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Beck Hosts Scarsdale Little League Opening Day

slopen6On Saturday morning April 8th players, coaches and parents gathered at Crossway Field for the 2011 Opening Day Ceremony for Scarsdale Little League. The event was hosted by Channel 4 sports anchor and Scarsdale resident Bruce Beck. Guest star, Graig Nettles who is a former New York Yankee third baseman was also on hand. Nettles is an All Star and World Series winner, who lead the Yankees over the Dodgers in 1977.

The Scarsdale Little League has over 900 players spanning over 70 teams from kindergarten through 8th grade. The season runs from April through June, and there are also summer teams and a fall league. The league is run by 15 volunteer board members who meet monthly to slopen3coordinate all aspects of the league --including uniforms, umpires, fields, tryouts, player development, equipment, registration, and special events like the opening day ceremonies, photo day, and Yankee Game Day.

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SLOpenslopen4slopen5SLOpen2 Photos Courtesy of Paul Aresu Photography,


Kids Walk the Tightwire at Circus Arts Camp

circusasherOnce the circus is in your blood, it seems it never goes away, and once you are part of a circus family, you never quite leave. Consider the folks of the Circus Arts Camp in Hartsdale (CAC): The three directors who started this camp more than twenty years ago and are responsible for its highly successful approach to training and curriculum, are themselves accomplished circus performers.

Chris Glover, Philippe Vercruyssen, and George Orosz have names like “Barnum & Bailey,” “Big Apple,” and “Cirque du Soleil” throughout their resumes, and they have performed all over the world. The professional teachers and coaches on their staff return summer after summer to lend their special talents in instructing kids as young as seven to juggle, tumble, walk the tightwire, ride a unicycle, spin plates, perambulate on stilts, twirl on a rope about twenty feet above the ground, somersault on a trampoline, shoot a fellow clown from a cannon, and a bunch of other activities that make “arts and crafts” sound like something from the Dark Ages of Summer Camp.

Contributing to the camp’s impressive ratio of one staff member for every five campers is an elite team of counselors-in-training who are also “oldtimers” despite their young years.

Tatiana Fischer at the age of 15 is looking forward to her ninth season of Circus Arts Camp. She knew it was the circuskaterinaplace for her from the very first day, and she credits the fun she’s had on the tightwire and static trapeze with honing the balance and timing she relies on in her daily training as a competitive synchronized skater. She doesn’t plan on making the circus her entire life—she wants to prepare for a career in the fashion industry after graduating from Soundview Preparatory—but the circus will always remain an important part of her growing up.

The same could be said for 17-year-old Katerina Barry, who also has eight years at Circus Arts Camp under her safety belt, and like Tatiana, has progressed from camper to counselor.

“I’ve always fit in perfectly here and thought from the beginning ‘this place is so cool’—different from anything else I’d ever done.”

As an aspiring teacher, Katerina voices enthusiasm for her summers now spent helping young children walk the wire or stay up on a pair of stilts, saying she hopes to “teach a new generation of kids” what she knows about circus skills.

Asher Novick has been part of the Circus Arts Camp family for so long he doesn’t remember the exact age he started attending. “I was really little and they were still in Purchase then,” he offers.

The camp began in 1989 on the SUNY campus in Purchase, but it has been calling the air-conditioned gyms of the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester in Hartsdale its home for several years now.

It is a convenient location for Asher since he is in his final year of high school at SSSW, and is bound for Cornell next August. Asher says his desire to pursue a degree in physics there grew out of his circus arts training and his special abilities in balancing.

circustatiana“I can balance pretty much anything—chairs, bicycles, tables.” At CAC he began analyzing the center of balance in the objects he supported, and wound up with the ability to balance a 6-foot ladder on his chin. “You can impress people with that,” he quips. Of the counselor role he has had at Circus Arts Camp these past few years, he says, “When you’re good at something, you pass it on to someone else.” The Cornell campus may be due for an uptick in the number of people who can balance a bicycle on their head.

Circus Arts Camp offers three 2-week sessions from June 27 through August 5, and each session ends with the campers’ Big Circus Show, an exciting two-hour performance for family and friends. The final week of the season is Aerial Arts Week, August 8 to 12, with instruction devoted just to aerial skills, including the Spanish web, lyra, trampoline, fabric, and even the flying trapeze. After-camp care is available for all sessions and lunch and snacks are included in the tuition.

You can find out more about the camp and get registration information at or call 914 923-4650. But if you are considering Circus Arts Camp this summer, be forewarned: It can be an addictive experience, and the skills last a lifetime.

