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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…

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Patrons were welcome to enter the Hastings Public Library starting Monday, July 13. It was the first time anyone but library staff and professional cleaning crews had been inside since March, when public buildings were closed as the coronavirus surged.  

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Hastings merchants are weathering the pandemic by thinking outside their restaurants and storefronts. Over the past month, businesses have spilled out onto the sidewalks and even into local parks, often with the support of village officials.

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Timing, as the saying goes, is everything. Ray Brescia’s book “The Future of Change: How Technology Shapes Social Revolutions” was published on April 15. Six weeks later a smartphone video taken on a street in Minneapolis transfixed the country, and soon the world, bringing demonstrations, a…

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Since its deal with SunCal fell through in 2019, ARCO (Atlantic Richfield Co.) has been mum about who might become the new owner of its 28-acre parcel on the Hastings waterfront. That silence was broken on June 16, when Hastings Waterfront LLC, a real estate investment and development compan…

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The Hastings Board of Education appointed Kevin Hanlon as the new assistant principal of Farragut Middle School on June 16. He succeeds Christopher Keough, who joined the district in 2009 to teach computer science and engineering at Farragut. He was appointed assistant principal in 2016. Keo…

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Mia de Bethune of Hastings never imagined she’d spend the spring of 2020 managing a cottage industry. But that’s what the licensed creative arts therapist found herself doing after a small-scale effort at making protective facemasks caught on among her students and professional contacts. 

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A peaceful demonstration called “Kids 4 Justice” attracted hundreds of children and adults to downtown Hastings on Sunday, June 7. The march, organized by three pre-teen girls and their mothers, capped off an emotional week for the community, in the wake of worldwide demonstrations sparked b…

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The Upstream Gallery on Main Street has been closed to visitors since nonessential businesses were ordered to shut down in March. Unable to exhibit their work in person, more than half of the gallery’s 24 member artists recently launched an online art sale to raise funds for personal protect…

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Eight candidates will be on the ballot for two open seats on the Hastings School Board this year. In last week’s issue, the Enterprise profiled Jeremy Galland, Nina Segal Kennedy, Donna Liparulo, and Joanne Pedro-Scardino. The remaining four candidates are featured this week. Voting will be …

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The purple ribbons tied to the trees in a clearing at the Lenoir Preserve flutter in the breeze off the Hudson. They would make a cheerful display, if it weren’t for the fact that each one represents a Westchester resident lost to Covid-19. More than 1,100 deaths from the disease have been r…

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Mail-in DNA testing makes for exciting plot lines on TV and in the movies. Revelations about unknown relatives can lead to joyous reunions or the apprehension of criminals. But sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, as journalist and author Libby Copeland chronicles in her new book “The L…

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In the era of Covid-19, “community policing” — the kinder, gentler version of keeping the peace — often takes place via social media. As the virus-related shutdowns dragged on, the Hastings Police Department has become increasingly creative in how it bonds with residents and delivers serious…

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The drone of work machines will be heard in the area of the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Ravensdale Bridge all night tonight (May 1), as preparation continues for the installation of a temporary bridge over the parkway. The work is part of the bridge replacement project that has been in th…

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April is Earth Month, and even as people shelter in their homes to avoid the spread of Covid-19, Hastings is blooming. To celebrate spring without congregating, residents can take part in a villagewide citizen science project called the 2020 Bioblitz.

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After 29 years of service at the Hastings Public Library, Joan Vaillancourt retired this month. She had been the library’s director since 2016and its children’s librarian for 23 years before that. She arrived at the library in 1991, beginning as a part-time librarian.

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On March 30, the Hastings Board of Education appointed Jennifer Spirelli as the next principal of Farragut Middle School. On July 1, she will take over that position from Gail Kipper, who is retiring after 21 years as the school’s top administrator.