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carqr1Scarsdale elementary schools were graced with perfect weather for the elementary school carnivals on Saturday May 7th. A tradition in Scarsdale, the carnivals seem to get bigger and better every year, as the parents who run these events benefit from their predecessors experience and add their own ideas to mark the day.

At Quaker Ridge, it was a day of school spirit, and kids were encouraged to dress up in their

School spirit at Quaker Ridge
most-spirited outfits. Activities included a chalk drawing exhibition, hula hoop contest, freeze dance, spin art and spirited games run by Danny and Backyard Sports.



Andrew Cohen and Dylan Canell
At Heathcote, the theme was the beloved board game Candyland. Kids climbed the Gumdrop Mountain, ran around in the Lollipop Woods, bounced in the Candy Castle and dunked in the Molasses Swamp. At the arts and crafts table and the hair and makeup table kids got all glammed up.



Dylan Wasserberger and Jack Mintzer



Fox Meadow Jumping Castle
In Fox Meadow, the backdrop was Hollywood, and students had the chance to walk the red carpet. The theme “a star is born,” conveyed the idea that every Fox Meadow child, is a "star" in his or her own right. Coincidentally, the fair theme was synergistic with this year’s Staff Appreciation Luncheon, which was an Academy Award theme, uniting the 2010-11 school year.



Fox Meadow Climbing Wall







Edgewood Pie Eating Contest
At Edgewood the theme was Surf’s Up – and students enjoyed a beach party with five amusement attractions and the Ultimate Survivor, which included a suspension bridge and two zip lines. Coach Steve, lead the children in games of dodge ball, relay and potato sack races from 1-3 p.m. Children had great fun with all the art activities and games. In addition, three different groups of very entrepreneurial Edgewood students ran their own charities, raising money for Japan, for mosquito nets to protect from Malaria, and an animal shelter. The Edgewood fair food court sold tasty Indian, Greek, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican and American fare.
Edgewood Tug of War




Karen Ceske and Stephanie Carroll at Greenacres
In Greenacres, the entire community came out to enjoy “An Old Time Carnival” fun with a blow-up slide, jumping castle, rides, dunk tank, photo booth, cotton candy, fried dough plus games, prizes and fun. Kindergartners through fifth graders participated in a talent show showing off their singing, dancing and acting skills.


Kelly Rainer and friends at Greenacres
Sheryl Braun and daughter at Greenacres
Greenacres Carnival Chair Ann Bohjalian

Thanks to Angela Manson, Lindsay LeBoyer, Lauren Mintzer, Tracy McCarthy and Valerie Shulman for photos and carnival coverageSee more carnival photos in the photo module on the home page of Scarsdale10583.

galaxyaranowThe Gourmet Galaxy at the Westchester Country Club showcased a dazzling array of area food purveyors and honored the late Rita Aranow, who provided a lifetime of support for Scarsdale and Edgemont Family Counseling and helped to launch a new initiative for Scarsdale seniors. Also sharing the Open Door Award was the Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation that was honored for their contributions.

This year’s Galaxy was held on Wednesday May 4th and it was the event’s eighteenth year. The night included a substantial silent auction with splendid gifts from many area retailers and professionals. Available for bids was Judith Ripka jewelry, tickets to sporting events, restaurant gift certificates, wines, flowers, beauty services and more.

Food was provided by many of the areas leading restaurants, named below. Sushi, pasta, seared tuna, sliders and

Geraldine Greene
spanikopita were just a few of the delectable dishes available. Desserts abounded with yodels from Lulu’s, the famous Renaissance cake and handcrafted chocolates donated by Margaret Smith of Odyssey Chocolate.

A large crew of volunteers took on this ambitious project, contacting restaurants, retailers and community friends to produce this successful event.

Galaxy Chairperson Marie Posthumus remembered Aranow as “charming” and “interesting” and credited her with being the woman behind the initiative to launch “At Home in Scarsdale” in 2010. She thanked the entire event committee, including Penny Bauersfeld, Anne Moretti, and Monica Rafajac as well as the entire staff of Scarsdale and Edgemont Family Counseling for their efforts.

Amy Paulin
Geraldine Greene, SFCS Executive Director thanked the restaurants for their “movable feast” and also alerted the group to SFCS’s new van and driver that will ferry Scarsdale seniors to meetings and medical appointments. The van was provided by Aranow’s family who has vowed to continue their support in the future. Saying that “we live forever in the institutions we create”, Greene said that Aranow “lives on through her generosity.”

Rita Aranow’s daughter Vicki accepted the award in her mother’s name, and choking back tears she told the group that she missed her mother who was shy and would have avoided public recognition. Crediting her with a life of “quiet dedication” she said her mother would be happy to know that her gifts are allowing people to age at home in Scarsdale.

