December 20, 2013

The Christmas Spirit awards

This time of year is one filled with joy, much of it a result of the hard work and dedication of volunteers and friends coming to the aid of those in need. We’ve decided to institute a new holiday ritual of raising a glass of Christmas Spirit to those who give of themselves and their time for the acts of random — and not-so-random — kindness that make our lives fuller and more bountiful.

Promoting healthy living, local history

In April, the Bedford Historical Society honored Tony Godino, a lifelong area resident who helped found the Leatherman’s Loop 10-kilometer race in Pound Ridge and who has devoted much of his time to studying local history. Mr. Godino also helped create this year’s “Run the Farm” event, a trail race, held at Muscoot Farm in October. A historian, Mr. Godino is part of the area’s history himself as he is one of the few residents who attended the one-room schoolhouse in Bedford that closed in 1961, the East Middle Patent School. The school taught grades kindergarten through eight, and Mr. Godino said he was part of the school’s largest graduating class: four students.

“He is absolutely as humble as everyone says. He just has this sort of infectious enthusiasm and appreciation of the world around us,” said Stacy Albanese, vice president of the Bedford Historical Society. “He’s one of those people that others like to be around. He feels like the best possible extension of Bedford.”

A new courtyard for students

An official groundbreaking ceremony was held Nov. 14 at Fox Lane High School to introduce a new outdoor courtyard, thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Bedford Foundation for Art, Music and Education. The courtyard will be utilized as an outdoor classroom, a sculpture garden, a performance space with a stage for music and theater, a sensory garden for students with special needs, and a rain garden for science classes to work in. FAME financial campaign chairwoman Sue Groner spent over a year fundraising $120,000 for the courtyard, about 80 percent of the project’s total cost. Ms. Groner and her colleagues worked with architects to create a practical and multifunctional design with optimum use of space.

“It is nice that this has really become a great collaboration between public and private parties,” said Ms. Groner last month. “In an economic time where the school district doesn’t have as much money as it would like with so many budget cuts, it’s important that the community is able to participate and provide the district with things that it wouldn’t normally have.”

Fighting domestic violence

Pound Ridge Police Chief Dave Ryan was honored by My Sisters’ Place during their annual dinner in White Plains. A 20-minute photographic montage with a narration written by My Sisters’ Place chief program officer Amy Siniscalchi and Lauren Pesso, director of its human trafficking program, explained the reason for Chief Ryan’s selection. He was credited with obtaining the support of law enforcement around the county.

“As our work with the chief expanded, so did our understanding of just what kind of police chief and person Dave Ryan is,” the tribute read. “He is intelligent, enthusiastic and compassionate, someone who thinks outside of the box and is always sensitive to victims’ needs.

There when you need them

This year brought 50 candles for the Katonah-Bedford Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

The corps was formed in 1963 when the Katonah Lions Club sought to start an independent ambulance service, which was reflected in its original name, the Katonah Lions Ambulance Corp. Members joined in March of that year, and a 1947 Cadillac ambulance was lent to the corps by the Katonah Fire Department. Bernie Roberts, who joined in 1970, said the volunteers present in the first year responded to 16 calls, consisting of “four heart attacks, three mutual aids, three transfers, two broken hips, one broken leg, one stroke, one auto accident, one back injury.” In the first year, the corps’ budget was $960; $500 of which was used to cover insurance. Today the corps receives more than 900 calls a year, and its annual budget is around $200,000. While the corps has over 100 active members, they say they can always use extra help, especially during the day, when most people are at work.

“It’s the gift of life,” said Bruce Yablon, a crewman and driver of the corps, before an August blood drive event. “What we do every day is try to provide comfort, aid and help save lives.”

Youth take action

Fox Lane Youth in Action. Fox Lane High School’s annual Hunger Banquet, which took place Tuesday, Nov. 26, provoked students into thinking about class differences and hunger as they “competed” for food on an economic scale. The Hunger Banquet is a longtime tradition at Fox Lane High School that raises money for Oxfam America.

At this interactive event, the place where you sit and the meal that you eat are determined by the luck of the draw. After school, members of Fox Lane’s Youth in Action Club purchased food at the grocery store and then cooked dinner in the school’s kitchen. During the banquet, they experienced the differences of poverty and prosperity. Food left over from the event was donated to Neighbors Link in Mount Kisco. “In Westchester County, we are blessed,” said senior Nicole McAlvanah, fellow co-president of Youth in Action. “It puts things into perspective. But sometimes you don’t pick where you end up.”

The Youth in Action club is dedicated to helping the local community through awareness, donations and fundraising. This week, members are sending homemade candy-grams to cheer up patients at local hospitals. They will help someone have a merrier Christmas!

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