Category Archives: Columns

Column: Growing up on the field

Regret is sadly just another part of getting older. It’s an oft-repeated lament of those who find themselves—like I do—getting up in years that they wish they knew, in their youths, how special their formative years could truly be. One of the unique aspects of my job is that I get the chance to watch […]

Column: Ebola, Polio, FDR, WHO and untested meds

    The New York Times on Aug. 10 suggested the current rash of Ebola infections and deaths in West Africa, now having jumped east into Nigeria, started with one two-year-old boy in Guinea. Somewhat similarly, James Tobin, in his book “The Man He Became,” asserts in a photo caption that, “The polio virus probably […]

Column: It’s time to choose Harrison’s best

The Harrison Police Department has recently introduced a new community alert system. The My Community Alert system will allow Harrison police officers, and other town officials, to notify Harrison residents in the event of an ongoing emergency. Text messages and emails—including photos and videos, when warranted—will be sent out to registered residents when the department […]

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 […]