Talk with North Castle’s Conservation Board Chairman John Fava
“Water, in both quantity and quality, is the most important concern of the Conservation Board,” says John Fava, Conservation Board Chairman, “because 95% of the town is on drilled wells. Water protection is the main focus of the Board.” March 10, 2014 More
Who Were North Castle's Top Employers in 2010?
There were an estimated 5,600 North Castle employed residents out of the population of 10,849 in 2010 reported by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Census. In 2010, North Castle's top employers were: More
Byram Hills School District Budget Presentation
At the March 4 Board of Education (BOE) meeting, the 2014-15 proposed budget of $87,683,158 was presented. This preliminary budget is a 4.6 percent increase from last year’s approved budget of $83,812,094. This 4.6 percent is a year-to-year increase, not the tax rate increase. March 6, 2014 More
Prepare for International Travel at Globe Village Day
The Byram Hills PTSA presents Global Village Day on Saturday March 29 at Byram Hills High School from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Experience and learn about cultures from around the world. More March 5, 2014
Byram Hills Debate Team Wins Big At Westchester Classic
The Byram Hills High School Debate Team scored several impressive results at this weekend’s Westchester Classic Debate Tournament in Shrub Oak. More March 3, 2014
North Castle Police Officer Promoted to Detective
Police Chief Geoffrey Harisch recommended the promotion of Police Officer Thomas McCormack to Police Detective at the North Castle Town Board meeting. There are four detectives assigned to the Detective Division: one lieutenant, one sergeant and two police officers. More March 1, 2014
CJEG Presents an Alternative to Traditional Jewish Education
Armonk resident Steven Harrison was looking for something different from a traditional Hebrew-school experience for his younger son. His older son had attended Hebrew school at a traditional temple and had become a Bar-Mitzvah, but Steven felt a less traditional education made more sense now. More February 27, 2014
Basketball Camp for Future Bobcats
For aspiring Bobcats, former BHHS Basketball star Jeff Lynch, Coach Marshall Reiff and Coach Marty Durkin will be offering a basketball and fitness camp this summer. The camp, for kids ages 8 to 14, will be held mornings at St. Patrick’s Church in Armonk during the last two weeks in August. More February 27, 2014
Town Board Considers More Parking for Downtown Armonk
Anyone driving in downtown Armonk recently knows that parking spaces have become a commodity with the addition of Armonk Square’s stores, apartments and DeCicco’s Supermarket. Although it is inconvenient, a parking issue is a good problem because it means the commerce on Main Street is increasing. More
The Armonk Antiques Show -- An Answer to the Winter Blues
The North Castle Historical Society extends a warm invitation for a chilly winter weekend on February 28 and March 1 and 2. A decade’s long tradition, the Antiques Show reappears this year after a hiatus with fine antiques, art, and jewelry and some new features. The Show may be previewed Friday night at a gala Preview Cocktail Party and visited on Saturday, March 1 (10 am -7 pm) and Sunday, March 2 (11 am to 5 pm). More February 20, 2014
Fencing Academy of Westchester Women Foil Fencers Excel at 2014 JR Olympics in Portland, Oregon
The 2014 United States Junior Olympic Fencing Championships were held in Portland, Oregon from February 14 to February 18. The competition includes events for men and women in two age categories: More Feb. 19, 2014
Successful Bobcat Season Draws to an End
The 8th seeded Byram Hills boys basketball team met their match at the quarterfinal game against top-seeded Eastchester (18-2). The Bobcats season ended at 15-6 with a loss of 58-39. Byram Hills top scorer was Mike Giacomo with 16 points. Andrew Groll scored 10 points.
Fans thank you for a season of perseverance and dedication.
Eastchester, as they did last year, moves onto the Westchester County Center for the Class A semifinal game against No. 4 Harrison on Wednesday February 26 at 8:15 p.m.
Westchester DA Says Past Police Overtime Dispute Is An Administrative Issue, Not A Criminal Matter
At the February 13 North Castle Town Board meeting, Supervisor Michael Schiliro read a letter from Westchester’s District Attorney to a partner of Town Attorney Roland Baroni.
The February 6th letter involved a Notice of Claim filed by North Castle’s Police Chief, Geoffrey Harisch, on January 16, 2014 against Joan Goldberg, and also against the Town of North Castle and the North Castle Town Board. More February 15, 2014
Byram Hills Students Celebrate Valentine’s Day – and American Heart Month Students at Coman Hill Elementary School are learning that Valentine’s Day isn’t the only reason to celebrate the heart this month. February 13, 2014 More
Build Strength and Endurance with Low Impact Deep Water Running
Want to exercise? Need to do cardio but don’t feel like pounding the pavement? Want to strengthen your core but don’t like crunches? Try deep water running (DWR). More February 11, 2014
Parks and Recreation Board Hears From Public on the New Wampus Park South
North Castle’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board held a meeting on Tuesday, February 4 at the Hergenhan Center, to hear comments from the public on the planning of the new Wampus Brook Park South, located at the gateway to downtown Armonk, between Bedford Road and Route 22, along Maple Avenue. About three dozen people attended the meeting, including the advisory board, Director of Planning Adam Kaufman, Recreation Supervisor Matt Trainor, Town Councilman Steve D'Angelo, and Town Administrator Joan Goldberg. More February 5, 2014
Help with Healthcare
It seems that almost everyone is dissatisfied with the healthcare industry and the process of finding the perfect plan.
