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Yorktown Senior Captain Gives Maximum Effort on Court

January 18, 2017

Yorktown senior Emily Nigro is a point guard and team captain on the varsity girls basketball team.

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

I started playing basketball when I was 8 years old. My parents asked me if I wanted to play basketball and they signed me up with the Yorktown in-house program, and I’ve loved the sport ever ...

Yorktown Loses a Heartbreaker

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s boys basketball squad suffered a heartbreaking 56-55 loss to visiting Walter Panas on Jan. 13 in the opening round of the 20th Annual George Budries Basketball Tournament with the Panthers winning on a buzzer-beating corner 3-pointer by Stephan Reyes.

“We talked about it,” Yorktown coach Kevin Downes said. “We played hard, we ...

Yorktown Wins Budries Tourney Opener

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s girls basketball squad advanced to the championship game of the 20th Annual George Budries Basketball Tournament by beating visiting Nanuet 59-33 on Jan. 14 in the opening round of the tourney.

“We were able to be so dominant as a team because we came out aggressive and hungry for a win,” Yorktown senior Alyssa Francese said. “We ...

Bronx Men Face Felony Forgery Charges in Yorktown

January 20, 2017

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. - Two men from the Bronx are facing a half-dozen felony forgery charges after police allegedly found them in possession of phony driver's licenses and debit cards.

Responding to a report of a “suspicious” vehicle in a Shrub Oak parking lot at 1330 East Main St., officers from the Yorktown Police Department investigated its two occupants: Kamarv Whetstone, 30, ...

Yorktown Appoints Assistant Civil Engineer

January 20, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Yorktown has continued to develop its engineering staff with the addition of an assistant civil engineer.

Westchester County resident William Batista was appointed Tuesday, Jan. 3, to the position in which he will assist Town Engineer Michael Quinn, whose position was created and filled last April. Yorktown had previously outsourced its engineering services for 15 years before ...

LED Message Board Considered for Yorktown Intersection

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - In lieu of the temporary signs and banners that currently season the four-way intersection of routes 202/118/35 and Commerce Street, the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce is suggesting an LED sign that will flash more messages at a faster pace.

The proposed 2-and-a-half by 9-foot sign will sit in between the sections of the brick wall in front of the Triangle Center, plug into the ...

Affordable Housing Project in Yorktown Moves Ahead

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Town Supervisor Michael Grace said excavation has begun for the 12-unit, three-story affordable housing project at 322 Kear St. Additionally, a Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreement has been reached.

A PILOT agreement is a payment made to compensate a local government for some or all of the property tax revenue lost to tax-exempt affordable housing developments.

During ...

GuidED Demystifies Daunting College Process

January 21, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Applying to college in the 21st century can be an intimidating task for high school students and their parents. It can cause stressful days and sleepless nights as families try to wade through the morass of paperwork and the often-complex application process.

But Dr. Deborah Hardy is here to help. Hardy is an educational consultant, or as she likes to say, a “mobile ...

Crompond Students Become the Change They Want to See

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - A group of fourth-grade students from Crompond Intermediate School recently presented the service projects they worked on this holiday season in an effort to better the world.

Introducing the projects at the Dec. 19 Board of Education meeting, Principal Lori Roberts said the goal was to provide students with the opportunity to experience authentic learning while exploring ways ...

Shrub Oak School for Children with Autism Proposed

Editor’s Note (3:25 p.m.): The story has been updated with comments from attorney David S. Steinmetz.

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. - A private day school and boarding program for people with autism is anticipated to open in September 2018 at the site of the former Phoenix House Academy, a teen drug rehab center that closed in 2015.

The Shrub Oak International School has a projected enrollment of ...

Yorktown High School's ‘An Evening of Dance’ Returns This Weekend

January 18, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The Yorktown High School Dance Company will continue a longstanding tradition this weekend with three performances of its 42nd annual “An Evening of Dance” program.

The highly anticipated program will return to the Yorktown High School auditorium stage at 7 p.m. Friday (Jan. 20) and 2 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 21). There is also a special performance for senior citizens ...

GuidED Demystifies Daunting College Process

January 21, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Applying to college in the 21st century can be an intimidating task for high school students and their parents. It can cause stressful days and sleepless nights as families try to wade through the morass of paperwork and the often-complex application process.

But Dr. Deborah Hardy is here to help. Hardy is an educational consultant, or as she likes to say, a “mobile ...

Pet Supplies Plus Opens in Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Pet Supplies Plus, owned by Jeff Cohen, celebrated its grand opening Saturday, Jan. 7, at 3333 Crompond Road in the Staples Plaza. For more information, including hours, visit petsuppliesplus.com/YorktownHeights4056, or call 914-930-8585.

Mohegan Gas Station Decision Postponed

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The dispute over the gas station formerly known as Hilltop Service Station was expected to be resolved at the Jan. 3 town board meeting; however, the decision was postponed pending the submission of a completed site plan.

At the hearing to rezone Mohegan Auto and Tire Center, which opened Nov. 1 and closed late last month, residents have continued to express mixed feelings ...

Yorktown Relay for Life Holds Gingerbread House Workshop

January 9, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Children of all ages stopped by John C. Hart Memorial Library on Wednesday, Dec. 14, to take part in Relay for Life's mini-gingerbread house decorating event. In addition to making holiday-themed (and tasty) houses, the children learned about what Relay for Life is and how they can get more involved.

