Author Archives: Katie Hoos

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 […]

Save the Sound comes to Westchester

By Katie Hoos Efforts to save the Long Island Sound now have an expanded presence in Westchester. Save the Sound, a bi-state advocacy organization that works to protect and restore the entire Long Island Sound from Connecticut to New York, opened an office in the Village of Mamaroneck last month and hired a new director […]

Beer garden opens in Westchester

By KATIE HOOS Just a hop, skip and a jump from the train station platform, Port Chester commuters can unwind with a cold one from the station’s newly opened beer hall. Port Chester Hall, a restaurant, bar and beer garden located at the Port Chester Metro-North train station, celebrated its grand opening on Tuesday, June […]

Osborne appointed new school superintendent

By KATIE HOOS The City School District of New Rochelle appointed Dr. Brian Osborne as its new superintendent after completing a nationwide search that began last fall. On Tuesday, the New Rochelle Board of Education officially appointed Osborne, who is the current superintendent of the South Orange-Maplewood School District in New Jersey, as the new […]

City remembers veterans

On a warm, sunny Memorial Day morning, hundreds of New Rochelle residents, veterans and active military gathered to honor those who gave their lives serving the United States. Beginning the day with a ceremony at Memorial Plaza, located on the corner of Memorial Highway and Main Street in the heart of the city’s downtown, local […]