SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

Stop for the bus

The official start of fall begins tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 21, and with it comes shorter days and earlier twilights. Road travel increases and traffic patterns shift; this busy time of year can also be a dangerous one for our kids. Especially in our neighborhoods, with their dirt roads, blind curves, hills and no sidewalks in many place where pedestrians already face hazards.

Here are some tips compiled from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Fewer daylight hours can make it harder for motorists to see young students. More school-age pedestrians have been killed between the hours of 7 and 8 a.m. and 3 and 4 p.m. than any other times of day.

Whether walking, riding a bicycle or catching a school bus or public transportation to travel to and from school, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds parents and students about safe transportation practices to ensure that kids arrive safely.

According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, before a school bus stops to load or unload passengers, the driver will usually flash yellow warning lights. When you see those lights, slow down and be prepared to stop. You should stop at least 20 feet away from the bus.

Once stopped for a school bus, you may not drive again until the red lights stop flashing or the bus driver or a traffic officer waves you on. This law applies on all roadways in New York State. You must stop for a school bus, even if it is on the opposite side of a divided highway.

After stopping for a school bus, watch for children along the side of the road. Drive slowly until you have passed them. Most school bus-related deaths and injuries occur while children are crossing the street after leaving the bus, not in collisions involving school buses.

The fine for passing a stopped school bus ranges from a minimum of $250 for a first violation to a maximum of $1,000 for three violations in three years. In addition, if you are convicted of three such violations in three years, your license will be revoked for a minimum of six months. This is a costly penalty for misconduct, but is nothing compared to the cost of disregarding these critical safety measures for young lives.


A message from the ‘Letters’ police

We’ve heard it said that you can judge the vibrancy of a newspaper by its letters section. And we’re proud to say that our letters page is the setting for a lively, timely and provocative chorus of voices. Letter writers can illuminate, infuriate and persuade. We feel privileged to benefit from your voices and your participation. You give us a direct connection to the community.

Now the “bad” news. With local election campaigns underway in Bedford and Pound Ridge for town and county offices, the letters have been pouring in. With so many compelling issues and a limited amount of space, we’ll be enforcing the 500-word limit on our letters pages.

Following is our letters policy:

• Letters are selected at the discretion of the editor.

• Letters may be edited for length, clarity, grammar or to conform with Record-Review style.

• Please provide a contact number and address for verification.

• We request that you identify yourself when writing on behalf of a group, such as a political party, civic organization or business.

• The Record-Review does not publish letters complaining about neighbors, businesses or private individuals by name.

• We do not publish anonymous letters.

• We do not publish hearsay.

• The deadline for letters is Tuesday at noon. Space may not be available for all even if submitted by deadline. At election time, if a letter doesn’t fit one week, we will put it at the top of the queue for the following week.

• Candidates may submit letters on their own behalf.

• In the issue before the election, new campaign claims or charges will not be printed, as candidates would not have an opportunity to refute them.

• Submissions may be emailed to recordreview@optonline.net as a Word document, .pdf or pasted into the body of the email. To check the length of your letter in Microsoft Word, choose “tools” then select “word count” from the dropdown menu — and voila!

The Record-Review seeks to continue its tradition of presenting a lively, bipartisan forum for town, political and social issues.

P.S. This portion of the editorial was 356 words, not including headline.


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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. 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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