Good news

It’s no secret that people always get on the media for being too negative.

The truth is, there’s a lot of bad news out there that we have to report on.

So it’s nice once in a while to report something that is plain old positive (and to even play a hand in it).

Last week, a priest I know let me know that the previous weekend’s collections had been stolen at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Mount Vernon. I wrote an “article”: about the blow to the poor parish just before Christmas. CBS did a report, as well.

Sure enough, dozens of people “stepped forward”: to help out. The church got significantly more than the estimated $6,000 that was stolen.

And I heard from a lot of people who really cared and wanted to do something. They weren’t lookiing for any credit. They just wanted to help out a poor church that was down on its luck at Christmas time.

Hey, it was nice to be a part of it. Everybody wins. Nobody was mad, for a change.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.