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voteThe Scarsdale Procedure Committee has announced the slate of candidates for election to the Citizen's Nominating Committee on November 15. Those who are elected will join 20 current CNC members to choose candidates to run for three Village Trustee positions under the banner of the Scarsdale Citizens Non- Partisan Party in the March general election.

On the ballot are the following candidates:
(Two will be elected from each district)

Edgewood:    Becky Bach, Stephen Baer, Susan Duncan, Chris Kowalski
Fox Meadow: Dara Gruenberg, Steve Pass
Greenacres:   Alan Lewis, Michelle Lichtenberg, Jon Krisbergh, Adie Shore
Heathcote:     Eric Lichtenstein, Gregory Soldatenko, Alan Steinfeld, Amber Yusef
Quaker Ridge: John Auerbacher, Jordan Black, Gabrielle Wise

The Citizen's Nominating Committee (CNC) election brochure is now available on the Procedure Committee website. It will also be mailed to all households in Scarsdale immediately after the General Election Day, to be received one week before the CNC Election Day, November 15. The brochure contains a list of all the candidates and their biographies, as well as election rules for voters and information on Scarsdale's Non-Partisan System.

Please read the brochure and vote at Village Hall, 7-10 AM or 2-9 PM on November 15th for candidates representing your election district or elementary school district.

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Tree1A large tree in front of the post office on Chase Road was removed by the Public Works Department on Friday evening October 27. Residents wondered why the tree was being taken down and why the work was being done in the dark.

We spoke to Benedict Salanitro who heads the Scarsdale Public Works Department and he told us that the London Plane tree was rotten to the core and top heavy. It posed a risks to pedestrians and drivers passing underneath it.

With a severe rain and windstorm forecasted for the weekend, Village officials decided they had better take the tree down before it fell. They took it down in the evening to prevent disruption to business at the post office and to Village traffic.tree

Sure enough, when they cut into it they found the trunk was diseased and hollow. We asked about the age of the tree, but since the trunk was hollow there were no rings to be counted to make the determination.

The stump will be removed and a suitably sized tree will be planted in its place.

Photos from Bruce Wells and the Department of Public Works.


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mulcaheyMore than 300 people attend the Scarsdale Fire Department's Fire Fair on Saturday October 14. The fair demonstrated how to prevent fires and what to do in the case that one breaks out.

There was a stove fire/ grease fire demonstration, where people learned the proper way to use a fire extinguisher. A demonstration on the proper fire extinguisher to pick for certain types of fire was given by Steve Rossi of AAA Emergency. There was a bouncy house on hand from the children and plenty of popcorn, cotton candy and hotdogs to eat.

Career firefighters wore pink tee shirts for the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Photos by Jon Thaler: See more here:bernsteinextinguishergreasefire


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vitalagingA steady stream of locals attended the Second Annual Vital Aging Fair at the Scarsdale Library on Monday. About 30 vendors were on hand to discuss a wide range of topics, from fitness and nutrition to legal and financial assistance. Local dignitaries Mayor Dan Hochvert, Trustees Callaghan and Pekarek, and County Legislator David Tubiolo were also on hand to show their support.

The free annual event is a joint effort of Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service, Scarsdale Recreation, and The Scarsdale Library. Vendors who presented this year included: My Second Home, The Kensington, Home Instead, Charles Schwaab, The Osborne, Eldercare, Medicaid Solutions, Silver Bills LLC, WestFair Rides, Ikor, Five Star Premier Residences, Right at Home, Alliance, SMHAL, Alliance HomeCare, Atria Woodlands, A Dignified Life, DOROT, WJCS, WEDC, JCC, Aging Smart, Loving Meditations, Mission to Wellness, REYNA, Fitness Link, Restore the Core, The UpperClass, and Scarsdale Police Detective Patricia Arcesi.

SFCS wishes to offer a special thanks to sponsors Massage Envy and Atria.

Article by Maryellen Saenger, Coordinator Aging in Place at SFCS

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DSC01399Wow! I toured the new fitness center at Scarsdale High School and I was impressed. This facility was so nice it could convert the most stubborn couch potatoes into fitness freaks.

After much discussion about the challenges of converting the basement of the high school – below the new gym – into a state of the art fitness facility, it's clear that this evolved into a successful project and a real asset for Scarsdale High School.

First of all the space is big – 6,000 square feet. And despite its location in the basement, it is above grade and a wall of south facing windows brings in plenty of natural light. In several areas of the room, the ceiling grid has been eliminated to accommodate the height of the machines. In addition to all the exercise equipment there is also a roomy floor area with special rubber flooring to facilitate yoga, pilates and stretching exercises.

SHS Athletic Director Ray Pappalardi explained that the vast facility and impressive training equipment can accommodate three classes of students at a time. Though it just opened at the beginning of school it is already being well used by everyone from sports teams and physical education classes to those with mobility challenges who find that the machinery can be accommodated for many purposes.

Pappalardi demonstrated use of the equipment starting with the Tire Lift for weight training saying that it teaches students to "lift the tire in a functionally appropriate way." The room is filled with all sorts of innovative equipment that Pappalardi says would rival the facilities at a Division 1 university.


We learned about the glut-ham machine and saw four racks of strength training equipment, each with three stations. There are rowing machines, treadmills that incline and decline, three types of elliptical trainers, octane climbing steps, cybex functional trainers and rows of stationary bicycles with video screens, similar to Pelotons.

We also saw "The Tank" which looks like a heavy cart on wheels that is pushed and pulled for strength training.

The facility is fully wired and has large video screens that can be used for instruction. Students will soon be able to use their personal devices to monitor their exercise and performance. Pappalardi noted that this feature allows students to measure themselves and work out to achieve their own personal best rather than gage themselves against group performance.

Pappalardi thanked the Scarsdale Foundation and Maroon and White for their contributions and the Madoff family for their generous donation that was used to purchase the exercise equipment.

It's an outstanding facility. If you get the chance, take a tour.

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