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Festivity in the Hudson Valley usually shifts into high gear around Halloween, with local historic sites such as Washington Irving’s Sunnyside and Van Cortlandt Manor hosting themed events. But this year, owing to pandemic-related restrictions, many of this region’s beloved seasonal attracti…

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Were it not for the pandemic, this presidential election season would probably be missing one of its most hotly debated issues: absentee ballots. In theory they’re the preferred means of voting amid fears of contagion at crowded polling places; in practice, there are serious questions about …

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The Hastings School District put the brakes on its reopening plan on Aug. 19, delaying its use of the “hybrid” attendance model — with two days in school and three days at home — to a 100 percent online learning plan for the first two weeks. The announcement was made as hundreds of district …

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Local residents gathered at post offices in Ardsley and Hastings on Saturday, Aug. 22, joining nearly 800 similar community rallies across the country in an effort to highlight the need for adequate mail service as Election Day, Nov. 3, approaches

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Will homeowners still want to go green during the current economic uncertainty? That’s what 27 local municipalities need to decide by Sept. 7, when they sign a new memorandum of understanding with Westchester Power.

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The Dobbs Ferry School District’s fall reopening plan, posted on the district website, describes three potential instructional models and how reopening Springhurst Elementary, the middle school, and the high school would be handled. 

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When classes begin next month in Irvington, the situation will look different on the district’s three campuses, with rooms rearranged to promote social distancing, schedules staggered to decrease crowding in the halls, hand-washing stations and sanitizer dispensers throughout the buildings, …

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Faced with the prospect of sending their children into a school building, or of their children spending more time in isolation if schools continue with online learning, parents are casting about for other options. Those with the financial means to do so are considering signing up for a “lear…

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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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David “Scotty” Shevlin, the “Voice of Dobbs Ferry Football” at Gould Park and one of the most recognizable figures in the village, passed away on July 9 after suffering a stroke. He was 84, and lived in Yonkers before moving to Dobbs Ferry eight years ago.

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Patrons were welcome to enter the Hastings Public Library starting Monday, July 13. It was the first time anyone but library staff and professional cleaning crews had been inside since March, when public buildings were closed as the coronavirus surged.  

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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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As New York school districts consider various scenarios for reopening this fall, Dobbs Ferry Schools Superintendent Lisa Brady led a parents’ meeting on June 29 to share current information informing such a decision.

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As Juneteenth was celebrated nationwide on June 19, two Ardsley High School juniors, Fiker Zewdie and Maya Levine, and 2016 graduate and University of Michigan student Juliet Wishner, helped their hometown participate.

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When music teacher, choral director, and local legend George Swietlicki retired from his post at Springhurst Elementary School on June 10, the Covid-19 pandemic precluded a traditional celebration of his esteemed career.

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Though she won’t be applying for a job with the state Health Department, Ardsley Mayor Nancy Kaboolian, an attorney, decided to educate herself about the New York State Contact Tracing Program.

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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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A peaceful demonstration called “Kids 4 Justice” attracted hundreds of children and adults to downtown Hastings on Sunday, June 7. The march, organized by three pre-teen girls and their mothers, capped off an emotional week for the community, in the wake of worldwide demonstrations sparked b…

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Peaceful protesters gathered at Waterfront Park last Thursday afternoon, June 4, in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, and to systemic racism around the nation.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order last week initiating Phase I of his four-phase plan to open businesses in the Hudson Valley. The order permits retail stores to provide customers with curbside or in-store pickup service, and gives store owners the right to refuse entry to anyone n…