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Summer League Baseball: Former Byram Hills Player Pitches No Hitter

August 30, 2016
Andrew Slosberg, Byram Hills High School Class of 2012, pitched a nine inning no-hitter, no bases on balls, 27 batters up, and 27 batters down. In the third game of a best of three inter-league playoffs of the Tri-County Mens Baseball Association wood bat league on Sunday August 28 at Fox Lane High School, the Westchester Hurricanes faced the North Castle Knights. Slosberg, on the mound for the Hurricanes, posted 15 strike-outs, and gave up no walks with the final score of 4-0.

In a near perfect game, two runners were allowed on base via infield errors, but were promptly removed; the first by Slosberg who picked off a base runner at first base, and the other in a double play, resulting in only 27 batters that stepped up to the plate for the Knights.

The game was played in the competitive league for players 21 years of age and older. The league members of the Tri-County Men's Baseball Association are teams from Westchester County, Putnam County, and Dutchess County, NJ and CT.

Westchester Hurricanes lead the league this season with 20-3 record. The championship series versus Lakeland Sharks will begin with a double header at 9:00 a.m. Sunday September 11. Field TBD.

Other Westchester Hurricanes players who are also Byram Hills varsity alumni are Brian Hammer, Brandon Trioano, Tim Sroka, Anthony Arditi, and Frank Monastra.

Slosberg played baseball at Byram Hills High School. He was part of the successful 2012 Bobcat team that won the school’s first playoff game in 40 years, making it the distance to the Sectional Championship game. Slosberg’s record that season was 8-2 with a 1.59 ERA. He then played Club Baseball at University of Delaware for four years, with a Blue Hen team that won the North Atlantic Regional - East Conference all four seasons, with a trip to the NCBA World Series in 2014.

Grill Guys
Byram Grads Work Hard, Get Dirty

July 9, 2015
Armonk is full of Byram Hills alumni who have returned home for the summer to become young entrepreneurs. Frankie Gaudio and Max Golden have combined their entrepreneurial spirit to earn financial independence.

The Byram Hills 2013 graduates are known as the Grill Guys. They travel to private homes where they clean outdoor BBQ grills that look like new when finished. The young men are not afraid to work hard or to get dirty. The best part is that they are gaining a wealth of experience as new business owners.  

Gaudio is a rising junior at Tulane University and Golden is an rising junior at High Point University.

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BHHS Small Business Owner

Sandra Segatti Scarano knows all about the benefits of owning a small business in Armonk.  After graduating from Byram Hills in 1976, Sandra came back to the community to open a local video store.  She later helped out brother Andre (graduated 1977) with the family ceramic tile and marble business, now called Coastal Tile, also in Armonk.  For the past ten years, Sandra has served the community as an ISSA certified personal trainer, working with a partner to “inspire people to become their best.”  Working one on one in people’s homes, or meeting them at the Lexington Avenue Gym for workouts, Sandra finds just that right approach to getting people moving, whether their goal is general fitness, or preparing for a race.  She finds working with cancer survivors particularly rewarding.  For the past three years, Sandra has also been developing her real estate career as an agent for Prudential Holmes Kennedy in Armonk.  Sandra’s two children, ages 14 and 17 are students at Byram Hills.  “I came back to Armonk because the schools are fantastic and the friends I have met here feel like family.  And it’s so beautiful.”  Working locally and teaming with other women from the community have made Sandra’s professional life rewarding and successful.  She can be reached for personal training at 914-646-9322, or email her at   
Edgeup Website Design

Byram Grads Begin New
Web-Design Venture
By Michelle Cioffoletti 

July 4, 2012
Unlike most college students who search for summer jobs at the usual spots, like local camps and restaurants, four Byram Hills’ graduates from the class of 2011 teamed up to take a different turn. Rising college sophomores Alex Martino (Georgetown University), Joseph Petti (Fairfield University), Jordan Pollack (Cornell University), and Andy Murphy (Wake Forest University) started an innovative website design company called EdgeUP Website Design, LLC.

