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In Support of Jonathan Schneider

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Rather, it is my personal endorsement. I’m just one individual who happens to purchase ink by the barrel, and my personal opinions have little impact on the news coverage of this newspaper, as I don’t micromanage our editor.

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Photos: Yorktown Athletic Club Celebrates Baseball Opening Day

May 24, 2022

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown Athletic Club held its annual Opening Day ceremonies at Harrison Apar Field of Dreams in Yorktown Heights on April 30. Before the game between YAC Majors division (ages 11-13) teams “Coach Diner” Red Sox and “Financial Decisions” Blue Jays, sixth grader Frankie Ploger read the inscription on the plaque that explains why the field is named ...

Boys Lacrosse: Yorktown Beats John Jay in OT classic

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - No. 2 Yorktown and No. 3 John Jay-Cross River has long been considered the best boys lacrosse rivalry in Section 1, and in their Class B semifinal contest on May 23 at Yorktown did not disappoint.

James Solazzo (1G, 1A) scored, off an assist from Ryan Vogel (3G, 3A), 39 seconds into overtime, giving Yorktown an exhilarating 10-9 victory.

“The play developed, I saw ...

Athlete Spotlight – Emily Ahlstedt, Lakeland/Panas Lacrosse

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Emily Ahlstedt, who plays attack and midfield, has been on the Lakeland/Panas varsity girls lacrosse team the last three years.

A Lakeland/Panas leadership award recipient last season, Ahlstedt is one of the Rebels’ three senior captains, along with Sara Costa and Gwen Laukaitis.

How old were you when you started playing lacrosse and what got you started?

I ...

Yorktown Schools: Some Books to Stay Following Review

May 18, 2022

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – At least four challenged books will remain in Yorktown Central School District’s student libraries, the superintendent has announced.

Superintendent Ron Hattar said he was following the recommendations of the district’s Book Review Committee, which reviewed “Lawn Boy” by Johnathan Evison, “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas, ...

Lakeland Budget Passes; Kolesar, Kaufman, Marchese, Burfeind Elected

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Lakeland Central School District voters re-elected the incumbent school board members and overwhelmingly approved the budget, according to unofficial results of Tuesday’s election.

Marianne DiSalvo Kolesar (1,331 votes), Adam Kaufman (1,217), and Becky Burfeind (1,113) will remain on the Board of Education. They will be joined on the board by newcomer Michael ...

Yorktown Schools: Budget Passes, Incumbents Re-elected

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Voters in the Yorktown Central School District chose to stick with the status quo on Tuesday, as the incumbent school board members were re-elected by nearly a 2:1 margin, according to official results.*

The $108.8 million budget, which will result in a 1.9% tax increase for district residents who live in Yorktown, was approved 1,672 to 673. A proposition ...

Photos: Yorktown Athletic Club Celebrates Baseball Opening Day

May 24, 2022

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown Athletic Club held its annual Opening Day ceremonies at Harrison Apar Field of Dreams in Yorktown Heights on April 30. Before the game between YAC Majors division (ages 11-13) teams “Coach Diner” Red Sox and “Financial Decisions” Blue Jays, sixth grader Frankie Ploger read the inscription on the plaque that explains why the field is named ...

Let There be Light: Tournament Raises Funds for Night-Time Pickleball

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – “We’re the first Westchester County town to have dedicated pickleball courts,” said Chair of the Yorktown Pickleball Committee Lynne Withers.

Withers and the committee helped the Parks and Recreation Department plan and host the Pickleball Tournament at the town’s courts at Granite Knolls Park on April 30 and May 1. According to Withers, the event ...

Where Is This in Yorktown?

James Graham, Nick Barrera, Noreen Donnellan, Ann Marie Moffa, Ralph Schiavone, Andrew Merante, Jerry Marchesi, and Terita Bradoc all knew that the May 5 photo was taken of the Route 132 bridge over the Taconic State Parkway.

If you know where this week’s photo was taken, email YorktownNews@halstonmedia.com

Yorktown Charity Brings Home Another Vetty for Vinny

May 21, 2022

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – On April 23, local non-profit My Brother Vinny won its third consecutive Veterans Award in Las Vegas.

Founder Paula Miritello and Kenny Beck presented this year’s award before the Yorktown Town Board at last week’s meeting. 

The non-profit organizes and distributes furniture and other household necessities to United States veterans throughout the ...

Harckham’s Yorktown Drive Collects 750 Pounds of Food

State Sen. Pete Harckham held a food drive on May 7 at the First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown and collected more than 750 pounds of food and household goods for the First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown Food Pantry. The food drive was in partnership with the church’s food pantry and the New York State United Teachers.

“The need to fight hunger in our communities continues, with ...

