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wilsonIra Wilson of Wilson and Son Jewelers in Scarsdale passed away at the age of 81 on February 5, 2020 surrounded by his family. He was a leader in the jewelry business and well known and trusted in the community.

Wilson’s grandfather Morris founded the store in 1905 and Ira was the third generation of the family to run the business. Today the business is run by Ira’s sons Michael and Matthew Wilson.

In a note to the community, Wilson’s wife Lynne wrote, “It is with great sadness that we inform you that our father, Ira Wilson, has passed.

Dad was 81 when he passed peacefully early this morning, surrounded by family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who was a truly unique individual.

Ira was our patriarch – he was in the jewelry industry for seven decades and was a kind and gentle soul. He was a mentor to all he worked with, and was loved by all. His customers and employees were his family, and he will be missed by all the lives he touched.

Though his loss is painful, we are grateful for his lessons of compassion, integrity and family values. We will always cherish the time we had with him and he will live on through our work and great memories. We love you, Dad.”

“No man is a failure who has friends.” – It’s a Wonderful Life

“The richest man in town!” – It’s a Wonderful Life

The following tribute was contributed by the Scarsdale Business Alliance:

“On behalf of the entire Scarsdale Business Alliance, the Zacharia Family/ZACHYS would like to pay tribute to the passing of a “Founding Father”- Ira Wilson. As a business that has stood shoulder to shoulder with the Wilson Family for 7+ decades, we feel that Ira Wilson and his family have created an unrivaled presence in our village. Class, elegance, integrity and prominence are all traits that Ira and his family have always stood for. Over the years we have watched Scarsdale Village change, but a single constant has been a legacy that Ira Wilson has created …. the continuity of a family business that has continued to draw people to our special town. Ira will surely be missed by all, and we can take comfort in the fact that his spirit will live on with his loving family as they continue the tradition of being a world class destination. Rest in peace and our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Wilson family.”

Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, at Temple Beth Abraham in Tarrytown. Shiva will commence immediately following the service and burial until 5:30 p.m. and again on Saturday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Wilson’s memory be made to the White Plains Hospital Medical Center or Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

LoisRehmLois Q. Rehm, 83, of Eastchester died on Sunday January 26, 2020. She was the Assistant to the Superintendent of Scarsdale Schools and simultaneously District Clerk for the Scarsdale Board of Education and retired after 30 years of service in 2014. She was a longtime member of the Village Lutheran Church.

Upon her retirement she told Scarsdale10583, "I enjoyed my stay, working with all the fine board members and superintendents. I have learned a lot from everyone and found my fellow staff members to be wonderful and collegial." She served under at least four superintendents, Dr. Thomas Sobol, Dr. Richard Hibschman, a short stint by Dr. Francis Murphy and 16 years with Dr. Michael McGill. Rehm wore many hats, exemplifying the concept of multitasking before anyone coined the term. Over the years her job grew to encompass the roles of secretary to Dr. McGill, the Board of Education as well as District Clerk.

With prior experience as a legal secretary and paralegal, Rehm maintained the complex and ever-changing agendas for the Board of Education, quietly keeping the whole community on track. She ran the board and budget elections, managed the entire list of Scarsdale district voters and even the schedule for Dr. McGill.

Terri Simon, who served on the Board of Education of 2001-7 offered the following about Rehm: “Lois was a special person of real quality, who served our community with intelligence, skill, extraordinary discretion, impeccable competence and great class. Decades of School Board members will remember her many kindnesses with great affection.

At her final Board of Education meeting on June 23, 2014, here's what Board President Suzanne Seiden said about Lois Rehm:

"How can we possibly say thank you and goodbye to Lois Rehm?
Lois is the heart and soul of Scarsdale.
Lois knows everything.
Lois is a bit like Corporal Walter Eugene O'Reilly of MASH fame—fondly known as
"Radar." To remind you Radar got his nickname because he heard the choppers
before anyone else and seemed to know what people wanted from him before
they could say it.
Lois is our Radar.
Lois always knows what is about to happen before the rest of us.
Lois anticipates what we need before we even think to ask."

