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First Repair Café Comes to Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Residents seeking a helping hand in repairing malfunctioning household items attended Yorktown’s first-ever Repair Café, held Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., a staff of volunteers, called “coaches,” were sorted into various groups: electronics, computers, wiring, woodwork, plumbing, sewing and bicycle repair. They worked on lamps, leafblowers, dehumidifiers, children’s games and more. Often, the items were fixed. Sometimes, they were beyond repair. The volunteers don’t just fix the items, said Sarah Wilson, the event’s organizer. They also share their skills, helping residents to become self-reliant. “We call them ‘coaches’ for a reason,” Wilson said. “Sometimes, people are very willing to learn.” The first-ever Repair Café was held in Amsterdam in 2009. Since then, it has become a non-profit foundation with Repair Cafés sprouting up all over the world. Wilson said she learned about the foundation a year-and-a-half ago when she saw a Repair Café in Ossining. She then set out to bring one to Yorktown. The free event was co-sponsored by Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group and Grace Lutheran Church’s “Green Team,” with assistance from Home Depot and Bikeway Bicycles. Wilson said she intends on organizing a quarterly Repair Café in Yorktown, with the next one being held on Oct. 20. YORKTOWN, N.Y. – On Saturday, July 28, the New York State Police issued 80 vehicle and traffic tickets as part of an occupant restraint safety checkpoint at FDR Park. The checkpoint, held between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., yielded 49 tickets for seat belt violations, 27 tickets for child restraint violations, and four tickets for other violations, according to police. YORKTOWN, N.Y. – A month after it held an informational meeting on the prospect of extending sewers in the Hallocks Mill Sewer District to properties that continue to rely on septic systems, the Town Board last week took its first step toward that goal by declaring its intent to act as the lead agency … YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Chamber of Commerce held its scholarship dinner benefiting the college education of students from Yorktown on Monday, July 16, at Little Sorrento Restaurant. “We believe strongly that this program, supporting the education of young people from our community, is foremost among the initiatives conducted annually by the chamber,” the … YORKTOWN, N.Y. – A 59-year-old Yorktown Heights man was arrested Saturday night after he allegedly exposed himself to a mother and her child in the parking lot of CVS in the Triangle Center in Yorktown, according to the Yorktown Police Department. Shortly after 7 p.m., the man, who lives on Gomer Street, allegedly stood outside of his car in the parking lot “with his shorts down to his … YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown families enjoyed a “Screening Under the Stars” on Thursday, July 19, at Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field. The annual outdoor movie night was presented by the Parks and Recreation Department. “The Emoji Movie” was shown. “Kindergarrrten Bus,” a new children’s picture book authored by Yorktown resident Mike Ornstein, details the trials and tribulations of a pirate, his parrot, and a school bus full of kindergartners. At first, the pirate driving the bus is rough and tough on his young sailors, whose anxiety about their first day of … YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Former supervisor Susan Siegel (2010-11) has filed an ethics complaint against fellow former supervisor Michael Grace (2012-17). The complaint, dated July 18, alleges that Grace, less than a year removed from office, represented Breslin Realty before the Planning Board two days earlier. According to Siegel, this is a violation of the “revolving door” section … Over the centuries, one of the questions that has plagued philosophers and scientists alike is the mystery of consciousness. What is it? What does it do? How did it evolve? Of course, philosophers and neuroscientists approach the question in vastly different ways. Twenty years ago, there was a conference dedicated to this very topic. After spending a long day attending lectures, neuroscientist … Every year in this season of diplomas and mortarboards, the local charity we host in memory of our son—Harrison Apar Field of Dreams Foundation—awards a scholarship to a high school senior whose well-rounded pursuit of excellence echoes Harrison’s. He was born with a rare form of dwarfism, but his 3-foot, 38-pound frame was the only thing small about him. In his 15 years, … Editor’s Note: Lakeland High School graduate Timothy Callery submitted this essay as part of his application for the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce scholarship. Callery was the salutatorian of the Class of 2018. When thinking of what to write for this essay, it was difficult to fully realize what an impact the town of Yorktown has had on my life. I never really thought of my life as one of … One day as I was walking through my town, I noticed a guy coming toward me walking his dog. I peered ahead and tried to figure out what breed the dog was. He didn’t look like any dog I’d ever seen before. As they got closer, I realized he didn’t even look like a dog. He actually looked like… The cost of medical insurance continues to rise and will get even worse with the Republican attacks on our health care system.  As a senior citizen with Aetna supplemental insurance, my co-pay has tripled from $10 in 2013 to $30 in 2016. Aetna’s CEO’s salary was $18 million in 2016—up more than 8 percent from 2015. His salary is typical. If we can find a doctor to head … How often do you read TAPinto?  Have you downloaded the TAPinto APP?  These are a few of the questions for readers in our 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey. The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will help TAPinto better serve you.  About Us | Contact Us | Careers | TAP in the News | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Franchise TAPinto
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Business Briefs: Honors

