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soccerteamThe Scarsdale Raiders Girls Varsity A soccer team lost a highly contested quarterfinal round game on Wednesday afternoon, October 24 against arch-rival New Rochelle, eliminating them from the Section AA playoffs. The score was tied 0-0 after 80 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes overtime, so the game was decided in a shootout. The Hugenots prevailed 4-3, earning them the victory before a raucous crowd at New Rochelle High School. Scarsdale's penalty kicks goals were scored by Carly Rubin, Allison Stafford and Olivia Bryant.

The game matched foes which had split their two games during the regular season. The Raiders won the first game convincingly at SHS by a score of 3-0 and the Hugenots exacted revenge in the second game on their home turf by 3-1. Neither team dominated the playoff game and both goalies were kept busy by a wave of attacks from the opposing team's offenses and a large number of corner kicks.

Christina Coco came up big for the Raiders in goal, at one point coming far out of the goal to dive on a loose ball that was within close range of New Rochelle's top scorer. Scarsdale's defense held up well throughout the game, with co-captain center back Sam Mancini anchoring the effort. Katy Reisman was effective running down several balls on the right wing and breaking up passes, and mid-fielder Allison Stafford did an outstanding job marking New Rochelle's best offensive player throughout the game.

On the offensive side, the Raiders had relatively few good scoring chances. Forward Riley Edlitz put a strong shot on goal late in the second half but it sailed over the crossbar. Mid-fielder Ella Ansell had an opportunity near the goal off a gorgeous centering pass from forward Nayumi Parente but was unable to connect. As the Hugenots celebrated their dramatic win after the shootout, the Raiders team was disappointed knowing that they had the ability to win but couldn't convert on the winning goal.

The Raiders' players and coaches took comfort by reflecting on an outstanding season with consistent success on the field as evidenced by an 11-4-2 record against some formidable opponents, and a closeness that developed among the players on the team who spent a lot of free time together bonding. Credit goes to senior co-captains Sam Mancini and Carly Rubin for their leadership.

The game against New Rochelle would not have occurred if not for a dramatic Raiders' win, also in a shoot-out, against division rival Mamaroneck on Saturday, October 21, before a large, boisterous crowd at Scarsdale High School. In the Tigers' game, the Raiders took a 1-0 lead in the first half off a goal by Parente off a turnover. Thereafter the Raiders dominated possession but were unable to convert.

Sophomore forward Olivia Bryant was foiled on a great save by the Tigers' goalie off a beautiful centering pass from Parente about ten minutes into the second half. Mamaroneck broke through with a header goal off a corner kick about midway through the second half. Thereafter Scarsdale continued to dominate but was unable to score, coming closest when junior mid-fielder Allison Stafford appeared to score off a volley near the goal, but the score was nullified by a foul that was called off another Scarsdale player in the box. Regulation ended with the score tied 1-1 and after 30 minutes of overtime, the score remained 1-1. The game was decided in a shoot-out 5-4, with Rubin, Stafford, Bryant, Amanda Razumna and Dana Papandreadis all converting on their penalty kicks. Scarsdale goalie Christina Coco, who came up big a couple of times for the Raiders in regulation, made a diving save to foil the fourth Tigers' shooter, and that was the difference in the game.

After the shootout win the Scarsdale players jubilantly ran on the field and celebrated with smiles, hugs and high gives abounding. The weary Raiders knew they had survived a scare from underdog Mamaroneck, a team they had beaten easily only two weeks before.

Photo credit: Jon Thaler

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whitesweaterWe heard that the Scarsdale Woman's Exchange had moved further down Harwood Court so that it's current location could be converted into residential space. So we stopped into the new store at 6 Harwood Court and were very pleasantly surprised.

The Exchange has two storefronts that were formerly the home of "Green with Envy." They've repainted and done a beautiful job of building cabinetry to showcase their unique handmade merchandise. With more available display space, it's evident what's so special about what they offer.

For babies and kids there are hand knit blankets, booties and sweaters, smocked dresses, fleece jackets and backpacks and overnight bags that can be monogrammed with the child's initials. There are lovely bibs and towels that can also be monogrammed and make for elegant baby gifts. Who wouldn't want a handmade toy train with the letters of the child's name or a custom rag doll. Prices for all of these handmade items are really reasonable.bluesweater

The other side of the store houses gifts for grownups and home. There was an entire shelf of "Scarsdale" merchandise for friends who love our town. There were cute sleep shirts, a nice collection of melamine dishes, attractive throw pillows, hand-carved cutting boards and wooden boxes and fun stuff for Halloween.

The Scarsdale Women's Exchange is known for their tea sandwiches which can be ordered in quantities of 50, 75, 100 and more as well as their brownies and lemon squares which you'll find in the shop.

Stop by the shop at 6 Harwood Court, Monday-Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Its a Village treasure.


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FH1The Scarsdale Girl's Field Hockey team's season can be summed up in 3 games against Rye. In a preseason matchup, the Raiders lost to Rye. An early loss against a respected program was not the way that the reigning section champs wanted to begin their season. "We knew the season wasn't going to be perfect given how many important seniors we lost," noted starting defender Sam Felder. The team had to fill major gaps, including those created by graduated defenders Emma Coleman, Angie Burns, and midfielder Erin Nicholas. The new starting defense consists of juniors Lena Glickman and Sam Felder, and Seniors Emma Carnicelli and Paige Panessa. In the Midfield, Junior Captain Julia Jamesley and Sophomore Elizabeth Scarcella have stepped up.


