Month: February 2016

The Midland cafeteria is set up for the We Future Cycle waste  reduction program with four bins in two lines. In order to make the system work, the school had to install a sink for liquid waste, mostly leftover juice and milk.  Photos courtesy Emily Keenan

Midland school launches food waste reduction program

Midland Elementary School students have learned to scrape, plop and pour their lunchtime waste into the correct bins with such success that lunch now generates 200 pounds of trash a month instead of 3,000 pounds. Before the We Future Cycle Zero Waste program was implemented a month ago, trash from […]

Tony D’Onofrio and his mother, Peggy, after over half a century of running T.D.’s Smoke Shop on Purchase Street, are getting ready to say their final goodbye after receiving an eviction notice from their current landlord. Photos/Andrew Dapolite

Iconic T.D.’s Smoke Shop set for final goodbye

In March, a piece of history will vanish from Rye’s Purchase Street as T.D.’s Smoke Shop waits forlornly for its eviction. On Jan. 27, the longtime owners of the smoke shop, Peggy and Tony D’Onofrio, were greeted in the morning, not by their usual slew of customers, but with news […]

A lawsuit against Westchester County filed by the city of Rye was thrown out by a state judge on Monday, March 20, sinking its hopes of overseeing $60 million in capital improvements slated at Playland Park. File photo

County to fund $58M in Playland projects

In an effort to address a significant number of crucial renovations at Rye Playland, an agreement between Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and the park’s management company, Standard Amusements, was amended on Feb. 22 to include $58 million in county-funded capital projects. However, the amended contract still requires approval […]

Purchase student Alia Tejada protesting at the Millions March in Manhattan last year. Photo/Kelsey Sucena

SUNY Purchase takes anti-racism initiatives

Several changes have been made at Purchase College this academic year in response to student demonstrations last year that coincided with the national Black Lives Matter movement. Last fall, the college reintroduced its previously defunct Global Black Studies minor, and on Jan. 22, Purchase officially opened the new Multicultural Center […]

Andrew Kranichfeld reads his book, “Karen’s Garden,” to students at
the Rye Country Day School. Kranichfeld is blind. Photo courtesy Andrew Kranichfeld

Blind author guides kids in caring for the environment

When Andrew Kranichfeld started holding programs for schoolchildren based on his first book, “Karen’s Garden,” he would first show them fresh produce. Then he’d pull out a bag of Doritos and tell them to look at the nutrition facts. “On the back, it would have many ingredients. You don’t even […]