Category Archives: Columns

Column: A new leaf for Rye

Many years ago in Sweden, an experiment was begun that has proven helpful there and might ease some tensions in Rye. The Swedish crown created the official position of ombudsman. This was to be a means to mediate disputes between citizens and their government. An individual was appointed to the position, to conduct private talks […]

Column: Transition points for 2014

Rye praised in NYS report for its financial prudence The city was acknowledged last week by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. “White Plains and Rye are on solid financial ground,” the comptroller said. Further, he added, “each municipality has been able to encourage economic development and cultivate financial stability for residents and taxpayers. To […]

Column: My list of the best books of 2013

“Best of” lists are very popular in December and some of my favorites center on books. It’s almost impossible to keep up with who has written what over the course of a year and that’s where the “Best of” lists come in. My Best Books of 2013 list includes books written by some of my […]

Column: Pet Rescue, Mimi and me

When I started with this company as the Mamaroneck beat reporter in September 2012, I don’t think there was any predicting it would lead directly to the adoption of a three-legged cat, but it has. There are a few features that appear in your newspaper every week. One of them is a quarter page dedicated […]

Column: Wearing me out

While watching the Knicks struggle to play something resembling basketball against the Thunder on Christmas day, I was struck by something even more reprehensible and odious than the Knickerbockers’ effort level all season; the garish Christmas Day uniforms. In case you didn’t use the NBA’s Christmas programming to effectively avoid awkward conversations with the relatives, […]

Column: Changing the guard at Whitby Castle

According to a story in euronews, Queen Elizabeth was annoyed when royal police officers supposedly helped themselves to nuts from bowls at Buckingham Palace. So, it takes more than a fancy uniform or title to keep people scrupulously honest when they see a chance for a bit of easy larceny. There needs to be something […]

Column: Kensington show finally on the road

After almost three decades of false starts, the trustees and I are so pleased to announce the resurrection of the Kensington Road project. At our December Board of Trustees meeting, we selected Fareri Associates of Greenwich, Conn., to develop the project that was originally approved in 2007. The trustees and I and the ad hoc […]

Column: Just resolve to be better, jeez

Elsewhere in your newspaper this week, my colleague Lisa Jardine, in discussing a fitness program, said she didn’t want to make any broad, grandiose New Year’s resolutions because she knows doing such a thing is setting her up for failure. She’s absolutely right, but I’ll take things a step further. All New Year’s resolutions are […]

Column: Rolling the dice with board games

It’s amazing sometimes to see just how important these games are to some people. I’ve seen more than my fair share of bad behavior over the years, from underhanded tricks to gain an advantage and egregious displays of poor sportsmanship to out-and-out acts of aggression and violence. Of course, I’m not talking about my time […]