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ilerving New Castle 30 Years—No. 41 CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. THURSDAY, MARCH 20; 1958 7 PRICE FIVE CENTS Student Testing Needed, PTA Told Testing students for strengths and weaknesses has become in­ creasingly more important, accord­ ing to Dr. Henry Chauncey, presi­ dent of the Educational Testing Service at Princeton, N.J., who spoke at the regular meeting of Chappaqua's PTA last Monday night in the Horace Greeley audi­ torium, on \Discovering and De­ veloping Individuality''. \Education must do the job of bringing about the maximum de­ velopment of each individual\ he said, \in order to bring all our people to a higher than ever level\. The unskilled laborer is fast disappearing from the Ameri­ can scene, and high-level jobs are becoming increasingly complex. It is a far cry from 1905 when Binet first developed tests for children to determine their \mental age\ and 1912 when Stern introduced his system of measuring the I.Q., he said. During the first World War, psychologists were called upon to develop tests to classify soldiers, and suddenly \testing\ became well known*. After the war, it spread to the schools, and the number and types of tests have been increasing ever since with the main objective being the attempt to help the individual find his proper niche. Dr. Chauncey confined his talk to the delineation of three cate­ gories of tests. • First, guidance tests, \the identification of all tal­ ents, not of the most talented,\ which he recommends be started no later than the eighth or ninth grade level and be continued from that point, so that the basis of decision is cumulative. Dr. Chaun­ cey stressed the fact that the im­ portance of tests should not be over-emphasized, for flexibility of the child, his school record, his home environment and other fac­ tors must also be considered. Second are the selection tests which are almost mandatory by college admissions officers seeking the proper students for enrollment in their institutions. Here, too, the school record plays an important part. These are the aptitude tests which score students on developed ability which offers the best basis for predicting future accomplish­ ments. Achievement tests were the third classification discussed by Dr. Chauncey, who described them as \measuring the ability of-the student to take what he has learned and apply it to different subjects\. ^S^afe;,'Students--lose fin \the be­ ginning : is v lost for keeps'*; paid D.r. Chauncey, in emphasizing the need for early guidance. \Stand­ ardized testing will not single but the five-pound fish\ he conclud­ ed, \but it will show us the pools vhere the fish may be found. It is lur job to give our students a :learer idea of themselves so that they may live happier and fuller lives in the world of today.\ 7 % Fare Rise Is Effective On April 1 New York Central commuters will have to dig deeper into their pockets beginning April 1, follow­ ing authorization of a 7 per cent fare rise by the New York State Public Service Commission last week. Twenty-six trip tickets also are up in price, this increase hav­ ing already become effective. Five - day .commutation tickets for the Chappaqua commuter will be $28.87, up from $26.98. The twenty-six trip ticket rises from $29.21 to $31.36. The sevfn-day commutation, now $29.99, goes well over the ?30 mark. This 7 per cent increase comes on top of a 15 per cent increase authorized' last May and effective last June. The^. five-day ticket year ago was only $23.46. The five-day commuter fare from Mount Kisco will have 7 per cent tacked on to the present price of $29.01; the seven-day ticket rises from $32.23. New Price of the twenty-six trip ticket from Mount Kisco to New York is 535.26 School Must Be 'Excused' Grafflin Says Three school days missed in Chappaqua this winter oecause of bad weather present problems to the Board of Education, which in figuring the 1957-58 calendar al­ lowed for only one day. Finding the answer to the problem is a problem in itself—one of confusefl mathematics, to say the least. Since the vagaries of winter forced the school to exceed its allowed \quota\, the president of the Board of Education must ap­ ply to the State Education Depart­ ment for an \excuse\ for the days missed, according