Arrested and Harassed: Scarsdale Police Report
- Category: Today's News
- Published on 16 April 2014
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
While many celebrated the advent of spring at Passover Seders this week, Mother Nature had ideas of her own. Scarsdale woke up on Wednesday morning to find a dusting of snow on spring flowers. Here's what the police reported this week:
Arrested: Ike Okoli, age 26, of Lockwood Road continued to have problems this week when he was arrested for making a false report to the police and criminal contempt. The arrest involved events that occurred between 12/12 and 4/14. Most recently, on March 13, Okoli said that that his neighbor's son beat him with a bat and punched him in the face at 5:50 pm that day. However in the course of telling police what happened, he changed his story, first saying it happened that day, then saying it happened a week ago. Police knocked on the neighbor's door and found that the son had not been home since early in the morning. The incident appeared to be unfounded.
Harassed: At 2 am on April 7 a 23 year-old Madison Road woman said that she had ben harassed on Facebook by a 21 year-old young woman from Scarsdale who threatened to "break her (the victim's) neck if she continued to talk to her boyfriend, and said she would "smash the victim's windshield with a crowbar." The victim shared recordings of the phone calls and screen shots of the postings on Facebook with the police. The victim did not wish to press charges. The victim was contacted again at 11 am that morning before police were able to contact the woman who was making the threats.
Found: Two money grams valued at $250 and $200 were found on East Parkway on April 7 and turned over to the police. Later in the afternoon the owner of the money grams came to police headquarters to claim them.
A BMW car key, found on East Parkway, was turned over to police on April 8. They contacted the BMW dealer who was able to identify the owner of the keys and police contacted the woman to come in to retrieve her keys.
Vandalism: A Mamaroneck Road woman reported that someone broke into her 2014 Mercedes while it was parked in her driveway overnight on April 7-8 and stole several items including two pair of sunglasses, each valued at $400, a wallet, a bottle of Don Julio tequila, $120 in cash and three credit cards. The car was unlocked when it was entered and was not damaged.
Theft: A 14 year-old boy who attends Scarsdale High School said that a pair of Beats Studio Headphones valued at $290 and his keys were stolen from his back pack which he left in the locker room during his gym class on April 9. When he returned an hour later the items were gone.
Stolen Bike: A Tuckahoe man reported that his Lamborghini bicycle, valued at $250 was stolen from the bike rack on Depot Place around 3 pm on April 12. The bike lock was cut and the bike was gone.
Dirty Water: Police received several calls about dirty water coming from the pipes on April 7. Residents were advised that the water department was flushing out the pipes which sometimes causes the water to be discolored.
Damage: A rock thrown over a backyard fence on Dobbs Terrace damaged the rear sliding door of a home on Brewster Road on April 12. Neighbors agreed to settle the matter privately.
A car parked in the parking lot next to Dean Field was damaged on April 7 when a baseball went through the car window and broke it.
A deliveryman backed his truck into a lamppost on Depot Place at 4 am on April 10. The driver made his delivery, attempted to move the lamppost and left the scene.
Dispute: The ex-husband of a Dickel Road woman called police on 4-13 when he could not get his car back from his son who had borrowed it. Police arrived and the son turned over the car.
Identity Theft: On April 8 a Sylvan Lane woman reported that someone had filed a fraudulent tax return using her identity.
Too big! A Herkimer Road man came to police headquarters on April 9 to tell police that he is concerned about homes that are being built on his street. He said that the "size of these homes is changing the old neighborhood," and that he and his neighbors wanted the police to be aware of this. Police told him to contact the building department.
No Ice Cream: A member of the Scarsdale Sustainability Committee reported that an ice cream truck that was idling at the Greenacres School at 3:15 on the afternoon of 4/11. The driver of the truck was advised that the truck was not permitted to park within 100' of the school for more than three minutes within 1 hour of dismissal time. So much for ice cream!
Overweight: Police stopped a truck that was hauling black top material on the Post Road on the afternoon of April 9 because the material was not covered as required by law. Police then determined that the truck was overloaded and took it to the sanitation department where it was weighed and found to be 5,600 lbs. overweight. The truck company was given multiple summons' for operating an overweight truck, not covering the cargo and an improper permit.
