Welcome Latoya Beckford to the Source Team

Latoya’s motto is “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”  She is a self-starter with a keen passion for real estate. Laytoya has worked in the home design field in sales and marketing; she is a natural closer who loves to negotiate.  Latoya will be an asset to any buyer or seller looking for that perfect deal. Well versed in relocation, she takes great pleasure in helping buyers find their home sweet home.  Latoya is warm, compassionate and positive; she practices the Zen principles.

As a Caribbean native and former Bronx resident, Latoya moved to Ossining as the single mother of two children to pursue the American dream to own her own home. She bought a fixer upper and is self-taught at home repair. She’s not afraid to pick up a hammer or drill and is now an accomplished carpenter.

Latoya loves the outdoors. Whether it’s gardening or exploring Westchester’s many parks with her children, Latoya will be delighted to be your tour guide and help you move on to the next step in your life.

Mobile: 914.514.0601

latoya.beckford@raveis.com

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Welcome Scott Goldman to the Source Team

Whether as the VP of Sales for an educational publishing company or selling real estate for a top NYC brokerage, Scott has found tremendous fulfillment in his lifelong career as a sales professional.

As a former Manhattanite who moved to Westchester County 20 years ago, Scott knows first-hand how both challenging and gratifying it is making the move from a city to a suburban/country setting. Whether moving long-distance or locally, there is so much that goes into the decision, not the least of which is finding someone you can truly trust and rely on to assist you with finding the right home and community for your family.

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Scott enjoys his work and works tirelessly for his clients. He’s a strong communicator and negotiator, and an active listener who will understand your unique preferences and hopes.

Scott has long-standing ties in Northern Westchester, where area animal lovers and pet owners are familiar with his labor of love – Dancing Paws Pet Care Service. As an avid animal person, Scott was unhappy with the level of care his own pets received and started offering pet care services to others in his spare time. Now an area “go to”, he enjoys a stellar reputation in the community. Scott and his wife, Debbie recently purchased a home in Croton on Hudson, where he indulges in his other interests, which include creative writing, spirituality, archival baseball and music collecting. His greatest joy is his 9 year old daughter, who keeps him busy with school events, Little League, Girl Scouts, dance, camp and a constant curiosity about nature, which is abundant around her.

If you are contemplating a move, feel free to get in touch with Scott. It will be Scott’s privilege to help guide you through the process of buying and/or selling every step of the way.

MOBILE: 914.417.7048

SCOTT.GOLDMAN@RAVEIS.COM

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THE GREAT JACK O' LANTERN BLAZE

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Van Cortlandt Manor | Croton-on-Hudson, NY | September 28 - November 24

Meander through an 18th-century landscape and discover a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns—all designed and hand-carved on site by our team of artisans! Witness a windmill go round and round (with pumpkins all around). Visit our brand new medieval castle and listen for the who-whooo… a flock of jack o’lantern owls is standing guard! Star cross your selfie game with Instagrammable-scale signs of the zodiac.

Stroll across the Pumpkin Zee Bridge, watch our Pumpkin Carousel twirl, gaze in wonder at swimming aquatic creatures and a giant Sea Serpent. Get mesmerized by a color-changing star show in the Pumpkin Planetarium. Discover an awe-inspiring jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty rising to the sky!

Complete with synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack, this innovative spectacle is not-to-be-missed!

525 S Riverside Ave., Croton on Hudson


Invasive Plants in our Backyards

THE SOURCE FOR THIS VALUABLE INFO IS COURTESY OF

MY NEIGHBOR AARON BALLENSON

 

The past few years have seen exponential growth in invasive species in our area. This year has been no exception. Japanese Stilt Grass (JSG), an extremely fast-spreading grass from Asia, has been rapidly expanding in our area for several years now. It was first noted in the Americas in the 1800's, and was thought to have made it here as a form of packing material from overseas shipments. The best time to help reduce its spread is by killing it at the end of the summer (end of Aug/beginning of Sept) just prior to its seed phase. At this stage of it's growth, it gets taller than most of its neighboring plant life and sprouts seed stalks. The seeds are clearly visible at the end of these. It is ideal to cut or pull them just prior to the seeds emerging, as it will not give the plant enough time to grow back and seed again before the weather turns colder. It is best to cull growth from the outer edges of an infestation in. Attached is are two photos of it - one of the leaves, the other of the flower/seed bloom. Due to the sizes of most of our properties, and the extent of its growth, it is easiest to weed-wack it, as hand pulling it on most of our properties is not realistic. Also bear in mind it can take UP TO SEVEN YEARS for the seeds to die off on this plant, so you will need to keep killing it in the same places over the coming years to further prevent its spread. It is an annual though, so if you keep at it there is hope. Left unchecked, this stuff will take over your lawn.

