May 19, 2009

BEDFORD POUND RIDGE Record-Review "Talk of the Town" - May 17, 2009

May 19, 2009

"Talk of the Town"
By Bonni Brodnick

At The Long Ridge School annual auction, Kris Bria was the “It Girl” as current students, alumni, parents and colleagues celebrated her 20 years of service as Head of School. Kris, a 37-year resident of Pound Ridge, has been at the Long Ridge helm since 1989, after serving as Assistant Head, Nursery Director, and a Teacher in several grades. Previously, she taught grades three and five at P.S. 92 in Harlem.
Much has been accomplished at The Long Ridge School during Kris’s tenure — several additions, including a new Arts and Athletics Center, were built, a nature preserve and school garden were established, and world language and after-school programs were expanded. Congratulations to Kris for achieving this milestone and for all she has accomplished on behalf of the Long Ridge students.

Fresh lobsters, steamers, mussels, corn, homemade pies, cookies and lemonade. It’s not too late to get in on the savory fun of the Pound Ridge Community Church Annual Lobster Festival that takes place tomorrow, Saturday, May 16. This is the church’s largest fundraiser and this year’s recipient is the Northern Westchester Shelter for victims of domestic violence. New to the fest agenda is a bluegrass band, “Grass Routes,” playing on the lawn from 3-5 p.m. So bring a chair, lay out the blanket and hear the tunes, then pick up your lobstahs fah dinnah. For more info, telephone 764-9000.

The Westchester Philharmonic’s spring gala, “The Art of the Violin,” takes place on Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. Itzhak Perlman, world renowned violinist and conductor of the Philharmonic, which performs exclusively at the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase, is the guest of honor. The benefit will feature an exclusive auction of one-of-a-kind works and a unique offering of violins as objets d’art. Pound Ridge artist Stan Eisenman was one of six Westchester artists (including Martha Stewart) invited to paint violins that will be auctioned to help support the Westchester Philharmonic’s many activities in the concert hall, communities and classrooms.
Stan, founder of the graphic design firm Eisenman Associates, has designed for corporations such as PepsiCo, Phillip Morris, Land O’Lakes, TWA and Mirage Resorts. He also designed a number of Christmas exhibits displayed in the lobby of Pepsico’s world headquarters on Park Avenue and has won numerous AIGA and art director awards for Excellence in Design. Now retired, Stan focuses on his artwork … like the beautifully painted violin to benefit the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra. To see Stan's work, check out

The Pound Ridge Fire Department hosted their Annual Inspection and Dinner and enjoyed the chance to show off the fire house, rigs and equipment to our neighboring departments in Bedford, Croton Falls, South Salem, Goldens Bridge, Mount Kisco and Katonah, Vista, Banksville, Stamford and New Canaan. All compete against one another in this best rig and firehouse gig, and this year we can boast Tanker #3 as a winner, thanks to Fireman Kyle Jones (who was in charge of the rig) and Dave Adronaco (who was a big help).
“In winter, it’s hard to keep the rigs clean because of snow, salt and sand,” said Fire Chief Steve Eidam, who follows the reign of Fire Chief Vinny Duffy, Jr., who’s father Vinny, Sr. retired last year after 45 years with PRFD. “In spring, all of the equipment is cleaned and organized. Rigs are polished, waxed and detailed through and through. The annual dinner is an in-house competition between other local firehouses. It’s always a lot of fun.”
Fireman Ray Andretta won “Fireman of the Year” for the PRFD. The award is presented by the Fire Chief to a member who has gone above and beyond what is expected of a member. “Ray always goes the extra mile and is always eager to help,” said Terry Buckbee, Fireman and past-Fire Chief.
The Pound Ridge Fire Department has 50 men and women volunteers who are here for us 24/7/365. “In a day and age when volunteering is down, our fire department is very, very strong,” said Fire Chief Eidam. “I tell them all the time that our team is second to none.”

encil in this Sunday, May 17 from 4-7 p.m. for “The Taste of Pound Ridge” taking place at Albano’s and Houlihan-Lawrence in Scotts Corners. The event — featuring good eats from local restaurateurs DiNardo's, Northstar, Pinochio's, Samuel Parker's, Tokyo Hamachi, Plum Plums and Scotts Corner Market, along with foodie Chef Jehan deNoue of Albano's — will benefit the Pound Ridge Library Capital Campaign. Cost is a tax deductible donation of $25 per person/$35 at the door/$10 for anyone under 12, with checks made out to the Pound Ridge Library Foundation, P.O. Box 515. All townsfolk are welcome to come and get the latest dish.

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