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Cil appa qua ilb Cha PPag«a, m Serving New Castle 30 Years—No. 44 CHAPPAQUA, N. Y. THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 1958 PRICE FIVE CENTS WILLARD R. ESPY •••S«sSaft% WILLIAM J. MILLER EDWARD KUHN JR. Trade, Aid Speakers Backed by Experience William J. Miller and Willard R. Espy, local residents who will dis­ cuss \Trane and Aid in a Chang­ ing World\ at the Robert E. Bell School Cafeteria in Chappaqua on April 16 at 8:15 p.m., have both had long personal experience in the field of foreign affairs. Mr. Miller, chief editorial writer of the New York Herald Tribune, was formerly with Life. Time and Newsweek Magazines. During World War II he served with the OWI in the Near East, and later with the 7th Army in France and Germany. Mr. Miller has received several citations for his editorials, many of which have presented the case for trade and aid Mr. Espy, who heads his own New York public relations firm, was for many years with the Read­ er's Digest as public relations man­ ager. His book \Bold New Pro­ gram\ published in 1930, has sold over 200,000 copies and has been translated into a number of for­ eign languages. He has also written articles on foreign aid for the New York Times, the New York Her­ ald Tribune, and the Atlantic Monthly. The forum, which will be moder- Dr. Bradley To Resign As School Sup't. Schools in this area will lose the services of Dr. Allan P. Bradley as superintendent of the First Supervisory District of Northern Westchester, as announcement has come from Dr. Bradley that he is resigning his post as of May 1. \Personal health*' was cited by Dr. Bradley as his reason for l-esignmg, although he added that previous publicity about his resig­ nation made his condition seem unduly serious. His health, ho said, \was not compatible with the demands of his 30b\. He antici pates taking on a less demanding job, he said, although he would not elaborate on that at the present time. Asked about what steps would be taken to appoint a successor, Dr. Bradley said that announce­ ment would have to come from the State Commissioner of Edu­ cation, at Albany. Dr. Bradley has hold his post since 1956. He is in charge of nine school districts: Bnarchff, Chap­ paqua, Croton, Montrose, Lakeland Yorktown Heights, Somers, Purdys Central, and Katonah-Lewisboro. He succeeded Dr. Robert E. Bell, who resigned in September 1956 and is now on the faculty of Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pa. ated by Edward Kuhn Jr. is being sponsored by the New Castle League of Women Voters and is open to the public. Mr. Kuhn, an editor at McGraw-Hill, was active in the previous Chappaqua forum on foreign affairs- Area Diseases Hit 22 Casts Twenty-two new cases of com­ municable disease have been re­ ported for the North County for Ihe week ending April 5 bv the Westchester County Department of Health. Pound Ridge reported eight cases of ehickenpox; measles struck six in Pound Ridge and one m New Castle. Six cases of bronchial pneumonia were found as follows: four in Cortlandt and two in Ossining: one case of scar­ let fever was found in New Cas­ tle Fireman Has Close Escape From Death Mount Kisco's newly elected fire chief, James Mattoni, had a few harsh, unprintable words to say this week about persons who in­ tentionally, or otherwise, are re­ sponsible for starting grass fires Noting that the \grass fire sea son\ is at hand, Chief Mattoni urged property owners to use ex treme caution in burning over their land in preparation for spring. Don't do it at all if the fire is liable to get out of hand, and never start any fire on a blus­ tery day since a spark can easily ignite dead, dried grass or brush and, fanned by wind, the fire quickly spreads, Chief Mattoni said. A fireman can be maimed or killed as quickly in responding to a grass fire call as to any other type of conflafration, the chief emphasized. That was dramatically demon­ strated Friday as Mount Kisco firemen repsonded to an alarm for grass fires of incendiary ori­ gin, Chief Mattoni declared. Ernest O'Dell, twenty-six; of Mam Street, had a narrow escape from a gruesome death while he and other memebrs of Mount Kis­ co Fire Police were riding on the rear of the fire wagon to the scene of the fires that burned over a wide area on Croton Lake Road near Yeshiva Farms. A seven foot pike pole jolted loose and cata­ pulted from the