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Michael Nocella
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Michael Nocella, a longtime native of South Jersey and current resident of Mount Kisco, is excited to join the Hudson Valley Reporter team as the assistant editor of Westchester. Before jumping on board, Michael worked in Ithaca, N.Y., as a freelance reporter for the Ithaca Times and covered Chappaqua, Armonk, Bedford and Mount Kisco as a staff reporter for the Daily Voice. Michael is a 2011 University of Connecticut graduate with a double-major bachelor's degree in communications and English. When Michael isn’t breaking the latest news in Westchester, he most likely is on a long run, at the movies or watching his beloved Philadelphia sports teams break his heart. He can be reached at mnocella@hudsonvalleyreporter.com.

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Scenic Hudson Park in Peekskill Back on Track With New Contractor

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. - The Peekskill Common Council recently approved a new general contractor for phase one of the city’s major waterfront redevelopment project, Scenic Hudson Park at Peekskill Landing. Con-Tech Construction Technology Inc. of Yorktown Heights will now lead the project after Eastern Excavation Inc. notified city officials it wished to withdraw its bid following “mistakes” made in its proposal. ...

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Verizon Withdraws Request to Install Voice Link in Lewisboro, North Salem

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – Verizon has withdrawn its application to the New York State Public Service Commission to switch landline customers to “Voice Link” in parts of the state, including Lewisboro and North Salem. The phone company’s turnabout came two days after Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-White Plains) led a press conference with Lewisboro and North Salem officials to urge residents to be wary of Voice Link, ...

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North Salem’s Old Salem Farm Hosts 43rd Annual American Gold Cup

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – North Salem’s Old Salem Farm is hosting the 43rd annual American Gold Cup this weekend — a world-renowned equestrian event that is expected to draw more than 6,000 spectators. Among those competing are Beezie Madden, reigning Federation Equestre International Rolex World Cup Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist; two-time Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward; and Brianne Goutal, the o ...

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Peachwave Brings Frozen Yogurt to Mount Kisco

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – Another frozen yogurt destination has opened in Westchester County, as Peachwave began its four-day grand opening Thursday night with an official ribbon cutting. The growing family-operated franchise is known for its weigh-and-pay, self-serve, family-friendly environment. While there are 77 Peachwaves in the nation, the Mount Kisco store, at 37 S. Moger Ave., is the company’s first Westc ...

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Boy & Girls Club, Mt. Kisco Rotary Prep for Tastes of Northern Westchester

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester’s (BGCNW) Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC) has partnered with the Mount Kisco Rotary Club for its third annual “Tastes of Northern Westchester.” The event will take place on Oct. 10 at the Mount Kisco Country Club and will pay tribute to BGCNW’s upcoming 75th anniversary. A majority of the proceeds will benefit BGCNW programs and ...

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New Castle Among Westchester Towns to Commemorate 9/11

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – New Castle officials and first responders gathered in Gedney Park Wednesday night to honor the 12th anniversary of 9/11—one of the darkest days in American history. The park includes the town’s tributes to (the) tragic terrorist attack, with two pieces of steel recovered from the World Trade Center and two rock memorials. One of the rock memorials honors the three New Castle residents lost ...

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New Castle Approves Conifer Special Permit for Chappaqua Station

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – The New Castle Town Board approved the special permit for Conifer Realty’s polarizing affordable housing proposal “Chappaqua Station” Tuesday night. Several residents used the meeting’s public comment time to voice well-known concerns one more time, even though the public hearing on the matter was closed in July. The 28-unit, three-and-four story affordable housing project at 54 Hunts Plac ...

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Lewisboro, North Salem Officials Leery of Verizon’s Voice Link

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – Under an application by Verizon to the state Public Service Commission, Lewisboro and North Salem consumers could be forced to accept a “Voice Link” and be cut off from their copper-wire lines. Voice Link is connected to the regular power grid and routes all calls through a cellular network in place of traditional landlines. Local officials said it presents the risks of poor reception and ...

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Westchester Primary Polls Quiet in Bedford, Mount Kisco

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – Tuesday morning voting turnouts were countable on one hand at the Mount Kisco Public Library and Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford. Each location had two voters by approximately 2 p.m. Volunteer Rick Waln, who was running the Cisqua School station, said he and fellow volunteers suspected a low turnout for several reasons. He said he would assume polling spots throughout the county receiv ...

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Yorktown Resident Pitches Winery Location in New Castle

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – A Yorktown resident wants to make his 28-acre New Castle property one of the finest wineries in Westchester County and the state of New York. Steve Sabba, who’s lived in Yorktown for 13 years, recently pitched a proposal for a winery on his 35 Quaker Ridge Road property to the New Castle town board with his friend and business partner John, a resident from South Salem. The two discussed th ...

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