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Michael is a freelance journalist from Dutchess County. He started writing for Marist College's campus newspaper as a contributor and gradually worked his way up to section editor.

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Historic White Oak Tree in Bedford Facing Health Problems

BEDFORD, N.Y. – When Bedford’s landmark white oak lost a large branch in August, it was only one symptom of the tree’s health problems. The white oak, which is between Cantitoe Street and Hook Road and is probably 400 to 500 years old, is riddled with health issues ranging in seriousness from minor incidental problems to more serious parasitic energy losses. Presently, it is a matter of determining which pr ...

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Yorktown Jeweler Leads Fight Against Autism

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. - For many businesses, the holiday season is about peak profit margins. For some, like Yorktown Jeweler, it’s also an opportunity to give back to the community. That’s the sentiment of Myron Ruales, owner of Yorktown Jewelers. Owner Myron Ruales said he has been enjoying a steady flow of customers this holiday season, with the exception of a slow day on Saturday due to the snowfall. H ...

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Prayer Service Honors Brave Yorktown Dog’s Actions

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. - A prayer service was held Saturday for Nero, a Newfoundland mastiff who saved two of his owners from a house fire on Nov. 24. The fire also took the lives of the Eliseo family’s three other dogs: Roxie, an English bulldog; Bandit, a husky; and Buddy, a chiweenie (a Chihuahua and dachshund mix). Monsignor Thomas P. Sandi led the service at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Shrub Oak. Giulio ...

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Northern Westchester Hospital Briefs New Castle Board on Health Care Trends

By Michael Garofalo NEW CASTLE, N.Y. – Leaders of Northern Westchester Hospital briefed the New Castle Town Board this week about the future of health care in Westchester County. The presentation was given by Joel Seligman, president and CEO of Northern Westchester Hospital, and Robert A. Spolzino, chairman of the hospital board of trustees, on Tuesday night. They plan to provide information to eight surrou ...

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Yorktown Police Issue Alert after Two Home Burglaries

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. – Two daytime home burglaries this week have prompted police to issue a safety reminder to residents. The first burglary occurred Wednesday in Mohegan Lake and the second was Thursday in Yorktown Heights. Both took place between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. It is not known whether the incidents are linked, but in both break-ins a brick or large rock was used to break the glass of a rear slid ...

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Ossining Moves Forward With Annexation Process

By Michael Garofalo OSSINING, N.Y. – The next step in what could be an arduous process of annexation took place on Thursday night at Anne M. Dorner School in Ossining. At least 20 percent of registered voters in districts 17 and 20 had signed a petition to officially initiate the process. That was the first step. The second step was for a letter to be sent to all residents in the two districts, informing th ...

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New Castle Town Board Finalizes 2014 Budget with $43 Tax Increase

NEW CASTLE, N.Y. – New Castle homeowners can expect to pay about $43.44 more in town property taxes under the 2014 budget, which the Town Board adopted Tuesday night in a unanimous vote. The 2014 budget includes a tax levy of $20.15 million, of which $15.01 million is from the general and highway funds. Total spending for those funds is $23.86 million, up 3.52 percent from last year. The property tax rate i ...

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Canine Companions Join Yorktown Holiday Parade

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. - Yorktown residents and some of their canine companions lined up Saturday around Commerce Street and Veterans Road for the second annual Holiday Electric Lights Parade. The event began on Front Street and concluded at Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field with the official tree lighting. The entire route was about a mile long. Luisa Pallcurima brought her Shih Tzu, CiCi, to the event f ...

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Yorktown Parishioners Excited to Meet Cardinal Dolan

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. - Cardinal Timothy Dolan delivered a homily Saturday evening focused on the history of St. John the Baptist. Worshippers filled St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown to near capacity to hear Dolan, the archbishop of New York. Ushers did their best to consolidate seating arrangements and fit as many people as possible into pews, but some remained standing. “If Advent, the special preparatio ...

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NYC Beard, Moustache Competition Is Saturday – for Women Too

MONTROSE, N.Y. – His handlebar moustache, now about four years in the making, could be stretched out to a foot in length. Daniel Mitchell of Montrose is president of the Gotham City Beard Alliance. The fourth annual New York City Beard and Moustache Competition will take place Saturday at Irving Plaza in New York City. Men and women ages 18 and older are welcome to enter. “Women, they enjoy it as much as th ...

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