Yorktown Top Stories

October 15, 2018

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Town Board last week took the first step toward ridding the community of what former Supervisor Michael Grace had once called an “embarrassment”—the condition of the public tennis courts, some of which have been unplayable and used for storage of town equipment and ...

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PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – The potential closure of a cable access studio in Peekskill has hosts of local shows reeling and worrying about the future of community-generated television. The studio, located on Park Street in the city’s bustling downtown, has been around for decades and is the only one left ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – A storm was brewing inside and outside town hall last week. As high winds and strong rains were downing trees and knocking out power to hundreds in town, temper got the best of two elected officials who got physical during a disagreement over the hiring process of the town’s ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Three young children escaped with minor injuries after being ejected from a vehicle that rolled over on the Taconic State Parkway in Yorktown around 6 p.m. Saturday. While driving southbound on the highway, a 2010 Honda Odyssey driven by a 51-year-old Queens man hit a guardrail ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Try as they might, the Yorktown Police Department doesn’t always catch the bad guy. A month ago, for example, the pool area at Shrub Oak Park on Sunnyside Street was vandalized and the people who caused that damage are still on the loose. Under the police department’s new ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The public hearing on a proposed Popeyes restaurant opened and closed on Sept. 13, with just two residents speaking at the Planning Board meeting. Umberto Baldinucci, a design manager with John Meyer Consulting, explained the proposal, saying the Planning Board, in approving the ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Town Board last month voted along party lines, 3-2, to begin televising all of its meetings. Until Tuesday, Sept. 25, only regular meetings of the board had been televised while work sessions were voice recorded. Councilmen Ed Lachterman and Tom Diana opposed the ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – After briefly clashing over a meeting with residents who would be directly affected by a multifamily housing development at Crompond Road and Hamblyn Street, the Town Board gave it a long-awaited thumbs up. The board last week finally answered two questions developer John DeVito ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – More than 100 men and women joined Drug Crisis in Our Backyard at FDR Park in Yorktown Heights on Saturday, Sept. 22, for the organization’s fifth annual Run 4 Recovery 5K run/walk, which raises funds to combat drug and alcohol addiction. Drug Crisis was founded in the summer of ...

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Father Tom Kreiser, a former priest at St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown from 2011 to 2017, is being investigated for allegations of inappropriate behavior with a minor, according to Archdiocese of New York Director of Communications Joseph Zwilling, who confirmed media reports to Yorktown News.

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – One of Yorktown’s oldest traditions, the Grange Fair, returned earlier this month 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 ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – A landscaping and paving company that has been operating out of a Gomer Street residence for decades is now being sued by eight direct neighbors of the property, who say the growing commercial entity has become a “nuisance.” In a joint lawsuit filed Aug. 27, the neighbors, who ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Jon Silvestri packed light for his 2,189-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail, but his heart was always heavy. The lifelong Yorktown resident planned his six-month journey from Georgia to Maine in memory of his cousin, Carol, who died decades ago from cancer. Carol, who was 10 ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – In the early 1920s, the publisher Halsey W. Wilson, creator of the famous Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature, known to librarians and students everywhere, purchased extensive acreage in what was then the rural Croton Heights area of Yorktown. He sold off plots of land at ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – James Talbert, an officer with the New York City Police Department, has been bestowed with the New York State Senate Liberty Medal for his heroic actions on July 26, when he rescued a woman and her dog from a flaming car in Shrub Oak. State Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Commerce Street in Yorktown Heights looked more like Mulberry Street in Little Italy last week, as the annual Feast of San Gennaro returned for five days. Thousands of residents and out-of-towners enjoyed live music, food, drinks, carnival rides and games, and more. The festival ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Murphy’s Restaurant, which served up drinks, traditional pub food and Irish fare to many residents since opening its doors in 2006, was demolished last week. In its place will be a three-story, 40,000-square-foot retail/office building. Though Murphy’s opened just 12 years ago, ...

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WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Lakeland Central School District was well-represented at the 57th annual West Point Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 2. George Washington Principal Tracy Norman and Director of Guidance Frank Accetta presented two first-time Youth Excellence Awards ...

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JEFFERSON VALLEY, N.Y. – Jefferson Village resident Agnes Burnes turned 100 years old on Sept. 6. On Monday night, the community in which she has lived since 1986 celebrated her birthday with a cake. She told Yorktown News her secret to living a long life: “Walk, walk, walk. Don’t smoke. Don’t ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – He was once the youngest mayor in the United States and is currently the Dutchess County executive. And for his next trick, Marc Molinaro, a Republican, would like to be governor of New York. Molinaro knows he’s the underdog—in the last 40 years, there has only been one ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Jeremy Newberger has a theory about finding one’s path in life. “There is a chart I have up here in my head,” he said. “It’s like what you want to do and what you are good at: as soon as you find the point where that criss-crosses, it is your career.” For this Yorktown ...

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