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Matt Michailoff, Assistant Managing Editor

Matt Michailoff is a junior at Pelham Memorial High School. He has written for newspapers since 2016 and currently writes for the PelMel alongside the Examiner. He is an Eagle Scout in Troop 1 Pelham. He is a member of both the varsity swim and golf teams. He participates in the school chorus and PMHS AcaPelicans. Matt is thrilled to continue writing for the Examiner for his fourth year.

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Heavy wind and rain causes power outages, downed tree; county issues warning on storm

Heavy wind and rain causes power outages, downed tree; county issues warning on storm

By Matt Michailoff, Assistant Managing Editor
April 4, 2024

A heavy wind and rain storm persisted throughout the area Wednesday and into Thursday, causing power outages, flooding and at least one downed tree on Washington Avenue. As of midday Thursday, 2.55...

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‘Mean Girls’ is enjoyable remake of 2004 Broadway adaption though lacks punch of original

By Matt Michailoff, Assistant Managing Editor
February 21, 2024

With a movie as iconic as the 2004 "Mean Girls," there was no doubt that a remake would face criticism. With a 2.2 out of 5 rating on Google Reviews and a wave of criticism on social media, the new movie...

Danny Fund hosts Breakfast with Santa to bring holiday to residents and make cards for ill and injured children it aids

Danny Fund hosts Breakfast with Santa to bring holiday to residents and make cards for ill and injured children it aids

By Matt Michailoff, Assistant Managing Editor
December 6, 2023

The Danny Fund rang in the holiday season with a Breakfast with Santa event at the Daronco Town House on Saturday. Residents filed in to take a picture with Santa, enjoy treats and make cards for children...

All Pelham schools dismiss early due to storm and its flooding as villages, county and state declare states of emergency

All Pelham schools dismiss early due to storm and its flooding as villages, county and state declare states of emergency

By Matt Michailoff, Assistant Managing Editor
September 29, 2023

All Pelham schools dismissed students early at 1:15 p.m. Friday due to the rain storm that brought flooding to Pelham, after Colonial Elementary School was forced to send its students home earlier at 10:30...

EcoPels team of 40 volunteers and state workers create pollinator meadow off exit 4 on Hutch

EcoPel’s team of 40 volunteers and state workers create pollinator meadow off exit 4 on Hutch

By Matt Michailoff, Assistant Managing Editor
September 20, 2023

EcoPel marshalled a team of 40 volunteers to plant a pollinator meadow off exit 4 on the Hutchinson River Parkway, replacing turf grass on the vacant lot. The environmental group worked with the New York...

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse struggles to live up to legacy of first film in series

‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ struggles to live up to legacy of first film in series

By Matt Michailoff, Assistant Managing Editor
June 28, 2023

'Spider-Man: Across the Spiderverse' takes viewers through a diverse, seemingly random variety of new settings and parallel universes. The movie starts out with a short anecdote about Gwen Stacy (Emma...

Pelham Manor resident Bill Taubner to be honored by Mount Vernon soup kitchen

Pelham Manor resident Bill Taubner to be honored by Mount Vernon soup kitchen

By Matt Michailoff, Assistant Managing Editor
June 16, 2023

Pelham Manor Resident Bill Taubner will be honored on Friday at a fundraiser for the Mt. Vernon Community Service Associates' Soup Kitchen. Taubner is being recognized for his generous donations of food...

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Review: Pelham’s perfect summer treat is Sweet Lincoln’s ice cream

By Matt Michailoff, Assistant Managing Editor
June 8, 2023

With a vibrant, welcoming storefront on the corner of Fifth and Lincoln avenues, Sweet Lincoln has established itself in Pelham as a new favorite among those of all ages. Since its opening in the fall,...

Paz Marrero to attend selective Trailblazer Series hosted by MLB and USA Baseball

Paz Marrero to attend selective Trailblazer Series hosted by MLB and USA Baseball

By Matt Michailoff, Food Editor
April 11, 2023

Paz Marrero, a seventh grader at Pelham Middle School, will play in the USA Baseball Trailblazer Series in Vero Beach, Florida, running Thursday through Sunday. The series is a highly selective program,...

