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Forty-year veteran of the Scarsdale Schools, Steve Frantz will receive The Open Door Award at this year’s Gourmet Galaxy on May 5th. The Gourmet Galaxy, benefitting the Scarsdale-Edgemont Family Counseling Service will offer tastings from leading restaurants, caterers and bakeries and will be held at the Westchester Country Club in Rye. Invitations for the event will be sent out shortly.

Dr. Frantz began his lifelong commitment to community service following his graduation from Southern Illinois University whereupon he served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer. Closer to home, he devoted forty years to teaching in Scarsdale public schools, serving as an elementary school teacher, Elementary Science Helping Teacher, Co-Director of Math-Science Technology Center and Principal of the Fox Meadow Elementary School. During that time, Steve earned his Masters and PhD at New York University and served two years as President of the Scarsdale Teachers Association.

Since his retirement in 2006, Steve has consulted with the Scarsdale School District as Sustainability Education Coordinator, has served as a member of the Westchester County Task Force on Global Warming and is the founding director of the Green Schools Coalition of Westchester. He currently serves on the Board of Friends of Weinberg Nature Center, is Chairperson of the TVCC Sustainable Scarsdale Committee and is a former Board Member of Friend of Scarsdale Parks.

Penny Bauersfeld, the chair of this year’s Gourmet Galaxy and member of the SFCS Board of Trustees, commented, “I have had the pleasure and privilege of knowing and working closely with Steve over the years in various capacities, so it gave me great personal joy to deliver the news to him that he would be our honoree this year. His work is the embodiment of the SFCS commitment to strengthening our community.”

Steve and his wife of 40 years, Ellen, met as teachers at Edgewood Elementary School and live locally. Their daughter, Amber, is a teacher at the Heathcote Elementary School. Steve is also an avid platform tennis player and past president of the Fox Meadow Tennis Club.

SFCS is a nationally accredited nonprofit family service agency offering programs encompassing youth services, older adult services, family therapy and family life education. The express purpose of SFCS is to support family life and strengthen our community. The Open Door Award reflects the agency’s motto, “It starts with an open door.” No one in need of service is ever turned away. For further information about Gourmet Galaxy tickets, SFCS programs or volunteer opportunities, call Scarsdale-Edgemont Family Counseling at 723-3281.

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Temple Israel Center of White Plains will honor Jonathan Flaxer and Gail Wiesenfeld of Scarsdale as well as Dottie Roer of White Plains at their 2010 Dinner Dance on March 20.

Gail Wiesenfeld of Scarsdale joined Temple Israel Center in 1993 and has served as a Vice President in several administrations. She served as PTA co-chair for the Religious School, and as a member and co-chair of the Religious School Board. Gail also served as a member and co-chair of the Nursery School Board. Her significant contributions led to membership on the Board of Trustees, a position she has held for the past 10 years. Gail joined the TIC Executive Committee in 2001 as a Committee Member-at-Large, and served as Treasurer for two years, followed by two years as a Vice-President. Outside of TIC, Gail has been involved with UJA, the Scarsdale High School STEP Board, and Westchester Jewish Community Services. Gail received her BA from Emory University, earned an MBA from New York University and became a Chartered Financial Analyst. For 13 years, she worked as an equity research analyst at Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns, and CJ Lawrence.

 

Scarsdale resident Jonathan Flaxer has been an active member of the TIC community since 1991. Currently, he serves as the Co-Chair of the Ritual Committee, where he was instrumental in creating a pamphlet that can be found in the pews explaining the Shabbat service and its rituals and customs. He is also the trusted guardian of the temple’s Sifre Torahs. In the past, Jonathan served on a committee to re-write the Synagogue by-laws as well as the Board of Trustees of TIC, and the School Board. Jonathan is a bankruptcy and restructuring lawyer and partner at Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell and Peskoe LLP in New York City. He holds a BA from New York University in English Literature, and a JD from Brooklyn Law School. He belongs to several professional organizations, and writes and speaks on topics related to his field.

Dottie Roer has been an involved member of Temple Israel Center since joining the synagogue in 1957. She has served on the Board of Trustees and has had a tremendous influence on the development of the Religious School, beginning with her involvement with the PTA. She served as a Vice-President on that Board, and later chaired both the Religious School Board and the Community High School Board when it was still in its formative stage. In addition, Dottie served for seventeen years with the White Plains Board of Education, first in Inventory Control, then as Internal Auditor, and last as Clerk of the Board. After leaving the Board of Education, Dottie was appointed to the White Plains Zoning Board of Appeals and later to the Board of Ethics.