Salena Renae Garberding, 22, of the 3800 block of Farabaugh Lane, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. She was being held at jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. Sunny skies during the morning hours. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. A few storms may be severe. High 86F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.. Scattered thunderstorms in the evening. Partly cloudy skies overnight. A few storms may be severe. Low 63F. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%. East High School’s Andrew Lucero signed last week to …
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Eleven children found at squalid New Mexico compound, two arrested

(Reuters) – Deputies who raided a squalid compound surrounded by tires and an earthen berm in rural New Mexico have arrested two men and taken 11 children into protective custody for their own health and safety, the sheriff said. Three women believed to be the children’s mothers also were detained during last week’s sweep, which followed a two-month investigation by authorities in New Mexico and Georgia as well as the FBI, Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said in a statement on the department’s Facebook page. Hogrefe said in the statement that Siraj Wahhaj, 39, was taken into custody on a wa…
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11 emaciated children are rescued from a filthy and heavily armed compound

The 11 children were so famished, the sheriff said, they “looked like third-world country refugees.”B… The 11 children were so famished, the sheriff said, they “looked like third-world country refugees.” But they weren’t found in an underdeveloped country. They were discovered in a remote New Mexico compound where an underground trailer kept them hidden from the outside world. “The only food we saw were a few potatoes and a box of rice in the filthy trailer,” Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said. “But what was most surprising and heartbreaking was when the team located a total of five adults and 11 children that looked like third-world country refugees not only with no food or fresh water, but with no shoes, personal hygiene and basically dirty rags for clothing.” Authorities were tipped off to the scene in Amalia, near the Colorado border, after someone forwarded a message believed to be from a third party. The message said, in part, “we are starving and need food and water.” After executing a search warrant Friday, officers found 11 children ranging from ages 1 to 15, along with three gaunt women believed to be their mothers. The three women were taken into custody for questioning and were released, officers said. Authorities arrested two heavily armed men — Lucas Morten and Siraj Wahhaj — at the scene, the sheriff’s office said. An AR-15 rifle, loaded 30-round magazines, four loaded pistols and many rounds of ammo were found in the makeshift compound that included a small travel trailer buried in the ground covered by plastic with no water, plumbing, or electricity, the sheriff’s office said. Wahhaj was wanted for the abduction of his 3-year-old son Abdul Ghani Wahhaj in Georgia, authorities said. He was booked with no bond because of a warrant out related to his missing son. It was not immediately clear whether Morten or Wahhaj had attorneys. They have not yet made their first appearances in court. The sheriff said the toddler Wahhaj is accused of kidnapping was not one of the 11 children found at the compound. CNN has reached out to the woman believed to be the missing child’s mother, but has not received a response.
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First Repair Café Comes to Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Residents seeking a helping hand in repairing malfunctioning household items attended Yorktown’s first-ever Repair Café, held Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., a staff of volunteers, called “coaches,” were sorted into various groups: electronics, computers, wiring, woodwork, plumbing, sewing and bicycle repair. They worked on lamps, leafblowers, dehumidifiers, children’s games and more. Often, the items were fixed. Sometimes, they were beyond repair. The volunteers don’t just fix the items, said Sarah Wilson, the event’s organizer. They also share their skills, helping residents to become self-reliant. “We call them ‘coaches’ for a reason,” Wilson said. “Sometimes, people are very willing to learn.” The first-ever Repair Café was held in Amsterdam in 2009. Since then, it has become a non-profit foundation with Repair Cafés sprouting up all over the world. Wilson said she learned about the foundation a year-and-a-half ago when she saw a Repair Café in Ossining. She then set out to bring one to Yorktown. The free event was co-sponsored by Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group and Grace Lutheran Church’s “Green Team,” with assistance from Home Depot and Bikeway Bicycles. Wilson said she intends on organizing a quarterly Repair Café in Yorktown, with the next one being held on Oct. 20. YORKTOWN, N.Y. – On Saturday, July 28, the New