Need Some Soul?

Soul Cycle, that addictive, slightly cult-ish mind-body workout is coming to Rye Ridge Shopping Center,

Dangerous Driving, Again

theLoop is still working on identifying dangerous areas for drivers, pedestrians and the general public. Our information is mainly crowdsourced

14 Year Old Arrested in Rye Invasion Hoax

RYE–A 14 year old Rye teen has been arrested in the home invasion hoax last week in Rye, says Rye Police Commssioner William Connors. Last Wednesday a caller told Rye Brook Police that three armed men were in his home at 105 North Street in Rye and had shot his sister. He said the intruders were barricading the door of the home with couches and that he was hiding under a bed. The final message was “it is getting worse,” police say. This caused a huge police response;  Rye Police, Rye Brook Police the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, Harrison Police, Port Chester Police and the MTA Police were all involved.  A woman was evacuated from the house with her teenaged son and two friends.

Rumorville: New Stores for Rye Ridge

RYE BROOK–   Rye Ridge Shopping Center wants you to know about new stores, 10,000 square feet of new stores. Shoe-Inn Shoes has signed a lease for the former Walden Books space (this is their 11th store)  and Massage Envy has signed a lease for the majority of the former Blockbuster space. There will also be a new Customers Bank in the Plaza Building. Both will open in the Fall. The Rye Ridge Shopping Center describes itself as “comprised of three distinct components which are integrated together and serve as the “downtown” or “town center” of Rye Brook.

Be Beary Careful Out There….

RYE BROOK–Did you hear that a black bear was spotted in Rye Brook last week? Rye Brook police are advising residents to be on the lookout after a black bear was spotted near the Connecticut border Tuesday evening. They don’t know if it’s the same bear  that was reportedly tranquilized  in Greenwich, Conn. recently. The Rye Brook sighting was on North Ridge Street near King Street and the Hutchinson River Parkway.

Steve Otis to Launch Campaign for Assembly


Steve Otis will kick off his campaign for the State Assembly at a reception at the home of his boss and mentor, retiring State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer and her husband Martin will host a fundraising reception for the Assembly campaign of Otis, for 27 years the Senator’s Counsel and Chief of Staff, and a former 3-term Mayor of Rye. Otis hopes to serve the 91st Assembly District which covers Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Rye Brook and Rye. The seat is held now by George Latimer, who is running for Oppenheimer’s seat in the State Senate. Otis announced his candidacy in March.

School Elections Today: Info You Need




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for those not listed above:

Ardsley | Bedford | Briarcliff Manor | Bronxville | Byram Hills | Chappaqua | Croton-Harmon | Dobbs Ferry | Eastchester | Edgemont | Elmsford | Greenburgh 7 | Harrison | Hastings | Hendrick Hudson | Irvington | Katonah-Lewisboro | Lakeland | Mount Pleasant | Mount Vernon |  North Salem | Ossining | Peekskill | Pelham | Pleasantville | Pocantico Hills | Port Chester | Somers | Tarrytowns | Tuckahoe | Valhalla |  Yorktown |

Coming Up: League of Women Voters Annual Luncheon April 27

From LWV Chapters in the Sound Shore Area:

The timely issue of campaign finance in the midst of this presidential election year is the focus of the League of Women Voters annual luncheon at noon on Friday, April 27th at the Orienta Beach Club in Mamaroneck. Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause NY, will tackle the controversial topic, “Money in Politics – Can Americans Beat the Odds and Establish Fairness in Campaign Finance?” at the luncheon that is co-sponsored by the LWV chapters of Larchmont-Mamaroneck, New Rochelle and Rye, Rye Brook and Port Chester. The event is open to the public. To make a reservation, please mail a check for $45 payable to LWV Larchmont/Mamaroneck to LWV, PO Box 811, Larchmont, NY 10538. Please e-mail questions to

Coming Up: Sound Shore ‘Superwomen’ to be Honored

The Junior League of Westchester on the Sound (JLWOS) Spring Fling Benefit will honor “Sound Shore Superwomen,” says  member Sonya Cronin, Saturday March 31 at 7:30 at The Winged Foot Golf Club. “We will pay tribute to five local women (non-JLWOS members) making significant contributions to the Sound Shore Community:

Anne Avenius of St. Augustine’s Church (Larchmont, NY)

Deborah Blatt of The Sharing Shelf of Family Services of Westchester

Melinda Lehman of Larchmont-Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force

Marissa Massa of Our Lady of the Rosary Church (Port Chester, NY)

Missy Palmisciano of County Harvest. This special evening also hosts a silent auction accompanied by food, cocktails, and live music. Proceeds benefit the charitable activities of the JLWOS, including SMART Girls (mentoring girls in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club), Career Connections (assisting women seeking help with professional transition) and Project Madres (improving self-esteem and confidence in Spanish-speaking immigrant women so that they can provide a better life for themselves and their children in the U.S.).

New Westchester Congressional Districts Shuffle Candidates

Strap yourself in, folks, and try to follow this. Joe Carvin announces today he’s running for Nita Lowey’s seat in Congress. This is the Rye Town Supervisor that originally announced he would run for Senate against Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand. Then on March 16, the day of the Republican convention in Rochester, he announced that he was bowing out of the race for U.S. Senator. Wednesday, Mar.

Rosen Redistricted out of Run for Congress

Congressional redistricting has claimed its first victim. Mark Rosen, a Larchmont Republican who had announced his intention to seek the Congressional seat now held by Democrat Rep. Nita Lowey, dropped out Wednesday. “Given the redistricting that was just announced, I regret that I can no longer run the effective race we envisioned with Congresswoman Nita Lowey. My kids go to Murray Avenue School. This is our home.

