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Letter to the Editor: Respect the Rules to Preserve Quality of Life in Scarsdale

letter-to-the-editorThis letter was sent to Scarsdale10583 by Susan Levine:
To the Editor: You will not believe what I saw around town during a few very hot days this July:

Four cars were left parked in various the Chase Bank parking lot ..the Library.. and the Post Office...with their Engines Idling, their Doors Locked... and the AC turned on high..

The cars were Empty ... their owners in various places ... leaving their cars to pollute
our air.... and stay cool until they returned. I was in disbelief...

It is obvious that these drivers not know that it is Against Westchester County Law
to Idle your Vehicle while Parked for more than 3 minutes when the Temperature
is above 32 degrees? The sense of entitlement and lack of knowledge of the law shown in this behavior was upsetting to me.

So many of us.. old and new residents alike.. are not aware of various quality of life matters and Village Codes that are meant to make living in Scarsdale more pleasant ... and our Village life more responsible and safe ... I thought I would mention just a few.

Noise from Construction and Landscapers is forbidden before 8AM on Weekdays and 10AM on Weekends.

Bulky Trash should Not be placed at the Curb more than 24 hours before your anticipated Pickup Day.

There is a Village wide Ban on the use of Gas Powered Leaf Blowers from June 1 through September 30. This has been Village Law for many years.

No Cars may Park on our Village Streets Overnight during the Winter months.

Dogs may Not be Walked on School Grounds.

Very Loud Noise from Music or Parties is subject to enforcement by the Police.bulkytrash

Everyone Must Recycle Paper ... and Plastic...Metal Cans and Glass Bottles ... and Place the Containers Outside For Pickup on Scheduled Days ... The Sanitation Department Provides a Calendar With Recycle Dates Indicated for each Neighborhood.

When Constructing a Legal Fence on your Property ... the Good Side of the Fence must Face your Neighbor.

New Residents Should Become Aware of What is Happening in Our Village.. and Remain Interested in Current Village Matters.

Reading the Scarsdale10583 website regularly is one good way of doing this.

Susan Levine

Photos from the First Day of School

rubinIt's what brought most of us to Scarsdale to begin with ---- the schools! And this week, Tuesday September 5th, was opening day at Scarsdale's elementary, middle and high schools. It was an exciting day for the kids, their parents, teachers and administrators.

At several schools there were significant changes since June, due to ongoing construction projects funded in the December, 2014 bond. At Edgewood, a new entrance and office have been built and the existing library is undergoing demolition. The new library will be built this year – scheduled for completion in the late spring. Heathcote's multi-purpose room has been repurposed and a large new room is in the works. At the middle school, a new music room is scheduled to open and at the high school the new fitness center should be in business any day. Work on the new learning commons at SHS is underway.

Here are just a few photos of kids finding their way to their new classrooms for the first day of school.

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If you have a photo from the first day of school that you would like to share, please send it to and we'll add it to our gallery.


Scarsdale Swimmers Stand Out at Swim Conference Championship

lemerondScarsdale boys from the Wykagyl Country Club excelled at the Westchester Swim Conference championship finals from August 4 -10 at Westchester Country Club. Here are the results for the Scarsdale boys swimming for Wykagyl:

Charles Lemerond (age 7) is a rising 3rd grader at Heathcote who made his first conference appearance this year
8th Boys 8&U 25 Yard Fly
2nd Boys 8&U 100 Yard Free Relay
5th Boys 10&U 200 Yard Free Relay (with Kieran)

Kieran Lee (age 9)
4th Place Boys 10&U 50 Yard Free
3rd Place Boys 10&U 50 Yard Back
1st Place Boys 10&U 50 Yard Breast
5th Boys 10&U 200 Yard Free Relay (with Charles)

Aidan Lee (age 11)
1st Place Boys 12&U 50 Yard Free
1st Place Boys 12&U 50 Yard Back
2nd Place Boys 12&U 50 Yard Breast
1st Place Boys 13&U 200 Yard Free Relay

