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Gingerbread_KidzKudos to Ellyn Kleinberg, owner of Scarsdale’s Gingerbread Kidz who recently contributed thousands of dollars of new children’s clothes to Pass It On Kid’s Kloset, a program of Westchester Jewish Community Services . Kid’s Kloset distributes new and gently-used children’s clothing and essentials to families in need throughout Westchester. An all-volunteer effort, Kid’s Kloset relies on donations that can be brought to WJCS, 845 North Broadway, White Plains from 9 AM – 4 PM or by appointment to Kid’s Kloset by contacting 761-0600 X715 or via email at:

Pictured Here: Ellyn Kleingberg with Program Director Stephanie Roth and her daughter Kayla



strenghtleone1While some high school students are spending their summer relaxing by the pool, many student athletes are using this time to prepare for their upcoming athletic season. About 55 male and female student athletes, ranging from rising 8th graders to post graduates, arrive daily at Scarsdale High School to participate in a Speed and Strength Training Camp. The camp is run by Andrew Verboys, Scarsdale High School’s varsity football coach and a few members of his staff, including Alex Greenberg and Devin Hoover, a physical education teacher at Scarsdale High School.

The camp, which is in its third year at Scarsdale High School, “is a way for athletes to become bigger, faster and stronger”, said Hoover. The camp also teaches exercises that aid in injury prevention.

strenghthoover1 camp is run from Monday through Friday, rain or shine. The two-hour a day training camp begins at 4 pm with a thorough stretch led by one of the coaches. After the stretch, the group is separated into two groups, older varsity athletes and younger freshman/junior varsity athletes. “Therefore the athletes can have a more specific workout based on their speed and strength levels,” explained Hoover. Hoover added that each group spends time focusing on both speed training and time in the Scarsdale High School weight room. The speed training “concentrates on speed, agility and explosiveness," said Hoover. In the weight room, athletes are given a “specialized weight lifting schedule.”

A couple of Scarsdale High’s varsity sports teams have taken advantage of the training program. The varsity football team and varsity ice hockey team are both requiring their athletes to take part in the training camp in order to prepare for their upcoming seasons. The camp provides other benefits, as senior football captain Tim Leone explained. “The training camp offers a great opportunity for upcoming football players to meet and train with [athletes on the football] team”. Besides these teams using the training camp, representative from Scarsdale High Schools girl’s volleyball team, cross-country team, soccer team, boy’s lacrosse team, wrestling team, boy’s and girl’s basketball teams and field hockey team are all attending the camp, as well as many athletes who just want to get in shape.

The camp is offered in two week sessions and athletes can sign up for the training camp on the Scarsdale Rec Department’s website.

This article is written by Jake Bank, a member of the Lacrosse Team at Scarsdale High School.



gilda5Almost 150 people participated in the Gilda’s Club of Westchester Golf and Tennis Invitational on Monday July 18 at Sunningdale Golf Club in Scarsdale. The event raised funds to support Gilda’s Club Westchester, a resource for social and emotional support for people living with cancer, located at 80 Maple Avenue in White Plains. Membership and all activities at Gilda’s Club are open to all and free of charge. The Gilda’s Club Program is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, education and social activities.

Stephanie Falk, Gilda’s Club Director of Special Events and Board Member and Chair Jimmy Weil along with event co- chairs Margot Milberg, Cindy Musoff, Gerri Sommers, and Julian Wise, did an excellent job of running the event which was sold out this year. Participation in the tennis round robin grew from 16 players in the first year to 52 in 2011.

At the lunch following the morning of tennis, co-chair Cindy Musoff said, “you know you’re doing something worthwhile when you volunteer at Gilda’s Club.” She encouraged everyone to volunteer and stop by the club to visit. Cancer survivor and Gilda’s Club Member Chris Smith spoke about her 2009 cancer diagnosis and the essential role the club played in getting her through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. She participated in support groups, classes, workshops and exercise session and said, “Gilda’s Club has now become my second family.”

The event ended on a lighter note when prizes were awarded to the top scorers in each of the tennis flights with Patti Dweck winning the A/B

Gerri Sommers and and Flight Winner Patti Dweck
flight and Judy Cooperman coming out on top of the B/C flight.

