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Westchester News In Brief, August, 2014

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What we’ve heard, what we’re talking about, and what we’re anticipating this month—in no .particular order

1) Good news/bad news: New York ranks No. 1 in the US when it comes to impaired- and distracted-driving laws, reports social site WalletHub…but we’re 34th-best when it comes to car-repair costs, and our roads are 42nd-best in quality. (Womp.) 

2) A HUD grant of $517,159 awarded to the City of Yonkers will preserve more than 350 transitional-housing beds for homeless families, and allow for a program that will fast-track the movement of homeless people from shelters into their own homes.

3) Habitually ogle the goods in the harbor? “Own” a boat for a day (or a few weeks) via GetMyBoat, a peer-to-peer rental start-up à la AirBnB. Browse the site or app for 13,000 privately owned boats in 1,400 cities, then show up like you own the place. 

4) Broken: ground on Harbor Square, the $65-million mixed-use development that is a centerpiece of the Village of Ossining’s ongoing waterfront and downtown revitalization plans.

5) Rising high-school senior Yunchao Le of Scarsdale (via China) was a winner of the 16th Congressional District Art Contest. His work will hang in the Capitol gallery, with other winners from across the US. 

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