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Out of work? Need a new career? Just brush up on your LEGO stacking skills, like the enthusiasts who will compete for the position of master model builder for the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester. This weekend, LEGO enthusiasts from throughout the region will compete in Brick Factor at Ridge Hill in Yonkers, a two-day search for the best snapper and stacker. The winner will nab a full-time...Read more »
New Yorkers hoping to get an in-person look at President Barack Obama taking the oath for his second term in office may get the chance -- with a little bit of luck and a visit to Sen. Charles Schumer's website.
Schumer announced Thursday that a statewide lottery will be held to distribute hundreds of free tickets to the 57th presidential inauguration in Washington.
"I am thrilled...Read more »
The 2013 budget proposed by Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino on Wednesday includes shedding jobs and floating new debt to bridge an $85 million shortfall for the year.
But those are only the headline-grabbing parts of the spending plan, which includes many other measures to keep the county’s finances in the black.
The county’s social services budget remains the same, at $550...Read more »
Westchester County and the Italian province of Bari have signed an agreement to boost their economic, social ties.
“It makes sense to exchange ideas to solve our shared challenges and to promote each other’s successes,” County Executive Rob Astorino said in a statement Thursday.
Facilitated by the Puglia Center of America in New Rochelle, the agreement sets the stage for new cultural...Read more »
In school news, the focus is often on the contributions and achievements of principal and teachers. But it's people like Goshen's Garry Van De Weert that keep schools running and, according to his colleagues, shining so that kids can come their every day and learn, according to a news release.
Van De Weert, head custodian at Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School, was recently honored by the...Read more »
While superstorm Sandy rocked Westchester County two weeks ago, Hudson Valley officials and residents realize other areas were hit even harder by the monster storm.
That’s why the county’s Department of Public Safety and its Police Benevolent Association will collect badly needed supplies to be loaded onto trucks and driven down to the devastated areas of Queens and Staten Island that were...Read more »
In a move to connect more with the community, Dobbs Ferry schools Superintendent Lisa Brady is hosting a new half-hour interview show called "District Dialogue" on the district's cable TV station.
The line up so far includes the PTSA president, school foundation leaders and school principals.
The district’s cable station is currently used by students in the district's television...Read more »
Pets Alive, a no-kill animal rescue, is hosting a fundraiser that is sure to be the cat's meow.
The second annual event, dubbed 'Catsino Night', will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Skyview Rehabilitation and Healthcare center in Croton-on-Hudson, with proceeds benefiting Pets Alive's Orange County animal sanctuary and Westchester County satellite.
"Catsino Night is...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 »
Yonkers is waiving building permit fees until the end of the month for business owners and homeowners whose properties were damaged by superstorm Sandy.
“With power now restored and cleanup operations wrapping up, we continue to focus on making sure those who had damage to property receive the assistance needed to make repairs and return their lives back to normal as quickly as possible,”...Read more »