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As school districts finalized their reopening plans this week, local parents learned that if classroom teaching goes forward, remote instruction provided by the district might not be an option.

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Congressional candidates Jamaal Bowman (District 16) and Mondaire Jones (District 17) declared victory last week as absentee votes were counted in the wake of the Democratic primary on June 23. 

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School districts have seven more days to send their reopening plans to New York State in anticipation of an announcement about whether schools will open for in-person instruction this fall. 

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The Westchester County Board of Legislators has taken a first step toward addressing the myriad difficulties that plagued the June 23 Democratic primary. Since that election, Westchester County residents have besieged public officials with complaints about the voting process, which was hampe…

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There’s probably not a soul in America unfamiliar with the refrain, “We Shall Overcome,” but it’s doubtful anyone has heard the wealth of songs RiverArts will offer in its three-part series, “Songs of Protest: a Survey from the Mid-Twentieth Century to the Black Lives Matter Movement.”

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Public swimming pools began opening this week in the wake of guidance from the New York Department of Health that permits pools to operate, while stipulating sanitary and social distancing precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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Over the past month, sightings of bears throughout Lower Westchester raised concerns among residents. To ease that alarm, the Town of Greenburgh hosted a presentation by an expert from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) during a virtual public meeting on June 24.

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In all four of the Rivertowns, the school budgets were approved through absentee ballots either dropped off by June 9 or received by mail on June 16. The budgets passed by votes of 1,397 to 626 in Ardsley; 1,404 to 476 in Dobbs Ferry; 1,550 to 749 in Hastings; and 1,113 to 384 in Irvington.

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Tom Abinanti of Mount Pleasant, a 10-year member of the New York State Assembly, faced challenger Jennifer Williams of Irvington in an online debate via Zoom on Sunday, June 7. The Democratic primary is slated for June 23.

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As her spring semester neared its unusual end, Anya van Hoogstraten, a freshman a Yale, wanted to help neighbors affected by the Covid-19 coronavirus after her virtual classes wrapped up.

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“I agree with what everyone else said” was a recurrent phrase among the 16th Congressional District Democratic primary candidates participating in the June 7 online forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Westchester (LWV). District 16 encompasses parts of the Bronx and Westchester,…

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The sound of crickets chirping in the evening is a fantasy for some residents who live near the Saw Mill River Parkway or the New York State Thruway (I-87). These residents have found their peace and quiet shattered by engines zooming and revving late at night. Reduced pandemic-era traffic h…

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In the June 23 Democratic primary, three candidates are challenging 16-term Congressman Eliot Engel to represent District 16, which comprises parts of the Bronx and Westchester, including Ardsley and Hastings.

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During a candidates’ forum held via Zoom on May 21, viewers heard from all eight contenders in the Democratic primary race to succeed Nita Lowey in the U.S. House of Representatives. The event was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Westchester.

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Since New York was put on “pause” in mid-March, due to Covid-19, unemployment has increased to more than 2 million applications processed, and so has the demand for food.

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Tom Abinanti, a member of the New York State Assembly for 10 years and a former member the Westchester County Board of Legislators and the Greenburgh Town Board, has a challenger for his Assembly seat in the Democratic primary on June 23.

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Between supply-chain breakdowns and concerns about the safety of supermarket shopping, even those who can afford food might wonder where their next meal is coming from. The exceptions are people who belong to a CSA (community supported agriculture) consortium. Members pay in advance to colle…

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Adding to pandemic-related mandates, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 202.26 on May 1, portions of which alter regulations for the upcoming school board elections and budget votes.

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Call it the pandemic-era “victory garden” movement, or a deep-seated fear of a faltering food-supply chain. Whatever the motivation, the idea of home-growing everything from arugula to zucchini is looking attractive as the weather warms up.

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Eight Democrats and two Republicans are vying to succeed longtime Congressional Democrat Nita Lowey, who announced her retirement in October 2019 after three decades in the U.S. House of Representatives. Lowey represents District 17, which includes Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Tarrytown, and unin…

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Rob Bernstein, an educator who specializes in working with autistic children and their families, used the Zoom meeting platform to speak to an online audience of approximately 265 parents, teachers, and therapists on “Autism and Covid-19: From Surviving to Thriving.”

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Animal rescue organizations are coping with unprecedented challenges created by the Covid-19 restrictions. With shelters closed to walk-in visits from the public, rescue organizations had to rethink how to finding forever homes for their animals. They’re also dealing with more requests to fo…

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A tax relief bill introduced by Westchester County Executive George Latimer last week, then modified by the county board of legislators, would lower late fees for payment of county and town taxes due by April 30.

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Since Westchester schools were closed on March 18, school administrators have been working to convert in-person teaching to virtual learning, while adapting to frequent directives from the New York State Education Department and Westchester County.

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To protect individuals from the coronavirus and slow its spread, “social distancing” is the order of the day, but houses of worship in the Rivertowns are finding creative ways to stay in touch with their faithful.

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Hordes of shoppers went into survivalist mode over the threat of Covid-19. Customers emptied supermarket shelves of paper products, hand sanitizer, pantry staples, and dairy products, while later arrivals left the stores in frustration.

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Rivertowns residents hunkered down on March 16 after County Executive George Latimer declared a state of emergency that included closing all 44 public school districts in Westchester, as well as all private schools, for a 14-day period.

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The title to the Revolutionary-era Odell House was signed over to the Town of Greenburgh on March 4, making the Town the official owner of the headquarters of Gen. Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, where he and Gen. George Washington conferred on the strategy that won th…