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WESTCHESTER PLACES: Reid Castle

Reid Hall at Manhattanville College in Purchase is modeled after the historic estates left standing by European royalty in the medieval era. It has never been home to a king or queen or a duke or duchess, but it is was deemed a national landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The castle, which is built in the Norman Gothic style, earned the designation due to its rich history, architectural influences, landscape and many secrets.

Reid Castle serves as an office for many Manhattanville employees, such as Gary McLoughlin, 60, an employee with the college’s Office of Disability Services. “For me, it provides a sense of place deeply rooted in tradition,” McLoughlin said.The castle was constructed as an estate for Pony Express tycoon Benjamin Holladay in 1864. It was originally known as Ophir Farm and served as a home for the tycoon. Unfortunately for Holladay, by 1873 he had lost most of his wealth, which led him to put the mansion up for public sale.

More than a decade later, the estate became the first residence in Westchester County to be equipped with both telephone and electric wiring. However, one month before the estate’s new owner, Whitelaw Reid, and his wife, Elizabeth, planned to move in, a short circuit started a fire that engulfed the house, leaving only the granite foundation remaining.

Story originally appeared in the March 15, 2013 edition of The Harrison Report

Harrison Student Spreads Message Around The Globe

RajanHarrison High School junior Rajan Mehra has taken on the task of teaching kids the importance of making informed decisions in their community and beyond.

His mission is to preach volunteerism and activism to young people at a time where many feel youths are not as engaged as they should be. Mehra, 17, started a program called the Civics Workshop at the high school last fall to fulfill the 150 hours of community service required by the International Baccalaureate program.

 “But it became much more,” Mehra said. “I wanted to do something unique that would combine politics and public speaking with a positive impact.”
This story originally appeared in the June 8, 2012 edition of The Harrison Report.

Capitol Theatre Once Legendary, Rocks Anew

IMG_3871The Capitol Theatre in the Village of Port Chester was constructed at the peak of the roaring 20s, but is seldom remembered as a playhouse or movie theater. Like the historic rock venue the Fillmore East in Manhattan, the Capitol was created with different uses in mind but didn’t really become a household name until the 1970s, when the marquee featured rock icons like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Traffic, The Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead, to name a few.

To “deadheads” and hippies across the nation, this stoic landmark has an even deeper meaning in the annals of music history when in 1970, the Grateful Dead outperformed anyone who had ever set foot in Port Chester, with a record 18 shows in a single year. Originally planning to play 21 nights at the Capitol, The Dead unexpectedly cancelled their last three performances in December of that year, before hitting the airwaves with a radio apology to the fans in Port Chester.

This story originally appeared in the Sept. 7, 2012 edition of the Harrison Review.

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Harrison Water Rates Hiked 17 Percent

The Harrison Town Council approved a 17 percent water rate hike on July 5, just days after a relatively nominal–yet nonetheless dramatic– 11 percent increase was estimated by town officials.

The 3-2 approval of the new rates came after representatives of Westchester Joint Water Works made a public presentation, which had several members of the council scoffing at the fiscal management of the utility.

The Westchester Joint Water Works, a utility jointly run by municipal leaders in Mamaroneck and Harrison, proposed the town approve the hike for the 2012-2013 fiscal year in order to keep up with the increased cost of supply from New York City, where the water works purchases its water. The city increased its sales rates by 9.8 percent.

This originally appeared in the July 13, 2012 edition of The Harrison Report. 

Kensico Dam Road Reopens, But Not For Cars

After seven years, the Kensico Dam roadway is reopen to pedestrians, cyclists and skaters but not vehicular traffic.

On May 24, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and New York City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland announced the re-opening following a $42 million rehabilitation project that ended last December.

“The Kensico Dam Park is a vital public space in Westchester,” Astorino said. “Reopening the roadway will further expand the recreational opportunities that make Westchester a great place to live and visit.”

This originally appeared in the June 1, 2012 edition of The Harrison Report (Now, Harrison Review). 

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