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halftimeFootball: As of Thursday September 28, the Varsity Raiders are now 4 and 0 for the season following Saturday night's victory over Mount Vernon. Before Saturday's game, Scarsdale High School celebrated their Seniors with a pre-game ceremony.

Spectators cheered as the football players walked through a Maroon and White balloon arch along with their parents. Mothers received roses and fathers were given hats embroidered with their son's jersey number. This year a new tradition took place. For the first time, SHS Varsity cheerleaders were included in the ceremony and led the procession.

The cheerleaders were thrilled to be included in the time honored special event. According to Senior Cheer Captain, Talia Abbe, "the cheer Seniors were all really happy about being included in Senior night and we love that cheer and football are working together and supporting each other. We can't wait to see what the rest of the season brings us!" The cheer parents had similar feelings and were very excited to be included in this season's festivities, including the weekly tailgates. The Raiders have another home game vs. Mamaroneck this Thursday at 5 pm.

ellaSoccer: The Scarsale Raiders girls varsity soccer team had mixed results this past week. After a spirited and hotly contested 1-1 overtime tie against a formidable team from Mahopac over the weekend, the Raiders dropped a disappointing 3-2 decision to league rival Ursuline on Tuesday, September 26. The 3-2-2 Raiders face division rival Mount Vernon on Thursday afternoon, September 28 as they continue to pursue their goal of reaching the section playoffs in October. Photos by Jon Thaler - see more here.


Girls Soccer Team Defeats Archrival New Rochelle, 3-0

EdlitzThe Scarsdale Raiders Varsity A girls soccer team defeated their archrival New Rochelle 3-0 on Monday night, September 18 at Scarsdale High School before a crowd of raucous fans of both teams.

Heading into the game, the 4-1 Hugenots were coming off an upset win against highly ranked Suffern. The Raiders were 1-1-1 and recognized that the New Rochelle game would be critical in determining their path for the rest of the season.

staffordThe game started with New Rochelle having the edge in possession but unable to penetrate the Raiders' defense. The tide turned at about the 15:00 mark of the first half, when sophomore forward Olivia Bryant received a pass down the left side, outmaneuvered two New Rochelle defenders and scored on a bullet shot into the top right corner of the goal. The play seemed to inject energy into the Raiders and from that point forward they dominated possession for the rest of the half, putting constant pressure on the Hugenots' defense. This led to two additional goals, one by Dana Papandreadis and the other by Riley Edlitz, each of which was assisted by Bryant.

At halftime Coach Mindy Genovese implored her players not to let up, and the team responded. There was no additional scoring in the second half even though the Raiders continued to dominate possession and had a number of good scoring chances.

The entire team played well. Of particular note was the play of Scarsdale's defense, led by center back and co-captain Sam Mancini and stopper Allison Stafford. Mid-fielder and co-captain Carly Rubin was key to the Raiders' success in maintaining possession and staying on the attack throughout the game. Scarsdale repeatedly prevented New Rochelle's talented forwards and mid-fielders from maintaining possession down the field, continuously intercepting passes and winning 50-50 balls. This resulted in no scoring chances for New Rochelle over the course of the entire game and few if any shots on goal.


It was overall a dominating performance by the Raiders against a quality opponent and has raised expectations about the team's prospects for the rest of the 2017 season. The Raiders and Hugenots will meet again in early October and given the history of the rivalry, it's safe to assume that New Rochelle will be motivated to avenge Monday night's lopsided loss. After a weekday league game this week on the road against White Plains, the Raiders will play non-league opponent Mahopac on Saturday, September 23 at Scarsdale High School. will continue to report on the team's progress as the 2017 season continues to unfold.

Photos by Jon Thaler - see more here:

Farmers Market in Scarsdale Village - Starts Thursday September 7th

vegetablesThe Village of Scarsdale will host "Farmers in the 'Dale," a brand new weekday pop-up farmers market in the heart of Scarsdale beginning this Thursday September 7 from noon to 7 pm. Village Manager, Stephen M. Pappalardo said, "I am pleased the Village is re-introducing a farmers market in Scarsdale's Village Center after a four year absence. We look forward to providing patrons fresh locally grown produce and other unique options while providing another opportunity for our residents and neighbors to visit Scarsdale and frequent our wonderful local businesses."

