School is behind us, and a lovely day for a high school graduation it was. (If you've got young children, enjoy. They're gone in just a little more time than it takes to snap your fingers. Trite and true.) The weather gods (demons?) somehow know to dial up the heat as summer officially begins, and so here we are. A few things on the agenda.
From July 4th through the end of the weekend, Sunday July 7th, Hastings is hosting at the Zinnser Park the "Moving Wall", a 50% scale reproduction of the famous, stark, and deeply moving Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. designed by Maya Lin. This exhibit has been touring the country for thirty years and we are fortunate to have it visiting us during the July 4th holiday period. You absolutely must see this, and you must bring the kids. There is a no better, stark reminder of the cost of war and the ultimate price 58,000 souls paid than to see each individual's name laid out on this memorial. The opening ceremony is at noon on July 4th, and the wall will be open to visitors from dawn to dusk. Please set aside time for a visit.
Boards Discuss Reynolds Issues
The Board of Trustees have invited members from the School Board to discuss issues around drainage, traffic and parking regarding the proposed rehabilitation of Reynolds Field, which are the areas where the School District and Village government overlap domains. This will occur at the start of July 2nd's regular Board of Trustee meeting at 7:30. Please note that this is a discussion between the two boards and not a public comment or public hearing, though if time permits, there may be a chance for members of the public to ask questions pertaining to those two topics.
New store in town
A new karate and kickboxing studio (or "dojo") has opened in the old Festivities space on Main Street, filling yet another vacancy. Sensei Clai Henry, an award-winning fourth degree black belt in Kenshikai Karate (a traditional form), will be offering individualized instruction and classes oriented toward both youth and adults seven days a week. Call 914-231-7503 for hours or got to westchesterkenshikai.com to find out more. You can also email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New charity in town
Hastings resident Nikki Jason has been running a not-for-profit called "Pivot", based in the 145 Palisades building in Dobbs. This group trains homeless and unemployed people to refinish salvaged furniture and goods into remarkable (and if you see the items, you will realize that I used "remarkable" modestly) high-end home furnishings that are finding an audience in NYC. She seeks volunteers with skills in woodworking, metalworking, upholstery or furniture design, as well as donations of furniture you may be considering discarding such as old desks, wooden filing cabinets, etc. Give her a call at 914-400-7539 before you throw it out and see if you can help her, the men she works with, and the environment by preventing more junk from going into a landfill, but more importantly, helping to save lives. Truly, truly a
remarkable group.(Feel free to call anyway if you just want to get involved.)
(Shameless self-promotion, though really, it's for the library so its OK.) I'm serving as pinch-hitter guest speaker, filling in for a genuine historian, and will be giving the last of the Dewey Lecture series speeches this Sunday, June 30th, at 2:30 at the Community Center. I'm covering (over-sharing is probably more accurate) the history of the Hastings waterfront, with a glimpse of possible futures at the end. Come be overhwelmed by (my wife tells me) one too many slides and stories. (I think its interesting.)
Finally, a shout-out to our police department for the fine work that led to the arrest and arraignment of the two armed men who robbed Madaba's a half-year back. While we remain a very safe community, its reassuring to know that when something does happen, our highly trained department is quite successful in tracking down and arresting the perpetrators.
Finally, please remember to keep sidewalks, street signs and hydrants clear of vegetation, enjoy the outdoors (but check for ticks!), and have a great summer.
See you around,