People sometimes ask me what my typical work day looks like. And I usually respond that there is no such thing as a typical day – every day is different, with a schedule that is at once very demanding and unusually flexible. But if I had to pick a day that illustrated the scope and … Continue reading A Typical Day
New Rochelle resident Chris Farley has just published his first novel, Gameworld. It’s a fantasy for middle-schoolers and young adults, and instead of drawing on the genre’s usual medieval European influences, Gameworld delves instead into Jamaican myths and folks tales. The book has received quite a bit of attention, including a recent segment on the … Continue reading Gameworld
As a kid, I lived just up the street from the Nature Study Woods, a large County-owned park with its main entrance on Webster Avenue in New Rochelle. Lots of fond memories of exploring the trails, venturing along streams on a small inflatable boat, scrambling up rocks, and even inspecting the ruins of old retaining … Continue reading Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Catie and I took the kids to the NY Hall of Science in Queens over the weekend. It was our first time there, and we’ll definitely go back. Some really neat interactive exhibits, all pitched to be interesting for both children and adults. Plus, we preceded our visit with a dim sum lunch in Flushing’s … Continue reading All Systems Go . . .
March 31st. Freezing rain. Will this miserable winter end already? C’mon spring – get a move on!
For those of us too old to spend a snow day sledding, the winter weather isn’t much fun. (And for cities, of course, snow clean-up is a big job.) But this last storm sure was pretty.
Catie, the kids and I had some wonderful time together as a family during the holidays, and we hope that you and yours also enjoyed the season. After November’s election, I took a little break from sending mass emails and posting to social media. Now with a new year upon us, I’d like to start … Continue reading Looking Forward to a New Year
Catie and I want to express our thanks for your support and encouragement during the course of the campaign. It was a privilege to work with so many people whom we admire, and we could not be more grateful.
If our 2013 photo is a little more formal than usual, that’s because it was taken at a fundraiser, which ended up being just about our only time together as a family! We’re hoping to see each other a bit more often in 2014, and hope that for you and yours the coming year will be filled with health and happiness.
With sincere appreciation and every good wish for the season,
Where was this photo taken? You might guess the Bronx Zoo. Or perhaps a lean-to near Bear Mountain. Actually, this is the gutter of our house on Pinebrook Boulevard. And the photo was taken by Catie. I suppose one could argue that this has some relevance to New Rochelle government in connection with environmental and … Continue reading Wildlife in the ’Burbs
Quick … how many Section 8 recipients live in Avalon? (The answer follows at the end of this post, but don’t cheat! Please read this all the way through.) The New York Times recently published a really interesting (but dispiriting) op-ed about confirmation bias. The author, Cass Sunstein, makes the point that almost all of … Continue reading Confirmation Bias Drives Debate