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By Robert Paul, 914-325-5758 | Agent in Bedford, NY
  • Cardinal Dolan Enjoys Event-Filled Visit To Westchester | Chappaqua Real Estate

    Posted Under: General Area in Chappaqua, Home Buying in Chappaqua, In My Neighborhood in Chappaqua  |  September 27, 2013 12:08 PM  |  1,132 views  |  No comments

    Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan commended Archbishop Stepinac High School for its upstanding students and technological innovation during his visit on Wednesday.

    Dolan, the Archbishop of New York who was identified as a close contender during the last papal conclave in March, visited the school to say Mass, meet students and faculty, answer questions and tour the new technology center.

    “Our board and the entire Stepinac community appreciate not only his visit, but the opportunity to show the Cardinal firsthand how Stepinac has transitioned to a 21st century education model while retaining our deep commitment to our faith,” William F. Plunkett Jr., chairman of the Stepinac Board of Trustees, said.

    Some of Westchester’s dignitaries were also present, including County Executive Rob Astorino, Deputy County Executive Kevin J. Plunkett and White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach.

    In his homily, Dolan told the 700 students, faculty and staff the story of Cardinal Archbishop Aloysius Stepinac, a Croatian cardinal who maintained his Catholic faith in the face of the Nazi and Communist regimes.

    He praised the school for continuing Stepinac’s legacy with its commitment to service and religious lifestyle.

    As part of the mass, he blessed over 700 rosaries for each member of the Stepinac community. Later, he answered questions from students about his religious journey and duties as Archbishop.

    Dolan concluded his visit by touring the school’s tech center, which has helped make Stepinac the first high school in the United States with a complete online textbook library.

    “It sends a message to the community that although Stepinac has a time-honored tradition,” Mayor Roach said of Dolan’s visit. “It is committed to moving forward every day.”

    The school presented Dolan with several gifts, including a painting to hang in the school in his honor, a Stepinac hat and sweatshirt, and a memorial tree planted in his honor.

    Dolan returned the favor by saying he would grant the students a day off in the near future, which elicited a loud round of applause.


  • Bedford has 3 candidates for open school board seat | Bedford NY Homes

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Bedford, Home Selling in Bedford, Property Q&A in Bedford  |  September 27, 2013 12:05 PM  |  1,195 views  |  No comments

    The Bedford Board of Education announced that three applications have been received for an open seat on the board of education: Joe Malichio (Pound Ridge); Edward Reder (Mount Kisco); Brian J. Sheerin (Bedford Corners).

    The Board of Education will conduct public interviews of the three candidates at a special board meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 18, in the Little Theatre at the Fox Lane Middle School. The meeting will be televised live on BCSD-TV (Bedford Channel 18 and FIOS Channel 1982), available on the district website via live video streaming and subsequently rebroadcast on BCSD-TV and the website. The League of Women Voters will moderate the interviews.

    Copies of the completed applications will be available at the Sept. 18 meeting. To allow for input, members of the community are invited to provide feedback on the candidates by emailing the board of education at boe@bcsdny.org no later than Sept. 20th.

    The board will consider each candidate based upon his/her application, interview responses and community input. The board plans to discuss the candidates in an executive session and to announce the appointment of the new member as soon as possible.

    The new board member will assume his/her seat on the board and begin the mandated orientation program immediately. The new member will serve until the May 20 general election for Board of Education members.


  • Bedford Town Board Approves Water Hike | Katonah Real Estate

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Katonah, Home Selling in Katonah, Property Q&A in Katonah  |  September 27, 2013 12:03 PM  |  1,113 views  |  No comments

    Bedford residents will have to pay a little more for their water in order to pay for a new water filtration plant in Katonah.

    The Bedford Town Board unanimously approved water rate increases last week. Average water rates will increase by 20 percent, abut $97 a year.

    “The water filtration plant is in operation and is producing great quality water,” Department of Public Works Commissioner Kevin Winn said. “Due to the increased expenses of the plant, we do need to have slight rate increase though it is less than anticipated.”

    Winn said the town’s goal with the rate increase was to advocate for more water conservation. Minimum water rates are lower, but the rates increase with the more water used.

    The rate increase will go into effect on Oct. 1. The rate increase was less than anticipated due to electric and waste disposal costs being less than anticipated.

    Gordon Strong, a Katonah resident, complained he was being penalized by the new rate structure. Strong has a one inch water main and would be paying more than his neighbors who have larger homes and might use more water.

