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Sarah Armaghan covers Rockland County for Newsday Westchester. In years past, she wrote about crime for a newspaper in New York City. A graduate of St. John's University in Queens, Sarah started her career as a travel writer overseas in Europe and Africa. She craves breaking news but equally enjoys telling personal stories about residents in the areas she writes about. Sarah grew up in a Pennsylvania suburb and is dying to move into an apartment that allows pets so she can finally get a cute puppy.
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The bridge has not yet been built, but the accolades are already starting to come.
On Friday, New York State Thruway Authority chairman Howard Milstein received the Lifetime Leadership Award from the Regional Plan Association for his work leading the agency's efforts to build a new Tappan Zee Bridge.
In receiving the honor from the group, founded in the 1920s to provide a blueprint for...Read more »
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is urging Bee-Line riders to Bee-Aware.
Taking a page from the New York City Transit system's popular "If You See Something, Say Something" ads, the county has come up with its own ad campaign to get riders to report suspicious packages left unattended on buses.
The "Bee-Aware" ads were made possible by a $433,000 grant from...Read more »
Five Metro-North stations on the Harlem Line will be getting a spring cleaning.
Teams called station gangs will be swarming stations at Crestwood, Valhalla, North White Plains, Hawthorne and Pleasantville in the coming weeks, armed with hammers and paint brushes.
The gangs -- made up of sheet metal workers, mechanics, plumbers and paint crews -- will be giving each station a fresh coat...Read more »
Teachers have been letting off a lot of steam lately about how standardized tests don't inspire creativity. Not true for one upstate 13-year-old, Sophia Stevens of Saranac.
As reported by The Washington Post blog Answer Sheet, Stephens actually created an entire mock test Sunday, constructed as a clever commentary on state tests, which students began taking Tuesday.
In her fake test,...Read more »
Maybe he could just write the state a check?
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg touched off a mini-firestorm Friday when he decided to chime in on the Tappan Zee Bridge, which, as far as we can tell, is not located in hizzoner's jurisdiction.
"Not to put mass transit on the bridge is a terrible mistake," Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show. "I don't care what it...Read more »
Applause for one of Westchester's very own.
New Rochelle educator Anne Marie Rooney was named one of five finalists for top teacher in a contest on "Live with Kelly and Michael" Tuesday morning.
Rooney is a special-education teacher at Ward Elementary School. She was nominated by the parents of one of her students, Timothy Bavosa, who wrote an impassioned letter to the TV...Read more »
Anne Marie Rooney, New Rochelle educator, finds out Tuesday if she is a "Live with Kelly and Michael" top teacher finalist
New Rochelle will be watching tomorrow morning to see whether its own Anne Marie Rooney is named one of the five finalists for top teacher honors on TV's "Live with Kelly and Michael."
Rooney, a special education teacher, said last week that she was overwhelmed by the nomination from thankful parents for her work with their autistic son. She said that for more than...Read more »
Westchester County Board of Legislators chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) picked up two more endorsements in his effort to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for county executive.
The Black Democrats of Westchester and the New York Hotel Trades Council, or HTC, recently gave Jenkins their support.
"Ken's candidacy will excite the Democratic and labor base in November like...Read more »
Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin has been mum with the media since her arrest last week -- under the advice of her counsel -- and seemingly focused on avoidance of any further public embarrassment.
But on Tuesday, at her first Village Board meeting since the arrest, she slipped up, allowing one trustee to vote by phone -- a move that's against the state's open meeting laws, according to...Read more »
If you're passing through New Rochelle in the next few weeks, you might want to be sure not to run any red lights. New Rochelle officials are studying several intersections to see whether they are dangerous enough to warrant the installation of red light cameras to crack down on traffic scofflaws. To install the controversial traffic control devices the city would need state legislative approval...Read more »