Another invasive I noticed for the first time on my property this year is Black Swallowort. This is a vine like plant that grows along the ground and has seed pods looking like string beans almost. Attached are 2 pictures of that as well. These must be hand pulled, because if you use a weed wacker on them, the seed pods will explode and further propagate the plant. After pulling them they should be put in a bag and thrown out that way, to prevent them spreading to other areas via garbage truck.

Lastly, Japanese Barberry seems to be everywhere around us now. This was originally brought to America as an ornamental, but it too spreads on its own very rapidly. I'm sure you've seen it all over the place. This bush can be more difficult to remove than the other species I mentioned since it is covered in thorns and its roots are VERY deep. I find cutting them to the main stem, then pulling the main stem out with a pickaxe works best. You must get the roots or it can grow back. In addition to crowding out local flora, mice love to hide in them because of the thorny barrier they provide. Mice are one of the best vectors for ticks, so oftentimes you will find increased tick presence around these shrubs as well.

I know nobody likes weeding, and to add more to the list is certainly not what anyone wants, but it is important because these species out-compete native flora and crowd it out. Deer also show no interest in any of them, so they do not help in cropping it back either - which leaves it up to us!


BLACK ROCK KITCHEN JUST OPENED IN CROTON ON HUDSON

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GRAND OPENING WAS TONIGHT

 

Location:
171 Grand Street
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520


Hours:
Mon Wed & Thu
5 pm – Whenever (kitchen 10pm)

Fri – Sat
5 pm – Whenever (kitchen 12am)

Sunday
11 am - 9 pm

Closed TuesdayS

 

Chef Erick Kupferbrg, formerly of Tagine has cultivated quite the following and locals are looking forward to seeing what delicious creations he will come up with. The charming decor has a contemporary rustic vibe which includes a fireplace and back and white photos of Croton's outdoor hot spots. Partner Dave Wenzel will be there to greet you at the door. Former location of Justin Thyme Cafe.


New Listings

SPECTACULAR CROTON RESERVOIR VIEWS

WILL BE ON MARKET BY END OF SEPTEMBER

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HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO OPEN A BED AND BREAKFAST?

SQUIRE HOUSE ON MARKET FOR $965K.
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ON LAKE WOODROCK

1 BROOK LANE IN CORTLANDT MANOR IS NEW TO MARKET FOR $848K
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ENJOY YOUR LABOR DAY WEEKEND!
JEAN AND THE SOURCE TEAM


Star Gazing at Croton Landing

Saturday, July 14, 9:30 to 10:30 PM
at The Big Field at Croton Landing Park

Summer nights are a great time to look to the skies! This Saturday is especially exciting. We have a chance to see five of our solar system's planets stretched across Croton's sky at the same time. Come on out to The Big Field at Croton Landing as night falls to join local astronomy writer and dark sky advocate Scott Levine. Scott will be our sky guide as he points out our nearest planetary neighbors and shows us some of the summer constellations that we can see with just the naked eye. Or just come to enjoy a dark and quiet night under starry skies. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and your love of the sky.

This is a free event, open to the public, come and go as you please. If the skies are too cloudy, this event may need to be cancelled without notice.

This is the second in a series of events meant to raise awareness within the Croton community about the importance of dark skies and the detrimental effects of light pollution. Keep watching for information from the CCAC about more dark sky events.

Sponsored by the Croton Conservation Advisory Council.


ON THE MOOSE!

A moose — or more than one moose — has been making its way around Westchester County. 

 Moose on the loose was seen by my client,               Eric Stromsvold

Moose on the loose was seen by my client,               Eric Stromsvold

 

Eric Stromsvold was driving Wednesday with his 5-year-old son Benjamin near the late author John Cheever’s former house on Cedar Lane in Ossining and, as he turned a bend in the road, there was a moose. Lohud 6/28/2018

This has been the topic of conversation on TANN, Teatown' Area Neighborhood Network.  One neighbor posted a photo of feces while walking on a trail, and people chimed in from Maine to Virginia. The consensus was it came from a moose. 


Looking for that perfect home? This could be the one!

Single Family Home $1,548,000

Have you been searching the Internet for that perfect home? This interactive presentation has been made available by the listing agent to help you get a feel for this property and help you determine if this home could be the one! Enjoy the presentation.

When you've completed the tour, feel free to contact your Realtor with any questions or to arrange a showing. More information HERE.

 

Contact

Jean Cameron-Smith
William Raveis Luxury Properties
Mobile: +1 914-645-7157