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Bipartisan vote passes county budget

By CHRIS EBERHART Three Democratic Westchester County legislators broke from their caucus and sided with the seven Republican legislators on the board to help pass the $1.75 billion 2015 county budget.  The bipartisan budget passed on Dec. 9 by a 10 to 7 vote, with legislators Michael Kaplowitz, a Yorktown Democrat and chairman of the […]

Alert system seeks to connect community

By JOHN  BRANDI The Village of Bronxville is updating its emergency notification system and the method of how residents can obtain certain permits and identification forms, in a push to fully enter the 21st century.  The mainstay of this initiative is the SwiftReach System, or a reverse 911 program, that will feed alerts of essential […]

Habitat looks to ReStore hope

By MARISSA PENN Just in time for Christmas, Habitat for Humanity of Westchester County celebrated the opening of its second retail store in downtown New Rochelle. ReStore, one of 800 across the country, opened for business in October, but had its official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 25.  Habitat for Humanity is […]

Lawyer runs marathon for Marfan’s Syndrome

By Rich Monetti Marfan’s Syndrome in its cruelest form weakens the connective tissue around the heart. Undetected, this can lead to a fatal aneurysm in the blink of an eye. On the other hand, if diagnosed, a person can have their heart monitored and possibly operated on—allowing a relatively normal life.   Unfortunately, for Rich […]

Charity drive delivers gifts and holiday cheer

  By Alina Suriel The Harrison Food Pantry and local good Samaritans are getting ready for the holidays with The Holiday Project, their annual charity gift drive bestowing presents to underprivileged families in the community. Three Harrison residents are sharing the responsibility for this year’s event, Christine DiRusso, Tabatha Marraccini and Coco Leftkowitz, according to […]

20th annual Concert for Peace

By MARISSA PENN On Dec. 14, Songcatchers, Inc., put on its 20th annual Concert for Peace. Led by the renowned Sister Beth Dowd, executive director of Songcatchers, the event draws a large crowd yearly to the College of New Rochelle’s chapel at 29 Castle Place, filling it with beautiful, holiday themed songs with an emphasis […]

Christmas tree vendors stand test of time

By MARISSA PENN Local Christmas tree vendors have been selling Christmas trees since the early 20th century, as the Christmas tree tradition dates back to a custom established in Germany during the 15th and 16th century.   Originally, devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes, but the custom has since expanded to become more […]

Rye celebrates City Hall

By JACKSON CHEN Rye residents poured into City Hall’s council chambers on Wednesday, Dec. 10 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the building completed in 1964.  A mix of dapper children, longtime residents and familiar elected officials filled the Council Chambers. Chatter of kids growing up and political jokes were exchanged as Republican Mayor Joe […]

Tuckahoe’s Lore wins fire district election

  By CHRIS EBERHART Lifelong Tuckahoe resident Anthony Lore is the newest Eastchester fire commissioner after winning Tuesday’s fire district election.  Lore beat out Brian Keating for the seat capturing 466 votes to his opponent’s 261. Lore will replace outgoing commissioner Raymond O’Hare, who’s finishing his third five-year term on the Eastchester Board of Fire […]

Walking through Westchester’s Wonderland

By JOHN BRANDI Westchester’s very own “Winter Wonderland” will captivate residents of all ages, as the inaugural event illuminates Valhalla’s Kensico Dam.  But Westchester County has big shoes to fill if it looks to capture the magic of Manhattan’s iconic Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park a la winter time. The Valhalla event boasts 2.5 million […]