Every year, as the first signs of fall appear, the Children’s Philanthropy branch of The Woman’s Club of Rye offers families the opportunity to have a photographic portrait taken in a natural setting, at the Rye Nature Center or Rye Town Park. The event helps you get your holiday card photo done way ahead of time and raises funds for the children of Rye.

A non-refundable sitting fee of $110 includes your choice of an 8 x 10 color or black-and-white print. For a complete schedule, visit

Meet the Cub Scouts

Rye Cub Scout Pack 2 will host an Informational Open House Monday, September 18 from 6-9 at Rye Recreation. Interested parents of boys in grades 1-5 are invited to stop by to learn more about scouting.  

The first monthly Pack meeting of the year will be held Wednesday, September 20 at 7 at Rye Presbyterian Church. Further information is available at or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Celebrating Women

The Osborn is hosting a “Women Who Make a Difference” luncheon September 26 at 11:30. The guest speaker is award-winning author Florence Williams, who will discuss her book, “The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative.”

The afternoon’s honorees are Angel Morris, past president of the Rye Garden Club and the Rye Nature Center, Hilary Forman, senior vice president of HealthPRO-Heritage, and Dr. Catherine P. Isaac, a physician at Scarsdale Medical Group.

Proceeds will support The Osborn Charity Care Program and the expansion of The Adams Library. Tickets start at $100. For more information and to make a donation, visit

Angel Morris & Hilary Forman


Dr. Catherine P. Isaac


By Georgetta L. Morque

Faudia Silletta has been putting the finishing touches on the newly opened Laser & SkinCare MedSpa of Westchester at B Spa Salon, just south of City Hall at 1031 Boston Post Road. As the MedSpa founder and new owner of B Spa Salon, she’s excited to bring a wealth of services to the Rye community. The facility offers a wide range of beauty treatments, from hair color and styling downstairs to skin rejuvenation and more upstairs.

In the tranquil retreat upstairs, comfortable private rooms are available for massage, facials, laser hair removal, and advanced skincare treatments. The Candela GentleMax Pro Laser features the latest technologies to remove unwanted hair and is appropriate for all skin types. With its different settings, the laser is also used to treat spider veins, uneven skin texture, age spots, and toenail fungus, and it is also effective for skin tightening. Manicures and pedicures are offered for both men and women.

A native of Guyana, Silletta emigrated to the U.S. at age 17 to continue her studies in chemistry and biology at the State University of New York and New York University. With a background in science and medicine, Silletta has worked for private medical practices and hospitals, including Cornell University Hospital where she served as a research chemist.

Silletta has also walked the runway numerous times at New York’s Fashion Week. Last year, she was crowned Mrs. New York International, winning the pageant that promotes the accomplishments of married women and their commitment to family. Her platforms were autism, breast cancer, childhood cancer, and children’s homelessness, causes she is passionate about helping. Committed to giving back, she continues to volunteer for a variety of organizations. “It’s part of who I am,” she explained.

Her personal interest in fashion and beauty, combined with her science and medical knowledge, led her to the field of aesthetic skincare. She became certified in laser medicine and chose Rye and Scarsdale for her first business ventures. Rye appealed to her because of its shops and restaurants, and quiet character as opposed to New York City’s fast pace. Proximity to her home in Eastchester was also important. She really loves what she does but she is the mother of two young sons, too.

For a complimentary consultation, contact Faudia Silletta at 347-931-4436.

By Bill Lawyer

In recent months people involved with improving Rye’s resilience to serious storms have expressed concern that the Rye Rising projects that were initiated are “going nowhere.” Further, the City may lose funds that were awarded by New York State due to failure to meet deadlines spelled out in the contract, which expires in 2019.

But before looking at recent developments, some background information is needed to help understand what’s at stake.

It’s been ten years since two serious floods took place in 2007. Then along came Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Sandy in 2012. Following each of these disasters people looked to government to help — not only with cleanup, repair, and restoration, but also with designing structures and infrastructures that were more resilient — for the inevitable storms that would arrive in the years to come.

Committees were formed and inter-municipal studies, watershed-wide in scope, were begun. Rye was greatly impacted by the rainfall in the upper Blind Brook watershed, where the amount of impervious surfaces has greatly increased in recent years, due mainly to the construction of new homes, office buildings, and roadways.

But Rye wasn’t the only Westchester community to seek help with the serious damage from the rising tides and inundated streams and rivers.

After the 2007 storms, Westchester County developed a special fund for municipalities that had viable projects for diminishing the impact of storms.

Fortunately, Rye had been involved with the Long Island Sound Watershed Intermunicipal Council (LISWIC) for many years and was ready to move forward.

Rye was one of the first to be awarded funds, which were used to restore the sluicegate at the Bowman Avenue Dam on Blind Brook.

A committee of residents, many of whom lived in and adjacent to Indian Village, was established to assist the Rye City Council in identifying and prioritizing improvement projects.

Over the years, Rye has participated in several projects to stop damage caused by storm-water runoff. These include planting trees and shrubs and expanding wetlands to retain rainfall, and the installation of dry well equipment.

After Irene and Sandy, New York State developed a new program for resiliency improvements, New York Rising, and the City of Rye submitted a proposal.