Under Obamacare, the insurance plans in the market place are offered by private companies and they all cover the same essential health benefits. More February 5, 2014
Byram Hills Track Team Strikes Gold
At the Westchester County Championship meet, held at the 168th Street Armory on February 1, two new Byram Hills school records were established. Taylor Davis went 8’ 09” in the pole vault, winning the Gold Medal. Feb. 2, 2014 More
Students Exhibit a Multitude of Visual and Acoustic Interpretations at the Byram Hills Winter Art Show
Students from HC Crittenden Middle School and Byram Hills High School are enrolled in a plethora of art and music classes that explore many forms of creative study: painting; drawing; ceramics; photography; and digital designs; while many other students express their creativity through their involvement in band, orchestra and chorus. More January 31, 2014
Conductor Keeps the Trains on the Tracks
Ralph spends a lot of time at home now with his wife, Ann, of 64 years. Much of that time is spent working on model railroads that he began collecting seriously in 2005. It started 40 years ago in the lower level of his house, with a train set with his five kids, on the pool table. More January 28, 2014
Former Comptroller Files a Notice of Claim For Discrimination by Administrator
On January 27, 2014, the former North Castle Town Comptroller, Faith Berland, filed a Notice of Claim against the North Castle Town Administrator, Joan Cavorti Goldberg, the Town of North Castle, and the North Castle Town Board.
The claim alleges that Goldberg repeatedly engaged in bullying, torment and discrimination based on gender and on Berland's pregnancy. More January 27, 2014
Keeping Bodies in Motion at Ogren Physical Therapy
Step into the reception area at the newly opened Ogren Physical Therapy and you will feel the energy and understand why owner Scott Ogren is dedicated to “Keeping Bodies in Motion.” Ogren is a licensed physical therapist and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. More January 27, 2014
Park Development, Sidewalk Improvement and More on Armonk's Bedford Road
At its January 22, 2014 meeting, the Town Board gave approval to get bids to complete the sidewalks on Bedford Road in front of Elide Plaza, and in front of the Wampus Brook Park South. In the 1990s, funding from the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) was designated to improve sidewalks on Main Street. January 24, 2014 More
North Castle Town Board Appoints José Berra to Fill the Fifth Town Board Seat
Supervisor Mike Schiliro's seat was vacated after he was elected and sworn in as North Castle Town Supervisor at the beginning of the year. The Town Board considered several candidates to fill the vacant Town Board position. The appointment of Jose Berra to the position was confirmed in the executive session and unanimously voted upon at the Town Board meeting on January 22, 2014. More
Antique Show To Arrive in Armonk
The North Castle Historical Society and Barn Star Productions have been working tirelessly toward producing one of the finest antiques, art and jewelry shows Westchester County has seen in recent memory with an exhibitor list and diversity sure to impress. More January 22, 2014
Byram Hills Varsity cheerleaders took second place at Hudson Valley Cheerleading Competition at Croton Harmon High School on Saturday. Go Bobcats! January 21, 2014
Claim Filed Against the Town of North Castle and Administrator is Referred to Westchester District Attorney's Office
North Castle's Chief of Police Geoffrey Harisch filed a 17-page Notice of Claim with the Town Clerk's office on January 16, 2014. The claim is against Joan Goldberg, the Town of North Castle and the North Castle Town Board. January 17, 2014 More
Kerry Kennedy Trial Moved to White Plains Courtroom From North Castle
After an initial incident occurring in the town eighteen months ago, the District Administrative Judge Alan D. Scheinkman has ordered that the small courtroom in North Castle is insufficient to handle the misdemeanor trial case of People v Kerry Kennedy, granting the Defense’s application of November 22, 2013, to relocate the trial. More January 15, 2014
An Evening With Yankee Skipper Joe Girardi
With almost a month before pitchers and catchers report to their spring training facilities, New York Yankees’ Manager Joe Girardi visited The Harvey School in Katonah on Sunday evening to share his experiences, both as a player and manager in Major League Baseball. Fans were treated to an intimate q & a session moderated by NBC’s Jimmy Roberts, in which they listened to stories about the manager’s personal life, encounters with Yankee greats, and his plans for the 2014 season. More January 14, 2014
Town Administrator Re-Appointed by New Town Board
January 10, 2014 North Castle's Town Board unanimously re-appointed Town Administrator Joan Goldberg 20 days after the prior Town Board fired her. Supervisor Michael Schiliro read a prepared statement at the January 8, 2014 Town Board meeting of the results of private investigations of allegations of harassment and racial discrimination against the Town Board and Town Administrator Joan Goldberg. The findings showed "no evidence of any unlawful or actionable conduct by the Town Administrator. Accordingly, we will now entertain a motion to reconsider re-employment of Joan Goldberg upon the same terms and conditions as her previous contract." More
North Castle Comptroller Faith Berland Resigns
Upon her return from holiday vacation, North Castle Comptroller Faith Berland submitted her resignation. In a letter addressed to the Town Board, dated January 6, 2014, Ms. Berland said, "I cannot in good conscience work in the Schiliro administration due to the lack of conviction, integrity and decency of Supervisor Michael Schiliro and Councilman Steven D'Angelo."
D'Angelo responded, "I'm in a business for 30 years where integrity is paramount. Anyone who knows me well knows that this (Ms. Berland's) is not a true statement." More January 8, 2014
Questions about Health Care Coverage? Check Out the Library
For one-on-one help regarding various options for coverage in the healthcare market, residents can schedule appointments with a New York State-certified health navigator. Appointments are held at the Armonk branch of the North Castle Library on Mondays between 10 am and 1 pm, and at the North White Plains branch on Mondays between 2:30 pm and 6 pm. Janaury 6, 2014 More
On a chilly night, the newly elected North Castle Town Board officials received a warm welcome at the swearing-in ceremony held at the Hergenhan Recreation Center. January 3, 2013.Watch the ceremony here.
