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Peekskill Library Crafting Creativity Workshops for Hudson Valley Artists

By Michael Garofalo PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -  The Field Library in Peekskill aims to offer a creative writing workshop and a theater workshop starting next Spring under the guidance of Mary Crescenzo, artistic director at the Peekskill Playhouse. Both classes will only be available pending the necessary financial resources; namely grant money from local businesses,which will be asked to sponsor the classes in exch ...

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Most Northern Westchester Schools Closed Tuesday

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Most schools in northern Westchester have announced they are closed as of 5:30 a.m. Tuesday due to the snow storm and freezing temperatures. Schools that have closed Tuesday are: Bedford Central Chappaqua Central Hastings on Hudson Hendrick Hudson John F. Kennedy Catholic Katonah Lewisboro Lakeland North Salem Central Ossining Peekskill Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES Somers Cen ...

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Astorino Announces NFL Partnership on Super Bowl Project for Children

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced Friday that the county has teamed with the NFL and the NY/NJ Super Bowl Committee on the Super Kids - Super Sharing project to bring books, sports equipment and other school supplies to local children in need, according to a press release from the county government. Astorino sent a letter to Westchester schools to encourage them to tak ...

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Snow, Sleet on the Way in the Hudson Valley

HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y.--Hazardous weather is forecast over the next few days according to the National Weather Service. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday for Putnam and Dutchess counties and points north. Rain is expected before 9 p.m., then rain and sleet between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m., then snow and sleet after that. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent, according to th ...

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Peekskill Students Shift Learning Outside Classroom, into Garden

By Michael Garofalo PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – Risk, success and failure. These are three important lessons that Krysta Harden, deputy secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture believes students can learn about through gardening. Harden visited Peekskill Middle School on Thursday to speak with students about the importance of farming in the United States and to learn about the students’ gardening club ...

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Miracles Past and Present Celebrated at Yorktown Menorah Lighting

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The local Jewish community gathered Sunday to light the menorah at Veterans Memorial Park in Yorktown and celebrate miracles, past and present. Chanukah celebrates Judah and the Macabees driving the Syrian-Greeks from the land to reclaim their Holy Temple in Jerusalem and win their religious freedom. Ready to rededicate the temple by lighting its menorah, they found only enough oil for one ...

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Thrill of Black Friday Hunt Started Early at Jefferson Valley Mall

by Michael Garofalo YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. – It was like being in the eye of a storm at the Jefferson Valley Mall on Friday afternoon. The chaos of Thursday night had subsided, but workers were preparing for another rush of customers later in the evening.  The mall opened at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stayed open until 10 p.m. on Black Friday. Josh Fenston, assistant manager at Express, said that it was pre ...

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Bishop Bids ‘Arrivederci’ to Rev. Leo

By Michael Garofalo PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – It was not a time for farewell, but a time to say “arrivederci,” Italian for “until we meet again,” according to Bishop Dominick J. Lagonegro. Lagonegro was the celebrant at Revered Arthur R. Leo’s funeral service on Friday at Church of the Assumption, which began at 10 a.m. He told parishioners that in the Catholic faith, eternal life in heaven means that although a fu ...

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Small Biz Saturday Critical in Westchester with Shorter Holiday Shopping Season

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Local shops are relying more than usual on Small Business Saturday to kick-start the 2013 holiday shopping season, which is less than four weeks this year due to Thanksgiving coming so late in the month, Christopher Roberts, co-president of the Katonah Chamber of Commerce, said. Thanksgiving falls on Nov. 28 this year, leaving 28 days until Christmas Eve. While Black Friday is the ...

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Peekskill’s Assumption Church Reverend, Navyman, Was 73

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – Peekskill’s Assumption Church has lost another member of its family when Rev. Arthur Rocco Leo passed away Monday. He was 73 years old. This comes just three weeks after Monsignor Francis Ansbro died Nov. 7 at the age of 86. Rocco was a vicar at the Church of the Assumption. Born May 6, 1940, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1970. After graduating from St. John’s University, he ente ...

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