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When Nuyorican playwright Migdalia Cruz of Irvington was recruited by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015 to write modern translations of Shakespeare's “Macbeth” and “Richard III” for its Play On! Shakespeare Project, she jumped at the chance to make the Bard's work more accessible to pr…

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Toby Lowenbraun is a typical, active 7-year-old. He was bouncing from chair to sofa in his family room last week, as his mom video-chatted with the Enterprise. It’s hard to imagine that this is the same Toby who, less than a year ago, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. 

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“Stories of Cyrus W. Field, Amzi L. Barber, and the Creation of Ardsley Park,” a webinar on March 28, detailed how the prestigious Rivertowns enclave came to be, focusing on the riveting stories of the two men — both representing American entrepreneurship but with different outcomes — most r…

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The Village of Irvington is finalizing the report of its Police Policy Review Committee, leading up to the April 1 deadline for all local governments in New York State to study their police operations and make suggestions for improvement. 

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With almost all staff now vaccinated against Covid-19, the Irvington School District is stepping up its timetable for the return to full in-person attendance, with all students expected to be back by April 12 instead of the previous target date of April 30. 

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Stories about heroism resonate even more profoundly when the hero seeks no reward. That’s a lesson to be learned from Peter Sis’s latest book, “Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued,” published in January by Norton Young Readers. It tells the stories of …

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It takes more than a pandemic to stop the Irvington Theater from serving up original entertainment. Even deprived of an actual stage for an entire year, IT has been seeking out new material, with offerings such as the Arts Incubator Film Series that premiered on YouTube in July 2020.

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Seeing the brighter side during a pandemic may seem hard. That’s where 13-year-old Emily Buchsbaum comes in. The Irvington eighth-grader took a look back and self-published a book that she hopes will help others appreciate some of the good that she found in the past year. Her “20 Positives o…

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Like other millennials, Frank Pignatelli is savvy about technology, social media, and contemporary issues, such as the role of the police in community life. What sets him apart from his peers, is that last week the 34-year-old was sworn in as Irvington’s new police chief.

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The Irvington Democratic Committee held its annual convention on Feb. 8, endorsing incumbent Brian Smith for mayor and Arlene Burgos and Mitchell Bard for village trustee in the November 2021 elections. Trustees Constance Kehoe and Janice Silverberg announced they will not seek reelection.

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The Irvington School District will provide a place for a commemorative sculpture, on Main Street School property, to honor the enslaved Africans who labored in Irvington. The bas-relief, by artist Vinnie Bagwell of Yonkers, will be affixed to a stone monument and installed near the statue of…

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Irvington’s Main Street School, home to the district’s fourth- and fifth- graders, is the recipient of the Inaugural Super Ambassador School award given by the Be A Friend Project (BAFP) in recognition of the school’s dedication and support for the Project’s anti-bullying initiatives. The sc…

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The Irvington Village Board continues to edit the draft of a new “multifamily/office” (MFO) rezone for the east side of North Broadway (Route 9). At the board meeting on Jan. 21, a new category of possible uses was proposed: multifamily housing for seniors. 

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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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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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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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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.