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Carnival Fun Raises Funds for Charity

carnivalrideScarsdale High School hosted its annual carnival on April 15th-16th. In addition to fun rides and games, the carnival also featured many booths set up by Scarsdale High School's various clubs and organizations. The proceeds these clubs made at the carnival have been donated to charity. One of the charities the SHS government has chosen to donate to is the Paulie Strong Foundation. The Paulie Strong Foundation is a charity that works to raise awareness and fund research to end childhood cancer. Another charity the students chose to donate to was the Michael Ludwig Foundation, a charity whose aim is to improve awareness, detection, and treatment of congenital heart conditions in youths. Lastly SHS students also donated some of their proceeds to the Service Women's Action Network, whose mission is to aid and empower women in the military.

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Photos and text by Justin Cooper

Hyatt Playground News and Community Planting Day

Scarsdale Hyatt Fitness ParkHyatt Playground will be closed beginning Sunday night May1 through Thursday May 5 while the Village completes the final stages of construction. They will paint the basketball court and walkways and residents are asked to avoid using the playground area until the paint dries.

On Friday May 13 there will be a grand opening celebration of the Hyatt Playground from 6 to 8 pm with a DJ, balloon animals, face painting, cotton candy and ice cream. The event is free and everyone is invited to attend.

Community Planting Day

On Saturday May 14 from 10 am to 4 pm the village will celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day with a community planting day at Harwood Park.

In conjunction with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation "Trees for Tribs Program," the Village of Scarsdale and the Friends of the Scarsdale Parks have secured an additional 250 native trees and shrubs for this 11-acre park along the South Fox Meadow Brook, part of the Bronx River watershed system that feeds into the East River and the Long Island Sound. Planting day is part of a comprehensive watershed restoration project designed to preserve and protect the sensitive watershed ecosystems, water quality, tree canopy and wildlife.

They are asking for your help to plant 250 PlantsJonesnative trees and shrubs. All individuals, families, youth groups, civic groups and businesses are welcome to take part in the 2nd Annual Community Planting Day event. This is your chance to participate in the conservation of our natural environment. Naturalists from the Weinberg Nature Center will be on hand to provide educational activities for children.

Location: Along Fox Meadow Brook in the Brewster Road-Harwood Wetland (meet at the north end of the Scarsdale High School gravel parking lot).

Pre-registration is required (In person at the Village Hall Recreation Department or online at For more information, visit

A Green Solution for Spring Cleaning

closetWith the hope of warmer weather in the air, now's the time to clean out your closets and weed through what you might want to shed. Where to bring what you no longer want to wear? Here are a few opportunities to recycle clothing, equipment and more and perhaps exchange something you don't want for something you can use.

The Sharing Shelf

Have you been staring at that Gucci dress from 10 years ago wondering if you will ever get to wear it again? What about the handbag that is "just not right" for you anymore or those Manolo's that are still in the box.

"Design'd to Go", a fundraiser for The Sharing Shelf of Family Services of Westchester is collecting designer and bridge clothing, accessories, handbags and shoes to be sold in an event on May 7, 2016. All proceeds will go towards providing low income local children with essential clothing and school supplies.

They are seeking donations of the following brands and brands with a similar price point.

7 for All Mankind, AG, Alice + Olivia, Aquatilia, Armani, Burberry, Calypso, Chanel, Coach, Cole Haan, Ecru, Eileen Fisher, Ella Moss, Equipment, Etro, Fendi, Ferragamo, Gucci, Hudson, J. Crew, James Pearce, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade, Lily Pulitzer, Marc Jacobs, Milly, Missoni, Paige, Prada, Rag & Bone, Searle, Stuart Weitzman, Tahari, Theory, Tiffany (accessories), Tods, Trina Turk, Valentino, Versace, Vince, Helmut Lang, and more.

Items can be dropped off at 44 Brewster Road, Scarsdale. For more information or to request a pick up, contact Lisa Jacov at

Tag and Book Sale at Scarsdale Woman's Club

The Scarsdale Woman's Club will hold a tag and book sale at 37 Drake Road this Saturday April 16 from 9 am to 4 pm and Sunday April 17 from 12 pm – 3 pm. Stop by to find books, clothing, jewelry and more. Proceeds from the sale go to local charities.

Once Upon a Child

A new resale store has opened on Central Avenue in Scarsdale where you can both buy and sell gently used children's items. You can bring gently used clothing and equipment to the location at 455 Central Park Avenue and they will pay you on the spot for the merchandise. And you can purchase children's apparel, shoes, books, baby equipment and furniture, and more for reasonable prices. Here's a place to sell items you might have given away and to also buy gently-used necessities.

For questions or store hours, the new Once Upon A Child at 455 Central Park Avenue can be reached at 914-874-5535 or online here.

Varsity Girls Softball Fields a Young Team

sortballpitchersThe Varsity Girls Softball team broke a five game winning streak, after losing two games against very strong opponents, Clarkstown North (ranked #10 in Class AA) and Suffern (ranked #3 in Westchester/Lower Hudson Valley). Previously, the softball team was undefeated, winning five consecutive games, including three wins against league rivals (Mount Vernon, New Rochelle and White Plains). The three senior captains, Kaylee Waterhouse, Sarah Weintraub and Olivia Henkoff have provided outstanding leadership and have been great role models for what is a very young team.
Since April 15 the team lost a tough game to Pelham 8-6 on 4/18, defeated a very good Ardsley team, 15-7, and won over Mount Vernon for a second time. They are now 7-3.

Here are some shotes from their April 15th game by local photographer Jon Thaler. See more here


54 Things at 54 Olmsted at the Scarsdale Library

needlemaniaScarsdale Public Library is celebrating National Library Week, April 10-16, by offering the community the opportunity to learn "54 Things at 54 Olmsted." Each day of the week, residents and local businesses will share their talents and knowledge during free drop-in classes and workshops at the library.

"There truly is something for everyone," remarked Scarsdale Library Director, Elizabeth Bermel. "This year's theme of National Library week is Libraries Transform. '54 Things at 54 Olmsted' is a wonderful opportunity for community members to transform themselves with a new skill learned at one of Scarsdale's central gathering places – the library. We know there is a lot of talent in Scarsdale and we are thrilled by the willingness of people to share their knowledge during this exciting week."

Programming for "54 Things at 54 Olmsted" will begin on Sunday, April 10 at noon. The diversity of offerings range from an introduction to knitting to mindful yoga to how to tie a tie for children. Library staff members will also be on hand throughout the week to transform patrons' user experience by teaching visitors how to navigate the library's many online resources, from ebooks to audiobooks. Selected highlights of the week's programming include:

• Ballet and hip hop with Studio B Dance Center for Scarsdale's youngest residents (Saturday, 4/16 at 3pm and 3:30pm).
• "Fun and Games in French" for children and adults with Lyceum Kennedy French American School (Friday, 4/15 at 10am and 11am).
• Simple Guidelines for the Perfect Pairing of Wine with Dean Morretta from Vintology Wine & Spirits (Monday, 4/11 at 7:30pm)
• Composting at Home with residents Ron Schulhof and Michelle Sterling (Friday, 4/15 at Noon). Note, participants that would like to buy a compost bin at the class may pre-register online.

A full downloadable schedule can be found on the library website.Copies of the schedule are also available at the library. All classes are free and open to the public on 54ThingsFlyera first come, first served basis, as space for some classes is limited. Each class is appropriate for community members of all ages, unless otherwise noted.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

For more information about "54 Things at 54 Olmsted" or National Library Week, click here or contact the Reference desk at 914-722-1302.