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Five Questions for Pelham Shop Owner Richie Bell

PELAHM, N.Y. – Richie Bell owns the oldest store in Pelham. His father opened the Pelham Produce Market in 1921 and Bell has worked there for decades. The 80-year-old is a lifelong Pelham resident.

Question: What is your favorite aspect of Pelham?

Answer: The people. We've got the best people, 80 years ago and now.

Q: What's the craziest or strangest thing you have seen in Pelham?

A: When the wall across the street fell down. It pushed the building forward and crushed half of it. We used to play on those rocks. Nobody got hurt because it happened late at night.

Q: Where is your favorite place to go in Pelham?

A: The ball field with the kids. Any of the fields in Pelham. I've done that all my life. I've been in every sport with the kids there is: baseball, basketball, football.

Q: Do you have a particularly fond memory of Pelham?

A: I had Richie Bell Day in the '80s. I had a parade and they named the field after me. The people in Pelham have treated me really well. I got letters from President Reagan, the governor, the mayor and the executive of Westchester County. I've got a book this thick.

Q: What has changed the most in Pelham in the past 80 years and what has stayed the same?

A: I think because of the people we advanced in everything. Education, the board we have, the mayor, the trustees. Each year we got better and better in this village and town. As the time went by, we changed. As they went up, we went up. I think it's still the same.

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