Saturday, Jul 02nd

GNAflyerThe Greenacres Neighborhood Association will relaunch its Fourth of July Celebration next week after a two year hiatus due to COVID.

The celebration, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on July 4, includes breakfast, games for all ages, a Color Guard presentation, patriotic program, the Greenacres Gallop and the Scarsdale Fire Department’s rainbow producing water display.

“After a two year hiatus, we are thrilled to bring together neighbors new and old to celebrate what makes our community so special,” said Andrew Sereysky, president of the Greenacres Neighborhood Association. “I can’t think of a better way to reactivate the Greenacres Neighborhood Association than our flagship Fourth of July festivities.”

The event is free and all Greenacres residents, students and faculty are invited to attend.

The Greenacres Neighborhood Association represents the entire area served by Greenacres Elementary School. It works to sponsor a variety of neighborhood events and provide information about local activities and initiatives.

For more information about the celebration and the GNA, visit greenacres10583.com.

PoolsurveyWhat features would you like to see at a renovated Scarsdale Pool? A lazy river? A water slide? Water polo, expanded dining options? These are just a few of the possibilities under consideration by the Village as they explore the scope of a renovation of the Scarsdale Pool Complex. On Friday June 3 and Saturday June 4 and Saturday the consultants engaged with the public at the Scarsdale Pool and at the Music Festival. Participants were given stickers to mount on poster boards displaying many features to indicate their preferences.

The Village has also posted an online survey here that they encourage residents to complete.

Here is an update on the public engagement efforts for the Scarsdale Pool Complex project from Assistant Village Manager Alexander Marshall:

So far, the Village has received over 600 responses to the statistically-valid mailed survey, and nearly 800 online survey responses. We are hopeful that we will gain even more responses over the next week and a half before the online survey closes on June 17th. Upon closing of the survey, the consultants will begin synthesizing the results into a report for the first week of July. People can access the online survey using the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VSPC-P

I also wanted to make you aware of the outcome of the recently held public engagement sessions regarding the Pool Complex Study on June 3rd and 4th. The consultants indicated that the general reaction to the community engagement sessions were very positive. Children and adults alike seemed to enjoy the dot voting activity and appreciated the opportunity to discuss the pool with the consultants firsthand. Here are some quick stats about the attendance at each session:

Friday June 3rd from 3-6PM at the Pool Complex: 50-60 direct engagements
Saturday June 4th from 9AM-noon at the Pool Complex: 50+ direct engagements
Saturday June 4th at the Scarsdale Music Festival: 200+ engagements

Based on conversations with participants, it is expected that at least 80% of the engagements were with Scarsdale residents. These engagements typically consisted of a quick summary of the pool study, promotion of the online survey, and instruction or guidance through the dot voting activity. In many cases, the conversations went further into Q&A, drivers of trends, suitability of various amenities, financial implications, and so forth.

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Marcy1After a two year delay, Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service celebrated their 102nd anniversary, or Centennial +2 and honoree Marcy Berman-Goldstein at Scarsdale Golf Club on Thursday night, May 12, at Scarsdale Golf Club. The mood was upbeat and a wide swath of the community turned out to toast the work of the agency and support it, through contributions and purchases of silent auction items. The evening was emceed by Brooklyn based comedian Carmen Lynch whose no hold barred performance had everyone in stitches.

Gala Co-Chairs Laura Daniels and Wendy Gendel presented an evening that was joyful and light-hearted, while at the same time recognizing the serious work SFCS has done during the pandemic to provide families with mental health resources to navigate difficult times.

Executive Director Jay Genova thanked everyone in the community and the agency for their work on the event and noted SFCS’s collaboration with the Village Government and School Board. He noted the attendance of Mayor Jane Veron, Village Trustee Randy Whitestone, School Board members Carl Finger and Ron Schulhof, State Senator Shelley Mayor, Assemblymember Amy Paulin and others. He saluted the work of honoree Marcy Berman-Goldstein, who is the founder of local boutique, “I Am More Scarsdale,” and challenged the audience to be more for their neighbors and get involved in local initiatives.

SFCS President David Lee stressed the importance of the agency to the community and highlighted the need for them to raise 17% of their budget on their own. He said, “Many have not heard about us or don’t know what we do. We fly under the radar. We have to do a better job of spreading the word. The more residents know, the more they will help us.” He continued, “Mental help issues are affecting many and there is an increasing need for services.”