Kudos to even committee members: Carol Bennett-Schnorr, White Plains; Andrew Falk, Edgemont; Wendy Kleinman, Scarsdale; Marthalee Mellis, Edgemont; Mike Mellis, Edgemont; Beth Metzendorf , Larchmont; Dan Milberg, Scarsdale; Jason Monroe, Purchase; Julie Monroe, Purchase; Scott Musoff, Edgemont; Stacey Remnitz, Armonk; Gary Rones, Mamaroneck; Andy Sommers, Edgemont; Linda Sommers, Chappaqua; Mitch Stein, Scarsdale; Jim Stern, Mamaroneck; Mayo Stuntz, Mamaroneck; Harri Taranto, Larchmont; Susie Wang, Rye Brook; and Jim Weil, Scarsdale

To learn more about how you can get involved in Gilda’s Club visit,

Pictured at top: Cindy Musoff, Gerri Sommers, Beth Metzendrof, Stephanie Falk, Margot Milberg, Wendy Kleinman


Gerri Sommers and Flight Winner Judy Cooperman



Karen Glass and Lisa Feldman



Lisa Feldman, Shari Turell, Patti Dweck,
Aileen Landes, Donna Levitz



Patti Lubin and Gerri Sommers



Margot Milberg and Heather McRay







ronald1Children in residence at the Ronald McDonald House in New York City were treated to a day in the country by the Scarsdale Firemen’s Union on Thursday July 28th. Now in its second year, the event gives children undergoing treatment for cancer the chance to put thoughts of their illness aside and enjoy a carnival, swimming and fun courtesy of Firemen’s local 1394 and generous sponsors.

John Savarese, a 27-year veteran of the force, was the main man behind the event which brought together 25-30 kids from Ronald McDonald House with local firemen and their families. The kids enjoyed carnival rides and games and delicious food donated by local restaurants. They also were taken for a dip in the Scarsdale pool.

The Scarsdale Rotary provided gift baskets filled with toiletries and necessities to family members who stay with ronald3the children at Ronald McDonald House. Also on hand were the Scarsdale Police Chief and Fire Chief, along with village employees who came out to greet the visitors.

Savarese, who is also a skilled magician, made it a magical day for these ailing children. He said the event gets bigger and better each year and plans to continue to hold “A Day in the Country” in the years to come.

He wishes to thank the individuals and local unions who made the day possible, as well as the following restaurants for their participation:

  • All Good Things
  • Buon Amici
  • DeCiccosronald4
  • Del Primos of Yonkers
  • Jade Spoon
  • Katzenberg’s
  • Lulu’s Bakery
  • Metro Deli
  • Rennaissance Bakery
  • Ruffled Feathers
  • Saxon Woods Grill

ronald2If you’re interested in seeing Savarese perform his own magic, look for him at the Tiki Bar at Rye Playland this summer, and after Labor Day at Club 42 at the Ritz in White Plains.

Photos courtesy of Jon Thaler. See more at



chefshatThe Edgemont School Foundation (ESF) will hold its annual summer get-together on Tuesday, August 2nd. Everyone is invited to join their friends and neighbors to celebrating the schools and honor the ESF's commitment to the Edgemont school system. The barbeque dinner/fundraiser will be held at Sunningdale Country Club on Underhill Road in Edgemont. The event will begin with cocktails at 7 pm. The proceeds from this event go directly to the ESF's mission: “Ensuring and enhancing the value of an Edgemont Education."

The ESF's most recent grants were made possible by the very generous donations of the community. Addressing the Edgemont School District’s critical need to upgrade the computer network used by students and faculty, the ESF awarded a grant of $162,000 to the District in April of 2011. The grant, the largest ever by ESF, will fund a much-needed project to upgrade the computer network at all three schools by increasing the network’s speed tenfold and internet connectivity, migrating from an old network operating system to a new operating system that is more compatible with various applications, and retiring several antiquated servers. Work on the technology infrastructure project is expected to be completed over the summer so that all of the planned enhancements will be fully operational for the start of the 2011-2012 school year.esflogo

The grant expands upon previous grants of $72,785 and $118,000 awarded by ESF that funded the infrastructure for wireless technology in the Junior/Senior High School (March 2007) and both elementary schools (March 2010), essentially making the Edgemont School District a “wireless campus." Since 2004, ESF has awarded the district more than $850,000 for a variety of projects and programs, including a state-of-the-art audio/visual system in the Junior/Senior High School auditorium, a new student information system for the District, elementary school playgrounds, Social Emotional Learning Parent Workshop, mobile computer science labs, a Junior/Senior High School Campus Garden and a 4th grade Narrative Dance Program.

ESF co-chairs Andrew Conway and Steven Heineman are excited for the summer get-together and hope many residents attend the greatevent. Invitations went out earlier this month to all residents. Tickets are $150 per person and additional donations are welcomed. The ESF is a not-for-profit corporation and all gifts are deductible to the full extent permitted by law. Fro more information, contact Andrew and Steven at



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