShopRite stores across six states. Patel donated his time bagging groceries to raise awareness about the issue of hunger.

In addition to Patel's bagging ...

Yorktown Teens Make Dog Toys for Humane Society

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The Humane Society of Westchester received a donation of 80 dog toys thanks to the help of volunteers at the Yorktown Teen Center.

Last month, about 10 adult and children volunteers gathered in the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center to make the dog toys by cutting up T-shirts and tying the scraps together. About 100 T-shirts were used in the process.

The Humane ...

Yorktown Residents ‘Run 4 Recovery’

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - More than 100 men and women joined Drug Crisis in Our Backyard at FDR Park on Saturday, Sept. 24, for the organization’s third annual Run 4 Recovery 5K run/walk, which raises funds to combat drug and alcohol addiction.

Drug Crisis was founded in the summer of 2012 after the Salomone family of Mahopac and the Christiansen family of Somers lost sons to heroin.

Yorktown Residents ‘Run 4 Recovery’

September 29, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - More than 100 men and women joined Drug Crisis in Our Backyard at FDR Park on Saturday, Sept. 24, for the organization’s third annual Run 4 Recovery 5K run/walk, which raises funds to combat drug and alcohol addiction.

Drug Crisis was founded in the summer of 2012 after the Salomone family of Mahopac and the Christiansen family of Somers lost sons to heroin.

Narcan Training Session Held in Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Late last month, dozens of local residents participated in a Narcan training session and are now certified to administer the potentially life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, including heroin.

The two-hour training session was held at The Counseling Center at Yorktown Heights in conjunction with Drug Crisis in Our Backyard and the ...

Yorktown's Temple Beth Am Unveils ‘Legacy Walkway’

September 20, 2016

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - For Temple Beth Am, a Yorktown synagogue with a modest congregation, making even the smallest repairs to its Church Place building can be too expensive. So, when the old, crumbling and dangerous staircase leading up to the temple finally gave out, they had no choice but to ask for some help.

Donations started pouring in for the “Legacy Walkway” fundraiser, in which ...

Cardinal Dolan Installs New Pastor at St. Patrick's Church

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, stopped by St. Patrick's Church on Saturday night to deliver the 5:15 mass and install Msgr. Joseph Giandurco as the church's new pastor.

Dolan was scheduled to appear at the Yorktown Feast of San Gennaro later in the evening.

Read more about Giandurco here.

Cardinal Dolan Coming to Yorktown Feast of San Gennaro

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, is coming to Yorktown this weekend and is scheduled to appear at St. Patrick’s Church and the Yorktown Feast of San Gennaro.

Dolan is scheduled to be at St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, when he will speak about mercy. At 5:15 p.m., he will conduct mass at St. Patrick’s. His ...

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Living Up to Our Heritage

October 1, 2016

The Jewish year is about to begin. Jews will mark the year 5,777. Our 10 “Days of Awe” begin this year on Monday, Oct. 3, with Rosh Hashanah, and continue through Wednesday, Oct. 12, culminating in Yom Kippur (“Day of Atonement”).

For me, it also will signal 10 full years since I moved to verdant Yorktown to serve the Yorktown Jewish Center as its spiritual ...

We Must Identify the Enemy

• Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN) was a Puerto Rican terrorist group from the ’70s whose objective was Puerto Rican independence from America. They admitted to bombing government buildings that did cause fatalities. They were also responsible for the 1975 bombing in New York City of Fraunces Tavern, where George Washington said farewell to the troops.  ...

Catching up with Supervisor Grace

I had the pleasure of catching up with Yorktown supervisor and my friend, Michael Grace, this week:

You’ve been in office for some time now; if you had to do it over again, would you do anything differently?

I don’t make a habit of doing a lot of second guessing. Obviously, as with most of life’s ventures, there are many things one would love to have the opportunity to do ...

6 Gilman Lane, Cortlandt Manor

6 Gilman Lane,Cortlandt Manor

Extraordinary custom built colonial is located in prime area and sits on picturesque .9 acres of lovely landscaped property. Incredible oversized kitchen with indoor gas barbecue grill & cozy fireplace. Entertaining is made easy with a comfortable floor plan including large formal living & dining rooms, and sun filled family room in loft area ...

Not Holidays; Holy Days

I take words at their word, which is to say seriously, sometimes too much so for my own peace of mind. Take the Days of Awe those of my faith currently are observing. The 10-day span that starts Oct. 3, with Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and culminates Oct. 12, with Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) collectively is referred to as our faith’s “High Holidays.”

My ears twitch at ...

Letting the Jean-ie Out of the Bottle

Sometime between the end of last spring and the beginning of this fall, someone snuck into my closet and shrunk all my jeans. I tried to convince my husband that we had a problem with the dryer, but since all of his jeans still fit, it was a hard sell. Without thinking it through, he scoffed and suggested that maybe it wasn’t the jeans—maybe it was me.

“Are you saying I got ...

How Important Is a High School's Reputation?

Dear Dr. Linda,

I have a simple question: How much does a high school’s reputation affect a student’s chances of getting into certain colleges? A group of us were at dinner the other night and someone said that his son had no chance of getting into Harvard because no one ever got into Harvard from their high school. I responded by saying that’s because no one from that high ...

The Yorktown Town Board Ignores the Public

September 28, 2016

I was flabbergasted at last Tuesday’s public hearing. As a citizen of the town of Yorktown, I am very upset at the way the revised tree law was passed. After the public hearing at which 22 people spoke about the need for changes in the revised law, the board saw no need for further talk and quietly passed the revised law.

Excellent points were raised, including that the Town Board must ...

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Sat, October 1, 12:00 PM

Fireman's Field, Yorktown Heights

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Sun, October 2, 9:00 AM

FDR Park, Yorktown Heights

Support Connection Support-A-Walk

Health & Wellness

Sun, October 2, 2:00 PM

First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown, Yorktown Heights

Blessing of the Animals at First Presbyterian ...

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