Sunday, Jul 14th

JoeaHundreds of Greenacres neighbors came together on Independence Day for the flagship July 4th celebration hosted by the Greenacres Neighborhood Association.

There were games, races, a patriotic program and fun for all.

Kids beat the heat as the Scarsdale Fire Department doused the crowd with their fire hoses to cap the morning's events with the famous Greenacres Gallop.

Scarsdale Mayor Justin Arest addressed the crowd. New York State Senator Shelley Mayer, Westchester County Executive George Lattimer and Deputy Westchester County Executive Ken Jenkins attended as well as Deputy Mayor Dara Gruenberg and Trustee Jermey Wise.

Fellow Greenacres resident Jack Binder, longtime bugler for the July 4th celebration, again performed for the crowd, and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were also on hand to celebrate.

"There's no better place to be on the Fourth of July -- or any day of the year -- than Greenacres," said GNA President Kristen Zakierski. "We're thrilled that so many of our neighbors took part in this fun family event and are already looking forward to next year."

Nearly two dozen volunteers made the celebration possible.

Games and events included a 50 yard dash, foul shots, and potato sack, spoon and three-legged races. New this year for toddlers was a tot lot with toys, sidewalk chalk and bubbles.

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The July 4th celebration is one of several community events the Greenacres Neighborhood hosts throughout the year. The GNA also works to improve safety through better traffic control and pedestrian lighting, as well as beautify the neighborhood.

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Photos by Steven Schnur, text by Lauren Easton.


girls2024Maxine, Daisy, Billie, and Samantha (2024)Photographer and resident Steven Schnur has come full circle with his photographs of a Heathcote kindergarten class in 2011-12. Now 13 years later Schnur re-assembled the group in advance of their high school graduation to document them before they head off into the world.

girls2017Samantha, Maxine, Billie, and Drew (2017)

Schnur explained, “Thirteen years ago (2011-12) I spent a year photographing a kindergarten class at Heathcote. That year ended in a photo exhibit that including large portraits of each of the 19 students. Five years later, the now 5th graders met me in the Heathcote art room for a quick reunion and distribution of many of the photos I had taken of them. Another seven years passed and then eleven days ago, on June 3rd, 12 of the students (now graduating seniors) reunited in the SHS breezeway where I asked them to pose with the portraits I had taken of them in kindergarten. Present also was their kindergarten teacher, Sharon De Lorenzo, now assistant principal at Greenacres School, and Alice Yugovich, their Heathcote art teacher (now retired).

harleyandtajHarley and Taj 2017

KindergartenClass2012Lana 2017

KindergartenClass2012Kindergarten Class 2012

reunion2017Reunion five years later, January 2017.I assembled a small collection of photos from the first reunion and the one last week to send to all the parents. I include those below along with my note to them. None of this could have happened without the invaluable help of Amber Yusuf, former school board president and mother of Taj Grewal, one of the kindergartners.”

Groupshot2024Graduating high school seniors, 6/3/2024.

Here is Schnur’s note to the parents of the students: “I can’t thank you enough for helping to make today’s reunion a reality. I’m still smiling at the discovery of these beautiful teens. They were such photogenic kindergartners and have become equally arresting young adults. The photos below tell a little of the story beginning with the fifth grade reunion in January 2017, followed by today’s gathering and ending with a few distant memories dating back to 2012. Thank you for allowing me to capture a little bit of their enchanted lives.

With gratitude,




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alice amber sharonAlice Yugovich, Amber Yusef and Sharon De Lorenzo

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giftStudents' gift of self-portraits in 2012, assembled by Ms. Yugovich.

 A selection of the original 2012 kindergarten photos are on permanent display outside the District Offices at the high school.


SpringBenefitChefsonstage copyGuest speakers Danielle Colen, Liz Rueven, Leah Koenig, Beejhy Barhany, and Shannon Sarna.The JCC Mid-Westchester (JCCMW) celebrated Jewish foods and traditions from around the world at their annual Spring Benefit on Wednesday, May 22. Westchester chef and writer, Danielle Rehfeld Colen, introduced Beejhy Barhany, owner/chef of Ethiopian-Jewish Tsion Café, Leah Koenig, chef and author of Portico: Cooking and Feasting in Rome’s Jewish Kitchen, and Liz Reuven, founder/editor of Kosher Like Me. The chefs/authors discussed their passion for food and their culinary journeys with the host of the evening, Shannon Sarna, cookbook author and founding editor of The Nosher. Attendees then enjoyed a specially curated dinner comprised of a tasting menu inspired by each of the evening’s guest chefs.

SpringBenefitEHonoreesAwards copyJCCMW CEO, Elise Dowell, with teen honorees Ethan Klein, Lexie Klein, and Bailey Goldberg.

The JCCMW honored three teen leaders—Bailey Goldberg, Ethan Klein, and Lexie Klein— recognizing their hard work and dedication to projects and efforts that helped strengthen the Westchester community and the organization’s mission. “Bailey, Ethan, and Lexie are the light our community needs right now. They are our future and each has made our community richer,” said Elise Dowell, CEO of JCCMW. “They represent the very best of Westchester and the Jewish community and it gives us great pleasure to celebrate them this year.”

