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Shopping Center Removed Trees and Lights Up Neighborhood

July 23, 2015
Elide Plaza at 111 Bedford Road is undergoing improvements as two new restaurants have moved into the shopping center. Made in Asia has relocated from Armonk Shopping Center and has taken over where Rice once was. Armonk House has taken over Enzo’s. The new restaurant, whose fare is American food, is under construction and will open sometime in the fall.

In the meantime, Elide Plaza on Bedford Road has received a summons for the violation of cutting down 14 trees during the week of July 15. The 30-year-old commercial building is owned by Seminara & Sons LLC. They cut down all the trees in the back of the property which borders Route 22 and New York State property.

Norma Hill, a resident of Wampus Close across Bedford Road, said, “The result of the tree removal is a roaring sound from Route 22.”

Seminara & Sons actually cut down over 20 trees where only the tree stumps remain. But the town ordinance says that a permit is not required for removal of any tree under the size of eight inches in diameter; therefore, the summons was only for 14 trees.

Before any tree shall be removed, the owner must obtain a written permit from the Building Inspector with a detailed application of the proposed work.  

Mike Cromwell, North Castle’s Assistant Building Inspector, said the issue is that the building owners did not apply for a permit to remove the trees. Seminara planted the White Pine trees in the back of the building 30 years ago when they built Elide Plaza.

Tom Baroni, North Castle’s Code Enforcement Officer, issued the summons to the building owners on July 20. To answer the summons, the building owners are likely to appear in front of Judge Elyse Lazansky on August 11.

“At the very least,” said Hill, “the offender deserves a heavy fine and should be required to replace the trees with the tallest ones available.”

Seminara & Sons did not respond to our phone call at the time of this publication.

The survey on the property was done 30 years ago says Cromwell, when the building plans were submitted. Therefore, to replant the area, the New York State property line cannot be determined without an updated survey.

The Elide Plaza owners plan to resurface the parking lot. They have also recently updated the illuminated directory sign which Cromwell said has always been internally lit.

On May 20, the Elide Plaza application went before the Architectural Review Board (ARB) for signage approval. The ARB prefers outdoor freestanding commercial directory signs to be lit from the ground up so as to avoid any bright lights that might disturb residential neighbors.

According to Town Code, “Signs may be illuminated, provided such illumination shall not … be visible beyond the boundaries of the lot on which it is located.”

Furthermore, the Town Code says that the ARB may conditionally approve specified modifications or disapprove any applications referred to it, provided that the Board finds that the sign for which a permit was applied would be detrimental to property values or the harmonious development of the surrounding area where the lighting is so intense and bright as to cause undue glare.

Hill said the directory sign is on a timer and lits up at night like a Las Vegas neon sign.

The ARB intends to review the lighting of the sign.

Armonk Square
Recognized Holiday Decorations Light Up Armonk

December 18, 2013
The annual Holiday Lighting Contest winners were announced by the Green Acres Garden Club for businesses and merchants in Armonk. Said Connie Quarrie who headed up the group of judges, "The town looks so wonderful this year. It was a tough decision."

First place was a tie between Wampus Brook Park and Armonk Square.  The acknowledgement for Wampus Brook Park with the gazebo and bridge being lit along with the snowflakes in the trees goes to Don Brandes and the Parks Department, as well as the Beautification Committee, whose member Kay Anderson had a central role.  Armonk Square was accomplished courtesy of John and Dom DioGuardi and Alan Zaretsky who oversaw the installation of the lights, specifically in the promenade.

Second place went to Opus 465 which increased its number of lights this year, according to Ms. Quarrie.  And third place went to Hickory and Tweed, which, according to Ms. Quarrie, continues to set a high standard and good taste.

Honorable mention was awarded to Gavi Restaurant, the Beehive Restaurant, Town Center stores, and Framings on Main Street.  Certificates of merit will be given to the winners.

Ms Quarrie also wanted to thank all the winners and participants on behalf ofthe Green Acres Garden Club -- which also wishes Happy Holidays to one and all.