    “I don’t think it’s fair,” Strong said. “I am being asked to pay a higher rate. I should be made an exception.”

    Winn said he should change the size of his water meter and residents are charged for meters because they put more tax on the water system.


  • New Castle Group Hosts Meeting On Coyote Safety | Chappaqua Real Estate

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Chappaqua, Home Selling in Chappaqua, Property Q&A in Chappaqua  |  September 27, 2013 12:02 PM  |  1,146 views  |  No comments

    Team New Castle 2013 will hold a meeting to discuss coyote safety on Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m at Horace Greeley High School.

    James Horton of QualityPro Pest and Wildlife Services will discuss different methods of maintaining coyote’s fear of humans, such as hazing. Effective forms of hazing include using a noisemaker such as an air horn when confronted with a coyote.

    Horton was the licensed wildlife control expert hired by Rye Brook after a coyote attacked two children, a 2-year-old and a 14-year-old.

    Nearby towns such as Rye Brook, Rye, New Rochelle, Danbury, Conn. and Brookline, Mass. have become proactive, hiring trappers to trap coyotes.

    The first 100 guests will receive a free air horn necklace.

    Horace Greely High School is at 70 Roaring Brook Rd in Chappaqua.


  • Millwood Fire Department to break ground on new firehouse | Chappaqua Real Estate

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Chappaqua, Home Selling in Chappaqua, Property Q&A in Chappaqua  |  September 27, 2013 12:00 PM  |  1,131 views  |  No comments

    After years of planning, the Millwood Fire District and the Millwood Fire Company #1 will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday, Oct. 6 for the new firehouse in the hamlet in the town of New Castle. The event will kick off the Fire Company’s annual open house.

    From the invitation:

    Celebrations start at 11:15 at Station #1 located at 60 Millwood Road in downtown Millwood. We’ll gather for coffee and donuts at the old firehouse before making our way to the new site for the groundbreaking ceremony. We’ll then return to Station #1 for a BBQ, truck rides and crafts for the kids, a trolley ride through the District, as well as fire safety education for kids and adults. Open House starts at 1 PM.


  • Archbishop Stepinac Goes All-Digital With Textbooks | Armonk Real Estate

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Armonk, Home Selling in Armonk, Property Q&A in Armonk  |  September 19, 2013 4:57 AM  |  1,346 views  |  1 comment

    Archbishop Stepinac High School introduced a new concept to its academic program on Tuesday as it rolls out a complete digital textbook library for its students.

    This program will eliminate the need for the traditionally heavy and expensive books that students use for their academic courses.
    In partnership with Pearson, a provider of educational materials, technologies, assessments and related services, Stepinac implemented the new digital library for its 675 students on their first day of the new school year. Stepinac has worked with Pearson for the past two years to offer select digital books to its students, but this is the first time all of its textbooks will be online.

    “In keeping with Stepinac’s commitment to remain at the forefront of educational technology, we have moved to this digital library,” said the Rev. Thomas Collins, president of Stepinac. “We are thankful to Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, for working with us on this national pilot program that will set the trend for schools across the United States for years to come. The digital library will help keep our tuition affordable as well as prepare our students for their college careers.”

    After a student is charged a one-time annual fee of $150, he can visit the 40-textbook digital library through a website or application for various Androids and iPads to gain access to its College Prep Digital Library and the Honors/AP Digital Library. Typically, students purchase seven hard copy textbooks for the school year, costing $500 to $600 on average.


  • Home prices hold steady in August | Mt Kisco Real Estate

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Mount Kisco, Home Selling in Mount Kisco, Property Q&A in Mount Kisco  |  September 17, 2013 4:35 AM  |  1,327 views  |  No comments

    The median price of homes for sale on realtor.com held steady at $199,900 in August from July, but were up 6.39 percent from August 2012, according to a monthly real estate trends report from realtor.com.

    Inventory stood at 1.98 million in August, a 2.5 percent dip from a year ago and a 0.93 percent increase from July’s number, realtor.com data showed. Homes were on the market for a median of 92 days in August, down 8 percent from a year ago, but up 8.24 percent from July.

    “Where we have seen significant volatility in many markets, including double-digit declines in inventory as well as increases in median price for both yearly and monthly views, we are now looking at a housing market that much more closely resembles ‘normal,’ ” said Steve Berkowitz, CEO of realtor.com operator Move Inc., in a statement.



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