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Putting down roots in a new community like Bedford or Pound Ridge or Lewisboro is exciting. It signals a new beginning, a step into a future full of promise. It can also be daunting. Everything is unfamiliar, yet there’s so much to navigate — road names, library hours, Little League signup d…

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The William G. Pomeroy Foundation earlier this week made an announcement that whetted our appetite to learn more. As you might know, the Foundation funds the creation of historic markers like the one erected in Katonah in May to mark the hamlet’s 125th anniversary.

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These days as I drive around town, to the post office, the gas station, the market, the library, there are chickens here, chickens there and everywhere, A plethora of chickens. Chickens galore. Chickens on lawns, chickens in gardens, chickens by the edge of the road, busily scratching and bu…

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When the two local boards of education met recently for the final time before the start of the school year, there was talk about advisory committees and school safety plans (Bedford Central) and class sizes and an upcoming bond vote for capital improvements (Katonah-Lewisboro). 

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“Who’ll love it then?” My father, a gardening columnist in his retirement, asked that question in one of his last columns. He was talking about his beloved vegetable garden in Pound Ridge, wondering what would happen to it when he was gone. He asks: “Can you leave a garden to someone?”

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Chess has been a prominent part of Russian culture for centuries. It became central to everyday life following the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the start of socialist-communist rule. The Soviet government actively tried to foster a vibrant chess culture, and Soviet Commissar Nikolai Krylen…

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Conservation advocates in the Town of Bedford are looking for updated regulations to ensure that more trees get replaced than taken down. Meanwhile, a misunderstood municipal project to replace unhealthy trees in the Bedford Hills business district last week sparked a small firestorm over th…

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Last year, New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie appointed me to the newly-created Committee on People with Disabilities, as well as appointed me chair of the Subcommittee on Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities. As this was not an area with which I previously had muc…

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The steady stream of bold-faced names who buy and sell real estate in our towns shows no sign of abating. But if you’re looking here to satisfy your curiosity about the juicy transaction details or soak up photos of the luxurious spreads, you’ll come up empty. 

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Around this time last year, Americans were celebrating the “hot vaxx” summer. It was a time of hard-earned rewards, of carefree gatherings and travel, activities made safer by the growing prevalence of the COVID-19 vaccinations and rising immunity. Or so we hoped. 

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Two separate Bedford town boards have passed versions of the Tree Preservation Ordinance, one in 1986 and the current version in 1997. The Conservation Board wanted to see what laws other municipalities have enacted to protect their trees since 1997 to help decide if our current ordinance ne…

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 There are stories that need and deserve to be told, stories that humanize the political debates that swirl around us at 10,000 feet and illuminate the consequences of new legal rulings and legislation. Sometimes, these vital stories only get told thanks to the legwork and sources of local r…

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Hardly a week goes by in our area without a report of a black bear sighting, often near a bird feeder or garbage enclosure. Crossing paths with a coyote or fox that is wandering through also has become fairly commonplace. But every so often, we’re reminded of a few other remarkable creatures…

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This Monday, July Fourth, marks the 246th anniversary of our nation. Once again, we recognize Independence Day by recalling words from American history that illuminate some of our nation’s bedrock principles and values. They take on extra meaning today in light of the Jan. 6 Select Committee…

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Who isn’t feeling the pinch from $5 per gallon gas prices? Or higher prices at the supermarket and at restaurants? And, borrowing is about to cost more, too, because interest rates are going up, a pinch you’ll start to feel soon if you carry credit card balances or plan to take out a car or …

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The U.S. Surgeon General declared the mental health of America’s youth an urgent public health crisis. One-third of high schoolers report persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, while suicide rates for young people rose 57% in a decade. One million Americans died from COVID. Getting …

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David Zapsky chairs the Town of Bedford Veterans Advisory Committee. He spoke Monday at the Memorial Day ceremony in Bedford Village, one of the many events held in surrounding hamlets and towns that honored Americans who gave their lives in military service. 

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As the burst of spring that brings forth promise starts to phase into longer, warmer days of the summer ahead, it is hard to imagine a more glorious month than June in our part of Westchester. For the schoolchildren in our community, it’s a break. It may be a working break, but it’s a break …

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Continuing our graduation season tradition, we have selected a sampling of excerpts of remarks delivered by college commencement speakers at campuses around the country. Our selection includes remarks from political and business leaders, athletes and comedians, among others.