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ChristmasTreeThere were smiles all around on Friday night November 30 when Santa arrived in Scarsdale Village on a fire truck and the holiday tree and menorah were illuminated in Boniface Circle.

The festive event featured food, Christmas carolers, kids crafts, face painting and hot chocolate and was a hit with kids and adults too. Though a wintery mix was falling, no one seemed to notice.

The event was sponsored by Scarsdale Village, the Scarsdale Business Alliance, the Acceleration Project and many willing volunteers. Thanks to Jane Veron, Amy Nadasdi, Dalya Kahn and Vanessa Siderow for their leadership in making the event a runaway success.

It was the second annual “Light the Dale” event and from the community response it seems sure to become a tradition.

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FieldHockeyField Hockey Team (Top row left to right) Amanda Glik, Grace Veriker, Aliza Mehlman, Isabella Waterhouse, Sam Felder (bottom row) Lena Glickman, Julia Jamesly, Emma SchwartzOn November 14, Scarsdale Raiders fall athletes were celebrated in the annual fall Maroon and White awards dinner. The event, run by Scarsdale parents’ Maroon and White organization, is a time to celebrate team and individual accomplishments, marking the end to another great fall season. This year’s athletes showed incredible strength and resilience, especially in their adaptations to new venues with the closing of the Butler Turf Field for renovations. Each year, senior athletes are especially recognized, as this is often the last time that the senior Raiders will participate in these fall sports before they embark to college and beyond.

Field Hockey: Coming in with a new coach, math teacher and former Yale field hockey player Lauren Barton, the Scarsdale field hockey team made the most of their season. Field hockey is known throughout the high school as an extremely close-knit team. Their cohesiveness surely paid off on the field, as the team went 13-9 in the regular season, and made it to a close game against rival Mamaroneck during the Section 1 Semifinal game. Senior Felder noted that the highlight of her season was the team’s win against Bronxville, a strong competitor from the year before. Senior Lena Glickman noted that the highlight of her season was the playoff game against Mamaroneck, as the student cheering section was “electric” and made her last game as a field hockey Raider a memorable one. The team is losing 9 seniors, who will all be missed in the program next year.

BoysVolleyballBoys Volleyball (left to right) Sam Hoffman, Charlie Quill, Andy Cohen, Eitan Altman Boys Volleyball: This marks the third year of the Boys Volleyball program at Scarsdale. Thus, the Senior this year feel a strong connection to the team, most having played since their Sophomore years. Senior Captain Sam Hoffman noted his favorite moment of the season was the team’s sole win against Eastchester. The teams had battled back and forth in the past few years, and the win was one of many milestones that will solidify the Raiders as a substantial boys volleyball threat.

BoysSoccerBoys Soccer: (top row) Frederick Horton, Dylan Aresu, Spencer Mann, Quinn Burke, (middle) Ben Lehrburger, Noam Cherki (Bottom Row) Dylan Cohn, Joao Demello, Nick Bernard Boys Soccer:
One of the many sports affected by the turf’s closure, the boys soccer team made the most
Noam Cherki, soccer, highlight of season was when “I would guess 100” came to Quaker Ridge to watch the team beat Fox Lane in the Playoffs. Quinn Burke said that he’s gonna miss “all the kids I’ve been playing with since middle school and the amazing four years of high school.” The team will miss their 9 graduating Seniors, most of whom have been playing together since the rec league.

GirlsSwimGirl's Swimming (Top row) Nicole Kasabian, Danielle Lemisch, Emma Cahaly, Alexis Daniel, Mao Fukada (bottom row) Maggie Brew, Mia Carroll, Mia Dell’Orto Girls' Swimming: The girls swimming team had a historic season, having a 9-0 undefeated streak for the first time in 30 years. The team, filled with strong talent in both swimming and diving, made a huge splash in their league and the section at large. Senior Captain Maggie Brew noted that not only was it fun to win, but also to feel the team spirit and involvement that contributed to these wins. She mentioned, “it was great seeing how excited the team was about these wins, and seeing how much closer we all got because of our spirit throughout the season to maintain the streak.”

Football(Boys Football): (top row) Josh Porter, Joey Lane, Jack Charland, Andrew Kass, Dylan Pflam, Garrett Campbell, Ben Klein, Frederik Smith, Michael Palermo, Michael Marom, Will Maybaum, TJ Killian, Alex Kwok (bottom row) Mia Bezos (manager), George Koevary, Alex Eforo, Jaden Levin Boys Football: Joey Lane, a senior athlete who decided to join the football team this year, noted that the highlight of his season was homecoming, noting “it was crazy playing under the lights with that big of a crowd.” Senior Ben Klein mentioned that he will miss the “team camaraderie” that came with a large group of senior athletes. The football team will miss the excitement that comes with their 16 graduating seniors.

