Daily Archives: December 1, 2011

Merry, Happy Politically Correct Holiday Season – Bedford-Katonah, NY Patch | South Salem Homes

Let me begin by apologizing because I know someone is going to be offended by this article.  Now that I have that out of the way, when did we become anti “other people’s” holidays?  It seems to me that instead of embracing our differences and celebrating we are taking everything away or turning it into something ridiculous in the name of trying to be all inclusive. 

For example, when did a Christmas tree become a Holiday tree?  Trying not to offend people has become a huge issue in public schools, towns and workplaces.  Are we getting carried away here? 

Jeff Goodwin, co-owner of catering company, Wm. Nicholas & Co. in Katonah (www.wmnicholas.com) recently shared with me an incident that happened to him.  One year Easter and Passover fell on the same weekend. Thinking he was doing something “green” he printed the Easter menu on one side of a page and the Passover menu on the other. One of his customers made it a point of telling him she was highly insulted. She said, “That holiday has nothing to do with my holiday.” Come on, can’t we all just get along? 

Nonetheless, we must be cognizant of the fact that there is sensitivity around this issue and thus conduct ourselves accordingly especially in the business environment.

I consulted corporate etiquette expert Laura Katen, President of Katen Consulting, (www.katenconsulting.com) to get out some general guidelines for business holiday conduct.  Below are some of Katen’s essential tips when it comes to the topic of being PC in the workplace:

1) Be aware of a colleague’s spiritual affiliation or level of religiousness – never just assume.

2) Don’t emphasize one holiday over another (decorations, food, etc around the office should be general not specific to one holiday).

3) Always err on the side of generality if you want to make conversation but are afraid to offend. Say “happy holidays” as opposed to wishing him/her a specific holiday.

4) In life, but especially in business, it takes 7 seconds or less to make a first impression. It takes 8 positive encounters with the same person to reverse a negative impression. It is very easy to make a negative impression during the holidays, especially when alcohol is free flowing at celebrations. Limit alcohol consumption and remember you are not there for the free food and booze; you’re there to be seen, meet, and mingle and represent yourself/your clients/ your company).

What happens if you wish someone Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays and you realize the person is an atheist?  Katen says, “Just let it go. No need to apologize or draw attention to it, after all your intentions were heartfelt.”

If you and your family will be celebrating a holiday this coming month I hope it is joyful. If you are not, I still wish you joy; there is not enough of that going around. 

Katonah NY Bennies Tow Company Owner Faces Harassment Charges says Bedford-Katonah, NY Patch

A former Bedford Hills business owner was arrested last week and charged with second-degree aggravated harassment and attempted fourth-degree stalking after allegedly sending unwanted text messages and emails to his ex-girlfriend over a period of two months, Bedford police said.

Pastore, 30, of Katonah, surrendered after he was contacted by the police and confronted with the charges. He was arraigned by a Mt. Kisco judge on Nov. 23 and released on $500 bail pending a return to Bedford town court on Dec. 1.

This arrest follows an Oct. 9 driving arrest, when Pastore was charged with operating a car with a suspended registration and a plate violation.

Pastore owns Bennie’s Towing, formerly located at 418 Adams Street in Bedford Hills. He re-located his business to 41 Armonk Road in Mt. Kisco earlier this year after he was unable to pay the rent at the Bedford Hills location, according to the owner of the building, Paul Demar of RAD Holding Corporation.

Bedford New York Large Family Real Estate Market | Bedford NY Homes for Sale

Schoolhouse in Bedford by Robert Paul

Clients were asking me what was happening in the large family market or the multi-generational housing nmarket in Bedford New York.  I decided to look at statistics for homes with five (5) or more bedrooms.

Bedford area 5 Bedroom Homes Available.

All.                209

Above $1 Mil.    168

Above $2 Mil.    99

Above $4 Mil.  37


Bedford area 5 Bedroom Homes Sold (6 months)

All.     62

Above $1 Mil.   44

Above $2 Mil.   19

Above $4 Mil.   3


Bedford area 5 Bedroom Homes Inventory

All.            20.23  months

Above $1 Mil.   22.91  months

Above $2 Mil.    31.26  months

Above 4$ Mil.    74  months


There is a great supply of Bedford area five Bedroom homes and larger.  There will be great pressure for these sellers to lower their prices to get their property sold.


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Pound Ridge NY Real Estate drops 13.5% – Prices Up 3.79% | RobReportBlog | December 2011


Pound Ridge NY Real Estate Report  |  RobReportBlog   |  December 2011


Pound Ridge NY real estate dropped 13.5% over the past six months compared to 2010.  The median price rose 3.79% to $820,000 from $790,000.


2011 Pound Ridge NY Real Estate sales (six months)

32  homes sold

$820,000   median price

$8,400,000  high price

$330,000   low price

3958  average size

$276  average price per foot

172  average DOM

92.39%  average sold to ask



2010 Pound Ridge NY Real Estate sales (six months)

37  homes sold

$790,000  median price

$2,387,500  high price

$390,000  low price

3351  average size

$277  average price per foot

160  average DOM

91.45%  average sold to ask


Pound Ridge NY Homes