Prom Dresses at a Good Price Point

As prom season approaches, many high school girls are preparing to purchase dresses, shoes, and handbags. Appreciating that proms are a large expense for many, Camryn Sullivan, a Rye Neck High School senior, founded The Prom Collective.

In November 2016, she started collecting lightly worn prom dresses from friends and family, as well as tapping the United Methodist Church community in Mamaroneck for dresses that might be hanging in girls’ closets from last year’s proms.

“The support I have received is amazing. People want to help and I have received donations of dresses, accessories, and even make-up samples,” said Camryn.

Her concept is to make the cost of the dresses optional, determined by the purchaser. If someone hesitates or cannot pay more than a small amount, Camryn said she is ready to simply give dresses away. “I think people are honest and will tell me what they feel they can pay.  If someone loves a dress and hesitates, I will discreetly ask if they want it for free.”

Camryn invites all prom-bound girls to The Prom Collective event: Saturday, March 25 from 11-3 at the Mamaroneck United Methodist Church. The funds collected will be donated to a charity that helps support at-risk teens.


                  Camryn Sullivan, Rye Neck High School senior, holds a dress from The Prom Collective.    

Rye’s Best Friend: Pet Pantry Warehouse

By Janice Llanes Fabry


Pet Pantry Warehouse, a family-owned pet supply retailer, has ten years under its collar, thanks to a longstanding foolproof formula. 


“We hold true to old traditions and customer service,” said co-owner Adam Jacobson. “We pride ourselves on being an integral part of every community we’re in.”



Pet Pantry Warehouse was founded in 1945 by two World War II veterans, Army Air Force servicemen Jac Cohen and Mort Davis, who had adopted a puppy in wartime England, and opened the business in Greenwich when they returned from overseas. 


In 1995, the store was purchased by Barry Jacobson and his sons, Adam and Ari, all of whom run the business today. In addition to the original Greenwich location, they added shops in Larchmont, New Canaan, Wilton, and Riverside, as well as 259 Purchase Street in Rye.  


The Jacobsons were born and raised in Harrison, with many pets of their own, from a Doberman and West Highland terriers to Akitas and “a couple of token fish.” Both brothers went on to start their own families in Rye. Though they’ve since relocated to Connecticut, they recently moved their offices to Purdy Avenue.


“We’ve come full circle,” remarked Adam. “We truly are local people and we’re grateful to be able to operate in the Rye community, which has embraced us since the first day we opened.” 


The store carries top quality merchandise — food, bedding, collars, leashes, bones, nutritional supplements, grooming products, and more. Regularly bringing in new and innovative formulas that meet their strict criteria, Pet Pantry offers lines of canned, frozen, freeze-dried, and dehydrated food, as well as raw-infused Kibble. Although their focus is on cats and dogs, they also stock supplies for wild birds, fish, reptiles, and small animals.


“We provide our customers with the highest product offerings on the market,” noted Adam. “We were first in the marketplace to transition to US-only pet treats to ensure our patrons the best quality. Our mantra is ‘we want your animals to thrive, not just survive.’” 


In addition to all the accoutrements needed to sustain a pet’s healthy and happy life in the home, the Rye store’s experienced and knowledgeable personnel keeps customers coming back. Manager Kendra Lee and Sales Consultant Michelle Larocco have worked in the Rye store since it opened, and Support Manager Jon Schulz has been there for five years. In the office, Vice President Joshua Roth and General Manager Emery Kriegsman were there from the outset.


Pet Pantry Warehouse also prides itself on its active community outreach. In addition to being the primary sponsor of Rye Recreation’s Paws Walk, they support the Rye YMCA’s Rye Derby and Healthy Kids’ Day, as well as local schools, pet adoption agencies, and police department K-9 dogs. 


Sailors’ Delight

Dozens of enthusiastic sailors attempted to pilot boats made of cardboard and duct tape from one end of the Rye YMCA’s Brookside pool to the other at the Y’s 4th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta, March 10. Some of them didn’t make it – but that was part of the fun!

Congratulations to the winners:

Overall Winner: HMS Sinksalotnot

Best Design: Michael and Vincent Mancusi: The Fire Truck!

Davy Jones’ Locker: Elizabeth Carriere: Orange Crush

And the Heat Finalists:

  1. Pool Shark: Michael and Anthony Vernace
  2. Merflower: Caroline Kirby and Julianne Tonkle
  3. HMS Sinksalotnot: Aidan Grant
  4. Cub Scout Den 1
  5. Black Pearl: Philip Nemeth and Max Webber


Michael and Vincent Mancusi won Best Design for their Fire Truck

Aidan Grant of HMS Sinksalotnot holding the Overall Winner trophy

Elizabeth Carriere on Orange Crush won the Davy Jones Locker title

By Jose Latorre

Scouting is not just based in the United States. All Scouts and Scouters wear the World Crest, a purple circle that symbolizes their membership in the world movement of Scouting. But that patch was just the beginning of my personal journey to gain the International Spirit Award.

