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Jill SpielerScarsdale Bowl Recipient Jill Spieler: Photo Credit Michael ChayesPleasePlease
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Jill Spieler, a Scarsdale resident with 40 years of dedicated volunteerism, will be the 2019 recipient of the community’s highest award, the Scarsdale Bowl. The dinner will be held on Wednesday April 10 at Mulino’s at Lake Isle and the entire community is invited to celebrate Jill and volunteerism in Scarsdale. Click here to learn more:

We asked Jill a few questions about living and volunteering in Scarsdale, and here is what she shared:

How many years have you lived in Scarsdale and how did you begin volunteering? What were a few of your early activities?

I moved to Edgewood in 1976. In 1979 my first child was born. That same year my husband started to work from home. We needed a bigger house, so we moved to Greenacres in 1980. We have been in our current home for 39 years.

In Greenacres I met many other young women who already had elementary age children. They were involved with the yearly PTA fund raiser. I asked if I could help? I wanted to be involved, enjoy the new friendships I was making.

My first big commitment was getting involved with the Child Care Association of Scarsdale (Kids BASE),
an idea that came out of PT Council. More moms were going back to work and there weren’t many licensed, educational child care programs in the county for elementary school age children. This was something I valued, so I volunteered wherever I could. I was asked to join the Board in 1984.

Looking back — what were your favorite volunteer jobs in Scarsdale – and why?

Working on the Kids BASE board gave me an incredible opportunity to work with many creative, intelligent, caring women. Most of them were already leaders in many other community organizations. I learned so much during those early years.

There were many challenges during the first few years. Developing the program, building a following, and, most of all the constant question, “Where will there be room for us next year?” The sale of the American Legion Hall couldn’t have come at a better time. Not without controversy, but with many supporters, the Village and Kid BASE Boards worked out an agreement for Kids BASE to lease the property. Plans for the building, setting up the bonds, selling the bonds, and seeing it through. All these efforts and so many more details took dedication from numerous Board members and community volunteers. It was so exciting to see the finished building, with little chairs and tables, educational toys, a gym, outdoor playground equipment and a kitchen for preparing meals. It was such a gratifying moment for everyone involved.

One of the most engaging, fun, jobs I had was being President of the TVCCEF (Scarsdale Forum) as they were going into their 100th Year. I had a first-hand opportunity to learn about the history, and important studies the TVCCEF had done over the past 100 years. It was an exhilarating time. Working with many community members and reuniting so many past leaders of the TVCCEF. We had a wonderful turnout of over 300 people and raised $100,000 for the TVCCEF, which would help as we moved forward in our efforts to educate and inform Scarsdale residents with stimulating, thoughtful, provoking debate and conversations.

What was one of the toughest jobs you held?

There were many challenges over the years. The hardest times were when the community was at odds on an issue. I found it especially difficult when I was the chair of an organization, whether it be PRC, Scarsdale Forum or the Board of Education. You try your hardest to listen, be open minded, and have all sides heard from. Ultimately there needs to be some decisions to move the question forward. Sometimes the answer is working towards compromise, but that’s not always attainable. With the help of my peers, we tried our best to make the right choices.

Why do you like living in Scarsdale?

I have enjoyed living it Scarsdale because it gave me a sense of community. I took pleasure in watching my own children growing up with their friends. I made many friends through my children. And many more friends volunteering. I truly appreciate the sharing of knowledge between generations that I have experienced.

What do you enjoy about the community –favorite activities, restaurants?

I am grateful for the education my children received, and the fun they had participating in Rec programs, day camp and at the pool. I am looking forward to the library renovation. My husband and I frequent many of the restaurants in Scarsdale. We are enjoying the new additions on Garth Road.

Some empty nesters decide to leave the community after their kids are grown. Why did you decide to stay?

I love my home, and still want to be part of the Scarsdale community. I like to be able to participate in some of the LVW and Forum activities. I enjoy bumping into familiar faces in town and enjoy occasionally volunteering on smaller projects.

What would you tell new residents about volunteering? Why should they get involved?

I know most of us move here for the Schools, but there is much to gain if one invests the time. You will be able to share your views, learn something and teach someone as well. You meet many people of different interests, feel part of something bigger than yourself, leave something behind for a community that has given so much to you and your family.

Were you surprised to learn you had been nominated to receive the Scarsdale Bowl?