Tips For Safer Shoveling
With winter arriving and the colder weather bringing in the snow, it is always important to be safe when going out to shovel the snow. These are some tips from Access Physical Therapy to keep in mind when going out in the cold to clear off your driveway: December 29, 2013 More
Operation Support Our Troops Sends Boxes of Holiday Cheer to Service Men and Women Overseas
Stuffed with M&Ms; hand warmers; warm socks; DVDs; new magazines and razors; and much more, Christmas stockings are heading overseas to our military troops in time for the holidays once again. Thanks go to Judi Hefferon and Peg Lee, who have coordinated this yearly event for over ten years now. With the help of dozens of donations and money, 25 boxes filled with over 150 Christmas stockings will be shipped to our troops.
“Dear Hero or Soldier” stickers are attached to the packages, and many of the recipients write thank-you notes expressing how appreciative they are to receive the holiday cheer from home. It's the least we can do for our deployed armed forces who will not be home for the holidays, says Hefferon.
Thank you to the neighbors that donate Christmas stockings and to the group of women who coordinate this important drive. They will continue to send holiday packages until all of our troops are home. December 24, 2013
Brynwood Development - Two Windmill Groups, Two Points of View
Soon after the December 18 letter from the Windmill Water & Wall Committee (WWWC) arrived, a response from Residents of Windmill, Inc. (ROWI) president Jan Bernstein was emailed to Windmill residents. December 22, 2013 More
Windmill Residents Surveyed on Brynwood Options
Some Windmill residents received a second survey from the Windmill Water & Wall Committee (WWWC). WWWC is a new group formed by some Windmill residents whose expressed goal is to gather the facts and present all sides of the Brynwood issue with an independent and neutral point of view.
The WWWC survey options are: More December 19, 2013
Construction Underway, but Armonk CVS Opening Date Not Yet Confirmed
Construction has begun to retrofit the former A&P building and parking area to house the new CVS Pharmacy. According to A.J. Barbera, managing developer of G.B. North East 2 LLC., the company overseeing the new store development for CVS, obtaining all the final conditions of the North Castle building permit took some time, but is now complete. December 20, 2013 More
Local Dog's Adoption Helps Others
In September of 2012, Armonk resident John Iannuzzi pulled an old broken and dying dog off of death row at Animal Care & Control of New York City. Iannuzzi was touring the animal shelter, along with his friend, John Tortorella, then the Head Coach of the New York Rangers hockey team, when one of the dogs made eye contact with Iannuzzi. More December 18, 2013
North Castle Highway Department Offers Some Suggestions for Winter Safety
Only emergency vehicles should be traveling on the roads during hazardous winter weather conditions. But if you must travel, please use caution. The North Castle Highway Department has posted the following winter safety suggestions on the Town's website.
"Slow down and brake slowly, allowing plenty of room between you and the vehicle ahead of you." More December 17, 2013
North Castle's Middle Patent Church Holds Yearly Advent Service
The Advent service celebrated at the Middle Patent United Methodist Church on December 8 of this year may have been much like the one in 1848, when neighbors and friends of the community gathered in the front of the small church at the corner of Bedford Banksville and Middle Patent Roads. More December 14, 2013
Police Department Offers Burglary Prevention Tips
Useful advice is given by the North Castle Police Department of how to protect your home, keep it safe and secure. Windows, doors, lighting and general tips are areas of your home that can be made safer. Read the prevention tips here:
Supervisor Arden Bids Farewell
As his only term comes to an end on December 31, 2013, Supervisor Howard Arden closed the last Town Board meeting of that term on December 11, 2103 with the following statement: More December 12, 2013
Long-time North Castle Employee Wants to Set Record Straight
A full-time employee for North Castle's Building Department for 33 years, Linda DiFiore retired on August 2011, receiving customary retirement benefits from the Town and the New York State Retirement System. For the 25 years preceding her retirement, she served as the Senior Office Assistant. She also served as secretary for the Architectural Review Board (ARB) and Zoning Boards for Appeals (ZBA). December 11, 2013 More
Cherylyn Salon Holds its 17th Annual Children's’ Cancer Foundation Fundraiser
"The children who have cancer are the strong ones," says Cheryl. “The stress that the treatment brings to a family is challenging for both the parents and siblings. Many parents must ask themselves, 'Do I go to work or possibly spend the last days with my child?” said Kathy, the mom of a young man who is a seven-year survivor of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and spoke at the event. December 9, 2013 More
Festive Frosty Weekend in Armonk
December 2, 2013 In the Village Square, on a cold, sunny afternoon that continued into the evening, Frosty the Snowman came alive. The children laughed, sang, paraded, and even had a snowball fight in the winter wonderland in front of Hickory & Tweed on Main Street. It felt as though the lyrics from the song that had been written by Steven Nelson 50 years ago in his home town of Armonk truly came alive. More
Con Edison Offers More Reliable Power in Exchange for Permission to Cut Down Trees
North Castle Town Board held a work session on November 14, 2013 when Con Edison representatives attended the meeting to inform residents of the progress to improve power service by cutting down trees, extensive tree pruning, adding switches, new power lines and new polls in Armonk neighborhoods. Con Edison is reenforcing the power lines of the Armonk Loop that serves about 1,000 customers on three and a half miles of electrical power lines that starts on School Street, up to Cox Avenue, to Route 22, north on Route 22, to Banksville Road, to Long Pond Road and ends at Windmill Road. More
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Wave of Legal Actions Create Hurdles for North Castle
A wave of legal claims continues to haunt the Town of North Castle. There are two discrimination cases against North Castle, the Town Board and Administrator Joan Goldberg filed with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The latest discrimination claim was filed with EEOC on March 4 by Faith Berland. March 9, 2014 More
It Takes a Village to Put on An Antique Show
Accolades to the North Castle Historical Society that sponsored the Armonk Antiques Show and the Preview Party on February 28, March 1 and 2 at the Brynwood Golf and Country Club in Armonk. The club’s banquet room was transformed into a country manor with 31 antique dealers reflecting all types of interest from collectors. More March 6, 2014
New Armonk Eagle is Nearing Completion
For nearly four decades, residents and visitors to the Hamlet of Armonk have been greeted by an iconic wooden 40-foot long eagle that was erected on Route 22 to commemorate the nation's Bicentennial. More February 27, 2014
Waste Free Wednesdays at Wampus School
In 2008 the Westchester County Board of Legislators passed a law mandating collection of plastic bags at stores using them. Customers were to return bags for reuse. However, recycling never happened. More February 25, 2014
Teachers-to-Tutors Offers Prep Classes for BHHS Students in Armonk
Gina Curran, owner of Teachers-to-Tutors, is a former Byram Hills High School teacher in Regents Earth Science and Honors Biology. Curran started Teachers-to-tutors in 2004 after her first daughter was born. She earned her graduate degrees at SUNY Potsdam’s School of Education and Long Island University’s School Administrator and Leadership Program, and she has permanent NYS teaching certification in biology, chemistry and general sciences for grades 7-12. More
People are driving through the promenade of Armonk Square. This area was designed for pedestrian traffic and emergency use only.
