Popular Hudson Valley Bar Closing Permanently Popular Hudson Valley Bar Closing Permanently
Popular Hudson Valley Bar Closing Permanently A popular Hudson Valley bar known for some wild nights as it changed hands over the years but always stayed a "go-to spot" is closing permanently. Refinery 51 in Dutchess County on Market Street in the City of Poughkeepsie announced it would close for good with a farewell party on Saturday, June 1. "From Mad Hatter to Union Tavern and now Refinery 51, we Thank You for all your patronage, good times, and memories over the last quarter of a century," said the owners of Refinery 51. "It’s been an incredible run, so let’s toast to the memories and milestones together one last time!" The party …
Cheez-It Diner Opens In Hudson Valley To Fill Your 'Cheezy' Needs Cheez-It Diner Opens In Hudson Valley To Fill Your 'Cheezy' Needs
Cheez-It Diner Opens In Hudson Valley To Fill Your 'Cheezy' Needs Hey Cheez-It lovers, now is your chance to chow down on fun and funky foods inspired by the cheezy, crunchy snack at the Cheez-It Diner, which is open for just a week in the Hudson Valley. Located in Ulster County in Woodstock, the diner offers the ultimate experience for Cheez-It fans with such treats as a cheezy milkshake, burger, or mac-n-cheese. "We saw just how far our adventure-seeking Cheez-It fans would go when they Want It. Need It. Cheez-It. last year making the drive to our Joshua Tree Cheez-It Stop outpost," said Cara Tragseiler, senior brand director for Cheez-It. "So many fans…
$35K Winning Lottery Ticket Sold At Deli In Hudson Valley $35K Winning Lottery Ticket Sold At Deli In Hudson Valley
$35K Winning Lottery Ticket Sold At Deli In Hudson Valley One lucky visitor to a Northern Westchester deli walked away with much more than a sandwich.  A top-prize-winning Take 5 lottery ticket worth $35,001 was sold for the drawing on Tuesday evening, May 14 in Peekskill, New York Lottery officials announced.  Officials added that the winning ticket was bought at Friend's Valley Brook Market at 1053 Main St. (Route 202).  If you're looking to try your luck, Take 5 drawings are televised twice daily at 2:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Winners have up to a year from the drawing date to claim their prizes. 
Casting Call: Music Video For Major Country Star Needs To Fill Roles For Men, Women, Kids Casting Call: Music Video For Major Country Star Needs To Fill Roles For Men, Women, Kids
Casting Call: Music Video For Major Country Star Needs To Fill Roles For Men, Women, Kids A music video being produced in the region is seeking men, women, and kids to fill roles for extras. The video, about a major country star, will be filmed in New York City on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. A group of friends returns home for a friend's funeral. After the funeral, they have a fun night together around town. Lead roles are needed for men aged 18 to 23 and women ages 40 to 50 to play the mother of boys. Supporting roles are being cast for women aged 18 to 23 and boys ages 10 to 12 (to play the child versions of the lead male roles in a flashback scene). All ethni…
NY 11-Year-Old Back On Dance Floor Thanks To Kidney Donation From Doctor Brother NY 11-Year-Old Back On Dance Floor Thanks To Kidney Donation From Doctor Brother
NY 11-Year-Old Back On Dance Floor Thanks To Kidney Donation From Doctor Brother Not everyone gets to meet their hero; For Emily Alanko, her hero happens to be her big brother. The Long Island 11-year-old from Commack, who loves dancing and all things Barbie, was born with a rare genetic disorder known as Branchio-OtoRenal (BOR) Syndrome, which causes malformations of the ears and kidneys. In Emily’s case, she was born with just one kidney, meaning a pair of doctors at Cohen Children’s Medical Center has had to monitor her condition since birth. Alarm bells began to ring earlier this year when her longtime care team, Cohen doctors Christine Sethna and Pamela Singer, we…
Mutant Sleepover: Request Stay At All-New X-Mansion Airbnb In Hudson Valley Mutant Sleepover: Request Stay At All-New X-Mansion Airbnb In Hudson Valley
Mutant Sleepover: Request Stay At All-New X-Mansion Airbnb In Hudson Valley Any mutants out there may be interested in requesting a stay at an all-new Airbnb in Northern Westchester inspired by an animated X-Men television series.  The 4-bed, 5-bath mansion, located in New Castle, is part of Airbnb's "icons" series, which consists of locales inspired by music, films, television shows, art, sports, and more, according to the company.  The company's X-Mansion is inspired by the animated Disney+ show "X-Men '97" and features show-inspired interior design and activities.  Those who book a stay can sleep in one of the mansion's many X-Men-inspired dorms …
