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Sam Barron

Community Editor sbarron@dailyvoice.com

An (almost) lifelong Westchester resident, Sam has reported on all facets of Westchester since he graduated from Ryerson University with a degree in print journalism, including stints at North County News and The Examiner. A film columnist for WAG Magazine, Sam's moviegoing expertise has been profiled in the New York Times and he was a featured guest on VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live.

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  1. Briarcliff Manor Eyes Downtown Makeover

    Briarcliff Manor Eyes Downtown Makeover

    BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- Downtown Briarcliff could be in for a  major facelift.A Streetscape Commitee has been formed to explore improving the downtown central business district by Pleasantville Road.The committee is chaired by Lou Wachtel, who has lived in Briarcliff for 40 years."This is a project I am passionate and excited about," Wachtel said. "The committee is full ...

  2. Northern Westchester Resident Challenging Murphy For Senate Seat

    Northern Westchester Resident Challenging Murphy For Senate Seat

    This story has been updated.Robert Kesten, a Lewisboro resident, is the first person to challenge State Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown), who represents the 40th district and would be running for a third term next year.Kesten, a Democrat, said he was inspired to run against Murphy after an unsatisfying meeting with Murphy's chief of staff and communications director."I asked them ...

  3. Northern Westchester Man Still Alive In 'Jeopardy!' Champions Tourney

    Northern Westchester Man Still Alive In 'Jeopardy!' Champions Tourney

    If he wants to be the ultimate "Jeopardy!" champion, the Hudson Valley's own Austin Rogers has some catching up to do.Rogers, a Pound Ridge native, is competing in the finals of the "Jeopardy!" Tournament of Champions, a two-night event. After the first night, Rogers who graduate from Fox Lane High School, trails Alan Lin, $8,800 to $6,500.Going into "Final ...

  4. Yorktown Hosting Donation Drive For Longtime Bus Driver Impacted By Fire

    Yorktown Hosting Donation Drive For Longtime Bus Driver Impacted By Fire

    YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The Yorktown School District is coming together to help one of its own.A donation drive is being held at Yorktown High School Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon for a longtime bus driver who lost everything in a house fire. "This devoted individual has faithfully and safely transported the children of Yorktown on her bus for more than 30 years," Superintendent Ron ...

  5. Astorino Drops Indian Point Lawsuits

    Astorino Drops Indian Point Lawsuits

    Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has decided not to go forward with his lawsuits trying to stop the closure of Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan.Astorino's attorney filed paperwork to discontinue the lawsuits Thursday, according to LoHud. Astorino was defeated by Senator George Latimer last week in his bid for a third term.Indian Point is set to close in 2020 and 2021 ...

  6. Woman Says George H.W. Bush Groped Her When He Was President

    Woman Says George H.W. Bush Groped Her When He Was President

    Another woman has come forward to accuse George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, of groping her.A woman told CNN that Bush, who grew up in Greenwich and is now 93, grabbed her rear end at an event in April 1992, when he was still president. CNN did not disclose the woman's name."It was like a gentle squeeze," the woman was quoted as saying.The woman said she ...

  7. New Castle Bans Vape Shops Within 2,000 Feet Of Schools

    New Castle Bans Vape Shops Within 2,000 Feet Of Schools

    NEW CASTLE, N.Y. -- Vape shops will no longer be allowed near schools in New Castle.The New Castle Town Board passed legislation that said vape shops cannot be within 2,000 feet of the lot line of any school. The law also prohibits the establishments of vape shops within 500 feet of any park, playground, library or religious institution and no vape shops can be within 1,000 feet of each ...

  8. Horace Greeley High School Takes You To 'Urinetown'

    Horace Greeley High School Takes You To 'Urinetown'

    CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- You might want to avoid drinking water before you see Horace Greeley High School's next show.The Horace Greeley Theater Company will be performing Urinetown on Thursday at 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.In "Urinetown", a terrible water shortage and 20-year drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public ...

  9. Mahopac Man Involved In Car Crash Found With Heroin, Yorktown Police Say

    Mahopac Man Involved In Car Crash Found With Heroin, Yorktown Police Say

    A 26-year-old Mahopac resident was arrested and charged with possessing heroin following a car crash on East Main Street and Route 6.Armaan Bora Ojunc was charged with possession of a hypodermic instrument and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree and driving with a suspended license after a car accident that caused property damage on Nov. 2.Ogunc was released ...

  10. Winter Wonderland Returns To Kensico Dam Plaza

    Winter Wonderland Returns To Kensico Dam Plaza

    VALHALLA, N.Y. -- Walking in Kensico Dam Plaza after Thanksgiving is going to be like walking in a winter wonderland.Westchester's Winter Wonderland is set to return to Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla on Nov. 24 for its fourth season. Highlights this year include a toboggan ride, a Winter Wonderland Holiday Circus tent, featuring circus performers from "America's Got Talent" and ...

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