Category Archives: Columns

Column: Let’s talk about the wonder of trees

This past fall, the village planted more than 20 street trees—including red maples, lindens and pears—but, given that we lost more than 100 during the past two years of storms, we are clearly playing catch-up. Unfortunately, this number does not even take into account the many lost on private property due to storms or disease […]

Column: Leave me alone, sometimes

I’ve just spent a weekend alone, and it was glorious, but I’m glad it’s over. I’ve been married for nearly 15 years, my wife and I have been together for nearly 18. For about 12 of those years, I stayed at home, ostensibly working on a writing career. We’ll get back to that in a […]

Column: Forging a new social movement by staying put

Here’s the good news: thanks to vaccinations and antibiotics, health and safety laws in the workplace and a powerful anti-smoking campaign, we are living significantly longer lives. Every day in the United States alone, 10,000 people turn 60. In the past 100 years, the percentage of the U.S. population that was older than 65 tripled […]

Column: Moving it inside

I have to say, when it comes down to it, I’m kind of an outdoor cat. Whether it’s going on a hike, spending the day fishing or playing in a bevy of recreational sports leagues, I spend that majority of my time, weather permitting, outside. It only makes sense that the profession I’ve chosen—covering sports—allows […]

Column: Easy does it, City Council

By the time these words see the light of day, the City Council will have held its Nov. 13 meeting, at which there is an agenda on hiring a new head of the police department. The city manager would be authorized to spend up to $40,000 to hire a private organization, the International City/County Management […]

Column: City Council updates

Proposed 2014 budget The city’s sound fiscal management and disciplined approach for the last five years has again produced another solid proposed budget. Like the previous budgets, this one keeps taxes under the tax cap, enhances current levels of service and retains a very healthy fund balance. However, this budget also puts forward a substantial […]

Column: We’re nearing the end

This column was originally going to be about something else, and it still will be about that thing eventually, but I noticed something before I sat down to write it. We’ve nearly reached the end. Of the year, we’re nearing the end of the year. What did you think I meant? Just a bit of […]

Column: Creative collaborators in Port Chester

Creating art can be a solitary affair. Of course there have been some very famous artistic collaborations like Picasso and Braque, Dali and Bunuel and Warhol and Basquiat, but creating art collaboratively is a relatively new trend that’s grown only in the last 10 years. Patricia Miranda owned a traditional gallery, Miranda Fine Arts, for […]