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Somers Superintendent Moving To Nearby District Somers Superintendent Moving To Nearby District
Somers Superintendent Moving To Nearby District A Northern Westchester superintendent will soon transition to leading another nearby district in the county. In an announcement on Friday, June 14, the Katonah-Lewisboro School District revealed its next superintendent would be Raymond Blanch, who will be formally appointed in the role by the Board of Education on Thursday, June 20.  Blanch, who has served as superintendent of the Somers Central School District since July 2010, will officially begin in his new role on Monday, July 15.  Blanch's selection follows multiple rounds of interviews conducted by the school board in an ef…
Alert Issued For 19-Year-Old Missing Westchester Woman Alert Issued For 19-Year-Old Missing Westchester Woman
Alert Issued For 19-Year-Old Missing Westchester Woman Authorities are searching for a woman with autism who has been missing from Westchester for several days.  Michelle Higgs, age 19, was last seen on South Central Avenue in Hartsdale at around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, according to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.  Higgs, who has autism, was last seen wearing a burgundy sweater, a white t-shirt, blue jeans, and tan moccasins.  She is described as 5-foot-5 and 150 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.  According to authorities, Higgs is believed to be in the local area and is attracted to…
Stunner: Hillary Clinton Endorses Westchester's Latimer For Congress Stunner: Hillary Clinton Endorses Westchester's Latimer For Congress
Stunner: Hillary Clinton Endorses Westchester's Latimer For Congress In a stunning move, Westchester's Hillary Clinton has endorsed County Executive George Latimer for a hotly contested congressional seat. A former First Lady and Senator, Clinton, of Chappaqua, made the announcement on X on Wednesday, June 12. "With Trump on the ballot, we need strong, principled Democrats in Congress more than ever, Clinton wrote. "In Congress, @LatimerforNY will protect abortion rights, stand up to the NRA, and fight for President Biden’s agenda—just like he’s always done. Make a plan to vote by June 25th!" Latimer is facing off with current two-term Democrat R…
Public Servant Who Dedicated Life To Less Fortunate In Westchester Dies Public Servant Who Dedicated Life To Less Fortunate In Westchester Dies
Public Servant Who Dedicated Life To Less Fortunate In Westchester Dies A Westchester woman who spent decades working toward helping the less fortunate through various organizations and churches is being remembered for her effectiveness and big heart.  Lola Daniels Hunter of Elmsford died on Sunday, May 12, according to her obituary. Her age was not made public.  Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, Hunter eventually moved to Westchester, where she entrenched herself in her community through various committees and organizations. This included eight years as President of the White Plains Greenburgh Chapter of the NAACP; Board Membership in the Greenbur…
Update: Popular Eatery's New Location Now Open In Yorktown Update: Popular Eatery's New Location Now Open In Yorktown
Update: Popular Eatery's New Location Now Open In Yorktown A popular cookie company that specializes in ever-changing unique flavors has officially opened a new location in Northern Westchester. A new Crumbl Cookies location in Yorktown at the Staples Plaza at 3333 Crompond Rd. celebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 6. Earlier Report - Popular Eatery To Open New Location In Northern Westchester: Here's When The cookie shop, owned by brothers Justin and Scott Cinnamon, serves a rotating menu of gourmet cookies.  "We offer six gourmet desserts a week. We have a rotating menu of more than 300 flavors," expl…
Westchester Students Help Name Baby Falcons Born On Top Of New Tappan Zee Bridge Westchester Students Help Name Baby Falcons Born On Top Of New Tappan Zee Bridge
Westchester Students Help Name Baby Falcons Born On Top Of New Tappan Zee Bridge Thanks to elementary school students in Westchester and Rockland counties, several baby peregrine falcons born on top of the new Tappan Zee Bridge have been bestowed with creative names.  To name the falcons, which were born in late May on top of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, the New York State Thruway Authority and Veolia Water held a contest in which voters could decide between several names chosen by schoolchildren throughout the region. Nearly 200,000 votes later, the results are in — the four winning names are:  Beakoncé, which earned 26 percent of votes and was the idea of Ms…
Day Laborers Hold Protest At Home Depot In Westchester Day Laborers Hold Protest At Home Depot In Westchester
Day Laborers Hold Protest At Home Depot In Westchester Hundreds of people gathered outside a Home Depot store in Westchester to demand better treatment of day laborers seeking employment at the property. The protest occurred on Thursday, June 6 at the Home Depot location in New Rochelle at 55 Weyman Ave., where around 500 people gathered to support day laborers who look for employment at the store.  The gathering follows the store's banning of day laborers from its parking lot, in addition to the arrest of one laborer at the property, according to a report by ABC 7.  The outlet added that the store has since started patrolling its pa…
Harmful Invasive Insect Sightings Reported In This Westchester Village: Here's What To Do Harmful Invasive Insect Sightings Reported In This Westchester Village: Here's What To Do
Harmful Invasive Insect Sightings Reported In This Westchester Village: Here's What To Do Following several sightings of an invasive insect known to cause harm to local forests, agriculture, and tourism, village officials in Westchester are advising residents to manually remove them by any means necessary.  According to an announcement from Irvington village officials on Tuesday, June 4, numerous residents have reported sightings of the Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive insect from Asia known to negatively impact plant life in New York.  The insect feeds on many plant species, including grapevines, red and silver maple, walnut, sycamore, rose bushes, oak, birch, fruit tr…
