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BloggersSarah Armaghan Nik Bonopartis John Dyer Meghan E. Murphy Timothy O'Connor Matt Sartwell Kenneth Schachter Jillian Sederholm Christian Wade Thomas Zambito Ryan Chatelain Mae Cheng Karl de Vries Nirmal Mitra
In a scenario ripped from the pages of a horror novel, Westchester residents were forced to face off against a frightening feline. Just call him Cujo Kitty.
Three people were attacked, including a police officer, by a rabid cat in Elmsford on Friday, the Westchester County Department of Health said in a statement.
A rabies alert has been issued for Winthrop Avenue between...Read more »
The Ulster County Fair begins tonight, kicking off six days of rides, music, carnival food -- and decidedly rural fun, like pig racing and tractor pulls. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the fair, which draws about 45,000 people each year to the scenic fairgrounds in New Paltz. Highlights include a Thursday night concert by the Village People, fireworks on Wednesday and Friday nights, horse...Read more »
Wondering when you can watch our local Olympians compete? Here is a rundown of their upcoming events. If you can't find them on your television, Optimum subscribers can watch every competition live on NBCOlympics.com. All times listed here are local.
FIELD HOCKEY Local athlete: Melissa Gonzalez (Mohegan Lake) Aug. 2: USA vs. Australia, 5:45 a.m.
Aug. 4: USA vs. New Zealand, 2 p.m.
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Mohegan Lake’s Melissa Gonzalez and the U.S. field hockey team seem to have Argentina’s number.
A year after defeating the powerhouse Argentinians for a gold medal in the Pan American Games, Team USA scored another upset Tuesday, beating the world's No. 2-ranked team 1-0 in pool play at the London Summer Olympics.
Shannon Taylor accounted for the lone goal when she took a pass from Michelle...Read more »
When I interviewed Spring Valley resident Steve White last week about the petition to oust five East Ramapo School Board members, I asked him just how it felt to have a nonprofit law firm take the case of parents who have been district gadflies for years.
“After five years of fighting, it was such an amazing surprise to have someone say 'Oh we'd like to take on this fight for you,' ” White...Read more »
In the past two years, 40 birds have crashed into planes taking off or landing at Westchester County Airport, a slim fraction of the thousands of birds who've found themselves on the wrong end of turbo-engined encounters.
It's no small problem.
Bird strikes cause an estimated $615 million in damage to commercial aircraft every year. From 1998 to 2009, bird strikes caused 230 deaths...Read more »
So I was sitting at my desk in the press box at Provident Bank Park, wrapping up our coverage of the Rockland Boulders' first home game when my cellphone rang. Thank God, it wasn't another editor. It was from Colorado. I don't know anyone in Colorado. OK, I have a cousin in Colorado but she never calls.
"Tom, this is Goose," said the voice on the other end. A 61-year-old man...Read more »
Lakeland High School product Melissa Gonzalez and her teammates on the U.S. field hockey team did not get off to the start they had hoped for in the Summer Olympics.
Team USA lost to Germany 2-1 on Sunday in pool play. Gonzalez, a midfielder from Mohegan Lake, played 42 minutes of the 70-minute match despite showing signs of a limp in the early moments of the contest.
Germany led 2-0...Read more »
The campaign to rebuild Rockland County's cash-strapped no-kill animal shelter is under way and organizers are reaching out to the community for assistance. A public meeting will be held Thursday at Clarkstown Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. where organizers will update residents about the plans and enlist volunteers for committees that will be overseeing fundraising efforts as well as political and public...Read more »
Despite threats of tornadoes and high winds Thursday evening, 350 Westchester community members joined Westchester United to call on the state to ensure all five-year-olds have access to kindergarten.
The coalition of faith-based groups decided to hone in on kindergarten after hearing community members' concern at many local meetings. The group uses a bottom-up model to choose topics on which...Read more »