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  • As the season changes, days lengthen and the trees leaf out, this is an exciting time of year on campus.  Color and life “blossom,” the Spring term has started for our academic year students, graduations are on the horizon and we start planning for summer – our busiest time of year.

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  • The inner Village of Sleepy Hollow has had ongoing problems with illegal apartments, overcrowding to the point of some rooms being rented by the day and in blocks of hours –  then rented again, garbage spewing out of backyards, sewage leaking and general deplorable living conditions in buildings, several of which are on Cortlandt Street. Cortlandt Street has a rich history, and during the early 1900s received immigrants from Ireland, Poland, Italy and other European countries, who made their homes there and contributed with their cultural identities to making a vital inner Village.

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  • To anyone associated with the game of golf, or those who live in communities with private golf clubs, it’s safe to say they are aware of the sense of grandeur and opulence that exists on the impeccably landscaped grounds, with exquisite buildings and extensive amenities including restaurants, swimming, horseback riding, fitness centers and, of course, a golf course that speaks to the financial prowess of its members.

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  • A new black box performance space on the Ossining waterfront has expanded possibilities for the multicultural group of playwrights and thespians. In 2010, a group of around 15 local playwrights, actors and directors found themselves faced with a dilemma and a dream. They’d just experienced the latest in a series of dissolutions of local theater companies, yet they were steadfastly determined to continue their quest to create a different sort of theater company: one that would help develop and produce only new, never-before-seen plays written by local writers, performed by local actors and directed by local directors.

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13 Reasons Why: The Impact of a Netflix Series on Our Community

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it might be necessary to discuss a topic, a particular series that has been rocking the conversations of teens, parents and school staff alike in our communities.

In late March, the popular streaming service, Netflix, released “13 Reasons Why.” The series is about Hannah Baker, a high school junior who takes her own life.  It follows the events that begin two weeks after Hannah’s death, when young Clay Jenson, Hannah’s former crush, finds a box on his front porch, and inside, recordings by Hannah detailing the thirteen reasons why she took her own life and the people who inevitably drove her to that decision.

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Mental Health... Statistically Speaking

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly 20 percent of adults in the United States experience mental illness in a given year and approximately four percent experience serious mental illness that is severe enough to substantially interfere with or limit one or more major life activities.  More than 21 percent of teens experience a severe mental disorder at some point in their lives.  For the approximately 20 million adults in the US who have a substance use disorder, about half have a co-occurring mental illness.  Of all these people suffering emotionally, only about 40 percent generally receive mental health services, with people of color using mental health services far less frequently than their white counterparts, and with the least likely to seek help being Asian Americans.

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May 2017 Education Roundup

As our schools wrap up their end-of-the-year activities, parents and students come together to celebrate this school year’s great achievements and to showcase work done well. High Schoolers are winning awards for philanthropy and science. Younger children “danced it out” outdoors for physical education. Even our educators are being celebrated, as one of Irvington’s teachers has been given a Google Certification.

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Accomplished Ossining High School Senior Selected as National Merit Scholar

Ossining High School senior, Adriana Scanteianu, is in the first group of winners in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

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Interior Trends from High Point Market

This spring, I joined thousands of interior and furniture professionals in making the pilgrimage to North Carolina’s High Point Furniture Market – the world’s largest home furnishings trade show featuring just over 2000 vendors in over 10-million square feet of show space. To say you can’t quite see it all in four days is an understatement!   But I persevered to see as much as I possibly could, meeting up with vendors I’ve worked with for years, taking “Suites Spots” tours to learn about other designers’ favorite sources, and just wandering the vast halls and booths to discover new gems.   As different as each vendor may initially appear, there are definitely overriding trends that turned up in booth after booth.

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This is a challenging topic to discuss as it sparks a wide range of emotions in people, from fear to denial.  Though no one wants to think about eventually losing their ability to make decisions, cognitive decline is a risk that we should all be preparing... Read more..

If this new committee does not put the redesign of Route 9 and the need for alternatives to the personal vehicle at the top of its agenda, it is not seriously dealing with the fundamental roadblocks to a successful future for this historic village. Read more..

A 70-year-old fixture in Tarrytown’s fabric of “go to” taverns and restaurants, Demeter’s Sports Bar, will undergo a complete renovation beginning on May 20th. In speaking with owner Steve Demeter, it was apparent that his excitement will translate... Read more..

One year ago to the month, River Journal informed readers that the newly constructed swimming pool at the Tarrytown Recreation Center would miss a Memorial Day opening date. In fact, the pool missed the entire summer season of 2016. Well, that was then,... Read more..

As part of its ongoing pedestrian safety campaign, Traffic Calming Irvington is sponsoring its second annual public service announcement video contest. Students in the 6th to 12th grades are invited to create a short PSA video (60 seconds max) on “Crosswalk... Read more..

