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Bella Caruso, Assistant Managing Editor

Bella is a junior at Pelham Memorial High School. She plays field hockey and is the Vice President of the Pelham Together Club. She loves listening to music, especially Taylor Swift. Bella has a great interest in journalism, and is so excited to be writing for the Examiner!

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Update: Democrat McLoughlin and GOPs Szymanski win seats on town council, swinging board to Dems

Update: Democrat McLoughlin and GOP’s Szymanski win seats on town council, swinging board to Dems

November 3, 2021

Democrat Kara McLoughlin and Republican incumbent Rae Szymanski were elected to four-year terms on the Pelham Town Council, as McLoughlin took first handedly with a 415-vote margin over Szymanski, according...

List of Pelham candidates on the ballot on the Westchester County Board of Elections website.

Election preview: Two GOP candidates face Democrat for two Pelham town board seats, with Dem who left race also on ballot

November 2, 2021

On Election Day Tuesday, the only competitive race in Pelham is for two at-large town council seats, pitting Republicans Rae Szymanski and Tade Reen against Democrat Kara McLoughlin. However, voters...

Oakridge Waste & Recycling trucks will be replaced by village-owned and operated vehicles by December 2022 under the proposed plans.

Village of Pelham trustees okay buying four diesel garbage trucks, paving way for village-run collection

October 3, 2021

The Village of Pelham Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to purchase four new diesel garbage trucks. The action brings the village a big step closer to creating a sanitation department and ceasing...

Oakridge Waste & Recycling trucks will be replaced by village-owned and operated vehicles by December 2022 under the proposed plans.

Village of Pelham board delays vote on buying trash trucks until Tuesday; trustees indicate okay likely

September 24, 2021

The Village of Pelham Board of Trustees decided Sept. 14 to postpone for two weeks a vote on the purchase of four garbage trucks, a step at the core of the board's plan to create a village sanitation department...

Oakridge Waste & Recycling trucks will be replaced by village-owned and operated vehicles by December 2022 under the proposed plans.

Village of Pelham to borrow $2.36 mln, plans to buy 4 garbage trucks, bring trash pickup in house

September 13, 2021

The Village of Pelham Board of Trustees plans to purchase four garbage trucks to bring trash collection in house, funding the project from $2.36 million in bonds the village will sell. A resolution...

Democrat Kara McLoughlin (l.) and Republican Tade Reen won seats on the town board.

Three candidates for two town board seats stress connections, experience

July 26, 2021

All three candidates for two Pelham Town Council seats up for election Nov. 2 stressed their connections and experience in interviews with the Pelham Examiner, while Kara McLoughlin, the lone Democrat...

Pelham Examiner Assistant Managing Editor Bella Caruso (left) and Managing Editor Georgia Russello check the first print edition during its press run.

PELHAM EXAMINER PUBLISHES FIRST PRINT EDITION!

July 23, 2021

Throughout the prolonged course of the Covid-19 pandemic, the staff of the Pelham Examiner continued to write about daily changes in all our lives for more than a year. The stories on the website shifted...

Republican, Democratic candidates will battle for two town council seats in fall elections

Republican, Democratic candidates will battle for two town council seats in fall elections

June 17, 2021

In local elections this fall, the Republicans and Democrats will contest two town council seats, while only the GOP is running candidates for three other town posts and only the Democrats have a slate...

Village Administrator Omar Small discussed the increased responsibilities facing local governments during the pandemic.

Scelza serving as acting village administrator for Pelham following Small’s resignation

June 1, 2021

Chris Scelza is serving as acting administrator for the Village of Pelham following Omar Small's resignation, which was announced in January and became effective April 1. Scelza had been the village’s...

Rowe (left) and Owen-Michaane.

Rowe and Owen-Michaane elected to Pelham school board; $80.3 million budget approved

May 20, 2021

Ian Rowe and Dr. Michael Owen-Michaane were elected to three-year terms on the Pelham school board Tuesday, defeating incumbents Eileen Miller and Jessica Young and first-time candidate Janice Powers,...

