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Nishta Nandakumar and Emily Cao, juniors at Edgemont High School, founded Baking for Black Lives Matter in response to “the extent of police brutality and racism — especially against African Americans — that still runs deep in our country today. Horrified at the lack of governmental response…

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Every year the Scarsdale Parks and Recreation Department gives Santa a hand by setting up boxes for mail addressed to the North Pole in various locations throughout the village. After being collected and opened, every letter to Santa is responded to and then, we assume, forwarded to Ol’ Sain…

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Salvatore Minardi thought he would have more than enough time to reserve his seat for Christmas Eve Mass. He had already attended some of the in-person masses at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scarsdale during the pandemic, so he was well versed in the ins and outs of reserving a seat. L…

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United Hebrew of New Rochelle announced a major gift from Scarsdale residents Malcolm H. Lazarus and his wife, Patricia Lazarus, in support of memory care on United Hebrew’s senior care campus in New Rochelle. The gift will endow Willow Gardens, Westchester’s first assisted living residence …

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Members of Edgemont’s Girl Scout Troop 1954 packed 67 boxes of food for the Salvation Army of White Plains for its holiday food distribution for needy families Friday, Dec. 11. The participants were Anya Dalal, Tess Morris, Madi Darviche, Ruby Lee Kaufman, Hayley West and Naomi Jeske. Not pi…

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Even in the midst of the global crisis, local heroes deserve to be recognized. Last Friday, Dec. 4, Westchester County did just that, spotlighting 49 residents, all aged 60 and older, at the 38th annual Senior Citizens Hall of Fame Awards. Sharing top honors at the virtual event was a gentle…

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Fall is the most beautiful season in and near the village of Scarsdale, and especially this year, 2020, I was amazed by the fabulous foliage that I have relished every fall for the past 10-plus years. But this year, things are different. As I walked along the scenic Bronx River pathway, the …

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Dyan Atkins was church shopping. Though she was raised Catholic, she had stepped away from organized religion and stopped following much of the church’s dogma, rules and rituals. She wanted to find a church she connected with, so every Sunday she would make the rounds, testing out different …

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Scarsdale Neighborhood Association Presidents have organized a six-week holiday season service to provide baked goods, books and toys to HOPE (Help Our People Eat) Community Services in New Rochelle. HOPE is the largest emergency food pantry and soup kitchen in this region. Last week 1,600 b…

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The newly formed Edgemont Rotary Club functions as a satellite club of Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary Club. On Nov. 25, the club partnered with the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry and helped distribute 130 bags of produce and 30 pies which had been donated by AJ Trucco in Hunts Point Market. Molly Rodr…

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Pulling her car up to an address in Yonkers, Mrinal Jhangiani was feeling anxious. Jhangiani and her family have been very fortunate during the pandemic and she was hoping to give back to those in the community who haven’t fared as well. But as she sat in her car and waited for the family to…

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On Saturday evening, Nov. 21, the installation by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of Immaculate Heart of Mary Scarsdale's newly assigned pastor, Monsignor Luke Sweeney, took place. They signed the official papers on the altar at the 5:30 p.m. Mass at IHM. The cardinal (socially distanced, of course) …

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The Music Conservatory of Westchester's annual Performathon will be presented online this year Saturday, Dec. 12 starting at 5 p.m. Conservatory students of all ages will take to the screens to perform on a variety of instruments and styles of music. Classical, jazz, rock, pop and musical th…

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Sounds of jackhammers, circular saws and power drills filled the air, signaling this was a fully operational construction site.

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Thanksgiving at Laurie Medvinsky’s Edgewood home is usually her family’s most eagerly anticipated holiday. Her mother, who passed away four years ago, absolutely adored the holiday, and would cook up a feast of traditional Thanksgiving fare. But with COVID-19 infections on the rise in the st…

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It’s nice to offer others a helping hand. But four young men in town are taking the concept a step further — literally — by embarking on a helping hike this weekend. On Saturday, Nov. 14, they will attempt to summit six different mountains in the Saranac Lake region of upstate New York, with…

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For three decades, Scarsdale veteran Andy Hartzell considered his neighbor and fellow veteran Dr. Edwin ‘Ned’ Cleveland to be one of his closest friends in the world. They were next-door neighbors, they were in the American Legion together. Their kids were the same age and grew up together. …

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Lauren Wachtler, a Scarsdale resident and partner in the law firm of Barclay Damon, will be honored by the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section with the Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom. Named for Shira A. Scheindlin, U.S. d…

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When it was clear the COVID-19 pandemic would turn education on its ear and that hybrid learning would not be a substitute for in-person instruction, Nathan Goldrich (EHS class of ’16), watched as affluent families enrolled their kids in private tutoring.

