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Selling "Lemonaid" in Support of Robin Hood

lemonaidOn Saturday, June 3rd, dozens of families across Scarsdale set up stands and sold "lemonaid" in support of Robin Hood, New York's largest-poverty fighting organization. Equipped with lemonade, baked goods and a desire to help, kids of all ages raised money for people in need.

Robin Hood's Lemonaid program, which has been taking place for a decade, has raised more than a million dollars since its inception. This year, Scarsdale Lemonaid stands raised over $27,000 for Robin Hood.

"We are so appreciative of the entire Scarsdale community – from those who sell Lemonaid to those who donate," said Marianne Macrae, Robin Hood's director of family philanthropy. "We are continually inspired by Scarsdale's longstanding commitment to Robin Hood and helping low-income New Yorkers."

Robin Hood finds, funds and creates programs that generate meaningful results for New York's poorest residents – from soup kitchens and homeless shelters, to schools, job training programs and other vital services. Money raised from Lemonaid is earmarked to help feed hungry New Yorkers. Thus far, the effort has provided more than 800,000 meals to those in need.

SPD Officers Receive Commendations for Exceptional Service

SPD4Scarsdale Police Officers and two volunteers from the Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps were awarded at the SPD Award Ceremony at the Public Safety Building on May 31, 2017.

Village Manager Steve Pappalardo, Deputy Village Manager Robert Cole, Village Clerk Donna Conkling, Scarsdale Trustee Deb Pekarek, Mayor Dan Hochvert and Police Chief Andrew Matturo participated in the ceremony. Family and friends of the officers were on hand to applaud them.

Here are the award winners:

Exceptional Duty Medal for Detective Patricia Arcesi who searched for and arrested a suspect who had broken into the Fox Meadow School at 12:58 am on November 26, 2014 and stolen money from the school's safe.SPD3

Administrative Recognition Award for Sergeant Craig Carroll who interviewed a victim of aggravated harassment and through research identified the harasser and eventually arrested him in May 2015.

Life Saving Medals to Sergeant Brendan Kellaher, Police Office Michael Coyne, Police Officer Christopher Moleski and Police Officer Lamar Wilcher as well as Village Board Recognition to Al Garavito and James Gross of SVAC for saving the life of a heart attack victim after she stopped breathing on March 2015. The officers and volunteers administered CPR and transported the victim to White Plains Hospital.

SPD6Command Recognition to Police Officer Anthony Gaudio for arresting an individual operating a stolen vehicle.

Life Saving Medal to Police Officer John Boggi for lifesaving efforts on a patient in anaphylactic shock

Command Recognition to Detective Sergeant James Newman, Sergeant Craig Carroll, Detective Sherri Albano, Detective Joseph Serio for a unit citation for the Detective Division's ongoing efforts on all cases.

Photos by Jon Thaler: See more here:

SFCS Gala Honors Scarsdale Business Community

galastaffCommunity members came out to honor local Scarsdale businesses at the annual Spring fundraiser for Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Services (SFCS) on May 11th. In addition to dinner and dancing, this year's groundbreaking gala entitled, It Takes a Village, featured a fashion show where clothing, shoes and accessories, along with merchandise available at local Scarsdale stores, was modeled by Scarsdale teens and adults, as well as a silent auction.janice

The gala raised needed funds to support SFCS, a voluntary, not-for-profit family counseling agency that has provided service since 1920 to those who live or work in the greater Scarsdale area. The mission of the Agency is to be a center for family growth and learning, a place where families, couples and individuals can find help with the normal problems of daily living, as well as crises; to enhance the functioning of the family and its individual members through family life education; to stimulate social thinking and action to better social conditions; and to cooperate with other organizations for this purpose. Contributions are still welcome; please call SFCS at (914) 723-3281.

