Come To The Garage Sale At Saxon Woods Pool

Saxon Woods Pool, White Plains, NY
Saxon Woods Pool, White Plains, NY

Although the summer is over, the parking lot at the Saxon Woods Pool will be heating up twill specials from residents at the Saxon Woods Garage Sale on Saturday, September 20th.

Nearly 100 individuals and families will be selling their unwanted items, such as clothing, household items, electronics, accessories, jewelry, furniture, toys, books and sporting goods. No professional or commercial
vendors are permitted. 
Admission and parking for shoppers at the Saxon Woods Garage Sale are free.
Rain date for the event is Sunday, September 21.
Saxon Woods Pool is located at 1800 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains, NY  10605.
For more information call  (914) 995-4481.

Rye Fund For Education Launch

Rye City School District.
Rye City School District.

The Rye City School District has just started a Rye Fund for Education. 

The Rye Fund for Education is inviting the entire Rye community and Alumni to their launch.

The launch of this new 501(c)3 non-profit corporation will take place on Monday, September 22, 2014 from 6:30-8pm in the R

ye High School Library & Media Center, which is located at 1 Parsons Street Rye, NY 10580.


Blind Brook’s District Goals

Blind Brook Middle/High School Rye Brook, NY Photo By: Pamela Stern
Blind Brook Middle/High School
Rye Brook, NY
Photo By: Pamela Stern

Here is a notice from Blind Brook Superintendent,  William J. Stark:

Dear Members of the Blind Brook Community,
    At the September 15, 2014 meeting of the Board of Education I had the opportunity to discuss the District’s goals for the 2014-2015 school year. A copy of the presentation can be found here.
    The District will be continuing the initiative that it put forth last year, namely enhancing the quality of opportunities offered to the students of the community.
    With the assistance of all of the District’s constituencies we know that success is achievable.
    Over the course of this coming school year much time will be devoted to communicating the progress that we are making in achieving these goals. I urge you to become an active participant in this process.
    Please join me in a dialogue about these goals. For a list of dates for my Community Conversations devoted to a wide range of topics, click here. I look forward to seeing you.
William J. Stark
Superintendent of Schools

Homework Help At The Rye Free Reading Room

homework helpCertified teachers will be available to help students master new skills and keep up with  assignments.
Parents please note that the Rye Free Reading Room will be having a
Teacher in the Library.
A teacher will be present in the Rye Free reading Room, Monday through Thursday afternoons from 3:30 to 5 pm for children in elementary school.
This is sponsored by the Auxiliary Board of the Rye Free Reading Room, the Woman’s Club of Rye/Children’s Philanthropy Section and the Parent Teacher Organizations of Midland, Milton and Osborn Schools.

Mary Adele, 87, Rye Resident

diamond-shaped-in-loving-memory-sky-orb-chinese-lantern-2The following obituary can be found on
Mary Adele Hill, of Rye, NY passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by her loving family, and joined her husband, Charlie, in eternity on September 12, 2014.

She was born in Milwaukee, WI, April 7, 1927, to Ernal and Della (DeFore) Bernard. She was a loving sister to Doris (Tanner) and Gladys (Hill).

Her family moved east to Woodstown, NJ, and she attended Manhattanville College in NYC, receiving her bachelor’s degree in music in 1949. After graduation, she taught at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT. She married the love of her life, Charles Samuel Hill (pre deceased), on Dec. 27, 1952 in Woodstown, NJ, and settled in White Plains, NY, where he built a successful dental practice, and where she raised her family of ten children, Charles (Lynn), Denise (Dillon), Jeffrey, Sharon (Ed Monk), MaryLou (James Avery), Jamie (Bill Skerpan), Tim (Nancy), David (Elaine), Pamela (Stan Kaczorowski), Chris (Phil Mascia).

She was a loving grandmother to 21, and great grandmother to 11. She was an accomplished pianist, who shared her love of music with all. She was an active member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church in White Plains, where she served as organist and choir director for many years.

She helped organize and direct the elementary school Glee Club, and helped produce many wonderful play productions at Our Lady of Sorrows School. She was also a parishioner of St. William Church, in Naples, FL, and was active for many years in a faith group with close friends.

