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Sam Barron

Community Editor

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.

Sam Barron's Contributions

  1. Helen 'Candy Grandma' Conklin, 79, Northern Westchester Business Owner

    Helen 'Candy Grandma' Conklin, 79, Northern Westchester Business Owner

    Westchester business owner Helen E. Conklin aka “Candy Grandma,” died Sunday at the Eleanor in Hyde Park at the age of 79.Conklin was born in Peekskill in 1938 to Gladys and Fred Conklin, who predeceased her, along with her brothers Jimmy and Elmer and sisters Marie and Charlotte.Conklin was the proprietor of two small businesses, a candy store and a variety store in Peekskill in the ...

  2. Costco Eyes Patterson Crossing Site

    Costco Eyes Patterson Crossing Site

    PATTERSON, N.Y. -- Costco is looking to come to Patterson.The big box store is hoping to open at the Patterson Crossing Retail Center, located at Route 311 and I-84, even though the project has been tied up in legal action.A lawsuit over a proposed gas station at the site was recently thrown out. Costco said it hopes to start construction in spring of 2018, according to The Putnam ...

  3. New Sheriff, Fox Attack Top Putnam News For 2017

    New Sheriff, Fox Attack Top Putnam News For 2017

    PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. -- Putnam County saw a year of change in 2017.Robert Langley was elected Putnam County Sheriff defeating Don Smith, who was first elected in 2001. Langley, who won by a slim margin said voters wanted change. As Putnam County Sheriff, Langley said he intends to address the opioid crisis and implement policing.Smith's loss was related to his settlement of a lawsuit ...

  4. Putnam Woman Drove Drunk, Kicked Officer, Police Say

    Putnam Woman Drove Drunk, Kicked Officer, Police Say

    A 62-year-old Putnam woman was charged with numerous traffic infractions and for kicking a police officer following a car crash in Mohegan Lake, Yorktown Police said.Risa Fishbein of Putnam Valley was charged with two felony DWIs for having a conviction in the last 10 years, obstruction of governmental administration, a Class A misdemeanor and leaving the scene of a property damage ...

  5. Poughkeepsie Getting 'Woken': Matt Hardy Headlining WWE Show

    Poughkeepsie Getting 'Woken': Matt Hardy Headlining WWE Show

    DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!"Woken" Matt Hardy will step into the battlefield to challenge the Bray Wyatt in the main event of WWE's live event at the Mid Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.WWE's 205 Live Tour will mainly feature cruiserweights who weigh less than 205 pounds. Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore will face Kalisto with Nia Jax as the ...

  6. Elks Lodge Serves Veterans A Holiday Dinner

    Elks Lodge Serves Veterans A Holiday Dinner

    MONTROSE, N.Y. -- The South District Elks wanted to ensure veterans had a happy holidays.The Elks, the Mid-Westchester Lodge 535 featuring the Armonk, Brewster, Ossining and Pearl River lodges served more than 100 veterans a holiday dinner on Thursday at the Montrose VA. The Elks also distributed sweatshirts and essential items, along with candy bags donated from students at Bedford ...

  7. State Democrats Propose Legislation In Response To Tax Reform Bill

    State Democrats Propose Legislation In Response To Tax Reform Bill

    State lawmakers are fighting back after a Republican-led federal tax reform bill was passed and signed into law this week.The bill caps state and local property tax deductions at $10,000 which could hurt people who live in high tax states like New York.Assemblywoman Amy Paulin said she would introduce legislation allowing New York residents to itemize their state returns even if they do ...

  8. Pines Bridges, Walden Students Perform 'The Wizard Of Oz'

    Pines Bridges, Walden Students Perform 'The Wizard Of Oz'

    YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- A recent production of "The Wizard of Oz' made sure everyone got a chance to shine.Students at the Pines Bridge and Walden Schools performed "The Wizard of Oz" at the Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES campus last week, serving as both cast and crew.“All of the kids are involved,” said art teacher Jesse Steiner,.“They all have had a hand in putting on ...

  9. Longtime Northern Westchester Soccer Coach Honored

    Longtime Northern Westchester Soccer Coach Honored

    George Souls has always put his kids first.Souls, who has coached soccer in Yorktown for 37 years, was named Personality of the Month in December by the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association. Souls has coached nearly 30 teams and was inducted into the East Hudson Youth Soccer League Hall of Fame in 2009."It was quite the honor," Souls said. "I was very ...

  10. Dr. Anthony: Bourdain Gets Honorary Degree From Culinary Institute

    Dr. Anthony: Bourdain Gets Honorary Degree From Culinary Institute

    Just call him Dr. Anthony Bourdain.Bourdain was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, his alma mater, delivering the keynote address at commencement ceremonies Thursday. “The CIA is an institution that I’m very grateful for having attended,” Bourdain told the 143 graduates and their families. “It was incredibly important to me. I had a good ...

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