Martino first contacted Joseph Petti, who was very enthusiastic about joining the start-up; shortly after, Andy and Jordan became involved. It has proven to be challenging, yet rewarding, for the students who have learned multiple computer languages during the school year. The young entrepreneurs have created a company in which they all share a vested interest in growing.

Alex Martino came up with the idea of professionally building websites after his father asked him to design a site for his law firm. Now that their first website is up and running, they can show off what they mean when they talk about “building the site from HTML code and search engine optimization with high-page placement.”

As in any start-up, there is a learning curve. Upon completion of their freshman year in college, the partners returned to Armonk. With the law-firm website up now and a second job from a landscaping company in the works, the four entrepreneurs are learning just how important networking can be when seeking new clients.

EdgeUP Website Design offers the same quality service as that of professional designers, but at a fraction of the cost. And living at home during the summer affords them the luxury of lower living costs. The savings is then passed on to the client.  

Social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter go hand in hand with web design. Alex says social media can funnel information into the website so they offer it as an add-on service.

EdgeUP Design is committed to working with its clients with an emphasis on customer service. They include the first-year’s maintenance at no charge for a website they design and ensure professionalism in all aspects of website building and services.

“We give you the edge up to succeed over your competition,” says Martino. “In today’s tech world, an aesthetic and functional website is absolutely imperative.”

Contact EdgeUP Website Design to help bring your business to the next level: (917) 306-5137 or team

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Byram Grads Design Innovative Way to Showcase Memories
by Alice Levine

September 18, 2012
In an age in which we are increasingly driven by technology, two Byram Hills graduates want us to take a step back and rediscover our memories. This past spring Andrew Dunn, a graduate of UPenn, and Tanay Tewani, a GW graduate, created Dunani Concepts. The company’s mission is designing innovative products that bring our meaningful memories back to life. Dunani Concepts’ first venture is tik tak tee (, a company that creates hand-made, T-shirt frames.

Andrew came up with the idea last summer in response to his dad’s complaints about the number of old T-shirts collecting dust in his closet. “Even if they are faded or don’t fit anymore, I would never throw them away because they represent awesome memories: concerts, camp, fraternity, high school sports -- even family vacations. They are special to me and tell a story about my life. I wondered if there were any cool ways to display them, but there was nothing appealing out there,” explained Andrew.

Andrew shared his idea for a T-shirt frame with Tanay; the two had been bouncing entrepreneurial ideas off each other for years. This past winter, Andrew applied for and received a grant from UPenn’s Weiss Tech House Innovation Fund, an organization that provides funding and mentorship for student ventures. With the money from the grant, Andrew and Tanay began working on tik tak tee. While distance created a potential problem, their dedication to the company, which often entailed long phone calls and many e-mails, helped them create the right product.

After graduating in May, Andrew and Tanay began their full-time jobs in the city, while also dedicating several nights and weekends to working on their new venture. With Andrew’s experience in many entrepreneurial ventures and Tanay’s business knowledge -- which he gained by working in his family’s clothing business -- tik tak tee transitioned from idea to product remarkably fast. The product currently being sold, known as “the classic frame”, is a hand-crafted, 1’x3’-T-shirt frame featuring three-fabric pinboard panels. It's easy to insert, replace and re-wear the tees; it’s also easy to pin photos, ticket stubs or any other keepsake that will become part of the frame.

Andrew and Tanay are especially excited about the insights they gained into learning how to start a new company and they are eager to mentor other students interested in doing the same. Tanay explained, “We have learned about everything from product design and material sourcing to intellectual property and distribution, in addition to the simple, yet important things like negotiating deals and managing human capital. It’s truly been a great learning experience and we both feel it’s taught us the nuts and bolts of running a successful startup.”

The team is currently focused on creating some buzz around the Armonk community, targeting kids and adults alike. “We're giving you a blank canvas. It's up to you to make art out of it," explained Tanay. "We've found that this concept appeals to a wide range of demographics.”

