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


November 25, 2011

Insert ballot, pray

Did anyone else have that sinking feeling when they stuck their piece of paper into the voting machine on Election Day?

“Make sure to completely fill in the square at the upper right of the name of the candidate,” an election worker instructed. “Do not use an ‘X’ or other notation. The marking pen is not erasable, so don’t try to erase or cross out a choice after it has been made. Make sure there are no stray marks on the ballot.”

(Good news, if you mess up, they’ll give you up to three replacement ballots.)

The pen wasn’t working at the “privacy booth,” which was anything but, so we borrowed another, and carefully filled in the boxes. Slipping the ballot into the privacy sleeve (yes, that’s what it’s called), we were guided to the ImageCast Sequoia voting machine and directed to slip the ballot into the slot. The ballot slipped to the floor, and after scrambling to pick it up, we returned to the machine as the election worker discreetly averted his eyes from our voting choices.

The system is intended to draw the ballot from the privacy sleeve into the unit. The first two or three attempts to get it inside were unsuccessful, but with the election worker guiding it in, we were finally assured that our vote had been tallied.

We will have to take it on faith that, as the manufacturer states in a lively little video called “Inside ImageCast,” the machine stores the ballot in an internal compartment. According to the film, available on, after the polls are closed, the machine prints a tape that displays the number of votes cast and the tabulated results of all votes cast on that machine.

If the machine doesn’t overheat, snag or print out a JetBlue boarding pass instead.

On your mark, get set —

It was only a year ago that the town faced an end to the tree lighting, saved by the support and generosity of town merchants and citizens. The tree is back, and this year, let’s show our support by participating in the events and shopping locally.

Among Katonah’s notables, Santa Claus will be taking time out from managing the North Pole workshop to make an appearance this Saturday, Nov. 26, at 11 a.m., behind the Chase Bank in Katonah. The event is sponsored by the Katonah Chamber of Commerce, along with “Shop Local Saturday” later that day.

Next week, Katonah Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization will host an evening of holiday shopping on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Then on Dec. 2, 3 and 4, the Katonah Chamber will present the “Weekend of Lights,” aimed at bringing people into the downtown area for shopping and holiday celebration, including the annual tree and menorah lighting.

In Pound Ridge, the Pound Ridge Business Association officially greets the holiday season with the organization’s Ninth Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 5 to 6 p.m. Scotts Corners is transformed by the Pound Ridge Business Association for the season. Gather in front of the firehouse to wait for Santa Claus and the lighting of the tree.

The Bedford Hills Neighborhood Association, along with the Bedford Recreation and Parks Department, will sponsor the hamlet’s annual lighting of the tree at Depot Plaza in Bedford Hills on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 6:15 p.m. In addition to the Antioch Baptist Church Choir, the St. Mary’s children’s choir will sing holiday carols.

Also on Saturday, Dec. 3, Bedford Hills Elementary School will host its annual holiday fair. Those arriving between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. will enjoy breakfast or lunch from the cafe, experience face painting, feather hair extensions, cookie decorating, music and more.

And in Bedford Village this weekend, before you begin your holiday shopping, enjoy the annual Turkey Trot. Known as “the hardest 5K,” the course begins on Court Road at Bedford Village Elementary School and finishes at Bedford Village Memorial Park.

Let the games begin!

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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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