Pelham Palace, staple of downtown, serves Chinese and Japanese cuisine for 27 years

Pelham Palace, staple of downtown, serves Chinese and Japanese cuisine for 27 years

By Matt Michailoff, Food Editor
March 6, 2023

For the past 27 years, walking along Wolfs Lane, Pelham residents watched a variety of businesses open their doors, expand and then some close. Pelham Palace has been there through it all. Previously called...

PMHS grads Douglass and Bell win fourth ACC championship with UVA

PMHS grads Douglass and Bell win fourth ACC championship with UVA

By Matt Michailoff, Food Editor
February 21, 2023

PMHS alumni and University of Virginia seniors Kate Douglass and Jennifer Bell won their fourth consecutive ACC women's swimming and diving championship on February 18. Douglass took home three individual...

OLPH displays custom-made Italian nativity scene until Wednesday

OLPH displays custom-made Italian nativity scene until Wednesday

By Matt Michailoff, Food Editor
January 30, 2023

  A custom nativity scene filled with handcrafted figures imported from Italy will be displayed at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church until Wednesday. Each figure, made by world-renowned artist...

Dr. Lillian Reynolds steps in as temporary pastor after Noel Vaneks retirement at Community Church

Dr. Lillian Reynolds steps in as temporary pastor after Noel Vanek’s retirement at Community Church

By Matt Michailoff, Food Editor
January 23, 2023

Rev. Dr. Lillian Freeman Reynolds is serving as the temporary "regular supply pastor" for the Community Church of the Pelhams following the retirement of Pastor Noel Vanek at the end of last year, according...

Foto Feature: OLPH-St. Catharine host annual Christmas boutique

Foto Feature: OLPH-St. Catharine host annual Christmas boutique

By Matt Michailoff, Food Editor
December 12, 2022

Filled with decorative assortments, raffles and gifts, Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Catherine's parish held its annual Christmas boutique on the weekend of Dec. 3-4 in the OLPH gymnasium. The boutique,...

Bangkok Citys lunch special with pad se ew.

Meals with Matt: Favorite dishes from Pelham restaurants

By Matt Michailoff, Food Editor
December 9, 2022

Living in Pelham for 16 years, I've tried nearly every food option available from Chinese food to Greek food to Italian food. Whether it's new spots like Cafe Latino and Pizza Fenice or old fan favorites...

Civics selling raffles outside of DeCicco & Sons.

Pelham Civics’ Good Neighbors Program helps good neighbors

By Matt Michailoff, Food Editor
October 5, 2022

The Pelham Civic Association's Good Neighbors Program has been providing services for less-fortunate Pelham community members for almost 75 years, focusing on assisting those in a wide variety of ways...

Foto Feature: Picture House screens Free Puppies!—with visit from puppy

Foto Feature: Picture House screens ‘Free Puppies!’—with visit from puppy

By Matt Michailoff, Food Editor
September 30, 2022

The Pelham Picture House screened the documentary 'Free Puppies!' on Sept. 18. The film was followed by a Q&A session with co-director Samantha Wishman and film subjects Monda Wooten, host of the...

Minions: The Rise of Gru is long-awaited film of summer

‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ is long-awaited film of summer

By Matt Michailoff, Food Editor
July 22, 2022

With 2 years of postponement and high anticipation for a back-to-normal summer, there was no doubt that "Minions: The Rise of Gru" would succeed in theaters. Crushing box office records, this movie brought...

A previous Pelham Preservation and Garden Society fundraiser.

Pelham Preservation and Garden Society hosts 21st Annual Garden Party fundraiser

By Matt Michailoff
June 3, 2022

The Pelham Preservation and Garden Society will host its 21st Annual Garden Party fundraiser Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The party, which is always held at places in town with beautiful green spaces...

After 2-year hiatus, Project Community hosts Color Run to raise funds for its mental health programs

After 2-year hiatus, Project Community hosts Color Run to raise funds for its mental health programs

By Matt Michailoff
May 18, 2022

Project Community will be hosting its sixth annual Color Run fundraiser Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in support of its mental health programs. Following a kickoff party on Saturday and a parade on the...

Chris Rella playing in the Lets Make Big Moves tournament.

PMHS senior Rella wins major Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament after low seed

By Matt Michailoff, Staff Reporter
April 4, 2022

Chris Rella won first place in multiple categories at the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate national tournament, Let's Make Big Moves, held from Jan. 7-9. Rella collected a total of $2,748. in the singles and...

