Category Archives: Columns

Column: To Hutchinson’s house we go

Over the river and through the woods to Hutchinson’s house we go. Anne Hutchinson’s house, that is. That’s where our trek through Eastchester’s 350 years of history will take us this week, from the southern, not-so-scenic tip of the river that bears her name to the northern, scenic tip of this same river. In reality […]

Column: Mapping out effective instruction

The following was authored by guest columnist Dr. Betty Ann Wykes, Rye City School District’s assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment.  While students consider school closed for summer, teachers and administrators are busy engaging in various initiatives as they prepare for another successful year. Educating children is a year-round mission; July and August are […]

Column: Oh captain, my captain!

I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure I’m suffering from an acute case of Jeterian fatigue. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a Red Sox fan, but I’ve admired and respected Derek Jeter since he came up to the big leagues. He’s been an all-time great, a truly dedicated competitor and, for 20 years, he’s […]

Column: July Fourth and sundry weddings

When my family first moved to Rye 58 years ago, there was no official Rye celebration of Independence Day. Before we got a city manager, the City Council may have felt it had enough to do already running the departments of local government without a full-time professional administrator. After all, there was always Playland or […]

The secret origin of Independence Day

After enjoying a very traditional Fourth of July replete with burgers, barbeque, fireworks, patriotic clothing and even a group Pledge of Allegiance, I realized I didn’t fully understand the genesis of the holiday, so I set about researching. We think of July 4, 1776, as the day that represents the Declaration of Independence from Great […]

Column: Playland, we had an agreement

Those of us who live in the vicinity of Playland have always had an unspoken agreement with our neighbor. We will put up with the noise, traffic and litter of the summer season and, in return, we enjoy the remaining seasons with the sleeping park. We know, come late spring, the weekend noise will begin. […]

Column: A Messi debate

I was as sad as anyone this month when the United States Men’s National Team’s chance at World Cup glory was dashed at the hands of the dastardly Belgians. It was a fun ride, but all good things must come to an end and this just didn’t happen to be America’s year, despite some promising […]