Category Archives: Columns

Column: Tragedy, veterans and tree lighting

I begin this column with great sadness concerning the untimely passing of Harrison High School student Andrew Gurgitano. Andrew was cherished by many, and I hope that those who knew and loved him can draw strength from the sense of community we have in Harrison. Because Andrew was such a good person, this tragedy represents […]

Column: Rye teens and rugby

I was surprised to hear that there is a Rugby club being considered at Rye High School. My own experience with this sport began when I was 24 and had played enough football so that I could make an informed decision whether to take the risks involved in Rugby. The school authorities are no doubt […]

The importance of shopping locally

August was a quiet and relaxing month—good for our government and residents, but not our merchants. They are hoping for a needed robust fall as we all make school and holiday purchases. Bronxville is not an easy place to open a business and many of our merchants committed to us with their life savings—we have […]

13th annual gift guide

I hope that you already got your flu shots this year, but even the latest vaccine won’t protect you from the virulent strain of the holiday virus known as “Catalog Fever,” also referred to by its street names, “I Have to Have That, Flu,” and, for Steven King fans, “Captain Trips to the Internet.” This […]

Harrison hit with a loss

I open this column with a heavy heart. Earlier this month, Joseph Lopez, a student at Harrison High School, lost his mother in a horrific car accident. His father was seriously injured and his mother was killed by a drunk driver.  On Friday, Nov. 14, there will be a memorial/charity soccer game held at Harrison High School […]

A musical feast

Last Sunday, a friend took Pat and me to hear the Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra. The four men playing stringed instruments and the woman on the flute were prodigious. They performed for two hours without turning a page of the sheet music laid out before them. And the music was frequently rapid […]

Postmortem for an “Alien”

In December of 2005, when I was submitting occasional columns to my college newspaper, I felt compelled to jot down my thoughts after middleweight boxer Bernard Hopkins, then a ring-weary veteran at 40 years old, lost to an up-and-coming champion named Jermain Taylor for the second time. It was time to applaud Hopkins for a […]

Rye wins Class A title

By MIKE SMITH Rye made history more than once on Saturday night, as senior quarterback Andrew Livingston led the Garnets to an unprecedented Class A title and broke the all-time Section I passing record in a 35-14 win over Yorktown at Mahopac High School.  With the win, Rye became the first team in Section I […]

Garbage, recycling and honoring those vets

I would like to take this opportunity to remind residents to refer to our sanitation guidelines regarding the time to bring containers to the curb for pickup. Recently, my office has become aware that some residents have been prematurely leaving their garbage and recyclables curb side, creating an unattractive aesthetic. According to our Recycling and […]

Combating alcohol in our community

The following is information I found extremely helpful when the mother of a teen. I thought it worth synthesizing and reiterating as I know I operated under misconceptions as to legal ramifications as it was not immediately intuitive, yet the consequences can be quite far reaching. The Westchester County Legislature has a law dealing with […]