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June 28, 2013

‘Pops, Patriots and Fireworks’

Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  1. Scotts Corner Market – Trinity Corners Shopping Center;  55 Westchester Avenue

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    

Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    

Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

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


  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  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

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News – 239 Main Street    

Cross River

  1. Bagel Boys Café – Cross River Shopping Center; Routes 121 and 35    

  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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On the road with Stanley, the lovelorn peacock


Stanley the peacock strutting his stuff.


This is not a news story, at least not in the traditional sense. Rather, it’s a story about a peacock on Guard Hill Road looking for romance. Stanley, a male peafowl who is the pet of Dr. Michael Finkelstein, has of late become quite the celebrity. For the past three weeks the bird has been sighted numerous times on Guard Hill Road, and beguiling images of him exhibiting his amazing plumage have popped up all over Facebook.

Stanley the peacock (and he is definitely a guy. Lady birds of the same species are referred to as peahens; together they are known as peafowl) is a species of flying bird in the genus Pavo of the pheasant family. Peafowl in this country are either of Indian and Sri Lankan or Javan and Myanmaran stock. Peafowl are best known for the male’s extravagant eye-spotted tail feathers, which are displayed during courtship. As one of the most lavish adornments of any creature on earth, peacock tail feathers, or coverts, as they are rightly called, spread out in a distinctive train of over 60 percent of the bird’s body length. The colorful “eye” markings in blue, gold, red and other hues are nearly kaleidoscopic to behold. During courtship, the male bird’s large train arches into a magnificent fan spanning across the bird's back and touching the ground on either side. It is believed the lady birds select their mates according to the size, color and quality of these plumes.

Dr. Michael Finkelstein has owned Stanley for about eight years. “I got him and a peahen to add beauty to my backyard,” he said Tuesday morning. “He’s living art.”

Dr. Finkelstein said Stanley is about 10 years old. When he acquired the bird eight years ago, he also bought a peahen. “His mate was roosting and was killed by a predator,” he said. “Then I got another peahen and she and Stanley were mated. She had four chicks by him. But they were all mauled by a fox.” He said that right now Stanley is out and about looking for a girlfriend.

“This is his mating season,” Dr. Finkelstein said. “A couple of weeks in the year, usually in May or June, there is a three-week period where he doesn’t sleep much because he’s too busy wandering around looking for a mate. His behavior right now is very natural for him. Stanley is on the prowl. He’s looking for a new woman.”

When Stanley is not in courtship mode, Dr. Finkelstein said he mostly hangs around his house. “He’s very friendly. He’s quite social,” Dr. Finkelstein said. “Sometimes we don’t see him much because he’s very independent. He doesn’t rely on us to feed him. He eats seeds and insects. There are other people on Guard Hill Road and Succabone who have peacocks. A few years ago a peahen wandered onto my property looking for Stanley. She was around for a week, and I assume they mated, and then she left.”

Stacy Geisinger is a neighbor of Dr. Finkelstein and often sees Stanley when he’s out and about. She said Stanley and some other peacocks she has seen on the road have become a favorite sight. “A peacock was the self-appointed gatekeeper to the Summer Solstice party to benefit the Bedford Historical Society last week at Rochambeau Farm,” Ms. Geisinger said. “Partygoers were sharing photos of the peacock, who took it upon himself to guard Guard Hill Road.”

Not everyone is as enthralled with Stanley as those who are taking his picture. On two different dates recently he’s been in the police blotter. While it is unclear whether the calls were complaints or simple notifications, by the time officers showed up, Stanley had disappeared and was nowhere to be found.

Dr. Finkelstein said that most people who see Stanley are thrilled and respond to his beauty. He also said that some other people in the area who own peacocks cage them. “And that is their choice,” he said. “But I didn’t want to buy an animal to cage it, especially an animal who in general is very well-behaved.” He said he hopes the people who called the police about Stanley are concerned about him, although he’s aware that there might be people who are irritated when they see him on the road because he forces them to drive more slowly.

Ms. Geisinger said, “Stanley is a reminder that we need to slow down and observe what is beautiful around us.”

“He’s just beauty walking around,” Dr. Finkelstein said.

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