On Screen, Sol Miranda Shines Brightly

When they say “talent will out,” it means someone with obvious skills at their craft ultimately will be rewarded. Casting directors say they know within 15 seconds of an actor’s audition if... Read more »

Journaling: Rolling on the River

My brother Stephen drove his car flush into a tree one night, almost 50 years ago, ending his life. He had never been the same after our gentle mother was struck down... Read more »

Journaling: A Queen and Her Cortlandt  

The first time I met Linda Puglisi was memorable. As I imagine it is for just about anyone when they first make her acquaintance.   In my case, it was a scheduled meeting,... Read more »

The Reincarnation of PJ Kelly’s Is Nigh 

John Sharp likes to feed Peekskill. His masterly management of multiple dining destinations (including Gleason’s and Birdsall House) attests to that. It’s a symbiotic relationship. Peekskill in turn feeds John’s hearty appetite to make things happen that makes people happy.  His thirst for serving... Read more »

Journaling: Party of One

At a fundraiser in Peekskill the other day, one of the guests used the opportunity of a Q&A session to praise the featured speaker … for not being a political extremist. What a quaint notion that.  “I... Read more »

The Merits of Home Schooling

Along with 16,000 other U.S. high school students, Erik A. Brodsky of Cortlandt Manor has been named a semi-finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Competition.  What sets Erik apart from most of the other Merit-orious names on the list... Read more »

Journaling: Unmasking Halloween

What are your plans for Halloween 2021?    Will you mask up? Or mask out?   Are you ready to scare up some harmless fun?   Or do you think every day is plenty scary enough in this... Read more »

Journaling: Dialing 9/11 

In the second week of September 2001 I had scheduled a business trip to southern California.    My colleague based there called me at the end of the prior week, encouraging me to fly out a day earlier than planned to... Read more »

Croton Prepares for a Bountiful Fall Festival

The Village of Croton-on-Hudson has announced that the first-ever Fall Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 12 noon-6 p.m. at Vassallo Park. There is no rain date. Since the... Read more »

Opt-ical Illusions

Bruce Apar is Editorial Director + Associate Publisher of River Journal North Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not.... Read more »