Collapse At Rye Home Leaves Two Men in a Trench

Rye Fire Department Photo By: Pamela Stern
Rye Fire Department
Photo By: Pamela Stern

At 11:15am two workers were pulled from a seven foot trench that collapsed at 15 Bradford Avenue in Rye, NY.

The two workers were at the home to repair a leak in the foundation when the collapse happened.

Rye Police  Photo By: Pamela Stern
Rye Police
Photo By: Pamela Stern

The homeowner called 911 and Rye Fire Department, Rye Police and Rye Department of Public Works responded. The  Westchester County Emergency Services, assisted along with New Rochelle and White Plains units who have specialized training in situations like this.

OSHA investigators were present on the scene as well.

Mayor Joseph Sack commended the Rye Fire Department, Rye Police Department and the Rye Department of Public Works for their quick responses in this situation and for being calm in a frantic situation.

Both men were brought by EMS to Westchester Medical Center

Letter To The Editor: Controversial Law Firm Hired By Rye City School District

Letter To The Editor
Letter To The Editor

The following is a Letter to The Editor. Letters to the Editor are not the opinion of Inside Rye.

Letter to the Editor:
Rye City School District should have done its homework.  If it had, it would have learned the law firm hired by the Rye City School District, Ingerman Smith,  has been embroiled in controversy with several other local school districts. 
 
No, Ingerman Smith’s prolonged persecution of our teachers is not the firm’s first foray into unethical dealings.
The Peekskill School District paid the Long Island-based law firm more than $200,000 to investigate a high school transcript scandal that came to light in January 2013. But Ingerman Smith failed to produce a single report on its findings.
And now, the Rye City School District, with Ingerman Smith as its legal advisor, is refusing to hand over discovery evidence to the defense attorney in the case against Dana Coppola. Apparently, the original accuser, a parent and her child, are no longer willing to participate in a public hearing.
The state exams associated with this case was during the 2011 school year, when the child was a third grader in Mrs. Coppola’s class. The child is now entering the seventh grade. The parent did not come forward with allegations against Mrs. Coppola in 2011, but waited until 2013.
The Rye Board of Education failed to properly vet Ingerman Smith before hiring the firm and its counsel.The Rye Board of Education failed to properly vet Frank Alvarez, who has a history of litigation against him from his previous jobs, before hiring him as superintendent. The Rye Board of Education failed to properly vet Angela Garcia, as unpopular in her last district as she is here, before hiring her without following normal protocol as Osborn principal.
 The Rye City School District doesn’t do its homework. The Board is more than comfortable doing business with questionable individuals. And yet we have put the future of our children in its care. That scares me. And it should scare you.
Kate Longo

Dr. Magid-Katz: Cavity Culprits To Watch Out For

Dr. Sabrina Magid-Katz of Advanced Dentistry of Westchester. Photo courtesy of: Advanced Dentistry of Westchester
Dr. Sabrina Magid-Katz of Advanced Dentistry of Westchester.
Photo courtesy of: Advanced Dentistry of Westchester

Dr. Sabrina Magid-Katz of Advanced Dentistry of Westchester shares some information on things to watch for that could cause cavities.

Summertime is usually the time of the year that there are pool parties and BBQ’s, but it is important to keep those pearly whites healthy too! Chips, sodas and sugary drinks are favorites of many people, but are also dental health dangers.

Dr. Sabrina Magid-Katz of Advanced Dentistry of Westchester shares the top cavity culprits to look out for this summer and her favorite healthy substitutes.

Lemonade Photo courtesy of: snapple.com
Lemonade
Photo courtesy of: snapple.com

 Lemonade

When people think of summer, they often think of lemonade. What they may not think about is how sipping on this refreshing drink is affecting their teeth. Not only does the sugar in lemonade feed the bacteria in your mouth, but even the sugar-free lemonades have acid. It’s the acid that actually causes tooth wear and decay. “When people talk about sugar causing cavities, what really happens is that the bacteria eat the sugar and produce acid which erodes the teeth. It takes approximately 20 minutes for your mouth to recover from the acid, so how often you sip or snack is actually more important to your teeth than how much,” said Dr. Magid-Katz. For a healthy substitute, try cucumber-infused water instead. It’s just as refreshing on a hot summer day and good for you too!

