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The public hearing on the Villa Lewaro special permit application is expected to resume in November. The attorney for the Broadway mansion’s owner agreed to submit a rewritten application that addresses neighbors’ concerns about crowds, noise, traffic, and other disturbances that might resul…

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“One thing is clear: international students like me have helped bring the world to American campuses and classrooms,” writes Rajika Bhandari in her memoir, “America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibilities.” The book, in paperback, was published by She Writes Press on Sept. 1…

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When Richelieu Dennis, the Black co-founder of a hair and skincare empire, bought Villa Lewaro in 2018, he announced plans to use the national landmark as a training ground for women entrepreneurs of color. Villa Lewaro was built in 1918 by Madam C.J. Walker, the daughter of former slaves, w…

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With its candy-box colors and sunny verandas, the Octagon House looks as cheerful as a merry-go-round. But in the shadows of the mansion’s nooks and crannies the inexplicable occurs, and during next month’s “Myths and Mysteries” tours, visitors to the Irvington landmark may experience a “pre…

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Milestones, those obscure antique markers along roadways, “offer a direct connection to our colonial history,” Irvington Historical Society Trustee Earl Ferguson stated at the beginning of the Zoom webinar “History and Mystery: The Milestones of the Albany Post Road” on Sunday, Sept. 12. 

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Irvington has until Dec. 31 of this year to opt out of a provision of the recently enacted New York State Cannabis Law that allows marijuana dispensaries and on-site facilities for using cannabis. Local governments must hold public hearings on the subject and then, if they want to prohibit s…

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Floria and Gino Uli weren’t in the market for another restaurant when the phone rang earlier this year. The Ardsley couple already had their hands full with Divino Cucina Italiana in Hastings and with raising three children. But then they received a call from a friend who owned the building …

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Legal and design consultants for Villa Lewaro LLC revisited the Irvington Village Board on Aug. 30 with a reworked proposal for a special permit to turn the 1918 mansion on North Broadway into "The Madam C.J. Walker Institute for Women of Color Entrepreneurs." 

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For Tom Conklin, who is retiring as CEO of the Hudson Valley chapter of Make-A-Wish, working at the charity that grants wishes to seriously ill children isn’t about tragedy. It’s about bringing joy.

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The Irvington Village Board will hold a public hearing on Aug. 30 about adopting the New York Stretch Energy Code, a set of more rigorous energy efficiency standards for both new construction and renovations. According to the code’s originator, NYSERDA (the New York State Energy Research and…

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For some BBQ joint owners, it’s all about the smoke. Not so for Drew George, proprietor of FarmEats on Main Street in Irvington. For George, a familiar figure at the Irvington Farmers’ Market since 2016, the source of the meat comes first. 

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A Chromebook for every student may be coming soon to Irvington High School, where lessons learned during the coronavirus pandemic are informing plans to integrate technology into everyday learning in or out of the school building. 

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Now that it’s legal to use cannabis in New York State, Irvington officials are looking at village laws about smoking in public, and how they should amend them to include substances other than tobacco. 

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The term “Renaissance man” hardly does justice to Bret Reilly, who is as comfortable creating startling figural sculptures in his Irvington studio as he is recording an original album, teaching an art class, or designing furniture. 

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Gatherings of hundreds of people could take place several times a year at Villa Lewaro if owner Richelieu Dennis, founder of the New Voices Foundation, realizes his dream of establishing a business incubator on the site. 

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The Village of Irvington plans to air condition the century-old Irvington Theater, with an expected opening in early to middle 2022. Funding from New York State will cover $625,000 of the $1 million price tag. 

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Residents-only Matthiessen Park had been both a repository of fond memories and a linchpin for debate about race, class, and privilege. After a renovation project that closed the park for more than a year, it reopened on Saturday, July 31, to all members of the public. 

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The Village of Irvington is in a financial quandary that falls into the category of a “good kind of problem” — how to spend some of an unexpectedly high “unassigned” General Fund balance. 

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Embedding bronze plaques into downtown street corners to identify the history of each street’s name has been discussed off and on for about five years, ever since the nonprofit Irvington Landmark Preservation (ILP) first presented the idea to the village board. The proposal has now become ta…

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The Clocktower Players, one of the resident theater companies of the Irvington Theater, has reinvented itself in various ways during the pandemic, using the internet to deliver programming while the theater remains off limits. 