to Douglas G. Grafflin, district principal. The ap­ plication must be accompanied by a letter from the Town Superin­ tendent of Highways saying the roads on the days specified were not safe for school bus travel. The bad days were Dec. 4, Feb. 17 and^last Friday, March 14. State law reads that there must be 190 to 192 school calendar days of which there must be 180 days of actual instruction. The differ­ ence between the two is taken up with legal holidays, the zone con­ ference and district superinten­ dent conference days, or any days on which school is dismissed be­ cause of highway conditions. Chap­ paqua schools started the school year with 191 days. Three lost through storms left 188, with one to be made up Holy Thursday. Chappaqua schools by the end of the school year will have had 182 days of actual instruction, accord­ ing to Mr. Grafflm, but even so the District must be excused by the state because only one day was allowed for bad weather and be­ cause the days don't come out right in the 191-day total. If the State Education Department should refuse the excuse the days would have to be\ made up between now and the last day of school in June. All of which adds up to confuted arithmetic. 14,000 Phone Users Go Dial on Sunday More than 14,000 telephone cus­ tomers in northern Westchester will be able to dial riiany of their own long distance calls after 12:01 A.M. Sunday, March 23. According to E. C. Fay, New York Telephone Company mana­ ger, the customers involved are those whose telephone numbers be­ gin with ARmonk Village 3, BEd- ford Village 4, CRoton 1, MOunt Kisco 6, POund Ridge 4 and YOrk- town Heights 2. More than 36 mil­ lion telephones throughout the country will then be within their dialing range. The manager explained that this is the first of two steps introduc­ ing Direct Distance Dialing in 15 northern Westchester and Putnam County central offices. The second step, later in the spring, will af­ fect customers whose central of­ fice is BIrchwood 8, Brewster 9, CArmel 5,-CEntral 2 (Katonah), CRoton Falls 7, LEwisboro 3, MAhopac 8, NOrth Salem 9 or SOuth Salem. 3. \Telephone company instructors have explained the change to each customer affected -by the first step,\ the manager declared, \and Red Cross To Continue Fund Drive Chappaqua people who have not yet been contacted in the current Red Cross drive and who wish to contribute are asked to send their contributions to Clifford V. Fisher, chairman of the drive, at the Chappaqua National Bank, Mrs. David Buchanan, branch chair­ man, said yesterday. So far ap­ proximately $3500 of the $8000 quo­ ta has been raised. The drive will be continued here, as in the county, until the entire quota has been raised, according to James F. McCarthy of White Plains, Westchester fund chair­ man. An interim report for the county showed receipts of $172,282 against a quota of $447,700. \During the 1956-57 fiscal year the Red Cross expended $101,274,- 124,\ Mr. McCarthy reported. \Fi­ nancial support of the program comes solely from voluntary con­ tributions—the Red Cross receives no subsidized funds from any source,\ Mr. McCarthy stressed. \Within the Westchester chapter nine volunteer Red Cross services and ten volunteer service groups are on the job for you,\ he said. \Join and serve—give more to the Red Cross this critical year.\ SS TO SEE FILM A sound motion picture entit­ led \Journey Into Faith\ a dra­ matic story based on the events prior to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the reassuring account of Jesus' appearance to two of his followers on the road to Emmaus, will be shown to the Sunday School of the Pleasantville Methodist Church at 9:30 this week. Over 5,000 Homes Without Heat, Light After Storm Spring arrives today according to the calendar but it was still around a chilly, snow-bound cor­ ner a week ago as Winter's final blast closed schools, disrupted transportation facilities and left several hundred chilled upcounty residents without light, heat or hot water for more than a day. Wires Felled Heavy snow that started to fall Thursday night and continued throughout most of the next day, caused power transmission lines to fall under its weight or sent limbs of trees toppling down on wires that carry electrical power from New York State Electrical & Gas Corp. power plants to upcounty