Pelham Examiner

Charlotte Howard, Senior Editor

Charlotte is a sophomore at Boston University and a PMHS 2020 graduate. Charlotte found her passion for journalism in 4th grade, when she joined the Colonial Times. Ever since then, she has been eager and passionate to share stories and report the truth. She served as the Executive Editor of the Examiner from 2019-2020.

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Foto Feature: WinterFest brings Pelham together while apart

January 11, 2021

Under the auspices of Pelham Together and the Pelham Chamber of Commerce, WinterFest offered the chance to hear musicians Saturday in front of houses and businesses, with holiday lights blazing and treats...

PMHS seniors, dreams deferred, dreams denied: The more I stayed positive, the more negative things happened

PMHS seniors, dreams deferred, dreams denied: ‘The more I stayed positive, the more negative things happened’

June 27, 2020

The sweet release of pressure from classes, parents, the college process and the search for perfection. Finally, in second semester with spring approaching, the Class of 2020 could exhale. This was the...

Not a lot of tables at Cantina, but space in the park across the street.

Downtown: Aroma of food. Tinkle of glasses and hum of conversation. Welcome to phase two

June 8, 2020

Along Pelham’s 5th Avenue sidewalk, the tangy aroma of Thai food. Or it's the creamy smell of alfredo sauce or the spice of fajitas. Tinkling utensils. Laughter and the hum of conversation. That...

Pelham List website provides opportunities to support local businesses in crucial time

Pelham List website provides opportunities to support local businesses in crucial time

March 20, 2020

With all of the chaos and stress in the world, support for Pelham businesses will be critical to their future. A group of people have put together a directory of who's open when. "Just because we’re...

Foto Feature: PMS and PMHS faculty run the pacer test to fundraise for Roksvold Children Education Fund

Foto Feature: PMS and PMHS faculty run the pacer test to fundraise for Roksvold Children Education Fund

March 5, 2020

Pelham Memorial High School and Pelham Middle School faculty took part in a charity running of the pacer test on Wednesday in the PMHS gym. The pacer test, a timed run, raised funds for scholarships...

PMHS student-faculty basketball game brings students and staff together for a good cause

PMHS student-faculty basketball game brings students and staff together for a good cause

March 2, 2020

The Pelham Memorial High School boys' and girls' varsity basketball teams went head to head against faculty from the high school on Thursday in the Pelham Middle School gym.  This student-faculty...

Courageous, caring generation corrupted not by tech but crushed by parental pressure for endgame

Courageous, caring generation corrupted not by tech but crushed by parental pressure for endgame

February 24, 2020

I am Gen Z. I am caring, compassionate and passionate, according to an article in Huffington Post. But at the same time, I also overwork myself and am overly involved in activities and sports. When...

Maggie Solimine sings during Meridian Risk Managements party at its downtown location.

[Photo] Snapshot: Meridian Risk Management hosts holiday party for clients, staff, friends, neighbors at Wolfs Lane heaquarters

December 13, 2019

Maggie Solimine sings during Meridian Risk Management's party at its downtown location.

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Oak Ridge Hauling awarded contract as Village of Pelham’s new trash company

November 27, 2019

Oak Ridge Hauling LLC was awarded the contract for garbage and recycling collection in the Village of Pelham by a unanimous vote Monday of the village board of trustees. Oak Ridge will begin pick ups on...

Maria Comerford signing letter of intent

PMHS senior Maria Comerford signs letter of intent to play NCAA Division I lacrosse at Holy Cross

November 22, 2019

A stellar student, athlete, and friend, PMHS senior Maria Comerford does it all. Recently, Comerford signed her National Letter of Intent to play Division 1 lacrosse at College of the Holy Cross for...

Pelhams legislative leaders to take questions Wednesday during town hall co-moderated by Pelham Examiner, Pelham PLUS

Pelham’s legislative leaders to take questions Wednesday during town hall co-moderated by Pelham Examiner, Pelham PLUS

November 20, 2019

Pelham's state, county, town and village leaders will take questions from citizens during a town hall Wednesday moderated by editors from the Pelham Examiner and Pelham PLUS. The event will be held...

The Pelham Pelicans at the Polar Plunge 2018

Donate now to support Pelham Pelicans who will be freezin’ for a reason Saturday

November 15, 2019

Hundreds of New Yorkers will participate in the 11th annual Polar Plunge on Saturday to help raise money for the athletes of Special Olympics New York.  The event will take place at Glen Island Park...

Village of Pelham to begin search for new garbage company on Monday following incumbents loss of license

Village of Pelham to begin search for new garbage company on Monday following incumbent’s loss of license

October 21, 2019

The Village of Pelham will Monday begin the search for a new trash company and has until Dec. 6 to replace incumbent Waste Services Inc., according to an email from Pelham Mayor Chance Mullen. Pelham...

