Rich Monetti

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Ricardo Khan’s 'Fly' Takes off with the Tuskegee Airmen
6 months ago
In 2008, as director Ricardo Khan was co-writing Fly with Trey Ellis, he made sure to be present when the Tuskegee Airmen were being honored at President Barack Obama’s inauguration. His realization w...
The Burning of Bedford and the Local Collector who Holds Two Brown Bess Rifles that Were Present
7 months ago
236 years have passed since the war for American independence ended. Far from the foregone conclusion that history implies, the collective remembrance we accept plays more like a quaint little 18th Ce...
Fox Lane Graduate Brings Soldier Stories Back to Somers Intermediate School
10 months ago
Last Tuesday, Fox Lane High School graduate Jonathan Kelton spoke and presented a slide show before 150 5th graders at the Somers Intermediate School. A lieutenant in the special forces, his unit patr...
Revolutionary War Monument to Remember the Diversity of All Who Sacrificed in Crucial Local Battle
a year ago
Picture a monument of a White American officer flanked in battle by an African American enlistee and a Native American sharpshooter, and the commemoration must come no earlier than the Korean War. The...
Rain or Shine, Somers Celebrates Memorial Day
a year ago
On Monday afternoon, Somers again remembered the fallen in its annual Memorial Day Parade. A lack of compliance from above did not dampen spirits either and making due was no bother for those in atten...