communities. Mount Kisco and communities to the. south were not affected by the prolonged trans­ mission failure. They are served by Con-Edison. All communities in the Town of Bedford, with ex­ ception of Mount Kisco, and home? owners in Lewisboro and Pound Ridge got a severe taste of Ant­ arctica in their own living rooms as silent oil burners attested to the unpleasantness of Winter's fjnal fling. The more fortunate home owners who had use of fireplaces kept them burning continually dittv Ing, the ..dreary hours they kept vigil in their heatless homes. A spokesman for New York State Electric & Gas Corp. esti­ mated that between 5,000 and 6,000 homes were left cold and dark in the hours repairs were being made He said about 100 linemen, includ­ ing crews rushed to the area from other districts, worked all night Friday in an effort to restore power. They had succeeded in some instances by Saturday but it was late that day before condi­ tions were restored to normalcy Street \lights burned brightly in some regions while homes were still blacked-out. That, the utility company spokesman said f \was purely a matter of luck.\ He said repair crews concentrated their efforts on lines serving homes. Street lighting was restored only after homes had • been serviced. Fire alarms were silenced in Katonah and the Bedfords by the power failure. In Bedford Hills, Fire Chief Willis Goodrow had a dozen men on duty around the clock Friday* night; in the event of fire they could be'notified by police by' phone at tk? ^ e sta \ tion. Similar precautions were taken in other .communities where lack of electricity made it- impos­ sible to sound fire'alarms. Public and parochial schools in (Turn to Page -19, Please)\ - will soon be instructing the cus­ tomers involved in the second step. Since everyone has local dial serv­ ice already, they should find that dialing their own long distance calls is an easy and valuable addi­ tion to their service.\ Equipment Installed The key to the new service is complex automatic equipment that has been installed in the company's Mount Kisco central' office. This equipment records all information for billing purposes — the place and number called by the custom­ er, length of the conversation and charges — on perforated tape. The tape is used to automatically pre­ pare the statements mailed with customer bills. On Saturday evening some 11 telephone men will take positions in the central office at Mount Kis­ co -and at one minute after mid­ night they will make slight changes in the telephone circuits to put the new equipment into operation. The improved service will not affect monthly telephone rates, telephone numbers or charges for long distance calls, the manager concluded. 'Not for Him 9 -• Chappaqua Man Says, of Dial Phones \I just will not take it lying down,\ comments Joseph Douglas Weiss of 760 King St., Chappaqua, of dial telephone service, which has—he says fortunately—not yet reached Chappaqua. So Mr. Weiss has written a letter to the New York Telephone Company within a letter to the editor of the New Castle Tribune. Mr. Weiss likes TV Newsman Wins Own Parking Case Attorneys say that a man who acts as his own lawyer has a fool for client. But a television news­ man who chose to defend himself in New Castle Court Monday night against a charge of overnight parking did all right. Stuart Novins of Lawrence Farms Crossways 'did a' little digging intb 'the Ia\v boosts yes- tetfdSay ahd'eaine' up' wiftrthis de^ fense: \ 1 \ The charge 6i~ overnight paffe ing. was \premature;\ since the summons was issued at about § a.m. Saturday, and- .sunrise was not until 6:09. What is more, he said, the law permits parking a car in the event of an emergency such as Friday night's snowstorm. Justice of the Peace Morris Lasker ruled out Mr. Novins* first point of law, but dismissed the charge on the second. DOG KILLED Mrs. Thomas Doyle of Anandale Rd., Chappaqua reported to Town of New Castle police Sunday that her cocker spaniel had been kill­ ed when it was struck by a pick­ up truck on that road. Driver of the truck was Louis E. Clark of Bedford Village. \the voice with the smile\ and so he writes as follows: \Dear Editor: \A few days ago, after an un­ eventful trip on the 6:02, I sat down in my usual easy chair, when suddenly the sight of a new telephone instrument stopped me right in the middle of a martini. 