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Scarsdale Public Schools are closed today, Monday March 15 and will continue to be closed on Tuesday March 16. Officials fear that students, teachers and school personnel would have problems getting to school safely due to downed trees and power lines.  The traffic lights on the Post Road are out and the Village does not have enough personnel to man each light. As many as 70% of Village homes are still without power. In Edgemont, Edgemont High School was closed Monday due to power outages, but Seely Place and Greenville Elementary Schools are open. As soon as we have information from Edgemont about Tuesday we will post it.

Thanks for all of your photos and storm updates. Please continue to add them in the comments section below or by emailing scarsdalecomments@gmail.com.

The Scarsdale Board of Trustees met on Tuesday March 9th and at long last the Village Center Component of the Comprehensive Plan was approved. The plan has been in the works for two and a half years and many factions of the community provided input and contributed to the result.

Two Planning Boards, Village Planner Elizabeth Marrinan, the Conservation Advisory Council, The League of Women Voters, Scarsdale Friends of the Parks, the neighborhood associations, the TVCC plus shoppers, brokers, property owners, retailers and concerned citizens all provided input during the planning process.

The resulting plan closely examines three key opportunity sites; Spencer/Christie Place, Scarsdale Avenue and Freightway where development could occur. For each area the plan describes existing conditions, opportunities, planning options and recommendations.

The plan does not make zoning changes or provide specific plans for development. It is meant to give the village a framework to make planning decisions as they arise.

Before the voting took place, the Mayor, trustees and attendees were given the chance to comment on the plan and the process. Mayor Stevens thanked all involved for their hard work and long hours spent formulating a plan that addresses the concerns of the community. She reminded the public that the purpose of the plan was to provide guidance for future planning and provide trade-offs for improvements downtown while protecting the scale and character of the village.

Mr. Pullman, representing the Overhill Association thanked the Board for listening, respecting member views and for amending the plan to meet their concerns. The Board had made revisions to the plan in February and March 2010 to address Overhill resident's comments about permissible building heights on Scarsdale Avenue. He said, “Overhill residents are still concerned and will always be concerned” as their properties border the Village. Trustee Lindsay echoed the Mayor’s thanks to the community, saying that the plan “is a sound document because you all cared.”

Trustee Flisser was not as positive about the plan or the process. She commented that the plan “started with a flawed premise” and provided urban solutions for a suburban landscape. The initial survey was given to only 70 passengers on Metro North and was not reflective of the views of the community at large. She reminded the group that the original plan called for building over the train tracks and constructing housing where there were no services to support residents. The original planners neglected to maintain Scarsdale as a “village in a park.”

From there, the process improved as a second survey was done and caring residents spoke up. The plan grew to incorporate the sentiments of tree-lovers and homeowners and ideals for “green development.” She ended by encouraging residents to speak up and by assuring them that “the people they elected will listen.”

Trustee Dan Hochvert said that a great deal of thought had been put into the plan and that it should serve as a reminder for future boards that mass building is not desirable. He also felt that building height limitations should be noted in feet, not in the grade above sea level.

Ending the comments section, the Mayor said, “I do appreciate the conversation”. Trustee Lindsay read aloud the resolution to adopt the SEQRA findings, and the Resolution to adopt the Village Center Component of the Comprehensive Plan and both were approved unanimously.

In an earlier discussion of the Village Budget, the Mayor announced that she anticipated a 5.96% increase in the Village Budget for fiscal year 2010-2011, which would mean an average increase of $296 per household. She cited declining Village revenues and said that any further cuts to the bare bones budget would impact services.

Bob Harrison spoke about financially stressed families and the decrease in real estate values and called for a 4% increase in the budget. He asked for cuts to the library budget and the funds for road repairs suggesting we use the hot patch machine to temporarily fill potholes until the economy improves. The Mayor replied that the Village gets many complaints about potholes and that failure to repave the roads would impact safety.

In other news, the Mayor invited the community to attend a ceremony at Village Hall on March 29th at 2 PM to honor former Mayor Walter Handelman and his wife Judy who both gave years of service to the Village. The Handelman family will donate a sculpture called “Yearning” by Aris Demetrios in honor of their memory.

Wondering what’s going up at the Five Corners? At the site of the Citgo Station on Palmer Avenue, shown here, developers plan to build a two- story retail building with 5,500 square feet of space on two above ground levels and two below ground levels of parking.

