December 14, 2012

A cell tower is coming, a cell tower is coming!

Maybe it needed an act of God to get things started in Scotts Corners, but it’s only a coincidence that shortly after the community was immobilized by the most damaging storm in the town’s history, work began at the Ambulance Corps site on Westchester Avenue to construct a T-Mobile tower.

Even before the storm it was no secret that a lack of cell service in the Scotts Corners area was not only an inconvenience but a hazard. With the ubiquity of cell coverage in nearly every other geographic locale, the isolation of Pound Ridge was not merely a bucolic charm, it was downright reckless.

Competing influences and exhaustive study over the years limited the number of potential sites in Scotts Corners.

Officials explored sites throughout the business district, ran balloon tests, and filed legal briefs. They even explored alternatives such as repeater technology that would have placed antennae on existing phone poles, and cell boosters known as femtocells, in their quest to bring cell service to town.

The planning board did not like the ambulance corps site, but despite exploring alternatives, the right owner and the right property could not be found. The town board’s approval came after T-Mobile initiated a lawsuit against the town in December 2010, because T-Mobile thought the approval process had dragged on too long. Ultimately a push and pull between T-Mobile and the town reached a phase in which potential legal conflict turned into a collaboration.

The Ambulance Corps plays a big role in leasing out their land for the community good. The town board deserves credit for never giving up on the process, as labyrinthine as it proved to be. Town attorney Jim Sullivan proved tenacious in his insistence that T-Mobile start and finish the project when the cell provider seemed most reluctant to proceed.

Dave Gurdino, project manager in charge of erecting the tower in Scotts Corners, said last week this will be the most expensive and difficult tower he has built for T-Mobile. Nothing in Pound Ridge is ever easy, and there’s no reason this should be. Crews could be digging the foundation for two months before the construction of the tower.

However, we look forward to the day when we can pick up our iPhone and surf the net, order pizza at Pinocchio’s or make a reservation at Mariela’s, or our kids can call and let us know they’ll be a half-hour late.

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Recently our reporter Natalia Baage-Lord wrote about young members of the Bedford Hills Elementary School Shock. The school newspaper with the electric name is now in its fourth year, crafted by a cadre of young journalists who are starting with a print publication in a digital world. Kudos to their supervisor Rebecca Sussman for her commitment to the newspaper and to the education of young minds.

The newspaper began four years ago when Ms. Sussman wanted interested students to learn what a newspaper is all about. The students acquire researching, reporting and writing skills, and they build confidence, responsibility and speech skills. The newspaper is also a way to provide the school with news from a student’s perspective.

The newspaper club meets for eight one-hour sessions each semester, in which they learn Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as how to construct a strong and attention-grabbing sentence that intrigues readers. They learn about the format of a newspaper, about captions and bylines, and the differences between a news, feature and editorial article.

For students, especially, this is their first look at the First Amendment landscape that will include the rights of students, book censorship and freedom of expression.

“It’s a little harder than I thought,” fourth-grader Lili Carmichael, commented. “You actually have to plan everything. You can’t just ask random questions.”

That’s something reporters of all ages can learn from. 

The current issue of the Shock was distributed this week. Students interested in joining the newspaper club can sign up with the after-school program coordinators. We hope other schools throughout our area will be inspired to follow their example.

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Bedford Village

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Bedford Hills

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  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


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  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Katonah Pharmacy – Katonah Shopping Center; 294 Katonah Avenue   

  4. Bagel Shoppe – Katonah Shopping Center; 280 Katonah Avenue    

  5. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road

Mount Kisco

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Cross River

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  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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