September 14, 2012

The day survives

We hadn’t intended this week to write about 9/11. We hadn’t even thought about it until today, almost just now — we were going to write about the evils of politics, which we’ll talk about more next week. 9/11 was just too foreboding a topic, too personal, even too political, especially in an election year. And the emotions that we had back then, they were uncomfortable, it felt like we were drifting. Our world was clearly unhinged, and even to this day we don’t understand what happened: how we underestimated our vulnerability to an act of mass terrorism; how a handful of men could wreak terror that could stop a nation’s heartbeat; the sheer science of the World Trade Center’s collapse; the astonishing, life-sacrificing bravery of the men who responded, going into the towers knowing that they were not Superman, but giving their lives to be super men. This being the 11th year — not a milestone like the 10th or the 15th will be — we could have kept all of this inside.

Then as the day dawned and the blue sky was so translucent, as on 9/11/2001, it was impossible not to remark on the power that the date continues to hold. We saw that the flag was at half-staff on the Katonah green, a jolting symbol that brought to mind our collective grief. Facebook posts, words from friends on the street, TV and radio news, and our own personal impressions came out in a flow, until for a moment we were back on that day as vividly as it occurred.

School safety

It was heartening to see the number of children with their parents walking to elementary school throughout our district. They’re not just lining up at bus stops or getting dropped off by mom or dad, but putting bodies in motion and getting fresh air and physical fitness.

The walkers, along with students at bus stops, change the dynamic of our traffic flow. We drivers tend to forget that the buses can mean delays, stop and go, and maybe a loss of a minute or two on our daily commute. It’s easy to feel frustrated and impatient.

Every year police urge drivers to slow down and respect the law. Law enforcement officials ask drivers who are backing out to watch for children behind them. Drive slowly when children are around or waiting at the bus. Most importantly, stop a safe distance from a stopped school bus and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the stop sign folds back, and the bus continues on its way.

Bedford police remind us that kids too should observe safety precautions during the school year. Look all ways before crossing the street; play away from traffic; cross only at corners, if possible; watch for turning cars; be especially alert in bad weather; obey police officers, school crossing guards and traffic signals.

Welcome back, everyone, after a summer of vacation and fun. As the new school semester begins, we wish students, parents and staff a safe and productive year.

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  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    

Bedford Village

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

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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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