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Busy Westchester Shopping Center Celebrates 70th Anniversary Busy Westchester Shopping Center Celebrates 70th Anniversary
Busy Westchester Shopping Center Celebrates 70th Anniversary A bustling shopping center in Westchester marked the beginning of its seventh decade in business with a celebration attended by local and state officials.  In a grand kick-off event held on Saturday, May 18, the Cross County Center in Yonkers celebrated its 70th anniversary as a major site of commerce in Westchester.  The event was attended by elected officials such as Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and New York State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, as well as Senior Property Manager Carl Calabro, who all celebrated the center's longevity. "Growing up in Yonkers, we always knew it wa…
Update: 23-Year-Old Killed In Westchester Crash Was Proud Electrician, Rock Climber Update: 23-Year-Old Killed In Westchester Crash Was Proud Electrician, Rock Climber
Update: 23-Year-Old Killed In Westchester Crash Was Proud Electrician, Rock Climber A 23-year-old Westchester man killed in a crash on a busy parkway is being remembered as a successful electrician who excelled at repairing computers and was always there for those who needed him. Mamaroneck resident Logan Spillane was killed in a crash on the Sprain Brook Parkway in Greenburgh on Saturday, May 18 around 1:30 p.m., New York State Police announced. 23-Year-Old Man Killed After Being Ejected From Car On Busy Parkway In Westchester Born in 2001, Spillane was a 2019 graduate of Rye High School and went on to become an electrician, which he took great pride in, according t…
Osprey Nest Causes Closure At Popular Playland Ride In Westchester Osprey Nest Causes Closure At Popular Playland Ride In Westchester
Osprey Nest Causes Closure At Popular Playland Ride In Westchester A major ride at a popular Westchester amusement park is temporarily shut down thanks to some avian visitors who decided it was a perfect site to build their home.  The Gondola Wheel at Rye Playland is temporarily closed because of an active Osprey nest built on the ride, the park announced on Thursday, May 16.  The park, which opened for the season on Saturday, May 18, said the wheel would be closed "until further notice" to protect the Ospreys who have called it home. Park officials also said they would continue to share updates with guests. View this post on…
Scenes For Apple TV Series Filmed At Gym In Westchester Scenes For Apple TV Series Filmed At Gym In Westchester
Scenes For Apple TV Series Filmed At Gym In Westchester A busy gym in Westchester served as the site of a film shoot for an upcoming television series with a star-studded cast.  Scenes for the Apple+ series "Swipe" were filmed at AltaFit in New Rochelle at 5 Plain Ave. on Monday, May 13, according to the gym's owners. These scenes won't be the only ones filmed at the gym, as the crew is set to return in June. "We are thrilled to welcome the cast and crew of this highly anticipated TV show to New Rochelle," said one of the gym's staff members, who added, "The decision to film in our city highlights the diverse and vibrant landscape that Wes…
12 New Shops Coming To The Westchester In White Plains 12 New Shops Coming To The Westchester In White Plains
12 New Shops Coming To The Westchester In White Plains A dozen new stores and eateries are slated to open to shoppers at a busy mall in Westchester.  The 12 new businesses, which will be located at The Westchester in White Plains at 125 Westchester Ave., will open throughout 2024 beginning in the summer. The upcoming stores and eateries include:  Reformation, a global lifestyle brand that sells apparel and accessories merging vintage-inspired designs with eco-friendly business practices. The store will open in late summer/early fall and will be the brand's first location in the Tri-State Area outside New York City; Anthropologie, wh…
Man Carjacks Woman In Westchester, Fires Weapon Near Group: Here's His Sentence Man Carjacks Woman In Westchester, Fires Weapon Near Group: Here's His Sentence
Man Carjacks Woman In Westchester, Fires Weapon Near Group: Here's His Sentence A 28-year-old man will spend years in prison for committing several violent incidents in Westchester, including an armed carjacking during a police pursuit, officials announced. Mount Vernon resident Christopher Smith, also known as "Christopher Johnson," "Mad Max," "Max," and "Trouble," was sentenced on Thursday, May 9 to eight years in prison for two shootings and an armed carjacking that took place in Westchester and the Bronx, according to the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.  According to federal officials, the first of these incidents happened in Septem…
Man Makes Sexual Advances To Boy At Lemonade Stand In Westchester, Police Say Man Makes Sexual Advances To Boy At Lemonade Stand In Westchester, Police Say
