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Port Chester fatal crash another tragedy on road with drag racing suspected: Editorial — Police suspect drag racing in Friday's crash near Port Chester High School that killed the 18-year-old driver and injured his 16-year-old passenger. 'I want them to stop and think and learn from Joey's tragedy,' a mother said of her dead son, after the hugs, and tears, and loss.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @nancyrockland: #PortChester crash, another tragedy on @lohud roads. Mother wants others to 'think and learn from Joey's tragedy.'

Nov 22, 2014

#PortChester crash, another tragedy on @lohud roads. Mother wants others to 'think and learn from Joey's tragedy.'

Last minute Thanksgiving pies — There's no need to worry if dessert slipped your mind this Thanksgiving. We're looking at a few local bakeries offering last-minute pies and desserts. With all the prep work we put into the turkey, it's sometimes easy to forget one of Thanksgiving's most important components: a scrumptious dessert.

Private golf course purchase — Mark Stagg, a builder, installs a 3-acre practice course for his golfing teen-agers. Buy Photo Rich Fancher of Home Green Advantage in Armonk carries sod to the new golf greens at Mark Stagg's home in Purchase.(Photo: Tania Savayan/The Journal News) In golf-crazy Westchester County, it's not that unusual to find homeowners with a golf green of their very own in their backyard.

Looking at the cognitive dissonance of Bill Cosby, a wise dad and alleged rapist — The cognitive dissonance of Bill Cosby is a local story. Cosby has been a welcome guest in millions of homes for nearly 50 years, and there's nothing more local than your own living room. He was always inside that glowing box, smiling and beguiling. Hip, cool - that was the early version of Coz.

Damarcus Miller intercepts two passes, returns one for a touchdown in Stepinac's 16-14 win — Damarcus Miller intercepts two passes, returns one for a touchdown in Stepinac's 16-14 win over Iona for CHSFL Division AAA title Damarcus Miller spent most of this season starting at outside linebacker, but the Stepinac senior had a new assignment for Saturday night's CHSFL AAA championship.
Nov 22, 2014

Story No. 2: @stepinacsports Damarcus Miller stands tall in Stepinac's win over Iona

Stepinac's defense steps up, clinches 16-14 win over Iona for first CHSFL title since 1955 — Stepinac's defense steps up, clinches 16-14 win over Iona for first CHSFL title since 1955 Stepinac knew this wouldn't be easy - except it almost was. In fact, the Crusaders could not have dreamed of a better start to Saturday night's CHSFL AAA championship against their longtime rival and tormentor.

Stepinac beats Iona Prep, 16-14 — Stepinac takes the CHSFL AAA championship with a 16-14 win over Iona Prep Nov. 22, 2014. (Video by Peter Carr/The Journal News)

Stepinac beats Iona Prep, 16-14 for CHSFL championship — Stepinac players celebrate their 16-14 victory over Iona to win the CHSFL championship game at Fordham University in the Bronx Nov. 22, 2014.

Port Chester crash victim IDed; girl remains hospitalized — Rye Brook man, 18, killed in Port Chester crash; girl, 16, remains at hospital, police say The driver killed Friday in a crash on College Avenue is an 18-year-old Rye Brook man and his passenger, who remains hospitalized, is a 16-year-old Port Chester girl, police said Saturday.
Nov 22, 2014

Her son, 18, killed in #PortChester NY, Mom goes to crash site, urges other teens 'not to make same mistake' #ripjoey…

Nov 22, 2014

Sadder and Sadder - Rye Brook teen is Port Chester crash victim; girl, 16, still hospitalized via @lohud

Nov 22, 2014

Port Chester crash vic IDed; girl still in hospital. Vic's mom urges kids to learn from this #ripjoey #prayfordiana…

Furniture Sharehouse helps disadvantaged 'make a house a home' — Furniture Sharehouse collects gently-used furniture from the public and redistributes it free-of-charge to families in need, including those escaping domestic violence and moving from homeless shelters. Clients are referred by social service agencies and brought by appointment to the non-profit's warehouse at the Westchester County Airport, where volunteer personal shoppers help them select furniture based on their specific needs.

The Hudson Room in Peekskill: Photo Gallery — A plate of Sriracha Seared Gulf Shrimp, wild caught Gulf whites, guacamole, baked flour tortilla crisps at The Hudson Room in Peekskill Nov. 13, 2014.

TSA Officer of the Year: Jovanna Mendez of Eastchester — Eastchester's Jovanna Mendez has been a Transportation Administration Security officer for less than three years, but she's already earning national recognition. The TSA has named Mendez its "Officer of the Year," choosing Mendez out of 45,000 agents in airports across the country.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo leads Westchester Knicks to first win — Todd Mayo adds 20 off the bench for the Knicks Thanasis Antetokounmpo is fast becoming a favorite here. The 6-foot-7 swingman from Greece plays above the rim. He's not afraid to burn a few calories on the defensive end. And the 22-year-old can fill up a box score.
Nov 22, 2014

Thanasis Antetokounmpo leads Westchester Knicks to first win… via @lohud

1 dead, 1 critical in crash near Port Chester High School — Police are investigating the single car crash at the corner of College and Glen avenues PORT CHESTER - A young man has been killed and a young woman passenger has been taken to Westchester Medical Center in critical condition after a single-car crash near the Park Avenue Elementary School Friday afternoon.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @lohud: Breaking: Officials: Drag race may have caused fatal Port Chester crash.

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Local lawmakers craft East Ramapo watchdog bill — Rockland County legislators must satisfy Cuomo, Silver, Skelos with East Ramapo watchdog bill Early support is building for state oversight of the East Ramapo school district, but pressure is on Rockland County's legislative delegation to craft a plan that New York's most inscrutable politicians will get behind.

East Ramapo board might be getting diversity training — One of the recommendations by a state-appointed monitor was for the East Ramapo school board to undergo diversity training. One of the recommendations by the state-appointed monitor to investigate the East Ramapo school district is that the Board of Education undergo diversity training.
Nov 21, 2014

In #EastRamapo, a "deficit of mutual understanding," state monitor says. Experts weigh in... via @lohud

Nov 21, 2014

#Diversity training for #EastRamapo school board? It could make a difference, experts say; but not enough, some say.

Stepinac, Iona Prep eager for rematch — Iona Prep looks to upend unbeaten Stepinac for CHSFL Division AAA crown at Fordham University For the better part of three decades, if Iona Prep jumped out to a two-touchdown lead against Stepinac, the game was over. The Gaels learned why this year was different when they met Oct.

Stony Point resumes discussion on energy plant — Stony Point resumes its review on the gasification plant proposal for its industrial site. The proposal to bring a waste-to-energy facility to the industrial zone off Holt Drive is back on the table, and so is the Town of Haverstraw's opposition.
Nov 22, 2014

Stony Point seeks gas plant; Haverstraw holds nose via @lohud

Rockland program targets welfare fraud — A Rockland program created to reduce welfare fraud has saved taxpayers more than $1.5 million this year, county officials said Friday. "Welfare fraud is a crime against our trust and our generosity," County Executive Ed Day said in a statement. "And in Rockland County, it's a crime that will not be tolerated."