Pelham Examiner

Cristina Stefanizzi, Deputy Managing Editor

Cristina is a junior at Pelham Memorial High School. She is the class of 2023 secretary and the Editor-in-Chief of the PMHS Pelican Yearbook. Cristina is also the co-president/founder of the PMHS Breast Cancer Awareness Club, co-president of the Pelham Together Youth Council, and a president of the PMHS Operation Smile Club. She also enjoys participating in the PMHS Concert and 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 board certifies election results, says nothing about failure of capital reserve

School board certifies election results, says nothing about failure of capital reserve

May 23, 2022

Though they certified the results of the school district election, Pelham Board of Education trustees made no comment at their Wednesday meeting on the resounding rejection by voters of the proposed...

Caution tape on playground equipment in Juliannes Park in mid-March.

Julianne’s Playground: Broken, taped equipment causes concern for parents, Hutch PTA

May 19, 2022

Julianne's Playground has been a topic of discussion among community members online and in PTA meetings with the school district over the past several weeks due to broken equipment. One installation...

Newly elected board trustees Will Treves, Jackie De Angelis and Natalie Marrero.

Capital reserve rejected, $84.2 million budget approved; Treves, De Angelis and Marrero elected to school board

May 18, 2022

The proposed capital reserve was rejected Tuesday by Pelham school district voters and the $84.2 million budget was approved, while Will Treves, Jackie De Angelis and Natalie Marrero were elected to three-year...

Marin Caiola with her boatmates after placing first.

PMHS freshman wins first, 2 juniors win third for City Island Rowing at N.Y. State Championships

May 15, 2022

PMHS freshman Marin Caiola placed first in girls novice eight at the New York State Rowing Championships in Saratoga Springs this weekend. PMHS juniors Reese McLean and Casey Creutz rowed in girls junior...

SECOND STATE CHAMPIONSHIP for Pelham rowing with boys second varsity eight win

SECOND STATE CHAMPIONSHIP for Pelham rowing with boys second varsity eight win

May 15, 2022

The Pelham Community Rowing Association's boys second varsity eight boat won the New York State Championship in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, following the girls varsity four-plus win on Saturday. The...

Foto Feature: PMHS students relieve AP testing stress with outdoor fun, balloon animals

Foto Feature: PMHS students relieve AP testing stress with outdoor fun, balloon animals

May 13, 2022

After two weeks of AP testing, students at PMHS have found numerous ways to relieve stress. They have been going to the movies, playing games outdoors and even making balloon animals during free periods.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

‘Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ lives up to its name with chaotic horror

May 9, 2022

Editor's note: This review contains minor spoilers for "Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." Are you happy? I won't know the answer to that question, obviously, because you're on the other side...

Mount Pleasant administrator to be named assistant superintendent for special ed, health services and counseling

Mount Pleasant administrator to be named assistant superintendent for special ed, health services and counseling

May 3, 2022

Traci Holtz, current director of pupil personnel and student services for the Mount Pleasant Central School District, has been chosen to become Pelham's assistant superintendent for pupil personnel...

Juniors Leila Brady and Quincy Stern pose for pre-prom photos.

Foto Feature: Juniors pack PMHS gym for ‘Great Gatsby’-themed prom

April 25, 2022

The PMHS junior class hosted their prom Friday night, the first junior prom since 2019. The class voted on the theme "Great Gatsby" after reading the novel in their English classes earlier in the year....

Girl Scouts sell cookies along Fifth Avenue.

Snapshot: Get your cookies; Girl Scouts sell along Fifth Avenue

April 23, 2022

Girl Scouts sell cookies along Fifth Avenue.

Kate Douglass swimming at the University of Virginia.

Pelham’s Olympian Kate Douglass swims fastest 50 freestyle in NCAA history

March 18, 2022

Kate Douglass, a junior at the University of Virginia, set the record for the fastest women's 50 freestyle in NCAA history while winning the title in the Women's NCAA Championship in Atlanta. Douglass...

Supporters cheer on the PMHS ice hockey team inside The Pelham Picture House.

Snapshot: Community cheers on PMHS hockey team at Picture House

March 13, 2022

Community members gathered at The Picture House Sunday to cheer on the PMHS ice hockey team during the state championship final against Starpoint. For more on the championship: STATE CHAMPIONS!! ...

