POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – It was a hectic year in Pound Ridge – a year that featured hurricanes, lawsuits, elections and the passing of some local icons.
The Lewisboro Daily Voice takes a look back at the Top 10 stories in Lewisboro in 2012:
In April, after an 18-month search, the Bedford Central School District appointed Tim Gembka as the permanent principal of the Pound Ridge Elementary School. Gembka had been hired as the interim principal, but was eventually was given the job officially.
In May, the residents of the Bedford school district elected three unopposed candidates to the school board, including Pound Ridge resident Lee Goldstein. Voters also approved the school budget by a wide margin.
That same month, crews completed an overhaul of the pool house in the Pound Ridge Town Park. The Town Board had approved a $150,000 bond measure earlier in the year to pay for the renovation, which brought the structure into the 21st century.
Pound Ridge residents in the Scotts Corners area were happy to learn they would finally get the opportunity to have cellphone service. In June, T-Mobile representatives came before the Town Board and said the cell company was ready to begin construction of a tower on the grounds of the Pound Ridge Volunteer Ambulance Corps building.
In September, a sad tragedy dominated the headlines when longtime Pound Ridge civil servant Murray Levy took his own life at the age of 95. Levy was a Zoning Board of Appeals member right up until the time of his passing.
Later that month, a Pound Ridge couple made national news when they filed a $2.3 million lawsuit against New York State Electric & Gas, saying stray voltage was making their property dangerous and uninhabitable .
October began on a high note with the Pound Ridge Partnership’s second annual Harvest Festival. The highlight was a performance by the iconic ’90s alternative rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket. Thousands of people attended the event .
That same month, the Town Board took on what has been a longtime issue in Pound Ridge – speeding in Scotts Corners – and formed a committee that would study the best ways to combat it, including an array of traffic-calming measures .
At the end of October, Hurricane Sandy arrived with a vengeance and left the town battered and bruised. All of Pound Ridge was blacked out, and trees and utility poles were down everywhere, making a significant number of roads impassable. It took nearly 10 days before power was restored to everyone.
In November, the town mourned the passing of Carl Breuninger , the Fire Department’s oldest active firefighter and a beloved lifetime resident of Pound Ridge.
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