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Sam Barron

Community Editor

An (almost) lifelong Westchester resident, Sam has reported on all facets of Westchester since he graduated from Ryerson University with a degree in print journalism, including stints at North County News and The Examiner. A film columnist for WAG Magazine, Sam's moviegoing expertise has been profiled in the New York Times and he was a featured guest on VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live.

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  1. DMX Performing In Hudson Valley

    DMX Performing In Hudson Valley

    DMX is coming to Poughkeepsie.The Mount Vernon native who was raised in Yonkers is performing at The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie on Saturday, Feb. 10. He previously performed at The Chance in 2016.In December, the 46-year-old, whose real name is Earl Simmons pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion and faces up to five years in prison.Simmons lived near the Bedford border on McLain ...

  2. WWE Star Enzo Amore, Bergen Native, Fired Over Sexual Assault Allegation

    WWE Star Enzo Amore, Bergen Native, Fired Over Sexual Assault Allegation

    WALDWICK, N.J. --Professional wrestler Enzo Amore (real name Eric Ardnt) was fired by WWE Tuesday as he is being investigated for sexually assaulting a woman in Phoenix in October.Amore, a Waldwick native, was Cruiserweight Champion at the time of his release. Phoenix police say they are still investigating the alleged assault, which occurred in October.On Monday, the victim shared her ...

  3. Unemployment Rate Inches Up In Rockland

    Unemployment Rate Inches Up In Rockland

    The unemployment rate in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland and Orange increased year over year according to the State Labor Department's report for Nov. 2017.In Westchester, the unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, an increase from 4.1 percent in Nov. 2016.In Putnam, the unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, an increase from 3.8 percent in Nov. 2016.In Dutchess, the unemployment rate ...

  4. Amazing Grace: VanderWaal Takes Center Stage In Rockland

    Amazing Grace: VanderWaal Takes Center Stage In Rockland

    EAST RAMAPO, N.Y. -- Grace VanderWaal gave her hometown a special treat Monday night.The "America's Got Talent" winner and Suffern native performed with East Ramapo's Little Miracles choir at Chesnut Ridge Middle School. VanderWaal founded the choir last year as part of her Little Miracles foundation.A select audience of parents, faculty and school officials on Monday night ...

  5. Dangerous Levels Of Radon, Cause Of Lung Cancer, In More Than 4K Area Homes

    Dangerous Levels Of Radon, Cause Of Lung Cancer, In More Than 4K Area Homes

    With January being National Radon Awareness Month, the New York State Health Departments said New Yorkers should make sure their homes are tested.Dangerous radon levels (at a level above the EPA guideline) have been reported in 4,000 Hudson Valley homes.Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., after cigarette smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer in ...

  6. Rampo Honored As Safest Place To Live In New York

    Rampo Honored As Safest Place To Live In New York

    RAMAPO, N.Y. -- It's a good day to live in Ramapo.The National Council of Home Safety and Security and SafeHome.org have named Ramapo the safest place to live in New York. SafeHome also named Ramapo the fourth safest place to live in the United States.National Council and SafeHome used a variety of data sources and a combination of the FBI's latest report of how many and what types of ...

  7. Haverstraw Landslide Remembered: 19 Lives Lost

    Haverstraw Landslide Remembered: 19 Lives Lost

    HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. -- This month, the village of Haverstraw is commemorating the 112th anniversary of the Haverstraw Landslide.Nineteen people, including four firefighters, lost their lives in the tragedy, which occurred on Jan. 8. Clay that was being excavated for brick use under a 100-foot embankment slipped out, destroying the Rockland Street business section and homes from Liberty to ...

  8. New York To Explore Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

    New York To Explore Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

    New York is taking the next step toward legalizing recreational marijuana use.In his budget presentation Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a study to determine the impact legalizing recreational marijuana in neighboring states like Massachusetts, Vermont and possibly New Jersey would have in New York.Cuomo also wants the state to look at the impact it would have on New York if it ...

  9. Increased State Aid Could Lead To Full Day Kindergarten At North Rockland

    Increased State Aid Could Lead To Full Day Kindergarten At North Rockland

    HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. -- Could full-day kindergarten be finally coming to North Rockland?Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget would increase state aid to districts who adopt full-day kindergarten. The North Rockland school district is one of five districts in the state that does not offer full-day kindergarten.Cuomo's proposal would offer funding the first year and then the state would cover ...

  10. Rockland Legislature Approves Funding For New Animal Shelter

    Rockland Legislature Approves Funding For New Animal Shelter

    ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Rockland is getting a new animal shelter.County legislators authorized financing for a new animal shelter to house homeless, abandoned and found animals. The Hi-Tor Animal Care Center,  run by the non-profit Hi-Tor organization, is currently housed in a building legislators said was outdated and cramped.The new $2.05 million shelter will be built on the same ...

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