banksLocal businesses that lent for the fashion show or donated for the silent auction, included: A Better Wash on Wheels, Ah!Dorned by Tracey Lane Novick, Athleta, Beginnings Boutique, Barry's Bootcamp, Center for Movement, Cheryl's Closet, Chinese International Martial Arts Center of Scarsdale, Club Pilates Scarsdale, CSJ Consultants, 808 Social, Electrolysis by Caroline DelJuidice, Inc., Ellen Cohen – Pampered Chef, Eye Gallery of Scarsdale, Flywheel Sports, Great Stuff, Giannoni's Deli, Go Dash Dot, Holsten Jewelers, Inner Peace Yoga, Jacqueline D. Cutler Interiors, Jay Cohen Photography, Jill Harris Interiors, Landsberg Jewelers, Leah's Salon, Leys, Christie & Co, Inc., Kim Burnham Cakes, LF, Mark Cohen & Company Career Strategy, Marcia Helbling, Mary McCormick, Mixology, Neil's of Scarsdale, Oggi & Adam and Eve Salon & Day Spa, Pamela Robbins, Pamela Pipper Arnel, Pat Waldeck, Robert Allen Multimedia, Rothmans, Sackowitz Jewelers, Sam Lehr Design Jewelry, Skin Westchester, Smallcakes Cupcakery, Static Hair Salon, Standing Room Only, The CBD Center, The Dark Horse, The 808 Bistro, The Chintz Giraffe, The Westchester Hypnosis Center, Three Gems Unlimited, 3 Sisters, Total Form Fitness, Tracy & Michael Nathanson, Value Electronics and Wilson & Sons Jewelers.

galamodelsCommunity members who modeled merchandize in the fashion show, included: Carrie Bank, Rosalyn Binday, Margo Boxer, Mia Bezos, Lydia Doherty, Sophie Fried, Julia Goldenberg, Susan Goldenberg, Sophie Gross, Lisa Hasson, Sophia Higdon, Julia Kusknick, Michaela Lenkis-Kristian, Tracy Nathanson, Hadley Schwall, Rashid Silvera, Matt Starr and Rachel Worth.



SHS Baseball Team Reaches Semifinals

andrewcatchThe Scarsdale High School Baseball Team entered the post season with an 11-8 record. The Raiders won their first playoff game on May 20th against New Rochelle 7-5 with Christian Waterhouse securing the win. Their second playoff game on May 23rd was a 7-0 win at Fox Lane HS. May 24th the Raiders played a semifinal game but came up a little short with a 5-1 loss at Arlington HS, falling just one game short of the Championship. Below are photos from the Fox Lane game taken by Jon Thaler. You can see more of them by clicking here.
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Community Garden Celebration and Donations Needed for Grad Bag

gardenclub1Ten years ago, a small but determined band of Scarsdale High School students broke through the first layers of sod and formed a vegetable bed. They visited Yale and explored their garden, and hoped one day to have a pizza oven and picnic tables just like them. Well, they have picnic tables now, a much larger garden...and plenty of good will, sustainability ethics, and devotion to duty.

The main mission of the Scarsdale High School Garden Club, lead by teacher Mrs. Favretti, has remained the same all these years: to provide healthy organic food to local soup kitchens and food pantries (this year, Grace Church and Eastchester Community Action Program). Each year since 2011, they have achieved their goal of at least 1500 pounds of food donated.

At the same time, the garden is an outdoor classroom and gathering place. At least one teacher in each department (and in some departments many more) uses the garden for instruction. gardenclub2Whether it's observing, measuring, labelling, photographing, harvesting, investigating, testing, working, problem solving- students are the beneficiaries. The gardeners are learning a whole host of skills beyond being able to produce a large quantity of food with nothing but seeds, soil, water and sun, and everyone enjoys the picnic tables and benches on pleasant days.

The club would like to invite the whole community to consider volunteering in the garden in the summer months. They have had volunteers ages 5 to 95, and many in between. The summer months can be tough for the garden, but with volunteer help the club can get through and not waste food that can be donated. They need weeders and harvester/donators!

Everyone is also welcome to enjoy the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Potluck Picnic and Work Day, May 20 from 10-3 at the SHS Garden and room 2N5. Sign up by contacting Maggie Favretti,, 914-721-2567. If you are a Yale alum, please also register through Yale Day of Service online!
Grad Bag is looking for donations!

gradbag2Grad Bag is a green initiative to re-use dorm supplies. They collect, clean, package and re-distribute dorm room items to soon-to-be college students who don't have the means to buy these things on their own.

Grad Bag is collecting used dorm room items and college graduation is around the corner. Do you know a college senior (or any student) who is moving out of a dorm room? Don't throw those XL bed sheets away!

They collect directly at colleges in addition to local efforts. Grad Bag is currently looking for gently used linens, storage boxes, lamps, etc. They will take used camp bed linens and blankets as well.

For more information please contact: or and check out their website,