Rehm was the wife of the late Rev., Dr. Merlin Dale Rehm and mother of Theodore Rehm (Elsa Valentine) and Christian Rehm (Camille Ellsworth). Cherished grandmother of Sierra Lee, Logan Manuel, and Arwen Gabrielle Rehm. She is survived by her sister Marian Schroeder, Alyce Bergbower, and the late Harvey Quandt, and Phyllis Orth.

The family will receive friends at the Westchester Funeral Home, Inc. Eastchester Friday, January 31, 2020, 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral Ceremony, Saturday February 1, 2020 at 10:00 am at Village Lutheran Church, Bronxville. Interment to follow at Kensico Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may contribute to the Village Lutheran Church, To sign the online guestbook visit

carolynstevensFormer Scarsdale Mayor Carolyn Stevens will replace Dennis Powers as the Chief of Staff for Benjamin Boykin who is the Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. In addition to serving as Mayor of Scarsdale, Stevens was a village trustee and long-time member of the County's Citizens Budget Advisory Committee.

A press release from Boykin says:

"Carolyn comes to the Board with 25 years of experience as a litigator and arbitrator. She was Scarsdale mayor from 2009-2011.  She served as a village trustee from 2003-2007. She was a consultant to federal court monitor for the Westchester County affordable housing settlement from 2011 to 2017.  She has been a member of the County's Citizen's Budget Advisory Committee since 2011. She currently serves as a member of the Ossining Planning Board and is the Planning Board's liaison to the Ossining Environmental Action Committee.

Carolyn's background as an attorney and as a public official, as well as her experience with the County’s budget, make her uniquely qualified for the role and I look forward to the ideas and energy she will bring as we continue our work for the residents of Westchester County."

Stevens said, “I’m honored to be asked to serve as Chief of Staff. I have known Chairman Boykin for many years and have had the opportunity to work him productively on issues including affordable housing, infrastructure, and the County budget. I am excited to be able to draw on my years of work on issues affecting the County, and my experience in municipal government, to help the Chairman and the Board confront challenges, seize opportunities, and continue to deliver results for the people of Westchester.”

Samuel Amoa copyScarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service (SFCS) has given its Thomas Sobol Award to village employee Samuel (“Sammy”) Amoa and to school district employee Luis Marino in recognition of their service to the Scarsdale community.   The Sobol Award is given to a community member and to a Scarsdale Schools representative who demonstrate dedication and provide distinguished service to the Scarsdale community.   Mr. Amoa and Mr. Marino will be honored at a private SFCS luncheon on February 5, 2020.  

 “The Thomas Sobol Award recognizes two Scarsdale employees who, like Dr. Sobol, set an example of distinguished service, professional skill and loyalty to the community,” said James Genova, LCSW, Executive Director, SFCS.  “We want to let Scarsdale employees know that residents appreciate their efforts and, at the same time, to honor the memory of Tom Sobol.”

Samuel Amoa 

Samuel Amoa has served the Village as a custodial caretaker in the Village Center for 25 years until his retirement on August 30, 2019. Mr. Amoa had a positive impact on the Village government and the Scarsdale community at large. Mr. Amoa’s’ day-to-day work consisted of a myriad of tasks in the Village Center, ranging from emptying garbage receptacles, blowing leaves, cleaning a section of the Bronx River Parkland Reservation, mopping stairwells and elevators, cleaning parking garage floors, scrubbing graffiti, and cleaning bathrooms. Mr. Amoa was known for lending a helping hand when needed at the Sanitation Recycling Center, Police Department, and Village Hall where Mr. Amoa substituted for the regular Village Hall custodian during evening hours when community meetings were held. In addition, Mr. Amoa always made himself available to work sanitation detail in the Village Center on weekends for special events. Under Mr. Amoa’s diligent care, residents and visitors enjoyed a well-manicured Village Center during his tenure. Of equal importance, Mr. Amoa always performed his duties while maintaining a polite, friendly, service-oriented demeanor to Village residents, Village Center patrons, and his co-workers. “Samuel Amoa is dedicated to public service,” said Stephen M. Pappalardo, Scarsdale Village Manager.  “We are fortunate to have such a warm and caring steward for Scarsdale Village as Samuel Amoa.”

