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

 

HOME     |     SUBSCRIBE     |     ADVERTISE     |     NEWSROOM     |     CONTACT

The official newspaper of the towns of Bedford and Pound Ridge, New York

NEWSSTAND LOCATIONS

Single copies $1.00

ARCHIVES

January 31, 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)


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    

The Record-Review is available

at these locations:

Subscribe

The Record-Review is delivered to subscribers’ mailboxes every Friday
for only $40 per year.
Click here to subscribe
or to purchase a gift subscription.

Advertise

  1. View our Media Kit for deadlines, specs and circulation information.

  2. Special Sections

  3. Index to Advertisers

  4. Contact your Ad Representative.

Take part

Submit story ideas, announcements, press releases, letters to the editor, and photos.

The Record-Review  • 16 The Parkway, Katonah, NY 10536  • (914) 244-0533 • Fax (914) 244-0537 • www.record-review.com

©2014 THE RECORD, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. REPRODUCTION IN WHOLE OR IN PART IS FORBIDDEN WITHOUT PUBLISHER’S WRITTEN PERMISSION.


Jump to: THE SCARSDALE INQUIRER or THE RIVERTOWNS ENTERPRISE

HOME     |     SUBSCRIBE     |     ADVERTISE     |     NEWSROOM     |     CONTACT

Hundreds pay tribute to former supervisor Lee Roberts at gala event


By ANTHONY R. MANCINI
ANTHONY R. MANCINI PHOTO

Lee Roberts receives a gift from members of Bedford 2020.

 

Environmental organization Bedford 2020’s celebration honoring former Bedford supervisor Lee Roberts was a huge success, drawing more than 400 guests to the Harvey School despite a snowy night last Saturday.

Ms. Roberts retired from her position as supervisor by not running for re-election last year. She began serving Bedford as an elected official in 1994 as a town councilwoman and eventually became supervisor in 2003, a position she held for a decade, giving her 20 years of public service overall. She is an instrumental member of Bedford 2020, a nonprofit organization devoted to reducing Bedford’s greenhouse gas footprint by 20 percent by the year 2020. This organization works with the town to pass legislation that is designed to benefit the environment.

“I am totally overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of civic pride and community spirit shown here tonight,” Ms. Roberts said during a speech at the event. “It is not often that you have everyone that you love the most in the same room together.”

Ms. Roberts was joined by her many of her family members, including her husband Ken Roberts, her three sisters, brother, three children and 93-year-old mother Alva Van Allen, who was an elected official herself, a burgess of the borough of Naugatuck, Conn. A burgess is similar to a councilwoman.

Ken Roberts joked in a speech that he would no longer be known simply as Lee Roberts’ husband anymore. He said he and his wife have come a long way since moving to Katonah from New York City 42 years ago.

“In New York we had a small apartment on the third floor above a Chinese restaurant. It was a three-story walkup and 99 percent of the bedroom was made up of the bed and dresser. We took turns getting dressed in the morning,” he said. “Back then Lee’s shoes were not simply a fashion statement. They were our only weapon against an army of cockroaches.”

Mr. Roberts said his wife had a sense of civic duty passed down to her from her parents and that this motivation inspired her to become an elected official.

“On many drives around Bedford, Lee sitting next to me would say, ‘I love this town. It is so beautiful. It is the best town in America,’” he said. “I’m so proud that not only did she say it, she got involved and gave back to the town she cared so much about.”

One of the highlights of the night was a shoe design contest, where organizations around town customized their shoe to reflect what their groups contribute to the community. The idea for the contest came from Ms. Roberts’ penchant for wearing stylish heels. The entires were very elaborate and much creativity went into their design. For instance, Mianus River Gorge’s entry was a hiking boot sprouting antlers. Bedford 2020’s waste and recycling task force entered a high heel made out of old soda bottles with red pull tabs for the toes. Bedford Historical Society’s entry was a gigantic wooden boot. The Community Center of Northern Westchester won the contest. Their entry was a boot made to look like a house with windows. Inside each of the windows were cutout photographs of volunteers and staff of the center. Short written descriptions told of how the organization contributes to the needy through its clothing donations, food pantry and education programs.

Another highlight was a video tribute to Ms. Roberts that featured the town’s department heads who thanked her for her service. The video touched upon major events throughout Ms. Robert’s tenure, including her response to Hurricane Sandy, which knocked over many trees and power lines around the area and left virtually every Bedford resident without power in its aftermath. The video also remarked on how Ms. Roberts handled controversy well, such as when there was a negative reaction by some residents when the Katonah Museum of Art to shroud trees around Katonah with colorful wrappings.

Ellen Conrad, a co-founder of Bedford 2020 and a major organizer of the event said that the celebration was such a success due to help from many of the organizations and individuals around town. She said John Jay Homestead donated tables, chairs and benches for the event and the Bedford Garden Club donated pedestals where the shoe designs were mounted. She said Matthew Saravay, a town resident, provided the event’s lighting and sound for a significantly reduced price and Brett Cameron and Deanna Marano of local business La Maison Fete were in charge of decor at the event. The Antioch Baptist Church Choir of Bedford Hills sang a few songs onstage as well, including “This Little Light of Mine” and “Put a Little Love in Your Heart.”

Ms. Conrad said that at first many did not think that the event would be a success, as they did not think a party celebrating Ms. Roberts, Bedford 2020 and Bedford as a community at the same time would work. Ms. Roberts requested that she only honored if the party also honored Bedford 2020 and the town.

“The response was unanimous: This was a terrible idea, people would be confused, we were trying to do too many things at the same time, it was a bad idea to try to celebrate a community and Lee at the same event,” Ms. Conrad said. “In retrospect the naysayers were correct except for one huge omission. They failed to take into account the power of Lee. Take a look around this room tonight. Over 400 people let their warm, cozy living rooms to come tonight and at least 50 percent of them are wearing the most excruciatingly uncomfortable stiletto heels on purpose.”

Ms. Conrad said that she would keep promotion of Bedford 2020 at the event to a minimum, but she did say that the organization accomplished 68 percent of its climate reduction goal so far.

Bedford councilwoman and Bedford 2020 co-founder Mary Beth Kass presented Ms. Roberts with a gift of purple slippers to match her purple heels which were emblazoned on promotional material for the celebration.

“We hope that now that you are retired that you will trade in at least some of your heels for this gift,” Ms. Kass. “We hope that you will be able to put your feet up, enjoy some well-deserved relaxation time with Ken and your beautiful family and you have earned every minute of it.”

Ms. Roberts thanked everyone who made the event possible.

“My heart is bursting with pride in our beloved Bedford. A special magic abounds in this community nurturing a steadfast resolve to make Bedford all that it can be,” she said. “I stand in awe of this company and I thank each one of you for your friendship and support.”



Read more local coverage of your hometown in this week’s issue of the The Record-Review. Newsstand copies are available at several locations listed above, or subscribe today for convenient home delivery.