Check out this great video of the North Avenue Mile. Kudos to Darren Peister for putting it together and to New Ro Runners for organizing the event. (And do I really get that weird pursed-lip expression when I talk? I guess so.)
Ruby Dee has passed away at the age of 91. She was a towering cultural icon, who inspired generations of Americans – and countless others around the world – through her artistry on the stage and screen and through her leadership on issues of civil rights and social justice. Here in New Rochelle, we were … Continue reading Ruby Dee Goes Home
Jeremy, Owen, and I ran the second annual North Avenue Mile this morning. It was a terrific event – hundreds of runners and walkers, dozens of sponsors, and lots of good causes for which money was raised. My time was seven minutes and something. Jeremy finished just a little behind me. The family star, however, … Continue reading Crossing The Finish Line
For a community like New Rochelle, homelessness presents two sets of concerns. First, and most important, is our humanitarian interest in helping people overcome difficult circumstances to have better and more secure lives. Second, is our civic and business interest in ensuring that public spaces are attractive and inviting. In Westchester, social services are entrusted … Continue reading Ending Homelessness
Here’s the City’s Spring Newsletter, just mailed to all households in New Rochelle. Lots of information about summer events. Check it out.
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