Since the relatively narrow entrance to the below-grade garage cannot accommodate large trucks, the plan includes a loading dock on the shoulder of Heathcote Road. The cut for the loading area is in the public right-of-way next to a fire hydrant. Members of the Heathcote Five Corners Coalition want to alert residents that trucks in the loading zone could block the sight line for cars on Heathcote Road. They are also asking for clarification on how many trucks will be permitted to park there at one time and what the permitted hours for deliveries will be. The site plan for the proposed building is shown below.

The Heathcote Five Corners Coalition wants residents to know that they are not opposed to progress, but do feel strongly that the character of the neighborhood should be preserved and safety should be ensured for the residents of Scarsdale.

Thieves and vandals were at work this past week.  Police advice residents to keep doors and windows locked, activate your burglar alarm and lock the cars in your driveway. Vandals broke the glass on a back door at a home on Palmer Road and entered it on March 4. All the bedrooms, dressers and closets were tossed and the contents were strewn about. The suspects took a pillowcase from the master bedroom, presumably to use to hold items they wished to take. Missing were $3,000 in cash, the title to the house, a credit card, a briefcase and a Dell laptop computer. From the footprints, it appeared that the suspects entered and left the residence by the back door.

Police responded to a burglar alarm at a Brookby Road on the night of 3/6 and found a garage window that appeared to have been pried open and an open door from the garage to the house. The interior burglar alarm had been ripped off the wall, and in the second floor master bedroom, closets, dressers, an armoire, nightstands and a jewelry box had been tossed. A drawer from the armoire had been pulled out and left on the bed with cash still inside it. A pillow, with the case removed was lying on the floor. A list of missing items is not available as the owners were away.

Attempted Burglaries: a Springdale Road woman reported that someone had tried to break into her home sometime between 5:50 pm and 7:40 pm on March 2. The screen had been removed from a kitchen window at the rear of the house and the window was broken. In addition, someone had attempted to kick in the front door where a smudged boot print was visible. Fortunately the house was not entered.

On the night of March 3, another Springdale Road man called to report that the side and rear doors of his home had been tampered with though no one appeared to have entered the house.

Larcenies: Hesta Fortgang of White Plains was working as the cashier at a tag sale at a Paddington Road home on 3/6 where she reported that her handbag was stolen. She claimed that her bag contained $10,000 in cash as well as other personal items. The police report did not state whether these funds were the proceeds of the sale, or if the woman just carried a lot of cash!

A Scarsdale woman left her Louis Vuitton purse in a meeting room at the Church of the Latter Day Saints on the afternoon of 3/7. When she returned two hours later her purse and all of its contents were gone. She searched the entire building and outside property but could not find it. Police called her cell phone, which was in the purse, but no one picked up. Missing were the bag, valued at $800 plus her $250 wallet, cell phone, Raybans, credit cards, license and checkbook.

On Elm Road, a G.P.S. device valued at $125 was taken out of a 2008 Honda that was parked in the driveway sometime between 3/3 and 3/6.

Lost
: A disoriented man turned up at the door of a Walworth Road home on the afternoon of 3/7 and said he was lost. The Walworth resident called police who determined that the man lived on Colvin Road and drove him home. His wife said that he often gets disoriented but carries an I.D. and asks for help.

Found:
A man walking his dog on Parkfield Road on March 1 found a Chase Visa Check Card on the street. A Croton yellow woman’s watch was found at a bank on Chase Road and turned over to police on 3/7.

Grand Larceny:
Someone attempted to charge $827.41 in online purchases to the credit card of a Lawrence Road man on or about February 15. Both transactions were denied.

Harassment: A Brookby Road woman received an obscene phone call early in the morning of March 5. She described the caller as a man with a deep voice who spoke in a whisper.

An employee of Sophia’s Nails came to police headquarters on 3/3 to report that her ex-boyfriend, a White Plains man, was harassing her at work. She wanted him to stop calling her.

Assistance: A Carthage Road man called police to help regulate traffic in front of his home. News trucks and the press had gathered there to report on the death of his wife and the man wanted the press to stay off of his property.

Inappropriate:
A Carthage Road woman called police to report that a bearded man, wearing headphones and a gray sweatshirt, was seen urinating on Carthage Road. Police searched the area but were unable to locate the man.

Smoking: Police were called to break up a group youths who were smoking in the enclosed pedestrian walkway over the Scarsdale train station and causing it to fill up with smoke.

A Knock at the Door: At noon on 3/6 a Black Birch Road woman called police to say that a man had knocked on her door and claimed to be doing a survey for the Department of Labor on “renters vs. owners”. The resident let him in and he asked her a few questions and then left in a red sedan. The only i.d. he displayed was a business card. The woman asked that police keep an eye on her home.

