Every week Bread of Life, a Rye-based nonprofit, feeds 10,000 people around the county, from senior residents in the Town of Rye, to children in Port Chester, and a men’s center in White Plains. It redistributes food from area restaurants and grocery stores like Trader Joe’s. It’s a considerable undertaking.

Bread of Life is hosting a fundraiser at Serendipity Labs May 3 from 6:30-8:30. Tickets are $30 each.

Committed to the idea that each person is created in the Divine Image, we, the undersigned Rye, Port Chester, Harrison, and Rye Brook religious leaders stand united against the recent spate of anti-Semitic acts carried out locally and around the nation.


Harassment through bomb-threats to Jewish Community Centers, intimidation through swastika graffiti, and the horrifying desecration of Jewish cemeteries all run counter to the religious values that we all share. We commit to remaining vigilant in opposing anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination, prejudice and intimidation against any of God’s children.


Rather than succumb to fear, rather than close ourselves off, we will continue to build bridges of cooperation, understanding, and holiness among our congregations and all people of goodwill. In doing so, we will demonstrate to the world that Westchester County remains a place that, in the words of President George Washington, “gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.”


Rev. Hilario Albert

St. Peter’s Episcopal, Port Chester 


Rabbi Jaymee Alpert

Congregation Kneses Tifereth Israel, Port Chester


Fr. Patrick Angelucci SDB

Corpus Christi — Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Port Chester


The Rev. Dorothée R. Caulfield

Christ’s Episcopal Church, Rye 


Cantor Melanie Cooperman

Community Synagogue of Rye 


Rev. Monsignor Donald M. Dwyer

Church of the Resurrection, Rye 


Rev. Robert D. Flanagan

Christ’s Episcopal Church, Rye


Rabbi Leora Frankel

Community Synagogue of Rye


Rabbi Howard J. Goldsmith

Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, Rye


Rabbi Daniel Gropper

Community Synagogue of Rye


Fr. Richard Guarnerie

St. Gregory the Great of Harrison



Rabbi Eytan Hammerman

Jewish Community Center of Harrison 


The Rev. Dr. Craig Higgins, Senior Pastor

Trinity Presbyterian Church, Rye


The Rev. Sanford A. Key

Christ’s Episcopal Church, Rye


The Rev. Daniel Love

Rye Presbyterian Church


The Rev. Steve Magneson, Associate Pastor

Trinity Presbyterian Church, Rye


The Rev. Dr. John Miller

Rye Presbyterian Church


Pastor Jim O’Hanlon

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Rye Brook


The Rev. Kristin Saylor

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Port Chester


Cantor Alexis K. Sklar

Congregation Kneses Tifereth Israel, Port Chester


Cantor Meredith Stone

Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, Rye


Father Elias G. Villis

The Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour, Rye





At Westchester Home’s 6th Annual Design Awards gala held April 12 at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, four of Rye’s best were among the 2017 winners announced by acclaimed interior designer Vicente Wolf. Best Use of Small Space: Jennifer Howard, JWH Design & Cabinetry Pool or Pool House: Sean Jancski, SJ Landscape Architects Traditional Kitchen: Randy O’Kane, Bilotta; Dipti Shah and Paul Benowitz, Benowitz Shah Architects Whole Home Architecture: Robert Georgio, Georgio Home

By Peter Jovanovich

“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve as your new superintendent,” said Dr. Eric Byrne at a reception held by the Rye City School District on March 7 at Rye Middle School. Byrne will succeed Dr. Brian Monahan, Interim Superintendent, beginning July 1 of this year.

In his opening remarks, Byrne expressed his dedication to “building on the current success of our of our schools while striving to identify avenues for growth and improvement.”

“As part of my entry plan,” Byrne continued, “I will invite members of the community, faculty, students, and staff to meet with me this summer in order to learn about the strengths and needs of our schools. Through hard work, creativity, strong instructional programs, and a commitment to continuous improvement, we will work together to provide the best possible experience and preparation for the children of Rye.”

As previously reported, Dr. Byrne has been an educator in public schools for 23 years, including high school science teacher, assistant principal and principal, and currently Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at Chappaqua Central School District.

Rye City School Board president Katy Keohane Glassberg noted that the search process included over 40 candidates. “When we visited Chappaqua, one of Eric’s colleagues remarked: ‘Everyone knows that Eric is a vision guy, but he’s also the person who can plan and execute all the concrete steps to accomplish that vision.”’

Asked if there was one class he would like to teach today if he could, Byrne replied, “Literature. It meant a lot to me in my student days.”


Dr. Eric Byrne with his daughter Hannah and wife Andrea at the March 7 community gathering

This year’s Rye Historical Society luncheon was held in recognition of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York. Guest speaker Professor Emerita Barbara Winslow of Brooklyn College, CUNY presented a detailed history of the state suffrage movement and highlighted some of the courageous women who made this a reality three years before the United States passed the 19th Amendment.


More than a few good women were among the guests at the luncheon, held March 2 at American Yacht Club.


— Kathleen Durkee



7670 – Laura Brett, co-president; Barbara Winslow, guest speaker; Jennifer Plick, Acting Executive Director of the Rye Historical Society; and Jeanine Scott, co-president


By Gretchen Althoff Snyder

 “In the spirit of the three remarkable scientists of the Bird family, we particularly wanted to encourage scientific curiosity in young people.”

This is a noteworthy year in Rye’s history: 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Meeting House. The Meeting House evolved from a schoolhouse to an Episcopal Sunday school when it was moved to 600 Milton Road in 1867. After the addition of the distinctive bell tower in 1877, the Meeting House became Grace Chapel (affiliated with Christ’s Church), and subsequently served for many years as a Quaker Meeting House. The City of Rye purchased the Meeting House in 2002, and acquired a grant for the property’s restoration, which commenced in 2005. Today, the building serves as a secular historic site and educational destination for all age groups.

The Bird Homestead, a historic and rare-surviving 19th-century farm complex along a tidal estuary, lies directly adjacent to the Meeting House. The property consists of a modest 1835 Greek revival house, an 1885 two-story barn, and a late 19th-century woodworking shop with an attached chicken coop. Henry Bird, the owner of the farm and patriarch of the family, was a prominent entomologist and President of the New York Entomological Society in the 1920s. His son Roland was an esteemed paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History, and Roland’s younger brother Junius was an internationally known archeologist. The Bird family owned the homestead from 1852 until 2009, when it was purchased by the City of Rye; the following year it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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