Saturday, Jun 15th

votebuttonEager to cast your vote for the Democratic primary? The official election date for the hotly contested Democratic primary race for NY Congressional District 16 is Tuesday June 25, 2024. But registered Democrats can vote early for incumbent Congressman Jamaal Bowman or Westchester County Executive George Latimer. Also on the ballot are three Democratic candidates running for Westchester County District Attorney to replace Mimi Rocah who decided not to run again. They are Susan Cacace, Adeel Mirza and William Wagstaff.

Here are the voting hours and a list of nearby locations where you can cast your vote early, beginning on Saturday June 15, 2024.

Days and Hours for Early Voting as follows:

Saturday, June 15, 2024 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Sunday, June 16, 2024 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Monday, June 17, 2024 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Thursday, June 20, 2024 from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Friday, June 21, 2024 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Saturday, June 22, 2024 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Sunday, June 23, 2024 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Westchester County Early Voting Centers (Near Scarsdale)

Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709

Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Avenue, White Plains, NY 10607

Mamaroneck Town Center, 740 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

New Rochelle City Hall Annex – 90 Beaufort Place, 90 Beaufort Place, New Rochelle,

New Rochelle United Methodist Church, 1200 North Avenue, New Rochelle,

Westchester County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains

donate 17bWhen the going got tough during school budget discussions this year, we wondered what happened to the Scarsdale Schools Educational Foundation (SSEF). Launched in 2012, the SSEF was established to allow for the use of private funding to fill in gaps in the school budget when tax dollars alone would not suffice. Their mission is to “enhance innovative learning in our classrooms, expanding creative uses of technology and add new equipment and facilities.”

In the intervening years they raised substantial funds that facilitated major improvements in the schools. Most notable is the vast fitness center underneath the gym at Scarsdale High School which is used for physical education classes and team training. The state of the art Design Lab, which is the setting for STEM instruction is another standout addition to the school funded by the SSEF. At the elementary schools, the SSEF funded makerspaces and at the middle school was the beneficiary of renovations to the library. Annual social entrepreneurship grants financed innovative work by Scarsdale students.

However in recent years, several factors aligned to slow the progress of the foundation. First, the leadership that fueled the effort aged out of the schools after their children graduated and moved on. The COVID crisis forced the district to overcome great obstacles to continue to deliver an education to the students. Last, a crisis in the district administration that resulted in the resignation of the superintendent temporarily took the focus off community collaboration.ssef logo 2024

Now the effort is being relaunched by a group of community leaders, headed by Megan Simon, Scott Zemachson, Elinor Etkes, Erica Crisses and Dave Shuster.

On Wednesday evening May 29, 2024 they held an event to announce the relaunch and to enlist community support. On hand was the district administration who outlined the importance of the foundation and their visions of what it may allow the district to accomplish. Simon introduced the initiative and welcomed a large group of supporters and the administration.

Superintendent Drew Patrick showcased the district’s new strategic plan which is illustrated below and will guide future initiatives funded by the SSEF.

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Assistant Superintendent Edgar McIntosh stressed the district’s focus on teaching students “to adapt, collaborate across cultures and conflicts and approach challenges with resilience, tenacity and empathy.” He said, “We look to prioritize learning experiences that foster these qualities.” At the high school this now translates into the science research program, project-based learning and the international learning and exchange programs. He said, “We are interested in designing more opportunities for students and to scale them to reach more students including design experiences, bringing global thought leaders to the district and incentivizing student led design.” He suggested that the support of the SSEF could allow changes to learning spaces to support innovative thinking.

At the middle school he called for “SMS Pathways to Passion.” This initiative would reorganize the quarterly courses to allow students to identify an area of passion and learn about it in well suited spaces.

He noted that many of the elementary school playgrounds are outdated and the equipment is aging. He proposed a student design challenge to come up with innovative equipment which could then be built and installed at the schools.

He concluded with, “Thank you for your partnership and commitment to nurturing the next generation of leaders and innovators. Through your ongoing support, we can make a significant impact on their futures and the world they will inherit.”

Scott Zemachson urged everyone to get on board, welcoming even the smallest donations. He said, “Pennies, nickels and dimes equal quarters. Please make this part of your annual contribution. Everything we donate makes a difference.

He announced that QR codes had been set up to making giving easy. Learn more here about the SSEF here and click here to start giving.

Blonde5The SHS Class of 2024 presented three performances of Legally Blond Jr. on the weekend of May 17-19, 2024 and it was a hit for those who participated and those in the audience. The musical was the work of the students – with student directors, student choreography, set design, production and a student led orchestra.