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There is still time to apply to serve on Scarsdale's Village Boards and Councils. This year, there are openings on most Boards and Councils. While incumbents may be reappointed to fill some of the positions, many of those serving are not eligible for reappointment. The Committee strongly encourages residents to apply for these positions. New terms will begin April 5, 2010.

Trustee Robert Steves, Chair of the Personnel Committee, said it is also helpful for Scarsdale residents to provide written suggestions of individuals who should be considered for appointment. Interested residents are also encouraged to submit their own names, together with a brief listing of community service and relevant professional background. Please submit contact information including email addresses. The information may be submitted in one of two ways:

Via the Village Website – At www.scarsdale.com, click “read more” under Volunteers Needed for Boards and Councils (located under Village News on the home page). On the next screen, complete the on-line form under “Boards and Councils Nominations” and follow the on-screen instructions.

Via Village Hall – Alternatively, the information may be forwarded to Robert Steves at Village Hall, 1001 Post Road, Scarsdale NY 10583

All materials should be received at the Village website or Village Hall by March 16, 2010. Residents should feel free to contact the Village Clerk, Donna Conkling with questions by telephone at 914-722-1175 or e-mail at dconkling@scarsdale.com.

Nominations should be made in writing and should include information on the candidates’ civic involvement, work experience or other qualifications in sufficient detail to help the Village Board evaluate the prospective candidate. Nominations should be submitted via the Village website or sent to Trustee Robert Steves at Village Hall, 1001 Post Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583 by February 26, 2010.

The following are the appointed Boards and Councils, terms of office, and their responsibilities:

BOARD OF APPEALS - (5 years - one term). Rules on appeals from zoning requirements, including setbacks; on permits for construction of swimming pools and tennis courts, and on non-conforming uses.

BOARD OF ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW - (3 years - two terms). Its basic purpose is to preserve the character and appearance of the Village. Review of all applications involving construction of buildings, or additions to, or reconstruction of existing buildings affecting the exterior appearance.

PLANNING BOARD - (5 years - one term). Advises Village Board on master planning; rules on applications for sub-division of lots, street designations, construction in wetland areas and non-residential buildings.

BOARD OF ETHICS - (5 years - one term). Possible conflicts of interest or other
issues of ethics affecting Village personnel are referred to this Board by the Board of Trustees.

CABLE TELEVISION COMMISSION - (5 years - open-ended terms). Administers and monitors the Cable Franchise Agreements with the Village and encourages use of the cable access channels.

CONSERVATION ADVISORY COUNCIL - (2 years - open-ended terms). Advises the Village Board on such matters as programs, areas, facilities, public relations and other matters pertaining to conservation of the environment.

COMMITTEE FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION - (3 years - two terms). Determines if a structure located in the Village for which a permit for demolition has been requested is a structure of historical importance.

LIBRARY BOARD - (5 years - one term). Responsible for the administrative and operating policies of the Scarsdale Public Library. Operates independently of the Village Board and selects its own President.

ADVISORY COUNCIL ON PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES - (2 years - open-ended terms). Advises and assists the Village Board in matters of concern to residents with disabilities. Assists with programs and activities, increases public awareness of the needs of the disabled, acts as liaison with other Advisory Councils, and promotes participation in community affairs by disabled persons.

ADVISORY COUNCIL ON HUMAN RELATIONS - (2 years - open-ended terms). Considers and recommends actions at the request of the Village Board to foster mutual respect and understanding among all members of the community.

ADVISORY COUNCIL ON PARKS AND RECREATION - (2 years - open-ended terms). Promotes the recreation program in the Village and advises the Village Board on the use of Village parks for recreation purposes, recommends the use or non-use of all open space, and acts as a liaison between the Village Board and the community on all matters relating to recreation.

ADVISORY COUNCIL ON SCARSDALE SENIOR CITIZENS - (2 years - open-ended terms). Advises and assists the Board of Trustees in all matters concerning the senior citizens of the Village of Scarsdale.

TOWN BOARD OF ASSESSMENT REVIEW - (5 years – open-ended terms). This Board reviews property grievances filed with respect to assessments.

ADVISORY COUNCIL ON TECHNOLOGY - (2 years - open-ended terms). This Council has a broad mandate in advising the Village Board and staff on technological matters. It is to provide advice, explore strategic options, and develop recommendations on how the Village Board can best utilize technology, including the Internet to improve efficiencies.

