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Valerie Abrahams was named Editor-in-Chief of The Scarsdale Inquirer as of January 2020, after a year as interim editor and two years as associate editor. She joined the staff as the schools editor in 2014.

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A #NoHateNoFear rally was held Sunday, Jan. 5, in Foley Square in lower Manhattan and more than 25,000 people marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to show support for the Jewish community and solidarity against anti-Semitism, hatred and bigotry. Pictured from left, Scarsdale resident Laura Dan…

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Taxi companies across the U.S. have been shedding drivers, filing for bankruptcy and closing up shop as a result of competition from app-based for-hire car services such as Uber and Lyft.

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Scarsdale resident Joseph Moffitt received his master’s of secondary education from Villanova University in 1969. After a 28-year career teaching chemistry at Scarsdale High School, he decided to give back to the Westchester community by establishing an endowed scholarship at Villanova. The …

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The Scarsdale Woman’s Club made a $2,000 donation to Brown Bag Lunch, an all-volunteer “soup kitchen” in New Rochelle. Volunteers make an average of 150 sandwiches each day, Monday through Friday, which along with a dessert and juice is enough for 60 bag lunches (two sandwiches per bag) and …

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Kristin Schwenk, a leader for Scarsdale Edgemont Girl Scout troop 2619, organized the SEGS mitten drive this year. This Girl Scout community service event brings around 200 warm weather items to people of all ages for communities in need surrounding Scarsdale. Pictured is Kristin’s third gra…

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STEM classes — those heady amalgamations of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — are all the rage these days. But at Colonial Village Flowers on Weaver Street, a very different kind of stem class is abloom, one using, well, actual stems. Roughly once a month, fans of flora gath…

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Thanksgiving usually kicks off the winter season of celebration in Scarsdale, followed smartly by Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and now New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. These holidays might be small family gatherings or large blowouts involving flights and hotels, filled in with calendar da…

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Wellington Mackey had an unlikely route to law school. It began in what he describes as the “shantytown slums” of New Providence Island in the Bahamas, through periods of homelessness as a new immigrant to the United States, on to Westchester Community College, then Yale College and today — …

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Kathy Hurwitz, village of Scarsdale senior citizen coordinator, was inducted into the Westchester County Seniors Hall of Fame Friday, Dec. 6. To be nominated, seniors must have made significant and enduring contributions to enhance Westchester’s quality of life through their professional wor…

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Scarsdale residents Dr. Charles Glassman and Dr. Aaron Hagge-Greenberg, along with Dr. Seth Lerner and Dr. Nicole Fleischmann, have joined White Plains Hospital Physician Associates division. The group, which has been affiliated with WPH for more than 20 years, is the first urology practice …

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The Greenacres School and Hebrew Home at Riverdale celebrated the 20th anniversary of the “8 to 80” program Dec. 11 when Paula Bautista’s third grade class interviewed residents with thoughtful questions about their lives and their families. More than just a meaningful visit, the experience …

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Scarsdale Cub Scout Pack 440 assembled at Hitchcock Church Dec. 7 to make cookies in a jar to be sold by students at Blind Brook High School. The raised funds went to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and to St. Pius X's youth group to benefit Midnight Run, a volunteer organization dedicated t…

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The Scarsdale Reusable Bag Initiative created this bag to be used when shopping instead of paying for paper bags as beginning March 2020 plastic bags will be banned by the state of New York. For information on where to get the bags, contact Ines Rodrigues at inesinus@gmail.com. You can follo…

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Scarsdale resident Tim Foley has been appointed the new executive director of The Builders Institute (BI)/Building and Realty Institute (BRI) of Westchester and the mid-Hudson region. He will start his new position Jan. 2.

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At the Scarsdale Woman's Club's Holiday Open House Wednesday, Dec. 4, Rosemary King and Sue Plath show off some of the 28 festive food baskets bought and assembled by club members for the Ecumenical Emergency Food Pantry in White Plains. A highlight of the afternoon, which included plant, po…

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Raphie Cai of Scarsdale plays “Andante in C” by Mozart on flute at Performathon 2019, a musical community event celebrating the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s 90th anniversary and fundraiser supporting the nonprofit music school’s Scholarship Program and Legacy Project — building new di…

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The annual holiday event at Davis Park on Dec. 8 was well attended by friends and neighbors who came out for the hot chocolate, holiday cookies and songs, tree lighting and a visit from Santa Claus. Katie Rich led the crowd singing all of the season’s favorite holiday songs. Santa arrived at…

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A popular Japanese restaurant with two locations in New Jersey will be bringing fresh cuisine to Scarsdale next year. Akai Lounge, an eatery with a full menu of sushi and traditional Japanese fare, signed a lease last week to move into the space formerly occupied by the deli Lange’s of Scarsdale.

