So many people have contributed to the Gazette’s excellence over the years. Mothers and fathers writing about their children’s sports teams, proud teachers describing their students’ accomplishments, even politicians outlining their platforms, all have revealed much about life in our community in the early part of this century. But our core group of editors and reporters, the people who put the Gazette together every week, year in, year out: those are the Larchmonters who deserve our deepest thanks.
From the beginning, we have been continuously advised and supported – in ways too numerous to list – by Ned Benton (history editor) and Rosita Fichtel (calendar, obituaries, features). Joan Simon, even after moving away from Larchmont, has provided consistent guidance, and during her four years on the education beat, set the standard for in-depth, even-handed reporting on our schools. For the past few years, Melany Gray has continued that tradition with equal dedication and excellence. Harriet Kline brought her considerable experience in journalism and the League of Women Voters to her time reporting on the Mamaroneck Town Board. Judy Raab picked up the baton and added a lawyer’s attention and a long-term resident’s knowledge to the details of town governance. For the past year, Elaine Chapnick, has brought her own decades of experience to the coverage of the Village of Larchmont Board.
Some of our regular contributors also deserve special mention for both the quality and quantity of their work: Dr. Jacqueline Plumez, the Career Doctor, has supplied lively, professional responses to readers’ questions in her regular feature as has Dr. Ann Engelland, the Teen Doctor, until her recent move out of Larchmont. Harold Wolfson, on behalf of the Local Summit, has been the consummate community reporter – strictly meeting deadlines, responding to editorial suggestions and learning new technology (in addition to providing moral support and wise counsel).
We also cherish the regular contributions of Fred Levine and Charlie Seton, for their unparalleled photography; Pat Allen (often on Girl Scout topics), the Mamaroneck High School Future Business Leaders of America (under the guidance of their long-term advisor Eileen Multari), and numerous others who over the years supported both the Gazette and their organizations.
Without all of you there would have been no Gazette.