Dry January is a phenomenon that is sweeping the world. It was started in 2013 in Great Britain by the charity Alcohol Concern. British celebrities Alastair Campbell and Peter Osborne decided to
Tappan begins to emerge from the nineteenth century
Two days in the 19th century were enough, even for a history enthusiast. Hurricane Sandy left its mark here as it did all along the East Coast and far inland. In Tappan, power went out for almost everyone, and telephone service is still out. I spent all of yesterday removing a huge branch that dropped into our driveway- so big that my chainsaw blade was too small at 14" to cut through its center. Reading by candlelight, it turns out, is not romantic- it's just a strain on the eyes. The good news was that kids came out to play instead of staying indoors and playing on their computers, and people were walking around town, talking with their neighbors. Our power came back early this morning, so we'll be hosting friends and family for dinner tonight, and spending the day preparing for whatever trick or treaters are plucky enough to come out.
I have been a resident of Tappan for forty years, and still live in the 1860 Italianate Victorian house my wife Jean and I bought all those years ago. I have always been active in the community, inclu....