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District Breaks Ground on New Music Room at SMS

shovelsA groundbreaking ceremony was held at Scarsdale Middle School on Wednesday 12-14 to celebrate the beginning of the construction of a new instrumental music room. The new room will provide the district's young musicians with a dedicated space for orchestra rehearsals and storage of musical instruments. Construction is anticipated to be completed in time for the opening of the school year in September 2017.

This project is just one of several that were financed by an $18.2 million bond that was passed with an 86% approval rate by Scarsdale voters in December 2014. Other exciting facilities upgrades include a new learning commons, a design lab, and a fitness center at Scarsdale High School, a new library, office and entrance at Edgewood School and a new multi-purpose room and renovations to the existing multi-purpose room at Heathcote School.

middleschoolphotosSuperintendent Thomas Hagerman said "This groundbreaking is the result of the blood, sweat and tears that got us to this moment.... This is just the beginning of a lot of work to be done at the district. We have focused on curricular improvements and deferred maintenance on our facilities. This work will not just repair the school, but bolster the instrumental music program."

Assistant Superintendent Stuart Mattey said, "Its been a long road to get to this point. It's exciting to stand here and break ground." He thanked architects KG&D and construction management firm Savin, who will ensure that the job is built safely, on time and to specifications. He asked the community to bear with the district and anticipated mud, a shortage of parking spaces and a bit of traffic during the construction process.

matteyhagermanmaudeSchool Board President Lee Maude said "This is a great milestone. One year from now we will be inside an orchestra rehearsal room instead of rehearsing on the stage of the auditorium. How lucky are we to have a community with great ties to music and the arts." She thanked former Board Presidents Mary Beth Gose and Suzanne Seiden and the community for their support of the bond.

Scarsdale Residents Bring Good, Clean Eats to Downtown

Scarsdale LeeDarleenThere's a new health food joint in town and two Scarsdale residents are taking charge in the kitchen!

When Organic Pharmer of Rye Ridge opened a second location on Garth Road earlier this year, it gave Chefs Lee and Darleen Gross the chance to work a whole lot closer to home.

While Organic Pharmer's gluten, dairy, soy, corn and egg-free menu items are intended for grab-and-go meals, its soups, salads, snacks, wraps, breakfast options and juice cleanses are also available for delivery in and around Westchester (some restrictions apply, check the website for details.) Better yet, the Organic Pharmer team now offers catering services for small and large parties—with as little as 48 hours notice, an impeccably prepared, fresh whole food meal can be at your door for guests to enjoy!

Excited about the prospect of lighter, flavorful fare in our own backyard, we sat down with the husband-and-wife chef team to learn more about the food they're making and the steps the whole Organic Pharmer team is taking to make Scarsdale that much healthier (and tastier!)KaleCauliflowerCaesar

Q: After culinary school you trained at the Kushi Institute, a macrobiotic education center. Can you explain to our readers what macrobiotic eating is all about?

LG: Macrobiotics, in a nutshell, is a method of changing the world through food. In order to change society, you need to change thought processes, which come from the body, which is fueled by food...Basically, macrobiotics makes you see that you are what you eat, which translates to basic dietary techniques—the principle that you should eat a mostly plant-based diet with lots of whole, natural foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains, much like the food we offer at Organic Pharmer.

Q: Organic Pharmer counts Dr. Susan Blum, founder of the Blum Center for Health, as part of its team. How closely do you collaborate with her on menu planning?

LG: Darleen and I work hand-in-hand with Dr. Blum. Our menu is seasonal and changes frequently. As chefs, we generate ideas for new dishes, then coordinate with Susan to make sure that the nutritional profile is in line with the macro nutrient and calorie counts she recommends.

Q: What's your must-have dish at the store?

DG: The Kale and Cauliflower salad is one of the most popular items on our menu. It gets great crunch from our croutons and roasted cauliflower, and lots of creamy, 'cheesy' goodness thanks to aged cashew cheese and an almond flaxseed 'pharmesan' based dressing. So tasty and only 250 calories!

