Category Archives: Columns

Column: Walk this way…through history, part I

Melville understood. He penned the phrase, “Meditation and water are wedded forever,” in his epic novel “Moby Dick.” Along the usually gentle Bronx River, we can add history and pleasure to being forever wedded to water. From the Native Americans who cultivated its fertile banks and fished its plentiful waters to today’s bicycle Sundays, the […]

Column: We’ve mastered this plan

Since coming into office, it has always been my mission to streamline municipal spending while maintaining services. I believe the Town Council has acted responsibly in developing strategies and cost saving measures that will benefit our entire community. Over the past several years, Harrison’s corporate tax base has diminished due to the departure of many […]

Column: I did it! Wait, did I do it?

By the time you read this, I will have a novella on the market. I’m ecstatic about that. I think. I’ve wanted to write fiction since I was in the first grade. I didn’t realize I wanted to be serious about writing fiction until about 12th grade. I don’t know how or why but, once […]

Column: Shanghai surprises

Every time I visit China, I’m reminded of what a country of contrasts it is. As America is different from state to state, Chinese cities are each unique and can feel like different countries except for a few common threads like massive amounts of people and air pollution. On a recent visit in March, I […]

Column: Cheering in real life

At its core, professional sports have always been a communal experience for spectators. For generations, the act of going to the ballpark and cheering on the home team with thousands of like-minded rooters was an integral part of sports fandom. Sharing the joy of victory–or the agony of defeat, if you’re a Cubs fan–with fellow […]

Poetic License 5-9-2014

“Poetry is aimless, not purposeful. The poem is dancing with itself.”— Billy Collins “Observance”   At that time I saw further into the roseate glow at the edges of late hour clouds, I was the watcher, alert to the changing position of fireflies, the changing heart. I tasted stone mint— heard minstrels sing and recite, […]

Column: Port Chester’s massive project next door

Good-bye United Hospital, hello Southern Gateway mixed use district. This sweeping change is bound to cause mixed feelings for those of us who left part of our anatomy at United, and to cause concern for those who live in northeast Rye. The attached map shows what is planned just across the border, a “Southern Gateway […]

Column: The first 100 days: Lessons in humility

When I was at Easter mass last month, the monsignor was heading up the center aisle, sprinkling holy water on the congregation with a traditional blessing. When he arrived at my family’s pew, he paused, looked at me solemnly, and said, “You need all the help you can get.” With that, I got an extra […]

Column: Our library is a jewel of the community

While walking home from Village Hall this week, I crossed at the library corner and realized what a gem, and a sometimes hidden gem, we have in this institution. Begun as a reading room in 1875, our formal library has been in its current home since 1942. Our library, thanks to an innovative director, a […]

Column: Yes, you read that right; kimono

This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Harrison Fire Department’s pasta dinner, which benefits the department’s scholarship fund. The dinner followed a recruitment drive in which the fire department conducted tours of the station, allowing visitors to try on firefighter gear, and provided various activities throughout the firehouse. It was a great success […]