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CUNY Chancellor Félix Matos Rodríguez.

CUNY chancellor, a Pelham resident, seeks to open doors for students, as they were opened for his family

By Owen Cuomo, Staff Reporter
January 25, 2023

Félix Matos Rodríguez views the City University of New York (CUNY) as a force for social mobility for its students.  The Pelham resident has been in the perfect position to ensure it continues to...

Former PMHS drama head John Orefice returns to Westchester stage in Shakespeare Sings on Broadway

Former PMHS drama head John Orefice returns to Westchester stage in ‘Shakespeare Sings on Broadway’

By Laura Shelton, Staff Reporter
October 25, 2022

No amount of time or distance from the stage may ever mark a final goodbye for John Orefice. Orefice, who ran Pelham Memorial High School’s Sock 'n' Buskin program for three decades before retiring...

Liberty Coca Colas new KeelClip packaging.

Student’s essay inspires new Coca Cola packaging that reduces plastic consumption

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
October 21, 2022

When a seventh grader in 2019, Bennett Wies wasn't sure what to write about for Assemblywoman Amy Paulin's annual "There Ought to be a Law" essay contest. "I remember being stumped when we first got...

Cristina Chianese honored as woman of distinction by State Sen. Biaggi

Cristina Chianese honored as woman of distinction by State Sen. Biaggi

By Amina Pucci, Staff Reporter
September 27, 2022

Cristina Chianese, president of the Pelham Chamber of Commerce, was honored as a woman of distinction by State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi. Each of New York State's 63 state senators nominates a woman of...

New Manor Fire Chief Greco is Pelham through and through

New Manor Fire Chief Greco is Pelham through and through

By Charlotte Hong, Staff Reporter
August 10, 2022

New Pelham Manor Fire Chief Michael Greco is as local as you can get. He grew up in Pelham, graduated from Pelham Memorial High School in 1992 and is the first person to move up through all the department's...

Whos a Pelham Profile? Tell us about someone interesting in town we should interview

Who’s a Pelham Profile? Tell us about someone interesting in town we should interview

June 22, 2022

They have an interesting job. An intriguing hobby. Quietly do work that contributes to the Pelham community. Or it's something else about a person you know. The Pelham Examiner is looking for recommendations...

Pelham teacher Rami Vamos shares love of music with original show performed at Lincoln Center

Pelham teacher Rami Vamos shares love of music with original show performed at Lincoln Center

By Owen Cuomo, Staff Reporter
May 16, 2022

Rami Vamos grew up in a house filled with music. Both of his parents are internationally famous violin teachers, and they even housed some of their students. Vamos started his musical career playing...

Augusta Turner named new director of Town of Pelham Public Library

Augusta Turner named new director of Town of Pelham Public Library

By Oliver Lavallee, Assistant Profiles Editor
April 27, 2022

Augusta Turner has been appointed the new director of the Town of Pelham Public Library after Patricia Perito retired last year. Turner was formerly the adult services librarian and has worked at the library...

Fire Dept. Captain DeSimone carries on family tradition of serving and saving

Fire Dept. Captain DeSimone carries on family tradition of serving and saving

By Caroline Michailoff, Contributing Editor
April 25, 2022

Pelham Fire Department Captain Phil DeSimone's father was a firefighter for 20 years in the Bronx. Growing up around the fire service, the younger DeSimone knew from a young age he wanted to be a firefighter. He...

Eric Weber turns fallen nature into art with woodworking business

Eric Weber turns fallen nature into art with woodworking business

By Hannah Steinberg, Staff Reporter
April 13, 2022

Big storms often fell one or more of Pelham's old trees. Woodworker Eric Weber recycles the fallen giants from the town and around Westchester into pieces of art.  Weber has a workshop, Weber Woodcraft,...

Chris Rella playing in the Lets Make Big Moves tournament.

PMHS senior Rella wins major Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament after low seed

By Matt Michailoff, Staff Reporter
April 4, 2022

Chris Rella won first place in multiple categories at the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate national tournament, Let's Make Big Moves, held from Jan. 7-9. Rella collected a total of $2,748. in the singles and...

The Good Dish hosts Daphne Oz, Gail Simmons and Jamika Pessoa.

Pelhamite Lisa Hill-Ries takes her pie-making skills on to ‘The Good Dish’

By Finley Bethea, Staff Reporter
March 18, 2022

Pelham resident Lisa Hill-Ries, who runs the online bakery Chestnut Baked Goods, was featured March 7 as part of the pie day segment on the culinary show "The Good Dish." Guests were invited to compete...

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