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handsWithin the last few weeks, Scarsdale has experienced a number of deaths under tragic circumstances. Times like these raise difficult questions with no easy answers. In response, the community is planning a number of town meetings to be held on Wednesday, December 15th at:

1:00 pm - Scarsdale Women’s Club, 37 Drake Road

7:00 pm - Girl Scout House, 31 Wayside Lane

8:30 pm -Wayside Cottage, 1039 Post Rd.

Scarsdale mental health professionals, clergy and civic leaders will provide leadership and facilitate discussion. The meetings will focus on ways we can support each other and the community. In addition, resources and information on suicide, including a discussion about how to talk to children of all ages, will be presented.

To attend, please RSVP by CLICKING HERE or by calling Scarsdale Family Counseling Service at 723-3281.



paulin2stcThe Scarsdale Teen Center (STC) hosted the Tenth Annual Visions of Community Awards at Scarsdale High School on December 5th, honoring New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin for her dedication and service to the Scarsdale community. The re-elected Assemblywoman described the event as “exciting” and said that she felt “honored” to be given this award. Ms. Paulin also said that since her oldest daughter was on the original STC teen board, she has a special connection with the Center due to her involvement in helping the teen center grow and become the establishment it is today.

Speaking for the STC Adult Board, President Margarita Meyer said “We are thrilled that Assemblywoman Paulin has agreed to be the recipient of our tenth annual Visions of Community Award. Paulin epitomizes lifelong commitment to community service especially with regard to our youth and their families.”

During the ceremony, Ms. Paulin’s husband, Ira Schuman and a close friend, Barbara Jaffe described Amy as an amazing person, sincerely dedicated to a variety of programs and events in Scarsdale and Westchester. Kendra Charisse Porter, the new executive director of the Scarsdale Teen Center also spoke, saying, “it is important to honor those people who have supported the Teen Center … it’s extremely vital that you have the community involvement, and Visions of Community is just that.”

The Scarsdale Teen Center is in its eleventh year of operation.paulinstc

Scarsdale Teen Center
862 Scarsdale Avenue

This article was written by Elliot Liskin -- a junior at Scarsdale High School and a member of the Scarsdale Teen Center board.

Photo Captions and Credits:

(Top) Sam Gonzalez, Co-President Teen Board, Kendra Charisse Porter, Executive Director, Scarsdale Teen Center, Ira Schuman, husband of Amy Paulin, and New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin

(Right) New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin

Photo credits: Carl Desir



fireWinter is on the way, so most of us have turned on our heat at home. However, heating equipment — especially portable space heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves — require careful use to prevent a fire. Each holiday season, there are thousands of kitchen and home fires in America, resulting in more than 400 deaths just last year. Here are some tips to prevent one in your home:

  • If you're using a new portable space heater read the label to make sure it is safety tested. Place space heaters a safe distance from anything that can burn, such as curtains, pillows, or fabric furniture.
  • Keep an eye on the stove top with BOTH electric and gas burners and, if you plan to use your fireplace this winter, have it inspected. Creosote can build up from previous years’ fires, and can cause chimney fires, so it’s worth having a professional inspect your fireplace and chimney for the holidays and cold winter season. Creosote logs may help prevent further buildup, but they won’t work on one or two year old chimney dirt and soot.
  • Fireplaces and wood stoves work best when we burn seasoned hardwood, like oak, ash or maple. Don’t burn trash, cardboard boxes or Christmas trees because they burn very hot and unevenly, and contain potential poisons that can be carried into your home, where they could contribute to a home fire.
  • When you have a blaze in the fireplace, or a space heater to warm a chilly corner, remember to have an adult in the room at all times. This is especially true when there are young children playing nearby.
  • Use sturdy screens, or glass doors, to keep embers inside fireplaces and young children and pets away from an enticing fireplace. Also, check the flue lever, and open your flue before lighting a fire.
  • Install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, especially near your family’s bedrooms. Remember to change the batteries on existing alarms and think about putting another unit at the top of a staircase, or at the entrance to your home’s sleeping areas.
  • Contact your local fire station, if you have questions about home fire safety.

Fire safety tips provided by Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon, fire, water and mold remediation, (914) 699-5181 , 24 hour emergency services



owl.jpgWho’s Home? A Brite Avenue resident called police on the afternoon of 11/29 to report that a large bird was flying around inside her house. Police arrived and found a big owl in the living room. They opened the front door and were able to force the owl to fly out.

Inappropriate Conduct: The father of a 15 year-old girl returned to his house at 1:30 pm on the afternoon of 12/1 and found that his daughter was engaged in inappropriate conduct with a 19 year-old Raymond Ortiz of Yonkers. The girl had failed to go to school. Ortiz was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child and released to his parents on $250 pail, pending a court date.

A 30 year-old woman reported an unsettling incident that occurred at 4:44 am on December 5th. The woman was walking toward her car that was parked on Depot Place when she saw a black sedan drive around the circle toward her. The car drove past her and then stopped. The woman got into her car and as she was backing out of the parking space, a man got out of the car and walked toward her. He rolled up a magazine or newspaper that was in his hand, stuck his hand in his pants and made sexually explicit expressions with his mouth and tongue. The woman drove away and could see the man standing in the street behind her. She described the suspect as a white male in his fifties wearing an insulated winter hat with earflaps. She had never seen him before.

