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This summer, 16 year-old SHS junior Glenn Berke will bike across the United States to raise money for the Hemophilia Association of New York (HANY). Berke will be riding with a group of ten teens and two college students organized by a program called Overland Summers. He will spend six weeks pedaling over 3,000 miles in a cross-country trek from Tybee Island, Georgia to Santa Monica, California.

During the 3,012 mile trip across the southern United States, Berke will bike an average of 80 miles a day and sleep at campsites along the way. The trip begins June 25th, so he will leave right after school ends.

Berke was inspired to take the trip by a close friend who has hemophilia. According to Berke, “before I reach the Pacific, I know I’ll have scraped a knee or elbow or collected a few bumps and bruises along the way…minor injuries that might be a more serious story for kids who have hemophilia."

You can help Glenn meet his $5,000 goal by contributing to the Association online or by check payable to HANY and sent to "Biking Challenge", Hemophilia Association of New York, Suite 506, 110 East 40th Street, New York, NY 10016. To learn more, click here: http://www.hemophilia-newyork.org/berkebikes.html

Scarsdale residents are encouraged to participate in the Westchester County Food Drive, which will be held on Tuesday, June 22nd and Wednesday, June 23rd at many locations throughout the county.

For hungry families in Westchester, summer is an especially critical time of year as food pantry and soup kitchen supplies run low. The number of households requesting assistance from the emergency feeding network at Food Bank has gone up 22 percent in the last year alone.

As a participant in this effort, The Village of Scarsdale will have a donation box available located in the Village Hall lobby to accept canned and other non-perishable food on 6/22 and 6/23. Donated food will then be distributed to 181 local organizations, like soup kitchens, shelters and food pantries, by Westchester County’s partner, Food Bank for Westchester or directly to a local food agency.
The most needed food items are:

Cereals: hot or cold (corn flakes, frosted flakes, fruit loops, oat meal, grits)

Meats and high protein groups

  • Canned meats: spam, ham, meat spread, beef stew, chicken, and corned beef
  • Canned fish: tuna, salmon, sardines, mackerel
  • Canned or dry beans: kidney, lentils, butter beans, great northern, lima
  • Canned soups: with beans, chicken, ham or beef
  • Peanut butter
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned ravioli
  • Canned spaghetti and meat balls

Beverages

  • Drink mixes: iced tea, Kool Aid, Tang
  • 100 percent juices in plastic bottle or can
  • Milk: canned or powdered
  • Canned juices
  • Coffee or tea
  • Hot chocolate

Fruits and vegetables

  • Canned fruits
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned spaghetti sauce
  • Dried fruits: raisins, apricots, prunes

Pasta and grains

  • Rice: rice mixes and plain rice
  • Pasta: pasta mixes and plain pasta

Health and beauty supplies are also being accepted.

For further information, contact the Village Clerk’s office at 722-1175 or Westchester County Office of Communications at 995-6355.

On Sunday, May 18, 2010, spectacular weather brought out hundreds of cyclists from across the county for the 10th Annual Bikeathon to benefit children with cancer. The Pediatric Cancer Foundation and Westchester County Parks co-sponsored the special family fun event, entitled Pedal for Progress. Cyclists of all ages rode to support the worthy cause, and there was a tremendous aura of excitement and positive energy at the event.

Scarsdale residents Jill Weisfeld and Trisanne Berger, Hartsdale resident Pam Goldstein, and Melanie Bennett and Beth Nechamkin of Harrison were the Chairs of this year’s Pediatric Cancer Foundation Bikeathon. Stefanie Mittman, President of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, remarked, “There are bright rays of hope in pediatric cancer. The eradication of this devastating disease depends on groups such as Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the generosity of people in the community. We are particularly grateful to all of the volunteers for the Bikeathon for their tireless efforts in creating, organizing, promoting, and producing Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s 10th Annual Bikeathon. We thank all our friends, family, co-workers and neighbors who cycled with us to support this worthy cause.”

Participants who could not attend the Bikeathon but wish to cycle or still make a donation are still encouraged to register and get sponsors at www.pcfbike.org.

The Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s mission is to cure childhood cancer. Since its establishment in 1970, members have worked diligently and raised significant funds to aid sick children and the doctors and researchers who treat them. The Pediatric Cancer Foundation funds research, treatment, state of the art equipment and parent and patient care. The Pediatric Cancer Foundation receives no federal funding, so they depend on the generosity of donors. This year, hundreds of people of all ages rode bicycles of all kinds while enjoying a fun day and supporting this worthy cause.

To make a pledge or to cycle on your own, go to www.pcfbike.org or contact Nancy Frankel Joselson at 914-777-3127 for more information.

This weekend, Thursday through Sunaltday June 3 through June 6, the Golden Horseshow is hosting its 21st Annual Sidewalk Sale.  There will be food, games, rides, and face painting at the event, as well as bargains offered at many of the shopping center's 22 stores. 

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During the shopping event, there will be opportunities to give back, such as the Shop for a Cause program in front of Planit Sports.  There, Blue Buddha necklaces will be sold, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a summer camp scholarship fund for underprivileged children.  

The American Cancer Society's Eastchester Chapter held its Relay for Life event at Concordia College this Saturday. The overnight walk to find a cure began at 5 pm Saturday, May 15 and continued until 6 am Sunday, the 16th. Participants set up tents to spend the night on a grassy quad at Concordia in Bronxville. Relay for Life is a 24-hour event that takes place in communities across the globe. Cancer survivors walked with those whose lives have been affected by cancer as an effort to raise money, and awareness, for cancer research.

In addition to walking, participants enjoyed music, games and live performances including songs by the kids from Showstoppers--a performance company from the New York Performing Arts Center in White Plains. Their performance of “Seasons of Love,” from the musical Rent, had particular meaning to so many in attendance.

One group of girls from Tuckahoe Middle School came together in support of friend, Lilly O’Toole’s mother, Kathleen, a 7-year survivor of breast cancer. The girls have taken the initiative to do several other fund-raisers, something that makes Kathleen feel both proud and a bit overwhelmed.

To find out more about The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life events in your area click here.

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