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School district’s state test scores jump

By JOHN BRANDI As statewide standardized testing remains marred in controversy, results have shown that a percentage of students in the Harrison Central School District have made progress in a year’s time and results have ticked up in both English and mathematics.  Though fewer kids tested this year, as 19 percent of the student body […]

Back-to-school supply costs continue to rise

By JOHN BRANDI School supply lists have continued to grow for cash-strapped parents across Westchester County, but a few organizations are trying to provide relief to help ease that burden and give kids the tools to succeed in school.  As summer comes to a close, parents with school-age children now have to shift their focus […]

Comic shop claws its way downtown

By JOHN BRANDI Two masked crusaders have come to Harrison to try and change its streetscape for the better.  Along with their personalized mascots, Action Cat and Adventure Bug, Aw Yeah Comics has sprung up in a business district that has struggled in recent years. And the comic book shop just may be what Harrison […]

Judge dismisses petition challenges

By JOHN BRANDI Republican mayoral candidate Philip Marraccini’s efforts to knock off candidates on the Republican and Conservative lines ahead of the GOP mayoral primary has proved unsuccessful, as a judge in New York’s Supreme Court dismissed the case earlier this month.  Marraccini, a former Harrison mayor, and his wife, Jayne, each filed objections against […]

Kensington project lawsuit nears resolution

By JOHN BRANDI The lawsuit against the Kensington Road condominium project is nearing its end, as the parties to the more than six-month-old case—filed in regard to how the project targets potential renters of a certain age group—have almost reached a settlement.  Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc., a fair housing nonprofit, filed a lawsuit against the […]

Harrison Chamber of Commerce back in play

By JOHN BRANDI With a renewed sense of purpose and some fresh faces, the Harrison Chamber of Commerce is back in a big way with some pro-business initiatives.  Holly Sharpe, the new president of the chamber, is taking over the reigns of an organization that has lain dormant and has fallen from view for residents […]

A&P prepares to close Harrison store

By JOHN BRANDI The wheels have come off the cart for the A&P supermarket chain, as it begins to sell off its remaining store locations in Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties.  A&P is now working out the final details to auction off its 31 remaining locations spread across the three counties, according to documents lawyers […]

Field grows in justice primary

By JOHN BRANDI Registered Republicans in the Town of Harrison have an array of candidates to choose from for the two part-time justice positions, as four legal professionals are seeking the ballot line ahead of the general election.  Incumbent Town Justice Marc Lust, a registered Democrat who will already appear on the Independence, Democratic and […]

GOP mayoral candidates challenge petitions

By JOHN BRANDI Now that the task to collect voter petitions is over, the efforts are now being challenged in White Plains court.  As a primary fight edges closer in the Town of Harrison, some candidates are being slammed with challenges to their petition efforts to appear on the ballot. Each candidate, ahead of the […]

Brightview plan faces renewed criticism

By JOHN BRANDI Neighbors of a proposed senior living facility in West Harrison have intensified their criticism of the project, saying above all else that some of the design elements of the building won’t fit in with the character of the neighborhood.  The cliff that will be in the rear of the senior complex will […]