CNC Taps Jonathan Mark for Mayor of Scarsdale
- Category: Content
- Published on 26 January 2015
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
Jonathan Mark, a Scarsdale native, 39-year resident and a former Village Trustee has been selected by the Scarsdale Citizens Party Nominating Committee as their candidate to serve as the next Mayor of Scarsdale. Mark grew up in Quaker Ridge and attended the Griffen Avenue School and Quaker Ridge School (Class of 1961), graduating from Scarsdale High School in 1965. Jonathan received his B.A. degree from Dartmouth in 1969 and his law degree from Columbia in 1974. He is a corporate law partner in the New York City law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP and served two terms as a Village Trustee of Scarsdale from April 2010 until March 2014. As a Trustee, Jonathan served at various times as Fire Commissioner, Police Commissioner and Deputy Mayor. Jonathan is the current Chair of the 2014-2015 Scarsdale Bowl Committee.
During his terms as trustee, Mark served as Chair of the Village Land Use Committee and led the village through difficult negotiations with developer Frederick Fish over the development at 2-4 Weaver Street. He deftly balanced the concerns of a citizen's group called "The Heathcote Five Corners Coalition" with the developer's desire to convert the historic Heathcote Tavern into a condominium complex. Ultimately each of the coalition's objections about aesthetics, crowding in the schools and traffic were addressed and the Village signed an agreement to sell a small strip of village-owned land that served as the entrance to the parking lot. With this land, Fish was able to gain approval for an 11-unit building on the site of the parking lot – and eventually was permitted to build four additional units in the former tavern building.
The nominating committee also selected the following three candidates for Village trustee.
Trustee Bill Stern, who has already served one two-year term, has been nominated to run for a second term. Stern has lived in Scarsdale for 42 years at 20 Rural Drive. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and his Ph.D. degree in Physics from Columbia. Stern runs a medical device company which manufactures and sells neurological ultrasound machines for diagnosis of stroke and other disorders and which also manufactures and sells hydrotherapy tubs designed for women in labor. William has served as a Village Trustee from April 2013 to the present. A Village Trustee since April 2013, Stern chairs the Municipal Services and Sustainability Committees. He also is the trustee liaison for the Advisory Council on Technology, the Cable Television Commission, the Advisory Council on Human Relations, and the Scarsdale Arts Council. William has served as the President of Young Israel of Scarsdale, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I., the oldest extant synagogue in the United States. William is a Trustee of the Irish Jewish Museum and Holocaust Education Center in Dublin, Ireland, and President of the American Friends of the Museum.
Two new candidates have been selected as candidates for the Village Board:
Matthew J. Callaghan of 49 Carman Road has lived in town for 40 years. He holds a B.A. from St. John's University and an M.S. in Hospital Administration from Iona College. Matthew served in the United States Marine Corp from 1964 to 1970. For 45 years, Matthew served as Director of Safety Management in major New York hospitals, including Jacobi Hospital, Terrence Cardinal Cook Healthcare Center, and Lenox Hill Hospital/Manhattan Ear, Eye and Throat Hospital. Presently, Matthew is a consultant to major New York City hotels, health care institutions, and major industry groups. Matthew has served on Scarsdale's Zoning Board of Appeals from 1996 to 2005 and from 2012 to the present. Matthew has been active in Scarsdale Volunteer Fire Company #1 for the past 32 years, including service as Lieutenant and Trustee. Matthew has been a member of the STEP Advisory Board from 1990 to the present. Matthew has been a merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts of America for the past 30 years, and served as a Scarsdale Recreation soccer coach for 12 years, among many other civic activities.
Carl Finger, another life long resident lives at 38 Butler Road. He grew up here and graduated from Scarsdale High School before attending Brandeis University from which he graduated in 1990 with a B.A. degree in politics. Carl graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1993, and he received a LLM degree in Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law in 1997. Carl was an Assistant District Attorney in Westchester County between 1994 and 1997 before entering private practice. Carl is a member of Finger & Finger, P.C., a White Plains law firm, where he practices with his mother, his father, and his brother. In Scarsdale, Carl has served on the Conservation Advisory Council from 1999 to the present. Carl also serves on the Board of Architectural Review. Carl has been an arbitrator for the White Plains City Court since 1997.