Corinna Makris, owner of Village Green Markets and manager of the Peekskill Farmers Market, has been retained as market manager for the pop-up market. "I'm excited to be a part of this new market," Ms Makris said. "Farms and other food vendors have been asking for weekday markets as a new opportunity to connect with customers. We're also looking forward to promoting all the wonderful businesses in the Scarsdale Village Center."

The Acceleration Project has been working closely with Ms. Makris coordinating the marketing campaign and representing consumer preferences.To promote the event, TAP's creative team designed a customized logo Farmers in the 'Dale.


The Scarsdale Farmers Market is a pilot program operating on Thursdays, from September 7th through October 26th, from noon until 7:00 pm, in Boniface Circle. "Our goal in extending the market into the early evening is to give commuters an opportunity to shop on their way home from work," said Village Trustee and Chamber Liaison, Jane Veron. After this pop-up market event ends, the Village will gather feedback from consumers and merchants, and then determine if the market will return for a full season beginning in May 2018.

The market will feature local farms from within a 250-mile radius, including an organic option. Other participating vendors and available foods include bakeries offering a variety of breads and sweet treats (including non-GMO, and organic), a specialty cheesemonger, honey from a beekeeper based in Verplanck, Hudson Valley maple syrup, and ready-to-eat prepared Middle Eastern foods from Amal Rabadi, owner of Irvington Delight. More vendors, including businesses owned by Scarsdale residents, are being confirmed now, and a full list of vendors will be announced soon.

For more information on the Farmers in the 'Dale market event, contact market management via email:

Farmers Market Off to a Great Start

marketsoapThis letter was sent to Scarsdale10583 by Corinna Makris, Market Manager of the Scarsdale Farners Market:

What an amazing opening day! The new Scarsdale Farmers Market opened last Thursday, September 7th and we were greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of shoppers throughout the day. We heard your comments and suggestions and we're working hard to bring you more of the best vendors in the area.

All the vendors from last week will be back, in addition to nine more weekly vendors, and we're confirming more as the season continues. This week: dog treats, bakeries, Mangalitsa Pork - the Kobe beef of pork, local honey, mozzarella and more prepared foods.

We heard that you enjoyed the live music. We're happy to say that jazz musician Alexis Cole will perform weekly through the end of the season. This week, September 14th, she'll be singing from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

See you Thursday!

Weekly Vendors

Taliaferro Farms
DoReMe Farms
The Cheese Guy
Mind, Body & Bath
Irvington Delight - prepared Middle Eastern foods

New vendors joining us this week and every week going forward:

Hudson River Apiaries

Nutmeg Cafe
Orwashers Bakery
Peace Love Jerky Treats for dogs
Dam Good English Muffins
Nutmeg Cafe - baked sweet treats, and prepared foods including hot soup
Mangalitsa Pork
Arlotta Foods - olive oil, vinegar, and artisanal pasta (beginning September 23rd)
Green Mountain Energy - information at their booth about how to use green energy in your home and office

Please note: Jack Jack Knife Sharpening - will not be at the Sept. 14th market but he'll be back Sept. 23rd.

Rotating throughout the season:

Will-YUM Spice Company - specialty fresh ground spices
Jeneric Bags - fine hand sewn quilted items
Alpacatrax - felt, fiber, and wool
Geaux Nuts - New Orleans original sugared pecans
Aunt Patty Cake - sweet treats

Killing Two Birds with One Stone, or Two Pests with One Spray

ticksprayWe hear about cases of tick-borne diseases like Lyme and Powassan regularly here in Westchester County and a case of West Nile was just confirmed as well. One in five ticks carries Lyme disease. And yet even without all the nasty diseases that these insects carry, it's a nuisance to not be able to eat outside because of mosquitoes and have to check for ticks every time your child plays in the yard.

And when you find a tick on you or your kid? Then the panic sets in of trying to remove the tick while your child squirms and tells you how gross it is which is followed by weeks of anxiously worrying about Lyme disease (among other things). Some parents go as far as not letting their kids play outside a lot because of having found ticks on them or because they are so prone to mosquito bites. One Scarsdale mom recalled a time that her daughter got 47 mosquito bites while being out in the backyard!