truck. It bounced on the road and the end of it hit Odell in the stomach, causing se­ vere bruises. Had the fireman been hit by the sharp steel pike it would have pierced his body and killed him, Chief Mattoni said. Fortunately, he only required emergency treat­ ment administered at the scene by fellow firemen. \We were lucky this time\ the chief commented, \but things may not always turn out that way. Fire­ men risk their lives everytime they answer an alarm. Don't make our job any riskier than it is\. Chief Mattoni said about six grass fires had been set approx­ imately 1,000 feet apart near the Yeshiva settlement. He investigated the outbreak after being notified by police at 120 p.m Friday. At '2-08 p m. the fire chief ordered an alarm sounded and Independents responded. Fred Hitchcock New Chappaqua Fire Dept. Chief Fred Hitchcock was elected chief of the Chappaqua Fire Dept. at the annual meeting held last Thursday. He will succeed A. Wesley Denniston, and will take office May 1. Elected with Mr. Hitchcock, also for one-year terms, were Edward Carney as first assist­ ant, and Joseph Miliambro as second assistant. Mr. Hitchcock has been a member of the Chappaqua Fire Dept. for 18 years. About 80 men form the volunteer organization, which is composed of three com­ panies, the Independent Co., the Fire Patrol, and the J. I. D. Bristol Co. Winter Road Damage Heaviest in 20 Years New Castle is faced with a road repair bill that could run as igh as $20,000 because of damage caused by heavy snow and rains of the past winter. Councilman William A. Grier said at a meeting of the Town Board Tuesday night that the winter was worst in 20 years from the standpoint of road damage. The town has also gone at least $13,000 over its snow removal budget, it was learned. Mr. Grier said the snow remov­ al deficit could be met by issuing short term notes. But town offic­ ials will have to search for funds with which to make the road re­ pairs, he said. Snow clogged gutters, rain and freezing temperatures combined to cause the damage, Mr. Grier re­ ported. Equipment Needs Replacing He said recent heavy use of read equipment has revealed that much of it will have to be roplaced soon, noting that many units are 10 years old. Mr. Grier also reported that talks with representatives of the Lawrence Farms South Assn. on the possibility of permitting Hor­ ace Greeley High School students to use private roads to reach \-s school have been \unfruitful.\ Association representatives re­ fused permission, he indicated. \The use of the roads on a volun­ tary basis is out.\ Mr. Grier said. \They want their privacy more than anything else.\ \While we can understand their reasons,\ he added, \some of us were disappointed.\ The board is seeking ways for students to walk to school without using Bedford Rd., which is nar­ row, winding and lacking in side­ walks. A public hearing was scheduled for April 22 at 8:15 p.m. on a oeti- tion for a public parking district in the business center here. An earlier hearing was voided wher. it was found that the petition as first filed was faulty. The hearwig is at the Town Hall. Referendum Set May S The board set May 3 for a ref­ erendum on issuing $110,000 w^rth of bonds for financing construction of a town garage on Hunt's La Voting is from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. at the Bristol Fire Co. firehous*, Bedford Rd. and King St. A petition asking the board to pave a portion of Old Roaung Brook Rd. was referred to Town Engineer James Caldwell and Highway Superintendent Al­ bert Graff. The 30 signers slid the road from Saw Mill River Parkway to Millwood Rd. is /irtu- ally impassable at times and has been the scene of numerous aci dents. The two-mile stretch of road is unpaved. Richard Tunstead, who lives on the road, said police had to close it Sunday because heavy rain made it dangerous. The board approved spraying and other maintenance of trees on town-owned property by the Wadt? Tree Service Co. Cost of the wjrk is estimated at about $250. Refund of a $250 road damage bond to Stuart Bradley of Bradley Farms was also approved. ALL COUNTY INNOVATION Ballots for the first All-West- chester mter-scholastic swimming team have been counted and veri­ fied. Swim coached from New Ro- chelle. A. B. Davis and Edison Tech in Mt Vernon, Yonkers Cen­ tral, Iona Prep in New Rochelle, Hackley School in Tarrytown, Peekskill Military Academy, Peeks kill