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Like all cultural institutions, the Katonah Museum of Art has struggled to continue to function during the coronavirus crisis. But even being unable to allow visitors into the building or to hold their big annual spring fundraiser, KMA is managing to remain a vital community resource.

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It was a perfect confluence of beer, burgers and good folks on a beautiful Friday afternoon. The impromptu barbecue outside The Kitchen Table arose from a gut feeling from the shop’s manager, McKenna Ryser, along with owner Robbie Everett to say “thank you” and “good-bye” to the workers at C…

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After four years leading the Pound Ridge Community Church, Pastor Jim Van Schaick confirmed in an interview with The Record-Review he is officially retiring from his post June 30. This is not how he would have liked things to end — during a global pandemic in which he cannot even break the n…

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The local word of the last few weeks seems to be “bear.” Sightings have become more numerous, and you can’t avoid the feeling that at least two pairs of ursine eyes are peering at you and your birdfeeders from behind the stone walls and what’s left of the understory of surrounding woods. Res…

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Chabad of Bedford held a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday, June 14, to mark the beginning of construction of its new facility on Route 172. Dignitaries, elected officials and families joined the event, which observed guidelines for social gatherings. The project is estimated to be completed in…

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Things are gradually reopening here in northern Westchester County. My youngest son, who has had his hair growing like a feral child since late February, can finally return to a civilized look. Of course, he has not done it yet, but there is always hope. My college-age son and even my lovely…

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All the while, during whatever craziness surrounds us, nature is my grounding, go-to model and inspiration. Mother Nature is strong, accountable, keeps prodding forward, and always adapts. So often, we humans are quick to label things as “bad,” especially in the natural world, without respec…

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If you haven’t yet encountered the crusty, bronzed loaves of sourdough bread from Katonah baker Anne Mayhew’s LMNOP Bakery — her classic Bedford sourdough, the tangy, textured fig and walnut loaf, the savory polenta and cheddar — go immediately to her website, lmnopbakery.com, to peruse the …

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On these warmer, almost summer evenings, when the windows and doors are open, it is a comforting sound to hear the bells of the South Salem Presbyterian Church ring out at 7 p.m. every night. We know that not all is well with our world, but that there are reasons to care that collectively we…

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It feels like the month of May is my sweet spot. My whole bodily rhythm gets in sync with the circadian rhythm; the early morning daylight wakes me up through and through and I’m winding down as the sun sets. Coupling that with being outside in the garden and observing plants growing and nat…

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These days, sometimes it’s been a schizoid life for me. Everything is copacetic when I’m outside on a beautiful day, in the garden or driving somewhere in the morning sunshine with good music on after a great cup of tea. Then, I encounter the reality of masks or a hug-less rendezvous with a …

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Bedford held its first Pride Flag raising on Friday, June 5, in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month. The town board passed a resolution May 19 declaring June to be LGBTQ Pride Month in the Town of Bedford. At the ceremony were (front row), Council Member MaryAnn Carr, County Legislator Kitley C…

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The colorful chalk markings started appearing on sidewalks in Katonah back in February, just as news of the coronavirus pandemic was mounting: positive messages of hope and support, accompanied by images of three birds. Soon they appeared in neighboring communities. We wondered: Where were t…

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The John Jay High School Class of 2020 got their caps and gowns delivered last Friday in a unique way. Eighteen mini-busses fanned out across the Katonah-Lewisboro School District driven by our dedicated bus drivers and presented by teachers, staff, administrators and school board members. I…

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As of this past Monday, Bedford Dog Park (aka Canine Commons) reopened, with access to both the fenced area and the field. Town paddle tennis courts also opened, although the season is not at its prime. However, with the recent cool nights paddle is still appealing, and these days more and m…

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It’s come around again, the birthday of a dear friend, Lois Elizabeth Reynolds of Cross River. This time Lois is preparing to add candle number 101 to her cake! She was born more than a century ago on May 31, 1919, in the front room of the Reynolds Homestead on Route 35 (Old Post Road), the …

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I’m missing my favorite Pound Ridge event this year: the Memorial Day parade and ceremony in the cemetery. This year, though, I appreciate the flags mounted in the new streetlights along Westchester Avenue. As I pass by them, I offer a humble nod to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for …

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People of Bedford, welcome to summer and more privacy than we ever dreamed of.

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The Pound Ridge Volunteer Ambulance Corps, in conjunction with Billy Fortin and The Market at Pound Ridge Square, delivered donations of dinners to Northern Westchester Hospital staff last weekend as tokens of appreciation for the frontline health care workers.

