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Vote on Sept. 15 like your life depends on it… because life as you know it in Hastings does depend on your voice being heard by your elected officials. These public servants are voted into office by village residents and given the responsibility to care for the lifestyle and unique character…

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As we all begin making our plans for how we will vote in the presidential election just under two months from now, I’d like to remind folks that we also have an imminent election here in Hastings. Please set aside time on Sept. 15 to vote, either in person, or by absentee ballot, in our loca…

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I am wondering why Barry Graubart’s issue with his ballot application [Enterprise, Sept. 4] was mentioned, but no explanation why it happened or what effort he made to find out? He states “It made no sense” and “It’s baffling,” but did he ask at the post office why this might have happened? …

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While the 2020 national elections understandably will animate many Americans for the next several months, our local elections deserve just as much if not more attention. The people we elect to fill local office impact so much of our daily lives. This includes the education our children recei…

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I am writing to recommend Trustees Georgia Lopez and Morgen Fleisig, Democratic candidates for the Hastings Village Board, in the Sept. 15 village election. I have had the good fortune to serve as a colleague of Trustee Lopez and Trustee Fleisig this past year, and I cannot think of two more…

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Thank you so much for continuing to keep our community informed about the progress we are making with the restoration of Odell House Rochambeau Headquarters (OHRH). Since March 4, when title to the house actually passed to the Town of Greenburgh, the Friends have been working to learn more a…

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On Wednesday, Aug. 19, in the middle of the pouring rain, the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry was honored by a visit from Assembly member Thomas J. Abinanti, together with his constituent liaison Alyssa Jacobs. They came bearing gifts of both large and small  — containers of hand sanitizer and masks…

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I would like to remind everyone to vote in the upcoming Hastings village elections on Sept. 15 and to express my personal support for Trustee Morgen Fleisig. As a lifelong resident of Hastings, I have been consistently impressed with his impact on the village, especially with regard to zonin…

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Two boats — one powered by the sun, the other propelled by the wind — embarked on an 11-day carbon-neutral odyssey last week.

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Steve Pucillo’s name was mentioned more than once during the Hastings Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 4. The board hosted a presentation about the Saw Mill River Advisory Board made by Oded Holzinger of Groundwork Hudson Valley.

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The restoration of Hillside Woods rolled on last weekend, as illustrated by this week’s front-page photo. More than a dozen volunteers turned out to uproot privet, an invasive shrub, on Saturday, Aug. 8. Most of them were women, ranging from teenagers to senior citizens.

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Thirteen monarch butterfly eggs were found at the Rockwood Hall section of Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Sleepy Hollow on the morning of Monday, Aug. 3. 

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For 45 years, The Rivertowns Enterprise existed only as ink on paper, delivered to homes and to newsstands. Starting this week, the Enterprise’s award-winning editorial content is also available in pixels 24/7/365.

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Since the pandemic began, the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry has seen a fourfold increase in numbers of hungry people coming for food. One silver lining is that the Village of Dobbs Ferry, both its residents and its administration, has come forward and placed itself squarely behind the pantry.

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Until now, the abbreviation BC stood for “before Christ.” Going forward, it could take on the added meaning of “Before Covid.”

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On Monday, July 13, my husband and I visited the Yonkers office of State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins. We came away with a donation of 1,000 Hanes cotton masks for the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry clients and volunteers. The masks came in packets of five, and we gave them out liberally this past W…

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Most people I know are experiencing Covid-19 pandemic fatigue. We feel locked in, there is not enough variety in our lives, and we don't know when the pandemic will be over. And we miss going to the movies, theater, live jazz concerts. Praying at a Zoom service is not the same as going to a …

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On Dec. 4, 2019 — what seems like another era altogether — Hastings passed its own anti-idling law. With some exceptions for sub-freezing conditions and commercial and municipal vehicles, the law states “No person shall allow or permit the engine of a motor vehicle to idle for more than 1 mi…

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Although saddened to read the obituary of longtime resident Thomas Low in the Enterprise recently, I was sorry to note one major omission in that beautiful tribute: the significant contribution he had made to the “rebirth” of the Irvington Historical Society (IHS) in the 1990s after a 20-yea…

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Scotty Shevlin, a great guy, patriot, devoted Dobbs Ferry citizen, and carrier of the American flag for the American Legion, has been called from us. He was a kind, friendly person to all and will be surely missed. I know I miss him already. I hope there are younger Dobbs Ferry residents amo…

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The phrase “George Washington Slept Here” has been used by homeowners to bolster their property values. An enjoyable example is the comedic 1942 film "George Washington Slept Here." Because of our heightened awareness of Washington's ownership of slaves, said claim may be consigned to histor…

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Since mid-March, as the Covid-19 crisis unfolded, 84-year-old David “Scotty” Shevlin no longer held court at the Hi Smiley Food Mart on Main Street in Dobbs Ferry.

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I've now taken several walks on the new path of the Mario Cuomo Bridge. It's glorious — well-designed, clean, even whimsical. But there's a major conceptual flaw in allowing both pedestrians and bikers on such a narrow path, all the more during a pandemic. Those on bikes simply overwhelm tho…

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Your June 26 editorial, “Too Much Uncertainty,” was a good start toward overhauling New York’s opaque elections. Our voting procedures discourage participation. The illegibility of government and lack of civic awareness in the U.S. are symbiotic twins, which together discourage informed voting.