May 4, 2009

THE RECORD-REVIEW "Talk of the Town"


“A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”

~ William Wordsworth, English poet

Congratulations to Don Henry for being a top finisher in the Boston Marathon with a 3:20:25 time.

“I like to run one or two marathons a year since it keeps me in shape for triathlons, which are my main passion,” Don told us. He works out everyday and estimates that he trained for the Boston marathon for about three and-a-half months, starting in January.

“My typical 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. running route is to leave my house on Fox Run Road to Fancher Road to Westchester Avenue through Scotts Corners and into New Canaan,” Don said. “I then take a right on West Road and run to Dan's Highway, turn around, and come home from there or via Barnegat Road for the steep hills. It's about 8 miles. I'll run longer on the weekend, between two to two-and-a-half hours on Sundays, and I usually bike on Saturdays.”

How does it feel to see the finish line at the end of a marathon? “It’s always a great feeling of accomplishment, as well as some pain … along with the relief that it's over.”

We’ve heard that a half-boy/half-bat creature will wing into The Tarrytown Music Hall this weekend as The Edge Theatre Company, the teen/college student division of Random Farms Kids Theatre, presents “Bat Boy.” This musical comedy/horror show was inspired by a 1992 headline in The Weekly World News about a human-like creature discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia.

Fox Lane seniors Kate Brenner from Pound Ridge and Max Hunter from Bedford will likely bowl over the audience once again with their astounding theatric talent. Lead parts as wife and husband in “Bat Boy” marks their fourth show together. This reporter attended “Chicago” last spring and the duo were nothing less than smokin’.

"Bat Boy” performances are Friday, May 1 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. The theater is located at 13 Main Street in Tarrytown. For more info, go to of call 877-840-0457.

What’s cooking? Ask Deanna Abbondola, a junior at Fox Lane who loves to cook and try new recipes.

“I became interested in cooking around three years ago when I got home from school and started watching Food Network on TV. I eventually decided that what I was watching was easy enough to make. After that I was hooked,”said Deanna, who lives with her grandparents, Anita and Louis Molinaro, both European immigrants who also love to cook. “My grandma is Finnish and my grandpa is Italian, so I grew up watching them cook traditional things like Pulla, a Finnish cardamon coffee bread, and huge pots of tomato sauce with pasta,” she said.

Deanna started the Fox Lane Cooking Club Lane this year, and recently catered the refreshments for a senior citizen event of about 80 at the high school. She’s also taken classes at the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park. “I cook all the time, both for my family and my friends, who seem to enjoy it very much.”

If you’d like the recipe for the hottest Chocolate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies in all of Pound Ridge, we’ve arranged for Deanna to send them to you if you dash an email request to

Besides trying to veer your car away from major potholes that plague the roads after an especially wicked winter, has anyone else noticed the double-wire lines running across Salem Road, Pound Ridge Road, and elsewhere in town? Is “Big Brother” watching? According to Dave Ryan, Chief of the Pound Ridge Police Department, the wires are traffic monitoring devices placed by the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to determine volume, speed, direction, day, date and time, and the class of the vehicles (trucks, cars, tractor trailers, etc.)

“This is usually done to capture data when DOT is looking to do a capital project,” he said. “It allows them to determine the type of blacktop and get the specs for the top coat.”

As our country’s state of economics continues to nosedive, parlor games like Boggle and Bunco are starting to thrive. Most of us know Boggle, but what the heck is Bunco?

In 2006, the game was played by over 29 million people regularly. A turn consists of rolling three dice aiming to obtain the specified number. Players gain one point for each of the specified number. If the player gets three-of-a-kind of the specified number they get 21 points (the winning number). The round stops when a player at the head table gets 21 points, and then the next round starts. There are six rounds and whoever wins the most rounds is the total winner and receives a prize.

If you want to go Bunco once a month, call Anne Cook at 763-4625. No experience necessary, just a sense of good, old-fashioned fun.

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