The election will be held on Wednesday March 18 at Scarsdale Village Hall from 7 am to 9 pm.
New Police Chief Installed and Five Officers Promoted at SPD Ceremony
- Category: Shout it Out
- Published on 28 January 2015
- Written by Hannah Wolloch
Scarsdale officially swore in new Police Chief Andrew Matturro at a ceremony at Scarsdale Library on January 22nd at 10:00 am and recognized outgoing Police Chief John Brogan for 37 years of service to the village. About 120 guests attended, and the room was filled with police officers, their families, village officials and staff who came to pay their respects to Brogan, Matturro and four officers who received promotions.
Police Chief John Brogan has dedicated 37 years of service to the community with 12 years as Chief of the department. He noted that Scarsdale has come a long way since February 5th, 1975, his first day on the job in town. At the time, domestic violence was considered a personal issue and driving while intoxicated was a nuisance. Oftentimes police would drive someone home or take their cars keys rather than place them under arrest.
Brogan said he had one goal when he entered the force; and that was "to leave it a little better than he found it." Throughout his tenure, his motto remained the same; he believes that the basic ingredient to good service is "a cop who cares", which Brogan certainly did. He remarked that a good cop "embraces the conscience of the town", and "has empathy", never forgetting that they should treat citizens the same way they'd want themselves and their families to be treated."
Brogan took the opportunity to thank many – including the trustees, Mayor Bob Steves, officials, the staff and Village Manager Al Gatta, for their guidance and cooperation over the years. He didn't forget to thank family and friends for their stellar support either, knowing that he couldn't have done it without any of them. He thanked his command staff for allowing him to have complete faith that they'd always give him the right answers, even when it wasn't what he wanted to hear. He expressed gratitude to all the men and women of the department for being "the manifestation of the motto SPD; service, pride, dedication."
Chief Brogan called incoming chief Andrew Matturro a man of vision, confidence, character and compassion. These wise words Brogan had for his replacement came in the form of an Abraham Lincoln speech he quoted on the day of his own initiation. "If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business." He explained that this was the ideal he kept in mind when times got tough. To him the quote meant that though everyone has their own point of view on his work and choices, the most important thing is to work hard and do the right thing, regardless of people's complaints. Matturro will surely benefit from this advice in the years to come.
Newly-installed Chief Matturro's initiation speech was equally as grateful and heartwarming. He started out by expressing gratitude to Mayor Steves, the entire Board of Trustees, Village Manager Alfred Gatta and Deputy Village Manager Steven Pappalardo for their confidence and trust in him to lead the department. He also thanked his wife and children for their support over the years. He gave credit to Scarsdale Village workers and officials of all kinds, noting that he would not be where he is today without the help of any of them.
He did have some concerns upon being named the new Chief--as many of us probably would! Soon after hearing the good news, he called former Scarsdale Police Chief Ferraro to thank him for the opportunity. He told him that he and Chief Brogan had left him with such an excellent and capable department, and wondered where he should go from here. Ferraro ensured him that there "is always room for improvement, and you can always move an organization forward", and reassured him that he would do a fine job.
The new Chief then went on to highlight the stellar job Brogan did as Chief in his 12 years. Echoing Brogan's goal to leave the department in a better state than he found it., he said,"Chief Brogan", Matturro said, "you achieved more than your goal." He noted that, though Brogan was dedicated and driven himself, he always looked out for others and pushed his officers to their limits. He thanked Brogan for his guidance, and explained that he will strive to be the kind of strong, yet caring leader, that Brogan was to this department.
Finally, Matturro had some wonderful words to share about the Scarsdale police officers. He explained that although many of them have impressive degrees that can be applied to many different fields and types of work, the one thing they have in common is that "each of them decided at some point that they would dedicate their professional lives to serving others." Though many of the officers do not live in Scarsdale, the passion and pride with which they fulfill their duties would make anyone believe they are residents. Noting that all eyes have been on the police (from Ferguson to New York City.) Matturro vowed that Scarsdale force would continue to serve justly and professionally—treating residents in the same manner they'd want their own families to be treated.
Matturro said that thought he is not usually one to brag about rank or achievements, he is extremely proud and honored to be named Chief of such an incredible department in an incredible community.
