Category Archives: Columns

Column: Hooray for opening day

Aside from the beginning of the sectional playoffs, there are few weekends on the scholastic football calendar that are as eagerly anticipated as Week 1. On Sept. 4, the 2015 Section I football season kicked off in earnest and after taking in a full slate of intriguing games, I simply cannot wait to see what […]

Column: World Series needs change

I hope you will forgive me for the dated, early-2000s reference, but I have to say it: the Little League World Series has jumped the shark. For years, I’ve been an ardent supporter of the entire tournament, including the ESPN-televised portion of it, but this year certainly highlighted some of the problems the LLWS needs […]

Column: Summerfest: a uniquely Rye celebration

Here in Rye, we celebrate as a community the secular occasions of July Fourth, Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day. On Thanksgiving and religious holidays, we each observe according to our own traditions and beliefs. But there is one day observed just in our community and open to all, and that is Summerfest. Germans can have […]

Column: A hometown hero and some reminders

I would like to bring your attention to a former Harrison resident and highly decorated member of the armed forces. Lt. Col. Daniel Bidetti was born and raised in Harrison, where he attended Harrison schools and Archbishop Stepinac High School. He graduated from Norwich University and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in May, 1999. […]

Column: Two magnificent gifts from two great women

Two women who lived in the Town of Eastchester for most of their adult lives would make incredibly generous gifts that have greatly enhanced the quality of life in our community. These very different individuals who came from dissimilar backgrounds unknowingly shared a common bond. Their names are Carmela Vaccaro and Frieda Riggs. Here are […]

Column: Feelin’ old and tired

Over the last few years in my column, I’ve written countless pieces about the ability that rejuvenating power sports has and about the power of athletic competition to make anyone feel young again. But man, oh man, do I feel old today. As you, dear reader, are no doubt aware, I’ve spent the last nine […]

Column: NY Rising, HUD and flood mitigation

In the next few weeks, the City of Rye will have to decide whether to accept a grant from New York Rising for flood mitigation. The program administered by the state is a disaster recovery program that thoroughly and thoughtfully evaluates community needs to identify and provide funding for projects that build community resiliency. The […]

Column: Driving on Forest and storm safety

My family and I have lived on Forest Avenue for close to 60 years. At first, there were no joggers and few walkers on the street. In fact, it was so rare for anyone to exercise on Forest that a rookie police officer stopped me one evening because he suspected I was running away from […]