By Eileen O’Connor
We rarely know when a visit to a favorite destination will be our last; life usually does not work that way. Earlier this month, however, patrons of Dock Deli in Rye, were afforded just that: a sign that something very good and very special was about to end.
On Wednesday November 29, owners Neil and Maggie Pinsker posted a small notice on their storefront announcing that after 29 years they had decided to close. The note expressed sincere thanks and gratitude to the customers they have “come to look upon as family.”
No call to the local paper, no grand announcements, no big countdown. Just a few simple words and that was it. Or so they thought.
In this age of instant messaging and the Rye Moms Facebook page, word spread like wild fire and from Friday through Sunday Neil and Maggie served a standing room-only crowd. Patrons, many in tears, waited to place their favorite orders and soak up the scene, a scene that was as far from “a scene” as you can get.
By Jana Seitz
I will never again take a Christmas tree for granted. That pretty thing in the corner upon which you hang ornaments and under which you hide gifts is a huge labor of love. I can’t think of a more fitting metaphor for Christmas: a seed is planted, the object grows into a thing of beauty and grace but then is cut down in its prime, a sacrifice for the whole world.
Do you have any idea how much time and effort goes into getting that tree to your home? These trees grow about a foot a year, with an eight-year return on investment. It all begins at a nursery where pinecone seeds are planted and grown for two years before being sold to a tree farm to be grown into your Christmas delight.
Sounds of the season rang out in the chapel at Manhattanville School where School of the Holy Child held its annual Christmas Concert December 12. Choral, instrumental, and chamber ensembles from both the middle and upper schools performed a selection of modern and traditional music from around the world, and offered gospel readings that narrated the Christmas story.
— Photo by Mark Wyville