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Those looking to make a wish on a shooting star should have plenty of opportunities when they gaze skyward during Thursday night's Geminid meteor shower, which astronomers call the "most intense meteor shower of the year."
The meteor shower peaks late Thursday night into dawn Friday with an estimated 50 or more meteors per hour. A new moon on Thursday will make the sky dark for ample...Read more »
Robot overlords, zombie hordes, China at war with the U.S. … and Gen. David Petraeus as Secretary of State? A week ago, Petraeus wouldn't have belonged in a list of the unlikely fantasy elements in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The latest installment in Activision's juggernaut game franchise jumps into the not-so-distant future, and envisions the retired four-star general as Secretary of State in...Read more »
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign in New York state says it has a "crucial" role to play in the upcoming presidential election: just not in New York.
In a Nov. 2 memo to supporters, Robert Diamond, NY state director of Obama for America, listed the group's core missions as "exporting volunteers" -- including some from the Hudson Valley -- to Pennsylvania and...Read more »
With trees down, travel restricted and states of emergency still in effect in towns across the Hudson Valley, most Halloween events in the area have been canceled or postponed.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano is asking kids to stay at home or close to it to celebrate Halloween Wednesday, on top of issuing a 6 p.m. curfew for everyone under 18 years old.
The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze, an annual...Read more »
Brass instructor Donny Spencer counted off the beats of a whole note Thursday, urging his students at the Spring Valley Salvation Army to take big breaths and blow through all four beats.
With public schools trimming back on arts offerings, the music program has a waiting list for East Ramapo students who want the opportunity to toot their horns.
Already, 52 aspiring young musicians...Read more »
A group of Putnam County Republicans is throwing its support behind Democrat Justin Wagner's bid to oust freshman state Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson).
The group, which includes Village of Brewster Mayor Jim Schoenig, staged a news conference Thursday in the village to announce that it is backing Wagner in the 40th State Senate race. The group also lambasted Ball for not doing enough to help...Read more »
When it comes to talking trash, Louis Vetrone says nobody does it better than Westchester -- although, the county could score even more impressive recycling numbers if residents followed three tips he shared with Newsday.
Recycling is definitely a green project for Vetrone, who has been the county's deputy commissioner for Environmental Facilities since 2009. But the green he's interested...Read more »