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Library, community house set ballot language

By JOHN BRANDI Members of both the Purchase Community House and the Purchase Free Library met for a conference before a judge on Feb. 25 to hash out ballot language ahead of a vote by certain members of the Purchase community to decide if the library stays put. The library has found itself on borrowed […]

Despite aid, THA Captial Fund continues to shrink

By JOHN BRANDI Though the Tuckahoe Housing Authority has received federal money toward facility upgrades since at least 2009, the amount has steadily decreased, according to its chairman.  Money is issued from the federal government every year and goes into a capital fund to maintain and make improvements to the agency’s five buildings, according to […]

New Halstead mixed-use plan resubmitted

By Alina Suriel The property at 249 Halstead Ave., is before the Harrison Planning Board again with another proposal, this time with a new mixed-use plan which would see two apartments added to the second floor of a previously approved single-level commercial building. The new plan made its first appearance at the Feb. 24 Planning […]

Education forum talks teacher evaluations

By Alina Suriel Local state legislators met with school board members, parents and teachers in Harrison last week to answer questions about how to fight back against state-mandated educational policies and continually decreasing school funding. The Harrison Central School District hosted a forum on Feb. 23 at its high school in which Harrison residents and […]

Statewide push for pension forfeiture

By JOHN BRANDI When former Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver was forced to resign in January in the wake of corruption charges, lawmakers rushed to push for ethical reform through the state Legislature.  Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, faces federal corruption charges brought on by the U.S. District Attorney Preet Bharara and the FBI. Silver […]

The Beatles come to Westchester

By MARISSA PENN It’s been 50 years since the peak of Beatlemania and Westchester is planning to celebrate with a weekend long, fun-filled festival this month.  The 41st annual Fest for Beatles Fans, formerly known as Beatlefest, will be held at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook from Friday, March 20 to Sunday, March 22 […]

A festival to shake off the cold

By JOHN BRANDI In spite of Old Man Winter, locals found a reason to celebrate and venture out to Tuckahoe’s Broken Bow Brewery for its inaugural Kolsch Fest on Saturday, Feb 21, mimicking the fun and fanfare of festivals in Deutschland. The idea behind hosting a Kolsch fest was to rouse the locals and get […]

Lieutenant brings yoga to Tuckahoe police

By PEGGY BELLES The Tuckahoe police have learned to speak a new language.  In addition to the 10-codes, they now speak Sanskrit. On Sundays, instead of standing at attention, we stand in Tadasana, or mountain pose. The familiar “put your hands up” has become float your arms up and come to Anjali Mudra, hands in […]

Athlete of the week: Michael Ackert

By LAUREN DEMPSEY Flying through the sky meters above the water and then hitting the water with essentially no splash, Michael Ackert has been leading the diving team all winter. Only a freshman, this is already his third year on the team.  In fact, this year he is the only diver on Rye’s team. Michael […]

Column: A new approach to addressing Albany

Last month, I read an article in an upstate newspaper detailing an assignment that a Cazenovia first grade teacher, Catharine Taylor had given to her students. Ms. Taylor taught her students a new phrase: state aid. The assignment was to write the governor and ask for their school’s state aid back. As one could imagine […]