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13Ugirls13 and Under Girls Relay Team: (From left) Devin Topkara, Sophie Schwend (Front) Serena Wu and Caroline Largen.Scarsdale swimmers were among the hundreds of competitors at the 94th Westchester County Swimming Association meet held from July 29 – August 1, 2019 at Rye Playland. Over 30 clubs competed and overall, the swimmers from the Scarsdale Town Pool placed third in the county.

At the Conferences on August 8, Justin DiSanto received first place high point in the 15-17 boys, Aidan DiSanto received 2nd place high point in the 13-14 boys and Megan Lee received 1st place high point in the 15 -17 girls category. Megan is a rising junior at SHS. Justin and Megan swim on the SHS Swim and Dive teams and Aidan will be joining the team this year.

Serena Wu came in 5th for the 12 & under 50-yard butterfly, swimming a 29.13. This was her first year on the team and she loved it! Below is a picture of Serena and Coach Inga.

The 13&U girls (pictured at top) came in 8th for their medley relay:

Charles Lemerond, age 9, a fifth grader at Heathcote School who swims for the Wykagyl Country Club medaled in 10U freestyle, back and fly.

Caroline Largen of Scarsdale, age 12, placed 4th overall at Counties in the 11-12 year old 50 yard breaststroke with a time of 34.38. This was her third summer swimming for the STP swim team.

Here are a few photos of Scarsdale swimmers. You have more photos and results from the meet, please email them to scarsdalecomments@gmail.com.

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swimlemonrodCharles Lemerond medaled in 10U freestyle, back and fly.serenawuSerena Wu with her coach, Inga.

JustinDiSantoCountiesAt Counties, Justin DiSanto (SHS rising Junior) received first place high point in the 15-17 boys category.

 

AIdan CountiesAidan again received 2ns place high point in the 13-14 boys

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Scarsdale Village was bustling with shoppers during the Scarsdale Business Alliance’s Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale. The sale was a 3-day affair, held from Thursday, July 25, through Saturday, July 27, from 10am to 6pm each day. Almost every store in the village participated, with some sort of display outside of the storefront; one exception to this, however, was Learning Express, who participated in the sale but kept everything inside to beat the heat. This year, for the first time, the SBA allowed vendors to participate who didn’t have brick-and-mortar stores in the village. There were food trucks in front of Boniface Circle to keep everyone full, and Stretchlab Scarsdale had a tent offering free 15-minute stretches. Scarsdale’s newest bookstore, Bronx River Books, had tables full of novels outside their storefront. At LF, teens were digging through bins of shirts and shorts, some looking for new college clothing. On Saturday, families flocked to Chase Park at 11am for a kiddie concert. Songs for Seeds played tunes like “Wheels on the Bus” and “Can’t Stop the Feeling” for kids and their parents. Only one year left until next year’s sidewalk sale- mark your calendars!

This event was sponsored by the Scarsdale Business Alliance (learn more here).

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Marcy Berman-Goldstein, Vice-President of the SBA, offered this comment:
"By including home based businesses, businesses outside of Scarsdale, and inviting people to run activities for grown ups and kids on the streets, we increased participation and engagement. I think it was very successful, I think our goal of inclusivity and action on the street was met. I think overall we achieved what we set out to do and we’ll only be be able to achieve more with the platform we’ve created."

darienlightsAs the school year came to a close, discussions about a proposal to install permanent lights on Butler Field continued, with a final meeting of the Scarsdale School Board and Scarsdale Board of Trustees to review the matter. The field is owned by Scarsdale Village, who leases it to the school district, so the issue concerns both boards.

In brief, the lights would be privately funded by a donation from sports booster organization, Maroon and White, who plans to raise $800,000 to install lights on four 80-foot poles at the field. They would also install a new sound system to allow fans in the stands to hear game announcement and scores. The lights would utilize new technology to minimize spillover beyond the field, and sound would be targeted to the stands.

The lights would allow for a limited number of night games on Butler Field and also permit high school teams and independent sports organizations to use the turf field after sundown. This will increase the availability of the new turf field when natural fields are wet.

