Author Archives: Katie Hoos

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. […]

HOPE gets homeless resource center

By KATIE HOOS Feelings of hope and victory felt by a group of the city’s homeless are gone after the City Council voted Tuesday to fund a contentious homelessness prevention program proposed by HOPE Community Services. Despite the majority of council expressing interest in issuing a request for proposals, RFP, for the creation of a […]

Council hears waterfront proposals

By KATIE HOOS Waterfront development is on the horizon. On Tuesday, June 10, the New Rochelle City Council viewed presentations from four groups competing for the opportunity to develop the city’s Long Island Sound waterfront. The four eligible competitors that submitted proposals include Archi-Tectonics, CDR Studio, Re-imagine New Rochelle—the top three finalists from last year’s […]

City seeks master developer

By KATIE HOOS The heart of the Queen City of the Sound could soon be  revitalized. On May 30, New Rochelle announced its request for qualifications, or RFQ, seeking a master developer interested in designing and constructing large-scale, mixed-use developments for two key clusters in the city’s downtown area. The clusters are centered on the […]

Falafel stand attracts attention at farmers markets

BY KATIE HOOS When walking down the aisles of one of the county’s farmers markets, one might expect to see the usual summer produce: bright berries, ripe tomatoes, local eggs and fresh herbs. But one unique vendor, Taiim Falafel Shack, is rapidly growing a local fan base and changing the way Westchester residents traditionally envision […]