Q: In addition to meals and snacks, Organic Pharmer offers a variety of cleanses. What advice do you give to cleansers trying to select a program?

DG: We have so many customers who cleanse regularly, and will come and do any one of our juice cleanses once a month. But for new cleansers, especially if you're trying to get healthy after over-indulging through the holidays, I'd highly recommend one of our juice and food cleanses. A cleanse that involves food is a bit more familiar to people that are new to cleansing, so they feel less deprived. Especially when it's cold outside, it's nice to have a cleanse option that doesn't just leave you sipping ice cold drinks all day!

Q: Speaking of the holidays, what special offerings do you have for this time of year?

DG: From now through the end of the year, Casserole2we're making a sweet potato casserole that's a great alternative to those calorie-heavy sweet potatoes with marshmallows. With a pecan pumpkin-seed streusel topping, it makes a perfect sweet and savory side dish. We're also making gluten free croutons from our sprouted "sorghum sandwich bread." When you pick them up at the store, we even give you the recipe for a wild rice and sorghum stuffing that uses the croutons as a base!

Q: Before we let you go, we have to ask: how does it feel to be living and working in Scarsdale?

LG: I actually grew up around here, so it's great to be near family. The schools are wonderful and we're really enjoying the close-knit community. It's also kind of neat to be back on Garth road by the 7-11 where I used to hang out—it's like old times! But, in all seriousness, it's just nice to feel like we're helping bring vibrancy, fun and new life to Scarsdale's downtown.

Organic Pharmer Scarsdale is located at 28 Garth Road, open Monday-Friday, 7am - 6pm,Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, 8am - 5pm. For more information call 914-574-5590 or visit
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Touring Local Libraries – Ours is Behind...

libraryvisit(This article was submitted by Diane Greenwald, VP of the Library Board) Doing their due diligence and perhaps seeking inspiration, several Village Trustees, along with members of the Library Board, took a field trip on Saturday October 29th to visit two local libraries located in communities that have invested in library improvements.

To Darien, Connecticut: New Construction Library
Guided by Scarsdale Library Director Elizabeth Bermel, the trip began at Darien Public Library, where the group met with Bermel's counterpart, Director Alan Kirk Gray, a well-regarded visionary for the 21st century library. Gray described how Darien's building, completed in 2007, supports a philosophy of patron service and hospitality. "We consider ourselves as caretakers." He explained, "We want you to be comfortable here. If someone has a problem {in the community} we want to be the solution."

darienchildrenDarien Public Library serves a population of 21,000, about 5,000 more than Scarsdale, and is considered the gold standard for modern libraries today. Their new-construction building, at 54,000 SF total, is larger than the Scarsdale Library is now or plans to become, and includes many conveniences and enviable accommodations.

For example, the group was impressed dariencafewith the sunny children's wing that includes two dedicated program rooms and as well-equipped maker's space; the fully-equipped video conference room that can be rented out as a revenue source; a fixed-seat auditorium with concert-quality acoustics; a dedicated and 'tricked out' teen room; a full business center with Bloomberg Terminals and a large-scale bubble-jet printer; a dedicated technology classroom in addition to walk-up computer stations; a green-screen media production room; an art gallery; a state-of-the-art book sorting machine in the basement connected to self-check in/out machines upstairs; a large and inviting reading gallery; a cozy and inviting periodical gallery; several enclosed offices for sign up use; and every shape and size chair and nook for quiet, semi-quiet and chit-chat. Director Gray described a small café space on the main floor as a well-used convenience that increases patron 'dwell time,' a metric employed to measure their customer service goals.

dariencomputingWhile many of the features at the Darien Library exceed the program goals for the Scarsdale Library Improvement Project, there are lessons here for creating a more accessible, technologically forward and user-friendly environment. The group did note that the furnishings and interiors were not necessarily fancy, but serviceable, and that the spaces were light-filled and welcoming; bookshelves were relatively low for easy reach; spaces were designated for specific uses/noise levels but designed as flexible for adaptation; and technology was regularly upgraded to support changing digital needs. And these goals are all embedded in Scarsdale's plan.