Also at the ceremony, five officers were promoted by the Scarsdale Police Department. Here is some information about each one:
Captain Thomas Altizio
Thomas Altizio joined the force in 1986, and has been instrumental in organizing and maintaining the departments many Information and Technology systems. He has supervised many successful investigations and has done an exemplary job in advancing the efficiency of the Investigation Section. He has been promoted to the Rank of Captain.
Detective Lieutenant Ed Murphy
Lt. Murphy began his career in 1990 with the Mount Vernon Police Department before joining the SPD. He served as a Field Training Officer, Patrol and Special Operations Sergeant and is currently the Commanding Officer of the Patrol Section--the largest one in the department. The Patrol section met 10 out of its 10 goals in 2014, which is a testament to Murphy's outstanding job and leadership. He has been promoted to Detective Lieutenant.
Lieutenant Joseph DuSavage
Sgt. DuSavage entered the force with the Putnam Valley Police Department in 1994 before joining the SPD. He is involved in many aspects of training, and has served as a Field Training Officer, Department Armorer, Head Firearms Instructor, Patrol Sergeant, and is currently the Special Operations Sergeant. He is being promoted to the Rank of Lieutenant.
Detective Sargeant James Newman
Sargeant Newman joined the Scarsdale force in 1997. He has been instrumental in the department's successful maintenance of its National and State Accreditation Programs and is involved in many aspects of training. He has served as a Field Training Officer and General Topics Instructor as well. He is currently assigned as the Accreditation/Training and Scheduling Sergeant. He was described by Matturro as a "jack of all trades", who always does what he is assigned without even a word in opposition. He is being promoted to Detective Sergeant.
Sargeant David Rosa
Rosa joined the Scarsdale Police Department in 2006 after serving with the New York City Police Department for 6 years. He is a certified bicycle officer, Field Training Officer, and is currently working in the Patrol Section. David is known as a knowledgeable senior police officer who is always willing to assist new officers as they learn and acclimate to their new positions. He is being promoted to Rank of Sergeant.
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Juno Brings Little Snow to Scarsdale
- Category: Village Voices
- Published on 27 January 2015
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
Likening would-be winter storm Juno to the 1966 film, "The Russians Are Coming," Scarsdale Village Manager Al Gatta did not mince words when he expressed his frustration with the circumstances surrounding the Village's storm preparedness drill on January 26-27.
After dire forecasts from the National Weather Service and more communications than he could count from Governor Cuomo and County Executive Rob Astorino, Gatta instructed staff to open an emergency operation center on Monday and kept almost 60 Village employees including police, fire, sanitation and managers on duty all night, awaiting what was supposed to the mother of all storms. Expecting hurricane strength winds and two feet of snow, Gatta and his team were staffed up to confront an Armageddon that failed to arrive.
Plows were out all night clearing scant accumulations, while the Village budget accrued the expense of paying overtime to the staff.
Could this have been avoided? Gatta said, "We did not have accurate information. Even when the storm steered away from New York, the weather service did not alter their forecast. There was no wind – just an overblown report from the Governor."
Was the exaggerated forecast an outcome of social media and the ease of transmitting information? That's something that will take months to investigate. Clearly, after the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, politicians and officials are afraid to be blamed for putting constituents in harms way and seem to err on the side of caution. When the Governor was charged on Tuesday with overreacting he told CNN, "Better safe than sorry," "Hindsight is 20/20. You act on the information you have at the time." Later Tuesday morning he told reporters at a press conference, "We've had people die in storms ... I'd much rather be in situations where we say, 'We got lucky.'"
However a total shutdown of New York, including all transportation systems, the airports, schools and businesses will come at a high cost and next time officials may hedge their bets and implement more flexible plans that allow them to adjust to the weather as it occurs. For his part, Gatta is calling for the Governor to reimburse local municipalities for the expenses incurred due to the threatened storm.
In Scarsdale, with the roads clear and snowfall on the wane, Mayor Bob Steves lifted the state of emergency that had been declared effective 9 am on Tuesday. Though roads are open – almost nothing else in town is operating. As of Tuesday afternoon, Metro North announced that train service will resume on a Sunday schedule and return to normal on Wednesday.
This could well be Gatta's last storm drill in Scarsdale as he has announced his plans to retire at the end of the fiscal year. He told Scarsdale10583 that he's "ready for some peace and quite from now until June."