Yes, it was unexpected. When you volunteer it is because you want to contribute your time to a good cause. Or someone has asked, and you feel it would be an interesting opportunity. I never looked back to see how involved I had been for so many years. I feel very honored, and fortunate to have had so many interesting experiences. I have met wonderful people from all areas of the community, across many generations.

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Read 650 300x300Read650 kicks off National Library Week with “My Library,” a dozen five-minute true tales about libraries on Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. at the Ossie Davis Theater in the New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY.

Can you imagine a world without libraries?
Their destruction (think Alexandria, Egypt) has haunted civilization for eons. And their creation (hats off to Mr. Carnegie) has helped civilization progress past its many tragedies.

Libraries have made the world we live in possible. And on Sunday, April 7—at the New Rochelle Public Library, of course—a dozen esteemed and practiced children of libraries will pay homage to the places that have nurtured them as writers and as human beings.

The conduit for these brief-but-powerful readings (five minutes each, 650 words tops) is making its fifth appearance at the library: “My Library” is a showcase production of the popular spoken-word series Read650 that, for the past five years, has attracted top writers, playwrights, memoirists—Pulitzer Prize winners and first-timers—to read their works before standing-room-only audiences across the Metropolitan region.

“My Library” celebrates the invaluable role libraries play in transforming lives and communities in cities, towns, schools, and campuses—public spaces where people of all backgrounds can come together and connect. They are true stories of books, sheltering nooks, and furtive looks.

Edward McCann, founder of Read650, says he received a record number of submissions for this event. “The topic really resonated with people,” adds McCann, “and there was passion in those pages. Our editorial committee winnowed nearly a hundred essays to the dozen we’re presenting, and it’s a very strong lineup.”
“My Library” will be presented on Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. in the Ossie Davis Theater in the New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY. The program is made possible with support from the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library, the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation, and the New Rochelle Council on the Arts. A minimum donation of $10 is suggested at the door, and a reception will follow the show.


• Read650 is a showcase for writers and a celebration of the spoken word. A non-profit literary forum launched in 2014, each spoken word event is organized around a single broad topic that invites a range of expression. Submissions are limited to 650 words and read aloud within five minutes. Performances are live-streamed and recorded for broadcasts and podcasts, and are added to a growing digital archive of writers reading their work aloud. Read650.com

• Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library generates dollars through extraordinary hands-on efforts in “recycling” books and other materials—money that funds nearly five hundred public programs conducted at the main library each year. nrpl.org/friends-of-the-nrpl

• The New Rochelle Public Library Foundation raises funds and provides advocacy to keep the library vibrant, up-to-date, and able to serve the diverse needs of the New Rochelle community. nrplfoundation.org

• The New Rochelle Council on the Arts stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts. Throughout the year, NRCA sponsors many exhibitions, theatrical productions, dance recitals, film screenings, lectures, and concert series. NewRochelleArts.org

The Cast

Krystia Basil has been a producer in the film and television industry since 2005. In 2015 she co-founded the company Poplewaca Productions through which she develops scripts and show concepts. She was inspired to write for children after having two of her own. Her first children's picture book will be released in the fall of this year. Originally from Chennai, India, she has been trying to figure out being a ”New Yorker’ for the last fifteen years.

Cindy Clement Carlson has lived in Sandy Hook, Connecticut for eighteen years. She was at work in the Sandy Hook School Library Media Center on the day of the December 2012 shooting. All three of her children attended SHS and her daughter was present on that day.

Lynn Edelson, a special educator and family trainer in the New York State Early Intervention Program, is the mother of two grown sons—a writer and a musician—and says she’s fairly certain neither one will ever buy her a beach house. In 2016 she was selected for the New York City cast of the Listen To Your Mother show, and studies memoir at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College.

Barbara Josselsohn is a freelance writer and novelist whose articles and essays appear in the New York Times, Parents magazine, American Baby magazine, Writer’s Digest, and Westchester magazine. Her novel is The Last Dreamer, and Barbara teaches novel writing at the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute and other venues.

David Masello began his career as a nonfiction book editor at Simon & Schuster and held senior editorial positions at many magazines, including Travel & Leisure, Art & Antiques, and Town & Country. He’s currently executive editor of Milieu, a magazine about design and architecture. He’s a widely published essayist and poet, with pieces appearing in the New York Times, Salon, Best American Essays, and numerous literary and art magazines.