When the Raiders faced Rye for a regular season game just a few weeks later, the players had time to get used to their new roles on the field. The outcome of this second game was a tie. Still early on in the season, the team took this result as evidence of improvement, but also as proof that they had more work to do. Specifically in the defensive end, Felder mentioned "we're working a lot on footwork and block tackles which has been very helpful."

Going into their third game against Rye on October 10th, the Raiders were prepared to benefit from their hard work. Scarsdale beat Rye in an intense game, ultimately winning 1-0. The deciding goal was scored by Sophomore Elizabeth Scarcella. "We came out really fired up which I think helped us win," said Junior Isabella Waterhouse. The defensive shutout was also extremely promising. "We have gotten significantly better at communication," noted Felder. With concrete evidence of improvement, the Raiders look excitedly to the postseason.


Still, the team's season has been far from perfect. "We've had some tough losses against Lakeland, Chappaqua, and Mamaroneck" mentioned Waterhouse. Scarsdale fell to all three of the strongest teams in the area, including Mamaroneck, the team that they beat to win Section 1 last year. In their most recent game, the Raiders beat Ursuline 8-1, with 5 goals by Scarcella. Looking forward to the upcoming playoffs, Scarsdale's success depends on their seed in postseason play. Based on their less than perfect record, the team's seed is very much undecided at this point. Felder was positive about the team's chances going forward, commenting "I think we've improved since our first games and I hope that will show during playoffs." Scarsdale will play their last regular season games in the coming weeks. Their next game is at home at 5:00 against White Plains on Wednesday October 18th.

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ThisIsHungerImageA first-of-its-kind free exhibit will bring members of the Westchester community face to face with the stark realities of hunger through state-of-the-art storytelling techniques and interactive elements. Westchester Reform Temple will host "This Is Hunger," a national touring exhibit that will be in Scarsdale from Wednesday, October 25 to Sunday, October 29, 2017.

"We often think of hunger in stereotypes, such as the homeless person walking down the street, but the reality of hunger in Westchester is much more complex," said Associate Rabbi David Levy. "This exhibit gives us an opportunity to engage the whole community with an incredible experience that will change the way you look at hunger. We want to help everyone understand that those who are hungry can be your neighbor who just lost her job or the teenager at school who can't concentrate properly because he isn't eating enough nutritious food at home."

Every community struggles with hunger. At the national level, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's annual report on food security found that nearly 13 percent of American households had difficulty at some point last year in providing enough food for their families.

To raise awareness about the prevalence of hunger in Westchester County, Westchester Reform Temple partnered with MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger to bring "This Is Hunger" to a local audience. The exhibit features black and white portraits by an internationally renowned photojournalist and the stories of dozens of Americans who have had difficulty putting enough nutritious food on the table each day. Through digital and hands-on activities, "This Is Hunger" takes participants on a compelling journey that draws them into the real-life circumstances of these individuals and deepens their awareness about who in America struggles with hunger and why. Visitors are then encouraged to educate others and advocate for change.

"This Is Hunger" is housed in a 53-foot-long double expandable semitrailer that, when parked and opened on both sides, provides nearly 1,000 square feet of exhibit space. The exhibit is on a 10-month national tour that is stopping in more than 30 cities across the country.

For free ticket reservations and tour times, visit

About This Is Hunger
"This Is Hunger" is a community engagement program commissioned by MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. The exhibit will tour the United States from Nov. 16, 2016 to through the end of 2017. Key members of the creative team include Marni Gittleman, Creative Director/Principal Concept & Content Developer; Gail Greenberg, Principal Designer; Chris Green, Multimedia Show Developer/Production Designer; and Karen Snider, Project Manager/Developer.
About MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

Founded in 1985, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national nonprofit organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. For more information, please visit

About Westchester Reform Temple
Among the more than 1,100 WRT member households you will find the embodiment of Reform Jewish diversity in America today. Our ever-evolving tradition seeks to find meaningful expressions of prayer, song, ritual, study and community involvement, through our five pillars of Avodah (Spirituality), Chavurah (Community), Talmud Torah (Learning), Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World), and Clal Yisrael (The Jewish People). The community is committed to social action. In 2008 WRT completed a "green" sanctuary and transformed the original spaces into new classrooms for our Jewish Learning Lab and a Beit Midrash – place of study. The active congregation always seeks to honor the past with an eye to the future of our community and the world beyond our walls.

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WPAcademyWhite Plains Academy won the Brooklyn Italians Columbus Day Cup tournament with a thrilling penalty kick victory over the East Meadow Soccer Club after the teams played in a rain and wind, soaked at a 0-0 draw in regulation time.

The boys U14 Academy team includes four boys from Scarsdale who helped the team complete an undefeated tournament not giving up a single goal. Scarsdale Middle School students Nico Galeano, Alex Hershon, Adrian Lim, and Ryan Nicholl joined the White Plains Academy team in the fall of 2016 after playing for Scarsdale Travel teams for most of their young soccer careers. The WPA team plays in the National Premier League 2004 U14 division and recently competed in the prestigious Madrid Football Cup in Madrid, Spain playing against teams that included Real Madrid, Liverpool and the Irish National team.

Photo: Front Row (L-R) Alex Hershon, Gil Zion, Ryan Nicholl, Brennyn Ordonez, Daniel Alvarez, Nico Galeano, Cesar Rosario, Jason Cohen, Henry Field

Back Row: Coach Alex Cano, Marco Ferrando, Matthew Cardoso, David Ferrando, Pablo Perez, Daniel Ramirez, Alejandro Vega, Daniel Espinoza, Adrian Lim, Johnny Antolino, Coach Pablo Guère

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