Foto Feature: And masks come off for many at PMHS

Foto Feature: And masks come off for many at PMHS

March 3, 2022

Masks were optional in Pelham schools as of Wednesday, and many Pelham Memorial High School students and staff took the opportunity to go without face coverings in the building for the first time since...

MASKS OPTIONAL IN PELHAM SCHOOLS STARTING WEDNESDAY

MASKS OPTIONAL IN PELHAM SCHOOLS STARTING WEDNESDAY

February 28, 2022

Masks will be optional for all students and staff in the Pelham school district beginning Wednesday, according to an email sent to parents Sunday night. This follows Gov. Kathy Hochul's announcement...

Three-alarm apartment building fire on Fifth Avenue leaves one dead

Three-alarm apartment building fire on Fifth Avenue leaves one dead

February 20, 2022

One person died in a three-alarm fire Saturday night at the apartment building at 17 Fifth Ave., Pelham Fire Chief Robert Benkwitt told WNBC. The Pelham Fire Department was dispatched at about 8:09...

Snapshot: District buys emergency Go-Kits for classrooms with first aid kits and door jams

Snapshot: District buys emergency Go-Kits for classrooms with first aid kits and door jams

February 11, 2022

Red backpacks were spotted in classrooms across the district starting on Monday (above). These Go Kits were purchased by the district after being recommended by consultants at Altaris Consulting Group...

Masks will be optional in Pelham schools once permitted by state: superintendent

Masks will be optional in Pelham schools once permitted by state: superintendent

February 1, 2022

Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ announced Monday masks will be optional in Pelham schools once that step is permitted by the state. A state Supreme Court judge ruled Jan. 24 the school mask mandate...

Mia Baccei and Joei Paterra with the 2021 Pelican Yearbook.

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Mia Baccei and Joei Paterra with the 2021 Pelican Yearbook.

Spider Man: No Way Home: Innovative concept with great cinematography, but lacks something

‘Spider Man: No Way Home:’ Innovative concept with great cinematography, but lacks something

January 7, 2022

I bought my "Spider Man: No Way Home" tickets way in advance for one of the earliest showings on Thursday. As the anticipation grew around the film, I grew more and more eager to see it. Navigating spoilers...

Icy conditions cause 35-car pile-up on Hutchinson River Parkway with multiple minor injuries

Icy conditions cause 35-car pile-up on Hutchinson River Parkway with multiple minor injuries

January 5, 2022

  Icy conditions caused a pile-up of approximately 35 cars on the Hutchinson River Parkway near Pelhamdale Avenue on Wednesday morning, shutting down the parkway. Firefighters and police...

Kate Douglass with the Girls Varsity Swim team.

Olympic bronze medalist Kate Douglass visits PMHS and PMS with gift

November 24, 2021

Olympic bronze medalist Kate Douglass visited Pelham Middle School and Pelham Memorial High School on Wednesday, displaying her medal and giving the schools one of her Olympic swim caps. Members...

PMHS athletes with Kate Douglass

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PMHS athletes with Kate Douglass

(l. to r.) Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ, Kate Douglass, PMS Principal Lynn Sabia, Athletic Director Christian Hodge, PMHS Principal Mark Berkowitz

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(l. to r.) Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ, Kate Douglass, PMS Principal Lynn Sabia, Athletic Director Christian Hodge, PMHS Principal Mark Berkowitz

Aidan Zusin (left) and Oliver Tam as Wadsworth.

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Aidan Zusin (left) and Oliver Tam as Wadsworth.

Ava Pedorella (left) and Jeremy Tam.

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Ava Pedorella (left) and Jeremy Tam.

Oliver Tam (left) and Jeremy Tam.

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Oliver Tam (left) and Jeremy Tam.

From left, Ava Pedorella as Miss Scarlet, Aidan Zusin as Mr. Green, Katie Scott as Mrs. Peacock, Ellie OSullivan as Ms. White and Andrew Kelly as Colonel Mustard.

[Photo] Foto Feature: Sock 'n' Buskin sees success with 'Clue: On Stage'

November 24, 2021

From left, Ava Pedorella as Miss Scarlet, Aidan Zusin as Mr. Green, Katie Scott as Mrs. Peacock, Ellie O'Sullivan as Ms. White and Andrew Kelly as Colonel Mustard.

The cast of Clue.

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The cast of Clue.

Grace Kiamie as Yvette.

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Grace Kiamie as Yvette.

