Tuesday, Jun 25th


The Scarsdale Forum Inc. and the Town and Village Civic Club cordially invite the public to the annual general membership meeting on Thursday, June 14th in the Scott Room of the Scarsdale Library at 8 p.m. A reception honoring former Village Trustee Richard Toder and the members of the 2011-2012 Administrative, Joint and School Board Nominating Committees will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Following the business portion of the meeting, U.S. Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey will present “State of Congress and the Nation.”

The second half of the evening’s program will feature panelists Eric Hardy, Project Director of CLT Appraisal Services; Alfred A. Gatta, Village Manager and Nanette Albanese, Village Assessor who will discuss the project designed to reassess all Scarsdale properties over the next two years.

A question and answer period will follow each presentation.

The Scarsdale Forum is a 107 year old civic organization dedicated to improving life in Scarsdale. The Forum studies issues before local, regional and state governing bodies and provides input and recommendations via public reports and other public statements.

For program and membership information, visit ( www.ScarsdaleForum.com ), e-mail (office@scarsdaleforum.com) or call (914-723-2829).



greenacres100Did you know that ...Greenacres was the first neighborhood in Scarsdale to be supplied with gas, ahead of others by a full decade. ...Greenacres was twice targeted for annexation by White Plains, the second attempt resulting in the formation of the Greenacres Neighborhood Association (GNA) ...the GNA is Scarsdale's second oldest neighborhood association.

-The GNA is celebrating its 100th Anniversary!

In honor of its centennial, the GNA is hosting a gala for Greenacres residents on June 2nd, at the Scarsdale Golf Club. It will be a memorable event, with dinner, dancing and libations. As members of the Centennial Gala's History Committee, we have explored Greenacres' history with a view towards preserving its historical and architectural significance as distinct from Scarsdale as a whole. We look forward to taking you on a journey through time with a special video feature at our Gala Event.

Come learn about such Greenacres landmarks as the Haubold Powder Mill House on Fountain Terrace and theTeaHouse Boniface Water Tower on Garden Road. Hear about some of the people who've lived in Greenacres throughout the years, such as the entertainer, Al Jolson and the politician, Dean Rusk, U.S. Secretary of State under John F. Kennedy. Discover which powerhouse ensconced his mistress in Greenacres away from the city's clatter, where the Greenacres tunnel is located and what the remnant stone wall on Farley Road used to be. Find out why Gilmore Court and Farley, Colvin and Kingston have the names they do. And lots more.

In 1910, with that most modern convenience--gas--Greenacres was certainly the place to be. It still is today. Come celebrate with us at the GNA's Centennial Gala! For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.greenacres10583.com or contact Barry Meiselman at 723-5807 or barwest2@aol.com. We hope to see you there!

Karen Ceske
Ottilie Jarmel
Deb Pekarek
Joanne Wallenstein


craneroadbridgeJust as we can see the end of the Popham Road Bridge construction project, which has snarled downtown traffic for years, another project is in the works that will impact shoppers, commuters and downtown businesses for the years to com.

The Crane Road Bridge, the part of the Bronx River Parkway that takes traffic both north and south of Scarsdale Village, straddling the Bronx River and the train tracks, is need of replacement. The original bridge was designed by Delano and Aldrich, one of New York’s premier architectural firms, who also designed Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate. Built in 1924, the County now says the Crane Road Bridge is “poor condition.” The current four-lane bridge will continue to be used while the County constructs a new bridge. just to the west of the current structure. The project will take 34 months to complete at a cost of $39,425,000, all funded by the County.

The new bridge will have sidewalks and a ramp that will give pedestrian’s access from the bridge to the path along the Bronx

The old bridge needs to be replaced
River below it and to the Metro North platforms.

Construction is due to begin this month and scheduled to last for 34 months, almost three years. Phase 1, the first 10 months of the project, will involve work underneath the bridge and will not impact traffic.

But here’s the kicker. Ten months from now, in March, 2013 both the north and south bound exits of the Bronx River Parkway at Crane Road are scheduled to be closed for two years during the construction of the new bridge. Cars travelling on the Bronx River Parkway in either direction will no longer be able to exit at Scarsdale Village. Cars travelling south on the parkway will need to access the Village via the Greenacres Avenue exit, and travel south on Fox Meadow Road. Though this is not an official detour, local residents may use this route which could greatly increase traffic along Fox Meadow Road. For access from the south, cars will need to exit at Harney Road and travel up Scarsdale Road or Garth Road…. again an inconvenience.

Furthermore, 17 of the parking spaces in the merchants’ parking lot next to the Scarsdale train station will become a staging area for the equipment needed to build the bridge. These parking spaces will no longer be available to the merchants who park there to free-up spots for customers. According to Assistant Village Manager Steve Pappalardo, merchants who currently park there will be given permits to park at designated Scarsdale resident permit spaces located on Scarsdale Avenue and Depot Place. This will reduce the number of spaces available to commuters.

