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Westchester County responded to Hastings resident’s concerns about the first draft of a repaving plan for Farragut Avenue, a county-owned road. The original set of blueprints, released in August, was critiqued at a public forum on Sept. 13, with some residents questioning the safety of new t…

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Hastings residents, dignitaries, and a costumed fife and drum trio turned out at Wagner Plaza on Sept. 30 to celebrate the dedication of “Revolutionary Walk,” where six interpretive panels tell the story of the Battle of Edgar’s Lane. Near that site, on Sept. 30, 1778, Continental soldiers h…

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It’s been four years since the Village of Hastings began studying traffic on James and High streets in an effort to determine the reason so many cars use that southern corridor. Last month, Sam Schwartz Consulting, the Village’s traffic engineers, submitted the results of a new survey to mea…

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The pandemic spurred a surge of new podcasts, but one of them in particular is a must-listen for Hastings residents. It’s called “Yesteryear: Stories From Home,” and its content is based on real first-person accounts of village life in the “olden days.”

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Lower Warburton Avenue, between Washington Avenue and Nodine Street, is a close-knit neighborhood, both socially and physically. Many structures are a century old or more, built on postage-stamp-sized lots before zoning dictated the dimensions of structures and yards. When owners have wanted…

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Westchester County’s plan to repave Farragut Avenue and add bike lanes is raising the ire of neighborhood residents, many of whom fear that the planned changes in lane design, parking, and traffic island placement will negatively impact safety and  quality of life

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The Hastings Parks & Recreation Commission voted on Sept. 9 to recommend the Burke Estate as the location for a skatepark, an amenity that has been under discussion for three years. The proposal must be approved by the village board to proceed to the design and construction stages.

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The Broadway Training Center’s fall ensemble program will present a full-scale production of “Matilda” at Hastings High School on Friday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m. The musical is based on the novel by Roald Dahl with a book by Dennis Kelly an…

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For Hastings Mayor Niki Armacost, the Afghan people are more than anonymous faces in news reports. Beginning in childhood and then over the course of her career, Armacost traveled to Afghanistan multiple times and established lasting relationships there. For that reason, she is among the ele…

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Last month’s press release from Westchester County District Attorney Miriam Rocah’s Cold Case Bureau was accompanied by a picture of a middle-aged man with dark hair and a moustache. He seemed to be looking right into the camera. But the picture wasn’t a photo — it was a reconstruction calle…

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a Certificate of Completion on June 28 for the removal of contaminated soil on the 6-acre Uhlich Color portion of the former Tappan Terminal on the Hastings waterfront. The certificate is official proof that the site, j…

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“I am immensely happy to have the opportunity to serve a congregation that I love and that has been so supportive of me and my wife, Sarita,” the Rev. Arlin Roy said about his appointment as the new minister of the First Unitarian Society of Westchester in Hastings. 

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The Hastings Parks and Recreation Commission will vote Sept. 9 on which of two proposed locations for a skatepark to recommend to the village board. One location is on the school district-owned Burke Estate off Farragut Avenue and the other is in Village-owned Zinsser Park off Broadway (Route 9).

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The chance to redecorate a village from the bottom up doesn’t come often, especially when replacing a single municipal bench can cost $1,500. But thanks to a combination of state grant money and $200,000 from the Village Betterment Fund, an account in which the Village deposits location fees…

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When the pandemic gripped the Rivertowns a year and a half ago, Family-to-Family, the Hastings-based nonprofit that matches up donors with families in need, wondered how it would weather the storm. But thanks to the persistence of the organization’s fundraisers and an influx of new sponsors,…

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The Village of Hastings will honor frontline workers with a “Parade of Heroes” on Sunday, Oct. 17. Starting at 2 p.m., the parade will proceed north on Warburton Avenue, starting near the Yonkers border and ending at North Street.

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The Village of Hastings passed a group of resolutions on July 6 approving bonds totaling $2,407,450 for the fiscal year 2021-2022. The bonds will finance infrastructure repairs, building renovations, heavy-duty equipment, and vehicles.  

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With wit, wisdom, and an astute awareness of the world in which we live, four Hastings visual artists look to a future when climate justice will prevail in the exhibition “Regeneration,” on view in the Museum Gallery at the White Plains Public Library through Sept. 3. 

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The Hastings School District is on track to finish all the elements of its multi-campus, $18 million capital improvement project by early 2022. Much of that work is taking place this summer, as a new wing takes shape at Hillside Elementary School and Farragut Middle School prepares for the r…

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One hundred and three years ago, Infantryman James Daley Jr. of Hastings was killed in action, in France, six days before the ceasefire agreement that ended World War 1. One hundred years ago, his remains were brought back from Europe. On Saturday, July 10, as part of the American Legion’s n…

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Is saying “I think I can, I think I can” enough to carry you over the mountain? In the world of the children’s classic “The Little Engine That Could,” the answer is yes. The locomotive makes it over the mountain through sheer grit and determination. But can everyone really make it on their own?

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The Hastings Board of Education announced on June 13 that it hired 61-year-old William McKersie as interim superintendent for the 2021-22 school year. He will begin his term on Aug. 1. Assistant Superintendent Melissa Szymanski will serve as interim superintendent for the month of July, foll…

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In 1970, “revolution” was more than a song title in parts of New York City. In the South Bronx, activist groups championed the needs of Black and Puerto Rican neighborhoods that received scant funding from the city’s government. One of the most crucial of these needs was health care.

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A love of history and research, plus a push from a friend, supplied lifelong Hastings resident Robert Roche with the spark to write his first novel. “A War on Two Fronts,” set during World War II, was published in paperback in April and is available through Amazon for $12.95.

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The global pandemic has kept Broadway Training Center, the Hastings-based performing arts school, out of the footlights. But alhough the Irvington Theater, its home stage, has been off limits, that hasn’t stopped BTC from mounting not one, but two full-fledged musical productions this spring.

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The Hastings Historical Society celebrated its 50th anniversary in April. The fact that the organization has been around for only a half-century may come as a surprise to those who have visited the society’s headquarters, located in an antique cottage nestled among the trees in Draper Park. …

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Hastings K.I.D.S. is an acronym for “Kids Involved Doing Service,” which describes the volunteer opportunities this program provides. A prime example: the upcoming “community walk” designed to get Hastings strolling through the village to raise money for the American Cancer Society (ACS). 

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Alexander Dal Piaz, Damaris Lois Yamoah Lang, and Doreen Bucher were elected to the Hastings School Board on May 18. Dal Piaz received 628 votes, followed by Lang with 567 and Bucher with 492. The remaining candidates, Matthew Gordon and Steven Goldfinger, respectively received 488 votes and…