Taking a Common Sense Stand Against Property Misdevelopment

We would like to applaud the decision made by Mr. Paul Breunich, President and CEO of Julia B. Fee, Sotheby’s International Realty, of abstaining from marketing the property being developed at 135 Highland Road. In a letter addressed to all neighbors who have been tortured by the rock hammering on this property for 7 months, Mr. Breunich clarifies there are no ties between his firm and DT Custom Homes, as the builder had purported on his website. The website has since been taken down.

Mr. Breunich’s swift move safeguards the reputation of the firm he heads and sets an example we hope other real estate firms will follow. The project at 135 Highland is a public relations nightmare for anyone involved. When neighbors started venting online it was evident the physical suffering endured by children as well as adults had pushed everyone over the edge.

The project, neighbors were told, was supposed to take three weeks of hammering a granite ledge to allow building a basement for a 6,000 square-foot spec house; instead it was completing its 7th month — of rock hammering alone! It turns out you can’t put a square peg in a round hole.

While the newly created “Rock Chipping Commission” works on devising guidelines for what is appropriate, we welcome the common sense of business leaders like Mr. Breunich in taking a stand. Abusing the system will make a profit in the short term, but it can ruin your reputation. Who will invest with a developer or trust a builder who has no control over a project?


— Jim and Carolina Johnson
5 Mendota Avenue


Strike Up the Rye High Band


I’d like to recognize Dan Brown and the Rye High School Jazz Band for an outstanding performance during cocktail hour at the (very successful) Rye Youth Council gala on Saturday night. I was impressed with the music to begin with, but even more so when I made my way through the crowd and realized it was a high school band! I would never have known – they were terrific.


Kudos to Dan and his fantastic and talented student musicians.

— Janice Dean


Grateful We Chose Rye

Through your excellent newspaper, and on behalf of the entire Martinez family, we would like to share with you the achievement of our son, Francisco Javier Martinez Calderon, who has earned a place on the Dean’s List at Siena College.  

In 2005 we moved from Spain to Rye, and we were blessed by choosing this place to live while in the United States of America. We have been fortunate to live in a variety of countries — Poland and Italy, not to mention our native Spain — where we experienced many wonderful moments. Coming to the United States, however, posed several challenges. Our children, Javier and Maria, have seriously impaired vision. We were confronted with several challenges at once: a new country, limited knowledge of English, a new school, and restricted physical mobility. My wife, Inmaculada, and I were understandably concerned for the future of our children.

In June 2011 Javier graduated with honors from Rye High School and was admitted to Siena College. No doubt his strong will, intelligence, and determination to overcome all difficulties have played a role in his achievements. But these would not have been possible without the extraordinary help of the teachers working for the Rye City School District. In July 2011, I wrote you a letter of gratitude that you published.

Wherever we may find ourselves in the future, we will always keep Rye in our minds and in our hearts.     

Truly yours,

F. Javier Martinez


Stop Sign Needed

The corner intersection of Manursing and Forest avenues is a site simply waiting for a traffic fatality. A pattern of crashes has been happening for years. The problem is that as a car approaches Forest up the Manursing Avenue hill, the driver has no way of seeing cars approaching from the left due to non-90-degree angling of the streets. As the approaching car moves out (past the current, ineffectual stop line), it enters into the path of potentially fast-moving cars not previously seen.

 The only solution, it seems to me, is to make this a four-way stop intersection, and to do it immediately.

On January 9, a very serious accident occurred, not resulting in a fatality thanks, it seemed apparent, to several air bags. Last time, after repeated calls from me to City Hall, DPW did make some improvements. But they didn't address the core problem, and we luckily just missed a deadly consequence.  

There is absolutely no reason why stop signs should not be added to the Forest Avenue parts of that intersection. I live on that corner. I personally won't like the increased noise of stopping and starting trucks and other vehicles, but I would like to prevent needless deaths.


— Allen Clark



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