May 25, 2009

THE RECORD-REVIEW "Talk of the Town"

May 25, 2009

"Talk of the Town"
By Bonni Brodnick

Owning a home is like peeling an onion. Our situation started with the cold water pipes not working. We tried heat and a snake (a daunting pair) and found that the pipe was clogged with silt and a broken shampoo cap that may have been from the late-1940s when this Marshall house was built. But to get to that conclusion, we had to first bash through a section of sheetrock in the laundry room, locate the specific point of clog, then cut through the tile floor, which lead to the discovery of rotted wood under the floor, which lead to needing to put in a new floor, new tiles, and whoa, while we're all torn up about this, let's just change the doors, which lead to we might as well also change the doors leading to the powder room in the den, and then it has to match the living room, and what about the door knobs? What started as a clogged pipe has now creeped out of the floor and is heading into the living room.
If you have what you think might be an onion of a situation developing, and you need a contractor or painter who can repair it with skillful execution, go no further than Dennis Pimentel at

More dahlias have arrived at Poundridge Nurseries! Check out this link to learn how to care for them. http://www.thegardenenhelper/. (Oh, those tender tubers.)

Albano Applicance and Service and "Westchester County Home Improvement Magazine" will host a fundraiser and industry networking event on Thursday, May 28, 2009 from 6-8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Just Imagine Making Miracles Yours (J.I.M.M.Y.) Foundation, Inc., a local organization that assists children with life-threatening illnesses and/or injuries.
Chefs in Albano's test kitchens in Scotts Corners will prepare a variety of fare on the latest/greatest indoor/outdoor cooking equipment. Come meet home improvement industry experts and representatives from applicance makers like Alfresco, Bosch, Gannenau, GE, Lynx, Miele, Sub-Zero, Thermador, Viking, and Wolf. A few local businesses will also be there to strut their stuff, including Plum Plums in Scotts Corners.
Suggested donation is $25 per person. For information, contact 764-0451 or go to

Film buff Norman Senior will be the presenter of Hiram Halle Library's new Friday evening film series. The central theme of this third spring series is "Finding a Moral Compass" and we begin with "The Lives of Others," on Friday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. This seductive political thriller was a 2006 Academy Award winner in the "Best Foreign Language" category.
If you missed seeing it then, you won't want to miss it again. For more info, call 764-5085 or check out

Is your garden gate on some kind of a crazy swing and your garden path going in a wild direction? Curtis Lew can refresh or redesign garden gates and paths. Do you live in a historic home and love the gate but it's seen its day? Curtis can replicate it. Depending on your budget, he can do it all. Contact Curtis at 347-886-7235 or

The Pound Ridge Neighbors and Newcomers Club will hold their spring luncheon on Friday, May 29 at 12:00 noon at the home of Linda Merrill and Bill Nolan. Guests with last name A-P, please bring a soup or salad; Q-Z, bring a dessert. Also, please bring new or gently used books, which Linda will deliver to injured soldiers at the VA Hospital in Montrose, NY. R.S.V.P. to 764-6812.

Hillary Johnson has an upcoming gig at Rockwood Music Hall in the East Village on Saturday, May 30 at 5 p.m. If you'd like to hear Hillary's recent music, listen up at

Did you know that Sloan Wilson wrote "The Man in the Gray Flannet Suit" at his home on High Ridge Road in Pound Ridge? Grace and Guy Rainsford bought the house from the author in the 1960s and raised their four daughters -- Jane, Betsy, Susan, and Nancy -- there.
Jane wrote to "Talk of the Town" from her home in Steuben County (NY): "Coincidentally, my son Owen has been attending Binghamton University and one of his professors was Sloan Wilson's son, David Sloan Wilson, who also lived in the house in which we grew up on High Ridge Road." (It's kismet.)

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