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The Scarsdale Teen Center is now offering a great selection of winter courses for teens, and in some cases , for their parents as well.  The subjects include studio art and portfolio preparation,  broadcasting,  fitness boot camp, internet safety, photography, and theatre.

Review the course descriptions below and visit the Scarsdale Teen Center website for more details and registration:

Art Portfolio Prep -- Enhance Your Portfolio for College Admissions. 
This art portfolio preparation class is ideal for arts students who want to enhance their college applications.  Students will receive personalized attention and ongoing feedback to encourage their creativity. The assignments will be tailored with sensitivity to individuality and potential.  The class will celebrate each student as a unique artist while exploring a variety of media.  

Grades: 8th-12th

Session: Tuesdays,  January 19 - April 20

Dates: 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/23, 3/2, 3/16, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20
Time: 6:30-8PM

Audio Video Broadcasting
: Level II--
An advanced course where teens will participate in hands-on training in live internet audio/video webcasting and audio production. As a part of the process, students will learn the techniques of podcasting and basic live radio/video production. Students will apply these techniques to produce their own live internet broadcasts. This course will advance further in the production process where they will gain a working knowledge of audio/midi recording software, special effects, sampling, beat making, and voice editing as well as sound board mixing techniques and mastering.

Grades: 8th-12th
Session: Saturdays, February 27 - April 18
Dates:  2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/10, 4/18

Time: 10:20-12:30am

Digital Photography --Learn about your digital camera and some basic fundamentals of photography. Using photographs they have taken, in addition to photographs provided by the instructor, students will learn to critique photo composition, photoshop editing, retouching and how to do a photo shoot.

Grades: 9th - 12th Grade 

Session: Tuesdays, January 19 - April 20

Dates: 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 3/2, 3/16, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20

Time: 5:30-6:30pm

Fitness Boot Camp --This fitness boot camp integrates cross training work-outs with the support and motivation of a team. The activities are challenging and each day of boot camp is unique. All activities are held at the Teen center. These workouts combine balls, bosu, balance pads, the wedge and strength training obstacle courses. Each workout will combine cardio, balance, strength and flexibility challenges with an emphasis on form, alignment and progressive training. All exercises will be taught with the demonstration of a multi-level format, with safety cues throughout. Fun, non-competitive indoor training sessions for a mid-winter workout to compliment any spring sport.

Grades: 6th - 8th Grade
Session: Tuesdays, January 19 - February 9

Dates: 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9
Time: 5-6pm

Internet Safety and Abduction Prevention-- 
The Carlie's Crusade Foundation was created to protect children and families from predators through knowledge, education and training. This internet safety class teaches young people how to avoid the dangers and risks of the web. Class  combines a lively lecture with class participation, hands-on demonstrations and video instruction.
Instructor: Carlie's Crusade Foundation Representative

Fee: Free

January 30

Parents and Children ages 5-8,

Parents and Children 9-11,
Parents and Children 12 and up, 

Theater Workshop and Play --Play auditions for School House Rock Live, Jr. that will take place the week of January 18th – times are shown below. During this week, the Teen Center will also host a theater workshop. This creative workshop offers youth from 6th to 8th grade an opportunity to work with seasoned actors and actresses in becoming more comfortable on stage. Actors will engage students in the art of improvisation as well as theater related games and exercises.  Participants will be introduced to some exercises designed to get the more in tune with their fellow performers and improve fluidity. Participation is also open to those not participating in play auditions the following week. 

Theatre Workshop:
Fee: Free

Grades: 6 -6
Wednesday, January 13: 6-8pm

Thursday, January 14: 4-6pm

Audition Dates: 

January 20, 
3 PM - 6pm

January 21, 

January 22, 

January 23, 

Age Range: Middle School, 6th -8th Grade
 --You will be asked to sing and read. Please bring your own music. Reading material will be provided. All auditions will be held at The Teen Center.

Winter Art Series taught by Mike Teator

Drawing: Learn to draw a striking landscape through the use of various grades of pencils and a blending stick.

Pastels:  Explore the world of pastels using a scene from Westchester County as a subject. Pastels present a good array of colors and blending options.

Watercolor: Learn how to use color, specifically watercolor, by painting a beautiful winter scene of Central Park using sponges, masking fluid and  brushes  of various sizes.

Grades: 6-8
Session: Tuesdays, January 17 - February 7

Dates: 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7

Time: 12-1:30pm

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The Greenburgh Police report that the driver of a Westchester Taxi cab driver was robbed on the night of January 5th when he arrived for a pick up on Canterbury Road. When the driver pulled up, two men got into the back seat of the cab, and one pulled out what appeared to be a gun and demanded cash.  The driver turned over money, his cell phone and the car keys and the two men got out of the cab and fled in a dark-colored car that was parked nearby. The driver was not harmed.

