November 22, 2009

THE RECORD-REVIEW "Talk of the Town"


Hail to the Chief! Pound Ridge Chief of Police Dave Ryan will be honored by the Pound Ridge Lions Club at the annual Lions Holiday Luncheon at Le Château on Sunday, Dec. 5, beginning at 12:30 p.m. The afternoon is always one of good friendship and neighborliness, and Le Chateau gleams with holiday décor.

Dave brings experience and wisdom to his position. Before being hired by former Town Supervisor Joy Simpkins, he worked at the Putnam County Sheriff's Department for 14 1/2 years, with the Putnam Valley Police for two years, and the Town of Cornwall Police Department for one year. When former Pound Ridge Chief of Police Drew Marchiano left in 1999, Dave was appointed his replacement. “This is my 11th year serving Pound Ridge,” Dave said. “If I had to pick what I like most about Pound Ridge, it is the willingness of people to help their neighbors and how everybody works together to make this a true ‘community.’ I remember when 50 people lined up outside the Police Department after 9/11, all willing to help out in some way. The other things very near and dear to me are the kids and the seniors in town. The kids are our future and I truly enjoy working with them and the Bedford School District to promote our community policing philosophies amongst the kids. As far as the Pound Ridge seniors, they are our history, our foundation, and the rock on which our town has evolved. They are wonderful people and I enjoy the opportunity to assist them in whatever capacity we can.” Dave’s recognition is well deserved. For more information, please contact Lion(ess) Anne Lyman at 764-5487 or Checks in the amount of $80 per person, made payable to Pound Ridge Lions Club, can be sent to Anne at 164 East Woods Road, Pound Ridge, NY 10576.

Another set of high honors was bestowed by the Pound Ridge Garden Club to Honorary Member Mary Legrand, who received the esteemed Margery Fay Sachs Award for Outstanding Service. Mary was recognized for her over 30 years of continuous contributions to the community and the Club. Among those who are former recipients of the Award include the talented Jan Buckbee, Mary Moat, Pat Medvecky, Grace Rainsford, and Lou Weinstock, Sr. and Lou Weinstock, Jr. from Poundridge Nurseries. Photos of all recipients, along with the silver bowl engraved with their names, can be viewed at the Town House.

It is often the little things that bring joy to the day/month/year. We warmly welcome the newest arrival on Salem Road. Michael Anthony Bonacci was born to Donna (Alexander) and Michael Bonacci on Nov. 1 at 4:04 p.m. Michael, Jr. weighed in at 6.5 oz and 19-inches long and brings pre-Thanksgiving glee to proud grandparents, including Barbara Messina, who is thrilled over the moon.

Young Pound Ridge Hope Jackson, a 10-year old fourth grader at Rippowam Cisqua, has been running a series of lemonade and bake sales to benefit medical research on Lou Gehrig's Disease (or ALS). Inspired by her grandmother, Claire Tow, who lived in Pound Ridge for 20 years and is currently a resident of New Canaan, and her courageous ten year (and counting) battle with ALS, Hope decided she could make a difference. So far she has raised $450, which she donated to the ALS Association at their annual Lou Gehrig Sports Awards Benefit in New York City on Nov. 12. The ALS Association's mission is to lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global, cutting-edge research, and to empower people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. For more information on the organization that received the donation, go to

Hope would like to thank everyone who supported her sales, particularly those who were so generous at the Sunday Farmer's Market (which are every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of Antiques & Tools of Business & Kitchen in Scotts Corners.) If you’d like to make a contribution, look for Hope’s stand again this Sunday, Nov. 22 at the Farmer’s Market.

If you are preparing to give a Thanksgiving toast, remember a few things: avoid mumbling and rushing the words; keep it short and sweet; speak from the heart (without a cheat sheet); and make eye-contact with each guest. Thanksgiving is the perfect occasion to connect with each person at the table to give thanks for their love and friendship.

As Seneca, the Roman orator and writer said, "Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart." May the blessings of the season be with you, kind readers, on Thanksgiving Day.

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