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Oliver Lavallee, Assistant Managing Editor

Oliver Lavallee is a junior at Pelham Memorial High School. In addition to writing, he enjoys reading, drawing and playing drums.

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PMS Principal Lynn Sabia and PMHS Principal Mark Berkowitz.

Administrator shuffle: PMHS principal will depart; PMS principal takes medical leave; district interims to step in

By Oliver Lavallee, Assistant Managing Editor
April 11, 2024

Pelham Memorial High School Principal Mark Berkowitz is leaving at the end of the school year to pursue another position, while Pelham Middle School Principal Lynn Sabia is taking temporary medical leave...

Three elementary-age Pelham siblings achieve national rankings in track and field events

Three elementary-age Pelham siblings achieve national rankings in track and field events

By Oliver Lavallee, Assistant Managing Editor
April 5, 2024

Three elementary-age Pelham siblings have achieved national rankings in track and field events. Yanick Walker, the oldest at nine, is third in the nation in his age group for the 400-meter sprint...

Toonerville Music Festival plays on despite rain storms, with all acts entertaining reduced crowd

Toonerville Music Festival plays on despite rain storms, with all acts entertaining reduced crowd

By Oliver Lavallee, Assistant Managing Editor
October 4, 2023

Despite the rainy weather, many people from both Pelham and neighboring towns gathered on Sept. 23 to appreciate live music from more than a dozen different groups at Pelham's third annual Toonerville...

Pastry from Pellville

Satisfying your sweet tooth in Pelham: a guide

By Oliver Lavallee, Entertainment Editor
September 22, 2023

Pelham has a variety of options to satisfy your sweet tooth, especially in regard to the large selection of pastries found in town. From scones to eclairs to linzer tarts, Pelham bakeries and cafes have...

PMHS student on bike struck by car while riding to school near Iden Avenue

PMHS student on bike struck by car while riding to school near Iden Avenue

By Oliver Lavallee, Assistant Managing Editor
September 19, 2023

A Pelham Memorial High School student was struck by a car while biking to school this morning near Iden Avenue, according to an email from Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ. "The student was transported...

After almost decade in charge of Picture House, Laura deBuys talks about learning experience, cinemas future as she steps down

After almost decade in charge of Picture House, Laura deBuys talks about learning experience, cinema’s future as she steps down

By Oliver Lavallee, Entertainment Editor
June 23, 2023

Laura deBuys, who stepped down as executive director of the Picture House Regional Film Center in late May, talked about the learning she experienced in nine and half years in charge. The nonprofit...

Study of regional firefighting approach that could involve both Pelham departments in early funding stage

Study of regional firefighting approach that could involve both Pelham departments in early funding stage

By Oliver Lavallee, Profiles Editor
April 19, 2023

A study of how the fire departments in the villages of Pelham and Pelham Manor and two other municipalities could use a regional approach to provide better services is "still in the proposed funding stages,"...

Third season of The Umbrella Academy has dissapointing plot redeemed by the characters

Third season of ‘The Umbrella Academy’ has dissapointing plot redeemed by the characters

By Oliver Lavallee, Profiles Editor
July 13, 2022

'The Umbrella Academy' has been popular on Netflix since it first aired in 2019. The show, based on the comic book series created and written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, aired its third...

Augusta Turner named new director of Town of Pelham Public Library

Augusta Turner named new director of Town of Pelham Public Library

By Oliver Lavallee, Assistant Profiles Editor
April 27, 2022

Augusta Turner has been appointed the new director of the Town of Pelham Public Library after Patricia Perito retired last year. Turner was formerly the adult services librarian and has worked at the library...

PMHS grad Tahbaz cofounds Hudson Space Systems to do microgravity research

PMHS grad Tahbaz cofounds Hudson Space Systems to do microgravity research

By Oliver Lavallee, Assistant Profiles Editor
January 11, 2022

Nathan Tahbaz, a PMHS graduate, is in the space business—as in outer space. He is the chief executive officer and cofounder with four others of Hudson Space Systems, a new company that aims to make...

