June 14, 2009

RECORD-REVIEW "Talk of the Town" - June 14, 2009

By Bonni Brodnick

Mary Moat, a Grande Dame of Pound Ridge since moving here in June 1949, has been presented with an Honorary Membership by the Pound Ridge Garden Club. Mary, who is 98, has been a member of the club since 1964, and served as its president from 1973-74. Along with being a founding member of the Pound Ridge Historical Society, she has also served as board member of the Landmarks and Historic District Commission, and the Ninth District Federated Garden Clubs of New York.

In my book “Pound Ridge Past: Remembrances of Our Townsfolk,” Mary said, “I suppose I’ve been on every committee there is to be on in this town. If you come here and love Pound Ridge, you should be willing to give something of yourself to make it a better place.”

Put on your thinking cap and be honest … have you ever wandered in Ward Pound Ridge Reservation and wondered, “Now where is that giant grilled cheese sandwich again?”
The search is over. Join Pound Ridge cartoonist Jim Jinkins for a tour of his unique “Cartoons in the Park” outdoor art exhibit in the Reservation at both 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14. Mr. Jinkins will lead visitors along a trail in the tall pines known as the “Forest of Possibilities” in search of silly and strange characters he has created that are hiding in his fantasy photos of the park.
The exhibit uses his artwork to tell a story about the many people who have walked through the Reservation over the past 10,000 years, such as Paleo-Indians chasing giant beavers; soldiers of merit in the Revolutionary War; and the world-renowned outdoorsman, the Leatherman. Kids and visitors of all ages will have a hoot as they search the exhibit for such cartoon figures as bug-eyed bugs, reclusive reptiles, tiny rabbits with carrot-shaped luggage, and, whoa … did I just see a giant grilled cheese sandwich?!? The exhibit will also be open for self-guided viewing 7 days a week, rain or shine, through Saturday, July 11.

It was a real page-turner as Pound Ridge Elementary School held their “Community Read,” a project coordinated by co-chairs Andrea Soleiman and Cindy Lavion. An array of folks, including Angelique Johnson (Middle School/ South House Director), Dave Goldberg (Recreation Department Director), Dave Ryan (Police Chief), Ranger Rick (Ward Pound Ridge Reservation), Mike Simco (Middle School/East House Director), Steve Cioffi (owner of Pinnocchio Pizza), Billy Fortin (owner of Scotts Corner Market), Gerry Coleman (Pound Ridge Community Church Play School teacher), Frank Sisti (Fire Department), Van Muller (Recreation Department), Beth Starapoli (Middle School Director of Phys Ed), Marilyn Tinter (Library Director), Chris Dewey (Dolphins swim coach), Jere Hochman (School Superintendent), Andrew Cuartes (karate teacher), Carmela Citro (former teacher), and I were invited to read selected picture books to the classes.
“Not only were the children left to recall a good story, but they also had an opportunity to learn more about different roles of folks in our community,” said Mrs. Soleiman.

The Pound Ridge Theatre Company will close another successful season with the play reading of “The Holy Wars” and “Leaving Her,” by prize-winning playwright Rosemary Foley. The reading is directed by Maryann Arcoleo Koltun. Stop by Conant Hall on Sunday afternoon, June 14 at 2 p.m. Admission is free (donations are gratefully accepted). Stay after the reading for wine and cheese, and to chat with the author, director, and actors. For more info, call 764-1902 or email prtc01@yahoo.com

Don’t worry. All of the friendly services that Neighbor to Neighbor currently provide to our esteemed seniors will still be available, and chairperson Felice Joaquim and her team of volunteers will still be here just as they have been for over 15 years, but a new era is about to begin. Louise Paolicelli and the Recreation Department will transition from Neighbor to Neighbor the administrative details of planning trips, arranging van/bus service to the market, coordinating the “Are you OK” calls, hosting holiday luncheons and other services.
Neighbor to Neighbor is always looking for new volunteers. Commitment can be major or minor, and as with any vital organization, a large pool of volunteers allows everyone to do a little instead of a few doing a lot. Contact Louise Paolicelli at 447-0021 or lpaolicelli@townofpoundridge.com. Go ahead. Be a good Neighbor to Neighbor neighbor.

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