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Sept. 11, 2020

Every year around this time, I write about closure and a new beginning; summer ends and the excitement of a new school year takes over. As a parent, it’s hard to get free of that cycle, even though my kids are no longer in school. We still have school reminders of colored pencils and packs of index cards stashed in various desk drawers, maybe even a fresh pack of crayons. This year, though, the excitement is muted for many students who are missing the full monte that in-person school offers, and many of us parents are looking for closure to the craziness that surrounds us, which is magnified as we focus on our electronic devices and curtail our social activities.

I was reminded of the difference between online and actual human contact when some friends from out of town stopped by our house recently. We’ve been Facetiming with them over the past few months, but after they left, we were reinfused with the power of in-person contact. There ain’t nothin’ like real hugs with buddies. 

Although we are currently grateful to the COVID-19 first responders, today, Friday, the Pound Ridge Fire Department will have a Sept. 11 Memorial Ceremony at 11 a.m. to remember the first responders from the attack 20 years ago. Westchester County Executive George Latimer will be the featured speaker. Thankfully, the Pound Ridge Fire Department has been part of the group of first responders here in town during the storms and the pandemic, but it’s been a challenge for them. “It’s been busy with all the storms, giving us much to do,” Chief Sam Dodge said, “and the pandemic has forced us to have all our meetings on Zoom.” Their only activity was going to calls, having to limit their personal contact, as per order of the leaders in the Fire District. They are now back to having drills in person, but meetings probably won’t resume until 2021.

Frida Friday continues tonight, Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Kahlo with a performance by musician Gabi Rose of En Rose from 5 to 8 p.m. Gabi Rose is a vocalist, plays saxophone and will be joined by a guitarist. The Sunday Market takes place at the same location from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both events have food trucks and plenty of garden space to gather safely.

The first annual Westchester Pollinator Garden Tour is this Sunday. Gardens around the County are open, either in the morning or afternoon. In Pound Ridge, our Sara Stein Garden on Fox Hill Road is open from 1 to 4 p.m. and may offer you some ideas for alternatives to typical suburban plantings. The 5 acres have a wild style of landscape with paths through various habitats. Our neighbor, Joe Simonetti, on Bob Hill Road, also has a wild type of landscape with many native plants and his garden is open the same afternoon. The other pollinator-friendly areas in Pound Ridge that are on the tour are Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Pound Ridge Land Conservancy’s Armstrong House, and Donna Simons’ property. For more information, visit healthyyards.org/tour.    

The Pound Ridge Boy Scouts help out with community events and lead projects that help our town. This weekend the Scouts are kicking off the fall season with a fundraiser selling mums, generously provided by The Market, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $20 per chrysanthemum. Also, look for a new fishing kiosk soon in the Town Park thanks to Scout Liam Sheridan, who is building it as his Eagle Scout project. His leadership in this task includes guiding a group safely with COVID in mind, which is a sharp contrast to five months of remote scouting.

The PRLC will hold its September volunteer work session tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Clark Preserve on Autumn Ridge Road, clearing invasives that have reappeared in an area that was done a few years ago. Attendees should bring work gloves and boots. They’ll have loppers and shovels, but the work at this volunteer event probably won’t require them.  Attendees should RSVP with PRLC land steward Andrew Morgan at landsteward@prlc.net.

Yes! Food Truck Friday in Pound Ridge returns in two weeks. The Pound Ridge Partnership, sponsored by Houlihan Lawrence, will present the event Sept. 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. This time, food trucks will be spread out through town and there will be music and tables in the Barnwell Center. A huge turnout is expected. 

The Sidewalk Sales sponsored by the Pound Ridge Business Association brought lots of families to town during a weather-perfect holiday weekend. Parked at Chubby’s was Lil Beans Mobil Toy Box with Ryan Decker, 11, all grown up and helping out. “It was a great maiden voyage,” owner Dawn Decker said. She is hoping to get a special use permit and find local places to park the truck. For now, the Box is ready for personal appointments and can book birthday party appearances. Call Dawn at 764-3777 or visit lilbeanstoys.com

At the Friends of Pound Ridge’s inaugural Community Golf Tournament recently, Chris Boey and Brian Hicks held off George Bazos and Eric Feingold to capture the Low Gross (a pure, lowest score, no handicap). Billy Fortin and Mike Armistead captured the Low Net (which integrates the golfer’s individual golf handicap index into the scoring system), with a one stroke victory over Desiree and Robert Smock. FoPR extends special thanks to Pound Ridge Golf Club Director of Golf Brad Worthington for all his efforts in making the event a success. 

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