Edward McCann is an award-winning writer/producer and the founder and editor of Read650, a literary forum that celebrates the spoken word with live events in New York City and elsewhere. A frequent contributor to Milieu magazine, Ed’s features and essays have been published in many literary journals, anthologies, and national magazines, including the Sun, Country Living, the Irish Echo, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping and others.

Jeffrey Podolsky, a graduate of Brown University, has worked as a reporter and editor at People magazine, George magazine, Tatler magazine in London as well as the Sunday Times Magazine of London. He was a founding editor of WSJ. magazine, has written about men's style at Barron's, and appeared as a commentator on WSJ.com. He is a frequent contributor to W magazine, Vanity Fair, and T: the New York Times Style Magazine.

Andi Rosenthal is the author of the novel The Bookseller’s Sonnets, which was a Hadassah Brandeis Institute book club selection and a National Jewish Book Council “Book of Note.” Andi has published personal essays in Kveller, ScaryMommy, and Reform Judaism magazine. She most recently published a selection of poetry in The Westchester Review. In her professional life, Andi serves as a community mobilizer for UJA-Federation of New York and is also an accomplished musician.

Sandi Sonnenfeld writes fiction, personal essays, and narrative journalism. With the publication of her memoir, This Is How I Speak: The Diary of a Young Woman, Sandi was named a 2002 Celebration Author by the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, which recognizes writers whose work merits special notice. Her writing has appeared in more than thirty literary magazines and anthologies.

Derin Tanyol is a curator who lives in the Hudson Valley. She has a Ph.D. in Art History and has published on 19th- and 20th-century art in the Gazette des Beaux-Arts, Word & Image, and 19th-Century Art Worldwide, as well as a monograph on French Surrealist Georges Malkine. She received Fulbright, Kress, and Chateaubriand scholarships for two years of research in Paris, where she discovered pastry products of superior flakiness to their American counterparts—leading to a second career as a pastry chef.

Dwight Watson’s writing appears in journals including The Chronicle Review, Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, the Arts and Humanities., Still Point Arts Quarterly, The Dead Mule Society of Southern Literature, Review Americana, Poydras Review, and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. He is Professor of Theater Emeritus and Lafollette Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Wabash College.

Sarah Bracey White is a writer, teacher, and arts consultant. A graduate of Morgan State University and the University of Maryland, she’s a former Inaugural Fellow at The Purchase College Writers Center. Published work includes Primary Lessons: A Memoir; The Wanderlust: A South Carolina Folk Tale, and Feelings Brought to Surface, a poetry collection. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Baltimore Afro American and the Journal News.

thermostatIs Con Edison already experiencing shortages of natural gas in Westchester? When Con Edison announced a moratorium on new gas hook-ups in Westchester, they didn't share just how short they were.

However on March 6 a reader sent us the following; “We participate in Con Ed’s voluntary “demand response” program where they take control of our thermostats during periods of peak demand. That has always meant electrical use during the summer. For the first time in 10 years, they have on several occasions activated an Energy Saving Event during the winter. Since electrical use isn’t a constraint now, they must be actively dealing with a limited gas supply.”

Scarsdale10583 spoke to Bob McGee in the Media Relations Department at Con Edison and asked for an explanation, but we received no reply or update on the status of the current gas supply.

Have you seen similar messages on your thermostat? Please comment below:

salsashrimp“You can’t judge a book by its cover.” In the case of Salsa Y Brasa, you can’t judge a restaurant by its outer appearance. Don’t let the location on a commercial street in New Rochelle deter you. Park conveniently in the municipal lot across the street and enter the simple 40 seat Salsa Y Brasa Restaurant. Dark wood floors and tables and a white banquette, provide seating. Several photos, a tv screen and a large photo of the Brooklyn Bridge adorn the walls. Latin music plays in the background. Owner, Eddie Bullon said, “ The photo represents New York which is now my home town. “ At this local spot, your focus will be on the authentic, ethnic dishes that are prepared with natural ingredients and spices which enhance, rather than overpower each dish.

The extensive selection of Mexican dishes are prepared by a seasoned Mexican chef in the kitchen. Burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, tacos and quesadillas are offered in many varieties, as well as specialties of carne asada, pollo mole, camarones a la diabla and filet of fish veracruzana. I saved my appetite for the Peruvian dishes which are not as popular in Westchester as the Mexican offerings. However, I did sample the chicken mole, the complex chocolate infused sauce. Wrapped in a sesame seed topped tortilla it was quite tasty.


