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Martial Arts Connection in Briarcliff, Ardsley Tops This Week’s News

Catch up on this week's top headlines.

Master Chris Berlow, left, and Master Vinny Bellantoni. / Photo credit: Michael Nocella
Master Chris Berlow, left, and Master Vinny Bellantoni. / Photo credit: Michael Nocella

Were you so busy this week that you missed some top news in and around Dobbs Ferry, Irvington and Hastings-on-Hudson? Don’t worry, we’re here to make sure you don’t miss it twice.

Here are some of this week’s more notable headlines:

1. Briarcliff Martial Arts Student Becomes the Master in Ardsley: Twenty years ago, martial arts Master Chris Berlow met 8-year old Vinny Bellantoni and knew, “by the time he was a green belt,” that he was something special. Both now martial arts masters, Berlow and Bellantoni operate United Martial Arts Centers (UMAC) schools in Westchester County. Berlow is the master of the UMAC school in Briarcliff Manor. He gave Bellantoni the keys to the newest UMAC school, located at 15 Center Street, Ardsley, in September 2013. 

2. Brothers to Launch Bartending Mobile App: Three brothers from Dobbs Ferry are launching a mobile app that could help people around the world insure they spend Happy Hour with a good bartender. Brian, Kevin and Frankie Farrington officially launched the app "ServEm" at 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at DoubleDays Bar. 

3. It's Pothole Season in the Rivertowns: The tug of war between warmer days and well below freezing temperatures throughout winter has officially commenced pothole season in Dobbs Ferry, Irvington and Hastings-on-Hudson. Have you -- and your car -- noticed? Let us know where the worst potholes in town are. 

4. Police: Irvington Man Reports Gold Necklace Stolen in Sauna: A 32-year old Irvington man recently reported a stolen gold necklace after he noticed it was gone upon leaving the sauna at the New York Sports Club in Dobbs Ferry, police said. 

5. Two Arrested in Greenburgh with 800 Grams of Coke, Three Pounds of Pot: New York State Police arrested two men last week on the Sprain Brook Parkway in Greenburgh after discovering 800 grams of rock cocaine and three pounds of marijuana in their car. 

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