In lead roles were Ariana Koenig as Elle, Dillon Harris as Emmet, Peter Silver played Warner, Matthew Kolb played Callahan and Kyle Pidedjian who brought down the house as the heart throb UPS man.

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The play was directed by SHS Seniors Oryna Bludova and Jack Finegold who managed 90 of their classmates who participated in the production.

Commenting on how it went, Bludova said, “Jack and I are overwhelmed with how well the play went. We've directed together before in the winter, directing Return of the Script as one of Drama Club's winter plays, but directing the senior show is a completely different experience.

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As people who are pursuing theater in college, we obviously cared about the quality of the show, but that wasn't our main objective. The senior show is about bonding with the grade, we wanted to make the show the best that it could be without sacrificing the fun. We were over the moon to see how proud everyone looked in their final pose on stage.
Directing had its ups and its downs, but we were really proud of how increasingly committed the cast grew to the show throughout the process. We remember how hard it was to get through the first couple of run throughs, making the cast remember something they learned over a month ago. But eventually we started getting videos from cast members practicing their parts on their breaks at senior options.

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The energy that the cast brought out during the Friday performance was electric and they were able to keep it up there all the way through Sunday. We are so proud of the way that it turned out and are thankful so many seniors decided to take part in it.”

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Directors: Oryna Bludova and Jack Finegold
Choreography: Caitlin Higgins and Lily Quirke
Vocal Musical Direction: Rebecca Gross and Samantha Loeser
Costume Designer: Ava Shandler
Producers: Mr. Kevin Viviano and Maya Orad
Pit Orchestra Direction: Vasilije Dragovic
Technical Director: Dr. David Graybill

Cast
Margot-Drew Siegel
Serena-Randee Smith
Pilar-Monica Afran
Kate-Caroline Calvert
Gaelen-Sasha Levenson
Elle Woods-Ariana Koenig
Saleswoman-Kay Fitzgerald
Store Manager-Taylor Mann
Warner-Peter Silver
Grandmaster Chad-Thomas Kronenberg
Winthrop-Matt Rothenberg
Lowell-Yelena Sahakyan
Emmett-Dillon Harris
Aaron-Matthew Margolin
Padamadan-Etel Malka
Enid-Julia Kosakowski
Vivienne-Abby Underweiser
Callahan-Matthew Kolb
Paulette-Rachel Coplan
Whitney-Ella Mulfinger
Dewey-Matthew Knudson
Brooke Wyndham-Taylor Mann
Sabrina-Sydney Geringer
Prison Guard-Constance Argenson
Kyle-Kyle Pidedjian
Kiki The Colorist-Maya Regenstreif
Cashier-Etel Malka
Stylist-Ariella Fishman
Judge-Constance Argenson
Chutney Wyndham-Lana Wesier

Ensemble: Lola Ansell, Constance Argenson, Harmony Bowes, Abby Etra, Sammy Fenigstein, Kay Fitzgerald, Will Gettinger, Sydney Geringer, Ellis Geringer, Sophie Hoffman, Shayna Klingsberg, Thomas Kronenberg, Jade Kraut, Matthew Knudson, Tamara Latzman, Ella Mulfinger, Matthew Margolin, Julia Kosakowski, Etel Malka, Braden Matsuz, Griffen Miller, Riley Meltz, Abby O’Conell, Kaitlyn Perry, Yelena, Sahakyan, Kate Sanchez, Ava Schnipper, Hadley Shearer, Dylan Stein, Arianna Makrakis Toniolo, Cameron Weismer.

Photos by Michelle Sterling

truckSupplies were loaded in Cape Cod.

SuppliesforAFYAWalkers, crutches, hoya lifts, wheelchairs, boots, hospital beds and canes were donated.
Over the Memorial Day weekend AFYA Foundation, a Yonkers-based global healthcare charity, received a large donation of durable medical equipment from Cape Cod. It is symbolic that it was organized by a war veteran Lt. Colonel (Ret.) LTC(R) Jason Cullinane, who both collected the supplies and drove the truck to AFYA.

Danielle Butin, a Scarsdale native, is Founder and CEO of AFYA Foundation. AFYA has a large base of support in the Scarsdale community. The non-profit provides healthcare supplies globally to areas affected by conflict and disaster. This batch of supplies is destined mostly for Ukraine, where ongoing conflict has created a critical need for medical assistance. “The AFYA Foundation is dedicated to supporting Ukraine over the long term. These durable medical equipment items will significantly help in meeting the rehabilitation needs of thousands. By combining donations of supplies and funding, AFYA can achieve its most substantial and supportive impact."-Danielle Butin, Founder and CEO AFYA Foundation.

