Photo by Patrick Feller
You cannot travel very far in Westchester without coming across a burial site that dates back well beyond our current century. Each stone containing a hidden history, author Patrick Raftery of the Westchester Historical Society has written three volumes on the subject. “I think through burial practices, you learn a lot about people and the situations they faced,” said the author of The Cemeteries of Westchester County.
I began my computer science degree by executing a simple program. My code was to read in a series of grades, sort the list and compute the average. At the time, the assignment seemed monumental and had me on serious edge. But the numbers scrolling down the screen by week’s end, I knew I would eventually graduate, and I celebrated with a rather odd appearance on the Plattsburgh walk of shame. However, the actual proof that I could finish what I started came five years later. A moment of truth that revealed itself in one last program.
Last year when Byram Hills found themselves in the Section Finals, the Bobcats almost had one foot out the door before stepping on the floor. They were blown out 75-41 against heavily favored Spring Valley. Last night, though, the matchup was a tossup, and when Rob McWilliams’ halfcourt heave at the buzzer thudded off the glass for Tappan Zee, the slim margin of error favored the Bobcats. Thus, they are the Section One, Class Champs and leave a memory for Byram Hills that may never come down.
Photo by Luis Daniel Carbia Cabeza
Yeah, we know. "Space Seed", "City on the Edge of Forever" and "The Trouble" are among the classic Star Trek episodes that get all the accolades. And well they should, but how about a look at some of the greatest episodes on the next tier down? You won’t be disappointed, and maybe there’s a little new insight that you might have missed.
Photo by Eduardo Mueses
The home of John Jay, Rye celebrates its 350th anniversary this year. Historically rich, a “Tenacious” population of African American survivors and Gilded Age railroad commuters, the Knapp House, and the Square House are leading the celebration. With a series of events, the Rye Historical Society will capture the past and light up the summer for its attentive residents.
Photo by Corn Farmer
1984 Game 5 Playoff Loss to the New York Islanders
My father was a Ranger fan so I followed suit. But I didn't watch much hockey, and my following mostly amounted to checking the standings. I began taking note when the Rangers and Islanders played in the 1975 playoffs. Pre-cable, none of the games were televised. But it certainly sounded exciting that the Islanders scored eight seconds into the game deciding overtime to take the series. The Islanders went on to defeat the Penguins after trailing 3-0 and then forced a game seven after trailing 3-0 to the Flyers. I watched the final game and realized hockey was worth my attention. Nonetheless, I stayed off the airwaves, but it was another Islander game seven that made me a fan. They lost an overtime thriller to Toronto, and I was ready for 1979. But I stuck with my lineage. The process was facilitated as the young Ranger team was on the upswing. They upset the Islanders in the playoffs, and I was all in. I even felt bad for their second straight heartbreaking exit. But there proved little need for that. The Islanders would incur my wrath by winning four straight cups and knock the Rangers out three times.