From Scarsdale to the Mountains: A Comprehensive Guide to Nearby Skiing and Snowboarding
- Category: Local Finds
- Published on 28 January 2015
- Written by Stacie M. Waldman
Haven't skied in a while? Or ever? Maybe you think your kids are too young to learn. Maybe you think you're too old to learn? Or maybe you haven't gone because you hear it's so expensive.
Whereas it's easier to learn to ski or ride as a child, it's not impossible to learn as an adult. (I learned to ski at age 36!) Over 20 ski areas exist within about two hours of Scarsdale, so you have the option to make it a day trip. (See our highlighted ski areas below.) We've even included secret tips to make it a less expensive sport for the whole family. (Full price tickets are listed under each individual ski resort.) All ski areas offer ski and snowboard lessons but some have age restrictions. Most offer tubing options and many offer nurseries for the youngest kids. They all have beginner to expert runs but vary by percentage of these trail types.
Ski Butternut is in Great Barrington, Massachusetts- a fun, eclectic après-ski town. With 22 trails, 11 lifts, 2 terrain parks, affordable learn-to-ski/snowboard packages, $25 mid-week lift tickets, and a friendly vibe, Ski Butternut is a popular option for families. Early risers can start skiing at 8:15 am. The learning area does not require a parent to buy a lift ticket. Parents can walk next to their kids on the magic carpet and help their kids learn to ski down the bunny hill. Another perk is the mini lift at the learning area. Will, the lift attendant who seems to be there perpetually, teaches kids how to get on and off the lift safely. Lift tickets range between $25-$60 for adults and $15-$50 for children/juniors.
Jiminy Peak is in Hancock, Massachusetts. Not much else is there, but the resort has an inn and restaurants. (We even discovered that there is free hot chocolate and a magician après-ski in the Country Inn and you don't have to be a guest to enjoy it!) Jiminy has 9 lifts including a high-speed one that seats six and 45 trails, 21 of which are open for night skiing. Tickets are $69-77 for adults and $52-66 for kids/juniors. Note that ski school doesn't include lift tickets, an annoyance in my opinion if you want to do a run or two with the kids before heading out. Jiminy Peak tempts kids and adults alike with its mountain coaster. At $4 a ride, it's a thrill not to be missed!
Catamount is upping the ante with a full-scale resort that is in the works. Catamount has 35 trails, 6 lifts, and night skiing. Lift tickets range between $33-63 for adults and $16-53 for kids. The charge for kids is only $12 if they stay on the magic carpet area. A zip line adventure tour is open at Catamount during the warmer months.
Windham recently made $11 million in capital improvements and you can feel it from the moment you drive up to the resort. It's easy to get in and out, and rentals are streamlined (although rather expensive) so the process goes quickly. There are 12 lifts including 2 high-speed quads leading to 50 trails. There are cross country ski trails on the property as well as snowshoe options and the town outside the resort is cute. Kids 6 and under are only $10. Other kids are $45-67 and adults are $68-78. There is no on-site lodging but there is a shuttle that will take you to lodging near by.
Hunter is popular with the New York crowds. Three mountains make up the ski area and there are ski in, ski out condos on site. There are 5 lifts and 47 trails. Kids 6 and under ski free all week and are $10 on weekends. Lift tickets for kids 7 and up are are $43-68 and adults are $66-76. Hunter has a four-season zip line adventure park.
Belleayre is a friendly mountain that has long green learning runs as well as expert runs for the more advanced. There are 55 trails and 8 lifts including a high-speed quad. There's a terrain park also. It's a senior-friendly mountain with great deals for the 65+ crowd. Kids 7 and under ski for FREE! For the more middle aged, prices range from $31-64 for a lift ticket. There's cross country skiing as well but no on-site lodging.
Camelback is known for being a great learning mountain. Camelback has 16 lifts including 2 high-speed quads and all 34 trails are wired for night skiing. Seniors (70+) ski free all week and 5 and under ski free with a paying adult. Adults are $51-65 and kids 6 and up are $38-47. A water park is opening at the Camelback ski resort in the spring of this year and looks like 125,000 square feet of indoor fun.