Man Makes Sexual Advances To Boy At Lemonade Stand In Westchester, Police Say A 44-year-old man faces criminal charges after allegedly making sexual advances toward a boy at a lemonade stand in Westchester, police announced. Mamaroneck resident Noe Calderon was arrested on Tuesday, May 7 in connection with an incident that happened in New Rochelle, New Rochelle Police announced on Thursday, May 9.  According to the department, Calderon allegedly approached a 13-year-old boy at a lemonade stand in a neighborhood off North Avenue and made sexual advances toward him. He also tried exchanging phone numbers with him, police said. A short time after the incident…
Valedictorian, Salutatorian Announced By School District In Westchester Valedictorian, Salutatorian Announced By School District In Westchester
Valedictorian, Salutatorian Announced By School District In Westchester Two high-achieving high school seniors from Westchester who placed at the top of their class are being recognized for their impressive accomplishments by district officials.  In an announcement on Tuesday, May 7, the Ardsley School District revealed seniors Derek Xu and Lydia Lung have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.  District officials said both students consistently made valuable contributions during their four years at Ardsley High School to earn the prestigious positions.  Xu, a talented mathematics student who also plays the violin, serves …
Update: Arrested Protesters May Face No Disciplinary Consequences At College In Westchester Update: Arrested Protesters May Face No Disciplinary Consequences At College In Westchester
Update: Arrested Protesters May Face No Disciplinary Consequences At College In Westchester Following a meeting between students and school leaders, dozens of protesters arrested at a Westchester college will not face disciplinary consequences if they follow certain conditions.  The meeting resulted from arrests made during pro-Palestine protests at Purchase College on Thursday night, May 2 after protesters refused to leave campus once quiet hours began, according to the school's Assistant Director of Public Relations Betsy Aldredge.  Earlier Report - Around 70 Protesters Arrested At SUNY Purchase In total, around 70 students and faculty were taken into c…
Westchester's First Mobile Adoption Unit To Debut At Chappaqua Farmer's Market Westchester's First Mobile Adoption Unit To Debut At Chappaqua Farmer's Market
Mobile Adoption Unit To Debut At Chappaqua Farmer's Market The first mobile adoption unit in Westchester will soon make its debut appearance at a busy farmer's market to reach residents looking to add furry friends to their families. SPCA Westchester's Mobile Adoption Unit, the first of its kind, will soon hit the road and debut at the Chappaqua Farmer's Market at the Chappaqua Train Station on Saturday, May 11 at 9 a.m. The 26-foot vehicle features 20 spacious cages, roll-up viewing windows, and a booth providing a space for matchmaking discussions between SPCA staff and would-be adopters.  The vehicle was commissioned to increase animal ado…
Update: Man Reported Missing In Westchester Arrested Out Of State On Drug Charges Update: Man Reported Missing In Westchester Arrested Out Of State On Drug Charges
Update: Man Reported Missing In Westchester Arrested Out Of State On Drug Charges A 45-year-old man who was reported missing from Westchester several months ago was arrested in another state and found in possession of drugs, police said. Norman Allen-Meyer Shaw, age 45, was reported missing from Mount Vernon by his wife, Veronica Shaw, on Thursday, Dec. 28. He had last been seen in Mount Vernon and the New Haven County city of West Haven, Connecticut.  Earlier Report - 44-Year-Old Man Goes Missing: Last Seen In Mount Vernon Months after he went missing, Shaw was arrested in Polk County, Florida on Tuesday, April 30, according to the Polk County …
School In Westchester To Close: 'Sad Day,' Superintendent Says School In Westchester To Close: 'Sad Day,' Superintendent Says
School In Westchester To Close: 'Sad Day,' Superintendent Says A school in Westchester County has announced it will cease operations at the end of the academic year.  In an announcement on Wednesday, May 1, the Office of the Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese of New York revealed the Transfiguration School in Tarrytown would close at the end of the 2023-24 academic year.  Officials attributed the decision to close the Catholic school to shifting demographics and lower enrollment, which have "significantly impacted" its ability to continue operating.  The St. Simon Stock School in the Bronx will also close for similar reas…
Around 70 Protesting Students, Faculty Members Arrested At College In Westchester Around 70 Protesting Students, Faculty Members Arrested At College In Westchester
