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Jon Craig

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Pleasantville native Jon Craig is special editor for the Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Dutchess Daily Voice sites.Jon graduated from Cornell University and received his master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He's worked as a reporter for daily newspapers in New York and Ohio and as managing editor for weekly newspapers in Rye, White Plains and Harrison.

Jon Craig's Contributions

  1. Westchester Teen To Perform At Carnegie Hall

    Westchester Teen To Perform At Carnegie Hall

    Pianist Luca Gierlinger of New Rochelle, a student at Albert Leonard Middle School, will make his debut at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.In addition to his prestigious Carnegie Hall invitation, Luca received a "gold" cash prize -- which means he got the top prize in his age division against international competitors. Luca also attends Mannes School of Music, ...

  2. Westchester Voters OK School Budgets, Except In One District

    Westchester Voters OK School Budgets, Except In One District

    Every Westchester school district, except one, passed proposed school budgets on Tuesday: New Rochelle's $272.8 million budget, which would have raised spending by 5 percent next year, was defeated by a vote of 3,119 to 1,689.The results remain unofficial pending the counting of all affidavit ballots.The only other district to propose spending above the state-imposed tax cap -- ...

  3. Port Chester High Instructor Named 'Social Studies Teacher Of The Year'

    Port Chester High Instructor Named 'Social Studies Teacher Of The Year'

    Growing up, David Chepiga was fascinated by history. His father served in the Vietnam War and their home boasted many books and documentaries, which he studied. From a young age, he was inspired to figure out the world’s trajectory and was on a quest to learn why things became how they are.Last month, Chepiga’s passion was rewarded as he was honored by the Westchester Lower Hudson ...

  4. 'Color of Water' Author James McBride Speaks At Pace Commencement

    'Color of Water' Author James McBride Speaks At Pace Commencement

    James McBride, an award-winning author, musician, and screenwriter is this year’s honorary degree recipient and speaker for Pace’s Westchester undergraduate commencement on Wednesday, May 16.Graduation ceremonies began at 11 a.m. on the Pleasantville campus, 861 Bedford Road.McBride is a teacher and native New Yorker, born and raised in the Red Hook housing projects in Brooklyn, and ...

  5. Forgotten Westchester Civil War Hero To Be Honored On Memorial Day

    Forgotten Westchester Civil War Hero To Be Honored On Memorial Day

    Memorial Day was originally established as Decoration Day, to honor Civil War soldiers. This month, the Village of Mamaroneck will honor a forgotten local Civil War veteran, Corporal Nicholas H. Hoyt, who was born in Mamaroneck and who lived there with his wife, Susan and their three children. In 1861, Hoyt enlisted in the 5th New York Infantry and was promoted to the rank of corporal ...

  6. Valhalla Native Pablo Sanchez, 25-Year-Old Software Engineer, Dies Suddenly

    Valhalla Native Pablo Sanchez, 25-Year-Old Software Engineer, Dies Suddenly

    Westchester native Pablo Alberto Sanchez died suddenly of undetermined causes on May 7. He was 25.Sanchez was born in Valhalla on Feb. 27, 1993, to Juan Sanchez and Ana Espinoza. He was the youngest of four children.Sanchez spent his childhood in his beloved hometown of Mount Kisco. Since he was young, Sanchez had been compassionate and driven to overcome any and all challenges he ...

  7. ArtsWestchester, White Plains Unveil Colorful Street Mural

    ArtsWestchester, White Plains Unveil Colorful Street Mural

    White Plains Mayor Tom Roach and ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam joined the community on Monday, May 14 to celebrate the completion of a new street mural on Mamaroneck and Martine avenues. The public art project, created by well-known street artist Wayne “Wane One” Peterkin, commemorates the 20th anniversary of the arts council building.“The public art piece serves as a colorful ...

  8. Westchester School Budget Votes: Here's What You Need To Know

    Westchester School Budget Votes: Here's What You Need To Know

    This story has been updated.School district voters will face a host of proposed capital projects, school board elections and school budgets on Tuesday, May 15.Nearly half the school districts are close to the state-imposed tax cap on annual spending proposals. Also popular this spring: Several Westchester school districts are seeking to set up "Capital Reserve Funds," or ...

  9. Cross County Shopping Center Unveils Summer Fest Lineup

    Cross County Shopping Center Unveils Summer Fest Lineup

    Westchester residents are invited to enjoy the sunshine and fun at Cross County Shopping Center’s 8th Annual Summer Fest. Summer -- which begins earlier than usual in Yonkers: This year it runs from mid-May through August.“Winter was so long! So, we’re happy to say good bye to the cold temperatures and welcome the sunny skies of summer, filled with engaging outdoor entertainment at our ...

  10. Popular Eatery With Westchester Locations Rolls Out Food Truck

    Popular Eatery With Westchester Locations Rolls Out Food Truck

    Salsa Fresca Mexican Grill, with locations in New York and Connecticut, has responded to overwhelming demand for its popular fresh dishes with a new food truck program.The program is designed to bring its fast casual concept on the road. The new Salsa Fresca food truck complements the restaurant chain’s recent announcement of a franchise initiative to create 100 new stores within five ...

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