I took the plunge! Here I am with Jeremy and Owen on our arrival at Glen Island today, dressed sensibly for 41 degree weather. And here I am after the plunge, dressed much less sensibly. (Not sure why I am smiling.) Actually, it was kind of fun. About 600 participants, including lots of students, all … Continue reading I Took the Plunge!
The New Rochelle YMCA provides thousands of families with access to quality, affordable sports, health, and educational programming. It really is one of our city’s vital institutions . . . and it’s a facing a big challenge: raising about $1.3 million to repair its pool. With grants hard to come by, the Y is turning … Continue reading Be a Lifesaver for the New Ro Y
So, this seemed like a good idea when I agreed to it back in the summer. Temperatures were in the 80s, the sun was shining, November was far away. Why not say yes? Well, November is now upon us, weekend temperatures are expected to dip into the low 40s, and I am committed to the … Continue reading Did I Really Agree to This?!?!
New Rochelle observes Veterans Day this morning at 10:30am in a ceremony at Memorial Plaza, just off Main Street. Come join friends and neighbors, as we together pay tribute to the men and women who have served our nation in uniform — and who continue to serve our community through deed and example.
The closest I’ll ever get to the New Rochelle Sports Hall of Fame is giving official City greetings when new members are inducted. But even lousy athletes like me can still admire good ones, and I especially enjoyed the annual Sports Hall of Fame dinner a few days ago, because it gave me a chance … Continue reading Class of 87 at the Sports Hall of Fame
There’s a heart-warming story in the Journal News about the reunion of the 1957 cast of an eighth-grade production of “You Can’t Take It With You” at Isaac Young. Here’s an excerpt: “They didn’t know it then, but these youngsters were also forming incredibly tight bonds with their fellow actors that would last the rest … Continue reading You Can’t Take It With You (Or Can You?)
If you are in need of some inspiration today, look no further than this article from the front page of today’s Times. It describes the remarkable story of Justus Uwayesu, who lost his family in the genocide in Rwanda, then overcame astonishing deprivation as an abandoned orphan to enroll this year as a freshman at … Continue reading Inspiration for the Day (or Maybe the Month)
The City just received word that the State has approved the proposed group home that was the subject of my essay in July and of widespread comment thereafter. The substance of this decision — from the NYS Office for People with Development Disabilities — was never in doubt; only the timing was in question. With … Continue reading Group Home Approved in New Rochelle
Today, New Rochelle paid tribute to the memory of Ruby Dee by renaming Library Green in her honor. It will now be “Ruby Dee Park at Library Green.” It was a true pleasure to join members of Ruby’s family at the ceremony. I am also especially grateful for the wisdom and effort of the volunteer … Continue reading Library Green Named In Honor of Ruby Dee
New Rochelle’s Bill Bauman has just received a Service to America Medal (“Sammie”) in recognition of his efforts to improve the quality of care available to paralyzed veterans. Bill, who is the Director of the National Center of Excellence for the Medical Consequences of Spinal Cord Injury, was honored with his colleague Ann Spungen. The … Continue reading New Ro’s Bill Bauman Takes the “Sammie”