February 8, 2009

THE RECORD-REVIEW "Talk of the Town" February 6, 2009

By Bonni Brodnick

Peace. Love. Flower Power. This Valentine’s Day offer your amoré a peace symbol made of tie-dyed roses by florist Joy Serata. On the more traditional side, she can also do long-stem red or pink roses in an old-school white box with red satin ribbon. Pre-orders a must for Valentine’s Day. Call Joy at 764-3395 or shoot her an email at joyserata@gmail.com. Long-stems are always nice, but the tie-dyed roses are a real trip.

Speaking of love-ly things . . . The Pound Ridge Theatre Company will host a Sunday afternoon reading of “Engagement Rules (mostly a comedy),” an original play by Rich Orloff. The reading features Phil Gardiner, Kim Lowden, Phil Cook and Louise Kaminer, and is directed by the talented Sherry Asch.
The story is about two couples—one grappling with obstacles in their young relationship and the other seeking ways to renew the spice in their long-running marriage. All good friends, they advise and learn from one another with humor and affection. It’s a sweet confectionary of friendship. Make a date for Sun., Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. at Conant Hall. Admission is free (donations gratefully accepted). Wine and cheese after the reading, along with meeting the playwright. Nice way to cap the Valentine’s Day weekend. For more info, email prtc01@yahoo.com

Calling all Pound Ridge cupids! Come participate in “Love Thy Neighbor,” an event at Hiram Halle Library on Valentine’s Day (Sat., Feb. 14) from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Charge up your creativity by making Valentine’s to send to someone special (materials like glue, paper and doilies will be supplied). Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to those in need. Please call the Library at 764-5085 to register for this free of charge program. Share the love, baby.

Fox Lane 80s grads listen-up! On Fri., Feb. 13, Lisa Errickson and Suzanne Gardella-Keledjian are hosting a party called “Night of Mayhem” at Public House (140 East 41 Street, between Lexington and 3rd). Per the invitation, the gig starts at 6 p.m. and ends the following day (Valentine’s Day) at 12 noon. So anytime you get there, you won’t be late. (In my book, that’s always a good thing.)

Since HDTV (high definition television) will soon be here and many have old televisions that will no longer function, you may be looking for a place to dispose of them safely. Gail Jankus, chair of the Pound Ridge Conservation Board mentioned that the Pound Ridge Recycling Center will now accept old televisions. Hours of operation: every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon (except holiday weekends.)

Congrats to Jodi Gutierrez, vice president of property management for George Comfort & Sons and on-site property manager of High Ridge Park Corporate Center, a 40-acre park with six Class A office buildings, in Stamford. Our best wishes for receiving the Member of the Year Award from the Building Owners and Managers Association of Southern Connecticut. Jodi was honored for her involvement in the association program committee, board membership, sponsorships, community service efforts and involvement in the The Office Building of the Year awards. Jodi also serves as the 2009 chairperson of the Stamford Inaugural March for Babies for the March of Dimes; is on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester; is a member of the President's Council of Northern Westchester Hospital Center and is past president of the Mount Kisco Chamber of Commerce. In other words . . . Jodi makes us proud.

Green is the new black. The Bedford Environmental Summit at Fox Lane High School last weekend was the bees’ knees. There were hundreds of concerned citizens seeking sustainability. Along with running into lots of Pound Ridgers, I picked up great info and inspiration. For instance, do you have pesky slow drains? Instead of using those bombastic Draino products, pour ½ cup of baking soda followed by ½ cup white vinegar. Let sit 20-30 minutes. Then pour about two quarts of boiling water down the drain.
Helen Keller wrote, “I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.” Let’s all try to do something to help encourage individual and collective actions to make our /home/town/state/country/world more sustainable. In the end, we all breathe the same air and share the large common backyard.

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