January 29, 2011

RECORD-REVIEW "Talk of the Town"


Is your amaryllis beginning to wane? Are the fragrant rosemary plants that decorated your place at New Year’s starting to get white spots and look icky? Don’t even mention in public that your poinsettias from the holidays are still kicking around. The Pound Ridge Garden Club offers a few helpful and seasonal tips: toss the poinsettias now that they’re raggedy; but don’t throw them on the compost pile. The plants were likely sprayed with chemicals by the growers. As for the amaryllis: save the bulbs for new blooms next year. If you have a black thumb when it comes to this kind of stuff, listen up. #1. When the amaryllis blooms are spent and the foliage dies back, take the bulb out of the pot. #2. Wash the soil off of the bulb. #3. Place the bulb in a brown bag for storage in a cool dark place until next year. My own added #4: Is it spring yet? (That last snowstorm was a dozy. The snow on our driveway is over 5-feet high and driving the roads of Pound Ridge feels like we are forging new paths in Norway.)

Many thanks to Gligor Tashkovich for the news tip about Rollie Antiput, a former longtime East Woods Road resident, and her Carnegie Hall appearance with the Sno-King Community Chorale. Rollie will twill soprano in the United States premiere presentation of Karl Jenkins’ (a renowned Welsh composer and musician) “Gloria” and “Stabet Mater.” She is one of 50 members of the 117-member chorale to be traveling from Seattle to New York for the exciting event

“We have been rehearsing madly for this demanding program,” Rollie wrote from Seattle, where two of her four children live and she is busy serving on a Board, doing volunteer work and singing. For many years, Rollie also sang with her daughters in the Pound Ridge Community Church choir. “I look forward to being back east and to seeing some good friends and neighbors from Westchester who will be attending the Carnegie Hall performance. In the meantime, I send my Happy New Year wishes to Pound Ridge.”

The Town of Pound Ridge Recreation Department is pleased to announce a new program for our town’s seniors. Thanks to funding from the Pound Ridge Police Benevolent Association, the Rec Department is able to provide approximately 60 combination carbon monoxide/smoke detectors. Not only are wonderful volunteers available to install the units in seniors’ homes, but they will also inspect the units every six months. (Only one detector will be provided free of charge per seniors’ household.) To get with the program, please contact Louise Paolicelli, Neighbor-to-Neighbor program coordinator, at 764-8201 or prseniors@townofpoundridge.com. Requests for the CO2/smoke detectors should be submitted by March 15. Many thanks also go to Chubby’s Hardware for their generous assistance with the effort.

Hear ye, townsfolk! All are invited to attend the Pound Ridge Democratic Committee “Early Valentine’s Day Dinner” on Monday evening, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at North Star. The famed restaurant’s Chef Franz Fruhmann — formerly of Bouley Bakers, Lespinasse, and Blue Hill at Stone Barn — will prepare a specially designed five-course winter tasting dinner menu with wine pairings. “Those who joined us last year at North Star will recall what a truly enjoyable evening it was for all who attended,” said Roslyn Stone, chairman of the Pound Ridge Dems. “Hope you will save the date and join us again this year for a delightful evening of fine food and wine, excellent music and good friends.” The fee for the pre-Valentine’s Day gathering is $150 per person in support of the Pound Ridge Democratic Committee and their 2011 efforts. Space is limited. Reserve your place at the table by emailing roslynstone22@me.com or give her a ring at 764-5557.

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