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St. Augustine's School in New City will close its doors permanently on Wednesday, but pieces of the school will live on -- in other classrooms, in tornado-ravaged Oklahoma and even in Haiti.
Parents, teachers and students got the bad news in January when the Archdiocese of New York announced 26 schools it sought to close down for financial reasons, including about a dozen Catholic schools...Read more »
Being disabled doesn’t mean you’re not “abled."
That's the message 26-year-old Nyack-based hip-hop artist Marquis Julien (who drops the 's' in his first name when performing) is trying to send in his recently released music video. In a departure from typical hip-hop anthems, Julien is using his musical platform to raise awareness about potential budget cuts for the disabled, including...Read more »
A group of Girl Scouts in Edgemont has earned some major brownie points for improving safety at their school.
Members of Troop 2670, based out of Greenville Elementary School on Glendale Road, recently helped improve safety relating to afternoon pickup at the school, which had become hazardous because of heavy traffic. Drivers often disregarded rules, endangering other motorists and pedestrians...Read more »
Hasidic children in the Village of Kiryas Joel can now enjoy playing outside while maintaining standards for modesty in a massive gender-separated playground that opened Friday.
Built on 283 acres just outside the village in the Town of Monroe, the playground -- built by the village and accessible only to its residents -- was constructed with special financing obtained by the mayor, Rabbi...Read more »
When we moved into our house near Ossining’s Teatown Lake Reservation 17 years ago, it was right about the time that the cicadas last emerged from underground to finally become adults and finish out their life cycle.
On Thursday night, the next generation of cicadas finally announced their arrival in the woods across from Teatown. They weren’t going to let a downpour spoil their coming out.
So...Read more »
Westchester is getting more international, while Rockland is having a baby boom.
That's the takeaway from new Census Bureau data released this week.
Westchester added 12,557 people from July 2010 to July 2012, increasing its population by 1.3 percent to an estimated 961,670 people, as births exceeded deaths and people arriving from abroad outnumbered those who moved to another part of...Read more »
Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson) wants to be perfectly clear: he's not running for Congress. Well, at least not until the current legislative session is over.
The two-term lawmaker, known for his conservative views, sent out an email blast Monday attempting to quell speculation that he would be seeking to challenge incumbent Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) in the 2014 elections.
“I...Read more »
Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) announced on Monday that he will co-chair the county executive campaign of New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, his former rival for the Democratic nomination for the post.
“During the past four months, Noam Bramson and I waged a hard-fought campaign for county executive,” Jenkins wrote in an e-mail to supporters on Monday...Read more »
TV star Judy "Judge Judy" Sheindlin said her "motherly instincts" kicked in when she found out about the criticism leveled at her son Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy by Sheriff Donald Smith regarding Levy's actions during an investigation into the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl.
Levy's former live-in trainer, Alexandru Hossu, 35, an undocumented immigrant...Read more »
A rusting old Garrison railroad station sign that predates Metro-North's 1983 beginnings and was all but forgotten has been given a place of honor.
At the urging of Putnam County Legis. Barbara Scuccimara, Metro-North workers restored the sign, which had been tucked out of sight behind a bench on the river side of the railroad's tracks.
"It is our great pleasure to be a good neighbor...Read more »