Ceres-iously Beautiful

I would like to thank the hard working green thumbs of the Ceres Garden Club for their wonderful, bounteous hanging flower baskets adorning Rye this summer. Our town looks so pretty! The planters in and about town are also a wonderful, colorful addition.

Thank you, one and all of you who planted and tended with loving care to these flowers for Rye residents’ enjoyment.

— Nancy Jane Carson


Trash Alert

Have you ever found trash on your driveway and wondered where it came from? Quite honestly, it might have been left there by me.

As a Rye resident I am stunned by the amount of trash in the streets. (Forest Avenue is especially bad.)

Aren’t we living in an environmentally-aware community, which even has its own Sustainability Plan? Aren’t we teaching our children that trash belongs in trash cans, and is not to be thrown out of car windows, even if you are a teen-ager trying to act cool?

Do we realize how long it takes for nature to break down all this trash — decades, even centuries for all those cigarette butts and plastic bottles.

We all know this, so why don’t we stop littering? Do we really want Rye to be a dirty town?

Whenever you see trash lying around, do you pick it up? Unlikely if it’s not your own. Well, from now on, please do, or try my solution: Every time you’re out walking or running and you see a plastic bottle or a crushed beer can, pick it up and put it on the next driveway. Why a driveway? Because if it is on your  driveway, you will pick it up, because your driveway should matter to you. And while doing this, keep thinking: Do you really need to throw trash out of your car window? 

So, runners and walkers of Rye unite: Pick up trash you encounter. And let’s all start using trash cans and keep telling your kids to do so, too.

— Sandra van Boetzelaer-van Wersch

 You Made My Day

You came in late morning and tried on the last pair of shoes, ones you thought would never work, but fell in love with them, even though you thought that style would not suit you. You took them to the counter and you were my first and last sale of the day. You spent $80 and you made my day. Thank you for your time and attention and stopping in.

You never know when it is you who makes someone’s whole day. Well, to the customer that bought the shoes, it was you.

— Renee Drummond,
Rhythm in Rye


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# Joan Walters Drake 2014-02-07 18:59
Dear Judy Ryen: I am sorry we have never met; I write to wish you well in your retirement. FYI, I got my first Rye Library borrower's card in 1938 when I was 7 years old and a student at Milton School. Marcia Dolphin was head librarian and Miss Doris Bird, my neighbor on Milton Point, was in charge of the Children's Room on the wonderfully magical 2nd floor. I used to ride my bike to the library on Saturdays to return last week's 2 books and check out 2 more. We had to be very quiet in the library and it seemed almost a holy place to me. The children's room had books on display, arranged by Miss Bird, and its shelves full of the most interesting books in the world; I always wanted to take more than just two and it was hard to leave the rest behind to wait for another day. After my visit to the library I would go to the Saturday matinee at the Rye Playhouse which was situated where the Town Offices now stand. Weekends were a great treat in contrast to the confines of the classroom. I know the library has changed greatly; I visited there to do some family research about 5 years ago. It does not have its former cloistered and magical quiet and its totally book-focused atmosphere, yet it serves all the new needs of the day. I'm glad you were there to help Rye residents of the past 29 years to learn to love books as Ms. Bird & Ms. Dolphin did for my generation. I have visited and/or used libraries on several continents but Rye Library is still my favorite. All the best, Joan Walters Drake, Washington, DC, February 3, 2014
# Anne McCarthy 2014-03-23 09:39
Mr. Seitz is right on here with his observations of the zoning board. The only thing I disagree with is that this particular instance sets a bad precedent...the precedent was set long ago. This instance is simply par for the course. Profit motive was entirely the reason variances were granted to 2 Central Ave (the old Black Bass). The neighborhood objected, the property is in a flood zone, and the larger building will create additional traffic and parking challenges. The only reasons the variances were granted were Rex Gedney was the architect and Jon Kraut the lawyer. With Alan Weil at the helm of the zoning board for more than 10 years now, it's really King Alan's royal court and nothing resembling a functioning municipal government.
# Anne McCarthy 2014-04-04 23:13
By simply saying something is a false accusation without presenting supporting evidence further illustrates Mr. Weil's obnoxious, dictatorial style. He presents no supporting data that he isn't influenced by profit or contacts. Just more blathering declarations by King Alan. Do unto others Mr. Weil...I am doing unto you. NYS ZBA guidelines recommend 3-5 year terms for members. There is absolutely nothing generous about your service. You are a destructive member of this community and should be treated as such. I, for one, won't bow down.