July 6, 2009


Gather all ye family and friends for the Fourth of July festivities that celebrate and commemorate the courage and faith of our founding fathers in the pursuit of liberty. Stake your place on the Town Park lawn any time after the road race, which usually ends by 1 p.m. Fireworks blast-off at dark (8:30-ish). If it rains (which of course it won’t because after two straight weeks of rain, there can’t possibly be a single drop left in the clouds), the show will go on July 5. For more info, call the Rec Department at 764-0947.

Many thanks to Marianne Vitelli, the Supervisor’s administrative assistant; along with Police Chief Dave Ryan; building inspector/fire marshal Jim Perry, the maintenance department, and our police department for all they do to make the evening dazzle and crackle so seamlessly and safely.

Rosemarie Saracione, a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist, adheres to the sage words of St. Augustine, the philosopher and theologian: “In as much as love grows in you, so in you beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.”

Her new dance studio, health and wellness facility, Trinity Psychotherapy, Yoga & Dance: For the Mind, Body & Soul at 34 Westchester Avenue, offers individual, family, and group therapy for adults and children. Their eclectic, holistic approach specializes in self-esteem, relationship counseling, weight issues, stress/anger management and behavioral change. In other words, they are there to help you make this the very best time of your life. Call 764-1700 to find your inner bliss.

Theatrical lighting designer Graham Posner just finished a project for the widely-acclaimed world premiere production of Tom Dudzick’s heartwarming and clever comedy, “Our Lady of South Division Street,” performed at the Penguin Rep Theatre in Stony Point, N.Y. The production, which played to sold-out performances and won a four out of four star rating, was praised as “Utterly delightful!” and “Laugh out loud funny!” by The New York Times and other publications.

Graham was turned on to lighting design at Harvey School through the mentorship of Victor Whitehurst. From there, Graham attended Carnegie Mellon Drama School and graduated in 2007. When asked for key considerations when lighting a production, he responded, “It depends on everything from musical numbers, time of day, emotions, or set color. I recently had a production meeting for ‘Shrunken Heads’ [opening at Playwrights Horizons in NYC, August 27-30], which takes place in the country in the spring time. The director wanted to know if it were possible to see fireflies outside. It’s challenging to figure out concepts like that.”

So the big question is: “Are you conservative with electricity at home?” Graham says he does what he can. “I turn off lights when I leave a room, use energy-efficient light bulbs, and try to run washing machines only when they are full.”

In the Twitterverse, we recently read that Mrs. Larkin sold out eight dozen scones in under an hour-and-a-half. In mathematical terms, that’s 96 cones in 90 minutes, which equals 1.067 scones per minute. In logical terms that equals “The early bird gets the scone.”

If you have Fourth of July guests and want to add something special to the breakfast or brunch table, Mrs. Larkin’s holiday offering includes blueberry, cranberry-orange, chocolate chip, cinn-ful, lavender-blueberry and plain (to make strawberry shortcake)strawberry scones. She also has chewy chocolate chip cookies and mocha chocolate chip cookies (for those seeking an extra caffeine kick).

Check out the Pound Ridge Farmers’ Market on the patio of Antiques and Tools of Business and Kitchen in Scotts Corners. Mrs. Larkin will be there at 11 a.m., but don’t be hasty. She’s usually sold out by 2 p.m. (Google: proverb early bird.)

Stars and stripes forever! Three cheers for the Red, White, and Blue! God bless America! Happy Fourth of July!

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