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“Above all, our production of ‘Twelfth Night’ is about joy, a celebration of coming back together again,” said Irene Lazaridis, executive director of the Irvington Shakespeare Company (ISC) and co-producer and director of the production. “‘Twelfth Night’ is also a fitting story to fulfill IS…

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Irvington is considering opting out of a New York State law passed on March 31 that legalized the commercial sale of marijuana. Municipalities have until Dec. 31 to pass an opt-out resolution. If they don’t, cannabis products can be sold at state-licensed dispensaries or sold and consumed at…

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Outfits in the shape of a refrigerator, a bottle cap, a peanut butter jar, and more were among the attractions as the international fashion industry shined a spotlight on North Broadway on Saturday, July 10.

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Like other theater companies who usually perform at the Irvington Theater, River’s Edge tried to maintain momentum during the pandemic by producing virtual offerings. But the company’s founders, Meghan and David Covington of Ardsley, dreamed of again mounting a play for a live audience.

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Vinnie Bagwell is a storyteller whose medium is sculpture and whose story is New York’s legacy of slavery. A page from that chronicle, in the form of a bronze bas-relief, will be installed between the Main Street School and Town Hall. Bagwell’s rendering of the sculpture was unveiled at Irvi…

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In March of 2020 Meg Lindsay’s exhibit of paintings had just opened in the Irvington Library’s Martucci Gallery when the pandemic shut everything down. She was allowed to retrieve her canvases and then, like every other artist who thrives on exhibiting their work, she waited.

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Irvington’s schools are buzzing with activity this summer as contractors pick up the pace on a slew of bond-financed building projects that were stalled by the pandemic. At the same time, the district’s own staff is engaged in routine summer maintenance at all the schools, touching up the pa…

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When members of the Irvington school community pass by the dressing room at the Campus Theater, they’ll be reminded of longtime guidance counselor Claudia Rodriguez, who died on April 3, 2020 due to complications from Covid-19, a month after she had retired at age 56.

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Spring 2021 was a busy recruiting season for the Irvington School District, which hired a new assistant superintendent, director of pupil personnel services, and high school assistant principal, all of whom will start this summer.

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A dozen years ago, serial entrepreneur Paul Lightfoot was on the lookout for the next big thing. Today, he leads a crusade to fix what’s broken about the fresh produce industry, using the Irvington-based company he founded in 2010, BrightFarms, as the catalyst. 

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To celebrate Pride Month, the Irvington Theater will offer “One Thing I Want You to Know” for streaming on demand from June 23 through June 25. The program features LGBTQIA+ artists and advocates who share messages of hope, calls to action, and personal stories of love triumphing over fear. 

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Irvington resident David Imamura is chairing the New York State Independent Redistricting Commission, a body whose work affects every resident’s representation in government. The commission is charged with redrawing Congressional district lines — where necessary — in accordance with the most…

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The Irvington Board of Trustees ended almost two years of controversy on June 7, when they voted unanimously to create a new multifamily/office (MFO) zoning district for part of North Broadway (Route 9). The measure increases the allowable population density on those properties, with incenti…

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Irvington’s second annual Juneteenth celebration rally will be Saturday, June 19, at the Main Street School parking lot, from 2 to 5 p.m. The holiday, which commemorates the freeing of the last slaves during the Civil War, has also become an occasion to honor the cultural contributions of th…

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Following 15 months of virtual programming, the Irvington Theater will host outdoor events during the first summer season in its 119-year history. The season starts with “Sunset Cinema,” a series of three music films to be screened on the lawn behind Main Street School, 101 Main St.

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Five members of Irvington Boy Scout Troop 55 — Richard Ackerman, Cameron Asadi, Walter Fried, Ben Talty, and Max Van Osdol — were raised to the rank of Eagle Scout during a ceremony at Irvington High School on Saturday, May 22. 

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Though uncontested, the election for the Irvington School Board will result in a new addition on Tuesday, May 18. Incumbent trustee Beth Propper, a member of the board since 2018, is running for a second term and Susan Brunenavs is running for her first term. Brunenays will replace Michael H…

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Anne Jaffe Holmes of Irvington, the program manager at the Federated Conservationists of Westchester (FCOW), was honored by the WESPAC Foundation at its annual awards ceremony, held virtually on May 13. 

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Irvington High School senior Ariela Simbana is raising funds to treat a disease that struck her father with brute force two years ago. That’s when Carlos Simbana, 50, was diagnosed with gastric cancer, which he was told was inoperable.