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Lewisboro Lions Club held a barbecue for the staff of Northern Westchester Hospital on the hospital’s grounds last Saturday, May 16, “to thank and honor the health care workers for all the work they do especially during this pandemic,” said Lions Club member and councilman, Tony Goncalves. O…

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Lewisboro resident Lois Reynolds is turning 101 years old on Sunday, May 31. Lois was born, raised, and spent most of her life living in Cross River. To help make her day extra special, the Lewisboro Parks and Recreation Department is working with Lewisboro Town Historian (and my co-columnis…

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What’s the deal with all the beards that guys are growing these days? Is it because they are mostly home, so hardly anyone sees them? Or maybe it’s an extension of the sweatpants culture and men are just relaxing, taking a break from daily routines. Is it an opportunity to literally let thei…

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Wow, it’s Memorial Day weekend! Considering the current virus situation, I wonder how many people are heading out of town. No doubt highways will be less crowded than normal, but perhaps residents are restless and will leave town for a change of scene, or maybe some have already done so sinc…

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Lewisboro resident Steven Grskovic was doing the dishes on a Tuesday morning while listening to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s daily updates through his headphones. He then heard Mr. Cuomo’s May 5 call-to-action asking New Yorkers to submit video spots showing the importance of wearing face mask in pub…

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The most whimsical ephemeral of early spring is Dutchman’s breeches, a delightful flower inhabiting loamy soils in either wooded areas, open lands or rocky slopes. Maybe it’s one of the first flowers a child learns because of its wonderful flowers resembling a Dutchman’s pantaloons hanging u…

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“We are the lucky ones.” That’s the mantra amongst my garden peeps these COVID days. We get to be outside in nature, in the soil, planting seeds, witnessing the miracle of nature. Finally, I understand the true meaning of “grounded.” It’s so far from the rest of the static that gets thrown a…

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Bedford Playhouse staff and volunteers delivered hundreds of sealed bags of fresh popcorn throughout the day May 5 to hospital workers, first responders and other frontline employees to celebrate Giving Tuesday. “It’s our way of saying ‘thanks,’” commented Sarah Long, chairman of the board o…

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We’re saddened by two recent deaths in Bedford, both related to complications from COVID-19. The death of Douglas Childs, manager of Bedford Hardware, hit my husband particularly hard since he recalls his jovial and friendly presence at the store. One incident in particular says it all. My h…

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At 7 p.m. each night around town bells are ringing. Different neighborhoods have started up the tribute for our frontline health care workers who are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic every day. It originally started in New York City because 7 p.m. is when the shift change happens at hospitals.…

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“Anyone can do spring” I heard declared on a garden podcast recently. I’ve been planting, propagating and organizing my outdoor world with an easy-going sense of satisfaction during the first part of this growing season. Suddenly, after a couple warm days, nature is talking back. That initia…

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Pound Ridge resident Laura Peterman uses her own vintage sewing machine to contribute to Project Face Mask, founded by Pauline Dora and her team at Design Solutions. Ms. Dora’s staff and a group of volunteers sew handmade face masks for adults and children, which are sold online for $10 each…

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Logan Aceste and his family wanted to help address the shortage of personal protective equipment for the many doctors and nurses treating COVID-19 patients. Logan, who is a member of Vista Scout Troop 101, has many family members who work in the medical field, so he reached out to them to se…

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The Pound Ridge Historical Society announced a slate of new appointees and a new president during this year’s annual general meeting April 26. PRHS trustees appointed Deborah Benjamin as president, Karen Cooper as vice-president, and Anne Nolan as the corresponding secretary. Ron Asaro, Ira …

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The big news in downtown South Salem is the most welcome reopening of Lily’s Deli and Market. In a surprise announcement late last week via the neighborhood news groups, Lily wrote, “Good morning all. Hope you and your family are doing well and are in good health. We would like anyone to kno…

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Bedford resident Ben Gershman, a junior at the University of New Haven, was still attending classes in January when he read about a virus rapidly spreading through a region of China. As an aspiring medical student, Mr. Gershman already knew the speed of contagion suggested something more sin…

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Is it time to wake up now? On a sunny, spring day, it’s darn easy to forget the weighty COVID-19 reality that surrounds us. At least, now, there’s some movement in the direction of normalcy, but how that reality is defined in our lifestyle and pocketbooks is yet to be defined.

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The 50th anniversary of Earth Day just passed on April 22, and it’s ironic that the earth is probably less polluted during this epidemic than at any time since 1970. With roads in China, India and the U.S. remaining lightly traveled, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced. In a way, this virus…

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What passes now for a “normal” day for a Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps crew member, who is on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, entails a regimen of constant cleaning, wearing increased protective gear and facing the constant threat of contracting COVID-19.

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The Bedford-Armonk Rotary Club is running a central drop-off point in front of the Bedford Playhouse to collect food donations for the Community Center of Northern Westchester and Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry.

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It’s amazing to experience something that everyone around the world is experiencing at the same time. COVID-19 has made us all stop in one way or another, forcing us to examine our lifestyle, relationships, schedules. Change will be part of the fabric of the rest of our lives, but have you h…