Jackpot! NY Man Claims $5M Lottery Prize Jackpot! NY Man Claims $5M Lottery Prize
Jackpot! NY Man Claims $5M Lottery Prize A New York man has five million more reasons to be smiling. Long Island resident William O’Donnell, of Babylon, claimed a $5 million top prize playing the NY Lottery’s Cash X100 scratch-off game, lottery officials announced. O’Donnell received a single lump sum payment of $3,255,000 after paying taxes. He purchased the incredibly lucky ticket in Lindenhurst, at the Maakrupa Super Stop located at 200A Montauk Highway. Scratch-off games ginned up more than $4.4 billion in sales during fiscal year 2022-2023, according to New York Lottery. Of that, school districts in Suffolk County received …
These 10 New York Pizzerias Among Nation's Top 100, New Rankings Say These 10 New York Pizzerias Among Nation's Top 100, New Rankings Say
These 10 New York Pizzerias Among Nation's Top 100, New Rankings Say The popularity of pizza now makes it possible to find delicious pies in almost any place, from sea to shining sea. Having said that, few could argue that New York stands alone from anywhere else. Yelp's Top 100 rankings of the best pizza spots for 2024 attest to just that. One-tenth of the places are in New York, and more specifically, New York City. Even more specifically still, Manhattan, where eat of the pizzerias are located. How did Yelp determine the rankings? "We identified businesses in the pizza category on Yelp, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the …
Hudson Valley's Tortilla Project Ups The Taco Game With Unusual Selections Hudson Valley's Tortilla Project Ups The Taco Game With Unusual Selections
Hudson Valley's Tortilla Project Ups The Taco Game With Unusual Selections If you aren't burned out from tacos from Cinco de Mayo and need a taco fix, then a new restaurant in the Hudson Valley specializing in handmade tortillas (think jalapeno) and small plates might be a new favorite. Northern Westchester's The Tortilla Project, located in Baldwin Place, is making waves with foodies and Yelpers for its eclectic mix of tacos, side dishes, tapas, and craft cocktails. Opened in January and located in a strip mall, you will first notice that the small restaurant's sleek decor is not strip mall material, according to Yelpers.  One Yelper put it this way: "The v…
Rare Severe Geomagnetic Storm Watch Issued For First Time In Nearly 20 Years Rare Severe Geomagnetic Storm Watch Issued For First Time In Nearly 20 Years
Rare Severe Geomagnetic Storm Watch Issued For First Time In Nearly 20 Years You may soon get a view of a rare spectacle. According to the NOAA National Weather Service's Space Weather Prediction Center, a series of solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) began on Wednesday, May 8. CMEs are explosions of plasma and magnetic fields from the sun’s corona. Space weather forecasters have issued a Severe (G4) Geomagnetic Storm Watch for the evening of Friday, May 10. It's the first time a G4 Watch has been issued since January 2005. The watch says CMEs may linger into Sunday, May 12. Geomagnetic storms can also trigger spectacular displays of aurora (…
Real-Life Couple Wanted For Movie Shooting In Hudson Valley Real-Life Couple Wanted For Movie Shooting In Hudson Valley
Real-Life Couple Wanted For Movie Shooting In Hudson Valley The production company behind hit films like “The Whale,” “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” and “Uncut Gems” is looking for a real-life couple to be a part of their next star-studded feature film being produced in the region. Lights, camera, action! “The Materialists,” a new feature film by entertainment company A24 and directed by Celine Song, is searching for a real-life couple for its upcoming shoot in the Ulster County town of New Paltz, which will begin on Wednesday, May 22. The couple will be portraying getting married and should fit the description of “artsy, creative down-to-e…
Stew Leonard's Eyes This Location For Next New Store Stew Leonard's Eyes This Location For Next New Store
Stew Leonard's Eyes This Location For Next New Store Stew Leonard's is eyeing a familiar location as a possible location for its next new supermarket. The Connecticut-based company confirmed on Wednesday, May 8, that the town of Orange in New Haven County is one of several locations being "looked at" for the family-owned grocer's ninth location, according to Meghan Bell, a spokeswoman for the company. Bell said that, at this point, several options are being considered, and an announcement would be made by the end of the year.  Stew Leonard's also has Connecticut stores in Norwalk (where the company has its headquarters), Danbury, and Ne…
