Author Archives: Katie Hoos

The ultimate summer game

BY KATIE HOOS This isn’t your hippie father’s game of Frisbee. Constant on-field sprinting, tight defense and diving catches make up the game of Ultimate Frisbee, a rigorous sport played by two teams with a flying disc that blends the constant movement of soccer with the aerial passing abilities needed for football. Ultimate has gained […]

Twining to develop city waterfront

BY KATIE HOOS The New Rochelle City Council selected Twining Properties to revamp the city’s waterfront following a near decade-long struggle to develop the area. Twining Properties, a Manhattan-based real estate developer, won the opportunity to develop the mixed-use project through a unanimous vote of the City Council on Tuesday. The developer will enter into […]

Playland attendance on the rise

BY KATIE HOOS Much like the Dragon Coaster at the beginning of each of its journeys, attendance at Rye Playland is climbing. Due to good weekend weather and promotional campaigns, the number of people visiting the county-owned amusement park in Rye so far this season surpasses last year’s numbers by around 21,000. According to Westchester […]

Playland attendance is on the rise

BY KATIE HOOS Much like the Dragon Coaster at the beginning of each of its journeys, attendance at Rye Playland is climbing. Due to good weekend weather and promotional campaigns, the number of people visiting the county-owned amusement park in Rye so far this season surpasses last year’s numbers by around 21,000. According to Westchester […]

A diner, part deux

BY KATIE HOOS Six years after the closing of the beloved Thru-Way Diner, a new diner is cropping up across the street. DeRaffele Manufacturing Co., a New Rochelle-based manufacturing company specializing in prefabricated diner construction, is building a diner on the corner of Boston Post Road and Weyman Avenue. The site is just across from […]

Class of 2014 bids an “awesome” farewell

By KATIE HOOS Mamaroneck High School’s graduating Class of 2014 bid farewell to their alma mater last week while reflecting on their high school memories and looking forward to what the future holds. On the evening of June 25, faculty, staff, members of the district’s Board of Education, and family and friends of the graduates […]

School board president resigns role

By KATIE HOOS Longtime New Rochelle Board of Education member David Lacher, 61, has relinquished his seat as board president, a role he took over for the second time in 2013. On Tuesday, June 24, Lacher concluded the board’s meeting with a statement about his decision to resign as board president, effective immediately. Lacher, who […]

Pet organization gets local roots

By KATIE HOOS A local animal rescue organization is opening its first-ever facility to help dogs and cats find “furever” homes. Pet Rescue of Larchmont, a non-profit animal rescue organization that places animals in foster care and facilitates adoption, will soon call a facility at the former Westchester Shore Humane Society, located at 7 Harrison […]

Heroin growing problem for local youth

By KATIE HOOS With heroin tightening its grip on the Lower Hudson Valley, Westchester’s younger generations struggle to battle a scourge that some say is growing into a full-blown epidemic. Heroin usage has become an increasingly large problem across the United States in recent years, but some areas, including New York State, have been hit […]

New York legalizes, limits medical marijuana

By KATIE HOOS New York has become the nation’s 23rd state to pass legislation permitting the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. But there’s a catch. On Thursday, June 19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, announced he had reached a deal with state lawmakers from the Assembly and Senate on the contentious medical marijuana issue. […]