To Mamaroneck: Renovation and Expansion Library
mamaroneckroomThe group then visited Mamaroneck Public Library, a renovation and expansion of their old 1927 library building, tucked into town block right behind Mamaroneck Avenue. The Mamaroneck reference librarian, Trish Byrne, guided the group through a contemporary space that flanked the renovated old building that she felt, together, gave them 'everything they wanted.' Highlights included a full-floor children's wing with a dedicated program room; a dedicated teen zone and young adult book collection; a multipurpose community room with flexible furnishings; expanded stacks throughout; a technology lab and public computer area; a permanent book sale department; an outdoor reading deck and an art gallery. She did note that a small coffee bar area built instead of a café, now a standard feature in newer libraries, was a disappointment, but it was less critical for them because of their proximity to the many food services on Mamaroneck Avenue.

The 11,000SF expansion impressed themamaentrygroup as a handsome, modern juxtaposition to the older, stone traditional building that clearly offered the community significant improvements. It was also noted however, that while the furnishings where aesthetically pleasing, the building was dark and hard to navigate, making it less welcoming than Darien.

Scarsdale Library Director Bermel explained that, as priorities were set for our own project, visits to these libraries and others helped inspire and inform the process, noting, "Not everything we saw was right for us, but we are definitely behind other towns who have brought their library buildings in line with the uses and needs of all patrons today and tomorrow."

Bermel is committed to Scarsdale Public Library's relevance and value as an open and accessible resource, integral to the fabric of our village and our democracy. "A library is not a community center," she offers, "but it is at the center of the community."

Reminder: The Scarsdale Village Trustees will be discussing the Scarsdale Library Improvement Plan on Tuesday November 29, at 6:55pm, and there will be time for the community to make comment.

Learn more about the proposed library improvement project here:

Quick Facts and Library Comparison Chart
Scarsdale Library Improvement Project Website
Full Scarsdale Library Project Binder

Man Hit by Southbound Train at Scarsdale Train Station

metronorthMetro North Harlem line trains were delayed this morning after a man was hit on the southbound tracks at the Scarsdale Train Station at 4:36 am on November 29. The man was initially seen sitting on a bench at the Scarsdale Train Station around 2 am. However, at around 4:30 am he walked to the end of the platform and descended the steps onto the tracks.

At 4:36 am he was hit by a southbound equipment train that was not carrying any passengers. According to a spokesperson from the MTA the victim was alive after he was hit and was taken to Westchester Medical Center. His name has not yet been released and he was in critical but stable condition as of 4:00 pm this afternoon. The hospital is attempting to advise his family.

The incident caused a 15-minute delay on both north and southbound trains during the morning rush hour.

Raiders Field Hockey Team Ends Amazing Season at the States

fhawardsFor the first time since 1996, the Scarsdale High School Field Hockey team made it to the New York State Class A finals. The team's road to states began when they won their section quarterfinal and semi-final games, bringing them to the Section 1 finals against Mamaroneck on November 1st. After earning this win, the team went on to the regional finals facing Kingston on November 5th. This regional win brought the team to the state tournament, entering into the state semifinals against section 3's Baldwinsville on November 12th in Binghamton. The team continued their momentum by winning this game, leading to the state finals on November 13th against Shenendehowa. In New York State field hockey, unlike other sports, a team's season is over no matter the outcome of the state final game. A state winner does not go on to play other state champions, so the team ended their amazing run on Sunday the 13th in Binghamton.

Sophomore Emma Schwartz, who scored the second goal in Scarsdale's 2-0 field hockey section win against Mamaroneck on November 1, attributed the energy on the field and the team's preparation to the Raider's success. "We had great energy on the field, and the crowd was really motivating. We have been working really hard all season in preparation for Mamaroneck. We were ready." Feeding off of energy from the crowd, the Raiders were able to dominate a high stakes game against the 2015 state champs. According to Junior Audrey Shaev, the turning point in the game came when Captain Erin Nicholas scored the first goal of the game with no time left in the first half. "After Erin scored, we gained so much momentum which propelled us through the rest of the game. After that, we made sure to keep the pressure on Mamo."