Bailey Goldberg serves as the volunteer coordinator of the JCCMW Sunday Funday program. Her exceptional leadership skills have helped to ensure that all children have an equal opportunity to develop relationships and social skills.

Ethan Klein, in addition to volunteering with the Sunday Funday program, developed a new, inclusive program, FUNdamentals of Golf, where he worked with elementary school children of all abilities to improve their coordination, critical thinking, communication, self-control, and confidence—all while learning the foundations of golf.

Lexie Klein is a JCCMW gymnastics coach and mentor who has positively impacted many young gymnasts. Her love of the JCC is contagious, her passion for the sport has been inspirational, and her dedication has served to strengthen the program on many levels.

SpringBenefitRabbiDahliaBernstein copyJCCMW Senior Director of Jewish Engagement and Care Services, Rabbi Dahlia Bernstein

The JCCMW Spring Benefit was an evening of community, appreciation, and celebration attended by many friends, partners, government representatives, and organizations who support the JCC’s mission and the important work they do. If you were unable to attend, but would like to support the work of the JCC, simply visit If you would like to learn more about the JCCMW, visit

SpringBenefitLatimer Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins, County Executive George Latimer, and WJC CEO Elliot Forchheimer with JCC Board President Rachel Moseley and Elise Dowell

The JCC Mid-Westchester is a nonprofit organization that supports the community by offering outstanding recreational, cultural, educational, and human services programming to all people regardless of age, background, religion, gender identification, or sexual orientation. Programs are grounded in Jewish values and are open to all! The JCCMW enriches families, connects friends, strengthens community, and helps people lead joyful lives.

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GlauberFrom paper to digitized images to microfilm and back to paper, Scarsdale’s rich history is being preserved for future generations.

Scarsdale Local History Librarian Dan Glauber reached out last week to let us know that he is now using the content of Scarsdale10583 to continue to archive the history of the Village.

We paid him a visit and learned that images of back issues of the Scarsdale Inquirer, from 1901 through 1977, are available to view online via the Hudson River Valley Heritage website. The Scarsdale Historical Society and the Scarsdale Library worked together on this digitization project, providing full-text searchable access to three quarters of a century of Scarsdale History. Issues of the newspaper, from the next 26 years, from 1978 through January 2024 are preserved on microfilm which is available at the library.

After the Inquirer ceased publication in January 2024, Glauber turned to Scarsdale10583 to continue to preserve a record of Scarsdale's History. Each week he saves articles from Scarsdale10583 as PDFs and also prints out color copies that are now kept in a binder and available to view. The individual PDFs will be combined into larger files encompassing periods of 6 months or a year. These larger PDFs will then be accessible in the Library and will be full-text searchable.

We’re proud to be part of the local codex and happy that Glauber’s project will ensure a permanent record of the goings on of the “Dale.

(Pictured above: Local History Librarian Dan Glauber displays PDF's from weekly issues of Scarsdale10583)

TaxiSignTaxi sign: Peter Blier of Central Taxi with the company’s vintage business sign c. 1960’s.The Scarsdale Historical Society premiered its newest documentary, The Village: A History of Downtown Scarsdale, with two screenings at the Scarsdale Public Library on Tuesday, May 14th. This half-hour film explores how Scarsdale’s business district grew from a train depot and a few wooden buildings into today’s iconic Tudor Revival-style commercial center. The film is now available to stream online here.

People of all ages and backgrounds were united by their passion for village history, and were interested to learn more about the development of Scarsdale’s iconic downtown center. Each screening was followed by a Q&A session, allowing the audience to share thoughts and ask the film participants questions.

Panelist Peter Blier, the General Manager of Central Taxi who has worked there for 45 years, delighted the audience with some of his best taxi ride stories. His appearance in the film is also a highlight, with his knack for storytelling and passion for Central Taxi’s history. The company, among downtown Scarsdale’s oldest businesses, dates back to the horse and buggy days of 1912. It began in White Plains and has been in its current location since 1925.

This is the tenth film created by the Scarsdale Historical Society with filmmaker Lesley Topping. The premiere events have drawn such crowds that they hosted two back-to-back screenings to accommodate the attendees. The full series of films on the history and neighborhoods of Scarsdale can be viewed here.

The event was co-sponsored by the Scarsdale Historical Society, the Scarsdale Public Library and the Scarsdale Business Alliance.

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The Scarsdale Historical Society exists to discover, preserve and disseminate historical information, as well as inspire others to learn about and contribute to the history of Scarsdale and the Central Mid-Westchester Region. The Scarsdale Historical Society accepts grant applications for projects that meet its mission, particularly those that will inspire others to learn about the history of Scarsdale and the surrounding communities. Learn more at

RandyQ&A session: The film screening’s Q&A panel with (Left to right) Randy Guggenheimer (President, Scarsdale Historical Society), Peter Blier from Central Taxi, Lesley Topping (filmmaker), Leslie Chang (Associate Village Historian) and Jordan Copeland (Village Historian).