Relay for Life is hosting several more events at the library between ...

Yorktown Dance Event Raises Awareness, Funds to Fight Childhood Cancer

January 13, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - On Saturday, Jan. 21, dancers from studios throughout Westchester County will take to Yorktown Stage to showcase their talents in an event called Dancers Against Cancer.

The event, led by Alexis Diaz Menendez, owner of Street Beatz Dance Studio in Cortlandt Manor, will benefit Izzy’s Infantry Fighting Pediatric Cancer and Spinal Trauma, a non-profit organization that ...

Yorktown Football Team Donates $2,500 to Support Connection

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Players from the Yorktown High School football team came to the Triangle Center offices of Support Connection recently to give the organization a $2,500 check, which is money the team donated from its ticket and T-shirt sales at a fall game.

The team annually organizes a fundraiser to help a local charity. This year the selection was Support Connection, a breast and ovarian ...

Yorktown BJ’s Gas Station Approvals Upheld by Court

January 11, 2017

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - BJ's Wholesale Club in Yorktown can move forward with its plan to build a six-pump gasoline filling station after town approvals were upheld Monday by a state Supreme Court justice.

The lawsuit was filed in 2015 by three Yorktown gas station owners and Yorktown Smart Growth—a non-profit organization concerned with development and preservation. The challenged ...

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Who Rescued Whom?

After giving birth to our first two kids, Lauren and I decided to adopt our third child, Justin, who came home with us on Dec. 23.

The third child was a bit furrier than the first two. He also walks on four legs.

We don’t know too much about Justin. Paw Safe Animal Rescue in Patterson told us that he was rescued from a kill-shelter in Alabama. We’re not sure why anyone would ...

Action Needed to Stop EpiPen Price Gouging

January 13, 2017

Editor's Note: This op-ed, though published today, was submitted by Assemblyman Kevin Byrne on Thursday, Jan. 5. Yesterday, CVS announced that it will now offer a cheaper, generic version of the EpiPen. Byrne said he applauds the efforts of CVS and Cigna for stepping in and looking to provide a more cost-effective alternative for consumers.

For people with severe ...

King Andrew Has Spoken

So, there is now a deal to close down Indian Point by the year 2021. None of the local elected officials were part of these discussions. After all, why should they be? They only represent the people who will be affected, mostly negatively, by this deal. If there is anything we have learned during the reign of King Andrew the First, it is, “So it is written, so it shall be done.”

He ...

Never Take Democracy for Granted

In 1962, science fiction writer Phillip K. Dick published an amazing novel entitled “The Man in the High Castle.” Amazon has turned it into a truly captivating series. Set in 1962, it depicts an “alternate universe” with the alarming premise that Japan and Germany had won World War II. The victorious Axis nations carved up our country, with Germany controlling the East ...

Taking the Plunge, for a Good Cause

On any New Year’s Day since 2013, if you happened to be at Riverfront Green in Peekskill, looking toward the Hudson River, you might think you hadn’t fully recovered from the prior evening’s festivities and were hallucinating.

But even stone cold sober, your eyes wouldn’t be deceiving you. Yes, that was a large throng of people running into the icy waters in summery ...

Once Upon a Sagging Mattress

“Help!” I cried out meekly.

“Where are you?” asked my husband, looking around the bedroom.

“I’m in here,” I responded. “In the mattress.” Truth be told, I wasn’t actually in the mattress. It was more like I was on it, but I was sunk down so low, it looked like I had been swallowed up by the mattress. Our very pricey and ...

Helping Students Discern Between Fact and Fiction

Dear Dr. Linda,

My wife and I have been trying to explain the difference between fact and fiction to our children, who are 9, 12 and 15. There has been so much misinformation and rhetoric coming from both of our major political parties in the past couple of years, we want to make sure that the future leaders of our amazing country are able to do the sort of analysis they need to make decisions ...

Thank You for the Support

January 11, 2017

I would like to start by saying thank you to all the residents of Yorktown for a fantastic evening with our second annual New Year's Eve ball drop.

The amount of people who came out to enjoy the evening with us was truly sensational. Many thousands of people were there enjoying a great night with music, food and friends. It only goes to show you when the time comes, nothing is impossible.

Upcoming Events

Sat, January 21, 12:00 PM

Lenoir Preserve, Hastings-on-Hudson

Nature Movie Day

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, January 21, 1:00 PM

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River

Sand in January

Home & Garden

Sat, January 21, 1:00 PM

Cranberry Lake Preserve, West Harrison

Indoor Crafts

Home & Garden

What Are Learning Modalities?

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 ...

I Want to Redecorate, but Where Do I Begin? 

Since decorating mistakes can be very costly and time consuming, I always urge my clients to do their homework before undertaking any redecorating project.

What kind of homework?  A good way to begin is to flip through design and decorating magazines, and visit websites dedicated to interior décor. Start collecting pictures of various design products and styles that appeal to you ...

TAPinto Launches Free TAPinto App for iPhone and Android: Download it Today

January 18, 2017

TAPinto.net launched a free TAPinto App today for iPhone and Android, enabling readers to obtain their local news and events in a fast, easy-to-use application.  With this launch, TAPinto becomes one of the only local news publications in the country to have its own App.

The TAPinto App not only features news and events, but also enables readers to receive push notifications regarding ...