Hudson Valley Native Mary J. Blige Inducted In Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Hudson Valley Native Mary J. Blige Inducted In Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
Hudson Valley 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…
Football Player From NY Named Potential Suitor On New Season Of 'The Bachelorette' Football Player From NY Named Potential Suitor On New Season Of 'The Bachelorette'
Football Player From NY Named Potential Suitor On New Season Of 'The Bachelorette' Jenn Tran is officially the next "Bachelorette," and the names of the men who could be vying for her heart have already surfaced. Tran, age 26, made her Bachelor Nation debut on Joey Grazidei's season, and will be the first Asian-American Bachelorette in season history.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jenn (@jenntranx) Tran is a physician assistant based in Miami, and will soon be meeting the 28 men hoping for a shot at love. The new season will begin airing in July on ABC-TV. Among Tran's potential suitors is native New Y…
Guide Dog Graduation: Hudson Valley-Based Nonprofit Provides Pups To Homes Across US Guide Dog Graduation: Hudson Valley-Based Nonprofit Provides Pups To Homes Across US
Guide Dog Graduation: Hudson Valley-Based Nonprofit Provides Pups To Homes Across US A new class of guide dogs that graduated from a New York nonprofit organization – including one dog going to serve the organization’s CEO – demonstrates the group’s 60-year commitment to changing the lives of people with vision loss or blindness. On Friday, April 12, Guiding Eyes for the Blind held one of its biannual guide dog graduations, celebrating the hard work of volunteers and pups alike and officially transferring the furry friends’ care to their new owners. However, this graduation was a little different from others — one of the graduates was a yellow lab named “Ten,” who had tra…
CBS To Re-Air Billy Joel MSG Concert After Snafu Cut Off Final Minutes In Middle Of 'Piano Man' CBS To Re-Air Billy Joel MSG Concert After Snafu Cut Off Final Minutes In Middle Of 'Piano Man'
CBS To Re-Air Billy Joel MSG Concert After Snafu Cut Off Final Minutes In Middle Of 'Piano Man' After a programming error cut off the final two minutes of Billy Joel’s televised concert at Madison Square Garden, CBS announced it would re-air the show. “Billy Joel: The 100th — Live at Madison Square Garden,” which originally aired on Sunday, April 14, will now be rebroadcast on Friday night, April 19 due to a programming snafu that cut the program off early, according to a statement released by CBS. The show, which was recorded in March to celebrate Joel’s 100th consecutive performance at Madison Square Garden, was partway through the singer’s iconic “Piano Man” when the program abru…
Grave Affair: Inaugural Cemetery Cleanup Day Seeking NY Volunteers Grave Affair: Inaugural Cemetery Cleanup Day Seeking NY Volunteers
Grave Affair: Inaugural Cemetery Cleanup Day Seeking NY Volunteers If you enjoy a quiet working environment and don’t mind rubbing elbows with a few ghosts, this could be the opportunity for you. The New York State Department of State is looking for volunteers to take part in the first annual “Caring for Your Cemetery Day,” on Saturday, April 27. Organizers said the idea is to raise awareness of the hard work and dedication that goes into caring for and preserving cemeteries, especially heading into the spring season. The department is also hoping to gin up more interest in cemeteries among younger people and recruit future volunteers or even officers and…
Netflix Casting Suburban Mom-Type, Tall Man For NYC Documentary, Pays $3.3K Netflix Casting Suburban Mom-Type, Tall Man For NYC Documentary, Pays $3.3K
Netflix Casting Suburban Mom-Type, Tall Man For NYC Documentary, Pays $3.3K Netflix is seeking to fill two roles for an upcoming documentary. The popular streaming service is looking for a 20-something-year-old man who is more than 6 feet tall with brown hair, and a suburban New England-type woman in her 50s with dirty blonde or light brown hair. The documentary will shoot four days in New York City and one day in Cape Cod. The gig pays an estimated $3,300 for six days of work, according to the casting call. Click here to apply.
