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dunkyourkicksFrom left to right: Dean Glucksman, Jack McEvoy, Max McEvoy, Aidan Mansfield, Marc Ifrah (not in picture: Ford Lenchner, Rahim & Rhomy Mohamed)This spring marked the Fifth Annual Dunk Your Kicks sneaker collection, led by Dean Glucksman and his friends Jack and Max McEvoy, Aidan Mansfield, Marc Ifrah, Ford Lenchner and Rahim and Rhomy Mohamed. The DYK’s campaign and initiative is intended to bring awareness to those families fighting pediatric cancer and to help the environment by keeping old “kicks” out of landfills. The money raised through the resale of this affordable footwear helps low-income and military families living in the U.S. with a child battling cancer.

With the support of local businesses and institutions including Barry’s Bootcamp, Flywheel Sports, Pushlab Fitness, Club Pilates in Scarsdale and Ardsley, UFC of Mamaroneck, Westchester Reform Temple, Congregation Kol Ami and Temple Beth-El Synagogue Center of New Rochelle, these boys collected over 250 pairs of gently used sneakers. In addition, Dean held his third consecutive Max Cure Foundation March Madness NCAA basketball bracket and raised over $3,500 for the foundation.

SCOUTS LEND A HAND AT HITCHCOCK

The Scarsdale Boy Scouts Troop 4 helped out its charter organization, Hitchcock Church. The boys assisted with spring planting on Monday, May 6th. Their work can be seen by anyone driving past the church in Greenacres.

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BernsteinScarsdale Varsity Lacrosse Captain Andrew Bernstein reached 305 career points during the Raider’s 14-4 victory over White Plains on May 2. Bernstein had 4 goals and had 4 assists against the Tigers. He received a standing ovation from the home crowd after reaching his 300th point.

As of Friday May 3, Bernstein has 64 goals and 22 assists for a total of 86 points this season. Bernstein, a Senior, is the team’s only captain this season. This is his second year as a team captain, a true testament to his leadership abilities. Bernstein has been a 4 year starter as an attack player on the Varsity squad. The Raiders’ record is currently 11-2 with 3 games left in the regular season. Bernstein is also a finalist for Lohud’s player of the week.

Scarsdale plays at Mamaroneck on May 7th, at home against New Rochelle on May 9th and at Gaelic Field versus Nyack on May 11th. The pre-game Senior celebration will take place before the New Rochelle game.

ConEdMapCon Edison has found a new source of natural gas to address the current shortage, but it won’t be online soon enough for many. In February the utility company announced a surprise moratorium on all new gas lines as of March 15. In the six weeks between the announcement and the beginning of the moratorium they received 1,600 applications for new lines, an indication of the high demand for natural gas, which is apparently in plentiful supply. The trick is delivering it to Westchester.

On April 24, Con Edison announced an “agreement with the owners of an existing natural gas pipeline that serves Con Edison’s facilities in Westchester County for additional natural gas capacity. Once completed, this reasonable, low-impact solution will provide Con Edison with the natural gas capacity needed to lift the current moratorium on new gas hookups in Westchester County.”

“Under the agreement, Tennessee Gas Pipeline would provide the increased natural gas capacity to Con Edison’s distribution system in Westchester by upgrading compression facilities on its system outside of New York State. These upgrades will enhance the capability of the existing pipelines to transport incremental natural gas supplies for Con Edison. Subject to the necessary approvals, the incremental capacity could be placed in service by November 2023.”

The rub is that the moratorium will be in effect for the next four and a half years, which is a huge blow to development in the county. Why they did not start searching for additional resources years ago is not clear.

In they meantime the utility says it is “continuing to implement the company’s $223 million Smart Solutions program for customers who are interested in alternatives to natural gas, including incentives to electrify heating systems, upgrade HVAC controls, install geothermal heat pumps or weatherize their homes. The increased gas capacity plan allows more time for technologies to advance, and for customer adoption to increase for alternative heating and cooking solutions.”

beaniebabiesThe Arthur Manor Neighborhood Association held its spring Tag Sale in Davis Park on Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The 2019 tag sale drew out many buyers from Scarsdale and beyond with 20 families participating in the event as sellers in Davis Park. Several new families who recently moved into Arthur Manor also volunteered their time and effort to help with this year’s tag sale. Neighbors and friends in Arthur Manor had the chance to catch up with many familiar faces not seen in months because of the cold weather. Refreshments including hot dogs, lemonade and brownies were enjoyed by those in attendance.

Many new friends and old connections were also made on Saturday in Davis Park and all of the cherry trees were actively showing off their leafy blossoms! This year’s tag sale was sponsored by Heather Harrison of Compass Realty in Scarsdale.
Music was provided by DJ Matty, who has been a Best of The Knot DJ for the past five years.

The Arthur Manor Neighborhood Association was formed in 1928. Davis Park, located at Boulevard and Lyons Road, was named in 1930 for Albert C. Davis, Chairman of the Scarsdale Village Board of Assessors, who lived near the park. Davis Park is the “Town Square” of the Arthur Manor Neighborhood Association. Today the Arthur Manor Neighborhood Association includes approximately 550 homes within the association’s borders.

