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Vote for the Citizens Nominating Committee on Wednesday November 16

votecheckResidents are encouraged to vote in the election for the Citizens Nominating Committee on Wednesday November 16 at Scarsdale Village Hall from 7:30 – 9 am and 2-9 pm. Two candidates from each of Scarsdale's voting districts will be elected to serve on the Citizen's Nominating Committee that will nominate candidates to serve as Village Trustee, Mayor and Village Justice.

Scarsdale's Non-Partisan System promotes the election of candidates who are qualified by reason of their civic, rather than political, abilities and experience. Village residents elect a Citizens Nominating Committee (CNC), which in turn selects a slate of candidates for the village offices of trustee, mayor and village justice. The system encourages the active participation of all residents. The Non-Partisan System is not the only way candidates can run for village office; under New York State election law, any person who obtains the prescribed number of signatures on a nominating petition can run for village office.

Here are the names of the candidates who are running from each district:

  • Edgewood: Ron Sannicandro, Ryan Spicer
  • Fox Meadow: Paul Diamond, Timothy Foley, Marc Greenwald, Judy Wenjing Kerr, Hamsa Shadaksharappa
  • Greenacres: Daniel Brown, Jonathan Klein, Jon Leslie
  • Heathcote: Laura Kaplow-Goldman, Peter Tesler
  • Quaker Ridge: Michael Gorelick, Mary Beth Gose, Ron Schulhof

In order to vote you must be eighteen years or older, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of Scarsdale for at least 30 days before Election Day, November 16, 2016. You do not need to be a registered voter.

If you cannot vote at Village Hall, you can mail in your ballot. You can download the mail-in ballot from the Procedure Committee website at: www.ScarsdaleProcedureCommittee.org or obtain one at Village Hall or the Scarsdale Library. Mail-in ballots should be mailed to P.O. Box 284, Scarsdale 10583, and must be received by the Scarsdale Post Office by 5 P.M. on November 16, 2016, the day of the election.

Check your mail for more information about the candidates or click here to learn more online.

The election is Wednesday November 16 at Village Hall.

Scarsdale Residents Greet Hillary's Return to Westchester at 3am on Election Day Morning

hillary2About 500 fans stayed up late – or perhaps woke up very early – to greet Hillary Clinton's plane when it touched down at Westchester Airport at 3:30 am on Election Day morning, November 8. Hillary had completed her final campaign tour and was returning to her home in Chappaqua to watch the returns.

Greenacres resident and Hillary supporter Michelle Lichtenberg was in the crowd and braved the dark and cold to see Hillary. She said, "I wanted to be there to see the Westchester resident who will hopefully be our first female president."

With Michelle were BK Munguia, wife of hillaryScarsdale Mayor Jon Mark, former Scarsdale Mayor Carolyn Stevens and Paula Wittlin. Also at the airport were former school board members Mary Beth Gose and Suzanne Seiden as well as Jeff and Susie Stern and Diane Greenwald. Former Scarsdale resident Anna Decker actually shook Hillary's hand and forwarded us this photo of Clinton in her signature red pantsuit. All had worked hard for the campaign.

Michelle

Scarsdale Bowl Committee Seeks Recommendations

DSC09018The 2017 Scarsdale Bowl Committee will begin its work in early December to select the 2017 recipient of the Scarsdale Bowl and is seeking recommendations from the community for a possible honoree. The Scarsdale Bowl, under the sponsorship of the Scarsdale Foundation, has been awarded annually since 1943 to an individual, or in rare instances, to a husband and wife, who has given "unselfishly of his/her time, energy and effort to the civic welfare of the community." The founding donors of the Bowl believed that "many who serve generously and voluntarily, without office, honor or publicity, are those deserving of having their names permanently inscribed on the Scarsdale Bowl."

David Lee is serving as chair of this year's Scarsdale Bowl Committee. The members of the committee serve staggered two-year terms. The newly appointed Class of 2018 consists of Norman Alterman, Diane Baylor, Kate Conlan, Lee Fischman, Mona Longman, Suzanne Seiden, and Margaret Smith. The continuing Class-members of 2017 are Beth Ehrich Berkley, Jonathan Bradlow, Fran Galloway, Gary Katz, Janet Korins, Eli Mattiolli, and Jyoti Ruta. Evelyn Stock, Scarsdale Foundation trustee, will serve on the committee as the liaison, and Robert Jeremiah is serving as secretary/treasurer. Emily Sherwood, president of the Scarsdale Foundation, is an ex-officio, non-voting member.

