Newsday Westchester's news blog, covering snippets of government, politics, crime, transportation, education and local events in Westchester, Rockland and the Hudson Valley.
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
Jillian Sederholm is social media editor and a reporter for Newsday Westchester. Jillian moved to New York in 2011 from Southern California and is still awestruck seeing children playing in hydrant water, a beach covered in snow and other things she always thought only existed in the movies.
When not tweeting, facebooking or writing about the Hudson Valley, the pop culture addict is most likely watching a movie, having a marathon TV session or doing something embarrassingly touristy.
Jillian is a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. She is also obsessed with all things purple.
Follow on Twitter: @JillianSed
A Brooklyn Heights playground was renamed Adam Yauch Park after the late Beastie Boys member in a ceremony Friday, a day before the first anniversary of his death.
Family, friends and fans gathered at the playground on Friday morning to honor the Brooklyn native, also known as "MCA", who died at 47 after a years-long battle with throat cancer.
The park -- previously named Palmetto...Read more »
Forget painted paws and dyed fur: The hippest hounds in New York City dog parks these days are sporting ink. Will the posh pups of Westchester County be next to pounce on this fetch-ing trend?
New York-based celebrity dog groomer Jorge Bendersky has Upper East Side dog owners lining up to tattoo their trend-setting tail waggers, DNAinfo reported.
"In the summer, they cut the dogs'...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 »
The fifth annual Shorty Awards honoring excellence in social media took place in Manhattan on Monday night, with Mamaroneck teen singing sensation Carly Rose Sonenclar nominated in two categories: best singer and best reality star.
The 13-year-old runner-up in last season's "The X Factor" lost out to popular YouTube star Greyson Chance in the singing category, and the reality star...Read more »
Today is March 15, a date also known as “the Ides of March," and associated with the murder of Julius Caesar in 44 BCE.
Caesar, dictator of the Roman Empire, was stabbed to death at a meeting of the senate. His assassination was planned by as many as 60 conspirators led by senators Brutus and Cassius. Caesar's life and death was chronicled by Greek storyteller Plutarch, but it was another...Read more »
David Bowie fans just got a glimmer of hope that the Thin White Duke may be touring this year.
The British music site NME is reporting that Bowie's wife, supermodel Iman, let slip to Italian fashion magazine Grazia that her husband is planning to hit the road to promote his new album "The Next Day."
"We have a 12-year-old in school, so we are stuck. We can't travel,"...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 »
It looks like Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy really are never ever getting back together.
But this time the pop princess got more out of the breakup than just a hit single: She turned a hefty profit by flipping a house she bought near her ex's famous family.
The Realtor who sold the seven-bedroom Cape Code style house to Swift in August told E! News that the songstress bought the property...Read more »
Only 1,426 people in the entire world can call themselves billionaires, and fewer than 1 percent of the richest of the rich call or have called Westchester home, according to the list-loving Forbes magazine, which released its latest tabulation of wealth, "The 2013 Billionaires List," on Monday.
Topping the list of the wealthy from the Hudson Valley is 82-year-old George Soros...Read more »
The Feb. 8-9 snowstorm had many New Yorkers spending the weekend indoors. The collective desire not to trek through the snow resulted in the cancellation of numerous blood drives throughout the state, but most hospitals continued conducting business as usual during the storm, prompting the New York Blood Center to declare a blood emergency.
There is not enough blood in stock in New York or...Read more »