Unregistered Drivers: Several people were stopped and arrested for driving with suspended registrations this week. Police stopped Audrey Loveridge, age 57 of the Bronx, Timothy Doyle, age 57 of Scarsdale and Antonino Cannavo, age 53 of Yonkers for driving unregistered vehicles. Their cars were towed and they were issued summons.
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You Know You're a Scarsdalian If...
- Category: Arts and Entertainment
- Published on 14 April 2014
- Written by Deborah Skolnik
Columnist Deborah Skolnik is out of town this week, but even down south she's got Scarsdale on the brain. Skolnik says, "Sitting here poolside, trying to enjoy the hibiscus flowers and instead wondering whether my daffodils are blooming at home, made me realize that you can take the girl out of Scarsdale, but can't take Scarsdale out of the girl. Which made me think you might enjoy this item...
YOU KNOW YOU'RE A SCARSDALIAN IF...
* You understand that the best stuff in life is free, but spend hundreds of dollars at Great Stuff every season.
* You spend summer days burning off 500 calories in the town pool in an attempt to lose weight, then consuming a 600-calorie Tornado Wrap at the snack bar.
* When someone in your office shouts out, "What does 'WRT' stand for?" You shout back, "Westchester Reform Temple!" before realizing the correct answer is probably "With Regards To."
* The phrase 'million-dollar home' brings to mind a 50-year-old, 3-bedroom ranch with avocado-green appliances, rather than Downton Abbey.
* Actually, though, you heard that that ranch house just got assessed for $1.7 million.
* You pity helicopter parents. They can't afford a hovercraft?
* You care, you really do, about Democratic and Republican platforms, but you care just a little more about platform tennis.
* When you hear someone mention The Homestead Act, you think of angry people sulking in luxury apartments rather than hearty 19th-century settlers plowing 40 rocky acres in Idaho.
* You've visited Salzburg and sampled Italian Village delights in a single day, without spending a dime on airfare.
* You know that being on the right track means working hard, being honest, keeping your goals in sight. Oh yeah, and running super fast up and over a covered bridge when Metro North gives you 30 seconds' warning that the city-bound train is coming in on the White-Plains-bound side.
Greenacres resident Deborah Skolnik is the mother of two and cops to doing at least 50% of the stuff listed here.
More Closings in Scarsdale Village
- Category: People
- Published on 17 April 2014
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
Another month of changes in the retail landscape for Scarsdale Village with stores opening and closing in rapid succession.
Space NK, the cosmetics store that occupied a double storefront that ran between Harwood Court and Boniface Circle is gone. According to one observer they seemed to be doing brisk sales until they opened another Space NK counter in the cosmetics department in Bloomingdales in White Plains. This could have put a big dent in their business. That space is now empty.
On the other hand, Paris Interiors, the decorating shop that was sited in a small storefront on Harwood Court has moved to bigger quarters on East Parkway and now occupies the space recently vacated by one of the stores owned by La Dentelliere. The original La Dentelliere is still there!
Yogo Joy, also on Harwood Court has closed as well. The owner sold both the Scarsdale and Rye stores to a new owner who will reopen in the same site and sell high quality frozen yogurt as well as other food items.
Last, the Cosmetic Boutique that briefly opened next to Langes Deli has also fled Scarsdale. Perhaps if they had waited for Space NK to leave town they would have attracted more customers. Apparently the owner was not happy to be located adjacent to the dry cleaners on Christie Place due to concerns about chemicals and decided to terminate her lease. So for now, we have gone from having two to zero cosmetics stores in Scarsdale Village.
Why do you think retailers are having so much trouble in Scarsdale? Is it limited parking? Aggressive ticketing? The reconstruction of the bridge on the Bronx River Parkway?
And what stores would you like to see downtown? Add your thoughts in the comments section below:
Seriously Good Eating
- Category: Neighborhood News
- Published on 17 April 2014
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
From the moment you walk into Saint George, perched high above the Hudson River in Hastings, you can see you are in for authentic French fare. The blackboard is peppered with words like charcuterie, fromage and mouclade and the high, pressed tin ceiling, burnished woodwork and lanterns have an old-world, European flavor. Turns out the management are not strangers to quality food or Scarsdale, as this is the third venture for Executive Chef Chris Vergara of Scarsdale's Meritage and Harper's in Dobbs Ferry. This new addition to their enterprise is in the space formerly occupied by Buffet de la Gare, and is opposite the Hastings on Hudson train station.