In brief, here are the reasons put forth by supporters and objectors:

Proponents for the lights have advocated for their installation saying that:

-Playing time at Scarsdale High School is limited as the field cannot be used after dark.
-Games need to be scheduled at competing schools to accommodate the lack of lighting.
-Scarsdale facilities are lacking when compared to other districts like Edgemont and Chappaqua who have lit fields.
-The temporary diesel lights now brought in for night contests are noisy and polluting.
-Wet fields have limited playing time and practice for younger teams organized by the Independent Sports Organizations.
-The project would be privately funded.

Those who have raised objections to the lights contend:

-More night activity at the school will bring noise and traffic to the Fox Meadow and Heathcote neighbors surrounding the field.
-The availability of the field at night will increase practice and game “creep” and put pressure on Scarsdale kids to play until 8, 9, or 10 o’clock at night.
-80 foot light poles far exceed the maximum height allowance, will be taller than any other structures and will be very visible from many points in Scarsdale
-Once the lights are in place, the field could be used for large community events or concerts and cause increased disruption to the neighborhood.
-When the first turf field was put in, some claim that Fox Meadow neighbors were assured lights would never be installed.
-The district should spend funds – public or private- on improvements to the academic program and other prioritized improvements.
-Any field usage agreement made today could be changed by future athletic directors, school boards or superintendents.

What do you think? If you are a Scarsdale resident, 18 years or older, please complete our survey. Only one response per person will be counted. Click here to complete the survey.

Do you have comments? Enter them below or email scarsdalecomments@gmail.com.

Richard Clark, SHS Track Coach sent in the following comment:

Happy 4th weekend! I am the track coach at SHS. We plan on holding meets on the facility, lights or not. However, all meets nowadays use fully automatic timing (FAT) and we would need electricity on the field. This can be done, I believe, by having outlets at the base of the light towers. Electricity on the field is an absolute must for our hosting meets so, whatever your negotiations, please make sure that electricity is available. Thanks so much and good luck.
Rich Clark

Sidewalk sale 2The 2019 Scarsdale Business Alliance (SBA) Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale will take place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 25-27th in Scarsdale Village, from 10am – 6pm. In addition to blowout savings from local retail establishments, there will be several outside vendors as well as food trucks.

On Saturday, there will be a live concert from Songs for Seeds in Chase Park at 11am, and William Raveis will be sponsoring face painting, glitter tattoos and balloons from 11am-2pm. The William Raveis Charitable Fund is a huge supporter of the Damon Runyon Cancer Foundation. Some of their agent’s kids will be collecting donations through a bake sale/lemonade stand on the corner of Chase Road and Spencer Place.

Westchester Burger Company, Graziella and Crazy Taco – Mex Food Trucks will be providing food and beverages on Chase Road and Boniface Circle.

Village Trustee Jane Verson said, “The Sidewalk Sale is an eagerly awaited local event that caters to Scarsdale consumers as well as to consumers throughout the area. Everyone loves coming to our charming Village and appreciates the incredible values offered. Our merchants offer high quality products at very desirable prices. The SBA is dedicated to fostering a positive environment that appeals to all segments of the population. I’m impressed by their creativity and drive to identify new, appealing ways to deliver value to our town.”

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kidstennisSign up your kids up today for the 35th season of the Scarsdale Summer Youth Tennis League organized by the Scarsdale Recreation Department for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 18.

The program begins on Monday, July 15 at the Middle School Tennis Courts with Round Robin matches Monday through Thursday evenings between 6 and 8 PM during July . Players can play one or two hours per night.

The great value of the program is that young players can play fun matches with ping pong scoring using their skills gained from the village tennis lesson program. The program cost is $50 and includes a participation trophy and concludes with a tennis tournament and a pizza and ice cream party.

Tennis matches will be held for all skill levels: beginner, novice, intermediate and advanced. Youth and parents interested in the Tennis League should contact Bob Harrison, volunteer Director of the League for 34 years at 914 646-4054 (cell) or by email at proscars@aol.com . Applications can be picked up at the Recreation Department at Village Hall or requested from Mr. Harrison's email.

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