May 10, 2009

BEDFORD RECORD-REVIEW "Talk of the Town" - May 10, 2009


Pound Ridge Mets fans have been waiting for his call all winter. Gary Cohen, SNY-TV’s Mets sportscaster — along with Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling — is back in swing with the opening of Citi Field and the second year of their foundation, “Pitch in for a Good Cause.” Each of the sportscasters chose a charity of choice: Gary’s is the Woman’s Center of Danbury (to whom the foundation gave $10,000 last season); Keith’s is Cobble Hill Health Center in Brooklyn; and Ron’s is Juvenile Diabetes.
By purchasing “Pitch in for a Good Cause” T-shirts, stuffed animals, or attending one of their GKR fundraising events, Mets fans can help raise money for the broadcasting trios’ charities. The boys in the broadcast booth are grateful for all of your support to help others in need. This Father’s Day they will partner with Share Joy Foundation, assign you a buddy to hang out with and be a “Dad for a Day” for kids growing up without dads.
“Our modest effort to do some good in the world has inspired thousands of fans to participate in ways large and small,” said Gary (who used to live down the road.)
Here’s the catch: go to You buy. They give. All win.

There’s “God’s Country,” “Pound Ridge Past: Remembrances of Our Townsfolk,” and soon on the bookshelves, “Images of America: Pound Ridge.” Richard Major, president of the Pound Ridge Historical Society, and Vince Manna, a member of the Society, have teamed together on a must-have book that will feature rarely seen archival photographs of important events, buildings and maps, along with a historical narrative that spans 300 years. Readers will be transported to a time when “Poundridge” was known for its dairy farming, shoe- and basket making.
The book is due out in September 2009, but each week the authors will update the website — — with a new photograph and caption from the book. This week features a photograph of Fred Bennett Scofield (1866-1950) in his basket shop. Oyster basketry was an important industry in town from the mid-1800s to the turn of the century. According to Messieurs Major and Manna, “Over 80 Scotts Corners families were engaged in basket making at its peak.”

For the past 37 years, Pound Ridge Community Church has brought the scent of Maine to town every May. The Annual Lobster Festival takes place on Saturday, May 16 and includes a seasonal feast of lobsters, steamers, and mussels, fresh corn and fresh-baked pies. This year, proceeds from the Festival will go to The Northern Westchester Shelter victims of domestic violence in our community.
To place your order and kick-off springtime in Pound Ridge, call 764-900 or check out

Warm wishes to Hilary and Ja Lee Kao on the announcement of the birth of their son, Theodore Eric.

And a toast to Tom Andersen for the terrific job he has done over the past 11 months as acting executive director of the Westchester Land Trust. As Tom returns to his seat as director of communications and special projects, we welcome Ben Spinelli, the new executive director of this organization that helps preserve our beautiful land and improve/maintain the qualities that make it special.

Taped inside one of my kitchen cabinets is the inspirational “Beatitudes for Mothers, by a Mother.” I have no idea where I got it, but it’s been inside the cabinet for more than 18 years. When I need maternal inspiration, the words are always uplifting.
“Blessed is the mother who takes time to rock and cuddle her baby; for the mother who does not, will someday wish that she had.”
“Blessed is the mother who will exclaim over every bouquet of wilted dandelions her little one brings, and put them in a vase on the table. For she is teaching courtesy, and the graciousness of giving and receiving.”
Motherhood is the most joyous, challenging, daunting, wonderful, inspiring, and rewarding experience. To all of the mothers in our readership, Happy Mother’s Day!

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