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
Today I had a chance to visit the Hugh Doyle Senior Center in order to give a big THANK YOU to about eighty volunteers. These senior citizens, who devote time and energy to Montefiore Hospital, Meals on Wheels, the Foster Grandparent program, and the Doyle Center itself, set a terrific example for people of every … Continue reading Honoring Senior Volunteers
Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) runs a terrific Parent-Child Home Program that provides enrichment to pre-schoolers and parenting skills to moms and dads. This past Tuesday, in celebration of the “Week of the Young Child,” WJCS invited me to read a story (Erik Carle’s “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”) to the … Continue reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
This morning, I had the great privilege (and fun) of reading a book about parrots to Ms. Ferguson’s third grade class at Jefferson Elementary School. It was part of Jefferson’s annual Great Read Aloud. The kids were terrific. Lots of stories about pets, including one especially memorable tale from a young man who claimed to … Continue reading The Great Read Aloud
Quick . . . who would be a celebrating his 450th birthday this year? If you guessed Galileo, you’re right! But, well, that’s not really the point, because there was another notable birth in 1564 – William Shakespeare. And nearly five centuries later, Shakespeare retains a pretty breathtaking and seemingly timeless influence over the English … Continue reading Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Me Your Ears
I just finished delivering my annual State of the City address to a packed house. Here is copy of my prepared remarks. Or you can view this webcast. Every year, I try to make the most of this occasion by celebrating accomplishments, confronting challenges, and establishing goals. It’s a good way to set a course … Continue reading State of the City 2014
When I consider the word “branding,” the first thought that pops into mind is an uncomfortable cow. The second is an advertising campaign for some consumer product. But the truth is that “branding” can be very useful for almost anything you want to identify clearly and market effectively . . . including a city. New … Continue reading Not Just for Cattle
The former Presbyterian Church on North Avenue, just south of City Hall, is one of New Rochelle’s most prominent historic buildings, but having been abandoned for many years (and under the ownership of a City government that was hard-pressed to devote funds to maintenance), it had fallen into considerable disrepair. With structural problems constituting a … Continue reading Saving a Piece of History
We often recognize regional champions from New Rochelle. And every now and then, we have a chance to recognize individuals and teams from our community who win a state championship, which is a great accomplishment. But national champions are very rare, and so when someone from New Rochelle achieves that elite status, it’s a big … Continue reading National Champ: Krystal Dixon Day in New Ro
Here’s something neat. Business Insider just published a list of the most exciting suburbs in America, and New Rochelle made the list at number 43. The rankings are based on nightlife, restaurants, and several other factors. Here’s the full article from Business Insider and a shorter summary from citybizlist.