Category Archives: News

County considers increasing tobacco age

By KATIE HOOS Proposed legislation to increase the minimum age to purchase cigarettes in Westchester County from 18 to 19 aims to reduce young smokers’ access to tobacco products and, in turn, improve residents’ health, but some critics of the bill say, if passed, the legislation would cause more harm than good. Initiated last month […]

Rye freshman directs Mormon basketball doc

By LIZ BUTTON Rye High School freshman Zack Samberg got the chance to combine his two loves, basketball and film, when he created and co-directed a behind-the-scenes documentary about an underdog basketball team from a mostly Mormon high school in Utah that took the 2012-2013 National Championships by storm. The 21-minute documentary, called “The Book […]

Harrison debate star to compete internationally

By CHRIS EBERHART Danny DeBois, a 17-year-old senior at Harrison High School, is the country’s No. 1 Lincoln-Douglas debater, which is a one-on-one, timed form of debates. Come August, he will take his talents to Bangkok, Thailand to partake in an international debate competition. DeBois was selected by the National Forensic League—along with nine students […]

Harrison couple values communi-tea service

By KATIE HOOS A tea connoisseur and business owner specializing in the international tea trade, Domenick Ciaccia and his wife, Sue, value the gift of education and have, in turn, dedicated their time and resources to giving back to the Westchester community they call home. The couple, who lived in White Plains for 27 years […]

“Ragtime” is a must-see musical

By MICHELLE JACOBY “A must-see” is how we describe shows or films we must see. “Ragtime, The Musical,” now playing now at the Westchester Broadway Theatre definitely falls into this category. The Standing Ovation Studios of Armonk graces the stage as Westchester’s largest production with a cast of 40 New York City, national and local […]

No school budget as vote nears

By PHIL NOBILE History has repeated itself with Harrison’s school administration officials as not even a preliminary budget has been released to the public despite a quickly approaching adoption deadline, causing transparency concerns. Although the deadline for adoption of the Harrison Central School District’s 2014-2015 school budget is April 28, there is no budget currently […]

Contractor paid for Jeff. Bridge

By KATIE HOOS The Jefferson Avenue Bridge construction project, which began in September 2012, in an effort to increase the space between the bridge and the Mamaroneck River and help alleviate flooding issues in the area, has been plagued by numerous setbacks, unmet completion deadlines and community criticism. Aiming to finally complete the bridge construction […]

Reassigned Osborn teacher files $2M lawsuit

By LIZ BUTTON Fourth grade Osborn School teacher Carin Mehler has filed suit against six of the seven members of the Rye City School District Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Alvarez and several members of the district’s administration and staff, becoming the first teacher to take legal action against the district almost […]

Parking dilemma discussed

By CHRIS EBERHART Parking will become scarce in Bronxville as the Kensington Road condominium project gets underway, but the village’s mayor and Board of Trustees are looking into ways to remedy the situation. Once construction of the 54-unit condo begins, which is scheduled to start as early as June 15, 179 parking spaces in the […]

Trustees, harbor commission clash over bamboo

By PHIL NOBILE Questions of authority, procedure and balance between the village’s elected officials and volunteer coastal board has extended to a battle over bamboo. The latest conflict between the Board of Trustees and the Harbor and Coastal Zone Management Commission comes from a proposed ban on certain types of bamboo in the Village of […]