Author Archives: John Carey

Column: Who makes the rules on non-military drones?

The New York Times on Sept. 26 told how the Federal Aviation Administration had just given permission for the use of drones, but only to six filmmaking companies. Apparently no one else is allowed to fly unmanned airborne vehicles, known as UAVs. Meantime several states have issued their own rules on drone use, pointing the […]

Column: Rye needs an environment ombudsperson

I used to be involved professionally with the future of Howard Place. But that is no longer the case, so now I can speak freely about it without, as they say, pleading my case in the newspaper. If you are not familiar with this 12-foot-wide street, drive slowly along Grace Church Street with Midland Avenue […]

Column: Giving up cigarettes

    For me, it was easy; I went to sea at 19 on a small Navy ship in the middle of winter on the stormy North Atlantic. The ocean was never quiet. Its heaving and tossing kept us rolling and pitching, and kept my stomach in turmoil. The very thought of smoking a cigarette […]

Column: A Rye TV marvel

    Back in the days when Rye TV was called Rye Community TV, or RCTV, there was one amateur produced program that outshone all the others. It was called “What’sYour Rye Q,” and was produced by Ted and Pat Levine. Pat Levine was an elected member of the Rye City Council and is credited […]

Column: Ebola, Polio, FDR, WHO and untested meds

    The New York Times on Aug. 10 suggested the current rash of Ebola infections and deaths in West Africa, now having jumped east into Nigeria, started with one two-year-old boy in Guinea. Somewhat similarly, James Tobin, in his book “The Man He Became,” asserts in a photo caption that, “The polio virus probably […]

Column: Fine music for pre-teens

On Sunday, Aug. 3, my wife Pat and I had the great pleasure of visiting Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. At this idyllic setting in northern Westchester, Pat has served as a trustee for 35 years. Caramoor is the leading outdoor summer music location in the New York metropolitan area. The occasion on […]

Column: July 17: A day to forget

Downing of a passenger jet and invasion of disputed territory; all in one day. We can only hope, as one commentator put it, this is not a Francis Ferdinand day, referring to June 28, 1914, when the Austro-Hungarian Archduke was assassinated in Sarajevo, leading to World War I. If the downed plane was, as announced, […]

Column: July Fourth and sundry weddings

When my family first moved to Rye 58 years ago, there was no official Rye celebration of Independence Day. Before we got a city manager, the City Council may have felt it had enough to do already running the departments of local government without a full-time professional administrator. After all, there was always Playland or […]