'There it stood in its new col­ ored glory, with a fancy dial on it, which, to my great relief, does not work as yet. \This new gadget set me to thinking about how all around us telephone numbers are changing, exchanges are renamed, and how through 'progress' our lives get more and more complicated. \If I want to call my New York office now, all I have to do is lift the receiver and give the number to the operator—and-that is all (Turn to Page 19, Please) Ism Bid%e At Tax Sale Gorman Marks of White Plains was the lone bidder Monday morn­ ing'at 10 o'clock, when four par­ cels, held for unpaid taxes, were disposed of by Mrs. Alicia M. Brooks, treasurer, at the annual tax sale in the Municipal Build­ ing, for the Village of Mount Kis­ co. The four tax liens, including pen­ alties and interest totaled $230.32. Seven parcels - with a total value of $92.28 on which the village had prior liens, were held out of the sale in accordnace with the reg­ ulations of the tax law. Voters Approve Neustadt Site Purchase 507 To 189 As Second Step In Long Range School Plan NEWLY ELECTED president of the Chappaqua Parent Teach­ er Association, Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Bridgman, with Dav­ id Nierenberg, outgoing presi­ dent, at left. Installation of the new officers, elected at the meet­ ing at the Horace Greeley High School Monday night, will take place later in the spring. Elect­ ed with the Bridgmans were Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Kelly, ex- cutiv vice president; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walters, vice presi­ dent for Horace Greeley; Mrs. H. J. Sillcocks, vice president for Robert E. Bell; Mrs. R. W. Tucker, vice president for Roar­ ing Brook; Mrs. Louis Buerger, recording secretary; Mrs. Har­ old Strickland, corresponding secretary; and Chester Bosworth treasurer — Photo by George Haas Ides of March Bring Woes to New Castle The Ides of March came one day early to Chappaqua last week, as Friday's.' snowstorm brought •\WlEft: iHa^xail of accidents^awi re-: ports pf bad roa-d conditions throughout the area. As early as 2 a.m., New Castle police began reporting to head­ quarters that roads were slippery. In sotae cases they were impas­ sable because of ice and snow, and in other cases because such conditions were aggravated by stalled cars and trucks which in turn blocked the roads. Reported as being especially bad were King St., Quaker Rd. at Seven Bridges Armonk Rd., Bedford Rd. and Route 333. Power lines were re­ ported down in several sections. The accidents began about 8 a.m. Soon after that time a car driven by Mrs. John Steiger of Yorktown Heights skidded into the rear of one driven by Ralph H. Mone, when the latter car stopped. s ^ .. > .. \ \% \\ ^ ' ' ^ X >\ V ' /••-.'..we v * v s . y *b> '' S \<- \ S »•>.v . v Xs \v.*?. *.*••• v3e VAv.' .*.y.-.V >4\ SPRING DTO YOU SAY? Yes- robin, this hyacinth js-on-s'ched journey- through Snow or no ! snow, jxibin or-no . frosty v soil.as- really ^strenuous. Both cars were headed e,ast on Route 113, near Old Roaring Brook 2 Hearings On Route 22 Project John W. Johnson* State Sup'erln.- . . Jjie^d^i^^QibUd'iWorks, today,an* Soon\ after IhlO^a. New Ca3t|e|houncea':that- two- separate^Ublic: Water Dept. truck driven by Guis (i eppe Poppalardo bl (Jhappgqua bfl ! Croton Lake Rd. skidded into and sideswiped a car driven by David C. Simonson of Croton-on-Hudson. At about the same time, a car driven north on Bedford Rd. by Wilhelmina Neil of Briarcliff Man­ or skidded into a concrete post. Another accident took place la­ ter that morning on Bedford Rd. near Lawrence Farms South, when a jeep driven by Richard J. Mor- etti of Mount Kisco backed into a Consolidated Edison truck. Mr. Moretti told New Castle police that he didn't know he had hit the truck. Police were told by W. L. Singer of Armonk that he skidded down King St. that morning into a parked station wagon, but failed, luckily, to damage it. There were no injuries reported in another ac­ cident that same time, when a Scarborough School bus ended up in a ditch on Quaker Rd., al­ though the bus also hit a tree. A car driven along Bedford Rd. by Barbara L. Hauser of York- town Heights skidded into a tree at 1:40 p.m. The driver was tak­ en to Northern Westchester