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

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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

Patriots and protest

Port Chester author speaks on her third book, “Battle Green Vietnam,” and the lessons it offers to future revolutions By John Donegan This story originally appeared in the 5/21/21 edition of the Westmore News. For the original article, follow the link. It’s been nearly 50 years since 200 fatigue-clad Vietnam veterans embarked on a three-day trek from Concord to Boston. It’s been 10 years since Port … Continue reading Patriots and protest