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We needed to call the Fairview Fire Department because of a smell in our basement. Within 10 minutes, Deputy Fire Chief Eryk Simmons and Fire Capt. David Primerano, with four other firefighters carrying more than 100 pounds of equipment, rolled into our basement. They were all as nice as can…

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If you’re lucky enough to live on South Drive, chances are that before you pull on your snow gear, grab your shovel, and head out to clear your driveway, Tommy Drake has already cleared out your car, driveway and/or path for you. Tommy exemplifies what it means to be a good neighbor — he’s t…

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Mary Lambert will make an outstanding trustee for Hastings-on-Hudson — the kind guaranteed to have a positive and meaningful impact on our community. I know this because I worked closely with her last year on the village’s Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Task Force. Thanks to her vision, lea…

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Among the many reasons I am supporting Niki Armacost’s re-election as mayor of Hastings-on-Hudson is her excellent handling of the coronavirus epidemic. As a physician and historian of public health, I know that Mayor Armacost has closely followed the evolving science and statistics and used…

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Feb. 14 is the deadline for registered voters to change their party affiliation or enroll in a party to be able to vote in the June 22 primary. In order to do this, you can download and print a New York State Voter Registration form from the Westchester County Board of Elections website, htt…

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I just got lucky. I am over 65, a recovering cancer patient, living with type 2 diabetes, and I went online to find out if I could get a coronavirus shot. Providence was looking down on me. I got an appointment. I got a confirmation — my first dose of the coronavirus vaccine scheduled for We…

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Rivertowns Enterprise readers may be unaware that the removal from the curriculum in Hastings of Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” comes on the heels of the 2019 cancellation by Elmsford school officials of a planned dramatic production of Disney’s “Tarzan” a…

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We are writing to thank the Hastings-on-Hudson committee for putting together the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast. This year’s celebration was especially important, coming as it did at a time of intense national conflict over issues that dominated Dr. King’s time and message: th…

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Again The Rivertowns Enterprise has proven to be a good place to alert the public to the need for funding for Hastings Helps the Hungry. Thanks to our many generous local patrons, there will be a hot meal available at the Yonkers YWCA for 160 people once a month all year long. We can do it f…

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This year, I am running for re-election as Westchester County legislator for the 12th Legislative District. We have accomplished much during my tenure on the board of legislators. This past year, I also have taken on new responsibilities as majority leader of the largest Democratic caucus in…

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Further to my letter in last week's Rivertowns Enterprise, this letter updates the procedure for the annual caucus of the Hastings-on-Hudson Democratic Committee scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21, starting at 7 p.m. Pursuant to Executive Order 202.89 issued by Governor Cuomo on Jan. 7, the cau…

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Our life seems to have so changed, but many things remain the same, including the need for blood products. Even during these days of Covid, with all our attention on the pandemic, we need people willing and able to donate blood to please give. There are still medical emergencies, as well as …

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On behalf of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 1195, based at the Admiral Farragut American Legion Post 1195, I want to thank everyone who participated in our first-ever raffle. The drawing was held on Jan. 1, 2021, at the Legion Hall on Farragut Avenue, and streamed live on our Faceb…

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Several days after the big snowstorm in December, I walked from my family home on Ashford Avenue in Dobbs Ferry to Chauncey Square. On this 15-minute walk, I was shunted from the sidewalk into the middle of speeding traffic several times by unshoveled sidewalks. It’s been this way every time…

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The Hastings-on-Hudson Democratic Committee will host its annual caucus on Thursday, Jan. 21, starting at 7 p.m. pursuant to applicable NYS election law. The purpose of the caucus is to select our party’s candidates for village office. This year, we will be selecting one mayoral and two vill…

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During the past 29 years, volunteers (including myself) have been part of a neighbor-helping-neighbor program called the Snow Angels. Volunteers have shoveled snow from driveways of senior citizens and disabled residents — helping the recipients feel safe and comfortable after a snowstorm. S…

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On behalf of all Ardsley veterans, I want to give a special shoutout and express deep appreciation to the Ardsley Girl Scouts for having honored us again this year in spite of the challenges. Because of the pandemic, I was not expecting the Girl Scouts to make their appearances at my door on…

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So many people are hungry during this pandemic time. Hastings Helps the Hungry continues to respond to hunger by providing a hot meal once a month for the Yonkers YWCA, which feeds 160 people daily. In order to provide a healthy chicken dinner with vegetables, a green salad, and two hand fru…

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This letter is based on “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens, which is a story concerned with privilege and inequality. The Village of Irvington has two riverfront parks. The first is Matthiessen Park, which is now undergoing major renovations that will make it more inviting and, with o…