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Week in Review: Jan. 10 - Jan. 17

A missing Katonah student, burglaries, Reader's Digest and a poetic supper among this week's events.

Here is a recap of some of the events that happened within the past week:

Tuesday's deadly earthquake in Haiti not only had an impact globally, but one with local repercussions, as Katonah resident and Lynn University student Stephanie Crispinelli has been presumed missing since that day. She was there on a school trip.

At home, Mount Kisco was hit with two burglaries in a week. One was at Chuchill's and the other was at Ben & Jerry's. Chief Steven Anderson said that they may be linked, according to The Journal News. No updates have been given since the announcement.

The Chappaqua Central School District has begun talking about its school budget for 2010-11. While projections were cautioned due to the predictability of state aid, the district believes there will be a 5.2 percent increase next year, followed by a 5.9 percent increase for the 2011-12 school year.

A group of new officials were sworn in for the police and fire departments in Mount Kisco. These included a new fire commissioner, two firefighters and a new police officer. 

The Kisco #708 Masonic Lodge celebrated the life of 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns Saturday with a sold-out audience. Featured were haggis, dancing, bagpipes and more. 

The owners of the Reader's Digest site did a recap of their Chappaqua Crossing plans in front of a realtor group's event in White Plains. They included updates on the current status of the plan. Reader's Digest, which has plans to exit Chappaqua, just won approval for its bankruptcy plan and is expected to exit from bankruptcy at the end of this month.  

Controversy swirls around the police and fire departments in New Castle. Town officials announced that they will pay the legal bill of a retired police officer who was sued by the state for defrauding the its pension system. The suit against the officer, Lt. John Vize, was dropped.

Also, The Journal News reports about conflict of interest allegations between New Castle fire commissioners and their wives who have jobs as part of New Castle Fire District 1. Both responded to the allegations. Nancy Zezze, whose husband Barry Zezze is chairman, has a job as secretary that predates his tenure. Angela Oliveri,  whose husband, Anthony Oliveri, is a commissioner, has been acting treasurer since she took over for her predecssor, Andrew Scheer, who died last June. Before that she was a volunteer.

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