The first contact I had with international Scouting occurred at my former troop in Madrid, which belongs to the Transatlantic Council in Europe. In May 2013, I had the opportunity to attend a multi-cultural Jamboree at the US Naval Base in Rota, Spain. I made new friends, exchanged badges, learned a few foreign words, and overall, had an unforgettable experience.

The following April, just a few months after joining Troop 2 in Rye, my father and I went to the Normandy Camporee, France, to celebrate the 70th D-Day anniversary.

It is easy for me to say that this experience was one of the best in my life.

Not only did I meet Scouts from over the world, but also honored veterans, visited museums, and gained a greater appreciation of history.

These are some examples of the experiences required to earn the international award, but there are also core requirements and I can tell you that they are very rewarding.

As an international Scout, I earned the Spanish interpreter strip and I am working on the French strip. Furthermore, the Scout must earn the World Conservation Award. To do so, I completed several merit badges, including the Environmental Science badge, which taught me how to make the world a better place, and more about plants and animals, and substances that damage our planet.

I also earned the Citizenship in the World merit badge. Due to the fact that I love international organizations, foreign policy, and diplomacy, this merit badge was my favorite of all.

The Scout candidate has to participate in a Jamboree-on-the-Air or Jamboree-on-the Internet. Last October, I had the great opportunity of chatting with them real-time, as well as finding out what their hobbies were, and discovering common ground. I met twenty-seven new scouts from Europe, South America, and Asia.

All Scouts learn and agree to live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law, regardless of the program in which they participate. Core to the Scout Oath is the charge that a Scout “Help other people at all times.”

The applicant has to organize a World Friendship Fund. At the time the Fund was developed, during the closing days of World War II, there was a great need to rebuild Scouting in those nations that had been wracked by war. Over the years, this fund has provided Scouts from around the world with Scouting literature, uniforms, summer camp equipment, computers, and other supplies.

I would like to thank Rye Troop 2 for the donation to World Friendship Fund. We have become part of a worldwide Good Turn.

After all this work and experience, on February 14, I was presented with the International Spirit Award during the troop’s winter Court of Honor. At the ceremony, many Scouts were recognized for merit badge completions, and advancements in rank, including a new Eagle Scout, Chris Tobin.


I would like to thank my counselor, Mr. Matthew Mann, the Council’s International representative, for helping me reach a significant step in my Scouting career.

I have broadened my knowledge of international Scouting and gained greater appreciation and awareness of different cultures and countries. We Boy Scouts of America are eager for opportunities to be part of worldwide Scouting in a personal way. As members of the International Scout Movement say when greeting each other: Yours in International Scouting.

<The author is Senior Patrol Leader, Rye Troop 2.>



Jose Latorre, at left, and his father at the Normandy Camporee celebrating the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

With World Scout logo

#0574 The author at the Rye Troop 2 Court of Honor last month, at which he received the International Spirit Award.

Calling All Candidates


Any Rye resident interested in being a candidate for election to the Rye City School District Board of Education may pick up a candidate's packet at the District's Central Administration Offices, 411 Theodore Fremd Avenue, 100S, school days between the hours of 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Candidates must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old, qualified voters in the School District, and able to read and write. They must also be residents of their district continuously for one year before the May 16 election. They cannot be employed by the Board, or live in the same household as a family member who is a member of the Board. 


Nomination to candidacy must be made by the submission of petitions including the names of 100 qualified voters in the Rye City School District. Petitions must be submitted no later than April 26 at 5 p.m. Blank petitions are included in candidate packets.


There are two seats up for election on the seven-member Board. The two candidates who receive the greatest number of votes will be elected to three-year terms of office, beginning July 1.



Questions? Contact Elaine Cuglietto, District Clerk at 967-6100, ext. 6278.

By Peter Jovanovich

At the March 1 City Council meeting, Mayor Joe Sack indicated that Crown Castle’s latest proposal to install cell phone towers is “not one that this Council is likely to approve.” On February 24, the company submitted a further iteration of their proposal to build cell phone towers around Rye. Action on the application must be taken by the March 15 Council meeting.

The Mayor acknowledged that the City has been in discussion with Crown Castle, but this latest plan to build towers, a so-called “Plan C” would not meet the approbation of the Council. All other Councilmembers, including the plan’s principal opponent, Councilmember Emily Hurd, concurred.

The Council is also considering the approval of a new local law governing cell towers. After input from the community, a new draft of the law will be made available to the public in advance of the March 15 meeting. The Mayor thanked the citizen’s committee for their advice, which “we may incorporate in whatever final product is put forth at the next Council meeting.”

Regarding the new law, Joseph Van Eaton, recently hired consultant-attorney representing the City in the Crown Castle affair, “We want the priority to be for construction on existing towers or existing supporting structures. New towers will not be permitted in existing right-of-ways.”