Tradition in Armonk Youth Wrestling
The toughest thing in the world is to tell your six year old son that it is okay to put a chokehold around another kid, says John Fortugno. Fortungo is a coach with the Armonk Youth Wrestling (AYW) program that is open to kids from grades 3rd through 8th. More February 22, 2014
Armonk Artist Rosaline Oesterle Won First Place in Rowayton Exhibit
High-quality works by some of the region’s finest artists are on view through February 22 during “Inspiration,” a juried all-media exhibition at the Rowayton Arts Center. The juror was painter-printmaker Claudia Mengel, More February 14, 2014
Bobcats Score Big on the Ice
The Byram Hills Varsity Hockey team won their second annual Pink the Rink game 3-0 against their neighborhood rivals, Fox Lane, while raising $1600 for the American Cancer Society. In addition to taking home the trophy, the Bobcats' win also secured their spot in the sectional playoffs. February 13, 2014
Recipe of the Month White Bean & Kale Soup Hearty, nourishing, warming, and delicious, especially for the cold winter months. From Blum Kitchen February 11, 2014 More
It's the Perfect Time to Take a Hike--With Your Snowshoes
All the snow on the ground and the Winter Olympics on TV make it the perfect time to strap on the snowshoes and hike around the hood. More February 9, 2014
The cast of “The Little Mermaid” is prepared for the opening night of the HC Crittenden's production that runs thru Saturday.
European Elegance Meets Manhattan Chic at Eiluj Beauty Lounge
Sometimes you just have a good feeling about a place. And when you visit newly opened Eiluj Beauty Lounge, you experience that positive vibe. Owner Julie Cuomo pays attention to every detail of her luxury-beauty products’ shop and spa. More February 5, 2014
Have You Seen This Sticker?
If you ordered pizza from Amore Pizzeria in Armonk, New York, over Super Bowl weekend odds are that you have. Four hundred pizza boxes with this sticker went out over Super Bowl weekend in an effort to raise awareness about underage drinking in Westchester County. More Feb. 2, 2014
A.G. Williams Named Finalist for Family-Owned Business Award
A.G. Williams Painting Company, a third-generation, family-owned and-operated residential and commercial painting firm servicing the tri-state area since 1906, was named by the Westchester County Business Journal as a finalist for its first annual Family-Owned Business Award. January 31, 2014 More
Preschool Community Gathers at Winter Family Fest
Hundreds of families who attended the Byram Hills Preschool Winter Family Festival at the Coman Hill Elementary School received a warm welcome on a chilly afternoon. On Sunday January 26, neighbors, friends and families gathered for indoor fun, enjoying the bouncy houses; arts and crafts; face painting; magic show entertainment; dance performances; and live music. More January 27, 2014
Byram Track & Field Team Breaks School Record
January 25, 2014
At 7:00 a.m. this morning, the Byram Hills Track & Field team left for the New Balance Games to compete at the Armory on 168th Street. Coach Greg Govan says he had no idea the team could even come close to breaking a school record. "Several of the girls did things they had never been close to doing before." The team of Carly Schwartz (9.2), Maddy Weiland (10.4), Sophie Karp (10.8) and Emily Sherman (10.4) combined to post a time of 40.80 in the 4 x 55 meter shuttle hurdle relay. The old mark, of 41.19, was established earlier this season.
“Titanic” sails into Westchester Broadway Theatre
The 1997 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, “Titanic,” is being launched again in a new, intimate production and has docked at Westchester Broadway Theatre direct from rave reviews in London. It is scheduled to run until Feb. 23, then steams toward Toronto before a Broadway berth. January 24, 2014 More
Town Board Announcements January 22, 2014
The North Castle Supervisor's office is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition, Supervisor Mike Schiliro will be holding office hours on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon. For Saturday appointments, please call Mindy Berard at the Supervisor’s office at 273-3001. Prior to working as Schiliro’s confidential secretary, More January 23, 2014
Grand Prix New York Appoints Special Events Director
Grand Prix New York, the area’s leading indoor entertainment, proudly announces the appointment of Armonk resident Emily Schmalholz as Director of Special Events.
