Pelham Examiner

Cristina Stefanizzi, Staff Reporter

Cristina is a sophomore at Pelham Memorial High School. She is the class of 2023 secretary and an editor for the PMHS Pelican Yearbook. Cristina is also the co-founder and president of the PMHS Breast Cancer Awareness Club, the Vice President of the Pelham Together Youth Council, and a member of the PMHS Operation Smile Club and Italian Club. She also enjoys participating in the PMHS Concert and Treble Chamber Choruses, as well as the Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theater Department. She is excited to contribute to the Pelham Examiner.

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The new Hutchinson School under construction.

Racial equity: Champ will ‘repair community harm’ with more diverse staff, examination of instruction

February 8, 2021

The Pelham school district plans to "repair community harm" identified in a racial equity audit by hiring a more diverse staff and examining instruction to "reflect principles and values of inclusivity...

The online petition calling for Pelham schools to reopen for full-time, in-person learning.

Pelham parents petition board of education to fully reopen schools in spring, next year

February 4, 2021

At Wednesday's school board meeting, a group of Pelham parents presented a petition calling on the trustees and Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ to give students the opportunity to attend school full-time...

Chamber of Commerce running town-wide Valentine's and kindness initiatives

Chamber of Commerce running town-wide Valentine’s and kindness initiatives

February 3, 2021

The Pelham Chamber of Commerce is planning numerous Valentine's Day initiatives for the month of February to support local businesses and thank frontline workers. The chamber is encouraging Pelham...

Foto Feature: Rainbows still serve as symbol of hope throughout Pelham

Foto Feature: Rainbows still serve as symbol of hope throughout Pelham

January 27, 2021

Rainbows have served as a symbol of community hope and togetherness through the Covid-19 pandemic. The paintings, pictures and other images started appearing in spring 2020 and were seen in communities...

Pelham school district alters elementary hybrid schedule, lengthens day in mid-year adjustment

Pelham school district alters elementary hybrid schedule, lengthens day in mid-year adjustment

January 22, 2021

The Pelham school district is making mid-year adjustments to the hybrid learning schedule for the elementary schools beginning Feb. 1, including changing the start time to 9:10 a.m. and having rolling...

'Death to 2020:' Satirical reflection on historic year

‘Death to 2020:’ Satirical reflection on historic year

January 15, 2021

A historic pandemic, the deaths of millions of Americans, raging wildfires, a nail-biting election, Black Lives Matter protests and more. 2020 was quite a year, with many moments being added to future...

District staff approved to work from home when students are virtual; elementary parents want full-day Wednesday

District staff approved to work from home when students are virtual; elementary parents want full-day Wednesday

January 8, 2021

Pelham Superintendent Cheryl Champ discussed the results of surveys of district staff and elementary parents on hybrid learning Wednesday at the board of education's first meeting of the new year. The...

Axon Body 3 camera in demonstration.

Village of Pelham police reform panel calls for body cams, reveals off-duty officers no longer do residency checks

January 2, 2021

The Village of Pelham's steering committee on police reform called for officers to wear body cameras and revealed the Pelham school district will no longer hire off-duty members of the force to conduct...

A moment captured from the 2020 PMHS Olympics.

Continued teen partying during Covid-19 threatens Pelham’s health—and school traditions

December 21, 2020

Some Pelham parents believe going to "the woods" is a rite of passage for Pelham students, but that’s not an excuse for the reckless, dangerous and illegal behavior kids take part in at Split Rock Golf...

County Exec. Latimer discusses increase in Covid-19 cases

December 4, 2020

Westchester County Executive George Latimer gave an update Friday to the public regarding the rising number of Covid-19 cases. Westchester is now briefing on Covid-19 two times a week due to the continuous...

Pelham village board, with public back, addresses debate over political symbols in schools

Pelham village board, with public back, addresses debate over political symbols in schools

November 30, 2020

The Village of Pelham Board of Trustees met Tuesday with members of the public present for the first time since Covid-19 restrictions were imposed, addressing the debate in the community over the thin...

The new Pelham municipal center will be on the former Capital One bank site at 200 Fifth Avenue.

Village of Pelham trustees restart talks with downtown developers Pelham House after Covid delay

November 13, 2020

The Village of Pelham Board of Trustees discussed Tuesday delayed plans to construct apartments and a new municipal building to house the village’s government departments. During the meeting, the...

After long, strange journey, Memorial Field now appears headed for real rebirth

After long, strange journey, Memorial Field now appears headed for real rebirth

November 6, 2020

Through four mayors, unaccounted millions in funds for supposed renovations and shifts in project goals, historic Memorial Field in Mount Vernon sat untouched and unrepaired. Westchester County tried for...

Foto Feature: Senior haunted trail brings frights and fun (outdoors)

Foto Feature: Senior haunted trail brings frights and fun (outdoors)

November 4, 2020

The Pelham Memorial High School Class of 2021 participated in the senior tradition of hosting something haunted, though with a Covid-era adjustment. The usual haunted house became a haunted trail, with...

Pelham Board of Trustees votes 7-0 to create village arts council

Pelham Board of Trustees votes 7-0 to create village arts council

October 30, 2020

The Village of Pelham Board of Trustees voted 7-0 Tuesday to create the Village of Pelham Council on the Arts following a public hearing. In introducing the legislation, Trustee Mike Carpenter said...

Pelham Manor Board of Trustees confirms November polling station will be at OLPH

Pelham Manor Board of Trustees confirms November polling station will be at OLPH

October 19, 2020

Village of Pelham Manor officials discussed voting locations regarding the November election for Pelham Manor residents at the board of trustees meeting on Oct. 12.  The board informed the public on...

Pelham Manor police headquarters.

For Pelham Manor, state-ordered police reform is ‘extension to the work we are already doing’

September 19, 2020

Village of Pelham Manor officials discussed state-mandated police reform to address racism during the trustees' meeting this Monday, reviewing work done this summer by Police Chief Jeffrey Carpenter and...

University of Miami

College bound, or are plans turned around? Pelham undergrads on new year under Covid’s shadow

September 10, 2020

Many college and university students from Pelham have already started school, but not in the way they anticipated. Others are beginning instruction in the coming days, and whether they are learning virtually,...

Pelham Manor trustees: Con-Edison 'woefully inadequate' in responding to Tropical Storm Isaias

Pelham Manor trustees: Con-Edison ‘woefully inadequate’ in responding to Tropical Storm Isaias

August 17, 2020

Village of Pelham Manor officials criticized Con Ed for its poor performance restoring power after Tropical Storm Isaias during the board of trustees meeting last Monday. Mayor Jennifer Monachino Lapey...

PMHS Operation Smile club delivers meals to front-line workers

PMHS Operation Smile club delivers meals to front-line workers

June 5, 2020

The Operation Smile organization works to perform life changing surgeries on children with cleft lips and palates in over 30 countries. The non profit organization is supported by volunteers from over...

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