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International Holocaust Remembrance Day, on Jan. 27, is a call to reflect on the systemic murder of six million Jews at the hands of the Nazis. It also prompts thoughts of other groups that have suffered abuse, discrimination, or genocide. 

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The Greater Irvington Land Trust (GILT) and the Village Open Space Advisory Committee have submitted documents to the village board seeking additional parkland dedication, as an apparent oversight has left a significant Village-owned parcel vulnerable to development. 

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The Irvington Village Board continues to field comments from residents and representatives of commercial landowners regarding the proposed rezoning of the east side of North Broadway (Route 9). Public hearings were held on Dec. 21 and Jan. 4, but it’s still unclear when the board will bring …

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It’s one thing to vote for a law and have it take effect a few weeks or months later. It’s quite another to pass legislation that won’t be in force for three years. That’s the case with Irvington’s total ban on gas-powered leaf blowers, which goes into effect on Dec. 16, 2023. 

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Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the beloved story of dutiful family man George Bailey and his guardian angel Clarence. For many people, the 1946 film directed by Frank Capra is the definition of the holiday spirit.

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Cancellation of the Irvington Presbyterian Church’s annual “attic sale” not only disappointed the bargain hunters who flock to the church every September for everything from furniture to designer fashions, it also undermined the church’s program of giving.

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Kaylen Jiang, a first-grader at Dows Lane Elementary School, has been awarded the “Triple C” Award by the New York State Office of the Attorney General. She was recognized for her “courage, character, and commitment” for acting as a Mandarin Chinese translator for a classmate in Izabela Swie…

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Debris — natural and manmade — was removed last weekend, Nov. 21-22, from the Irvington Woods, in the area between the O’Hara Nature Center and the Hermit’s Wetlands, off of Mountain Road.

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Young residents of the Richmond Hill townhouse complex, located at the corner of Broadway (Route 9) and Harriman Road, organized three events — without adult supervision — that raised money for charitable causes and entertained neighbors this past summer and fall. The children range in age f…

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The Irvington Village Board has agreed to open Matthiessen Park to the general public, probably beginning in early 2021. The move lifts a “village residents only” restriction that was in effect for more than 40 years. Entry was enforced sporadically over that time.

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Longtime Irvington resident Kathy Kaufman has been passionate about police reform since before the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis became the flashpoint for civil unrest nationwide this past summer. In the wake of that incident, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all municipalities in New York S…

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One of the most contentious rezoning proposals in Irvington’s recent memory, the “North Broadway Mixed-Use District,” is just that: a memory. The Village redrafted the zoning amendment, first proposed in 2019 and then repeatedly revised before landing on the back burner early this year as th…

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As the renovation of Matthiessen Park nears completion in preparation for a spring 2021 re-opening, a cross section of residents are again raising the question of who will be allowed access to the refurbished riverfront amenity, which has been for residents only.  

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Irvington Theater continues to find innovative ways to keep audiences engaged and entertained during the venue’s Covid-19 shutdown. Its latest virtual offering, “Inspiring Inclusion in the Arts,” will stream this Monday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m., part of the theater’s “In Our Own Words” series t…

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The Irvington Historical Society’s 2020 benefit will be virtual this Sunday, Oct. 18, which is a fitting format for the afternoon’s featured entertainment: the premiere of an hour-long documentary featuring the memories of some of the village’s most senior residents. 

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Hugh Ryan, whose first paying job (after babysitting) was as an Irvington Public Library page, was back there on Oct. 10 — virtually — to discuss his 2019 book “When Brooklyn Was Queer.” The library presented the Zoom conversation to coincide with its celebration of LGBTQ History Month.

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Erik Weiselberg’s ability to relate the Revolutionary War to modern life has made him popular at Irvington High School, where he has taught social studies for 21 years, and an authority throughout Westchester County.

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Dows Lane Elementary School has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2020 Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon School. The honor recognizes Dows Lane as one of the nation’s top schools for its overall academic performance. 

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The Clocktower Players often refer to themselves as “family.” Opening their fall season with an Oct. 3 benefit on Zoom, followed by online performances and classes, many Clocktower alumni on furlough from their show business careers are returning to the troupe to act, teach, and rejoice in t…

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It wasn’t long after the Covid-19 pandemic darkened theaters in mid-March that the Irvington Theater Commission and its partner organizations recruited talent and technology to present plays, music, and other events remotely. The result was an outpouring of creativity that didn’t let up even…

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Irvington’s littlest learners will attend school in person four days a week under the latest re-entry plan, approved by the school board on Tuesday, Aug. 25. The district also revised its phase-in timetable for the return of all grades to school buildings, to give teachers and administrators…

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Irvington’s proposed total ban on gas-powered leaf blowers isn’t winning the village board many fans among professional landscapers and managers of condominium developments. The ban would take effect on Dec. 16, 2020, after which violators would be subject to higher penalties than before, wi…

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When classes begin next month in Irvington, the situation will look different on the district’s three campuses, with rooms rearranged to promote social distancing, schedules staggered to decrease crowding in the halls, hand-washing stations and sanitizer dispensers throughout the buildings, …

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When the Clocktower Players called for entries to its first-ever playwriting competition, the community theater company’s executive director, Cagle McDonald, expected 20 or 25 submissions — if they were lucky. Ninety arrived by the deadline in mid-July. 

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Launching a clothing business during a global pandemic takes a lot of nerve. Brice Pierce, a 15-year-old rising sophomore at Irvington High School, has that in spades. His environmentally themed sportswear line, Revive Clothing Company, debuted online this summer with an initial investment o…

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Playwright and community theater founder Samuel Harps is no stranger to the Rivertowns, where readings of his dramas about race were staged at the Irvington Theater (IT) in 2017. This year, the theater is shuttered because of the pandemic, but Harps’ work is one of the highlights of IT’s onl…

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Irvington resident Chet Kerr, a retired attorney, has entertained and informed the public with talks on two subjects he’s passionate about: pollinator-friendly gardening and Irvington history. 

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Twenty years ago, Irvington resident Genevieve Piturro changed the course of her life by starting Pajama Program, a national nonprofit organization that benefits children. She tells this story, and much more about herself, in “Purpose, Passion and Pajamas — How to Transform Your Life, Embrac…

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Amid continuing protests about systemic racism in the U.S., a social media trend is playing out in American towns near and far: Instagram pages that start with the words “Black at” followed by a location or school name. On each of these pages, Black students and other people of color (POC) p…