Category Archives: Columns

Column: A treaty never broken

When German immigrants arrived in the hill country of Texas in the mid-1840s, they not only escaped the turmoil that erupted in Germany in 1848, they also achieved a peaceful arrangement with the existing inhabitants rivaling that of William Penn in Philadelphia, and never breached. The leader of the new arrivals, who anglicized his name […]

Column: 200,000 reasons to run

Drew Swiss, an Armonk resident and father of four, will celebrate his 56th birthday by running in the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 3. It will be his 27thmarathon. That alone is pretty incredible. The fact that, this year, he’s raised more than $57,000 for Team for Kids, a New York Road Runner […]

Column: Fun police and the NLCS

Editor’s note: This column was written on Oct. 18 at noon, eight hours before the Cardinals and Dodgers take the field to play Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. Sometimes, sportswriters can be the absolute worst. We are currently five games into a wildly entertaining National League Championship Series and it’s becoming more […]

Column: What you need to know about STAR

All New York State homeowners receiving the basic STAR tax exemption must now register with the New York State Department of Taxation in order to receive the STAR exemption in 2014 and going forward. Every current recipient will receive registration instructions by mail with a registration deadline of Dec. 31, 2013. Senior citizens receiving enhanced […]

Column: City Council updates

Over-building and its impact on our neighborhoods and schools For a number of years, residents have stated their concerns that some new residential construction is considered potentially out of scale in size, height and/or bulk. It’s been 10 years since the city looked at this issue and we wanted to ensure we reviewed it before […]

Column: If you love Disney World so much…

It was round about the time the late Davy Jones’ bass player was driving us home from the airport I decided I’d rather live in Westchester than Disney World. My wife and I are just back from a vacation at the Walt Disney World resort outside Orlando, Fla. There are generally two kinds of people […]

Column: Scared wordless

This was, by far, the scariest story I have ever written. In the interest of full disclosure, haunted houses are my worst nightmare. You won’t find me anywhere near one. But I didn’t let my lifelong fear get in the way of a good story. I received an email from a reader telling me about […]

Column: Riding the wave

Watching the Mamaroneck volleyball team down Hastings on Oct. 11, I was struck by something as the points flew by. There was something about the Tiger team that was eye-catching. But it wasn’t their serves, sets or spikes that had me transfixed, it was something else entirely. It was more like a vibe, an energy […]

Column: More on the table than just elections

The New York State Legislature has proposed six constitutional amendments that will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot. Though often ignored in relation to election for office holders because voters often do not cast ballots for topics they have not studied, the amendment changes do have lasting impact. Like most state constitutions, New York’s provisions […]