The new bridge will be built to the
west of the current bridge
With parking already tight downtown, the loss of these spaces is certain to affect business and retail traffic. The Village points out the County paid the Village of Scarsdale $267,000 for an easement to use the space, but those funds are not going to help frustrated shoppers who cannot find parking spaces in the Village.


The good news is that the Popham Road Bridge should be completed in December, 2012, before the Crane Road Bridge project forces the closure of the Bronx River Parkway exits. But it will be a long time before all of this work will be behind us. Learn more about the plans at the Westchester County website here:




Many of us felt a deep, profound sadness when, on April 16, City Limits Diner closed its doors and turned off the lights. After 18 years, the Livanos Restaurant Group decided the county landmark was in need of a floor-to-ceiling renovation. According to the owners, “We opened in White Plains 18 years ago, and due to the wear and tear that comes with time, we are excited to be giving the restaurant a much needed facelift.” Gone, at least temporarily, are the beloved chicken noodle soup, Chinese dumplings and Valrhona chocolate pudding.

When the upscale diner opens at the beginning of June, diners will find an extended bar area and an updated, contemporary aesthetic. According to John Livanos, “Customers can be assured that while the original City Limits in White Plains will have an updated look, the high-quality service, incredible food, and even the prices, will not change.” Die-hard diner fans can follow the renovations on Facebook (Like them), and can even post questions for the owners. When the restaurant reopens, Pastry Chef Tracy will continue to create a variety of artisanal products daily, such as breads, pastries, pies, and specialty cakes, including long-standing gluten-free favorites such as her Flourless Valrhona Chocolate Torte. She will also be adding a variety of new gluten-free items including an Oat and Almond Scone. In the new state-of-the-art kitchen, Chef Peter will whip up the same menu of classic dishes that the local crowd has grown to love over the years, including Maryland Lump Crab-Lobster Cake Benedict, Orange Lemon Waffles, and Smoked Chicken & Corn Quesadillas, adding a few new items to the list including Grilled Squid and White Bean Salad with Parsley Vinaigrette. We were able to get a copy of the recipe for our readers.

Grilled Squid and White Bean Salad with Parsley Vinaigrette -- Adapted from Chef Peter Assue, City Limits Diner, White Plains, NY

  • 2c white beans cooked
  • ¼ c carrot minced
  • ¼ c red onion minced
  • ¼ c celery minced
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 3 T extra Virgin olive oil
  • Toss all ingredients lightly, salt & pepper to taste.
  • 2 Large squid –cleaned
  • 1T Olive oil for brushing
  • Parsley Vinaigrette
  • 1 c extra virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ c white wine vinegar
  • 1 t shallots, minced
  • 1 bunch parsley, no stems
  • Salt and pepper to taste

1. Brush cleaned squid with olive oil, grill 2 minutes on each side. Reserve on side and slice when cool.

2. Mix white bean salad with arugula & radicchio. Add sliced squid on top and dress with parsley vinaigrette

As background, the Livanos family has been in the restaurant business since 1957, when John Livanos immigrated to the United States from Greece. The family owns City Limits diners in White Plains and Stamford, Connecticut; Abboccato (home-style Italian), Molyvos (Greek, with the largest all-Greek wine list in the United States), and Michelin Star recipient Oceana (American seafood) in New York City; Burger DeLuxe in Wayne, New Jersey; and Westchester’s own Moderne Barn (sophisticated American), in the Livanos’s home town of Armonk.

The Livanos family is targeting the first week of June for the grand reopening. We can’t wait.


diamondOn Saturday evening at 7:53 pm, Scarsdale Police Officer Jospeh Serio spotted a man running from a Post Road home in Greenacres. He stopped the man and determined that the suspect had just committed a burglary. After investigating, police determined that the suspect, identified as Jose Vidal-Serrano of 205 West Post Road in White Plains, had entered a Post Road house through a window and taken jewelry from a second floor bedroom. At the time of the incident a resident was home.

Serrano, who is 23 years old was arrested and charged with burglary 2nd degree, possession of burglar’s tools, criminal possession of stolen joseserranoproperty and petit larceny. He reported that he works at the Scarsdale Golf Club and was walking home when he decided to enter the Post Road home. He was released and given a May 2nd court date. However, when he failed to show up in court on Wednesday, police searched for him, found him and arrested him. He is now being held by police. This incident comes on the heels of a disturbing crime spree on Easter Sunday in Greenacres and also follows another burglary on Fairview Road which occurred while the residents were in the house. Police are investigating to see if they can link Serrano to any of the previous incidents.

Crash and DWI on Oxford Road: A drunk driver was arrested on Oxford Road in Greenacres at 11:30 pm on Tuesday night 4/24 after he drove his Jeep Grand Cherokee into a utility pole. Police found Peter Soc, age 38 of Yorktown Heights standing outside his car, which was severely damaged by the crash. It appeared that the driver’s head had hit the windshield as Soc’s forehead was cut and the windshield was broken.

