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I stepped down recently as chair of the Pound Ridge Open Space Acquisitions Committee, happy to have accomplished a few things — and happy as well to move on. After 20 years, it’s worth remembering what the atmosphere was like two decades ago, how the committee began, and what’s been achieved.

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2020 has been a challenging year for Westchester County and its residents, which has made 2021 municipal budget projections difficult. Since the county budget for 2021 was approved Monday, Dec. 14, I am taking this opportunity to highlight the process, the investments your county tax dollars…

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There is no more important duty of a town board member than safeguarding the health, safety and welfare of the community. An important component of this is a well-trained and responsive police department that consistently acts with the best interests of everyone in mind.

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The first time I called 911 my infant son had just collapsed. He was playing in our playroom and I took my eyes off him for a moment. When I swiveled my head back, he was lifeless, face down, on the floor. The world slowed down while my thoughts sped up, too fleeting to be anything rational.…

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I always loved the book by Ronald Rood, called, “Animals Nobody Loves,” or the poems by Ogden Nash on the same subject. I still remember Mr. Nash’s rhyme: “God in all his wisdom made the fly, and then forgot to tell us why.” The truth of the matter is that there are legions of critters that …

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John Lewis changed my life. John Lewis changed America. He did it with love. He did it with compassion and he did it with all his heart.

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Out here in northern Westchester where the urban fabric melts into the countryside, we’ve been largely spared many of the more horrific aspects of the virus-induced “pause.” We haven’t been regaled by endless sirens, and given the relative abundance of space, we’ve been able to at least go o…

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The pandemic crisis hit with force, fury and suddenness. It has affected everyone to some degree, some more than others. I’ve been in close contact with Bedford residents during this time, making sure they know what’s going on and making sure that I am doing my best to take care of their nee…

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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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I recently found a photo from my senior high school prom. It is not only significant because it was a happy milestone in my life, but because my prom date (Edgar) and I went to an all-white, public elementary school together.

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Editor’s note: The author, a South Salem resident, wrote the following poem in honor of her sister, Margaret Correa, who is making face masks for the pandemic.

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Sustainability is true Zero Waste. But we lack a clear understanding of the need to move in this direction and we are not convinced that such policies are required — that half measures will not suffice. While it is obvious to many that our present destructive policies are clearly detrimental…

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With Earth Day here once again and as our country and world suffer from COVID-19, we find ourselves in a dysfunctional state, all around. And I’ve been pondering how we can move beyond our everyday lives towards true sustainability. Not only for recycling and energy reduction, but, more broa…

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Since I have spent my entire adult life in the publishing business, people often ask me for book recommendations. But now that we are living in a world turned upside down, they are also asking what other folks are reading. To paraphrase Groucho Marx, I will answer the second question first. 

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It goes without saying that the coronavirus crisis has hit us hard in New York, and here in Westchester County. We’ve seen over 700 deaths in our county, including an outsized and heartbreaking number of losses in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. This crisis has been painful, an…

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We gardeners have the opportunity to fill more than just our own bellies with the nourishing fruits and vegetables that we grow. Let’s pass on some of this bounty to people threatened by hunger.

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Ever since I’ve been old enough to pay attention, I’ve had a keen ear for what old folks have to say. I don’t mean the kind of fossilized old folks who want to sell us the snake oil that everything was better in the good old days. I mean the kind of old people who love life and meet it with …

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Protecting our community’s health and saving lives must be our top priorities in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the necessary public health measures we’ve taken in response have dramatically shrunk our economy and forced many businesses to close their doors, resulting in many peopl…

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Editor’s note: this communication was sent to members of the Katonah-Lewisboro school community on Thursday, Feb. 27. Since that date, authorities have confirmed at least 22 cases of the coronavirus in New York state. The communication appears below at the request of The Record-Review.

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Editor’s note: this communication was sent to community members in the Bedford Central School District on Tuesday, March 3. It appears below at the request of The Record-Review.