Category Archives: Columns

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: Observations about the City of Rye’s budget

Before I considered running for City Council, I had very little idea how much our city spends, or from where the money comes. I’ve learned a bit since then, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share some surprising things I’ve learned about our city’s budget. These comments relate to the city’s general fund. […]

Column: Everything’s looking up

I am happy to report four new police officers have joined the Harrison Police Department. The officers were sworn in at an Aug. 1 ceremony in Town Hall. Before receiving their assignment, the new officers will complete their training at the police academy and at headquarters with experienced police officers in the Harrison Police Department. I […]

Column: I’m probably about halfway there now

Last week, I told you I should write a whole column just about aging one of these weeks. That week is this week. As I believe I’ve bemoaned in this space before, I’m going to turn 40 later this year. That means, if I’m lucky, my life is probably about half over or, if I […]

Column: Fantasy island

As I may have mentioned a time or two in this column, I’m a big fantasy football fan. Over the next few months, the NFL season will consume me and my buddies; turning lifelong relationships into bitter, quarter-year feuds that quite often threaten the very foundation of our friendships. For those who don’t play fantasy […]

Column: Managing your triggers can be challenging

Mark Twain wrote, “I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which never happened.” Twain’s humor suggests that, unknowingly, we create many unnecessary problems. Researchers point out we have more than 60,000 thoughts daily and most are repetitive. We believe rethinking problems protects us against tragedy, but, in reality, these thoughts […]

Chantilly: The hard work of sweet treats

I always wondered how those in the baking profession handle super early mornings. The bubbly team behind Chantilly Patisserie, many of whom arrive around 4 a.m. and clock in 80-hour work weeks, let me in on one of their secrets. Pumping what has become an anthem of sorts, “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, helps propel […]

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: The village will miss you, Rocco

As is custom, this will be my final column until post Labor Day and it is bittersweet. As I introduce you to our new village treasurer, Lori Voss, I will also be saying farewell to our superintendent of public works, Rocco Circosta, who has been a beloved village presence for the past 10 years. It […]

Column: I used to be more of a Kirk

When I was a kid, Star Trek was something fun to watch on a Saturday evening on what was then WPIX, channel 11. When I was about 19 or so, Star Trek was basically my religion. I was never one of those guys who put on pointed ears or dressed up as Andorian Ambassador Shras […]