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Sleepy Hollow Makes Headlines in 2011

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – 2011 was a busy year for the village of Sleepy Hollow from unusual weather to the possibility that the U.S. Postal Service would close its Sleepy Hollow branch.

The Daily Sleepy Hollow has compiled a list of the year's top 10 stories from 2011.

Residents couldn't believe it when the U.S. Postal Service announced it had put the Sleepy Hollow Post Office on a list of branches being considered for possible closure.

Parents were outraged after school officials told them that the school district was expecting to receive a “District in Need of Improvement” rating .

Gillette officials released the results of a soil investigation after it tested about 2,000 samples near the former battery plant. About 146 properties will need to have their soil remediated in some way.

Sleepy Hollow trustees approved a special permit for the General Motors site, paving the way for a new real estate development that is estimated to bring in about 3,000 more residents.

Sleepy Hollow's approval of the GM special permit caused Tarrytown to file a lawsuit against the village.

Sleepy Hollow settled a lawsuit with police detective Jose Quinoy and accepted his resignation after a series of incidents and a federal trial led to disciplinary charges being filed.

Hurricane Irene caused power outages and tree damage across the village in August.

The Tappan Zee Bridge made several headlines in 2011, such as transportation officials outlined a new, scaled-down Tappan Zee Bridge to replace the decades-old bridge spanning the Hudson River and a Rockland County resident used the bridge to help him protest a politician .

A Halloween nor'easter downed power lines and trees across the village as well as causing the village to cancel several events.

Sleepy Hollow trustees began to completely overhaul the village code in 2011, proposing several changes such as eliminating the Architectural Review Board .

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