July 9, 2010

RECORD-REVIEW "Talk of the Town"


So what are you doing tomorrow, July 10? Beat the heat and set your alarm for 8 a.m. to come watch the Pound Ridge Dolphins divers and swimmers as they battle it out against North Salem’s Lakeside swimmers at our town pool. Mea Sgaglio and other swim team moms and dads will be selling coffee and goodies. And if that isn't enough to float your boat, the Pound Ridge Swim and Dive team is holding their first ever Dolphin Dance at Conant Hall on Saturday night at 7 p.m. DJ Secret Joe Pittman will spin up some rhythms for the Dolphins as they bust out of the water and onto the dance floor. Tickets are still on sale (as space allows) at the door to kids 18-and-under or pool staff. Get inspired with Bobby Freeman’s “C’mon and Swim” clip from 1964 (www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxgFwyIylHY). You can do the back stroke or the doggy paddle, shake it up baby, twist and shout. C’mon to Conant Hall and work it on out.

In other news on the Pound Ridge sports front . . . the Bedford Pound Ridge Lightning Boys (12 and under) baseball team will be heading to the Cooperstown “Field of Dreams” baseball tournament for a week of baseball from July 17-22. Our homegrown boys of summer include Owen Azrak, Connor Bamford, Lucas Beni, Charlie Carpenter, Sean Fopeano, John Harrington, Robert Lichtenberger, Emmett Robin, Chris Stern, Shawn Walsh, Aaron Winkler and Wil Wortmann. Coaches Vic Wortman and Skip Carpenter and the team have been practicing and preparing for the tournament all year. If you’d like to cheer the Lightening Boys as they load the bus to make their way to Cooperstown, meet them at the Bedford Village Memorial Park on Friday, July 16 at 12:45 p.m. Bring banners and hearty huzzahs.

Kudos to
Pound Ridge Garden Club for the beautiful garden show they recently presented at Poundridge Nurseries. We were wow-ed by the talent of many of the designs and the incredible displays of horticulture. Cheers to Annie Thom for her truly magnificent work that won both the Tricolor Award (best design using all fresh plant material) and the Award of Design Excellence (best in show). Her challenging mono-botanic creative design had to use multiple parts of a plant or plants of one family or genus. It was stunning. After the show, we touched base with PRGC to offer our “Talk of the Town” readers a few helpful gardening tips for the month of July. #1: During the dog days of summer, be sure to water plants early in the morning so they can survive the heat of the day. Add mulch to keep root systems cool and moist in the hot sun. #2: Pull weeds as you see them. This will prevent them from going to seed and producing more weeds next year. #3: If the soil is drying out too quickly, extra mulch is called for, especially around the heat -sensitive plants. Plants also need extra nutrition during the growing season. #4: If you have cucumber plants, remember this rule: the more you pick the more you will get. Cucumbers are heavy feeders and love compost and water. Without sufficient fertilizer and water, cucumbers can turn out bitter. As a side note: Keep us in the loop about how your fruit and/or flower garden is faring. With all of the beautiful weather we’ve been having, one neighbor told us that their garden looks like it does in August … and it’s only July.

Fox Lane High School seniors had the opportunity to do independent studies for their last marking period before heading off to college in the fall. Some of the super-cool projects included Deanna Abbondola, who was a teacher assistant for a second grade class at Pound Ridge Elementary School, and Jessica Best, who recorded a CD of original songs at Carriage House Recording Studios. Brielle Braun interned at Fine Animal Hospital in Bedford Hills; Beau Gabriel at “Opera Magazine,” located at Lincoln Center; Grace Kwan at Merchandani Consulting Graphic and Web Design; Chris Sacks with Dr. Eric Small, Sports Medicine in Mount Kisco; Matt Schwartz at Somers Orthopedics; and Samantha Tsokris at a law firm in White Plains. Alex Raftopoulos attended the Youth Police Academy in North Castle, and Nick Rienzi gave a hand in the accounting department at the Pepsi Bottling Group in Somers. What’s the phrase? “Actions speak louder than words”? “All is fish that comes to their nets”? Even better, “There’s no grass growing under their feet.”

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