Dried Fruit Photo courtesy of: www.free-picture.cnet
Dried Fruit
Photo courtesy of: http://www.free-picture.cnet

Dried Fruit

Summer is a great time for fruit! Make sure to opt for fresh fruit instead of dried. Not only are many types of fruit in season now, but eating them fresh is a much healthier alternative. The dried fruit is sticky and holds on to your teeth for extended periods of time, constantly feeding the bacteria in your mouth and causing cavities. When eating any kind of fruit (or any food at all for that matter) beware of hidden pits that can break teeth and seeds that can hide under your gums and in the grooves of your teeth. Be sure to brush and floss thoroughly to keep the seeds out!

Gummy Candy Photo courtesy of: www.thevapemall.com
Gummy Candy
Photo courtesy of: http://www.thevapemall.com

Gummy Candy

While gummy candy can be tempting this summer, it is one of the top cavity culprits! Be sure to avoid sticky candies and sour candies. “Sour candies get their sour taste from acid, which dissolves teeth,” said Dr. Magid-Katz. The sticky part of the candy sits on teeth and feeds bacteria. Go for the dark chocolate instead of the sour patch kids. Also avoid fruit by the foot. Fruit by the foot is many things, but fruit isn’t one of them. It is like gluing sugar to your teeth.

granola
Granola Photo courtesy of: yallbreak.com

“Healthy” sticky snacks

Granola and raisins are considered “healthy” snacks that are actually dental dangers. These snacks are prone to sticking to teeth and contain substances that help keep bacteria in the mouth. As a healthy alternative this summer, opt for a less sticky “healthy” snack such as celery. Celery has lots of fiber and water, which is good for your whole body. Try some nut butter on it for an extra boost

 

Advanced Dentistry of Westchester is located at 163 Halstead Avenue, Harrison, NY.

Margaret M. Dolan, Rye Brook Resident, Former Employee of Jed Dolce Realty and Merritt Associates

diamond-shaped-in-loving-memory-sky-orb-chinese-lantern-2The following obituary can be found on legacy.com

Margaret M. Dolan of Rye Brook, NY, passed away peacefully on July 23 in Newtown Square, PA. Born in Manchester, CT, she was the daughter of Raymond J. Carey and Ellen (Goddard) Carey.

Peg graduated from Manchester High School, then St. Francis School of Nursing with her R.N. degree and continued her studies later graduating from Teachers College, Columbia University in NY City. She entered the Women’s Army Core(WAC) during World War II, where she met her late husband, Captain Thomas N. Dolan, soon after the Normandy invasion in France. He later became Assistant Attorney General for New York State.

Following Peg’s nursing career she spent many years in real estate in the Rye, NY offices of Jed Dolce Realty and Merritt Associates where she developed many lasting relationships.

Always young at heart, Peg enjoyed chocolate, a good cup of tea, and being surrounded by bustling activity.

She is survived by her children, Dr. Thomas C. Dolan and his wife Kathy of Wethersfield, CT, Michael Dolan and his wife Kathy of Havertown, PA, Timothy Dolan and his wife Shannon of Villanova, PA, John Dolan of Westerly, RI, and Kathryn (Dolan) Wall and her husband Kevin of Burke, VA. She will be especially missed by her 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 30th at Villanova University Chapel at 11 AM. On Thursday, July 31st, there will be a memorial and burial service at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY at 9:30 AM.

Stretch Funeral Home of Havertown, PA is handling all funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the

www.arthritis.org.

 

Superhero Day at Playland

Super Hero Day at Playland Photo courtesy of: ryeplayland.org
Super Hero Day at Playland
Photo courtesy of: ryeplayland.org

Kids of all ages can have fun meeting iconic characters from comics and screen during Superhero Day on Sunday, August 10, at Playland Park in RyeNY. 