Thanks to these restaurants, caterers and bakeries for their support:

Melissa Fastov/Mindy White

  • An American Bistro
  • Anna Maria’s Restaurant
  • Benjamin Steakhouse
  • Bistro 88
  • Caffe Azzurri
  • Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
  • Chat American Grill
  • Chat 19
  • CRAVE Bar and Grill
    Al Gatta/Miriam Flisser
  • Don Coqui
  • Eastchester Fish Gourmet
  • Il Castello
  • La Panetiere
  • La Renaissance
  • Lulu Cake boutique
  • Lusardi’s
  • Martine’s Fine Bake Shoppe
  • Moscato
  • Niko’s Greek Taverna
  • Odyssey Chocolates
    Dawn Knief
  • Rainwater Grill
  • Route 100 Wine Bar and Grill
  • Seth Greenberg’s Just Desserts
  • Tango Grill
  • Turkish Meze
  • Za Za Restaurant
  • Kirari
  • Haiku
  • Sakanaya Sushi


Jon Mark/B.K.Munghia
Liz Whitney/Connie Vaughn

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chefshatThe gala annual Gourmet Galaxy is scheduled for Wednesday, May 4th at the Westchester Country Club, and you don't want to miss it! Starting at 6:30 pm, you will be able to sample delightful wines provided by Frederick Wildman and Sons and beer from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. There will be culinary surprises from An American Bistro of Tuckahoe, Anna Maria's, Chat 19 and Lusardi’s of Larchmont, Caffe Azzurri of Hartsdale, Il Castello and Turkish Meze of Mamaroneck, and more. Some local favorites like Eastchester Fish Gourmet, Chat American Grill, Bistro 808, and Moscato will add some delicious offerings. Other returning favorites include Don Coqui, Niko’s Greek Taverna, La Panetiere, Route 100 and Tango Grill. Benjamin Steakhouse, Crave Bar and Grill, and Rainwater Grill and ZaZa have also joined in this year!

As usual, the night will begin with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 6:30 with the opening of the exciting silent auction that includes many unique items to bid on. Cocktail hour will include sushi from the new Haiku and Kirari in Scarsdale, and Sakanaya Sushi in Hartsdale. And at 8pm the doors to the ballroom will open and guests will be treated to a variety of specialties from the participating restaurants.

And there's more. Those with a sweet tooth will marvel at the selections from Lulu Cake Boutique, La Renaissance Patisserie, Martine’s Fine Bake Shoppe and Odyssey Chocolates to have with their evening coffee.

Scarsdale/Edgemont Family Counseling will present the Open Door Award for outstanding community involvement. This year, Rita Abrons Aranow, a very generous, gracious and loyal benefactor of SFCS and a Scarsdale resident for over 60 years will be honored. This is the principal fundraiser for SFCS, serving the community for almost 90 years. Tickets are $200.00 ($150.00 for first time attendees). For information and tickets, call 723-3281 or check our website at or reserve a spot by email at .



taybandzHas everyone seen the great tay-bandz/ Kids Curing Cancer car magnets that have started showing up on cars all over town? The magnets pictured here feature an adorable ladybug and rainbow designed and marketed by a student at Edgemont High School. Everyone has been asking me how to get one for their own cars. The magnets are part of tay-bandz's latest fundraising effort for pediatric cancer research. tay-bandz introduced their "One Magnet At A Time" fundraiser earlier this year and they are everywhere now. For every $7 donation to tay-bandz, you will receive one car magnet that one day will save a child's life. If you would like to order a car magnet, simply email tay-bandz directly at .

tay-bandz is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding research for pediatric cancer. tay-bandz was founded in 2003 by a truly remarkable Edgemont student, Taylor Matthews who, at age 11, was diagnosed with cancer. Taylor had a heart of gold and her dearest hope was that someday no child would ever have to face cancer. Taylor passed away in February of 2008 but the organization she founded continues through her family's hard work and dedication to Taylor's dream that no child should face cancer. tay-bandz is completely run by volunteers and every penny raised by tay-bandz goes to fund pediatric cancer research.

Through their tireless fundraising efforts, tay-bandz has raised over one million dollars for pediatric cancer research. They have funded grants to Hopes & Hero's Cancer Fund at Columbia Presbyterian, Memorial Sloan Kettering, MD Anderson Cancer Institute and have just approved a grant to fund the National Institute of Health. In May of 2010, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital announced the grand opening of a new state-of-the-art Pediatric Solid Tumor lab named after tay-bandz and Taylor. Several of Taylor's pre-med friends will be interning this summer in the tay-bandz lab at Columbia.

In the past, tay-bandz has raised funds through selling a wide variety of tay-bandz merchandise such as sweatshirts, headbands, jewelry, beach towels, tote bags, key chains, hair scrunchies, scarves, belts, flip flops and t-shirts. They have also partnered with other organizations such as Bloomingdales and Presents with a Purpose to raise funds and recently announced a new Capital One VISA credit card that will donate $50 after your first purchase, and then 2% of your gas and grocery purchases and 1% on all other purchases to tay-bandz.

If you would like to order any tay-bandz merchandise or make a donation to tay-bandz, send an email to To learn more about tay-bandz, please visit the organization's website at . You can also visit their facebook cause page called "Tay-Bandz - Cure Pediatric Cancer." Taylor's parents are very grateful to everyone who continues to support tay-bandz to keep Taylor's hopes and dreams alive. Every donated dollar is greatly appreciated and helps fund important research.


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