A Stake in Reading

I thought your Kids Issue (September 2009) was fantastic. Congratulations on a great public service.

Your readers might be interested in a new program started by the Greenburgh Nature Center, located off of Central Avenue in Edgemont. Storywalk is an exciting initiative that combines a children’s story with a popular walking trail. The nature center selects a children’s book, separates the pages, and attaches them to wooden stakes. The stakes are then placed along the trail. The Storywalk concept motivates teachers, children, and adults to walk the trail for fun and to read a children’s book at the same time.

The concept debuted in Montpelier, Vermont. Next year, I hope that the town of Greenburgh will expand the program to other nature trails within Greenburgh. I encourage all municipalities to consider Storywalk.

Paul Feiner
Greenburgh Town Supervisor

Free Play

In your Kids Issue you omitted a very important topic: a list of the best and most creative playgrounds in Westchester. Do we always have to spend money to have a good time? Give young children a rock and an empty box and they will make the most enjoyable game out of what seems like nothing. Our tax dollars have been spent on these playgrounds already so let’s scout out the best ones.

Geoffrey Enfield
via e-mail

Fashion Faux Pas

The mission statement for Westchester Magazine is, “To publish a high-quality magazine that informs, entertains, and makes a difference in our community.” It appears that the segment of Westchester County you are trying to reach is a select economic stratum. This is evidenced by the ads as well as the articles. Your September article “Luxe Looks for Less” (September 2009) was particularly offensive, given the challenging economic times in which we live. “Thriftiness” (your word) in the form of $585 boots, $1,595 gold hoops, $445 sweaters, and $499 bags seems incompatible. To whom was this article directed? Clearly, the non-millionaire population in Westchester has no business reading your magazine. I suggest you revise your mission statement to reflect your true mission or broaden your outlook to include the whole of Westchester.

Judith Mason, DVM

Ferrying an Idea

The advertisement in your September issue, “Commuter News: NY Water Taxi Now Stops In Midtown,” brings to mind the explorer Henry Hudson. Our waterways are an underutilized natural asset. Most of our existing public transportation and roadways already are operating at or above capacity. New ferry services can be implemented far more quickly than construction of new subway, commuter rail, or highways. These can take years or even decades by the time you complete environmental reviews, planning, design, engineering, real estate acquisition, permits, procurement, construction, budgeting, identifying and securing funding over time to cover all of the above project costs before reaching beneficial use.

Completing all of the above along with finding funding for ferryboats, docks, and parking with costs in the millions may be easier than finding the billions of dollars necessary for construction of new or extended subway, commuter rail, or highways. Utilization of ferryboats also can make a positive contribution to air quality. You’ll be less stressed upon arriving at your final destination and have more time to read fine publications such as Westchester Magazine!

Larry Penner
Great Neck, NY

Ooops: In our “Book Reports” article (September 2009), we failed to give credit to author Marisabina Russo for illustrating, in addition to writing, The Bunnies Are Not in Their Beds.

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