May 25, 2012

TMZ, or TMI?

Greek tragedy or Roman spectacle? That’s what many residents must have wondered last week when Bedford was suddenly flooded with news trucks, out-of-town reporters and cameras. Television cameramen traipsed through the woods with telephoto lenses hoping for a distant glimpse at the gods of Olympus.

Sad and strange thoughts indeed when we consider the level of human, personal tragedy in play.

The death of a mother, a friend to so many in the community, a loving daughter all becomes eclipsed by the tabloids’ glare. We’re not immune to the celebrity syndrome. We were there when cameras welcomed Martha Stewart. We are fascinated by Donald Trump, not just his plans for Seven Springs. And we are glad to have Richard Gere in town not just because he has a great restaurant but because he is a Hollywood star.

Where does the line blur from wholesome cameos to “The Day of the Locust”? Bedford’s history on film — from location on “Fatal Attraction” to horse farm in “Step Mom” — portrays a community on the edge of some kind of sacred truth, some kind of iconic place in our nation’s demographic.

The lesson that we have learned is that personal and human feelings come first, and the spotlight always second. Our hearts reach out to the Kennedy and Richardson families in this time of grief.

Memorial Day tribute

By now most of us recognize that all politics, ultimately, is local, with our local politicians and representatives representing the front line of our personal and parochial interests.

However, on Memorial Day, our worldview shifts significantly, as we reflect upon the contribution of the men and women whose job is to provide security in war-torn, distant lands.

This Memorial Day is particularly significant as the conflict in Afghanistan winds down. As we write, leaders from NATO are meeting to decide the fate of this military enterprise, and the American military is weighing options that could transfer the future of this troubled region to sovereign hands.

In the transition, let us recall those whose efforts to secure and bring about peace in Afghanistan, Iraq, and all those global conflicts resulted in their ultimate sacrifice.

This weekend, our area will be honoring veterans at ceremonies in Bedford Hills, Katonah, Bedford and Pound Ridge. Ceremonies begin Monday morning in Bedford Hills, as officials march toward the triangle, where the flag has been flown since 1919, at the conclusion of the First World War.

The parade in Katonah will begin Monday at 10 a.m., starting at the firehouse at 65 Bedford Road. As in years past, two wreaths will be placed at war memorials along Bedford Road.

In Bedford Village, along with a parade and bike decorating contest, the Lions Club will hold a ceremony dedicating a tree honoring one of its longtime members, Paul “Pete” Haskell, who died in November. Everyone who knew Pete will want to come out and pay their respects.

The guest speaker at this year’s ceremony in Pound Ridge will be 14-year Pound Ridge resident Stephen O’Brien, the town historian who is conducting fascinating work researching local residents who served in the armed forces, starting with the Revolutionary War.

As we welcome the dawn of summer, pool days and barbecues, let’s first honor those who have served with a respectful Memorial Day tribute.

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Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

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

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  3. 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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