Tik tak tee plans to introduce a new version of the product in the fall, and the team, which now includes several student interns, is developing a variety of accessories designed to enhance the frame’s functionality. As part of their vision for the future, Andrew and Tanay have outlined several different directions for the brand; the common thread is “changing the way that we interact with our memories, bringing them back to life in the real and digital world.”

To order a classic T-shirt frame visit For more information on the new modern frames available in black or white, visit

J Allan Pryor
Goodbye, Mr. Pryor

I am an Armonk Boomerang

By James Boyle

Republished March 5, 2017
My family moved to Armonk in the 1960s.  Myself, my wife and our younger children moved back to Armonk in the 1990s.  If one makes enough left hand turns, planned or otherwise, you end up in the same spot.  I have ended up, once more, in the hamlet of Armonk.

Boomerang-like, I was a student at Byram Hills High School (BHHS) in the 1970s. After more decades than I readily admit to, I am parent of BHHS students for the past several years. I have that dual vantage, a historical and a contemporary vision.

Teachers are important; great instructors are life changing. BHHS has long had a selection of certain teachers that rose above their peers and were superb.

Westchester Smart Mobile App Development Bowl
Byram Alumna on Team That Creates Winning Mobile App

June 29, 2015
Byram Hills alumna Molly Fishback was recently part of a team of students who won big at the Westchester Smart Mobile App Development Bowl.

Fishback, now a junior at Manhattanville College, signed up individually since she didn't personally know much about coding, and was placed with one student from Ossining High School and two students from Suffolk County Community College. The competition aimed to develop mobile applications that would help patients with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. This cause appealed to Fishback because she has volunteered at The Bristal in Armonk. She worked there with patients with Alzheimer's.

Fishback is a marketing major at Manhattanville. Her group focused on the marketing and managing of the application, as well as the presentation to the judges. Her groups application, which won two, third place prizes, is called Sundowning Solutions & Connections. The app is meant to help caretakers when working with Alzheimer's and dementia patients during the "sundowning" period. This period begins at dusk and continues through the night, when patients sometimes experience increased confusion, anxiety, and agitation. Fishback's group's app can store photos and videos of family and friends, keepsakes and household items, and also music. Many of these things can sooth the patient emotionally, or help them remember where certain things are or bring back memories of positive life events.

This application won third in both the Mobile App Alzheimer's Association Functionality Award category and the Mobile App Tata Usability Award category. It was developed for Android operating system (iOS).

BHHS Grad Lauryn Ciardullo Makes Her Broadway Debut
By Alice Levine

August 25, 2014
When Byram Hills High School graduate Lauryn Ciardullo got the phone call from her agent with the news that she had just landed a part in the Broadway show Aladdin, she was chatting with her friend in Union Square Park. After jumping up and down and sharing a few screams of joy with her friend, she called her husband to share in the exciting news that she’d soon be appearing on Broadway.

Lauryn’s acting journey began in high school in 2004 when she appeared in Into the Woods on the Byram Hills stage and also participated in the Contemporary Theatre Workshop in Armonk. But unlike some aspiring actresses, Lauryn also devoted herself to dancing in Heather Conway’s company at Armonk Dance and singing opera. She then went off to Ithaca College to pursue her creative interests.

After learning that Ithaca didn’t afford her the diversity of programs she had hoped to pursue, Lauryn transferred to SUNY Purchase. She was not only able to major in drama, but she could also focus on playwriting, directing, dance and music. After graduation she embarked on her journey into the professional acting world.

Lauryn’s first part was the role of Holly in the show, The Wedding Singer, where she toured for four months, performing in a different city each week. “One of the great things about touring is that the other performers become your second family. You live together, eat together and perform together. It becomes a special relationship and keeps you going, while handling a very rigorous schedule,” Lauryn said.