girlsvolleyballGirls Volleyball: Abbie Vetrone, Morgan Costello, Manya Kula, Mary Langford, Rena Li Girls' Volleyball: Abbie Vetrone, Morgan Costello, Manya Kula, Mary Langford, Rena Li
The volleyball team had another successful season, making it to the section semifinals. Senior Captain Rena Li said that her favorite moment of the season was beating White Plains in the quarterfinals, because the Raiders had split a win and a loss with White Plains during the regular season, and this third match allowed Scarsdale to come out on top. Like most nostalgic Seniors, Li said that she will miss seeing her team everyday, and will cherish the bonds and she formed with teammates on and off the court.

girlstennisGirls' Tennis: Olivia Breitkopf, Isabelle Boucher, Sarah Hove, Elizabeth Sinyavin Girls' Tennis: Olivia Breitkopf, Isabelle Boucher, Sarah Hove, Elizabeth Sinyavin
Elizabeth Sinyavin, of the girls tennis team, said that the highpoint of the team’s season was their win against Ursuline for the first time in 3 years, which set the tone for a great team dynamic in the rest of the season. The tennis team will miss their seniors but return a strong group of underclassmen hoping to continue the Raider tennis spirit.

GirlsSoccerGirls Soccer: Allison Stafford, Jaeda Dean, Ella Ansell, Christina Coco, Riley Edlitz, Amanda Ruzumna, Elizabeth Elcick, Isabelle Riback, Nayumi Parente, Kelly Rutherford, Paige Barlow Girls' Soccer: The girls soccer team will miss their 11 seniors. The team had an incredible season, coming back from a rocky start and taking the eventual section champions Arlington to overtime in their semifinal game. Senior Allison Stafford, who is headed to Amherst to play soccer, noted that she will miss the team camaraderie built with her fellow seniors and the rest of the team this season.

Although most senior athletes are nostalgic about leaving their beloved teams behind, the bonds formed are testaments to the incredible value of high school sports. Teamwork and leadership skills are fostered on Raider teams every year. With these qualities, Scarsdale athletes are prepared to take on challenges in the future.

stewartcousinsThough Democrats in the national election did not score the resounding victory they hoped for, in New York the Dems had everything to celebrate. From the top of the ballot down, Democrats won big in every race.

Most exciting for Scarsdale is that our State Senator, Andrea Stewart Cousins is poised to become the majority leader of the NY State Senate which has flipped to the Democrats after decades of Republican control. She will make history as the first woman and the first African-American woman to serve in that role.

Here are the results from the Westchester County Board of elections:VoteLine

Governor Cuomo/Lieutenant Governor Hochul  67%
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli                            70%
Attorney General Letitia James                          68%
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand                                  70%
Congressman Eliot Engel                                100%
Congresswoman Nita Lowey                           100%
State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins           100%
State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin                  100%

Mock Election at Scarsdale Middle School

On Monday November 5, the League of Women Voters and the Scarsdale Middle School Social Studies Department staged a mock election for the students. The League assisted the SMS Social Studies teachers in developing an election ballot based on the middle school street address. All students went to the Great Hall during their Social Studies class period to vote electronically. League volunteers “checked in” students based on their house and homeroom. After students confirmed their names they received an “I Voted Today” sticker and went to the actual polling booth where they logged onto a laptop to access the Google doc ballot and cast their vote.

VoteBoothHow did the kids vote? Though the winners were the same, the kids appear to be less liberal than the voters of Westchester.

Here are the results as reported by the Scarsdale Middle School:

Governor Andrew Cuomo                 57.5%
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli           62.2%
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul  53.5%
Attorney General Letitia James        61.9%
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand                80.8%
Elliot Engel                                       100%
Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins     100%
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin           100%

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seinfeldNews about Martine’s excellent baked goods has gone national! On Monday 11-12, we got this photo of none other than Jerry Seinfeld and Ricky Gervais who were inside Martine’s in Scarsdale buying a chocolate babka.

The two comedians drove up to Scarsdale as part of their series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” and also had breakfast at City Limits in White Plains.

Now that Martine’s is famous will it be even harder to get a parking spot on East Parkway and get a table inside Martine's?

Thanks to Jon Drucker for the photos of the celebrities.
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nanetterickyvowsThey had to wait four decades to do it, but on October 21, 2018 Scarsdale High School sweethearts Nanette Koryn and Ricky Sobel, both from the SHS Class of 1977, tied the knot. The two went on a date in high school and then a second date 34 years later. They’ve been together ever since.

They were married at L’Escale Restaurant in Greenwich, CT where the welcome sign at their wedding showed their yearbook pictures and the words they wrote to each other back in 1977. The signature cocktail at the wedding was called Glass of ’77 and the happy couple walked down the aisle to the tune of Englebert Humperdinck’s classic “Quando Quando Quando,” because he had to wait so long to get a second date. The "first dance" was to the tune of "Second Time Around" by Shalamar.

Other fun details included the family dogs in bridal dresses and a gymnast in lace suspended upside down from a hoop who filled guests glasses with champagne. The biggest surprise of all was when the groom jumped out of the wedding cake!

Congrats to these two sporty lovebirds. May they enjoy many more zany years together.
nanetteyearbookYearbook entries from 1977

rickycakeRicky jumped out of the cake!

champagneChampagne anyone?

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