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January 17, 2014

‘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    

  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)


  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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Fine artist Maria Hagadus dies at 86

Maria Hagadus in 1963.

Maria Hagadus, a longtime Bedford Hills resident, died on Jan. 1 at age 86 after a long illness. Ms. Hagadus was an artist of international reputation who mentored other artists and maintained the Maria Hagadus Studio Gallery on Adams Street in Bedford Hills for nearly 20 years.

“Maria Hagadus was blessed with beauty, talent and genius; she held herself to the highest standards and judged only herself; she was loving and beloved; she was a woman of sublime style and elegance; she was ever the great lady,” said her husband, Dr. Ronald Hagadus, M.D., an ophthalmologist, this week. “She was a tremendously versatile, beautiful woman. She had a 190 IQ and spoke nine languages, and I proposed on the first date.”

Ms. Hagadus was born in Lodz, Poland, before World War II, and came to the United States in 1945. The war years through which she lived as a young girl, and the long postwar era of Poland’s political and artistic isolation, deeply affected her artistic sensibilities.

Ms. Hagadus possessed deep awareness of life’s gift and a strong sense of justice for humanity, two elements that are evidenced in her paintings and mixed-media works that are in private and public collections worldwide. “She never judged anybody and held herself to very high standards,” said Dr. Hagadus.

Locally, she worked with and exhibited with watercolorist B. Shirley Carter and fine artist Anthony Toney. In 1981, she introduced Polish artists to this country in an exhibit presented at the Bedford Village Historical Hall. All proceeds — the show raised $40,000 — were donated to Polish catholic charities.

Although she had not painted since the 1980s, Ms. Hagadus’s most recent exhibit was in 2012 at the Kosciusko Foundation in New York City, and she exhibited at PaulaBarr Chelsea in Chelsea.

Among her eclectic talents and fluency in five languages, Ms. Hagadus was a translator of Polish and German poetry, prose and theater, including works by Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz. In New York she was an early and continuing member of the Byrd Hoffman Foundation, the theater workshop in SoHo founded and led by the avant-garde director Robert Wilson, and she frequently appeared in his off Broadway productions. She also served as trustee and trustee emeritus of the Kosciuszko Foundation.

An inveterate traveler, Ms. Hagadus and her husband took long car rides across the country, with destination unplanned and lasting several weeks,  “On our very first trip, in 1972, we took the northern route to Yellowstone Park, which is someplace I dreamed about going to as a kid,” said Dr. Hagadus in 2008. “There have been a few places we’ve gone through more than once in the course of different trips. I remember one particular restaurant, Maria’s in Holbrook, Ariz., which had great bottle of wine on the menu that we treated ourselves to. The food was excellent and we mentioned to the owner how enjoyable it all was. Well, five years later we were passing through the same area on our way to someplace else and we decided to have dinner at Maria’s again. As Maria was taking our order, I mentioned that we had been there five years earlier and, without missing a beat, she said, ‘Sure, I remember you. You had that really good wine and I have one bottle of it left, so you should have it,’ and we did.”

Ms. Hagadus is survived by Dr. Hagadus, daughters Francesca Hagadus-McHale (William) of Pleasantville, Claudia Hagadus Long (Clyde) of Lafayette, Calif., and four grandchildren, Julia, William, Timothy and Thomas. She was predeceased by a son, James Matthew Hagadus M.D.

Arrangements are private, and in lieu of flowers a donation in her memory to the Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E. 65th St., 10065, is suggested.

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