ADVISORY COUNCIL ON YOUTH - (2 years - open-ended terms). Advises and assists the Board of Trustees in responding to the needs of Scarsdale's young people; works to generate a favorable climate for growth and development of youth in the community.

 

JUDICIAL QUALIFICATIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE - (5 years - two terms). The Committee’s function is to assist the Citizens’ Nominating Committee and the Mayor, respectively with the selection of individuals who are qualified for the offices of Village Justice and Acting Village Justice.

REPRESENTATIVE TO SCARSDALE ARTS COUNCIL - (2 years - open-ended terms). At-large representative to the Scarsdale Arts Council Board. The Council’s mission is to encourage the arts to flourish in Scarsdale by, among other methods, improving communication among arts programs and by attracting grant support and to raise public awareness and participation in the arts.

Pursuant to the general policy adopted by the Village Board, guidelines for membership on Scarsdale's appointed Boards and Councils cover four areas:

1. Residency
Boards and Advisory Councils are comprised of residents of the Village. While comments from outside the community can be sought as needed, actions recommended or taken by Boards and Advisory Councils should ultimately reflect the views of Village residents.

2. Professional or Business Affiliation
Various professional skills and training are required by Village law or deemed desirable by the Village Board of Trustees for the successful fulfillment of some Board or Council charters.

3. Civic Interest and Involvement
The majority of the members of Village Boards and Councils are appointed by reason of demonstrated interest in Village affairs, through volunteer involvement. Scarsdale is the beneficiary of a long history of voluntary civic endeavors. Since the overriding purpose of Boards and Councils is to assure the continuation of high community standards, it is appropriate that members on Boards and Councils be those residents who have demonstrated willingness and initiative to work in support of this objective.

4. Specialized Knowledge
Certain Boards and Councils benefit by having one or more members with specialized knowledge. For example, the Cable Television Commission benefits by having people with knowledge of the communications industry; the Advisory Council on People With Disabilities would benefit from the experience of disabled persons; the Advisory Council on Youth would benefit from people who have worked with young people; the Advisory Council on Parks and Recreation would benefit from having a parent active in the Recreation Department's Elementary School Sports Program.

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At a heart warming meeting of the Edgemont Junior and Senior High School on Monday March 1, the school received a donation of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from Lenox Hill Hospital. The machine was donated in honor of Edgemont Senior Cody Fisher who has become a spokesperson for AED training after he was saved last summer at camp when he suffered from sudden cardiac arrest.

The Superintendant, faculty and administration were on hand to learn more about how an AED in the hands of trained person can save lives. Dr. Ranjit Suri, a Cardiologist at Lenox Hill and an Edgemont father of four children presented the facts about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and only 5% of those who experience sudden cardiac arrest survive. SCA is due to an unstable heart rhythm and the defibrillator can restore the heart’s normal rhythm. However this must be done immediately to prevent brain damage.

Quick work by an alert nurse at Cody’s sleep away camp saved his life and since that time he has become a proponent of AED training so that more lives might be saved. When Dr. Suri learned of Cody’s incident and full recovery he wanted to honor Cody with the gift of an additional AED to the Edgemont Public Schools.

The hospital is currently giving defibrillators to schools, churches and public institutions in Manhattan and the Bronx because those who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest have the highest chance of survival if they are around others who can intervene.

Cody’s mother Alisa Herschaft attended the meeting and said, “I would like to thank Barry Friedman and Nancy Taddiken, as well as all the principals, teachers and staff members from EHS, Seely and Greenville, for being so serious about this subject matter and thank all the teachers and staff members who got certified and trained in AED and CPR."
 

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The Scarsdale High School P.T.A. would like to remind students and parents about the volunteer opportunities available at SHS. Many outside volunteer organizations came to the Volunteer Services Fairs in September. In addition, SHS has many clubs that perform volunteer service. Many of these clubs have recently started initiatives to help the people of Haiti. Please click here to find contact information for the outside volunteer service organizations that attended the September Volunteer Services Fairs as well as the list of SHS Clubs. If your high school age student is looking to get involved in a club mid-year, they will be welcomed.

Hard copies of the club list as well as a list of service oriented student clubs (including student contact information) have been distributed throughout the high school. Students can find them in the main office, the Principal's office, the Dean's offices, the library circulation desk, and outside of Neil Ginsberg's office.

This year, the Volunteer Service Awards Ceremony is on May 10, 2010, at 7:30pm in the SHS Auditorium. If a student performs a minimum of 20 hours of community service with one organization during the school year, he or she will be eligible to receive a Volunteer Service Award on May 10th. Click here for more information on the Volunteer Service Awards.

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