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June 2, 2017

‘Pops, Patriots and Fireworks’

Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

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

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco, 66 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, Babbitt Road    

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

  3. Meme’s Treats, 17 Adams Street


Katonah

  1. Little Joe’s Books, 25 Katonah Avenue     

  2. CVS – Katonah Shopping Center, 294 Katonah Avenue   

  3. Katonah Sunoco, 105 Bedford Road

  4. The Reading Room, 19 Edgemont Road

  5. Weinstein’s Pharmacy, 101 Katonah Avenue

  6. DeCicco Family Markets, 132 Bedford Road

  7. Katonah Pharmacy, 202 Katonah Avenue


Mount Kisco

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


Cross River

  1. Cross River Shell Station, Route 35    

  2. Cameron’s Deli. 890 Route 35

  3. Cross River Pharmacy, 20 North Salem Road

  4. DeCicco Family Markets, 1 Orchard Plaza


Goldens Bridge

• Cardware Store, 100 N. County Shopping Center

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Lewisboro

Memorial Day tradition perseveres in Goldens Bridge

By JEFF MORRIS

JEFF MORRIS PHOTO

Daniel Sant, a WWII veteran, playing harmonica at the Memorial Day ceremony. With him, from left, were Jon Monti, Goldens Bridge Hamlet Organization chair; Tony Goncalves GBHO trustee; Kate Barker, and Annamarie Sant, who sang the national anthem.

 
Goldens Bridge has a history of surviving through adversity. The hamlet’s western section was flooded for a reservoir in the 19th century. Most of its business district was destroyed in the 1960s as Route 22 was widened and, ultimately, turned into Interstate 684. Yet the hamlet persists, and it’s Memorial Day traditions are no exception.

This year, the ceremonies honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice continued despite a steady rain that resulted in the last-minute cancellation of the Goldens Bridge Memorial Day Parade.

Dozens of hardy souls, some with umbrellas and others without, gathered in front of the Goldens Bridge Community House on Old Bedford Road, at the monument bearing plaques honoring residents who died in World War I and World War II, to pay tribute to all of the town’s and the nation’s war dead.

That the gathering would take place at all had been in doubt after its longtime sponsoring organization, the John B. Winter American Legion Post 1734, lost its American Legion charter because it no longer had the minimum number of members. According to former Lewisboro councilman, Les Simon, who served as post commander for the last 25 years, he and Old Bedford Road resident Lew Catone were the only remaining members.

The Goldens Bridge Hamlet Organization and Goldens Bridge Fire Department stepped in to fill that gap and keep the parade going. Unfortunately, rain caused the parade to be washed out for the second year in a row. But that did not stop the GBHO from going ahead with the most meaningful part of the day, as they announced the memorial ceremony would take place at 10:45 a.m., when the parade had been scheduled to kick off.

With GBHO Trustee Tony Goncalves serving as master of ceremonies, Rabbi Arik Wolf from Chabad of Bedford delivering the invocation and Annamarie Sant singing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the crowd remained upbeat as they held and shared umbrellas.

Mr. Goncalves introduced Mr. Simon, an Air Force veteran, who in turn introduced Bob Sullivan of Old Goldens Bridge, a Navy veteran who served for six years aboard the USS Atlanta, a nuclear powered fast-attack submarine.

“The service members we honor today came from all walks of life,” said Mr. Sullivan. “Many of them didn’t ask to leave their homes to fight on distant battlefields. Many didn’t even volunteer. They didn’t go to war because they loved fighting; they were called to be part of something bigger than themselves. They were ordinary people who responded in extraordinary ways in extreme times.” Mr. Sullivan concluded, “On this Memorial Day, let’s remember our brothers and sisters who are on eternal patrol.” Jon Monti, chair of GBHO, thanked Mr. Sullivan for speaking and presented him with a gift.

Mr. Goncalves then introduced Dennis and Bridget Devey, both of whom looked amazingly crisp in their Navy dress whites despite the wet weather.

“Dennis and Bridget live on my block. I’ve known them since they were this little,” said Mr. Goncalves, pointing to his knees. He explained that the siblings both attended the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, with Mr. Devey having just graduated and been commissioned, and Ms. Devey now in her senior year. He also commended their parents, Maura and Matt Devey.

Brownie Scout Emma Gomes and Cub Scout Owen Gardner were called upon to place wreaths on the memorial monument. According to Mr. Catone, the monument was originally located just off Route 22, at the intersection with North Street. “During my time when the Legion was formed, I believe in 1946, they marched on Old Bedford Road. There was an honor guard of four that the Legion sponsored,” Mr. Catone recalled. “Walter Harrison organized everything. Norman Slote, the druggist’s son, was the first killed in action in WWII; I think he may have been a West Point grad. Jack Winter was killed in France as I recall, helping civilians who had been involved in a bombardment. I believe he was a medic.” All three names are listed on the WWII plaque.

Following the wreath-laying ceremony, Mr. Monti introduced Kate Barker, a local resident who gathered the dozen or so children present around her. “The world to come belongs to you,” she said, “and you’ll see there’ll be times of conflict and times of peace, and we ask you to remember the soldiers who have served your country and always try to honor them, and be peacemakers in the world whenever you can, and fight for good when it’s necessary and it’s your turn.” Ms. Barker handed out packets of forget-me-nots to be planted around Lewisboro.

After WWII veteran Daniel Sant performed “Amazing Grace” on the harmonica, Cooper Clares played “Taps,” while Jack Horvath and Matt Gomes, both Eagle Scouts with Troop 154 in Goldens Bridge, lowered the flag to half staff.

Mr. Goncalves thanked everyone for coming despite the rain, lamenting the cancellation of the parade but noting, “I’m glad we did this anyway, because this is what it’s all about. Please remember those who have served and fallen to protect our values and our liberties.”

“We all feel strongly about those who served and died to ensure our freedom,” said Mr. Monti. “The five trustees of GBHO — Tony, Mickey DeNicola, Jim Moreo, Madeleine Polemeni, and I — care deeply about our community. Many of us have family that served, and were in combat as well. A ceremony such as this is the least that we could do.”


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