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New Courtyard to be Focus of Pound Ridge Pride Day

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – Plans to transform an unsightly alley between Plum Plums Cheese Shop and Promo Queens/Avalon Insurance in Scotts Corners into a beautiful courtyard will be the focal point of this year’s Pound Ridge Pride Day on May 20.

Pound Ridge Pride Day was created to promote civic pride and beautification efforts in Scotts Corners.  It was conceived by the Pound Ridge Partnership, a nonprofit organization that was formed in 2010 with the mission to beautify and revitalize the business district along Westchester Avenue. More than 200 people took part in last year’s event.

The Pound Ridge Pride Committee has been working together with Louis Fusco, a local landscape architect, David Anderson, owner of Anderson Landscaping, Justin Brent, owner of Pound Ridge Home Maintenance, and local property owners Sally Siano and Stephanie DeGraff to design and create the new courtyard.

“The beautification of this courtyard is the highlight of this year’s Pound Ridge Pride Day and the community will have the opportunity to work on the project and attend a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony,” said Terri Pike, co-chair for both the Beautification Committee and the Pride Day Committee. “The courtyard project is the result of bringing together residents, business owners, property owners, and community leaders, which is at the heart of the mission of the Partnership.”

This year’s Pride Day will kick off at noon in front of the Bank of America building where residents are welcome to join in the efforts to clean up and beautify the town. The community will have the opportunity to paint, plant, and clean up the area together.

Organizers say Pride Day incorporates three themes: beautify, educate and community.

“The education component is focused on informing town residents about the myriad organizations that make Pound Ridge what it is,” said Ali Boak, a Pound Ridge Partnership board member. “Community organizations are all invited to set up booths and share what they are doing with the entire Pound Ridge community.”

The community component of the day consists of a block party from 2-5 p.m. on Westchester Avenue that will feature a country barbecue hosted by Scotts Corners Market and the Pound Ridge Police Benevolent Association, live music featuring local band The Subourbons and local acoustic guitar player John Praino, an old-fashioned ice cream truck, pie-eating contest, hula hoop contest and more.

“We are organizing all kinds of fun activities for children,” said Liz Ades, co-chairwoman of Pound Ridge Partnership for Kids.  “We will have a jumpy castle, a bungee run, arts and crafts, and games.”

To volunteer, or for more information, contact Terri Pike at 914-715-4107 or , Susan Grissom at 914-764-8689 or , or Melinda Velez at .

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