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Girl Scouts Cheer Veterans with Homemade Cookies

girlscoutsOn Friday November 10th the Scarsdale Edgemont Girl Scouts delivered approximately 400 homemade cookie packages to local veterans. The veterans and some of their wives told the scouts what life was like during their time in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, as well as in the Middle East.

Photo of Troop 1943 (Quaker Ridge 4th grade) taken by Teresa Black. Text from Alison Litofsky

Freightway Steering Committee Hosts Public Workshop #3

FreightwayWorkshop1Approximately 40 interested residents and other stakeholders attended the third public workshop held by the Freightway Steering Committee on Monday night. The workshop, held at the Scarsdale Teen Center, was part of a months-long study being conducted by the Freightway Steering Committee to provide a community-based vision for possible redevelopment of the Freightway site that enhances the Village Center while meeting local needs. The workshop included a presentation by BFJ Planning, consultants to the Committee, of preliminary redevelopment concepts that incorporated community comments received to date.

The presentation was followed by a breakout session during Freightway3which participants discussed with representatives from BFJ Planning various topics of consideration for the study such as parking issues, contextual design matters, integration of the site with the Village Center and environmentally sustainable development. The Committee, has now held five public working sessions, three public workshops, conducted an online survey and held a number of focus groups to assist with gathering information from key stakeholders. The Committee plans to issue a report of its study to the Village Board of Trustees during the first quarter of 2018. Last night's meeting was recorded and will be available for viewing on the Scarsdale Public TV web site (, as are the first two public workshops.

The next meeting of the Committee is a working session scheduled for 7:00 pm, December 5, 2017 at Village Hall. The public is invited to attend and listen to the Committee discussion.
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Girls Varsity A Soccer Team Ends the Season with Two Shootouts

soccerteamThe Scarsdale Raiders Girls Varsity A soccer team lost a highly contested quarterfinal round game on Wednesday afternoon, October 24 against arch-rival New Rochelle, eliminating them from the Section AA playoffs. The score was tied 0-0 after 80 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes overtime, so the game was decided in a shootout. The Hugenots prevailed 4-3, earning them the victory before a raucous crowd at New Rochelle High School. Scarsdale's penalty kicks goals were scored by Carly Rubin, Allison Stafford and Olivia Bryant.

The game matched foes which had split their two games during the regular season. The Raiders won the first game convincingly at SHS by a score of 3-0 and the Hugenots exacted revenge in the second game on their home turf by 3-1. Neither team dominated the playoff game and both goalies were kept busy by a wave of attacks from the opposing team's offenses and a large number of corner kicks.

Christina Coco came up big for the Raiders in goal, at one point coming far out of the goal to dive on a loose ball that was within close range of New Rochelle's top scorer. Scarsdale's defense held up well throughout the game, with co-captain center back Sam Mancini anchoring the effort. Katy Reisman was effective running down several balls on the right wing and breaking up passes, and mid-fielder Allison Stafford did an outstanding job marking New Rochelle's best offensive player throughout the game.

On the offensive side, the Raiders had relatively few good scoring chances. Forward Riley Edlitz put a strong shot on goal late in the second half but it sailed over the crossbar. Mid-fielder Ella Ansell had an opportunity near the goal off a gorgeous centering pass from forward Nayumi Parente but was unable to connect. As the Hugenots celebrated their dramatic win after the shootout, the Raiders team was disappointed knowing that they had the ability to win but couldn't convert on the winning goal.

The Raiders' players and coaches took comfort by reflecting on an outstanding season with consistent success on the field as evidenced by an 11-4-2 record against some formidable opponents, and a closeness that developed among the players on the team who spent a lot of free time together bonding. Credit goes to senior co-captains Sam Mancini and Carly Rubin for their leadership.

The game against New Rochelle would not have occurred if not for a dramatic Raiders' win, also in a shoot-out, against division rival Mamaroneck on Saturday, October 21, before a large, boisterous crowd at Scarsdale High School. In the Tigers' game, the Raiders took a 1-0 lead in the first half off a goal by Parente off a turnover. Thereafter the Raiders dominated possession but were unable to convert.

Sophomore forward Olivia Bryant was foiled on a great save by the Tigers' goalie off a beautiful centering pass from Parente about ten minutes into the second half. Mamaroneck broke through with a header goal off a corner kick about midway through the second half. Thereafter Scarsdale continued to dominate but was unable to score, coming closest when junior mid-fielder Allison Stafford appeared to score off a volley near the goal, but the score was nullified by a foul that was called off another Scarsdale player in the box. Regulation ended with the score tied 1-1 and after 30 minutes of overtime, the score remained 1-1. The game was decided in a shoot-out 5-4, with Rubin, Stafford, Bryant, Amanda Razumna and Dana Papandreadis all converting on their penalty kicks. Scarsdale goalie Christina Coco, who came up big a couple of times for the Raiders in regulation, made a diving save to foil the fourth Tigers' shooter, and that was the difference in the game.

After the shootout win the Scarsdale players jubilantly ran on the field and celebrated with smiles, hugs and high gives abounding. The weary Raiders knew they had survived a scare from underdog Mamaroneck, a team they had beaten easily only two weeks before.

Photo credit: Jon Thaler

Recycled Art

recycledartScarsdale resident Marissa Gurdian sent in these photos of a fall tableau at the Scarsdale Sanitation yard. It turns out that Joe Boiano, who works at the sanitation yard, created this scene using discarded items that came into the yard.

Gurdian said, ""It really brightened my day to drive into the recycling center and see a beautiful fall scene that Joe had created entirely out of discarded items."

See below for a photo of Joe in his garden:


Scarsdale Woman's Exchange Moves to Larger Quarters

whitesweaterWe heard that the Scarsdale Woman's Exchange had moved further down Harwood Court so that it's current location could be converted into residential space. So we stopped into the new store at 6 Harwood Court and were very pleasantly surprised.

The Exchange has two storefronts that were formerly the home of "Green with Envy." They've repainted and done a beautiful job of building cabinetry to showcase their unique handmade merchandise. With more available display space, it's evident what's so special about what they offer.

For babies and kids there are hand knit blankets, booties and sweaters, smocked dresses, fleece jackets and backpacks and overnight bags that can be monogrammed with the child's initials. There are lovely bibs and towels that can also be monogrammed and make for elegant baby gifts. Who wouldn't want a handmade toy train with the letters of the child's name or a custom rag doll. Prices for all of these handmade items are really reasonable.bluesweater

The other side of the store houses gifts for grownups and home. There was an entire shelf of "Scarsdale" merchandise for friends who love our town. There were cute sleep shirts, a nice collection of melamine dishes, attractive throw pillows, hand-carved cutting boards and wooden boxes and fun stuff for Halloween.

The Scarsdale Women's Exchange is known for their tea sandwiches which can be ordered in quantities of 50, 75, 100 and more as well as their brownies and lemon squares which you'll find in the shop.

Stop by the shop at 6 Harwood Court, Monday-Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Its a Village treasure.