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The Rye City Lions Club, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary, will honor Steve and Janet Meyers with the James A. and Marian M. Shea Community Service Award at its annual Charter Dinner on Friday, November 17 at Apawamis Club. The Award was established in 2003 to recognize an individual(s) who lives or works in the Rye community and has contributed to enhancing the lives of its citizens through exemplary volunteering.

Steve and Janet have distinguished themselves, not only in their professional and personal lives, but in their commitment to charitable and community causes. They have lived in Rye for 36 years, raising their two children, Michel and Keith.

Steve and Janet both graduated from Boston University School of Management. Steve earned his C.P.A. certificate early in his career and has used his professional expertise as a volunteer for a multitude of organizations, including the League of Women Voters of Rye, Rye Brook and Port Chester, Community Synagogue of Rye, United Hospital’s Mayfair Board as well as the Rye Recreation Commission and Rye Finance Committee. The Westchester League of Women Voters benefits from his advice on IT and social media, where he serves on a number of committees including Voter Service and Fair and Affordable Housing. Steve was actively involved in Rye’s youth baseball program, as a coach in Rye Little League, and as manager, coach, and president of the Rye Babe Ruth League. Steve was appointed and served as District Commissioner of the Babe Ruth Baseball League in Westchester County and the Bronx.

Janet has volunteered for a multitude of local organizations, serving as president of Community Synagogue of Rye, League of Women Voters of Rye, Rye Brook & Port Chester, Rye Newcomers Club, and Twig of the New York United Hospital, among others. Her longtime service to the community has also included the Rye Women’s Interfaith Committee, United Hospital’s Mayfair Board, the Woman’s Club of Rye, and Helping Hands for the Homeless and Hungry, Inc. In addition to her leadership, Janet has shared her many talents, from graphic design and editing to event planning and fundraising, with the many organizations in which she has been involved.

In 2001, both Steve and Janet were honored to receive the Westchester Jewish Conference’s Distinguished Service Award.

The Rye Lions Club, the oldest active organization in Rye, not only donates funds to Guiding Eyes for the Blind and Visions, but every year helps provide Rye Recreation summer camp scholarships.

Tickets to the dinner are $75. Contact Rob van der Wateran at 967-2600 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 6. Checks, made payable to the Rye City Lions Club, can be mailed to: Rye City Lions Club, P.O. Box 354, Rye, NY 10580. The Rye City Lions Club is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Steve and Janet Meyers

By Janice Llanes Fabry

Wine merchant Cai Palmer is somewhat of a celebrity these days. He can’t walk down Purchase Street without being stopped by inquiring minds who want to know “When’s the Wine Bar opening?” He likes to reply, “It’s in the hands of the gods, from City Hall and the Health Department to the contractors.” The truth is the long-awaited Wine Bar’s opening on the corner of Elm Place and Purchase is imminent, probably the beginning of next month. In the meantime, the new Wine at Five next door at 1 Elm is ready for business with fans peeking in all day long.

Having opened the original Wine at Five 11 years ago, after a successful career on Wall Street, Palmer had the idea of expanding his retail business by establishing an adjacent wine bar. “There was nothing available on Purchase Street to put them together, so when this space came up last November, we jumped at it,” he remarked. “The synergy between the store and the wine bar is going to be huge.”

For the sake of continuity, the new store is painted the same Empire gold and Curio gray, reflecting the earth and wine that customers have come to know. The newly renovated space boasts track lighting, porcelain tile resembling wood, and attractive shelves with the bottles upright.

“I wanted people to see the bottles and not have to poke around for them. Visualization helps people understand a wine more. I want the labels to show, as well as the chalk pricing on every bottle,” said the merchant, who always divides wine by country and by varietals within a country.

What has always set Wine at Five apart is that it carries all types of wine from wineries that make small batches. He noted, “If we like the wine, we buy it for the store.”

In fact, there are no third-party buyers. Palmer and colleagues select the wine and disregard critic ratings or price, an unusual tactic. He calls Marina Adam, a former Greenwich wine merchant who has worked with him from the beginning, his “elegance buyer because of her amazing palate and deep appreciation for really good wine.” Also on board at the shop are wine connoisseurs Malou Despoux and Marcos Lopez.

