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tidedetergentOn June 1, Westchester County began recycling plastic containers coded 3 through 7. These items include take-out food containers, yogurt cups, detergent and shampoo bottles and caps. Items should be rinsed clean before being placed in the recycle bin. Previously only plastic containers coded 1 or 2, such as water and soda bottles, cans and plastic milk containers were accepted as part of Scarsdale’s curbside recycling collection program.

This is a huge step for the county’s recycling program. All of the plastic containers that have been thrown in the garbage for years will now be recycled with residents’ cooperation. These new additions will reduce the cost of disposal, provide new revenues for the county and help keep the environment cleaner.

Excluded from the new provision are plastic bags, all plastic film, vinyl, unmarked or non-coded plastics, large rigid plastics, plastic foam, containers that may have held hazardous materials, and building materials. Plastic bags may be dropped off at large grocery and retail stores for recycling.

Last year, 50% of the county’s total solid waste stream was diverted for recycling. For over a decade, Westchester’s recycling rate has stood well above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s national goal of 35%.

Recently, William Ryan, Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman and Rob Astorino, County Executive recognized the exceptional efforts of the Village of Scarsdale for being one of Westchester County’s “top three” municipalities for recycling in 2010. Under the leadership of Mayor Carolyn Stevens, Scarsdale achieved a high recycling rate of 68%.

Fro more information about the Westchester's exceptional recycling program, click here:



doctorappleOn Saturday, June 4 the Scarsdale Chamber of Commerce will host its first annual Health and Wellness Fair from 10am to 3pm at Village Hall, next to the Farmer’s Market. Everyone is encouraged to attend this informative day of activities and wellness.

The Health Fair is going to be a fun and educational event that local residents won’t want to miss. There will be music, great food, health screenings, giveaways and raffle prizes. In addition, there will be special events just for kids—a fun house, a magician/balloonist and other attractions.

Exhibitors are health-related businesses and service companies in Scarsdale and nearby towns, including many members of the Chamber of Commerce. These exhibitors will focus on different aspects of health for children, adults and seniors—including fitness, healthy living, optimal nutrition, medical information and wellness. The Chamber is planning to hand out a special Souvenir Journal that will showcase local businesses.

Non-health related businesses as well as health-related businesses are also supporting the event by sponsoring special activities, advertising in the Souvenir Journal and donating raffle prizes.

If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact Edward Feinberg, DMD ( or Carol DeLisa ( Another way you can support the effort is with a sponsorship. We hope to see you there!

*Rain date will be June 11th



briarcliff2The Club at Briarcliff Manor, a premier continuing care retirement community in Briarcliff Manor, is redefining the concept of retirement living by offering beautifully designed and spacious residences with best-in-class services and amenities.

The Club will feature a 43,000-square-foot Clubhouse with restaurants and lounges, a concierge, library, multi-media business center with wireless Internet, and surround sound theatre, to name a few of the features. Residents can relax in the Salon or Spa, work out in the state-of-the-art Fitness Center or swim in the Aquatic Center with heated indoor saltwater pool and whirlpool. Amenities will include weekly housekeeping, flat linen service, valet parking, flexible dining options, utilities, interior and exterior maintenance and scheduled transportation to area shopping, appointments and events.

Among those who are attracted to The Club’s elegant lifestyle are Maureen Hanagan and her husband Victor Marrow. The couple, who are long-time residents of Croton-on-Hudson, wanted a maintenance-free lifestyle and gracious living in a location that is both scenic and convenient with great amenities and a strong sense of community. They found it all – and more – at The Club at Briarcliff Manor.

Club future residents Maureen Hanagan and Victor Marrow
Ms. Hanagan said she is impressed with the quality of the materials and finishes in the homes as well as the layouts. “We’re excited about the amenities and programs that will be offered here. They’re appealing to a younger group of seniors. I like The Club’s focus on an active and healthy lifestyle,” said Ms. Hanagan, a former director of continuing medical education for several medical schools, who now works as a medical editor.

The couple was attracted to the magnificent 59-acre property, which is located on the former site of the historic Briarcliff Lodge, with spectacular views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline. “This property offers the beauty of nature all around you but without having to do the maintenance,” said Victor, who divides his time between Croton and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he is Executive Director of the Office of Funded Programs for the Continuing Medical Education Department.

The Club will feature two residential “villages,” each offering distinctive homes and floor plans that support an active lifestyle. The Upper Village features Tudor-style buildings with 288 one-, two- or three-bedroom apartment residences. The Lower Village will consist of 24 townhomes and 13 free-standing villa homes with first-floor master suites, fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, optional elevators and attached two-car garages. The townhomes and villas will be nestled along extensive walking trails and scenic pond.

Living at The Club will provide Maureen and Victor the opportunity to meet other active seniors with similar interests who enjoy the diverse briarcliff1cultural opportunities available in the surrounding communities and New York City. The Club is conveniently located a short 45-minute ride from Manhattan by Metro North Railroad. Nearby is a wide array of entertainment, cultural and recreational venues.