The Arthur Manor Neighborhood Association also holds an annual holiday / Santa Claus tree lighting event and 4th of July parade and picnic at Davis Park with marchers, decorated floats, and relay races. TagSaleBlock

The Arthur Manor Neighborhood Association is now actively planning for its 4th of July parade and picnic at Davis Park which includes marchers, decorated floats, and relay races. This year will mark the 91st year the Association will hold its annual 4th of July event at Davis Park.
If you would like to volunteer to help for the Arthur Manor Association’s 4th of July parade and picnic, please email the Arthur Manor Association’s President, Matt Martin (matthew.martin@pattoneakins.com) with any offers of assistance. Arthur Manor is always looking for new members! No experience necessary!TagSale5tagsale6

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tacos2The Taco Project with locations in Yonkers and Tarrytown has just arrived in Bronxville on Pondfield Road, which formerly housed Still Meadow and Scarborough Fair. Mexican restaurants have become very popular, each having their own unique appeal. Owned by partners and lifelong friends, Nick Mesce, Carmelo Milio and Sebastian Aliberti, with whom I had the pleasure of chatting, I discovered that The Taco Project has a delightful buzz about it. With very fresh ingredients, high quality and reasonable prices, Aliberti said, “We offer a contemporary twist of Tex-Mex food We love to create a unique menu as well as a friendly vibe. We are a boutique type of spot, California inspired and experimental. Our personality is behind our restaurant. We are a fast and casual spot that is hip for young and old and we bring “spunk” to our contemporary menu. To be successful, a restaurant owner must be humble and treat their staff well. We treat our staff like family. We are always open to improvement. Although we are quick and casual, we never lose our attention to detail. With Chef Alfonso Vivar heading the kitchen, and the three partners keeping an eye on the dining room, Bronxville’s Taco Project is quick to become a favorite spot to enjoy Mexican style food in a contemporary manner.

The bright and cheerful corner space is simply decorated with a Mexican flair. A white brick wall boasts a mural exploding with color. The limited seating is mostly counters and stools. You place your order at the counter which displays the full menu, and be seated. Your Taco Project logo tee shirt and sneaker clad wait staff will bring your order to you from the open kitchen in the rear of the restaurant. Intricate Spanish tiles, and lots of Mexican inspired art work line the walls and a painting of Frida Kahlo watches over the guests. Upon my lunch time visit, every seat was occupied and a long line of people were leaving with takeout orders. The sun was shining through the many windows as we anticipated our tasting.

Each dish arrived on a paper lined metal tray. Crisp, freshly prepared corn tortilla chips accompanied a dish of smoothly textured guacamole. Taco Project salsa was prepared with chunks of fresh tomatoes mingled with its juices and spices. It was a light and refreshing. Corn on the cob arrived as Mexican corn brushed with cotija cheese, cayenne pepper, and mayonnaise. Sweet and spicy, it was a joy to demolish every last bit of corn off the cob. Another starter worth trying are the sidewinder fries. These fan shaped slices of potatoes are dipped in a craft beer batter and fried to a golden brown. With chipotle aioli, jalapeno ketchup and Mexican blue cheese, this starter is one of those dishes where you can’t eat just one.

On to the tacos. Hard to resist were the short rib tacos. The tender shreds of braised short ribs were garnished with a homemade mole sauce and topped with a julienne of radish, fresh cilantro, and caramelized onions. Generously wrapped in a corn tortilla it was a perfect choice. Also scrumptious was the shrimp taco. Here, a tempura batter encased each shrimp. Fresh mango, cilantro, radish and tomatillo sauce completed this tangy combination. Atlantic cod was the filling for the fish taco, either sautéed or battered. We enjoyed the sautéed chunks of fish, combined with a red cabbage slaw, guacamole, cilantro and radish. Other taco choices, served two to an order, on soft yellow corn tortillas or hard shell, for an additional cost, are free range chicken, steak with chimichurri and guacamole, crumbled Mexican chorizo, braised pork belly with pineapple salsa, classic ground beef, and veggie with black beans, smoked corn and jicama among its ingredients. Specials are added to the taco menu regularly and may include salmon, or pulled pork.

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Burritos here are filled to order in a flour tortilla and served with rice and beans, cojita cheese and sour cream. Add steak, chicken, fish or vegetables to customize your burrito. A flour tortilla “bowl” is your serving dish for a burrito bowl. This can be filled with your choice of ingredients. Quesadillas can be ordered with fillings of your choice, as well. Even the salads here are unique. Try smoked corn and field greens with a jalapeno cilantro vinaigrette or honey habanero chicken salad with free range chicken and mixed greens.

The Taco Project is a spot where you should make every effort to leave room for dessert. Of the three choices, I sampled a delicious housemade flan with caramel sauce and fresh whipped cream. It was more like a wedge of cake, rather than a pudding. A coconut tres leches cake was also a homemade treat. The portions are large, so be prepared to share. Next visit perhaps I will end my meal with their homemade churros. Jarritos, Mexican sodas are offered in many flavors. Beer and wines are available and housemade sangria with fruit are some beverage choices. We chose the house made agua frescas. The hibiscus variety was rich and the classic horchata, the cinnamon infused rice drink was most refreshing.

As the logo of The Taco Project suggests, “Live Love and eat Tacos”. If the tacos are prepared at The Taco Project, you are certainly going to enjoy them, as well as other menu choices. Visit The Taco Project where a feeling of youth and joy permeate the atmosphere.

The Taco Project
65 Pondfield Road
Bronxville
(914) 356-8226

Recipe:

Taco Project Guacamole and Chips

3 ripe Haas avocados
2 Tbsps. fresh lemon juice
1 small red onion, diced
2 Tbsps. minced cilantro
1 tsp kosher salt
½ jalapeno, diced
Place all ingredients in a bowl. Mash until smooth. Adjust seasoning to taste. Serve with lightly salted yellow corn tortilla chips, homemade if possible.

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