Happy Chanukkah Wishes From NYS Governor Cuomo

NYS Governor Cuomo Photo courtesy of: www.governor.ny.gov
NYS Governor Cuomo
Photo courtesy of: http://www.governor.ny.gov

NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo wishes the Jewish Community a Happy Hanukkah!

“Members of the Jewish community all across New York State will begin the celebration of Hanukkah.

Hanukkah celebrates the spirit of resilience and dedication of the Jewish people who faced adversity and persecution with fierce determination.

As New Yorkers, we have all been confronted with adversity, challenges and destruction but the message of Hanukkah teaches us to commit to build back better and stronger. 

Andrew Cuomo joins with all New Yorkers in honoring the message of Hanukkah and commend the willingness of the people of our state to come together during challenging times to create a safer and stronger community for all.

Best wishes for a joyous and safe holiday.”


Ellen (Polly) DePauw, 93, Retired Avon Employee

Ellen (Polly) DePauw Photo courtesy of: www.legacy.com
Ellen (Polly) DePauw
Photo courtesy of: http://www.legacy.com

The following obituary can be found on legacy.com

On the evening of December 14, 2014 at 9:15pm,  Ellen (Polly) DePauw passed away peacefully of natural causes. She was being visited and comforted by family members at Hospice of the Palm Beaches at the time of her passing. She was 93 years old.

Ellen W. (Polly) DePauw was born at home in the town of Greenwich, CT on January 10, 1921. She was the youngest of 11 children born to Aaron and Ella Adams.

Polly was married to George W. DePauw and was a loving mother to three children, Carol married to Jerry Turcan, Georgette married to Chuck Reilley and Bill married to Carol Brownfield. Polly is deeply loved by her eight Grandchildren: MaryEllen Lehman and husband Michael, Karen Reichert and husband Jeff, Jennifer Lyons and husband Hank, Allison Turcan, Shannon Reilley LaRocque Baas and husband Koos, Melissa Shea and husband Darryl, Lisa DePauw, and G.W. DePauw.

Her thirteen great grandchildren: Michael De Filippo, Lyric Lehman, Nicole Reichert, Ryanne Reichert, Maggie Lyons, Jason Lyons, Lauren LaRocque, Renee LaRocque, Reilley Shea, Meghan Shea, Mackenzie Wright, Coral De Pauw, and Caylee DePauw, and one great great grandson Lukas Lehman.

Polly worked for AVON at their Headquarters in Rye, NY before retiring and moving to West Palm Beach, FL with her husband.

Services will be private for immediate family only.

Donations can be made in Polly’s name to Trust Bridge Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407


Happy Chanukkah!

Chanukkah Ice Sculpture menorah. Photo by: Pamela Stern
Chanukkah Ice Sculpture menorah.
Photo by: Pamela Stern

Inside Rye would like to wish those who will be celebrating a Happy Chanukkah.

Here is a little history on Chanukkah courtesy of  Holiday Insights.

Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, (also called Chanuka and Hannakuh) celebrates victory from Greek religious persecution. The Jewish victory was led by the Macabees in the year 167 B.C. Upon returning to the temple to rededicate it and relight the Menorah, the Macabees found only one small flask of oil, enough to light the Menorah for just one day. However, the flask of oil lasted lasted eight days, Hence the celebration lasts eight days. This is also why it is called the Festival of Lights.

Chanukah is a happy and joyous festivity. There is no fasting no eulogies, and no sacrifice. Small gifts are given to family and friends each of the eight days of Chanukah.

Robert J. Mode, 93, Tennis Professional at Westchester Country Club and Rye Racquet Club

Robert Mode Photo courtesy of:www.legacy.com
Robert Mode
Photo courtesy of:www.legacy.com

The following obituary can be found on legacy.com

Robert J. Mode of Yorktown Heights, N.Y. passed away in his home Tuesday, November 25, 2014. He was 93 years old. Robert was born in Ridgewood, NJ on November 16, 1921 and was the son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Mode.

He was raised in White Plains and graduated from White Plains High School and graduated from LSU. Robert worked in the hotel industry and as a surveyor after being honorably discharged from both WW-2 and the Korean wars. Later, he worked for Westchester Country Club, Waterbury Country Club and Rye Racquet Clubs as the tennis professional.

He had many interests which included flying his two airplanes and a helicopter, watching golf on TV, traveling, and his beloved Siamese cat Blue Boy. He is survived by his two nephews Scott and Dwight. Visiting will be held December 20th, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Clark Funeral Home, Route 202 in Yorktown Heights, (914) 962-3333.

Any donations to charities in his name should be sent to the Civil Air Patrol of NY at Westchester County Airport, 24 Loop Road, Building 1, White Plains, NY 10604-1218.