High School and White Plains turned in nominations. Mayor Potter To Address BPW Tuesday Mayor Betty Potter of the Vil­ lage of Mount Kisco will address members of the Upper West­ chester chapter of the Business Professional Women's Club on Tuesday evening, when Mrs. Ed­ win Kirchhoff of Kelly Drive, Ka- tonah, presides at a dinner meet­ ing in Kittle House, Mount Kisco. Mrs. Kirchhoff will present the principal speaker and introduce her fellow officers which include Mrs. Betty Suda of Mount Kisco, first vice-president; Mrs. Eliza­ beth Pomeroy, second vice-presi­ dent; Mrs. Eleanor Maltby of Cro­ ton Falls, recording secretary; Mrs. Helen Mayes of Bedford Hills, corresponding secretary and Mrs. Charlotte Leitch of Mount Kisco, treasurer. This new unit, formed under the sponsorship of the White Plains club, draws membership from the area between Chappaqua and Cro­ ton Falls and makes 41 chapters now in District 9. Forty-three representatives from a wide variety of occupations in­ augurated the club at a meeting March 4 in Katonah at which Mrs. Mabel Purdy of New Rochelle, president of the New York State Federation BPW discussed the many advantages for the group. She stated that 320,000 members in 23 countries were now affiliated in this club which was founded in 1919 for the purpose of promotion of legislation on state and national level which affected women and dedicated to the interests of women generally. FOR CONVALESCENTS Fox Lane Girl Scout Troop 164, Bedford Village, made 55 Easter baskets for the Elizabeth Millbank Home in Chappaqua for convales cent children. The white card­ board baskets, filled with grass, jelly beans and decorated eggs, were delivered by members of the troop on Wednesday, April 2. Mrs George Sabiel, a volunteer worker at the home, attended one of the troops meetings and told the girls about the home. The baskets were given to children whose parents were unable to visit them for Easter. Byrne Answers Green; Urges Greater Community Interest Katonah ( s 83 Year Old F.D. Elects Its 2nd President The presidency of the Katonah Fire Department changed hands for the first time in a quarter of a century with the election last Thursday night of ex-Chief Edwin Ganung to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of C F. Law­ rence, the department's first pres­ ident. Mr. Lawrence has been a mem­ ber of the department since 1914 and an officer since 1920; when re­ organization of the department in 1933 created socalled \social of­ ficers\ president, vice president, etc., Mr. Lawrence became presi­ dent and, until his retirement this year, he was the only man to have held that office. Firemen present­ ed a gaily decorated cake to the retiring president in appreciation of the many years he served the department. The new president, in addition to having been fire chief, is also a deputy fire inspector for the Town of Bedford and is assigned to the Katonah area. Named to serve with President Ganung were Dr. A.P. Virtuoso, chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners, who has been named vice presi­ dent; Arcellus Stoddard, financial secretary; Donald Wilson, treasur­ er and John O'Leary, secretary. The annual meeting had greater significance than usual for the Katonah fire fighters; in addition to getting a new president- an epoch making event in itself— the firemen met for the first time in their new Bedford Road fire house. Lawrence Dwyer is the depart ment's choice for reelection as fire chief and his endorsement will be forwarded to the Board of Fire Commissioners which actually elects \line officers\ after receiv ing nominations from the depart­ ment. Also endorsed for reelection are 1st Assistant Chief Lloyd Becker and 2nd Assistant Chief James Lawrence. Some of the oldest living mem bers of the Katonah department were present to see the new pres ident elected. F.P. Barrett, form er Bedford Town supervisor and a fireman for 65 years, was unable to attend the meeting but three others, al with more than 60 years (Please turn to Page 21) Emphasizing a plea made earlier that townspeople take more inter­ est in Town and County govern­ ment, Frederick J. Byrne, chair­ man of the New Castle Demo­ cratic committee, has replied to the statement made by Town Supervisor Arthur L. Green which referred to the next political cam­ paign. \In a statement last week,\ Mr. Byrne said, \Arthur Green was quoted as saying 'it seems a little early