Going into the regional game on 11/5, Shaev noted fh1that the squad was motivated by one word, "States". "We all knew that we were capable of getting there. We had to go onto the field with the confidence to win." The Raiders showed their confidence through their impressive play, defeating Section 9's Kingston 5-0. This win catapulted them to the NYS Semi-Finals at Binghamton. The team displayed their well roundedness and overall strength when four of the total five goals were scored by the squad's two freshman players, Sophia Franco and Liz Scarcella. Franco, who got pulled up to the varsity team for post season play, scored her first goal with just five minutes gone in the game. Scarcella scored another early goal assisted by Nicholas. The two also had goals in the second half, Nicholas putting the icing on the cake with the fifth goal. Another notable contribution to the regional title was the second shutout in a row by the Raider's stellar defense, led by Senior Captain Emma Coleman, Senior Angie Burns, and Junior Goalie Lila Horwood. Freshman Scarcella mentioned that the feeling of playing and succeeding in such an important game was "indescribable". "It felt amazing to be a part of a team that got to go to States. Our team proved our hard work and skill just by making it to Binghamton."

Junior Shaev, who was unable to play in the states because due to an injury in the regional game, said that the for the state semi final game on Saturday 11-12 against Baldwinsville the Raiders were filled with more energy and "positivity" than for any of their previous games this season. "It was such an important game, and we knew we needed to step up". The game went into double overtime, with several momentum shifts throughout regulation play. Emma Schwartz's goal with 5 minutes gone in the half, assisted by Nicholas, contributed to Raider dominance early in the game. A second goal scored by Sophia Franco, also assisted by Nicholas, added to the team's lead. A fast break goal by Baldwinsville challenged Scarsdale's momentum, but strong defense by Emma Coleman and Lila Horwood kept the score to 2-1 at the half. With just four minutes left in regulation time, Baldwinsville put the ball in the net to tie it up, ultimately leading to overtime. Seven players from each team are chosen to take the field in overtime, as opposed to 11 during regulation play. Because of the tight defense on both sides, the game headed into double overtime. Erin Nicholas scored the winning goal in overtime, catapulting the girls to the Class A state finals. Scarcella noted that "Although we were all tired, I could tell that no one was going to quit and that we were all going to play to the very end".

The Raiders left all of their effort on the field during Sunday's final game against Shenendehowa, when this incredible season came to an end. Shenendehowa took advantage of their opportunities during the first half, leading by two goals off of their five shots. Scarsdale, who did not take a shot during the first half, was led by Goalie Lila Horwood and her five saves. The Raiders played strong offense and defense in the second half, forcing Shenendehowa to take multiple timeouts. Erin Nicholas scored her final field hockey goal as a Scarsdale Raider with seconds left in the game, making the final score 2-1. The Raiders fell to Shenendehowa, who are now the reigning Class A State Champions. Freshman Scarcella and Franco described the loss as "Especially hard on our team, but we took it well and showed our sportsmanship. By accepting the loss, we are motivated to work harder and make it back to states next season".

Saying goodbye to several talented seniors is never easy for a team. Nicholas, who has been a strong presence on the field since her freshman year, will continue her field hockey career at Middlebury next fall. She will finish off her Scarsdale sports career by playing ice hockey in the winter and lacrosse in the spring. Several more of the team members are all season athletes. Emma Coleman, the key to the team's defense, will play basketball in the winter and lacrosse in the spring. Jilly Mehlman, whose speed has helped the Raider dominate this season, will run track at Yale in the fall. She continues to run track in the winter, playing lacrosse in the spring. Angie Burns, another key part of the defensive squad, will play lacrosse in the spring, along with Hayley Panessa. Several teammates have attributed the team's success to their cohesiveness on and off the field. "We have been such a close knit team throughout the season. That is the reason why it's so fun to have had as much success as we did". Keeping this mentality, the team is proud of their state finalist title and the ability to come back even stronger next season.