Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

With the kids off from school, I’m taking the rest of the week off. And part of next week, too.

I’ll resume blogging when I’m back, probably after the new year.

In the meantime, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year to all.

Here’s a nice shot of this year’s Christmas Pageant at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Suffern — with 64 children singing.

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.