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Scarsdale Residents Donate Holiday Gifts for Children in Need

WJCSFor the 11th year in a row, the WJCS Have a Heart Luncheon at the home of Linda Plattus in Scarsdale ensured that hundreds of children in communities throughout Westchester will have a gift this holiday season.

WJCS Board members and Scarsdale residents Linda Plattus, Suzanne Yearley, Sarah Kayle, Nina Ross and Loretta Rosenbaum hosted the event on December 6th that was attend by approximately sixty people who donated an abundance of gifts and gift cards. WJCS has received 750 request for toys for children age infant through high school that are served in WJCS programs. These donations will go directly to these children and in most cases, will be the only toy they will receive this holiday season.

"For most Westchester families the holiday season is a time of joy and celebration. However, for too many of our neighbors, it is a stressful time," said Linda Plattus, "and The Have a Heart event is a wonderful opportunity to brighten the lives of children and families in our local community."

WJCS serves 7,000 children annually through a network of programs including after-school, early literacy, mental health, domestic violence prevention and services for pregnant and parenting teens and LGBTQ youth. In many of the communities served by WJCS, approximately 20% to 40% of the children live below the federal poverty level.

The following local merchants generously donated to the event: Cherry Lawn Farm Market, House of Flowers, Lange's Of Scarsdale, Martine's Fine Bake Shoppe and Patisserie Salzburg.

WJCS is one of the largest non-profit, non-sectarian human services agencies in Westchester, serving 20,000 people annually at more than 80 locations from Yonkers to Peekskill. The agency's integrated network of services includes mental health treatment, youth services, residential and non-residential programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism, home health and geriatric services. For more information, go to www.wjcs.com.

Learn About the Non-Partisan System at the CNC Organizational Meeting

villagehallThe public is invited to learn more about Scarsdale's Non-Partisan System for selecting candidates to run for Village office on the Scarsdale Citizens' Non-Partisan Party slate at the annual organizational meeting of the Citizens Nominating Committee (CNC) on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at 7pm, in the Third Floor Meeting Room of Scarsdale Village Hall, 1001 Post Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583. Scarsdale Public Television will record the meeting.

The CNC consists of 30 Scarsdale residents who are volunteers elected by Scarsdale voters to represent their neighborhood election units [Edgewood, Fox Meadow, Greenacres, Heathcote or Quaker Ridge]. Ten people are elected each November to serve staggered three-year terms. The volunteer group meets from December to January to interview and evaluate potential candidates to run for Village office on the Citizens' Non-Partisan Party slate. This year the CNC will nominate individuals to run for the office of Mayor currently held by Jonathan I. Mark and for three openings on the Scarsdale Village Board. Trustee William Stern will be finishing his second two-year term and both Trustees Matthew J. Callaghan and Carl L. Finger will be completing their first two-year terms. The General Village Election is on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

Scarsdale's Non-Partisan System has been operating successfully for over 100 years, following a contentious election in 1909. A complete history can be found on the Scarsdale Citizens' Non-Partisan Party website at www.scarsdalecitizens.org. The goal of the Non-Partisan system is to attract qualified citizens who would otherwise avoid campaigning, but would be willing to run for office in elections that are generally uncontested. The CNC's deliberations and due diligence on all potential nominees is kept confidential to further encourage well-qualified volunteers to apply for a spot on the Non-Partisan slate. Potential candidates also have the option to run for office outside of the Non-Partisan system under provisions of New York State law.

Are you interested in running for Mayor or Trustee? Do you know someone who would serve the Village of Scarsdale well? Contact any CNC representative listed on the Procedure Committee website at www.scarsdaleprocedurecommittee.org; or inform the CNC Chair, Lena Crandall, at (914) 725-9721 or Lena.Crandall@verizon.net.

Quaker Ridge Kids Donate 387 Lbs. of Candy to Operation Gratitude

QRCandyThough taking candy from children is usually frowned upon, teaching kids the value of giving back by donating their excess Halloween candy in support of U.S. Troops and First Responders is a win-win for kids and parents.

This Halloween, the Quaker Ridge School PTA collected and shipped 387lbs of candy to Operation Gratitude for inclusion in Care Packages to U.S. Service Members deployed overseas in harm's way and to First Responders serving here at home. "We were overwhelmed with the amount of donations received. A huge thank you is owed to William DeLuca, at the Heathcote USPS office for helping us safely package and ship such a large order," said Vanessa Siderow, Quaker Ridge School parent and volunteer.

Americans spend an estimated $2.5 billion dollars on a whopping 600 million pounds of Halloween Candy each year. In 2015 alone, 294 tons of that candy was sent to Operation Gratitude for distribution through its Care Package Programs.

"Operation Gratitude has shipped more than 1.6 Million Care Packages that include items such as DVDs, handmade scarves and hygiene products. Halloween candy is a wonderful addition to these packages," says Operation Gratitude's founder, Carolyn Blashek. "The candy is a great morale boost for the troops, and a means to create positive interaction with local children. Equally important is that the Halloween Candy GIVE-Back Program provides every American child the opportunity to learn about service and generosity."

About Operation Gratitude
Operation Gratitude is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that seeks to lift spirits and meet the evolving needs of the U.S. Military and First Responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for Americans to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation. To date, Operation Gratitude volunteers have assembled and shipped more than 1.6 million care packages. For more information, click here.

Concours D'Elegance Donates $15,000 to Community Organizations

concours2Three community organizations each received checks of $5,000 from the Scarsdale Concours d'Elegance, the vintage car show that was held in Scarsdale Village on Sunday October 2. Larry Patrizio and a group of student board members presented the checks to representatives from each organization at the meeting of the Scarsdale Board of Trustees on November 22. The proceeds were raised from the Concours' 13th annual antique car show. Beneficiaries included Scarsdale Family Counseling Service, #Paulie Strong Foundation, founded in memory of Paul Ulysses Jimenez who passed away from rhabdomyosarcoma at age 10 and the Warrior and Family Assistance Fund.

Presenting the checks were Larry and Daniel Patrizio, Sidney, Leif and Charlie Waller, Jacob Goodman, Jonah Schneider and Shelley Krohnengold.

Gilda's Club Holds Fourth Annual Stair Climb

stairclimbMore than 100 Gilda's Club Westchester supporters climbed the stadium bleachers at White Plains High School on Saturday, November 5 for the non-profit's 4th Annual Gilda's Stair Climb, a fun and unique fitness event where participants climb flights of stairs in a test of endurance. The Stair Climb offered several climbing options to accommodate various fitness levels: 24 floors, 48 floors, 72 floors, or 96 floors. Participants climbed individually or formed teams with friends and family. All proceeds will help Gilda's Club Westchester provide free emotional and social support to individuals and families impacted by cancer to ensure no one will have to face cancer alone.

Gilda's Club Westchester provides emotional and social support to individuals and families impacted by cancer through support groups, short-term counseling, health and exercise workshops, and social opportunities completely free of charge. For more information, visit gildasclubwestchester.org.