NY National Guardsman 'In Fight For His Life' After Surviving Helicopter Crash That Killed 3 NY National Guardsman 'In Fight For His Life' After Surviving Helicopter Crash That Killed 3
NY National Guardsman 'In Fight For His Life' After Surviving Helicopter Crash That Killed 3 To say that Jacob Pratt has a long road to recovery is an understatement. The New York National Guard soldier, a Rensselaer County native from the city of Rensselaer, remains in intensive care after being the sole survivor of a helicopter crash on the US-Mexico border that killed three others. According to the Joint Task Force North, Pratt was aboard a UH-72 Lakota chopper when it went down while flying near Rio Grande City, Texas on Friday, March 8. Earlier Report: NY National Guard Members Killed In Triple-Fatal Crash Return Home; Funerals Set The crash killed New York National G…
Eclipse Safety: Here's How To Properly Use Eye Protection, Hudson Valley Expert Says Eclipse Safety: Here's How To Properly Use Eye Protection, Hudson Valley Expert Says
Eclipse Safety: Here's How To Properly Use Eye Protection, Hudson Valley Expert Says As New York residents prepare to gaze up at the sky during the upcoming historic solar eclipse less than a week away, a Westchester County eye expert is giving tips on how to properly view the event while using protection.  Known as the "Great North American Eclipse," the astronomical event will cross the United States on Monday, April 8, and bring a partial eclipse to the Hudson Valley. According to experts, such a spectacle can be dangerous to view without eye protection because the sun continues to emit harmful ultraviolet rays, and gazing directly at it can cause severe damage to th…
New Apartments With Work-From-Home Amenities Coming To Hudson Valley New Apartments With Work-From-Home Amenities Coming To Hudson Valley
New Apartments With Work-From-Home Amenities Coming To Hudson Valley By this summer Hudson Valley residents looking for an apartment will have a chance to check out a new development customized for the work-at-home lifestyle. Located in Dutchess County in the town of Poughkeepsie 44 Springside, is the brainchild of Tinkelman Architecture to bring the latest in contemporary living with a five-story, mixed-use building. The building will have 28 apartments and include a top-floor community room, gym, event/workspace, and rooftop terrace as well as an indoor swimming pool on the ground floor. The company said the apartments offer expansive windows wood veneer …
This Village Named Best Place To Live In NY, New Rankings Say This Village Named Best Place To Live In NY, New Rankings Say
This Village Named Best Place To Live In NY, New Rankings Say Looking for a new place to live? This village is the best not only in Long Island's Nassau County but in the state of New York. According to Niche’s 2024 rankings, the Nassau County village of Great Neck Plaza took the No. 1 spot on the site’s “Best Places to Live in New York” list. It also tops the “Best Places to Live in Nassau County” rankings. For the most accurate ranking possible, Niche evaluates a variety of factors, including crime rates, cost of living, diversity, and more. Earning an overall grade of “A+,” Great Neck Plaza has top marks in public schools, health and fitness, o…
'We Want To Send Our Love': It's (Permanent) Closing Time For Hudson Valley Deli 'We Want To Send Our Love': It's (Permanent) Closing Time For Hudson Valley Deli
'We Want To Send Our Love': It's (Permanent) Closing Time For Hudson Valley Deli A favorite deli in the region is permanently closing after 10 years in business due to the high costs of everything from eggs to insurance. The owners of the popular Orange County restaurant, Wolfies of Warwick say Saturday, March 30 will be its last day. With tears, owner Sarah Carew said the rising costs are so prohibitive that the decision was made to close despite the many friends she has made, the love for her employees, and the smiles of the customers. "We just can't keep paying the high prices or pass along the increases to our customers any longer," Carew said.  The restauran…
Pair Of Hudson Valley Locales Among Best Places To Live In US, According To Brand-New Rankings Pair Of Hudson Valley Locales Among Best Places To Live In US, According To Brand-New Rankings
Pair Of Hudson Valley Locales Among Best Places To Live In US, According To Brand-New Rankings A pair of locales in the Hudson Valley are among the 300 best places to live in America, according to brand-new rankings. According to Niche, factors used in determining its rankings were: Public Schools Crime & Safety Housing Nightlife Good for Families Diversity The two communities selected from the Hudson Valley are both in Westchester County: Ardsley: No. 122: The village with a population around 5,000, "offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes," according to Niche, which also noted that "there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks," an…
Heavy Travel Expected For Upcoming Solar Eclipse: Here Are Tips For Smooth Trip Heavy Travel Expected For Upcoming Solar Eclipse: Here Are Tips For Smooth Trip