Suspicious Shopper: The store manager of Sam Lehr Jewelry summoned police around noon on 3/6 to say that a Hispanic male had entered the store several times that day and approached the case that held the diamond rings. The same man was also seen driving his Nissan Maxima slowly by the store while looking into the store windows.

Cars and Traffic: Village sanitation worker Eugene Pomphrey of Bronxville was driving the sanitation pickup vehicle when he ran into a parked car on Fountain Terrace on Monday 3/1. There were no injuries or damage to the car.

Corinne Buckley of Wappinger Falls reported that her 2008 Honda was hit while it was parked at Scarsdale High School on March 4.

Christopher Dean of Carthage Road parked his car on Overlook Road on the morning of 3/5 and returned to find that it had been damaged during the day.

A Gorham Road woman, driving a 2004 BMW ran into a 2009 Nissan parked on Montrose Road on March 5. Her car was damaged and was towed by R and D towing to the Heathcote Gulf Station.

A car backing out of a space in the parking lot at 2 Murray Hill Road hit another car parked in the lot on Sunday afternoon 3/7.

Pothole: the driver of a 2010 Mercedes-Benz called police on 3/6 to say that she drove into a pothole in front of 165 Mamaroneck Road and now had a flat tire. Police notified the highway department about the pothole and placed cones around it to prevent others from driving through it.

Flashing Light: the traffic light at the intersection of Post Road and Crane road was not working properly on March 1 at 4 pm. Electricians were unable to fix it so police monitored the intersection to regulate traffic until the necessary parts could be secured.

Interpreter Needed: Tuckahoe Police stopped a driver for a traffic offence at 1:37 am on 3/3 but were unable to communicate with him due to a language barrier. They called the Scarsdale Police to interpret and translate while the Tuckahoe Police charged Israel Pavo Moran of the Bronx with the violation.

Snow: A Brambach Road women came to police headquarters on 2/24 to complain that kids at Scarsdale High School threw ice and snow at her 2010 Mercedes while she was at the school on 2/23 and 2/24. The woman and her husband confronted the boys who they believed to be the culprits and the boys in turn came to the police station to claim that they had been harassed.

While clearing snow on Aspen Road on February 26th Highway Department employee Keven Gannon was hit by snowballs thrown by four boys. The snow hit the driver and his truck and since his window was open one of the snowballs struck the driver in the face. After they hit the driver they fled. The boys had been shoveling snow at 20 Aspen Road but the homeowner did not know their names. The driver was not injured.

Also on 2/26 kids sledding at the high school threw snowballs at a passerby who did not wish to identify himself.

On Saturday 2/27, a caller from Sprague Road spotted a Hyundai full of kids who were driving around the neighborhood and stopping to knock down snowmen on resident’s lawns.

Death: Mr. Edmund Newman of Harvest Drive passed away during the nigh on February 22nd. The death was reported by his wife, Dr. Frances Fiorillo when she was unable to wake him in the morning.

Lost Credit Card: On 2/23 a Circle Road woman reported that she lost her debt card on 2/18 and it had been used several times without her permission. She noticed unauthorized charges and came to police to file a report.

Burglary: A Lebanon Road family returned from vacation on 2/23 and found that their home had been entered through the rear basement door, which had been pried open. The only item they noticed missing was a iMac computer valued at $1,200.

A Jefferson Road home was entered and tossed while the owners were out of town. The mother of the victims went by to check the house on 2/22 and found that someone had entered the home through the back door and taken an apple computer valued at $2,500.

A Brite Avenue mom reported that her son’s Breitling Aerospace watch, valued at $1,500 had been taken from their home sometime between February 21st and 24th . No other items were missing from the house.

Ross Road residents reported the theft of antique stone lawn ornaments weighing 25 to 30 pounds each and valued at $800 from their lawn on 2/23 or 2/24.

The Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps treated a 2-year old with a head injury on Wellhouse Lane on 2/27.

Car Trouble: A Harwood Court resident called police for help early on the morning of 2/24 when she locked her keys in the car with the motor running. The car was in front of Starbucks in Scarsdale Village. Police called the Heathcote Gulf station to assist her with getting back into the car.

At 11 in the morning a 2007 Lexus got stuck on Crane Road and could not get up the hill. The Scarsdale Fire Department called a tow truck to assist the driver and after the car was towed they salted that area of the road.

On the evening of 2/25 a police car going south on the Post Road with the emergency lights on was hit by a car going east on Crane Road approaching the Post Road.

A car slid off the road into the bushes at Fenway Golf Club on Secor Road at 2:20 in the afternoon on 2/26 . The driver called police for help. Not an hour later another car slid into a snow bank at the intersection of Mamaroneck Road and Catherine Road and had to be towed.

A White Plains resident, driving a 1997 Ford on Saxon Woods Road slid off the road and ended up on the front lawn of 177 Saxon Woods Road. Due to the snow it could not be determined if any damage had been done to the property.

David Johnson Tanner of Eastchester was stopped by police on the afternoon of 2/28 and found to be an unlicensed driver who was driving an unregistered car without insurance. The driver received a summons and the rear license plate was removed from the car that was towed to the owner’s home.

Dispute: A Park Road man returned home on the afternoon of 2/27 to find men cutting a tree in his driveway … however these were not contractors he had hired. The family’s 15 year-old daughter was at home waiting for the contractors when two unknown men showed up at the door. Thinking they were the men her father had called she told them to proceed.

When her father returned he asked the men to leave the property and were advised that they would not be paid.

The balance of this past week’s police report was a virtual chronology of the effects of the winter storm on trees, streets and homes. Police responded to over 70 reports of fallen trees and wires.

Details of each incident are too lengthy to list, but here is a recap of the locations where trees and power lines were down:

Thursday February 25th:

2 Barry Road, tree branch down in roadway
3 Olmstead Road, cable wires down in driveway
24 Ogden Road, large tree limb down blocking Ogden Road
980 Post Road at Ferncliff Road, tree branches on wires
9 Stratton Road , wires on fire
157-159 Brite Avenue, low hanging wires blocking driveway
244 Mamaroneck Road, large tree fallen in road
55 Graham Road, Verizon wires down
180 Brewster Road, power line down
54 Secor Road, large tree limb resting on phone wires
18 Rodney Road, large tree and wires down
209 Brewster Road – trees down blocking roadway
50 Claremont Road – neighbors tree fell on car
310 Boulevard – wires down
Spruce Lane - large village owned tree leaning on wires

Friday February 26th

60 Brambach Avenue – car stuck in snow bank
139 Brite Avenue – wires on the road
9 Huntington Avenue – trees leaning on power lines
2 Hickory Lane – possible fire
37 Stonehouse Road – Sparks seen and a loud bang heard
14 Ridgecrest East – low hanging wires
153 Brewster Road – Wires down
16 Taunton Road – tree fell on car
1185 Post Road – tree fallen on wires
201 Brewster Road – large tree fell on roof of house
175 Brewster Road – wires tangled in trees – no power
18 Montrose Road –trees and wires down
8 Donellan Road – trees and wires down
175 White Road – tree and wires down
125 Mamaroneck Road – low hanging wires
Farley Road closed from Brewster to Valley Roads due to fallen tree
29 Lawrence Road – wires down
7 Carman Road – wires down
170 Boulevard – wires down in area
26 Hampton Road – telephone wire down on lawn
29 Ferncliff Road –Pine tree and wires down
5 Corell Road –low hanging wires
127 Brewster Road –large tree blocking road – wires down
118 Brewster Road – cable wire down
42 Claremont – sparking wires
1070 Post Road – wire down
54 Park Road – large tree down – blocking street
31 Marjory Lane, wire down on lawn and car
1201 Post Road, wires down across the street
46 Paddington Road, Cablevision wire down
28 Kent Road, wires leaning
103 Walworth, neighbor’s tree fell and damaged fence
40 Sage Terrace, fallen tree
26 Hampton Road, phone wire down
Heathcote Bypass, low hanging tree branches
203 Fox Meadow Road, low hanging wires
259 Heathcote Road, tree blocking Heathcote Road near the Scarsdale Medical Center
10 Paddington Road, power and cable lines down
226 Cushman Road, power lines on fire
50 Sheldrake Road, tree leaning on wires
91 Brite Avenue, wires down in road
15 Brayton Road, wires down in road
80 Huntington Avenue, wires down

Saturday February 27th:

1201 Post Road, wire on front walkway
111 Garden Road, tree limb blocking road
2 Oakwood Place, large tree limb blocking roadway
8 Tory Lane, wires in roadway
175 Brewster Road, downed power lines in driveway
142 Boulevard, tree blocking street
105 Cushman Road, wires down

Sunday February 28th

83 Cushman Road, sparking wires
10 Overhill Road, large tree branch on wires
35 Sage Terrace, branches on wires
163 Boulevard, downed cable wire

Monday March 1st

28 Huntington Avenue, wires in snow

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