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If there were a title for “master monarch butterfly whisperer,” University of Connecticut’s Alice Ely would have already taken the prize. In addition to being an advanced master gardener, UConn Master Composter 2018, and gardens chair at Westport’s Wakeman Town Farm, Ms. Ely is also the crea…

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Prior to the school’s June 23 drive-in style graduation ceremony, John Jay Principal Steven Siciliano sent a letter to senior class families. In it, he gave a thorough rundown of required safety procedures at commencement, including how students and their families should position their cars …

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In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, a group named John Jay United For Racial Justice formed on Facebook and acquired 652 members in a little over a week. John Jay alumnus, Jeremy Zitomer, who graduated from the school in 2011, said he formed the group after an initial post on his own …

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On Saturday, May 30, community members Luke Jones and Heather Mieko Lackey hosted a Katonah-Lewisboro Vigil for Justice at the Goldens Bridge Metro-North overflow lot across the street from ACME supermarket. Like so many other protests across the country in recent days, the small, peaceful g…

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The race for open seats on the Board of Education in Bedford Central School District has been unusually quiet this year for several reasons. Due to COVID-19, it has been void of the meet-and-greet events and door-to-door campaigning that usually accompany an election. It is also an uncontest…

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One of the less visible side effects of the coronavirus pandemic becomes obvious when one ventures into a grocery store: the state ban on disposable plastic bags has been put on hold. Local laws governing plastic bags seem to have also fallen by the wayside. And with no uniform guidelines in…

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In their continuing attempt to honor their spring season senior student-athletes and its Class of 2020, John Jay High School will be shining the lights on its main contest field each Friday night through June 5.

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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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“Kids” and “COVID-19” in the same sentence typically meant a discussion about distance learning. That all changed last week when a 5-year-old from New York City died of a pediatric complication that can present about a month after having the coronavirus.

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Just over a month ago, Northern Westchester Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer and senior vice president, Marla Koroly spoke about how reallocation of resources had allowed the hospital to continue to serve all patients who needed immediate care for urgent non-COVID-19 conditions, such as hear…

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The Lewisboro Land Trust has reached an agreement with The Nature Conservancy to transfer ownership of three popular Lewisboro preserves to its ownership. The three preserves, known as the Indian Brook Assemblage, are the Mildred Grierson Preserve, Marian Yarrow Preserve and Mount Holly Preserve.

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With voters having approved a referendum for construction of a new firehouse in January and the design phase of that project now underway, the Bedford Village Fire District has put the current firehouse on the market. The asking price: $2 million.

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On Tuesday, Penelope Smith-Berk, the founder of Rescue Right in Bedford, drove to Ohio and back to pick up 20 dogs that had been saved from an overcrowded Texas shelter. The dogs would likely have been put down if they did not find homes.

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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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Like most of us, the daily routine for David Goldberg is different now than it once was. As superintendent of Recreation and Parks for Pound Ridge, Mr. Goldberg is usually occupied with planning many different types of programs and activities for residents of all ages. He’s in charge of the …

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Bedford Village resident Margaret Wilson imagines a future where face masks will become the new wardrobe item that fashionistas will have to color coordinate to the rest of their outfits. New businesses will sprout offering consumers the latest trend in mask designs.

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The American grocery store used to be an air-conditioned utopia, busting at the seams with overwhelming supply and selections from all over the world. Today, a police presence, Plexiglass barriers and aisles of empty shelves make it feel more like a dystopia.

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In recent weeks, with one apocalyptic report after another about empty supermarket shelves and runs on chicken and milk, the notion of being “food insecure” in Bedford has taken on new urgency. Looking down the road to the day when the novel coronavirus and ensuing panic eventually subside, …

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Each year, St. Patrick’s Day calls for parties, parades, pub crawls, and corned beef and cabbage. This year, the holiday, which fell on Tuesday, looked different, of course, as residents and businesses adapted to new restrictions.