Heavy Travel Expected For Upcoming Solar Eclipse: Here Are Tips For Smooth Trip If you're making travel plans to view the upcoming total solar eclipse in the Northeast United States, you're certainly not alone.  The total solar eclipse, which will occur on Monday afternoon, April 8, will involve the moon passing between the sun and the Earth, completely blocking the sun and causing the sky to darken as if it were dawn or dusk.  Earlier Report - 'Most Visible Eclipse For US In 100 Years' Coming Soon: First Projected Cloud Cover Conditions Because the eclipse is predicted to be the longest and most visible in the US in 100 years, plenty of enthusiasts are…
Chuck Scarborough To Mark 50 Years With WNBC: 'Giant In American Journalism' Chuck Scarborough To Mark 50 Years With WNBC: 'Giant In American Journalism'
Chuck Scarborough To Mark 50 Years With Wnbc: 'Giant In American Journalism' To celebrate journalism legend and localresident Chuck Scarborough's 50th year with NBC 4 New York, the network will hold a week of tributes that will look back at memorable moments throughout his career.  To commemorate  the 80-year-old Scarborough's lengthy career, NBC 4 New York will hold a ceremony on Monday, March 25 at 10 a.m. during which the Empire State Building will be illuminated in the journalist's honor. Those who want to watch this special event can stream it live on the station's "NBC New York News" channel.  Additionally, at 4 p.m. on Monday, the network …
Where's Albert? 11-Foot Gator's Seizure From NY Home Sparks Backlash: 'Kind Of Messed Up' Where's Albert? 11-Foot Gator's Seizure From NY Home Sparks Backlash: 'Kind Of Messed Up'
Where's Albert? 11-Foot Gator's Seizure From NY Home Sparks Backlash: 'Kind Of Messed Up' Where is Albert the alligator? That’s what a New York man and his thousands of supporters are demanding to know after state wildlife officials seized his 11-foot, 750-pound gator from his home. Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officers showed up to Tony Cavallaro’s Erie County residence in the town Hamburg on Wednesday, March 13, after learning that he had built an addition to his home and installed an in-ground swimming pool to keep the gator. Officers accused Cavallaro of allowing members of the public, including children, to get into the water and pet Albert while the all…
Actresses Wanted For Movie Filming In Hudson Valley Actresses Wanted For Movie Filming In Hudson Valley
Actresses Wanted For Movie Filming In Hudson Valley Those looking for their chance to appear on the big screen may want to check out a casting call for a period movie about to start filming in Westchester.  An upcoming Warner Bros. feature film set in the 1930s is looking for background extras to portray Great Depression-era working women, according to a casting call posted on Backstage. The film, titled "Shotgun Wedding," is set to start filming in Yonkers on Friday, April 12.  Those interested in being extras in the film must be okay with adopting a period-appropriate haircut, have no allergies to wool, be fine with working…
First-Prize Take 5 Ticket Sold At ShopRite In Hudson Valley First-Prize Take 5 Ticket Sold At ShopRite In Hudson Valley
First-Prize Take 5 Ticket Sold At ShopRite In Hudson Valley One lucky shopper at a supermarket in Northern Westchester took home a first-prize-winning lottery ticket worth over $18,000, officials announced.  The top-prize-winning Take 5 ticket, worth $18,188.50, was bought in Bedford Hills for the midday drawing on Sunday, March 17, New York Lottery officials said. The ticket was bought at the ShopRite supermarket at 747 Bedford Rd. (Route 117), officials added.  The name of the lucky winner was not released. 
Globe-Trotting Record Seeker Makes NY Stop On Quest To Drive 75 Countries Globe-Trotting Record Seeker Makes NY Stop On Quest To Drive 75 Countries
Globe-Trotting Record Seeker Makes NY Stop On Quest To Drive 75 Countries What drive around the world would be complete without a stop in the Empire State? Sinan Mohammad agreed, making a pit stop on Long Island Wednesday, Feb. 28, during his ambitious quest to travel by car through 75 countries in hopes of setting a Guinness World Record. The 30-year-old Indian national began his arduous trek in Mangalore, India in March 2023, setting out solo in a custom painted Mahindra Scorpio SUV. He hopes to cover roughly 60,000 miles by August 2024. As of early March, he had already driven nearly 30,000 miles across three continents. Mohammad received a warm welcome from…
Taylor Swift's Relatives Include This Iconic Poet, Ancestry Reveals Taylor Swift's Relatives Include This Iconic Poet, Ancestry Reveals
Taylor Swift's Relatives Include This Iconic Poet, Ancestry Reveals From one “tortured poet” to another: the uber-famous Taylor Swift is related to another famous wordsmith, who happens to be from Massachusetts. Taylor Swift, the internationally-loved pop star who recently announced her upcoming album “The Tortured Poets Department,” was discovered to be related to iconic poet Emily Dickinson, NBC’s TODAY Show announced on Monday, March 4. According to Ancestry, who revealed the star-studded lineage to TODAY, Swift and Dickinson are both descendants of a 17th-century English immigrant, who was an early settler in Connecticut, in the Hartford County t…