Pound Ridge is a town in Westchester County, New York, United States. The population was 5,104 at the 2010 census.
The town is located in the eastern corner of the county, bordered by New Canaan, Connecticut, to the east, Stamford, Connecticut, to the south, Bedford, New York, to the west and Lewisboro, New York, to the north. The local school is the Pound Ridge Elementary School, one of five K-5 schools in the Bedford Central School District. Older children take the bus to the Fox Lane Campus in Bedford, where the middle and high schools are located.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 23.5 square miles (61 km2). 22.8 square miles (59 km2) of the town is land, and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) of it (2.90%) is water. The east and south town lines are along the border with Connecticut.
Gary Warshauer is the current town supervisor. Pound Ridge government offices are located in the Pound Ridge Town House on Westchester Avenue.
The Town of Pound Ridge has a staffed police department of 16 sworn officers and a civilian staff member. The police chief is Chief Ryan. The police station is located by the Pound Ridge Town House on Westchester Avenue. The police department receives aid from the New York State Police in its patrols.
Emergency medical services the Pound Ridge Lions Club Volunteer Ambulance Corps provides EMS coverage to the town. The PRLVAC has two ambulances and transports patients to neighboring New York and Connecticut hospitals. The ambulance corps has around 20 members. The ambulance corps provides Basic Life Support (BLS) to the town of Pound Ridge. Advance Life Support can be brought in via an intercepting unit or via the expedient transport to a providing hospital. Additional medical support is received from Westchester Emergency Medical Services (WEMS), which provides fly cars to assist the Ambulance Corps. The fly car driver is a New York State licensed paramedic.
Fire protection is covered by the Pound Ridge Volunteer Fire Department. The department was established in 1933 and has around 50 active members. The firehouse is located in Scott's Corners; the house has its own weight room and recreational room. All the members are completely volunteer and live or work in town. It is a single station fire district that covers an area of 25 square miles (65 km2). The firehouse has six pieces of apparatus inside its doors. This includes two primary attack engines, one supply engine, a 3500 gallon tanker, one rescue/engine, and a brush truck. In addition to these pieces of apparatus, the department has three chief vehicles and a brush fire trailer that carries one of the two gators the department owns. The department runs about 300 calls annually. In addition to serving its own fire district, the department also provides mutual aid to numerous surrounding towns in New York and Connecticut.
Communities and locations in Pound Ridge
- Pound Ridge – the historic hamlet of Pound Ridge in the center of the town. You will find the Pound Ridge Community Church, the Hiram Halle Memorial Library, Pound Ridge Museum, as well as many privately owned Hiram Halle restorations here in the Pound Ridge Historic District. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
- Sarles Corners – a hamlet west of Scotts Corners
- Scotts Corners – a hamlet in the south part of the town which serves as the business district. This is where the post office and firehouse are located.
The Record-Review, a weekly newspaper, reports on local issues in Pound Ridge and Bedford. The newspaper began publishing in 1995. The Record-Review web site is http://www.record-review.com.
Pound Ridge as film location
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Pound Ridge and the Pound Ridge reservation were the settings for several films, including:
- the 1976 thriller Marathon Man
- the 1997 film Jungle 2 Jungle
- the 1997 HBO film In the Gloaming
Notable residents, past and present
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- Max Abramovitz, architect and long term resident who died here in 2004
- Eva Amurri, lifelong resident and actor
- Tallulah Bankhead, actor
- Ellen Barkin, actor who lived in town in the 1990s
- David Bloom, journalist
- Jerry Bock, composer and long-term resident
- Tom Brokaw, journalist and author
- Blackleach Burritt, a noted Congregational clergyman in the American Revolution
- Gabriel Byrne, actor who resided here in the 1990s
- Zoe Caldwell, long-term resident and stage actor
- Howard Cosell, sportscaster
- Hume Cronyn, long-term resident and actor, husband of Jessica Tandy
- Melissa Claire Egan, actress
- Ari Fleischer, press secretary for U.S. President George W. Bush (2001 to 2003) who grew up here and returned to raise his family here
- Richard Gere, actor
- Benny Goodman, musician
- Fred Gwynne, actor
- Hiram Halle, philanthropist, inventor and businessman who died here in 1944
- Elizabeth Hand, author who grew up here
- Evan Hunter, aka Ed McBain, author and screenwriter
- Anne Jackson, actor
- Stephen Jenks, composer and singing master
- Eartha Kitt, long term resident and actress
- Stanley Lomas, television and advertising pioneer, produced first televised college football game
- Carey Lowell, actor, wife of Richard Gere
- Ali MacGraw, actress, spouse of Steve McQueen
- Robert Morgan, actor
- Mike Myers, actor
- Stuart Ostrow, Broadway producer, resident 1966-1995
- Jane Pauley, journalist and author
- Christopher Reeve, long-time resident and actor who died here in 2004
- Dana Reeve, long-time resident and actor who died here in 2006
- Steve Reich, composer
- Tim Robbins, long-time resident, Little League sponsor, and actor
- Steven C. Rockefeller, professor, philanthropist
- Robert Rubin, 70th United States Treasury Secretary
- Susan Sarandon, long-time resident and actor
- Martin Stone, producer of Howdy Doody and owner of WVIP radio
- Jessica Tandy, long-time resident and actor, wife of Hume Cronyn
- John Waite, prolific lyricist / balladier, of The Babys and Bad English fame, who wrote many tunes while living here
- Eli Wallach, actor
- Jessica Walter, actor
- Vera Wang, lifelong resident and fashion designer
- Robert Whitehead, producer
- Sloan Wilson, author