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 is. For so many, the school budget vote seems a perplexing numbers game of ever-changing rates and percentages. Each of our villages has been prepping with meetings and crunching the digits – what will the money be allotted to, how much will be needed and more importantly, will the School Districts be able to stay under tax levy cap?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 praise. During 2017, Open Door will be expanding its reach by opening its first health center in Mamaroneck, launching new programs such as Open Door Baby Box for expecting moms, and moving into a brand new facility in Sleepy Hollow in the Fall.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, middle-schoolers are studying art and our elementary students are learning about literature and writing about what they love.
I’m a big fan of Gretchen Rubin’s book, “The Happiness Project,” and her follow-up book, “Happier at Home,” really speaks to me as a residential designer. In both books, the author emphasizes the importance of making time for, paying attention to, and appreciating the many life-enhancing moments we are blessed with everyday. Whether it’s enjoying the view during a pretty commute to work (something anyone on our train line can embrace), finding time to catch up with a good friend, or creating a well-organized, clutter-free desk at which to tackle our work each morning, Rubin espouses that most of us can create more joy in our lives by making relatively small tweaks as we go about our days.Read more...
On Thursday June 1st, J.P. Doyle’s will host a charity softball game at Devries Park in Sleepy Hollow. The National Anthem and intros will take place at 6:30pm, followed by the first pitch at 7:00pm. The event will feature celebrety co-hosts, and a special appearance by Sour Shoes, from the Howard Stern Show. Admission is $10, and $5 for students.
In Briarcliff...Q&A on Two Projects
RJ: What is the estimated time frame for the completion of work on the Pavilion building?We have a fixed date of May 17th with penalties thereafter. The Pool Pavilion complex is the heart of our summer recreation programs and activities, and the pool opens on Memorial Day as we complete our annual parade on-site.
Ossining Food Pantry Honored
Recently, members of the Ossining Lions Club, local public officials and members of the community gathered at Briar’s Restaurant to honor the Ossining Food Pantry volunteers with the Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award. This prestigious award is in recognition of the Food Pantry volunteers and their outstanding community service and dedication to others.
The Food Pantry also received community service commendations from: the New York State & Bermuda Lions Foundation; the Village of Ossining’s Mayor Victoria Gearity; the Town of Ossining’s Supervisor Dana Levenberg; Catherine Borgia of the Westchester County Board of Legislators; New York State Assembly member Sandra Galef; and New York State Senator David Carlucci.
Opinion Editorial: Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely
No Permit, No Inspection, No Approval, No Problem!
Let’s address a simple fact for any Sleepy Hollow resident who wants to put a tool shed in their backyard. Regardless of its size, color, or composition of environmentally sustainable materials, a permit is required. Yes, a permit from the Village of Sleepy Hollow. That only begins the process and many a resident can attest to a long and somewhat arduous process before that tool shed is home to tools.
Let’s address another simple fact. The Village of Sleepy Hollow, comprised of elected officials, put up a large metal Quonset structure at the western end of Elm Street and Andrews Lane. Was a permit issued? Was an inspection done? Was an approval given? Say “no” three times and you’ve answered correctly.