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Greenacres Celebrates Colonial Day


On Monday, May 16th Greenacres 4th grade students learned what it was like to live in the colonial era when Scarsdale was founded. Students, parents and teachers celebrated their annual Colonial Day by dressing up in traditional colonial clothing and participating in various activities including churning butter and colonial dancing.

The fourth grade teachers Ms. Cooper, Ms. Deppert, Ms. Erigo, Ms.Mcdermott and Ms.Witmer did a wonderful job planning Colonial Day by having many different events for the students to participate in.

In one of the 4th grade classrooms students were able to see and participate in the processes of churning butter and spinning wool from a traditional sewing machine. Outside the classroom students were led through different colonial games and introduced to colonial dancing. A guitarist accompanied the dancers playing music of the era. Overall the day was a success as students had fun and were introduced to colonial culture.

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An Outdoor Art Gallery in Fox Meadow

kestlemanpearlsIf you've driven down Hampton Road lately, you probably noticed some interesting artwork adorning the front lawn of a house at the corner of Hampton road and Olmstead road. No, it's not holiday decorations or pumpkins, the lawn sculpture is the work of artist, Simone Kestelman, who recently moved to the home and has enhanced both front and backyards with her work.

She calls the large, ceramic orange orbs, "The Beginning" and says they signify the seven days of creation in Genesis. And what about the string of white spheres hanging from the tree? Kestelman says these are a necklace, saying that "pearls for some are just what you wear when you want to look classy." For her the "pearls embody wisdom acquired through experience and are symbols of faith, love, harmony and new beginnings". The seven pearls that are unattached from the others are symbols of love, endearment, the holy day of rest, creation, blessing, females and the bride. Kestelman says the sculptures are weatherproof, but also fragile and strong at the same time.

If you're lucky enough to be invited behindkestlemanpetals the house you'll find the secret garden Kestleman created for her 11 year-old daughter. She made an "art" garden with ceramic flowers that bloom year-round and built a tree house that would be the envy of any child. Kestelman says, "creating art gardens with children means involving the kids in the design and evolution of the garden, working together to produce something unique. Nature facilitates more creative and imaginative play and creates a capacity for learning. More and more children today have less and less contact with the natural world. We had this problem since we came from a country (Brazil) where we had to have bullet proof cars."

kesstlemantreehouseKestelman's work extends far beyond her home. A multi-media artist, she works in glass, ceramics and photography using casting, fusing and a variety of finishing techniques. She has a studio on Westmoreland Avenue in White Plains that was converted from an old dairy farm. She recently showed her work at the Context Show on Pier 94 in New York. There she displayed two large works to raise awareness about violence against women and children. The work, "A Fairy Take Bride" will be included at the Glass Art Society at the Corning Museum, and she has upcoming shows at the Gutfruend Cornett Art exhibition who creates shows to highlight art as activism and at St. Mary's College Museum of Art.

Kestelman is a native of Rio de Janeiro, where she received a BA in economics. She trained in working with glass at the Corning Museum and has 30 years of experience working with glass and ceramics. Her work is currently in the permanent collection of the Newark Museum of Art and in private collections in Brazil and Europe.

The artist is represented by Glenn Aber Contemporary Art in Greenwich. Learn more about Kestelman and see her work here. kestlemanbridekestlemanshoes

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Expressions of Motherhood on Canvas

alla1Scarsdale artist Alla Goldburt-Annopolsky will show her work at a solo exhibit at Masterpiece Framing in Harrison from April 25 to May 22. This exhibition of 12 paintings is part of a larger collection of 182 pieces completed over the span of a year as a way for Annopolsky to connect her dual roles as a new mother and a working professional. "Going back to work full-time while still devoting myself to my son, I felt splintered," says Annopolsky. "Each day I collected fragments of thoughts and feelings. Each night I poured them onto canvas. With every painting I felt more whole, with renewed ability to experience love for my family and fulfillment in my work."

There will be a reception for the opening on Saturday April 30th from 6 -8 pm.

Alla came to United States from the former Soviet Union in 1980. She graduated from the Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She has been painting all her life, influenced by her late mother, the Russian artist Berta Kuznetsova. Alla's artwork has been shown in numerous galleries, including the Museum of Russian Art in Jersey City. Alla continues to hold a full-time job in IT and paints every chance she gets.

We asked Alla a few questions about herself and her work and here is what she shared:

When did you begin the series of paintings about motherhood that you will exhibit?

AG: I started this series of paintings on January 1, 2002. At that time, as happy as I was in my new role as a mother, I also felt tired and sleep deprived, after going back to work. I no longer had the freedom to paint when I wanted, or as long as I wanted to, obviously. In my studio I was able to find peace, and the sense of accomplishment that I felt after completing a single painting motivated me to continue that painting journey.

-How many children do you have and when do you have time to paint?

AG: I have one son, who is 15 years old. During the time of the Art Marathon, I was painting at night after getting my son to bed. This was my time to invest in myself. Being a working Mom, I couldn't imagine doing anything away from my son during the time he was awake, as the feeling of guilt of being away most of the day was too strong. This nighttime in the studio became my escape. I no longer felt tired, I felt like I was walking on air once I began painting every day.

Now that my son is older, life is still busy but in different ways. I continue to find solace in my studio in the evening after most of the day's challenges are behind me. It continues to be my escape.

-How long have you lived in Scarsdale and what do you like about living here?