THE GYM of Armonk Hosts Toy Drive Supporting The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester

From December 9th through the 20th of this year, THE GYM of Armonk will be hosting a toy drive to support The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester. The public is encouraged to bring new/unopened toys only, (preferably wrapped), to THE GYM at 99 Business Park Drive in Armonk, NY during normal business hours.

“THE GYM of Armonk has always made a point to support local and community-based charities, and this is no exception,” said Jamie Nicastri, General Manager at THE GYM. “We are looking forward to collecting a record number of toys and games that will put smiles on the faces of those less fortunate this Holiday Season!”

Brian Skanes, Executive Director of The Boys & Girls Club, further noted, “We are so grateful to THE GYM for their dedication to giving back to our community. We look forward to sharing the collected toys with our families ensuring them an exciting and happy holiday.”

For questions or additional information about the toy drive to support The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester and/or other offerings at THE GYM of Armonk, please contact (914) 219-1601 or e-mail mhickey@GetToTheGym.com for more information.

Wampus Brook Park is Transformed into an Enchanted Forest



September 23, 2013
Apple-orchid picking, apple bobbing, pie-eating contests, a bouncing-castle and juggling were just some of the many activities at the Cider and Donut Festival that brought the Armonk community, guests and business owners back to yesteryear.



The credit goes to the Schultz family, says Sue Allan Dean of Naturescapes Landscaping Design and Garden Shop, who coordinated Saturday's event; the festival was sponsored by the Armonk Chamber of Commerce. The Schultz Cider Mill first opened in 1951 on Old Route 22 in Armonk and sold apples, fresh cider and plants. In 1966, they added burgers, hot dogs and donuts, fresh and hot out of the donut maker. The rest is history: We look back on Sunday mornings when people came from all over the tri-state area to Armonk and lined up for the donuts sold by the dozen. The famous donuts were served in brown paper bags that soaked up the oil. Just a whiff of the donuts was worth the wait and remembered by many. Julie Dickens of Beascakes Bakery has brought back the delicious donuts. Lines began once again on Saturday for the fresh cinnamon, sugary donuts that many people ate two-at-a-time.



The festival began with a celebration in appreciation of the Schultz's, who are part of Armonk's heart, added Sue Allison Dean; Ms. Dean grew up in Armonk and has fond memories of the Schultz’s. We still yearn for that warm, small-town feeling and the sticky donuts bring that feeling back. The donuts are still a symbol of the service, dedication, neighborliness, and camaraderie, said Sheila Smith Drapeau, in memory of Schultz's matriarch, Mary Ellen Schultz.


Neal Schwartz, president of the Armonk Chamber of Commerce, who owns the  Tutoring Club of Armonk and College Planning of Westchester, was grateful that businesses contributed to the community event. The Wampus Brook Park was an ideal setting, offering plenty of space for everyone. One of the highlights at the event was the pie-eating contest, with its fresh pies and great prizes. Neal hopes to accommodate a request for a repeat performance next year with an annual Cider and Donut Festival.



The Bluegrass music, with a little bit of bebop, was performed by the Bandolins. It added a nice touch to the festivities, thanks to the sponsorship of Heckler and O'Keefe CPAs. Collectively, the local businesses were the backbone of the festival and helped make it a fun-filled event for hundreds of families as the kids’ activities were the mastermind of Armonk's own businesses.

Armonk Fire Department 9/11 Service 

Students Serving Soldiers
By Terence Carthy and Joe Brigante


Sept. 19, 2012
On the weekend of the Armonk Art Show, September 29 and 30, the Students Serving Soldiers club from Byram Hills High School will be raising money to support the troops by hosting a bake sale on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The money raised will be used to pay for postage on the care packages sent to United States troops in Afghanistan.

Please support the troops by purchasing a scrumptious treat from the club or donating an item to contribute to the club’s care package drive. In last year’s package drive, the club was able to send forty-two care packages to soldier’s serving overseas. With your help we hope to send many more.

