The annual autumn Welcome Back Service September 10 at Rye Presbyterian Church turned into a surprise anniversary party for The Rev. Daniel H. Love, co-pastor, celebrating his 20 years at the church.

Preaching outdoors under a big tent on a beautiful Sunday morning, Love’s sermon was full of fond, funny, and touching memories of the past two decades. Immediately following the benediction, as he was ready to step forward and greet his parishioners, he and his wife, Carol, were asked to stay, when they were then honored. Gifts included not one, but two Boomboxes, keepsake boxes overflowing with custom-printed messages and photos from the congregation.

Love, visibly moved, said that besides welcoming and giving, he also had a pretty sneaky congregation!

Robertson — O’Halloran

Laura M. Robertson and Garry E. O’Halloran Jr. of Rye were married March 25, 2017 in Troy, New York. Close to 175 friends and family members attended the candlelit winter wedding held in a renovated Dutch barn.

The bride is a LEED accredited professional specializing in interior design and construction at TPG Architecture in Manhattan. The groom is a civil engineer at D&B Engineers & Architects in Harrison.

On their honeymoon, they experienced Alaska in all its wildness by helicopter, plane, train, and boat, before ending their 17-day trip on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, at an oceanfront resort.


Courtesy of Arius Photography

Susan Romeo-Riordan or Rye and John Parros of  Los Angeles are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Nicole Romeo Parros, to Robert Henry Fondu, the son of Karen and Henry Fondu of Bedford, N.Y.

Mr. Fondu proposed to Ms. Parros on August 8, 2017, in Aix-en-Provence, France, one of the many places the couple visited on a two-week trip through Spain and France.

The future bride is a graduate of Rye High School and James Madison University. She currently works for OMD in Manhattan.

The future groom is a graduate of Fordham Prep and Furman University. He works currently for Publicis in Manhattan.

The couple lives on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and is joyfully planning their upcoming nuptials.

Jena and Rich Goetze welcomed their first child, a son, <<Cole Richard Goetze>>, into the world on August 13, 2017. He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces.

His maternal grandparents are Janice and Jan Fabry of Rye, and his maternal great-grandfather is Andy Llanes. His paternal grandparents are Debbie and Rick Goetze of Belle Mead, N.J., and his paternal great-grandmother is Claire Goetze.

Heather and Max Byrne of Winnetka, Ill. Are pleased to announce the birth of a son, William Hanley Byrne on August 11, 2017 in Chicago. He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Hanley, as he is called, joins sister Lottie.

He is the second grandchild of Mary Ellen and Bob Byrne of Rye and Lisa and John Gilligan of Carmel, Ind., and the second great-grandchild of Jayne and Bill Gilligan of Hinsdale, Ill.

Jesi and Andrew Baxter are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, <<Cora Lane Baxter>>, on August 10, 2017. She weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces.

Her maternal grandparents are Janice and Jan Fabry of Rye, and her maternal great-grandfather, Andy Llanes, lives in Yonkers. Her paternal grandparents are Candia and Bruce Baxter of Bath, New York, and her paternal great-grandparents are Martha and Raymond Baxter of Genesee, Pennsylvania.