Superintendent Champ and Principal Sabia discuss discovery of swastikas at PMS

Superintendent Champ and Principal Sabia discuss discovery of swastikas at PMS

October 8, 2019

Superintendent Cheryl Champ and Pelham Middle School Principal Lynn Sabia discussed Monday the recent discovery of swastikas drawn in a Pelham Middle School boys bathroom and the boys locker room. During...

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Village of Pelham garbage company’s license extended to Oct. 18

October 7, 2019

After approving an extension of services until Oct. 7, the Westchester County Solid Waste Commission has allowed Pelham trash company Waste Services Inc. to operate through Oct. 18. This follows an...

Swastikas found at Pelham Middle School were in boys bathroom and locker room

Swastikas found at Pelham Middle School were in boys bathroom and locker room

October 3, 2019

Pelham Middle School Principal Lynn Sabia told assemblies of each grade Wednesday that two swastikas were found in the boys bathroom in the seventh grade hallway and another in the boys locker room. On...

PMHS football player Nick Senerchia is up for USA Footballs Heart of a Giant Award

PMHS football player Nick Senerchia is up for USA Football’s Heart of a Giant Award

October 2, 2019

Click to VOTE for Nick Senerchia! Pelham’s own Nick Senerchia is nominated for the USA’s Football’s Heart of a Giant Award presented by the Hospital for Special Surgery and the New York Giants....

Waste Services will pick up garbage in Village of Pelham through Oct. 1

Waste Services will pick up garbage in Village of Pelham through Oct. 1

September 16, 2019

Waste Services Inc. will continue to collect garbage in the Village of Pelham through Oct. 1, following a decision by the Westchester Solid Waste Commission to let the company operate under a suspended...

Garbage will be picked up Friday in Village of Pelham, says mayor; no word on next week

Garbage will be picked up Friday in Village of Pelham, says mayor; no word on next week

September 12, 2019

Trash will be collected in the Village of Pelham Friday, according to a statement emailed Thursday night by Mayor Chance Mullen. The announcement comes despite the fact Mullen said Monday the village had,...

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Waste Services allowed to pick up trash in Village of Pelham until Thursday, says Mayor Chance Mullen

September 9, 2019

Pelham garbage contractor Waste Services Inc. will be able to pick up trash in the Village of Pelham until Thursday, according to Mayor Chance Mullen. "On August 1, 2019, the Westchester Solid...

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Village of Pelham cancels contract with trash-collector Waste Services as of Monday, says company’s lawyer

September 6, 2019

The Village of Pelham has given garbage-collection contractor Waste Services Inc. notice to no longer provide service in the village as of Monday, according to John Murtagh, the attorney representing Waste...

Statehood for District of Columbia cant wait any longer

Statehood for District of Columbia can’t wait any longer

August 20, 2019

Recently, President Donald Trump has reportedly floated the idea of buying Greenland, an autonomous territory of Denmark, and making it the 51st state. What the President should be more concerned about...

Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference: A lesson to dream, dare and do

Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference: A lesson to dream, dare and do

July 16, 2019

In late June, I took a trip to Washington, D.C., and was immersed in the powerful world of journalism. In 1999, Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today, the Freedom Forum and its Newseum, created a journalism...

PMHS grad Chandler Solimine nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year award

PMHS grad Chandler Solimine nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year award

June 25, 2019

Chandler Solimine, a 2015 PMHS graduate, was one of seven women nominated to represent the New England Small College Athletic Conference as one of its nominees for NCAA Woman of the Year. The award is...

Coleman, Dodge named Athletes of the Year; read on for all the senior athletic awards

Coleman, Dodge named Athletes of the Year; read on for all the senior athletic awards

June 17, 2019

Male Athlete of the Year: Kevin Coleman Female Athlete of the Year: Claudia Dodge Joe Del Vecchio Award: Simon Keough Jerry Valente Award for a Female: Jennifer Bell Jerry Valente Award for...

Foto Feature: Living in Color PMHS yearbook release party

Foto Feature: Living in Color PMHS yearbook release party

June 14, 2019

  The 2019 Living in Color Release party took place at the main circle of the Pelham Memorial High School. This event celebrated the release of the PMHS yearbook. Editor-in-Chief Kathryn...

PMHS rugby takes third state title in five years, defeating Rye 23-10 in final

PMHS rugby takes third state title in five years, defeating Rye 23-10 in final

June 5, 2019

Yet again, the PMHS rugby team has brought home the gold. On June 2 in Binghamton, the Pelicans dominated Rye 23-10 in the final, winning the third state championship in five years for division 2....

Jennifer Ryan-Safsels newest challenge: Modernize and expand New Rochelle YMCA as its CEO

Jennifer Ryan-Safsel’s newest challenge: Modernize and expand New Rochelle YMCA as its CEO

May 13, 2019

A devoted parent, a successful career and Pelham citizen are all phrases that describe Jennifer Ryan-Safsel. Ryan-Safsel recently was named chief executive officer of the YMCA in New Rochelle, an institution...

