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Meeting in the Middle – It’s About Location and Community
By Shirley Kaiser 

June 2, 2014
Sometimes being in the middle is right where you want to be. That sentiment is echoed by residents selecting the Pleasantville side of town in which to live.

In addition to being part of the award-winning Byram Hills School District, the area between Armonk and the Village of Pleasantville--between Nannyhagen and continuing on Bear Ridge Road--offers residents access to the best that both towns have to offer and more.

“The Pleasantville side of town has its benefits,” says Sabrina Christiansen who lives in the Suzanne Lane neighborhood. “We’ve got quick and easy access to four towns, Armonk, Pleasantville, Chappaqua and Hawthorne, where my husband takes an economical train ride to the city.” This part of the County also offers quick and convenient access from King Street to Route 22 South for those wanting to hop on the express trains at North White Plains or White Plains.

“It’s incredibly family-oriented and everyone looks out for one another,” says Neil Lesher, Pheasant Run resident and owner of Bowls in Armonk. Living in a wooded area with rolling hills where deer are a familiar sight, Neil adds, “We feel like we’re in the country, while not being far from the city.”

“If convenient location and strong sense of community are what you are looking for, I’ll show you The Estates and the residences in the Deerfield and Suzanne Lane areas,” says Mike Neeley, Associate Real Estate Broker and Brokerage Manager of Houlihan Lawrence. “You’ll find people using their yards and children biking, skateboarding and playing games on the wide streets.”

“Once listed, houses here often sell before the price needs to be reduced,” continues Mike. “For example, in Mount Pleasant with Byram Hills Schools, we’ve had one closing a month since January, eight homes are in contract and 21 homes are active listings with several accepted offers.”

Contributing to that sense of community and found on Bear Ridge Road is the Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester, which among its many services, offers preschool, after-school, tween, teen, adult and summer camp programs.

Being in the middle is also beneficial on the cultural front. In Armonk, residents can enjoy and participate in community theatre with the Armonk Players and The Small Town Theatre Company’s varied performing arts programs. In Pleasantville, the Jacob Burns Film Center and Media Arts Lab offer independent, documentary and films from the world’s cinema, as well as classes in this medium.

“Sometimes it’s nice to be close to everything, but not in the center of everything,” adds Sabrina, who notes she appreciates the privacy and seclusion of her home.  “We don’t always get cell service, but I’m just fine not ‘being connected’ all the time.”

Armonk has so many great restaurants and shops to offer. Pleasantville has its own selection of these offerings as well, not to mention a weekly farmer’s market, a book store, a diner, a shoe store, and some of the best gas prices around. So now you see why being in the middle can be just the place to be.

You can visit Houlihan Lawrence at 399 Main Street, Armonk, or call (914) 273-9505 and speak with our Brokerage Manager Barry Graziano. For more information and property inventory, see

Pleasantville Cottage House

13-Year Old Armonk Boy Raises $30,000 for Pleasantville Cottage School

June 2, 2014
Jack Kovensky, a 13 year old, 7th grader from Armonk, initiated a fundraising campaign for the Pleasantville Cottage School (PCS) and has single handedly raised more than $30,000 to help build a media center for this residential, treatment facility in Pleasantville, NY. A ceremony will be held at the PCS this Saturday, May 10 at 1pm to honor Jack Kovensky for his accomplishment.

Jack has been a volunteer at the Edenwald center, a division of PCS, for over a year, visiting with the children in cottage 8 once a month to play sports and games. In October 2013, Jack became a Bar Mitzvah and asked friends and family to donate to PCS, rather than giving him gifts. The money Jack raised will be used to build a media room at the school.

In January 2013, Jack organized some of his friends to join him in monthly visits to cottage 8 at Edenwald, which they continue to do. “When we visit with the kids at Edenwald, they are always so happy to see us,” said Jack Kovensky. “I can’t imagine how hard it must be for them to be away from their families, so it makes me feel good that I can make them happy with our visits. And now hopefully make them happy with a great place to enjoy movies.”

Phina Geiger, the director of volunteers at PCS asked Jack and his family to join her and Richard Altman, the Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA) to give thanks to Jack for making it possible to build a media center. The friends that have joined Jack in monthly visits will also be in attendance. They are Armonk 7th graders, Sam Bilotti, Alec and Cole Geller, Ben Mautner and Harley Geoghegan.

The Pleasantville Cottage School is a coed residential treatment center that cares for 150 youngsters with emotional and behavioral difficulties. The Edenwald Center is residential treatment center to 116 boys and girls with behavioral and cognitive difficulties and a Full Scale I.Q. range of 50-79. Both are located at 1075 Broadway, Pleasantville, NY 10570.

Jack Kovensky Multi Media Donations

Starting with the media room:
• We bought a brand new Epson Power lite home cinema, which plays HD, as well as 3D movies.
• We also purchased a Black Diamond projection screen 120 inches (this is the top of the line).
• We purchased a Smart Blu Ray Player, a Pioneer Elite VSX- 70 Fader and a 10” Sub.
• 180 Bluray Movies
• 37 3D/ Bluray movies

Photo Lounge:
• Canon Rebel photo camera and bag.
• 64 GB memory card for the camera.
• Hp Photo Smart Printer w/ photo paper and printer cartridges.
• Photo cart.

DJ Booth:
• 2 QSC K12 1000w speakers.
• 2 Pioneer CDJ900 Multi Format pro cd players.
• A QB Pioneer DJM 900 NXS Pro DJ Mixer
• 1 DJ Mixer Coffin Case
• 1 QSC KSUB 1000W 12IN Band Pass Sub

Not yet purchased:
• 2 60 foot long/ 20 ft high valor curtains and mounts for the new Edenwald Stage