By Peter Jovanovich

The new Superintendent of the Rye City School District, Dr. Eric Byrne, has only been at the helm for a few short weeks, but he’s already garnered our attention. At the June 27 Board of Education meeting, he presented his Entry Plan to “listen and learn” about the District in order to develop and execute an educational vision for the future. “It’s all about taking a deep dive: learning what we want to be.”

Unprecedented in its scope and detail, the Plan, which is posted on the District’s website, calls for Dr. Byrne to interview hundreds of individuals over the next six months, including teachers, administrators, staff members, students, parents, community leaders, and elected officials. Already, he has interviewed members of the Board and begun reviewing all the various reports and documents related to the District’s academic, financial, and operational performance.

Over 80 guests were on hand to help William Raveis Real Estate celebrate the grand opening, June 26, of their newly renovated office at 78 Purchase Street. While Prosecco and rosé were flowing, members of the Raveis family along with company stalwarts officially cut the ribbon.

Marylin Hoffman, Associate Broker and Vice President of Sales, said, “Our new office, with its glass windowed front and modern interior, is the most inviting storefront on Purchase Street.” She has a point — the revamped space has been attracting lots of attention from the public. And all the agents are pleased with the open office plan, which facilitates a more constructive and communicative environment. “With two conference rooms, an open kitchen, coffee station, and collaboration area, the office is perfectly designed for interactive and creative idea sharing among our brokers and clients,” noted Hoffman.

In keeping with Raveis’ high-tech focus, the office has been furnished with mobile-friendly workstations and charging portals for any smart device.

“The modern and polished yet warm environment sparkles,” said Hoffman. “We are thrilled, and it certainly was worth the wait!”


#3462 Welcome to the new William Raveis office

#145 Ryan Raveis, Daniel Farr, Marylin Hoffman, Amy Kane, Chris Raveis, and Bill Raveis at the ribbon cutting

#3516 Agents Laurie Iannuzzo, Maureen Skilrow, Mary McCabe with a guest

#211 Michael DeRosa, Nancy Chochrek, Nancy Ogilvie, Marylin Hoffman, and Dan Farr


Hungry for a good time, families flocked to Rye Recreation’s 2nd Annual Food Truck Festival on June 24. In addition to hot diggity dogs from Walter’s, there was barbecue from Three Little Pigs, crispy fare from The Rollin’ Rooster, and lobster rolls galore. The Craftsman Ale House served a bevy of beers and hard cider that went down well with just about anything for the adults in the crowd. And there was a long line outside the Longford’s truck.

When the kids weren’t flying high in bouncy houses, they were enjoying letting bubbles fly, courtesy of the Bubble Bus, safari rides, watching a juggler, and playing a game of cornhole. Two bands, Birddog and Flight of Sound, kept the field jumpin’.

— Melanie Cane


The 28th Annual George J. Kirby Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Monday, July 17 at the Griffith E Harris “the Griff” Golf Course in Greenwich.


Every year, thanks to generous local business and individual sponsorships, over 300 Rye senior citizens are able to participate in cultural, educational, and health programs plus seasonal luncheon events. Become a lead sponsor by donating a check in the amount of $150 or more. Please send checks, payable to Rye Senior Citizens, to Jerry McGuire 411 Midland Ave., Rye, NY 10580.


If you would like to participate in the tournament and enjoy a delicious dinner hosted by Kelly’s at Rye Recreation Park, the cost is $175. Contact Tom Maloney at 310-7631 or Jerry McGuire at 490-8641 for event sponsorship information, golf, and dinner reservations.   



Four members of Rye High School’s Varsity Golf team — Brian Latkany, Delucia Lepore, Lara Martin, and Jack Tartaglia — have organized Birdies for Birds, the Friends of Rye Nature Center’s first golf outing. Knowing firsthand the complimentary nature of golf and the beauty of the outdoors, the teens decided to raise awareness and funds to benefit the Nature Center’s mission to protect and conserve natural habitats.

Proceeds from Birdies for Birds will be used to plant native flowers, shrubs, and grasses at the Nature Center.

“These students have been working hard to get sponsors, sell tickets, and organize a terrific event. We are excited to have such engaged young advocates in our community,” said FRNC Executive Director Christine Siller.

Mark your calendars for Birdies for Birds at Rye Golf Club on August 1. For more information, to purchase tickets or to sponsor the event, go to or contact the Rye Nature Center directly at 967-5150.