APRIL 6, 2012

Wake up and smell the daffodils

Few stories roused local sentiments as much as the recent report of a New Canaan, Conn., woman complaining to the Pound Ridge police and businesses about repeated speeding tickets.

“Recently, I have started avoiding shopping and patronizing Scotts Corners because of the speed trap on Route 124 at the Connecticut/New York border,” the New Canaan resident wrote. “I’m aware that the trap has been in operation for over a year and feel that it is costing the town business and chasing away loyal customers.”

The New Canaan resident said that last December she received two speeding tickets that cost her $1,000 in fines. “At this point I avoid going to Pound Ridge and drive into New Canaan for many of the services that I used to go to Pound Ridge for,” she wrote.

Most comments have been to the effect: “Let her go elsewhere.” We agree.

According to the unofficial town history, “God’s Country,” by Jay Harris, automobiles first made their appearance in Pound Ridge around 1910. At the time of World War I, many town roads were parallel ruts with grass growing between them. In 1925, acting on the request by the Pound Ridge Improvement Society, the town erected road signs “at the most important intersections.”

In 1937, New York State floated a plan to build a new highway to connect Bedford and Pound Ridge that would cross through Pound Ridge. In the 1950s, during the reign of New York City’s road czar Robert Moses, the idea was brought up again.

On July 17, 1956, The New York Times reported that Pound Ridge residents had the “modernization jitters” because they did not want highways installed in the area and preferred old roads.

We doubt there are many readers who feel the townspeople made the wrong choice. Rather than building superhighways, Pound Ridgers have steadily worked to preserve and enhance the quality and safety of their roads. In the commercial district, they responded by putting quaint plantings, low-rise, attractive commercial buildings, and an eclectic and wonderful array of local businesses, from a doll shop to the town hardware store. Where else can you get a grilled hot dog on a Sunday afternoon in front of a quaint antiques store?

This week alone in the Pound Ridge police blotter there are reports of tickets issued for cars traveling 51, 50, and 57 mph along Westchester Avenue — among other speeding violations.

We sense that perhaps this aggressive attitude on the part of the Connecticut driver belies a sense of guilt. We hope that she rethinks her actions, and her response to them — though she probably won’t. In the meantime, remember, the speed limit is 30 mph. Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks. Police are patrolling this area every day. And our families are walking, biking and driving here. Chief Ryan, keep up the enforcement.

Otherwise, we might just as well have adopted that superhighway plan.

Spring spirit

You don’t need to tell the Easter bunny to recognize that this is a unique year: the confluence of two major religious holidays on the same day. Today, Good Friday heralds Easter, while Passover, or Pesach, is an important and meaningful observance for all Jews.

For Christians, Easter is the time of the Resurrection, faith, hope and a promise of an eternal life and pure goodness. For Jews, this is a moment of freedom, soul-searching, history and tradition: the escape of the Jewish people from slavery to a new life in a promised land. Today we seek spiritual answers in new ways: with respect for our planet, respect and tolerance for one another.

These messages are worthy even of the strictly secular press, because if we can’t find our own spirit, we have lost our path.

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  1. Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  2. Scotts Corner Market – Trinity Corners Shopping Center;  55 Westchester Avenue

  3. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  4. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    

Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    

Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Katonah Pharmacy – Katonah Shopping Center; 294 Katonah Avenue   

  4. Bagel Shoppe – Katonah Shopping Center; 280 Katonah Avenue    

  5. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road

Mount Kisco

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News – 239 Main Street    

Cross River

  1. Bagel Boys Café – Cross River Shopping Center; Routes 121 and 35    

  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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