Hospi­ tal, where she was trated for lac­ erations of the right knee and was released. Her car was towed away. Final accident of the day took place at 6:40 p.m., when even the snow plow got into trouble. Police were told that it inflicted \slight damage\ to a car driven on Route 133 by Arthur J. Foster of Mount Kisco. The plow was reported to. have scraped the side of the Fos­ ter car. hearings would be held the first Week in April to consider a pro posed highway reconstruction proj ect on Route 22 in Westchester and Putnam counties. The Putnam County portion of the project will be discussed at a hearing to be held between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, in the Town Hall in Brewster. The Westchester County section will be considered at another hearing to be held between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, in the John Jay High School at Cross River. Superintendent Johnson pointed out that Section 116(c) of the Fed­ eral Highway Act (1956) provides that State Highway Departments, in connection with submission of plans for a Federal-aid highway project may hold hearings at which the effects of such construc­ tion can be publicly discussed. Transcripts of these hearings are forwarded to the Federal Commis­ sioner of Public Roads. A brief description of the pro­ posed project follows: Putnam and Westchester Coun­ ties — Reconstruction of about 10 miles of Route 22 between Gold- ens Bridge in Westchester County and Route 6 east of Brewster in Putnam County. The improvement will be a four-lane highway large­ ly on new location. The hearing will be conducted under the general supervision of Kurt G. Rauer, district engineer in charge of the Department's dis­ trict office in Poughkeepsie. Writ­ ten statements — for the official record — may also be filed-with Mr. Rauer within five days of the hearing. Girl Scouts and Brownies Will Stage Rally Saturday All Chappaqua Girl Scouts and Brownies will take part in a giant World Friendship rally to be held in the auditorium of the Robert E. Bell School this Saturday, March 22, at 11 a. m. Plans were an­ nounced by Mrs. Ross Angier, Juliette Low chairman, at the regular meeting of the Chappaqua Girl Scout Neighborhood Associa­ tion on March 12 in the Parish Hall of the Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin. According to Mrs. Angier, ten to twenty East Indians, all members of United Nations families, will be the guests of honor and - will demonstrate music, dances ahd costumes of their native India, which is the World Friendship theme this year. Aiter the rally, they will be the luncheon guests of Mrs. Leonard Taylor's and Mrs. Marvin Long's Troop. No. 51 at the Congregational Church. Fur­ ther plans include a film on India, a flag ceremony in charge' of •Chappaqua's senior troop of Girl Scouts, square dancing and songs. All Scouts and Brownies are urged to attend in uniform. Girl Scouts'and Brownies from Chappaqua sold a total of ^,084 boxes of cookies in the recerit sale, cookie chairman. Mrs. W. H. O'Connell's troop No. 222 led with 636 boxes sold, and Mrs. Dyson Duncan's troop No. 49 was second. Of the money realized from the sale, $365 reverts to the individual troops, while $791 swells the cof­ fers of our Council's! Camp Fund. Easter Eggs Needed Mrs. Taylor announced that the camping weekend f6r fifth grade girls at Rock Hill' will be over Memorial Day weekend with ropm for 48 Scouts and six adults. In addition, a weekend in the fall will be reserved at the. camp for some Chappaqua Girl Scouts. Service Chairman- Mrs. Donald Whitney reported that the Millbank Anderson Home wjU need colored eggs for its -annual Easter • Egg Hunt, and it is expected that sever­ al of the Brownie troops will choose this as their'Spring service project. Meanwhile, many of the troops are 'busy, collecting and making clothes~.and other articles to be sent to India. The resignation i of Mrs. Richard Bridgman-:as Troop .organizer was accepted with regret, and Mrs- Taylor announced-that Mrs. Harold . Seymour - -will. coritinue in that capacity'^with~ Mrs; Donald Whit accojrdin'g to Mrs.j W.. Cowilichjlney appointed toJflll the vacancy. By a vote of 507 to 189, voters of School District No. 4 on Satur­ day approved purchase of the so- called Neustadt property as a site for an elementary