Historic Westchester Home Once Owned By Esteemed Meteorologist Listed At $4.75M Historic Westchester Home Once Owned By Esteemed Meteorologist Listed At $4.75M
Historic Westchester Home Once Owned By Esteemed Meteorologist Listed At $4.75M A more than century-old Westchester home with panoramic river views has become one of the most expensive listings in the area's history.  The residence, located in Hastings-on-Hudson at 255 South Broadway, was built in 1902 and is now listed for $4.75 million, according to its Houlihan Lawrence listing.  The five-bed, three-bath home was once owned by Central Park Observatory’s founding meteorologist Daniel Draper, the namesake of nearby Draper Park who spent more than four decades as New York City's official meteorologist.  Rebuilt by local architect Stephen Tilly…
Popular Eatery To Open New Location In Yorktown: Here's When Popular Eatery To Open New Location In Yorktown: Here's When
Popular Eatery To Open New Location In Yorktown: Here's When If you've been craving sweets, mark your calendars: a popular cookie company known for unique flavors is opening another location in Northern Westchester.  New, updated report - Update: Popular Eatery's New Location Now Open In Northern Westchester Crumbl Cookies will hold a grand opening for a new location in Yorktown Heights at 3333 Crompond Rd. Suite 2A on Friday, June 7, the company announced on social media. The company's locations are known for serving six unique flavors of cookies that rotate every week. Some of the company's 275-plus specialty flavors include co…
Man Gets Years In Prison For Sexually Assaulting 2 Teenagers In Westchester Man Gets Years In Prison For Sexually Assaulting 2 Teenagers In Westchester
Man Gets Years In Prison For Sexually Assaulting 2 Teenagers In Westchester A 22-year-old man will spend more than a decade in prison for sexually assaulting two teenagers during separate incidents in Westchester, officials announced. Port Chester resident Richard Olmino was sentenced to 15 years in state prison for the two incidents, which both happened in Rye in June 2023, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office announced on Monday, June 3.  According to the DA's Office, the first incident Olmino was linked to occurred on June 23, 2023, around 12 a.m., when he asked for help from a 16-year-old jogger in Rye Town Park. Olmino then too…
Hospital Workers Sign Agreement, Avoid Strike In Westchester Hospital Workers Sign Agreement, Avoid Strike In Westchester
Hospital Workers Sign Agreement, Avoid Strike In Westchester Following week-long bargaining sessions, workers at a Westchester hospital have reached an agreement, avoiding a planned one-day strike.  Caregivers at Phelps Hospital, which Northwell Health owns, reached a tentative agreement with hospital leaders on Thursday morning, May 30, according to 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. As a result, a one-day strike planned for Friday, May 31 was avoided, union officials said. The tentative agreement includes:  Wage increases retroactive to April 2023; No-cost family health insurance; Secure pensions; Employer-paid childcare and educ…
Bridge Construction To Cause Multi-Week Lane Closures On Busy Route In Westchester Bridge Construction To Cause Multi-Week Lane Closures On Busy Route In Westchester
Bridge Construction To Cause Multi-Week Lane Closures On Busy Route In Westchester The construction of a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the New York Thruway is set to cause a series of lane reductions on a busy main route in Westchester for six weeks, officials said. The assembly of a new 270-foot-long pedestrian and bicycle bridge on Route 9 (South Broadway) over Interstate 87 in Tarrytown will begin on Wednesday, May 29, the New York State Thruway Authority announced.  The six-week project will require lane reductions to be implemented on Route 9 near Route 119 and Paulding Avenue. These traffic impacts will include: Beginning on May 29, two lanes in both…
Well-Liked Westchester Pizzeria Closes, Now Up For Sale Well-Liked Westchester Pizzeria Closes, Now Up For Sale
Well-Liked Westchester Pizzeria Closes, Now Up For Sale Much to the chagrin of those who frequented it, a well-praised pizzeria in Westchester has closed.  Pizza Domo, located in Hartsdale at 1 South Central Ave., closed its doors and put up a "for sale" sign as of Saturday, May 18.  The eatery had served a wide variety of pies with plenty of toppings, including buffalo chicken, meat lovers, and the "Gran Mama's" pizza with mozzarella, garlic, basil, and parmesan.  The pizza had been so well-received that the restaurant had collected plenty of five-star reviews on its Yelp page, including a write-up by Fran L. of Hartsdale writte…
These Westchester Beaches, Pools To Open: Here's When These Westchester Beaches, Pools To Open: Here's When
These Westchester Beaches, Pools To Open: Here's When As the temperatures get warmer, Westchester residents will soon be able to cool off at several county-owned beaches and pools that will soon open. Beginning on Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27, Croton Point Beach in Croton-on-Hudson and Glen Island Beach in New Rochelle will open on a pre-season basis, Westchester County Parks announced.  Following this, both beaches will open on weekends and holidays only until Sunday, June 23. Glen Island Beach will then open daily and Croton Point Beach will open Wednesday through Sundays beginning on Saturday, June 29 through Monday, Sept. 2…
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 Soon Make Debut At Farmer's Market: Here's When Westchester's First Mobile Adoption Unit To Soon Make Debut At Farmer's Market: Here's When
Westchester's First Mobile Adoption Unit To Soon Make Debut At Farmer's Market: Here's When 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 …