Selfless men and women have chosen to answer the call of duty and many put their lives on the line so that we can remain forever free. The least we can do is send some remnants of home to their tough deployments. Our care packages include items such as: socks, deodorant, DVDs, food and many more much wanted items. Any care package item donations would be greatly appreciated and will be sent to servicemen and women in Afghanistan in personalized care packages containing an assortment of items.

Please feel free to ask any questions of the club members regarding our mission or ways to contribute at the bake sale or email us at studentsservingsoldiers@gmail.com.

Thank you for your support!


Armonk

By Michelle Boyle

Updated February, 2015
Winter is here and whether you enjoy sports, entertainment, dining or shopping, there's something for everyone in our neighborhood.

Sports & the Outdoors

If you enjoy being a spectator, Byram Hills' schools offer a variety of after-school sporting events. Byram Hills basketball and  wrestling teams are playing this season.  Head to the high school to watch and support our Bobcats.  Their games' schedules and results are reported weekly here.

If skiing or snow boarding are your thing, Hickory & Tweed's got the gear to keep you in top shape, perform your best, and look great while you’re on the slopes.

The Towns Parks and Recreation Department is a happening place at the Hergenhan Center. They offer classes for adults and children in music, art, cooking, sports and more. If you've got an idea for a class that doesn't exist, inquire about starting a new one.

The North Castle Parks and Recreation Department maintains public tennis courts, basketball courts, a running tracks and hiking trails.  You can always throw on a good pair of hiking boots, call a friend and walk the track at Town Park or the trails on Oregon Road or Betsy Sluder Preserve. Hiking trails are reviewed in our outdoor section.

Shopping

Did we mention shopping? A woman can never have too many jewels or accessories. Armonk has a variety of shops for both, including  Rocks. Cocobolo has a large selection of interior decor items for the home.

Services

The real estate marketing is heating up. We've got may knowledgeable real estate agents to guide you when selling or buying a new home.

Sharpen your kids' pencils and help them improve their skills and grades, while building confidence. Meet some of our highly qualified specialists offering tutoring skills: as does Teachers 4 Tutors. College Advice offers college guidance.

Rarely fun (in my humble opinion), but sometimes necessary, is home maintenance. Armonk Hardware carries everything you need for your home.

Take Care of Yourself

If you need some medical information, talk with Blum Center for Health, and Access and Physical Therapy and Wellness. They all provide excellent health care services. Taking good care of your teeth is always a priority. I'm sure Doctors Leone and Dr. Kamen would agree.

We continue to fill up the calendar with events from around town. Rarely does a day go by without something to do. Take a look at what's happening at the wonderful North Castle Public Library. They have so many great programs: book clubs for seniors, adults and teens, discussion groups, knitting classes, chess games and lessons, music, Armonk Players' play readings, children's games and entertainment, Tai Chi, Italian Culture, cooking classes, Internet classes, Chinese lessons (new program) and the list goes on.

And for the little ones, there are many reputable preschools in the area.  There are a great selection of summer camp programs from music, theatre, sports and the circus, coming soon is our Summer 2015 page.

The wine classes offered at Wine Geek Armonk sound delicious. They are always helpful with great paring of wines for every meal and occasion. Armonk Wines & Spirits also offers wine tastings.

Have you walked through the entire Armonk Fire Department? Take a tour.

Dining

Are you in the mood to get something to eat? There are plenty of choices to grab something in Armonk, including Fernando's Pizzeria, Amore Pasta & Pizzeria, Tazza Cafe (free Wi-Fi service), David Chen's, Kira Sushi/Kira East, DeCicco's Family Market, Fortina, Gavi, Made in Asia, Mariachi's Mexican, Bagel Emporium, Marc Charles SteakhouseLa Mer Seafood, Beehive Restaurant, Moderne Barn, Opus 465, Three Little Pigs, Souperman Soups, Beascakes Bakery, and Nick's Corner Market. Check them out at Armonk Dining.

Get out there and enjoy the best of Armonk. We've got a multitude of activities that are in our own backyard.

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