Category Archives: Columns

Column: A hometown hero and some reminders

I would like to bring your attention to a former Harrison resident and highly decorated member of the armed forces. Lt. Col. Daniel Bidetti was born and raised in Harrison, where he attended Harrison schools and Archbishop Stepinac High School. He graduated from Norwich University and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in May, 1999. […]

Column: Two magnificent gifts from two great women

Two women who lived in the Town of Eastchester for most of their adult lives would make incredibly generous gifts that have greatly enhanced the quality of life in our community. These very different individuals who came from dissimilar backgrounds unknowingly shared a common bond. Their names are Carmela Vaccaro and Frieda Riggs. Here are […]

Column: Feelin’ old and tired

Over the last few years in my column, I’ve written countless pieces about the ability that rejuvenating power sports has and about the power of athletic competition to make anyone feel young again. But man, oh man, do I feel old today. As you, dear reader, are no doubt aware, I’ve spent the last nine […]

Column: NY Rising, HUD and flood mitigation

In the next few weeks, the City of Rye will have to decide whether to accept a grant from New York Rising for flood mitigation. The program administered by the state is a disaster recovery program that thoroughly and thoughtfully evaluates community needs to identify and provide funding for projects that build community resiliency. The […]

Column: Driving on Forest and storm safety

My family and I have lived on Forest Avenue for close to 60 years. At first, there were no joggers and few walkers on the street. In fact, it was so rare for anyone to exercise on Forest that a rookie police officer stopped me one evening because he suspected I was running away from […]

Column: Winding down and help Stop Hunger Now

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending this year’s annual Senior Picnic in West Harrison. The weather could not have been better and more than 200 seniors enjoyed a day of fun and friendship. The appetizing menu included hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as chicken cutlets, sausage and peppers, salads and more. Our Recreation […]

Column: Winning freedom of religion in New York

John Bowne, born in Derbyshire, England in 1627, settled in Flushing, Queens, where he built a house in 1661 that is still standing. The house is not far from where Citi Field now stands, and is considered a shrine of American religious freedom. Bowne married Hannah Feake in 1656. One of their descendants married a […]

Column: Legends of the fall

I’m sure the 14-year-old me would cringe if he heard me admit it, but I have to say, I can’t wait for the school year to start up again. I love summer, I always have. When I was a kid, summer always meant no homework, no responsibilities and long, lazy days playing endless games of […]

Column: The unshaven look

As a boy, I was familiar with only one living leader who had a beard. That was the Chief Justice of the United States, Charles Evans Hughes. Of course, one was bound to have seen photos of President Lincoln in his later years with a beard. And there was always Santa Claus. But by and […]