Author Archives: Katie Hoos

District considers health clinic in elementary school

BY KATIE HOOS As the Mamaroneck Union Free School District considers placing a health clinic in one of its elementary schools, some parents and residents are concerned a clinic would pose potential health and safety issues and are urging the district to rule it out. At the May 6 Board of Education meeting, school officials […]

City to receive $3M for flood efforts

By KATIE HOOS In the wake of recent heavy rainfall and in anticipation of future storms, the city is looking to receive additional funding to further alleviate flooding and improve communication with residents during storms. As part of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program, which currently distributes funding to 102 communities across the state […]

Bronx River Reservation trails back in history

By KATIE HOOS Winding from the bottom of Westchester near the Bronx-Mount Vernon border up to the Kensico Dam in Valhalla, the Bronx River Pathway is not only a picturesque recreational retreat, but also a fixture steeped in county history. Included in the Bronx River Reservation—a linear, 807-acre park that parallels the Bronx River Parkway […]

School budget passes with 71% ; Hastie, Fernandez elected

By KATIE HOOS Incumbent Jeffrey Hastie and newcomer Dr. Salvatore Fernandez won two seats on the Board of Education following Tuesday night’s election. On the nine-person school board, two terms—Hastie’s and past Board of Education president Deirdre Polow—are up. Hastie sought re-election alongside challengers Ricardo Monzon and Fernandez, while Polow, after serving 25 years on […]

Rye Neck school budget passes with 73%

By KATIE HOOS Rye Neck voters approved a $39.9 million, tax cap compliant school budget with 73 percent of the vote. The budget preserves all current programs and includes a net staffing increase of 1.4 new positions within the district. Tuesday’s public vote passed the district’s 2014-2015 budget with a 4.54 percent spending increase over […]

That’s some bull: New Latin spot downtown

New Rochelle diners celebrated the grand opening of Zabidury Cuisine Restaurant on Thursday, May 8, with Latin food, specialty drinks, music and rides on the restaurant’s mechanical bull. Located at 8 South Division St. in downtown New Rochelle, Zabidury hosted the event and ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the Latin American restaurant’s official opening. Mayor Noam […]

Rye Neck school budget under cap

By KATIE HOOS The Rye Neck School District’s $39.9 million budget for the 2014-2015 school year remains within the state mandated tax cap, but some school officials worry this may be the last year that a tax cap-compliant budget is an option. On April 23, the Board of Education approved the budget, a 4.54 percent […]

Japanese spring fair comes to Harrison

Harrison residents welcomed the start of spring at the town’s first Japanese spring fair held on Sunday, May 4, at Ma Riis Park. Hanami, the Japanese term for “viewing of the flowers,” is a widely celebrated custom throughout Japan to mark the start of spring and the blooming of cherry blossom trees. In Japan, it […]

Local couple works magic on lost art

By KATIE HOOS Battling the current reality of the magic industry, in which brick-and-mortar magic shops are vanishing and online sales dominate the market, one couple is breathing life back into the local scene. Richie and Barbara Magic—their legal names—of Scarsdale hope to spread their passion for the mysterious arts and bring magic to the […]

Walter’s hot dogs ready for summer

By KATIE HOOS The hot dog is often thought of as the quintessential summer food. That being the case, Walter’s Hot Dog Stand in Mamaroneck is back in business just in time after four months of renovations. The landmark roadside stand was established in 1919 by Walter and Rose Warrington and has occupied its current […]