Coming Up on Both Sides of the Hudson

A plethora of listings from our friends at

Thursday, March 22 from 6pm – 9pm
Best Practices: The Do’s & Don’ts of Social Media [link] | Westchester Burger Company Rye Brook
275 South Ridge Street, Rye Brook
Presented by Westchester Business Connection. Appetizers included, cash bar. Networkin, A Great Social Media Education(Nothing Technical!!!) for “All levels of expertise.”. The event highlights feature: A presentation from Keith S. Chan from The Froogle Institute for Social Media. and

Thursday, March 22 from 6:30 – 8pm and Thursday, March 29 from 6:30 – 8pm
Home Buyers’ Workshop: Two-Part Series | The Warner Library, Tarrytown
Thursday, March 22: Buying a Home:What You Need to Know
Thursday, March 29: Securing a Home Mortgage
Both workshops are FREE.

Polls Open Until 9:00 pm

Voters in 15 villages in Westchester go to the polls today to elect local offices. Contested elections in (alphabetically) Buchanan, Irvington, Pleasantville, Scarsdale, Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. Elections are uncontested in Briarcliff Manor, Bronxville, Elmsford, Hastings-on-Hudson, Larchmont, Pelham, Pelham Manor, Rye Brook and Tuckahoe. Find out who’s running: Visit’s Village Elections 2012 guide.

Cool Finds: The Kneaded Bread in Port Chester

It’s the end of the day at The Kneaded Bread in Port Chester and Jeff Kohn has sold 800 rolls and 300 loaves of artisinal bread: pullman square loaves, provolone, olive, multigrain and more. “This is no museum bakery,” he says, proudly. Opened in 1998, long before Port Chester was a hot foodie destination, The Kneaded Bread’s downtown vibe, delicious breads and welcoming, warm bright cafe had no trouble creating a following. “People didn’t think this concept was going to work in Port Chester 15 years ago, but we believed,” Jeff says, referring to his wife Jennifer. “Half way between the Rye and Greenwich train stations seemed like a natural.

What Do We Do for the Next 9 Days?

If you’re sticking around, there’s plenty to do. Here are some suggestions from the Journal News to do with kids, and as always, watch our Coming Up column.  

If you’re leaving for the break, listen up:  In light of a marked increase in local break-ins, police say prep the house to make it look like you’re not away. Speaking at a crime prevention workshop last week, Town of Mamaroneck police urged residents to create a “vacation plan” that includes steps like putting house lights on timers and stopping mail and newspapers. Alerting neighbors to your departure is another wise move, they said.

Metro-North Platform Smoking Ban Starts Wednesday


Cold turkey commute. Don’t even think about lighting up while waiting for your Metro-North train. Doing so could get you kicked off the platform, up to $50 in fines or a trip to jail. The MTA’s new ban on outdoor smoking starts today, following a months-long grace period the agency gave smokers to get used to the idea. The ban, which had a soft launch in November, prohibits smoking on Metro-North and Long Island Railroad outdoor platforms, as well as ticketing and boarding areas.

Dominatrix vs. Cops

Over in Greenburgh a judge is allowing the Manhattanville College dominatrix to go forward with her lawsuit against some local police officers.

Our Towns: Rye Brook

Rye Brook is a Village within the Town of Rye that established in 1982, when a group of citizens began a movement for independence.

Coming Up: Westchester Day of Service


In honor of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. the Volunteer Center of United Way has organized a day of service projects at the organizations below on January 14. Interested? sign up here! Or call 914-948-4452 for more information. Volunteers can choose from 29 service projects at Academic Pathways (New Rochelle), Charles Brieant Community Center (Ossining), Children’s Creative Response to Conflict (Nyack), Family Services of Westchester (Yonkers), Ferncliff Manor(Yonkers),  FSW Sharing Shelf (Port Chester), Green Chimneys (Carmel), Groundwork Hudson Valley (Hastings), Institute of Applied Human Dynamics (Tarrytown), Mount Vernon YMCA, My Sister’s Place (Yonkers), Nepperhan Community Center (Yonkers), New Rochelle Public Library, Richmond Community Services (Yonkers), Rockland Country Day School (Valley Cottage) , Somers Manor, Therapeutic Equestrian Center (Cold Spring), Wartburg Adult Center (Mount Vernon), White Plains Youth Bureau, White Plains YMCA, White Plains Public Library, WJCS Kid’s Kloset (White Plains), and Yonkers Public Library – Will Branch.

Eileen C. Kelly (1920-2011)

Eileen C. Kelly, 91 of Rye Brook, NY passed away on December 30, 2011. Born to Joseph and Lauretta Cahill on January 31, 1920 in Mt. Vernon, NY. She married Francis A. Kelly in 1943 in Mt. Vernon.

A Lifetime of Learning (for $44…)

On a few Sunday mornings the Doral in Rye Brook brings a renown professor from a top school to discuss either Music Art, or Film with a class of 100 adults who want to be students again for a few hours.

At the Neuberger: African Sculpture

Art in Cameroon: Sculptural Dialogues at the Neuberger Museum at Purchase College offers sculpture with a storyline about the African nation of Cameroon. Marie-Thérèse Brincard, the curator of the exhibition, has chosen to present a wide diversity of African culture; for example,  iconic sculptures from the Bangwa Fontem Kingdom, Kedjom-Kitingu Kingdom (also known as the Babanki Tungo Kingdom)  in the Cameroon Grassfields of Africa. The Neuberger exhibition demonstrates how the sculpture interconnects.  Works include small figurines, bowls and stools, masks, tusks, beaded calabashes, and pipes, clearly illustrating the interacting influences among the different regions in Cameroon. What is  popular in Cameroonian art is the representation of the “human icon”.   Hats, calabashes, among others, are symbols of power and dignity in Cameroonian villages. Portuguese explorers inhabited the country in the fifteenth century.