Pelham NY: A Community of Homes

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Evening Fun

New Rochelle Arts Fest kicks off w Fazzino Gallery Opening 6 to 9 pm.

Bartow Pell Mansion Museum Cocktail Party.

Colonial School Back-to-School picnic @ Prospect Hill.

Have an Awesome autumn.

Sunday, September 18, 2016


Friday, September 16, 2016

Fast Friday

Extra, Extra Read All About It
Click links below for stories and pixx

Manor burglary arrest scoop from News of Pelham newspaper

Free outdoor Tarrytown concert tonight. Dad of Pelham in the band

Picture That: Exclusive Society Snaps of last Friday's Pelham Art Center and BelleVie Yoga openings

Fall falls Thursday

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Sunday, September 11, 2016


September 11, 2016

Pelham Remembers those who lost their lives 15 years ago. In remembrance, the Town, Police and Fire Departments and American Legion Post 50 will be holding ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. today at the Pelham 9/11 Memorial near the RR.

At 6:00 p.m. there will be a Candlelight Vigil and Prayer Service organized by the Pelham Interfaith Council.

Matriarch has opened the lot at 101 Wolfs Lane (next to Rockwells) for parking for those attending the ceremonies.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016


Rock bands, not streetcars.

Some are Stellar. Others are Stella (and Blue).

Stella Blue's band will be at Yonkers Riverfest Saturday at 4:45:

Stellar Wolfs are working on a few things and will self-announce their next gig.

New banner went up over the holiday weekend at 101 Wolf's Lane.
Let us know if you like it, please.


Saturday, September 03, 2016


Pelham Pelicans Crush Competition 38-0!

The boys were stupendous and the cheer squad magnificent as The Pelham Memorial High School Varsity Football team pounded Palisades Prep last night at Glover Field. What a spectacular performance! The stands were overflowing and the Pelham Booster Club was fieldside supporting our Pelicans!

Happy Labor Day. Big shoutout to our-on-the job Police and Fire Departments, the DPW crews and office staffs of the town, villages and Board of Ed. Find the Departments on social media: Like and Follow them.

Buy American-Made and support the home team.

Have an Awesome Autumn.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

School Tax Bills in The Mail

School Tax Bills are Here

The bills have been mailed out for school taxes. The town-wide rate is $19.3202 per $1,000 of assessed value for homestead properties. For non-homestead properties, the rate is $26.3736. Last year, the rates were $20.0368 and $27.1637 respectively.

Will your bill be lower than last year? Your bill may increase because your assessment increased, compared to the prior assessment year. (Incidentally, only 90 tax grievances were filed this year, the fewest on record.)

What about the School Tax ("STAR") Exemption? The exemption amount for basic STAR is $1,705 for homesteaders and for non-homesteaders (e.g. co-op owners) it is $2,293. The enhanced STAR (only for 65-year-olds or older with limited incomes) are $3,415 and $4,594, respectively.

"New" STAR, which applies to property owners who took ownership after 5/1/2015, has the same monetary benefit amounts, but instead of a credit on your Pelham bills, you may be eligible to receive a STAR check from Albany. However, you must register online at or by calling 1-518-457-2036.

Note that if your income exceeds $500,000, you are not eligible for STAR.

Friday, July 17, 2015

News of Pelham

Weekend Update, Friday July 17, 2015 #PelhamNY @NewsOfPelham
          Our newspaper with familiar Back to School news and photos drops September 7, 2015. Visit Print ad reservation discount ends Wednesday, July 22. To reserve, visit IT'S FREE TO RESERVE AND LOCK IN THE DISCOUNT!
          Some DoPs and MoPs will be richer tonight than they were this morning. OOMA's IPO drops today on NYSE.
          Next week is motion submission in a Supreme Court suit against a Pelham Real Estate Broker. You may sign up for updates on the case via eTrack at the link.
          But wait, there's more . . . let take care of your calendars. Watch your email Sunday for This Week in Pelham. Missed yesterday's tipsheet from Burbio? Join at Here's a screenshot of yesterday's deals.
          Hard to believe, but we've had 31,523 pageviews! Gotta be true -- Google says so. (We've been posting for almost a decade.)
          Kindly consider joining Pelham's Best. Help us get to 500 members and VOTE for Pelham's Best Bank and Pelham's Best Pizza.
          Finally, DoPs has been buzzing with comments about the proposed new Pelham Manor shopping center across from BJs. One DoP, a veteran commercial real estate broker from town, was quite circumspect in posting
"There is no plan, just BS.
The numbers, the site work, the DEC, the stupid zoning change, the threat of condemnation do not make sense for retail, especially a home improvement / garden center. UPS, Fedex, and Pepsi all wanted the site -- but the rocket scientist previous board members were foolish.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Safe and Sound Pelham Village Fire Department

Annual Checkup Pelham Village Fire Department Ladder 2

Went to park at Kravitz Realtors this morning. Giant erection on Village of Pelham fire truck parked in Lot 7. Friendly man explained he was doing annual safety check on equipment. Good to know Pelham's Bravest are taking care.

Watch short video of test in progress and feel free to "Like" on Facebook.feeling safe.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

101 Grievances and Pelham's Best Kept Secret

Yesterday, June 17, 2014, was "Grievance Day" in The Town of Pelham. It's the day when property owners filed papers and came to argue, protesting their proposed assessments for the next tax year.
When the proposed assessments are published early in June, owners may file a complaint that their assessments are too high. The complaints are heard by the Town's Board of Assessment Review, which meets every year in Town Hall at 34 Fifth Avenue. Grievance Day always falls on the third Tuesday in June.
This year, only 101 Grievances were filed by property owners. The number of Grievances filed was lower than last year, when reportedly 110 Grievances were filed.

For the first time in several years, residential assessments were increased, because the Assessor believed that home values increased in comparison to last year. Many commercial property owners file Grievances every year, and they often receive reductions when their cases are appealed to Court with a Certiorari Petition.

At this time, it isn't known how many of the Grievances filed yesterday were for commercial property and how many were for residential property.

But the fact that the total number of Grievances only was 101 suggests that most property owners here in Pelham were satisfied with their proposed assessments and did not file a formal protest.

When it comes to real estate taxes, it's Pelham's best kept secret that at two of the Condominiums in town, taxes are extremely low. That's because of a loophole in the tax law: While new Condos are taxed at full market value (the same way taxes are calculated on homes) converted Condos are taxed differently. The tax formula is based upon their value as rental properties, because the converted Condos originally had been investment properties that were rented to tenants by landlords.
Here's a link to a 1997 New York Times article reporting on "Pelham Manor's Last Rental Conversion." It's about The Fairways Condominium, which is near The Pelham Country Club on Wynnewood Road. The other converted Condo in Pelham is Witherbee Court, across the street from The Fairways.
We have a 1-Bedroom apartment at The Fairways for sale priced under $200,000, with annual taxes of approximately $2,692. And that's before a STAR (School Tax) reduction, which effectively wipes out the school tax bill of $1,734 (last year's bill), leaving a STAR-qualified owner with an annual tax bill of {drum roll} approximately $1,000.00. For details, contact your REALTOR, or just click here and then click the blue 7-digit "MLS" number.

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