Photo Captions:

(Top) Asher shows off his remarkable balancing skills at the Big Circus Show that ends every Circus Arts Camp session at Hartsdale’s Solomon Schechter School.

(Middle) As a counselor at Circus Arts Camp in Hartsdale, Katerina refines not just her circus skills but also her abilities as a teacher—the profession she plans to pursue in college.

(Bottom) Tatiana demonstrates her formidable balancing skills at the recent Go the Distance walkathon for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, where she and her fellow counselors helped youngsters walk the wire and master a diabolo.



Sports Swap to Be Held Next Week - Clean Out Your Garage

baseballEvery September, residents of Scarsdale and surrounding communities looked forward to Sports Swap, the annual event organized by the Scarsdale Council of Parent-Teacher Associations. Many people were disappointed not to see this event on this September’s calendar. Here’s the good news: Sports Swap is being held on Saturday, April 2 from 10am to noon in the Heathcote School gymnasium.

Sports Swap is a giant sale with great prices for sporting goods, computer equipment, video games, musical instruments, children’s sports and dress clothing and more. People in the community donate their gently used items and 100% of the proceeds from the sales go to support PT Council programs, events, speakers and special events. Long-time chair Maureen Hart and her new co-chair Nancy Aresu encourage everyone to clean out their closets, attics and garages! Donations of items to be sold will be accepted at the Heathcote gym on Friday, April 1 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and Saturday, April 2 from 8:30am to 9:30 am.

For further information on donations or if you’re interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Maureen Hart at or Nancy Aresu at





Sports Head Injuries and Opening Day for Little League

alanschwarzScarsdale High School graduate and New York Times reporter Alan Schwarz returned to Scarsdale on March 20th to address the Scarsdale Forum at the Scarsdale Women’s Club. Schwarz has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize for his high profile articles on the epidemic of sports-related concussions.

Trauma induced disease from brain injuries have caused memory loss, dementia and suicides and Schwarz was instrumental in linking sports injuries to brain damage in athletes. Schwarz was on the math team at SHS and majored in math at the University of Pennsylvania. In fact before becoming a journalist he taught mathematics. Using his mathematical background, Schwarz gathered data and used his knowledge of probability to demonstrate the higher than normal incidence of brain damage in athletes.

In his fascinating talk he explains how he researched this story and documents the debilitation that these injuries can cause, including a video interview with pro-football players who can no longer remember playing. To interview players, Schwarz approached their wives as the “husbands lived the dreams and the wives lived the nightmares.”

But brain damage affects not just professional athletes. Schwarz explains how children, high school and college athletes frequently suffer concussions and continue to play, causing repeat injuries and even more serious ramifications.

Watch this important talk and learn what you can do to prevent brain injuries by clicking here.

Opening Day Scarsdale Little League:

Opening day ceremonies for Scarsdale Little League will be held on Saturday, April 9th starting at 8:30 at Crossways 3 field. Sports announcer Bruce Beck will emcee the event, and former Yankee great Graig Nettles will be on hand to throw out the first pitch courtesy of Last Licks. Scarsdale’s newly elected Mayor Miriam Flisser, will address the players.



Track Season Begins With Fundraiser for Japan on Saturday

trackspring1It’s opening week for spring sports at Scarsdale High School. This season brings tennis, golf, track, crew, lacrosse, baseball and softball. The Track and Field is open to all, but before a runner can participate in a track meet the player must participate in at least ten practices. This week and next the team will hold practices and event tryouts.

Since the track and field  team is the only one that does not require a tryout, it attracts many who do not choose to tryout or do not meet the requirements for another sport. Running and other field events also provide excellent aerobic and endurance training for all other sports.  One of the most unique features of track and field is that it offers a variety of options in terms of activities from which one can choose.  This contributes to making the sporting experience fun. Members of the track and field team are encouraged to welcome newcomers onto the team and also display sportsmanship at all times.   The Raiders track and field team is optimistic in looking forward to a successful season, just as in past years.

Photos and Text by DJ Holloway, Sophomore at Scarsdale High School

springsoccerTo open the spring season, the track team is planning a fundraiser for the victims of the tragedy in Japan.  They are having a run/walk-a-thon this Saturday, March 19 at Scarsdale High School from 10:00-11:30 AM. The event is open not only to members of the track team, but also to other students at the school, as well as the whole community (all ages). The team has made sponsor sheets  and they are raising money on a “per lap” system or overall donations.  There will also be a bake sale by the high school track.  100 percent of the money will be going to the American Red Cross.

Families can come by to run, walk, sponsor a runner, make a donation or simply watch what the team hopes will be a successful event.

Submitted by Eric Dobosh , Junior at Scarsdale High School.