With Hurricane Sandy closing in, both the Tarrytown and Irvington school districts have announced that there will be no classes or other school activities Monday. Most public transportation as been canceled. Metro North, as directed by Governor Cuomo, shut down its service. It has stored its trains, and has taken measures to secure power lines and track rights-of-way. Bee-Line and Para Transit bus service has been suspended indefinitely.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced that the Bronx River Parkway is closed as of 6 a.m. Monday.
The village of Sleepy Hollow canceled its Halloween hayride scheduled Sunday for safety reasons. Those who bought tickets were advised to "hang on to your ticket and it will be honored next year."
The Village’s Emergency Services is recommending that residents take the following safety precautions:
-Have two days supply of food, water and medication available.
- Charge all cell phones.
-Have flashlights and new batteries readily available.
-Check on your elderly neighbors.
-All loose construction materials; such as scaffolding and ladders should be well secured.
-All lawn furniture and decorations, toys and garbage cans should not be left outdoors.
-Make sure your storm drains are clear of debris and leaves.
-Do not place leaves at the curb until after the storm is over.
-Generators MUST be left outdoors.
-For power outages call the emergency number on your utility bill.
-Call the Police Dept (631-0800) to report any fallen trees, power lines down and flooding conditions.
-For all emergencies call “911”
Garbage pick-up scheduled for Monday in the villages has been cancelled.
Con Ed has prepared emergency measures and brought in hundreds of workers from other areas to restore damage caused by the storm. Power outages can be reported to ConEd by phone at 1-800-752-6633.
The Village of Irvington released this message:
Preparations are underway in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy early Monday morning. Forecasts currently show the potential for heavy rainfall and damaging winds. As a result, we urge residents to bring in or secure lawn furniture or any other portable, lightweight items around your home.
The Irvington DPW has made sand available to residents to fill sand bags. The sand is located in the southern end of the Metro North parking lot on South Astor Street, adjacent to the Village’s salt storage shed. Shovels will be available. Please bring your own sand bags.
Because of the timing of the storm, Irvington DPW is requesting that residents be absolutely certain that garbage/recycling collection has not been cancelled prior to putting containers out by the curb. Information about garbage/recycling collection will be posted to the Village web site.
In the event of power outages residents are urged to contact Con Edison directly 1-800 75CONED (1800-752-6633), even if your neighbor has already called. The data gathered by these reports is extremely valuable to Con Edison. Please DO NOT CALL THE IRVINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT to report a power outage.
For all emergencies, call 911. For non-medical emergency needs, contact the Irvington Police Department at 591-8080.
The Irvington Police Department is advising all residents to shelter-in-place as conditions deteriorate. There are no plans to evacuate at this time and no shelters available.
If you are aware of anyone with a medical condition, frail or elderly and is believed to be at risk please check on their well-being or contact the Irvington Police Department at 591-8080.
Tappan Zee Bridge Informational Meeting, tonight, Monday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m.
Sleepy Hollow Community Meeting, at the James Galgano Building,
55 Elm Street, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
Clowns, torture scenes, hanging — while we don’t want to spoil the frightful horrors soon to unfold, rest (forgive our play on words) assured the village of Sleepy Hollow’s Haunted Hayride will spook (there we go again) the daylights out of you!
More than 200 volunteers — social service groups, employees, businesses and residents — have been working behind the scenes, building, painting and assembling props and scenery guaranteed to make you check behind your shower curtain, and triple-lock your doors, for weeks to come.
Nothing will prepare you for those 25 hair-raising minutes, when you travel down a dark and twisted trail to — and through — Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, across a wooden bridge, and then . . . ah, you have to find out for yourself October 26 and 27, from 7 to 11 p.m., and October 28, from 7 to 10 p.m.
Practice shrieking at the free block party on Beekman Avenue both nights, and head (pun intended) back afterward for more live music, children’s activities and vendors.
With a budget of $105,000, projected ticket sales bringing in $50,000, and corporate sponsorships contributing $30,000, Haunted Hayride runs the village $25,000 in overtime to police and department of public works.
Tickets are $20 and are good for any night; unused tickets from last year will be honored this year. Buy them through the village’s web site www.sleepyhollowny.gov or during business hours at Sleepy Hollow Village Hall, 28 Beekman Ave. Parents or guardians of children under eight are advised to use discretion.
Check back for more photos later this week . . . if you have the courage to look!
Effective October 15th, loose leaves may be put out on the streets for pick up by the Village of Sleepy Hollow.
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The Tarrytown Recreation Dept is getting ready for their annual Halloween Parade with an extended block party, restaurant participation and entertainment!
After about a decade of planning, fundraising and construction, the O’Hara Nature Center in Irvington officially opened September 22.
The 1,200-square-foot building on Mountain Road is located on a portion of a former 400-acre estate which also houses the Irvington High School/Middle School campus. The village plans to use the facility for educational programs, exhibits and workshops.
The center is named in honor of the O’Hara Foundation, which was established in 1997 by the family of Irvington residents Jack and Janet O’Hara and their daughter Caitlin, all of whom died on TWA Flight 800 in 1996 when it exploded over Long Island en route to Paris. The foundation donated $60,000 to the center, enabling the project to be built after Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D/Westchester-Rockland) secured a $239,000 grant in 2008.
“As you can imagine, building any sort of building (including the demolition of the existing building) for $300,000 is very challenging in Westchester County,” Irvington Mayor Brian Smith stated in a message to residents. “Actually it would have been impossible without countless hours of skill and labor donated by people like former Irvington Trustee John Malone (architect), Peter Coop (contracting) and Joe DeNardo (contracting) and many others too numerous to mention.”
Some of the groups and organizations that played pivotal roles in the development of the nature center included the Irvington Trails and Woods committees, the village Recreation Department and Irvington Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
For more information: www.irvingtonny.gov
Last year, Halloween was a nightmare and not in a good way. What was supposed to have been the biggest money-making weekend of the year for local businesses turned out to be the “lost weekend” when a weird October snowstorm paralyzed the area.