Welcome to the second edition of the Village of Sleepy Hollow’s quarterly newsletter, the Sleepy Hollow Local Reporter. We’re back with updates on “Projects in Progress,” as well as a busy season for our “Hollow Happenings” calendar. There’s nothing like fall in the nation’s Halloween capital! Finally, this issue’s “Village Spotlight,” takes a look at Sleepy Hollow’s Volunteer Ambulance Corps, led by Chief of EMS Richard D’Alessandro.

New Electric Charging Stations
New Electric Charging Stations You’ll get a charge out of this news! The Village of Sleepy Hollow has installed two charging stations for electric cars in the municipal lot at Elm Street and Andrews Lane (next to the Senior Center).

The units, provided at no cost to the Village by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), are the latest components of Governor Cuomo’s ChargeNY initiative, which aims to build a statewide network of 3,000 charging stations at public and workplace locations by 2018.  

The state effort is helping to get more environmentally friendly plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) on the road. PEVs include electric cars that run on only electricity, and plug-in hybrids, which use both gasoline and electricity. They cost less to operate, while reducing fossil fuel use and pollution. The Village of Sleepy Hollow is anticipating the acquisition of PEV vehicles for municipal departments as existing fleet vehicles are replaced. Visitors and residents are encouraged to use the new stations, as well.


New York Water Taxi’s “Sleepy Hollow Ferry”
Following the success of last year’s pilot program, New York Water Taxi is launching the “Sleepy Hollow Ferry” with an expanded schedule featuring three Saturdays in October. The ferry runs round-trip between Manhattan and Sleepy Hollow four times per day on consecutive Saturdays: October 15th, 22nd and 29th. While New York City residents will jump at the chance to travel by boat to visit Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County residents can now enjoy an alternate route for a fall shopping trip or city excursion. Free, day-long parking is available at Edge-On-Hudson (at the corner of Beekman Avenue and River Street, 199 Beekman Ave.) for those taking the ferry from Sleepy Hollow in to Manhattan. The Ferry departs from the village dock at Ichabod’s Landing. Purchase tickets and find more information at www.nywatertaxi.com/sleepyhollow


New Water Tank Reservoir
We first posted news of the new water storage reservoir under construction on Lake Road in the inaugural edition of the Sleepy Hollow Local Reporter. We’re pleased to report that the project made great strides during the summer, staying on schedule for completion before the end of 2016. New forms for the 1.6 million gallon concrete tank were installed, and water lines were completed that will eventually link the tank to the pump station on Neperan road. When the new, underground storage tank is integrated with Sleepy Hollow’s supply lines in spring of 2017, it will triple Sleepy Hollow’s water storage capacity, filling a critical gap. And speaking of water….


Installation of Automated Water Meters
The Village of Sleepy Hollow has contracted with National Metering Services to upgrade the existing water meter system. The goal of this installation is to reduce water loss and save residents money – as water leaks can be reported in real time. The meters will be read by radio transmitter, eliminating missed readings due to inclement weather and reducing the need for estimated bills.

National Metering Systems will be contacting residents in the coming weeks to provide notice of water meter installation. Please plan to provide access to your home or business by scheduling an appointment directly with National Metering Services at 1 (888) 448-0009 or online at www.nmsnj.com. Representatives will be in uniform with identification badges displayed at all times and service trucks will be marked with the company name.


Edge-On-Hudson Construction Update
We reported last issue on the groundbreaking ceremony for Edge-On-Hudson, the development being constructed on the site of the former General Motors assembly plant in Sleepy Hollow.

Now, the groundbreaking is no longer just ceremonial – as a fleet of backhoes, graders and drilling equipment has transformed the property to an active construction site. It’s a welcome sight for Village officials and local residents who have waited many years for the project to get underway. Demolition of the concrete and asphalt slab on the eastern and northern portions of property is in progress. The installation of “Wick drains” and initial importation of fill by truck is also underway. Additionally, The Village of Sleepy Hollow Planning Board approved an application from the developer to bring fill to the site by barge, which will reduce the volume of truck trips required.

  Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Tours
October Daytime Tours and Evening Lantern Tours

Visit some of the most interesting memorials in this 167-year old cemetery, including Washington Irving’s grave. Daytime tours are offered Saturdays and Sundays, and during the week leading up to Halloween at 11 a.m. - 12 noon and 2 - 4 p.m. Lantern tours are offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings and during the week leading up to Halloween. Time slots are typically from 7 - 9 p.m., 8 - 10 p.m., and 10 p.m. to midnight. For information and tickets visit www.sleepyhollowcemetery.org

Saturday, September 24, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Come enjoy a day of music, food, and children’s activities including bouncy castles at the 5th annual Sleepy Hollow Oktoberfest. The event takes place at the Kathryn Davis River Walk Center in Kingsland Point Park and admission is free. www.sleepyhollowny.gov

  Warner Library’s Headless Halloween Mini-Golf
Saturday, September 24, 10am to 8 pm

Come play the spookiest links on the Hudson River! The Warner Library will transform itself into a haunted mini-golf wonderland from 10am - 8pm. Tickets are $5 for Children under 12 and $10 for adults. http://warnerlibrary.org/

  Old Dutch Church Fest
Saturdays and Sundays in October from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Enjoy a bratwurst, apple cider, or pumpkin ale on the Headless Horseman Picnic Grounds. Bring the family and participate in a scavenger hunt while exploring the historic and legendary Burying Ground. Rumor has it the Horseman plans to ride again. Or, listen to the majestic organ during worship on Sundays at 12 p.m inside New York State's oldest church.  Free tours and admission. Information at  www.reformedchurchtarrytowns.org

  Horseman's Hollow at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow
Oct. 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 27-31.

It’s back! Explore a fun and frightful haunted trail haunted trail if you dare. Admission is by timed entry, times vary by evening. Advance tickets are strongly suggested. www.hudsonvalley.org/events/horsemans-hollow

  Irving's 'Legend' at Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow
Oct. 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 27-31.

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic performance of Washington Irving's classic tale in this popular local favorite. Showtimes vary. Advance tickets are required. www.hudsonvalley.org/events/irvings-legend

  20th Annual Sleepy Hollow Street Fair
Saturday October 15th 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Beekman Avenue

Enjoy over 70 vendors, kid's carnival, music, food from local restaurants, and fun for the whole family http://greatersleepyhollowtarrytown.com

  New York Water Taxi’s Sleepy Hollow Ferry
Saturday October 15, October 22 and October 29.

The Sleepy Hollow Ferry will operate for 3 consecutive Saturdays in October, with 4 round-trip departures per day from Manhattan to Sleepy Hollow. Or – board in Sleepy Hollow for a round-trip excursion to the city. Free all-day parking at Edge-On-Hudson for those traveling from Sleepy Hollow to Manhattan, with boarding at the adjacent Village ferry dock. For reservations, departure times and more information go to www.nywatertaxi.com

  Tours of the 1883 Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse
October 9 and October 23 from 1 p.m. -3 p.m.

Enter from Kingsland Point Park or free parking at Edge-On-Hudson 914-366-5109, www.sleepyhollowny.gov

  Sleepy Hollow 'Run for your Life' Halloween 10K
Saturday, October 22, 9:30am

Kick Halloween off early with this spooktacular race presented by Rivertown Runners! Enjoy the history and scares of Sleepy Hollow as you run-for-your-life-along the scenic Hudson Valley course. Don't forget to dress up, as BEST COSTUME wins! www.rivertownrunners.org

  A Taste of Sleepy Hollow
Saturday, October 22 12 Noon – 6 p.m.

This 1st annual mini-street fair will take place on Valley Street and will feature the foods, art and music of Sleepy Hollow. All are welcome. www.sleepyhollowny.gov

  Nevermore at Horan’s Landing in Sleepy Hollow
Friday, October 21 (VIP night) and Saturday – Sunday, October 22

Visually stunning storytelling with aerialists and acrobats in a circus-theater adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven,” under an intimate tent at Horan’s Landing on River Street. Friday Oct. 21st 8pm - VIP Opening Night - $35. Admission includes show, expert lecture, and performer Q & A. Sat. Oct. 22nd, and Sun. Oct. 23rd 2pm & 7pm - $22 in advance,$25 at the door. www.nevermoresleepyhollow.com/

  Sleepy Hollow Haunted Hayride and Block Party
Friday, October 28 and Saturday October 29. 7:00 p.m. -11:00

The Haunted Hayride rides again through the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and into the dark night where ghosts and goblins loom. Tickets are $20 ($30 the night of), available online or at Village Hall on Beekman Avenue. Enjoy the annual Sleepy Hollow Beekman Avenue Block Party, as well, (starts at 5:00 p.m. Oct. 28 and Oct. 29) with vendors, food, music, refreshments and more. Visit www.sleepyhollowny.gov/ for tickets or more information.

  The 15th Annual Village of Tarrytown Halloween Parade
Saturday October 29th Starts at 5:30p.m. Rain Date Oct.