Emily has been a New York based Event Planner for close to a decade, helping to launch Life of the Party Productions, a boutique event planning firm, in 2005, producing hundreds of successful events for clients throughout the tri-state area. More January 21, 2014 More
Fired and Rehired, Town Administrator Joan Goldberg Says It's Great to Be Back
Fired on December 20, 2013, and back to work on January 13, 2014, Ms. Goldberg was inactive in her position as town administrator for three weeks. But given that her intentions were to take two weeks for vacation, "which was not a lot of fun,” she only missed one week of work.
Everyone is buzzing about “trends” this time of the year, so here are some ways to freshen up your home for 2014.
Black and white interiors have been influenced by the huge amount of black and white on fall runways, and while black and white is classic and in some ways perennial, it feels fresh right now when used in bold patterns. Look for stripes and modern geometrics as opposed to French toile. More January 14, 2014
Byram Hills High School Has Most Intel Semifinalists in Westchester
January 9, 2014 Eight Byram Hills High School students have been named semifinalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search – the most of any school district in Westchester County.
Samuel Cawkwell, Jonathan Giardina, Andrei Isichenko, Jessica Occhiogrosso, Matthew Percello, Amanda Tantleff, Helena Zhang and Brian Zimmerman are all enrolled in the high school’s highly regarded Dr. Robert Pavlica Authentic Science Research Program. More
Second North Castle House Fire in a Week Displaces Family
Just before noon on Friday, January 3, the Armonk Fire Department received a 911 call for a house fire at 21 Faraway Road. The snow had stopped a few hours earlier, but the wind was blowing and the fire quickly spread through the roof and engulfed the one-story house. January 4, 2014 More
White Plains Resident Job-Seeker Files Discrimination Complaint Against North Castle
Conroy Hucey, of White Plains, filed a racial discrimination complaint with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and New York State Division of Human Rights against the Town of North Castle on December 24, 2013. The alleged discrimination took place in April 2013 when Mr. Hucey applied for a part-time, seasonal position with North Castle's Parks Department. More December 30, 2013
Town Administrator, Joan Goldberg, Terminated By Outgoing Board
North Castle’s first Town Administrator was fired by the outgoing Town Board at the December 20 Special Town meeting. Joan Goldberg, handpicked by Supervisor Arden in August 2012 at a salary of $135,000 per year, was terminated “without cause” by majority vote of Arden and Town Councilmen Diane Roth and John Cronin. Councilman and Supervisor-elect Michael Schiliro, along with Councilman Steve D’Angelo, opposed firing Goldberg. The action followed an executive session held by the group for over an hour prior to the Special Meeting. Two North Castle police officers stood on watch to escort Goldberg from the meeting after residents lined up to thank her for her service. More December 24, 2013
"As the winter continues to drop more snow on area ski slopes, many skiers will be heading north to hit the mountains. Hopefully, if you’re planning to go skiing or snowboarding, you’ve been preparing your body for the demands required to ski or ride safely," says Scott Ogren, former US Freestyle Ski Team member and founder of Ogren Physical Therapy. More December 17, 2013
North Castle 2014 Town Budget Adopted with a 1.02% Tax Increase
North Castle Town Board passed a 2014 budget of $29,529,956. The 2014 real property tax rates are determined by the total Town property taxes divided by the total assessed valuation which equals the real property tax rate of $157.93. This marks an increase of 1.02 percent in taxes over the $156.33 tax rate in 2013. Town Administrator Joan Goldberg stated that the North Castle median home, valued at $862,000, will see a $30 annual increase of general taxes. More Updated December 14, 2013
Enjoy Winter Sports at Westchester County Parks
With the arrival of cold winter weather, Westchester residents can look forward to ice skating, cross country skiing and sledding at many county park locations. More
Kids Play Tennis and Soccer to Raise Funds for Alzheimer's
Fourth-grader Ross Eagle knows that Alzheimer's is an eventually fatal disease, but he knew very little about the disease, in general, before attending Byram Hills High School’s first fundraiser for Alzheimer's at the Armonk Indoor Sports Center. Saturday night's special event was a collaborative effort organized by Byram Hills senior Max Levy, Armonk Indoor Club Director Lisa Bastardi, and Tim Shea, owner of Armonk Tennis and Byram Hills Varsity Tennis coach. December 9, 2013 More
Preparing For Cold & Flu Season
The winter is the time when most of us are concerned about catching the flu, or the cold virus from a family member or friend, or getting something from one of our kids. We are all inside, sneezing and having more contact than perhaps usual. The best strategy for preventing illness during cold and flu season is More from Susan Blum December 7, 2013
Byram Hills Class of 2015 Enters the College Admission Starting Gate
The Guidance Counselors of Byram Hills High School call it “College Planning Night”, and, indeed, the packed auditorium at Byram Hills High School at 7:00 p.m. on December 3, 2013 was the official “kickoff” for the parents of members of the BHHS Class of 2015 of an 18-month process that will culminate in their children going to college. December 5, 2013 More
Gas Leak Closes Main Street in Armonk
The North Castle Police Department received a phone call at 1:49 p.m. today, reporting a strong odor of gas on Main Street. A gas line had broken on the west side of Main Street, as a result of excavation work.