The Scarsdale Bowl will be awarded at a dinner on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at The Fountainhead in New Rochelle. The ceremony will pay tribute to the 2017 honoree and to the spirit of volunteerism, central to the civic life of the Scarsdale community.

The Bowl Committee enthusiastically welcomes community input. It will hold its first meeting December 4, 2016 and requests that residents contact any member of the committee with suggestions of potential recipients. Recommendations are requested by November 18, 2016, although suggestions will be accepted at any time prior to the Committee's December meeting. Suggestions should be emailed to the Committee at: scarbowl@gmail.com. Questions may be directed to David Lee at (914) 725.3240.

Additional information about the Scarsdale Foundation and the Scarsdale Bowl can be found at www.scarsdalefoundation.org.

Village Calls for Candidates to Serve on the Board of Architectural Review

8 Carstensen RoadThe Personnel Committee of the Village Board of Trustees has announced two vacancies on the Board of Architectural Review (BAR); one vacancy as a regular member and one vacancy as an alternate member.

Appointments to the Board of Architectural Review are for a three-year term. The BAR's basic purpose is to preserve the character and appearance of the Village. The BAR reviews all applications involving construction of buildings, or additions to, or reconstruction of existing buildings affecting the exterior appearance.

Trustee Jane Veron, Chair of the Personnel Committee, encourages residents to apply for these positions by submitting their names, together with a listing of community service and relevant professional background. Architects and design professionals are preferred.

Applications may be submitted in one of two ways:

Via the Village Website – Click on this link

Via Village Hall – Applications are available in-person or online here and should be directed to Trustee Jane Veron at Village Hall, 1001 Post Road, Scarsdale NY 10583.

To review the guidelines for membership, terms of office, and member responsibilities for Scarsdale's Citizen Boards, Councils, and Committees, click here

Please contact the Village Clerk, Donna Conkling, at 914-722-1175 or via e-mail dconkling@scarsdale.com for further information.

Local Spanish Professor Publishes Book that Answers 101 Questions About Spanish

HOchbergCoverScarsdale native and Spanish Professor Judy Hochberg has published a new book, "¿Por qué? 101 Questions about Spanish"  for anyone who wants to understand how Spanish really works. While standard textbooks and grammars describe the "what" of Spanish - its vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and pronunciation, Hochberg's book "¿Por qué," explains the "why." Why are so many Spanish verbs irregular?

Hochberg draws on linguistic principles, Hispanic culture, and language history to answer questions such as: Why does Spanish have different ways to say "you"? - Why is h silent? - Why doesn't Spanish use apostrophes? - Why does Castilian Spanish have the th sound?

Hochberg and her husband are both graduates of Scarsdale High School (1978) and married just days after their graduation from college in 1982. She earned her BA from Harvard and her PhD at Stanford, both in linguistics. She initially focused on how children learn to speak Spanish as a first language and then spent several years researching computational linguistics topics like automatic translation and speech recognition.

She worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, and then for one year at a start-up in NY and three years at IBM's TJ Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, In 2004 she retrained as a Spanish teacher and taught at SHS from 2004 to 2009, and since then as an adjunct at Fordham University. She began work on the book in 2011 as a way to share her special perspective on Spanish as someone who is both a research linguist and a classroom teacher. She also blogs at Spanishlinguist.us.

She moved back to Scarsdale in 2000 and her three children graduated from SHS. The oldest two are married, and she has two grandsons in Philadelphia.

¿Por qué? is an accessible study guide that is suitable for Spanish students, instructors, native speakers, and the general reader. It is a valuable supplementary text for serious students of Spanish at all levels, from beginning to advanced. ¿Por qué? also covers topics usually left to specialized books, including the evolution of Spanish, how children and adults learn Spanish, and the status of languages that co-exist with Spanish, from Catalan to Spanish sign language to the indigenous languages of Latin America.

The book will be published on October 20th. Order your copy now

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