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stormjamesOn June 24, 2010, Stormjames Scudder Lipton, a member of Scarsdale Troop 4 earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was honored at the Eagle Court of Honor at Hitchcock Church on Sunday, October 24, 2010.

Storm is a bright, articulate, hard-working, compassionate and curious young man with a great sense of humor. He is dedicated to the concept of service to others, and this dedication can be observed in his interests and hobbies.

For his Eagle Service Project Storm organized a Bike Safety Rodeo. In conjunction with Bike New York, the Theodore D. Young Community Center, the Greenburgh Police Child Safety Unit, the Greenburgh Explorers, the Lois Bronz Family Daycare Center and the Girl Scouts, Storm and his fellow troop members taught bike safety, performed bike inspections, distributed bike helmets, taught individuals how to properly wear bike helmets and taught kids how to ride a bike.

At the age of twelve Storm was inducted into the Westchester Putnam Boy Scout of America Order of the Arrow (OA). The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts where he has participated in food collection for Food PATCH and building restoration for Habitat for Humanity, as well as other service projects.

For the past five years, Storm was a student at the Windward School. During his time at Windward Storm was a member of the student government, the weather club, the basketball team and the lacrosse team. He is currently a sophomore at Soundview Preparatory School in Yorktown Heights where he is a member of the outdoor club. Members of the outdoor club assist in the management and upkeep of the outdoor property at Soundview.

Storm is a member of Hitchcock Presbyterian Church. As a member of the church he has participated in the youth choir, the handbell choir, Youth Forum, and currently the Senior High youth group. Most dear to his heart at Hitchcock is Midnight Run. He has been participating in their monthly Midnight Run since the age of ten, serving food, distributing toiletries and clothing and having a conversation or two with our homeless friends on the street.

Storm has been a competitive swimmer since age four, swimming for the Theodore D. Young Community Center’s F.A.S.T. Swim Team, the Town of Greenburgh’s summer team and currently for the Empire Swim Team. Since he was eleven years old, Stormjames has swam in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Hudson River Swim for Life,a 3.2 mile swim across the Hudson River, to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In total, he has raised $13,000 for the cause.



butinScarsdale High School graduate Danielle Butin engaged the audience at the Scarsdale League of Women Voters' October 22 luncheon with her moving account of founding and serving as the Executive Director of the Afya Foundation, a large scale medical supply recovery operation based in Yonkers. Ms. Butin explained how her medical background and the overwhelming needs she saw on a trip to Africa inspired her to create an organization to collect surplus medical supplies in the US and provide them to hospitals in impoverished countries that had been operating with almost no basic medical supplies. She shared stories of the horrors she has witnessed, such as a doctor sewing up a woman who's had a Cesarean with sutures made from strands taken from a gauze pad. What is the secret of her success in securing donations? She doesn't take no for an answer. Her persistence enabled has her to acquire a warehouse that originally cost $80,000 for just $3,000. Through And the secret to her success in providing assistance to victims of the earthquake in Partners in Health in Haiti Butin has been on the forefront, providing services in Haiti even before the earthquake.

Ms. Butin noted the tremendous support that Afya has received from the Westchester community, including fundraisers and assistance from adults and students in organizing and packing donations.

spivyOn Sunday, October 17, The Scarsdale Striders, gathered to participate in the American Cancer Society's, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. The 17th annual event took place at Manhattanville College in Purchase. 13,200 people attended and raised $1.45 million dollars to fund valuable research, education, advocacy and services for people in Westchester with breast cancer and their families. The team was lead by Sheryl Braun and Lauren Miller of Greeenacres. The team consisted of Angela Manson, Anthea Carbon, Karyn Aaron, Stefanie Elman, Cheryl Bernstein, Deborah Pekarak, Michelle Memoli, Kathleen Campbell, Jodi Ruzumna, Andi Schreiber, Diane Burkin and Joey Silberfein. They raised a combined total of $12.300 to support this important cause.

