Category Archives: Columns

Column: Nobody’s perfect, not even me

If you’re reading this on the Review’s publication date, I am on the Disney Fantasy with my wife and parents enjoying the last of a seven-day cruise of the western Caribbean. Along the way, we celebrated my mother’s 69th birthday, our 15th wedding anniversary and, generally, the joy of touring the seas on a floating […]

Column: The sweet smell of success

Women don’t have it easy when it comes to juggling career and family. I can count on one hand the women I know who have been able to accomplish this task seamlessly from the birth of their children to high school graduation. I left the workplace after my third child was born and, when it […]

Column: Your moment of Zen

As my colleagues here at the newspaper can attest, Zen is a foreign concept in the life of a journalist. Daily deadlines, endless games of phone tag, on the fly revisions and the recurring stresses of press day are simply something we come to live with. If I’m going to stop and smell the roses, […]

Column: Is Crimea a new Sudetenland?

If you were born before 1930, the word “Sudetenland” may still make you shudder. Let us hope those born after 2000 will not come to shudder at the word “Crimea” for similar reasons. Hitler’s foreign aggressions began with his sending the German army into the Rhineland, from which it was barred by treaty. Later came […]

Column: State interference is crushing local governments

Governor Cuomo has announced a two-year property tax freeze as a hallmark of his 2014 agenda, but it is facing growing opposition from both political parties, school districts and local governments as well as the non-partisan New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials. The two-year tax freeze is for individuals‑outside of New York […]

Column: Writing has ruined me for reading

Last week, Editorial Assistant Annarose Russo and I had a discussion about our inability to read anything, in that case a press release, without mentally applying the tenets of AP style. That’s what we use here at your newspaper, by the way. It’s the reason you read things like, “The mayor said there are more […]

Column: Betting on goodbye

For the last six years, I’ve had a wonderful time serving as the sports editor for Hometown Media, but I’m afraid to say that come next month, loyal readers will have to get used to seeing a new byline in the back of our papers. Now, I’m not moving out of the area, taking my […]

Column: Environmental protection needed in Rye

Rye has allowed its small park at the corner of the Post Road and Central Avenue to be graveled-over for a parking lot. A story in this newspaper’s March 7 issue gives the impression that this is the doing of one person, the city manager. “Pickup said the city had mainly laid the gravel in […]

Column: We’re working on a vision for downtown

  Our downtown business consultant, Phillips Preiss and Grygiel LLC, recently sent the village a progress report of our Downtown Planning Study. They suggested some straig-htforward changes to the village code for which there was strong support within all the constituent groups surveyed. The consultants recommend loosening the restrictions on outdoor tables/eating to allow a […]

Column: Hey, let’s clean this place up

Please join the Town/Village of Harrison by coming out to show your support for this year’s “Spring Spruce-Up” event. On Saturday, March 22, and Sunday, March 23, we will be tidying up our roadways, parks, wooded areas and streams. Target areas in downtown Harrison include Ma Riis Park, Veteran’s Park, the stream behind LMK Middle […]