Category Archives: Columns

Column: Summertime news?

They say the dog days of summer are generally a dead time for sports. Generally, I’d have to agree. With MLB just around its midseason point—and plenty of games still to be played—playoff races don’t really start to heat up until August. With the NBA, NFL and NHL on hiatus, it means there’s generally little […]

Column: Everything’s coming up infrastructure

This summer, activity at Village Hall defies the traditional quiet of past years as we embark on a myriad of infrastructure projects. The Garden Avenue parking lot flood mitigation project is well underway and on schedule. Funded primarily with a grant award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the project involves the construction of […]

Column: The water’s fine, now look at this kid fly

Infrastructure improvements continue to be a priority and several projects are currently underway. Harrison’s Engineering Department has initiated the design stage for roadway improvements, which include road widening, curb installation and drainage infrastructure installation. Drainage improvements are necessary in order to repair infrastructure and alleviate water issues. Westchester County has developed a response plan regarding […]

Column: To Hutchinson’s house we go

Over the river and through the woods to Hutchinson’s house we go. Anne Hutchinson’s house, that is. That’s where our trek through Eastchester’s 350 years of history will take us this week, from the southern, not-so-scenic tip of the river that bears her name to the northern, scenic tip of this same river. In reality […]

Column: Mapping out effective instruction

The following was authored by guest columnist Dr. Betty Ann Wykes, Rye City School District’s assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment.  While students consider school closed for summer, teachers and administrators are busy engaging in various initiatives as they prepare for another successful year. Educating children is a year-round mission; July and August are […]

Column: Oh captain, my captain!

I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure I’m suffering from an acute case of Jeterian fatigue. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a Red Sox fan, but I’ve admired and respected Derek Jeter since he came up to the big leagues. He’s been an all-time great, a truly dedicated competitor and, for 20 years, he’s […]

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 […]

The secret origin of Independence Day

After enjoying a very traditional Fourth of July replete with burgers, barbeque, fireworks, patriotic clothing and even a group Pledge of Allegiance, I realized I didn’t fully understand the genesis of the holiday, so I set about researching. We think of July 4, 1776, as the day that represents the Declaration of Independence from Great […]