to start the campaign of 1959.' If by making this statement Mr. Green is announcing his own candidacy, then we agree that it certainly is premature, especially in view of the record of the Re­ publican Town Committee in ignor­ ing office-holders when selecting their candidates. But it is never too early to assess the perform­ ance in office of members of the Town Government. \We believe in the importance to the town of an electorate that is well-informed on local issues\ Mr. Byrne continued. \Part of our job is to keep in close touch with the local government and give our New Castle Police Court Collects $125 Speeding violations constituted the majority of offenses fined Monday night in New Castle's Court of Special Sessions. Norman Twetten of the Harvey School. Hawthorne, paid $25 for exceeding the speed limit. Joseph Shaheen of Danbury, Conn and John S. Berry each paid $10 for speeding on Route 100, while speeding on the Saw Mill River Parkway cost Ivor B. Clark of New York City $20; James Mc- Evoy of Mount Kisco and August R. Tiburzi of Ridgefield, Conn., $15 each; and Fred A. Setapen of Mount Kisco, $10. Failure to observe full stop signs cost David C. Giardini of Mount Kisco $10; and Grace R. Leskinen of Ridgefield, Conn, and Robert Brugger of Mount Kisco, $5 each- views on issues whenever appro priate. We will continue to study the record of this administration, to attend Town Board meetings, and to present our views on issues and the way they handled. We will guard especially against any attempts to sabotage the fine achievements of the Fox adminis­ tration in giving the town the tools to help it plan its future growth the way its citizens want. \We repeat from our earlier statement a plea to townspeople of all political faiths to take more interest in Town and County government. Only through an alert and well-informed voting public can New Castle achieve the kind of government it deserves,\ he concluded. Open Meeting Saturday For District 4 Budget; Estimate Is $1,960,474 Cleanup Drive Aligned With NY State Project The Chappaqua Chamber of Commerce and the Chappaqua Garden Club, while conducting their annual clean-up drive m the community from Apr. 14 through Apr. 19, will also be cooperating this year with a statewide \Do It Now\ campaign to combat the business recession. Announcement of the local or­ ganizations' cooperation with the state came from Lawrence Caso, president of the Chamber of Com­ merce, after a conference with William D. Carlebach of Yonkers, first deputy state commerce com­ missioner. Mr. Carlebach, a for­ mer Chappaqua resident, is coor­ dinator of the campaign for the state. The local clean-up drive urges merchants in the community to take whatever steps are necessary to improve the appearance of their property. Several store fronts in the area will be painted, Mr. Caso said, and a general refurbishing of the business section is the aim of the drive. Trash marked for disposal will be picked up Apr. 19 by Greeley Sanitation trucks, he added. There is a special need this year for Chappaqua merchants to co operate with the annual clean-up, Mr. Caso stated. New York State officials believe that concerted and coordinated action is needed on federal, state and local levels to fight the business slump. Gov Harriman has expedited a public works program; industrial firms are planning expansion and mod ernization programs; and \busi­ ness, big and little\ is being call ed on to take part \within their capabilities.\ The state campaign, which opened yesterday (Wednesday) will encourage buying goods and services and making improve ments by those \who have the funds and needs, but not the con­ fidence to buy now \ Mr. Carle bach pointed out that there are more than five million property owners in the state, and that en­ couragement for making repairs now could pour \several hundred millions of dollars into the state's 'economy.\' Mrs. William E. Holden, in charge of the Garden Club's par­ ticipation in the clean-up project, said that letters would go out to all Chappaqua merchants, re­ questing their cooperation in mak­ ing the drive a success. Week's Events FRIDAY, APRIL 11: Senior play, Horace Greeley High School, 8:30 p.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 12: Public meeting on school budget, Robert E. Bell School, 10 a.m. Senior play. Horace Greeley High School, 8:30 p.m. MONDAY, APRDL. 14: School Board, Robert E. Bell School li­ brary, 8:15 p.m. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16: Des­ sert bridge, Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 12:30 p.m. LWV public Forum on \Trade and Aid in a Changing World\ cafeteria of the Robert E. Bell School, 8:15 p.m. THURSDAY, APRDL. 17: Woman's Society, First Congregational Church, 12:30 p.m. Town Club of New Castle, cafe- trria of the Robert E. Bell School, 8:15 p.m. FRIDAY, APRDL, 18: Saw Mill River Audubon Society, Robert E. Bell School, 8:15 p.m. \Operantics '58\ variety show, Millwood Fire House, 8:30 p.m. New Castle Republican Club, public meeting, Robert E. Bell School, 8:30 p.m. SATURDAY, APRDL. 19: \Operan­ tics '58\ Millwood Fire House 8:30 p.m. GOP Sponsors Public Meeting In Chappaqua Arthur L. Green of Mount Kisco, supervisor of the Town of New Castle, will address a public meet­ ing sponsored by the New Castle Republican Club next Friday even­ ing, April 18. The meeting will be held in the Robert E. Bell School at 8:30 p.m. On the program also will be As­ semblyman Malcolm Wilson of Westchester's First Assembly Dis trict, and Robert K. Christenber ry, recent Republican candidate for mayor of New York City and former chairman of the Stae Ath­ letic Commission by appointment of Governor Dewey. Mr* Wilson will discuss the state political sit­ uation, while Mr. Christenberry will speak on the political situa tion in the metropolitan area as it may affect the gubernatorial and congressional contests. Mr. Christennerry was an ad­ visor of General Eisenhower when the general commanded occupation forces in Europe. A Marine veter an of World War I in which he lost a hand, he has been active in the American Legion and the VFW, of which he was a national officer. \New Castle voters are intelli­ gent and deserve speakers of high Calibre.\ Mrs. Rudolf D. Huber of Chappaqua, chairman of the committee on speakers of the club, said in commenting on t h e speakers. \That is why we have devoted as much effort in getting leading public figures for our first meeting of this year as we would for a rally held in the heat of the campaign. We hope the school will be crowded on April 18.\ CAMERAS STOLEN Two eight m.m. motion picture cameras, one valued at more than $150, were stolen late Friday af­ ternoon from a glass showcase at Homestyle on South Moger Aven­ ue, proprietor Paul Burchman no­ tified Mount Kisco police that day. Policemen Save Life Of Stricken Man Prompt action on the part of North Castle Ptl. James Aruilho and two North Castle auxiliary po lice officers was credited with having saved the life of forty-nine year old Edward Wray Saturday night in Armonk. Mr. Wray, a resident of 415 Lex­ ington Avenue Mount Kisco, and a brother of former Mount Kisco Mayor Bertrand Wray, was found by police slumped over the whee.' of his car on Armonk's Main Street where the officers were making a routine door check. The Kisco man, in a semi-conscious condition, asked for assistance when the police officer reached his car. They immediately admin­ istered oxygen from a supply car­ ried in the police car and sum­ moned Dr. Mortimer Cohn. North Castle police physician. He said the Kisco man had apparently been stricken with a heart attack and ordered him removed to Northern Westchester Hospital in the Armonk F. D. ambulance. A public meeting for considera­ tion and discussion of the 1958-1959 school budget of School District 4 is scheduled for Saturday morning in the auditorium of the Robert E. Bell School, and the Board of Edu­ cation anticipates a large attend­ ance by voters in the district. The meeting has been called for 10 o'clock, and will last \as long as necessary, with time taken out for a luncheon recess if an afternoon session is called for,\ in the words of Francis K. Decker, president of the Board. After hearing opinions at the meeting, the Board will take ac­ tion on the budget presently esti­ mated at $1,960,474 in preparation for the public vote at the annual meeting on May 6. Capital Outlay Discussed The Board discussed capital out­ lay at Monday night's nieeting, last of a series predominantly de­ voted to discussion of the budget. A total of $38,520 was presented in a draft prepared for the discus­ sion, for ground improvements, building equipment, alterations, furniture and apparatus, new li­ brary books and other expenses. Included in that figure was $2,- 730 for industrial arts and me­ chanical drawing