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  • Thirteen is a very lucky number indeed for The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. A bucket list happening for area residents since 2005, the pumpkin-powered spectacle at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson returns with even more jaw-dropping arrangements than ever before. Visitors now come from all 50 states to see this display of more than 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins, so be sure to book tickets early.

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  • The change of seasons provides the perfect opportunity to add a few autumnal touches to ensure our homes are ready for cooler temperatures, long evenings and weekends spent indoors, and our household’s latest needs.  While I always encourage people to create lasting spaces that reflect an individual’s tastes, rather than decorating around trends, it’s still important to take a little time to make seasonal updates – even if those “updates” simply mean rotating possessions one already has on hand. 

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  • River Journal had the opportunity to pose the following questions to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who is seeking a 3rd and final term in the upcoming November election. His insightful and candid responses follow.

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  • In planning for this issue, Publisher Robert Bonvento and I decided to get into the spirit of the season and write about what people like about being scared on purpose, such as we do on Halloween, on roller coasters, in fun houses, etc. I was going to write about the psychological reasons for controlled fright and the fun that people have in our community at this time of year, participating in the Haunted Hayride, hearing scary stories, and seeing the Headless Horseman come galloping across the field at a homecoming game. 

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This Fall... Think Pink

As we welcome in the fall season and its wonderful autumn colors,we are also reminded to “Think Pink.”  October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. As a survivor I can’t stress enough the importance of early detection. I attended the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk for the first time in 2015 as a cancer patient, and was stunned by this amazing event.

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Traffic Safety in Quantifiable Terms

Earlier this year, the Irvington Board of Trustees authorized the creation of a Traffic Safety Officer position within the Irvington Police Department.  In April 2017, Officer Pat Crisci was selected to fill this role.  The purpose of the Traffic Safety Officer is to focus time on enforcement of all types of traffic safety violations:

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In Tarrytown…Planning in a Comprehensive Way

For all residents and other interested readers, the Village of Tarrytown has embarked on looking into the Economy, Community, Culture & Education, Built Environment, Natural Environment & Open Space, Mobility, Sustainability & Resilency for the coming years.With the Village’s tarrytownconnected.com online program, residents are literally being asked to stand up and be counted with regards to what’s good about Tarrytown, what’s not so good, what new things would make it better, and how the Village can remain a village and not an extension of a New York City Borough.

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October 2017 Education Roundup

Schools are off to a running start – from first-day adventures and visits by thought-provoking authors, to talented students recognized and given opportunities to progress in the arts and academe, innovative administrators appointed and applauded and creative teachers saluted, it’s been a busy time, an energetic time, a hopeful, forward-looking time. To think it’s just October – imagine what the coming months will bring!

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Autumn is finally upon us, bringing a bounty of beautiful squashes, apples and other tasty seasonal products. While these products may be available at the supermarket year round they certainly do not taste as good as they do right now in their peak season.... Read more..

Enforcement and collection of taxes are but two of the responsibilities the Internal Revenue Service is charged with, and often the most daunting to taxpayers. While your tax audit risk may be low (0.70% of all individual returns filed in 2016 were selected... Read more..

You may have one or more qualified retirement plans, such as a 401(k) through an employer or an individual retirement account (IRA), but do you have a Plan B? While it’s not a savings or investment vehicle, a Plan B can help you make more confident... Read more..

The Masters School is an independent day and boarding school for grades 5–12 that empowers independent thinkers through active intellectual exploration. Located on 96 beautiful acres, the School embraces a diverse and vibrant convergence of ideas, cultures,... Read more..

I will start off by saying, actually exclaiming, that I, my family and the few friends I retain after 20 years in the newspaper business, relish going to the Castle in Tarrytown. I will add that, as with any great experience, like a good marriage or raising... Read more..

In planning for this issue, Publisher Robert Bonvento and I decided to get into the spirit of the season and write about what people like about being scared on purpose, such as we do on Halloween, on roller coasters, in fun houses, etc. I was going to... Read more..

River Journal had the opportunity to pose the following questions to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who is seeking a 3rd and final term in the upcoming November election. His insightful and candid responses follow. Read more..

The change of seasons provides the perfect opportunity to add a few autumnal touches to ensure our homes are ready for cooler temperatures, long evenings and weekends spent indoors, and our household’s latest needs.  While I always encourage people... Read more..

Thirteen is a very lucky number indeed for The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. A bucket list happening for area residents since 2005, the pumpkin-powered spectacle at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson returns with even more jaw-dropping arrangements... Read more..

County Executive Robert P. Astorino today congratulated dozens of employees with disabilities who have excelled in their jobs as well as the businesses that hired them during the National Disability Employment Awareness Month Breakfast. “It is always... Read more..

What do an MIT business professor, a college president, and the CEO of a social media giant have in common? They were all chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars. Senator Terrence Murphy has been selected by New York State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen... Read more..

Phelps Hospital is sponsoring a local collection effort to bring urgently needed supplies to the people of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Please join us! Read more..

In a matter of days, every community health center in the country faces a “funding cliff,” as the federal Community Health Centers Fund is set to expire on September 30, 2017. This fund currently accounts for 70% of federal support for community health... Read more..

The annual Halloween celebration will kick off Saturday, September 30 and run weekends and holidays through Sunday, October 29. A few highlights include: a Haunted Forest, Hayride, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Carving, Candy Trail, and Bootoberfest. Scheduled activities... Read more..

There was a time, not so long ago, when summer meant “play,” and fall signaled “study” – and if there had been emojis to illustrate the mood associated with each, the first would have been met with a smiley face, the latter with a sad or,... Read more..

Okay, so everyone speaks of a “bucket list” these days and we’re going to buck that mentality. No need to wait as summer wanes and fall awaits us. Take yourself, your mate, your friend or your significant other [I think that about covers all bases]... Read more..

As famous as the Rockefellers are for their philanthropy and conservation efforts, they are equally famous for the privacy they have maintained despite being one of the most prominent families in United States history. Now, for the very first time, we... Read more..

According to Al Florio at the New NY Bridge information center in Tarrytown, westbound traffic across the Hudson River will travel on the new bridge beginning at midnight Friday, and by 8 am Saturday morning,  8/26, four lanes will accommodate all westbound... Read more..

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino today vetoed a sanctuary county law passed last week by the Board of Legislators, saying in his veto message that the Act “endangers public safety, violates federal law, infringes upon long-established... Read more..

Summer is now in mid-swing as we are saying goodbye to the month of July and welcoming August. Many of you at this point have flipped your fair share of burgers, gotten plenty of sun at the beach, and have hopefully spent time with family and friends.... Read more..

There are vacations to every part of this special globe we inhabit. Near and far. Extravagantly costly and budget priced. Action packed and reflectively peaceful. You think it, chances are someone or many ones have done it. So, what’s new under the... Read more..

“The Legacy of Tomorrow Starts Today.” That was the theme of the annual gala of the Westchester Children’s Association (WCA), and supporters turned out in force to ensure that there will be funds to support that legacy. The children’s advocacy... 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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