More and more people these days are making a switch to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, whether it’s for health reasons, preservation of our resources, or any number of other reasons. This dish is a great addition to anyone’s recipe repertoire…... Read more..

As the season changes, days lengthen and the trees leaf out, this is an exciting time of year on campus.  Color and life “blossom,” the Spring term has started for our academic year students, graduations are on the horizon and we start planning for... Read more..

The inner Village of Sleepy Hollow has had ongoing problems with illegal apartments, overcrowding to the point of some rooms being rented by the day and in blocks of hours –  then rented again, garbage spewing out of backyards, sewage leaking and general... Read more..

To anyone associated with the game of golf, or those who live in communities with private golf clubs, it’s safe to say they are aware of the sense of grandeur and opulence that exists on the impeccably landscaped grounds, with exquisite buildings and... Read more..

Public notice is hereby given that a permit has been filed with the Village of Tarrytown Building Department to demolish the existing single-family dwelling located on property at 112 Wilson Park Drive and identified on the Tax Map as Sheet 1.50, Block... Read more..

County Executive Robert P. Astorino has announced the first in the annual series of cultural heritage festivals in County parks with the 20th annual Asian-American Heritage Festival on Saturday, May 20, noon to 6 p.m., at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.... Read more..

Five U.S. Navy ships, four U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Yard Patrol boats (YPs), two U.S. Coast Guard cutters (USCGC), and one Royal Canadian Navy ship will participate during the 2017 Fleet Week New York (FWNY), May 24-30. It is anticipated that nearly... Read more..

John Henry Calvey, known to his many friends as Jack, died April 7, 2017 in Duxbury, VT at the age of 90 years. He was born October 15, 1926 in Millbrook, NY to James and Mary (Murphy) Calvey. He grew up in Astoria with his loving sisters, Maureen and... Read more..

The Briarcliff Manor Chamber of Commerce will be holding its 6th annual Chili Cook-Off on Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 5-7pm. The Chili Cook-Off is Briarcliff Manor’s nod to Cinco de Mayo. This family-friendly event, held outdoors at one of the loveliest... Read more..

Peter J. Gallagher, ChFC®, CLU®, CASL®, AIF®, a long-term resident and active community member of Briarcliff Manor, has established Unified Retirement Planning Group (URPG) in Briarcliff Manor. Unified Retirement Planning Group is an independent... Read more..

River Journal has known Therese Valvano for the past twenty years. We asked her a number questions about her successful work. RJ: You have been in the field of real estate in many aspects from an owner to a top-producing broker. What has kept you in... Read more..

Students, alumni and residents of Irvington, are you aware of what is happening in our School District regarding the new logo design? We believe that our School District identity is being compromised in an effort to create a new, more modern look. A group... Read more..

The Spring Issue article, “Charter vs. Public Education” has no real value to the readers of River Journal. Why? Because there are no Charter Schools in any of the River towns. Read more..

I recently read an article in your newspaper about declining volunteerism in local firehouses.  It is an eye-opening article, as many Rivertowns have volunteer departments and the residents rely on their volunteers to keep them safe. David Goldstein,... Read more..

Springtime means a lot of things for our beautiful Villages; spending time on the river, an overhaul of cleaning out old winter things, and just a few months away from summer vacation for our schools. To homeowners, May means voting time; May 16th, that... Read more..

As the debate over affordable healthcare continues in Washington, one local organization – Ossining-based Open Door Family Medical Centers – has pioneered a program of cost-effective care for underserved individuals and families that has earned bipartisan... Read more..

With the coming of warm air and clearer skies, our Rivertowns are looking picturesque. April boasts better weather, holidays and time off from school. But springtime means our students are still working hard. Seniors are getting ready to be college bound,... Read more..



The most beautiful month of the year is here. October’s got it all! – Spectacular colors, the smell of wood fires, pumpkins on doorsteps, flannel shirts, Halloween and so much more! I mean, really, does it get any better than that? The only negative... Read more..

Remember when summer really was all about those “lazy, hazy days?” Squeaky screen doors in wooden frames, big glasses of Kool-Aid and those crazy, uncomfortable, metal chairs that would burn your bare legs when you tried to sit on them in the summer... Read more..

Everyone ages at a different pace. Genetics play a huge role, of course, but so does attitude. The person with the upbeat, “can-do” attitude who has approached all aspects of their life with this outlook will obviously handle aging in the same manner.... Read more..

Working in the area of senior living and healthcare, my thoughts often turn to my own aging and how I will manage when I am less independent. Of course, there are no crystal balls to let us know exactly what is coming down the pike for each of us, or... Read more..

God knows it’s hard to eat right. It’s not that we don’t know how to or want to, it’s just sooo difficult. We grasp the importance of taking care of our bodies now so will be stronger and healthier as we begin to get older. Working in aging services,... Read more..



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