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Our children will live in a world that’s very different than the one that exists today, thanks to factors such as global warming and the ever-changing geopolitical landscape. But as we train our eyes on the thermometer, and keep nervous tabs on developments abroad, something heretofore large…

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The Friends of White Plains Hospital hosted the “Best is Yet to Come” bash on Nov. 16 to benefit White Plains Hospital. The sold-out evening at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase raised $1.4 million for the hospital’s new Center for Advanced Medicine & Surgery. More than 600 guests gathe…

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The ribbon cutting for Westchester Burger Co., 56 Garth Road, was held Nov. 26 prior to the Scarsdale Village Board meeting. Among those at the ribbon cutting were owner Vincent Corso, Mayor Samwick, Deputy Mayor Jane Veron, Trustee Justin Arest and Trustee Lena Crandall.

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Scarsdale Prep, a full-service tutoring company working with students to prepare for their SATs, ACTs and most academic subjects, opened a few weeks ago at 7 Popham Road. Operating since 2014 in Pleasantville and 2016 in Armonk, owner Dan Ladden said Scarsdale Prep has built a team that shar…

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The Scarsdale Inquirer moved its offices to Edgemont. We are open for business at our new location: 1075 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale — also known as Apple Bank Plaza. Our offices are on the third floor, in Suite 305.

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The worship leaders of the Scarsdale-Hartsdale Interfaith Association held an interfaith Thanksgiving service Nov. 24 at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church. This year’s sermon was offered by Rabbi Jonathan Blake of Westchester Reform Temple. The event was sponsored by Greenville Community Church,…

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Actor Dennis Leary was in town Nov. 13 for an event to discuss his work with the Leary Firefighters Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to provide funding and resources for fire departments to obtain the best available equipment, technology and training. Leary established the foundation …

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Girl Scout troops baked more than 2,000 cookies and brownies that were then packaged by Heathcote third-grade troop 2146 for delivery. Hundreds volunteered to deliver the packages to more than 350 veterans in Scarsdale and Edgemont. Pictured from left, Alyssa Lin, Anya Lin, Trinity Lulgjuraj…

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Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, honoree Diane Greenwald and Eleanor’s Legacy president Brette McSweeney at the Westchester Women Making a Difference reception Nov. 17 hosted at the home of Assembly member Amy Paulin. Greenwald was a former president of the Scarsdale Public Lib…

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Gilda’s Club Westchester held a health, wellness and mindfulness event Nov. 17 at House of Sports in Ardsley. Gilda’s FitFest classes included yoga, spinning, meditation, barre and boot camp and more than 200 people attended, with some coverage by News12 Westchester. The event raised money f…

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Growing older is inevitable. But how well we age may be partly, if not largely, up to us. That’s the message of “Do We Really Need Botox: Handbook of Anti-Aging,” a thought-provoking new book by Sofia Din, MD, a family medical doctor and geriatrician who is also an anti-aging specialist. The…

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When you have your health, you have everything. If ever there were two individuals who understood that adage, it’s Melanie Spivak and Danielle Butin, dedicated volunteers who have responded to urgent health crises around the world. 

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Dani Spieler, the daughter of Jill and Gary Spieler of Scarsdale, and Cory Pihl, son of Marilee Fraizer Pihl and Gary Pihl of Acton, Massachusetts, were married at the New York City clerk’s office on July 23, before their parents. The couple celebrated on Oct. 20 with family and friends at R…

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On the eve of public hearings on the impeachment investigation, which started this week, Ryan Goodman, a distinguished professor of law at New York University, addressed the League of Women Voters of Scarsdale at a luncheon Nov. 8 at the Scarsdale Golf Club, to explain where we are and where…

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Scarsdale resident Sara Paul, women’s health coordinator for the Phelps Hospital residency program and lead coordinator of the women’s health track for all Northwell Health’s family medicine residency programs, has achieved the Degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. D…

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Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty announced Nov. 8 that Brian Murray would assume the role of brokerage manager for the firm’s brokerage in Scarsdale. Murray brings nearly 15 years of real estate and sales experience to the position including expertise in luxury marketing gained fr…

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Scouts of BSA Troop 4 Scarsdale served as color guard for a flag ceremony during the Veterans Day celebrations at the Ambassador Assisted Living Home in Scarsdale. Zachary Weitzman, flag bearer; Ronan Barnea and Daniel Kolb.

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The Scarsdale branch of Patriot Bank, in conjunction with Westchester’s Junior Achievement Job Shadow program, held a day of financial literacy and bank career mentoring on Oct. 25. More than two dozen high school seniors from Gorton High School traveled to 495 Central Park Ave. to learn som…