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James Jaillite, 10
“I only want 4’s on my Report Card from now on.”

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Wedged in between two larger storefronts on Main Street in Tarrytown is a very narrow shop with a window sign reading “C & W Vacuum Cleaner Repair.” The “W” stands for Wade; Wade Solomon to be exact. For a good part of six days a week, you’ll likely find Solomon in his shop, amidst a line-up of vacuum cleaners, lamps and a wide assortment of electrical parts and pieces of equipment, some of which defy description by anyone other than someone with his experience. He has been at it - repairing vacuum cleaners, lamps and other electrical gadgets - for more than 35 years.

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Rivertown Artists Workshop invites open nominations from the community for the second annual Sleepy Hollow Art and Performance Awards (The Sleepies). This ceremony recognizes emerging and established local artists, along with entrepreneurs and business leaders, who have championed the creation, presentation and/or proliferation of new artistic work, or spearheaded community arts-based alliances during the past year. Deadline for submissions is December 15. For details and to nominate, visit:


Congratulations to chef Eric Korn, owner of Good-Life Gourmet in Irvington, on the exciting launch of his new restaurant, Wolfert’s Roost, at 100 Main Street in Irvington. Look for a feature article and review in next month’s Hudson Independent about Eric and Wolfert’s Roost.


Sleepy Hollow High School students placed third and were awarded $250 Apple Store gift cards after entering Con Edison’s Get Out the Vote contest. The students (enrolled in Participation in Government and Contemporary Issues 12 Honors) created a 90-second video message that included every class member, combining interviews, posters, and human letters spelling the word VOTE. (To view their video, visit: The contest was open to all middle and high school students living in New York City and Westchester County with the goal of promoting the right and civic duty to vote on Election Day. Judges included staff from the Museum of the Moving Image, the Jacob Burns Film Center, and Con Edison. SHHS seniors Jeffrey Asante, Thalia Criollo, Daniel Elia, Joseph Galasso, Ashley Pesantez-Quesada, and Christian Yuqui attended the October 28th screening reception held at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens.


Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) President, Darrell E. Waters, was honored with the Industry “Good Scout” Award last month by respected members of the construction, labor and real estate communities.
Waters, a Senior Vice President of Fluor Enterprises and Project Executive/President of TZC, brings more than 40 years of high‐level construction industry management experience to the New NY Bridge project. Waters holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from Stanford University. He and his wife of 33 years, Jenene, have two grown sons. Other honorees include Jeff Loughlin (Local 137 IU Operating Engineers) and Jeff Randolph (PepsiCo).


The following Irvington student musicians were accepted into Area All-State this year: Maxine Bell, Nora Burkhardt, Luke Hargraves, Swati Narayan, and Gabe Siegel (All-State String Orchestra); Jillian Conley, Remy Mermelstein, and Zoe Mermelstein (All-State Band); Tiara Borneman, Miles Gilbert, Clara Montgomery, Elizabeth Wang, and Ethan Weinstein (All-State Symphony Orchestra); and Amanda Blass, David Chu, Katie Graubart, Chaeyoung Kang, Lisa Kusiak and Illeana Zinger (Area All-State Chorus).


Dobbs Ferry High School senior Yiorgos Argyros has been named a Semifinalist in the 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, one of the nation’s premiere science research competitions for high school students. Argyros, a student in Dobbs Ferry High School’s science research program, teamed up with Mamaroneck High School senior Emily McCarthy to study the effect that a specific gene has on a person’s susceptibility to epilepsy and seizures. Their findings have the potential to help clarify the genetic underpinnings of Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy in humans and could ultimately help to develop more effective treatments for seizures. This collaboration is a first for the two Westchester schools, which have their own award-winning science research programs.

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