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Jordan Salama and his new book.

PMHS grad Jordan Salama to publish book on trip down Colombia’s mighty Magdalena River

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
October 6, 2021

Pelham Memorial High School and Princeton University alum Jordan Salama spent a good portion of his college career trying to decide what types of writing he liked doing. It was not till he traveled to...

Charles Fazzino work that was raffled in a benefit.

Local creator: Charles Fazzino’s pop art pops off canvas

By Sandra Chalissery, Staff Reporter
October 4, 2021

As a child growing up in Pelham, Charles Fazzino loved pop-up books. That love drove this gifted artist to work in a style he calls 3-D pop art. "I really always wanted to create my own," said Fazzino....

Robbie Shepherd space suited up at Advanced Space Academy.

PMHS junior completes Advanced Space Academy at U.S. Space and Rocket Center, wins Right Stuff award

By Cristina Stefanizzi, Deputy Managing Editor
September 15, 2021

Robbie Shepherd, a junior at Pelham Memorial High School, completed Advanced Space Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, participating in numerous space-elated simulations....

Pelhams got talent: Matty Reynolds single reaches 1.73 million plays on Spotify

Pelham’s got talent: Matty Reynolds’ single reaches 1.73 million plays on Spotify

By Leila Brady, Staff Reporter
September 9, 2021

It's no secret that there's an increasing number of musicians becoming big online. Instead of roughing it out at underground bars on the Lower East Side, these new artists have found ways to grow a...

Rabbi Benjamin Resnick at the Pelham Jewish Center.

Benjamin Resnick arrives from Chicago to take over as rabbi of Pelham Jewish Center

By Madison Cohen, Photo Editor
August 30, 2021

The Pelham Jewish Center has welcomed Rabbi Benjamin Resnick, who moved to Pelham from Chicago, where he worked at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago.  Resnick, who is married...

Author Margie McCartney (left) and her mother Joan, who still lives in Pelham Manor.

Author Margie McCartney’s debut book includes chapter on her early life in Pelham

By Leila Brady, Staff Reporter
August 25, 2021

Pelham native Margie McCartney is about to publish her first book “And Then… Networking Lessons from an Extraordinary Life Still in Progress” documenting the connections she has made throughout her...

Lauren Dunkelberger in new Premier Music Studio

New music studio to replace Jump Dance Center on Wolfs Lane

By Ava Paolucci, Staff Reporter
August 5, 2021

Wolfs Lane can look forward to gaining a new music studio this fall. Many are aware that Jump Dance Center, a long-time Pelham fixture, ceased offering lessons across a myriad of styles during the Pandemic....

Vito Pisano was grand marshall in the 2016 Pelham Memorial Day parade.

WW2 vet Vito Pisano was taught by parents work hard to succeed—he did and he is

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
August 4, 2021

At age 17, Vito "Ace" Pisano graduated from Bronx Vocational School and started working in the Brooklyn Navy Yard as an apprentice steamfitter. It was the beginning of World War II. He put in long, tough...

Robert Benkwitt III, Pelham fire chief, always imagined hed become a firefighter when he grew up.

Achieving a dream: Chief Benkwitt, 23-year PFD vet, went on calls with uncles as kid

By Sandra Chalissery, Staff Reporter
August 2, 2021

Pelham Fire Chief Robert Benkwitt III didn't so much chase after fire engines as a kid, as tag along. Benkwitt grew up in Pelham with two uncles who were volunteers with the Pelham Fire Department. "Years...

Cristina Chianese, president of the Pelham Chamber of Commerce since September, created programs to boost businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chamber president innovated throughout Covid crisis to help local businesses

By Audrey Levenson, Business Editor
July 30, 2021

The owners of gift shop Richard’s Passport on Wolfs Lane were reluctant to open their doors because of the Covid-19 pandemic and their advanced age. They weren’t sure if they’d be able to continue...

PCC veteran teacher Carla Casanga inducted into Early Education Hall of Heroes

PCC veteran teacher Carla Casanga inducted into Early Education Hall of Heroes

By Audrey Levenson, Staff Reporter
June 18, 2021

For Carla Casanga, the best part about teaching preschool students is the connections she forms with her students as she works to create new and exciting experiences for them. She recognizes that it is...

Father-son team Steve and Joe Liesman create initiative to save Atlantic striped bass

Father-son team Steve and Joe Liesman create initiative to save Atlantic striped bass

By Evan Kaplan, Staff Writer
May 28, 2021

In order to prevent further depletion of the already-thinning Atlantic striped bass population, a new program Save a Million Bass (SAMB) debuted on May 8 as the brainchild of Pelham father-and-son team...

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