This incident is similar to two more cab robberies that occurred on Sunday night January 3rd, one in the vicinity of Prospect Avenue and the other near the intersection of Stadium Road and Hartsdale Road.

In all three incidents the suspects displayed what appeared to be a handgun.

The Greenburgh Police are asking for your help in identifying the two suspects who may have been involved:
They are described as follows:

1. Black male, age 18-22, short in stature, thin build wearing a dark jacket, blue jeans, a black knit cap and gloves.

2. Black male, age 18-22, tall in stature, thin build wearing dark clothing, a black knit hat and gloves.

If you have any information, please contact the Greenburgh Police at 914-682-5325 or 914-682-5300.  All calls will be kept confidential.

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The Scarsdale Planning Board met on December 16th to reconsider plans to build a two story retail building at the Heathcote Five Corners, in place of the current Citgo Station.  The meeting focused on the reconfiguration of Secor Road and the Balducci’s parking lot to allow access to the new retail building and underground parking from Secor  Road, which is a one-way residential street adjacent to the current Balducci’s lot.

Plans call for a 10,900 square foot building on two levels which will be built over an underground parking lot.  The owners of the property, Doug Brout and Brad Perkins went before the Board to seek permission to move ahead with the site plan. They stated that the building would have no negative impact on the environment, that they have revised the plans to meet the Board’s concerns and contended that it is difficult to be specific about what tenant(s) would occupy the building without having an approved building plan.

On the Secor Road side of the lot, developers will build access for delivery trucks to Balducci’s and a cul de sac to allow large vehicles to turn around. This was a big cause for concern among the few residents who attended the meeting. They questioned what would occur if several trucks arrived at once for deliveries - where would they wait? The also questioned the width of the access road and were assured that the road would have mountable curbs to allow trucks to ride on top of the curbing. The owner of a home on Secor Road , Joseph Menton, asserted that the parking lot setbacks to Secor Road had been reduced to only 4 feet, and that the new lot would “take away the value of his property” as his home would no longer be shielded from commercial traffic.

He also stated that the current plan was not specific enough about the siting of the new lot in comparison to the present site and asked for clarity.  He also requested that the Board require a ten foot screen between Secor Road and the parking lot. He vowed to go to the Board of Appeals if the Planning Board gave the go ahead to the developers.

Martin Kaufman of Heathcote Road said they he found the plan “disturbing” and said that the Board did not have sufficient information on the environmental and noise impact of converting Secor Road, a residential street,  into an access road for the parking lot.

Chris Corrini, also of Heathcote Road voiced his concern about the possibility of a high-volume store, such as CVS coming to the Five Corners. David Karp, the Chairman of the Planning Board assured him that two traffic studies had been done and that both showed minimal impact. He asked the community to bring evidence to the contrary to the Board.  In addition, Elizabeth Marrinan, Village Planner, told the group that large drug chains, like CVS,  require more square footage on one level than will be available at the new building.

Following the public hearing, the Board met in a closed session and approved a “negative declaration” which will allow the developers to proceed with a site plan.

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Backyard Sports is pleased to once again sponsor a weekend pick up soccer game to offer boys and girls the opportunity to play competitive soccer with both travel and recreational players from across the area. The program will begin on Sunday January 10th and will now include 4th through 10th graders.

Participants will organize their own teams and play uninterrupted games under the watchful eye of the Backyard Sports coaching staff. The program will take place at the main gym at SUNY Purchase from 12-1:30 pm on the following dates:

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31
Feb. 7, 21, 28
March 7, 14, 21
April 4, 11

In lieu of a registration fee, generous donations of any amount will be accepted for Amazing Afternoons, Inc, a non profit organization dedicated to providing after school enrichment and athletic activities to children at the Edward Williams School in Mt. Vernon.

For registration information please call Danny at 914-304-4052 or visit the website at

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Scarsdale police had a very busy holiday season marked by burglaries, unwanted guests and calls from unhappy residents. Check out what happened while you were celebrating….

Burglaries and Intruders:
On the morning of 12/17, a Post Road woman spotted a man looking into the back windows of her home.  She described him as a Hispanic male with a medium build, short black hair, age 20-30.  When the man realized he was being watched from inside the house, he ran into a waiting car and left the area.  The woman could not describe the car.  The incident was reported to the Westchester County Police Intelligence Unit.

