UPDATED: After over a long two years, Carin Mehler, finally got the word from the Rye City School District that she will be back in the classroom.
Although she will not be returning to the Osborn School where she was previously teaching, she was assigned to teach sixth grade social studies in Rye Middle School, where her former students (those who were in her class when she was accused of improper coaching) will be in the seventh grade starting September 2015. Mehler is certified to teach kindergarten to 12th grade.
Although Mehler could not be reached for a comment, her attorney Arthur Schwartz made the following statement:
“The treatment of Carin Mehler – holding her up to public ridicule, assigning her to a windowless room for a year and “reassigning ” her to work at home for a second year- was contrary to everything we teach our children about our country. We are supposed to give people due process when we deprive them of life, liberty or property. Carin Mehler begged for due process. She went to court and the District said they would eventually bring charges . But they didn’t They owe her, and the children of Rye who were deprived of her skills, a great big apology “
The Rye City School District has issued the following statement:
“While the District cannot comment about any of the specifics regarding this case, the District has made a determination not to pursue charges against Mrs. Mehler.
The District wishes to spare children the experience of being subpoenaed, testifying before a hearing officer, and being subjected to cross-examination by Mrs. Mehler’s attorney.
In the fall, Mrs. Mehler will return to a classroom teaching position.
The District is gratified that the matter has been concluded.
Since Mehler was not charged with any wrong doing, she did not have to pay any fine and now she can finally try to put this whole situation behind her and move forward back in the classroom.
Inside Rye’s music review was written by Michael Greenberg.
They came from all walks of life. If their T shirts were to be believed, they included a cadet from the Makisupa Police Academy, the Wolfman’s Brother himself, and of course, a technician from the Tweezer Refrigeration Service.
But they weren’t here to see Phish. Well, not in its entirety, at least. Tonight at the Capitol Theatre, Mike Gordon, founding member and bassist of the popular group, was taking the stage with a band of his own. And while the vibe may have been reminiscent of a concert with his usual quartet, the music was distinct.
Those familiar with Gordon’s latest studio offering, 2014’s “Overstep,” would be in comfortable territory. Over two hour-long sets, the band managed to squeeze in five songs off the album.
Performing in front of a simple backdrop of three rectangular panels, which served as screens for the dancing light show, Gordon and his band began warming up the crowd with a pair of original songs, “Long Black Line” and “Andelman’s Yard.”
Not one to work the crowd with his banter, Gordon then spoke what were essentially his only words of the evening, “It’s good to be back,” referencing the fact that he last played the Cap way back in 1992. Ironically enough, Phish’s last show at this historic venue featured one of the most memorable versions of “Mike’s Song.”
Next up was fan favorite, “Spock’s Brain,” which included the night’s first significant jam, followed by “Sleep to Dream,” a cover of a Fiona Apple song. The dark jam that followed had a bit of an industrial feel to it, with Gordon breaking out some of the funky, psychedelic sounds that can only come out when the bass takes the lead. This proved to be the theme of the first set, confirmed two songs later by the appearance of “Are You a Hypnotist??” by the Flaming Lips.
After a set break (when many fans wandered next door to Garcia’s, where the Fare Thee Well show featuring Trey Anastasio was filling the big screen), the tempo picked up a bit and the show reached its rocking potential.
For many, the highlight of the night was “Yarmouth Road,” a newer song which has already been played fairly frequently at Phish shows. Notable for its reggae sound and meandering lyrics, tonight’s version also included lead guitarist Scott Murawski on the Banshee pedal, an effect that is missing when the song appears on the other tour.
There were a couple of gimmicks that didn’t add much to the show, but did serve to demonstrate the quirkiness of Gordon’s performances. Not many guitarists strum their instruments with electric drills. Nor do they have lighting effects built right in. The latter was a nice touch at first, but by the end of the night, seemed a bit overused.
Before the end of the second set, the band was joined by Luke Temple of indie rock group Here We Go Magic. He took the lead on his own song, “How Do I Know” and made a second appearance to assist with “Make Up Your Mind” during the encore. The night came to a close with the high-energy, calypso-inspired “Sugar Shack.”
