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Betty Ming Liu
Betty Ming Liu covers the environment and development while keeping an eye on the Hudson Valley's business scene. She's a longtime Rivertowns resident who loves food, fun, shopping and anything that has to do with entrepreneurship. A single mom whose household includes a teenager, a dog and three cats, Betty's past lives include being a college journalism professor, a grade school Asian cooking teacher, an assistant Girl Scouts troop leader and a New York City newspaper columnist.
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Talk about a big catch.
About 200 anglers – possibly more – will be competing this weekend in the Hudson River Striped Bass Derby in hopes of a $100,000 payoff. Those who compete for the grand prize will need to haul in a winner that weighs at least 50 pounds and measures more than 48 inches.
There’s also a regular contest with a top pot of $1,000 for the heaviest fish of the weekend,...Read more »
In the ongoing turf struggle between geese and peeps, the humans in Westchester County are definitely letting the birds live.
After Mamaroneck officials met Monday with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, plans have been canceled for rounding up and gassing the geese. But the USDA, which is the only agency in the country allowed to cull the birds, will still be returning to the village in...Read more »
Changes on the corporate side of Mrs. Green’s Natural Market continue with news that the neighborhood retail chain is moving its corporate headquarters to Irvington’s scenic waterfront.
The organic grocer is relocating in early May to an 11,555-square-foot loft space overlooking the Hudson River on the second floor of 1 Bridge St., said CBRE senior associate Tim Donahue, who helped arrange...Read more »
With Palm Sunday, Passover and Easter coming up, local cops are again beefing up their patrols at crowded spots, such as malls and train stations.
That’s the word from Irvington Police Chief Michael Cerone, who heads up the state-designated Counter Terrorism Zone 3, which covers the two counties of Westchester and Putnam. From now through April 1, local, county and State Police will be on...Read more »
Here’s something new for Saturday night….how about Earth Hour? To celebrate, candle-bearing sustainable romantics will be unplugging from unnecessary electrical devices in a show of support for the planet. The world’s seventh annual Earth Hour runs today from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. And in Tarrytown, two restaurants have decided to join in by serving dinner only by candlelight during those...Read more »
A legal path has been cleared for the construction of a new municipal park in Mount Kisco, at least when it comes to the county signing off on the project.
The new park would be about 6 acres and take up roughly half of the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester’s Main Street location. Mount Kisco wants to buy the parcel from the nonprofit organization for $600,000, said Brian Skanes,...Read more »
Now here’s something people don’t talk about every day: birth control for deer. But in Hastings-on-Hudson, it’s the hot topic on the agenda for Tuesday night’s regular board of trustees meeting.
Tufts University veterinary expert Allen Rutberg will be making a presentation that details his upcoming plan to dart deer with a contraceptive that can keep the animals from getting pregnant for up...Read more »
The good news for the Village of Irvington is that people will buy anything these days – including beat-up, coin-operated, electronic parking meters.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 265 visitors had checked out 48 of the old parking meters up for sale on GovDeals.com, an eBay-style government surplus website. The fact that those items are frankly described as being in “worn condition” has...Read more »
Fact: Greenburgh happens to be the largest town in Westchester County and recently celebrated its 225th anniversary.
Weird fact: Greenburgh residents never use Greenburgh as an address. So if you want to go to Greenburgh Town Hall, remember to set your GPS for White Plains.
But try to get to Greenburgh? Forget about it.
“I don’t think any place is as complicated as Greenburgh,”...Read more »
There has been a lot of talk about tens of thousands of new jobs coming to the region with the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. But what will the work opportunities really look like?
We might get a better idea Wednesday morning, when bridge project officials host the first in what they promise will be a new series of meetings. Although no one will walk out of the sessions with...Read more »