Marvel’s Avengers and Spider-Man are sure to save the day with two action-packed shows at 4 p.m. and 7 pm. 
Join your favorite characters– Spider-Man, Thor, Hulk and Iron Man — athey parade through the park at 5:30 p.m. 
 Shows are free with Playland admission for standing room only or lawn seating. Limited reserved seating is available through Eventbrite.com or at the park on the day of the shows.
Park rides will be open from noon until 10 p.m.
Parking is $7 on Sunday.
Playland Park is located on Playland Parkway in Rye.
For more information go to ryeplayland.org or call
(914) 813-7010.

Westchester County Ranks As One of Top 10 Digital Counties In The US

         

Westchester County Executive, Robert P. Astorino Photo Courtesy of: Westchester County Executive's office
Westchester County Executive, Robert P. Astorino
Photo Courtesy of: Westchester County Executive’s office

County Executive Robert P. Astorino today announced that Westchester has been named one of the top 10 digital counties in the United States by the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo).

             This is the ninth year that Westchester has been recognized for its exemplary use of technology to improve services, maximize efficiency and save money.  “I am proud that Westchester has once again received this prestigious honor,” said Astorino. “Special thanks to John McCaffrey, commissioner of our Department of Information Technology, for his continued leadership as well as the entire IT staff for their innovation and hard work. Leveraging technology is one way the county stays responsive to the needs of residents and can keep costs down.”
            Thousands of U.S. counties were invited to participate in the 2014 Digital Counties Survey. Counties were evaluated on their online service delivery, infrastructure, architecture and governance models. Westchester County tied for tenth place in the survey.
           

Photo: John McCaffrey (right), commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Information Technology, accepts award from Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government, at the annual Digital Counties award ceremony that took place in New Orleans earlier this month. Photo Courtesy of: Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino's office
Photo: John McCaffrey (right), commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Information Technology, accepts award from Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government, at the annual Digital Counties award ceremony that took place in New Orleans earlier this month.
Photo Courtesy of: Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino’s office

 I am extremely proud that both the Center for Digital Government and NACo once again recognized the great value that Westchester County residents realize via our technology initiatives,” said McCaffrey. “The award reflects the tremendous vision of all county departments working in collaboration with the Department of Information Technology.”

            For more information, visit http://www.centerdigitalgov.com.

William C. Brown, 64, Coveleigh Club Member

William Brown Photo Courtesy of: legacy.com
William Brown
Photo Courtesy of: legacy.com

The following obituary can be found on legacy.com

William C. Brown III of Port Chester, NY passed away in his home at the age of 64 on July 28, 2014. He was born on October 29, 1949 in Cincinnati, OH to the late Jane (nee Reinstatler) and William C. Brown Jr.

Bill was raised in Cincinnati and attended Elder High School before graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He earned his MBA from Southern Illinois University and his JD from Fordham Law School.

He was a pilot in the United States Air Force and a Vietnam veteran before working in the field of aviation litigation for over 35 years.

He is survived by his wife Maureen (nee Cummings), with whom he raised his five children, Ryan (Rebecca), Scott (Nina), Heather (Michael) Smith, Meghan (Edouard), and Shannon. He is also survived by his six grandchildren, Eoin, Kurt and Zoe Brown, and Petra, Nolan and Zelda Smith. He leaves five sisters, Carole (Thomas) Oblinger, Noel (Gregory) Davis, Jeannine (Michael) McNeil, Bridget (Michael) Dwyer, and Michelle (Jeffrey) Siefke, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bill was a long-time member of Coveleigh Club where he loved playing paddleball and tennis with his friends. He was an avid bridge player on his daily commute to Manhattan. He had been a parishioner at the Church of Our Lady of Mercy since 1979.

The family will receive friends at Graham Funeral Home in Rye, NY on Thursday, July 31 from 4-8PM.

The funeral will be held at Church of Our Lady of Mercy in Port Chester on Friday, August 1 at 11AM.

There will be a private internment at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Meghan Brown’s Team Fred Fund for research into hepatocellular cancer at http://goo.gl/Vh5REh.

 

 

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