October 3, 2009

THE RECORD-REVIEW "Talk of the Town"

By BONNI BRODNICK

Singer Jody Sandhaus possesses an extraordinary vocal instrument and impeccable diction and phrasing…” wrote “JazzTimes Magazine” concert reviewer Thomas Conrad. Give a listen yourself with her glorious new CD, “Afterglow.” The newest work is 50-minutes of duet recordings featuring Jody singing with her husband, Pete Malinverni, playing piano. The CD achieves their intention to produce an intimate, loving recording for quiet moments. Included in the rhapsody are “I'm in Love Again,” “I Never Meant to Hurt You,” “Isn't It a Pity?” “In the Days of Our Love,” and “It's April Again.”

“If you know my repertoire, you know that I looked deeper into the ‘Great American Songbook’ for these hidden jewels,” Jody said. Be the cool guy on your block by purchasing the “Afterglow” pre-release for $16. (It will be released officially in November.) Send a check to Jody Sandhaus, 241 Avenue of the Americas, #1C, New York, NY 10014, with instructions if you'd like the CD signed. If you want to get in the mood beforehand, go to www.myspace.com/jodysandhausjazz

Does your youngster have a proclivity for Vincent Van Gogh? Or do they possess a more splashy flair √† la Jackson Pollack? Here’s a chance to nurture your child’s true artistry by signing up for the Toddler Art program coordinated by the Pound Ridge Recreation Commission. Classes for these young budding artists are held at the Art Center in Scotts Corners, and take place every day of the week, except Saturday and Sunday (then it’s up to you to pull out the paper and crayons). Class times vary so give a call to art teachers Donna Chaite and Susan Schwarz at 764-8323. The cost is $30 for residents and $34 for non-residents. Believe me, there is no better time than now to make waxed paper “stained glass” leaf art.

The parties continue as Hiram Halle Library and the League of Women Voters sponsor a forum for Pound Ridge candidates running for local office on November 3. The forum — organized as a joint-effort between the Pound Ridge Republican and Pound Ridge Democratic Committees — takes place Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Library (located at 271 Westchester Avenue, in the hamlet). Candidates include Gary Warshauer (Town Supervisor, unopposed), Alison Boak, Peter Falco, and Dan Paschkes (Town Councilperson, two positions will be elected), Andrew Brodnick and Ed Hand (Town Justice, one position will be elected), and Debbie Damascus (Receiver of Taxes, unopposed).

“The Candidate Forum is an important event where voters can ask questions, listen, and make decisions on their important vote this Nov. 3,” said Frank Sisti, chair of the Pound Ridge Republicans.

“The evening is an excellent opportunity to learn more about our candidates and understand their positions on issues that are vital to the future of our town,” added Roslyn Stone-Pollock, chair of the Pound Ridge Democrats.

Farmers are currently pulling up record-busting harvests as the anticipation for Halloween pumpkins starts to grow. Getting in on the bounty is the Pound Ridge Lions Club, who are preparing for the bumper pumpkin crop as they begin their Annual Weekend Pumpkin Sale on Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year, be sure to remember that the pumpkin stand has moved from in front of the Pound Ridge Lions Ambulance Corps on Westchester Avenue to the lawn next to the back entrance of ValuClean at Scotts Corners Market. The pumpkin sale will be held every Saturday and Sunday through November 1. Carve out some time to pick up your seasonal pumpkins, gourds and dried-Indian corn. Proceeds, as always, will benefit the Lions’ charitable work, both near and far.

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