She continued touring, performing in The Wizard of Oz and Chorus Line, among others, where the tours lasted a year. The toughest day of the week was always Monday. Lauryn laughed, “We all called Monday ‘Travel Day Stomach,’ since we would perform on Sunday night and have to get up sometimes at 5:00 Monday morning to leave for the next city. You had to be really careful what you ate and it was pretty exhausting. The toughest part about touring is being apart from your family at home. After five years on the road, I was ready to be home.”

Now that Lauryn is in Aladdin, her home life has become a little more normal. She can spend more time with her husband and stepson, while still performing eight shows a week.

Lauryn spoke about her role as a swing performer in Aladdin. “To get the part you have to fit the mold of all the ensemble girls in the show. As a swing you learn all the actresses’ parts in the show, since you change parts quite often. This means learning the acting and of course the singing parts. The great thing is that I’ve already played the main role of Jasmine a few times, which was so exciting! An important part of acting in Disney shows is meeting all the fans after the show. The young girls are so excited to meet us and I love talking to them. They really see me as a princess! I especially enjoy talking to them about following their own dreams. I remember going to Broadway shows and looking up to the actors so much when I was their age,” Lauryn reminisced.

One of the toughest parts of acting, Lauryn said, is learning to accept rejection and not take it personally. “You’re going to experience a lot more rejection than you could ever anticipate. And you can’t take it personally – you have to move on. You learn to stay confident and humble. You can be at the top of your game and then you can have a long lull. That’s part of the business.”

So what lies ahead for this accomplished actress? In addition to continuing her acting career, Lauryn also plans to continue her work as a guest teacher at dance and theatre studios in the tri-state area. “I love acting, but I also love teaching. There’s a special reward you get when you work with students. It’s a great balance having the opportunity to teach and act, even if it means I rarely get home till midnight most nights. But it’s all worth it.”

Lauryn will continue performing in Aladdin for as long as the show runs. And she is looking forward to seeing some local kids from Armonk at upcoming performances.

Byram Hills Alumni Still Got It

Updated February 25, 2015
At the 2015 Valentine's Day Invitational at Boston University, Marc Violone (BHHS – 2012), ran 4:07.10 for 1-mile to place 3rd in his section of the event. Violone breaks away with the lead group at 3:00.

Marc is wearing a light blue Columbia University uniform and is pinned number 1972.

The fastest time, in high school, run by Marc in the 1-mile was 4:17.35 at the National Championship in March 2012.

The video of the race is below or watch the race on Flo Track.

Brother and Sister, Chef and Lawyer
By Mary Kate Baumann

Byram Hills is a school district known for its great education and for the opportunities it provides to all who attend.  After students leave the high school and chose a career, few return to Armonk with the talents and degrees they have acquired.  Two graduates, siblings, Gina Sinon and Marc Mazzarulli, are among of the small number of graduates who have come back to Armonk after college. Upon graduating from Byram Hills in 1985 and 1989 respectively, Gina and Marc left Armonk for college graduate school. 

“After attending Bryant College in Rhode Island, I went to the Culinary Institute of America,” Marc said. Marc, the owner of the well-known Opus 465 restaurant that he closed after 18 year, was brought up around food. “My father was in the business. I started working at a snack bar at a golf club when I was 14 and ran it myself for years,” recalls Marc, “I enjoyed cooking, so after the Culinary Institute, I stuck with it.”
Meanwhile, Marc’s sister, Gina, took a different route and came back to Armonk with not only a different last name but a law degree. After Byram Hills, Gina went to Washington University in St. Louis and Fordham Law School, and became an attorney. She married and returned to Armonk as Gina Sinon after her mother became sick.
“I was living and working in Manhattan. I knew I would always move back to Westchester when I wanted to start my family,” recalls Sinon, “It was in 1996 when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I moved sooner than expected to take care of her.”