Chairs Laura Daniel and Wendy Gendel said, “This remarkable agency has been in the community for 100 plus 2 years. It will always be there for us.”JayGenova

Mayor Jane Veron gave a well deserved tribute to Berman-Goldstein, saying:

It is truly my honor to introduce SFCS’ Rising Star, Marcy Berman-Goldstein, who accelerated so fast that she has already reached sun status. Marcy is there at the top, bringing energy, vitality, and warmth to our community. We are the lucky beneficiaries, basking in Marcy’s light…(OK – that’s probably enough of my astronomy analogies - let’s talk Marcy)

Marcy is a force for good who pours every ounce of herself into making Scarsdale a better place. I’d like to take you back several years pre-COVID, when our beautiful Village Center looked bleak. We had far too many empty storefronts, a defunct Chamber of Commerce, and a feeling of gloom, bordering on despair. This was not what we wanted for Scarsdale.

A group of us had gotten together, and we knew we had to act. But wanting something and doing something are very different. Action requires leadership, and that’s where Marcy came in. Marcy had just pivoted from radiologist to entrepreneur and set up shop in the Village Center. She heard the conversation, rolled up her sleeves, and got started - she became all things Scarsdale Business Alliance. The early days were exceedingly hard and not very glamorous. There were pressures to keep businesses afloat, to combat negativity and hopelessness. We can all see it - Marcy going door to door, imploring merchants to take the leap of faith - sending emails at all hours, calling meetings with sparse attendance. But despite the obstacles and doubts, Marcy persevered. And just as she was building momentum, launching one of the SBA’s crowning achievements, the Scarsdale Music Festival (which she pulled off by sheer will and no sleep for a full month), COVID pummeled us. But nothing keeps Marcy down. She eventchairsjoined the Village task force to reopen shuttered businesses, and from those dark days emerged great inspiration. We piloted sidewalk shopping and outdoor cafes, a pedestrian friendly Sidewalk Sale, and of course, our pride and joy, the Dine the ‘Dale tent. It might look easy, but I assure you it was not. Marcy brokered the deal and then attended to every detail from fundraising, to design, to seating, to security, to clean up. And now there’s programming, music, community meetings, and beautification. The tent is where people want to go. Marcy gave us a place to belong.

And that’s just one slice of Marcy’s life. Marcy is a proud business owner who adds vitality to our Village. With her partner Abbey, Marcy built I AM MORE into a destination boutique focused on lifting up spirits and giving back. Westchester Magazine recognized I AM MORE as a Best of Westchester “Best Women’s Empowerment Shopping,” and Marcy and Abbey were named Westchester’s Most Powerful Women for three years running by the Westchester County Business Journal.

Marcy’s commitment to philanthropy defines her. I first met Marcy when our children were in elementary school, and what became immediately apparent was her passion for impactful service. She was known as the go to person at the Junior League and was the dynamo behind their successful fundraising events. She’s a sought-after panelist. speaking at County events on inspired leadership and revitalization.

Marcy is really just that good. Amidst it all, she finds time to be a wonderful mother, caring wife, and loyal friend. I couldn’t be happier to be standing by her side this evening as we all celebrate the extraordinary and inspiring woman that she is. Let’s Show our Appreciation for Marcy Berman-Goldstein.

 

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2019 Rising Stars Michelle Sterling and Ron Schulhof thanked Marcy for everything she has done and presented her with the MichelleandRonRising Star award. Schulhoff said, “When we see an email from you, we know something great is going to happen.”

Looking dazzling, Marcy Berman-Goldstein accepted the award charting her personal journey in Scarsdale where she went from working as a radiologist to opening a store in the Village. She remembered her first volunteer efforts in the Junior League that set the stage for a new path. She said, “as a radiologist, I spent my days alone reading charts,” and discussed the birth of an idea to start and entrepreneurial venture that would also be philanthropic. With her partner Abby Solomon, she opened the boutique which contributes their profits to other non-profits.

From there, she became president of the Scarsdale Business Alliance and worked with Mayor Veron, Amy Nadasdi and Dalia Kahn to revitalize the Scarsdale business district. Among many successful efforts include the first Scarsdale Music Festival and another planned for June 4, 2022 and the placement of the dining tent which is used as an outdoor gathering and meeting place in the Village.

She thanked her husband Barry and all of the volunteers, About SFCS, she said, “You hold our community together.”

JingLuCommenting on the event, SFCS Board Member Jing Lu said, “SFCS is an organization that has done great and important work to the community and that I have had the honor to serve as the board member for the past three years, during which I introduced a Mandarin-speaking social worker Ms. Jie Wu to be on staff and was instrumental in getting two PPP loans for the SFCS.” She shared photos of herself, Lynn Lin and other members of the Chinese community who attended the event, adding, “We have been working hard to get Chinese people immersed into local affairs, of which SFCS Gala is a big integral component.”

