Category Archives: Columns

Column: A chillling morning in Rye City Hall

It’s 8 a.m. on a cold Monday, Nov. 25. Five members of the City Council are on the dais, along with the city manager, corporation counsel and city clerk. The two absent council members will be gone in January. The published agenda announces that the sole business is to be “Authorization for the City Manager […]

Column: The thanks I should have given

As you read this, you may still be in the process of digesting your Thanksgiving feast. Honestly, I hope that’s what you’re doing because Thanksgiving is part of that shared, end-of-the-year celebration we talked about in this space a couple weeks ago and it’s something from which I think we all benefit. Plus, I love […]

Column: Hungry for change

Happy Thanksgiving. In honor of my favorite holiday, I spent the week looking for a feel-good story that centered around food and, if possible, had a turkey as a photo op. I found exactly what I had in mind at the Stone Barns Center in Pocantico Hills. Many people have heard of, and maybe even […]

Column: Enjoying the climb

One of the most important parts of being a sports reporter—or even being a sports fan—is learning to look beyond the numbers. Sure, game stories, stats and results tell some sides of the story. But, more often than not, a deeper look into a team’s construction or the psyche of individual players helps one to […]

Poetic License

Poetry refreshes the world. -Robert Frost Why I Write Ella Chinn, student I write to create I write about my day I write about all the feelings I had I write to calm myself I write to excite myself. My life is a story, I write to continue it. I write to escape anger, happiness, […]

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 […]