Category Archives: Columns

Column: Forward your calls, but heads up: bats

As summer comes to a close, and storm season approaches, I want to bring your attention to a very important, and underutilized, communication option. Last year, during Hurricane Sandy, many Harrison residents were unable to receive my nightly robo-calls as their phone service was interrupted during the storm. Forwarding your calls to an additional phone […]

Column: What is it about August?

On the first day of this month in 1914, Germany declared war on Russia, which had sided with Serbia after the assassination by a Serb on June 28 of the heir-presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne. On the third of August, Germany declared war on France. Eventually 32 nations were involved in World War I. We […]

Column: Cool tools for school

On a rainy Tuesday morning in August, I witnessed a small miracle in the basement of the Church of the Resurrection in Rye. Two hundred and sixty volunteers aged six to 90 turned up to fill 2,030 backpacks so that kids in our community can return to school with all the right tools. The bags […]

Column: Dear Mr. Fantasy

I’d like to think that my friends are–for the most part–a normal group of guys. And from an outside glance, they certainly seem to be. My buddies, whom I’ve known since kindergarten, are, to a man, gainfully employed, mature adults with a diverse array of interests from cooking and cigars to art and music. But, […]

Let’s get out of here, but check out this show first

Recently, the Harrison Fire Department took part in an Indian Point evacuation training drill. This exercise tested the department’s readiness in handling an evacuation of the area surrounding the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant in the event of a plant emergency. The training was organized by the Westchester County Office of Emergency Management and the […]

Hot summer books

Stephen King said, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” He wasn’t the first best-selling author to give those words of advice and I don’t know any writer that doesn’t take them seriously, including me. Many of my friends know […]

Men behaving badly

On Sunday, my men’s league baseball team was eliminated from the playoffs for something like the 12th straight year in horrible, heartbreaking fashion. While I would obviously like to use this space to pore over everything that broke the wrong way for us‑again‑this isn’t about us losing, it’s about how we deal with losing. Let […]

Column: You’re a great citizen, but control your trees

It is my pleasure to announce that nominations are currently being accepted for the Town/Village of Harrison’s 2013 Citizen of the Year Award. This honor will go to a Harrison resident who consistently demonstrates a cooperative spirit and promotes‑by example‑leadership, community pride and philanthropy. Significant contributions and achievements will be evaluated. The award will be […]

Column: Mario Pablo’s neighborhood

With a new set of eyes, you see things you may have not even known were there even if you’ve driven down the main street of that town hundreds of times. When you take a second look with those new eyes, you might meet someone with a strong passion for his hometown and it can […]