 

Mural3Amy Nadasdi gave opening remarks.On May 25th, 30 eager students from the National Art Honors Society club gathered in Scarsdale Village to unveil their vibrant new mural. The large, four-panel mural was designed and painted by Scarsdale High School’s chapter of the club and was sponsored by Frank DeCicco and DeCicco Family.

The “Wing The Dale” mural, which was mounted on East Parkway in 2019 brought color to Scarsdale Villageand showed off the work of SHS students. The initiative was delayed by the pandemic and 13 months later the work was unveiled. The mural takes the form of a coloring book, with bright blues and alluring orange color spilling into a black and white outline of the village. The mural lights up the simple white wall in the DeCicco's parking lot, and beautifully reflects not only the vibrancy of Scarsdale but the effort of the students.

Village Mayor Jane Veron expressed her enthusiasm and gratitude for the Scarsdale students at the mural unveiling. “We want to bring vitality and life to Scarsdale Village” she said, giving credit to Amy Nadasdi, a member of the Scarsdale Village Arts Advisory Council, for her hard work in leading multiple art projects and installations in Scarsdale. Nadasdi said “Collaborative public art is the best kind of art,” and she is hopeful that many more group projects will be realized.

Mural2NAHS students, SHS teacher Janna Johnsen, Mayor Jane Veron, and Frank DeCicco in front of the mural.

Also at the ceremony was Frank DeCiccio, who has been enthusiastic and passionate about the addition of a second mural. “After we did the Wing the Dale project three years ago, not only did I think it made the Village more appealing, I felt that having the students of the community involved gave it such a personal touch,” he said at the ceremony. He also remarked, “It is taking a vision of many students and capturing that moment in time”.

Leader of the SAHS club is SHS teacher Janna Johnsen, who praised the students for their dedication and persistent work on the mural. She said it was a “collective vision”, and that throughout the whole process they worked together to create “Color The Dale.”

Additionally, five new painted planters are displayed under the dining tent, joining six that were already revealed last year. The planters were made by students in the Advanced Topics 2D class and were sponsored by the Scarsdale Business Alliance.

Now multiple student driven art pieces in the village, have added color to the “Dale.

Mural1The new “Color The Dale” mural.

pickleballPickleball is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. and with so many racquet enthusiasts in Scarsdale, the Recreation Department would like to give residents a place to play.

At an April 26 work session of the Scarsdale Board of Trustees, Recreation Department Superintendent Brian Gray and Assistant Superintendent Bob Kaczmarek presented a proposal to build eight pickleball courts at Crossway Field. They explained that during Covid, permits for tennis, platform tennis and pickleball had skyrocketed and they recognized the need to build more courts to accommodate players.

In order to offer pickleball clinics on the platform courts, the Rec Department considered two temporary solutions to convert the platform courts to pickleball courts. One is to purchase interlocking tile systems to adhere to the platform courts at a cost of $10,000 per surface and another is to use chalk and painter’s tape to draw lines onto the platform courts. Both methods have disadvantages and are time consuming to set up.

Another method is to paint pickleball lines onto tennis courts. Four pickleball courts can be placed on one tennis court. However, that takes a tennis court out of service and the lines can be confusing.

Instead, the Rec Department priced out the construction of eight pickleball courts, about the size of two tennis courts, to be built at Crossway field where a tennis attendant is already in place. The capital request was for $410,000 and it was approved with the 2022-23 Village budget in April.

After receiving some objections from neighbors about the noise of the pickleball, Gray looked into options to quiet the bounce. He suggested purchasing acoustic barriers to be installed on three sides of the courts. Though they would not eliminate the sound of the ball, they would greatly reduce it. He showed a video of the acoustifence sound reduction at the meeting. Watch the video here:

Commenting on the proposal, trustees asked why Gray was proposing to build eight courts rather than four. He said, “We think that if you build it they will come! This is another opportunity for recreation in the Village. If we only put in four we are going to need to put in another four shortly thereafter.”

Trustee Ahuja applauded the proposal. He said, “Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the US. Racquet sports are part of the Scarsdale culture and I support this. You addressed the objections. Job well done.”

Trustee Brew echoed the compliments and added, “This would be good for empty nesters and older residents who we don’t always address.”

Trustee Gans agreed, saying “We should build them the way they should be done. The acoustic fence demonstration was great.”

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