Around 70 Protesting Students, Faculty Members Arrested At College In Westchester Around 70 students and faculty members were taken into custody during pro-Palestine protests at a college in Westchester. New, updated report - Update: Arrested Protesters To Face No Disciplinary Consequences At College In Westchester The arrests were made at Purchase College on Thursday night, May 2 after protesters refused to leave the campus once quiet hours began, according to the school's Assistant Director of Public Relations Betsy Aldredge.  According to Aldredge, the events leading up to the arrests began earlier on Thursday, when students peacefully protested for se…
Westchester Native Mary J. Blige Inducted In Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Westchester Native Mary J. Blige Inducted In Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
Westchester Native Mary J. Blige Inducted In Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Hip-hop soul legend and New York's Mary J. Blige's career is doing "Just Fine," as the iconic artist has just been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  Blige, age 53, was named an inductee into the Cleveland-based Hall of Fame on Sunday, April 21.  In their write-up on their website, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame said the Yonkers native has provided the soundtrack to countless fans' lives.  "Blige’s music echoes our experiences with love and life. She helps us move on, move out, and move up," the Hall of Fame wrote, continuing, "She’s the much-needed soundtrac…
Man Caught Stealing From Truck In Westchester At Large After Missed Court Date: Police Man Caught Stealing From Truck In Westchester At Large After Missed Court Date: Police
Man Caught Stealing From Truck In Westchester At Large After Missed Court Date: Police A man caught stealing from a pickup truck in Westchester is at large after missing his court date, police announced. Brooklyn resident Raymondo Sepulveda was found in the driver's seat of a pick-up truck in the area of Central Park Avenue and Midland Terrace in Yonkers on Thursday, March 28 just before 2 a.m., Yonkers Police announced on Friday, April 26.  When confronted by officers, Sepulveda admitted the truck was not his before police discovered he had stolen several items from inside. He was then arrested and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree unau…
Biden Visit: Here's Last Time Sitting President Stopped By Village In Westchester Biden Visit: Here's Last Time Sitting President Stopped By Village In Westchester
Biden Visit: Here's Last Time Sitting President Stopped By Village In Westchester President Joe Biden's impending visit to a village in Westchester is set to make history. It will be the first time a sitting president has visited that municipality in over half a century. Biden will arrive in the county on Thursday afternoon, April 25, when he is scheduled to appear at a fundraising event in the village of Irvington-on-Hudson hosted by actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.  According to Irvington Mayor Jon Siegel, a sitting president's appearance in the village is rare and has not happened since October 23, 1972, when President Richard …
New Update: President Biden's Westchester Visit To Cause 'Significant' Traffic Impacts New Update: President Biden's Westchester Visit To Cause 'Significant' Traffic Impacts
New Update: President Biden's Westchester Visit To Cause 'Significant' Traffic Impacts Before President Joe Biden's visit to Westchester, authorities are warning motorists of expected impacts to rush hour traffic. New, updated report - Biden Visit: These Westchester School Districts Announce Early Dismissals Biden will be in the county on Thursday, April 25, when he is scheduled to appear at a fundraising event in the village of Irvington-on-Hudson hosted by actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.  Earlier Report - President Biden To Visit Irvington: Here's When According to an announcement from the Irvington Police Department on Tuesday, April …
Latest Update: Man Killed In I-684 Crash In Bedford Had False ID, Police Say Latest Update: Man Killed In I-684 Crash In Bedford Had False ID, Police Say
Latest Update: Man Killed In I-684 Crash In Bedford Had False ID, Police Say Authorities have released the identity of a man killed in a one-car crash on I-684. New York City resident Mario Goris, age 53, of the Bronx, was killed in a crash that happened on Sunday, April 14, around 3:15 p.m. on the northbound side near Exit 4 in Bedford, according to New York State Police. Earlier Report - Update: Person Killed In Crash On I-684 In Bedford At the time of the crash, Goris had been driving a 2006 Honda CRV when it veered to the left, entered the median at high speed, and hit a tree. He was found dead at the scene of the crash and was the only person in the …
Westchester's Film Industry Generates $2B In Economic Impact In 2 Years: Officials Westchester's Film Industry Generates $2B In Economic Impact In 2 Years: Officials