AG: My husband and I moved to Scarsdale in 1999.alla2 When we decided to buy a house, Scarsdale was at the top of our list. After coming to Scarsdale for the first time in the fall of 1998 around Halloween time, we fell in love with the area and, specifically, with the first house we saw here, which we purchased! We love the people and the sense of community. Through the years we have made very special connections. We also enjoy the proximity to Manhattan which we visit frequently.

-What are you hoping to convey about motherhood through your paintings?

AG: A mother at peace with herself can give a lot more to her child and to the family. People/mothers find their escape in various areas. I found it in art. Creating art helped me to recharge, and to reconnect with myself. I would like to share my experience with other mothers, those who might be going through challenging periods in their lives and those who have already found balance. I hope to encourage these women to continue to invest in themselves and appreciate art in the process.

Alla's website can be found at She also can be reached at

allaprofileThe Masterpiece Art Gallery hosts shows for local artists and provides framing services for the public. The gallery is located at 243 Halstead Ave., in Harrison, NY. More information can be found at or by calling 914-835-6686.

Local Expert Provides the Latest on Zika

gorobetzScarsdale's Dr. Susan Klugman is the Director of the Division of Reproductive and Medical Genetics at Einstein/Montefiore where they are now seeing pregnant patients at risk for Zika infection. She is an obstetrician with a specialty in genetics. Though she runs a general obgyn practice most of her days are spent in the Reproductive Genetics Department at Montefiore seeing pregnant patients whose fetuses are at risk for genetic disorders. She also see patients considering pregnancy, patients at risk for hereditary cancer syndromes and patients whose family members have genetic disorders

Since we have an expert in our midst, Scarsdale10583 asked Dr. Klugman for the latest information on Zika – and here is what she shared:

You recently attended a national meeting where Zika was discussed. Tell us what you learned?

The meeting was over a month ago and so much has developed since! Just last week, with certainty the CDC declared that Zika does in fact cause microcephaly. This is unprecedented! This is the first time that a mosquito bite is associated with a severe birth defect. We are keeping current through the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Centers for Disease control (CDC) and the NYS Department of Health. Plus at Montefiore we have a team addressing this issue. We have pediatricians, obgyns, pathologists and others on the team

What has been your experience with Zika at the hospital? Have you seen any cases? What advice are doctors giving these patients?

We are currently screening all patient who have had travel to one of the countries with known Zika and we are also screening pregnant patients who have been sexually active with partners who have travelled to one of the known countries on the CDC list. As of April 27,2016 there are 36 cases of Zika infection in pregnant women in the US. All of these cases are associated with travel outside of the US and 8 are sexually transmitted. Any positive cases at Montefiore are followed by an interdisciplinary team along with the Department of Health, as mentioned above.

At what point in a pregnancy can tests show whether or not a fetus has been affected by the virus?

This is a very difficult question to answer. We can tell if a woman has an active infection by blood and/or urine tests if performed at the appropriate time (i.e. close to the time of infection). However there is uncertainty as to whether or not a fetus is infected if a mother shows signs of infection. For example, an amniocentesis can be performed to look for Zika in amniotic fluid but even if it is found to be positive that does not mean the fetus is infected. Also, if a patient is positive for Zika and her fetus has microcephaly, we cannot assume with 100% certainty that the microcephaly is due to Zika. There are other causes for microcephaly.

Currently , it is believed that those patient with microcephaly had Zika exposure late in the first trimester to early in the second trimester. Patients who have Zika exposure are at risk for miscarriage and those exposed late in pregnancy make have poor growth or fetal death. In addition, there are many neurologic issues that may affect the fetus.

The CDC's recommendation is that women and men avoid pregnancy/conception for 2 months if they have travelled to an area with known Zika infections and men avoid conception for 6 months if they have had a Zika infection. Women with Zika virus disease should wait until at least 8 weeks after symptom onset before attempting conception. No data are available regarding the risk for congenital infection among pregnant women with asymptomatic infection.

Concerning travel, what are your recommendations?

Avoid travel to destinations where local transmission of the Zika virus has been reported (that means where infected mosquitoes have transmitted the virus to people) There are good recommendations for prevention on the CDC website if patient has to travel. 

When do you think a vaccine will be available?

This is unclear

How long do you think it will take for the situation to be controlled?

That is a very difficult question to answer. Hopefully there will be government funding soon to help combat the problem and research the options for control and possible elimination of the virus.

For more information please check the CDC website or call Dr. Klugman's office between the hours of 9 and 5 :914-287-7730 Tuesday and Thursday OR 718-405-8150, Monday to Friday.

Tuition Assistance Availabe from the Scarsdale Foundation

grade2015cStudents who graduated from Scarsdale High School and/or live in Scarsdale and who have complete their first, second, or third years of college are invited to apply to the Scarsdale Foundation for tuition assistance. For the 2015-2016 academic year, the Foundation awarded $110,000 of need-based grants to students attending private and state-supported colleges.

Applications should be submitted online to the Scarsdale Foundation's website, (click on the College Scholarships link). Completed applications must be submitted by Monday, June 6, 2016. Late applications will not be accepted. Please contact Scholarship Committee Chairs Randy Guggenheimer ( and/or Beverley Sved ( with any questions. Please note "Scholarship Inquiry" in the subject of your email.

The Foundation welcomes contributions from the community to augment the funds available for distribution each year. Contributions may also be donated to a specially earmarked Scholarship Fund of the Scarsdale Foundation, with monies to be used for 2016-2017 recipients, enabling the Foundation to carry on the tradition of helping our students in need to pursue a college education. Donations may be made online by visiting the Foundation's website or mailed to the Foundation at P.O. Box 542, Scarsdale, NY 10583.

For more information regarding the work of the Foundation, please visit their website,