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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…

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While statues and memorials associated with slavery and colonialism are being toppled all over the country, the Irvington Village Board is considering how to honor two groups: the enslaved African who worked on Irvington’s farms and estates until the 1800s, and the founding families of the village.

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Clocktower Players, the resident theater company of the Irvington Theater, can’t stage productions in their historic auditorium anytime soon. But the pandemic isn’t stopping them from engaging the community, such as via online acting classes, dance and vocal lessons, and improvisation worksh…

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After teaching Spanish in Irvington for 22 years, Angela Druzic decided to retire this spring. With schools closed because of the coronavirus, it was a bittersweet culmination to a teaching career that spanned a total of 38 years.

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When leaders of the Irvington Historical Society witnessed the onrush of the Covid-19 pandemic in Westchester County in March, they knew an extraordinary era was unfolding. In short order it became the nonprofit’s mission to gather Irvington’s pandemic stories and preserve them for posterity.

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School district residents will see the names of three candidates on the ballot — incumbents Brian Friedman and Maura Gedid, and newcomer Jayne Wissner — when they vote to fill the three open seats on the school board.

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After the Irvington Theater shut down in mid-March amid the coronavirus pandemic, a rash of cancellations and postponements followed. Two months later, the century-old auditorium on the third floor of town hall remains shuttered. But Greg Allen, the manager of the theater, has spent the past…

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Construction began last week on 900 feet of new sidewalk along Station Road, from Woodbine Road to the Aqueduct tunnel. Work is also being done to improve safe passage for pedestrians walking through the tunnel.

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Staying home during the coronavirus pandemic is hard enough for families that have been self-quarantining for weeks. It’s even more difficult for the staff at group homes for the developmentally disabled, such as the 16 run by Irvington-based Abbott House.

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Public education in Irvington went live on April 20, as faculty and students adapted to the school district’s first day of “synchronous learning,” a live-streaming format that provided a virtual approximation of the classroom environment.

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Dressed in her mother’s hat and coat, which made her resemble Queen Elizabeth II, Joan Lobdell greeted dozens of neighbors who gathered at a safe distance outside her home to wish her a happy birthday on Thursday, April 16.

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Getting food to the homebound during the Covid-19 pandemic doesn’t always mean using a commercial delivery service. In Irvington, a group of students is spending part of their furlough from school as personal shoppers for senior citizens and people with health conditions.

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With families on edge about the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, it can be hard to relieve stress without leaving home. To help people cope, Irvington resident and yoga instructor Jennifer Monness has turned to the internet.

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Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Jon Riss, director of music at the Irvington Presbyterian Church, would use the church’s German-made pipe organ to fill the sanctuary with heavenly tones on Sundays. These days, the sanctuary is empty of worshippers, and its homebound congregation has been heari…