Due to the popularity of Saint George, I am not sure you'll be able to walk in to this bistro on a weekend. Fortunately for us, a friend had booked a table a month before. We were greeted with a tempting cocktail menu and I ordered this very green "Chartreuse Swizzle" with green chartreuse, pineapple, lime, and nutmeg. It was a bit too sweet and the nutmeg made it taste like Christmas so next time I will order a glass of absinthe or choose from their extensive list of wines from all over France.
For appetizers, on the night we were there, they were offering a special salad of imported white asparagus topped with herbs and a sauce gribiche that was a standout. Also recommended is the frisee salad with crispy egg, jambon and mustard and the salade de marche with goat cheese – pictured here. A more daring member of our party went for the beef tartare tartinette and enjoyed it. Also featured is a raw bar with a variety of oysters and clams, as well as shrimp cocktail and a chilled half lobster.
Though you will find fish on the menu, it does lean heavily on the meat side. Our party of six ended up ordering the Hudson Valley duck breast and a chicken fricassee with chunks of house cured bacon, mushrooms, carrots, and cognac-cream. The piece de resistance was the massive boneless rib-eye steak for two, served in a black cast iron pan, accompanied by sides of roasted brussels sprouts and pureed potatoes. The steak was well charred on the outside and rare in the middle and proved to be enough for 3 or even 4! I went for the striped bass with braised artichokes and carrots in white wine and coriander. Pictured here it was moist and tasty. It was evident that all the entrees were freshly prepared by a skilled chef and all six of us were impressed with our dinners.
I am ashamed to admit we indulged in dessert as well. The profiteroles with ice cream and chocolate sauce were irresistible and the chocolate mousse with dark rum and espresso, topped with whipped cream was quickly gone as well.
Who is Saint George? Apparently the chef has a beloved rabbit called George who Vergara says is lucky to be the inspiration for the restaurant's name rather than the substance of a stew! So when you go, be sure to avoid the lapin.
155 Southside Avenue
Hastings on Hudson, NY
Dinner nightly from 5 pm
Brunch Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm
Text and Style: New Salon Catering to Teens Opens in the Golden Horseshoe
- Category: Family Matters
- Published on 15 April 2014
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
If you can't get your teen to put down their smartphone, here's a great place for you and your tech-savvy son or daughter. In additional to offering haircuts, blow-dries, hair treatments and manicures, BST is providing tech toys for customers (young and old) to use while they are in the stylist's chair. The one-of-a-kind hair and nail styling experience offers the professionalism and expertise of a Paul Mitchell salon with the sleekness, and forward thinking atmosphere of an Apple Store. The new 1,500 square foot space features a sleek, modern design with white crisp finishes.
The salon is an interactive hub for kids who tag along to their parents styling appointments giving them the chance to experience three flatscreen televisions, free Wifi access, business Pandora, photo booth style Instagram printing stations, and even Xbox; all in a spacious, highly-designed setting.
"When we started to look at the opportunity in the Salon business we found a real gap in the services that were offered to teens and pre teens," stated BST Owner and Scarsdale resident Merav Abbe. "I also saw the need on a personal level - my two teen age kids need a styling salon of their own without having to tag along to my appointments and there just aren't many suitable options. BST will offer teens and pre teens a truly customized salon experience - an oasis that provides premium services in an environment tailored to their passion and filling a gap in servicing this often overlooked demographic."
In addition to affording salon goers a level of tech friendliness unparalleled in any of today's traditional salons, BST uses top of the line and Moroccanoil products exclusively administered by a staff of up to eight stylists for in salon treatment, additional staff for at home service, as well as three nail styling technicians and cosmetic artists. BST Salon is available for parties, either in store, or in home further adding to the first class pampering and personalized experience that defines the brand.
BST is located in the Golden Horseshoe Shopping Center at 1128 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale, NY. For party inquiries, appointments, pricing information and more call 914-472-0400 or visit www.bstsalon.com.