Farmer’s Markets Summer Season Openings!

Tarrytown: 05/24 – 11/22
Market open Saturdays, 8:30AM – 1:00PM
Tarrytown, NY • Patriots Park on N. Broadway (Rt. 9)

Irvington
Market opens Wednesday JUNE 4th  3:30-7:30
Main Street School Parking lot • 110 Main Street

Hastings-on-Hudson
Summer Market Resumes SATURDAY JUNE 7th!

Dobbs Ferry
Summer Market Resumes FRIDAY JUNE 6th
Cedar St. in Dobbs Ferry

Sleepy Hollow
Thursdays, beginning June 12 from 11am – 3pm (thru October)
Farmers’ Market at Phelps
Northeast parking lot directly across from 755 Medical Arts Building, Phelps Hospital campus.

And more…

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Just Listed! 1 Shady Lane Irvington, NY

Magical 1879 Victorian farmhouse is set serenely on .77 acres of park-like property on a quiet private lane. The home has been renovated for today’s needs while retaining the exquisite architectural details of moldings, wainscoting, beautiful millwork and original wide plank honey pine floors found throughout. The home offers a cozy living room with wood-burning fireplace and formal dining room. The bright eat-in country kitchen is appointed with custom cabinetry, butcher block counters, bead board wainscoting, and stainless steel appliances with doors to the patio overlooking the lush landscaping and vegetable garden in the expansive and private grounds. The second floor boasts the master bedroom suite with vaulted ceiling, built-ins and updated master bath, two additional bedrooms and full hall bath. Enchanting 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home is close to all village schools, Main St. and Metro North. Old world charm and tranquil country surroundings that is rarely found! Listed for $999,000

What Home Projects Should You Do Yourself?

Doing maintenance jobs yourself can be a smart way to save money, but choose the right DIY projects or you’ll end up paying dearly.

Why pay someone to do something you can do yourself? Because sometimes doing it yourself costs more than it saves.

More than 100,000 people injure themselves each year doing home improvement jobs. So add medical bills to your DIY budget, and you ending up spending the same, or more, than if you hired a pro.

We’re not suggesting that you call a plumber each time you need to plunge a toilet. But think twice about what DIY might really cost you. Here’s how to decide.

Stick to routine maintenance for savings and safety

Seasonal home maintenance is ideal work for the weekend warrior because you can tackle these jobs when your schedule permits. Because these are routine maintenance projects, your savings will add up. Mowing your own lawn, for example, saves $55 to $65 a week for a half-acre lawn. The bigger the lot, the bigger the savings: with two acres, you’ll pocket around $150 per week.

When it pays:

  • Snow removal
  • Pruning shrubs
  • Washing windows (be careful on that ladder)
  • Sealing decks
  • Painting fences
  • Fertilizing lawns
  • Replacing air conditioner filters
  • Cleaning gutters

When it costs: Unless you have skill and experience on your side, stay off any ladder taller than six feet; according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, emergency rooms are filled with people with ladder injuries. The same goes for operating power saws or attempting any major electrical work—it’s simply too risky if you don’t have the experience.

Become your own general contractor

If you’re more comfortable operating an iPhone than a circular saw, you could act as your own general contractor on some home improvement projects. That means you hire, schedule, and pay the carpenters, plumbers, and other tradesmen yourself. You’ll save 10% to 20% of the job cost, which is the contractor’s typical fee.

When it pays: If it’s a small job that requires only two or three subcontractors, and you have good relationships with top-quality professionals in those fields, consider DIY contracting.

When it costs: When you don’t have an established network of reliable workers, time to supervise, construction experience to spot problems, and the skill to negotiate disputes between subcontractors, your project and budget are at risk.

Invest sweat equity on big jobs

Contribute your own labor to big jobs being handled by a professional crew and cut hundreds, even thousands, off construction costs. For instance, tear out kitchen cabinets and appliances before the contractor gets started, and you might knock $800 off the cost of your remodel. Make sure you negotiate cost savings with your contractor before pitching in.

When it pays: Jobs that are labor-intensive but require relatively little skill make perfect sweat equity jobs. Perform minor interior demolition, such as pulling up old flooring, daily job site cleanup, product assembly, and simple landscaping.

When it costs: If you get in the crew’s way, you may slow them down far more than you help. Make your contributions when the workers aren’t around; mornings before they arrive, or nights and weekends after they’ve left.

Add finishing touches

Unlike the early phases of a construction job–which require skilled labor to frame walls, install plumbing pipes, and run wires–many finishing touches are comparatively simple and DIY-friendly. If you paint a basement remodel yourself, for instance, you can save up to $1,800.

When it pays: If you have skill, patience, or an experienced friend to teach you, setting tile, laying flooring, painting walls, and installing trim are good DIY jobs.

