Monday, May 16th

Cheesery Owner Passes Away

This just in from a reader:  Clifford Anthony Hall, of Hartsdale, New York, born May 10, 1956 in the Bronx, New York, died May 4, 2010 at Schnurmacher Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in White Plains, New York after a long illness. Survived by his wife of 30 years, Patricia (Keary), and beloved father of Christopher Andrew and Michael Clifford. Survived by his parents, Stephen and Teresa (Kerrigan), Linda Carolan, Andrew, Stephen and nephew, Brian Carolan. Cliff is also survived by Kevin and Frances Keary, Susan Keary, Jeanne (Keary) and Patrick Kelly, Frances (Keary), and Timothy Hunt, Kevin and Nancy Keary, John and Nicole Keary and Andrew Keary. Also survived by nieces and nephews, Katie, Tim, Emily, Alex and Samantha, Kevin Michael III, Anne Frances and Caroline.

Cliff was the owner of the Hartsdale Cheesery for 24 years. Family will be receiving visitors at Ballard-Durand Funeral Home, 2 Maple Avenue at South Broadway, White Plains, New York on Thursday, May 6, from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be at Sacred Heart Church in Hartsdale, New York, on Friday, May 7 at 10am with cremation at Ferncliff Crematory, Hartsdale to follow.

(Closing of the Cheesery Early March 11, 2010)

The owners of the Hartsdale Cheesery were evicted for non-payment of rent early Thursday morning, March 11. According to the managing agent, Langsam Property Management Company in the Bronx, the management company went through lengthy court proceedings to evict the owners of the Cheesery and early today a Constable arrived to evict them. Papers were served and the store’s locks were changed.

Though the management company has gotten mixed signals from the Cheesery’s lawyers, a representative from Langsam said that the management company is hopeful that the Cheesery owners will work out a payment schedule for the past due rent and reopen their doors. If not, Langsam will be forced to turn off the power and clean out the store, which still has perishable food in the display cases.

For now the store is locked, windows are dark and food cases are half-filled. It appears that the management left suddenly, without saying goodbye to their neighbors or posting a sign to announce the closing. The possibly fled in anticipation of the eviction.

Employees at the pharmacy next door were shocked as one man had purchased a cup of coffee yesterday and the Cheesery employees did not breathe a word about their plans. Another Greenacres resident went to the store Wednesday morning. The door was locked and they claimed to be having “trouble in the kitchen.”

The Cheesery sold bagels, smoked fish, cheeses, coffee and gourmet foods. They had the corner on the coffee market in town for years but were challenged by the opening of the Starbucks in the Hartsdale Station and the very successful bagel store across the street. However they did have a loyal base of customers, especially at holiday time, when residents ordered large trays of smoked fish, flavored cream cheese, and bagels. With Passover and Easter only weeks away, the management company is hopeful that the owners of the Cheesery will return to provide many more great meals to local residents.