Category Archives: Columns

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 […]

Column: A black eye for the NFL

I’ve got to hand it to the NFL. If they were looking for a way to make Ray Rice not look like the biggest bad guy in this whole mess, they’ve succeeded in a major way. By now, everyone is familiar with the Ray Rice incident. In February, while in an Atlantic City casino with […]

Column: The logistics of parking in a changing village

On June 24, we had a very productive meeting with residents impacted by the Kensington Road development project. We listened to the concerns of those who are the boots on the ground and made changes to our parking/construction roll-out plans. Meetings of this sort demonstrate our community at its best, providing a cordial free flow […]

Column: Let’s do a better job on pedestrian safety in Rye

Roadway fatalities have been steadily declining in the U.S. over the past several decades. That reduction is largely due to safety improvements in automobiles like electronic stability control, better air bag systems and more crashworthy vehicle structures, as well as improvements in roadway design. One of the few areas in the realm of traffic safety […]

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 […]