There is a great diversity in Peruvian cuisine. There is the Spanish influence, the indigenous style of the Inca culture, and the influence of many immigrant groups that settled in Peru. My tasting included a cross section of these traditional dishes. The Peruvian dishes here are very authentic and bring back the many meals and snacks that I have enjoyed upon my visits to Peru, both in restaurants, private homes and from street vendors. The Peruvian menu here is prepared by owner Eddie Bullon, who learned his craft from his mother, who owns a restaurant in Lima. Bullon’s eyes light up when he speaks of his native cuisine. “ In Peru, everything is farm to table or sea to table. At Salsa Y Brasa, I use very fresh ingredients, as well. My favorite part of my work is meeting my guests and seeing that they leave happy. My goal is to familiarize the community with Peruvian cuisine and making it as popular as the cuisine of Mexico. Many of our ingredients are similar.”

With at least 48 varieties of potatoes in Peru, it is no wonder that potatoes appear in many forms on the menu. We sampled papa a la huanciana as an appetizer. The steamed potatoes were steamed and sliced and enrobed in a feta like Peruvian cheese. Garnished with black olives , this sunny yellow dish was mild and delicious. The Incas were sun worshippers, and the yellow sauce represents it. Other popular appetizers are choritos a la chalaca where very fresh mussels are topped with onions, tomatoes and lemon juice and the popular aguacate rellena stuffed with chicken and vegetables. Very authentic are the anticuchos, served at many street corners in Peru. These grilled, spiced beef hearts are threaded onto skewers and accompanied by potatoes and corn.


Seafood, meat and poultry appear in many classic forms on the menu here. The pollo a la brasa , or rotisserie chicken was super good. Marinated for fine flavor with seasonings, beer, salt and pepper it was moist within and simply delicious. You can order it whole, half or quartered or as a Peruvian combination with housemade fries, avocado salad, and arroz chaufa or as pollo salsa y brasa with yellow rice and beans, salchipapas, fried potatoes and avocado salad.

Italy has its fritto misto, Japan has its tempura, and England has its fish and chips, but it is Peru that has one of my favorites, jalea, a mountain of fried seafood. At Salsa Y Brasa it is presented in all its glory. The seafood is fried until golden and crisp enough to hear the crunch as you bite into each morsel. This fisherman’s platter, includes white fish, shrimp, calamari and octopus and is paired with a tangy salsa criolla and tartar sauce. From the sea, consider pescado en salsa de mariscos in a creamy seafood sauce, arroz con mariscos with yellow rice and sudado de pescado , a fish stew with fried rice. Steak and chicken are represented by a classic lomo saltado, stir fried with onions, tomatoes, wine and soy sauce, fried rice in many varieties and tallarines [ spaghetti] in several sauces.

Possibly, my favorite dish here is the Peruvian ceviche mixto. The super fresh seafood, shrimp, white fish, and scungilli rest on a leaf of lettuce and the bowl is accompanied by giant Peruvian kernels of corn and sweet potato. Fresh lime juice, onion and cilantro give it its unique taste. Try it with shrimp, fish or a mix of seafood.

There is also a blackboard of daily specials such as salmon in mango sauce, baby back ribs and short ribs leaning toward innovative rather than ethnic choices. It is an impressive menu for a small restaurant. Desserts include churros and flan.

According to Bullon, a visit to Salsa Y Brasa will reinforce your enjoyment of Mexican dishes and introduce you to the “ cool” cuisine of his native Peru. Both the Mexican Style and Peruvian Style Menus are sure to please you at the unassuming Salsa Y Brasa.

Salsa Y Brasa
10 Maple Avenue
New Rochelle, NY
(914) 740-5500

Recipe: Jalea (Serves 2 or more)

2 cups all purpose flour
3 cups corn oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. mustard
Juice of 1 lemon
1 ½ pounds assorted seafood, shrimp, whitefish, calamari, octopus in cubes
2 green plantains, peeled, sliced and fried until crisp
1 pound yucca, boiled, sliced and fried

Toss fish and seafood in a mixture of garlic, soy sauce, mustard and lemon juice and salt and pepper and let it rest for a few minutes. Heat oil and dip fish cubes and seafood in flour and fry until golden. Drain on paper towels. Mound on platter with yucca and plantains and serve with salsa criolla and tartar sauce.

2 red onions, sliced in julienne strips and soaked in cold water and drained
1 Tbsp .minced chili peppers
Juice of 5 limes
1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper, to taste

Mix all together and serve with jalea.

