The Rye Women’s Interfaith Committee has organized a topical and timely program entitled “Women Under Threat — Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking” for its annual conference, Sunday, January 21 at 3 at Rye Presbyterian Church.

Kym McNair of My Sister's Place, a domestic violence agency in Westchester County, will lead the presentation. 

Admission is $15. Refreshments will be served. The snow date is January 28.


By Georgetta Morque

The opportunity to learn fencing from Olympians is now at our doorstep. The country’s seventh ranked club for youth fencing opened on Pearl Street in Port Chester. Founded by U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist Tim Morehouse, the club offers lessons and camp programs in the Olympic sport of sabre fencing for all ages and levels.

Since its opening, the Tim Morehouse Fencing Club has provided lessons to hundreds of new and experienced fencers, sent teams to national competitions, hosted its first tournament for over 200 competitors and established itself as the go-to venue for fencing in the region and beyond. Port Chester is the club’s second location; the first, opened two years ago, is on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Morehouse, who teaches at his Port Chester club, along with other internationally acclaimed coaches, won an Olympic Silver Medal in the Men’s sabre team event in 2008 and was a three-time Olympic team member in ’04, ’08 and ’12, a nine-time world team member, and two-time individual U.S. National Champion. He was introduced to the sport at age 13 when he chose fencing over gymnastics at Riverdale Country Day School. Little did he know that fencing would change his life.

His passion for his sport is also the driving force behind his nonprofit organization, Fencing in the Schools, an initiative to eventually introduce fencing to 1 million students in low-income communities throughout the U.S. A former teacher in the Teach for America program, Morehouse is also a sought-after speaker, corporate spokesperson, and on-air correspondent.

Jonah Shainberg, a Rye High School graduate now fencing for the University of Notre Dame, is thrilled to be so close to the club and his coaches. He encourages people in the community to give fencing a try. “It’s a fantastic sport that anyone can do,” said Shainberg, adding that few sports emphasize the importance of the mental side of the game quite like fencing does.

In addition to having an outstanding college career, Shainberg, who has fenced since age 8, has won numerous medals in competitions all over the world, including the Salt Lake City Junior Olympics, the Cadet World Cup in Hungary and Russia, the World Championships in Croatia. “Fencing, most importantly, has taught me valuable lessons that I’ll carry through my life, such as managing my time effectively, holding myself accountable, and being adaptable,” he said.

The Club offers: an introductory program to help ages 4 to 6 to gain better control of their bodies and minds through fencing; a beginner program for all ages; a youth championship program for ages 7 to 12; a junior/senior elite program for students ages 13 and over who compete on a regional and national level; and an adult novice program. Project Runway’s Tim Gunn competed in the club’s tournament in November and is an avid student of Morehouse’s in the city.

Programs provide a combination of private and group lessons, loaner equipment, an equipment-storing station and additional elements depending upon the age group. The club, which offers several types of memberships, welcomes school groups and can provide after-school pickup. Trial lessons are also available. For more information, visit or call 317-886-8243.


Tim Morehouse, Jonah Shainberg, and Archil Lortkipanidze at the USA Fencing Division 1 Challenge in Salt Lake City this summer



The Board of Trustees of The Gabelli Dividend & Income Trust announced the appointment of <<Susan V. Watson>> to the Board of the Fund last month.

Mario Gabelli, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, said, “We look forward to Susan sharing her perspective and providing her insight and knowledge.”

Ms. Watson brings an extensive career in investment relations with such firms as MCI, Interpublic Group, PepsiCo, Nielsen Media Research, Gannett, and Metromedia. Most recently, she served on the Board of Directors Practice at Spencer Stuart.

She began her career as an analyst with Scudder Stevens & Clark and was subsequently a Senior Media Analyst at EF Hutton and Morgan Stanley. She has been a Chartered Financial Analyst since 1980.

Ms. Watson holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Southern California and an M.A. in Education from the City College of New York.


More than 250 special guests turned out to support the works of Don Bosco on behalf of the young and the poor at the annual Don Bosco Dreams Gala November 10 at Apawamis Club. Councilwoman Julie Killian and her husband Gary chaired the dinner.

The evening’s honorees were His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York; Resurrection Church for decades of support of the mission of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Port Chester; and Sebastian Cobb, a Brunswick School senior and founder of Don Bosco Dinner Buddies, a program that invites teen volunteers from Rye and Greenwich to join Don Bosco kids for dinner each night.

Don Bosco Scholars, who are part of a first-generation college access program run by volunteer college coaches from Rye and Greenwich, were also on hand to greet guests and share their college hopes.

“St. John Bosco is famous for his ‘great dream’ to serve the young,” noted Don Bosco Executive Director Ann Heekin, and this annual gala invites new friends and old to continue the dream with us.”

Photos by Jo Bryan Photography


Dinner chairs Julie and Gary Killian, with honoree, His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York

Don Bosco Executive Director Ann Heekin with Msgr. Donald Dwyer, who accepted the Mission and Excellence award on behalf of Rye's Church of the Resurrection

Cardinal Dolan with Don Bosco Scholars, class of 2018 

Sebastian Cobb, founder of Don Bosco Dinner Buddies 




Throughout the year, Helping Hands for the Homeless & Hungry volunteers perform miracles. They serve up Dinners at Noon, organize Mission Backpack (this year they filled 2,500 for the neediest students), and assemble and deliver packages of toiletries (Project Refresh) and undergarments (Undie Fundie). They’ve been doing good things with ease and a smile for nearly 30 years.

On December 10, dozens of supportive guests brought boxes of diapers, as requested, to the organization’s warm and wonderful holiday party at Wainwright, and everyone went home with the glow of giving.

— Photos by Steve Meyers and Robin Jovanovich

Co-chairs Susan Salice and Brigitte Sarnoff

Assemblyman Steve Otis and his wife Martha

Helping Hands members in front of the tree

Guests enjoying the Helping Hands story.




On December 16, Rye Pack 2 Den 1 braved freezing temperatures to spread holiday cheer while raising money for the Humane Society of Westchester at their 3rd Annual Bake Sale.

Recipients of the Boy Scouts of America National Den Award greeted shoppers on Purchase Street, including several former Boy and Eagle Scouts who proudly recited the Boy Scout oath and shared stories of yesteryear.

Over the holiday break, the troop will have an opportunity to present the Humane Society with a nice gift while playing with homeless cats and dogs.