Spraying for ticks and mosquitos has become more common as the data gets stronger and the acaricide (tick pesticide) gets less toxic. Spraying for ticks and mosquitoes has also become more popular as tick and mosquito-borne diseases gain more attention in the media. Many pest control companies offer tick and mosquito spraying and many landscaping and tree care companies now offer this service as well. The good news? You can kill two birds (or insects) with one stone (or spray)!

Emerald Tree and Shrub Care is one such company that offers a comprehensive and natural treatment to reduce the tick and mosquito population in people's yards. They begin with an extensive evaluation of the property including looking for any high-risk areas that need modification such as areas of standing water. They look for evidence of mice as well since mice have been cited as a major vector for ticks. A treatment plan is then initiated based on the size of the property as well as the type; for example, is it near wetlands or does it back up to thick vegetation? Lawns, trees, bushes and garden beds are sprayed. Emerald Tree Care recommends spraying with their organic and natural cedar oil blend. It is effective (retreatment is needed only every 30-60 days which is similar to chemical treatments) and kids and pets can play in areas that have been sprayed 15 minutes after treatment versus 24 hours for chemical sprays. The CDC has deemed natural repellants safe for humans, animals and flora and they are EPA-exempt because they have been shown to not cause harm. 

So how often is treatment needed and during which months should yards be sprayed? Kate Flanagan from Emerald Tree and Shrub Care said, "Yards should be treated every 30-60 days depending on the severity of the mosquito and tick populations. The client feedback we receive from our all natural cedar oil blend is that it is very effective and the data out there supports this." Ms. Flanagan said that the initiation of treatment each year usually depends on how warm the spring is, but "...we usually recommend beginning to spray in April or May and continuing through the end of October."

Rebecca Wilcox has sprayed for ticks and mosquitoes a couple of times this summer. She chose an all-natural spray and hasn't had an issue with ticks since spraying. "Having been in someone else's yard that does NOT spray, I'll say we'll keep doing it every year," she said. She was "eaten alive" in a yard that was not sprayed. Joyce Russell had her yard sprayed in May with a cedar oil blend and noticed a huge decrease in the mosquito population. "By July, it was noticeably more buggy," she said. Joyce lives next to a pond so generally thinks her yard has more mosquitoes than others might have. "I resprayed last week and our yard is definitely less buggy. We've gotten no bites since we resprayed!" she said. Another local resident sprays because she knows she's reducing ticks and mosquitoes in one shot and that the formulation is safe for her dogs and kids. "I know the chemical pesticides are safe after 24 hours as well but it makes me feel better to use all natural oils if they work which I can say from experience that they do."

So is it an old wive's tale that all your neighbors also need to spray in order for spraying to be effective? David Wagner, ISA Certified Arborist with Emerald Tree and Shrub Care debunks this myth. "There is certainly a huge benefit to spraying your lawn even if your neighbors are not doing the same. Our spray is a contact kill and will help eliminate any ticks or mosquitoes that have settled in your lawn. You will definitely see an immediate impact," he said. "With that being said," he continued, "to truly stop the tick cycle, we recommend combining spraying with our Tick Tube treatment."

"Tick Tubes" are the latest adjunct treatment (in addition to spraying) being used to reduce the ability of mice, one of the main vectors for ticks, of transferring ticks to humans. Emerald describes their importance in their treatment and prevention of ticks as follows: While spraying is a very effective way to control ticks that have settled on your grass, Tick Tubes take the treatment back to the source of the problem: the nests of white footed mice. These biodegradable cardboard tubes are filled with cotton swabs that have been soaked in an insecticide called permethrin. Our team strategically places them in common areas of mouse habitat. Since mice are always looking for soft nesting materials, they grab up the cotton swabs and bring them back home where they will cover the mice fur with permethrin. The mouse then becomes our tick control agent, killing any ticks that were hosting on the mouse, along with any future ones that try to attach to the mouse.
Landscape modifications can also reduce tick populations in your yard. Recommendations from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station handbook are as follows:

• Keep lawn mowed
• Prune trees
• Clear leaf litter especially along edges of lawn, stone walls and driveways
• Move playsets away from woodlands
• Restrict groundcover in play areas
• Reduce Japanese barberry in and around yard

This is sponsored content from Emerald Tree and Shrub Care who is available for yard evaluations and recommends spraying through the end of October. They would also like to remind people to have their trees' health evaluated in the fall before storms and heavy snow to reduce the chance of trees falling and causing damage.

Emerald Tree and Shrub Care