Ferris — Tomaselli
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ferris of Rye and Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Mosca of Palm Beach and Mr. Robert Tomaselli of Congers, N.Y. are delighted to announce the engagement of their children, Danielle Ferris and Vincent J. Tomaselli.
The future bride graduated from Rye High School and earned a Master’s degree magna cum laude from Mercy College. She is employed at Bedford Road Elementary School in Pleasantville.
The future groom graduated from Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak. He is currently employed as an information technology engineer at Matrix 42.
Mr. Tomaselli surprised Ms. Ferris with his proposal on a 30th birthday gift trip that she planned for them in Napa Valley, California, last fall.
A late September wedding is planned.
Flynn — Krall
Kathleen Flynn of New York City and John Krall of Rye announce their engagement.
The future bride is originally from Garden City, Long Island. She is currently employed at Acquavella Galleries in New York City. She has a degree in finance from Marist College.
The future groom, originally from Blauvelt, New York, is the Executive Chef at Manursing Island Club. In addition to culinary training here and abroad, he holds a degree in psychology from SUNY Albany.
A September wedding is planned.
Rob and Katie Rafter of Wayne, Pennsylvania, announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Jane Rogers Rafter, on January 30. She weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces.
Her paternal grandparents are Patsy and Bob Rafter of Port Chester. Her maternal grandparents, Skip and Nancy Rogers reside in New Hartford.
Our Young Man in Panama
Adam Yarnell, 24, has been accepted into the Peace Corps. The Rye resident departed last month for Panama, where he will serve as a volunteer. After three months of training outside of Panama City, he will begin a two-year assignment as a Community Environmental Conservation Volunteer elsewhere in that country. His work will include promoting environmental awareness and stewardship among students and young adults.
“I’ve been interested in serving in the Peace Corps since high school,” said Yarnell. “A number of my mentors — and my freshman college roommate — have been volunteers and I am honored to be following in their footsteps.”
A graduate of Rye Country Day School, Yarnell attended Brown University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Policy and Latin American Studies, graduating in 2011. Fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese, he worked most recently in standards development at Sustainable Travel International in White Salmon, Washington.
Yarnell is in good company. Since President John F. Kennedy established The Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, more than 210,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries. Today, 8,073 volunteers are working with local communities in 76 host countries.
Dancing Kings and Queens
A number of stars came out for the celebration of Grand Central Terminal’s centennial February 1. Among the boldface names were: Alessandra Madlangbayan, Connor Frank, Katie Sack, Kai Haesslein, Hallie Rosenfield, Jake Girling, Emily Mann, Eric Dowd, Bhavya Kapoor, Jenna Yai, Matt Beiger, Cate Hudson, and Riki Watanabe. That’s right, Osborn School’s fifth-grade Ballroom Dance Team was there, too, dancing under Grand Central’s starry ceiling in front of a large crowd.
The Osborn team was thrilled to be invited, along with nine New York City schools, to tango, merengue, rhumba, foxtrot, waltz, and swing, as part of a “Dancing Classrooms” exhibition.