The Mazzarulli family had a restaurant at a country club in Pleasantville when Marc and Gina were growing up.  When Gina and Marc’s parents retired, Marc took over by doing lunches and catering.  “Coming out of the Culinary Institute, I was into the food scene and wanted to show off what I could do,” Marc said, “We didn’t do dinners at the country club, so I branched out and opened Opus.”  Marc made use of his talents in his own backyard.

A couple of years later, in 1997, Marc bought a building and opened what we know as Opus 465 in May 1998. “At first, the owner of the building was unsure about selling it to me. Other businesses had endured rough times and were forced to close before,” Marc said, “but after observing my cooking style and the marketing being done, he sold me the building.”
In addition to Opus 465, Marc owns the former Marc Charles steakhouse at La Quinta Suites in the Business Park; Occasions by Marc Charles, a catering company; Three Little Pigs and Souperman, and the Wild Westchester BBQ Co. created to satisfy the demand for off-premise BBQ catering, picnics and outdoor events. 

Gina, on the other hand, has her own business as an attorney. Being in Armonk is advantageous for both siblings.  “There are a lot of people in Armonk. It’s a close community,” Marc says.
My clients are mostly from word of mouth, so it’s nice having that connection here,” adds Sinon, “Being able to work at home and be close to town is really nice.  The funniest part is when I see people who I’ve graduated with. They don’t realize who I am because I changed my name,” admits Sinon. 

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Byram Grad TJ Paresi Finds His Calling
By Alice Levine

December 2, 2014
While discovering his passion as a minister may not have crossed his mind in high school, TJ Paresi, BHHS class of 2006, couldn’t be happier with his work. He graduated from Catholic University of America in 2010 and has since been leading Sunday prayer and song with youth and their families at SUNY Purchase.

TJ first discovered a true passion for religion during his senior year in high school, which helped influence his decision to attend Catholic University. He was also affected by the BHHS Senior Mentor program; mentoring helped him realize how rewarding it felt to help new freshmen. But his original intent was to study opera at college. “I really enjoyed singing and realized the enjoyment and power of song at school. During my senior year I decided to start a bible discussion group at school, and it really took off. I found I could spend hours talking about the bible with fellow students and never tire of it,” TJ recalls.

Before graduation, TJ met with his current boss and friend, Jim Brown, who runs the ministry for adults at the New York City Church of Christ. Jim asked TJ if he would be interested in working with the campus ministry, leading sermons and counseling teenagers and their families. TJ never hesitated. After completing his college degree in vocal performance, TJ spent some time in training for his new role under a mentor, while taking courses in psychology and the bible.

“I really feel blessed to have found my calling,” TJ said. It’s so rewarding to be embraced by the young adults and their families in the congregation and to have the opportunity to counsel them. Probably the greatest joy I have is seeing these teenagers grow, mature and become responsible, caring adults. It’s hard for me to think of anything that could be more rewarding. I truly feel blessed to love what I’m doing and feel I’m making a difference.”

In addition to leading about 250 people at the Sunday morning worship service at SUNY Purchase, TJ also holds bible-study classes for children and young adults in the church building they rent in Pleasantville. And he loves to incorporate song into his teaching, as well as his sermons. “Connecting with God through song can be very powerful and moving. It adds a whole new dimension to the religious experience, especially for young people. Having grown up with a dad who always played in a band, I was able to see firsthand how music can be so moving. Yes, my dad played rock-and-roll, not Christian music, but every type of music can inspire us,” he laughed.

While the majority of people attending the Sunday service are congregants, TJ emphasized that everyone is always welcome to attend. For more information on joining the congregation or taking a class, feel free to call (201)568-7963 or visit and select the link, Westchester Region.

