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Journalists, authors and Scarsdale residents Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn will address the community on Tuesday March 2nd as part of the 225th anniversary of the Scarsdale Schools. The event is sponsored by the Interdependence Institute, the Scarsdale Teachers Institute and the Middle and High Schools PTAs. The couple will discuss their recently published book, Half the Sky, Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

The book chronicles the stories of women who endured poverty, illness and shame –women who were beaten, raped or sold into prostitution –but who ultimately triumph through gaining an education or founding their own businesses. The authors tell us what we can do to help women in Africa, Asia and the Middle East by becoming informed, volunteering and contributing. In their view, the key to economic progress is to improve individual lives and help women, who are “half the sky” to realize their potential.

The authors will speak on Tuesday March 2nd at 7:30 pm in the Scarsdale High School auditorium and their talk will be followed by a question and answer period. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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Frigid temperatures have been welcomed by some – a group of hockey players have been skating outside on the Duck Pond at Sherbrooke and Duck Pond Roads. Though one side of the pond is not frozen, the boys feel that it is safe and are enjoying the ice and their pick-up game. Apparently the pond is quite shallow and while one end is frozen solid, the other remains thawed due to run-off that drains into the pond.  There is no sign prohibiting skating but police warn that skaters do so at their own risk.

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Dr. Jacob Appel, a professional bioethicist and a graduate of Scarsdale High School will give a talk entitled “ Terri Schiavo; The Challanges of Contemporary Bioethics” at the Scarsdale Woman’s Club on Sunday February 7th at 3 pm. The lecture is sponsored by the Scarsdale Forum.

Dr. Appel is a frequent contributor to both academic and popular publications and websites. He writes regular columns for the Huffington Post and Opposing Views. He practices medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital and has held teaching appointments at Columbia, NYU, Pace and Brown University.

The Scarsdale Forum, a civic club, has been dedicated to improving life in Scarsdale. for 105 years. Scarsdale residents are encouraged to join and participate in the process. For more information, visit www.scarsdaleforum.com or call the forum office at 723-2829.

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Scarsdale League of Women Voters members and friends enjoyed an evening of good food and good conversation at the home of Janice and Ira Starr on January 30. In 2010, the League plans to continue its long history of studying and taking positions on local issues, and educating citizens to become informed voters. Community members (both women and men) are encouraged to join the League. For more information, visit www.lwvs.org or contact President Jane Veron (JEVATF@aol.com).

 

 

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In 2009 Tarry Lodge, --which is Mario Batali’s Italian eatery opened in Portchester. (His pizza with guanciale, black truffles and sunny side up egg has officially changed my life.)

Next, was Yogaworks in Irvington, a hip California based yoga studio that blends the old and new, and fits just perfectly in our lil NYC ‘burb.

Then, Citibabes—the Manhattan-based family membership gym arrived above the train station in Scarsdale to the delight of parents and tykes alike. 

And NOW … drum roll please … SoulCycle has arrived in Scarsdale, too.

For anyone who isn’t familiar with this zen chic spinning gym, let me shed a little candlelight. SoulCycle is an indoor cycling workout that combines inspirational coaching with great music and a full body workout on a spinning bike. Cyclists ride in candlelight with a life size black and white mural of an open road behind them. "It's spiritual cardio therapy," New York Magazine states,  "you New Yorkers won't need your shrinks anymore".  Ahem? Don’t they know that we, Westchester suburbanites, have already traded in our shrinks for a labradoodle puppy? Soft, sweet and excellent listeners.

But I digress. Upon my visit today I was pleasantly surprised to see that the studio looked and felt just like the signature New York City studios. I know this because I visited one of their city locations just a few months back at the recommendation of my dear friend Jess. At that time I couldn’t muster up the fortitude to try the class as I am a runner and cycling, well, that's my kryptonite   But not this time! If they build it, I will come (and try) and that is exactly what I did today (at 9:30am to be exact). Wow-eee, I get it. Everything about the experience was soulful. From the amazing scent that the candles in the room give off to the tunes they play to the graciousness of the people who work there, the place has soul. But what about the cycling you ask? Well lets just say that it may take me awhile to get up to speed but I'll get a good sweat while trying and so should you!  

Where is it? The Scarsdale studio is located just above the Scarsdale train station inside the new Citibabes space. You don’t have to be a member to use SoulCycle but if you are, there is a BIG bonus in that you can drop your child off for “childminding” while you work out— that’s Citibabe talk for “babysitting.” Their website has this awesome (and easy) online reservation system so there is no need to rush the little one’s off to school at drop off time.

This idea comes to you from the website BusyBusyHappy.com - an enlightened look at thriving in the burbs.  Check them out for more fun family ideas.

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