equipment at Horace Greeley High School, much of which was deleted from the budget for that item when the building was first equipped. • In repeated attempts during the evening to secure deletions of various items on the basis of econ­ omy, Arthur Nash was unsuccess­ ful in obtaining a second to his motions until the board started to discuss the purchase of a trampo­ line for the Horace Greeley High School gymnasium, at a cost of $595. John Cobbs seconded the motion to delete that item but the motion failed with Mrs. Warren Lynch and Francis K. Decker op­ posing the deletion and Elliott Bliss not voting. Town Club Members to Discuss Budget Discussion of the school budget and the New Castle master plan will take place at a meeting of the Town Club of New Castle on next Thursday, April 17, at 8:15 p. m. in the cafeteria of the Robert E. Bell School, Chappaqua. The meeting is for members only. Discussion will be based on re ports to be submitted by the com mittees that have been studying both matters. The meeting will also receive a report of the nom inating committee, which will pre sent a slate of officers for next year. A LOT OF WATER During the past three months Mount Kisco has sbld 62,500,000 gallons of water to the Town of New Castle. Service to the Town was ended April 7 at 9 a.m. UJ z SOUTH GREELEY AVENUE PARKING SPACES that will be provided in one part of the business area of Chappaqua af­ ter a parking district is formed. Access to this section on the easterly side of South Greeley avenue would be from Woodburn avenue at .the Chappaqua Na­ tional Bank. Dotted lines indicate part of the running track at the Robert E. Bell School which would have to be acquired from School District No. 4. Included in the district also would be the area on the west side of South Greeley avenue, on both sides of North Greeley Ave. and the north side of King street on both sides of the intersection • with Greeley Ave. Suggests Cutting $10,000 Mr. Decker asked Douglas G. Grafflin, district principal, to pre­ pare a list for the Board showing \where $10,000 could be cut from the budget if necessary, leaving out teacher salaries, staff salaries and debt service.\ Mr. Decker read a letter from John B. Corser Jr., chairman of the Citizens Nominating Com­ mittee, in which he suggested that the membership of the Board of Education be increased from five to seven, and the term of office be reduced from five to three years. A letter was also read from Da­ vid Nierenberg, outgoing president of the Chappaqua Parent-Teacher Assn., suggesting the scheduling next year of a public meeting to discuss the extent of use by the district of instruction from the Board of Cooperative Educational Services. Communications Read Communications were also read from Charles M. Saari for the Planning Board, on the subject of easements on the Neustadt prop­ erty; and the State Commissioner of Education on the subject of adult education classes. These classes, the Commissioner stated, should include only courses de­ manded \by the urgency of these times\ and should not- include classes in games or sports which do not have clear health educa­ tion purposes. Classes of the latter tlpe, he said, should not be fi­ nanced with public funds but should be self-supporting. Mrs. Lynch, informing the Board that the Adult Education Committee would be reporting soon, stated that there have not been any rec­ reational or hobby courses in Chappaqua adult education classes that were not self-supporting; in fact, she added, such classes helped the others. In other business, the Board ap­ proved General Account bills in t h e amount of $14,546.84; and Building Account bills totaling $2,- 919.38. Also approved was a change order for $3,757 for labor and materials for convector cover radiator grilles at Horace Greeley High School. Polio Shots For Firemen Tonight af 7:30 p.m. members, of the Mount Kisco Fire Depart­ ment who have not had vaccine injection against polio, will assem­ ble for the initial shot in the Green Street Fire house in Mount Kisco. Members of the District Nursing Association Public Health nursing staff, accompanied by a doctor, will be on hand to administer the vaccine. Members of firemen's families will also be included in the group, who have also not had the initial injection. The vaccine will be supplied by the Westches­ ter County Department of Heatlh)

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