Home Again in Armonk

Jack Moore
of A. Moore Painting and Decorating began his business just after high school graduation in 1976.  For more than 30 years, Jack has been serving Armonk and the surrounding area providing residential and commercial interior and exterior painting, as well as power washing and wallpaper application.  “When you deal with someone who has grown up in your town, they share your values—there’s a sophistication and caring that comes with that.”  Jack has vivid memories of the town the way it was, and recalls with fondness his stay in the now-demolished Wampus Lake Inn, his first home after moving out of his parents’ house.  Jack’s parents were well-known figures in town.  His father was town attorney for 20 years, and he describes his mom as a professional volunteer.  “She was a member of everything, and that used to get me into a lot of places.”  Despite Armonk’s many physical changes, it is still the town he loves.  “I am reminded daily of what a wonderful place this is to grow up.  It’s a great small town full of quality.”  

When it comes to painting, most people don't know Jack. He has been setting the standards for quality, craftsmanship and integrity since 1979. Too many people are lured in to a job by low prices. They are not receiving the attention, knowledge and professionalism they deserve. One poor paint job can curse a home for years.

Jack says, "Always shop quality and reputation." His reputation is to deliver what's needed for a fair price. And he has the knowledge and experience to back it up. Join the rest of his customers that say, "Hey, I know Jack!"  Call Jack Moore at  914-273-8636 or email

Chris Cioffeletti, an Officer and a Gentleman

By Alice Levine

May 29, 2014
With many Byram Hills Class of 2010 alumni graduating college this month, on the surface, Chris Cioffeletti may just seem like another grad. But he is one of the few Byram Hills’ students who has ever graduated West Point Academy.

During high school, Chris made a decision to pursue a different path for college, one that would not only challenge him but also give him the opportunity to serve his country. Chris’ dad had attended the air force academy for one year and Chris remembers the thrill he used to get watching all the cadets marching at the football games. So with the required recommendation from a local congressman and his solid academic and community service record, Chris applied and was admitted to West Point.

Chris admits his first year in a military environment meant some culture shock, along with a grueling schedule. “For the first two years you can’t leave post at all during the week and you get one weekend each semester to leave, not including Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was weird going on Facebook and seeing postings from my college friends at some pretty cool parties. We were in bed at 11:30 every night and up at 5:15. No alcohol was allowed for your first two years and the one bar on post was strictly for seniors. I had my doubts if I’d stay the first year but my family and friends really encouraged me to do it. I just had to get through freshman year or being a “Pleeb,” as freshmen at West Point are called,” Chris said.

Along with many challenges came some great surprises. Chris said, “I think what surprised me the most at West Point was that despite having such different backgrounds we were all so much alike in a lot of ways. And there’s something powerful about being with people who are all working toward a common goal. It’s a strong sense of teamwork, almost like being on a sports team, but even stronger. The other big surprise was how independent these kids were and how they created their own opportunities. There was little, if any, reliance on parents to help them succeed – they were accountable for their own successes or failures.”

Chris feels that two of his biggest challenges at West Point was dealing with the absence of interaction outside the campus and the constant, 24/7 duties. “Social life at West Point meant things like pillow fights or decorating your dorm with toilet paper with the guys and girls in your company. You really don’t have time for much socializing, but being on the varsity track team my fist two years really helped. I got to travel to other schools in the Patriot League for competitions, which was great. And the fact that my parents lived so close was awesome. They visited a lot and made the other cadets feel like they were their parents too, especially when they brought my mom’s home-cooked meals!”

Being a cadet at West Point means much more than academics. “In addition to 20-credit hours per semester, we also had military duties. It’s exhausting, but over time you get used to it. There’s never really a day or even part of a day off. And it’s definitely a slice of humility when your C.O. first yells at you for not getting something done to satisfaction but it also builds character,” Chris laughed.

Chris Cioffeletti graduated yesterday from West Point. And how many students are lucky enough to have the President as their commencement speaker, which Chris felt was truly an honor.

So now that he has graduated from West Point as second lieutenant, what lies ahead for Chris? After a real vacation in June he’ll start Army Ranger School, which less than one-percent of graduates qualify for, in July. “It’s about two months of training in Fort Benning, Georgia, where we’re pretty much out in the woods and get about two-to-three hours of sleep a night and eat one-to-two meals a day. Then it’s more training at Fort Benning in infantry and then I’m off to Fort Drum for four months to serve as a platoon leader, planning and executing missions. And there’s a good chance I’ll be deployed to Afghanistan for six-to-twelve months after Fort Drum. It’s a little scary but I’m excited to execute my training, which would be training Afghan soldiers in combat operation.”