Westchester's Film Industry Generates $2B In Economic Impact In 2 Years: Officials Westchester's bustling film industry is continuing to generate billions of dollars in economic activity as it grows more and more successful, officials announced. According to a new report detailed by county officials, film production in Westchester generated $2 billion in economic activity in both 2022 and 2023.  The industry also created 6,796 jobs and $656 million in wages during the two-year period, officials added. This success came despite several factors that threatened to interrupt film production, including the pandemic as well as the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFT…
19-Year-Old Woman Found Safe After Going Missing From Westchester 19-Year-Old Woman Found Safe After Going Missing From Westchester
19-Year-Old Woman Found Safe After Going Missing From Westchester New, updated report:  A 19-year-old woman who went missing from Westchester has been safely found, police said. Jacklyn Kauffo, age 19, was found safe after going missing in Yonkers on Saturday, April 20, Yonkers Police announced on Tuesday, April 23.  Police did not say where Kauffo was found.  Original Report:  Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a missing 19-year-old woman who has been missing from Westchester for several days. In an alert issued on Sunday, April 21, Yonkers Police announced they are searching for 19-year-old Jacklyn Kauff…
Popular Westchester Corrections Officer Dies At Age 40 Popular Westchester Corrections Officer Dies At Age 40
Popular Westchester Corrections Officer Dies At Age 40 Shock and sadness are spreading following the sudden death of Eleanor Birrittella, a well-known corrections officer in Westchester. Birrittella died on Saturday, April 20, according to Hector Lopez, the president of the New York Hispanic American Law Enforcement Organization. A cause of death had not yet been released. Online records show Birrittella was 40 years old and lived in Yonkers. "Officer Birrittella had a smile that lit up the place," Lopez said in announcing her death. "She loved her job. I will miss her, we will all miss her." The entire WCOBA family is mourning the tragic…
Guardian Dogs Escape Westchester Farm, Kill Poodle, Attack Owner: Report Guardian Dogs Escape Westchester Farm, Kill Poodle, Attack Owner: Report
Guardian Dogs Escape Westchester Farm, Kill Poodle, Attack Owner: Report Two guardian dogs from a nonprofit farm in Westchester may be euthanized after escaping the property and attacking a woman and her leashed poodle on a trail, according to a New York Times report.  The attack happened on Tuesday, February 6, when two guardian dogs escaped the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in Tarrytown at 630 Bedford Rd. and ran into a woman and her 10-pound miniature poodle on a public trail. They then attacked the woman and killed the poodle, according to a new report by The New York Times. The two dogs, a Great Pyrenees named Luna and an Akbash na…
Former NYPD Officer Admits Selling Heroin, Fentanyl In Westchester Former NYPD Officer Admits Selling Heroin, Fentanyl In Westchester
Former Nypd Officer Admits Selling Heroin, Fentanyl In Westchester A former New York City Police officer has admitted to selling packages containing heroin and fentanyl in Westchester, federal officials announced. Bronx resident Grace Rosa Baez, age 38, pleaded guilty to drug distribution charges on Tuesday, April 16, the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York announced.  Earlier Report- Police Officer, Westchester Man Nabbed For Planning To Distribute Fentanyl, Heroin: Feds According to federal officials, Baez, who joined the NYPD in 2012, was placed on modified duty in 2020 after alleged misconduct and was soon subject…
President Biden To Visit Westchester: Here's When President Biden To Visit Westchester: Here's When
President Biden To Visit Westchester: Here's When President Joe Biden will soon be making a stop in the region as part of a celebrity fundraising event. New, updated report: Biden's Irvington Visit To Impact Traffic, Cause Closures Biden will make his visit on Thursday, April 25 in Westchester County to a fundraising event in the village of Irvington-on-Hudson hosted by actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, according to the event's webpage.  The exact location of the event has not yet been announced. The cheapest tickets for the fundraising events will cost $3,300, while the most expensive will cost as much…
Brush Fire Reaches Car In Costco Parking Lot In Westchester Brush Fire Reaches Car In Costco Parking Lot In Westchester
Brush Fire Reaches Car In Costco Parking Lot In Westchester Firefighters responded to a Costco parking lot in Westchester after a brush fire ignited next to a vehicle.  The incident happened on Tuesday, April 16 around 3:30 p.m., when a brush fire went up in the Costco Wholesale parking lot in Port Chester at 1 Westchester Ave., according to the Port Chester Fire Department.  The blaze extended to a vehicle in the parking lot before being put out, the fire department said.  The department did not detail the cause of the fire. 
