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In Bedford Village Memorial Park there is a garden dedicated to Thomas D. Burke, Richard D. Lynch, William G. Minardi and George W. Morell, Town of Bedford residents who died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Consider ourselves lucky. When the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida passed through our area Wednesday into early Thursday morning, we suffered our share of road closures from flooding and power outages — about what you’d expect from torrential downpours and five total inches of rain in less th…

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The release of a transportation study is usually a big yawn. A jumble of big ideas that might never see the light of day. With price tags that are sky high. A puzzle with a thousand pieces requiring near-impossible political consensus to get assembled. 

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 It’s easy to forget the cost of a war fought on the other side of the world over the past nearly 20 years. That’s why today we want to tell you the story of Marine Capt. Eric Jones.

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On Tuesday, Mary Kane, director of the Katonah Village Library, presented a letter to the Bedford Town Board calling on officials to restore funding to historical levels and help close the library’s “dangerous budget gap.” The letter carried not 100, or 250 or even 500 signatures. It carried…

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The Katonah Chamber of Commerce called its two-day event on Friday and Saturday, July 23 and 24, a sidewalk sale. In our mind, and to the Chamber’s credit, a street fair would be more accurate.

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 This week’s front page bears a familiar graphic, but it’s not a return anyone wants to celebrate.

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Do you have a story idea or photo you want to share with us? Is there a point of view on a local issue that you want to communicate to our readers? Is there a community event you want to publicize?

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Every so often, there are major headlines about dangerous stuff falling from the sky. On May 8, a piece of space junk from a Chinese rocket fell back to Earth and landed in the Indian Ocean. A year earlier, another Chinese rocket met the same fate when it plummeted into the waters off the co…

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Some boundaries, like town borders and private property markers, are visible. Others, like the limits of town government’s authority, are harder to discern.

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This Sunday, July Fourth, will mark the 245th anniversary of our nation. Once again, we celebrate Independence Day by recalling words from history that illuminate some of our nation’s foundational principles and values, and resonate today amidst the ongoing pursuit of equality and justice for all.

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The Democratic race for Bedford town supervisor had an odd feel about it right from the start. That wasn’t just because we saw the town’s top two officials quickly morph from collaborators (on paper at least) to political rivals. It was also the way in which the slate became public. MaryAnn …

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We have been thinking about a user comment posted several days ago to our website. A reader, posting under the name “Oldtimer48,” explained why she and other family members have given up on Bedford and decided to move away from the area. Her comments were posted in reply to the published pro…

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Since the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak, The Record-Review has been publishing a map showing the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Westchester, highlighting virus activity in the towns of Bedford, Lewisboro and Pound Ridge. The graphic illustration, designed by our art director, Da…

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Last Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the brutal murder of George Floyd, which ignited a national reckoning over race and police reform. In Minneapolis and other cities this week, protesters marched in favor of redoubling efforts to increase police accountability and root out syste…

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On Tuesday, voters in both local school districts will head to the polls to elect school board trustees and approve or reject the proposed budgets for the 2021-22 school year. For all the pandemic-related uncertainties that surrounded the budget planning cycle over the last four months or so…

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The Town of Bedford is on the verge of proposing a law that would impose a year-round ban on gas-powered leaf blowers. If that seems like a radical policy change on the part of local government, no one should be at all surprised. All signs have been pointing in this direction for several years.

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Partly cloudy, with intermittent sun and the chance of a heavy downpour. If you were planning to head outside with a weather forecast like that, you wouldn’t know what to take with you. That’s pretty much what it feels like right now as we enter this transitional phase of the COVID-19 recovery.

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In honor of Earth Day, community groups and town officials are partnering to produce a staggering number of events this year — in fact, more than we can ever recall. If the variety of programs is in itself an encouraging indicator of creative community outreach, it also is a reminder of just…

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Legalization of marijuana in New York state for those who are 21 years old and over is expected to bring significant social change. For one thing, it aims to halt the racial disparities in enforcement that have led to lifelong consequences and inequalities. 

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Doug Tallamy is more than just a familiar name to advocates of healthy ecosystems who reside in our neck of the woods. Among devotees of the native plant movement and pollinator-friendly habitats, the Pennsylvania-based professor, entomologist and author is considered a hero and a visionary.…

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When COVID-19 stopped the world in its tracks in March 2020, the first set of seasonal rituals to suffer deep dislocation and disruption were those related to Holy Week worship. Now, a year later, here we are again.

