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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…

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Bassist John Patitucci has won three Grammy Awards and performed with jazz legends in his decades-long career. Now, the 61-year-old Hastings resident has another major accomplishment to his credit: film score composer. May 12 will mark the national theatrical release of “Chicago: America’s H…

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Angela Ries of Hastings competes in a cargo bike grocery bag relay race during the first Hastings Bike Rodeo held at the Zinsser commuter parking lot on Sunday, May 2. Andrew Heilakka of Hastings organized the event with the support of the Hastings Police Department and the Hastings Recreati…

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The Hastings Pollinator Pathway Project is sponsoring its second seed swap at the Hastings Farmers’ Market next Saturday, April 17. The swap is a reprise of a successful event in February, where the seeds of 38 different plants, both edible and decorative, were given away. 

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Kaylee Oppenheimer and Bryce Jacobs, both members of Melissa Shandroff’s Science Research class at Hastings High School, were named finalists at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF) virtual awards ceremony on March 23. They each received a $400 prize and the chance to compete…

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Schools Superintendent Valerie Henning-Piedmonte announced March 18 that she will retire effective July 1, two years into a three-year contract. The school district must now hire a new superintendent for the fourth time in five years. 

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From Alba of Argentina to Zahra of Zambia, “G My Name is Girl,” written and illustrated by Hastings resident Dawn Masi, is a parade of playful, powerful girls from around the globe. The book, published last month by Doubleday for kids ages 3-7, takes the familiar schoolyard rhyming game “A M…

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With the school district readying its buildings for full in-person attendance next month, the Hastings PTSA and SEPTA (the special education branch of the PTSA) are working to raise $30,000 to outfit classrooms with air purification units. As of March 23, they were about $3,000 short of thei…

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The Village of Hastings reached #1 on the New York State Clean Energy Communities leaderboard last week, amassing the most points of any participating municipality. The village earned that honor by performing actions related to clean energy and sustainability. 

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The Village of Hastings released a draft of its Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Plan last week. It represents five months of work by a 30-person committee representing Village government and law endorsement, religious and educational institutions, private citizens, and students.

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For decades, 10 green spaces in Hastings were parks in name only, including Hillside Woods, Zinsser Park, and Uniontown Park. That changed on Tuesday, Feb. 16, when the Hastings Village Board dedicated those locations as “official” Hastings parklands.

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When the pandemic limited access to research labs last year, some high school students lost opportunities for internships that might have yielded material for science projects. That was no problem for Hastings senior Adam Oppenheimer, however. Working virtually to study galaxies far, far awa…

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week, while progress continues on other building projects throughout the district. At the Feb. 8 Hastings School Board meeting, district treasurer Maureen Caraballo, who oversees the $18 million capital project that the public voted for in February 2019, updated the status of its elements at…