Labriola Construction Company, located in Armonk, was removing the sidewalk curb and replacing the curb and pavers with a handicap access at the newly relocated pedestrian walkway; the walkway is now located in front of Armonk Square’s promenade. More December 2, 2013
Construction and Mishap at CVS Pharmacy
There has been some construction activity in the parking lot of the future home of Armonk's CVS Pharmacy. Last week, construction vehicles arrived and began work on the parking lot. The entrance to the Armonk Shopping Center off Maple Avenue has been closed. There was an accident, as reported in this week's police blotter, when a trailer broke loose from a landscaping truck and rolled into the front window of the former A&P Supermarket. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported.
There should a period of about six or seven months of building before the CVS Pharamcy opens in the spring, says Supervisor Howard Arden.
BeWies Holistic Market Opens in Moderne Barn Plaza
Searching for locally sourced, natural and organic foods, juices and skin care products, or the best-tasting, fair-trade and organic coffees and teas? Well look no further. BeWies Holistic Market offers a complete selection of these products right in Armonk.
New to Moderne Barn Plaza, BeWies owners and Armonk residents Amy Berman and Julie Wiesen are welcoming community members to browse, sample some products and get information about the healthy choices they currently make or would like to make. November 7, 2013 More
Election Day in North Castle Brings Big Changes
On November 5, 2013, Election Day brought some dramatic results to the Town of North Castle. Perhaps the outcome was in part thanks to the accomplishments and influence of the late Becky Kittredge and the late Millie Wago. November 6, 2013 More
Byram Hills Graduate Looks for Support of Independent Film Feature
Vincent Morrone graduated from Columbia University's Masters in Fine Arts film program and is working on his first independent feature film, titled, At Night All Birds Are Black. Vincent is part of a team who is raising money to produce the film. "The independent film world continues to be successful because of the community support it receives," says Morrone. As an Armonk resident, Morrone is reaching out to the North Castle community for support. More November 4, 2013
Armonk Square Works on the Finishing Touches
Co-developer Dom Dioguardi walked with us through Armonk Square where a mix of retail and residential buildings are opening. Dioguardi invited us to visit a few retails stores and a second-floor apartment via video.
Everyone in town is anticipating the day when Armonk Square integrates with Main Street and becomes a meeting place in the heart of our community. "We want to draw people in," says Dioguardi, "and keep them here with a combination of service, retail and food."
During the development stage, the partners stood on Main Street with their families, looked into the empty lot and envisioned kids running through the square.
On a crisp and sunny Sunday afternoon in autumn, in the bucolic setting of Winkler Park, we learned about the history of the property that was donated to the Town and became Winkler Park in the mid 1970's.
The property had been used for recreation purposes by the Winkler family for decades. From riding snow mobiles to fishing, once again, thanks to Supervisor Howard Arden, Town Board member John Cronin, the North Castle Recreation Advisory Board, and the North Castle Parks and Recreation Department, neighborhood residents and families can use the park again. Watch a video of the reopening ceremony here. October 1, 2013 Comments
Winter Preparation & Damage Prevention Checklist
With the leaves still changing amidst a crisp fall breeze, it's easy to dismiss the prospect of being affected by winter weather. But make no mistake: once the seasons change, each of us is as vulnerable as the next. Being a mindful and caring homeowner - and taking steps to prepare for severe winter weather before it happens - can help reduce your exposure to weather-related events and minimize possible damage to your home. September 29, 2103 More
Armonk Today Interviews Dr. H. Evan Powderly
Dr. H. Evan Powderly, principal of H.C. Crittenden (Byram Hills Middle School), gave an exclusive interview with AllAboutArmonk.com's Armonk Today.
"I like Armonk, I like Byram Hills; nurturing the middle school child gives me great joy." He is most proud of his faculty, whom he depends on for passion and knowledge. Watch the video as Dr. Powderly talks about today's technology.
North Castle Honors Those Fallen at 9/11 Memorial Service
In honor of the victims of 9/11, dozens of people attended the Town of North Castle's September 11 memorial service in Wampus Brook Park. Watch the Video here
North Castle Names New Police Chief
Geoffrey Harisch, a 26-year veteran of the North Castle Police force, has been appointed North Castle’s Chief of Police. His appointment, announced by the Town Board at its August 14 meeting, is effective as of August 10, 2013. At the meeting, dozens of fellow officers, friends, and family of Harisch came to show support for the appointment. August 17, 2013 More
In the Spirit of Democracy, the American Legion Post 1097 Honors the Men and Women Who Served in the Armed Forces
The American Legion Post 1097 honored veterans who served in the armed forces at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month of November 2013, in Armonk, New York. The distinguished young men and women of the Color Guard of the Col. Johnnie Pantanelli Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol presented the colors. Watch the Video here November 11, 2013
Nationally-Recognized Driving School coming to Bedford, Chappaqua and Mount Kisco
Fresh Green Light to offer area teens quality driving lessons and experiential classes at Grand Prix New York in Mt. KiscoMore March 7, 2014
National PTA President Tours Byram Hills and Meets with Local Superintendents and PTA Leaders
The PTA does a lot more than hold bake sales. Just ask Otha Thornton, the president of the National Parent Teacher Association, who toured the Byram Hills School District this week. More March 3, 2014
The New World of Beer
Once upon a time beer was beer. It was American. Then foreign beers immigrated, first from Europe then Asia. America fought back with micro-breweries. More February 13, 2014
HEALTH TIPS TO WEATHER THE BITTER COLD
With dangerously cold temperatures forecast until Wednesday morning, the Westchester County Department of Health reminds residents to take precautions against hypothermia and frostbite and to take care when heating their homes using alternate heating sources. January 6, 2013 More
TWO TOP-PRODUCING AGENTS JOIN DOUGLAS ELLIMAN WESTCHESTER Henry B. Goldstein and Stacey Oestreich Bring Experience, Market Knowledge To Armonk Brokerage
Douglas Elliman Real Estate announces that two industry leaders – Henry B. Goldstein and Stacey Oestreich – have joined the company’s Armonk brokerage. Both Goldstein and Oestreich are anchored in the Westchester community and possess strong knowledge of the local markets. January 21, 2014 More
New Single Stream Recycling System Begins January 2
The new single stream recycling method is an easier way to recycle. There is no longer any need to separate your recyclable materials. Collect and put out all recyclables together in one large container weekly. More December 30, 2013
Byram Hills Offers Wide Range of Seasonal Music Concerts
The Byram Hills High School Music Department presented its three annual Winter Concerts on December 12, 16 and 18. Over the course of the three concerts, every Byram Hills High School musician had a chance to perform seasonal music.
