Friday, May 27th

fourballsBackyard Sports is pleased to announce the launch of a new basketball training program; BYS Prep. The new program will integrate learning and play into a single session, giving every athlete the opportunity to train with the best coaches and the opportunity to apply this training by playing in a challenging environment.

Danny Bernstein, founder of Backyard Sports remarks, "We are answering the need of the youth player who loves basketball and desires advanced training.

BYS Prep offers highly focused training sessions that use live game play as the core of its curriculum. Nothing teaches or reinforces a skill better than a live game and BYS Prep uses games, constant feedback and a variety of online and offline programs to teach, train, reinforce and track improvement of our athletes. Adding to its strong base of athletic programming, BYS Prep will bring a new vision to the high-level youth sports training arena.

Bernstein concluded, "We believe that no athlete is better prepared than a BYS Prep athlete to compete successfully at the next level."

The fall BYS Prep program will take place at SUNY Purchase beginning on September 26th and runs for 8 consecutive weeks. For more information on BYS Prep and the other programs from Backyard Sports visit their website at



graycatDo you recognize this cat? This friendly gray cat has been hanging out on my porch for the last week or so. I live two blocks south of Hoff Barthleson Music School. If the cat is yours, please get in touch with me!  By email: or by phone: 472-8952

Thank you!



emblemThe Scarsdale Forum (Town and Village Civic Club Education Forum, Inc.) has launched its 2010-2011 membership drive. As members, Scarsdale residents have the opportunity to share ideas and concerns with respect to the issues before the Village and School Boards and County government. Only members of the Scarsdale Forum participate in the study of the issues in committee and vote on committee reports and resolutions.

There will be five membership meetings held at the Scarsdale Library Scott Room at 8 p.m. on the following Thursdays: October 7, November 18, February 3, April 28 and June 2. Preceding every meeting at 7:30 p.m., there will be a reception where members will have the opportunity to meet each other and greet local community groups being honored by the Scarsdale Forum.

scarsdaleThe program of the first membership meeting on October 7 will include a panel discussion "Being Prepared: Emergency Management, The Village and You" and the "State of the Village" presented by Mayor Carolyn Stevens. The “Pros and Cons of Village-wide Assessment Revaluation” will be discussed at the November 18 meeting.

The Scarsdale Forum’s Sunday Speaker Series will present three programs at the Scarsdale Woman’s Club at 3:00 p.m. on the following Sundays: October 17, December 12 and March 20. Thomas Herman, a retired editor of the Wall Street Journal, will speak on October 17. Alan Schwarz, New York Times, will present “Knock ‘Em Straight, Football’s Collision with Head Injuries” on March 20, 2011.

Future programs of the remaining membership meetings and speaker series will be announced at a later date.

The annual Members Only Holiday Party will be held on Saturday, January 22 at Saint James the Less. To become a member, visit: or download the membership form and mail to: P.O. Box 86 or contact: Eda Newhouse, Chair, Membership Committee at 914-723-7475.



emmas1On Thursday night August 12th, Emma’s Ale House on Gedney Way hosted the first annual charity bartending event for the Crohn’s Colitis Foundation of America. A portion of the proceeds, and 100% of the tips were donated to the organization which focuses on improving the quality of life of children and adults with Chrohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis through research.

Guest bartenders were Andrea Cantor, Jennifer Stone and Jodi Hurwitz – and as you can see from these photos it was a well-attended and festive night at Emma’s.emmas3



The Municipal Services Committee of the Scarsdale Board of Trustees met on Monday, August 2nd to consider putting out a request for proposals (RFP) for a traffic engineering study of a potential roundabout at the Heathcote Five Corners. The RFP is to determine the feasibility of a roundabout, including how to keep traffic moving at the Five Corners while the construction is underway. The selected firm will be charged with studying the neighborhood impact of a roundabout and its effect on the flow of traffic. In addition, the selected firm will be asked to examine other five-leg roundabouts in New York State and report on its findings.

Trustee Flisser opened the meeting and immediately voiced her concerns about the time frame for completing the roundabout study. The project was tentatively scheduled for completion by February 28, 2011, but Trustee Flisser was concerned this was not enough time, and that the community would see the project as a rushed job.

Mayor Stevens commented that part of the timing of the project was being driven by the timeframe of the Board of Trustees. She was insistent that the study be completed before this Board’s term ends in April , 2011, while others, including Trustee Flisser, did not see this as an issue. Mayor Stevens also said that if the firm did not have enough time to finish the project in the allotted time, they could tell the Board at the various scheduled public meetings.

Ultimately, the Trustees decided to extend the timeframe. Phase 1 of the study is to be completed by December 21, 2010 (rather than December 14th), and it is scheduled for completion by March 7, 2011 (rather than February 28th). Part of the decision to extend the time allotted was that the original time did not take the holidays into account. The public meetings regarding the construction were also pushed back from December 1st to December 15th and from January 14th to February 14th.

A citizen spoke about aggressive drivers in Scarsdale and her uncertainty over how they would behave in a roundabout. In her view, the traffic light now at the Five Corners provides a clear signal whether to stop or go, despite the temperament of the driver. Without the light, she said, she is worried about the danger and intimidation factors of aggressive drivers in a roundabout.

After a motion to move the RFP onto the Village Board agenda, the meeting was adjourned.

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