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Village considers smoking ban in parks

By ASHLEY HELMS If a new proposed law is passed in the Village of Mamaroneck, smokers will be out of luck in public parks. A ban on smoking tobacco products, most notably cigarettes, in parks within the village was proposed by the Board of Trustees on Feb. 24. A prohibition on smoking in the parks […]

Purchase’s PepsiCo demolition, renovations underway

By PHIL NOBILE An update on a massive facility overhaul for PepsiCo’s Purchase headquarters was given to town officials and residents last month as the company continues its planned project dating back to 2012. At the Feb. 25 Planning Board meeting, the company updated board members on its recent progress, showing renderings and specs for […]

Central Avenue lot breeds contention

By LIZ BUTTON Proponents of green space in the city are protesting the graveling-over of a quarter-acre piece of land at the corner of Central Avenue and Boston Post Road, which has been utilized as a small-scale park since 1967. A choice by the city after the Central Avenue Bridge reconstruction was completed in August […]

The evolution of Eastchester’s St. Patrick’s Day parade

By CHRIS EBERHART From the Irish roots of two men from the boroughs of New York City grew a St. Patrick’s Day tradition in the Town of Eastchester.  The town’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, which is now in its 10th year and has become a heavily-attended and celebrated event in the community, was nothing more […]

Astorino announces governor bid

By PHIL NOBILE After months of speculation and evasive half-answers when asked about the possibility, Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino formally announced his candidacy for New York State governor on March 5. The announcement came in the form of a six-minute video released via Astorino’s campaign website. Included in the announcement were direct attacks […]

Wealthiest towns unaffordable for young

By KATIE HOOS Droves of young people are fleeing Westchester’s wealthiest towns, with high cost of housing to blame. According to a recent study conducted from 2000 to 2011 by Community Housing Innovations—a nonprofit dedicated to providing affordable housing throughout the Lower Hudson Valley and Long Island—Westchester County as a whole saw a 12.83 percent […]

Student artwork decorates municipal building

By CHRIS EBERHART The Harrison Council for the Arts transformed the municipal building into a student art gallery to kick-off Youth Arts Month. On March 2, Harrison students like Michael Barletta, a seventh grader at Louis M. Klein Middle School, stood proudly by their artwork before touring the halls to appreciate other students’ work. Barletta, […]

Friends prepare to run Lake Isle catering hall

By CHRIS EBERHART A 20-year friendship between a banquet director and chief executive officer of a limousine company spawned Lake Isle Country Club’s newest caterer. Lou Gigante, who became the CEO of his father’s limousine service, Capricorn Luxury Travel in New York City, and runs the family-owned restaurant Mulino’s on Court Street in White Plains, […]

Officials oppose United Water

By CHRIS EBERHART United Water’s most recent tariff proposal to the state Public Service Commission would increase fire hydrant maintenance fees and raise water rates, but a coalition of Westchester municipalities will again band together to push back against the company. Every four years, United Water has to renew its tariff, which expires on Oct. […]

City schools under “moderate” financial stress

By KATIE HOOS The City School District of New Rochelle was identified as being under “moderate financial stress” according to a recent study by the state comptroller, putting pressure on the district as it approaches the 2014-2015 budget. The study by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, which reviewed the fiscal status of school districts throughout New […]