On December 12, the Winter Concert Series was ushered in by exciting and uplifting performances by the Byram Hills Wind Symphony and the Byram Hills Jazz Ensemble. December 18, 2013 More
Byram Hills Strings Students Work with Caramoor Musicians
Byram Hills High School string orchestra students are benefitting from some professional advice, thanks to a recent visit by musicians from the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.
The Dover Quartet, musicians in residence at Caramoor for the 2013-2014 season, worked with 45 members of the high school string and concert orchestras as they prepared for next month's concert. More November 26, 2013
Armonk Resident Helps A.G. Williams Raise Funds for Support Connection
As part of its commitment to give back to the communities it serves, A.G. Williams Painting Company donated nearly $2,100 to Support Connection by participating in the 19th Annual Support Connection Support-A-Walk at FDR State Park in Yorktown, New York.
Armonk resident Liane Rigano, A.G. Williams' account representative and color specialist, was joined in the walk More December 13, 2013
Byram Hills Students Experience Colonial Life
“After-school activities” included mucking stalls, milking cows and quilting. Instead of video games, there were rolling hoops. And if you wanted butter, you had to churn it yourself.
Fourth-graders from Wampus School in Armonk learned this week what life was like for children in Colonial times during an annual visit to Smith’s Tavern in Armonk. November 7, 2013 More
Byram Hills High School Students Inducted into Prestigious National Honor Society
The 22 inductees of the Byram Hills High School Cum Laude Society were urged to try new opportunities, remember that actions are more important than words – and never stop learning. More November 14, 2013
Home Floors Today Makes Giving Back to the Community Even Easier
Lending a helping hand comes naturally to Armonk resident and Home Floors Today’s president, Alison Simon. So when a friend introduced her to Furniture Sharehouse, she immediately began to think about how she could help.
Home Floors Today, a newly opened shop-at-home flooring showroom, offers customers the opportunity to donate their gently used area rugs to Furniture Sharehouse; they, in turn, donate them directly to local families in need. More October 22, 2013
Hurricane Awareness: The Season Is On Us
The first anniversary of Super Storm Sandy is fast approaching. With a diameter reaching a whopping 800 miles, with duration of 10 days and a geographic reach from the Bahamas to Canada, Sandy was certainly a storm for the record books. Unfortunately for us, our Mid-Atlantic States bore the brunt of her anger. August 13, 2013 More
Spinabolo is the Latest Craze
Ike Frimet is 12-years-old and going into 7th grade this year. His summer has been all about Spinabolo. It’s the latest craze in camp, and it’s a fad that has already lasted a while, Ike says. August 26, 2103 More
Marilyn Monroe Visits Armonk
When thinking about Armonk, many images and ideas come to mind: beautiful town, incredible school district, and delicious restaurants, just to name a few. Something that probably doesn’t come to mind is the feeling that Armonk is a destination for art (excluding the annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show). July 6, 2013 More
Dr. Blum to Explain 4 Steps for a Healthy Immune System
Dr. Susan Blum, of the Blum Center For Health, is to appear on The Dr. Oz Show on Monday July 15. Blum will discuss the underlying immune problems, and why the food we eat everyday is one of the most common immunity destroyers. July 11, 2013 More
DeCicco’s Opens its 11th Area Store in Armonk
DeCicco Family Markets, a second generation grocery chain with 10 locations in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, and Orange Counties, proudly announces its 11th location in the newly constructed Armonk Square in downtown Armonk. July, 8, 2013 More
Kids, start your engines!
June 29, 2013 Grand Prix New York, the area’s leading indoor entertainment and team-building venue, will once again be offering junior racing camps this summer.
The 5-day Novice Racing Summer Camp features a structured curriculum for participants with little or no experience in karting/driving and teaches junior drivers the basics of driving and racing. Campers enjoy five days of high speed wheel-to-wheel instruction and racing, along with other recreational activities including the iRacing Sim Room, bowling and the arcade. The 5-day Advanced Camp is for drivers with a competitive edge who are ready to take their skills to the next level.
“Whether it’s a first time driver who wants to learn the basics, or a child who already has some racing experience, these camps are sure to thrill,” said Grand Prix New York Vice President Nat Mundy. For more information visit www.gpny.com.