Pelham Memorial High School

Staff’s work honored at school board meeting; no one speaks during budget public hearing

May 7, 2021

The Pelham Board of Education discussed Teacher Appreciation Week at Wednesday's meeting and held a public hearing on the proposed 2021-2022 school district budget, which drew no speakers. With Teacher...

Village board votes to pass new budget that exceeds state tax cap

Village board votes to pass new budget that exceeds state tax cap

April 29, 2021

In an unanimous vote, Village of Pelham Mayor Chance Mullen, Deputy Mayor Mike Carpenter and all five village trustees passed the mayor's proposed budget at the village board meeting on Tuesday. The budget...

Village of Pelhams proposed $16.2 million budget draws question from one resident during public hearing

Village of Pelham’s proposed $16.2 million budget draws question from one resident during public hearing

April 16, 2021

The Village of Pelham Board of Trustees received one question Tuesday during a public hearing on its proposed $16.2 million budget for 2021-22. “If expenses are growing at 4% per year, does that make...

Pelham Mayor Chance Mullen

Pelham mayor says increasing taxes above cap will put village on solid footing post-pandemic

April 13, 2021

Village of Pelham Mayor Chance Mullen said his proposed $16.2 million budget—which exceeds the tax cap—will put the village on more stable financial footing in the coming fiscal year and includes...

Mayor Jennifer Monachino Lapey won a new two-year term.

Republican incumbents sweep in Pelham Manor village elections

March 17, 2021

The three Republican incumbents swept the Village of Pelham Manor elections in balloting that saw strong voter turnout, with Mayor Jennifer Monachino Lapey and trustees Angela Michele DeLillo and Joseph...

Village hall for the Village of Pelham Manor.

As Manor Democrats hold 628 margin in registered voters, campaigns craft strategies for changing village

March 9, 2021

Registered Democrats overtook Republicans in the Village of Pelham Manor four years ago, with the Democratic Party holding a 628-voter advantage as of November, according to data from the New York State...

All three Democrats are also running on the Pelham Manor Forward party line.

Manor Democratic mayoral candidate McGrory points to gaps in village’s police reform report

February 17, 2021

The Village of Pelham Manor review of the police department missed "a lot," failing to recognize "the George Floyd murder happened" and the fact there is "inconsistent police interaction" in the village,...

Image from manorleadership.com.

Manor Republican platform promises ‘highest level of village services’ with fiscal responsibility

February 15, 2021

The Republican Party platform for the Village of Pelham Manor elections underlines the candidates' record of "sound governance" and promises they will "continue to ensure that the village uses our tax...

Image from www.pelhammanorforward.com.

Manor Democratic platform proposes standing committees on environment, engagement and plan to revisit police reform

February 15, 2021

The Democratic Party platform in the Pelham Manor election promises the candidates will name three standing committees on environmental sustainability, community engagement and fiscal responsibility "to...

All three Democrats are also running on the Pelham Manor Forward party line.

Manor Democratic candidates oppose merger of villages, promise ‘new values’ if elected

February 10, 2021

All three Pelham Manor Democratic candidates voiced opposition to the idea of merging the Village of Pelham Manor and the Village of Pelham during their first "Meet the Candidates" Zoom session Sunday. "We...

Pelham Manor Mayor Jennifer Monachino Lapey cut the ribbon at Flour Powers grand opening.

Flour Power brings a bakery back to Four Corners with grand opening Saturday

January 19, 2021

Excitement arose in town on Saturday with the grand opening of Flour Power, a new bakery on Boston Post Road in Pelham Manor. Flour Power replaces the Bakery at Four Corners, which closed in 2018. ...

PTA, Pelham Together campaign organizes 750 student Letters of Gratitude to faculty and staff

PTA, Pelham Together campaign organizes 750 student Letters of Gratitude to faculty and staff

December 4, 2020

To brighten up the winter for the staff of the Pelham schools, the PTA Council teamed up with Pelham Together to create the Letters of Gratitude campaign. The 750 student-created cards were sent last week...

Pelham merchants aim to return to business as usual as Covid redefines customer interaction

Pelham merchants aim to return to business as usual as Covid redefines customer interaction

October 14, 2020

Pelham businesses have sought various ways to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic and serve the residents of the community. Ballet Arts Ballet Arts has always been known for their traditional, classic...

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