Soc was unsteady on his feet and claimed that “a deer ran out in front of (the car) and (he) swerved to avoid it.” Police asked Soc if he had been drinking and he admitted to downing “three vodkas at a friend’s house.” Police called an ambulance and administered a sobriety test which Soc failed. Though he originally consented to blood tests he later retracted his consent, refused to have his blood tested and asked to contact his lawyer. He also admitted to a prior alcohol related conviction in New Jersey. After he was treated at Westchester Medical Center, Soc was brought back to Scarsdale Police headquarters where he was charged with DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. His car was towed and impounded.

Arrests: Brad Boonshaft, age 61 of North Bergen, NJ surrendered himself to Scarsdale Police on the morning of April 26. Boonshaft was ordered to come in after he allegedly sent 26 alarming and threatening text messages to a Scarsdale woman. The messages threatened to damage the woman’s business on or about April 21 or April 22. The victim was fearful and turned the evidence over to the police. Judge Arlene Katz issues a temporary order of protection for the woman on April 25 and Boonshaft was ordered to stay away from the victim.

A Scarsdale police officer spotted a man who was wanted for an outstanding warrant in Putnam County on Garth Road at 5 pm on 4/23. The officer stopped Daniel England, age 60 of East Post Road, Scarsdale, arrested him and called Putnam police who brought the warrant to Scarsdale. England is wanted for menacing and harassment.

Broken lock: Heathcote Road residents, who were burglarized on April 12 reported that a new lock on their front door had been broken. Police found scuff marks around the knob. The damage occurred when the residents were out between 7 pm on 4/26 and 2 am on 4/27.

Diamond? An Ossining woman reported that a diamond, valued at $9,406 had been swapped out of her ring and replaced with a glass substitute. The woman originally lost her grandmother’s diamond in December, 2011. Wilson & Son replaced the diamond and put it in the original setting and her parents delivered it to her in February , 2012. As the stone appeared to be shifting, she brought it into Wilson’s in Scarsdale in April, 2012 and the jeweler advised her that the stone was not a diamond, but a piece of glass. An investigation by the police has found that the diamond ring Wilson's provided in February differed substantially from the one the owner brought back in April. Since the diamond appears to have been swapped when the ring was in her possession, police advised her to contact her local police department.

Identity Theft: On 4/28, an Edgewood woman reported that someone attempted to open a credit card using her name, birth date and social security number and an address in Jamaica, Queens. The bank denied the applicant the card and notified the victim. A woman from Heathcote advised police of an unauthorized withdrawal of $19.95 from her TD Bank debit card on 4/17.

Water: Police got a call about water runoff into a basement at 2 Palmer Road on the afternoon of 4/26. When they arrived they found that a pool on Innes Road was being drained into the street. As a consequence, the building department issued a summons to the pool company that was draining the pool. However, it was later determined that the flooding at 2 Palmer Avenue was sewage back-up that was unrelated to the draining of the pool on Innes Road.

Damage to Scarsdale Synagogue: A large tree fell onto the roof of Scarsdale Synagogue on 4/27 and broke a skylight and damaged the temple. Glass from the skylight shattered and water that had accumulated on the roof drained into the first and second floors of the building. It appears that the tree belonged to the Village of Scarsdale.

Feuding Landlords: Soon to be divorced landlords of a home on Secor Road embroiled their tenant in a dispute over the rent. The wife, who owned the home was demanding rent payment from the tenants at the same time her almost ex-husband said that until the divorce was finalized payment should be made to his lawyer’s escrow account. Threatened with eviction, the tenant called police on 4/28.

Cars: A Griffen Road man reported that someone had vandalized his Cadillac Escalade overnight from 4/26 – 4/27 and taken an iPod out of the car. The sun roof was smashed and there was also a small crack in the driver’s side window.

Also that night on Griffen Road, the passenger window of another car was broken and a Tom Tom GPS was stolen.

Nearby, on Broadmoor Road the rear passenger window of a car was broken and a briefcase and gym bag were taken out and then dumped nearby.

Missing cell phone: On 4/23, an Edgewood mom reported that her daughter’s cell phone had been stolen while she was at Scarsdale Middle School.

A 2012 BMW that was parked in a parking lot at 45 Popham Road was entered on the afternoon of 4/23. A Garmin GPS and $40.00 in quarters were missing.

Play ball! A car window was broken when the car was parked at Scarsdale High School on the afternoon of 4/25. When the owner returned to the car around 5 pm she found that a rear window was broken and spectators told her a ball had gone through it.

Found: A set of car keys was found in the Freightway Garage on April 25 and turned over to police. Another key ring, this one holding a key for a Chevrolet ,was found on Brewster near Kingston Road on 4/26 and turned over to the police.

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