June 5, 2009

THE RECORD-REVIEW "Talk of the Town"


Congratulations to Theresa Fisher, who has been honored “Teacher of the Year” from the Ridgefield Public School system, where she has ably been at the front of the class for 30 years.

“I’m very grateful,” said the 12th grade teacher of AP Economics, and Government and Politics. “In fact, I’ve received more kudos this year than I have in my entire life. I’m even winning the lottery for ‘American Idol.’”

Theresa has also been asked to give the upcoming high school graduation speech, which will focus on three wishes: be satisfied with your success, appreciate the values and traditions of your family, and make a difference in the world.

On a beautiful spring evening in Scotts Corners, two boys were sitting on the bench outside of Pinocchio Pizza. They took a break from eating to give us their rave reviews.

“This is my favorite pizza overall,” said John Lindell, a second grader at Pound Ridge Elementary School. “I love the sauce. I love everything about Pinocchio’s.”

Liam DuVally, a fellow second grader, was in accord. “Cheesy,” he said. “It’s the best pizza I’ve ever had. And the sauce is so real. It tastes so-o-o fresh.”

To get your own slice of the action, Pinocchio Pizza, is open lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Call in your order at their easy-to-memorize number, 764-4500.

If food shopping is a thermometer to the economic climate, things are starting to look up. According to Billy Fortin, owner of Scotts Corners Market (and Blind Charlie’s), “January through April was on the slow side. In May, folks began coming back from Florida and there was more of a sense of optimism. Business is fantastic now. In fact, it’s been a Guinness week,” Billy said over Memorial Day weekend.

Did you always want to be a Dolphin? The Pound Ridge Swim & Dive Team is always looking for new faces to make a splash. Try-outs are Sunday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday, June 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This swim season we welcome Chris Dewey as Head Swim Coach, and welcome back Katie Simco and Emily Willhoft as Co-Diving Coaches.

Chris, a former PRST Dolphin, born and bred in Pound Ridge, recently said, “I feel a tremendous amount of pride in being offered the opportunity to work with my fellow Pound Ridgers this summer. Teaching swimmers proper technique and consistency in training makes great swimmers. More importantly, having fun while doing so, creates a great team. I’m looking forward to an amazing summer.”

Here’s your chance to get in the fast lane. Check out www.prst.20m.com for more information on upcoming practice schedules and meets.

Westchester Avenue was the Route of Heroes as spectators waved flags and cheered members of the Pound Ridge Library Foundation, Historical Society, Lions Ambulance Corps, Boy and Girl Scout troops, Dolphins Swim Team, Garden Club, Lions, Baseball Association, Supervisor Gary Warshauer and our Town Board, our
fire and police departments.

At the gathering at the town cemetery, we honored those who gave their lives in harms way, and those who currently serve our country in the name of peace. Special thanks to Monsignor George Thompson (from St. Patrick’s Church), Rabbi Nancy Weiner (from Pound Ridge Jewish Community Chavurah) and Reverend David Johnson (Pound Ridge Community Church) for their invocations and blessings; Barbara Earle for her beautiful voice in the leading of “The National Anthem” and “America, the Beautiful”; the spirited Bear Cats Band; Ari Fleischer for recognizing Pound Ridge as home-sweet-home; Pound Ridge Elementary School fifth grade essay contest winners, Maya Koneval and Dillon Firestein, and the dynamite Mount Kisco Scottish Pipes & Drums for making Memorial Day so meaningful.

Incidentally, when you’re next in the hamlet, stroll over to Conant Hall to see the war memorials that honor Pound Ridge soldiers who served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and Viet Nam. These young men and women continue to bring us pride.

Post-the remembrance ceremony at the cemetery, everyone headed to the Town Park for ice cream and BBQ, serenaded by the Bear Cats Band. As we left, my mother — all bedecked in straw hat strewn with American flags — commented, “This is pure Americana. Pound Ridge personifies the greatness of our country.”

And now (Beau Gabriel, member of the Mount Kisco Scottish Pipes & Drums, please give us a drum roll) . . . let the summer begin!

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