The UJA-Federation's Lion of Judah Luncheon took place on Tuesday, October 26th, at The Pierre in New York City. The Lion of Judah luncheon honors philanthropic women; more than 16,000 women around the world are recognized as Lions of Judah, including more than 1,200 in the New York Jewish community.

suzmanThis year, Scarsdale resident Ruth Suzman was awarded with the Spirit of Peggy Award. The Spirit of Peggy Award honors the memory of Peggy Tishman, an extraordinary woman who set an inspiring standard of service for all women who give their time and hearts to communal leadership. The award honors a young leader in our community who shares Peggy’s passion for dedicated service, generous commitment to philanthropy, and personal devotion to the welfare of the Jewish people.

tanzerUnited Hebrew of New Rochelle, a premier long-term care campus, recently held its 91th Annual Gala Celebration at the Ritz Carlton Westchester in White Plains. United Hebrew Board of Directors member and Mt. Vernon resident, David Alpert, was given the Humanitarian Award. Scarsdale resident, Leonard Tanzer, President of Patient Care Associates, Inc. was awarded the Corporate Medal of Honor. The awards are given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the community and through their efforts have enhanced the quality of life for those in need. Pictured here are Regis Philbin with Scarsdale resident and Honoree Leonard Tanzer and wife Lola Tanzer at the United Hebrew of New Rochelle 91st Annual Gala.


nitaloweyTo the Editor: Chances are you know a family affected by autism. This devastating, lifelong and little-understood condition now affects 1 in 110 children born today, according to the CDC, yet it is only in the last ten years that the government has begun to address the needs of this burgeoning population.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey has been at the forefront of these efforts. An early and active supporter of autism research, she has served as a high ranking member of both the Congressional Coalition for Autism Research and Education, and the House Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the NIH. She has successfully cosponsored several important bills that dramatically increased funding for autism research related to surveillance, causation, education, early detection, and intervention.

As parents of an autistic child, we appreciate Nita Lowey’s efforts, and believe that she will continue to advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We encourage you to vote for Nita Lowey this Election Day.

Liane and Marc Carter



troopsScarsdale Edgemont Girl Scouts seek your donations for American troops in Afghanistan in time for the holidays. There will be a collection box at the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House on Wayside Lane; the Scarsdale Teen Center, 862 Scarsdale Avenue; Scarsdale Village Hall and the Scarsdale Public Library from October 6th thru November 21st 2010.

Please consider donating the following items:

  • Nonperishable food items such as dried fruit, canned tuna, nuts, beef jerky, gum, hard candy, or other snacks
  • Socks, twin sheet sets, big fluffy towels
  • Mouthwash, toothpaste, deodorant, foot powder, suntan lotion, chap- stick, gel insoles for boots, band-aids, baby wipes, air freshener
  • Batteries, disposable cameras, battery-operated lights for reading, hand- held fans, dixie cups
  • Children’s toys, dvds, games, paint brushes, magazines

Contact: BK Munguia, 914-472-4053

The Scarsdale Firefighters Association is sponsoring a Thanksgiving food drive for the Salvation Army. Please contribute any canned food, including fruits, vegetables and soups, plus boxed


potatoes, mac n' cheese and other non-perishable items. Food donations are being collected between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm at:

  • Scarsdale Fire Station #1 at Post and Popham Roads
  • Scarsdale Fire Station #3 at 56 Crossway

The last day for drop off is November 22.

For more information, contact, Jim Seymour, Vice President Scarsdale Firefighters Association at 914-879-1259



toms250The Scarsdale High School TOMS Club is holding its first Style Your Sole event on Saturday, October 30 in Chase Park from 2 pm to 5 pm. People can participate in the event by pre-ordering a pair of blank, canvas TOMS, which they will pick up and decorate at the park. The TOMS Organization was founded in 2006 by Blake Mycoskie on the simple premise, One for One. For every pair of TOMS shoes purchased, a pair of TOMS shoes is given to a child in need. Since 2006, TOMS has given away over 1 million shoes. Their drop sites include parts of Africa, Asia, America and Eurasia.

Each pair of TOMS is worth $40. Cash or checks made out to cash, along with toms1order forms must be given to Justine Gelfman, no later than October 15th. You can print out the form below, complete it bring it with your payment to 106 Brite Avenue, Scarsdale New York. If there are any questions, feel free to email the TOMS Club at

TOMS Shoes Order Form
Style Your Sole

A Style Your Sole party is people coming together to express themselves and help children in need by customizing their own blank, canvas TOMS.

The TOMS Style Your Sole Event will be on October 30th in Chase Park from 2 pm to 5 pm. Each pair of TOMS is worth $40. Please fill out the following form and enclose the corresponding amount of cash. Return this slip to 106 Brite Avenue Scarsdale, NY by October 15:

No. of Shoes: ___________________

Shoe Size(s): Please specify Women, Men or Youth: _______________

Half sizes available for 6, 7, 8 and 9
Questions? Call Justine Gelfman at (914) 772-3517

Thanks for your support.





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