Over 80 guests were on hand to help William Raveis Real Estate celebrate the grand opening, June 26, of their newly renovated office at 78 Purchase Street. While Prosecco and rosé were flowing, members of the Raveis family along with company stalwarts officially cut the ribbon.

Marylin Hoffman, Associate Broker and Vice President of Sales, said, “Our new office, with its glass windowed front and modern interior, is the most inviting storefront on Purchase Street.” She has a point — the revamped space has been attracting lots of attention from the public. And all the agents are pleased with the open office plan, which facilitates a more constructive and communicative environment. “With two conference rooms, an open kitchen, coffee station, and collaboration area, the office is perfectly designed for interactive and creative idea sharing among our brokers and clients,” noted Hoffman.

In keeping with Raveis’ high-tech focus, the office has been furnished with mobile-friendly workstations and charging portals for any smart device.

“The modern and polished yet warm environment sparkles,” said Hoffman. “We are thrilled, and it certainly was worth the wait!”


#3462 Welcome to the new William Raveis office

#145 Ryan Raveis, Daniel Farr, Marylin Hoffman, Amy Kane, Chris Raveis, and Bill Raveis at the ribbon cutting

#3516 Agents Laurie Iannuzzo, Maureen Skilrow, Mary McCabe with a guest

#211 Michael DeRosa, Nancy Chochrek, Nancy Ogilvie, Marylin Hoffman, and Dan Farr


The Early Childhood Center at the Community Synagogue of Rye and The Little Garden Club of Rye teamed up to introduce a fun and informative program on honeybees geared to 4- and 5-year-olds. On June 5, local beekeepers Victoria Dillon and her daughter Anne-Marie, a rising Harrison High School senior, gave the preschoolers a better understanding of why they should learn to love and protect bees.

The presentation included a show-and-tell with beekeeper tools, honeycomb wax, and bee specimens in plastic cases. Everyone enjoyed the honey tasting and gained a better understanding of how bees communicate. For the grand finale, the children demonstrated the waggle dance, the body language bees use to show the rest of the hive where to find water sources, new nest locations, and pollen- and nectar-rich flowers. 

How did the students respond to the program? Robert Dorin, age 5, said, “Now I know how to do the waggle dance! And without bees, I couldn’t eat cherries!”

ECC Director Dale Oberlander said, “I am happy our students had the opportunity to understand the importance of bees and what they provide us. They will be able to see many pollinators in action thanks to our new Butterfly Garden.” Oberlander arranged to have a beautiful screened wooden structure moved from the defunct Pleasantville Synagogue to the ECC. The interior of the garden was donated by the Little Garden Club and designed by member Liz Garrett.

— Photos by Darla Rohde

Beekeepers Anne-Marie and Victoria Dillon giving ECC students the friendly buzz on bees.

EEC Director Dale Oberlander, far left, with Victoria and Anne-Marie Dillon in Community Synagogue’s new Butterfly Garden.

During the show-and-tell


The 28th Annual George J. Kirby Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Monday, July 17 at the Griffith E Harris “the Griff” Golf Course in Greenwich.


Every year, thanks to generous local business and individual sponsorships, over 300 Rye senior citizens are able to participate in cultural, educational, and health programs plus seasonal luncheon events. Become a lead sponsor by donating a check in the amount of $150 or more. Please send checks, payable to Rye Senior Citizens, to Jerry McGuire 411 Midland Ave., Rye, NY 10580.


If you would like to participate in the tournament and enjoy a delicious dinner hosted by Kelly’s at Rye Recreation Park, the cost is $175. Contact Tom Maloney at 310-7631 or Jerry McGuire at 490-8641 for event sponsorship information, golf, and dinner reservations.   



Who says fundraisers can’t be exciting? The Rye Historical Society’s annual gala was a carnival of fun, complete with stilt walkers, a fire-eater, and games for all under a big tent. Over 200 guests stepped right up for a magical evening co-chaired by Claudine Hanley, Jennifer Molloy, and Jeanine Scott at the home of Lisa and Mark Keegan June 3.

— Photos by Paul Moore

David Ellis, Rob Field, Ned Kirk, and Patrick Moran

Sander and Stephanie Spierings with Ilaria and Maarten Kruitjzer

 Gala Co-Chairs Jeanine Scott, Claudine Hanley, Jennifer Molloy 

Four members of Rye High School’s Varsity Golf team — Brian Latkany, Delucia Lepore, Lara Martin, and Jack Tartaglia — have organized Birdies for Birds, the Friends of Rye Nature Center’s first golf outing. Knowing firsthand the complimentary nature of golf and the beauty of the outdoors, the teens decided to raise awareness and funds to benefit the Nature Center’s mission to protect and conserve natural habitats.

Proceeds from Birdies for Birds will be used to plant native flowers, shrubs, and grasses at the Nature Center.

“These students have been working hard to get sponsors, sell tickets, and organize a terrific event. We are excited to have such engaged young advocates in our community,” said FRNC Executive Director Christine Siller.

Mark your calendars for Birdies for Birds at Rye Golf Club on August 1. For more information, to purchase tickets or to sponsor the event, go to or contact the Rye Nature Center directly at 967-5150.

Over the past ten years, we’ve watched Soul Ryeders improve the quality of life of individuals and families affected by cancer. This volunteer-driven organization has stuck to their mission while expanding their circle of care and compassion.

What started out with Sandy Samberg’s participation in the 2006 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, in memory of one friend and in honor of another, progressed to putting together a team from Rye for the 2007 Walk. They raised over $100,000 that first year.

In short order, they organized their first education and awareness event, developed a grant program, launched The Wig Exchange, and the TieTheTown Pink campaign. They’ve supported LIVESTRONG at the Y for the past six years.

This year, Soul Ryeders is sending 15 kids to Camp Kesem. They offer Yoga for Cancer classes taught by cancer survivors. They’re starting a Caregiver Support program. And, they recently opened an office in downtown Rye, where volunteers find a variety of meaningful opportunities.

While Samberg says Soul Ryeders has “evolved organically”, the thousands of recipients of compassionate care, financial assistance, and individualized counseling might beg to differ. The organization’s evolution can be traced to a few good women, and the dozens who’ve been attracted to their cause.

Soul Ryeders invites all to its 10th anniversary celebration at Rye Town Park for food, music, and the unveiling of their gift to the community — a labyrinth, as a place for serenity and contemplation. Save the date: Sunday, September 17 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Rye Town Park Pavilion. The rain date is October 1. Meanwhile, visit to become a permanent part of the labyrinth by purchasing an engraved bric.