Pelham Examiner

Sandra Chalissery, Staff Reporter

Sandra Chalissery is in eighth grade. She’s been on the Pelham Examiner since March 2021. Besides being a reporter on the Pelham Examiner, she is taking all honors classes and recommends taking English honors because it helps improve your writing a lot. She is in the drama club and writers’ corner. She plays the piano and the violin. She is in chorus and eighth-grade studio in art. She likes to play soccer and loves musical theater. She loves her family, friends and her guinea pig named Ruby. She is excited to go to high school for all the opportunities that await her and the classes that she has enrolled for.

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Six Pelham businesses win Best of Westchester 2022

Six Pelham businesses win Best of Westchester 2022

September 20, 2022

Six Pelham businesses have won Westchester Magazine's Best of Westchester honors for 2022, including Sergio's, Tig & Peach, the Picture House Regional Film Center, Edo Japanese Steakhouse, DeCicco...

Liam Ginsburg wins Roger Rees Best Actor Award for performance in Sock n Buskin show Bright Star

Liam Ginsburg wins Roger Rees Best Actor Award for performance in Sock ‘n’ Buskin show ‘Bright Star’

June 15, 2022

Freshman Liam Ginsburg won the Roger Rees Award for Best Actor for his performance in the Sock 'n' Buskin show "Bright Star." The honor came May 22 for his playing of the role of Billy Cane, a soldier...

Allie Goldmans intermediate synchronized ice skating team.

Pelham synchronized skaters: Reynolds on team that takes U.S. 1st in div., Goldman’s places 5th

April 7, 2022

PMHS 2021 graduate Jenna Reynolds and junior Allie Goldman both brought home hardware as members of Team Image competing at different levels of the U.S. Synchronized Skating National Championships. Reynolds...

The New York Wonders, including Pelham sixth grader Paz Marrero, appeared on the Today Show with female Little League pioneer Maria Pepe.

Sixth grader Paz Marrero appears on Today Show with Little League pioneer

March 14, 2022

Sixth grader Paz Marrero appeared on the Today Show March 8 with her New York Wonders baseball team and met female Little League pioneer Maria Pepe in honor of Women's History Month. Marrero is a Pelham...

Former town historian Blake Bell publishes local ghostly tales in Haunted History of Pelham New York

Former town historian Blake Bell publishes local ghostly tales in ‘Haunted History of Pelham New York’

February 7, 2022

Blake Bell's favorite local ghost story has been around since at least 1848. It's called the "Haunted Cedar Knoll." As he tells it, a girl in the mid-to-late 18th century is warned by her grandmother not...

A Not So Silent Night holiday concert returns to Picture House LIVE with local musicians

‘A Not So Silent Night’ holiday concert returns to Picture House LIVE with local musicians

December 10, 2021

"A Not So Silent Night" will return live to the Pelham Picture House Dec. 18 with Westchester musicians performing in an event that raises money for the theater. "This is the third annual 'A Not So...

Charles Fazzino work that was raffled in a benefit.

Local creator: Charles Fazzino’s pop art pops off canvas

October 4, 2021

As a child growing up in Pelham, Charles Fazzino loved pop-up books. That love drove this gifted artist to work in a style he calls 3-D pop art. "I really always wanted to create my own," said Fazzino....

Robert Benkwitt III, Pelham fire chief, always imagined hed become a firefighter when he grew up.

Achieving a dream: Chief Benkwitt, 23-year PFD vet, went on calls with uncles as kid

August 2, 2021

Pelham Fire Chief Robert Benkwitt III didn't so much chase after fire engines as a kid, as tag along. Benkwitt grew up in Pelham with two uncles who were volunteers with the Pelham Fire Department. "Years...

Friends of Library holding Novel Night Zoom open house Wednesday to attract dinner party hosts

Friends of Library holding Novel Night Zoom open house Wednesday to attract dinner party hosts

July 14, 2021

The organizers of Novel Night are looking for hosts to turn over their homes for dinner parties themed to different books, as the planners deal with a much shorter timetable to get ready for the event...

Hartigan breaks records swimming for Bucknell, makes Academic All-Patriot League Team

Hartigan breaks records swimming for Bucknell, makes Academic All-Patriot League Team

May 25, 2021

PMHS alum Maddie Hartigan is flying across the pool for the Bucknell University swimming team. She set school records in the 100 freestyle (50.01) and the 1,000 freestyle (9:53.16) at the Patriot League...

A SFR fundraiser in 2019

Attendance at high school club’s refugee night hampered by Covid-19 restrictions

May 5, 2021

The Pelham Memorial High School Students for Refugees Club held a Teen Refugee Fun Night in mid-March, though Covid-19 restrictions made it hard to have much of a fun night. Five people signed up and...

Picture House emerges from tough Covid-19 year to celebrate its 100th birthday

Picture House emerges from tough Covid-19 year to celebrate its 100th birthday

March 24, 2021

The Picture House kicked off its centennial year March 20 with the Marquee Night fundraising event. A year ago, that same event came at a critical time. No one probably knew, but a long closure of the...

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