PMHS students raise $5,711 for Special Olympics at annual Westchester Polar Plunge

PMHS students raise $5,711 for Special Olympics at annual Westchester Polar Plunge

November 18, 2021

The Do Something Club at Pelham Memorial High School participated in the annual Westchester Polar Plunge on Saturday to raise awareness and money for the Special Olympics. The Do Something Club raised...

Champ to take 34-day leave for husbands surgery, recommends former superintendent as interim

Champ to take 34-day leave for husband’s surgery, recommends former superintendent as interim

November 17, 2021

Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ will be taking a leave of absence from Dec. 1 to Jan. 3 as her husband recovers from major surgery for a benign tumor. Champ will recommend to the school board Wednesday...

The Pelham Memorial High School/Pelham Middle School campus.

Residents criticize administrators, suggest changes after Nov. 1 emails on threats caused students to flee PMHS

November 11, 2021

During the past week, parents and students have voiced criticisms and suggestions for change in the wake of an online post by a student that others perceived to be threatening and several unrelated incidents...

Pelham school district, Manor police investigating two incidents of racism at Siwanoy

Pelham school district, Manor police investigating two incidents of racism at Siwanoy

October 29, 2021

The Pelham school district is starting an investigation under the state Dignity for All Students Act after a Siwanoy Elementary School student made "a derogatory comment" to another about the color of...

Pelham Manor Police Officer John Luiso (l.) and Police Chief Thomas Atkins at the county awards.

Manor Police Officer Luiso receives county Honor Award for saving man

October 25, 2021

Pelham Manor Police Officer John Luiso received the Westchester County Police Category III, Second Place Police Honor Award for saving a man who jumped into Eastchester Creek. Luiso, who was a rookie...

School board discusses plan to bring dialectical behavior therapy to classrooms

School board discusses plan to bring dialectical behavior therapy to classrooms

October 12, 2021

The Pelham school board reviewed Wednesday the steps for implementing dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in all classrooms. Julia Chung, assistant superintendent for pupil personnel and services, said...

Vandalism reported in Wolfs Lane Park, possibly done by students

Vandalism reported in Wolfs Lane Park, possibly done by students

October 7, 2021

Vandalism was reported in the Wolfs Lane Park across the street from Villaggio's Ristorante and Pizzeria on Wednesday afternoon, according to a statement sent by the Pelham Police Department via Nixle. "It...

PMHS student struck by car in vicinity of Wolfs Lane and Boulevard, suffers minor injury

PMHS student struck by car in vicinity of Wolfs Lane and Boulevard, suffers minor injury

October 1, 2021

A Pelham Memorial High School student was hit by a car Thursday morning while walking in the vicinity of Wolfs Lane and Boulevard West, according to an email sent by Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ. The...

Toonerville Fest is tune-filled reunion for Pelham community—with smiles, dancing and good food thrown in

Toonerville Fest is tune-filled reunion for Pelham community—with smiles, dancing and good food thrown in

September 22, 2021

Pelham residents and out-of-towners, headlining acts and local performers met the bright sunshine Saturday with music, smiles and some serious boogying on parking lot 7 at the first-ever Toonerville...

Shang Chi sets up many connections to MCU, captivates with mesmerizing digital effects

‘Shang Chi’ sets up many connections to MCU, captivates with mesmerizing digital effects

September 22, 2021

Quite possibly one of the best Marvel origin films, "Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" proved wrong numerous forecasts of a flop, breaking Labor Day box office records. "Shang Chi" provides with...

School district hires C19/Verbosity to conduct Covid-19 testing and names Covid coordinator

School district hires C19/Verbosity to conduct Covid-19 testing and names Covid coordinator

September 20, 2021

The Board of Education approved a resolution Tuesday to hire C19/Verbosity to conduct district Covid-19 testing for the school year. The district has also hired a new covid coordinator, Bridget Gates,...

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

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....

Foto Feature: What did people want? Some NORMAL fun. They return to pack stands as PMHS football wins

Foto Feature: What did people want? Some NORMAL fun. They return to pack stands as PMHS football wins

September 11, 2021

The PMHS football team beat Sleepy Hollow 27-0 in its first game of the season Friday night—and the first game with all the fans in the stands in more than a year. Supporters packed the bleachers...

Snapshot: PMHS centennial celebrations begin, banners displayed outside building

Snapshot: PMHS centennial celebrations begin, banners displayed outside building

September 11, 2021

PMHS is celebrating its 100th year educating students, and will be hosting a centennial celebration on Oct. 16. The event will include highlights from across the decades and tours of the building. More...

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