The Record-Review – The official newspaper of Bedford and Pound Ridge, New York


October 14, 2011

Occupy Bedford?

This manifesto from those of Occupy Wall Street:

  1. “We are the 99 percent. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we’re working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything. We are the 99 percent.”

Ssshhh, don’t tell anybody, but the Occupy Wall Street people are in the wrong location. Don’t give them our address, please, but protesters, be aware, 99 percent, that the 1 percent doesn’t live too far away from you ... in Greenwich, Scarsdale, Westport, Bronxville ... and yes, Bedford and Pound Ridge.

Our area is home to almost as many billionaires as Beverly Hills or Abu Dhabi. In our communities, the vast majority of residents are hardworking businesspeople, professionals and artists, but it would be foolish to deny that among us are the richest citizens in our nation. And (gulp!) many of these are rich from Wall Street. (Yes, Gordon Gekko does live in Bedford).

Which puts us in a rather precarious position. While the actual demonstrations and sit-ins are going on 50 miles to the south, the truth is that some of us might want to reflect on a system that separates us as Americans in such a striking way. We are well-buffered from the unbathed masses sitting in, the Working Families and the Socialist Workers and “Anonymous.”

In northern Westchester, society’s inequities are played out in ways that we have yet to examine. How many of us in Bedford are aware that nearby, at the Haines Road yeshiva community known as Kasho, hundreds live at the near-poverty level? How many of us locally are aware of the tragedies of women — and their families — behind bars, some for life, in Bedford Hills? How many are aware of the hundreds if not thousands of families who are now depending on local organizations such as the Community Center of Northern Westchester, the Food Bank, Open Door Medical Center, Midnight Run and others, to feed families, provide health care and provide shelter? And then there are those of us of what was once known as the “middle class” who suffer silently, unable to pay the mortgage any longer, overwhelmed by high property taxes or faced with crippling medical costs for a family member or loved one?

Is it fair to blame Wall Street for any of this? All of this? Some of this? We’d probably pick “C.” And is it fair to say Wall Streeters themselves are to blame for a system that might also be called “The American Way”?

Looking in the mirror on this is not easy. While many of us could not see ourselves in the Tea Party movement, it became, nevertheless, a key part of our national political dynamic. So, too, could Occupy Wall Street.

Ignore at your own peril.

Don’t miss this fest

Last year we enjoyed the Pound Ridge Partnership Day, and this year, the event is back and better than ever. Tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 15, the Pound Ridge Partnership and Pound Ridge Business Association members are presenting the first Harvest Festival, from 2 until 6 p.m. in Scotts Corners.

The country fair idea is derived from a long-ago Pound Ridge tradition dating back to the 1890s. Along with the food, games, music and merchants that marked last year’s fest, the Pound Ridge Fire Department will present an open house at the Pound Ridge firehouse, with firefighting and rescue equipment, live demonstrations and demonstration of the extrication “jaws of life.”

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Beautification Fund of the Pound Ridge Partnership. They want more light poles and to make Scotts Corners more colorful with flowers and flowerpots.

What a great way to support the town and meet your neighbors. See you there!

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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. Perks – 197 Katonah Avenue    

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

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

  6. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road

Mount Kisco

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

  2. Connie’s at Northern Westchester Hospital
    400 E. Main Street    

South Salem/Vista

  1. JNR Pharmacy – 222 Oakridge Commons;
    Route 123   

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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