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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School tax increase lowered to 2.5%, proposed budget includes funds for Covid-19 learning issues

School tax increase lowered to 2.5%, proposed budget includes funds for Covid-19 learning issues

April 18, 2021

The Pelham Union Free School District's 2021-22 budget would increase taxes 2.5%, a reduction from the proposed 3.31% made during Wednesday's board of education meeting. Use of an additional $550,000 from...

Survey responses in Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ's presentation.

PMS will switch to full-time in person April 19; PMHS to get expanded hybrid April 26 due to space issues

April 9, 2021

Pelham Middle School will return to full-time, in-person learning April 19, while Pelham Memorial High School will instead move to a "more robust" hybrid model April 26 because it has more students and...

The administrative offices of the Pelham Union Free School District are in a wing of the high school.

Citizens Nominating Committee will not interview school board candidates for second year due to Covid-19

April 1, 2021

For the second year, the Pelham Citizens Nominating Committee will not interview board of education candidates due to Covid-19 complications. "Given the challenge running an appropriate process during...

Board of education discusses reopening plans, new state testing requirements

Board of education discusses reopening plans, new state testing requirements

March 26, 2021

Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ and members of the community reopening task force gave an update regarding a return to full-time in-person learning at Wednesday's board of education meeting. Elementary...

Owen-Michaane seeks board seat after hearing Champ's call for medical expertise

Owen-Michaane seeks board seat after hearing Champ’s call for medical expertise

March 23, 2021

During a February school board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ asked for help from medical experts in the district in the effort to reopen schools safely. Dr. Michael Owen-Michaane...

The first two of five major recommendations from the report on the racial equity audit done by the NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools.

Problems revealed in equity audit are lived experience for BIPOC grad and parents, who call for changes

March 22, 2021

As a person of color who went through the Pelham school system, Nora Tahbaz read nothing in the district’s racial equity report that was a surprise. It was her lived experience. Tahbaz, a Pelham Memorial...

School board president talks about racial equity moves including Princeton Plan, restorative justice

School board president talks about racial equity moves including Princeton Plan, restorative justice

March 18, 2021

Pelham Board of Education President Jessica DeDomenico said enacting the Princeton Plan as recommended in the district's report on racial equity "solves a lot of the concerns around race and equity" but...

Champ says elementary students will return to fully in-person learning April 12, secondary schools to follow

Champ says elementary students will return to fully in-person learning April 12, secondary schools to follow

March 11, 2021

Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ told the board of education Wednesday elementary school students will be brought back fully in-person starting April 12, which allows for an extra week after spring break...

Champ proposes budget with 3.31% tax increase, possible return to in-person learning after spring break

Champ proposes budget with 3.31% tax increase, possible return to in-person learning after spring break

March 1, 2021

Pelham Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ proposed a $80.2 million preliminary budget for the 2021-22 school year with a 3.31% tax increase at the board of education meeting Wednesday. She also said the district...

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...

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