A Catherine Road home was burglarized sometime between December 18th and 20th while the residents were out of town.  They returned home to find the rear glass door shattered and the master bedroom and dining room tossed.  Missing were jewelry from the master bedroom and a silver set from the dining room.

Around noon on Saturday December 19th, Ross Road residents returned home to find an unwanted visitor in their home.  The resident was out briefly and entered his home through the garage.  He heard someone walking in the bedroom and then found a man walking down the steps with shopping bags. He asked the man was he was doing, and the intruder said “nothing, nothing… I will be back.” He then fled outside. As there was no sign of a forced entry, the residents may have left the house unlocked. The intruder was described as a Hispanic male of medium build, six feet tall wearing a dark jacket.  The residents later realized that a Movado watch and a Louis Vuitton wallet were missing.

Car Break-ins: A series of three car break-ins took place on the night of December 21 between 8 and 11 p.m.  The first car, a 2008 Subaru was parked at St. James the Less on Rochambeau Road. The owner is from Tarrytown.  The second car, a Dodge owned by a Mamaroneck resident, was vandalized at the same location and reported minutes later.  Subsequently police received a report from a Pleasantville resident, that her 2009 GMC had been broken into while parked at Hoff Barthelson.  Car windows were broken and items were removed from the cars.  It appeared that all three cars were vandalized by the same offender.

Homeless: At 12:30 am on 12/16, Ferncliff Road residents found a homeless man asleep on their front porch. Though he was alert and conscious he did not appear to speak English. Police drove him to headquarters and called several shelters to see if they had room for the man.  As Open Arms had no room, they contacted Sharing Community in Yonkers. The Police drove the man to the shelter and he went inside…but when he saw people sleeping on the floor he ran away. Police did not pursue him.

And Penniless: A broke Mamaroneck woman requested a ride from police around 1 am on 12/23. The woman asked police to take her to the Mamaroneck Metro North station, as she had no means to get there herself. Police complied and gave her a ride.

Smokin: Just after midnight on 12/28/09 an alert River Road woman summoned police to report a minivan parked in front of her house; – she added that she had seen this same van several times before. When police checked the van, the occupants rolled down the window and a cloud of smoke emerged. Recognizing the smell of marijuana, police charged the three occupants with unlawful possession.  The three smokers were Gabriel and William Carballo and Fidel Ortiz, all from White Plains.

Pedestrian Struck: A 47 year-old Olmstead Road woman was out walking her dog on Morris Lane on the morning of 12/15. A White Plains woman was driving her Honda south on Morris Lane and claims she attempted to go around the dog-walker, but instead she heard a thump and realized she had hit the pedestrian instead. The pedestrian had been knocked down and she was taken to White Plains hospital.

Not So Happy Holidays:
A resident at a Popham Road apartment came to the police station around 7 pm on 12/16 to complain that she was bothered by a neighbor in her building. The man walked towards her in an aggressive manner and got too close in an attempt to frighten her. There have been previous incidents involving the two residents so she wanted to file a report.

Overstayed His Welcome: A Dickel Road woman asked the police for help in getting her drunk brother to leave her house on 12/23. After speaking to the police she decided that she could drive him home herself and declined any further assistance.

Locked Out: At 1 a.m. on 12/26 a Walworth Avenue woman called from her neighbor’s house to say that her husband had locked her out of her house. Police drove over and learned that the couple had a disagreement and the husband went into his room and locked the door to prevent a continuation of the fight. He had not locked her out of the house – just locked himself in a room inside.

Uninvited: A Popham Road resident complained of unwanted calls and an unexpected visit from an ex-girlfriend on 12/26. The man asked for police to be on the scene to make sure she cooperated when he took her to a local hotel.

Mischief: A burned bicycle was found in the parking lot of Scarsdale Synagogue on December 14th. The temple administrator had no idea about why it was placed there and did not believe that the bike was targeted for the temple.

Stolen Gifts:
A package was stolen from the door of an Ogden Road woman’s house on 12/14. She realized it was gone when the person who called to give her the gift called to ask if she liked it.

Hoax at the High School:
Police received a call to report that a crowd had gathered at SHS to witness a possible UFL sighting on December 15th around 7 P.M. The call came from News12. However, when police arrived there was no crowd and no UFO.

Graffiti at Quaker Ridge School: an Old Lyme Road resident came upon two kids, spray painting a door at the Quaker Ridge School with the letters “ABI” on the afternoon of 12/27. The kids were between the ages of 11 and 13 and one was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and the other was wearing a black coat with a fur collar. When he approached them, one of the kids handed over the can of spray paint and both ran off.

Death: A Gatehouse Road woman called police on Saturday December 19th to report the passing of her mother-in-law at home.

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