From left, Pelham Examiner  Literary Editor Margot Phillips, Katie Couric and Pelham Examiner Assistant Managing Editor Charlotte Howard.

Katie Couric’s documentary ‘The Revolt’ examines gender gap in media and tech

May 9, 2019

Most famously known from her 15 years as a co-anchor of the "NBC Today Show" and as the first woman anchor of "CBS Evening News," Katie Couric has built herself an impressive career. Couric is an American...

Wow: Sneak peek benefit performance of PMHSs Mamma Mia amazes

Wow: Sneak peek benefit performance of PMHS’s ‘Mamma Mia’ amazes

March 29, 2019

Mamma Mia! Here we go again! The Pelham Memorial High School’s spring production of "Mamma Mia" premieres Friday at 7 p.m., with shows following Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. I got a sneak...

photo by Lori Carlton

Boys varsity lacrosse hope for another section title this upcoming season

March 21, 2019

The expectations are quite high for the boys varsity lacrosse team. A Section 1 title will be difficult to win again, but with hard work and dedication, many believe they can do it again. This year,...

PMHS forensics speech team sends four to nationals

PMHS forensics speech team sends four to nationals

March 4, 2019

The Pelham Memorial High School forensics speech team had a successful season, sending four students to Nationals in Dallas. Henry Driesen, Issac Blackburn, Nicholas Lieggi and Rebecca Jacobson...

Charlotte Cares about Dream Big Ghana

Charlotte Cares about Dream Big Ghana

January 29, 2019

This past summer, I spent two weeks in Dzita, Ghana building compost toilets for families in need. The feelings of pride, fulfillment, and joy had an immense impact on me. I acknowledged the importance...

A peek inside a certain house with 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms and 4 different levels

A peek inside a certain house with 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms and 4 different levels

November 23, 2018

Imagine entering a house with 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms and four different levels. Built in 1792, this house has 6,000 visitors every single day and may be the most famous home in the world. The White...

National Honor Society induction breaks member record at PMHS

National Honor Society induction breaks member record at PMHS

November 21, 2018

Young men and women of Pelham Memorial High School came together Tuesday—making a record of 209 members—to celebrate their dedication to the Knight and Lamp Chapter of the National Honor Society...

The 2017 Pelican Polar squad.

Pelham Pelicans prepare to be ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’ at Saturday’s Polar Plunge

November 16, 2018

Click to support the PMHS Polar Plunge team as they freeze for Special Olympics! I heard my teeth clattering and looked down to see my body covered in goosebumps. Huddled for warmth, the Pelham Pelicans...

Pelham governments oppose DOT plan to build 130-foot telecommunication pole near PMS

Pelham governments oppose DOT plan to build 130-foot telecommunication pole near PMS

October 11, 2018

The Town of Pelham, its two villages and its school district have opposed a New York State Department of Transportation plan to construct a 130-foot telecommunications pole on land east of the Hutchinson...

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Pelham Pack 4 welcomes first female Cub Scout as part of family scouting push

October 5, 2018

Stella Stobart recently joined Pelham Pack 4 as its first female Cub Scout. "I wanted to join Cub Scouts this year because Girl Scouts was not on this year," said Stobart. She signed up as Pack 4...

Pelham varsity girls soccer team prepares rigorously for upcoming season

Pelham varsity girls’ soccer team prepares rigorously for upcoming season

September 4, 2018

As some people spend their last summer days soaking up the sun, athletes on the PMHS Girls Varsity Soccer team have been practicing rigorously in preparation for their first game. This year, four captains...

Small theater in Michigan brings community together (and I get to work with my grandmother)

Small theater in Michigan brings community together (and I get to work with my grandmother)

August 24, 2018

THREE OAKS, Mich. — Stepping down a cobblestone street of this small village in the southwest corner of the state, the maroon movie theater sign flashed up ahead. Go through the transparent glass doors,...

Helping with Ghanas big dream to give families compost toilets

Helping with Ghana’s big dream to give families compost toilets

July 26, 2018

DZITA, Ghana — Dream Big Ghana, an non-governmental organization (NGO) here, is working to build compost toilets for families in need. Five other students and I spent the previous two weeks working...

Broadways Mean Girls stays true to movie—and its message of being true to yourself

Broadway’s ‘Mean Girls’ stays true to movie—and its message of being true to yourself

July 6, 2018

In 2004, the hit film “Mean Girls” engaged viewers across the world. At around that time, Tina Fey starred in "Saturday Night Live," "30 Rock" and five movies. After a 14-year period, she decided to...

Dozens enjoyed free yoga at Summer Solstice event at Gazebo.

EcoPel welcomes Summer Solstice with free yoga session at Gazebo

June 25, 2018

Pelham residents of all ages gathered at the Gazebo for a Summer Solstice celebration on June 20 that was intended to show the power of environmental health and education. The committee EcoPel,...

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