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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.

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Over the course of two days last month, seniors picked up their diplomas, at scheduled times, outside Ardsley High School. 

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The instrument of change that the demonstrators in Draper Park overlooked in their comments was the web effect. Americans have been spending more and more of their lives online. They have been stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, with schools, churches, businesses, malls, and resta…

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It was with a heavy heart and a nervous stomach that I drew the words “Black Lives Matter” on my placard, behind the “Thou shalt not kill” sign, and set out for Draper Park on June 14. I expected to confront all the bad feelings reflected by my race onto others. Instead I was presented with …

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I would like to give a shout-out to my block — Ogden Place. We did a neighborhood food drive for the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry which yielded 17 bags and two boxes of food, plus two boxes of diapers. The people throughout Dobbs Ferry are generous, but the people on Ogden Place are a special bre…

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On May 18, the Hastings-on-Hudson Board of Trustees passed a resolution committing the local government to promoting the use of low-embodied carbon concrete products for building and infrastructure projects within the village. This resolution is part of a larger effort to reduce the village’…

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During this period of historic uncertainty, the outcome of the Democratic primaries held this past Tuesday, June 23, remained unresolved 24 hours after the polls closed.

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I am very excited that Mimi Rocah will be the next district attorney for Westchester County. Ms. Rocah was just endorsed by one of the best elected officials we have, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. Ms. Rocah, a former attorney for the Southern District of New York, knows Westchester County and…

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I was surprised to receive Eliot Engel’s most recent mailing, which tries to paint Jamaal Bowman as someone who “refused to be a Democrat” and “doesn’t care about voting.” Engel castigates Bowman for registering as an Independent, then scolds him for not voting in Democratic primaries. “He d…

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The revolution will not be televised, as Gil Scott-Heron predicted in 1970. Instead, 50 years later, the revolution is being live streamed in response to the death 46-year-old George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.

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I’ve known Tom Abinanti for over 25 years as a public servant and seen his leadership, accessibility, and commitment. As many struggled with the economic fallout from Covid-19, Tom rolled up his sleeves and helped hundreds of your neighbors access unemployment insurance and other safety-net …

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I became a librarian 46 years ago (oy vey!) and while so much has changed, the fundamental mission of libraries remains the same: the lending of materials for recreational, informational, and educational purposes.

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The Hastings Democratic Committee has voted to endorse Tom Abinanti for re-election as Assembly member, 92nd District, a position I wholeheartedly support. Why? I’ll get right to the point: Tom has always been available to our committee and has always fought for his constituents. He did so a…

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Assemblyman Tom Abinanti has been a serious and conscientious public servant for many years. In the time I have known Tom I have seen him dedicated to representing the interests of his constituents. His concern for the environment, for affordable health care, for affordable housing, and his …

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For my entire adult life, Congresswoman Nita Lowey has represented me in Washington. Although I was a Republican (until 2016 anyway), she always represented me well and as mayor, she always fought hard for Irvington, especially in our darkest days, like in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. …

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It’s my hope that Democratic primary voters will cast their ballot for Assemblyman Tom Abinanti on June 23. Tom is an exceptional elected official who has worked hard to fight for Greenburgh over the years. In a few weeks a new Central Avenue will be built on Central Avenue, between Marion A…

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Concerned Families of Westchester (CFOW) endorses Jamaal Bowman for Congress in the 16th Congressional District. Formed in the days after 9/11, CFOW has never before endorsed a political candidate, focusing instead on issues of peace and justice. But now the demands for peace and the dangers…

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In a recent Indivisible Rivertowns Facebook post, a local Democratic leader lauded Congressman Eliot Engel’s record on Democratic issues, his established governmental relationships, and long service as reasons why we need to re-elect him on June 23 and maintain the status quo. However, if we…

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The June 23 primary election will give voters in Congressional District 17 an opportunity to pick the Democratic nominee for the House of Representatives seat being vacated by Nita Lowey. While there is a wealth of experience in the race, as well as just plain old wealth, Mondaire Jones is t…

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More than 1,200 miles, by car, separate the Rivertowns from the intersection in Minneapolis where 46-year-old George Floyd died as police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on this neck on May 25.

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I am writing concerning the upcoming school budget vote on June 9. I strongly encourage every voting member of the public to vote “yes” to the budget. In these uncertain times, now is not the time to put our children’s education in further jeopardy. As a direct result of the Covid-19 situati…

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