March is Women’s History Month, and we couldn’t help but think about the plethora of strong women in the Bronxville area—elected officials like , civic leaders Peggy Conway and Susan Piper of the , local shop owners like Lisa Bellacero of , and community organizers like Harlene Mehr. And let's not forget our own editor here at Patch, Marisa Iallonardo. We could go on, but suffice to say our area is truly fortunate to have so many inspiring women in the community.
One upcoming local event to commemorate the month really captured our interest. On Saturday, March 12, there will be a day of Women's History activities over at St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site in Mt. Vernon. The day kicks off with a lecture on Anne Hutchinson, who did so much more than simply inspire the name of a local roadway. Professor Laura Chmielewski of SUNY Purchase will explore the Puritan rebel’s life at 1 p.m., followed by a dance performance by Ajkun Ballet Theatre at 2 p.m. Tours of the church’s cemetery also will be given.
The site is open from noon to 4 p.m., and admission and parking are free.
Just when you think everything’s on the right track, along comes the big derailment. No, nothing happened on the Metro-North this week, but we did get hit with the nasty cold that seems to be making the rounds, and it really put a damper on the week.
As we down some more cold meds and chicken soup, here are some random observations to close out the week:
- Speaking of derailed, the economy seems to be recovering more slowly than anyone would like. This week saw another local business, Enchante, closing, and while we were perusing the website of the Scarsdale Teen Center, we saw the following announcement: “Due to a lack of employers STC has canceled the March 5th, Job Fair.”
- Social media is helping some local businesses, whether by simply posting menus online, like Lange’s does on its Facebook Page, or driving global business, like Station Plaza Wines has been doing on theirs. Silver Spoon is the latest local business to jump in with a new Facebook page. There’s not much there yet, but “like” it now and you’ll get to see how a local biz develops a presence on the social networking platform.
- We try not to get too upset with drivers who don’t understand the rules of the rotary – after all, if you’re not from the area, you’re probably not used to them. That said, an SUV nearly broadsided us the other night on the Pondfield/Palmer/Parkway Road circle after running through a stop sign and that annoyed us a bit. Then, crossing under the tracks, we pulled over for two emergency vehicles, sirens blaring and heading west. The SUV driver, now behind us, took the opportunity to attempt to pass our car, which really ticked us off. We noticed that the driver was on her cell phone, yakking away. Her spare tire cover said “Life is Good.” Not for long, if you keep driving like that.
Have a great weekend, everyone, and watch out for those rotary newbies.