Scarlett Kaplan

Scarlett and Evan Kaplan perform at piano and strings competition at Carnegie Hall

By Matt Michailoff, Staff Reporter
February 2, 2022

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Patience, patience, patience. Siblings Scarlett and Evan Kaplan entered the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition by submitting video recordings...

Marlen Ramos takes over as new owner of Ralphs Fifth Avenue Haircutting

Marlen Ramos takes over as new owner of Ralph’s Fifth Avenue Haircutting

By Matt Michailoff, Staff Reporter
December 16, 2021

Marlen Ramos has become the new owner of Ralph’s Fifth Avenue Haircutting after being a longtime employee. Ramos has a long history of cutting hair. Born in Honduras, she would cut the hair of...

Oliver Tam, Bella Rosado, Aidan Zusin, Kirsten Agbenyega, Maddy Lyons, and Austin Kelly

Foto Feature: SOOP staged ‘Rent: School Edition’ with several sell-out performances

By Matt Michailoff, Staff Reporter
November 4, 2021

SOOP Theatre Company performed Rent: School Edition premiering on October 21 and running through the 24th as their Fall Star Mainstage Production. The cast, made up of high schoolers, performed...

Kate Douglass is in Pelham—visiting swim teams

Kate Douglass is in Pelham—visiting swim teams

By Matt Michailoff, Staff Reporter
August 8, 2021

Back from the Tokyo Olympics, Kate Douglass visited the New York Athletic Club and Pelham Country Club junior swim teams on Friday to sign autographs and take pictures with the swimmers. Douglass was...

PMHS band and choruses play first in-person concert in 17 months (with slideshow)

PMHS band and choruses play first in-person concert in 17 months (with slideshow)

By Matt Michailoff, Staff Reporter
June 30, 2021

The stage band and the concert and chamber choruses of Pelham Memorial High School held their first in-person concerts in over a year on June 14 and June 15, respectively.  The stage band was...

Volunteers worked on the sensory garden project led by Boy Scout Matthew Michailoff.

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

By Delia Lavallee, Staff Reporter
June 17, 2021

Volunteers worked on the sensory garden project led by Boy Scout Matthew Michailoff.

Cast of Frozen

PMHS and PMS theater groups win 14 National Youth Arts Awards for 2019-2020 year

By Matt Michailoff, Staff Reporter
June 3, 2021

The Pelham Middle School Drama Club and Pelham Memorial High School's Sock ‘n’ Buskin troop garnered 28 total awards and nominations at the 2019-2020 National Youth Arts Awards Eastern Regional...

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PMHS students win multiple awards at the New York State History Day Contest

By Matt Michailoff, Staff Reporter
May 14, 2021

In past years, students from Pelham schools have done exceptionally well in National History Day Contests. Students work hard to perfect their projects to be sent in and judged at multiple levels of competition....

Paul Freedman

Pelham’s Paul Freedman combines interest in food and history in new book ‘Why Food Matters’

By Matt Michailoff, Staff Reporter
March 15, 2021

Pelham resident and historian Paul Freedman has devoted a large part of his life to studying and teaching history. His most recent work, "Why Food Matters," combines his interest in food and history into...

Rose Island emphasizes the importance of following your dreams

‘Rose Island’ emphasizes the importance of following your dreams

By Matt Michailoff, Staff Reporter
January 29, 2021

Everyone has a dream or some wish that they want to come true, regardless of its practicality or worth. For crazy engineer Giorgio Rosa (Elio Germano), this dream is to build his own independent island...

Good Time is a dark but high energy film

‘Good Time’ is a dark but high energy film

By Matt Michailoff, Staff Reporter
January 7, 2021

The most famous crime movies are known for their thrill, high energy, and excitement. “Good Time” certainly fits that description. Connie Nikas (Robert Pattinson) is a determined bank robber and criminal...

Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse provides interesting twist on classic story

‘Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse’ provides interesting twist on classic story

By Matt Michailoff, Staff Reporter
November 5, 2020

Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) lived the “typical life” of a 13 year old boy in modern day Brooklyn, New York. When bitten by a radioactive spider, Miles' life changes completely and he is given powers...

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