Shawnee is another mountain in Pennsylvania known to be family friendly. Kids 46" and under ski for free. There are 23 slopes/trains, 2 terrain parks, 6 lifts, and 4 magic carpets for those practicing the bunny hills. There is no on-site lodging. Adults pay $50-60 and kids over 46" pay $40-45.
Really Close (45-90 minutes)
Plattekill is only 1 hour 15 minutes from Scarsdale. The website touts a "true family mountain experience" and a 2-mile beginner trail. With 3 lifts, 38 trails, and a terrain park, there's something for everyone. Kids 7 and under are free, kids 8 and up are $40-48, and adults are $50-59.
Thunder Ridge is 45 minutes north and tends to get crowded on the weekends with ski teams. But did I mention it's only 45 minutes away? It has 30 trails with 3 lifts and 4 magic carpets. Parents need a lift ticket in order to enter the magic carpet area, so no walking around in your boots to teach your kids to ski here. Lift tickets are $25 during the week for ages 6 and up and $12 any time for kids age 5 and younger. Adults are $40-50 on the weekends and kids over age 5 are $30-37. There are great deals for night skiing starting at 3 PM during the week.
Mt. Peter is also a short drive away. It's a small mountain with 14 trails and 4 lifts but it has a learning area with a magic carpet and night skiing as well as a terrain park and small lodge. Unique to Mt. Peter is weekly lessons. Eight consecutive weeks of 1 ½ hour lessons are offered in small groups (maximum of 5 people) but the weekend lessons fill up fast. Adults ski for $25-45 and kids ages 5-11 ski for $23-38. Kids under 5 are free.
Mohawk is in Western Connecticut and provides 25 trails serviced by 7 lifts (5 triples and 3 magic carpets). Mohawk is open for night skiing and has themed days such as pirate day, sixties day, and more to add a fun edge to a ski day. Parent-tot lessons are offered for kids 3-4 years old. Kids under 5 ski for $15 and 5-15 year olds ski for $52 on the weekends and $30 midweek. Adults are $60 during the weekends and $30 all week.
Metroland Ski Club and other clubs charge a small membership fee that pays off with one visit to a discounted ski mountain. My family of four, for example, recently skied/snowboarded with our Metroland cards for $60 at Belleayre (instead of $128) and $110 at Butternut instead of $150. Individual memberships are $20, family memberships are $30. Lessons and rentals are discounted as well. Liftopia offers incredible discounts on lift tickets, as much as 50% off. The caveat is you need to purchase the tickets for a specific day and they're generally not refundable. Lift tickets are limited so if you see a good price and know the date you're skiing, get them while you can. Pedigree in White Plains has discounted ski passes that can save a bundle of money. Call to see what they currently have and compare with Liftopia or REI. Kids in 3rd and 4th grade ski free in New York. A ski "passport" is required and costs $25, but it can still be a reasonable deal.
What's your favorite place to ski or snowboard and why? Help inform others and answer in the comments below!
Spelling Bee Fills the Hive
- Category: Neighborhood News
- Published on 27 January 2015
- Written by Cynthia Roberts
On Friday January 23 nearly sixty of Scarsdale's most competitive spellers took to the stage at the Fifth Annual Friends of Scarsdale Library Adult and Teen Spelling Bee. The high school auditorium was a'buzz with excitement as a crowd of 350 gathered to cheer on families, friends and neighbors.
Ed Coleman, the voice of the New York Mets and emcee of the event, announced each spelling word along with its meaning. Then he used the word in a sentence. The three members of each team were allowed to confer among themselves and were then required to write their team's answer on a board for the judges to evaluate. The adults, teens and children in the audience were given pen and paper with which to test their own spelling prowess along with the twenty competing teams.
Spelling words in the first rounds included "knack", "ragout", "stationery" and "macerate". As the contest continued, the words became increasingly challenging. By the end of the first round, The Library Trustbees advanced by correctly spelling "axil" (think botany). The Presbeeterians moved up with "ferrule"(a fastener). "Fuchsia" (the color and plant) took the New Bees to the next level and the Let it Bee team made it to the Championship Round with "fennec" (a small, desert fox.)
During breaks between rounds Spelling Bee hosts wandered the aisles with microphones, proffering trivia questions and choosing among waving hands of all ages.
"Whose faces are on Mount Rushmore?"
"What does each character seek from the Wizard of Oz?"