Luis Marino

Luis Marino
Luis Marino began work in Scarsdale in January 1994 as part of the Scarsdale Public School district’s custodial team.  His career is punctuated with professionalism, dedication, high energy, and commitment to the entire Scarsdale School Community.   Luis is deeply committed to helping those around him in Scarsdale and in the broader community.   Luis is passionate about volunteering and giving back to the community.  In addition to his more 25 years of service to the Scarsdale community, Luis has been an active volunteer for the American Red Cross and other international organizations during multiple natural disaster relief efforts.  Luis is also active in his hometown of Portchester as a volunteer fireman, village trustee and, currently, deputy mayor . “Luis’s true gift is his humanity.  He interacts with everyone with presence, compassion, and care,” said Dr. Thomas Hagerman, Superintendent, Scarsdale Public Schools.  “Luis is the kind of person we should all emulate.  Imagine what kind of world this would be if we are all a little more like Luis.”   

Dr. Thomas Sobol 

Dr. Thomas Sobol was one of the nation’s leading educators who, from 1971-1987, served as Scarsdale’s Superintendent of Schools, then as New York State Commissioner of Education from 1987-1995, and subsequently as Professor of Education at Columbia Teachers’ College, until his retirement in 2006. The New York Times characterized Dr. Sobol as a “fervent advocate for imposing broad academic standards, subsidizing poor urban districts, empowering parents and teachers to make policy, and promoting a multicultural curriculum.” He firmly believed that educational excellence in the classroom must be combined with support at home and that ALL children should have the opportunity to learn. While in Scarsdale, Dr. Sobol was instrumental in helping to establish the Scarsdale Community Youth Service Project, a unique collaboration between the Village and the Schools and administered by SFCS, providing significantly to the well-being of students in the Middle and High Schools.  Following his tenure as State Commissioner of Education, Dr. Sobol returned to Scarsdale and served as a Board member of SFCS, chairing its Long Range Planning Committee where his final report was well recognized for its perception and written eloquence. In 2007 he was the recipient –with his wife Harriet – of the SFCS Open Door Award for service to the Community. Dr. Sobol passed away on September 3, 2015 after a long and valiant battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Scarsdale Family Counseling Service

Scarsdale Family Counseling Service (SFCS) is a nationally recognized family service agency accredited by the Council on Accreditation.  The agency has been an anchor in the community for almost 100 years, providing counseling services and supportive programs to local individuals and families in all stages of life.   Our mission is to strengthen and support family life and to contribute to the well-being of the community. We believe families matter and that healthy families are the cornerstone of a healthy community.

Mark MunguiaB. Kathleen (BK) Munguia and Jon Mark, an extraordinary couple with decades of dedicated volunteerism to Scarsdale, will be the 2020 joint recipients of the community’s highest award, the Scarsdale Bowl.  The Scarsdale Bowl is awarded annually to "one who has given unselfishly of time, energy, and effort to the civic welfare of the community," according to the Bowl founding documents. 

“BK and Jon are a couple who have volunteered in every area of civic life in Scarsdale.  They have dedicated their lives to giving back to our community, and Scarsdale is a better place for their indefatigable commitment,” said Nancy Michaels, chair of the Scarsdale Bowl Committee. 

Munguia and Mark will be honored at The Scarsdale Foundation Bowl Dinner on Wednesday, April 22nd, at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase.  Michaels encourages all members of the community to attend. “It is a night to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism in Scarsdale. The Bowl Committee, a diverse group of 15 community volunteers, selects the recipient(s) after reviewing many worthy candidates who are nominated by the community annually.” This will be the fourth time that a couple is receiving the award in the Bowl’s 77-year history. The Bowl Committee will send out invitations on March 2nd; however, one need not receive an invitation to attend.  The entire community is invited to this wonderful, celebratory event.  

