The Record-Review – The official newspaper of Bedford and Pound Ridge, New York

 

AUGUST 12, 2011


Reporting the unspeakable

It is easy for editorial writers to sit in the comfort of their air-conditioned offices and decry the evils of the world — in fact, it is a pastime that editorial writers for centuries have indulged in, tossing thunderbolts, unleashing hortatory, diatribes and panegyrics. All this jumping up and down never fully equates with the desolate and disconsolate results of the worst of human behavior.

Sadly, locally we have had way too much horror for one small region: the stabbing of two young children by a family member; the enslavement of women in a Pound Ridge home; the painting of swastikas on a home owned by a Jewish family in Vista; and most recently, horrific incidents of animal cruelty allegedly perpetrated by a Fox Lane graduate. In the last, the 20-year-old Bedford Corners man is said to have tortured up to six cats, shooting at least one of them with a BB gun.

Because of the incendiary nature of these crimes and the gut responses they invoke, newspaper coverage of them presents special challenges.

A letter writer who sought anonymity this week warned via email that we “be judicious in the selection of editorial comments,” comments which, on Internet forums, have taken on “a vigilante tone and present a potential risk to innocent parties.”

The letter writer’s admonition is well observed. While failure to report the incidents would be negligent in our responsibility to the community, every effort should be made to remember that an accused is innocent until proven otherwise, no matter the crime. The Record-Review endeavors to provide accurate reports provided by professional law enforcement agencies or eyewitnesses. In every case we try to obtain a statement from the accused or the attorney of the accused. We do not run anonymous comments in our stories. Letters to the editor will not be run unless they are signed and verified.

There is a thin line between sensationalism and a need to know. We recognize that as a newspaper we must be conscious of that distinction.


Local musicians, world-class music

It was fitting that Katonah’s John Scofield headlined at Caramoor at the season’s jazz fest closing on Sunday. Mr. Scofield, who has played on stages throughout the world, had never been on the Caramoor stage, the great concert venue in his own backyard. He demonstrated the awesome virtuosity and swinging style that have propelled him to jazz guitar’s top spot. We were privileged to be there as Caramoor capped a great season of music, which began with the festival’s 15th season of the Bel Canto with “HMS Pinafore” by Gilbert & Sullivan for the festival’s opening night. The caliber here rivals that of the great outdoor music of Tanglewood, the Chicago area’s Ravinia Festival and Wolf Trap.

There’s plenty more to come, as Caramoor has expanded its season with fall concerts including the New York Philharmonic, the Rising Stars program and the Linden String Quartet.

A more recent addition, Copland House at Merestead in Mount Kisco, is also celebrating a big weekend: Copland House at Merestead’s 2011-12 season unofficially begins Saturday, Aug. 20, continuing into early June 2012. There will be more than a dozen musical events, from the “Great American Songbook” to “Strings, Mallets, Hammers and Ivory,” the season finale.

The legacy of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Copland, who left a profound and personal impact on American music, lives on in our back yard. 

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NEWSSTAND LOCATIONS

Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

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

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  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)


Katonah

  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Perks – 197 Katonah Avenue    

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

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

  6. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road


Mount Kisco

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

  2. Connie’s at Northern Westchester Hospital
    400 E. Main Street    


South Salem/Vista

  1. JNR Pharmacy – 222 Oakridge Commons;
    Route 123   


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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