school. Option to purchase the 12.339 acres from Chappaqua Park, Inc., at a cost of $65,000, must be acted - upon by April 1, with closing of the title on or before May 12, ac­ cording to the school business of­ fice. Voters a year ago turned down a proposal to buy the same site when it was offered at $53,000. Purchase of the tract, which is on King St. east of Bedford Rd., is part of a long range program to acquire three sites for elemen­ tary schools. Purchase of the first of the three was authorized in No­ vember by a vote of 452 to 207. This site, known as the Barnum site, comprises approximately 15 acres and was acquired at a cost of $40,000 It adjoins the new Hor­ ace Greeley High School. A third site, to be located on the west side of the district, will be submitted to the voters at a later date. School Needed by 1960 Members of the Board of Educa­ tion have stated that growing school enrollment will require an additional elementary school by 1960. The only elementary school, the Roaring Brook School, now houses grades one through four and some kindergarten classes. Fifth and sixth grade classes are housed at the Robert E. Bell School with junior high school classes, and at the new Horace Greeley High School addition. The total of four elementary schools, a junior high school and a senior high school will take care of dis­ trict needs when population reaches 80 percent of saturation. Student enrollment at that time is expected to hit 4,500 or 5,000. \The Board of Education is in­ deed gratified at the result of the vote on the Neustadt site pro­ posal,\ Francis K. Decker, presi­ dent of the Board, said this week. \The Board was especially pleased that the site proposal had the sup» port of the Town Club, the execu­ tive committee of the PTA, rep­ resentatives of the Architects and \Engineers Group, and the local papers. \The Board plans as soon as Possible-to take the-thirds and fi­ nal/ step ut-its. site program first \W \selecftngria^$uitable?site7on the 'west sidei\of^own*an^meri sub­ mitting it to the voters for their approval,\ he added. A Long'Range Look \The voting indicates the people of Chappaqua are .taking a good look at a long rangle plan,\ Doug* las G. Grafflin, district principal, commented. This is in keeping, he said, with the present atmosphere toward development in this area, which is emphasizing the long, rather than the short look. Before the voting, which contin­ ued from 10 a.m. to 7 p m., a dis­ trict meeting was held in the Rob­ ert E.^Bell School, with Donald Cadman as chairman. Assisting at the polls were Mrs. Duane Grant, clerk of the district, and Mrs. Ethel A. Mygatt, Mrs. Amy T. Page and Mrs. 'Margaret Thomp- kins as assistant clerks. Council Notes Knapp Death Bedford Town Councilmen at their monthly meeting on March 11 noted the passing, five days earlier, of Gilbert H. Knapp, a Mount Kisco resident who held elective or appointive offices in the town continuously from 1906 until Dec. 31, 1954 when he re­ tired from the Board of Assess­ ors. Mr. Knapp was a member of that board for 36 years and served as its chairman the year he re­ tired from public life. Councilmen adopted a resolution of condolence by a rising vote. They eulogized the former town official for his \wisdom and tol­ erance\ in dealing with the public. A copy of the resolution will be forwarded to the late Mr. Knapp's family. 2 Are Overcome In Bedroom Blaze Miss Catherine Gaillard and her thirteen-year-old niece, Patricia Gaillard, required medical treat­ ment y es t e r d a y for smoke poisoning after a fire in the bed­ room of Miss Gaillard's home at 39 Prospect St. The Fire Police administered ox- gen after the two were found ill on the second floor of the house. The fire was confined to the teen­ agers bed but smoke damage was extensive. The Independent Fire Company responded to a call at 12:46 a.m. Coming Events FRIDAY, MARCH 21 Senior play, Horace Greeley High School audi- drium, 8:30 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 22: Senior play, Horace Greeley High Sehool auditorium, 8:30 p.m. MONDAY, -MARCH 24: School Board, Robert E. Bell School, 8:15 p.m. x TUESDAY, MARCH 25: Town Board, Town Hall, 8:15 p.m. WEDNESDAY MARCH 26: League of Women Voters annual luncheon, Whippoorwill Country Club. fc

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