This legendary Halloween Parade starts at Patriots Park on Route 9 and travels to Main Street in Tarrytown where there is a block party. All ages. http://greatersleepyhollowtarrytown.com/

  Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light The Night Walk
Saturday, November 5, 2016, 5:00 p.m. start at Kingsland Point Park

Light The Night is an inspirational community event that raises awareness and funding for groundbreaking research and treatment options to eliminate cancer. Walk along the Hudson River shoreline from Kingsland Point Park to Tarrytown and back, in a festive evening with music, fireworks and more.

To register and for more information, please visit www.lightthenight.org/ctwhv/

  Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmer’s Market (TaSH)
Saturdays through November 19: 8:30am – 2:00pm at Patriot’
s Park

Shop for healthy, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, breads and more. Grab a bite to eat while you’re there. Stay for music, children’s activities and the chance to visit with neighbors. www.tashfarmersmarket.org

In this issue, we turn the “Village Spotlight” on Richard D’Alessandro, Chief of EMS, Sleepy Hollow Volunteer Ambulance Corp, to learn more about the vital role of the Ambulance Corp and plans for enhanced services.

A native of Sleepy Hollow, Rich has been a member of the Sleepy Hollow Volunteer Ambulance Corp for 30 years, serving in a variety of roles, most recently as Chief of EMS. He is a Sergeant with the Sleepy Hollow Police Department, where he has served for 17 years, and also serves as a volunteer for Union Hose Company 2 of the Sleepy Hollow Fire Department. It’s an extraordinary record of service to the community. Amidst this service, D’Alessandro is particularly proud of recent enhancements and improved response times for the Ambulance Corps.

The Sleepy Hollow Volunteer Ambulance Corp serves The Village of Sleepy Hollow and the hamlet of Pocantico Hills, responding to more than 1,000 calls per year. The Corps currently includes 30 active members, including drivers and EMT’s, and supplements daytime shifts with one paid EMT from Ossining EMS. Over the course of the past five years, the Corps has reduced response times from an average of 14 minutes to its current average of 8 minutes, with typical response between 6 and 8 minutes. During this time frame, D’Alessandro has instituted improvements including online PCR (pre-hospital reports), submitted electronically via laptops in the field.

Recent additions to the Corps’ standard equipment include: power stretchers, the Lucas 2 chest compression (CPR) system, and upgraded automated external defibrillators (AED’s). Most significantly, the Corps will welcome a new, state-of-the-art AEV Ambulance this fall, for its dual-ambulance fleet.

D’Alessandro seeks to establish the Sleepy Hollow Volunteer Ambulance Corps as a role model county-wide, and plans expanded training for its special operations unit, which includes close-quarters and trench space rescue, to include search and rescue and other tactics. Asked about his own most memorable moment as a volunteer, D’Alessandro recalls a call to Kingsland Point Park, where a pregnant woman had gone in to anaphylactic shock from a bee sting. The EMT team quickly administered epinephrine and very possibly saved two lives that day.

The Ambulance Corps seeks additional volunteers. It’s a great way to serve the community, learn new skills and meet new friends. The Corps provides new volunteers with CPR and first aid training, then drivers training, equipment training, and finally, EMT training. For information on becoming a driver or EMT, contact Rich D’Alessandro at (914) 631-1962 or at rdalessandro@sleepyhollowny.org

  New Senior Bus
The Village of Sleepy Hollow has purchased a new 16-passenger handicapped-accessible van, utilizing a $70,000 Federal Community Development Block Grant (administered by New York State). The new van, which arrives this fall, will be used to transport local seniors to nutritional programs, shopping and other activities.

    Sleepy Hollow Merchant's Council
The Greater Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce has created a sub-committee called the Sleepy Hollow Merchant’s Council. The Council has been meeting monthly to discuss ways of improving business development in the downtown area, including local laws, beautification efforts and special events.

All Sleepy Hollow business owners are encouraged to participate and can contact the Chamber of Commerce at info@sleepyhollowchamber.com for information.

  Facebook Fans
Follow local news of interest on Facebook with dedicated pages from Village departments including the Sleepy Hollow Police Department here, Fire Department here and the Sleepy Hollow Recreation and Parks Department here
  New Website Format
We're updating the Village of Sleepy Hollow website to make it easier to navigate, and to emphasize information and documents that are most useful to local residents. We'll roll-out the new format in the coming days at www.sleepyhollowny.gov and continue to make improvements in the months ahead. We hope you'll take a look!