The new sensory garden at Pelham Public Library.

New sensory garden at Pelham Public Library offers sights, smells AND sounds

By Delia Lavallee, Staff Reporter
June 17, 2021

The Pelham Public Library has a new addition to the plant life surrounding it: a sensory garden in the back of the building. The garden, created by Matthew Michailoff, has a variety of plants that appeal...

Marrero sisters open Danilees Helping Hands to provide range of childcare services

Marrero sisters open Danilee’s Helping Hands to provide range of childcare services

By Delia Lavallee, Staff Reporter
February 9, 2021

Sisters Danielle and Alyssa Marrero began babysitting when they were in their teens. They realized there was a need in Pelham for more childcare help, inspiring them to open up Danilee's Helping Hands...

Joe Durnin of Pelham donated blood during Manor Club drive in July.

Blood donations drop during coronavirus pandemic; NY-area hospitals need donors to step up

By Delia Lavallee, Staff Reporter
November 17, 2020

Life-saving blood donations have dropped significantly because of the coronavirus pandemic. The level of donations are 65% of what they were before the pandemic. "Because during the earlier months when...

Update: Pelhams Banholzer, returning to musical roots of youth, records songs, releases album

Update: Pelham’s Banholzer, returning to musical roots of youth, records songs, releases album

By Delia Lavallee, Staff Reporter
September 1, 2020

Update since the Examiner's interview: Banholzer's album is now out and available at the online stores below. Spotify Artist Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3MfrwQnNKKXxNIBDEDNasq?si=qyqUlBRZRPedaloRM-N1zQ iTunes...

Kimberly Garvey, a physician assistant at New York-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville: Honestly, it was really scary.

‘Hoping I never see what I saw again in my life:’ Pelham healthcare workers describe months battling killer Covid-19

By Sophia Leung and Delia Lavallee
June 18, 2020

Jennifer Lapponese stood daily in the Montefiore Medical Center emergency room in the Bronx screening patients entering the hospital during Covid-19’s peak. Stationed by the elevators, she witnessed...

The teachers: Methods created on fly; teaching kids while caring for own

The teachers: Methods created on fly; teaching kids while caring for own

By Sophia Leung, Delia Lavallee, and Evan Kaplan
May 7, 2020

In a Colonial School third grade classroom, 20 or so students listened rapt as Joanne Lombardi explained Chinese culture in early March. Then the world changed. Coronavirus slammed into New York,...

Journalist Cheryl Wills writes books about slaves and soldiers who were her descendents

Journalist Cheryl Wills writes books about slaves and soldiers who were her descendents

By Delia Lavallee, Staff Reporter
March 23, 2020

Author and journalist Cheryl Wills came to Pelham Middle School a few weeks after the the seventh graders read her book, "Emancipated." She has written other wonderful books that required her to do...

Pelham Half Marathon and 10K event draws runners from around world, with Pelham Civics benefiting

Pelham Half Marathon and 10K event draws runners from around world, with Pelham Civics benefiting

By Delia Lavallee and Kiran Schwaderer
December 2, 2019

If you were around over Thanksgiving weekend, or looked at one of the many signs up in town beforehand, you knew it was time again for the Pelham Half Marathon and the Pelham 10k. The races are an annual...

Annual seventh-grade Sharpe Reservation overnight trip replaced because activities were dated

Annual seventh-grade Sharpe Reservation overnight trip replaced because ‘activities were dated’

By Delia Lavallee, Staff Reporter
November 8, 2019

The Sharpe Reservation overnight trip, a annual autumn right of passage for Pelham Middle School seventh graders over the past decade, is no more. The trip was cancelled as of this year, leaving mixed...

Pelham Regional Pipe Band.

Add it to the list: Pelham now has its own tartan-clad bagpipe band

By Delia Lavallee, Staff Reporter
September 27, 2019

Bagpipes have arrived in town thanks to the Pelham Regional Pipe Band, started by Thomas Callahan and Andrew Scott, teachers at Pelham Memorial High School. The band is nine months old and already has...