HorseshoeParkingThis letter was sent to Scarsdale10583 by the Property Manager of the Golden Horseshoe Shopping Center:
To the Editor: I am responding to the letter published by Ms. Levine last week regarding the Golden Horseshoe parking lot. Her primary complaint relates to the traffic patterns, so I thought I might provide the community with some background and context on the subject.

The parking lot was designed by a licensed site engineering firm – JMC (based out of Armonk, NY). They have been our site engineer for approximately 30 years. JMC has designed over one-thousand shopping centers across the country. They applied the same standards/metrics and design to the Golden Horseshoe parking lot as you would find in the vast majority of shopping centers around the country. The JMC principal who oversaw our project is one of the most experienced and well-respected traffic engineers in Westchester County, who has an expertise in traffic flow and design. Our site plan was approved by the City of New Rochelle planning board in consultation with the City of New Rochelle’s own traffic engineer, and other extensive public review and hearings.

The front parking lot has parking spots that are generally 9’x18’. This is an industry wide standard size for a parking spot. The primary drive aisles are approximately 24’ wide in both directions, or 12’ wide per lane. These metrics are almost identical to the old parking lot pre-redevelopment. I believe these are the same metrics that you will find in the Rye Ridge Shopping Center, the Cross-County Shopping Center and Midway Shopping Center (Central Ave), which all have two-way traffic lanes. Most shopping centers in the area have the exact same patterns and metrics. I have heard many people complain about the impact that large SUVs have on their visibility when backing out of our parking spots. This is typical of all parking lots, not just in the Golden Horseshoe.

Ms. Levine (along with a few other members of the community) has suggested that we revert to a one-way traffic pattern to improve safety. However, when the drive aisles were one-way, we frequently had drivers driving the wrong way down the drive aisles which created its own problems. I believe the reason the one-way traffic appeared easier to navigate in the past was due to a reduced volume of traffic in the Center when the supermarket was closed, and for several years prior when our parking lot was only partially utilized.

I am on site daily. My traffic engineer has been on site many times both before and after the re-development (as recently as 2/26/19). Many of the safety concerns raised are typically the direct result of a portion of the customers driving in shopping centers:

• at speeds inappropriate for a parking lot
• making wider turns than necessary and cutting into lanes of oncoming traffic
• not looking when they back up
• looking at their cell phones while driving
• offensive driving rather than defensive driving
• not properly pulling forward into parking spots and leaving the back end of the car sticking out into the drive aisle
• parking in the drive aisles and blocking traffic instead of parking in designated parking spots

Two-way traffic has many benefits, such as promoting better traffic flow around the property and alleviating traffic backing up. In addition, many drivers do not expect to drive down one-way drive aisles as they are uncommon to find in most shopping centers, and end up driving the wrong way.
When any parking lot in a successful shopping center (including ours) is busy, drivers will need to be more patient as they navigate the property. If you were to go to most shopping centers on a busy day before the holidays, traffic will back up. Since Seasons opened, we have had a flagger directing traffic every Friday to assist customers, and then later in the afternoon to encourage pedestrian safety when the kids get out of school. We have also used a flagger to assist on Thursdays as needed. We are evaluating customer shopping patterns and trends to see when the flaggers are most needed. We expect to continue to utilize them on peak days such as holidays. I would encourage parents to reinforce with their kids the importance of utilizing the sidewalks throughout the property and the importance of using the crosswalk between CVS/Starbucks. The flagger on Fridays is there to encourage the kids to stay out of the parking lot and stay on the sidewalks.

I appreciate the community’s interest in safety. I’ve offered Ms. Levine, as well as a few others, the opportunity to meet with me and my traffic engineer on site to discuss safety concerns regarding the traffic patterns. I’ve also suggested to concerned parties that they utilize the outside perimeter drive aisle behind Starbucks and the drive thru ATM, and then park in the lot in front of Seven Woks, the lot in front of Barry’s Bootcamp, or the lot on the side of Barry’s Bootcamp/by Supply Field. Those lots have less activity.

We rely heavily on our expert consultants while developing and managing the property, including our engineers.  During the redevelopment our traffic engineer spent a significant amount of time reviewing our site plan and traffic flow before finalizing the plans and submitting them to the city.
We greatly appreciate the community’s support of both the old and new stores and shopping at the Golden Horseshoe for the past 64 years. 

Robert Fine
Property Manager, Golden Horseshoe Shopping Center

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