The Club offers multiple entrance fee refund programs with pricing beginning at $419,900. For more information visit the Information and Design Center with model residences at 25 Scarborough Road in Briarcliff Manor, call 914.923.4050, or visit online at

At Home in Scarsdale Offers Van Service

seniorsvanThe At Home in Scarsdale Village van, driven by professional driver, Derek Rohan, is free to members who wish door to door service for local errands and doctors visits. The van runs free of charge on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm or by special appointment. The van is available to go to area medical facilities, shops, and supermarkets, and provides free transportation for members to all special events and outings, museums, shows, and cultural attractions.

At Home members recently enjoyed a day in Greenwich for lunch and a visit to the Bruce Museum, and Broadway musicals Billy Elliot and La Cage Aux Folles, as well as a day at the Botanical Gardens and the Frick Museum.

Upcoming events include a trip to Jacob Burns Film Center on May 18, lunch and shopping on Arthur Avenue on May 23, Storm King Sculpture Center on May 31, The Cloisters on June 8, the Rose Gardens at the Botanical Gardens on June 21, and the Broadway Show, Catch Me if You Can on June 29.

For further information contact, At Home Coordinator, Susan Gilbert at 723-4529.

Photo, from left to right, the At Home in Scarsdale Village Steering Committee: Derek Rohan, driver, Judy Wank, Susan Gilbert (coordinator), Deborah Porder, Stephie Miller, Anita Malina, Rita Sweeney, Lynne Clark, and Eunice Laughlin.




elmroadkidsResidents of Elm Road gathered on Saturday May 21 to plant a traffic island at the end of their street with beautiful perennials purchased by the Greenacres Association. Planning for the project began in 2010 when the Greenacres Neighborhood Association agreed to design one new traffic island a year. They started with a large plot at the intersection of Greenacres Avenue and Colvin Road and replanted that area with help from the Village of Scarsdale and the Friends of the Scarsdale Parks.

This year, local landscape designer Anita Aaronoff of Heathcote agreed to provide a plan for the island which was overgrown with weeds. She measured the space, did a light analysis and recommended a plan incorporating perennials that could survive with little sun light as the area is heavily shaded.

Her plan included coral bells, astilbe, ajuga, bleeding hears, hosta and lariope – selected for their variety of foliage, color tones and seasonal elmroad1blooms. The neighboring residents were very enthused about the project and also provided input.

Greenacres Neighborhood Association President Deborah Pekarek wrote a proposal that was sent to Eric Gerringer at Village Hall. He approved it as it permitted access to the fire hydrant and manhole on the island and used plants that would not exceed the maximum height requirements to allow for visibility for drivers and pedestrians. The Village highway department cleared the island and turned over the soil in preparation for the installation of the garden.

Using funds from the association, Aaronff, Joanne Wallenstein and Deb Pekarek purchased the plants and neighbors showed up with their shovels and a roto-tiller to lend a hand.

elmroad3The result is an attractive circular garden that is a vast improvement on the previous island. Neighbors agreed to water the plants until they are established and to weed and tend the garden. Drive up Elm Road – off Fenimore Road -- to take a look at their work.

Thanks to the Caione, Carroll, Hurshman, Finegold, Hosseinbukas, Suzman and Surin families for their hard work and enthusiasm for the new garden. Photos courtesy of Stephanie Carroll and Deb Pekarek.




elmWhile there are several reasons to reduce the amount of fossil fuel we use, the term sustainability encompasses a much broader range of issues. To give us hope that future generations will be able to enjoy the Earth's resources, particularly as the number of people living on this planet exceeds 7,000,000,000 this year, it is important to look at all those resources from a sustainability perspective and decide what we need to do to protect and preserve them.

On June 2nd, the Scarsdale Forum will present a sustainability program at the Scarsdale Library Scott Room at 8 PM. The program will feature three knowledgeable and highly respected speakers who will share trends, findings and concerns from their respective organizations.

Nancy Alderman associated with Yale University, is President of Environment and Human Health, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting human health from environmental harms. She is a member of the Yale College class of 1994 and has an M. S. degree from Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She has written, edited and provided research for many articles, books and studies. She has also received recognition awards for work in her field.

Megan Klein Of Earth Justice
Megan Klein is an associate attorney at Earthjustice in New York City. Megan works on issues related to natural gas development of Marcellus Shale, pollution from coal plants and health risks from toxic chemicals. In addition, Megan strongly believes in the power of changing eating habits to curb global warming and currently is investigating ways to challenge the practices of factory farms. Prior to working at Earthjustice, Megan spent a summer helping to create a rooftop farm in Brooklyn. She received her law degree from Fordham University 's School of Law.

Patti Wood is founder and executive director of Grassroots Environmental Education, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the relationship between environmental exposures and human health. As a Visiting Scholar at Adelphi University, Ms. Wood lectures on the environment and related health issues in the School of Nursing and the Chemistry department. Ms. Wood also works with the Environmental Health Division of the New York State Department of Health producing public information materials and serves on the Governor's Advisory Council for Sustainability and Green Procurement. She has co-produced a film and written extensively about the impacts of environmental threats to the health of children.


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