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June 13, 2022

When the rainbow flag rose above Bedford town hall last Saturday, it symbolized for many not only LGBTQ pride, but also society’s growing acceptance of that once-shunned community.  Under a brilliant blue sky on a sunny June 4, some 50 people were on hand to witness Bedford’s third-annual ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. - Students at John Jay Middle and High School participated in a walk-out to protest American gun laws on June 3. The protest was organized by eighth-grader Sophia Cheng.  “There were around 150 to 200 students who participated,” she said. “It really made me happy to see the ...

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Ian Rhodes, a John Jay High School junior and Boy Scout from Troop 154, was presented with a proclamation at the May 23 Lewisboro Town Board meeting for his Eagle Scout Service Project.   “Whereas Ian Rhodes based his Eagle Scout Project on addressing the needs of Stamford, Connecticut Taylor ...

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The Vista-Lewisboro Pack 101 Cub Scouts held their 2022 Pinewood Derby on May 14 at Onatru Pavilion.  “I think it was our best one yet,” said retiring Cubmaster Bill Bongiorno. “The creativity of Scouts and parents is incredible. We had everything from an arrow, to three tanks, to ...

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Fox Valley Park has a shiny new bike rack thanks to the Lewisboro Lions Club.   At 4 p.m. May 20, Lewisboro bicyclists gathered at the Goldens Bridge park with their bikes and helmets ready to enjoy ice cream, welcome the new bike rack, and go for a ride around the park’s community.   The ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. - John Jay junior Grant Vialardi just wants “to show that there are still people out there who appreciate veterans.”   Vialardi is working on Project Honor, a community service project he organized for Lewisboro’s Memorial Day festivities in which people were able to donate ...

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June is busting out all over, as is my waistline. So, no more hot dogs for me, I’m off to buy some kale and write this week’s “time to tighten my tummy” edition of “News & Notes.” Looks like my diet will have to wait until after this fun evening — from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Bedford ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. - The Katonah-Bedford Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps has been named EMS Agency of the Year by the Westchester Regional Emergency Medical Services Council for outstanding continued service. Officers and members of the corps received the award on May 24. In addition to being ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. Kids looking for diverse academic enrichment programs this summer will find a variety of courses offered by The Harvey School in its RISE program including two newly added classes, Coding and Midsummer Shakespeare. For the math-minded kids in grades 6-9 who would enjoy exploring ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Oakridge Common, a shopping center located in Lewisboro, has sponsored two senior interns from John Jay High School to create a mural on a blank wall of the shopping center. The mural, titled “Our Community,” includes images that show various points of interest and scenes ...

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LEWISBORO, N.Y. – For a New York comedian, moving to Lewisboro presented an exciting opportunity to spread laughter in her new hometown. After settling in the area in 2016, Luz Michelle, a stand-up comedian, realized that the local community might appreciate more open-mic and comedy shows. As ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. – The heat didn’t keep the community away from celebrating Katonah’s 125th anniversary on May 21. Residents of the hamlet recreated the move of the buildings from Old Katonah to their current location with a dollhouse parade down Katonah Avenue followed by a special performance of a ...

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BEDFORD, N.Y. – Count on me to find a “bargain bin” at one of the most exclusive tag sales on the planet. I think I’ve been to every church rummage, estate, yard, and garage sale – not to count flea market and thrift store – within a 50-mile radius of my Westchester home. Nothing gets my ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. – “New Katonah” isn’t so new anymore. The hamlet of Katonah will commemorate the 125th anniversary of its founding with a celebration on Saturday, May 21. “Our town supervisor, Ellen Calves, contacted us and we were looped in and put in the lead,” said Teryn Kendall, who is the ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. - April 30 was Opening Day for the 50th year of the Lewisboro Baseball Association (LBA), and it was one for the ages. Like 27 up and 27 down, it was perfect. It truly was as if we were all dipped in magical waters, for a couple of majestic hours, the trials and travails of the ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – John Jay Middle School held its 13th annual Rock the Halls concert on April 22. Students in grades six through eight performed in front of the nearly full auditorium and jammed alongside Halfway to Sanity, a band that includes some of school’s teachers. Students sang songs from ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – The town of Bedford celebrated Arbor Day with a tree-planting ceremony at the Bedford Hills Community House on April 30. Tree Advisory Board Chairman Jeff Carpenter led the ceremony and spoke about the importance of both the event and of trees to the community. “We pick ...

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Welcome to “News & Notes,” where we look at the happenings here in Westchester County. Did you know that the month of May is named for the Roman goddess, Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants? Maia was considered a nurturer and an earth goddess, just like my wife. So, now that I have scored ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. – Being a parent to a child with a rare disease can feel like being on an island. To Jessica Foglio, Pia Jaggi Dorson, Jenni Barnao Gundel, and Jennifer Werther, this island is not a lonely one. The “Todd Road Moms,” as they call themselves, all met after Foglio and her family ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – To aid in the humanitarian crisis happening in Ukraine, a South Salem family is working to promote awareness in their community. Teenage brothers Lavi and Dagan Ohana launched a donation drive at John Jay High School and Middle School after witnessing the pain experienced by ...

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GOLDENS BRIDGE, N.Y. – Members of the Goldens Bridge community stepped out on Earth Day to help clean up the former Stein property on Fairmount Road, which will be the site of a new pocket park. “This turnout is so much better than expected,” said Goldens Bridge Hamlet Organization Chair ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – The Lewisboro Lion and Lewisboro Bunny made a special visit to Lewisboro’s Town House to celebrate Easter on Saturday, April 16. Children aged 12 and younger were treated to goody bags filled with candy inside pastel colored Easter eggs. The bags were hand-delivered to each car ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – A grand opening celebration of the John Jay Community Trail was held Saturday, April 2, outside of the Green Way Market at Orchard Square Shopping Center. About 100 people showed up to enjoy food, music, and good times. Robert Cummings, the director of the next day’s race, ...

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Sadie Goodman, a junior at John Jay High School, has been named a 2022 YoungArts finalist, the organization’s highest honor. Goodman, a flutist from South Salem, has been recognized in the field of classical music. As a YoungArts winner, she joins a distinguished group of artists including ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Horse racing fans are being invited to an event that will not only give them some fun for their money, but the chance to help a local charity reach the finish line on a long-overdue building project. The Somers Lions Club’s “Night at the Races” fundraiser is set for 6:30 p.m. to ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – John Jay Community Cross Country Trail hosted its fourth annual 5K trail race, 4K Jay walk, and Kids Jay Dash 200-meter dash on Sunday, April 3. With over 140 participants, members of the community gathered to celebrate the trail’s first race of the year. The race began on ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – When “MasterChef Junior” returned from its three-year hiatus last month, it featured Maclain Rockett, a John Jay High School student and South Salem resident, who was cast in the show when he was just 12 years old. “MasterChef Junior,” now in its eighth season, is a cooking ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. – Peppa Pig, the adorable titular character of the British children’s cartoon, decided to take a brief break from the spotlight for a very important mission. She said goodbye to younger brother George, Mummy, and Daddy Pig, and flew all the way to Katonah to meet some of her biggest ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – The owners of Farmer & the Fish have teamed up with a local couple to bring a restaurant and rooftop bar to Katonah Avenue. The restaurant, which is slated to occupy the Old Firehouse Building, was approved last week by Bedford’s Planning Board. The rooftop bar and ...

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