When it costs: The downside to attempting your own finish work is that the results are very visible. Hammer dents in woodwork, or sander ruts in hardwood floors will annoy you every time you see them. So unless you have a sure eye and a steady hand, don’t perform the tasks that only a skilled tradesperson will get right.

Courtesy of: Oliver Marks

 

Annual School Budget Votes TODAY, Tuesday 5/20-Information

Local School District Voting times, locations and websites for more info.:

IRVINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT: 
Main Street School, 101 Main Street
7:00am – 9:00pm
http://www.irvingtonschools.org

DOBBS FERRY SCHOOL DISTRICT:
7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Dobbs Ferry High School Gymnasium
http://www.dfsd.org

HASTINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT:
7 AM to 9 PM
Cochran Gym of Hastings High School
http://www.hohschools.org/

TARRYTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT:
7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Tarrytown residents vote at Washington Irving School
Sleepy Hollow residents vote at WL Morse School

http://www.tufsd.org/

ARDSLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT:
6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
High School Building
http://www.ardsleyschools.org

GREENBURGH CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT:
7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Woodlands Middle/High School
http://www.greenburghcsd.org/

Harvard: 5 Financial Reason to Buy a Home

Eric Belsky is Managing Director of the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University. He also currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Housing Research and Housing Policy Debate. Last year he released a paper on homeownership – The Dream Lives On: the Future of Homeownership in America. In his paper, Belsky reveals five financial reasons people should consider buying a home.

Here are the five reasons, each followed by an excerpt from the study:

1.) Housing is typically the one leveraged investment available. 

“Few households are interested in borrowing money to buy stocks and bonds and few lenders are willing to lend them the money. As a result, homeownership allows households to amplify any appreciation on the value of their homes by a leverage factor. Even a hefty 20 percent down payment results in a leverage factor of five so that every percentage point rise in the value of the home is a 5 percent return on their equity. With many buyers putting 10 percent or less down, their leverage factor is 10 or more.”

2.) You’re paying for housing whether you own or rent.
“Homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord.”

3.) Owning is usually a form of “forced savings”.
“Since many people have trouble saving and have to make a housing payment one way or the other, owning a home can overcome people’s tendency to defer savings to another day.”

4.) There are substantial tax benefits to owning.
“Homeowners are able to deduct mortgage interest and property taxes from income…On top of all this, capital gains up to $250,000 are excluded from income for single filers and up to $500,000 for married couples if they sell their homes for a gain.”

5.) Owning is a hedge against inflation.
“Housing costs and rents have tended over most time periods to go up at or higher than the rate of inflation, making owning an attractive proposition.”

Bottom Line

We realize that homeownership makes sense for many Americans for many social and family reasons. It also makes sense financially.

-Courtesy of Keeping Current Matters

Irvington Recreation and Parks Department Registration for Activities, Classes, Camp & More!

Registration continues for: 
Kidicorner I Wednesdays, 9:35am-10:20am Up to 21 months old 
Kidicorner II Wednesdays, 10:35am-11:35am 21 months & older 
Music with Marc Thursdays, 9:15am-10:00am Toddlers 
Irvington Woods Explorers Thursdays, 3:30pm-4:45pm Kindergarten-Second Grade 

Registration begins Wednesday, June 4th for: 
Distance Running and Track Clinic June 30 – July 11 3:30-5:30pm 
Village Resident $100.00 School District $120.00 Non-Resident $140.00 
Family Kayaking Saturday, July 12 3:00pm-5:00pm or August 9 1:00pm-3:00pm 
Parent and Child: Village Resident $70.00 School District $90.00 Non-Resident $110.00 
Sunset Paddle Wednesday, July 16 or Thursday, July 24 6:30pm-8:30pm 
Adult (18 and older): Village Resident $60.00 School District $70.00 Non-Resident $80.00 

EARLY BIRD registration continues for Irvington Day Camp Saturdays, May 10, 10:30am-12:30pm 

For complete information, email Maureen at mdepaoli@irvingtonny.gov.

The Center for Discovery Online Auction OPEN NOW!

CenterForDiscoveryFor those of you who are not attending The Center for Discovery event next week the online auction is a great way to get involved.

The Center for Discovery brings to life a vision that is based on the belief that no disability is so great as to prevent an individual from flourishing.  It provides a rare opportunity for children and adults with severe disabilities, medical frailties and autism spectrum disorders to reach as high as they possibly can.  Its spring benefit AN EVENING OF DISCOVERY 2014 will be held at Chelsea Piers on May 13, but the online auction is open now!  You can be part of this event, support this worthy charity and have a chance to win fabulous items without even venturing from your computer.

Unique vacation destinations, fabulous jewelry, handbags, sports and entertainment tickets, sports memorabilia and other collectibles, once-in-a-lifetime meet and greet opportunities, home goods and electronics are just some of the incredible items the auction has to offer.  Click on “View All Auction Items” below to see for yourself.

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