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About Town: Having a Cow

Smoking Ban Takes Effect, Civics Lesson Thursday, Shopping on Sunday

Did you catch the sunset last night?  Spectacular.  A fitting end to a nice weekend, albeit a fairly quiet one.  We headed up to Hartsdale on Saturday night for dinner with friends at Benjamin Steakhouse, the Westchester outpost of the midtown favorite, which was started by an alumnus of the legendary Peter Lugar’s in Brooklyn.  We had a beef hangover all day Sunday, and nearly vowed to turn vegetarian, until we remembered the doggie bag in the fridge. 

A new week begins, and today is the first commuting day for which the new smoking ban put in place by the MTA will be in effect.  No smoking on the platforms, and while offenders will get off with a warning this month, soon there will be $50 fines in place.  Should make for a better travel experience for everyone, although there’s been some here on Patch.

You can get some hands on training in civic policy this week when the Yonkers Committee for Smart Development (interesting name!) hosts a seminar on “Historic Preservation and Landmarking in Yonkers.”  Speakers will include Julian Adams, of the New York State Historic Preservation Office, Simeon Bankoff of the NYC Historic Districts Council, and Deirdre Moore, a Yonkers community activist.  The event is sponsored, in part, by the Armour Villa Neighborhood Association and the League of Women Voters of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe.   The event is on Thursday, November 17th at 7pm at the Nepperhan Community Center at 342 Warburton Avenue.  For more info, check out the Committee’s website.

It’s not Thankgiving yet, but of course the local shops are gearing up for the holiday season already.  last night looked more like The Christmas Tree Shop.  You can get a jump start on your holiday shopping at the St. Joseph’s School Boutique and Bake Sale this Sunday, November 20th, from 9am until 4pm at the Parish Center.  And if you’re looking for personalized holiday cards, is offering 20% off their selection.

Let’s not get too crazy though, we’ve still got Turkey Day coming up.  Another reason not to turn vegetarian just yet.

Have a great week, folks. 

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