Always tireless and full of energy, she made time for many friends and extended family. She was an avid bridge player and took pride in her role as an alumna of Manhattanville College, where she organized many class reunions throughout the years.

She was a member of Westchester Country Club, and enjoyed her involvement as co-chair of the golf committee. Her love of life and incredible faith were instrumental in her ability to live in the face of death with dignity and grace.

Visitation Monday, 9/15/14, from 2-4pm & 7-9pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, White Plains, NY on Tuesday, 9/16/14 at 11:00am.

Interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthrone, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Laces of Love, a non-profit organization, based in Naples, FL. Web site:

McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett

491 Mamaroneck Ave.

White Plains, NY 10605

(914) 949-7777

Letter To The Editor: Rye City Council Changes

Letter To The Editor
Letter To The Editor

Letters to the editor are not the opinion of Inside Rye, they are letters written about things going on in and about Rye, NY.

Letters to the editor can be sent to: and must be signed.

Letter to the Editor:

The Rye City Council is proposing a change to City law so that the Council has the authority to approve the appointment, suspension or removal of the Police Commissioner.  I am against this change.  The Council has good intentions and their efforts are appreciated.  But there isn’t any logical reason to make this change and the risks outweigh the dubious benefits.  I supported the prior proposal enabling the Council to request and review books.  This improves transparency and information flow, a matter of access not power.  To insert the Council into the approval role with respect to the Police Commissioner upsets our balance of power and opens the door to corruption.  My foremost concern, however, is by taking authority from the City Manager, the Council’s critical function of overseeing the City Manager is marginalized.
At Wednesday night’s meeting, Mayor Sack said, “If you ask most people in Rye on the street whether or not we have that authority, they’d probably tell you yes”.  People in Rye may, indeed, believe this authority exists.  That doesn’t mean, however, that people in Rye aren’t capable of understanding our government’s deliberate structure and why the separation exists.  If you ask most people in Rye on the street whether or not the Council can increase its authority with its own vote, they’d probably tell you no. 
Councilwoman Brett described the evolving role of the Police Commissioner.  She said the City Council’s relationship with the Police Commissioner has become more important than ever.  She went on to describe residents contacting members of the Council during public crises, wanting to know about the police response.  Fair enough.  But logically, it’s a leap from “people call us during public crises” to “we need to approve the Police Commissioner”.  The Council is already the boss of the boss.  So, the relationship between the Police Commissioner and the Council should already be “this is the boss of my boss and therefore, essentially, my boss”.   

Mayor Sack responded to objections to the change by saying the proposal is in response to recent events because we had a City Manager situation that wasn’t working.  We certainly did have a City Manager situation.  But I disagree with Mayor Sack’s assessment that our form of government isn’t working.  Mayor Sack is proof our City charter is working.  Along with our City Manager situation, we had a City Council situation where the Council didn’t adequately perform its oversight functions.  Both of these situations continued until the electorate replaced the Mayor and a majority of the Council.  This is our delicate checks and balances system at work.  Please don’t disturb it.
At the meeting, Mayor Sack asked, “What if we have a City Manager who doesn’t communicate?”  Well, if we have a City Manager who doesn’t communicate, we will likely have far bigger problems than simply a lack of updates on the Police Commissioner selection process.  The Council will have to fulfill its oversight function, manage the City Manager and ultimately decide if change is needed. 
“What if we have a City Manager who doesn’t communicate?”  In a post-Council-self-empowerment scenario, the answer could be, “Well, the Council has the final approval over the Police Commissioner.”  Or, “It’s okay because the Council can go directly to department heads at City Hall.”  It doesn’t take a giant leap to get to, “Well, s/he has a family here in town; there really isn’t a need to do anything about the City Manager situation because the Council is the final authority”.  This change to our City Code essentially marginalizes the oversight burden on the Council.  Mayor Sack said at the meeting that people in Rye expect the Council to be strong.  We do!  We expect you to be strong overseers.     
Let’s not politicize an appointment as critical to our community as our Police Commissioner.  I want our City Manager to seek the best candidate for the position, not the one s/he believes will win Council approval.  If the City Council fulfills its oversight duties, there isn’t any need for this additional layer of authority.

Anne McCarthy


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