It’s not unusual to walk into the store and come upon the Wine at Five team engaged in a tasting with a vendor to determine whether they should bring in an “expressive” Pinot Noir or a Malbec from New Zealand “with firm tannins.”

Their customers enjoy participating in the shop’s wine clubs. While in Club Magnum, they can enjoy two bottles of the Wine at Five selection of the month for $40, with 5% off the purchase of six or more; joining Club Jeroboam for $75 offers four bottles with 10% off six or more and 15% off any case.

As for the Wine Bar, Palmer noted, “It will be a pure European wine bar with no television, no beer on tap, and no kitchen. We’ll serve charcuterie and fromage, and if you can only serve two foods they have to be the best two foods.”

Wine lovers will be able to choose from 70 wines by the bottle, 30 by the glass, and about 120 small batch spirits, such as Barr Hill gin, specialty tequilas, and mescal. Cheers!

<For more information, call 921-5950 or visit wineatfive.com for additional information and wine tastings with the actual wine makers.

Store hours are Monday-Saturday, 10-8.>

 Members of Ceres Garden Club of Rye kicked off the fall season with their annual fundraiser “Pumpkins Plus…other Surprises” at the Rye Farmers’ Market. Shoppers were treated to glorious autumn floral arrangements and handmade items created by members. 

Proceeds support the Club’s civic projects, such as the hanging baskets that grace the downtown area throughout the summer and the Blue Star Memorial at City Hall, a tribute to the Armed Forces of America, past, present, and future.  

The Club meets at Rye Recreation the second Tuesday of every month at 12:30 and always welcomes new members to help them spruce up the community landscape. At their October meeting, members made Halloween/Fall-inspired tray favors for Meals on Wheels recipients.

The Woman’s Club of Rye’s Disco Night fundraiser held on September 15 at the Copacabana in Port Chester was a fun-filled evening enjoyed by all. Generous community sponsorships and a packed house of supporters, ages 22 to 78, made the night a tremendous success.

“The Love Train” has left the station with much-needed funding for many in our community and beyond. Proceeds will be used to support the Woman’s Club Food Gift Card program for children and families on the federally funded lunch program, the Woman’s Club Scholarship Awards, the Women in Crisis program, and Rye Recreation’s Youth and Senior Citizen programs.

Established in 1933, the Woman's Club is an organization rich in history, tradition, and love for the community. Through its fundraising efforts, it provides help to those in need, as well as supports programs for local organizations.

To learn more or make a donation, visit womansclubofrye.org.

The Friends of Rye Nature Center hosted a frightfully successful Oktoberfest last Friday. Co-chairs Annie Teillon, Aubrey Cashion, Caitlin Layng, and their committee of 33, hosted the Nature Center’s biggest fundraiser to date, with some 500 supporters in attendance.

Guests enjoyed the sounds of Amber Anchor, the ambience of a Secret Biergarten, and a main tent whose dazzling décor and clear-top roof with majestic views of the changing foliage was the perfect backdrop.

Cheers to Joe Vicidomini of The Craftsman and The Oath, Fire Island Brewery, Harrison Wine Vault, and G. Griffin Wine and Spirits for serving some of the tastiest local beers and German wines around; and three stars to Fleischer’s Craft Butchery, The Kneaded Bread, and Marcia Selden Catering for great cuisine. 

Some came ready to party in lederhosen and dirndls, all came to hail the great cause of environmental education and conservation.  

— Photos by Pedro Garcia

Roz and Joe Carvin were honored at SPRYE’s 6th Annual Benefit, September 28 at Willow Ridge Country Club.

Not only did they receive State proclamations from Assemblyman Steve Otis and State Senator George Latimer, but SPRYE President Barbara Brunner described the Carvins’ special gift: “Your big and joyful smiles are beacons which shine through all your wonderful work and generosity to all.”

Roz and Joe, in addition to serving on a number of local nonprofits, co-founded One World, an organization dedicated to creating 21st-century leaders through character education and improving human understanding.

Photos by Julieane Webb

Paul Hicks with Council candidate Josh Cohn

Councilman Terry McCartney and his wife Julia

Council candidate Susan Watson with Mayor Joe Sack

Michele Flood with Doug French

Osborn CEO Matt Anderson with Katherine Moore

Honorees Roz and Joe Carvin with their daughters Keira, at left, and Rhianna

Steve Meyers, Assemblyman Steve Otis, and Gene Ceccarelli