Category Archives: Columns

Column: Memories in the making

It’s been a running theme in my column over the years to advise today’s high school athletes to be more appreciative of the journey they’re on while they’re actually on it. Now I know it’s hard. Athletes put a lot of pressure on themselves and, often, it can seem like the goal—winning—is the only thing […]

The long, winding road to Chutney Masala

Thirty years ago, if you asked a young Navjot Arora what he aspires to be when he grows up, his answer might have surprised you. Unlike many restaurateurs, Arora was not predestined for a life in hospitality. Quite the contrary; as a teenager in India, he was on the track to medical school. After enduring […]

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 […]