April 5, 2009

RECORD-REVIEW "Talk of the Town" - April 5, 2009

By Bonni Brodnick

Last week the peepers arrived, which is always a harbinger that spring is here. The seasonal nocturnal peep is important during the breeding season, since the female will choose a mate by the quality of the male’s call—a single clear note (or peep) that occurs once a second. The faster and louder he sings, the more likely he is to attract a mate. You might also hear a lower-pitched trilled whistle, which means another male has moved too close to a competing male’s calling site. Often heard, but not seen, these tiny-thumb-nail sized frogs make quite a cacophonic chorus on a Pound Ridge night. Call the doctor. Spring fever is in the air.

What’s up à la mode this spring? According to Gaynor Scott, Pound Ridge fashion arbiter and proprietor of Boo Girls in Katonah, “Short-cuffed shorts are in and skinny jeans, in white or dark wash, are here to stay. We also can’t keep Sugar Lips tank tops in neon colors on the shelves.”
Other fashion trends to step out in are butter-soft sweatshirts in bright colors with peace sign appliqués, “and scarves, scarves, scarves in tie dye, prints, or with glitter.” Anything/everything with peace signs—including jewelry, accessories, clothing, and handbags—will sartorially announce the season of flower power.

Congratulations to the 2009 Egg Decorating and Jelly Bean Count winners! Egg decorators extraordinaire are Sophia Cleveland (Pre K), Abby Bartlett (K), Toriana Sauro (1), Perrine Cummings (2), Eric Maiorano (3) and most comical egg decoration was by Zach Everett. Keep the drum roll going as we give the blue ribbon to Oona Owen for the closest guess of 969 jelly beans in the giant jar at the library. Actual count was 976, but what are seven jellybeans between friends? The Egg Hunt & Scramble usually takes place at the Town Park, but this year PRES hosted because of the rain. The always-generous Scotts Corners Market provided awards. “A sweet time was had by all, young and old alike,” reports Jo Ann Luksin at the Recreation Department.

"Love means never having to say I’m sorry,” but that doesn’t mean we can’t say “Happy 71st Birthday” to Ali MacGraw. The celebrated actress, who starred in “Love Story” and “Goodbye, Columbus”, grew up on Honey Hollow Road.

While we’re bestowing birthday wishes, HB to a special sassy sissy formerly of Old Mill River Road.

Ten industrious, well-wishing fifth graders from Pound Ridge Elementary School— Jessica Avellino, Michael DiBiase, Natasha Lehner, Liam McDonough, Molly Moore, Hannah Mele, Lauren Miele, Sara Perl, Noah Peterman, and Robert Workman—raised $166 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. By purchasing Smensils (scented pencils made from rolled sheets of newspaper instead of wood) and selling them to family and friends, the students made their mark to help others. “Please use this money to help a child who is very sick and less fortunate than we are,” wrote Sara Perl in a thoughtful note to the Foundation.

Jeesh, it’s crowded in there. Hiram Halle Library sure could use is a little more space. And not even an economic recession will stop them from seeking an expansion to accommodate special book collections, the crowded Children’s Room, new technologies, and teens and adult programming and services.
The acclaimed Fontenay Chamber Players—comprised of a harp, flute, clarinet, two violins, viola, cello and French horn— has been touted as “A radiant meshing of color!” “Haunting!” and “Visceral excitement!” They will perform a benefit concert on Sunday, April 18 at 3 p.m. in the Schaffner Room. Bring a friend or family member and enjoy a special afternoon while giving to a great cause. Tickets are $30 ($20 for seniors and $10 for children) and the proceeds of the event will support the Library’s expansion plan.
A reception will follow. To Rsvp for the benefit concert, call 764-5085. For details on the Library’s Expansion Project, visit http://www.poundridgelibrary.org/

One of my wise octogenarian friends (and a Pound Ridge treasure) shared ideas on how to obtain optimism. “Forget watching the morning talk shows where the hosts talk over one another and laugh in the wrong places,” she said. “For real inspiration to start the day, people should tune in to ‘Sesame Street.’ The show is light-hearted, funny and uplifting.”

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