As an intimate venue, the Capitol can’t play host to groups that are accustomed to selling out arenas and outdoor amphitheaters. But tonight it was the ideal setting, bringing this side project to our local area, giving every audience member an up-close view of these talented – and exceptionally creative – performers.
This preview was written by Inside Rye’s music reviewer, Michael Greenberg.
For over 30 years, he’s been the bassist for Phish, but on Saturday, Mike Gordon brings his own band to Port Chester’s Capitol Theatre.
This is the penultimate stop of a brief 16-city tour, which follows the 2014 release of “Overstep,” Gordon’s fourth studio album. Bringing a blend of funk, rock, and improvisational jamming, Gordon and his band, which includes longtime collaborator Scott Murawski on lead guitar, promise to deliver a memorable show to both casual listeners and seasoned fans.
Mike Gordon performs at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester on Saturday, June 27, at 8:00 pm. Tickets, which start at $30, can be purchased at the Capitol Theatre box office, on their website , or by calling Ticketfly at (877) 987-6487.
Gloria M. (Fidelibus) Bivona, formerly of Rye Brook, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on June 21, 2015. Born on December 25, 1923, Gloria was the daughter of Carmella and Anthony Fidelibus. Gloria was a graduate of Port Chester High School.
Gloria is predeceased by her brothers, Felix and Louis and her loving husband of 56 years, Frank. She is survived by her two daughters, Joan Piontek (Steve) of Yarmouth Port, Mass., and Gloria Bivona-Sciavolino (Charles) of Delmar and her granddaughters, Justine Piontek and Laura and Elizabeth Sciavolino.
The family would like to express gratitude to the staff of the Delmar Place and the Eddy Memorial Geriatric Center for their kind and dedicated care.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend and may call at the funeral home Saturday, June 27, 2015, from 1-3 p.m.
MACY ANN BEHA (ne Reilly), “Sanny” to all, passed from this life on June 18, 2015, in Rye, NY. She was 92. Her devoted husband, James. J., predeceased her in 1999; Jim and Sanny had been married for more than 50 years.
She is survived by her son, James A., and his wife, Nancy, of New York City; her daughter, Ann Macy, and her husband, Robert A. Radloff, of Boston; by her grandchildren Mary Alice Teti (and husband J. Leonard), James J. Beha (and wife Alyson), Christopher R. Beha (and wife Alexandra), Macy E. Radloff, and Allison V. Radloff, nine great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and her youngest sister, Madeline Reilly Bailey.
Sanny was a committed parishioner of Church of the Resurrection in Rye and a long-time member of the Colony Club, the American Yacht Club and the Rye Garden Club. Of her many volunteer activities Sanny was particularly proud of her work at Bird S. Coler Hospital on Welfare (now Roosevelt) Island. She was a member of the Ladies of Charity and a Dame of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and the Order of the Holy Sepulchre.
One of seven children of John S. and Estelle Mulqueen Reilly, Sanny was a “Reilly girl” to her core: a model of faith, loyalty, spunk, service to others, and good spirits all her life. Her life was filled with family, prayer, bridge, service, and conversation. She was dearly loved as mother, aunt and “Granny Sanny,” hugely enjoyed by her many friends, and much appreciated by her North Manursing neighbors (especially in the garden and at her Halloween receptions).
A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at Church of the Resurrection, 910 Boston Post Road, Rye, at 10 am on June 24. Family will receive visitors at Graham Funeral Home, 1036 Boston Post Road, on June 23 from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm. Gifts in her memory may be made to Church of the Resurrection or to San Miguel Academy, 245 Renwick St., Newburgh NY 12500
It’s time to grab your friends and head on over to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester so you can “Listen To The Music” of the Doobie Brothers. Some of the Doobie Brothers hits include: “What a Fool Believes,” “Black Water,” “China Grove,” “Takin’ It To The Streets,” “Long Train Runnin’, ” “It Keeps You Running,” “Take Me In Your Arms” and more.
The Doobie Brothers will be playing at The Capitol Theatre in nearby Port Chester on Friday, September 18 2015 at 8pm.
Tickets to this great band are on sale now at The Capitol Theatre
Tickets available online or charge by phone: 877-4-FLY-TIX (435-9849)