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  • I would like to start with this quotation from Dabiq -- the online publication of ISIS addressing the Christian world—which says: “We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the Permission of Allah...”

    This quotation defines the ambition of ISIS.

  • At some point in a homeowner’s life, there comes a time when they decide to open up their house to others.  It could be a party or event, but more often than not, it’s when they decide to sell their home.  It seems a simple enough process:  List the house for sale with an agent, spruce it up, have buyers come over, it sells, you move.  As my six-year-old would say, “easy-peesy lemon-squeezy.”

  • Window treatments are an essential element in any space.  Yet far too many people think of them as an unnecessary luxury:  an afterthought to be added to a room as pure ornamentation.  But when properly designed and installed, window treatments not only add beauty; they can solve any number of problems.

  • The 18th Annual Asian-American Heritage Festival, kicking off a series of cultural heritage festivals in county parks, will be held on Saturday, May 30, from noon to 6 p.m., at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.
    “The various cultural heritage festivals are among the most anticipated and popular summertime events in Westchester,” stated County Executive Rob Astorino.


Latest News

All Gave Some — Some Gave All

May is not just a time to celebrate Memorial Day in general, but it is also the anniversary of V-E Day, the celebration of the Allied victory that ended the fighting in Europe during World War II. This year marks 70 years since the end of that war, and it gets one thinking a bit about that “Greatest Generation” as it has come to be called. Since WW II ended 70 years ago, the vast majority of those who fought in it are gone. As of 2013 there were over 19 million veterans in the United States.

Read more: All Gave Some — Some Gave All


A Squeezing Sensation...2015-2016 Village Budgets

The fiscal year for our area villages begins on June 1, and the 2015-2016 village budgets  that were voted on and adopted in April are now preparing to guide the priorities and endeavors of Tarrytown, Briarcliff Manor, Sleepy Hollow, and Irvington for the next 12 months. The demand for greater municipal efficiency is a challenge this year, as is recognizing efficiencies as required by NY State’s property tax cap law.

Read more: A Squeezing Sensation...2015-2016 Village Budgets


Uplift on the Hudson

The New NY Bridge project continues its progress alongside the Tappan Zee. Recently, the I Lift NY super crane began its work with a successful first lift towards the end of April. As planned, one of the world’s largest floating cranes successfully completed the first of many enormous lifts for the New NY Bridge project. The operation took place over a three-and-a-half-hour period on the Hudson River between Westchester and Rockland counties.

Read more: Uplift on the Hudson


Phish collaborator creates music for LIGHTSCAPES

As befitting its name, the LIGHTSCAPES event taking place at Van Cortlandt Manor this May is an immersive experience featuring sculpture and lighting effects, but it also features music and sounds created by some big musical names.

Read more: Phish collaborator creates music for LIGHTSCAPES

Save the date, Monday, June 22, 2015, for the fourth annual EMCCC Golf Outing offered by the Board of Directors in support of the Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center. The event will again take place at the spectacular Salem Country Club located in North... Read more..

Get your facts here on what exactly Keratin is. Keratin is a Fibrous Structural Protein which is the main component in our hair. If you’re looking to have more shine, and want to treat your hair with a product that’s  age-defying, and you hate frizz,... Read more..

Let’s get the name out of the way right away. A craft beer sanctuary called “the Oath” is grounds for at least a two-beer discussion about what the name means. In this writer’s case I found out the answer by the end of one classic draft Belgian-style... Read more..

Travelers Rest, a Westchester landmark owned by the Langner Family since 1961, has unveiled their newest addition:  the Tap Room on the Terrace. Located in the center of stunning waterside gardens featuring mature perennials and breathtaking seasonal... Read more..

At some point in a homeowner’s life, there comes a time when they decide to open up their house to others.  It could be a party or event, but more often than not, it’s when they decide to sell their home.  It seems a simple enough process:  List... Read more..

Sleepy Hollow — Tax Reduction of 3.008%
The Village of Sleepy Hollow  is having a renaissance this year, thanks to the introduction of  Lighthouse Landing (formerly the GM property) to the tax rolls. “The Village’s financial outlook is... Read more..

Briarcliff Manor — 2.081% Tax Rate Increase
Being under the tax levy cap is nothing new for Briarcliff Manor, and once again, the Village accomplishes this feat, although by a hair. “We were below the tax levy cap by about $10,000,” says... Read more..

Irvington — 2.5 % Tax Rate Increase
There are no big surprises in Irvington’s 2015-2016  budget. “The tax rate increase is  2.5 %,” says Village Administrator Lawrence Schopfer. “That is compliant with the tax cap. It’s actually... Read more..

Tarrytown — 3.97% Tax Rate Increase
External forces on the 2015-  2016 Village budget have placed residents of Tarrytown in the  unenviable position of seeing  their taxes increase while the tax levy rate for the Village actually decreases.... Read more..

Technology Helps Patients Manage Chronic Conditions at Home

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the emphasis on healthcare in the U.S. has shifted towards the importance of preventive care as a way of improving the health of the... Read more..

A team from Ossining High School was Westchester’s highest scoring group at this year’s Hudson Valley Regional Envirothon, an annual environmentally themed academic competition for high school students organized by the region’s county Soil and Water... Read more..

Pack the big hats and the seersucker jackets, Westchester is headed to Kentucky. Upstart, a thoroughbred who was born and trains at Sunnyfield Farm in Bedford, drew the number 18 post as a mid-level favorite in America’s most famous horse race. “Westchester... Read more..

Bicycle Sundays Westchester County’s Bicycle Sundays program annually attracts 60,000 participants to use a 6.5-mile stretch of the historic Bronx River Parkway, which is closed to automobiles from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays in May, June and September (weather permitting)... Read more..

Gertrude Smith has lived in Sleepy Hollow for ten years, and one year ago she and two other women opened their housecleaning business with a simple and effective name – Cleaning Ladies. They specialize in residential homes, condominiums, co-ops and... Read more..

Tarrytown Floral Designs and their Occasion Designs Gift Shop will be holding an Open House, complete with refreshments and food, on Friday, May 1st from 7-10 pm.
Located at 7 South Broadway in Tarrytown (near the corner of Main Street) Tarrytown... Read more..

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino has announced that the county’s three public boat launch areas, located at George’s Island Park in Montrose, Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson and Glen Island Park in New Rochelle, are now open for... Read more..

Studies have shown, pretty consistently, that married men are happier than single men, but married women are less happy than single women.  I’ve also noticed in my practice and elsewhere that after divorce or widowhood men remarry more quickly while... Read more..

One of the most important jobs of being River Dad is living long enough to be around when my children (in the very distant future) start parenting children of their own, so that I can stand around and tell them how they’re doing it all wrong. Ensuring... Read more..

Curly hair gets cut and styled in an entirely different manner than straight hair. The key is to
“express never suppress” the curls.
Ouidad, a curl expert in the beauty industry, believes  that “Curls are bold, natural, vibrant and... Read more..

Broadway Dental Associates, at 7-11 South Broadway in White Plains, has opened a modern state-of-the-art dental office that’s hi-tech, warm and welcoming. They offer all phases of treatment and accept most insurances. Dr. Frank Bosco and Dr. Andrew... Read more..

Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty announced that Beth Hargraves, Maria Carlino and Bernadette Haley have joined the firm from Houlihan Lawrence, and will work together collectively as the HCH team. The agent team will be the first to operate... Read more..

The Scarborough Presbyterian Children’s Center, or SPCC as it is known, is located at 671 Scarborough Road. The preschool is housed next door to the Scarborough Presbyterian Church on Scarborough Road at Route 9 in Briarcliff.   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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