Almost everyone knew her face, familiar from an extraordinarily prolific acting career, and many fans knew her name, too. But only a comparatively small and fortunate few knew her as a neighbor. Frances Sternhagen, who passed away this week at the age of 93, was a beloved part of New Rochelle, admired as much for her humility, warmth, and gentle kindness, as for her acting talents. I will always treasure the memory of reading sonnets with her at the Sound Shore Shakespeare Festival a few years ago. Needless to say, her stage presence was just a little better than mine! Please read Sternhagen’s full obituary in the Times. May Frances Sternhagen rest in peace.
Watch this great piece from NBC describing the pop-up maker’s market at the New Rochelle train station. A terrific activation of our transit center, a wonderful opportunity for local craftspeople and entrepreneurs, and, of course, a neat place to shop for gifts or treat yourself to something special.
New Rochelle native and New Rochelle High School graduate Richard Roundtree, who played the iconic John Shaft and many other roles during his long acting career, has passed away at the age of 81. Over two generations, many residents of our community — those who knew him personally and those who admired him from afar — have taken pride in and drawn inspiration from Roundtree’s success. The New York Times has much more. May Richard Roundtree rest in peace.
In case you missed it, a nice write-up in Westchester Magazine describing the county’s best places to live, including New Rochelle. Thank you to Catherine White of the Chamber of Commerce for being an excellent advocate for our community.
Last night, I stood with clergy, leaders, and neighbors from several congregations throughout New Rochelle and also representing different faiths, as together we expressed our support for the people of Israel. Here are my remarks.
As part of Volunteer New York’s Serve & Remember events commemorating 9/11, volunteers will gather here in New Rochelle on Friday, September 8 at the Monroe Athletic Complex to pack 50,000 meals for local residents in need. Please consider signing up for a morning or afternoon shift.