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At noon on Oct. 28, 29 and 30, leading up to All Saints Sunday, Nov. 1, a day on which Christians are invited to honor all saints, martyrs and loved ones departed, the Rev. Dr. Kelly Hough Rogers, senior minister at the Scarsdale Congregational Church, tolled the church bell 225 times (75 ea…

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The Scarsdale Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department has made a great effort to modify its offerings to keep the season festive amid the backdrop of COVID-19. The annual Scarecrow Festival, which was a sellout Saturday, Oct. 3, incorporated social distancing and other public health pr…

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The young Lions of Drake Edgewood successfully completed another food drive in anticipation of Thanksgiving for Hope Services in New Rochelle. A group of junior and senior high school students purchased bags, stapled flyers to the bags and dropped them on doorsteps throughout the neighborhoo…

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Backyard Sports Cares has hired Steve Tseckares as the organization’s chief development officer. In the newly created role, Tseckares will be responsible for developing and implementing a multiyear strategic plan to guide fundraising activities while also overseeing the organization’s commun…

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Scarsdale High School’s field hockey team sold T-shirts, baked goods and raffle tickets, Saturday, Oct. 24, in Chase Park and raised almost $2,000 for breast cancer research.

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Seventeen-year-old Jonah Miller’s daily routine is much like that of other typical Scarsdale High School seniors finishing up their degree during a global pandemic — attending virtual classes, thinking about college, and staying healthy and safe. But Miller has an additional responsibility: …

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The sunny skies Sunday, Oct. 18, brought out Scarsdale artists of all ages for the Scarsdale Recreation Department’s 69th annual Halloween window painting contest. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, changes were made this year to the Halloween event. The program was separated into two sessions, m…

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For Monsignor Luke Sweeney, quarantining inside the rectory at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church with limited personal interactions became a time of great self-reflection as he slowly unpacked his things and entered a new routine of prayer.

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More than anything, Barbara Groden feels embarrassed. She and her husband Walter never think about awards. They only ever volunteered in Edgemont and Hartsdale to express their sheer love of the community and to provide their skillsets when needed.

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The sun has just set and kids in costumes are running up the steps of a house. Jesting and skipping, golden fall leaves swept away by their feet, they are hunting for their next sugary sweet. They hit the doorbell with their unsanitized hands, and the homeowner opens the door while holding a…

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It was 2002 and Bob Bernstein was going to his first Greenburgh Town Board meeting. He wasn’t nervous at all. He had been a litigator for 20 years and knew he could hold his own against anyone, especially locally elected officials. There was really nothing to worry about. Prior to that day h…

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Nearly 50 people, along with quarantined Pastor Luke Sweeny from the window of his room, gathered in the parking lot by the shrine of Our Lady to recite the rosary at noon Saturday, Oct. 10, in honor of the 103rd anniversary of the miracle of the sun on Oct. 13, 1917. On that day Our Lady pe…

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The Scarsdale Woman’s Club held a food drive Oct. 7 in support of the Food Pantry at the South Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry. Forty-two members and friends came out to support the successful “drop off” event and another food drive is planned.

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Jane Veron, a Scarsdale resident, former village board member and co-founder of The Acceleration Project (TAP), will speak to the Scarsdale Rotary Club at its Tuesday, Oct. 27 Zoom meeting. 

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Local historian Jordan Copeland is back with a deep dive into another overlooked part of Scarsdale’s history. In his upcoming presentation, “A History of Black People in Scarsdale,” Copeland goes back 300 years to uncover the lives and experiences of Scarsdale’s Black population through the …

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Barring a spike in COVID-19 infection rates or other unforeseen roadblocks, the Scarsdale Public Library (SPL) is tentatively eyeing November for the “highly anticipated reopening” of its newly renovated building at 54 Olmsted Road.

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Ann Cefola never met her grandfather, but she knew his work. She’d think of him when trotting down village streets and seeing the small medieval revival cottages, grand Tudor revival houses and large colonial revival homes dotting the landscape. Whenever she entered the village’s downtown, s…

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Howard N. Blitman, a long-serving member of Reconstructing Judaism’s Board of Governors, was presented with the organization’s Presidential Recognition Award. The small, socially distanced ceremony was held Sept. 13 at Bet Am Shalom, a Reconstructionist congregation in White Plains, where he…

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The Scarsdale Foundation Bowl Dinner, originally scheduled for April 22, was postponed until Sept. 24 because of the COVID pandemic. As the health and safety of the community is of highest priority, the event as planned will not take place. Instead, at a very small ceremony on Sept. 24, with…