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The Village of Hastings learned last month that it would receive two state grants to study and maintain its woodlands. One grant provides $40,000 for tree maintenance in Hillside Woods and Park, and the other, at $14,756, is for a tree inventory in four other village-owned green spaces.

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In November 2017, Hastings residents voted to save the village’s iconic riverfront water tower. The general plan since then entailed dismantling it and storing the parts at the Tower Ridge Yacht Club, during remediation of the site where it has stood for a century.

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A familiar face wants to return to the Greenburgh Town Board next fall. Ellen Hendrickx, a 21-year resident who served on the board for seven months after the April 2019 death of Councilman Kevin Morgan, announced her candidacy for the board on Dec. 3.

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“Juneteenth,” celebrating the date that the last slaves were emancipated after the Civil War, is a memorable day for Black Americans. This year, June 19 also marked the first meeting of a new advocacy group called “Parenting Children of Color,” or P-CoC (pronounced “peacock”). The Hastings-b…

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An unexpected windfall would be welcome by any charity during a global pandemic. When Family-to-Family (FTF), the Hastings-based nonprofit that pairs local donors with neighbors in need learned that the Estevez family, owners of Foodtown of Hastings-on-Hudson, would present them with a check…

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Elizabeth Knell worked in marketing and branding for New York City-based companies for more than 25 years before she moved to Hastings from Brooklyn, started two businesses, and joined the Rivertowns Chamber of Commerce (RCC).

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“Love and Information,” Hastings High School’s fall 2020 production, is about people’s need to communicate, a premise tailor-made for the pandemic-related ban on live performances. The play will stream tonight (Nov. 20) and tomorrow, at 7 p.m., on the school district’s YouTube channel.

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Who is that masked man with the head of irrepressible curls, concertizing at keyboards all around town? If the vibe is jazz and the tunes are cool, it’s Jasper Zimmerman, age 13: multi-instrumentalist, music history aficionado, and composer. 

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The pandemic has ruled out SHARE the Project’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the Homeless at Hastings High School, so instead SHARE founder Jeanne Newman and her volunteers will deliver 1,000 meals to people in need in Yonkers and Manhattan. 

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In the weeks since Hastings opened the Farragut Complex to in-person education on a hybrid schedule, “Flex Wednesdays” earned both fans and detractors. With the hybrid schedule, each half of the student body of both the middle and high school attended in person two days a week and remotely f…

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Julie Leininger Pycior of Hastings, a professor emeritus at Manhattan College, determined that the official publication date of her newest book, “Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton and the Greatest Commandment: Radical Love in Times of Crisis” would be September 2020.

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Writing the definitive biography of songwriter Irving Berlin was a long time coming for author James Kaplan of Hastings. The longtime village resident’s book “Irving Berlin: New York Genius” was published in November 2019 by Yale University Press. A Yale editor, Eileen Smith, had approached …

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Richard Dresser, an award-winning scriptwriter for theater, television, and film, will discuss his first novel, the politically charged but family-centered “It Happened Here,” via Zoom, the next installment of the local author series presented by the Friends of the Hastings Library. 

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When Hurricane Isaias knocked out power in Hastings last month, a little-known Village service swung into high gear. The Hastings Recreation Department staff manned the phones and went down its “Are You Okay?” list, a directory the department uses to reach out to the elderly in an emergency. 

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When the coronavirus hit Westchester six months ago, Hastings officials knew that their neediest residents could face unprecedented food insecurity. Through the local charity Family-to-Family, the Village of Hastings put out a call for donations via a GoFundMe page launched to support the Ha…

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Debbie Quinn, a Hastings resident known for her work as a pre-school teacher and later as a children’s librarian, has been appointed permanent director of the Hastings Public Library. Quinn succeeds Joan Vaillancourt, who retired on March 31. After closing in mid-March due to the Covid-19 pa…

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The creatures that populate “The Grabbits,” a new children’s book written and illustrated by Kim Soderstrom, have floppy ears that can hear a lot, big eyes that can spot all sorts of things in a messy room, dexterous paws to snatch said items, and big feet to make a quick get-away, always at…

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When Christian Healy returned to Hastings in March, to complete his freshman year at Northwestern University remotely, he thought about the fact that he was fortunate, all things considered. So he decided to use his time at home to help people who lacked a necessity Westchester residents tak…

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The Hastings School District put the brakes on its reopening plan on Aug. 19, delaying its use of the “hybrid” attendance model — with two days in school and three days at home — to a 100 percent online learning plan for the first two weeks. The announcement was made as hundreds of district …

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The social services agency Graham Windham announced last week that it has closed its residential program at the 25-acre Graham School, located on South Broadway in Hastings. Its on-campus special-needs school district, Greenburgh-Graham, will continue to operate with day students only. Green…

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Even though traffic through the village has decreased since the pandemic closed schools and businesses in March, Hastings officials are thinking about unresolved issues on specific streets. Of particular concern is the neighborhood around High Street off Farragut Avenue, where motorists from…

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Over the years Rabbi Mark Sameth of Hastings spent researching ancient writings about God as a man, woman, or other, he didn’t envision that he would make a splash in the news. But when his op-ed piece titled “Is God Transgender?” was published in The New York Times in 2016, any discussion o…