"Who can name the next number in the following Fibonacci series: 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,__?" (*see below for the answer)
Correct answers were rewarded with "Book Bucks," redeemable at the September, 2015 library book sale.
By the championship round twenty teams were winnowed down to four. As the difficulty level of the words rose, so did the complexity of the rules. For this round each team was required to send only one of its members to the microphone, and that member was required to orally spell the word within 30 seconds.
A hush fell over the audience as the as the emcee clearly articulated the first word... "melee." The speller left the team's table, walked alone to the microphone at the front of the stage and spelled, "M" "E" "L" "E" "E."
"That is correct!" the judges ruled, to cheering and clapping.
Judging the spelling bee were NY State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, Library Director Beth Bermel, and Margaret Smith, a member of the Spelling Bee Committee.
The next two teams made it through with correct spellings of "knout" and "crèche." But "roux" knocked out the Let it Bee (Maura Dooley and Ben Moseley), leaving three teams in the running.
The next series of queries included "karaoke," "croissant," "masseuse," "renaissance," "repertoire," and finally "bouillon," which eliminated the Presbeeterians (Heather Gilchriest Meili, Stephan Meili and Katharine Miao.)
With only two teams remaining, the crowd was sitting on the edge of their seats. The New Bees team included Simon Landless, Judy McEvoy and Kevin McEvoy. The Library Trustbees boasted a heavy hitting lineup, with Scarsdale Library Board President Michelle Lichtenberg and two two-time Bee winners, Barbara Josselsohn and Terri Simon who is the Vice President of the Scarsdale Library Board.
They all were prepared to spell and spell they did.
"Cenotaph...ennui...guillotine...hemorrhage...inveigle...métier." Each spelled the words flawlessly.
Ed Coleman's professional voice resonated with the next word for the New Bees. Simon Landless confidently walked to the mike and spelled it. "M" "Y" "R" "R" "H." "Incorrect," came the ruling from judges' table. The crowd gasped. All eyes in the audience looked upward. The correct spelling of each word was projected on a screen over the stage such that the audience could see the word, but the contestants could not. On the screen was printed, "Myrrhh." The judges read that spelling out loud. Simon graciously said that he was sure that the word was spelled otherwise, as he had stated, "M" "Y" "R" "R" "H." The judges agreed to double check and went into a flurry of typing onto a laptop. Everyone looked around, waiting for the answer, but nothing was forthcoming. "There is no wifi in here" one man reminded everyone. "Someone should take their phone outside", suggested another viewer. After several suspenseful minutes a boy came running down the aisle to the judges with a cellphone presumably showing the correct spelling of the word. The judges looked at the screen, acknowledged their error, and reinstated the New Bees to clapping from the crowd.
The words kept coming and the spellers kept spelling. "wildebeest...zeitgeist... pirouette...omniscience." West Wing fans may have had a leg up in the spelling "shibboleth."
In Round Ten the New Bees were asked to spell "apotropaic," (designed to ward off evil) and after a heroic run, finally foundered. The suspense continued, however, because in order to win, the Library Trustbees still had to spell their word correctly. Ed announced the word, "baccalaureate." A hush came over the crowd as Terri Simon walked up to the mike... and spelled the word perfectly. Cheers and applause erupted! The Library Trustbees had won the Bee.
All teams are to be congratulated on stepping up to the plate for a multigenerational community event that celebrates reading. The three hometown education experts comprising the Newbees for Ee team took the biggest risk and likely brought in the most fans. Dr. Thomas Hagerman, Scarsdale's new Superintendent, Mr. David Wixted, Scarsdale Teachers Association President, and Mr. Chris Morin, Board of Education Trustee filled this roster. (For those who are curious, the Newbees for Ee were eliminated when they misspelled the word "colloquy.") Proceeds of this very successful Bee will be used to fund a high-level speaker series at the Scarsdale Library.
Kudos to the Co-Chairs Renu Lalwani and Carolyn Mehta and the entire Spelling Bee Committee who provided a fun, festive and educational evening for all. Carolyn Mehta shared her idea for a new motto for Scarsdale, "Come for the schools, stay for the library!" She also divulged that, "no words were underinflated for the Bee", referring to the recent football scandal.
(*The answer to the Fibonacci question is 55)