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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 Pleasantville and Briarcliff Manor? 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. 105-Ten Restaurant Now Open in Briarcliff: The much anticipated opening of 105-Ten Bar & Grill in Briarcliff Manor is finally here. The restaurant, which serves an American and modern menu, is located at 127 Woodside Avenue, and of course, falls in the 10510 zip code. Check back with Patch for a full feature on the restaurant next week. 

3. Pleasantville Schools Plan Through 2026: What will Pleasantville Schools do to prepare the Class of 2026, this year’s kindergarten class, for their future? To be in a position to respond, the Board of Education established an overarching goal for the 2013-2014 school year: the development of a Five Year Strategic Plan that will provide a framework for District decision-making to meet the future needs of its students in all areas. 

4. Briarcliff Schools to Hold Special Community Bond Vote Jan. 21: The vote, which is to get the community’s approval for to address mandatory field work and asbestos removal, will be held at Todd Elementary School from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. 

5. Briarcliff Middle School Officially Unveils ‘21st Century’ Music Lab: School officials, teachers and several excited young composers and musicians showed off the new learning space with an official ribbon-cutting on Monday, Jan. 13. 

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