Westchester School District Earns Best Community For Music Education Award Westchester School District Earns Best Community For Music Education Award
Westchester School District Earns Best Community For Music Education Award A school district in Westchester has been recognized as one of the best in the country for its dedication to music education, officials announced. The Irvington Union Free School District has been named a winner of the Best Communities for Music Education Award for 2024 by the NAMM Foundation, district officials announced on Tuesday, April 9.  The district is one of only 975 school districts nationwide to receive the award and one of six in Westchester, officials added.  The award recognizes "outstanding" efforts from teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community lea…
Man Caught With Hunting Knife At Train Station In Westchester Man Caught With Hunting Knife At Train Station In Westchester
Man Caught With Hunting Knife At Train Station In Westchester Train service was briefly delayed at a station in Westchester while a man was detained after being caught with a weapon in his backpack, authorities said. The arrest happened on Thursday, April 4 just before 1:15 p.m., when the MTA Police learned of a possibly armed man on Train No. 858 at Yonkers Station, according to an MTA spokesperson.  Officers met the 11:45 Hudson Line train, which had departed from Poughkeepsie, at Yonkers Station after it made an unscheduled stop and identified the 52-year-old suspect. Police then removed the man from the train and detained him, soon discoverin…
Students Assaulted, Caught With Weapon At Westchester School District Students Assaulted, Caught With Weapon At Westchester School District
Students Assaulted, Caught With Weapon At Westchester School District A school district in Westchester reported the assault of a student and the discovery of a weapon in another child's possession on the same day.  In separate announcements, Mount Vernon City School District Acting Superintendent K. Veronica Smith said the city's police department is investigating two separate incidents that happened on Tuesday, April 2. The first of the incidents to be detailed happened during the morning hours when a BB gun was found in a student's possession at the Nelson Mandela/Hosea Zollicoffer Elementary School, Smith said.  The weapon was found th…
School District Taps New Superintendent In Westchester: 'I Am Very Excited' School District Taps New Superintendent In Westchester: 'I Am Very Excited'
School District Taps New Superintendent In Westchester: 'I Am Very Excited' A school district in Westchester has announced who will succeed its outgoing superintendent after his upcoming retirement.  In an announcement on Monday, April 1, the Ardsley Union Free School District revealed that Matthew Block would take over as superintendent effective on Monday, July 1. Block will succeed Ryan Schoenfeld, who will retire at the end of the 2023-2024 school year after serving in the position for six years.  In their announcement, the Ardsley Board of Education, which will formalize Block's appointment during a meeting on Tuesday, April 2,  said …
Bridge Work To Cause Lane Shifts, Closures Along I-95, I-287 In Westchester For 5 Months Bridge Work To Cause Lane Shifts, Closures Along I-95, I-287 In Westchester For 5 Months
Bridge Work To Cause Lane Shifts, Closures Along I-95, I-287 In Westchester For 5 Months An ongoing bridge replacement project is set to cause several lane shifts and reductions on Interstate 95 and 287 in Westchester for more than five months, officials announced.  The new lane configurations, which will affect Interstate 95 and Interstate 287 in Rye and Port Chester, will go into effect on Monday, April 1 at 8 p.m. and are expected to continue through Sunday, Sept. 15, according to the New York State Department of Transportation.  The lane shifts and reductions will allow crews to work on the ongoing project to replace the bridges carrying I-287 over Midland Avenue.…
Alert Issued For Missing 55-Year-Old Last Seen In Westchester Alert Issued For Missing 55-Year-Old Last Seen In Westchester
Alert Issued For Missing 55-Year-Old Last Seen In Westchester Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a man who has been missing for nearly a month and was last seen in Westchester.  Darin O'Rourke, age 55, was last seen in Yonkers on Saturday, March 2 in the area of 117 Mansion Ave., Yonkers Police announced on Friday, March 29. O'Rourke, described as 5-foot-7 and 180 pounds, may need medical attention, police said. His last known clothing is not known.  Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call Yonkers Police at 914-377-7900.  Click the Facebook icon below to share this story.  Thi…