The great catch up

PCSD summer school programs try to move students past learning loss, disruptions caused by the pandemic By John Donegan This story originally appeared in the 7/23/21 edition of the Westmore News. For the original article, follow the link. The humidity of a northern July day hung over Park Avenue Elementary School on Tuesday, July 20, as students huddled around their science teacher and the noncontact thermometer … Continue reading The great catch up

Tour de’America

The story behind Blind Brook Class of ’21 graduate Nick Chien’s charitable ride across the nation By John Donegan This story originally appeared in the 7/23/21 edition of the Westmore News. For the original article, follow the link. Blind Brook High School graduate Nick Chien’s story began on Mar. 5, 2020, on Anderson Hill Road. He was biking when an SUV, attempting to pass him, … Continue reading Tour de’America

Scholar of swing

Music teacher by day, jazz singer by night, Port Chester resident Jaana Narsipur prepares for shows next week and album release in October By John Donegan This story originally appeared in the 7/16/21 edition of the Westmore News. For the original article, follow the link. Jaana Narsipur has been a musician her whole life. She sings, plays the piano and can strum basic chords on the … Continue reading Scholar of swing

Cemetery site reopened on first official Juneteenth

Inaugural celebration at the African American Cemetery inspires reflection By John Donegan This story originally appeared in the 6/23/21 edition of the Westmore News. For the original article, follow the link. This past Saturday, June 19, Americans observed the country’s newest federal holiday: Juneteenth. President Joe Biden signed legislation the Thursday prior establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday, the first since Martin Luther King Jr. … Continue reading Cemetery site reopened on first official Juneteenth

Sticky post

The cemetery

A NYC-based job training program uses cemeteries to forge future masons By John Donegan This story originally appeared in the 7/17/21 edition of the Westmore News. For the original article, follow the link. Some call it the swamp. Spanning a small patch of knoll far removed from the rest of Rye’s Greenwood Union Cemetery are handfuls of scattered graves. The area is seldom visited, segregated … Continue reading The cemetery

It’s not PC to be a bully

 Despite a teeming storm outside, the upper crust of Port Chester society met on the fifth floor of T&J Italian Restaurant Thursday night, June 3, to attend the Anti-Bullying Scholarship Fundraiser Dinner. Over mozzarella sticks and oven-baked meals served buffet-style, the benefit highlighted the caustic nature of bullying and the anecdotes of those personally affected by it.  Continue reading It’s not PC to be a bully

Clerks without a cause

The dissolution of the Port Chester Justice Court left some staff jobless without notice By John Donegan This story originally appeared in the 6/3/21 edition of the Westmore News. For the original article, follow the link. Chikkia Bennett has been an assistant court clerk for 10 years, half of which she spent with the Village of Port Chester Justice Court. When the court dissolved on May … Continue reading Clerks without a cause

Rain doesn’t stop town from honoring heroes

Scout troops and volunteers stake flags in honor of veterans buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery By John Donegan This story originally appeared in the 6/3/21 edition of the Westmore News. For the original article, follow the link. Local Scouts made good on their oaths and law on Saturday, May 29, to brave teeming spring showers and decorate the gravesites of American veterans. Nearly 70 Scouts, from … Continue reading Rain doesn’t stop town from honoring heroes