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The entrance of the former Peekskill High School when it was on Ringgold Street where the Middle School is now.

New Era Creative Space receives grant

The Hudson Gateway REALTOR® Foundation, the charitable arm of the Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS®, recently presented a check for $1,100 to New Era Creative Space in Peekskill.

Pictured at the check presentation, from left, Vlora Sejdi and Carol Christiansen, HG Realtor Foundation; Ridvan Idara, New Era Creative Space, Robin Ham and Kimra Pierre, HG Realtor Foundation.

New Era Creative Space brings community leaders, educators, artists, activists, scientists, parents, and students together to develop creative educational programs that form an ongoing cycle of generational empowerment. The organization offers performing and visual arts, leadership and empowerment, wellness, therapeutic, and other programming for young people ages 5 to 18.

Last year, New Era Creative Space offered 52 programs to over 600 local children and youth and provided $120,00 in scholarships, discounts, and subsidies.

For more information or to apply for funding from the Hudson Gateway REALTOR® Foundation, please visit

Hudson Valley unemployment rises to 3.5 percent from 2.6 percent a year ago

The October 2023 unemployment rate for the Hudson Valley Region is 3.5 percent, up from 3.2 percent in September 2023 and up from 2.6 percent in October 2022.

In October 2023, there were 41,400 unemployed in the region, up from 37,800 in September 2023 and up from 30,700 in October 2022. Year-over-year in October 2023, labor force increased by 20,600 or 1.8 percent, to 1,187,000.

The Hudson Valley Region’s October 2023 unemployment rate (3.5 percent) is tied with the Central New York and the Finger Lakes Regions for the third lowest rate among the 10 labor market regions in New York State. The Capital Region (3.2 percent) recorded the lowest rate.

Kids of all ages paint pumpkins in Peekskill

The City of Peekskill Parks and Recreation Department and the Peekskill Business Improvement District held its Annual Halloween Pumpkin Design last month on North Division Street.

A great turnout was had as kids of all ages painted their pumpkins while also enjoying a magic show.

Calling all Peekskill Alumni

The Peekskill City School District is looking for Peekskill High School alumni to share their favorite memories and stories of success with the Peekskill Schools community. These features will be posted throughout a yearlong centennial celebration that recognizes 100 years of the Peekskill School District. Please complete the form below to submit your story for our next, “Where Are They Now” feature. Alumni features will be highlighted on district websites, social media accounts and newsletters. Click here to register

A group of Peekskill High School Alumni from the Class of 1964 gathered and shared stories on October 28 at Taormina Restaurant to mark their 59th reunion.

Barbara Katz reports that this is a tradition that was borne the weekend of October 24-26, 2014, when approximately 100 graduates and spouses/partners came back to Peekskill to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their graduation from high school.  That, in itself, is a commemorative event, but to continue this celebration each year is remarkable.

“When we were in our teens, we could not wait to ‘get out of town’,  but 50 years later, we could not wait to return.  There is something special about growing up in a small town, Peekskill, specifically, regardless of what the present students may think. Friendship are made, bonds that cannot be broken.  Memories are forever.

For the past nine years, a core group of graduates has returned to reminisce.  Most live in the area but there are those who will not let distance dictate attendance.  Toni Alterio Jablonski plans her to annual trips to Florida only after the reunion date has been confirmed; Michael Lapping has just moved to Florida but returned especially for Reunion 59. Jackie Lent Lapolla represents Georgia.  Fran Cattuti drives down from Massachusetts.

Class of 1964
Top row – John Burke, Barbara Katz, Raymond Berry, Evelyn Jessup Cannon, Toni Alterio Jablonski, Michael Lapping
Seated – Fran Cattuti, Jackie Lent Lapolla, Margaret Holmes Renzi, Vincent Burruano, Anna Renzi Macrae, Mike Santos

As we welcome 2024, the 60th anniversary of the Class of 1964 awaits. 60 years is a great milestone.  It will be hard to replicate its 50th celebration as ten years have passed and distance maybe a factor, as well as physical challenges and venue choices.  It may be a challenge to coordinate such a special occasion but we are Peekskill strong.”

There is also a special bond between PHS classes.  This most recent group included graduates from the Classes of 1961, 1965, and 1966.  All are always welcome.  The more conversation the merrier.






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About the Contributor
Jim Roberts
Jim Roberts has been in this business for more than 35 years (hard to believe) and still learning every day. A third-generation Peekskill resident, he started as a lowly researcher at the Westchester Business Journal in 1986 and learned how to be a reporter from many veterans in the field. He’s worked in private companies, Connecticut state government and wrote for the Co-op City Times for 10 years before retiring from full-time work in 2019. Roberts wants to contribute to building the Herald into a news website for residents who care about what’s happening in Peekskill.