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BloggersSarah Armaghan Nik Bonopartis John Dyer Betty Ming Liu Meghan E. Murphy Timothy O'Connor Matt Sartwell Kenneth Schachter Jillian Sederholm Christian Wade Thomas Zambito Ryan Chatelain Mae Cheng Karl de Vries Amanda Koval Nirmal Mitra Katherine Santiago
A native of Massachusetts, John Dyer has written about corrupt New Jersey politicians, elderly Bulgarian women who walk on hot coals and the financial cost of the Iraq War. He’s also taught English in the City University of New York, the College of New Rochelle and elsewhere. He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson.
1) Watch some local moms behave like NFL linemen! The first-ever Westchester County Suburbia Roller Derby match is slated for Saturday in Yonkers. Check out Newsday's video profile of the skaters, and grab your tickets early through the team's website. You can even knock back beers in double time -- VIP ticket holders get "skatetress service" during the inaugural match. 2) Need a job and...Read more »
The East Ramapo School Board president called community activists miscreants and labeled students the pawns of adults Tuesday, just before taking a step toward effectively silencing public comment with a policy change. And there's not much frustrated parents can do about it.
Daniel Schwartz said those folks had chosen to use public comment as "a vehicle of both intimidation and to harass,...Read more »
Today is Pi Day, a reminder that math can be fun even if you’re not a geek: Just look around you.
What do a pizza, the Earth, the sun, the moon, a baseball and the Grand Central Terminal’s dome have in common? The circle, of course.
And what do all circles have in common?
A unique ratio called Pi -- the ratio of a circle’s circumference to the diameter, which is always 22:7. If...Read more »
1) Welcome, Pope Francis! It took the papal conclave just two days to elect Cardinal Jorge Mario Begoglio as the 266th pope after his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, stepped down Feb. 28. Next up: The papal inauguration Mass, when observers will closely analyze everything about Pope Francis, from his choice of raiment to the words in his homily, for hints about the direction he may take the Catholic...Read more »
The good news for the Village of Irvington is that people will buy anything these days – including beat-up, coin-operated, electronic parking meters.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 265 visitors had checked out 48 of the old parking meters up for sale on GovDeals.com, an eBay-style government surplus website. The fact that those items are frankly described as being in “worn condition” has...Read more »
Finding a vet to treat Fido and Whiskers is an easy enough task, but where do you go when your hedgehog gets an ear infection or your wallaby breaks a leg?
Paging Dr. Laurie Hess, owner of the Veterinary Center of Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills, the only all-bird-and-exotic-animal hospital in Westchester County and one of the few accredited specialty animal hospitals in the country.
The...Read more »
Fact: Greenburgh happens to be the largest town in Westchester County and recently celebrated its 225th anniversary.
Weird fact: Greenburgh residents never use Greenburgh as an address. So if you want to go to Greenburgh Town Hall, remember to set your GPS for White Plains.
But try to get to Greenburgh? Forget about it.
“I don’t think any place is as complicated as Greenburgh,”...Read more »
The Mount Vernon Ethics Board met briefly behind closed doors Tuesday night with City Council members to discuss the volunteer board's ongoing probes of alleged ethical violations by Mayor Ernie Davis' senior staff.
Council members went into executive session shortly after convening the work session and spoke with four members of the Ethics Board for about 10 minutes. Board members left abruptly,...Read more »
1) Blacks in Law Enforcement are planning to voice their outrage at Wednesday night's Mount Vernon City Council meeting over the recent firing of Police Commissioner Carl Bell. The group will demand to know the reasons for Bell's February dismissal by Mayor Ernie Davis and ask the counsel why a white police officer who has cost the city more than $500,00 in lawsuit losses and settlements...Read more »
1) When will puffs of white smoke over the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican announce the successor to Pope Benedict XVI? We'll know sometime after Tuesday afternoon, when a conclave of Catholic cardinals gathers to elect the new pontiff. The cardinals won't have access to any outside news or media while they weigh their votes and will sleep in close quarters at the Apostolic Palace. Read what Hudson...Read more »