Category Archives: Columns

The NCAA’s APU problem

There’s a storm brewing in the world of college athletics, but right now it would seem that nobody has an idea of just which way the winds are blowing. One thing remains certain, however; when the dust settles, the collegiate sports landscape could be drastically altered and, possibly, unrecognizable. For years, the NCAA—and its ideas […]

Can you afford a new kitchen?

Whether you’re walking down the street, passing by a kitchen showroom or in a home center strolling down the isles, it’s hard not to notice the stunning new kitchens on display, and your mind begins to drift. You work hard. You’re a good person. If anyone deserves a new kitchen, it’s you. But then reality […]

U.S. and Russia, shoulder to shoulder

When I was in college, I took an elective course on the history of American diplomacy. The reason for this choice was probably because my father had been a U.S. diplomat during his first few years after Harvard. He had the good fortune to be posted to the American embassy in Paris during World War […]

Going beyond book club

I’ve always thought that 40-somethings make the best students. At mid-life, we know exactly what we are interested in and, conversely, what we aren’t. We have a thirst for knowledge and homework seems a breeze compared to dealing with real life issues. When I enrolled in Manhat­tanville’s masters of arts in creative writing program several […]

Column: Bidding farewell to Mo

For the last 19 years, I’ve had a—admittedly one-way—love-hate relationship with the greatest closer in baseball history. But as I watched the Yankees honor Mariano Rivera at the stadium on Sunday, there was only one emotion coming to the forefront; gratitude. Simply put, I came to the realization that I—and other baseball fans—should be thankful […]

Column: Syria minus sarin

On Sept. 16, UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon declared that he “condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of chemical weapons and believes that this act is a war crime and grave violation of the 1925 Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or Other Gases and of Bacteriological Methods […]

Column: City Council updates

School construction, pedestrian safety projects and crossing guards Thanks to all for continued patience and cooperation as the city and schools institute traffic, parking and pedestrian safety initiatives with the start of the school year. New crosswalks, alternate drop-offs, new traffic patterns, new sidewalks, additional parking accommodations and newly paved roads are all part of […]

Column: Bronxville’s business district: What’s next?

This summer the village trustees, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, engaged the services of the consulting firm Phillips Preiss Grygiel LLC, which specializes in strategies for business district revitalization. Given the continuing appearance of empty storefronts coupled with less than robust sales for some existing businesses, expert advice seemed the prudent approach. In […]

Column: Food, wine and thou

I’m hungry just writing this story. To me, there really isn’t anything better to do on a fall Sunday afternoon than eat great food, drink quality wine and listen to live music. On Sept. 22 in the Village of Scarsdale, there is a wonderful opportunity to do all three. The first annual Southern Westchester Food […]