Category Archives: Columns

The 808 Bistro: Family and tradition

Cooking professionally since the age of 15, The 808 Bistro’s chef and owner Salvatore “Sal” Cucullo has spent a considerable amount of his life inside the kitchen. At his grandfather’s pizzeria in the Bronx, Cucullo was making pizzas himself by age 11. The family business transformed into a traditional Italian restaurant in New Rochelle, where […]

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: Heading in the Rye direction

I was sitting in the veterinarian’s waiting room with my dog Max last week, when in walked a fellow Rye resident with her own pooch. We exchanged pleasantries, and then she commended the City Council on how well we’ve been working together. Of course I was pleased, and I gratefully accepted the compliment. But then […]

Column: One more thing before I go

This will be the final edition of “Life As I Know It” and the last edition of the Review on which I will serve as deputy editor. After two years with Home Town Media Group, the parent company of this newspaper, I am moving on to another opportunity, but, before I go, I thought I’d […]

Column: Candid camera

This should have been a great week for the NFL. After an interminable offseason, football finally came back this weekend as the NFL season opened. With a full slate of NFL games on the docket and a fantasy football season up and running, I‑‑like many other Americans—was glued to my couch this Sunday from about […]

Club Car: New cuisine in a classic setting

Brian MacMenamin has an affinity for historic buildings. The experienced restaurateur was inspired to open Club Car in Mamaroneck’s vacant train station, which was built back in 1888 as the second stop on the New Haven line coming out of Grand Central Station in New York City. After eight months of renovation in 2011, MacMenamin […]

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: The power of the punched key

As journalists, particularly East Coast journalists, we’re usually expected to worship at one, or both, of two alters, Woodward and Berstein and Jimmy Breslin. For my part, I can say I’ve always loved the idea that the road to President Nixon’s resignation began not with two crusading journalists looking to bring him down, but with […]

Column: Ready for kickoff

With Labor Day behind us and a new school year in full swing, it’s officially my favorite time of year, football season. Now, I’ve written about my love for the NFL—and fantasy football—in the past, but as much as I love the pro game, fall just isn’t fall without high school football, in my opinion. […]