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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.

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  1. Hundreds Gather To Mourn Death Of Rye Native, Video Editor Mauled By Lion

    Hundreds Gather To Mourn Death Of Rye Native, Video Editor Mauled By Lion

    RYE, N.Y. -- Hundreds gathered in and around a Rye funeral home on Friday evening to mourn the loss of Katherine Chappell, the 29-year-old visual effects editor killed by a lion in South Africa on Monday. Chappell, a Rye native, was about to start a volunteer mission at a wildlife preserve for elephants and rhinoceroses when she was attacked during a safari at a lion park ...

  2. Memorial Service Will Be Held For Rye Filmmaker Mauled By African Lion

    Memorial Service Will Be Held For Rye Filmmaker Mauled By African Lion

    RYE, N.Y. -- Calling hours are Friday and Saturday for Katherine Chappell, the 29-year-old visual effects editor killed by a lion Monday in South Africa. The Rye native was about to begin a two-week volunteer mission at a different wildlife preserve for elephants and rhinoceroses. Her wake will be from 7-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Graham Funeral Home in Rye. A ...

  3. Rye Woman Mauled By Lion Recalled For Film Success, Sense Of Adventure

    Rye Woman Mauled By Lion Recalled For Film Success, Sense Of Adventure

    RYE, N.Y. -- Katherine Chappell grew up on a modest dead-end street in Rye, graduated from a competitive Catholic girls' school in Harrison and excelled well beyond her 29 years as a visual effects editor on the HBO hit series “Game of Thrones.” Known for her sense of adventure, “Kate’’ is now internationally known as the American who got mauled on Monday by a lioness during a safari ...

  4. Metro-North's Failure To Fix Crossing Safety Key In Suit, Brody Lawyer Says

    Metro-North's Failure To Fix Crossing Safety Key In Suit, Brody Lawyer Says

    MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- The lawyer for Alan Brody of Edgemont, whose wife Ellen was killed Feb. 3 when her SUV was struck by a commuter train in Valhalla, said poor visibility is a key factor in proving liability. Attached to Brody's notice of claim, which was filed Monday, are exhibits citing federal regulations that required Metro-North to ensure safety at its Commerce Street ...

  5. Brody Family Sues Metro-North After Mother's Fatal Collision With Train

    Brody Family Sues Metro-North After Mother's Fatal Collision With Train

    EDGEMONT, N.Y. -- The family of Ellen Brody, the 49-year-old woman whose collision with a commuter train on Feb. 3 resulted in the deadliest crash in Metro-North's history, filed a notice of claim to sue on Monday. The notice is the first step in initiating the lawsuit.  Philip Russotti, a Manhattan attorney  representing the Brody family from Edgemont, said in a statement, "This ...

  6. Stamford Resident Celebrates 35th Year As Larchmont Jeweler

    Stamford Resident Celebrates 35th Year As Larchmont Jeweler

    LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Cynthia Valenti was just 19 when she founded Palmer Jewelers Inc. at 1987 Palmer Ave. in the Village of Larchmont. The native of Stamford, Conn., said there were only three jewelry stores in Larchmont at the time. She specialized in buying and selling silver and gold when she first opened. There were 35 jewelers in Stamford, so she liked the odds of staying in ...

  7. New York Wants To Give Input On Proposed I-95 Toll Plazas In Connecticut

    New York Wants To Give Input On Proposed I-95 Toll Plazas In Connecticut

    PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, both New York Democrats, held a press conference Tuesday to ask Connecticut to seek the input of New Yorkers on the impact of possible toll booths on Interstate 95 near Port Chester and Rye. Outside the Port Chester Village Hall, Schumer said Connecticut estimates at least 14,000 cars and trucks daily could cut ...

  8. Stamford Man Charged In 'Push In' Burglary In Port Chester

    Stamford Man Charged In 'Push In' Burglary In Port Chester

    PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Port Chester police arrested two men on Monday for the "push-in" burglary of a residence at 34 Bush Ave. At about 10:26 p.m., officers from Port Chester's patrol division responded to a report that two men were breaking into an apartment. Upon their arrival, officers arrested Guido Celestino Franco, 21, of Port Chester and Brandon Ray Thomas, 21, of Stamford, ...

  9. Stamford Man Faces Drug Charge In Port Chester

    Stamford Man Faces Drug Charge In Port Chester

    PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- A pair of out-of-town men were arrested Wednesday during a suspected heroin deal, Port Chester police said Friday. Village police disrupted a drug transaction in progress on North Main Street about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Members of the department's Narcotics Squad were conducting surveillance in the area when they observed one man seated in a car hand a second man ...

  10. Commuter Files Lawsuit Against Metro-North In Fatal Valhalla Crash

    Commuter Files Lawsuit Against Metro-North In Fatal Valhalla Crash

    VALHALLA, N.Y. -- A lawyer for a Mount Kisco man injured Feb. 3 during the deadliest train accident in Metro-North history filed a notice of claim Friday of his intent to sue for $10 million. Michael Colquhoun, 55, named the railroad, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New York state in a claim filed by Manhattan attorney Robert Vilensky.  Ellen Brody, 49, of Edgemont was ...

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