Arrested: A Crawford Lane woman charged her 25 year-old daughter with driving the mother’s 2010 Honda Civic without permission on the evening of December 1. The daughter, Alexandra Lascher did not have the authority to use the car. Her mother was in White Plains hospital at the time and asked police to take charge. Lascher reappeared with the car on 12/2 and was arrested for unauthorized use of a car. On December 4, when Mrs. Lascher was released from the hospital she asked police to help her move her daughter out of the house.

Accidents: At 1 pm on 12/3 Alfreda Bendet, age 87 of Mohegan Road in Larchmont was driving with her adult daughter in the car. Bendet was turning from Grand Park onto Griffen Road when she lost consciousness. Her daughter quickly shut off the car and took her mother’s foot off the accelerator. The car rolled backwards into a stone wall at 2 Grand Park Avenue. Ms. Bendet was transported to the hospital and her condition is unknown.

An 81 year-old Crawford Lane driver rear-ended another car on Mamaroneck Road on the morning of 11/29, causing the second car to end up on the grass. A witness saw the elderly driver strike a curb, hit the second car and then go up and over another curb. When questioned by police, the 81 year-old man had no recollection of the accident. Police have asked the DMV to review the driver’s capabilities.

A passing car grazed a Garth Road man, who was crossing the street on the night of 11/29. The man’s hand was cut and the car did not stop.

A Lockwood Road man was driving on the Post Road near Sprague Road on the night of 12/1when he hit a big pothole. A tire and rim of the wheel were damaged and an airbag was deployed. A utility company had recently dug up the road.

Asleep at the wheel: A tired deliveryman was found asleep at the wheel of his 2001 Nissan Pathfinder at the intersection of Mamaroneck Road and Post Road at 3:56 am on 12/1. Police woke him up and the driver explained that he was making deliveries to nursing homes in the area and fell asleep while stopped at the traffic light.

Death: Lloyd Marmon, age 78 of 40 Fenimore Road passed away overnight 11/30-12/1. His son Judd found him on the morning of 12/1 when he arrived to take his father to a doctor’s appointment. Mr. Marmon had been ill.

Disputes: A Mamaroneck Road man called police to complain that he was being harassed about a payment from Adam Levine of Hardwood Flooring, Inc., who had sold the Scarsdale man wood flooring. Police intervened and Levine agreed to deal directly with American Express and refrain from bothering the customer in Scarsdale.

A contractor and an architect, both hired to work on a Heathcote Road home, were feuding over the job schedule on 12/1. The architect threatened to “kill” the contractor, pushed him in the chest and left the meeting abruptly. The architect reported a different story and charged the contractor with being extremely argumentative and raising his fist at the engineer. The architect agreed to refrain from any future contact with the contractor.

Found: Forged $50 bills were found printed on sheets of paper on the sidewalk of Popham Road near Lockwood Road on 11/29. The forged bills included serial numbers. Police turned over the forged bills to an agent of the U.S. Secret Service.

A cosmetics bag containing keys, credit cards and a license was found on Boniface Circle on the afternoon of 12/2. Police tried to contact the Yonkers woman who owns the bag but were unable to reach her.

Thefts: A Sprague Road man reported that his Dahon collapsible bike, valued at $600 had been stolen from a bike rack on East Parkway where he locked it on the morning November 22. When he returned in the evening, the bike and the lock were gone.

A Southwoods Lane man reported that someone had accessed his Yahoo email account and sent emails to all of his contacts asking them to send money. The hacker then erased all of the man’s email addresses and changed the reply email. The incident occurred between 12/2 and 12/4.

Locked in: A six year-old Gaylor Road girl locked herself into the bathroom at five pm on 12/3. The child was able to unlock the door herself to get out.

Wind Damage: During the windstorm on the afternoon of 12/1, trees and wires were down around town:

  • Two large trees fell in the road way and blocked traffic. One tree was at the corner of Foxhall and Palmer and the other fell down across Black Birch Lane.
  • There was a transformer fire at the intersection of Burgess and Post Roads that inactivated the traffic light. Police closed Post Road and called the Fire Department.
  • A large portion of a tree fell on the room of a Fayette Road home, bringing the power line with it.

christmastreesantarrivesSanta arrived early to Scarsdale this year, conveyed in a fire truck rather than a sleigh. He visited Boniface Circle in the Village on the evening of December 3rd to spread some cheer and light the Scarsdale Christmas tree. He was greeted by scores of cheering children who came to talk with Santa to let him know what’s on their gift lists. Mayor Carolyn Stevens was also on hand to wish everyone a happy holiday season. Scarsdale Village and the Chamber of Commerce sponsored the tree lighting and Lange’s provided hot chocolate.christmastree1

Santa also mentioned that it was the third night of Hanukah, and we believe there is a Menorah in town this year. Have you seen it? Go downtown and take a look – the Village is beautifully decorated and lit for the season.







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