Yorktown Kicks off Baby Formula Drive

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Shelves are empty, parents are scrambling, and babies are hungry. In response, Yorktown town officials are reminding residents of the Yorktown Way and are calling on them to help. 

There is a national shortage of baby formula, which led to Monday’s kick-off of the Baby Formula Drive that will run until May 31. Residents can donate to support the local food ...

Wendy's to Take over Dunkin' Donuts Building in Yorktown

May 23, 2022

YORKTOWN, N.Y - A Wendy’s is slated to take over the Dunkin' Donuts/York Pizza building in the Staples Plaza shopping center, according to plans filed with the town’s Planning Board.

It would be a “substantial renovation” of the Crompond Road building, according to a Planning Department memo. The interior would be fully demolished and the seating area would be ...

Yorktown Stage to Get $1.2 Million Facelift

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – A $1.2 million renovation project at Yorktown Stage was approved last week by the Town Board.

What started out as an investment in new seats snowballed into a full makeover to restore full functionality to the Veterans Road theater.

Town Comptroller Pat Carporale said that Yorktown Stage qualified for a $100,000 grant to replace its seats. Before the new $155,000 ...

Planning Board Seeks Solutions to Underhill Avenue Traffic Problems

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Some of Underhill Avenue’s traffic problems could be remedied if the Planning Board moves forward with a proposal to improve the road and intersections.

At its May 9 meeting, the board continued to review the proposal to redevelop the 148-unit Underhill Farm at 370 Underhill Ave. This time around, they were met with two design plans from the applicant for the ...

Meet the Lakeland Board of Education Candidates

May 15, 2022

Twelve candidates are running for four seats on the Lakeland Central School District Board of Education. The election will be held 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 17 at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School. Voters will also be deciding a $175.7 million budget, which would result in a 2% tax increase for property owners.

In addition to providing biographical information, we asked all school board ...

Yorktown Stage to Get $1.2 Million Facelift

May 22, 2022

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – A $1.2 million renovation project at Yorktown Stage was approved last week by the Town Board.

What started out as an investment in new seats snowballed into a full makeover to restore full functionality to the Veterans Road theater.

Town Comptroller Pat Carporale said that Yorktown Stage qualified for a $100,000 grant to replace its seats. Before the new $155,000 ...

Yorktown Man Guilty of Sexually Abusing Employee

May 20, 2022

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Yorktown’s Patrick Patierno, owner of Village Villarina in Ossining, has been found guilty by a jury of sexually abusing an employee in 2021, the Westchester District Attorney’s Office announced.

Patierno was found guilty of first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree unlawful imprisonment. On the morning of Jan. 14, 2021, Patierno is accused of entering ...

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the 2022-23 NYS Budget

May 18, 2022

After another marathon budget week in Albany, the Assembly, Senate, and Gov. Hochul finally came to an agreement and finished the state’s 2022-23 budget. Due at midnight on April 1, the complete budget was not passed until approximately 9:30 a.m. on April 9. Any private-sector job or business loses when it fails to meet basic deadlines, but not for the leaders of our state.

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Districts Should Purchase Electric Buses

May 21, 2022

We adults have a responsibility to our children and grandchildren to reduce our reliance on fossil fuel. The war in Ukraine has added yet another reason, national security, to a long list of scientific reasons why this responsibility is so important.

As it turns out, clean energy is cheap energy, much cheaper than burning heating oil or diesel fuel – witness the solar panels going up all ...

A Letter to My Future Great-Grandchild

In “Cyrano,” a touching movie that seemed to go largely unnoticed this year, there is a delicate and moving song, “Wherever I Fall.” The backdrop is simple — three soldiers, about to go on a suicidal mission, write farewell letters to their loved ones. The first soldier writes to his wife and children, the second to his girlfriend, and the third to his dad. All three ...

Tales of Ties and Tails

That headline-grabbing, delinquent supply chain has now wormed its wayward way into graduation ceremonies, of all things. In some cases, cases of caps and gowns and hoods (those sash-ish affairs that denote academic degree) are backlogged in production or in transit, leaving schools to scramble to ensure their alumni-in-waiting are decorously adorned, as tradition dictates.

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Your Next Chapter: Estate Planning Considerations for the Newly Retired

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Like many, you probably have a bucket list of things you would like to accomplish such as travel the world, spend more time with your grandkids and take up a new hobby. While these are all excellent ambitions, the milestone of retirement is also a good time to ensure your finances, beneficiary designations, estate planning, and long-term care strategy are in ...

PCSB Bank Partners with United for the Troops

May 20, 2022

Yorktown Heights, NY, May 20, 2022: PCSB Bank has announced it will partner with United for the Troops by launching a drive to provide those serving in the armed forces with much-needed donations.

PCSB will have red collection bins at all of its 14 branch locations to accept donations until May 31, 2022. A wish list of non-perishable items can be found at Wish List - United for the ...