Starting in March LTC(R) Cullinane organized and spearheaded a community-wide donation drive on Cape Cod. The initiative received an overwhelming response, with residents and the Local Freemasons at Cape Cod HELP (capecodhelp.org) contributing lifts, hospital beds, wheelchairs, bandages, and other essential medical equipment. The effort collected over 100 walkers, over 50 pairs of crutches, 3 hoya lifts, 5 wheelchairs, dozens of boots, hospital beds, canes, and over a dozen large bins filled with essential medical items. David Hill of the Local Freemasons said “Cape Cod HELP always has plenty of donated durable medical equipment available for free to anyone who needs it. We were delighted to participate in this medical equipment drive.”

"Seeing the community come together to support those in need has been truly inspiring," said Jason Cullinane. "As a veteran, I understand the devastating impact of war, and I am grateful to everyone in Falmouth who contributed to this cause. It's our way of showing solidarity with the people of Ukraine and providing them with the necessary resources to save lives and alleviate suffering."

The effort received wholehearted support in Scarsdale. Max Grudin, Ph.D has helped to coordinate the delivery to Afya. Says Dr. Grudin: “Afya Foundation is a charity with local roots and a global reach. Many thanks to Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Cullinane for his energy to raise awareness on Cape Cod and to drive the medical supplies himself with his wife and two young children. It is symbolic that they have done it over the Memorial Day weekend. I was frankly astonished to hear how many Cape Cod residents and organizations have answered the call. Every single donated item is a story of human support and care. Cape Cod - thank you very much! We are also grateful to Nick Buchen for helping with unloading the truck, to the Village administration for coordinating the parking as well as to the Congregational Church for providing the parking space”.

The Cullinane-Honjo family extends their heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in the donation drive, the Masons, The Falmouth High School Cheerleaders, individual donors as well as those who donated their time to load and organize the supplies. This initiative is a testament to the power of community and the profound impact collective action can have in addressing global crises.

Click here to donate. And for more information on  how to contribute to future initiatives, please contact:

Jason Cullinane
Email: jason.cullinane@gmail.com
Phone: (650) 776-1052

AFYA Foundation
Website: www.afyafoundation.org
Email: info@afyafoundation.org
Phone: (914) 920-5081

About AFYA Foundation:
Afya Foundation is a non-profit organization that collects and delivers medical supplies, hospital equipment, and humanitarian provisions to healthcare facilities in regions experiencing dire need due to conflict or disaster. Founded in 2008, Afya has made a significant impact by bridging the gap between surplus in the U.S. and urgent needs across the U.S. and worldwide.The Cullinane-Honjo family extends their heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in the donation drive, the Masons, The Falmouth High School Cheerleaders, individual donors as well as those who donated their time to load and organize the supplies. This initiative is a testament to the power of community and the profound impact collective action can have in addressing global crises.



LeahDembitzer(This letter was written by Tracy Tang)
Dear Scarsdale10583,

I'm writing to express my enthusiastic support for my friend and neighbor, Leah Dembitzer, in her candidacy for the Board of Education.

When I first moved to Scarsdale six years ago, Leah was the first neighbor I met. Her kindness and consideration quickly made her a good friend. Our bond deepened as we discovered that her two boys, Lucas and Noah, are the same age as my two boys, Harry and Charley. However, beyond our personal connection, I want to highlight Leah's remarkable dedication to volunteerism in our community.

Leah introduced me to the Scarsdale League of Women Voters, where she served as the president. Attending a lunch event she hosted for the league, I was immediately impressed by her meticulous organizational skills. Despite the immense effort she put behind the scenes, Leah made everything look effortless. Her leadership inspired me to become a member right away.

Five years ago, when our older boys, Lucas and Harry, started 7th grade, Leah stepped up as the PTA president for the middle school. I volunteered as the co-chair for the PTA’s Multicultural Committee, and Leah's support was invaluable. Our largest event, the annual international luncheon, was a testament to Leah's dedication. With over 1200 attendees, Leah ensured everything ran smoothly with her kind and encouraging emails and hands-on assistance during the event.

Leah is a tireless volunteer who serves in various roles within our community. Despite her demanding position as PTC president this year, she still finds time to contribute to initiatives like the Scarsdale Bowl Committees. Her unwavering commitment to volunteerism and community is truly admirable. I believe the Board of Education would greatly benefit from having more dedicated volunteers like Leah. Therefore, I wholeheartedly endorse her candidacy for the Scarsdale Board of Education.

Sincerely,

Tracy Tang
56 Harvest Drive

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