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The Children’s Village held a ribbon-cutting with two-time NBA all-star Donovan Mitchell on Friday, July 9. The Utah Jazz shooting guard funded the restoration of three outdoor basketball courts at the residential treatment facility for children in honor of his grandmother, a former social w…

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For 10 years, Legends Day has honored the memory of John Cleaver Kelly, an Irvington resident who was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as a seventh-grader and, despite attempts at treatment, took his own life in March 2011, at age 24.

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The Town of Greenburgh has awarded the contract for historic preservation design services for the Odell House Rochambeau Headquarters to architect Stephen Tilly of Dobbs Ferry, whose firm will be paid $146,450. 

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On June 22, the Dobbs Ferry Board of Trustees unanimously authorized Community Development Block Grants applications for the installation of a spray pad at Memorial Park, on Palisade Street, and a staircase at Gould Park, on Ashford Avenue. 

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What was it like to be a teenager in 2020? That was the question the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society posed for its annual student contest, which this year was entitled “Pandemic Time Capsule.” 

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The Dobbs Ferry School District’s Race Matters Committee presented its recommendations on how to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at the June 22 school board meeting. The 23-page report was the work of 40 students, staff, parents, and board members Tracy Baron (chair) and Jean Lucasey.

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After 23 years, starting as a teacher, followed by stints as assistant principal,  then principal, and finally assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, Doug Berry will retire from the Dobbs Ferry School District on June 30. 

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The Dobbs Ferry School District is poised to begin major capital improvements as soon as students are out the door. Friday, June 25, is the last day of school for students and staff at all three schools. Contractors are set to arrive the following Monday, June 28.

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The Rev. Chris Monturo was installed as the pastor of the Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Pompeii Parish on Thursday, June 10, almost two years after he started. The installation, which was delayed due to the pandemic, was led by Bishop Gerardo Colacicco, who was joined by four other bishops an…

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The Dobbs Ferry Board of Trustees held a public hearing on June 8 as they consider enacting three proposed zoning changes the planning board recommended. The measure would necessitate revisions to the zoning code, its map, and relevant tables. 

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The Rev. Drew Paton’s last day as pastor of South Presbyterian Church, and last day as a minister, will be June 30. At the end of July, the 41-year-old, his wife, and their two children will set off for their new home in Berkeley, Calif., where Paton will pursue his first love — acting. 

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The Dobbs Ferry Affordable Housing Task Force held its first community forum on June 2, via Zoom, introducing its first four members (four more will be appointed), its mission, and its findings. The task force, in existence since the fall of 2019, has been guided by Pace Law School's Land Us…

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A new concept for the development of 19 Livingston Avenue, the .92-acre lot that has stood vacant since Rudy’s Beau Rivage, the 1850 mansion-turned-catering hall was torn down in 2012, was presented to the Dobbs Ferry Board of Trustees on May 25.

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Dobbs Ferry High School valedictorian Julia Schwabe and salutatorian Abigail Ward have more in common than academic excellence. Both are also standout athletes who were recruited to play for college teams — Schwabe’s game is lacrosse, while Ward’s is soccer.

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One thousand seven hundred dollars was raised last week in honor of 11-year-old Jacob Moon of Dobbs Ferry, who suffers from Sanfilippo Syndrome, a degenerative disease referred to as “childhood alzheimer’s.” The proceeds will be donated to the Cure Sanfilippo Foundation. Of that total, $1,20…

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The Village of Dobbs Ferry will consider applying for two Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to finance two potential projects: a spray pad (or splash pad) to replace the children’s wading pool at Memorial Park and stormwater management improvements at Gould Park. 

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Dobbs Ferry resident John Bucci has lived with multiple sclerosis (MS) for 30 years, but the disease became seriously debilitating in recent months, after he suffered a fall and spent more than two months in an ICU. The 68-year-old now requires round-the-clock home healthcare aides. 

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Dobbs Ferry Conservation Advisory Board chair Sue Galloway plants winterberry at the Juhring Nature Preserve with the help of her 8-year-old son Danny and 6-year-old daughter Josey on Sunday, May 2. Galloway was also joined by Matthew Scott-Hansen, Graham Nalle, Alistair Nalle, Jason Baird, …

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Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry, located at South Presbyterian Church, experienced two increases — first in the number of people in need, and then in the number of people available to fulfill that need.

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To help the Village of Dobbs Ferry’s new Affordable Housing Task Force develop a plan, the Dobbs Ferry Board of Trustees approved a joint proposal, on April 13, by the Pace University Land Use Law Center and the Tarrytown-based Housing Action Council to assist the task force.

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Retired NYPD Det. Randy Jurgensen, a longtime Dobbs Ferry resident, has a unique reason to mark this year’s 50th anniversary of “The French Connection,” the iconic cop thriller that began filming in April 1971 and that won five Academy Awards.

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SPRING Community Partners needed a professional, and found that person within its own ranks. Robin Larkins, former co-chair of that Dobbs Ferry nonprofit, was appointed its executive director on Feb. 1, making her SPRING’s first and only paid staff member.

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The Dobbs Ferry Board of Trustees held a special (virtual) meeting on March 26 to adopt the plan prepared by the Dobbs Ferry Police Reform and Reinvention Task Force. After discussion about minor amendments, the board passed the resolution, 6-0 (Trustee Christy Knell was absent). 

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After 20 years as a New York City corrections officer, Dobbs Ferry resident Tracie Barnes, 48, attended her retirement ceremony in dress uniform, white gloves, and anti-Covid mask — at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. 

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Kenya Paterra, Springhurst’s FLES-Spanish teacher (Foreign Language in the Elementary School), and SPRING Community Partners in Dobbs Ferry are collaborating to introduce the practice of mindfulness and meditation to the children of parents whose first language is Spanish.

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Donald Mack Bennett of New Rochelle was arrested last week for entering a building at The Masters School on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The 61-year-old also entered two administration buildings at Mercy College on that date, according to the Irvington Police Department, and attempted to enter Dobbs …

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Hastings resident Johnny Machado, 28, was sentenced to one year in jail on March 4 for the hit-and-run death of 91-year-old Dobbs Ferry resident Rocco DePaolo on the evening Sept. 20, 2019. Machado was using his cellphone while driving northbound on Broadway (Route 9) in Dobbs Ferry, accordi…

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The Embassy Community Center in Dobbs Ferry hosted the first coronavirus vaccination clinic in the Rivertowns on Saturday, March 6. The clinic was also the first event at the community center since it was renovated between June 2016 and December 2020. 

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Last fall, 10 former residents of The Children’s Village (CV) filed lawsuits against that residential treatment center for alleged abuse during the 1970s-1990s, when the plaintiffs ranged in age from 5 to 11.

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The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has honored the firm of Dobbs Ferry architect Steve Tilly with a 2020 State Historic Preservation Award for its restoration work on the Onderdonck-Tallman-Budke House in the Town of Clarkstown in Rockland County.

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The Dobbs Ferry Village Board has approved a resolution to request bids for construction of the new playground at the eight-acre Gould Park. The old playground was razed during the construction of the new pool.