Werner Arnold Kobelt, 90, A Sixty Year Resident of Scarsdale and Rye

Werner Arnold Kobelt Photo courtesy of www.legacy.com
Werner Arnold Kobelt
Photo courtesy of http://www.legacy.com

The following obituary can be found on legacy.com

Werner Arnold Kobelt, (90), a sixty year resident of Scarsdale and Rye, New York passed away peacefully at home on December 5, 2014. Werner Kobelt was an entrepreneurial and innovative business leader in the New York City textile industry for most of his life. Nipkow & Kobelt Inc., founded by his father in the 1930s began as a silk importing business and grew to include new and increasingly popular synthetics like polyester and rayon. His son, Arnold W. Kobelt has continued the family tradition and now runs the company. The Far East import business model was a natural for Werner who was born in Yokohama Japan to Swiss parents and attended boarding school in Switzerland. Later Werner earned a double major in Business Law and Political Economics as well as a French Law degree from a French Jesuit University in Shanghai during WW II. His diverse childhood and young adult life afforded him the opportunity to learn Japanese, English, French and Swiss German. During his time in Shanghai, Werner helped his father, Arnold Albert Kobelt establish a desperately needed Red Cross post to aid interned Allies. In addition, his father started the first International School in Yokohama, not long after Werner was born; a school that continues to operate today.

Upon return from Shanghai, Werner was recruited into the U.S. Army, recognizing his language skills and advanced degrees, they transferred him to the Signal Intelligence Corps In The Pentagon. Following his Reserve Duty, Werner served at Fort Drum, N.Y. under Commander Julius Ochs Adler who went on to become the General Manager of The New York Times.

Werner was particularly proud of his 50+ years of service with New York Rotary. His accomplishments within the organization are notable including many years as a Director on the Rotary Board in addition to 1st & 2nd Vice President and three terms as a Trustee on the Rotary Foundation Board. Werner also served 17 years on the Board of Directors for The Bank of Tokyo Trust Company. His other professional affiliations included the International Silk Congress, the American Association of Exporters and Importers and The New York Athletic Club (50 year member).

Werner was married in 1951 to Eleonora van Reekum, a Dutch born immigrant who left Holland in advance of World War II. Married for 63 years, the couple raised four children in Scarsdale; Arnold of NY and LA, Brenda (Rice) of Winchester, MA, Peter of Whitefish, MT and Sandra (Hau) of Ft. Collins, CO. Werner was predeceased by Sandra. Together they have twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Werner was always very proud to be a resident of Westchester and a fifty year member of Westchester Country Club where he spent much of his leisure time enjoying tennis, golf, dancing and family reunions. Werner also shared his love of the mountains and led his family down many an icy ski slope in New England and deep powder runs in the back bowls of Colorado. His wife and family wish him an eternity walking down the heavenly fairways and skiing the back bowls.

In lieu of flowers, contributions gratefully accepted in his honor by: New York Rotary Foundation, c/o NY Rotary, 32 Merriewold Lane North, Monroe, NY 10950 or The Swiss Benevolent Society of New York, 500 Fifth Avenue, Room 1800, New York, NY 10110.


KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in Rye

  Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced that public tickets for the inaugural KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, at Rye’s Westchester Country Club, June 9-14, 2015, are now available.

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

      “We are thrilled that the PGA of America and LPGA have chosen to host the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in Westchester this year,” said Astorino. “Westchester is home to some of the country’s most renowned golf courses, and we are proud to have this great Championship taking place right in our backyard.”

Westchester Country Club's Golf Course Photo courtesy of: www.wccclub.org
Westchester Country Club’s Golf Course
Photo courtesy of: http://www.wccclub.org

   The county is partnering with the PGA of America and LPGA in promoting this signature event as part of the “Meet Me in Westchester” tourism efforts to attract spectators and generate activity to the local economy.

  Admission ranges from $15 for the June 9-10 practice rounds, to the “VIP treatment”  which is a Weekly Clubhouse Pass for $200.

Ticket options include:

·         Weekly Clubhouse Pass

o   $200 (includes access to the golf course, main clubhouse and clubhouse foyer, patio and lawn areas, Tuesday through Sunday); upgraded food and beverage available for purchase

·         One-Day Flex Pass

o   $35 (allows golf course access on day of choice, Tuesday through Sunday

·         Daily Grounds Pass (allows golf course access)

o   $15 Tuesday and Wednesday

o   $25 Thursday and Friday

o   $30 Saturday and Sunday

   For more information about all tickets, click here.

Last Blind Brook Board of Education Meeting For 2014

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

The Blind Brook Board of Education’s last meeting for 2014 will be = a public meeting on Monday, December 15​, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the Monroe E. Haas Instructional Media Center at the Blind Brook Middle School/High School.

There is no scheduled executive session prior to the regular meeting.

Here is the agenda for the meeting.


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