York State Police issued 80 vehicle and traffic tickets as part of an occupant restraint safety checkpoint at FDR Park. The checkpoint, held between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., yielded 49 tickets for seat belt violations, 27 tickets for child restraint violations, and four tickets for other violations, according to police. YORKTOWN, N.Y. – A month after it held an informational meeting on the prospect of extending sewers in the Hallocks Mill Sewer District to properties that continue to rely on septic systems, the Town Board last week took its first step toward that goal by declaring its intent to act as the lead agency … YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Chamber of Commerce held its scholarship dinner benefiting the college education of students from Yorktown on Monday, July 16, at Little Sorrento Restaurant. “We believe strongly that this program, supporting the education of young people from our community, is foremost among the initiatives conducted annually by the chamber,” the … YORKTOWN, N.Y. – A 59-year-old Yorktown Heights man was arrested Saturday night after he allegedly exposed himself to a mother and her child in the parking lot of CVS in the Triangle Center in Yorktown, according to the Yorktown Police Department. Shortly after 7 p.m., the man, who lives on Gomer Street, allegedly stood outside of his car in the parking lot “with his shorts down to his … YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown families enjoyed a “Screening Under the Stars” on Thursday, July 19, at Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field. The annual outdoor movie night was presented by the Parks and Recreation Department. “The Emoji Movie” was shown. “Kindergarrrten Bus,” a new children’s picture book authored by Yorktown resident Mike Ornstein, details the trials and tribulations of a pirate, his parrot, and a school bus full of kindergartners. At first, the pirate driving the bus is rough and tough on his young sailors, whose anxiety about their first day of … YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Former supervisor Susan Siegel (2010-11) has filed an ethics complaint against fellow former supervisor Michael Grace (2012-17). The complaint, dated July 18, alleges that Grace, less than a year removed from office, represented Breslin Realty before the Planning Board two days earlier. According to Siegel, this is a violation of the “revolving door” section … Over the centuries, one of the questions that has plagued philosophers and scientists alike is the mystery of consciousness. What is it? What does it do? How did it evolve? Of course, philosophers and neuroscientists approach the question in vastly different ways. Twenty years ago, there was a conference dedicated to this very topic. After spending a long day attending lectures, neuroscientist … Every year in this season of diplomas and mortarboards, the local charity we host in memory of our son—Harrison Apar Field of Dreams Foundation—awards a scholarship to a high school senior whose well-rounded pursuit of excellence echoes Harrison’s. He was born with a rare form of dwarfism, but his 3-foot, 38-pound frame was the only thing small about him. In his 15 years, … Editor’s Note: Lakeland High School graduate Timothy Callery submitted this essay as part of his application for the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce scholarship. Callery was the salutatorian of the Class of 2018. When thinking of what to write for this essay, it was difficult to fully realize what an impact the town of Yorktown has had on my life. I never really thought of my life as one of … One day as I was walking through my town, I noticed a guy coming toward me walking his dog. I peered ahead and tried to figure out what breed the dog was. He didn’t look like any dog I’d ever seen before. As they got closer, I realized he didn’t even look like a dog. He actually looked like… The cost of medical insurance continues to rise and will get even worse with the Republican attacks on our health care system.  As a senior citizen with Aetna supplemental insurance, my co-pay has tripled from $10 in 2013 to $30 in 2016. Aetna’s CEO’s salary was $18 million in 2016—up more than 8 percent from 2015. His salary is typical. If we can find a doctor to head … How often do you read TAPinto?  Have you downloaded the TAPinto APP?  These are a few of the questions for readers in our 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey. The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will help TAPinto better serve you.  About Us | Contact Us | Careers | TAP in the News | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Franchise TAPinto
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Online comments on ‘Victoria apartment complex awarded $18 million to repair Harvey damage …

New electrical, plumbing and air-conditioning can all be done with those dollars. I could go on, but I’m short on time. Stephen. By statute, the subsidy is …
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 Posted on : August 6, 2018

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