Giving Back

January 10, 2019

MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Yorktown's Tricy Cushner will be given a Community Service Award by the Justin Veatch Fund on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Putnam Golf Course in Mahopac. The fund, which awards scholarships to musically inclined high school students, will be given out at its Music for a Winter's Night ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Recently, the Yorktown Republican Town Committee made a donation to the Toys for Tots bin at Yorktown Police Department headquarters. Delivering the dozens of toys were Councilman Ed Lachterman, State Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, Yorktown GOP Chairman Matt Slater, and Town Justice Gary ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Holiday shoppers at the Jefferson Valley Mall opened up their wallets and their hearts this month to donate to Toys for Tots. The U.S. Marines Corps-led donation drive distributes toys to parents who cannot afford to buy Christmas presents for their children.

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Volunteers at the Yorktown Teen Center have decorated 56 pairs of winter gloves that were donated to people in need at Good Counsel Homes in the Bronx. Longtime Yorktown resident, Carol Burke, joined the Teen Center again at the annual event to help with the sewing.

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Justin Veatch Fund, a Yorktown-based non-profit organization that provides scholarships to musically inclined graduating seniors, has named a scholarship in honor of Albert A. Capellini, a former Yorktown supervisor who died earlier this year. Our Nov. 14, the Justin Veatch ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The third annual Westchester Walk Like MADD event was held Saturday, Oct. 20, at FDR Park in Yorktown. The fundraiser benefits MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), a non-profit organization that strives to end drunk driving and supports those affected by drunk driving. The ...

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  YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Two-year-old Christian Dunn can’t walk on his own, but the Yorktown community is helping him to gain a little independence. Christian was born with a rare form of congenital muscular dystrophy, which weakens his muscles over time. “He can’t sit unassisted, he can’t ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown residents Bob and Kathi Kearney, after raising $19,000 at its 10th annual Drive to Cure Diabetes Golf Outing in July, have now donated more than $100,000 in their quest to cure type 1 diabetes, a condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. All ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Kevin Byrnes III completed his Eagle Scout Project last week and it was destroyed within minutes—just as intended. Byrnes, a Lakeland High School student and member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 174, built what is known as a “breach wall” for the Yorktown Heights Volunteer Fire ...

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Turco’s on Downing Drive was named Employer of the Year at CAREERS Support Solutions’ 31st anniversary celebration, held Oct. 25 at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains. The annual event celebrates the work anniversaries of 204 individuals with disabilities who receive job ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown resident Noelle Wolfson was honored by the United Way of Westchester and Putnam at its United We Rock event on Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Whitby Castle in Rye. Wolfson was one of five recipients of the United Way’s Rock Star Award, which recognizes young professionals who ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The 24th annual Support-a-Walk to benefit Support Connection was held Sunday, Oct. 7, at FDR State Park. According to Support Connection, 88 cents of every dollar raised directly funds its free breast and ovarian cancer support services, which have helped thousands of people ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Nearly 60 cyclists passed through Yorktown Heights on Saturday, Sept. 29, on their 56-mile journey from Sleepy Hollow to West Point. The Face of American Liberty challenge was organized by World T.E.A.M., a national non-profit organization that organizes inclusive outdoor athletic ...

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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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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown Elks Lodge No. 2324 has donated $2,500 to the Alliance for Safe Kids. Tricy Cushner, president of ASK, accepted the donation and said, “The Alliance for Safe Kids is truly grateful for the ongoing partnership and program support with the Yorktown Elks. As the recipient ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The 11U Yorktown Sluggers emerged victorious in the third annual Kids vs. Cops charity baseball game, held Saturday, June 23, at the Route 202 fields. It was a nail-biter up until the final inning, when the Sluggers broke the game open, winning 11-7 over the Yorktown Police ...

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JEFFERSON VALLEY, N.Y. – Mia Bento, a 5-year-old Mohegan Lake resident, underwent months of treatment last year after she was diagnosed with pre-B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Though she still has more than a year of treatment on the horizon, Mia is feeling better and wanted to give back ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown’s “Purple Power” was on full display last Friday at Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field, as hundreds of volunteers from 57 teams raised more than $100,000 for cancer research. One of the largest Relay fundraisers in the northeast, Yorktown has now raised about $2.5 million ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown residents John McQuillan and Richard DeSilva were honored in March by the Westchester/Putnam Knights of Columbus for their community service. McQuillan is a member of Fr. John LaFarge Council 4012 and DeSilva is a member of Fr. Joseph A. Damin Assembly 718. McQuillan is ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The SPCA of Westchester held its 13th annual Walkathon and Pet Fair at FDR Park in Yorktown on Saturday, May 5, to raise awareness for animal abuse. The park was filled with vendors selling healthy pet products, treats and toys, as well as several demonstrations. There were also ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown Relay For Life collects thousands of dollars annually from passing motorists on Commerce Street who spare whatever they can to volunteers holding purple buckets. The “Paint the Town Purple” tradition, held this year on Friday, May 4, kicks the fundraising season into ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – My Brother Vinny, a Yorktown-based nonprofit organization, continued to “help mankind one good deed at a time” on Sunday, April 29, with the return of its annual fundraising walk at FDR Park. At the walk, hundreds donated more than $35,000 while enjoying music, food, games and good ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – It was about more than just the game when rivals John Jay-Cross River and Yorktown met up on the lacrosse field on Friday night. The teams came together to bring awareness and raised over $3,500 for Kindness over Muscular Dystrophy. Conner Curran is a 7-year-old from ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Once a modest backyard affair that raised $300 for charity, the Denet Family Easter Egg Hunt this year hosted hundreds of families and raised thousands of dollars at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School. Bibiana and Scott Denet launched the annual event 11 years ago, two years ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y.-The Yorktown Lions and American Legion hosted their annual Breakfast With the Easter Bunny at American Legion Hall in Yorktown, much to the delight of the many children (and adults) in attendance at two sold-out Sunday morning seatings. Organizers said this was the sixth year the ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y.-Yorktown was hit with its fourth March nor’easter last Wednesday, casting doubt on the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Downing Park. By Saturday, however, all of the snow had melted and a sunny spring day with temperatures in the mid-40s provided community children with another ...

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SHRUB OAK, N.Y.-Everyone has the ability to save a life, said Dr. Michael Fowlin, the keynote speaker at Sunday’s Save-a-Life Day at Lakeland High School. Sometimes, he said, a smile is all it takes. Fowlin, recalling the story of a man who jumped to his death from the Golden Gate Bridge, said a ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y.-The Yorktown Chamber of Commerce is sick and tired of winter. Antarctic-like temperatures on Dec. 31 canceled the chamber’s annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. Much like Yorktown’s residents, the fireworks that were planned to welcome 2018 with a bang have been in storage ever since, ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y.-Girl Scout Julia Capshaw recently turned the tables on her Yorktown teachers, holding staff seminars so they can better educate students with autism and Asperger’s. Capshaw, of Troop 1487, designed the Asperger’s Awareness program in the Yorktown Central School District as part of ...

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SHRUB OAK, N.Y.-Two Shrub Oak fitness centers, United Martial Arts Center and Team Moljo, joined forces on Saturday, March 10, to complete 10,000 Rounds of Fitness at the Jefferson Valley Mall. From burpees to jump rope, participants tallied every round of exercise they completed until the group ...

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