Megan Lee (age 13)
1st Place Girls 14&U 100 Yard Free
1st Place Girls 14&U 100 Yard Breast
2nd Place Girls 14&U 100 Yard Fly
1st Girls 13&U 200 Yard Free Relay

Brendan Lee (age 14)
1st Place Boys 14&U 100 Yard Free (tied with Justin)
1st Place Boys 14&U 100 Yard Back
3rd Place Boys 14&U 100 Yard Breast
1st Boys 17&U 200 Yard Free Relay

Ryan Lee (age 17)
3rd Place Boys 17&U 100 Yard Back
2nd Place Boys 17&U 100 Yard Breast
1st Boys 17&U 100 Yard Fly
1st Boys 17&U 200 Yard Free Relay

Justin DiSanto (age 14)
1st Place Boys 14&U 100 Yard Free (tied with Brendan)
2nd Place Boys 14&U 100 Yard Back
5th Boys 14&U 100 Yard Fly

Scarsdale Girls Field Hockey Team Has Big Shoes to Fill

lax1The Scarsdale Varsity Field Hockey Team has definitely made its mark in the history of Scarsdale athletics. They are the reigning Section 1 and regional champions, and competed in the state final game last year. What comes next? Rising sophomore Elizabeth Scarcella, who was one of two freshmen on the team last year said, "We have pretty high standards that we hope to meet."

The squad will lose 5 crucial members going into the season. Seniors Emma Coleman, Erin Nicholas, Angie Burns, and Jilly Mehlman all received all state honors. Nicholas continues playing field hockey for Middlebury this fall.

Preseason training for the Raiders began the week of August 22nd, and the eight rising seniors hope to fill the leadership role in the upcoming season. Elizabeth mentioned the large number of "role models and leaders for lower class men," which will help in the transition.

"I'm excited," said senior attacker, Audrey Shaev. "We have a lot of rebuilding to do, but we are ready". The field hockey team is always known for their camaraderie and team spirit, and the seniors have no intention of stopping that tradition. I can't wait for the season to start. People don't expect us to do that well after losing the seniors. We want to surprise them".


Congregation Kol Ami of White Plains Wins Award for LGBTQ Inclusion Initiatives

KolAmiCongregation Kol Ami in White Plains, a Reform Jewish Synagogue, has received the 2017 Belin Award from the Union for Reform Judaism. As part of the URJ's vision of Audacious Hospitality, out of over 900 Reform Congregations in North America, Kol Ami is one of only eight URJ Congregations to receive this award for 2017.

This award is given to synagogues that display exemplary work in engaging current members and welcoming people in thoughtful and creative ways. In order to win this award, Kol Ami showed how dedicated they are to be providing a greater level of understanding and commitment to the LGBTQ community with such things as an Annual Pride Shabbat, gender neutral bathroom facilities, an LGBTQ Bulletin Board full of resources and outreach, and specific new inclusionary prayers in their Shabbat and High Holy Day Prayer Books.

Kol Ami also hosted numerous events in the last two years which were open to not just their congregants, but to anyone in the local Westchester communities. Some of the featured speakers included, Zachary Drucker; Producer and Actress in the Golden Globe winning TV series "Transparent", Marc Solomon; National Campaign Director for "Freedom to Marry", Andrew Solomon; author of the best-selling book "Far From the Tree", and Max Antman; Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center and an advocate on Capitol Hill.

Rabbi Tom Weiner said, "In all prayers, songs, Torah Readings, mediations, responsive readings.... The LGBTQ community was invisible. The way women used to be; the way people with disabilities use to be; the way non-Jews use to be. There we'd be, sitting at our meetings of the Board, or the staff, or the clergy, or the school committee patting ourselves on the back at how accepting we are. But apparently we weren't doing a very good job of saying it out loud, saying it clearly enough or often enough, or directly to the people who need to hear it the most. So now we are making sure we are."

Congregation Kol Ami will be recognized for this milestone accomplishment at the 2017 URJ Biennial in Boston, MA this December. If you have further interest in Congregation Kol Ami please visit: