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parade4The Scarsdale Parks and Recreation Department will be holding their 67th Annual Halloween Window Painting Program on Sunday, October 21st from 9:00am–4:00pm. All adults and children who reside in or attend public or private schools in Scarsdale in are eligible to participate in this event.

The Halloween Window Painting Contest is open to children in Grades 3-10. Judges will determine a winner from each age group and one overall winner. Prizes will be awarded at a special awards ceremony in November.

The Family Window Painting program is an opportunity for young children and their parents, teens above 10th Grade, or adults who want to show off their artistic ability to participate in this annual village tradition. There are no age limits in this group, and any Scarsdale residing individual, team, or family of up to five members may decorate a window. Family Window Painting is NOT a contest. Participation ribbons will be awarded to each entry.

Deadline to register for the Halloween Window Painting programs is Tuesday, October 16th. As windows are limited, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register online at

For questions, call the Recreation Department at 722-1160

On Wednesday, October 31st (Halloween,) there will be a Costume Parade held in the Village streets by Chase Park. The parade line up begins at 3:45 pm in front of Chase Park. The parade will start at 4:00 pm. Special entertainment and refreshments provided by Lange’s Deli will be served after the parade. All Pre-K and Elementary School children are welcome to participate in the costume parade. Please note that the parade this year WILL NOT take place on the day of window painting as in the past.

ScarsdaleVillageThis week’s Scarsdale Board of Trustees’ meeting was largely positive and brief, in contrast to the miserable weather that has taken hold in the Village.

Mayor’s Comments:

Mayor Dan Hochvert opened the meeting by providing an update on the village’s efforts to improve communications with Con Edison and make the utility more accountable during power outages. He will be meeting with the Public Service Commission later this month to “encourage the… commission to have a tighter relationship with local municipalities and the crews that come to work here… because that will speed the process of power restoration.”

He also discussed last week’s meeting on sharing services with other municipalities in an effort to save money. “The entire municipality group assembled at the county center… and voted unanimously in favor of a shared services plan that was sent to the governor,” he said. While Scarsdale would not be required to participate in sharing all services that were discussed, there are several areas of interest for the village that will be examined further during next year’s budget process.

Hochvert closed by urging residents to vote in the New York State primary election,
“Please, go out and support your candidates.”

Village Manager:

Scarsdale Village Manager Steve Pappalardo then discussed the continuing infrastructure work in and around the village, including street paving and gas main restoration. Recent rains, and stoppages to due to Rosh Hashanah and school drop off and pickup have caused delays in some projects; work will continue during the coming weeks. Specifically, ConEd is working to install new gas mains in sections of Scarsdale Avenue, Post Road, Hamilton/Richelieu, and Weaver Street. And, the resurfacing of Post Road continues, but is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

Pappalardo also reported that the village has been awarded a grant from the New York State Department of Health to upgrade its water fluoridation system. A recent review of the system indicated “necessary system upgrades to continue the provision of fluoridated water, which is an identified goal of the New York State Department of Health.” The state grant will cover the entire cost of the required changes, estimated at $260,000; work will commence in the coming year at no cost to Scarsdale.


Trustee Justin Arest began the trustee reports portion of the meeting by inviting residents to take a more active role in local government and volunteer on village boards and councils. “Although most board and council appointments are made in April… the village is always collecting applications, and I encourage anyone thinking of volunteering to apply… If you can’t find anything, or are unsure, please feel free to contact me and I will help you find something.” Arest also announced that Scarsdale’s Ad Hoc Committee on Communications is working on revising public information on boards and councils to provide more insight into each group and member responsibilities.

In concluding his comments, Arest noted that the trustees would later vote to transfer of $334,518 in funds from the Scarsdale Cable Television Commission special reserve account to its equipment account to support improvements related to the library renovation. These upgrades will provide television access to library programs and resources.

Trustee Jane Veron followed and began by providing an update on the Freightway development project. “We have issued an RFP for a topographic survey of the site and just this morning… attended a pre-submission meeting with those who are interested in submitting proposals for the RFEI… the goal (of the RFEI) is to understand the qualifications and experiences of interested developers and to provide relevant input that will help us as we develop an RFP.”

She also discussed recent progress in filling vacant storefronts in the village center. “We have seen so much progress… the village center is thriving; I encourage residents to welcome our newest (retailer), the Bronx River Bookstore… The SBA – Scarsdale Business Alliance – is alive and well… there is tremendous energy and interest in cooperating with the village.”

Trustee Matt Callaghan then discussed his work with Scarsdale’s senior community, and an interest in having village government department heads meet with residents to discuss their roles and responsibilities. Callaghan also mentioned the village human resources group’s new mission statement and efforts to improve its collaboration with other village departments. He closed by congratulating the fire department on its program to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. “It was a moving day… we should be reminded that… it celebrates courage and valor, and that’s really the legacy and heritage of our country.”

Trustee Lena Crandall went on to report on her work as a board member of the Coalition on Family Violence and Healthy Relationships. “This group brings together representatives from various local groups to raise awareness of the different types of violence that impact our residents of all ages.” Crandall then announced that Hitchcock Presbyterian Church will host a seminar and community lunch with Nelba and Jim Marquez-Greene, parents who lost their child in the Sandy Hook shooting, on Sunday, September 30. For more information, visit

Trustee Carl Finger closed the trustee reports by mentioning that the village sustainability and law committees had just met to discuss additional revisions to the tree code that would address clear cutting. “We anticipate having another committee meeting in the not-too-distant future, and we hope that everyone who is interested will attend and comment, or submit comments.”

Public Comments:

Bob Harrison (Fox Meadow Road) asked about paving specifications for Post Road, specifically the amount of new asphalt to be applied. “The first course looked a little thin…” Hochvert and Pappalardo assured Harrison that a suitable amount of asphalt would be used and Pappalardo would provide specific information later.

Harrison then questioned increases in the estimated construction cost of the library renovation project (from $18.4 million to $20.2 million) and whether the village would need to cover the overage. Pappalardo responded that fund balances in the library fund and a number of charitable trust funds will cover most of the overage. About $180,000 is for cost of preparing the Supply Field facility to house the library’s temporary location, which the village was committed to pay from the outset. Hochvert then assured Harrison that the $9.9 million bond issue will not change.

Nilofer Kreonidis (Carman Road) raised concerns about distributed antenna systems, smart meters, cellphone towers and wifi exposure in schools. With regard to the DAS issue, she said, “I’m aware that Rye has won its lawsuit (against Crown Castle); I’m wondering where Scarsdale stands on this issue... Smart meters are going to be installed soon… there’s an opt-out; you can pay $10 a month to not have a smart meter. Is there an effort to make the public aware of this issue?” She continued, “The third issue I’m concerned about is wifi exposure in schools, which is exploding… In a short period of time, we are really saturating ourselves with wifi… then you can add the cellphone tower issue as well…. Give the enormity of it, is there a commission or committee being formed to discuss wifi in those four areas?”

Hochvert responded, “There are federal requirements that limit what we can do regarding the placement of distributed antenna systems systems. However, we do have a section in our code that limits placement.” He continued, “There’s direction coming from the FCC that is likely to be challenged… they are proposing taking away the power of municipalities to limit distribution… We are relying on our representatives (to block these efforts).” He also advised Kreonidis to discuss her concerns about wifi in schools with the School Board of Education.

letter to the editorThis letter was sent to Scarsdale10583 by Madelaine Eppenstein and Eric Cheng from the Procedure Committee:

To the Editor:

The Procedure Committee, the ad hoc group that administers the non-partisan election system in Scarsdale, is issuing one last, final invitation to all Scarsdale residents to help improve our unique system by commenting on proposed changes to its governing document, the Non-Partisan Resolution. Please visit the PC’s website for an explanation of the proposed amendments and to review a copy of the current Non-Partisan Resolution marked to show proposed changes. August 31 is the deadline to send your comments to Procedure Committee chair Madelaine Eppenstein and/or vice chair Eric Cheng (; Proposed amendments will appear on the ballot on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, when Scarsdale voters will simultaneously elect a new class of Citizens Nominating Committee members.

We are also inviting voters to join the Citizens Nominating Committee, whose purpose is to recruit, evaluate and select a non-partisan slate of candidates for the village offices of mayor, trustees and village justice – that election will be held on March 19, 2019. The CNC’s simple application materials, a brief biographical form and nominating petition, are also posted on the same page of the Procedure Committee’s website. This is your opportunity to have your voice heard on who will represent you at Village Hall and to participate in Village civic affairs.

This is a public service announcement from the members of the 2018 Procedure Committee, residents from each of Scarsdale’s five elementary school neighborhoods: Charles Baltman; Sarah Bell; Eric Cheng; David Dembitzer; Madelaine Eppenstein; Timothy Foley; Jeff Goodwin; Mayra Kirkendall-Rodríguez; Eli Mattioli; David Peck; Richard Pinto; Pam Rubin; Gregory Soldatenko; Jill Spielberg; Nancy Steinberg; Michelle Sterling; and Bruce Wells.

Madelaine Eppenstein, Procedure Committee Chair
Eric Cheng, Procedure Committee Vice Chair

appleshoneyThe High Holidays are upon us with erev Rosh Hashanah on Sunday night September 9th and Yom Kippur, beginning at sundown with the Kol Nidre service on Tuesday September 18. If you are not a member of a synagogue and you're looking for a place to worship, here are some services at local temples that are open to the public. See below for instructions about attending these services:

Bet Am Shalom, 295 Soundview Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606. All are welcome. No tickets. No reserved seating. For details:

We are a vibrant, egalitarian Reconstructionist congregation of people from diverse backgrounds, bound together by a shared belief in a thoughtful, liberal-traditional approach to Judaism. We warmly welcome all generations and religious backgrounds, including families with young kids, interfaith families, empty nesters, singles, LGBTQ, the scholarly, the observant, and those new to Judaism.

Rosh Hashanah September 9-11
Yom Kippur, September 18-19

Chabad of Scarsdale will hold their High Holiday Services at the Scarsdale Woman's Club at 37 Drake Road in Scarsdale. Services are free of charge and walk-ins are welcome. RSVP is appreciate at Or visit their website at Here is their schedule of services:

Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday September 20:
Services 7:00 pm

Thursday September 21:
Services 9:30 am
Children's program 10:30 am
Shofar 11:15 am

Friday September 22:
Services 9:30 am
Children's program 10:30 am
Shofar 11:15 am

Yom Kippur

Friday September 29:
Kol Nidrei 6:15 pm

Saturday September 30:
Services 9:30 am
Children's program 10:30 am
Yizkor 11:45 am
Neilah 5:15 pm

Congregation Kol Ami is located at 252 Soundview Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606 -914.949.4717 ext. 115

A Jewish journey is about history. Where you are going, and where you have been. It is about times, and places, and people. It is about quiet moments with oneself and with God. It is about joyous moments spent with others.

Congregation Kol Ami’s Jewish journey began in 1923 when the Jewish Community Center of White Plains was formed and land was purchased on Sterling Avenue in White Plains to build a religious school and a temple. As the temple and the  school expanded, in 1944 7 1/2 acres of land were purchased at Soundview Avenue.

In May 1995 the Jewish Community Center of White Plains changed its name to Congregation Kol Ami, meaning “The Voice of My People”. From the start, and continuing today, our purpose has been to nurture the divine spark within, and to connect each of us to a meaningful Jewish journey.

Whatever your “Jewish” is, you’ll find it at Kol Ami.

Be our guest as we welcome in a sweet New Year. The following services are open to the community:

Rosh Hashanah Family Service - Mon., Sept. 10th 3:15pm, Reception following
Second Day Rosh Hashanah Service - Tues., Sept. 11th 10:00am, Reception following
Yom Kippur Afternoon Service (Schulman Chapel) - Wed. Sept. 19th, 3:00pm
Yom Kippur Family Service- Wed., Sept., 19th, 3:15pm
Yom Kippur Memorial & Concluding Service- Wed., Sept. 19th 5:00pm

Contact Executive Director, Jessica Lorden, for membership or other questions
914-949-4717 ext. 101,,

Scarsdale Synagogue is a reform Jewish congregation located at 2 Ogden Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583. 914-725-5175.

Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El welcomes the community to join at the following high holy day services and celebratory dinners. If you are interested in attending please contact Fawn Mendel, Temple Administrator at or call 914-725-5175.

Erev Rosh Hashanah*
Sunday, September 9
8:00 p.m. - Evening Service

First Day Rosh Hashanah
Monday, September 10
2:30 p.m.
High Holy Day Family Experience*
Blessing for new babies
Second Day Rosh Hashanah*
Tuesday, September 11
10:00 a.m. - Morning Service, Main Sanctuary
10:00 a.m. - Family Apple Picking Experience. RSVP:

Shabbat Shuvah*
Friday, September 14
6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service

Yom Kippur
Wednesday, September 19
1:00 p.m. - Yom Kippur Reflections*
1:30 p.m. - High Holy Day Family Experience*
3:00 p.m. - Afternoon Service*
4:45 pm - Yizkor followed by Neilah and Break Fast*

Erev Sukkot Service*
Sunday, September 23
6:15 p.m. - Potluck Dinner in the Sukkah.
RSVP HERE by September 17
7:00 p.m. - Erev Sukkot Service

Sukkot Celebrations*
Friday, September 28
Shake it Up!: Sukkot Extravaganza
5:00 p.m. - Family Shabbat/Sukkot Experience
6:00 p.m. - Congregational Sukkot Dinner
RSVP HERE by September 24
7:00 p.m. - Musical Shabbat/Sukkot Service featuring our Chai Notes

Erev Simchat Torah*
Sunday, September 30
4:00 p.m. - Simchat Torah Activities for Families Nursery through Grade 6
5:00 p.m. - Congregational Dinner
5:45 p.m. - Simchat Torah Celebration & Dancing with the Torah

* No passes required

Westchester Reform Temple, located at 255 Mamaroneck Road in Scarsdale, warmly welcomes you to join us for High Holiday services this Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.

Due to space limitations, some High Holiday services are only available to WRT Members. If you are interested in exploring Membership at WRT, please visit us at or call us at 914-723-7727. Our new Connections Membership is a great way to join WRT if your eldest child is not yet in 3rd grade this fall. There is still time to sign up before the High Holidays, and it has never been easier for young families to join WRT.

WRT also offers a number of High Holiday services which are open to non-Members as well, and they are listed here.
Please Note: Non-Member Entrance Cards must be prepared in advance, by visiting our website or by calling (914) 723-7727. For security purposes, both photo IDs and the appropriate Entrance Cards will be required for entrance to the temple.

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, September 9
5:00 pm *Family Service - Beit Midrash

Rosh Hashanah
Monday, September 11
3:00 pm *Tot Service - Beit Midrash
5:45 pm *Tashlich with Young Israel of Scarsdale (Carpenter Pond)

Rosh Hashanah (second day)
Tuesday, September 11
10:00 am *Morning Service - Sanctuary

Kol Nidre / Yom Kippur
Tuesday, September 18
5:00 pm *Family Service - Beit Midrash

Yom Kippur
Wednesday, September 19
2:15 pm *Musical Meditation and Alternate Yizkor - Sanctuary
2:30 pm *Tot Service - Beit Midrash
3:30 pm *Afternoon Service, Yizkor, Ne'ilah - Sanctuary

WRT wishes you a happy, healthy and sweet new year!

DemEngelCongressman Eliot Engel Addresses the GrouDemocrats gathered on Thursday evening August 2 at the Scarsdale home of Marianne and Roger Pellegrini to support local candidates running for re-election. State Assemblywoman Andrea Stewart Cousin faces a primary challenge from County Legislator Virginia Perez and State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin will be challenged in November by Republican/Conservative Party Candidate Tom Roach.

Here are photos from the fundraiser:
Dem1State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin Makes Remarks

 DemGroupMark Lewis, Judge Susan Capeci, Bill Alexander, Tim Idoni, Tony Scarpino, David Buchwald



DemLatimerElaine Weir, Mark Lewis, George Latimer

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