Concurrent with the 5-year service obligation is promotion based on time in service, and becoming a captain is the natural progression for West Point graduates. Upon completing education and training at West Point, which includes free tuition and room and board, the graduate owes five years of service to the army. If he stays in the military, Chris would eventually like to become a Special Forces Officer, also known as a green beret. And as he proudly said, “I know it may sound trite but I am really looking forward to serving my country and carrying out the mission I was trained for.”

In any case there’s no doubt that Chris Cioffeletti will be a truly valuable member of our military, something we all can be proud of.

Home Again in Armonk

December 2009
Graduates of the Class of 1993, Dr. Frank Contacessa and his wife Daria Tranquillo came back to Armonk to start a medical practice and a family. Frank is a board-certified internist with a medical degree from NY Medical College in Valhalla. He joined Dr. Donald Cohen’s practice at Orchard Drive, Armonk, in 2005. “We treat teenagers to adults. I began seeing Dr. Cohen when I was a teenager, and he always made me feel comfortable--his was the kind of practice I wanted to be part of.” The two physicians helped found Westchester Health Associates in 2007. They maintain a personalized practice providing unusual levels of availability and access. “This is kind of a small-town customized medicine I grew up with.” Frank’s attachments here are more than professional.  “My brother, parents and cousins are all here--that familiarity is very comforting.” Walking through town, he is well aware of the growth of the town since he was a child. “I like the changes—Armonk combines a small town quaintness with a modern cosmopolitan feel.” Frank and his wife are parents of a 14-month-old little girl. “We know she will be experiencing many of the same things her parents enjoyed while growing up in this town.”

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Home Again in Armonk

Whoever said, “you can’t go home again,” didn’t grow up in Armonk.  Within the town of North Castle, we currently have 44 Byram Hills graduates from 1971 to present who have “come home” to operate local businesses, raise their families and give back to their community.

Nick Gagliardi graduated from Byram Hills High School in 1982. He returned after college to start his family and pick up the reins of the family construction business started by his dad in 1952. Together with his brother Michael Gagliardi, Nick has grown Gagliardi and Sons Construction Co. into a successful “word-of-mouth” business serving the town of North Castle and all of northern Westchester. In addition to excavating and site work for residential and commercial construction, the company also provides septic systems. Another branch of the business is a wholesale nursery, located on Old Byram Lake Road. 

Nick has four children in the Byram Hills schools, ranging in ages from 9 to 18. He coaches youth lacrosse, and has been serving his community as a volunteer firefighter for the past 15 years. Ask Nick, “Why come back to Armonk?”  The answer is simple—“It’s an all out terrific community.”

Gagliardi and Sons Construction Co. LLC is located at 3 Barnard Road in Armonk and can be reached at 273-8088. 

Home Again In Armonk

Robert Dean, Class of 1989, is the owner of Naturescapes, a boutique landscaping and design firm and garden shop, located at 2 MacDonald Ave., Armonk.  “Essentially, I never left Armonk,” said Robert.  He lives right next door to the business with his wife Sue Allison, also a Byram Hills graduate. Robert began the business as a sideline in 1994, but by 2003 it had grown to a full-time occupation. Naturescapes serves residential and commercial clients offering a range of premiere quality landscape and hardscape installations from New York City roof gardens to country estate gardens.  The level of design creativity and ability to broker rare and exotic specimens makes this landscaping business unique.  As for the reason to come back to Armonk, “this location provides a perfectly suited base for reaching a broad clientele over a wide geographic area.”   Robert and Sue share a passion for horticulture, offering customized plant and floral designs as permanent installations or for special events.  More on Naturescapes can be found on the company website at