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FEBRUARY 16, 2018

‘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    

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, Babbitt Road    

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

  3. Meme’s Treats, 17 Adams Street


  1. Little Joe’s Books, 25 Katonah Avenue     

  2. CVS – Katonah Shopping Center, 294 Katonah Avenue   

  3. Katonah Sunoco, 105 Bedford Road

  4. The Reading Room, 19 Edgemont Road

  5. Weinstein’s Pharmacy, 101 Katonah Avenue

  6. DeCicco Family Markets, 132 Bedford Road

  7. Katonah Pharmacy, 202 Katonah Avenue

Mount Kisco

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

Cross River

  1. Cross River Shell Station, Route 35    

  2. Cameron’s Deli. 890 Route 35

  3. Cross River Pharmacy, 20 North Salem Road

  4. DeCicco Family Markets, 1 Orchard Plaza

Goldens Bridge

• Cardware Store, 100 N. County Shopping Center

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John Shearer honored at Black History Celebration


Photographer John Shearer covering the Attica Prison riot in upstate New York, 1971.


John Shearer, a renowned photographer and longtime resident of Lake Katonah, is being honored for his outstanding contributions by the Westchester County Board of Legislators as part of its Black History and Heritage Celebration.

Mr. Shearer will be recognized at the County Board of Legislators meeting Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m.

According to biographical information from the “Time Life Picture Collection,” Mr. Shearer is described as a true renaissance man, fashioned in the mold of his boyhood idol Gordon Parks. Gordon Parks was the first African-American staff photographer at Life magazine, and Mr. Shearer, just 17 when they met, became the second.

Also like Mr. Parks, the Lake Katonah resident has been a photographer, writer, producer, director, lecturer and professor.

At 17, Mr. Shearer was one of the youngest staff photographers ever hired by a major publication when Look magazine first engaged his services. On staff from 1966 to 1969, Mr. Shearer covered civil rights marches and the race riots of the l960s. Toward the end of 1969, Mr. Shearer was hired by Life, where he worked as a staff photographer until the magazine ceased regular weekly publication in 1972.

One of Mr. Shearer’s classic picture stories for Life was his l971 coverage of the first of three boxing matches between undefeated heavyweights Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, billed as “The Fight of the Century.” Mr. Frazier won a unanimous decision, handing Muhammad Ali the first defeat of his career. The photos are considered iconic.

Mr. Shearer’s coverage of the funeral of John F. Kennedy brought him additional acclaim. His photograph of John F. Kennedy Jr. as a young boy, saluting as the caisson carrying his father’s casket passed by, is one of Mr. Shearer’s most famous images.

Among Mr. Shearer’s most important stories for Life was his coverage of the Attica Prison riot in 1971. He was the only photographer allowed inside the prison and many of his pictures were used in court cases inmates and prison guards brought against the state.

Mr. Shearer has won 175 national photography awards. His work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among other cultural institutions.

In addition to Mr. Shearer, on Feb. 26 the Westchester County Board of Legislators will also recognize Ruth Hassell-Thompson, special advisor for policy and community affairs for New York State Housing and Community Renewal, and Sandra Blackwell, who has played vital roles in organizations throughout Westchester and founded the Westchester County Press, the county’s only African-American newspaper, according to county officials.

The ceremony will culminate with a memorial tribute to former board of legislators chairwoman, Lois Bronz, the first woman and the first African-American to serve in that position. Ms. Bronz died Feb. 13.

Reached at his home studio in Lake Katonah on Thursday, Mr. Shearer responded to news of the county award. “Isn’t that nice surprise? I just learned about it.”

The photographer said that he has been busy in recent weeks fulfilling orders for limited edition prints of his work, some which are stored in his archives located in office space in Katonah.

Mr. Shearer is also focused on organizing a new exhibit, called “American Moments,” which will present photographs from the mid-‘60s through the ‘70s, many of which have never been published. Images will include photographs from the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr., the Attica Prison riot, and the Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier fights, as well as “famous faces” such as pop music stars.

Mr. Shearer has been recovering from a broken hip he suffered on a family trip to Jamaica over New Year’s, which required hip replacement surgery after he returned home. But the trip also was a source of happy family news, he said, “which alleviated any discomfort I was feeling.” His daughter, Alison, a professional musician who attended local schools, received a marriage proposal. The wedding is planned in May.

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