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May 9, 2014

‘Pops, Patriots and Fireworks’

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  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

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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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New season begins under new light in Bedford Hills


By ANTHONY R. MANCINI
ANTHONY R. MANCINI PHOTO

Bedford Hills/Katonah Little League president Bill DiRago, right, thanked league volunteer David Morabito, left, for his work in securing grants to install new lights at the league’s field in Bedford Hills.

 

The Bedford Hills/Katonah Little League held their opening day on April 26 underneath new lights installed at their main field at the Bedford Hills Memorial Park.

The field was left without lights for the 2013 Little League season after Hurricane Sandy brought one of the field’s original wooden light posts down onto a set of bleachers, significantly damaging them.

The remaining wooden light poles, which were first erected in 1983, were later inspected by insurance assessors.  Two poles were then deemed unsafe and had to be removed and the league then opted to  remove every wooden light pole, because having two poles cannot sufficiently light up the field and that national Little League standards are phasing out wooded poles for more sturdier steel light fixtures.

At the opening day ceremony, league president Bill DiRago said that the league was able to raise the more than $200,000 in expenses needed to pay for the new metal light poles. He said the biggest sum of money came from Major League Baseball’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund, $78,000. In order to receive the grant money, the league had to enter into a formal lease agreement with the town of Bedford for use of the field. Before the lease became established, the league was able to use the field through an informal gentlemen’s agreement with the town.

Mr. DiRago credited with Bedford Hills/Katonah Little League volunteer and coach David Morabito for helping the league receive grant money.

“You have no idea who hard this gentleman works to help me run the league. He’s the reason we have the lights. He secured the two grants for us. He spend hours and hours working on these grants to get us the money we need to get the lights back,” Mr. DiRago said at the ceremony. “He runs the website. He puts the teams together for me. I wouldn’t be able to do it without him and I can’t say enough about how much time he puts in.”

The league’s other major grant came from New York State Electric & Gas and the organization was able to raise $18,000 through hosting a golf outing. The league is hosting another golf outing this year on Monday, June 16 at the E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course in Stamford. Proceeds of the event are going toward the installation of an awning above a set of new bleachers at the field to keep fans out of the sun during games. The deadline for registration is Sunday, June 1.

The league also inducted a new member into their hall of fame, Tim Marcoux, for his volunteer efforts. Mr. Marcoux threw the opening game’s ceremonial first pitch.

“When I took over in 2006 as president, he was my right hand man,” Mr. DiRago said. “He did everything with me.”

Bedford’s representative in the state Assembly, David Buchwald, announced at the ceremony that he helped pass a citation honoring the league and Bedford supervisor Chris Burdick praised the league’s efforts.

“We have one of the most successful Little Leagues around and it all goes to the sense of community,” Mr. Burdick said. “I really have to say that having all of these young people involved at such an early age is so incredibly important to their development and ultimately they’re going to be great citizens and be involved in the community in such a constructive and positive way.”

Bedford Hills/Katonah Little League is a Little League chartered baseball organization. It is a nonprofit that provides spring, summer and fall youth baseball programs for ages 5 through 16. For more information on the league and their golf outing visit bhkll.org.


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