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 As the police reform committees in our towns move to complete their work ahead of the state-mandated April 1 deadline, improving channels for citizen complaints has been a common focus. As we have continued to report (see two more front page stories in this issue), the committees have produ…

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 This week marks the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus outbreak. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a pandemic. It was also the day so many of us felt the impact of the virus for the first time as our daily routines came to a sudden halt. Companies implemented wo…

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"Meteorological spring,” a calendar-driven definition used by weather experts to describe a general change in world weather patterns, arrived on the first of March. As excited as all of us will be to declare an end to this pandemic winter, the eventual arrival of warmer temperatures will be …

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The statement issued Monday, Feb. 22, by the Bedford Central School District rejecting an energy company’s proposal to build solar facilities at two school sites was concise and to the point: “After careful consideration, the district has determined not to proceed with this proposed project …

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Maybe the backlash was unexpected. But what started as a misstep in how the Bedford Town Board filled a vacancy in early January has developed into a far-reaching effort to revisit how town officials recruit and select candidates for committees, boards and commissions.

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One possible solution to the affordable housing shortage in Westchester has always been in plain sight. And now New York lawmakers are proposing to clear a path to make it happen.

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Ask a local resident how our communities are faring nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic. Odds are the typical response would, in so many words, be “pretty well.” Or maybe, “not as badly as some.” That assessment is grounded in a general impression that community transmission here — n…

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At the start of every year, one of the first orders of business for each of our town boards is announcing a raft of personnel and committee appointments. The minutiae can be mind-numbing. These obligatory proceedings produce long lists calling out every town committee, who’s in and who’s out…

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The past 12 months have slammed us with the unpredictability of unique events, many of them unspeakably horrible. An out of control pandemic, a tsunami of mail-in ballots, violently contested election results, domestic terrorism in the form of a mob assault Jan. 6 on the U.S. Capitol — all h…

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 This is the second installment of our look back at some of 2020’s top news stories in our communities. We wrote the first column in this series in mid-December. At the time, it was already difficult to see past the immediate national threats of the raging pandemic and the unsettled post-ele…

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It’s tempting to look at 2020 and focus on everything we couldn’t get done because of the pandemic. Life — at least, normal life — seemed to grind to a halt around St. Patrick’s Day. But a review of this year’s top stories reveals otherwise. 

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Here we are, halfway between Election Day 2020 and the presidential inauguration in January, with millions of Americans rejecting the certified results and questioning who will be the next rightful occupant of the White House.

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Conversations about criminal justice and police practices are gaining traction at the local level. Committees with wide community representation are convening open meetings in Bedford, Lewisboro and Pound Ridge, asking for public feedback and suggestions, and approaching these difficult issu…

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This Thanksgiving week, we are grateful for so much. For starters, there is healthy food on our table, and heat and clean water in our home. 

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Just as COVID-19 cases are spiking locally and throughout Westchester, we finally have some reason for hope on the horizon. Several companies have recently announced promising results for coronavirus vaccines, and the first round of distribution to health care workers and other vulnerable gr…

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The pandemic’s tight grip has ripped from the calendar more annual events and celebrations than any of us could have imagined. Among those most affected have been community organizations that rely on in-person fundraisers in large part to sustain the important work they provide throughout the year.

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Today, Friday, the newest batch of restrictions intended to slow the virus spread go into effect in New York state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that bars, restaurants and fitness centers will have to close at 10 p.m., although restaurants can stay open for takeout orders after t…

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What a strange and disorienting week it’s been. Two bedrock traditions of fall — Halloween and Election Day — all but completely upended. And a Thanksgiving that is likely to be bare bones in comparison to past family gatherings is waiting for us just around the corner.

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Early voting starts tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 24. Local races on the ballot in northern Westchester include two for New York state Senate and one for state Assembly. Lewisboro residents also will start casting their ballots for a town board seat and town justice. 

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Families in the middle of Halloween planning right now are hearing warnings from health officials to make this year’s festivities COVID-safe. Unfortunately, to the disappointment of just about everybody who appreciates the particular seasonal flavor and fun of Halloween, that means taking a …

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The start of early voting in the general election for all New Yorkers is a week away. Even sooner, a few hundred residents in Bedford Hills and Katonah will have the opportunity to cast ballots on an important local referendum, one that would establish a new municipal sewer district. 

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By now, every registered voter should have received a postcard from the Westchester County Board of Elections indicating the address of their polling locations for early voting and Election Day voting. In any other year, this confirmation would be as routine as getting a cable bill in the ma…