Fun Had by All at the Fol De Rol
Armonk Lions' annual Fol De Rol event has always been an enjoyable event for many local families. It's a weekend filled with thrills from rides, stuffed-animal game prizes, pets for adoption, and fresh honey from onsite beehives; recently, it has added 18th century demonstrations of blacksmithing, basket and broom making, and coopering or wooden barrel making. June 19, 2013 More
Star Kidz Opens in Mt. Kisco to Rave Reviews
The excitement of one of the leading local performing arts programs is coming closer to the Armonk area with the opening of the newest Star Kidz location in Mount Kisco. Star Kidz is a complete performing arts program customized for children from 3 to 17 in weekly sessions specializing in individual attention in a group setting. Classes will be held at the Westchester Ballroom on Radio Circle off Lexington Avenue in Mt Kisco. Free trial classes will be held later in May and programs for all ages will begin in September. May 6, 2013 More
A Road Map for Healthy Living
April 29, 2013 Susan Blum, M.D., M.P.H., says she is grateful to have an amazing group of family, friends and all the others who support her at The Blum Center of Health. Her newly released book, "The Immune System Recovery Plan," is a message of hope, not only for people with autoimmune diseases, but also for everyone who wants help building a healthy immune system; this is something that we all need, said Director of Media & Branding, Dana Epstein. To order a copy online, visit Immuneprogram.com.
What Parents Should Look For in a College Admissions Advisor
Here are some questions to ask yourself of the person who will have an enormous influence on the future of your college-bound student, the one whose future will depend largely on what the advisor recommends:
Will visits be in an office setting or in the comfort of your family home? Will the sessions involve just the student or involve the family? Feb. 7, 2013 More on Education
Armonk Welcomes its Own Shop-At-Home Flooring Showroom Armonk resident Alison Simon recently opened Home Floors Today, a new shop-at-home flooring showroom. If you need a new floor and have put off the task of looking for one because it seems too daunting, now’s the time to get started. Home Floors Today (HFT) just opened on the Armonk / Mount Kisco border and can help you accomplish this task seamlessly. October 2, 2013 More
New Director/Owner Shares Vision for Breezemont Day Camp
The 2014 camping season marks a new chapter for Armonk’s own Breezemont Day Camp as new Director and Owner, Gordon Josey, takes the reins from J.R. Tesone, who will continue to participate as director emeritus.
“I wish to continue the camping excellence that Breezemont has been known for during the past 75 years,” said Gordon. "My vision is that when a child returns home from camp every day, he or she will say, ‘Breezemont is the best place in the world!” October 11, 2013 More
Mariachi Mexico, located on Main Street in Armonk, has recently undergone an exciting transformation. The restaurant received its refreshing makeover thanks largely to the efforts of new Head Chef Joana Herrera.
Ms. Herrera has always been involved with the restaurant business, which began as a result of her innate love of food. July 6, 2013 More
Ten Ways to Help Prep for SAT/ACT Tests
Taking a SAT or ACT exam is like running an academic marathon. Here are the top ten things you can do to help your son or daughter prepare for test day. October 18, 2013 More
Community Invited for Activites at Breezemont Day Camp
Some boys picked pumpkins to paint at Breezemont's fall gathering. The day was festive with kids who attended one of the many special community events that Breezemont Camp will host.
North Castle Library Offers Free Material Scanning
A new service available at the Armonk Library is a scanner that easily scans any hardcopy document into an electronically file. Scan the document and send it as an attachment in an email. It's another free service provided by our local library and a way of staying green. August 21, 2013
Armonk Square to Welcome a Mix of Established and New Armonk Retailers
Armonk Square's developers are nearing completion of the two buildings in addition to the original building shared by DeCicco's Supermarket and Fortina restaurant.
A few new retail shops will open, but we will also see a relocation of some established Armonk shops. September 19, 2013 More
Diamond Health Coaching - Good Health As a Team Effort
Amy Diamond, founder of Diamond Health Coaching, is a team player. She believes that the best way to improve and maintain your best health is to work in conjunction with others: medical professionals, family, and other support circles. The most important person on the team, Diamond asserts, is the individual who wishes to become healthier. Sept. 18, 2013 More
GPNY Art Garage Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
Grand Prix New York (GPNY), the area’s leading indoor entertainment and team-building venue, has expanded again, this time adding an exciting new visual arts studio for children, teens and adults. On Friday, September 20th at 5:00 PM, the public is invited to a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration of the Art Garage, located within GPNY at 333 North Bedford Road in Mount Kisco, New York. Sept. 18, 2013 More
Wampus Brook Park is Transformed into an Enchanted Forest
Apple-orchid picking, apple bobbing, pie-eating contests, a bouncing-castle and juggling were just some of the many activities at the Cider and Donut Festival that brought the Armonk community, guests and business owners back to yesteryear. September 23, 2013 More
Armonk Chamber of Commerce Honors Principal of Byram Hills Middle School
The Chamber of Commerce held its annual golf outing at Brynwood Golf & Country Club where about two dozen guests enjoyed a beautiful autumn day. Following the outing, about 75 people attended the third annual golf event to recognize the dedication and 20 years of service from Dr. H. Evan Powderly, principal of H. C. Crittenden Middle School.
Dave Simon and Alison Simon, the owner of Home Floors Today, coordinated the third annual golf outing that successfully brought together the community's educators and business owners. October 11, 2013 More
In Loving Memory of Soccer Coach Mike Jones
A group of Armonk soccer moms recently organized a ceremony to remember and honor Michael Jones. The Jones family unveiled the monument dedicated to the young man who lost his life during a tragic crime that occurred in New York City in 2012.
"Jonesy,” as he was known to his friends, coached many of Armonk's young, aspiring soccer players and touched many families over the years, including those known to Jonesy as his "American Moms." November 3, 2013 More
Editorial - Aligning Myself with the Right Chiropractor: Dr. Rob Silverman
Until a few years ago, I never thought about seeing a chiropractor. I assumed that chiropractors were for people with bad backs, which I don’t have. Then a few years ago, I met a chiropractor who told me that most of her patients are yoga students and dancers. Curious as to what I had been missing, More December 5, 2013
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