Earlier in the summer, a truck drove past the former lower playground to where site preparation crews were breaking up rocks on the property of Hutchinson School.

Generations of Hutch grads share memories of teachers, of community, of a place ‘like home’

By Delia Lavallee, Staff Reporter
July 22, 2019

Hutchinson School will be remembered long after the last load of rubble is trucked away in 2023. Hutch graduates of all ages shared their memories of the school with the Pelham Examiner. Roland Scharrer...

Little Free Libraries arrive in Pelham, offering take-a-book, give-a-book in parks, in front of houses

Little Free Libraries arrive in Pelham, offering take-a-book, give-a-book in parks, in front of houses

By Delia Lavallee, Staff Reporter
June 28, 2019

Go out for a walk in Pelham. Here's a small, wooden box. It looks like a big, old fashioned mailbox. But there is a door with glass on the front. Upon closer inspection, there are books inside. Many are...

Provisions on Wolfs Lane is the sweet stop with cookies, cakes and a friendly staff

Provisions on Wolfs Lane is the sweet stop with cookies, cakes and a friendly staff

By Delia Lavallee, Staff Reporter
March 19, 2019

On a walk down Wolfs Lane, it's hard to miss the storefront with beautiful cookies in the window. The aroma of cakes and cookies pulls in shoppers, and inside, the warm scent of sugar and vanilla wafts...

International Day brings together food, music and traditions of Hutchinsons families from around world (includes slideshow)

International Day brings together food, music and traditions of Hutchinson’s families from around world (includes slideshow)

By Delia Lavallee, Staff Reporter
March 18, 2019

Step into the warm Hutchinson School gym. Scents of all kinds are everywhere—some spicy, some salty, some sweet. Tables line the walls. A DJ plays in the back. The food is from all over the world, including...

PMS student riding bike to school involved in accident with car on Wolfs Lane, now home in good condition

PMS student riding bike to school involved in accident with car on Wolfs Lane, now home ‘in good condition’

By Delia Lavallee, Staff Reporter
January 22, 2019

A Pelham Middle School student riding a bicycle to school this morning was involved in an accident with a car on Wolfs Lane near the Picture House, according to a letter from Principal Lynn Sabia. "Please...

Pelham Page Turners.

Pelham Page Turners and Readers of Oz battle other young book experts in library-backed contest

By Delia Lavallee, Staff Reporter
October 29, 2018

Twenty Westchester libraries sent teams ranging in age from nine to 15 to the Battle of the Books on Oct. 20, which was held in the classrooms and gym of Hendrick Hudson High School. A nervous energy...

Pelham Librarys K-Day gives kids official license...to let their imagination run wild

Pelham Library’s K-Day gives kids ‘official license…to let their imagination run wild’

By Delia Lavallee, Staff Reporter
October 1, 2018

Some Kindergartners were getting their faces painted Saturday at the Town of Pelham Public Library. Some were receiving balloons twisted into various shapes, and some, most importantly, were checking out...

Our correspondent prepares to take on Battle of the Books

Our correspondent prepares to take on Battle of the Books

By Delia Lavallee, Staff Reporter
September 11, 2018

I shiver as I step into the cool library, a contrast to the warm evening. My teammates come in, discussing the books, laughing about a joke. “And the ending of that book?” said one. “I know!"...

Bob Chillemi (left) with his students on the day of the black belt test.

Eight students in Bob Chillemi’s karate class pass black belt test at Town House

By Delia Lavallee, Staff Reporter
August 1, 2018

Excitement filled Daronco Town House June 23 as about thirteen kids ages eight to 12 took the black belt test given by Bob Chillemi's American Goju Karate school. This was a five-hour exam, running...

Pelham Pizzeria celebrates 40 years dishing out pies as Fifth Avenue institution

Pelham Pizzeria celebrates 40 years dishing out pies as Fifth Avenue institution

By Delia Lavallee, Staff Reporter
July 10, 2018

Step inside the restaurant, and the smell of fresh pizza is everywhere. Different types of pies are on display, a surprising number of choices from the good-old regular to types that probably weren't...

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