Sunday evening, the Bowl Committee voted to honor Munguia and Mark.  Delegates from the committee, including Michaels, Scarsdale Foundation President Randy Guggenheimer, Foundation liaison to the committee Seth Ross, and committee secretary/treasurer Abby Sroka, together with committee member Dara Gruenberg, arrived unannounced at the Munguia/Mark home to surprise the couple with the committee’s selection.  Mark commented, “I am honored. I have to sit down.” Munguia, equally stunned, hugged Jon, and after a few moments of quiet astonishment said, “This is so overwhelming. I just can’t believe it. I am speechless.” 

Reflecting on the significance of the Bowl Award, Munguia and Mark expressed their deep gratitude to the many Scarsdale volunteers they met along the way who also contribute to the dynamic community that is Scarsdale and to whom they extend their thanks for this honor.

Munguia began her volunteer work in Scarsdale at Heathcote School, where she organized gardening projects in the atrium and around the school grounds.  She served on the School Board’s Legislative Committee, and the School Board Nominating Committee and Administrative Committee. Munguia also served on the Scarsdale Bowl Committee.  Munguia, a tireless advocate for youth and teens, has spent several decades volunteering for the Girl Scouts in various capacities. Munguia served on the Citizens Nominating Committee, the Procedure Committee, and chaired the Scarsdale Citizens Non-Partisan Campaign Committee.  She served on the Board of the Scarsdale Forum and as its president in 2011-2012. Most notably, Munguia was a board member and president of the now closed Scarsdale Teen Center, starting her service in 2001 and concluding with the closing of the center in 2018.  She is also a trustee of The Scarsdale Foundation. Known as a quiet workforce behind so much of what goes on in Scarsdale, “BK embodies the essence of what the Bowl honors: unselfish devotion of time, energy, and effort for the civic welfare of the community. She has shaped so much of what Scarsdale is today, oftentimes quietly and behind the scenes.  She is always willing to do the work others don’t want to take on, because that’s just who she is,” Michaels said.bowlcommitteeThe Bowl Committee surprised Jon and BK when they visited their home to let them know they had been selected to win the Bowl.

Mark, who grew up in Scarsdale, attended Scarsdale schools from kindergarten at the Griffen Avenue School, to Quaker Ridge School, to Scarsdale High School, Class of 1965.  He spent the first part of his volunteer life in Scarsdale identified mainly as “BK’s husband” who helped wherever he was asked. However, for the last decade, Mark has created his own reputation as one of Scarsdale’s most dedicated volunteers.  Mark served as a two-term Village trustee before becoming the Mayor in 2015. Mark also chaired the Scarsdale Bowl Committee in 2014-2015.  In 2017, following his service on the Village Board, Mark joined the board of trustees at Westchester Reform Temple, where he currently serves as a vice president. Concurrently, he was the president of the Scarsdale Forum.  Additionally, Mark chaired the Citizens Nominating Committee and then co-chaired the Scarsdale Non-Partisan Party Campaign Committee. “One of Jon’s most striking qualities is his humility. He has a quiet strength that pervades his leadership, and he treats everyone with respect.  He is often the last to speak as he wants to hear all sides of an issue. He possesses a tireless work ethic. Jon is always willing to roll up his sleeves, no task too small,” said Michaels. 

Evelyn Stock, a longtime friend, declared enthusiastically when she heard the news, “I have lived in Scarsdale for 50 years and have known them and worked with them for over 20 years.  I cannot think of a more deserving couple to win the Bowl Award. They are both remarkable volunteers in their own right who have given so much to this community, and their service has no limit. They are extraordinary!”  

For more information about The Scarsdale Foundation or The Scarsdale Foundation Bowl Award Dinner, please visit

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