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MARCH 14, 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    

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Katonah-Lewisboro

District makes changes at top, new principal at KES


By NATALIA BAAGE-LORD

Current John Jay High School interim principal John Goetz was recently appointed interim superintendent of the Katonah-Lewisboro School District. He will begin his new position in July.

Recent appointments by the school board also see Katonah Elementary School principal Jessica Godin taking over the principal’s post at the high school, while Lewisboro Elementary School principal Cristy Harris — whose school is closing over the summer — will be transferring to Katonah Elementary.

Following the departure in January of former superintendent Paul Kreutzer, the school board has been searching for his replacement. Assistant superintendent for business Michael Jumper is currently serving out the academic year as interim superintendent but will revert back to his old position in July.

Mr. Goetz joined the district two years ago and has been serving the community as the interim John Jay High School principal. Before arriving in Cross River, he was the superintendent of two schools in Connecticut.

“I have come to know and really enjoy the district over the past two years,” said Mr. Goetz in a press release, “especially the students, staff and families with whom I interact with on a daily basis. I appreciate the board’s confidence and will do all I can to make the leadership and building transitions as smooth as possible. I work with a great staff that I respect and hold in high esteem for their commitment to the district.”

In a Monday phone interview, board president Charles Day said the district is excited about Mr. Goetz’s new appointment as he is well liked by his colleagues. “He’s a very good influence,” Mr. Day said, adding that Mr. Goetz would work well alongside Mr. Jumper and assistant superintendent for curriculum Alice Cronin.

Ms. Godin was a natural fit to take the helm at John Jay High School. A former grade nine through 12 principal and tenured teacher on Long Island and in Colorado, Ms. Godin had initially applied for the position when entering the district several years ago.

“John Jay is a premier high school with extraordinary faculty and staff,” she said in a press release, “and I am honored to have been selected to lead it. I have spent a significant amount of my career working in high schools, and I welcome the opportunity to return to the high school setting.”

As Ms. Godin’s move to the John Jay campus leaves an opening at Katonah Elementary School, Ms. Harris will grab hold of those reigns. Ms. Harris, a decade-long district employee, served as Katonah Elementary School’s principal, from 2004 to 2007, before her stint at Lewisboro.

Katonah Elementary School is dear to Ms. Harris as she herself was a student there, in the early 1980s. She later graduated from John Jay High School, in 1989.

“I have many fond memories of my time at Katonah Elementary School, and I am looking forward to my return,” she said in the statement. “I’m returning to a place I once called home and, of course, looking forward to reestablishing my relationship with the Katonah community that I grew up in.”

There is need replacement for Ms. Harris at Lewisboro Elementary School as the building is closing at the end of the current academic year. The current Lewisboro students will be moved to Meadow Pond and Increase Miller elementary schools for the 2014-15 academic year.

“I am confident that the Katonah community would love to have Cristy back,” said Mr. Day. “She is a very highly regarded person in the district.”

The three new appointments — made official at the March 13 school board meeting — put the administrators in positions that will help the district advance in the future, said Mr. Day.

“To me,” he said, “this is a very positive thing for the district. Our goal is to uproot any problems that we have, and these personnel changes will do that.”

Syntax, the Katonah-Lewisboro School District’s public relations firm, said the three newly appointed administrators could not be reached for personal comment prior to their official appointments.

Over the next year, while Mr. Goetz serves as interim superintendent, the school board will begin its search for a permanent superintendent to begin in July 2015. The search is expected to begin over the summer once a new school board has been voted into office.


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